“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."

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The starting point of US disasters in foreign policy began with?

None of them was any bargain. You decide. 


  1. Madrid Conference of 1991

    Easy Peezy... the USA changed it's position to recognize the PLO from a terrorist organization to the sole representative of the Palestinian people.

    BIG disaster.

    1. Unimportant, ecept for the reality that it ties US closer to that sewer, ISrael/Palestine.
      One state in disarray, in the midst of a civil war.

      It is entertaining, reading the delusional statements made by the Zionist in denial.

  2. You may think Israel is the most important place in the World. It isn’t.

    1. Then why do you post threads about more than any other nation on the planet?

    2. You may think that the Palestinians are the most important people in the world, they aint...

  3. Where is the most important place in the World?

    In "The Capital of the World", a short story by Hemingway, young Paco, a waiter who wanted to become a matador, thought it was Madrid, Spain.

    I think, at times, it may be the Wenaha River, Oregon.

    Where is it for you, Deuce?

    1. Oh, it is Mordor on the Potomac. The place where they erect monuments to themselves. I would love to see it smashed and devolved to let the State Governors choose the senators and the senators choose the president and let the states continue voting for the House. The State Governors with a 2/3 majority overrule The Supreme Court, cut The White House budget by 90%, The Pentagon in half and fire 3/4 of the generals, tear down the Lincoln Memorial and get rid of that grotesque statue. Fortunately, I have my own life and nothing will ever change and if it did it would probably be for the worse anyway.

      I am creating a fantastic website and with my travel and business interests, unless the damn fools get us all killed, I am fine.

  4. And why do you always put up the closed comments sign when you are losing an argument?

    1. I close it when I get idiotic comments and don’t feel like moderating it. You and the lobby are always high on emotion and rarely bother with facts or context. You have an agenda and the two Israeli firsters immediately play the victim or anti-semite card when challenged by facts. I get tired of it. If you don’t like it, go comment with the crowd over at Wio’s Israeli blogs.

    2. Emotion?

      I guess when we SNIFF around, being the VILE LOBBY that we are...


  5. Big shooting in Moscow, Idaho today. Three dead, one critical.

    I knew two of the dead.

    Three different locations.

    Trying to figure it out.


    1. Moscow Shocked by Shootings at Multiple Locations Saturday
      By Scott Stovall Published: Jan 10, 2015 at 7:24 PM PST


      MOSCOW, ID -- Three people are dead, one other person is in critical condition and a suspect is in custody after shootings at multiple locations in Moscow Saturday afternoon.

      Moscow Police confirm those killed are 76-year old Moscow businessman David Trail, Arby’s restaurant manager Belinda Niebuhr who was 47 and Moscow Family Medicine Physician’s Assistant Terri Grzebielski who was 61. Also injured was 39-year old Michael Chin from Seattle.

      The person arrested for these shootings is 29-year old John Lee of Moscow.

      Police say the first shooting happened in the 400 block of Veatch Street in Moscow where Terri Grzebielski was found shot to death. She is John Lee's adoptive mother.

      Another shooting happened at Northwest Mutual Life Insurance at 303 E. 3rd Street around 2:30. That's where police say David Trail and Michael Chin were shot. Trail was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital where he was declared dead. Chin was taken to Gritman Medical Center where he's in critical condition.

      The third shooting happened at the Arby's at 150 Peterson Drive in Moscow. Police say Lee went into the restaurant, asked for the manager and shot Belinda Niebuhr. She was taken to Gritman Medical Center where she was declared dead.

      Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins reports that just before 3:00 p.m., a Pullman Police officer spotted a vehicle matching the suspect's vehicle heading west on Highway 270 between Moscow and Pullman.

      When officers attempted to stop the vehicle in Pullman, the driver and lone occupant sped away from the officers, continuing west on Highway 270 and then north on Highway 195 with Pullman officers in pursuit.

      Officers report the suspect vehicle was unsafely passing other vehicles northbound on 195 and at times exceeded 100 MPH.

      Colfax Police officers and Washington State Patrol troopers blocked off cross street traffic as the pursuit traveled through Colfax.

      At about 3:20 p.m., the suspect vehicle left the roadway northbound 195 at milepost 47 and rolled.

      Pullman officers, assisted by Whitman County Sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers, took the suspect into custody without further incident. The pursuit covered a distance of approximately 24 miles.

    2. May be normal day for Philly or Detroit.

      Once in a lifetime thing for out this way.

    3. Care to put that in context. Do we know his religion and ethnicity? Are we all Idahoans now?

    4. Gotta be a link to Islam in there somewhere. Bob?

    5. ...or - they should have been packing heat then they could have taken our the perp.

    6. You're an idiot Ash.

      It really shows at times.

      We were at the Motel nearly next door when the shooting broke out at Arby's. Plenty gun shell casing all around.

      Since I was packing heat I should have headed over but it took a bit to oriented to what was happening.

      By the time I did the cops were swarming.

      I was wanted to be a Hero, of some kind.

    7. always

      Not quite awake yet

  6. No link to Israel that I can determine, nor to Islam.

    Seems like he was really just ticked at the world. Mr. Trail, whose office is directly next to my life insurance guy, is from one of the oldest farm family's in the area.

    He seems to have been the guy's landlord. Probably wanted his rent. Chin also works right there, he seems to have just been in way.

    The lady he shot at Arby's was probably his old boss.

    Blew away his mom to start the night off.

    Maybe I'll be called for jury duty.


    There is an old old saying in Islam -

    First comes Saturday, next comes Sunday.

    Our reply ought to be, before Saturday and Sunday comes Friday, peckers.

    If you get the drift.......

  7. I am going back to bed.

    Nice beds, lousy guest computer.

    1. .

      Are you on the run again?


    2. Yes.

      You were supposed to pick me up, remember?

      Shooter was an Asian.

    3. Adoptive mom was a Physician's Assistant at Moscow Family Medicine.

    4. And don't think I'm gonna share the loot with you this time, big fella, like I did when you left me in the phone booth in Vegas.

  8. 1Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wants to expand Medicaid — and has called a special session of the state legislature do so.

    2The Tennessee plan would be unique in that it would use Medicaid dollars to help low-income Tennesseans buy coverage at work.

    3Both the Tennessee legislature and the Obama administration have to sign off on Haslam's plan before it would become law.

    Haslam's approach to expanding Medicaid is unique

    Lots of Republican governors have used the Medicaid expansion as a moment to ask the Obama administration for more flexibility in how they run their Medicaid programs — and Tennessee's Haslam is no exception.

    His proposal would rely on two separate plans for anyone above 20 (those younger would stay in a traditional, public insurance program): the Volunteer Plan and the Health Incentives Plan.

    The Volunteer Plan is what is especially different about Haslam's proposal: it would use Medicaid dollars to help low-income workers who qualify for Medicaid buy private coverage through their employer instead. Instead of having the worker contribute a premium, the state would step in to cover all or part of the monthly premium.

    Tennessee estimates that 54 percent of Medicaid-eligible residents are working or have worked within the last year, making them potentially eligible for the new program.

    This is not something any other state has proposed to the Obama administration, and it could be controversial. It's probable that the employer plans would cover fewer benefits than Medicaid typically does (Medicaid, for example, often covers transportation to the doctor, a benefit that does not turn up in private coverage). Tennessee says it wants permission to put Medicaid enrollees in plans, then, that do not cover all Medicaid benefits. It's not clear that the Obama administration would . . . . . .

    A Matter of Time

  9. So, in 2014,

    the Labor Force Participation Rate fell by 0.1%


    the unemployment rate fell by 1.1%.

    employment situation

    1. 976,000 Fewer are working Part-time for Economic Reasons.

    2. 19% Fewer "Discouraged Workers."


      down from 917,000.

  10. Jeez, I can't believe it.

    We get home and what do I find in the mailbox?

    A flyer from Quirk.

    He has opened a little drive in bank at Bogus Basin Ski Area.

    It's called 'Bogus Bank'.

    Here is a web cam of the area for your entertainment.


  11. Dem billionaires top Republicans in political contributions................Drudge

    Dems, the party of the rich.

  12. HORROR: U.S. airstrike in Syria may have killed 50 civilians...

    COVER UP?..............Drudge

  13. My Lord, Judge Jeanine Pirro looks slick all decked out in black leather.

    It wasn't so long ago that people were buying American fries, instead of French fries, to protest the failure of the frogs to join the Coalition.

    Now we are all Charlie.

    1. Couple million marching in Paris.

    2. AG Holder, who was in Paris, didn't go to the march.

      Neither did, of course, President O'bozo.

    3. January 10, 2015
      Le Pen’s Moment
      By Philip Gourevitch

    4. We'd be better off with Sisi as President than O'bozo.

    5. He at least has a solution to the Palestinian problem - give them some Egyptian land next to Gaza and move them there.

    6. This is Magnanimity - a little like us giving them Pennsylvania.

    7. More like giving them Death Valley.

  14. Why don't the Jews move to Egypt? The Palestinians were in Palestine, first.

    1. Why don't you move to Gaza?

      Leave the Sioux land and move to Gaza?

    2. Why doesn't Saudi Arabia give Khaybar back to the Jews?

  15. Rufus IISun Jan 11, 08:50:00 PM EST
    Why don't the Jews move to Egypt? The Palestinians were in Palestine, first.


    Please explain...

    Bear in mind the term "palestina" was named to replaced the Kingdom of Israel and Judea by the Romans.

    Jews have been in there for 3600 years.

  16. GAZIANTEP, TURKEY — A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed at least 50 Syrian civilians late last month when it targeted a headquarters of Islamic State extremists in northern Syria, according to an eyewitness and a Syrian opposition human rights organization.

    The civilians were being held in a makeshift jail in the town of Al Bab, close to the Turkish border, when the aircraft struck on the evening of Dec. 28, the witnesses said. The building, called the Al Saraya, a government center, was leveled in the airstrike. It was days before civil defense workers could dig out the victims’ bodies.

    The U.S. Central Command, which had not previously announced the airstrike, confirmed the attack Saturday in response to repeated McClatchy inquiries. “Coalition aircraft did strike and destroy an ISIL headquarters building in Al Bab on Dec. 28,” Col. Patrick S. Ryder said in an email.

    He said a review of the airstrike showed no evidence of civilian casualties but offered to examine any additional information, “since we take all allegations seriously.” ISIL is an alternative name for the Islamic State.

    Read more here:

    What America kills civilians? You don't say...

    1. No, "O"rdure, it is those Muslims that are saying it, and you are repeating it.
      Just as you have given credence and respectability too some statement made by Hamas.

      If we are to believe one statement made by a 'representative' of Hamas, then why should we not believe them all?

    2. If we are to believe one statement by a person who has described himself as a "professional asshole" (this one: "I am a professional asshole") why should we not believe all statements made by a professional asshole?

    3. Believe whatever you want, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson?

      Believe that Hamas is a reliable source when you agree with them, terrorists incapable of telling the truth when you do not.

      There you are, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

  17. Checking the news, it seems that the Prime Minister of Israel is telling the world that ...
    Hamas is no threat to Jews in Israel

    ‘Come home to Israel from terrible European anti-Semitism’

    He must believe those Jews would be safer in Israel than in France.

    He does have a skewed view of reality.
    “We express our deep sorrow for our Jewish brothers who were murdered simply because they were Jews,”

    There were a lot of people killed who were not Jews.
    Does Bibi think their deaths were more 'complicated'?

  18. All of the murdered were caught in a cycle of political violence rooted in the Zionist movement.
    in tit for tat equation that, currently, the Zionists are way ahead on.

    That the cancer is spreading into Europe, true enough.
    The cancerous tumor that is the source of the contagion, it should be removed.

    Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson wants to split Iraq into three nations
    It'd be better if Palestine and Israel were consolidated.

    Palisael - the one state solution to the violence in the Middle East.

    1. Or ...
      Even better ...

      Palirael - the one state solution to the violence in the Middle East.

    2. All immigration from Europe would be halted until the refugees and their progeny from the conflicts instigated by the unilateral declaration of sovereignty by the Zionists in1948 are allow to return.

    3. Lebanon needs that refugee housing for the new arrivals from Syria.

      The Palestinians need to go home, to Palirael.

  19. Boko Haram is now a mini-Islamic State, with its own territory
    Boko Haram controls about 20,000 square miles of territory and is fast becoming a terrorist state razing villages and killing innocent victims

    1. Their tactics are nearly identical to those of ISIS. They might not behead quite as much......

    2. Do you think, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson that Nigeria should treat this as a police or military manner?

      The Nigerian Army ... 130,000 active frontline troops

      Nigeria - more than twice the size of California.
      Population: 177,155,754
      Total Area: 923,768 sq km
      GDP (purchasing power parity): $478.5 billion (2013 est.)
      Military expenditures: 0.89% of GDP (2012)

    3. Baga
      Location in Nigeria
      Coordinates: 13°7′7.7″N 13°51′23.7″E
      State - Borno
      Baga is a town in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, close to Lake Chad, and lying northeast of the town of Kukawa. It is located within the Kukawa Local Government Area.

      The town is approximately 196km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. The "Doron Baga" fish market, as of 2000, was located about six kilometres from the town. Baga used to lie on the border of Lake Chad and was a fishing center itself in the 1960s and 1970s, but the diminishing size of the lake has caused fishermen to move, and others have turned to subsistence farming.

      Background on the government of Nigeria is in order, they do have the largest military in west Africa.

      Nigeria's military -- west Africa's largest -- has faced repeated criticism for failing to end the six-year Islamist insurgency, as well as allegations of human rights abuses.

      Soldiers have complained of a lack of adequate weapons and even refused to deploy to take on the better-armed rebels, who want to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.

      With elections set for next month, Nigeria's government has also been accused of playing politics with the insurgency, as most of the areas worst affected by the violence are main opposition strongholds.

      Nigeria appeals for support after 'deadliest' Boko Haram attack

  20. last week fighting was reported in Baga, with heavy casualties and the wanton destruction of property. The battle, which raged on throughout the day, saw a well-coordinated attack by the insurgent group, which reportedly came in a large convoy of armoured personnel carriers and Toyota Hilux trucks, some armed with high calibre machine guns and a significant amount of improvised explosive devices.

    According to eyewitnesses, some of the insurgents were obviously foreigners, as they could not understand our local languages. This is indication that they could be from other terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al Qaeda or El-Shabab. They destroyed the two MNJTF barracks. The soldiers, who were overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the enemy forces, had to pull out in disarray. Both sides suffered heavy casualties and hundreds of civilians were killed also, most as they were trying to flee the battle zone.

    According to the chief of defence staff, as a result of the incident, the Republic of Niger and Chad have withdrawn their troops from Baga. He, however, maintained that the two countries are still members of the MNJTF.

    1. "We are very dispirited," Borno North senator Maina Maaji Lawan told BBC.
      "There is definitely something wrong that makes our military abandon their posts each time there is an attack from Boko Haram."