“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."

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I Don’t Give a Crap that Prince Died

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

Robert Fisk 

Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting?  In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years.  At least 340 were wounded.  The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital.  Whole families were annihilated.  No autopsies for them.  Local television showed an entire family – a mother and father and three children blown to pieces in a millisecond – while the city’s ambulance service reported that its entire fleet (a miserable 15 vehicles) were mobilised for the rescue effort.  One ambulance was so packed with wounded that the back doors came off their hinges.

But Prince also died this week.

Now Afghanistan is the country to which we and our EU partners are happily returning refugees on the grounds that Kabul and its surrounding provinces are “safe”.  It is, of course, a lie – as flagrant and potentially as bloody as the infamous weapons of mass destruction we claimed were in Iraq in 2003.  By then, we had already promised the Afghans – in 2001 – that we wouldn’t let them down.  We wouldn’t forget them as we did after the Soviet war.  A Blair promise, of course, and thus worthless.

There was another story on Afghan television last week, which carried its own dark implications for the future.  A young man called Sabour was convicted of murdering two American advisers and told the court that he had absolutely no regrets.  Afghan social media began to fill with comments in support of the man.  He was “a real Afghan,” said one.  “A true Afghan.”  So much for Afghanistan and its utterly corrupt government and our continued claim that we support this bogus administration and that our advisers are there to produce, well, not ‘Jeffersonian democracy” – as the Americans coyly admitted in 2003 – but at least stability.

But Prince also died this week.

Then there was the latest Mediterranean catastrophe.  Up to 500 refugees and migrants were believed to have drowned after refugees from a small vessel sailing out of Libya were transferred onto a larger boat on which Egyptians, Ethiopians, Somalis and Sudanese were traveling.  The survivors were landed in Greece, some having seen their families drown.  But there were no pictures of the sinking.  No autopsies for them, of course.  No dead little Aylan Kurdis were washed up on a soft beach for the cameras.  They simply drifted straight down to the depths of the ocean to join the other thousands of skeletons who never made it to Europe.  Do not reflect that five hundred lives is almost exactly one third the total passenger deaths on the Titanic.  Do not mention that another million human beings are likely to choose this Mediterranean passage now that we are closing the straits between Greece and Turkey.

Because Prince died this week.

Migrants' desperate boat journeys to Europe

No, I don’t begrudge those who mourn this brilliant musician and the social revolution he represented.  The ‘Purple Rain’ ‘superstar’ also had fans across the Middle East.  There are Arab Facebooks aplenty today expressing their sorrow at his death.  But I do wonder if we are going too far.  When network television presenters are expressing their condolences to the mayor of Minneapolis and the Eiffel Tower has turned purple, there must surely come a time when we ask ourselves if our sense of priorities has not lost all perspective.  Could not one of those three dead children in Kabul have become a ‘Prince’?  Or the children among the five hundred souls on the sinking Mediterranean boat?  Could not he or she have become a ‘superstar’?  How about a few presenters expressing their sorrow for their deaths, too?  The colour would be black instead of purple, of course.  The Eiffel Tower lights would have to be switched off.

But this will not happen.  Because ‘Prince’ died this week.


  1. .

    But this will not happen. Because ‘Prince’ died this week.


    At least, Fisk recognizes the talents of Prince and the fact that 57 is too young for anyone to die. Actually, in watching various news stations today I was surprised there weren't that many mentions of Prince. I had expected CNN would have kept it going 24/7 for a week.

    But back to the point, the two are unrelated. Fisk is right regarding our priorities but it has nothing to do with Prince. If Prince hadn't died do you think there would have been more coverage? I doubt it.

    The American public isn't interested in Afghanistan or the ME. Why should they be? They have no stake in the game. The politicians and the generals do their thing and the public gets on with their lives.

    The only time the public complains is if a particular war goes on too long and we are not winning. Even then, it doesn't take much, a promise to get out soon for instance, and the public s satisfied, at least, for a while. If Washington wanted to carry on with the 'long war' and never have a complaint, all they would need to do is plan better and just have an endless progression of tidy, short wars. They could wrap up one and then move on to the next with no complaints at all.

    We don't to get the public upset by disturbances in the force.

    Besides, Game of Thrones is on tonight. And talking of deaths, what about Jon Snow. People have been talking about that for a year and he isn't even real.

    Blood and circuses my friends. Blood and circuses.


    1. .

      We don't want to get the public upset by...


    2. "Actually, in watching various news stations today I was surprised there weren't that many mentions of Prince."

      The nation's attention span continues to deteriorate.

      Besides, there's an election on.

    3. Who is Jon Snow ?

      Some casualty of The Game of Thrones I suppose....

      I watch Fox continually and I haven't seen this 'person' mentioned....

  2. "Prince's former drug dealer tells how the legend spent $40,000 at a time on six-month supplies of Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches - highly addictive opioid pain killers - for 25 years"

    "'Also if they did have to give him a save shot when he overdosed like everybody is saying - that removes all traces of drugs from your system so he would have started to go into withdrawal and would have had to take a lot of drugs to feel okay again - which also could have killed him."
    The save shot temporarily blocks Opioid receptors.
    After a few hours, you're back where you were before, minus whatever amount of the drug that has been metabolized.

    Percocet brilliantly includes Tylenol, to make sure that you destroy your liver if you take too much, supposedly to discourage misuse!

  3. Prince wouldn't have survived 30 days in Gaza, the 'West Bank', Iran, Iraq..........

    How Prince survived, if the above report is true, all those drugs for so long the Lord only knows....

  4. And yet the horrible conditions of the giant open air prison camp, aka the concentration camp, no gazans choose to leave...


    1. Also no measurable flood of west bank arabs either...

      Maybe Israel didn't get the memo from Quirk, Rat or Deuce...


    2. I thought they had a hotline.

    Had not slept for 154 HOURS before his death...
    'So Far, No One Has Presented a Will'...Drudge

    154 hours with no sleep ?

    That's nearly a week.

    I'm not buying that.

  6. Even if you can’t stand the genres Prince performed and were put off by his outlandish persona, it is an indisputable truth that Prince’s level of talent was not of this world.

    The Death Of Prince And The Death of Jesus

    Despite reveling in sexually explicit material, Prince also wrote more explicitly Christian lyrics than any mainstream musician of that era not named Bono.

  7. I think that Israel should annex the west bank and gaza, as Quirk suggested.

    Give the arabs a choice, live as a equal citizen, swear allegiance to the Jewish state or leave.

  8. Cuba's people flee the Island state...

    Iranians have fled Iran.....

    And yet there is 1.2 MILLION arab citizens of Israel and they won't flee...

    Obviously Israel is not doing it's job well enough.

    1. Cuba = Prison Island

      You really got to want to leave to cross through shark waters to Florida on an inner tube.

    2. The Wonderland of Prison Island is also extremely racist.

      It is an object lesson is why one should be extremely wary of revolutions.

      Especially in a good country like USA.

      The 'kids' today in many of our colleges don't know anything, nothing at all.

      All they would ever succeed in doing is making things one hell of a lot worse.

  9. How COOL is this!!!!

    Moslems that have settled in Germany (since there is a vacancy created by the liquidation of it's Jews) chanted "adolf hitler" and Allah Akbar while hold Palestinian flags...

    Warms the heart...


  10. It's been reported that Prince's Will included provisions for his women's panties and stocking collection to be given to the prisoners of the Gaza open air prison.

    It seems that Prince wanted to lend a helping hand to all those transgendered and cross dressing Palestinians.


    1. A new online game allows players to control three Muslim extremists.

      Milo Tosser’ sees players given the chance to throw bodies from a rooftop, with the aim of hitting certain targets on the ground.
      Players are permitted five tosses per go, over three unique levels.
      The game’s creator described Yiannopoulos as “a gay man who is a staunch advocate for free speech,” making him the perfect candidate to get “tossed”.

      “He’s well known for his stances against feminism, PC culture, and Social Justice Warriors,” Michael Garber wrote on the game’s website.
      “He has also voiced concern about the treatment of homosexuals in Muslim-dominated countries and considers Islam extremists to be a big problem in today’s world.”
      Yiannopoulos – who recently said he would ‘cure’ homosexuality if he could – reportedly “loves” the game.
      Although it may seem Garber is glorifying the atrocities gay men often face at the hands of extremists, he says he is in fact trying to do the opposite.
      “I wanted to make a game highlighting a serious issue we face in today’s world,” says Garber.
      “That issue is fundamental Islam and how it teaches intolerance towards not only homosexuals and women, but also non-Muslims in general.”

    2. Milo Yiannopoulos interviews Alex Marlow, editor of Breitbart.

      Exposing college kids to the joys of freedom of expression. (Podcastone)

      SJWs Threaten, Assault Attendees at Milo Yiannopoulos Speech

      WATCH: University Official Threatens to Call Police on Reporter at Milo Protest Because Students Need 'Safe Space...

      Alex Marlow on the Milo Yiannopoulos Show: Conservatives Misread 2016 Election by Dismissing Their Comments.

  11. I didn't listen to a lot of Prince.

    He wasn't featured much on my beloved country/western stations.

    But, if he did as well as this -

    he's OK by me.


    Turning to literary matters, I am now reading, at the insistence of my wife, "Far Bright Star" by Robert Olmstead. I'm told it contains an NDE, along with much else.

    Mr. Olmstead is obviously indebted to Cormack McCarthy, though more compressed, and Cormack McCarthy was obviously indebted to Ernest Hemingway.

    Thus flows some of the currents of our literature....

    1. If WiO isn't spoofing us above, what a lovely gesture !

      The moslems need to get over the gays, along with much much else.

      Sexual orientation is not genetic, nor is it a choice.

      It is rather developmental, and occurs really really really early on in fetal development.

      One could throw all the gays in the entire world from Gaza rooftops, and in a generation there would be just as many as before the throwing.

      The only way to get rid of this orientation is to exterminate the entire human, no exceptions.

      This brings to mind the old saying about throwing out the baby with the bathwater....

      Sane folk don't wish to do this.

    2. I think for quite a few Lesbians these days it is societal, many making that choice today that would not have 50 years ago.

    3. What happened to our resident lesbian, btw?

      It's been so long, I've forgotten her name.

    4. I was rude, almost got kicked out of here over it, and would have deserved it, and she left.

      1) Catholic Woman
      2) Teresita
      3) Terrorista, some here called her :o)
      4) Then she had a handle had to do with Taoism
      5) And she was also Mrs. Redinger

      I wish she would return, and Trish too.

      This place has been like a men's only bar for too long a time now.

    5. She actually wasn't a lesbian.

      She just pretended.


  12. Humble and Kind
    by Tim McGraw

    Play Video

    You know there's a light that glows by the front door
    Don't forget the keys under the mat
    When childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind
    Go to church cause your momma says too
    Visit grandpa every chance that you can
    It won't be wasted time
    Always stay humble and kind

    Hold the door say please say thank you
    Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie
    I know you got moutains to climb but
    Always stay humble and kind
    When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you
    When the work you put in is realized
    Let yourself feel the pride but
    Always stay humble and kind

    Don't expect a free ride from no one
    Don't hold a grudge or a chip and here's why
    Bitterness keeps you from flying
    Always stay humble and kind
    Know the difference with sleeping with someone
    And sleeping with someone you love
    I love you ain't no pick up line so
    Always stay humble and kind

    Hold the door say please say thank you
    Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie
    I know you got moutains to climb but
    Always stay humble and kind
    When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you
    When the work you put in is realized
    Let yourself feel the pride but
    Always stay humble and kind

    When it's hot, eat a root beer popsicle
    Shut off the ac and roll the windows down
    Let that summer sun shine
    Always stay humble and kind
    Don't take for granted the love this life gives you
    When you get where you're goin'
    Don't forget turn back around
    And help the next one in line
    Always stay humble and kind


    * I notice Tim McGraw has the Christian fish symbol on the inside of his right arm

    1. i notice he flashes a video image of the Haj with a million moslems "stoning" the devil

    2. Noticed that too.

      Guess he felt he had to stick them in somewhere, the video being inclusive...kind of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.....maybe he felt that's as good as he could do, a million moslems stoning the devil, circling around like robots.....subliminal messaging ?

  13. Idaho Farm Life:

    Mariel Hemingway Says Father Sexually Abused Two Older Sisters Including Super Model Margaux

    1. Doug, that is the first I have ever read about anything like that.

      I am shocked and don't know what to make of it.

      I did notice this: (concerning Ernest Hemingway's suicide)

      She didn’t know until she was in her 20s that it was not accidental.

      That is extremely hard to credit. It's like she must have been institutionalized all those years. It doesn't make any sense. My entire extended family knew it wasn't 'accidental' the moment it came over the news. It was very clear what happened. And I don't ever recall anything ever about any speculation that it might have been an accident. He put his double barrel shotgun in his mouth and pulled the triggers....

      So, I don't know what to make of it.

      When I have seen her of TV she seems mostly all there, maybe a little hyper.

      That is a new one on me.

      Didn't know she lived in Ketchum.

    2. I do recall an incident when Ernest Hemingway almost died from an accidental shot gun blast.

      He was pleasant hunting along the river there that comes out of Ketchum with some other people, including a young woman in her teens I think. On getting out of the car Ernest Hemingway was leaning over to the ground doing something and the young woman's shotgun went over just missing his head. He rose up livid....

    3. He was pheasant hunting, and, for a moment, it wasn't pleasant....

    4. 'The young woman's shotgun went off just missing his head....'

      Slowly waking up here...

  14. I like Prince's music. Dude could rip a guitar. I actually like his music a lot more than those poor Afghans. Did they have any music recorded??

  15. Prince was a wonderful musician and entertainer, had Millions of fans, and no enemies of which I'm aware.

    Robert Fisk is way, way out of line with such a dreadful comment. I'm not even going to bother to wonder why he made it.

    1. doesn't make him a good person.

      separate the god GIVEN talent from the person.

  16. I think Fisk is a racist, since he is white and Prince was black.
    Sorry, Rufus, that was just too easy. :-)


    According to the report, Hamas forces would fight for Mosul's liberation alongside Hezbollah fighters and the Shi'ite Houthi militias which are currently struggling in Yemen.

    How COOL is this...

    Hope they all die. BOTH SIDES

    1. According to the report, Iran also intends to use Hamas in order to liberate the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, which has been under Kurdish control since June, and destabilize the Kurdistan region. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are planning to deploy forces affiliated with Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis in Kirkuk, from which they would gradually advance toward Kurdistan.

      Iran strives to destabilize Iraqi Kurdistan because it views the Kurdistan Regional Government, headed by President Masood Barzani, as a grave threat to its clout in its neighbor, Iraq.

      A Peshmerga commander told a-Sharq al-Awsat that in the past few days, Hezbollah forces joined the local Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Units in south Kirkuk carrying heavy weapons and missiles. He explained that Iran aims at capturing Mosul and Kirkuk in order to open a route to smuggle weapons and soldiers to Syria and Lebanon.

      Iran's reported plans regarding Hamas are ambitious and would have to overcome the Palestinian organization’s position of neutrality in regard to the regional conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    2. .


      :o) :o)

      :o) :o) :o)

      Stop it, you're killing me.


    3. Continue, please, WiO.

      Hey Quirk, new handle for Ash:


      Pretty good, huh !

    4. .

      Best be careful starting the 'handle' game. Never know where it could lead.


    5. I'm armed and dangerous.

      Have two or three awaiting just for you, handles with your name on 'em, so to speak.

      Don't try anything foolish.

  18. Minor "Q"Nit: Missouri: aborted -

    Missouri: Muslim migrant threatens to kill family that sponsored him, faces deportation
    By Robert Spencer on Apr 24, 2016 12:04 pm

    Missouri: Muslim migrant threatens to kill family that sponsored him, faces deportation
    “A 25-year-old Libyan man, who Platte County prosecutor alleged is part a terrorist organization, pleaded guilty to two felonies Thursday.” This vetting process is great! “Man living in Platte County and allegedly linked to terror groups pleads guilty to two felonies, faces deportation,” by John Pepitone,, April 21, 2016 (thanks to Creeping Sharia): PLATTE […]
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    Jihad Watch

  19. Finally, some authoritative instructions as to how to properly beat one's wife -

    April 25, 2016

    Saudi family therapist releases helpful video on how to beat your wife the Islamic way

    By Thomas Lifson

    Here’s some diversity for the multiculturalists to celebrate. Via MEMRI, translation of a video by Saudi family therapist Khaled Al-Saqaby, who explains the proper Islamic way to beat your wife, which, he admits, is a thorny issue. As U.K. Daily Mail excerpts:


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  20. Debbie squirms, as Debbie should -

    April 25, 2016

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz squirms under grilling by Chris Wallace on Hillary’s emails

    By Thomas Lifson

    The body language tells the story of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s difficulty in sticking to the party line on Hillary Clinton’s email practices being not at all different from previous secretaries of state. Chris Wallace wasn’t buying it but, knowing that DWS is an entertaining guest, always game to spout nonsense her face tells us even she doesn’t believe, restrained himself from laughing out loud.

    One thing about our Hillary lover Rufus - he is totally and shamelessly squirm free.....

  21. Liberals Embrace The Smug Life

    Aha ! Finally ! The perfect handle for our Ash who will now and forever after be tagged:


    1. (our SMUG needs a good mugging)


  22. .

    Drip. Drip. Drip.

    The Long War Continues.

    To much less fanfare last week, the White House also reportedly loosened the military engagement rules in Syria, so that US servicemen are allowed more leeway to kill civilians as collateral damage in pursuit of Isis. Right-wing Republicans have been clamoring for this policy change for months, despite the risk of it completely backfiring on the US and creating much more terrorists than it kills. At the time, Democrats criticized the likes of Ted Cruz for demanding such a policy. Now there is near silence as the Obama administration has made it a reality.

    As he’s broken his promise involving ground troops in Syria, can we expect the same about-face in Libya? “There’s no plan for ground troops in Libya”, Obama said at a press conference in London during his European tour last week. He added: “I don’t think that’s necessary. I don’t think it would be welcomed by this new government. It would send the wrong signal”.

    One can imagine it’s only a matter of time before that statement is proven false. Libya is now engulfed in chaos and the number of Isis members there is skyrocketing - largely thanks to the US and allies bombing the country and overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi five years ago. There are already drones flying over the country and special forces have already been in and out in the past year to conduct special forces missions. You can picture administration members soon arguing: we must invade the country to save it from the last time we bombed it.

    It’s more or less the same story everywhere. The Iraq War….

    We weren’t supposed to have boots on the ground in Syria. Now hundreds are headed

    Sadly, it’s only going to get worse. Obama is reluctant to engage in a public discussion about the US’ military involvement in the Middle East. Yet it seems comfortable to fight wars in at least three different countries at once, while also assisting Saudi Arabia in fighting a fourth (which, by the way, is disturbingly strengthening al-Qaida along the way while much of the media ignores it)…


    1. It'll be up to the next POTUS to get the US outta there...heck Obama can't even appoint a judge.

    2. We're not going to be getting out of there.

      We are going to be getting back in there.

    3. It would have been better had we never left.

    4. Actually your message should read "Obama cannot stack the court"

      Following is a list of all United States federal judges appointed by President Barack Obama during his presidency.[1]

      As of April 14, 2016, the total number of Obama Article III judgeship nominees to be confirmed by the United States Senate is 324, including two justices to the Supreme Court of the United States, 55 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, 265 judges to the United States district courts, and two judges to the United States Court of International Trade.[2] The number of nominations currently awaiting Senate action is 54.[3] There is currently 1 vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States, 9 vacancies on the United States Courts of Appeals, 65 vacancies on the United States district courts, 4 vacancies on the United States Court of International Trade[3] and 13 announced federal judicial vacancies that will occur before the end of Obama's second term.[4] Obama has not made any recess appointments to the federal courts.

      In terms of Article I courts, Obama has made 8 appointments and 2 pending nominations to the United States Tax Court, 3 appointments and 5 pending nominations to the United States Court of Federal Claims, 3 appointments to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2 appointments to the United States Court of Military Commission Review, and 2 appointments to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He has also elevated two chief judges of the Court of Federal Claims.

      On the Article IV territorial courts, he has made two appointments and has elevated one judge to the position of chief judge.

      Once again Ash your usage of language is sloppy

    5. AshMon Apr 25, 12:48:00 PM EDT
      It'll be up to the next POTUS to get the US outta there...heck Obama can't even appoint a judge.

      Heck Ash, dont ya understand anything?

      America is still in Germany....


    6. Trump seems willing to shake up NATO - well, make them pay for US services. We shall see how much he can get them to pony up for a mercenary force with US branding. Will he bring those troops home? As to the middle east he seems committed to winning so I would imagine he'll go all in. Clinton as POTUS - well, gosh darn, she's made tough decisions in the past so I'm sure she'll perform in like manner in the future.

    7. “This site is dedicated to preying on people’s vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.”

      gosh dam, SMUG, you got it all figgered don'tcha....

      Now you know what you are facing when you use the 'Boobie' term again, SMUG....that and worse...

      Hillary owns Libya, Smug. She made the hard decisions to fuck it all up....

      And slept through the 3 A.M. phone about Benghazi....then blamed it on an unknown video, then lied to the relatives of the dead.....

      Yuppers, she makes the 'tough decisions', Smug.

    8. good to see the b00bie's reading comprehension improve. Yep, she's made some doozies of decisions in the past.

    9. Yo, SMUGGIE, what it is, what it is....

    10. Hillary had the video guy JAILED.

      Oh, I soooooo hope she sees the inside of a prison her dear disgusting self.....

  23. Wow... Assad, Iran and Hezbollah have been BUSY....

    Syria has now endured five years of war. We know the figures that illustrate that time passing: as many as 470,000 dead; nearly five million refugees; some six million displaced inside the battered country.

    Wow, I KNOW how you scream and yell about Israel and the Gaza war where 2200 were killed (most of the Hamas terrorists)

    Why the silence about 470,000?

    Unless it's because it's not Jews doing the fighting.......


    Now the interesting fact is that this is JUST Syria.... Add in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya (too name a few) and what you have is the arab middle east eating itself....

    Now of course, you could add in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India for shits and giggles too...

  24. Strikes in Syria

    Attack and ground attack aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Manbij, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

    -- Near Mara, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Attack, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL staging area.

    -- Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system.

    -- Near Fallujah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL bulldozer, an ISIL front-end loader, an ISIL recoilless rifle and three ISIL bed-down locations.

    -- Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL anti-air artillery pieces and an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Waleed, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

  25. 3 more bed down locations wiped out.....

    Let's face it, we're winning.

    These ISIS punks aren't Princes.

    They can't go without sleep for 154 hours.....

    They will become disoriented, confused, stumbling.....

    We'll soon be picking them off like zombies.

  26. Ruining Ruf's day --


    Once again, I offer my advice:

    Don't bet against Trump.

    1. Here’s a poll the Trump camp is going to love

      posted at 3:01 pm on April 25, 2016 by Larry O'Connor

      It’s almost like polling agencies purposely choose Monday so news agencies are sure to have things to talk about.

      Capt. Ed has already broken down the PPP polls for tomorrow’s primary states and I pointed out a new Gallup poll showing how Hillary can barely capture the attention of women in her own party. Those counted beans along with the story of the Cruz/Kasich Concord has been plenty to keep our collective tongues wagging, but this latest national poll from George Washington University deserves attention.

      The eyebrow-raising buried lede is found as almost an afterthought in the 5th paragraph (emphasis mine):

      In a head-to-head matchup of each party’s frontrunner, Mrs. Clinton leads Mr. Trump by only 3 percentage points nationally (46 to 43; 11 percent undecided). Comparatively, Mr. Sanders fares slightly better against Mr. Trump (51/40/10).

      That’s a shocker.

      Considering the deeply contentious and never-ending GOP primary coupled with the #NeverTrump movement and the unorthodox campaign style of the New York billionaire, a poll showing him in a statistical dead heat with Clinton is reason to celebrate on the highest floors of 57th and 5th.

      These results fly in the face of the thorough and detailed analysis by many political observers including our Townhall colleague Guy Benson who’s been methodical in his argument that Trump can’t win head-to-head against Team Hillary.

      The GW poll does support a major aspect of the #NeverTrump argument: His sky-high unfavorable ratings. Today’s poll puts Trump’s unfavorable at 65%, which is consistent with other recent favorable/unfavorable polls. However, the other candidates aren’t so popular either:

      The GW poll found that of the five candidates still in the race for the highest office, only two—Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Ohio governor John Kasich—have an unfavorable rating below 50 percent, at 44 and 29, respectively. The other three—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (56 percent), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (55 percent) and businessman Donald Trump (65 percent)—are all mostly disliked.

      So, logically, these numbers suggest that perhaps voters are resigned to the fact that their choice in November will be between two highly unlikable candidates and they just can’t decide which one they hate less.

      The “he’ll get demolished by Hillary” talking point is probably the strongest argument made by the #NeverTrump camp as they make the case for a contested convention and the selection of a candidate emerging from Cleveland who has to “save the party” despite the fact they didn’t gain the most Republican votes in the primary process. This poll, if it’s not an outlier, may very well begin to erode that argument.

  27. 400 years after his death, here are the books that likely influenced Shakespeare

    A portrait of William Shakespeare is seen in the Third Folio, in London, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Third Folio is estimated at 300,000-400,000 UK pounds (422,400-563,200 US dollars), includes Pericles for the first time and is illustrated with Shakespeare’s iconic portrait by English engraver Martin Droeshout. William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, but his stock has never been higher. To coincide with the anniversary of the Bard's death, Christie's is selling copies of the first four editions of his plays - a collection the auctioneer's head of books, Margaret Ford, calls "the holy grail of publishing." The four folios are going on display in New York April 1-8 and London April 20-28 before being sold in London on May 25. ()

    A reader himself, from all that we can tell. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Written by

    Olivia Goldhill

    April 23, 2016

    No writer ever penned a masterpiece without first devoting many hours to reading, and William Shakespeare is no exception. As this weekend marks 400 years since his death, many will once again be returning to their Shakespeare collections to read one of his timeless plays. But it’s also worth remembering the works that Shakespeare read, and the books that lay the groundwork for the Bard’s literary genius.

    Though no official records of Shakespeare’s schooling survived, it’s considered “almost certain” that Shakespeare attended grammar school in Stratford-upon-Avon until he was at least 14 years old.

    The English philosopher Thomas Spencer Baynes, a professor at the University of St. Andrews in the 19th century, carefully researched the Stratford school curriculum during his time. An excerpt from his article, “What Shakespeare Learnt at School,” can be found online and details much of what Shakespeare is thought to have studied as a child.

    Many of these works are still considered classics today, including Aesop’s Fables. Shakespeare and his classmates would also have spent a great deal of time studying the Bible.

    1. A great deal of Shakespeare’s presumed reading focused on ancient Roman writers who have continued to stand the test of time, including Cato the Elder, Cicero, Ovid, Livy, Virgil, Horace, Juvenal, Persius, Seneca, Plautus, and Lucan.

      Other authors Shakespeare is thought to have read in school, such as French theologian Sebastian Castellio and Italian humanist Baptista Spagnuoli Mantuanus, are considered somewhat more obscure today.

      In terms of his reading outside of the classroom, scholars have pointed to signs that Shakespeare was inspired by and borrowed from numerous other canonical works, including Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queen, Chaucer, and Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia. The playwright is also thought to have been influenced by John Gower, an English poet who was a friend of Chaucer’s, but is less well remembered today.

      Meanwhile, Plutarch’s Lives of the most noble Grecians and Romans, as translated by Sir Thomas North, has been widely studied in relation to Shakespeare, and several of the Bard’s plays are thought to have drawn from this work.

      Earlier this week, Jonathan Bate, a Shakespeare scholar and professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, wrote in The Guardian that he believed Plutarch’s Lives would have been one of the playwright’s three favorite books.

      He argued that another would have been The Essays of Michel de Montaigne, translated by John Florio, for its meditations on Roman Stoical philosophy. And finally, Bate believed Shakespeare’s third and foremost favorite would have been Ovid’s Metamorphoses, as translated by Arthur Golding. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest all contain references to Ovid’s work, writes Bates, and the playwright was so attached to the poet that he brought a copy of Metamorphoses on stage for his first tragedy, Titus Andronicus.

      Certainly Ovid’s Metamorphoses is considered one of the greatest literary works of all time and is widely thought to be worth reading for its own sake. But for devoted fans of Shakespeare, it couldn’t hurt to peek at Ovid’s epic poem and get a sense of the writing that inspired Shakespeare own drama.

    2. Though no official records of Shakespeare’s schooling survived, it’s considered “almost certain” that Shakespeare attended grammar school in Stratford-upon-Avon until he was at least 14 years old.

    3. I think he did have the benefit of a tutor.

  28. Dog Who Ate Owner Gets Temporary Reprieve From Death Penalty

    By Adam Boult
    25 April 2016 • 11:57am

    A Staffordshire bull terrier which ate part of its dead owner may not be put down, despite of the wishes of the dead man's family and Merseyside Police.

    Earlier this month District Judge Wendy Lloyd ruled that the animal, known both Buster and Butch, should be destroyed following the grisly discovery last September, when the dog was found to have been feeding on the corpse of its dead owner.

    “Dogs are scavengers by nature, but when they can’t get food, they will get anything that is available to them.”

    James Perry, Solicitor

    The police supported the owner’s family’s belief the dog posed a danger to the public, the Liverpool Echo reported. James Cullen, representing Merseyside Police, told the at Liverpool Magistrates Court there was a "real risk that this dog, if rehoused, could harm a human being."

    The court agreed - but solicitors acting for Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and the Senior Staffy Club have lodged appeal, giving the animal a temporary reprieve pending a legal hearing.

    1. A serious issue.

      First I thought 'shoot the mutt'.

      Then I thought require the mutt to wear a muzzle around humans.

      Then I thought donate the mutt to Smug and let him deal with it.

      Then I thought I really don't know what to do here, but hell, a mutt's got to eat.

      Maybe put him on mutt parole, one chance at good behavior only....

    2. Consideration:

      If you were starving to death would you eat your mutt ?

    3. The serious issue is how does an old fuck living alone make his death known properly to others?

      No doubt my cat would start nibbling on me, or I should say the body formerly known to me as me, but this would only occur if I didn't have a proper plan in place.

      Many huzzah's in store for those coming up with a proper plan.

    4. Starving to death is a big IF.

      Dying is a big WHEN, not if.

    5. Sign up for Life/Death Alert.

      If your ticker stops, the alarm sounds down at Central Alert.

    6. Hombre 1967: Paul Newman as John Russel, Barbara Rush as Audra Favor, wife of Indian agent, on a stage coach

      Audra Favor: I can’t imagine eating a dog and not thinking anything of it.

      John Russell: You even been hungry, lady? Not just ready for supper. Hungry enough so that your belly swells?

      Audra Favor: I wouldn't care how hungry I got. I know I wouldn't eat one of those camp dogs.

      John Russell: You'd eat it. You'd fight for the bones, too.

      Audra Favor: Have you ever eaten a dog, Mr. Russell?

      John Russell: Eaten one and lived like one.

      Audra Favor: Dear me.

    7. I seem to remember that there was a family by the name of Donner. They could probably be enlightening on this subject.

  29. The most recent National Poll - The USA Today/Suffolk Poll

    4-20 to 4-24

    Hillary Clinton 50

    Donald Trump 39

    Realclear Politics

  30. Rufus hears of Prince's Death:

  31. Harvard Youth Poll: Millennial voters overwhelmingly prefer Hillary Clinton over Trump 61% to 25%.

    A new Harvard poll with a sample of 3,000 Millennials (18 to 29) found that Millenials overwhelmingly back Hillary over Trump. It appears that Millennials understand how much better Hillary is than Trump, how toxic Trump is to their particular set of goals and dreams. That isn’t always what the media tells us, with many asking open questions like “Will young voters support Hillary in November?” The implication is that since many Bernie supporters are Millennials and there is such a thing as the “Bernie or Bust” movement among that group, that many young people won’t vote for Hillary. That appears not to be an issue for November.

    I had also blogged about a previous Millennial poll conducted by USA TODAY/Rock the Vote, USA Today/Rock the Vote poll: In GE Hillary crushes Trump with Millenials by 33%. 52% to 19%. These newer findings confirm that poll.


    Young Voters Overwhelmingly Prefer Clinton Over Trump — Poll

    Topline: Hillary 61% to Trump 25%

    Harvard survey shows Republicans’ disadvantage among young voters is growing​

    Young voters favor Hillary Clinton for president over Donald Trump by a landslide margin, a new poll of 18- to 29-year-olds finds, and their interest in any Republican for president has dropped significantly over the last year of campaigning.

    The new youth poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics found that when likely voters under 30 were asked about a general election match-up between the two parties’ front-runners, 61% said they would vote for Mrs. Clinton, 25% said Mr. Trump, and 14% were not sure.

  32. The findings underscore how important young voters are to Mrs. Clinton’s coalition, as she tries to maintain the surge of millennial-generation support that propelled President Barack Obama’s election and re-election. It also points to growing trouble Republicans face in wooing millennial voters, who are for the first time in 2016 matching Baby Boomers as a share of the electorate.
    A 36% edge for Hillary over Trump. If it stays at that range the youth vote for Hillary in November would best both Obama elections.

    Obama won the 18 to 29 vote in 2008 against John McCain by 34%, 66% to 32%.

    Obama won the 18 to 29 vote in 2012 against Mitt Romney by 24%, 60% to 36%

    1. Republicans’ disadvantage among young voters is growing. The poll found that 61% of 18- to 29-year-olds said they preferred a Democrat win the 2016 presidential election, 33% preferred a Republican. That 28-point spread is twice as wide as when the Harvard institute polled young people in spring 2015, when the split was 55% for a Democrat and 40% were for a Republican.
      Good news for Democrats is that the party gap is growing leaps and bounds. It was only a 15% spread in Spring of 2015, it has grown to 28% now. Republicans are literally killing themselves with Millennials on messaging and issues. Having a crop of terrible to toxic candidates starting at 17 then whittled down to 3 for the Republican nomination hasn’t helped in that process. Millennials are now very sour on the Republican Party. That is good news not just for the top ticket in November, but also for down ticket candidates.

      Democrats continue to have a large and growing advantage among Hispanic and black young voters, with a 55-point and 78-point edge over Republicans, respectively. But Republicans have even lost their past advantage among white youth, which favored the GOP by a 12-point margin a year ago. Now, whites under 30 are about equally split, with Democrats holding a two point edge.
      The youth vote is turning strongly towards the Democrats for this general election. We don’t just have a strong advantage with Hispanic and Black young voters, but now even with White young voters, a group that favored Republicans pretty decisively just last year.

      A more in-depth analysis of the findings from the actual poll itself, with all crosstabs, here:

    2. The Final Decline

      Reduced to reading The Daily Kos.

      (the warning signs were first apparent when quotes appeared from The Huffington Post)

  33. Millennials have proven themselves to be total stupid fucks.

    So it figures.

    You're no millennial.

    What's your excuse ?


  34. Opinions

    Obamacare disaster will be Obama’s enduring domestic legacy

    A woman looks at the insurance exchange Internet site in Washington in 2013. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

    By Marc A. Thiessen

    April 25 at 10:42 AM

    Historian David Maraniss notes, in Sunday’s Post, that President Obama came to office with the goal of changing “the trajectory of America” and leaving “a legacy as a president of consequence, the liberal counter to [Ronald] Reagan.”

    On the foreign-policy front, he is the anti-Reagan for certain. Reagan defeated Soviet communism and left us a safer world; Obama presided over the rise and metastasis of the Islamic State and left us a far more dangerous one.

    Domestically, Ronald Reagan told the American people: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’ ” Obama wanted to convince Americans that they were not terrifying. And the way he was going to do it was through the only great liberal legislative achievement of his presidency: Obamacare.

    He failed. Even before he leaves office, Obamacare has begun unraveling.

    The law was passed over the objections of a majority of Americans, it is still opposed by a majority of Americans — and their opposition has been vindicated.....

  35. World's Hottest SuperCars

    You buy the Lamborghini, Doug, and I'll buy the Ferrari and we'll drag it out somewhere on the Big Island. Maybe race to the top of Mauna Loa or Mauna Kea....and back down....

  36. A Canadian held hostage by Islamist militants in the Philippines has been killed, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said, after Filipino authorities said they had found the head of a foreign man on a remote island.


    The Abu Sayyaf group is also believed to be holding a Dutch bird watcher kidnapped in 2012 and has been blamed for abducting 18 Indonesian and Malaysian sailors from tugboats near the southern Philippines over the past month.


    However, analysts say the Abu Sayyaf is mainly focused on lucrative kidnappings for ransom, rather than waging an ideological war or creating a violent Islamic caliphate.

  37. Special "Q"Nit Alert

    "Q"Nit: Lamant/Coopersville, Michigan: Investigation Ongoing

    Islamic State hacks Michigan church website: “We will break your crosses and enslave your women by permission of Allah”

    By Robert Spencer on Apr 25, 2016 11:48 am

    Islamic State hacks Michigan church website: “We will break your crosses and enslave your women by permission of Allah”

    What did this church do to attract the jihadis’ attention? Did one of their clerics host a Muhammad cartoon contest? They must have provoked the poor dears in some way. Everyone knows that jihadis would all be stockbrokers if only we wouldn’t keep poking them in the eye. When will the churches learn to submit […]
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    Jihad Watch

    *Only six brave souls attended the next church service

    **First we show the Poles then everybody else

    1. When will the churches learn to submit properly? Oh wait, the submission is already in full swing: “Attendance to the church’s next sermon was of only six people.” The West, especially the churches, appears to be populated almost entirely today by cowards and trimmers. Unless this changes, total surrender will not be long in coming.

  38. I wonder what Quirk, the experienced advertising man and marketeer, would think of this -

    April 26, 2016

    Hillary's New Hashtag: #pigsandcrackers

    By William A. Levinson

    A psychological warfare principle that was once equated with magic says that the power to name a thing is the power to control or destroy it. The Allies, for example, named the German general Fedor von Bock "Der Sterber," or "Let's go get killed," for his statement that the function of the German soldier was to die gloriously for the Fatherland. They doubtless did their best to ensure that every soldier under von Bock's command knew it, too.

    The ability of a name to convey an entire idea in less than a second is consistent with Sally Hogshead's presentation on fascination, worth watching. The key principle is that when you introduce yourself (or an idea) to another person, you have nine or fewer seconds to fascinate that person and keep his or her attention. This, in fact, prompted me to redesign my business card. Everybody's business card includes contact information along with a short description of what he or she does. I changed mine to a two-sided design to feature a portrait of Henry Ford and the caption "What Would Henry Ford Do?" to convey my expertise on Ford's manufacturing and business system.


    Hogshead stresses that while you can't find true romance, land a job, or by implication sell an idea in nine seconds, you have roughly this long to earn the chance to make your case. The most effective psychological warfare material recognizes this fact and uses sensationalistic pictures to fascinate the Propaganda Man, or the person we wish to persuade. Today's internet meme and hashtag embody the same principle, and the hashtag #pigsandcrackers will destroy Hillary Clinton's candidacy through its brutal simplicity and honesty.

    "Pigs and crackers" was inspired, of course, by the popular cheese and crackers snack, but it worked out amazingly well. A Google search on "pigs and crackers," or even #pigsandcrackers, comes up exclusively with links to Sharpton's racist and anti-police tirade on the first page of the results.

    This brings us to a second principle of effective propaganda. The propaganda must first fascinate the viewer, but it must also assure the Propaganda Man of its honesty. The instant we lie to the Propaganda Man, we deserve to lose his trust and his respect, and I personally resent dishonest memes that attack even political figures I dislike. The memes seek to get me to make myself look foolish by forwarding them, and thus making myself a party to the falsehoods.

    In this case, however, the Google search on the slogan or hashtag allows the Propaganda Man to verify for himself that Al Sharpton did indeed tell his listeners, "I don't believe in marching! I believe in offing the pigs! Well, they got pigs out here! You ain't offed one of them!" and "I'll off the man. Well, off him! Plenty of crackers walking around here tonight!"

    The Propaganda Man can also verify independently that Hillary Clinton has made at least two appearances at Sharpton's National Action Network, where she praised Sharpton and essentially solicited his support for her candidacy. This puts Clinton squarely in the camp of a racist and anti-Semite who has openly advocated the murder of law enforcement officers. She cannot appear with him without legitimizing and mainstreaming him, and therefore "I believe in offing the pigs."

    1. (1) Al Sharpton is a racist, anti-Semite, advocate of violence against police, and homophobe, and (2) Hillary Clinton is enabling and legitimizing him.

      Why on earth would Rufus, who is always bellowing 'racism', be so attracted to Hillary ?

    2. “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others... We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we're doing... Power is not a means, it is an end… The object of power is power... Always there will be the intoxication of power... We are the priests of power… Power is power over human beings, over the body; but above all over the mind... The real power; the power we have to fight for night and day is not power over things but over men."

      "We shall crush you down to the point from which there is no coming back... Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling; everything will be dead inside you... You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves… The more the party is powerful the less it will be tolerant; the weaker the opposition the tighter the despotism... Always we shall have the heretic at our mercy, screaming with pain, broken up, contemptible; and in the end utterly penitent, saved from himself, crawling to our feet of his own accord. That is the world that we are preparing… If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”

      George Orwell – 1984

    3. Quirk ("George Orwell") does have a way with words.

  39. dlsada •
    If you gave Bernie Sanders a fully-stocked hot dog cart, a prime location in Manhattan, a valid permit and $1,000 in operating capital, he would be broke before noon and have not a clue as to why. So few people are engaged in entrepreneurship, that they simply don't have a clue how it works. That however, never stops them from imposing their rules and regulations on the producers. They don't know the answers or even the questions.