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

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Russia raises interest rates to 9.5%

Moscow forex signThe weak rouble has kept inflation in Russia high

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Russia's central bank has raised its key interest rate to 9.5% from 8% as it seeks to tackle inflation.
The 1.5 percentage point increase was higher than expected, with analysts having forecast a rise of 0.5 percentage points.
The bank has already raised rates from 5.5% at the start of the year but the moves have failed to combat inflation.
A weak rouble and a ban on western food imports has kept inflation stubbornly high.
"If external conditions improve, and a persistent trend for lowering inflation and inflation expectations emerges, the Bank of Russia will be ready to start to ease its monetary policy," the central bank said.
The new rate will take effect on 5 November. The last rise was imposed at the end of July.
The central bank said that inflation had reached 8.4% and would remain above 8% until the end of March.
Economic growth is expected to almost grind to a halt in the final three months of this year and in the first quarter of 2015.
The rouble briefly firmed after the bank's decision was announced, but then fell back into negative territory.
The rise comes as Russia said it would will resume shipments of natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev makes its first payment for previous supplies next week.
Trade row
Meanwhile, the European Union said it had launched a trade dispute with Russia at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to challenge Russia's treatment of European agricultural and manufactured goods.
The WTO said the EU had accused Russia of levying higher-than-permitted tariffs on a range of goods including paper, palm oil and refrigerators.
The dispute is the fifth case involving Russia and the EU that has been brought to the WTO.


  1. (Updates to reflect trading after meeting)

    By Alexander Winning and Vladimir Abramov

    Oct 31 (Reuters) - The rouble slumped around 3 percent against the dollar on Friday, giving back almost all its sharp gains of the previous session, even after the central bank hiked its key interest rate by more than the market had expected.

    At 1350 GMT, the rouble was 3.09 percent weaker against the dollar at 42.93 and lost 2.52 percent to trade at 53.74 versus the euro.

    That left the currency 2.8 percent weaker at 47.79 against the dollar-euro basket used by the central bank to gauge the rouble's nominal exchange rate.

    The rouble was briefly buoyed by the 150 basis point rate hike but resumed its fall after the bank said it had not altered its intervention policy.

    There had been speculation the bank might use Friday's meeting to scrap the rouble's trading band ahead of schedule or tweak policy to enable bigger interventions.

    Coupled with talk of a large, one-off intervention by the bank and a possible deal between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea, such speculation had helped the rouble close up over 3 percent on Thursday.

    "My concern is that the pressure on the rouble that we saw before this (rate meeting) was hardly the result of interest rates being too low," said VTB Capital economist Vladimir Kolychev.

    "I very much want to believe that this (rate rise) will help the rouble. If not, then the central bank will have to change its exchange rate policy."

    The rouble has lost around 20 percent of its value against the dollar this year. The currency has been weakened by falling oil prices, risk aversion towards Russia because of its role in the Ukraine conflict, and demand for foreign currency from Russian companies shut out of Western capital markets.

  2. Will see how the Russian fervor for Putin holds up in the next six months.

    1. The central banks currency policy is now draining Russia’s foreign exchange reserves without slowing the depreciation.

      In the run-up to a crucial monetary policy decision on Friday, investors have steadily sold the rouble, forcing the central bank to intervene to the tune of some $2.5bn a day. That is unsustainable. The Russians know from past experience where this leads,

  3. Hard talk

    What lies behind Vladimir Putin’s latest anti-American rant

    Nov 1st 2014 | MOSCOW | The Economist

    WHEN Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, gave a belligerent anti-Western speech in Munich seven years ago he was tense and angry. But on October 24th he was reportedly relaxed and happy as he delivered his most anti-American diatribe so far. He joked and smiled. He enjoyed flaunting his characteristic toughness in front of foreign journalists and experts who are members of the Valdai discussion club, leaving them stuck for words by his ability to twist facts and distort meanings.

    In substance the speech contained little new. Mr Putin blamed America’s “unilateral diktat” for the world’s disorders, and accused the West of double standards and hypocrisy towards Russia, which was only “protecting the interests of the Russian-speaking population in Crimea” against “neo-fascists” when it annexed the peninsula and stirred conflict in the east. The message was clear: if America breaks rules in Kosovo, so can Russia in Ukraine. “The bear will not even bother to ask permission. Here we consider it the master of the taiga. It does not intend to move to any other climatic zones. However, it will not let anyone have its taiga either.”

    Mr Putin recalled Khrushchev banging his shoe at the UN as a way to command attention. “The whole world, primarily the United States and NATO thought: this Nikita is best left alone, he might just go and fire a missile—they have lots of them, we had better show some respect for them.” Yet the Soviet Union and America saw each other as equals not just because of their arsenals, but also because they were joint victors in the second world war. The Soviet Union helped to create the post-war order that Mr Putin now wants to destroy. Soviet leaders were hostile to the West but not irresponsible; they harboured deep fears about using nuclear weapons.

    Mr Putin is not open to a change of view. “In the past he did everything in his power to change the situation, but now all this is in the past,” says Dmitri Trenin, head of Carnegie Moscow Centre, a think-tank. “He clearly does not trust America and sees no point in talking to it,” says Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. The question is why he bothered to make the speech at all.

    The answer may have more to do with Mr Putin’s domestic situation than with the West. Anti-Americanism is now a pillar of the Kremlin’s ideology. In 2007 Mr Putin’s Munich speech was a complement to Russia’s strong growth. His latest effort is a substitute for it. Blaming Russia’s economic troubles, including falling oil prices, on America diverts criticism from the Kremlin. Opinion polls show that the Russian public first and foremost credits Mr Putin with the restoration of Russia’s place in the world. On this basis the Valdai meeting in Sochi, site of this year’s winter Olympics, provided a perfect setting for him to demonstrate his strength and agility while the club’s members inadvertently played the part of a television audience. Fittingly, Valdai is now organised by Dmitry Kiselev, a television propagandist who hosts a weekly talk show.

    This does not mean that Mr Putin is ready for a real war with the West. The withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine suggests that his actions are constrained both by sanctions and by the unwillingness of Russians to lose more soldiers’ lives. But Mr Putin’s meddling in Ukraine is far from over. In many ways it is Russia’s weakness, not its strength, that is now the biggest danger.

  4. Money talks.

    Russia, Ukraine and the EU Commission have signed a tri-party agreement on the supply of Russian gas during the 2014-15 winter season.

    The agreement provides for the gas for Ukraine to be priced at $378 for 1000 cu.m. without the ‘take or pay' requirement that Gazprom insisted on for many years.

    Ukraine will pay $1.4 bill. in debt to Gazprom now and another $1.65 bill. by the year’s end.

    Both the EU and the IMF are considering new loan assistance packages for Ukraine pending formation of the new coalition government.

    1. For a Dick he didn't drive that hard a bargain.
      Too bad about Fracking.

    2. 58% of the state was classified as experiencing severe drought conditions. In the first six months of 2014, hydropower contributed 45% of what it did on average from 2004 to 2013 to electric power generation in California, while the share of natural gas-fired generation increased 9 percentage points over that period to average 58%. Also influencing the shift in the generation mix was the retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). In 2012, SONGS went offline and was eventually closed in 2013. This amounted to a loss of about 2,150 MW. Heading into this past summer, the ISO said in its summer reliability assessment that it expected 3,243 MW of generation that was new from the previous summer, with solar making up 61%, natural gas making up 32%, and other sources of generation making up the remaining 7%.

      Most of the gas used in California is from the Rockies, Canada, and Texas, according to Bentek Energy. The Kern River Pipeline, which delivers gas from the Rockies and terminates in Bakersfield, California, remained at full or near-full capacity through all of July and August, with deliveries to power plants showing the most year-over-year growth, according to Bentek.

  5. Halloween Horrors

    On this, the darkest night of nights
    Of beastly dreams and ghostly lights
    I try to dodge the Devil’s host
    And ponder on what scares me most

    A poet, I’m a timid fellow
    The streak that spans my back is yellow
    If you say, “Boo!”
    I have a hunch
    That’s quite enough to lose my lunch

    I don’t let ravens near my hearth
    Or heavy breathers known as Darth
    I see a threat in every shadow
    I’m scared to death of Rachel Maddow

    I don’t care what my father said
    Monsters lurk beneath my bed
    And when I peek, I pause and posit
    If they’re not there, they’re in the closet

    If I don’t see it, still I fear it
    That nasty creaking! Don’t you hear it?
    Yes, every sound can raise a hackle
    Like Hillary’s annoying cackle

    Now comes a thought
    That’s far more troubling
    That scars the lungs
    Like brimstone bubbling

    A throbbing thought that far exceeds
    The claws that reach, the brain that bleeds
    That speeds at night from hell’s own vortice
    And grips my soul like rigor mortis

    What scares me most?
    Here’s my confession
    The Senate
    In a Lame Duck Session

    Spare us spirits!
    Hear and Heed
    Deliver us from Harry Reid

  6. The RWNJ (right wing nut jobs) were so dismayed that the Russians had that lily-white, Christian, shirt-eschewing "Leader" of a man, and all we had was a skinny, socialist Kenyan sullying up the White House.

    1. And, now, he'll give them 9.5% on their money!

    2. In Rubles, of course.

      Life is Grand.

      I'm sure they're lining up, now, as we speak.

    3. An incredible instance of cross eyed vision to start the day.

      Excellent, Rufus.

    4. Totally without meaning, but a good statement to start your day.

    5. ODMNJ (Old Drunken Mississippi Nut Job)

    6. Who seems to have, happily, given up for a spell his predilection for demanding bj's of one and all.

    7. Roubles! Roubles! you Fewl!

  7. We need to shape up here.

  8. WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress may be in no mood to hike the minimum wage, but four conservative-leaning states are poised to do it on their own next week.

    Initiatives to raise the minimum wage appear on the ballot in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota on Tuesday. Alaska, Arkansas and South Dakota all have Republican-controlled legislatures, and Nebraska is solidly red despite the official lack of party affiliation in its statehouse.

    Recent polls have shown strong support for each of these ballot initiatives. That should come as no surprise. The idea of hiking the wage floor tends to receive bipartisan backing among Americans, with around two-thirds of voters saying they favor such proposals in most surveys.

    "We're expecting them all to go through," said Tsedeye Gebreselassie, an attorney with the National Employment Law Project Action Fund, which advocates for a higher minimum wage. "I would be shocked if it didn't go through in any of the states."

    If the ballot measures pass, they will . . . . . .

    The Ballot Measure that Never Loses

  9. If there should happen to be an al-Qaeda attack in Calhoun County Alabama, Sheriff Larry Amerson will presumably know what to do. That is because he and a number of colleagues in law enforcement have received paid trips to Israel to learn how to deal with the terrorist threat.

    The Washington-based Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) sponsors a Law Enforcement Exchange Program "in order to learn how to better protect the U.S. communities from terrorist attacks." The program takes law enforcement officials from the United States and sends them to Israel for training in the "strategies and techniques perfected by Israeli law enforcement." Amerson, past president of the National Sheriff’s Association, made his trip in 2012. Along the way, he reportedly benefited from a "greater understanding of the situation in Israel as it relates to terrorist threats." JINSA also hosts conferences in the U.S. where Israeli officers are brought over to brief American law enforcement officials.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is also involved in the effort to indoctrinate the U.S. law enforcement community. Its website’s Homeland Security Monitor chronicles numerous meetings between Israeli intelligence and police officials and their U.S. counterparts, to include numerous trips to Israel to learn from the masters of the craft about various aspects of security, including controlling borders and airports. Even firemen have made the journey, presumably to learn how a fire in Israel differs from a fire in the United States.

    Ironically, American law enforcement and emergency services are every bit as capable as those in Israel and really have nothing to learn.
    The difference in practice is that Israel uses extensive profiling to identify threats, which means Arabs are regularly stopped and questioned. Exposure to that dubious technique is often paid for by the U.S. taxpayer as much of the travel to Israel is funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which provides billions of dollars in training grants to cover the expenses.

    It has been noted that the terrorism threat itself is greatly exaggerated, with more Americans killed by falling television sets than by terrorist action, but this has not stopped the proliferation of state level departments of homeland security, fusion centers for sharing information, and the introduction of consultants and security service providers at all levels. Much of the activity is either wasteful, redundant, or completely unnecessary. America’s seventy-two fusion centers, where many of the Israeli contractors and advisers wind up, have been denounced in a Senate report as useless, ineffective, and frequently engaged in spying on American citizens, particularly Arabs, but also including anti-abortionists and Ron Paul supporters.

    This effort to turn a buck from the woefully mismanaged Department of Homeland Security is multifaceted. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that fully 97% of DHS discretionary grants are given to Jewish organizations even though Janet Napolitano has admitted that there is no "specific, credible threat" against Jewish targets.

  10. U.S. Jewish NGOs to get 97% of Homeland Security's defense grant in 2012
    While the budget has shrunk in recent years, the threat to Jewish institutions has not changed; as a result, Jewish non-profits will receive a record percentage of the funds.

    there is no “specific, credible threat” against Jewish targets, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told the Forward during a visit to the newspaper’s New York offices.

    1. The Israelification of American Domestic Security

      “No experience in my life has had more of an impact on doing my job than going to Israel.” “One would say it is the front line,” Barnett Jones, the police chief of Ann Arbor, Michigan, said of Israel. “We're in a global war.”

      Who is the 'enemy' marching on Ann Arbor, Michigan?

      Karen Greenberg, the director of Fordham School of Law’s Center on National Security and a leading expert on terror and civil liberties, said the Israeli influence on American law enforcement is so extensive it has bled into street-level police conduct. “After 9/11 we reached out to the Israelis on many fronts and one of those fronts was torture,” Greenberg told me. “The training in Iraq and Afghanistan on torture was Israeli training. There’s been a huge downside to taking our cue from the Israelis and now we’re going to spread that into the fabric of everyday American life? It’s counter-terrorism creep. And it’s exactly what you could have predicted would have happened.”

      What your government did abroad yesterday it does at home today

    2. According to The New York Times, the NYPD deployed “counterterrorism measures” to mobilize large numbers of cops for the lightning raid on Zuccotti. The use of anti-terror techniques to suppress a civilian protest complemented harsh police measures demonstrated across the country against the nationwide “Occupy” movement, from firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets into unarmed crowds to blasting demonstrators with the LRAD sound cannon.

      Given the amount of training the NYPD and so many other police forces have received from Israel’s military-intelligence apparatus, and the profuse levels of gratitude American police chiefs have expressed to their Israeli mentors, it is worth asking how much Israeli instruction has influenced the way the police have attempted to suppress the Occupy movement, and how much it will inform police repression of future upsurges of street protest. But already, the Israelification of American law enforcement appears to have intensified police hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, common criminals, and terrorists. As Dichter said, they are all just “crimiterrorists.”

      “After 9/11 we had to react very quickly,” Greenberg remarked, “but now we’re in 2011 and we’re not talking about people who want to fly planes into buildings. We’re talking about young American citizens who feel that their birthright has been sold. If we’re using Israeli style tactics on them and this stuff bleeds into the way we do business at large, were in big trouble.”

    3. What your government did abroad yesterday it does at home today

      Jack, you told us you were a private hired black ops merc in Central America working for Ollie North, training folks to kill.

      In fact you bragged how since you were not tried and convicted of any of your killings you were innocent..

      Kettle calling the pot black?

    4. I notice, you didn’t address any of the specifics that were presented. Instead you diverted and played the old saw about CA ops based on posts on this blog that have not been found.

    5. Once the posts were deleted I'd have a problem finding them, but if I did?

      Then Jack would say that Rat was a figment of our imagination.

      So the question is:

      Was Jack.Rat lying about working with Ollie North? Training black ops? Or was he just another case of stolen valor?

      BTW he still can't remember what unit he served with.

      Deuce do you ever tire of covering up Rat's lies?

  11. Jack HawkinsSat Nov 01, 12:03:00 AM EDT
    The blockade was never lifted, the Israeli never stood down.
    The Israeli did not observe the 'cease fire'.

    The blockade being "lifted" was a war goal of Hamas and was NEVER part of the "ceasefire"

    Ceasefire means ceasing the firing.

    You need to go back to English school foreigner.....

    Ih but wait, you told us Hamas WON in it's war with Israel.

    Is that why Hamas is still being blockaded by EGYPT, and EGYPT is blowing up homes in Rafah to expand it's BUFFER (LIVING SPACE) to separate them from the Gazans?

    Thousands forced from homes as Egypt clears Gaza border area after bombing
    Egyptian authorities are demolishing hundreds of houses along its impoverished border with the Gaza Strip to create a security buffer zone

    LOL cool

    The Egyptian authorities are demolishing hundreds of houses along its impoverished border with the Gaza Strip to create a buffer zone that will slow the flow of weapons and militants between the two territories.
    Army officials told residents in the eastern Rafah area to evacuate their homes on Tuesday. They later confirmed that they planned to empty more than 800 houses – home to about 10,000 people.
    “It's a confusing mess, the sound of explosions is so loud and the people don't know what to do,” one local resident told the Telegraph by phone on Wednesday.
    The new buffer zone, billed to include water-filled trenches that thwart tunnel diggers, would be 500 yards wide and extend along the nine-mile border.

    Hmm... doesn't sound like Hamas wants to CEASE FIRING even on it's brother ARABS....

    1. Israel never stood down...


      Israel didn't stand down?

      You mean all those parades and candy celebrating Hamas's victory were for naught?

      You mean the 6 billion in damage the IDF caused is still not getting fixed?

      You mean the Hamas and their supporters are paying a price for starting and LOSING a war with Israel?


    2. But Hamas never stopped killing, in Jerusalem, in the Sinai and shooting rockets.

      The war has entered a new phase.

      It's called the "Hamas Scared as Shit" Phase...

      that's why they do it with one off attacks, one missile, one stabbing, one car crash, one ambush...

      nothing to great to cause the IDF to "lose" again by kicking their collective asses...

      But there is a new reality in town.

      The arab world collectively, LOOKS at Hamas as the SAME as ISIS.

      The Moslem Brotherhood, Al Queda, Hamas, Hezbollah.... all enemies of the collective arab world...

      That's why nothing is going to change in Gaza until Hamas leaves....

      The Abbas government, in it's 8th year of a 2 year term is a terminal basket case now allowing Islamists to run rampant...

      I guess the fake nationalistic named arabs that called themselves (and others) "Palestinians" will continue to be abused by their own criminal thug leaders...

    3. The Umma™: Starting and Losing Wars with Israel Since 1948

    4. Now "O"rdure is attempt to find Israeli 'Equivalency, in Palestine !

      Of all places, of all the peoples that "O"rdure could choose, to compare the Israeli to, he choses Palestine and Mr Abbas.


      I'd be rolling on the floor, if it weren't for the fact it's saltillo tile,.

    5. Hardly Jackoff....

      I was just pointing out that your Butt Buddies, the Hamas, are losers...

      You just don't understand English well do you?

    6. The 'font' of Western Culture, the light of the World, its citizens now attempting to find equivaleny with the Palestinian Authoriy !

      Momma mia!
      Look how the 'mighty' have fallen off their pedestal.

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    8. Sorry Deuce, I was just making sure our resident criminal knew about saltillo tile and how it holds blood evidence/

    9. Jack HawkinsSat Nov 01, 10:38:00 AM EDT
      The 'font' of Western Culture, the light of the World, its citizens now attempting to find equivaleny with the Palestinian Authoriy !

      Momma mia!
      Look how the 'mighty' have fallen off their pedestal.

      Only in your mind.

      There is no comparison of Israel and the Islamic Nazis of the Fatah and Hamas.

      But that doesn't stop you from inventing equivalency.

      We know English is not your 1st language but the word is not "equivaleny"

    10. Address specific issues and points.

    11. Deuce ☂Sat Nov 01, 11:14:00 AM EDT
      Address specific issues and points.

      try applying that to your buddy.

  12. The results of India’s latest solar auction are in, and it is bad news for developers of Australian coal projects – solar PV is cheaper for Indian users than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia.

    A tender for 500MW of solar capacity in the sunny, south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, resulted in First Solar submitting the cheapest bids in an auction that was oversubscribed by more than double – 63 bids, totalling 1291MW in proposed solar developments.

    First Solar submitted bids of just over 8 cents US per kilowatt-hour – $0.086/kW/h for 40MW and $US0.087/kWh for another 40MW. In local currency terms the bids came in at INR5.25/kWh and INR5.35. That is significant, because it is below the price required to make coal imports economically . . . . .

    Economically Viable

  13. October 29th, 2014 by James Ayre

    The cost of utility-scale US solar energy is currently 59% cheaper than what industry analysts predicted back in 2010 it would be by now, according to a new report from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

    In addition to that rather striking figure, the new report also notes that between the years of 2012-2013, the price of a residential/small-business-scale solar system fell by a very notable 12–15%. The report also notes that, in some locations, the price may fall by a further 3–12% before the end of the . . . .


    1. A final takeaway with regard to the drop in costs — the cost per watt of a solar PV cell has fallen 99% since 1977.

    2. As soon as people start going off the grid and the bureaucrats lose control, they will ban home solar because a roof without moss and worms disrupts the feeding pattern of the Great Western Woodpecker.

  14. The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on Israel to probe its last three Gaza conflicts and to begin working toward evacuating West Bank settlements in its most recent written report published on Thursday.

    The Human Rights Committee issued its call at the end of its 112th session in Geneva this month, in which it examined Israel’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    Israel, the committee said in a written report, “should ensure that all human rights violations committed during its military operations in the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014 are thoroughly, effectively, independently and impartially investigated.”

    It added, that those who committed human rights violations, “in particular persons in positions of command, are prosecuted and sanctioned in the manner commensurate with the gravity of the acts committed.”

    The committee recommended that Gazan victims of human rights violations be compensated.

    It asked for the lifting of all aspects of the Gaza blockade that impede civilian life, such as restrictions on the movement of people and goods.

    The report also called for rerouting of the security barrier to the pre-1967 lines, halt settlement activity, stop expropriation of Palestinian land and look to evacuate citizens from the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

    Israel, it said, should “take measures aimed at the withdrawal of all settlers from those territories.”

    Among its other requests was for the cessation of torture, home demolitions and excessive use of force by the IDF.

    Israel first ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1991 and was one of the initial signatories to the treaty when the UN first adopted it in 1966.

  15. I will make a prediction that there will be court orders and compensation judgments made against Israel and enforced in Europe. You will also see an attempt by AIPAC, which should be more correctly called IPAC, attempt to get the US to pay the judgements.

    1. I make a prediction that the UN security is now comprised of anti-Israel nations, a full 20% that do not even recognize Israel's right to exist.

      Can you say kangaroo court?

      I also predict that Europe will suffer further economic downgrades and will be willing to pay Israel higher and higher prices for it's technologies to compensate it for whatever public penalties it imposes to keep it's islamist appeased.

    2. The good news?

      Criminal behavior by Islamists will continue to rise in Europe. And as it appeases it's Islamic minorities with larger and larger social welfare packages? It will create a backlash of xenophobic violence that has not been seen since Germany 1938.

      The other good news? Europe is dying. Literally.

    3. "If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts.
      If you have the law on your side, pound the law.
      If you have neither on your side, pound the table."

    4. Jack you pound the table constantly...

      calling people "draft dodger" among other invectives...

      You have hate on your side.

    5. I also predict that Europe will suffer further economic downgrades and will be willing to pay Israel higher and higher prices for it’s technologies to compensate it for whatever public penalties it imposes to keep it’s islamist appeased.

      Israel will sell its technologies to anyone. The market sets the price.

    6. Not always.

      Sometimes you need technologies at a premium when it makes other technologies obsolete.

    Updated Oct. 30, 2014 11:30 p.m. ET

    JERUSALEM—Israel is careening into a new crisis on the heels of the Gaza war—an escalation of violence in East Jerusalem unseen in more than a decade that could pit U.S. allies against each other over Jewish settlements and holy sites.

    On Thursday, Israel completely shut one of Islam’s holiest sites in the Old City for the first time in 14 years. The last time authorities barred all entry to the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, was at the start of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

    A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure a “declaration of war” on Arabs and Muslims. Israel said it would reopen it on Friday, allowing access again to the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa mosque on the hilltop, which sit directly above the Western Wall, Judaism holy sites.

    Tensions in the city have been simmering since July, when the war in Gaza began. Protests and clashes have left several dead. Over the past week, however, the strains have worsened.

    In a dawn firefight in East Jerusalem on Thursday, Israeli police say they killed Palestinian Muataz Hijazi after he opened fire on them. Israel alleged that Mr. Hijazi had tried to kill Yehuda Glick, a right-wing Jewish activist and rabbi, the night before in a drive-by shooting. Mr. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack.

    The Israeli activist has been campaigning for Jews to have the right to pray on the mount where their ancient temple once stood.

    Jerusalem has been a perennial site of unrest, but the latest wave of troubles comes at a precarious time when peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have collapsed. In the absence of a peace process, Israel and the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza fought a 50-day war over the summer, the longest conflict Israelis had seen in a decade.

    The strife in Jerusalem also comes as the U.S. is trying to unite the region in its fight against radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq. Most Arab leaders, fearing Islamic extremists in their own countries, muted their criticism of the war against Hamas. But in the case of Jerusalem and its holy sites, Israel is unlikely to see the same forbearance.

    Jordan, a key ally to both the U.S. and Israel, threw cold water onto an event Sunday marking the 20th anniversary of its treaty with Israel. Its ambassador to Israel said announcements of more construction of Jewish housing in disputed areas and calls for changes to the status of the Temple Mount could “ultimately imperil the treaty.”

    Saudi Arabia joined the criticism of Israel as Jordan called this week for an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, where it controls a seat, to investigate Israel.

    “We are hearing words from Jordan that we haven’t heard before,” said an Israeli official.

    1. Wow, a palestinian attempts to murder an American in Jerusalem (shot 4 times in the chest), a palestinian murders a 3 month old American baby in jerusalem by driving his car into a crowd, and The PA leader ABBAS calls the the criminals/terrorists Martyrs and Heros of Palestine.

      israel shut accès to the Temple Mount for 24 hours and Abbas declares it's an act of war.


      Such nonsense.

  17. The tension in East Jerusalem is also straining Israel’s relations with the U.S. Anger in Washington is rising over announcements about Jewish construction plans in disputed areas in the wake of the war with Hamas, including one this week for 1,000 new housing units.

    After the announcement, anonymous White House officials were quoted by the Atlantic magazine airing insults that included an expletive against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    1. No news here, Obama is preparing to throw Israel under the bus,

      The issue about building in Har Homa is nonsense.

      Lands purchased decades ago, legally, by Jews that always was to be part of the final settlement as Israeli lands is now a political "issue"

      All theater.

      I don't doubt the Obama administration will be leading the charge after the election for "sanctions" against Israel.

      It's all for Obama to be heralded as a political genius in signing an accord with Iran.

      Sit back and watch...

      But don't be surprised if Israel has some surprises too....

  18. How's the anti-Israel monologue platform working out for ya?

    1. You're still here.

      Advertising sales, remain the same.
      Viewership is way, way UP,

    2. The pro-Israel monologue in the US media should be more to your liking. I prefer to dissent.

    3. But as I said in the previous post, Obama plans to throw Israel under the bus, which should please you to no end.

      Its all for the Iranian deal. The support of Iran, it's revolutionary guards, the easing of sanctions all for a play for Iran's deal.

    4. Times are changing in British and European public opinion about Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. They see through the farce that Israel has been conducting for forty years. It is two decades since the Oslo agreement and for two decades up to the present, Israel continues settlement activities in the occupied territories. Those activities differ little from practices that were widely criticized and sanctioned against SA.

      You come from a culture of colonialism, a culture and an economy that lags behind most Asian countries that did not have the same degree of handicap. Feel free to cheer on the Israelis.

    5. I believe that it would be beneficial for US interests to normalize relations with Iran. Given the choice of Iran and Iraq or Turkey and Saudi Arabia, I prefer Iran. Social changes after normalization will take time but will happen faster in Iran than in Saudi Arabia. Clearly, I am not an Israeli firster. I prefer the Americas and Europe and would like those relationships be enhanced and Israel assigned a relationship more commensurate to its size and relative unimportance to US interests.

    6. Iran's official policy is "Death to America"

      You are naive to think Iran will "normalize" relations with America.

      They are a publicly avowed enemy of the west.

      They have spit in the face of EVERY American Administration since the revolution in 1978.

      Obama and his delusions (and yours) will be wiping Iranian spit off your faces before it's over.

      If you think allowing Iran to get a nuke will help the middle east? again you are delusional.

      There will be no "social changes" in Iran until there is regime change, something the Obama administration has done everything to prevent.

      As for your distaste for Israel and it's importance to US interests? You are getting your wish, Obama is throwing Israel, among other past allies under the bus. Israel (as well as other allies) are learning NOT to rely on America as they had in the past.

      Israel specifically has taken many steps to ensure it's supplies of munitions will never be cut off in them middle of a war again. It's not the 1st time America has cut off Israel at it's knees, but maybe Israel will finally learn it's lesson and not trust in America. As America has proven it's not a reliable ally it's states it is.

      Israel fights for survival. America fights to be #1.

      If America fails at some of it's goals? It survives.

      If Israel fails at some if it's goals? Genocide.

      Maybe when the tide turns again, things will change. But the last 6 years have been predictable to a t.

      Obama, Jarrett, Rice, Powers, Hagal, Kerry?

      Clear as a bell.

    7. Those activities differ little from practices that were widely criticized and sanctioned against SA.


      Arabs in Israel are free to live anywhere they purchase land.

      Your specious attempt at slander shows your weak argument

    8. The people of Gaza do not "Live Free" - that is the Israeli Ghetto.


  19. WASHINGTON (AP) - In explaining its surprise move Friday to inject more stimulus into the financial system, the Bank of Japan cited one main factor: Prices that are too low.

  20. Maybe Croc Shit was trained by the Israelis.

    har har har

    After all, they train the LAPD, the Vegas Police, and the Phoenix Police too.

    The Boise Police, the Troy, Idaho Police...............Police all over the nation.


    Green Acres, too.

    After all, that actress was Jewish.

    Or maybe Croc Shit is:

    1) paranoid
    2) nutz
    3) both of the above

    1. ... the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom.

      Love conquers all.

  21. The Independent - ‎
    An Egyptian court has sentenced eight men to three years in jail today after they appeared in an online video purportedly showing the country's first gay marriage ceremony.

  22. Washington tries to check Hungary's drift into Kremlin orbit

    (Reuters) - The United States is mounting a diplomatic offensive to stop Hungary selling a stake in a Croatian energy firm to Russia, part of what Western powers see as Budapest's dangerous drift into Moscow's orbit.

    The U.S. government has already taken the highly unusual step of blacklisting six people with ties to the government in Hungary, a NATO ally and European Union member, from entering the United States, accusing them of involvement in corruption.

    U.S. officials say that demarche was the result of growing exasperation with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has pushed judges into retirement, imposed heavy levies on foreign banks, and this week sparked huge protests with a proposal to tax Internet use.

    But Washington is particularly preoccupied about a growing closeness between Hungary and the Kremlin over energy that could undermine Western attempts to isolate Russian leader Vladimir Putin over his intervention in Ukraine.

    Since September, Hungary has stopped pumping natural gas to Ukraine, effectively pulling out of an EU-backed effort to support Kiev in the face of a Russian energy blockade, and it has renewed a commitment to build a Kremlin-backed pipeline for Russian gas, South Stream, that Washington and Brussels oppose.

    U.S. officials are now worried that Hungarian energy firm MOL will sell its 49 percent stake in INA, Croatia's biggest energy company, to a Russian firm, possibly state-owned Gazprom. The Hungarian state has a 24.7 percent stake in MOL.

  23. Deuce ☂Sat Nov 01, 11:34:00 AM EDT
    Times are changing in British and European public opinion about Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. They see through the farce that Israel has been conducting for forty years. It is two decades since the Oslo agreement and for two decades up to the present, Israel continues settlement activities in the occupied territories. Those activities differ little from practices that were widely criticized and sanctioned against SA.

    You come from a culture of colonialism, a culture and an economy that lags behind most Asian countries that did not have the same degree of handicap. Feel free to cheer on the Israelis.

    America is a colony.

    1. Deuce ☂Sat Nov 01, 11:34:00 AM EDT
      Times are changing in British and European public opinion about Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. They see through the farce that Israel has been conducting for forty years. It is two decades since the Oslo agreement and for two decades up to the present, Israel continues settlement activities in the occupied territories. Those activities differ little from practices that were widely criticized and sanctioned against SA.

      You come from a culture of colonialism, a culture and an economy that lags behind most Asian countries that did not have the same degree of handicap. Feel free to cheer on the Israelis.

      The Brits and Europeans are going Islamist. Good luck with that. Public opinion? Israeli treatment of Palestinians? It's laughable.

      Both England the Euro's hold colonies across they globe 100 times more land than the entire state of Israel. As for treatment of the "palestinians" ? Makes great press but if held to the same standards? Israel if far more humane. But you don't buy that.

      So what to do?

      Allow England and Europe to deal with their Islamic folks over the next few years as they loot, pillage and destroy city after city and we will see how "humane" they treat their moslems....

      Europe and the Brits have quite the standard of treating people. Expulsions, Crusades, Mass murder and of course the Holocaust have all built up a pissed offness among them at the Jews.

      Now they can scream and shout... Jews, look how you treat the poor palestinians...

      Good luck with that...

    2. Good old Israeli police know how:

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Eight Palestinians were injured on Friday after Israeli forces opened fire on demonstrators during clashes following Friday prayers near the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem.
      Several Palestinians were also injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens suffered from suffocation from inhaling tear gas as Israeli soldiers fired large number of tear-gas grenades at the crowds.
      The march of hundreds to the flashpoint military checkpoint on the road between Ramallah and Jerusalem came as part of a Day of Rage across the West Bank in protest against Israeli authorities’ killing of a man early Thursday and the day-long closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque — the third holiest site in Islam — for the first time since 1967.
      Following Friday noon prayers, hundreds of Palestinians marched towards the Qalandia military checkpoint. Soldiers deployed heavily, firing tear-gas bombs and stun grenades towards Palestinian youths who responded with rocks and Molotov cocktails.
      Medical sources at the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah named one of the victims as Youssef Muhammad al-Khatib, 26, who was critically injured with four bullets across his body.
      Fatah and Hamas groups in the Qalandia refugee camp had called for a march after Friday prayers in the camp.
      An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma’an that around 400 Palestinians were taking part in a “riot .. hurling rocks, molotov cocktails, and burning tires.”

      She said she was aware of a number of injuries but that these had been caused by border police, not the military.

    3. Israel continues settlement activities in the occupied territories.

      israel has built ZERO new settlements in 20 years. It has continued to build INSIDE areas it settled.

      90% of all building is inside areas that were previous agreed to become part of a land swap.

      Meanwhile, Arabs continue to settle and build in illegal structures across the west bank and Israel with no criticism.

      One standard for Jews.

      But you think Jews are "colonizers"

      I think people that condemn Jews from living in Jerusalem, Hebron, or anywhere they buy land are bigots.

      Enjoy your illegal living in Philadelphia

    4. Deuce ☂Sat Nov 01, 12:03:00 PM EDT
      Good old Israeli police know how:

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Eight Palestinians were injured on Friday after Israeli forces opened fire on demonstrators during clashes following Friday prayers near the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem.
      Several Palestinians were also injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens suffered from suffocation from inhaling tear gas as Israeli soldiers fired large number of tear-gas grenades at the crowds.

      It would have been better if Israel reacted like America or Russia or China, or England or France...

      they 8 would have been dead.

    5. Palestinians, traveling to a check point armed with firebombs and rocks, attack a checkpoint by the hundreds.

      It's surprising that dozens of palestinians were not killed.

      IF it happened in Turkey, Syria or Egypt, the number of dead would have been in the dozens.

    6. The cool thing?

      Americans like Deuce think that they are immune. But they are not. What starts in Israel? Moves across the globe.

      Look for the anarchists, the Islamists and the looters of America to start firebombing and rock throwing here in the states soon.

    7. Palestinian youths who responded with rocks and Molotov cocktails.

      Amazing how they "responded" with rocks and Molotov cocktails. Last I checked a crowd of peaceful marchers are not loaded with rocks and firebombs.

    8. The march of hundreds to the flashpoint military checkpoint on the road between Ramallah and Jerusalem came as part of a Day of Rage across the West Bank in protest against Israeli authorities’ killing of a man early Thursday

      A PLANNED day of RAGE called for by Abbas.

      " killing of a man early Thursday"

      This unnamed man, shot an American Rabbi in the chest 4 times and when the police arrived at his door they were met with gunfire...

      Lovely how the import facts are left out...

      Palestinians protesting the death of someone who tried to murder someone...


    9. Deuce no condemnation of the Palestinians for calling for a day of rage? For calling the dead guy a martyr for shooting an American in the chest 4 times?

      Does this American deserve to be murdered because he is a Jew?

    10. the day-long closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque — the third holiest site in Islam — for the first time since 1967.

      Israel closed the mosque for a day, to prevent moslems from throwing rocks down on the heads of the jews, rioting and causing violence.

      Is abbas calling for a day of RAGE responsible behavior?

    11. Yeah, it is the American tradition.

  24. Rocket Fuel - $1.85 / Gallon

    Lake Odessa, Michigan

    Michigan Prices

    1. That is really good, Rufus.

      We are nearing the $3.00 dollar level here, but you got to buy from the Casinos.........

      Since they all claim to be separate 'Nations' I think, but am not totally certain, that they don't have to pay the Federal taxes, so in the scheme of economic competition they pass along a little of this to 'whitey'.

      Who then goes to the Casino and loses his money..............:)

      They fished, they hunted, they put their women to digging camus roots, they they run the Casinos.

      Some are wonderful people.

      I know a guy named Elijah Moses.

      How he got that name is through the Presbyterian influence in early Nez Perce affairs.......

  25. Was a colony for a short period of time.

    1. Deuce ☂Sat Nov 01, 12:01:00 PM EDT
      Was a colony for a short period of time.

      So what happened?

      The indians that owned the land were all slaughtered?

    2. Israel was never a colony.

      It has a 3000 year history.

      America is barely 238 years old.

    3. "We" - generic for whitey - 'snuffed out' most of the Injuns - in one way or another - a lot by disease - really no ones fault.- it just happened - brought, we think, not by 'whitey' but by the tans, the Spanish.

      I find it totally remarkable that I am a good acquaintance of this Elijah Moses fellow and we get along wonderfully, whether I am winning of losing.

      And that I read nearly daily of inter racial prejudice by puffed up folks back East and how the Jews run our Police Forces.

      How many Injuns are there, actually, in Philly?

    4. "O"rdure now denies one of the very founders of Israel, Chaim Weizmann
      A Zionist that recognized Israel for what it is ...
      A Colony.

      At the age of 27 Dr. Weizmann had dared to criticize Herzl as "too visionary," and in 1900, at the Fourth Zionist Convention, he emerged as the leader of the Democratic Zionist faction.

      This group opposed both the political Zionists, who wanted political guarantees for the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine, and the practical Zionists, who wanted to settle Jewish colonies in the Holy Land without regard to political guarantees. Dr. Weizmann helped reconcile their differences.

    5. December 9, 1949
      Jewish National Fund Renames Israel Colony “kfar Hanassi” in Honor of Dr. Weizmann

      Read more:

    6. Colonialism and the creation of Israel
      Charles Glass reappraises British rule in Palestine and a century of Zionism in this exclusive online essay from the London Review of Books

    7. God, Guns and Israel: Britain, The First World War And The Jews in the Holy City
      By Jill Hamilton

      Quoting from the public remarks at the Sixth Zionist Conference, it makes th claim, in no uncertain terms. The Zionists required a Colony

    8. Israel, a people/nation before there were any peoples/nations on the modern planet, with the exception of the chinese.


    9. Jack HawkinsSat Nov 01, 01:25:00 PM EDT
      December 9, 1949
      Jewish National Fund Renames Israel Colony “kfar Hanassi” in Honor of Dr. Weizmann

      Definitions of words change as you have pointed out numerous times.

      Israel, like it or not, is a nation today.

      Nothing you say or do will change the nature or fact of the nation state of the jewish people.

      Go pound sand.

    10. I repeat.

      What is "Occupation"Sat Nov 01, 12:05:00 PM EDT
      Israel was never a colony.

      It has a 3000 year history.

      America is barely 238 years old.

    11. Comical delusions

      Israel was founded in 1948

      Did not exist in the memory of any living person prior to that.

    12. As for 'America', i has existed since the continent of Pangea broke up, about 100 million years ago.
      No one living today remembers that, either.

  26. ISIS Snuffs Out Ancient Christianity

    ISIS Snuffs Out Ancient Christianity
    Muslim Persecution of Christians, June 2014

    by Raymond Ibrahim • November 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

    In Egypt, a young Coptic Christian man, accused of blaspheming Islam for simply
    "liking" an Arabic-language Facebook page, was sentenced to six years in prison.

    One of the intruders in Uganda was shouting, "Today we shall kill you [for
    converting to Christianity] -- you... are not respecting our prophet's religion." He
    then heard his 12-year-old-girl's cries as the Muslim intruders were strangling her.
    Then they seized him.

    Muslims in Germany were granted their own section of the cemetery. Now these same
    Islamic communities are demanding that, during Islamic funerals, Christian symbols
    and crosses in the cemetery be removed or covered up.

    Sister Utoor Joseph (left) and Sister Miskintah, are nuns who disappeared on June 28
    in Mosul, Iraq, and are believed to have been kidnapped by Islamists.

    During the Islamic State's June invasion and consolidation of Mosul, Iraq -- where
    Christians have been present since the first century -- countless atrocities against
    them were committed. Accordingly, the region is now reportedly empty of Christian

    The Islamic State, among other acts, reinstituted the collection of jizya, the
    "tribute" conquered Christians (and Jews) were historically required to pay in order
    not to be killed in accordance with the Koran (9:29).

    In one instance, three Islamic State members burst into the home of a Christian
    family, demanding the jizya-money. When the father of the house pleaded that he did
    not have the money, the intruders raped his wife and daughter in front of him. The
    man was reportedly so traumatized that he committed suicide. Four other Christian
    women were killed for not wearing the Islamic veil.......

    See: Gatestone Institute:

    1. Obama and the Muslims, Win Win.

      Christians and Jews. Loose Loose.

    2. .

      The Christians and Jews have diarrhea?

      Or, they are all sluts?

      Major Slut Spill


  27. New York Ebola Doctor's condition upgraded to Stable

    Makin' it

    1. I think, and sure hope, we can 'whip' Ebola.

      Where did that name Ebola come from anyways?

      It sounds like some family's discarded and unwanted Aunt, Aunt Ebola, the unmentionable, whom everyone prays will not show up at the Family Reunion.......

    2. Science, that wonderful use of 'rationality', has gotten a real beginning of a handle on understanding these things.

      It still cannot -- contra- Deuce - tell us - and never will - why the moon is there - nor why people everywhere love to 'fall in love' under the moon.....

      If you don't believe me:

      See Star Trek........

    3. Obama’s Border Policy Fueled Epidemic, Evidence Shows

      The deadly EV-D68 enterovirus epidemic, which struck thousands of kids this fall, was likely propelled through America by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow tens of thousands of Central Americans across the Texas border, according to a growing body of genetic and statistical evidence.

      The evidence includes admissions from top health officials that the epidemic included multiple strains of the virus, and that it appeared simultaneously in multiple independent locations.

    4. More US Citizens Die in Obama's War Against the USA

  28. AaaHa!!!!!!

    I've got it.

    Through my Old Girl Friend in Las Vegas, who is married to a half Jewish, half Swedish/German man I was finally able to make this connection -

    'Lisa is not used to running a household and can only cook rubbery hotcakes'

    Pictures of Eva Gabor here -

    My Old Girl Friend's husband, half Jewish, is deeply involved in security affairs for Nellis Air Force Base, particularly Area 53.

    Through his connections there he is deeply involved in International Security Concerns Worldwide,LLC, Tel Aviv, Israel.

    My Old Girl Friend tells me on the 'Quiet' (the Q T) that Eva Gabor, whom she knows personally, or, used to know, cause Eva kicked the bucket a bunch back, was a Mossad Agent involved in training the Green Acres Police Force, which is widely know to have repressed the populace there severely.

    Watch Eva Gabor and another Mossad Agent, Eddie " Q" Albert here -

    Quirk aka Quart aka Quartz is an obvious Mossad Agent too.

    Any fool can see that.


    1. Pics of Eva here:

    2. Stunning, subtle, sensuous, seductive, sexual....

      Mossad Agent of the First Order.

      See Mossad Agents in Action here:

  29. Obama’s Border Policy Fueled Epidemic, Evidence Shows

    The deadly EV-D68 enterovirus epidemic, which struck thousands of kids this fall, was likely propelled through America by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow tens of thousands of Central Americans across the Texas border, according to a growing body of genetic and statistical evidence.

    The evidence includes admissions from top health officials that the epidemic included multiple strains of the virus, and that it appeared simultaneously in multiple independent locations.

    1. More US Citizens Die in Obama's War Against the USA

    2. Yah, and Ebola is also Obama's fault - carry on as usual with your pertinent observations Doug!

    3. Where did he say that?

      I must have missed it.

      You yourself are, obviously, the cause of the potato blight, though.

      Ash, you have the absolutely most idiotic picture on the whole world wid web.

      A 1200 pound square hay bale is a thing of beauty in comparison.

    4. wide

      Think of it, Ash.

      Hundreds of thousands of fellow world citizens may lose their lunch looking at your picture each day.

      At the end of your life, facing God Almighty, do you really want this on your resume?

  30. Death toll from EV-D68


    Death Toll from GOP Governors refusing to take Federal Medicaid dollars - approx. 30

  31. Death toll from reading Rufus over the years:

    846,319 and rising.

    1. However we can subtract from this number the 'uncounted' people Ruf saved by selling insurance.

  32. Rufus, could you at least sanitize in some way your 'numbers' before you pull them out of your ass?


    1. Gathered by researchers from Harvard University and the City University of New York, the estimates show that in the states that opted out of expanding Medicaid, 7,000-17,000 additional deaths will occur among people who would have been covered had expansion been supported.

      Up Your, Bozos

  33. .

    You want a conspiracy story? I'll give you a conspiracy story, Common Core, a bigger deal than Obamacare.

    Promoted and paid for by Bill Gates who spent billions on it.

    Conceived and developed by two small D.C. lobbying groups.

    Copyrighted and owned by those same two lobbying groups.

    Developed in secret and launched with little public fanfare two years ago.

    Though its name implies that it is a state program that is bullshit. In truth, the states were bribed to accept it two years before it was even fully developed. Example: New York got $700 million in extra education funds from the Obama administration in 2009, the only proviso being that the state would sign up for Common Core when it was available.

    There was no state input into the curriculum.

    There was no transition. Those students who have spent their entire matriculation under the old system are now shit out of luck when it comes to testing under the new system.

    All the student info (test scores, etc.) under common core will be sent to the federal government. The FEDS will guarantee conformity.

    Despite this, the DOE has no input into the core curriculum. Common Core is not the property of the government.

    The following tape discusses Common Core

    It is 2 hours long; however, the first 5 minutes introduces Common Core for those who even at this date don't know about it. Common Core has been in the schools for two years. I only started hearing about it 6 or 8 months ago.

    The next 10 minutes discuss who drafted it, who paid for it, and who promoted (mandated?) it.

    My opinion:

    Common Core is a stealth program conceived and paid for by a small group of private citizens none of which is responsible politically to any government agency or the American public. It was foisted on the public by an elitist administration that suffers from the liberal disease, "Trust us, we know what's good for you."

    They will keep trying to suppress information on this program until it is fully integrated into the education system of the US. It affects both public and private schools. When opposition pressure rises (I have seen no positive reviews of common core so far yet I have seen plenty of negative) they shift gears, change names, go further into stealth mode. English and Math are the only two subjects currently rolled out in the schools. Because of the negative reaction to Common Core so far, they decided to change the name of the Science rollout that is coming. Now it is something entirely different with no mention of Common Core in its name.

    Common Core is a big deal. It affects all the children in America. It is a system almost totally financed by one man, conceived of and owned by a small group of lobbyists, mandated by the government, and with no oversight or check and balances. The opportunity for abuse is amazing.

    We have seen the decline of education in this country since the 60's, we have seen the politicization of the education system. With common core, I anticipate the US will continue to drop further behind other countries in the world in education and that our children will be further indoctrinated into liberal policies and beliefs. Long term, this is a bigger deal than Obamacare, IMO.


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    2. .

      Abuses foisted on the American public under the Patriot Act and the WOT, the spying on US citizens and the militarization of our police forces for instance, are despicable but at least they get the headlines. There is no excuse for the trampling of basic rights we have seen in this country over the last decade. That being said, the chances of any one, specific citizen in a country of 320 million being directly and adversely affected by these changes is relatively small at this point. However, stealth social initiatives like Common Core affect us all individually and as a nation.


    3. Legionnaire, we can't even get half of the contributors to agree that the police of the US have been militarized, let alone that it is a 'bad thing'.

      Common Core - goes hand in hand with 'New Math'.

    4. New Math II.


      This stuff hits about every 30 or 40 years, it seems.

  34. 2 TWO hours.......


    It is 2 hours long<<<<<<<

    You can't expect any one here to watch that, Quirk.

    No one has the attention span.

    A 30 second political ad, maybe.

    Your five minutes is pushing it..................

    Rather than 'book learnin' - who really read books any longer other than my wife - perhaps we need some really creative use of modern media to get an idea or two across - but how - and whose ideas??

    What I've noticed - and many other people too out this way - is that the private schools - there are many out here now - are out competing the local high schools in the state sponsored tests.

    Many of these schools are Fundy Christian based - Logos comes to mind -

    While I don't agree with the religious indoctrination, they do have a dress code - a big step in the right direction - and are winning the test score competition.

    Also the kids look happy.

    People will relocate to get their kids in a Logos School nowadays.

    I know. I've dealt with a couple of them.


    SNOWSTORM !!!!!!!!!!!

    Rufus must be onto something with his Global Cooling thingy.

    hmmmm.....wait, wasn't that Global Warming......??

    No, no, wait just a minute here.......

    Ruf was the guy that laughed the whole non sense out of court and came back to using the term:


    "It's the Weather, stupid"


    But the report from Kentucky is early snow storm..............

    If you haven't been in a Big Snowball Fight you haven't lived......

    I knew a girl from Hawaii once........she had never seen a snowflake before coming to U of I.........she had seen only the tops of those two Hawaiian volcanoes from far away......


  36. Jack HawkinsSat Nov 01, 04:06:00 PM EDT
    Comical delusions

    Israel was founded in 1948

    Did not exist in the memory of any living person prior to that.

    Interesting play on words. But sorry, you just don't know of what you speak.

    really you are ignorant.

    But I won't correct you as it does do any good giving you information above your pay grade.

    I am SURE ALLEN allen understands me. As does any other Jewish person.

    israel is....

    has been for 3000 years.

    sorry if you did not get the memo...

    1. "O"rdure, the Israeli just celebrated Israel's 66th Anniversary
      Not their 3066th Anniversary.

      Sorry that you are delusional.

    2. Croc Shit has never heard the phrase 'next year in Jerusalem' -

      One of the most spiritual and inspiring phrases I know of.......

      Doesn't mean much to me, I go for 'next year in Troy, Oregon' or 'next year in Pickup Camper'......

      But then I'm not Jewish.

      But I love the phrase......and the emotion behind it.

      For Croc Shit ?

      'Next year in the Federal pen...'

    3. But 'next year in Jerusalem' operates on a much higher intellectual and spiritual level than Croc Shit will attain in this, or probably, the next ten lives.

      But 'next year in the Federal pen' he gets....

  37. (when Ruf gets something right, he is really really right, when he gets something wrong he is a disaster)

  38. Obama dropping high-speed rail plan in favor of high-speed bus plan.


  39. I'm for Federal Subsidized Hitch Hiking.....

    Think of the gas savings.....

    1. (a Republican idea whose time has come)

    2. Government issued Photo ID Hitch Hiking card with monthly allowance to be swiped and signed with any passing motorist....

      Pure Genius, eh?

      Who said Republicans were all unimaginative old farts?

    3. Include the McDonald's Bonus and you got the Government Issued Photo ID Hitch Hiking and Meal Card.

      Known as 'Feed 'n' Speed' this card can be used by both Hitcher and Driver.....

  40. Abraham Lincoln would ask ...
    Q: How many legs would a dog have if we called the dog's tail a leg?
    A: A dog has 4 legs. Calling the tail a leg does not make it a leg.

    Israel was founded in 1948.

    1. Blah blah Croc.

      'Israel' was actually founded in the minds of inspired writers long before the nature of things allowed you to woefully enter the scene.

    2. When I think Croc Shit I think 'devo'.

    3. It was conceived and founded as a Jewish Colony by Europeans with no historic ties to the land.
      The first Zionist colony being established in Palestine in 1878.

      Settler colonialism is a specific colonial formation whereby foreign family units move into a region.

      An imperial power oversees the immigration of these settlers who consent, often only temporarily, to government by that authority. This colonization sometimes leads, by a variety of means, to depopulation of the previous inhabitants, and the settlers take over the land left vacant by the previous residents.

      Unlike other forms of colonialism, the "colonizing authority" (the imperial power) is not always the same nationality as the "colonizing workforce" (the settlers) in cases of settler colonialism.

      The settlers are, however, generally viewed by the colonizing authority as racially superior to the previous inhabitants, giving their social movements and political demands greater legitimacy than those of colonized peoples in the eyes of the home government.

    4. Abraham Lincoln would say:

      "The Judgements of the Lord Are Righteous Altogether"

    5. Henry Kissinger: ''In 10 years Israel will cease to exist''
      8 years to go ...

      When it happens it will be altogether righteous, no doubt.

    6. Croc Shit is full of croc shit.

      What I don't get is why Croc Shit seems to care so much about the issue.

      He sits down there in Phoenix, Arizona, and occasionally out at the stolen ranch, and for ten years has been consumed with the issue.

      Perhaps for a lifetime......

      I'd much rather read Ruf's updates on gas prices in Saginaw, Michigan.......

    7. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you were doing so well.
      Now you've fallen off the wagon, again.

    8. You've looked up my birthdate, Killer.

      You know I did not dodge the draft.

  41. Replies
    1. With an important election so near, Anon, I wouldn't even read your article, and haven't.

      Waste of time.

  42. Jack HawkinsSat Nov 01, 09:12:00 PM EDT

    Henry Kissinger: ''In 10 years Israel will cease to exist''
    8 years to go ...

    When it happens it will be altogether righteous, no doubt.


    Actually not a bad reply, but you have fallen for the premise that The Judgements of the Lord Are Righteous Altogether.

    The Injuns that you, or your ancestors, stole your land from would not agree.

    I don't think Henry K is a good guide to politics. I realize he is thinking of an Iranian attack.

    We should and could have prevented this disaster.

    Now we must rely on Deuce's Doctrine of Deterrence.

    Or rather the Israelis must in the first instance.

    They have, or will soon have, electric powered extremely silent submarines of German origin equipped with nuclear arms.

    The Doctrine of Deterrence will be up for a real life test...a life and death test.

    I hope Super K is wrong, and Deuce is right, and deterrence works.

    One must remember, when making judgements about the mid-east, the Israelis could have vaporized Cairo, Teheran, Damascus, Baghdad etc etc any time in the last two decades.

    It may have been an historical mistake of the first order not to have done so.

    But they were counting on us Americans.....

    1. So to could have the Chinese, Russians or Pakistani vaporized Tel Aviv,
      A little 'tit for tat'

      Israel is a one nuke nation, Robert.
      That's all it'll take to fulfill Gods Judgement.

      If Israel is walking with 'the Lord', they don't need nukes, and if they are not, their nukes will not 'save' them.

    2. Oh, O

      You have forgotten the Hindus.

      to should be too

      You have forgotten England, France.......

      Why would the Chinese or the Russians, or ever the Pakistanis wish to vaporize Tel Aviv?

      What 'tit of tat'?

      Here is another insane statement by Croc Shit -

      "If Israel is walking with 'the Lord', they don't need nukes, and if they are not, their nukes will not 'save' them."

      Quirk has it right -

      You are 'nutz'.


  43. List of contributors here who know Croc Shit to be 'nutz' grows each month.

    Only hold outs that I can think of are Ruf and Deuce.......

    And they both know in their hearts......

    Nap Time

    By the way -

    University of Idaho 28

    Arkansas State 44

    This was 'at Home in the Dome' too.

    Not bad, not bad at all.

    1. Dream of this -

      or this

      But only with pure intent

      or 'Buffalo Woman'

      from the myths of our high mid-west plains arising anew


      get ya


    2. This here is a



      See how important Culture is --

      She'd be stoned to death in Gaza.....

      I am listening to the replay of the recent Idaho loss.......

      and trying to keep my mind on higher things.....







  44. Either you believe the Book, the 'Word' or you don't.

    There is no middle ground.

    1. The Zionist do not believe the Book, they ignore and by their behavior they defile the 'Word'.
      Their nukes will not save them..

    2. Croc Shit, grow up.

      Only you, a Killer, seem to be concerned with "The Book".

      The Hindus don't give a fuck about it.

      The Hindus......birthplace of the monomyth.......

      Even our old Walt Whitman turned to the East in his 'Passage to India'.

      And he was very poorly read.

      You, Croc Shit, are as RECTUM.




  46. And body in this Bar know what the dot between the eyes signifies?

    Croc Shit?

    Any clue?


    These Ladies know Hair Do !!!~



    Best dressed women in the whole wild world......

    .........and they know how to 'show a little off too'...........

  50. Another

    I like their use of COLOR



  51. This is good -

    Invitation ?


  52. Stoned to Death in GAZA.

    You choose.

    Cheers !!

  53. Replies
    1. One last

    2. Do you see how the jewelry has replaced the dot, but it is still there, enhanced.

  54. >>>>Traditionally, the area between the eyebrows (where the bindi is placed) is said to be the sixth chakra, ajna, the seat of "concealed wisdom". The bindi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration.[1] The bindi also represents the third eye.[2] The Nasadiya Sukta of the Rig Veda, the earliest known Sanskrit text, mentions the word vindu/bindu.[3]<<<<

    Quirk would 'get' this, and Miss T too.

    The 7th Chakra is at the top of the head.

    Exit from there, and you are done with human consciousness altogether.

    Since this cannot be depicted in human art, because it is beyond human consciousness altogether, we are left with depictions of Hindu weddings as next best thing.

    Croc Shit is at Chakra One, that dead place between the genitals and the asshole.

  55. >>>The bindi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration.<<<<

    This is really important, because if we forget who we really are, and what we should be up to, we might commit a crime, and fall back to Chakra One.

    A well done Hindu wedding ceremony is an enactment of reality in grace.

  56. JONI TAKES 7 POINT LEAD.....drudge


    1. It's all about the 'Republican War on Women'.

    2. Like we are all fighting with our wives, our daughters, our Nieces, our cousins, our Old Girl Friends, or some shit.

      I think it is mostly about taxes, as usual.

    3. Michelle O, Hillary heckled at separate campaign appearances........drudge