“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."

Friday, October 17, 2014

The wrath of the Kurdish women fighters against ISIS in Kobane

Fighters for the all-women YPJ militia in northern Syria say they are fighting “a revolution of woman.”
Hundreds of Kurds gathered in a Turkish border town on Tuesday for the funerals of four women killed fighting the Islamic State (I.S.) group, while across the border a Kurdish female militia is playing a leading role in defending Kobani.
Reuters has reported the four coffins that were lowered into the ground in the town of Suruc contained the bodies of fighters from the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ) – the female brigade of the leftist YPG militia.
“We will avenge … those women who were sold as slaves in the markets of the ISIS (I.S.),” the YPJ said in a statement last Wednesday. 
The YPG itself is the armed wing of a Kurdish coalition that has taken defacto control over a sizable chunk of Syria's predominantly Kurdish north.
According to terror research group TRAC, as much as 35 percent of Kurdish troops in Syria's north are women.
Estimates from various other monitors of the number of Kurdish women fighting in Syria run as high as 10,000.
“We turned the first places they entered – the southern tip of the city and the 48th avenue – into a hell. And from now on Kobani will continue to be hell for them." 
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Kurdish defenders in the besieged town of Kobani are being co-led by a 40 year old Kurdish woman from the Afrin region of Aleppo province. “Mayssa Abdo, known by the nom-de-guerre of Narin Afrin, is commanding the YPG in Kobane along with Mahmud Barkhodan,” SOHR's head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP on Sunday.
Abdo herself has stated, “a great resistance is taking place in Kobani.” “We can say that the Kobani resistance is in particular a women’s resistance,” she told Kurdish news outlet, The Rojava Report.
“In order to enter Kobani the ISIS (I.S.) gangs will have to pass over our corpses,” Abdo said.
She explained that I.S. is relying on “heavy weapons” like tanks and artillery fire, but in the slim streets of Kobani YPG/YPJ fighters have fought back “with ambushes and traps, creative defense tactics and a sacrificial determination.”
“We turned the first places they entered – the southern tip of the city and the 48th avenue – into a hell. And from now on Kobani will continue to be hell for them,” she stated.
According to reports circulating among Kurdish media, in Kobani, YPJ troops have become vital in the battle against I.S.
"I see the Syrian revolution as not only a popular revolution of the people but also as a revolution of the woman." 
Earlier this month SOHR reported one YPJ fighter killed more than 20 I.S. fighters when she charged their lines and blew herself up. The suicide bombing opened a gap for YPG fighters to momentarily push I.S. back, according to SOHR.
Another woman under Abdo's command only known as Rehana has been claimed to have killed over 100 I.S. fighters, according to the International Business Times.

While the claim cannot be verified, the boast appeared to hit a nerve for I.S. supporters on social media, who promptly circulated graphic images of a mutilated corpse they claimed was Rehana's body.
Other YPJ exploits are regularly posted online in anti-I.S. propaganda.

One YPJ fighter only referred to as “Jazera” that spoke to the New Republic magazine explained why she had joined a militia that boasted martyrdom before surrender.
“I see the Syrian revolution as not only a popular revolution of the people but also as a revolution of woman,” she told the New Republic's Sophie Cousins.
Jazera continued by explaining, “The woman has been suppressed for more than 50,000 years and now we have the possibility of having our own will, our own power and our own personality.”


  1. I wish our feminists had as much spunk.

  2. The Kurds deserve a state. They have a real history. They control their lands, they have unique culture.

    The are occupied by the Iranians, the Iraqis, the Turks and the Syrians.

    All of the above have criminally abused them.

  3. I think I've done falled in love. :)

  4. No wonder the execrable turks are scared to death of these people.

  5. Israelis are afraid of 'em, too.

    It was the Iranians that saved Erbil from the Daesh.
    It is Israel that prefers the Daesh (al-Qeada) taking power in Syria.

    If you support a "Free Kurdistan", then the Iranian contingent is the one for you to cheer for.

    The YPJ is the Syrian version of the PKK, which has been supported and allied with the Assad regime, thus with Iran.

    Israel prefers Daesh (al-Qeada) in Syria, over the Alawites, Christians and their Kurdish allies

    Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

  6. 7 Trillion? Where do you come up with this nonsense?

    1. $7,060,259,674,497.51

      ( - The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than $7 trillion during the slightly more than five and a half years Barack Obama has been president.

    2. Well, I will tell you right now that that is nonsense.

    3. Because only Republican presidents incur debt. Check.

    4. CBS News, former home of your buds Dan Rather and shit, said in March 2013 it was SIX trillion. You don't think Obama has racked up another T Note since then?

    5. Click on table 1.1

      I'll tell you what they're doing there; they're tacking on Federal Reserve "debt."

    6. Well they don't want to do your magic trillion dollar coin trick.

    7. Actually, Rat was the one pushing that on this site. It Did get a surprising amount of traction in the halls of finance, and government.

      Anyway Federal Reserve debt is Not Federal Debt. The Federal Reserve is not a "government" responsibility. Yeah, yeah, I know. whatever. :)

    8. It's accounts payable, with a gun pointed at taxpayers to make it good.

  7. The end of "going platinum". No albums have sold more than 1 million copies in 2014

  8. It'd be a net cost savings to the government and he people if Congress issued a trillion dollar coin, rather than borrow another trillion from the Federal Reserve.

    Wouldn't be paying interest on the trillion backed by the coin, would be on the trillion borrowed from the Federal Reserve.

    But, I realize that is hard for some of the folks that comment here to understand.

    1. The coin would have been made of platinum, because that is what the Congress had already approved.
      The Republican controlled Congress.

    2. The legislation authorizing the minting of the coins, signed by GW Bush.

    3. It would also have to be a rather large coin, since the New York spot price for platinum is about $1250 per ounce. Eight hundred ounces would be a million dollar coin, 800,000 ounces a billion dollar coin, so a trillion dollar coin would be 800,000,000 ounces, or 50,000,000 pounds, or 25,000 tons.

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    5. No, Ms T. The size of the coin is dependent not upon the weight of the metal making it up.

      Or a penny would be worth as much as a quarter.
      A hundred dollar bill, not the value of the paper and ink, combined.

      Try again

    6. Why use platinum at all, if the dang thing is fiat money? Why not make a wooden nickle and call it a kerjillion dollars?

    7. .

      The Federal Reserve's income is derived primarily from the interest on U.S. government securities that it has acquired through open market operations. Other sources of income are the interest on foreign currency investments held by the System; fees received for services provided to depository institutions, such as check clearing, funds transfers and automated clearinghouse operations; and interest on loans to depository institutions (the rate on which is the so-called discount rate). After paying its expenses, the Federal Reserve turns the rest of its earnings over to the U.S. Treasury.


    8. And those expense amount to .... ?

      In 2011, the last year numbers are available ....

      The consolidated LLCs also contributed to the increase in Reserve Banks' 2010 comprehensive income, with net earnings of $8 billion for the year ended December 31, 2010, a $2 billion increase from the 2009 net earnings of $6 billion.

      $8 billion per year in expenses.

    9. Because, Ms T, the Congress had passed legislation authorizing the Treasury to issue Platinum coins.
      When the GOP was holding the US econoy hostage, by refusing to raise the 'debt limit', the Treasury could have issued those Platinum coins, to cover the 'spread'...
      The legislation was already Law.

      The coins could be wooden, that being more durable than paper, but the Congress has not authorized wooden nickels.

    10. Congress has authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to issue the Platinums in any denomination and without monetary limit.

    11. Now, there are some who may not consider $8 billion dollars to be very much money.
      But I do.


    12. A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money.

      - often attributed to Everett Dirksen

    13. Then, when you consider that the Federal Reserve is manned by the executives of Goldman Sucks, the amount of insider trading and other financial shenanigans, well, it boggles the mind.

      Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for a congressional hearing to determine if corruption permeates the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

      She called for the investigation shortly after the weekly public radio broadcast “This American Life” ran a program based on information from Carmen Segarra, a former New York Fed bank examiner, who noted that her ex-bosses weren’t willing to stand by her claims that the business didn’t have any conflict-of-interest policies, United Press International reported.

    14. Only a true moron like Senor Rat Mierda could take that trillion shit seriously.

  9. "Only God can decide if terrorists are right or wrong. It's our job to arrange the meeting." -- U.S. Navy Seals

    1. Those are the fellas that will collect on ...
      It's accounts payable, with a gun pointed at taxpayers to make it good.

      What your government did abroad yesterday it does at home today

    2. Any coin would be more valuable than any piece of paper money, Ms T, if your system of valuation were in place.

      Trading paper for metal, think about it.

      The paper money, it weighs in at one gram per bill or 0.0353 oz . There are 28.35 gm in an ounce.

      They held in their hands a novelty and they were more filled with curiosity than excitement. My mom, her sister, and her brother asked, “What is it?” Their uncle replied, “Why, that’s a dollar bill. That’s money.” The kids began to laugh, “Who are you trying to kid? That’s not money. Real money is made out of gold and silver.” When my mom told me that story, it reminded me of one particular scene in the movie “Old Yeller.”

      It so happened that paper money was a rarity in the rural parts of California – and perhaps many other locales – during the early 1920s and prior. But, on a technical level, my mom and her siblings were correct. “Real money” is in fact made of gold or silver or some other commonly accepted store of value . . . not paper.

    3. According to a report released by the Federal Reserve last week, the M2 money supply is about $10.5 trillion.

      The amount of gold held by the United States government is approximately 260 million ounces.
      Doing the math, that translates to north of $40,000 per ounce. This is too difficult to even comprehend.

      But, whatever the real number might be, it seems that it is above the current $1200 area that gold in currently trading.
      The SPDR Gold Trust (ticker symbol NYSE:GLD) is an exchange traded fund that holds gold; its shares are very liquid. We think gold will be moving up and we’ve positioned our clients accordingly.

    4. The M2 is now $11.517 trillion, the Federal Debt did not INCREASE by $7 trillion.
      The M2 was $8.27 when Mr Obama took office.

  10. “If you ban flights from Ebola zones, they will just go to another country.” - Liberal dummies who don’t know that’s how they get here now.

  11. The answer is pretty simple ...

    When a person goes to the hospital, tells the attendents that he has been to Liberia, and is not feeling well, he has a fever and other symptoms ...

    Do not send him home, even if he is uninsured, in Texas

    1. And, if you really want to go "top drawer," make sure your personnel have adequate protective gear, and know how to properly use it.

  12. 'Ebola Czar' Absent from White House Ebola Strategy Meeting

    1. Yeah, those bureaucrats need to be at EVERY staff meeting.
      To miss one, a cardinal sin, if you believe that meetings make a difference.

  13. Of course, if you're the Governor of the State of Texas, you might want to let your hospitals collect that $4 or $5 Billion that the Feds are trying to give them.

    You can do a lot of training, and buy a lot of hazmat suits for that kind of money.

    1. Texas Health Presbyterian begins public relations effort to restore trust

      Presbyterian has faced allegations from Presbyterian nurses and their allies who said training on the proper use of personal protective equipment was lacking. Texas Health officials say they offer mechanisms for employees to raise such issues anonymously and none did.

      Other hospitals instituted in-person training about personal protective equipment after the CDC released an Ebola alert July 28.

      Asked why Presbyterian did not, Varga said: “As of the 25th of September, there had never been a case of Ebola in the United States in its 238-year history.”

  14. I can't tell if Hillary is getting ready to belch, or has just farted, in that picture, Miss T.