“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

All The Best


I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Philly Cops at the DNC - Abby Martin Talks About Her Arrest at DNC

teleSUR Host Abby Martin Talks About Violent Arrest at DNC

Abby Martin, host of “Empire Files," was released by police on Monday after a violent arrest while covering DNC protests for teleSUR, but says that many more wait to be processed after "mass marches, mass protests and mass arrests and detentions," despite police reports that no arrests have been made at the DNC.

Martin was on her way to a "Democracy Spring" event where there were reports of civil disobedience and arrests being made. The police had closed off all streets surrounding the action and directed Martin to an exit, where she was arrested for a lack of credentials. She and her producer, Mike Prysner, unknowingly entered an area where only those with credentials are allowed.
The police stopped them and told them to leave the area. As they were complying and leaving the area, another police officer grabbed Martin, twisted her arm, tore her dress and arrested her for "disorderly conduct."
Three cops “aggressively manhandled me,” she said, before throwing her in a police van and driving her to an elementary school to be processed alongside many protesters that had participated in the Democracy Spring action and others.

"I was just trying to accept my fate and how unreal what was happening was," said Martin. “I just kept thinking about what people go through" in aggressive arrests every day in the U.S.

"It’s just really stunning to go through that experience and to know that this is what police do to people every day in this country."


  1. Idaho BobWed Jul 27, 12:56:00 AM EDT

    Civilized life is directly tied to Wal-Mart.

    "Arctic King"

    Hecho en Mejico

    $112 US

    Extended/Replacement Warranty

    $14 US

    Now all I need is a dolly
    Room Size Cooling Capacity (Sq. Feet) 150
    ENERGY STAR Qualified No
    Energy Efficiency Ratio (E.E.R.) 11
    Voltage (Volts) 115
    Control Type Mechanical
    Multi-Directional Air Control 2-way
    Adjustable Thermostat Yes
    Slide Out Chassis No
    Chassis for Slider/Casement Windows No
    Outside Support Brackets No
    Cooling Fan Speeds 2
    Fan Only Option Yes
    Sleep Mode No
    Auto Cool No
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    Warranty 1-year full; 5-year sealed system
    Low Voltage Compensation Yes
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    Cord Length (Feet) 6
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    1. You don't need a dolly to move 40 pounds, you need a testosterone shot!

    2. :)

      It's UP SOME STAIRS !

      But I admit to needing a test shot....

    3. Only one stinking year's warranty ?

      I got screwed.

    4. Couldn't find the weight of your model.

      Might be a Frigidaire® Cool Connect™

      At least the 5 years is on the important parts.

  2. Replies
    1. Maybe they thought she was an escapee.

    2. Watched the Video:

      Plus points for lack of Valley Girl Voice.

      Demerits for wrist wrap.

  3. I've never heard of Abby Martin and she can rot in prison for all I care.

    She isn't a Republican is she ?

  4. "It’s just really stunning to go through that experience and to know that this is what police do to people every day in this country."

    She paints with a very wide brush.

    I've had good and bad experiences with "the Police".
    A lot of my treatment from the person wearing the badge depends on my behavior and attitude.


  5. OHH!-o....


    Put Rufus on suicide watch....

  6. Explosion reported near migration office in northern Bavaria – German media

  7. BREAKING: Huge explosion reported near migrant office in Germany
    A HUGE explosion has ripped through an office for migration in Zirndorf near Nuremberg, Germany according to German media reports.


    (CNN)The $13-billion USS Gerald R. Ford is already two years behind schedule, and the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier is facing more delays after the Pentagon's top weapons tester concluded the ship is still not ready for combat despite expectations it would be delivered to the fleet this September.

    According to a June 28 memo obtained by CNN, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, said the most expensive warship in history continues to struggle launching and recovering aircraft, moving onboard munitions, conducting air traffic control and with ship self-defense.

    "These four systems affect major areas of flight operations," Gilmore wrote in his report to Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley. "Unless these issues are resolved ... they will significantly limit CVN-78's ability to conduct combat operations."


    The US Navy started WW2 with 7 aircraft carriers. Another 160 aircraft carriers were built during the war, including 24 Essex-class fleet carriers capable of carrying 90 to 110 aircraft. They all could fight.


      Start of WWII: December 7, 1941.
      End of WWII: September 2, 1945

      US invades Iraq: May 1, 2003
      End of US war in Iraq: Not yet, July27, 2016

    2. Come on, Deuce; fighting against non-state actors (terrorists) cannot be compared to fighting and defeating a Country.

    3. Hell, we defeated Saddam Hussein's Army in, what, three or four weeks?

    4. Game to Rufus.

      They can keep this terrorism crap up indefinitely.

      One thing we ought to do is let no more of them into our country.

    5. It is not our fight. It was never our fight. The absurdity is in fighting insurgency wars in foreign countries. There is a further absurdity in building complex $13 billion weapons systems to fight wars of insurgency that we have never won.

    6. It became our fight on 9-11-2001, Deuce.

      ISIS became our fight when they started beheading American journalists.

      And, then, there was the pure "common sense" proposition that an ideology such as the Islamic State's cannot be allowed to own a country, much less a country that produces four million bbls of oil/day.

    7. Rufus is making good sense.

      I'd add the common sense proposition that we not allow any more moslems into our country, wanting to impose Sharia Law as they all want to do.

    8. There was no ISIS on 911. There were no Iraqis on the planes on 911. They were Saudis. At the time, the United States asserted that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda organization were solely responsible for the attacks, and all other suspects were ruled out. The Government of the United Kingdom reached the same conclusionI. Al Qaeda was formed by Salafist jihadists, Saudis and an Eqyptian who were fighting against the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

      The US armed those insurgents to the tune of billions of dollars. Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told Al Qaeda’s forefathers – the Mujahadin:

      We know of their deep belief in god – that they’re confident that their struggle will succeed. – That land over-there is yours – and you’ll go back to it some day, because your fight will prevail, and you’ll have your homes, your mosques, back again, because your cause is right, and god is on your side.

      ISIS was created in an American military prison in Iraq.

      All of them had god on their side.

    9. The Salafists are a development of Sunni Muslims. Their primary benefactors are the Saudis. They have been pumping money into Wahhabism (same thing as Salafism) since the 1960s. Who has been supporting the Saudis since the 1960s?

    10. Well, the simple fact is, GW Bush had no alternative but to follow Al Queda back to Afghanistan, and destroy it (or, as much of it as possible.)

      Now, admittedly, Bush's subsequent decision to attack Iraq is, at best, questionable, BUT it's hard to see how Obama could have avoided helping out in the fight against ISIS without being impeached.

    11. FYI

      During President Obama’s first six years in office, Washington entered into agreements to sell more than $190 billion in weaponry worldwide—more, that is, than any US administration since World War II.

    12. Come on Deuce, The Ford is bigger than WWII Carriers.

      The F-35 is bigger than the P-51.

      The Govt is infinitely more intrusive than WWII.

      It's all good for Government and (some) businesses.

  10. Liberate Hawija before Mosul, demands Arabs of Kirkuk

    (IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – Arabs of Kirkuk have resumed their call, made earlier, to accelerate the liberation of areas towards southern and western Kirkuk, which are still under ISIS control.

    “They have demanded that the Hawija district, which lies 55 km west of Kirkuk, should be liberated before Mosul. And seeking the same, they have even urged the parliament to vote for their cause,” informed a well placed source in Kirkuk.

    “They further stressed on the importance of safety of 15000 families who are besieged in these areas,” the source added.

    “People of Hawija, al-Zab, al-Riyad, al-Abbasi and al-Rashad have spent over two years suffering under ISIS control of ISIS. Hawija and other occupied areas have witnessed execution and disappearance of over 7000 persons, including women and children,” the source concluded.


  11. Juanita Broaddrick is reminding everyone this morning that 'the big dog' BillyGoat



    And, that Hillary of the wonderful marriage harassed all BillyGoat's victims trying to silence them.

    This country is SICK if it elects this duo again....

  12. Ms. Mosby for once does something intelligent -

    Charges dropped against remaining officers in Freddie Gray case....DRUDGE

    but goes out with no style -

    Angry Mosby Lashes Out at Police, Media....

    She certainly made a great fool of herself all the way through the entire affair.

    1. All charges dropped against remaining officers in Freddie Gray case

      posted at 12:31 pm on July 27, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

      More than a week ago we were talking about the fate of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and the remaining trials for the police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Having failed to obtain a conviction in any of the trials thus far, Mosby has been under increasing pressure to abandon the effort if not resign her position entirely. Up until now she seemed content to stick to her guns… a position which has been repeatedly encouraged by liberal observers and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement around the nation. But reality seems to have sunk in at last and Mosby’s office announced this morning that the remaining trials will be cancelled and all remaining charges dropped.

      Charges against the remaining three Baltimore Police Officers in the Freddie Gray case were dropped Wednesday morning.

      The decision was announced at the start of a pretrial motions hearing for Officer Garrett Miller, who was the next scheduled officer to stand trial. Officer William Porter was to be retried in September, and Sgt. Alicia White was scheduled for trial in October.

      Officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson Jr. and Lt. Brian Rice have previously been acquitted of all charges in the case, and the trial of Porter ended in a hung jury and mistrial last December.

      I suppose the first question we might ask is what took so long and why the city has wasted so much money in a lost, politically driven cause. The upshot of the case is that Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White will not face trial and Officer William Porter’s second trial following a hung jury in the first go around will not take place either. There’s something to be said for saving the city the time and money on further wasted efforts, not to mention the risk of additional protests and potential rioting each time another officer is cleared of charges, but the damage to the city’s credibility is long since done.

      There’s one other political aspect to this story which reaches well beyond the borders of Charm City. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was part and parcel of the decision to go after the officers in the first place and Mosby had her full backing and endorsement for the effort. She’s not in Baltimore right now because she’s been busy running the proceedings at Hillary Clinton’s convention here in Philadelphia. I’m sure that’s yet another headline that the convention organizers didn’t need on the eve of their candidate’s big acceptance speech, serving as a reminder of the failed policies which the Democrats have foisted off on America’s urban centers for generations.


      These were 'the white racist cops' that Rufus wanted to hang. It turned out that three of them were black, and the judge in the trials was black, the prosecutor black, and the wonderful Mayor of the town at the time, black as well.

      So, we can say now 'rascism' had ZERO to do with the actual affair, except in the heads of Ms. Mosby, and the Mayor.

    2. (and in Ruf's head too, of course)

  13. A Career Sexual Predator Makes the Case for Hillary at the DNC

    And the lying didn’t take too long to get started.

    July 27, 2016

    Daniel Greenfield

    “Hillary Clinton took me through Hell.”

    Those were the words of a woman who was raped and beaten into a coma when she was twelve years old. Instead of helping that twelve year old girl, Hillary Clinton aided her rapist. She falsely accused the abused child who would never be able to have a family of her own after the assault of “a tendency to seek out older men”. Then Hillary Clinton was recorded on tape laughing at how her client had failed a lie detector test while relishing describing how she had gotten him off.

    Tonight’s Democratic National Convention theme was "A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families". But this was how Hillary Clinton’s “fight” for children and families really began. And Tuesday’s highlight was an address by a career sexual predator whom she covered up for and whose victims she smeared.

    That sexual predator was her husband, Bill Clinton.

    Bill Clinton put even more women through hell than Hillary did. And he isn’t done just yet. Amid the freakshow of the Carter mummy phoning in, the mothers of criminals, random mildly famous celebrities, the Sandernista walkout and Howard Dean doing the scream that ended his career one more time, the other Clinton took the stage.

    In an evening featuring discussions about sex trafficking, the highlight was a sexual predator. In an evening that featured 9/11 victims, the highlight was the man who left America vulnerable to 9/11 and refused to take out Osama bin Laden.

    And Bill being Bill, the lying didn’t take too long to get started.

    Bill Clinton told the hooting and yapping DNC audience that Hillary Clinton wanted to help child abuse victims. But a child rape victim back home knows the truth and we know the truth. He got up on stage and lied again about the Children’s Health Insurance Program, one of those things which, like bringing peace to Northern Ireland and landing under fire in Bosnia, Hillary Clinton can’t stop lying about.

    In Bill Clinton’s new version, Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch didn’t exist and Hillary Clinton got it all done.

    But the Clintons always have a thousand new versions of every lie that they tell. And Bill’s entire speech was one big lie. The version of Hillary Clinton that he describes, an obsessive crusader for children who is also a devoted wife and mother has only one tiny problem with it. It’s an expert work of fiction.

    The real Hillary Clinton hit up the Boys and Girls Club for $200K to speak for them. The real Hillary saw every non-profit organization working for education, children and any combination of the two as a piggy bank to loot for her greedy husband and herself. The real Hillary, the one revealed by the emails, is incapable of doing basic tasks and requires a horde of assistants to do anything for her.

    The image of Hillary Clinton on her “hands and knees” putting liner paper in Chelsea’s dorm drawers is as real as Bill Clinton’s family values. The real Hillary Clinton requires people to pose before she steps into the picture so they don’t waste her time. The real Hillary Clinton laughed at the thought of a rapist beating a child into a coma and then getting off. The real Hillary Clinton has never met a charity she didn’t steal from. The real Hillary Clinton dislikes people and has her assistant elbow them out of the way.

    1. Bill Clinton claimed that they never intended for Hillary to run for office in New York until New York Democrats “urged Hillary to run”. Then they offered to sell her the Brooklyn Bridge at a discount.

      The Clintons didn’t move to New York for their health. They did it as part of a long term plan to get back into the White House. Tonight was a major step in the fulfillment of that plan.

      Bill’s version of the Clintons, who moved to New York without ever giving thought to a political career plan, are as real as the “loving and caring” Hillary who just couldn’t stop trying to help children. When she wasn’t ripping off their charities or aiding their rapists.

      It’s an insulting lie that treats the DNC audience like chumps. And it’s not the only one.

      Bill claimed that Hillary “worked for farmers, for winemakers, for small businesses and manufacturers”. Hillary’s idea of a small business is a major bank or a multinational corporation. Hillary wouldn’t use a small business to clean between her toes. Not unless it could pony up a six figure check for her use.

      He reeled off the usual lies about her foreign policy experience. The Iran sanctions. The worthless deal with Russia. And the even more worthless cease fire with Hamas in which the firing did not cease.

      But we are told that she “put climate change at the center of our foreign policy”. That would explain why we’re losing the War on Terror.

      The truth is that the Clintons are liars. That Hillary’s only qualifications for her current nomination are that she was Bill Clinton’s wife. And her only qualification to be his wife was her willingness to cover for his crimes.

      Everything else is a lie.

      Bill Clinton spoke one truth in his entire speech as he had Hillary suggest that “nobody would ever vote for me”. That much is true. Hillary Clinton doesn’t win votes. She wins rigged elections.

      And that’s what this was.

      Even in a night in which Chuck Schumer and Jimmy Carter did their best to put the DNC audience to sleep, they are still more charismatic and better speakers than Hillary Clinton.

      The walkout during Hillary Clinton’s nomination left hundreds of empty seats aptly symbolizing her appeal. It doesn’t exist. It never did. America loves Hillary Clinton as much as Bill ever did.

      Not even other Democrats like her.

      Hillary Clinton has ruthlessly clawed her way to power. She has supporters, but no friends. After decades of victimizing women on behalf of a career sexual predator, she brought that predator up on stage to tell the world how much she loves families and children.

      The best thing that can be said about the convention is that, like the rest of the Clinton campaign, it’s unremarkable. It’s bland and it’s boring. It’s full of the expected politicians and celebrities saying all the expected things about Hillary. But that’s what alibis look like. And that’s what this convention is. An alibi.

      The Clintons are criminals who pretend to be activists. They’re greedy thieves who claim to want to make things better. They maintain a thin façade of normalcy as an alibi. It fooled some people a few decades ago. But it’s fooling fewer and fewer people. Even fewer and fewer Democrats.

      Tonight was about making Democrats feel better about the unlikable candidate that they’re stuck with. And it didn’t work. No amount of lies about how much Hillary loves children and 9/11 victims will fix that. No amount of celebrities taking cheap shots at Trump will do it either.

      Hillary barely eked out a win in a rigged election. Now she’s about to face a real one


      The article should be entitled:

      A Career Sexual Predator Makes The Case For His Enabler At The DNC

  14. Good points, Rufus. Why am I getting a migraine? :-)

    1. 'cause they ain't so good afterall...

  15. Deuce, if Saudi Arabia, or Qatar (or, Canada) wants to buy a fighter plane, what are ya going to do? Tell them: "No, you have to go buy it from Russia, or France?"

    Would that make a lot of sense?

    And, btw, if We build that plane, who's to say that there's not an "off" switch somewhere in the software? :)

  16. ISIS is not using Russian arms. They have US TOW missiles. Hillary Clinton arranged for weapons from destabilized Libya be shipped to supply “the moderate rebels” in Syria to further destabilize Syria. Destabilized Iraq had all their US supplied weapons surrendered to ISIS in city after city. Hillary Clinton championed the fall of Iraq, Syria and Libya.

    Millions have died , been injured, lost all their property and have been displaced and it is further causing terrorism and destabilizing Europe, all because of the misadventures of US politicians.

    None of that makes any sense to me.

    1. c'mon Deuce, ISIS is evil therefore it makes sense to do more of the same.

    2. They may have a few tow missiles, but their primary weapons are the AK-47's, and the truck bomb, made with explosives taken from (given by) the Iraqi troops that were formerly stationed in Mosul.

      Look, we have, over the years, made a lot of mistakes in the middle east, and elsewhere; But, does that mean we should, Now, just roll over and die? Just wait for the true believers to come cut off our heads?

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    4. How would not waging war in the Middle East, or Afghanistan, or Yemen, be rolling over and dying? It wouldn't be.

      There are many varied powers in those regions fighting. Why should we believe your contention that ISIS would be dominate those various powers and be able seize, say Iraq for example, if the US weren't involved? They couldn't.

      The irony in all this is that not long ago you were so sure that there were only 25k of them riding around in Pick-ups and they'd be gone a year ago based on the actions taken by the US.

    5. bah, can't write... should read:

      There are many varied powers in those regions fighting. Why should we believe your contention that ISIS would dominate those various powers and be able to seize, Iraq for example, if the US weren't involved? They couldn't.

    6. Without the US air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, Ash, ISIS would be dominating all the Sunni areas there, at least.

      As it is, they are finally being pushed back in Iraq.

      Granted they are expanding in Libya, but Hillary owns that, just as the rise of ISIS in Iraq was originally directly caused by O'bozo taking all our troops out too soon.

    7. ISIS is the Sunni population radicalized after the Iranian Shiiites got to do the genocide on the Sunni

      ISIS is shit as is the Shiites.

    8. What Sunni areas, specifically, are you referring to and why do you think that ISIS would dominate them if there were no air strikes? Even if your assertion is true and ISIS would come to dominate the Sunni areas you refer, so what? Why should US blood and treasure be expended to blunt their dominance?

    9. Where you 'charmed' by BillyGoat last night, Ash, as so many in the main stream media are claiming they were ?

      If you answer 'yes' I suggest you join "Q" and take some time off.

    10. No, I didn't find him charming. Now, how about addressing my questions to you?

    11. Your first sentence is too stupid to warrant a response.

      So what ?

      Well, because sooner or later they are pledged to come after YOUR stupid ass, Ash.

      If one were a Prince of the old school, one might be concerned about the treatment of the women, along with all the kidnapped little school girls.

      One might even be concerned about the genocide of Christians, and the other minorities.

      Or the deleterious effects on the Kurds....

      You seem to come across as fancying yourself as a 'world citizen' of sorts.

      One would think you might work up to giving a shit about some of these things.

      But obviously, I'm wrong.

      You don't give shit.

      Life being good, right now at least, in Canada.


    12. The Barbarians Must Be Stopped


      Why ?

      Ash wants to know....

      Why ?

      Why must the barbarians be stopped ?

    13. If Ash's own daughter, if he has a daughter, were kidnapped by ISIS, forty or fifty 10 year old schoolgirls, say, taken away on a bus to be raped endlessly, and that jihadi over there knows where they were being taken, and is refusing to say, Noble Ash, World Citizen Ash, would refuse to 'put a little water up his nose' to find out.

      "Q" would behave in the same fashion.

      These two 'Gentlemen' taking a principled stand against torture....to hell with their own daughters....

      They have both said so.

    14. Why must the barbarians be stopped by the US and who are the barbarians which you refer? All Sunni people? There's lots of barbarians in the world. Not only must the US government deal with the barbarians on its on soil they must take care of all the worlds barbarians? How about those barbarians in Yemen and Nigeria do they need to be rolled back by the US bob or is it only the barbarians in Iraq that warrant US treatment?

      Your argument is silly - they are bad, and they will soon come right to your home to get you so it's better to go into their home and take them out. As has been noted a couple of times on this blog it hasn't worked to date.

    15. Shared around like a pack of smokes.....but Ash will sleep well at night, knowing he, at least, 'did the right thing'....

      My aching ass.....

    16. ISIS are bad folk, I won't argue that, and I have no sympathy for them. There are many others in the world I also think are very bad however that is not casus belli for war.

  17. Strikes in Syria

    Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Manbij, eight strikes struck eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.

    -- Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two ISIL headquarters.

    -- Near Palmyra, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 10 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL weapons cache.

    -- Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL weapons storage facility.

    -- Near Hit, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL bunker.

    -- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL rockets, 33 ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

    -- Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL weapons cache.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike suppressed three ISIL mortar positions.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

  18. Ash I hope these people move next to you


  19. For Quirk

    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender,
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even to the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
    they are vexatious to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain or bitter,
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs,
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals,
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.
    Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love,
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.

    1. Always be humble and kind
      And at the end
      Turn around
      And help the next one in line

  20. France is looking to be in need of a reincarnation of Charles Martel.

    They may get it too.

    Saw a headline saying one of the Le Pens has joined the French Army !

    1. Well, the Reserves at least -

      Marion Le Pen Joins Reserves After Priest Is Murdered ...


      Jul 27, 2016 · Marion Marechal-Le Pen, French ... French Front National Assemblywoman Marion Maréchal-Le Pen said Wednesday she is ready to join the French military ...

    2. I'm 100% in favor of the 'hateful, islamophobic, regressive, America First' (how Ash would describe it) move of simply banning any more moslem immigration to the USA.

      Actually, a very peaceful procedure, and extremely thoughtful for the long term, and for the best well being of our children and grandchildren.

      Who knows ? It might even prevent Ash's precious ass from being splattered on a wall somewhere....

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    4. Or the head being removed from the Ash.

  21. 83 per cent of Germans see immigration as their nation's biggest challenge

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  22. Tim Kaine comes across as being goofy.


    1. Bernie Sanders Leaves the Democratic Party

      By Emily Zanotti| 5:41 pm, July 27, 2016

      The nomination was barely sealed up at the Democratic National Convention before Bernie Sanders, who had campaigned against Hillary Clinton for the party’s nod, went back to being an Independent.

      Sanders, who considers himself, officially, an Independent in Congress because his views lean further left than the Democratic party’s platform, caucuses with Democrats. But until declaring an intention to run for the presidency in 2015, he had rarely, if ever, identified as a member of the Democratic Party (he’s been in politics since 1979).

      And now, despite pleading with his base to support Hillary, even though they’re concerned that she’s too moderate, Sanders will return to Vermont and to his seat in the Senate, and he’ll do it with no official party affiliation.....


    2. The people of Vermont must be dumber than rocks.

  23. Things continuing on course in Venezuela -

    Venezuela’s socialist government seeks to ban opposition party

    posted at 5:31 pm on July 27, 2016 by John Sexton

    The grasping socialist government of Venezuela is doing what grasping socialist governments do when things get desperate: accusing the opposition of crimes. Yahoo News reports Nicolas Maduro’s government is actually moving to have the entire opposition party banned because of alleged voter fraud:

    The Venezuelan government asked electoral authorities Tuesday to ban the opposition coalition seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro in a recall vote, accusing them of massive fraud.

    Ratcheting up the tension in a country pushed to the brink of collapse by an economic crisis, Maduro’s camp hit back with a vengeance on the same day the opposition was hoping to get a green light to go ahead with its bid to hold a recall referendum.

    “We have just asked for the cancellation of the registration of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), for being involved in the worst vote fraud in the country’s history,” said Jorge Rodriguez, Maduro’s designated aide to monitor the recall process.

    The opposition party has been trying to get the government to approve a referendum on removing Maduro, something which is allowed under the country’s constitution. The first step in that process was collecting enough signatures to start the referendum process. Only 200,000 signatures were required for that initial step and, back in May, the opposition party turned in 1.8 million signatures, way more than what was required.

    Yahoo News reports the socialists in power are now claiming to have found 11,000 signatures which they claim belong to dead people, children or convicts. The opposition disputes this but even if it’s true what about the other 1,789,000 signatures? Are all of those invalid too? Based on a claim to have invalidated a tiny fraction of the signatures the socialists are attempting to ban the entire opposition party.

    Meanwhile, people stuck living under this horrible regime are starving, unable to find enough food to feed their families. As many as 100,000 people crossed the border just to shop a couple weeks ago. And the situation is worse for children who must go without needed medicines. Many of them will simply die while Maduro continues to stall and play for more time. If Maduro refuses to allow a constitutional challenge to his authority, he may find an unconstitutional one comes next.


  24. Whoa: DNC emails discuss rewarding donors with fed-gov’t appointments

    posted at 4:31 pm on July 27, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

    Old and busted: Most transparent administration ever! New hotness: The system is rigged, and not just in the Democratic primaries. The campaign-finance watchdog site Open Secrets reports that DNC e-mails published by Wikileaks show DNC officials apparently coordinating with the Obama administration to reward donors with appointments to boards and commissions:

    Email exchanges involving top officials at theDemocratic National Committee released along with private documents by WikiLeaks show that DNC officials hoped to reward top donors and insiders with appointments to federal boards and commissions in coordination with the White House.

    The revelations give an inside look into how the Democratic Party attempted to leverage its access and influence with the White House to bring in cash.

    In an April 20, 2016 email, DNC National Finance Director Jordan Kaplan canvassed what appears to be the committee’s finance department – its fundraising office – for names of people (mainly donors) to reward with federal appointments on boards and commissions.

    That email exchange yielded a list compiled by DNC Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer and emailed to Kaplan on April 26 titled “Boards and Commissions Names_Final,” which listed the names of twenty-three DNC donors and insiders.

    Here’s the e-mail from Kaplan to the team handling the big-time donors and bundlers to the Democratic Party:

    corruptocrat kaplan-email here

    So much for the best and brightest, eh? Get those appointments while you can!! Kaplan sent this three months ago, so this looks like either a last-chance opportunity to burnish resumés before Democrats have to vacate the White House, or an early-bird special if Hillary Clinton manages to win the election.

    I’d guess it’s the latter, as this sounds very … familiar. Rajiv Fernando managed to get himself appointed to the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), a group which oversees US nuclear and security policies, despite having no qualifications for their mission. Except two: He donated a lot of money to the Democratic Party, and to the Clinton Foundation. When ABC first started sniffing out the Fernando appointment, he abruptly resigned.

    Now, in truth these boards and commissions are routinely used to reward supporters. Usually, however, that isn’t handled by fundraising staff so as to avoid making it into an explicit quid pro quo. It would be handled as Clinton’s team handled the Fernando appointment, which still wound up embarrassing them. This is as blatant as it gets, and should result in serious probes of the White House’s connection to these pay-for-play fundraising efforts at the DNC. After all, Kaplan had to be sending this data to someone over there to make this scheme work.

    However, they may skate by on the fact that none of the people listed have managed to find an appointment … at least, not yet. And now that this has been exposed, they may be waiting a very long time for their resumé enhancements.


  25. O'bozo is on the telly !

    Thank God this farce will soon be over.

    Only the Hillary speech will be left to disgrace our nation.

    1. It brings to mind the saying of absent without leave but not forgotten Quirk:

      "They're all dicks"

    2. jeez, Obama is still blabbing on....

    3. I don't see a USA flag in the entire arena.

  26. Replies
    1. Bill Clinton's dance partner?

    2. No, that was Monica Lewinsky.

      I've heard that name before, though.

      From way in the past somewhere.

      If Quirk hadn't crapped out we could ask him.

      He'd know.

    3. Bill and Monica used to dance a kind of tango called "The Kneepads".

      This was back when Bill was being faithful and true to his wife, before he raped Juanita Broaddrick a couple of times.

    4. The only flags I've seen yet at the DNC were a few Mexican flags, and a couple Hammer&Sickles.

  27. Replies
    1. Ginger Rogers was no Fred Astaire.

      She trampled all over his toes.

      But those were the days people actually knew how to dance.

    2. Obama: Clinton 'like Ginger Rogers' - World - CBC News

      www.cbc.ca/news/world/obama-clinton-like-ginger-rogers-1.3698372 · 1 hour ago

      Obama: Clinton 'like Ginger Rogers'1:57. President Obama says he had 'a front-row seat' to Hillary's intelligence and judgment. ... Joe Biden at the Democratic ...

      I thought it an inapt, and inept, comparison.

    3. In fact, when I heard it, I suspected Bozo had been boozing with Biden before they gave their speeches.

  28. The First Thirty Reasons Not To Vote For Hillary


  29. "Jodie, I'm asking you now to please look into your heart and at least give me the chance, with this historic deed to gain your respect and love," Hinckley wrote in a letter found by police in his Washington hotel room after the 1981 attempted assassination of Reagan.

    Early in his stay, Hinckley's diagnosing physicians at St. Elizabeth's Hospital found there was no doubt that he was delusional and in the grips of a raging narcissistic personality disorder, according to court records, but said that he did not present classic or stereotypical signs of schizophrenia.

    Yet Hinckley continues to personify and perpetuate popular misconceptions of mental illness and of links to gun violence, said Ron Honberg, senior policy adviser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness warned,...

    1. Since he's finally getting out of the looney bin, does that mean he will be able to vote like the rest of us ?

    2. No, but he gets an AR as a going away present.

  30. In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision.


    On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed satisfaction that ASEAN had issued a communique that championed the rule of law and said the omission of any reference to the arbitration case did not detract from its importance.


    China has so far responded only with sharpened rhetoric, but analysts and officials worry that Beijing might take bolder action after it hosts the Group of 20 meeting of the world's biggest economies in September.

  31. I watched this old fool with the sound off.

    Anyone willing to leave sound on and report on this fiery four minutes?


    1. “Everybody knows she’s smart,” he said. “Everybody knows she’s tough. But I know what she’s passionate about. I know Hillary. Hillary understands, Hillary gets it.”

      “Hillary understands that a college loan is about a lot more than getting a qualified student an education. It’s about saving the mom and the dad from the indignity of looking at their talented child and saying “sonny, honey, I’m so sorry. The bank wouldn’t lend me the money.'”

  32. The warm-up set also included three repeat Trump defenders: Mark Burns, a pastor and televangelist from South Carolina known for screaming on stage about Jesus Christ, and YouTube personalities Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, sisters who live in North Carolina, speak in rhyme and go by the stage names Diamond and Silk.

    "And to my black brothers and sisters," Hardaway said to the mostly white crowd, as her sister dramatically bobbed around, "just because you're black doesn't mean you have to vote Democrat. You can come off that Democratic plantation. You don't need anyone feeding you a narrative."

    "That's right," Richardson said.

    "You don't need anyone handing you the crumbs," Hardaway continued. "You don't need anyone giving you an Obama phone. Vote for the businessman. Vote for the businessman — you will get a job where you can buy your own phone."

    "Oh yes, baby," Richardson said as her sister shook her finger at the crowd.

    "Don't allow 'Crooked Hillary' to take and lure you in with a bottle of hot sauce," Hardaway said.

    "Don't do that," Richardson said.

    "Running around doing the Nae Nae, and she's not even concerned about your next payday," Hardaway said, referring to a type of hip-hop dance. "Now, 'Crooked Hillary' keeps saying she wants to build bridges. Well, since you're so good at building, how about you build yourself a prison cell and you get in there, along with the chairman of the DNC. Get inside of it!"


    1. Burns added that Trump will not "pander to one race" and then accused Clinton of doing that. He declared, "It is not racist to be proud to be an American," then he went after the president.

      "President Obama has divided us more than ever. He is part of the reason why the whole world thinks that it's okay for blacks to be angry at whites and whites to be angry at blacks," Burns said. "President Obama is a racist."

      Burns's family smiled and clapped as the rally crowd loudly cheered. Burns hovered near his wife and laughed about what he had just said.

      "Yeah, I said it," he said. "Yeah, I said it. You can get mad at me all day long. I said it, and I'll believe it."

    2. The sisters speak in rhyme ?

      You mean like our bros SMIRK'n'QUIRK used to do?

      Before Quirk took his marbles home, saying no one here was quality, there was no one to talk to here, everyone was too dumb....

      Probably gone back from whence he came, to the barber shop in Detroit where he spent his time listening to the latest mafia hit news, as he told us in the beginning.....

      O Quirk !

      O my long lost vanished Quirk !!

      Oh oh OOOO !!!

      (come back you old crazy grease ball, you're gonna be missed)

    3. (you aren't missed yet, but you're gonna be)



    Obama Refers to Himself 119 Times During Hillary Nominating Speech....DRUDGE

    Won't it be delightful to have that self-referential asshole finally gone from the scene ?

    YES IT WILL !!

  34. Where have all the moderate moslems come ?

    Robert Spencer in PJ Media: Few Muslims Show Up at ‘Muslims Against ISIS’ Rally, as Usual

    July 27, 2016 6:50 am By Robert Spencer 23 Comments

    Over at PJ Media, I discuss the latest fizzled display of moderate Muslim might:

    Muslims Against ISIS rally

    “Moderate Muslims are the hope of the West, right?

    Whatever one may think of that statement, it’s a fact: the leaders of Western Europe and North America have brought in so many Muslim migrants — with so many more to come — that they have staked the very future of their nations (and the free world) on the victory of moderate Muslims over their violent co-religionists.

    Moderate Muslims are the hope of the West, whether or not they justify that hope.

    An unsettling indication that they do not came this week in Washington.

    Muslims gathered last Saturday at the National Mall — along with sympathetic Jewish, Christian, Sikh and Buddhist leaders — in order to, in the words of a WTOP report, “condemn terrorism, hate [that is, the spurious propaganda concept of “Islamophobia”] and violence.”

    But because of oppressive heat in Washington, the rally was moved to later in the day. When it finally did take place, the large space reserved for it and the big-stage event organizers had set up went for almost naught. A photograph shows that only a handful of people showed up — counting the non-Muslims.

    Was it the oppressive heat?

    Or did Muslims once again pass up an opportunity to demonstrate that they really do oppose jihad terror, which the non-Muslim Western intelligentsia constantly claims is perpetrated by a tiny minority of extremists who twist and hijack the religion of peace?

    Those who did show up — along with the predictable non-sequitur signs reading “No Racism, No Hate” (what race is jihad terror again?) — carried signs reading “Muslims Against ISIS.”

    According to WTOP:

    “[A]ttendees said the atrocious attacks of global terrorism have given Americans the wrong impression of Islam and it was important to speak out.

    1. Abduel Hussein, a teenager from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center, explained:

      “We’re just like every other American and we’re not here to apologize for anything but here to explain this is our religion … a religion of tolerance, peace, ethics.

      Wonderful. But almost no other area Muslims decided to join young Abduel in his effort to proclaim that Islam is a religion of “tolerance, peace, ethics.”

      Worse, this was far from the first time that attendance at a Muslim rally against terrorism has been decidedly underwhelming.

      “— There are thousands of Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan — but only 100 showed up for a rally against ISIS and “Islamophobia” in November 2015.

      — Earlier that month, only 30 Muslims protested against the jihad massacres in Paris.

      — In July 2015, a Muslim rally in Ireland against the Islamic State drew 50 people.

      — In October 2014 in Houston, a rally against the Islamic State organized by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) drew a grand total of 10 people.

      — In August 2013 in Boston, about 25 Muslims rallied against “misperceptions” that Islam was violent.

      — About 25 Muslims showed up in June 2013 at a progressive Muslim rally in Toronto to claim that their religion had been “hijacked.”

      This has been a consistent pattern. Back in 2005, a group called the Free Muslims Coalition held what it dubbed a “Free Muslims March Against Terror”:

      “[S]end a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered … and to send a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them.

      In the run-up to the event it received enthusiastic national and international publicity. It ended up drawing, again, about 25 people.

      Contrast those paltry showings with the thousands of Muslims who have turned out for rallies against cartoons of Muhammad or against Israel.

      Here are some headlines from the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre of Muhammad cartoonists in January 2015:

      “— Chechnya: 800,000 Muslims protest Muhammad cartoons; protests also in Iran, Pakistan, Ingushetia, elsewhere

      — Pakistan: 10,000 Muslims protest against Charlie Hebdo’s Muhammad cartoons…

      Read the rest here....


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    Due process is a wonderful thing.