“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."

Friday, September 12, 2014

While Obama diverts US Attention to the imaginary threat from Syria, intimidates companies like Yahoo, ruins US citizens with illegal activities by the IRS, The First Duffer is preparing to illegally allow this :

Don't Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty
The Senate isn’t doing anything to stop Obama’s plans — thank the plutocrats.
By Jeff Sessions


  1. A fantastic speech that will not be heard or read by mostly all of one of the most ignorant public democracies on the planet. Drudge is trying on this one, but it won’t go much further than that.

  2. So, the republicunz just want to help the poor, downtrodden peepulz.

    I would be more impressed if they didn't spend so much time trying to block healthcare, and higher minimum wage bills.

  3. Nice Retail Sales Report, today.

    July revised "Up" 0.3%

    August "Up" 0.6%

    Expecting the 2nd qtr. GDP to be revised up a bit 4.5% 'ish,

    and 3rd. qtr. to be around 3.5%.

  4. Unlimited migration from poor countries to wealthy countries is paid for by the taxes of workers whose wage growth is stifled by the same phenomenon. Business wins, domestic workers lose .

    1. This is true, and it's the biggest chink in the Democrats' armor. If the Dems lose the Senate, one of the largest reasons will be Pryor getting beat in a state (Arkansas) that votes "Very Anti-immigration."

      Bill Clinton lost there, one time, on immigration issues, I believe.

    2. This is one place where the Pubs are smart.

      Anti-immigration is a much stronger "Voting" issue than is Pro-Minimum Wage.

  5. The giant 'flushing' sound ....

    Either export the jobs or import the workers, those are the options put to US by multinational corporations..

    1. Yep, and Both Parties have sold out to it.

    2. There is a global 'glut' of labor.
      An over supply of workers in the world.

      Not enough consumers ...

      supply-side nightmare scenario

  6. Bloomberg - ‎

    American consumer confidence rose to the highest level in more than a year in September, as households' views on the outlook for the economy brightened.


  7. Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

    Forty-three veterans of one of Israel’s most secretive military intelligence units – many of them still active reservists – have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories because of the widespread surveillance of innocent residents.

    The signatories include officers, former instructors and senior NCOs from the country’s equivalent of America’s NSA or Britain’s GCHQ, known as Unit 8200 – or in Hebrew as Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim.

    They allege that the “all-encompassing” intelligence the unit gathers on Palestinians – much of it concerning innocent people – is used for “political persecution” and to create divisions in Palestinian society

    1. They should just shoot them in the dead of the night like you and your buds did in Central America, eh, desert rat?

    2. rat didn't whack people on the same side who showed stupidity or disloyalty or even a misguided sense of conscious.

      Rat whacked civilians on the other side that just dislike the government.

      Now Hamas? They whack their own, up against the wall and BANG…

      over 27 since the end of the recent Hamas victory over the Zionist "entity"

      Killed more of their OWN than they killed of the enemy…


      Just like ISIS

    3. Rat is a figment of your imaginationFri Sep 12, 02:21:00 PM EDT

      “Envy is for people who don’t have the self-esteem to be jealous.”
      ― Bauvard

    4. William ShakespeareFri Sep 12, 02:32:00 PM EDT

      “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
      It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
      The meat it feeds on.”

    5. The "narcissist" in chief actually thinks people are jealous of him…

      One day he will look in the mirror and realize what a buffoon he has become….

      or not…

    6. desert rat, the character that does not post, but who is the center of "O"rdure's world.

      “It's all you think about, all you talk about, and all you want us to talk about.
      What in the world would we call something like that?
      Oh, yeah!
      An obsession!”

      ― Maggie Stiefvater,

    7. .

      And yet, the rat, hiding within one of his many personas, like a rabbit that freezes when confronted with danger in hopes of going unseen, responds, responds like a poor dog when its chain is jerked.


    8. If rat weren't such a social misfit people wouldn't mock and sneer and laugh and point at him as they do.


    9. “Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.”

  8. .

    I thought we had reached the pinnacle of arrogance, mendacity, and contempt for the public with the boys we have in D.C. right now but the owners and management of the NFL in the actions they have taken and the statements they have made regarding the Ray Rice incident have shown that there is always room for improvement.



    1. 50% of arrests for NFL players are for abusing women in one way or another.

      From a radio report on the incident.

  9. If Obama were a Shia instead of a Sunni he'd be backing Assad.

    Being a Sunni he backed the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt.

  10. By the way, the Blade Runner was found not guilty on the charge of 1st degree murder by the Judge in South Africa.

    He still might get it for involuntary manslaughter however.....

  11. Udall is extending his lead in the Colorado Senate race.

    Now ahead by 3.7 over Gardener.

    That is what legalizing Maryjane does to a state.


  12. Garbanzo harvest report:

    The boys are well into it. We needed a rain in July but didn't get it. They will make a few bucks but are looking ahead to next year. They will be planting winter wheat on the place soon after the harvest is done. Amazingly, they should have it finished today. Same day harvest.

    These monster combines are really really something.

    Good Bless John Deere and Company !

    Barley is still dropping - now $150/ton. Was $220/ton not long ago at the start of the summer. Barley for the most part follows the corn price.

    Garbos still 30 cents, which is good. The boys have a huge truck, carries 30,000 pounds.


  13. Andrew Klavan: The Newest Threat on College Campuses: Microaggression

    September 12, 2014 by

    In this special episode, our brave and compassionate host takes a look at some real-life examples of microaggression and the deep harm such assaults can really do. See the video and transcript below................

    For Quirk, the nitwit, so that he might finally see and feel how hurtful his continual microaggressions really are and why he must stop, or be stopped.

    1. Quirk is like one of those picadors in a bullfight.

      Poke, poke, poke......after a while it begins to hurt......

    2. .

      Had I not become enlightened some years ago and now shout my PCdom to the world (thank you Ash), I would no doubt at this point have responded with a 'That's what she said' joke.


  14. rhuppke@tribune.comFri Sep 12, 07:11:00 PM EDT

    Here's a description from Alaska blogger Amanda Coyne:

    "The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, 'Don’t you know who I am!'"

    Now that's one grade-A, all-American party. It sounds like Duck Dynasty crossed with a Jersey Shore night out.

    Which is why a Palin presidency makes so much sense. If we cast...I mean, elect...Palin president under the condition that her presidency be broadcast around the clock as a subscription-based online reality show, our economic problems are over.

    The global revenue from such a production would be astonishing, and every American would get his or her cut, part of the deal for putting a staggeringly unqualified narcissist in the White House. (As opposed to the marginally qualified narcissists we normally elect.)

    President Palin could easily live her dream of repealing Obamacare, because the money coming in from England alone -they would love watching Todd Palin mow the White House lawn in a tank top - would allow every American family to hire its own doctor.

    Consider this military strategy Palin offered the president a couple days ago on her Facebook page, detailing how to handle the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria:

    "War is hell. So go big or go home, Mr. President. Big means bold, confident, wise assurance from a trustworthy Commander-in-Chief that it shall all be worth it. Charge in, strike hard, get out. Win."

    I would pay $1,000 just to watch video of her composing those words. Can you imagine how much Russian President Vladimir Putin might be willing to spend? Cha-ching!

    I'm sure we can manage the risks of a Palin presidency by requiring that she have a more competent vice president, perhaps a racoon of average intelligence or a Magic-8 Ball.

    I say we do whatever it takes to get her in as commander-in-chief and get those web cams rolling. A Palin First Family reality show is one of America's most bountiful untapped resources.

    Let's drill, baby, drill!

    1. .

      We all wish Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a speedy recovery from his current medical problems.

      That being said, having Palin as president would take care of one of our current national embarrassments, that is, suffering the indignity of playing second fiddle to Ford in the social media sweepstakes.


    2. Things in Canada move fast - Rob Ford withdraws candidacy for mayor and brother Doug Ford launches his run.

  15. Pistorius:

    >>The judge simply couldn't have it both ways although she obviously tried. If Pistorius believed his girlfriend was in the bathroom and intended to kill her, he would be guilty of murder. If he believed there were armed intruders in the bathroom, he was guilty of no crime. If there was a reasonable doubt about what he believed—as the judge seems to have concluded—then he was not guilty as a matter of law and his conviction of the crime of culpable homicide should be reversed on appeal because he was not legally culpable.

    Illogical compromise verdicts of this sort are commonly rendered by lay juries in the United States when some jurors believe the defendant is guilty of murder, while others believe he was innocent of any crime. Instead of deadlocking they split the baby in half and come to an irrational compromise. But more should be expected of a professional judge.

    Judge Masipa seemed to have some doubts about Pistorius's credibility and thought he might possibly have intended to kill Steenkamp, but she had reasonable doubt about that conclusion. As she put it: "If there is any possibility of [Pistorius's testimony] being true, then he is entitled to an acquittal." But, she may have reasoned, if he may have been guilty, maybe he shouldn't go scot-free, so she concocted the lesser charge of culpable homicide. But conviction on that charge carries dangerous implications for the law and for the safety of home owners, particularly in South Africa where the rate of murder and home invasions is among the highest in the world. It tells citizens that if they honestly believe that armed intruders have entered their homes in the middle of the night, they are not entitled to protect their families by shooting first without giving the armed intruders some warning and thus the upper hand.

    Does the South African legal system really want to tell its citizens that it is better that their families be killed than that an intruder be killed? Of course there is always the possibility of error—both ways. Not shooting may be an error that costs the life of an innocent family; and shooting may be an error because there may not be an armed intruder in the home, as was the fact here. But if the citizen honestly believes there is an intruder, should he not be allowed the right to err on the side of protecting his family? Would that not be reasonable?<<

    She did find him guilty of a lesser charge.

    Pistorius Judge was Wrong
    What if there were armed intruders in the bathroom?

    by Alan M. Dershowitz
    September 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

    1. .

      Holding the gun, standing to the side of the door, and firmly asking "Who the hell is in there?" might have been a workable alternative.

      Were the 'Pistorius Doctrine' to reign in this country, how many female teenagers might be taken out by their impatient siblings waiting to get into the bathroom?


    2. He could have fired a warning shot into the ceiling - 'identify yourself or I blaze away'.

    3. I actually think he knew she was in there, and he's gotten away with the big charge.

    4. She identifies herself - Oskie it's me - then bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.

      I don't buy his story.

  16. .

    For what it is worth, the CIA says that over the past few months IS has grown a couple hundred percent from 10,000 members to around 31,000 and that they are adding about 500 members per week.

    Some of this is no doubt forced conscription in conquered territories, but their successes and social media efforts have helped with recruitment from other militant groups and from foreign fighters. IMO, they also recruit because of the circumstances they impose. In the areas they conquer, especially in small towns and villages commerce declines and unemployment goes up. Men are often faced the alternative of joining IS or starving.

    IS, though not a state, continues to be self-funded, primarily through their criminal enterprises. Without the conquest of additional populations, IS' growth probably has some natural limit; however, it doesn't seem to have reached it yet.


  17. Quart used to work as a cabbie odor detective at the Detroit International Airport before he was 'let go' for taking bribes (often ivory items) from the East Africans......

  18. Hillary Clinton Faces Skeptical Iowa Voters

    Ahead of Possible 2016 Run, Former Secretary of State to Make Her First Visit to the State Since 2008

    DES MOINES, Iowa—It was Iowa that punctured Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency in 2008. If she runs again, it looks like she still has work to do.

    Some Democrats who backed other candidates in the state's caucuses in 2008 say they haven't yet warmed to Mrs. Clinton. Others bristled at her recent criticism of President Barack Obama's Mideast policy. Accustomed to watching presidential candidates up close, some say they want to see a more accessible and authentic candidate than the old fraud who finished third behind Mr. Obama and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

    Mrs. Clinton remains the favorite to win her party's nomination, should she run in 2016, and a super PAC along with a bumper sticker campaign working out of Michigan is already making a substantial effort to help her here and in other states. She will have a chance to make new impressions when she returns to Iowa Sunday for the first time in six years to headline, along with former President Bill Clinton, a Democratic fundraiser and speak at an annual steak fry hosted by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

    Hillary will have to 're-vamp' her image once again. This is a new Iowa. This is the Iowa of Joni Ernst.

  19. September 12, 2014

    The Word Game Warriors of the Obama Administration

    By Carol Brown

    Over the past 72-hours, the Obama administration has revealed their story line. The Islamofascist talking points are out. They’ve got their story down. And they’re sticking to it.

    First, Barack Obama, per the White House web site:

    Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

    Cliff Notes version: If my lips are moving, I am lying. Otherwise known as taqiyya.

    Next up, John Kerry, per CNS News:

    ( – The ideology which Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) is trying to spread through the Middle East is a “dangerous … offensive … insulting distortion of Islam,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. (snip)

    “ISIL attempts to tell people that what they’re doing is somehow based on their notion of Islam and their view of religion,” he said. “No religion, certainly not a peaceful, great religion like Islam, ever condones the kinds of activities that ISIL engages in.”

    Kerry spoke alongside his Saudi counterpart, Saud Al-Faisal, who recalled that King Abdullah said last month “that it was a shame that these terrorists undertake these activities in the name of religion.”

    “They kill innocent peoples and they cut their victims and they take pride in this in the name of religion,” Saud said. “They are killing souls that God has forbidden to kill, and they have disfigured the face of humanity.”

    Cliff Notes version: I don’t know what I’m talking about, but trust me anyway when I say that ISIS does not understand Islam and ISIS has nothing to do with Islam.

    (As an added bonus, you have to appreciate the irony of Saudi outrage at dismembering and massacring people in light of the fact that people are still beheaded in Saudi Arabia.)

    Followed by, Susan Rice, per Newsmax: etcetcblahblah

    How I long for something other than a Moslem President........a Mormon, a Jew, a Mennonite, a Lutheran even.......anything......

    1. Even a Rufian.....yes, things are THAT bad......


  20. Foreign Policy

    President Obama’s ISIS Strategy Isn’t Reality Based

    President Obama's response to ISIS is another example of how our ruling class couples their illusions with whatever they find it convenient to do.

    By Angelo Codevilla
    September 11, 2014

    President Obama’s promise “to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL” may or may not end up causing problems for the Islamic State. Surely however, it further degraded our security by further engaging us in the combination of fantasy and half measures that has earned America a reputation for un-seriousness and opened hunting season on Americans everywhere.

    Obama degrades America by dwelling in a politically convenient fantasy world. In his September 10 2014 prime-time speech, Obama claimed to have made America safer by combining the withdrawal of troops from abroad with the killing of Osama bin Laden and “taking out terrorists who threaten us” in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Obama pledged to deal with ISIL in the same successful way.

    In Obama’s fantasy, ISIL is neither Islamic nor a state. But distinguishing ISIL’s doctrine from the orthodox Wahabism preached daily in Mecca and Minneapolis, and that from the Koran, is hardly possible for scholars never mind for religiously illiterate politicians. In fact, some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential Muslims think enough of ISIL’s Islamic credentials to give it countless millions of dollars as a faith-offering, thousands upon thousands of young Muslims from around the world, including the USA rush to fight and die for it, the Muslim governments of Qatar and Turkey, respectively, continue to buy and transit supplies for it, while the Islamic world’s leading intellectual authorities have not critiqued its Islamic credentials.

    De facto, ISIL is a state because it controls territory larger than that of a plurality of the UN’s members, and because the people it rules prefer it to their former rulers. They do so because ISIL shares the people’s religious sect (Sunni Islam) while the leaders of the former Syria and Iraq are Alewis or Shia. ISIL conquered its territory with the help of the locals. In Iraq, the local Sunnis helped ISIL chase away the Iraqi army, and the Kurds too, using arms given them by the US government as part of “the surge.”.............

  21. .

    A rare instance where I agree with the NYT editorial board.

    Legal Authority for Fighting ISIS


    As the Pentagon gears up to expand its fight against ISIS, a fundamentalist Sunni militant group that controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, Congress appears perfectly willing to abdicate one of its most consequential powers: the authority to declare war.

    The cowardice in Congress, never to be underestimated, is outrageous. Some lawmakers have made it known that they would rather not face a war authorization vote shortly before midterm elections, saying they’d rather sit on the fence for a while to see whether an expanded military campaign starts looking like a success story or a debacle. By avoiding responsibility, they allow President Obama free rein to set a dangerous precedent that will last well past this particular military campaign.

    Op-Ed Contributor: Obama’s Betrayal of the ConstitutionSEPT. 11, 2014

    Mr. Obama, who has spent much of his presidency seeking to wean the United States off a perpetual state of war, is now putting forward unjustifiable interpretations of the executive branch’s authority to use military force without explicit approval from Congress.

    In May 2013, Mr. Obama argued in a speech that the 2001 law passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to wage war against Al Qaeda had become obsolete and ought to be repealed.

    “Unless we discipline our thinking, our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states,” Mr. Obama said at the National Defense University.

    Now the White House is repudiating that thinking and making the perplexing argument that the 2001 law authorizing the use of force in Afghanistan and the 2002 law authorizing force in Iraq give Mr. Obama the power to battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS and ISIL, indefinitely and anywhere in the world. They most certainly don’t...


  22. .

    But, for the most part, that’s not how this war is being sold. It’s being sold as a war to protect the United States homeland against a profound terrorist threat. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein recently said, “The threat ISIS poses cannot be overstated.” Her Republican colleague Jim Inhofe has claimed that ISIS is “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city” and that as a result, “We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation.”

    We are being led by characters out of Looney Tunes.


    That’s one reason The New York Times, in an article on Thursday that models the journalism we need, quotes former State Department counterterrorism coordinator Daniel Benjamin calling Beltway discussion of the ISIS threat a “farce,” with “members of the cabinet and top military officers all over the place describing the threat in lurid terms that are not justified.”

    President Obama, to his credit, has not done that. Unlike President Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War, he has not hyped the threat. Look at what he said in his speech on Wednesday night (the italics are mine).

    “If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region—including to the United States,” he said. “While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners—including Europeans and some Americans—have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.”

    Lots of things could threaten the United States. The critical question, as the U.S. launches a war against ISIS that will likely take years and have myriad unforeseen consequences, is what “could” actually means. This time, the press needs to do a better job of finding out.



    Home in the Dome tomorrow !

    Hall of Fame Game

    Sat, Sep 13 Western Michigan Kibbie Dome 2:00 p.m.
    Live Audio Available - Link available at Start Time

    Some boy scouts from Michigan will get a lesson in football tomorrow, fans.

    1. We Vandal fans that have followed our football fortunes for years calculate that at Home in the Dome we lose by about 8 points less than we do on the road.

  24. This is a good article if you have the stomach for it. ISIS behavior traced back to the Koran, the Sira, and the Hadith.....

    >>To understand why the Islamic State not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks their corpses—and all to sadistic laughter—one need only turn to the Koran and deeds of Islamic prophet Muhammad.

    The Koran exhorts believers to “Fight them [those who oppose Islam], Allah will torment them with your hands, humiliate them, empower you over them, and heal the hearts of the believers, removing the rage from their hearts” (Koran 9:14-15).

    As usual, to understand the significance of any Koran verse, one must turn to the sira and hadith—the biography and anecdotes of Muhammad, respectively—for context.

    Thus we come to the following account concerning the slaughter of ‘Amr bin Hisham, a pagan Arab chieftain originally known as “Abu Hakim” (Father of Wisdom) until Muhammad dubbed him “Abu Jahl” (Father of Stupidity) for his staunch opposition to Islam....<<