“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, March 26, 2016

Bernie Birdman


  1. An French soldier has been detained after a video emerged showing him apparently shooting a arab terrorist in the head as he lay wounded and motionless on the ground.

    The arab was soon declared dead. He was one of two attackers who had earlier stabbed another cartoonist in Paris

    The French military said the shooting was a "grave breach of French values".
    The soldier has not been identified.

    "In light of the initial probe into the incident, a military police investigation has been launched," the French army said on Thursday.
    The shooting occurred just minutes after two Arab attackers stabbed an cartonist at a office at the Charlie Hebro offices.
    The Arab shown in the video was shot and wounded during the attack.




    Just wondering....

    Terrorists that murder have no rights...

    They wear bomb vests, they target the innocents....

    Double tap them....

    1. It looks like you are just making stuff up again WiO. What possible benefit do you think bald face lies brings to any of your arguments? If your aren't lying show us.

    2. .

      It sounds amazingly like the Israeli soldier that is now being held pending an investigation for the same type shooting.

      Like the French the Israelis have called the shooting a breach of their values. But like the French, as far as I know they haven't said anything about the soldier who has committed the act.


    3. What incident are you referring to Quirk? I haven't been able to find anything online other than the Israeli soldier incident. Maybe WiO really is a fifth columnist working against Israeli interests.

    4. .

      I obviously was referring to that incident, Ash.

      It's called Irony.

      I think.


    5. Please, Ash, just for once, quit making a fool of yourself.

      The entire world is still focused on Belgium, and the jihadis blowing up the airport, and trying to target the nuclear plant there....and you blah blah blah

      Tell us the deep symbolical meaning of the bird landing on Bernie's podium instead.

    6. You too, Quirk.

    7. Ash, has a flying crow ever shit on your head ?

      You richly deserve it.

    8. .

      WiO brought this up, dipshit.


    9. When someone makes a statement of fact my default position is to accept their claim, even WiO. He claimed the incident happened. I guess it didn't. Why he should choose to bring the Israeli soldiers execution of a defenseless prone boy to our attention again doesn’t appear to suit Israeli interests. It makes them look bad and gives justification to the Palestinians.

    10. Dipshit ?

      Dipshit !???!

      Aiyieee, that hurts !

    11. Potato Butt !


    12. Ninner ninner ninner

      Quart gets mentally thinner

      Take that !

      Hah !!

    13. I can see why you think that the current Republican discourse is a "great show"

    14. Our little "O"rdure has convinced more than a few folks that the Israeli are liars, cheats and much, much worse.

      He claims to be an Israeli, and we all know he is.
      Just not a very intelligent one.

    15. Jack, you must you lie about me?

      I am more of an American than you...

      We all know that.

      I claim to be a ZIONIST.

      You claim to support hamas and the genocide of Israel and the Jews...

      As for intelligence? Was it not you that stalked the WRONG Jew for over 2 years?

      How is Chocolate Emporium Jack?


      Dip shit.

    16. As for the made up story I posted?

      It was made up, but it served to illustrate the fact that a terrorist can and is shot to death by most nations on the planet after he is down if he is suspected of still being a threat...

      Killing Palestinian terrorists, or Arab Terrorists, or any terrorists is good clean fun...


      Remember they might have a suicide vest on... kill them dead.

    17. WiO lives in a fantasy world.

  2. The video brings to mind the famous incident out this way when, on a high school field trip, a flying crow dropped a big shit right on our Emery's head.

    This incident is still talked about at our high school reunions. Emery later died with a friend when the two had been drinking in the friend's Austin Healy and, heading to the whore house in Orofino, missing a turn,landed on the river rocks instead.

    Emery was a Mormon kid, friend of mine, father in the Math Department, U of I, a little wild.

    Emery it was who released the rooster into Miss Gerkhe's study hall......

    1. ......smuggled the rooster into school in a large paper bag...

      we all howled like hell with delight...poor Miss Gerkhe didn't know what to do, finally ran and got the Principal....

  3. .

    A dove?

    Bernie may be a reincarnation of St. Francis but he doesn't appear to be an ornithologist.


  4. It appeared to be a tanager of some kind.

    If Bernie called it a dove he is bull shitting or like you say doesn't know a thing about birds.

    Bernie deserves the crow treatment.

    1. .

      A crow does have more brains than the typical Idahoan yellow-belly bed-wetter.


    2. Crow ARE smart.

      They use tools.

      Unlike your typical Detroit fool, who only tools around drinking...a danger to himself and others...

    3. I'm breaking off contact. I feel this is getting mean spirited.

      How did your latest court hearing go the other day, by the way....?

  5. Another suspect arrested in the Belgium terror attack, just heard on Fox.

    They have rounded some up...



    2. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you have been an advocate for nuclear prolferaion since the Elphant Bar opened, you told us it was safe..
      Now it come to pass that you are a liar.

      You now post that those nuclear power plants are magnets for terrorists.
      And they are 'everywhere'.

    3. They are safe, when properly sited and protected and guarded, Dead Beat Dad & Serial Slander Stalker.

      These days they should all be protected by a contingent of Marines though, with all this terrorism going on...


    4. You would suspend the Posse Comitatus Act, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson?


    5. Or do you propose that the US "Nationalize" the 61 commercially operating nuclear power plants with 99 nuclear reactors in 30 states of the United States ?

      That would be the "Socialist" option.

    6. Jack, every day you type and distort, lie and mislead...

      What would Jesus say about you?

  6. Workers Regain Part of Recession Losses, as Wage Share Rises

    The wage share of GDP has recovered close to half of the ground lost in the downturn. Combining economy-wide wages and corporate profits, the wage share fell by 3.6 percentage points between 2007 and 2012.

    The data for 2015 show that the wage share has increased by 1.6 percentage points since its trough in 2012. This indicates that a tighter labor market is now allowing workers to achieve some gains at the expense of corporate profits.

    This means a huge amount for Federal Reserve Board policy going forward. If the Fed raises interest rates to slow growth and job creation, it can prevent workers from recovering the ground they lost in the downturn.

    It is striking that only one presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders, has raised this issue. The others have for some reason chosen not to discuss the Federal Reserve Board and its impact on workers' living standards. (Senator Ted Cruz has discussed the Fed, but said that he wants to bring the gold standard. This would prevent the Fed from taking any steps to boost the economy in a downturn.)


  7. .

    I've been sitting here drinking a cup of coffee and watching a Democratic (Hart, Jackson, Glenn, McGovern, and Mondale) primary debate from 1984 moderated by John Chancellor. Two things were striking about it,

    1. Many of the problems they were discussing in 1984 presage the issues that are being discussed today, jobs, too big too fail (then it was focused on corporate consolidation and monopoly), trade, the size of the military, the Korean airliner issues, etc. Of course, the big difference was that the big foreign policy concern was the cold war with Russia rather than today's concerns with the ME and terrorism.

    2. The debate was civilized compared to the circus we have today. The candidates and the moderator sat in a small semi-circle in comfy chairs. Voices weren't raised. They look relaxed. Quite a bit of joking banter among them. People didn't talk over each other until maybe the last 5 minutes when Mondale and Hart, the front runners, got into a little bantering though voices weren't raised. All in all a rather civilized affair. Quite unlike what we have today.

    What I took away from it was that many of the problems we have today also existed 30 years ago but the atmosphere in which they are being discussed has changed, soured, and grown course.


    1. You mean they weren't talking about dick size, and the faults of the other guy's wife ?

      Indeed some of it this year has been disgusting, embarrassing.

      Wasn't Gary Hart the guy that got caught monkeying around on the Monkey Business ?

      Then there was John Edwards, who got outed by The National Enquirer.

      Who knows, maybe Cruz has had five mistresses, like The National Enquirer says...

      Illicit sex is always a great topic in most all campaigns, whether the allegations are true or not.

    2. .

      Ah, you're back. Good. As I said above, I was just kidding. Do not take my description of you as a medical diagnosis. I am not a doctor. Though, in the past, I have had certain associates who liked to call me Dr. Quirk.


    3. I thought you said and meant:

      I, Kid

      like in

      I, Claudius

      so it's all my fault.

      Well of course your 'associates' called you Dr. Quirk when you all were running that fakaroo drug rehab program in Detroit and raking in the Federal funding.

      Certainly no surprise here, Dr. Quirk.

      You're in a good mood so the trial the other day must have gone well.

      Lots of female jurors, you lean sophisticated Cheetah ?


      (get it...Cheata Cheata...?)

    4. We are all rad happy to have you back safe and sound.

      I personally had no doubt of the outcome...

    5. .

      ...rad happy...?

      Is that some kind of Idahoan slang term? Sounds like something a character on Portlandia might say. That or some pubescent girl.


    6. .

      (get it...Cheata Cheata...?)

      Nope. Completely missed it.


    7. .

      I thought you said and meant:

      I, Kid

      No, I think you've got me mixed up with rat.

      And the word is spelled 'aye' and it's usually accompanied by an 'arrggggh' or 'matey'.



  8. Strikes in Syria

    Attack aircraft conducted four strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Ayn Isa, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece and three ISIL fighting positions.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Using rocket artillery along with ground-attack, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, coalition forces conducted 22 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

    -- Near Fallujah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.

    -- Near Hit, five strikes struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory, an ISIL communications facility, an ISIL weapons storage facility and two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed an ISIL artillery piece and suppressed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, suppressed two ISIL mortar positions, and destroyed two ISIL supply caches and three ISIL assembly areas.

    -- Near Qayyarah, six strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units, suppressed an ISIL mortar position, and destroyed three ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL vehicle, and five ISIL assembly areas.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position and an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed an ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.

  9. Here's something more to worry about -

    Yellowstone supervolcano eruptions were even bigger than we thought

    Yellowstone's geysers and hotpots are 'just the latest in a protracted history of numerous catastrophic super-eruptions that have burned a track along the Snake River eastwards from Oregon to Yellowstone,' says UK geologist.

    By Christina Beck, Staff March 26, 2016

    A recent study published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin identifies an area of great volcanic activity along the Snake River Plain between Oregon and Yellowstone.

    While scientists have long known that the supervolcano now under Yellowstone left a trail of mega-eruptions across the Pacific Northwest, an international research team has found evidence of only 12 distinct eruptions, contradicting earlier theories that the eruptions were more numerous and less extreme.

    “The size and magnitude of this newly defined eruption is as large, if not larger, than better known eruptions at Yellowstone,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Thomas Knott, in a University of Leicester press release, “and it is just the first in an emerging record of newly discovered super-eruptions during a period of intense magmatic activity between 8 and 12 million years ago.”

    Scientists used paleomagnetic data, radioisotope dating, and rock and mineral chemistries to identify the size and location of these ancient eruptions.

    One eruption, called the Castleford Crossing eruption, produced a volcanic sheet that covers approximately 14,000 square kilometers – an area the size of Connecticut – in southern Idaho.

    Knott and his team identified 11 other super explosions that they say were likely similar in size to the well known, massive super explosions at Yellowstone.

    “While it is well-known that Yellowstone has erupted catastrophically in recent times,” said Knott, “perhaps less widely appreciated is that these were just the latest in a protracted history of numerous catastrophic super-eruptions that have burned a track along the Snake River eastwards from Oregon to Yellowstone.”

    Yellowstone certainly remains volcanically lively. In 2013, a study found that Yellowstone’s “supervolcano” was even larger than scientists had previously believed, with a magma chamber stretching 55 miles long, and 18 miles wide.

    If the Yellowstone supervolcano explodes, says the 2013 study, the resulting eruption could be up to 2,000 times as violent as the Mt. St. Helens eruption several decades ago.

    In the spring of 2015, scientists discovered an even deeper magma chamber.

    The last Yellowstone eruption occurred 640,000 years ago – a blink of an eye in the geologic time scale, compared to the Snake River Plain explosions 8 to 12 million years ago – some remain concerned that this destructive supervolcano is ripe for an eruption.

    "Three super-eruptions at Yellowstone appear to have occurred on a 600,000-700,000 year cycle starting 2.1 million years ago," explains the BBC. "The most recent took place 640,000 years ago – suggesting Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption."

    This new study, with evidence of 12 volcanoes in about 3 million years, suggests that the Yellowstone supervolcano can erupt catastrophically on a much shorter cycle of about every 250,000 years.


      There's no current terrorist organization that yet compares with Mother Nature.

      Though in the past those totalitarians the Nazis and the Commies surely gave it a good run for the money.


    2. To worry about something over which you have absolutely no control ...

      Pure foolishness, bordering on paranoia.


    3. Just for you, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson

      6 Powerful Steps to Stop Worrying and Start Living

      Worry — it’s what keeps many lying awake at night and is what annoyingly gnaws away at people as they try to work, enjoy life, and relax. Unrelenting anxiety and fear can be debilitating and drain you of energy — emotional and physical. For many people worrying has become habit and automatic. ...

      There it is, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, the article is describing YOU, to a "T".

      People who worry a lot aren’t able to enjoy themselves. They aren’t able to focus on goals and pleasure. Life for them often feels draining and lacks pleasure.
      Simply put: they aren’t happy.

      Nailed it, again, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.
      You really ought to read the piece, it could change your life, for the better.


    4. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
      ... a self-help book by Dale Carnegie.

      You should get yourself a copy, Robert"Draft Dodger" Peterson.


  10. Syria army retakes Palmyra citadel

    The Islamic State group suffered a double setback in Syria Friday as army troops recaptured half of the ancient city of Palmyra ...

    The seizure by Russian-backed Syrian troops of half of Palmyra including the hilltop citadel and the airport came nearly a year after IS overran the UNESCO world heritage site.



  11. Republicans losing faith in election process, poll finds

    Losing the 'big' elections is the primary cause of that.
    Then, when a 'popular' candidate emerges, the "Party" elders try to sabotage their own electorates' choice.

    Does cause the sheeple to get discouraged with the 'process'...

    Vote Liberty, Vote for Gary Johnson.


  12. Poll shows Gary Johnson in double digits in 3-way race against Clinton, Trump

    Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson, possibly benefitting from dissatisfaction with the two major parties’ front-runners, is in double digits in a potential three-way race, according to a poll released Thursday.

    In a three-way contest, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was at 42 percent, GOP front-runner Donald Trump was at 34 percent, and Mr. Johnson, who is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination, was at 11 percent, according to the Monmouth University poll.

  13. No need for US intervention ...

    The Kurdish forces thwarted an attempt by the Takfiri terrorists to capture Sheikh al-Maqsoud district in the city of Aleppo on Saturday.

    The Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham terrorists tried to take control of Sheikh al-Maqsoud area, but they were forced to retreat by the Kurdish fighters.

    The Takfiri terrorists sustained heavy casualties and losses in tough battle with the Kurdish forces.

    In a relevant development last Monday, the Syrian army repulsed an ISIS attack on areas around the industrial zone Northeast of Aleppo and inflicted more casualties on the terrorists.

    "The terrorists attempted to open their way into the areas East of Kafr Sakeer village located Northeast of Aleppo's al-Sheikh Najjar Industrial Zone but were pushed back by the Syrian army troops after sustaining a number of losses and injuries," a military source said.

    "The Syrian Army, for its part, carried out a counter attack to win back more regions from the terrorist and managed to kill more militants and destroy a number of ISIS vehicles including Pick-up trucks equipped with heavy guns," the source said.

    According to the source, during the operation to repel ISIS offensive in Western areas just outside Kefr Sakeer village, an ISIS suicide attacker was identified and targeted by the Syrian soldiers before he could detonate his explosive belt.

    Last Sunday, the Syrian Army and its allies fended off a massive assault by the ISIS terrorists on the government forces' positions in two key villages in Northern Aleppo province and forced the militants to retreat back to their positions.

    The ISIS attempts to prevail over the government forces' lines of defense in the villages of Kafr Sakeer and Babbenes near the al-Sheikh Najjar industrial zone were thwarted by the Syrian soldiers who claimed the lives of dozens of terrorists

    - See more at:


  14. Now, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, the can be no slander, at the Elephant Bar, it simply is not possible.

    slander. n. oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed.

    I think you meant libel, which just is another indicator that you remain "Functionally Illiterate".

    Even libel though, requires an "untruth", none of which has never been written, about you, by me.

    Everything you consider "slander" was posted by you, I've merely reposted your vile statements, from the past.

    Like this one ...

    bobal Fri Mar 20, 06:03:00 PM EDT
    Trish always was a syphilitic slut

    1. Or this ...

      Idaho Bob Thu Jan 14, 05:57:00 PM EST
      I'm for carpet bombing Detroit and environs as a necessary precursor to urban renewal.

      "To destroy is to create" saith the Lord of Hosts and Urban Renewal.

      The archives are replete with examples of what could be considered libelous to Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, if he had not written them, himself.

  15. Not worried for myself, Dead Beat Dad, but for my kids, and other people.

    You don't have this worry, Dead Beat Dad. Your behavior has shown that well enough.

    I've lived a long time, and the Lord, or the Nature of Things, can take me any time...

    1. Your kids, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you have to be kidding.
      If were worried about them, you would not defame yourself, such as you have.

      bobal Sat Sep 06, 09:21:00 PM EDT
      After an eight year law suit with most of my relatives, I've finally found some sanity on line.

      bobal Sat Sep 06, 09:22:00 PM EDT
      If cousin Sally dies, I'll joyfully let ya all know.

      You have not found sanity on the World Wide Web, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, you have merely exposed your true mental condition to the world.

    2. Fire and Ice

      Some say the world will end in fire,
      Some say in ice.
      From what I've tasted of desire
      I hold with those who favor fire.
      But if it had to perish twice,
      I think I know enough of hate
      To say that for destruction ice
      Is also great

      Robert Frost

      I like fire, some like you prefer ice, Dead Beat Dad.


    3. You would not have stolen your Aunt's honor, nor would you have delivered, to her, a "Death Sentence", by institutionalizing her, to avoid being prosecuted for bank fraud, if you were concerned about your 'children'...

      Want to read the quote?


    4. You advocated for mass murder and cannibalism.
      No one who was concerned about his children thought of him would have done such a vile act, as that.


    5. “A truth that's told with bad intent
      Beats all the lies you can invent.”

      ― William Blake


    6. Quoting you is not libeling you, Robert "Draft Dodger"Peterson.

      It is telling the truth with bad intent.

    7. You're truly repugnant, Dead Beat Dad.

      My Aunt was rest homed on the advice of her lawyer, and the doctors, after she nearly died from pneumonia, and needed 24 hour care which I could not possibly provide for her.

      Go away, Dead Beat Dad, you are desperately needed off the coast of Panama - the CIA, NSA and Defense need you desperately to work on that top super secret critical defense project you once told us about.

      Get going now. The only time you'd don't make an asshole out of yourself around here is when you are gone.

      You don't want to continually make an asshole out of yourself, do you Dead Beat Dad ?



      Heading into the Casino for my free points and free monthly dinner.

      Cheers ! to all except Dead Beat Dad.

      out till later

    8. Jack, the woman you knocked up, fled the country to get away from you...


      Too fucking funny...

      So there you sit, alone, no wife, no kids..

      just your guns, booze and pot...

      Such a sad sick example....

      Please tell us when you plan to "end it" all and od...

      We'll need to celebrate your passing.

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    10. Ash, did you want to say something witty about the dead terrorist not given his "rights"?

      Dead ash...

      That's the plan and the feeling is spreading across the globe.

      If you're a terrorist?

      you get shot...

      Hopefully in a painful viscous way...

      Happy Easter.

  16. More of WiO's fantasy world. What a lying and deluded piece of shit he is.

    1. What ash?

      Dont like the idea that terrorists need to be executed?

      you deluded piece of shit..

    2. Ash, how is that such a far fetched story?

      The French, Americans, Russians are all bombing jihadists on a daily basis, the jihadists (your friends) are being shot...

      Why does that make me deluded?

      maybe we should do what the French used to do...


      Or maybe the French Foreign Legion?

  17. The camaraderie here is unmatched by any other online drinking establishment.

    1. .

      Well, it does help not to be too thin skinned here.

      On that subject, I've noticed that the old Dougster has kinda of mellowed out lately. Less argumentative. Less bellicose. Riding the wave so to speak. It's a good look for you. I wish I could achieve it myself.

      What's your secret?


    2. The main trouble is, that, whenever Jack "Memorial Day" Hawkins drops in, the temperature in this liquor joint, whether summer or winter, tumbles by about 35 degrees, every time

      A little like a disjointed Eskimo jinn has walked in, bringing the Artic winter with him.

      The only solution I've found for me is just to take leave to the Casino for awhile.

      Just the opposite of when Doug drops by, everything seems warmer and cheerier.

      Man, do they have great Chicken Tenders out there !

  18. "Brothers in Arms"

  19. Ash is pissed that a palestinian terrorist is dead...

    PISS on you ash.

  20. Ash, I only hope that you personally are harmed by your fellow jihadists someday...

    Tell us so we can giggle

    1. At the very least, Ash has earned, and deserves, a good mugging.

    2. WiO,

      Remember how pissed you were at Terisita's lies? How she lost all credibility? The same goes for you - you've published so many blatant lies nothing you now say has any credibility.

    3. What gets me about you, Ash, is your lack of basic rationality.

      Being a Big Lib you are certainly all for feminism, multiculturalism, and peace.

      But you also favor an Arabstinian State in the 'West Bank' which would be, exactly, the opposite of that which you claim to be for....

      It would be misogynist, apartheid (no Christians of Jews shall set foot on our land) and militant, highly armed, and aggressive, pledged to forever try to push the Israelis into the Mediterranean Sea.

      You so often don't make any sense whatsoever, Ash.

    4. And the gays, Ash.

      Certainly you are not a homophobe.

      It's not in your liberal script.

      You must think of the gays.

      They would be butchered like in so many other places in the mid-east, save in Israel.

    5. i never claimed to be lesbian


      I am an American Jew who supports the Zionist idea.

      No lies there Mr Ash, or shall we say, Mr Jihadist supporter..

  21. Jack HawkinsSat Mar 26, 04:37:00 PM EDT

    You would not have stolen your Aunt's honor, nor would you have delivered, to her, a "Death Sentence", by institutionalizing her, to avoid being prosecuted for bank fraud, if you were concerned about your 'children'...

    Want to read the quote?

    I turned you in to the AZ FBI for making death threats against me...

    Want to see the quote?

    Oh yeah, you bragged that you had a "source" inside the AZ FBI that should you my file! Remember how you said you were a "newspaperman" and how you didn't give a dam about your source who leaked the ongoing investigation?

    Jack, be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack misdirects like a lying blowhard he is...


    Hows that stalking of Chocolate Emporium doing? Wrong Jew for over 2 years stalked by Jack "the rat" Hawkins.

    Hey Jack....

    Why do you lie, distort and misdirect?

    Cant you make a point without resorting to being a shit?



  22. In a Tastleless Tabloid Election, It’s Only Fitting the National Enquirer Now on Center Stage

    by Joe Concha | 10:22 pm, March 25th, 2016


    When analyzing the latest in this it-can’t-be-more-custom-made-for-cable-news presidential race, the only movie that comes to mind with today’s latest developments regarding Ted Cruz and the National Enquirer is an infamous exchange in 1984’s Ghostbusters on whether or not ghosts actually exist:

    Peter Venkman (Bill Murray): “Well, you can believe Mr. Pecker…”

    Walter Peck (William Atherton): “My name… is Peck.”

    The exchange eventually ends with Venkman “confirming” that Peck is operating without an essential male body part. Fast forward to 2016 and it’s a man named David Pecker — the Enquirer CEO — who is now part of a narrative that has included hand sizes and all the 9th grade innuendo
    that predictably followed in front of millions during a nationally-televised presidential debate (we are a long way from “There you go again…”). We’ve also drifted into old nude modeling photos of the wife of the GOP frontrunner and the appearance in general of the spouse of the man chasing him for the nomination. It’s officially the Reality TV election on 24/7 cable news in all of its tabloid glory with plenty of Twitter snark to go around.

    So if the Enquirer is now part of the equation.....



      Hey, like they say, the Enquirer got Hart and Edwards right....way ahead of everyone else...

  23. Sanders has clobbered Clinton in Alaska and Washington State.

    Left to go today for the Dems:


    They don't seem to take polls in Hawaii, but I'm betting Sanders due to all the young beach bums that hang out there.....IF they can get their heads out of reefer madness long enough to think to go vote...


  24. Alaska Votes Percent Del. (100%)
    Sanders 440 81.6 13
    Clinton 99 18.4 3

    539 votes in all of Alaska....they've got their priorities right up in Alaska...

    1. Sanders takes Hawaii by 2 to 1 margin.

      Feel The Bern - he hit the triple jackpot today, triperfecta.

      He will be hanging around....hoping for an indictment....

  25. Deal reached to boost California's minimum wage to $15, avoiding ballot box battle

    Lawmakers and labor unions have struck a tentative deal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15, averting a costly political campaign this fall and possibly putting California at the forefront of a national movement.

    The deal was confirmed Saturday afternoon by sources close to the negotiations who would speak only on condition of anonymity until Gov. Jerry Brown makes a formal announcement as early as Monday.

    The minimum wage compromise ends a long debate between the Democratic governor and some of the state's most powerful labor unions. For Brown, it's political pragmatism; numerous statewide polls have suggested voters would approve a minimum wage proposal — perhaps even a more sweeping version — if . . . .

    LA Times