“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."

Monday, June 06, 2016

Trump Gets Too Close to the Sun



Sources describe the campaign as an incompetent, backstabbing skeleton crew without any coherent message. And Donald Trump is making it worse.

For all the noise that Donald Trump makes, and all the amplification that noise gets from the media, it’s hard to see the campaign infrastructure that presumably exists behind it. Perhaps that’s because, as Trump aides and other sources close to the campaign revealed to NBC News, there isn’t any infrastructure. Instead, the Trump campaign is reportedly composed of a skeleton crew of a few backstabbing staffers unable to coordinate a coherent message about the presumptive Republican nominee’s vision for America.

The article, simply titled “Donald Trump does not have a campaign,” details the disarray within the campaign, which is described as “a bare-bones effort debilitated by infighting, a lack of staff to carry out basic functions, minimal coordination with allies and a message that’s prisoner to Trump’s momentary whims.” While the feuding between professional political operative Paul Manafort and neophyte campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is well-known, even more dysfunction exists below them. Hope Hicks, the campaign’s 27-year-old press secretary, reportedly works alone and without any support; a daunting task for a staffer responsible for managing Trump’s juggernaut media presence. A rapid-response team, crucial in traditional campaigns to rebut their opponents’ attacks before they damage the candidate further, does not exist. The Trump campaign struggles to publicize positive news, too: while Manafort corralled a host of local endorsements ahead of the candidate’s California tour last week, no press release ever went out, a source told NBC, because Lewandowski and Hicks vetoed every draft. And when Hillary Clinton delivered a devastating foreign-policy speech criticizing Trump’s temperament and credentials, Republican allies waited in vain to receive instructions on how to coordinate a counterattack. Trump tweeted about Clinton’s use of a teleprompter, but neither Trump nor the R.N.C. ever released an official rebuttal after the speech.

A lack of coordination isn’t the only reason Trump surrogates are in the dark. Trump himself is so mercurial, and his positions so inconsistent (and often at odds with the Republican Party’s own platform), that allies rarely know how to act or what to say. When Trump attacked Gonzalo Curiel, the judge presiding over a Trump University lawsuit, for his Mexican heritage, he refused to listen to the majority of “horrified” supporters and surrogates who urged him to apologize his comments. High-profile supporters like Newt Gingrich, who is widely considered to be a top pick for Trump’s V.P., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell either repudiated his remarks or remained silent. 

But Trump hasn’t backed down. On a conference call Monday, reported by Bloomberg, Trump demanded that his supporters and surrogates ramp up their attacks on Curiel. When former Arizona governor Jan Brewer noted that Trump’s own staffers had previously sent a memo asking his allies to stop referring to the lawsuit, the New Yorker exploded. “ Take that order and throw it the hell out,” he said, according to two people who were on the call. “Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks?” he asked. “That’s one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren't so smart.”

For months, Trump’s hot mess of a campaign has taken a backseat to his own cult of personality. He’s his own rapid-response team, refusing to rely on fact-checking and instead using well-crafted tweets and phoned-in interviews on cable news. Trump has also benefited from his ability to distract the media from his gaffes by generating new scandals at such a pace that the old controversies are quickly forgotten. Last week, for instance, allegations of fraud at Trump University were soon drowned out by his criticism of Curiel. Yet it is unclear how much longer the billionaire real estate mogul can continue to count on new troubles to effectively bail him out of older ones. Trump can dismiss some of the criticism of his campaign as media bias, but there’s a growing sense that his improprieties are catching up to him. And without a coherent campaign infrastructure or network of allies to beat back the constant attacks, Trump is in danger of losing his grip on the news cycle, though he certainly continues to hold it:

Even more worrying is what Trump’s inability to run a competent campaign portends for his ability to manage the White House, let alone the country. As Nobel-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz recently wrote for Vanity Fair, there is no larger organization in the United States than the federal government, and Trump has demonstrated little talent for delegation. If elected president, not only would Trump have to staff the 3,000 or so positions that are typically vacated at the end of an administration, but he would have to coordinate and manage a network of more than 2 million federal employees. Forget the belief that Trump can find 3,000 of “the best people” to manage the alphabet soup of federal agencies (many of which he surely hasn’t heard of); if the Trump campaign can’t get its own act together, there will be no amount of televised antics or bluster that could mask a federal government in similar disarray.

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  1. I can’t remember the last time I did one of these.

  2. Awesome Ali shots back there, Quirk. Thanks!

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  4. "People can barely touch fingertips — there is no reason they shouldn't be able to hug and embrace," says Father John Fanestil, who holds a cross-border church service at Friendship Park each Sunday.


    A few metres away, Yosiris speaks with her mother and brother, who are on the Mexico side of the fence. This is the second time she has seen them in eight years.


    While Yosiris begins the mile-long walk back to the car park, the border guard who locked the gate drives away, shutting off the only official point of contact for families along the border until he opens it again next weekend.

    Mexico Border

  5. AP and NBC have declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.

  6. Judge Napolitano, just on Fox, hasn't declared her the presumptive nominee.

    He's waiting, like Bernie, for her to win the FBI Primary.

    A tough mountain to climb, a tough race to win.

    She is due for some FBI questioning after the California primary.

    Prediction: Bernie wins California

    ('m nearly always wrong on electoral matters, being a military analyst by trade)

  7. Are Black Holes Actually Nothing but Two Dimensions?

    A new study suggests black holes are a holographic trick the universe is playing on us.

    Neel V. Patel
    June 3, 2016

    Is a black hole really just sound and fury, signifying nothing? If the new theory suggesting that these gravitational irregularities are actually just holograms proves correct than, yes, that would be a fair description. But the authors of the new paper in Physical Review Letters putting the argument forth have a long way to go to prove their case. It all has to do with the way we calculate entropy inside a given system.

    For some context: The notion that a black hole is actually a holographic facade goes back to the 1990s, when Stanford University physicist Leonard Susskind first hypothesized that the universe as a whole just needed two dimensions for the laws of physics to operate correctly. The world appears 3D to us, but it’s not.

    Yes, that’s sounds insane, but the “holographic principle” actually helps to reconcile some of contradicting parts posed between quantum mechanics and general relativity (such as the paradox that information paradox: where matter can’t be created nor destroyed, but somehow nothing can escape a black hole).

    Still this isn’t something all scientists agree with. In fact, recent research by Fermilab scientists pours a little more cold water on the holographic principle.

    But, for arguments sake, lets just run with this notion — at least as it relates to black holes. The strangest thing about a black hole is that its edge, known as the event horizon, can’t be observed on account of light not being able to escape the gravitational pull. Physicists don’t really understand how an object just falls into the black hole there’s really no “in.” Everything just gets trapped in the dense gravitational flux of the surface.

    German physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Theoretical Physics have now created a new estimate of the amount entropy contained with a black hole — and that value suggests black holes are indeed two dimensions and not three.

    “We were able to use a more complete and richer model compared with what [has been] done in the past …and obtain a far more realistic and robust result,” lead study author Daniele Pranzetti said in a news release.

    The key to this new approach on black hole entropy has to do with something called Loop Quantum Gravity, as a way to explain quantum gravity. In quantum mechanics, gravity is caused by collections of grains that make up space-time, called quanta. Globs of quanta come together to create more powerful gravitational forces. Quanta collections in black holes are especially powerful.

    What does this have to do with black holes? Even if we can’t see or measure what’s past the event horizon — and therefore can’t directly observe the black hole’s entropy — the collection of quanta can still be measured just outside the event horizon.

    So a black hole can be a simple flat, two-dimensional circle, but still exhibit the properties we would attribute to a three-dimensional phenomenon.

    This actually isn’t the first time holograms and black holes have sprung up in the news in recent times. Stephen Hawking laid down a case for how information could escape a black hole. So maybe Hawking needs to revise his thoughts on that to account for a black hole that’s actually just a flat circle. Maybe True Detective had the right idea after all....


  8. This week we celebrate the victory of the Six Day War in which Israel miraculously defeated the combined armies of all the Arab nations that surrounded her.

    1. Here in the USA it's 70+% of Americans. People who like democratic self governance, women's rights, etc. stuff like that....I think the author was referring to the Israelis, though.

  9. You celebrate it. The American families and survivors of the Israeli sneak attack and massacre of authentic American servicemen will not.


    By Eileen Fleming

    At noon on June 8 at the Volusia County Administration Center the second annual USS Liberty Remembrance Day Petition Drive precedes a screening of the BBC film “Dead in the Water” at 6 PM.

    1. If you held all that have killed American servicemen in equal hatred?

      I'd believe you were sincere.

      But you make excuses for the Iranian and Hezbollah murders of American GI's///

      One standard for the Israelis and the USS LIBERTY, no standards for anyone else

    2. The US was a foreign invader in Lebanon siding with the Israelis. The US marines were an invading force. They were not in New Jersey. US troops killing Lebanese


      Published: February 9, 1984

      The Druse leader threatened retaliation against American civilians in Lebanon if the Navy continued shelling Druse villages. Page A13.

      BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 8 - The United States battleship New Jersey bombarded Druse and Syrian gun batteries in Lebanon for more than nine hours today in the heaviest and most sustained American military action since the marines arrived here 16 months ago.

      The gunfire was directed at targets ''in Syrian-controlled Lebanon which have been firing on the city of Beirut,'' a Marine spokesman, Maj. Dennis Brooks, said. The shells fired into the capital had landed in Christian-dominated East Beirut, several miles from the Marine compound at Beirut International Airport.

      In Washington, the Pentagon said the destroyer Caron joined in the bombardment, firing more than 300 five-inch shells. It said the New Jersey fired more than 250 16-inch shells.

      According to the Lebanese Christian Phalangist radio, the American bombardment pounded artillery and missile batteries from Shuweifat, just south of Beirut, all the way to around Shtaura, 22 miles east of the capital. The radio said 30 Druse and Syrian gun batteries had been knocked out along with a Druse military command post....

      ...The Marine commander in Beirut, Brig. Gen. Jim R. Joy, said ''that's another matter'' when asked whether there were any plans to evacuate the 2,000 to 3,000 American civilians from Beirut. The general added that the marines had the ability to evacuate civilians if the need arose...

      ...Western military sources said the New Jersey bombardment began at 1:25 P.M. and ended at 11 P.M.

      Late tonight American fighter-bombers could be heard flying over Beirut and the hills to the east, but whether they were involved in any action was not immediately clear.

      Previously, the Americans had fired their naval guns only in retaliation for attacks on the Marine compound or, in one instance last September, to help the Lebanese Army repulse a Syrian- backed Druse assault on Suk al Gharb, which is on a ridge nine miles from downtown Beirut. Scattering for Cover

      The New Jersey's huge 16-inch guns could be clearly seen spewing long yellow flames as they blasted away from the ship's position south of Beirut. Each round fired by its gunners shook the entire city. Windows rattled, and the terrifying roar sent the few people on the streets scattering for cover...

      ...According to Western military sources, sometimes the Syrian and Druse shelling has been unprovoked and other times it has come in retaliation for bombardments of Druse villages by the Lebanese Army and Lebanese Christian Phalangist militiamen. ...

      ...The New Jersey's 16-inch guns can fire 1,900-pound high-explosive shells almost 23 miles. Its 5-inch guns can reach targets more than 12 miles away.


      Israel, our "friend and ally "knowingly and purposely killed US servicemen.


  10. You celebrate the Israelis in Idaho. American families of actual US servicemen, survivors and families of dead Americans, dead at the hand of Israelis, will not be.

    Law Firm and Judge bringing Trump U case both tied to La Raza...
    FLASHBACK: Sotomayor said judges' ethnicity 'will make difference in our judging'....Drudge



    1. The dead American's family's of the Marine Barracks do not share your opinion.

      The Liberty? Is all you have.

      You ignore fact and wash yourself over and over in hatred.

    2. Does Bob even know what La Raza means?

    3. The Race.

      Just like other supremacy groups, (aryan nation, KKK, skinheads, black lives matter) it is a identity political group. Judging people by their race or skin color. Not the content of their character.

    4. Sort of like the IDF and the majority of Israelis towards the Palestinians.

    5. Hardly Deuce,

      The IDF if it were like those groups, or America or Hezbollah or even your pals Assad in Syria or Iran?

      Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians would be dead.

      I have pointed out the numbers you wish to ignore.

      In the last war between the Palestinians and Israel?

      2200 Palestinians were killed, MOST were Hamas terrorists.

      In the on going war in syria (with america, russia, Iran and Hezbollah) the death toll is now approaching 500,000

      NOW that's supremacy.

      The majority of Israelis have backed a two state solution, repeatedly.

      The majority of the Palestinians refused it.

      The majority of Israelis have no problems having 20% of the citizens Arabs, that's why Arabic is a national language of Israel.

      Your pals, the Palestinians? Demand a JEW FREE land...

      Yep they are the supremacists...

      In your favorite nation, Iran, they hang gays and stone women...

      supremacy rules, islamists supremacy that is

    6. Now judging a "group" that has a charter on the web?

      Hamas for example?

      Is not racism to judge them...

      it's common sense.

      The PLO calls for the destruction of Israel, ISIS and Hamas share many points about the destruction of the Jews.

      Kinda warms your tummy knowing that those groups, your friends, are dying every day...


  12. The only good racist is an Hispanic Racist.
    (Or any other liberal "Minority")


    1. The race-driven San Diego La Raza Association is exactly what’s wrong with the legal system.
      The GOP Establishment is in full flight.

      No Abraham Lincolns here.

      In a shameful haste to embrace identity politics, the latter the political descendant of slavery and segregation, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have stunningly given thumbs up to a judge who has made no bones about injecting his ethnic heritage into his role as a lawyer and judge.

    2. does La Raza have cards folk carry about with them? This judge, is he a card carrying member?

    3. Here, Smirk, you silly shit:

    4. AshTue Jun 07, 11:24:00 AM EDT

      Does Bob even know what La Raza means?

      Yes, Smirk, I do.

      I first became aware of the group at the University of Washington sometime about 1967-1968 when I heard them preaching taking back California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.

      This might have been before you were born, son.

    5. Does La Raza have a charter? Is the judge a member?

    6. or is he a member already because of his heritage?

    7. Darwin Award of the Day

      Twin 'intentionally' drives off cliff to kill identical sister....DRUDGE

      The twin did die, but she didn't, lucking out somehow.

      She now sits in jail awaiting trial.

    8. Perhaps the Darwin Award for Eternity

    9. From FLORIDA, of course, Maui just supplied the cliff.

    10. I read the fighting headline some time ago and assumed it was husband and wife, and an accident.
      Stupid me.

    11. They have a lot of people that love them," said Dalia Soles, the former manager of the Twin Power Yoga studios in Florida.
      "They were really fun. They have a lot of energy, bubbly, really personable."
      One of them has assumed a non-energetic state.

    12. DougTue Jun 07, 06:51:00 PM EDT

      From FLORIDA, of course, Maui just supplied the cliff.

      :) heh

  13. "To suggest that judges are above bias, above anger, above feelings of revenge, is like suggesting that members of Congress or investment bankers or rock musicians are above making decisions based on their biases. “If you pr!ck us, do we not bleed?”"

    California bars judges from belonging to Boy Scouts
    The astronomical re-offense rate of the predators the president sets loose in our communities.

    "They were among the nation’s top priorities for deportation, criminals who were supposed to be sent back to their home countries. But instead they were released, one by one, in secret across the United States. Federal officials said that many of the criminals posed little threat to the public, but did little to verify whether that was true.
    It wasn’t."

    1. Judge Curiel's associations should be examined.

      Judge Curiel is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association

      The Hispanic National Bar Association published a press release on July 2nd 2015 which specifically stated their intention to target the “business interests” of Donald Trump:

    2. The Hispanic National Bar Association published a press release on July 2nd 2015 which specifically stated their intention to target the “business interests” of Donald Trump


      And the law firm for the plaintiffs has contributed to Hillary.

  14. Senator Mark Kirk

    Given my military experience, Donald Trump does not have the temperament to command our military or our nuclear arsenal.

    Given my military experience, I predict rain two Fridays from now.

    1. Given my review of Hillary and her military adventures I don't think she has the temperament to control our nuclear button.

      For one thing, she might be asleep or missing when the 3A.M. red phone call comes in as she was during the Benghazi Affair.

  15. They're all hot about something called Aztlan, Smirk.

    Images of Aztlan:

    The old Aztecs were into human sacrifice, Smirk. The Mex into drug cartels and poverty.

    Fortunately, Idaho, or at least North Idaho, is not a target of this wonderful scheme of Reconquista.

    You should go get a DNA test, Smirk. Maybe you got a little Aztec or Spic in you and you can join up, speak AztMexTex, and find some meaning for your life !

    1. Some think of the old Aztecs as the Canaanites of our continent.

      Not saying that fits exactly but that is how some people think of them.

    2. Ethnicity is a choice protected by our Government.

      DNA is an interesting scientific construct.

    3. Yes. One can change one's ethnicity at will these days, like one's sex.

      Some dimwit broad in North Idaho did it.

      Smirk can easily become AztexMex if he chooses.

      Let him put his ethnicity where his mouth is....Aztlan Forever !

      Long Live Human Sacrifice ! And Drugs, Poverty, Death and the Siesta !

    4. I like Tacos, Siestas, and (Non Mexican) Cervezas.

  16. You should introduce Ash to Google, Bob, it could cut down your workload on all those questions of his.

    1. Do you really think Smirk has the capacity to handle Google, Doug ?

      I don't, so I pass on the grounds of futility.

    2. I know Bob is one of those fellows who reads something on the internet and accepts it as true because he read it on the Internet. It appears as if we should add you, Doug, into that class with him, no?

    3. Doug, you and Bob, have introduced La Raza here and it is up to you two to demonstrate that it has some relevance beyond exemplifying how racist the two of you are.

  17. San Jose Police Chief Who Admits ALLOWING ATTACKS on Trump Supporters is Affiliated With La Raza

    A.J. Delgado @AJDelgado13


    Basically: "Arresting them would just make them angrier so we didn't."

    1. "“We are not an ‘occupying force’ and cannot reflect the chaotic tactics of the protesters,” Garcia told reporters. Unless a victim’s life was in peril or the violence was “spiraling out of control,” he said, officers held back to avoid inciting more violence and having the crowd turn on officers.

      He also said the 250 police weren’t enough to control the roughly 400 protesters."


      250 armed police cannot control 400 unarmed protesters.

    2. Whole thing is absurd and disgusting.

    3. Can't leave a Trump political rally without being attacked.

      I'm beginning to believe there is something to the idea that there is some real planning and political money behind some of this.

  18. Inevitable: UN “peacekeepers” accused of mass murder

    posted at 7:01 pm on June 7, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

    In this case, the troops come from the Republic of Congo, which has demonstrated the same lack of accountability. The crimes of these forces have been well known for years, and their excuses utterly threadbare. Yet they remain, and the Congolese government shows no sign of enforcing discipline, even when it comes to murdering civilians under their control. After the latest exposé regarding sexual abuse, Congo removed 120 troops from the CAR, but did nothing about these murders even while it had been obvious all along that the detainees had not “escaped,” as the UN troops claimed. Human Rights Watch has warned about the actions of the UN troops in the CAR for years, to no avail.

    The UN peacekeeping structure is, put simply, a joke. Time after time, the troops have shown they will do nothing to keep the peace, but will bug out when fighting breaks out (Lebanon was a good example of this on more than one occasion.) When no fighting takes place, the troops get out of control and create more misery than they prevent. The UN is powerless to do anything to control them, and their native chains of command aren’t interested in doing so. The blue helmets exist to give the UN Security Council a way to feel good about themselves without actually ensuring discipline and accountability by taking on these tasks themselves under their own auspices.

    How many more examples of this do we need before we bring this sorry structure to an end? How many more decades of examples does it take? How many more mass graves, and how many more exploited women and children?

    Wasn't south Lebanon to be 'demilitarized' by UN peacekeepers ?

    Seems I recall something about that, but can't recall for sure.

    At this time though Hezbollah is said to have something like 150,000 missiles stashed there, to be used against Israel, supplied by Iran.

  19. Trump is promising a major speech next week detailing all the corruption of Clinton. Inc. on Fox News right now.

    This should be a 'must watch'.

    1. Excellent speech by the new 'Presidential' Donald Trump.

    2. (regaining his fire resistant wings, The Donald soars towards the Sun)

    3. Fire resistance provided by non politically correct, non-advisor created speech.

    4. ie, relatively authentic, esp as compared to the norm.

  20. "Reply" below Ash did not work:

    If Bob and I were to join a "La White Boys" political movement, and push for agendas specifically for "us" would that not cause most reasonable people to assume we had issues wrt "race" ?

  21. "Doug, you and Bob, have introduced La Raza here and it is up to you two to demonstrate that it has some relevance beyond exemplifying how racist the two of you are."
    On second thought, Ash, you're right:

    "LA RAZA" has NOTHING to do with their issues wrt "race."

  22. My current issue with race is convincing Deuce that Steph Curry is one hundred times the man that the muddle headed Muslim was.

    1. My current favorite Hispanics are Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa.

  23. It must have been a good speech. The loathsome Hugh Hewitt things otherwise.

  24. Tucker Carlson describing Bernie:

    "a 74 year old crazed Menshevik"


    Good one.

  25. Turkish police have detained four suspects over a car bombing in Istanbul that killed 11 people, including seven police officers, local media reports say.


    Since the start of the year, Turkey has been hit by a sequence of attacks that have rattled citizens and also caused tourism to plummet.


    Some 1.75 million foreigners came to Turkey in April, down more than 28 per cent on April 2015 — the steepest monthly decrease for 17 years.

  26. Bob and Doug discus San Jose:

  27. Anakonda and Baltops 2016 are scheduled just weeks before NATO's July summit in Warsaw, where it is expected that NATO will agree to deploy almost 5000 troops from Britain, the United States and Germany to Poland. Polish President Andrzej Duda, in light of recent Russian activity in the region, has been calling for a permanent NATO presence in Poland since January.

    Anakonda's size and location has already rankled some officials in Russia, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling his Finnish counterpart Monday that his country would respond to NATO and the United States' increased activity in the Baltic region, though he did not go into specifics.
    "We will invoke Russia's sovereign right to guarantee its security with measures proportionate to the current risks," Lavrov told reporters after the meeting.

  28. Bernie:

    The Struggle Continues !

    On to the Washington D.C. primary and the Convention !

    The Movement Lives !!

    1. (Bernie, intelligently enough, is still hoping to win the biggest primary of them all -

      The FBI Primary

      The 74 year old crazed Menshevik 100%
      The Criminal and Corruptocrat 0%)