“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, January 05, 2017

McCain Needs to be Institutionalized and Clapper Investigated

       Has James Clapper been indicted for perjury yet?


It has been 1395 days since James Clapper
lied to Congress and the American people.

The Lie

On March 12th, 2013, during a United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing, Senator Ron Wyden asked Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper the following question:
"Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"
Director Clapper responded "No, sir."
Incredulously, Senator Wyden asked "It does not?"
Director Clapper responded "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertantly perhaps collect, but not wittingly."
So that he would be prepared to answer, Senator Wyden gave these questions to Director Clapper's office a day in advance of the hearing. Upon the hearing's completion, he also gave the Director a chance to amend his answer. He opted not to do so.

The Revelations

On June 6th, 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the NSA was engaged in a secret program to collect tens of millions of Americans' phone call records. Further revelations would unveil NSA programs collecting Americans' web browsing histories, chat logs, email usage and even their physical locations.
The NSA had been collecting data on hundreds of millions of innocent Americans, and continues to do so.
Finally forced to acknowledge his remarks as "erroneous", Director Clapper claimed that he "misunderstood" the question (which he had been sent a day in advance) and that he had simply "forgotten" the relevant section of the Patriot Act covering these programs.

This Site

If you or I had given this testimony before Congress and lied as Director Clapper has, using the same excuses that he provided when caught, we would be charged with perjury. Until such time as the Director is indicted for this crime, as Americans we can only assume that there are two sets of laws: One for the architects and enablers of the NSA surveillance state and another for the public at large.
This site will continue as a monument to this fact until such time that this disparity in justice is resolved.


We are far from alone.
Others across the political spectrum are demanding that Director James Clapper resign, be fired and/or be prosecuted for perjury.


  1. Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 4h4 hours ago

    So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 5h5 hours ago

    The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia......

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 5h5 hours ago

    How did NBC get "an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented?" Who gave them this report and why? Politics!

  2. Obama fan's question in 2013:

    The Obama administration’s inexplicable mishandling of Marine Gen. James Mattis
    - Thomas E. Ricks

    Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, “And then what?”

    Did Deuce link this?

  3. Great photo op !!

    January 6, 2017
    Caption this Chuck Schumer photo-op disaster!
    By Ed Straker

    Democrats are usually the masters of messaging, but not yesterday, when Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and legions of the haggard-looking constitutional undead stood in front of a giant sign reading, "Make America Sick Again."

    Their intent was to say Republican plans to repeal Obamacare would make America unwell, but from reading the giant letters of the poster, it appears that Democrats are the ones who want to make America sick again.

    It doesn't help that Schumer, with his rictus, condescending eyeglasses on the edge of his nose, and rows of neatly organized hair plugs, looks like a villain out of central casting. Nancy Pelosi looks equally unflattering in this photo, like an old Mick Jagger on a coke binge. And Darth Sanders can be seen hovering menacingly in the background.

    So we'd like your help finishing the caption for these photos. It starts with "Make America Sick Again" and can end with anything like...

    1) with unaffordable insurance premiums

    2) by cutting you off from the doctor of your choice

    3) with more illegal immigrants

    4) with more combustible Muslim refugees

    5) with more taxes and higher deficits

    6) with more race-baiting and more man-bashing

    7) with more boys in more girls' bathroom

    And so on. How would you finish the "Make America Sick Again" caption?

    Ed Straker is the senior writer at

    Democrats are usually the masters of messaging, but not yesterday, when Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and legions of the haggard-looking constitutional undead stood in front of a giant sign reading, "Make America Sick Again."

    1. My Lord, take a look at these walking dead:

      Heh, that's got to be one of our worst photos ever as a nation.

      One only hopes there are many doctors in the house.

    2. "Make America Sick Again: Appoint Quirk Surgeon General" ?

      Pretty good, pretty good, eh, Quirk-O ?

      heh heh

    3. .

      For those among the benighted who still consider Conservatives conservative

      Conservatives ready to support $1 trillion hole in the budget

      Vindictive GOP seeking to stick it to Obama instead once again stick it to the public

      Some of the most conservative members of Congress say they are ready to vote for a budget that would — at least on paper — balloon the deficit to more than $1 trillion by the end of the decade, all for the sake of eventually repealing the Affordable Care Act.

      In a dramatic reversal, many members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus said Thursday they are prepared later this month to support a budget measure that would explode the deficit and increase the public debt to more than $29.1 trillion by 2026, figures contained in the budget resolution itself.

      As they left a meeting with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday, some of the conservatives said that spending targets contained in the budget for fiscal 2017 are symbolic. The real goal of the budget legislation, they argued, is to establish an opportunity to finally make good on GOP promises to repeal President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

      “I just came to understand all the different ideas about where we go next,” said Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), a member of the House Freedom Caucus that typically opposes massive spending increases. Schweikert now says he will probably vote for the budget resolution.

      The growing conservative consensus comes nearly one year after the approximately 40-member group announced it would rather torpedo the entire budget process than vote for a fiscal blueprint that increased spending without balancing the budget...

      Paul Ryan: 'Obamacare is nothing but a history of broken promises.'

      The pot calling the kettle black. In the 8 years since Obamacare was passed, the GOP has done zip about healthcare except to try to kill the Obama signature legislation. They have put forth no positive alternative and pushed for it though for much of the time they were in the majority. Instead, all we have heard has been a steady whine from stage right.

      And now, this bs on the budget...

      Hypocrisy thy name is GOP.


    4. Yeah, but the GOP has a surefire plan for Obamacare:
      Take such actions and inaction that the blame for it's failure will be shifted from the Dems to the GOP.

      Pure Brilliance.

  4. Record snowfall Idaho....DRUDGE

    1. Quirk, my Pony Express rider got snowed in at Challis, Idaho, hasn't make it anywhere near Lamarie, Wyoming yet, so you will have to wait awhile for my handwritten insulting letter to you, plus the pound of Christmas chocolates I sent along as a gift.

      And my rider my have fed these chocolates to his noble horse by now, thinking 'the worthies get the chocolates'.

    2. But it's the thought that counts and I have done my best for you, as always.

  5. Brazil prison uprising: At least 33 Roraima inmates killed in second riot in days
    Night-time slaughter appears to be reaction to the 60 people killed at Manaus prison earlier this week

    Peter Walker @petejohn_walker

    The Independent US

    The riot comes just days after a massacre at the Anisio Jobim prison complex, pictured, in Manaus Reuters
    At least 33 inmates have been killed after prisoners allegedly linked to Brazil's largest drug gang escaped their cells and began slaughtering fellow convicts.

    The riot at the Monte Cristo Agricultural Penitentiary in Boa Vista, Roraima, which broke out at dawn, was reportedly a reaction to the prison uprising and death of around 60 people in the Amazon jungle's Manaus prison on Sunday night.

    The government has been quick to blame the Roraima riot, according to daily newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, on northern rebel group the FDN (Familia do Norte).

    However, a local secretary of justice, Uziel Castro, told the BBC the more prominent Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) was behind the killings.

    Decapitated bodies thrown over wall in Brazil prison riot
    A group of prisoners, now back in their cells, reportedly escaped at 2.30am before attacking inmates in what at least appears to be part of an ongoing feud between supporters of opposing militant factions.

    “It’s the PCC,” said one agent, quoted by Brazilian news website Jornal O Globo, who was naming the same criminal organisation that was blamed for the Manaus violence.

    There were 1,500 prisoners at the scene and 15 prison officers on duty at the time, and some of the victims were decapitated, according to reports.

    “It was not worse because we were able to react,” added the officer.

    The chaos was reportedly quelled after the Special Operations Battalion and military police intervened.

    The prison massacre, confirmed by the region's Secretariat of Justice and Citizenship, is reportedly now the country’s third most deadly since the 1992 Carandiru executions when 111 prisoners died.

    Government said the PCC, which has also been blamed for the Manaus massacre, earned $32m (£26m) in drug sales in 2012 and that almost half its 13,000 members were jailed in Sao Paulo state.

  6. For Deuce -

    Bentley reveals its 209-mph, 'most powerful' car ever
    Nathan Bomey , USA TODAY Published 8:04 p.m. ET Jan. 5, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago
    Bentley Continental Supersports: 'Fastest and most powerful' ever
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    Bentley Continental Supersports: 'Fastest and most powerful' ever
    (Photo: James Lipman)
    Ultra-luxury car brand Bentley on Thursday revealed its "fastest and most powerful" vehicle ever: the third-generation Bentley Continental Supersports.

    With a 6-liter, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine, the redesigned four-seat vehicle will travel zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 209 mph.

    "Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivaled luxury in this way," Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said in a statement.

    The Volkswagen Group brand revealed details and photos of the Bentley Continental Supersports for the first time Thursday night. The vehicle will make its official debut Sunday morning in an event tied to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

    Suffice it to say: The specs are eye-popping. The vehicle boasts 700 horsepower, 21-inch forged alloy wheels, high-tech steering and suspension, 750 pound-feet of torque, and optional titanium exhaust.

    And in case that's not enough luxury for you, there's a convertible version. That one boasts top speed of 205 mph and goes zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

    Gas-mileage was not revealed. Don't get your hopes up. Twelve-cylinder engines gobble up fuel.

    Pricing was not available either. But let's just say you better have at least $200,000 on hand -- and a need for speed.

    Follow USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.

  7. Canadian woman finds out what happens if you “insult” the President of Turkey


    To hell with Turkey.


    The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs last year, 3,027 more than 2015.

    According to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank, the majority of the bombs were dropped in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. leads an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in both countries and has carried out air operations in attempt to reduce the area controlled by the terrorist organization.

    Nearly the same amount of bombs were dropped in Syria (12,192) and Iraq (12,095) last year.

    Read more here:

  9. The Russians have no business doing all this crap -

    Israeli Satellite Imagery Shows Russian Nuclear-Capable Missiles in Syria

    By: Barbara Opall-Rome, January 6, 2017 (Photo Credit: ImageSat International)

    TEL AVIV — High-resolution imagery released on Thursday confirms what Moscow-watchers and intelligence analysts have known since March of last year: the deployment of Russian nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in Syria.

    Captured on Dec 28 by the Israeli-built Eros B satellite, the spy-quality images were posted Jan. 5 on the website of ImageSat International (iSi), a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the state-owned firm that builds all of Israel’s spy satellites.

    In a section of the iSi website called Insights, the firm shows an image over Russia’s Hmeymin base in Latakia, Syria of what it says are two Iskander-launching vehicles, each capable of deploying two of the 500-kilometer-range surface-to-surface missiles known to NATO as SS-26.

    Other images compare a shot captured in late November, which shows six different “missile elements” under camouflage nets, to one taken Dec. 28 of a nearby location, in which the two vehicles are exposed.

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    On the left, a shot captured in late November shows six different missile elements under camouflage nets. On the right, a shot of a nearby location captured Dec. 28 shows two vehicles exposed.
    Photo Credit: ImageSat International

    “Most probably, heavy rain and floods forced the re-deployment of those two elements to the location in which they were revealed by iSi analysts,” the firm noted in its Insight report.

    The firm claimed that its satellite imagery “is the first visual evidence of the system’s presence in Syria” and that its revelations were the first to reveal the system’s deployment site.

    But while the latter part of iSi’s claim may, indeed, be true with regard to its imagery providing first public proof of the system’s deployment site, it was the Russian military website which first publicized back in March 2016 a spit-second video grab of the Iskander launch vehicles at the Hmeymim base.

  10. .

    Headline from the Times of Israel...

    ‘Billionaire gave Netanyahus cigars, champagne worth hundreds of thousands’

    It's called living the high life.



  11. .

    From the WaPo...

    Shooting at Airport in Fort Lauderdale Kills at Least

    Eight people were also injured after a gunman opened fired in a crowded baggage terminal at the airport in Florida.

    A suspect has been taken into custody.


    1. I was gonna guess it was another one of your Quaker Killers, but perhaps not, if he was screaming let the force be with you. I wonder.

      The suspect in custody was identified as Esteban Santiago, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters. He said Santiago was carrying a military ID, but did not elaborate.

      Santiago was taken into custody without incident, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Eight people were rushed to hospitals.

      "It was very surreal," John Schlicher, a witness, told Fox News. "He did not say a word." He described the shooter as a slender man with dark hair, likely in his 30s, wearing a Star Wars T-shirt.

    2. Daddy will soon be in charge.

      Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

      Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!

    3. Well, he made his point, whatever it these things go he seemed quite polite and well mannered....

    4. Esteban seems to have sat down and surrendered peacefully to the police.

      Flew in from Anchorage, Alaska where he had lived for some time.

      No 'Allahu Akbar' reported.

    5. No props for my newly minted "Quirky Quaker" ???

  12. President Obama is taking a cue from Donald Trump ... he's building himself a wall.

  13. More evidence he might not be a Quirky Quaker:

    'All the people seemed to be shot in the head,' Schlicher said. 'He was shooting people who were down on the ground too.'
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  14. Just heard the news. Head shots. Hispanic name. The guy is probably ex military.

  15. A sketch that recently aired on BBC has some viewers outraged, and others laughing.
    Comedy show "Revolting" spoofed the popular Bravo network "Real Housewives" franchise with its satire, entitled

    the "Real Housewives of ISIS."

    The skit shows women in the Islamic State performing as the glamorous, often materialistic, figures who have made the reality TV show an international success.

    In the opening scene, a woman donning a hijab complains, "It's only three days to the beheading, and I've got no idea what I'm going to wear."

  16. The Right Thing

    Let others probe the mystery if they can.
    Time-harried prisoners of Shall and Will—
    The right thing happens to the happy man.

    The bird flies out, the bird flies back again;
    The hill becomes the valley, and is still;
    Let others delve that mystery if they can.

    God bless the roots!—Body and soul are one!
    The small become the great, the great the small;
    The right thing happens to the happy man.

    Child of the dark, he can out leap the sun,
    His being single, and that being all:
    The right thing happens to the happy man.

    Or he sits still, a solid figure when
    The self-destructive shake the common wall
    Takes to himself what mystery he can,

    And, praising change as the slow night comes on,
    Wills what he would, surrendering his will
    Till mystery is no more: No more he can.
    The right thing happens to the happy man.

    Theodore Roethke

    1. They add that in November 2016, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS. He was sent to a psychiatric hospital.

    2. Sad. He knew something was going wrong. Trying to do the right thing there. His lawyers will grasp onto that 'for dear life' and claim he didn't get proper treatment, which may well be true, seeing the results.

    3. Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, was fighting for ISIS at Fort Hood....he killed something like thirteen and wounded thirty before he was done.

      If the shrinks are crazy, incompetent it leaves the patients in a tough situation.

  17. January 5, 2017
    Obama grotesquely had himself awarded a Defense Dept. medal yesterday

    By Thomas Lifson

    President Obama has another ironic award for his trophy shelf, to accompany his Nobel Peace Prize and all those participation trophies he got at Punahou for his basketball skills. His appointee and subordinate Ash Carter yesterday pinned a military medal – the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service – on his boss, as Warner Todd Huston reported for Breitbart.

    Defense Secy Carter presents Pres Obama with Dept of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

    — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 4, 2017
    The ceremony took place at Joint Base Myers-Henderson, before a crowd that had an awful lot of empty seats, almost as if the military service members who attended were there on orders.

    I am sorry, but this stinks of a tin-pot dictatorship.