“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, May 21, 2017

It's Time for Trump to Give the Democrats Their Due - Turn the DOJ Loose on Hillary Clinton & Susan Rice

It's past time for Trump to grow a pair, forget nice and go after Hillary Clinton, hammer and tong.

"This country doesn't punish its political enemies." Jeff Sessions, at his confirmation hearing.

That was then. This is now. There will be no peace for Trump until he strikes back and draws blood. Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice will make a great start.


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) says he’s still overseeing an investigation into allegations that former national security adviser Susan Rice pushed for certain U.S. citizens to be identified in intelligence reports.
Nunes told Fox News on Friday that he remains "very concerned" about accusations that Rice asked for the identities of certain U.S. citizens incidentally surveilled by intelligence agencies to be "unmasked" in reports delivered to her.
Nunes defended his role in the investigation into Rice's actions as separate from his recusal on the House's investigation into Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential election. 
“I’m still read into everything,” Nunes said. “What I’ve done, because I thought it was appropriate, as long as there’s going to be these bogus charges against me, until that got cleared up, I was just going to set the Russia investigation aside.”

“But everything else, I’m still in charge of,” Nunes continued, “especially the unmasking.”
Rice came under scrutiny from Republicans after reports that she asked for the normally-hidden identities of U.S. citizens alleged to be connected to President Trump's campaign be unmasked.
Rice maintained that she did not act inappropriately, saying the unmasking requests were “not uncommon” and “absolutely not for any political purpose, to spy, expose, anything."
Nunes said Friday that the committee’s investigation into the unmasking is “just beginning.”
“I remain very concerned about it,” Nunes said. “We’re going to have to have some major changes to federal law as it relates to how intelligence is collected and who can unmask that intelligence.”
Nunes recused himself from the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election last month amid a House ethics probe into whether he divulged classified information. Earlier this week, questions were raised about Nunes' apparent ongoing role in the investigation.


  1. I followed Trump's career since the Wollman Skating Rink back in the eighties. If Trump comes back from his overseas tour in shape with his base, he needs to go back to his New York days and ways.

  2. WOW: Here’s How Trump’s Ex Found Out He Was Divorcing Her
    AP PhotoAP Photo

    Apparently Donald Trump informed his second wife Marla Maples that he was divorcing her by first telling the New York Post. Once the paper was printed, Trump “put the newspaper down in front of her door that said, ‘Donald Is Divorcing Marla,’” confessed Trump biographer Robert Slater.

    Back in 2005, Slater, who penned “No Such Thing as Over-Exposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump,” said that the Manhattan socialite told him that he “informed his second wife that he was going to divorce her by announcing it first to the New York Post,” reports Buzzfeed, but then had Slater remove the nasty anecdote from the book before it was published. Trump also had Slater change the photo picked for the cover of the book, since the one chosen apparently made Trump “look fat.”

    “Greatest anecdote anybody has ever told me,” said the writer, while giving a lecture at the Library of Congress. “He put the newspaper down in front of her door that said, ‘Donald Is Divorcing Marla.’ That’s how she learned about the divorce."....

    Not bad, not bad at all.

    1. :)

      I think that's funny as hell.

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    3. Only an asshole would do that, of course, but still.....maybe she deserved it ?

    4. It's almost muzzie, in a way....maybe that's why the Sodis seemed to take such a shine to the man.....though I think the arms deal probably had more to do with it.

    5. If he treats Melania that way I'm finished with him.

      She's not a slut, she just posed as one in magazines is all.


    6. A raped girl is bad for the family: it shows that they can’t protect their women;
      that they have little social standing; and that they’re not respectable.

      It’s worse for the victim because once a woman, or a girl—or a boy—is known as the target of a rape she becomes so despised, so shamed, so worthless that she turns into public property.

      No one is raped only once.

      ― Louise Brown,
      The Dancing Girls of Lahore:
      Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District

    7. The Muzzie/Trump Way ...

      The Tao of Farmer Fudd

    8. .

      I think that's funny as hell.

      Damn, Bob, what the hell's wrong with you?


    9. Nothing. I got a sense of humor.

      Sadly lacking in you.

      Miss Maples seems a grown up gal.

      I'm sure she can take it.

      It's you I am concerned about.


    10. “The days hardened with cold and boredom like last year's loaves of bread.
      One began to cut them with blunt knives without appetite, with a lazy indifference.”

      ― Bruno Schul


  3. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio warned Sunday about the "cloud" of questions surrounding Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election that is hanging over the White House and pledged to provide the public with answers.


  4. Analysis // Trump Just Sold Billions of Dollars of Sophisticated Weapons to a State He Said Masterminded 9/11

    If he can change his mind so violently on Saudi Arabia, what guarantees can he give Israel?

    - Chemi Shalev

    This is the same Saudi Arabia that Trump bluntly accused of masterminding 9/11, of loving to kill gays and enslaving women, the same country that Trump said, after his election, should be banned from exporting any oil to the United States. But this was a few days before the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began to court Trump, four months before his meeting in the White House was described as a turning point in relations between the two countries, seven months before Trump was received by the Saudi royal family with pomp, parades, horses and dancing princes.

    It’s tempting to say that Trump was welcomed as if he was Lawrence of Arabia, were it not for the fact that Lawrence disliked King Saud and said his rule would introduce extremist Wahhabist Islam to the Arabian peninsula. This is the same Islam that Trump said hates America, and therefore requires a travel ban to protect it.

    read more:


    1. Who funds extremist Wahhabist Islam's expansion across Africa, the ideological source of the Boko Haram, but the Saudi Arabian Monarchy.

      Those self same Muslims that the US President has now allied US with a massive arms deal...

  5. .

    This is all secondary stuff. We could list the hypocrisy all day long.

    Bob beams because Melania didn't wear a headscarf. Two years ago, when Michelle didn't wear a headscarf on an official visit to SA, Trump called it an insult to the Saudis.

    Deuce demands an investigation. Hillary gets blasted for accepting $25 millions from the Saudis in the name of her foundation. On the other hand, Ivanka got the Saudis/UAE to pledge $100 million to the foundation she fronts and we hear nothing.

    The Trumpettes praise the Trump/Saudi $110 billion arms deal. These are the same arms currently being used to devastate Yemen. One has to wonder if as part of the deal the US will begin to ship Saudis the cluster bombs (in simple terms smaller and more technically advanced barrel bombs) they were shipping before things got too hot in the press.

    These things are to be expected. These are politicians we are talking about. The hypocrisy is mother's milk to these guys. There is no way any of them will or even can stand up to the MIC. In short they are all dicks. If Hillary had been elected we would be talking about the same type things. It's all peripheral shit that's unlikely to disappear in the future.

    The real shit Trump brings to the table is the dishonesty that won him the White House. The only promises he has come through on are his attempts at instituting the Muslim ban and building the wall. That is enough for the hard core Trumpettes; but his actions and proposed actions go back on all the other important promises he made to the people in flyover country, the people who put him over the top in the election.


    1. Rabid Trump hater.

      It's all pussy envy.

      Look at your reaction above....

      Dead give away.

      You're a gas.

      ha ha !

    2. .

      And you are one of the hardcore Trumpettes I mentioned above. He's giving you everything you wanted.

      Fortunately, there are a lot of people in the country who don't share your/his sense of humor or views.

      Right now, the other Trumpettes in fly-over country, those he promised to help, to address their concerns, to make their lives better continue to chant, 'Thank you sir, may I have another.' It remains to be seen whether they will continue to support him when they see he endangers what little healthcare and security they still have, when they see the effects of his orders affecting health and safety, when they see the progress that has been made on things like the health and safety and the environment reversed, when they see instead of Trump's promise to 'drain the swamp', control the banks, Wall Street and the 'Establishment' all of them rewarded by Trump's unilateral actions on regulations and his promised actions as outlined in the budget proposal.

      Trump campaigned as an outsider. Since he took office he proved he has always been part of the establishment.

      My animus towards Trump is based in part on his grating personality to be sure. The man is a flaming *-**** but that is a minor factor. The big thing is what he is now promising to do to this country.

      I wouldn't expect you to change your views. You like the nativism and bigotry he spouts and there's always the chance you'll get a tax break. It's what we've come to expect from the faux farmer.


    3. Trump promise - Remove criminal undocumented immigrants.

      In the 100 days since President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Orders (EOs) regarding immigration enforcement priorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 41,000 individuals who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally. This reflects an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016.

      Between Jan. 22 and April 29, 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers administratively arrested 41,318 individuals on civil immigration charges. Between Jan. 24 and April 30, 2016, ERO arrested 30,028.

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    1. Bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

      But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback.

      After all, I had paid them nearly 20% interest for about three years. My lawyer thought it to be a hell of a good move. He got most of the money. It was tough, in them days. They couldn't do a damn thing about it, I put her in the rest home, age 96. What you going to do, when she is institutionalized?

      Quirk Thu May 27, 02:16:00 AM EDT
      Bob, a tip.

      Delete your post on the bank.

      That was wisdom, from the Quirk, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.
      Your inability to comply with the Q's suggestion, revealing...

      To say the least.

  7. Venezuelan tyrant tells Trump to, “get your pig hands out of here”
    POSTED AT 2:01 PM ON MAY 21, 2017 BY JAZZ SHAW

    Come now, sir. There’s no need to resort to rudeness.

    When we heard the announcement about sanctions against Venezuelan supreme court judges this week I wasn’t overly impressed. Considering how badly any semblance of democratic principles have been thrown under the bus in that socialist paradise and the way that the hand picked supreme court does the bidding of their despot, Nicolas Maduro, a few sanctions seemed like rather weak tea. But Maduro himself didn’t take it that way. While he’s largely held his tongue about Donald Trump until now, this was apparently a bridge too far and Maduro got down and dirty, hurling insults at the American president. (CBS News)

    Venezuela’s president delivered his most scathing critique of President Trump on Friday, telling him to stop intervening and “get your pig hands out of here.”

    Speaking before a crowd of supporters, President Nicolas Maduro accused Mr. Trump of promoting an interventionist policy that infringes on his socialist government’s sovereignty.

    “Go home, Donald Trump!” he said in heavily accented English.
    I suppose he might have let it slide were the sanctions not coming on top of Trump’s remarks on Thursday, when he called the current conditions in Venezuela “a disgrace to humanity.” Too late now, I guess. The heat has been turned up and the pot is beginning to boil.

    To steal a line from the Lord of the Rings series, Maduro’s list of allies grows thin. Yes, there are some other strong men around the globe who have some nice things to say about him from time to time, ranging from the leaders of North Korea and Turkey to Russia. But none of them seem interested in actually bailing Venezuela out at the moment beyond the normal foreign aid that they’re already providing. And sending in troops to back up Maduro’s armed militia thugs in repressing his own people would be some pretty awful optics, even for the ones who could afford it.

    Maduro’s lack of self restraint is a fairly typical hallmark of socialist tyrants, but it’s coming at a price to him. Of all the nations on the planet, the one most likely to offer some help were he willing to schedule new elections and stop repressing the power of the elected legislative branch would probably be the United States. Heck, if he could even manage to stop attacking his own people long enough to halt the violence and let in some additional workers we could probably be sending in some food at a minimum so his citizens don’t have to keep hunting cats. But if he’s going to take this attitude he may just be left to sink or swim on his own. That’s getting to the point of being a dangerous proposition when you consider what happened to Mussolini in the end.

    Exit question: Could “pig hands” be the new “small hands” when it comes to Trump bashing? I’d be interested to see if any of the President’s detractors were willing to stoop low enough as to go around quoting this maniacal tyrant.

    1. What interests the USA had in Venezuela got taken over by Maduro, the dumb shit.

      Now we got no interests there at all, and the GM plant that provided some jobs for the people is closed.

      It's a sad show, but interesting to me in a way. It is following the script to the letter, so far.

    2. Quirk Fri May 05, 07:47:00 PM EDT


      Damn, Bob, you are the stupidest ass I know.

  8. Montana Special Election Update -

    GOP Gets Jitters About Montana Race

    Even though national Democrats have barely invested in next Thursday’s red-state House election, it’s a lot closer than anyone expected.

    AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan

    Josh Kraushaar

    A whop­ping $30 mil­lion has already poured in­to next month’s spe­cial elec­tion in sub­urb­an At­lanta, which both parties view as a bell­weth­er to the 2018 midterms. But next Thursday’s quieter con­gres­sion­al con­test in Montana may provide a bet­ter in­sight in­to the coun­try’s polit­ic­al mood, and it’s shap­ing up to be more com­pet­it­ive than either party ex­pec­ted. Re­pub­lic­ans hold a nar­row ad­vant­age, but are con­cerned that this week’s worsen­ing Trump scan­dals—and the grow­ing un­pop­ular­ity of the GOP’s health care le­gis­la­tion—come at the worst pos­sible time.

    The race pits two lackluster can­did­ates in a polit­ic­al en­vir­on­ment tail­or-made for a Demo­crat­ic shock­er. Re­pub­lic­an busi­ness­man Greg Gi­an­forte, who lost the gov­ernor race last year, made his wealth in New Jer­sey and lacks deep roots in his ad­op­ted state. Demo­crat­ic mu­si­cian Rob Quist is a true-blue pro­gress­ive with loads of per­son­al bag­gage, and is be­ing slammed over tax and fin­an­cial prob­lems. Re­pub­lic­ans have held a sig­ni­fic­ant fin­an­cial ad­vant­age for the en­tire race, with 71 per­cent of the ad­vert­ising money in the race spent on Gi­an­forte’s be­half. But Quist re­ceived a late in­fu­sion of small dona­tions, swell­ing his war chest to $5 mil­lion.

    The latest GOP polling shows Gi­an­forte with a nar­row lead. And for the first time, the pres­id­ent’s ap­prov­al num­bers have dropped un­der­wa­ter in this Trump-friendly state. A Re­pub­lic­an poll con­duc­ted May 14-16 found just 46 per­cent of Montana voters view­ing Pres­id­ent Trump fa­vor­ably, while 47 per­cent viewed him un­fa­vor­ably. This, in a state where Trump won 56 per­cent of the vote, one of his strongest per­form­ances in the coun­try.

    1. Demo­crats have been wary about rais­ing ex­pect­a­tions too high, know­ing their nom­in­ee is ser­i­ously flawed and re­cog­niz­ing the dif­fi­cult demo­graph­ics in this solidly Re­pub­lic­an state. But un­like in the Geor­gia con­test, which is be­ing con­tested in a much more af­flu­ent dis­trict, Demo­crats have been ag­gress­ively tar­get­ing Gi­an­forte over health care. The latest ad from the Demo­crats’ top House su­per PAC por­trays Gi­an­forte as a wealthy, un­car­ing car­pet­bag­ger. “Greg Gi­an­forte: our pain is his gain,” the ad con­cludes. It’s no co­in­cid­ence that Gi­an­forte has hedged on wheth­er he would have voted for the un­pop­u­lar House health care le­gis­la­tion.

      Quist is an even worse can­did­ate. His pop­u­list charm is an as­set in a state will­ing to elect work­ing-class Demo­crats, but that’s about all he has go­ing for him. He has a dec­ade-long re­cord of fin­an­cial troubles, with a his­tory of tax li­ens and stiff­ing con­tract­ors. He’s talked about his life-sav­ing gall­blad­der sur­gery as in­dic­at­ive of the im­port­ance of af­ford­able health care, but that opened up scan­dal­ous ques­tions about his health his­tory. (It’s nev­er good when “preex­ist­ing gen­it­al herpes” is brought up by polit­ic­al op­pos­i­tion.) One of his former band mem­bers once sued him for fraud.

      Make no mis­take: If Demo­crats win in Montana next Thursday, it would send shock­waves in­to an already-frazzled Re­pub­lic­an Party. Montana is ra­cially ho­mo­gen­ous, cul­tur­ally con­ser­vat­ive, and filled with work­ing-class voters who drif­ted away from the party last year. Wash­ing­ton Demo­crats barely in­ves­ted in the race be­cause Montana isn’t the type of place to make a stand. There are 110 oth­er House Re­pub­lic­ans rep­res­ent­ing dis­tricts less Re­pub­lic­an than this one, ac­cord­ing to the Cook Re­port Par­tis­an Vot­ing In­dex.

      The Re­pub­lic­ans’ slim lead is mainly due to early, well-fun­ded ef­forts by the Con­gres­sion­al Lead­er­ship Fund su­per PAC and the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee. But if a not-ready-for-prime-time Demo­crat­ic play­er can pre­vail in Montana, it’s a glar­ing warn­ing that Trump’s prob­lems threaten to weigh Re­pub­lic­ans down al­most every­where in the coun­try.

  9. Victor Davis Hanson: Whole Trump-Russia-Collusion Story Is A "Big Lie"
    Posted By Tim Hains
    On Date May 20, 2017

    Citing a term coined by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf, Hoover Institution scholar Victor Davis Hanson explains that the allegations that President Trump worked with the Russians in any way are a "big lie" created by the Democrats with no evidence.

    TUCKER CARLSON: Professor, you're saying that this whole thing is basically nonsense, is that what you're saying?

    VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Yeah. I think you have to go to the origins, causes, methodologies, and objectives. So, this thing started during the nomination process when a group of 'Never Trump' people commissioned a dossier from a retired British agent -- the so-called Fusion/Christopher Steele dossier, that was pretty much ridiculous.

    It was passed on, after Trump got the nomination, to the Clinton campaign.

    And pretty much forgotten about. And then suddenly, when she did what no one thought she would do, and lost, Robby Mook's analytics and data didn't prove to be successful, and she didn't go to the blue wall states, then all of a sudden a new narrative came. The Russians must have done it by the Wikileak trove process, and then this dossier somehow got in the hands of the FBI director, whether he paid for it of not, I think Sen. Grassley is investigazting that, and now we have this idea that Trump colluded, and this dossier was leaked to media sources, and it was pretty obscene, pretty outrageous, had things in it that could not have been true, and where are we now?

    We've had the director of national intelligence James Clapper say it didn't exist, Senators Dianne Feinsein and Chuck Grassley say this, FBI director Comey said there was not an ongoing investigation.

    And then it was very unlikely, because Donald Trump, he didn't dismantle Eastern European missile defense, he didn't go to Geneva and press a plastic red button, he didn't make fun of Romney for saying Russia was an existential enemy, he didn't have a hot mic exchange with the Russian president saying he would be 'more flexible' after the election.

    The entire 'Reset' appeasement of Russia came from the Clinton-Obama team, not Donald Trump. And now we're here.

    And it is very unlikely generally, because he actually ran as a Jacksonian, who was going to beef up U.S. defenses, and get tough with our enemies, our adversaries, our rivals abroad, so it wouldnt be necessarily logical for Putin to want him to be president, yet here we are.

    And I think the real message we're missing is, that there was evidence that some people in the Obama administration had surveilled people either Trump himself, or around Trump, and that that information had either been reverse targeted diliberately... or incidentally, it didn't matter because the neames were unmasked and leaked to reporters.

    So for the last six months, between this dossier, and this surveillance, we've had these illegal leaks, so if special investigator Mueller looks at the totality of this so-called "Russian collusion-surveillance" story, I think he will come to conclusions we don't expect.


    1. Tell it to Robert Mueller, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

      He'll be on the investigation for at least 18 months ...
      Providing an 'October Surprise', come 2018.


  10. NKorea fires off missile into Sea of Japan...

    Passes re-entry test in breakthrough for nuke program....DRUDGE

    1. Truth is ...

      An official traveling with U.S. President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia said the White House was aware of the latest launch and noted that the missile had a shorter range than the three previous missiles that North Korea had tested.


  11. Mr. Rubio and other Republicans hewed to a line repeated often on Capitol Hill last week: that they need more information about Mr. Comey’s termination, particularly in light of a report by The New York Times that Mr. Trump told Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting that Mr. Comey was a “nut job” and that his firing had “taken off” the pressure on the president.

    Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said he hoped the report was not true, adding that Mr. Trump should have instead expressed any frustration over Russian meddling to that country’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov.

    “You would like, I would think, the president to kind of beat him over the head with the fact that, if they actually did interfere in any way, shape or form, how wrong that is and how outraged America is on both sides of the aisle,” Mr. Chaffetz said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    While calling such disclosures to reporters “disgraceful,” Senator John McCain of Arizona said he was at a loss for how to explain Mr. Trump’s remarks.

    “I don’t know how to read it, except that I’m almost speechless because I don’t know why someone would say something like that,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

    Donald Trump, the Emasculated President, 120 days in.


    1. After a week of rapid-fire revelations related to the Russia investigation, Mr. Rubio, who challenged Mr. Trump during the primary campaign, said the president’s White House was not much different from the Trump campaign: full of drama.

      “People got what they voted for,”
      Mr. Rubio said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

      Donald Trump, the Emasculated President.


  12. For the Secretary of State to boycott the US press, a major error in judgement.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a press conference Sunday without U.S. reporters, according to multiple reports. Tillerson reportedly held the press conference in Riyadh,

    To be sure


  13. It's Time for Trump to Give the Democrats Their Due - Turn the DOJ Loose on Hillary Clinton & Susan Rice

    Do that and the "Trump Agenda" is done, put a fork in it.
    It would suck all the air out of DC.

    "Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."
    - Henry David Thoreau

  14. I see the dad that abandoned his own daughter, the self confessed war criminal, the jew hater, the man from whom his wife fled, fled to Central America, rat'sass the Liar is back.



    1. bobal Mon Sep 01, 05:20:00 PM EDT
      Rat's a gentleman.

      With his own way of thinking about things.

      Habu has his own way of thinking about things too, but is so corrosive, that after a while you don't want to read him anymore.

      While with Rat, you are always eager to hear what he has to say.


  15. GOP leaders not only worry out loud about not being able to get much done in Congress, but maybe even losing Congress in 2018. There are a couple of dozen or more congressional districts that are deemed in play for the Democrats. Tens of thousands in the swing districts bought Trump’s fight for the forgotten working class and middle class guy, and clean the Beltway swamp pitch, and loathing of Obama. They stampeded to the polls in 2016 to back him. There’s no Obama in 2018. The swamp is just as polluted, and all those jobs supposedly flooding back from overseas to the Rust belt are nowhere in sight. That, and a badly tainted Trump, doesn’t exactly make for a lot of happy campers ready to dash to the polls to back GOP candidates and incumbents battling for their political lives in those contested districts.

    The Comey tit-for-tat is not even close to the massive government near meltdown of Watergate. And Trump may not have blatantly broken the law as Nixon did. However, the lesson from Watergate is that a damaged goods President is the ultimate liability for his party, especially a party that made a lot of promises and raised a lot of expectations that it would deliver the goods in totally wiping clean the Obama year initiatives. This is the real GOP Trump nightmare.

  16. The Real GOP Nightmare is people like McCain, Flake, Rubio, and hundreds of others.

    1. ...and of course, the criminal traitors in Deep State eager to break more laws and reveal more national security info while illegally unmasking innocents.

    2. "It would be ironic if a generation of politicians who never built much of anything destroyed nearly everything for the privilege of ruling over the wreckage."


    3. The Real GOP Nightmare is people like McCain, Flake, Rubio, and hundreds of others.

      John McCain, now he got more popular votes, back in 2008, than Mr Trump received in 2016
      Fact of the matter.

      Mr Trump was a life long Democrat, donating large amounts of money to Chuck Shumer, in 2010.

      Mr Flake is up for re-election, he could easily lose, not being a war hero, like John "Maverick" McCain.

      We will see just who the "Real" Republicans are.
      It will be decided at the local polling places in 2018, where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump. Not in the Electoral College.

  17. Folks who were NeverTrumpers:


    I agree with everything Scott wrote here about President Trump’s magnificent speech in Riyadh. Having reviewed the transcript, I want to offer a few more observations.

    * Trump’s tone was a refreshing change of pace from the Obama administration. Trump issued no apologies, and he didn’t bow to Islam rhetorically any more than he did in person to Saudi Arabia’s king.

    * Trump referred obliquely to the tension in American foreign policy between what are conventionally called Realist and Idealist schools. He said his foreign policy will be one of “Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.” That is probably as good a formula as any, but it doesn’t mean much. Formulas are easy, decisions can be hard.

    * Most notable was the uncompromising priority that Trump gave to terrorism as “the great question of our time.” Here is some of what he had to say about Islamic terrorism:

    We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.
    Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.
    This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.

    This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.

    This is a battle between Good and Evil.
    Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory — piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.

    There was more in this vein. Trump, to my knowledge, has not been known for religiosity, yet this speech was suffused with it. I assume it is sincere: being President, like being in a foxhole, seems to make men more religious. Maybe especially so if you are a president who feels like he is in a foxhole.

    * It was nice to see that Trump was unequivocal in including Hezbollah and Hamas in his denunciation of terrorist groups. Did Obama do this? I am not sure:


    1. The Saudis fund the international Wahhabist movement.
      The ideological center of the radical Islamist terrorists across the globe.

      Mr Trump has violated numerous campaign promises with his kow towing to the Saudi Royals.
      He is traveling the same path that Mr Obama blazed.

      No more, no less.


    2. Those who would cheer on Mr Trump as he embraces those that funded the al-Qeada attack on 11SEP2001, embrace the "Dark State" of Islamic Terrorism.

      Fact of the matter.

      Mr Trump has doubled down on the Obama policies towards that sponsor of Islamic terrorism, the Saudi Royals and their own "Dark State"..

      Trump and Obama, brothers in support of extremist Wahhabi Islam.


  18. New York Post - ‎

    This weekend, as the barbarous, bigoted Saudis charmed another American president, average Iranians fought back against religious tyranny with the only weapon they had: the ballot.

  19. go way jacksratsaass nobody like you


    1. Mark, the commentator to stupid to use a Google account.
      A lot like Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.


    2. Tell US, Mark, how to feel about Mr Trump arming terrorists?


    3. Tell US, Mark, about Mr Trump and Mr Obama being brothers in support of extremist Wahhabi Islam.

      Because they are.
      Mr Trump has kow towed to the Saudi Royals.

      Fact of the matter.

  20. happy on isis defeat memorial day? oop that last memorial day big military turd you missed big they still not done ha ha you big fool

    1. Tell US, Mark, about Mr Trump and Mr Obama being brothers in support of extremist Wahhabi Islam.

      Because they are.
      Mr Trump has kow towed to the Saudi Royals.

      Fact of the matter.


    2. Iraqi special forces declare 'game over' for Isis in Mosul as western districts retaken

      The outcome was predicted, CORRECTLY.

      The timetable was admittedly off, the Iraqi moving slower than Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson paying his financial obligations.

      That was a bit of a surprise, but not to worry ...
      No US troops were involved in the combat.

      So the timeline, does not really matter, does it.


    3. The Iraqi did indeed take Mosul from ISIS, unlike Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson paying his financial obligations.

      Bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

      But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback.

      It was not "payback", Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, it was STEALING.

  21. only jackass abandon baby


    1. Never happened, Mark.

      You got your story from the "Draft Dodger", who made it up.
      He just cannot remember doing it.


    2. Tell US, Mark, about Mr Trump and Mr Obama being brothers in support of extremist Wahhabi Islam.

    3. Because they are, Mark.


    4. Tell US, Mark, how should we feel about Mr Trump arming Islamic terrorists?

    5. you big liar baby raised by villagers said so yourself no help from you liar

  22. Jazz has already looked at President Donald Trump’s Saudi Arabia speech but there really were parts of it which were really good. Trump attempted to toe a line between non-interventionism and “Team America: World Police,” while also encouraging Muslim clerics and countries to be more active in stopping Islamic terrorism.


    That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.

    Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.


    Trump didn’t necessarily lie when describing Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision, but to suggest it would encourage more tolerance and the empowering of women is a little dishonest. Reuters noted last year King Salman and Prince Mohammed have been a little vague in how they’ll give women more rights.

    It is not yet clear whether Vision 2030 will include politically sensitive social reforms – for example, in education, the judiciary and women’s rights – to reduce the influence of a conservative religious establishment.

    Prince Mohammed told Bloomberg last week that “we believe women have rights in Islam that they’ve yet to obtain”. But while increasing women’s participation in the economy is a declared goal of the reforms, he and other officials have so far not promised radical, specific change.

    Pretty Good


    1. Reality ...

      Nov 3, 2016 - Saudi Arabia's most influential advisory council - one that has great sway over the king - has refused to even consider allowing women to drive.

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    1. Saudi government funded extremism in U.S. mosques and charities: report

      Saudi Arabia was funding Muslim radicalism in mosques and charities at the time the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were gathering in the United States and making contacts with Saudi nationals, according to a declassified intelligence document.

      To jihad watchers, the paper confirms their charges that the Saudi government and its wealthy citizens fund extremist teachings in America. To this day, the kingdom is pressing its harsh Wahhabi Sunni Islam on American Muslims as it seeks to spread Islam around the world, they say.


      The disclosure was tucked in the “28 pages” — a long-secret chapter in a 2002 report by the House and Senate intelligence committees after an investigation in the immediate aftermath of the al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon. Of the 19 who hijacked four airliners, 15 were Saudis.

      The report section, referred to as “Part 4,” deals mainly with one topic: suspected Saudi government support for the Sept. 11 plot. The George W. Bush administration insisted that the section remain classified. Under pressure, the Obama administration released the pages last week.

      Old news, but not Fake News.

      Donald Trump knows that the Saudi were complicit in the 11SEP2001 attack on the US, he just doesn't care.

  24. In adopting the Gulf perspective on Iran, Mr. Trump could be assisting a strategy Gulf leaders use when times get hard at home.


    Others questioned the value of working with autocrats to fight terrorism.

    “The worldview that we are fighting against needs to be countered with liberal ideas, not Salafi ideas,” said Mokhtar Awad, a research fellow in the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, referring to Saudi Arabia’s conservative branch of Islam.

  25. Quirk may be the only one to immediately get the full meaning of the reference to Han Solo -

    A New Hope: Trump is Han Solo, not Darth Vader

    By Sam Agami| May 18th, 2017

    As we enter yet another day of unhinged, unsupported attacks on the president, it is a good time to take a moment to analyze where the motivations on both sides are. Those on the left, with their core of true believers in the legacy media, see themselves as fighting a heroic resistance battle.

    After all, Donald Trump is Darth Vader and the Republicans constitute the Empire, right? Trump and Trumpkins constitute the institutional embodiment of the dark side, the willing and/or unknowing advocates of evil on Earth. Leftist icon Noam Chomsky made this explicit in a May 11 interview with the BBC. Chomsky claimed President Trump and Republicans are a greater threat to the world than North Korea or ISIS. They are, he said, “dedicated to destroying the prospects for organized human existence.” These sentiments are shared by a lot of people, both in and out of positions of power in the Democratic Party....(read on for Han Solo reference)

    Noam has really needed help for a long, long time, even from before the days when he denied the Cambodian Holocaust.

  26. The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

    - William James

  27. Donald Trump recently stated that "No politician in history ... has been treated worse or more unfairly." While that's hyperbole, Trump should consider these attacks a tribute.

    As the World War II bomber pilots said, "If you're not catching flack, you're not over the target."

    The left and the Establishment consider Trump an "over the target" existential threat.

    But ... why?

    The political rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air in Washington are bedazzling and bedeviling. To some, wearying.

    American Greatness