“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."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Defy the foulness of theocracy


  1. .

    Let’s Just Kill ‘Homeland Security’

    When it’s not making us take our shoes off, it’s trampling our civil liberties and ‘building’ centers that don’t exist. Enough already.

    Are you nervous, America?

    If nothing happens before Friday, the mighty Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—every bit as much a WTF legacy of George W. Bush as those surreal White House Christmas videos that featured Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson talking to Barney “the First Dog” like the Son of Sam killer—will lose its funding due to a budget fight between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama.

    And when DHS funding ends, then…well, nothing much, actually, it turns out.

    Without funding, about 30,000 “non-essential” DHS employees will be told not to show up for work. The other 210,000 or so workers who are considered “essential” and “exempt” will still have to punch the clock, although most of them won’t get paid until after the budget stalemate is ended. Not optimal, but not the worst outcome, either.

    DHS oversees almost two dozen agencies and groups, including the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), immigration processing and enforcement, the Secret Service, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the brave folks responsible for an endless series of junk-touching, drug-stealing, and kiddie-porn scandals.

    Given all those fearsome responsibilities, you’d figure Barack Obama would be sweating gravy over even a partial shutdown of DHS. Instead, last week he stressed not the “security” part of the department’s functioning, but all the dollars its workers spend in a congressional district near you...


    1. .

      Created in 2002 in the mad crush of panic, paranoia, and patriotic pants-wetting after the 9/11 attacks, DHS has always been a stupid idea. Even at the time, creating a new cabinet-level department responsible for 22 different agencies and services was suspect. Exactly how was adding a new layer of bureaucracy supposed to make us safer (and that’s leaving aside the question of just what the hell “homeland security” actually means)? DHS leaders answer to no fewer than 90 congressional committees and subcommittees that oversee the department’s various functions. Good luck with all that.

      But don’t feel sorry for the shmoes running DHS. Over the last decade, the budget for DHS has doubled (to $54 billion in 2014) even as its reputation for general mismanagement, wasteful spending, and civil liberties abuses flourishes. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) routinely lists DHS on its “high risk” list of badly run outfits and surveys of federal workers have concluded “that DHS is the worst department to work for in the government,” writes Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute. He also notes, a “Washington Post investigation found that many DHS employees say they have ‘a dysfunctional work environment’ with ‘abysmal morale.’” Somewhere, the Postmaster General is pumping his fist.

      It only gets worse when you look at the sheer amount of junk DHS spends money on. The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), for instance, built 21 homes for agents in a remote part of Arizona. The price tag was $680,000 per house in a part of the country where the average home sold for less than $90,000. When the TSA isn’t hiring defrocked, child-molesting priests, Edwards notes that it is shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars on radiation detectors for cargo containers that don’t work and full-body airport scanners without bothering to “perform a cost-benefit analysis…before rolling them out nationwide.”


  2. .

    Nonetheless, it is heartbreaking to see an American administration that is more concerned about silencing Israel than protecting it. Heartbreaking, but also deeply worrisome, because the tactics that Obama has been employing, from leaking information to embarrass Israel to bitterly censuring the head of government of the Jewish state, could easily open the door to a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

    Saw that one coming.


    1. What is heartbreaking, an ISraeli politician that is willing to interfere with domestic partisan politics in the United States, one that plays the "Semite" card against any and all critics.

      While the US continues to pour good money after bad, on folks that prefer al-Qeada.

    2. Always happens when you overplay your hand.

    3. Obama is overplaying his hand...

      A jumped the shark moment...


    4. Obama is not the player that is broke.
      He is the one one loaning the others the money to stay in the game.

      Bibi is the one that has jumped the shark, not Barack.

      Not a good day to be dependent on the US Federals for your looter lucre.

    5. Jack your distortions of the world continue unabated as any bad case of the runs…

      Israel's interest in the Iranian talks, called the P5 + 1 are not as you describe "an ISraeli politician that is willing to interfere with domestic partisan politics in the United States"

      But you know that, it's just that you are not capable of reasoned, rational discussion.

      You serve one purpose in the blog. To be a Jew hating, Israel bashing pimple of a man.

      AND for that you should feel accomplished.

    6. ISrael is attempting to influence domestic US partisan politics.
      If ISrael wanted to influence the P5+1, they would send their Prime Minister to Europe, where the P4+1 are.

      Nope, "O"rdure is wrong, again.
      He usually is, as he has posted, before.


  3. Cough Syrup..........

    A pharmacist walks into his shop to find a guy leaning heavily against a wall.

    He asks the blonde clerk: "What's with that guy over there by the wall?"

    The blonde clerk responds: "Well, he came in here this morning to get something for his cough. I couldn't find the cough syrup, so I gave him a bottle of Laxative."

    The pharmacist yells:"You idiot! You can't treat a cough with a whole bottle of laxative!"

    The blonde clerk responds, "Of course you can! Look at him, he's afraid to cough".

  4. Retirement is different for everyone

    One day, while going to the shop, I passed
    by a retirement village. On thefront lawn
    were six old ladies, lying naked on the grass.
    I thought this was a bit unusual, but continued
    on my way.
    On my return trip, I passed the same
    retirement village with the same six old ladies
    lying naked on the lawn.
    This time my curiosity got the better of me and
    I went inside to talk to the retirement village
    Administrator, and asked her?
    Do you know there are six ladies lying naked on
    your front lawn?
    Yes, she said, "aren't they darlings? They're
    retired prostitutes - they're having a garage


  5. Susan Rice, Samantha Power to Address AIPAC Meeting

    If AIPAC wants to stay relevant, they have to ride with the President, or they will be out in the cold.
    This will be their last chance to stay in the game, they are not leaving the US, after the speech.

    They will get their chance to decide, is AIPAC with US, or against US?
    Bibi does not represent the United States, never has, never will.

    1. Don't forget for a moment that Obama is on Team Crown.

      When it comes to having 'jumped the shark', when it comes to following the money ...



    2. Who is riding on the M1 Abrams and who is not?

  6. (Reuters) - Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said.

    Islamic State has been forced into retreat across parts of the strategic region, a land bridge between territory it controls in Syria and Iraq, even as its fighters have mounted new raids this week on Assyrian Christian villages, abducting more than 200 people.

    The capture of Tel Hamis was announced by the Kurdish YPG militia and confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country's civil war.

    "The flag is flying over Tel Hamis. We are now combing the city for terrorists and mines," militia spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters.


  7. The Islamic State ‘caliphate’ is in danger of losing its main supply route

    If Islamic State convoys can no longer follow the main highway to Raqqa, which crosses the border at the al-Hasakah district in Syria, they could be forced to travel to the next-closest crossing they control, located at al-Qaim, 260 miles away.

    But coalition warplanes have been raiding the al-Qaim area.

    The corridor from Mosul into Syria isn’t the only Islamic State supply line that is under pressure. In Iraq, a separate route linking the western town of Haditha with the oil-producing town of Baiji and continuing north to Mosul could now also prove dangerous for the group as Iraqi security forces make gains in these areas.

    If the fighters in Mosul can’t stay connected to Islamic State territory in Syria, “they will lose their claim that they have a state,” Hashemi said.

    “They wanted to destroy the [Iraq-Syria] border,” he said. But if they can’t move back and forth between their state’s two most important regions, “they will have failed to destroy it.”

  8. Curse the gods !

    Fight, fight the Nature of Things with all your might !

  9. Quirk, the post you put up should be in context.

    Barack Obama is running scared.

    In advance of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress next week about the growing threat of a nuclear Iran, the normally placid president of the United States is suddenly breaking out into a political sweat.

    One by one, Obama has been dispatching his minions to deride, denounce and disparage a speech that hasn’t even been given yet. Indeed, President Obama is doing everything in his power to attack the message and the messenger in an attempt to salvage a possible deal with the Iranian ayatollahs.

    But in doing so, he runs the risk of stirring up a menace no less frightful: the demon of anti-Semitism. After all, the harshness of Obama’s response could very well lead some Americans down the well-trod path of anti-Zionism and Jew-hatred.

    Take for example the remarks made by National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Speaking to journalist Charlie Rose on Tuesday night, Rice declared that Netanyahu’s acceptance of the invitation to Congress is “destructive of the fabric of the relationship” between Israel and the US. Rice’s comment is far more revealing than perhaps she intended, for by employing such extreme language, she inadvertently disclosed just how nervous the White House is about the possible impact of the premier’s speech.

    Moreover, Rice’s remarks are in direct contradiction to those made just one month ago by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, who told NBC’s Meet the Press on January 25 that the US relationship with Israel is “focused on a shared series of threats, but also on a shared series of values that one particular incident is not going to inform overwhelmingly.”

    This is a sure sign that not only does the Obama administration lack message discipline, but can barely conceal its unmitigated hostility toward the Jewish state and the man who leads it. Indeed, to decry a speech by a close US ally to the elected representatives of the American people as “destructive” is not only offensive, but it crosses the lines of diplomatic decency. It is the kind of remark that Israel’s enemies will be more than happy to exploit in an effort to paint the Jewish state, and Jews themselves, as undermining America.

    The administration’s enmity was further on display when Secretary of State John Kerry took part in a congressional hearing on Tuesday regarding the State Department budget, where he made some thinly-veiled remarks that were sharply critical of Netanyahu.

    “Anyone running around right now,” Kerry said, “jumping to say we don’t like the deal, or this or that, doesn’t know what the deal is. There is no deal yet.” Even for someone who once boasted that “I actually did vote for the $87 billion [in funding for US troops] before I voted against it,” this latest statement is remarkably obtuse. In effect, Kerry is saying that Netanyahu shouldn’t criticize a deal with Iran until it is complete, neglecting to mention that at that point it would be too late.

    But the comment also has a potentially chilling undertone to it. Does Kerry mean to suggest that American Jewry and pro-Israel organizations should keep silent and not decry the reported terms of the potential nuclear deal with Iran?


    1. Fortunately, the Obama administration’s full-court press against Netanyahu’s appearance in Congress doesn’t seem to be working, at least for now. In a poll conducted last week by McLaughlin & Associates, 59 percent of Americans surveyed said they support Netanyahu speaking to Congress, while just 23% oppose it. This demonstrates that a vast majority of the American public is not taking Obama’s bait, and wants to hear what the Israeli premier has to say.

      Nonetheless, it is heartbreaking to see an American administration that is more concerned about silencing Israel than protecting it. Heartbreaking, but also deeply worrisome, because the tactics that Obama has been employing, from leaking information to embarrass Israel to bitterly censuring the head of government of the Jewish state, could easily open the door to a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

    2. If Obama is miffed that Netanyahu will be speaking to Congress, then why not first listen to what the premier has to say and then respond to it? Why turn up the heat now, exacerbate bilateral tensions and deploy such sharp rhetoric?

      To be sure, anti-Semitism in the United States has been steadily declining over the past decade, with just 9% of Americans reportedly holding anti-Semitic views according to the ADL. But their surveys also show that 31% of American adults believe that “Jews are more loyal to Israel” than to America or the countries in which they live. By heightening the fuss and worsening the rift with Israel over a crucial, existential issue such as Iran’s nuclear program, Obama is fanning some flames that may prove difficult to extinguish. And that, most assuredly, is in nobody’s interest.

    3. How scary is it to listen to the words of the Prime Minister of Israel.

      If you think him a fool? Listen to him and then call him a fool.

    4. What is "Occupation" Fri Sep 05, 08:00:00 AM EDT
      The bear took out airstrips in georgia that israel was going to use for an attack on iran..

      My prediction:

      Israel will attack using long range unmanned drones & missiles on command and control, nuke sites, israel will use select airwing assets to deliver bunker busters..

      Israel will hold most of it's idf airwing for attacks on long & medium range rockets in gaza, lebanon, syria and iran)

      I feel (and i am almost always wrong) that this will happen right after ramadamamadong is over

      He was wrong, as he says, he usually is.

    5. Usually = almost always

      Just like Bibi, in 2002, when he was wrong about Iraq.

      They both are almost always wrong

      The personification of proven piss poor past performance.

    6. Ah, Jackshit Hawkins, the Feds did not indict Zimmerman, as you insisted they would, and there isn't a chance in hell that Iraq will be ISIS free by Memorial Day, as you predicted, and the 'rat doctrine' is a super fail so far.

      And this is just the tip of the iceberg of your non talent for predictions........

      Can one say you are always wrong ?

      That is the only real question.....

    7. A person could throw darts at a spinning wheel and get things right as often as you............

      You are a 'lame brain'.

      And everyone here knows it.

    8. What everyone here know, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson is that you are a thief.

      bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

      But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback. …

      Just like a meth head, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, tries to justify his crime by saying that the loot was owed him, by the people or institution he ripped off.

    9. It is also quite evident that your denunciation of the Rat Doctrine is becoming ever more foolish with each successful military operation that adheres to its precepts. In both Syria and Iraq.

    10. When you can't talk about the issue?


      Good going Jack!

    11. What issue would that be, O"rdure, other than then the past performance of those that are making idiotic statements, who then expect those statements to be taken seriously?

      Both yourself and Bibi have a history of almost always being wrong.

      You admit it, about yourself, and Bibi ...
      ... his previous poor performance in front of the US Congress is now of paramount importance.

  10. STUDY: Universe May Have Had No Beginning At All...........Drudge

    Well of course it didn't.

    And the Hindus have said as much all along in their own wonderful way.


    Huge trove of 'destroyed' Lois Lerner emails discovered...

    Criminal probe launched...........Drudge



    It is coming out today that O'bozo has been sitting on information showing the Osama bin Laden was deeply involved with the Iranians, the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the entirre world, who are, we have been told here, are "fighting for civilization".

    If you watched Fox News as I do you would not need to be told by me about breaking pieces of news such as this.

  11. MEXICO CITY (AP) - Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, who once terrorized western Michoacan state and was one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords , was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.

    1. Well that puts and end to and finally wins the 'drug wars' in Mexico then.....

    2. No, that is an incorrect assumption.
      One that would be analogous to the "War on Terror" ending with the capture of Osama bin Laden.

  12. 31% of American adults believe that “Jews are more loyal to Israel” than to America or the countries in which they live.

    It is much higher than that, probably over 50%. People are not deaf, dumb and blind.

    1. So what ?

      Is Rufus more loyal to the Cherokee or the Yankee ?

      You would have sided with the Confederacy had you been alive at the hated Lincoln so. You would not have fought for Lincoln.

      If the United State should become totalitarian, as did Germany and Russian both in their separate but equal ways, are we to remain loyal to it ?

    2. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

    3. You do what you want. Speak for yourself. My experience with American Indians was in the military. There were a lot of them. They seemed as patriotic as most anyone else. More so than Aipac.


    4. "Our allegiance must be purely to the United States.
      We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.

      -Teddy Roosevelt

    5. What has happened to your quoting of Schopenhauer rat shit crapper ?

      You were quoting Schoppy there for awhile when it suited for purpose, now you are back to Teddy.

      Schoppy and Teddy are at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

      There is more light at Schoppy's end of the spectrum than at Teddy's end of spectrum.

      Besides, you are a self confessed War Criminal and are not of such standing any longer to merit taking part in a discussion concerning these matters.

    6. More people like Dancing with the Stars so what?

    7. >>My experience with American Indians was in the military. There were a lot of them. They seemed as patriotic as most anyone else.<<

      I agree with that. The Nez Perce here are quite patriotic. Many have served. They have given up the old ways. An the whites have too. Peace and harmony prevail here between these two groups, who are quite intermarried these days.... but they are members of two nations........

      I don't know what they would do if they were finally forced to choose between one of those two nations/loyalties........

      I have no idea.

      Thankfully, I don't see they will ever have to do so.

    8. Deuce ☂Fri Feb 27, 10:39:00 AM EST
      You do what you want. Speak for yourself. My experience with American Indians was in the military. There were a lot of them. They seemed as patriotic as most anyone else. More so than Aipac.

      How would you KNOW if AIPAC is patriotic more or less than American Indians in the military.

      What complete bullshit...

    9. Aipac does what is in the interest of Israel. America’s interest is not important. I guarantee you that there are more members of American Indian tribes in the US military than members of Aipac, past, present and future.

  13. February 27, 2015

    IG: 'Potential criminal activity' in missing Lerner emails
    By Rick Moran

    The IRS inspector general has opened a criminal investigation into the disappearance of tens of thousands of emails belonging to former IRS manager Lois Lerner. The IRS claimed the emails were lost when Lerner's computer crashed. But the IG investigation shows that dozens of tapes containing the emails have been discovered with the recovery of about 32,000 emails so far.

    Washington Times:

    Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.

    “There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said............

    Lois Lerner was following direct orders from the Obama White House in targeting conservatives, libertarians, Republicans and anyone else they didn't like for "IRS Special Treatment".

  14. “There is potential criminal activity,” ...

    bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

    But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback. …

    1. My lawyer, a former District Judge, smiled, and complimented me.

      That's good Baab, legal, ethical given the way they treated you, you have left them with a well deserved bad debt...


    2. I'm curious, bob, as to what happened - did you run up a debt on your aunt's credit card for 7500 bucks and then she just didn't pay the credit card company? Didn't the credit card company go after her for the money? How did she avoid having to pay them?

    3. That was because he got some of the money...
      Your thieving ways paid the lawyer. It made him happy, little wonder he smiled.

      Should we study just who advised you to rip off the bank and just who profited from your thievery.
      Want that part of the story told, too?

      Just like a meth head, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, tries to justify his crime by saying that the loot was owed him, by the people or institution he ripped off and his lawyer was happy, since he got paid from the proceeds.

    4. A lawyer that aided and abetted a criminal, so what else is news?

    5. Lois Lerner is a lawyer, so does that exempt her from participating in illegal activities?

      Or from aiding and abetting illegal activities?

    6. She was 96 years old, Ash, and institutionalized.

    7. . They couldn't do a damn thing about it, I put her in the rest home, age 96. What you going to do, when she is institutionalized?

    8. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson planned the bank fraud, aided and abetted by his lawyer.

      He stole his aunts honor, her good name.
      Little wonder his cousin Sally was pissed.

    9. You seem to be up on all the details Jack - I guess the Aunt died bankrupt or wouldn't the credit card company go after the estate?

    10. He never said, Ash.
      All I know is what I read on the blog, his own version of the tale

      It was probably part of the motivation for the eight year legal battle he had with 'Cousin Sally', or not.

    11. Could pull his file from the court, in Moscow ...

      But it is not that important, yet.

    12. That's why I am asking Bob for the details - bob? How did you execute the caper? did you just let your Aunt stiff the credit card company and pay the lawyer to defend her?

    13. I made it all up Ash, to get rat in a tizzy.


  15. Ah, lovely phone call from my Niece. She just got off work. It's just after 5 pm in Dresden. We are Skyeping this Sunday. She is still dating this PhD guy. I will be interviewing him one day, betcha ! Call interrupted by the arrival of my daughter. Got to go help her load up some saddles. It's a wonderful thing never to have never been a dead beat dad, and to have a super adopted Hindu Niece in addition ! My daughter is driving my Niece's old Cherokee right now.

    It's wonderful to have a life outside the Elephant Bar !


    Schopenhauer was amazed when he first discovered that what he had actually written was what the Hindus, the people of my Niece, had figured out millennia earlier......


    Rat ass can have Teddy Roosevelt. It's his level.

    Got to run........

    Cheers ! Cheers ! Cheers !

    They both always make my day.......

    out for day


    1. The questions will still be here when you come back, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

    2. That means you'll still be here, War Criminal and Dead Beat Dad ?

      We all have lots of questions to ask you, Killer, but we know by now you are a liar and won't answer them.

      By the way, you owe me some money on the Zimmerman bet, $5 I think it was.

      Send it to Deuce to help with the blog expenses.

      Then go Fuck Yourself.


  16. Deuce ☂Fri Feb 27, 10:28:00 AM EST
    31% of American adults believe that “Jews are more loyal to Israel” than to America or the countries in which they live.

    It is much higher than that, probably over 50%. People are not deaf, dumb and blind.

    Just slander Jews, their patriotism, their loyalty to the nations they live in..

    But we Jews should NEVER accuse you of anti-semitism...


    What a farce Deuce..

    1. Hardly slander when you tell the truth.

    2. You are a prime example. There has never been a comment from you choosing America’s side over Israel. None.

    3. Hardly an example. I have CHOSEN to live in America.

      Sorry if that ACTION doesn't speak louder than a "comment' on this blog.

      But if you understand that your blog does nothing but bash Israel and Jews, your statement is self fulfilling...

    4. O"rdure libeled Rocco Wachman, told the World that Rocco was an anti-Semite, before he knew Rocco's name, or that he was Jewish. Pulled him at random off the internet and libeled him. For no cause, at all.

      That was the most egregious piece of libel on record at the Elephant Bar, ever.

    5. Deuce ☂Fri Feb 27, 12:52:00 PM EST
      Hardly slander when you tell the truth.

      You bait, libel and slander.

      That is your motus operandi.

      I doubt that you will ever understand the evil you have embraced and embodied.

    6. "O"rdure told the World that the employee of Loriell Equestrian Center was an anti-Semite, that employee is Rocco Wachman, there is no other person that could fill the bill, as presented by "O"rdure..

      There is a reason I call him "O"rdure, he is a piece of shit.

    7. My comment was on the poll that said 31% of American adults believe that “Jews are more loyal to Israel” than to America

      It is much higher than that. They will not admit it to the real slanderers that accuse anyone and everyone that has anything critical to say about Israel as being anti-Semitic

    8. Hell, "O"rdure calls people that have never spoken a word about Israel anti-Semites, just because he becomes frustrated.
      It has absolutely nothing to do with the people he libels, it is all about him.


    9. "O"rdure's postings, they are tasty pieces of libel, if you like the taste of lies, deciet and bull shit.
      He apparently does, he keeps serving it up...

      Proof is in his postings about Loriell Equetrian Center and Rocco Wachman, the 'Jewish Cowboy' of TV fame.

  17. Five ways Iran is preferable to Israel:

    1. Iran does not have a nuclear bomb and is signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Despite what is constantly alleged in the Western press and by Western politicians, there is no evidence that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program; and, the theocratic Supreme Leader has forbidden making, stockpiling and using nuclear weapons. In contrast, Israel refused to sign the NPT and has several hundred nuclear warheads, which it constructed stealthily, including through acts of espionage and smuggling in the United States, and against the wishes of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. And, its leaders have more than once implied they are ready to use it; then prime minister Ariel Sharon alarmed George W. Bush when he intimated that he’d nuke Baghdad if Saddam tried to send SCUDs tipped with gas on Israel.

    2. Iran has not launched an aggressive war since 1775, when Karim Khan Zand sent an army against Omar Pasha in Basra in neighboring Iraq. Though, whether that was a response to Ottoman provocations or actually an aggressive act could be argued. Who started a war is always a matter of interpretation to some extent, but if we define it as firing the first shot, then Israel started wars in 1956, 1967 and 1982. If the principle of proportionality of response is entered into the equation, then you’d have to say 2006, 2009, and 2014 were also predominantly an Israeli decision.

    3. Modern Iran has not occupied the territory of its neighbors. Iraq attacked Iran in 1980 in a bloodthirsty act of aggression. Iran fought off Iraq 1980-1988. But after the hostilities ended, Tehran did not try to take and hold Iraqi territory in revenge. The UN Charter of 1945 forbids countries to annex the land of their neighbors through warfare. In contrast, Israel occupies 4 million stateless Palestinians, who are treated as any subjected, colonized population would be. Nor is there any prospect in my lifetime of those Palestinians gaining citizenship in their own state; they are going to live and die humiliated and colonized and often expropriated.

    4. All the people ruled over by Iran can vote in national elections and even Iranian Jews have a representative in parliament. In contrast, of the 12 million people ruled by Israel, 4 million of them have no vote in Israeli politics, which is the politics that actually rules them.
    5. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is not trying to undermine the Obama administration’s negotiations with his country, aimed at making sure Iran can have nuclear electricity plants but that it cannot develop a weapon.

    Iran’s government is not one I agree with on almost anything, and it is dictatorial and puritanical. I wish Iranians would get past it and join the world’s democracies. Israel is better than Iran in most regards– for Israeli citizens it has more of a rule of law and more personal liberties. But just to be fair, there are some ways Iran’s policies are better than Israel’s.

    1. Pure propagnada.

      May your offspring be blessed to live in Iran.

    2. My offspring are very happy where they are. Unlike you, they do not have two countries of choice.

    3. Truths, each and every point made.

      "O"rdure cannot address them, he refuses to, because they are all true.

    4. I hope your offspring have a chance to LIVE in Iran or Gaza under the Mullahs or Hamas.

      that is my HOPE.

      After all you are an Iranian Firster….

    5. Deuce ☂Fri Feb 27, 01:04:00 PM EST
      Five ways Iran is preferable to Israel:

      Seriously Deuce do you actually believe the bullshit you write?

  18. .

    What is "Occupation"Fri Feb 27, 10:09:00 AM EST

    Quirk, the post you put up should be in context.

    What the hell are you talking about, WiO?

    Here is the post I put up,

    Nonetheless, it is heartbreaking to see an American administration that is more concerned about silencing Israel than protecting it. Heartbreaking, but also deeply worrisome, because the tactics that Obama has been employing, from leaking information to embarrass Israel to bitterly censuring the head of government of the Jewish state, could easily open the door to a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

    Here is the title of the article.

    Fundamentally Freund: Is Obama stirring up anti-Semitism?

    The asshole Freund is suggesting Obama is stirring up anti-Semitism with his actions. The ‘context’ you put up (the entire article) is merely a list of the excuses that he makes for making the claim. The irony of it all is that this is definitely the ultimate case of the pot calling the kettle not only black (no pun intended) but also anti-Semetic.

    Every abuse the author claims against Bibi and his administration has been trumped royally by those on the other side and by Bibi himself. The examples are numerous just in the last six months or so. You applaud it when the Israelis do it and denounce it when the administration does it.

    Bibi is an arrogant self-important ass and his contempt for the president, Congress, and the people of the US is reflected in his every action from lecturing publically lecturing Obama in the White House to that video of him in 2001 when he thought the cameras were off.

    This is an argument about policy differences. It is being waged between two guys who don’t like each other. Rather than leave it at that, the author argues that the argument and how it is being conducted will lead to a new wave of anti-Semitism. That is the context.

    As I noted above, I saw it coming. It was only a matter of time.


  19. Over 50% saw "the dress" as being white, and gold.

    Here's the explanation - pay particular attention to the Rubik's cube (it's mind-boggling, to me, at least.)

    Perception, as influenced by experience (upbringing, nurture, etc.) Can we ever "just all get along?" Not a chance, I'd say.


  20. Saying that:

    " 31% of American adults believe that “Jews are more loyal to Israel” than to America"

    doesn't say much, does it ?

    It says what 31% of American adults "believe".

    Probably more than that believe Obama is an upstanding guy.

    Considering this, I think the quote says Zero about anything.

    90% of the people who have come through here think d. rat is an asshole. Even he says he is a 'professional asshole'.

    To me this says a lot. Because I agree with it.

    1. Further, something like 80 or 90% of American adults believe in God.

      Deuce thinks he knows how false this belief is so why hold up anything at all about what Americans believe on any subject?

      We've all agreed, at one time or other, that Americans are the dumbest shits on earth.

      Rufus has said many times.


    2. Rufus has said so many times and he's called me the dumbest fucker in the Solar System.

      I raised and called him the dumbest motherfucker in the Galaxy.

  21. Odd Quirk, bored with the delay of the start of the offensive against Mosul, has left his correspondent's compound there, an illicit bar/bordello, and is traveling to his spiritual and birth home, the planet Pluto, in his personal rocket ship, for a quick quirk visit, and hopes to check out and solve the Riddle of Ceres on the toward and the back.

    Riddle of Ceres here:

    Somebody is awinking and ablinking at us.....and perhaps giving us the middle finger.......

  22. I think Lois Lerner will one day be sitting inside a jail cell.

    The guy ultimately responsible, O'bozo, will be playing golf.

    1. Unless she cooperates if the prosecutors wish to go up the food chain.

  23. New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden's Secret Ties With Iran...Drudge

  24. Replies
    1. The part about the Harvard-trained Geologist that had to quit his field because everything he'd learned clashed with his childhood, religious upbringing.

    2. Poor guy has zero poetry or enthusiasm in his soul.

  25. More than twice as many Americans believe that Jews in American are more loyal to the USA than they are to Israel than Americans who believe Jews in America are more loyal to Israel than to the USA.

    A solid majority of white Americans believe that President Obama does not love America.

    1. Let's see the evidence on that one.

    2. He cannot provide it, he is a fraudster.
      Steals money from banks, honor and dignity from senior citizens that put their trust in him.

      He is Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

      Answer Ash's question, if you would be so kind, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, about your bank fraud caper.
      If you need that question repeated, no problemo.

  26. If Rufus is right and the United States is dumbest nation on the face of the earth one wonders why anyone in their right mind would have any loyalty at all to it.

    1. Actually, I never said that. My line was, "we're the dumbest assholes in the Universe."

      That was meant to apply to All fucking moron humans.

    2. It was Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson who claimed that ...

      Bob Oreille Mon Dec 29, 09:07:00 AM EST
      Americans are mostly dumb fucks

      That's got my vote.

      He is just projecting his dysfunctionality upon you, Rufus.

    3. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson's got that "Hate of the Homeland" going on ...

      Why else would he be chastising President's Bush and Obama for not allowing US troops to be subject to Sharia Law and Sharia Courts, in Iraq.

      That is what would have been required to maintain US forces there, which he claims was of paramount importance.

      Although if there had been Sharia Law and Courts in Idaho, we'd be calling him either "Stubby" or "Lefty" ...
      Those Sharia Courts cut off the hands of thieves, don't you know.


  27. Well Rufus, it makes no difference then what nation one is loyal to if the entire race is composed of 'the dumbest assholes in the Universe'.

    There doesn't seem much to choose.....


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    2. There are differences between people though.

      Almost all people stick by their children. Rufus is loyal to his kids, WiO to his, Deuce to his, I to mine, Doug to his, Quirk to his, Sam to his if he has children yet.....right down the line.......except rathole.......our one lone Dead Beat Dad.

      Nor would any of those here loyal to their children describe their birth as if the wife "dropped the kid" as cattle do calves.

      Alas my wife is calling me to chores.....and I've already put my time in today......

      Cheers !

    3. You're a moron. You have no idea who anyone here actually is, much less whether they are "loyal to their children."

      Do you hallucinate this stuff, or do you consciously make it up?

    4. A raped girl is bad for the family: it shows that they can’t protect their women;
      that they have little social standing; and that they’re not respectable.

      It’s worse for the victim because once a woman, or a girl—or a boy—is known as the target of a rape she becomes so despised, so shamed, so worthless that she turns into public property.

      No one is raped only once.

      ― Louise Brown,
      The Dancing Girls of Lahore:
      Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District

    5. In the US responsible citizens report the crime of rape to the police, to protect their community, in countries, communities or families that fear the Law they disregard that civic responsibility.

      Want to read what Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson did ...?

      He is not a very smart man, nor one that fulfilled the civic responsibilities of citizenship.
      So sad, that. Sad for his community, for his family.

    6. But rest assured, he told us all about it.
      It may just bear repeating.

      It is up to him, his actions will be the determining factor, but he will not be the judge ...


  28. AIPAC opposes Netanyahu's Congress speech

    According to a report by columnist Ben Caspit, one of the heads of the pro-Israel lobby said the group was “in shock” after Netanyahu announced he would address Congress, calling it “AIPAC’s Day of Atonement,” and “the lowest point we have ever reached.”“AIPAC prepared a detailed presentation that was given to Netanyahu with all the negative repercussions they believe would result from the controversial invitation to Congress and the cumulative damage,” Caspit added.

    “On February 25 behind closed doors, one of the heads of AIPAC said, to paraphrase: All the things we warned him of, are materializing. We foresaw the domino effect that took place, the boycott by more and more Democratic Congress members, the significant deterioration in relations with Democratic legislators, the talks about boycotting the AIPAC convention [that is also being held at the beginning of March] by the administration. We protested, we warned. And who wasn’t impressed? Netanyahu. He’s coming,” he wrote.

  29. BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.

    The victory marks a second blow to the extremist IS group in a month, highlighting the growing role of Syria's Kurds as the most effective fighting force against the Islamic State. In January, Kurdish forces drove IS militants from the town of Kobani near the Turkish border after a months-long fight, dealing a very public defeat to the extremists.

    But it is also tempered by this week's horrific abductions by IS militants of more than 220 Christian Assyrians in the same area, along the fluid and fast shifting front line in Syria.

    The town of Tel Hamees in Syria's northeastern Hassakeh province is strategically important because it links territory controlled by IS in Syria and Iraq.

    The province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Christian Assyrians and Armenians.

    "We are now combing the town for explosives and remnants of terrorists," said Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG.

    "We are now combing the town for explosives and remnants of terrorists," said Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG.

    Speaking to The Associated Press over the phone from the outskirts of Tel Hamees, he said the town was a key stronghold for IS and had served as a staging ground for the group's operations in the Iraqi town of Sinjar and the city of Mosul.

    Dislodging the group from Tel Hamees cuts a supply line from Iraq, Khalil said.

    The push on the town's eastern and southeastern edges came after the Kurdish troops, working with Christian militias and Arab tribal fighters, seized dozens of nearby villages from the Islamic State extremists. U.S.-led coalition forces provided cover, striking at IS infrastructure in the region for days.

    More than 200 militants died in the fighting, and at least eight troops fighting alongside YPG, including an Australian national who has been with the Kurdish forces for three months, Khalil said.

    The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said IS defenses collapsed and the militants fled after Kurdish fighters broke into Tel Hamees from the east and south.

    1. The Observatory's director, Rami Abdurrahman, said the Kurds seized more than 100 villages around Tel Hamees and that ground battles and air strikes around the town have killed at least 175 IS fighters in the past several days in some of the latest losses for the group since Kobani.

      Some 15,000 villagers have fled the fighting, he added.

      The Kurds in Syria and Iraq have emerged as the most effective force fighting IS, which controls about a third of Iraq and Syria — much of it captured in a lighting blitz last spring and summer, as Iraqi army forces melted away in the face of the militant onslaught.

      In Syria, they have teamed up with moderate rebels for territorial gains against the group.

      Elsewhere in Hassakeh, IS fighters this week captured dozens of mostly Christian villages to the west of Tel Hamees — taking at least 220 Assyrian Christians hostage, according to activists. The fate of those abducted was

      Dead Men, Dead


    Report: Offensive to take Mosul pushed back to Fall, 2015, perhaps to 2016........

    I suggest they name it 'Operation Strategic Patience'

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    4. Nice elk, huh ?

      I took those three comments down as I was rubbing the Generals in a way I probably should not have done.

      Call me civilized....

  31. Not a strong majority, but more think 'no he doesn't' than 'yes he does' -

    Majority of White People Don’t Believe Obama Loves America
    February 25, 2015 by Daniel Greenfield 100 Comments
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    The poll numbers are narrow, but the results are still stunning.

    White people say by 42% to 41% that Obama does not love America. Now the results are within the margin of error, but if you believe the media, they should never have been this close.

    Obama’s favorables among whites are down to around a third.

    But Obama’s patriotism isn’t particularly convincing even to Hispanics, only 52 percent of whom believe that Obama loves America.

    How would Obama supporters care to explain that? Clearly he isn’t projecting his love too convincingly for anyone except black voters, many of whom continue to blindly support him.

    (Blacks polled say that they love America by 78%, Whites by 85%, Hispanics by 87%, a higher number than whites. They are however less likely than whites to think that America is exceptional. Those are, despite Obama’s reign, good numbers. They however drop sharply among millenials among 71 percent of whom do.)

    Now how much of an outlier is Giuliani?

    Only 11% of Republicans believe that Obama loves America. 85% of Democrats do (which raises questions about why the other 15 percent are Dems). 69% of Republicans do not believe that Obama loves America.

    It’s that simple...........

    When I said 'strong majority' I was thinking of Republican only numbers....

    Based on his actions I'd say the man hates America. Everything he does seems to harm the country. Latest example: XL Pipeline veto...

    1. That's Not a Majority, Asshole; That's a Plurality..

  32. Eh. That'd be fine.

    Die in April / Die in October, makes no never-mind to the U.S.

    There's plenty of headcutters to kill in other towns in the meantime. :)

    1. You see, dumbfuck, We have No troops over there getting killed. There Is No urgency. October, or November is fine.

    2. Ah, now it is No Urgency.


      Operation Strategic Patience.

      Operation No Urgency.


      My question is: why do it at all ?

      Humanitarianism has been ruled out of bounds by Quirk.

      You made a fool of yourself with your drunken idiotic 'prediction' and you can't get out of it, and it smarts.

      I intend to shove it up your dumbfuck ass, dumbfuck.


      Some General......

  33. It's amazing how scared obama and his henchmen are about Bibi...

    t's time to call obama out... selling out America for Iran is not an American thing to do.

    All real Americans would applaud the open and transparent discussion about Iran and it's pursuit of the nuclear program. Where is Obama's Fireside talk to the citizens of America about the threat that Iran poses and his solutions?

    I have sat, not 20 feet away from Obama when he swore Iran would NEVER get a nuclear bomb, that he would not allow Iran to have break out capacity, to not allow to Iran to threaten Israel.

    Obama has lied.... DO the Jews have to die?

  34. Senior Iranian cleric with close ties to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Friday that "we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House" in response to the killing of Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guards operatives on the Golan Heights last month.

    According to foreign media, Israeli attack helicopters killed six Hezbollah terrorists along with six Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) operatives, including a high-ranking general.

    Among the Hezbollah operatives killed in the strike was Jihad Mougniyeh, the son of Hezbollah's former military leader, Imad Moughniyeh, who according to Western intelligence sources, was in the midst of setting up a terrorism base on the Syrian Golan and plotting rocket attacks, bombings, anti-tank missile strikes, and cross-border infiltrations against Israel.

    The cleric, Ali Shirazi, made the remarks to the official Revolutionary Guards web site. His comments were reported by the Saudi-owned news network Al Arabiya.

    are you scared?

  35. Israel has 300 nuclear weapons. Iran, none. Netanyahu is , as usual, full of shit. You, as usual, favor the Israeli PM over the US President.

    1. How do you KNOW how many nukes Israel has?

      How do you KNOW how many iran ALREADY HAS?

      How do you KNOW what Iran would do if it HAD 1 nuke let alone 300?

      I favor the Israeli PM over Obama as I do not trust Obama with America's best interest.

  36. Israel is a menace and less than worthless to US interests.

    1. Well I am glad you are honest in your hatred towards Israel.

      You could say that America is a menace to many nations.

      Just ask Iran, vietnam, panama, Iraq and more.

      US Interests used to be standing up for nations LIKE ISRAEL that sought to be free nations.

      Now, under Obama? US interests seem to be in bringing Iran, the Moslem Brotherhood, Assad and Hezbollah into the mainstream, but maybe they are not US interests but rather Obama's agenda?

      As for a real menace? Your blindness towards Iran speaks volumes....

    2. Face it deuce, you hate Israel, you hate zionists.

      You support Iran, the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah and Assad.

      You don't give a hoot about America, you care that insane moslems take over more and more of the middle east and murder anyone in their path...

      Now that's NOT in the interests of the USA.

    3. How dare those pesky Jews fight against those that seek their genocide?

      Cause that's what it's all about.

      The islamic/iranian/arab blood lust to murder the jews.

      And Israel has the balls to fight back and not apologize...


  37. I favor the Israeli Prime Minister, by far, over the moron we currently have in the White House, for sure.

    He is much more pro-American than O'bozo, who backs the MB.

    And I doubt too he would have vetoed the XL Pipeline, cause he has a brain.

    1. Face the truth Obama supported the MOSLEM BROTHERHOOD.

      Can it get anymore bizarre than that?

  38. Heh, sometimes this place is an absolute hoot.

    I noticed for instance, that directly after I began mentioning I've a Hindu Niece both ratass and Rufus begin to attack HInduism.....


    Hinduism has never been even mentioned here in the past. It's a hoot. Neither one of these polite gentlemen know a first thing about Hinduism, their expertise being concentrated on 'the Abrahamic religions' but all of a sudden, out of the blue, they are down on Hinduism and blabbing about it as if they grew up in it.

    Well, as my Niece says:

    "It's not an ending if it's not a happy yet" in her lovely inimitable way.

    She told me today she felt as if she were finally 'on top of the world'.

    This is wonderful. She deserves it. She earned it all by herself, against the odds.


    It's a happy, now......:)

    1. You're a lying asshole. I've never singled out Hinduism for any particular criticism.

      Now, it's true that I think ALL religions are a crock of shit, but I've never said Hinduism is any bigger crock than any of the rest of them.

      You are a crazed motherfucker.

  39. Pooty has bumped off another -

    It's at least in the hundreds now -

    Murdered politician sought to 'organise real opposition' in Russia...

    Feared for life...

    Death comes day before protest against Putin.......Drudge

  40. Rufus IISat Feb 28, 12:26:00 AM EST

    You're a lying asshole. I've never singled out Hinduism for any particular criticism.

    Now, it's true that I think ALL religions are a crock of shit, but I've never said Hinduism is any bigger crock than any of the rest of them.

    You are a crazed motherfucker.


    It's possible I am getting you confused with rathole but I don't think so because I returned the criticism of some of their dietary practices by bringing up the fact that you Mississippians often eat alligator tails, which don't exist in Arizona, and mocking that in return.

    Their was this big criticism of some animal slaughter by some Hindu sect each 5 years or something and I fought back by pointing out the daily slaughter in our meat packing industry and pointing out most Hindus are vegetarians like my Niece.

    And I pointed out that Jews are not discriminated at all in Hindu society which was probably aimed at something said by the rathole.

    You haven't been anti-semitic per se though you are beginning to badly misread the actual situation in Gaza and the West Bank. I suggest you wouldn't find them any better neighbors than the Israelis if they were in Mississippi.

    Yes you did pile onto the Hindus a bit.

    Hindus or India had never been talked about here in my memory before I mentioned my Niece.

    But all of a sudden there was a big flurry of negative talk about Hindus and India.

    By the way they are not polytheists, even though there is much talk of the 'gods'.

    They are the old perennial philosophy. Or call them Schopenhaerians if you wish. Mormons are more properly called polytheists than Hindus.

    Polytheism has a bad reputation and I am uncertain why that is so.

    I agree you are an equal opportunity critic when it comes to the religions, though.

    You are terribly wrong if the implication is that they are all somehow the same.

    1. There was something about Hindus eating cats, too, IIRC.

      This seemed absurd to me as my Niece loves cats and would certainly never eat one.


      She would find the idea of eating a cat abhorrent !

      And an alligator tail as well......

    2. I believe I called you Mississippians savages for thinking a reptile's tail a delicacy......



  41. A Partial Accounting of the Damage Netanyahu Is Doing to Israel
    The Israeli prime minister seems willing to undermine his country's relations with the U.S. in order to save his career.

    Jeffrey Goldberg

    Bibi is facing an existential threat to his career, and Boehner is staging for him the ultimate campaign rally, 6,000 miles away from home. People I’ve spoken with in Israel who have a sophisticated understanding of current campaign dynamics—the Israeli election is set for March 17—say that a well-delivered, well-received speech (standing ovations in Congress seem very impressive unless you know better) could gain Netanyahu two or three extra seats in the Knesset, which might be what he needs to retain his job. Polls are showing the centrist Zionist Camp party led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni competing strongly against Netanyahu's Likud party, and there are also hints that traditional Netanyahu voters who have grown tired of him or who are concerned about issues that don’t seem to concern him—Israel’s affordable housing crisis, for one—might move to other right-wing parties, making his task more difficult.

  42. As to the Draft Dodger's claim that the offensive in Mosul has been put off until 2016 ...

    No reference and not on any news source of relevance.
    Just another delusion fabricated by the bank fraudster.

  43. It was all good, until they got sick.

    Richard Mack, Sheriff Who Refused Obamacare, Now Begs Strangers For Cash To Pay Medical Bills

    But according to his site, Mack suffered a heart attack in January and his wife began experiencing ill health late last year. Unfortunately, because Mack refused to buy an insurance plan under Obamacare, he is now without any form of health coverage.

    Mack has now started an online GoFundMe campaign, soliciting cash from anyone willing to give him some, in order to pay his considerable health expenses.

    Mack’s site explains that he and his wife are “self-employed” and therefore have no medical insurance — even though the Obamacare law is designed specifically to allow self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage.

    "Since it appears that recovery will take a good deal of time with associated expenses, I struggle to not feel stress – both the stress of thinking about huge hospital and other medical bills as well as regular living expenses while I am unable to work -- and also the stress of not being able to accomplish what I am so passionate about doing for others," Mack wrote in a note on his GoFundMe page. "It is difficult and humbling to say that we need your help, but we do."

    So he has raised some $18,000 and some interesting comments at his GoFundMe site

    Scuba Ix
    3 hours ago
    What if you had health insurance? I thought they passed a law a couple years ago so this kind of begging on the internet indignity wouldn't have to happen. Get well soon!
    John Doe
    4 hours ago
    I wish you the very best of luck. Please use my donation to help purchase medical insurance - after all, if begging strangers on the Internet for money doesn't work out, the taxpayers are on the hook for your medical expenses. It's a personal responsibility issue. I'm sure you understand.

    So, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you want to appeal ObamaCare, are you going to donate to help this family, the breadwinner wants to appeal ObamaCare, too. But could not afford health insurance, and was to proud to obey the law.
    But not to proud to beg.