“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."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Sword with The Olive Branch: Trump should say “no thanks” to Romney and go with Petraeus

Gen David Petraeus opens door to Trump administration

David Petraeus says he would serve under Trump, who might improve relations with Russia
General David Petraeus, one of the United States’ most prominent military officers, has indicated he would be willing to serve in President-elect Donald Trump's administration if asked.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: "The only response can be: 'yes, Mr President'."

Gen Petraeus resigned as CIA director in 2012 following an extramarital affair with his biographer.

It later emerged he had shared classified material with her.
He served as a senior officer under Presidents Bush and Obama. He was the commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, before retiring from the military to take the top position in the Central Intelligence Agency.
Asked if he thought Mr Trump had the correct temperament to be the US President, he said: “It's up to Americans at this point in time not only to hope that that is the case, but if they can, endeavour to help him."

He then indicated he would personally serve under Mr Trump if asked.
“If you're asked, you've got to serve - put aside any reservations based on campaign rhetoric... and figure out what's best for the country," he said.

“I've been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the Oval Office in a difficult moment, without any pleasantries, and said 'I'm asking you as your president and Commander in Chief to take command of the international security force in Afghanistan.'

"The only response can be: 'yes, Mr President,'" he continued.
NOVEMBER 22: President-elect Donald Trump walks through the lobby of the New York Times following a meeting with editors at the paperGetty Images
Mr Trump has spent most of his time in recent weeks picking his administration team
A number of media outlets have linked the retired general with positions in the new administration.

A report in The Guardian last week linked Gen Petraeus to the race for secretary of state, citing diplomatic sources.

Mr Trump has been putting together his administration made up of friends, family, and former rivals - but several key positions, including secretary of state, remain open.

General Petraeus was indirectly critical of some of Donald Trump’s rhetoric during the presidential election campaign, describing the president elect's anti-Muslim comments as toxic. 

However, he said he had heard good things from those who have been speaking with Mr Trump since the election result.
In this July 18, 2011 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus salutes during a changing of command ceremony in Kabul, AfghanistanAP
“It's interesting that those who have been talking to him have said, you know, he's very personable, very hospitable, very gracious guy, full of questions and dialogue," he said.

He also suggested that Mr Trump could forge closer ties with Russia, comparing his political position to that of President Nixon's overtures to China in the 1970s.
"Only Nixon could have gone to China. Anyone else would have been criticised from the right,” he said.

“I think that the current president would have been criticised from the right had he tried some of the kinds of outreach that, in fact, President-elect Trump may pursue." 

But he warned that any such outreach should be attempted "with your eyes wide open".


  1. WHAT can be deduced from Donald Trump’s confirmed and likely picks for key national security posts? The answer is not much, apart from an apparent enthusiasm for generals—which is slightly odd, given the way Mr Trump lambasted them during the campaign for their failure to win America’s wars.


    General Flynn is likely to push in the opposite direction. “We’re in a world war against a messianic mass-movement of evil people, most of them inspired by totalitarian ideology: radical Islam,” he wrote in a book published earlier this year.


    Were General Flynn to be nominated for a cabinet post requiring congressional confirmation, he would probably struggle. But the job of national security adviser is in Mr Trump’s gift.

  2. That exception has been sought only once since the position of defense secretary was created in 1947. George C. Marshall, who retired as a five-star Army general and then served as secretary of state after World War II, was tapped to be defense secretary in 1950 by President Harry Truman.

    The law Congress passed allowing Marshall to lead the Pentagon was meant to be a one-time exception. It said it was "not to be construed as approval by Congress of continuing appointments of military men to the office of Secretary of Defense in the future."

    It said that after Marshall's term ended, "no additional appointments of military men to that office shall be approved."

  3. The revelation that President-elect Donald Trump does not intend to seek a new investigation into Hillary Clinton was startling not only because it seemed to reverse a campaign pledge.

    It also suggested that Trump thinks that that’s his decision to make, reflecting an apparent lack of regard for the cherished independence of the Justice Department, which is responsible for conducting investigations without the influence or opinion of the White House.


    Some questions and answers about how the White House and Justice Department interact – and how the system actually works:


    A: Definitely not.

    Long-standing protocol dictates that the FBI and Justice Department operate free of political influence or meddling from the White House. That’s one reason that the FBI director serves a 10-year term and does not turn over the reins as presidential administrations come and go.

  4. And his military career was eventually cut short due to his outspoken stance against the Obama White House’s nuclear deal with Iran, leading to his forced retirement from Central Command in 2013.

    As a civilian, Gen. Mattis continued to rail against the Iran accord as an “imperfect” agreement that delays but does not eliminate Tehran’s efforts to become a nuclear power. Mr. Trump has also harshly criticized the accord.
    “Iran will cheat that’s the sense you get when reading” the terms of the nuclear agreement, Gen. Mattis said during an April speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, adding Iran is “not a nation-state, but a revolutionary cause intent on mayhem.”

  5. Despite voicing reservations during the campaign trail, former Central Intelligence Agency chief and retired general David Petraeus said Wednesday that he would accept a position in President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet in an interview with BBC Radio.


    Earlier this week, Trump met with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who has previously expressed concerns about the security threat posed by Iran. The president-elect called Mattis "impressive."

  6. A MAN raped his pregnant girlfriend while she was on all fours on her bed in the “advanced stages” of labour, a UK court has heard.


    The court heard the man was present at the birth and cut the baby’s umbilical cord. The man also said he and his girlfriend had a “healthy sex life” during her pregnancy.

    The trial continues.

    1. Man with athletic finger make broad jump.

  7. Romney or Petraeus?

    What's the population of the United States?

    Petraeus's big accomplishment was paying off the insurgency so they would be on our side.

    ...until they weren't.

  8. Burp....aaahhhhh....that was a good meal..

    1. Woman who chops Cocaine with foot
      toes the line.

    2. An Italian compliment, my mom used to call it.....

    3. Quit. You sound like a Polish buffoon, my dad would say....

  9. A man who runs in front of car gets tired.

  10. The secretary-general of the French Bishops’ Conference, Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, said in a Twitter message: “Our prayers tonight go to the woman who lost her life in this attack on a retirement home.” Around two hours after the attacker burst into the home, more than a dozen police and emergency vehicles lined the roads near the home while police set up roadblocks to check vehicles passing through the area.

    A large security perimeter, stretching for several hundred metres, had been set up and officers from elite armed unit RAID were on the scene.
    France is under a state of emergency that gives security forces enhanced powers of surveillance and arrest.

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    1. Ash hasn't been helpful lately.

      Here are some reasons why:

      The Fascism Test
      How Much Mussolini Is There in Donald Trump?

      Can Donald Trump be called a fascist? His political rhetoric makes it tempting to lump him into that category. That, though, wouldn't be helpful.

      © By Dirk Kurbjuweit

      And, actually, Dirk's kinda a dick, and goes too far himself.

  12. How Physics Falls Apart If The EMdrive Works

    Ethan SiegelEthan Siegel, Contributor

    An EMdrive prototype, as seen in a testing chamber at NASA Eagleworks. Image credit: H. White et al., AIAA 2016.

    Imagine a rocket that works without fuel. You pump energy into it and away you go, but there’s no thrust coming out the other side, no exhaust, no waste product and no consumable fuel. It’s the ultimate defiance of Isaac Newton: claiming to have an action without an equal and opposite reaction. And yet, inventor of the EMdrive, Roger Shawyer, claims to do exactly that. Not only does he say that his device works, he claims that anyone can build one and verify it for themselves. At Eagleworks laboratory, NASA scientists attempted to do exactly that, and just published their findings in a peer-reviewed journal. The results? They verify that the EMdrive works as advertised....

  13. Promise to Prosecute

  14. After explaining Trump's win through the lens of racism, Kelley runs into a real roadblock. Communism is about the plight of the working class; the haves vs. the have-nots. In 2008 and 2012 Kelley states that Obama won in predominantly white, Democratic rural areas. In 2016 these same voters crossed over to Trump en masse. What happened? How did the Democrats lose this crucial demographic?

    Since Kelley refuses to blame Obama for not delivering on his promise of hope, change and 'shovel-ready' jobs he instead gives us a history lesson on the aftermath of the Reconstruction era. Following a period of racial justice and 'democratic rights,' says Kelley, comes the "whitelash." A term, fellow communist, CNN commentator and anti-cop activist, Van Jones, used in his own post-election meltdown.

    Still, Kelley's detour into America’s racial history doesn't quite work. What about the class struggle?

    Kelly suggests a 21st century paradigm shift to bring whites and blacks together beyond "remaking economic structures" into changing the meaning of the whole democratic process. 'Refashioning" identity he calls it.

    How? This is where we get a tour of the Marxist mind.

    Kelley wants to set whites free from the “prison of whiteness."

    From Boston Review:

    But I want to return to the white working class and how we might break the cycle of “whitelash.”

    …I am talking about opening a path to freeing white people from the prison house of whiteness.... Exposing whiteness for what it is—a foundational myth for the birth and consolidation of capitalism—is fundamental if we are to build a genuine social movement dedicated to dismantling the oppressive regimes of racism, heteropatriarchy, empire, and class exploitation that is at the root of inequality, precarity, materialism, and violence in many forms.

    I am not suggesting we ignore their grievances, but that we help white working people understand the source of their discontent—real and imagined.

    According to Kelley, the source of white discontent is "whiteness" which is a "myth." These mythical creatures created capitalism which has to be destroyed in order to help whites understand they are white.

    In the end, the befuddled Kelley rallies other true believers to fight back against a Trump presidency but it’s clear he has no idea what that might entail. President-Elect has traumatized Professor Kelley.

    “The sites of resistance will become clearer as the political situation becomes more concrete, especially after January 20,” he writes.

    November 25, 2016
    A black Marxist professor can’t explain the ‘national trauma’ of Donald Trump
    By M. Catharine Evans

    1. the oppressive regimes of racism, heteropatriarchy, empire, and class exploitation that is at the root of inequality, precarity, materialism, and violence in many forms

      Surely we need an Ash to explicate all this, as this white boy has no idea what any of this actually means....if anything.

  15. November 25, 2016
    Bookends to a Disastrous Presidency
    By William F. Marshall

    To watch Barack Obama's pathetic final non-victory lap around the world this past week, one can't help but recall his stomach-churning "Apologize for America Tour" at the start of his administration. You'll recall that in April 2009, he went to Europe, which we sacrificed tens of thousands of American lives to liberate 70-plus years ago, and informed Europeans that America "has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" of Europe.

    Last week, Mr. Obama could not resist the urge to dis his country once again, telling the "global community," again from a foreign shore, that in the age of the internet, nationalism (read: Donald Trump) is rearing its ugly head. "Faced with this new reality where cultures clash, it's inevitable that some will seek a comfort in nationalism or tribe or ethnicity or sect," he informed us from Athens. He reassured his audience that "American democracy is bigger than any one person." (Wink, wink, Donald.) Fittingly, he then went on to tour the ruins of ancient Greece, before flying off to Berlin to cry on the shoulder of his globalist soul mate, Angela Merkel, another leader looking at a potential uprising by her constituency, frightened by her insane immigration policies.

    The choice of debt-ridden Greece, Europe's worst economic basket case, was oddly appropriate as the location for the start of the swansong tour of the U.S. president who has produced as much American national debt in eight years as all previous American presidents had produced over a span of 220 years combined. One must wonder if Mr. Obama views pauper Greece as the model America should emulate.

    These two globetrotting tours by the man-child president expressing disdain for both his own country and the choices of its people seem the perfect bookends to Obama's presidency.

    His is a presidency that will likely produce shudders for years to come for all sentient Americans who had the misfortune to live through it, but particularly for Democrats. It was a sheer disaster, both in terms of the reversals the Democrats will see in their policy initiatives and in the depth of Democratic Party political losses down to the state and local levels.

    As for the Democrats' agenda, Marc Thiessen neatly summed it up in the Washington Post. Mr. Obama and his Democratic fan base (what is left of it) are going to learn how all of those "accomplishments" of his administration, achieved by means of presidential fiat in executive orders, executive actions, regulatory "guidance," and regulations, can be as easily undone by President Trump. Even the rare policy Obama bothered to have codified into law – albeit with zero bipartisan support – like the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") will be gratifyingly rescinded with the GOP controlling both houses of Congress and all polls showing either a majority or plurality of Americans hating it.

    And make no mistake: the Democratic Party's political losses this past Election Day were enormous. Due to the decimation that has occurred of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party is arguably in the strongest position it has been in a century, if not longer. In addition to controlling the White House and both houses of the U.S. Congress, as reported by Real Clear Politics, the GOP now controls over two thirds of the 98 state legislative bodies across the country. Additionally, it has control of both the governorship and both state legislative chambers in 23 states, whereas the Democrats can say that of only seven states.

    1. Ironically, Barack Obama turned out to be the greatest gift to the Republican Party since Confederate general George Pickett ordered his infantry to make a headlong charge across three quarters of a mile of open field against barricaded Union artillery. That blunder led to victory for the Union army at Gettysburg and in turn to ultimate victory for our Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, in the Civil War.

      Obama's obtuseness in recognizing how a majority of Americans feel about him, his policies, and the Democratic Party he represents continues unabated, despite the shellacking his agenda took on Election Day. He's just the gift that keeps on giving, which he demonstrated in another talk, again on foreign soil.

      When asked by reporters if he would adhere to George W. Bush's decision not to criticize his successor's policy choices, Mr. Obama suggested that he will not remain silent as Mr. Trump pursues his own policy course. "As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country," Mr. Obama intoned last weekend in Lima, Peru, "if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle or go to core questions about our values and ideals, and if I think that it's necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I'll examine it when it comes." Translation for us rubes: "I'll be screaming from the peanut gallery."

      How noble of him. It is just this sort of hubris – this failure to recognize that we do not want to hear from him anymore – that drove Americans crazy and to the polls to throw Hillary Clinton (Barack Obama in a pantsuit) into the political abyss two weeks ago.

      I say to Mr. Obama: bring it on. Your constant hectoring of the American people for the last eight years about what American values supposedly are (if I hear that "that's not who we are" line one more time, I may slit my wrists) repulses us. Your professorial sneering and snide comments toward Middle America from your earliest days of campaigning for president grated on us like fingernails on a chalkboard. Who can forget that immortal quote in ad-libbed comments made by Mr. Obama to the Democratic cognoscenti in San Francisco way back in 2008, that Americans in Pennsylvania – you know, one of those "toss-up" states that (shockingly!) went for Donald Trump – are people who just "cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations"? Gotta love that down-home feel he has for us regular 'Mericans.

    2. When asked by the New Yorker's David Remnick what he told his daughters following his party's massive defeat on Election Day, Mr. Obama said he actually told his children (I am not making this up) that his fellow American citizens are "living organisms" who are "messy." Yes, that's what we are, Professor Obama. Just icky microbes in a Petri dish to be studied and manipulated by brilliant Democratic thinkers like you. If we don't appreciate your genius, well – pfff – we just don't, since we are only one-celled amoebae, after all. Can't pack a whole lotta thinkin' in that little gelatinous blob, now, can we?

      So let us hope that Mr. Obama keeps to his word and yelps about every policy President Trump chooses to enact, or every Obama executive order he decides to repeal. That pompous nattering will remind everyday Americans just why, on November 8, 2016, they rejected his party and their candidates lock, stock, and barrel.

      Yes, just keeping talking, Mr. Obama. You'll ensure that the Republicans hold a solid majority of political offices across the country for the next 30 years – at least.

      William F. Marshall has been an intelligence analyst and investigator in the government and private sector for 30 years. Presently he is a senior investigator for Judicial Watch, Inc. (The views expressed are the author's alone and not necessarily those of Judicial Watch.)


  16. Ash and the fascist card -

    How the Left's "I'm right; you're evil" brand of politics helped Donald Trump.
    November 25, 2016 Larry Elder

    Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the odds-on favorite to become the Democratic National Committee's chairman, had a long association with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. He compared then-President George W. Bush and 9/11 to Adolf Hitler and the destruction of the Reichstag, the German parliament building: "9/11 is the juggernaut in American history and it allows ... it's almost like, you know, the Reichstag fire," Ellison said. "After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country (Hitler) in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."

    Comparing Republicans to Nazis has long been a national pastime of the Democratic Party.

    During the 1964 Goldwater/Johnson presidential race, Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater accepted an invitation to visit an American military installation located in Bavaria, Germany. On "CBS Evening News," hosted by Walter Cronkite, correspondent Daniel Schorr said: "It is now clear that Sen. Goldwater's interview with Der Spiegel, with its hard line appealing to right-wing elements in Germany, was only the start of a move to link up with his opposite numbers in Germany." The reaction shot — when the cameras returned to Cronkite — showed the "most trusted man in America" gravely shaking his head. When Goldwater accepted the Republican nomination, Democratic California Gov. Pat Brown said, "The stench of fascism is in the air."

    About Ronald Reagan, Steven F. Hayward, author of "The Age Of Reagan" wrote: "Liberals hated Reagan in the 1980s. Pure and simple. They used language that would make the most fervid anti-Obama rhetoric of the Tea Party seem like, well, a tea party. Democratic Rep. William Clay of Missouri charged that Reagan was 'trying to replace the Bill of Rights with fascist precepts lifted verbatim from Mein Kampf.'"

    After Republicans took control of the House in the mid-'90s, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., compared the newly conservative-controlled House to "the Duma and the Reichstag," referring to the legislature set up by Czar Nicholas II of Russia and the parliament of the German Weimar Republic that brought Hitler to power.

    About President George W. Bush, billionaire Democratic contributor George Soros said, "(He displays the) supremacist ideology of Nazi Germany," and that his administration used rhetoric that echoes his childhood in occupied Hungary. "When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,'" Soros said, "it reminds me of the Germans." He also said: "The (George W.) Bush administration and the Nazi and communist regimes all engaged in the politics of fear. ... Indeed, the Bush administration has been able to improve on the techniques used by the Nazi and communist propaganda machines."

    1. Former Vice President Al Gore said: "(George W. Bush's) executive branch has made it a practice to try and control and intimidate news organizations, from PBS to CBS to Newsweek. ... And every day, they unleash squadrons of digital brown shirts to harass and hector any journalist who is critical of the President."

      Actor/singer and activist Harry Belafonte, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called Bush a racist. When asked whether the number and prominence of blacks in the Bush administration perhaps suggested a lack of racism, Belafonte said, "Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich."

      NAACP Chairman Julian Bond played the Nazi card several times. Speaking at historically black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina in 2006, Bond said, "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side."

      Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dared to rein in excessive public employee compensation packages, received the full Nazi treatment. The hard-left blog posted in 2011: "Scott Walker is a fascist, perhaps not in the classical sense since he doesn't operate in the streets, but a fascist nonetheless. ... He is a fascist, for his program takes immediate and direct aim at (a sector of) the working class."

      After the 2012 Republican National Convention, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton said, "(Republicans) lie, and they don't care if people think they lie. As long as you lie, (Nazi propaganda minister) Joseph Goebbels — the big lie — you keep repeating it."

      The chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Dick Harpootlian, in 2012, compared the state's Republican governor to Hitler's mistress. When told that the Republicans were holding a competing press conference at a NASCAR Hall of Fame basement studio, Harpootlian told the South Carolina delegation: "(Gov. Nikki Haley) was down in the bunker, a la Eva Braun."

      If not the Nazi card, it's the race card or the sexist card or the homophobic card. This "I'm right; you're evil" brand of politics has a lot to do with why voters elected Donald Trump, rather than Hillary "basket of deplorables" Clinton, to serve as our next president.


  17. The Hill: Report: Brexit leader Nigel Farage moving to the U.S.

  18. Good News -

    EU halts talks of adding Turkey amid Erdogan’s tyranny

    They weren’t celebrating Thanksgiving in Turkey yesterday (which is sort of ironically hilarious given their name), but there was one other reason not to be partying as well. The European Union has finally been provoked by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s endless moves toward despotism to informally halt any discussions of admitting them to the European Union. For those those of us who have been aghast while observing these events since the aborted coup, all I can say is that it’s about time. (New York Times)

    The European Parliament voted on Thursday to suspend talks with Turkey on European Union membership, the most forceful response yet to the crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against political opponents.

    The vote is not binding, since the decision ultimately rests with the governments of the European Union’s member countries. But the vote aims to ratchet up the pressure on Mr. Erdogan, whose leadership has taken an even more authoritarian turn since a failed coup attempt in July.

    “The government’s actions are further diverting Turkey from its European path,” European lawmakers said in the resolution, which passed with 479 votes in favor, 37 against and 107 abstentions. The resolution condemned what it called “disproportionate repressive measures” taken by the Turkish government.
    “Disproportionate repressive measures” is certainly putting it mildly. Hundreds of thousands of people have been put out of their jobs, including most of the press. Tens of thousands more have simply disappeared into whatever dungeons Erdogan has set up, assuming they are still alive at all. Erdogan wants to be in the European Union for all of the potential economic advantages, but on the foreign policy front he’s been making friends who are of a decidedly different bent. Rather than building bridges with more western, enlightened rulers, Erdogan is hanging out with the leaders of Russia, North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela. Is this what the EU wants in their new members?

    I’m not saying the situation isn’t complicated because it most certainly is. Erdogan has Greece and much of the rest of Europe over a barrel when it comes to helping stem the tide of migrants coming from Syria and Iraq. Endangering their deal could exacerbate that crisis, but it would come at a cost to Turkey as well. Under the current deal they were set to receive about $3.2 billion Euros for refugee assistance in 2016 and 2017 and another 3 billion the following year.

    There’s also the question of the military cooperation they’ve offered to the United States in handling matters in that troubled portion of the world. But there has to be some sort of limit as to how much tyranny and human rights abuses we’re willing to swallow in the name of convenience. Besides… Erdogan seems more interested in wiping out the Kurds than he does battling ISIS anyway. The Islamist roots of his political party might be playing a role in those decisions, don’t you think?

    The EU has taken at least a first small step in calling out Erdogan’s growing reign of terror. Will the United States finally follow along that path and stop leading from behind? We may not know until January 21st.

  19. A brief scan of the comments ...

    It seems that Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson cannot stomach the fact his candidates won, and there just will not be any Democrats to blame, for the next four years.

    As for the topic of the thread, General Betrayus ...

    The debacle in Benghazi, responsibility for it can be laid squarely at his feet.
    Good Americans died, while CIA Chief David Petraeus lied.

    1. O Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful !......Dead Beat Dad, DBD, is back from what I had hoped was the dead....


    2. Well, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson ...
      You often wish people were dead, people that are superior to yourself, morally and physically, people like your cousin, Sally

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

      Tell us, "Draft Dodger", was she the daughter of the Aunt whose honor your stole, when you defrauded the bank, in her name ...

      Or just a concerned relative?

    3. Hey Jack!!

      Still stalking the wrong Jew in Cleveland? Making threats? Selling drugs and guns?

      I thought you were jail!

      No internet available?

      Well either way welcome back, glad to see you are the idiot we all remember so well..

      Nothing changes with you..

      Tell us, how many people in Mexico have you "dispatched" since your last visit?

      Are you STILL up for for hire as a MERC?

      Or are you getting to old to play "hired" gun?

      Maybe you are just sitting in a condo in AZ in a wheelchair? Break your neck in a horse riding accident?


      One can only hope!!!


      Trump won, israel has a friend in the whitehouse, the nation is tired of the progressive nonsense and the jihadists...

      Guess that puts you on the WRONG side of history...


  20. 56 days and 1 hour remaining until Bye Bye Obama

  21. Why is it that CIA Chief David Petraeus is being given a 'pass' by the Alt-Right representatives here at the EB, on Benghazi?
    Especially when he was primarily culpable for the debacle at the CIA Annex and the "consulate".

    A man convicted of not handling Classified Materials correctly.

    1. Because we knew you would show up and set us straight. What's up, Rat?

    2. Just stopped by to watch the "Draft Dodger" bask in the victory of his candidates ...

      Instead he continues to wallow in political despair, quite entertaining, really.

    3. .

      Some of us here have disparaged Petraeus before. He is a self-promoter who has benefited immensely from neocon PR efforts trying to paint the American effort in the ME as somehow effective and worse,justified.

      He's a moron willing to risk American secrets for a piece of ass.

      David is just another one of the dicks.


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    5. Rates high on The Doug Dictitude Scale.

    6. Are you going to break the usual and buy your abandoned wife and daughter a Christmas gift this year, Dead Beat Dad ratcrapper ?

    7. Some candidate you had this year, DBDcrapperrat.

      Moron didn't even know where Allepo was... or what.... "wha...wha...what's an Allepo?" he asked.

  22. S of S drama and suspense all a part of Trump's gamesmanship. He is playing the media like only he knows how. Only he knows who will get the job.

    1. He will be the Greatest President that God Ever Created.

      ...he said so himself.

  23. By: Ezequiel Flores Contreras | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

    The bodies of eight men were found decapitated and tortured in the municipality of Tixtla, Guerrero, located in the center region of the state.

    Meanwhile in the port of Acapulco, 10 people were found executed in different events, among them two members of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR).

    Official reports indicate that the bodies of the eight men were found at around 11:00 pm yesterday, along a freeway that connects the town of Tixtla with the municipality of Chilapa.

    The victims were decapitated, had visible signs of torture, and the sicarios left an extensive message which the authorities decided to hide the content.

    On the case of the two members of the Mexican Navy executed in the port of Acapulco, the authorities reported that yesterday afternoon, the honest soldiers were shot up in the adjacent area next to the main tourist destination of the state.

    The events occurred in the strip considered to be the most violent in the resort. The navy personnel were identified as José Luis and Casimiro, both 27 years old and assigned to the 8th Naval Region, located in the neighborhood Icacos on the port of Acapulco.

    Extremely Graphic photos next page..

    1. .

      Acapulco was the first trip I took with my current wife. On it, I saw my first and last bullfight. It ended as they all do; however, one of the bulls did take out a matador. Well, I don't actually know if he died but he wasn't moving when they carried him out. At a minimum, I'm sure he spent some time reviewing his life choices. I've got a picture of it somewhere but it was on a cheap camera and has probably faded out by now.

      At any rate, even back then there were places you didn't want to wander into; but even with that, it was in a time before the cartels and the soldiers patrolling the beaches with assault rifles and you really don't worry about that stuff much when you are young and stupid.

      Probably, the best trip I have ever taken. Of course, all things are better when you are young.


    2. The Sinaloas are still in charge.

    3. In '73, I was sleeping on an Army cot on the beach when four guys with rifles woke me up.

      I guess it was obvious I was suffering from Motezuma's Revenge, so we discussed that for a few minutes, and they carried on.

    4. .

      My trip must have been around '67 or '68 and speaking of MR, we've got an albums of pictures from the trip.

      The first two weeks you see pictures of the Quirkster and his babe partying down on the beach, at the pool, at nice restaurants, at the market, the usual tourist stuff. Then we went to this restaurant on the beach. It was well known though I can't remember the name now (Paridisio maybe). Anyway, I made the mistake of getting their 'special' drink. I think it had about 3 different liquors and some fruit juice(s) and to top it off it was served in a pineapple.

      The rest of our album is filled with pictures of my wife at the pool, at the bar with friends we had met, on an evening cruise with the same people, even a posed shot with a her and some guy standing in front of a fountain.

      And it was still the best trip I can remember.


  24. .

    I see the WaPO is still printing articles about why the electoral college should elect Hillary Clinton when they vote.


  25. And the rest of the alt left are still gnashing their teeth, Chomsky, et al.

    1. Chomsky says those who voted for Trump did so at the risk of destroying the earth. Deniers one and all.

  26. Everyone that mentions alt right should be incarcerated.

  27. President-elect Donald Trump has tapped K.T. McFarland to serve as his deputy national security adviser.

  28. Jill Stein's Phoney Recount Scheme for raising more GREEN:

  29. Hillary Clinton was spotted out shopping again… This time she was ‘shopping for groceries.’

    It was totally random.
    She hasn’t driven a car in 20 years. Now, since she got shellacked in the election, she’s been spotted all over the place doing ordinary things – like grocery shopping.

    Hillary Clinton Stops For a Selfie While Shopping For Her Thanksgiving Meal

    — Us Weekly (@usweekly) November 25, 2016

    According to US Weekly, the former Democratic presidential candidate was busy “grabbing a few last-minute items when she stopped to take a selfie with Brittany Valente, who shared their snap to Instagram.

    The media wants you to believe this was another random Hillary sighting.

    But as Jack Posobiec pointed out Brittany Valente is a marketing director for a PR firm.

    And, she’s met Hillary Clinton before.

    Funny how the woman Hillary "bumped" into today has met Hillary numerous times and works for a PR firm in New York

    — Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) November 25, 2016

    Nothing is what it seems with the Clintons.

  30. Holy Santa the University of Washington Huskies are great this year !

    It's 28 -3 in the first quarter against the Washington State Cougars in the annual Apple Bowl.

    At this rate we're looking at a 112-12 final ....

    Go Huskies !

    1. Back to the great game.....!!

    2. Final

      U of Washington Huskies 45
      Washington State Cougs 17


  31. Every day Trump hires another RINO and Zionist.
    Then he hires more people who were Democrats.
    He's the same as Obama, Same as Bush

    1. Obama is a Zionist ?

      Don't be grouchy, Oscar.

  32. Late last week, news broke that President-elect Donald Trump had chosen Mike Pompeo to head the Central Intelligence Agency. This choice was questioned by politicians and news outlets alike. “If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Pompeo would become one of the most overtly partisan figures to take over the C.I.A.,” noted The New York Times.

    The criticism of Pompeo goes beyond his past public positions. Paul Jay at The Real News Network recently talked with CIA analyst Raymond McGovern about Pompeo’s potential foreign policy positions.

    “He’s a big fan of torture,” McGovern said of Pompeo. “He visited Guantanamo, he thought it was great.”

    McGovern does hold some hope, however, that people within the CIA will hold Pompeo accountable. “I have more than just a hope, I have some evidence that there’s enough realistic, enough honest analysts left in the CIA that Pompeo would have great reason to fear that, were he to do the kinds of things that the cowardly [George] Tenet and [John] McLaughlin did, there would be leaks.”

    1. Trump picks Donald McKahn as White House Counsel

      Donald Trump Selects Donald McGahn as White House Counsel
      President-elect also picks Kathleen Troia ‘KT’ McFarland as deputy national security adviser

      Attorney Donald McGahn leaving the Four Seasons hotel in New York in June after a GOP fundraiser. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
      Updated Nov. 25, 2016 3:39 p.m. ET

      President-elect Donald Trump has selected Donald McGahn as his White House counsel and Kathleen Troia McFarland as deputy national security adviser as he continues to build out his administration.

      Mr. McGahn was Mr. Trump’s campaign lawyer and is a former member of the Federal Election Commission. He is currently a partner at Jones Day, where he has specialized on political law issues.

      His role in the Trump administration promises to be an important one as the incoming president determines how to handle possible conflicts of interest created by his global business interests. President Barack Obama said last week that he urged Mr. Trump to find a “strong White House counsel that could provide clear guideposts” on those business entanglements.

      “Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity.”

      Ms. McFarland, known as “KT,” is currently a FOX News national security analyst and worked in the Pentagon during the Reagan administration. She unsuccessfully ran for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in New York in 2006.

      FOX News national security analyst Kathleen Troia ‘KT’ McFarland at a conference in Oxon Hill, Md., in March. PHOTO: GAGE SKIDMORE/PLANET PIX/ZUMA PRESS

      In her role, Ms. McFarland will work with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was named Mr. Trump’s national security adviser.

      “She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe,” Mr. Trump said about Ms. McFarland....

      Good pick. He's an ethics lawyer.

    2. .

      “Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.

      Right, so does Obama.


    3. .

      Ms. McFarland, known as “KT,” is currently a FOX News national security analyst and worked in the Pentagon during the Reagan administration.

      Great, an analyst from a faux news channel helping an ex-general on national security matters. what could go wrong?


  33. "Electoral college must not elect Donald Trump unless he sells his business, say Obama and Bush's ethics lawyers

    Richard Painter, former chief ethics counsel for Mr Bush, and Norman Eisen, former chief ethics counsel for Mr Obama, said that the president-elect must sell out from his real estate and business holdings before 19 December, when the electoral college officially appoints the next president.
    As reported by ThinkProgress, Mr Eisen pointed to Article 1, Section 9 of the US constitution which prohibits presidents from accepting "any present, emolument, office, or title, or any kind whatever, from any king, price, or foreign state".

    The most recent up-and-running example of a Trump business is the new hotel in Washington DC, which hosted a group of 100 diplomats this month, providing food and a  tour of the expensive suites.
    "The notion that his (through his agents) solicitation of those payments, and the foreign governments making of those payments, is unrelated to his office is laughable," Mr Eisen said.

    Mr Painter said on CNN: "I don’t think the electoral college can vote for someone to become president if he’s going to be in violation of the constitution on day one and hasn’t assured us he’s not in violation."

    Mr Trump recently told the New York Times that he "could run [his] business perfectly, and then run the country perfectly". He added that the "law [was] totally on [his] side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest".


    1. Grasp on, grasp on, Hillary supporter....


    2. Emoluments Clause:

      "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
      Article I, Section 9, Clause 8"!/articles/1/essays/68/emoluments-clause

    3. :)

      Dance on, Dunce-O

      You've just made the perfect case against your gal Hillary....

    4. LOCK HER UP !

      And Ash too, for Felony Stupidity.

    5. ole boobie makes post after post after post

      boobie - based on the Spanish slang term bobo, meaning "stupid",[1][2] as these tame birds had a habit of landing on board sailing ships, where they were easily captured and eaten. Owing to this, boobies are often mentioned as having been caught and eaten by shipwrecked sailors, notably William Bligh of the Bounty and his adherents during their famous voyage after being set adrift by Fletcher Christian and his followers.

      the name fits, that's for sure.

    6. .

      "Electoral college must not elect Donald Trump unless he sells his business, say Obama and Bush's ethics lawyers

      Are these the same ethics lawyers who convinced Bush that torture was perfectly acceptable and Obama that drone strikes and the collateral damage they cause and killing American citizens without due process is just fine. You mean those lawyers?

      I'm sure Trump will be able to hire lawyers of the same quality to offer the opinion, 'Don't worry, be happy.'


    7. it didn't happen to Americans so the Constitution doesn't apply...

      All the folk here are rigid constitutionalists, no? The forefathers know best and all that...

  34. I don't expect Rat to like any of Trump's choices.

  35. Ratcrapper likes guys that don't know what an Allepo is....

  36. Doug came to Johnson's defense, in a way, suggesting maybe he was just momentarily confused and thought it might be a dog food....


  37. Trump doesn't really need to build The Wall. All he has to do is see to it that the current immigration laws are enforced.

    If he does that, and having gotten rid of the Clintons, lowers taxes he's off to a great start.

    If he starts showing 'fascist tendencies' I'll turn against him.

    For now, he seems like a great improvement to me.

    1. .


      You, sir, are hilarious.

      Hillary's conflicts of interest? Bad. Trump's 100% worse? No problems.

      That giant wall? Great! A picket fence. No problem...well, as long as the pickets were sharp. And if they're not sharp? No problem.

      'A ban on all Muslims?' Hallelujah. 'Til we get our shit together?' Praise the lord. 'Except for those we can trust and my own personal friends?' Still ok. 'None from terrorist lands, whatever the heck that means?' Sweet. 'Well, we may let them in but we are going to check them out real hard. In fact, it will be the most greatest checking out in our nation's history. Huuuge.' O...O...OK.

      I'm waiting until Trump sets up his cabinet/administration and I see how many of his campaign promises he comes through on before really criticizing him though I suspect most of my criticism or more likely ridicule will be for the Trumpettes here who actually believed the guy was going to do all that he said or, even worse, supported it.

      It will fall into two categories. The first is like those above, promises he didn't keep, but where the Trumpettes still make excuses for him. The others are where he keeps his promises but they go against what many of his biggest supporters actually believe and they still make excuses.

      How many times have we heard the Trumpettes here rail against the deficits Obama and the Dems have driven up; yet, Trump outlines policies that are guaranteed to drive up deficits and we hear nothing about it? Every one of the vets here have complained about the idiocy of the military and our general staff; yet, half of the candidates for top spots in the administration are ex-generals and we get editorial notes like A Sword with The Olive Branch: Trump should say “no thanks” to Romney and go with Petraeus. And Trump vows to turn the ME on its head with contradictory statements that leave everyone guessing and comments on Israel which if acted upon would change decades long US policy, yet all we hear is, 'It's all good'.

      Yes, if Trump doesn't get us blown up, the next few years are likely to be fun.


    2. You, Sir, are a nitwit.

      Hillary's conflicts of interest? Bad. Trump's 100% worse? No problems.


      He's not even Prez yet....

      What the hell ARE you talking about ?

      What foreign policy has he sold ?

      Name one.

      Stocks are up, people are optimistic for a change, Carrier may stay in USA, the Supreme Court is saved, and he's not even Prez yet.... only you are grumpy....

      Is there anything worse, folks, anything sadder than a grumpy nitwit ?

      CHEER HIM UP !
      CHEER HIM UP !!
      CHEER HIM UP !!!

    3. You, Sir, need the beginnings of an education, and I shall provide you a start:

      November 24, 2016
      Giving Thanks: Donald Trump’s Top Ten
      By G. Murphy Donovan

      There are many things that can be said about the election of Donald Trump and most will probably get said before 20 January 17. Beyond an unlikely candidacy and an even more surprising election, Trump, long before inauguration, is an overachiever on many fronts. Indeed, a “Reelect Trump” bumper sticker was spotted in Easton, Maryland just a day after the election. Here are the top ten things Trump has already accomplished before his first term begins.

      10. He Hijacked a Major American Party

      Just as the Democrats had a coronation planned for Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republicans had a tiara in mind for Jeb Bush too. Alas, Donald Trump beat the odds, and the party hacks, for the Republican nomination. The Grand Old Party has yet to recover from the insurgent coup.

      Withal, Republicans need Trump more than Trump needs a party. Either the old guard adjusts to Trump’s pragmatism or Trump might start a new party. Clearly he has the votes.

      The Democrats too were bull-rushed by the Clintons, then gob smacked by Trumpsters.

      News on the left keeps getting worse. Democrats are now looking to the Minnesota caliphate for new blood, considering Representative Keith Ellison (D) as party chief. Elevating Ellison is a little like playing Russian roulette with five rounds in the cylinder. Ellison isn’t so much a progressive as he is an outspoken Islamist huckster and anti-Israeli demagogue.

      Seems the DNC learned nothing from the election.

      9. He Bitch-slapped American Media

      There’s no polite way to put this. American press and broadcast shills, nationally and universally, tried to cook the 2016 primaries and general election with bias, lies, vitriol, hate, and racism. Both parties and the media insinuated, with little or no evidence, that the Republican nominee was a Kremlin stooge. Trump took it all in and gave as good as he got. He was correct throughout; the press, the federal cops, and Clinton Inc. are “crooked.”

      When it counted, America’s productive “deplorables” turned out to be a lot more reliable than America’s dependent barnacles. If there is a fundamental demographic schism in America, the divide is between the makers and the takers. Score one this time for “makers” and family Trump.

      Next time the media sneers at non-college graduates, blue-collar men/ women, or “flyover country,” those cynics would do well to remember that folks with enough moxie to get a job and work for a living are the same citizens who get off their keisters and vote.

      The press tried to lynch Trump for what he said while largely giving Hillary a pass on what she had done. Sensible voters took that double standard personally. The country will recover from Trump rhetoric long before voters will forget how badly the Clintons, print and broadcast “professionals” behaved.

      Trust is a terrible thing to waste.

      8. He restored Political Integrity

      When Hillary drones chirped “I’m with her,” Trump responded “I’m with you.” When the vice president elect was asked about Trump’s character, Mike Pence replied, “you can’t fake good kids.” When Hillary was asked about those huge “pay to play” checks, she responded, “I took what they offered.” When Trump was asked about his presidential salary, he said that he will be a “dollar a year man.”

      Even when the question is relative, character matters.

    4. When asked if Trump might make America great again, deplorables across the country responded with a resounding “yes.”

      7. He Saved the Judicial System

      With the election victory, Trump gets a judicial trifecta: some balance on the highest court and the opportunity to clean house at the Justice Department and the FBI. Recall that Justice Sotomayor suggested that sex, race, and melanin were unique sensitivities. Also recall that Justice Ginsberg campaigned very publically against Trump, an unprecedented breach of judicial temperament and discretion. With any luck, these two and the Keystone cops at the Justice Department should be history or irrelevant under a new court and administration.

      6. He Torpedoed Immigration Inertia

      For decades, both political parties have played kick-the-can with border security and immigration. Indeed, associated pathologies like drugs, crime, and terror have been neglected or minimized. Even after the Saudi 9/11suicide bombings, political paralysis prevailed. In the recent campaign, Trump used the now famous “wall” metaphor to illuminate the unalloyed stupidity of open borders and uncontrolled, unvetted immigration of refugees, Muslim or Mexican.

      Trump has put an eminently logical question on the table. How do we have open borders and ensure national security or the defeat of terror and the Muslim jihad?

      A nation is safe, secure, and sovereign -- or it is not.

      5. He Made Emigration Fashionable

      Many Hollywood poseurs, low-rent music divas, media fan boys, and their big city cohorts have vowed to leave America if Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

      Poor loser day is here. Flyover country is waiting. If left coasters are moving north this year, they need to start for Canada before the snow flies.

      Note to Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, and Amy Schumer: Please stop on the East Coast and pick up Chuck Schumer, Chris Matthews, and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. on your way out.

      4. He Reset the US Foreign Policy Agenda

      Trump suggests adjustments to policy with Europe, Russia, Israel, and the Muslim world are needed. Winning is back on the table too. If the various Muslim small wars cannot be won with EU or Ummah partners, then new coalitions make sense. Israel is the indispensable moral center of gravity in the Middle East. Russia is the indispensable ally for defeating Islamism and the jihad.

      Stand by for Putin/Trump and Netanyahu/Trump bromances to be consummated.

      3. He Burst the Globalism Bubble

      If the fatally flawed assumptions of globalism and world government were wounded by Brexit, a Donald Trump presidency might be the coup de grace. By challenging feckless interventions, naïve foreign policy, weak trade deals, and flaccid partners/alliances; Donald Trump has turned US foreign/ military policy on its ear, all to the good.

    5. New thinking and new players are long overdue. The true path to global diversity is national sovereignty, not the rote of EU or UN globalist conformity. Trump’s skepticism about utopian hokum is fresh air.

      2. He Cashiered Humanitarian Intervention

      With Trump, disastrous small wars associated with so-called “humanitarian” interventions may be resolved or allowed to die on the vine. “In it to win it or out” might be the new doctrine from the start. If Europe and the Muslim world care not to finance or fight for the defeat of Islamism, so be it. The target set for America, Russia, and China is thus simplified.

      Even James Clapper now agrees that America cannot save Islam from itself.

      1. He purged three Dynasties

      Armed only with the wisdom of crowds, Trump brought an end to the Bush, Clinton, and Obama regimes. Call it regicide. Call it a political trifecta. Call it hiatus from breeding lawyers in the White House. Whatever! The prospects for loony liberals and chronically constipated conservatives are greatly diminished in the next four, or eight, years.

      If the president elect is as cost efficient as Commander-in-Chief as he was as a candidate, then America may be well served. In spite of an unprecedented media and Clinton Inc. bias blitz, Trump demonstrated that ground truth is the often the default setting in a digital world -- if the internet, not the press, does the vetting.


      The most obvious post-election irony comes from the mean streets of American cities, liberal urban sinecures where Clinton/Obama voters riot and vandalize in the wake of defeat, validating the worst about the American Left; first arrogant winners, now sore losers at every turn.

      Maureen Dowd at the NY Times once pandered to Barack Hussein Obama as the “black prince.” As is their wont, the Times was only half right. Alas, the euphemistic prince turned out to be just a black swan who never flew, never set a better standard for America.

      Withal, a quarter century national nightmare may now be over. There’s much celebrate in 2017, thanks to “deplorables” across the land.

      G. Murphy Donovan writes about the politics of national security.

      Illustration by Ronny Gordon


      And so far not a TrumpStormTrooper in sight.

      Just the opposite. The mobs are composed of leftists, anarchists....failed political candidates of your caliber, Sir !

  38. Trump needs to ask himself a simple question: What would Romney be doing for him or saying about him had he lost?
    Nothing good.

    Let’s not forget, the choice was Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or Christ on a Harley.

    Clinton was ready to get it on with Russia after her 25 years support for one diplomatic and military success heaped upon another. Oh, they weren’t successes? I forgot.

    So far the only thing Trump has done for me and others is make us a lot of money. That after the media and all the usual DC suspects were declaring the imminent collapse of Western Civilization.


    1. .

      No, the other option was 'none of the above'.

      Instead, you not only voted for him, you politicked for him here.

      Good lord, man, have you no self-respect?



    2. .

      Saw an article the other day saying that hundreds of thousands of people had cast ballots with the choice for president left blank.

      People with integrity.


  39. Quirk seems always looking for that never ever to be found Christ on a Harley.

  40. On another matter, the UK is not collapsing after the predicted Brexit disaster.

    The Germans woke up and realized that they have a trade surplus with the English. That doesn’t exactly give the UK a weak negotiating hand.


    Germany needs a trade deal with the UK more than we need a trade deal with them

    I doubt that has escaped Trump’s calculation.


      In addition, Berkshire holds warrants to buy 700 million shares of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) stock, which has climbed from $17.01 to $20.00 in the post-election rally and has been one of the top performers in the financial sector. Buffett has said that Berkshire is likely to purchase the shares just before the warrants expire, and that the investment is one that Berkshire "values highly."

      Including the Bank of America investment, the price gains in the chart show that Berkshire has gained a total of $7.1 billion since the election from its bank stocks alone. This is a big contributing factor to the 7.4% post-election gain in Berkshire Hathaway’s stock price.

    2. A Fuckin disaster I tell you.

    3. Speaking of Harley, check out HOG:

      Morgan Stanley's lead auto analyst Adam Jonas is also the bank's lead motorcycle analyst, and he likes Harley-Davidson.

      On Tuesday, Jonas published a research note in which he hiked his price target for the all-American motorcycle maker to $61 from $54, with an "overweight" rating (his version of a "buy").

      Harley-Davidson shares had closed on Monday at $58 and were trading at almost $60 on Tuesday, up about 2%.

      Jonas thinks that Harley is in a good position to benefit from a Trump presidency.

    4. .


      Hilarious. Trump agrees to double down on the same supply-side policies we have had from every administration since Reagan and that's a good thing. He is pushing to cut sensible regulation put in to stop the same abuses in the financial sector that brought us the 2008 crash. His tax policies are designed to expand the gulf between rich and poor.

      But if you can make a buck in the short term, what the hell.


  41. My hunch is that Trump is just playing with Romney.


    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his government will open its border gates to allow migrants to flow into Europe if it is pushed any further by the EU. It comes after lawmakers in the bloc voted to halt membership talks with Ankara.

    “We are the ones who feed 3-3.5 million refugees in this country. You have betrayed your promises,” Erdogan told the EU, as quoted by AP. “If you go any further those border gates will be opened.”

    He also accused the EU of not treating people fairly, claiming it “never treated humanity honestly” and “did not pick up babies when they washed ashore on the Mediterranean...,” Hurriyet reported.

    Conversely, Germany believes that the EU has not broken any of its promises given to Turkey and “threats on either side” are “not helping” when handling the current situation, said Ulrik Demmer, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman, according to Bild newspaper.

  43. 3.5 million refugees camped out , living rough in Turkey. All a result of the FUKUS neocon regime change crusades through Iraq, Syria, Libya and every outback shit hole in Africa.

    So let’s not get too sentimental about what is being replaced.

    1. .

      Who's sentimental?

      Since Rufus and the Rat left Obama and Hillary haven't been getting much love here.


  44. .

    What the hell ARE you talking about ?

    Once again, you prove your inability to read a simple English sentence and comprehend. Take a clue from the students of Trump University and go back to the Idaho English School and Health Club and demand your money back from your English-major classes. [By the way, did you ever get a degree? I don't think you ever said.]

    This is what I said...

    I'm waiting until Trump sets up his cabinet/administration to see how many of his campaign promises he comes through on before really criticizing him though I suspect most of my criticism or more likely ridicule will be for the Trumpettes here who actually believed the guy was going to do all that he said or, even worse, supported it.

    I do realize it's kind of a long, maybe even complicated, sentence. If it would help, I probably could break it down into three or four smaller sentences.


    1. THIS is what you said:

      Hillary's conflicts of interest? Bad. Trump's 100% worse? No problems.

      I call that really criticizing him, whatever you may call it.

      Your intermittent windshield wiper has sparked again, seems to me, and it's not even raining, and Trump's not even Prez.

      I'm gonna do some asking around about your wiper problem, see if I can help you out.

    2. .

      Hillary's conflicts of interest? Bad. Trump's 100% worse? No problems.

      I call that really criticizing him, whatever you may call it.

      I state the obvious and you get upset. The Clintons are pikers with their meager little millions when compared to Trump with his worldwide holdings in the billions. He obviously has multiple times the opportunity for conflicts of interest to occur.

      You say Trump has never been convicted of anything. True but neither has Hillary. She has been accused of a lot but no one has 'proven' any quid pro quo yet.

      As for Trump, you point out he's not even president, yet. True, but he is president-elect and if you think that is meaningless to all trying to get on his good side for when he becomes president in January, I can only say it appears they grow them even dumber than I thought in Idaho.

      Hillary is accused of conflict of interest because of the position she had and the countries that contributed to the Clinton charity. Only a fool wouldn't think so. Trump will soon be president a big step up on the influence scale from SOS. His actions as president-elect offers a clue as to what we can expect. In the first two weeks after winning the election, he was encouraging Scottish politicians to grant a waiver to prevent windmills being built that would detract from the seaside view off one of his golf resorts, he was trying to cement a property deal while meeting with the president of Argentina, and the Trump Hotel in D.C. has suddenly become THE place for foreign diplomats to stay.

      You don't need quid pro quo proved to show conflict of interest. All you need is the appearance of them to taint the situation. here is no doubt Trump will have many more opportunities for conflict of interest during his presidency than Clinton.


  45. Good News, Bar Mates -

    That human bastard Fidel Castro is dead.

  46. .

    You, Sir, need the beginnings of an education, and I shall provide you a start:

    I could address the list you put up one by one but as with all of the posts you put up here I always first go to the bottom to see where it came from. Since t was your old standby, AT, I didn't bother.

    More importantly, in addition to not wanting to criticize Trump's actions as president until he is 'actually' president, it would be awfully hard to predict what he does since he has been all over the map on every issue. Someone added up 29 times where he flipped flopped back and forth on just the Muslim immigration issue alone.


    1. Part of your problem, never opening your mind to intelligent outside sources.

      There's nothing to be done with you, but put up with you.

      Hard, but not impossible.

  47. The pots are banging and the people celebrating in Little Havana.