“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, June 05, 2016

Hillary Clinton

Secret Service agent to release tell-all book about the Clinton White House and the culture that ‘sickened him 

  • Gary Byrne says he was posted outside Bill Clinton's Oval Office in 1990s
  • Was one of the agents who testified to a grand jury about Monica Lewisnky
  • Complained about her behavior and 'out of hours' access to the West Wing 
  • Releasing book so voters understand the 'real' Clinton before the election
  • Reports say his expose is causing deep concern in the White House 
  • The release of the book comes during the Democratic convention 
  • Secret Service agents have openly discussed protecting Hillary in the past 
  • Former agent Ron Kessler said she was detested by those guarding her 


Clinton’s Speech Shows that Only Sanders is Fit for the Presidency

 06/05/2016 08:21 am ET | Updated 39 minutes ago HUFFINGTON POST

Hillary Clinton’s recent foreign policy speech was an attack on Donald Trump but was also a reminder that Clinton is a deeply flawed and worrisome candidate. Her record as Secretary of State was one of the worst in modern US history; her policies have enmeshed America in new Middle East wars, rising terrorism, and even a new Cold War with Russia. Of the three leading candidates, only Bernie Sanders has the sound judgment to avoid further war and to cooperate with the rest of the world. 
Clinton is intoxicated with American power. She has favored one war of choice after the next: bombing Belgrade (1999); invading Iraq (2003); toppling Qaddafi (2011); funding Jihadists in Syria (2011 till now). The result has been one bloodbath after another, with open wounds until today fostering ISIS, terrorism, and mass refugee flows. 
In her speech, Clinton engaged in her own Trump-like grandiose fear mongering: “[I]f America doesn’t lead, we leave a vacuum - and that will either cause chaos, or other countries will rush in to fill the void. Then they’ll be the ones making the decisions about your lives and jobs and safety - and trust me, the choices they make will not be to our benefit.”
This kind of arrogance - that America and America alone must run the world - has led straight to overstretch: perpetual wars that cannot be won, and unending and escalating confrontations with Russia, China, Iran and others that make the world more dangerous. It doesn’t seem to dawn on Clinton that in today’s world, we need cooperation, not endless bravado. 
Clinton professed her belief “with all my heart that America is an exceptional country - that we’re still, in Lincoln’s words, the last, best hope of earth.” Yet surely President Lincoln was speaking in moral terms, not in Clinton’s militaristic terms. Lincoln did not mean that the last best hope of earth should send NATO bombers into Libya, the CIA into Syria, and Special Ops forces into countless other countries. Surely Lincoln would have been more prudent than to push NATO expansion to Russia’s very doorstep in Ukraine and Georgia, thereby triggering a violent response from Russia and a new Cold War. 
Clinton lacks all self-awareness of how poorly she performed as Secretary of State. She trumpets her “successes” as follows: 
Unlike [Trump], I have some experience with the tough calls and the hard work of statecraft. I wrestled with the Chinese over a climate deal in Copenhagen, brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, negotiated the reduction of nuclear weapons with Russia, twisted arms to bring the world together in global sanctions against Iran, and stood up for the rights of women, religious minorities and LGBT people around the world.
Pure braggadocio. While Clinton “wrestled with China” over a climate deal, she failed to achieve one. While she “brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas,” she failed to head off the disastrous Gaza War in the first place. While she “negotiated the reduction of nuclear weapons with Russia,” she championed a remarkably confrontational approach with Russia based on NATO expansion to Ukraine and Georgia and a new nuclear arms race that will cost American taxpayers more than $355 billion over a decade. While she claims to have “stood up for the rights of women [and] religious minorities,” her Syrian adventurism left Syria devastated, displaced 10 million people, and destroyed the religious minority communities she claimed to defend. 
Clinton declared that she has a plan to defeat ISIS, but ISIS wouldn’t even exist were it not for Clinton’s “regime change” policy in Syria. ISIS emerged as a result of the US policy to partner with Saudi Arabia to topple Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. This mistaken policy created the chaos in which ISIS gained ground and weaponry, including US weaponry that was diverted from American-backed jihadists. 
Clinton rightly accused Trump of being unpredictable, yet Clinton is dangerously predictable. She is always trying to prove how tough she is, how tough America is, how exceptional is America’s power. Trump is unqualified to be President because he lacks both the necessary experience and good judgment. Clinton, by contrast, has the extensive experience that proves that she too lacks the good judgment to be President. 
Bernie Sanders, by contrast, not only offers a vastly better economic program than Clinton, but also a foreign policy based on wisdom, decency, and especially restraint. As a result, the American people trust Sanders rather than Clinton. She wins the closed primaries while he wins the open ones, that is, primaries that include the independent voters who will decide the November elections. 
The Democrats would be foolhardy to accept Clinton as the “inevitable” nominee; she is the voice of foreign policy failure, while Sanders is the voice of hope, the young, and the future, and who is far more likely to beat Trump this fall.


  1. Yep, Hillary Clinton would be imminently beatable . . . . . . if she was running against anyone but Donald Trump. :)

  2. Eminently.

    Eminently beatable.




  4. Bernie's economic plan has been endorsed by the socialist former bus driver President of Venezuela, I just heard on Fox News !


    1. And Trump has been endorsed by Idaho "I ain't smart enough to login" Bob


    2. Wrong-O, Smirk-O.

      I endorsed Dr. Ben Carson.

      Which, oddly, didn't seem to help him one little bit, as my endorse is said to be 'coveted' by the commentariate.

      I'm left with Trump, because no honest man could vote for Hillary, and no sane one for the park bench commie, Bernie Sanders, who wants to take Deuce's Limo away, and ship us all to Venezuela.

      And there is no 3rd party that makes any sense right now.

      There is plenty not to like in The Donald, but less than the others, and he something of a wild card.

      Jim Webb was the best Democrat running and I might have voted for him but he didn't get out of the starting gate.

      So there you have it, Smirk.

  5. The Democratic Primary is over (has been, actually, since Super Tuesday) Even some of the "Bernie or Busters" are figuring it out.

    So, now we're down to it: Hillary, or Trump?

    Belly up to the bar, boys, pick your poison.

    And, have a nice day. :)

    1. Just saw Jack's guy on Meet the Press
      Fingers crossed for a 3rd choice.

  6. .

    Yep, Hillary Clinton would be imminently beatable . . . . . . if she was running against anyone but Donald Trump. :)

    Eminence Front

    The drinks flow
    People forget
    That big wheel spins, the hair thins
    People forget
    Forget they're hiding
    The news slows
    People forget
    The shares crash, hopes are dashed
    People forget
    Forget they're hiding...


    1. .

      Won't Get Fooled Again

      We'll be fighting in the streets with our children at our feet
      And the morals that they worship will be gone
      And the men who spurred us on sit in judgment of all wrong
      They decide and the shotgun sings the song...

      Meet the new boss
      Same as the old boss


      Read more: Who - Won't Get Fooled Again Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    2. .


      The movie ran through me
      The glamour subdue me
      The tabloid untie me
      I'm empty please fill me
      Mister anchor assure me
      That Baghdad is burning
      Your voice it is so soothing
      That cunning mantra of killing
      I need you my witness
      To dress this up so bloodless
      To numb me and purge me now
      Of thoughts of blaming you
      Yes the car is our wheelchair
      My witness your coughing
      Oily silence mocks the legless
      Now traveling in coffins
      But on the corner (corner)
      The jury's sleepless (sleepless)
      We found your weakness (weakness)
      And it's right outside our door


    3. .

      ""Who controls the past (now), controls the future. Who controls the present (now), controls the past."


    4. Such a bunch of juvenile lame despairing crap, Quirk !

  7. Out of the three, in the US oligarchic controlled election system , Trump broke the fix on the GOP side knocking out all the Neocon candidates. Sanders has a slim chance of breaking The Democrat fix, trying to get rid of the Neocon Clinton.

    Bush and Clinton were chosen by a corrupt political system. Sanders and Trump came out of nowhere.

    Clinton belongs in prison. She owns the Iraq vote, the Saudis, Libya and Syria. To me, she has done enough damage and is a guaranteed disaster for everyone except her masters.

    Trump is a wild card. He is unpredictable but not a guaranteed disaster. I do not know for sure but if I have to roll the dice between Clinton and Trump, I’ll go Trump.

    IMO the only sane choice is Sanders but everyone should know that the US political system is fixed.

    US foreign policy is a catastrophe for great parts of the World and the average US citizen has been hurt by the oligarchs and their servants in Washington. Sanders and Trump have tapped into that worrisome development that is the real threat to US freedom and welfare and the American people are waking up.

    Sanders is smart, sane and cautious. He is not owned by anyone. He is a decent human being.

    There is no other reasonable choice and I am solidly behind Sanders and would ask anyone to vote their self interest and support Bernie Sanders.

    1. It doesn't appear as if Sanders will be an option for POTUS. Clinton is bad, Trump worse. Why not Gary Johnson?

    2. Sanders is a decent human being but not smart nor sane. His 'mind' is owned by Karl Marx.

      Out of Hillary, Trump and Sanders he'd be the worst for the country IMHO, though Trump is a wild card. By far and away the best on immigration, though.

  8. Well, if you think that Europe, in the middle ages, was the apogee of Political/Social aspirations, you should be fine with a Gary Johnson administration.

    However, if feudalism isn't on your wish list for America, the Libertarian fantasy of eliminating Social Security, Medicare, the Minimum Wage, the EPA, and the Food and Drug Administration might not be your cup of tea.

    In short, a vote for Gary Johnson is a "vanity vote," pure and simple - the practical equivalent of staying home. If it makes you feel better, do it; but don't pretend that you're really taking part in Democracy.

    1. I believe you have ascribed political positions to him that he has not taken. Your last line about not taking part in Democracy is laughably wrong.

    2. I think you need to go look at his policy positions.

      What, exactly, do you think a Libertarian is?

    3. I did and you overstated them. His positions seem quite reasonable on their face and a POTUS doesn't write legislation so his main weapon, domestically would be a veto. I'm guessing, in addition, he will tack to the center in a atonal contest were he 8n contention.

    4. Gary Johnson is a 'feudalist' ?

      I'm not voting for Gary Johnson then !

      I don't like feudalists (too much chance of being a serf) even though I've always wanted to be a Prince myself.

    5. You are a Prince, Farmer Bob.

    6. With bended knee, I Thank You, my Liege.

    7. Always here whenever you need another spanking.

  9. Why not Ted Kaczynski? Equal chances of getting elected.

    1. Is he running? Clinton and Trump are so bad there has got to be other options. The "establishment" loves controlling the 2 options in a 2 party system. They lost control of one side to a buffoon and a third option makes them quake as evidenced by Galopn2's response.

    2. "Quake?" Come on. :)

      I could write in "Quirk's dog," or "Rat's horse," or "My dick," but would that be participating in Democracy?

      He supports raising the retirement age, multi-pronged means testing for Social Security recipients, and changing the escalator built into Social Security from the wage index to the inflation rate. He wants Congress to investigate privatizing part or all of Social Security with the goal being that the investment of contributions could be self-directed.[7]

      Johnson supports cutting federal Medicare and Medicaid expenditures by 43% by ending the federal, top-down bureaucracy that controls these programs, including all strings and mandates to states. Instead, he would block grant the remaining funds to the states to control all aspects of their own Medicaid and Medicare programs, making for "50 laboratories of innovation" from which best practices would emerge and eventually be duplicated.[7] He believes the states will "innovate, find efficiencies and provide better service at lower cost." He says "common-sense cost savings" will place Medicare and Medicaid "on a path toward long-term solvency."[10]

      Johnson believes that funding for Social Security and Medicare should not come from payroll taxes, but instead should be funded out of revenues from the FairTax (sales taxes.)


    3. Some interesting ideas there. When considering Social Security reform one system they should review is CPP.

    4. Fiscally conservative and socially liberal has a pretty good ring to it.

    5. Except it's an oxymoron.

      It's basically a license to smoke pot, and give each other blow jobs under the bridge where you'll be living.

    6. Eh? Decriminalization of cannabis is a good idea. Are you suggesting he is in favor of under bridge blow jobs? How does any of the above be oxymoronic?

    7. "Social Programs" cost Money.

      Being a "Social Liberal" is about more than being a Libertine.

    8. What do you think of his foreign policy?

    9. What does it matter if you're in a Depression?

    10. Social programs certainly do cost money, 'cept, maybe, Social Security...

    11. We may get a depression no matter who wins the election. If any candidate posed that threat I would argue Trump presidency would most likely to be the catalyst. In fact a self described fiscal conservative at POTUS would be least likely to be that catalyst.

    12. Nah, it's always a swerve toward Conservatism that precedes Economic Depression - see: Calvin Coolidge/Herbert Hoover

    13. Andrew Jackson would be another example.

    14. Trump protectionism could be devastating reigning in federal spending...naw.

    15. People write me suggesting that Ash knows less than he lets on....

    16. galopn2Sun Jun 05, 03:38:00 PM EDT

      Nah, it's always a swerve toward Conservatism that precedes Economic Depression

      Reagan and Carter come to mind....malaise v morning in America....

  10. Iraqi troops still proceeding 'cautiously' at Fallujah out of concern for 'civilians' while ISIS is putting up 'fierce resistance' to any advances. - Fox News

    Gotta love the war reporting on the battle.

  11. Ted Kaczynski for President !

  12. It's not exactly a 'good' thought but I'm kinda hoping all hell breaks out at the Democrat Convention.

    Watching the fighting in the streets between the supporters of The Criminal and the supporters of The Commie in an air conditioned bar somewhere....not the worst way to pass a summer's week....

  13. Philippine president-elect encourages urges citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers....DRUDGE

    Worked for Mao....30 million bullets, I read somewhere, is all it took....

  14. Latest Coughing Fit.

    Coughing on Jews

    Mae West • a day ago

    She's choking on the lies coming from her mouth.

    Mae West • a day


    BruddahNui vrm • a day ago

    Good one. What's wrong with Hillary? She's got lyingitis. Love it.

    John (magnum) BruddahNui • a day ago

    Who's pubic hair ball this time, Huma, Janet Reno or Madeleine Albright's ?


    2. :) heh


      Excellent diagnosis !

    3. (though a Huma-hairball isn't out of the question)

  15. Walt Erickson •

    How will we know when a key historical moment has arrived? We won’t, any more than we will know when the end has arrived, unless someone takes us for a ride and points it out. Fortunately, God sits outside your house, in a black car, with the motor running.

    Eternity is but a fraction of the solemn spin
    Of bundled pinwheels of the distant stars
    That fill the blackness of the void that God and we are in
    A blackness matched by countless blackened cars
    That carry us from birth to death to destinies unseen
    The driver asking nothing in return
    Along the way the driver says, his voice soft and serene
    Now look about you, tell what you discern
    You say the stars are brighter than the lights upon the lake
    Where swans sing of the magic of the spheres
    And what was crystal clear before is now dark and opaque
    And what was once our joys is now our fears
    And so it is, the driver says, the swans are never wrong
    They sing of what you are and what you’ve been
    We’ll sit awhile in this black car and listen to their song
    And after which your journey will begin

    1. I like Walt a lot better than the video which I don't like at all.

    2. Needless to say, Walt didn't post the video.

  16. Normandy

  17. Walt's good. He was the guy at BC back when I was reading it, I think.

    He ought to do a book.

    Their son was killed. They believe his parrot is telling people who pulled the trigger.

    Interesting case.

    Washington Post - Washington Post
    The Washington Post

    Peter Holley

    1. He's written a bunch of books.

    2. Why has no one asked Hillary about that cough?

      When will Trump, or should he have his doctor ask?

    3. Thanks for the link to Walt !

  18. An unprecedented experiment in mass forgiveness

    Gonzalez is among thousands of felons benefiting from a grand experiment, an act of mass forgiveness unprecedented in U.S. history. In California, once a national innovator in draconian policies to get tough on crime, voters and lawmakers are now innovating in the opposite direction, adopting laws that have released tens of thousands of inmates and are preventing even more from going to prison in the first place.

    The most famous is a landmark ballot measure called Proposition 47, which in 2014 made California the first state in the nation to make possession of any drug — including cocaine and heroin — a misdemeanor. More astonishing is the state’s decision to show leniency toward violent offenders, including murderers like Gonzalez.

  19. subotaibahadur • an hour ago
    I have been watching the follow up on the San Jose riots and
    attacks on Trump supporters. For some reason, I cannot get the aerial view of the San Jose Convention Center area to paste here, so bear with a description

    The San Jose Convention Center is on the corner of S. Market and
    Viola. There is an access door for pedestrians to reclaim their cars for the parking garage one block away on South Market. The San Jose Police Department directed the attendees to walk the roundabout way around the whole area starting by turning up E. San Salvador Street instead of walking a straight 1/2 block from E. San Salvador Street to the safe entrance to the parking garage.

    1) 2 blocks NE on San Salvador Street. 2) 1 block SE on S. Second Street. 3) 2 blocks SW on E. William Street which is back to South Market a block away from where they started. 4) 1/2 block SW in an alley off of South Market. 5) 1/2 block SE down a driveway off the alley to Pierce Avenue. 6) 1/2 block SW down Pierce Avenue to S. Alm?den Street [street name garbled in picture] 7) 1/2 block SE on S. Alm?den Street to W. Reed Street. 8) 1 block W on Reed Street to the NW bound lane of Vine [divided street with a median]. 9) 3 blocks NW on Vine to the Vine Street door to the parking garage, which is on the opposite end of the parking garage from the safe and close door on South Market.

    The rioters were waiting there . . . AND HAD BEEN ADVISED BY THE POLICE of the route of the attendees. And that is where the police stood by and watched as the attendees were attacked.

    The cops, by the way, were not there in the role of hired security, but rather as on-duty city employees on city property as both the Convention Center and the parking garage are city property. Being on duty, it is why the police were subject to the Mayor's orders not to break ranks and let the attacks continue.

    Multiple victims of the attack have stated that the police insisted that they take the route that they did.

    There was premeditation here.

    Subotai Bahadur

    1. My reply:
      We should try to get this to people like Ingraham, Hannity, Limbaugh, Breitbart, and Drudge.

    2. Map

    3. Good Lord, that really stinks to high heaven.

    4. The route of the near death march.
      The entrance was HALF A BLOCK AWAY!

  20. Human organs grown in pigs....Drudge

    Good source for human heart transplants for ISIS....

  21. It's worth pointing out that violence at Trump rallies largely helps one person: Donald Trump, by rallying his supporters and allowing them -- justifiably here -- to claim the mantle of the victim. To return one more second to the 1960s parallels, protests and urban riots then fueled the rise of "law-and-order" candidate Richard Nixon, which in turn gave us Kent State.


    But there's a much bigger and simpler reason to denounce the violence that occurred in San Diego. Brute force, except in moments of self-defense, is morally wrong. Always.

    It is mankind's greatest sin. Even if you think -- falsely -- that it's preventing the nightmare of a Trump presidency.

  22. Back to The Criminal -

    Bernie Slams Hillary For Taking Millions From Foreign Dictators While Secretary of State...

    FLASHBACK: She approved arms deals after they gave big to Foundation...

    Clintons took 'tens of millions' from Islamist rulers that violently oppress women....DRUDGE

    1. Glad Bernie spoke out.

      A lot of his supporters will find that hard to ignore.

  23. Trump Was Right About The California 'Drought'