“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, March 05, 2017

Barack Milhous Obama, the New Nixon

Levin Lays Out The Case Against Obama:

Part Two: The Prospective Criminal  Case Of The United States Against Barack Obama:

Democrats’ efforts to raise suspicions about alleged — and, thus far, imaginary — links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government may have backfired spectacularly.

The spotlight is now on President Barack Obama and his administration’s alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign, as well as his aides’ reported efforts to spread damaging information about Trump throughout government agencies to facilitate later investigations and, possibly, leaks to the media.
On Sunday morning, the White House released a statement indicating that the president would ask the congressional committees investigating Russian hacking theories to add the question of “whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”
Media outlets continued to repeat that the story was based on “no evidence,” though the evidence was plain.
President Donald Trump originally tweeted about the alleged surveillance — which radio host Mark Levin called a “silent coup” by Obama staffers keen to undermine the new administration — on Saturday. Levin’s claims, reported at Breitbart News early Friday, were in turn based on information largely from mainstream outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington PostHeat Street was one non-mainstream source, but the BBC also reported similar information in January. So, too, did the UK Guardian, which is a mainstream source (albeit with a decidedly left-wing slant, hardly favorable to Trump).
All day Saturday, former Obama staffers tried to put out the fires. A spokesperson for President Obama responded — and Obama aide Valerie Jarrett tweeted:
A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.
As Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle noted, however, was a “non-denial denial.” It is worth examining the statement in detail.
  • “A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”
Note that this sentence does not dispute any of the key factual allegations at issue: that the DOJ approached the FISA court for permission to spy on Trump aides; that surveillance, once granted, continued after no evidence was found of wrongdoing; that the Obama administration relaxed National Security Agency rules to facilitate the dissemination of evidence through the government; and that Obama staffers allegedly did so, the better to leak damaging (and partial) information to the media.
In addition, there is reason to doubt the claim that the White House never “interfered”: the New York Times reported in January that “intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”
Moreover, the first part of the sentence raises doubts about Lewis’s entire statement. Lewis could simply have said: “No White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the DOJ.” That would have been a clear denial. Instead, he referred to a “cardinal rule” that supposedly existed.
All that does is create deniability for the rest of the White House in the event that evidence turns up that someone was, in fact, involved with a Department of Justice probe. (No doubt Obama will be outraged to find out if someone broke the “cardinal rule,” and will claim to have found out through the media, rather than directly.) The Obama communications operation is notoriously careful with the way denials are worded.
“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.”
This is a meaningless denial, since the FISA court deals with communications with foreigners, with U.S. citizens potentially swept up in the investigation. It would have been possible for the DOJ to approach the FISA court with a request to monitor foreign entities allegedly communicating with the Trump campaign, using those intercepts as a way to monitor the Trump campaign itself. According to news reports cited by Andrew McCarthy, that could have been precisely what happened.
And, again, this sentence does not deny that someone in the Obama administrationmay have ordered such surveillance.
“Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
What we have here is a blanket denial crafted to protect President Barack Obama himself, but allowing him to admit later — once the facts emerge — that his administration was, in fact, up to something. In addition, the Democrats have been adept at constructing elaborate chains of communication to create plausible deniability for higher-ups. That is how the “bird-dogging” scheme — through which left-wing activists instigated violence at Donald Trump’s rallies — was arranged for the Clinton campaign. (The organizer behind that scheme visited Obama’s White House 340 times, meeting Obama himself 45 times.)
As the New York Times — supposedly the paper of record — recently reported, there is “no evidence” that the “Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.” But there is ample evidence that the outgoing Obama administration used intelligence agencies to carry out a political agenda against Trump. The media, as Mark Levin pointed out again on Sunday’s Fox and Friends, simply refuse to report their own earlier reports.
Even without Trump’s more sensational accusations of wiretapping, it is, so far, undisputed that there have been many leaks of classified information to damage Trump, and that the Obama administration took steps that could have made such leaks more likely. (Charles Krauthammer — who is skeptical of “deep state” theories — called this the “Revenge of the Losers” on Friday.) Those are serious allegations that the former administration is likely going to have to explain to Congress.
But if the Obama administration did order surveillance of the Trump campaign during the election; and if Obama or any other White House officials knew about it (or created a “plausible deniability” scheme to allow such surveillance while preventing themselves from knowing about it directly); then there is an even bigger problem.
It would then seem that the “Russia hacking” story was concocted not just to explain away an embarrassing election defeat, but to cover up the real scandal.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. His new book, How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


  1. Now would be a good time for Edward Snowden to return to the US.

  2. Exclusive: The hatchet jobs against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden keep on coming with a new book whose author says he applied James Angleton’s counterintelligence techniques to Snowden, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

    By Ray McGovern

    In depicting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden as a Russian spy, author Edward Jay Epstein acknowledges his debt to the CIA’s famously paranoid counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who specialized in counterintuitive thinking that surely smeared more honest CIA officers than it snared actual spies.

    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. (Photo credit: The Guardian)
    At a recent book signing at the Hoover Institute in Washington, D.C., for How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft, Epstein proudly announced that he learned the tricks of the counterintelligence trade from the now-deceased Angleton.

    But Angleton, like other counterintelligence sleuths, assumed the carte-blanche right to smother a slender fact with weighty assumptions and then weave upon them a hefty garment of allegations, speculation and imagination fitting with the occupational predisposition to detect a spy.

    Over the decades, it’s conceivable that this “methodology” may have caught a spy or two (although Angleton is perhaps best known for missing the notorious Soviet spy Kim Philby). But creating a counterfactual, evidence-free scenario seems an irresponsible way to write about Edward Snowden, a whistleblower responsible for the most consequential intelligence leak in U.S. history.

    In his new book, Epstein spins his intricate web to prove Snowden’s supposed treachery around the fact that after leaking secrets to Western journalists in Hong Kong, Snowden wound up in Russia. The well-known reality is that Snowden never intended to get stuck in Russia but was stranded there when the U.S. government blocked his path to South America. Yet, however clear the record regarding how and why Snowden found asylum there, Epstein sees a more sinister logic.

    As a veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and a private citizen who has befriended many government whistleblowers, I happen to have known Angleton and currently know Snowden (whom I count among my friends).


    1. MORE

  3. Wonderful to see The Great One out of his Bunker In An Undisclosed Location doing battle on Fox.

    He has appeared on Fox a lot lately.

    For which I am thankful as he adds a crushing counter-weight to that nitwit Marie Barf Harf that they hired for some inexplicable reason.

    Marie Barf Harf, in case you might not recall, is that Jobs For Jihadis idiot bimbo who was a spokeswomen for Kerry's State Department.

    Why Fox hired her is beyond me.

    Perhaps an attempt to attract more of the Ash viewership.

  4. March 5, 2017
    Trump: A Master Tactician Serves Filet After the Russian Soufflé Collapses
    By Clarice Feldman

    How many people, knowing they have their opponents caught red-handed in what now appears to be the worst political scandal of our lifetime, would wait until those people and their press cohorts fell on their faces before acting on it? Not many, I think, but that seems exactly what President Trump just did.

    I know, you have been inundated by claims of “Russian influence” brought to bear mysteriously and for no discernible end by the major media. The latest tarring involved Attorney General Sessions meeting with the Russian ambassador about which we are supposed to be shocked, and an utterly baseless claim that he lied to Senator Al Franken when he testified before Congress.

    A. Background

    Did Attorney General Sessions Lie?

    No, It’s a confected claim....

    ....B. Game’s Up

    After waiting for the Russian soufflé collapse, Trump struck back with a real scandal: the Obama administration -- which, as we’ve noted, changed the intelligence-sharing rules on their way out of office, had illegally been listening in on Trump and his campaign.

    Friday in a series of tweets, the president exposed the scandal:

    As Deb in NC reports, the Trump team had suspected this as early as May when the NYT reported: “A sense of paranoia is growing among his campaign staff members, including some who have told associates they believe that their Trump Tower offices in New York may be bugged, according to three people briefed on the conversations."

    So there’s something to the suspicion that Trump waited this long to level the charge for a good reason. I’m not the only one who thinks this.

    Conservative Treehouse credibly reviews the timeline and believes the Mike Rogers, head of NSA, privately briefed Trump about the tapping shortly after the election.

    Scott Johnson at Powerline adds:

    “But if this is a story that has been out there for a while, why does Trump say he 'just found out'? Sounds like at a minimum there are new developments. We will see.” John Hinderaker at the same site reports this may lead to the impeachment of the FISA judges who, after refusing to authorized such an improper tap months earlier, acquiesced to Obama when the second request was slightly narrowed.

    I think it not unlikely that the tapping occurred even before the FISA authorized any such thing, in which case the criminal charges should be damaging to many more than merely the FISA judges.

    If the Democrats were so worried about Trump they peddled the ludicrous Russian soufflé to an incredulous press, how worried must they be now?

    1. Leaks and unnamed sources fuel media’s plan to destroy Trump
      By Michael Goodwin March 5, 2017 | 6:20am

      Getty Images

      The media doesn't call the shots -- Trump does

      Here a Russian story, there a Russian story, everywhere a Russian story — all based on leaks from anonymous sources. You don’t have to be a spook to spot the plan: Destroy Donald Trump by putting him in a bear hug.

      To judge by their scattershot approach, the conspirators are fishing for a bombshell. The fallback goal is to inflict death by a thousand cuts.

      Already they’ve gotten one scalp and part of another. Gen. Mike Flynn is gone, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is wounded. Each made a mistake that obscured a larger truth: Somebody in the government has been spying on Trump’s team and giving top secret information to anti-Trump media outlets.

      Our president is many things, but dumb he’s not. He recognized the stakes, so yesterday he struck back in a way that dramatically upped the ante in the war over his presidency.

      Trump’s early-morning tweets accusing President Barack Obama of having wiretapped him at Trump Tower startled the world. It is a sensational claim, but in light of the tsunami of leaks from intelligence agencies, the president is right to suspect that he’s the target of a dirty game....

  5. 18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy

    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

  6. I believe that Obama and the Democrats were so convinced Clinton would win, they got sloppy, assuming they would retain the keys of power, denying access to a demoralized Republican Party.

    They fucked up big time and Obama got nervous the last month and instead of going the shredding and deleting route , thought he could drag fat saggy ass over the finish line.

    No good has come out of the Idiot Bush over-expansion of US intelligence agencies. They have mostly been hijacked by political plants and are way to big and intrusive. Cut them in half. Consolidate and delete duplicitous and duplicate cells.

    Nothing personal but if Obama put them in, get them out.

  7. Go after Clinton and disperse media control through trust busting. Google and Amazon need to be broken up along with all the big media conglomerates. Government allowed and abetted their consolidation. Now throw it into reverse. Use the tax code to do it.

  8. .

    Right and break up Walmart and Kroger and bring back the mom and pop store.

    Make America Great Again!!!



    1. Absurd comparison. Google controls media, search and the order and magnitude and distribution of both. It can and does act act as a censor and swallows and absorbs competitors. It would not exist without the free ride it got from the government. It needs to be broken up.

      Amazon is a job wrecking and wage destroying machine that got its start the same as google. Amazon double dipped by using the internet and grew by selling in states without paying sales taxes disadvantaging in state retailers that pay.

      Both companies are using their commercial prowess to influence politics and news media. Bezos through the Washington Post is distorting and corrupting the political process.

      Three of the four have one thing in common. They are national distributors that have destroyed small businesses and have shifted social welfare costs to the federal and state governments.


  9. "Those are serious allegations that the former administration is likely going to have to explain to Congress."


    We're to believe REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS would lift a finger against our First Black ex-President???


  10. That is how the “bird-dogging” scheme — through which left-wing activists instigated violence at Donald Trump’s rallies — was arranged for the Clinton campaign.

    (The organizer behind that scheme visited Obama’s White House 340 times, meeting Obama himself 45 times.)


    This is the guy that looked the part in spades, had some previous conviction, was forced to give up his post (for the record, at least) and is married to some Democrat Politician.


    But, of course, Obama and he mostly talked of golf and grandkids.


    1. Anybody remember his name?

    2. Robert Creamed his pants "Kramer"


    3. Robert Creamer Visited Obama’s White House 340 Times

      In one hidden camera video, filmed at Creamer’s Washington, D.C. office, Creamer explains that Hillary Clinton is aware of “all” of his activities, directly or indirectly, and that Democracy Partners has a daily conference call with the Clinton campaign, as well as frequent calls with the White House.

      Creamer’s meetings at the White House include two meetings with President Obama in March 2011 and June 2013 where the total number of people is listed as just two. Presumably, just Creamer and Obama.

      Another character in the investigative videos is Scott Foval who was removed from his job at Americans United for Change as a result of the Project Veritas investigation. In the second O’Keefe video, Foval paints a dark picture of Creamer saying, “Bob Creamer is diabolical and I love him for it.” While discussing the potential voter fraud plot, Foval credits Creamer for “coming up with most of these ideas,” and describes Democracy Partners as a “dark hat.”

    4. During the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections he worked with the Democratic National Committee as a consultant to the Obama Presidential Campaign coordinating field based rapid response to Republican Presidential candidates.

    5. Creamer's Wife:

      Janice Danoff "Jan" Schakowsky

      is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 9th congressional district, serving since 1999.

      The district includes many of Chicago's northern suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Niles, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. It also includes a large portion of Chicago's North Side bordering Lake Michigan.*

      In April 2009 Schakowsky pointedly criticized the tax day Tea Party protests, asserting that they were

      "an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs ...

      It's despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt

    6. Hard to forget that video:

      "“Bob Creamer is diabolical and I love him for it.”

      While discussing the potential voter fraud plot, Foval credits Creamer for “coming up with most of these ideas,” and describes Democracy Partners as a “dark hat."

    7. ...but Obama was never involved in any of this.

  11. .

    Tweet. Tweet. Tweet.

    This could all be resolved quickly. All, we need is for Trump to show us proof of the charges he has laid against Obama and to present that evidence to the DOJ for follow up on it. He is after all the friggin president.

    Well, that or explain why he made public charges of criminal actions by former president without evidence to back it up.

    So far, all we've seen are allegations based seemingly on a Breitbart article. For that matter, we have yet to see any actually evidence there was a wire tap. Not to say there definitely wasn't one but there has been no official confirmation of any kind. As a matter of fact, James Clapper went on TV and said he would have seen any FISA request of that type on Trump or the Trump Campaign and he denied there was one.

    It took 24 hours for the White House to respond in any fashion. White House spokesmen on TV today tried to explain Trump's tweet...

    'Well, if this actually happened...'

    When pressed, we got...'Well, Mr. Trump thinks...'

    The last one I saw on FOX didn't even try to explain...'Well, that's a question you should ask Mr. Trump.'

    The host's response, 'But you are the Trump spokesperson.' And so it went.

    Sean Spicer requested that Congress investigate the charges Trump tweeted that referred to "very troubling" reports "concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election."

    Spicer has refused to respond to inquiries about citing those reports. No comment?

    We now hear that the White House will have no more comments on this issue under it is reviewed by Congress (good luck with that one Sean given Trump's propensity for tweets.)

    My opinion: More Trump Chaos Theory

    Designed to get Sessions off the front pages.

    The measure of Trump's concern about the Obama matter: After his tweet on Obama, Trump immediately tweeted 'Arnold Swartzennager didn't quit The Apprentice he was fired.'

    Russia must be loving this. Nothing better than seeing chaos sown among your enemies.

    Hopefully, some Committee in Congress will investigate this and let the chips fall were they may.

    In the mean time, the launch of the Trump Presidency continues to look like a Chinese Fire Drill.




  12. Lewandowski: Obama Bugged Senator Sessions While He Was STILL SENATOR Last Year (VIDEO)

    So that's how my nutty Professor in the last thread got to write his New York Times Editorial.

    1. THEY ("The Russians") is US!

      Top Bush ethics lawyer: Russia could have blackmail on Sessions, and he must resign

      "The thing with Sessions is that the Russians almost certainly have a recording of these conversations or detailed notes about the conversations," he said.

      Painter continued: "And so, they've got something over Sessions. Sessions will be asked what was said in these conversations. And if that doesn't match what the Russians have in their records ... then they've got him, and they have this over him for the rest of his term. We have no idea of knowing whether we're in that situation, but it's just way too high a risk."

    2. From the last thread:

      "Bush Ethics Lawyer"
      (Who campaigned for Hillary)

      Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School who was the chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007, added that the latest Russia-related White House firestorm could leave Sessions open to the risk of "blackmailing."

  13. February 15, 2017

    Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin said that former President Obama had a “devastating effect” that “politicized” the U.S. intelligence community during an interview Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

    Boykin, the former U.S. deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, suggested the politicization of intelligence agencies led to the downfall of National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

    Flynn, whom Boykin said inspired “great angst” within the intelligence community, may have been targeted because of his unconventional views on foreign policy and the military.

    “Now, I have a great respect for the intel community. But Obama has really had a devastating effect on them, just like he has the military. And he’s done it in a variety of ways,” Boykin told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham.

    “So I think Flynn was targeted by them because they were concerned about where Flynn was going to go in terms of what he was going to recommend to President Trump.”

    Flynn resigned from his post Monday evening following reports that he misled Vice President Mike Pence concerning details of his phone conversation with a Russian official prior to Trump’s inauguration. The former national security adviser found himself in hot water when a report from The Washington Post quoted unnamed former and current U.S. officials who had knowledge of the phone call transcript and regarded Flynn with suspicion.

    The Post also reported that Obama appointee Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general until Trump fired her, had alerted the White House to concerns from Flynn’s Russian contacts and conversations.

    “It is very clear that Mike Flynn has visited Russia. He’s had interest in Russia,” Boykin said.

    Although the transcript of Flynn’s phone call has not been released and the exact details are unavailable, Boykin noted the Left has taken up a relentless witch hunt to tie Trump to the Russian hacks that marred the 2016 election in any and every way they can possible conceive.

    “If they want to go down the trail of some collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians to interfere in the election and all that, prove it. There has been no evidence,” Boykin said


    1. {...}

      Boykin insisted that the most important thing that Flynn “did wrong” throughout the entire controversy was to “mislead the vice president,” regardless of the unknown degree to which Flynn delved into the topic of U.S. sanctions during the phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

      “And that’s unacceptable,” Boykin said.

      Nevertheless, Boykin raised the question of why Flynn, in particular, was specifically targeted in the information the intelligence officials leaked to the press.

      “Mike Flynn was not revered by the intelligence community. He was an innovator who challenged the intelligence community,” Boykin said. “The community itself has been politicized — the intel community. And I think this is one of the results — this is one of the things that you’re seeing come out of that politicization.”

      “You’re seeing a guy that is key in the Trump administration being targeted, and they have used the tools that they have available to them to bring this guy down,” Boykin told Ingraham. “And I think this is a devastating loss to the Trump administration and to the country as a whole.”

      Noting that there were some intelligence members who were “lined up against” Flynn when his name was floated for the Director of National Intelligence position, Boykin claimed that those officials were horrified at the prospect of Flynn overseeing their 16 agencies.

      “So the long knives were out after him,” Boykin said. “The intel community has a great angst against Flynn.”

      Calling Flynn a “reformer,” Ingraham agreed that “given what we’re seeing with these leaks, it needs a lot of reforming. It’s become politicized, it looks like.”

      Under Obama’s leadership and oversight, the intelligence community has become “somewhat discredited,” Boykin claimed, as partisan politics appeared to seep through the agencies.

    2. {...}

      “And you’ve got a guy like Flynn that comes in and is known to be an innovator. Now who are they going to line up against? Trump himself? No.They’re going to line up against anybody he might use to bring them back to where they need to be,” Boykin claimed.

      According to Boykin, one of the biggest beefs some in the intelligence community held against Flynn was his outspoken position on the dangers of Islam. Noting that Flynn was also a prominent critic of Obama’s Iran deal, Ingraham and the lieutenant-general recalled that Flynn was often labeled as an “Islamophobe” who cautioned against Islam’s influence on Western society.

      “Mike Flynn was one of the first people to come up with a credible voice and say, ‘No. No, no. We need to look at what the Quran says'” and how its followers respond, Boykin said. “The intel community has yet to adapt that because [Obama] has not allowed them to.”{...}

    3. {...}

      "So Mike Flynn was going to force them to do something that they have been reluctant to do and that the presidents of the United States, the last two, have really not allowed them to do. And that was another reason that Mike Flynn was on the outside looking in," Boykin theorized.

      As questions continue to swirl surrounding the nature of the Flynn controversy and the Left's dogmatic quest to tie Trump to Russia, Boykin predicted that politicization will continue to divide the country even further.

      "We always have some kind of scandal or turmoil in Washington. You know what — it's to be expected," Boykin told Ingraham. "I just hope we get it behind us and get down to the real business of the country here very quickly."

      As the leaks continue to flow out of the intelligence community and the West Wing, the president registered his severe disapproval.

      "Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man," Trump said Wednesday during a press conference. "I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it the 'fake media,' in many cases, and I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly ... I think in addition to that, from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked ... It's criminal action, a criminal act, and it's been going on for a long time, before me, but now it's really going on. And people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under [former Democratic nominee] Hillary Clinton."

  14. The intelligence agencies, all of them , have been given far too much power.

    There is no credible oversight and they were fearful of Flynn and have been willingly dragooned into a goon squad by Clinton and Obama to destroy Trump.

    Nothing good will come out of this. Intelligence agencies should not be involved in politics but in Washington everything is politics and the American public has been so brainwashed into hero worship for the military and intelligence agencies, there is little hope of reform.

    They get what they want and based on their results deserve less than a third of what they consume. Eventually, they will create a disaster and if we are lucky enough to have someone who knows them from the inside and has the authority and support to take them on, we have a small chance. Destroying the Trump presidency will not rise to that standard.

    1. Quirk says it's all Trump's fault.

      Our own Morning Quirk.

    2. .

      Once again, we are treated to Hawaiin ass music.


    3. .

      No, you misunderstand, Doug, that wasn't a request for an encore.


    4. Quairtk kant spel gud nevr cud

  15. Robert,

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    hand of the federal government.

    This week, Iowa legislators took bold, bipartisan steps towards joining the
    coalition of states calling for an Article V convention to propose amendments that
    limit federal power and jurisdiction.

    The Iowa Senate State Government Committee voted 12-3 in favor of the Convention of
    States resolution with strong support from both parties.

    A few hours later, the Texas Senate voted 20 - 11 in favor of the same application
    with unanimous support among Republicans.

    Victories like these are what happen when the American people unite against a common

    Tonight at 8:00 pm EST, our President, Mark Meckler is holding a thirty-minute
    webinar to discuss these critical victories and where we stand in our historic fight
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    1. Yet ANOTHER new term for elder minds to deal with:


    2. English is a most wonderful beautiful language.

      Always changing, always growing, always something new coming life itself.

    3. I know someone from the other side of the world who speaks English like a champ, along with knowing four other languages. I introduced her to our term here in the hicks of the cat's pajamas. This means the very best of something there is or ever could, that harvest was the cat's pajamas, Quirk is the cat's pajamas of buffoons, that football pass reception was the cat's pajamas, one lover to another you are the cat's pajamas... She loves cats and was immediately joyful over this new term, and thought it the cat's pajamas of expressions.

    4. .

      Young and easily amused, what a great combination.


  16. Deuce ☂Sun Mar 05, 10:09:00 AM EST
    Absolutely brilliant

    I finally took the time to go through both videos and your arguments Deuce and I am appalled. This current episode confirms your illogical reason and prejudice Deuce. You make Bob appear rational in juxtaposition. You have fallen to a low equalled by your insistence that Obama was a rack addict. You make no rational arguments but simply pump the Trump delusions. I no longer look to your opinions as being the rational depiction of the 'right's' stance but rather as yet another partisan view that ignores all logic and fact and simply echoes Trump Ian delusion. The guy is nuts, seriously. You can imagine Trump lying in bed Friday night stewing about the travesty, THE TRAVESTY, of what he read on Brietbart. Brietbart's not fake news, no, it's the truth. Those Levin videos - laughable. Really.

    Deuce, dude, you've lost it. Really!

    1. The simple fact that you see brilliance in either of those two Levin videos is telling.

    2. Ash is the cat's pajamas of Dunces.

      Slap that fool into The Dunce Box for a week or two, Deuce.

      You don't have to put up with his sort of buffoonery.

    3. Ash, the cat's pajamas of Dunces, once wondered, for instance, how the USA could be accused of war crimes if Congress had not declared war.

      I rest my case.

    4. There you go making shit up again Bob.

    5. I can go back and get that one, unless you've deleted it, Smirk.

      Want me to do so ?

      It will take some time....but I will do it.

      It was only four or five threads ago.

  17. I'm becoming of the opinion that Twitter Accounts will bring this once great nation to its knees.

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. .


      Here's another...


      An IPO for Snap, parent company of Snapchat, launched on Thursday at an IPO price of $17+ but started at $24+ when the market opened. The next day it went to $28 before settling back a little. This for a stock that was really diluted (on average the employees got something like 1.4 million shares each, I heard) and it launched at about 40 times earnings.

      The reason I bring it up is I know nothing about the stock, the company, or what they do. [Ash can probably fill us in on the details.] However, I'm watching CNBC and they are showing what you can do with their programs, crazy stuff like sending pictures of yourself with a cat's face or adding objects and things to a photo to develop some kind of a theme that you can pass on to your friends. One of the guys they had on CNBC talking to the noontime panel said you can use this type of stuff for carrying on a conversation with your friends.

      I am so far behind on this stuff I not sure I could catch up if I tried. But this stuff is the future. Kids grow up with it like we did radio or television. Maybe this is why the fertility rate is dropping. Why date when you can simply carry on a conversation through emojis? Why worry about looking like a dog when you can transform yourself into a pretty little cat?

      It's a brave new world. I can see where some good might come from it. For instance, I heard a young singer talking about the Imaging trend where people post photos, in her case of entertainers doing their thing. She said it help fight bullying, fat-shaming, etc. by showing plenty of people out there of all races, ethnicities, and body shapes enjoying themselves doing different activities. However, the trend is still kind of worrying to me.

      Nuance is already being stripped out of the language. There is the whole push to wipe out certain words, art, tradition, and even history because they don't fit someone's idea of what's acceptable. The university cafeteria can't cook some ethnic specialties lest they be accused of cultural appropriate. Worse, as the language shrinks and nuance is lost we are forced even more to talk in black and white further widening the gulf between an already polarized society.

      It's possible the future may be more colorful and more bland at the same time.

      [P.S. I am hoping for a pullback in Snap so I can take a flyer with some shares. Why fight them?]


  18. Quirk on the way to trysting Dada Le Boeuf -

    1. At the last minute he jumped off the bike and mounted her.

  19. Philadelphia soda tax leads to layoffs at Pepsi
    Mar 5, 2017 3:31 PM by Jazz Shaw

    What did you think was going to happen?

  20. go here quick!

    1. Damn, if I had done this right away, you coulda seen the train go through downtown Truckee at night.

      Still quite a sight, with the traffic in the snow.

    2. I-80 was closed with Whiteout conditions today.