“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lies from Obama, the Clintons and the oft discredited CIA and US Media


Former UK Ambassador Blasts "CIA's Blatant Lies", Shows "A Little Simple Logic Destroys Their Claims"

Authored by Craig Murray,

I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish has been the lead today in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news. I suspect it is leading the American broadcasts also.

A little simple logic demolishes the CIA’s claims. The CIA claim they “know the individuals” involved. Yet under Obama the USA has been absolutely ruthless in its persecution of whistleblowers, and its pursuit of foreign hackers through extradition. We are supposed to believe that in the most vital instance imaginable, an attempt by a foreign power to destabilise a US election, even though the CIA knows who the individuals are, nobody is going to be arrested or extradited, or (if in Russia) made subject to yet more banking and other restrictions against Russian individuals? Plainly it stinks. The anonymous source claims of “We know who it was, it was the Russians” are beneath contempt.

As Julian Assange has made crystal clear, the leaks did not come from the Russians. As I have explained countless times, they are not hacks, they are insider leaks – there is a major difference between the two. And it should be said again and again, that if Hillary Clinton had not connived with the DNC to fix the primary schedule to disadvantage Bernie, if she had not received advance notice of live debate questions to use against Bernie, if she had not accepted massive donations to the Clinton foundation and family members in return for foreign policy influence, if she had not failed to distance herself from some very weird and troubling people, then none of this would have happened.
The continued ability of the mainstream media to claim the leaks lost Clinton the election because of “Russia”, while still never acknowledging the truths the leaks reveal, is Kafkaesque.
I had a call from a Guardian journalist this afternoon. The astonishing result was that for three hours, an article was accessible through the Guardian front page which actually included the truth among the CIA hype:
The Kremlin has rejected the hacking accusations, while the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has previously said the DNC leaks were not linked to Russia. A second senior official cited by the Washington Post conceded that intelligence agencies did not have specific proof that the Kremlin was “directing” the hackers, who were said to be one step removed from the Russian government.

Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, who is a close associate of Assange, called the CIA claims “bullshit”, adding: “They are absolutely making it up.”

“I know who leaked them,” Murray said. “I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.

“If what the CIA are saying is true, and the CIA’s statement refers to people who are known to be linked to the Russian state, they would have arrested someone if it was someone inside the United States.

“America has not been shy about arresting whistleblowers and it’s not been shy about extraditing hackers. They plainly have no knowledge whatsoever.”
But only three hours. While the article was not taken down, the home page links to it vanished and it was replaced by a ludicrous one repeating the mad CIA allegations against Russia and now claiming – incredibly – that the CIA believe the FBI is deliberately blocking the information on Russian collusion. Presumably this totally nutty theory, that Putin is somehow now controlling the FBI, is meant to answer my obvious objection that, if the CIA know who it is, why haven’t they arrested somebody. That bit of course would be the job of the FBI, who those desperate to annul the election now wish us to believe are the KGB.

It is terrible that the prime conduit for this paranoid nonsense is a once great newspaper, the Washington Post, which far from investigating executive power, now is a sounding board for totally evidence free anonymous source briefing of utter bullshit from the executive.

In the UK, one single article sums up the total abnegation of all journalistic standards. The truly execrable Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian writes “Few credible sources doubt that Russia was behind the hacking of internal Democratic party emails, whose release by Julian Assange was timed to cause maximum pain to Hillary Clinton and pleasure for Trump.” Does he produce any evidence at all for this assertion? No, none whatsoever. What does a journalist mean by a “credible source”? Well, any journalist worth their salt in considering the credibility of a source will first consider access. Do they credibly have access to the information they claim to have?

Now both Julian Assange and I have stated definitively the leak does not come from Russia. Do we credibly have access? Yes, very obviously. Very, very few people can be said to definitely have access to the source of the leak. The people saying it is not Russia are those who do have access. After access, you consider truthfulness. Do Julian Assange and I have a reputation for truthfulness? Well in 10 years not one of the tens of thousands of documents WikiLeaks has released has had its authenticity successfully challenged. As for me, I have a reputation for inconvenient truth telling.
Contrast this to the “credible sources” Freedland relies on. What access do they have to the whistleblower? Zero. They have not the faintest idea who the whistleblower is. Otherwise they would have arrested them. What reputation do they have for truthfulness? It’s the Clinton gang and the US government, for goodness sake.

In fact, the sources any serious journalist would view as “credible” give the opposite answer to the one Freedland wants. But in what passes for Freedland’s mind, “credible” is 100% synonymous with “establishment”. When he says “credible sources” he means “establishment sources”. That is the truth of the “fake news” meme. You are not to read anything unless it is officially approved by the elite and their disgusting, crawling whores of stenographers like Freedland.

The worst thing about all this is that it is aimed at promoting further conflict with Russia. This puts everyone in danger for the sake of more profits for the arms and security industries – including of course bigger budgets for the CIA. As thankfully the four year agony of Aleppo comes swiftly to a close today, the Saudi and US armed and trained ISIS forces counter by moving to retake Palmyra. This game kills people, on a massive scale, and goes on and on.


  1. Trump first infrastructure project should be to build a permanent bypass of the media and US establishment, including the barons in the Republican Party.

    1. He needs to re-invent twitter????

    2. First politician that went on a Thank You Tour to the states that put him over the top, and first politician to communicate to the folks via twitter.

      Knows how to keep the focus on himself.

    3. He seems to be counting on the Rooskies to help him with ISIS.

      He may be building up expectations more than he should on all sorts of things.

  2. It is terrible that the prime conduit for this paranoid nonsense is a once great newspaper, the Washington Post, which far from investigating executive power, now is a sounding board for totally evidence free anonymous source briefing of utter bullshit from the executive.

    They don't call it The Washington Compost for nothing.

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  4. .

    [Response to Ash from the last stream regarding the Keystone XL pipeline]

    AshTue Dec 13, 03:03:00 PM EST

    Yes, I agree, it would reduce the costs the oil companies incur to ship the oil - it is more productive.

    I would describe it as more efficient. It reduces the cost to the oil companies. It increases the profits of TransCanada. There is no proof that more oil would be moved from Canada to the Gulf than is being done right now.

    Yes, oil companies are in it for profit. That is the only game in town in the USA unless you suggesting some other method should be employed to sell and distribute oil and its by-products. Are you?

    No, I’m not. What we are talking about is not the industry wide distribution system but rather running pipelines through particularly vulnerable environmental areas. The remaining XL pipeline that needs to be built is only about 1200 miles long. That’s out of about 2.6 million miles of pipeline that already exist in the US. The question remains, is it worth the risk? What are the offsetting advantages to the US? Many would answer no and none to the two questions.

    What are the benefits? Most of them go to Canada. The profits from the pipeline go to TransCanada. The oil companies benefiting are the ones working the Canadian oil sands. What are the US benefits or, more specifically, the benefits to the US taxpayer?

    Jobs? None (well 30-50 permanent jobs, next to nothing).

    Increased business for Gulf Coast refiners? No, not according to the reports I have read. They are already getting the oil though by less efficient means.

    More oil supply in the US? Probably not. It’s likely the oil shipped from Canada will eventually be exported through the Gulf ports, probably to Asia.

    Lower oil prices in the US? Not likely, and if anything, by freeing up the constraints around Cushing it could possibly adversely affect US prices.

    Are the dangers to the environment specific to the route the pipeline takes real? Having read the stories and seen the effects of spills here in Michigan, I would say they probably are.

    The fact that some Canadian companies are more efficient and profitable shipping product across the US for eventual export to Asia and China while not supplying any significant benefit to the US seems a poor bargain given the potential negative effects on water, health, and quality of life of US citizens. IMO.



    1. {...}

      If not then we are stuck with the business model…

      Why are we stuck with the business model? That’s the existing paradigm. Trump says he wants to change that paradigm. While I’m skeptical of his actual intentions, I believe he has tapped into a feeling among a good portion of America that the system isn’t working. In this case, why should the US risk the health of American citizens while getting little or nothing to compensate for that risk?

      … and increased productivity is generally accepted as the best means to advance an economy.

      Again, the existing paradigm. How has that worked out for most Americans over the past 40 years? Things have changed. This is a big issue. It involves many factors and to discuss it in full would take a couple days. There’s the issue of productivity itself. Some argue that the major productivity increases, the life altering ones, have already happened (the steam engine, electricity, radio, the internet). These provided massive boosts to productivity but it will be difficult to duplicate them. In addition, the US has the highest growth rate of productivity in the world. Even so, that growth rate is declining. It has been since the 1970’s. And it isn’t just the US, it’s a worldwide trend.

      Perhaps, the appropriate question now is ‘what are we willing to pay or give up for productivity growth? And are most Americans benefitting from what productivity growth we have here?’ Again, many would say no given the unequal distribution of the benefits of that productivity, the stagnant or declining wages that have been masked by the longer hours worked and the influx of women into the workforce.

      Trump’s message ‘America First’ appeals to a large portion of the American populace. Maybe, there’s something to it.


    2. {...}

      So, we are agreed that pipelines will reduce the cost to oil companies but there are also environmental costs to be taken into account. The current method of shipping oil is truck, train, boat and pipeline. All come with environmental impacts with spills being just one of the impacts. Pipelines don't consume energy and pollute like trucks, trains and boats and spills, well, we can split hairs, but there's pretty nasty impacts when accidents happen with all these methods of transport - heck a runaway oil train burned down a bloody town here in Canada not too many years back.

      A good point and one I wouldn’t argue with. There are negatives with all of them. The results of some we see in the short term as in the train wreck, but we may not be able to judge others like the oil spill that polluted miles of the Kalamazoo river basin for a number of years. But it still comes pack to the cost benefit analysis. And the arguments have to be specific not general. With the Keyline XL pipeline, do the benefits to Americans justify the risks? Just looking at the situation as I outlined above, I just don’t see it.

      Then there is the environmental argument that oil is baaaad, it releases CO2 when burned, and it is a depletion industry, therefore all oil is bad and every effort should be made to leave it in the ground forcing all to 'greener' alternatives. Is that your stance that not only big oil is bad but all oild is bad? :)

      No. And you’ll notice I didn’t bring it up. The argument is specious. The same amount of oil is going to be pumped and used. It doesn’t matter whether it goes through the pipeline or by other means.

      btw - is there small oil as opposed to 'big oil'?

      Well yes, if you consider small those not normally thought of as specifically being a part of ‘Big Oil’. I guess everyone has their own definition of what Big Oil is. Mine refers to those very large companies (Exxon, Chevron, Marathon, etc.) that through their lobbying efforts have a major influence on congress and its energy policies and which also absorb the lion’s share of the bounty of their lobbying efforts in the form of subsidies and tax advantages that run into the $ billions here in the US not to mention their worldwide share of the $5.3 trillion annually the World Bank and IMF say is provided to the industry worldwide.


    3. .

      And by the way, Bessie Walsh told me she agrees with me.


    4. I knew Bessie Walsh, and you are no Bessie Walsh!

    5. Bessie works for Quirk-O.

      She's just one of his less than minimum wage shills -


      an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.

      Quirk-O is selling some 'muscle building' product he cooked up in his kitchen.

      The only thing it does is make your gut stick out more, like a fat muscleless Sumo wrestler.

    6. The Long Knives Come Out For Huma

      heh heh heh

    7. Huma vs. the “Night Stalkers”
      After a stunning election loss, the knives appear to be out in Clintonworld.

      by William D. Cohan
      December 14, 2016 5:00 am

      Heh heh heh heh HEH! !

  5. Transition Website:

  6. Woman dragged off plane in Detroit:

    1. .

      That woman was Bessie Walsh and my company has filed objections with Delta Airlines and the US and British embassies.

      Damn Brits.


  7. Idaho Elevator Report: Zinke Excellent Choice For Interior Secretary

    1. Zinke is an excellent choice.

      American Thinker is full of shit here:

      December 14, 2016
      Trump's Interior Dept. pick supports big government control of lands
      By Ed Straker

      One of the many ways communism oppressed people was by nationalizing all private property, especially land.  The American government hasn't gone quite that far, but large portions of the American West are owned by the federal government.  That means that private citizens have no inherent right to buy or sell or develop or enjoy this land unless the federal government says so.  For me, that smacks of one of the worst features of communism.

      And yet Donald Trump has reportedly picked a person who wants to perpetuate this socialist scheme.

      President-elect Donald Trump has offered the interior secretary position to Montana's freshman Rep. Ryan Zinke, an ex-Navy Seal commander, according to two transition officials and someone familiar with the offer[.] ...

      Out of all the Republicans on the Hill, Zinke has one of the strongest track records on conservation and public land issues – and he's even voted against his own party at times. He voted against the GOP's fiscal 2016 budget because it sold public lands, and even resigned as a delegate to the RNC this summer because the party platform included language calling for the sale of public lands.

      Zinke has also opposed efforts by House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) to transfer land and other GOP measures to hand over millions of acres of public land from the U.S. Forest Service to the state.

      He's also partnered with Democrats on conservation issues: In October 2015 he was the only Republican to support a Democratic amendment to permanently authorize the so-called Land and Water Conservation Fund. He's also received praise from conservation groups, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Teddy Roosevelt Conservancy Partnership, Friends of the East Rosebud and the Outdoor Industry Association.

      The Land and Water Conservation Fund is basically a slush fund for the left, and Zinke wants to continue it.

      As secretary, Zinke would oversee about one-fifth of the nation's land, including national parks, wildlife refuges, tribal lands and areas ripe for drilling, mining, wind and solar development, and oil and gas pipelines

      You may not think 20% of the nation's land is a lot (I do).  But in some states, it is a much higher percentage; the federal government owns 46% of California, 52% of Oregon, 61% of Alaska, 64% of Utah, and 85% of Nevada....


      My hopes Trump will make a great Prez have grown immensely.

      Go fuck off, Ed Straker.


      Don't let anyone put up No Trespassing or Private Property signs on YOUR heritage, folks !

  8. .


    Obama once again proves he is Bullshitter-in Chief

    In letters read out on state television, Rouhani criticized the US move as a breach of last year’s nuclear accord and told Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation to start work on “planning the design and production of nuclear fuel and reactors for maritime transport.”

    The president said he had also ordered the foreign ministry to prepare a legal complaint to the international committee that oversees the nuclear accord.

    Under the deal signed in July 2015, world powers agreed to lift international sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear program.

    [US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, in Vienna, Austria, on January 16, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)]

    But US lawmakers recently voted to renew 10-year-old sanctions legislation against Iran related not just to nuclear issues, but also ballistic missile-testing and human rights.

    US President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure into law in the coming days, saying it makes no difference to last year’s agreement because the White House will continue to suspend all the sanctions linked to Iran’s nuclear program.

    Pure bullshit. Obama will only be in office for another month.

    And Kerry is Obama's mini-me, the mini-Bullshitter-in-Chief. Since the agreement was signed Iran has been claiming the effects have been non-existent, that bankers have still been unwilling to deal with them because they fear that sanctions would soon be re-instated and they would be left holding the bag. No doubt they are familiar with US duplicity from long experience. Kerry says he has assured everyone that the sanctions regime was gone. No one believes it.

    Obama wanted to sign the Iran deal as one more tick-point on his resume and to enhance his legacy, hoping the act will be used to justify that Nobel Peace Prize. Now, he will be able to blame the failure of the deal on Trump.


    1. Whoa ! Rough Rider....

      I mentioned this just yesterday.

      As a riposte to your phony criticisms of my pointing out the fact that Iran has been cheating like hell....

      Those windshield wipers of yours are flapping around like, slow, on, off.....

      In letters read out on state television, Rouhani criticized the US move as a breach of last year’s nuclear accord and told Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization to start work on “planning the design and production of nuclear fuel and reactors for maritime transport.

      Planning to start work ?

      Give me a break, they've been working right along...

    2. Time for you to start hitting the Prevagen, Quirk.

    3. .

      You idiot.

      What you put up yesterday was a headline from Drudge talking about this same story.

      Chances that you actually read the story? Zip.

      You are limited to reading headlines by your lack of attention span.

      Are you really complaining that they have been planning to start work on “planning the design and production of nuclear fuel and reactors for maritime transport.” since yesterday?

      And that's not to mention, that under the NPT there is no restriction on building nuclear reactors for maritime transport.

      Go back to sleep, Bob. Getting excited like that could be bad for a sedentary guy like you.


    4. Time for you to start hitting the Prevagen, Quirk.

  9. Alas, I must hit the road....

    Cheers !

  10. .

    From the Times of Israel...

    Every country has its nuts in government. We have McCain and Lindsay. Israel has the Shas.

    Jail women for shofar-blowing? That’s what Shas’s Western Wall bill says

    Mixed-gender prayer at Robinson’s Arch would lead to 6 months in jail or hefty fine; incendiary legislation is unlikely to pass, though Shas chief warns struggle against Reform [Jews] is ‘uncompromising’

    Punishable offenses: Shabbat desecration, immodest dress, making speeches or singing without permission

    For Americans visiting Israel if passed it would mean...

    Following their prayers, the family sits down and sets up a picnic as the 10-year-old son runs around wildly with the family dog, who has accompanied them on their trip. Mom, moved by the experience, whips out the guitar she’s insisted on carrying everywhere and begins to sing. Rolling her eyes, the family’s teenage daughter — dressed in a tank top and shorts on this scorching summer day — pulls out her cellphone to craft the perfect selfie. Meanwhile, Dad, fed up with just a little too much family time, meanders over to the general plaza. Tucked away in the men’s section, far from his wife’s eyes, he surreptitiously pulls out a cigarette and lights up, savoring the brief respite.

    We hope you’re enjoying your family vacation, fictional US visitors. Because, in a world in which proposed legislation spearheaded by the ultra-Orthodox Shas party becomes law, you would all be going to prison.

    Unless, that is, you can cough up the NIS 70,000 in fines (approx. $18,500) for the seven offenses you’ve committed...


  11. .

    Duterte keeps admitting to killing people. His supporters keep shrugging it off.

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte recently described hunting down criminals on his motorcycle to show the police how it was done.


    1. “Actually, it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot.

      It’s fun to shoot some people, I’ll be right up front with you. I like brawling . . .

      You go into Afghanistan, you’ve got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil.

      You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway, so it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”

      - Mattis

  12. .

    The NYT is now reporting that Democratic congressmen were also hacked by Russia.

    The proof? They all lost.


  13. .

    Women as Wingnuts

    From the Washington Examiner...

    A month after the surprise election of Donald Trump in November (surprising to noone more than to Trump and Clinton), the losers are still working through the stages of anguish in ways that seem strange to many observers but of which they appear oddly proud.

    Not only do they brag of the length and intensity of their bouts of sobbing —"crying as if someone died" was a common description — but, as New York magazine reported days later, professional women all over the country are making a brave stand to protest Trump's election by doing hideous things to their hair. Because "the election results felt like an attack on minorities, women, and marginalized people in general," a "vegan chef" cut her hair off to send Trump a "message." Others like her got buzz cuts, flat tops or tossed out their extensions, and went platinum, or black.

    Unfortunately, there was not a chance in the world that this message would reach Trump, or that he would care if he got it, but somehow the logic of making themselves ugly in the interests of spiting a well-know connoisseur of feminine pulchritude just seemed the right thing to do.

    "I don't know if it's that their right to choose could be in jeopardy, or that the glass ceiling is still there, but I'm seeing [a difference]" said one salon owner, who was making a fortune out of their wish to be hideous, and that was just the beginning of what Trump had done. ''My Libido: The First Casualty of Trump's Election," ran another lament in the same publication, and the Washington Post only days later took up the same theme: "Trump's election stole my desire to look for a partner," wrote one female blogger. "Once it was clear that Donald Trump would be president instead of Hillary Clinton, I felt sick to my stomach ... That urge to cling to my family while keeping our foundation strong didn't mesh well with continuing to date the man I'd been seeing ... I'm not the optimistic person I was on the morning of Nov. 8, wearing a T-shirt with 'Nasty Woman' written inside a red heart."

    Ever solicitous, the Post's Style section would go on for days if not weeks with heartwarming tales of a congregation left scared and shaken, a planned "happy hour" at a wellness spa in Takoma Park that became a tear-sodden venture, and a man in rude health who stayed up till 5 when the last votes were in, called in sick to his office and spent the whole day in bed. Ah, Democrats, where the men are all weak, and the women odd-looking. But when have we heard this before? Perhaps the last time the Democrats lost an election they thought they were winning, and showed the same resilience and fortitude...

    You can't make it up.

    1. .

      Well, to hear the Dems, I guess you can.


  14. The question to ask (in my mind anyway) is did Russia cause some one in Wisconsin to vote differently than their original intent?

    I think not.

    1. .

      Only if telling the truth changed someone's mind.

      The left and your usual suspects on the right blame the Russians without providing proof they actually did anything. Yet, they ignore the basics of the leaked information. None of them are denying that the DNC and the media conspired against Sanders in order to anoint Hillary. None of them have denied the conflicts of interest that existed with the Clinton Foundation.

      Their message is divert, deceive, excuse.


  15. Aleppo before and after

    over the past five years, the ancient city has been turned to rubble due to a bloody civil war. In Aleppo alone, over 5,100 civilians were killed in 2016. In all of Syria over 470,000 civilians have been killed during the five-year span of the conflict - from March 2011 to February 2016, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.

    What do these guys get out of killing civilians?

    On Monday, after reports of the battle over Aleppo finally coming to an end, a group of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad took the lives of 82 civilians, including 13 children and 11 women.

  16. "“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.” -"

  17. Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I’ll always be proud of Bruce’

    I'll always be proud of Doug.

    1. “I loved Bruce,” she explained. “I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. I’m proud of that part of my life. But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside. And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I’ve ever been in my life.”

      “This is an issue that is an issue of humanity, of mankind,” she stated. “This issue doesn’t have borders. This issue is all over the world. And yeah, I would have to say the little bit of competitive Bruce still living down inside me, I couldn’t have done it without him, that’s for sure.”

    2. I liked Doug.

      I couldn't have become Doug without Doug, that's for sure.

  18. Beware of Caitlyn's bone.

    Probly calls it Bruce.

  19. I got hacked by the Russians and it didn't hurt me any.

    1. The Rooskie may have, and probably did, hack you too -

      Yahoo Says 1 Billion User Accounts Were Hacked

      Attendees at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference Hackathon last year in New York.

      Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

      SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo, already reeling from its September disclosure that 500 million user accounts had been hacked in 2014, disclosed Wednesday that a different attack in 2013 compromised more than 1 billion accounts.

      The two attacks are the largest known security breaches of one company’s computer network.
      The newly disclosed 2013 attack involved sensitive user information, including names, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and unencrypted security questions that could be used to reset a password. Yahoo said it is forcing all of the affected users to change their passwords and it is invalidating unencrypted security questions — steps that it declined to take in September....

    2. What would have happened if Pootie had hacked the DNC and found Hillary and Pederasta going out of their way to ensure that Crazy Bernie got a free and fair shot at becoming POTUS?

  20. From my new....

    Romper Room Report: CNN: Romney refused to apologize for criticizing Trump, might have lost the State job because of it

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      Quirk thought Romney was going to be President, bought a ton of his books, took a bath and a haircut, and is selling out....

  21. IMO, Trump never considered Romney for SOS.

  22. I got a book at the library today - The Discovery of Chance - opening it's 400 or some pages I saw the names of lots of philosophers. I have often wondered at the emergence of a Quirk, for instance, and hoped I might find some clue here.

    The philosopher Spinoza was mentioned. He once said that if a man gets stung by a bee and dies, that is exactly what should have happened to him. So I guess he didn't think much of the idea of chance.

    Being allergic to bee stings I didn't think much of this opinion.

    So I'll see what this book says.

    I don't see how Quirk could have arisen 'just by chance'.

    But 'by design' hardly explains the man either.

    1. "Getting there is half the fun. Being there is all of it."

    2. On looking out a car window: "This is just like television, only you can see much further."

      On planting seeds: "Spring is the time for planting."

      On economics (actually on gardening): "In a garden, growth has its long as the roots are not severed, all is well, and all will be well in the garden."

      On watching TV (his most famous line, misinterpreted by Eve as an invitation to sexually stimulate herself while he watches her): "I like to watch (TV)."


    3. On death: "I've seen this before. It happens to old people."

    4. "It's not death I worry about. I just don't want to be there when it happens"

      Allan Stewart Konigsberg

    5. Konigsberg often starred with Diane Keaton in films such as Manhattan and Annie Hall.

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    1. Here's a creative idea -

      Kyle Sammin: Trump can bring jobs to the Rust Belt by relocating federal agencies there

      Now that makes sense !

    2. Subsidize a new WD-40 Plant.


  24. Idaho Elevator Report: Guilfoyle Considered For Press Secretary

    Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle being considered for press secretary

    President-elect Trump is reportedly considering hiring Fox News’ host Kimberly Guilfoyle as his press secretary. From Politico:

    Guilfoyle, a host on Fox News’ “The Five,” was spotted at the Trump Tower last week where she had lunch with top staffers in the transition team. She did not meet with Trump directly, but she’s slated to return this week to the 5th Avenue building where Trump has paraded out his potential appointments…

    “Do you want a white male representing the White House when half the country thinks the President is a misogynist?” said a Guilfoyle champion in Trump’s inner circle.

    “Who do you want talking about Immigration? A Latino. When you have to make decisions about pro-life justices, do you want a man or a woman?”

    That’s not such a bad argument actually. Trump may not want to embrace identity politics but a public facing position like press secretary is one place where it might make sense to at least think about it. Here’s Guilfoyle from her days as assistant DA in San Francisco looking a bit less glamorous than she often appears on Fox News:....

  25. Napoleon Wasn’t Defeated by the Russians

    Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture gives too much credit to cannons.

    By Joe Knight
    Adolph Northen's (1828-1876) painting of "Napoleon's Eetreat from Moscow".
    "Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow"
    Painting by Adolph Northen/Wiki Commons.

    History has taught us that Napoleon, in his invasion of Russia in 1812, marched into Moscow with his army largely intact and retreated only because the citizens of Moscow burned three-fourths of the city, depriving the army of food and supplies. The harsh Russian winter then devastated the army as it retreated. The Russians’ victory, commemorated by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, was one of the great upsets of military history.

    But no one recognized the truly great power in this war.

    In Vilnius, Lithuania, during the winter of 2001, workers were digging trenches for telephone lines and demolishing the old Soviet barracks that had stood for decades. A bulldozer scraped-up something white, so the operator hopped down and, to his surprise, saw the skull and other bones of a human being. Another worker later claimed that “the things just kept coming out of the ground—there were thousands of them.” Eight years earlier, a grave had been found with the remains of 700 people killed by the Soviet Committee for State Security, commonly known as the KGB. Could this be one of those secret places where the KGB disposed of its victims? Or could it be one the mass burials of Jews murdered by the Nazis?

    When archeologists from the University of Vilnius arrived, they found that the bodies were stacked three deep in V-shaped trenches that were apparently dug as defensive positions. It appeared that the skeletons were the remains of soldiers. Two thousand skeletons were excavated, along with belt buckles with regimental numbers on them. Along with the finds were 20-franc coins dating from the early 1800s. It finally dawned on the scientists what they had found: the remains of Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Napoleon had led 600,000 men into Russia with the intent of conquering the country; of these, only about 30,000 survived, and of that number, it is said that fewer than 1,000 were ever able to return to duty.

    What incredible circumstances could have caused the defeat of one of the greatest armies on the European continent, led by one of the greatest generals of all time? Surprisingly, it wasn’t enemy soldiers or the normal privations soldiers experience that devastated Napoleon’s army. Most of his soldiers were battle-hardened young men, so they should have been able to tolerate the cold, hunger, long marches, and fatigue. No, it was a microscopic organism that wreaked havoc and annihilated Napoleon’s army and his grand plans for conquest. A microbe called typhus, spread by a scourge of lice.

    1. Napoleon initially had no real reason to invade Russia. During the Battle of Friedland in June of 1807, Napoleon’s army defeated the Russian army, and on July 7, 1807, France and Alexander I of Russia signed the Treaties of Tilsit, which made the two countries allies (and, among other things, prohibited Russia from doing business with Britain). Surprisingly, Napoleon did not take any land from Russia or request war reparations. By early 1812, Napoleon controlled most of the land between Spain and Russia. However, England controlled the seas, and Napoleon wanted India, which was then an English colony. Napoleon’s only hope of taking India was to take it by land, which meant controlling Russia.

      Since the Treaty of Tilsit, France and Russia had been tense allies. Russia had been violating the treaty by trading with England, and Napoleon, finally fed up, used this as an excuse to invade Russia. In June, 1812, Napoleon’s army assembled in eastern Germany. With magnificent fanfare, Napoleon reviewed his troops on the west bank of the Niemen River on June 22, 1812. Napoleon’s engineers built a pontoon bridge over the river and the army entered Russian-controlled Poland the next day. Things were going well—the summer, though hot and dry, made marching over the roads easy. The supply columns stayed slightly ahead of the soldiers, so food was readily available, and the soldiers were in good health. Though military hospitals were established along the route to Poland in Magdeburg, Erfurt, Posen, and Berlin, there was little need for their services. The army reached Vilnius in four days, meeting no resistance from Russian troops.

      Poland is where things started going badly for Napoleon. He found the region filthy beyond belief. The peasants were unwashed, with matted hair and ridden with lice and fleas, and the wells were fouled....

      The Polish Revenge

  26. Are Humans the Real Ancient Aliens?

    Image: Blue Marble
    This image provided by NASA shows a 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth on Jan. 24, 2012. NASA via AP

    How special are we? A recent research paper suggests that terrestrial-style biology may be rare, and Earth may be among the first examples of a planet able to sustain life in the cosmos. Even as the new kids on the block, humans are seemingly one of the precious few instances of intelligence to arise in the universe since the Big Bang did its thing.

    Related: The Search For Life Starts With Human Missions to Mars

    Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb and his colleagues in the U.K. have argued that the halcyon days for life are still to come. It's not even morning in the universe; it's pre-dawn. Biology may erupt like weeds on an untold number of worlds, but if so, the infestation will take place tens of billions of years in the future.

    Why's that? And what's wrong with life sprouting up today?

    Obviously nothing. After all, you're reading this — you, the distant descendant of a small collection of molecules that stumbled on a method for building nearly exact replicas of itself nearly four billion years ago. No scientist is yet sure if this molecular sleight-of-hand is just some sort of highly unlikely event, although opinions abound.

    The new argument that primetime for an inhabited universe is still to come springs from astronomy, not biology. Loeb et al.'s proposition begins with the belief that life requires a few essential ingredients: a world that's amenable to easy chemistry, including liquid water, thick atmosphere — you know the drill. As best we can tell, there's no shortage of such Goldilocks orbs — there may be tens of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy, and that's not even counting habitable moons.

    Related: How the Tech Industry is Tackling the Cancer Moonshot

    1. An abundance of real estate is essential for this growth, yes. But so is time. Rustling up life, especially of the intelligent variety, might take billions of years.

      The argument is straightforward: The longer you wait, the more examples of biology you'll have. But stars like our Sun can't wait too long: there's a relatively short opportunity to strut and fret. In 10 billion years, they've run through their easily accessible fuel, and are headed out the door.

      Earth-Like Planet Discovered 20 Light Years Away
      An artist's impression shows an earth-like planet around the red dwarf Gliese 581, which is 20.5 light-years away in the constellation Libra. ESO via Getty Images
      But consider red dwarf stars, the runts of the universe. Their masses are considerably less than Sol's, which means they burn more slowly. The consequence? Red dwarfs with one-tenth the mass of the Sun have lifespans that are up to a thousand times longer.

      All else being equal, that would give red dwarfs a thousand times the probability of eventually using its energy to host a world with life. Clearly, it's most probable that this life would arise not when these stars are still young — which they all are now — but instead during their long adulthood. In other words, the red dwarfs are just getting started, and their biologically fecund years are still ahead.

      Related: How Computers Are Learning to Predict the Future

      And here's an additional fillip: Red dwarfs are as plentiful as bad drivers, comprising three-fourths of all stars. So not only are they individually a thousand times more likely to become winners in the biology lottery, there are a lot more of them buying tickets.

      Loeb argues that, looking back on creation ten trillion years from now when the curtain is falling on the universe-as-we-know-it, you'd have to say that the overwhelming majority of life arose around red dwarf stars - and on average, trillions of years after Earth was over and done.

      Human Origins: New permanent Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York, Human origins
      A reconstruction of an early human at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Kike Calvo / AP
      So among inhabited planets it sounds as if Earth beat the rush. From the standpoint of future cosmic civilizations, we are the ancient aliens.

      But is that so remarkable? Maybe not. Consider being a citizen of Rome during its Empire. There were about 200 million people in the world then. If you were particularly insightful, it might occur to you that the future human population could be much greater — indeed, there's now 35 times as many people as strolled the world at the time of Jesus.

      So that would make Romans special, right? There was a far greater probability that they'd be born after the Renaissance then in the time of the Caesars.

      However, while interesting, that's not to say the Romans were by any means the first humans or even the first to be somewhat civilized. There were 10,000 generations of Homo sapiens before them, and neither they nor the Romans would appreciate being dismissed by the claim that "the best was yet to come."

      Related: Is an Alien Megastructure Causing This Star's Strange Behavior?

      The galactic hordes may still be ahead, but that's little reason to wait before trying to find some cosmic company. Are you willing to wait 500 billion years before learning whether anyone's out there? That's more patience than I have.

      Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He writes frequently on astronomy and other topics, and hosts the SETI Institute's weekly radio show, "Big Picture Science."

    2. Why do I get the feeling that Quirk is the product of a Red Dwarf, born preternaturally before his time ?

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    1. Of Course Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the ‘Hacking’ Claim Is a Farce

      Russian president Vladimir Putin (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/Reuters)

      by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY December 14, 2016 12:50 PM @ANDREWCMCCARTHY

      The current spectacle has little to do with Russian intelligence — it’s about Democrats wanting an election do-over. The hypocrisy oozing from the peddling of this week’s narrative about Russian “meddling” in the U.S. presidential election is thick even by the sorry standards of modern American politics.

      I feel entitled to be amused, having maintained, through a decade of bipartisan idiocy, that Putin’s thug-ocracy is an enemy of the United States: from the Bush-administration howler that Russia is our “strategic partner,” through eight years of the Obama-Hillary “reset”; from Obama’s mumbling as Putin annexed Crimea and other swathes of Ukraine (after Obama, as a senator, joined with senior Republicans to disarm Ukraine), through Bush’s mumbling as Putin annexed swathes of Georgia.

      I saw Russia as a major problem long before it began violating the “new START” treaty that Obama signed and Republicans approved; before Secretary Clinton helped Putin cronies acquire a major slice of American uranium stock; and before Obama’s promise to Vlad (communicated through Putin-puppet Medvedev) that he’d have “more flexibility” to cut deals after the 2012 election.

      Suffice it to say that if the American political class is suddenly worried about Russian aggression, deceit, cyber-espionage, and collaboration with Iran (in order to — get this! — fight terrorism), I welcome it to the club. And if the gray beards are fretting over Donald Trump’s potential coziness with our enemies, that’s good to hear . . . although it would have been nice to have a fraction of that fretting when it came to the Obama-Clinton operational coziness with our enemies. All that said, the Democrats’ Chicken Little routine can’t be serious, nor is the chattering class that pretends to take it seriously.

      To begin with, it would be shocking if the Russians had not attempted to meddle in our election. Historically, they’ve done it countless times (I assume, every time). That’s what hostiles do, they make mischief when and where they can. Democrats, moreover, conveniently forget that they’ve historically welcomed such mischief-making — such as when Jimmy Carter pleaded with Leonid Brezhnev for Soviet help in the futile effort to defeat Ronald Reagan in 1980 and when Ted Kennedy pleaded with Yuri Andropov for Soviet help in the futile effort to defeat Reagan in 1984....

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  28. Sex-crazy Galapagos tortoise fathers 800, saves species

    The most tireless and passionate proponent of saving the Galapagos tortoise from extinction is ancient, lecherous, and not particularly attractive, but those attributes are apparently a big hit with the ladies. Gentle reader, meet Diego, the lusty 100-plus-year-old tortoise who has helped bring his kind back from the brink of extinction—by having copious amounts of sex with any female in sight, reports the AFP. "He’s a very sexually active male reproducer," says Washington Tapia, an actual tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park. "He’s contributing enormously to repopulating the island." How enormously?

    Diego is babydaddy to an estimated 800 offspring, or to better put it, a genetic test four years ago showed "that he was the father of nearly 40% of the offspring released into the wild on Espanola," the tortoises' native island.

    Diego is a globe-trotting charmer, taking his name from the San Diego Zoo, where Tapia says he was taken "sometime between 1900 and 1959 by a scientific expedition." He was returned to the Galapagos Islands in 1976 to get down to work in a captive breeding program, as his kind had at one point dwindled to two males and 12 females on Espanola.

    Diego, it turns out, takes his job seriously. "Tough work, but some tortoise has to do it," the AFP snarks, while the Houston Chronicle runs through a primer on tortoise mating that includes the tidbit that "female giant tortoises are silent while the males make a sound similar to that of a cow's 'moo.'"


  29. A Sore Throat Led to $4.2M Settlement

    The widow and children of a man who went to a rural Hawaii health center with a sore throat in 2013 and ended up dead will receive a $4.2 million settlement from the federal government, the widow's lawyer said Wednesday, per the AP. Antonio Marrero, 32, went to the emergency room of Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, where a doctor determined he had an abscess in his tonsils and arranged for him to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist, lawyer Richard Fried said. The doctor then decided to further evaluate him under sedation, but Marrero lost consciousness and died, Fried said. Before sedating him, the doctor should have known Marrero weighed nearly 300 pounds, which would make it difficult to protect his airway, the lawsuit filed by Fried notes. There was no anesthesiologist there, and the doctor gave Marrero too much of the sedative, Fried said.

    At a news conference to announce the settlement, Marrero's wife, Rachel, recalled her shock when she was told the father of her three young sons had died. She told health center workers, "He just had a sore throat—what do you mean he passed?"
    After the presser, the health center's execs hugged her and offered condolences; they declined to disclose the ER doctor's name, but the suit named Dr. Robert Bonham. The health center implemented changes after the death, including a new ER director overseeing operations and a full-time compliance officer; a new ER facility is also set to be completed within a year. "I don't hate or judge," Rachel Marrero said. "I just hope ... the [center] does make everything better for other families." The feds will pay the settlement because the center is a federally qualified health center insured by the Federal Tort Claims Act, the center's CEO says.

  30. December 15, 2016
    The Myth of Hillary’s Popular Vote 'Victory'
    By Tom Trinko

    Many modern liberals are fascists at heart who can’t accept losing power; that’s why Bush wasn’t “their” president.

    Those liberals are currently bemoaning the fact that Hillary won the popular vote which, according to them, means she should really be president, though were the case reversed we all know they’d be extolling the virtues of the Electoral College.

    Driven by a lust for power liberals don’t get that everyone has to follow the rules; demanding the rules change when you lose so that you can win is a sign of immaturity and an unhealthy need for control.

    But even if we ignore all that we don’t know if Hillary won the popular vote for the following reasons:....

  31. Pamela Geller strikes back after ‘mancut’ Megyn Kelly calls her a ‘hateful person’

    Pamela Geller is all for free speech, but she won’t let anyone get away with insulting her character.

    The conservative commentator smacked down Fox News host Megyn Kelly for calling her “a hateful person” in an interview last week.

    “Pam Geller, who there’s no question is a hateful person … held this ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest down in Texas,” Kelly told NPR.

    Ironically, Kelly made the dig while defending Geller’s right to host the event. Geller is an outspoken critic of radical Islamism.

    The “Draw Muhammad” contest was an apparent homage to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, where 12 people were killed by radical Islamic terrorists after the satirical French magazine published cartoons poking fun at the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

    Almost as if to prove Geller’s point, the event was besieged by two gunmen and a bomb threat.

    Geller is used to criticism, insults, and even death threats from Muslims and others who disagree with her conservative viewpoints, but was taken aback that Kelly called her a “hateful person” even though the two had never met.

    “It’s an extraordinary statement by a ‘journalist’ who’s going to pull down $20 million a year, a woman who knows nothing about my work, has never read my book, has never spoken to me, has never had me on her show,” Geller said Monday on the “Bernie and Sid” radio show.

    Geller then followed up by slamming Kelly’s hair. “I can say what I think. It is a mancut,” Geller said.

    1. Worse that that, she's a liberal lover.

    2. .

      Sure. But she was correct in her assessment of Pam.

      “I can say what I think. It is a mancut,”


      Poor Pam, she hasn't had a date since the fall of the Third Reich.


    3. You just can't get over her turning you down with a laugh and a flick of her hair....and the "Bye,bye, Old Chubby" didn't help your attitude either.

    4. Here, Shorty Old Chubby, take a look at what you can't have -

      Gotta admit it Pamela “I can’t stand ya” but you rock a bikini for a babe over 50 with a very nice rack.

    5. Megyn on 'Outnumbered' now - left leg over right like all the others....

    6. .

      Rock a bikini?


      Take a look at the first and third photos. It looks like she's got a third tit on her stomach.

      The abnormality was obviously Photo-shopped out of the other photos,s but still...



    7. Bald, short, old, wrinkled, chubby...essentially quirkesque is how I've heard you described....behind your back....with quiet snickers....


    8. .

      Of course, it was behind my back; otherwise, I would simply brush back my thick black hair from in front of my eyes and looking down from the considerable height of my lean, wiry body, I would smite them with fists driven by the force of my powerful guns with such force that it would ripple through my firm six-pack abs and wipe the snickers from their faces. It would be sweet. The damage to their persons would be huuuuuugge and their mouths so deformed they would never snicker again.



  32. EXCLUSIVE: Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails

    They were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for 'disgusted' Democratic whistleblowers

    Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and associate of Julian Assange, told the He flew to Washington, D.C. for emails

    He claims he had a clandestine hand-off in a wooded area near American University with one of the email sources

    The leakers' motivation was 'disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the 'tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders'

    Murray says: 'The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks'

    'Regardless of whether the Russians hacked into the DNC, the documents Wikileaks published did not come from that,' Murray insists

    Murray is a controversial figure who was relieved of his post as British ambassador amid allegations of misconduct but is close to Wikileaks

    PUBLISHED: 20:33 GMT, 14 December 2016 | UPDATED: 23:01 GMT, 14 December 2016

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    Cops Allow Police Dog to Bite Naked, Unarmed Man

  34. Venezuelan parents give away children amid deep crisis...

    Run on banks...

    AMERICA GREAT AGAIN: Dollar Climbs to Strongest Since 2003...

    Homebuilder sentiment spikes 7 points, Trump has them feeling fantastic!

    WIRE: Measures of Economic Optimism Shooting Up All Over....DRUDGE

  35. Idaho Elevator Report: Insider Rumor - Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter under consideration for Agriculture Secretary

    1. Idaho Elevator Report: Trump expected to name Sean Spicer White House press secretary


  36. Changes came over the woman who helped run Ghost Ship

    Isa Shisha Testimonial

    Boudreaux suspected the couple were using drugs, and she and Allison’s family persuaded Allison to check into a rehab program last year. Within a few weeks, she says, Almena got her to leave it.

    The couple’s children went to school with Boudreaux’s, but were chronically absent and infested with lice, she said. Boudreaux alerted Allison’s parents, who called Child Protective Services. Authorities briefly took the children in 2015, but Almena and Allison got them back.

    Friends of the couple said these allegations are far from the truth. Isa Shisha, an artist who frequently performed at the Ghost Ship, said Almena and Allison were “true soulmates,” and Allison was a “badass mama who fiercely protects her family.”

    “They have the family most of us dream of having,” Shisha said.

  37. Isa couldn't have become Shisha without Isa, that's for sure.

  38. Niku is Nibiru

    Quirk was born on Niku.

    That's why he's so half assed off with everything.

    (See Diagram)