“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."

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Do European Nationalists not see the danger of a standing EU army (Germany) and the potential for abuse in forced social engineering?

Farage’s Stinging Message To Clegg: I Told You There’d Be An EU Army

9 November 2017, 20:26
Nigel Farage has issued a stinging “told you so” message to Britain’s former deputy prime minister days before a number of EU states look set to sign a new defence pact.

In 2014 during an LBC head-to-head debate, Nick Clegg told Nigel the idea of an EU army was a “dangerous fantasy” which “simply was not true”. 
Nigel Farage Nick Clegg
Picture: LBC/PA
Then, in September the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said by 2025 the EU needed “a functioning European defence union”. 
And on Monday, at least 20 countries in the bloc will agree on a new defence collaboration pact covering troops and weapons - known as the Permanent Structured Cooperation. 

Reacting to this latest revelation on his nightly LBC show, Nigel was absolutely seething as he tore in to the former Lib Dem leader. 

He fumed: “It's very interesting isn't it? 

"When you're told by people that the Leave camp lied in the referendum because of some numbers on the side of a bus that may have been slightly over inflated, compare that with the lies we've had for half a century from Nick Clegg and the others - a European army is happening.”



    Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said evidence had been uncovered showing that the FBI gave the investigation of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s improper use of an unauthorized email server while secretary of state a “special status.”

    According to the Florida Republican, who is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the process afforded to Clinton was different than it would have been for “any other American.”

    “We now have evidence that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton did not follow normal and standard procedures,” he said. “The current deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe sent emails just weeks before the presidential election saying that the Hillary Clinton investigation would be special — that it would be handled by a small team at headquarters, that it would be given special status.”

    “Combine that with the fact that Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the James Comey to call this ‘a matter’ and not an investigation,” he continued. “That she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac and that James Comey himself has admitted in testimony that he drafted the exoneration statement of Hillary Clinton before even interviewing her or other key witnesses. We seem to have a departure from the normal application of the law. And we will be calling for a full review by the Judiciary Committee of the processes and procedures that potentially gave Hillary Clinton a different process and a different standard of justice than would be applied to any other American.”

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  2. How stands John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” this Thanksgiving?

    How stands the country that was to be “a light unto the nations”?

    To those who look to cable TV for news, the answer must at the least be ambiguous. For consider the issues that have lately convulsed the public discourse of the American republic.

    Today’s great question seems to be whether our 45th president is as serious a sexual predator as our 42nd was proven to be, and whether the confessed sins of Sen. Al Franken are as great as the alleged sins of Judge Roy Moore.

    On both questions, the divide is, as ever, along partisan lines.

    And every day for weeks, beginning with Hollywood king Harvey Weinstein, whose accusers nearly number in three digits, actors, media personalities and politicians have been falling like nine pins over allegations and admissions of sexual predation.

    What is our civil rights issue, and who are today’s successors to the Freedom Riders of the ’60s? Millionaire NFL players “taking a knee” during the national anthem to dishonor the flag of their country to protest racist cops.


    An ideological clamor to tear down memorials and monuments to the European discoverers of America, any Founding Father who owned slaves and any and all Confederate soldiers and statesmen.

    Stained-glass windows of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson have been removed from the National Cathedral. Plaques to Lee and George Washington have been taken down from the walls of the Episcopal church in Alexandria where both men worshipped.

    But the city that bears Washington’s name is erecting a new statue on Pennsylvania Avenue — to honor the four-term mayor who served time on a cocaine charge: Marion Shepilov Barry.

    Whatever side one may take on these questions, can a country so preoccupied and polarized on such pursuits be taken seriously as a claimant to be the “exceptional nation,” a model to which the world should look and aspire?

    Contrast the social, cultural and moral morass in which America is steeped with the disciplined proceedings and clarity of purpose, direction and goals of our 21st-century rival: Xi Jinping’s China.

    Our elites assure us that America today is a far better place than we have ever known, surely better than the old America that existed before the liberating cultural revolution of the 1960s.


    1. How is a locale with MILLIONS of inhabitants and giant cities "discovered" by a couple of hundred guys in boats, that were lost ... thousands of miles from where they thought they were?

      North America not being India

      The revisionist history propagated by Europeons, comical

    2. .

      Partisan, partisan, all is partisan.

      To understand how blatantly partisan the left's campaign to take down statues is, D.C. wants to remove all stues of the confederates but want to put up one of Marion Berry, the four term mayor of D.C. (the last one after he served time in prison for crack cocaine possession and use and perjury).


  4. Yet President Trump ran on a pledge to “Make America Great Again,” implying that while the America he grew up in was great, in the time of Barack Obama it no longer was. And he won.

    Certainly, the issues America dealt with half a century ago seem more momentous than what consumes us today.

    Consider the matters that riveted America in the summer and fall of 1962, when this columnist began to write editorials for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. What was the civil rights issue of that day?

    In September of ’62, Gov. Ross Barnett decided not to allow Air Force vet James Meredith to become the first black student at Ole Miss. Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent U.S. Marshals to escort Meredith in.

    Hundreds of demonstrators arrived on campus to join student protests. A riot ensued. Dozens of marshals were injured. A French journalist was shot to death. The Mississippi Guard was federalized. U.S. troops were sent in, just as Ike had sent them into Little Rock when Gov. Orville Faubus refused to desegregate Central High.

    U.S. power was being used to enforce a federal court order on a recalcitrant state government, as it would in 1963 at the University of Alabama, where Gov. George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door.

    As civil rights clashes go, this was the real deal.

    That fall, in a surprise attack, Chinese troops poured through the passes in the Himalayas, invading India. China declared a truce in November but kept the territories it had occupied in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Then there was the Cuban missile crisis, the most dangerous crisis of the Cold War.

    Since August, the Globe-Democrat had been calling for a blockade of Cuba, where Soviet ships were regularly unloading weapons. When President Kennedy declared a “quarantine” after revealing that missiles with nuclear warheads that could reach Washington were being installed, the Globe urged unity behind him, as it had in Oxford, Mississippi.

    We seemed a more serious and united nation and people then than we are today, where so much that roils our society and consumes our attention seems unserious and even trivial.

    “And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?” wrote the British poet Thomas Macaulay.

    Since 1962, this nation has dethroned its God and begun debates about which of the flawed but great men who created the nation should be publicly dishonored. Are we really a better country today than we were then, when all the world looked to America as the land of the future?

    Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”


    1. In the intervening years since 1962, the US has greatly expanded it's military footprint all around the globe ...

      And the prestige of the US has been diminished with each step down that path.

      Cause and Effect

    2. .

      Trump has quietly increased the troops in the ME by about a third.


  5. German National Anthem - Deutschland Uber Alles (With Lyrics) !

  6. Gunmaker Remington Faces Default As Americans Buy Fewer Firearms

    Remington Outdoor, the second-largest U.S. gunmaker has suffered a “rapid” and “sharp” deterioration in sales and a similar drop in profits since January, and faces “continued softness in consumer demand for firearms,” credit analysts at Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings said in a report Friday.

    S&P as a result has cut the company’s corporate credit rating — already at a junk-bond-level CCC+ — two full notches, to CCC-, a move likely to make the company’s high-yield debt less attractive to investors and lenders, and force Remington to pay more in interest. The company could face a change in control, bankruptcy, or default on its debt by next year.

    Blame this one on The Donald. No one fears he is going to grab their guns and ammo, that peril has passed, so all those who armed up under O'bozo are turning to buying big screen TVs, super I phones, sex robots and other necessities of modern life.

    1. .


      It couldn't be the trigger problem on the 700 series that allowed the guns to shoot without pulling the trigger, the huge recall that was ordered, the fact that during the lawsuit it came out that Remington new about the problem for years but didn't want to pay the $.055 per gun to fix it?

      It couldn't be the quality problems they have had in recent years with their tactical shotgun?

      It couldn't be poor management decisions or the fact that Remington is sharing the same financial problems many (most?) of the major gun companies have shared for a couple years now (S&W, Ruger are hurting, Colt filed for bankruptcy in 2015.)

      Don't take all that propaganda pushed by the gun industry too seriously. When there is a jump in sales it's usually a temporary spike.


  7. November 25, 2017
    Trump tells Erdogan US will stop arming Kurdish rebels
    By Rick Moran

    Extremely disappointing.


    1. Trump selling out the Kurds for the Turks - totally disgusting after they did so much to fight ISIS -

      Islamic State opens sex slave market in Turkey’s capital

      NOV 24, 2017 10:16 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER

      “‘ISIS Opens Sex-Slave Market in Turkey’s Capital,’” by Ran Meir, Clarion Project, November 21, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

      You may think ISIS’ demise in Iraq and Syria would mean an end to its sex-slave trading, but a new report says Islamic State has merely transferred its slave business into Turkey – including a market in Turkey’s capital Ankara. This means ISIS is involved in the slavery industry in a European country.

      During its years of power in parts of Iraq and Syria, ISIS held slave markets both in private and public. With its loss of power, Islamic State began smuggling Yazidi women across the border into Turkey. It imprisoned them with ISIS families it had shifted from Iraq and Syria into Turkey previous to the major losses in territory.

      ISIS is also said to be negotiating with the close relatives of these women to release them after years of captivity, torture and sexual slavery. The ransoms are believed to amount to thousands of dollars, which for many Yazidi families are sums they simply cannot afford.

      It is understood that when the families don’t meet the ransom demands, ISIS sells the women to the highest bidders.

      ISIS’ slavery operation is already up and running in three Turkish cities — Gaziantep, Urfa and Ankara — said Yazidi human rights campaigner Ali el-Hansouri speaking to Sputnik’s Arabic website.

      Not only is ISIS holding women against their will, “but ISIS is also not releasing Yazidi children who were transferred to Turkey,” said el-Hansouri. “Rather it’s holding them within the houses of its activists there.”…


  8. The people that think Mr Trump will "protect" them ...

    Same fools that thought HE could repeal and replace Obamacare

    Same fools that thought HE would deliver "Middle Class Tax Reform"

    Same fools that thout HE knew the "best" people.

    Anyone that would believe Donald Trump ... Is a Fool.

    Now is the time to "Arm Up"

    The Constitution is threatened
    by Mr Trump violating the foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars public officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments without Congress’s consent.

    A more important part of our Founding Fathers vision than the 2nd Amendment, and Mr Trump violates it, daily.

    1. The 2nd Amendment, part of the "after thought" of the Bill of Rights

      The foreign emoluments clause, written into the main body of the document.

      A PRIMARY concern, of the Founders, that the President is not beholden foreign powers, financially.

      What part of "ILLEGAL" do Mr Trump and his supporters not understand?

    2. Time for you and your buds to march on Washington, D.C. and save the Republic !

      Liberty ! Equality ! Brotherhood !

      Good Luck !


    3. The Will of the MAJORITY cannot be long held back, Draft Dodger.

      Marching is for those that do nor have the votes. Virginia' legislature election losses for the Grand Old Pedophiles is predictive of the tale for 2018

    4. A handy excuse, War Criminal.

      Those repressed millions that look to you will be let down.

  9. The list goes on and on -

    November 25, 2017
    Your up-to-date list of accused leftist sexual harassers
    By Thomas Lifson

    1. Mr Trump is not on the list

      He should be.
      He is no Conservative.

      Was a Democrat from New York his whole life, prior to his political flip flop in 2010.

      He is a liberal New Yorker
      Always has beeb.

      His selection of people in his inner circle of economic advisors, Mnuchin and Cohen prove it.

    2. On a lighter note ...

      Turkey ‘very happy’ as U.S. stops arming Kurds in Syria

      In a phone call Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said he'd "given clear instructions" that the Kurds will receive no more weapons, adding that "this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,"

      Be a believer in Donald Trump ...
      At your own risk

    3. .


      The Trumpkins and Trumpettes are the sheeple being led to the slaughter, the lemmings being led over the cliff.

      As Christ would say, 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do.'

      #Sad, so sad.


    4. Your epithets indicate you to be a deeply thoughtful political scientist.

      I thought so many comments to an article about Nigel Farange citing a developing European army would be very interesting. I see it's actually all bunch of unfocused shallow nitwit crackpots with surface comprehension combined with fierce certainty.

      Removing the site from my blog list. There is no point in returning.

      I must than you all for making this so clear. So much easier not reading than actually reading your nonsense.


  10. Mr Trump has let the boobie down

    On Obamacare
    On Tax Cuts
    On Kurdistan

    Yet our Draft Dodger remains a stalwart supporter of the Emasculated President

    ... just plain Goofy

    1. If I were a 'stalwart supporter' I wouldn't be criticizing him, now would I, War Criminal.

      He's certainly better than Hillary would have been, or your dope smoker Gary Johnson, who couldn't find Aleppo on map, in fact didn't even know what it was -

      What Is An Aleppo

      Jack's favorite candidate - ho ho ho

      A doped up moron....

    2. A candidate that does not win
      Is just another citizen

      When a vote is responsible for a candidate winning. The voter is responsible for actions of those that won.

      The losing side cannot be held responsible for the decisions and actions of the winnerd.

      2018 is coming ...
      Dig deep into the 2017 results in VA & PA. The wave was mounting.
      Even before the Republicans became "Grand Old Pedophiles"

      The idea that a Special Election for a Senate seat in Alabama is even closely competitive ... Indicated of a political sea change in the country ... instigated by the Bannon wing of the Goldman Sucks fraternity.

  11. .

    Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said evidence had been uncovered showing that the FBI gave the investigation of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s improper use of an unauthorized email server while secretary of state a “special status.”

    As an aside, I find it ironic that any member of Congress would complain about someone not in Congress being treated differently than most of the general population.

    These are the same guys who put that little disclaimer on all of their bills, 'This does no apply to Congress.' These are the same people with the secret slush fund paid for by the general public to hide and pay for what they would define as their trivial sexual peccadillos.

    Get used to it. This is America today, a bifurcated system of them and us, the haves with the perks and everyone else. It appears it will only get worse under Trump, the guy who bragged that he doesn't want any poor people working for him.


    1. Don't get upset about the state of affairs, Quirk.

      It is only temporary.

      We have it from the Prophet of Phoenix that:

      The Will of the MAJORITY cannot be long held back

      Just get out there and continue to vote for Jill Stein and soon all will be well.

      As for myself, I doubt political paradise is just around the corner.

      Make the best political choices available according to your own lights, then turn to one's family and friends and try to be of some use there.

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    Do European Nationalists not see the danger of a standing EU army (Germany) and the potential for abuse in forced social engineering?

    Now there is a sentence for you.

    European Nationalists? If the nationalists don't like what the EU is doing they can always exit, well...that is, if they have the votes. The UK did it which brings up the question...

    What is a UK politician doing whining about what the EU does? They soon will be out of the union.

    An EU standing army. When I read that, I say 'So?'

    The UK? They gave up their right to comment on what the EU does. America? How can America complain? They are doing exactly what Trump asked them to do, exactly what the US does with its allies.

    Potential for abuse? What does that mean? Given trends here in the US, we have more to worry about than the EU.

    Nationalists? Right now the US is in withdrawal around the world. We are forfeiting our leadership on everything from trade to foreign policy and we're doing it all in 140 character bits that mostly resemble shit written on a school bathroom wall. Into the vacuum we are willingly creating other players, the EU and China and to a smaller extent Russia are willingly taking the lead. While we bumble around sending troops all over the world, the EU and China are promoting huge trade deals. We have abused and insulted our allies and they are responding accordingly. Mexico and Canada are good examples.

    There is nationalism and there is nationalism. It's not wise to cut off your nose to spite your face.



    1. "There is nationalism and there is nationalism. It's not wise to cut off your nose to spite your face."

      The brilliance that always brings me back.

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  14. .

    The Daily Protest

    Trump can't seem go a day without sticking it to the American people.

    Dodd-Frank spells who takes charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when the director leaves. It's the deputy director. Trump has decided that he would put Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (a bitter opponent of the agency) in charge instead on an interim basis. The fight will probably end up in the courts. But the move is another example of Trump's contempt for ordinary American consumers and his deference to the big banks.

    Trump and the monied interests want to get rid of this consumer watchdog agency but in the absence of that will try to put a bank lapdog in place to oversee it.

    e Consumer Financial Protection Bureau named an acting director. Then the White House appointed its own harsh critic of the consumer watchdog. Legal experts are divided over which body has the power to make the appointment.

    1. On this issue I find myself in agreement with Quirk.

      It's an odd world.

    2. This Thanksgiving, Thank Donald J. Trump

      President Trump at the White House in August. (Reuters photo: Carlos Barria)

      November 23, 2017 4:00 AM

      And the best is yet to come. This Thanksgiving, Americans in general — and free-market conservatives in particular — have plenty for which to be grateful. And much of it would be absent had the White House’s current occupant not become president on November 8, 2016. The day after Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Princeton University economist Paul Krugman called Trump’s victory “the mother of all adverse effects.” He predicted “very probably . . . a global recession, with no end in sight.”

      • The Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all hit record highs on Tuesday.....etc etc.....

      Read more at:

      So much for Paul Krugman

    3. Trump Notches Another Win On Trade As China Slashes Tariffs
      4:54 PM ET

      Trade: President Trump's much-derided Asian tour earlier in the month received widespread criticism in the mainstream media. What they won't report is that, like it or not, his visit is already paying dividends.

      Autoplay: On | OffMaybe you saw some of the headlines: "The 'Missed Opportunity' Of Trump's Asia Trip" (NPR). "Donald Trump's Asia Tour Leaves Observers Perplexed" (BBC). "Trump Wants America To Be Like China" (U.S. News).

      Actually, despite the media snark, the trip was a big success from Trump's perspective, especially on trade. While Trump was conferring with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. companies announced some $250 billion in deals with China — a clear sign China wants to open its markets even more.

      A more recent example was China's decision, announced on Thanksgiving, to slash import taxes on some 187 consumer goods. As Bloomberg News correctly noted, this move "promises to boost the prospects of multinationals in the Chinese market," in particular big U.S. consumer multinationals like Procter & Gamble Co. and medicine-maker Pfizer.

      Coming just weeks after his Asian trip finished, it counts as a major victory for Trump on trade....

    4. More reading for Quirk -

      November 25, 2017
      The Tired Canard of 'Tax Cuts for the Rich'
      By Howard Hyde

  15. Looks like Prince 'arry is gettin' hitched.

    Vandals on air in 2 1/2 hours !

  16. Japan's Osaka to snap sister city link with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

  17. Trump's Evil Russians

  18. Just in from Newsweek, the thinking man's Wal-Mart cashier aisle read -

    Flat-Earther Postpones Rocket Launch Designed To Prove His Theory

    ....Hughes was originally planning to conduct his experiment over Amboy, a ghost town situated along Route 66 in California, that has a population of 4. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reportedly informed him that he cannot launch his scrap metal rocket on public land.

    According to Hughes, the federal agency told him his experiment was a no-go, but Samantha Storms, BLM spokeswoman, said she was unaware of any communication between the self-taught rocket scientist and the agency.....

  19. Sounds like it's going to be a long afternoon. Won't bore you with the details but Idaho gets the kick off to start the game, then throws an interception, and New Mexico scores on its third play.


    It's tough being a Vandal but it builds character.

    1. Honest to God. Vandals going to punt, center hikes the ball into the end zone, N. Mexico recovers for a touchdown.

      14-0 N. Mexico

    2. Half Time

      N.M. S. 14

      Vandies 7

      Coach Patrino pulled his son out from the quarterback position, put in a true red shirt freshman who has played well. Starting quarter Linehan out for seasons.

      Also we missed a makeable field goal.

    3. :(


      New Mexico State 17

      U of Idaho 10

      The Idaho line simply could not protect our quarterback. Sack after sack.

      This young new inexperienced freshman redshirt quarterback Richardson handled himself well, though.

      He's 6'4", 230 lbs.

      He has lots of playing time to which to look forward.

      Like all our years, this is a 'rebuilding year'.

      Go Vandals !

  20. Trying to flee a shit hole -

    November 25, 2017
    A rat flees Venezuela's sinking ship
    By Monica Showalter

    Along with thousands of legitimate Venezuelan asylum-seekers, now even those aligned with the Chavista regime are seeking asylum. There's a new case in Canada.

    Ralenis Tovar, the Venezuelan criminal court judge who signed the arrest warrant of Leopoldo Lopez, now wants asylum in Canada. The man she signed the arrest warrant for was a popular dissident leader who was thrown in jail without trial in 2014 after being blamed for violent protests. He spent three years in mostly solitary confinement as a result of her failure to speak out. Tovar admitted she knew he was innocent but signed the arrest warrant anyway because she said Chavista goons made her do it, threatening her with the grim fate of another judge who resisted Chavista orders.

    It's an interesting case study of how the little things a regime gets away with, such as the grim fate of the first judge, leads to a chain reaction with the next judge – the one the regime wants something from. Yet she was in a position of power when she signed the warrant, so now that the country has turned into a hellhole because of it, she doesn't like the result.

    To the Canadian press, she has a sympathetic case.

    Out on Twitter, however, ordinary Venezuelans are not happy about it:......

  21. What If Japan Had Never Attacked Pearl Harbor?
    By James Holmes

    Suppose Robert E. Lee had laid hands on a shipment of AK-47s in 1864. How would American history have unfolded? Differently than it did, one imagines.

    Historians frown on alt-history, and oftentimes for good reason. Change too many variables, and you veer speedily into fiction. The chain connecting cause to effect gets too diffuse to trace, and history loses all power to instruct. Change a major variable, especially in a fanciful way—for instance, positing that machine-gun-toting Confederates took the field against Ulysses S. Grant’s army at the Battle of the Wilderness—and the same fate befalls you. Good storytelling may teach little.

    What if Japan had never attacked Pearl Harbor? Now that’s a question we can take on without running afoul of historical scruples. As long as we refrain from inserting nuclear-powered aircraft carriers sporting Tomcat fighters into our deliberations, at any rate.

    When studying strategy, we commonly undertake a self-disciplined form of alt-history. Indeed, our courses in Newport and kindred educational institutes revolve around it. That’s how we learn from historical figures and events. Military sage Carl von Clausewitz recommends—nay, demands—that students of strategy take this approach. Rigor, not whimsy, is the standard that guides ventures in Clausewitzian “critical analysis.” Strategists critique the course of action a commander followed while proposing alternatives that may have better advanced operational and strategic goals.

    Debating strategy and operations in hindsight is how we form the habit of thinking critically about present-day enterprises. Critical analysis, maintains Clausewitz, is “not just an evaluation of the means actually employed, but of all possible means—which first have to be formulated, that is, invented. One can, after all, not condemn a method without being able to suggest a better alternative.” The Prussian sage, then, scorns Monday-morning quarterbacking.

    That demands intellectual self-discipline. “If the critic wishes to distribute praise or blame,” concludes Clausewitz, “he must certainly try to put himself exactly in the position of the commander; in other words, he must assemble everything the commander knew and all the motives that affected his decision, and ignore all that he could not or did not know, especially the outcome.” Critics know how a course of action worked out in retrospect. They must restrict themselves to what a commander actually knew in order to project some realistic alternative.

    It doesn’t take too much imagination to postulate alternative strategies for Imperial Japan. Indeed, eminent Japanese have themselves postulated alternatives. My favorite: the high naval command should have stuck to its pre-1941 playbook. The Pearl Harbor carrier raid was a latecomer to Japanese naval strategy, and it was the handiwork of one man, Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto. Had Yamamoto declined to press the case for a Hawaiian strike, or had the high command rebuffed his entreaties, the Imperial Japanese Navy would have executed its longstanding strategy of “interceptive operations.”

    In other words, it would have evicted U.S. forces from the Philippine Islands, seized Pacific islands and built airfields there, and employed air and submarine attacks to cut the U.S. Pacific Fleet down to size on its westward voyage to the Philippines’ relief. Interceptive operations would have culminated in a fleet battle somewhere in the Western Pacific. Japan would have stood a better chance of success had it done so. Its navy still would have struck American territory to open the war, but it would have done so in far less provocative fashion. In all likelihood, the American reaction would have proved more muted—and more manageable for Japan.

    1. The Hollywood version of Yamamoto puts the result of Pearl Harbor well, prophesying in Tora! Tora! Tora! that “we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.” That’s a rich—and rather Clausewitzian—way of putting it. Clausewitz defines a combatant’s strength as a product of capability and willpower. Yamamoto alludes to the United States’ vast industrial and natural resources, depicting America as a giant in waiting. He also foretells that the strike on Battleship Row will enrage that giant—goading him into mobilizing those resources in bulk to smite Japan.

      Assaulting the Philippines may have awakened the sleeping giant—but it’s doubtful it would have left him in such a merciless mood. He would have been groggy. Here’s Clausewitz again: the “value of the political object” governs the “magnitude” and “duration” of the effort a belligerent mounts to obtain that political object. How much a belligerent wants its political goals, that is, dictates how many resources—lives, national treasure, military hardware—it invests in an endeavor, and how long it sustains the investment.

      It pays a heavy price for goals it covets dearly. Lesser goals warrant lesser expenditures.

      The Philippine Islands constituted a lesser goal. The archipelago constituted American territory, having been annexed in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War of 1898. But the islands also lay on the far side of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from American shores. And they had been absent from daily headlines since the days when imperialists like Theodore Roosevelt wrangled publicly with anti-imperialists like Mark Twain about the wisdom of annexation. Americans reportedly had to consult their atlases on December 7 to find out where Pearl Harbor was located. The Philippines barely registered in the popular consciousness—full stop.

      Regaining the Philippines, then, would have represented a political object commanding mediocre value at best—especially when full-blown war raged in Europe and adjoining waters, beckoning to an America that had been Eurocentric since its founding. Chances are that the U.S. effort in the Pacific would have remained wholly defensive. The U.S. leadership would have concentrated resources and martial energy in the Atlantic theater—keeping its prewar promise to allied leaders in deed as well as in spirit.

      Bypassing the Hawaiian Islands, in short, would have spared Japan a world of hurt—as Admiral Yamamoto foresaw. Forbearance would have granted Tokyo time to consolidate its gains in the Western Pacific, and perhaps empowered Japan’s navy and army to hold those gains against the tepid, belated U.S. counteroffensive that was likely to come.

      Now, let’s give Yamamoto his due as a maritime strategist. His strategy was neither reckless nor stupid. Japanese mariners were avid readers of the works of Alfred Thayer Mahan, and going after the enemy fleet represents sound Mahanian doctrine. Crush the enemy fleet and you win “command of the sea.” Win maritime command and contested real estate dangles on the vine for you to pluck afterward.

      And indeed, the Mahanian approach did pay off for the Imperial Japanese Navy—for a time. Japanese warriors ran wild for six months after Pearl Harbor, scooping up conquest after conquest. But a vengeful giant can regenerate strength given adequate time. As Yamamoto himself predicted, Japan could entertain “no expectation of success” if the war dragged on longer than six months or a year.

      Doing less—or forswearing an effort entirely—always constitutes a viable strategic option. Doing nothing was an option Japan should have exercised rather than assail Pearl Harbor. That’s the lesson from alt-history.

      James Holmes is Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College and coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific (second edition forthcoming 2018).

    2. .

      Other Lessons from Alt-History

      Doing less—or forswearing an effort entirely—always constitutes a viable strategic option.

      Other examples...

      - The CIA should not have manufactured a coup in Iran to replace the democratically elected government and install the Shah.

      - The US should not have joined the fight in Vietnam.

      - The CIA should have not helped create (along with Saudi Arabia) al Queda in Afghanistan.

      - The US should not have invaded Panama.

      - The US should not have engaged militarily in Bosnia.

      - Having achieved its announced goals in the first six months, the US should have left instead of staying in Afghanistan.

      - The US should not have invaded Iraq.

      - The US should not have attacked Libya.

      - The US should not have gotten involved in the Syrian war.


    3. You forgot Reagan's Invasion of Grenada.

      "We got there just in time."

      President Ronald Reagan

    4. .

      A footnote in history. What did it last a day or three?


    5. .

      I would bet many more people were killed in the recent terrorist attack in Egypt than died on all sides in Grenada.


    6. Most of the world advocated for the first Iraq invasion. It was passed overwhelmingly by the UN. Saddam had invaded another sovereign country.

      Bush II's adventure is questionable.

      Noriega was running drugs to USA and deserved to go.

      Putting in the Shah was an anti-USSR move. Iran was better off under the Shad than now under the mullahs.

      I was just trying to pull your whiskers mentioning Grenada. We got in there just in the nick of time.

    7. Grenada lasted three, maybe four days.

      Subsequently, following appeals by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Governor-General of Grenada, Paul Scoon, the Reagan Administration in the U.S. quickly decided to launch a military intervention.

      So, the neighbors were for it.

      Bunch of commies were fooling around.

      We kicked out the Revolutionary Military Council.

      The invasion resulted in the appointment of an interim government, followed by democratic elections in 1984. The country has remained a democratic nation since then.

      So we really did bring some democracy and better sense to Grenada, the assholes that had taken charge being of the Castroite type of tyranny sort of fellows.

      Not everything we do is wrong.

  22. Why Women In North Korea’s Army Stopped Getting Their Periods

    “After six months to a year of service, we wouldn’t menstruate any more because of malnutrition and the stressful environment,” the former soldier, Lee So Yeon, told the BBC. “The female soldiers were saying that they are glad that they are not having periods. They were saying that they were glad because the situation is so bad if they were having periods too that would have been worse.”

    The North Korean army didn’t provide the female soldiers with sufficient menstrual products; they were forced not only to reuse sanitary pads, but to wash those pads—which were made of white cotton—when the male soldiers were asleep. The fact that physical and emotional stressors eventually made the women stop getting their periods entirely was considered a small mercy by So Yeon and her peers.

  23. The City of Moscow, Idaho is tinkering with the idea of creating an 'edible forest'.

    No, I had never heard of this concept before, either.

    I shall give updates on the progress of this boondoggle as it develops.

    Details remain sketchy at this time.

    I am going to demand that an accounting be done by outside experts of dollars expended for calories gained.

    Also, being an elder, age discrimination is always foremost in my mind.

    How can those on Social Security be expected to forage competitively for acorns and berries with college students ?

    If the money expended were put into a long term decent yielding financial instrument of some kind would not more calories be able to be purchased on the open market for the citizens than those gained by foraging in an urban edible forest ?

    I suspect the noggins of The One World Cafe Folk churning behind this total nonsense.

    1. How do the handicapped compete in foraging against college students ?

      What about young children ?

      We all need calories.

    2. Just curious - has anyone here heard of the concept of an urban edible forest before ?

      Anyone got any examples of same ?

      The whole idea has a kind of quirky tinge to it.

    3. I am NOT shitting you:

      Edible forest park could be developed in Moscow | Local |
      20 hours ago - Edible forest park could be developed in Moscow. 4-acre park would .... Center & Mattress. Moscow, ID ... Team Idaho Real Estate. Moscow, ID.
      Missing: considers
      You visited this page on 11/25/17.

    4. This boondoggle may well surpass that of The Latah County Organic Farm, which collapsed after roughly four years.

      Said Farm became an object of much humor among the successful farmers in the area.

      'We told 'em so, but they don't listen'

    5. I suspect Quirk first circulated the idea at The One World Cafe as a malignant practical joke on the local morons of Idaho, as he thinks of them, though most One Worlders are refugees from California or back east. The idea took hold, and here we are....fighting another rear guard action against insanity.

    6. Thanks just one hell of a lot, Quirk.

    7. There is some romantic juvenile yearning among the lefty snowflakes that congregate in university towns to return to the glory days of the paleolithic hunter, gatherer, fisher society going on here, the glory days of the Red Indian before whitey ruined everything.

      Have this certainty....when the gathering in the edible forest gets tough these youth will return to the university cafeteria, or McDonald's, without a hint of conflict in their minds.

  24. Hillary Clinton on Gaddafi: We came, we saw, he died

    Just months before Gaddafi was murdered by NATO-backed rebels on October 20, 2011, he warned the international community that a stable Libya was crucial for regional and European security, and that with the fall of Tripoli, the country would be plunged into chaos.

    “There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean,” Gaddafi told France 24 in March 2011, while his son Saif added that “Libya may become the Somalia of North Africa, of the Mediterranean. You will see the pirates in Sicily, in Crete, in Lampedusa. You will see millions of illegal immigrants. The terror will be next door.”

  25. Obama’s Speech on Libya (Text)
    FEB. 23, 2011

    Following is the transcript for President Obama’s speech on the upheaval in Libya on Wednesday, as released by the White House:

    Good afternoon, everybody. Secretary Clinton and I just concluded a meeting that focused on the ongoing situation in Libya. Over the last few days, my national security team has been working around the clock to monitor the situation there and to coordinate with our international partners about a way forward.

    First, we are doing everything we can to protect American citizens. That is my highest priority. In Libya, we've urged our people to leave the country and the State Department is assisting those in need of support. Meanwhile, I think all Americans should give thanks to the heroic work that's being done by our foreign service officers and the men and women serving in our embassies and consulates around the world. They represent the very best of our country and its values.

    Now, throughout this period of unrest and upheaval across the region the United States has maintained a set of core principles which guide our approach. These principles apply to the situation in Libya. As I said last week, we strongly condemn the use of violence in Libya...

    Obama Sends his Regrets

    ...I’ve also asked my administration to prepare the full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis. This includes those actions we may take and those we will coordinate with our allies and partners, or those that we’ll carry out through multilateral institutions... This is not simply a concern of the United States. The entire world is watching, and we will coordinate our assistance and accountability measures with the international community. To that end, Secretary Clinton and I have asked Bill Burns, our Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, to make several stops in Europe and the region to intensify our consultations with allies and partners about the situation in Libya.

    I’ve also asked Secretary Clinton to travel to Geneva on Monday, where a number of foreign ministers will convene for a session of the Human Rights Council. There she’ll hold consultations with her counterparts on events throughout the region and continue to ensure that we join with the international community to speak with one voice to the government and the people of Libya. ... So let me be clear. The change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. This change doesn’t represent the work of the United States or any foreign power. It represents the aspirations of people who are seeking a better life.

    As one Libyan said, “We just want to be able to live like human beings.” We just want to be able to live like human beings. It is the most basic of aspirations that is driving this change. And throughout this time of transition, the United States will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice, and stand up for the dignity of all people.

    Thank you very much.

  26. Trump has 4000 US troops in Syria. They were sent to kill ISIS, a job the Russians and Syria, with the help of others in the region, could do without further US disruption in the region. We need to get out now. Stay out and mind our own business.

    I am in complete agreement with:

    QuirkSat Nov 25, 09:23:00 PM EST

    Other Lessons from Alt-History

    Doing less—or forswearing an effort entirely—always constitutes a viable strategic option.

  27. I remind everyone: It was Trump, Hillary Clinton or Christ on a Harley.

    1. It was a no-brainer.

      Hillary was/is a Criminal.

      Jill Stein didn't know a thing, an airhead.

      Gary Johnson used drugs, advocated drugs, and didn't know what an Aleppo was.

      The Donald stood head and shoulders above these political midgets.

    2. Jill Stein and Gary Johnson working together couldn't run the city water system in Moscow, Idaho.

    3. .

      Lordy, the irony of the man from Idaho calling others airheads.

      Hillary, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, anyone else?

      Doing less—or forswearing an effort entirely—always constitutes a viable strategic option.

      That truism applies to more than just foreign affairs. To argue that ANYONE would have done more damage to the American public than Trump has or is attempting to do is absurd. To argue we would not have been better off if Trump had not been elected president is also absurd.


    4. Well, if you accept that Christ on a Harley was a choice then you had lots more (i.e Kasich) and your rationale for carrying Trumps water is even more flimsy than the Binary choice you use as an excuse for you undying support. Heck, it has become clear that on a binary basis even Clinton would have been better than Trump.

    5. TDS, you both have TDS.

      Quirk's case seems the most severe.

    6. .

      Bob throws up statistics that amount to nothing more than talking points. The effects are merely continuations of ongoing trends or those that really don't effect the average American.

      Low unemployment rate: At 4.1, we now have the lowest unemployment rate in years. True, but did Trump really have anything to do with it? The unemployment rate under Obama had been coming down for years from the 7.6 in January, 2009. In fact, in December, 2016 under Obama the unemployment rate was already down to 4.2 and dropping. And remember that the range 4.5 to 5.0 has been recognized historically as the natural unemployment rate.

      Jobs: Many new jobs have been created under Trump. Again an ongoing trend when he took office. In fact, Obama created more jobs in the last 10 months of his administration than Trump did in the first 10 months of his administration.

      Stock Market: The stock market has soared under Trump. True, although the trend was up before he took office. However, there is no doubt Trump is responsible for a major bump up because of the policies and tax cuts to business he has promised. However, for the most part the benefits of the rising stock market havn't been felt by the average Joe on the street. It's gone to the wealthy, the corporations and the 1%.

      Investment? Hardly, in the 1970's companies were investing over 50% of earnings in investment in R&D and facilities. Today, they are investing somewhere around 10%. The rest of the money is going to dividends, stock buy backs, and executive pay.

      I could go on. Everything Trump has done has been geared to the benefit of the wealthy and has ignored the lower classes. Trump has said he doesn't like to hire the poor (a relative term). He proves it in practice. He personally gutted Obamacare pulling insurance from a projected 13 million. Those jobs he promised? Many of those Carrier employees whose jobs he 'saved' just recently received termination notices. The coal industry he was going to save? So far, I have seen an increase of 79 jobs. In the mean time, he has gutted environmental and health and safety protections put in place by Obama.

      It would take all day to name every thing he has done since taking office that will hurt the middle class and the poor. Just yesterday, he took the first step in gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau one of the few things Dodd-Frank actually did to help protect consumers from the predation of the big banks. I have little doubt he will come up with something new to screw us with today.

      So far, the Trump presidency has been great for the wealthy, the banks and corporations, and the 1%. The average American? Not so much.


    7. Quirk has the patience to examine the actual policies and actions take by the Trump administration and comment on some of them. He has noted some of their glaring inadequacies and consequences. I applaud his patience and hard work. You, Bob, are a cut and paste machine throwing shit up in a big black skid.

    8. .

      Quirk's case seems the most severe.

      More silliness from the un-serious.

      You are constantly using the word 'hate' when referring to my views on Trump. However, that term implies personal animus. I have no personal feelings on Trump just as I have no personal feelings regarding Hillary. When I say they are all dicks, it is an objective observation.

      I don't care what Trump does in his personal life as long as it's legal. If he does well, good on him. I could care less. The same applies to Clinton. If she milked the system, I have to ask what politician doesn't? I'm not Pollyannish enough to believe anything is going to change what has been going on in D.C. since the beginning.

      If Trump (or Clinton) did anything illegal, they should have to pay. It's the only way we maintain a system of laws. However, I would take no personal joy in seeing either of them suffer the punishment for the crimes. It would simply be something that had to be done.

      My views on Trump, as president, are objective. The only thing personal about my comments here is the frustration with the fact that many here don't see this guy for what he is, or worse, do see him for what he is and accept it on political grounds. Trump is unserious. If he were serious, he wouldn't be carrying on personal and public arguments with people like Lavar Bell or Goodell. He certainly wouldn't be doing it, as with the NFL, weeks after everyone else has moved on. He wouldn't be making up shit about being on the cover of Time. He wouldn't be demanding that Americans he has helped publically thank him for doing his job. He wouldn't be demeaning the Office by using the insulting language of an eight year old in his tweets. The man is an embarrassment. The fact that he is president is an insult. The man is unserious.

      However, what is serious are his actions and the damage he has done and is doing to the average American and the country.


    9. Trump is serious, and good, with distraction.

    10. Trump is seriously doing things, all he can, and the majority of those things are not good. Very bad in fact.

    11. .

      Trump played on America's fears and he won. America lost.

      Middle America was suffering from economic insecurity after the 2008 meltdown. They suffered for it. The wealthy who created it didn't. Middle America was suffering and for many of them jobs, retirement, and even their homes were at risk. Trump parlayed that into a win.

      From the classic populist playbook the snake oil salesman weaved his magic.

      Job insecurity? He blamed it on bad trade deals. Nonsense.

      Job insecurity? He blamed it on illegal immigration. Nonsense.

      Slow wage growth, a trend that had existed for forty years? He blamed it on the same factors.

      When you're scared, you look for someone to blame, a scapegoat. Trump was perfectly willing to give voters someone to blame.


      Trump promised the world. New jobs. Better jobs. A chicken in every pot. No more foreign entanglements. Reducing regulations. Putting Wall Street and the Banks in their place. Tax cuts for the middle class. The end of Obamacare and a new and better healthcare system. Draining the swamp. Getting rid of the lobbyists.

      Trump has come up short on every promise except possibly cutting regulations and gutting Obamacare. Unfortunately, his keeping those promises will actually hurt a good proportion of the US population now or in the years to come.


    12. George W. Bush warned about fannie and freddie in each of his State of the Union Speeches.

      Take a time machine and check it out.

      The meltdown of 2008 was caused by the democrats.

      You are mostly just blah blah blahing above.

    13. .

      What has that got to do with Trump or anything I said above?

      Get a grip?

      You are flailing around wildly for anything to justify Trump and coming up short. Bad form, old boy.


    14. If only we had elected Silly Jilly Stein all would have been well -

      Stein's financial disclosure, filed in March 2016, indicated that she maintained investments of as much as $8.5 million, including mutual or index funds that included holdings in industries that she had previously criticized, such as energy, financial, pharmaceutical, tobacco, and defense contractors.[66] In response to questions about her finances, Stein said in part: "Sadly, most of these broad investments are as compromised as the American economy—degraded as it is by the fossil fuel, defense and finance industries",[66] and later characterized the article as a "smear attack" against her.[67]

      On September 7, 2016, a North Dakota judge issued a warrant for Stein's arrest for spray-painting a bulldozer during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Stein was charged in Morton County with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, received the same charges.[68] After the warrant was issued, Stein said that she would cooperate with the North Dakota authorities and arrange a court date. She defended her actions, saying that it would have been "inappropriate for me not to have done my small part" to support the Standing Rock Sioux.[69][70]

      Stein, a 'green' who has holdings in the tobacco industry.......hahahahahbwabwabwahahahahahahahaHA !

      And in defense industries too !

    15. None of it has a snowball's chance in hell of going right, Quirk, until you are in the Oval Office.

      I urge you to start gearing up your campaign for 2020 now.

      My advice is don't tell the peasants they are morons, like you did last time, and your chances of not getting run out of town will rise.

      Pander to the stupid peasants instead.

      Make them feel like Kings.

      They are the salt of the earth.

      Good Luck !


    16. Bad form, Draft Dodger, Bad form

    17. There's something really wrong with you, rat.

    18. .

      Stupid peasants?

      You moron, you don't realize you are the personification of a stupid peasant, or as another put it, a useful tool.


  28. Because of Muslim migrant crime, joggers in Swedish city to get armed police escorts

    NOV 25, 2017 6:50 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER

    “The issue is particularly bad in troubled heavily migrant-populated suburbs which are often labelled no-go zones. A survey conducted by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) claimed that around half of the residents of problem areas were too afraid to leave their homes in the evenings.”

    Muslim migrants have made Malmö, once a peaceful city, crime-ridden and hazardous. In Sweden, Muslim migrants from Afghanistan are 79 times more likely to commit rape and other sexual crimes than native Swedes. Migrants and refugees commit 92 percent of rapes in Sweden. Rapists in Sweden come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Gambia, Iran, Palestine, Chile, and Kosovo, in that order; rapists of Swedish background do not exist in sufficient numbers to make the top ten, and all the nations on that list except Chile and Eritrea are majority Muslim.

    And so now in Sweden, people need armed police just to go jogging. What will this situation look like in five years? Ten?

    “Armed Police to Escort Joggers in Swedish City for Protection,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, November 22, 2017:

    Residents of the Swedish city of Oskarshamn will now have the option to be accompanied by armed police officers while out jogging.

    Oskarshamn police inspector Peter Karlsson said the programme was designed to ease the insecurities of those who wish to go jogging after dark. Karlsson, who came up with the idea for the programme, said police would form jogging groups and all those who were interested in joining the officers were welcome, SVT reports.

    “We will adjust the pace entirely to those who come,” Karlsson said, noting the officers would jog as well as walk with residents who wanted to join.

    Karlsson said that he had heard of many residents feeling insecure in the city: “It does not happen so much here, but people are influenced by events around the world and feel unsafe when it’s dark.”

    The police inspector’s comments mirror a report from 2016 which stated that close to half of women in Sweden felt “very unsafe” at night alone in Swedish cities. According to the report, conducted by newspaper Aftonbladet, a further 43 per cent felt uncomfortable in Swedish cities even in the daytime.

    The issue is particularly bad in troubled heavily migrant-populated suburbs which are often labelled no-go zones. A survey conducted by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) claimed that around half of the residents of problem areas were too afraid to leave their homes in the evenings….

    As Sweden’s violent crime rate has increasingly become the centre of national attention, more and more unorthodox solutions to the problems have been proposed. Last month, members of the Moderate Party even proposed deploying the military in no-go areas to aid police.

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  30. CHESTERFIELD, Va. — In this bastion of Virginia-brand conservatism, dozens of Democratic women roared on a recent night as their organization’s leader crowed over their party’s historic electoral triumph.

    For the first time since 1961, Chesterfield County backed a Democrat for governor
    — and the driving forces in this Richmond suburb included women who defiantly trumpeted a political label their party has ducked for decades.

    “Are we done?”
    Kim Drew Wright asked members of the organization that she and her allies christened the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County after President Trump’s election last year.

    the women shouted back.


    1. voters infuriated by Trump, many of them women and Hispanics who have migrated to the county in recent years, are redefining Chesterfield and alarming Virginia Republicans who have depended on the area to make up for the support the party lacks in urban areas.

      The results in Chesterfield are also a potential harbinger of what looms beyond Virginia, in suburbs where anger toward Trump is motivating voters bent on defeating Republican candidates in next year’s midterm elections.

      So right ... as in correct

      Jeff Flake could, would win reelection in AZ

      The Trumpeter, whomever it is, could come up short.

      Clinton lost AZ by just 3%.


    2. For the first time since 1961, Chesterfield County backed a Democrat for governor


  31. Trump could be on track to triple Obama's time on the golf course

    Now that is REALLY a joke on all of US

  32. "Life is not a natural phenomenon."

    November 26, 2017
    The Statement of Chemistry on the Origin of Life
    By James Clinton

    Omnia Exeunt in Mysterium

    By George Sterling

    THE STRANGER in my gates—lo! that am I,
    And what my land of birth I do not know,
    Nor yet the hidden land to which I go.
    One may be lord of many ere he die,
    And tell of many sorrows in one sigh, 5
    But know himself he shall not, nor his woe,
    Nor to what sea the tears of wisdom flow;
    Nor why one star is taken from the sky.

    An urging is upon him evermore,
    And though he bide, his soul is wanderer, 10
    Scanning the shadows with a sense of haste—
    Where fade the tracks of all who went before:
    A dim and solitary traveller
    On ways that end in evening and the waste.

    Oh wail wail wail George.

    Get a grip.

    Read the deeper books, the true poets.

    It's the Christmas Season.

    Cheer up you arsehole !

  33. Jill Stein is invested in the tobacco industry.

    1. Gary Johnson has smoked his brains away.

    2. Per elimination Trump's da man.

    3. .

      You are a very silly man, Bob. You indulge in the hypocritic oath when it is the Hippocratic oath you should be concerned with, 'Do no harm'.

      Jill Stein is invested in the tobacco industry.

      So what? What harm is that doing to you? If I wasn't so heavily invested in the Fang stocks I might be looking at other stocks including tobacco.

      Gary Johnson has smoked his brains away.

      How of you know that? Regardless, the same question. What harm has he done?

      Hillary is a criminal.

      At this point, she is no more a criminal than Trump is. Both are under investigation. But neither have been indicted of anything.

      Per elimination Trump's da man.

      Nonsense, judged on the 'do no harm' principle, Trump is the man who has eliminated himself.

      Get a grip, old timer.


  34. Angry people die sooner: Just one of ten reasons why you should try to keep your cool, according to scientists
    Third of Britons they have friend or family who have trouble controlling anger
    Angry men aged 20 to 40 more likely to be dead in 35 years than calm ones
    This is due to a number of factors linking stress to physiological damage

    By Eve Simmons For The Mail On Sunday
    PUBLISHED: 22:00 GMT, 25 November 2017 |


  35. We're already on to the next election Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

    You really should quit living in the past.

    1. There something really wrong with you, rat.

    2. The next election ?

      The Democrats are already fucked.

      Dems 2020 Prospects Appear To Hinge On Two White Men In Their 70s And 80s
      RACHEL MULLENPosted at 5:01 pm on November 26, 2017

      Democrats are foaming at the mouth to oust Donald Trump from the White House. Without any valid reason to impeach him, their sights are set on 2020. But, their top tier level of candidates might give Trump a golden path to a re-election victory.

      The Hill interviewed a dozen top Democrat insiders to gauge the party’s 2020 prospects. The answers they gave highlight the party’s lack of new blood at the highest level.

      With perhaps as many as 30 Democrats possibly jumping in the 2020 presidential primary, the top prospect is a man who will be pushing 80 by the time the next general presidential election rolls around. Bernie Sanders grabbed the attention of young far left-leaning voters in his 2016 primary race against Bill Clinton’s wife. Insiders believe this socialist Senator might be the solution to Donald Trump in the next presidential election.

      Joe Biden comes in at a solid number two. The former Vice President who undoubtedly takes a “hands-on” approach to campaigning. At one year younger than Sanders, Biden wouldn’t be labeled a young and up and coming candidate.

      In the current environment where sexual harassment and assault charges dominate headlines, Biden’s wandering hands very likely might face scrutiny. In the past, his caressing of women and teen girls in public was dismissed as Joe Biden being Joe Biden. But, the crazy overly affectionate uncle routine is likely to play poorly in the future. Barack Obama’s wingman will have to keep his hands to himself and explain his decades-long issue with respecting women’s personal space.

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      Both Sanders and Biden have put in decades of time in federally elected office. With so many political chickens coming home to roost, this is unlikely to work in their favor at the ballot box.

      The third 2020 prospect the Democratic insiders listed isn’t that much better. Elizabeth Warren’s left-wing positions often mimic those of Bernie Sanders. In addition, this Hillary Clinton cheerleader already has been christened with a nickname from President Trump that has stuck.

      Donald J. Trump

      Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, pretended to be a Native American in order to advance her career. Very racist!
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      This list only highlights the Democrats’ identity crisis. They continue looking to the same old names for future prospects. As I wrote previously, a Saturday Night Live recent skit took them to task for this very issue. These top three prospects show that beltway insiders continue living in their bubble.

      If these are their best prospects, the Democrats are in serious need of some medication to treat their Trump Derangement Syndrome because they will likely have a prolonged case of it.

    3. Gary Johnson's brain will have shrunk some more from smoking dope, and, let's face it, Jill Stein's a hoot.


    4. You really are a sick puppy, Draft Dodger.

      You should quit self medicating and seek help from a Mental Health professional.

    5. There's something really wrong with you, rat.

  36. For the Quirkster -

    November 26, 2017
    Trump was right about tariffs
    By James Arlandson

    Time to take a break from the national sexual harassment self-immolation, as the men and women of America try figure out where to draw the line – unsuccessfully, I predict. Instead, let's look at this issue that impacts regular people's pocketbook.

    Investor's Business Daily reports that Trump notches another victory on tariffs, writing:

    A more recent example was China's decision, announced on Thanksgiving, to slash import taxes on some 187 consumer goods. As Bloomberg News correctly noted, this move "promises to boost the prospects of multinationals in the Chinese market," in particular big U.S. consumer multinationals like Procter & Gamble Co. and medicine-maker Pfizer.

    Coming just weeks after his Asian trip finished, it counts as a major victory for Trump on trade. Indeed, Trump has loudly and consistently criticized China and others for not living up to their agreements to lower trade barriers. Last year, China's trade deficit with the U.S. stood at $347 billion. It has become a chronic sore spot in economic relations between the two countries.

    Nor are these just-announced tariff cuts small. When the cuts kick in on Dec. 1, they'll be sliced from an average of 17.3% to an average of 7.7%.

    No, this alone isn't a panacea for anyone. But it will help to redress the artificial trade imbalance between China and the U.S.

    "It counts as a major victory for Trump on trade." Not only do the news media need to eat humble pie, but I was skeptical about all of this during the primaries. Fill the pie with crow. Then I saw a report on NHK world, a Japanese news and culture channel, that said Japan imposes tariffs. My mind was changing about the nonconformist, nontraditional president. Now China has just backed down. He was right; the Trump-doubters were wrong.

    This is a major victory for Trump, yes, and also for our country.

    Now, Quirk, say:

    "Thank you, Mr President, and a Merry Christmas to you too"

    1. .

      No, this alone isn't a panacea for anyone.

      Ya, think.

      Let's look at next years trade deficit when the numbers come in.



    2. Numbers, facts ...
      Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson operates on feelings, not facts.

      Like most Trumpeters steeped in his liberal hypocrisy.

    3. There's something really wrong with you, rat.

  37. HO HO HO !


    Nanny Pelosi is standing with Conyers, saying he deserves his 'due process'.

    And a HAPPY NEW YEAR !

    I want to know how many times he has dipped his beak into the secret Sex Harassment Slush Fund.

    And, I want my share of the money back.


      Appearing on "Meet The Press" earlier in the day, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urged “due process” before making conclusions about Rep. Conyers, saying the congressman is “an icon” who has worked to protect women.

      "We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?” Pelosi asked.

      Pelosi: Accused Congressman Conyers 'is an icon in our country '

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      Pelosi: Accused Congressman Conyers 'is an icon in our country ' 1:35

      “John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women - Violence Against Women Act, which the left — right-wing — is now quoting me as praising him for his work on that, and he did great work on that,” she added. “But the fact is, as John reviews his case, which he knows, which I don’t, I believe he will do the right thing.”

      Conyers’ office recently confirmed issuing a settlement of $27,000 to a former staffer who says she was fired for resisting the congressman’s sexual advances. Conyers has acknowledged the payout, which he said amounted to a severance package, but he denied the allegations about what it was for.

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    2. Well, really, it is Christmas Time, and old St. Nick, he of the wicked wink, is known to take a sip or seven, and pinch a bottom now and then, too.

    3. Pelosi Chokes, Won’t Say That “Icon” Conyers Should Resign Over Settlement Of Harassment Allegations; Update: Conyers Quits Top Spot On Judiciary Committee

      ALLAHPUNDITPosted at 11:08 am on November 26, 2017

      ....Her spin is all over the map. The clip picks up after she’s called for “zero tolerance” of sexual misconduct in Congress. What about John Conyers, retorts Chuck Todd? Hey, hey, hey, says Pelosi — the man’s an icon. There are only one or two accusers. And he’s entitled to due process. Uh, he settled with his accuser, Todd reminds her, and he got to hide that settlement. Why should he get more due process after that? I’m confident Conyers will do the right thing, she tries to reassure him. And what’s the right thing, Todd presses her? Whatever’s right under the facts, Pelosi says. Do you believe the accusers, Todd finally asks her — the fateful question as “Pervnado” sweeps across America. She won’t say yes.

      Gosh, I sure hope we don’t come to find out that Conyers’s behavior with women staffers has been an open secret on the Hill for decades and that his friend Nancy has heard the rumors for 30 years. What a legacy that would be for her, petrified to use her authority as Democratic leader to purge the gropers in her ranks. As a Twitter pal notes, this is smoking-gun proof that the recent left-wing navel-gazing over whether Bill Clinton should have resigned 20 years ago is cynical nonsense. Faced with credible allegations against a much less powerful Democrat than Clinton in Conyers, one who’s waaaaaay past the age at which he should have retired and who’s been accused of having lost some of his mental capacity, the leader of the caucus whiffs on demanding that he step down. And worse than that, she cites his “icon” status as a point in his favor. Clinton, Conyers, and basically every male member of the Kennedy family, living or dead, would smile at that. It may be the single creepiest thing she’s ever said in public life....

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