“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, January 24, 2017

Modern Russia Under Putin - Made in USA


  1. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-three percent (43%) disapprove.

  2. Wow, that post went over like a turd in the punch bowl.

  3. I haven't had time to watch the video yet. Soon, I will, and make my usual penetrating comments, before I turn to bashing Quirk.

    Also I need to take a shower. I just woke up.

    This trooper is right over the horizon. Just hold on....

  4. Out of The Cooler, into The Fire:

    Man whose drug sentence commuted by Obama is slain

  5. First, the interviewer ought to take that stupid distracting little diamond off the left side of her face.

    What facial blemish is she trying to turn our attention away from.....

    The shiny little diamond is all I can look at....

    1. In his second term, Trump will lock up all nose piercers.

    2. The Nez Percers I call 'em, in my broken French.

      Lock 'em up !

      But let the nimiipuu run free !

  6. Second, with an average age at death of 56 I think he said, the Russians obviously need some intervention.

    And, looking at Venezuela in the rear view mirror, it might have been a grace to the people there to intervene and prevent Chavez from coming to power....

    Intervention might not always be bad....

    1. 10:43 : "We were behind everything"

      O bullshit. That's way over the top.

    2. General observation - we would do the entire Russian people a great favor if we bombed their vodka distilleries.

    3. "So they went (due to our interventions) from the world's most equal society to the world's most unequal society" - somewhere around 13:50....

      Who is this moron ?

    4. He's some kind of Rooskie cause he's got his ring on his right hand.

      She's trying to distract from the odd dimple on her right cheek by the diamond on her left....

    5. At about 19:20 he describes Russia as being a sort of vassal state of the USA in the Yeltsin times....surely this is not an accurate description.

    6. 22:40 - 'It (Russia) was at the time the number one colony of the Empire (us)'- may not be the perfectly exact quote but really close -

      O, c'mon

    7. "the focus of The Empire, our number 1 colony"

      O har har

    8. 'the project of the century for the American Empire

    9. He defends Russia in Syria...

    10. Trump is a mobster....the danger is all on our side....

    11. Thankfully, that's over.

      Guy is full of crap, mostly a kind of odd Putin apologist of some kind.

      I yield my time....

    12. And the interviewer is full of crap too.

    13. Idaho Bob Tue Jan 24, 04:21:00 PM EST

      He defends Russia in Syria...

      Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson still cannot fathom that someone is actually taking the fight to the radical Islamic extremists, just what he has be advocating, for just about fifteen years.

      The combined forces of Putin and Assad are undoing what the US - Saudi- Israeli Alliance has work over a decade for, the ouster of Assad. Instead Russia and Syria are taking the fight to the radical Islamic terrorists, and defeating them.

      Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson is chagrined by these Russian actions, he must want the al-Qeada operatives to take power in Syria, as do the Israelis, Saudis, and the US, well, maybe that'll change.

      Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

      “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”
      Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

      Followed by the placement of a radical Islamic regime in Damascus.


      Nasty or nice? Study links personality to brain shape

      Mariëtte Le Roux
      AFPJanuary 24, 2017

      ABSD - Abnormal Brain Shape Disorder

    15. This may be the best diagnosis of DBD's personality disorders since Quirk gave his many months ago.

      Quirk's diagnosis was generally accepted as the most valid by the contributors here, at that time.

  7. Bull

    1. Hell of a ride !

      Makes me recall Quirk jumping bulls in the bull rings of Spain to impress Maria...

  8. Ed Rollins - Longtime Republican strategist, national campaign director for the Reagan/Bush '84 campaign on Trump: He's had a tremendous couple of days here.

    Steve Moore - Distinguished Visiting Fellow, of the Project of Economic Growth, at the Heritage Foundation on Trump TPP withdrawl: I can't believe it.


    "We have got to eliminate the gringo. . . ."

    January 24, 2017 Alex Mayfield 20

    The National Council for La Raza has been at the forefront of the campaign against Senator Jeff Sessions as well as President Trump’s promise to enforce our immigration laws honestly and equally. Last weekend, the group arranged a march with Rev. Sharpton to protest the Sessions appointment. It has also organized news conferences on the issue, published an anti-Sessions attack on its homepage, are actively promoting the Twitter initiative #StopSessions, and had this to say about the senator in a recent email to its members: “[H]ow can we trust someone with ties to extremist anti-immigrant groups to oversee the lives of immigrants and the Latino community?” His views are “diametrically opposed to those of the Latino community… Tell your senators to protect and defend the rights of all Americans by opposing the confirmation of Sen. Sessions. Adelante.”

    The organization’s attack against racial politics and ethnocentrism may leave some scratching their heads given the group’s own forceful ethno-nationalist mandate and long-time racialist ties to anti-white racist UT-Arlington professor Jose Angel Gutierrez. Before becoming a teacher, Gutierrez created a string of extremist ethno-nationalist organizations, including La Raza Unida ("The United Race"), a political party based in Texas, and the beret-and-combat-boot-wearing Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO). He was also a key player in the Brown Berets, a paramilitary organization also from the late sixties that’s recently had a resurgence following its alliance with Black Lives Matter.

    Notably, La Raza’s gone out of its way to separate the group from Gutierrez. As it states on its website, Gutierrez “never had any connection to NCLR.” A modest amount of investigative research, however, does indeed show not only does La Raza have connections with Gutierrez, those connections are substantial. The following quotes, taken from throughout the man’s career starting in the late sixties as a key figure in the “Chicano Rights” movement, show why La Raza’s perhaps now wised up to create distance between the two:

    [Narrow down to 4-5 if needed]

    We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him. (Source).

    We are millions… we just have to survive… we have an aging white America… they are not making babies… they are dying… it’s a matter of time… the explosion is in our population. (Source).

    Our devil has pale skin and blue eyes (Source).

    Is it the duty of every good revolutionary to kill every newborn White baby? (Source).

    It's too late for the Gringo to make amends. Violence has got to come (Source).

    We realize that the effects of cultural genocide takes many forms—some Mexicanos will become psychologically castrated, others will become demagogues and gringos as well and others will come together, resist and eliminate the gringo. We will be the latter (Source).

    We are the future of America. Unlike any prior generation, we now have the critical mass. We’re going to Latinize this country (Source).

    See recent picture of Gutierrez here holding signs reading 1st Illegal Alien in US: Pilgrim and 1st Illegal Alien in Texas: Sam Houston, Davey Crocket, Sam Bowie, etc.

    Around the time Gutierrez made the above "aging white America" quote, La Raza, which again states emphatically it “never had any connection” to him, presented the man with its “Chicano Hero Award”, a reward for his apparent ‘service’ to the Hispanic community....


  10. Trump Administration
    Trump Signs Order Authorizing Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines


  11. Business Insider -

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.


  12. Eastern side of Mosul recaptured from Islamic State, Iraqi prime minister says

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces have recaptured the entire eastern side of Mosul, the Iraqi prime minister said Tuesday, marking a midpoint in a grueling battle for the Islamic State-held city.

  13. The other day, Q make an interesting remark during th discussion of whether the "People" had electd Mr Trump, or was his election to be credited to the Electoral College, seeing as how Mrs Clinton had the majority of the popular votes cast.

    He he said that I should, I believe he wrote ...
    "Get over it"

    Well, I have, but the President of the United States, Donald Trump, seems to be 'hung up' in his rigging.

    It just doesn't get better than this ...

    Forced to defend the President's remarks to congressional leaders on Monday night,(... revival of debunked claims that millions of illegal voters are to blame for him losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton -- in essence challenging the legitimacy of his election ... his spokesman Sean Spicer was unable to quell the controversy on Tuesday, citing "studies and evidence" -- then refused to discuss or produce any such material.

    "The President does believe that, I think he's stated that before, and stated his concern of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have brought to him,"

    He's already triggered a furious backlash on Capitol Hill after repeating his conspiracy theory about his failure to win the popular vote in front of congressional leaders on Monday, according to several sources.

    "If the President of the United States is claiming that 3.5 million people voted illegally, that shakes confidence in our democracy -- he needs to disclose why he believes that,"
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN on Tuesday.

    Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, said he saw no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
    "I would suggest the White House looks in their windshield and not the rearview mirror. They did something that nobody thought they could do. They should be proud (of) that and not let this be a distraction,"


  14. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted President Donald Trump, saying Tuesday he was undermining confidence in both the American democratic system and himself with the continued claims of voter fraud.
    Trump surprised the top Republicans and Democrats in Congress on Monday when, during a dinner at the White House, he repeated his claim that millions of undocumented immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton -- allegedly depriving him of the popular vote.

    "I wasn't there, but if the President of the United States is claiming that 3.5 million people voted illegally, that shakes confidence in our democracy — he needs to disclose why he believes that,"
    Graham told CNN on Tuesday.

    Trump has offered no evidence of the alleged voter fraud, and his claim, originally made two months ago, has been repeatedly debunked.

    Graham has been one of staunchest Trump critics in the Senate but recently announced he would support Trump's pick for secretary of state, an olive branch to the new President.
    Graham cautioned Tuesday that the continued harping from Trump would ultimately undermine his own support among the public.
    "I would urge the President to knock this off; this is the greatest democracy on Earth, we're the leader of the free world, and people are going to start doubting you as a person if you keep making accusations against our electoral system without justification," Graham said.
    "This is going to erode his ability to govern this country if he does not stop it."


    Graham's candid broadside stood out Tuesday, as other top Republicans -- some apparently exasperated -- ducked questions on Trump's latest comment.

    Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, repeatedly said "I don't know the answer," when asked how Trump came up with his numbers. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, would only say "it's not important to me" when asked about Trump's comments. And Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said Trump's claim was "distracting (journalists,) not me."

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was at Monday's dinner at the White House when Trump revived the allegation, deflected a question by saying that voter fraud is real and happens in his home state of Kentucky.


    House Speaker Paul Ryan -- who has previously fought back against Trump's allegations of voter fraud -- largely sidestepped a question about his thoughts when Trump brought the claim up again in their meeting Monday.
    "I've already commented on that, I've seen no evidence to that effect. I've made that very, very clear,"
    Ryan said Tuesday.

    1. .

      Trump is a sick man.

      His defensiveness is going to get us in trouble.


  15. Last Friday Democrats said they were going to allow the US Senate to hold a vote on Donald Trump CIA nominee Mike Pompeo.

    Then Chuck Schumer changed his mind.

    Senator Cotton approached Schumer to confront him on the US Senate floor.

    Cotton said to Schumer, “Hey you promised you were going to hold this vote. You didn’t hold it.”

    Schumer reportedly said, “Well where were you eight years ago when we were trying to get through all of President Obama’s nominees?”

    That’s when Cotton snapped back,

    “Eight years ago I was getting my a** shot at in Afghanistan… so don’t talk to me about where I was eight years ago.”
    Cotton then walked away.

  16. .

    Everyone knows Schumer is a dick. If there are any that don't know it, so is Cotton.


    1. But, how could he not be a dick ?

      We here all being indoctrinated by now that they're ALL dicks.

    2. Why does he need to enumerate the dicks after declaring they all are?

    3. Trump is a sick dick.

      According to Quirk.

    4. Is Tulsi a Dick?

      I think not.

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    6. She doesn't appear so to me.

      But, you'd have to ask Quirk, the dick expert.

  17. Shut White Mouths Now!

    DNC Chair Candidate Sally Boynton Brown Bashes White People In Racially-Charged Forum

    Sally Boynton Brown for DNC Chair.

    1. Heh heh

      That Sally Boynton Brown is a work of art.

      And, she's from Idaho !

      She running against the muzzie from Minnesota....

      He had one woman from Coeur d' Alene, who, white as flour, claimed she was black

      Confusion reigns among the Democrat Party in Idaho.

      They may be recent immigrants from California.

    2. DNC chair candidate: My job is to shut down white people when they’re not woke enough


      Via the Daily Caller. “I am from Idaho,” she says late in the clip below. “We are so white!” I think that mostly explains this ostentatious journey into wokeness at last week’s DNC candidate forum. When you’re from a famously white state that routinely votes Republican and you’re auditioning to lead the Democratic Party, you’d better go the extra mile in reassuring the party’s minority voters that they can trust you. Remember, this is a woman who’s competing with a former Nation of Islam member for the job. There had better be some serious self-flagellation to impress the audience....

      “I am from Idaho,” she says late in the clip below. “We are so white!” I think that mostly explains this ostentatious journey into wokeness


      She's got to be an immigrant from California. Definitely not an Idaho farm girl. Not even a faux farm girl.

  18. WH: Trump believes millions voted illegally

    You can bet the farm on it.

    1. How about a little bit of evidence?

    2. He's willing to bet the farm on it.

      You willing to take the bet ?

    3. Still waiting on the "evidence" that a video caused the violence in Libya..

    4. Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.

      Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday.

    5. Almost 50 percent of all California driver’s licenses issued in 2015 went to illegal immigrants, according to recent state reports, wrapping up the first year of a state-wide program designed to provide Department of Motor Vehicle services to those without citizenship.

      In total, California issued 605,000 driver’s licenses to illegals a year after the program started Jan 2, 2015, which is far more than the anticipated number, the Orange County Register reports. The program is expected to cost the state $141 million over a period of three years.

      There have been 830,000 applications from illegals, based on numbers from Dec. 31, 2015.

      Read more:

    6. August 20, 2015 3:22 pm

      Ten states and the District of Columbia now issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants as of the summer of 2015, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

      California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C,, issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The states are estimated to have an illegal immigrant population of 4,120,000 combined.

    7. Having a driver's license is evidence of voting?

      It's just as equally plausible that Russian hacks caused the Detroit voter number problem.

    8. Forged documents and drivers licenses are in the millions. I'll bet there are 20 million illegals in the US with half driving and living with false documents. Public housing, Medicaid, Food Stamps and all other forms of public assistant recipients vote overwhelmingly for democrats.

      There are no hard facts because the politicians know what would happen if the truth were out. In Philadelphia, the Democrats will enroll anyone with a pulse or for that matter anyone that ever had a pulse.

      They get walking around money to enroll them at all locals of any form of public assistance.

      Three million in a bad year is probably too conservative.

    9. The Key is you need documents to get assistance:

      (You must live in the county where the application is made.)
      Names and proof of age of all persons applying

      Proof of shelter costs; copies of rent or mortgage payments, insurance, tax receipts, utility bills

      Proof of income such as pay stubs, award letters or other documents showing amount received
      Information about resources such as cash on hand, money in checking/savings accounts, real estate, motor vehicles, etc.

      Depending on the program you are applying for and your individual circumstances you may need to provide additional information to establish your eligibility. Your will be advised what additional information is needed. If you are having trouble getting information you need, the worker at the welfare office can assist you with this. Always provide complete and honest information.

      Only certain non-citizens lawfully admitted are eligible to receive benefits. The rules for non-citizens are complicated. Even if some family members are not eligible due to their immigration status, other members may be able to receive benefits.

      The welfare office is required to make a decision about your application within a certain period of time depending on the program you applied for, usually it's within 30 days. You should receive written notice of their decision. If you are not eligible for benefits you are entitled to receive a written denial from the welfare office.

      The amount of cash, food stamps and energy assistance you will receive is based on your countable income and the number of persons in your household. The medical benefits you receive will vary depending on your category of medical assistance eligibility.

      If the welfare office determines you are eligible and need immediate assistance based on your circumstances, you can receive benefits in a few days.

      Cash, food stamp credits, and some medical benefits (Access) are received through the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system which uses a plastic card and personal identification number. Other medical benefits are received through managed care plans from participating provider. Energy assistance is generally paid directly to the utility provider.

      Your notice of eligibility will tell you how many months you can receive the benefit before you must reapply. You are required to report any changes in your circumstances which may effect your eligibility

    10. A false drivers license is money in the bank, that and an address. Get those two and you have all the info you need to get a voting enrollment form on the street. They will fill it out for you reminding you that without people voting Democrat, the Republicans will take away their assistance.

      Add that up to the evidence that almost no one anywhere gets charged for voting illegally. The consequence of voter fraud is limited to getting turned away at the polling station. That is it.

      Common sense and the numbers and the system and the incentives point to massive self serving non-consequential voting fraud.

  19. how about a little evidence it didn't happen?

    1. Like how you can show us that you don't beat your wife?

    2. Team Trump Offers Evidence For Millions Voting Illegally

      Posted at 6:00 pm on November 28, 2016 by Dan Spencer

    3. You asked.

      AshTue Jan 24, 09:29:00 PM EST
      How about a little bit of evidence?

    4. The Democrat Party in California wants them to vote, as they almost always vote for the Democrat Party in California.

      In fact, someone tried to get illegal immigrant voting through the California Legislature, if memory serves. I'm surprised it didn't pass.

      A solid 1/3 or more of Californians now want to secede from the Union.

    5. You could then live in California Nation, Ash, and not have to suffer the horrid winters of California any longer !

    6. So during the media call conducted by Sean Spicer and Jason Miller, when NPR’s Tamara Keith asked if they could point to evidence of voter fraud and the “millions of people who Trump claims voted illegally,” Miller was happy to comply. Miller referred to (((the 2014 Washington Post study))) that indicated more than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 elections indicated they were registered to vote, and the Pew Research study that said approximately 24 million, or one out of every eight, voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. Miller went on to say that the same Pew Research study notes that 2.5 million people have registrations in more than one state. These are studies and examples of where there have been issues of both voter fraud and illegal immigrants voting.

      from article cited above

      You'd accept a study by the Washington Compost wouldn't you, Ash ?

      It's a big lefty spread.

    7. Only God could create Ash.

      Ash exists.

      Therefore, God exists.


    8. Ashes to Ashes

      Ashes to Ashes


    9. (To the exclusion of dust.)

    10. .



      1. evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its truth.

      Well, ol' Trump can't meet the first half of the definition but he appears to have met the second part, at least, at the old EB.


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    13. Proof

      8. a : the minimum alcoholic strength of proof spirit
      b : strength with reference to the standard for proof spirit; specifically : alcoholic strength indicated by a number that is twice the percent by volume of alcohol present

      19. impenetrable, impervious, or invulnerable

      as in: After drinking 150 proof for many hours Quirk becomes preternaturally brave, but proof to rational thought

      Well, ol' Quirk appears to be on the high proof sauce again.

    14. (3rd time is proof against failure)

  20. "Q" Nit of the Day: USA Women's March Jihad

    Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour makes Islamic State signal


    Linda Sarsour (more about her here) is clearly making the sign of allegiance to the Islamic State in this photo: the upraised index finger. The signal of the index finger held up is, of course, used in myriad contexts, and Muslims in general have used it as a sign of allegiance to tawhid, Islam’s absolute monotheism. However, in recent years it has become very much associated with allegiance to jihad groups, particularly the Islamic State. This signal has been known to be a sign of allegiance to the Islamic State for almost as long as there has been an Islamic State. It has been described as the group’s “ubiquitous hand signal.”

    It strains credulity to think that a Muslim as committed and informed as Linda Sarsour in January 2017 would not know its significance as a sign of support for the Islamic State. Her defenders will no doubt heap scorn upon those who note this, and say it’s just a universal sign of being Muslim. To affirm that is to ignore a multitude of photographs of jihadis and news stories that have been published over the last three years. Linda Sarsour, in making this gesture, had to know what she was implying, and how Muslims the world over would understand it. She also could count on the credulity and willful ignorance of her Leftist allies to make sure that she would suffer no damage to her role as a civil rights heroine.

    “Organizer For DC Women’s March Against Trump Pictured Flashing the ISIS Sign,” by Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit, January 23, 2017:

    A picture of one of the organizers for the DC Women’s March is making the rounds on social media.

    Linda Sansour is seen flashing the ISIS sign.

    Hundreds of thousands of mostly female protesters participated in a ‘Women’s March’ in D.C. on Saturday.

    As noted previously, one of the organizers, Linda Sarsour is a Pro-Palestine Muslim activist.

    She also advocates for Sharia Law in America and has ties to terrorist organization, Hamas….

    Very definitely giving us the ISIS finger.

  21. BREAKING: Trump to Sign Executive Orders RESTRICTING IMMIGRATION/Migration from JIHAD NATIONS
    By Pamela Geller - on January 24, 2017

    By Julia Edwards Ainsley | WASHINGTON


    In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

    The restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous.

    Stephen Legomsky, a former chief counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Obama administration, said the president has the authority to limit refugee admissions and the issuance of visas to specific countries if it is determined to be in the public’s interest....

  22. January 25, 2017
    Will Men Ever Pull a Lysistrata on Feminists?
    By Robert Oscar Lopez

    Perhaps the hidden, ugly truth is that women are not the victims, but the perpetrators of erotic aggression in the twenty-first century. It sounds like science fiction, but maybe it's postmodern reality: a large portion of the female population wants to turn men into unfeeling sex robots, available for stimulation when women feel the urge, but thoroughly controlled in terms of what men say and do, even when they are not around women. To "eradicate men" is not to eliminate male bodies, but rather to eliminate every part of the male will that does not serve women's sexual appetites.

    At different points in literature, one finds bold writers uncovering an ancient secret about men and women. For the vast majority of history, societies have feigned a consensus that men are lusty and women coy, men predators and women prey. Yet in the Bible's Book of Proverbs, Solomon presents dangerous women with voracious appetites, like this one: "She grabs and kisses him, she brazenly says to him … Come, let's drink of lovemaking until morning, let's feast on each other's love!" (Proverbs 7:13-18).

    Ovid got himself in a great deal of trouble because his writings alluded repeatedly to women's sexual rapacity as overshadowing that of men. In Book III of Metamorphoses, Tiresias is asked by Juno and Jupiter to decide a dispute: who gets more joy from lovemaking, men or women? Because of two miracles, Tiresias was a male for most of his life but spent several years living the life of a woman, and apparently gaining some carnal knowledge in the latter state. Risking the wrath of Juno, who hopes to paint females as victims of male exploitation, Tiresias states that women "gain more than we do from the pleasures of love."

    Giovanni Boccaccio, of course, ramped up this naughty inference of female lustiness in the Decameron, which presents countless instances of fourteenth-century females entrapping and devouring male ingénus in its one hundred episodes. The tenth story on the fifth day of the Decameron is the most shocking, presenting a discussion between an old housemaid and a young wife. The older woman encourages the young lady to sneak out and have love affairs with other men: "a woman is always ready to do it, but the same is not true with men; what's more, a woman can wear out a number of men while a number of men cannot wear out one woman[.] ... In this world, you've got to grab what you can get, and especially a woman, who needs, even more than men, to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself" (434-5).1

    1. Feminists will object that these are male fantasies projected onto women, but maybe there is a nugget or more of truth to Ovid and Boccaccio.

      Five years ago, researchers at the State University of New York announced their findings in a fascinating study that seems to have been buried very quickly by the press. As the Daily Mail reported, they found evidence that women depend upon male bodies for emotional health for a basic reason: "Semen contains … chemicals along with spermatozoa, including cortisol, which is known to increase affection, estrone, which elevates mood and oxytocin, which also elevates mood." That is to say, every man is a walking pharmacy with a powerful drug that women crave and suffer without, a natural anti-depressant. The researchers found that women who used condoms or who did not have sex with men were more likely to be depressed and unhappy.

      Given all these data, "eradicate men" is not a harmless little sign. Men are a natural biochemical resource that these anti-Trump feminists hope to harness and harvest without men exerting any will that might complicate their ancient quest for a natural mood serum. The millions of women marching in dozens of large American cities point to the possibility that real danger lurks ahead if these succubus-like activists get their way.

      There is a way to win against them, and the secret lies with Aristophanes's Lysistrata. In that classic Greek comedy, women try to stop a war by refusing to give the men sex until they stop fighting. It is time for the men who are being targeted by these activists – sexually available men with many doses of oxytocin inside them – to take action and go on strike. (I would do this, but I am irrelevant because I am married to a woman who wouldn't go to any such marches anyway.) Men across the globe should unite and pledge not to have sex with any woman who goes to one of these "Eradicate Men" marches until the feminists are deprived of sexual satisfaction and eventually come around to admit that these protests are fruitless and frankly embarrassing.

      Men wouldn't have to give up all sex – just sex with the marchers like the ones who filled American streets the day after the inauguration. I suspect that it wouldn't be that hard to carry out a sex embargo, and all men in the world would probably feel much safer for it.

      Robert Oscar Lopez can be followed at English Manif, Soundcloud, or Twitter.