“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."

Monday, April 30, 2018

Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority

Daniel Greenfield outlines the battle lines with the Deep State: "The Left has rejected all forms of authority it doesn’t control . . . their first and foremost allegiance is to an ideology, not the Constitution, not our country or our system of government. All of those are only to be used as vehicles for their ideology. That’s why compromise has become impossible . . . This is a primal conflict between a totalitarian system and a democratic system. Its outcome will determine whether we will be a free nation or a nation of slaves.”
With some factual basis and no small amount of hope, 2018 will prove to be the year that we discover Attorney General Jeff Sessions played possum and fooled many people. Why would he act that way? With weaponized agencies, few to trust in an often-hostile Justice Department, and most likely only one try possible to take down the well-entrenched deep state rogues who are trying to unseat a president, no missteps can occur. Furthermore, Trump and Sessions have known for months now what everyone is only lately realizing: there is nothing to the Russian collusion charges. So if they knew they were clean, then they could set traps and be patient.
Sessions’ recusal from the Russia probe drove many people on the Right crazy. But the timing was essential. It followed the start of the inspector general’s investigation prior to Trump’s inauguration, and so has given Sessions “plausible deniability” for partisan maneuvering until the first IG report comes out in May. Then Sessions will have the credibility in the months ahead of the November midterm elections to root out the deep state with the same intensity he pursued and destroyed the Alabama KKK. It is even possible that Trump’s repeated public criticisms of Sessions have been meant to further enhance Sessions’ perceived independence.
Sessions won’t be beginning from a standing start when the inspector general’s final email investigation report (the first of several remaining reports) appears next month. He greatly ramped up leak investigations throughout 2017, personnel changes have already occurred, and some remaining staff may be cooperating witnesses.
  • He re-opened an investigation into Obama’s squashing of the DEA’s Hezbollah drug-dealing investigation in order to keep his Iran deal on track.
  • Ordered a new look into the Clinton Uranium One collusion deal, which has real Russian players and a Mueller connection.
  • Launched a new inquiry into the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play corruption.

The fact patterns behind these various scandals are generally known; it is only a matter of when to pounce.
Sessions recently directed Inspector General Michael Horowitz to expand his investigation into FISA abuses, building on a March 15 Senate request and the January 18 House Intelligence Committee report which cited sources not interviewed by the committee. That suggests prior coordination of efforts and information-sharing.
The inspector general also just began a probe into whether the leak of Comey’s memos disclosed classified information.
We have also learned Sessions appointed two key people:
U.S. Attorney John Huber was appointed some time ago to work closely with Horowitz, operating from his home base of Utah. This appointment creates a potentially powerful tag-team able to move rapidly from the inspector general referrals identifying evidence of bad behaviors to criminal indictments.

U.S. Attorney John Lausch was appointed to work closely with congressional oversight committees on document production, a longstanding problem in prior times and one that can better be addressed as the inspector general’s work is nearing completion. Lausch’s work will help keep Huber focused on his job and allow indictment-related documents to remain secret until legal referrals and indictments actions are prepared.
If you think Trump is a piece of work now, wait until he has public ammunition about an ongoing soft coup attempt against a legitimately elected president. Part of his power comes from reacting at just the right time and making other people look foolish or worse.
So, there’s that stuff.
Keep the faith!




  1. BobMon Apr 30, 03:12:00 AM EDT
    Is Mr. Magoo really our Knight in Shining Armor ? -

    Here’s Why Jeff Sessions Might Be Playing 4-D Chess
    By Larry Schweikart - Apr 25, 2018

    ....The coup de grace appears to be close. Rudy Giuliani has joned Trump’s legal team. It’s worth noting he is a prosecutor, not a defense attorney. The “big” Inspector General report is scheduled for release by May 15, with yet another IG report specifically on the FISA abuse to be delivered at a future date not yet stipulated. Slowly but surely Sessions has maneuvered every piece on the board to indict virtually every one of the Deep State up to and including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Will he? It’s played out the way he intended for two years. My money is on Jeff.

    Jeff Sessions Playing 4D Chess?

  2. Is some of the video "over the top?" Maybe, probably not.

  3. .

    Unlike some here, I agree with the author with regard to Sessions'competency. In fact, he has acted professionally and seems to be one of if not the most competent of Trump's appointees.

    However, the author loses big points with this...

    It is even possible that Trump’s repeated public criticisms of Sessions have been meant to further enhance Sessions’ perceived independence.

    No Kevin, it's not possible. Trump has the attention span of a gnat, a surfeit of patience, and is ignorant of the very concept of long-term strategy. Trump lives for the moment, in general a good thing for most, but something that can be dangerous in a president.


    1. .

      Sessions also seems to stand above the rest in the integrity department among the repopulated swamp of ass-kissers, incompetents, and elitist, self-serving autocrats that make up the Trump administration.




  4. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority

    Like the "Birthers" and Obama

    I get it ... Now

    Trump wanted to start a Civil War

    It is all so clear, now

    Promises Made - Promises Broken

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    1. .

      Bibi tells little kids not to worry about public opinion in the US as its easy to turn them to his view. He says he knows it sounds crazy but that's just the way it is.

      We'll see if Trump continues the Bibi's poodle meme.


    2. Bibi is legitimately concerned that his people are at risk of being wiped off the face of the earth, as the Iranians have pledged so many times, as recently happened nearly completely in Europe.

      You are sitting in the comfort of Ye Olde Mafia Barber Shoppe in Detroit, Michigan.

      It's cubism, different perspectives....


    3. Netanyahu: Iran ‘brazenly lied’ about nuclear program, continued work after deal
      Hailing one of Israeli intel's greatest achievements, PM says Israel obtained 100,000 documents from Tehran, proving pact with world powers based on 'Iranian deception'

      30 April 2018, 9:01 pm

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of lying about its nuclear program in a speech broadcast live Monday, revealing information he said showed the Islamic Republic had for years worked on developing nuclear weapons, and continued to pursue such weapons even after signing the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

      The premier, who has repeatedly called for the accord between world powers and Iran to either be altered or scrapped, said Israel had obtained 100,000 secret Iranian files a few weeks ago in one the “greatest achievements” of Israeli intelligence.

      Speaking in English at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu gave a presentation including videos and slides he said exposed Iran’s nuclear dossier.

      Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories FREE SIGN UP

      “You may well know that Iran’s leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons,” he said, before playing clips of Iran’s supreme leader, president and foreign minister denying the country ever sought such capabilities.

      “Iran lied. Big time,” said Netanyahu, adding that the trove included a half-ton of material.

      The cache, he said, contained “incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos and more.

      “We’ve shared this material with the United States, and the United States can vouch for its authenticity,” he said of the information....

  6. Bibi is sending a message to The Donald in the hopes he will walk away from the Iran Deal.

    That's about all I know except there was a huge explosion in Syria last night touched off by some Israeli bombings.

    Really 4th of July stuff, if that's your fancy.

    I will try to find a video.

    1. Short version:


      longer version:

    2. .

      I will try to find a video.

      Don't do it or I will once again start putting up some of his past videos where he expresses his contempt for the US.

      The man is a slug.


    3. Never forget Neda -

    4. Don't do it or I will once again start putting up some of his past videos where he expresses his contempt for the US.

      Please do, as I may be unaware of them.

    5. Those who just believe that Obama was just trying to bribe them are in for a surprise. Q Anon followers know that the government under Obama was complicit, that Iranians had OUR uranium and they didn't get it from the Russians. Was the plan in place for Iran (or North Korea) to fire those nukes and blame Russia leading to WWIII? If you aren't following Q you are still in the dark...

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    1. Why in the world would Trump, of all people, want to start a Civil War ?

      Being one of the super rich what would he have to gain ?

      He might end up losing all he's got.

      And, he's always shown himself to be a practical man, not driven by any of the horrid "isms" except perhaps pussyism.

      More driven by his "asms" than his "isms"....orgasms are his deal...not political philosophy.


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    3. Lot's of people are beginning to mention The Donald as a possible Nobel Peace Prize winner.

      Not willing to go that far yet but if he can solve the Korean conundrum without blowing stuff up he would really deserve it.

    4. See here QUIRK:

      South Korean leader says Trump should get the Nobel...
      President suggests meeting at border....DRUDGE

      It's all over the Internet.

      Some are even beginning to compare The Donald to Gandhi....

    5. The Donald said he loved the image of Kim stepping over the border and the South Korean President Moon doing the same to shake hands and hug....

    6. See here:

      All because of The Donald !

      My God, Kim is a fat ass.

    7. Trump Job Approval: Gallup Jumps 4 Points, RCP Avg Hits 1-Yr High at 42.9%

      Some polls have him over 50%.

  8. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s motorcade may not be as indestructible as Trump’s fleet of bombproof “Beast” limousines, but it reportedly offers one feature the U.S. president has to live without: a traveling toilet.


    Trump’s Cadillacs are also protected against noxious gas, which could come in handy in the parking lot of the upcoming USA-North Korea summit if the wind starts blowing the wrong way.

    1. I bet Kim can really cut a mean fart.

  9. RCP Average:

    Direction of Country: -20.6
    Congressional Job Approval: -56.8

  10. This is interesting if you've got the time for it - the reliability of incentivised
    testimony -

    APR. 30, 2018 AT 5:38 AM

    Should We Trust Michael Cohen If He Flips On Trump?
    By Maggie Koerth-Baker

    Filed under The Trump Administration

    We shouldn't, not beyond a reasonable doubt.

  11. President Donald Trump is in full “panic mode,” and American Media Inc. is helping the president undermine his personal attorney Michael Cohen, according to the lawyer representing an adult film star who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with the billionaire president.


    Avenatti appeared to be referencing Trump’s tweets on April 21 about a New York Times report centered on Cohen’s relationship with him. Trump described Cohen as a “fine person with a wonderful family” and blasted the report and what he claimed was its “non-existent ‘sources.’”

  12. Interesting -

    What Kim Jong Un Wants From Trump
    The United States is playing North Korea’s game. Here’s why that’s dangerous.


    The commentators all seem to think Trump's an idiot.

    Therefore this is recommended reading for Quirk.

  13. Kim Jong-un confirmed that he enjoyed a drink during Friday’s historic summit with Moon Jae-in, but it was his refusal to give in to his other vice that has caught the attention of the South Korean media.

    Over the course of their meetings, Kim, who is known to be a heavy smoker, did not light up once in Moon’s presence, apparently out of respect for the South Korean president, who is 31 years his senior.

    1. 1) Heavy drinker

      2) Heavy smoker

      3) Heavy lard ass

      Hopefully he strokes/heart attacks out.

      But, would his replacement be any better ?

  14. I sure like that Candace Owens.

    Bright as a star, well spoken, confident, beautiful....

  15. Kanye West is doubling down with what he hopes will become a movement ... to allow people to recapture freedom of thought.

    Kanye spent time Sunday with Candace Owens -- the woman who said African Americans "are focused on their past and shouting about slavery" while others are "focused on the future."


    It's all part of a campaign to shake America -- which is why he says he wore the "Make America Great Again" hat last week. He says he admires Trump because he's not afraid to speak his mind, and he thinks that's a virtue that has become almost extinct.

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