“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."

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Susan Glasser claimed in the New York Times recently that there were “striking similarities” between Messrs. Trump and Putin. Holman Jenkins wryly confirmed this in the Wall Street Journal: “The similarities are indeed striking. Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump both have arms and legs.”

Democrats Are Descending Into a Kind of Madness Amid Frenzy Over Trump

The frenzy of the Never Trump movement becomes more demented every week. This last weekend, former national-intelligence director James Clapper (no friend of Donald Trump) said that there had been no evidence of any collusion between Trump people and any Russians when, after months of investigating, he left office with the old administration 45 days ago.

When asked by Chuck Todd of NBC at what point the absence of fire would establish that there was no fire and only smoke, he acknowledged that that was a “good question.” Republican members of the congressional intelligence committees repeatedly confirm that there is “no evidence” that has been brought forward of any such collusion.

Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat of Delaware, may have signaled the next retreat for the Democratic elected and press character-assassination squads by telling Chris Wallace on the weekend that, while nothing has turned up so far, he thought it would in Mr. Trump’s tax returns. This is what the Democrats are reduced to: a confident assertion that conclusive evidence of pre-election collusion between Messrs. Trump and Putin will be clear in the president’s tax returns.

They are mad. This is the madness that caused Elizabeth Warren to promise personal vengeance on every one of her 52 colleagues who confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general; that caused Chuck Schumer to burst into tears and claim that the Statue of Liberty was weeping, too, over the migrant order.

And it was this same lunacy, of which the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is the only known cause, that made Mr. Schumer demand that Mr. Sessions resign (even though Mr. Sessions’s explanation of his answer about meeting the Russian ambassador is perfectly plausible) and that caused Nancy Pelosi to go the distance and demand that TMr. rump resign.

I have a better idea: Why don’t they resign? They are malignant, shopworn, hyper-partisan blowhards, embarrassments to their surroundings and instrumental in dragging respect for the Congress into single figures in the polls. (It has risen a bit under Republican leadership.)

There is absolutely nothing to the Russian story. It began with Wolf Blitzer’s indulgence in the Golden Shower affair, in which he had Carl Bernstein and CNN higher-ups confirm what a diligently enterprising bit of journalism it was to pick up what no other press outlet would — the fatuous story from BuzzFeed that Mr. Trump had arranged for a group of prostitutes to urinate in a hotel bed in Moscow because the Obamas once slept there.

A couple of Trump aides had had some dealings in Russia years ago, when U.S.–Russian commercial contacts were officially encouraged under the Great Obama-Biden Reset. Onetime Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had worked with Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, before he became the Putin entry in Ukraine politics and before Mr. Manafort knew Mr. Trump.

Susan Glasser claimed in the New York Times recently that there were “striking similarities” between Messrs. Trump and Putin. Holman Jenkins wryly confirmed this in the Wall Street Journal: “The similarities are indeed striking. Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump both have arms and legs.”

It is for this empty canard that the Democratic leadership is screaming for resignations and a special prosecutor. Even Bob Woodward told Fox News on Sunday that you needed some indication that a crime had occurred before calling for a special prosecutor. (He wasn’t always so fastidious.)

It all reminds me of an episode in the 1960s sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?” about two New York policemen, in which one perpetrated an April Fool’s joke that his precinct sergeant took seriously and reported to the chief of police, and before the day was out, the chief, the mayor, the governor of New York, and the president had all taken to the airwaves to reassure the city, state, and nation that the problem was under control.

That was comedy and this is a Saint Vitus’ dance of the old Democratic Party. It is responding to the specter of its unimaginable enemy about to try to dismantle the tyrannies of the teachers’ unions, the climate-change frauds, the Democratic welfare-for-votes dispensary, the Obamacare monstrosity, the sanctuaries for the electoral harvest of illegal migrants, and the Wall Street fiscal massage parlor.
Mr. Trump’s success in all these ambitions is far from assured. The Republican Senate majority is hostage to some vulnerable egos that were battered by the Trump campaign for nomination, including those of Senators Rubio, McCain, Graham, and Paul. Some of the abrasions of the past two years were painful, but presumably Republican senators can be appealed to on some materially sweetened version of the national and party interest.

Mr. Trump will earn his spurs, or not, as an LBJ-style legislative dealmaker, but it will be difficult in the atmosphere created by his assault on the entire political class and almost everyone in Washington, both parties and elected or unelected. The war he began rages on.

The Democrats have little chance of winning by a preemptive strike, and that was obvious in their dejected response to his boffo performance at the Capitol last week, as they saw him poaching many of their electoral fiefdoms and giving the lie to their portrayal of him as a madman and an ignoramus.

His tactical skills are already evident. He didn’t take the bait to ignore the Seattle judge, complied, and has issued a new and bulletproof order on entry of foreigners. No one will remember what the ninja vandals were doing at Berkeley, or the mobs at airports, or Mr. Schumer sniveling publicly.

Mr. Trump’s accusation that President Obama tapped his telephones is presumably based on something, and is a response to the Democratic moles in the administration, leaking on a scale that in ancient times caused Noah to build an ark. The administration will have to send large numbers of suspects in the public service, under a hailstorm of subpoenas, to grand juries and prosecute the main apparent offenders.

It might even be time to unleash serious prosecutors on the Clintons, though it would be a regrettable indignity. This is siege warfare, and wars are not won by passivity. The credibility of the Democratic press is fungible and depleting, and they can only cry “wolf” for no reason so many times before no one but the detritus of their supporters pays any attention to their false alarms. The Democrats are already fumbling over the extent of the Obama administration’s surveillance of Mr. Trump.

It was clear when Mr. Trump spoke to CPAC on February 24 that the Gorsuch nomination and some of his policy positions had won back the conservatives. He was booed there two years ago, but this year he could have been carried in on a sedia gestatoria like Pius XII, given the veneration he received.

The highbrow conservative writers who have not changed their tune were left at the end of the branch; Mr. Trump sawed off the branch, and they are now chirping grumpily at each other on the inhospitable ground. Friendship prevents me from identifying some of them, but I cannot help but refer to the amiable David Brooks’s invocation of the Enlightenment in the New York Times on February 28.
Mr Brooks offered a fanciful pastiche of cultural revisionism with the American mythos. The Enlightenment pursued pure reason and encouraged religious skepticism and the dilution of the power of great offices and institutions and their occupants. It hovers between atheism and agnosticism but can tolerate deism, and politically is best satisfied with decentralization bordering on libertarianism.
Yet David Brooks credits it as the sole inspiration for democracy, though the constitutional monarchies of Europe had as much democracy as the new United States, especially if American slavery is taken into account. “The Enlightenment project” (that was hardly what it was) “gave us the modern world,” yet the “Nietzscheans attacked the separation of powers,” and among their number were Hitler and Mr. Putin.

The only parts of Nietzsche that Hitler bought into, apart from his talents as an epigrammatist, were atheism and notions of racial superiority. Mr. Putin claims to be an active Christian, and Nietzsche can be ransacked without finding any references to a separation of powers. Mr. Brooks writes that it was “Enlightenment leaders [who] extended the project globally, building rules-based multilateral institutions like the European Union and NATO.” But in fact, Richelieu and Bismarck were greater exemplars of the Enlightenment than the infestation of bureaucratic tinkerers in the crumbling Euro-structure of Brussels.
But the greatest of these whoppers was that “Abraham Lincoln was a classic Enlightenment man” and that the Civil War “seemed to vindicate . . . the entire Enlightenment cause.” Lincoln famously suggested that slavery was an “offence,” that God had given Americans “this terrible war” as a chastisement for that offence, and that “if God wills that . . . every drop of blood drawn by the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said that ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’” He was a sublime and enlightened leader, but this explanation of the Civil War would have horrified the chief propagators of David Brooks’s “Enlightenment project.”

Inevitably, David Brooks produced the latest American application of that project: “I’d add that anti-Enlightenment thinking is also back in the form of Donald Trump.” They are scraping the bottom of the barrel already. From the National Review.


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    1. They (Democrats) are malignant, shopworn, hyper-partisan blowhards, embarrassments to their surroundings and instrumental in dragging respect for the Congress into single figures in the polls.

      Not bad, not bad at all, especially:

      embarrassments to their surroundings

    2. Conrad Black rarely disappoints.

      Like Mark Steyn w/o the acting bug.

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    4. I liked this:

      That was comedy and this is a Saint Vitus’ dance of the old Democratic Party.

      It is responding to the specter of its unimaginable enemy about to try to dismantle the tyrannies of the teachers’ unions, the climate-change frauds, the Democratic welfare-for-votes dispensary, the Obamacare monstrosity, the sanctuaries for the electoral harvest of illegal migrants, and the Wall Street fiscal massage parlor.

      Mr. Trump’s success in all these ambitions is far from assured.

      The Republican Senate majority is hostage to some vulnerable egos that were battered by the Trump campaign for nomination, including those of Senators Rubio, McCain, Graham, and Paul. Some of the abrasions of the past two years were painful, but presumably Republican senators can be appealed to on some materially sweetened version of the national and party interest.

    5. In a previous thread, Mr. Quirk graciously answered my question related to employment numbers:
      He expressed skepticism regarding Trump's ability to perform based on stunts like Carrier, Ford, and etc.

      I would not disagree, but I think hope rides more on Conrad's list here PLUS dismantling crippling regulations across the board.

      Also not mentioned are simple actions like reversing the virtual abolition of drilling in the Gulf that Mr. Bob cited in a previous thread.

    6. I just figured out why Brooks is so fixated on Obama's crease:

      He's spent a lifetime as an empty suit.

    7. Trump's first full month in office brings massive employment boom as U.S. companies added whopping 298,000 new jobs in February

      New job figures from ADP beat economists' estimates by more than 100,000

  2. Trump's Challenge:

  3. A general air of hysteria has enveloped Washington’s political and media class.’s front page on Sunday and Monday featured a large red-washed image of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square.
    In front of St. Basil’s were a photoshopped Mike Flynn, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Vladimir Putin, and Ambassador Kislyak. Subtle!

    The large type at the top of the page read “Russia mystery threatens to consume DC.” Other top headlines included:
    White House can’t seem to shake off the Russian drama
    Trump and Russia: What fallout could be
    Trump’s hidden taxes fuel Russia rumors
    President’s own actions reignite a Russian obsession
    What the massive fallout could be politically and legally
    CNN/ORC poll: Most back special prosecutor to investigate Russia
    Russian glee over Trump’s election gives way to frustration
    Is Trump’s new conspiracy theory a tactic to divert attention from Russia?
    Media outlets are now writing up stories about Americans having ever met with Russians. One media outlet reported that while one Russian businessman and Donald Trump didn’t meet in October, their planes did. Yes, their planes did. One policy wonk convinced of nefarious Russian meddling privately said of a particularly stupid Red Scare story, “One of the reasons we will probably never get to the bottom of [meddling] is our media is populated by hyperventilating dimwits.”


  4. Tom Cotton on Wiretaps, Leaks, and Obama "Justice"


  5. Inauspicious:
    Mets’ Tebow strikes out twice, grounds into double play and gets picked off in debut

    1. Tebow needs to take up the revival circuit.

      I kind of like the guy, I admit.

    2. I think he got screwed by the NFL.

      Did pretty good in Denver, but nobody liked his style.

  6. What would we do w/o MEMRI ?

    On February 28, Russian military expert Viktor Baranetz, a retired colonel and former defense ministry spokesman, published an article in the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda titled "Trump-Pump-Pump And Our Big Bang." In the article, Baranetz asserted that Russia has asymmetrical responses to the increase in the U.S. military budget. According to Baranetz, Russia is "quietly 'seeding' the U.S. shoreline with nuclear 'mole' missiles" that "dig themselves in and 'sleep' until they are given the command" to detonate.

    1. Good Grief.

      Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by the absurdity of so much of life.

      But, what choice do we have ?

      We shall have to overcome this 'mole missile gap' by seeding our own moles.

      Trouble is the Rooskie hasn't much shoreline, so we shall have to innovate.

      Perhaps 'in country tundra moles' might do.

    2. Good Lord, here it is on Drudge right now:

      CLAIM: Russia Quietly Seeding U.S. Shoreline With Nuke 'Moles'...
      Deploys cruise missile, threatens NATO...DRUDGE

      What in the name of the love of life is the purpose of this shit, if it is true.

    3. I'm dootful, though.

      Hard to believe they would just leave nukes seeded around for scuba divers or if they are on land hikers to perhaps discover....and sell on the open market ?

      I'm thinking fakaroo news.

  7. If only LA Cops and citizens interacted like this:

  8. HuffPo: Cate Blanchett: My moral compass “is in my vagina”

    Brains too, everyone will imagine....

  9. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was fired from the White House last month, has registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department for work that may have aided the Turkish government in exchange for $530,000.
    Flynn's lawyer said in paperwork that he was voluntarily registering for work that "could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey."
    Flynn's consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group Inc., previously disclosed to Congress its work for a company owned by a Turkish businessman. But it had not filed with the Justice Department, which requires more extensive transparency. The new filings show Flynn's firm was paid $530,000.
    Trump fired Flynn last month for misleading key administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

  10. Be afraid, be very afraid...

    Your TV, your computer screen is watching you.

    1. TV hasn't been on since my wife's passing.

      She passed painful hours watching Movies on Netflix.

    2. Camera on computer taped over.

    3. .

      I was laughed at when I complained about the Patriot Act and its assault on our personal privacy and other rights. [Of course, I was wearing my hair a lot longer then and the tear drop tattoo didn't help (the tattoo artist was drunk at the time, well actually we both were and he put it at the corner of my lip rather than the corner of my eye so it looked more like drool than a tear).

      Meanwhile, the sheeple bleated, 'Do what you got to do, just protect us'.

      I applauded Snowden and decried the programs he exposed as assaults on our personal liberties.

      But the sheeple bleated, 'I've got nothing to hide, let them do their worst if they say it will just keep us safe.'

      Now it's reported the Dark State can monitor us in our homes and cars, using the new TV's they can watch our every move, they can hear us through baby monitors and Echo units, they can keep track of us through some of the newer TV's even when they are turned off.

      And the sheeple scream, 'Shit, does this mean I can't walk around in my underwear and slippers in the morning?' And a great roar arose from waterfalls of Maui to the boondocks of Idaho to the slums of Detroit.

      Winter is coming and we welcomed it with open arms.


    4. I always took you seriously and applauded you for your thoughts.

      Don't sell yourself short. You got your supporters, when you make sense.

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    6. How's your day going without Chin Chin ?

    7. .

      A day without Chin Chin is like Port wine without Stilton cheese.


    8. Forget supporters and underwear: This is Frigging Hawaii!

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    Japan lawmakers argue for first strike...

    China urges deal to avert 'head-on collision'....DRUDGE

    Who can blame the Japanese ? They've already been nuked twice.

    It's all another extortion effort by the Norks.

    Would that the Chinese would solve this nasty problem for the world.

    1. .

      Update to previous story, Haole Doug moves to east side of island purportedly because there is 'better quality' driftwood there.


    2. .

      Related story from unnamed fake news source...

      Trump administration seeks help from NK to solve its latest potential problem with Immigration Ban implementation.



    Coulda done that 40 years ago and saved the country.

    Nice while it lasted.

    1. .

      They are trying to get out of the US before the wall goes up.


    2. Things are looking up on both borders -

      NYT: Since Trump, quiet upstate New York road becomes a busy exit from U.S.

      Fewer in, more out.

      Exiteers mostly dems....whooooo hooooo !


      Well, Dems and muzz....

    4. Few Hollywood types though, alas.

    And craven Democrats predictably remain silent.
    March 8, 2017 Ari Lieberman

    From what I read not a whole lot of USA women, showing their good sense, actually turned for this nonsense.

    Angela Davis, aging commie, was in the forefront, though.

    1. Hell of a wonderful idea of women's rights - destroy Israel, the one country in the mid-east where women really do have rights.

      What a lot of horse shit.

      And that's according to my wife. And my daughter, too. And my Aunt, from her high position in the other world....and my mom....and my sister, and Cousin Sal....and godmomma Linda....and....and....and....

  14. The United States supports the UN-led Syria peace talks, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Wednesday, saying Syria could no longer be a "safe haven for terrorists" and that it was important "we get Iran and their proxies out."


    "This is very much about a political solution now ... and that basically means that Syria can no longer be a safe haven for terrorists, we've got to make sure we get Iran and their proxies out, we've got to make sure that, as we move forward, we're securing the borders for our allies as well," she said.

    Iran is backing fighters in Syria from Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

    1. .

      Nothing about Saudi Arabia?

      Nothing about Qatar?

      Nothing about the UAE?

      Nothing about Sunni al Qaeda?

      Nothing about ISIS?

      Nothing about Tarir al Sham?


      Same ol, same ol


    2. It's the Middle East

      ...and the USA

    3. My broken record:

      Steve Emerson produced an excellent video about Mosques calling for Jihad in America in 1993.

      Crickets in Washington

    4. Mostly Saudi funded, I'd bet.

  15. The Trump administration appears to have simply grabbed the nearest available, already existing list of problematic Muslim countries. (It’s tempting to wonder if it would have still used this criteria if Cuba and North Korea were still listed.)

    Among its many flaws as a counterterrorism tool, the list reflects a 1970s mindset that views terrorist groups as cohesive organizations acting on behalf of national governments. (This same outdated mindset, by the way, is partly responsible for the Bush administration’s case for invading Iraq.)


    The list is a classic example of Washington mission creep and the unintended consequences that can result when misguided policies refuse to die. It’s certainly not what Carter intended 38 years ago.

    Citizens to Ban

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    2. I saw the light and changed my mind.

    3. :)

      That ol' gal is the strongest lookin' strongest talkin' 100 year old I've ever seen !

      And she's got a ways to go yet.

      I had an Aunt that made 101 but when my daughter and I last saw her she was curled up like a pretzel.

      Good mind, though.


      "We'll come back and see you again"

      Aunt (with a chuckle):

      "You better make it soon or might miss me !"

      That was the last we saw of her. She died a few weeks later.

    4. I always recall that Aunt holding a cold Coors in her hand at the lake !

    5. Too bad she's not still around.
      She, you, and a Coors would make a perfect selfie.

  17. Quirk should love Pam for this kind of reporting - keeping the spotlight on government spooking -

    Obama’s Attorney General Lynch Signed Off on ALL FISA Applications to Wiretap Trump
    By Pamela Geller - on March 9, 2017

    A rogue and lawless regime — I don’t know that we’ll survive Obama’s coup on the republic. The fifth column is hard at war to destroy our current president and our constitutional republic. If it’s war they want, it’s war they’ll get.

    Conservative Byte, March 7, 2917:

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch would be the key cog in the machinery to enable a President Obama desire to wiretap Donald Trump. Nothing is done at the FISA Court without her sign off on the request. As a minion of Mr. Obama, this would not be hard to secure that from her. It would be perfectly legal, but not morally correct.

    From Gateway Pundit:

    The FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Court is in the news this weekend after President Trump tweeted that former President Obama had petitioned a court twice in order to wire tap current President Trump when he was running for office.

    The FISA Court was put in place in 1978 when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):

    The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court. By statute, the judges must be drawn from at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia. Judges typically sit for one week at a time, on a rotating basis.

    Pursuant to FISA, the Court entertains applications submitted by the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and other investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes. Most of the Court’s work is conducted ex parte as required by statute, and due to the need to protect classified national security information.

    Every single judge on the FISA Court as of today was appointed during Obama’s Presidency!

    Five of the current eleven judges on the court are scheduled to be on the court for President Trump’s entire first term with six of the judges’ terms expiring before January 2021. Seven of the judges are scheduled into the year 2020.

    1. Current Chief Justice John Roberts has been in his role since 2005 and therefore he has appointed all the judges to the FISA court. Judge Roberts is famous for supporting Obamacare in two radical positions, one of which Justice Antonin Scalia, in his withering dissent, refered to as “applesauce”. Knowing this, it is concerning that Judge Roberts also is responsible for the makeup of the current FISA court.

      Only two in over 10,000 applications were turned down by the FISA Court.
      According to ABC News:

      More than a thousand applications for electronic surveillance, all signed by the attorney general, are submitted each year, and the vast majority are approved. From 2009 to 2015, for example, more than 10,700 applications for electronic surveillance were submitted, and only one was denied in its entirety, according to annual reports sent to Congress. Another one was denied in part, and 17 were withdrawn by the government.
      According to ABC, all applications to the FISA Court were signed off on by the Attorney General and therefore if any applications were processed in the past year, they were signed off on by Loretta Lynch. This means that Lynch signed off on any requests for wire tapping President Donald Trump during the Presidential race. This is disheartening knowing that she released a video over the weekend calling for the need for more marching, blood and death on the streets. This also means that she chose not to investigate the Clinton Foundation for illegal activities but rather signed an application to wire tap President Trump.

      Finally, another very disturbing fact about the wire tapping request of President Trump is that the FISA Court turned down President Obama’s Administration’s first request to wire tap President Trump that was evidently signed off on by Attorney General Lynch. With only two applications denied out of 10,700 from 2009 through 2015, the fact that the Obama Administration’s application was denied by the FISA Court is very disturbing. The odds of this happening were 0.02%.

      The Obama Presidency is now arguably the most corrupt in US history.

    2. 93% of women in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan experience sexual violence


      Coincidence? No.

      “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

      Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” — Aisha (Sahih Muslim 2127)

      Another hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “If a husband calls his wife to his bed [i.e. to have sexual relation] and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning” (Bukhari 4.54.460).

      And she would in that case be disobedient, hence eligible for beating.

      Another hadith has Muhammad saying: “By him in Whose Hand lies my life, a woman can not carry out the right of her Lord, till she carries out the right of her husband. And if he asks her to surrender herself [to him for sexual intercourse] she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel’s saddle” (Ibn Majah 1854).

      “‘93% of Pakistani women experience sexual violence,'” by Mudaser Kazi, Express Tribune, March 8, 2017:

      Pakistan is among those countries where 70% women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime by their intimate partners and 93% women experience some form of sexual violence in public places in their lifetime.

      This was stated by founder of Madadgaar National Helpline 1098 and national commissioner for children, Zia Ahmed Awan, while quoting the statistics of international organisations during a press conference at their office on Tuesday.

      Awan lauded, in tribute to the International Women Day which is celebrated on March 8 every year, the courage of the 8,897 women and children from across Pakistan who came forward in 2016 and fought for their rights and protection by calling, visiting or contacting Madadgaar’s helpline.

      “The data recorded by our organisation is just the tip of the iceberg. Our helpline would [if there was awareness] have been flooded with calls from victims and survivors,” he stated, adding that only 10% cases of violence are being reported in Sindh and Punjab in media with even less reporting from Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa….

      “Out of the total cases reported on the helpline, the highest percentage of victims was that of women at 56%,” explained Madadgaar’s general manager Muhammad Ali Bilgrami who added that cases reported by boys were 16%, 15% by girls and 13% by men.

      According to Bilgirami, 7,561 cases were reported from Sindh and the least number of cases, 306, were reported from Balochistan. Unrest, targeted killing of the legal fraternity, weak law enforcement, absence of rule of law and overall social, cultural and religious barriers stop people in Pakistan, especially women and girls, to come forward and report violence perpetrated against them, said Bilgrami.

      While sharing the nature of cases reported in 2016 to Madadgaar National Helpline, Bilgrami briefed that 118 cases of child marriage, 162 of cybercrime, 14 of child abuse, 2,092 of domestic violence, 14 of forced marriage, 562 of harassment, 12 of karo-kari, 2,251 of missing children, 213 of missing women, 792 of mental torture, 5 of rape, 6 of sodomy, 10 of sexual harassment, 7 of sexual abuse and 5 cases of trafficking.

  18. Time to Musk SMIRK to Mars

    Donate Now !


  19. March 9, 2017
    Are the Clintons involved in the Odebrecht scandal?
    By Silvio Canto, Jr.

    The landscape certainly looks Clintonesque....

  20. Sara Carter, a national security correspondent told Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening that Circa News has revealed that there are two separate investigations of Trump’s servers.

    Sara Carter: “John and I spoke to some very senior U.S. officials, they clarified this. They said there was a FISA warrant in October that was looking at the overall Russian hacking investigation, but that the FBI, when they monitored the server at Trump Tower it was actually located away from Trump Tower. It wasn’t under the FISA. They did normal strategic type of FBI investigations that didn’t require the FISA. So they went into the server but they did not use the FISA to do that. They did have a FISA however in October at the exact same time as this investigation.

    Sean Hannity: “So there’s two instances now of spying?!”

    Sara Carter: “Two! Yes! Two instances so this is completely new evidence and remember we all thought and everybody had reported that the server was inside Trump Tower. The server was not located in Trump Tower according to our sources.


  22. The FBI is now said to be investigating the CIA, and the CIA to be investigating the FBI.

    Surely the NSA is investigating both, and both are investigating the NSA.

    And that leaves 14 national security agencies still to be accounted for....

    This is all quite insane, reminds one a little of ancient Rome, and I'm ready to secede, internally, psychologically, at least....

    In fact, have already done so....

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  23. Can The Donald fire The Comey ?

    If he can, he should do so.


      GOODWIN: Asserting power like no one in history...

      'No such thing as absolute privacy in America'....DRUDGE


    Comment on Hindu child rearing practices from:

    Dying To Wake Up

    THIS is the very idea I have entertained concerning our child Smirk all these years...the little dude needs a good thrashing....

    1. .

      If it wasn't India, Bob wouldn't be giggling. If it were Pakistan, he'd be calling it child abuse.

      It's how he views all such issues, from a skewed and bigoted perspective. The idea of the parallax view alludes him.

      In this, he is like the rat when he insisted on concentrating Israeli abortion figures, the presence of slavery, prostitution, etc. while providing no context or a relative basis on which to judge.

      But that's Bob.


  25. Trump sends B-52s to SKorea....DRUDGE

  26. Hard to believe. I watched B52s taking off from SAC Base Goose Bay in Labrador when I was 19. It was an awesome sight. At that time 30% of the fleet was always ready to be armed, crewed and in the air with 15 minutes notice.

    I later served on two TAC bases where we used fighter bombers for the same roll. We called that Victor Alert.

    Amazing to me we are still at it with the B52s.

  27. The planes are still flying while most of the old crew are dead.

  28. We screwed the Canadians telling them that that there were no nuclear weapons on the planes.

  29. I've watched as a flight of 10 or so....what's a squadron ?....took off from Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane, Washington, flying over me low, one after one, a couple minutes apart....I was up in some small mountains....

    Awesome !

    I've always had a place in my heart for the B-52s....

  30. .

    BobThu Mar 09, 03:12:00 AM EST
    Quirk should love Pam for this kind of reporting - keeping the spotlight on government spooking -

    You know what you can do with Geller and the horse she rode in under.

    Conservative Byte, March 7, 2917:

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch would be the key cog in the machinery to enable a President Obama desire to wiretap Donald Trump...

    Of course, Lynch would have signed off on the FISA applications IF there were any there there. Duh.

    The rest of the article is simply a repost of an equally inane article from gatewaypundit the bulk of it taken up once again explaining the FISA process. How many friggin times have we had that same process explained to us in the last 5 days? It’s fluff, filler meant to lend an air of authenticity for the credulous, it’s trinkets for the natives, bullshit and bubblegum, a moving light designed to distract the sheeple.

    Geller’s Score:

    +1 (for stating the obvious)

    -10 (for a bullshit headline and dumb shit analysis)

    -25 (for the distracting bullshit that takes up 95% of the article)

    -1000 (for animal cruelty)

    Ex-hick Bob’s Score:

    -100,000 (for associating Quirk’s name in any way with this bullshit. Again.)

    Don’t get me involved with this shit again until Donald Trump takes it seriously enough to have one of his minions get on the phone with DOJ and ask them to bring him proof that

    1. A FISA warrant was requested to investigate Trump or the Trump campaign by the Obama administration (dates, times, who requested it.)

    2. The warrant(s) was granted.

    3. Actual wire-tapping was done either under warrant or by some other means.


    What don’t you get about that?

    DOJ works for him. All the federal acronyms work for him.

    As president, he can declassify any information he wants to.

    Stop embarrassing yourself.


  31. .


    This is all quite insane, reminds one a little of ancient Rome, and I'm ready to secede, internally,
    psychologically, at least....

    Contrary to widely held opinion, ex-hick Bob reports this 'didn't' happen years ago, at least in reference to reality.

    Experts now predict things could get 'much worse'.