“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."

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Three minutes on the real importance of your vote.

US mid-terms 2014: Where does all the money come from?

30 October 2014 Last updated at 00:16 GMT
The 2014 US mid-term election is projected to be the most expensive ever with a cost of around $3.7 billion (£2.3bn).
Most of the money comes from the candidates themselves, but a significant portion comes from outside groups - some of which don't have to disclose their donors' identities.
In the final days of the campaign season tens of millions of dollars have been spent - especially in key races like those for Senate in North Carolina and Kentucky.
So where exactly does this money come from and what is it paying for? The BBC takes a look and breaks down the numbers.
Produced by the BBC's David Botti


  1. Anyone who believes that anything positive will change, regardless of who wins, speak up. The best prediction will go on the mast head for future mirth and ridicule.

    1. Never know a man a pessimistic as you in all things, other than rat crapper.

    2. The Second Coming of Christ would not cheer you up. You just deny it.

  2. No matter who wins, Obama is one PISSED off Narcissist.

  3. When Reagans 2nd. Midterm came around, he had a 68% Approval Rating. He lost 9 Seats in the Senate.

    I don't believe any President since WWII has not lost seats in his second midterm.

  4. Joni Ernst is probably going to win (as are the Republicans, overall,) but I'll tell you one thing: She has Never castrated a hog.

    When asked what was required, she said "a very Delicate touch." Trust me, that isn't down the list; it's not on the list.

  5. John McCain will remain in the Senate.
    He is still the only Standard Bearer the GOP has in public office.

    The fact that he is not on the ballot, not at issue.

  6. “The fact that they’re cutting prices in the U.S. and not in other areas does seem to lend credence to the theory that they are going after U.S. shale production, which has been the biggest threat to their market share,” said Chad Mabry, an analyst at MLV & Co., an investment bank in Houston.

    “It’s a reminder that even with the balance of power in the oil market seemingly shifting to the U.S., it’s the Saudis that really can dictate big swings in the market if they decide to.”

  7. MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's most-wanted couple, accused of running their town as a drug fiefdom and ordering an attack that killed six and left 43 college students missing, were caught Tuesday in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood of Mexico City where they were hiding.

    Federal police seized Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, in a raid before dawn in Iztapalapa, a working-class neighborhood of the capital. It was a far fall from their reign of wealth and power as the mayor and first lady of Iguala, a town in southern Guerrero state where the students from a teachers' college went missing Sept. 26, allegedly at the hands of police and a drug cartel.

    Even as they were hauled off to the Attorney General's organized crime unit to give their statements, the capture did nothing to answer the biggest mystery: Where are the students? Their disappearance, and the failure to make progress in the case, has ignited protests across the country and broadsided President Enrique Pena Nieto's efforts to paint violence in Mexico as a thing of the past.

    "News like this just makes you angrier," said Mario Cesar Gonzalez, whose son, Cesar Manuel Gonzalez, is among the missing students. "I wish they would put the same intelligence services and effort into finding the students. The ineptitude is staggering."

    Authorities have uncovered mass graves and the remains of 38 people, but none has been identified as the missing students. Besides Tuesday's arrests, at least 56 other people have been taken into custody, and the Iguala police chief is also being sought.

    Some hoped the couple's detention would provide new leads.

    "This was the missing piece. This arrest will help us find our kids," Felipe de la Cruz, the father of one of the missing students, told Milenio television. "It was the government who took our kids."

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    1. Looks like Ohio's Governor will still be Kasich, Cool. Met him a few times.. Loves Ohio and America and also stand strong for Israel.


    2. Strong enough to be a pallbearer?

    3. ”...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.

      The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

      - Mark Twain

      :-) Just keep thinkin' about tomorrow, moron.

    4. Ask Ben-Gurion why millions of European Jews had to die ... desk co-ordinator. ... No immortality, there.

      ... in "Shabtai Tzvi, Labor Zionism and the Holocaust", which was published also by Modiin, Barry Chamish writes (on pg. 232) that,
      about a year before he became Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon said that had Jabotinsky been head of the Jewish Agency instead of Ben-Gurion, millions of Jews would have been saved from the Holocaust.

    5. Seems like those European Jews did not get Samuel Clemens memo concerning their immortality.
      Mark Twain was a figment of Sam's imagination, yours too, aye.

    6. Hitler failed and missed his quota by a couple million, per Adolph Eichmann (Uncle Addie to you). There are still Jews in Europe.
      Clearly, you do not know the meaning of "immortality" as used by Twain; but there are so many things you do not know, one loses track.

    7. The American public still just loves, loves, loves, Israel. That hurts doesn't it?


    8. That is the one thing that gives me hope, the American public LOVES Israel. They get it...

      I wear a tee shirt sometimes that lists all the empires that have gone up against the Jewish people...

      the last line is Iran ----?????

      meaning Iran will fade to dust as well, you would not believe the number of people that thank me for wearing it.

  8. Between ISIS and Hamas, Israel realizes 'stable instability' won't last
    There’s rocket fire from Gaza as a response to events in Jerusalem, and the Nusra Front and Hezbollah are never too far away from Israel’s northern border.

    But remember, that part of the sickness that permeates the body and soul of Israel ...

    Israel prefers Daesh (al-Qeada) in Syria, over the Alawites, Christians and their Kurdish allies

    Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

    1. What I find amazing is the level of pure hatred someone who has never been to Israel can spew.

      Jack's hatred is consuming, of course it tells more about him than it does about Israel.

      All I can say? the most amazing place, the most genuine people, the most gracious people I have ever had the privilege to be amongst.

      My personal goal? Make enough cash to visit on a regular basis and continue the friendships I started on my previous trips.

      There is no place like Israel on the planet.

      From the moment I set foot on the ground? I felt more alive than anywhere else on the planet.

      And I have traveled quite a bit across the planet..

  9. Bob OreilleTue Nov 04, 05:39:00 PM EST
    Never count 'the geezers' out until they are truly down.

    Ah, the Democrats count them for decades after they are well and truly down.

  10. Jack HawkinsTue Nov 04, 06:27:00 PM EST
    What is "Occupation"Mon Jul 21, 09:33:00 PM EDT
    If there is one Hamas member still alive and spitting? Israel lost…

    … liar …

    “If there is one Hamas member still alive and spitting?” Try a sentence next time, Foo.

    1. What is "Occupation"Mon Jul 21, 09:33:00 PM EDT
      Social media war? I concede that Israel is losing that war....
      However 50% of Hamas's rockets are used or destroyed.
      I don't know the exact number, but I bet a good number of tunnels are destroyed.
      And I don't know the exact number but I bet a huge number MORE of Hamas fighters are dead than Israeli fighters.
      And of course, Hamas and Iran spent a very nice billion or two investing in both those tunnels and missiles and to what avail?
      After 1,800 terrorists fired rockets at the CIVILIANS (both arab and jews) of Israel Hamas can claim they KILLED two. Now of course having rockets rain down hundreds a day on all parts of Israel is a war crime but who cares? Hamas is the darling of the Jew hating/Israel denying crowd...

      I the end, Hamas and it's supporters will claim victory.. No matter reality...
      If there is one Hamas member still alive and spitting? Israel lost...
      reminds me of Monty Python's "its a flesh wound" skit...

      Now this is what the cut and edit asshole says I said:

      Farmer RobTue Aug 26, 06:48:00 PM EDT
      "O"rdure set the Standard, now he wants to run away from it

      What is "Occupation"Mon Jul 21, 09:33:00 PM EDT
      If there is one Hamas member still alive and spitting? Israel lost...

      Notice the edit? Editing someone's words like that is in fact lying....

      Lying like a cheap rug...

      A sick twisted narcissist who when cannot deal in facts? LIES....

    2. It's quite the tell of someone that has to cut and snip words to fit his fiction and lies.

      Really what kind of person cannot even post a full quote?

      The answer? Says it all

    3. One that wants to paint a picture, "O"rdure, and uses the quotes of liars to achieve it.

      Where are the quotes of the alleged confessions of murder, the alleged confessions of war crimes?
      Never provided by "O"rdure, because they do not exist. Never did.

      But your quotes, they do exist... so keep your replies handy, you'll be using them, a lot.

  11. November 4, 2014
    Fox News calls Kentucky for McConnell
    By Thomas Lifson

    The first batch of election results has come in, and the most significant close race race is Kentucky. Based on modeling of past voting trends, Fox News has called Mitch McConnell victor in Kentucky. Democrats poured tremendous amounts of money into the effort to Daschle the GOP Minority Leader, and the GOP responded in kind, pushing the total spending to one hundred million dollars in a relatively small stat with relatively inexpensive media markets.

    Georgia is too close to call, and may well end up in a runoff election.

    .>>>>>>The big surprise is that Ed Gillespie, GOP challenger to Mark Warner in Virginia, is also in a race too close to call.<<<<<<

    Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are both expected to handily win their Senate races, making Scott the first African American Senator elected in the South since Reconstruction.

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  12. JONI WINS !!

    Castrates BIGGEST HOG OF ALL

    The DemocraticParty

    Looks like Republicans have the U.S, Senate

  13. Tillis takes North Carolina!!!!!

    November 4, 2014
    Tillis victory called in North Carolina
    By Thomas Lifson

    Fox News calls the Tarheel State Senate race for Thom Tillis. That makes 52 GOP senators next year, with even more possibilities for turnovers in Virginia, Alaska, and Louisiana.

    This is looking a lot like a wave election.

    Read more:
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    Surf's up !

    1. Roberts victory called in Kansas, Perdue in Georgia November 4, 2014 The way is now clear for a GOP majority More
      Gardner victory called in Colorado November 4, 2014 Brings GOP net gain to 5, along with an expected pick-up in Montana. Is the war on women meme useless for Dems? More

    2. Louisiana headed for run off in Dec.

      Alaska - results pending

    3. JONI WINS
      +7 +8? +9? SENATE...........................drudge


    4. Clinton Useless in Arkansas...

      Rand Paul: Hillary 'soundly rejected'...

      HISTORY: Republican Tim Scott First Black Sen Elected in South Since Reconstruction...

      Jay Rockefeller Seat Flips To First Woman in WV.........drudge

      All part of the Republican "War on Women and Blacks"

      (what a lot of Rufian crap)


    5. Mark Warner, Ed Gillespie in tight U.S. Senate race in Virginia

      Sen. Mark R. Warner studies the ballot as he votes on Tuesday in Alexandria. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
      By Laura Vozzella, Jenna Portnoy and Michael Laris November 4 at 10:43 PM

      Election officials in Virginia were preparing for a possible recount as U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner was locked in a surprisingly tight race with Republican strategist and challenger Ed Gillespie.

      With 99 percent of precincts counted, Warner was leading Gillespie by about 3,400 votes.

      Brian W. Schoeneman, Fairfax County Electoral Board secretary, said county officials are readying for a potential recount.

      “It’s getting tight,” Schoeneman said. “We’re in recount territory.”

      He said that the election results, stored on flash drives, statements from voting machines, as well as provisional ballots are being delivered from each precinct to the county government building, where they will be kept in a sealed room overnight.
      Local election results

      As an extra precaution against tampering, armed guards will stand watch outside the room throughout the night, he said.

      The actual ballots are being taken to the court house, where they will be sealed in a vault, he said.

      In Virginia, the trailing candidate can request a recount if the difference between the two candidates is one percent or less of the total votes cast. In this case that would translate to more than 20,000 votes.

      Gillespie’s unrelenting attack on Warner’s voting record in support of Obama proved at least somewhat effective against Warner, who has been Virginia’s most popular politician for more than a decade. Gillespie’s chief line of attack was that Warner had voted with the president 97 percent of the time, most notably for the Affordable Care Act.

      Warner has long billed himself as a business-friendly moderate. He won his first race for Senate in a landslide in 2008. But Gillespie, his underdog opponent, took him on in a year when President Obama’s low approval ratings have been a drag on Democrats nationally.

      The former Republican National Committee chairman claimed at a rally Tuesday that momentum was on his side — taking note of narrowing polls and the energy of a volunteer squad he dubbed his “G-Force.”

      Gillespie supporters were buzzing with hopeful excitement at his victory party as the first returns showed the Republican up. At a ballroom at an Embassy Suites hotel in Springfield, they sipped wine and kept their fingers crossed.

    6. Both Pryer and Udall got 'shellacked'.

    7. Time to send out the Victory E-Mails.

      I shall ask Old Vegas Girl Friend what are they going to do with 'Dirty Harry' Reid now?

  14. All these wins should take a little wind out of the abandon Israel sails around here.

    Better court appointees..

    No idiotic reaties.

    Lower taxes (one can hope)

    End of the War on Women and War on Blacks memes.

    Less gutting of the nation's defense

    More pressure for a sane energy policy (Keystone)

    The list goes on and on........

  15. .

    Why do I have the feeling that this election will make very little difference in my life?


    1. Won't change your walk to the fire hydrant, that's for sure. Only your imagination holds you back!! I'll to to come up with something for you........;)

      >>This is celebrate time for sure. YIPPEE!!! :) I am beyond thrilled! We need to start
      passing one bill after another month by month. Repeal Obama care etc. etc. We have
      a chance to make a real difference now and we better or else it's all bull shit.

      Now our party needs to run someone super against Hillary. Please not Jeb Bush. Not
      that he wouldn't be good - simply unelectable. Who are we going to run?

      I am going to have another cocktail! Happy evening!<<

      Evidently no one knows what to do with "Dirty" Harry now.....or, rather, yet.....

      The Republicans can now start passing perfectly sane bills that everyone wants - bills earlier held up by 'Dirty Harry' - Keystone Build Now type of bills, for instance - and watch as Obama is forced to veto them and the entire nature becomes sick of him and his remaining democrats.

  16. Happy and satiated and I stumble back to bed.......

  17. This well written philosophical essay most probably has implications for Quirk's dogged and irrepressible urge to walk his mutt to the fire hydrant to pee -

    The Philosophical Implications of the Urge to Urinate
    The state of our body affects how we think the world works

    November 4, 2014 |By Daniel Yudkin

    I speculate there may be a deeper issue of transference occurring here, and possibly a strange type of repressed exhibitionism.

  18. Nothing like a good old fashioned Republican Victory to pipe this place down.

    1. Meaningless news gets an appropriate response, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

  19. Reuters -
    Voters give nod to legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC

  20. Hey, "Draft Dodger" Peterson, here is something 'new' for you to fret about ...

    Chagas disease - a new public health threat for Americans?

    Medical News Today - ‎

    Chagas disease - a parasitic infection that can cause severe heart disease and death if not caught and treated early - affects millions of people worldwide, mainly in the Americas.

  21. BREAKING: Israeli police have again closed access to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to Palestinian worshipers as clashes continue in the heart of the city. It comes a day after an Israeli minister said the mosque would be replaced with a Jewish temple.


    1. Minister calls for third Temple to be built

      Potentially explosive statement by Jewish Home’s Uri Ariel breaks taboo against damaging status quo on Temple Mount

    2. The statement from Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) breaks a long-standing taboo on high-ranking government officials speaking about changing the fragile status quo on the holy and contested esplanade, and will likely draw ire from official Israeli circles and anger the Arab and Muslim world.

  22. “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,”
    Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Sunday at a conference titled “From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other.”

    “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,”
    he said.
    “We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides.
    The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena.
    There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia.
    There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools.”

    - Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel


  23. The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

    Alon Ben-Meir

    As prime minister, Netanyahu has consistently invoked his solemn duty to protect Israel's national security. Ironically, he has become the single most reckless individual who is imperiling the very security of the state. One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security.

    He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state. He surrounds himself with cronies blinded by their skewed ideological zeal with no morals or scruples to support his sinister political agenda.

    To be sure, Israel under Netanyahu's stewardship is globally on the defensive, isolated, threatened from within and without, loathed and criticized by friends and foes alike, and with no prospect to achieve peace, which jeopardizes not only Israel's security but its very existence.

    1. Henry Kissinger: ''In 10 years Israel will cease to exist''
      8 years to go ...

  24. Netanyahu and Lapid are charlatans of the lowest order

    I'd love to be able to apologize to the prime minister and finance minister for writing ill of them.
    Unfortunately, every word has been true.

    By Yossi Sarid

  25. Here, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peteron, some of your Kurds, those tha are not part of the Iraqi Defense Forces or allied with Syria's Assad.
    These may be the Kurds that 'love' ISrael.

    Kurds help ISIS with terrain, language in battle for Kobani

    BEIRUT – Ethnic Kurds are helping members of the Islamic State group in the battle for the key Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, sharing their knowledge of the local terrain and language with the extremists, according to Iraqi and Kurdish officials.

    It is not clear how many Kurds are aiding the estimated 3,000 Islamic State militants in the Kobani area -- and fighting against their own Kurdish brethren -- but activists say they are playing a major role in the 7-week-old conflict near the Turkish border.

    A top military commander for the extremists in the town is an Iraqi Kurd, known by the nom de guerre of Abu Khattab al-Kurdi, helping them in the battle against fellow Kurds.

    Officials with the main Syrian Kurdish force known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, say they became aware of the Kurds among the mostly Sunni Muslim extremists early in the fighting.

    1. Here, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, some of your Kurds, those tha are not part of the Iraqi Defense Forces or allied with Syria's Assad.

  26. 12 hatefilled meaningless hateful rants in a row by Rat O Rooter.

    It's over folks, the good times of having an interesting, honest election.

    Well, what's it mean to Crapper. Being a felon, he can't vote anyway. .......

    It's back to being all about Mr Worthless who couldn't get elected to walk Q's dog to the fire hydrant to take a piss.

    Bib day today........later......