“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."

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Why Pretend? Trump and the US Corporate Media - They Hate Trump - Trump Returns the Compliment

Trump Will Be First President In 36 Years To Skip White House Correspondents Dinner

President Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he would break from a decades-old tradition and skip the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner scheduled for April 29.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" Trump tweeted.
The annual dinner, sometimes referred to — affectionately and derisively — in Washington as "Nerd Prom," honors journalism with awards and scholarships. The president is a major a draw to help in those efforts. What began in 1921 as a simple awards dinner evolved into a highly glamorized affair that attracted Hollywood stars.

The last president to not attend the dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1981. But he had a pretty good reason — he was recovering from being shot in an assassination attempt. Reagan did phone into the event and even joked about the shooting. "If I could give you just one little bit of advice," Reagan said from Camp David, the presidential retreat, "when somebody tells you to get in a car quick, do it."
He signed off with a light ribbing of the news media. "Well, I'm looking forward to the next news conference," he said. "I have so many questions to ask you all."
The last president to outright skip the event was Richard Nixon in 1972. Nixon warned the press he'd do so and followed through. Trump called the press the "enemy of the American people," in a tweet recently. That echoes Nixon, who told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "The press is your enemy."

Trump's announcement comes at a moment of high tension between the White House and many news organizations. Trump has made attacking mainstream news organizations a staple of his public remarks. Trump and his White House have accused the New York Times, CNN and others of being an "opposition party" with which he is at war.

In response to Trump's tweet, the White House Correspondents' Association President Jeff Mason issued the following statement:
"The White House Correspondents' Association looks forward to having its annual dinner on April 29. The WHCA takes note of President Donald Trump's announcement on Twitter that he does not plan to attend the dinner, which has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic. We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession."
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday reiterated that the press was the "opposition party" at the Conservative Political Action Conference; Trump himself devoted a significant portion of his CPAC speech Friday to attacking the "fake news" media; and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave access for a briefing to a group of mostly conservative-leaning news organizations that same day while shutting out some mainstream organizations.

The correspondents' dinner has been a place where the inevitable tension between the president and press is mostly put aside after a roasting. The president usually takes on the press corps in a light-hearted way before acknowledging its important role in a democracy — and the president in turn takes a ribbing from a famous comedian who headlines the night.

But in recent weeks, as relations between the White House and the news media has grown more strained, several news organizations have announced plans to not attend this year's dinner. Buzzfeed reported that CNN, which Trump has been pointedly attacking, might boycott, and Bloomberg canceled hosting a planned after party, a longtime feature of the event in collaboration with Vanity FairVanity Fairhad pulled out earlier.

NPR and most other news organizations are still planning to attend.
Some news outlets, like The New York Times, have been skipping the event for years because, in part, of charges of the event depicting journalists as being too chummy with the president.

CBS's Major Garrett, the network's chief White House correspondent and a former board member of the correspondents' association, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post, in which he said he thought it was a bad idea for the press to skip the event. He concluded:
"If Trump represents a genuine threat to press freedoms, then foregoing the dinner doesn't change a thing. The right response, instead, is for reporters and news organizations to redouble their commitment to a WHCA dinner built around the journalism of the present and of the future."
According to WHCA website, the dinner has been held every year since 1921.
"The 50 men who gathered in the Arlington Hotel at Vermont Avenue and L Street on the north side of McPherson Square that evening could not have known that they were initiating a Washington tradition, one that would annually draw 2,600 people and a national audience a century later. It was Saturday, May 7, 1921 and this was the first White House Correspondents' Association Dinner."
There have been plenty of controversies surrounding presidents, yet they still attended, from the Iran-Contra weapons scandal in the 1980s during the Reagan administration to the Clinton impeachment. Bill Clinton attended all eight years, including before and after his 1998 impeachment following the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

The first president to attend was Calvin Coolidge in 1924. For years, the dinner had been headlined by cabaret singers and entertainers. The comedic roast didn't become a staple until 1983, but it has grown in popularity since, drawing together the odd couple of celebrities and the political news media.



  1. The Culture Wars originated in the 1920s when urban and rural American values came into clear conflict. They are real. They are growing.

  2. When the progressives are proposing and passing laws allowing grown men dressed as women, male freaks and male perverts to use women's toilets, you know that we are deep into culture wars.

  3. When progressives believe that illegal aliens with forged documents have rights and extra-legal privileges denied to US citizens, you know that we are deep into culture wars.

  4. There are hundreds of other reasons to know. The culture wars are a fact and those on the conservative common sense side of the argument now have a voice and a culture warrior on their side. He may be a flawed voice, but he speaks in a language understood by his base.

    Trump correctly recognized the movement, that is growing in both the US and in Europe. The hundred year war is on and out in the open.

    Post communist globalism has been exposed as a bankrupt philosophy. Those opposed to the progressive putsch against traditional values have a voice and a guidon bearer in Trump.

    Get it on.

  5. ISIS

    The bodies of some 4,000 Islamic State victims have been buried in the Khasfa sinkhole in Iraq’s desert, making it the country’s largest mass grave, according to locals, police, and activists, as cited by The Telegraph.
    The sinkhole is located near the Baghdad-Mosul highway, only eight kilometers from Mosul, the daily reports.

    Witnesses and police, as well as human rights organizations, say that Islamic State (IS, Daesh, formerly ISIS/ISIL) murdered and dumped the bodies of thousands of Iraqi troops into the sinkhole after they captured Mosul three years ago.


    MOSUL, Iraq — Iraq’s elite Golden Forces have captured 75 militants of the Islamic State, many of them carrying Russian identity papers, in Mosul’s Maamoun neighborhood where sporadic clashes continued until early Saturday morning. Military officials said the district was fully under government control after the area was cleared of remaining ISIS fighters.

    Rudaw reporters in Mosul said more than 100 ISIS fighters were killed while confronting the army with suicide car bombs, according to military commanders.

    At least a dozen of the captured militants were identified as recruited foreign fighters, many of them with Russian passports, the military said.

    Commander of the Golden Forces Fazil Barwari told Rudaw the western districts of Tal Raian and Maamoun, which he described as “strategic pockets,” were both in army control by Saturday morning.

    “The fight in western half of Mosul will be a different story than the eastern parts of the city because of its geographical location and the narrower makeup of the neighborhoods,” Barwari said.

    On Friday morning, Iraq’s special forces announced they had seized the beleaguered Mosul airport and the adjacent al-Ghazlania military base after a week of intense clashes.


    (Erbil) – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) forces are detaining men and boys who have fled the fighting in Mosul even after they have passed security clearances, Human Rights Watch said today. The KRG forces have detained over 900 displaced men and boys from five camps and the urban area of Erbil between 2014, when people fleeing the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) began arriving, and late January 2017. Detainees were held for up to four months without any communication with or update for their families.

  8. Kill THEM

    TUNIS — Tunisia has sent more fighters abroad to join the ranks of the Islamic State than any other country. And now, as the Islamic State takes a battering on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the country is at odds over what to do if and when they come home.

    Tunisians have been dealing with a frenzied polemic in recent weeks, as secularists have raised fears that a returning wave will bring further mayhem to this fragile state and Islamists have been forced to condemn the jihadists.

    “How can we accept those people who are professionals in war, in the use of arms and have a culture of being terrorists?” asked Badra Gaaloul, a civil-military analyst who heads the International Center of Strategic, Security and Military Studies. “We in Tunisia are in crisis, and we cannot accept these people.”


    Among the many crises now facing the new Trump administration, Libya poses a growing challenge. The shattered Mediterranean state is close to open civil war, which could have profoundly negative consequences for U.S. interests and allies.

    Although the Islamic State (ISIS) was driven from its main areas of control in Libya last year and oil production has rebounded to a three-year high, Libya is more polarized and fragmented than ever. The United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli is failing in its basic functions and confronts an existential challenge from an eastern faction led by General Khalifa Hifter and backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and, increasingly, Russia. In addition, the economy is veering toward collapse, and jihadist militancy could still find purchase in the country’s chaos.


    interesting drone view of Hezbollah attacking and killing ISIS

    1. Two group of Hezbollah units opened fired at ISIS fighters from two sides killing all of them.

  11. ITEM

    Law enforcement officials in Trinidad and Tobago, a small Caribbean island nation off the coast of Venezuela, are scrambling to close a pipeline that has sent a steady stream of young Muslims to Syria, where they have taken up arms for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

    American officials worry about having a breeding ground for extremists so close to the United States, fearing that Trinidadian fighters could return from the Middle East and attack American diplomatic and oil installations in Trinidad, or even take a three-and-a-half-hour flight to Miami.


    There are an estimated 400,000 Trinidadians living in the U.S.

    1. Indo-Trinidadians make up the country's largest ethnic group (approximately 37.6%). They are primarily descendants from indentured workers from India, brought to replace freed African slaves who refused to continue working on the sugar plantations. Through cultural preservation some residents of Indian descent continue to maintain traditions from their ancestral homelands.

      Many different religions are practised in Trinidad and Tobago. According to the 2011 census,[70] Roman Catholics were the largest religious group in Trinidad and Tobago with 21.60% of the total population. Hindus were the second largest group with 18.15%, while the Pentecostal/Evangelical/Full Gospel denominations were the third largest group with 12.02% of the population. Significantly, respondents who did not state a religious affiliation represented 11.1% of the population. The remaining population is made of Spiritual Shouter Baptists (5.67%), Anglicans (5.67%), Muslims (4.97%), Seventh-day Adventists (4.09%), Presbyterians or Congregationalists (2.49%), Irreligious (2.18%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1.47%), other Baptists (1.21%), Trinidad Orisha believers (0.9%), Methodists (0.65%), Rastafarians (0.27%) and the Moravian Church (0.27%).

      Quirk might like the place:

      Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is the birthplace of steelpan, limbo, and the music styles of calypso, soca, parang, chutney, chutney soca, chut-kai-pang, cariso, extempo, kaiso, parang soca, pichakaree, and rapso.

      Certainly there is plenty of rum too. You can't have a Carnival without booze.

      Out this way we sing hickakaree, instead of pichakaree.

    2. There doesn't seem to be a Lutheran in the whole place.

    3. The image of Quirk doing the limbo, with a rum bottle in each hand, while singing pichakaree I find very compelling.

  12. There is now an effort by the Progressives to motivate and "seed" the college kids.

    The have the emails of millions of college kids and are sending out tweets and messages of fake news.

    I know this for a fact. I have seen the hysterical tweets at 2 am by my daughter in college demanding that I explain the MEME she got...

    So far I see a pattern of weekly MEME's coming from the LEFTISTs

    go and look at "" you will see what I am saying

  13. Replies
    1. At the ripe old age of 61.

      Stroke after "complications following surgery" (heart)

  14. Attention: Quirk

    February 26, 2017
    Why English Classes Should Be Racist
    By Jeremy Egerer

    It is easy to make sure your going to judge me, and I have already done it. It all lies in the "your." The difference between "your" and "you're" is simple, but the fact that I've mistaken it isn't. It hints at all kinds of things: at whether I'm sloppy or hurried or stupid or ignorant. It makes you wonder if I passed the fourth grade and whether I've learned anything after it. Who is the writer? you ask, and rightly. If Jesus said not to judge (whatever that means), He also said that those who can be trusted with much must first be trusted with little, and I have intentionally shown you what happens when someone cannot be trusted. Simply put, he gets judged without mercy....

    1. People complaining that promotions are unfair and politics is too full of politics and good English is racist are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. People who don't believe in humanities rarely expect that the world is all politics. They have no idea that whom you know and how you manage him has everything to do with your success and that the art of relating is every bit as crucial to your success as how well you work and how honest you are. The department of humanities teaches the art of being a human, and the cost of our dearth of humanities majors is a life without really great leaders and citizens. We know this because our English professors don't know what to do with an English department. We know this because they don't know what to do with an education. And if our polling on their political preferences is right, they also don't know what to do with a nation. They want to protect the littlest among us, and in the process, they have thrown away what it means to be great.

    2. .

      One has to ask which is the more egregious error, committing the occasional typo or brain fart through being 'sloppy or hurried or stupid', or reading a sentence or paragraph or paper, written in perfect English, and then failing to comprehend its meaning through ignoring context or offering up false assumptions about what was actually said.

      I would say it's the latter.

      Especially, when it comes from and English major.


    3. That should read an English major, You're Idiocy.

      (heh heh heh thatill outfox him)

    4. .

      One has to ask which is the more egregious error, committing the occasional typo or brain fart through being 'sloppy or hurried or stupid', or reading a sentence or paragraph or paper, written in perfect English, and then failing to comprehend its meaning through ignoring context or offering up false assumptions about what was actually said.

      I would say it's the latter.

      Especially, when it comes from an English major.


    5. There you have a decent question properly expressed and answered.

      You may proceed to the next assignment level.

  15. VX-2 is VX in two components that become toxic when mixed.

    Word is the lady had VX-2 when she bumped off 1/2 Brother Kim.

  16. "Father of dead Navy SEAL refused to meet Trump at ceremony"

  17. Judge Joseph Wapner.....dead.

  18. OJ Simpson could be released within months and free to cash in on NFL pension....DRUDGE

  19. Rachel Dolezal, nearly homeless, still feels blameless
    Feb 26, 2017 2:01 PM by Jazz Shaw

    There’s a name we haven’t seen in the news for a while, something which more than a few people would probably see as a good thing. Rachel Dolezal is doing some interviews again in preparation for the release of her upcoming book, In Full Color (get it?). During an interview with the Guardian, she sat down to discuss all the changes in her life since she was exposed as the black NAACP representative who wasn’t quite as black as she had let on. Things haven’t been going so well since that time as it turns out, but she still doesn’t seem to think that she did anything wrong.

    Rachel not only lost her job with the NAACP but also a teaching position which she held. She claims to have applied for more than 100 jobs and is going by a different name, but people still recognize her and nobody wants to hire her. She’s on food stamps, recently required help paying her rent and says that she expects to be homeless in the near future. All of these depressing developments have apparently given her time for some reflection. (Daily Mail):,,,,

    It isn't fair. One's SEX is a personal choice these days, why shouldn't one's RACE be as well ?

    1. Look at Ash, for instance.

      He's chosen to be a POTATO and no one gives him much grief over it.


    2. Rachel should go tranny and take up wrestling.

  20. Someone is brainfarting up the bar.

    1. An intellectual stench blows west from Detroit....all the way to Hawaii.

      "Pewy pewy pewy".... as my Aunt would have said.

    2. The dreaded reverse-circulation atmospheric river.

    3. Polar vortex reversal.

      Why now ?

      Why us ?


    4. The Chinese will soon be pissed.

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    6. Someone needs to dispatch a Cranial Brain Fart Tums Truck to Detroit and end this spreading world wide misery.

  21. Deuce ☂Sun Feb 26, 05:28:00 AM EST

    When progressives believe that illegal aliens with forged documents have rights and extra-legal privileges denied to US citizens, you know that we are deep into culture wars.


    Not sure if it is Prop 47 (see below) but under some new California law, felons are treated better when released on parole than first time offenders!


    A ‘virtual get-out-of-jail-free card’

    A new California law to reduce prison crowding keeps one addict out of jail, but not out of trouble

    But along with the successes have come other consequences, which police departments and prosecutors refer to as the “unintended effects”: Robberies up 23 percent in San Francisco. Property theft up 11 percent in Los Angeles. Certain categories of crime rising 20 percent in Lake Tahoe, 36 percent in La Mirada, 22 percent in Chico and 68percent in Desert Hot Springs.

    It’s too early to know how much crime can be attributed to Prop 47, police chiefs caution, but what they do know is that instead of arresting criminals and removing them from the streets, their officers have been dealing with the same offenders again and again. Caught in possession of drugs? That usually means a misdemeanor citation under Prop 47, or essentially a ticket. Caught stealing something worth less than $950? That means a ticket, too. Caught using some of that $950 to buy more drugs? Another citation.

    “It’s a slap on the wrist the first time and the third time and the 30th time, so it’s a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card,” said Shelley Zimmerman, who became San Diego’s police chief in March 2014. “We’re catching and releasing the same people over and over.”

    Officers have begun calling those people “frequent fliers,” offenders who knew the specifics of Prop 47 and how to use it to their advantage. There was the thief in San Bernardino County who had been caught shoplifting with his calculator, which he said he used to make sure he never stole the equivalent of $950 or more. There was the “Hoover Heister” in Riverside, who was arrested for stealing vacuum cleaners and other appliances 13 different times over the course of three months, each misdemeanor charge followed by his quick release.

    There was also the known gang member near Palm Springs who had been caught with a stolen gun valued at $625 and then reacted incredulously when the arresting officer explained that he would not be taken to jail but instead written a citation. “But I had a gun. What is wrong with this country?” the offender said, according to the police report.

    1. “But I had a gun. What is wrong with this country?”

      the offender said, according to the police report.

      Next time, steal a gun worth 951 dollars!

      Or bring a calculator and steal multiple guns exceeding that total.

    2. Armed bank robbery might do it.

    3. Al Hirschfeld

      2/21/2017 8:26 AM GMT-1000

      Anyone who supported or voted for Prop 47 has blood on their hands. We had two Whittier cops shot yesterday by a dirtbag released per Prop 47 2 weeks ago. And he had already killed someone else.

      Ain't it great, California? You get what you deserve.

    4. "We had two Whittier cops shot yesterday by a dirtbag released per Prop 47 2 weeks ago.

      And he had already killed someone else.


  22. The money quote:

    “But I had a gun. What is wrong with this country?”


    Science suggests G_D created us.


  24. NYDN: Heroin overdoses in America more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2015

  25. G-D, aka, the nature of things, created us, is now creating us, and always will.... co-operate properly in this effort and one fine day many lives from now you will find yourself beyond becoming and perishing and arriving at being. So say those among us who have arrived at this state of being.

    World Monomyth:

    Matthew 4: 1-17 in micro in toto

    1. At my last visit, my Doc said as long as we screw up, we keep coming back, once we get it all right we go to heaven.

      I accused him of calling our existence here Hell on Earth.

    2. Didn't actually do it in the accusatory, and he was not offended.

      All I know is I am sick and tired of having lost the large majority of those closest to me, and in that sense it feels like Hell on Earth.

    3. I hear you.

      All I can suggest is chose a happy metaphor. Because you will be using a metaphor of some sort.

      Think of life as a gestation, for instance, and death your birth into a reunion.

      I've tracked down Sam's Dying To Wake Up.

      I see it's ghost written with Paul Perry, with comment or intro by Dr. Raymond Moody, Father of Near Death Researches in our era.

      I'll give a book report in a week or so.

    4. I think what you want has something to do with what you get.

    5. One of the joys of growing old...

    6. Sunday Morning


      Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
      Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair,
      And the green freedom of a cockatoo
      Upon a rug mingle to dissipate
      The holy hush of ancient sacrifice.
      She dreams a little, and she feels the dark
      Encroachment of that old catastrophe,
      As a calm darkens among water-lights.
      The pungent oranges and bright, green wings
      Seem things in some procession of the dead,
      Winding across wide water, without sound.
      The day is like wide water, without sound,
      Stilled for the passing of her dreaming feet
      Over the seas, to silent Palestine,
      Dominion of the blood and sepulchre.


      Why should she give her bounty to the dead?
      What is divinity if it can come
      Only in silent shadows and in dreams?
      Shall she not find in comforts of the sun,
      In pungent fruit and bright, green wings, or else
      In any balm or beauty of the earth,
      Things to be cherished like the thought of heaven?
      Divinity must live within herself:
      Passions of rain, or moods in falling snow;
      Grievings in loneliness, or unsubdued
      Elations when the forest blooms; gusty
      Emotions on wet roads on autumn nights;
      All pleasures and all pains, remembering
      The bough of summer and the winter branch.
      These are the measures destined for her soul.


    7. "All I can suggest is chose a happy metaphor."


      Administer a multiple choice test, please.

  26. February 26, 2017
    Meryl Streep Gets All Whiny Yet Again
    By Monica Showalter

    Oscar night is on us and perennial nominee Meryl Streep is back in the news again, whining. It wasn't enough that she sang for her supper with a long-winded, cliche-filled diatribe against Donald Trump at the Golden Globes earlier this month, repeating every leftist canard, hitting every touchstone. Now she's gotten into a fight over evening gowns with leading Parisian designer Karl Lagerfeld, who is well-known for having a politically conservative streak.

    It's a he-said, she-said controversy. Last week, Lagerfeld accused Streep of being 'cheap' for refusing to wear one of his gowns at the Oscars, on the grounds that she could get paid to wear someone else's. Streep denied the conversation ever happened, and since then, Lagerfeld has said he may have misunderstood the conversation and issued a faint apology. Streep whined that Lagerfeld had 'ruined' her Oscars. Poor baby.

    This is that part of subterranean Hollywood life we are talking about, that part of it where studios claim they have only had losses and no profits on their tax forms, where staffers keep parts of the used film sets as 'benefits,' where product placement in films is paid-for, where swag and goody bags are valued in the hundreds of thousands (bribe, anyone?) and where stars get paid to wear designers' gowns or else get them free based on the 'exposure.' There is apparently plenty more with the papparazzi, such as can be found in the side pages of the Daily Mail, which is known to pay for pieces, raising the question of whether they get paid, too. One wonders what the tax situation is like with all these murky transactions. There's a whiff of unsavory, since these things are not done in normal business elsewhere.

    One can just imagine the winks and nods and hints that went on in that Streep-Lagerfeld or my-people-talk-to-your-people conversation, all of which would have been a matter of 'deniability' same as spies and crooks do. Who knows what was really said in those circumstances?

    What is obvious is that Streep is making a push for publicity. Her anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes came just as the Oscar voting was going on. Her nomination this year, for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' is pretty marginal in its chances, at least on merit grounds. Streep, in her whining defense of herself over the Chanel gowns, cites her 19 Oscar nominations, which only calls attention to the fact that she has taken home a Best Actress in a Leading Role gong just once, making her quite the underachiever. She may have been thinking she was bragging about all her nominations, but the results show an overrated actress who gets nominated a lot for virtue-signalling purposes, but when it's time to push the button, very rarely gets the actual award. That must grate hard.

    The question now is why she wants to make a name for herself as a world-class whiner? Is that how her career ends? Not as the grand lady of Hollywood, but a non-stop whiner, willing to go political at Oscar-voting time (she never had to this extent before) and getting into spats and scraps with conservative designers?

    What a pathetic picture.


    Drudge headline:

    Father of dead Navy Seal Won't Meet Trump

    When they brought William “Ryan” Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, as President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens’ family paid their respects.

    It was a private transfer, as the family had requested. No media and no bystanders, except for some military dignitaries.

    Owens’ father, Bill, had learned only a short time before the ceremony that Trump was coming. Owens was sitting with his wife, Marie, and other family members in the solemn, living room-like space where the loved ones of the fallen assemble before they are taken to the flight line.

    Read more here:

  28. Trump has been president for a month.

    The Navy Seal has been a Navy Seal for years.

    The father is a Gungho ex-military himself and there is a photo of him with military memorabilia all over his house.

    The father raised his son to to be in the most dangerous part of the military establishment.

    Trump did not.

    The father should try a little introspection as to how his son died and why.

    His son died in Yemen. Why was his son in Yemen? Obviously the military brought a plan to Trump to send a raid into Yemen. WE have no business in Yemen. Trump is too enamored with the military but so is the father. So are too many others in and out of the military.

    "By the sword you did your work, and by the sword you die."


      Ryan and as many as 29 civilians were killed Jan. 28 in the anti-terrorism mission in Yemen. What was intended as a lightning raid to grab cellphones, laptops and other information about terrorists turned into a nearly hour-long firefight in which “everything went wrong,” according to U.S. military officials who spoke to the New York Times.

      Bill Owens said he was assured that his son, who was shot, was killed early in the fight. It was the first military counter-terrorist operation approved by the new president, who signed the go-ahead Jan. 26 — six days into his term.

      “Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?’’

      In a statement from the White House Saturday, spokesman Michael C. Short called Ryan Owens “an American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country.”

      The White House did not address his father’s criticisms, but pointed out that the Department of Defense routinely conducts a review of missions that result in loss of life.

      Read more here:

    2. Who put his son in the military as a Navy Seal? What does a Navy Seal do?

    3. You go to a foreign country and kill 29 civilians, there is a reasonable expectation that someone will try and kill you. In this case they did.

    4. Was going to ask you for your thoughts on the article.

      I wonder how many thousand "professionals" (politicians, journalists, professors, etc) in this country would leak the mission to sink Trump.

      ...without ever admitting to themselves that that is what they were doing.

      Just doing their jobs...

    5. Ryan dreamed of serving in the military from a very early age, his father says. In this family photo, he is playing soldier with his older brothers.

      Read more here:

    6. Trump escalated the conflict in Yemen and a US soldier got killed. The family wanted a private ceremony and Trump tried to crash it. They called him out. Poor Trump.

  29. .

    All I can suggest is chose a happy metaphor.

    Idaho Bob: "Do as I say not as I do."


  30. Yemeni officials said the operation killed 15 women and children, including the 8-year-old daughter of the Yemeni American cleric Anwar ­al-Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 in a U.S. drone strike.

    Photos of the dead civilians were posted on social media after the raid. Although the Pentagon initially denied reports of dead civilians, officials acknowledged in the days following the raid that some had been killed and that they had begun a formal investigation.

    Last week, Human Rights Watch called for an inquiry of the civilian deaths and said that the United States must account for possible law-of-war violations.

    1. How can Americans be guilty of law-of-war violations if Congress hasn't yet declared war?

    2. That's what I love about you, Ash.

      You are truly dumber than a stump.

    3. Deuce, please, I beg you, put that oaf in The Dunce Box again.

      Two weeks !!

    4. Images of Dunce Caps here:

      Go ahead and pick one out, Ash.

  31. Life is a joyful dream, a trapdoor to bliss.

  32. Starbucks consumer approval levels PLUMMETING over plan to hire 10,000 refugees to spite Trump
    By Pamela Geller - on February 26, 2017

    “Starbucks’ brand has taken a beating since the company announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years in response to Donald Trump’s executive order intended to prevent refugees from entering the US.”
    Good. No one should buy a single latte until they reverse this policy and pledge to hire unemployed Americans. We need to see much, much more of this, until the globalist socialist internationalist elites realize that patriots have purchasing power, too.

    “Starbucks pledged to hire 10K refugees after Trump’s ‘travel ban’ — then Americans responded in force,” by Chris Enloe, The Blaze, February 25, 2017 (thanks to Christian):

    After President Donald Trump’s signed an executive order on immigration and refugees last month, Starbucks pledged they would hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.

    “We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question,” Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said at the time.

    But now, their decision has apparently backfired.

    From Yahoo Finance:
    Starbucks’ brand has taken a beating since the company announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years in response to Donald Trump’s executive order intended to prevent refugees from entering the US.

    The coffee giant’s consumer perception levels have fallen by two-thirds since late January, according to YouGov BrandIndex.

    The perception tracker measures if respondents have “heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative.” In Starbucks’ case, perception is still overall positive, but significantly lower than it was prior to CEO Howard Schultz published a public letter outlining the company’s plans to give refugees jobs.

  33. The idiots at the Oscars announced the wrong Best Picture Award winner....





    2. February 27, 2017
      Still More Oscar Hypocrisy -- Now foreigners get in on the act
      By Ethel C. Fenig

      As you may have heard, or even watched (that's ok, don't be embarrassed, many people did) the bash President Donald J. Trump (R) specially wrapped into a self-love-fest known as the Academy Awards simpered for four hours Sunday night. Attired in outfits that cost more than a month's salary for the average citizen -- and that's just the men -- while surrounded and protected by guards (some even with guns) and other protective barriers, (sort of like uhm, walls) several of the presenters, the winners, and the host, Jimmy Kimmel, threw in digs at the president while proclaiming their own superiority and love. Yeah, that smugness will pack the 48% of the people who voted for Trump into the theaters.

      Even an aging Warren Beatty, who did more than grab his you-know-what (I can't really tell you as this is a blog suitable for family reading) in his prime, did manage to squeeze in a few cliches of love and peace and getting along with everyone which proved handy when he mistakenly announced the wrong winner of the best film at the finale. And so, quite suitably, the messy program ended as it began. And the lo-o-o-ng in-between wasn't much better.

      Of course the foreigners, (or should I say non-citizens?) got into the self-righteous act. Graciously nominated for best foreign language film, the nominees released a puffy, self-righteous statement two days before the big event, knocking the host country, the U.S., while

      condemning "the climate of fanaticism and nationalism" in the U.S. and other countries.

      They dedicated the Oscar, no matter which film wins, to those working toward unity.

      They directors symbolically rejected the borders that define their category's nominees, saying, "We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts."

      The statement does not name President Trump but points in his direction, referring to an unhealthy climate stoked by parts of the population, "including leading politicians." (snip)

      On Friday, Farhadi joined with the other directors — Martin Zandvliet, Land of Mine (Denmark); Hannes Holm, A Man Called Ove (Sweden); Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann (Germany) and Marin Butler and Bentley Dean, Tanna (Australia) — to decry division and dedicate themselves to using the power of film to bring people together.

      The statement opens with a condemnation of the political mood: "On behalf of all nominees, we would like to express our unanimous and emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians."

      The directors then spoke against division by gender, race, religion and other categories.

    3. "The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on — not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly 'foreign' and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better. These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different," they write. (snip)

      "Although we don`t want to overestimate the power of movies, we do believe that no other medium can offer such deep insight into other people’s circumstances and transform feelings of unfamiliarity into curiosity, empathy and compassion — even for those we have been told are our enemies."
      They concluded the statement with a plea on behalf of respecting human rights and dedicated the Oscar to those working for unity and human dignity.

      The Oscar went to an Iranian, Asghar Farhadi, for this film The Salesman. He did not attend the ceremony as a protest against the Obama-Trump ban on citizens from chaotic and terrorist countries entering the US.

      "I am sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the 'Us' and 'Our Enemies' categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war."

      However, not so surprisingly, Farhadi has remained silent about Iran's division of the world into the " 'US' and 'Our Enemies' " categories which are doing more that creating but are applying "fear" and "a deceitful justification for aggression and war."

      A recent video posted this week shows Islamic Republic strategist,Hassan Abbassi, discussing the destructive potential of Iran’s hidden army within the U.S.

      The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Abbassi admitted to having terror cells situated and ready to strike in the United States.

      Abbassi: I’ll be brief. We have two million Iranians there. Be certain that I will raise a guerilla army from amongst them against you. You know this well. Look how vulnerable you were on 9-11 when four Arabs who don’t know how to fight managed to endanger your foundations.
      #KhomeiniistRegime #IRGCcommander , #HassanAbbassi admits 2 having #terror #cells situated & ready 2 strike i #US
      — Banafsheh Zand (@BanPourZan) February 26, 2017
      Iran is also slaughtering civilians in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon -- for them, women, children, and the elderly are all the enemy, but this doesn't bother Oscar winner Farhadi. Iranian generals proudly boast of having and planning to use missiles capable of destroying Israel, inscribed in Hebrew with "Death of Israel."

      And still silence from Oscar nominee and now Oscar winner Farhadi because of "of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S." In other words, he is for fear and hate and war.

      So, Asghar Farhadi, cuddle up with your Oscar in your inhumane, barbaric, war-mongering country of Iran.

      And Warren Beatty, don't feel bad; you didn't make the greatest mistake in Academy Award history. Those five foreign film makers, who condemned the wrong country while praising the wrong country did. And in so doing they condemned hundreds of thousands to more horror.


  34. It is amazing. Hollywood having implanted themselves into the political fray railing against the incompetence of Trump, who for the last thirty days has been impeded every inch of the way by Hollywood and their sycophants in the US. Media.

    Hollywood, a culture of Styrofoam ramparts, takes and retakes, perfumed , pampered and powdered, dubbed in scenes and lines, stand-ins, cuts, lifted, botoxed, over paid, computer enhanced, blue-screened altered beyond recognition assholes, cannot open an envelope and read it correctly.

    That these same virtuous vermin are ever taken seriously by anyone, anywhere is mind numbing.

  35. The Blood of Komodo Dragons Could Help Us to Slay Antibiotic Resistance
    The hidden power of dragons' blood.


    Protein fragments in the blood of Komodo dragons have antimicrobial properties that help them resist toxic bacteria, and they could be used to develop new drugs to counter antibiotic resistance, researchers have found.

    The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard, growing up to 3 metres (9.8 feet) in length and weighing up to 70 kilograms (154 lbs). It lives on five small islands in Indonesia, where its massive size and sharp teeth enable it to feast on prey as large as water buffalo – but there's another, less obvious reason why you definitely don't want to get bitten by one.

    Previous research has found that the mouths of Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) contain up to 57 kinds of dangerous bacteria.

    It's not entirely clear, where this bacteria come from. More recently, scientists have suggested that it stems from Komodo dragons drinking from sewage-contaminated water sources.

    Now researchers have figured out how these lizards became resistant to having such deadly bugs in their mouths.

    A team from George Mason University took blood from Komodo dragons, and analysed it to see if they could find traces of what's called cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs).

    These protein fragments are produced by nearly all living creatures, and work as an essential part of our innate immune system. Previous research by the team in 2015 had identified these peptides in alligator blood.

    "It's that part of your immune system that keeps you alive in the two or three weeks before you can make antibodies to a bacterial infection," biochemist Monique van Hoek said at the time.

    "It's part of your generalised immune response to the world."

    With a technique they developed in the lab, negatively charged nanoparticles made from hydrogel were used to capture peptides in the blood samples, and subsequent analysis identified 48 potential CAMPs.

    Of the 48 identified, 47 of the peptides were derived from histone proteins, which are known to have antimicrobial properties.

    The team synthesised eight of these peptides, and tested them against two particularly nasty kinds of bacteria that have been labelled 'superbugs': Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus, aka MRSA.

    Of the eight synthesised peptides, seven were effective at killing both bacteria in lab-grown cultures, while one was only effective against P. aeruginosa.

    It's early days, but the researchers hope that future studies of these peptides could lead to new antibiotic medications that can fight deadly superbugs, as well as helping to establish how these CAMPs are so effective against this very real threat.

    "While our bioprospecting approach establishes sequences of the intact native peptides that are present in the sample, it does not provide information regarding the mechanisms by which they are produced or their regulation," the team writes in their paper.

    "Future efforts will focus on determining whether peptides are constitutively produced or the result of pathogen detection, as well as whether this phenomenon is limited to Komodo dragons or if it occurs in other species, including humans."

    The findings are reported in the Journal of Proteome Research.

  36. "The presenters for the final award — Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway — were incorrectly given the best actress award envelope. A confused Beatty saw Emma Stone’s name and “La La Land,” and handed the envelope to Dunaway, who then announced the musical as the Best Picture winner.

    The “La La Land” cast took the stage and producers began their speeches. But they stopped midway when they realized their error.

    Jimmy Kimmel
    Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List

    “There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight’ you guys won best picture,” Jordan Horowitz said to the shocked Dolby Theater audience. “This is not a joke, come up here” the producer added. “Moonlight has won best picture.”


    So WHO gave them the wrong envelope?

    Probly be worth watching the la la guys reaction on You Tube.

    1. Emma Stone says she was holding her best actress card the whole time, so...

      "I don't want to start something, but I don't know what was going on."

      Maybe that Magician who hung himself came back in ghost form and fucked with them.

  37. Hilarious:

  38. February 27, 2017
    How Many Deaths Can the University of California at Santa Cruz Ignore?
    By Allan J. Favish

    Much has been written about Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring, and the claims Carson made about the dangers of the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, known as DDT, which led to various prohibitions on its use, despite its effectiveness at killing mosquitos that carry malaria. A search for “Rachel Carson” or “DDT” at the website of the Competitive Enterprise Institute yields many articles critical of Carson, as does a separate CEI website. In his article published on September 27, 2012 in The New Atlantis, titled The Truth About DDT and Silent Spring, Robert Zubrin makes a convincing case that Carson’s claims about DDT were false. Even a Bill Moyers Journal episode on the Public Broadcasting System in September 2007 titled Rachel Carson and DDT stated:

    Still, even Carson supporters agree that certain assertions she made regarding the dangerous effects of DDT, did not stand the test of time, particularly her assertion that the insecticide was a carcinogen. “Repeated studies have found no evidence that DDT exposure increases the risk of Cancer,” writes [Kirsten] Weir in SALON.

    On February 3, 2017 The Daily Beast published an article by Professor Paul A. Offit, MD, titled How Rachel Carson Cost Millions of People Their Lives. Offit accused Carson of mistakenly writing in Silent Spring that DDT caused children to suffer sudden death, aplastic anemia, birth defects, liver disease, chromosomal abnormalities, and leukemia, and women to suffer infertility and uterine cancer. According to Offit, studies in Europe, Canada, and the United States have since shown that DDT didn’t cause these ailments in humans. Offit explained that DDT was effective in fighting malaria, which has killed more people than any other infection. Offit wrote that by 1960, largely because of DDT, malaria had been eliminated from eleven countries, including the United States. But since the mid 1970s, when use of DDT was eliminated, tens of millions of people have died from malaria unnecessarily, most of which have been children less than five years old.

    There is reason to wonder whether such criticisms of Carson are taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz. UCSC announced in September 2016:

    College Eight at UC Santa Cruz was born embracing environmentalism. Today, it’s getting a name befitting that passion: Rachel Carson College.

    Rachel Carson, writer and conservationist, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Her 1962 book, Silent Spring, dramatically chronicled the damage caused by indiscriminate application of chemicals in an attempt to control pests. Her larger theme: humans are a part of nature—not its masters.

    The naming gift from the Helen and Will Webster Foundation recognizes Carson for her courage and pivotal role in awakening the public to environmental issues.

    1. It establishes an endowment to ensure the college can provide research and educational opportunities for students in perpetuity and establishes a chair in ecology and environmental justice. Concurrently, citing the impact of Carson’s writings, a chair in science communication is also being created. The gift package totals $7 million.

      “We could not think of anyone who would better embody the core values of UC Santa Cruz than this environmental pioneer,” Alec and Claudia Webster wrote in a letter to Chancellor George Blumenthal on their proposal to recognize Rachel Carson. “Rachel Carson challenged authority, risked everything, and changed the world for the better. In doing so, she provided a model that students need and deserve, and that we, as a society, require.”

      University of California President Janet Napolitano is among those who share the sentiment. “It is wonderful to see Rachel Carson honored in this way. She exemplifies so much of what is right in life. She has long been one of my personal heroes: a champion for the environment, a woman excelling in science, a person of dignity.”

      The announcement does not state anything about reduced use of DDT causing deaths from malaria.

      If you would like to have a discussion with UCSC faculty members about the evidence and arguments made by people such as Zubrin and Offit, or about what UCSC faculty are teaching their students about Carson and DDT, your opportunity is near. On March 30, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., UCSC will hold a public event titled “A Rich Tradition of Non-traditional Thinking: The Legacy of Rachel Carson.” UCSC describes the event as “compelling faculty talks illustrating the legacy of Rachel Carson, leader of the environmental movement.” The event will be held at Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, California 90402. Admission is $15 per person, and “[e]veryone” is invited.

      Despite the evidence that Carson was at least negligent in describing the effects of DDT, and bears partial responsibility for millions of black African deaths from malaria, I do not expect any demonstration at the event by members of Black Lives Matter.

      Allan J. Favish is an attorney in Los Angeles. His website is James Fernald and Mr. Favish have co-authored a book about what might happen if the government ran Disneyland, entitled "Fireworks! If the Government Ran the Fairest Kingdom of Them All (A Very Unauthorized Fantasy).


    3. It's been said that the mosquito is the only creature on earth without any positive value whatsoever.

      And wouldn't be missed if it were exterminated entirely.

      Can you think of anything good about a mosquito ?

  39. .

    DougMon Feb 27, 03:34:00 AM EST
    I've never spent a dime in Starbucks.

    Idaho BobMon Feb 27, 03:35:00 AM EST
    Either have I.

    Not even a nickle.

    Either have I?


    [Remember, you started this.]


    1. And to top it off this mensa duo think their boycott might be effective.

    2. .

      I don't think it's actually a boycott.

      All Doug's dime would buy him at Starbucks is a Splenda packet.

      Bob's nickel? Maybe a glass of water. Maybe.



    3. Not a boycott, Ash, it's just that there's no one to talk to in there but folks like you, and it's sooooo boring we'd end up snoring.

  40. .

    Once Trump's budget proposals are out, I will give my expert opinion on how the top of the first inning went in the big game called the Trump presidency.


    1. You are going to have to give it as no one here is going to pay a dime for your expert opinion, not a nickle neither.

      We have been fleeced too often.

    2. .

      Hell, Bob, you are too cheap to spend a nickel at Starbucks 'either'.


    3. Wrong-o.

      It's the Starbucks customers I can't stand.

      Not thinking of you either, you conversation piece.

      See above:

      Idaho BobMon Feb 27, 10:14:00 AM EST

  41. Starbucks is the best of the worst unless they have a clover machine. When they have that and can grind you and brew you a fresh cup from their premium beans, they are worth the stop.

    1. FYI: There are no snowflakes picking coffee beans.

    2. The snowflakes are sitting in air conditioned Starbucks, sipping $1 an hour labor coffee, bitching about the world.

    3. My daughter will be traveling to Costa Rica with her high school class this month.
      They are supposed to speak Spanish the whole time in country.
      Beautiful place, from what I've seen in pictures.

    4. Deuce built some condos down there not too long ago.

      Deuce is The Donald of the Bar.

    5. .

      Coffee is a matter of taste. When not brewing my own, I prefer coffee at a number of local diners near me rather than the 'good' stuff you get at Starbucks, Dunkin Donut, or any of the other chains I've visited. Of course, I just drink coffer black and my impression is Starbucks makes their money on the fancy stuff.

      Maybe, I'm wrong on the last.


    6. You are correct, and I like my coffer black too.

      White coffer sucks.

    7. .

      IMO, a Clover machine might be quicker and more efficient but I don't see how it adds to the taste.

      I'd assume that is strictly dependent on the roast and the blend and the water:coffee mix.


    8. The best coffer is a full coffer

    9. .

      White coffer sucks

      As does white chocolate.


    10. White Chocolate & Caramel Cappuccino from the gas station is what I buy when my budget affords me the opportunity.

  42. Everyone hates coffee the first time they taste it.

  43. .

    Saw Bush on TV today. He says Trump is wrong on the media.

    He also looks like he's aging badly.


    1. He also said, "It's hard..." a lot.
      Maybe he's using Viagra?

    2. If it's hard without using Viagra he's not aging badly.

    3. Quirk looks to be about 28.

      He doesn't use Viagra and he's got three girl friends, Chin Chin, Maria, and that gal Sal.

    4. Apropos -

      Sexercise: 657 reasons why ultimate workout happens between sheets....DRUDGE

      How many times have I heard Quirk say:

      Bobo, I'm gonna die young

      To which I always reply:

      In some bimbo's arms, like Nelson Rockefeller

    5. Coitus Interruptus Mortus, like Nelson, with his three young bimbos.

  44. Deuce, Where in Costa Rica do you have your condos?
    The class will be touring throughout the country.
    I doubt they'll be staying in the neighborhood where your places are located though.

    1. Tambor Hills overlooking the bay:

      Tambor Beach has some nice places but the hills are cooler:

      Tell your daughter to enjoy her trip but be cautious.

  45. Judge Orders Release Of Papers Detailing Radiation Risk Of Cellphones....DRUDGE

  46. This is for Quirk.

    The Hamas terrorists in control of the Gaza Strip now find themselves between a rock and a hard place, as the double game that they've played with the Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai has backfired.

    Hundreds of Hamas' trained Qassam Brigade fighters have reportedly defected to ISIS in the Sinai. Meanwhile, an attempted rapprochement with Egypt in recent weeks also appears to be breaking down, as the Islamic State is reportedly setting Hamas up for a war with Israel that Hamas is most likely not prepared to fight.

    Hamas and ISIS, twin peas of the same pod.

    1. .

      Hundreds? Right, sounds as bad as France and ISIS.


    2. Free airline fare to Gaza, one way, still available for Quirk.

      This is a courtesy renewal offer.

    3. .

      You moron, don't you know Israel destroyed Gaza's airport years ago?

      What don't you get about an open air prison?


  47. More like Colitis Intearruptus Mortus

  48. Seth MacFarlane ✔ @SethMacFarlane

    You know what the problem is -- millions of Academy members voted illegally.

  49. Crash Beer Festival:

    A woman was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a pole, causing the car to roll over, at the Madonna Inn on Saturday evening, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

    Police responded to the scene after receiving a call about 4:30 p.m.

    No one was injured in the incident, Sgt. Aaron Schafer said.


    The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, Capt. Jeff Smith said.

    The crash occurred toward the end of SLO Craft Beer Fest, which took place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the expo center, but it is unclear whether the driver had attended the event, Schafer said.

    An investigation is ongoing, officials said.

    1. .

      Translation: A woman was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a pole. The accident happened in San Luis Obispo. Luckily, no one was hurt.


    SpaceX to fly private, paying citizens around the moon next year
    Samantha Masunaga

    The Hawthorne space company says that the two individuals have 'already paid a significant deposit' to do a moon mission. Initial training, along with health and fitness tests will occur later this year.

    1. Doug is now offering shares in his perpetual motion carbon free energy engine. tm

    2. When they get flights to Earth Proxima we can all chip in and send Quirk home.

  51. CNN Cuts President Trump’s Feed After He Makes A Joke About The Press (VIDEO)

  52. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said he has not yet seen any evidence of coordination, but did not rule out the possibility. But Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, said, "The committee has reached no conclusion on whether the Trump campaign has colluded with Russia."


    "We're very interested in figuring out who those people were because they have questions to answer as to what laws did they use to decide to unmask Gen. Flynn," Nunes said.

    Schiff said he agreed to investigate the leaks but did not want that to be the main focus of the committee's work.

    1. .

      Saw them both. That about sums it up.


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  53. President Donald Trump signed off on press secretary Sean Spicer's decision to check aides' cell phones to make certain they weren't communicating with reporters by text message or through encrypted apps, multiple sources confirmed to CNN on Monday.


    The sources added that Spicer is on higher standing inside the West Wing than he has been in earlier weeks. He has been eager to prove his loyalty but has also not pushed back on carrying out any orders or requests from the Oval Office.

  54. Successfully checked out Dying To Wake Up today.

    First thing I notice is I am beginning to need LARGE PRINT EDITIONS....or some better reading glasses.

    I am at 3.00 now....I don'k know what to do, what to do....they don't go any higher than that at Wal-Mart....

    A magnifying glass !

    Ah, necessity is the father of invention....

  55. The Dems are distraught, and are beginning to hallucinate with all this impeachment talk.

    The Pubs need a heavy whip to keep them in line and get some things finally done now.

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    1. Once Trump's budget proposals are out, I will give my expert opinion on how the top of the first inning went in the big game called the Trump presidency.

      Unfortunately, Trump didn't offer many details of his budget in his pre-pre-budget presser.

      We know he plans on kicking up the Defense Budget $54 billion, about 10%, and that other discretionary areas will be cut significantly. No word on the details of the 'tax cuts', infrastructure spending, healthcare, growth assumptions, etc. Not too much there. Hopefully, there will be more details in tomorrows address to Congress.

      That will be followed by the official budget promised for later in March.

      Then CBO will score it.

      Then Congress will need to cut and dice it, appropriate, reconcile, and sent an actual budget proposal to Trump for signature.

      First scoring of the top of the first given Trump's less than detailed pre-pre-budget...

      0 runs

      2 hits (both bunts)

      1 error


    2. .

      I merely provided info on the line score through the top of the first. Since it was through the top of the first, you should have intuited the outs.

      I figured the full detail of a baseball scorecard would be much too difficult for an English major from Idaho to understand.


  57. Le Pen is slowly seducing voters with her France First pitch
    The Globe and Mail
    Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 5:00AM EST
    Last updated Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 12:08PM EST

    The weirdest French election campaign ever has produced a winner. With her rivals dragged down by personal foibles, unforced errors and factional infighting, Marine Le Pen happily ridicules their haplessness and vows to make France fearless and fearsome – just like her.

    U.S. President Donald Trump employed the same tactics en route to the White House, successfully depicting his country’s political elites as spineless, useless and corrupt. But where Mr. Trump ran a chaotic campaign and veered constantly off message, Ms. Le Pen is an articulate and wily debater who makes mincemeat of flailing interviewers overwhelmed by her rapid fire of alternative facts.

    ▶ Play

    / 1:15
    What you need to know about Marine Le Pen, France's far-right leader who could become president (The Globe and Mail)

    That makes her strangely seductive even to voters uncomfortable with her fear-mongering and scapegoating of immigrants. Each new poll shows her narrowing the gap with either of her likely rivals on the final presidential ballot. At this rate, the May 7 runoff could be a real nail-biter....

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. .

      Le Pen is more politically astute than her father. But the nut doesn't fall far from the tree.


  58. Tucker Carlson, Trump, and the Suicidal Swedes.

    ...and the irresponsible MSM.


  59. Replies
    1. Better yet, an ophthalmologist or higher to check on all the age related possibilities.

      I'd now be functionally blind if I had not gone 2 years ago.

    2. Thanks, both of you.

      I should, I know.

  60. 8th Annual U of Idaho Hemingway Festival

    Festival Events

    Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual PEN/Hemingway Award recipient. This prestigious award is given for a novel or collection of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction. The author then visits the University of Idaho to read and to meet with students, faculty and the community during the festival.

    This year, the University of Idaho English Department’s 8th annual Hemingway Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s graduation from high school. To this end, the first half of the festival’s Literary Evening fundraiser event will feature selected readings from Hemingway’s own high school efforts along with excerpts from the winning entries of the 2017 Hemingway High School Writing Contest. The second half of the fundraising program will include readings by 2016–2017 UI Hemingway Fellow Jerri Newbill Benson and 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award winner Ottessa Moshfegh.

    The festival will also host readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty, and students, including a sneak peek event at BookPeople of Moscow, and a reading at Moscow Public Library; an academic panel on Hemingway and his scholars; and a high school writing contest. All festival events, with the exception of the fundraising dinner, are free and open to the public.

    Tickets may be purchased for The Hemingway Festival Literary Evening beginning on January 15, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event benefits the University of Idaho Ernest Hemingway Fellowship Fund.

    Friday, March 3

    Hemingway and His Academic Scholars

    Publication Luncheon with Hemingway Review Editor Suzanne del Gizzo

    Craft Talk with Ottessa Moshfegh and Kim Barnes

    Sneak Peeks Reading
    Saturday, March 4

    An Afternoon with Ottessa Moshfegh

    Social Mixer

    The Hemingway Festival Literary Evening - Fundraising Dinner

    For more information about the Hemingway Festival, please contact Melanie Thongs at or call the UI English Department at 208-885-6156.

  61. Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines have released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants carried out a threat to kill him after a ransom deadline lapsed over the weekend.


    The Abu Sayyaf claimed in November its gunmen had kidnapped Mr Kantner and killed a woman sailing with him off neighbouring Malaysia's Sabah state.


    Mr Duterte has ordered troops destroy the Abu Sayyaf extremists, saying their ransom kidnappings were embarrassing and were creating a security alarm in the waters bordering the south, Malaysia and Indonesia.

  62. I would like to attend that some day. I have read lots of Hemingway, but "A Movable Feast" a dozen times.

  63. Hemingway: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

    Probably not true today but Ernie thought so in the Roaring Twenties.

  64. Quirk was in Paris in 20's. He had fought for the French, in the trenches, through the worst of it, during WWI. He stayed in Paris, after it was over, wanting some fast life for a change. He got it. It was in Paris that he picked up his love of women and wine. When the Depression hit he headed back to Detroit. But only temporarily. When the Spanish Civil War broke out he was there, defending Madrid, in the thick of it, on the side of the Republic. During II he fought the Kraut in the sands of north Africa, then in Italy.

    The enduring thread through all of this was his disgust with, even hatred of, the Germans and all German like politics and 'culture', with all their puffing and blowing....

  65. .

    I'd probably just go the 'social mixer' on March 4 on the off chance of hooking up with a Hemingway chippie, maybe get a night with Ottessa Moshfegh. Looks like her afternoon is already booked.



    1. You can put up a tent at the farm, get to know Wayne....

    2. What about Kim and Suzanne ?

      You can't leave them lonely.

    3. Wayne is a pure Swede farmer and cattle rancher out in my area. Have know that family all my life, my father and grandfather before were close to their family.

      Wayne looks down on me as I'm only half Swede.

  66. Abu Sayyaf is currently holding 26 hostages — 13 Vietnamese, seven Filipinos, a Dutch national, a Japanese, two Indonesians and two Malaysians, the military said.

    The group, formed from seed money provided by a relative of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, also carried out the bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay in 2004 that claimed 116 lives in the country’s deadliest terror attack.
    The military had been pressing an assault against the Abu Sayyaf, attacking their camps and bombing their hideouts just before Kantner was killed.