“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 10, 2016

Playing Nice Won’t Work - Not with the Left, not with the Elite and not with the Permanently Offended


  1. Trump should not be affected by the calls by the defeated Clinton supporters and disloyal Republicans that he and the people that supported him owe the losers anything. Let them demonstrate and cry.

    Those that viciously opposed Trump and did absolutely everything to destroy him, lost. They lost.

    Forget the reaching out. Forget the soothing words. Forget the nice. Trump needs to teach these people a lesson in democracy. Losing is a bitch and they lost.

    1. “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” – President Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009.

      At the end of the day? Obama you have been repudiated.

      Time to buy a big ass broom.

    2. It's time for compromise.

      Yep, the Nevertrumpers, proggressives, marxists, democrats need to learn the word.

      Did Hillary, Warren and such get their 2nd Place Trophy yet????

  2. Trump needs to return powers, usurped by the state and federal government bureaucracies, to the local municipalities and counties. A look at the map above shows why.

    The counties and neighborhoods are where we live. The political class has diminished the power of localities and the Establishment has gotten rich and powerful by gaming power and influence in the artificial political constructs of state and federal governments.

    Globalism and corporatism thrives on centralized political power.

    Look at the map. It maps out the road to reform and freedom.


  3. ‏@DeafFratGuy

    In the end, the election came down to three simple words:

    Bros before hoes.

  4. Let’s Take a Look at the UN-SPIKED Google News:

    Top Stories

    New York Times
    See realtime coverage
    US|’Not Our President’: Protests Spread After Donald Trump’s Election

    New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
    Demonstrators at Columbus Circle in New York on Wednesday after Donald J. Trump was elected president. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times.

    Donald Trump »
    Protests of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 »
    ’He Is Not My President’: Donald Trump Inspires Thousands to Protest in Streets Across

    Donald Trump election win sparks protests in US citiesBBC News

    Opinion:Trump Victory Sparks Nationwide Protests (PHOTOS)Daily Beast

    Live Updating:Nationwide anti-Trump protests rock the US Live updatesRT

    Tough reality check for Trump’s pledge of better heartland jobs, wages

    Reuters - ‎3 hours ago‎
    A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is pictured during a campaign event in Concord, North Carolina, U.S. November 3, 2016.

    Washington Post
    A question on Americans’ minds: What does Trump’s win say about us as a nation?

    Washington Post - ‎8 hours ago‎
    America woke up Wednesday as two nations. One jubilant, hopeful, validated. The other filled with fear, pessimism, abject horror. And both staring at an uncertain future in light of the vast chasm now revealed by this election.

    Slate Magazine
    The Only People Who Can Rein In President Trump Are the Ones Who’ll Work for Him

    Slate Magazine - ‎11 hours ago‎
    The president-elect owes hardly anyone. The number of people who’ll be able to rein him in is vanishingly small. By Reihan Salam.

    Washington Post
    5 Shot in Downtown Seattle, Gunman at Large

    ABC News - ‎3 hours ago‎
    Police cars are staged at the scene of a shooting Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. 0 Shares. Email. Five people were shot Wednesday night outside a 7-11 convenience store in downtown Seattle, leaving two of the injured in critical condition.

    New York Times
    See realtime coverage
    What the Trump Presidency Means for the Supreme Court

    New York Times - ‎15 hours ago‎
    The balance of power at the Supreme Court could truly shift if there is a second vacancy while Donald J. Trump is president. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times.

    1. .

      Where do you find this stuff?

      I checked google news and it sure didn;t look like this.

      I checked for un-spiked google news but couldn;t find the site.


  5. Big Media and Big Internet exist by government edict. That can be resolved by government withdrawing their monopoly rights.

  6. Tudor monarchs used royal proclamations to announce their decisions and govern the realm. Obama has honed the practice and given it a sharper edge. These administrative edicts become regulations and laws untouched and unapproved by legislators. This is only possible with rigorous centralized government. The president has control of all of these agencies.

    Trump has his work cut out for him.

  7. American Uprising
    Everything is about to change.

    November 9, 2016 Daniel Greenfield 421

    This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution.

    It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.
    They were fathers who couldn’t feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn’t afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons who didn’t see a future for themselves. They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the “unaccompanied minors” flooding into their towns. They took a deep breath and they stood.

    They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.

    The Great Blue Wall crumbled. The impossible states fell one by one. Ohio. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. Iowa. The white working class that had been overlooked and trampled on for so long got to its feet. It rose up against its oppressors and the rest of the nation, from coast to coast, rose up with it.

    They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing. They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election. They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say. They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living and take care of their families.

    They fought and they won.

    This wasn’t a vote. It was an uprising. Like the ordinary men chipping away at the Berlin Wall, they tore down an unnatural thing that had towered over them. And as they watched it fall, they marveled at how weak and fragile it had always been. And how much stronger they were than they had ever known.
    Who were these people? They were leftovers and flyover country. They didn’t have bachelor degrees and had never set foot in a Starbucks. They were the white working class. They didn’t talk right or think right. They had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes and the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.
    They were wrong about everything. Illegal immigration? Everyone knew it was here to stay. Black Lives Matter? The new civil rights movement. Manufacturing? As dead as the dodo. Banning Muslims? What kind of bigot even thinks that way? Love wins. Marriage loses. The future belongs to the urban metrosexual and his dot com, not the guy who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico.

    1. They couldn’t change anything. A thousand politicians and pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable future. Instead they got in their pickup trucks and drove out to vote.
      And they changed everything.

      Barack Hussein Obama boasted that he had changed America. A billion regulations, a million immigrants, a hundred thousand lies and it was no longer your America. It was his.

      He was JFK and FDR rolled into one. He told us that his version of history was right and inevitable.
      And they voted and left him in the dust. They walked past him and they didn’t listen. He had come to campaign to where they still cling to their guns and their bibles. He came to plead for his legacy.

       And America said, “No.”

      Fifty millions Americans repudiated him. They repudiated the Obamas and the Clintons. They ignored the celebrities. They paid no attention to the media. They voted because they believed in the impossible. And their dedication made the impossible happen.

      Americans were told that walls couldn’t be built and factories couldn’t be opened. That treaties couldn’t be unsigned and wars couldn’t be won. It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns and cities into gangland territories.
      It was all impossible. And fifty million Americans did the impossible. They turned the world upside down.

      It’s midnight in America. CNN is weeping. MSNBC is wailing. ABC calls it a tantrum. NBC damns it. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The same machine that crushed the American people for two straight terms, the mass of government, corporations and non-profits that ran the country, was set to win.
      Instead the people stood in front of the machine. They blocked it with their bodies. They went to vote even though the polls told them it was useless. They mailed in their absentee ballots even while Hillary Clinton was planning her fireworks victory celebration. They looked at the empty factories and barren farms. They drove through the early cold. They waited in line. They came home to their children to tell them that they had done their best for their future. They bet on America. And they won.

    2. They won improbably. And they won amazingly.

      They were tired of ObamaCare. They were tired of unemployment. They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country. They were tired of being called racists and homophobes. They were tired of seeing their America disappear.

      And they stood up and fought back. This was their last hope. Their last chance to be heard.

      Watch this video. See ten ways John Oliver destroyed Donald Trump. Here’s three ways Samantha Bee broke the internet by taunting Trump supporters. These three minutes of Stephen Colbert talking about how stupid Trump is owns the internet. Watch Madonna curse out Trump supporters. Watch Katy Perry. Watch Miley Cyrus. Watch Robert Downey Jr. Watch Beyonce campaign with Hillary. Watch. Click.
      Watch fifty million Americans take back their country.

      The media had the election wrong all along. This wasn’t about personalities. It was about the impersonal. It was about fifty million people whose names no one except a server will ever know fighting back. It was about the homeless woman guarding Trump’s star. It was about the lost Democrats searching for someone to represent them in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was about the union men who nodded along when the organizers told them how to vote, but who refused to sell out their futures.
      No one will ever interview all those men and women. We will never see all their faces. But they are us and we are them. They came to the aid of a nation in peril. They did what real Americans have always done. They did the impossible.

      America is a nation of impossibilities. We exist because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants. Not from the elites who told them that it couldn’t be done.
      The day when we stop being able to pull of the impossible is the day that America will cease to exist.
      Today is not that day. Today fifty million Americans did the impossible.

      Midnight has passed. A new day has come. And everything is about to change.

  8. Oklahoma

    Only state I can see with no blue counties.

    1. Hawaii looks to have no red ones.

      No wonder Doug has to hang out in a lava tube.



    The Hill and Bill Blues have just begun.....

  10. My wife sometimes listens to the Michael Savage Show.

    She says The Donald often calls in.....

    How about Savage for Communications Director in the new Administration ?

    1. .

      The post used to be called Propaganda Minister.


    2. You mean under the Obama Administration ?

    3. .

      All the way back to the 30's. Savage would fit right in.


    4. I think you should be Communications Director.

      You wouldn't fit in at all, and you'd make an even greater name for yourself.

    5. .

      You wouldn't fit in at all...

      That's why I wouldn't be nominated.

      You need an inveterate liar or a raging (raving?)ideologue for the job.

      Savage would be a good fit (though he and one of the people in the press corp would probably literally be at each others throats in the first week).




    heh heh heh

    Let 'em go....

  12. "Within a few weeks of winning the White House, President-elect Donald Trump could face another group of U.S. citizens, a federal jury in California, courtesy of a lawsuit by former students of his now-defunct Trump University who claim they were defrauded by a series of real-estate seminars.

    A hearing in federal court in San Diego is set for Thursday, and the trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 28, barring any delays or if Trump decides to settle the case.

    While presidents enjoy immunity from lawsuits arising from their official duties, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that this shield does not extend to acts alleged to have taken place prior to taking office. The 1997 ruling came in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against President Bill Clinton by Paula Jones, which was settled before it went to trial."

    1. Cases like this are a good reason we ought to consider adopting the English way, where if you sue, and lose, you pay the expenses.

      It cuts way down on the extortion attempts.

      Not saying it has no merit, but it is the kind of case that often doesn't, and Trump has deep pockets.

      Hell, one might make a fortune with a jury of democrats.

      Worth a swing of the Wheel of Fortune.

    2. .

      Not saying it has no merit, but it is the kind of case that often doesn't, and Trump has deep pockets..

      Not saying it doesn't have merit?


      By the context, you are implying it doesn't. This is the same shit we have seen in articles and comments on both sides throughout this campaign.

      Trump made an art form of it.

      "people say...they say...I've heard..."

      followed by

      "I don't know for sure..."

      followed by

      "but it sure looks probably makes sense...from what we've seen they could be wouldn't surprise me"

      followed by

      "right?...what do you think?"

      Come up with the most bizarre shit in the world, say others said it first, that way you can push the conspiracy theory without accepting any responsibility for it.

      The wingnuts on both left and right use the tactic all the time.


    3. You dipshit, you are saying you are sure it has merit.

    4. What an unbelievable moron, what an anserine statement.

  13. Our nation's Democrats are described as being in group therapy at this time, according to reports on Fox News.

    And Nancy Pelosi's position is no longer said to be secure, even though she is described as a human ATM cash machine when it comes to raising money.

    Over on the Republican side Paul Ryan is sucking up to Pussy Grabber.

  14. "...

    Accused by defeated Democratic contender Hillary Clinton of being a puppet of President Vladimir Putin after praising the Russian leader, Trump has dismissed suggestions he had anything to do with the Russian government during the campaign.

    But in comments that could prove politically awkward for the president-elect, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said there had indeed been some communications.

    “There were contacts,” Interfax cited Ryabkov as saying. “We are doing this and have been doing this during the election campaign.”

    Such contacts would continue, he added, saying the Russian government knew and had been in touch with many of Trump’s closest allies. He did not name names.

    “Obviously, we know most of the people from his (Trump’s)entourage. Those people have always been in the limelight in the United States and have occupied high-ranking positions,” he said.

    “I cannot say that all of them, but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives.”

    Moscow was just beginning to consider how to go about setting up more formal channels to communicate with the future Trump administration, said Ryabkov.

    A spokeswoman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a preliminary inquiry in recent months into allegations that Trump or his associates might have had questionable dealings with Russian people or businesses, but found no evidence to warrant opening a full investigation, according to sources familiar with the matter. The agency has not publicly discussed the probe."

  15. Ash, do you think President Obama ought to give Hillary a preemptive pardon on his way out the door, or not ?

    And why or why not ?

  16. The video of Obama and trump together is interesting. Trump looked a little like the Sutherland's character in Episode 1.

    1. Episode 1 of Designated Survivor that is.

    2. Trump looks like a fish out of water

    3. .

      I suspect he feels that way.

      It's hard to tell what his original reasons were for getting into the race but I don't think he did it because he wanted (or at least expected) to be president.

      I think he was surprised he won the nomination.

      I think he was surprised he was within striking distance at the end. Hearing him speak over the last couple days of the race, though he said all the right things, his tone and demeanor seemed to indicate he thought the race was over and that he lost. It wasn't the same Trump.

      I am positive he was as surprised as anyone that he won and is now the president.

      I suspect he is just now getting his head around it all.


    4. I suspect you are correct.

  17. Miley Cyrus reads Rufuseses official reaction to Trump's victory.

  18. One New York Times pundit was worried they would "vote their gene pool," and I just spotted another headline by a liberal pundit on the Tribune's website:

    "Donald Trump won. Let the uneducated have their day."

    How nice.

    It's no secret that most of American journalism is liberal in its politics.
    The diversity they prize has nothing to do with diversity of thought.

    The leaders in this mean-girl approach to Trump voters are most often white men...

    - John Kass

    1. The Democrat Party is blowing up like a bloated corpse in a Venezuelan hospital.

    2. Thank you.


      Identity Crisis, Thin Bench...


      Staffers nod in support, agree...

      Exit America's Old Elite...

      NYC emergency therapy sessions....DRUDGE

      I think Ash needs some immediate emergency therapy sessions.

      But not on the taxpayers dime....

    3. What Does It Now Mean to Be a Democrat?
      Carl Schwitzer
      The Democrats are about to undergo a major internal crisis.

      If they move further left they doom themselves.

    4. Pelosi 2020!

      America's first Octogenarian Woman President.

    5. Ash gets Canadacare Group Therapy.

    6. First meeting, March, 2017.

    7. Dang, will he hold together that long ?

      "Ash needs some immediate emergency therapy sessions."

      I HATE government run medical programs.

  19. Ash pleads the Fifth, and refuses to answer.

  20. Netflix down 5.5%
    Citizens Financial Group up 5%

  21. @DeafFratGuy, I'm looking for a Tri Delt who'll go down faster than Hillary on a 90- degree day.

    1. Hillary going down. Now there's a good visual.

  22. Just a matter of time -

    Threat of widespread violence looms in Venezuela....DRUDGE

  23. .

    You dipshit, you are saying you are sure it has merit.

    No, I wasn't. You continue to prove you lack the ability to understand context or what it is used for, your only excuse being that you are an English major.

    In the statement I referred to, you appeared to me to be employing paralipsis in order to say two opposite things at once. In other words: "I’m not saying, I’m just saying."

    What I was writing about was the fact that you lacked the balls to just come out and say what you meant. Instead you preceded your statement with an adverse clause that you had no intention of agreeing with.

    This was the same technique employed by Trump throughout the campaign. It was the same technique employed by writers on both left and right during the campaign. It offered the chance to throw a little shit in the game by repeating some claim or conspiracy theory expressed by someone else without accepting any responsibility for agreeing with or spreading it even though everyone knows that is exactly what you are doing.


  24. The good news for Democrats is the majority of the country appears to be with them as Trump's win was purely the result of the peculiarity of the Electoral College. Hillary Clinton appears to have won the popular vote while Democrats made small gains in the House and Senate.

    The risk of overreach is very real for Republicans, as McConnell acknowledges. And presidents of both parties historically face backlash in the first midterm after their election.

    "I think it's always a mistake to misread your mandate," McConnell said. "I think overreaching after an election is, generally speaking, a mistake."

    1. .

      There is always the danger of misreading your mandate and overreaching. However, anyone who saw any good news for the Dems in this election is either cheerleading or pollyannish. The Dems were devastated.


    2. .

      As for the 'majority of Americans', the NYT only shows Hillary about 280,000 ahead in the popular vote, this out of about 120,000,000 people voting.

      Plus, I don't think this includes Michigan where Trump is ahead. I don't believe Michigan has been finalized yet.


    3. .

      If the popular vote gets close enough, whichever party is down be be asking for recounts.

      If there is a one vote difference they will be claiming they have the majority.

      It amounts to a fart in the wind in a republic.


    4. Doesn't take into account the votes from the grave, McCauliff's felons, etc.

      Hillary Clinton got more of the popular vote? So what?

      Reviewing the presidential election results, many commentators note that Donald Trump -- like several previous Republican presidential candidates -- prevailed in the electoral college without winning the popular vote. This is true, but it's also irrelevant. It's irrelevant legally, of course, because the Constitution provides for the election of a president through the electoral college. But it's also irrelevant in terms of the democratic legitimacy of the result.

      In the election concluded Tuesday, Hillary Clinton received more popular votes than Trump. This does not mean, however, that Clinton would necessarily have prevailed in an election that was determined solely by the popular vote. This is because the popular vote total is itself a product of the electoral college system. As a consequence, we do not know what the result would have been under a popular vote system, let alone whether Clinton would have prevailed.

      The reason for this is because the electoral college system encourages the campaigns (and their surrogates and allies) to concentrate their efforts on swing states -- those states in which the electoral votes are up for grabs -- at the expense of those states in which one party or the other has no meaningful chance to prevail. The presidential campaigns make no meaningful effort to turn out votes in populous, but non-competitive states such as California, New York and Texas. There is no advantage to running up the score in a state that is solidly in one camp, nor is there much benefit in trying to drive up turnout in pursuit of a hopeless cause.

      So, for instance, a GOP campaign would invest little in trying to drive up the vote total in Texas or reducing the margin by which its candidate loses in New York or California, and ditto the Democratic campaign in reverse.

      Under a popular-vote system, on the other hand, every vote in every state would count equally, and campaigns would be likely to devote substantial resources driving up turnout in these same states.

      We don't have any particularly reliable guide as to what vote tallies such efforts would produce. Voter knowledge as to whether they are in a competitive state may also effect voter behavior, such as the willingness to support a third-party candidate or to cast a protest vote, further altering the result we would see under a different system.

      What all this means is that when the popular vote is reasonably close -- as it was this year, as it was in 2000 and 2004 -- we cannot say with confidence that the candidate who won the popular vote under the electoral college system would also have won the popular vote under a popular-vote system. It's possible, but anything but certain. So while it's true that Clinton won the majority of popular votes cast, we don't know that she was actually the candidate voters would have picked were we to rely on the popular vote.

    5. Without the electoral college, Trump would have spent some time in Red Areas in CA and New York, they do exist.
      ...but with the college he had to pull off the extraordinary achievement in PA, Michigan, etc.

  25. .

    TV pundits continue to argue that Trump, 'as a positive gesture of reconciliation,' needs to go out publicly and address the snowflakes currently demonstrating in the streets in a number of cities and college towns and assure them that he really didn't mean all the nasty things he was saying during the campaign this despite the statements he has made since winning that he intends to be a president for all the people.

    The irony of course is that the people demonstrating wouldn't believe Trump no matter what he said. I saw an interview with one of them today. He was asked what could Trump do to assure him and the other demonstrators. He said 'nothing at this point'. If that's the case, then what is the point of demonstrating? One liberal writer commented that the Trump win was merely a gigantic temper tantrum by Trump supporters. Perhaps, it is actually his side that is throwing the temper tantrum.

    What these people should do is first learn that losing has consequences, then they should stop demonstrating and instead start organizing and rebuilding the Democratic Party. It will be a long process. The Dems only have about 15 governorships. The same disparity in state legislatures. The GOP has both houses of Congress and the presidency. It's likely Trump will nominate conservative SC Justices during his presidency. Things won't get much better for the Dems for at least 4 years (likely more). In 2018 the Dems have 25 seats in the Senate that will be contested. Any Dem comeback will be tough and a long time coming. The only advantage I can see for them is that new people will be coming into the Party as the old guard fades away.


    1. Much of the unrest is Soros funded rent a mobs.

    2. The American Public is With You! –Not. Paid fake protesters were bussed in to the anti-Trump protests in Austin, Texas. ..
      Dozens of buses!

    3. It's really quite amazing. Overnight, the Republican party went from the party that needed rebuilding to the party that controls all of government.

      And, vice-versa for the Democratic party. Overnight. Insane.

    4. Every election since Obama first won, the Dems have lost ground.

      First the House, then the Senate, now the Presidency, soon the Supreme Court.....and in 2 years the Dems have to defend a massive number of Senate seats.....they lost Governorships.....

      Obama has been a disaster for the Democrat Party.


      In Portland, Oregon the protests are now turning violent, according to Fox just now.....

    5. It's up to Trump and the Republicans to avoid this type of fate for themselves by not overreaching....

  26. It's 3:45 p.m., protestors are on the 10 Freeway between the Eastern and Campus Drive overpasses. The demonstration is right by Cal State LA.


    Authorities said 28 protestors were arrested Wednesday night, mostly from the 101 Freeway protest.

  27. Hillary Clinton Couldn’t Stop Crying, Blamed Comey and Obama for Her Stunning Loss (VIDEO)

    Ed Klein: Here’s what I know, not my opinion. About 6:30 this morning she called an old friend. She was crying inconsolably. She couldn’t stop crying. And her friend, her female friend from way, way back said it was even hard to understand what she was saying she was crying so hard. This is Hillary we’re talking about. Eventually her friend said she could make out that she was blaming James Comey, the Director of the FBI, for her loss, and, I don’t understand exactly, the president of the United States for not doing enough.

    (She thought Obama should have stopped Comey)

    1. The gods are beginning to carve through the skin to the bones now....the bone marrow is just inside....

  28. The few Democratic leaders who remain are going to say that it was just a bad note struck here or there, or the lazy Bernie voters who didn’t show up, or Jim Comey, or unfair media coverage of Clinton’s emails, to blame for this loss. I am already seeing Democrats blaming the Electoral College, which until a few hours ago was hailed as the great protector of Democratic virtue for decades to come, and Republicans were silly for not understanding how to crack the blue “wall.”

    They will say, just wait for Republicans to overreach. Then we’ll be fine.

    Don’t listen to any of this. Everything is not OK.

    Establishment is Finished

  29. Oregonians submit ballot proposal to secede from union....DRUDGE

    Make it west of the Cascades, or even west of The Dalles, and I'm with them.

    I demand Pendleton, Wallowa, and Troy, Oregon !


    1. There is a Russian writer who has been predicting the USA would break up....I didn't belie him at first....and really don't many problems with the idea....

  30. We have all benefitted from our early contact with 'the "Q" People' -

    Early man's love triangle with neighbors helped us survive

    Traci Watson, Special for USA TODAY 4:34 p.m. EST November 10, 2016

    Homo sapiens reportedly evolved more quickly by mating with Neanderthals and others. Rob Smith has all the details. Buzz60

    (Photo: Xavier Rossi, Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

    When humans first wandered out of Africa more than 50,000 years ago, they soon struggled with strange and hostile surroundings, armed with little more than stone tools. Now a study suggests they got help from an unlikely source: trysts with the neighbors.

    Evidence gleaned from DNA shows our species, Homo sapiens, benefitted from mixing it up with Neanderthals and another human relative, the Denisovans. Both Neanderthals and Denisovans were well ensconced in other parts of the world when modern humans arrived. By pairing off and having children with these not-quite-human creatures, modern humans quickly acquired DNA that helped them adapt to their new homes, according to a study in this week’s Current Biology.

    Mixing with other species “wasn’t just some curious feature of human history,” says study co-author Joshua Akey of the University of Washington in Seattle. "(It) actually had consequences, and it helped our ancestors survive and reproduce.”

    Hmm. Maybe Neanderthals weren't all that stupid

    Arguably our ancestors needed all the help they could get when they plodded out of Africa, where Homo sapiens first appeared roughly 200,000 years ago. Those ill-equipped pioneers found themselves dealing with unfamiliar weather patterns and unfamiliar germs. They also came face to face with peculiar kinds of humans who were eerily similar yet different.

    Left to their own devices, the immigrants would’ve eventually evolved to fit their new territory. But that process is slow. Borrowing DNA from others already well-suited to local conditions would’ve been much quicker, Akey says — “a way of short-circuiting the normal evolutionary process.”....

    Thank You, "Q" People, always willing to lay it on the line....

  31. Guardian Writer Calls for Trump’s Assassination After His Election Victory

    Monisha Rajesh is a feature writer at the far left Guardian newspaper in Great Britain.
    She is based in London.

  32. President-elect Donald Trump must have been saying his prayers on election night, when the political neophyte convincingly won the Catholic vote after having trailed in the crucial demographic for nearly the entire campaign.

    Exit polls show that Catholics backed the Republican nominee over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, 52 percent to 45 percent. Surveys leading up to the election indicated the faith group was shunning the New York real estate developer in droves.

  33. Exit polls suggest that 81 per cent of white Evangelical voters voted for Mr Trump, which is believed to be the widest margin for a Republican presidential candidate among Evangelicals since 2004.

    He secured key victories in states including Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, all of which were won by Barack Obama in 2012. Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Iowa also swung from blue to red. His appeal to white working-class voters proved decisive.

  34. Intense passions for him and antipathy toward her prevailed in Pennsylvania's rural and rust belt communities, observers and analysts said. Together, those sentiments fueled the 73,224-voter edge Trump used early Wednesday to capture a state that effectively sealed his Electoral College victory.

    In longtime Democratic cities such as Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, and once solidly blue Westmoreland County, his numbers came in far higher than many Democrats had imagined.

    "People did not expect this shift to be as great," said Scranton native and longtime Democratic strategist Charlie Lyons. "I think it had a lot to do with people who came out specifically for Trump - and it may also reflect a lack of enthusiasm for Hillary."

    In Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Westmoreland Counties, Clinton drew roughly 50,000 fewer votes than Barack Obama did against Republican John McCain in 2008, according to unofficial returns Wednesday.

    Clinton carried only one region statewide - the southeast.

    Trump carried all the rest.

  35. In battleground Bucks County, where Democrats have a slight registration edge and Trump was popular with working-class white men, Clinton underperformed: She won the county by only half of the margin Obama claimed in 2012.

    "Bucks was a disaster," said J.J. Balaban, a Democratic media strategist who worked on the successful campaign of Pennsylvania's Democratic treasurer-elect Joe Torsella. He said Clinton needed a much stronger victory there but "she wasn't close."

    U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, also the longtime chief of Philadelphia's Democratic Party, said the city "did its part" by delivering all those votes for Clinton. "The rest of the state just didn't come through," he said.

    Expanding what had already been a clear political divide in Pennsylvania, Trump defeated Clinton in 56 of the state's 67 counties. (In 2008, McCain managed to win only 49.)

  36. According to a poll released on election night for J Street by Democratic pollster Jim Gerstein, “there is a bloc of Jewish Republicans — it exists, it is small, but it is not going away.”

    Clinton received close to 70 percent of the Jewish vote in contrast to Trump’s 25 percent, the poll showed. However, while one-third of Jews who voted for Clinton (32%) said their vote was more of a protest against Trump rather than in favor of Clinton, 45% of those who chose Trump said their vote was more of a protest against Clinton.

    22% of Jewish voters said that they had donated to Clinton’s campaign, while 7% said that they donated to Trump’s.

    Jewish Americans, Gerstein noted, “voted for Clinton more than Hispanics, and more than any other religious group including [those with] no religion.”

  37. Every white European/American group, Italian, self proclaimed American, Irish, German, English, Polish and Slavic went for Trump.

  38. Italian Americans seem to have been among the first aboard the “Trump train” of disaffected white voters that swept him to victory in the Republican primaries.
    “Italian heritage was a significant predictor of Trump support,” Patrick Ruffini, a Republican digital strategist and founder of the media firm Engage in Alexandria, Virginia, told BuzzFeed News.
    In the primaries, Trump dominated in the Northeast, Appalachia and the South, performing particularly well among a demographic once called “Reagan Democrats.” In the Northeast, many of these voters were Italian Americans.

  39. Doug Thu Nov 10, 10:18:00 PM EST
    Hillary Clinton Couldn’t Stop Crying, Blamed Comey and Obama for Her Stunning Loss (VIDEO)

    Somewhere I'd been reading speculation as to how long it would take Hillary to blame someone else - she always blames someone else - for her loss, and who would be blamed.

    Didn't take her long, and she blames the guys that let her walk and the guy that campaigned for her.

    If I were Obama I'd be pissed, and jettison whatever idea I might have of issuing a pardon, and let Attorney General Giuliani handle it from here.

  40. Decent Rush Rant here -

    I'm Getting Nervous About All These Calls for Trump to Unify with the Losers
    November 10, 2016


    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm getting nervous.  I am already getting nervous.  I know it's early.  I'm not getting nervous because of anything I've heard President-Elect Trump say.  I'm getting nervous because of things I'm hearing other people say, things totally unnecessary.  And I want to take some time today to try to explain why I'm nervous and destroy some myths that seem to always pop up after elections about unity and crossing the aisle and working together and almost apologizing for winning. 
    I'm sick of it.  I'm fed up with it.  I have watched it happen for now 29 years, and I'm not gonna sit here and stand or sit mute while it happens again.  We have been governed against our will for the last eight years.  The Democrat Party -- and nobody saw this, folks -- because everybody was so focused on two people, Hillary and Donald Trump. Nobody, I mean nobody until after it was over, had any idea what had really happened. 

    We should have known it because we've been chronicling it.  I'm talking about the demise of the Democrat Party.  The Democrat Party since 2010, the midterm elections in 2010, they lost 900 seats in that election in the House, in the Senate, go to governorships, mayors, town council, if you go all over the country, they got a shellacking.  We now know that if Donald Trump had run for president in 2012 using the exact data he got versus what Obama got in 2012, Donald Trump would have beaten Obama in 2012, if you take the data from this election and measure it against what Obama had. 
    Hillary Clinton got six million fewer votes than Barack Obama in 2012.  In 2014, the next set of midterms, the Democrats lost another 700 seats.  The Democrat Party has been decimated.  They have no bench.  They don't have anybody bringing up the rear in case Hillary lost.  They have literally been shellacked.  We have been governed by a minority against our will, and the illusion has been that they are the majority and gaining the majority and growing the majority.
    The illusion has been that we are the ones dwindling away to nothing, and it's been the exact opposite.  The pollsters didn't miss anything.  They didn't get anything wrong.  They just didn't tell us the truth about what they were seeing in these polls.  You go back and look at it now.  The data there was.  They, exactly as I asked on the day of the election, if we're not gonna believe them all of these months when they report the news, why believe the polls that they produce? 

    1. They didn't miss anything.  What they're doing by saying, "Man, how did we miss it? Oh, my God, we've gotta go back and examine it."  They didn't miss it.  They didn't tell the truth.  They weren't honest about what they were finding.  They weren't honest about trying to find what was actually going on.  The idea they don't know who Trump voters are -- BS.  They know exactly who the Trump voter is.  They ignored them.  They impugned them.  They knew exactly where the Trump supporter was coming from and they chose to ignore it.  They chose to report that it didn't exist.  They chose to report that it wasn't relevant. 

      So now we have all these riots going on, exactly as I predicted. And, folks, aside from these little snowflakes that are melting on campus today, the kids, all of these riots that you're seeing in New York and Philadelphia and Chicago and Los Angeles are bought and paid for.  They are not real in terms of springing up genuinely and organically.  They're bought and paid for, and we know this from the WikiLeaks email dumps from John Podesta, and we know it from Project Veritas videos.
      We know that all of the protests at Trump rallies were bought and paid for primarily by George Soros, by the Democrat Party.  We are still being treated by the media to a picture of America that isn't true.  They want you to believe that a majority of Americans is fit to fit to be tied and angry over the election of Donald Trump and as one of which we can never unify unless Trump caves on everything in order to get peace.  That's what they're trying to make everybody think, and that's what's making me nervous, when I hear so many on our side talk about now the need to cross the aisle and the need to unify. 

      The time to unify is after we have forced them into surrender just like we did the Japanese in World War II......

  41. This Good Christian Lady has it partly right, she is on something of the right track - what she doesn't see is that it's the gods have had a gut full of Hillary The Has Been -

    Myra Adams – President Trump: Divine Intervention is the Only Explanation

    DIARY / Myra Adams // 
    Posted at 11:01 pm on November 9, 2016 by Myra Adams

    Last week I wrote a piece headlined, “On November 9, Prepare for a National Day of Mourning.” The opening paragraph read:

    In life — and in politics — there is always the possibility of Divine Intervention. That’s just as well, because according to the latest Electoral College projections, Donald Trump may need some help from above to win the required 270 votes. RealClearPolitics, for example, predicts Hillary Clinton will squeak by winning only 273 electoral votes, while FiveThirtyEight puts Hillary at a more comfortable 295.

    Now we know that all the polls, pundits, and predictions of a Clinton victory were wrong. However, as the nation and the world wrap their arms around President-elect Donald J. Trump, my all-encompassing official explanation is Divine Intervention......


    Last night while Trump began racking up a series of electoral votes in battleground states, I was receiving emails from Donna’s prayer group members — many of whom are extremely influential Republicans. Venturing upstairs to walk among the hundreds of loyal Clinton supporters and staffers who were jammed in the Javits Center, I read the prayer messages while laughing to myself imagining the horror if those around me knew what I was reading. Here is a sample:

    Pray the enemy is confused, and God’s justice prevails and that God gets the Glory. Trump needs Utah and Pennsylvania and GA.  His truth is marching on!!!!

    Donna, yes, following it closely & praying the enemy is confused & everyone marvels at what the Lord.  Thank-you for calling us together. May we stand firm & see the salvation of the Lord.
    We’re praying!!!  And praising God!  Worked the polls as a poll watcher in McLean, VA for 3 hours today.  More than 3 of 5 voters were not native English speakers.  Based on the sample ballots they held, it was obvious they were not for Trump.  Eye-opening.  We must reach out to everyone with the light of Christ.  May God’s will be done & may all glory be His.

    Hey, Donna, Your op-ed piece on Fox’s website is thoughtful, well written and powerful.  May God bless this article and use it to turn many, many undecided hearts and minds to vote for Trump for America’s good and His glory.

    Praying with you!!! God bless America!


    The Donald, the Favored One of God !

    As a Hindu once said, "these Christians are very queer but very dear".

    (this is not a reference to gays)

  42. Interesting -

    November 11, 2016
    Hillary Wins the Popular Vote -- Not
    By Steven Feinstein

    Okay, let’s address this “Hillary might win the popular vote, isn’t that Electoral College situation just awful” thing head on.

    No, it’s not awful. It’s great, and it protects the importance of your vote. It’s also uniquely American and demonstrates yet again the once-in-creation brilliance of the Founding Fathers.

    First of all, she’s probably not going to win the actual number of votes cast. She may win the number of votes counted, but not the votes cast.

    States don’t count their absentee ballots unless the number of outstanding absentee ballots is larger than the state margin of difference. If there is a margin of 1000 votes counted and there are 1300 absentee ballots outstanding, then the state tabulates those. If the number of outstanding absentee ballots wouldn’t influence the election results, then the absentee ballots aren’t counted.

    Who votes by absentee ballot? Students overseas, the military, businesspeople on trips, etc. The historical breakout for absentee ballots is about 67-33% Republican. In 2000, when Al Gore “won” the popular vote nationally by 500,000 votes and the liberal media screamed bloody murder, there were 2 million absentee ballots in CA alone. A 67-33 breakout of those yields a 1.33-.667 mil Republican vote advantage, so Bush would have gotten a 667,000-vote margin from CA’s uncounted absentee ballots alone! So much for Gore’s 500,000 popular vote “victory.” (That was the headline on the NY Times and it was the lead story on the NBC Nightly News, right? No? You’re kidding.)

    But... getting back to the “Win the popular vote/lose the Electoral College” scenario: Thank G-d we have that, or else CA and NY would determine every election. Every time.
    I’ll draw a boxing analogy for you. In boxing....