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  • Iraqis use guerrilla tactics to slow advance

    03/25/2003 7:05:14 AM PST · 38 of 38
    KirkandBurke to John H K
    When the Brits came here in 1775, we didn't play by the rules either. They marched in lines in open fileds, we attacked by ambush, using guerilla tactics.

    COMPLETELY, totally, absolutely, 100% false.

    100% false, except for Lexington & Concord, and the campaigns of Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox), Andrew Pickens, Thomas Sumter and Nathaniel Greene. In fact, it was Greene's use of guerilla tactics that drove Cornwallis back to Yorktown, leading to Cornwallis's defeat.

    True enough, most of the major battles were fought European style. Washington was not a big fan of guerilla tactics, but those tactics were a significant part winning the war.

    So, "100% false" is really 100% false.

  • Iraqis use guerrilla tactics to slow advance

    03/23/2003 2:14:57 PM PST · 22 of 38
    KirkandBurke to Blennos; kattracks
    Is this really anti-american spin? Maybe we just got sucker-punched. No use wasting time on being indignant over the Iraqis not "playing by the rules." This is war. All bets are off and they used a bit of trickery to get the better of us. When the Brits came here in 1775, we didn't play by the rules either. They marched in lines in open fileds, we attacked by ambush, using guerilla tactics. We just need to get on a quick learning curve over there and not let the Iraqis slide on this. Our troops are smart enough to adapt. We just have to play by a new standard: Everyone is a combatant until proven otherwise. Take nothing for granted. They're not friendly if they're not part of the coalition.

    I think we were a little too complacent going into this. We're in deep now. Too far inside the country. All of the non-resistance could very well be part of their strategy. Time to sharpen our focus and watch our six. Probably more treachery ahead.
  • Israel believes Saddam spoke live in morning TV broadcast

    03/20/2003 1:16:56 PM PST · 129 of 134
    KirkandBurke to Grampa Dave
    Tomorrow's headline, Saddam is alive.
  • Police Department May Confiscate College Dorm Because Students Used Drugs

    03/17/2003 1:13:29 PM PST · 113 of 194
    KirkandBurke to Mr Crontab
    Hey, so if we catch a cop doing something illegal can we confiscate the police station?! I want first dibs on the guns! And a car with a siren!
  • Halliburton wins contract on Iraq oil firefighting

    03/08/2003 5:15:24 PM PST · 5 of 6
    KirkandBurke to billorites
    I was hoping someone from Stephen's Inc, Tyson or Wal-Mart might get the contract.

    Oh, they're waiting for the "nation-building" phase of the operation. I can't wait for the grand-opening of Bagdad's first Wal-Mart and Tyson's announcement of their first Iraqi chicken plant. It won't be long before Ronald McDonald lands in Iraq. Esciting times.

  • Halliburton wins contract on Iraq oil firefighting

    03/08/2003 4:18:06 PM PST · 1 of 6
    Oh goodness, gracious, me oh my!? I'm so surprised! ;^)
  • President Bush (A liberal In A Conservative Suit ?)

    07/17/2002 5:43:15 PM PDT · 76 of 81
    KirkandBurke to Fearless Flyers
    You're not wrong, but Bush-bots & RNC bootlickers can't tell the difference. Especially after they changed their political viewpoint:


  • Under Fire, US Modifies Objections to Global Court

    07/15/2002 7:23:48 AM PDT · 59 of 59
    KirkandBurke to lowbridge
    It was just a matter of time before George "One Worlder" Bush signed onto the World Court Scam. He had to make a show of objection to please the home crowd, but only a fool would have believed that he would've refused it forever.

    "Eine Leute, Eine Welt, Ein Govenment Über Allen."

  • Bin Laden plans fresh terror for September

    07/06/2002 7:08:52 PM PDT · 50 of 134
    KirkandBurke to Pokey78
    Absolute BS. Justice, State and the Oval Orifice are playing "Keep the threat alive." They don't know squat. They just want to play like they know what they're doing. It gives them a platform for the next reduction in constitutional liberties and for the next excesses in police activity.
  • What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?

    07/06/2002 7:03:40 PM PDT · 268 of 422
    KirkandBurke to Senator Pardek
    The real way to control your weight, is to find out how your body works. Metabolisms vary per individual. Seek your own equilibrium. It take work, but it's worth it.

    BTW, moderate excercise is for the geriatric. Work up to it, but exercise vigorously. Push yourself to your limits. LIVE. Moderates have no soul.

  • Cuts of meat in the South?

    07/06/2002 6:43:54 PM PDT · 7 of 19
    KirkandBurke to The Other Harry
    BTW, Western Style Ribs are similar Baby Back Ribs (also known as Texas Ribs) Remember that the cut of beef does not necessarily relate to the grade of beef. Prime cut has alot of marbling, Choice, less marbling, Select, even less. You probably won't find to much in the way of Prime Ribs. Choice and select will be more abundant, but ribs may not necessrily be graded as conciously as other meats. Rule of thumb: good tasting ribs will be meaty looking and well marbled with white lines on fat. Ignore the names and labels: use your eyes. Slow cook over mesquite wood or hickory. They can be served dry (without sauce), Rendevous style, or subsequently immersed in your favorite bbq sauce and simmered until the meat falls off the bone. If you want the flavor to be full, cook them over the wood first, then submerge them in the sauce. Enjoy. (p.s. Memphis style is my personal favorite. If you get the chance, go the the world bbq championship in Memphis, 3rd weekend in May. Lots of good ribs and great Blues music. BB King's on Beale Street.)
  • Cuts of meat in the South?

    07/06/2002 6:11:50 PM PDT · 6 of 19
    KirkandBurke to The Other Harry
    Cuts of meat differ in true meaning from region to region. When I moved to the Midwest from the Northeast, I found that a roast looked alot like a thick cut steak. I was use to New England roasts, which usually went from 5 to 8 pounds and were bound by butcher's string, but Midwewst roasts are about 3 to 5 pounds and look like big steaks. Go figure? And try to find a good size corned beef in the Midwest?!
  • Is Free Republic a Failure?

    07/06/2002 4:31:17 PM PDT · 103 of 300
    KirkandBurke to ex-snook
    Co-opt, then eliminate. Old and effective.
  • Is Free Republic a Failure?

    07/06/2002 3:22:36 PM PDT · 43 of 300
    KirkandBurke to B. A. Conservative
    FreeRepublic is not a failure by any stretch, but it needs to extract its cranium from the RNC's anus. The current Republican Party is a mere shadow of what it once was. It has now been infested with Trotskyite, Frankfurt School Neocons, whose Big Government objectives do not jibe with true conservative values. They're little more than avaricious, internationalist Democrats who claim they go to church and have traditional values. Woodrow Wilson would be proud. Let FR return to its original purpose online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America.
  • "ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!" mailing campaign!!!

    07/06/2002 2:32:40 PM PDT · 252 of 272
    KirkandBurke to Jeff Head

          I believe in God and I believe the the nation our founders envisioned, but this is all a distraction and diversion from what is happening. "The system" is gaining more power and control every day, and is using 9-11 as a vehicle for usurping power not granted by The Constitution. The populace is being played on their emotions and the current patriotism is little more than reactionary me-too-ism that gives eveyone as false sense of unity. The Feds love this, because it gives them a wedge in the door; a wave of emotional fervor to play off of to gain more control. One Natoin Under God? Sure. As long as no one confuses our current state as the nation our forefathers built and no one confuses G.W.Bush with God.

  • Serpico Decries Anti-Terror Measures

    07/06/2002 2:22:17 PM PDT · 3 of 33
    KirkandBurke to PJeffQ
    Frank knows. He's seen inside the belly of The Beast. Feed The Beast with more power and you herald your own destruction.
  • Historian: Civil War tales are pure bunk

    07/02/2002 1:12:20 PM PDT · 146 of 320
    KirkandBurke to billbears
    I'm sure glad I've been straightened out on the 'Civil War' by this Asswipephysicist and SPLC shill. If it weren't for him, I might've thought this southern black man was right:
    A more plausible source of North-South antagonism is suggested in an 1831 speech by South Carolina Sen. John C. Calhoun where he said, "Stripped of all its covering, the naked question is whether ours is a federal or consolidated government; a constitutional or absolute one; a government resting solidly on the basis of the sovereignty of the States, or on the unrestrained will of a majority; a form of government, as in all other unlimited ones, in which injustice, violence and force must ultimately prevail." A significant source of Southern discontent was tariffs Congress enacted to protect Northern manufacturing interests. Referring to those tariffs, Calhoun said, "The North has adopted a system of revenue and disbursements in which an undue proportion of the burden of taxation has been imposed on the South, and an undue proportion of its proceeds appropriated to the North." Among other Southern grievances were Northern actions similar to King George III's Navigation Acts, which drove our Founders to the 1776 War of Independence. Dr. Walter Williams, George Mason University

    Lincoln's intentions, as well as that of many northern politicians, were summarized by Stephen Douglas during the presidential debates. Douglas accused Lincoln of wanting to "impose on the nation a uniformity of local laws and institutions and a moral homogeneity dictated by the central government" that "place at defiance the intentions of the republic's founders." Douglas was right, and Lincoln's vision for our nation has now been accomplished beyond anything he could have possibly dreamed.

    A precursor for a War Between the States came in 1832, when South Carolina called a convention to nullify tariff acts of 1828 and 1832, referred to as the "Tariffs of Abominations." A compromise lowering the tariff was reached, averting secession and possibly war. The North favored protective tariffs for their manufacturing industry. The South, which exported agricultural products to and imported manufactured goods from Europe, favored free trade and was hurt by the tariffs. Plus, a northern-dominated Congress enacted laws similar to Britain's Navigation Acts to protect northern shipping interests. Dr. Walter Williams, George Mason University


    06/28/2002 7:22:01 AM PDT · 13 of 38
    KirkandBurke to Tomorrows_Dream
    Never. The real criminal enemy (the State) is really only held accountable in one way: revolution. All else is whitewash (congressional hearings, show trials, "firings", resignations, etc., even impeachment). As long as they occupy Foggy Bottom, we are an occupied people. The Founders tried everything with George III and his minions. Embassies to England, petitions, boycotts, etc. The strangle hold, the taxation and the corruption only got worse. When they ran out of patience, they at least had backbones.
  • Pastor Beaten After Blunt Eulogy - Reverend Calls Deceased 'Drunkard And A Fornicator'

    06/26/2002 9:10:20 AM PDT · 22 of 45
    KirkandBurke to chance33_98
    What a dumb-ass. He should've taken the opportunity to decline officiating the ceremony. Instead, he chose to be offensively confrontational. With his own relatives, no less. If he thought that the deceased's family and friends would just sit there passively while he bad-mouthed their "dearly-departed," he's too stupid to be a preacher.

    If the deceased isn't worthy of a "christian burial," you can either conduct a neutral ceremony or decline the job. This guy clearly demonstrated that he's got shit for brains and no social diplomacy. Toothless hick idiot. Should've hired bodyguards.

  • Jose Padilla as John Doe #2 theory gains as ties to Benevolence International are uncovered

    06/17/2002 7:11:28 AM PDT · 180 of 208
    KirkandBurke to Victor
    I've only seen one poorly shot college photo of Brescia, so I'll have to take others at their word. He would have been fairly young, maybe 24, possibly as young as 22. Did anyone's description give an approximate age range?
  • Jose Padilla as John Doe #2 theory gains as ties to Benevolence International are uncovered

    06/15/2002 7:47:38 PM PDT · 133 of 208
    KirkandBurke to Rome2000
    Easy way to get to the bottom of this, just ask McVeigh.


    Just the way the FEDS planned it.

  • Jose Padilla as John Doe #2 theory gains as ties to Benevolence International are uncovered

    06/15/2002 7:34:08 PM PDT · 131 of 208
    KirkandBurke to aruanan
    Strassmeir would have been approximately 35 at the time of the bombing. A little more:

    In Germany the Strassmeir name is well known. Andreas Strassmeir's father, Gunther Strassmeir, has served in various government offices, and - as Helmut Kohl's Secretary of State - is known as the "architect of German reunification." Kirk Lyons admits that his friend and client received military intelligence training at the Bundeswehr Academy in Hanover, Germany. According to Dennis Mahon, former Imperial Dragon of the Oklahoma Ku Klux Klan and a close friend and former roommate of Strassmeir at Elohim City, Strassmeir was a member of GSG-9, Germany's elite counter-terrorism unit. Here
  • Jose Padilla as John Doe #2 theory gains as ties to Benevolence International are uncovered

    06/15/2002 3:03:46 PM PDT · 77 of 208
    KirkandBurke to Andy from Beaverton
    Possible likeness, but so is Strassmeir. The strength of the Strassmeir ID is that he was a federal informant, with military expertise, connected to Elohim City (he was head of security).

    After a conversation with German National, Andreas Strassmeir, (Ambrose-Evans)Pritchard was pretty much convinced that Strassmeir was the provocateur enlisted to infiltrate a radical cell in Oklahoma, to orchestrate the bombing by and for the Clinton administration. Although Strassmeir was named as the architect of the bombing by the government's own informant, he never participated in the 30,000 interviews conducted by the FBI, and left the country quietly through Mexico later that year. Here
    More here.
  • Tearful FBI Agent Apologizes To Sept. 11 Families and Victims

    05/30/2002 1:25:26 PM PDT · 28 of 85
    KirkandBurke to kattracks
    Here's a link to the video taped news conference. CSPAN archives, 5/30/02. 1.25 hours in length.

    Judicial Watch news conference

  • BREAKING NEWS: Brian & Ruth Christine Sentenced to 71/2 Years (Brian: +5yrs./Gun use)

    05/30/2002 1:15:00 PM PDT · 481 of 510
    KirkandBurke to exodus
    Links to information on the loving CPS folks:

    CPS Abuses

    Families and Children

    From the Austin Chronicle

    Family Justice Project

    Problems in Massachusetts

    There's overlap, I know, but it's easy enough to sort through. Lots of problems with The State and their idea the every child belongs to them. Their agents willingly lie in order to steal children. Many CPS offices are infiltrated by homosexual pedophiles (men and women) and those who simply have no respect for traditonal families or values. I don't know enough about the Christines' case to judge, but CPS, nationwide, has become a nazi nighmare of an agency.

  • Urgent: Kashmir militants attack Indian police

    05/30/2002 8:30:54 AM PDT · 33 of 71
    KirkandBurke to CatoRenasci; rintense
    There's also the Islam v Hindu thing. No love lost there.
  • Requiem for a Sniper

    05/27/2002 8:50:13 AM PDT · 13 of 113
    KirkandBurke to Slam
    People often talk about "The Man, The Myth, The Legend," but Gunney Hathcock was a rare breed. He was The Man and The Legend; there was no myth about him. He was the real deal.
  • Update-LAPD Reporting Additional Explosions in CA(according to FOX News)

    05/24/2002 1:23:53 PM PDT · 426 of 548
    KirkandBurke to jbind
    You talkin' about this story?

    Former Los Angeles
    Mayor Richard Riordan
    and Mayor James K.
    Hahn, foreground, talk
    to reporters about
    campaign to defeat
    Valley secession.

  • Unspecified Threat Shuts Down River Traffic (Detroit River)

    05/22/2002 12:39:36 PM PDT · 16 of 50
    KirkandBurke to Sawdring
  • Imagine: world with unlimited airwaves

    05/22/2002 12:34:41 PM PDT · 5 of 12
    KirkandBurke to E. Pluribus Unum
    Imagine: world with unlimited airwaves

    Imagine a world where the government didn't control your ability to communicate. Anywhere. Any time. Any place.

  • U.S. Intercepting Messages Hinting at a New Attack

    05/18/2002 7:30:15 PM PDT · 202 of 294
    KirkandBurke to FreeTheHostages
    Did they teach you that in Beijing?
  • U.S. Intercepting Messages Hinting at a New Attack

    05/18/2002 6:38:35 PM PDT · 196 of 294
    KirkandBurke to FreeTheHostages
    Those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither. - Benjamin Franklin
    Necessity is the plea for every infringment of human liberty. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves. - William Penn
    "...this uniformly accepted rule rests upon the fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen." [Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981)]
    Right~~Law and Order. Give me a break. Law and Order is for the benefit of govenment's power, not our protection.
  • Fortuyn favoured depraved

    05/18/2002 4:39:13 PM PDT · 168 of 173
    KirkandBurke to xm177e2
    Sure, he was a homosexual and maybe a pedofile, but that's not why he was murdered. He was murdered because he was opposes to rampant, unrestricted immigration and government spending excesses. I didn't like alot about him, but I have no illusions about why he was killed.
  • U.S. Intercepting Messages Hinting at a New Attack

    05/18/2002 4:35:37 PM PDT · 165 of 294
    KirkandBurke to FreeTheHostages
    U.S. Intercepting Messages Hinting at a New Attack

    There must be some new Liberty-Destroying Legislation waiting to be passed. One more incident, one more turn of the screw.

    Remember the Reichstag!

  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 2:11:23 PM PDT · 30 of 34
    KirkandBurke to Paul Ross
    The anthrax strain in question is the Ames strain, developed in the US. Its high quality and refinement point to the work of a professional. The Russians (Soviets), as expert as they are in bio-warefare, have been unable to surpass a refining of more than 500 billion spores per gram. The "9-11" is of a higher quality. No one else is likely to possess the technology to accomplish this level of refinement. The Russians are the most likely, but they have not. Others, like the Iraqis, have lesser technology. Al Qeda isn't even in the ballpark, scientifically speaking.

    I don't believe for a minute that it's a "lone mailer" who pulled this off. But, the genetic signature of the spores points to the US as the source. They'll have to come up with some pretty creative science to pass it off on a lesser developed group. Who stood to gain money as a result of the attacks? Who stood to gain power as a result of the attacks? Who had the technology to produce the spores? Who works for the possible production lab? Where did they come from or who might they really be working for? (their handlers) Who got the government contract to produce the antidote? Who controls that company? Who is invested in that company? Who works for that company? Have you ever heard of Project Jefferson? (pre 9-11?)

    You can start here for a list of domestic characters. Here's some possible shareholders, though, because the company is not publicly traded, it's difficult to document. But you will notice who runs the company. Here's the company's approval for continued manufacture of the government supply of anthrax vaccine. The Anthrax Money Machine. Bio-warfare attacks can also serve to further empower an already runaway govenment.

    Now, do you want me to tell you what I really think about what kind of domestic attack this anthrax might be?

  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 11:22:14 AM PDT · 23 of 34
    KirkandBurke to Paul Ross
    Current analysis still points to a domestic source.
    The FBI has said that it has no hot leads in the case. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in Senate testimony on Wednesday that recent scientific findings in the case have not altered the belief that the culprit is likely a U.S. man with a scientific background, acting alone. Lately, the agency has been giving lie-detector tests to some scientists with a history in the field.
  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 10:27:19 AM PDT · 21 of 34
    KirkandBurke to MarkWar
    I agree that this seems to be the work of a pro. But who does he work for? Are we being set up for a further reduction of liberty? (un)Patriot Act II? Is this to rally support for more foreign incursions? Time to ratchet up the patriotism a bit more? Or are we suffering from domestic bad actors who just like to wreak havoc and are using the current situation as cover? Could this be the work of sleeper agents?

    It would be interesting to see a report on the style of the device and a commentary on who may have trained the maker. Some types of set-up are quite signature.

  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 9:29:00 AM PDT · 14 of 34
    KirkandBurke to corebreech
    Explosives? No,no,no those were art supplies. The Israeli art students needed some special , um, clay, yeah that's it, clay, to work with. And some, uh, paint thinner and some.....
  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 9:22:03 AM PDT · 11 of 34
    KirkandBurke to Ciexyz
    Ooooh! Talk about ruthless competition.
  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 9:21:14 AM PDT · 10 of 34
    KirkandBurke to Wolfie
    It would seem to me that the "smiley face kid" ought to be looking at attempted murder. If the prosecution doesn't seek that, they have no grapefruit.
  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 9:14:37 AM PDT · 6 of 34
    KirkandBurke to white trash redneck
    ...or a provacateur using them for cover.
  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 9:12:23 AM PDT · 3 of 34
    KirkandBurke to infowars
  • Mailbox Package Explodes in Philly

    05/14/2002 9:09:15 AM PDT · 1 of 34
    Copycats? Domestic weirdos? Sleepers?

    Somebody wants us to be afraid.

  • Tancredo doubts he can block amnesty-extension bill

    05/14/2002 5:56:41 AM PDT · 2,886 of 2,945
    KirkandBurke to Birds Of A Feather;Vallandigham
    poll taken. currently 67% for deportation, 29% for immmigration moratorium.
  • U.S. Backs a Right to Bear Arms

    05/08/2002 3:14:59 PM PDT · 26 of 31
    KirkandBurke to an amused spectator
    That right, Olson acknowledged, is subject to certain restrictions that allow the government to keep weapons out of the hands of "unfit persons" and to ban certain types of weapons often used by criminals.

    Indeed, in one of the cases now pending before the Supreme Court, the department agreed that a Texas man who had a restraining order against him for domestic violence should not be allowed to have a gun.

    The Justice Department urged the court to turn down both his appeal and that of a man convicted of violating federal law by owning two machine guns.

    Don't get too excited. "Everyone has the right to keep and bear arms, except for you and you and you and you and you.....and anyone else we the governemnt deem unfit." Some affirmation of a right.

    In November, 1995, I sat down and wrote the words,"America is at that awkward stage; it's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." That's a line a lot of you have become familiar with, and to the extent that other people have also become familiar with it, it has a lot to do with Arizona libertarians pushing that message.

    Well, I wrote that a year and a half ago, the book was published about six months ago, and now here we are, April 19, 1997. Is it time to "shoot the bastards" yet? This is a question a lot of us have been pondering. Claire Wolfe

    Now it's May of 2002 and people are still being suckered by "the system." Work within the system. The sacred system. If our forbears believed that Baloney Sauce, there wouldn't be an America today. Come to think of it, is there an America today? Or is this "The Truman Show?"
  • Erasing Our Borders

    04/26/2002 6:12:29 AM PDT · 113 of 170
    KirkandBurke to B4Ranch
    Bush keeps listening to these Nation Killers. Even after 9-11, these b@$t@rd$ want to leave us vulnerable. It's destruction by design. Paving the way for Global Fascism.
  • Tancredo doubts he can block amnesty-extension bill

    04/25/2002 6:20:59 AM PDT · 2,757 of 2,945
    KirkandBurke to Vallandigham
    The problem seems to be that Senor Jorge is listening to these enemies of America instead of the people of America. They want open borders (vulnerability) rather than controlled borders. I like immigrants. I'm descended from immigrants, but we must take control of this problem before it gets out of hand.

    "A nation that cannot control its borders won't be a nation for very long."

    Angie Morfin, Mothers Taking Action Against Gang Violence, Salinas, California,
    June 10, 1999, before the House Immigration and Claims Subcommittee.

    BTW, Angie Morfin is hispanic, so don't anyone get the idea that she's some Aryan pinhead.

  • Warner says Constitution can be a luxury

    04/12/2002 9:52:27 AM PDT · 40 of 99
    KirkandBurke to metesky
    What is Warner's political affiliation?

    Who cares? He's a doofus. His party affiliation is irrelevant.

  • Be Afraid, Very Afraid (North Korea Has Nukes, Long-range Missles)

    04/11/2002 12:34:33 PM PDT · 127 of 133
    KirkandBurke to Black Jade
    Moon. Aaaarrrghh!! Despicable, brainwashing freak.
  • Israel no longer dependent on U.S. military assistance

    04/11/2002 12:33:20 PM PDT · 128 of 145
    KirkandBurke to sneakypete
    Israel has nothing to do with the price of oil,one way or the other.

    C'mon 'pete, what happens with Israel and its neighbors has a large effect on oil prices:

    API figures for distillate stocks, including heating oil, rose 2.22 million barrel to 122.50 million barrels, again defying forecasts of a 1.2 million barrel decline.

    Gasoline stocks, which had been expected to decrease by 1 million barrels, were almost unchanged at 208.88 million barrels, down 10 000 barrels from the previous week but showing a surplus of 15.66 million compared with a year ago.

    Analysts said the API report confirmed that recent gains in gasoline prices in the United States are dampening demand ahead of the driving season.

    Despite the US stocks rise, brokers said disruptions to Venezuelan oil supplies due to a strike and ongoing violence in the Middle East continued to underpin the market.

    "Venezuela and the Middle East overshadowed the API data, which really is insignificant when you look at the big picture," a broker in New York said. Oil prices steady, eyes on Mid-East

    Oil prices receded on Tuesday as Israeli forces began leaving Palestinian areas on the West Bank, raising speculation that Iraq will review its decision to stop oil exports for 30 days.

    U.S. benchmark light crude fell 40 cents to $26.14 a barrel in Asia, wiping out a 33-cent gain on the New York settlement.

    Brokers said the withdrawal of Israeli tanks from two West bank cities triggered the decline in crude, which briefly rallied above $27 on Monday when Iraq said it would halt daily exports of some two million barrels in support of the Palestinians. Oil prices recede as IDF forces pull out of W. Bank towns

    The petroleum complex opened lower on news early Tuesday that Israel was pulling out of two towns in the West Bank. However, fighting later took place in a refugee camp, leading to one of the most severe battles of the 12-day military offensive.

    ``The conflict, while still intense, will probably wane in the next week or so,'' said Steve Bellino, senior vice president risk management at Fimat USA Inc. ``The market's starting to realize that the flow of oil is not going to stop.''

    Heating oil and gasoline futures sustained new declines. May heating oil last traded at 67.80 cents a gallon, down 1.50 cent, while May gasoline futures dropped .80 cent to settle at 83.39 cents a gallon.

    Natural gas futures for May delivery finished the day on the Nymex at $3.201 per 1,000 cubic feet, down more 12.6 cents.

    In London, Brent crude from the North Sea traded at $26.08, down 94 cents.

    Crude and products futures jumped Monday, following an announcement by Iraq that it would halt oil exports for 30 days in a bid to drive Israel out of Palestinian territories. Energy Futures Down Sharply

    Hey, I'm not trying to bag on you, but oil jumped in the face of excess inventory (should've gone down). The two driving factors were the strike in Argentina and the fighting in Israel.