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July 21st, 2014 - 5:59 pm

According to a Reuters story Egypt is in the crosshairs of Islamic militants based in Libya. “Chaos in Libya has allowed militants to set up makeshift training camps only a few kilometers from Egypt’s border, according to Egyptian security officials.”

The militants, those officials say, harbor ambitions similar to the al-Qaeda breakaway group that has seized large swathes of Iraq; they want to topple Sisi and create a caliphate in Egypt.

A state security officer in Salloum said Egyptian authorities see a threat in Libya because of instability that stretches from the border to the town of Derna, an Islamist and al Qaeda hotspot a few hundred kilometers away.

The Muslim Brotherhood, now hunted in Egypt, has moved across the border to Libya to join up with the greater Jihad. The power of these militants was recently demonstrated by an attack on an Egyptian border post which killed 21 Egyptian soldiers. “The death toll is the highest in an attack against Egyptian army personnel since 25 police draftees were killed by Islamic militias in the Sinai peninsula last August.”

Libya, according to Rand Paul is a “jihadist wonderland” and every militant wants to go there.  There’s a lot of action. Militias are battling for the control of Tripoli’s airport. “Tank shells, rockets and artillery rained down on the airport and surrounding districts as militias from Misrata fought others from Zintan who are in control of the airport.”  What more could anyone want?

The two warring militias are the armed groups that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 revolution. Zintan, 90 miles south-west of the capital, has held the airport since capturing it in the revolution. Misrata, 140 miles east of Tripoli, accuses Zintan of holding it illegally….

Both sides are also battling in Benghazi, the eastern capital, in fighting between nationalists of the former general Khalifa Hiftar and Islamist brigades that has left more than 200 dead.

“The top United Nations envoy to Libya today warned that the risk of a major escalation of the recent fighting in the capital is high and threatens the fledgling political process in the country,” says the UN News Centre. Libya has sought UN help pleading that it was in danger of becoming a ‘failed state’.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN Security Council to dispatch experts to train the country’s defense and police forces to ensure they can protect oil fields, airports and other vital sites.

“We are not asking for military intervention,” said Abdelaziz. “We are asking for a team from the UN specialized in the field of security.”

Naturally the UN decided to evacuate most of its personnel after its compound took a number of direct hits from persons unknown. This came two weeks after gunmen shot a leading female human rights lawyer dead in her own home.

Libyan security forces have not yet identified the gunmen, but the country is being hit by a wave of assassinations targeting secular activists, judges, moderate clerics, policemen and soldiers.

Islamic extremists are understood to be behind many of these attacks.

Soft power doesn’t seem to be doing much against bullets. Despite this, Libyan oil production is paradoxically recovering. “Libya’s oil production has returned to its highest level in five months following the faster-than-expected ramp-up of its largest oil field, according to official data.” Maybe because to buy bullets you need money. The new model of oil security is for companies to hook up with a militia. In Iraq the Kurds have thrown a blanket of protection over foreign oil ventures.

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq more than a decade ago, western drillers have beaten a path to Kurdistan, a mountainous region that’s been less explored than the oil heartlands in the country’s southern deserts. First came small companies willing to take a gamble, then giants like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. followed. Kurdistan now hosts more than 20 foreign companies exploring for oil and gas, according to the regional government’s website…

Explorers in Kurdistan haven’t faced the same risks as those drilling in the more volatile south of the country. The region is protected by the Peshmerga, a well-armed military force that emerged from Kurdish resistance to Saddam Hussein’s regime, limiting the bombings and sectarian violence that have scarred other parts of Iraq since the U.S. invasion.

Which leads one to suspect that the production recovery in Libya is tied to the fact that militants also need to keep the oil flowing to stay in their “wonderland”. Perhaps al-Qaeda isn’t fighting to control Egypt after all. Cairo is bankrupt. No, the Holy Warriors are fighting to control the oil, since this buys guns, luxury and political influence in the Infidel West.

Everyone goes to War For Oil, even Europe and China, except they use American troops to do it.  Perhaps the saddest thing about all the last seventy years of idealistic political rhetoric is that it was ultimately founded on crass money and power.  At the end of the day it wasn’t “show me your heart”. It was show me the money.

Recently Victor Davis Hanson observed that president Obama boasted he had put the world on the path to tranquility.  It sounds delusional, yet in a way the president might have. For nothing has destroyed confidence in compromise solutions more than the last six years of his presidency.  Conflicts are being taken out of the state of suspended animosity and settled where they stand.

Recently the National Interest argued that the current conflict in Gaza proves that the “two state solution” is dead.  Everyone is too tired to return to the same old insincere promises of peace; the same old forced handshakes. Maybe Hamas even prefers to die rather than go one more round with Obama’s diplomacy. From now on must be one victor and one defeated and there an end to it.

Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian “final status” deal highlight American foreign policy elites’ instrumental attachment to a negotiated “two-state” solution as the only acceptable basis for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, though, underscores a fundamentally different reality: the two-state solution is dead. And no matter how much Israel and its supporters object, the reigning paradigm for addressing the conflict is shifting ineluctably from a two-state model to a one-state model.

Conquest, you might say, is busting out all over. When ISIS expelled the ancient Christians from Mosul they were not interested in a 2 state solution. They weren’t interested in brotherly love and reconciliation. They wanted dominance and to grind their heel in the faces of their enemies. The conflict in Libya will continue, not until people rediscover their yearning their common humanity, but until one side wins and the other loses. Until one faction is dead  and the other is smoking a hookah in the palace.

The old zero-sum games are returning, the kind where if you don’t win, you lose. And oddly enough the West will the last to know.


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To: Marie Claude

I am going to try to explain this to you simply. This blog is mainly in English. That is what we primarily understand. Your "name" has been here for a long time, however whoever writes under that name used to have a far better command of English. In short, we cannot understand you. What little comes through is apparently intended as insults.

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If your goal here is to disrupt, then I expect that this message will have no effect. I am hoping that you have the decency to honestly consider what I have said. If you don't, then I will draw the appropriate personal conclusions.

Subotai Bahadur
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The model for rejecting "managed conflict" was Sri Lanka. When the LTTE were crushed and their leader hunted down and killed every thug grifter and rent seeking trough feeder should have felt a cold wind blow. A first tremor of the dread apparition of resolution was when the Peruvians hunted down the Shining Path.

It matters if you are right. All wars are not the same and all sides are not the same. The condescending arguments of moral equivalence not only sound like they are being delivered by the arrogant and ignorant alumni of Mean Girls High, they often are. The exercise not only infantilizes those being judged but it breeds resentment and further conflict. It does not work with adults. Incidentally it does not work with children, who can smell a dishonest rat.

If we live in a world where the Egyptians hunt down the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Israelis hunt down Hamas, and Nigerians hunt down Boko Haram, then tens of thousands of Peace Process Managers would face unemployment. If decent people insisted on decency, and the elimination of the indecent, then the grifters would find fewer and fewer places to hide.

Are they capable of responding to the market and withdrawing before their transgressions provoke their destruction? So far the evidence is that such wisdom is rare. Lenin showed a little with the NEP but most profiteers from misery simply can't stop running the system into the ground. If actions have consequences then Senator Phil Gramm may prove right. People may start hunting Democrats with dogs.
13 weeks ago
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Things we have not yet uncovered.

1) Obama's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. We do not know how deep this alliance is, but we ought to.

2) What were we REALLY doing in Benghazi. There are rumors. But there has been no real digging.

3) The Nation of Islam was a doppleganger of Jeremiah Wright's phony Christian church of James L Cohn's Black Liberation Theology. According to Klein's book "Amateur", Obama knew quite a bit about Islam, but little about Christianity. Wright bridged that gap.

4) Valerie Jarrett. Her father in law, Vernon, was a close friend of the CPUSA. And, a very vocal anti-white bigot. Jarrett, again according to Klein, runs the country. Obama is in over his head and won't make a move without Jarrett. She was attached to Shiraz, Iran. And, the hard, hard left. And, the very anti-white black power community in Chicago.

We simply refuse to connect the dots.

The alliance between radical Islam and radical hard leftist One World Socialists is more than an ideology meld. The propagandist media won't dig.

We have to.
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/22/nothing-was-done-militia-blamed-for-benghazi-attack-moved-next-door-to-us/

Sources: Militia blamed for Benghazi attack moved next door to US Consulate before strike

"Members of the Islamist extremist militia blamed for the Benghazi terror attack had moved in next door to the U.S. Consulate months before the strike but “nothing was done” despite concerns about the dangerous neighbors, sources tell Fox News.

Sources say members of Ansar al-Sharia moved to the house just outside the east wall of the compound within three weeks of American personnel renting the facility, and later used the location to help plan and take part in the attack on the American Consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.

The neighbors prompted multiple security requests -- including repeated requests up until the day of the attack -- for more weapons and personnel.

“We warned D.C. about the guys who moved in next door, but nobody knew what to do and nothing was done,” a U.S. intelligence source said.

According to one intelligence source, American security personnel specifically asked for an M240 machine gun to mount on the roof at the consulate for added protection, but were turned down repeatedly."
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When a reliably delectable dove such Tzipi Livni closes ranks with her own government against Hamas, the occupiers of Gaza have reason to worry. I say “occupiers” because the legally elected government of Gaza is Fatah, overthrown (or defenestrated, if you like) by Hamas’s 2007 coup d’état. Consequently, Gaza has no internationally recognized government; instead, it is territory “controlled” by heavily armed terrorist cabals loosely aggregated under the rubric, “Hamas”. Thus, Gaza has no legal standing in international venues. It is reliant upon the compassion of non-governmental bodies, with some countries, e.g. Turkey, lending moral and material support. So egregiously barbaric have been the recent behaviors of Hamas that erstwhile allies such as Egypt and Livni have deserted it. Hamas is in serious trouble when a moral relativist such as Livni cannot concoct a fabulist tale of woe in its defense.

Hamas is not wholly bereft of friends. Today, Messrs. Kerry and Obama shut down US air traffic into Israel via the FAA. While this may seem to them a clever move that will pressure Israel into submitting to a worthless “truce”, it may backfire. With its international commerce stymied Israel’s reluctant leader, Mr. Netanyahu, may come to see Israel’s plight as existential and push the Gaza ground offensive to the definitive end of irreparably crushing Hamas. That Mr. Netanyahu failed to recognize the struggle for what it is, existential, without threats from within his own party and cabinet to dissolve his coalition government otherwise, may spell an end to his role as prime minister in the near future. Indeed, Ms. Livni may be the unwitting harbinger of Mr. Netanyahu’s political demise. There will be those who ask, “If even Tzipi understood the danger, how did the Prime Minister overlook the obvious”?
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It will be many moons before Egypt could formally join Israel in an alliance. Off the record, it already has in the Sinai. Both Egypt and Israel recognize that the snake pit known as Gaza poses an existential threat. There is anecdotal evidence of joint operations against terrorists at the border and in the Sinai.
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Clinton's existential threat. (Or, in this day and age: Ace in the hole, so to speak.)
Bill’s secret ‘mistress,’ the ‘Energizer’

"The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents," due out August 5th, and Kessler has discovered that Bill Clinton has a mistress that shows up at the family estate in Chappaqua moments after Hillary leaves every time. Her name is the "Energizer.

The Secret Service detail for Hillary doesn't like Hillary 'cause she's mean to them.
That detail always tells Bill's detail when she's on her way back so the "Energizer" can get out of there in time. Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent:
“You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”

Energizer, who is described as charming and friendly, sometimes brought cookies to the agents, according to the book excerpts.
One told Kessler:
“It was a warm day, and she was wearing a low-cut tank top, and as she leaned over, her breasts were very exposed. They appeared to be very perky and very new and full … There was no doubt in my mind they were enhanced.”
http://pagesix.com/2014/07/21/the-secret-mistress-for-bill-that-agents-have-named-energizer/?_ga=1.205301136.1486004613.1405354417
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I don't think he is fooling Mrs. C. Her only complaint, I think, would be for him to be dumb enough to cause public embarrassment. She reminds me of Mrs. Roosevelt.
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"The old zero-sum games are returning..."

If only that were the worst of it. A good number of our enemies are quite willing to play the negative-sum game. They only care if their enemy loses. Hamas is quite willing to have the Palestinian people wiped out if that is what it takes to eradicate the State of Israel.
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–RWE3 "If Egypt and Israel formed an alliance...".

You are quite right, and the amazing thing is, in the ancient world, they did--from time to time they allied to keep off the Semitic Aramaic speakers of what's now Iraq and the Assyrians (now gone—the last being the recently slaughtered Assyrian Christians).

Islam would get in the way of them doing so today, though. That freak-fraud of a "religion" brings the reality of Genesis 16:12 down on anyone who embraces it. (And that's just to start.)

But even so, Egypt was a major Near-East player until the Turks took them in the 1500s. Since the Mongols left, the basic big timers over there were the Persians (always weaker than the Turks, but a counter-balance to them) and the Turks. But we see Turkey sinking under the Curse of Islam as we watch it, and we all know what Jimmuh Cawtah allowed Iran to become. The Kurds would be the West’s Ace in the Hole, though, if we could “liberate” them. They’re Indo-Euros like the Iranians but not Shia.

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Perhaps the best scenario for the Egyptians and the Jordanians would be to join up, make the Hashemites kings of Egypt, and seize the Hejaz. Then an alliance with Israel would make perfect sense, because Israel would keep the Syrian/Iraqis off of Egypt, as they did 3000 years ago, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Greater Egypt would benefit from Israeli technology, business, and off-shore gas.

Whew--this is one corvine that's got to get off the rye.

An Préachán
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"not until people rediscover their yearning their common humanity"

What yearning? Only Christians believe in "Love one another". It's not a natural instinct. The rest of humanity thinks only in terms of The People and The Other.

The greatest weakness of the West is thinking the rest of the world values the same things we do. They don't. They never went through The Enlightenment.

Most of the world hates Christianity and seeks to destroy it, as just happened in Mosul. They hate Christianity the way the Pharisees hated Christ. Christianity means the end of human Power. Can't have that!

Even if it isn't about Power for some people, there remains the fact that, an open mind can tolerate a closed mind, but a closed mind cannot tolerate an open mind and will seek to destroy that openness.
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"Everyone goes to War For Oil"

Well, yes. Blood for Oil? You betcha, because without oil, civilization collapses, and billions die.

The whole environmental movement is based upon ignorance. They do not know how the system works. They could not imagine life without gas in their cars and cellphones in their hands, but they think they can have the goodies without the industrial cost. They want to have their cake and eat it, too.
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The main reason I do not support Rand Paul is his isolationism. Unfortunately, Obama may well make isolationism the strategic choice for the future of the US.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/07/19/strange-bedfellows-silicon-valley-techies-like-conservative-senator-rand-paul/

As I explain to friends on the Left, giving up allies does not make you stronger. It is like a corporation giving up regular, reliable customers. A business does that because it is getting weaker, not stronger. It needs to retrench. As it retrenches it needs to do a much better job managing the business that remains or other customers might find new suppliers.

The problem with isolationist on the Left is they think it will allow for mismanagement (of the sort that benefits them) of the nation's affairs -- less defense and more special interest protection. And indeed it will -- but not for long. Just as businesses can go out of business with the assets divvied up, so can nations (only for nations it is messy, messy, messy and the assets are destroyed).

At the time of the Libyan adventure I commented that if we intervene to remove the eternal Colonel we should use "the full George." I pointed to the Jihadist influence in Benghazi and Libya's location on the Mediterranean. Also Libya has oil, a small population concentrated on a strip of land along the North shore. A small force could exert a positive influence on the nation's politics. At the time it was obvious we would abandon the Middle East. I saw the Mediterranean Sea as the last/best fallback position. Now if the Islamist get a hold of Egypt (still a likely outcome) then the Mediterranean is no longer a NATO lake. Will the North African population in France then be a kind of beachhead in Europe? We may well find out.
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“We are asking for a team from the UN specialized in the field of security.”

You mean, an armed rabble with blue helmets and eyes for 12-year-old daughters?
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Subotai Bahadur:

I am curious about what you mean by TWANLOC – “Those who are no longer our countrymen.” By this, do you mean everybody who votes Democrat or merely a highly energized vanguard of people who equate treason with righteousness?
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Every one of the nearly sixty-six million people who voted to reelect Obama in November of 2012 [anonymously] recorded his conscious decision to restrict *my* freedom, impinge on *my* rights, and to take *my* stuff. The decision those people made is being exercised every day by this out-of-control federal government, and that government gets my involuntary compliance using their monopoly on force.

Had these people done what they did individually in a dark alley instead of collectively in a voting booth, I would at least have been afforded the opportunity to defend myself and my rights and my stuff. Whether these people voted the way they did from malice or from ignorance is immaterial. I have no ability to see into their hearts. Should it ever come to a time of reckoning, the malicious could simply claim to have been ignorant.

Maybe "TWANLOC" means something else to Subotai Bahadur, but when I see it in print, I think immediately of a circus tiger that has to be put down once it mauls somebody--it can no longer be trusted around people because we know that it knows that we are made of meat. Thinking about it a little more, for me the "No Longer" aspect has less to do with changes to their behavior than it does with scales falling from my eyes.
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Since the days of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, the Democratic Party has long been authoritarian and neo-feudal in nature. Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” That was in the 1920's, when the Democratic Party's fortunes were at a low ebb, when the Klan and the Irish bitterly fought over the Democratic Party's destiny. Soon thereafter, the Democrats crowned a new king by the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the rest is history.

For over a century, the Democratic Party has been a coalition of captive constituencies led by a vanguard of know-it-alls. It exchanged the Ku Klux Klan for black voters and jettisoned prairie populists because academic socialists didn't like them, but the Democratic coalition is basically the same as it was a century ago.

While the Democrats want to believe they are fighting for a cause, the Republican Party is a club – a club consisting of people who generally seek to preserve the status quo. Even the Republican “progressive” or “moderate” faction seeks change only insofar as it can keep the engine of freedom chugging along.

There is a faction of the American Left that isn't your countrymen, but they aren't TWANLOC. They NEVER WERE your countrymen. One of them is one of my grandmothers who went to Moscow to see the 1980 Summer Olympics as a matter of solidarity with the Soviet Union – she gave me souvenirs of that trip. To people like her, Obama's promise for the “fundamental transformation of America” would have been a godsend. She was also one of the most controlling, domineering, and harsh people I have ever had to deal with. Imagine Empress Cixi as your leftist grandmother, and you might be able to imagine the situation.

Even though I grew up within the Left, I have never been OF the Left. Nobody who has ever grown up on the rez or in the projects will ever be a true leftist for the same reason that no child who grows up among Indians will ever become a hippie. Unlike “those who never were our countrymen”, I see no point to crashing a car in order to get a better one – even if I don't like my present car, I'd rather trade it in than attempt to cheat the car insurance company by wrecking my existing car.

Although some of my loyalty to the United States of America is ideological, most of my loyalty isn't. Rather, it is a loyalty to friends and neighbors, and a pragmatic understanding that one must defend one's country regardless of whether one agrees with the majority. Treason never pays, for a traitor against one system can easily betray another. Hence, Mehmed II would behead Byzantine traitors who presented him with gifts.

One of the reasons why I have been so fiercely opposed to Barack Obama is because he reminds me of people I have know very well and whom I have come to despise. Back in early 2008, I knew his foreign policy would be a disaster and his domestic policy would be divisive. Yet, as bad as he has been and as bad as he has tried to be, the situation could have been worse. The Tea Party has been spirited in its opposition but has not provoked the bloodbath that Barack Obama has hoped for. Spirited opposition has kept Barack Obama from being even worse than he has been.

The Democratic Party is vulnerable to a coup d'etat from almost any direction. Barack Obama's coup against the Clinton machine was successful; Eilizabeth Warren's coup against the Obama-Clinton machine will probably be successful too. However, the Democratic Party is vulnerable – very vulnerable – from the Right. So long as a Democratic politician has the loyalty of a few key constituencies, he can get away with “triangulating” against the rest of his party and the leftists will swallow their pride, grit their teeth, and try to convince themselves that their standard bearer is an improvement over the “Tea Party” when he really isn't.

Hostile takeovers of the Democratic Party have happened before. There's no reason to think it can't happen again.
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First, to avoid reposting about 700 words of the definition of TWANLOC I am working with; let me refer you to the thread below "Remember the Alamut". On 7-21-2014 I answered something you said [agreeing with you wholeheartedly] and included it in there.

Before we reached a tipping point [which in hindsight was in the late 1960's; a convenient marker of which was the moment where "Politics did NOT stop at the water's edge."; and Americans going overseas and collaborating with those engaged in military hostilities against the US became acceptable] we had largely a cultural consensus. There were those, including some in high office, going back a generation or so who looked to a centralized State and a centralized State-controlled economy as the eventual American ideal, but they were outliers. There was a widespread agreement and approval of what it meant to be an American.

The fact that my father, who was born a peasant in South China, could be a combat infantry squad leader in Patton's 3rd Army with Americans of German, Polish, and American southern background in squad; risking their lives to protect that concept of America speaks to that.

And that national unity is gone. Look at my definition of TWANLOC. Look at all those factors, and see that we have literally half of our country that not only does not believe in the One American concept; but they do so with the level of indoctrination from birth that formerly was religious in nature. And, to be honest, Marxism IS a religion as is Collectivism of any type. It is a guiding philosophy that is taken on faith. Replace Divine Providence with the Material Dialectic. And it is just as hard, if not impossible, to disprove or convert from either religion. The State and the Collective has replaced the Individual for half of our country.

Note, that in those definitions I wrote, the words "Democrat" and "Republican" do not appear. Because both Parties are run by TWANLOC of differing levels of dedication. Centralized and arbitrary power is the keynote, not party labels. The leadership of the Republican Party is at open war with its political base and allying itself openly with the Democrats against them [See Mississippi].

Contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law is the indicator, and the concurrent willingness to discard everything from the past.

We are NOT one country. We are two or more [there are arguments to be made about schism's on both sides] inside one set of borders, intermixed. Think about the area that later became "Germany" from 1618-1648, where basic conflicting conceptions of man's place in the universe became intertwined with the military enforcement of power politics; at the eventual cost of literally 1/2 of the population. The mass slaughter, not coincidentally ending with the rise of unified "Peace of Westphalia nation-state", seems to be returning to the world as that system of nation-states breaks down. There is nothing dictating to the universe that we will be exempt. The legal and constitutional order that applied to all is now gone. Which means we return to a Clausewitzian dispensation.

Now as to whether I blame all Democrat voters and denominate them as TWANLOC. The Democrats, like it or not, are the public face of an all powerful centralized State. Whether their supporters vote for them out of a desire for the imposition of the historically inevitable Dictatorship of the Proletariat, or because they are promised more goodies, or because their parents voted for them, or because they think Mitt Romney is 'icky'; their reasons for doing so are not rooted in a knowledge and belief in what it meant to be an American. And ignorance of what triggered our form of government, and how it evolved is actively encouraged by our culture. And it has the same destructive result for the country.

But that does not let what I call the Institutional Republicans off of the hook. They are just as ignorant, and just as hostile to the concept of government implied by the Constitution. TWANLOC crosses party lines, includes at least half of the country, and no matter how or why they vote or accept the destruction of the Constitution; if their votes and actions enable the destruction of what was America they are TWANLOC.

And I refer you to the last paragraph in the second segment yesterday as to acceptance of others.

Now, this was done hastily. And on anti-histamines due to hay fever. And lacking sleep. So if this is not as coherent as you would like, mea culpa.

Subotai Bahadur
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...good call on the problem wild-child...
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I don't want Barack Obama to permanently damage the United States. I want the wounds he has delivered to our body politic to heal. We can still become E Pluribus Unum.

Remember, when an American is born, the baby is blessed by three good fairies. One fairy ensures the baby will grow up to be a good and loyal American. A second fairy ensures the baby will grow up to be intelligent. A third fairy ensures the baby will grow up to be an Obama supporter. But then came an evil fairy who made sure that an American be only two out of three. So, we have good and loyal Americans who support Obama but aren't intelligent, intelligent Obama supporters who aren't good and loyal Americans, and intelligent Americans who are good and loyal – and don't support Obama.
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We don't have adequate damage control systems. That's the essence of what the socialist ratchet is all about. Left wingers get in a place of power and change all sorts of things. The center-right sweeps them out as things get worse and fix what they spot, but they never spot everything and they generally don't go on offense. Over a number of cycles, the system ratchets towards the left.

If you want the damage Obama caused to be fixed, figure out how to identify all the damage that he caused so the next guy in office has a to do list.
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I-90 is already down to one lane between Seattle and the East Side for repairs to the floating bridge, and here comes Obama at the peak of the evening commute to see 200 folks, $35,000 a plate for "access" (because that's how our democracy really works). It couldn't have happened to a nicer Liberal city.

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