“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, September 24, 2017

Thug Nation Under Barack Hussein Obama


September 22, 2017, 12:05 am SPECTATOR

Obama’s Watergate

Vladimir Putin did not hack the election. Barack Obama did.

Donald Trump said earlier this year that the Obama Administration wiretapped his campaign. “Like I’d want to hear more from that fool?” President Obama scoffed.

But CNN reported on Monday, “US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election…. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.”

The network labeled their story an exclusive. But, in fact, Breitbart, radio host Mark Levin, the real Donald Trump Twitter account, and numerous other sources reported the wiretapping more than six months ago.

In the wake of the belated bombshell, other voices at CNN hung on, precariously but unabashedly, to the dated narrative.

In a story updated subsequent to CNN confirming the Obama administration’s surveillance on Manafort and noting his residence in Trump Tower, CNN reporter Manu Raju continued to characterize the president’s accusation affirmed by his network as Trump’s “unsubstantiated claim that Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the election to spy on him.” In March, Raju’s reporting consistently cast doubt on the president’s wiretapping charge.

CNN editor at large Chris Cillizza wrote an article, appearing the day after his network conceded the truth of the wiretap charge, entitled: “Donald Trump still has no evidence that his wiretapping claim was right.” In March, Cillizza wrote a piece in the Washington Post on Trump’s wiretap claim under the headline: “Donald Trump was a conspiracy-theory candidate. Now he’s on the edge of being a conspiracy-theory president.”

The media went all-in this spring on the notion that the loose-tongued Trump once again spoke without reference to the facts. Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh labeled his charge “incendiary.” The Los Angeles Times called it “a phony conspiracy theory.” PolitiFact bluntly judged his accusation “false.”

Who will fact check the fact checkers?

Rather than correct the record, egged-face journalists embark upon a face-saving effort. But the media whitewash stands as neither the only nor the most relevant cover up.

The all-smoke-no-fire Russia investigation looks increasingly like a smoke screen aimed to put out a very different fire. 
Rather than an investigation into malfeasance by the Trump campaign, does the Robert Mueller inquiry serve as a clean-up operation to justify Obama administration malfeasance? 

The bugging of the opposition party’s presidential campaign, at least when done by Republicans, ranks not only as criminal but as the biggest political scandal in American history.

Richard Nixon’s henchmen wore surgical gloves to avoid leaving clues for law enforcement. Barack Obama’s henchmen were law enforcement. This makes Obama worse, not better, than Nixon. At least Nixon’s plumbers possessed the decency to leave their skullduggery to lock pickers and burglars. Obama used law enforcement for opposition research. In Banana Republics, the cops double as the criminals. The unprecedented use of the Justice Department to commit injustice marks a sad moment for the republic. It is Watergate on steroids.

Accusations that hit the mark, rather wild ones wide of the target, provoke fierce denunciations, outcry, and Joe Welch, have-you-no-sense-of-decency moralizing. The category-5 storm that engulfed the president after he tweeted about government surveillance on his campaign indicated that he uncovered an inconvenient truth, not that he told an ignoble lie. No one flips out when a critic makes a fool of himself with his own words. People do so when the words threaten to make a fool of them.

The Obama administration using the considerable powers of the federal government to spy on a hated critic’s campaign sets a dangerous precedent. It provides future administrations a means to infiltrate the innermost circle of the opposition party’s presidential campaign. This merely requires the pretext of wrongdoing to engage in wrongdoing.

It also confirms something some Republicans have long suspected: Barack Obama regards his fellow Americans as the enemy. A government conducts surveillance on foreign enemies. When one conducts surveillance on domestic critics, the government shows itself as unfit to govern.


  1. All this kind of stuff was predictable if one had looked into certain elements of Obama's past, like his relationship to Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, for instance, and his going to that radical 'church', among other things. It was all there in the sources if one did a little looking.

    That's why I couldn't vote for the man even if his two Presidential opponents, McCain and Romney, left a lot to be desired.

    They both treated him with kid gloves, and both lost. They were fearful of being charged with the racist card.

    Only now are many getting a better look at the man.

    1. Love that picture of smart ass Obama.

      I put together a sign based on some of Desert Rat's suggestions, depicting Obama as the Pirate of the Potomac, Obama with a pirate hat and smoke hanging out of his mouth.

      I printed up several copies, gave some out to the crowd at a Tea Party event in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and it all went over big. Everyone liked them. I still have a picture of a young lady posing with one of them in her hands, if I could ever find it again. And still have a couple copies of the original poster too.

      That was the high point of my protest life.

      In contrast, both McCain and Romney looked pretty good at the time.

      Then, there was Sarah Palin.....!

    2. Rejecting Obama's Radical Friends - TIME,9171,1810338,00...
      Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, best known recently as friends of Barack Obama, disappeared in 1969 after two of their colleagues in the Weather Underground died ...
      Obama's Friend Ayers: Kill 25 Million Americans

      Obama's Friend Ayers: Kill 25 Million ... Obama. For information about the Obama-Ayers connection, see William F. Jasper's article: Obama's Terrorist Ties and Radical ...
      Just How Radical Were The People Who Influenced Barack ...

      Obama launched his first campaign with a fundraiser at Bill Ayers’ house. Obama’s father ... Obama was far more radical than he was ... Obama “a friend” and ...
      Ayers and Obama: What the Media Hid - Breitbart

      The suggestion was that the two men were friends and that the ... that Ayers is as radical now ... Barack Obama befriended in Chicago. Ayers methods ...
      Marathon Pundit: Obama's other radical friends: Bill Ayers ...

      Obama has other creepy friends. Call it guilt by association, but like Tony Rezko, the Rev. Wright, former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine ...

    3. As I recall, Ayers was heavily involved in the writing of Obama's 'autobiography'.

      Ayers loved American in his own way:

      Guilty as hell and free as a bird
      What a great country !

      he said, in reference to himself.

      McCain and Romney looked pretty good, in contrast to Obama.

    4. Then there was Obama's moslem connection, too.

    5. I think Ayers actually ended up with a university teaching position, believe it or not. IIRC

  2. The Grand Conspiracy

    The Republicans that control both House & Senate, the Attorney General of the United States, Rupurt Murdock, and all the emplyees of the Federal government forming the 'Deep State' have worked together and fabricated Paul Manafort's story out of thin air.

    Placed Manafort with the Trump family favorites at that meeting in Trump Tower, hoping to find favors from Putin's agents.

    Fabricating the life and times of Lt Gen Flynn with regards to his payment from foreign agents, even while he was denouncing Ms Clinton as a crook at the Replican National Convention.

    The pot calling the kettle black.

    Hypocrisy - it permeates those in office, now

    As it did those in office, then

    1. As Judge Napolitano wrote

      An indictment of Manafort, which Mueller says is coming soon, will be used as an instrument to flip him into spilling whatever beans he has on his former boss. And we can expect indictments of others presently or formerly near the president as part of the prosecutorial process.

      Where does this leave Trump? In the hands of incompetent lawyers, under the crosshairs of a team of very aggressive federal prosecutors and publicly indifferent to the tightening and frightening legal noose around him.

      Mr Mueller's investigation is no laughing matter.


  3. Vladimir Putin on Dinner With Michael Flynn: 'I Didn't Even Really Talk to Him'


    Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that he had limited personal interaction with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, when asked by NBC's Megyn Kelly in an exclusive interview about the nature of their relationship — and a widely circulated December, 2015 photo that shows the two sitting next to each other at dinner during an event to celebrate Russian TV network RT (Russia Today).

    “You and I, you and I personally, have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn,” Putin told Kelly in Russian, translated to English. “You and I met yesterday evening. You and I have been working together all day today. And now we're meeting again.

    “When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side,” Putin continued. “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman. He was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services' ... that's it. I didn't even really talk to him... That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn".

  4. If you wanted to get a little taste of just how lit the NFL is going to be on Sunday, you saw it during the playing of the national anthem in London.

    Over a dozen members of the Ravens and Jaguars knelt during the playing of the national anthem at Wembley Stadium. In addition, for the first time an NFL owner took part in the protests. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, locked arms with his players as they stood on the sidelines.

  5. Another great American, Shad Kahn. Shahid is his real name, born in Lahore, Pakistan. Let's see what is happening in Lahore these days to put Shahid, "Allah be praised", Kahn into perspective

    1. 24 July 2017 - Lahore-

      At least 26 people have been killed in a bombing in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.

      More than 50 others were injured in the explosion on the busy Ferozepur Road close to a vegetable market in the south of the city.
      The Pakistani Taliban said it was behind the explosion.

      Reports suggest it was a suicide bomber on a motorbike, and the target may have been police working in the area. Police officers are among the dead.

      Windows were blown out in nearby buildings by the force of the blast.

      Eyewitness Sher Dil, who works at an office near the site, said he heard a "deafening blast".

      The market was full of police at the time because officers had been sent to clear stalls that had illegally spilled into the road.

    2. LAHORE: When you see a number of law enforcement agencies personnel at every corner of the street in Lahore, searching vehicles and frisking people, the first thing that comes to your head as a Lahori would be: “Am I safe?”

      But a comparative study of crime data reveals that despite rigorous steps taken by the government to improve law and order, the situation has gone haywire.

      This year, 28,709 cases of murder, robbery, kidnapping, extortion, car and bike theft and street crimes were registered while in 2015, 21,363 crime incidents took place, which shows that crime rate increased by 34% during 2016.

    3. Shahid is a Sunni Muslim, who came to this country as a dishwasher.

    4. Pakistan is a real nasty place.

      On that we all agree.

      It has long served as the strategic rear of the Pakistani military, with ISI taking an active role organizing and supplying the Taliban.

    5. .

      Deuce ☂Sun Sep 24, 11:32:00 AM EDT

      Deuce ☂Sun Sep 24, 11:35:00 AM EDT

      Deuce ☂Sun Sep 24, 11:38:00 AM EDT


      Oh, wait. I'm sorry. I though when you wrote...

      Another great American, Shad Kahn. Shahid is his real name, born in Lahore, Pakistan. Let's see what is happening in Lahore these days to put Shahid, "Allah be praised", Kahn into perspective

      you were being sarcastic and critical.

      Now, I see you were pointing out he exemplifies the American Dream, dirt poor immigrant from a troubled area of the world comes to America and rises from humble dishwasher to one of the richest men in the world.

      Good stuff.



    6. A fellow, certainly not born to privilege, who has seen the world from top to bottom.

      Who kneels with his players.

      When Tim Tebo knelt on the field, hls faith became the political issue.

      Now when kneeling is a political the reaction is apoplectic

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  7. Always Open, except for the occasions when we are closed

  8. I hope Shadi loses his ass.

    I've taken an immediate dislike of the fellow.

    Let him go back to Pakistan.

    1. Wonder how he got the $$$$ to buy the Jaguars ?

      Not by dish washing.

      Running drugs into USA ?

  9. Say, I think I've read a few times that an investigation like Mueller is running has to identify a possible crime committed before it gets going, so there is something specific to be searching for.....I can't recall a specific crime ever being identified at the beginning of this disgusting farce.

    Am I right about a crime needs to be specified before such an 'investigation' can legally begin ?

    I think I read that is in the authorizing statute somewhere.

    Anyone know ?

    1. Quirk ?

      You're familiar with the ways of the laws.


    2. Crucially, the order written by Rosenstein establishing the special-counsel investigation is very broad.

      It states that the special counsel is “authorized to conduct the investigation” that includes “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump”
      as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

      “The special counsel has to look into matters under his jurisdiction,” said Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general under the Obama administration and Georgetown Law professor who wrote the special-counsel regulations.

      “So if Trump family financial matters are relevant to the Russia investigation, he would have to look into them. ...”

    3. Both Manafort and Flynn were "linked" to the Russians

      The amount of coordination is being investigated.

      The proposed Trump Tower Moscow certainly is relevant on a timeline of events vis a vie Mr Trump's ability to multi-task international deal making and pursuing the GOP Presidential nomination during the fall of 2016.

    4. That doesn't answer the question.

    5. It sure does, learn a little better comprehension, amigo mio.

      People in both the Campaign AND White House had links to Russia.

      Exactly what Mr Mueller was tasked to uncover. Lt Gen Flynn being the most egregious miscreant.

      Now the status of Mr Kirshner's Russian contacts are still in the wind. Trump Organization's ties to sanctioned Russian banks ... Conjectures so far ... But within the scope of Mr Mueller's mandate


  10. CHICAGO -- In a sign of solidarity, the Pittsburgh Steelers will remain in the locker room during the national anthem before their 1 p.m. ET kickoff with the Chicago Bears.


    1. ... Mike Tomlin before the game.

      "We're not going to play politics," Tomlin told Erdahl. "We're football players, we're football coaches. We're not participating in the anthem today -- not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from the circumstance.

      "People shouldn't have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn't be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn't be separated from his teammate who chooses not to."

  11. All this horse shit is really going to hurt the NFL.

    Maybe it's all for the best.

    Maybe the league will collapse and the nation won't have so many brain damaged athletes to care for.

    1. I have a Judgement for about $12K on an asshole that plays for the Dallas Cowboys.

      He even threatened my lawyer.

      One of these days I'm heading down there and see if I can collect. Texas isn't the best state in which to collect a Judgement though.

      But it can be done.

      A good number of these NFL players are real shits. Hell of a nasty attitude this guy has. His parents came from Africa somewhere. Don't know if he was born here or not.


    2. Khan worked at the automotive manufacturing company Flex-N-Gate while attending the University of Illinois. When he graduated he was hired as the engineering director for the company. In 1978, he started Bumper Works, which made car bumpers for customized pickup trucks and body shop repairs.[8] The transaction involved a $50,000 loan from the Small Business Administration and $16,000 in his savings.[15]

      In 1980, he bought Flex-N-Gate from his former employer Charles Gleason Butzow, bringing Bumper Works into the fold. Khan grew the company so that it supplied bumpers for the Big Three automakers. In 1984, he began supplying a small number of bumpers for Toyota pickups. By 1987 it was the sole supplier for Toyota pickups and by 1989 it was the sole supplier for the entire Toyota line in the United States. Adopting The Toyota Way increased company efficiency and ability to change its manufacturing process within a few minutes.[8][16] Since then the company has grown from $17 million in sales to an estimated $2 billion in 2010.[17]

      By 2011, Flex-N-Gate had 12,450 employees and 48 manufacturing plants in the United States and several other countries, and took in $3 billion in revenue.[9]

    3. .

      I recall briefly meeting the man in a business meeting. Flex-N-Gate was getting into selling fascias to the Big Three. It was obvious he had an ethnic background but I didn't see any bombs and the meeting wasn't to set up a drug deal.


  12. How Trump Can Destroy North Korea’s Nukes Without Destroying The World

    All of this suggests an approach to North Korea that has little in common with threatening “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” as President Donald Trump so quaintly put it. He’d have been barely less in sync with the times if he’d promised to make it rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

    Instead, Yoo suggests, the U.S. should go on the offense with cyberweapons designed to do things like make missiles malfunction (which maybe it has already done, but shh!), erase data from military computers, wipe out the country’s bank accounts or even steal and publicize Kim’s smoochy emails to Dennis Rodman. It might send out tiny, barely detectable, AI-driven drones that work together like swarms of bees to take out key assets or people. In the longer run, Yoo says, it’s feasible to develop satellite-based anti-missile technology armed with AI that could watch other nations, learn what an impending missile launch looks like and immediately fry the thing with lasers.

    I wonder what this means -

    even steal and publicize Kim’s smoochy emails to Dennis Rodman

    The Rod Man been working Kim's rod ?

    Breaking: Ted Cruz opposes Graham-Cassidy

    Ted Cruz Just Stuck a Fork in the Graham-Cassidy

  14. September 24, 2017
    A modest proposal for NFL fans: Be a flash mob
    By Patricia McCarthy

    See also: NFL may lose bigly with social justice antics

    The recent behavior of a number of spoiled, privileged, ungrateful NFL players is unacceptable to most Americans, NFL fans or not. Yes, the Constitution guarantees that the government cannot infringe on a citizen's right to free speech, but the lucrative contracts they sign with the private owners of those teams do not. Every one of them could be and should be fired. Let them sue the team; they would lose. Colin Kapernick and every other player who has, like the immature children they are, copied this ridiculous stunt should sacrifice their right to play. They should not be rewarded with the millions of dollars they are paid to play. These young men are clearly ill-educated. They know nothing about American history. They've never read the Constitution. They have no idea what it says or what it means. They lack both knowledge and character. They have no respect for their fans.

    What are they protesting? Do they even know? The general sense is that they are supporting Black Lives Matter and are virulently anti-police. This kind of nonsense is antithetical to the majority of their fans which is why so many of them are giving up on the NFL. They are watching and attending games in fewer and fewer numbers. Who wants to spend hundreds of dollars to see their flag and country so disrespected by the most fortunate among us?

    It would be so satisfying if a group of patriotic fans to have at the ready a flash mob of singers at a stadium game.

    If the players "take a knee" to show their disdain for the flag and the national anthem, these talented souls would wait until just before the kick-off and then stand up and belt out the national anthem themselves. Chances are hundreds of those in attendance would join them. Then they would exit the stadium....

  15. Ah, here 'tis -

    Rosenstein Fails to Defend His Failure to Limit Mueller’s Investigation

    by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY September 23, 2017 4:00 AM @ANDREWCMCCARTHY

    The scope of the special counsel’s investigation remains unlimited, despite the deputy attorney general’s claim that it’s not a ‘fishing expedition.’ To what should be the surprise of no one, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tried to defend his conferral of boundless jurisdiction to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump. But the conferral is indefensible because Rosenstein failed to adhere to regulations that require a clear statement of the basis for a criminal investigation. This failure is not cured by the DAG’s stubborn insistence that there really are limits to Mueller’s jurisdiction . . . just not limits he can talk about.

    His pre-dawn raid was meant to intimidate Manafort, not just to collect evidence. Robert Mueller’s sprawling special-counsel investigation is playing hardball. It was not enough to get a search warrant to ransack the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, even as the former Trump campaign chairman was cooperating with congressional investigators. Mueller’s bad-asses persuaded a judge to give them permission to pick the door lock. That way, they could break into the premises in the wee hours, while Manafort and his wife were in bed sleeping. They proceeded to secure the premises — of a man they are reportedly investigating for tax and financial crimes, not gang murders and Mafia hits — by drawing their guns on the stunned couple, apparently to check their pajamas for weapons. Mueller’s probe more resembles an empire, with 17 prosecutors retained on the public dime.

    So . . . what exactly is the crime of the century that requires five times the number of lawyers the Justice Department customarily assigns to crimes of the century? No one can say. The growing firm is clearly scorching the earth, scrutinizing over a decade of Manafort’s shady business dealings, determined to pluck out some white-collar felony or another that they can use to squeeze him. You are forgiven if you can recall only vaguely that supposition about Trump-campaign collusion in Russian espionage against the 2016 election was the actual explanation for Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. To the extent there was any explanation, that is. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, did not comply with the regulations requiring a description of the crimes Trump’s Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate, purportedly necessitating a quasi-independent special counsel....

    ....Which brings us (yet again) to the regulation governing a special counsel’s jurisdiction, 28 CFR 600.4. It states that the Justice Department will provide the special counsel “with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated.” We know from the above-quoted reg (Sec. 600.1) that controls special-counsel appointments that this “matter to be investigated” must involve a suspected crime. Patently, the order by which Rosenstein appointed Mueller to conduct the Russia counterintelligence investigation is not a specific factual statement of a transaction giving rise to a suspected crime. Nor is Rosenstein relieved of the obligation to comply with the regulation because Justice Department officials prefer not to talk about investigations publicly....

    ....The regulations governing Mueller’s appointment as special counsel call for Rosenstein to specify the basis for a criminal investigation, and thus limit Mueller to that specification. Rosenstein has not done that. Despite the DAG’s claims to the contrary, Mueller is thus free to conduct a fishing expedition. Rosenstein has the authority to correct this error by superseding his statement of Mueller’s jurisdiction in a manner that complies with the regulations. For whatever reason, he has chosen not to do that.

    Read more at:

    1. ....Which brings us (yet again) to the regulation governing a special counsel’s jurisdiction, 28 CFR 600.4. It states that the Justice Department will provide the special counsel “with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated.” We know from the above-quoted reg (Sec. 600.1) that controls special-counsel appointments that this “matter to be investigated” must involve a suspected crime. Patently, the order by which Rosenstein appointed Mueller to conduct the Russia counterintelligence investigation is not a specific factual statement of a transaction giving rise to a suspected crime. Nor is Rosenstein relieved of the obligation to comply with the regulation because Justice Department officials prefer not to talk about investigations publicly....

    2. Whole thing may be politically serious but at this time it is a legal joke.

    3. .

      Justice Department will provide the special counsel “with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated.”

      One minute you are claiming Manafort was wiretapped and the next you are arguing there was no evidence. Typical.


    4. ?

      Evidence of what ?

      A wiretap on one's phone line isn't evidence of a crime.

      It might be evidence of an attempt to get evidence of a crime.

      It might be evidence of an attempt by one's wife to find out who one is screwing, other than her.

      It is evidence someone is spooking on one.

      A wiretap isn't a factual statement of the matter to be investigated.

      Typical that one can't fathom what you are talking about....

    5. I'd think a wiretap would be illegal for Mueller because no “matter to be investigated” involved a description of a suspected crime.

      You'd be pissed if your were tapped and they hadn't pointed to any suspected crime they were trying to get evidence'd point that out to the Judge first thing.

      "Judge, the operative statute says.......they never did...."

      I think I recall when you made that argument once, but can't recall how it turned out.

      I think you won because I don't recall you ever being in jail, or charged, over it.

    6. Without describing a crime they don't have any authority to go about looking for evidence.

      They are just going fishing, see what they can hook.

  16. IMO, this NFL protest of the anthem and flag is just more BLM crap. Yes, I know there are some non blacks standing with them, but it's probably the smart thing to do given the ratio. What they really want is for the Anthem to not be played at the games. No flags, no statues, no history. The BLM / Obama way.

    These millionaires are protesting the very things that made them millionaires in the first place. Ain't life grand. They are all one injury away from selling cars or greeting people at casinos. IMO

  17. I would wager that there are more ghetto dancers than clog dancers

  18. Also, help me get this straight: Steph with the Warriors said he would not go to the White House, Trump disinvites him, and now Steph has an issue with it? wtf?

  19. No one would give a crap if a few narcissistic malcontents wanted to makes asses of themselves, but this is just another step along the trail for the progressive lest to discredit and delegitimize traditional white European derived US culture. family, gender, religion, schools, history, philosophy, culture, writers, thinkers...All do not fit into the multi-culture progressive socialist masterminds view of history.

    It is the culture war. It needs to be fought. Now is as good as time as ever.

  20. The fact is the US is the most successful black country on the planet, there is not even a close second, none in Latin America, none in Africa and none in any place in the Caribbean. If there are major league fucked up elements in every one of those black nations and there is, then they require their own introspection and fixing.

  21. If no one cares .why go on and on about it?

    Why does the President go on and on about it ..

    Maybe because he did not qualify to buy or start a team?

    1. Yep, it was the Buffalo Bills circe 2014

      When the team was up for sale, one of the many interested parties was one Donald Trump. Willing to spend around $1 billion to purchase the team when it first went up for sale, Trump was pipped to the pole by the Pegula family. Before Trump could put another offer in, the deal was accepted and approved by the NFL midway through the 2014 season.

      Just under a year later, Trump announced his candidacy for president. While there is no guarantee that Trump would have not run for president had he managed to acquire the team, there is evidence suggesting that he would have not have run given the responsibility that comes with owning an NFL team.

      Speaking to Sports Illustrated just after announcing his candidacy, Trump basically stated that his run for president would not have occurred if he owned the Bills.


    2. Here's someone who cares about it:

      Deuce ☂Sun Sep 24, 03:24:00 PM EDT
      No one would give a crap if a few narcissistic malcontents wanted to makes asses of themselves, but this is just another step along the trail for the progressive lest to discredit and delegitimize traditional white European derived US culture. family, gender, religion, schools, history, philosophy, culture, writers, thinkers...All do not fit into the multi-culture progressive socialist masterminds view of history.

      I care about it too.

  22. As I watch the PGA tour championship, I keep waiting to see solidarity from the players in support of those darling NFL players. So far, no protests, no thuggery, and certainly no afros.

    1. Such loners, those golfers. Never a sense of teamwork in a foursome, just competitiveness

      If they would just work together they could all improve their game.

      Then split the purse

    2. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, Rat. You a big golfer, are you?

      Since the NFL is all about solidarity, they should just send the Lombardy trophy to a different team each month, so as not to offend bad teams. I'm sure those bad teams are victims of some type suppression or marginalization. Yeah. Right.

  23. So what if Samantha Powers unmasked 260 citizens in the midst of the campaign?

    In the last days of the Obama administration, Clapper permitted all 17 intelligence agencies to share raw intelligence that the NSA once was exclusively held, including unmasking information, for the first time. This may have permitted many previously unauthorized officials, including other Obama political appointees, to access NSA telephone intercepts of Trump officials with foreign leaders.

    What's so bad about police state tactics anyway?

  24. Trump did have a team....the New Jersey Generals.

    It didn't do very well.

    1. Wannabes ., bobaltov ... Never made it in the NFL and it grates on Mr Trump, one of the many grievens he has with the Elites

  25. LeSean McCoy stretches during the national anthem.

    1. LeSean McCoy ONE month ago:

    2. If your as good as Michael Vick, your entitled to beat dogs. McCoy's World.

  26. I wonder if any of these knee-folk are illegal aliens.

    Maybe my Dallas Cowboy defendant is an illegal alien.

  27. The Liberal Media Hated the NFL - Until Yesterday Howie Carr, Boston Herald

    1. The Donald wanted to get the Liberal Media off the NFL's back.

  28. I want to see the NFLers out there with MAGA caps on their helmets !


  29. Steelers, Seahawks, Titans remain in locker room during national anthem

    "As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem," the Seahawks' statement said. "We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all."

    1. It would be interesting to see the amount of charitable giving to their cause by each individual player.

  30. .

    BobSun Sep 24, 04:51:00 PM EDT
    Without describing a crime they don't have any authority to go about looking for evidence.

    Without probable cause they don't get a judge to approve the wiretap. I have heard nothing to prove any wiretap being discussed was illegal.

    Everything you put up is speculation. If the wiretap showed an indication of a possible criminal act it justified an investigation. Did they get that indication of a possible criminal act? I don't know. On the other hand, you sure as hell don't know they didn't. I've pointed out that investigations like this usually run over two years on average. I've advised to wait until its done and then judge the result. Instead you sit here daily putting up every wild theory you come across. You just don't seem to understand that Mueller doesn't owe you any explanation at all. As a matter of fact, the total investigation may never see the light of day, certainly not the grand jury testimony. The only way you will find out any facts is through evidence presented at trial if there is one.

    The only one who will receive Mueller's final report is the guy who appointed him, Rosenstein.


  31. .

    Trump's got every right to criticize the players for protesting the American anthem. When he starts suggesting they be fired for indulging in peaceful protest that in no way affects the actual game or their performance in the game, he once again goes off the reservation.


    1. I would venture to state all his criticism including the firing comment echos what many people have thought and felt ever since Kopernick started the protests. Way beyond just his base. IMO.

    2. .

      I have a different view. IMO...

      Very few people tune into a football game to watch the national anthem. In fact, a lot probably hit the john or rustle up a beer when it comes on.

      Just my opinion, but I doubt Trump even cares about this issue. He threw his comments in Arizona out as red meat for his base and now he is wallowing in the pleasure of being in the news again.

      You say there is widespread agreement with Trump's position. I believe there is widespread indifference to this as an issue.

      The only reason anyone is paying any attention to it is the mutually self-gratifying circle jerk between the media and Trump...and people looking to make political points on it.


    3. The irony of it all is the players are biting the hand that feeds them. They are protesting against the very ideals that allow them to make the millions of dollars they make.

    4. .

      The irony is most Americans could give a shit. They just want to see a football game. The media was on this thing today like pigs on shit. Half the fans interviewed tried to say what they thought people wanted them to say. The other half complained about the coverage and said they just wanted to see the game.

      This is all about egos. The players protesting mistakenly think they are going to make a difference, that, or they are simply trying to draw attention to themselves.

      Trump buys into the aphorism that there is no such thing as bad press. If he can throw a little shit in the game and keep his name in the press for another day you can count on him doing it.

      The media? They've given this more press today than hurricanes off the east coast, the North Korea crisis, healthcare, or the upcoming budget debate.

      It's just not worth the attention.


    5. Said as only a true advertising man could say.

    6. Quirk, you need to come out of retirement, and work for the NFL.

      Or, work for the President.

      Which side doesn't matter, but you should be using, not losing, your finely tuned skills.

  32. ESPN continues to prove many would rather not have to endure politics in the middle of their sports entertainment.

    Maybe McCoy will progress from stretching to taking a dump on the flag during the anthem.

  33. Shades of Crooked Hillary, in the Trump Administration

    Kushner used private email to conduct White House business

    The senior adviser set up the account after the election. Other West Wing officials have also used private email accounts for official business.

    1. Security violations have run rampent in the extended Trump family, along with Lt Gen Flynn's various foreign misadventures.

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  35. What a lot of horse shitty, all this going on and on about 'institutionalized racism' in the USA.

    That's exactly what we do not have.

    The only instance of it that I can think of is affirmative action and that works the other way around.

    It discriminates against.....wait for it.....Asians in particular.

    But Asians can't compete in football. Too damn small, usually. So the Asians get it both ways....losing seats in universities, and locked out of the NFL cause they can't compete.

    We need Asian affirmative hires in the NFL !

    We don't need no mo' divisiveness, we need inclusiveness, and that means Asian offensive linemen in the NFL !

    What a lot of horse shitty.....women out there protesting with pussy caps on their heads, BLM always blaming the cops regardless of the facts, entire universities shutting down free speech (Berkeley, always accusations of racism racism racism racism, Antifa thugs calling people like us fascists, the list is long, long....

    What this country needs is some pro advertisers running things to focus our attention on the important things in life !!

    It's time for Quirk to take over.

  36. Dandy Dan Gets The Last Word -

    Farewell to the National Football League

    Levi's Stadium (Ric Tapia via AP)

    For my health, sanity and productivity, I quit watching the NFL regularly on television about the time Clint Longley single-handedly beat the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, 1974. I tuned in periodically in the early '80s, but gave it up entirely by the end of the decade -- in part because I was then living abroad. When I returned to the States nearly a decade later, I found I no longer cared, and eventually even gave up on the Super Bowl.

    There was never the slightest chance I would go back, but even if I wanted to, I couldn't, as I cut the cable long ago and learned I can live quite happily and more cheaply without it -- no sports, no CNN, no Fox News. But even if I hook up the old satellite dish again here in my rural New England community, I still wouldn't watch pro football now that the NFL and some of its players have injected racial politics into a sport that, more than any other, pioneered on-field integration and got white America cheering for black athletes.

    So I found the president's remarks in Alabama rather refreshing.

    President Donald Trump has ratcheted up the national controversy over black National Football League players who refuse to stand while the U.S. National Anthem is played before games. During a Friday night political rally in Alabama, Trump called on fans to boycott teams that allow players to engage in that particular form of protest.

    The league's TV ratings have slid since quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then the leader of the San Francisco 49ers, began the trend in September 2016.

    'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "Get that son of a b***h off the field right now! He is fired. He's fired!"' Trump boomed. His crowd applauded and chanted 'USA! USA!'

    There's no question that the has-been Kaepernick exacerbated the league's slide in the ratings, but he alone is not responsible for it. The games have lengthened from three hours to four, while providing the same minuscule amount of "action" -- eleven minutes. The players have grown ever more interchangeable; the teams might just as well field squads of tattooed robots. To illustrate just how far off the rails the league has gone, Los Angeles -- a city that has no use for pro football and proved it could live without the Rams for years -- now has two teams.

    And the injuries -- always the game's dirty little secret -- have become ever more damaging, even as the rules are constantly tinkered with, and the refs throw more flags. The players have simply become too big, too fast, and too heavily armored. Even though it's unlikely to succeed, the recently announced lawsuit by the family of the late Aaron Hernandez will surely focus national attention on the issue of brain damage.

    1. On Thursday, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for murder, was posthumously diagnosed with a "severe" case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to head trauma. The New York Times reported that diagnosis, as well as the fact that Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, plans to sue the NFL and the Patriots for $20 million on behalf of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter.

      "Aaron Hernandez succumbed to the symptoms of CTE," the suit states, in part. "As a result of the defendants' conduct and the injury experienced by Aaron, Avielle Hernandez was deprived of the love, affect, society and companionship of her father while he was alive."

      The NFL responded to news of the suit Friday, telling reporters on a conference call, "We intend to contest the claims vigorously," according to USA Today. The report noted that the suit could face a potential issue that could derail the claim that the Patriots and/or the NFL should be held financially responsible:

      The lawsuit could face one major league hurdle: Hernandez was not listed among the players who opted out of a concussion settlement with the league.

      Yes, yes, Hernandez was also a murdering thug, one of many thugs in a league that seems to court them. And, no, the NFL and football did not cause his murderousness, as the Times notes:

      It’s a natural presumption to make, given the tragic suicides of Junior Seau, Dave Duerson and other former football players diagnosed post-mortem with C.T.E. And it’s a question that the courts will have to wrestle with.

      On Friday, the National Football League vowed to defend itself against a lawsuit filed on behalf of Mr. Hernandez’s daughter and fiancĂ©e, who claims that his injuries and death were a direct result of his participation in football.

      The science itself — like most attempts to link brain biology to behavior — is murkier. In recent decades, researchers have made extraordinary strides in understanding the workings of brain cells, neural circuits and anatomy. Yet drawing a direct line from those basic findings to what people do out in the world is dicey, given the ineffable interplay between circumstance, relationships and personality.

      “There’s no serious argument about whether violence comes from the brain,” said Owen Jones, director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. “It’s just hard to make a credible claim that a particular brain injury has caused a particular act of violence.”

      Players like Kaepernick and Hernandez give the league a bad name, so it's hardly surprising that the NFL's ratings are down again this season. Explanations and excuses offered include the weather (hurricanes!), low quality of play and shortening attention spans -- although who actually watches an NFL broadcast intently between trips to the fridge and visits to the john?

      CBS has suffered early. Per Anthony Crupi of Ad Age, through the first two weeks of the season, CBS's Sunday NFL windows had averaged 13.9 million viewers, down 10% versus 15.2 million last year. Sports Media Watch said CBS’s 8.4 rating for its Week 2 single header lineup was the lowest for a Week 2 single-header since at least 1998.
      NBC had a particularly ugly night with the Packers-Falcons. The game drew 20.2 million, well down from last year’s Week 2 game (Packers-Vikings, 22.8 million) and the Seahawks-Packers in 2015 (26.4 million). It was the least-watched Week 2 Sunday Night Football game since 2008. Crupi reported NBC’s three primetime games so far had averaged 22.1 million viewers, down 7% from 2016.

    2. But if you ask this former fan, the rot runs deeper. Football, which is practically the state religion in Texas and across the South, used to be closely tied up with patriotism and love of country. The militaristic component of the sport, which was presented as akin to war, appealed especially to red-state dwellers. But sportscasters and sportswriters are overwhelmingly leftist in their outlook, and their eagerness to turn Kaepernick into a civil-rights icon has repelled a sizable section of football's core audience -- and one that, by the current evidence, is growing.

      Naturally, the NFL commissioner played right into Trump's hands:

      NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”

      “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month.”

      “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

      The NFL chief's comments came the morning after Trump told a crowd at a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange (R) that NFL players will stop kneeling if fans left games. "When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it's one player, leave the stadium," Trump said. "I guarantee things will stop."

      The divisiveness didn't start with Trump, however, it started with the NFL itself, which appears to be emulating Hollywood in its attempt to drive away half of its potential audience. But in the NFL's case, it's even worse, considering that Real Americans are their audience. Unless the league radically reforms, it's headed for the last roundup.

      Let's give the last word to that great Cowboy, Dandy Don Meredith:


    3. There's no question that the has-been Kaepernick exacerbated the league's slide in the ratings, but he alone is not responsible for it. The games have lengthened from three hours to four, while providing the same minuscule amount of "action" -- eleven minutes. The players have grown ever more interchangeable; the teams might just as well field squads of tattooed robots.

    4. Eleven minutes of actual action - is it really that low ?

  37. The Nail in the NFL’s Coffin
    Lawrence Meyers Lawrence Meyers |Posted: Sep 25, 2017 12:01 AM

    The Nail in the NFL’s Coffin

    When NFL players began taking knees and raising Black Panther fists during games last year, the NFL had to take swift action. It failed.The result is that football has now become politicized, handing the Left another victory in the culture wars. The news behind the news, however, is where the story gets even more depressing.

    Nobody in their right minds objects to freedom of speech. That is, except UC Berkeley, but the university and its students clear have no actual minds to be right in. However, there are strategic decisions that guides when that speech will be the most effective.

    Any player who feels strongly enough about his protest for the national anthem owes it to his employer (the team’s owner), the head coach, and his players, to discuss exactly what his feelings are and the most effective manner in which to express them.Any owner or coach would stand behind that player to help him achieve his desired outcome.

    The player represents the team’s brand. He represents the city. He represents America, the country that gave him the freedom to excel, to become an elite member in the field of American professional sports. The player is paid millions of dollars. To choose the moment, dictated by tradition, to show disrespect for all of these things, shows exceptionally poor judgment.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is paid well over $40 million annually to protect the league’s reputation and business. He’s done a horrible job the last few years, palming off issues of domestic violence, and failing to take a firm stance regarding the anthem. A simple statement would have sufficed: “The NFL respects and encourages freedom of speech. The NFL also respects America, and strongly encourages all players and staff to stand proudly for our national anthem, and to engage in individual protests on their own time.”

    That’s all he had to do. He failed. Now this behavior has spread like a cancer.

    The owners are the next line of defense. Who is the one owner who has stood up and made it clear that free speech does not exist on private property, or when you are an employee who represents a brand and a team? Jerry Jones, of course, of the Dallas Cowboy’s. America’s Team......

    1. I think I'll have my lawyer write a letter to this wonderful honest Jerry Jones, and see if he can collect my Judgement against one of his players for me.

      I have just written that down on my to-do list.

      I shall report the results.

  38. In Germany, Frau Merkel has won another term, but Alternative For Germany has won an unexpectedly large 13+% of the vote.

    Alternative For Germany's political foes call them all Nazis, of course, but the membership seems focused on only one issue.....Merkel's allowing so many moslem immigrants into the country, causing many unneeded problems now and far into the future.

    The vote for Alternative For Germany will allow them to sit in the Parliament, or whatever it is called there, for the first time.

    1. Weakened Merkel wins fourth term, hit by nationalist 'earthquake'...

      Hard-right marches into parliament...

      Protesters chant 'Nazis out'...

      Brussels braces for turbulence...

      European Jews concerned....DRUDGE

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    3. One doesn't want one's daughter to get gang banged by a bunch of muzzies and one is called a Nazi, of course.

  39. NHL: Penguins plan to visit White House....DRUDGE

  40. USA NFL football players taking the knee in London during our National Anthem, but standing for 'God Save The Queen' - George III has finally won.

    1. Are arranged marriages best ?

      The following year, at the age of 22, George succeeded to the throne when his grandfather, George II, died suddenly on 25 October 1760, two weeks before his 77th birthday. The search for a suitable wife intensified. On 8 September 1761 in the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, the King married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whom he met on their wedding day.[d] A fortnight later on 22 September both were crowned at Westminster Abbey. George remarkably never took a mistress (in contrast with his grandfather and his sons), and the couple enjoyed a genuinely happy marriage until his mental illness struck.[1][9] They had 15 children—nine sons and six daughters. In 1762, George purchased Buckingham House (on the site now occupied by Buckingham Palace) for use as a family retreat.[19] His other residences were Kew and Windsor Castle. St James's Palace was retained for official use. He did not travel extensively, and spent his entire life in southern England. In the 1790s, the King and his family took holidays at Weymouth, Dorset,[20] which he thus popularised as one of the first seaside resorts in England.[21]


      15 children would, eventually, drive anyone nuts.


    Is it time for racial equality in pro sports? - 9/25/17
    If our sports are to be politicized, then it is time we make merit and talent secondary and impose racial quotas. More

    September 25, 2017
    Is it time for racial equality in pro sports?
    By Lowell Ponte

    The fat was in the fire last week, after Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry refused to visit the White House with his successful team, and President Donald Trump suggested that those professional athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem should be fired.

    NFL owners and coaches rushed to affirm the rights of players to express their views during games. The billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Shahid Khan -- who contributed a million dollars to Trump’s campaign -- joined his players on the field to show support for their protests.

    The protesting NFL members certainly have a legitimate point. Skin pigmentation does seem to color the life experiences and professions of people. To change this, governments and universities and corporations have in many cases undertaken affirmative action that requires racial hiring and preferences, even if this undermines pure meritocracy.

    Professional sports have been examples of excellence for ourselves and our children. They have matched up the best players, regardless of skin color or ethnicity, and set the highest standard of human achievement that merits the respect of all Americans. Its champions have inspired and become heroes to all of us.

    But now, to advance equality and fairness, we must end this. We must, as in many other professions, replace merit with a different standard that reflects the makeup of America as a whole.

    This must be done by what civil rights rulings have called “disparate impact.” If a community is 12 percent Eskimo but a local company has less than this share of Eskimo employees, this is to be seen as clear evidence of racial discrimination. It must be corrected by preferential quota requiring hiring of Eskimos.....

    I DEMAND A PROPORTION OF ASIAN OFFENSIVE GUARDS IN THE NFL !!!! is a non negotiable demand....

  42. Ad Man Quirko is using Alinsky's tactics when he belittles me with the tag Faux Farmer -

    September 25, 2017
    Fighting Fire with Fire: A Republican Finally Co-opts Alinsky's Rules for Radicals
    By Brian C. Joondeph

    Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is considered the bible for the left, the Democrat Party playbook. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on Alinsky’s book. Barack Obama is a disciple of this guide for community organizing. The reality is that the “Rules” are applicable to any political cause or movement, not just one on the left side of the political spectrum.

    I kept hearing about this book and decided to read it for myself. Wearing a tin foil hat with a clove of garlic around my neck, I ventured to the dark side and opened the book. I found Alinsky’s philosophy and rules quite interesting. I also drew parallels to what is happening now, decades after the book was written. But not in an expected way.

    Democrats are adept at using Alinsky’s rules to further their agenda. Many conservatives bemoan the fact that Republicans are unaware of these tactics or are unwilling to use them. Much like a baseball team not knowing they can bunt or run double plays and then wondering why the other team uses these tactics and wins games.

    The rules can easily be used by the right too. In Alinsky’s own words, “In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people.” Who else in the GOP might say similar words? Paul Ryan? Mitch McConnell? Mitt Romney? Jeb Bush? None of the above. Only Donald Trump.

    Who talks about returning power to the people, rather than maintaining power in the establishment? Or Congress? Or with the deep state? Remember what Trump said during his inaugural address, "We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people." Out of the Alinsky playbook.

    President Trump is perhaps an unknowing Saul Alinsky disciple, following many of the “rules for radicals” when he campaigned for and won the presidency. One of few Republicans to use these rules to their advantage. Typically, Republicans act dumbfounded when these rules are used against them. Think John McCain and Mitt Romney. Or any of the many unsuccessful Republican primary candidates defeated by candidate Trump.

    What tactics has Trump co-opted? “The job of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a dangerous enemy.” Through his public comments and tweets, is there any doubt that the entire establishment view Trump as “a dangerous enemy”? Watch the news. Or the Emmy Awards. Or any of the many late night “comedy” shows. Read National Review or the Weekly Standard. Listen to Congressional #NeverTrumpers. Trump baits establishment, getting them in a lather over every tweet, typically looking foolish in their outrage. A few weeks ago, it was Melania’s high heels en route to hurricane-ravaged Houston. This week it’s Trump’s long-overdue straight talk to thugs and dictators at the United Nations.

    Then there is ridicule, another Alinsky tactic. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage." Trump began this during the primaries. Little Marco. Low-energy Jeb. Lyin’ Ted. Then during the presidential campaign, Crooked Hillary....

    1. .

      Who talks about returning power to the people, rather than maintaining power in the establishment? Or Congress? Or with the deep state? Remember what Trump said during his inaugural address, "We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people." Out of the Alinsky playbook.

      In talking of Trump, the key words are who 'talks about' about returning power to the people. He came up short on healthcare. The next big one will be taxes. That should tell the tale.