“Obama mistreated Natanyahu?” CNN

1-  Recommendations on a good blog hosting company that I can switch to?  Any volunteers?

2-  I just read in the "crawl" on CNN the question cited above.  This is a question that makes sense only if you see the world through Israel centric eyes.  Let's review the "bidding," the US/Israel relationship is of existential importance to Israel.  Without us dumb goy types Israel is a "dead duck" in the long run.  Yes, I know, we are not all goyim.  The Israel/US relationship is of minimal importance to the US.  Iran?  We can crush them and we do not need Israeli help.  In fact, that would just be a nuisance factor.  For President Obama to seek to discipline Israel (a minor client of the US) is merely to honor his oath of office.

3- This blog wins prizes every quarter.  Congratulations to you all.  

4- Alla yubarik fiik Ayad Allawi.


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38 Responses to “Obama mistreated Natanyahu?” CNN

  1. 91B says:

    what’s wrong with blogspot?
    Lot’s of heavy-duty bloggers use it.
    And, it’s free!

  2. Farooq says:

    I am not sure how well suited to your needs it is, but wordpress.com is also an option.
    Also, as mentioned by 91b google’s
    is also a mainstream option.
    another option:
    I believe all three are free. I would suggest you play around with them before making a switch.
    Good luck and keep blogging!

  3. Paul Escobar says:

    Mr. Lang,
    Most will suggest major sites like “WordPress” or “Blogger”. I’m not a big fan of these, as they aren’t very “pretty”.
    I am in love with the look of a blog system my friend Alexandria T. uses. It’s called “Posterous”:
    Many corporate entities also use this blogging system:
    As I said, it looks gorgeous. But the best part, according to her, is that it’s easy to use.
    The homepage explains that you send them a quick email, & they’ll email you links to a FREE prepared site (with pointers to password & site management).
    You can create blog posts via email, mobile, or a web interface. It has all the features of other blogs (custom domains, media support, comments, tags, etc.), but executes them in a simpler manner.
    I created a sample blog within five minutes, just to make sure it was easy (I’m not a blogger):
    So I suggest you skim over their FAQ & create your own dummy account:
    Perhaps you’ll find it to be an improvement over this current TypeBad system.

  4. I am just an amateur blog-reader and sometime-commenter. The only better blog-host/ thread-host I saw
    in the past was Haloscan. But Haloscan was recently bought and abolished by some company or other. And everything that was on Haloscan has been switched to the vastly inferior service known as “Echo”. So now the service which hosts this blog and threads is as good as any other that
    I see.
    And better than most. The black letters stand out well against the white background. They are big enough to be easy to see and
    read. And i notice that just lately the links (if any) that I offer come up blue and clickable. Which is even better than before. So as a reader/commenter this seems like a very commenter-friendly service.
    But if it is so blogger-hostile on the front end that you have to find a better blog-friendly service
    to go to, we will follow regardless. I myself hope that doesn’t have to happen.

  5. IMO you would find blogspot even worse. It is very limited.
    If I were you I’d move to wordpress. It’s superb blogging software by itself, has lots of extensions and plugins if you want them.
    It also has good blogging client software for windows machines, (and also for things like mobile ‘phones and the blackberry).
    In terms of hosting:
    If you want to try a free service then I’d suggest you shift to wordpress.com
    There are plenty of very well respected blogs hosted there – Reidar Vissar’s blog to name but one:
    If you want to go self hosted wordpress is easy to install and run. Many hosting companies have a “one click install” but even if they dont setting it up is easy.
    The issue that you face assuming you move from typepad – which truly seems to be dreadful, is how to rescue your data.
    (Your posts, the comments, the images, etc are quite a resource. )
    Typepad seems to be the worst for this but some quick googling turned up what seem to be workable solutions.

  6. Idrees says:

    We have switched from Blogspot to WordPress, which we find far superior. Publishing on WordPress is faster, more intuitive (it eliminates unnecessary steps), and the comments component is also more customizable. There are some neat themes available which you can customize for an uncluttered, clean look. You won’t have to pay for anything, unless of course you want your own fully cusomizable content management system (for a blog like yours or ours, its unnecessary.) I’d advise against Blogspot.

  7. matt says:

    cyber hacking…..guess who?

  8. Got A Watch says:

    Eventually most Blogs end up going to their own domain name on their own server, if they have a large following. Registering your turcopolier.com costs $10/year through Yahoo!
    From what I have seen, all the Blog comment systems have problems. Whether that is WordPress, Disqus, JS-Kit, Blogger (Google) – ask at most Blogs and they can list a long litany of problems. Most seem to work fine for a while, then they give nothing but problems for a period, which they eventually resolve, if you are lucky. They don’t rush to fix issues.
    Of course knowing others face the same issues is not of much comfort.
    A good web hosting company should charge you about $10-$30/month (depending on data traffic). My old boss in IT used to recommend Peer1. They have a data center in Herndon/Ashburn West Virginia (along with many other web companies, it’s one of the main US internet backbone interconnect locations). He’d recommend them based on reliability, price and ability to provide technical help if needed – that was years ago, and they are still in business, unlike many of their competitors, so they must be doing things right.
    Going that route would require a lot of work with the software to get it to where you would want it. Off the shelf packages are available, but need to be customized.
    You could approach local web-hosting companies in your area, there should be many in Herndon/Ashburn. There will be a cost, and you need someone working with you who is net savvy to customize the software etc – if you have a techy friend or relative, they could assist.
    For free, Google is probably your best bet if you have to move from WordPress.
    No solution is perfect, and it will take up (a lot of) time probably, by the time you get it all set up, debugged and running. Time you can probably spend better writing a new book for instance. It’s a trade off.
    As an author, the cost of a website for promotion of your books should be a tax deductible business expense, and the personal Blog could go along for the ride. Maybe your publisher could help defray the costs, it would be helping to sell the books. I doubt they will contribute much, but it does not hurt to ask. You could link your website through Amazon and other book seller websites to drive traffic and promote the books.

  9. Fnord says:

    Sir. I have been scrolling through the last 6 non-technical posts about the Israel crisis, and I havent seen much reference to the point that Gates and Petraeus very firmly set the foor down on the hasbara term “linkage”? To me, that seemed like a sharp turning point opening up a real debate and breaking the spell of anti-semitism for those wanting to discuss reality, not glittering generalities. Could it be that the best outcome of the COIN fad that I know you have been sceptical of is that a whole new generation of COIN warriors realize just how badly the IDF are doing it?
    Ive been following Jerusalem Post and Haaretz this last year, and there is a marked shift in tone, from glum superiority to near hysteria. I think young Obama has them rattled, and he seems to have the firm backing of the military. Gates is becoming a cult-hero, the last rational man. I think he may have stiffened some spines with some strategy and logistics briefings ahead of this, after the Turkey and Dubai humiliations Israel just did.
    Anyways, would love to hear the committees thoughts on that angle.

  10. Got A Watch says:

    I got the comment to go through (I think) by pasting Google’s URL into the ‘Web Site URL’ box. If you can see this comment, then that worked, at least it’s a work around for now.

  11. dan robinson says:

    I’m on Hostgator. I’m running WordPress from cpanel. I have had no problems with uptime (I can’t remember when it was ever down in the last five years) I have a couple of domains there.
    I forward my email from those domains to another domain and use Gmail to catch it (I don’t run email on the hosted site) This puts all my email in one interface that I can read from where ever.

  12. Got A Watch says:

    I am looking at Yahoo! right now, for $112.50/year you get
    “Web Hosting
    * Free domain name
    * Free business email
    * Easy site design tools
    * Unlimited site storage (disk space)
    * Unlimited bandwidth (data transfer)
    * Unlimited email storage”
    hosted on a Yahoo! server.

  13. Got A Watch says:

    I got a ‘captcha’ page last time, first time ever. At a guess that’s why TypePad is having issues, if they are implementing a new level of verification or some other change on their servers. If they say they aren’t doing anything to their system, they got problems.

  14. Clwydshire says:

    If you switch your host, will we eventually lose your archive?

  15. eakens says:

    Wordpress all the way. You should be able to import all the comments and past posts as well.

  16. DanM says:

    On the topic of Netanyahu’s hubris, i just finished “Killing Khalid” by Paul McGeough about that grand cockup known as the attempt to assassinate Khalid Mishal in Jordan in 1997 (mossad agents ended up caught by after they squirted a poison in Mishal’s ear on an amman street, and old King Hussein threatened to string them up/pull out of his peace deal until, in turn, the antidote was delivered that saved Mishal’s life, Sheikh Yassin was returned to Gaza and about 200 other Palestinians were released from Israeli jails). Excessively detailed, perhaps, but good stuff on how Netanyahu’s believe that he’s bigger than his allies often leads him into all sorts of trouble.

  17. Patrick Lang says:

    Thanks for all the good comments on a blogging site. i may not move from fear of losing the archive.
    My problem seems to have been solved by the simple expedient of typing in the
    URL that Jackie suggested. pl

  18. Paul Escobar says:

    Mr. Lang,
    In case you ever feel frustrated, in the future…
    I previously suggested the “Posterous” blogging service:
    I forgot to mention that “Posterous” can import your existing Typepad blog:
    (You’ll see the Typepad logo in the “More Blogs” section)
    You simply provide your Typepad credentials, & it will import automatically.
    You might want to play with this feature in your spare time, perhaps to create a backup or evaluate a potential move.
    Again, good luck to you.

  19. Eric says:

    I sent you an email last night regarding WordPress, it really is the best, easiest, cheapest and most reliable option out there.
    Everything is customizable. There is a large, dedicated user base constantly improving the product. And most importantly, you don’t have to worry about it going away or getting bought out.
    Rescuing your archive and importing it to the new system is a fairly simple process. You will first need to export all your data from TypePad (it’s been a while since I’ve done it with TP, but can look it up if you need help). Once you have that, there is an import tool in WordPress that automates the rest. There are sometimes minor issues with the move, but they are minor and easily worked out. Transferring images is the sticky spot, but that too can be handled with little effort.
    Since any move will necessarily be to a different server/domain, you can try it out, import everything over, fix it up so you have the right look and layout all before making it public. If things don’t work out, stick with what you have. Even if you do switch you can always leave this blog here and just add a banner at top letting people know where to find new posts.
    I’ll be glad to help. Let me know if you have any further questions, I’m sure there are other experienced WordPress developers in your audience too.

  20. Roger says:

    You won’t lose your archive if you are careful. Typically, when you move to a new blog, you will export your blog and then import it into the new one. You can leave the old one up as well for posterity.
    To export a typepad blog, follow these instructions:
    It’s a good idea to export even if you don’t choose to move, because then you’ll have a backup, just in case.
    Btw, my suggestion would be WordPress or Blogger with your own domain name. (blogspot blogs do get a PageRank boost though it seems, but I don’t think you’re lacking for exposure.)

  21. The Twisted Genius says:

    I spent several years working with both large and small data centers and ISPs. In every case the expertise and, most importantly, the attitude of the management/support staff is what makes for a pleasurable experience or a nightmare. Judging by the comments of other SST posters, WordPress may be the better blogging software package. I noticed WordPress.org recommends several hosting companies at http://wordpress.org/hosting/ that support wordpress blogs and have reasonable prices. If you are so inclined, I’d recommend contacting a couple of them, explain your needs and concerns and see how they respond. I don’t run a blog, but I’d start with Laughing Squid as a possible hoster. Being a smaller company, I would expect to develop a responsive personal relationship with their staff very quickly. Blue Host, although much larger, is also a well regarded hosting company. Good luck!
    “Obama mistreated Natanyahu.” Sounds like CNN is, in the words of GWB, choosing to be against us rather than with us. Given the recent discourtesy our VP received in Israel, I think Bibi ought to be grateful he wasn’t physically thrown out the back door of the White House with a warning that he better start showing proper respect to the President’s representatives in the future. More realistically, I hope Petraeus’ idea that Israeli resistance to seeking a solution to the Palestinian issue is endangering the lives of our troops gains more widespread support. That would force a lot of senators and congressmen to choose between publically supporting our troops or supporting the Likudniks and dampen the inevitable “Israel First” resistance to a more reasonable US policy towards Israel. One can only hope.

  22. ex-PFC Chuck says:

    I use Lunar Pages (www.lunarpages.com) with the WordPress blog engine. Once you set up an account and a domain you can load WP with a few clicks directly from their “Fantastico” library of open source Software. Of course, I have only a trickle of hits, and have been inactive for the past several months. The few times I’ve had to use it, I’ve been very impressed with LunarPages customer service.

  23. toto says:

    The Times (of London) have their own tack about the whole Obama-Bibi spat, and what it might indicate for the future: “Obama tears up Netanyahu’s carte blanche”

  24. confusedponderer says:

    From Haaretz: Zionist Organization of America: Obama’s Israel stance ‘an insult’ to all Jews.

    The ZOA also suggested that Obama’s behavior is biased against Israel.
    Obama apparently also made new and substantial demands of Israel while making no demands of the anti-peace regime of Mahmoud Abbas? Palestinian Authority,” the statement said.
    The ZOA has also demanded of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to apologize to New York constituents for falsely claiming, as a Senator, to support an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    The Zionist organization said that Clinton has misled them, and quoted her saying in 2007 that she supported ?Israel?s right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital,must never be questioned.”

  25. confusedponderer says:

    From the latest e-mail alert by Hagee’s Americans for Armageddon:

    Suddenly, issues that never before interfered with close US-Israel ties have become the tallest of stumbling blocks.
    The Obama Administration has manufactured a crisis
    with our ally Israel when it should be focused on eliminating the threats to her and America.

    We have no doubt that CUFI was created for such a time as this …

    Me neither. Emphases mine. Tellingly, the blame lies exclusively with Obama.
    It’ll be interesting to observe their Washington Summit from July 20-22.
    Out of curiousity: Anyone knows who’s funding CUFI? Did the form from the Christian Right exclusively, or were they ‘farmed out’ by the likes of AIPAC to keep these people from embarrassing AIPAC conferences?

  26. Yohan says:

    Check out http://www.tumblr.com for the blog site with the best look & feel.
    Also check out http://www.historiae.org/uncertified.asp for Reidar Visser’s observation that post-election “bloc formation” could rob Allawi of his victory.

  27. Amir says:

    Having had no military background what so ever, I suspect that crushing Iran for us (U.S.) would be a major success, comparable to Sovjets teaching the Afghans a lesson in the 80’s, especially considering the shorter logistic lines for us and our much more robust economic situation as well as available military reserves.
    I hope you don’t mind my sarcasm, I like your blog but could not help but comment on this issue.

  28. Patrick Lang says:

    Your sarcasm is based on ignorance. An american attack on Iran would be entirely a matter of air action and would leave the country in ruins. First we would destroy their air defense system and then bomb the country at leisure. Any comparison with the Soviet war in Afghanistan is inappropriate. pl

  29. Jackie says:

    Would CNN be happier with a headline that said “Netanyahu kicked sand in Obama’s face.”?
    I’m pretty happy the skinny kid took on the bully.

  30. J_B_V says:

    Host sic semper blog on your own server (or portion thereof,) it’s the better way in the long run. WordPress is good, there are some other, fancier open source options that I think you might like. But I think turcopolier is ready for its own server space and its own domain name. Get me back if you want discuss options (no i don’t work for a hosting company 😉
    My bet: No progress of any significance on Israel/Palestine issue by next presidential election.

  31. Byron Raum says:

    I would suggest that there are many people who would want this blog to go down. Under such a circumstance, it’s probably not a good idea to host one’s own server. Under the current setup, taking down this blog means also taking down an entire hosting business, which is much harder. I also don’t believe that there’s any such thing as a perfect piece of software. Someone at typepad made a mistake, but it looks like they fixed it. It’s human to make mistakes and I doubt there’s any guarantee something else might not mess up elsewhere. Essentially, I’m of the “if it’s only slightly broken, don’t try to fix it” school of thought.

  32. confusedponderer,
    Great quotes there which reveal the ongoing Zionist information warfare.
    1. First, note that ZOA is an old US organization. What is most interesting is how it has operated lobbying Capitol Hill over the past several decades.
    Among their targets are the young twenty something staffers who “do” foreign affairs for members. These young folks are usually just out of college with a BA. No real background in foreign affairs, yet they write the speeches and all that for the members. They essentially rely on the political “paper mills” (think tanks) in DC and lobbyists for ideas and orientation as they have no background in the field themselves.
    Congressman and now US Senator Jon Kyl has had a long involvement with ZOA for example.
    2. Over the past couple of decades, ZOA has very aggressively worked the Hill and teams often with Frank Gaffney’s Neocon-Zionist org called “Center for Security Policy.”
    Frank is extremely able, industrious, well-spoken and is an excellent writer. I respect all that but naturally I disagree with his views. Frank through hard work (and generous funding from we can imagine) has built up a very wide influence and his org partners and teams with many other orgs. Also, Frank is a leading foreign policy advisor to various Christian Fundamentalist orgs in DC providing “pro-Israel” guidance on foreign policy issues.
    3. CUFI is Hagee’s organization. Essentially, the late Jerry Falwell was the leader of the Christian Zionist pro-Israel crowd with Pat Robertson also in the mix. Hagee, on Falwell’s demise, made his move to become the go-to guy for Israel among the Christian Zionists. The televangelist preachers have no problems at all extracting money from their followers which is why they are all millionaires themselves, etc….
    4. I would add the ZOA attack on Hillary is very interesting and is to be watched. One element of the attack is the theme that she does not support an “undivided Jerusalem.” This is a code phrase for Zionist control of the whole city including the occupied East Jerusalem sector.
    Christian Zionists back up the hardline Israeli Zionists on this point as they emphasize that “undivided Jerusalem” is essential in their biblical scenario for the future. Note that for Christian Zionists the 1967 War resulted in Jerusalem being “reunited” and thus no longer “divided.” This was seen as a major biblical event on their Armageddon Calendar.
    5. There is a good bit of info on the website called “ChristianZionism.org”
    My book seems to be their “Book of the Month Selection”

  33. Adam L Silverman says:

    Fnord: The Israelis really don’t do COIN. The closest the Israelis get is clear, with some temporary holding, followed by lots more clearing. Part of the issue is they have a complete conflation of all political violence directed against themselves, short of interstate war. As I’ve written about here at SST, our own COIN doctrine makes the same conflation, but the Israeli one is much, much stronger. I have several of their “COIN” manuals and what is interesting is their easy substitutions of words such as “insurgent” and “terrorist” – terms that shouldn’t be synonymous, but for them have become so. Moreover, one of these explanatory documents essentially pro-rates the outcome of the violence against Israelis. So a single attack in a single place that kills say three Israelis and wounds a dozen is then multiplied out over a years time to show that if the incident is not responded to and the perpetrators dealt with, then the total potential Israeli dead at the end of one year would be 1,095 dead (3X365) and 4,380 wounded (12X365). The result then is an internal policy justification for highly punitive response. The Israelis, however, never quite seem to get the results they want from these repeated clearings – they always have to be repeated. While kinetic and lethal operations are necessary as parts of COINOps, especially the clear stage and to lesser extents during hold and build, the fact that the Israeli responses, misidentified as COIN, never begin to move to the non-lethal/non-kinetic holding and building stages is telling. As has been repeatedly referenced here at SST, by COL (ret) Lang, myself, and several others, and is emphasized in the COIN Manual FM 3-24, one of the paradoxes of COIN is that non-lethal (non-kinetic) operations get better results than lethal ones. As the Israelis focus is in retaliation, clear, clear, and clear some more, they never seem able to reap the benefits that would come from applying a true COIN approach. Finally, I’m not sure they could. As the occupier they have only one thing the Palestinians really want: Land. And the only thing the Palestinians really have to trade is the absence of (political) violence. One is tangible, the other much less so, which makes resolving the dispute very, very hard.

  34. confusedponderer says:

    thanks for thee info.
    JINSA is falling in line: JINSA Condemns Obama Administration’s Castigation of Israel

    Business Wire Logo On March 15, The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs condemned the “harsh and condescending” tone used by senior Obama Administration officials to castigate the Israeli government, in complete contravention of accepted behavior between long-standing democratic allies.

    “The real issue here,” Neumann continued, “is not Israel’s announcement but the level to which the Obama Administration chose to play up its displeasure with Israel’s policy. On a scale of one to ten it chose a ten. The question is why?”
    The harsh statements issued by Secretary of State Clinton and Senior Advisor David Axelrod stand in stark contrast to past relations between democratic allies involved in a policy dispute, Neumann said. “I cannot recall this administration or almost any previous administration giving a similar public rebuke and tongue lashing to any other nation, friendly or unfriendly,” he said.
    Neumann continued to point out that “the language used by the Obama Administration was harsher than the language used to condemn Iran’s nuclear weapons program. During the past year, the Obama Administration was restrained in its rhetoric as the Iranian people fought in the streets for democracy because it did not wish to interject itself in what the President declared to be an internal Iranian matter. The decision to expand housing in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, is an internal Israeli matter. To challenge it is to challenge Israel’s sovereignty.”

    “We are beginning to run the risk of abdicating our moral standing as leaders of the free world. But could this be a conscious decision?” Neumann asked.

    Whining. Especially considering that Obama didn’t even cut aid to Israel, who, just a couple days ago, was granted yet another weapons deal. Other countries would count themselves lucky to be privvy to such largesse, but for Neumann all that just isn’t enough?

    There is, as former secretary of state James Baker has noted, no shortage of chutzpah in this Israeli government. “United States taxpayers are giving Israel roughly $3 billion each year, which amounts to something like $1,000 for every Israeli citizen, at a time when our own economy is in bad shape and a lot of Americans would appreciate that kind of helping hand from their own government,” Baker said in a recent interview. “Given that fact, it is not unreasonable to ask the Israeli leadership to respect US policy on settlements.”

  35. Fred says:

    $1,000 for every Israeli citizen? Yet in February Senator Bunning was willing, as Senator Coburn seems to be now, to block unemployment assistance for US citizens?

  36. Confusedponderer,
    JINSA is a significant Zionist Lobby organization in Washington DC.
    It functions to lobby Congress but also to penetrate, profile, and influence the US military and also US law enforcement at the national, state, and local levels.
    It is a well-funded and very effective Zionist organization advancing Israeli interests.

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