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The Donald patriotic as a fickle wind

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Donald Trump is no intellectual, but he sure knows what drives wingnuts into fits of rage.

The thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children are being treated better than American veterans and a Marine stuck in Mexico, Donald Trump said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show.

The mouthbreathers think the President’s a foreigner, so Donald plays him up as a traitor. Trump, perhaps even above money, loves a tawdry thrill.

Which is why Obama is exactly the sort of guy to run your mother over with a welcome wagon racing to the border. Or haven’t you noticed? And what about those expeditionary patriots returning from some guerrilla war, only trying to get themselves back home? Back to family, Sunday School and apple pie – what about them? Why are they being shot down at the border, or something?

“You know, the only one we can’t get back into the country is our Marine,” Trump said on Thursday, referring to U.S. Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi, who mistakenly crossed in to Mexico with firearms and is being held there by the Mexican government. “I mean, everyone else is flowing in from Mexico and the Marine is stuck in prison.”

Any red-blooded Commander Guy would have invaded Mexico by now and liberated the Marine. Does it really matter how many of another country’s foreign laws the guy’s broken? When he’s a Marine? Sorry he spit on your tacos, Judge Flaco, but we’re all going home now. And we’re sorry about the body count too, pal, GrxiasBye.

But no, not in this America, and not now. Instead of having a strong leader, this nation has been stuck with… an African Cumbaya. There he is now down on his knees, at the Mexican border, only too happy to receive the disease-ridden chupacabritos with his open arms. And dare I say with our best healthcare:

Additionally, needy veterans continue to suffer from through the widespread mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, he said, “but I guarantee we’ll take care of these [immigrants] if they come.”

Donald’s point being that Americans are the best. So they deserve only the best we can offer. For a president to give preferential care and treatment to others – who haven’t yet earned it, obviously, absent even the smallest virtues or sacrifices – is an example of treasonous politics. Foreign favoritism. Anti-Americanism, sheer and stark. Harumph.

Oh and by the way, speaking of sacrifices. Did you hear about the two Americans who came down with Ebola?

An American doctor and another U.S. aid worker helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa are now infected with disease.

The first American reported to have contracted the disease is Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, from Fort Worth, Texas, the North Carolina-based charity Samaritan’s Purse said…

The second American to contract the disease was identified as Nancy Writebol of Charlotte, N.C. Isaacs said she was a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital where Samaritan’s Purse has an Ebola care center on the grounds. He said she was in stable and serious condition.

About that, there’s some good news. They’re being returned home. No surprise, it’s their best shot at surviving the deadly disease.


So now they’ll be getting the country’s very best healthcare.


Because they’re Americans, and they deserve nothing less.

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Goldberg: TV vampires aren’t cool because they’re Jewish stereotypes

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You might think you’re a real cool cat. Like you listen to the rock n’ roll music. Or you watch that horror show on TV. Maybe you smoke a little of the pot. Well aren’t you special? But tell me, Jeff Spicoli, do you think you’re cool enough to try a little…REALITY?

[True Blood] was intended from the outset to provide running commentary on gay issues. It was never subtle about this. The opening credit sequence shows a sign like you might see outside a small town church or fire station that reads “God Hates Fangs.”

This is what intullexyools call ‘subtext.’ Sometimes it’s more interesting than what’s happening onscreen. Sometimes there’s even a second secret meaning to the story, behind the first secret one, that only the very smartest people can perceive. That’s why we keep ole’ Jonah around, and Hollywood – are you listening? J’Accuse.

According to True Blood’s own storyline, vampires have been evil, bigoted, cruel, and murderous for millennia. They have their own secret, manipulative agenda. They control events from dark corners. They quite literally have the power to brainwash people. Not surprisingly, the comparison to vampires is a classic staple of anti-Semitism.

BOOM people. Stone cold knowledge dropped on your ass. And on your 13 year-old niece, that jew-hating bitch.

First the whole original storyline is about how Bill Compton is different than other vampires because he’s noble and decent, suggesting the other vamps aren’t. Second, try to make that kind of “it’s not all gays” or “it’s not all blacks” or (outside of the Middle East, U.N. or, increasingly, MSNBC) “it’s not all Jews” argument without sounding bigoted. Hey, I can’t be anti-vampire, some of my best friends are vampires!

And yet True Blood gets away with this argument every week. If there’s anything worse than a bigot, it’s an artfag bigot.

And, third, let me explain something else: Shut up.

YOU TELL ‘EM. Goddamn what would we do without wingnut cultural critique? How could we go on without ever having to read stuff like this?

Conservatism is the Ramones at CBGB – loud, fast and alive. In contrast, liberalism is the headliner at a state fair concert. It’s Foghat, serenading its anesthetized fans as America slow rides into decline.

Couldn’t bare it.

And the fans have eagerly embraced America’s decline around the world. Yeah, Obama’s been through the desert on a horse with no name, and when he left the desert he called it a victory even though ISIS took over.

Gimme some WATER
Cuz’ I shot a Sunni on the Pakistan border…

I miss those old Cal Jam festivals.

In the desert you can’t remember your name
With the ghost of Neville Chamberlain a-hauntin’ your brain
La laaa laaaaaaa……

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Didn’t kidnap anyone, didn’t kill anyone, deserving to die all the same

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It’s only 1000 Palestinians. It’s not yet September The Eleventh in Gaza. Remind yourselves of that, and maybe you’ll feel better about it.

The total population of the United States is 313.9 million people. Suppose some Martian power invaded the US and started bombing it coast to coast from land, sea, and air and killed precisely the same percentage of Americans, namely 0.055 percent. How many Americans would that be? It comes down to 172,852 people – men, women, children, and even entire families.

Killing one half of one tenth percent of a large community is mass-murder. A dreadful atrocity. 80 percent of the dead have done nothing wrong by anybody’s standards. How can this be happening? Why would Americans be willing to tolerate it?

Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
Adam Horowitz and Phil Weiss on July 26, 2014 42

Truth is famously the first casualty of war, and the Israeli war on Gaza is no exception. Yesterday Jon Donnison of the BBC pulled the rug out from under the Israeli government’s pretext for the Gaza onslaught with a series of tweets about a conversation he’d had with Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June.

The boys were not killed by Hamas, Rosenfeld told Donnison, as he reported on Twitter:


It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All
By Katie Zavadski

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region…

BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions…

Today, she was proven right:


OH NO the justification for Israel making a slaughterhouse of Gaza is a lie. Doesn’t it always end up like this? Does anybody wanna split a pizza? If I remember my polls correctly, more than half of Americans now believe they were opposed to the Iraq War in 2003 when they weren’t. Alternatively, more than half of Republicans still believe that Saddam Hussein was somehow responsible for 9/11 when he wasn’t. We flatter ourselves that we’re a real smart bunch. We think we always know right from wrong, but we don’t.

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It’s the National Football League over women in a rout

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Back in February of this year Baltimore Raven running backray rice and girlfriend Ray Rice and his girlfriend Janay Palmer were leaving an Atlantic City casino when the two got into a verbal altercation. Ray punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious. TMZ posted a video of the football star dragging Janay’s limp body from an elevator.

Yesterday the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell handed down Rice’s punishment for breaking the league’s conduct policy: a two-game suspension. His coach was pleased.

“It’s not a big deal; it’s just part of the process,” Coach Harbaugh said. “We’ve said from the beginning that the circumstances will determine the consequences. There are consequences when you make a mistake like that. I stand behind Ray. He’s a heck of a guy.”

His teammates were relieved.

“Ray Rice is a great guy. I’ve known him for six, seven years now. I know he knows he made a mistake and he’s going to work through it,” said Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. “All I can do is just support him and be his teammate”…

“…I know how Ray is as a person and I know how Janay is, and they’re working to improve on everything,” said wide receiver Torrey Smith. “I’ll be glad when those two games are up.”

The fans were satisfied.

“I think it was the right decision. I don’t think it was harsh,” one Ravens fan said.

“Everybody makes mistakes, and I guess he made a mistake. And I guess his testimony will be proving it to us on the field,” said another.

“He’s a good guy at heart. We’re all human,” another fan said.

“It’s his first offense. I think that, all and all, it was fitting of what he did,” another said.

But there were dissenting opinions. Mine for instance. I’ve said before that the NFL is shockingly tolerant of violence against women.

That’s not to say that they’re tolerant of all offensive behavior. Last year the Miami Dolphins suspended Richie Incognito for bullying and casual racial slurs, and that lasted for eight games. The league just suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon for smoking pot, and that’s a season-long ban – sixteen games. I suppose if we’re to gauge the NFL’s value system, we’re to assume that being a pothead is eight times worse than beating a woman senseless. Strange.

Unfortunately, beating women, or even killing them, is nothing new to professional football. Here’s a look at just a few of Ray Rice’s fellow ball carriers:

In 1999, Jim Brown was convicted of vandalizing his wife’s car. He also was charged with “making” terrorist threats to her, a charge later dropped.

The court gave Brown the option of doing community service and receiving counseling, rather than doing jail time. He refused, taking the six-month jail sentence, released after four months. While in jail, he went on a hunger strike for two weeks.

Rather than suffer through anger management classes, the Greatest Running Back Ever went to jail, then went on a hunger strike.

At 12:10 am on June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside Brown’s Bundy Drive condo in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson had divorced two years earlier. Evidence found and collected at the scene led police to suspect that O.J. Simpson was the murderer. Nicole had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck with defense wounds on her hands. The wound through her neck was gaping, through which the larynx could be seen, and vertebra C3 was also incised.

The Second Greatest Running Back Ever slashed the neck of his ex-wife from ear to ear.

Lawrence Phillips may be the poster boy for anger control problems. He has been convicted several times of assaulting women. The most notable probably came into college when he broke into his ex’s dorm and then dragged her by the hair down three flights of stairs.

Philips is currently serving a 30-year sentence after he tried to run over a group of teens after they got into an argument during a pick-up football game.

One of Nebraska’s Greatest Running Backs Ever is serving 30 years in prison for a number of violent crimes. Sadly Phillips never became an NFL star, perhaps because he revealed his tendencies in college.

This was no one-time crime. For the first time, authorities had connected all the attacks and realized what they had. “Because of his history, this guy’s basically a serial rapist,” said Simpson, who noted that [Dave] Meggett’s attacks all followed a similar pattern: He targeted young, vulnerable, and compromised white women. He befriended them — or “groomed” them, in criminal justice parlance — often under a false name. Finally, he used the same hold while raping them. His pattern of this behavior was known to stretch back more than a decade, and as his life spun out of control, the behavior was escalating, with the time between assaults becoming shorter.

One of the New York Giants Greatest Running Backs – their Greatest Kick Returner Ever – raped an untold number of women. He’s also now serving 30 years.

Now how about some wide receivers? The Carolina Panthers:

Rae Carruth’s girlfriend, the woman carrying his baby, was shot four times in a drive-by shooting. She survived long enough to call 9-1-1.

She described to the dispatchers that Carruth pulled up in front of her and stopped his car so that she could not move. The assailants soon drove up next to her and shot her. Carruth received an 18-24 year sentence for his involvement in the crime.

The Seattle Seahawks:

According to witnesses at the scene and the Crown prosecutors, [Tommy] Kane had been discussing suicide before his wife arrived. While arguing about the possibility of divorce, he dragged her into the kitchen by the hair, slammed her head on the floor, punched her repeatedly in the face, and stabbed her in the throat…

Canadian Superior Court Justice Fraser Martin described Kane as “narcissistic” and “manipulative.” He also said, “By your act, Mr. Kane, four children are deprived of their mother. The circumstances of the homicide were particularly shocking.” He sentenced Kane to 18 years in prison, which Kane’s attorney told the press was “unusually harsh.”

The Miami Dolphins:

…Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was released on bail today after allegedly head-butting his new wife during an argument over his purchase of a box of condoms.

Johnson, 34, and his wife, Evelyn Lozado, who have a reality TV show due to premiere next month, were ordered to have no contact.

The two were unpacking groceries Saturday night when Lozado found a receipt for a box of condoms in the trunk, according to the police report. They sat in the driveway in their parked Smart Car, arguing, when Johnson grabbed Lozado and headbutted her, she told Davie, Fla., police.

Here’s what Johnson did:

evelyn lozada in hospital

Maybe if the fans could see pictures of the victims they’d begin to care. And maybe that’s the way to get the league to change, by getting the people who pay their salaries involved. Left to themselves, the NFL has never shown any interest in protecting the girlfriends and wives of their players. Yesterday was no different.

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Wall Street Journal sees all Gazans as legitimate targets

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Thane Rosenbaum wrote himself a real Wall Street Journal corker the other day, but that’s not too surprising. Among the mainstream media there’s not much to offer in the manner of decent reporting or analysis when it comes to the current invasion of Gaza. There’s not much honesty to be found among Americans generally when it comes to what the Israelis choose to do – they’re our best friends, and that’s just that.

So we have gotten accustomed to outlets from NPR to Fox News looking at the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from a terrorist/civilian perspective. Can you really blame the victims for wanting to fight back? Can you criticize them for killing the bad guys at a 10/1 or 100/1 clip? Yes, of course you can. When the Israelis have all the power, money, technology and superpower support, you certainly can.

Just because your friends want to stomp on their neighbors like cockroaches – in violation of international law – doesn’t mean that they should. This is where Thane Rosenbaum and I disagree.

Let’s state the obvious: No one likes to see dead children. Well, that’s not completely true: Hamas does. They would prefer those children to be Jewish, but there is greater value to them if they are Palestinian.

Great opening. Thane’s…let’s call it aversion…to Palestinian people is quite striking. He doesn’t hate them for a paltry one or two reasons. He hates them for everything – including the way they loathe their own children. Presumably the daily images of weeping parents in Gaza come about when Israeli warplanes take out a bus terminal rather than a daycare center.

Outmatched by Israel’s military, handicapped by rocket launchers with the steady hands of Barney Fife, Hamas is playing the long game of moral revulsion.

Thane gets wound up pretty quickly. Hamas are so pathetic a bunch they can’t even launch their own modern air force or satellite systems. That’s probably because they’re all neurotic losers like Barney Fife. I don’t understand why the IDF haven’t routed these basket-cases already.

Their weapon of choice, however, seems to be the cannon fodder of their own people, performing double duty in also sounding the drumbeat of Israeli condemnation.

What is the Palestinian ‘weapon of choice’? The cannon fodder of their own people. Rosenbaum assumes Gazans are strategically hoarding whatever their own cannons have been blowing up. If this is true and they’re hucking shredded tin cans and wads of paper at Israeli warplanes, this would explain their limited anti-aircraft capabilities. Gazans should make better choices. On the other hand I confess that any weapon ‘performing double duty in also sounding the drumbeat of Israeli condemnation’ is a fascinating multi-functional wonder. The Sammy Davis Jr. of the conflict.

If you can’t beat Iron Dome, then deploy sacrificial children as human shields.

If you can’t get a missile past their defenses then go and get yourself some sacrificial children. Place them strategically in the kitchens and living rooms of homes to be demolished by Israeli airstrikes. Cleverly use the rest of the children for bomb-making and related household chores.

Civilian casualties will continue to mount. The evolving story will focus on the collateral damage of Palestinian lives. Israel’s moral dilemma will receive little attention.

Number of Israeli civilians killed in this conflict? Two. Number of Israelis killed in such conflicts all of last year? Six. Last month, a pair of anti-government terrorists assassinated two policeman then shot a Wal-Mart shopper in Las Vegas. You don’t see the Marines invading Nevada, do you?

Each time the ledgers of relative loss are reported, world public opinion will turn against the Jewish state and box Israel into an even tighter corner of the Middle East.

I’m rarely swayed by ledger-reporting, but death tolls can be shocking. Does Thane wonder why Israel is getting such bad press? No. It’s more like he’s shocked anybody could feel sorry for the mean old Palestinians. Sure, they used to be able to dodge Israeli offensives by escaping into the Sinai Peninsula – before the Egyptians started shooting everyone on sight – but with all the dead children on television now, it’s the poor Israelis who are starting to feel BOXED IN.

Well they shouldn’t feel too bad. Wanna know why? Sure, Thane will tell you:

Under such maddening circumstances, are the adults, in a legal and moral sense, actual civilians? To qualify as a civilian one has to do more than simply look the part…After all, when everyone is wearing casual street clothing, civilian status is shared widely.

When 99% of the ‘civilians’ are not armed, civilian status is shared widely. It’s true. That’s not just looking the part, that’s living it. But when the last 1% are armed, that’s a game-changer for Thane. Worse yet:

The people of Gaza overwhelmingly elected Hamas, a terrorist outfit dedicated to the destruction of Israel, as their designated representatives. Almost instantly Hamas began stockpiling weapons and using them against a more powerful foe with a solid track record of retaliation.

What did Gazans think was going to happen?

And what did Thane think was going to happen? Is he remotely aware that beside operating hospitals and schools, and stockpiling weapons, Hamas gets involved in other things? They tamp down the 24-hour society-wide calls for revenge against the Israelis. The kidnapping and murder of three teens went down in Hebron – over in the West Bank – and was neither ordered nor approved by Hamas leadership. The Israelis knew this immediately after it happened. So why is Israel killing hundreds of civilians IN GAZA? That’s the real question.

Thane, and the American center-right, et. al., hold on to these uniformly craven views of Palestinians so they can argue sincerely that non-Israelis aren’t entitled to the same consideration you and I are. It’s Rosenbaum’s essential point: As god as my witness, these people are different.

Surely they must have understood on election night that their lives would now be suspended in a state of utter chaos. Life expectancy would be miserably low; children would be without a future. Staying alive would be a challenge, if staying alive even mattered anymore.

Wouldn’t want to live if I were you. Know what I mean? Can’t you just see? No – and this is why the Arab untermenschen deserve everything the Israelis do to them. The U.N. warns us against “Collective Punishment,” and tells us it’s against international law, but the Wall Street Journal wants us to come around to this way of thinking.

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Rick Perry in all his urgent glory

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He’s got great hair, nerdy new glasses – they make him look less stupefied – and, best of all, he’s got a golden political opportunity. Texas Governor Rick Perry won’t let those bedraggled immigrant children on his border go to waste.

The governor’s office confirmed this morning that Rick Perry will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to beef up patrols in South Texas.

Now this is how a future president responds to a humanitarian crisis.

Perry said he is concerned about the human costs of allowing cartel, gangs and criminals to come across the border while the Border Patrol is preoccupied with the surge of unaccompanied children.

“The price of inaction is too high for Texans to pay,” Perry said.

So Perry will deploy the military. He could have sent food and water to the border, and that would have gone a longer way to combating the crisis, but there are the many bullet-ridden bodies of Texans littering the streets to consider first, so the National Guard gets the call. Godspeed everybody, and let us know when the grain silos have been cleared of insurgents.

The guard troops will be embedded with state troopers and other law enforcement because they cannot legally detain someone on their own authority.

“I will not stand idly by while American citizens are attacked and children are living in squalor,” Perry said in explaining his action.

Hell no not the Rickster. He will not stand idly by, presumably because children living in squalor has been his gig all along:

There was a 47 percent increase in the rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011, according to the Kids Count report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities… Twenty-seven percent of Texas children were living in poverty in 2011, a rate that put the Lone Star State among the nine worst states.

Perry became governor back in 2000. The only governors more dismissive of child poverty over the same period are his Republican fraternity pals in neighboring Southern states, so there’s a cross-border competitiveness in play here.

But even more than that, there’s a White House in play. And there’s a certain thoughtful, bespectacled Southern politician who is dead-set on taking up residence there in 2017. Luckily for him there are millions of conservative voters now staring at his porous border. They see the violence-plagued children that breach it every day, and they worry what will come next. Can’t anybody take responsibility for this problem? Isn’t there someone who can fix it?

PERRY: We either have an incredibly inept administration or they’re in on this somehow. I hate to be conspiratorial, but how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?

Of course there is. Rick Perry’s your man.

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The Economist is Das Derp

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I am always impressed by economists who can publicly fellate themselves.

Lying commies
The more people are exposed to socialism, the worse they behave
The Economist • Jul 19th 2014

It’s a smidge surprising that a capitalist pig would be so critical of communism, you know?

Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8)…Each participant was asked to throw a die 40 times and record each roll on a piece of paper. A higher overall tally earned a bigger payoff. Before each roll, players had to commit themselves to write down the number that was on either the top or the bottom side of the die. However, they did not have to tell anyone which side they had chosen, which made it easy to cheat by rolling the die first and then pretending that they had selected the side with the highest number.

Then someone does the statistical number crunching and figures out the participants lied. The interesting thing here is who the biggest liars turned out to be:

…those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany…

Presto it was the former card-carrying Communist Party members that turned out to be the biggest liars. Greedy bastards…

They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.

OH. It was the victims of East German totalitarianism that turned out to be the biggest liars. Poor schlubs, that’s different. Entirely different I’d say. Perhaps it’s time for a capitalist pig to go back to school and find out who The Communists really were. Also, maybe to get a handle on reading comprehension.

The study reveals nothing about the nature of the link between socialism and dishonesty. It might be a function of the relative poverty of East Germans, for example.

Poverty might cause people to lie, for money. You don’t say. This experiment is drifting further and further from Das Kapital and closer to ‘Duh’ by the minute. Well thankfully America isn’t cursed with either poor people or dishonesty – by design.

Speaking of which, you know what would make for some kickass laissez faire honesty? Any mention of the unsubtle differences between socialism and communism. A few words on Germany’s version of free-market capitalism would also suit me fine

Germany has the world’s oldest national social health insurance system, with origins dating back to Otto von Bismarck’s social legislation, which included the Health Insurance Bill of 1883, Accident Insurance Bill of 1884, and Old Age and Disability Insurance Bill of 1889.

Heath insurance mandated by federal law. T’would make Ayn Rand choke on her strudel.

All the same, when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one.

All the same, communists are liars even when they’re not communists but poor people though you swear they’re really socialists but you have no idea what that means even while the real point isn’t about honesty but instead about ethics and how children are raised in foreign countries full of socialist institutions you know nothing about. Good post, really thanks.

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Being Nice to Dogs in Our Space Age

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Charles Krauthammer keeps his Pulitzer Prize on the bathroom shelf. He won it for his enthusiasms in the category of political commentary. On either side of the reflex to put a coaster under his whiskey tumbler, though, there’s not yet much room for human decency.

Moral clarity in Gaza
By Charles Krauthammer • July 17 at 5:35 PM

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

I want you to tell me how I could mount a military campaign where I ‘knock’ on houses, say here in Los Angeles, in South Central for example, then blow them all to fucking bits and still be seen as a good guy. Please, tell me. How can anyone wipe out entire neighborhoods – residents included [300 and counting] – and be called a decent human being?

The Israelis luxuriate in these paltry table manners because they’re drama queens, and Charles couldn’t be more taken. They consider themselves to be more civilized than the mangy animals who fire rockets across their borders, even though any attack has about a 1 in 100 chance of killing civilians. Our fast friends are nowhere near as savage and stupid as that – every missile they launch is ten times more powerful than any Katyusha, and 99 out of 100 times civilian casualties result. And if that seems depraved and one-sided, especially as far as drama goes, let’s admit that Joan Crawford wasn’t much for sharing the spotlight.

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister.

Earth is chock-full of prime ministers, incidentally. And you could pretty much use any one of them as a reference guide for moral clarity, know what I mean? I would be quick to hold one up as an example of universal decency, particularly during wartime.

“We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

The Israel Space Agency was founded in 1983. The Palestinians haven’t yet launched a single satellite – and that’s not just a shocking fact, that’s a confession of character.

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And the missile’s pinkie was pointed at the clear blue sky…

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You’d think that someone who was once captured and tortured by enemy forces would be scarred by war. You’d think he’d be wary of state-sponsored violence. You’d think he’d be the last person to want to subject innocent civilians to such horrors, but John McCain is nothing if not a maverick.

Sen. John McCain praised Israel on Sunday for what he called restraint in its response to renewed violence in the Gaza conflict.

“The restraint of the Israelis, in my view, is admirable,” the Arizona Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

I’ve never heard anyone call an air-to-surface missile ‘restrained.’ Did it take care not to fly over finishing schools and dance studios? Were its circuits pre-set to ‘continental’? Or ‘cosmopolitan’?

The death toll from Israel’s air attack on the Gaza Strip is continuing to rise with over 120 Palestinians dead. Israel says it wants to put an end to Hamas firing rockets at its citizens. No Israelis have been killed although eight were injured including one seriously when a rocket hit a petrol station in Ashdod.

How do you know you’ve been killed by a polite missile? It holds the roof open for your soul. After you, thank you, you’re too kind.

“Because there haven’t been more Israelis casualties isn’t because Hamas, a terrorist organization, hasn’t tried,” McCain said. “They are indiscriminately targeting civilians, while the Israelis are going so far as warning the people in Gaza on the pending strikes. There’s a dramatic difference.”

There’s a dramatic difference in formalities. That’s true.

Who knows who lived in the two first-floor apartments above a home for eight disabled adults in a neighbourhood of eastern Gaza? Perhaps, as a neighbour suggests, one was a militant with Islamic Jihad who lived there with his family. But the neighbour says he is not sure. What is certain is that the occupant was absent early on Saturday when two Israeli drones “knocked on his roof” – firing warning shots to encourage civilians to vacate the building prior to a strike.

A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile into the house. But it did not detonate on the first floor. Instead, it smashed through to the ground floor, where the explosion ripped through the room where five of the disabled people were sleeping, killing two and injuring the others.

A neighbour found one of the dead after he noticed flies buzzing around where she was buried. “A body! A body!” the man shouted. Gingerly he lifted the piece of concrete concealing a curly head of hair, face down in the debris.

Atef Abed, a supervisor with the private charity that runs the home, recognised Suha Abu Saada, 47, as her body was dug out of the rubble, one of her legs missing.

Can’t blame the Israelis for that. They warned the building, ergo the charity for the disabled. ‘You’re about to be blown to smithereens,’ they said, in rooftop missile drone-ese, which is how one demonstrates McCain-pleasing restraint. It’s not exactly the sort of restraint shown by not-blowing-up a bunch of cripples in the middle of the night, but it’s better than nothing. So if you’re a Palestinian paraplegic and you can’t crawl into your wheelchair at 4:30 in the morning to roll yourself out of way of a chivalrous airstrike, it’s your own fault. Nobody will ever want you for a Bridge partner, that’s for sure. Cucumber sandwich?

The number of dead in Gaza reached at least 159, Palestinian medical sources said, the majority of whom were civilians, according to the United Nations agency for humanitarian affairs. More than 1,000 people have been wounded…

The rising death toll has sparked international concern over the proportionality of Israel’s response to rocket fire from Gaza. The rockets have struck deeper into Israel than in past conflicts, but have caused only one serious civilian injury. There have been no Israeli deaths as a direct result of a rocket strike.

Oh heavens now it’s 159 to zero. Mercy rule?

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Children of The Maize

game over man game over

I’m having a hard time deciding how terrified of the migrant border children I should be.

Should I be piss-my-pants and shriek-like-a-howler-monkey scared? Or should I be ran-into-tipsy-Michele-Bachmann-at-Trader-Vic’s-then-she-put-her-tongue-in-my-ear-I-can-still-feel-it-in-there hysterical? I mean look at this:

As a physician for over 30 years, I am well aware of the dangers infectious diseases pose. In fact, infection diseases remain in the top 10 causes of death in the United States…

As such, reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning.

You can just imagine all those eight year-olds who have spent time in a Moscow prison for smuggling Siamese heroin out of Sierra Leone. And of course every one of them wants to come here, across the Sonoran desert in the summertime, just so they can get a free bowl of soup and the promise of a postal route in Murrieta ten years from now. BEWARE. This is how the bowel-eviscerating plague of dengue ebolulosis – and Freedom – spreads, people.

On the “Fox & Friends” program, Gov. Rick Perry bemoaned record-high apprehensions of individuals not from Mexico near the nation’s southern border. Perry then said: “These are people that are coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations.”

Frankly I’d rather have a few Syrian children hanging around here, lighting off a few firecrackers, than have them taking those long-study courses in bomb-making and mayhem they teach in war-torn countries. But then:

…we rated as Half True a softer statement by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that in the first 19 months of Barack Obama’s presidency, the U.S. detained people from nations designated as state sponsors of terrorism on the southwestern border.

While nearly everyone detained near the border was a Mexican national, Cornyn showed that in the cited period, there were 153 apprehensions of Cubans, 17 of Iranians, seven of Sudanese and two of Syrians.

When only two Syrians are nabbed at the Texas border over a year-and-a-half, you know what this means. Many more surely must have gotten through. The real number is probably in the thousands, which proves that Syrians are the most dangerous children on Earth. They’re so good at hide n’ seek their parents can’t even find them.

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Dick Cheney has a hard-on for ISIS but I sadly do not

blood reign o'er thee

Noise next door, shut the hell up. I’m out of milk. I get annoyed on Saturday mornings.

The Truth About Iraq
And why it matters
The Weekly Standard • Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Someone wants to tell me a delightful story. I’m not in the mood to hear it.

• By DICK CHENEY and LIZ CHENEY

Why if it isn’t thee Mr. and Mrs. Bollocks, how revolting.

The larger war, of which the liberation of Iraq was part, is still ongoing. Winning it requires that we understand the truth about the liberation of Iraq, the challenges America faced in the aftermath of the invasion, how we overcame them with the 2007-08 surge, how we defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq and established a stable, functioning nation allied with America in the heart of the Middle East.

Listening to the Martial Twins you’d think we’d been fighting for the survival of the United States all this time, and in 2008 we had the battle won. Then someone came along and threw our country to the jackals of ISIS, ergo Hello Kitty ipso facto Fallujah. The only terrorists I’ve been troubled by were the ones Dick Cheney all but escorted onto planes back in 2001. They killed .0001% of us, and that wasn’t much of a threat to the country, for sure, but it sure made me sick.

Reality intrudes upon a farce. It wasn’t until the adoring fascists raised Dick Cheney in a sedan chair and returned him to Satan’s lanai that anyone laid a glove on Osama bin Laden. It wasn’t until Dick settled back into his familiar environs, with a 199-inch big screen television playing Fox News, and a kitchen larder fairly full of the Iraqi children he slaughtered, the faces of which he peels and eats like so many artichoke leaves, that al Qaeda really suffered for what they did. That’s when Barack Obama began killing the people Dick Cheney depended upon to sustain his earthly reputation. So now Dick wants to recruit ISIS – and you, incidentally – for the same purpose, but Fuck You.

Those who say the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a mistake are essentially saying we would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still in power. That’s a difficult position to sustain. It is undisputed, and has been confirmed repeatedly in Iraqi government documents captured after the invasion, that Saddam had deep, longstanding, far-reaching relationships with terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and its affiliates.

9/11 Commission member Warren Bass:

Early in its best-selling final report, the independent, bipartisan commission rendered a judgment on Osama bin Laden’s relationship with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, rooted in a rigorous review of intelligence reports, that differs flatly from the Cheneys’ view: “The reports describe friendly contacts and indicate some common themes in both sides’ hatred of the United States. But to date we have seen no evidence that these or the earlier contacts ever developed into a collaborative operational relationship. Nor have we seen evidence indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States.”

So Fuck Fuck You.

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The marks and scares I carry with me

C'mon help ol' Gil out here...

It’s always good to be reading the writings at Townhall.

Today is George W. Bush’s 68th birthday. A man who, according to his father, “faced the greatest challenge of any president since Abraham Lincoln.”

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, would disagree. 60 million dead people too.

Now here comes a clever typo. Put on your skepticals and see if you can spot it.

His presidency will be forever scared by the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and the Iraq War…

If I could weep with your tears, by God I would. I stand here before you, friends, on this auspicious occasion to announce the opening of the George W. Bush presidential library. Thank you, one and all. Situated beneath Crawford Texas’ biggest bed, the building was constructed on a foundation of chicken feathers and quaking Jell-O. It also features a water fountain that turns yellow on the hour, every hour, and emits a startling sound much like a London blitzkrieg siren. Admission: five dollars. Children and draft dodgers, free.

US President George W. Bush reacts as he tries to open a locked door after a news conference in Beijing

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