“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."

Monday, July 14, 2014

How bad is the US Press? Ask an ex-insider, Chris Hedges:

"War is always about betrayal," Hedges notes. "It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians. Society's institutions, including our religious institutions, which mold us into compliant citizens, are unmasked."


  1. ...what is not being reported...
    How Israel is fighting for its life

    “According to Israel’s ambassador to the US, Hamas has fired 8,000 rockets since the Israel Defense Forces withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Aside from the occasional one fired at a police station or military post, virtually all have been fired randomly at civilians. In addition to being acts of war, each is also a war crime.

    “The media has failed to note that unlike the West Bank, Gaza is NOT occupied. It is free of all Israeli military presence. The media also failed to mention that Hamas is not just a terror group. Hamas is the democratically elected government of Gaza — one of the first ones in the entire Arab world.

    “So Hamas is the government which the civilians in Gaza — with rocket bases behind and under their homes and their children’s schools — chose overwhelmingly to govern them, and to fire 8,000 rockets at Israel on their behalf. This is the choice they made — AFTER Israeli forces withdrew from Gaza.

    “So much for the notion that the Israeli occupation is the root of instability in the ­region.”

    1. Tonnage, it is all about tonnage of the munitions, not numbers of rockets.

      More disinformation from our NASI agent.

    2. Heavy Palestinian bombardment of 15 Israeli towns greets Egyptian truce bid. Tehran: Don't stop

      Tuesday, July 15, Hamas fired 20 rockets from the Gaza Strip in the three hours after the ceasefire proposed by Egypt was due to go into effect at 9.a.m., after flatly rejecting it. The Israeli security cabinet did endorse Cairo’s proposal to mediate the conflict with the Palestinian extremists, but warned that if they continued to fire rockets, Israel would hit back with “all possible force.”
      In Cairo, Hamas official Mussa Abu Marzuk took responsibility for eight of the post-“truce” rockets, most of which landed on Ashdod, slightly injuring one woman. Iron Dome intercepted four.
      The first rockets hit Eshkol before 9.30, soon to be followed by a steady stream at Sderot, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, Shear Hanegev, Gan Yavneh and Eshkol. As the Hamas official spoke, a rocket hit Netivot and Israel TV reporters at Shear Hanegev interrupted their broadcast and scurried to safety in a shelter.
      At 12:30 p.m. Rehovot, Ness Ziona and Kibbutz Givat Brenner were targeted, then sirens blared on Mt. Carmel, in Haifa, Zichron Yaakov and Ain Hashofet and at 13.05 p.m. in the inland towns.
      And the day was still young.

  2. You correctly assert that the rockets fired at Israel by Hamas is committing a war crime by launching those missiles against the Israeli population. However those 8000 rockets are not remotely comparable to the 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs that have been dropped in large numbers on crowded Palestinian neighborhoods.

    ...The media has failed to note that unlike the West Bank, Gaza is NOT occupied. It is free of all Israeli military presence. You can’t be serious. The last time Israel mounted a Gaza military assault as severe as the current series of attacks was in 2008, with Operation Cast Lead, which lasted from Dec. 27 of that year to Jan. 18, 2009. That attack saw 1,455 Palestinians killed, including 333 children. Roughly 5,000 more Palestinians were injured. The IDF has forcibly removed 300,000 Palestinians from their homes and their property.

    Israel is currently attacking a population of 1.8 million that has no army, no navy, no air force, no mechanized military units, no command and control and no heavy artillery.

    This is not war, it is indiscriminate slaughter. This is not being reported by the US press.

    1. Nonsense.

      Even the PA ambassador admits that Israel is abiding by the law and is NOT doing anything but what is legal in fighting the hamas.

      You distort reality do to your hatred of Israel.

    2. This is not war, it is indiscriminate slaughter.

      indiscriminate? hardly. Israel targets specific buildings that hold munitions, rockets and/or are the leaders of Hamas homes.

      Israel, which has been well documented, employees numerous means to tell the innocents to leave their building.

      Phone calls, leaflets and even "knocker" bombs on roof tops.

      As for the claims that Israel uses "1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs that have been dropped in large numbers on crowded Palestinian neighborhoods" is also specious.

      Specifically Israel, when taking out a house, building etc uses a special munition, designed to blow out the walls without taking out the buildings next door.

      MANY times the 2ndary explosions of the rockets and munitions being illegally stored in those building damage the palestinians themselves.

      let's have some honesty dude.

  3. The Israeli and US press have dehumanized the Palestinian people as is usual in the practice of colonialism that devolves into apartheid.

    1. wow, were did you get that diddy?

      The Palestinian "people"? You mean the one's being used as human shields by Hamas?

      Then BEST thing for the Palestinian people is the removal of Hamas as the the thugs in charge...

  4. Institutionalized human oppression has a dismal record of longevity. The Israeli experiment will be no exception. This sideshow conducted by Netanyahu will be most distinguished by the cover it gave to ISIS in establishing itself in Syria and Iraq.

  5. The infiltration of Iraqi military units by ISIS according to a Pentagon draft assessment of Iraq’s security forces has concluded that only approximately half of the country’s military units are capable of being advised by American commandos. That is after we spent $25 billion training the Iraqis. How long will it take for ISIS to compromise security in Lebanon and Jordan? I doubt very long.

    Meanwhile Israel is creating a recruiting bonanza on its borders.

    1. Muslims were attacking Jews in Palestine decades before the establishment of the State of Israel. As long as Jews exist, there will be no shortage of jihad cannon fodder.

    2. Does not take Jihadi to kill Jews, the Zionist NASI do it themselves.

      The 252 Jewish refugees of the "Petra" stand is illutration, on a mall scale...
      But on a grander scale, and of wider scope ...

      , about a year before he became Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon said that had Jabotinsky been head of the Jewish Agency instead of Ben-Gurion, millions of Jews would have been saved from the Holocaust.

      The Zionists used the Jew of Europe a cannon fodder.
      No Muslims involved.


    4. It must be frustrating to watch thousands of rockets rain down on Israel and Israel blocking almost all of them from not killing scores.

      Jack? Deuce? both cheerleaders of Hamas and Iran, only wish Israel to die.

      Notice Deuce and Jack do not offer any solutions, minimize any effects of the thousands of rockets fired at Israel, pub pub the kidnapping of Israelis...

  6. War is hell. Those who would wage it should consider the consequences carefully.

    When country "A" attacks country "B", "A" has no right to complain of the wrath it has wrought volitionally. If the US had applied the standards of today, Japanese would be the official language of the East and German that of the West.

    ...on another matter...I am glad to be associated with his view points, albeit amatuerish compared to the EB geniuses...
    The secret writings of Isaac Newton

    "To make matters worse, Newton left no will and no instructions for dealing with the papers. It was a strange omission that becomes clearer once it is understood just how inflammatory their contents were. The papers contained damning evidence of Newton’s heretical disbelief in the notion of the Trinity of God the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost—which he believed to be a mere scriptural corruption. Newton’s fascination with alchemy was also evident from these papers, as was his unseemly obsession with abstruse matters of church history and doctrine."

    1. ... the “Stern Gang,” among them Yitzhak Shamir, later Prime Minister of Israel, presented the Nazis with the “Fundamental Features of the Proposal of the National Military Organization in Palestine (Irgun Zvai Leumi) Concerning the Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe and the Participation of the NMO in the War on the Side of Germany.”
      Avraham Stern and his followers announced that

      “The NMO, which is well-acquainted with the goodwill of the German Reich government and its authorities towards Zionist activity inside Germany and towards Zionist emigration plans, is of the opinion that:

      1. Common interests could exist between the establishment of a new order in Europe in conformity with the German concept, and the true national aspirations of the Jewish people as they are embodied by the NMO.

      2. Cooperation between the new Germany and a renewed folkish-national Hebraium would be possible and,

      3. The establishment of the historic Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, bound by a treaty with the German Reich, would be in the interest of a maintained and strengthened future German position of power in the Near East.

      Proceeding from these considerations, the NMO in Palestine, under the condition the above-mentioned national aspirations of the Israeli freedom movement are recognized on the side of the German Reich, offers to actively take part in the war on Germany’s side.”

    2. By 1940 the NASI Zionists were killing Jewish refugees.
      For the propaganda headlines their False Flag operations against those Jewish refugees would garner for their 'cause'.

    3. The person behind Jack,rat and numerous other signons stands with terrorists.

      He supports Iran and Hamas.

      That says it all

  7. So far I count three sane statements above.

    25%--- not bad !!

    1. Why thanks, Robert Peterson.
      Good to know that you recognize that allen is in denial of history and has gone insane.
      That you would think that of Deuce, well, maybe you should find somewhere else to pass your gas.

  8. July 14, 2014
    Israel derangement syndrome: 'Iron dome' blamed as 'likely to prolong conflict'
    By Thomas Lifson

    Just when you thought Jew-hatred double standards applied to Israel couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along comes this gem, via Rob Garver of The Fiscal Times and Yahoo News:

    … while the missile defense system is undoubtedly saving Israeli lives, in an ironic twist, some analysts believe that it is likely to prolong the conflict with Hamas by reducing pressure on Netanyahu to negotiate a cease-fire.

    The underlying presumption here is astounding. By defending itself, Israel is doing something harmful. Why can’t it just hurry up and surrender? Hamas, after all, wants to extinguish Israel and drive all the Jews into the sea. By objecting to this proposition, Israel is prolonging the conflict, and those poor Gazans, who voted in Hamas and who permit it to fire rockets from their homes, schools, hospitals and mosques, are suffering as a result. How dare Israel defend itself?

    Has there ever been another nation on earth criticized for defending itself from an attack?


    Thought I'd put up another sane statement.

    1. allen posted that Iron Dome was a complete failure, so how could it prolong the conflict, it doe not do its job.
      Subsequently it must be considered inconsequential.


    2. "Subsequently it must be considered inconsequential."

      The way you draw conclusions makes one wonder if you are legally insane or just an ass.

  9. July 14, 2014
    Read of the day: Israel as the Last Man Standing
    By Thomas Lifson

    The Middle East, always complex, is descending into a form of chaos that seems baffling. Bringing order to the complexity is Daniel P. Goldman, aka Spengler, writing in Tablet Magazine. A former Wall Street numbers guy, Goldman brings together a lot of demographic data expressed in useful charts, to lay out his case that time is on Israel’s side, and that the Muslims of the Middle East are engaged in a long-term battle, which he likens to the 30 Years War that devastated Europe in the 17th century:

    The region has seen nothing like it since the Mongol invasion of the 13th century. Perpetual war has turned into a snowball that accumulates people and resources as it rolls downhill and strips the ground bare of sustenance. Those who are left shiver in tents in refugee camps, and their young men go off to the war. There is nothing new about this way of waging war; it was invented in the West during the Thirty Years War by the imperial general Albrecht von Wallenstein, and it caused the death of nearly half the population of Central Europe between 1618 and 1648. (snip)

    The mess in the Middle East brings to mind the machinations around Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years War between 1627 and 1635, when France’s Cardinal Richelieu paid Sweden’s King Gustavus Adolphus to intervene on the Protestant side in order to weaken France’s Catholic rival Austria. At different times, Protestant Saxony and Catholic Bavaria allied with France, Austria, and each other, respectively. France and Sweden began as allies, briefly became enemies, and then were allies again. Looming over this snake-pit of religious, dynastic, and national rivalries was the figure of Albrecht von Wallenstein, the Austrian generalissimo who twice saved the Empire from defeat at the hands of the Protestants. Wallenstein, commanding a polyglot mercenary army with no national or religious loyalty, played both sides, and Austria had him murdered in 1634.

    There is more than coincidence to the parallels between the Middle East today and 17th-century Europe. Iran’s intervention into Syria’s civil conflict inaugurated a new kind of war in the region, the sort that Richelieu practiced in the 1620s. Iran’s war objectives are not national or territorial in the usual sense; rather, the objective is the war itself, that is, the uprooting and destruction of potentially hostile populations.

    As the Muslims self-destruct, Israel meanwhile prospers, and perhaps more importantly, is having babies at a rate higher than the local Arabs, whose fertility is declining.

    The entire long piece deserves to be read. But here are his conclusions:

    The historical homeland of the Jewish people [he means the West Bank, aka Judea and Sumaria] will pass into Israeli sovereignty not because the national-religious will it to be so, or because an Israeli government seeks territorial aggrandizement, but because Israel will be the last man standing in the region, the only state able to govern Judea and Samaria, and the only military force capable of securing its borders. It will happen without fanfare, de facto rather than de jure, at some moment in the not-too-distant future when the foreign ministries of the West are locked in crisis session over Iraq or Syria. And it will happen with the tacit support of Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

    Israeli authority will replace the feckless regime of the Palestine Authority in order to maintain public order and ensure that the electricity works, and the roads are secure, and that bands of jihadist marauders or Shiite terrorists do not massacre entire villages; this action will elicit the reflex condemnation from bored and dispirited Western diplomats. The realization of the Zionist dream will then be consummated not with a bang, but a whimper; the bangs will be much louder elsewhere.

    Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

    And, another.


      The article mentioned above.

    2. >>>>A one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is upon us. It won’t arrive by Naftali Bennett’s proposal to annex the West Bank’s Area C, or through the efforts of BDS campaigners and Jewish Voice for Peace to alter the Jewish state. But it will happen, sooner rather than later, as the states on Israel’s borders disintegrate and other regional players annex whatever they can. As that happens, Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria is becoming inevitable.

      Last week’s rocket attacks from Gaza failed to inflict many casualties in Israel—but they administered a mortal wound to Palestinian self-governance. Hamas launched its deepest strikes ever into Israel after the IDF cracked down on its West Bank operations following the murder last month of three Israeli boys, arresting nearly 900 members of Hamas and other terrorist groups. Humiliated in the territories, and unable to pay its 44,000 Gaza employees, Hamas acted from weakness, gambling that missile attacks would elicit a new Intifada on the West Bank. Although Fatah militias joined in the rocket attacks from Gaza, for now the Palestinian organizations are in their worst disarray in 20 years.

      The settlers of Judea and Samaria have stood in the cross-hairs of Western diplomacy for two decades, during which the word “settler” has become a term of the highest international opprobrium. Yet the past decade of spiraling conflicts in the Middle East have revealed that what is settled in the region is far less significant than what is unsettled. Iran’s intervention into the Syrian civil conflict has drawn the Sunni powers into a war of attrition that already has displaced more than 10 million people, mostly Sunnis, and put many more at risk. The settled, traditional, tribal life of the Levant has been shattered. Never before in the history of the region have so many young men had so little hope, so few communal ties, and so many reasons to take up arms.<<<<

      and on and on

      Nice graphs too.

    3. .

      Never waste a good crisis.



  10. Gaza Power Plant article -

    1. In 2013 Israel and Qatar brought Gaza's lone power plant back to life for the first

      Gaza Strip - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Between 1994 and 1996, Israel built the Israeli Gaza Strip barrier to improve ..... In 2013 Israel and Qatar brought Gaza's lone power plant back to life for the first ...

      I can't find who built it or when, for sure.

  11. This article does criticize Netanyahu to some extent -

    Tel Aviv, Israel — Down in the south there is a feeling of déjà vu: Israeli jets have dropped thousands of tons of bombs on Gaza, hundreds of rockets have been launched into Israel and troops are amassing along the border ahead of a possible ground invasion.

    And yet something is very different about this latest go-round of violence between Israel and Hamas. The Palestinian militant group is, in the estimation of Israeli officials, weaker than it has been in memory, and Israel senses the best opportunity it has had in a long time to permanently degrade or even eliminate Hamas as a political factor. It’s not just that the Israelis are pounding Hamas from the air and rounding up senior Hamas officials; with help from their de facto ally across the border—Egyptian general-cum-dictator-cum-president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi—they have managed to keep Hamas’ supply tunnels to Gaza virtually shut down. Analysts estimate that the roughly $20 million per month that Hamas collected in tax revenues from the tunnels has been reduced almost to zero.

    Read more:

  12. The Press always talks about itself.

    When nothing is going on. And often when it is.

    Think they are the Center of the Universe.

  13. July 15, 2014
    Oil Production in the Bakken Reaches New Record
    By Sierra Rayne

    With the release of the latest oil production data for the Bakken in North Dakota, this tight oil play reached a new record of 975,000 barrels per day in May. This represents an increase of almost 37,000 barrels per day from the previous month, and is the largest April-May increase on record. Daily oil per well remains stable at 127 barrels, down only slightly from the May 2013 value of 130.

    Overall production for North Dakota was also up in May to a new record of 1.04 million barrels per day, with daily oil per well steady at 99 barrels.

    North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.6 percent. In the western part of the state, unemployment rates in some counties are at – or even below – one percent. Unlike the neighboring states of Montana, South Dakota, and Minnesota, which all saw their unemployment rates remain high through 2009 and 2010 at peak levels, North Dakota's unemployment rate has declined in near-perfect correlation with rising oil production in the Bakken.

    Between 2009 and 2012, real per capita GDP in North Dakota increased an astonishing 42.4 percent. The nearest competitor was Oregon with a 13.6-percent increase over this period. The corresponding national increase was only 5.2 percent. North Dakota's per capita disposable personal income has increased by over 38 percent since 2009, leading the nation. Oklahoma ranked second at 17 percent. The national increase was just 10 percent.

  14. Opinion: Provocation and violence

    What set off the new spiral of violence in the Middle East? Does Palestinian organization Hamas deserve the blame? DW's Bettina Marx doubts that's the case and takes a look back at developments in recent weeks.

    The world is looking on in disbelief at developments in Israel, where a new round of violence is unfolding that has cost nearly 200 people their lives and maimed more than 1,000. European and American politicians broadly agree that Hamas is at fault for the escalation. The group provoked Israelis for so long with its rocket attacks that there was nothing left to do but strike back. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is among those who take this view and has condemned attacks on Israeli towns.
    Misplaced blame
    But things aren't quite so simple. A whole chain of events took place before the hostilities exploded, and they don't cast the Israeli government in a positive light. Everything began with the formation of the new Palestinian unity government on June 2. The intent was to end years of bloody feuding between Fatah and Hamas in order to strengthen Palestinians in their quest for self-determination. To Israel's horror, governments in Europe and the US signaled readiness to work together with the experts that made up the new Palestinian government.

    Bettina Marx
    When three Israeli yeshiva students were kidnapped 10 days later near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem saw its chance to strike out at the new government. Although Israeli security forces had evidence right from the start that the three teenagers had been murdered directly after their kidnapping, the government spread the idea that the youths were still alive and could be saved, and launched a major search. Hundreds of Hamas members were imprisoned, and the houses of the alleged perpetrators were destroyed as raids took place. The goal was to destroy Hamas' structures in the West Bank to bring about the collapse of the national unity government.
    Drawing in Gaza
    Hamas' supporters in the Gaza Strip also faced attacks. On June 29, an air strike killed one member of the organization. The next day, Hamas shot rockets at Israel for the first time since a 2012 cease-fire. That spelled the end of a quieter period along the border to the Gaza Strip, and violence quickly escalated.
    Even this series of events doesn't tell the whole story. The core of the problem is the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nearly two million Palestinians live in this tiny Mediterranean area, cut off from the world and with no prospects of a humane future. The majority of the Gaza Strip's current residents are younger than 18 and did not vote for Hamas. Nonetheless, Israel and the international community are condemning them to a life of poverty and destitution. As long as that does not change, peace will never come to the Middle East.

    1. Ceasefires do not limit themselves to specific weapons.

      The kidnapping and MURDER was in fact a major violation. Just as when Hezbollah kidnapped 3 Jewish Soldiers (and also tortured, murdered and dismembered them) was the spark for the Lebanon war, kidnapping 3 Jewish teenagers and doing the same is and was the violation of the cease fire.

      Murder the children of Israel? Get a boot in your ass.

      Here's an idea... If you have a ceasefire? Don't kidnap, torture, murder and dismember innocents ON PURPOSE.

    2. Your call is inconsequential, meaningless.
      Does not even qualify as bullshit.

    3. Is that your new word for the day? "inconsequential"

      Ok, it's a good one.

      You are inconsequential. In business, in life, in the universe, in literature you sir are inconsequential.

      You matter little or nothing, you are inconsequential as a husband and or a father.

      Your opinions and reposts are inconsequential. They lack meaning, context and substance.

    4. Then why do you spend so much time responding to them "O"rdure?
      Your own retorts give lie to their content.

      Inconsequential, I was hoping to expand your vocabulary, the effort seems to have succeeded.
      You can take that word back to the ESL class and impress the teacher.

      You're welcome.

    5. You project well on yourself.

      BTW, I didn't know what a ESL was til I googled it..

      I am born and bred American, as are you.

      Except I don't support enemies of the state as you do. I wonder what TR would say or do to a traitor to the USA as you are?

  15. Now this is a war Hamas could be proud of..

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew up his car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40, officials said.
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    1. Deuce and Jack, both support Hamas.

      I stand with Israel

    2. That's where an Israeli is expected to stand.

      The rest of US stand with Teddy Roosevelt.

      "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.”

      Theodore Roosevelt 

    3. TR, now there was a guy who really was something of an imperialist.



      Some Hero for an anti-imperialist like our rat.

    4. Rat is a figment of your imaginationTue Jul 15, 09:14:00 AM EDT

      Not a hero, but a President of the United States.
      But then Robert Peterson is not loyal to the United States.

      A draft dodger, a coward and a fool, that is who Robert Peterson is.

    5. So says the self confessed killer of babies.

      Jack Hawkins, desert rat and an assortment of other names, stands with Hamas and Iran, a traitor to the USA.

      Funny thing? As a traitor to the United States? He will be arrested, tried and convicted. It may take years, but it will happen.

    6. Post the documentation to that claim, will you please?

      I'd love to see it, then I'd report it to the proper authorities.

    7. You have already been reported to the proper authorities,


      You confirmed it yourself

    8. But you could not document the claims, not then, not now.
      That is what was confirmed.

      Without documentation, the report is/ was inconsequential.

      I am glad we have expanded your vocabulary, at least the morning has not been a total waste

  16. Deuce, you side with Hamas. Do you share their views? Should all Jews be killed?


    1. Why should he?

      The question is of no consequence, it is based upon a lie.

      When did you stop beating your wife, "O"rdure?

    2. When did you last pay child support?

    3. Why did your wife flee?

    4. That story is available on-line, the link has been posted previously.
      Or you can buy the book, if you really want to know and do not wish to search the archives for the link.
      Border Wars - Aztlan Assault

    5. Deuce, you side with Hamas. Do you share their views? Should all Jews be killed?


    6. I had to write the book, as there were so many requests for my 'story'.
      It is less than a dollar, so even farmers and foreigners should be able to afford it.

    7. Jack you are a big bs-er.

    8. It is a pretty good story, you ought to go buy it, give it a read!

      I did, a dollar well spent, if I do say so myself.

    9. Your literary career? Inconsequential

    10. Jack HawkinsTue Jul 15, 09:26:00 AM EDT
      I had to write the book, as there were so many requests for my 'story'.
      It is less than a dollar, so even farmers and foreigners should be able to afford it.

      Most likely he asked himself the request 15 times using 15 of his signons...

  17. The Koran is responsible for most of the crap in the Mid-East.

    It is at bottom a literary dispute.

    I know it is tough for rat to understand this. This Koran enables the worst instincts in human life.

  18. July 15, 2014
    Israel accepts Egypt cease-fire proposal, but Hamas rejects
    By Thomas Lifson

    Now it is clear which side wants violence. William Booth and Griff Witte write in the Washington Post:

    Israel’s security cabinet voted to accept an initiative from Egypt’s military-backed government that had been announced Monday evening. Israel suspended its operations in Gaza at 9 a.m. local time, but rocket fire from militants there continued.

    A senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, accused Egypt of collaborating with Israel to spring the proposal on the militant Palestinian Islamist group without prior warning. He called the proposal “unacceptable” and said Egypt is not a fair mediator because its government is deeply hostile toward Hamas.

    “We are holding in our hands a proposal we got off social media,” Zuhri said. “We refuse to be dealt with in such a way.”

    The group’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, wrote on its Web site that the initiative was “not worth the ink it was written with” [odd since others rejected it for being offered on social media] and vowed that “the resistance will continue until all the demands of our people are met.”

    That is pretty clear, if inconsistent. Israel is responding perfectly appropriately:

    Netanyahu indicated Tuesday that a Hamas rejection of the Egyptian proposal would lead to an escalation of a conflict that has already left at least 185 Gazans dead.

    “If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal and the rocket fire continues, which it looks like it does at the moment, then we are prepared to continue and intensify the operation against Hamas, and we will get the support from the members of the international community,” Netanyahu said Tuesday at a news conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

    Hamas is playing the usual Palestinian game of using civilians and children as human shields, launching rockets from houses, schools, hospitals, mosques and other sites where innocents will be killed when Israel attacks the offensive weapons being used against it. Then, the “international community” wrings its hands over the “disproportionate response” – as if taking out weapons being used to attack Israeli civilians is not appropriate self-defense.

    Hamas is increasingly desperate. It is unable to apy its officials, and Gaza is now effectively sealed off, as Egypt (increasingly hostile to Hamas) has closed its border crossings, and Hamas itself has closed the Erez Crossing into Israel. That way, Gazans will be unable to receive medical treatment in Israel, and supplies will be cut off. Once again, the welfare of Palestinians is secondary to scoring political points against Israel.

    Will Palestinians ever wake up and realize that they have been exploited as pawns and sacrificial lambs for the jihad ambitions of their putative leaders?

    1. Jack Shit: "Israel does not want peace, so the lack of a partner is irrelevant."

    2. That's correct, Ms T.
      Thank you for reminding everyone.

      I could list the specifics that prove the case, should I?
      Going back to 1947 and their rejection of UN Resolution 181.
      Their refusal to enter into the the very first round of negotiations and their unilateral declaration of sovereignty.

      Of course there is more evidence in the file, since1948, but Israel was founded by terrorist and sustained by it.
      US aid is predicated on there never being a peaceful resolution to the conflict and the Israeli will do whatever it take to keep that aid flowing.

    3. Of course there is more evidence in the file, since1948, but Israel was founded by terrorists and sustained by it.

      'it' being Terrorism, of course.

    4. Israel refusing to do a cease-fire is so 1948. This is 2014 and the jackboot is on the other foot, Jack.

    5. By Jack's definition America was founded by terrorists too

    6. The way that Israel came into existence is proof they do not want a partner in peace, Ms T.

      No one ever claimed the Palestinians want peace at any price.
      They want their country back, just like patriots in the US say they do.

      The Palestinians are willing to fight for it, the patriots here in the US, not so much.

      Of course it was, Anonymous.
      Free Masons that used political terrorism as a matter of course.

    7. The false flag raid in Boston Harbor on the "Beaver", "Dartmouth" and the "Eleanor" were classic examples of political terrorism.

  19. I stand with Israel.

    Jack? Stands with Hamas and Iran.

    I am a born and bred US citizen that supports Israel's right to be.

    Jack? Is a US born citizen that openly supports enemies of the state.

    1. Jack Shit supports a terrorist organization named Hamas.

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    3. Robert Peterson, what an ugly thing to say... does this mean we're not friends anymore? You know, Robert, if I thought you weren't my friend, I just don't think I could bear it.

    4. Jack? try suicide.

      I swear we will toast your burial

  20. … while the missile defense system is undoubtedly saving Israeli lives, in an ironic twist, some analysts believe that it is likely to prolong the conflict with Hamas by reducing pressure on Netanyahu to negotiate a cease-fire.

    Another libtard theory bites the dust...

  21. TR, now there was a guy who really was something of an imperialist.

    I like his monogram. I got it on handkerchiefs and shit.

    1. I won't be happy until you say you have TR tattooed on your rear.

    2. I was gonna have an image of Mt. Rushmore tattooed on my rear, but when I showed pictures of the proposed tattoo to all my friends, they said, "Why are you going to get a tattoo of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Commissioner Gordon?"

  22. >>>>Hamas is playing the usual Palestinian game of using civilians and children as human shields, launching rockets from houses, schools, hospitals, mosques and other sites where innocents will be killed when Israel attacks the offensive weapons being used against it. Then, the “international community” wrings its hands over the “disproportionate response” – as if taking out weapons being used to attack Israeli civilians is not appropriate self-defense.

    Hamas is increasingly desperate. It is unable to apy its officials, and Gaza is now effectively sealed off, as Egypt (increasingly hostile to Hamas) has closed its border crossings, and Hamas itself has closed the Erez Crossing into Israel. That way, Gazans will be unable to receive medical treatment in Israel, and supplies will be cut off. Once again, the welfare of Palestinians is secondary to scoring political points against Israel.<<<<<

  23. Zionist murder civilians, Jewish refugees in a False Flag operation

    On Nov. 25, 1940, a boat carrying Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe, the “Patra,” exploded and sank off the coast of Palestine killing 252 people.

    The Zionist “Haganah” claimed the passengers committed suicide to protest British refusal to let them land. Years later, it admitted that rather than let the passengers go to Mauritius, it blew up the vessel for its propaganda value.

    “Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice the few in order to save the many,”
    Moshe Sharett, a former Israeli Prime Minister said at memorial service in 1958.

    1. You have posted this at least 300 times.

      You are a one trick pony.

    2. And will continue to, as it is illustrative of the moral bankruptcy of Zionism.

    3. That is because you have nothing to say.

      Just moronic, out of context cuts and pastes.

      You stand with Iran and Hamas.

      You support enemies of the USA.

      You are a traitor

  24. Obamanomics: Get all Americans into a circle, then have everyone reach into the pocket of the person in front of them and take their wallet. Then everyone must give Obama a percentage of the found money for organizing the community in such a way to make this possible.

  25. When one reflects that Hamas has not only fired missiles at Israeli population centers but has deliberately targeted the Dimona nuclear site in the Negev, we are experiencing what is called a “game changer,” rendering all presumably rational temporizing null and void. Hamas is not trying to prevent or preempt an Israeli nuclear strike, which it knows is not going to happen; it is, rather, hoping to create mass civilian casualties via the diffusion of nuclear waste materials. A red line has been crossed — and it is not an Obama red line the world has learned to safely disregard. In the words of Michael Snyder, editor of The Economic Collapse Blog (ECB), “The fact that Hamas is attempting to create a nuclear holocaust is essentially an act of genocide”; indeed, it is an act of nuclear terrorism as defined by the United Nations. As reported in Breitbart, “Article 2 (1) of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism states:

    Any person commits an offence within the meaning of this Convention if that person unlawfully and intentionally…(b)…uses or damages a nuclear facility in a manner which releases or risks the release of radioactive material: (i) With the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury; or (ii) With the intent to cause substantial damage to property or to the environment; or (iii) With the intent to compel a natural or legal person, an international organization or a State to do or refrain from doing an act.”

  26. A few months after Obamacare's  launch — back when HealthCare.Gov still seemed like a computer virus built by Ted Cruz to forever discredit the federal government — I attended a dinner where an Obamacare skeptic laid out a simple test for predicting the program's survival: were insurers joining or fleeing?

    insurers believe Obamacare is working

    We know now that they're joining. Obamacare will offer more insurance choices in 2015 than it did in 2014. And that's because insurers believe Obamacare is working. They see enrollment above expectations; consumers who are basically happy with their insurance; an undeniable drop in the uninsured population; people paying their premiums; exchanges that are going to work better in 2015 than they did in 2014; an age mix that works well enough now and will likely improve as the individual mandate toughens; and a political system that isn't likely to repeal the law nor or ever.

    Put simply, they see a new and growing business. And they want to be part of it.

    Graph showing huge drop in uninsured rate

    Amidst all this Paul Krugman points out something I've noticed too: "what you get whenever you suggest that things are going OK is an outpouring, not so much of disagreement, as of fury. People get red-in-the-face angry, practically to the point of incoherence, over the suggestion that [Obamacare's] not a disaster."

    Part of that is a bad information loop: conservative coverage of Obamacare tends to be a parade of horror stories, coming disasters, and promises that a political reckoning is right around the corner. The tone of the coverage in conservative quarters today isn't all that different than it was during the law's initial weeks, when it really was a disaster.

    The unrelenting focus on the law, and its close association with President Obama himself, has made Obamacare a vessel for the core political fights of our age. Its success is seen as a validation not just of the law, but of President Obama, and even of liberalism. And so its success must be more furiously resisted. So much has been invested in Obamacare's failure that its success would be ideologically catastrophic for its critics.

    Which is pretty strange, actually. Because Obamacare's success is going to end up validating some pretty important conservative ideas — and, potentially, forestalling some liberal ones.

    The liberal dream wasn't a health-care system where success can be partly measured by the enthusiasm of private insurers. The liberal vision was single payer, or some kind of France-like multi-payer system. The first iteration of a national health-care proposal with the basic shape of Obamacare was when Senate Republicans presented it as an alternative to Bill . . . . . . .

    Conservatives Won - They just don't know it

    1. We went to a sports medicine doc last thursday, we were refused service, our Blue Cross /Anthem Silver was no longer accepted.

      Fuck obamacare.

    2. Obamacare doesn't work in Israel.

    3. The folded flag of my relative's death speaks to who and what I am.

      I am JUST as much a citizen as you are.

      But your libel and slander only shows what a small, petty and ignorant mind you have.

      My family has served, bled and even died for this nation.

      So with all due respect? Fuck you.

    4. Yeah. And, I'm an Inuit pole dancer, by way of El Salvador.

    5. We'll MY UNCLE was killed in Viet Nam, you filed paperwork....

    6. My Father was wounded in the Korean Conflict.

      You got a paper cut.

    7. I lost an Uncle in WW2 and had several others wounded...

      I registered for selective service when carter was prez....

      You collect benefits for a paper cut.

    8. "O"rdure had relatives on the "Patra"

  27. Jack HawkinsTue Jul 15, 01:33:00 AM EDT
    Tonnage, it is all about tonnage of the munitions, not numbers of rockets.

    The attack on the World Trade Buildings.....

    SO you are saying America had no RIGHT to travel to Afghanistan and fight a war?

    1. Neither Afghanistan nor Afghans attacked the US.

      Saudi Arabians did.

    2. If the reader believes the faulty and incomplete report by the 9/11 Commission.

      The invasion of Afghanistan was an attempt to shift the focus of the world away from the perpetrators. With the added benefit, to the US, of gaining control of the world's premier opium groves. We were able to increase production and flood Russia with heroin.

      Another step forward in the plans developed by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger , outlined in numerous books, article and interviews.

    3. I have no reason to respond further.

      It is not a subject that interests me, beyond the answer provided.
      The US was not attacked by Afghanistan nor by Afghans.

      The US was attacked by Saudi Arabians, Israel's newest ally.

      That should say more than enough to anyone with eyes that see, ears that hear and a mind that is open.

    4. Jack HawkinsTue Jul 15, 10:30:00 AM EDT
      I have no reason to respond further.


      jackshitter is non responsive and is done talking... LOL



    5. The question wasinconsequential
      As is the questioner.

    6. This coming from you?


      look in the mirror.

      What you see will be a old, bitter, nothing of a man. Who, in the end, was a suckass father and husband, a pot head and gun runner and all-around shit of a human being.

      Bet your father would whoop your ass if he could..

  28. Was Steve Liesman on CNBC this morning? It would be a miracle if he was, after this exchange with Rick Santelli, yesterday.

    The Nerd cuts the loudmouth a new one

    1. .

      Santelli is a loudmouth and he has his own peanut gallery behind him. No doubt about it.

      Everyone on the other side? The Bernanke/Yellen policy is great for the stock market. Haw can you argue with it? It is CNBC don't you know.

      The FED policy is and has been for some time straight supply side bull (one I admittedly have been taken advantage of). The main assumption being that is you take care of the rich it will lift all boats. It hasn't.

      Corporations are sitting on record levels of cash and not investing. The stock market has been driven to a large degree by shrinking, large companies buying back stock with free money. Median wages are dropping. Unemployment remains high. CPI? A ludicrous measure. Core doesn't include the things that have increased the most, food, energy and take a look at your water bill. The list goes on.

      The video was entertaining. Meaningful to the average Joe? Not at all.

      I'll have to take any blow back later. Have to gets some blood work done this morning.



    2. :) Not much "blowback" from me. I probably disagree a bit about the much-maligned "CPI." I think it's pretty accurate, and, used correctly, does its job.

  29. Sec Kerry just lambasted Hamas and laid all the guilt at Hamas feet.

    It's a pig flying moment.

  30. Remember when safe sex meant making sure the emergency brake was engaged?

  31. This is the anti-Jewish press at its best. Read the article author’s statement below and then look at the facts. He is either a bloody liar or a simpleminded tool of the “Ministry”.
    Israel's bombing of Gaza is morally justified — and eminently stupid
    “On June 29, the prime minister attempted to placate these calls for vengeance with limited air strikes against a rocket squad in Gaza. That bombing killed a Hamas operative. The first Hamas rockets were fired at Israel the next day.
    It was the first rocket barrage launched by Hamas since 2012.”

    Really? …Hmm …

    “In January, Palestinian Militants launched 22 rockets and four mortar shells at Israel in 19 separate attacks. Two of the rockets were launched from Sinai.”

    “In February, Palestinian Militants launched nine rockets at Israel in seven separate attacks.”

    “In March, Palestinians launched 65 rockets and mortar shell, in 23 attacks.”

    “In April, There were 19 rockets and 5 mortar shell in 14 attacks towards Israel.”

    “Throughout May 4 rockets and 3 mortar shells were launched from Gaza in 5 attacks towards Israel.”

    In June, 49 rockets and 1 mortar round were fired into Israel.

    I grant the war is “stupid”. A war needs a strategy. Tactics are then employed to bring about the desired goals. This dust-up has no strategy as far as I can see; therefore, it is “stupid”. Netanyahu is using the IDF to make lots of noise. To what end?

  32. "Sir, Custer was a pussy; you ain't" (from We Were Soldiers).

    This came to mind as I thought about Netanyahu (he is) and the Egyptian peace plan. From limited viewing of the www this morning, it looks like Hamas is trying to make Netanyahu man up (they won't succeed).

    I think his government just passed its shelf-life.

    1. allen,

      not sure.

      there is more going on that what is being reported.

      but for some interesting points.

      the LACK of attention on the world stage.
      the open support for Israel by Kerry against hamas is a pigs fly moment in the last 5.5 years.
      the LACK of actual UNSC actions.
      the complete dissolving of the iran / iraq /isis borders and war
      the continuation of the syrian/hezbollah/iran fight in syria
      the destruction of 2/3 of all aircraft in tripoli
      the evac of all westerner from libya
      the crackdown on hamas/jihadist groups in gaza
      the iran talks going no where

      and a few other things I won't talk about on this blog.

      but I do not under estimate Bibi and his collation. The left is worthless.

      And the rocket war that you and I understood was the next war has arrived.

      The gaza BATTLE is just phase one of 3 or 4.

      Hamas and their rockets have to be made irrelevant before Hezbollah and or Iran can be dealt with.

      It's not over by a long shot...

    2. What next is in store do you think, government wise, in Israel? It seems the right has split from Bibi already - will they gain more power given recent events? What do you think Netanyahu should be doing?

      Do you think that Bob (like a blind squirrel finding a nut) cited something of value with:

      "Bob OreilleTue Jul 15, 02:19:00 AM EDT

      >>>>A one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is upon us."


    3. The Israeli are not looking for a solution, Ash.

      They are pleased with the status que.

    4. Jack HawkinsTue Jul 15, 11:04:00 AM EDT
      The Israeli are not looking for a solution, Ash.
      They are pleased with the status que.

      Once again, you show your lack of knowledge and military and/or security experience.

  33. Tel Aviv, Israel -- Tuesday morning, Israel unilaterally agreed to the conditions of an Egypt-brokered ceasefire, completely halting its military operations in Gaza. However, Hamas Muslim Brotherhood terrorists refused to stop firing rockets from Gaza into Israeli population centers. Fifty rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel in six hours since 9 a.m. local time, when the ceasefire was set to initiate.

    At 3 p.m. local time, Israel announced that its unilateral declaration was no more. According to IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner, “Following 6 hrs of indiscriminate rocket fire at Israel the IDF has resumed operational activities against Hamas.” Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the Israel Defense Force to “act forcefully against terror targets in Gaza.”

    1. Netanyahu is praying to all that's holy that the Egyptians will save him. They can't. Hamas makes the man look more foolish by the minute.

    2. Sixty rockets @ 20 kg each = 2,640 pounds of munition

      This we are told is an existential threat to Israel.

      By the third day of Protective Edge, the Israeli had delivered 700 tonne of munitions to Gaza.
      Yet Hamas survives.

      The Palestinians are that much more resilient than Israelis?

      Now the Israeli are discounting their own myth. That has 'em rolling in the aisles in France and England.

    3. Jack HawkinsTue Jul 15, 11:09:00 AM EDT
      Sixty rockets @ 20 kg each = 2,640 pounds of munition

      If those were aimed at your wife and kids you might have a different opinion...

      MY BAD, you don't CARE about your offspring and ex-wife.. LOL

  34. "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
    Attacking Israel with the big lie: genocide

    1. It has worked for the Zionists, turn about is fair play


    2. about a year before he became Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon said that had Jabotinsky been head of the Jewish Agency instead of Ben-Gurion, millions of Jews would have been saved from the Holocaust.


    3. Poor poor Jack...

      So filled with rage and envy...

      A worthless loser, never could keep a wife... Forced abortions on the one he had, and after the beatings she fled with the only child she could produce...

      Yep read his book...

      It's all in there.. His killing civilians, his forcing his wife to abort babies... He's beating of his kid and wife..

      horrible horrible little man, and yet? seeks attention enough to write it all down..


    4. What worries you, masters you.


    5. “Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read!
      And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.”

    6. The trick is not too read all the books, there are too many of them, but to read the best books. (Of the making of books there will be no end)

      This takes some experience, to say the least. A little enlightened guidance doesn't hurt either.

  35. Replies
    1. I don't see anything wrong with it. Seems to me it has the current reality right.

  36. What is "Occupation"Tue Jul 15, 09:24:00 AM EDT
    Deuce, you side with Hamas. Do you share their views? Should all Jews be killed?


    I don’t side with killers on either side. I prefer Jews that heal children over Jews who kill them. I don’t like Jews in uniform who use it as a cover for hate and thuggery. I don’t like conservative Christians who want to kill because they believe in God. I don’t like Saudis and their disgusting religion that is the source of much of the evil in the ME and I don’t like people that think they are entitled to anything because of who they think they are.

    1. DO you support Israel's right to be a state. DO you support the right of Jews to self determination?

    2. One man, one vote, but EVERYONE get a vote, not just Jews, especially in a "One State" solution.

      Or Israel will lose the support of the US.

      Can't win, there is nothing but losses ahead, for the apartheid nation of Israel.
      It will have to become democratic, or perish.

      Doubt those Arab Israeli in Gaza will be voting the Likud line, will they

    3. They had a good turn out in Gaza.

      "Well, they had a good turn out." - George W. Bush on the woeful results of the Gaza elections.

      Here is an idiotic statement :
      Doubt those Arab Israeli in Gaza will be voting the Likud line, will they

      When is the next election to be held in Gaza, by the way?

  37. What is "Occupation"Tue Jul 15, 10:51:00 AM EDT

    not sure.

    As distasteful as the prospect is, the only way to put an end to this game is boots on the ground and seriously damaging ROE.

    Whatever happens, in my opinion Netanyahu has to go. I thought the same about Olmert, who is going to jail, at long last - there is justice :-)

    1. Olmert was a shit.

      I have more confidence than you in Bibi.

      but I agree, the rat's nests under the strip need to be cleared.

      only boots on the ground will do it or it will be whack a mole again in 12-20 months

    2. Hamas wins by losing

      Israel loses ...

      Especially if, as allen has told us, cash flow and profits are existential to Israel.
      Disinvestment and trade sanctions will be coming in Phase 2 of the Hamas program.
      Cal Thomas reported how the media in Europe, the UK specifically, was anti-Israel.

      heh, heh, heh.


    3. Bob OreilleTue Jul 15, 02:19:00 AM EDT

      >>>>A one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is upon us.

      One state from the river to the sea. Isn't that the 'boots on the ground' solution?

    4. As an afterthought, why hasn't Israel used bunker busters to get at the deeply embedded Hamas leadership?

      Netanyahu is doing what the Germans call Sturm und Drang. He is doing so to placate an incensed Israeli public. When it finally occurs to that public that Mr. Netanyahu has gamed them, accomplishing nothing beyond "sound and fury", his government will be brought down.

      By the way, fighting a war for nothing beyond the survival of ones political career is grossly immoral. In my opinion, that is what Netanyahu is all about. I will rejoice on his day of infamy.

    5. Because they are in Qatar, allen.

  38. The Press in the Unites States is better than the 'Press' in:

    All Moslem Countries
    Most of Africa

    1. There really is no freedom of the press in Canada.

      It is a politically correct press.

  39. I've been telling you; PPP confirms it:

    A new Public Policy Poll found that 37 percent of Republicans who voted in the Mississippi primary runoff election between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) said they would back the Confederate side if there was another Civil War.


    1. I wouldn't doubt that 37% of democrats (white democrats) would vote the same way.

      Also, a LOT of democrats voted in the Republican primary.

    2. Why not click on the link, asshole - before you run your fucking mouth. It gives the number for Dems.

    3. You Can't Fix Robert Peterson ...

      You Can't Fix Stupid.

      But I repeat myself

    4. It's a PPP poll, isn't it, your stupid fucking asshole.

      Why would anyone but a dumb motherfucker from Mississippi give it any credence?

      Blow Me !!

      No, no, wait......I didn't mean that last.....!!


    5. You repeat yourself, rat, all day long, 24/7 to the point where people just blot it out.

      Repetition, thy name is Jack 'desert rat' Hawkins.

    6. Rat is a figment of your imaginationTue Jul 15, 12:26:00 PM EDT

      That's correct Robert Peterson

      If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
      Winston Churchill

      People read more back in Churchill's day and so many of our contributors utilize English as a Second Language, so it is important to drive the pertinent points home.

    7. Jack, Bob has you on that one. Your regular repetition and multiple monikers makes one unlikely to read anything you write. You may think your blasts are effective but you are wrong. It would be nice if you went back to your approach of old and simply argued.

    8. The responses, Ash, proves just how incorrect you are.

    9. With each repetition of the historical reality, the NASI replies become ever more strident.

      Which is the desired response.

    10. If your desire is to have only 3 readers then, yes, you have met with success.

    11. Jack is a traitor. A supporter of terrorists, both Iran and Hamas. One wonders how much Iran pays Jack?

    12. I, for one Jack, have chosen to scroll by your posts regularly much as I do with Bob's. Occasionally I'll peruse some of Bob's stuff just for fun, yours do not afford even that. I mean, c'mon, this bull you've posted constantly regarding killing babies and selling women? It's laughable. It makes people laugh at you. It does not convince them. Quirk's a pretty smart guy, ask him his opinion of you. There was a time when you made some decent arguments. I've watched your thinking evolve. You can actually think. But now you appear to be a rambling, slightly psychotic, old man propped up at a computer spewing hate that convinces no one.

      Bob doesn't play a fool, he is one. You on the other hand seems to have slipped off the deep end. Heck, you resemble the David Dukes of the world who think screaming something multiple times convinces. Good luck with that!

  40. Ash, did you even read the article?

    It's not my article, I just thought it was interesting.

    What is your point?

    (this is a dangerous question with Ash.......there may not be a point)

    1. Here's another to chew on Ash.......remember, I don't 'endorse' the article......AT always has lots of interesting articles...

      July 15, 2014
      Hamas bombs open spaces to discover Israel's weaknesses--Domino's Pizza
      By Ethel C. Fenig

      As Jack Engelhard of Israel National News noted

      Although you can be sure about the rest of CNN, especially its man on the scene Ben Wedeman, reporting from Gaza, or maybe from inside Israel. In any case, good ol’ Ben was unhappy. This is not a direct quote, but close: “Hamas keeps firing rockets into Israel but they are not hitting anybody. They’re landing in open spaces. So what’s the use?”

      He is correct. Sure, now many of Hamas' rockets are landing in open spaces but others, over cities and towns, are being spectacularly brought down by Iron Dome. But Israel, not underestimating the enemy while protecting its citizens, realizes there might be other, darker currents for these missiles seemingly aimed at harmless open spaces according to Debka.

      These might be the uses Ben Wedeman asked about.

      Speculation has been rife about the motivations behind Hamas’ more than 100-rocket-a-day barrage against the Israeli population, week after week. The most popular theory is that the Palestinian Islamists are aiming for a spectacular victory over Israel by hitting an important strategic target and/or causing a high number of fatalities. Until one or both those objectives is achieved, the Palestinian Islamists won’t stop shooting. (snip)


    2. They don’t believe Hamas tacticians have squandered 1,000 rockets thus far on a whim or at random. They are most likely motivated by three goals, which are also important to Hamas’ future plans – and not just Hamas:

      1. Why would Hamas keep on shooting when so many of its rockets miss their targets or are destined to be downed by Israel’s Iron Dome interception batteries? The answer is that its tacticians have a hidden agenda. The rocket crews and their masters are testing the strengths and weaknesses of Israel’s wonder weapon for future reference.

      Hamas knew in advance of the massive rocket blitz it launched against Israel in the last week of June that the Iron Dome defensive shield was if not impermeable then a major impediment.

      At the same time, by battering the very areas where this shield was deployed, Hamas planners sought to expose its weak points and provide the Palestinians terrorists and their allies, Iran and Hizballah, with valuable data about the linchpin of Israel’s defenses. (snip)

      2. When the distribution of Hamas targets is examined, a premeditated program becomes visible: They were not randomly aimed at Dimona, Tel Aviv, Modiin and Hadera, but sought out the nuclear reactor (Dimona), Israel’s national and business heartland (Tel Aviv), the national power center (Hadera), Ben Gurion airport (Modiin), Israeli air bases near Negev towns, and military and port installations in Haifa, Ashkelon and Ashdod.

      Hamas strategists noted that when the rocket fire intensified, so too did the Iron Dome interceptions.

      While not averse to hitting Israel’s prime strategic sites directly, the Palestinians were their missed launches to develop data for guidance systems that would make their rockets and mortars more accurate in future conflicts.

      However, in addition to launching missiles towards Israel while deprived of food during the day because of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, (if not followed violators are flogged)

      Hamas also sought to do even more damage to Israel by hacking into Domino's Pizza Israel, warning

      “Today will strike deep in Israel, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Ashdod more than 2000 rockets. We’ll start at 7. Counting back towards the end of Israel … Be warned!”

      Warned, the oh not so frightened Israelis responded

      The pizza delivered to the Hammas Ninja turtles should have included roasted pork bits on the top!

      Should drop pepperoni pizzas all over Gaza and watch them struggle not to eat them.

      More is sure to come in this over 3000 year and counting conflict between Arabs and Jews, babble about a probable John Kerry instigated temporary cease fire from Egypt notwithstanding. Till then, Israelis are munching on pizza and other good stuff (yes, Israel has imported American style Domino's pizza but also has its own home grown great Israeli and Italian joints.) and fighting back.

      Israelis fighting back angers liberals. That means Israel must be doing something right.


    4. I did read the article, did you? I seriously doubt it and even if you did I doubt your ability to let the ideas in past your cast in stone preconceptions.

      It does appear that the one state solution is one that appeals to Allen and an increasing number of Israelis despite Ariel Sharon's abandonment of such a notion.

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  41. ...a laugh for the day...
    WH: We've ‘Substantially Improved the Tranquility of the Global Community’

    I have got to get some of the weed those guys are smoking.

      89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan

    2. :)

      Try getting hold of Ash, the most 'tranquil' fellow here.

    3. Or maybe just ask President Obama for part of his stash.

    4. If that doesn't work you might call Rufus.

    5. 89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan.....

      89 more 'tranquil' citizens......

    6. Bob OreilleTue Jul 15, 12:01:00 PM EDT
      89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan.....

      89 more 'tranquil' citizens......

      Death has that effect.

  42. Bob OreilleTue Jul 15, 11:54:00 AM EDT

    They don’t believe Hamas tacticians have squandered 1,000 rockets thus far on a whim or at random. They are most likely motivated by three goals, which are also important to Hamas’ future plans – and not just Hamas:

    I am proud of you, Bob! Great catch...

    They have also discovered that "Iron Dome" has a fatal defect: it is failing to detonate the warheads. You may be sure that Iranian, Pakistani, Russian, and North Korean technicians are working on a secondary system as we speak.

    1. Nothing to it, allen.

      All one has to do is read American Thinker, which has a wide variety of writers and opinions, generally well thought out, Hot Air and a few of the other good ones.

    2. allen is proud of his child ...
      Which explains so much about Robert.

      Even his supporters think he is immature and childlike.

      Poor Robert, on that down hill slide to oblivion.
      Soon he'll be spreading real feces all over the walls, instead of the metaphorical shit he spreads here...

  43. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday said the U.S. labor market is healing but still needs support from the nation’s central bank.

    In testimony for a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen noted that hiring has picked up compared to last year, averaging 230,000 net new jobs per month this year. The unemployment rate has dropped from 7.5 percent to 6.1 percent over the past year -- faster than the Fed expected.

    But perhaps most importantly, Yellen acknowledged that broader measures of labor market health have registered “notable improvements.” She has frequently argued that the traditional measure of unemployment does not capture the true strain in the job market. Many workers may be in part-time jobs when they would rather have full-time positions, or they may have given up looking for work because they are discouraged by their prospects.

    The broadest measure of labor market distress shows 12.1 percent of the labor force is unemployed, underemployed or discouraged -- down about 2 percentage points from a year ago. Though the numbers are moving in the right direction, Yellen said Tuesday they remain too high. Some economists believe that is why wage growth has remained weak despite stronger hiring.

    “These and other indications that significant slack remains in labor markets are corroborated by the continued slow pace of growth in most measures of hourly compensation,” Yellen said in her prepared remarks.

    Her comment also signaled that . . . . .


  44. Department Store Sales have been running a bit over 4%, average, Year on Year, for several months, now.

    I kinda use those for a "proxy" for the upper half, income-wise.

    Goldman Sachs Dept Store Sales

  45. The Nation's Most Accurate Polling Firm, the last election cycle, PPP, confirms that 37% of Mississippi Republicans would support the Confederacy in another Civil War.


    Now, what does that tell you about, not just the morality, but the Intellectual capability of Southern Whites?

    :) :) :)

    Simply amazin'.

    1. You are half southern white.

      You are treading on thin ice, you white motherfucking idiot.


    2. And your whole line of reasoning smacks of RACISM.!!!!


  46. " The ISI also planned to strangle the US helicopter air lanes by emplacing anti-aircraft cells along known routes in the belts areas around Baghdad."
    The Siege of Baghdad

    Hmm...How could that happen, since we are assured that IS has no such capability?

    And where, oh where, are those Russian jets, providing cover for advancing Iraqi armor and infantry?

    1. Closer to the front than the F-16s the US never shipped.

    2. Jul 2, 2014
      Today's arrivals bring the number of planes shipped to 10

      Plus 3 flown in from Iran.

    3. July 9 ...
      The delivery of the Su-25 aircraft, which American officials said had already conducted missions in western and northern Iraq, is Iran's latest effort to help Prime Minister al-Maliki, The New York Times reported.

    4. July 3,

      ... both US and Russian forces are preparing to aid the Maliki government at a quite significant level, and may even cooperate more closely than either Washington or Moscow will want to acknowledge. Indeed, that may already be happening: the hundred US troops inserted to help protect Baghdad's airport will be guarding the very same base from which Su-25s are already flying, no doubt with Russian pilots.

    5. 9 July ...

      said the U.S. source in Baghdad. “We’re discovering that U.S. companies in this crisis don’t have a high tolerance for risk. Unfortunately, the Russians are much more tolerant of risk.”

      Making matters worse, that Iraqi arsenal notably does not yet include a single one of the 34 F-16 fighters that Iraq has had on order since 2010; nor the 24 Apache helicopter gunships on order that were held up by Congress until last January and still have not flown; nor the 24 Beechcraft AT-6 Texan II armed turboprop planes that the State Department approved for sale to Iraq back in May.
      “God willing, within one week, this [SU-25] force will be effective and will destroy the terrorist dens,” said Maliki.

      ... within one week, ...
      That would be tomorrow.

  47. IS is investing Baghdad, bit by bit. The Iraqi Army (so called) cowers helplessly.

    We shall see, in time, whether those F-16s are ever delivered. Even the Pentagon must have noticed the absence of a secure base in Iraq. Moreover, F-16s cannot hold ground; only boots can do that. Armor cannot hold ground; only boots can do that. Iraq, it seems, has few willing boots.

    1. Ignorance is bliss, allen is a happy fellow.

      In Iraq, death toll rises among Shiite recruits battling insurgency

      idealistic and fervent volunteers who followed their religious leaders' fatwa to enlist and soon found themselves thrown onto the front lines.

      Facing them are seasoned and dug-in Sunni insurgents, among them skilled snipers, expert bomb makers and savvy street fighters. Many have extensive experience battling U.S. troops, Iraqi forces and, in some cases, the neighboring Syrian army and its allies.

      By contrast, many Shiite volunteers appear to have had little formal training, according to interviews here. They were rushed into battle as Iraqi army units disintegrated and the government scrambled to deflect an existential threat.

      "They're being thrown out there without training against experienced soldiers," said an undertaker in this shrine city, where death is an industry and war means more business.
      Ali Hussein was placed in a police unit in one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq. Ramadi was a hub of Sunni resistance to the U.S.-led occupation and of the subsequent rebellion against the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. The ferocity of the resistance in Anbar was legendary among U.S. soldiers and Marines.

      "He would call us and say there was fighting going on all the time," said the distraught father, outfitted in a traditional tribal cloak and Arab headdress. "He wanted to volunteer even before the fatwa," he added, referring to the edict last month from Shiite clerics urging young men to sign up at recruitment centers.
      The number of body washings has doubled in the last month to about 60 a day, including many young men killed at the front, workers here said. This site is only one of many pre-burial washing spots.

      "These are all soldiers who died doing their duty," said Awad Moussawi, 52, who is among the staff of professional washers. "This is a necessary jihad. Islam will be victorious."

      They have a large supply of boots, not much experience, even less training.

      The learning curve is pretty steep, but they have lots and lots of boots.

  48. Someone Is Launching Airstrikes on Iraq, But No One Knows Who

    July 8, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    When the history is finally written about this latest bout of fighting in Iraq, it’s a safe bet that the ebooks will describe the fighting as the strangest goddamn war/conflict/combat to grace the annals of conflict in quite some time. Take last week's bout of airstrikes in Mosul.

    Iraq’s second-largest city is currently under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS… or ISIL… or the Islamic State… or the caliphate… or Whatever-the-Hell-You-Want-to-Call-the-Sunni-Extremist-Messiness). It's not all that crazy that Mosul was bombed. What is kind of crazy is that nobody is sure who decided to start bombing Mosul.
    After the latest round of airstrikes in Mosul, the Washington Post’s intrepid reporters tried to puzzle out basic stuff that any reporter in a war zone might want to find out. Questions like “Which countries are actively involved in the blowing-things-up and killing-people portions of this particular war?”

    So they called the US and asked if the US knew anything about the airstrikes. The US said no.

    So they called the Iraqi government and asked if they knew anything about the airstrikes. The Iraqi government said no.

    So they called the Iraqi military and asked if they knew anything about the airstrikes. They didn’t return the call.

  49. Iraq: The underprepared recruits bolstering the Iraqi army

    Dressed in mismatched khaki military uniforms, boots loosely tied and paunches showing, the volunteers held on to each other's shoulders as they practised marching in the roasting desert heat.

    Nearby, young men dashed for cover, running across the car park of the Iraqi military training centre waving plastic Kalashnikov.

    As jihadists from the Islamic State vow to smite Iraq's Shia population and topple the Shia majority government, thousands of men from the sect have answered a call by the nation's political and religious leaders to take up arms.

    Just as in past wars, the first recruits are led to slaughter, that is why they are referred to as "Cannon Fodder".
    The term much older than the war in Iraq.

    "They have the will and the ability to fight," said Captain Ziad Tarek, the head of media communications for a military training base, echoing the rhetoric aired on Iraqi government channels. "Nobody forced them to volunteer. "

    Almost two thousand men were taking part in the two week training programme at the military academy visited by the Telegraph, with many more on the waiting list, military commanders said.

    1. RT (blog)-Jun 26, 2014
      Thousands of Shia Muslims in India have volunteered to go to Iraq to ... are recruiting volunteers pledging to protect Shia holy shrines in the ...

      Multiple reports of people from India volunteering to join the fight
      ,,,in Delhi, Anjuman-e-Haidari, a Shia organisation, claims nearly 30,000 Indians have signed up as volunteers to take the flight the other way round. The Anjuman is supposedly the only organisation in the world to launch such an initiative. While a majority of those who have enrolled for it — men and women from all walks of life — are from the Shia sect, there are Sunnis and even a couple of Hindus on the list as well.

      As news of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) destroying holy Shia sites trickles in, many in the community fear that Karbala — especially the shrine of Hussain Ibn Ali, the most revered site for Shias after Mecca and Medina — is under threat too. The Iraqi government has stepped up security around the monuments and Iran has reportedly sent in armed forces for their protection last month.

    2. While ISIS recruits in England ...

      The fruits of Empire, the sun never sets on the discord the British have set upon the planet.

  50. ...talking about bad press...
    NBC Ignores VA Whistle-Blower Hearing; ABC Gives News Only 23 Seconds

    1. That Bob Iger at Disney-ABC, just another Jewish fella, backin' Obama.

  51. ...for another point of view... Will the MSM carry this news? ...not a chance...
    Obamacare Misses Its Target on the Uninsured by Half

    1. Disney-ABC, Bob Iger he's part of the Jewish cabal running the MSM
      CBS - That'd be Leslie Moonves, a nephew of David Ben-Gurion, he's part of the Jewish cabal running the MSM
      Comcast-NBC, CEO Brian L. Roberts, he just happens to be another of the dots in the Jewish cabal running the MSM.

      The MSM is run by allen's cousins.
      Wonder why he ain't happy?

  52. The First Battle of Bull Run ...
    Johnny Reb kicked the Federals ass.

    At Gettysburg the tide had turned.

    By Appomattox the South could no longer field an Army.

  53. Rufus IITue Jul 15, 10:56:00 AM EDT
    blow me, you phony fuck.

    That's why some of us think you are the fraud.

    I am in Ohio, same domain for the last 10 + years…

    Never has changed… Ask your lord and savior deuce to check the IP's

    You are one DUMB, inbred, drunk, poor excuse of a human as they get.

    So no thank you, I will not "blow you"

    1. But you sure did think about it.

    2. "O"rdure gets his blowin' done in Tel Aviv.
      He prefers professionals.

      "We've long recognized the economic potential of the gay community. The gay tourist is a quality tourist, who spends money and sets trends,"
      said Pini Shani, a Tourism Ministry official who has been involved in the campaign.

      "There's also no doubt that a tourist who's had a positive experience here is of PR value. If he leaves satisfied, he becomes an Israeli ambassador of good will."

    3. No, you are the gay fudge packer in the crowd, not I

      You are the one always talking about gay sex.. You are the expert at cocksucking, cause you are a cocksucker

      Maybe that's the real reason your wife left you? You are switch hitter?

  54. Jack HawkinsTue Jul 15, 11:29:00 AM EDT
    Hamas wins by losing

    Israel loses ...

    Especially if, as allen has told us, cash flow and profits are existential to Israel.
    Disinvestment and trade sanctions will be coming in Phase 2 of the Hamas program.
    Cal Thomas reported how the media in Europe, the UK specifically, was anti-Israel.

    heh, heh, heh.

    laugh all you want. Europe and it's markets are dying.

    Growth for Israel? India and China..

    Now I'll laugh…