“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."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How Will a Culture of Permanent War Impact America's Future? (Doug Bandow) Cato

"The world today is an unruly mess. But Neocons are more responsible than anyone else for America being stuck in the chaos. Embarrassed at the havoc they have wreaked, they blame President Obama for every problem big and small. However, he is a worthy successor to the Neocon-friendly Bush. If there's anyone who can't be blamed for the status quo, it is libertarians.

We are living in The Neocon Moment, a testament to the foolishness and arrogance of those who believe themselves to be engineers of peoples, societies, and nations. Yet Washington officials have yet to tire of America's permanent state of war. Only when the American people insist that politicians make peace, not war, will The Libertarian Moment finally arrive.


  1. The Neocon Moment, a testament to the foolishness and arrogance of those who believe themselves to be engineers of peoples, societies, and nations.

    That describes Progressive Democrats.

    1. Most neo-cons are progressive democrats, or were.

    2. "O"riginal, he said he had been a 'Liberal Democrat', which is stereo-typical of his demographics profile.
      But that was years ago, so much has changed in that demographic since then.

      Yet wherever the left holds sway, Israel is seen through jaundiced eyes. There has been an unprecedented moral inversion, illustrating the power of a noxious idea to seep from the ideological fringe to the mainstream.

      The United States is not yet down to one pro-Israel party. But the seepage among Democrats continues. At the 2012 Democratic convention, a fight erupted over the deletion from the party’s platform of standard language acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It took an order from the White House to restore the pro-Israel clause, and even then it had to be gaveled through over the vocal opposition of half the convention delegates.

      Not long ago, such a hostile gesture would have been unthinkable. Now, with each new poll confirming Democratic chilliness toward the Jewish state Democrats once loved, can it be anything but a precursor of worse to come?

      - Jeff Jacoby

    3. Quite obsessed with me are you not?

      Get a life Rodent.

  2. The Iranian president also expressed hope that the talks lead to a comprehensive agreement which is in favor of all nations, the Middle East, and the world.

    Except for Israel which the Iranian leaders Tweeted to be annihilated.

  3. The President of Israel, fulfilling his duty to fight the illness that pervades his nation.

    President Rivlin cancels performance by singer who published anti-Arab song

    Singer Amir Benayoun was scheduled to perform in a ceremony marking the expulsion and departure of Jews from Iran and Arab countries. The director general of the President’s office Harel Tubi told the ceremony’s organizers that “following the posting of Benayoun’s song, I would like to inform you that he will not be welcome at the President’s residence.”

    When the President of Israel, by his own words and deeds brings support to the Boycott - Divest - Sanctions Movement, after his past words and deeds in support of the Israeli Apartheid State, you know that he knows Israel is on the wrong track.

    Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, he must have had a epiphany.

    1. Yes, The President of Israel says...


  4. Islamic State fighters battle Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

    The Daesh are counter-attacking the Iraqi forces.

    Islamic State (IS) fighters were present in four of Baiji's 12 neighborhoods, as well as areas on the perimeter of the sprawling refinery complex. But the army controlled its southern approaches, preventing insurgents from surrounding it, according to a Baiji resident who toured the area.
    One resident of the town some 200 km (125 miles) north of Baghdad said IS gunmen launched an attack on Monday night in the center of Baiji, advancing into the town's Asri district. There had also been fighting in the Naft and Kahraba neighborhoods.

    Around the refinery, IS insurgents still held a housing complex on its western edge and were digging trenches in the Makhmour hills overlooking the installation from the north, despite coming under fire from helicopters, the resident said.

    To the east, he said, insurgents could be seen crossing the nearby Tigris river by boat.

  5. ADL denounces ‘Jewish state’ law

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration and a top U.S. Jewish group expressed reservations about Israel’s proposed “Jewish state” law.

    “We would expect any final legislation to continue Israel’s commitment to democratic principles,” Jeff Rathke, a State Department spokesman, said Monday at the daily briefing for reporters.

    In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said the bill was “well-meaning but unnecessary” and said that “some have sought to use the political process to promote an extreme agenda which could be viewed as an attempt to subsume Israel’s democratic character in favor of its Jewish one.

  6. Army forces in Syria have made fresh gains in their fight against Takfiri ISIL militants in the country’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr province.

    A Syrian army commander said that the regions of Asmar and Badran in Dayr al-Zawr have been cleared of the ISIL militants.

    Clashes also reportedly broke out between the two sides in the Zubeidin region.

    The army said it is advancing toward an area where the terrorists are concentrated.

    Last week, the Syrian army made gains in the Homs countryside, days after government forces recaptured the strategic Shaer gas field from the ISIL militants in the central province of Homs.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has also recently said that “real pressure” must be exerted on those “financing, arming, and facilitating the actions of the terrorists.”


  7. "G1" Decapitated in Michoachan

    At about 8:00 AM on Monday, November 24, police responded to a call from a citizen reporting two decapitated heads placed on highway 37 in the municipality of Uruapan, near the town of Tiamba, Michoacán. In front of the heads, males between the ages of 35 and 40, was a poster board with the following message:

    "Here you have the untouchable Gera or G1, and I am going for all the rest of the dogs, this is the ultimatum whoever does not want to come to this side better grab their dick I am coming with everything and against everyone. Sincerely Guardia Michoacana"

    The heads were identified as belonging to Gerardo Serafín and a relative, Pedro Serafín, both commanders of the Fuerza Rural in the municipality of Uruapan. Family members reported that they had been kidnapped the day before while conducting a patrol.

    In March of this year it was claimed that Gerardo Serafín, known as "El Gera" and "El G1", was a former member of Los Caballeros Templarios that had joined the then emerging group H3, which put him in charge of their synthetic drug labs. Furthermore, it was said that he had called a meeting in Uruapan to impose charges on those involved in crystal methamphetamine: two kilograms were to be given to him for each barrel produced and $200 per kilogram from traffickers.

    It is worth noting that La Guardia Michoacana has previously been identified with Los Caballeros Templarios

  8. There's a job opening at the Defense Department - Secretary of Defense.

    Anyone here want to apply ?

  9. 25 November 2014
    Iran's supreme leader has said the western global powers will not be able to bring Iran to its knees during nuclear talks.

    Speaking to a group of clerics on his website, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "On the nuclear issue, the United States and European colonialist countries gathered and applied their entire efforts to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees - but they could not, and they will not."

    These are the first remarks by Khamenei ,who has ultimate executive power on all state matters, since Iran and the major global powers powers agreed to decide by March 1 2015 what needs to be done and on what kind of schedule. A final agreement is meant to follow four months later.

    Khamenei has so far backed the nuclear negotiations. His reference to the future indicates that the extension of the talks would have his approval as well.

    Earlier on Monday in a nationwide broadcast, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani told his nation that it "has achieved a significant victory" and "negotiations will lead to a deal, sooner or later".

    Mr Rouhani also said many gaps in the talks "have been eliminated".

    But he also vowed that Iran will not relinquish its right to nuclear capability.

    "Our nuclear rights should be admitted by the world," Mr Rouhani said. "We will continue the talks."

    The US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany have engaged in intensive negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme. Tehran has denied its nuclear research has any sort of military dimension, saying it is focused on peaceful uses such as power generation and medical treatments.

  10. Mr Libertarian, Rand Paul, wants to declare war on ISIS.

    1. .

      He is still dreaming of 2016. However, his is a strict constitutional view. If you are going to war or are in one you probably should declare it. Perhaps a naive view in an age of 'Wars on Terror' and 'Wars on Drugs'.


    2. Even Deuce said we had to handle ISIS, IIRC.

      We have the rat doctrine.

      Rufus is enjoying the bombing runs.

      I'm the only non-con here.

      I just want to help the Kurds out a bit, which might actually lead to something good.


    3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  11. Minority-owned businesses hardest hit...............drudge

    Ferguson rioters loot, burn their own.

  12. Ho, hum; 3rd qtr. GDP revised Up to 3.9%

    1. Inflation at 1.4%.

      Puts Nominal GDP growth at 5.3%

    2. $17.2 Trillion GDP growing at 5.3% is $911.6 Billion.

      If the government collects 18% of that (a bit low by historical standards,)

      receipts would increase by $164.1 Billion

    3. On the other hand, if we borrow $480 Billion at, say, 3%, our Outlays will increase by $14.4 Billion.

      So, Tax inflows increase by $164.1 Billion, and outlays increase by $14.4 Billion.

      We're doomed, I tells ya.

  13. .

    The Neocon Moment, a testament to the foolishness and arrogance of those who believe themselves to be engineers of peoples, societies, and nations.

    That describes Progressive Democrats.

    A good point WiO. You could substitute Progressive for Neocon and the sentence would be just as apt. Both movements suffer from the same character flaws, elitism and arrogance. They both suffer from the same 'ends justify the means' philosophy.

    Some assumed the neocon moment died in 2008, that the neocons themselves embarrassed and discredited by their failures would just fade away, but they were wrong. All it took was a weak, risk adverse, neocon-light like Obama to assume office in order for them to be resuscitated.

    Wheras, the neocons have managed to bring down the US internationally, the progressives help do it domestically.

    The following article from the National Review details the role of progressives in today's America.

    hy the Democratic party was washed away in the midterm election. Since 2008, ascendant progressives had been crowing over a fresh mosaic of energized minorities, newly franchised immigrants, single young urban women, greens, gays, and — less often mentioned — upscale professionals and the 1-percenter super-wealthy.

    These groups were united by their support for the expansion of entitlements, higher taxes, neo-isolationism, amnesty, opposition to any restrictions on abortion, curbs on carbon-energy development, and gay marriage. But what really held them together was Barack Obama. His exotic name, his racial background, his leftwing ideology, and his Ivy League training appealed to each of these diverse groups. Without him on the ballot — as in 2010 and 2014 — most of these identity groups apparently were not energized enough to turn out in sufficient numbers to make up for middle-class voters turned off by progressive rhetoric and the by-any-means-necessary distortions to achieve its ends.

    Indeed, a cynic would sum up the unlikely liberal coalition as a bridge over the middle class. Wealthy, influential progressives had enough capital and income to support new efforts at government redistribution, higher taxes, and the sort of green projects that, at least in the short term, would slow the economy and cost blue-collar jobs — but not really affect the 1 percenters’ own livelihoods much.

    At the other end, the underclass welcomed expansions of federal entitlement programs and the idea of an activist state guaranteeing an equality of result for the less-well-off, with the taxes to pay for it all falling on someone else...


  14. Ukraine government cuts cash off to rebel territories in risky bid to defeat separatists

    .. if the government of President Petro Poroshenko government hopes to turn people in eastern Ukraine against separatist leadership, the evidence on the ground suggests the strategy may only be hardening their resolve.

    "What Poroshenko is saying to us is: 'You are no longer Ukrainians. You won't get pensions, you won't get social payments, When you croak, then we'll stop this war against you,'" said Donetsk retiree Georgy Sharov. "But I don't want to go to Ukraine and beg for their mercy."

  15. On a side bar point, I find it interesting that the first president to pardon a turkey was Lincoln. He could command killing human beings on an unfathomable scale but could not stand to see a bird killed close up. It is truly bizarre.

    1. .

      There was a recent post here someone put up talking about a CAIR official who was equating the Brown case to the shooting death of Abdullah Shaheed. At first, it reminded me of a case we had here in Detroit of a Muslim leader that was gunned down by the FBI The guys last name was Abdullah.

      The FBI caught him in a warehouse and he became truly a dead man walking as soon as he happened to shoot an FBI police dog. Whereas Brown was hit by 6 shots, this guy caught 21. However, the next day the story was all about the dog. Forget the dogs name, Spike or something, but every newspaper carried it in their story. As I recall, the dog was initially wounded and they had to rush him to be treated (by helicopter?) but he ended up dying anyway. Many of the questions on the nightly news to the FBI spokeman were about the dog. Abdullah was described as a militant and a drug dealer, the dog as a hero.

      That's the way it is in this country and I'm as guilty of it as anyone else I guess.


  16. Just another one of the sick fucks that rule.

  17. Freeing slaves, and pardoning turkeys...............what a sick fuck.

    1. Let me remind you, every slave holding country in the Americas ended slavery within twenty year of the US government’s jihad against the South. None of them ended it with a war that killed 600,000 except the US government under Lincoln. Washington DC is a killing machine and don’t think that they would not do it again.


  18. November/December 2014
    Dispatch from Vietnam: Will the US Foster a Natural Ally?
    Michael J. Totten

    Nearly forty years after the Vietnam War, Hanoi holds no grudges against the United States, in part because nearly all the country’s negative energy today is focused on China. And for good reason: China is big; it’s powerful; it’s right next door; and it has been hostile for two thousand years. Vietnam’s war with the US will never be repeated, but its long history of conflict with China, which is roughly as old now as Christianity, hasn’t been settled and might be revving up yet again.

    Earlier this year, Vietnamese and Chinese naval vessels squared off in the South China Sea when China installed an oil rig in disputed waters. No one was hurt in this confrontation, but several Chinese nationals in Vietnam were killed later, in response to the incident, when furious mobs of Vietnamese rioters attacked Chinese-owned factories. Thousands of Chinese citizens left Vietnam in the wake of the violence. The government cracked down on what it rightly called “hooligans,” but relations between the two countries remain testier than they’ve been in a quarter-century.

    This recent conflict may well blow over, but the tension that sparked it in the first place is not going anywhere. Vietnam and China both claim the Paracel Islands, and the Spratly Islands farther south are claimed by yet four more countries in Southeast Asia, but China claims almost the entire sea, more than a thousand miles from its own mainland, well south of Vietnam, and nearly all the way down to the coast of Malaysia.

    Hanoi’s days of deference to China may be ending—and a new strategic alignment emerging—in the wake of increased tensions between over Beijing’s aggressive maritime claims.

    Chinese maps show a so-called “nine-dash line” that supposedly delimits these claims over the sea. The line is also known as the “cow’s tongue line” for its vague U-shape. The United States insists rightly that this line is inconsistent with international maritime law, but Washington takes no position on who owns either the Paracels or the Spratlys. I spent quite a bit of time looking into it myself and had to give up in frustration. There are no right answers. These are legitimate disputes that need to be resolved amicably.

    Vietnam refuses to recognize China’s claim over the Paracels, but at least Vietnam recognizes that China is making what it sees as an invalid claim. China, on the other hand, doesn’t even recognize that Vietnam has an invalid claim, making peaceful resolution all but impossible.

    Robert D. Kaplan’s latest book, Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific, describes maritime Southeast Asia as a major upcoming theater of conflict. “The composite picture,” he writes, “is of a cluster of states that, with problems of domestic legitimacy and state-building largely behind them, are ready to advance their perceived territorial rights beyond their own shores. This outward collective push is located in the demographic cockpit of the globe; it is here in Southeast Asia, with its nearly 600 million people, where China’s 1.3 billion people converge with the Indian Subcontinent’s 1.5 billion people. And the geographic meeting place of all these states is maritime: the South China Sea.”

    Most modern wars are fought over power and ideology rather than resources, but a conflict in the South China Sea would be old school. It could begin and end with relatively minor naval skirmishes or it could escalate. Nobody knows. Either way, China and Vietnam are both growing economically and militarily more powerful, and they’re both expanding their presence in the South China Sea at the same time the United States is scaling back, creating a situation ripe with potential for a serious face-off.............

    As the world turns.....

  19. Al Sharpton has arrived in Ferguson.

    This should help.

    1. Actually, it might...........

      >>>The Rev. Al Sharpton called for more accountability in community policing and said McCulloch improperly used the grand jury system in the case. He also questioned the timing of the announcement of the grand jury's decision, 8 p.m. CT on Monday night.

      But Sharpton also strongly denounced the use of violent protests, which reached a head after the nation learned charges would not be brought against Wilson.

      "For over 100 days, young people old people, people of all races marched and did so peacefully and nonviolently," Sharpton said. "Those who acted last night do not reflect the spirit of Michael Brown. If you're on Michael Brown's side, you walk with dignity."

      He said he and other civil rights leader have called for an emergency meeting next week in Washington, DC, to discuss continued marches, possible legislation and financial sanctions.<<<

  20. Scratch the Conoco Gas Station.

  21. When speaking of 'a culture of permanent war' we really should remind ourselves, and never forget, that it is Islam that is the true culture of permanent war, until that fine day when the entire earth is covered over in their insanity.

    We should heed Joseph Campbell, and his words about keeping those arrows sharp over there in our Eagle's claw.

    1. In fact, the Moslems have the world divided up into the realm of perpetual peace, Islam (Islam - I know this is laughable) - and the realm of war - everywhere else.

      We are in, happily, the everywhere else. Let's keep it that way.

      Over 90% of the current conflicts in the world involve Moslems and somebody else.....

    2. Which of the world’s war is the US not involved in?

    3. When are you going on your USA apology tour?

  22. Is Islam in Kansas, Virginia, Illinois? The last time I checked they were in the Middle East until we kept fucking with them. Leave them alone. Mind your own business. Quit bombing them. Quit killing their scientists. Quit surrounding them with military bases. Quit trying to ruin their economy. Quit killing them. Quit invading them and then like normal human beings they will leave you alone in Idaho.

    Your eagle’s claw...

    1. IIRC, even you said we had to do something about ISIS.

      I'm the only non-com here.

      Let them kill one another. Not worth going back in..........Obama is at fault for taking the troops out too soon........experiment is over.

      We should try to help the Kurds, who seem kinda Moslem-light.

    2. We had to do something because we created ISIS. We inspired them, launched them and armed them. It is called mitigating the damage we caused.We so destabilized and wrecked Iraq. He wrecked their economy, civil service and fired their army. Isis is the outcome of the genius of The US government and their Neocon whore masters.

    3. The US is fully engaged in helping the Kurds help themselves, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.
      In both Iraq and Syria the US is supporting Kurds in their fight against Daesh. In Syria the Kurds are allied with Assad, and now, regardless, the US is communicating and coordinating with them.
      Now Iraqi Security Forces are fighting alongside Syrians, battling the Daesh in Kobane. Coalition airstrikes now being better utilized in a close air support role.

      Local forces, backed by Coalition close air support, are driving Daesh back in almost every engagement.

    4. On the home front -

      Boca Mosque Targets Jews, Christians and the West
      November 24, 2014 by Joe Kaufman 17 Comments

      Joe Kaufman is an expert in the fields of counter-terrorism, foreign affairs and energy independence for America. He has been featured on all major cable networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and C-SPAN. Kaufman has served as a consultant to different government agencies, and he has been instrumental in getting U.S.-based terrorist charities shut down and terror-related individuals put behind bars. Exactly one month prior to the September 11 attacks, Kaufman predicted the attacks by stating that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was not an aberration and that it would happen again.

      icbrFor the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) some things have changed and some have stayed the same. The center went from a storefront, where it began, to a nearly 30,000 square foot mosque. That was a huge change. It has also lost a number of imams along the way, a couple of whom have been charged with crimes. Many of the faces still remain, though, and so does the hate that was exhibited when the center was established over 15 years ago.

      ICBR started as a result of an effort by the Muslim Student Organization (MSO) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and FAU Professor Bassem Alhalabi, who helped create the MSO. The founding directors of the center included three persons: Alhalabi, travel agency owner Khalid Qureshi, and then-FAU student Syed Ahmad, who was also a website designer for Hamas in Gaza..............

  23. By Riyadh Mohammed,
    The Fiscal Times
    November 25, 2014

    In an effort to restore its momentum, ISIS, the terror monster created by the twin sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Syria, launched its largest attack on the city of Ramadi, 70 miles to the west of Baghdad. The provincial capital of the al-Anbar province makes up one third of Iraq’s territories.

    As the Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters prepared to retake the city of Hit to the west of Ramadi, hundreds of ISIS fighters attacked Ramadi from several directions on Friday.
    The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters fought back. For a day or so, ISIS controlled parts of eastern and central Ramadi.
    After three days of fierce fighting, ISIS was defeated.
    Tribal fighters engaged ISIS in battle while the city mosques called for people to fight ISIS, marking the dramatic change in the mood of the Iraqi Sunni community after the massacre of hundreds of Sunnis by ISIS a few weeks ago.

    “Ramadi’s mosques are celebrating the liberation of the east side of the city with the call “Allahu Akber,” said Saadon Shehan, a blogger in Ramadi.

    ISIS managed, though, to execute 25 Sunni fighters who were trapped in eastern Ramadi.

    In Salahuddin province in the north, ISIS launched another major attack on the city of Balad, 50 miles to the north of Baghdad.
    The Iraqi army and Shiite militia repelled that attack as well. Balad is one of two Shiite towns in the Sunni province.

    Meanwhile, Iraqi government forces, Shiite militias and Kurdish Peshmerga captured the cities of al-Saadiya and Jalawla in Diyala province near the Iranian borders and to the northeast of Baghdad. By capturing the two cities, the province of Diyala is now totally in the hands of the Iraqi government. The Kurdish fighters found that 70 percent of the buildings in Jalawla were booby-trapped.

    The Iraqi air force has started dropping leaflets over the cities of Mosul and Falluja asking people to prepare for the liberation of the two cities.

    - See more at:

  24. Iraq says airstrikes are critical in the shifting battle for Ramadi

    (CNN) -- The battle for control of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, is shifting in favor of Iraqi and tribal forces fighting ISIS militants, Iraqi officials said Monday.

    Iraqi forces, with the help of coalition airstrikes, have pushed back ISIS militants and have retaken territory lost after ISIS fighters launched a coordinated assault on the city Friday.

    They have also regained control of the only military supply line into Ramadi from a nearby airbase, according to Faleh al-Issawi, the deputy governor of Anbar.

    While fighting continues in parts of Ramadi and in an eastern suburb, al-Issawi is optimistic Iraqi forces will be able to retake the city, but only if coalition airstrikes continue, he said.

    A fierce battle has been raging since Friday just 1,000 feet from the government complex of Anbar province that houses the regional government and security headquarters. Officials say that ISIS has retreated farther away and the fighting is less intense.

  25. British elite unit carrying out secret missions in Iraq, hundreds of ISIS militants killed

    British SAS troops have been conducting secret missions that have killed hundreds of Islamic State militants. Using quad bikes and 4x4’s in Iraq, they have been seeking out enemy forces usually at night, killing up to eight terrorists a day.

    Sources from the Ministry of Defense had previously stated that the Special Air Service (SAS), which is an elite unit of the British Army, had only been involved in non-combat missions. However, aside from operating in a reconnaissance role in Iraq, they have also been taking part in eliminating IS militants, a special report by the Mail on Sunday found.

    The SAS has been making good use of intelligence to identify potential targets, mainly through the use of drones. Once an objective has been identified, the troops are dropped in IS territory by Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters, sometimes 50 miles (80 kilometers) from their intended target, as the engines of the helicopters are so loud.

    The British publication learned that these missions have been taking place on a near daily basis for the last four weeks and are often undertaken at night, in order to take the IS fighters by surprise. Quad bikes and all-terrain vehicles are the preferred modes of transport, giving the SAS much greater mobility to engage in their guerilla-style tactics, which are mainly carried out using sniper rifles. The surprise factor has been crucial to the SAS’s success. During bombing raids, IS forces have more time to move to safer areas,

    1. British Troops in Iraq Killing ISIS Fighters Daily
      Special Forces Ordered to Take No Prisoners

      nitially sent to Iraq with the idea of trying to capture British members of ISIS, the SAS Special Forces are now revealed to be on a “kill only” mission, and are being told not to take any prisoners.

      The SAS troops, fighting on quadricycles, are killing several ISIS fighters daily, and claim to have killed some 200 fighters over the past four weeks. How many are British nationals is unclear.

      SAS sources say they’ve been told to wipe ISIS off the map, and that “we don’t want to bring them back to the UK to stand trial,” adding “they can die in the dirt in Iraq.”

      British officials had previous made much of their intention to arrest British nationals who went overseas to join ISIS. The shift toward summary killings, explicitly to avoid a trial, may prove controversial.

  26. As I think someone might have mentioned: Dead Men Walking.

    1. Just a couple of war mongering neo-cons......

    2. all done magically from the air!

    3. What was foretold ...

      A series of smaller engagement where the Iraqi Security Forces would gain confidence in their combat capabilities.
      Utilizing the unchallenged air superiority of the Coalition Partners, the local anti-ISIS forces are making incremental gains against the dispersed ISIS forces.

      Where the Daesh organize offensive efforts against defended positions, it is now being repulsed by local forces.

      Day by day the training of the Iraqi Security Forces continues, who would think those 1,400 US trainers are over there, sitting on their asses?

    4. Nothing "magical."

      Just recognizing the best way to utilize existing assets.

    5. No, Ash, not done 'magically' from the air.

      What is happening is a coordinated combined arms operation. Ground forces advancing under an umbrella of Coalition close air support. The air power, alone would turn the tide of battle. But when there is a competently trained ground force, operating hand in glove with air assets, those that are in the impact area ... Dead Men Walking

    6. The air power, alone would NOT turn the tide of battle.

      Mea culpa ...

  27. All State Insurance was running insurance ads on the TV during the riots.


    1. Scratch the Pay Day Loan Store.

      (who, really, can cry about this?)

  28. The US Is On A Collision Course With An 'Absolutely Indispensable' Ally

    The US and Turkey are headed for a showdown over Syria, as evidence mounts that Ankara is enabling groups that Washington is actively bombing.

  29. Deuce ☂Tue Nov 25, 05:07:00 PM EST
    Is Islam in Kansas, Virginia, Illinois? The last time I checked they were in the Middle East until we kept fucking with them. Leave them alone. Mind your own business. Quit bombing them. Quit killing their scientists. Quit surrounding them with military bases. Quit trying to ruin their economy. Quit killing them. Quit invading them and then like normal human beings they will leave you alone in Idaho.

    They fucked with us in 1783….

    it would be great if some folks remembered history

    1. Treaty of Tripoli

      It was submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797, and signed by Adams, taking effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797. ...

      As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—

      It would be even better if some folks acknowledged the true history, as reflected in the Law of the Land.

    2. Nice glossing over the history.. go back and tell us what happened from 1783 til 1797 that led to that treaty with that SPECIFIC treaty.

      Tell us who all the players were...

      you have your homework...

      Now go and figure out HOW you are going to try to tell how Islam is not the root of the problem..

      You are excused..

  30. Really, they stormed the Jersey shore and marched to Trenton?

    1. Well, they have one hell of a mosque in, I think it is, Detroit. is Detroit

  31. 10 Mad Tales From The Life Of Germany’s Last Emperor

    We mere mortals tend to account our masters and rulers sane until history dispels the PR. Wilhelm's "eccentricities" were/are not that unusual, as a reading of 20th C. history will prove convincingly.

  32. Scratch West Florissant Avenue between Solway Avenue and Chambers Road.

    >>He said that there was basically “nothing left” along West Florissant Avenue between Solway Avenue and Chambers Road. “Frankly, I'm heartbroken about that," he said<<

  33. Don't scratch Papa John's.

    PAPA JOHN'S Manager Defends Store From Looters -- With Bare Hands..............drudge

    1. With HER bare hands -

      RAW COURAGE: Papa John’s Female Manager Defends Store From Looters With Bare Hands (Video)
      Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 5:45 PM

      This is one of the most gripping videos yet to come out of the Ferguson riots.

      Monday night blogger Victor Maggio was out filming the mass destruction by the protest mob.
      –The video is intense.

      papa johns manager

      At the 1:10 marker the Ferguson Papa John’s manager confronts a looter with HER bare hands.
      (This was a woman!)
      Raw courage.

      The looter flipped off the manager when he walked away.
      papa johns manager 2

      Update: Was notified that the brave manager is a woman.

      Where are the Korean shop owners when they are needed?

      Well, that woman didn't need any Koreans.

    2. Scratch Title Max.

      Scratch the Used Car Lot.

  34. Bob,

    This is a list of damaged or destroyed buildings. Time will tell whether it is accurate. There is tonight.

    Governor Nixon had 700 Guardsmen on standby but refused to order them in. I first became familiar with him in 1971. He hasn't changed much.

    St.Louis Fish & Chicken Grill
    Family Dollar
    Dollar Tree
    O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
    Beauty Mart
    A.J. & R. Pawn Shop
    Cakes and More [Natalie DuBose’s store]
    JC Wireless
    STL Bread Company
    Auto Buy Credit
    Phillips 66
    Red’s Barbecue
    Taco Bell
    Beauty Town
    Little Caesar’s
    Ferguson Liquor
    Public Storage
    Sam’s Meat Market
    Medicine Shop
    Commerce Bank
    Auto Zone
    Toys R Us
    Dellwood Market
    Chop Suey restaurant
    Antonio French’s Heal Stl Community Center

  35. Last night the National Guard should have been lined up and down the street right in front of all those buildings, with the Police in front of them.

    Instead, the Guard was really nowhere to be seen, and the Police gave a 'cooling off period' at the beginning which rapidly turned into a heating up period.

    Mayor Rudy Giuliani would have done much better.

  36. Replies
    1. Them's some arses !

      I voted for Katie, #3

      She is the run a way winner -

      Thank you for voting!
      Katie 62.64%

      An arse to die for....

      (when I call Rufus an arse this is NOT what I mean)

  37. PAPER: Obamacare gives firms $3k incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers... Illegals to receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama plan...

    POLL: 62% Americans Oppose...

    Action Reinvigorates 'Tea Party'...

    Judge greenlights lawsuit against guest worker program...................drudge

    Obama is doing a lot to deconstruct the Democratic Party.

  38. Judges across the country have ruled against bans similar to Arkansas' since the U.S. Supreme Court struck part of a federal anti-gay-marriage law in June 2013, and same-sex marriage is legal in more than half of the United States.

    Chad Griffin, an Arkansas native who heads the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group, praised the judge's ruling.

    "I am proud to be an Arkansan by birth, but I'll be even prouder when this shameful stain on the state Constitution is erased once and for all," Griffin said in a statement.

  39. Famous missing persons -

    Missing Persons:

    Oscar Zeta Acosta

    Acosta, right, posing with writer Hunter S. Thompson

    The Mexican-American lawyer and activist played a prominent role in Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as "Dr. Gonzo" (the moniker came about after Acosta refused to allow Thompson to use his real name, especially considering Thompson's less-than-flattering portrayal of the "300-pound Samoan"). Describing his friend, Thompson wrote:

    "Any combination of a 250 lb Mexican and LSD-25 is a potentially terminal menace for anything it can reach — but when the alleged Mexican is in fact a profoundly angry Chicano lawyer with no fear at all of anything that walks on less than three legs and a de facto suicidal conviction that he will die at the age of 33 — just like Jesus Christ — you have a serious piece of work on your hands."

    Acosta vanished in 1974 while traveling in Mexico. He was 39.,28804,1846670_1846800_1846911,00.html

  40. Ah, the Teamsters, a noble bunch -

    Missing Persons:

    Jimmy Hoffa

    Before being pardoned by President Richard Nixon in 1971, the infamous labor leader spent four years in prison for the crimes he committed as president of America's largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. (The list of crimes included jury-tampering, mail fraud and bribery.) Two weeks before Hoffa's disappearance, on July 30, 1975, federal investigators discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars had been stolen from the Teamsters' largest pension fund.

    Their attention immediately turned to Mafia bosses Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano, both of whom reportedly agreed to meet with Hoffa on the very day of his disappearance. While the suspects and motives were clear, evidence proved far more elusive. (Officials later resorted to hypnotizing suspects and witnesses to gather evidence against the Mob; it didn't work.) The FBI began its search anew in 2006 at a horse farm in Michigan; the investigation yielded nothing. Hoffa's body has never been found. His son, James P. Hoffa, now presides over the Teamsters.,28804,1846670_1846800_1846821,00.html

    Cement overcoat, I think.

  41. >>When Oakland installed an acoustic system to track gun shots, police found that 90 percent were never reported.<<

    November 26, 2014
    Black Mob Violence Now a Sickness
    By Colin Flaherty

  42. Today, I learned of the passing of a dear friend from many years ago. Despite the years, her smile was as lovely as ever and her eyes as radiant as when we were kids. With the passage of years, we lost track, but I never forgot her kindness and generosity.

    Over the years, from time to time, I thought of contacting her and her husband, but time slipped by and now she is gone. It is true: We never forget how someone makes us feel, the passage of decades notwithstanding. While we live, we must reach out to those we love, for time devours us all.

    My consolation is the certain knowledge that our souls are eternal as our creator is eternal. One day, Di and I shall meet again in a place where we shall be as young and happy as the days of our youth – she in her ’67 Mustang and I in my ’68.

    She and Bill were married for 41 years. Her loss must cause him unremitting pain. May G-d comfort him.

    1. The Irish have the "wake". Jews have no such comforting, socially sanctioned oblivion; thus, I sit in the dark drunk, mourning the passage of a young, beautiful girl in a short, short mini-skirt with a vivacious smile, who died alone as an old woman of colon cancer. God Damn It!

    2. Sorry for your loss, allen.

      I agree with your consolation.

  43. November 26, 2014
    Michael Brown Parents' Bad Influence Plays Out on the National Stage
    By M. Catharine Evans

    As bad as Sybrina Fulton's neglect and financial exploitation of little angel Trayvon Martin was, Lesley McSpadden's profanity-laced rant after the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson makes Fulton look like Mother of the Year.

    Take a listen to Mama McSpadden and Michael Brown's convicted felon stepdad, Louis Head. Yes, the same pair, along with twenty others who allegedly tried to crack a few skulls after they caught granny and a cousin selling Michael Brown merchandise in Ferguson a month ago. Both could be charged with felony assault for that little temper tantrum.

    McSpadden and Head are two peas living in one messed up pod. Imagine little Michael trying to grow up with a mom who's got a foul mouth and likes to hang with felons. Head was recently paroled on federal firearms charges related to the manufacture, sale, and distribution of narcotics. Head's also a former Bloods gang leader out of St. Louis.

    Michael Brown, Sr. is somebody else who's culpable. The dead 18-year-old's real father moved on to another baby mama after McSpadden. What kind of values did he instill in a guy who walked into a convenience store, took what he wanted, and proceeded to rough up an innocent clerk?

    But he's innocent, just like McSpadden and Head. Right? They're not responsible for their expletive-spewing mouths, gang activities, domestic violence skirmishes, and sexual promiscuity. It’s the cops, of course.

    How lucky for us that Obama, Holder, Sharpton and their media goons at CNN(check out Van Jones and Don Lemon) love to exploit their own people on the national stage. Otherwise, we wouldn't see McSpadden and Head emulate what they consider appropriate, peaceful behavior. Two days before his “burn this b**** down" call for violence, Head penned a letter to the protesters asking for calm. Too bad it didn’t pan out. Now the rest of the country can see why Michael Brown didn’t have much impulse control or regard for the rule of law.

    These poor excuses for parents are as much to blame for Michael's death as Michael himself, so why isn't the media blaming them instead of the cops? Maybe we’ll all worry about police accountability when issues of accountability are resolved with respect to the sperm donors and baby mamas raising or not raising these scourges of society.

    Holding these two accountable won’t be easy. After the McSpadden-Head video went viral, McSpadden's lawyer, Benjamin Crump, tried to quell the criticism. Crump suggested that McSpadden and Head were overcome with “raw emotion.”

    Read more Evans at

    Read more:
    Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook

    1. ... "raw emotion" ... no introspection ... What has happened to our country? There is no reaching these people.

    2. It's the "palestinianization" of inner city black America.

      Thugs, murderers, rapists, looters and professional gang bangers are now a political movement in America.

      The signs on the street (both streets) shout loud. "End the occupation of Ferguson" "Free Palestine" It's striking that the lowest form of "community", the violent street gang, is now considered a viable organization for both statehood (in Palestine) and in America? Billions in free housing, easy jobs, changing bank rules, free college etc...

      Thanks to the progressives for giving us this present....

      What we should do is reward hard work, ethical behavior and honesty.

      Oh my bad...

      That's the Boy Scout in me,....

      Something that people here think stupid, naive and so UN-pc...

      But to the overwhelming numbers American Blacks that do not identify with convicted felons, gang bangers i.e. LOOTER Mentality they are JUST as disgusted, except Obama and Holder are the TRUE CAPO's of Black America....

      Or would Uncle Tom be more appropriate?

  44. Noble Ash, what is your opinion of the decision of the Ferguson Grand Jury?

    1. They convened a Grand Jury and they examined the various available testimonies/evidence and concluded that what they saw didn't clear 'the hurdle' to hand down an indictment.

      The Grand Jury portion of the US legal system is ...odd, and I don't know that much about it. I read recently that it is considered by some to be arcane. It is sorta weird, but very 'american', that a quasi political process makes a judgement at that stage in a criminal legal process yet not on the Civil side (America is renowned for suing). It is also sorta weird that judges are elected. I do see the rationale behind these things but they also don't necessarily function as ideally intended.

    2. So Ash cannot answer with a straight answer.

    3. My straight answer is the simple one - the Grand Jury made its' decision and I respect that. I haven't seen the evidence myself and I certainly won't peruse it all when made available to me.

      The more complex answer is one I find more interesting - philosophy of law.

    4. "O"rdure is not alone at coming to a conclusion before the facts become publicly available, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson is another contributor that resides in that demographic.

    5. The concept of electing judges is cynical at best. It puts the judiciary in the hands of the two political parties.It would make more sense to leave that decision to the state governments. That may seem like a difference without a distinction, but it would place responsibility for choosing judges with the elected officials wheras the electorate has news and knowledge about who they are. Nobody knows who the candidates for judges are.

    6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    7. Past 80 no one should be a judge.

    8. Dang it Quirk would you quit doing that deleting your own comments right when I am considering them !

      Wasn't a bad comment by the way.

    9. .

      I started reading this thread from the bottom up this morning so I thought Deuce was talking about electing the Supremes. While his post is a little unclear (at least to me) I guess he was talking about local judges. I disagree with his comment there too but I don't have time to get into it.

      Just for you, here is the comment I deleted.

      I disagree.

      The system isn't perfect but I don't know how you would get a system that is. Everyone knows the rationale offered for why it was set up this way. Everyone knows the checks and balances that are in place to assure the system isn't corrupted.

      It sounds like the state legislators would be more democratic but I don't see it. You might as well have the Senate elect the judges. Under your system, Iowa would have as much say in electing the judges as California. That is hardly democratic. For the greater part of the last century the Dems controlled the majority of state legislatures. We are talking for decades at a time. Since the early 90's, it has shifted and now the GOP has been in control numerically.

      I would like to see Supreme Court justices at the state level elected 'democratically' because there it would actually be the people in a particular state electing their reps. I have seen the corruption when one party controls all the branches of government.

      We only have to look at Roe v Wade or Citizens United to know there are going to be rulings that some are going to question. However, I don't see a better alternative out there for how we elect SCOTUS judges.

      The one change I would like to see is term limits with alternating expiration dates as in how we elect reps to the House. I am also leaning toward age limitations to although there are still good arguments for not having them.



  45. Jack HawkinsWed Nov 26, 10:17:00 AM EST
    "O"rdure is not alone at coming to a conclusion before the facts become publicly available, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson is another contributor that resides in that demographic.

    Once again you lie.

    1. Jack Shit Hawkins lies again.

      Always said, obviously, I didn't know the facts, but my HUNCH was the Gentle Giant probably caused the whole incident. Also speculated that he might have been on one of those cigars stuffed with maryjane and dipped in PCP. Haven't heard anything about that. I want to read the final toxicology report and see what it says.

    2. No lie, just the facts, you are so ignorant of the facts, in thread afr thread, it is pitiful, and I do feel pity for you Robert.
      You wax redundent about the Kurds, and how we should commit US troops to protect those clit clippers when it is obvious that with a commitment much less intense, the US can accomplish the same thing.

      Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you told us that ISIS has captured a Syrian seaport, when the reality was far from that. The reality, in Libya an existing al-Qeada cell changed its 'allegiance', like a car dealer switching from Chevy to GMC.

      ISIS had not captured any seaport in Syria, but you had come to a conclusion that Mr Obama's policies had failed, when you did not know the facts, had not even begun to comprehend reality.

    3. Bob never lived 13 weeks subject to the tender mercies of a black, USMCRD Drill Instructor.

      If he had, he might not have suffered a nervous breakdown when the black guy went into the White House.

    4. Obama aint BLACK…

      He's a prog, commie who has a cracker for a mom…

      The GOOD side of him was the african side...

    5. :)

      The good side: the drunken, Marxist, womanizing African side.

    6. You're nothing but a war mongering neo-con who gets his jollies counting the dead from pin prick bombing raids, Rufus.

      Happy Thanksgiving, anyway.


    7. Fuck off, ratShithole, I already said I erred when saying Syria rather than Libya.

      I had said Libya earlier, noting that ISIS was spreading like a cancer.

      Have a shitty Thanksgiving, fuckhead.


    8. What an ugly thing to say...
      Why, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, what in the world has gotten you so riled?

      Does this mean we're not friends anymore?
      You know, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, if I thought you weren't my friend, I just don't think I could bear it.


  46. A Grand Jury is basically a preliminary hearing on steroids, where a judge decides if there is enough evidence to bind the guy over to trial.

    1. Instead of a judge, the Grand Jury does the deciding.

      This Grand Jury was picked long before the incident occurred. It just happened to land in this particular jury's lap.

  47. >>And let me give you one last example why. I’ll give you an issue. One of the things the American people most are upset about when you ask them about it. I’ve done it, Heather Higgins has done it, on polling about the exemption for Congress and the Congressional staff in the healthcare bill that the President came down and negotiated with Harry Reid and with John Boehner. And Boehner was then saying, oh, he was against this exemption except that Harry Reid got ticked off and leaked all the emails where they agreed, they came together, so that they protect the Congress from what the American people were doing. When you ask that of American people, 2/3rds of Republicans believe that’s the reason to turn every single person in Washington out of office. You have 15, 18, whatever number of candidates running for President or thinking about running or having dreams and visions of White House and oval offices. Not a single one of them will raise this issue. This issue, the agreement between the two parties was that it was not to be discussed in the election, and it wasn’t. Did you know that? They had an actual agreement they would not raise this issue. Do you know what could’ve happened to some of the incumbents, Democrats particularly, who were vulnerable if that had been raised. And it wasn’t. And the reason is and that’s what I mean, there is an insurgency.<<

    Pat Caddell

    Pat Caddell: Midterm Elections a Repudiation of Obama

    November 26, 2014 by

    Below are the video and transcript to Pat Caddell’s speech at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 20th Anniversary Restoration Weekend. The event was held Nov. 13th-16th at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

    While Pat makes a good point above, if you read the whole article you might come to the opinion that Pat had been doing some serious drinking down there at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

  48. The Dead Men Walking found another place to get their asses kicked.

    The Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by the coalition air force on Wednesday repelled a major attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according to sources from the city.

    “They are targeting Kirkuk and they want to control the oil sites,” said peshmerga Major General Westa Rasul, according to AFP.

    The attack began early on Wednesday morning against three villages west of the city of Kirkuk, sparking fighting that lasted for hours, Rasul and two other officers said.

    ISIS managed to seize one village, but Kurdish forces backed by air strikes later succeeded in retaking it.

    One policeman and five peshmerga, including a colonel and the son of a Kurdish politician, were killed and 28 wounded in the . . . . .

    Bozos R' Us botch another one

    1. If morons like you, Rufus, hadn't voted for O'bozo, we wouldn't be in the pickle we are now in - your O'bozo took the troops out way too soon which was the proximate cause of all this.

      It's all your fault.

    2. And there'd be a lot more women in ISISLand with their clits still intact.

    3. You've got to be the dumbest motherfucker to ever waste html.

      I mean it; you are one dense sonofabitch.

  49. No one really seems to want the job of Secretary of Defense.

    Your day may have arrived, ratShit.

    You should apply.

    A military 'expert' and a Doctrinaire one at that.......

    Move on up from your blogging career.....

    1. Being a self proclaimed 'professional asshole' looks good on a military resume too.

      You might get the job !

    2. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, once again showing just how ignorant he truly is.

  50. Finally, Israel must position itself for a possible failure of negotiations. After an admirable campaign to place the Iranian issue on the international agenda, Netanyahu overplayed his hand and turned himself into an annoyance, largely ignored by the international community, even the US.

    Moreover, his West Bank policies have dramatically exacerbated Israel’s international isolation, including the worst downturn in relations with the US in decades. If a nuclear Iran truly is an existential threat, as Netanyahu avers, it warrants a commensurate effort to regain the high ground on the Palestinian issue as well.

    In fact, doing so is essential in its own right.

    Good For The Jews?

  51. Hot take from Time magazine columnist: In defense of rioting
    posted at 2:01 pm on November 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

    Some holiday cheer for you courtesy of a magazine that was sort of respected when I was growing up. In an age when newsweeklies are a week late in meeting people’s demand for news, I guess this is one way to keep your site “vital.”

    Conn Carroll reminds me that Darlena Cunha was also responsible for that WaPo piece back in July about driving a Mercedes to pick up food stamps. So rest assured, she’s down with the struggle.

    Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem…

    Blacks in this country are more apt to riot because they are one of the populations here who still need to. In the case of the 1992 riots, 30 years of black people trying to talk about their struggles of racial profiling and muted, but still vastly unfair, treatment, came to a boil. Sometimes, enough is simply too much. And after that catalyst event, the landscape of southern California changed, and nationally, police forces took note.

    And the racism they are fighting, the racism we are all fighting, is still alive and well throughout our nation. The modern racism may not culminate in separate water fountains and separate seating in the backs of buses, but its insidious nature is perhaps even more dangerous to the individuals who have to live under the shroud of stereotypical lies society foists upon them.....

    The last groans of death from Time Magazine, which I used to love. Still have them all from the rise of Hitler in 1933 until the A-bombing of Japan and the surrender of Germany, 1945.

    1. November 26, 2014
      What we need is some pundit to write a defense of rioting
      By Rick Moran

      Darlena Cunha is identified as a "contributor to the Washington Post and Time." Apparently, Darlena ran out of ideas on what to write about the Ferguson riots, so she decided to stir the pot a bit.

      As a couple of dozen Ferguson business owners (almost all of them minorities) watched helplessly as their lifetime dreams went up in smoke, Cunha gave a pass to the rioters and looters by claiming that "peaceful protesting is a luxury of those already in mainstream culture."

      When a police officer shoots a young, unarmed black man in the streets, then does not face indictment, anger in the community is inevitable. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. In such a case, is rioting so wrong?

      Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem.

      While the most famous rant against the riots thus far comes from Hercules actor Kevin Sorbo, where he calls the rioters “animals” and “losers,” there are thousands of people echoing these sentiments. Sorbo correctly ascertains that the rioting has little to do with the shooting of an unarmed black man in the street, but he blames it on the typical privileged American’s stereotype of a less fortunate sect of human being—that the looting is a result of frustration built up over years of “blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures.”

      Because when you have succeeded, it ceases to be a possibility, in our capitalist society, that anyone else helped you. And if no one helped you succeed, then no one is holding anyone else back from succeeding. Except they did help you, and they are holding people back. So that blaming someone else for your failures in the United States may very well be an astute observation of reality, particularly as it comes to white privilege versus black privilege.

      Well, bless me, but I learn something new every day. Who would have thought burning, smashing, and especially looting could be legitimized by claiming it's all a big misunderstanding? The riots aren't some knee-jerk nihilistic response that gives gratification to those taking part in the mayhem, but rather, it's a serious political statement, and we had better do what the rioters say, or else.

      There are, indeed, justifications for breaking the law. But there is nothing "political" about destroying property not your own, injuring people, and taking what you want without payment. Even if you buy into the dubious "white privilege" sociological crap, you must recognize that when law and order break down, we are left with the rule of the jungle. And in a jungle, only the strong benefit from mayhem. The victims are those who can't or won't fight back.

      So Ms. Cunha is actually supporting jungle law vs. civilization – a civilization that makes possible her freedom to publish nonsensical screeds like this without worrying about anyone setting her house on fire or looting her belongings.

      Wouldn't that be a "political" statement, too?

  52. After surviving colon and pancreatic cancer in the past, 81-year-old Justice Ginsburg is reportedly ‘resting comfortably’ after cardiac surgery Wednesday.

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remains hospitalized today after undergoing a cardiac procedure early this morning. The 81-year-old remains the oldest active justice on the nation’s highest court, surviving past diagnoses of colon and pancreatic cancer. Setting aside her undeniable influence on the nation’s legal system, today’s events present an important opportunity to discuss this procedure specifically, and the impact of high-tech medical procedures on an aging population.


    3 in 4 bomb missions fail to find target................drudge

    1. That means in one of four missions, the bad guys die.
      The rest of the time, there is no one on the ground to supply "Close Air Support" to.
      The Coalition is then flying blind, not coordinating with the local ground forces, or there are no local ground forces in the areas being patrolled from the air, searching for "Targets of Opportunity".

      Sounds like the Daesh are not s prevelant on the battle field, as they once were.
      Their geographic footprint is steadily diminishing, albeit slowly.

    2. Sounds like the Daesh are not as prevalent on the battle field, as they once were.

    3. Try to understand what is written, Dumbo:

      But more than three months into the conflict, the top priority of the campaign has been pop-up targets, even though only about one out of every four missions sent to attack them has dropped its bombs. The rest of the missions have returned to the base, failing to find a target they were permitted to hit under the rules of engagement.

      Of the 450 strikes in Syria through last week, about 25 percent were planned, military officials said. Of the 540 strikes in Iraq through the same period, only 5 percent were deliberate.

      We don't drop bombs unless we have a legitimate target.

      Then, we kill the bastards.

  54. Russia vows to support Syria's Bashar al-Assad to combat 'terrorism'

    Sochi: Russia said it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat "terrorism" in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of they key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Assad's foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, on the Black Sea as part of Moscow's renewed diplomatic push to restart peace talks on Syria.

    "We share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat," Lavrov told a joint news conference with Moualem. "Russia will continue supporting Syria ... in countering this threat."

    Russia has been the key international ally of Assad in the conflict, which is in its fourth year and where the situation on the ground has deteriorated as Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, grabbed large swathes of land.

    The last round of talks between Damascus and the opposition collapsed in February over rifts over Assad's role in any transition out of the conflict. The main Syrian opposition in exile and its Western and Arab backers want him to go.

    But Moscow says advances made by Islamic hardliners mean fighting "terrorism" should be the top priority for all "healthy" forces now and says that is not possible without cooperating with Assad.

    Lavrov criticised the United States for refusing to do that.

    Moualem told the news conference his meeting with Vladimir Putin earlier on Wednesday was "very productive" and that the Russian president confirmed his resolve to develop ties with Damascus and Assad.

  55. Australian bombing run a couple days ago killed 100 of 'em.

  56. The first human trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola suggests that it is safe and may help the immune system to combat the virus.


    If the vaccine does work, it is unclear how long the protection would last.

    These kinds of questions are usually settled during the early stages of human trials.