Leaked recording of John Kerry private meeting with anti-Assad Syrian representatives at UN in Sept, removed by CNN

As reported back in September after the meeting, Kerry wanted the West to use force in Syria. What’s new is that he was apparently overruled by an administration that saw ISIL as a tool for ousting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. What’s also new, as Kerry concedes, is that Russia came to Assad’s rescue largely for the purpose of halting ISIL’s advance.

“And we know that this was growing, and we were watching,” Kerry can be heard saying. “We saw that Daesh (ISIL) was growing in strength. We thought, however, that we could probably manage. You know, that Assad might then negotiate.”

That seems to fly in the face of stated White House policy for over half a decade that ISIL is an enemy that must be taken out.

President Barack Obama’s address to the nation on Sept. 10, 2014, for example, began: “Tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. … ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.  And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

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As usual, Obama lied to the American people.

January 8: L’Epitaphe Villon: Ballade Des Pendus

L’Epitaphe Villon: Ballade Des Pendus
My brothers who live after us,

Don’t harden your hearts against us too,

If you have mercy now on us,

God may have mercy upon you.

Five, six, you see us, hung out to view.

When the flesh that nourished us well

Is eaten piecemeal, ah, see it swell,

And we, the bones, are dust and gall,

Let no one make fun of our ill,

But pray that God absolves us all.
No need, if we cry out to you, brothers,

To show disdain, if we’re in suspense

For justice’s sake. How few of the others

Are men equipped with common sense.

Pray for us, now beyond violence,

To the Son of the Virgin Mary,

So of grace to us she’s not chary,

Shields us from Hell’s lightning fall.

We’re dead: the souls let no man harry,

But pray that God absolves us all.
The rain has soaked us, washed us: skies

Of hot suns blacken us, scorch us: crows

And magpies have gouged out our eyes,

Plucked at our beards and our eyebrows.

There’s never a moment’s rest allowed:

Now here, now there, the changing breeze

Swings us, as it wishes, ceaselessly,

Beaks pricking us more than a cobbler’s awl.

So don’t you join our fraternity,

But pray that God absolves us all.
Prince Jesus, who has all sovereignty,

Preserve us from Hell’s mastery.

We’ve no business down there at all.

Men, you’ve no time for mockery.

But pray to God to absolve us all.

(Translated by A. S. Kline © Copyright 2004 All Rights Reserved
This work may be freely reproduced, stored, and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose.)

January 8: Humor

January 8
Humor

 

22.

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.

~Jonathan Swift, Essay on the Faculties of the Mind

 23.

The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.

~Henry David Thoreau

 

Henry David Thoreau

 

24.

Only Lawyers and mental defectives are automatically exempt from jury duty.

~George Bernard Shaw