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Oh Great, the U.S. Now Has Its Own Band of Syrian Beheaders

Say it ain’t so already.  Please.  Is the U.S. really going down this road?  Apparently so:

Official Logo of the Free Syrian Army via Wikipedia

Official Logo of the Free Syrian Army (Image via Wikipedia)

Like many teenage boys who grew up in the Midwest in the 1990s, Douglas McAuthur McCain was a fan of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and loved to play basketball.

But as he grew older, he lost interest in basketball as he shuttled between two suburban Minneapolis high schools. He never graduated, and in his late teens, he began to have run-ins with the law. In the decade that followed, he was arrested or cited nine times on charges including theft, marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Mr. McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad. Officials now know he ended up in Syria, where three days ago, Mr. McCain became the first American to die while fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He was 33.

The rebels who killed him were fighting for the Free Syrian Army, a rival group backed by the United States, and they went on to behead six ISIS fighters — but not Mr. McCain — and then posted the photographs on Facebook.



August 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM Leave a comment

Thousands March to Protest the War on Gaza in London Today

Something tells me the U.S. media won’t even hint at this having happened in London today:

London Protest

(Image: Patrick Bodenham)


August 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM Leave a comment

About Hamas’ “Rockets”

I suspected the world, and more specifically the Israelis, were being terrorized by their own government as to the power of Hamas’ “rockets” and I was right:

Iron Dome AFP

(Part of Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system, largely paid for by U.S. taxpayer dollars. Image: AFP)

Gaza’s Bottle Rockets

Why Hamas’ Arsenal Wasn’t Worth a War

 Hamas’ rocket fire into Israel has occasionally been described by the international press in dire terms — as a “non-stop onslaught,” an “unbearable” and “incessant” assault that is “paralyzing the country” and making life “intolerable” for ordinary Israelis. One CNN report even claimed that Israeli soldiers were collapsing from the psychological trauma of the explosions. It has made for a nasty portrait of Hamas and its military strategy, one that could even be read as a tacit endorsement of Israel’s stated goal of disarming the group with military force.

But a closer examination of Hamas’ military capabilities and goals reveals a very different picture. Most of Hamas’ arsenal is comprised of homemade rockets that are decidedly incapable of inflicting mass civilian casualties, flattening apartment blocks, or causing conflagrations that consume entire cities. “Hamas’ rockets can kill people and they have,” a counter-intelligence veteran of the U.S. CIA who spent his career monitoring Israeli and Palestinian military capabilities told me recently, “but compared to what the Israelis are using, the Palestinians are firing bottle rockets.”


That’s what I thought.

August 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM Leave a comment

The Most Narcissistic, Bird-Brained Post Ever Written About War

I wish this was from The Onion, but it isn’t.  It’s from The Times of Israel.  Unbelievable.

Chocolate via wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Does this war make me look fat?

Try as may, I cannot stop rockets with M&M’s. Hershey’s syrup doesn’t stop the sound of booms, Cocoa Pebbles don’t stop sirens, and chocolate, glory be thy name, doesn’t stop war. I have tried in earnest to employ all of these methods and alas, Operation Tzuk Eitan [Operation "Protective Edge"] is still in full swing. My name is Rachel and I am a chocoholic.


It is comforting to know that I am not fighting this Battle of the Bulge alone. In a recent and very unscientific Facebook survey a friend polled her community by asking, “Eating more or eating less because of the “situation”?”

The answers varied, but most came to the conclusion that war is bad for your waistline.

I kid you not.  Read the whole pitiful thing here.

P.S.  No offense meant to birds by the title.


August 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM Leave a comment

If Only: Re Israel and Gaza

Israel and Gaza just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire.

Oops.  If only this were true — a 72-year ceasefire:

Telegraph 72 Hour ceasefire





July 31, 2014 at 6:39 PM Leave a comment

Watch Israeli Missiles Fly Directly Through the Windows of Apartment Buildings in Gaza


Published on Jul 20, 2014

Missile camera: Precision strikes by the IDF Navy.


The Israelis have state of the art weapons (thanks in part to Our U.S. Tax Dollars)

July 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM Leave a comment

Joe Scarborough Brings the Chemical Weapons Lie Into 2014 Debate About Iraq

Oh, geez.  Check out this tweet from Joe Scarborough:

Joe Scarborough


April 25, 2005:

CIA’s Final Report:  No WMD Found in Iraq

In his final word, the CIA’s top weapons inspector in Iraq said Monday that the hunt for weapons of mass destruction has “gone as far as feasible” and has found nothing, closing an investigation into the purported programs of Saddam Hussein that were used to justify the 2003 invasion.


So what if “Sunni Extremists” are occupying Saddam’s chemical weapons facility?  The CIA, under Scarborough’s President Bush, found there were no WMD in all of Iraq!

Nothing like a guy who wants us to be afraid, huh?


June 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM 1 comment

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