“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Cloward-Piven Strategy. Meet the lovely Frances Fox Piven.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy is being discussed as the bedrock belief system of Barack Hussein Obama. If you haven't heard much about it, you will soon. Mark Levin has posted some background here. Piven was married to Richard Andrew Cloward. You can jump ahead to the 25 minute mark to get into the meat of their strategy. More on the strategy below.


First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue a black man suspected of drunk driving), Cloward and Piven published an article titled "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty" in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation. Following its publication, The Nation sold an unprecedented 30,000 reprints. Activists were abuzz over the so-called "crisis strategy" or "Cloward-Piven Strategy," as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.

In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when "the rest of society is afraid of them," Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would "the rest of society" accept their demands.

The key to sparking this rebellion would be to expose the inadequacy of the welfare state. Cloward-Piven's early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration. "Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1972 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule book" with a socialist one.

The authors noted that the number of Americans subsisting on welfare -- about 8 million, at the time -- probably represented less than half the number who were technically eligible for full benefits. They proposed a "massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls." Cloward and Piven calculated that persuading even a fraction of potential welfare recipients to demand their entitlements would bankrupt the system. The result, they predicted, would be "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces … for major economic reform at the national level."

Their article called for "cadres of aggressive organizers" to use "demonstrations to create a climate of militancy." Intimidated by threats of black violence, politicians would appeal to the federal government for help. Carefully orchestrated media campaigns, carried out by friendly, leftwing journalists, would float the idea of "a federal program of income redistribution," in the form of a guaranteed living income for all -- working and non-working people alike. Local officials would clutch at this idea like drowning men to a lifeline. They would apply pressure on Washington to implement it. With every major city erupting into chaos, Washington would have to act.

This was an example of what are commonly called Trojan Horse movements -- mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the downtrodden, but whose real objective is to draft poor people into service as revolutionary foot soldiers; to mobilize poor people en masse to overwhelm government agencies with a flood of demands beyond the capacity of those agencies to meet. The flood of demands was calculated to break the budget, jam the bureaucratic gears into gridlock, and bring the system crashing down. Fear, turmoil, violence and economic collapse would accompany such a breakdown -- providing perfect conditions for fostering radical change. That was the theory.

Cloward and Piven recruited a militant black organizer named George Wiley to lead their new movement. In the summer of 1967, Wiley founded the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). His tactics closely followed the recommendations set out in Cloward and Piven's article. His followers invaded welfare offices across the United States -- often violently -- bullying social workers and loudly demanding every penny to which the law "entitled" them. By 1969, NWRO claimed a dues-paying membership of 22,500 families, with 523 chapters across the nation.

Regarding Wiley's tactics, The New York Times commented on September 27, 1970, "There have been sit-ins in legislative chambers, including a United States Senate committee hearing, mass demonstrations of several thousand welfare recipients, school boycotts, picket lines, mounted police, tear gas, arrests - and, on occasion, rock-throwing, smashed glass doors, overturned desks, scattered papers and ripped-out phones."These methods proved effective. "The flooding succeeded beyond Wiley's wildest dreams," writes Sol Stern in the City Journal. "From 1965 to 1974, the number of single-parent households on welfare soared from 4.3 million to 10.8 million, despite mostly flush economic times. By the early 1970s, one person was on the welfare rolls in New York City for every two working in the city's private economy."As a direct result of its massive welfare spending, New York City was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1975. The entire state of New York nearly went down with it. The Cloward-Piven strategy had proved its effectiveness.

The Cloward-Piven strategy depended on surprise. Once society recovered from the initial shock, the backlash began. New York's welfare crisis horrified America, giving rise to a reform movement which culminated in "the end of welfare as we know it" -- the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which imposed time limits on federal welfare, along with strict eligibility and work requirements. Both Cloward and Piven attended the White House signing of the bill as guests of President Clinton.

Most Americans to this day have never heard of Cloward and Piven. But New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani attempted to expose them in the late 1990s. As his drive for welfare reform gained momentum, Giuliani accused the militant scholars by name, citing their 1966 manifesto as evidence that they had engaged in deliberate economic sabotage. "This wasn't an accident," Giuliani charged in a 1997 speech. "It wasn't an atmospheric thing, it wasn't supernatural. This is the result of policies and programs designed to have the maximum number of people get on welfare."

Cloward and Piven never again revealed their intentions as candidly as they had in their 1966 article. Even so, their activism in subsequent years continued to rely on the tactic of overloading the system. When the public caught on to their welfare scheme, Cloward and Piven simply moved on, applying pressure to other sectors of the bureaucracy, wherever they detected weakness.

In 1982, partisans of the Cloward-Piven strategy founded a new "voting rights movement," which purported to take up the unfinished work of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Like ACORN, the organization that spear-headed this campaign, the new "voting rights" movement was led by veterans of George Wiley's welfare rights crusade. Its flagship organizations were Project Vote and Human SERVE, both founded in 1982. Project Vote is an ACORN front group, launched by former NWRO organizer and ACORN co-founder Zach Polett. Human SERVE was founded by Richard A. Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, along with a former NWRO organizer named Hulbert James.

All three of these organizations -- ACORN, Project Vote and Human SERVE -- set to work lobbying energetically for the so-called Motor-Voter law, which Bill Clinton ultimately signed in 1993. The Motor-Voter bill is largely responsible for swamping the voter rolls with "dead wood" -- invalid registrations signed in the name of deceased, ineligible or non-existent people -- thus opening the door to the unprecedented levels of voter fraud and "voter disenfranchisement" claims that followed in subsequent elections.

The new "voting rights" coalition combines mass voter registration drives -- typically featuring high levels of fraud -- with systematic intimidation of election officials in the form of frivolous lawsuits, unfounded charges of "racism" and "disenfranchisement," and "direct action" (street protests, violent or otherwise). Just as they swamped America's welfare offices in the 1960s, Cloward-Piven devotees now seek to overwhelm the nation's understaffed and poorly policed electoral system. Their tactics set the stage for the Florida recount crisis of 2000, and have introduced a level of fear, tension and foreboding to U.S. elections heretofore encountered mainly in Third World countries.

Both the Living Wage and Voting Rights movements depend heavily on financial support from George Soros's Open Society Institute and his "Shadow Party," through whose support the Cloward-Piven strategy continues to provide a blueprint for some of the Left's most ambitious campaigns.


  1. The theory is hard to believe, but that usually happens to most prey.

  2. What's happening is so bizarre that anything is believable. I commented back on the "Health Care for Veterinarians" thread that I suspected the point of Health Care Reform is not about Health care but more about advancing an agenda.

  3. Whit, it boils down to the liberal disease of building ineffectual big ticket showcase items so they can keep up with the progressive Joneses. Portland has light rail? That means Seattle has to get light rail, never mind there's no parking lots to allow suburban commuters to actually use it to get to work, all the libs walk to it from their downtown condos and it takes then to the airport so what's the problem? Europe and Canada have national health care systems? That means America has to get one too. Never mind they're so inefficient that dictators and celebrities still come to the US when they've got a real problem. After PelosiCare kicks in where are they going to go?

  4. T, I think you're right about most progressives but the people like this Frances Fox Piven are different from the everyday mindless liberal. She's a first generation socialist spawn of Sal Alinsky.

    Years ago, a community organizer was working my neighborhood and he said that "Portland" was model for green sustainable communities. I agreed with him that Portland was lovely he was shocked that Portland was among the most "unaffordable" cities in the country.

    I am hoping that most progressives are simply young idealists who will successfully make the journey into mature, responsible, conservative adult.

    Sadly, though, people like Ms Fox Priven will have a lasting influence on far too many.

  5. Sometimes it's hard to be a woman in Obamamerica. First it was my boobs, now it's my cervix.

  6. Good Post Deuce. There is indeed and intense amount of manipulation going on in the body politic. The delusion is rampant and extremely dangerous to the ideas and concepts on which our Country was founded.

  7. Ayn Rand wrote about it in 1955 in Atlas Shrugged...

    Time to go Galt....

  8. The vast white "majority" feels "leaderless;" thus Palinmania.

    I'm beginning to think that if the election was next year Palin could win. I don't know about 3 years.

  9. I tell ya, I personally have never been so pissed off in my entire political life.

    I'm basically really laid back, and don't much like politics.

    If I'm the thing to go by, something is stirring in America.

    Wife feels the same way.

  10. I feel it too, Bob. I don't want a Republican "Rocket Scientist," anymore; I just want someone I can "Trust." Someone with just a "little" common sense.

    I want someone like Sarah Palin. So, why not support the real thing?

  11. The Biggest Ass to ever inhabit the Big House

    Do do do do
    Do do do wop wop...

    You don't have to be pretty
    You don't have to wear fine clothes
    All you gotta is just walk along
    And wiggle where it shows the most

    Some girls are born with beauty
    And others have fine clothes
    But they think about their beauty
    And they forget to wiggle
    Where it shows the most

    Do do do do
    Do do do wop wop...

    Some folks believe in beauty
    Fine clothes and everything
    You can put a wiggle in a shimmy sack
    And really make the people scream

    Now, listen to me, little girl
    You're as cute as you can be
    But forget all about your beauty, girl
    And just wiggle, wiggle, wiggle for me

    Do do do do
    Do do do wop wop...

    - The Accents

  12. Here's some change.

    Grandpappy sent two of his daughters to Columbia University.

    I wouldn't send a dime to Columbia University.

    I have my own library.

    I don't need 'em.

  13. Gonna be a long three or more years, bob, stirring away.

    I've watched it all before and so have you: The insanely pissed off during eight years of Bush. The mad-as-effing-hell during eight years of Clinton. Pick yer poison.

    Ayn Rand actually referred to this political phenomenon as the pincer movement.

  14. "I'm beginning to think that if the election was next year Palin could win. I don't know about 3 years."
    More likely in 3 years than now.
    Palin was muzzled by Big John's team.
    Big Time.
    Going Rogue for 3 years gives the MSM an unfair fight they can't win.

  15. You know, mostly I just want to throw a wrench in the inoxorably grinding wheels of politics. To yell, "STOP!" "Time Out." "What are you Doing?"

    I no longer trust Any National Leader. The Republican Party is as Corrupt as they come. I would rather have as President the first name in the South Haven phone book as Any Senator in Washington.

    If I want "anyman," why not vote for an "anyman" that can get elected? That woman could arrive in any town, unannounced, in the middle of the night, and fill up the local football stadium by 1:00 in the afternoon. She "Strikes a Chord."

  16. Keep people running between one and the other - one and the other having already split the change.

  17. Teresita said...
    Sometimes it's hard to be a woman in Obamamerica. First it was my boobs, now it's my cervix.

    Where is the stagecraft?
    They keep allowing the most damaging revelations come out at the time they will cause the most damage to there cause of rebuilding Amerika brick by brick into their Marxist Utopia.

  18. Right now, the only "political" blog that's "supporting" her is Gateway Pundit. He's, also, the first one to pick up on the Tea Party Movement. In fact, I think he was instrumental in getting it off the ground.

    Ace-o-Spades is starting to get a little intrigued, also, I think. The rest of them are buying into the leftie kool-aid, and wanting her to go away. The "establishment" republicans are as afraid of her as the dems are. That elevates her in my mind.

  19. That's the thing, Doug. I thought that if the socialists ever got control it would be a group of super-dooper, mega-intelligent commies. This bunch is like "the gang that can't shoot straight."

    It's embarrassing to get taken over by a bunch like this.

  20. Doug Hampton Speaks about Sen Ensign Fucking his wife.

    When asked by McFadden if it was clear that $96,000 was, in fact, severance and not a gift, Hampton said it was "crystal clear."

    "Crystal clear," Hampton said. "I took notes. I've shared those notes. They're well documented. They were clearly what he deemed as severance."

    The Ensign family has said that the $96,000 was a gift and not severance, and that they complied with all the applicable laws. A family spokesman -- denying a payoff -- called it part of a "pattern of generosity" made "out of concern for the well-being of longtime family friends during a difficult time."

    "Pattern of generosity?" Hampton told McFadden. "Oh, hey, listen, 'We realize our son's having an affair with your wife, maybe some money will help.' It's ridiculous!"

    In the interview, Hampton also renews damning allegations, including claims that Ensign knowingly arranged for Hampton to lobby his Senate office within a year of leaving his post, which could violate federal ethics laws.

    Ensign has said previously that he is confident all laws and ethics rules were followed, and that he will cooperate with any official inquiries.

  21. "Pattern of generosity?" Hampton told McFadden.

    "Oh, hey, listen, 'We realize our son's having an affair with your wife, maybe some money will help.' It's ridiculous!"

  22. And, then, you have asswipes like Ensign "representing" you. They're ALL Scum. Not a "dimes worth" between'em.

  23. That elevates her in my mind.

    Fri Nov 20, 11:05:00 AM EST

    Interesting. You know what the lefties have been saying since before the election?

    Conservatives are grooving on Palin precisely because the other side hates her. (Now they don't so much hate her as laugh at her.)

    Conservative theory being: If the Left reacts viscerally to it, it must be good.

  24. "Right now, the only "political" blog that's "supporting" her is Gateway Pundit. "
    Doing the work that needs to be done, while some here would rather gripe about the sins committed in the "W" years, rather than working for a better future for our children.

  25. "Conservative theory being:

    If the Left reacts viscerally to it, it must be good.
    Objectively true.
    Whether it is good politics remains to be seen.

  26. MSDNC is at it again. Saw a clip last night from the Chris Matthews' show. It was film of the crowd going to Palin's book signing in Grand Rapids.

    Got the following commentary from Matthews and O'Donnell:

    "This is a largely white -- almost no minorities in this crowd," reported MSNBC's O'Donnell live from the scene.

    Matthews reiterated, "Well, they look like a white crowd to me," later claiming, "I think there is a tribal aspect to this thing, in other words, white vs. other people."

    Rule #1 for the liberals: If you have nothing else to say, fall back on race-baiting.

  27. Hmm, well I got a woman mean as she can be

    Well I got a woman mean as she can be

    Some-a-times I think she's almost mean as me

    She gotta ruby lips, she got shapely hips, yeah

    Boy she makes ole roy-oy flip

    I got a woman mean as she can be

    Some-a-times I think she's almost mean as me

    Well I aint braggin, it's understood

    Everything I do, well I sure do it good

    Yeah I got a woman mean as she can be

    Some-a-times I think she's almost mean as me


    She gotta ruby lips, she got shapely hips, yeah

    Boy she makes ole roy-oy flip

    I got a woman mean as she can be

    Some-a-times I think she's almost mean as me, easy now

    Ah-huh-huh-huh ....

    Now lets go one time

    Well I got a woman (sha la la la)

    Yeah I got a woman (sha la la la)

    Yeah I got a woman (sha la la la)

    Well I got a woman (sha la la la)

    Some-a-times I think she's almost mean as me

    - Roy Orbison

  28. Quirk,
    There is not a SINGLE black anchor on MessNBC.

    ...one less than Limbaugh employs as
    Official Obama Criticiser.

  29. I'm guessing - just guessing, mind you - that she is indeed bad politics for the GOP.

    Looking back, Clinton left his party a fucking shambles.

    "W" did the exact same.

    Palin currently is a symbol not of the resurgence of the GOP, but of its time in the wilderness.

  30. Exactly,
    A normal person, instead of a Yale or Harvard Metrosexual Male.

  31. Bachman and Palin have more balls than the rest of the GOP "Team" combined.

  32. Doug had a point. After awhile the beating becomes ineffectual. Look at ABC. You could tell that old cunt, Barbara Walters, hated having to talk to Sarah Palin (and, they did get their cheap shot in with the full-screen close-ups,) but, hell, Sarah draws "viewers."

    And, let's face it, if Sarah's on one channel, and dickhead matthews is on the other channel, who's going to hear what the old wannabee obama-cock sucker says anyway (or cares?)

  33. ...and most of the brass in the
    United States Army.

  34. Pretty damned good.

    I myself, like the look of that mature woman, first pic.

    She'd very good.

    Damned great, actually.


  35. Ron Paul keeps trying:

    Audit the Federal Reserve

    More transparancy sounds good to me but admittedly I know little of the intricacies of the FED.


  36. Palin is giving the sweatshirt and flag pin that grace the cover of Palin's Book to Ingraham to auction for money for a charity for wounded warriors.
    Ingraham expects $100 k
    Seems a bit high.
    ...but as Laura says, she shouldn't wash it!

  37. Oooooooooh. Good one, Doug.

    Perhaps the single greatest non-monetary benefit to being a longtime Federal Socialist is that we've seen this all before. At least a few times.

    The permanent bureaucracy (that's us) looks on. Bemused.

  38. Ouirk,
    The bottom line is that Little Tim gives our money to them.
    ...all else is distraction.

  39. "The permanent bureaucracy (that's us) looks on. Bemused."
    As did Hitler and countless other tyrants.

  40. On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

    "The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify...I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu...

    "In other words, the bill spends two pages describing would could be written with a single world: Louisiana...

    "How much does it cost? According to the Congressional Budget Office: $100 million.

    Louisiana On My Mind

  41. HItler actually destroyed Germany's bureaucracy, leaving it in virtually complete dysfunction.

    He also went through Generals like nobody's business, leaving that in absolute disarray as well.

    As tyrants go he is especially infamous. But not particularly successful.

  42. ...if he'd left it to Rommel, we'd be speaking German.
    Or be Lampshades.

  43. We could just let the EB run the country. Y'all seem to have all the answers.

  44. "MSDNC is at it again. Saw a clip last night from the Chris Matthews' show. It was film of the crowd going to Palin's book signing in Grand Rapids.

    How many do you think lined up for Old Tingle Loins when he wrote one of his page burners?

  45. Rommel is considered to have been a chivalrous and humane officer, in contrast with many other figures of Nazi Germany. His famous Afrikakorps was not accused of any war crimes. Soldiers captured during his Africa campaign were reported to have been largely treated humanely; furthermore, he ignored orders to kill captured Jewish soldiers and civilians out of hand in all theaters of his command.

    Late in the war, Rommel joined the conspiracy against Adolf Hitler, but opposed the failed 20 July Plot of 1944 to kill the dictator. Because of his great prestige, Hitler allowed him to commit suicide. He was buried with full military honors, but the reason for his death only emerged at the Nuremberg Trial.
    Scratch the Lampshade comment,
    I got carried away.

  46. And as for the cervix that is the dumbest fucking thing, I've ever heard. No, pap test until you're 21 even if you sexually active. So, a 16 year old goes out, has sex and contracts high risk cancer causing HPV and she can't get a pap until she's 21? Then when she has cancer it's what, to late?

    Get the fuck out here.

  47. On Palin. She is certainly no worse than either Bush or Obama.

    No one expects much from her because of the thrashing she got in the press, so when she gets further exposed she has no where to go but up.

    She has one major asset. She is American.


  48. I never tire of the Hitler comparisons - whatever direction they come from. (Leonard Peikoff may be somewhat forgiven, though he now seems to me a little...loopy.)

    Certainly, that was rolled out every damn day of Bush's tenure.

    For my money, however, probably the best historical analogy offered was "warmed-over Brezhnev Doctrine."

  49. On Palin. She is certainly no worse than either Bush or Obama.

    - Dear Host

    NOT a ringing endorsement.

  50. She has one major asset. She is American.

    Absolutetly, and I'm votin' for her.

  51. She's a real person.
    Quite a change from the last 50 years.
    Ike being the last one that comes to mind.

  52. As the "parasite class" looks on, bemused, this is the first time in my life that I have, completely, lost faith in my government, and the "power structure" of the country.

    And, it's not just "Obysmal, and the commies;" it's the republicans, also. They stood aside (nay, joined in) as Barney Fag, Dodd, and Dubyah pushed the "ownership society" for folks that couldn't afford to "own."

    There's not a small businessman in the country that, upon looking at those books, wouldn't have said, "you've gotta be fucking kidding me. This shit is going down." I'm embarrassed I didn't see it; but, how in the hell could anybody assume that the ratings agencies were giving those bonds a "Triple AAA." I assumed that they were being rated appropriately, and different buyers were buying them in small quantities (relative to their portfolios.)

    And, don't get me started on the Criminal, unregulated gambling, by "banks" in various, and sundry propositions called "derivatives."

    * Ben Nelson will vote to move "Health Care" to floor.

  53. "She's a real person."

    As opposed to a crash test dummy?

    Remember how refreshingly "real" GWB seemed after Clinton?


  54. I am inclined that passing the health care bill will be the mother load to take the house away from the Democrats. 2000 pages of what will be one outrage after another.

    It will take a year to try the the terrorists in NYC. There is no way that some Jihadi will not blow himself up somewhere in Gotham.

    It will make for an interesting year.

  55. On Palin. She is certainly no worse than either Bush or Obama.

    The point is: Which of the Other "Poli-Crooks" can you say this about?

  56. "It will take a year to try the the terrorists in NYC. There is no way that some Jihadi will not blow himself up somewhere in Gotham."
    MORE than a year.
    Pray that some self-explosive Jihadi frees our children from Marxist Servitude.

  57. As the "parasite class" looks on, bemused, this is the first time in my life that I have, completely, lost faith in my government, and the "power structure" of the country.

    - rufus

    What took you so long?

    This parasite is gonna be laughing all the way to the boat.

    Oh, we did receive the RFO yesterday. One more step toward home.

    Then you have to put up with us pretending to work for another year before we cash in.

  58. I never thought Dubya was refreshingly "real." He was a "Bush." A "Skull and Boner," for Crissake.

    He just wasn't Al Gore.

  59. ...did Palin go to Yale or Harvard?

    Did W ever do a day's work that would compare to what Sarah did for her family or as a fisherman?

  60. If we didn't have you, Trish, we'd have to "invent" you.

    You people serve a purpose. Most people look at diplomats like "dishwashers." No one wants to "talk" to them; but the restaurant couldn't run without them.

    You just shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the "reins of power."

  61. Trish = 'Rat

    Fri Nov 20, 12:27:00 PM EST

    To the extent that I'm being pointedly obnoxious?

    What'd I say last night? I would never again - ever - buy anything from the Republican Party. And I didn't need Palin to show up to come to that determination.

    I adore my own personal Republican and most of those of my personal acquaintance. But as for the lot of them? No. Thank. You.

  62. Well, it certainly doesn't matter what I, or crissy matthews, or Trish thinks of Sarah. What matters is what 51% of the people that show up at the polls think of her. Compared to what they think of Obama. in 2012.


    At last, my love has come along
    My lonely days are over
    And life is like a song
    Oh, yeah, at last
    The skies above are blue
    My heart was wrapped up in clovers
    The night I looked at you
    I found a dream that I could speak to
    A dream that I can call my own
    I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
    A thrill that I have never known
    Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
    Oh, and then the spell was cast
    And here we are in heaven
    For you are mine
    At last

  64. Trish is separate,
    and above,
    the rest of us.
    Like BHO

  65. And, the best predictor of that will probably be The Price of Gas. Followed closely by The Unemployment Rate.

  66. Not really,
    Just commenting on a disgusting, elitist, cunt.

  67. My first good laugh of the day (and, it's only 11:48.)

  68. Mealy-mouthed Hawaiians - Always beating around the bush.

  69. Is that it or do you have more, beloved chihuahua?

  70. Please, Mr. Reagan, Don't say "Tear Down that Wall."

    sung to: "Please, General Custer."

  71. an Ode to the Diplomatic Service

  72. Kahamehamea proved his bona fides by lifting a rock that no one else on the island of Hawaii could move.
    I prove mine by lifting a Coors to my lips.

    Progress is inevitable.

  73. Q.E.D. is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum, which literally means
    "which was to be demonstrated".
    The phrase is written in its abbreviated form at the end of a mathematical proof or philosophical argument to signify that the last statement deduced was the one to be demonstrated; the abbreviation thus signals the completion of the proof.

  74. And because I've already given you the most intelligently imaginative historical analogy of the Bush years, I'll give you the best literary one:

    “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy -- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made”--The Great Gatsby


    Let's not get carried away guys. After all, all she's done so far is write a book (and it was ghost written).

    Remember the words of that great philosopher:

    The Toa of the W


  76. History is History.
    We now confront the FIRST
    America Hating POTUS in history.
    ...the first Marxist with the ethnic Turbo Boost.

    ...let's spend our time reflecting on Bush.


  77. "Let's not get carried away guys. After all, all she's done so far is write a book (and it was ghost written)."
    And won a basketball championship, raising 5 kids, fished in conditions most of us would recoil from, become Mayor, became, Governor, etc. etc.

  78. See, Q, there you go. She's not only better looking than Michelle (of the holy arms - and the ten-foot ass) but she's DEFINITELY "Smarter than Bush."

    AND, we're pretty sure she's AMERICAN!

    What' not to like?

  79. "Killed, Dressed, and Cooked" a Moose, and looks DAMNED GOOD in Running Shorts.

    Like I said: "What's Not to Like?"

  80. Right now, I think the American People are longing for someone who would "Sell the Plane on E-Bay."

  81. Back in the day when I still had a thick mop of hair, the great fear was that somehow Communists (Commonists) would take over the government. The country still had Congressional "Un-American Activities Committees". This was not something I feared. America has never been kind to communalism, starting with the aborted communism of Plymouth Plantation. America could, however, be highly susceptible to fascism; which is to say, while much of the capital base would remain in private hands, the production and distribution from that base would be highly regulated by a central government authority. Herein, Hitler's Germany would provide a thought provoking model.

  82. "And won a basketball championship, raising 5 kids, fished in conditions most of us would recoil from, become Mayor, became, Governor, etc. etc."

    Won a basketball championship? Geez, what's Michael Jordon doing these days?

    Raised 5 kids? I'll admit she has perseverence.

    Fished in conditions most of us would recoil from? Surely, you're kidding Doug.

    Governor? She quit after half her term in order to make more money.

    Etc. Etc. It is the etc. etc. I am waiting for. When I see it, maybe she will change my mind.


  83. Don't forget the MOOSE, Q; Don't forget the MOOSE!


  84. Personally, I don't care if she boinked the damned moose. All I care about is, "can she get elected?"

  85. "......let's spend our time reflecting on Bush."

    Wasn't reflecting on Bush merely using a well known Bushism to make a point.

    Americans get the government they deserve.

    (With regard to Bush, I think Rufus will confirm that I criticized him and his team from 2003 on. I stopped criticizing him in 2006 when the Dems came in and Bush became, with the exception of Iraq, irrelevant. I now restrict my specific criticisms to Obama and his team.)


  86. "Don't forget the MOOSE, Q; Don't forget the MOOSE!

    Tried hunting Rufus. Just couldn't get interested in it.

    The running shorts...
    Well... Maybe that would fall under the category of etc. etc.


  87. Yeah, Q, you weren't a "Bushie."

  88. bob,

    In the last two decades additional caves have been found bearing the classic artwork referenced. The location of these sites is in the nature of state secret to the French government, wanting to avoid the damage done to the earlier sites. Research is ongoing, with some published over the past couple years.

    Human representation is relatively uncommon. When it does appear, it is of the "stick figure" sort, not at all like the graceful, colorful, three dimensional animal works. Also notable, some of the human figures have phallic exaggeration. Indeed, stand alone phallic symbols have been discovered. To my limited knowledge, no gravid human female specimen has been found, although it is obvious that a number of the animals depicted are almost grotesquely pregnant.

    Obviously, the ancients understood the importance of the male seminal fluid to fecundity. Since the role of female anatomy and physiology still remains to many a mystery, were women viewed as mere, passive receptacles for insemination? Could this, apart from male physical dominance, explain the subservience of women over the ages?

    PS: Talking phallicly did Ms. Piven have children? I see any number of factors that might have precluded that.

  89. Re: Personally, I don't care if she boinked the damned moose. All I care about is, "can she get elected?"

    In microcosom this may explain why we are where we are.



  90. Doug said...

    Trish is separate, and above,
    the rest of us. Like BHO

    Not everyone wants a box lunch at the Y Deli.

  91. Back to the blog subject, that Ms. Piven is a fine looking lass, isn't she??

  92. When I was younger, I remember hearing that the cost of the elements making up the human body amounted to only $2 or $3 dollars.

    Yet in Peru, "Mejia said two of the suspects were arrested carrying bottles of liquid human fat and told police it was worth $60,000 a gallon ($15,000 a liter)."

    Gang Killed People for Fat

    This would seem to preclude the need for life insurance. Just tell the wife that when you kick off to sell your fat ass to the cosmetics industry.


  93. Well, the Fecal matter has, absolutely, violently collided with the rotating blades.

    Someone has hacked HadCru (the global warming bunch,) and released a whole flock of incriminating emails having to do with obfuscation, covering up, falsifying, fraud, etc. It is a mess.

    They are well, and truly, Stuffed.

    Watts Up With That

    I linked the website, rather than the specific article (it's second, down) because he has some other very nice articles up.

  94. I guess that means Michelle Obama is the Country's first "Billion Dollar First Ho."

  95. Rufus, I've tried to take the higher ground but you keep coming back to the size of Michelle's derriere.

    I think it's an inappropriate subject and that you should drop it. However, I must admit the other day I saw her from the side in a yellow evening gown.

    Damn, you could land an F-16 on that butt!

  96. Did you ever see her and big bird in the room at the same time?

  97. Quirk wrote,

    "Damn, you could land an F-16 on that butt!"

    O, come on!...a Harrier, maybe...an Osprey, possibly...

    To all, Shabbat Shalom

    PS: Yeah, I know: my bad...nobody's perfect...I'll work on it...

  98. You could tell that old cunt, Barbara Walters

    God I hate her, Ruf, she's got a place up around Sandpoint, the Eastern bitch, the goddamned witch, can't stand the thought of her, and she uses some good place here as her playground.

  99. What a brain dead cunt.

  100. And, I'm for the women, generally speaking.

  101. "O, come on!...a Harrier, maybe...an Osprey, possibly..."

    Well, maybe I did indulge in a bit of hyperbole.

  102. Mark Levin says that the left is busy reshaping the judiciary so that even if the people come to their senses in 2010 and 2012, the judges will be able to protect the unconstitutional laws being passed pall mall.

  103. A follow up to Rufus post above re:
    junk science at Hadley CRU.

    "Unfortunately, we’ve a long, long way to go before the public mood (and scientific truth) is reflected by our policy makers. There are too many vested interests in AGW, with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight.

    But if the Hadley CRU scandal is true,it’s a blow to the AGW lobby’s credibility which is never likely to recover."

    AGW Fraud


  104. No, Rufus,
    Does NOT mean Quirk suffers from Erectile Dysfunction.

  105. I wonder if the AGW train is so far down the tracks that even this news will make a difference. Most believers will never even notice (or acknowledge anyway) this news. Those that do, will spin it into so many obfuscations that, as usual, the truth will be nearly indiscernible.

  106. Levin makes a good point that Obama/Holder are making a royal hash of the courts with the civil trials of some terrorists and military trials for others. He asks what rules will govern the courtrooms? Who decides the rules? Will each judge make them up as the trials progress? How about Miranda? Rules of evidence? Battle field witnesses?

    Obama and others are shredding the Constitution while the MSM speak, hear and see no evil.

  107. Even a stopped Grahmnesty is brilliant one or two times a day.

    ...Holder was shown to be the ignorant, hateful, criminal he is.

  108. Meanwhile, payroll taxes on Unemployment insurance are going about ten-fold in Florida.

    Florida Unemployment compensation fund "dropped from more than $1.3 billion at the end of 2008 to zero in August, as the state's unemployment rate rose toward 11 percent. Since then, Florida has borrowed more than $600 million through an emergency federal loan program."

  109. ..."going up about ten-fold."

  110. Miranda:
    All the "jokes" we made whenever we responded to PC/Metrosexuality @work back in 2001 AD, have come to pass.
    ...I and others joked more than once back them about GI Joe having to Mirandize the Enemy prior to holding him for trial in NY City.

  111. Obviously, the Gmo detainees were not read their Miranda rights. That's reason enough for them to walk scott-free out of any US courtroom.

    Was up wid dat?

    A living, breathing constitution. Evolving with the changing morality of society.

  112. Ingraham did a segment on Public Pornography watching.
    ...stories of people watching Porn on their I-Phones in front of families with kids in Buses, Baseball Stadiums, Planes, on large screen TVs in their SUVs, and of course for free in their local public libraries.

  113. Friday night banking news:

    46 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Florida banking regulators have shut down Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida, marking the 124th U.S. bank to succumb this year to the struggling economy and rising loan defaults.

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday took over the small bank in Fort Myers, Fla., with $79.7 million in assets and $76.7 million in deposits.

    Central Bank, based in Stillwater, Minn., agreed to assume the deposits and assets of Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida. The failed bank's sole branch will reopen Monday as a branch of Central Bank.

    The failure of Commerce Bank is expected to cost the federal deposit insurance fund about $23.6 million.

  114. I guess we should expect a 20% foreclosure rate, given 20 percent unemployment.
    ...a given from The One.

  115. So Cal Bubble History

    Courtesy of Bill, Hill, Barney, and lesser actors in our employ.

    Ain't corruption in the name of Social Justice grand?

    ...and now the biggest crook in US History gives all the spoils of "crisis remediation" to Wall Street.

    Little Timmy:

    The Biggest of All,
    crooks, that is.

  116. At least Chastity is bigger than ever in Obama's America:

    From Chastity to Chaz:
    Bono Speaks Out

    The Man Who Used to be the Daughter of Sonny and Cher Gives His First Interview to "ET's" Mary Hart

  117. "America first met Bono on "The Sonny and Cher Show" as an adorable, little blonde girl with pig tails.

    Now 40 years old, and almost 15 years since coming out as gay, he is beginning to live life as he wanted to for a long time, as a man. He says the complete transformation will take four or five years and involves surgery and hormone therapy
    I guess a cute blonde giving BJs to all "comers" would render said blonde a whore.
    Instead, hshe is a celebrity.
    Like Ma,
    and the dearly departed,

  118. Somewhat earlier on today
    My lady lawyer did I see

    To do some necessary business
    Past my ability

    Her voice is clicking fast
    Her mind goes so fast

    Her blouse is a little low
    Something saucy is what she be

    Leaning forward o'er her desk

    My eyes go lower
    Another writ to see

  119. "So, you know, the whole experience has been remarkable for him and the one thing he did tell me is that he said,

    'you know, my outsides are finally beginning to match my insides.'

    I mean, he said
    'I feel more like myself than I ever have felt.
    The Mystery of why everyone calls me "Shithead"
    is finally explained!

  120. Not everyone wants a box lunch at the Y Deli.

    Fri Nov 20, 02:52:00 PM EST

    So, so true.

    Just wait til Doug discovers what Trish's husband is doing next.

  121. The EB is a Porno-Free Zone,
    Expulsion Proceedures are in progress.

  122. The heavens have parted. We have HARD COPY orders.

  123. You should "retire"
    to Colombia,
    where you could come out as an official PR Agent of the Uribe Regime

  124. To DC. Back "home" home.

    Doing the DNI's bidding.

    And, no, I really have no idea what that may be.

  125. The Uribe admin, happily, does not need me. They do just fine on their own.

  126. Maybe BHO will decide to reduce our Nuke Stockpile on their heads.

    ...extinguishing all remnants.

  127. Oh, I don't think so.

    They're a truly outstanding, no dicking around, ally and we're not going to part with them.

    And, you know, it was Casey who really, really pressed that.

    God bless 'im.

  128. I am missing something here?

    After the attack and murder of 13 innocent people by an apparent imbedded radical Jihadist in the US Army, General Casey said on Meet The Press,

    "Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."

    I have some questions for any military officer who swore an oath on several occasions to support and defend the Constitution.

    How many innocent Americans have to be murdered by someone who displayed every single modus operandi of the 9/11 attackers in order for freedom and defense of the Constitution to trump diversity?
    Will fourteen do it?
    How about a few hundred?
    Casey is forever damned.

  129. Not down here he isn't.

    Just sayin'.

  130. In fact, he gave probably the only speech I've ever heard on the US- Colombia relationship that surpassed one of Brownfield's. And you have to have some serious...something or other...to surpass Brownfield. Who ought to be made Ambassador to fucking everywhere.

  131. That's what I'm going to miss.

    The awesome, incredible, unbelievable, never to be duplicated Country Team.

  132. Photoshop version has those two guys asking:
    WTF ???

  133. ...at least Laura dressed like a Librarian.

  134. I like the bellybutton highlight in the WifeBeater Tanktop.

  135. "French Fries are my favorite food!"

  136. At least she's not showing any headlights.

  137. Not that it would do anything for her.

  138. Bobal, you got a haiku there with just a slight rearrangement of lines:

    My eyes go lower
    Leaning forward o'er her desk
    Another writ to see

  139. "They're a truly outstanding, no dicking around, ally and we're not going to part with them."
    BHO and Holder respond:

    "Who is
    White Girl?

  140. Portagee Man o' War are out tonight:
    Don't forget the JellyFish Squish

  141. We just signed the DCA and there's a whole lotta in-building that's going to take place.

    Obama approved that.

    Don't look a gift horse...

    From my little lane, Doug, from my lane...things could look a lot, lot, lot worse.

  142. "From my little lane, Doug, from my lane...things could look a lot, lot, lot worse."
    Just don't glance at the homeland.
    ...or our budget.
    And what was the finest Healthcare in the World.

    Freedom Sucks!
    ...the wisdom of BHO

  143. Oh my Dougie, you gotta love those Eastern European chicks.

  144. Yup...that's just the way, I work out.

  145. That certainly is the perfect antidote for Francis the fox.

  146. baby if that is the way you do it, you will kill the lucky guy in your life.

  147. Nope, he's alive and kickin...some booty ass. I may bring him down but he gets right back up again.

  148. Oh, I made, Doug, smile. I guess you can, um, eat these words, now.

    "The EB is a Porno-Free Zone,
    Expulsion Proceedures are in progress"

  149. It's only Porn when al-Porno does it.
    Kind of like Harry Reid.
    ...if such a thing is imaginable.

  150. Nope, he's alive and kickin...some booty ass. I may bring him down but he gets right back up again.

    hwh, you done made bob smile too, and all the other boys at the bar, I should imagine.

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  152. Hasn't anyone else noticed how prevelant Jews are in all the liberal/socialist/progressive causes? Except for an extremely small minority, they agite everywhere. They are never happy. Never. There is always a "cause" to rally for, and if none is readily available, one is created. Who were the agitators back in the 60's? Northest liberal Jews. Many will call me "racist" or anti-Semetic. I don't really care ! Facts are facts and cannot be denied.

  153. Addendum: No, I am NOT a supporter of any Muslim "cause". Muslim have sought world domination for centuries, a fact seldom taught in schools anymore. I wonder why?