“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."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hell Delivered through the US Benghazi Embassy in Libya

How Libyan ‘Regime Change’ Lies Echo in Syria

Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. media has largely ignored a U.K. report on the West’s lies used to justify the Libyan “regime change,” all the better to protect the ongoing falsehoods used in Syria, as James W Carden explains.

By James W Carden
Earlier this month, a select committee of British parliamentarians released a reportwhich condemned the U.K. government under David Cameron for its role in the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya. The report makes plain that the principal basis on which the intervention was predicated – that then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was on the verge of committing a wholesale slaughter of the rebel stronghold Benghazi – was a lie propagated by Western and Gulf State media outlets.

It also shows the extent to which the crisis was driven by Libyan exiles who – perhaps quite understandably – had an axe to grind with the Gaddafi regime. In this – and in other ways, as we shall see – the Libyan crisis shares a number of similarities with the Syrian crisis. Indeed, it would be fair to view the debacle in Libya as a dress rehearsal for the war outside powers have been waging against the sovereign government of Syria for the past five years.
Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered on Oct. 20, 2011.
Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered on Oct. 20, 2011.
The U.K. report documents the extent to which the narrative of impending genocide was driven by the delusions of Libyan exiles: “Libyan exiles based in France were influential in raising fears about a possible massacre in Benghazi. Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Professor George Joffé, told us that ‘the decisions of President Sarkozy and his Administration were driven by Libyan exiles getting allies within the French intellectual establishment who were anxious to push for a real change in Libya.’”

Indeed, the U.K. Select Committee was told that “émigrés opposed to Muammar Gaddafi exploited unrest in Libya by overstating the threat to civilians and encouraging Western powers to intervene.”
The narrative crafted by Libyan exiles was swallowed hook, line and sinker by a willingly credulous Western press. Similarly dynamics were at play during the initial phase of the crisis in Syria.

Professor Tim Anderson of the University of Sydney notes that Syrian clerics in exile in Saudi Arabia, like Sheikh Adnan Arour “called for a holy war against the liberal Allawi muslims” who dominated the Assad government.
The journalist Eva Bartlett, who has been on the ground in Syria, has written that the problem with many of the Western media accounts of the Syrian crisis is that “Many talking heads draw from one sole source, UK-based Syrian Rami Abdulrahman of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).”
Abdulrahman, who runs the oft-quoted SOHR out of his home in Coventry, England, “hasn’t,” according to Bartlett, “been to Syria for 15 years.” What is more, Abdulrahman’s operation is reliant on the reports of opposition figures. This, as Bartlett notes, is no impartial source.

Other exile groups, like the Syrian National Council, has received millions of dollars in funding from the declared enemies of the Assad regime like Qatar and UAE. Meanwhile, regime change groups like the Aleppo Media Centre (AMC), the Washington-based Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) have, according to Anderson, received “hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from un-named sources.”

Professor Anderson tells us that “Like many other U.S.-created front groups (The Syrian Campaign, the White Helmets) the SEO is committed to the overthrow of the Syrian Government. That also happens to be the aim of the U.S. Government.”
Machiavelli was perhaps righter than he knew when he wrote: “how dangerous a thing it is to believe those who have been driven out of their country … such is the extreme desire in them to return home, that they naturally believe many things that are false and add many others by art.”

No Angels

And then there is the role Western media has played in ginning up the twin crises. The U.K. report on Libya – citing Amnesty International – notes that, “Western media coverage has from the outset presented a very one-sided view of the logic of events, portraying the protest movement as entirely peaceful and repeatedly suggesting that the regime’s security forces were unaccountably massacring unarmed demonstrators who presented no security challenge.”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In fact, the opposite was the case: security forces in both Libya and Syria came under attack by Islamist radicals from the very start: these were hardly the “peaceful” protests as portrayed by the Western media. As the U.K. report points out, “It is now clear that militant Islamist militias played a critical role in the rebellion from February 2011 onwards.”

What is more: “The possibility that militant extremist groups would attempt to benefit from the rebellion should not have been the preserve of hindsight. Libyan connections with transnational militant extremist groups were known before 2011, because many Libyans had participated in the Iraq insurgency and in Afghanistan with al-Qaeda.”

Likewise, the dominant myth surrounding the Syrian crisis is that “millions” of peaceful Syrians took to the streets as part of the liberalizing wave which roiled the Arab world in the spring of 2011. Human Rights Watch declared that the Syrian protesters “only used violence against the security forces” as a “last resort.”
Indeed, all of the violence which soon unfolded was said to be the fault of Assad’s police state and Assad’s subsequent refusal to step down –  so the story goes – is one of the main causes of the growth in strength and numbers of radical Islamists terrorists.

As recently as last summer, none other than former Prime Minister David Cameron called Assad a “recruiting sergeant for ISIS.” And while this claim is as nonsensical as it is disingenuous, it is a line which has been dutifully echoed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who in April told CNN that “ISIS was primarily the result of the vacuum in Syria caused by Assad first and foremost.”
From the very start, the opposition to Assad included sectarian extremists who chanted: “Christians to Beirut, Alawis to the grave.” And the first documented incidents of violence in Daraa were against, not by, the Syrian security forces.
Professor Anderson cites an Israel National News report from March 21, 2011, which told of “Seven police officers and at least four demonstrators in Syria have been killed.” Anderson notes, “The armed forces came to Daraa precisely because police had been killed by snipers.” [emphasis mine]

The journalist and analyst John Rosenthal translated a Jan. 12, 2012 report from Homs by a Dutch Jesuit, Father Frans van der Lugt, who was later murdered, likely by al-Nusra militants, in April 2014.

The Jesuit missionary observed that: “Most of the citizens of Syria do not support the opposition. … you also cannot say that this is a popular uprising. The majority of people are not part of the rebellion and certainly not part of the armed rebellion. What is occurring is, above all, a struggle between the army and armed Sunni groups that aim to overturn the Alawite regime and take power.
“From the start the protest movements were not purely peaceful. From the start I saw armed demonstrators marching along in the protests, who began to shoot at the police first. Very often the violence of the security forces has been a reaction to the brutal violence of the armed rebels.”

Also inconvenient to the dominant narrative is the fact that even after the large scale anti-government protests and escalation in violence, 55 percent of Syrians polled in 2012 wanted Assad to remain in power.

With all of this in mind we would do well to treat reports from the likes of CNN’s Clarissa Ward with a healthy amount of skepticism, not least because the fact that Islamists were involved from the very start of both the Libyan and Syrian uprisings have been relentlessly excised out of the dominant, acceptable mainstream narratives like hers.

Lost Alternatives

When one considers the policy alternatives which were rudely shunted aside in favor of violence, the twin catastrophes in Libya and Syria appear all the worse in retrospect. Instead of strictly adhering to the UN-mandated arms embargo in Libya, the U.K. Select Committee reports that:
U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet they made on the U.S. vs. England World Cup Soccer game (which ended in a tie), during a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, June 26, 2010. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet they made on the U.S. vs. England World Cup Soccer game (which ended in a tie), during a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, June 26, 2010. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
“we were told that the international community turned a blind eye to the supply of weapons to the rebels. Lord Richards [UK Defence Chief of Staff] highlighted “the degree to which the Emiratis and the Qataris … played a major role in the success of the ground operation.”

Likewise, the Syrian arms embargo was only selectively and fitfully enforced. From May 2011 to June 2013, the E.U. imposed an arms embargo on Syria but, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, by April 2013 “the EU decided to allow the supply of certain equipment to Syrian opposition forces.”
In the ensuing years the U.S. aided and abetted the supply of weapons (laundered through Jordan) to radical opposition groups while Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were the principal suppliers of weapons to ISIS.

As Meredith Tax of the think tank, Centre for Secular Space, recently pointed out in The Nation, the U.S. continues to turn a blind eye toward the actions of NATO-member Turkey which is supporting jihadi gains by attacking Kurdish forces in northern Syria. The media, as Tax correctly observes, has “failed to look hard at the Erdogan government’s support of jihadis, or to ask what they have in common.”

Meanwhile, diplomatic alternatives were never seriously pursued in Libya or in Syria – though it is true that the peaceful Russian alternative to Obama’s “red line” policy was pursued with regard to dismantling Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

But a peaceful path in Libya was, it seems, never taken seriously. Saif Gaddafi’s attempts to broker a settlement with the Clinton State Department and with the U.K. through his intermediary, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, were never taken seriously by NATO principals.

As the U.K. report tartly notes: “Political options were available if the UK Government had adhered to the spirit of Resolution 1973, implemented its original campaign plan and influenced its coalition allies to pause military action when Benghazi was secured in March 2011. Political engagement might have delivered civilian protection, regime change and reform at lesser cost to the UK and to Libya.”

And given the behavior of both Gaddafi and Assad in the years following 9/11 the sovereignty of both countries should have – at a minimum – been respected; after all, Gaddafi had only just begun to accede to Western prerogatives, as when he abandoned his WMD program in 2003, while Assad had cooperated with the Bush administration in its so-called Global War on Terror. It is worth noting that in doing so, he earned the enmity of the religious fanatics who run Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

As thanks for his cooperation, the U.S., ever at the beck and call of the Gulf State autocracies who are our actual enemies, Assad has became the target of regime change enthusiasts in the U.S. and Europe. Their designs have wrecked large swathes of Syria, resulted in an unprecedented migrant crisis, destroyed the lives of many millions, gave rise to ISIS and strengthened the very same Islamist radicals who attacked us on 9/11 and who remain the sworn enemies of the West.

James W Carden is a contributing writer for The Nation and editor of The American Committee for East-West Accord’s He previously served as an advisor on Russia to the Special Representative for Global Inter-governmental Affairs at the US State Department.


  1. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama certainly lit the fuse and turned the entire mid east into a chaotic hellhole.

    Egypt was lucky to escape.

    No end in sight.

    1. The Roosians are using some kind of new weapons system in Aleppo called 'sunburst' or something like that where multiple explosions suck the air out of the surroundings.....almost qualifies as a mini nuke....but can't find the article now.

      Just what the rubble of Aleppo needs.

    2. All bombs suck the air out of the surroundings.

    3. Yes but this was some kind of new coordinated system they had devised. Said it was like small nuke....

  2. Hey Quirk,

    Got your ears on? Take a listen to this bit of music - it speeds up by the end:

    1. Get off you high horse and rejoin the world, Quirk.

      What did you think of the debate ?

  3. Who is this Lester Holt ?

    Michael Savage says he's a black man.

    I watch the whole hour and a half and I didn't notice he was a black man.

    I must be truly colorblind.

    Savage says Lester is a third stringer who took over from Brian Williams after Brian got busted for his fakaroo war stories, coming under sniper fire like Hillary, etc.

    So the deal was to box Trump in with a black moderator whom he can't attack because he's black and he can't go after Hillary cause she's a woman.

    Moreover right out of the box Lester asked the first of a string of trigger questions designed to trigger Trump into an emotion response about inheriting 14 million dollars.

    Trump fell for it too and became defensive. It was a put up trigger question.

    Trump should have countered by asking Hillary how much money little dear Chelsea has been given already, and, on Hillary's demise, is she giving her money to Chelsea, or Lutheran World Relief, or Catholic Charities, or the Moslem Brotherhood ?

    Had any of you ever heard of Lester Holt before ?

    Why the Republicans put up with this shit is beyond me.

    1. pics of Lester Holt -

    2. Why never a Hannity, a Rush, an O'Reilly, a Lars Larsen, a Savage as moderator ?

    3. At least most people have heard of them.


  4. Introducing Liberland, Europe's Newest Country

    September 27, 2016


    Europe has a new country. Or at least that is what a tiny territory between Serbia and Croatia is claiming. The Free Republic of Liberland (commonly known as Liberland) has failed to get international recognition, but its leaders are actually claiming control of a land that no other country seems interested in owning. While Liberland is unlikely to become anything more than a curious geographic anecdote, its existence raises questions about the meaning of statehood.

    Since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, Serbia and Croatia have each claimed several territories along their border, including some islands on the Danube River, that have been put to international arbitration. But in early 2015, Vit Jedlicka, a Czech politician and activist, found a small parcel of land on the western bank of the Danube that is not claimed by either side. And so on April 13, 2015 (Thomas Jefferson's birthday), Jedlicka proclaimed the birth of Liberland, Europe's newest nation. Its name may sound impressive, but its territory is not: Liberland’s area is about 7 square kilometers (2.7 square miles) and is mostly covered by forest. It has no residents, and according to local media it has only an old house that has been abandoned for decades....

  5. “This year’s presidential debate moderators will have a rich pool of voter-submitted questions they can draw on that carry greater weight because they are backed by votes from the American people,” Mike McCurry, a co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said in a statement accompanying the announcement by the Open Debate Coalition.


    Michael Demaree "Mike" McCurry (born October 27, 1954) is best known as the former press secretary for Bill Clinton's administration. He is a Washington-based communications consultant and is associated with the firm Public Strategies Washington, Inc;postID=7115046315124777811

    1. Co-Chair Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr.

      Post-RNC and other involvement

      In 1989, Fahrenkopf became a full partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan & Hartson, where he chaired the International Trade Practice Group. On June 1, 1995, he became the American Gaming Association's first chief executive. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute.[2]
      Fahrenkopf also sits on the board of directors of six New York Stock Exchange public companies: First Republic Bank, Gabelli Equity Trust, Inc., Gabelli Utility Trust, Gabelli Global Multimedia Trust, Gabelli Dividend and Income Trust, and Gabelli Gold and Natural Resources.

      Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation heads the board,

      Along with some really squishy Republicans and Dems I don't know.

  6. Yo, Bobbsey twins, and Deuce, - how did HRC hide her Parkinson's symptoms so well last night? Miracle drugs only the political elite can get?

    1. Good luck ! Dr. Ash, per your diagnosis.

      She has her good luck days, and her bad luck days, just as you said.

      She may have been working the rabbit's foot all day previously, too.


      Here's a list of all the polls in the nation's print/tv journalism showing Hillary lost the debate big time, despite having no physical difficulties.

      Good reading !

      Enjoy !

    2. Ooops - here:

      Most Polls Show Trump Winning Debate By Landslide

    3. If that's what you call winning I'd hate to see what losing looks like.

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  7. Washington State Mall Shooter May Not Be a Jihad Terrorist

    He could be something even worse.

    September 27, 2016

    Robert Spencer

    The evidence is scant that Arcan Cetin, a Muslim migrant from Turkey, murdered five people in Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington last Friday night in the name of jihad and Islam, but the evidence that does exist is striking. Amid his busy online activity, Cetin posted admiration for the Islamic State caliph al-Baghdadi and Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and a call for Muslims to repeat “SubhanAllah” multiple times.

    It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which someone who did not have jihad sympathies would post anything positive about Baghdadi or Khamenei, but the problem in Cetin’s case is that these references come without any supporting context. Dahir Adan, who stabbed nine people in a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota last week, had a sparse social media presence, but did take the time to list the Qur’an as his favorite book on his Facebook page. Cetin, who by contrast was all over social media, never speaks about Islam or jihad – except in the posts about Baghdadi and Khamenei, and the “SubhanAllah” post.

    And so NBC News reported that “when asked on Sunday whether they could rule out terrorism as a motive, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said no.” It couldn’t be ruled out, but there was no initial indication that Arcan Cetin was a hardcore true believer a la Orlando jihad mass murderer Omar Mateen, who called 911 in the midst of his massacre to declare his allegiance to the Islamic State and repeatedly proclaimed that his murders were for Allah.

    But Cetin could be something even worse. CBS News reported that he “was described by those who knew him as ‘creepy’ and a ‘bully,’ and he had a handful of arrests for assaulting his stepfather, as well as a DUI.” He was “reportedly ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation in August 2015, and that was completed as of March 2016.”

    He scared at least one neighbor: “Amber Cathey, 21, lived in an apartment next to Cetin for the past three months and said she was so frightened by him that she complained to apartment management and kept a stun gun handy. Cathey said she blocked him on Snapchat after he sent her a photo of his crotch. ‘He was really creepy, rude and obnoxious,’ Cathey said.”

    1. A high school classmate recalled that Cetin “was very hurtful towards girls. He would sexually harass them. And bully a lot of them.”

      So Cetin had a history of violent, abusive behavior, and sexually harassed women. Not coincidentally, he comes from a cultural that sanctifies violent, abusive behavior, particularly toward women: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them” (Qur’an 4:34). The Qur’an also teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

      Arcan Cetin may not have known or cared about any of those Qur’an passages. But he may have lived in an environment in which such attitudes were taken for granted. Ex-Muslim cartoonist Bosch Fawstin has recounted how, even growing up in a secular, non-observant Muslim household, anti-Semitism and misogyny were commonplace and taken for granted. Even though no one in the house was particularly devout, no one thought to question the bedrock assumptions that Jews were evil and women were inferior.

      If that is the kind of household Arcan Cetin, another apparently secular Muslim, grew up in, he and people like him should concern authorities even more than people like Omar Mateen and the San Bernardino killers, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. Mateen, Farook and Malik were all devout and observant Muslims; Cetin, at least as far as we know right now, was not. When devout, observant Muslims who believe that the supreme being has ordered them to “kill them wherever you find them” (cf. Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, 9:5) end up doing so, it should surprise authorities who aren’t thoroughly sold out to politically correct fantasies. When, on the other hand, someone like Arcan Cetin goes jihad, his actions show that the violent jihad option is a live one even for the “moderate,” secularized Muslims upon which Western authorities are staking the future of the free world.

      Arcan Cetin shows that even thoroughly assimilated Muslims who love video games and kidding around with non-Muslim friends on social media still retain a good many Islamic cultural attitudes that are incompatible with Western culture, and, at times of personal crisis, may pick up a rifle and start shooting.

      This is a case that proponents of the massive Muslim migrant influx into the West should ponder. But they won’t.


    2. You know Bob, if you took a look back at what a lot of folk said about Jews, particularly in Germany back in the 1920's - 1930's and then you just subbed in "Jew" for "Moslem" in your writings you might be surprised at the similarities.

    3. He's a fucking Nazi Bigot, what do you expect?

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    5. Cetin knows Hillary's gonna take out Al Bagdaddy, and we'll be DONE with ISIS.

      Just you wait.

      Just you wait.

    6. You see, Ash, the Moslems are a threat to all around them.

      Russia - moslems
      Israel - moslems
      All of Europe - moslems
      India - moslems
      Philippines - moslms
      Nigeria - moslems
      China - moslems

      Of the twenty some conflicts large and small around the world the moslems are involved in 90%+ of them.

      And, of course, they kill one another with glee.

      I just don't want any more of them in the USA, my country, and for excellent reasons.

      If you had a brain you wouldn't want any more in Canada either.

  8. Ready for the Triathlon:

  9. They haven't found a drug yet for that clownish smile, laugh, and "sense of humor."

  10. Yo, Ash:

    No exotic drugs that I am aware of.
    Standard issue with standard, unavoidable side effects.

    The trick is to have everything properly balanced at just the right time, which they did.

    Now it's back to everyday life, which is decidedly less than perfectly healthy and robust, and the decline and side effects just keep getting worse.

    If she gets elected (which I doubt) there's no way she's going to make it all the way to the top stair on Air Force One unaided in 3 years.

    1. uh hunh, riiiight. Sort of like those pretty pink Dragons that live on top of the clouds. You haven't seen them yet but you will.

    2. You asked for it:

      Everybody freezes and has to be told to keep talking while getting a rub.

      Everybody repeats "keep talking" instead of continuing on where they left off when they froze.

      Everybody looks like Charlie McCarthy on Meth in the presence of lights and balloons.

      Everybody looks like a Madwoman when addressed by her fawning female press.

      Everybody falls down multiple times in a period of 5 years, seriously injuring themselves at least 2 times.

      Everybody does what Hillary did on 9-11.

      Everybody looks halfway decent one moment, and like living death the next. (regularly)

      A picture of health.
      ...who just happens to display several classic symptoms of Parkinson's and the side effects of the drugs administered to Parkinson's patients.

      Then there's those extended coughing spells from her "allergies."

      DougWed Sep 21, 02:23:00 AM EDT

      Medical Terminology for the "freeze" or “on-off” events:

      “levodopa-induced diphasic dyskinesia”

      ...common in patients who have been on prolonged Levadopa dosage.

    3. And the convention and 9-11 were both events for which they had fair warning, but they still couldn't pull it off, could they?

      Unlike last night which was after she took more than a WEEK OFF to maximize her chances of not falling on her head.


    4. Secret Service Flashed Lights on Floor for Hillary Leaving Debate – Like Those Used for Parkinson’s Patients

      The literature is full of examples of Parkinson's patients being aided by this technique.

    5. GLENN BECK Has Meltdown After Cruz Praises Trump’s Debate Performance:
      “I Think My Head Is Going to Explode!”

  11. Ash, you are the pretty pink dragon that lives in the clouds.....

    1. Pink Pixie:

  12. UN Demands U.S. Pay Reparations To Blacks....DRUDGE

    I'd think the UN might demand that all the moslem nations pay reparations to women, and unbelievers....and 80,000,000 Hindu dead in one 250 year period alone.....

    The UN is totally worthless.

    We need a new league of real democracies.


    It's a disconnect considering Clinton has released more medical information than Trump, and that outside doctors who've looked at the available data say both candidates seem fine.
    But it shows the political points Trump scored after the Democratic nominee's much-publicized mild case of pneumonia.

    1. Hilarious.

      "Outside doctors"

      Like Pinsky's outside where he used to work.

    2. "The public is feeding off the impressions they've received, but that's not borne out by the letters of health," said Dr. Howard Selinger, chair of family medicine at Quinnipiac University.

      Dr. Bardack's Full Disclosures.

    3. My wife was laughing at how much work must have gone into - days and days of it - making Hillary look presentable, and propping her up there for 90 minutes.

      Trump is speaking in Florida right now, Hillary is 'resting'.

      Howard Dean, meanwhile, has finally gone completely nuts, claiming Trump has a cocaine habit !

      Heh :)

      Good ol' Howard, he of the memorable screams.....

      Howard Dean doubles down: Maybe Trump has a coke habit

      posted at 7:21 pm on September 27, 2016 by John Sexton

      You’ve probably already seen the tweet that Howard Dean posted last night:

      That seems pretty out there for someone who is a medical doctor. But Dean refused to back down Tuesday, telling MSNBC that he wasn’t making a diagnosis via television and then going on to suggest Trump might have a cocaine habit.

      “You can’t make a diagnosis over the television. I would never do that but he has some interesting…that is actually a signature of people who use cocaine,” Dean said. He continued, “I’m not suggesting that Trump does but…” At this point he was cut off by host Kate Snow who interjected, “Well, you are suggesting it actually in a tweet.” Dean replied, “No, I’m suggesting we think about it because here’s the interesting constellation.

      “So, he sniffs during the presentation which is something that users do. He also has grandiosity which is something that accompanies that problem. He has delusions—I’m not talking about being crazy, but for example when he told everybody it was smart not to pay taxes and then denied he said it after he said it in front of 100 million people. It’s not that he’s delusiairy [A real word?] about it it’s that he thinks somehow that he won’t get caught. That is delusional. He has trouble with pressured speech. He interrupted, as you pointed out, Hillary Clinton 29 times. He couldn’t keep himself together. So, look, do I think at 70 years old he has a cocaine habit? Probably not. But (laughs) you know, it’s something I think it would be interesting to ask him and see if he ever had a problem with that.”

      MSNBC host Kate Snow seemed pretty astounded by this. “So as a physician and as a medical person yourself, you’re suggesting that we ought to look at whether the Republican candidate for President has a cocaine habit,” she said. Dean then claimed once again he wasn’t making a diagnosis but then repeated that “these four symptoms” were “striking.”

      When Snow compared what Dean was doing to comments Rudy Giuliani had made about Hillary Clinton’s health, Dean suggested Trump needed to release his medical records and tax returns.

      A few points about all of this. First, Howard Dean endorsed Clinton and spoke at the Democratic convention this summer. He’s firmly on team Clinton. In fact, this is not even the first time he has used his medical opinion in this campaign. When Clinton collapsed earlier this month, Dean tweeted that it was not a big deal “from a medical point of view.”


      Crazy Howard....


  14. Doug Tue Sep 27, 07:35:00 PM EDT

    "The public is feeding off the impressions they've received...."

    And rightly so.

    I'm feeding off the impression I received when she went stiff as a board, totally collapsed, and was loaded like cordwood into the Scooby Ambulance by BBD and hustled away.

    It was claimed to be 'pneumonia' but a couple hours later she was, by gosh, out there in the street fit as a fiddle hugging a little girl...

    What it really was.....probably a seizure of some kind.

    Among other impressions....

    1. Dr. Ash has diagnosed it as 'bad luck'.

      Dr. Quirk has gone missing.

  15. Trump Takes on Holt and Hillary

    …and the whole system.

    September 27, 2016

    Daniel Greenfield

    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

    Donald Trump's main opponent in the first presidential debate wasn't Hillary Clinton. It was NBC anchor Lester Holt. Hillary, with forced smiles as brittle as china and an eerie fake laugh, continued her primary debate strategy of repeating canned talking points while waiting for the moderator to knock off her opponent. Hillary wasn’t there to debate, but to once again seem like the only possible option.

    Holt’s job was to make her seem like the only possible option by targeting Trump.

    There were fears that Lester Holt would be another Candy Crowley. That was unfair to Crowley. The entire debate was structurally biased. Its general topics were framed in narrow left-wing terms, instead of discussing the economy and moving the country forward, Holt defined the topics as class warfare and racial divisiveness. Even national security was narrowed down to Obama’s favorite battlespace, cyberspace, rather than the actual battlefield.

    Trump was hit with repeated personal attacks and gotcha questions by Holt, who then took to arguing with him over the facts. Hillary, despite having been under investigation by the FBI, received only a perfunctory offer from Lester Holt to comment on her emails after Trump had raised the issue.

    But Holt’s overt bias also proved to be his undoing. Candy Crowley had been effective because her interjection into the debate between Obama and Romney had come as something of a surprise. Holt made his agenda clear at the outset. And it also made him easy to ignore, as Trump frequently did.

    Like small boys jumping into a mud pile, media personalities had been urging each other on for weeks to abandon even the pretense of objectivity and just go after Trump. That’s what Holt did in his awkward and impotent way. And it proved to be ineffective as he quickly lost control of the debate. Holt, like the rest of his media cohort, had failed to understand that overt bias makes them less effective.

    Hillary’s role in the debate was to grit her teeth and smile awkwardly, then deliver a few scripted attacks and lines that would allow her media allies to hail her as the winner. It was an easy job that she botched.

    The media headlines were pre-scripted. And the same stories would have run even if Hillary had gone full Linda Blair spinning her head around 360 degrees or been devoured by a herd of wild dingoes during the debate. Here’s CNN. “Clinton puts Trump on defense at first debate.” And here’s the Washington Post. “Trump vs. Clinton: Her jabs put him on the defensive in first debate.” This is what happens when the Clinton campaign writes your stories for you. They all sound the same.

    But the only thing Hillary accomplished was to remind Americans of how unpleasant, insincere, untrustworthy and irritating she was. The pathological sense of entitlement, the political narcissism, the empty promises, the hollow rhetoric and the artificial attempts to connect to people whom she clearly despised were all on display here. The lady in red had nothing new to offer, either in policy or in her attacks on Trump. Like her, it was all reruns. And it was grating enough not to bear rewatching.

    1. Hillary claimed to want to discuss policy, but she launched the first personal attack and between her and Holt, these supposedly serious personalities took the debate into the arena of petty malice. A country full of people who had lost hope had not tuned in to hear about Trump’s taxes or his comments about Rosie O’Donnell. In a particularly surreal moment, Hillary claimed to have brought an architect who had suffered at Trump’s hands. Because whom could working class people relate to better than an architect.

      And it was obvious why Hillary and Holt had to embark on these desperate stunts.

      Hillary’s message was a contradictory mess of promises to fix problems that existed for inexplicable reasons under Obama. Everything is already okay and she has a plan to fix all that. When Trump exploited this contradiction, her messaging completely collapsed into its own black hole.

      The real agenda of the debate was to discredit Trump. Instead he came out appearing presidential, patiently listening to another Hillary rant, gamely sipping a glass of water every time she touted her website, and enduring it with the same wry expression that much of the audience was wearing.

      Trump was at his best when puncturing the media and Hillary’s hypocrisy. Asked about his taxes, he demanded that Hillary release her emails. Challenged on Iraq, he pushed back on Libya. Where Hillary offered artificial bonhomie, pasting on plastic smiles and uploading fake laughs, he was natural. Nothing about Trump’s reactions or responses were faked. And that still remains a shock to the system.

      And it is very much a system that we saw on display here tonight. It’s a system that Lester Holt and Hillary Clinton are a part of. It’s a system that has run this country deep into the ground.

      Instead of destroying Trump, Holt’s bias brought the system out onto the stage. It reminded everyone that the national election was being hijacked just as the Democratic primaries had been. It showed viewers that the system was rigged and that it was rigged to select Hillary Clinton for the White House.

      The fundamental question of this election is whether this country will be run by the people or the system. Trump reminded everyone that he was not the candidate of the system. The media’s post-debate analysis will tell us what the system thinks about the debate. But everyone already knows that. The system wants its own perpetuation. It wants, in Hillary’s words, more “investments.” That is the system’s euphemism for spending. It wants to export more jobs and import more migrants.

      It wants to transform America into a grotesque reflection of its own warped processes.

      Hillary Clinton is the perfect embodiment of the system. Artificial, unnatural and corrupt. And Lester Holt took on his role as the system’s feeble gatekeeper. But it’s not the system that the public wants. It seeks someone to smash the system. That is the source of Trump’s popularity. It is what makes him so threatening.

      The debate was not about any of its topics, not the official ones or unofficial ones. It was about the subtext of the system. It was about what the system does to protect itself. Instead of a debate, what the people witnessed was the media hive trying to destroy an intruder while protecting its queen.

      And once again, the system failed. Its media gatekeeper drone failed. The queen is in check.

  16. :)

    Miss Universe 'fat-shamed' by Donald Trump was accused of threatening to kill a judge and being an accomplice to a MURDER bid in her native Venezuela

    Alicia Machado, from Venezuela, was Miss Universe in 1996 when Donald Trump bought the franchise for the contest

    She was spoken about at Monday night debate by Hillary Clinton who told how Donald Trump had called her 'Miss Piggy' because of weight gain

    But reports from the time have surfaced which reveal questions over her background in Venezuela
    Court documents in 1998 revealed she was accused of driving her boyfriend from the scene of a murder attempt - at a woman's funeral

    A judge also claimed on national television that she threatened his life

    Unknown if Clinton campaign vetted Machado, 39, before debate and conference call with press on Tuesday which was almost all in Spanish

    By the way, some people are beginning to starve to death in Venezuela now.

  17. "Q"Nit of the Day: California ISIS sentenced to prison

    Exposing the role that Islamic jihad theology and ideology play in the modern global conflicts

    California: Muslim gets 30 years for trying to join the Islamic State

    September 27, 2016 12:56 pm By Robert Spencer 11 Comments

    “I am not bad. I am not evil. I am a good guy. I say that with my heart.”

    Of course. By his lights, he is a very good guy: a warrior for Allah.

    Profile photo of Nader Elhuzayel from the dating site

    “Anaheim man who tried to join ISIS gets 30 years in prison,” by Sean Emery, Orange County Register, September 26, 2016 (thanks to Patrick):

    SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man who tried to fly out of the country to join the Islamic State was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for conspiring to aid the foreign terrorist group.

    Nader Salem Elhuzayel, who was also convicted of running a banking scheme to bankroll his planned trip to the Middle East, looked down, stretched and then glanced at his family as U.S. District Judge David O. Carter handed down his sentence at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana.

    “There is no remorse,” Carter said of Elhuzayel. “There is just death and destruction.”

    The judge particularly noted Elhuzayel’s apparent aim to become a martyr. Even after his prison sentence, the judge ordered that Elhuzayel must remain on supervised release for the rest of his life.

    “What is striking to this court is the fact you were willing to die,” Carter said.

    Elhuzayel’s family reacted with disbelief to the judge’s decision. His mother, Falak, exclaimed “there is no justice in this country, no justice whatsoever” as she left the courtroom.

    “He is a peace-loving human being,” said Nader Elhuzayel’s father, Salem, outside the courtroom. “We experienced a miscarriage of justice.”

    Always the victims.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Heinz painted a much darker picture of Elhuzayel’s actions during her comments before the judge.

    “The seriousness of these offenses cannot be overstated,” she said of Elhuzayel’s support of the Islamic State. “It is the most lethal, it is the most brutal, it is the most heinous organization on the face of the earth.”

    Elhuzayel pushed back against the prosecutor’s allegations.

    “I am not bad,” Elhuzayel said to the courtroom. “I am not evil. I am a good guy. I say that with my heart.”

    “I love you Mom and Dad,” he added.

    In a court brief filed prior to the sentencing, Pal Lengyel-Leahu, Elhuzayel’s attorney, described his client as a lost young man whose family was hit hard by the financial downturn.

    “Nader Elhuzayel appears to (be) a man of deep confusion, longing to find an identity for himself,” the defense attorney wrote to Judge Carter. “Nader has always been a rule follower, just looking for someone to show him the way.”

    On May 21, 2015, Elhuzayel was stopped at a security counter at Los Angeles International Airport attempting to board a flight bound for Israel. Federal agents, who had conducted surveillance on Elhuzayel for at least a month, believed that he was planning to use a scheduled layover in Turkey to head to Syria and become a fighter for the Islamic State.

    FBI investigators were unconvinced by Elhuzayel’s claim that he was traveling to Tel Aviv to marry a Palestinian woman he met online. The agents pointed to social media postings in which Elhuzayel and friend Muhanad Badawi discussed dying as martyrs….

    Nice looking jihadi. Might have had a career as a model.

  18. Hillary Touts Ex-Miss Universe at Debate… Who Later Became Porn Actress and Accomplice to Murder

    Miss Universe 'fat-shamed' by Donald Trump was accused of threatening to kill a judge and being an accomplice to a MURDER bid in her native Venezuela

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  20. Never Before Seen Video: Young Obama Talks White People In Kenya


  21. Donald's private accountants estimated that his personal net worth was actually NEGATIVE $295 million. Just a few years ago, as part of a different legal proceeding, Donald testified under oath that his net worth was determined by how he felt that day. Even as recently as this week, Reporter David Cay Johnson of The New York Times has claimed that there is no evidence that Donald Trump is actually a billionaire.

    1. As of this writing, we here at Celebrity Net Worth still believe Donald Trump's net worth lies somewhere in the $4 billion range.

  22. Political Cartoon of the Day

    Hillary at Iwo Jima

    September 28, 2016

    Nailing the networks

    By Russ Vaughn

    Political cartoonists are in a tough, very competitive business, having to be many more things than just gifted artistically. They must be politically intuitive in an absolutely up to the minute manner so that their creative gifts can evoke at least a chuckle and more hopefully a gleeful belly laugh from a far more sophisticated audience than those artists who draw for the funny papers.

    One of the best of the current lot is Antonio Branco, who has an uncanny ability to come up with imagery that conveys more truth and insight into our current political state than the wisest of political pundits could impart in several paragraphs of sage observations. This latest Branco creation does just that:


    America has never witnessed an election where the unbridled support of the media for one candidate and one party has been so in-your-face-America brazenly obvious as what is going on now. Even so, it seems the Democrats have saddled themselves with a sick old socialist simply because in their goosestep minds, it's time for a female president, and this obviously debilitated contender is what they just happened to have waiting in the wings. Waiting a long time – so long, in fact, that it has just become an assumption by those on the left that Hillary is entitled to our presidency, as if it is her presidency. That is not an idea that goes down very well with those of us who are fed up with the sense of entitlement that pervades so many of Clinton's supporters.

    Looking at Branco's spot-on art, one can only hope that those in-the-tank networks will keep pushing until their rigid goddess of big government pitches forward into a very long, steep drop.

    Mr. Branco, you nailed it.


  23. Quirk Wins Noble Nobel Prize

  24. What's Hillary doing campaigning in New Hampshire and Minnesota with Bernie ?

  25. Secret Report: Terrorists Running Wild Within U.S. Borders

    Leaked document reveals the staggering breadth of domestic terrorist activity -- and the administration's cover-up.

    September 28, 2016

    Matthew Vadum

    The Obama administration has been concealing the staggering breadth of terrorist activity in the United States – quantified as close to 8,000 terrorist encounters in a recent year -- a leaked government report suggests.

    There are disturbing parallels between the Obama administration’s ongoing cover-up of the true extent of terrorist operations in the U.S. and its election season cover-up four years ago of the real causes of the Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012.

    Remember that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly lied four years ago, saying the Benghazi attack was carried out by an angry mob of Muslims that had been inflamed by an obscure anti-Islam video on YouTube. It has since been established that Clinton advised her daughter Chelsea by email on the very night of the assault that cost four American lives that Muslim terrorists from an al-Qaeda-like group were the actual perpetrators.

    The Obama administration participated in the ruse because Election Day 2012 was only weeks away at the time and the White House didn’t want information getting out that countered the official narrative that al-Qaeda was on the run and that Obama’s policies were decimating the nation’s terrorist enemies.

    The lie got Obama past the finish line in 2012, so it’s not hard to conclude that he is following the same playbook right now to make it seem like the homeland is safe and secure on his watch. If the public knew that terrorists were running wild all across the fruited plain it might be difficult for Obama to carry Clinton, his preferred would-be successor and a fellow radical left-wing Alinskyite, into the winner’s circle this Nov. 8.

    This is because word of fresh Obama administration misconduct or incompetence imperiling national security and putting innocent Americans at risk could hurt Clinton, a former member of his cabinet and therefore the candidate of the status quo, at the polls.

    The government report itself is chilling.

    “Known or Suspected Terrorist (KST) Encounters,” a Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) document obtained by Brandon Darby, editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas, states that there were an astounding 7,712 encounters between terrorists and law enforcement officials from July 20, 2015 through July 20, 2016. The report is labeled, “UNCLASSIFIED/LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE.”

    The TSC maintains the U.S. government’s consolidated Terrorist Watchlist, which is a single database of identifying information about, in the words of the Justice Department, those “known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity.” The multi-agency organization is administered by the FBI and provides operational support for federal, state, local, and foreign governments.

    The report breaks down encounters by category but only for the state of Arizona. The sixth page of the TSC report contains a pie chart showing that the majority of encounters in Arizona were with known or suspected Islamic terrorists, both Sunni and Shi’a. There were 89 encounters with Sunni Muslims and 56 with Shi’a Muslims. Seventy were categorized as “Other International Terrorist Groups or Affiliates,” and 52 as “Domestic Terrorism.”

    Many of those terrorist encounters took place near the nation’s southern border. Others happened at ports-of-entry, or in-between, suggesting that suspected terrorists used stealth to enter U.S. territory. The most affected states were the border states of California, Michigan, New York, and Texas, along with Florida, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.

    1. The news comes as communities in Minnesota, New York, and Washington State are reeling from recent Islamic terrorist attacks.

      There have been 92 Muslim terrorist plots in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001. The overwhelming majority of those plots took place during Barack Obama’s presidency.

      Here is where the figure of 92 comes from: the Heritage Foundation hasn’t updated its list of all the post-9/11 Muslim terrorist plots in the U.S. since a July 2 terrorist event, but as of that date the figure was 89. Of those 89, only 27 took place during George W. Bush’s presidency.

      Number 90 since Sept. 11, 2001 would be the Sept. 17 bombing in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood allegedly carried out by Ahmad Khan Rahami. Number 91 took place the same day at Crossroads Mall, in St. Cloud, Minnesota when Dahir Adan stabbed nine people. Number 92 was the Sept. 23 Cascade Mall shooting spree in Burlington, Washington allegedly carried out by Arcan Cetin.

      News of the TSC report also came as FBI Director James Comey testified the U.S. will become a victim of its own counter-terrorism success in coming years as Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) loses control of its territory in Syria and Iraq. He told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday that the anticipated exodus of fighters will be larger than that which flowed out of post-war Afghanistan in the 1980s.

      "The so-called caliphate will be crushed. The challenge will be: through the fingers of that crush are going to come hundreds of very, very dangerous people," Comey said, repeating a similar warning he offered in July.

      Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who is locked in a tough reelection battle with former Sen. Russ Feingold (D), took Comey’s testimony with a grain of salt.

      He acknowledged that the territory held by Islamic State has shrunk, but said efforts against it have been so slow that the terrorist group that claims to be an Islamic caliphate is reconstituting elsewhere.

      "We haven’t reduced their capability. The diaspora has already begun," Johnson said. "We're poking the hive. We've done some damage to it but the killer bees are leaving the hive. They’re setting up new hives."

      Comey said Islamic State fighters “will not all die on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq. There will be a terrorist diaspora sometime in the next two to five years like we've never seen before."

      "We must prepare ourselves and our allies particularly in western Europe to confront that threat because when ISIL is reduced to an insurgency and those killers flow out they will try to come to western Europe and try to come here to kill innocent people," he said.

      Of course Comey is assuming America’s war against Islamic terrorism – as modest as it may be – will continue in coming years.

      That is not a reasonable assumption.

  26. UN panel race-shames America, demands reparations for blacks - 9/28/16

    The movement to get America out of the United Nations and into an alliance of democracies instead just got a big boost. More

    Yea, yea, yea

  27. FBI withheld phone transcripts revealing Mateen’s motive

    “Yo, the air strike that killed Abu Wahid a few weeks ago… that’s what triggered it, okay?” said Mateen, who earlier in the conversation identified himself as a follower the Islamic State terror group.

    “They should have not bombed and killed Abu Wahid,” the former security guard declared. “Do your fucking homework and figure out who Abu Wahid is, okay?”

    Additionally, Mateen praised one of the bombers of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and another domestic terrorist whose name was transcribed as unintelligible in the released transcript.

    At other points, Mateen told the negotiator that the United States needed to stop all bombing in Iraq and Syria.

    Initial reports from several news outlets reporting on the mass shooting variously described Mateen as gay, a “homophobe” and a “wife beater,” despite his having made claims of allegiance to the Islamic State.

    The New York Times, for example, stated in an editorial three days after the shooting that the “precise motive [of Mateen] remains unclear.” The editorial then said it was “evident that Mr. Mateen was driven by hatred toward gays and lesbians.” Investigators later dismissed as a false claim that Mateen was driven to the killing spree by gay self-hatred.