“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, February 26, 2016

Christie for VP?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for president

Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie threw his support behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday, Feb. 26, saying Trump's "the best person" to run against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a general election. (Reuters)
FORT WORTH, Tex. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday received the high-profile endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who called the billionaire the best candidate to take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“I've gotten to know all the people on that stage, and there is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership that it needs both at home and around the world than Donald Trump,” the former GOP presidential candidate said during a press conference with Trump here in Fort Worth.
Christie said that he believes the party needs to elect the candidate most likely to beat Clinton. Trump, the governor said, is “undoubtedly” the best person for the job and “is rewriting the playbook of American politics.”
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Trump, who stood smiling next to Christie as the governor announced his support, called it "a very big endorsement." He said Christie's support means a lot to him and his campaign, calling it "the one endorsement" that he wanted most.
“Donald Trump is someone who when he makes a promise, he keeps it,” Christie said. "No one is going to get inside this guy's head. There is no better fighter than Donald Trump."
Christie’s endorsement comes as the Trump campaign seeks to charge forward toward the Republican nomination through a strong showing on the March 1 “Super Tuesday” primaries, when 11 states will cast ballots in the GOP primary. Christie’s support is a boon for the billionaire, whose critics have accused of being unprepared to take office.

Christie said that he finalized his decision to endorse Trump after ending his own presidential campaign. He said he sat down with his family to discuss their role in the campaign moving forward and concluded that “it was clear the only choice was Donald Trump, the best choice was Donald Trump.”
Both Christie and Trump emphasized that they have known each other for years both personally and professionally. Trump dismissed a question about whether Christie was being considered for the vice presidential nomination, saying that they never discussed that when Christie called to offer his endorsement.
The surprise backing is a blow to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is seeking to become the main challenger to Trump for the Republican nomination. On Friday, Christie blasted Rubio's escalating personal attacks against the billionaire, calling them an act of desperation. Christie added that Rubio represents the Washington establishment.
“I find it fascinating that somebody who barely shows up for work…is going to talk about somebody being unprepared,” Christie said.
“He’s a desperate guy,” Trump said of Rubio. “He is not presidential material. He doesn’t have the demeanor. He is a nervous Nellie.”


  1. .

    Lindsay Graham

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham is disgusted with the GOP's embrace of Donald Trump: "My party has gone bats*** crazy."

    In no-holds-barred remarks at a celebratory dinner Thursday night, the South Carolina senator and unsuccessful presidential candidate said the GOP has lost all semblance of sanity and predicted the party will suffer irrevocable losses in November if it backs Trump.

    Graham said the GOP has its best chance in years to win as Democrats are likely to nominate Hillary Clinton, who has been damaged by questions about her trustworthiness. But his party is about to blow it, he said.

    "The most dishonest person in America is a woman, who's about to become president. How could that be? My party has gone bats*** crazy," Graham said...


    1. John promised he'd let Lindsey give him their "Special" Blow Job.
      ...notice he worked "blow it" into his performance.

    2. Good pick up. Always got to read for the real info.

  2. A little factoid that the Media won't mention:

    The Leader in the Polls at the end of April is the overwhelming favorite to be the next President.

  3. Strikes in Syria

    Attack, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes struck an ISIL petroleum, oil, and lubricant separation vessel and an ISIL gas and oil separation plant and crude oil collection point.

    -- Near Hawl, eight strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL vehicles, an ISIL strikes staging area, an ISIL tactical vehicle and an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL staging area and an ISIL weapons storage area.

    -- Near Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 16 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Haditha, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

    -- Near Hit, a strike destroyed an ISIL oil tanker.

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

    -- Near Kisik, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL light machine gun and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Mosul, a strike destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.

    -- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL artillery system, an ISIL staging area, and two ISIL supply cache and damaged an ISIL staging area.

    -- Near Sinjar, two strikes suppressed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL rocket position.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Fallujah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL bunkers.


  4. Rubio and "con artist" in the same sentence is the high point of my day so far.

    Dishonest, fast-talking, sellout piece of shit.

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  6. Rubio used to work for Quirk Sales Enterprises,LLC out of Detroit, Michigan before Rubio went into politics and Quirk went into prison.

    Quirk always spoke highly of the guy.

    "The Roob can move product" I recall Quirk saying. "He might have a future in politics."

  7. The Bettors have The Donald at 82% chance of being President,

    Hillary is at 18%.

    This is in a head to head match up between these two.

    1. No, they don't. That's silly.

      Trump is given a 35.7% Chance if nominated.

      Hillary is given a 61.9% Chance if nominated.


    2. Btw, Trump is now up to a 70% Chance of getting the nomination;

      Hillary at 92% of nomination.

  8. .

    The US War on the Shia: Yemen

    Since beginning an air war against in Houthi rebels in Yemen last year, the Saudis and their allies have relied on U.S. tankers to refuel their aircraft in flight.

    And these missions continue today, Air Forces Central Command officials recently told Air Force Times.

    "We've flown 709 sorties involving 3,720 receivers," Air Force Maj. Timothy Smith, spokesman for the command, said on Feb. 17. "And we've offloaded 26,591,200 pounds of fuel" to foreign aircraft, he said.

    AFCENT has been tracking the latest data as of April 3, 2015. On that date, just a few days into the Saudi-led bombing campaign, Houthi fighters — anti-government rebels who advanced on the port-city of Aden — faced a series of setbacks when Saudi and other regional warplanes dislodged them.

    The first few weeks involved dozens of fighter jets from Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, among other Gulf nations.

    The air campaign grew with relentless intensity throughout 2015, displacing more than 2 million people and killing thousands; recently it has been more sporadic.

    "The air strikes are less frequent than they used to be," said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. "But the Sana'a and Taiz area as well as Ma'rib are hit on a semi-regular basis," the expert in Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa conflicts said.

    Public buildings in areas like Taiz are consistently shelled by the Iranian-backed, Shi'ite Houthi rebels, according to witnesses, which partially dictates how the Saudi coalition — pro-government sympathizers — targets the war front.

    Yet officials have said Saudi ignores precise targeting, leading to more devastation and civilian casualties.

    "There's a lot of ambiguity as to whether the U.S. has a role" here, "and that ambiguity might be deliberate," Gartenstein-Ross said.


    1. It's all a part of O'bozo's smart power policy and his doctrine of "leading from behind", not to mention his overall view of "strategic patience".

      If you follow these wars as closely as I you will immediately recognize what I am talking about.......which is at base all gas, no muscle, let Hillary or The Donald handle it.

    2. Oy Vay, the boobie flexing his muscles....

    3. ISIS in Iraq
      ISIS in Syria
      Help is needed in Nigeria
      Kurdish areas under assault

      So much need, so little time.

      O'bozo must keep the enemy guessing.

      That is why no sane person can see any rhyme or reason to his actions, such as they are....

      Some of the very best people, Gary Kasparov, for instance, logical people, thoughtful people, think the entire fiasco is due to O'bozo pulling our troops out way too soon.

      Others, O'bozo defenders, come out with non sense like coincidence doesn't imply causation.

      Everyone knows there folks are just being stubborn and stupid, and trying to get into an argument.

    4. .

      Others, O'bozo defenders, come out with non sense like coincidence doesn't imply causation.

      And others, neocons and their defenders, with no appreciation for the history of the ME over the past two decades and searching either for excuses or for simple reasons for complex situations are quick to jump at single factors to explain the miasma that is the current ME.


  9. I'm linked into "Insiders Bettors" where you have to pay a fee to read their results.

    Don't know where you are getting your phony numbers but don't bet on them.

    The Donald has picked up The Christie endorsement.

    1. If yu 'don't know', "Counterfeit Bob" it can only be explained by your lack of curiosity. The link works perfectly well.

      Then, after checking out the website you could always investigate just who 'Predictwise' is, what their track record is.

      But you have no intellectual curiosity.

  10. "There's a lot of ambiguity as to whether the U.S. has a role" here, "and that ambiguity might be deliberate," Gartenstein-Ross said.

    "and that ambiguity might be deliberate"

    Exactly. This is O'bozo playing his weaknesses as strengths.

    He comes over as not know what the hell he is doing, and the "Insider Bettors" have it figured out now that he doesn't have a clue as to what he is doing, just around and making it up as he goes one weekend to the next.

    1. What we are seeing, in the terms of political science, is a "preference cascade" building behind the The Donald.

      Soon the endorsements will be coming in thick and thin.

      Then the "preference cascade" really begins.

      Christie is opening this door for others.

      The fear of being shamed, of lose of friends, will have vanished.

    2. There is no ambiguity ...

      "We've flown 709 sorties involving 3,720 receivers," Air Force Maj. Timothy Smith, spokesman for the command, said on Feb. 17. "And we've offloaded 26,591,200 pounds of fuel" to foreign aircraft,

      The facts speak for themselves ...

      To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
      George Santayana

  11. Security forces liberate Albu Daeig, raise Iraqi flag over its buildings

    ( Anbar – The Head of Amiriyah Fallujah Council Shaker Mahmoud al-Eissawy announced on Thursday, that the security force liberated Albu Daeig area in western Amiriyah Fallujah and raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.

    Eissawy said in a statement received by, “Today the security forces managed to liberate Albi Daeig area northwest of Amiriyah Fallujah, while raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.”

    Eissawy added, “The operation was carried out by the 2nd regiment of the army’s 8th brigade, Amiriyah Fallujah police, emergency police regiments and tribal fighters, backed by the international coalition aviation and the Iraqi Army Aviation.”


  12. The real insiders know that The Donald is going to call on The Ash to fix the Mideast for him.

    The Donald reads these pages are 'gets it' that Ash was on the right side of the betting on the cleaning out of ISIS if Iraq, our two Generals being so far off the mark as to be laughable. The Donald recalls the much better sense The Ash showed in those days.

    Secretary of Defense Dual Citizen Ash of Canada/USA !

    Protection for ALL of North America !!

    Look for it.

    1. You left out Mexico.

      It is definitely part of North America, just look at a map, "Counterfeit Bob".


    2. George W Bush did not forget the strategic value of Mexico, he signed the ....

      The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was a region-level dialogue with the stated purpose of providing greater cooperation on security and economic issues.[1] The Partnership was founded in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005, by Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin, President of Mexico Vicente Fox, and U.S. President George W. Bush.[1] It was the second of such regional-level agreements involving the United States following the 1997 Partnership for Prosperity and Security in the Caribbean (PPS).

      Barack Obama got US out of that 'Deal"

      Since August 2009, it is no longer an active initiative of any of the original dialogue partners.

  13. The Donald Wall will put an end to your nonsense, Stalker.

    Mexico will become what it really is, a part of Central America, not South America, nor North America, but Central America.

    The Wall will do wonders for human relations and geographical nomenclature too.

    1. .

      That would be HHHUUUUuuuuuuuggggge.

      And also, highly Unlikelyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!


    2. With The Donald, all things are possible.

      We don't even have to pay for it. The Mexicans have to pay for it.

      The Chinese are already worried, I've been reading.

      A big storm is acomin' and USS America is gonn' be floatin' high !

  14. .

    This is a strange year in politics and, IMO, it's a little early to be predicting presidential winners.

    You have the betting sites but the results there are based bets as of this point in the campaign.

    Assuming it is Trump vs Clinton,

    The RCP average currently has it Clinton over Trump 47.3/45.8 (+2.8)

    However, giving the partisanship and the bitterness, it may come down to something as simple as Trump and Hillary's unfavorables. I know Trump's unfavorable rating is around 57%. And while I couldn't find anything on Hillary I have to suspect hers is around 50%.


    Clinton unfavorable:

    1. Yeah, Hillary's unfavorables are high; in fact, I think they are probably higher than those of anyone not named Trump. :)

      In the end it will probably look a lot like 2012 - unless the pubbie can break into the black vote.

    2. .

      Signs of the apocalypse.


    3. Hillary would be at 50% unfavorable just by counting the Republicans.

      Add in the Democrats she might soar over 65% easy.

      Maybe even 70-75%.

  15. Vermin Supreme for VP on either ticket would change everything.