“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."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boycott Chinese Goods - Chinese Leather factory in China video, viciously killing dogs for their skin and meat


  1. .

    Kinda like the sticks of Idaho.


    1. Now that is just totally uncalled for you urban beggar and fraud artist.

      I'd demand that you take that back, but I know you, you'd just give me your ol' bare ass hehe to you trick.

      Where, pray tell, are the stockyards of Chicago?

      And I'd like to know, if we boycott goods from China, just where are we gonna get stuff?

      I looked all over town for a scope for my wolf rifle and couldn't find anything but Made in China.

      Really pissed me off.

    2. .

      Maybe that's why the last wolf hunting festival came up empty, well that and all the Cosmos you wimps were downing.



    3. You try shooting a wolf without a scope, Slicker.

      And yes, we did some really heavy drinking, being scopeless.

    4. .

      You're scopeless all right. No doubt about that.


    5. I KNEW you'd come up with something!

      But you have no sights at all !!!

    6. No far sights, no near sights, no insights, no sight at all :(

    7. As per the thread?

      Deuce and I are on the same page. I have 2 dogs. Both rescued as were all the dogs I have owned.

  2. Focus on Iran Fighting for Civilization:

    Jan 14, 4:20 PM EST

    Report: Detained Washington Post journalist indicted in Iran

    Latest Iran News
    Report: Detained Washington Post journalist indicted in Iran

    Iran condemns 'provocative' new Charlie Hebdo cartoon

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months has been indicted and will stand trial, Iran's state news agency reported Wednesday, without elaborating on what charges he faced.

    The report by the official IRNA news agency came the same day as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif before talks with world powers resume over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program.

  3. I could kill a wolf; and, I could kill one using iron sights.

    But, then again, most people that are good enough to kill a wolf, probably wouldn't want to (I know I wouldn't.)

    1. You simply have no idea of the damage they have done.

      And they are not native to here.

      They are out of control.

      You can shoot a wolf now any time, day or night.

      Let them go back to Canada where they came from, it was idiotic to introduce them here.

    2. That picture Deuce put up of the dogs?

      Think of those as elk, moose or deer.

    3. Or coyotes or dogs. They think of them as competition and eliminate them.

    4. Quirk's mutt wouldn't have a chance.

    5. .

      My shepard-chow mix is kind of a pussycat and getting up there in age. However, my young pitbull mix might not be able to take him but I doubt old Lupo would feel much like bragging afterward.


  4. Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline.


    America has more than 2 million miles of natural-gas pipelines and about 175,000 miles of pipelines carrying hazardous liquids, yet we are exhorted to be frightened about 1,179 miles of Keystone?

    Or about the oil itself? On “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) objected,
    “Keystone means unlocking the Canadian tar sands, some of the dirtiest sources of energy on the planet, and allowing those tar sands to go across our American Midwest and then reach the international economy and our environment.”


    Coons can’t believe that, absent Keystone, Canada will leave vast wealth — the world’s third-largest proven crude oil reserve, larger than Iran’s — untapped.

  5. A rare gray wolf has been spotted in the southwest Oregon Cascade Mountains, in a sign that recovering populations of the animal are spreading west more quickly than biologists had expected, US Fish and Wildlife officials said yesterday.


    They lost their federally protected status in eastern Oregon in 2011 when Congress lifted Endangered Species Act safeguards for various wolf populations in several states, but protections have remained in place for any animals in the western two-thirds of the state.

    1. Introduced in Idaho, they weren't supposed to swim the Snake........but did anyway.

      They didn't get the message from Fish and Game.

      Now the Blue Mountains elk herds are to take a beating.

      What I'm really worried about are the Mountain Caribou up in North Idaho.

    2. Easy to poison, hard to hunt in these mountains.

      And they are very smart.

      It's not like they are running along out in the open on the tundra to be shot from helicopters.

      Fish and Game tried that. Didn't work.


    A North Idaho man who says he shot a wolf that appeared to be crouched down as if to attack his three dogs on the southern end of Rathdrum Mountain has been cited for possessing an untagged wolf.

    The Coeur d’Alene Press reports in a story on Tuesday that officials also seized the wolf pelt from 53-year-old Forrest Mize of Rathdrum.

    Mize says that on Dec. 30 he was hiking with his three female Labradors when he shot the wolf with a .22-caliber weapon he carries for protection.

    “I guess I’m not surprised that we are seeing wolves up there,” said Chip Corsi, regional director for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, noting the abundance of deer, elk and moose in the area. However, it’s unclear whether the wolf shot by Mize was alone or a member of a pack, he said.

    Corsi declined to elaborate on the citation, saying officials are still investigating.

    Officials said even if a wolf shooting is ruled to be defensive, the person isn’t allowed to afterward buy a tag to keep the pelt, which is what Mize did.

    Possessing a wolf pelt without a tag is a misdemeanor.

    1. What would Quirk do if his mutt was under attack by wolves?

      Throw his walking stick or Iphone at 'em?

    2. .

      A bullshit story. No single wolf is going to try to take on a full grown man and three Labs.

      Sounds like one of Wayne's stories.


    3. Ah, Wayne hasn't said he has been confronted by a wolf. And he has no dogs.

      He has said the wolves have 'confronted' his cattle and horses.

      To the tune of 5 or 6 dead in cattle and horses.

      At last count. Haven't heard recently.

  7. Wolf Population Unchanged After Controversial Idaho Hunting Contest

    Over the weekend, 125 hunters poured into the small town of Salmon, Idaho, to participate in the Predator Hunting Contest and Fur Rendezvous, better known as a “hunting derby.” The end result? Thirty coyotes were killed during the three-day hunt, and—for the second consecutive year—zero wolves.

    The derby, organized by executive director of Idaho for Wildlife Steve Alder, was created to help curb predator populations and teach hunting and survival skills, but the event has attracted much controversy in its two-year lifespan. More than 50,000 complaints were sent to local officials after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gave the event’s organizers a permit to use public property for this year’s hunt, permission that was later rescinded. James Townley, an official with BLM, told Newsweek the permit was pulled due to “uncertainties about the details of the Predator Hunt” and “operational changes,” though Alder believes it was because of the numerous complaints. As a result, this year’s derby, like last year’s, was held on U.S. Forest Service lands and private property volunteered by local ranch owners.

    Much of the controversy surrounding the derby has to do with its mission: hunting wolves. The Humane Society has twice called the event a “wolf massacre”—the hunters’ lack of success in killing any notwithstanding—and a number of animal rights activists have spoken out against it.

    Idaho legally allows each hunter to kill up to five wolves per season and trap five more, but Alder told Newsweek that hunters were unable to kill, track or even spot a single wolf this year. Consequently, a $1,000 reward for the hunter who bagged the most wolves went unclaimed yet again. The prize money will be donated to a local food bank instead.

    1. .

      What a circus. Only in Idaho.


    2. "a wolf that appeared to be crouched down as if to attack his three dogs"

      >>as if<< Quirk, as if.

    3. When, Quirk, was the last time you donated $1,000 dollars to your local food bank, instead of making withdrawals from same?

    4. .

      Maybe not $1,000 but I do contribute to about 4 or 5 foods banks and soup kitchens each year. However, I give most of my charity to the United Way. I assume among the charities they support they might be some that feed the needy. And then there is the Humane Society of course.


  8. Killing Wolves in the West - Klan Hoods and the Ostentatious Display of the American Flag

    The Klan-like hoods and the ostentatious display of the American flag,
    this photo is a glimpse into the mentality of those behind the anti-wolf campaign.
    There is, apparently, a cohort of people who view the destruction of wild nature as
    something to be celebrated, something quintessentially America.

    1. Tell it to the wolves.

      They are destroying wild elk, moose, deer, tame poor cattle, coyotes and dogs by the truckload.

      They have none of Deuce's 'empathy'.

    2. .

      They are destroying wild elk, moose, deer, tame poor cattle, coyotes and dogs by the truckload.

      What bullshit.

      That rat link above was a beaut. Masked yahoos with guns.


  9. Several members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation soon to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.


    The bill uses a strategy that succeeded in taking wolves in Idaho and Montana off the endangered list after court challenges by environmentalists blocked those efforts. Congress took matters into its own hands in 2011 and lifted the federal protections in those two states.

    1. Michigan?

      GREAT !!!!

      Quirk will have to walk armed to the fire hydrant.

    2. 30.06 or larger, Quirk-O.

      30.06 or larger, my friend.

    3. .

      Looking at the guys who attend the Idaho "hunting derby" or those masked yahoos in the post rat put up, I would be more afraid of catching a stray shot from one of those hicks than a wolf that would likely just run away and hide.


    4. .

      Act 328 of 1931

      750.50b Animal defined; prohibited acts; violation; penalty; exceptions.

      Sec. 50b.

      (1) As used in this section, "animal" means any vertebrate other than a human being.

      (2) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person shall not do any of the following without just cause:

      (a) Knowingly kill, torture, mutilate, maim, or disfigure an animal.

      (b) Commit a reckless act knowing or having reason to know that the act will cause an animal to be killed, tortured, mutilated, maimed, or disfigured.

      (c) Knowingly administer poison to an animal, or knowingly expose an animal to any poisonous substance, with the intent that the substance be taken or swallowed by the animal.

      (3) A person who violates subsection (2) is guilty of a felony punishable by 1 or more of the following:

      (a) Imprisonment for not more than 4 years.

      (b) A fine of not more than $5,000.00 for a single animal and $2,500.00 for each additional animal involved in the violation, but not to exceed a total of $20,000.00.

      (c) Community service for not more than 500 hours.

      (4) As a part of the sentence for a violation of subsection (2), the court may order the defendant to pay the costs of the prosecution and the costs of the care, housing, and veterinary medical care for the impacted animal victim, as applicable. If the court does not order a defendant to pay all of the applicable costs listed in this subsection, or orders only partial payment of these costs, the court shall state on the record the reasons for that action.

      We're waiting for you, Obumble.


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    6. (c) Knowingly administer poison to an animal, or knowingly expose an animal to any poisonous substance, with the intent that the substance be taken or swallowed by the animal.

      That's why Detroit is chuck filled with RATS.

      Poison kills 'em.

      The world waits, in vain, for the 'urban intelligentsia', of which Quartski proudly claims to be a charter member, to figure this out.


    Arab residents of Abu Dis Arab threw four puppies at a border police patrol, causing them deaths A heartbreaking action near the separation barrier in Abu Dis, East of Jerusalem. Arabs threw four bags with live puppies from behind the high walls at a border police patrol while on activity. The stunned police were still able hear the puppies whimpering. They opened the bags and found three puppies had died on the spot, and another puppy dying. The cub was transferred immediately to a vet, but died a short time later. The policemen were horrified by the brutality against the pups, and the talk of the day amongst their company dealt with the incident. These are exclusive images of the puppies in the bags, and after they removed the dead puppies.

  11. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday 23 Teves addressed a gathering in Jerusalem of Israel’s ambassadors to the Euro-Asian countries, stressed that “We must not spare efforts in developing our relations with the Euro-Asian states. States like Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Albania are prepared consistently to take a stand alongside Israel.


    The foreign minister concluded by saying that in their recent attempt to pass a unilateral resolution in the UN Security Council on the establishment of a Palestinian state, and joining the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Palestinians have crossed every red line. A solution to the conflict can only be a regional one, including three elements: the Arab states, the Palestinians, and the Israeli Arabs.

  12. >>>Although IS hasn’t been completely cleared from Kobane, it now seems clear the YPG and YPJ will win, if only by the smallest margin. Without the egalitarian social framework, there’s little doubt the town would have been lost, as American officials expected. Instead, the defense of Kobane was a lesson in the geopolitical importance of democracy beyond the state. In the wake of America’s Occupy moment, many on the left have been looking for a vision of horizontalism that lasts longer than a pop-up sneaker store. Rojava shows us it’s possible.<<<

    The Small Miracle You Haven't Heard About Amid the Carnage in Syria
    ByMalcolm Harris | January 14, 2015

    Interesting article about the Kurdish women, the society, and its progress.

    1. The Kurds, terrorists, just like the Palestinians.

      The US & EU have the YPG, PKK & Hamas all listed as terrorists, so they must be.

    2. Then, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson extols virtues of the "Clit Clipping" Kurds.

      The discovery of widespread FGM in Iraqi Kurdistan suggests the assumption to be incorrect that FGM is primarily an African phenomenon with only marginal occurrence in the eastern Islamic world. FGM is practiced at a rate of nearly 60 percent by Iraqi Kurds, then how prevalent is the practice in neighboring Syria where living conditions and cultural and religious practices are comparable?

      Why should a single US soldier die to protect this horrid cultural practice,

      Answer US that Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson

    3. H e e e e.....'s back!

      It's Jack the Stalker.

      Nothing better to do in life than follow me around.

      And that, folks, that's REALLY sad, let me tell you.

      Jack, I already answered your question concerning the Kurds and FGM in the article I posted. Go back and read it.

      Why don't you follow, say, Ash around for awhile?

    4. Because, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, Ash never advocated for the shooting, butchery and cannibalization of over 6 million of US, the residents of Arizona, as you have done.

    5. BobSun Feb 23, 10:56:00 PM EST
      "The argument that they are not native is amazing in light of the fact that neither are Europeans native."


      Shoot the Arizonans as well, give the meat to the poor.

    6. ISIS has said All the women under their rule between the ages of 12 and 45-50 shall undergo the clit thing.

      The Kurds have outlawed the practice.

    7. Jack is still wounded from stalking the WRONG JEW for a decade.



    8. FGM is practiced at a rate of nearly 60 percent by Iraqi Kurds.

      It's the culture, it's the society, it is the religion.
      The 'law' is window dressing, you have told US that Muslims cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

    9. The 'law' is window dressing, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson has told US that Muslims cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

    10. Wow, jack MUST be pissed used Italics and BOLD!!!!

  13. ISTANBUL - Turkey's prime minister has compared Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to the terrorists who carried out attacks last week in Paris, saying both had committed crimes against humanity.

    Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference Thursday that Israel's bombardment of Gaza and its storming in 2010 of a Turkish-led aid convoy to the Gaza Strip, in which 10 Turks were killed, were on a par with the Islamist attacks in France, whose dead included shoppers at a Jewish supermarket.

    1. Well if a nation that has committed genocide, mass murder like turkey says that....

      well no.


  14. "Just as the massacre in Paris committed by terrorists is a crime against humanity, Netanyahu, as the head of the government that kills children playing on the beach with the bombardment of Gaza, destroys thousands of homes ... and that massacred our (Turkish) citizens on an aid ship in international waters, has committed crimes against humanity,"
    Davutoglu said

    1. Turkish terrorists, funded, supported and trained by the very nation that committed the genocide against the Armenians, the very nation that has murdered over 65,000 kurds, the very nation that supports ISIS - TURKEY has so much blood on it's hands it has no room to comment.

      BTW Maybe Turkey should stop the occupation of Cyprus as well...

  15. >>>>One place that anti-Semites have been misinforming the public, encouraging negative attitudes towards Jews, is on the Internet. But in the name of First Amendment rights, Internet companies have refused to take material off of their sites that encourage racism, incitement, and lies. Much of this classic anti-Semitism is full of fabrications and blood libels. Moreover, cyber demonization of Jews could be poisoning the minds of fanatics and fueling the fire for more attacks.<<<<

    January 15, 2015
    The Proliferation of Online Anti-Semitism
    By C. Hart

    1. Israel Pays Students For Pro-Israeli Social Media Propaganda

      The move was publicised in a statement from Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, the Associated Press reported. Students will receive scholarships to "engage international audiences online" and combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel, it was alleged.

      According to Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, the most recent proposition is being spearheaded by Danny Seaman, who was slammed by the media for writing anti-Muslim messages on Facebook.

      Students will be organised into units at each university, with a chief co-ordinator who receives a full scholarship, three desk co-ordinators for language, graphics and research who receive lesser scholarships and students termed “activists” who will receive a “minimal scholarship”, the Independent reported.

    2. Jack, how many times have you posted the same crap? 3 thousand? 4 thousand times?


    3. Truth wins out.

    4. Truth?

      What truth Jack?

      That the Moslem Brotherhood spends a hundred million a year in America to promote their and your agenda? That the House of Saud funds Presidential Libraries?

      Your so called truth is crap.

    5. Jack Hawkins stands with Iran, Hamas and Jihadists.

      I stand with Israel and America.

      the readers know.

    6. Where an anonymous "O"rdure stands ... no one cares.

      You are correct, the readers do know. Over 310,000 of them at JackHawkinsWrites.

      Has your visitor count broached a thousand, yet?

    7. Jack, it's a well known fact that folks like you and even the current administration bogus up views, followers and such.

      Actual readers is the issue. AND they know you stand with enemies of the USA

    8. Jack Hawkins, a lengend in his own mind.

    9. Typos occur.

      You do them, I do them doesn't change the fact..

      You are a narcissist

  16. Former Iguala mayor formally charged with the kidnapping of 43 students

    There has been a formal arrest warrant issued for former Iguala, Guerrero mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, along with 44 others for charges of kidnapping of 43 kidnapped and missing normalistas (students) on September 26th 2014.

    This was announced by Tomas Zeron, of the federal general attorney’s office. He did not state when the warrant was issued.

    Although Abarca was charged with crimes connected with organized crime activities, these are the first charges that are directly related to the September Iguala attacks, and kidnapping of the 43 students.

    It is suspected that .Abarca directed the municipal police, in conjunction with the organized crime group Guerreros Unidos, to attack and kidnap the students.
    There is no mention of the other deaths in the attacks of the night of September 26th.

  17. (Reuters) - The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.

    Defying hardline critics in Congress, President Barack Obama made good on a commitment he made a month ago to begin loosening some U.S. economic sanctions against the communist-ruled island as part of an effort to end decades of hostility.

    The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications, agricultural and construction equipment, permit expanded travel to Cuba and authorize some kinds of banking relations.

    It was the first tangible U.S. step to implement the changes Obama pledged on Dec. 17 when he and Cuban President Raul Castro announced plans to restore diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.

    "Today’s announcement takes us one step closer to replacing out-of-date policies that were not working and puts in place a policy that helps promote political and economic freedom for the Cuban people," U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement.

    The new regulations will allow Americans to travel to Cuba for any of a dozen specific reasons, including family visits, education and religion, without first obtaining a special license from the U.S. government.

    The revamped rules will also make it easier for U.S. companies to export mobile phone devices and software as well as provide Internet services in Cuba.

    In addition, there will be a change in the definition of “cash in advance” payment required by Cuban buyers, which could help a variety of business interests, most notably U.S. agriculture, in gaining greater access to Cuban markets.

    The rollout comes days after Cuba completed the release of 53 prisoners it had promised to free and a week before high-level U.S.-Cuba talks in Havana aimed at starting to normalize ties.

    While Obama is using executive powers to poke holes in trade barriers with Cuba, only Congress can lift the longstanding embargo. With Republicans controlling the Senate and the House, there is little chance of that happening any time soon.

  18. After rising for a decade, the number of Americans experiencing financial distress from their medical bills has started to decline, a new survey has found.

    The result provides new evidence that the Affordable Care Act, by providing uninsured people with health insurance, is also improving their financial security, a major goal of the law.

    The large telephone survey, from the New York-based health research group the Commonwealth Fund, has been asking people about their medical bills every few years for a decade. In each survey through 2012, a higher percentage of Americans said they struggled to pay their medical bills, were paying off medical debt or had been contacted by a collection agency. The most recent installment of the survey, the first since the health law’s major provisions kicked in, shows a reversal in that trend.

    The survey also found that fewer people were avoiding doctors’ visits because of concerns about cost.

    . . . . . . . .

    Less Stress

  19. The fact is simple.

    Jack Hawkins, Deuce and Rufus support, stand with and promote Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.


  20. " Netanyahu, as the head of the government that kills children playing on the beach" - quoted by Jack "Anon" Hawkins

    Honest to Christ !

    Let's see? Can I beat that propaganda line?

    Hmmmm-----ah, "Netanyahyu as head of the government that kills swaddling babes at the breasts of young mothers" might do it.....

    O my....

    You decide.

    This Jack "Anon" Hawkins is the same Jack whose woman fled from him to the safety of Central America immediately after "dropping the kid" on American soil.


    Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes
    American jets are pounding Syria. But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners.

    ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there.

    At least one-third of the country’s territory is now under ISIS influence, with recent gains in rural areas that can serve as a conduit to major cities that the so-called Islamic State hopes to eventually claim as part of its caliphate. Meanwhile, the Islamic extremist group does not appear to have suffered any major ground losses since the strikes began. The result is a net ground gain for ISIS, according to information compiled by two groups with on-the-ground sources.

    In Syria, ISIS “has not any lost any key terrain,” Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War who studies the Syrian conflict, explained to The Daily Beast...........

    July 4th, 2015 draws ever closer.

    1. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson continues to be confused by the differences in Coalition tactics.
      The differences between 'Strategic Bombing', 'Targets of Opportunity' and 'Close Air Support'.

      To my knowledge the only location in Syria where the Coalition is providing 'Close Air Support' is Kobane.
      Kobane remains in government hands, with the assistance of the Iraqi Security Forces on the ground and Coalition air strikes from on high.

      Kobane is the only location in Syria where the Rat Doctrine has been implemented, and it has been a shining success.

    2. Not even a good try there, "War Criminal".


      Nobody but maybe Rufus is buying a word you say anymore.

      And Rufus has a vested interest.......

    3. There's always some excuse when the rat doctrine fails.

    4. love the "qualifier" "To my knowledge"


      wiggle wiggle wiggle

    5. Well. if you know of any occurrence where Coalition 'Close Air Support' has been used in Syria, and it failed, let us know.
      I know of no such incident, but I'm certainly not omnipresent in Syria.

    6. I wish the rat doctrine would work just like I hope Rufus is right in his prediction.

    7. Here's the true fact; I don't care if I'm right, or not.

      They're "dead men walking." Whether they get dead before July 4th, or not until Dec. 4, means not a whit to me. They will get "official," sooner or later. I just happen the think that it will be sooner.

    8. Jack qualifies his genius: I know of no such incident

      You KNOW squat.

      You are not privy to the intel, nor the results of airstrikes.

      What you do know? Is horse shit…


  22. There are only 6 million businesses in the United States with one or more employees. Of those, 3.8 million have four or fewer employees — mom and pop shops owned by people who aren’t building a business as much as they are building a life. And God bless them all. That is what America is for. We need every single one of them.

    Next, there are about a million companies with five to nine employees, 600,000 businesses with 10 to 19 employees, and 500,000 companies with 20 to 99 employees. There are 90,000 businesses with 100 to 499 employees. And there are just 18,000 with 500 employees or more, and that figure includes about a thousand companies with 10,000 employees or more. Altogether, that is America, Inc.

    Let me be very clear. America, Inc. is far more important to America’s security than our military. Because without the former prospering — and solvent — there is no latter. We have enormous military power only because of a growing economy that has, so far, made it possible for the government to pay its bills. When former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, was asked in a Senate hearing on June 28, 2011, to name the biggest current threat to the security of the United States, he didn’t say al-Qaida. He didn’t say Iran’s nuclear capabilities. He answered, “I believe our debt is the greatest threat to our national security.”

  23. A Washington Post reporter arrested by Iranian authorities in July and held without charge ever since was indicted Wednesday — on unspecified charges.

    Correspondent Jason Rezaian, a dual citizen through his father’s Iranian heritage, and his Iranian wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who works for The National newspaper out of the UAE, were both arrested, yet his wife was released in October. Officials have vaguely said Rezaian violated state security.

    Because Iran hadn’t filed charges, the American hasn’t been able to consult with a lawyer. He’s been held in solitary confinement and reportedly needs blood-pressure medication as well as treatment for a severe eye infection.

    The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi held a press conference Wednesday to say that after 170 days of “temporary detention” of the journalist his case has been forwarded to a Tehran Revolutionary Court.

    “Contrary to what some human rights organizations claim about the violations of the rights of suspects in visiting with their families, Jason Rezaian’s mother, who recently traveled to Iran to visit with her son, met the aforementioned twice,” the prosecutor claimed.

    The announcement came the same day that Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif sat down for the latest round of nuclear talks in Geneva. Iran seized Rezaian just after it received its first extension on the nuclear negotiations.

    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Wednesday they were “looking into those reports”of Rezaian’s indictment.

    “I don’t have any independent confirmation of that. We obviously believe that all of the American citizens detained in Iran should be released,” Harf said. “As I said, it’s something we do raise when we meet for the nuclear negotiations, and I will check and see if we can confirm that.”

    Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, said in a statement that “we hope the referral of his case to a Revolutionary Court represents a step forward toward Jason’s prompt release.”

    “This step gives Iran’s judiciary an opportunity to demonstrate its fairness and independence by determining that the charges are baseless,” Baron said. “We call on Iran to make these charges public, to allow Jason access to a lawyer and to bring a swift and just resolution of a six-month-long nightmare that has been extremely difficult for Jason and his family.”

    1. Iran, the standard in CIVILization...


      Lots of LUCK

  24. I just bought Two 60,000 mi., 16 inch tires, taxed, balanced, and mounted, for $173.00.

    Oh, and filled up with E85 for $1.54 / gallon.

    1. A loaf of Wheat Bread was $0.99.

      Frying Chicken $0.99 / lb.

    2. Wall St. may not like it, but I'm loving it. :)

    3. Sounds like deflation...

    4. I just call it "damned good prices." :)

    5. Then, I got my %$@)$&(@##$%^^&&*@^^$#* Cable Bill.

    6. No "Deflation" in the Comcast World.

    7. Report: The White House knew the CIA was spying on the Senate
      posted at 4:41 pm on January 15, 2015 by Noah Rothman

      I didn't have the courage to read it, finding it too Byzantine and bizarre to handle these days.

      Maybe later.


    The ISIS commander who appeared alongside a child executioner in a chilling video just days ago it believed to have been killed in Syria.

    Abu Sa'ad al-Dāghistāni has died in Kobane, ISIS fighters on Twitter are claiming.

    al-Dāghistāni - who is described variously as a fighter and an ISIS intelligence commander - featured in what's believed to be ISIS' last video, which claimed to show a young boy executing two Russian spies in the Islamic State.

    1. King James Bible

      The Greatest in the Kingdom

      (Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-50)

      1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.


      I hope Ruf is right and they are all dead men walking.

    2. I saw a picture where a young girl, maybe not even 12, was being taught to shoot prisoners in the back of the head.


  26. OTTAWA—Canadian fighter pilots in Iraq have enjoyed a “target rich” environment in recent days as offensive moves by the Islamic State has left the militants exposed in the open, a Canadian military official says.

    Canadian fighter jets have stepped up their strikes at Islamic State targets to beat back their efforts to reclaim lost territory, navy Capt. Paul Forget, of the Canadian Joint Operations Command, told a briefing Thursday.

    “They has been an increase lately in ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) offensives and as such they are exposing themselves more which provides a bit of a target-rich environment allowing our fighters to be able to drop our weapons on them,” Forget said.

    In a five-day stretch ending Jan. 12, CF-18s dropped precision-guided munitions against ISIL targets six times. The targets include heavy weapons, vehicles, tactical units and buildings used by ISIL, Forget said.

    There have been eight strikes by Canadian fighters since Jan. 1, and 22 in all since combat operations began in late October. Many of the recent strikes, in which ordnance is dropped on targets, have been in support of operations by Iraqi security forces on the ground.

    Forget said the number of daily missions flown by CF-18s has not changed — with one day off a week for aircraft maintenance — but what has changed is the availability of targets.

    “The tempo hasn’t really changed. We haven’t increased anything,” he said.

    “It’s just that the targets expose themselves more recently, which allows us to undertake more strikes.”

    Forget said the recent offensive efforts by the Islamic State have failed, thanks to counter moves by Iraq security forces on the ground, supported by the coalition air strikes.

    “We are providing cover to any of their offensive and defensive operations against ISIL forces,” Forget said of Canada’s support to Iraqi forces.

    Those offensive moves by the Islamic State come just a week after another Canadian military official said ISIL fighters were on their “back foot, in a defensive mode and unable to do those successful counter-offensive operations.”

    While Forget said that while coalition efforts have blunted ISIL’s objective to take over territory, it’s expected they will continue to attack.

    “Although we have been successful in stopping that initial advance, that doesn’t preclude them from their desire . . . of regrouping and launching offensive operations,” Forget said.

    Canada joined a multi-national air campaign in October to push back Islamic State extremists who were moving on large parts of Iraq and Syria. As well, a small team of Canadian special forces soldiers is on the ground in Iraq as advisers to train Iraqi and Kurdish fighters.

    By Jan. 14, Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft had flown 335 missions since operations began in late October, including 214 sorties by CF-18s. Also operating out of an airbase in Kuwait is a CC-150T aerial refueller and two CP-140 Aurora reconnaissance aircraft.

    Killing Daid Men

  27. WASHINGTON – INTERNATIONAL - United States and coalition military forces are continuing to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

    Separately, America and coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists, officials reported.

    All strikes took place between 8 a.m., yesterday, and 8 a.m., today, local time.

    Airstrikes in Syria

    — Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL building and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.

    — Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL weapon storage facility and an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle, and

    — Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, an ISIL fighting position, and three ISIL vehicles.

    Airstrikes in Iraq

    — Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units.

    — Near Al Qaim, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL shipping container.

    — Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings and an ISIL fighting position.

    — Near Taji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

    — Near Ar Rutbah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

    — Near Al Asad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and seven ISIL boats, and

    — Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL building, an ISIL tactical unit, and an ISIL armored vehicle, and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL armored vehicle, and an ISIL fighting position.

    Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

    Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

    The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations.

    Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
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    Virgins, Virgins; Anybody Got Any Goddamned Virgins?

  28. >>>> it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea<<<<

    THAT'S why I love the Bible so much, old and new, as the Christians say, and the Jews disagree.

    I LOVE it.

    Jesus was a Jew.

    But Black Elk would have felt exactly the same.

    1. This is old stuff to my Hindu niece. bless her.


      Cheers !

  29. I used to love Tom and Jerry, and Roadrunner cartoons, but I doubt that you could run a Society based on them.

    1. I agree there about the cartoons and the impossibility of running a society based on them.

      I've never had a doubt.


    2. Jews and Christians and Hindus simply do not teach their young children to shoot people in handcuffs in the back of head.

      I would suggest we have a problem here.

    3. Oh, but they do, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, they really do.

    4. Jack HawkinsThu Jan 15, 09:50:00 PM EST
      Oh, but they do, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, they really do.

      When Jack posts? he LIES.