“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, January 14, 2018


The Blizzard of Lies About Christopher Steele

January 12, 2018, 12:05 am

Christopher Steele was Hillary’s hired gun, paid gobs of money to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. Yet somehow this “brilliant” spy lacked the surveillance skills to know that Hillary had hired him. That’s one of the many whoppers in the released Glenn Simpson testimony in which Steele is portrayed as a “Boy Scout” operating from the highest and purest of motives.

Steele’s stenographers in the press invariably describe him as “highly regarded” and apolitical. The propagandistic omniscience behind these descriptions is laughable and amounts to nothing more than liberals presiding over a kangaroo court in which they can endlessly appeal to their own authority: we say he is “highly regarded,” so he is; we say that his motives were pure, so they are; we say that parts of his report have been “corroborated,” so don’t question them.

The claim that Steele was operating above politics is a joke. According to the British press, he was a socialist before working for British intelligence as a Russian expert — a career path that should stimulate skepticism, or at least curiosity, in a vigilant press. Steele was the perfect counterpart to John Brennan, who entered American intelligence after supporting the American Communist Party.

To whom did the “apolitical” Steele go with his findings at the height of the 2016 campaign? Mother Jones and Harry Reid. He also found other great souls of objectivity in the left-wing British press, to whom he was frantically peddling anti-Trump dirt. Now that we know how much he made from Hillary — she paid Fusion GPS over a million dollars — these stories appear even more audacious, since many of them were premised on Steele as a singularly high-minded and uncompensated volunteer. In reality, Steele was simultaneously taking checks from Hillary and the FBI and was simply putting out those stories about his uncompensated work in the hopes of making more money. It was the kind of racket that only a condescending British socialist could appreciate. (Glenn Simpson tried to keep this fiction going by telling the House that Steele “lives a very modest, quiet life.”)

In the kangaroo court that is this story, no lie is too great: Hillary can write about Christopher Steele in her memoirs without mentioning that she paid him; Steele can claim through surrogates he didn’t know about her payments; a Hillary-financed dossier, full of so many errors it might as well have been co-authored by Michael Wolff, can be presented as a reliable and disinterested lead; jaw-dropping bias at the FBI can be sanitized as “free speech” of no import for the investigation; all unmaskings and FISA warrants, ordered up by Hillary supporters, only flowed from the most dispassionate considerations; any foreign interference in the campaign is deemed “friendly” and harmless if it fed the collusion investigation.
Turn on cable television at almost any moment and you can get a glimpse of the kangaroo court in session: Andrea Mitchell, on nothing but her own say-so, declaring her buddy Susan Rice “cleared”;  former Obama official turned CNN “correspondent” Jim Sciutto pronouncing on the propriety of Mueller hiring Hillary donors (all very innocent and normal, he says in his oh-so-authoritative anchormanish tones); Erin Burnett, unnerved the other night by a pro-Trump congressman, insisting that Steele went to the FBI “out of concern” (how would she know?); panels assembled throughout the day to mull over the latest partisan conjecture presented as “breaking news.”

A week or so ago the kangaroo court had taken Steele out of the dock and put an unnamed Australian diplomat in it, casting him as the high-minded whistleblower behind the collusion investigation. But this week its rehabilitation of Christopher Steele resumed, presumably a defensive response to reports that the dubious FISA warrants stemmed from his paid work for Hillary.

Needing to turn Hillary’s hired hand back into a noble whistleblower, Senator Feinstein released Simpson’s testimony, knowing the media would treat all of his self-serving denials and exonerating explanations about Steele and his firm as the gospel truth. Simpson couldn’t have received more slavish coverage if he had bought it.

The glaring irony in all this puffery is that it rests on an embrace of foreign and tainted election interference. We are told by the very press obsessing over the origin of the DNC email hack that the origin of the Steele dossier doesn’t matter. The media’s hope is that the show trial will end with no one noticing that the only person in the race who purchased a foreign smear was Hillary. She was the cheater, not the cheated, and received a fitting comeuppance. She sought to win on a lie and lost on the truth.


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    1. It's rerun in the hopes you will finally get something out of it


  2. The next program ...
    New news from a Republican in the US Senate.

    Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is expected to deliver a floor speech on Wednesday in which he will compare President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media to the rhetoric of late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

    According to an excerpt of the speech, Flake will criticize the President for calling the news media the "enemy of the people," calling it

    "an assault as unprecedented as it is unwarranted."

    "Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own President uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies,"

    reads the excerpt.

    "It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people,' that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of 'annihilating such individuals' who disagreed with the supreme leader."


    1. "The free press is the despot's enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy,"

      Flake's remarks say.

      "When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn't suit him 'fake news,' it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press."

    2. Flake is a flake and a totally failed politician whom no one with
      a lick of good sense listens to any longer.

  3. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s unilateral release of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s August interview with Fusion GPS cofounder Glenn Simpson was applauded by those who called it a win for transparency – and a nail in the coffin of GOP lawmakers’ attempts to distract from the probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.


    Once the timeline of Fusion’s projects had been established, Senate investigators asked Simpson whether any of Fusion’s employees or subcontractors worked on both the Prevezon and Steele projects.

    Simpson told investigators that Edward Baumgartner, who has a degree in Russian language and runs his own consulting firm similar to Fusion (but with a focus on Russia and Ukraine) worked on both projects.


    “What I do is not a particularly radical or novel skill in London,” Baumgartner said, referring to the large number of Russians that live and work in the city. “In the US, though, we’re actually quite rare.”

    Controversial Projects



    I'm getting to really like that guy even if he is a somewhat wayward SandersNista.

    I have been immensely pleased that none of the regukars here voted for THE CRIMINAL WITCH, with the possible exception of the always suspect ASH al AMERICANY al CANADIANAH.

  5. This whole Applegate is about to tip over and create the biggest scandal in USA history.

  6. Steele is a commie at heart and John Brennan was once a card carrying member of The Commie Party, USA until he cleaned up his act and went into Government Work.

  7. Quirk "First, I had to travel to Minnesota, a real shithole."

    It's a frozen hellhole.
    Jeez, get it right.

    Vikings vs Philly next week!

    1. Heh

      I often find myself correcting the Quirkster too.

    2. He sounds so authoritative though!
      Especially when he's wrong.

    3. Think Summer Solstice.

      (75 year old ex-professor on stilts, second from right.)



    6. On a unicycle.

    7. Bridges:

  8. Mud can move big rocks.

  9. In 2007, before Fusion GPS was a twinkle in his eye, Simpson, as a journalist, noted a disturbing trend. He wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “A number of notable Washington insiders are earning big fees these days by representing controversial clients from the former Soviet Union.”


    Whether Simpson sees himself as having crossed the same line — from D.C. insider to highly-paid courtesan of the Kremlin — we don’t know. He doesn’t touch on it in his testimony.

    But if reader-citizens have learned nothing else about Washington in the last year, we now know that many would-be public servants are indeed in service, just to someone other than the American people.

    Trump-Russia Testimony

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    2. Their circles do sometimes overlap alas alas alas.

    3. Usually though QUIRK's MOON soon waxes and pulls him out of danger.

  10. Mueller is setting up a plan to expand his investigation on Trump beyond the scope of Russian collusion. The reason is obvious; he struck out on collusion. The long game is to drag this thing out until the election, get a D majority in the House and impeach Trump.

    Mueller is stepping up the pace because the Republicans are unravelling the chicanery that went on in the FBI, DOJ and CIA under Obama.

    Mueller knows that if he gets a jump on the Republicans it will be politically impossible to remove him.

    Sessions is a disaster. The House or Senate should subpoena Sessions to provide all the documentation that they require under penalty of contempt of Congress and open an investigation on Mueller and Comey.

    If they do not do this or something close to it, Mueller will get out ahead of them.

  11. Some decent guy at the NSA visited The Donald In NYC about 10 days after the election and tipped him off that he was being surveiled and that he should perhaps move his transition business to a more secure location, perhaps his golf course in New Jersey.

    Tbe Donald did just that and announced to the American people he was being bugged.

    Source: Fox News

    The shit is going to hit the fan as they say in polite moving air cooled society outside of Detroit.

    Out this way in a more rugged environment we say:

    "That bitch Billary and her bunch are a gonna be up SHIT CRICK without a paddle and proto"

  12. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is one of the largest cities in the world without a central sewage system. Most of the more than 3 million residents use outhouses and rely on workers with some of the worst jobs in the world, hauling away human excrement by hand one bucket at a time. The men are called bayakou, and they work in the dark by candlelight. Rebecca Hersher spent a night with a group of them.

    1. That sounds like a shit job.

    2. Certainly does.

      They need some even poorer immigrants from some even worse shit hole to do that work for them

      One would think that the international aid money and the maaive contributions we have been told about of The Clinton Foundation, which isn't getting any donations itself these days as BILLARY no longer has foreign policies to sell, would have least
      gotten a sewage system up and running.

      Hillary's favorite pol in Haiti seemed to have been some upward dude named "SWEET MICKEY"

      He's certain to have much of the loot earmarked for the people and may retire to France or even Florida, USA someday.


      Gabriel is standing in the parking lot, shirtless and wet from a bucket bath in the back of the truck. Of the $175 that Jedco got from tonight's client, Gabriel will take home four dollars. The company doesn't provide showers, health care or even water for the guys to drink on the job. The four bucks isn't enough to feed Gabriel's three kids. And bayakou and their families are stigmatized and even ostracized. It's one of the reasons they only work in the dark.

  13. The Oct. 31 New York Times story also rejected a theory floating among the political left that the Trump Organization had maintained an email server directly connected to Russia’s Alfa Bank.

    “The FBI ultimately concluded that there could be an innocuous explanation, like a marketing email or spam, for the computer contacts,” the Times said.

    Internet technologists reported on Twitter that the server’s code was traced to a location outside Philadelphia. It was used to send spam marketing mail that included Trump hotels.

  14. Golly .. More FISA Bs.

    If Mr Trump thought the Swamp Masters were really 'running the system' ...

    Why would Mr Trump renew the FISA Court corruption for six more years?

    1. The answer ...

      The Neo-Liberal from Manhattan has no problems with the Swamp Masters.

      You've been conned.
      By a professional, no doubt, but that is really no excuse for the continual denial of reality.

      Even if Mrs Clinton and Mr Obama were indicted and convicted for 'Crimes' ...

      It would not change the facts that the Trump Organization committed, as Mr Bannon said,

      In its dealings with Pootie Poot's Russia

      No difference at all.

      Popadopolis still conspired
      Carter Paige still went to Russia.
      Don Jr still loved itthe conspiracy via email
      Don Sr still told the Russians when to release the stolen emails.

      None of that changes.


  15. Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson's recently disclosed Senate testimony has cast new light on President Donald Trump's nebulous business ties and financial history.

    The 312-page transcript, released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday over the reported objections of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, documents nearly 10 hours of testimony that delves into Trump's purported wealth, the financial health of some of his properties, his business ties to disreputable figures and his public statements regarding his own finances.


    A 35-page dossier featuring research commissioned by Fusion GPS, which started investigating Trump in late 2015, roiled the already-febrile post-election political landscape when Buzzfeed published it in January 2017, less than two weeks before Trump took office. The document alleges salacious connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.


    Trump's finances have been politically troublesome long before Simpson's testimony emerged.

    As a presidential candidate, Trump eschewed a de facto tradition of modern American president campaigns by refusing to release his tax returns. Claiming to be hamstrung by an audit from the Internal Revenue Service, then-candidate Trump promised to release his tax filings as soon as he was able.

    Financial Ties

    1. These IRS AUDITS sometimes take as long as 8 years

    2. The Mueller criminal probe won't take that long.

      He has the best forensic accountants in the DoJ on his team, with the full cooperation from the IRS.

    3. If Mr Teump did not launder funds for Pootie Poot's cronies, through the Deutsche Bank, he has no worries.

      If he did, as his son Eric bragged, get all their funding from Russia, well ...

      It will become public knowledge.

      Very damaging to the Trump Organization, when the public learns just who provided Mr Trump with $320 MILLION USD to bail out his failed businesses.

      After four bankruptcies, no legitimate US bank would loan the Donald a dime.

      Deutsche Bank was the conduit for the funds, not the source.

  16. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is requesting a May trial date for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates.


    Manafort and Gates were indicted on 12 counts by a federal grand jury in October. Charges against them include money laundering and tax fraud.

    Both men pleaded not guilty, but have been under house arrest.

  17. .


    A bold claim.

    Some might say a bold ass claim.

    Others might just chuckle and shake their heads.


    1. The wise and sincere and those who wish for our country's long term political health would say they wish to see Hillary's fat ass in prison over it.

  18. It's as clear as daylight after darkness to those who even have one eye.

    You should have no trouble after all you once claimed to have THREE EYES THE TWO NORMAL ONES AND A THIRD RIGHT IN FRONT IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR FOREHEAD.

    1. That's the pituitary gland, Robert "Moral Coward" Peterson.

      Even Stupid Stanley should know that.

    2. Nope.

      Try again moron

      I'll give you a hint:

      It makes melatonin and does other things too.

      It does things for Quirk and many others, not all of them Hindus, of which you have no conception.

      You didn't even get your genital or stomach chakras organized correctly, turning the expression of the first from the expression of love to that of lust, and the expression of the second into overcoming others in service to your self rather than the healthful way of overcoming one's self in the service of others, like DR BEN CARSON, for instance.

      It is the pineal gland.

    3. If one learns to control and activate correctly one's pineal gland one is said to be able to expand one's consciousness to a higher and more blissful level being able to 'see' things one has not previously 'seen'......spiritual things perhaps.

      You would need to go back down and reorganize your genitals to express love and not lust then reorganize right on up the line until you come to the third eye chakra, and frankly though I don't want to discourage you, I think you've run out of time in this life to do so.

      You best way forward is to go's only one step.....and work on getting your genital
      Organisation correct so that it expresses love not lust.

      If successful it carrys over and you will face a less difficult task next time around.

    4. I say it's the pineal gland.

    5. .

      Last year, you said the same thing about goat glands.


    6. I must have been thinking, always looking out for you, that if I ground up some goat pineal glands and put them in pills and sent to it might to you some good ??

      I'm sure I didn't though as the objective is to ACTIVATE the pineal gland not grind it up and swallow it...which would destroy it.

      I can't recall for sure Quirk.

      I might have said:

      "With a pineal gland like yours you ain't gonna make any progress "

      Maybe I compared your pineal gland to that of a goat due to your sometimes goatish behavior?

      I could credit myself saying that for your own good.

      Always looking out for you.....

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    8. .

      Or, maybe you are now rambling on incoherently because you underwent the Brinkley procedure yourself and ended up with a bad goat.

      Contact this site...

      Dr. Abu Muhammad Boughati
      Goat Gland Reversals-R-Us, P.C.
      Suite 312 - Quirk Towers
      One Olympus Ave.
      Oshkoshbegosh, Md. 20588

      It may not be too late.


  19. .

    The Little Warship That Couldn't

    BERLIN—Germany’s naval brass in 2005 dreamed up a warship that could ferry marines into combat anywhere in the world, go up against enemy ships and stay away from home ports for two years with a crew half the size of its predecessor’s.

    First delivered for sea trials in 2016 after a series of delays, the 7,000-ton Baden-Württemberg frigate was determined last month to have an unexpected design flaw: It doesn’t really work.

    Defense experts cite the warship’s buggy software and ill-considered arsenal—as well as what was until recently its noticeable list to starboard—as symptoms of deeper, more intractable problems: Shrinking military expertise and growing confusion among German leaders about what the country’s armed forces are for.

    A litany of bungled infrastructure projects has tarred Germany’s reputation for engineering prowess. There is still no opening date for Berlin’s new €6 billion ($7.2 billion) airport, which is already 10 years behind schedule, and the redesign of Stuttgart’s railway station remains stalled more than a decade after work on the project started. Observers have blamed these mishaps on poor planning and project management, which also figured in major setbacks for several big military projects.

    But experts say military efforts have also been hampered by the lack of a strategic vision for Germany’s armed forces, resulting in vague, hard-to-execute briefs. Before the frigate project foundered, a contract to build a new helicopter hit snags, costs for a new rifle overran and an ambitious drone project simply failed to get off the ground...


    1. The problem is that the day of their GROUND NVASIONS is over due to France and Russia having nukes and all the other nations being in NATO.

      Their only option is to excell at the summer and winter Olympics and show their superiority that way.

      Their is no longer a Schiffelin plan.

  20. A NIGERIAN talks intelligently about his country




  21. The Evangelical Christian Base is turning on the Shit Talker.

    Which is to be expected.

    The constant stream of blasphemous and vile language to say nothing of the promiscuous sexual behaxior can only be tolerated by the Church Ladies for so long.


  22. Father of the year.

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    1. Sinkhole, ain't that what you wash up in.

      You got your shitter and you got your sink.
      That's called a half-bath.


  24. “A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders,”

    Erdogan said of the United States in a speech in Ankara.

    “What can that terror army target but Turkey?”

    “Our mission is to strangle it before it’s even born.”

    Erdogan said Turkey had completed preparations for an operation in Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria.

    The Neo-Liberal from Manhattan insists on Occupying Syria ...

    It won't end well.
    The "Last Time", in Iraq ...

    160,000 Kurds were left homeless.

  25. Meanwhile back at the Wrong Button in Hawaii -

    The cancellation button was pushed, but that just stopped any more warnings, it did not announce that a mistake had been made!

  26. Hey !!
    Robert "Stable Ignoramus" Peterson we all have been concerned about your deteriorating mental condition

    I have long asvocated you seek the assistance of a Mental Health professional.

    Now, upstream, Q has made a similar recommendation. Going so far as to recommend a specialist.

    Dr. Abu Muhammad Boughati
    Goat Gland Reversals-R-Us, P.C.
    Suite 312 - Quirk Towers
    One Olympus Ave.
    Oshkoshbegosh, Md. 20588

    Make the call, bobbie.

    1. I have long advocated you seek the assistance of a Mental Health professional

    2. How fast can a Boughati go from 0 to 100 mph?

  27. NOOOOOOO! They've got all my Dick Pix!

    Clay Haynes: “There’s teams dedicated to it… at least, three or four hundred people… they’re paid to look at d*ck pics.”

    Pranay Singh, Twitter Engineer, Says “All your sex messages… d*ck pics… like, all the girls you’ve been f*cking around with, they’re are on my server now…”

    “Everything you send is stored on my server… You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server.”


    Daily Sabah

    America's army of terror on the Turkish-Syrian border

    The U.S. administration is training an army of terrorists in northern Syria in a total breach of the country's territorial integrity and as a direct threat to Turkey's security. In response, Ankara has the right and obligation to take all necessary action to eliminate this threat.

    Yet another NATO ally Mr Trump has pissed off with his Neo-Liberal interventionism.

    Pootie Pooh is not to happy, either.
    Wonder when he'll have Deutsche Bank call the note?


  29. FCC: No Reasonable Safeguards to Prevent False Missile Alert in Hawai‘i


  30. Money-laundering allegations could hurt Trump more than Russia-gate

    There have long been whispers about Trump’s property sales to wealthy Russians, and his hundreds of millions in credit from Deutsche Bank, made just as the bank was conducting a massive Russian money-laundering operation.

    Remember what Steve Bannon was reported as saying ... Without subsequent denial ...

    You realise where this is going…This is all about money laundering.

    Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy.

    Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner…

    It’s as plain as a hair on your face…It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit.

    The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.


    1. Money-laundering allegations could hurt Trump more than Russia-gate

      And Mr Bannon thought Russia-gate to be ...

      I keep waiting for the punchline to what I was told was a farsical joke.

      Figure it'll be in mid-Summer, or will it come as a 'surprise' in October?

    2. Indicts drip, drip, dripping out of the Grand Jury ..

      Reaching a crescendo of "Fake News", just in time to motivate the majority of voters that voted against Mr Trump in 2016 to gatber their friends and double down in 2018.

      As already occurred in Alabama, Virginia and Pennsylvania in 2017.

      Har de har har.


    3. In the "Age of Trump" there is now a Democrat Senator from Alabama.

      Read the writing on the friggin' wall.