“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Monty Hall Problem

Hat tip: Farmer Bob


  1. "allenSun Jan 12, 11:59:00 PM EST

    INTERVIEWER: So you think it would be necessary to first transfer and remove every Jew-

    AREIKAT: Absolutely. No, I'm not saying to transfer every Jew. I'm saying to transfer Jews who, after an agreement with Israel, fall under the jurisdiction of a Palestinian state.

    INTERVIEWER: Any Jew who is in the borders of Palestine will have to leave?

    AREIKAT: Absolutely.


    Farmer BobMon Jan 13, 12:24:00 AM EST

    That seems clear enough.

    Are you able to understand that, Ash?

    Farmer BobMon Jan 13, 12:45:00 AM EST

    Sounds like the Palestinians are the ones running the real anti-Semitism racket."

    Yet another piece of red meat without a source thrown out by allen. Who woulda guessed the farmer would seize on it?

    I have not intention of trying to defend what every tom dick and harry proposes for a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian problem. Maybe Farmer Bob or Allen wish to defend WiO's ethnic cleansing rants? Areikat thinks the two sides need to get "divorced" and minimize contact between each other. So?

    1. and maybe allen would like to defend the racism of Farmer Bob?

      "Farmer BobSun Jan 12, 11:20:00 PM EST

      Ash, the mice studies show these apes will need at least two generations to decompress, and that's with intensive intervention, isolation, and cold turkey. It's in their DNA, just like Rufus theorized years ago. "

    2. That's not racism, my friend and benefactor Ash.

      I'd say the same thing about the Germans under the Nazi influence. What a bunch of apes they were, and I'm genetically related to them......

      It's a statement about the astounding discovery, at least to me, that an acquired characteristic of daddy or mommy can be handed down genetically to sonny and sis.

    3. I have even more trouble understanding the Monty Hall Problem.

      Sure does seem to this Hick that one is as well off holding one's position rather than changing, but what do I know?

    4. Those Jaguar XKE's were a piece of shit mechanically anyway........I'd rather the goat, least you score some cheese.....

    5. I did not advocate "ethnic cleansing" of palestinians from israel, I advocated giving the palestinians arabs that live in arab towns in israel independence from Israel and moving the border to accommodate those major arab population centers in israel becoming part of the palestinian state.

      you really play loose and fast with the facts

  2. So, what happened to Government Spending under Saint Ronnie the Raygun?

    It exploded. Looks to be up about 40% from an eyeball perspective.

    Who has cut gummint spending more than any President in History? A slam-dunk. Obama by a mile.

    Dept. of Commerce - BEA

  3. Ash,

    Here are more links to add to the others I have provided. Palestine will be an apartheid state; Israel will not. Read it and weep.

    HP Spin: PLO Ambassador Admits theTruth

    The ‘judenrein’ state of Palestine

    1. You can actually read the original interview as opposed to some blog spinning it here:

      Do you intend to defend what any Jew has stated for their solution? How about starting with your buddy WiO's rants on ethnic cleansing being an acceptable solution? I'm sure we can come up with official Israeli folks as well. Care to defend the current Foreign Ministers statements? Do his statements constitute the official position of the Israeli government? Do Areikat's statements constitute the official bargaining position of the PLO? The answer, of course, is no, but that won't serve your propaganda aims very well, will it?

    2. Sorry to have burst your bubble. You asked for the quotes; you got them. I could pull up one hundred more, but I won't.

      Areikat(sic) has been the official spokesman for these boys since the days of Arafat. He is a cool, cool, kitty.

    3. "The comment was roundly criticized by pro-Israel outlets, and the pro-Palestine blog Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah also criticized it as "offer[ing] tacit support for Israeli ethnic cleansing";[2] the Center for American Progress also found Areikat's previous comments to Tablet Magazine also endorsing population transfer[3] to be "troubling" and similar to the views of then-Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.[4] Areikat subsequently clarified his remarks in a commentary to The Huffington Post, maintaining his support for a secular government but rejecting "persons who are amid an occupation, who are in my land illegally".[5]"

      You've got Areikat on the one side and Avigdor Lieberman on the other. Two sides of the same coin. Lot's of bad actors in that sandbox - racists and ethnic cleansers abound.

    4. p.s.

      allen wrote:

      "You asked for the quotes"

      No, I have suggested you should provide reference links when you post quotes.

    5. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that when a Palestinian state is established, it will have no Israelis in it.

      “We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it,” Abbas told reporters in Ramallah.

      <a href='">Abbas vows: No room for Israelis in Palestinian state</a>

      <i>In a briefing with mostly Egyptian journalists, the PA dictator Abbas said on Monday that, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands” (Noah Browning, ‘Abbas wants ‘not a single Israeli’ in future Palestinian state,’ Reuters, July 29, 2013).</i>

      <a href="">ZOA Condemns Dictator Abbas Reiterating Statement: “No Jews In Future Palestinian State”</a>

    6. Ash,

      You now have links and quotes. They change nothing; Palestine will be an apartheid state. This is just another proof of why Israel must be a Jewish state.

    7. How's that? One apartheid state justifies a second?

    8. You are mistaken. The PA will ethnically cleanse itself, something far worse than apartheid. Israel will continue to be the happy home to Palestinian citizens.

      At last you have reached the point where you will argue that two wrongs make a right.

    9. Hint to Ash:

      You are losing the argument, my friend.

    10. Once again Ash, redrawing the border to allow arabs within israel and their towns to become part of palestine is not ethnic cleansing.

      Now forcing 850,000 jews from their homes and driving them like cattle? that was ethnic cleansing.

  4. 35 Trillion Reasons Why Israel Could Be a Game Change

    A historic moment
    Most of the world is aware of Israel's tensions with Palestine, but that didn't stop a historic $1.2 billion deal from being signed. Palestine Power Generation Co plans on purchasing 168 billion cubic feet of natural gas from Noble Energy and its partners (who also have a stake in the Leviathan field) over the course of 20 years. Hopefully this deal will help bring some peace to region while promoting economic cooperation.

  5. Bob,

    I think you will like this. Indeed, whoever controls the past, controls the future.

    Stolen Triumph: Russia Revisits Pivotal Role in World War I

    14,000,000 dead - My G-d!

  6. "The view of today's ordinary Russian is that czarist Russia was a paradise of civic life and imperial power. Built 120 years ago, the newly renovated Moscow department store Gum on Red Square is infused with this feeling of imperial nostalgia, promoted in TV commercials referring to the good ol' days. And in April, President Putin bestowed the honorary title of "Preobrazhensky Regiment" on the elite Moscow unit responsible for protecting state guests and carrying out counter-terrorism operations. For 230 years, that was the name of the hard-nosed aristocratic regiment tasked with guarding the czar."


    Them were the days.....

    Russia is one strange place....

  7. For its part, Hezbollah has been weakened by the war in neighboring Syria. The group has lost thousands of fighters, including key leaders, and has spent a lot of money and resources participating in the war. At the same time, it is losing its legitimacy as a political party inside Lebanon because of criticism of its involvement in Syria.

    Syrian Rebels Are Cutting Off the Heads of Hezbollah Fighters

    There is no reliable information on the head count.

  8. Cutting off the head to spite the face.....


  9. Palestinians: Give Us Jerusalem, or No Peace

    Monday, January 13, 2014 | Ryan Jones

    Related Stories
    Netanyahu pressed to accept new Arab peace offer
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    Reports: Kerry to announce resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks

    The Palestinian leadership at the weekend again signaled how far we are from reaching a bilateral, final status peace agreement, the determined and ongoing efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry notwithstanding.

    In a previous report, Israel Today pointed out how Israelis see control over Jerusalem as the next, and most significant stumbling block on the road to peace.

    Polls over the past decade have consistently shown that an overwhelming majority of Israelis are opposed to surrendering to the Palestinians the eastern half of their ancient capital, including the Old City and its Temple Mount.

    But on Saturday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reiterated that he would be signing no peace deal with Israel that didn't include explicit Palestinian sovereignty over East Jerusalem.

    When Kerry returns to the region next Sunday, "he will be told that occupied East Jerusalem [sic] is the capital of the state of Palestine, and without this there will be no peace between us and Israel," Bethlehem's Ma'an news agency quoted Abbas as telling visit Arab officials from Jerusalem.

    "Unless it is mentioned clearly and marked in big fonts that it is the capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace with [Israel] and I want them to hear this," he continued.

    Abbas strongly suggested that his regime is simply going through the motions in the current round of US-brokered peace talks, and has no intention of reaching a compromise agreement with Israel.

    When the current count of negotiations reaches its predetermined end-date in a few months, "we are free to do whatever we want," Abbas said. "The time frame is limited and not open, and our unanimous position isn't secret."

    1. They might as well ask for Tel Aviv too......

    2. When Jordan illegally annexed the West Bank and Jerusalem, it made all Muslims living there Jordanian citizens. When Jordan lost the West Bank and Jerusalem, it revoked those grants of citizenship. Did anyone at the UN raise a fuss?

      Muslims controlled Jerusalem from 1948-1967. They denied access to Jews and desecrated the place. These barbarians cannot be trusted. Period

      American boots on the ground would be failure waiting to happen. How will an American administration deal with Americans being kidnapped, tortured, and murdered? Does anyone remember Lebanon?

  10. This is what happens when anti-Semitism is used as a cudgel…disgraceful…Follow the money.

    Julius Schoeps, a member of a prominent German Jewish family, says he quit the organization because he was fed up with Joffe's leadership. But he added that the overall problems were long in the making, stemming from the huge sums Berlin doled out over the years without demanding a full accounting.

    "I told Berlin lawmakers years ago to check where the money is going, but they always replied they were too afraid to be depicted as anti-Semites to conduct any thorough controls," he said in an interview.

    Synagogue Feud Hurts Berlin Jewish Community

    1. It is a shakedown, plain and simple. The behavior is shameful and will come back to haunt Judaism. If Berlin wants to help, establish a trust, but stop shoveling gobs of money into a rat hole, relying on the honesty of the recipients.

  11. Quirk has made an amazing amount of Detroit street cash dealing Three Card Monty........his problem is he always blows the winnings/stealings on vice of all sorts before he is out of the City Limits.......

  12. Federal Deficit is Down 40%, YOY, for the first 3 months of fiscal year 2014.

    Spending is Down 7.8%.

    Treas. gov

    1. absolute worst socialist, ever.

    2. He can't do anything right.

      It's up to Congress.


    3. Meantime, 9.78 Million have insurance as a result of Obamacare.


    4. I had to cancel my policy through my employer.
      The rate was raised by almost $100.00 a month.

    5. At least, now, you have real insurance.

    6. Oh, I think I misread your post. Now, you're uninsured?

    7. Have you checked on "Healthcaredotgov?"

    8. Doing it right now, Thanks.

    9. Let us know how you came out.

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    12. Sounds like he may have had to cancel his policy because of ObamaCare.

      Will be interesting to see what Dougman comes up with.

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    14. REPORT: Obamacare Bailout Planned for Insurance Companies...

      Oregon Exchange Site Still Not Working 3 Months After 'Launch'...

      Spanish website written in 'Spanglish'...

      Youth Participation Low...


    15. My employer offered all of their officers free coverage when we were hired. Granted, it wasn't that good of a policy, but it was something.
      Now that Obamacare is the law of the land, every guard has to pony up $93.00 a month for the same coverage.

      I'm the sole bread winner in the house as my wife is stricken with an incurable, untreatable genetic disorder.

      We, (wifey & I) need to talk to our county case worker to come up with a game plan for coverage.

    16. I was directed to the MNSURE website from the Healthcaredotgov site.
      Here is where I'm sitting with it for the time being:

      "who does not need to use mnsure?
      Current Medical Assistance (MA) enrollees. Enrollees will receive instructions in the coming months from the Minnesota Department of Human Services on how to renew their coverage

    17. .

      Sorry, to hear about the problem, Dougman.

      You are right to keep checking. I have a cousin that's retired and only makes about $20k a year and isn't old enough for Medicare yet. She says the cheapest she can get insurance for under Obamacare is $579 per month. And she says she doesn't get any subsidies.

      I told her that can't be right but she said the has the government letter telling her she doesn't qualify for a subsidy. I told her the same thing. Keep checking. I understood the most a low income individual should have to pay would be about 8%, not 33%.

      Sounds screwed up.


    18. I put a single, 60 yr. old in the calculator, and came up with $85.00/mo. for the Silver Plan, and $0.00/mo. for the Bronze Plan.


    19. .

      Health Care Plans Attracting More Older, Less Healthy People

      WASHINGTON — People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists.

      But officials expressed optimism that more young people will sign up in the months ahead, calling it “solid, solid news” for the health care law. They said demand for insurance through the marketplaces was increasing sharply across all age groups and they said youth outreach will become more aggressive in the months ahead.

      “We’re pleased to see such a strong response and heavy demand,” said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. “Among young adults, the momentum was particularly strong.”


      Sounds like a mixed message we are getting.


    20. Dougman, if your income in 2014 is $20,900.00, or less, you will qualify for Minnesota's expanded Medicaid Coverage for you and the wife. It is excellent coverage, at virtually No out of pocket expense.

      Medicaid Guidelines

    21. If you will go to the calculator website I linked above, and put in your zip code, and income it will give you an almost exact premium.

    22. The link got me this message:

      "We’re sorry, the page you are looking for either doesn’t exist or may have moved. Try using the search to find what you were looking for.

      For what it's worth, we're a family of five and I make $13.50 an hour.

    23. Okay, my bad on the link. Try this one.

      <a href="'>Calculator</a>

    24. Crap, I've turned totally spastic.


    25. Okay, here is the result:

      Your State is Expanding Medicaid
      States have the option to expand Medicaid coverage to everyone under 138% of the poverty level. If a state expands Medicaid, most of the costs are covered by the federal government under the health reform law. Because your state decided to expand Medicaid, your income (which is 111% of the poverty level) makes you eligible for the program. Medicaid coverage varies from state to state, but out-of-pocket costs are generally very low. Tobacco use is never taken into account in Medicaid eligibility.

    26. Anyway, it doesn't matter; family of five on $13.50/hr., you go directly to Medicaid.

      If you lived in a state that didn't expand Medicaid, the kids would still be covered under Medicaid, and the premium for you and the wife would be 0 for the Bronze Plan, and $46.00 for the Silver (probably the best bet.)

    27. So, Obamacare Saved you and your wife ninety something a month, and delivered 100% Coverage for your family.

      Watta ripoff, eh?

      I voted for Obama (you're welcome.) :)

    28. Thanks Rufus
      Everything will be alright

    29. My shift is up.
      See ya tomorrow!

    30. I pay $1552 a month for my wife and kids...

      thanks obama

  13. What are your thoughts on this revolting development, Miss T? -

    China Set to Seize South China Sea Island by Force

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    Beijing claims island “illegally occupied” by the Philippines

    Paul Joseph Watson
    January 13, 2014

    Reports out of Chinese state media indicate that Beijing is set to invade an island in the South China Sea “illegally occupied” by US ally the Philippines, stoking concerns that the tension filled region could explode.

    Image: People’s Liberation Army Marines (Wikimedia Commons).

    The article originally appeared at under the headline, ‘Sudden major move of Chinese troops this year to recover Zhongye Island by force’, and was translated by the China Daily Mail.

    Relying on US support, the Philippines is so arrogant as to announce in the New Year that it will increase its navy and air force deployment at Zhongye Island, a Chinese island that it has illegally occupied for years.

    It will be an intolerable insult to China

    According to experts, the Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea.

    The report goes on to state that the “battle” will not include a Chinese invasion of Filipino territories, although the Philippines will undoubtedly view Beijing’s attack on Zhongye Island as precisely that since it has been occupied by Filipino troops for over 40 years.

    “Of course, claims that “battle will be restricted” are nothing but taunting and should China launch an offensive here, we suspect the already dry and brittle tinder box in the South (and East) China Sea could rapidly escalate,” reports Zero Hedge.

    The report arrives hot on the heels of Japan’s announcement that it will “nationalize” around 280 islands in the disputed region, the latest shot across the bow in a tit-for-tat build up that experts have warned heralds the beginning of a new cold war.

    China’s latest act of aggression arrives after months of military posturing and bellicose rhetoric.

    In October, China sent a surveillance ship to Hawaiian waters for the very first time in an unprecedented move which was described as a provocative retaliation to the U.S. naval presence in the East China Sea.

    A lengthy editorial which appeared in Chinese state media last month explained how the Chinese military’s current reformation process was part of a move by President Xi Jinping to prepare the People’s Liberation Army for war in response to US aggression in the Asia Pacific, developments which have prompted “major changes” in China’s national security situation.

    Strident rhetoric about Beijing’s ability to attack US military bases in the Western Pacific, as well as the release of a map showing the locations of major U.S. cities and how they would be impacted by a nuclear strike launched from the PLA’s strategic submarine force also turned heads.

    Following discussion in state media about plans to to turn the moon into a Star Wars-style “death star” from which the PLA could launch missiles against any target on Earth, a display to promote China’s Jade Rabbit Moon rover also included a background photograph of a mushroom cloud over Europe.

    1. Bob,

      As I recall, it was about 10-12 years ago when I first started bogging that I reported a PLA report that had come to my attention, wherein the PLA planned on a war with the United States within 25 years. China is determined to be the hegemon of the western Pacific and western Asia. Most analysts thought the saber rattling to be for internal consumption only - giving the masses some red meat.

      When the German army reoccupied the Rhineland, it did so with a modest vanguard of a few infantry regiments. The rational was that if the British and French reacted vigorously, Germany would suffer no great loss. Whether the Chinese encroachment into Philippine territory is the same sort of gambit seems a real possibility. If the Chinese get away with the move, good for them. At the least, the Chinese will discover from a modest investment whether the US and its allies pose a real threat to Chinese ambitions.

    2. Sounds familiar, for sure.

      The Chinese have the right President in power here in the USA to attempt such a move......I think, would be a real attention distracter from all the scandals/OCare/the economy/etc though......maybe Obama would bite.....he'd probably have a lot of Republicans on his side.....

    3. The report arrives hot on the heels of Japan’s announcement that it will “nationalize” around 280 islands in the disputed region, the latest shot across the bow in a tit-for-tat build up that experts have warned heralds the beginning of a new cold war.

      Supplying our Navy warfighters is my business, and business is good.

  14. Whoa. New Total. 10,477,106

    Ten Million, four hudred and seventy seven thousand, and one hundred and six more Americans now have Healthcare.

    Jest a travesty, I tells ya.

  15. The United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Indiana, got a new pastor recently. He, being a homophobic asshole, fired the church choir director because he's gay and "encouraged" him to leave the church, and then fired the liaison person between the church and the congregation for protesting the removal.

    80% of the members of the church left.

  16. Replies
    1. Don't know the answer to that but I do know that back at that time there was a good deal of enthusiasm for it, on all sides.

      Everyone seemed to think it would be over in a few months, and everyone would be covered in glory.

      They had another think coming soon enough.

  17. Back in 2006, Terry Eagleton began his review of The God Delusion in the London Review of Books: "Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology."

    Overrated: Richard Dawkins

  18. .

    Engineer Accused of Trying to Ship Military Documents to Iran

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut has accused an engineer who worked for U.S. defense contractors of attempting to ship military documents to Iran, CNN reports.

    The documents included material related to the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program as well as military jet engines.



  19. .

    Hypersonic Jets

    China’s military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile defenses, Pentagon officials said.

    The test of the new hypersonic glide vehicle was carried out Jan. 9 and the experimental weapon is being dubbed the WU-14 by the Pentagon, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The hypersonic vehicle represents a major step forward in China’s secretive strategic nuclear and conventional military and missile programs.

    The new hypersonic vehicle was detected traveling at extremely high speeds during the flight test over China, said officials who discussed some details of the test.

    The hypersonic craft appears designed to be launched atop one of China’s intercontinental ballistic missiles, and then glides and maneuvers at speeds of up to 10 times the speed of sound from near space en route to its target, the officials said...


  20. .

    Medicare Priorities

    1. Penis Pumps

    Taxpayers Paid Nearly $175M for Penis Pumps Between 2006 and 2011

    Federal government paid more than double the retail price

    This factoid kind of catches your eye when you see the headline. However, the reason I found it more interesting was because of a story I heard yesterday regarding some changes Medicare is proposing to make in their drug program. There are about 6 classes of drugs that are 'protected' in Medicare Part D, these include cancer, HIV-AIDS, and seizure fighting drugs. The other are antidepressants, antipsychotics and drugs that suppress the immune system to prevent the rejection of a transplanted organ . The 'protected' status guarantees that insurance companies have to supply the full range of drugs used for these applications. It doesn't set limits by price so the insurance company can still charge more for more expensive drugs.

    Anyway Medicare has now proposed dropping the 'protected' status on the last three classes of drugs thus allowing insurance carriers to provide those they want. This has raised fears among the medical community because in some cases only specific drugs work with particular patients and in others it takes a cocktail of drugs to get results. I have seen this in a transplant patient I know.

    At any rate, the two stories kind raise the question, who is it that is making these policy decisions for Medicare and what is the basis for them.


    1. Damn good question.


      Re: penis pumps --

      Just because YOU don't need one......

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    3. Amanita phalloides

      I had some in my greenhouse that were much more penis-like in appearance, and had the most disgusting smell in the known Universe.

      ...other than uncircumcised Arabian Cock Smegma.

    4. Suck on that for a while before you comment further...

      "Deadly poisonous! A. phalloides contains both phallotoxins and amanitins. It is the amanitins that are responsible for the poisonings in humans. Amanitins are cyclic octapeptides that stop protein synthesis in the cells they encounter. All human organs are affected, but damage to the liver is most severe and liver failure is primarily responsible for the death of A. phalloides victims. Symptoms usually appear 8-12 hours after ingestion. Death occurs in 7-10 days in 10-15% of patients."

    5. The others are warehoused in a facility in the Upper Midwest w/Quirk.

  21. Fox News is saying 55% of ObamaCare enrollees are between the ages of 45 and 64.

    The 'young immortals' don't want anything to do with it.

    It is going to be insolvent.

    Who'd a guessed?

  22. Who the F... wants an E-Type Jag?

    I want a goat.

  23. ""People knew him...
    And then to be killed like that is just outrageous." Springer said.

    If people hadn't known him, would his death have been mundane?

    If a tree falls...

    1. She couldn't imagine someone doing that to their stepfather, choking him with his underwear...

      If he had been strangled in a tux and tie, otoh...

    2. This is where he made his real mistake.......----

      >>>>>Before the fight, authorities say Brad Davis texted a friend saying he was going to hurt his step-father because he had "nothing to lose."

      Davis is currently being held in jail, without bond.<<<<

  24. January 14, 2014
    Obama: 'Give peace a chance' with Iran
    Thomas Lifson

    Who said the 1960's are over? The president of the United States is conducting high stakes nuclear diplomacy with an apocalyptic cult bent on Armageddon on the basis of mush-headed, pot-influenced slogans coined by John Lennon. Caleb Howe of The Right Scoop caught the reference yesterday:

    The President took questions today in the Oval Office in a joint presser with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain. The President spoke about security, and discussed the Iran nukes deal:

    "My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I've sent a message to Congress that now is not the time for us to impose new sanctions; now is the time for us to allow the diplomats and technical experts to do their work. We will be able to monitor and verify whether or not the interim agreement is being followed through on, and if it is not, we'll be in a strong position to respond. But what we want to do is give diplomacy a chance and give peace a chance."

    Underlying this unfortunate phraseology is the bedrock conviction that the problems with Iran are due to United States intransigence. If only we weren't so imperialistic, so rich, so infidel, there wouldn't be a problem.

    The Beatles song about "give peace a chance" was a product of the unilateral disarmament movement of the 1970s, a movement that was a product of a KGB initiative to undermine the West and make the world safe for communist totalitarianism. The left wing students, chanters, and demonstrators shared a conviction that the problems with world peace were all due to American intransigence, and that if we would only put down our nuclear arsenal, then the peoples of the world could all get along.

    President Reagan proved convincingly that this was all a lie, and that the path to peace was through strength. Unfortunately, the lessons of the fall of the USSR were lost on Barack Obama. The lessons of Franck Marshall Davis were a bigger influence on him. And, apparently, John Lennon

    Read more:
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    Nice picture included of a youthful Barack Pot Head smoking a joint with a nifty hat on his head.

    1. .

      The right always rewrites history their own way. Their favorite fantasies seem to always center on Ronald Reagan. Sure Reagan was tough on the Soviet Union. However, in 1985 when Gorbachev took over in the Soviet Union and claimed to be a reformer, Reagan was willing to take the risk and work with him, this despite a concerted effort to queer the deal by the CIA and its chief expert on the Soviet Union, Robert Gates. Gates and the CIA claimed that the Soviet Union was stronger than ever, that they were still the evil empire, that you couldn't work with them, and that Gorvachev's moves were merely a ploy to lull the US into a false sense of security.

      Reagan took the chance and worked with Gorbachev.

      History tells us the result.


    2. I thought you said Gates was one of the DC Insiders that you disliked least...

    3. ""My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I've sent a message to Congress that now is not the time for us to impose new sanctions; now is the time for us to allow the diplomats and technical experts to do their work. We will be able to monitor and verify whether or not the interim agreement is being followed through on, and if it is not, we'll be in a strong position to respond. But what we want to do is give diplomacy a chance and give peace a chance.""


      Yoko Ono for Sec of State.
      Kerry's got some serious biking to do in sports shorts.

      Setting up The Hillary/Ono ticket in 2016.

    4. Isn't it about time for POTUS to start text-messaging Congress?



    "Serious side effects may include pancreatitis which may be fatal."


    And that's only one of about fifteen "serious side effects".

    An ad for the ages......

    1. What is a penis pump? Will I die if I don't get one?

    2. If you suffer cardiac arrest, you'll be unable to hold it to your chest and give yourself CPR.

  26. Quirk,

    The right always rewrites history their own way.

    It is a universal conceit. Putin and company are rewriting the Russian history that had been rewritten by the CCCP as received from the Romanovs.

    1. Yeah, but it's easier to implicate "The right"

      Ya got Hollywood and The Motor City on your side.

      Not to mention The Windy One.

    2. In his younger days, Quirk was known as The Windy One.

      Now, Flatulent, like all the other Old Farts.