Very nice today Clay. The broken olive branch is quite apropos. I do think the branch, which has been detached from reality (the olive tree) long ago should be brown and withered.
Do the Israelis or Palestinians really want peace? Or is the doublethink of the Arab/Israelis a more apt description; ‘The objective is not to win, but to maintain a constant state of conflict in order to keep its citizens under control.’ ”Oceania(Israel) has always been at war with Eastasia (Palestine).” It seems to fit quite well - don’t you think.
The entire Western media always frames each and every violent death of any Palestinian as a necessary 'retaliatory' strike (this is especially true of FOX news) based on any previous attack by Palestinians at any time. Just as easily, the media could have said... ‘home made rockets were fired into Israel in response to the 6 year imprisonment of over a million people living in the Gaza Strip.’ Ever since the prisoners of Gaza democratically elected someone to represent them that was not a stooge of Washington or Tel Aviv, Israelis in close consultation with the U.S. have been trying to figure out a way to ethnically cleanse the Gaza inhabitants in case they grew uncomfortable with their indefinite imprisonment.
Fortunately for the Israelis, one Merkava carries more firepower than all of the home made rockets ever fired into Israel combined providing an unfair advantage in suppressing the Palestinians. As building of extermination camps doesn't sit well with Israelis, the Palestinians will be culled in a more 'humane' method using everything from HE bombs, offshore artillery and good old fashioned rifle fire. Many Palestinians who committed the crime of owning a home in an area coveted by Israeli settlers, have had their homes expropriated, bulldozed and replaced with bitter, racist settlers who hate anyone not Jewish equally. The displaced Palestinians as a result are now locked up in Gaza in the hopes that not a single Palestinian gets pissed off at the Israeli State or else mass murder will ensue to keep the prisoners in line. Meanwhile the Israeli government, who denies that their racism in any shape or form, continue to espouse their views that a single Israeli soldier's death is a greater tragedy that the death of a thousand Palestinian children and their mothers.
Because Israelis consider themselves to be the 'chosen people' and the fact that Israel has a massive and secret nuclear arsenal capable of ending life on the planet as we know it, gives them the moral high ground in any discussion of a possible peace with their prisoners.
Zableedofisterix, Your posts are almost verbatim what Sean Hannity spews. You need to dig a little deeper than the misinformation FOX news flings with wild abandon. Not towing the Israeli line does NOT make one anti-Semitic any more than your dislike for Obama makes you a racist. It’s a cheap FOX shot.
Like I said ibshame, I’m not willing to speculate; nor do I think it correct for anyone to blithely pronounce: ”Putin is ultimately responsible because it was a Russian missile that hit the plane.” If that were the case, the USA should be held ‘ultimately responsible’ (and rightly so) for a multitude of massacres around the globe.
This is not to give the Russians a pass, it’s just that there were just too may ‘facts’ – to soon.
Conspiracy? I don’t know and I’m not going to speculate. I just think it amazing that, ”Almost immediately after the plane was downed, all worldwide media outlets knew conclusively the type of missile, what type of mobile launcher and who did it. How were they all informed so rapidly? And by whom?”
It’s not Obama’s fault for gods sake. Quote: ”So far, I am right.” So far you’re an uniformed blowhard.
Supposition everywhere. The inability of some to stay on subject. Misplaced blame (It’s somehow Obama’s fault) and some extraordinarily childish commentary.
Points to ponder:
This was a passenger plane flying over territory despite the fact it is known that pro-Russian rebels had pretty advanced SAM missiles, knew how to use them. And have.
In just the past week or so, rebel (whatever that means to whom) SAM’s have struck at least three Ukrainian air force planes in the region — two Su-25’s, and an An-26.
Almost immediately after the plane was downed, all worldwide media outlets knew conclusively the type of missile, what type of mobile launcher and who did it. How were they all informed so rapidly? And by whom?
There is no (at least not as of this writing) any hard corroborating evidence to support the authenticity of voice intercepts.
And lest us forget:
In 2001, Ukraine’s military accidentally shot down a Russian passenger airliner flying over the Black Sea from Tel Aviv to Novorossisk, killing 78 people onboard. After over a week of denials, Ukraine finally admitted responsibility.
In 1988, the US Vincennes (A Ticonderoga class cruiser) mistakenly shot down an Iranian passenger plane in the Persian Gulf, killing 290 passengers on board. The commanding officer in charge of the USS Vincennes not only wasn’t punished, but instead was awarded the Legion of Honor medal two years later by President George (ptui) Bush.
In 1983 a Russian Su-15 shot down a Korean 747; initially denied knowledge of the incident but later fessed up and admitted the shoot down, but claimed the aircraft was on a spy mission.
Like I said, this smells.
Hmm. A 777 is shot down over the Ukraine yesterday morning. And amazingly we knew by that afternoon what kind of missile, what kind of mobile launcher and through 'unverifiable' telephone intercepts who hit the trigger. How is it possible (was the launcher in a town square for Christ's sake-I doubt it) to know so much so soon? Something smells.
Good job Clay. You're right on the money.
Corporations (in this case Hobby Lobby) are legal fictions (and please pipe down about their phony religious values) that are created specifically to be SEPARATE from their human owners and operators. Corporations can no more hold religious beliefs than they can have their feelings hurt. And as such, the concept of corporate personhood relies on exemption of liability for owners. If in fact the owners feel their moral convictions are not exempt of moral liability and court orders still confirm exemption for moral opinions of owners what then we have are corporate ‘personhoods’ exempt from laws and accountability based on owners opinions of law and laws outcomes on owners personal opinions. With this ruling, we see expanding corporate personhood rights over public opinions as presumed reflected in law. Once again we find that corporations are above laws and norms we all must live by. Corporations make the laws but are most often not accountable to them.
Some (just a few) posting here obviously understands that, the idiots on the Supreme Court do not.
Not bad today Mr. Bennett. You did however miss a golden opportunity to present what a replacement name and pennant should be. --- So I will.
I’m not offended in the least about the name “Redskins.” I am offended that such a noble race is associated with Washington DC. A more fitting name would be the “Washington Gangsters.” A black pennant trimmed with gold scrambled eggs and a caricature of a snarling Dick Cheney (or other criminal politician of which there are many). In curved annotation under the portrait, their motto: “Heads we win, tails you lose.”
It is, as inquiringmind said, ”a tempest in a teapot.”
I’m heartened to see a corrupt and truly disgusting individual get booted on his keester.
His opponent David Brat has said repeatedly: “I’m not against business. I’m against big business in bed with big government.” Also saying: ”All of the investment banks, up in New York and DC, they should have gone to jail.” Hmm…..yea I agree 100%.
While I’m encouraged that a Republican can say something like that and win as a Republican, I prefer to wait and see what becomes of his populist slogans once he is elected and subject to the same fund-raising pressure as other incumbents; and GOP insiders crush him for attempting to take on powerful elites in Rome...er...I mean Washington.
Hopefully, this kind of ass-kicking is exactly the out-the-door policy ‘progressives’ start doing to get rid of the corrupt Democrats. Then, our country might have a chance.
The Penis Bros attempt to distract with flags, gays, terrorists and commies can't keep suppressing/disguising blatant criminality and cronyism forever. But then again, there is an overabundance of the Jack Dennis types, so maybe they can.
One can only dream…
A round of applause Clay. Well done. A perfect depiction of the
chaos wrought by combining evil & incompetence. .
Good cartoon today Clay. As have been some other recent offerings.
I’ve posted this before but today’s subject warrants a reprise:
It’s high time the populace of this country to finally admit to themselves (as I have) that the United States government, our government - “A nation, conceived in Liberty. A government of the people, by the people, for the people" has been transformed into a vast criminal enterprise, whose sole purpose is to provide the means by which the predator class legalizes and carries out its program of fraud, theft, exploitation, conquest and domination. We now live in a land with a lawless (un)-representative government; where the powerful and important make, then break the law, and never be brought to account.
What’s being passed off come 2016 elections amount to no more than a competition between debased and rancid crime families for temporary supremacy in the role of head of the District of Columbia's chief Mafia consigliores’ and enforcers.
Our vaunted leaders are no more than the vanguard of an army of brazen and soulless Mafiosi bureaucrats who think nothing of engaging in acts of fraud, theft, mass murder, torture, brutality, and the literal destruction of planet earth in order to feed their insatiable lust for wealth beyond the dreams of avarice, as well as the deviant joy that all sociopathic/imbecilic personalities experience from the infliction of suffering in others.
According to the Declaration of Independence, governments "derive their just powers from the consent of the governed" -- alas, today that "consent" amounts to nothing more than the sheep being ‘allowed’ a choice of whether to appoint a blue wolf or a red wolf, chosen - not by consensus, but fiat by elites as representatives/guardians of the flock.
If that reality is to ever change, it will have to come from outside accepted channels of political redress (tax strike anyone?), which as things currently stand amount to no more than the plank strapped precariously over the sea. It matters not that you are cast into the azure deep, for the pirate ship of state already has your booty.
A quote from Kafka's "The Trial" comes to mind:
“It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary. A melancholy conclusion,” says Josef. “It turns lying into a universal principle.”