Sunday, June 28, 2015

About the Charlston Murders

It wasn't about racism.

It wasn't about guns.

It was about CRUELTY!

There are racists in America who don't go around shooting people.  Gun violence is everywhere.  The Confederate Flag has been used as a rallying flag for racists and segregationists, but it is also a historic relic that does not require infringement on 1st Ammendment rights.

What if I'm a member of a Civil War re-enactment group? 

The real issue that nobody will touch is the human cruelty that took place in Charleston.  This human cruelty is similar to the massive human cruelty we are witnessing from ISIS in the Middle East.  The real question Americans should be asking ourselves is: Are we being conditioned to be cruel?

Does our media condition us to be cruel?  Does our entertainment condition us to be cruel?  Do our leaders condition us to be cruel?

You'd be surprised.  I'll bet any reader of this blog can come up with examples of cruelty displayed in our news media, entertainment and comments from our nation's leaders that condition us to be cruel. 

But the news media will drum up all their favorite agendas: racism, guns, political correctness in speech.  Yet, they will tolerate any amount of Muslim hate and anti-Semitism. 

"Death to America!" they shout and the response is: "We must have done something to make them mad at us."  "Death to Israel!" they shout and a whole litany of complaints (mostly imaginary or so minor they pale by comparison to the tyrannical behavior of Israel's enemies). 

But the simple and stunning act of cruelty goes unmentioned because we assume "there must be a reason for this".  Indeed, the reason for it was that the gunman was CRUEL.

When an Arab shot up Ft. Hood, nobody debated gun control.  Nobody debated Muslim hatred.  And above all, nobody breached the subject of the simple act of human cruelty that was required for the Ft. Hood gunman to murder several people.

It seems to me that our political leaders, the news media and entertainment media have their own agenda.  They merely leverage sensational stories like this to repeat their agendas again and again.

The same people who want to ban the Ten Commandments from public view want to ban guns and free speech.  Without a moral guide, there is no public peer pressure to avoid cruelty.

So let's start with lesson number one: Don't be cruel.


There is NO Santa Claus

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Note's before PM Netanyahu's Speech before Congress Today

Prologue:  Unfortunately, there is a glitch on Deb Schlussel's blog that deletes my comments there.  She's been diligently working on the problem but hasn't quite got it solved yet.  I posted the comments below this morning in the hopes that they will "stick".  In the event that they get deleted, they are here for your view.  Deb's original column can be viewed here.

My apologies to Debbie Schlussel for responding to a blog column of hers on my blog.  That's not the way I like to do things.  If the comments I left on her blog survive the auto-bot's glitch, I will gladly remove this post and leave these comments on her blog where they belong.


Bibi's speech to Congress is really no big deal.  Yet the lazy news media is hyping it because they don't want to go out and FIND a news story.  So they make one.

If Israel's Prime Minister has a key strategic policy preference that is different than the President's he should voice it.  If there are significant numbers in Congress who share the Israeli Prime Minister's views, he should be able to voice it in Congress.  What's particularly disturbing is observing (yet again) the bullying tactics of the O'Bama Administration.

What's really sad here is that the country most threatened by Iran is Saudi Arabia.  If Saudi Arabia were not threatened by this, I doubt House Republicans would have pushed so hard for Bibi to address Congress.  The Saudi lobby knows it enjoys little popularity among the American public.  So the Saudis pave the way for Bibi to address Congress to warn the public about the O'Bama Administration's faulty policy on Iran. 

The news media just can't get enough.  "Jews is news!"  That's the theme of Bibi's speech. It's all about Israel and Jews.

That's the real smokescreen.  It's all about the Saudis and petrodollars.  The Saudis and their buddies in Congress know darn well that the King of Saudi Arabia (or any other diplomatic designee) cannot be received by the American public like Bibi.  They know where 9 out of 11 9/11/01 hijackers came from.  They know Bin Laden was a Saudi.  They know the American people are aware of the way they have pillaged our economy for 40 years.

So they pave the way for Bibi to do their dirty work.  They let the Jews take the heat. 

The Saudi, Egyptian, and Jordanian leadership has become painfully aware that the only way for an Arab nation-state to survive against the wave of Muslim imperialism is to tolerate the Jewish nation-state.  Yet their leaders continue to show cowardice in explaining that to their people. 

The Arab nation-states (those that are left) cannot survive much longer like this.  In order to firmly establish their national existence, they are going to have to clearly accept the national existence of a Jewish State in their midst.

Sure!  Some Congressmen are going to be absent today when Bibi gives his speech.  But the real question in my mind is this: How many Ambassadors from Arab League States will attend?

That's what I would be watching for; not some stupid LIBS who were stupid before Bibi came to Washington and won't be any smarter afterward.


There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

Friday, January 02, 2015

The O'Bama Administration's Policy Toward the Iranian Nuclear Program May Have More Merit Than We Give Credit For

This might sound strange, but the O'Bama Administration may be doing the right thing here.  To accept this thesis, one has to think outside the box, so first let me describe the box.

For decades, I have been inundated with mail from Major Jewish Organizations.  All of them basically say the same thing: Iran is going to get the bomb!  Give us your money and we'll stop them. 

Over these decades, I've received any number of self-congratulatory emails from these organizations; AIPAC most notably, proudly announcing the latest newer and tougher sanctions bills passed by Congress.

In addition to these items, the United States, in partnership with Israel developed improved anti-missile systems.  US foreign aid continued to flow to an economically mature Israel much to the chagrin of anti-Semites.  Moreover, because of Israel's growing economic maturity, US foreign aid became almost exclusively directed toward military hardware purchases, R&D. 

Nobody ever gave a second thought to the Saudis.  In the previous decades of direct confrontation, billions were spent maintaining a fleet in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean protecting the oil shipping lanes.  Trillions were spent toppling Saddam Hussein and trying to establish a viable government in Iraq.  All this was spent protecting the actual target of Iranian nuclear/imperial aims: Saudi Arabia.

All the time we spent this fortune defending Saudi Arabia (doing their work for them) they rewarded us with gouging us on petroleum prices through the OPEC cartel.  It was so bad that in large part, this gouging greatly helped to precipitate the banking crash of 2008.  Yet, for all the sanctions, enforcement, military presence, and American sacrifice, Saudi Arabia responded to the banking crisis of 2008 by leading OPEC to cut oil output.  There would be no relief for struggling U.S. households.  The gouging would continue.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over; expecting a different result.  The policy of sanctions, sabre-rattling, military protection of Saudi Arabia, and OPEC price-gouging had been going on for 10 years and the letters from pro-Israel groups kept coming: "Iran is getting the bomb!  Give us your money and we'll stop them!" 

Much began to change after 2012.  The civil war in Syria saw a Sunni imperial movement gather steam.  HAMAS became more aggressive and cooperative with Iran.  As the oil price gouging continued, the pace of negotiations between the US and Iran picked up.  In this period, with banking capital now available, domestic US oil production also picked up significantly.

As the O'Bama Administration softened its stand against Iran and Sunni imperialists, the civil war in Syria raged on.  Yemen fell apart.  Bahrain almost fell apart save for a brutal Saudi suppression of a Shiite revolt.  Libya fell to Sunni imperialists.  Lebanon remained fractured among militant cliques and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.  Sudan fell to anarchy.  Somalia remained in a state of anarchy. 

Were there any viable Arab League nations left?  Suddenly, Saudi Arabia started noticing that there is one defined national entity in the region that is largely untouched by these insane civil wars.  Like Saudi Arabia, Iran made clear its imperialist aims on that country.  Like Saudi Arabia, Sunni imperialists made clear their aims on that one clearly defined national entity.  Naturally, that country is Israel and the Saudis started getting this funny feeling in their gut that maybe they are in the same boat with Israel. 

As the U.S. administration continued playing footsie with Iran, strange things started leaking out of Saudi Arabia indicating that their strategic view was quietly changing even as their domestic anti-Semitic propaganda continued unabated.  Like pro-Israel groups in the US, Saudi petro-chemical lobbyists started making their frustrations known to the O'Bama Administration over their continued appeasement of Iran and Sunni imperialists.  (Call them ISIS, Ikhwan, Al Qaida... whatever.) 

Then, big things started happening.  Egypt under the Ikhwan (i.e. President Morsi) was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.  All the while, the Ikhwan was ramping up war and terror attacks not only on Israel (via Hamas and associated allies) but also the Egyptian army itself.  Disaster in Egypt was right around the corner and the Saudis finally realized they would have to step up to the plate and defend their interests. 

But how?  In numbers, the Saudis have an impressive military, but in culture, that military has but one real mission: protect the Royal Family and suppress internal opposition.  In terms of real projection of military might, the Saudis are rather untested in battle.  Those few times they've been tested in conventional war, they did not impress anyone.  So for starters, the Saudis needed a regional military ally they could work with; especially with the US making kissy-face with Iran.  As the situation in Egypt deteriorated, the Saudis intervened. 

A deal was struck: If the Egyptian army overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government led by Morsi, the Saudis would inject emergency cash into Egypt to stem the economic crisis.  The coup against Morsi was bought and paid for with Saudi petro-dollars gouged out of the West via OPEC. 

Things in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere continued in their catastrophic ways, but with the army now in firm control of Egypt, it immediately went to work against Sunni imperialist terrorists operating in the Sinai and around Gaza.  This was not pretty and the details were never fully reported.  Apparently, when the Egyptian army wipes out civilian towns in the Sinai, it's not news; nor is it a big issue for NGOs claiming to be watchdogs for human rights.  (The same was true for the Saudi suppression of the Shiite uprising in Bahrain.) 

As the Egyptian army scored gains in the Sinai and started (seriously) blocking smuggling tunnels on their side of the Gaza borders, the Iranians and their strange allies in HAMAS felt a need to pick up the pace.  This was also true of ISIS in Syria.  The July deadline was fast approaching for conclusion of nuke talks between the US and Iran and if they ended, it was back to sanctions.  All the world was watching, but this world is easily distracted and the Iranians quickly played the "Israel card". 

Suddenly, as the US/Iranian negotiation deadline approached, rockets came raining down on Israel.  The news media forgot all about the negotiations and stampeded to report every little minute detail of the fighting; never mind that there were already 200,000 dead in Syria.  Never mind there were nuclear negotiations with Iran winding up; John Kerry had a cease-fire to negotiate.  Nuclear war and the Iranians could wait!  And suddenly, there was something strangely different.  Egypt wasn't ranting on Israel to stop retaliating.  Saudi Arabia wasn't ranting on Israel to stop retaliating.  Just as Kerry and the O'Bama Administration had let Egypt and Saudi Arabia twisting in the wind wrt Iran, suddenly these two countries were returning the favor and letting Kerry go it alone to stop the fighting between Hamas and Israel. 

Predictably, the US/Iran negotiation deadline passed and was extended to November 2014.  Predictably, HAMAS ran out of rockets and settled for a cease-fire.  But most important, Saudi policy in restoring Egypt to military rule had stopped the slide toward Sunni imperialist anarchy; even if it took "the Jews" to do the dirty work of fighting the war against HAMAS in Gaza.

But things were still going bad for Saudi Arabia.  Though they loathed Syrian Dictator Bahar Al-Assad's relationship with Iran, Syria was a defined Arab nation with a strong Sunni majority.  To make matters worse, the exit of US forces in Iraq had left a corrupt pro-Iranian Shiite government behind.  Moreover, Iraq's national identity was now precariously divided between Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis.  Syria's national existence was crumbling from civil war.  Assad's forces, now largely staffed by Hezbollah were starting to stabilize the ground against the Sunni insurgents.  The Sunni insurgents had to make a mark; a tangible victory that would gain publicity, funding, and new recruits. 

Enter the ISIS invasion of Iraq.  Largely undefended in the north, Iraq was easy pickings for ISIS.  But most important, ISIS grabbed Iraq's most strategic point: Mosul Dam. 

From Mosul Dam, ISIS can all but wipe out the civilian population of Iraq.  I won't go into the details, but destruction of Mosul Dam would flood everything from Mosul to Baghdad  and beyond.  Beyond Baghdad lies Southern Iraq and Saudi Arabia.  For all practical purposes, ISIS is knocking on Saudi Arabia's door.  The Saudis problems were (are) far from over.

Of course, the US wasn't sending another expeditionary force to Iraq.  Been there!  Done that!  The reports of human rights atrocities started increasing as we now had terrorists in Iraq; Americans relate to Iraq.  Still, the U.S. sat on our hands and continued playing footsie with the Iranians.  To add insult to injury, news reports were showing that Qater, Saudi Arabia's neighbor and OPEC partner was funding ISIS.

My thesis (as originally stated) is that US foot-dragging with Iran is by design with a purpose that may be more noble than seems on the surface.  This is because once again, the Saudis were forced to stand up for themselves.  I mean... why the heck should the US be paying trillions of dollars defending Saudi Arabia so they can continually rip us off through OPEC?  Adding insult to injury, Saudi Arabia's OPEC partner Qatar is funding this hideous, monstrous Sunni imperialist movement from North Africa through Gaza and now Northern Iraq. 

Well... the Saudis got scared; probably as scared as they have ever been since the Iran-Iraq war.  When the Saudis get scared they come out fighting, but they don't shoot bullets.  When the Saudis come out fighting, they pump oil.

Nobody can pump oil like Saudi Arabia.  Talk about fracking and shale oil all you want!  The Saudis draw a barrel of oil from the ground for $5 a barrel.  With US production increasing and alternative fuels cutting into demand, the Saudis have no choice: crash the price of oil.  If  increased U.S. production made it easy; so much the better!

Crashing the price of oil deprives much-needed cash from any number of bad-guys out there; most notably Iran.  It also punishes Qatar, Venezuela (a constant OPEC cheater) and even Russia whose bad-boy exploits have been left out of this essay.  True!  crashing the price of oil hurts US investments into enhanced petroleum recovery, but these investments can be preserved.  If O'Bama can bail out the banks....

Crashing the price of oil starves Iran.  It starves Iran of money needed to fund Hezbollah, Syria, and their nuclear program.  It starves Iran of money needed to subsidize its population with staples.  All the nations lined up to do business with Iran due to the lifting of sanctions will find a country that has no money.  And so the Saudis have finally stepped up to defend themselves.  The ultimate goal is to destabilize the Iranian regime.  Already there are news reports of Iran publicly whining about Saudi oil policy.

... but pumping oil has the premise of plausible deniability.  If anyone launched a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, it would be an act of war complete with retaliation and escalation.  The results could be disastrous!  However, crashing the price of oil attacks Iran's only strategic asset: oil.  Oil is the only means Iran has to maintain the status quo.   

In dragging our feet on US/Iranian negotiations, the O'Bama Administration may very well be doing the right thing; if perhaps for all the wrong reasons.  It is forcing Saudi Arabia to defend itself without the US paying for it.  In fact, our economy will likely enjoy some benefit from it; well-deserved I might add.  The Saudis won't suffer too badly either.  The increased volume maintains the level of cash flow.  Saudi cash reserves are so immense, they can subsidize any cash-flow shortcoming for a long time.

All this foot-dragging on negotiations with Iran may have a far more positive purpose to it.  We're forcing Saudi Arabia to defend itself and destroy Iran's only strategic asset in a way that cannot be defined as "military hostility".  For whatever reason or intent, the O'Bama Administration might be doing the right thing.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Everybody is pretty much sick of HAMAS

Who would have thought it 6 years ago!  It's one thing for Israel to respond to HAMAS rocket attacks, but doing so with the tacit approval of Saudi Arabia and Egypt is a new twist few are following in the news. As if this is unusual, the incredible outpouring of support for Israel from Americans is overpowering the usual loud noise of the anti-Semitic minority that can always be counted on to kvetch in times like these. 

There is a reason for this.  In short, there are few Arab League States that still have cohesive governments.  The remainder are in a state of anarchy, largely due to armed revolt by Muslim Brotherhood groups.  These Muslim Brotherhood groups come in many names and flavors, but they all have a basic goal: An Islamic Empire without borders ruled by a Caliphate.

In 2007, Israel, at the urging of President Bush, left Gaza.  Within months, HAMAS, a Muslim Brotherhood organization, had violently taken over Gaza.  By the end of 2008, Israel was at war with Gaza with the Arab League shrieking and shrying for Israel to stop.  You know!  The Arab League of Kadafi, Mubarak, Bashar Al-Assad, Nouri al-Maliki, King Abdullah etc.

Well don't look now, but most of those leaders are ether gone, going, or hanging on for dear life from insurgencies led by various Muslim Brotherhood organizations.  After overthrowing Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown by the Egyptian Army because it was ignoring the country's dire financial crisis while focusing on restrictive religious edicts hampering the middle class.  Muslim Brotherhood forces overthrew Moamar Kadafi in Lybia with absolutely no provocation save for some reformers who wanted "Democracy".  Muslim Brotherhood forces (aka ISIS) have fought to a stalemate in Syria in an effort to overthrow Bashar Al-Assad.  And lately, Muslim Brotherhood forces (aka ISIS) have invaded Iraq without provocation to overthrow the tenuous government there.

In short, every Arab League Leader left now realizes that the Muslim Brotherhood they supported to kill the Jews wants to kill THEM too because the nation-states of the Arab League are the antithesis of their goal of an Islamic Empire ruled by a Caliphate. Every Arab League leader, tryannical as they may be, now knows they are in the crosshairs of one or many Muslim Brotherhood organizations.

And then there's HAMAS always stirring up trouble.  As if 140,000 dead in Syria aren't enough, these jerks start lighting off rockets at Israel bringing on a predictable Israeli response.  As the remaining Arab League leaders look around at the company HAMAS keeps, they can't help but wonder why they should run to their aid.  Moreover, when it comes to the national self-determination of Arab League States, NOBODY shows more respect than the State of Israel, the national self-determination of the JEWS.

The Arab League has never made a secret of their loathing for the Jews, but over the past 3 years the leaders see more and more of their nation-states under attack from barbaric imperialists.  They've seen Hosni Mubarak humiliated and Moamar Kadafi brutally murdered.  Does a similar fate await Bashar Al-Assad?  Suddenly, this relatively benign nation-state of Jews doesn't look so bad.  The Jews leave the Arabs alone.  OK... they don't surrender to genocidal Muslim Brotherhood supporting Palestinian Arabs, but neither do the Arab League States.

With Arab League leaders concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran getting nuclear weapons, HAMAS is simply fighting on the wrong side and causing an un-needed burden.  No matter what the Arab League leaders say about Israel, they know that the enemies that will knock them out of power are the Iranians and/or the Muslim Brotherhood.  Why lift a finger to support a Muslim Brotherhood organization like HAMAS that needlessly starts a war?  Why lift a finger to support HAMAS when they needlessly start a war with the ONE nation-state that respects the territorial integrity of  all the other Arab League States?  This is especially apparent given that Israel's respect for the territorial integrity of Arab League states is rarely reciprocated.

For the first time perhaps in 66 years, some Arab League leaders are finally starting to understand a basic relationship that has existed for decades.  If the Arab League States want self-determination as individual nation-states, their best guarantor is the Jewish State.    If the Arab League States wish to surrender their sovereignty to an Islamic Caliphate, then the Jewish State is in the way.  Since no leader of an Arab League State wants to end up like Moamar Kadafy or Hosni Mubarak, the choice is becoming simple.

If  one looks around at the Arab League, few remain that still have cohesive governments.  Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya are all in some state of anarchy.  At best, these states may enjoy a tenuous state of calm that can be broken at any time.  Egypt and Algeria are on the edge of breakdown and it is in large part due to the activities of Muslim Brotherhood organizations.

For the remaining nation-states of the Arab League to survive, they will need Israel.  Israel is the only nation-state in the region that respects the territorial integrity and self-determination of Arab League States.  The Arab League States may have a manifest policy of anti-semitism, but as they look over their shoulders at real enemies with real plans to destroy their countries, they know the enemy is NOT Israel.

This may be a temporary glitch in the long enmity between the Arab League and Israel, but the growing strength of Muslim Brotherhood organizations coupled with the growing strength of Iranian imperialism suggests something different.  For the first time since World War II, Arab League States may actually discover what many of us have always known: Their self-determination as individual states DEPENDS on them allowing and fostering the self-determination of the JEWISH State.  Sadly, to the extent this happens anytime soon, it may be too little; too late.

But you know what they say: Better late than never.

So if you're wondering why the chorus of whining, crying, kvetching and moaning against Israel doesn't seem to be evident this time, you now have one theory to explain it.  In short, everybody is pretty much sick of HAMAS.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

6 months into 2014 and still no blog posts

Sorry folks.  It's been a busy year.

Hopefully, I'll find something useful to write about between now and 2015.


There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Greetings Fellow Bloggers!

With luck, health and prosperity... not to mention a little free time, I hope to post a little more on this blog in 2014.

In the meantime, are any of you following the NFL playoffs?  Who's your pick to go all the way?

I know the Packers won't.  They may win today's frigid game in Green Bay, but the NFC North stunk this year.

Think about it!  The difference between the Packers winning the division as opposed to the Bears was having a few more brain cells on a freak play that was never whistled dead.  It was only when the announcers in the TV booth mentioned that the ball hadn't been whistled dead (while already reviewing the instant replay) that the Packers' sideline erupted; somebody picked up the ball and walked into the end zone.  That play was the margin of victory for the Packers.

I'm kinda thinkin' Carolina is will advance deep into the playoffs if not make the big show (Super Bowl).  Ex-Bear Ron Rivera is determined to show the world he can head-coach a football team and he's really demonstrating it with results.  Everybody seems so surprised.  I'm not.  Somebody from that 1984 Bears Super Bowl team was bound to become a successful NFL coach.

Most bets were on Mike Singletary, but Mike was handed a bad deal.  Wouldn't you know it would be someone flying under the radar like Ron Rivera who would rise through the ranks.

OK.  That's all for now.  Gotta run.

Hope to see you more often in 2014.  Keep reading the old stuff.  Most of it is quite relevant.

Happy New Year,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)