“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."

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Where is the US Condemnation of Turkey Injecting Troops Into Iraq?

Thousands of Iraqis protest against Turkey’s troop deployment in north

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against Turkish military deployment in Iraq, at Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, Iraq, December 12, 2015 © Ahmed Saad

Thousands of Iraqis across the country protested against the deployment of Turkey’s troops to a base near the northern city of Mosul, held by Islamic State militants. Protesters chanted anti-Turkish slogans and burned and trampled on Turkish flags. 
At least 4000 people joined in with the rally at Tahrir Square in Bagdad. They called on Ankara to immediately withdraw its forces from Iraq calling the actions of Turkish authorities “a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty” and “occupation.”
"We consider any military presence on Iraqi land as foreign aggression which we should stand against using all possible means," Hadi al-Amiri, a Shiite lawmaker, who also leads the armed Badr Organisation, said during the rally in Baghdad, as quoted by Reuters.
Demonstrators also trampled on the Turkish flag and hit a caricature of the Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with slippers as a demonstration of disrespect, Reuters reported.
Several thousands of Iraqis also gathered in the country’s southern city of Basra. The demonstrators also reportedly burned the Turkish flag during the rally. Some Shiite militia members also joined the protests in the city, carrying banners reading “Death to Turkey. Death to Erdogan” and threatening violence against Turkish soldiers unless Turkey’s forces are withdrawn.
"We are on high alert now awaiting orders from our commanders to set fire to the ground beneath the feet of Turkish soldiers," Amjad Salim, a local commander of the Bard Organization in Basra told Reuters.
"If Turkey thinks Iraq is busy with fighting Daesh [Islamic State] and it can seize the opportunity to deploy troops then it should think twice before making such a mistake," said Abu Muntathar al-Moussawi, a local commander of another militia group called Asaib Ahl al-Haq.In the Iraq’s south-eastern city of Nasiriyah demonstrators called on the country’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi to take a “firm stance” against Turkey’s “aggression,” Press TV reports.
During a protest in the city of al-Diwaniyah in central Iraq, hundreds of people called on the government to expel the Turkish ambassador and break off relations with Ankara.
Earlier on Saturday, al-Abadi once again condemned the deployment of Turkish troops to northern Iraq and stressed that Baghdad regards it not as an anti-terrorist action but as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Tensions between the two countries have increased dramatically since Turkey deployed about 150 soldiers backed by artillery and around 25 tanks to a base near the ISIS-controlled northern Iraqi city of Mosul on December 4.
Turkey has consistently claimed the troops were deployed in order to train local Kurdish Peshmerga forces adding that the move complied with previous agreements between Ankara and Baghdad.
Iraqi authorities regard the move a flagrant breach of the country’s sovereignty and repeatedly call on Ankara to withdraw its forces. Baghdad issued an ultimatum demanding that Turkish troops leave its territory but Turkey refused to comply with it.
Iraqi government also appealed to the UN Security Council about Turkish forces’ presence seeking assistance in resolving the crisis.
Erdogan said that Turkish forces withdrawal from Iraq is “out of question” and denounced the Iraqi appeal to the UNSC as “not honest.”


  1. Tensions between the two countries have increased dramatically since Turkey deployed about 150 soldiers backed by artillery and around 25 tanks to a base near the ISIS-controlled northern Iraqi city of Mosul on December 4.

    So, what are they up to ?

    Are those 25 tanks and artillery going to be given to and used by ISIS to help the defense of Mosul ?

    What else is there ?

    1. If the Roosians want payback for their downed jet, now is the chance. Tanks make good targets from the air.

      Perhaps the USA should target those tanks too. Better than hitting bed down positions.

      Then we would be in the Alice Wonderland of one NATO member bombing another NATO member's tanks and artillery and troops.

      Maybe this would lead to Turkey's exit from NATO, and we all seems to think that would be an excellent thing.

      I imagine the Roosians might think so, too.

  2. December 13, 2015
    Hillary tells another whopper
    By Kenneth Eliasberg

    Dishonest, incompetent, greedy, very angry, fundamentally unlikeable, and lacking a trace of integrity; you might think that the woman, now running to be our president, would get a bit of a grip on her more obvious failings. Like telling unnecessary whoppers. But she just can’t help herself - she has lived a lie for so long that she no longer can tell the difference between truth and falsehood. She very much reminds me of a statement made by David Horowitz (a real truth teller and a true patriot) in an effort to distinguish Al Gore and Bill Clinton: Clinton lies to help himself, Gore lies because he can’t help himself, i.e. he invented the internet, Love Story was about him and Tipper, etc.

    While Hillary’s lies remind one of Gore’s fables, they are actually worse. Why? Because they are so transparent and thus so easily proved wrong. That is, Gore told self-aggrandizing lies (because he had actually accomplished so little) so that his statements took on the color of an adolescent trying to invent an adult resume, i.e. they were not only transparently false, they were silly. Hillary tells lies that are not only unnecessary (the thing might just die of its own weight), she compounds the problem by making the lie much more blatant by giving it that much more exposure, e.g. her taking sniper fire at Tuzla, or Chelsea was in harm’s way on 9/11.

    Her latest whopper, in another effort to distance herself from her Benghazi failure, is that she never told members of the family of those killed at Benghazi, on their coffined return, that their deaths were the result of an anti-Muslim video that had aired on the internet. And not only was it clear at the time that she had said as much, but those members have now spoken out that that was their understanding of her remarks. And those remarks were widely publicized at the time of the coffined return of the Benghazi dead. She made it clear that they were going to get the person who made that video in order to bring justice to their deceased loved ones.

    Now is there any other reasonable interpretation of that statement than that the video was responsible for the tragedy at Benghazi?

    But we don’t have to speculate about Clinton’s deceit; 5 days after the Benghazi tragedy, Susan Rice went on 5 different T.V. news shows and attributed the attacks to the video. Are we to assume that Rice never checked with the State Department before going on those shows? In addition, Obama went before the U.N. more than a week after the Benghazi slaughter and clearly indicated that the “disgusting” video was to blame for its having happened. Would his own Secretary of State let him go out and lie to the world when she knew that it was a “terrorist” attack that had been the cause of the Benghazi disaster?

    No, Hillary did what Hillary does with great regularity -- she lied! And it was so unnecessary. Why compound your deceit by implying that it is the deceased’s loved ones who are lying? This is Hillary at her best: telling an unnecessary whopper, and, in the process, betraying her real failing -- a complete lack of judgment. That’s Hillary, a combination of mendacity and incompetence.

  3. Heh, Hillary said recently Islam has nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism -

    December 13, 2015

    Dhimmitude and Trump

    By Sha'i ben-Tekoa

    Although this journalist has not been a fan of Donald Trump, the man’s latest idea of barring the entry of Muslims into America hit a bull’s eye. The hysterical reaction by Americans of many stripes is evidence of that, but also of a terrifying reality: the growing triumph of dhimmitude in the United States.

    This word was invented by scholar Bat Ye’or, a European Jew born and raised in Egypt who now lives in Switzerland and is an expert on Islam’s history of governing non-Muslims, Jews and Christians in particular.

    The Arabic word dhimma means “protected” and refers to the status of a non-Muslim community living under Muslim rule. Muslims commonly brag that they have been good to the minorities whom they “protected,” but never mentioned is why they needed protection and from whom. The answer is from ordinary Muslims with no inhibitions about abusing ­the dhimmi, the ‘‘protected” people, such as throwing stones at them in the street for fun, stealing from them, molesting their daughters and wives, etc. Think of the life of Negroes in the Deep South in the ugly heyday of “Jim Crow” when white trash called every Negro man “boy.”

    Muslim governments “protected” their Jews because, unlike their own Believers who were largely illiterate, they provided services that the regime could not do without. They could keep records, manage commerce, speak foreign languages. They were protected lest the abuse became too oppressive and the community fled. For example, in 1679 in Yemen, the entire Jewish population was expelled into the desert to die, during which their immovable property was looted, but when it became clear the regime could not function with them, they were invited back.

    1. As per sharia law, the Jews as dhimmi were allowed to practice their religion but only by paying a huge, communal tax each year called the jizya. Commonly, the chief rabbi would deliver the cash to the local pasha who took the coins and, in these very public ceremonies, ritually slapped him in the face as a concrete manifestation of the Koranic commandment to “oppress and humiliate” the dhimmi and punish them for refusing to convert to Islam. For fourteen centuries, on a daily basis, Jews in Islam were abused like this.

      Scholar Bat Ye’or in her work not only studied the history of dhimmi life but observed how Europeans in our time have changed in reaction to the massive influx of Muslims who clearly do not come to Europe to become Europeans but only to enjoy a higher standard of living. The goal of these immigrants is not to assimilate into European culture but have Europeans adopt theirs.

      Dhimmitude, she said, was taking root in Europe as Europeans began to retreat and kowtow to Muslim demands. Europeans have been gradually morphing into a simulacrum of medieval Jews and Christians under Islam when non-Believers kept their heads down and bowed to the superiority of the One True Faith.

      And now the hysterical response to Donald Trump’s reasonable suggestion is evidence that the process is well advanced in America too. All Trump did was reference World War II when there were no tourists, businessmen or students entering the United States from Germany, Italy and Japan, let alone be given Green Cards as Muslims are today, whose ideology/religion is no less violently totalitarian than Nazism and Fascism. Trump merely raised the comparison between World War II and the present crisis, but across-the-board Americans shuddered at his “bigoted” idea.

      This is dhimmitude. Dhimmis are not allowed to be negative about Islam. His critics left and right also surely know, at some level of consciousness, that to criticize Islam is to make of oneself a target for Muslims who will license themselves to kill the critic, as the staffers at Charlie Hebdo in Paris found out.

      In Holland, Geert Wilders is a “prisoner” of his bodyguards. Likewise in the States, the lives of two American heroes, Pamela Geller and her partner Robert Spencer, are similarly constricted, and who wants to live like that?

    2. It is indicative of dhimmitude that not even one major pundit or politician has remembered the famous American history of the Mormons who began life as polygamists and for this were driven, sometimes violently, from town-to-town in the East until they fled into the wilderness of the West. Next to the Great Salt Lake their community flourished, and when their numbers reached the requirement for statehood, they applied but were rejected by Congress for being polygamists, when that behavior was illegal in every state and still is.

      Over the next Biblical generation of forty years, the Mormons repeatedly applied for statehood and were rejected every time until 1890 when they revamped their doctrine, outlawed polygamy, and entered the Union in 1896.

      On similar, legal grounds, Islam must be declared illegal in the United States, and all of its mosques padlocked by court order. Polygamy is a root cause of many of Islam’s social pathologies. It is organically connected to their abuse of women, cruel violence, inbreeding, rampant male-to-male sodomy and the fathering of too many children for their economies to support.

      Thus, the truly shocking aspect of Trump’s analogy was not the idea of barring Muslims but the cowardly response by Americans of not only Democrats but many Republicans and Conservatives who apparently have become obedient dhimmi to the politically correct cliché that all religions are of equal worth.

      No, they are not. Judeo-Christian civilization is superior to that of Islam. There are fifty-six officially Muslim states and not one is a liberal democracy that Americans would want to live in.

      Europe is now committing suicide by letting Islam grow inside of it, and what has happened there is happening in the U.S. Obama promised a “fundamental change” and this it: the Islamization of the United States. In his time in office, he has allowed into the country 680,000 Muslims and repeatedly refused to say anything negative about this culture that is so alien to Judeo-Christian America.

      Dhimmitude is a failure of nerve and loss of pride in one’s own life of the mind, religion, society and civilization.

    3. I can't stand Hillary Clinton. Can't stand her. Yuck.

  4. Just think, Hillary could become President and in a hundred years and 500 tons of Vermont marble later, she could be immortalized on The Mall, gazing into the future, at her pedestal, engraved in Latin ,"Venimus, vidimus, et mortuus est" -- then, one of the great icons in American history.

    On the first Monday, following 1 April, our descendants could celebrate her magnificence; little school children could perform plays on Hillary dodging bullets, hurrying to a waiting helicopter.

    The little fresh faced American children reciting Hillary Magnifica, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

  5. ...certainly no more absurd than the magnificent Abraham Lincoln, whose only deficit is that he didn't take his bullet on his inauguration date.


    Russia says one of its warships fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision.

    A Russian defence ministry statement said the Turkish vessel approached to 600m (1,800ft) before turning away in response to Russian small arms fire.

    The Turkish military attache in Moscow has been summoned to the foreign ministry over the incident.

    Relations remain tense over Turkey's shooting down of a Russian bomber.

    The Russian SU-24 bomber was shot down by two Turkish F-16s in the Turkish border-Syria area on 24 November. Turkey maintained the plane crossed into its airspace, although Russia disputes this.

    And last week, Turkey complained over what it said was a sailor on a Russian naval ship brandishing a missile launcher as the vessel passed through Istanbul. Russia rejected the criticism saying the crew had a "legal right" to protect the ship.


    MIAMI — On Dec. 16, 1987, a teenager named Marco Rubio arrived home from school in West Miami to find his mother in anguish.

    Earlier that day, federal drug agents raided a house a few miles away that his brother-in-law, Orlando Cicilia, shared with Rubio’s older sister, Barbara.

    Cicilia, a large, sturdily built Cuban immigrant, had played an intimate role in Rubio’s early life. But as the future senator from Florida was finishing high school and preparing to go to college, his brother-in-law’s illicit career as a cocaine dealer was exposed in a major trial. Cicilia was eventually sentenced to a lengthy prison term in one of the biggest drug cases of Miami’s baroque cocaine-cowboys era.

    Rubio, who was 16 at the time of the arrest, does not mention the ordeal as he runs for president, casting his family’s Cuban American immigrant story as the embodiment of the American Dream.

    There is no evidence that Rubio or his parents were aware of Cicilia’s drug dealing, and Rubio’s sister was not suspected of any crime. But a deep look at those turbulent years — drawing on previously unreported Drug Enforcement Administration field reports and grand jury testimony, interviews with federal task force agents, and the senator’s writings — reveals that Cicilia was a central figure in the smuggling operation at the same time that he was integrated in the life of the Rubio family.

  8. The violence in the Islamic world is not based upon the Koran ...

    Or the Muslim on Muslim violence would not be happening.

    ISLAMABAD - At least 18 people were killed and more than 40 wounded on Sunday in a powerful bomb blast in a remote town near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, just days ahead of Wednesday's upcoming first anniversary of a December 2014 Taliban attack on a school in the northern city of Peshawar.

    1. It is just power politics, and the sheeple, folks like Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, are looking for a simple excuse for it. They latch on to the religion of the perpetrators, and in that they find their justification, just as they blame black on black violence in the US on the race of the victims, or is it the perpetrators ...

    2. The position of Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson must be that the US invaded Iraq, because the US is at war with Islam.

      But the US military invades and occupies many countries, is the expansion of US power projection around the globe to be laid at the feet of Jesus Christ?

      Was the invasion of Iraq, by US, really just another religious Crusade, as George W. Bush once said?

    3. In a Newsday article issued December 3, 2003, political commentator James Pinkerton offered a more positive interpretation of the crusading analogy.

      Counting eight crusading expeditions between 1096 and 1270, and characterizing these as "defensive wars", he also likened three intermediate "Christian invasions" of the Middle East to "latter-day Crusades",
      nominating Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 as a "Ninth Crusade",
      the British occupation of Egypt in 1882 as a "Tenth Crusade",
      and the British and French mandates after World War I as an "Eleventh Crusade".[7]

      However, Pinkerton's renumbering of the War on Terrorism as the "Twelfth Crusade" has been overshadowed by references to the title of the Cockburn column.

      Then there is the Zionist Crusade of 1948 through the present, the "Thirteenth Crusade"
      Of which the Zionist, French and English campaign of Tripartite Aggression against Egypt in 1956 presents a telling moment.

  9. The Turks, predominately Muslims, have invaded Iraq, another predominately Muslim country, "Draft Dodger" Peterson relates that the cause of the invasion/incursion/occupation is the religion of the invaders.

    He is incorrect.


  10. Ted Cruz's Festival of Fraud

    You have to feel sorry for Ted Cruz. Donald Trump has hogged so much airtime with his cynical demagoguery that the senator from Texas has had a hard time capturing the attention of Republican voters. That is surprising, because when it comes to cynical demagoguery, this is the first time Cruz has ever lost out to anyone.

    His patented formula is a mix of repellent ingredients: misrepresentation of facts, baseless smears, exaggerated sincerity and pretended solidarity with the average person. If Cruz tells you it's raining, you can leave your umbrella at home.

    Most candidates need a full-length speech or a 45-minute town hall meeting to show off all the qualities that should disqualify them. But an interview he did with NPR the other day captured the essence of Cruz in six minutes of nonstop mendacity.

  11. .

    Sadly, Hillary is no pig in a poke. Everyone knows what she is. All the poll numbers indicate she has the worst unfavorables among the candidates. The American people don't trust her. She is an habitual liar and is corrupt. Yet, the same polls indicate she could be our next president. The same people who dislike and distrust her will vote for her simply because she is the Democratic candidate.

    On the other side, you have Trump, a caricature and a buffoon, a liar and a bigot, a nativist and a scaremonger, a man who appeals to the basest instincts in the American character. He has been leading in the nomination fight for one major party since day one though he will likely fade. Yet, there are people who will vote for him simply because he represents though sadly there will be many who vote for him because of the baseness he represents.

    This is the choice our political system offers us, a crook versus a demagogue. And if you want a perfect definition of dhimmihood, it is the pathetic sheeple who will vote for one or the other of this slime even knowing what they are.

    It's hard for me to believe that America could have sunk this low.


  12. The Bettors are figuring Hillary at 59% to Win the Presidency.

    The closest to her is Rubio at 16%.

    Trump is at 9%,

    Rubio is at 7%.


    1. Cruz is an agent of Wall Street and the banksters.
      His wife had a long career at Goldman Sachs.
      Residing in Texas, a Community Property state, so then did Cruz.

    2. .

      At the beginning, I thought Cruz would be out of this by now. I assumed he was just some local yokel from Texas, a non-entity like most of the other 15 to 20 candidates in the GOP field. Now, I take him a little more seriously.

      Having watched and listened a bit more, I take him more seriously. He is not stupid. He is clever and calculating. These are not meant as compliments but as observations. He is also a wannabe actor. He has said so on at least one of the late night shows.

      He has run a pretty clever campaign. He has gone out of his way to avoid a fight with any of the other GOP candidates, no doubt hoping to pick up their supporters when they fade. Only recently has he offered some tepid criticism of Trump and then only behind closed doors. Yet, when asked about Trump raising new 'birther' issues regarding Cruz' Canadian birth, Cruz simply says Trump is 'terrific'.

      I have seen the difference between the Cruz that is trying to pump up the troops at some prayer breakfast and the Cruz that conducts business during televised committee meetings in the Senate. There is a difference. I expect where Cruz to somehow get the nomination you would see a different Ted Cruz on the campaign trail than what you are seeing now. His acting ability (or pretensions if you like) will come in handy.

      I had pretty much written him off. But now with him rising in the polls and a FOX news poll putting him ahead in Iowa, I will probably look a little closer at what he is actually saying.


  13. According to the AP Poll, Hillary has the Highest "Favorables" among All the candidates, and her "Unfavorables" are dropping.

  14. The only possible way for the republicans to win is to break the democrat stranglehold on the black vote

    (maybe, get a black on the ballot for v.p.)

    1. Trump - Carson

      Either as GOP or a third wave ...

    2. .

      Right, might as well double down on nuts.


  15. .

    If junk bonds continue to head south, the stock market will likely follow and it will be one more example of FED policy screwing the pooch.



  16. .

    The following article from NBC

    talks about a possible three-way race within the GOP (Trump, Rubio, and Cruz) and breaks their support down among three major groups within the GOP, establishment, social conservative, and white working class. (Note: the article s part of a stream of articles put out by NBC. You might have to scroll up or down a bit to find it.)

    the article is fairly short and somewhat interesting in that t talks about a possible convention fight in the GOP. However, one paragraph caught my attention.

    In fact, the working class white lane, Mr. Trump's group, stands out for being on the low end of all three indicators - education, income and church attendance. It is a sign of how he is appealing to unique slice of the Republican electorate that has not had often had a champion in the past, those with lower incomes and education levels that are not big churchgoers. That is a slice of voters that has struggled to regain their footing economically since the Great Recession.

    I have called Trump's supporters low-intelligent. This study would tend to offer confirmation of that. However, it is also not quite that simple. His supporters are also a group that has taken it in the ass after the great recession and continue to do so. Trump is the only candidate that seems to have tapped into their fears.


  17. SOUTHWEST ASIA, December 13, 2015 — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

    Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

    Strikes in Syria

    Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

    -- Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded two ISIL fighters.

    -- Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed seven ISIL buildings.

    -- Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area and damaged two others.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicle bomb facilities, two ISIL staging locations, and five ISIL buildings.

    -- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.

    -- Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL vehicle bomb facilities.

    -- Near Ramadi, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL assembly area, two ISIL fighting positions, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

    -- Near Rawah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle bomb facility.

    -- Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and four ISIL fighting positions.

    -- Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.

  18. To the Suns, the Shits are apostates.

    To the Shits, the Suns are apostates.

    To both we are infidels.

    Each say the other ought to go, and all we infidels too, starting in the USA with the Polish in Hamtramck, Michigan. < :) > (I had to throw that in)

    It's a difference in interpreting the Koran, and early Islamic history.

    The fight is about the Koran, not oil.

    If it were about the oil, there would have been peace in all those centuries before the oil bubbled into the economic systems of the world.

    It is literary and historical memes fighting it out.

    A king comes and a king goes.

    Imams arise and die.

    The peasants come and the peasants go.

    All vanished.

    The memes live on, fighting it out in the next generation, and next, and the next.

    It is a literary/historical dispute.

  19. It seems we all mostly agree about Hillary these days.

    Differences of opinion about the Republican candidates, though.

    It's way too early to say but The Donald may well be the Republican nominee.

    It's certainly not going to be Jeb!

    $100 million isn't enough to turn the tide in Jeb's favor, it seems.

    He's got more money than anyone, save Trump, who is using his own, and not much of it due to all the free publicity he gets.

    The Donald might be able to take out Hillary. Everyone seems to think otherwise but I'm not so sure.

    She might be looking at a horrible FBI report one of these days.........even if Obama saves her from an indictment, it will look quite bad. It will surely be good viewing to watch The Donald blast into her...

    My guy being out of the running now, it seems, there's nothing left to do for me but watch the show.

  20. Iran has begun pulling its elite forces out of Syria, the pro-Saudi London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

    One reason the report cited for the withdrawal of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) troops is the heavy losses have suffered during the two months since Russia began conducting military operations there.

    According to the report, a Free Syrian Army officer claimed that tension between the Russians and Iranians has been mounting, due to near-daily casualties incurred by the latter, purportedly as a result of the former’s pushing for increased ground operations. The officer said he learned of this while eavesdropping on their communications.

    Reports were also circulating that the commander of the IRGC-Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, was seriously wounded during a battle in Aleppo.

    In addition, citing Iranian media sources, Al Arabiya reported that four members of the IRGC were “erroneously” killed in a Russian airstrike this week.



    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran said it has no differences with Russia over Syria, where Tehran and Moscow both stand behind President Bashar al-Assad, Iran’s Press TV reported on Sunday.

    “There is no disagreement between Iran and Russia with regard to Syria,” Hossein Amir Abdullahian, one of Iran’s deputy foreign ministers, was quoted as saying.

    He blamed claims of differences between Tehran and Moscow over Syria on “certain Western media.”

    Iran and Russia “diligently assist the Syrian army in the fight against terrorism,” the report said.

    Russia stepped into the Syrian war last month on the side of Assad’s regime, where it has been carrying out air raids nearly every day.

    Iranian troops are also actively involved in the Syrian war, with many Iranian solders, commanders and advisors reportedly killed in fighting groups opposed to the Syrian government.

    The US-led coalition, together with regional ally Turkey, stand opposed to Assad and have been assisting forces opposed to him.

  22. Whole thing sound a lot like Spain, 1936-1939. except there doesn't seem to be an end point.

    Pooty is having a good old time testing out his new cruise missiles that can be fired from submerged subs.

    He ought to have a few of his planes wander over into Iraq and blow up the Turkish tanks near Mosul.

    I imagine it has crossed his mind.

    1. Good ol' Pooty.

      He has taken the Cross.

      The ol' cold blue eyed killer and former KGB thug is out there fighting for Mother Russia and the future of Christiandom !


  23. Real Life Keystone Cops Break Into Wrong House, Shoot Dog, Homeowner, and Fellow Cop

    A real life Keystone Cop episode happened in Atlanta. The cops were called out to an alleged burglary, but no street address was given. So, the cops ASSumed that another nearby house fit the description close enough. That’s when things went from bad to worse:

    The bizarre incident unfolded shortly after 7:30 p.m. when three officers responded to a report of a suspicious person near Bouldercrest Road, but were not given a street address, DeKalb director of public safety Cedric Alexander said. The officers went to a home in the 1500 block of Boulderwoods Drive that matched the description given by a 911 caller, Dutton said.

    “Officers approached the residence and attempted to contact occupants at the residence,” he said. “No contact was made.”

    When officers went to the rear of the house, they found an unlocked screen and unlocked door and believed an intruder was inside, according to police. Officers entered the home through the unlocked door that led to the kitchen and announced their presence.

    When the police shot the dog, naturally, the homeowner went to see what was going on:

    1. “I hear Leah screaming, I see Chris walking out, ‘They just shot me, they just shot me, and they killed my dog,’” Colson recounted of the incident. “So I got him to lay down, took my shirt off and rendered first aid. And Chris just kept saying, ‘Why did they shoot me? Why did they shoot my dog?’ He says, ‘I opened the door to see what the dogs were barking at, and I see black uniforms and I hear pop-pop-pop-pop,’” Colson continued.

      But the epic blunder wasn’t over just yet. After they broke into the wrong home, killed a family pet, and shot the innocent and unarmedhomeowner, they also shot their fellow cop!

      One of the officers had to be transported in critical condition to the Grady Memorial Hospital after being shot by one of his own officers. That officer was in serious, but stable condition Tuesday morning after receiving a bullet to his hip.
      Meanwhile, the excuses from the police departments just keep coming. They were at the wrong house, but it wasn’t really their fault because they were given wrong information. They never owned up to shooting the family pet, a law-abiding citizen in his own home, or the fellow officer. And then they wonder why Black Lives Matter continues to go strong over one year later.

      Unlike the actual movies, where nobody ever got hurt, this episode created heartache and tragedy. But obviously, the people who devise these tactics lack all regard for human empathy

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    2. .

      A real life Keystone Cop episode happened in Atlanta. The cops were called out to an alleged burglary, but no street address was given. So, the cops ASSumed that another nearby house fit the description close enough...

      When officers went to the rear of the house, they found an unlocked screen and unlocked door and believed an intruder was inside...

      If true, they all ought to be prosecuted for felony stupid and blatant indifference for life and limb. At a minimum. This is too often the process these days.

      If you can't feel safe sitting in your own house drinking a beer, were the hell are we?


    3. The same place a lot of folks have been for a long, long time.

    4. It is really sickening. This is another consequence of eliminating the draft. Cops and firemen join the National Guard and the Army Reserve because when called up, they do not lose their jobs and they get two pensions.

      The Pentagon and our shit bird Rulers and Masters get us involved in one idiotic losing war after another, but don't have the active duty manpower to support it. So they call up the Guard and Reserves.

      They do their "Warrior' bad ass gig and come back with the same OOrah crap attitude including putting an American Flag on their uniform.(No shit assholes, we know you are an American). They extrapolate that it is them against us, the good guys against the bad and the lines are so blurred we not only are stuck with a kleptocracy but a thugocracy with the cops.

    5. Good Grief.

      They even shot one of their own.

      And the dog.

      An equal opportunity fuck up.

    6. Deuce would have liked my deceased Aunt's Spitz dog name Pella (little boy in Swedish).

      He was fierce and would always attack anyone with a uniform on - postal guy, cop, fireman, you name it. Even growl at the gas station attendant if he had a cap and uniform on, as some did in the old days.

      We had to keep him on a leash at ALL times.

      Pella is the only dog yet that made me feel great when he finally died.

  24. For Ash, the only one here who fully fits the descriptors 'earnest young man, a social justice warrior - a misguided young idealist --

    December 13, 2015
    Your Sunday video treat
    By Thomas Lifson

    Dinesh D’Souza gave a lecture at Amherst College and took questions from the audience. One earnest young man, a social justice warrior, asked him a question and got a Socratic education.

    Watch and savor. And if you happen to know any misguided young idealists, send the link to them.


    Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ

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    It's not working out for Lindsey.

    If absolutely no one will vote for you, attack the voters.

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