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Sunday, April 20, 2014



Putin and Snowden Discuss Mutual Spying In Media:  Reminds Me Of The TV Cartoon “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends!”
The trials and tribulations of  Edward Snowden—the overpaid  Booz Allen,  NSA Subcontractor; and President Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent, are approaching a surrealistic level of media exposure that approaches the buffoonery of a TV cartoon series.  
In a recent article in the NYTimes International, Friday, 18, 2014, entitled, “In Scripted Surprise, Putin Answers Snowden On Spying” by David M. Herszenhorn (posted earlier) an exchange of dialogue is quoted as follows:

Snowden [DISINGENUOUSLY]:
“So,  I’d like to ask you, does Russia INTERCEPT,  STORE, or ANALYZE in ANY WAY THE COMMUNICATIONS OF MILLIONS OF [innocent] INDIVIDUALS? “
Putin answers with bravado:
“Mr. Snowden,  YOU ARE A FORMER [spy] AGENT],  I used to WORK IN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE.  LET’S SPEAK IN PROFESSIONAL LANGUAGE.” [my emphasis]
Here is the real kicker for me:
  “But what IS MOST IMPORTANT,”  Putin concluded, “IS THAT THE SPECIAL SERVICES,  THANK GOD,  ARE UNDER  A STRICT CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT and the SOCIETY, and their activities ARE REGULATED BY LAW.” 
  If any of you have a chance,  please take a look at the video posted on this blog.   Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends is a TV cartoon created by Jay Ward and Alexander Anderson in 1959-64,  it reflected American society and it’s Cold War Soviet nemesis,  featuring Boris Badenov [Russian Spy] and his accomplice,  Natasha Fatale.
  No two characters can better define the lack of professional integrity and pride than Boris as Putin and Natasha as Snowden.  From my vantage point, Snowden has entered the pantheon of neither a ‘spy’ nor a ‘whistleblower;’ but rather he has attained through sheer unadulterated self-aggrandizement, malignant narcissism, and cowardice the highest accolade of running alongside Woody Woodpecker and Roger Rabitt.  He has forfeited any legitimacy to the real world by orchestrating his incessant international media appearances. 
That Snowden is “Fatale” is so obvious.  However, that Putin allowed himself the chance to enter the “Rocky and Bullwinkle Cartoon Series” is surprising if not absurdly inane.  For much less stupidity than Putin has shown with Snowden,  Andropov (Putin’s former KGB boss) would have put in him in Siberia.  But seriously who are the real cartoon characters here???  Booz Allen, Congress, NSA, POTUS….some things never change.  Let’s stop funding this cartoon series!
Some reports say that we spend over $75Billion on Intelligence and another $70Billion on Homeland Security.  Think about that when you pay your taxes! We celebrate the ignoble Pulitzer Prize of Journalism given to the Washington Post and The Guardian.   Hope you are getting the picture,  stop believing what is fed to you.  Now understand that Snowden is Natasha Fatale and Putin is Boris Badenov.   Truth,  honesty and modesty can never be commoditized like lying, dishonor and farce. 

That’s all folks!

Background for tonight's post
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/world/europe/russia-ukraine.html?_r=0
Rocky and Bullwinkle can be instructive...I will be posting later
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHqy-chPMnM

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Everything you wanted to know about BMB (Boston Marathon Bombing)....its long, go to last paragraph and work backward if you do not have time.  Money was tight and the $70B Homeland Security Budget was being threatened by Sequestration.  Why do the people of Boston and Cambridge put up with this craP????
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/04/13/the-boston-marathon-bombing-one-year-later-a-detailed-look/

Monday, April 14, 2014




Iran and Israel:  In The Words Of The Great Philosopher,  Pogo, “We have met the enemy, and the he is us!” 
In an insightful article by Abbas Milani [Iranian] and Israel Waismel-Manor [Israeli] entitled, ”Iran And Israel Trading Places” [NYTimes posted earlier] a political psychological paradox was cleverly discovered.  Essentially, both scholars argued that Iran is becoming what Israel had been, secular and pro-western,  while the Israel is turning toward theocracy and anti-western.
  Bizarre?
  Not at all!
  In psychiatric literature,  one could extract the concept of ‘identification with the  aggressor’.  In the more enlightened world of Walter Kelly,  the brilliant cartoon artist, Pogo, his principle swamp philosopher,  stated this human phenomena more satirically, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” 

Let us explore in how many ways, both Iran and Israel are alike and have been alike.

[1] “Both are home to the OLDEST CIVILIZATIONS…
They are PRIMARY NON-ARAB STATES in a mostly ARAB REGION.” .
[2] Founder David Ben Gurion created a NONRELIGIOUS ZIONIST STATE.  Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi’s Iran was modeled according to the dictates of SECULAR NATIONALISM. 
[3] 1979 Islamic Revolutions ‘eclipsed this secular brand of politics.’ 
[4] Secularism is ascending once again in Iran.  Whereas, the tides of secularism are receding in Israel.
[5] The Orthodox Jewish parties [i.e. Jewish Home]  right wing party,  hold 25% of the Knesset.  They have 6.5 children vs. 2.6 for the rest of the Jews. 
[6] In contrast, the birth rate in Iran is falling while the wave of secularism is rising threatening the Ayatollah Khamenei’s ruling party. 
[7] World Jewry support for Israel is markedly waning. “The high rate of interfaith marriage among Americans means the pro-Israel lobby will no longer be as large or united as it used to be.”
[8] “Seven million Iranians live in exile. Their economic, scientific, scholarly, and cultural achievements are well known in the United States thanks to people like eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.”
[9] Just as the Jewish diaspora helped to create political support for Israel,  now the  Iranian exiles will also promote pro-western, pro-liberal tenets to institute in Iran.
  In reality, the paradox of nation-state behavior mirrors that of every day human behavior with all of its contradictions, inconsistencies, and paradoxes.  Perhaps, the best consolation that we all can find in the ‘trading place’ irony is to follow Pogo’s other sagacious advice: 
“Don’t take life so seriously,  it ain’t NOHAW PERMANENT.”  Walter Kelly.
Amen! 



Excellent article,  background for tonight's post
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/opinion/sunday/are-iran-and-israel-trading-places.html?_r=0