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

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Saudi air campaign has turned what began as a factional conflict within Yemen into a regional dispute that will make it more difficult to resolve

UPDATE: The Saudis just may have jumped the shark in Yemen. This crowd does not look cowed to me. 

Fatal Triangle: Saudi, Iran, US Tensions spike over continued Yemen Airstrikes

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | –
The attention span of US television news is so short that it is difficult for it to cover ongoing wars in which there isn’t dramatic news every day. Not to mention that getting a camera crew into some conflict zones is highly dangerous or just impossible (television news needs footage). Yemen’s war doesn’t appear to be on the front burner of the news rooms this morning, but Thursday saw dramatic developments.
Heavy fighting in the southern Yemeni city of Aden between Houthi rebels from the north and local forces loyal to the ousted government in exile of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left the city even more damaged, including a major hospital. In addition, Saudi fighter jets bombed two hotels occupied by the Houthis and some of their military sites, setting fire to houses in the Khurmaksar District and leaving 19 persons dead. The Saudis had announced that they would cease bombing Yemen on Tuesday, but in fact have continued to strike it. Some 300,000 Yemenis have now been forced from their homes. There is no evidence that the Saudi strikes have rolled back the Houthi rebels. Although the press keeps calling the Houthis ‘Iran-backed,’ this allegation is mostly Saudi propaganda. The Houthis are a nativist Shiite Zaydi movement against Saudi Wahhabi proselytizing, which is the real reason the Saudis hate them.
The US began expressing unease with the Saudi bombing last week, given high civilian casualties, but has been giving logistical support to the effort. The Obama administration is reportedly pressuring Saudi Arabia behind the scenes to stop.
A senior Iranian commander, furious at the continued bombing, said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia deserved to be “punished” for its strikes on Yemen.
Iran had sent a convoy to the Houthis, but it was turned back by US naval intervention. In revenge, the Iranians bothered a Danish ship in the Persian Gulf flying a Marshall Islands flag. That is a US protectorate but not the US, and the Iranians cleverly exploited the ambiguity. The US navy will now escort US ships in the Gulf.
This heightened naval tension all comes from the Saudi attack on Yemen and the way it dragged the US into supporting it, setting a collision course with Iran.
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  1. As Linear Thinker might say, "Proof That God Exists" -

    Clinton Aide Gets Life in Prison
    April 29, 2015 by Matthew Vadum

    An Islamic terrorist leader who jumped straight from his job at the Clinton Foundation to a post with Egypt’s jihadist Muslim Brotherhood has received a life sentence back home for seditious activities.

    It provides yet more damning proof of the ties of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to totalitarian Muslims while throwing more light on the shady goings-on of the terrorist-friendly international cash-for-favors clearinghouse known as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. (The endlessly corrupt foundation, which has taken oceans of cash from Islamic regimes that persecute women and religious dissenters, was profiled at length by this writer last week in FrontPage).

    Professional propagandist Gehad el-Haddad, who worked for the Clinton Foundation for five years, was one of more than 35 other Islamofascist defendants in the case to receive life imprisonment for anti-government activities from judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata earlier this month. The court also confirmed death sentences for another dozen or so defendants. (Fun fact: Gehad is the Egyptian version of the Arabic word jihad.)...............

  2. .

    In this case, I happen to agree with Juan Cole in his assertion that the 'Houthi as Iranian surrogate' meme is mainly Saudi generated. All through the time the US maintained the drone war in Yemen against al-Queda, we heard nothing of Iran and though the Houthi have been arguing with the central government over lack of representation of their views for years, we never heard of Iran being part of the equation. Yet, as soon as the battle turned into a full scale civil war and the Houthi started making significant gains, this suddenly became an 'Iranian proxy war'. Almost overnight, the Saudis followed by the US government, started talking of Iranian support and guidance to the Houthi. The media, as well as some on this blog, jumped on board. Iran and the Houthi denied it.

    There is no doubt the Iranians are sympathetic to the Houthi and have supported them. There is evidence the Iranians have provided training to some Houthi as well as small arms. However, there is no evidence that the support has been anything significant.

    The Houthi and the Iranians share a common religion. There is no doubt the Iranians are sympathetic to the Houthi cause. Some of their interests may align in Yemen. But to assume the Houthi are proxies of Iran and their fight is just one whose purpose is to expand Iranian hegemony is ridiculous. It is just the usual mewling of the usual suspects.

    The Houthi are not all that admirable when viewed through Western eyes. But then who the hell is in the ME? Like many involved in the Arab Spring, they are pushing a more fundamental version of Islamic law in Yemen. Their main adversaries in Yemen are the government and al-Queda who they have been fighting for years. They are not friends of the US. In fact, they dislike us immensely. They reject the radical Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia. However, their fight is their own and has its own aims. The Saudis have joined the fight because of their own fears and to support their hegemony in the region. No doubt the Iranians will get involved for the same reasons. However, while the Houthi may end up fighting the Saudis and accepting aid from wherever they can get it including Iran, their war in Yemen is to force the change they were promised by the central government but never received. The propaganda war will continue as justification for actions like the Saudi air campaign.

    As for the Maersch Tigris, to assume that the seizure of the ship was anything but a signal and a warning to Saudi Arabia over their continued air campaign in Yemen would be naive. The legal battle Iran had with the owners of the ships cargo had been going on for 14 years. To assume that it miraculously required Iranian action at this particular time strains credulity. The seizure was a clever move on Iran's part. The ship itself is based in the Marshall Islands and though the MI are a US protectorate, they are not American. The ship was traveling from Saudi Arabia with cargo for the UAE. In seizing the ship, the Iranians sent a message to the Saudis regarding passage through the Strait of Hormuz choke point with an action that involved little chance of US retaliation.


    1. .


      An original report on the seizure of the Maersch Tigris.

      A U.S. Navy warship and planes are responding to a distress call in the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian forces fired a shot across the bow of a commercial cargo ship, the MV Maersk Tigris, and forced it into Iranian-controlled waters. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is denying reports that the ship that was seized is American.

      The Iranian forces boarded the ship at about 9 a.m. GMT, Reuters reports.

      It was initially reported that the seized-ship was American. The ship is based in the Marshall Islands, which receives protection from the United States.

      According to a report by the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya News Channel, the ship was American and has 34 crew members aboard who are United States citizens. Other reports from the Pentagon say there are 27 on board, none of whom are American citizens.

      But United States officials have so far denied that an American ship was involved, though the Pentagon says it is monitoring the situation according to the BBC...


  3. Isabelle Kumar: “You mentioned the US and Israel in terms of Iran. Now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu obviously doesn’t want the Iran nuclear deal to work, and he says…”

    Noam Chomsky: “That’s interesting. We should ask why.”

    Isabelle Kumar: “Why?

    Noam Chomsky: “We know why. Iran has very low military expenditures, even by the standards of the region, let alone the United States. Iran’s strategic doctrine is defensive, it’s designed to hold off an attack long enough for diplomacy to start, and the United States and Israel, the two rogue states, do not want to tolerate a deterrent. No strategic analyst with a brain function thinks that Iran would ever use a nuclear weapon. Even if it were prepared to do so the country would simply be vaporised and there’s no indication that the ruling clerics, whatever you think about the, want to see everything they have destroyed.”

    Isabelle Kumar: “Just one more question on this issue and it’s via social media, from Morten A. Andersen. He asks, “Do you believe that the US would ever strike a deal that would be dangerous to Israel in the first place?”

    Noam Chomsky: “The United States is carrying out constant actions which are dangerous to Israel, very seriously. Namely supporting Israeli policy. For the last 40 years the greatest threat to Israel has been its own policies. If you look back 40 years, say to 1970, Israel was one of the most respected and admired countries in the world. There were lots of favorable attitudes to it. Now, it’s one of the most disliked and feared countries in the world. In the early 70s Israel made a decision. They had a choice and they made a decision to prefer expansion to security and that carries with it dangerous consequences. Consequences which were obvious at the time – I wrote about them and other people did – if you prefer expansion to security it is going to lead to internal degeneration, anger, opposition, isolation and possibly ultimate destruction. And by supporting those policies, the United States is contributing to the threats that Israel faces.”

    Isabelle Kumar: “That’s brings me to the subject of terrorism then. Because that is really a global blight and some people, I think including yourself, will say that this is blowback for US terrorist policy around the world. How far is the US and its allies responsible for what we’re seeing now in terms of the terrorist attacks around the world?”

    Noam Chomsky: “Remember the worst terrorist campaign in the world by far is the one that’s being orchestrated in Washington. That’s the global assassination campaign. There’s never been a terrorist campaign of that scale.”

    1. Noam Chomsky: “We know why. Iran has very low military expenditures, even by the standards of the region, let alone the United States.

      Actually Iraq is costing Iran 2 billion a month. As for Hezbollah and Hamas cost for Iran several billion a year. The cost for maintaining support for Syria? a lot...

      Iran spends tons of money on military expenditures...

      Now add into that the costs Iran has spent on it's illicit nuclear program? More billions and billions...

    2. Israel decided 40 years ago that it would not commit suicide..

      So sorry...

  4. >>>>Yet, as soon as the battle turned into a full scale civil war and the Houthi started making significant gains, this suddenly became an 'Iranian proxy war'.<<<<

    Perhaps the evidence of significant Iranian support resides right in your above sentence, Quirk.

    This affair has probably broiled along for years and then bingo - "significant gains".

    How do you account for the rapid and sudden "significant gains" ?

    I don't know much about it, but Iran is just right over there.....

    1. The equation, the balance of forces there, seems to have suddenly changed.......accounting for the significant gains.

      Something must have altered the equation.

      If not enhanced Iranian involvement, then something else must be the cause.

      Any idea what that might be ?

    2. Or is this just another case of a hick confusing correlation and causation ?


    3. .

      How do you account for the rapid and sudden "significant gains" ?

      If not enhanced Iranian involvement, then something else must be the cause...

      Any idea what that might be ?

      Well, yes. Yes I do.

      As the latest fighting escalated, the Yemeni army, similar to their brethren in Iraq, folded like a cheap suit. The Houthi simply marched in and by the time they took over Sanaa they had all the weapons they needed. They took over all the military bases and ammo depots, well those that weren't being taken over by AQAP that is.

      Easy peasy.

      Once again you ruminate, come up short, and then are forced to speculate on a subject of which you know nothing.


    4. Iran has been supplying them for a while, I posted a real article about it for you last week...

      you are right however that the arabs fold like a cheap suit...

      But in the end, this is the reason that Iran is putting Hezbollah troops (another 7k) in syria with arms flying in on a daily basis...

      Iran is the new hegemonic power in the middle east and Obama has helped it....

    5. .

      I think I responded to that 'real article' last week.


    6. No proof is good enough for you?

      Too bad..

      reality is...

      Iran has their fingers in Nigeria's Boko Harem, Hamas, Hezbollah, and yes in Yemen.... and more places to boot..

  5. This is of course simply a thread where Deuce is trying to exonerate his favored middle eastern players, the Iranians, who are fighting for civilization.

    That is my thesis concerning this thread.

    1. Your thesis is a marvel, not something to behold but something that costs a dollar that you hold.

  6. American Pharoah wins 141st Kentucky Derby

    American Pharoah paid $7.80, $5.80, $4.20

    My pick Dortmund came in third.

  7. Chomsky is right. The biggest existential threat to Israel is Israel. That is their problem. Who they take down with them is our problem.

    They gentrified the wrong territory. Wait till ISIS starts rampaging through Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. That wealth can buy a nuclear weapon. The real crazies don’t have to build one.

    Like a weak frightened cop, Israel has flashed their military prowess a few times too often. They thought it was great fun, getting the stupid in Washington to chase the stick for them. The results of the Neocon destabilization mission is an influenza spreading. The unknowable is becoming less unknowable.

    1. The turds in Tel Aviv and DC, the Christian Bushies and their Likud brethren self deluded themselves in their democratic circle-jerk. Getting rid of Saddam, Qadaffi and Assad has not quite performed to perfection. The disaster continues.

    2. The disaster hasn't even started yet on the Islamic peoples... 1.2 BILLION of them? A good 50% most likely will be dead by their very own hands.....

      If the Israelis are TURDS? Then the Iranians, Hezbollah, Fatah, Hamas and such? Are maggots that love diarrhea.

      Freedom of the arab peoples (and moslems) has NOTHING to do with the 1/900th strip of land in the middle east called Israel.

      It has everything to do with their sick, evil societies...

      Good luck..

  8. The Zionists thought that the diaspora was a disaster for Judaism. They felt it was a strength to consolidate on a tiny condense strip of land on the belly of Arabia, a host of one and a half billion with a significant minority of religiously intolerant fundamentalists.

    The early dreamers and architects saw a garden on the Med. It evolved into a colony and has since morphed into a garrison state. If you want to see Israel’s future, visit any of the numerous Crusader castle ruins that litter the shores of the Mediterranean coastline.

    The smashed greenhouse in Gaza is the metaphor for the future. The Zionists were wrong. The future will be Diaspora II, although many believe the new promised land will be in America. Certainly a wiser choice.

    1. It was as wise as if at the parting of the waves, Moses had decided to set up camp on the newly dried land with the sun and blue skies above.

    2. The real brain trust in the Neocon camp thought that destabilization would be good for business. Look at the crowd in the video above.That doesn’t look too good to me. The Likud and the GOP are the parties of the mutually stupid. They are intellectual wrecks. What pack of fucking assholes and tough luck for those that bought the line.

    3. Israel did commit suicide 40 years ago.

    4. Deuce, thanks for your prognosis. As someone who have been there numerous times I can assure you that you really don't KNOW shit about Israel.

      Maybe you should spend some of your millions and take a trip to Israel and actually see the modern day miracle that IS Israel.

      You seem to not understand what is happening in the middle east.

      Israel is growing stronger, it's people (of all faiths) are free. It's a democratic nation and it's enemies are drying up...

      The turmoil that ravages the arab and islamic peoples is not from the neocons but rather puss bubbling up from the very societies that encompass them....

      SO hold on to your fantasy Deuce of Israel being destroyed or driven into the sea.. But it's just that, a sick, demented fantasy.

      Meanwhile, Israel will innovate, build, grow, be a safe haven for christians, jews and even moslems!!!!

      Whether you understand this or not? The Palestinians are LUCKY to have an enemy such as Israel. Any other nation or peoples, including America? Would have caused real genocide on them for their addiction to violence, murder and chaos.

      But the Israelis WILL help drag the arabs that surround them from their 7th century savagery into the 21 century. Unlike Iran is doing to the Iraqi, Syrians or others....

  9. Deuce has gone on a rant.

    Quirk, wake up, you are being used for propaganda purposes.

  10. May 02, 2015, 12:35 pm
    Palin: Obama 'flirting with the devil' on Iran

    By Mark Hensch


    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday urged Congress to stop President Obama’s nuclear arms negotiations with Iran at any cost.

    “We must realize Iranian leadership refuses to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, and, in fact is hell-bent on Israel’s, and ultimately our, annihilation,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

    “The only thing standing between a president who’d jeopardize our country by ignoring our Constitution, and foes capitalizing on lopsided international treaties that weaken our allies, is Congress,” she said.

    “Congress must not sit back and watch our own president flirting with the devil,” Palin, a GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008, added.

    Palin also argued Obama’s tentative framework with Tehran had severely damaged U.S. relations with Israel. She called on Republican lawmakers to repair the frayed bonds between the two nations in Congress.

    “Our president and his anti-peace foreign policy supporters have not acted in the interest of our ally, Israel, resulting in dangerously compromised American interests,” Palin said.

    “The GOP majority must stop giving lip service to halting liberals’ fundamental transformation of our relationships with friendly nations and finally take a stand by exercising its constitutional right and responsibility to approve international treaties,” she wrote.

    “Certainly they must with such grave consequences involved.”..............

  11. How many times at Sir Freddie been arrested previously to his last arrest ?

    1) 5

    2) 10

    3) 15

    4) 20 - 30

    5) 30 - 40

    6) Never

    Answer provided sometime tomorrow.

    I have the answer from Geraldo at Fox News.


    1. Bingo

      WiO wins the prize, which is the $1,000 dollars owed me by Rufus.

      He has to collect on his own behalf.

  12. 40 years ago, that was 1975...

    Let's remember the wonderful tines the arab world did to both america and israel in the 70s...

    arab oil embargo....

    munich olympics....

    yom kippur surprise war against israel....

    yeah, a lovely time back then...

    Now the saudis are begging israel to take out iran's nukes...

    The egyptians today call hamas a terrorist group...

    yep the world changes...

  13. Except out on the farm, where the farmers come and go, not thinking of Michelangelo, but the landscape remains forever.

  14. Islamic State again pushing to capture Iraq refinery at Baiji

    By Mitchell Prothero

    McClatchy Foreign StaffMay 2, 2015 Updated 47 minutes ago

    Mideast Iraq

    An oil refinery in the city of Baiji, home to Iraq's largest oil refinery, in 2003.


    IRBIL, Iraq — Militants from the Islamic State have taken control of half Iraq’s largest oil refinery and have cut supply lines to the 150 or so government troops who are holding out inside the facility, witnesses reported Saturday.

    The surprise Islamic State advance came despite U.S.-led aerial bombardment of Islamic State positions in the central Iraqi city of Baiji, where the refinery is located, and is a reminder of the precarious security situation in central Iraq where elite government troops are stretched thin battling Islamic State forces.

    Speaking from inside the facility, an Iraqi officer who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to talk to a reporter said government troops were running low on food, water and ammunition. He said the situation was chaotic after 11 months of nearly unbroken siege.

    He said Islamic State fighters control “all the major buildings,” 80 percent of the watchtowers around the facility, and had flanked government positions with “snipers and suicide bombers driving heavily armored car bombs.”

    He appealed for the government in Baghdad to send supplies, ammunition and air cover. “We have been under siege for four days without any major coalition air strike assistance inside the facility,” he said.

    The Baiji refinery remains one of the most important economic assets in Iraq, even though it has been shut down since last summer, when Islamic State fighters first began trying to capture it. Before last June, it produced about half Iraq’s production of refined products, such as gasoline. In addition to lost revenue, the government’s inability to operate it has forced it to import hundreds of millions of dollars of gasoline.

    The loss of the facility, either if captured or seriously damaged, would be a crippling blow to the government and a huge strategic success for the Islamic State. The facility would require billions of dollars and years to replace............

    Read more here:


  15. Patrick Cockburn

    Saturday 2 May 2015
    Isis on the run? The US portrayal is very far from the truth

    The map issued by the Pentagon to prove that Isis had lost territory shows how false optimism dominates the actions of the outside powers towards the Middle East

    A graphic illustration of Western wishful thinking about the decline of Islamic State (IS) is a well-publicised map issued by the Pentagon to prove that the self-declared caliphate has lost 25 per cent of its territory since its big advances last year.

    Unfortunately for the Pentagon, sharp-eyed American journalists soon noticed something strange about its map identifying areas of IS strength. While it shows towns and villages where IS fighters have lost control around Baghdad, it simply omits western Syria where they have been advancing in and around Damascus.

    The Pentagon displayed some embarrassment about its dodgy map, but it largely succeeded in its purpose of convincing people that IS is in retreat. Many news outlets across the world republished the map as evidence of the success of air strikes by the United States and its allies in support of the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria. The capture of Tikrit after a month-long siege is cited as a further sign that a re-energised Iraqi state is winning and one day in the not too distant future will be able to recapture Mosul in the north and Anbar province in the west.

    How much of this comforting news is true? Recall that the loss or retention of territory is not a good measure of a force such as IS using quasi-guerrilla tactics. Good news from the point of view of Baghdad is that its forces finally retook the small city of Tikrit, though its recapture was primarily the work of 20,000 Shia militia and not the Iraqi army, which only had some 3,000 soldiers involved in the battle. It was not a fight to the finish and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said IS only committed a few hundred fighters to holding the city..............

    Very long and pessimistic article not recommended for optimists.


  16. Russia signs up to $100 bn BRICS fund to rival IMF

    Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an accord Saturday to set up a $100-billion reserve fund for the so-called BRICS -- the five leading emerging economies that include Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa.

    Moscow is expected to contribute $18 billion to the reserve, well behind the $41 billion China has promised to pour into the fund that was set up after an agreement signed in July 2014 in Brazil.

    The emerging economies also plan to form their own international bank based in Shanghai to challenge western dominance over international money markets.

    "The accord on the creation of a common reserve fund for BRICS countries has been ratified," a document from the Kremlin quoted by RIA Novosti news agency said.

    The fund is meant to shield the BRICS against "short-term liquidity pressures" and promote greater cooperation between the five member countries.

  17. Lost on the Derby and the big boxing match too.

    And I tell Rufus not to bet.........

  18. aaaaaaHaH !

    There is a preliminary hearing, on May 27, just two days after Iraq ISIS Free Day, which is by the way only 23 days away now.

    Heh, the defense ought to ask for a change of venue but that usually applies only when a jury is becoming involved.

    Might piss the Judge off, but so what, he/she is going to let it go ahead anyway.

    Mollie Hemingway, no relation that I know of to Ernie, is on Red Eye tonight. Intelligent lady.


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    Baltimore State Attorney In Charge Of Prosecuting Looters Is Married To The Councilman Who Facilitated The Looting…
    Posted on April 30, 2015 by sundance

    Recent media stories within Baltimore are highlighting that many of the looter/rioters are being released without charges.

    The Head Baltimore Prosecutor in charge of making those decisions is Marilyn Mosby.

    Marilyn Mosby is Baltimore City’s newly elected State’s Attorney. She is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in America.

    […] As an active member in her profession and community, Marilyn has served in a number of leadership positions on several committees and boards including: the Peer Review Committee of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission (2012), the Judicial Nomination Committee for the Monumental Bar Association, the NAACP (Baltimore Branch) Criminal Justice Committee. (link)

    Now, you might also remember when the riots and looting broke out on Monday there was a City Councilman who told the police to move back from their positions. When the police did what the Councilman requested, the stores in the immediate area were looted.

    See video at 02:10 where Councilman Nick Mosby told the police to back off.

    Yes, the State Attorney in charge of prosecuting the looters, Marilyn Mosby, is married to the Councilman, Nick Mosby, who facilitated the looting….

    mosby family

    ….. And the looters will not be prosecuted.

    Go Figure!

    Honest to God :)

  20. May 3, 2015
    The Great American Traveling Riot Circus
    By Clarice Feldman

    To entertain the citizens of Rome, circular arenas – circuses -- were built to house staged events of various sorts, including the slaughter of Christians. After Rome fell, itinerant performers took their shows on the road offering somewhat less grand, but still popular, entertainments.

    In the United States for the past few years the traveling inner city riots seem to be playing the same role with their own stock characters.

    There are the young men who died in the course of criminal acts, portrayed at first by the media as innocent children who later turn out to have extensive rap sheets; the cops brought to the scene for gladiatorial type contests with stone throwing mobs; the press chasing, and sometimes by their presence and words, encouraging the staged battles; and an army of pundits seeing in the chaos whatever visions they project onto it. In the rear of the tent organizing the events are leftwing agitators, Black Muslims, and anarchists who show up with preprinted T-shirts and placards and plaintiffs’ counsels and race baiters stirring the pot for their share of whatever settlements they can get for representing the aggrieved family (who generally seem not to have paid much attention to the deceased when he lived). The referees are local officials too often swayed by the mob's call for blood. Instead of Christians, the sacrifices are small merchants, often Korean or Jewish, who eke out meager livings providing services to the underserved poor and the decent citizens of those communities whose lives are upended and slim resources diminished. Another sacrifice is the weakening of the communal bonds of trust and respect for law that make America work and the increased likelihood of ever more urban violence.

    Like the Brown, Martin, and Garner riots before them, the Baltimore riots follow this program............

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  22. Jimmy Carter calls situation in Gaza ‘intolerable’ eight months after war

    Former US president, in Jerusalem with former Norwegian prime minister, says residents ‘cannot live with the respect and dignity they deserve’

    Former US president Jimmy Carter and former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, both members of the Elders group of retired prominent world figures, address journalists on 2 May after their meeting with the Palestinian president in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    Associated Press in Jerusalem

    Saturday 2 May 2015 15.14 ED
    Former US president Jimmy Carter said Saturday that eight months after a bloody war in the Gaza Strip the situation there remains “intolerable”.

    Carter and his delegation were supposed to visit the isolated territory but earlier this week called it off, citing unspecified security concerns. Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Carter said he was still determined to work for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

    “What we have seen and heard only strengthens our determination to work for peace,” he said. “The situation in Gaza is intolerable. Eight months after a devastating war, not one destroyed house has been rebuilt and people cannot live with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

    More than 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the 50-day summer war between Israeli forces and Hamas militants who fired rockets into Israel.

    Earlier in the day, Carter, 90, visited Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah and laid a wreath on the grave of former leader Yasser Arafat.

    Carter was accompanied by Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former prime minister of Norway and fellow member of his Elders group.

    But Carter was shunned by Israeli leaders who long have considered him hostile to the Jewish state.

    Although he brokered the first Israeli-Arab peace treaty during his presidency, Carter outraged many Israelis with his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. He has also repeatedly reached out to Gaza’s Islamic Hamas leaders, considered terrorists by much of the west.

    Carter did meet with a group of Israelis living in towns bordering Gaza and heard about life under the threat of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza. But he said that he had no interest in meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has ignored him in the past.

    “This time we decided it was a waste of time to ask,” Carter said. “As long as he is in charge, there will be no two-state solution and therefore no Palestinian state.”

  23. KABUL, Afghanistan — Foreign militants fighting under the black flag of ISIS are conquering territory in northern Afghanistan, terrorizing residents and outmatching the Taliban’s brutality, villagers and local officials told NBC News.

    The development suggests ISIS is expanding its sphere of influence beyond the Middle East and North Africa, and are moving into areas previously controlled by the Afghan Taliban.

    Most of the fighters hail from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the Caucuses — and are even more brutal than the Afghan Taliban, according to local lawmakers, police and residents interviewed by NBC News.

    Mullah Abdul Rasheed said his uncle, a village elder, was shot dead by foreign militants while he prayed in a mosque. Two of his cousins in the police force were also killed in a firefight with the militiamen, he said.

    "That created an atmosphere of terror in the village and we had to flee our homes and leave everything behind," the 37-year-old told NBC News on the telephone.

    Rasheed, who lived in Mirshadi, in the northern Faryab Province, said the Taliban rarely used to bother villagers except to collect a 10 percent tax of their crops.

    "All that changed in the past year when foreign militants, especially Uzbeks, arrived in the area and pushed out the local police," said Rasheed.

    The new arrivals killed one person in the neighboring village, he said, dragged the man's body behind a motorcycle before shooting two others and setting their bodies on fire.

    "In some villages they have raised the black flag of Daesh," Rasheed added, using another name for ISIS.

  24. The Saudis, Israelis, US, France, UK and the Turks all thought it would be a good idea to have freedom fighters topple Assad

    Assyrian Christians have reported a new attack by terror group ISIS in the city of Hassaké in Syria, where the jihadists were successfully pushed back by local Kurdish militia before the latest insurgence. Reports have said that negotiations for the previously 232 kidnapped Assyrian Christians have stalled, among whom are 51 children and 84 women.

    "We are going through a terrible moment. The jihadists of the Islamic State attacked Hassaké for two days. They were warded off by the army and Kurdish militias. But we are cut off, like an island surrounded by jihadists from all sides," said Syrian Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, head of Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibi, according to Fides News Agency.


  25. NATO thought it a splendid idea to topple Qadaffi. How is that working out for everyone?

    George Bush and Tony Blair, Christian soldiers that never actually fought in any war, swaggered into Iraq to overthrow Saddam. Another stroke of genius.

    ISIS is in Afghanistan and the reason the Saudis are doing Bush-light in Yemen is they know that the embers are already smoldering in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia can go down, but all of them think Iran is the problem?

    I hate to think about where this is going, but it is.

  26. .., and it is incomprehensible to think that the Zionist crusaders can bar the gates if the Saudis fall.

  27. Opinion: We need a Decisive Storm against ISIS

    Just as there was an Operation Decisive Storm against what is happening in Yemen, a conflict that took place outside of Saudi Arabia’s borders, we need a Decisive Storm to confront what is happening inside its borders. The battle that is taking place inside Saudi Arabia compliments the battle that is taking place beyond its borders, particularly as the threat to Saudi Arabia’s security comes from within, as well as without.

    Saudi security forces were able, within a very short period of time, to bring the killers of two Saudi policemen to justice, and foil terrorist plots hatched by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targeting the Kingdom’s security and stability. These events revealed that ISIS has been active in Saudi Arabia recently, setting up a broad-based network calling itself Jund Bilad Al-Haramain (Soldiers of the Land of the Two Holy Mosques). The name of this self-proclaimed ISIS affiliate immediately brought to mind the threatening statements issued by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah earlier this year, who said that the “land of the two holy mosques” is facing a major threat.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki made a very clear statement outlining the threat that Saudi Arabia is facing from ISIS, revealing that security forces had arrested terrorists in a number of different locations across Saudi Arabia. These are terrorists who are affiliated to Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terror groups, and who had managed to reach advanced stages in terrorist plots before they were ultimately foiled by Saudi security. In the latest spate of arrests, Saudi security forces arrested a total of 93 people who are affiliated with terrorist groups.

    Saudi Arabia arrested 15 members of the so-called Jund Bilad Al-Haramain, in addition to at least 65 others that had been recruited by the group. These recruits were mostly Saudi nationals, as well as one Palestinian national and one Yemeni national; they were arrested in different areas across the Kingdom and all have ties, directly or indirectly, with ISIS. These terrorist suspects were allegedly plotting to target residential compounds, seeking to incite sectarian violence in Saudi Arabia along the lines of the Al-Ahsa attack last year, according to official statements.

    This means that there is a dangerous attempt to incite sectarianism in Saudi Arabia between its Sunni and Shi’ite communities. The Saudi people, Sunni and Shi’ite alike, must remain steadfast in rejecting such attempts, as this is something that will only serve the interests of ISIS and its ilk.

    There is also information that this terrorist network was seeking to target and assassinate Saudi military figures at home. So at a time when the Saudi military is on high alert, embroiled in a conflict in Yemen against the Houthis—part of a greater regional conflict against Iran—ISIS is seeking to target Saudi Arabia’s soldiers on their own territory.

    The Interior Ministry statement also warned that some of these ISIS affiliates were arrested on charges related to spreading propaganda, particularly through social media websites like Twitter. Therefore, ISIS using social media for coordination and propaganda purposes, and to recruit Saudi youth, is also a very dangerous phenomenon that we must resist with all of our strength. This confirms what we have heard said on many occasions regarding the threat surrounding ISIS’s online presence, particularly when it comes to our own youth.

    So, ISIS’s targeting of Saudi Arabia—from more than one direction—is something that is ongoing and only escalating. Just last year, 400 people with ties to ISIS were arrested in the Kingdom, and that number is likely to be even greater this year.

    Saudi Arabia, the Land of the Two Holy Mosques, is now facing a double threat: from Iran and its affiliates on one hand, and ISIS on the other.

    1. Mshari Al-Zaydi is a Saudi journalist and expert on Islamic movements and Islamic fundamentalism, as well as on Saudi affairs. He is Asharq Al-Awsat’s opinion page editor. Mr. Zaydi has worked for the local Saudi press, and has been a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs as an expert on Islamic extremism.

  28. The US and Iran are fighting ISIS. Enough said.

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    2. My bad,

      Iran created ISIS by helping Syrian Assad troops kill 300,000 Syrians and helped the Shia in Iraq kill 550,000 Iraqi Sunnis...

    3. Israel was providing air support for ISIS and killed Iranian military who were fighting ISIS.

  29. Reuters, Riyadh
    Thursday, 30 April 2015
    A new branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Yemen on Thursday issued a video showing what it said was the beheading of four Yemeni soldiers and the shooting of 10 others, the SITE Intelligence group reported.

    ISIS in Yemen has claimed responsibility for attacks before, and has issued an online film showing it conducting training, but Thursday's video, attributed to the group's branch in Shabwa province, is its first to show killings.

    The film did not say when the killings took place, but before their execution the men spoke to the camera saying they were from the Yemen army's Second Mountaineer Brigade. Local media reports had said 14 soldiers from that unit were massacred in mid-April, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring service said.

    The video, shot at night, showed a group of men kneeling on the ground with masked figures behind them. It then showed four bodies with a severed head on the chest of each before showing the other men being shot in the head with an assault rifle as they knelt.

    In a separate statement on a militant Twitter account, another ISIS group in Yemen's Hadramawt region said it had raided an army checkpoint in the town of Tarim, causing the soldiers to flee.

    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al Qaeda's Yemeni wing, has killed hundreds in attacks across the country in recent years and has taken advantage of fighting in recent months to consolidate its hold in eastern regions.

    Analysts have voiced fears that advances by the Houthi militia, whose members are mainly from the Zaydi Shi'ite sect regarded by Sunni militants like ISIS and AQAP as heretics, might bring a more openly sectarian edge to Yemen's messy civil war.

  30. How al-Qaeda and ISIS want to turn heads in Yemen

    Saturday, 2 May 2015

    Last month, two pictures taken in Yemen caused great apprehension: Khaled Batarfi, an al-Qaeda commander who had just escaped from prison together with hundreds of other inmates, was photographed posing inside the office of the provincial governor of Mukalla, the capital of Hadramawt province.

    One of the pictures shows Batarfi standing over a Yemeni flag lying on the floor, with the index finger of his right hand pointing up in a sign of success. In the other, he sits comfortably on a couch talking on the phone while holding what it appears to be a Kalashnikov on his left hand.

    After the collapse of the Yemeni government following the Houthi military offensive, episodes such as the one in Mukalla have led to renewed calls from within Yemen as well as outside for the U.S. and the Saudi-led coalition to focus at least part of their military efforts on preventing the spread of al-Qaeda.

    Unaware that the Houthis have used the fight against al-Qaeda as a pretext to expand their territorial reach and pursue their military goals, some even argue that the movement should go unopposed because it can be an asset against al-Qaeda.

    The fact is the Houthi offensive seems to be having the opposite effect. The Houthis tend to label most of the armed opposition they face, especially tribes, as al-Qaeda. Their over-ambition, expansion to predominantly Sunni areas and excessive violence, coupled with their Zaydi revivalist drive, is giving al-Qaeda an unprecedented local recruitment boost.

    1. Taking advantage
      Yemen’s Al-Qaeda branch, known outside as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) since 2009 when it merged with the organization’s Saudi branch, has for long been taking advantage of local instability and misgovernment to develop its activities and plan attacks as far as the United States. It became famous in 2000 with the attack on the USS Cole stationed in the port of Aden which killed 17 U.S. servicemen.

      The U.S. response has taken essentially two forms. One is the financial and logistical support to the Yemeni government in exchange for the promise (seldom not kept during the years of President Ali Abdullah Saleh) to fight the organization’s presence.

      The other is the controversial drone strikes program responsible for the killing of many of the organization’s leaders such as Anwar al-Awlaki and Ibrahim al-Rubaish. It has also generated great hostility among local tribes not only against the U.S. but against the Yemeni government due to the civilian casualties, thus pushing many youngsters to the hands Al-Qaeda.

      There should be no doubt that AQAP is a very dangerous organization, for the region and the world, and the current chaos in Yemen is the perfect environment for it to thrive. In a recent display of confidence, its leadership declared it would offer 20 kilograms of gold to anyone who captures or kills the Houthis’ leader, Abdelmalik Al-Houthi, and former president Saleh.

      To make things more complicated, ISIS’s local representatives have gradually made their presence felt. Only yesterday they released a video claiming to show the beheading of four Yemeni soldiers and the shooting of eleven others in the southern Shabwa province.

      However, the calls to focus on tackling the organization’s expansion via an intensification of drone and conventional aerial strikes would risk worsening the problem.

    2. Diverting attention
      Despite the danger it represents, a strong focus on al-Qaeda or ISIS at this point would divert much-needed attention away from the root causes of Yemen’s crisis. A similar example is the way that the overemphasis on ISIS gave the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad, which has the biggest share of responsibility for the radicalization of the opposition and a track record of using jihadists, some breathing space while not bringing the Syrian crisis anywhere closer to a solution.

      A strong focus on al-Qaeda or ISIS at this point would divert much-needed attention away from the root causes of Yemen’s crisis

      Manuel Almeida
      The complexity of the war in Yemen and the collapse of state institutions means that it will take a long time until there is a united Yemeni army that can take responsibility for the country’s security. At the moment, the army and security forces are little more than an extension of the rivalries between competing factions. The resistance to the military reforms that President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi tried to implement shows how difficult it will be to change this.

      A temporary solution could lie in reaching out to local tribes with guarantees of financial and logistical support as well as assurances that the areas they control would not be targeted by drones.

      Ultimately, the road to curbing al-Qaeda’s activities in Yemen is the same than the one to put a stop to the Houthis’ aggression or Saleh’s eternal ambitions: an inclusive political deal that paves the way for a serious transition with parliamentary and presidential elections backed by a consistent program of economic reconstruction. Only this can lead to a relatively stable situation with a reformed Yemeni army and security forces doing what they are supposed to do.

      For now, Yemen’s jihadist problem will persist and it can only be contained, not resolved. Rushing in with half-baked military options backed by no sensible political plan will only add fuel to the fire.

      Manuel Almeida is a writer, researcher and consultant on the Middle East. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London of Economics and Political Science and was an editor at Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. He can be reached on @_ManuelAlmeida on Twitter.

  31. Replies
    1. Excellent.

      It's about time someone took the bull by the horns.

    2. Obama really fucked the pooch when he took those troops out too soon.

    3. Obama may have tracked onto the rug some of the dog shit from George Bush. To blame Obama for trying to undo that idiot’s disaster is on a par with that big time horse’s ass.

  32. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have our troops back over there getting killed?

    1. Fightin’ Bob and Warrior WIO following close behind Bush, Cheney and Platoon Leader Limbaugh?

    2. Would it not be wonderful if America didn't supply weapons and cash to numerous arab and islamic nations intent on murdering American Soldiers?

      Raise the American flag boys and stop saluting the Iranian one...

    3. No one is saluting the Iranian flag and the Iranians have not implanted their national symbol on the US flag. Some other ME country has claimed that space.


  33. We always hear from the tough guys, the bad asses, that invite you to visit them at their firing range. The same heroes that never heard the words, “Ready on the right, read on the left, ready on the firing line” are always so keen to have someone else carry their shit.

    1. Or, to put it another way, if you're not half deaf in your right ear, stay out of my face. :)

    2. Rat made a telling point during the Ramadi dust-up; when the headcutters came to town, the "Sunni" ran for Shiite-controlled Baghdad, and the Sunni Tribal Chiefs started calling for Shiite Militias to come help.

      It seems that, although some of the Sunnis were somewhat agnostic about the Daesh when they first arrived, they are much less so, now.

  34. The Saudi Arabia-led coalition is using US-supplied cluster munitions in its airstrikes on Houthi forces in Yemen, Human Rights Watch reported. Targets include those close to villages, posing a threat from undetonated submunitions to civilians.

    In recent weeks the coalition has used cluster bombs in Yemen’s northern Saada governorate, a region bordering Saudi Ararbia, which is historically controlled by the rebels, HRW said.

    “These weapons should never be used under any circumstances. Saudi Arabia and other coalition members – and the supplier, the US – are flouting the global standard that rejects cluster munitions because of their long-term threat to civilians,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch.

    Cluster munitions contain hundreds of smaller explosive submunitions that are spread over a wide area. This type of weapon is dangerous because some subminitions aren’t immediately detonated and can lie dormant for decades before exploding. Civilians and particularly children have been historically the primary victims of such booby traps.

    An international convention signed by 116 countries prohibits the use of cluster munitions, but the US, members of the Saudi-led Arab coalition and Yemen itself are not among the signatories. US arms export guidelines, however, demand that any cluster weapons sold to foreign nations are only used against “clearly defined military targets and will not be used where civilians are known to be present or in areas normally inhabited by civilians.”

    HRW says it received photo and video evidence as well as eyewitness accounts of the coalition using cluster bombs in its air raids on Houthis. In one case, they appeared to land on a field within 600 meters of several dozen civilian buildings.

    “We do not know why in this instance they've used the munitions. They did it before in 2009 and at that time we had no understanding of why they did that,” Belkis Wille, Yemen and Kuwait researcher with the HRW, told RT.

    “Locals in the village where the photos were taken of the munitions on the [ground] said they were suspecting that Saudi Arabia was trying to bomb a main highway that goes form the city of Saada, which is the Houthi stronghold in the country, southward in the direction of the capital Sanaa. We have not been able to verify that unfortunately,” she added.

    The organization identified the weapons used as CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons manufactured by the Textron Systems Corporation. It’s a 450-kilogram bomb containing 10 BLU-108 submunitions, which are dispersed in the air, are parachuted down. They then disperse smaller submunitions that detect armor vehicles like tanks and APCs and destroy them from above.

    A video of what HRW believes to be deployment of two CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons on April 17 was uploaded on a pro-Houthi YouTube channel.

    Saudi Arabia agreed a contract with the manufacture of the weapons in 2013, HRW said. The UAE received a number in June 2010 under a contract announced in 2007.

    Riyadh denied using cluster munitions in its Yemen campaign on March 29, a few days after it started.

  35. .

    No proof is good enough for you?

    You are myopic on the subject of Iran WiO, brainwashed. Perhaps, Iran is Israel's biggest enemy in the ME. I wouldn't know though I kind of doubt it. More important, Israel isn't my primary concern. The US is and the US' biggest enemy in the ME is not Iran but Saudi Arabia. SA has held that spot for a long time.

    Speaking of proof, the next leak I am hoping to see is someone leaking an un-redacted copy of that 28 pages from the 911 report that reports on Saudi involvement. Where is Wikileaks or another Snowden when you need them?

    What I do find a little amusing is that SA is now Israel's new BFF and the fact that you were trying to excuse their actions in Yemen. Hilarious.


    1. I do not "excuse" any of Arabia's actions.

      I am not brainwashed, I see the direct results of Iranian proxy wars...

      That being said, I can chew gum and pat my head at the same time.

      The Saudis SUCK, the Iranians SUCK..

      ISIS SUCKS as does ASSAD, Iran and Hezbollah SUCK.

      Hamas SUCKS as well..

      Who is a BIGGER threat Iran or Arabia? It's not a pissing contest. they BOTH suck.

      But the reality is that Iran is funding, supplying and training a score of movements across the middle east and africa in revolutionary war...

      Does that exonerate the Saudis? Hell no... But that wasn't the issue was it?

      The issue was simple. Were the Iranians providing arms, training and logistics to the "rebels" in Yemen, the answer is yes.

    2. You sure picked some interesting real estate to set up your little colony.

    3. .

      Does that exonerate the Saudis? Hell no... But that wasn't the issue was it?

      Of course, it was the issue.

      I was bemoaning the actions of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, the illegality of there intervention and the civilian deaths caused by their bombing.

      As I recall, your response was that the situation in Yemen was the result of Iran trying to expand their hegemony. I don't recall you bringing up anything negative about SA at the time.



    4. Deuce,

      Sorry if you cannot understand that the Jewish State is a LIBERATED state on it's historic lands.

      Now Arabs? They come from Arabia. And they conquered 899/900th of the middle east from many peoples...

      But if you wish to delude yourself into thinking Israel is a colony?

      Then all nations are colonies.

      However you do point out the truth that there has NEVER been a nation of arabs called "palestinians" ever in the history of the world..

      The local arabs that lived in the area? were and are land thieves...

      Arabs come from Arabia.. Not Israel.


      Now enjoy your colony living in the genocidal lands of the Americas...

  36. Yeppers, the stories are being told.

    That ISrael is fully aligned with the Wahhabi radicals is now pretty much acknowledged by those with eyes that see and ears that hear.

    If the Iranians were really hell bent on taking over the region, what in the world would lead them to Yemen, when the situation in Bahrain would be much easier for them to exploit ...

    Tiny Bahrain (a cluster of 33 Persian Gulf islands whose inhabited areas add up to the size of New York City), however, remains the only country in the world where a Shiite majority is led by a Sunni minority.

    With the promise of a much greater reward when their plan came together.

    Once a rich outpost of pearling, weaving, fishing and boat building, Bahrain’s economy shifted to oil, banking and construction in the 20th century. Today Bahrain’s oil-borne fortunes are declining, as its limited oil reserves are declining year after year. Bahrain relies heavily on its considerable petroleum refining capacity as well as in developing itself as a banking and telecommunication hub for the Gulf.

    Bahrain would have to be viewed as a much better target for their attentions, if they were the people the Neocons claim them to be.

    1. Then, look at what the map makers labeled the oil producing region of Saudi Arabia.

      When democracy comes to those people that reside there, when the despotic Wahhabi are deposed.
      It will be a good day for liberty
      A good day for freedom.

      We should ensure that the government of the United States puts US on the right side of history.


    3. This is who and what the Zionists of ISrael and the neocons of the US have gotten US allied with ...

      Wahhabism, the leading stream of Islam in Sunni Saudi Arabia, is extremely anti-Shiite, since certain Shiite practices conflict with Wahhabi Islamic practice.

      These include grave visitation and inordinate reverence for the Prophet and his family.
      Shiites constitute the ultimate “other” for Wahhabis, whose strict idea of the unity of God, a doctrine known as tawhid, is diametrically opposed to Shiite practices that include pleading for the intercession of saint-like mortals on behalf of humans.

      For this reason, Wahhabis call Shiites mushrikin, often translated as “polytheists.”

      Shiites constitute 10-15 percent of the Saudi population and are concentrated in the oil-rich Eastern Province along the Persian Gulf littoral. There is also a small population in Medina.

      Shiites have suffered greatly under Saudi rule. Depredations have included killings, arbitrary arrests, job discrimination, and forbidding of their religious ceremonies.
      According to the latest State Department human rights report on Saudi Arabia, testimony by Shiites is not valid in courts, Shiite prayer services are regularly disrupted, and Shiite social forums in the Eastern Province have been banned.



  37. Saudi Arabia Has a Shiite Problem

    Washington's friends in Riyadh continue to oppress and marginalize 15 percent of the population.
    That's going to lead to disaster.

    The sentencing of Nimr and the killing of the Shiite worshippers have cast a harsh light on the paradoxes of one of Washington’s crucial allies in the fight against the Islamic State.

    Riyadh has pledged to counter the barbarity of the Islamic State and has warned that the terrorist group intends to incite sectarian conflict inside the kingdom.

    Yet in its own domestic policies, the Saudi government has institutionalized sectarianism in virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life.

    It is a witches’ brew that has largely escaped U.S. attention, but one that has long provided the ideological grist for the Islamic State and other Sunni jihadi groups.

  38. Understanding the Israeli-Egyptian-Saudi alliance

    Israel’s strategic cooperation with Egypt and Saudi Arabia owes to their shared interests. It cannot extend beyond them. And they have no shared interests in regard to the PLO.

    Threatened by the axis of jihad, no Muslim government can be seen publicly with Israelis. Asking Egyptian and Saudi leaders to have their pictures taken with Israelis is like asking them to sign their own death warrants.

    Moreover, Israel’s required end-state in negotiations with the PLO – defensible borders and recognition of its sovereign rights to Jerusalem – is something that no Muslim regime can publicly accept – especially now.

    This piece is almost a year old, and some of her 'proofs' have changed but some truth remains constant.

    Then there is Iran. Iran is not a member of the Sunni jihadist axis. ... ... was and remains true.

    Both in Iraq and Syria, Iran and Islamic State have shown little interest in making one another their primary target. ...

    After Tikrit, this is no longer true, if it ever was.
    Ms Glick, it could be argued, missed the anti-Islamic State use of the Syrian Army and Hezbollah in the fight against the Islamic State. It has often been acknowledged that the Assad regime is allied with the Iranians.
    No one denies that the Kurdish in Syria, Turkey and Iraq, those who are leading the fight against the Islamic State are now and have long been aligned with the Iranians.

    So there are some points which can be argued in Ms Glick's presentation, but not the truth which sits as the bedrock of her story.

    ... the Israeli-Egyptian-Saudi alliance ...

    1. Further the idea that the US is not a willing partner in the "Alliance of Abraham", which Ms Glick also champions ...

      Easily shown to be a misnomer, the subsidies, aid dollars and military co-operation flowing to Egypt, ISrael and Saudi Arabia all rock steady. There has been no retrenching of US support, just a tonal change in the political rhetoric.

  39. .

    There was a poll I saw on Meet the Press this morning.

    They were talking about the differences between party priorities for the 2016 race. Whereas, in the past the biggest priority amongst all voters were jobs and the economy, that has now changed.

    The GOP priorities are now

    1. Defense and national security
    2. Reduce the size of government
    3. Jobs and the economy

    The Dems priorities are now

    1. Jobs and the economy
    3. Climate change

    [I forget their second priority but rest assured it was one of the usual candy-assed, PC, typical liberal, utopian, socialistic...oh, wait, it might have been something to do with Obamacare.]

    No since these are the priorities established by the respective basis we can expect these are the things the candidates will be emphasizing.

    Looking at those priorities, I think the GOP could readily support the first priority, security and defense. However, the second is unrealistic as bureaucracies as large as the federal government tend to grow like topsy not get smaller. When the GOP talk of smaller government what they actually mean is eliminating programs that support the 99% not programs and giveaways they like. As for the third priority, jobs and the economy, that is so far down on the Congressional priority list its embarrassing to even mention it. Bottom line, the GOP will be honest in their support of defense and security the first priority but not much else.

    As far as the Dems politicking on the priorities of their base, things are a little easier. They probably won't have a problem politicking for the second and third priorities but I'm not sure how far that will get them in the general election. However, they can certainly embrace politicking on the number one priority, jobs and the economy, since there is little doubt that is still the most important factor for most of America.

    The problem of course is that in the Democratic Congress (and the presidency) jobs and the economy are as far down the actual priority list as on that of their GOP brethren. The last seven years have shown us that.

    However, the Dems advantage will be that they have the words if not music. The GOPs hope? It will likely be Hillary trying to sell the message.


    1. .

      No since these are the priorities established by the respective basis we can expect these are the things the candidates will be emphasizing.

      English translation:

      No(w) since these are the priorities established by the respective bas(es) we can expect these are the things the candidates will be emphasizing.


    2. Dear Most Noble Quirk,

      Why are so many many Republicans scrumming about lining up to run for the Republican Presidential nomination, O Quirk ?

      Have you any ideas as to why this might be so ?

      Do you ever, as I do, often, get the feel of sharks smelling blood in the water ?

      You, being the Premier Political Analyst here, as everyone recognizes, must have some idea concerning the number of GOP candidates.

      I am hopeful you will share it with us all.


      Your most humble bail bondsman always ready to serve you,


    3. .

      Why are so many many Republicans scrumming about lining up to run for the Republican Presidential nomination, O Quirk ?

      Have you any ideas as to why this might be so ?

      Why yes. Yes I do.

      You see how well the Clintons are doing. Obama is also doing quite well at the moment. When he leaves office, he will begin his journey towards billionaire status.

      If this simple fact is lost on you, if you are unaware of the presidential perks of office, of those of ex-presidents then you probably shouldn't be commenting here.

      Best go rest that furrowed brow under some tree and muse on Campbell or Twain.


    4. ::)heh:)heh:)heh !!

      That's not even a competent attempt at an answer there, Quirk O.

      It is totally LAME.

      And historically inaccurate.

      If what you say is true, then - LOGICALLY - there would be a dozen Democrats running too, but there are not.

      You must explain why this is so.

      Having dashed your 'Q's Almighty $$$$$ Explanation' on the Rock of Logic and Reality, you must come up with some other explanation.

      As your Political Science Professor and because I find you so such an endearing scoundrel, I will give you one final try.

      Honestly, you should, but of course won't, be ashamed of yourself.

      Generally you do so much better......

    5. I will do you yet another favor, and be ashamed for you.

  40. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period ending Sunday morning, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

    In Syria, an air strike struck a tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position near Kobani.

    In Iraq, 16 air strikes near Mosul, Bayji, Tal Afar, Fallujah and other cities hit vehicles, mortar systems and machine guns, the statement said.

    (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

    Done Walking

    1. Your daily ecstasy will soon be over, Rufus.

      It is now only 22 days until Iraq ISIS Free Day, May 25, 2015.

      Enjoy your little airstrike counting game while it lasts, you have only 22 more days to do so.

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  43. Dueling Deletions

    Deuce ☂Sun May 03, 07:54:00 AM EDT

    Obama may have tracked onto the rug some of the dog shit from George Bush. To blame Obama for trying to undo that idiot’s disaster is on a par with that big time horse’s ass.


    Dear Deuce,

    Iraq had three years of relative peace after the Surge. You are aware of that. As to whether we should have gone in at all I was always more or less neutral. I like everyone else thought we had to go into Afghanistan. Bush did not leave Iraq a disaster. Iraq became a disaster after Obama became Commander-In-Chief. And you realize this too. Nor were Libya or Syria a Bush caused disaster. Egypt almost became a disaster with Obama supporting the Moslem Brotherhood.

    Further you realize this as is obvious as you always become personal with the attacks these days when you feel you are losing the argument.

    Please recall for me that I have said repeatedly that I don't think it worth it to put troops back into Iraq.

    It is you that said at one point we'll have to do something about ISIS. I am still waiting for you recommendations as to what exactly that something might be.

    Sincerely yours,


  44. My first impression on seeing the Governor of Maryland on Fox just now, first time I've ever seen this man, is that he is quality.

    He said, not quoting exactly but very close, was:

    'We don't have an economic crisis here. What we have is a cultural crisis'

    I agree with this.

    1. He was full of praise for America's Mother of the Year, adding there are thousands out there just like her.

      They are faced with an uphill battle.

      Almost without exception, the black commentators and leaders speaking on Fox the last few days have been similarly excellent.

  45. May 3, 2015
    Shock: the deep blue state GOP governor with 70% approval ratings
    By Thomas Lifson

    I have to admit that this one crept up on me, unnoticed (and I lived in this state for 20 years). Karyn Bruggeman of National Journal reports:

    And then there's Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. After four months in office, the Republican governor of this deeply Democratic-leaning state is cruising at high altitude, enjoying sky-high approval ratings. And Baker's top advisers and outside observers say the reasons for his popularity are relatively simple: He's just keeping his head down and running the state.............

  46. Quirk, being deeply concerned over the issue of money in politics as you are, you may want to consider breaking your pledge not to ever vote for Hillary, and vote for Hillary.

    She too is deeply concerned about money in politics, and has recently said we must get money out of politics.

    She has even hinted that she would support a Bill in Congress to accomplish this if she were to be elected.

  47. >>>Yes, President One-Note says we’re just not spending enough to buy civil peace in places like Baltimore … and Ferguson … and New York. So let’s consider his assertion that if we want to raise happy, well-adjusted young people, we need to spend more generously on their education. In Baltimore, taxpayers are currently spending $16,578 per year for each pupil in the city’s public schools. Not only is this 48% more than the national average of $10,608, but it’s more than any other country on the face of the earth spends on public education.<<<

    Baltimore as a Democrat City
    April 30, 2015 by John Perazzo

    A figure I have heard several times on Fox News, and can't vouch for, is that approximately 45% of Baltimore's black students don't show up for High School.... at all.

    But I believe it is most probably about right.

    NO idea here how to solve this overnight.

    It has been 50 years since the LBJ Great Society Programs got going.

    Since the riot meme is becoming entrenched in the inner city black 'community' nationally, I am expecting a long hot summer in the USA.

    Whole thing is way beyond sad.

  48. Deuce's attitudes have opened my mind...

    I think that the message that Arabs should get out of America should be spread...

    they have no rights here...

    Arabs go home....

    Yep, it's choice lands the arabs are occupying in the Americas, from Dearborn to Minneapolis..

    It's time for Americans to resist their occupation of our land, by any means necessary...

    Deuce approves of American citizens blowing up their homes, restaurants and schools as they are occupiers...

    Let the resistance begin...

    Stop the ARAB occupation of America NOW...

    Is that correct Deuce? They are a colony?

    1. :)

      I'm in favor of cutting off Moslem immigration to the USA.

      Rufus once agreed with me.

      I was in favor of closing the mosques as institutions devoted to overthrowing our rational Constitution and replacing it with insane sharia law through violence.

      Rufus was not willing to go that far.

      Since then, I have modified and fine tuned my stance somewhat on the latter.

      Rufus may be willing to offer citizenship to Hamas members by now, for all I know.

    2. The Constitution is not a Suicide Pact, as has often been said.

  49. Baltimore City Hall Lynch Mob Celebration Praises Looters
    May 3, 2015 by Daniel Greenfield

    Here come the racially edged ‘community justifications for the looting. While the lynch mob festively celebrates having strung up 6 cops on behalf of a drug dealer, the underlying racism just keeps on going.

    During a large rally in front of Baltimore’s City Hall, a young man introduced as “Brother Rose,” in winding and sometimes incoherent speech, praised the burning of a CVS store at the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues. “America didn’t care until we started affecting things they profit from… What we saying, ‘Let’s get you out of our communities.’”

    He also said, “Without us running (unintelligible) Mondawmin Mall [the site of mass looting on Monday], taking back from the stores that have taken our dollars for how long, and not giving back to the community in any type of way. We made a statement. The world heard us then. They heard that the youth of Baltimore are going to get justice by any means necessary.”

    He also advocated shutting down restaurants and businesses that were protecting their investments. “If they protected themselves against you, protect yourselves against them. Don’t spend your money there. Don’t give them no reason to be in your neighborhood. Kick them out.”

    And you’re going to replace them with what? Right.

    The missing element is an explicit claim that the business owners were the wrong race (though black business owners were targeted too, but that’s the sort of thing that will be overlooked) but ‘community’ serves as a helpful dog whistle.

    That’s the kind of speech we expect white racists in movies to deliver about black people, but racism is quite prevalent on the other side of the coin.

    About Daniel Greenfield

    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.

    Mr.Shabazz was in good form too at this love fest.

  50. "The fateful slumber floats and flows
    About the tangle of the rose;
    But lo! the fated hand and heart
    To rend the slumberous curse apart!"

    "Here lies the hoarded love, the key
    To all the treasure that shall be;
    Come fated hand the gift to take
    And smite this sleeping world awake."

    "The maiden pleasance of the land
    Knoweth no stir of voice or hand,
    No cup the sleeping waters fill,
    The restless shuttle lieth still."

    "The threat of war, the hope of peace,
    The Kingdoms peril and increase
    Sleep on, and bide the latter day
    When Fate shall take her chain away."

    This about Briar, not Bro, Rose, though it applies.

    It is about the sleep of consciousness awaiting the touch of Spirit.

    Which is exactly the condition of and what is needed in our inner cities.

    There are some there who have it, and though badly outnumbered, that is where hope resides.

    1. See paintings of Briar Rose in the article cited above.

  51. Another false and very dangerous meme is being created across the USA these days - that of the justified riot, loot, arson.

    Deuce could use his good offices here to fight against this destructive development.

    Rufus has obviously already bought into it with his "Violence, or the threat thereof, is necessary to Justice" non sense.

    No it isn't. Violence and rioting looting and burning have Zero place in our country, with its still functioning democracy, due process, freedom of speech, etcetc on and on.

    Expect a long hot summer.

    1. Most of us here would be great at a sit-in.

      Most of us here sit on our asses most of the time already.

      This would a good way for most of us here to protest.

      We could last for months on end.

      World Class Sit-In-ers Are Us

  52. Due Process -

    Is that where you arrest someone, falsely, and then kill them?

    1. Nope. Nor is doing violence, or the threat thereof, in pursuit of justice.

      You have, at his point, no more idea of what actually happened than I.

      I've criticized the Prosecutor for her too hasty actions, and some of her words.

      I am glad to see a preliminary hearing is in the works, was wondering about that.

      Learning more about her background as things come out, I am forming a good deal of respect for her as well.

      I think the whole thing is fascinating in many ways, and very sad too.

      Many of the black people speaking on Fox I have no argument with at all.

    2. Engaging in your persistent prejudging of all these different events, while knowing zero of what actually happened at this point in time, is hardly the pursuit of justice either.

  53. What is "Occupation"Sun May 03, 04:55:00 PM EDT
    Deuce's attitudes have opened my mind...

    I think that the message that Arabs should get out of America should be spread...

    they have no rights here...

    Arabs go home....

    Yep, it's choice lands the arabs are occupying in the Americas, from Dearborn to Minneapolis..

    It's time for Americans to resist their occupation of our land, by any means necessary...

    Deuce approves of American citizens blowing up their homes, restaurants and schools as they are occupiers...

    Let the resistance begin...

    Stop the ARAB occupation of America NOW...

    Is that correct Deuce? They are a colony?


    So you are making a comparison to Muslims in the US and what they do in the US and that they have no rights here.


    Jews in Israel and what they do there?

    Any Muslim in the US was either born here, is a legal resident or on an overstayed visa. They cannot just show up and automatically have a right to be here.

    Jews in Israel are both chosen by god to be there and automatically welcomed by the Israeli government, regardless of where they come from.

    The Palestinians that are there are not quite so lucky.

    Israel discriminates by religion. This is illegal most everywhere else in the US , the Americas and Europe.

    I’ll demonstrate more in the next post about the bulldozin chozin

    1. >>>the bulldozin chozin<<<

      Where'd you pick this one up ?

      Not bad as agitprop singsong.

      If it's yours you ought to copyright it.

    2. >>Israel discriminates by religion.<<

      You must address the Moslem presence in the Israeli Knesset.

    3. Also, the nearly total lack of Christians and Jews in almost all Moslem countries.

  54. Dr. Ben Carson is in !!!!!

    Being a Republican he's undoubtedly a 'racist' but I'll vote for him anyway.

    Go, Ben !!

  55. ISIS STRIKES IN TEXAS?..........Drudge

    Shooting at Robert Spence/Pam Geller sponsored Mo cartoon Free Speech Event

    I was worried about something like this....

    Possible car bomb sitting there with Police robots sniffing......

    Sounds like two perps shooting, one shot by Security ?

    Watch Fox News for up to the minute reporting.

  56. Pamela Geller is wonderful, isn't she !

    If you are not listening she is on Fox now.

    She is one of those that d. rat calls the scum of the earth.

    1. An American, she supports Israel wholeheartedly.

      Have always admired her, she is so brave too.

      She was a major opponent of the Ground Zero Mosque.

      This event was the Mohammad Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas.

    2. Thankfully, our Police did not have to run back to the Precinct Office to get their guns.

      The original Police in the Paris incident were unarmed.

      Rufus may be able to count the two dead suspects in Texas as Two Daed Men No Longer Walking, soon, if the suspected connection to ISIS is confirmed.

    3. Geert Wilders was there too and gave the Keynote Address.

      This in an event I would have attended had I been within a few hundred miles.

  57. Jews in Israel are both chosen by god to be there and automatically welcomed by the Israeli government, regardless of where they come from.

    Israel is the homeland of the Jewish People.

    Don't like it? Lump it.

    The arabs have 899/900th of the middle east, They took that land by slaughter and conquest.

    They can and do allow who and what is permitted in their nations.

    The fact is clear. There are MORE arabs that live inside Israel today than existed from the river to the sea just 60 years ago.

    And the arab world? has cleansed it's lands of the Jews and now it's cleansing them of christians...

    proof is in the numbers...

    you can't make this shit up..

  58. There is a HUGE Palestinian population in Richardson Texas, Hamas has deep roots there.. The Holyland Foundation is located there also.

    Yep ISIS and Hamas are the same in all important issues.. Kill the Jews, kill the infidel...

    1. Talk about a HOSTILE group that is occupying American soil....

    2. Yes.

      I am glad the Texans, at least, don't listen to those who wish to disarm the Police.

      The Officer that was shot has been released from the hospital. He's OK.

  59. Notice how Deuce CHANGES what I say to FIT HIS FICTION:

    Deuce's attitudes have opened my mind...

    I think that the message that Arabs should get out of America should be spread...

    they have no rights here...

    Arabs go home....

    Yep, it's choice lands the arabs are occupying in the Americas, from Dearborn to Minneapolis..

    It's time for Americans to resist their occupation of our land, by any means necessary...

    Deuce approves of American citizens blowing up their homes, restaurants and schools as they are occupiers...

    Let the resistance begin...

    Stop the ARAB occupation of America NOW...

    Is that correct Deuce? They are a colony?

    Now read what our Israel hating host says:

    So you are making a comparison to Muslims in the US and what they do in the US and that they have no rights here.


    Jews in Israel and what they do there?

    Any Muslim in the US was either born here, is a legal resident or on an overstayed visa. They cannot just show up and automatically have a right to be here.

    Jews in Israel are both chosen by god to be there and automatically welcomed by the Israeli government, regardless of where they come from.

    The Palestinians that are there are not quite so lucky.

    Israel discriminates by religion. This is illegal most everywhere else in the US , the Americas and Europe.

    I’ll demonstrate more in the next post about the bulldozin chozin

    Notice his changing of the name "arabs" to MUSLIMS..

    And his usage of the "bulldozin chozin" another attempt of anti-Semitic verbiage...


    I never said anything about MUSLEMS...

    I said everything about Arabs.

    Any fool knows that there are 1.2 BILLION moslems and there are ONLY 300 million arabs...



  60. Don't forget to powercycle your 787

    1. Pack a parachute in your overhead.

      The organizers of the event had paid $10,000 dollars to hire more Police.

      The Officer that was shot was one of those.

  61. "O"rdure cannot even tell US the truth about ISrael ...

    Jerusalem: Violence erupted on the streets of Tel Aviv as a demonstration by Ethiopian Israelis protesting what they said was police brutality against their community spiralled out of control.

    Firing stun grenades and tear gas, police in riot gear or mounted on horses battled enraged demonstrators, who threw glass bottles and started fires in the heart of the city on Sunday, and threatened to break into City Hall.

    Ambulances raced with the injured from both sides as explosions, sirens, smoke and screams filled the air.


    1. Sunday's demonstration started tensely but peacefully as hundreds, then thousands of protesters, mostly Ethiopian Israelis, marched waving national flags and placards against racism and police brutality and calling for equality.
      A similar protest in Jerusalem on Thursday turned violent, and police initially tried to avoid engagement during Sunday's protest.

      In a demonstration that organisers said was aimed at bringing the plight of one of Israel's most marginalised communities to the heart of mainstream Israel, protesters blocked the Ayalon Freeway and brought traffic in the busy metropolis to a standstill.

      After a restrained five-hour standoff, the peace collapsed as police moved to open the highway and disperse the crowds, pushing them into the city, where matters deteriorated swiftly despite repeated calls of both police and protest leaders for restraint.

      All Jews are not welcome in ISrael, proof provided by ISraeli, themselves.

    2. From November of 1940 when the Zionist murdered 252 Jewish refugees from Europe off the coast of Palestine.

      Through to today, where the European Zionist continue their racist campaign against the people of the Torah, from Ethiopia.

      The Zionists are not about Judaism, they are all about property and political power.

    3. Fuck off, this isn't the night for it, you shithead.

  62. This is a GREAT time to recall the words of our Moslem President Obama:

    "The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohammad"


    "If the political winds change, I will stand with the Moslems"

  63. The winner of the cartoon contest was a former Moslem who drew a cartoon of Mohammad saying "You cannot draw me" :)

  64. Since the crapper has arrived, guess I'll go to bed.

    He will begin, has begun, his nasty forever habit of throwing monkey turds around his mental monkey cage.

    Cheers !!

    Serenity !!

    God Bless The Garland, Texas Police Department

  65. .

    If what you say is true, then - LOGICALLY - there would be a dozen Democrats running too, but there are not.

    Lord, Obumble, you are a dolt.


    I am seeking an injunction barring you from ever using that word again. I thought there was a law in Idaho that restricted you and all other English majors from coming within 200 yards of the word.,_2016



  66. I’ll demonstrate more in the next post about the bulldozin chozin

    Notice his changing of the name "arabs" to MUSLIMS..

    And his usage of the "bulldozin chozin" another attempt of anti-Semitic verbiage...


    I never said anything about MUSLEMS...

    I said everything about Arabs.

    Any fool knows that there are 1.2 BILLION moslems and there are ONLY 300 million arabs...


    Why Wio, you make the distinction all the time: If someone criticizes Israel you cap them as being anti Semite.Israel equates all Jews as being eligible to enter the Israeli club at anytime. Now I know that there are both Arabs and Muslims in Israel, but that is not an indication of an open society, it is incomplete ethnic cleansing.

    Tell us, can Muslims or Arabs or Muslim-Arabs or Arab-Muslims emigrate to Israel?

    If so, how many? If not, why? If not, and we all know the tap-dance coming, which side of the hyphen is the discrimination being based upon, the racial side or the, the ethnic side or the religious side?

    1. Can a Palestinian, an Israeli citizen, bring his Palestinian fiancé to Israel? Why not Wio? Colony Club rules?

    2. For clarification on your drivel, did you mean Arab Christians are Ok? How about Arab Jews? Where do they fit in your slice and dice?

  67. As to the “bulldozin-chosin", Israel claims that they are chosen by God to be there. That is the “chozin" part. Their claim.

    Look at the map: the walls, the removed farms, the blocked water, the diverted roads, the check points, the free fire zones, the controlled access to the concentration camp called Gaza. All the fine work of the bulldozers, that is the “bulldozin” part.

    There is no more apt description. One of the most iconic advertising phrases ever was “the pause that refreshes” for Coca Cola. It captured the spirit. Mine captures the soul, God opening the skies, telling them where to go , so to speak, and when they get there, they mount up. A cavalry of bulldozers to tend the garden. Which part don’t you like?

  68. Your pithy little banter of choice is ”Islamo-Nazi”. You like using that for Arabs, Palestinians and obviously we must note the “Islamo” side of the hyphen is there for some reason. Which phrase is more descriptive, unkind, untrue, disparaging?

  69. “bulldozin-chosin"

    I was just bullshitting when I said it was good agitprop singsong.

    Actually I think it stinks.

    For clarification here, when a person emigrates, she leaves one country or region to live in another, either temporarily or permanently. When she immigrates she arrives in that other country. In other words, she emigrates from one country to immigrate to another country.

    Our freedom of speech got attacked tonight.

    Doesn't anyone give a fuck ?

    I think we should not let another Moslem into our country.

    They will want to kill us, sooner or later. The second and third generations being worse than the first.

  70. Bow wow wow wow wow bow wow

    Quirki'cus Logi'calus has turned into a two legged dog seeking a new horizon of howls......

    Lookie at these dudes he 'claims' as Democratic Candidates for 2016 -

    Other candidates

    Jeff Boss 9/11 Truther and perennial candidate from New Jersey

    Robby Wells Former head football coach at Savannah State University; Candidate for the 2012 presidential nomination of the Constitution Party

    Of these two All-Star 'candidates' Robby is by far the stronger man.


    Quirk, I count at MOST five living breathing candidates for the Democrats from your lists.

    Are you OK ?

    Vodka overload ?

    Marital problems ?

    Sleep deprivation ?

    Debts ?

    Prospect of more jail time than you can normally handle ?

    Pensive Mistress ?

    What's going on ?

    I'm concerned.


    1. .

      You are felony stupid, Obumble. Go away.


  71. No one has killed more Christians than other Christians.