“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, April 15, 2015

Poor Old Bibi, The Russians & Iranians are not Playing Fair, Making it Hard for Israel to Bomb Iran

Iran: Putin Explains to Israel’s Netanyahu: Air Defense System is, like, Defensive

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) –
Russian President Vladimir Putin  spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.
Iran bought the batteries several years ago, but delivery was delayed by Moscow because of US and international pressure. The US has led the imposition of severe economic sanctions on Iran, perhaps the most severe ever applied to any country in modern history, including having Iran kicked off the SWIFT bank exchange.
In deference to US wishes, Russia did not ship the system.
Two things have now changed. First, Russia and the US are not getting along nearly as well in the wake of the Russian annexation (or reclaiming, from Moscow’s point of view) of Crimea from Ukraine and its support for ethnically Russian fighters in Ukraine’s east. In fact, the US has begun imposing sanctions on Russia. In turn, Russia no longer has great regard for US wishes.
Second, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have concluded a framework agreement permitting Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program, which is aimed at imposing inspections and equipment restrictions that would make it very difficult if not impossible for Iran to break out and create a nuclear weapon. Russia and China have been the least supportive of severe sanctions on Iran, and Russia appears to have decided that since the negotiations have reached a serious phase, it is time to go ahead with this deal, concluded some time ago.
The announcement alarmed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, whose government has often hinted around that it might bomb Iran.
The Putin government issued a communique that “gave a detailed explanation of the logic behind Russia’s decision…emphasizing the fact that the tactical and technical specifications of the S-300 system make it a purely defensive weapon; therefore, it would not pose any threat to the security of Israel or other countries in the Middle East.
The full implications of the sale are difficult to anticipate because there are several kinds of S-300 systems and we don’t know which exactly is the one that Iran will get.
But it certainly is the case that S-300s are not offensive weapons and they could not be used to launch a war of aggression.
Why, then, would Netanyahu be so upset about the deal going through? Because he wants to keep an Israeli bombing run on the table.
The S-300s would make it much harder for Israel to initiate an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Such an attack on enrichment facilities in Natanz would be horrible in any case, releasing redioactive material into the atmosphere and killing or sickening tens of thousands in Isfahan.
This exchange points to the future and underscores the ways that, once Iran is talking to the West, it becomes difficult for any of the players to simply lash out.
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  1. Air defense systems are not used to annex territory, not used to occupy territory, they are used to defend territory from foreign aggression.

    Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, his amigo, "O"rdure, and even Bibi, himself, ought to realize that.
    They probably do, which is why Bibi is so visibly irritated.

    1. Sometimes the best offense is a good defense!

    2. Moscow does not have any S-300 air defense missiles available for Iran, despite President Vladimir Putin’s decree for ending their embargo, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. The Russian arms industry can’t keep up with Russia’s own army’s rising needs in the Ukraine war for this advanced system for knocking out warplanes and missiles. Another hurdle is the lack of Iranian teams capable of operating any of the S-300 categories. Moscow and Tehran have never decided which category is right for Iran and will need many more months to reach a resolution

    3. Air defense systems are not used to annex territory, not used to occupy territory, they are used to defend territory from foreign aggression.

      General Jack "I killed civilians" Hawkins states.

      But what of his claim?

      Can Russia USE S300's to defend stolen lands against aircraft?

      Of course Russia can…

      SO once again, General Jack "I KILL Civilians" Hawkins is PROVED WRONG to the READERS….

  2. Israel, as a condition with Russia not to sell and or deliver the s300's to iran help up selling DEFENSIVE systems to Georgia, Ukraine and others threatened by Russian aggression. Russia's support of Iran now lifts the restrictions on Israel to sell these systems.....

    Also will be interesting when Israel beats the s300 like Israel has beaten every major Russian technology in the last 30 years.

    One only has to recall (and laugh) about the the history of Israel kicking the crap out of the arabs and their "russian/soviet" weapons.

    Prior to the 1982 Lebanon War, Syria, with the help of the Soviet Union, had built up an overlapping network of surface-to-air missiles in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. On June 9, 1982, the Israeli Air Force carried out Operation Mole Cricket 19, crippling the Syrian air defence array. In subsequent aerial battles against the Syrian Air Force, the IAF managed to shoot down 86 Syrian aircraft without losing a single fighter plane in an air-to-air combat. IAF AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunships destroyed dozens of Syrian armored fighting vehicles and other ground targets, including some T-72 main battle tanks.

    Now scoot forward to just a few years ago when Israel took out the North Korean/Iranian/Syrian Plutonium illegal site, Israel cut thru their "defenses" like butter....

    Once again proving that the arabs can spend BILLIONS (arabs and persians) on Russian weapon systems but really all they get is a big expensive pile of shit...


    1. If the sale goes thru? Israel should attack, sooner not later, key assets in the Iranian nuclear cycle.

      Thank you Russia... Hey wait a minute, who gains if Iranian oil is made unexportable?

      Oh yeah Russia....


    2. Israel should start arming those opposed to the Mullah in Iran with surface to surface rockets and launchers, sniper rifles. It's time for Israel to return the favor of Iranian attempts to destroy israel by taking the battle to Iran...

      Iran has 70 million people, I wonder how well they do with rockets shelling their key population centers like hezbollah and hamas shell israel's?

    3. "O"rdure has been huffing and puffing, like this, for the longest time.
      He advocated for ISrael attacking Iran, back in 2008. He has advocated for nuking non-nuclear countries that he considers a threat.

      Mass murder is not something which our little "O"rdure would like to see diminished in the world.

    4. I consider killing those that seek to kill me by any means needed...

      To kill masses of murderers that seek the destruction and genocide of the Jews? That is not "mass murder"

      Now we all know that you are intimate with murdering masses of innocents....

      that is "mass murder"

    5. The fact that "O"rdure considers someone to be a threat, does not make it so.
      He lives in a world of delusion, claiming that those that disagree with his politics are killer.
      Never providing any proof for his claims, but steadfastly sticking with them, regardless of the lack of evidence.

      He would murder millions, because he is afraid of life.

      What is "Occupation"Sat Dec 26, 07:46:00 PM EST

      Rufus: Eventually, Every Nation on Earth will have "Nukes." That's just the way it is.

      Then all the more reason to nuke those without them that are a threat asap....

    6. Yes Jack, Hamas and Hezbollah's rockets are a delusion.

      You are insane.

  3. I realize there are some very short and some very selective memories here, but remember when we were surrounding Russia with an ABM system and we told them there was no fear as it was defensive in nature? No recollection? Nothing? Allow me to help:

    Russia should not fear a missile shield in eastern Europe, George Bush said today in his latest bid to placate Vladimir Putin, who has threatened to aim missiles at western countries in retaliation.
    Speaking in Prague, the US president once again invited Russian generals and scientists to the US to discuss American plans to deploy a missile defence system in the Czech Republic and Poland.

    "My message will be: 'Vladimir - I call him Vladimir - you shouldn't fear a missile defence system. As a matter of fact, why don't you cooperate with us on a missile defence system?'" Mr Bush said at a news conference.

    The widening rift between the US and Russia over missile defence threatens to cast a pall over the G8 summit of leading industrialised nations in Germany this week, where Tony Blair wants to see progress on climate change and aid to Africa.

    Guardian - Tuesday 5 June 2007 11.00 EDT

  4. Well then, why should Israel fear a missile defense system? Let’s see what the Republicans are saying now about missile defense systems. I am sure they are as understanding today as they were back in 2007. Wouldn’t you agree?

    U.S. lawmakers seized on Moscow’s announcement Monday to warn Russia was among a host of foreign countries using the prospect of a nuclear deal to begin seeking out lucrative business deals that could bolster Iran’s military and economy.

    Any delivery of an air-defense system would complicate airstrikes on Iranian nuclear facilities by Israel or the U.S. should the diplomatic track fail.

    Iran thinks that Russia will deliver the missile system this year, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told the Interfax news agency in Moscow on Tuesday.

    The U.S. Senate is set to vote this week on legislation that would provide Congress with the power to approve, amend or kill any agreement that seeks to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions.

    Supporters of the bill, Republican and Democrat, said Russia’s lifting of its ban on the S-300 surface-to-air missile system could be just the beginning of countries testing the sanctions regime and a United Nations arms embargo on Iran.

    “Before a final nuclear deal is even reached, [Russian President] Vladimir Putin has started to demolish international sanctions and ignore the U.N. arms embargo,” said Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.), who sponsored legislation that seeks to impose new sanctions on Iran if a final deal isn’t reached by June 30.

    Today - Wall Street Journal

    1. Is Putin ruining another war opportunity in the ME? First Syria and now Iran.

    2. Now remember sports fans that while this is going on Washington is annoyed with The Chinese for setting up an alternate international infrastructure bank. Washington is trying to persuade others not to get involved. Well, many are ignoring it but I am sure, very, very sure that our best fraternal eternal ally ever will be standing with us. Wouldn’t you not agree? Maybe not:

      China Analyst Sam Chester of Clarity Capital. “China’s approach to the Middle East has been defined by what I would call an omnidirectional friendship policy. They work with everyone, and try to give each country they work with the feeling that they are a great friend. Israel and China have a close relationship, as do Saudi Arabia and China, Egypt and China, Iran and China, etc.”

      The AIIB is designed to be an investment vehicle that will push infrastructure development throughout Asia, an Asian (and China-sponsored) alternative to established international financing organizations like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. “The Chinese weren’t necessarily going to go ahead with this, but they felt they had no choice,” said Chester. “The US was dragging its feet on promised quota reforms” that would have given developing countries more shares in deciding how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank allocates loans. Those reforms were supposed to be implemented in 2010, but the US, which dominates the institutions, has failed to follow through. “As a result, China decided to act on its own,” added Chester.

      One reason that China was hesitant to move forward with the project, Chester went on, was because of the strong objections expressed by the US, which leaned on its allies to stay away from the project. “Media analysts were saying last week that Israel announced its membership in the AIIB as a ‘poke in the eye’ to the US for its deal on Iran’s nuclear program, but the issue is more complicated than that.” Israel is actually a rather latecomer to the project, which already included most of Asia (except for Japan, so far), including staunch US allies Australia and South Korea.

    3. You just can’t buy love like you used to do.

    4. IF Russia sells s300's to Iran to protect it's nuclear program?

      Israel should remove said program BEFORE the S300's are in place or? Have a work around.

      When a serial killer/kidnapper installs a defensive perimeter around his bunker with trip wires and land mines they are for DEFENSIVE purposes….

      SO what?

  5. ... but maybe, just maybe, the dunderheads in Congress will see that the World is moving on with Iran, with or without the US because they want to make money.

    1. "because they want to make money"

      Great reason to allow Iran to nuke the Jews…

  6. Rand Paul is certainly not a chip off the old block:

    Rand Paul Stands With Israel

    I’m proud to support Israel, America’s longtime friend and ally in the Middle East.

    Israeli cafés and buses are bombed, towns are victimized by hundreds of rockets, and its citizens are attacked by Palestinian terrorists.

    It’s time we took a stand for Israel by standing up to the enemies of Israel, the enemies that murder Israeli citizens.

    That’s why I proposed a bill called the “Stand with Israel Act” to cut off the flow of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority.

    As long as the Palestinian Authority is allied with Hamas not one more tax dollar should flow to them.

  7. Rand Paul is flying the ✡ on his website:

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  8. I'm starting to really like Rand Paul, even if he does want to zap liquor store robbers with drones with air to surface missiles. Really, thinking it over,they do deserve it, stealing money and great Kentucky Bourbon like that. What's a little collateral damage in comparison ?

    Rufus might agree.

    The Russians are idiots. What kind of fools would like to see a nuclear armed Moslem state on their own doorstep ?

    Why, the Russians, of course.


    But it's a great Five Star Day for moron contingent here.

    Among other things, I made the deal on the Lincoln auto today !

    Been a great day for me all around.

    Casino Time !

    1. The American flags were at half staff today, as the vast majority of REAL Americans recalled and mourned the death of a great American, Abraham Lincoln.

    2. Cheers !

      And God Bless Abraham Lincoln and the USA !!

  9. .

    Saw a couple reports that Hillary's team is planning on raising $2.5 billion for the 2016 campaign. Seems like a little overkill given that she will likely have a pretty much uncontested path to the nomination. But not to worry. She says that right after she is elected her first priority will be campaign finance reform. She states 'we need to get unaccountable money out of political system', "Even If that Takes A Constitutional Amendment".


    1. For someone without testicles, she sure carries some balls, does our old bitch Livia Drusilla.

      God I can't stand her.


    2. BUZZFEED: Hillary invented immigrant grandparents... Developing.............Drudge

    3. She took incoming on the tarmac, she sure did, was named after the climber Sir Edmund Hillary, she sure was, who was unknown at the time of her birth, and hadn't climbed anything except perhaps out of the bathtub, stole the White House silver ware and china when she and Bubba left, she really did, and this is just a beginning of her wonders......

    4. Deuce is

      1) Most likely to vote for this slummy fleabag


      2) Throw his vote away on some meaningless 3rd party


      3) Not vote

    5. Better to vote for a candidate whose position you support, who then loses, than to vote for someone merely to support the 'winner'.

      To not vote, when there is no candidate that presents positions that the voter can support, the only moral thing to do.

      To vote for the lessor of two evils, that is supporting evil.
      Which is not a viable option for a moral human being.

      Robert "Draft dodger" Peterson never votes 'for', he always votes 'against'.
      But, then again, he is a fraudster, a bank robber, an identity thieve and one who has a life long history of shirking his civic responsibilities.

    6. General Jack "I KILLED civilians" Hawkins states what Bob would do in an election then goes on about slandering Bob's reputation.

      Wow, look whose calling the kettle black, a self confessed killer of civilians, a leaker of FBI files to the internet (ON THIS BLOG), a stalker of folks, maker of death threats, dead beat dad and of course a pot smoking gun seller!

      ALL on this blog, all now in the files of the NSA, Jack "I killed Civilians: Hawkins aka RAT and a dozen other aliases can't even travel via commercial airlines and now buses as the TSA has him on a watch list…


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  10. .

    Them crazy Asians. Here is an actual school test question:

    Joe and Jim just became friends with Jill and they want to know when her birthday is. Jill gives them the following 10 possible dates,

    May 15
    May 16
    May 19

    June 17

    July 14
    July 16

    August 14
    August 15
    August 17

    Jill tells Joe the month of her birthday and tells Jim the day of her birthday.

    Joe looks at the info and says, I don't know when Jill's birthday is but I also know that Jim doesn't know when it is either.

    Jim then says, I didn't know when Jill's birthday was but now I do.

    Then Joe says, well then I know when Jill's birthday is too.

    When is Jill's birthday?


    1. It is on Qoan Day, silly, or Q Day, which is Koan Day spelled with a Q, and is any day you wish it to be.

    2. .

      This is logic more than math and it was given to 5th graders in Singapore.


    3. .

      Since it is logic, O'bumble, you might as well move along.

      Nothing for you to see here.


    4. Wrong 0, Quirk 0.

      If it were logic in't there would be an answer, and there is not.

      You and I both, Q, we both know the 'answer' lies in the Translogical Realm.

      You are just trying to confuse and hoodwink the masses again, as you used to do when selling Twenty Mule Team Borax Soap.

      Here's an early ad written by the supersalesman Q -;_ylt=AwrTcdywwy9Vlb0ABDYnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBsOXB2YTRjBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkAw--?p=youtube+twenty+Mule+Team+Borax+Soap&tnr=21&vid=A758390C2F4E2037A563A758390C2F4E2037A563&l=76&

    5. Here's another, featuring a famous former President -;_ylt=AwrTcdWKxC9V.UYAXV8nnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBsOXB2YTRjBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkAw--?p=Ronald+REagan+sells+Twenty+Mule+Team+Borax+Soap&tnr=21&vid=C958FEF1856FB6E4BC52C958FEF1856FB6E4BC52&l=68&

    6. The Math Question That Went Viral
      One word problem from a Singaporean school exam briefly became the talk of the Internet last weekend.
      Terrance F. Ross
      Apr 14 2015, 3:40 PM ET

      Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

      It didn't rise quite to the level of "The Dress"—the recent quandary that resulted in accusations of color-blindness across the Internet—but it still gave the education world its own viral moment over the weekend. A viral math question, in fact.

      Last Friday, the Hello Singapore TV host Kenneth Kong posted a mathematical riddle to his Facebook page with the caption: "This question causes a debate with my wife .... and its a P5 question." The puzzle went viral across the country, with people ranging from perplexed adults to eager teenagers grappling with the simple question: "So when is Cheryl's birthday?"
      Kenneth Kong/Facebook

      The hysteria wasn't limited to Singapore. The question immediately made the rounds on Twitter—along with the hashtag #cherylsbirthday—and Reddit. It even made its way to the Australian Federation of International Students' Facebook page.

      Without giving away the answer, here's a good starting point:

      Albert knows the month, Bernard knows the number.
      Albert knows that Bernard doesn't know.
      Look at how many times each date appears.
      Figure out which month Albert was told, and begin the elimination process.

    7. The riddle worried some parents. "P5," known as "Primary 5" in the Singaporean education system, is the equivalent of 5th grade in the United States. Despite Singapore's internationally revered math proficiency, many parents were concerned that the question was far too advanced for their kids.

      This prompted an investigation of sorts by, a Singaporean news outlet. The organization obtained official confirmation (spoiler: the answer is included as well) from the executive director of the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad. According to the director, Henry Ong, the question was in fact for older "Secondary 3" students, or the equivalent of ninth grade here in the U.S. Ong also admitted that it was "a difficult question meant to sift out the better students."

      Logical puzzles like this are common in Singapore. The country's math curriculum, which has a strong focus on logic-based problem solving, has been so successful that it's been adopted around the world, including in the U.S.

      According to the latest report from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)—an exam designed to measure the math, reading, and science proficiency of 15-year-olds globally—Singapore's math competency essentially outshines that of the rest of the world:

      Singapore scores highest in the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving, with 562 points on the PISA proficiency scale. Only Korea has a similarly high score.

      Singapore also has the highest number of top-performing students in problem solving: 29 percent of students reach proficiency Level 5 or 6 (the OECD average is 11 percent).

      Performance in Problem Solving in Singapore

      So what makes Singapore so good at a subject with which America's students have routinely struggled? Singapore's math instruction focuses heavily on mastery over rote memorization. Math students on the small island nation perform well because they understand the material deeply—not because they are studying for a specific test. Thus, they react well when "curveballs" are thrown at them in the form of confusing math questions.

      Furthermore, the instruction of "Singapore Math"—as it's dubbed in the U.S. —uses a "layered" approach aimed at facilitating comprehension. Students digest the subject in stages, from the concrete to the pictorial and eventually to the abstract. This leads to conceptual understanding rather than numerical regurgitation: It's not just about getting the correct answer, but also about explaining one's thought processes.

      U.S. students have made strides in math proficiency in recent years, but they still lag behind many of their peers internationally, falling at the middle of the pack in global rankings. In the same PISA report the U.S. placed 35th out of 64 countries in math.

      And even though the "Cheryl's Birthday" question may be atypical of the average Singaporean classroom, perhaps it's still worth asking: Are you smarter than a (Singaporean) 10th-grader?


    Moscow's decision to lift its unilateral ban on exporting advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran will boost the Islamic republic's air defense capabilities, but their military impact depends on the outcome of ongoing negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

    The air defense systems, built by Russia's largest defense contractor Almaz-Antey, are some of the most advanced weapons of their kind on the market, which has prompted fears that the weapons would be used to defend Iranian nuclear sites.

    Iran signed a contract with Russia to buy five S-300 systems for $800 million in 2007, but in 2010 then-President Dmitry Medvedev decided to freeze delivery as a sign of good will toward the West.

    With Iran and international community closer than ever to a deal, President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban Monday. No delivery date has yet been set.

    Defending the decision, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained that "[the S-300] is not designed for attacks and will not put at risk the security of any regional state, including Israel," news agency TASS reported Monday.

    The S-300 systems are not covered by the UN arms embargo in place on Iran, since it is classified as a defensive weapons system and has no offensive use.

    "It would provide Iran with a long-range air defense capability that is currently lacking in its inventory [and] provide an additional defensive tier to Iran's air defense plan," Ben Goodlad, a weapons expert at defense analytics firm IHS was quoted as saying in a statement.

    Depending on the specific model and the missiles loaded into the system, an S-300 battery can track up to 100 targets and engage 12 to 36 of them within a range of 150 kilometers.

    How Iran would use an air defense system with these kinds of specifications depends on the outcome of the current nuclear negotiations.

    If the deal falls through, and Iran continues its nuclear program, then the S-300s would most likely be used to defend Iranian nuclear facilities, greatly increasing the cost of any U.S.- or Israeli-led air strikes on the sites.

    But if the deal goes through and fears over Iranian nuclear weapons fade, the S-300s would likely be used by Tehran to bolster its defenses against more capable regional rivals — such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    This point was made by Lavrov: "For Iran, taking into account the very tense situation in the region surrounding it, modern air defense systems are very important," he was quoted by TASS as saying Monday.

    In particular, Iran is significantly outgunned by its Gulf rivals the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which is flying modern U.S. aircraft such as F-15s. Last year, Saudi Arabia purchased $1.5 billion worth of aircraft, while the UAE purchased $105 million worth, according to data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

    Meanwhile, Iran's military is an aging force populated with 1970s Soviet and American hardware, such as MiG-29 interceptors and U.S. F-4 Phantoms.

    Even then, the U.S. planes in Iran’s inventory have only been kept flying by “spare parts acquired in Vietnam that were left behind after the U.S. withdrawal,” said Ben Moores, a senior military analyst at defense analytics firm IHS.

    The five S-300s stipulated in the 2007 contract with Russia would go a long way to redressing Iran's lack of aerial firepower in the region.

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    1. Israel needs at least an immediate $5.7 billion (free of course) to counter the latest threat from Iran and their Phantom F-4 fleet.

    2. Maybe Israel should concentrate on making Iran's proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas waste billions on tunnels and new rockets which should be carpet bombed?

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  12. ISIS Gains Continue With Advances On Ramadi.......

    All of Iraq now in jeopardy with ISIS advances...........

    Rufus Doctrine and rat Doctrine in epic fail........

    Islamic State close to taking Ramadi, just 70 miles from Baghdad

    April 15, 2015 3:18 pm By Robert Spencer 7 Comments

    RamadiRamadi is in Iraq’s Anbar province, and its strategic importance is huge. Anbar’s governor, Ahmed al-Dulaimi, said in November 2014: “If we lose Anbar, that means we will lose Iraq.”

    So yesterday the Pentagon told us that the Islamic State had lost 25% of its territory, and today they’re on the verge of capturing a city that could give them a distinct advantage in capturing all of Iraq. Do you ever get the impression that the Pentagon is more interested in making the Obama airstrikes look successful than in leveling with us?

    “Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns,” by Hamdi Alkhshali, Arwa Damon and Jethro Mullen, CNN, April 15, 2015:

    West of Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.

    Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq’s Sunni heartland.

    Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it’s unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive.

    The politician said he was on a front line himself, armed with a machine gun. Security was “collapsing rapidly in the city,” and he begged the Iraqi government for reinforcements and the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS for air support.

    “This is what we warned Baghdad of what’s going to happen,” Essawi told CNN by phone, referring to the Iraqi government at the capital. “Where is Baghdad? Where is al-Abadi?”

    His plea for help comes the day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington to seek more support for the fight against ISIS.

    “Just Allah knows if we will survive this,” Essawi said.

    The extremist group’s offensive in Ramadi shows its resilience despite months of U.S.-led airstrikes and its recent defeat by Iraqi forces in the northern city of Tikrit.

    ISIS squeezing Ramadi

    ISIS fighters have Ramadi under pressure from several angles.

    Essawi said ISIS militants made significant advances Wednesday in three areas east of Ramadi: Albu Soda, Albu Ghanem and parts of Soufia, which leads to central Ramadi.

    Over the weekend, the militants seized control of areas north of Ramadi. Routes south of the city were taken some months ago.

    That leaves only areas to the west of Ramadi in the hands of government forces, but those positions are under threat, Essawi warned.

    The recent fighting has driven a steady stream of refugees out of the city. On Wednesday, some residents packed what they could into metal carts as they prepared to flee on foot.

    People also were fleeing the areas where ISIS was advancing east of Ramadi….

    1. Local reporter from on the ground near Ramadi, just tweeted -

      A mysterious and famously daring American going by the nom de guerre of "Q", noted for his ability to show on the scene of actions at critical times, is reported to be leading an elite force of Pesh Merga, known as The "Q" Force south towards Ramadi. One local Iraqi government trooper, who requested anonymity out of security concerns, said: "Without the Q, nothing, with the Q, all of Iraq even to the ends of the Earth". Many Iraqi troops seemed to agree, and were observed digging trenches and erecting bulwarks yet once again to try and strengthen defenses and to stem the tide of flight of citizens from the city. Many were heard to shout - "Q" is coming ! "Q" will soon be here !! Hooray !!! - as the daylight faded into night.

  13. People were fleeing ...

    But, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you have told us that the people of Anbar support Daesh.
    If that were true, why would you now be reporting that people are fleeing the advance of Daesh into areas north of Ramadi?

    1. The old the lame and the idiot want to get out from under the rain of artillery fire, you fool war criminal dead beat dad professional asshole liar and coward.

    2. If that is the case, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, and the old and lame really support Daesh, as you have claimed and have now acknowledged by your answer ...

      Why are the refugees moving into the government controlled areas and not into those controlled by Daesh?
      Your logic seems to be in failure mode, again.

  14. PHOENIX -- Saying there was plenty of evidence to back the finding, a federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a trial judge's ruling that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department has engaged in a pattern of racial profiling.

  15. ISIS camp has been reporting to be right across Texas border in Mexico.

    d. rat once affirmed that the ISIS could not get out of Iraq and into the USA.

    "How are they going to do it?" he asked.

    Someone replied, "Just like the Mexicans, simply walk across the border".

    1. Reported by whom, where?

      Come on Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson provide some detail to your delusions.

  16. d. rat, war criminal and this blog's recognized liar is following me around again, trying to get some traction for his stupid posts from the magnificent aura of mine.

    1. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson your delusions are still getting the better of you.

      Plese provide the details to your claim that the Islamic State has set itself up in Mexico.
      Yours is the only report of that available on the world wide web, please tell us more about it.
      Provide us with some details.

    2. Where in Mexico has the Islamic State set up shop, in what state?
      How many people have the Muslim rallied to their cause, in the predominantly Roman Catholic country of Mexico?
      How is the Islamic State funding its operations in Mexico?

      You have made the claim, please, provide us with some depth of knowledge as to its veracity.

    3. And, they're all carrying buckets of Ebola. :/

  17. Around 3,000 fighters from the Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) have reportedly arrived in the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province, Ramadi, after the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council warned that the city could fall to Islamic State (IS) gunmen within hours.


    1. That will certainly slow Daesh down, now, won't it?

    2. You've gotta be real careful with the hyperbolic statements from all sides, regarding Iraq, and ISIS. :)

      EVERYONE has a vested interest in every action, and statement.

    3. An ex: As recently as a few weeks ago, the Ramadi tribes vehemently opposed having any of the Shiite Forces taking part in the fight, there.

      Now, they're crying, "Shiite Forces, Save Us!"

    4. Confirming the thesis above.

      "Q", knowing the Shiites cannot do so, is coming to the rescue, riding in over the desert sands in his make shift tanks with his Pesh Merga men. They have already knocked out 5 ISIS 'fighting positions', 4 pickup trucks, 3 oil transport lines, 2 warehouses, and an outhouse near a pear tree.

    5. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, come on, tell us more about Mexico and the establishment of th Islamic State, there.
      Where in Mexico have they set up shop, in what state?

      Ought to be simple enough for you to tell us, "Draft Dodger", just provide a link to your source.

    6. Or where you witnessed their activities.

      Come on Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, tell us ...

    7. Come on Jack "I killed Civilians" Hawkins tell us,

      Tell us about your crimes against humanity, your TSA travel ban…

      tell us

    8. Tell us Jack "I killed Civilians" Hawkins about being a deadbeat dad…

      Tell us..

    9. Hey Jack "I killed Civilians" Hawkins, when you were working with the death squads in Central America, did you cut off their ears like Sec of State John Kerry claims your types did?

    10. There is no story there to tell, "O"rdure.

      Just the delusional agitprop you have made up.

      If this were not the case, you would provide us with details, wouldn't you.

    11. But since you have been telling that same story for, what, six or seven years now, and have never provided us any details, it is doubtful your performance will improve, today.

    12. WiO, rat's been identified as a congenital liar here by 8 posters, including yourself.

      What answer he might give would be worthless in a court of law, as well as here, and on any street in the USA.

      Our Professional Asshole - d. rat's self description of himself - and 'military expert', another self description, a military expert who has predicted Iraq would be ISIS free by this Memorial Day, is now engaged in a super secret all important project off the shores of Panama, which we all know does not exist, just like his cattle ranch, which he will get to in the next life has he gives up the ghost here.

      Guy is a total fraud and fool. A 'prick' in Quirkian terms.

      But I know that you already know all this.

      His wife who "dropped the kid" on American soil then fled as fast as possible back across the border, had it right. Kind of guy anyone would want to flee from, as she learned rapidly.

      She did the best she could for the child, then hightailed it. I kinda have to admire the woman.

    13. Jack HawkinsThu Apr 16, 10:35:00 AM EDT
      There is no story there to tell, "O"rdure.

      Just the delusional agitprop you have made up.

      If this were not the case, you would provide us with details, wouldn't you.

      Jack we have posted NUMEROUS times with links your nonsense.

      When confronted with direct posts?

      You ignore them…

      You remind me of Hillary Clinton

    14. Bob the bad sense in hooking up with a prick like Jack "I kill civilians" Hawkins was only mitigated by her fleeing him.

      We all make mistakes. I am glad she fled from the miscreant that we have come to know as "Jack"

    15. Jack HawkinsThu Apr 16, 10:38:00 AM EDT
      But since you have been telling that same story for, what, six or seven years now, and have never provided us any details, it is doubtful your performance will improve, today.

      Still stalking the wrong Jew?


    16. Stalking?

      What in the world are you talking about, "O"rdure?
      Your contemplating sending letters to the members of the Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce to complain about me?

    17. If you are admitting that the current rendition of "O" is not the "O" of the past... that you really are a member of Bibi's Social Media Commando, well that would just be another feather in my cap, wouldn't it?

      Does not much matter, though.

    18. Your outing as a jew hating criminal to your neighbors is not stalking, it's a civic duty.


  18. PSA - 0.66

    Started at 1.86

    Then to 1.22

    Then to .88

    Now at .66

    Goal - .50.

    Need to go back once more.

    "If you can't make it, call and cancel."

    "OK, if I die I'll call and cancel"

    Grace, who was not there, left me a nice message, and I left her a wonderful pic of an Osprey nest on Lake Pend d' Oreille, mother Osprey regurgitating food to its two young uns.

    Name of pic, taken by my son and rapidly becoming famous worldwide, is:


  19. General Jack "I KILLED CIVILIANS" Hawkins is always talking about how the non-state entity ISrael in fact controls the border of Gaza.

    The General flunked geography of course, not ever actually looked at a map, never saw how Egypt was and is, in real control of the Gaza strip…

    But I digress,

    This report comes in…
    رام الله- شبكة فراس: تسببت الخطوات الاحترازية والعمليات العسكرية المصرية على الحدود مع قطاع غزة خلال العامين الماضيين في تدمير شبه كامل لشبكة الأنفاق الحدودية الواصلة بين قطاع غزة وسينا، والتي حفرت بعد فرض الحصار الإسرائيلي على القطاع مع نهاية 2006 ومطلع عام 2007.
    وكان الهدف المعلن من وراء حفر تلك الأنفاق هو تهريب الاحتياجات الغذائية والمواد الضرورية لاهالي القطاع في ظل الحصار الاسرائيلي الخانق المفروض عليه ، غير ان حركة "حماس" على وجه خاص وجدت في تلك الانفاق الوسيلة الانجع لتهريب أسلحة وصواريخ جديدة الى قطاع غزة، حيث ظهرت تلك الأسلحة خلال الحرب الإسرائيلية الأولى على القطاع عام 2008-2009.
    وتصاعدت عمليات تهريب الأسلحة والصواريخ المتطورة وسط ملاحقة إسرائيل لها ومحاولة إيقافها بشتى الطرق، إلا أن أعداد الأنفاق الكبيرة وتزايد عمليات التهريب أفشل كثيرا من هذه المحاولات التي لم تتوقف، لا سيما خلال كل عدوان اسرائيلي على غزة، حيت باتت هذه الانفاق والمناطق الموجودة فيها هدفا رئيسيا للغارات التي يشنها الطيران الحربي الاسرائيلي.
    وقدر عدد الأنفاق بين غزة ومصر بنحو 2000 نفق منها ما هو مخصص للتهريب الاقتصادي وما يحتاجه القطاع من مستلزمات ومنها ما كان مخصصا لحركة "حماس" وبعض تجار السلاح الذين نجحوا في تهريب كافة أنواع الاسلحة حتى أن بعض الأنفاق تخصصت في تهريب سيارات حديثة وبعض المواد التي يصعب توفرها في اسواق غزة في ظل الظروف الطبيعية.
    وفي شهر حزيران (يونيو) 2014، أعلنت مصر عن عملية عسكرية خاصة تستهدف تدمير الأنفاق على طول الحدود مع قطاع غزة وباتت اصوات التفجير تُسمع بشكل شبه يومي عند الشريط الحدودي.
    وفي الثلاثين من آب (أغسطس) 2014، أعلنت مصر عن تدمير 1710 أنفاق قبل أن تعلن في تشرين الأول (أكتوبر) من ذات العام عن بدء عملية خاصة لإقامة منطقة عازلة على الحدود وإزالة مئات المنازل التي تعود لسكان سيناء لمنع حفر وبناء أنفاق جديدة.
    وفي كانون الثاني (يناير) الماضي، دخلت الاوضاع على الحدود بين غزة ومصر مرحلة جديدة مع تدمير غالبية الأنفاق وبقاء عدد قليل جدا منها يعمل بصعوبة بالغة وفي ظل تشديد الإجراءات الأمنية على الحدود، وهو ما وجد ترجمته الفعلية في توقف عمليات تهريب الأسلحة والصواريخ تماما كما توقفت عمليات التهريب الأخرى.
    ويقول "أبو محمد" (اسم مستعار لتاجر أسلحة من مدينة رفح) أنه منذ الحرب الإسرائيلية الأخيرة على قطاع غزة وقصف الشريط الحدودي باستمرار وتضاعف قوة العمليات العسكرية المصرية على الحدود توقفت الأنفاق عن العمل.
    واوضح في حديث مع صحيفة القدس أن بعض أصحاب تلك الأنفاق حاولوا إعادة تأهيلها وترميمها وتشغليها الا ان هذه المحاولات لم تنجح لان القوات المصرية إعادت تدميرها سواء باستخدام المتفجرات أو من خلال إغراقها بالمياه العادمة.
    واشار إلى أن عمليات تهريب الأسلحة توقفت منذ منتصف شهر شباط (فبراير) من العام الجاري، موضحا أن ذلك أثر أيضا على توافر الأسلحة والصواريخ والذخيرة بمختلف أنواعها وأدى الى ارتفاع أسعارها في الأسواق.
    وأوضح أن ثمن الرصاصة الواحدة كان يبلغ من 3 إلى 4 شواكل فقط (حسب نوعها)، غير ان سعرها بعد تدمير الانفاق ارتفع ليصل من 7 إلى 9 شواكل.
    وقال أن بندقية الكلاشنكوف المصرية ارتفع سعرها من 900 إلى 1300 دولار، فيما أصبح سعر البندقية من ذات النوع ولكن ذات المنشأ الصيني من 1200 إلى 2000 دولار، بينما بلغ سعر ذات البندقية روسية الصنع نحو 3000 دولار في حال وجدت. مشيرا إلى أن "الكلاشنكوف" هي من أكثر الأسلحة رواجا في قطاع غزة.
    وأضاف "عمليات التهريب توقفت بشكل شبه كامل، ونادرا ما ينجح احد في تهريب أسلحة خفيفة جدا وذخيرة لها"، مشيرا إلى أن عمليات تهريب الصواريخ الثقيلة والمتوسطة توقفت تماما منذ الحرب الاخيرة على غزة.
    وتقول إسرائيل في تقارير تنشرها وسائل إعلام عبرية مختلفة أن حركة "حماس" لجأت الى استخدام مواد محلية لتصنيع الصواريخ عقب توقف عمليات تهريبها خلال الأشهر الأخيرة.
    ولوحظ ان اسرائيل تعلن بين الفترة والاخرى عن رصد عمليات إطلاق صواريخ تجريبية من غزة تجاه البحر، وذلك في إطار محاولات "حماس" الرامية الى تصنيع وتطوير صواريخ جديدة اعتمادا على مواد محلية ، كما تزعم اسرائيل.

    1. Now we all KNOW that General Jack "I KILL Civilians" can read this….

      but for those that are Arabic non-skilled?

      Firas Press reports that Gaza arms dealers are frustrated by Egypt's actions of destroying tunnels with either explosives or by flooding them with waste water.

      Arms dealer "Abu Mohammed" said that arms smuggling operations have been suspended since mid-February and this has had an impact on the availability of weapons, missiles and ammunition which has led to higher prices in the market.

      He said that the price of one bullet has gone from between 3-4 shekels up to 7- 9 shekels.

      An Egyptian Kalashnikov rifle has gone from $900 up to $ 1,300, and Chinese Kalashnikovs from $1200 to $2000,and Russian versions are now going for $3000.

      "The smuggling operations have ceased almost entirely; rarely does one succeed in smuggling very light weapons and ammunition here," he said.

      The arms dealer added that the heavy and medium missile smuggling operations completely stopped since the last war on Gaza.


    2. one bullet has gone from between 3-4 shekels up to 7- 9 shekels.

      By pricing the bullets in ISraeli currency the arms dealer indicates the sovereignty of the land where the bullets are being purchased.

    3. the "dollar" is used across the globe.

      Your logic defies rational thought.

    4. The shekel is not the US dollar, "O"rdure.

    5. So?

      The Shekel is currency that does not infer sovereignty in other lands that may or may not use it.

      Your arguments grow weaker and weaker....

      Meanwhile, Egypt is crushing their brothers in Gaza...


  20. FBI Holds “Special” Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS, DHS Not Invited

    Responding to Judicial Watch’s report earlier this week of ISIS activity along the Mexican border, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supervisors called a “special” meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.

    A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.

    Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

    Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm. During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

    “Coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for the Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

    Last August JW reported that ISIS, operating from Ciudad Juárez, was planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level U.S. federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirmed then that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border had been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies were placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning the imminent terrorist threat.

    1. Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region ...

      So, unless there is some evidence there is nothing.

      Only "O"rdure and his ilk take a report of a meeting of US bureaucrats as evidence of the Islamic State operating in Mexico

    2. FBI takes these threats seriously

      Who cares what is "PUBLICALLY" said….

      The proper authorities are on it….

      You are not part of the decision making circle..


      You are a nobody

  21. Once again it must be said, that it's my civic responsibility to infer those who live near a self confessed killer of civilians that he is in the area.

    I have notified law enforcement and now doing what every GOOD American citizen does informs the public of issue that affect them.

    It would be a delinquency of my duty NOT to have informed the AZ FBI (and others) of a dangerous criminal in their area.

    You may thank me now.

    1. Once again it must be said, that it's my civic responsibility to inform those who live near a self confessed killer of civilians that he is in the area

    2. Please, provide a link to the alleged confession.

    3. Or are you just going to libel Rocco, again?

    4. Sorry Jack, that's information already turned over to the AZ FBI.

      No need to tell the accused perp (you) anymore…


      I DID my civi duty, I turned you in to the proper authorities.

      Criminal things you have said and done of course…


    5. You really need a new schtick, "O"rdure.

      But continue on, as that is all you have at your disposal.


    6. sorry…

      CIVIC duty

      The good news? The DHS and the TSA and the NSA all have been informed of you and your actions.

      Now regardless of whether they arrest you now or later?

      Not my issue.

      I have been informed that sometimes the "broken taillight" helps law enforcement figure out WHO to watch…

      Maybe all I have done is alert the RIGHT people to zero in on you :)

      It might take a few years but I did my civic duty and informed the lawful authorities about you and your threats and more.

      Now the ball is in their court and they play a long term game….


      Have faith…

      I do

    7. New "schtick"?

      What calling you out for being the self confessed prick of a person you are?

      Getting nervous? Going to change signon's again?

    8. When you do not have the truth or the facts, faith in your delusions is all you've got, "O"rdure.

      And that, amigo, does not amount to reality.
      In fact faith is often cited by those for whom reality repeatedly fails.


    9. :) Those people, Rat, that live in totalitarian countries (eg. Israel,) are always confused when a threat to "contact the authorities" elicits no more, from an innocent man in America, than a chuckle, and a "have at it."

      I've never known anyone that grew up in an Eastern country that really understood The United States.

    10. Rufus, you have no clue as to what you speak about.

      America has a policy to "see something say something"

      Reporting CRIMINAL behavior to the proper authorities is considered to be a good citizen, after all Rat has scolded Bob for NOT calling the police countless times...

      And I grew up in Philadelphia and Texas.

    11. Jack, I have facts, which I turned over to the AZ FBI.

      Your nervous laughter speaks VOLUMES to your lack of innocence.


    12. Rufus, Jack is no innocent.

      And it wasn't a threat, I did in fact call and report Jack aka Rat to the AZ FBI.

      At which point Jack/Rat bragged, on this blog, that he had a mole inside of the AZ FBI and shared with him information about an ongoing investigation that concerned ME.... Do you recall such postings? Or where you drunk that year?

      Yep Jack/Rat bragged that his source INSIDE the AZ FBI told him that he had nothing to worry about but in fact there was an arms dealing investigation about me going on... Tho which Jack.Rat reported it on this open blog...

      Now at face value, IF jack was telling the truth back then he would be guilty of several federal crimes. Leaking information about an ongoing investigation into a public source, TIPPING ME OFF about said investigation, admitting he had sources that disclosed confidential information to him which could get the agents FIRED...

      All serious issues...

      But as we have learned, Jack lied about that source SINCE Jack has admitted he was under the impression I was the guy from the Chocolate Emporium... LOL

      SO Jack was and IS a liar.

      But I am not.

      I reported Jack/Rat to the AZ FBI.

      He is now on their radar for numerous issues...

      Being a born and raised American allows me the privilege to IF I see criminal behavior not to take the law in my own hands but rather call the appropriate authorities...

      Which I did...


    13. You're batshit crazy, bozo.

      And, the closest you've ever come to Texas was a John Wayne movie.

    14. I guarantee you, based on the information posted on this blog, that if you made reports to all those agencies, those agencies after being amused have a bigger file on you than they do on the target and figment of your delusions.

    15. I recall more about your homicidal rants on nuking The Black Rock than the bullshit on Central America. That speaks more to your credibility than anything else.

    16. You can't KILL a rock Deuce.

      Guess you missed that in the USAF.

    17. Sorry Rufus you can't get your drunken skull around the fact that I am JUST as American as you.

      Lived for a decade in Texas.

      Raised in Philadelphia.

      My Uncles DIED for this nation, my father served in the Navy.

      I was registered for the draft.

      But your content claiming I am not a citizen is so? McCarthy-like.

      Your comments about Israel and Jews? Show me that you are beneath contempt.

      But I don't blame your genetics or where you live, I see you as a squandered, alcohol soaked loser....

      SO from one american to a shit american like you?

      Go fuck yourself.


  22. Our little "O"rdure is living in a world all his own...

    1. The 'Authorities' can do as they please.
      I certainly do.

      But to feel afraid of the FBI, in Arizona, that is for Sheriff Joe to know.
      And I doubt he is much bothered by them, either.

      Since the Colonel died I don't party with the FBI boys.
      But the idea that they pose a threat to me, or my lifestyle, why that is just comical.

      They are out looking for criminals, like folks that have committed fraud against Federally Insured banking institutions.

    2. You are a self confessed criminal.

      The law enforcement of AZ have been notified about your doings...

      Time will tell if you are arrested by the Sheriff or the Feds.

  23. By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) –

    Al-Khaleej (The Gulf) reports that Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province. They were also pushed back from the refinery city of Beiji near Tikrit, though Iraqi authorities revealed that Daesh had slaughtered 300 members of tribes there in the past few days. Daesh killed embers of the Albu Mahall, al-Karabilah, al-Salman, Albu `Ubayd, and al-Rawiyyin tribes. Government forces received close air support from the US Air Force. But despite the success of Iraqi troops and their Shiite militia auxiliaries in Salahuddin north of Baghdad, government forces are facing setbacks to the west of the capital.

    Daesh has taken al-Sufiya entirely, chasing the Iraqi army from the district. It continued to hold most of Albu Ghanim and has surrounded hundreds of families there. It has long had a toehold in western neighborhoods of Ramadi, the provincial capital of al-Anbar, and seems to be making a successful push toward the center of the town.

    A member of parliament from the province, Adil Khamis al-Mahallawi, called Daesh the “Kharijites of this age,” referring to an early Islamic heretical group, more extreme members of which insisted on undeviating adherence to their understanding of Islam and excommunicated and killed those who differed with them.

    He said Daesh had also killed dozens of non-combatants in the district of Albu Ghanim northeast of Ramadi.
    The deputy speaker of the al-Anbar provincial legislature, Falih al-Isawi, said, “The situation in the city of Ramadi is turbulent and completely bad. The entire province of al-Anbar is a inch away from being dominated by Daesh.” He also warned that Ramadi is headed for collapse.

    Another member of al-Anbar’s provincial legislature, Arkan Khalaf al-Tarmuz, said that Daesh had succeeded in dominating the district of Albu Ghanim east of Ramadi, and had surrounded hundreds of families in the district. He explained that it had happened because the Sunni tribal levies of the area lack weaponry and had seen their stockpiles dwindle. They only have one security station. Likewise, the Popular Mobilization Forces, i.e. Shiite militias, had withdrawn from the area (perhaps to go fight in Tikrit and Beiji?) Al-Anbar is mostly Sunni Arab.

    An official in Iraq’s security agency said that there was fierce fighting between Daesh and Iraq security forces, who are supported by tribal levies, in eastern Ramadi


  24. Coalition warplanes help stem ISIS' advance in Ramadi, official says

    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)Airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition have helped contain ISIS' attacks on the key Iraqi city of Ramadi, but security forces there still need reinforcements, a provincial leader there said Thursday.

    ISIS recently took control of areas near Ramadi, which is about 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Iraq's vast Anbar province, the country's Sunni heartland. The advance by the extremist group has forced thousands of civilians to flee east to Baghdad.

    Officials in Ramadi have warned that the city could fall if more troops aren't sent there.

    But on Thursday, coalition airstrikes appeared to cut off ISIS' logistical resupply routes and prevent the group from advancing from its positions in the city, said Faleh Essawi, the deputy chief of the Anbar Provincial Council.

    1. Ramadi has seen intense and persistent fighting for months. ISIS took over parts of the city in the first half of last year, placing it at the heart of a deadly tug of war ever since.

      Another member of the Anbar council, Aathal al-Fahdawi, said ISIS militants attacked government buildings in Ramadi on Wednesday night, but security forces and tribal fighters repelled the assailants.

      Al-Fahdawi, like Essawi, said more troops and equipment are needed, arguing that the additional equipment that the city's defenders received Wednesday -- 15 Humvees -- was not enough.

      The province's governor, Suhaib al-Rawi, also has pleaded for help. In a statement read on Iraq's state-run Iraqiya TV on Wednesday night, al-Rawi called on multiple parties, including Iraq's central government, to send troops.

      He also called on the Hashd al-Shaabi militia -- a predominantly Shiite fighting group that worked with Iraqi troops and Sunni fighters to liberate Tikrit this month -- to help as well.


  25. Reinforced Iraqi forces recapture areas near Ramadi

    RAMADI, Anbar province – Iraqi security forces fighting with reinforcements in east of the city of Ramadi have cleared Sajariyah town and Sufiya district of Islamic State fighters, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday.

    “Government special forces have been able to fully recapture the main road between Sajariyah and Sufiya,” Saad Maan, ministry spokesman, said in a statement.

    The statement assured residents of the stability and security of the areas and asked them to return to their homes.

    Sabah Karhut, chairman of Anbar provincial council, told Rudaw on Wednesday that two brigades of special forces had arrived in Ramadi to join the Iraqi forces engaged with ISIS fighters.

    “We have asked for more air support to target ISIS positions and military bases, especially in the eastern part of Ramadi,” Karhut said.

    The battle for Ramadi in central Anbar province has intensified as government forces have been able to retake several areas in the past few days.

    The military campaign launched April 8 to liberate the province has been supported by airstrikes by the US-led coalition on ISIS positions.

    The ebb and flow of the conflict ...
    The battle space is not static, nor is Daesh.

    The end result has already been determined, as long as the US provides close air support to the local Iraqi forces those Iraqi will win.

    1. Yeah, everyone has a story, and an agenda; but the bottom line is "they're dead men walking."

    2. and women and kids...


      but you don't count them...

  26. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 20 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in a period from Wednesday to Thursday morning, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

    Nineteen of the strikes occurred near eight Iraqi cities and hit tactical units, fighting positions, vehicles, weapons and buildings, the statement said.

    More Dead Men, No Longer Walking

    Another attack near al Hasakah, Syria, destroyed to fighting positions and hit a tactical unit.

    (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Sandra Maler)

  27. Since the Iraqi government had announced that the battle was shifting to Anbar, of which Ramadi is a part, it would seem sensible that Daesh would try to hit first.

    That it was unable to take Ramadi, only grabbing a few small outlying villages has to be seen as a positive.
    The losses were minor, and now the local Sunni governance is calling upon the Shiite militias or assistance.

    This political sea change may portend to be the 'real' turning point of the whole fight.

    1. The losses were minor, and now the local Sunni governance is calling upon the Shiite militias for assistance.

  28. Deuce ☂Thu Apr 16, 03:29:00 PM EDT
    I recall more about your homicidal rants on nuking The Black Rock than the bullshit on Central America. That speaks more to your credibility than anything else.

    No it speaks nothing.

    But since you raised the issue.

    The total destruction of the Black Rock of Mecca, by laser, nuke or hijacked and sent into the sun would help put Islam in it's place.

    I still stand by that opinion that Islam is sick and if you DONT want to have to nuke or genocide a large portion of Islamic peoples taking out the rock is an option.

    Meanwhile Rufus cheers while the USA bombs men, women and babies screaming "dead men".... How many new ISIS terrorists are being created by this policy of the USA?


    Selective outrage rides again...

    300,000 sunnis in syria, 550,000 sunnis in iraq murdered by the iranians, hezbollah and syria and this blog still holds that Israel is the demon that genocides...


    1. Finally, in "Shabtai Tzvi", Labor Zionism and the Holocaust, which was published also by Modiin, Barry Chamish writes (on pg. 232) that, about a year before he became Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon said that had Jabotinsky been head of the Jewish Agency instead of Ben-Gurion, millions of Jews would have been saved from the Holocaust.

      "Perfidy, The Transfer Agreement", and "The Scared And The Doomed" are accurate books (which were created by Jewish people, not anti-Semite bigots) that detail how Labor Zionism prevented the rescue of European Jewry.

    2. Selective outrage is not limited to Deuce, is it?

    3. Your grasping at straws shows how desperate you are...

    4. Not at all, "O"rdure.

      Just relaying reality to the delusional.

  29. I'm still having a hard time believing the battle is moving to Anbar.

    It seems much more logical, to me, to go straight up through Beiji, and on to Mosul.

    1. If it had been me, the occupied cities would have been skipped and the border between Syria and Iraq sealed.
      Then the areas between the urban centers taken, those cities where Daesh held sway, cut off from one another.

      Forcing Daesh out of those urban centers and into the field.
      If the Daesh did not come out, the war of attrition would spell their doom.

      As for Anbar, I would think the US influence can be seen in that strategy. If you recall the US military wants there to be a "Long Campaign" ... years ... that is what they were quoted as saying the fight would take.

      The US will do want it can to make it so.

    2. You, rat, self proclaimed 'military expert', predicted all of Iraq would be ISIS free by Memorial Day, 2015.

      Anyone would be an idiot to listen to you on military affairs, or anything else.

      You are great at passing foul smelling gas, but nothing else.

      Rufus was noble in admitting he might have been a little optimistic in his won July 4th, 2015 prediction.

      You should do the same. Admit you don't know what the f you are talking about.

      Oh, and the Zimmerman prediction too.

      You didn't know what the f you were talking about there either.

    3. But at least, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, I did not "Rip Off" a bank.
      I did not institutionalize my aunt, after ruining her reputation.


  30. Senators Reach Deal On Massive Free Trade Bill No One Has Seen

    WASHINGTON -- Congress’ tax committees announced an agreement Thursday to speed through a bill to give President Barack Obama the fast-track authority that he will need to push mammoth new trade deals through Congress.

    While a deal had been believed to be in the works, news that it was actually done came as a surprise to members of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, which had been called to a hearing on the deal less than 12 hours earlier.

    The “trade promotion authority” bill, or TPA, would allow the White House to cut new trade deals with Asian and European nations, and then pass them through Congress using expedited procedures. Under these rules, the deals cannot be amended or obstructed, and they get a simple up-or-down vote.

    The fast-track authority would likely pave the way for both the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement with the European Union and the Trans-Pacific Partnership with a dozen Asian nations. Both deals are vastly larger than NAFTA, and would involve about two-thirds of the entire world’s economy. Currently, the United States has trade agreements covering just 10 percent of world trade.

    The hastily called Senate hearing on the TPA featured three of the administration's top officials on trade: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman.

    Several Democrats at the session seemed furious that they had been summarily called into a session about a measure that had not been shown or given any time to read, signaling that Obama will face a major struggle with his own party to get his trade agenda passed.

    “Today we’re meeting in a hearing that was noticed 12 hours before it began on a bill we haven’t seen with witnesses, I assume, who know more than we do, and frankly, will never tell us,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who noted that previous trade deals have gotten extensive airings in Congress before lawmakers had to vote on them.

    “We can’t fast track fast-track, that’s a complete abdication of our responsibilities,” Brown said.

    “This process is not good,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) the heir-apparent to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid Harry Reid (Nev.). “We are supposed to vote on TPA, tie our hands and not vote on amendments, before we’ve seen what the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] is. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

    Schumer was referring to the fact that the fast-track authority was being pursued even before the details of the trade deals themselves are known. And once the fast-track bill is law, it will be dramatically easier for the White House to push through the deals, which are backed by many Republicans and significant numbers of business-friendly Democrats. Republican leaders would need to muster only simple majorities to pass the agreements.

    House members also were not briefed on the legislation, were equally peeved, and aide said. Indeed, Rep. Sander Levin, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, is not a co-sponsor. The backers are Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.),

    In order to get agreement on a deal, Republicans had to convince Wyden, who wanted stronger labor protections, aid for workers whose jobs are moved overseas, greater means to enforce the deals, and a greater degree of congressional and public oversight.

    1. “Today we’re meeting in a hearing that was noticed 12 hours before it began on a bill we haven’t seen with witnesses, I assume, who know more than we do, and frankly, will never tell us,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who noted that previous trade deals have gotten extensive airings in Congress before lawmakers had to vote on them.

      “We can’t fast track fast-track, that’s a complete abdication of our responsibilities,” Brown said.

      “This process is not good,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) the heir-apparent to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid Harry Reid (Nev.). “We are supposed to vote on TPA, tie our hands and not vote on amendments, before we’ve seen what the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] is. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

    2. If you don't give your chief executive the power to cut a deal you'll never manage to negotiate a deal with all those congress critters. In a parliamentary system the members will often ratify a deal but the PM can 'whip' his majority.

      sheeeeiiit, Congress gave dubya a blank check to wage war!

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    1. I think; I'm tired, and I didn't look it up.


  32. Saudi-led Yemen air war's high civilian toll unsettles U.S. officials

    Concerned about reports of hundreds of civilian casualties, Obama administration officials are increasingly uneasy about the U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led air war against rebel militias in Yemen, opening a potential rift between Washington and its ally in Riyadh.

    Backed by U.S. intelligence, air refueling and other support, Saudi warplanes have conducted widespread bombing of Yemeni villages and towns since March 26 but have failed to dislodge the Houthi rebels who have overrun much of the Arab world's poorest nation since last fall.

    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, widely regarded as the terrorist network's most lethal franchise, has capitalized on the chaos by sharply expanding its reach. Fighters loyal to the group claimed control Thursday of a military base and other key facilities near Mukalla, an Arabian Sea port in southern Yemen.

    Saudi officials said they are not targeting areas with Al Qaeda fighters, however, and are focusing only on the Houthis, a Shiite Muslim minority whom they view as proxies for Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional rival.


  33. Poll Shows Scott Walker Trailing Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is not enjoying much of a home court advantage of late.

    A new Marquette Law School poll finds that Walker's approval rating in Wisconsin has fallen to 41 percent, with 56 percent surveyed saying they disapproved of how he is handling his job. The 41 percent figure is the lowest recorded since the Marquette poll began surveying registered voters three years ago. In October of 2014, the poll found that 49 percent of voters in Wisconsin approved of the way Walker was handling his duties as governor, while 47 percent disapproved.
    But while Walker might face little resistance during his own party's primary, the general election could pose a different situation. The poll found that the governor trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 12 points, 52-40 percent, in a head-to-head match-up.

  34. Rufus above called Israel a totalitarian country.

    Rufus, darlin', Israel is not a totalitarian country.

    It is:

    A democracy
    With a working court system
    In which everyone can speak freely
    Can move about freely
    In which its Arab citizens vote
    Speak freely
    Move freely
    Are free to leave the country
    Run for political office
    Sit in the Knesset
    on and on and on and on

    C'mon, old Rufs, don't make a big fool of yourself by saying such stupid easily refuted things.

    It makes you look like an idiot, and you are not an idiot.

    Easily grubbered at times, but not an idiot.

    As Q might say:

    Stop it.

  35. Livia Hillary Drusilla's van caught parked in handicapped parking spot -

    Impeach: Hillary’s van caught parked in handicapped spot in Iowa
    posted at 2:01 pm on April 16, 2015 by Allahpundit

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    To cleanse the palate, a fresh reminder that Democratic pols think the rules don’t apply to them even when it comes to parking.

    On the one hand, the thought of spending 16 months digesting every move made by a political entity as dreary as Hillary Clinton, even as a goof a la the clip below, makes me feel like Col. Kurtz mumbling through that story about finding the pile of little arms. We now inhabit a political culture where stories like this one are published by the country’s most respected newspapers. “I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out. I didn’t know what I wanted to do.” Indeed, colonel. Me too.

    On the other hand, a goof is a goof. If nothing else, this should give the Free Beacon some new material for its long-running argument that Hillary Clinton is in fact, for all intents and purposes, handicapped.

    Exit question: Do we, as a people, deserve Hillary? What if the answer is … yes?



    As the proud holder of a lifetime handicapped parking permit - (my hip) - I am incensed at this. It is one of my most valued possessions.

    Hillary is a disgusting smelly old twat.

    She stole the White House dining service last time she was there. She has no nobility in her sordid soul whatsoever. She should be in federal prison.

    1. April 16, 2015
      Why is Hillary's 'Scooby van' parking in handicapped spaces?
      By Thomas Lifson

      Nothing could better represent the “rules are for little people” attitude of Hillary Clinton than cavalierly parking in parking spaces reserved for the handicapped. But that is exactly what was captured in a video report aired by Omaha television station KETV when it covered her exit from a private meeting with local Democratic leaders in Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. The station’s online news report made no mention of abusing the handicapped space, even though the camera clearly captured the Handicapped Parking sign where her van was parked.

      Watch the video below

      Stephen Miller tweeted a still taken from the video report with the sarcastic caption “Mobility rumors confirmed.” But of course, Mrs. Clinton is seen walking to and climbing into the van with no difficulty. Unless she has chosen to take with her in the van someone with an actual mobility handicap (her close companion Huma Abedin appears lithe), registered as such with the Iowa authorities, she has abused the rights of the handicapped.

      But you can believe that she a champion of the underdog -- unless it is slightly inconvenient to her.

      Hat tip: The Right Scoop

    2. 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. …

    3. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, our expert on "ripping off" widows and orphans knows about abusing the handicapped, look at what he did to his own aunt. He had her institutionalized, just to escape paying the bill he ran up on her credit card.

      If he was a moral man, he'd be ashamed of himself.

  36. .

    If you don't give your chief executive the power to cut a deal you'll never manage to negotiate a deal with all those congress critters.

    You say that as if it is a bad thing.

    sheeeeiiit, Congress gave dubya a blank check to wage war!

    Exactly the reason we shouldn't be pulling the same shit again. You would think we would learn our lesson. But, let's face it, this has nothing to do with experience or learning lessons.

    The crap flows around here daily arguing that one party or the other is less bad. If there is an iota of difference between the parties it is merely in who signs their checks. Dems. GOP. They are all bought and paid for. This deal is just the latest example, a bipartisan circle jerk. The multinationals are the only ones that make out under these deals.

    Then they proceed to strip the US of jobs and store their profits overseas where they can't be taxed.

    Actions speaks louder than words. Obama, both parties, all the 2016 candidates from both parties, all say that income inequality, jobs, and the plight of the middle class are their prime concerns. Yet, we see from their actions where their interests lie.


    1. >> If there is an iota of difference between the parties it is merely in who signs their checks.<<

      Quirk, like most here, exaggerates.

      There are big differences. ObamaCare being one.

      Quirk mistakes the fact that both parties are competing for the same voters, and therefore will inevitably have many similarities.

      He always neglects the differences, vast in some cases.

    2. .

      The hypocrisy of these pricks is galling. However, worse is their condescension. They know they can simply issue their daily talking points to dolts like you and you will greedily soak them up and pass them on.

      You are an embarrassment.


    3. It is sloppy, illogical, emotional and unworthy thinking on the part of our Logician.

    4. Our Spock has become emotional, and illogical, and has been reduced to name calling.

      Only cowboys and farmers and wolf killers ought to be allowed to say things like:

      You are a moron, Quirk, a dolt, and an embarrassment to your profession of selling shit to people things they don't need at exorbitant prices.

      You ought to be in jail, where you have been often enough, for defrauding the poor, and the lame of thought.


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  38. Heh, big mistake there, should have read -

    Order found from my Higher Up (wife) on our Order Board (note board)

    Crab Feed !!!

    We are going.


    Already have tickets.

    1. (When I mistakenly wrote 'Crap Feed' I must have been thinking of the 'food for thought' offered up here by d. rat each day.)


  39. It must be tough on our shabby Jew hater d. rat to watch Rand Paul, the son of his old Hero, Ron Paul, embrace Israel.

  40. >>Also in October, the local News 3 station declared Memphis was experiencing a “rash of mob violence lately,” so it sought out of the miscreants to find out what was behind it and “what can stop it. Their answer: Nothing.”

    “The Kroger attack? That’s what kids do,” said one black person to the station. “It’s fun. But to be honest, police make you want to do it.”<<

    April 17, 2015
    Black Man Saves White Woman from Black Mob Violence in Memphis
    By Willie Shields

    The best explanation for black mob violence just might come from a place where it is an everyday fact of life: Memphis.

    “It’s fun,” said one black person to a local reporter inquiring about why so many “teens” are so eager to be so violent.

    But the central organizing feature of the violence is not age. It is race. The members of these mobs are black.

    All the fault of the Police.

    Some here might agree.

    They would be very wrong to do so.

    Cheers !


  41. In a last gasp effort to save our nation from 'the dicks' , Q violates White House air space in his ultralight, lands on White House lawn --

    >>"Again, I’m going to fly low and slow and these guys are going to have a full head of adrenaline. Eventually, I’m hoping the Blackhawk will catch up with me about the time that the authorities realize that I’m not a threat and knocking me down is not a politically savvy move, and I anticipate having an escort all the way in. I’m hoping for a friendly escort.”…

    “I have thought about walking away from this whole thing because it’s crazy,” he said. “But I have also thought about being 80 years old and watching the collapse of this country and thinking that I had an idea once that might have arrested the fall and I didn’t do it." said Q.<<

    Video: Man lands gyrocopter on lawn of U.S. Capitol, ushering in new golden age of campaign finance reform
    posted at 4:01 pm on April 15, 2015 by Allahpundit

    This is the same ultralight Q used to penetrate Area 51, if the readers recall this famous incident.

    Again, it was the same old MO - "low, and slow".

    1. Well, maybe it wasn't the White House lawn....but still....

    2. Q calls his ultralight 'The Penetrator, Low & Slow'

      His logo looks a little lewd and salacious, L&S, to be honest, so I won't picture it here.

    3. " I’m hoping for a friendly escort" said Q, reverting to the language that comes naturally to him.

      And are we not all looking for 'a friendly escort' ?

    4. Video of Q's penetration, landing, and arrest here -

  42. Rufus IIThu Apr 16, 04:03:00 PM EDT
    Yeah, everyone has a story, and an agenda; but the bottom line is "they're dead men walking."

    U.S. Won’t Admit to Killing a Single Civilian in the ISIS War
    Civilian deaths, a keystone metric of the last war in Iraq, has now become the statistic no one wants to talk about.
    Five months and 1,800-plus strikes into the U.S. air campaign against ISIS, and not a single civilian has been killed, officially. But Pentagon officials concede that they really have no way of telling for sure who has died in their attacks‚—and admit that no one will ever know how many have been slain.

    “It’s impossible for us to know definitively if civilians are killed in a strike. We do everything we can to investigate. We don’t do strikes if we think civilians could be there. But we can’t have a perfect picture on what’s going on,” one Pentagon official explained to The Daily Beast.

    Rufus: If I were stuck in Gaza I'd be a Hamas Member....

    If you were a women or a kid "stuck" in ISIS lands, would Rufus now be an ISIS member?

    After all America is bombing with LESS precision than what Israel did in Gaza, to which Deuce calls it a slaughter, now America admits to killing over 6000 ISIS fighter in over 18,000 sorties.

    So America has killed 3 times the numbers of fighters and refuses to disclose how many civilians it has killed......

    One standard for Israel no standards for anyone else...

    Why can you not be HONEST and admit that when fighting terrorists civilians do get killed in war?

    Terrorists like Hamas and ISIS use human shields.

    It's a fact.

    Selective outrage does not wear nicely on you.

  43. Inasmuch as ISIS, like Israel, is committed to conquest, I would never be a member of that organization.

    However, if I was born and raised in Gaza I would almost surely join with my brothers to fight the aggressors; and, that means I would be a member of Hamas.

    1. Israel fights for survival.

      ISIS and Hamas are the same.

      You are a moron.

      I hope someday, reality punches you in the face and you realize what a human turd you are now.

    2. Israel sits on 1/900th of the middle east

      It has RETURNED 99% of ALL Disputed and Captured lands...

      Tell Rufus, what part of CONQUEST are you speaking?

      Do you ever LOOK at a map?

      Do you not see the ARAB controlled middle east? 22 nations, that traverse from north africa to Iraq?

      Israel is TINY. It returned the Sinai, Southern Lebanon, Gaza and MOST of the West bank in ill-conceived ideals that returning disputed lands would lead to peace.


      Israel, with the USA supporting the concept OFFERED 97% of the west bank to the arabs, plus lands to make up the difference that would be USED to connect Gaza and the West Bank.

      How is Israel committed to conquest?

      Rufus, put your hatred aside long enough to READ my questions.....

      Look at a map.

      Why do you hate Israel more than Egypt who actually has sealed up Gaza?


    3. Rufus...

      Do you hate Turkey for it's conquest of Cyprus?

      Do you hate Iran for it's conquest of Kurdistan?

      Do you hate America for it's conquest of well all of America?

      Do you hate Russia for it's conquest of Georgia, Crimea?

      China for it's conquest of Tibet?

      Or just Israel for it's 1/900th footprint in the middle east?

  44. Yes, Rufus, Israel has returned much land captured in defensive wars.

    Pull your head out of ...........

  45. I own 1 / 2,240,000,000 th. of the land area of The United States.

    That's not very much; maybe, I'll take a couple of acres from my neighbor.

    That would be fair. Right?

    1. Have you been attacked repeatedly by your neighbors?

      Do they threaten to drive you into the Gulf of Mexico ?

      Hell, you already got your land......from the Sioux.

      As Q likes to say:

      Stop it

    2. Knowing my neighbors, I can double goddamn guarantee you that I would be attacked repeatedly if I decided to take a couple of acres of their land.

    3. The question is though what would you do if your neighbors constantly attacked you and promised by Allah to take all your land and kill you and all of Clan Rufus and push you all into the Gulf of Mexico ? And launched rockets at you constantly ? And occasionally blew up one of your outhouses ? Stuff like that ?

      What would you do then ?

      Would you not at least want some kind of security buffer to ease your mind at night ?

    4. Why would they attack me? I've never taken any of Their land.


  46. Popular Egyptian TV host urges Israel to attack Iran
    posted at 6:41 pm on April 16, 2015 by Noah Rothman

    The Obama administration has so effectively alienated the Arab World’s Sunni Muslim regimes in states like Egypt and Saudi Arabia that they are turning to Israel to see their interests looked after. Now that’s a legacy achievement.

    Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit posted this clip flagged by Breaking Christian News which features the popular television host and owner of the Egyptian satellite network Faraeen, Tawfik Okasha, apparently urging Israel to execute airstrikes against Iranian nuclear targets.

    “Our dear friend [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” Okasha began, “please.”

    “Iran faces you and the Bushehr reactor faces you,” he added. “Put your trust in God and bomb it.”

    “We are with you and if you need fuel for the jets, we will give it to you,” he continued.

    Okasha, while perhaps not representative of the Egyptian people, is often representative of the government in Cairo led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. His personal antipathy toward Hamas and the deposed Muslim Brotherhood is well-documented.............

    You can count on it....behind the scenes the governments of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are doing some real talking......

    This is, to say the least, remarkable.

  47. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A majority of Americans, 52%, say their financial situation is "getting better," the highest percentage to say this since 2004. It is also the first time since the recession that this sentiment has reached the majority level.

    These data are from a Gallup's annual Economy and Finance survey, poll conducted April 9-12. The percentage of Americans saying their situation is getting better rose nine percentage points from last year.

    Gallup has been asking Americans whether their financial situation is getting better or getting worse since 2001. Americans were most positive about the outlook for their personal finances in 2002, when 60% said their financial situation was getting better, while they were least optimistic about their condition in 2011 (29%), as the government showdown over raising the debt ceiling led to instability in the stock market.

    There are several . . .


    1. .

      How the heck could it be getting any worse?



  48. I
    raqi military officials say government forces secured a contested area south of the country's largest oil refinery on April 17 as part of ongoing operations against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.

    General Ayad al-Lahabi said government troops in Salahuddin Province, backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes and Shi'ite and Sunni militia, regained control of the towns of Al-Malha and Al-Mazraah, about three kilometers south of the Baiji oil refinery.

    Lahabi said about 160 Islamic State militants were killed in the battle for control of the towns.

    He said Iraqi forces are now fighting to break the siege by IS militants who have been surrounding the Baiji refinery, which remains under the control of government troops.

    Iraqi forces on April 2 recaptured the city of Tikrit further south of the refinery.

    In Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's western province of Anbar, IS militants took control of a number of areas in the central part of the city.

    Security forces, however, managed to prevent them from capturing the big State Mosque in the city center after heavy fighting.

    Ramadi residents have been leaving the city in droves.

    IS militants launched an offensive on Ramadi on April 15 and have advanced within two kilometers of the city's east side.

    Meanwhile, the United States and its allies launched 21 air strikes targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria over the past 24 hours, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations said in a statement April 17.

    The coalition staged 13 of the strikes across Iraq, including two near Ramadi that, according to the task force, hit a unit of IS fighters and destroyed a heavy machine gun, a vehicle, and an excavator.

    Other strikes hit near Mosul, Fallujah and Sinjar, among other cities.

    In Syria, eight strikes staged near Al-Hasaka and Kobani hit five units of Islamic State militants and destroyed various fighting positions and vehicles, the statement said.

    With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

    Gettin' low on virgins again, boss

  49. Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting right now that many Daid Men Are Walking Into Ramadi and that there is a surplus of virgins in the area.

    About half the population of Ramadi has fled, just as about half the population has fled Mosul. These are said locally to be Daid Men Staying.

    I trust what I hear on Fox more than what I hear from our Pentagon.

    1. Those that have stayed are said locally to be Daid Men Staying, of course, of course.

      Can one conclude that at least half of the people of these areas support ISIS ?

      This seems reasonable enough to me.

  50. How despicable a racist do you have to be to wish for your country to lose a war, in order for a black president not to win one?

    1. You're lower than whale shit, bob.

    2. Fuck you Rufus.

      I have said repeatedly, if I had a button to push and could electrocute all of ISIS, I would do so immediately.

      We 'lost' the war when your moron President Napoleon on the Potomac took the troops out too soon.

      I am with Ash. I don't think it's worth it to send American troops back in.

      I am also with Ash in this.....I find your perpetual optimism laughable.

      As far as I'm concerned let the Shits and the Suns kill one another.

      We should support the Kurds, Sisi in Egypt, the Jordan monarchy, and Israel.

      That's my basic program.

      Fuck you Rufus.

      You are lower than whale shit to attribute motives to another that you know, or should know by now, that the other does not hold.

      ISIS probably will be finally 'defeatd', in a way. I just don't want any more of ours to die doing it. Why should we ?

      All we are doing, and would be doing, is further empowering Iran. And I'm not for that.

      By the way, I still want to know what Deuce intends to do about ISIS, because I recall he said we have to do something about ISIS.

      Unless I missed it, he has not replied.

      Repeating for the third time - in the Bible important things are always repeated in some manner three times - go get fucked, Rufus.

      Don't read things into what I say - read what I say.

    3. You said you stole money from the bank, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson..
      Then institutionalized your aunt to get away with your crime.

      You are lower than whale shit, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson

    4. You said, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, that you went to college, to avoid getting drafted.

    5. I am happy to repeat what you have written ...
      To read what you wrote.

      It verifies that you really are ...

      Lower than whale shit

  51. Had to put in a Breaking News call to my wife:

    Sack This Quack.......

    Physicians demand removal of 'Dr. Oz' from Columbia U faculty........Drudge Headline

    She is a big Doctor Oz fan, or, as I like him........Dr. Q.

    1. as I like to call him, Dr. Q.

      Quirk and Quack are distant cousins.

  52. Here is an ISIS camp that definitely should be carpet bombed -

    April 17, 2015
    Coverup: ISIS camp a few miles from US border
    By Rick Moran

    Mexican law enforcement authorities have confirmed to Judicial Watch that Islamic State has set up a camp just 6 miles from the US border in Mexico near El Paso, TX.

    The group further reports that when the story broke earlier in the week, FBI supervisors convened an urgent meeting in Mexico with national law enforcement representatives to deal with the press leaks and develop a press strategy to deny the report.

    Fox News:

    The Judicial Watch report, which cited an unnamed Mexican Army officer and a Mexican police inspector, raises new fears that the fight with ISIS is closer to the U.S. than previously thought.

    The report identified the locations of the two bases, and said one is as close as 8 miles from Texas in a town west of Juarez. Mexican authorities found possible evidence -- plans written in Arabic and Urdu -- last week in the town of "Anapra," the sources said. These sources told the watchdog that "coyotes" who work for drug cartels assist in smuggling terrorists between Fort Hancock, Texas, and other undisclosed locations.

    The U.S. State Department and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to an inquiry from to confirm the report. But the Mexican border has long been seen as a potential vulnerability.

    Judicial Watch reports on a raid conducted last week in Mexico that turned up some surprising evidence:

    Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

    1. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm. During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

      Why deny the obvious? Debra Heine of PJ Media explains:

      Garcia said: “He wants better relations with Mexico, he’s allowing this influx of illegal immigrants coming in, he’s now facilitating with a program that Judicial Watch just broke, last week, where he’s flying the minors in, now because it’s too treacherous to cross the desert. If there’s terrorists right nearby – that would of course ruin that plan. A lot of it is denial – a lot of it is negligence – it’s downright insane and certainly deplorable that this is happening so close to our border, and yet the administration continues to officially say, that the border is secure – that this is unfounded.”

      Garcia explained that ISIS is trying to enter the country through two ports of entry – El Paso and an area on the New Mexico border.

      She referenced a Judicial Watch report from last August exposing a leaked DHS warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border that had been issued within the agency and was not meant to go public.

      Garcia ended by noting that a U.S. government report a few years ago acknowledged that Middle Eastern Islamic terrorists have teamed up with drug cartels on the border.

      This is one case where the dots connect themselves. The fact is, Islamic State, Hezb'allah, AQAP -- they're already here. The government knows it, but doesn't want to alarm the public. Everyone knows an attack is coming. The only questions are where, when - and how many will die.

    2. Another crock of shit, published in the American Stinker.

      Unnamed sources, evidence that cannot be seen, the typical presentation of a whale turd.

  53. I recall that I once speculated that ISIS types might well come to the USA, and d. rat wondered how they might do this.

    I replied walk over the Mexican border like millions of others.

    I also recall mentioning the possibility of carpet bombing the ISIS area in Iraq.

    For this I was crucified by Rufus and others.

    To be clear - I don't want US troops back in Iraq. I don't think it's worth it.

    But bombs away all anyone wants for all I care. Tikrit, Ramadi, Mosul, all of them - emptied of all by now that don't support ISIS, seems to me.

    So its not enemy occupied territory. It is enemy territory.

    Put the Air Force to some good use, if you wish, and not this pin prick stuff.

    1. Present that discussion, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

      When did it happen, what year, what month, what day?

    2. Your recollections are not to be trusted.
      So reference the alleged discussion, please.

      I doubt if you can.

    3. Carpet bomb cities full of women and children - you poor, pathetic piece of shit.

    4. Not recommending it. I just don't much care all that much. The women and kids probably have pretty much left already if they had any sense. The cities are being reduced to rubble as we speak anyway.

      Remember for me what I said, Rufus.

      I don't want American troops on the ground. Let the Suns and the Shits kill one another from now till Kingdom Come.

      I really don't care what the US Air Force does, except protect the Kurds.

      You're a poor, pathetic piece of shit, Rufus, urging war as you are doing. And to what, pray tell, ultimate outcome ?

      Are we to occupy the place once again ?

      You are the warmonger here, you poor, pathetic piece of shit.

      Not me. I just want to protect the Kurds.

      That's all.

      My computer doesn't go over 200 comments, so discussion is finished for me till next thread.

      Go fuck yourself, Rufus, you poor pathetic piece of shit and warmonger.

  54. Now, it can be documented that the ISraeli did train 'Los Zetas' operatives in urban combat techniques.
    Referencing The Executioner's Men: Los Zetas, Rogue Soldiers, Criminal Entrepreneurs, and the Shadow State They Created (1st ed.) by George W. Grayson (2012)., on page 46.

    1. Stratfor referenced ISraeli mercenaries working the US-Mexican border, as far back as 2008.

    2. The ISraeli connection to the US-Mexico border terror is well documented.
      Sources are available ... Published, even.

      But the source referenced by Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, as he advocates for attacking Mexico ...
      Unnamed, anonymous and uncheckable.

      Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson would start a war with Mexico, based upon rumors.

    3. And you were an American mercenary training Death Squads in Central America.

      America and Israel, Moral Equivalents

  55. The European Commission announced approval on Thursday for Germany to invest nearly 30 billion euros into the development of 20 offshore wind farms, following the country’s decision to back away from nuclear power and focus on renewables.

    An investment of this magnitude needed to be scrutinized by Europe’s governing body so that it did not violate any state aid rules. The European Commission’s findings that Germany’s plans did not violate EU state aid rules allows the country to proceed with its plans.

    Germany notified the EU of its plans to invest in 17 wind farms set to be located in the North Sea, and another 3 in the Baltic Sea.

    Each of the wind farms range from 252 MW to 688 MW, and in total amount to 7 GW of new renewable energy capacity. Germany will invest €29.3 billion into the projects, which will begin producing electricity by the end of 2019 at the latest.

    Germany has long been a leading wind power developer, and returned to form in 2014 by installing 5.1 GW of new wind energy. The European Wind Energy Association in a report published in February of this year, reported that “Germany remains the EU country with the largest installed capacity,” with a total of just under 40 GW. In fact, Germany and the UK accounted for 59.5% of all new installations in 2014.

    However, Germany has only recently been focusing its attention on offshore wind, and passed the 1 GW cumulative mark for the first time this year. According to a report by Deutsche WindGuard, at the end of 2014 Germany had a total of 258 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 1,049.2 MW.

    “Out at sea we have now officially broken through the gigawatt barrier for installed capacity,” said Norbert Giese, chairman of the VDMA steering committee for the offshore wind industry and board member of the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation.

    And Germany is expecting even more from 2015:

    “In 2015 we are expecting up to 2 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity to be newly connected to the grid. By the end of 2015, we will see a total of some 3 gigawatts installed capacity online, which corresponds to an investment of 10 billion euros in the domestic market of the German offshore wind industry.”

    So with 3 GW connected by the end of 2015, and another 7 GW to be connected by the end of 2019, Germany is well on track to . . . . . . .

    Dumb old Germans