“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 17, 2016

Trump in Watertown New York. He is the most natural politician since Bill Clinton.

Who would you prefer to negotiate with the Saudi threats to dump all their US assets? Trump or Hillary Clinton? Trump would teach the Saudis a hard lesson in Debtors’ Leverage. 


  1. The Bond Market is a huge market; they can sell their little portfolio any time they want.

  2. salon checks in:

    Our political system is profoundly broken, and although many of us have understood that for years, this has been the year that fact became unavoidable. Both political parties are struggling through transparently rigged primary campaigns that have made that ludicrous process look more outdated than ever. Nobody cares about the Democratic vote in Wyoming and it’s not going to matter, but when Bernie Sanders dominates the caucuses in that empty, dusty and Republican-dominated state and wins seven of its 18 delegates, doesn’t that sum up the whole damn thing?

  3. However, Hillary Clinton is simply evil.

    1. EEEVIl? :) Oh, FFS, Deuce. :)

      She's just a politician - a little more hawkish on foreign policy than either one of us would like, and a little more liberal, domestically, than you would care for.

      But, she is sane, and she won't do anything "too" truly stupid.

      As for "Caucuses," the fringe movements always do extremely well in those.

    2. She's evil.

      She harassed and slandered and stalked the women her husband had raped and sexually molested.

      She IS the war on women.

      She's evil, a liar from birth, and should be in prison.

    3. And you galopin2 are an idiot.

      Always have been and always will be.

    4. And here you have the gall to call her a liar - that's the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black.

    5. You're an idiot, Ash.

      Always have been and always will be.

      You need a good mugging.

      Wipe that shit eating grin off your stupid potato face.


    6. What could be more evil than advocating for the carpet bombing of a US metropolitan area or the genocide, butchery and cannibalizing of the population of an entire state, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson?

  4. Strikes in Syria

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

    -- Near Hawl, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL pump jack and an ISIL oil separator.

    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

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

    -- Near Mara, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL tactical vehicle.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Rocket artillery and ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

    -- Near Fallujah, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL recoilless rifle.

    -- Near Haditha, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and a vehicle-borne bomb.

    -- Near Hit, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL excavator and an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Irbil, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

    -- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

    -- Near Mosul, six strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, four ISIL assembly areas and three ISIL vehicles.

    -- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

    1. Big waste of time and aviation fuel.

      Make a lot more sense to give the Kurds the arms they want.


    2. That is exactly what is happening, Robert "Dumb Ass" Peterson.

      The "Rat Doctrine" has, in part, been implemented, especially in Syria with respect to the Kurdish forces.

      You really are a stupid twit, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

    3. By the way, ISIS has been making some gains in Syria recently.

      If I stumble across the article again I'll post it.

    4. Post away, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

    5. Because there is nothing that has been written, recently, that would support your "memory".

  5. These earthquakes all around are getting out of hand.

    Maybe the 'Big One' is near....

      Region 'swaying every hour'...
      Rescuers race against landslides...
      TOYOTA stops operations due to supply shortage...
      Mysterious foam fills streets...
      Top scientist: Could foreshadow 'mega quake'.....DRUDGE

  6. .

    A sociopath is a subset of the psychopath. Can a sociopath be called truly sane?

    Profile of the Sociopath

    - Glibness and Superficial Charm

    - Manipulative and Conning

    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    - Grandiose Sense of Self

    Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

    - Pathological Lying

    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    - Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt

    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    - Shallow Emotions

    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    - Incapacity for Love

    - Need for Stimulation

    Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

    - Callousness/Lack of Empathy

    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

    - Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

    - Irresponsibility/Unreliability

    Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

    - Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity

    - Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle

    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

    - Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility

    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

    Sounds like Hillary to me. r as we say, close enough for government work.


    1. Sounds like Hillary to me too.

      Judicial Watch is getting permission from a Judge to depose Huma themselves.

      This is unusual.

      Not sure of the legals behind it, but that's what I read yesterday.

      Should be interesting if/when it happens.

      She'll have to worry about perjury.

    2. It describes most successful politicians:

      Many sociopaths are very successful lawyers, doctors, and CEOs. Sociopathy is classified based on lowered amygdala activity (Localization of Deformations Within the Amygdala in Individuals With Psychopathy) which just means that these folks get wayyyy lowered emotional response than many of us.
      So, emotion is really important when it comes to things like punishment (think of when you were small and you were told not to do something...most likely you felt a sinking in your gut...that's the amygdala at work). Because sociopaths don't have that "sinking of the gut" because their amygdala response is lowered, they tend not to respond to punishment very well. This could explain why they wouldn't be deterred by imprisonment or other types of punishment which would usually work well with people (i.e. the undesirable behavior would cease when punishment is applied).
      Emotion is also very important when it comes to things like risk-taking as well. So, it's been found that people high on the sociopathic scale are more prone to take risks. Hey, if you didn't feel fear, you would most likely engage in more risky behaviors.
      According to the research, however, sociopathy itself is not sufficient when it comes to explaining crime and individuals who commit crimes. Sociopaths have a tendency to be risk-takers who don’t respond to punishment's probably more likely they'd engage in criminal activity, but many sociopaths blend very well into everyday life and can be very good at their jobs.


  7. Hells bells, Q, that describs the government of Israel.

    1. It describes you.

      Except for the promiscuous behavior part.

      Women flee from you.

      And you can't buy it, not having any means of support.


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

    3. What's cousin Sally got to do with it ?

      Besides, we've buried the hatchet, and are great pals now, having nothing further to argue about.

      We had a two hour lunch just recently, and traded old photos (that I had) for old letters to and from Sweden (that she had), and got along famously, with hugs at the end.

      You however, are yet to part with a centavo for the upkeep of you own daughter.

      Well, folks, we had a pretty good run, five or six ratless days.....

    4. Anybody got any more Warfarin ?

    5. "They always argue over the money"

      Ernest Hemingway

      Except for rat's ass, who has no money, but argues anyway.

  8. .

    Trump in Watertown New York. He is the most natural politician since Bill Clinton.

    Is that really a good thing?


    1. He has shown himself to be a good politician.

      Repeats himself way too often, but they all do, and he does it with great elan.

      Hillary causes one to yawn and barf.

    2. Newt Gingrich said if The Donald gets 80 delegates out of New York and does well in Penn. Connecticut etc he's in.

    3. QuirkSun Apr 17, 01:33:00 PM EDT

      Trump in Watertown New York. He is the most natural politician since Bill Clinton.

      Is that really a good thing?

      It is neither bad nor good. It is an observation. Like an athlete Trump has natural skills and has honed them.

      I watched Trump give a shellacking to his contractors when he did the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. He went over budget, could not pay, lined everyone up in a huge auditorium, asked them to turn to the rear and look at the guys in suits sitting at tables.

      Trump said he would exchange the amount due each contractor for a five year bond and the lawyers would do the paperwork. Alternately, the contractors could sue and the same lawyers would fight them.

      They lined up like sheep for a shearing and took their clipping.

    4. And, That was a Good thing?

    5. No. The point is he knows how to win in a negotiation.

  9. He is the most natural politician since Bill Clinton.
    And, he doesn't drink, smoke, or have a sex addiction.
    ...and he knows when he's lying.

    1. ...and he's not an America Hating Muzzie Lover.

      Sorry, Rufus

    2. And, he's not going to be President.

      Sorry, assholes. :)

    3. DON'T BET ON IT !!

  10. Breaking: Diversity is Our Vibrancy

    Army LogoAs the slogan etched on the blade of every Obama Youth dagger says, Diversity is Our Vibrancy, and Friday was a red-letter day for both of the motivating principles of the modern United States as the Army announced, in a Friday data dump, that they were commissioning 22 women as Infantry and Armor officers. A large percentage of them are West Pointers; a few are ROTC scholarship foundlings.

    They have not yet passed any of the requirements, but what’s most important is how everybody feels about it, unless they don’t feel totally awesome about it, in which case they will be punished suitably. Of the 22 greatest 2nd lieutenants ever, 13 will bring their light to the dank of the tank, as operated by the Armor Branch; and nine will be the only officers that ever mattered in the previously unfashionable Infantry Branch.

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has now checked one of his highest priority boxes.

    Absolute Harrison Bergeron equality-of-results is not upon us yet, unfortunately. True, the women need to pass their courses, but having announced their success already makes that a mere formality. But still, some problems remain.

    To start with, the women will have no subordinate women to command, at least, not yet. So far, exactly one woman has volunteered to serve as an enlisted infantry entity, and none has signed up for enlisted armor duty. Of course, neither the cat pack of officers nor the one female infantry entity has passed and been Distinguished Honor Graduates of their respective courses, yet, but today’s announcement makes it clear it’s the merest of formalities.

    All right-thinking people know that the only reason women haven’t been infantrymen everywhere, taken over the offensive line of the Seattle Seahawks, and broken all the mens’ Olympic records, is because of false consciousness, and because they don’t have incredibly awesome female officers yet to show them the way.

    If enlisted women don’t start signing up in larger numbers, the pinnacle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in Combat, that is, self-actualization of the upper class female officers, will require them to be drafted. Self-actualization of upper class female officers is, after all, the reason we have an Army in the first place. But drafting women would require that reactionary sausage-fest, Congress, to change the law.

    Therefore, now that he can take pride that the Iraq War has been lost, the Afghanistan War has been lost, but the Battle of Feminist Feels has been won, Secretary of Self-Actualization and a Little Defense Ash Carter is considering the mandatory gender reassignment of gender-overstrength riflemen and tankers into understrength genders, until everything balances out even: 51-49 female.

    Because they will still serve in units with men, at least until scientists with Turkey Baster Laboratories in Smith College in Northampton, MA, can parthenogenically produce the superior race of Amazons that Hollywood has made famous, or until Carter can run enough troops through the field orchiectomy clinic, the women officers will be able to concentrate on higher order activities, or browse online for shoes, while the men in their tank crews break track. As far as having an enlisted infantryman carry some privileged West Point Unique And Special Snowflake’s hundred pounds of lightweight gear, careful study (at West Point, naturally) has shown that having a junior enlisted guy carry the officer’s pack has long been the practice in armies like Bolivia’s, which has a won-lost record unmatched in world history.

    That adopting aspects of such a forward-looking and dominant military culture as Bolivia’s just happens to make life easier for ringknockers does not guarantee this will happen, but one is reminded of Hognose’s Law of Rucksacks:

    If a guy can’t tote a ruck, he won’t.
    It’s no less true if the guys are girls.

  11. F-16 warplanes kill 17 ISIS elements, including finanical official, in Mosul

    ( Nineveh – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday the killing of 17 ISIS members, including a financial official, during an aerial bombardment in the city of Mosul.

    The officials said in a statement obtained by, “The F-16 warplanes conducted three air strikes, based on information by the National Intelligence Agency, targeting three headquarters belonging to the ISIS in the district of Tal-Kaif in the city of Mosul,” pointing out that, “The bombardment resulted in the destruction of the three headquarters as well as the death of seventeen terrorists.”

    The statement added, “The terrorist Ahmed Qasim al-Farahat, the financial official in Tal-Kaif, was among the dead,” indicating that, “[He] was recently transferred from the district of Tal-Afar to Tal-Kaif.”

    Iraqi death from above :)

  12. Iraqi Sukhoi aircraft kill 12 ISIS members southwest of Kirkuk

    ( Kirkuk – On Sunday, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced, that 12 ISIS members were killed in air strikes conducted by the Iraqi Army Aviation southwest of Kirkuk.

    The journalists said in a brief statement followed by, “Today, Iraqi Sukhoi aircraft bombed ISIS headquarters in al-Bashir village southwest of Kirkuk, destroying the headquarters, hideouts, a bulldozer and a booby-trapped vehicle belonging to ISIS terrorists.”

    The statement added, “The air strikes also resulted in the killing of 12 terrorists in the village.”

    More "death from above, Iraqi style :)

  13. In Syria meanwhile, the Islamic State group captured more than a dozen villages and hills during a fresh offensive in northern Syria, opposition activists said Saturday. The IS territorial gains bring the extremist group close to the main highway that links the capital, Damascus, with the country's largest city of Aleppo.

    IS also clashed with rival insurgent groups near the border with Turkey where they have been on the offensive for days, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee toward safer areas near Turkey.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting between IS and government forces is concentrated in areas east of the town of Khanaser, which has changed hands several times in recent months.

    An activist based in Aleppo told the AP via Skype that IS launched its latest offensive in the area a day earlier and by Saturday was in control of some 18 small villages. The activist spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from IS.

    Khanaser is strategic since it's on the highway that links government-held parts of Aleppo with the rest of the country. The extremist group has cut the highway several times in recent months but government counteroffensives were able to push them back.

    The Observatory said traffic on the highway was interrupted by IS shelling of the area on Saturday before resuming as usual.

    To the north, IS continued in its offensive near the Turkish border capturing the village of Tal Shaaer from opposition fighters.

    "Daesh is advancing against the regime and the rebels at the same time," said the Aleppo-based activist, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.

    Carpet bombing, and troops, not pin pricks, needed, please.

    1. "Nosotros tropas sigue avanzando sin perder una palma de terrino."

      Dispatch by Republic news outlet during Spanish Civil War, noted by Ernest Hemingway.

      "Our troops continue to advance without losing any territory"

      Sounds a lot like a 'galopin2' dispatch.

    2. ...the United States wants to do more in the fight and is “only limited by our own ingenuity” and ideas.
      (see below)
      Bombs and bullets not needed.

    3. Actually, bombs, bullets, and boots on the ground.

      Foreward, Ho!

  14. AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he will talk with his commanders in the coming days to identify additional ways the U.S. can intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including more airstrikes, cyberattacks and American troops on the ground.

    He said the United States wants to do more in the fight and is “only limited by our own ingenuity” and ideas. Carter expressed confidence that the White House will approve recommendations, saying nothing he has asked President Barack Obama for yet in the conflicts has been turned down.

    Carter spoke to reporters at Al-Dhafra Air Base near Abu Dhabi, an important launching point for military operations against the Islamic State group in the region.

    SEE ALSO: Grim new details of ISIS destruction in Syria’s Palmyra museum

    His visit comes as the U.S. is considering moves to boost the number of American troops in Iraq, as well as other steps to help the Iraqis take on IS.

    Carter suggested the U.S. may consider shifting the nature of its military campaign against the extremists, adding there could be more rapid targeting of the enemy as intelligence on the ground improves.

    “As we’ve learned more and are more on top of the enemy, you can do more dynamic targeting,” Carter said.

    Late last month, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that he and Carter believe there will be an increase in U.S. forces in Iraq in the coming weeks. Any final decision would be worked out with the Iraqi government and require Obama’s approval.

    It’s unclear whether the increase would force the White House to formally approve a higher cap on troop levels in Iraq, now set at 3,780.

    The Pentagon says there are close to 3,400 U.S. troops there now. According to U.S. officials, however, there are actually as many as 5,000 American forces in the country, but some do not count against the cap because they are in Iraq on temporary duty. goes on, as does Ashton.

    1. . many as 5,000 American forces in the country, but some do not count against the cap because they are in Iraq on temporary duty.

      Cap? Who knew?

      Sounds like the NBA or NFL.

      I wonder how the other players are doing with their cap space?

      These friggin people are nutz.


    2. Temporary duty.....sounds like they are there on the weekends, or something, though I doubt the troops would feel that way...

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  16. Call a Swede:

    The number has been inundated with callers asking locals about everything from Ikea and meatballs to journalists wanting to interview Swedes.
    But many have taken the opportunity to engage in trolling over the migration crisis. “Why are you guys letting your country get raped by Muslims?” one caller from the US asked an unsuspecting Swedish man.
    Another caller from the US, claiming to be “calling from Nigeria”, told the Swede he was “interesting to become Syrian refugee in your country”. “I am also very interested to make ‘ficki ficki’ with beautiful girl from Sweden,” he said.

  17. In the last couple of months the headcutters have lost 3 Major battles - Hit, Ramadi, and Sinjar.

    Fallujah will be number 4.

    Death by a 1,000 pinpricks is death. :)

  18. Release Van Houten so she can become a Warrior in the War on Terror!

    Van Houten testified that she held down Rosemary LaBianca as Charles “Tex” Watson stabbed her husband. After Watson stabbed Rosemary LaBianca in her bedroom, he handed Van Houten a knife. She testified to stabbing the woman at least 14 more times.

    “And I took one of the knives, and Patricia had one knife, and we started stabbing and cutting up the lady,” Van Houten testified in 1971. (Patricia Krenwinkle was a co-defendant and a Manson family member).
    Van Houten’s attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, has said his client was long overdue for release, listing her accomplishments behind bars: earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees, running self-help groups and facilitating victim-offender reconciliation sessions.

    1. Leslie got a lot better dental care than I'm getting under Obumblecare.


      Age is a Motherfucker.

      Even for Motherfuckers.

  19. A crisis in American housing: higher rents, expensive homes, and lower incomes are a problem impacting all Americans.

    Americans are realizing something is wrong with the system. You can see it this year with the rise of outsiders in both political parties. People realize the system is rigged. Instead of some folks that kowtow and simply move forward like subservient lemmings, millions are mobilizing and taking action. Many are voting with their wallets. The number of renter households has increased by 10 million over the last decade while net homeowners has been stagnant. The bailouts were supposed to help American families but what happened is that many were kicked out of their homes (for missing payments) and then giving them to banks that also missed much larger payments (too big to fail). People got a quick education on how things work. This is why the homeownership rate fell dramatically yet somehow, homes sold to investors and now rents are at all-time highs while incomes are stuck in neutral. This is a major problem and people are taking notice.

    1. In RufusWorld tm, OTOH, things have never been better.


    2. Lordy - the housing market shows a little sign of firming and dougo gets his knickers in a twist. Can't win fer losin.

    3. A nation of landlords and tenants: The New American Dream

    4. Ash, after cornering the potato market, floats above it all, painless.

      Another reason he needs a good mugging.

  20. .

    ... but many sociopaths blend very well into everyday life and can be very good at their jobs.

    Evidently, Hillary is the exception that proves the rule. Unless, of course, you consider getting rich through influence peddling as her 'job'.


    1. It's the only real job she's ever had, and, she's pretty damn good at too.

      That Secretary of State signature is worth a lot.

    2. I've been watching some of these Hillary supporting 'democratic operatives' being interviewed on Fox the last few God what a sleazy bunch....the Trump folk are such a breath of fresh air in comparison...some of them even have a sense of humor....

  21. I'd say getting the whole world to sign up for the sanctions on Iran was a pretty "competent" piece of work.

    As well as getting health insurance for 8 Million Children.

    The people of NY seemed to think her "competent" enough when they re-elected her by an almost 2-1 margin.

    And, inasmuch as she's the overwhelming favorite to win the highest office in the world, her skills in her chosen profession seem to be pretty "competent," to say the least.

  22. The People of New York elected Anthony Weiner, who showed off his weiner on face book, many times...

    Anthony David Weiner (/ˈwiːnər/; born September 4, 1964) is an American politician and former U.S. representative who served New York's 9th congressional district from January 1999 until June 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he won seven terms, never receiving less than 59% of the vote. Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011, due to a sexting scandal.

    So much for the wisdom of 'the Democrat Party People of News York'.

    Weiner and Huma and The Hag were always great pals.

    1. New not News, Tony is old news now....

  23. Real Clear Politics now has Trump up by 9% over Lyin' Ted in California.

    1. I wish Trump could call him Preacher Ted, but even The Donald could not get away with that an win, I'm afraid.

    2. How about Lyin' Preacher Ted ?

  24. Hillary did try to work a little during the Watergate Investigation, but got fired and lost her law license for lying.

    1. She went on from there to Whitewater, and cattle futures.

      And, later, to stealing the White House furniture and silver service upon leaving the People's House with BillyGoat.

    2. Pitiful, ain't it, that anyone would even consider voting for her.

    3. Idaho "lying" Bob

      If nothing else the little sleeze ball is consistent.

  25. Hillary Clinton's license to practice law lapsed in 2002, but not because she was disbarred or otherwise sanctioned for professional misconduct.

    You're a fucking moron

  26. furthermore,

    Hillary Clinton was not fired from the House Judiciary Committee's Watergate investigation by Chief Counsel Jerry Zeifman. (or, by anyone else. She worked for the council until the inquiry was disbanded.

    Idiot asshole, you've wasted 10 minutes of my life

  27. Hillary Clinton Fired From Watergate Committee for Fraud, Ethics Violations

    By Johnny Simpson Apr 2, 2008 in Politics .

    The former general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary during the Watergate investigation, says her history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes

    Hillary Clinton has been taking a lot of heat lately over the Bosnia sniper misfire, for which she has been derided and ridiculed by all but the most staunch of her supporters. It has even inspired the above YouTube video, which recently surpassed 1,500,000 views.

    Now comes this bombshell from Jerry Zeifman, who supervised a much younger Hillary Clinton when she worked as a staffer for the Watergate committee:

    'A lifelong Democrat, Mr. Zeifman supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.'
    "Because she was a liar," Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.'

    Mr. Zeifman also had this to say about a Hillary campaign rally in Connecticut in early February of this year:

    'I have just seen Hillary Clinton and her former Yale law professor both in tears at a campaign rally here in my home state of Connecticut. Her tearful professor said how proud he was that his former student was likely to become our next President. Hillary responded in tears.'
    'My own reaction was of regret that, when I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff, I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations.'
    This is no small potatoes, like the cattle futures dustoff. From Mr.Zeifman's account, Hillary and others on the Committee, including former senior associate special counsel (and future Clinton White House Counsel) Bernard Nussbaum – engaged in a seemingly implausible scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation by stealing Judiciary Committee files on the only precedent case that could have stonewalled their plot and drafting a legal brief that, according to Mr. Ziefman, "was so fraudulent and ridiculous Hillary would have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge."

    1. Things were already very tough for the former First Lady. Her ex-President husband has not exactly been helping her on the campaign trail recently, and she is no doubt wondering what kind of artillery the dreaded Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is waiting to fire at her in the general election, should she make it that far.

      This last torpedo, from a lifelong Democrat no less, may just be the one that sinks the Good Ship Hillary and her dreams of the presidency, which only a year ago looked like a cakewalk.
      Though a year can be an eternity in politics, Hillary knows probably better than anyone (except maybe her husband) that political fortunes can turn overnight. A catastrophic world event, or any more nuclear political bombs dropped onto Obama's head between now and the convention, such as even more devastating news vis-a-vis the volatile Jeremiah Wright, whom even former Democratic New York Mayor Ed Koch has roundly condemned, can make this and the Bosnia Sniper Misfire recede in the minds of the electorate, whose memories can be exceedingly short on such matters as events develop.
      It's going to be a lively one on the Democrat side. Perhaps even more so than the chaos and turmoil at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Perhaps more than any other in American political history. One can only wonder what is going through Senator John McCain's head during these cyclone-like twists and turns for both Democratic candidates. I can only imagine they are inspiring some very wide grins.
      Stay tuned, people. This one isn't over. Not by a long shot.

      Read more:

      I'm checking the law license stuff.

      I had read that several times.


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    3. You're not only an idiot, motherfucker, You Can't Read.

      from the Snopes link:

      But as noted above, Zeifman had no authority to "terminate" Hillary. They were members of different staffs, and Zeifman had no hiring or firing authority over members of the Impeachment Inquiry staff for which Hillary worked. (That authority rested with Special Counsel John Doar and, ultimately, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino.) Quite tellingly, Zeifman made absolutely no mention of having "fired" or "terminated" Hillary Rodham, nor of telling her that he "could not recommend her for any further positions," in his 1995 book; he only started claiming so much later. Back in 1995 he noted that Hillary had remained with the inquiry staff up until the end, leaving only when President Nixon's August 1974 resignation made the issue of impeachment moot and the Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry staff was therefore disbanded:

  28. It may have been BillyGoat that lost his law many scandals, so many lies....still checking....when one is dealing with over 10 scandals it's sometimes hard to remember it all...


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  29. It's looking like it was BillyGoat that lost his law license for lying to a Grand Jury.

    Ah, well, Mr - Mrs.....

    Still checking...

    1. Bob, you're just a fucking moron. These right-wing propagandists put out this shit because they idiots like you will read it, and take it as gospel.

      They keep you poor, fucking assholes hopping, all the time, and laugh all the way to the bank.

  30. 'It's possible that many people have mistakenly construed the lapsing of Hillary's Arkansas law license as a punishment related to misconduct (or that they misremembered partisan speculation about her potential disbarment as actual fact). Another possible element of confusion might be the 1 October 2001 U.S. Supreme Court decision that temporarily suspended the Arkansas law license of her husband, Bill Clinton, for five years. (In January 2006, Bill Clinton became eligible to seek reinstatement of his license to practice law, but as of 2013 had not applied to do so.)'


    Ah, well, the two of them are One Before God, as the saying goes, ever since the nuptials...


    Wanna talk about the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Foundation anyone ?


    By the way, I don't think they had poor Vince bumped off.....I think they just drove him to's odd though, the controversy about the gun....

    1. Cattle futures, anyone ?

      Why are a couple of Bill's victims dogging Hillary's campaign, following her around, screaming she IS the war on women ? Didn't Hillary herself say victims of sexual assault have the right to be believed ?

    2. Duck and hide !!

      Incoming rocket and sniper fire !!!!

      She was, according to the video of the 'event', receiving greetings and flowers from children at the time....

      Bwabwabwabwabwabwahahahahahha !!!!!

    3. I rest my case.

      And, she couldn't have been named after Eddie Hillary, as he was totally unknown at the time of her Blessed Birth, and farming chickens or something.

    4. Hillary has lately said she was plumb tuckered at the time of the incoming sniper and rocket fire, from a long flight on a luxury jet plane, and got all confused and shit, poor dear.

      This alone should preclude her from answering, once again, the Three A.M. phone call.

      Last time it led to the deaths of four Americans.

      And she blamed the whole fiasco on some video out of L.A. that no one had ever seen.

      Lied to the families of the victims about it, which really has pissed them all off.

      I, again, rest my case.

    5. The guy that cleans the toilets at the court house has more of an idea as to what constitutes a "case" than you, ignorant ass.

      What a fuckin' bozo.

    6. You're a fuckin' bozo, bozo.

      You still have the Comey Primary coming up.

      O'bozo has given three hints that the fix is in and Your Lady may yet escape, but on the other hand Judge Napolitano is on record as saying Your Lady WILL be indicted.

      I don't have an opinion on what WILL happen, but I do know what should happen.

      So, fuckin' bozo, what do you think ?

      And the email stuff doesn't even touch the corruption issue.

      Remember now, fuckin' bozo, Hillary's internet guy has been given immunity to spill his guts.

      And Huma is going to be questioned under oath.

      What odds do you give, you fuckin' bozo, big better that doesn't pay his due debts, that Your Lady is going to skate ?


      I also recall how cock certain you were that 'the racist pig cops' were in the wrong on those two incidents, and you were shown to have your brain up your asshole, you racist bozo and illiterate unmatched.


    7. And we all recall, genius, your famous 'prediction' that Iraq would be 'ISIS Free' by July 4th of last year.

      You are something over 90% full crap on all subjects.

  31. I will be flying from NYC to Moscow tomorrow and be in Russia for 4 days on business. I do not know if the EB will be accessible.

    We will soon find out.

    1. Are you out of your fucking mind? :)

    2. If you get the chance, shoot Putin, be a Hero, and go down in history as one of the Angels.

      Gary Kasparov would be pleased and write your eulogy.

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    1. .

      Evidently, another Big Whoop. We'll need to check with Deuce to be sure.

      At least, until it's not.

      The US military says a Russian jet barrel rolled an American reconnaissance plane, in the latest tense encounter between the Cold War-era foes.

      US European Command said a Russian Su-27 "performed erratic and aggressive manoeuvres" flying within 50ft of the US RC-135 aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Thursday.

      The American plane, a militarised Boeing 707 used for electronic intelligence gathering, "at no time crossed into Russian territory", said US European Command spokesman Danny Hernandez.

      "The Su-27 closed within 50ft of the wing-tip of the RC-135 and conducted a barrel roll starting from the left side of the aircraft, going over the top of the aircraft and ended up to the right of the aircraft," he said.

      But Russia dismissed the claim as "running counter to reality".

      As I recall, with the destroyer, Russia said the US was being hysterical.


    2. Putin is mocking O'bozo.

      50 feet is too damned close, though.

      Accidents happen.

      And Russian pilots sometimes fly drunk, I read somewhere.

    3. Read this carefully:

      US European Command said a Russian Su-27 “performed erratic and aggressive manoeuvres” flying within 50ft of the US RC-135 aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Thursday.

      Where in the Baltic? What is an RC-135? What is near the incident area?

    4. Read this carefully:

      The incident, which happened Thursday but didn’t come to light until this weekend, could further complicate U.S.-Russia relations. As the U.S. builds up its assets in the Baltic Sea, Russia has taken a more aggressive posture in response.

      The disconnect over each side’s intentions has resulted in an increase of incidents between the American and Russian militaries in the region, according to U.S. officials. Russia sees the U.S. operating in its own backyard and doesn’t like it. That has resulted in a “game of chicken,” said Eugene Rumor, who directs the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank in Washington.

      “They don’t want to take on the U.S. in an outright military confrontation, but the way I read this body language of theirs, they are not just going to stand by and watch it, they are going to make it difficult,” Mr. Rumer said. “They will use the entire toolkit they have, and harassment is part of the arsenal.”

      The Russian jet came to within 50 feet of the Air Force plane and then executed a barrel roll over the American plane’s left side to its right, U.S. European Command officials said.

      Lt. Col. David Westover, a spokesman for European Command, said the aircraft, a RC-135, was flying on a routine route in international air space on Thursday when the incident occurred. “This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved,” Col. Westover said. “More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries.”

      Moscow sees the incident differently. Reports that the Russian Su-27 jets made a dangerous approach were “not true,” according to a Russian military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov. Gen. Konashenkov said the Russian aircraft had scrambled in response to “an unidentified aerial target heading to the Russian state border at high speed.”

      Why are we needlessly provoking Russia? What would we do if Russia was building up forces off the coast of Cuba? What did we do when they did in the past?

      We have enough problems with our reckless military engagements in the ME. Why are we provoking China and Russia in their own backyards?

    5. Look at the shit we stirred up in the ME and the consequences that it has had on and inside the borders of Europe and in the Muslim areas bordering Russia.

    6. The story continues:

      ...NATO in February approved the outlines of a new modern deterrence strategy and in July will propose what is likely to be a multinational alliance force positioned in Poland and the Baltic States, reinforcing Moscow’s concerns of a buildup.

      The alliance has said the troops are rotational, not permanent, and the size will be well under any definition of substantial. NATO says the force is in keeping with a 1997 agreement with Russia that prohibits permanent stationing of substantial combat forces.

      Russia has said the alliance is playing games with words and the force will in fact be permanent by any reasonable definition. Officials believe the alliance is building up a force to threaten Russia.

      “We have a new military buildup in the Baltic area that from our point of view is completely unjustified,” said Alexander Grushko, the Russian ambassador. “We don’t see any difference between persistent, continuous rotation or permanent presence.”

    7. ...They note the U.S. and Britain have large exercises with Poland planned this year. Russian officials said NATO is trying to surround them with larger forces, not just with the buildup in the Baltic but also publicly discussing a Black Sea presence for the alliance.

      “We don’t know where the end is in this military buildup,” Mr. Grushko said. “There are a lot voices from Bucharest saying we need to establish a NATO Black Sea force. Poland is insisting on a permanent presence. There is no end sign NATO has decided to stop.”

      Any time the U.S. Navy encounters an incident at sea or in the air that occurs within 2,000 yards of a naval asset, the U.S. compiles those incidents and classifies them as to whether the other ship or aircraft conducted itself professionally or safe or in a usual way, or unprofessionally or unsafe or unusual. The number of those incidents with the Russian military that are deemed either unsafe or unprofessional has grown in recent years, according to a U.S. official.

      “What has been the unusual is now becoming the usual,” one U.S. official said Sunday.

    8. Boeing RC-135

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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      RC-135 Rivet Joint.jpg
      An RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft moves into position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for aerial refueling.

      Reconnaissance aircraft



      Primary users
      United States Air Force
      Royal Air Force[1][2]

      Number built
      32 total airframes in all iterations

      Developed from
      C-135 Stratolifter

      The Boeing RC-135 is a family of large reconnaissance aircraft built by Boeing and modified by a number of companies, including General Dynamics, Lockheed, LTV, E-Systems, and L-3 Communications, and used by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force to support theater and national level intelligence consumers with near real-time on-scene collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. Based on the C-135 Stratolifter airframe, various types of RC-135s have been in service since 1961. Unlike the C-135 and KC-135 which are recognized by Boeing as the Model 717,[3] the RC-135 is internally designated as the Model 739 by the company. Many variants have been modified numerous times, resulting in a large variety of designations, configurations, and program names.


    9. Russia did what a wolf does—pissing on a tree and marking its territory.


      The presence of the US Donald Cook off the coast of Kaliningrad was meant to provoke Russia. It did. They responded.

      Don’t we have enough problems without creating more? I am sure this will be used to call for more military spending and create more demand for new and vastly more expensive weapon systems. How convenient.

    11. The muslim areas bordering Russia have always been in a big stir. Muslims are always in a big stir with their neighbors, whoever they are. Going back way before Tolstoy. We didn't have anything to do with it.

      Hadji Murat (novel)

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      For the historical Avar leader, see Hadji Murad.

      Hadji Murat

      Hadji-Mural by Lanceray.jpg
      The house of Prince Semyon Vorontsov, illustration by Eugene Lanceray

      Leo Tolstoy

      Original title
      Хаджи-Мурат (Khadzhi-Murat)

      Kyril Zinovieff and Jenny Hughes (2011)



      Historical Fiction

      Publication date
      1912 (Posthumously)

      Media type

      212 pp (paperback)


      Hadji Murat (or alternatively Hadji Murad, although the first spelling better captures the original title in Russian: Хаджи-Мурат [Khadzhi-Murat]) is a short novel written by Leo Tolstoy from 1896 to 1904 and published posthumously in 1912 (though not in full until 1917). It is Tolstoy’s final work. The protagonist is Hadji Murat, an Avar rebel commander who, for reasons of personal revenge, forges an uneasy alliance with the Russians he had been fighting.

      Contents [hide]
      1 Inspiration
      2 Historical Context
      3 Plot summary
      4 Character List
      5 Themes
      6 Symbolism
      7 External links
      8 References


    12. Tolstoy seems to have first heard of the historical Hadji Murad while he was serving in the Caucasus, according to letters he wrote to his brother Sergei. The thistle described at the opening of the story was actually encountered by Tolstoy near his country estate and led him to remember the character and create a story about him.

      The theme of struggle while remaining faithful resonated with Tolstoy even though he was in ailing health; later letters suggest this work gave him a brief, final moment of vigor. Just as the author was struggling with his near death, his extended meditation on the concept of the individual refusing to give in to the demands of the world helped him to complete the book, although he himself had no inclination to publish it and was only concerned with its completion. In addition to the theme of resistance, there are many other ideas that can be found in the novel, such as determinism; this echoes Tolstoy's major work War and Peace. An even clearer theme is the struggle between a Christian Russia and Muslim Chechnya, the classic West vs. East theme found in Russian history and many different stories and novels (and which is once again pertinent in light of First and Second Chechen Wars in Chechnya and Russia).

      The work is very similar to Alexander Pushkin's work The Captain's Daughter in that it is a realist work based on actual people and events and has a similar direction, though the main character in this novel does not meet the same end. Tolstoy used material in Russian archives, including Hadji Murad's own account of his life.

      Historical Context[edit]

      Tolstoy created this story in reference to the Caucasus Mountains during the mid-nineteenth century in Russia. During this time period, an imperial conquest ensued between the Chechen and the Russian military. The Russian military had expectations to expand upon their empire. The book, Hadji Murat is based on fact that he saw while he was in the military. This is even confirmed in a letter that he wrote to his brother in 1851, “If you wish to show off with news… you may recount that a certain Hadji Murad surrendered a few days ago to the Russian Government. He was the leading dare-devil and ‘brave’ of all Chechnya, but has been led into committing a mean action.”[1]

      In the book he described the experiences of the Caucasian and Russian struggle that both he and Hadji Murad were caught up in. Although it was written about fifty years after the events of the story actually happened Tolstoy paints a picture of actual Russian civilization at the time. He portrays the differences between the bureaucratic decay and the healthy passionate life of mountaineer.[2]

      Plot summary[edit]

      The narrator prefaces the story with his comments on a crushed, but still living thistle he finds in a field (a symbol for the main character), after which he begins to tell the story of Hadji Murat, a successful and famed separatist guerrilla who falls out with his own commander and eventually sides with the Russians in hope of saving his family. Hadji Murat’s family is being contained and controlled by the Chechen leader who abducted his mother, two wives, and five children. Aside from the fact that Murat wants to save his family, he additionally wants to avenge the deaths of other family members. The story opens with Murat and two of his followers fleeing from Shamil, the commander of the Caucasian separatists, who is at war with the Russians. They find refuge at the house of Sado, a loyal supporter of Murat. The local people learn of his presence and chase him out of the village....


      It's a good story.

    13. .

      What is near the incident area?

      A lot of water. The US plane was in international waters. You know kind of like the Liberty.

      I first saw the report on the Xfinity homepage but can't find the story now. I seem to recall it said the plane never got closer than 40 miles from Russian territory but can't be sure. None of the written reports I saw said anything but that it was in international waters.

      There have been others...most just close encounters but all dangerous.


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    15. .

      Read this carefully.

      "The Su-27 closed within 50ft of the wing-tip of the RC-135 and conducted a barrel roll starting from the left side of the aircraft, going over the top of the aircraft and ended up to the right of the aircraft," he said.

      Flying 50 ft. from another plane and then doing a barrel roll over it isn't big whoops. It's a recipe for disaster. This isn't the Blue Angels where everyone is on the same page.


    16. .

      Why are we needlessly provoking Russia? What would we do if Russia was building up forces off the coast of Cuba? What did we do when they did in the past?

      In 2014, Russia was looking to open up bases in 8 different countries. I don't know what the current status is but maybe you can find out something for us when you are over there.

      Three of the countries were in the Western Hemisphere, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

      Putin is a bully and a liar.


    17. Comparing that to the Liberty? Please. No, I don’t kinda know.

      The Russian planes were not armed and the US knew it.

      It is about 185 miles from Nassau, Bahamas to Port Everglades Florida. How would we react to a flotilla of Russian warships and heavy electronic warfare aircraft in International waters 3/4 of the way from the Bahamas to Florida? I kinda know what ECM warplanes do.

      As to what we would do about it, I kinda know that too.

    18. .

      Take a look at the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. It can hardly be called a Russian Lake.


    19. As to your concern about the Russians looking to open a military base in eight countries, I would relax. The US already has 100 bases established for each of one that the Russians have. 800 overseas military bases.

      You can check to see how many overseas bases China and Russia have collectively. You will not have to tax the fingers in two hands. Almost all the Russian bases are in areas that were part of The Soviet Union.

      I don’t go to Russia for military reasons. Been there, did that. My interests in Russia are far more productive and beneficial, specifically, in the application of advanced laser technology for use in glass manufacturing for solar energy projects.

    20. .

      The Russian planes were not armed and the US knew it.

      You are talking about the destroyer. I'm talking about some ass jack doing a barrel roll over another plane at close range.

      I've said before that much of Russia's paranoia was justified given the fact that we brought Eastern European countries into NATO. I've supported their moves in the Ukraine. I feel they have legitimate interests in getting involved in Syria.

      That being said, for good or bad we are were we are and if we are going to put our troops over there we need to support them.

      I was only half joking when I said the destroyer's air defense systems should have locked onto those planes. It would have puckered a few asses. But fun thoughts aside, there is too much at stake to push a military confrontation. However, if the Russians are going to keep it up I got no problem at all with upping the ante in diplomatic or even economic terms.


    21. .

      As to your concern about the Russians looking to open a military base in eight countries, I would relax.

      I have no concerns. My only point was that the Russians have no concerns about trying to set up in our neighborhood.

      After the breakup of the USSR, the Russian navy went to hell. It's likely that many if not most of the ships were old and in need of repairs. It's only in recent years they have really been trying to update their navy.


  33. If you want to see Trump deconstructed, read this by Gary Kasparov -

    On the other hand he isn't a great fan of socialism via Hillary or The Bern, either.

  34. Rufus owes me $100 dollars.

    Plus interest.


  35. Take a look at the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. It can hardly be called a Russian Lake.

    Kaliningrad, on the Baltic, between Poland and Lithuania, is an important but small strategic military base for the Russians. It has been made more important by Nato rearming in Poland.

    1. .

      True. So what? What's that got to do with a bunch of assholes Russian fly boys endangering American lives with dumb ass stunts?


  36. 10 Russian Travel Tips For Deuce:

    1) Don't drink Russian Vodka, it's poison, you might die
    2) Don't get involved with Russian women, they all just want your money and to come to USA
    3) Stay away from rural Russian villages - rife with drunkenness, crime, loose living
    4) Beware of pick pockets any place in Russia
    5) Don't diss Pooty
    6) Leave as soon as possible
    7) Don't fly Russian airlines, the pilots might be drunk and might do dumb ass stunts
    8) Don't eat caviar, it is usually fake for tourists
    9) Leave as soon as possible
    10) Leave as soon as possible

    1. Added Bonus Tips:

      A) Wear a Cross
      B) Carry a Bible
      C) Carry a concealed pistol
      D) Make certain pistol is loaded
      E) Don't diss Pooty
      F) File last will and testament before leaving USA
      G) Leave Russia as soon as possible

    2. Bon Voyage !!

  37. Judge Napolitano just said on Fox that two Federal Judges have now found that there was some sort of conspiracy afoot amongst The Hag, Huma and their pals to violate Federal law in setting up the server. Hence the immunity to what's his name that set up the server - he is spilling his beans now - the probable coming deposition under oath to Judicial Watch of Huma.

    The issue of The Hag's law license is fading in the rearview mirror.

    She may be in danger of losing her freedom.

    Trump is right. She is running for President partly out of a desire to stay out prison.....

    Napolitano is on record as saying she is certain to be indicted.....whether she is prosecuted is yet uncertain...

    Put them dirty socks and legal procedures in your pipe and smoke it, Rufus.


    This is another piece of the pie that our old fool Rufus might consider when defending his Darling Hillary....


    1. If The Hag is under indictment when/if The Donald becomes President, he has promised he will see that she is prosecuted.

      The Donald is tired of paying bribes to hags like Hillary all these years to procure a zoning permit or something.


  38. The Donald has spoken:

    Hillary is now officially "Crooked Hillary Clinton"

    Crooked from the beginning....

  39. Meanwhile,

    Hillary Clinton 47.2%

    The Founder and President of Trump University 39.1%

    Huffpost Pollster

  40. "Political falsehoods about ‘offshoring’ trump economic reality

    Contributed to The Globe and Mail
    Published Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016 6:25PM EDT

    One of the dominant themes of the U.S. presidential primaries has been “the good jobs that nasty foreigners stole.” Candidates ranging from Donald Trump on the right (America doesn’t make anything any more) to Bernie Sanders on the left (Flint, Mich.’s problems are due to ruinous free-trade deals), the political myth-making machine is in high gear. Americans have been had by a traitorous political class that inexplicably and unnecessarily gave away the store in trade negotiations.

    The resulting rout of manufacturing jobs, it is alleged, has deprived the working class of “good” jobs they effortlessly used to enjoy making American manufactured goods for American consumers. Since we let those cheating foreigners in with their unfair labour practices and substandard goods, the refrain goes, they’ve stolen the family silver and left America, and especially American manufacturing, on its deathbed.

    A lifetime of observing politics, however, has convinced me that an idea’s truth-value is distressingly often in inverse proportion to its vote-getting value.


    Hardly. Contrary to Mr. Trump’s assertion that Americans don’t make anything any more, Americans have never made more things. According to an excellent review of the data by the estimable Peterson Institute in Washington, manufacturing output in the U.S. is at a historic high and rising.

    Yes, U.S. manufacturing employment has fallen by nearly a third since 2000, but put that in this context of rising output. There are not fewer jobs in manufacturing because Americans are getting beaten by foreigners and therefore losing markets. There are fewer manufacturing jobs because Americans are getting better at manufacturing. They are beating the challenge of overseas competition by producing more with less.

    Canada, which has a productivity problem of big proportions, and America need to get their heads around this. Rising productivity means rising living standards. At its most basic, what is happening in U.S. manufacturing is therefore exactly what economies on both sides of the border need more of.

    In fact, U.S. manufacturing has been leading the U.S. economy in rising productivity. That’s why the Peterson paper underlines, “the U.S. manufacturing base is becoming bigger than ever and the productivity of firms and workers in manufacturing leads the rest of the U.S. economy in growing stronger.”

    Those who buy the Sanders-Trump account (Sandrumps? Trumpanders?) are likely to fall back on the famous soundbite of one of their memorable predecessors, Ross Perot, who charged that free trade would create a “giant sucking sound” as unpatriotic investment and jobs fled to less expensive and less regulated climes.

    1. No one can dispute “offshoring” happens, as uncompetitive manufacturing plants in the United States and elsewhere close and the jobs are transferred overseas. The question is whether the loss overseas is the end of the story. It is not.

      To quote the Peterson paper again, “When a U.S. firm increases employment at its foreign affiliates by 10 per cent, employment by that same firm in the United States goes up by an average of 4 per cent. Capital expenditures and exports from the United States by that firm also increase by about 4 per cent. R&D spending increases by 5.4 per cent.” Offshoring is no zero-sum game.

      And since “value-added” seems to be the trade critics’ holy grail, note that their assumption that the greatest value added is in manufacturing is quite wrong. In Canada, for example, we know that value-added is significantly higher in natural resources than manufacturing. In the U.S., Mr Trump criticizes Apple for making its computers overseas, completely ignoring the fact that the physical production of an iPhone or iPad is actually the lowest value-added piece of a long chain that stretches from concept and design through to sales and marketing. Apple’s highest value-added activities, which are mostly sophisticated business services, are largely carried out in the U.S.

      Finally, those vulnerable low-income workers that the Sandrumps (Trumpanders?) claim to speak for have benefited hugely from the lower costs and greater consumer choice that trade makes possible. The gain, about $10,000 per household, has most benefited the poor and lower-middle-class households, not the well-off. And polling data show that Americans are cannier than their politicians, wisely preferring low prices to “Made in USA” even if it means more imports.

      America is already great, and ill-considered protectionism would detract, not add, to its stature while hurting the people protectionists claim they want to help."

    2. That's much better, Ash. Put up things well written by others rather than your usual snide.

      Even if wrong it makes good reading and seems well sourced.



      In shocking news, The Bern paid less than 14% in Federal taxes last year, less even than the evil Romney of four years ago.

    3. Here is the link to the data and paper the author mentions:

      Bob, it appears as if you've sobered up. Way to go dude!

    4. .

      In shocking news, The Bern paid less than 14% in Federal taxes last year, less even than the evil Romney of four years ago.

      While this is not shocking news it is also not shocking news that you are shocked by it.


    5. .

      Also, not shocking is that you would put up this

      That's much better, Ash. Put up things well written by others rather than your usual snide.

      Even if wrong it makes good reading and seems well sourced.

      talking about the appearance of the article rather than the substance.


    6. ????? - appearance - ?????

      "well written"

      "good reading"

      "well sourced"

      WHAT THE FUCK is the matter with you, Quart ??

      Back on the cheap gin and soggy cigars so early this morning ?

    7. Maria fuck your brains out ?

    8. And yes, it is shocking shocking shocking to me that The Bern, who is in favor of 52% income taxes, and confiscatory death taxes, only paid 14% his dear socialist self.

      Not being from the big city, I am unused to such out and out hypocrisy.

    9. .

      Thank you. You prove my points.

      Mitt Romney had wealth estimated at $250,000,000. Bernie made $200,000. And you are surprised that Bernie paid less on a percentage basis that Romney. If he did. You didn't bother to tell us what percentage Romney paid. What did you expect Sanders to do pay out another $76,000 out of the goodness of his heart to a government that in his mind will simply give it back to the 1%? If so, you are nutz.


    10. .

      ????? - appearance - ?????

      "well written"

      "good reading"

      "well sourced"

      Another example of the shallowness of your thinking. This is how you judge an article as being good.

      I have no argument with the Peterson Institute per se. This year they put out what appears to be an even handed book which argues that there is a moral case for globalization but that the principles of liberty, justice, virtue, and loyalty to one’s own community often come into conflict with each other when economies adapt to globalization.. And while the authors of this paper do not stoop to the level of the Cato Institute that argues that a hamburger should be considered a 'manufactured' good, they do give us a lot of macro data while ignoring a lot of other pertinent macro data. They also attack Trump on trade while ignoring the most important things he is saying about trade, that the trade deals we have struck disadvantage not only American workers but also America.

      The term 'well written' describes the shallowness of your thinking. Instead of 'well thought out' or 'convincing' you describe the 'appearance' of the article rather than its intellectual substance.


    11. The author wrote with complete sentences AND it was on the internet. Therefore it must be true!

      b00bie logic!

    12. That's an interesting interpretation of manufacturing - making hamburgers. Cooking and serving them being just the last stage of delivery. When I started in business many years ago the government here in Canada designated my company a manufacturer and taxed accordingly. and I've been one ever since. I manufacture video and audio and web stuff. Dreams baby, I'm a manufacturer of dreams!

    13. .


      Can't beat that. Seems like you are living the dream.


    14. What is wrong about writing about Macrobiotic Diets?

    15. .

      Bob's argument regarding Sanders and the taxes he makes is the same type of stupid, irrational argument he makes when he offers anyone who criticizes Israeli policy a free ticket to Gaza.

      First, the offer itself is bullshit. As we have seen, he is not about to fork out money to back up that offer. Second, the offer is merely a childish attempt at misdirection based on lack of information and faulty assumptions.

      We know he is uninformed in that he didn't even realize that Gaza doesn't have an airport, that the one they did have was destroyed by Israel. He is also unaware that if you do fly to David Ben Gurion airport in Israel or Cairo International, your chances of getting into Gaza as a tourist are practically nil. And even if you lie as to your reason for going to Gaza, have an invitation letter from some Gazan organization, get a permission letter from the Israeli or Egyptian Foreign Ministry, find a guide who’s willing to guarantee your good behavior, a return airplane ticket, and an entry permit from the Gazan authority so that you can get in, there is still no guarantee you can get out or, if you can get out, when. Border crossings can be shut down by Israel or Egypt without notice or explanation and can stay closed for months. There is also the possibility that Gazan authorities can hold up your departure again without explanation. And the US government in its travel advisories states it can't help you. You are on your own.

      And then there are the simplistic assumptions that form the basis of Bob's offer. The idea that criticism of Israeli policy ipso facto means that we support everything the Palestinians do or that we think that Hamas is simply a group of nice guys who are misunderstood. It is the illogical thinking of the ill-informed partisan.

      And to top it off, why would any sane person with the exception of some aid or rights group choose to visit an open air prison, filled with bombed out buildings, populated by the impoverished and unemployed, that has inadequate water and electricity, and is run by dictatorial government?

      But that's out Bob.


    16. .

      Macrobiotic Diets?

      The Yin and Yang of food is so '90s.

      Kind of like Feng Shui.


    17. How about impertinent macro data?

  41. In my opinion, a more accurate poll is the aggregate one Real Clear Politics publishes:

    Fox News: C 48 T 41
    CBS News: 50 40
    McClatchy: 50 41
    IBD/TIPP: 47 35
    PPP: 48 41
    Bloomberg: 54 36
    Quinnipiac: 46 40

    Average: 49 39.1

    Actually a wider spread than the Puff Host.

  42. I'm not sure if you folks use Amazon, but I have to tell you they have mastered customer service IMO.
    Letter below was after I reported a non delivery on SUNDAY. They shipment they are referring to delivered SUNDAY NITE!


    I'm really sorry about the delivery of your order that you still haven't receive it until now. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you. It definitely isn't the experience we want our customers to have.

    I've checked the tracking information of your package and I see that the delivery attempt on April 11, 2016. And I contacted the carrier of your package and confirmed that your order will going back to our fulfillment center.

    I've created a replacement for you and I upgrade the shipping at no additional charge. Here are the details:

    Order Number: 000-0000-00123
    Shipping Speed: Same-day shipping
    Guaranteed delivery by: Sunday, April 17, 2016 April 17, 2016

    Please accept our sincere apologies for this and we will continue working hard to ensure that you receive accurate service, and to minimize the chances of anything like this occurring again. Your patience and understand is highly appreciated on this matter.
    Best regards,

    1. I've used Amazon a lot.

      Never ever a problem here.

      Love 'em.

    2. Knew a guy that worked at Amazon in Seattle for awhile.

      Unbelievable warehouses of books, he said.

      Bustle, bustle.

      Said driving my wheat truck in harvest was a vacation compared to that.

    3. That's outrageous:
      No attention to detail, whatsoever!

      "you still haven't receive it until now."

      What, are they hiring Chinese for customer support?

      Cancel Prime, shop @ Walmart!

  43. Based on the crowds turning out for The Bern in New York 'the old Venezuelan' might actually win.

    Wouldn't that be a gas !

    Trump is gonna clean up.

  44. Anbar Operations to start liberation battle of Fallujah next week

    ( Anbar – On Monday, Anbar Operations Command announced, that the cleansing battle of Fallujah from the so-called ISIS will be carried out next week, while indicated to the participation of the different security services backed by the international coalition aviation and tribal fighters.

    The commander of Anbar Operations Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by, “The security forces are preparing for the cleansing battles of Fallujah from ISIS guerrilla.”

    The statement added, “The cleansing battle will start next week, with the participation of the army, police, Anti-Terrorism forces, tribal fighters and the international coalition aviation.”


    1. Strikes in Syria

      Ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:

      -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

      -- Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed two ISIL anti-air artillery pieces.

      Strikes in Iraq

      Fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

      -- Near Baghdadi, three strikes struck an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL communications facility and an ISIL staging area.

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

      -- Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit.

      -- Near Kirkuk, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles.

      -- Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL rocket team.

      -- Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed two ISIL mortar positions, two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL boat; and suppressed an ISIL rocket team.

      -- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL safe house.

      -- Near Sinjar, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

    2. Obama agrees to send more troops and Apache helicopters to Iraq

      ( Baghdad – The US President Barack Obama approved to send more than 200 additional troops to Iraq, including special forces, trainers and technicians, as well as deploying Apache helicopters for the first time in the war against ISIS, while pointed out that this contribution will enable the US forces to provide more effective support for the Iraqi troops in the battle of Mosul.

      The Associated Press Agency stated in a report followed by, “The US President Barack Obama approved to send more than 200 additional troops to Iraq, in addition to deploying Apache helicopters for the first time in the war against ISIS,” noting that, “These decisions reflect weeks of discussions with commanders and Iraqi leaders.”

      The report added, “The President’s decision will increase the authorized troops in Iraq from three thousand and 870 soldiers to four thousand and 87 soldiers.”


    3. .

      Drip. Drip. Drip.

      Does this mean they have upped the 'cap'?


    4. It was bad before it was good.
      Obama is flexible.
      Rufus always follows in lockstep.


    Vituperative Criticism (Smear Poem)

    Dumb as a bag, cowardly and uptight
    that’s what Erdoğan the President is.
    His privates reek awfully of döner kebab,
    even a pig fart smells nicer.
    He’s the man who beats up girls
    while he’s wearing rubber masks.
    Most of all he likes fucking goats
    and oppressing minorities,
    kicking Kurds, whacking Christians
    while watching child porn.
    And even in the evenings, instead of sleep,
    it’s all about fellatio with a hundred sheep.
    Yes, Erdoğan is totally
    a President with a small cock.
    Every Turk is heard to warble,
    that stupid twat has got wrinkled balls.
    From Ankara to Istanbul
    everyone knows, that man is gay,
    perverted, lice-ridden and zoophile,
    Recep Fritzl Přiklopil.
    His head as empty as his balls,
    the star at every gangbang party
    until his cock burns while peeing.
    That’s Recep Erdoğan, the Turkish President.

    1. .

      Sounds like the typical discussions we have here.


    2. How does the Poet know that Erdogan's privates reek awfully of döner kebab ?

      Eh ?

  46. .

    How about impertinent macro data?

    It is acceptable only if it doesn't induce insouciance and instead renders one metagrobolized.

    I prefer mine to be opulent, bold and flamboyant, but still intellectually satisfying and complex with a hint of currant and old socks and a smooth buttery finish.


    1. My Lord you are really Weird.

      'Quirk' doesn't even touch you.....


      Meanwhile stopped by the farm, where men are still, thankfully, men, and Wayne & Son are working the fields.

      Thank God for the rural life.....

    2. .

      For our resident Noble, I mean, Savage.

      Nothing but Flowers

      Here we stand
      Like an adam and an eve
      The garden of eden
      Two fools in love
      So beautiful and strong
      The birds in the trees
      Are smiling upon them
      From the age of the dinosaurs
      Cars have run on gasoline
      Where, where have they gone?
      Now, it's nothing but flowers

      There was a factory
      Now there are mountains and rivers
      You got it, you got it

      We caught a rattlesnake
      Now we got something for dinner
      We got it, we got it

      There was a shopping mall
      Now it's all covered with flowers
      You've got it, you've got it

      If this is paradise
      I wish I had a lawnmower
      You've got it, you've got it

      Years ago
      I was an angry young man
      I'd pretend
      That I was a billboard
      Standing tall
      By the side of the road
      I fell in love
      With a beautiful highway
      This used to be real estate
      Now it's only fields and trees
      Where, where is the town
      Now, it's nothing but flowers
      The highways and cars
      Were sacrificed for agriculture
      I thought that we'd start over
      But I guess I was wrong

      Once there were parking lots
      Now it's a peaceful oasis
      You got it, you got it

      This was a pizza hut
      Now it's all covered with daisies
      You got it, you got it

      I miss the honky tonks
      Dairy queens, and 7-elevens
      You got it, you got it

      And as things fell apart
      Nobody paid much attention
      You got it, you got it

      I dream of cherry pies,
      Candy bars, and chocolate chip cookies
      You got it, you got it

      We used to microwave
      Now we just eat nuts and berries
      You got it, you got it

      This was a discount store
      Now it's turned into a cornfield
      You got it, you got it

      Don't leave me stranded here
      I can't get used to this lifestyle


    3. Like I said, you've become beyond bizarre...

      It's so troubling to many of us here, I am certain.

      Can we bar mates help you someway ?

      And who is your Walt Whitman there ?


      Question of the Day

      Hillary got $650,000 when Secretary of State for a speech in the Congo.

      What did the Congo get in return ?

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    5. Sebastian Gorka is up next on Fox, Q-Man, check it out !

    6. All I see is the words Nothing But Flowers followed by a bunch of damned doggerel.

      I don't see no video.

      Why didn't you put the video ?

    7. .

      If I want to hear a cryptozoologist expound, I'll turn on Finding Bigfoot and listen to Bobo beat a stick on a tree and give a Bigfoot call.


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    9. .

      Nothing but Flowers is the link.

      I put this up before

      Had you clicked on the video, you would have seen that it was the Talking Heads. Surely, your IT skills include being able to click.

      Now, I see I have again overestimated your meager abilities.


    10. Nothing But Flowers isn't a link.

      It's the title of a stupid poem.

      And I'll have you know that Grace, my wonderful nurse at my prostate doc's office, has a picture of a Bigfoot footprint, and it is a big footprint, taken by her son up in the Idaho Selkirks, which chain of mountains you have never heard of...proving you know nothing...

      This is a LINK -;_ylt=AwrTcdmeihVX2_AAiRAPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=Selkirk+Mountains&fr=yhs-itm-001&hspart=itm&hsimp=yhs-001

      See pictures of Selkirk Mountains at the above LINK.

      I have held the photo in my own hands, have examined it carefully, and it is indeed an excellent photo of a Bigfoot footprint.

    11. You FLATLANDER !

      We have a saying out this way - flat land = flat lined brain.

      "O, sing, poet
      That's you
      To a Q...."

    12. .


      Stop it...

      :o) :o)

      Stop it, you're...

      :o) :o) :o)

      Stop it, you're killing me.

      (Anyone have a tissue?)



    13. .

      We have a saying out this way - flat land = flat lined brain.

      What the hell does that mean? Is it pidgin Swedish?

      Do I need to call the 'Call Sweden' number for an translation?


    14. :o) :o) :o)

      Stop it, you're killing me.

      O no no no, no stop-o, Quirk-o.

      I will continue to do my best.



      And, admit it, you'd never heard of the Selkirks, and, admit it, they are magnificent, Alien Flatland Creature.

      WOW !!

  47. Another LINK -



    And, Quirk, call:

    1-800-737-0106 and Press 1 NOW

  48. In the late summer of that year we lived in a house
    in a village that looked across the river and the plain to
    the mountains. In the bed of the river there were peb-
    bles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the
    water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the
    channels. Troops went by the house and down the road
    and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the
    trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the
    leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops march-
    ing along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred
    by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and
    afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves.

    The plain was rich with crops; there were many
    orchards of fruit trees and beyond the plain the moun-
    tains were brown and bare. There was fighting in the
    mountains and at night we could see the flashes from
    the artillery. In the dark it was like summer lightning,
    but the nights were cool and there was not the feeling
    of a storm coming.

    Sometimes in the dark we heard the troops marching
    under the window and guns going past pulled by motor-
    tractors. There was much traffic at night and many
    mules on the roads with boxes of ammunition on each
    side of their pack-saddles and gray motor-trucks that
    carried men, and other trucks with loads covered with
    canvas that moved slower in the traffic. There were big
    guns too that passed in the day drawn by tractors, the
    long barrels of the guns covered with green branches
    and green leafy branches and vines laid over the trac-
    tors. To the north we could look across a valley and see
    a forest of chestnut trees and behind it another moun-
    tain on this side of the river. There was fighting for
    that mountain too, but it was not successful, and in the
    fall when the rains came the leaves all fell from the
    chestnut trees and the branches were bare and the trunks
    black with rain. The vineyards were thin and bare-
    branched too and all the country wet and brown and
    dead with the autumn. There were mists over the river
    and clouds on the mountain and the trucks splashed
    mud on the road and the troops were muddy and wet
    in their capes; their rifles were wet and under their
    capes the two leather cartridge-boxes on the front of
    the belts, gray leather boxes heavy with the packs of
    clips of thin, long 6.5 mm. cartridges, bulged forward
    under the capes so that the men, passing on the road,
    marched as though they were six months gone with

    There were small gray motor-cars that passed going
    very fast ; usually there was an officer on the seat with
    the driver and more officers in the back seat. They
    splashed more mud than the camions even and if one of
    the officers in the back was very small and sitting be-
    tween two generals, he himself so small that you could
    not see his face but only the top of his cap and his nar-
    row back, and if the car went especially fast it was
    probably the King. He lived in Udine and came out in
    this way nearly every day to see how things were going,
    and things went very badly.

    At the start of the winter came the permanent rain
    and with the rain came the cholera. But it was checked
    and in the end only seven thousand died of it in the

    An example of good writing so that "Q" will finally be exposed to it.

  49. .

    Written in the early years when what he wrote was honest and clean and true before his body and his brain were rotted by the drink and his mind by the divorces and the paranoia until finally with fading eyesight he sought out his favorite shotgun and departed with a final kiss from the double-barrel.



    1. The booze didn't help. Also, it didn't help when he had to use his head to batter the way out for himself and a couple of others when that small plane crashed in Africa, on fire I think. I don't think the divorces had that much to do with it, though he did try to call his first wife Hadley shortly before 'the final kiss from the double barrel'. I don't know about paranoia either. He went to that fancy hospital back east twice, what's it called, you know. What I do know is the words would no longer come, and he went into a final depression, and didn't pull out. I like it the way it happened. Do we really want to think of Ernie spending his last years, depressed, in a rest home, having his ass wiped behind a curtain, and drooling ? As Michael Savage once expressed it....

      His son Jack had a home/hunting lodge south of Lewiston. He wrote in the paper there once in a while. He said his dad had always had big mood swings, could get so so enthused about a subject or an activity, the energy wouldn't stop. He also had the downs, too. Jack said the final one was too deep, he couldn't get out of it, 'it just got him'.

      Jack had two daughters, the one went out 'the Hemingway way' from booze and drugs, in France I think.

      He talked about that, too. The other one is still doing well, I saw her on TV not so long ago.

      Ernie had three sons. Jack, born of Hadley, I think, they called him 'Bumby', and two others with his second wife. One ended up in Africa running a successful hunting business. The other ended up in California, did drugs a bit, didn't do much, hated his father, said he might be the only one on earth that was glad he died - 'he will never call me a failure again'.

      Ernie's father was a doctor. He killed himself later in life, the beginning of 'the Hemingway way'.....

      I remember when it happened. The entire extended family was having dinner at a cabin at Lake Coeur d' Alene when the news came over the radio.

      The entire group was bummed out and saddened by it.

      I remember my favorite Aunt saying 'Oh, my, oh my...."

      He was loved by lots of people.

    2. Ernest Hemingway was something of a near-death experiencer. He had signed up for the Italian Army ambulance service and was sitting drinking wine and eating a sandwich when he got blow up by a trench mortar.

      He said it was like 'my soul, or something, left my body, like you take a fine silk handkerchief out of your breast pocket, wave it around a bit, and then back in'.

      Not very deep as these things go but it fascinated him.

      He wrote his family that death is very simple, really easy....

      This early fascination with death led him to the bullfights....where he'd get 'the feeling of life, death and immortality', as he wrote in 'Death in the Afternoon'.

      'The Old Man and the Sea' is wonderful. Most American kids miss the Christian symbol of the old man, beaten but not defeated, lugging the mast of his small boat up the beach like Christ carrying the Cross, the sharks having finally destroyed his marlin.

      An English prof at the U of W once told me this about American kids not seeing that symbolism. He had taught in Russia, when the place was officially atheist, and the Russian kids always picked this up immediately, he said.

      I knew then that try as some might, the human race is never giving up on the spiritual.

    3. Never owned one, can you discharge both barrels at once?
      ...eliminating all doubt, large chunks, and such.

    4. On most. Depends on the trigger set up. Lots have two triggers. Makes it a little 'touchy' but doable.

      Do it outside, not in the living room.

      Beautiful spring day's a night time topic.

      Heading out....

      Cheers !

  50. UNITEDHEALTH slowly pulling away from ACA Exchanges.

    1. Article at Drudge -

      Nation's largest health insurer to exit majority of Obamacare exchanges...

      Costs unsustainable....DRUDGE

  51. UnitedHealth is a relatively minor player in the exchanges. Despite offering plans in more than 30 states this year, the company’s approximately 800,000 exchange customers represent only a 6 percent national market share.

    Don't let the door hit you in the ass, bozos. Take your crooked, whining asses, and get on down the road.

    whining crooks

    1. A month after announcing its latest exchange expansion, UnitedHealth started voicing second thoughts. The insurer said in November that it would decide by the first half of this year whether to even participate in the market for 2017.

      Insurers say they have struggled, in particular, with customers who have signed up for coverage outside regular enrollment windows and then dumped expensive claims on their books, a problem the government has said it would address.

      Sounds like the crooks are those who do not participate in the system, until they need coverage, then dump huge claims without paying for the insurance for the term...

      But who cares if the company loses hundreds of millions of dollars?

      Rufus has his free beer...

    2. I'm voting for the candidate that promises free Bud for everybody.

    3. United Health has lost 1.1 $$$$ Billion $$$$ dollars on ObamaCare, and is thinking, hmmm, maybe that's enough.

      Oops, I meant The Affordable Care Act.

    4. United Health dropping out of most Obamacare exchanges after losing $1.1 billion

      Apr 19, 2016 1:21 PM by John Sexton

      Hot Air

    5. April 19, 2016

      Largest health insurer in US drops out of almost all Obamacare exchanges

      By Rick Moran

      United Health, the nation's largest health insurer, announced that they will be dropping out of all but "a handful" of state exchanges, citing huge losses.

      The Hill:

      The moves by United, the nation’s largest health insurer, have drawn attention for what they could indicate about the sustainability of ObamaCare as whole.

      But as the Obama administration has pointed out, United is actually a fairly small player on the ObamaCare marketplaces, with about 6 percent of enrollees. It also often was not priced competitively.

      Still, United is far from alone among insurers in having concerns about financial losses in the ObamaCare marketplaces.

      Some insurers that play a larger role in the program, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in some states, have also raised the prospect of dropping off the marketplaces.

      Significant premium increases are widely expected for next year as insurers try to stop their losses, though the impact for consumers is usually cushioned by ObamaCare’s tax credits.

      The administration says it expects that insurers will both come and go as the new market set up by the law develops, but that the marketplace will continue to succeed.

      “The Marketplace is a reliable source of coverage for millions of Americans with a robust number of plan choices,” Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Ben Wakana said in a statement. “We have full confidence, based on data, that the Marketplaces will continue to thrive for years ahead.”

      Liar. Last year, I had nine bronze plan choices on the Illinois exchange. This year, it was four. And the plan I had last year was unceremoniously dropped. This year, I am paying $80 more for less coverage and a $2,000 higher deductible.

      I know I'm not alone, because the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. Health insurance companies are offering fewer, more expensive plans in a desperate effort to recoup losses incurred because the risk pool is older and sicker than they were promised.

      I don't feel sorry for them at all. They bought this pig in a poke. Now let them choke on it.

  52. Iraq's Mosul will eventually be retaken from IS: Obama


    April 19, 2016

    An Iraqi soldier holds a position on the frontline on the outskirts of Makhmur on March 30, 2016

    An Iraqi soldier holds a position on the frontline on the outskirts of Makhmur on March 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/Safin Hamed)

    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said he expects Iraq's second city Mosul to be retaken from the Islamic State group "eventually".

    Obama's comments in an interview with CBS News on Monday came on the same day that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Washington would send Apache attack helicopters and more troops to Iraq.

    "As we see the Iraqis willing to fight and gaining ground, let's make sure that we're providing them more support," Obama said.

    "We're not doing the fighting ourselves, but when we provide training, when we provide special forces who are backing them up, when we are gaining intelligence -- working with the coalitions that we have -- what we've seen is that we can continually tighten the noose," he added.

    "My expectation is that by the end of the year, we will have created the conditions whereby Mosul will eventually fall."

    Mosul, in northern Iraq, was overrun during a jihadist offensive in June 2014 and has become an IS stronghold.

    Washington heads an international coalition that is carrying out strikes against IS and also providing training and other assistance to forces fighting the jihadists in both Iraq and neighboring Syria.

    Carter, on an unannounced trip to Baghdad, said the Apaches being sent to Iraq will support Iraqi efforts to surround and eventually recapture Mosul.

    Iraqi forces have begun preparatory operations in Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital, but the actual assault to retake the city is not expected for months, and possibly not until next year.

    Sounds like General O'bozo is passing the football off to the next President.


      Without General O'bozo taking the troops out way too soon, Mosul would never have fallen to ISIS in the first place.

    2. .

      Edition XXLVI: Bullshit from Bjorn

      Stardate: 2016


    3. Your Stardate is way out of whack.

      Things are either 'in whack', or 'out of whack'.

      You are nearly always 'out of whack'.

      The number you cite - 2016 - is actually based on Christian calculations, and has nothing to do with the stars. It has to do with the number of circles the earth has made around its star.

      To attempt an actual Stardate, one need, first, specify a particular star.

      Further, stars are being 'created' all the time. Others are really old, cold, and 'dead'.

      Still others have blasted themselves to smithereens in a supernova explosion and can no longer be said to 'exist' at all.

      Finally, even you, Quirk, are made of 'star stuff' - all the higher elements in you are from former supernovas.

      Yes, you can consider yourself, as unlikely as it sounds, as something of a 'star'.

      Is it too much to ask, and hope, that you someday go 'supernova' ?

      How'd you like the look of those Selkirks, Flatliner ?

      Quite something, huh.

      There's a herd of caribou up there too, if you know what they are......try thinking Santa....

    4. The fear now is, of course, that the imported wolves from northern Canada will put them firmly 'out of business'.

      They are mountain caribou, very shy, withdrawn fellows, not used to wolf packs.

      Again, thanks again to all you brain wave flatlined motherfuckers from back east....


    5. The last, and small, herd of caribou in the lower USA, I believe.

      Once again, thanks, arseholes.

  53. Summary:

    This is the strongest position Trump has been in since he announced. The chess board is all set for him to win the nomination and then go on to a landslide in the general.

    Waiting impatiently here for the news about the New York primary.

    I really hope Sanders beats Hillary.

    The last report was he was closing the gap, and it's possible.

  54. .

    The number you cite - 2016 - is actually based on Christian calculations...

    No, you are wrong, It is UPF Standard and it is constant throughout the United Federation of Planets so as to avoid the issues you bring up.

    Wrong again.

    No cigar.


    1. .

      Stay at zero, no $200 dollars.


    2. Hmmmmm......your Stardate is somehow based on the United Federation of Planets ?

      I admit, you got me confused.

      You confusion is contagious.

    3. So confused I typed you instead of your.

      It is getting bad.

      Guess I could have said:

      "You, Confusion, are contagious."

      Anyway, you don't know anything about the Selkirks or the wildlife there, that much has been proven.

    4. I did make an error the other day.

      You are to call:

      1-800-737-0336 and Press 1


      The other number was in error.

  55. 30% in - Kasich, Cruz, Bernie all getting wiped out.

  56. How COOL is this...

    Syrian air force planes carried out two airstrikes on Tuesday against a fruit and vegetable market in the center of the northwestern city of Maarat al-Numan, killing over 50 people and wounding hundreds of others. The casualties from the second attack, about an hour after the first, included aid workers who arrived on the scene to remove the dead and rescue the wounded.