“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, February 11, 2018

"Christ Almighty, Give Jeff Sessions a Backbone"


  1. The face says it all.


    The "Man" who was terrorized by AL FRANKEN!

  2. Little man makes good.

  3. Our Heros:


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  5. 'Let's Get Rid of Him': Chaffetz Says Sessions Is 'Worthless Attorney General'

    "He's conflicted himself out of his this," Chaffetz said. "He should resign or step down or the president should fire him. He's a worthless attorney general. ... Let's get rid of him. Have a real attorney general."

    Chaffetz said he respects the rank-and-file agents at the FBI and Justice, but many high-level officials are clearly biased and politically motivated. Despite that, he said, Sessions has been unwilling to take action and fix major systemic issues at the Justice Department.

    "I don't believe Donald Trump is serving the country and himself and anybody else by having the attorney general that he has in place," Chaffetz said.

  6. Red Gerard

    This country ain't finished long as we got dudes like Red around.

    Red for AG.

    Just let Red finish the Olympics first.


    2. Red musta bin born on Mt. Olympus of the gods and could easily snow board down Mt. Everest.

    3. Red talks about winning his first Gold.

      Next event ?

      Big Air Event

    4. Promises to graduate from high school next year.

      What a great dude.

    5. Red's winning jump - nails it !!!! -


      Dude is from Colorado, gives no evidence of dope smoking, can really handle the Press.....

    6. I'm cool with giving Red the nuclear button.

      The guy performs best when the most pressure is on....

    7. Red be blue eyed aryan dude via the frog.

      YO !


  7. An investigation by a Houston television reporter revealed that the man accused of murdering a store owner is allegedly an illegal alien who is currently under President Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty program. The “Dreamer” is currently on the run after allegedly killing the store owner and shooting another man.

    An investigation by ABC13’s Jessica Willey reports that accused killer Judas Deluna, 21, is an illegal alien who is currently under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program. The program allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to receive temporary protected status from deportation. The federal government is supposed to conduct a criminal background investigation prior to adjusting the immigrant’s the DACA status

  8. Dreamer snuffs out an American Dream

    1. We'll end up having to warehouse the worthless piece of shit, with all the costs that entails.

    2. For every "valedictorian" Dreamer you get 100 welfare recipients,150 food stamp recipients, 10 gang bangers, 5 drug dealers, 100 car thiefs and 25 murderers.

      Younger illegal immigrants in Arizona make up a far larger percentage of the state’s prison inmates than their share of the population would suggest, according to a new analysis.

      While illegal immigrants ages 18 to 35 — a group immigration activists call “Dreamers” — are about 2 percent of of the Arizona population, they are almost 8 percent of the prison population. The over-representation by a factor of four shows that younger illegal immigrants in Arizona are far more likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens or legal immigrants of a similar age, says John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

      “Even after adjusting for the fact that young people commit crime at higher rates, young undocumented immigrants commit crime at twice the rate of young U.S. citizens,” Lott wrote in a report published Thursday. “These undocumented immigrants also tend to commit more serious crimes.”

    3. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) tells us that nearly half of illegal aliens who are eligible for DACA have only a "basic" proficiency of the English language and 24 percent are considered "below basic" or "functionally illiterate." This blows away the claims of the [l]eft that D[REAM]ers are productive members of our society, when it appears most don't want to assimilate at all.

    4. 21 percent of DACA recipients have dropped out of high school, far above the national dropout rate of 5.9 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

  9. CIA denies report over mystery Russian who promised Trump info for cash....DRUDGE

    CIA denies report over mystery Russian who promised Trump info
    Ian Timberlake
    ,AFP•February 10, 2018
    The CIA denied reports that US spies paid a Russian $100,000 in an attempt to buy back top secret hacking tools stolen from the National Security Agency, seen here (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)
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    The CIA denied reports that US spies paid a Russian $100,000 in an attempt to buy back top secret hacking tools stolen from the National Security Agency, seen here
    The CIA denied reports that US spies paid a Russian $100,000 in an attempt to buy back top secret hacking tools stolen from the National Security Agency, seen here (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)
    Washington (AFP) - The CIA on Saturday categorically denied reports that it was fleeced by a mystery Russian who promised compromising information on US President Donald Trump.

    The secretive agency rarely issues any kind of comment, but came out to deny the report in The New York Times and a similar one in The Intercept, an online journal focusing on national security issues.

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    "The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of $100,000 is patently false," the Central Intelligence Agency said in a statement sent to AFP.

    "The people swindled here were James Risen and Matt Rosenberg," the CIA said, referring to Times reporter Rosenberg, who wrote the story, and Risen, a former Times reporter who authored The Intercept's article.

    Both reports appeared on Friday.

    The president tweeted approvingly that The Times article shows a need to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

    In a story worthy of a John le Carre novel that included secret USB-drive handovers in a small Berlin bar and coded messages delivered over the National Security Agency's Twitter account, CIA agents spent much of last year trying to buy back from the Russians hacking programs stolen from the NSA, the Times reported.

    The seller, who was not identified but had suspected links to both cyber criminals and Russian intelligence, tantalized the US spies with an offer of the NSA hacking tools that had been advertised for sale online by a group called the Shadow Brokers.

    Some of the tools, developed by the NSA to break into the computers of US rivals, were used by other hackers last year to crack or infect computer systems around the world. The Times described the Americans as "desperate" to get the tools back.

    Reached through a chain of intermediaries, the seller reportedly wanted $1 million after quickly dropping his opening demand of about $10 million.

    The $100,000 was an initial payment by US agents still dubious he really had what he was promising.

    In its report, the Times cited US and European intelligence officials, the Russian, and communications the newspaper reviewed.

    The seller also repeatedly pressed US agents with offers of compromising materials, or kompromat, on Trump, the Times said.

    - 'Off the books' -.......

    If The CIA denies it, well then, we must accept that, they never having lied to USA citizens before.

    1. In a story worthy of a John le Carre novel that included secret USB-drive handovers in a small Berlin bar and coded messages delivered over the National Security Agency's Twitter account, CIA agents spent much of last year trying to buy back from the Russians hacking programs stolen from the NSA, the Times reported.

      Thank God for good USA kids like Red Gerard is all I got to say.

    2. Just say F...-it and go to Phuket -


      Phuket Island Intro Tours

  10. Why does Fox News have to ruin my day by putting Marie-Harf in my face in the morning ?

    Red would not blab on about 'jobs for jihadis'.

  11. Nunes Blasts Adam Schiff: 'Almost 100 Leaks' by Democrats on House Intel Committee

    He added that last week's memo by Republicans alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI was only "phase one" of a broader effort. Nunes said the first memo was only about "FISA abuse," accusing the FBI and DOJ of failing to investigate themselves.

    "What we're looking at now is the State Department and some of the irregularities there," he said, adding further information may not be released in the same way.

  12. 'People Have to Pay': Lawmaker Calls for Criminal Prosecution of Top FBI, DOJ Officials Named in Memo

    Gosar said it's time to hold people like former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein accountable.

    He explained that the memo contains a number of shocking allegations, including that the FBI and Justice Department relied on the infamous anti-Trump dossier to secure FISA surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team. It also asserts the FBI and Justice Department, in their application to the FISA court, used media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier, which they failed to disclose was a political opposition document funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    "This was a premeditated attack on a political opponent, and we can't have that happening," Gosar said. "People have to pay for that."

    He echoed remarks Michelle Malkin made on "Fox & Friends" Saturday morning, warning that this could be just the "tip of the iceberg" of the political weaponization of government agencies.

    1. Just hang somebody! and I don't care who it is.

      This country needs catharsis.



    2. .

      No. You just need a time out.

      I checked in earlier and saw the EB was draped in black and that there was a major pity party going on so out of consideration for your mourning I silently slipped out the door to allow you guys time to grieve.

      I figured the wake would be over by now, but it looks like it will be a while before this ends so I'll slip out again and give you more time to cry in your beers. I guess this is the kind of emotional catharsis that you really need in your culture every so often.

      Don't forget to grab one of the flower arrangements on the way out. Maybe that one with the weeping lantanas over there. They will just be thrown out anyway. (And don't forget to put a little sugar in the water to keep them fresh.)

      Carry on, soldier.


    3. Pity party? Nah, we are preparing for the victory lap when Kenyatta and Clinton are shown to be what most of us here have known for years.

  13. It’s Time for This Nightmare to End: AG Jeff Sessions Must be Fired or He Must Resign

    For months it’s been clear that AG Sessions is a total failure. He recused himself and then hired crook Rod Rosenstein as Asst AG who then created the crooked Mueller investigation. If this republic is to continue, Sessions must go!

    The US cannot have multiple layers of laws. It’s impossible to have some individuals who do not have to abide by the same laws as the rest of the population. We also cannot stand for the corrupt FBI, DOJ and State Departments (amongst others) that are able to spy, lie and assault Americans for faulty crimes. Obama’s Administration was corrupt and dishonest at all levels and so it’s no surprise that the entire federal government is corrupt. These people must be swept out. It’s starts with AG Sessions!

    AG Sessions praised Asst AG Rosenstein the same day Rosenstein was identified in the FISA memo as one of the individuals who signed off on the slanderous FISA memo to spy on President Trump. Mueller’s investigation is full of former Clinton and Obama corrupt cronies. The FBI and DOJ continue to delay and prevent Congress from seeing information requested for month. Much of the information is unnecessarily redacted from the individuals (Congress) who has the mandate to oversee these same institutions.

    Many Congressman are calling for Jeff Sessions to resign or be replaced and have for months –

    One video on the Internet explains Sessions’ immense failures. (The only point not relevant is related to the suggestion of moving DOJ official Rachel Brand up to oversee the Mueller investigation. This is not possible now as she resigned from the DOJ on Friday.)

  14. Count on good ol' Schmucky Chumer.....

    Federal Agency Chief Is Fired For The Most Unbelievable Reason

    The FRA is a sleepy, backwater agency and it is entirely possible that Hall could have run a public relations agency while serving as acting administrator–no, the FRA had and has no role in the recent spate of Amtrak accidents beyond investigating them–but there is a principle involved here. The FRA deputy is a Senior Executive Service position and the brazenness of acting as a spokesman for a private client while acting as FRA administrator is a bit much.

    An administrator has been nominated but Chuck Schumer is blocking a vote in order to get Mrs. McConnell, who is the Transportation Secretary, to pay for a massive rail project around New York City....

    1. .

      Don't worry you'll get your piece of the pie, maybe another bridge to, I mean...ahem...bridge to Moscow, Id.

      Hill Republicans weigh putting pork back on the table

      by Jonathan Allen

      WASHINGTON — Some top Republicans in Washington — including President Donald Trump — think they've found a cure for dysfunction in the Capitol: Put pork back on the congressional menu.

      The controversial home-district pet projects tucked into larger bills — also known as "earmarks" or "congressionally directed spending" — were essentially banned after Republicans won control of the House in the 2010 elections. They've been politically toxic ever since, a symbol of the worst of the Washington swamp that Trump railed against during his campaign.

      But there was Trump on Tuesday, giving them a shout-out at an unrelated White House meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

      "Maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks," he told lawmakers who had gathered at the White House to negotiate immigration policy. "We have to put better controls because it got a little out of hand, but that brings people together."

      His remarks came as some Republican lawmakers have become more comfortable pushing publicly for a reinstatement of earmarking power and as the House Rules Committee plans to hold hearings this month on whether a new system for those set-asides should be devised...

      There is no conservative party.


    2. Hey, listen up, we like Federal pork out this way.

      We just don't get enough of it.

      The Feds put up 90% $$, the City 10% $$ and we donated the land for nearly 2,000 ft. of urban arterial to take the traffic pressure off the Moscow/Pullman highway.

      If you know of any free fed pork chops around this area, let me know.

    3. Granted this touched off a severe 8 year long extended family fight over what to do with the unexpected largesse.

      20 some people involved.....

      Poor dad, and he was the guy got gramps to buy the land in the first place o so long ago. $90/acre for the front 50, $50/acre for the back 40.

      It's odd. None of them had ever put a dime or a half hour of work or 2 neurons of thought into any of it but became very interested after this event.

      "We never knew it was worth so much"

      And that's a direct quote.

      Here's another:

      "The only thing they ever really argue over is the money."

      Ernest Hemingway

      That, from experience, I know to be true.

    4. In the end, the fed pork utterly destroyed the family corporation.

      Another excellent result of federal spending.

  15. Bitcoin billionaires turn to millionaires as crypto world gets cold feet...Drudge

    Winklevoss identical twin bros take it in backside.....

  16. "I've seen these fingerprints before" - anon IG investigator

    Hillary Clinton’s Fingerprints Are All Over The FBI’s Investigation Into Trump’s Russia Ties
    Her campaign's is linked to at least three separate pieces of information fed to the FBI, including the dossier the FBI used as a pretext to spy on a Trump campaign associate.

    Rachel Stoltzfoos By Rachel Stoltzfoos
    FEBRUARY 10, 2018

    A significant part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s basis for investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties is looking more and more like a political hit job carried out by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Her campaign’s fingerprints are on at least three separate pieces of information fed to the FBI, including the Christopher Steele dossier Republicans say formed the basis of a secret warrant obtained to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

    A former State Department official confirmed on the record Thursday that Clinton associates were funneling information to Steele as he was compiling a dossier commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC. That’s on top of the recent revelation that a top Department of Justice official fed the FBI information compiled by his wife, who was working for the firm Clinton and the DNC were paying to dig up dirt on Trump, Fusion GPS.

    The dossier was quoted “extensively” in the FBI’s application to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, according to a memo released by Republicans on the House intelligence committee. In a January letter to the FBI made public this week, two Senate Republicans also said Steele’s information formed a “significant portion” of the warrant application.

    “It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility,” Sens. Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Lindsey Graham wrote in the letter referring Steele to the FBI for a criminal investigation.

    Taken together, here’s what we know so far about the extent of Clinton’s involvement in the FBI’s case.

    1. Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal funneled information to.....

  17. February 11, 2018
    The English language is shattering India's caste system

    By Monica Showalter

    We can tell illegals till the cows come home that learning English is the real path to assimilation and upward mobility and all we hear is that diversity is "strength" or maybe that we have yanqui imperialista racist prejudices.

    But over in India, we are seeing that idea coming to life.

    Quartz has a long and utterly fascinating piece by Sajith Pai, titled "India has a new caste for native English speakers only,' describing how English is not only a great skill to have in the global economy, and a path upward in a big striving country such as India, something we all recognize here, too, it's positively trashing India's dreadful caste system and creating a new class of people who speak almost exclusively English, by choice. Pai writes:

    Unlike Anglo-Indians, the original English-speaking community in India, who were Christians, Indo-Anglians comprise all religions, though Hindus dominate. Indo-Anglians are also a highly urban lot; concentrated in the top seven large cities of India (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Kolkata) with a smattering across the smaller towns in the hills and in Goa.

    Within these cities, they are clustered in certain pockets: Gurgaon, and parts of south Delhi, south Bombay and Western Suburbs from Bandra to Andheri, Indiranagar, Koramangala and gated communities in Bangalore’s outer ring road—Sarjapur, Koregaon Park—Kalyaninagar, Gachibowli and HiTech City etc. They fall well within the top 1% of India economically and have a consumption basket that is comparable to their middle-class counterparts abroad. Their kids go to International schools and have ‘first-world yoga names’ such as Aryan, Kabir, Kyra, Shanaya, Tia etc 2.

    After all, it might be great to be born into one of the upper classes in India, but you sure don't want to be born into one of the lower ones, such as the Dalit, who are otherwise known as 'untouchables.' Those unlucky people are in another culture, but what seems evident to us is that they are largely not even given the dignity of being considered human in India's broader society. Untouchablee? What kind of a label is that? Who'd want to go through life with that stamped on his or her forehead? As you can imagine, they don't have much money - at all - and little path upward.

    Well, until now.

    1. These days, people of all classes in India are becoming English speakers and losing not only their own native languages - and in India, there are over 100 separate languages, with 24 of them major - they are losing their caste status along with it, too. Someone who becomes what the author calls an 'Indo-Anglian' for want of a better term, can marry anyone else within that subgroup, no fussing about family background, as is done with the carefully calculated arranged marriages ordinarily done in India, never mind if the two people can stand each other, although divorce is very rare in India.

      It sounds amazingly modern - people marrying for love, ignoring class backgrounds, and starting their own supercaste - that of free people who don't look to class backgrounds, just personal character and talent and hardworkingness as the measure of virtue.

      The writer, Pai, notes that it's a small group, only 400,000, which I guess in a nation of 1 billion, is a nothingburger, but Pai notes it's a very fast-growing group. With an instant path out of the lower classes, how could anyone with intelligence and ambition not take it? Word is getting around about the new way out as India grows economically. And in an interesting coda, Pai notes that the poorest of the poor, such as the Dalits, often do have English language skills, due to all the Western do-gooders who put them in English-language schools out of pity for them.

      This, interestingly, parallels how America became a unified, and strong nation. Immigrants from all over came to the states and cut ties with their homelands. They learned English, changed their names to English-sounding equivalents [such as Showalter from Schoenwalter] changed their language to English, not just to advance but to be able to communicate their French- and Italian- and Russian-speaking neighbors, who also gave up their native tongues to speak in one language, and became Americans.

      With this going on now in India, it's little wonder that India is now so friendly to President Trump, whose political philosophy recognizes this phenomena much more than the 'diversity is strength' mantra. If a nation is to be strong and unified, and upward mobility is to be assured, the common element of language is about the best force to make it happen.

  18. WARNING !

    You cannot unsee this video:

    Feminist Fight Club

    Watch at your own risk.....

    1. In contrast the real thing:

      February 11, 2018
      Protests calling for for regime change still exploding across Iran
      By Hassan Mahmoudi

  19. Washington Times Headline:

    Joe Manchin sure looks desperate

    Walk across the aisle Joe, this week!

    1. Another Republican senator would be helpful, at least until McCain exits.

  20. POINT

    Jennie Willoughby, the second ex-wife of former White House aide Rob Porter, has published an op-ed in Time that attacks President Donald Trump for his reaction to the accusations against he ex-husband.


    It's hard to think it's not about Trump. The 'black eye' picture is from 15 years ago, since then Porter worked as staff secretary for Orin Hatch, worked for Rob Portman from Ohio, and for Mike Lee from Utah. Why was it not a 'scandal' until Trump chose a man who had experience in the job from working with the longest serving Republican Senator (who was President Pro Tempore of the Senate), as staff secretary in the WH? One ex-wife even said if you need a staff secretary, he's absolutely perfect for that job.

    1. BOO HOO HOO

      Everybody is a victim

    2. It's a good political question.

      It WAS 15 years ago.

      It REALLY IS a picture of a shiner he gave was in the court documents I think I read.

      The second wife tells a tale about being pulled out of a shower, and verbal abuse.

      Is it disqualifying ?

      Must be, he's gone.

      Should it be ?

      Hell if I know.

      Opinions differ....

    3. Confirmed:

      Woman have long memories, like elephants.

    4. And love revenge ?

      You decide.....I haven't the courage....

  21. It is perfectly legitimate to question whether Obama’s approach in 2009 was right. One could argue that since the Iranian regime was going to try to blame the United States and accuse it of being behind the protests regardless, Obama should have spoken out more quickly and loudly.


    America faces profound challenges in the Middle East, and needs a robust, clear-eyed, honest debate about what to do. And there is plenty of common ground upon which to build a new approach.

    Unfortunately, that is not going to happen if Trump and his supporters continue to obsess about the Obama presidency instead of looking forward.

    Poisoning the Well

  22. All Hell Breaks Loose at California School After Asian Student Does Science Project on IQ and Race

  23. Knowing the human race all hell would probably break out if the topic were the goodness of the human heart....

  24. As Iran commemorates the 39th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, president Hassan Rouhani is caling for "a year of unity", just weeks after widespread anti-government protests throughout the country.


    Rouhani also called U.S. policy in the region "a failure" as demonstrators burned American flags as well as images of U.S. president Donald Trump in the streets of the capital.


  26. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday called for all people in the country to come together, following protests last month that challenged the government.

    In a speech marking the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Rouhani said he wanted the 40th year of the revolution to "be the year of unity."


    In an apparent response to protesters' complaints, Rouhani also admitted that the government had made mistakes since the revolution.

    "In the last 39 years, we have progressed in many fields, but at the same time we have had shortcomings," he said, adding: "Maybe we haven't been speaking transparently with our people."


    The speech in Azadi Square came after demonstrators in Tehran marched through the streets chanting slogans against the United States and Israel.

    Anniversary celebrations are occurring against a backdrop of continued economic struggles, despite a 2015 landmark deal that saw heavy international sanctions lifted in return for Iran's curtailment of its nuclear program.

  27. Word from Fox News is that in a few years the USA is going to turn its interest in the International Space Station over to private industry/tourist/orbiting get-a-ways, etc.

    Immediately comes to mind the advertising possibilities here, which brings immediately to mind our contributor......

  28. In a first, Bermuda just repealed gay marriage
    JAZZ SHAW Feb 11, 2018 12:31 PM

    In 2017, Bermuda followed a pattern seen in many nations when their Supreme Court ordered that same-sex marriage be legally recognized across the island. Given trends in other countries these days, that wasn’t much of a shock. The real surprise came this week when Bermuda’s legislature overwhelmingly passed a “repeal and replace” of gay marriage and the Governor signed it into law. (Washington Times)