“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."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sanders Fighting to the Finish: Nominating Hillary Clinton, Bernie 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver insisted, the Democratic Party would be risking “disaster simply to protect the status quo” in the U.S.

Nominating Clinton risks “disaster simply to protect the status quo” Sanders campaign says

Nominating Clinton risks "disaster simply to protect the status quo" Sanders campaign says


Bernie Sanders is not giving up. He is still in this to win, and his campaign is ramping up its rhetoric.

In an email sent out on Wednesday, Bernie 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver declared plans to push for a contested convention in Philadelphia in July.

By nominating Hillary Clinton, Weaver insisted, the Democratic Party would be risking “disaster simply to protect the status quo” in the U.S.

“We’re going to have a contested convention where the Democratic Party must decide if they want the candidate with the momentum who is best positioned to beat Trump, or if they are willing to roll the dice and court disaster simply to protect the status quo for the political and financial establishment of this country,” he wrote.

The U.S. political and financial establishment has long made it clear that Clinton is its preferred candidate.

Wall Street has overwhelmingly backed Clinton, an extremely hawkish multimillionaire. Financial executives, including many of those who previously backed GOP presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have poured millions of dollars into Clinton’s campaign in order to help her defeat Trump.

Many prominent right-wing figures have come out in support of Clinton, calling her “far preferable to Trump” and even “the conservative hope.”

In the latest Sanders campaign email, Weaver cited three polls released on Tuesday that show Clinton facing a potential tough race with Trump in a national election.

A Quinnipiac University poll of crucial swing states found Clinton narrowly winning Florida and Pennsylvania, but losing to Trump by 4 percent in Ohio. Sanders would more comfortably win all three, according to the poll.
“This is pretty scary,” the Bernie 2016 campaign manager said. He posed Sanders as the biggest threat to Trump.

“For months, Bernie Sanders has out-polled Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, and often by extraordinarily large margins,” Weaver wrote.

He blasted the Democratic establishment for using right-wing talking points to criticize Sanders’ left-wing policies.

“We’ve been told our goals for the future are Utopian, and that our plans would raise taxes on middle class families. We just never thought those attacks would come in a Democratic primary,” Weaver said.

“Yet somehow we keep winning,” he added.

Sanders has won 19 states in the primary — more than Clinton. Hillary, however, has won many of the more populated states, giving her more delegates.

Clinton has 1,716 pledged delegates, or 54 percent of the total, whereas Sanders has 1,433, or 46 percent.

The undemocratic superdelegate system has, in particular, given Clinton an unfair edge. She has repeatedly lost states by double digits, but still come out on top with more total delegates, because the unelected party elites who serve as unpledged delegates have overwhelmingly thrown their weight behind her.

Joe Scarborough, host of the popular MSNBC program “Morning Joe” joined countless frustrated Americans in pillorying the “rigged” electoral system.

“Why does the Democratic Party even have voting booths? This system is so rigged,” Scarborough exclaimed in a segment in April.

Sanders is mathematically unable to win with pledged delegates alone, however, so his campaign has recently changed course and begun trying to woo superdelegates to his side.

The Bernie 2016 campaign has asserted that it is still in this win, and sees a contested convention as the way forward.

“Because we must do everything we can to defeat Trump in November our mission is to win as many pledged delegates as we can between now and June 14th,” Weaver wrote.

He closed the latest email with an expression of solidarity.

“We are the best chance to defeat Trump because people united can never be defeated,” the message concluded. “That is why we must keep fighting.”



Hillary Clinton's 'hacked' Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE

On the back of widespread public interest RT has decided to publish in their entirety a series of memos which were allegedly sent from a one-time White House aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The emails, which were allegedly sent by former political adviser Sidney Blumenthal to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were forwarded to RT by a hacker using the alias “Guccifer.”
Guccifer was credited with hacking the AOL email account of Blumenthal last week, though the authenticity of the emails has not been verified.

The purported memos appear to contain sensitive information regarding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as well the January 2013 hostage crisis in In Amenas, Algeria.
Blumenthal has been refraining from comments so far. RT reached Blumenthal's son Max, who confirmed that his father will not be making any remarks about the leak.

In the leaked emails distributed to the media, Guccifer copied and pasted the correspondences into new files using bold Comic Sans text layered over a pink background, possibly as a security precaution. The letter 'G' on the memos appears to be the hacker's watermark.

Below are 4 letters dating from September 12, 2012-February 16, 2013. Any omissions are unintentional, as we are publishing all of the information that has been provided to us in the interest of full disclosure.

Below are 4 letters dating from September 12, 2012-February 16, 2013. Any omissions are unintentional, as we are publishing all of the information that has been provided to us in the interest of full disclosure.
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  1. Sanders can beat Trump. I doubt Clinton can beat Trump:

    NY Times... Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont captured the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, forcing Hillary Clinton to continue a costly and distracting two-front battle: to lock down the Democratic nomination and to take on Donald J. Trump in the general election.

    Mrs. Clinton has a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates, which Mr. Sanders’s victory, one week after he won Indiana, did little to narrow. But by staying in the race, as he has vowed to do until the Democratic convention in Philadelphia in July, Mr. Sanders continues to tug Mrs. Clinton to the left.

    This week, after long resisting Mr. Sanders’s call for a single-payer health care system, Mrs. Clinton embraced allowing people as young as 50 to buy into Medicare.

    In Oregon, which votes next week, Mr. Sanders appealed to unpledged superdelegates, who can cast votes as they please at the convention, to rally behind him as the stronger opponent to Mr. Trump.

    “If you look over the last month or six weeks, at every national poll, Bernie Sanders defeats Donald Trump by big numbers,” he said.

    With Mr. Trump aggressively attacking Mrs. Clinton as he focuses on the general election, Mrs. Clinton’s potential vulnerability was exposed in her defeats in West Virginia and Indiana, states with many white, working-class voters.

  2. REPORT: Hillary’s Emails Hacked by Russia – Kremlin Deciding Whether to Release 20,000 Stolen Emails
    Jim Hoft May 10th, 2016 8:02 am

    Guest Post by Joe Hoft

    According to a report from four days ago, beginning in 2011, the Russians began monitoring Romanian computer hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer) after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to break into the computer system of the Russian funded RT television network.

    After monitoring Guccifer, the Russians were reportedly able to record (both physically and electronically) his actions which allowed the Russian intelligence analysts, in 2013, to not only detect his breaking into the private computer of Secretary Clinton, but also break in and copy all of its contents as well.

    The report notes that shortly after Russia obtained Clinton’s emails, they released a limited amount to RT TV which were published in an article in March 2013, titled Hillary Clinton’s ‘hacked’ Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE.

    The Kremlin is debating whether to release the 20,000 emails they have hacked off of Hillary Clinton’s server.


  3. Who would the Kremlin prefer as US President?

  4. Russia Undecided On Releasing 20K Hillary Clinton Emails From Hack

    Reports are widespread that Russia is debating whether to release the 20,000 emails they have hacked off of Hillary Clinton’s server. The includes information as far back as 2011, but specifically 2013 data from the private computer of Secretary Clinton.

    The Kremlin was monitoring Romanian computer hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer) after he unsuccessfully attempted to break into the RT television network computer system. Guccifer not only broke into Clinton’s server, but also copied all of its contents as well.

    Shortly after Russia obtained Clinton’s emails, they released a limited amount to RT TV which were published in an article in March 2013, titled Hillary Clinton’s ‘hacked’ Benghazi emails.

    Now the US questioned Guccifer in relationship to this incident and new reports have come out noting the Guccifer hack as well as the data dump to Russia. Guccifer told FOX News last week that he hacked Hillary’s home brew server and so did at least 10 others.

    Judge Andrew Napolitano told Megyn Kelly on Monday that “There’s a debate going on in the Kremlin between the Foreign Ministry and the Intelligence Services about whether they should release the 20,000 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails that they have hacked into.”

    1. Hadn't heard that the Rooskie had this treasure trove though it doesn't surprise.

      Release !

      Release !!

      Release !!!

      Mrs B.J. Clinton is a danger to us all....

    2. Word on the street is that the charity fraud over at The Clinton Foundation is much worse than anyone had imagined.....keep an eye out for a coming expos'e.....

    3. By the way, FBI Director Comey has taken issue with Camp Hillary and their characterization of his work as a 'security review'.

      He doesn't, he says, know what a 'security review' is, and insists what he is doing is an investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing.

  5. RT

    Israeli media report that the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to visit the country after locking up the nomination at the party convention in July. Trump campaign officials have shrugged off the rumors.

    Though the billionaire businessman has pledged his friendship and support to Israel, one of Trump’s top foreign policy advisers, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, was among the 17 Senators that did not sign last month’s letter urging the White House to increase military aid to the Jewish state.

    1. Trump ought to name his bright enthusiastic daughter as his VP pick.

      Why not ?

      Hell of a lot better than either of the dos tacos Hillary is considering.

      Hell of a lot better than Hard Whiskey Joe Biden.

    2. Wouldn't want to have an incestual Monica Moment in the Oval Orifice.

  6. Idaho Bob Wed May 11, 09:38:00 PM EDT

    Which doesn't at all mean of course that multi-generational living should be forced on anyone by the miseries of the Obama Economy.

    Yeah, that was the point.

    Rufus will say it's all good, until a Republican is elected. the Real Estate Meltdown was all Bush... h
    Having nothing to do with Clinton having Janet Reno hold a gun to the banks heads and forcing them to give loans to unqualified people.

  7. I'm still in shock from the last thread where Quirk tells us Israel has annexed Gaza, and has an occupying force there.

    And Quirk told us he'd quit drinking....

    So, I'm still urging a self driving car for the poor fellow....

    1. The architecture doesn’t lie. Quirk is correct.


      Katzrin, Golan Heights — A faded poster in the shopping center of the Israeli capital of the Golan Heights shows a dove above green mountain peaks, and a catchy slogan from a generation ago: “The nation is with the Golan. Peace with the Golan.”

      It’s a reminder of a time when successive governments sought a deal with Syria that would involve swapping the strategic plateau for normalized ties — and residents here banded together to campaign against it.

      But, it’s been more than 15 years since the last round of peace talks with Syria, and civil war has been raging there for five years — leaving uncertain exactly whpm Israel could make peace with.

      So, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought the Israeli cabinet up to the Golan Heights to declare to the world that Israel would never leave the Golan Heights, the move got a predictably warm reception from Golan residents.

      “It means no more negotiations [over returning the Golan Heights],” said Gigi Meir, a 35-year resident of Katzrin, who was sitting in the town’s shopping center with a group of friends talking politics. “There is no one to negotiate with.”

      Now, Meri and other Golan residents say they want to see Israel’s government live up to Netanyahu’s declaration and expand a region that still remains sparsely populated, with limited economic development, after nearly 50 years of Israeli control.

      The Israelis in the Golan — who number only about 20,000 — look to the West Bank with envy at the way Israel’s government has invested and expanded settlements to bring hundreds of thousands of residents there.

      “From here on out, the Golan should take on a different character,” Meir said. “From now on, the Golan Heights should be developed like Judea and Samaria.”

      The prime minister’s declaration two weeks ago came as a surprise: No Israeli leader had ever convened a cabinet meeting in the Golan Heights, even though Menachem Begin’s government annexed the territory in 1981.



  8. QuirkWed May 11, 07:08:00 PM EDT


    You forget the big difference, WiO, the U.S. had the balls to admit what we were doing.

    Israel didn't. They still refuse to say that they have effectively annexed the West Bank, Gaza, parts of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Until they admit it, under international law, they are an occupying force.



    Idaho BobWed May 11, 07:58:00 PM EDT

    I still offer you a free one way ticket to 'Israeli occupied' Gaza, but I do the booking, and you follow the protocol.

    Then we will be rid of you forever.



    Idaho BobWed May 11, 08:09:00 PM EDT

    Sometimes, Quirk, just between us, you are really really full of shit.

    What is "Occupation"Wed May 11, 08:44:00 PM EDT

    Quirk do you really believe your nonsense?

  9. Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar...

    The bartender yells,

    "Get out of my bar! We don't serve your type!"

  10. The Golan Heights were opportunistically occupied by Israel after its victory in the 1967 six-day-war.

    A United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has monitored the region since 1974, when Israel and Syria signed a ceasefire agreement, and it has been considered an occupied territory of the UN and the international community. In violation of this ceasefire, Israel effectively annexed the territory in 1981 by extending its laws and governmental apparatus over it. Most of the native population has been displaced and over 30 settlements have been constructed to house Jewish settlers. These settlements, like those in the West Bank, are illegal under international law.

    The current escalation is really about oil. Since 2013, the Netanyahu government has granted exclusive oil and gas exploration rights to the oil company Afek Energy in a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights. Afek Energy is an Israeli subsidiary of the US firm, Genie Energy. Afek’s director is former Israeli Housing Minister Effie Eitam, who is an illegal settler in the Golan Heights himself and is responsible for the fatal beatings of numerous Palestinians. Genie Energy’s strategy-advisory board includes former US Vice President Dick Cheney, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, and former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers. Other prominent names include Jacob Lord Rothschild, former CIA director and neocon James Woolsey, and former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson.

    Given the clout that these figures wield in US politics, it is unlikely that the US is serious about its admonishments to Israel. Germany’s Foreign Ministry has also criticized Israel´s move as being against international law, but both the US and Germany have declined to call for the Golan Heights to be returned to Syria, citing Syria’s internal situation as a justification. If the US is indeed frustrated with Israel’s behavior, as Vice President Biden recently said, it has a funny way of showing it: the Obama administration recently agreed to grant a $3.2 to $5 billion military-aid package to Israel, its largest ever. Germany is Israel’s next largest donor and military trading partner, which suggest that the indignation is mostly symbolic.

  11. The Golan is where all the artillery and rocket fire was coming from into Israel back in the day.

    Israel definitely should control it.

    The IDF had to fight up those hills to put an end to it, and that should be the end of it, forever.

    1. The Golan to Israel and divide the rest of the dysfunctional state of Syria up into cantons, mini-states, principalities, whatever you want to call them.

    2. Syria is dead.

      thanks to Assad, Iran, Hezbollah, ISIS, Russia, America, Iraq

  12. Hindu group asks gods to help Trump save humanity from Islamic terrorism

    May 11, 2016 11:12 am By Robert Spencer 63 Comments

    “The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism” — except, that is, virtually all the leaders of the Western world, who make it their top priority after every jihad terror attack to tell the public that the massacre had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam.

    Hindus Trump

    “Divine intervention? Indian Hindus ask gods to help Trump,” Associated Press, May 11, 2016:

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Donald Trump may find it tough to get Republican leaders behind his campaign, but he’s got some faraway fans trying to get the gods on his side.

    Around a dozen members of a right-wing Indian Hindu group lit a ritual fire and chanted mantras Wednesday asking the Hindu gods to help Trump win the U.S. presidential election….

    “The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it,” said Vishnu Gupta, founder of the Hindu Sena nationalist group. “Only Donald Trump can save humanity.”

  13. The serious Democrats were through with Bernie when he promised Everyone a Tax Increase. The Dems went through that with "Fritz" Mondale, and don't care to repeat it.

    1. Those tapes of him praising Fidel didn't help, either.

    2. Hillary will go into the convention with a lead in pledged delegates of probably well over 300, having won the most votes, and the most (and, largest) States.

      Bernie has an exact zero chance of being the Democratic Candidate for President.

    3. Are you hoping for the FBI report on Hillary to come out before, or after, the Democrat Convention, Rufus ?

  14. Every Rape Victim Deserves to Be Heard -- Except by Hillary

    Hillary Clinton's remorseless campaign to destroy the victims of her sexual predator husband.

    May 12, 2016

    Ann Coulter

    In a campaign built on lies, it should not be a surprise that the central theme of Hillary's campaign is the biggest lie of all.

    Someday, it will be the subject for a graduate thesis whether reporters who were in diapers when Bill Clinton was president simply don't know the truth or, in their zeal to see Hillary elected, are obscuring the truth.

    The media portray Bill Clinton as a lovable scamp, a good ol' Southern boy who just liked to have sex in the back of his pickup. In fact, according to numerous independent accounts, he was a sexual abuser and, the overwhelming evidence shows, a violent rapist.

    While we would normally extend our sympathy to his wife, Hillary has forfeited those claims by actively conspiring with him to cover up his sexual assaults and smear the victims, showing absolutely no compunction about destroying women whose stories she knew to be true.

    Because Donald Trump is reminding people about Hillary's brutal rise to power, liberals denounce him for using the "sex scandals of the 1990s" against her. But recall that it was Hillary who used the "sex scandals of the 1990s" to launch her entire political career.

    A few weeks ago, Trump stirred up feminists by questioning whether Clinton is the most qualified woman who's ever walked the planet, by saying, "Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote."

    Of course this is true. Trump wasn't talking about Sen. Dianne Feinstein. He wasn't talking about Sens. Claire McCaskill or Elizabeth Warren. Those women climbed the political ladder on their own. Can you even name any of their husbands?

    By contrast, Hillary got her positions by virtue of being married to the president, who cheated on her. She played the victim, and suddenly the rest of the world owed her.

    1. Being married to the president did not make for an auspicious beginning to Hillary's career in politics. She was a grumpy, unpopular first lady, was given control of a health care task force, did a terrible job, and was going absolutely nowhere, when her husband -- the president -- got caught fooling around with a White House intern, and then committed felony obstruction of justice to cover it up.

      Hillary parlayed being the wronged wife into a Senate seat from New York, which was basically an appointed position (she ran against a little-known Republican congressman in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1); and secretary of state, an actual appointed position.

      This isn't about private affairs, the internal dynamic of the Clintons' marriage or a wronged wife. No one cares about the Clintons' marriage, least of all the Clintons. In addition to being vastly too byzantine to unravel, Bill's philandering might affect what we think of him as a husband and father, but it doesn't reflect one iota on Hillary Clinton.

      But to say Hillary is an innocent victim would be incorrect. The overwhelming evidence is that her husband committed repeated predatory sexual acts, in some cases violently, Hillary knew that, and she helped him by muddying up his accusers.

      The media worked hand-in-glove with the Clintons' enablers, Betsy Wright and (future objective journalist) George Stephanopoulos, to conceal Bill's "bimbo eruptions" -- as the campaign called them -- as long as they could. But when Paula Jones sued President Clinton for sexual harassment under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, his treatment of other women became relevant evidence in her case.

      That's when the floodgates opened.

      Jones alleged that, when she was an employee of the state of Arkansas, Governor Clinton had state troopers bring her to his hotel room, where he proceeded to drop his pants and tell her to "kiss it" -- then warned her that he knew her boss.

      Either voluntarily or by legal compulsion, a slew of women attested to sexual encounters with Bill Clinton -- Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, Dolly Kyle Browning, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Sally Perdue, Monica Lewinsky, and several dozen cocktail waitresses along the interstate corridor between Little Rock and Washington. Many more told their stories, but said they were afraid to use their names.

      Highly credible women who don't know one another have given convincing accounts of Clinton's unwanted sexual attentions, from groping, to flashing to violent rape. Juanita Broaddrick's rape allegation convinced NBC News. It also convinced congressmen, who read her testimony, that they should reverse their positions and vote to impeach Clinton.

      Hillary knew what her husband was doing and yet, over and over again, she helped him cover it up and destroy the women, portraying them as stalkers, blackmailers and loons. As one of Bill's mistresses, former Miss Arkansas Sally Perdue, told the Daily Mail (U.K.), Hillary has a "vengeful, spiteful ugliness ... And she's championing women's causes?"

      This patron saint of victims made it her business to inflict more harm on Bill's marks, specific examples of which will be covered in a future column.

      Until then, know that when journalists talk about Bill Clinton's "sexual peccadilloes" and refer to Hillary as a "victim," that's not remotely what it was. He was a sexual predator and she was his willing co-conspirator.

  15. How's that "Self-Funding" thing going, kiddos? :)

    Not so good, huh?

    1. Hillary self funds through the massive charity fraud conducted through The Clinton Foundation.

      Self funding is working great for her, so far.

      It's possible she'll be on trial for it someday, though.

      Judge Napolitano is talking about Hillary's legal problems on Fox right now, if you give a shit whether your candidate steals from charities, endangers national security, commits felonies right and left...

    2. The Rooskie seems to have been reading all of Hillary's emails....

      Not that you give a shit....

  16. It's past time for the Cherokee (the REAL people) to pay up for past slavery of others under their control -

    May 11, 2016

    Why we should welcome a real trial about slave reparations

    By John Massoud

    John Massoud is a businessman in Northern Virginia, is 6th district chair of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, does media relations for the Shenandoah Valley Constitutional Conservatives, is an occasional contributor to the American Thinker, and is Shenandoah County’s favorite half-Afghan and half-Scots Irishman.

  17. Are you hoping for the FBI report on Hillary to come out before, or after, the Democrat Convention, Rufus ?

    1. I'm wavering on the question, myself, but right now am leaning to the view it would be best right after the Convention....

      What do you think, Rufus ?

      And, why ?

  18. Keeping The Rufus up to speed via Drudge Headlines:


    1. New whistleblower from our Air Force in Italy at the time of Banghazi says they were waiting for the 'go' order, and, it never came.

      Hillary missed the '3 A.M.' phone call.....

      I recall how Rufus snorted in the ago about how Benghazi would be long forgotten by now, but there it is again, right on Fox News.

  19. Ruf's taking a 'quiet time' break.....

  20. Did you know that the Clintons pay the female employees at The Clinton Foundation 35% less than the men ?

    You do now....

    1. Fox just reported that five Gulf countries just gave the Clintons $100 million bucks....

  21. U.S. To Switch On $800 Million Missile Shield Over Europe

    DEVESELU, Romania, May 12 (Reuters) - The United States will switch on a $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday, part of an umbrella from Greenland to the Azores against Iranian rockets that Russia aims to knock out its nuclear weapons.

    At the remote Deveselu air base in Romania, senior U.S. and NATO officials will declare operational the ballistic missile defense site capable of shooting down rockets from so-called rogue states that Washington says could one day reach major European cities.

    “Iran continues to develop, test and deploy a full range of ballistic missile capabilities and those capabilities are increasing in range and accuracy,” said Frank Rose, deputy U.S. assistant secretary of state for arms control.

    “Iran’s systems can reach into parts of Europe, including Romania,” Rose said, before heading to the site to join U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 0900 GMT.

    On Friday, the United States will break ground on a final site in northern Poland that should be ready by the end of 2018, completing the shield first proposed almost a decade ago and that also includes ships and radars across . . . . . . . . . .


  22. Ruf doesn't want, understandably enough, to talk about Hillary, so I'm goin' back to bed....

  23. .

    "Get out of my bar! We don't serve your type!"

    I guy goes to the doctor for his annual check-up.

    The doctor says "You've only got 5 to live."

    The man is stunned but blurts out "Five what, doc, years, months...?"

    The doctor says, "4...3...2..."


  24. .

    Idaho BobWed May 11, 08:09:00 PM EDT

    Sometimes, Quirk, just between us, you are really really full of shit.

    What is "Occupation"Wed May 11, 08:44:00 PM EDT

    Quirk do you really believe your nonsense?

    Bob, why do you continue to play the fool? I can only assume it’s from some degenerative retrograde gene messing with your brain function, thought processes, and judgement. As I’ve said before, you don’t think, you emote.

    You prove it with your constant insistence that Clinton will be indicted. Only a fool would think so. Whereas Petraeus willfully passed along classified information, Clinton is either just felony stupid or instinctively self-indulgent. She will not be indicted before the election, not in an election year and certainly not under this administration. And if she wins, which the odds favor, you can forget about it. Even if she was indicted, and I’m not suggesting she might be, it would be after the election and Obama would pardon her. Yet, you still stalk Rufus with your absurd fantasies. He has the good sense to ignore you. Unfortunately for me, I don’t.

    Your knowledge or rather lack of it on the Middle East comes either from your condition or your reading list chosen evidently to support your confirmation bias for Israel and against all Muslims. You lack the ability to view things objectively. It’s time you entered the real world and left the casino and Jihad Watch behind. Grow a brain.

    It’s a large story, 50 years in the making, so just offer me up any of your ‘conventional wisdom’ memes and I will gladly tear it down and force you to at least confront reality. I don’t expect you to accept. You're not wired to do so. However, it’s time you took the first step on the long road to enlightenment, grasshopper.

    Or, you can do us both a favor and just go away.


    1. Not even a decent try, Quirk-O.

      You made a WORLD CLASS FOOL of yourself, claiming that Gaza was occupied by Israel, had been annexed, when any doofus knows it is not.



      So you try to change the subject and claim I expect Hillary to be indicted, when I've said I really don't expect that, only hoping for a severe FBI report.

      Since you don't follow anything closely any longer, I will tell you that there is a chance she will be indicted. No one knows whether or nor a Grand Jury might be looking into the subject.....

      At any rate, you definitely need that free ride to Gaza so you can go a-looking for the Israeli occupation troops there, and send us some photos.....

      The free plane ticket is what I can do, and really should do, to do everyone here a favor and have you just go away.....

      I realize, Quirk, how terrible it is to make a fool of one's self in public. I did it myself once, years ago.

      You make a WORLD CLASS FOOL of yourself on a regular basis....

      And I do feel for you....



    3. I know what my dad would have said.

      He would have said:

      "That Quirk turned out to be just a big dummy."

      My Aunt would have added:

      "My goodness, what a real dummy."

    4. Always thinking of you, Quirk, here is just one article among dozens out there I just came upon to try to keep you in the loop -

      Clinton Land
      May 11, 2016 4:46 pm
      Is Hillary’s E-mail Nightmare About to Explode?

      As to the status of Israeli Occupation Troops in Gaza, I honestly don't know where to send you, as there aren't any Israeli Occupation Troops in Gaza.

      Perhaps some Arabstinian news site might spin you some tall might check those sites out if you don't already....

      If you stumble on something do let us know.

    5. .

      Hardly changing the subject. My post was about how woefully ill-informed you are on most subjects.

      The Hillary indictment issue is simply one example. As for the truth of my statement, all anyone has to do is look at your posts to Rufus above.

      As for Gaza, the whole world, the UN, the US, all recognize the simple fact that the 'occupied territories' are made up of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, AND Gaza (though technically the Golan Heights is also an occupied territory).

      Though Sharon argued he was pulling out of Gaza for peace, the real reason was Gaza was costing too much to maintain (cost of security and the subsidies to the Israeli settlers). It's much easier to maintain a prison than to physically occupy a hostile territory. And heck, the border around Gaza was already there from back in 1994. All they needed to do was control the prison walls. Add a few more watch towers and you're all set.

      Now, if you want to argue that the Israelis are simply gaolers rather than occupiers go ahead. Unfortunately, no one else believes it. The people involved don't. The Israelis have never argued that Gaza is an independent state.

      As for your offer to fly me to Gaza, once again, you prove my point regarding not only how ill-informed you are but also your apparent inability to learn. Long ago, I told you that Gaza does not have an airport. Now, they did. But long ago it got 'blowed up'. I'll leave it to your imagination as to who did it.

      Now, as to...


      You probably should have that checked out. Sounds bad.


    6. You Dunce.

      You just argued Gaza is occupied (and annexed) while admitting Sharon pulled out what troops there were long ago....

      You're impossible.

      As for getting you to Gaza, I'll fly you to Egypt, and you can hike in....

      Or I'll drop you offshore, and you can paddle in....

      You've already admitted it's possible for you to get to Gaza, having offered to even do the booking for the trip yourself.

    7. .

      As for getting you to Gaza, I'll fly you to Egypt, and you can hike in....

      Or I'll drop you offshore, and you can paddle in....

      Once again, you prove my point...regarding not only how ill-informed you are but also your apparent inability to learn.

      We have had this conversation before. The last time, I explained to you the near impossibility of an ordinary citizen (not affiliated with an approved NGO or other group) being allowed into Gaza through normal routes. Once again you failed to understand.

      As for my offering to book the trip, there is a possibility that I, using my vast system of contacts, could arrange to slip into Gaza. However, I would have to have the money beforehand for flights, baksheesh, trinkets for the natives, etc. I could bring you back a souvenir as prove of the journey.


    8. .

      You just argued Gaza is occupied (and annexed) while admitting Sharon pulled out what troops there were long ago....

      No, I don't think I said Gaza was 'annexed' though you bring up a good point. The definitions regarding the term 'occupy' assume that the occupation will be temporary. After 50 years, the term temporary is quite a stretch. The de facto reality is that Israel has effectively annexed the 'occupied territories' and the so-called 'peace process' negotiations over that fifty has simply been a 'good cop/bad cop' kabuki designed to minimize criticism while Israel consolidated its gains and created facts on the ground.

      It's always been about the land and my personal opinion is that Israel will never give the Palestinians a state.

      That being said, despite Bibi's musings Israel continues refusing to admit they have annexed any of the occupied territories. Until they formally declare that annexation, I will continue to call Palestinian lands the occupied territories.


  25. Breaking: House GOP wins case against ObamaCare insurer subsidy funding

    posted at 1:21 pm on May 12, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

    The irrational funding structure of ObamaCare has long been demonstrated. According to a federal judge, at least part of it is also unconstitutional. The Obama administration lost in court this afternoon when the judge ruled in favor of the House of Representatives in a lawsuit challenging the funding of subsidies for insurers in the exchanges — potentially stopping $175 billion in subsidies...........

    Probably be overturned on appeal ?

  26. Caitlyn Jenner isn't working out with himself, and is thinking of going back to being Bruce.

    Kinda sad, the whole thing, is what it is. Some early biological switches and hurdles got mixed up and not negotiated successfully.

    Does ObamaCare pay for this kind of thing ?

    How many flip-flops are allowed ?

    We should feel for anyone so confused..

  27. Quirk says that since America is honest of military conquest of the lands that all is ok...

    But Israel cannot admit it so they are an occupation force.

    Which brings me to the next query, Should Israel treat the conquered arabs like America treated the natives here?

    And what fun loving names would quirk call the Israelis then?

    1. .

      Which brings me to the next query, Should Israel treat the conquered arabs like America treated the natives here?

      To varying degrees they have.

      1. The initial encroachment by force of arms.

      2. The long series of agreements over basically nothing at all and finally...

      3. Placing them on reservations that could be controlled.

      I can go into each in detail but it will have to be later when I have more time.

      But let me leave you with this.

      I have often accused you of not knowing shit about the Oslo Accords though at one time that was all you could talk about. Here's a couple points and a map that should give you something to think about.

      In 1991, following Desert Storm, Arafat and the PLO were on the outs. They had supported Saddam and gained the enmity of just about everyone in the world including, the US, the UN, Europe, and even Egypt and the Gulf States. Arafat was in exile in Tunisia and had lost all influence. The PlO was not allowed to attend the Madrid Conference that followed quickly after the end of the war.

      Why then did Rabin seek out Arafat and set up secret meetings with him in Olso Norway in 1992? What was said in those meetings? What agreements set up? What promises made and to whom? No one knows. These really were secret meetings. But we do know that the following year Arafat and Rabin signed the agreement on the White House lawn.

      So what came out of the Oslo Acords? Well, quite a bit but none to the Palestinians liking. First, what didn't happen. Like every other agreement in the long history of the kabuki called the peace process, the negotiations were more about appearances than negotiations with major issues, the major issues in fact, put off to some indeterminate time in the future because they were to sensitive, issues like final status of Jerusalem, the Palestinian refugees, etc. But some things were agreed to. We've already talked about the Gaza barrier that went up the next year. But the big one was the establishment of what were supposed to be the temporary Areas, A, B, and C.

      Haven't been able find the map I wanted to put up but the one in the following article will do fine. Just scroll down the page to the map and then click on it for a better view.

      Area C

      Under the Oslo Accords, the West Bank is divided into three zones, A, B, and C.

      Area A (18%) is supposed to be under full Palestinian civil and security control. However, the IDF enters regularly, usually at night, looking for suspects.

      Area B (22%) has shared Israeli/Palestinian control.

      Area C (60%) is under 100% Israeli civil, military, and land management control. It contains most the West Banks natural and water resources. But more importantly, look at the map. The Palestinian areas A & B are in white and Area C in green. You will note that the Palestinian areas have been sub-divided into 70 or 80 separate small cantons all completely surround by Area C or individual Israeli settlements. The Israeli access roads (prohibited to Palestinians) and barriers and checkpoints further cut through the Palestinian areas and as noted in Deuce's video make it almost impossible for the Palestinians to move around even in the West Bank. They are divided and completely surrounded with Israel holding the high ground.

      Of course, the map was drawn by the Israelis, but why would Arafat sign on to it? Did he actually believe this was going to be a temporary arrangement? We don't know what went on in Oslo. We do know Arafat was a non-player at the start of the process. He was spurned by the world. His influence was zip. What better guy to negotiate with if you are the Israelis? So you have this doofus with a chance to get back on the world stage who has absolutely no power. Was he going to stand up to Israel and the US? Evidently, not. And after all, he did get rich in the process.


    2. I believe that most of the aquifers just happened to be in Israeli territory.

    3. .

      So is the Jordan Valley, a key farming area, 25% of the West Bank.

      Use of Area C

      Main article: Judea and Samaria Area

      OCHAoPt map of Area C.

      More than 99% of Area C is heavily restricted or off-limits to Palestinian development, with 68% reserved for Israeli settlements, approximately 21% for closed military zones, and about 9% for nature reserves. Construction permits for residential or economic purposes are, according to World Bank, "virtually impossible" for Palestinians to obtain.[17]

      Area C, 99% of which is excluded from Palestinian use, contains most of the West Bank’s natural resources and open spaces, access to which, according to the World Bank, would enable the Palestinians to halve their budget deficit and lead to an expansion of their economy by a third.[18][17] According to Danny Rubinstein: "Much land in Area C is undeveloped. Israel, however, does not permit Palestinian construction for residential, commercial or industrial purposes."[19]

      70 percent of the area is defined as within settler municipal boundaries, where permits for development are denied to Palestinians. The World Bank estimates that the effect has been to cause a potential loss of $14 billion of revenue for the Palestinian economy.[19]

      According to a 2013 EU report, Israeli policies have undermined the Palestinian presence in Area C, with a deterioration in basic services such as water supplies, education and shelter. Nearly 70% of the Palestinian villages are not connected to the water network that serves settlers, which accounts for the fact that Palestinians in the zone use only a quarter to a third of the pro capita consumption of settlers.[20]

      Palestinians cannot build in Area C without an army permit; however, building applications are expensive and have a 5% approval rate. As a result, most Palestinians who build there do so illegally. Israel demolishes about 200 buildings per year in Area C.[21]

      Israel has made over 14,000 demolition orders against Palestinian-owned structures in Area C since 1988.[22] As of January 2015, almost 20% of the demolition orders issued had been executed and more than 11,000 of these still outstanding, affecting an estimated 17,000 structures.[5]

      Israeli planning in Area C allocates 13 times more space to Israeli settlers than to Palestinians there, according to the United Nations. Israeli settlers have been allocated about 790 square meters per capita, whereas Palestinians have been allocated about 60 square meters per capita.[22]

      During the period 1988–2014, the Israeli Civil Administration issued 6,948 demolition orders against structures in settlements located in Area C. As of January 2015, 12% of these were classified as executed, 2% were cancelled, another 2% "ready for execution" and 2% on hold due to legal proceedings. More than one-third of the orders were classified as "in process", while the current status of about 45% of the demolition orders against settlement structures was unknown...[5]


  28. Let's face it.

    Quirk, though in a different way, is often as confused as poor Jenner.

    1. My theory is it all stems from his life long habit of sitting in Detroit barbershops listening to the latest Mafia hit news....

      Surely....(the results are before us for all to see)....this can't be good for one's mental stability.

    2. When his kids were young, he used to pop their balloons.
      LOS ANGELES ( — California state lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban metallic balloons, squeezing all the air out future Mother’s Day celebrations.

      California Assembly Bill 2709, authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, aims to prohibit the sale or distribution of balloons made of “electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter than air.”

    3. ...and the intergenerational cycle of abuse goes on:

      SCE offered other safety tips for handling foil balloons:

      When "done" with balloons, puncture them several times or cut the knot and toss them in the trash.


    TX Ranch Owner: 40 illegals crossing at a time...

    'They're laughing at our laws. They're laughing at us'...

    200 dropped off at McAllen shelter EACH DAY...

    Feds open border to 4,000 Cubans, security interview lasts just 1 hour...

    Agents directed not to issue notice to appear at deportation hearings...

    People crossing Canadian border on snowmobiles, ATVs...

    'There are radicalized groups'...
    Rufus says that since Obama is responsible, it's a GOOD thing for this country and it's citizens, and most especially, our children.

  30. Strikes in Syria

    Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in Syria:

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

    -- Near Mara, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging facility and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and 12 ISIL fighting positions.

    -- Near Manbij, a strike denied ISIL access to terrain.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL boat, an ISIL fighting position and three ISIL staging areas.

    -- Near Bashir, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance.

    -- Near Fallujah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position and two ISIL rocket rails.

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

    -- Near Mosul, two strikes destroyed nine ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket system and an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

    1. It's not that you won't reply, it's that you CAN'T.

    2. Selective Sight Syndrome.

    3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  31. Bob blows 400 Bucks, steps outside for a free drink.

    Zip-Lining Teen Urinates on People Below Fremont Street Attraction in Las Vegas

    “Like a lot of liquid coming from above us, just showering from head to toe our back and top of the head dripping down, and we thought it was some sort of water, maybe some drinks or beer,” "Idaho Bob" told the station.

    Fremont Street’s marketing director said the teen’s parents later apologized for the incident, KVVU

    1. .

      I told him to go piss up a rope but geez.


  32. Where Ryan belongs:

    1. Harry Reid after his last MMA appearance:

  33. By big margins, GOP voters falsely believe unemployment and the stock market are worse under Obama

    By Hunter
    Thursday May 12, 2016 · 6:00 PM CDT

    Public Policy Polling continues its groundbreaking scientific research into finding out what Republican voters are forever going on about. We haven't yet been able to open a stable portal to the Republican voter dimension, but we are learning more about it!

    There continues to be a lot of misinformation about what has happened during Obama's time in office. 43% of voters think the unemployment rate has increased while Obama has been President, to only 49% who correctly recognize that it has decreased. And 32% of voters think the stock market has gone down during the Obama administration, to only 52% who correctly recognize that it has gone up.

    In both cases Democrats and independents are correct in their understanding of how things have changed since Obama became President, but Republicans claim by a 64/27 spread that unemployment has increased and by a 57/27 spread that the stock market has gone down.

    Our task here, should we choose to accept it, is to interpret that little oddity. So do Republican voters believe unemployment has gone up on Obama's watch simply because they don't like Obama and presume everything is worse under him, or do they not like Obama because they falsely believe unemployment has gone up and are therefore blaming him?

    Hmm. We know people who watch Fox News are gloriously uninformed about whatever "issues" Fox News chooses to pontificate on. Perhaps this is mere side effect of the leading Republican news outlet enforcing a strict partisan code of stupidity?

    Or maybe two-thirds of Republican voters have a pretty good idea that unemployment is not in fact worse, but are just saying so anyway? Because reasons?

    Nope, it’s a mystery. We've been seeing polls with similar numbers throughout Obama's term of office. Republicans are keen to believe President Obama isn't even a true American, and that he might be a secret Muslim, and all sorts of things besides—so merely not knowing the basic facts or trends of the things they're complaining about seems tame in comparison.

    “It’s a fact that unemployment has gone down and the stock market has gone up during the Obama administration,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But GOP voters treat these things more as issues of opinion than issues of fact.”

    They sure do. And thus, the Donald Trump campaign was born.

    Daily Kos

    PPP Poll

  34. Kos, Krugman, may I suggest Robert Scheer?

    1. Don't agree with some of this, but at 1 min 11 seconds, he very succinctly describes the sources of the Economic Meltdown that you attribute to BUSH !

    2. .

      Didn't watch that video but I did watch this one.

      What I found interesting was a comment by Torie Osborne where she indicated that Paul Krugman is Hillary's financial guru.

      Krugman. Kissenger. If I knew nothing else about Clinton, that would be enough to assure I wouldn't vote for her.


  35. Donald Trump Is Considering Newt Gingrich for Vice Presidential Role

    I would consider Pee Wee Herman a better choice for attracting mainstream voters.

  36. .

    Overall perception is driven by numerous things.

    America's Shrinking Middle Class

    America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas

    The middle class lost ground in nearly nine-in-ten U.S. metropolitan areas examined.

    The middle class is shrinking in most U.S. metropolitan areas, and lower-and upper-income tiers are gaining share

    The American middle class is losing ground in metropolitan areas across the country, affecting communities from Boston to Seattle and from Dallas to Milwaukee. From 2000 to 2014 the share of adults living in middle-income households fell in 203 of the 229 U.S. metropolitan areas examined in a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. The decrease in the middle-class share was often substantial, measuring 6 percentage points or more in 53 metropolitan areas, compared with a 4-point drop nationally.

    The shrinking of the middle class at the national level, to the point where it may no longer be the economic majority in the U.S., was documented in an earlier analysis by the Pew Research Center. The changes at the metropolitan level, the subject of this in-depth look at the American middle class, demonstrate that the national trend is the result of widespread declines in localities all around the country.

    This report encompasses 229 of the 381 “metropolitan statistical areas” as defined by the federal government. That is the maximum number of areas that could be identified in the Census Bureau data used for the analysis and for which data are available for both 2000 and 2014 (an accompanying text box provides more detail). 1 Together, these areas accounted for 76% of the nation’s population in 2014...


  37. In this report, “middle-income” Americans are defined as adults whose annual household income is two-thirds to double the national median, after incomes have been adjusted for household size. 7 In 2014, the national middle-income range was about $42,000 to $125,000 annually for a household of three. Lower-income households have incomes less than 67% of the median and upper-income households have incomes that are more than double the median.

    1. Among American adults overall, including those from outside the 229 areas examined in depth, the share living in middle-income households fell from 55% in 2000 to 51% in 2014.

      Reflecting the accumulation of changes at the metropolitan level, the nationwide share of adults in lower-income households increased from 28% to 29% and the share in upper-income households rose from 17% to 20% during the period.

    2. I don't know.

      I'm a little tired, right now. Maybe I'll look at it tomorrow.

      And, maybe not. :)

    3. What a dumb question.

      He has no idea what he's saying.

  38. I like the idea of Pee Wee Herman in the VP role.

    That strikes me as a very creative use of Pee Wee's talents.

    Pee Wee is a survivor, and knows a lot.

    Or if not VP, the Secretary of State.

    He'd be less likely to give away the store than Kerry, or Hillary Clinton, and wouldn't leave so much chaos in his wake.

    Here is a profound statement by Q -

    QuirkThu May 12, 09:10:00 PM EDT

    Overall perception is driven by numerous things.

    We all know this is true but the average person cannot put the idea nearly so succinctly.

    Even Goethe couldn't have said it any better.

    Maybe there's a Government job waiting for Q somewhere.

    After all, he's taken a lot and it's time to give back.

  39. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has confirmed that two pieces of plane debris discovered in South Africa and Mauritius were from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.


    The search — which has cost Australian taxpayers about $90 million — is expected to cease by the end of June if no fresh clues are found.

  40. Pee Wee Herman was the first REAL American to finally drive the stake through the heart of the old shibboleth about not jerking off in movie theaters.

    1. It took a lot of the stress off Atta the night before his big flight.

  41. Cumulative Precipitation is driven by numerous things.