“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."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Trump and His Generals

What is U.S. goal in the world? Does anyone know?

Pat Buchanan on multiple failed interventions: 'We have lost control of our destiny'


For the World War II generation, there was clarity. 

The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before – in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter how long it took or how many lives it cost.

After the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, however, Americans divided. 
Only with the Berlin Blockade of 1948, the fall of China to Mao and Russia’s explosion of an atom bomb in 1949, and North Korea’s invasion of the South in 1950, did we unite around the proposition that, for our own security, we had to go back to Europe and Asia. 

What was called the Cold War consensus – that only America could “contain” Stalin’s empire – led to NATO and new U.S. alliances from the Elbe to the East China Sea.

Vietnam, however, shattered that Cold War consensus. 

The far left of the Democratic Party that had taken us into Vietnam had repudiated the war by 1968 and switched sides to sympathize with such Third World communists as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh and the Sandinistas.

Center-right presidents – JFK, Nixon, Reagan – accepted the need to cooperate with dictators who would side with us in fighting Communism. 

And we did. Park Chung-Hee in Korea. The shah in Iran. President Diem in Saigon. Gen. Franco in Spain. Somoza in Nicaragua. Gen. Mobuto in the Congo. Gen. Pinochet in Chile. Ferdinand Marcos in Manila. The list goes on.
Under Reagan, the Soviet Empire finally fell apart, and the USSR then disintegrated in one of the epochal events of history.

The American Century had ended in America’s triumph. 

Yet, after 1989, no new national consensus emerged over what ought to be our role in the World. What should we stand for? What should we fight for?

What Dean Acheson had said of our cousins in 1962: “Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role,” was true of us.

What was our role in the world, now that the Cold War was history?

George H.W. Bush took us to war to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Soaring to 90 percent approval, he declared America’s new role was to construct a New World Order.

Those who opposed him, Bush acidly dismissed in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1991, the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor: 

“We stand here today on the site of a tragedy spawned by isolationism. … And it is here we must learn – and this time avoid – the dangers of today’s isolationism and its … accomplice, protectionism.”

Neither Bush nor his New World Order survived the next November.
Then came payback for our sanctions that had brought death to thousands of Iraqis, and for the U.S. bases we had foolishly planted on the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia – Sept. 11, 2001. 

George W. Bush reacted by launching the two longest wars in our history, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and announced that our new role was to “end tyranny in our world.”

The Bush II crusade for global democracy also fizzled out.

Barack Obama tried to extricate us from Afghanistan and Iraq. But he, too, failed and got us into wars in Yemen and Syria, and then started his own war in Libya, producing yet another failed state.

What does the balance sheet of post-Cold War interventions look like? 
Since 1991, we have lost our global pre-eminence, quadrupled our national debt and gotten ourselves mired in five Mideast wars, with the neocons clamoring for a sixth, with Iran.

With the New World Order and global democracy having been abandoned as America’s great goals, what is the new goal of U.S. foreign policy? What is the strategy to achieve it? Does anyone know? 

Globalists say we should stand for a “rules-based world order.” Not exactly “Remember the Alamo!” or “Remember Pearl Harbor!”

A quarter century after the Cold War, we remain committed to 60-year-old Cold War alliances to defend scores of nations on the other side of the world. Consider some of the places where America collides today with nuclear powers: the DMZ, the Senkakus, Scarborough Shoal, Crimea the Donbass.

What is vital to us in any of these venues to justify sending an American army to fight, or risking a nuclear war?

We have lost control of our destiny. We have lost the freedom our Founding Fathers implored us to maintain – the freedom to stay out of wars of foreign counties on faraway continents.

Like the British and French empires, the American imperium is not sustainable. We have issued so many war guarantees it is almost assured that we will be dragged into every future great crisis and conflict on the planet. 

If we do not review and discard some of these war guarantees, we shall never know peace. Donald Trump once seemed to understand this. Does he still?


  1. .

    Does he still?

    Hell no. Like most of his other campaign promises that actually significantly effect peoples lives his promise to avoid foreign interventions was just one more fart in the wind.

    What can you expect from a narcissistic drama queen. Did you really expect this man would eschew the chance to be the 'greatest war president of all time'?

    He says he will depend on advice from his generals (a questionable impulse to my mind but a big change from his campaign where they as group had their turn in the Trump barrel). If that is true (and it remains true for more than a day) then we will have to see what these geniuses have in store for us.


  2. .

    The Fourth Estate

    An excerpt from 24 Big Issues the Elites Are Completely Ignoring

    By Andrew Bacevich
    May 08, 2017

    This article first appeared in TomDispatch.

    Donald Trump's election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from the prestige media.  The common theme:  you know you can’t trust him, but trust us to keep dogging him on your behalf.  The New York Times has even unveiled a portentous new promotional slogan: “The truth is now more important than ever.” For its part, the Washington Post grimly warns that “democracy dies in darkness,” and is offering itself as a source of illumination now that the rotund figure of the 45th president has produced the political equivalent of a total eclipse of the sun. Meanwhile, National Public Radio fundraising campaigns are sounding an increasingly panicky note: give, listener, lest you be personally responsible for the demise of the Republic that we are bravely fighting to save from extinction.

    If only it were so.  How wonderful it would be if President Trump’s ascendancy had coincided with a revival of hard-hitting, deep-dive, no-holds-barred American journalism.  Alas, that’s hardly the case.  True, the big media outlets are demonstrating both energy and enterprise in exposing the ineptitude, inconsistency, and dubious ethical standards, as well as outright lies and fake news, that are already emerging as Trump era signatures.  That said, pointing out that the president has (again) uttered a falsehood, claimed credit for a nonexistent achievement, or abandoned some position to which he had previously sworn fealty requires something less than the sleuthing talents of a Sherlock Holmes.  As for beating up on poor Sean Spicer for his latest sequence of gaffes -- well, that’s more akin to sadism than reporting.

    Apart from a commendable determination to discomfit Trump and members of his inner circle (select military figures excepted, at least for now), journalism remains pretty much what it was prior to November 8th of last year: personalities built up only to be torn down; fads and novelties discovered, celebrated, then mocked; “extraordinary” stories of ordinary people granted 15 seconds of fame only to once again be consigned to oblivion -- all served with a side dish of that day’s quota of suffering, devastation, and carnage.  These remain journalism’s stock-in-trade.  As practiced in the United States, with certain honorable (and hence unprofitable) exceptions, journalism remains superficial, voyeuristic, and governed by the attention span of a two year old.

    As a result, all those editors, reporters, columnists, and talking heads who characterize their labors as “now more important than ever” ill-serve the public they profess to inform and enlighten.  Rather than clearing the air, they befog it further.  If anything, the media’s current obsession with Donald Trump -- his every utterance or tweet treated as “breaking news!” -- just provides one additional excuse for highlighting trivia, while slighting issues that deserve far more attention than they currently receive. 

    To illustrate the point, let me cite some examples of national security issues that presently receive short shrift or are ignored altogether by those parts of the Fourth Estate said to help set the nation’s political agenda. To put it another way: Hey, Big Media, here are two dozen matters to which you’re not giving faintly adequate thought and attention.

    The article goes on to discuss 24 major themes where the media through their failure to report on them act as enablers for the perpetrators. A number of them touch on points made in the Buchanan article.


    1. You are making all that shit up. You count on your hope that no one will click on your link. When one does so however all one finds is -

      Not Found

      The requested URL /articles/2017/05/08/24_big_issues_the_elites_are_completely_ignoring_112332.html" was not found on this server.

      Yet again you have been nakedly exposed for the fraudulent deceptive blogger you truly are !!

    2. .

      Try this one...


    3. That is better.

      You have redeemed yourself.

      For now....

    4. .

      Media Bias

      The media is as described in Bacevich's article, pitiful. The news coming through the media from both sides of the political spectrum is biased and polarized. However, any intelligent person will recognize that and form their own opinions accordingly.

      The only thing as bad as the media is that group of whiny little shits who attempt to use media bias as argument or worse justification.

      Those vitiated Trump butt boys who when faced with the inevitable Trump screw up even those he readily admits to try to rationalize or justify or deny his actions using the straw man 'MSM media bias'. Trump screws up? MSM media bias. Trump goes back on a campaign promise? MSM media bias. Trump is criticized for trying to ram legislation through the system without doing the necessary prep work? MSM media bias. He sends his staff out to tell lies and then the next day cuts their legs off? MSM media bias. Anyone who points out the same Trump screw ups that are reported in the NYT or WaPo? A media hack or tool.

      The 'media bias' meme, childish bullshit from those who have no other arguments, who lack real excuses or explanations for Trump screws ups, who are too lazy to go find some, who insist on calling black white and white black.

      It doesn't take dependence on a biased media to see the many times Trump has screwed up, the many times he failed to get legislation through because of his inexperience, or the many times he has not only failed to come through on the promises he made in the campaign but has actually moved in the opposite direction. It's right there for everyone to see; yet, the Trumpettes don't deny the screws ups. They simply divert falling back on their simplistic and comfortable meme, MSM media bias.

      This is all obvious to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear; yet, the Trumpettes demur. One has to ask if they simply don't see the many times they have been lied to by this man; or, is it they don't care, that they are not embarrassed they voted for this guy, or is it they are only interested in the one thing he has at least tried to come through on since elected, the racist and nativist policies he voiced during the campaign.

      But even that's a hard sell in a country of immigrants so the Trumpettes fall back on the simple (and silly) response 'MSM media bias'.

      Pitiful. Gee, I think that was the same word I used above for the media.


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    6. WOW !

      Are you ever playing your role ad on a roll today !

      And The Donald's been President for not quite four months....

      Don't shoot all the arrows from your quiver so soon, you might not have any left when The Donald actually does something really wrong.

      How much is the DNC paying you, by the way, for all this propagandistic effort ?

    7. Here's something you might use -

      "These people would screw up a one car funeral procession"

      Bernie Goldberg

      Just change 'screw up' to 'mess up' or some other wording of your own choice, and you won't be charged with plagiarism yet again.

    8. and not ad and not not nor dammit

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


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

  3. A Deer Frozen In The Headlights ?

    Nah - Only Those Frozen Solid In The Hell Of Witless Trump Hatred Would Think So -

    May 12, 2017
    Three Cheers for Sarah Sanders
    By Patricia McCarthy

    One has to almost like punishment to face the White House Press Corps these days. Ever since President Trump was inaugurated, this 100% liberal Democrat murder of crows sits there each day and harasses Sean Spicer, or as in the last few days, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Spicer has toughened up since his early days but Sanders, who is temporarily replacing him as he serves his Naval Reserve duty, is a born natural. Like her father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, she has the gift of strong, plain language, and she is quick on the draw. How anyone endures the tedium of this press corps is a mystery but she seems to revel at the opportunity to push back....

    1. It seems Spicer didn't 'crap out', as I, and others, thought, but is away doing his duty with the Naval Reserve.

      Apologies are due Mr. Spicer from those who so thought....

  4. Only Ivanka Can Save The Republic, The Country, The Entire Planet, But How ?

    May 12, 2017
    How Ivanka Trump Can Save the Republic
    By Cherie Zaslawsky

    Read, and find out.

  5. D.C. Swamp drained of one Florida Swamp Creature - Taxes For Thee Not For Me -

    Guilty on 18 counts: Former Dem rep convicted for corruption, tax evasion

    A former Democratic Congresswoman faces a potentially long prison sentence after losing in federal court yesterday. A jury found Corrine Brown guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy charges, in a case filed last year by the Department of Justice. Brown got convicted on 18 of 22 counts, four of which involve her tax returns and one for concealing information from her Congressional financial disclosures:

    After a historic, nearly 25-year career representing Florida in Congress, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty on Thursday of taking money from a charity that was purported to be giving scholarships to poor students.

    The verdict came after prosecutors outlined a pattern of fraud by Brown, 70, and her top aide that included using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the One Door for Education Foundation for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions. She was convicted of 18 of the 22 charges against her, including lying on her taxes and on her congressional financial disclosure forms. …

    Federal prosecutors said Brown and her associates used One Door to bring in more than $800,000 between 2012 and 2016, including a high-profile golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass. Brown’s indictment said the Virginia-based One Door only gave out one scholarship for $1,200 to an unidentified person in Florida.

    Brown remains free on her own recognizance until sentencing in 90 days. She’s looking at what could end up being a de facto life sentence, depending on how the judge crafts the penalties. The fraud convictions would likely get grouped together, but even with that, the base for federal fraud is six years, and the amount of corrupt takings in this case (and the use of a charity front) could push that all the way up to Level 10 on the federal sentencing table, with a 6-12 year stretch minimum. Conspiracy could add another 10 years, but that’s likely to get wrapped up in the fraud convictions. The tax evasion charges are likely to get addressed separately, but for a first-time offender, it seems unlikely that the judge would apply those consecutively rather than concurrently.

    The wildcard for Brown will be her status as a member of Congress. A federal judge may very well decide that this is a case where a message has to be sent that those in power will be held accountable for their abuses, rather than have her years of public service used as a mitigating factor, but perhaps it could go the other way around. It seems most unlikely that Brown will stay out of prison at all, nor should she after these convictions. Best guess is that Brown ends up with an effective sentence of 8-10 years at a minimum security facility. At 70 years of age, that may be all she has left.

    Brown insists she’s been railroaded by the Department of Justice and plans to appeal. Her legal team will no doubt move to allow her to remain free on bail, but that would be a very unusual outcome for a fraud and corruption case. She’ll almost certainly be making her conspiracy-theory claims from inside prison rather than outside of it.

    Stealing money from the poor student charity....that's really shitty.

    1. Might as well steal money from the Food Bank.

    2. Robert "Draft Dodger" Pterson is our expert on the subject of stealing

      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.

      Regarding "Draft Dodger's" comment, makes one wonder if he is projecting ...and has ripped off his local Food Bank, too.


    3. 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?

  6. Chuckle Time

    Video Proof of Hate Trump and Democrat Hypocrisy

    May 12, 2017
    Democrats on Comey: Then and now
    By Rick Moran


    Laugh hearty, Ladies and Gentlemen


  7. What will Trump and his Generals do about this ?

    Intel Report: Iran Refining Nuke Delivery System in Flagrant Violation of Ban
    Increased ICBM work offers pathway to long-range nuclear weapon

    U.S. Director of National Intelligence Daniel CoatsU.S. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats / Getty Im

    BY: Adam Kredo
    May 12, 2017 2:45 pm

    N. Korea could provide Iran the nukes, Iran could provide N. Korea the missiles.


    Everybody else - Lose, lose

    What would Quirk do ?


    1. If it is a "real" threatt, "Draft Dodger" the South Koreans can handle it.
      They do have a million man Army, and all the US equipment they can use.

  8. Media Alert: Pamela Geller on Sean Hannity at 5pm ...

  9. Jimmey Comey craps out on testifying in closed session before Senate Intelligence Committee.

  10. Wonder if this Sheriff will make the "Short List" for the new FBI Director

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, once a towering, respected figure in policing, was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to obstruct an FBI investigation of abuses in county jails ...

    Seems like he is Trump's kind of a guy. He lies.

    1. that would make him your kind of guy liar rat

    2. That you are confused, Mark, as to whom you are responding to, par for your level of intellectual dribble.

      Our fellow contributor, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, in his bobal personification tells us the truth, about 'rat'.

      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.

      I do know 'rat', though ...
      Trump is not rat's kind of guy.

      Liberal New York elitists are not his cup of tea, neither are corrupt cops.


  11. The Trump Administration has ratified US participation in the Paris Accords.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an international declaration highlighting the importance of the Paris Agreement in tackling climate change Thursday, even as the Trump administration considers withdrawing from the agreement.

    Hypocrisy or ineptitude on the part of Mr Tillerson and Mr Trump?

  12. Fake News !

    Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not see a need at this time for a special prosecutor to investigate allegations Russia meddled in the U.S. election and possible collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, CNN reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

  13. general rat, liar fool first classFri May 12, 07:10:00 PM EDT

    isis will be wiped out of Iraq by a year ago


    1. It's pretty much whipped, now, with no US troops needed.

      Thanks for reminding US of the success of the Rat Doctrine.


    2. US-backed forces push into Mosul in final stages of battle against Isis

      Fresh tactics result in liberation of 90 per cent of city,

      A little behind schedule, admittedly,but there it is, the Rat Doctrine HAS been a great success.

      Proof is there, on the ground in Iraq, and Syria


  14. general rat don't know shitFri May 12, 07:59:00 PM EDT

    looks like Mosul won't do the job of wiping out isis in iraq, jack

    The “hardcore fighters,” especially the foreign ones within the inner circle of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his top commanders, will likely remain in Iraq and Syria, and look to join the underground resistance of an “ISIS, 2.0.” In all likelihood, these guerrilla insurgent shards of ISIS will congeal into a clandestine terrorist organization. Besides conducting sporadic raids, ambushes, and, perhaps, spectacular attacks using suicide tactics, these ISIS fighters will rest, rearm, and recuperate.

    1. Quoting the liberal press, making ati-US predictions is par for the course of our newest liberal leftist anti-American commentaor.

      The Atlantic piece speaks of the 'likely' outcome.
      A projection of opinion, nt a statement of fact

      So Fake News, to neglect the realities, on the ground, today.
      So typical of those that bash US foreign policy under Mr Trump.

    2. your prediction has been shown to be bs


    3. Take your "Fake News" and America Bashing and go back to where ever the rock you crawled out from under is.

      Mr Trump, in the case of Iraq and the battle against the Islamic State, is right on track with continuing US policies, there...

      Get your Trump bashing ass out of here, you supporter of Islamic radicalism.

    4. The timing of the prediction was off, no doubt, but the outcome was ...

      Right On!

      So there it is, late, but on target.

      ISIS is being defeated, in both Iraq and Syria, by LOCAL troops using close air support from Coalition forces.

      The "Rat Doctrine" in action, it has been a success.
      It will continue to.

      as for not judging the timing correctly, my prediction was much, much closer than Don Rumsfeld's.

      I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won't last any longer than that.

      Donald Rumsfeld

      Reasonably good company to keep, in mis-projecting timetables for military/political actions.

    5. Mr Rumsfeld was "off" by, what now, A decade or more ....

      My prediction, only a year.

      Much, much better projecting a timetable of operations in Iraq than Donald Rumsfeld.


  15. It seems quite evident that not many of the enemies of the US are intimidated by Mr Trump.

    Hackers exploit stolen U.S. spy agency tool to launch global cyberattack

    A global cyberattack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency hit international shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain's health system and infected computers in nearly 100 countries on Friday.

    Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files.

    The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access. Security researchers said they observed some victims paying via the digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know what percent had given in to the extortionists.

    Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets.

    The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers.

    International shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected. "We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible," it said in a statement.

    Still, only a small number of U.S.-headquartered organizations were hit because the hackers appear to have begun the campaign by targeting organizations in Europe, said Vikram Thakur, research manager with security software maker Symantec.

    The NSA needs to be instigated and the source of these virus leaks identified, prosecuted and imprisoned.

    For the sake of US National Security

  16. Doug's massive stinking sea blob identified _

    Massive creature washes up on Indonesian island - but what is it?

    Massive creature washes up on Indonesian island


    12 MAY 2017 • 5:56AM

    A giant carcass found washed up on a beach in Indonesia’s central Maluku province puzzled locals and authorities trying to identify the massive creature.

    The massive carcass was found on Hulung Beach on Serum Island on Tuesday night by a local man, the Jakarta Globe reported.

    Asrul Tuanakota, 37, said that he initially mistook the huge fleshy blob for a stranded boat, the newspaper reported.

    Locals first shared images of the carcass, measuring about 15 metres (50ft) in length, on Wednesday. The animal is believed to have been dead for at least three days before being discovered.

    According to local reports, fishermen thought it to be a giant squid, but a coordinator of Indonesia’s Marine and Coastal Resources Management said it was likely to be a whale. Lab tests are underway to confirm the species.

    New footage of giant squid in Japanese bay emerges as squid released back into sea

    1. It is a whale, dumb ass.

      ... three marine experts told HuffPost that the animal actually appears to be some sort of baleen whale.

      “Giant squid are invertebrates and there are clearly bones visible (jaw, skull, vertebrate) so I am very comfortable saying it’s some type of rorqual whale,” said Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

      “Certain species of baleen whales (rorquals) have ‘ventral grooves’ which run from their chin to their belly button. It is stretchy tissue that expands when they feed,” she added.

      She identified these grooves in images and also included photos in which she pointed to what she believes are the whale’s jaw bone and skull.

    2. You can look at the pictures, "Draft Dodger"

    3. The best thing you ever did in your life was abandon your daughter.

    4. Why don't you find a tree which has other Great Shits like you ?

      See below



    5. Still cannot remember your lies, aye ...

      Get a new meme "Draft Dodger", one you can keep track of.

  17. For Doug, who will have something humorous to say -

    Great Tits Like Like Minded Great Tits


    1. Bear cub gets inside car, honks horn in Roanoke County

      Bears Everywhere!

      Bears Everywhere!

      Bear gets inside car near Green Hill Park

      Posted: Thu 12:24 PM, May 11, 2017 | Updated: Thu 6:47 PM, May 11, 2017

      ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) It's a picture that's getting a lot of attention on social media: a bear sitting in a car in Roanoke County.

      Ryan McClanahan/Provided

      The photo was taken by Ryan McClanahan at a home near Green Hill Park Thursday morning. He and his wife say they heard a honk on their car horn and came out to discover it was a bear cub that did it.

      They then called the police.

      Officers say the bear caused some damage to the inside of the vehicle.

      The window to the car was not broken. Officers think the bear may have actually pulled on the car handle.

      Roanoke County Police Officer Chris Thayer said, "You could see there was mist. It was misty, so you could see where he tried to reach for the handle, he opened the handle. Once he got into the car, he locked himself because he couldn't get himself out."

      The officer says he eventually took a chance and opened the car door, and the bear ran off into the woods.

      The officer says the bear was likely looking for snacks in the car.


  18. Look at this, Bob!


  19. They outta Subpoena Comey!

    Guys arguments are so full of holes and lies that not even Quirk could pull his ass out of the fire.

    ...much as he would like to.

  20. Spring Chinook salmon run on Columbia, Snake and Clearwater rivers a bummer this year. Late, slow,'s got everybody worried and depressed. Fish and Game has no real explanation.


    In other news out here, an ear of corn went from 25 cents/ear to 50 cents/ear....and now to 63 cents/ear.


    No real idea why this is occurring either.

    Price and supply of Maple Bars holding steady, but I'm not supposed to eat 'em.


    1. They just killed a bunch of salmon in Oroville.

    2. 'Only' 72,000, down from 300,000 original estimate.

  21. You wouldn't shoot a White Wolf in Yellowstone, would you?

    1. NO !

      But I might shoot an albino wolf if I saw one....

      I like elk.

    2. I have a bunch of pics of Yellowstone. Guess I should try and put them up sometime.

      Real closeup of a buffalo among them.

      I stared him down, mesmerized him, then took closeup photo....

  22. Is the US government libel for the losses incurred ?

    In mid-April, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

    The US government has lost control of weapons of mass data disruption and dislocation.

    Another Trump Administration disaster, losing these weaponized software packages.

  23. ratcrapper is back.


    Maybe we'll all be luckier tomorrow....