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Monday, November 4, 2013


The earth reels like a drunkard, 
it sways like a hut in the wind; 
so heavy upon it 
is the guilt of its rebellion
 that it falls—never to rise again.


  1. pbird9:52 AM

    That one turned out really nice.

  2. BabbaZee9:54 AM


  3. BabbaZee9:54 AM

    Turning mass shootings into a police state and other games

  4. BabbaZee10:02 AM

    Any day now, I’m expecting the White House to announce the formation of a new cabinet post: the Inflammatory Rhetoric Department.

    Hiring: analysts, evaluation experts, and SWAT teams trained for home and workplace invasions.

    “What are you contemplating, Mr. Smith? Where did you get your information?”

  5. its a pink morning across the alley today, yawn

  6. MyDogLuke10:50 AM

    In Great Britain they have the Ministry of Silly Walks, so why not?

  7. MyDogLuke11:10 AM

    red skies in the morning, sailors take warning

  8. thats what they say

  9. BabbaZee11:30 AM

    Gay Sex Pundit Paid $24K To Talk Fisting, Gorilla-Suit Fetishes With Students

  10. knew it would be him...

  11. pbird2:01 PM

    More shelter in place in CT

  12. pbird2:13 PM

  13. pbird2:16 PM

    sounds like a snipe hunt

  14. MyDogLuke2:31 PM

    Or grouse

  15. pbird2:31 PM

    Eugene. I rest my case.

  16. pbird2:56 PM

    The Anne Frank Museum, writes Meotti, has “sanitized Anne Frank’s story of almost all its Jewish references … The result is that the public is now completely desensitized to the unique catastrophe that was the destruction of European Jewry. The Museum has also turned into a powerful source of criticism of Israel in Europe.”

    “Israel,” the Anne Frank Foundation wrote in a report, “pushes Palestinians economically into a corner and humiliates them psychologically.”

  17. pbird3:06 PM

    the dirt on Johnny Carson

  18. BabbaZee5:18 PM

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  22. pbird6:09 PM

    hi. doing medical bills and shit. grr. snap. snarl.

  23. pbird6:09 PM

    judicious cropping, adds to the dwama

  24. BabbaZee6:33 PM

    my medical bills from the hopsickle last December got turned over to the collection agencies now

  25. BabbaZee6:34 PM

    “I can’t quit smoking and I get drunk every night and I chase all the pussy I can get. Make sure you understand this.”

    Heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!

  26. pbird6:52 PM

    in a nutshell!

  27. pbird6:53 PM

    oh the song isn't ugh, its funny

  28. pbird6:54 PM

    my bills just a bunch of confusing co pay bills...I had to call em

  29. pbird6:55 PM

    maybe we better buy lotto tickets...surely somebody here would win?

  30. pbird6:56 PM

  31. BabbaZee7:08 PM

    haha that's what got me into this mess in the first place I played the powerball was one number short of 1 million got $100 and that started the end

  32. pbird7:12 PM

    oh yeah, I remember....

  33. the million wouldn't haved saved you rarely does

    nor gold

  34. pbird7:13 PM

    I always talk like I'm going to buy a ticket. Never have, but some day I Might!

  35. pbird7:13 PM

    Now, I could do a lot of good with a million. I wouldn't have it but for a couple weeks.

  36. pbird7:14 PM

    Its not enough to think you have a great fortune.

  37. pbird7:16 PM

  38. fortune is a huge burden I think

  39. pbird7:17 PM

    Yes. It sure can be.

  40. pbird7:20 PM

    South Korea's spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border.

  41. makes no sense

  42. pbird7:31 PM

    THe Norks always act tough, but...

  43. /sorry have to go horde chicken wire

  44. hey Ma look at that wierd house wrapped in chicken wire

  45. Space may be vast, but
    it isn't that lonely. A new study finds that the Milky Way is teeming
    with billions of planets like ours, circling stars just like our sun.

    Astronomers using NASA data calculate that in our galaxy alone there
    are at least 8.8 billion stars like our sun with Earth-sized planets
    that are not too hot or not too cold. They calculated that 22 percent -
    slightly more than 1 in 5 - of our sun-like stars have planets similar
    to Earth in size and temperature. Study co-author Geoff Marcy says that
    means billions of places for life to develop. (AP)

  46. pbird8:53 PM

    many mansions?

  47. one van only hope it will turn out as well as the discovery of the new Americas without the loss of life

  48. maybe two vans lol

  49. pbird9:13 PM

    at least!

  50. Q_Burn10:01 PM

    I live in a van down by the Milky Way..

  51. How Bad Is the Obamacare Rollout?

    So bad that the New York Times has to issue one of its patented awful editorial board op-eds in order to try to defend the law–and the administration that has botched its implementation. The whole thing is a laugh riot from soup to nuts.

    The very title of the piece–”Insurance Policies Not Worth Keeping”–signals to the reader that the Times is fully prepared to cover up, paper over, and outright ignore the fact that President Obama and his political allies repeatedly and deliberately misled the nation by promising Americans that if they liked their health care plans, they could keep them. We are told that the president “clearly misspoke” when he told Americans that they could keep their plans in all instances; for the Times, “clearly misspoke” is a euphemism for “repeatedly consistently and deliberately told the exact opposite of the truth,” given that the prevaricators in this instance were political actors the Times approves of when it comes time to hand out endorsements (and when it comes time for Times employees to go to the polls and vote). This talk about “clearly [misspeaking]” is about as blatant a signal that the Times is ready to engage in journalistic fraud and malpractice as is the opening paragraph, which tells us that the reason news reports are focusing on the cancellation of insurance policies–and the revelation that the Obama administration and its political allies lied to the American people–is that congressional Republicans “have stoked fear and confusion.” As though the stories of cancellations and sticker shock themselves–told straight and without any congressional Republican lobbying for the stories to be told–were not enough to make Americans fearful, and as though the unbelievably malfunctions that have been suffered by the website are not enough in order to make Americans confused and outraged.

  52. And finally, I’m sure that the New York Times editorial board simply won’t tell Americans the truth the way that, say, Jon Stewart will. But then, Jon Stewart isn’t a hack.


  54. BulgarWheat6:07 AM

    just another day in the neighborhood.

  55. Storagemanager6:29 AM problem....I will use my KING power to make people go to Med school..................

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A doctor shortage is threatening to make the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act even more difficult — and it could create lines for care and services.

    New Yorkers are notorious for wanting things immediately, and that includes medical care.

    But even doctors who support Obamacare say there could be delays due to more patients and fewer doctors, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported Monday.

    “It’s like shopping during Christmas time. I mean, you’re going to have a tough time if you have all of these people demanding services at the same time,” said Dr. Steven Lamm of the NYU School of Medicine.

  56. Storagemanager6:35 AM

    Barry O.....the walking...talking...nightmare....Twilight Zone on steroids...

  57. Storagemanager6:38 AM

    In late October, Rep. John Conyers stated that Obamacare was just “a very small and modest bill,” and that Congressional Democrats were already contemplating ways to pass “universal healthcare for everybody, single payer.” “That’s what the new direction is,” Conyers affirmed, even as the supposedly “small and modest” Obamacare project was proving to be nothing more than a colossal lie administered with inexpressible incompetence.

  58. Storagemanager6:38 AM

    “universal healthcare for everybody, single payer.”

  59. Storagemanager6:50 AM

    It is true President Obama said he would transform America. He has lived up to his promise. Our Constitution has been twisted into an unrecognizable document. Washington has become a lawless town where criminals are heroes and heroes are ignored. Peace through strength - the bipartisan belief that military preparedness preserves order - has been converted into peace through prayer. If you hope for the best, it just might occur.

    Although racial profiling has been lambasted, its opponents base racial fairness on a race based test, i.e. the number of arrests must be equal to the number of a racial group in a given community. If crime is committed by a racial group that is disproportionate to its number in the population, that's too bad.

    Common sense is on vacation. People who have violated the law and sing misogynistic lyrics are rewarded as millionaires in the rap world. Teachers who engage youthful students in sexual escapades cannot be fired. The aggregate pension liability for retired police officers and firefighters in New York City is more than the salaries of active employees. Laws that Congress passes for the rest of America do not necessarily apply to it. And a congressman tells us that the Tea Party, based on a grassroots effort to limit the expansion of government, is equivalent to the KKK and if you have the temerity to disagree with him, you are a racist.

    Read more: Family Security Matters
    Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

  60. Storagemanager6:54 AM

    West may offer Iran cash for halting nuclear program’
    One-time payment from frozen oil revenues would provide immediate relief without lifting sanctions, reports London Times

  61. Storagemanager6:55 AM

    Barry to Iran...take my lunch money please.

  62. Storagemanager6:56 AM

    President pussy...

  63. Storagemanager6:59 AM

    Barry Obama....I VOW to KILL more jobs and make life miserable for the average American......
    President eyes push for $9 minimum wage

  64. Storagemanager7:01 AM

    $9.00 a hour to the bagger at your food store....$9.00 dollar a pound hamburger for you...hahahahahahahahaha

  65. Storagemanager7:03 AM

    Barry knows damn well...the cost are passed to the is you he is beating with a whip...hope and change.

  66. Storagemanager7:05 AM

    Obama's master acts........................Thousands arrested as Saudi Arabia’s grace period for
    illegal workers ends

  67. Storagemanager7:07 AM

    Jay Carney to Barry Obama....I am lost Mr.President...what lie should I tell now?

  68. Storagemanager7:09 AM

    Cannibalism In Syria Causes An Extremely Rare Disease .........

    Its called Kuru, an extremely rare disease which virtually became extinct after extinguishing cannibalism in Papua New Guinea. Amazingly Kuru has now been found in 8 to 20 people, out of all places, in war-torn Syria, and the only way it could have come about, doctors confirmed, is through cannibalism and the consumption of human brain,
    as first reported by Arabian news source Zaman al-Wasal and substantiated by Orient News Television.

    Here is a documentary showing the connection between native sorcery, ritualized cannibalism, and its end result, Kuru:

  69. Storagemanager7:15 AM

    Barry Obama....I kill jobs....take away peoples insurance...make them suffer and still...they defend is good to be KING.

  70. BulgarWheat7:34 AM

    another day, another dollah I suppose

  71. single payer here, vaccinations for kids are mandatory- if not done at school, you have to pay $500

    vote liberal, pay twice

  72. act tough but could use a good punch to the gut now and then

  73. MyDogLuke8:11 AM

    How much is that after taxes?

  74. BulgarWheat8:15 AM

    roughly 42 cents.

  75. MyDogLuke8:31 AM

    You must not be rich, cause I've been told the Rich don't pay any taxes.

  76. mawskrat8:49 AM

    is it safe..........?/
    and Good Morning All

  77. BabbaZee8:53 AM

    NOOOOOO! no safe!

  78. Skip V. Patel8:54 AM

    Even at $9.00 an hour....the bagger requires additional public assistance to make ends meet. In the end, we all end up paying the store's wages.

    F@ck 'em, they should pay their own employees.

  79. BabbaZee8:55 AM

    hamburger is 4.99 a pound.
    why do you begrudge the bagger 9 dallaz?

  80. Skip V. Patel8:56 AM

    Amen to that!

  81. BabbaZee8:57 AM

    Festival-goers can be seen on a video dancing to electronic music and cheering as a man becomes engulfed in flames during West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival.

    Gilbert Estrada, 51, later died. The video posted on YouTube shows him lying unresponsive after the fire was extinguished. Detectives say it appears Estrada may have accidentally started the fire while trying to light a cigarette.
    As Estrada flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others help put out the flames. One bystander recorded the scene with a cellphone camera and posted it on the video website.

    Festival-goer Derek Easley said Estrada came out of nowhere, fully engulfed in flames ”like a torch.”,0,1901781.story#axzz2jm5DdrMM

  82. BabbaZee8:59 AM

    Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it.

  83. BabbaZee9:01 AM

  84. Skip V. Patel9:20 AM

    Graft works!

    Telecoms should be a utility. A common carrier. A dumb pipe. This is fascism. This is the DC court once again siding for the Corporation and against the People. Judges can be impeached, just like Presidents. All it takes is an honest House of Representatives.

  85. pbird9:21 AM


  86. pbird9:27 AM

    gooood morning all

  87. pbird9:30 AM

    Pussy Riot convict 'transferred to Siberia'

  88. BabbaZee9:31 AM

  89. BabbaZee9:31 AM

    they are trying to make her die

  90. pbird9:35 AM

    itching ears i guess

  91. pbird9:35 AM


  92. BabbaZee9:48 AM

    For akak

  93. BabbaZee9:53 AM

    I saw that

    there's alot of that going on

    one in NY we read about a few weeks ago
    all those tattooed nose ring people doing the benny hinn thing to heavy metal I forgot that guy's name

    big market for that now

    If I wanted to lead 50,000 fools to my bank I surely could

  94. pbird9:55 AM

    I'm sure you could.

  95. BabbaZee10:11 AM

    Incredible Healing: Woman Uses Marijuana to Overcome Lyme Disease

  96. BabbaZee10:13 AM

    Marijuana contains one of the most potent anticonvulstants in the world.

    It is the true

    It is the only thing that stops my intestines from freaking out
    happens immediately too

  97. I keep hearing that its good for joint pain too.

  98. MyDogLuke10:31 AM

    poot de lime in de cocopuff eend smoke eet all oop

  99. BulgarWheat11:02 AM

    What defines rich is in the eye of the beholder. I've been paying taxes for about 41 years now, so I suppose technically I'm not rich. I don't want for anything, other than taxes and my kids going to college, I have no real debt, and other than the fact that I actually enjoy work, it's no longer a necessity I guess. As they say in Milwaukee, Screw it! Let's ride!

  100. This mare won a blue ribbon at a horse show in Wateloo, Iowa, August 1939.
    a lot of interesting photos:

    i love giant horses

  101. BabbaZee12:38 PM

    it is

    it cures all me ills mon

  102. BabbaZee12:39 PM


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  105. pbird1:12 PM

    Out buying another used computer. He killed another one. Hems hard on the tech.

  106. pbird2:40 PM

    <a href=">German spa withdraws ‘romantic Kristallnacht’ ad </a>

  107. MyDogLuke2:42 PM

    I see alot of those big critters, must be hard to ride them.

  108. BabbaZee2:49 PM

    A German hotel apologized for running an ad for a “long, romantic Kristallnacht” to be held on the 75th anniversary of the Nazi pogrom against Jews and their institutions.

    fuckin Krauts

  109. BabbaZee2:49 PM

    ayy eee

  110. pbird2:49 PM

    No sense at all.

  111. pbird2:50 PM

    One after one they go down. Not mine however. lol

  112. Skip V. Patel2:54 PM

    Jerry Garcia on The Acid Tests | A Bulgar Wheat Special

    "When we fell in with the Acid Tests we a started having the most fun we had ever had."
    - Jerry Garcia

  113. Skip V. Patel2:57 PM

    And then play on.....................

  114. Skip V. Patel2:59 PM

    Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful

  115. pbird3:01 PM

    He was a fat kid.

  116. Skip V. Patel3:01 PM

    Live from Chief Seattle's hometown!

  117. Skip V. Patel3:03 PM

    Robyn Hitchcock - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

  118. pbird3:05 PM

    Sounds really relaxed.

  119. pbird3:06 PM

    S thinks they figure there are still or again people who want to commemorate the occasion.

  120. pbird3:32 PM

    music for today

  121. our crackhead mayor is speaking soon

    hope he resigns, shame though he did a good job balancing the books

  122. pbird4:36 PM

    well, there's always something!

  123. pbird4:38 PM

    I just inherited a huge plastic tote of in laws photo collection to sort and apportion out now that they are gone and wow what a square square family. pfew

  124. no crackhead says he is staying

  125. pbird4:38 PM


  126. pbird4:43 PM

    No wonder they hated me. haha

  127. pbird5:38 PM

    sorta pre Geiger

  128. pbird6:33 PM

    Syria: Bodies of massacred Christians found in mass grave

    Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh said: "What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two and a half years... 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing.

    "For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women. Some of them fled on foot travelling eight kilometres from Sadad to Al-Hafer to find refuge. About 2,500 families fled from Sadad, taking only their clothes, due to the irruption of armed groups and today they are refugees scattered between Damascus, Homs, Fayrouza, Zaydal, Maskane, and Al-Fhayle".

    The Archbishop said: "There is no electricity, water and telephone in the city. All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture. Schools, government buildings, municipal buildings have been destroyed, along with the post office, the hospital and the clinic"

  129. pbird6:41 PM

    Major earthquake rocks Fukushima region of Japan

    TOKYO — An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck early Saturday off Japan's east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and Japan's emergency agencies issued a tsunami advisory for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site.

    did we already get this one?

  130. Skip V. Patel6:43 PM

    WILCO - I am trying to break your heart

  131. Skip V. Patel6:46 PM

    Wilco - Live At The House

  132. Skip V. Patel9:01 PM


  133. pbird9:07 PM

    Just tired and stuff. I love the photo!

  134. Skip V. Patel9:14 PM

    Hmmmm...very fishy!

  135. pbird9:17 PM

    Ha- yup

  136. Looks like 522 is probably not going to pass. They didn't fight very effectively for it. People just don't want to pay for the extra policing.

  137. Q_Burn12:57 AM

    Would you lay with me in a field of unlabeled genetically modified stone? Probably not..

  138. Q_Burn1:05 AM

    The sensitive kind

  139. Q_Burn1:07 AM

    Stone flower

  140. mawskrat5:58 AM

    Good Morning All and have a great day!!
    posting whilst it's safe///

  141. AI ICUS8:18 AM


  142. AI ICUS8:29 AM

    Who cares?!?
    Hussein in the W.H. was in a choom gang, snorted coke, sold coke, ate dog, supports jihadists, etc. etc. etc.
    Though I didn't realize that the mayor of Toronto was so well padded & he does crack?!? Maybe not on a regular basis.

  143. BulgarWheat8:50 AM

    for me, it helps with joint pain and certain prostate issues as well. At least I don't have to get up and pee as much during the night after I visit the garage.

  144. BulgarWheat8:51 AM

    smoke 'em if you got 'em, AI

  145. BulgarWheat8:53 AM

    it used to be a tremendous amount fo fun

  146. AI ICUS8:58 AM

    Nahhh...I am not much of a smoker...


  148. Ah Mr Q, love that album long time.

  149. good morning!

  150. shalom if ya can!

  151. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -

    John Moffitt wasn't unhappy with a lack of playing time in Denver. He quit the NFL because he'd lost his love for the game and was tired of risking his health.

    The third-year guard from Wisconsin called the Broncos from his home in Seattle this week to notify them he wouldn't be returning to the team following its bye.

    Then he announced on Twitter that he was calling it a career, saying, "Football was fun but my head hurts-haha kidding roger goodell. I'm on to new things, thanks to everyone along the way!!!"

    Read more:
    Follow us: @myfoxdc on Twitter | myfoxdc on Facebook

    Good Heavens! a football player wakes up!


  153. nice fence

  154. The case of Bond vs US, currently before the Supreme Court, is extraordinarily important for the future of liberty the United States. The Obama administration is prosecuting a Carol Bond who tried to poison her husband’s adulterous lover under the global treaty against the use of chemical weapons.

    Attempted murder cases are usually tried by state governments, but the Obama administration is using this case an opportunity to enforce international treaties on US Citizens. Today, during oral arguments, the Supreme Court justices, including some of the liberal members of the court, were highly skeptical of the Obama administration’s argument.

  155. AI ICUS11:06 AM

    That's so they can take our guns away.

  156. Among other things.

  157. Grammy Cracker11:47 AM

    Greetings from Gimpville!

    I perched on the storage chest at the foot of our bed and sorted dirty laundry for the man to do when he gets home. I’m not sure who’s more horrified at the prospect of him fiddling about with my machine - and washing my *delicates*. 😱

    It’s cold and grey and raining here today. Meh. All things considered I think I’d rather go back to bed.

  158. Grammy Cracker11:53 AM

    Look what I found; a picture of Bulgar’s newly remodeled bathroom! LOL

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  162. Grammy Cracker12:39 PM

    YUM! I can’t wait to get back to the stove. Carry-out has gotten REALLY old. Last night we had Subway. 😩

  163. proctologist simulator

  164. pbird1:30 PM

    oh boring...Subway! It can be ok, but just ok.

  165. pbird1:32 PM

    I can't get to my basement to do laundry!!! I have to depend on kids and the man. He thinks soap is precious or something. Sometimes it smells like none has been used!

  166. MyDogLuke1:36 PM

    Benjamin Dover, me thinks we've met before

  167. MyDogLuke1:37 PM

    Ok to fill in once in awhile, but nothing compared to the bride's cooking

  168. pbird2:00 PM

  169. Grammy Cracker2:34 PM

    Boldly going where no man has gone before…

  170. Grammy Cracker3:10 PM

    I had a salad with their sriracha chicken on it. They put so much of the sauce on top I could barely eat it - and I like spicy foods.

    The chicken felt *spongy*, more like chopped, formed pieces-parts than real chicken. I’m trying not to think about all the chemicals and GMOs and toxins and junk I’ve ingested in the last 12 days. I’m just grateful to be fed.

  171. BabbaZee3:57 PM

    A Missouri man accused of planning for his daughter to be beaten and raped was swiftly arrested by police last Friday.

    Anthony Brinkman, 32, allegedly placed an ad online looking for someone to beat and rape his 11-year-old daughter while he watched, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

  172. BabbaZee3:59 PM

    Made-in-China kitchen appliances found to contain hidden Wi-Fi circuitry that installs malware on your home network

    ni hao st2pit gwylo
    ~ Wuxie

  173. BabbaZee4:00 PM

    Malicious “Ransomware” Can Hold Computer Files Hostage
    A type of malware called CryptoLocker is locking people’s data and threatening to destroy it unless they pay up

  174. MyDogLuke4:17 PM

    why didn't I think of that?????

  175. BabbaZee4:19 PM

    It was neither inevitable nor predictable that the United States could become a global laughingstock either so quickly or near universally.

    The incredible ineptness, heavy handedness and indeed incompetence of its government have made the United States into a prime-time piata. Folly isn't too strong a descriptor.

    A seemingly long time ago and despite extended spikes of anti-Americanism, the United States was the undisputed leader of the Free World. Perhaps the end of the Soviet Union and the evaporation of the meaning of the so-called Free World made it inevitable that the United States would descend from position of super or indispensible power (as a former secretary of state labeled the country) to at best first among equals. But it wasn't foreseeable the descent would be so great.

    Yes, during the 1950s and the anti-communist pogrom notably led by the venomous U.S. Sen. "Tail Gunner" Joe McCarthy. R-Wis., and throughout the Vietnamese War a decade and a half later, the United States rightly deserved many slings and arrows directed against it.

    But ridicule and derision never fired anti-American sentiments that persisted around the world until today. And, at times, being an American is painful especially when the greater good and larger potential the United States possesses to lead the world remain dormant and wasted.

  176. BabbaZee4:21 PM

    Thus, when Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the new president had an unprecedented opportunity to lead the United States back to top-tier status.

    Not only did the president, along with Republicans and fellow Democrats, fail. The failure is far worse than international derision of U.S. incompetence. The last few months of U.S. politics were textbook cases of how to destroy any semblance of competence and confidence both at home and abroad.

    The United States' credibility and leadership are on the line.

    It takes more than the shutdown of government and failure to pass a budget to sink a village or in this case a country. The staggering incompetence in rolling out the Affordable Health Care Act is mind numbing. The president's outright untruthful statement about not losing existing health insurance policies is actionable.

    And the firestorm over allegations of National Security Agency surveillance of tens of millions of Europeans along with at least three dozen heads of state must sweep the equivalent of international academy awards for derelict performance by leading and supporting actors.

    The back-of-the-hand treatment given to the United States by the Saudis with direct criticism of Obama's policy toward Syria and the region (and turning down a U.N. Security Council seat) along with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's condescension toward the president are further insults to the United States' already tattered reputation.

    For international observers, the main question is this only the first act of even greater folly yet to come.

    Sadly, neither solution nor explanation of the United States' new role as international laughing stock comes to mind. If Obama could lead, as many critics fear he cannot, what can he do?

    Stay tuned as the American follies continue.

  177. BabbaZee4:23 PM

    Inhabitants of Sadad, near Homs, who fled the largely Syrian Orthodox town when rebels attacked last month, are now returning home to discover the scale of atrocities in what is being seen as the worst act of anti-Christian persecution since the war in Syria began.

    The reports, sent by Church leaders to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, describe how, in this ancient Christian town mentioned in the Bible (Ezekiel), vulnerable people unable to escape -- including the elderly, disabled, women and children -- were subjected to torture, such as strangulation. Church sources say 30 bodies were found in two separate mass graves.

    Discovered dead in a well in Sadad were the remains of six members of one family including Matanios El Sheikh, 85, his wife, Habsah, 75, their daughter, Njala, 45, and grandsons Ranim, aged 18, a first-year university student, and his 16-year-old brother Fadi, in class XI at school.

    Reports state they were thrown down a well on 26th October along with the boys' paternal grandmother, 90-year-old Mariam. Their funerals, which took place yesterday (Monday Nov. 4), came as a community, whose town dates back to 2000BC, begins to grieve the loss of those being described as "martyrs" by Church leaders.

    The atrocities took place during a week-long occupation of Sadad by the Al-Nusra Front and Daash, rebel forces who, according to Church leaders, held 1,500 families as "human shields" in a bid to stop Government troops retaking the village.

  178. BabbaZee4:25 PM

    What's worse than the silence of Western Christians concerning the Muslim persecution of their coreligionists in the Islamic world? Answer: Cynically exploiting that persecution for a political agenda—in the case of a recent Daily Beast article, to excoriate the state of Israel and its supporters.

    Titled "Why Won't the West Defend Middle Eastern Christians?" and written by Diarmaid MacCulloch, a Fellow of St. Cross College, the article touches on the persecution of Christians, but primarily as a springboard to attack American Christian support for Israel. Consider the following excerpt:

    … one of the silences which I find most frustrating is precisely the lack of noise from Western Christians about the fate of ancient Christianities in the Middle East. At the heart of the problems in the Middle East is seven decades of unresolved conflict between Israel and Palestine…

  179. @reporterdonpeat
    : Iron Sheik says he wants to arm-wrestle Mayor Rob Ford #TOpoli

    oh my

  180. BabbaZee4:28 PM

    iDoubt you would need to be an iron sheik to take out a crackhead arm wrestling


  181. BabbaZee4:28 PM