“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."

Friday, April 27, 2018

Trump and North Korea - A 100% Trump Deal

“Nuclear Showdown” author Gordon Chang on how President Trump’s sanctions helped bring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table


  1. This will kill the media and the left.

    1. It should take them at least over the weekend to explain that it was all set up before Trump and would have happened anyway:

      Trump sanctions

      Trump diplomacy

      Trump mercurialism


    2. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

    3. The Chinese have told Kim how to behave.

      That was the purpose of Kim's trip to China.

      Chairman Xi laid down the law.

      The chickens may not be hatched but some eggs have been laid.

    4. Trump demonstrated that the US military has the capability to reduce any government facility, anywhere on the planet, to rubble. The Russian made defense system was incapable to stop it.

      Neither China nor Russia is going to protect North Korea. The iron fist in the wolverine glove, Trump's unconventional style, was recognized by Kim. I am sure Pompeo warned Kim not to try and play Trump.

      A deal will be made and North Korea will have a choice, "no nukes" or" no nukes and no Kim government".

      That is not a hold hand.

    5. To Ash....

      It really KILLS you that Trump is actually DOING something about these issues.

      Trump might not succeed, but it's not appeasing and bowing like your lord and master the ex-president Obama.

  2. The name of the newborn baby boy in Britain's royal family was released Friday: Louis Arthur Charles.

    Touch shit for Alfie.

    1. There's no life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in England.

      I could understand the National Health Service throwing their arms up in the air and saying we can't handle it/it isn't worth it.....let him die here or take him home to die just as you wish....

      What I don't understand is how the Hospital gets rights to the child that supercede those of the parents, who have a medical jet plane waiting at the airport to take Alfie to Italy where the doctors say they will treat him free of charge.

      Alfie was also given Italian citizenship.

      This stuff happens in England all the time but the usual doomed patient is much older towards the end of life.

      They have worked out a kind of actuarial table so they can judge what life is worth saving, how much resources should be used to keep it economical, etc

      They really do have death panels in England.

      Whole thing sucks.

    2. The National Health Service in England sounds much the same as our VA Hospitals here.

      Wait forever, and lousy service.

      My friend Dale got the death panel treatment at the VA.

    3. This Is The Real Reason Britain Won’t Release Alfie Evans To Italy

      Posted at 4:30 am on April 25, 2018 by Kira Davis

      In this April 23, 2018 handout photo provided by Alfies Army Official, toddler Alfie Evans cuddles his mother Kate James at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, England. (Alfies Army Official via AP)

      In recent weeks many people across the globe have been moved and outraged by the story of little Alfie Evans, whose life hung in the balance in a British hospital and whose fate was taken from the hands of his parents by the National Health Service (NHS) and the courts.

      As of the time of this publication, Alfie was forcibly removed from his breathing devices but continues to breathe on his own. The NHS and the courts would not even allow Alfie to go home with his parents, and when the nation of Italy offered to fly him to a Rome hospital for experimental treatment (at their own expense) the courts told Alfie’s parents they would not be allowed to leave the country.

      Even after Alfie surprised doctors with his will to live he was denied water for nearly six hours. He continued to be denied nourishment. With the denial of his exit from England altogether it was clear that the British courts and the NHS had no intention of letting Alfie live.

      But why?

      Though still morally squishy there’s a valid argument to be made that when a nation votes for socialist healthcare they are agreeing to let the government treat their lives as algorithms. When the bottom line is measured in dollars rather than lives, the risk a society takes is illustrated in cases like Alfie’s. The NHS simply cannot afford the extremely expensive prospect of keeping alive a little boy who most likely will not live much longer due to an incurable condition. Alfie’s chances of any meaningful recovery were slim to none. It isn’t outside the boundaries of reason that the government tasked with his treatment would deem it simply not worth the effort expended.

      It’s cruel, but logical…the inevitable result of a single-payer system.

      I may not agree with such reasoning, but I can at least derive the path that such woeful decisions must take in a place like the UK.

      What is not logical and nearly incomprehensible is the decision of the court not simply to deny Alfie further treatment, but then deny his right and the right of his parents to leave the country to seek treatment elsewhere. Even that decision might make a tiny bit of sense if it were to add to the NHS’ costs. That would be a problem for that pesky algorithm. However, Italy had already sent an airlift equipped to take the young child. His transportation and hospital provisions were covered by donations and the state of Italy. In fact, to move Alfie out of the care of the NHS would only save them money and labor. Alfie’s parents would have one more shot at rescuing his life. It seems like a win-win for everyone.

      And still, the courts have barred the family from leaving the country.

    4. Let’s ponder that for just one moment. Great Britain is a nation with a proud history of freedom and democracy. Most other nations around the world and Britons themselves would describe it as a “free country”, and yet here is a case where its free citizens are not allowed to leave its borders.

      Is this something that should happen in a “free country”? Would Alfie’s parents be barred from taking a vacation? Would anyone in their right mind in that country find it acceptable or consistent with British values to deny any family the right to leave for a vacation or to visit a relative abroad? Why then is it allowable for this family to be virtual hostages in their land simply because their reason for travel is medical care rather than pleasure?

      Some years ago I watched a documentary on the design and building of the Berlin Wall between East Germany and West Germany. It included extremely rare clips of interviews with the architects (I was shocked to learn there was actually a deliberate design to that monstrosity).

      I searched high and low for the film, but was unable to locate it. If any reader has any clue where to find it please do let me know…I’ve been desperate to watch it again.

      In one clip, an aging (former) East German Wall architect spoke briskly about the strategy of his designs. Although the interview was conducted during what must have been the last years of his life, he still seemed deeply resentful that he was being asked to defend the wall’s erection even after the fall of the Eastern Bloc. I’ll never forget what he said in that interview – it made the hair stand up on my arms.

      With great sincerity – almost pleading with the interviewer – he said, “We had to build the wall. Too many people were leaving for the West and you need people to make socialism work. We had to build the wall to keep them in so they could see how great socialism was, so they could see that it works.”

      As I can’t find the clip, you’ll just have to take my word for it (or not). The point is – this man and his comrades felt that the only way to sell people on their socialist vision was to force them to live in it. Those leaving were just too stupid to understand that it was the best thing for them.

      This is exactly the point in the ruling by the NHS and the courts to forbid their free citizens from leaving the country. If they are allowed to flee the heart-wrenching consequences of socialism, then others will want to do the same. How can a socialist system work without the cooperation of everyone? And how can you force people to participate in that socialist system when they discover that system may kill them or their loved ones?

      You build a wall.

    5. Great Britain doesn’t yet have a wall to keep its citizens in, but the courts have built one with the law. Just as East Germany could not tolerate the massive loss of defectors who were leaving with their training, intellect and tax dollars, Great Britain’s healthcare system cannot tolerate the defection of those who might find better healthcare somewhere else.

      After all, how would it look if Alfie were allowed to leave England (allowed to leave a free country! Even to write the words feels absurd!) and then found a successful treatment in another country?

      It would be an abject embarrassment to a government that holds up their socialist healthcare as one of the wonders of the Western world. Not only would they be forced to admit that their own doctors and bureaucrats were wrong for denying this baby life-saving measures, but they would then have to deal with hundreds, maybe thousands of other citizens fleeing the bondage of NHS algorithms for a chance at swifter, more modern healthcare.

      For some bizarre reason, a nation that boasts figures like Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, a tiny island nation that was once so powerful and broad it was said that the sun never set on the British empire…for some inexplicable reason that nation has chosen to hang its pride and joy on socialized medicine.

      If you think I exaggerate just look up the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics.

      To release this child to the care of any other nation would be to admit failure, and heartless bureaucrats who will never have to watch young Alfie struggle for air or dehydrate to death have decided that their misplaced pride is more valuable than the lives of their citizens.

      As a born Canadian I’ve often heard friends and family condescendingly mock the United States for our dogged refusal to bow to socialized medicine. They have the woefully ill-informed idea that people without health insurance here don’t receive care or expensive treatment at all.

      “I’d rather pay higher taxes for “free” healthcare than deal with America’s health system,” they often say.

      To anyone who echoes such sentiments, let me point to poor, sweet Alfie Evans and his helpless parents as to why most Americans still abhor the idea of the government having the last say in whether or not you get the treatment you need to live.

      Ask anyone here and 9 times out of 10 they’ll tell you they’d give their last dollar, sell their last possession, go into debt for the rest of their lives to save the life of someone they loved rather than sit helpless as their government sentences that person to death because it just isn’t “worth it”.

      It’s never “worth it”…until it’s your child. When government controls your healthcare, they ultimately control what your life is worth to the people who love you. I’ll take the system we have here in America over what Canada or the UK shoves down the throats of its citizens every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Given how many Canadians seek surgeries and treatments south of their border every year, I reckon they would too.

      Alfie Evans may indeed have never really had a chance to survive his illness, but if there were a chance – one that would not cost the taxpayers of Great Britain – shouldn’t his parents be allowed to seek it out? Shouldn’t they, as citizens of a “free country” be allowed to leave its borders whenever they please and for whatever reason they please?

      Sadly, Alfie – and little Charlie Gard before him – is doomed to be the sacrificial lamb at the altars of pride and socialism.

      You will never convince me that this is right in any way. Never.

      Because what this is… this is nothing short of real, actual, genuine evil.

    6. Louis Arthur Charles has been exiled to Italy.

      His parents have been confined to Great Britain.

    7. "If you like your child, you can keep your child."

    8. Poor Orwell was confined to the limits of his imagination.

  3. The Federalist reported:

    A British doctor treating Alfie Evans told reporters off the record his parents won’t be allowed to take their child out of the hospital, even to die at home, unless there is a “sea change” in their attitude…

    …A report from The Telegraph indicates the hospital staff is not interested in what’s best for Alfie, so much as proving a point to the parents, who have an “attitude” they don’t like. Here’s the revealing bit, buried in the Telegraph report:

    Instead, the judge said the best Alfie’s parents could hope for was to “explore” the options of removing him from intensive care either to a ward, a hospice or his home.

    But a doctor treating Alfie, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that for Alfie to be allowed home would require a “sea change” in attitude from the child’s family, and they feared that in the “worst case” they would try to take the boy abroad.

    In sum: The doctors have determined Alfie must die, and he must die in the hospital, unless the parents change their attitude.

    The UK police are investigating social media for posts criticizing the Baby Alfie situation.

    1. British Doctor: Alfie Evans Must Die Because His Parents Have A Bad Attitude

      A doctor treating Alfie told reporters off the record his parents can't take Alfie home to die unless there is a 'sea change' in their attitude.

    2. Hang the doctor. See how his attitude changes as the rope collars his neck. I doubt he would die as well as Saddam.

    3. .

      This is the perfect example to respond to those who mocked the idea of 'death panels'.

      You can pick any euphemism you want but the facts are the facts.

      Every life has a value. They simply monetize it. However, this goes beyond the pale.


    4. .

      I probably went too far. I forgot some of the details of the case.

      In the end, it should be up to the parents to decide if the child lives or dies. No question or argument about that.

      However, if the medical opinions are correct there has been catastrophic brain damage and extending his life may also be extending his suffering. And given those concerns, no matter how callous it sounds the cost ($ millions) does factor in given any benefits that can be expected or any further pain to the child.

      It's a tough situation no parent should have to go through.


    5. Why Aren't U.S. Liberals Outraged About Alfie Evans?

      A British baby's right to life should be clear to everyone.

      There should be no debate. Photographer: Beata ZawrzelNurPhoto via Getty Images
      What the British government is doing to a baby and his family is almost unbelievable. The state has determined that Alfie Evans, afflicted as he is by a rare neurodegenerative disorder, has so poor a quality of life that no efforts should be made to keep him alive.....

  4. .

    Trump and North Korea - A 100% Trump Deal

    If Trump gets NK to give up their nuclear program, it is 100% Trump's deal. He will deserve the Nobel prize and likely will be a shoo in.

    If we are talking simply a reconciliation between North and South (and simply is probably the wrong word as it would be an extremely big deal), IMO the credit goes to Moon Jae-in and he would definitely deserve the Prize. Moon has been playing good cop since before he was elected and actually ran on and won with a platform of reconciliation with the North.

    In every move that has been made, he has been at the center and has acted as a moderating voice and enabler.


    1. I've allowed myself to get my hopes up, against much previous experience in getting my hopes up, only to have them dashed to the ground.

      I think the Chinese have told Kim to behave himself though, so I am keeping my hopes up.

      Success would make the Trump presidency, and re-elect him, I'd hope.

  5. Veselnitskaya=> ‘I am a Lawyer and I am an Informant For the Russian Government’ – Obama Admin Gave Special Entry to US

    According to Fox News, Veselnitskaya met with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS mere hours before she and three Russians sauntered over to Trump Tower to meet with Don Jr. and few others from Trump’s campaign. She then met with Simpson AGAIN after she left Trump Tower.

    It gets worse…
    Reuters reported that the memo Veselnitskaya presented to Don Jr at Trump Tower was PREPARED BY FUSION GPS….yes the same firm that Hillary’s camp paid millions of dollars to for the garbage Russia dossier.

    Veselnitskaya was also given special entry to the US by the Obama administration via The Hill:

    The Homeland Security Department confirmed Friday that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was granted special entry to the United States on multiple occasions in 2015 and 2016 at the request of the Justice Department.

    1. Mueller still hasn’t contacted Veselnitskaya, so there’s that.

      This was all a set up.

    2. Never trust a foxy Rooskie lawyer with back channel ties to Pooty !

  6. A star is born !

    Candace Owens is on The Five !

    She is quite something and just what the Doctor ordered to enhance our national discussions.

    1. The Snowflakes just can't stand a well spoken beautiful conservative young black woman.

    2. I'd vote for her for higher political office, for certain.

  7. Breaking !

    House Chaplain has resigned....

    Move shrouded in mystery....

    Pressured out ????

    Updates as available.

  8. The New DC Whydunit: Did House Chaplain Get Pushed Out For Partisanship?
    ED MORRISSEYPosted at 12:41 pm on April 27, 2018

    Did a prayer from House chaplain and Jesuit priest Patrick Conroy prompt a demand for resignation from Speaker Paul Ryan? Or did complaints over a lack of pastoral care build up to the breaking point? The answer depends on who one asks, but Fr. Conroy insists he hasn’t been told why Ryan asked for his resignation:

    SEE ALSO: “It’s like he’s got a mask on”: The interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg

    The chaplain of the House said on Thursday that he was blindsided when Speaker Paul D. Ryan asked him to resign two weeks ago, a request that he complied with but was never given a reason for.

    The sudden resignation of the chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, shocked members of both parties. He had served in the role since he was nominated in 2011 by Speaker John A. Boehner, a fellow Catholic. In an interview, Father Conroy was categorical: His departure was not voluntary.

    “I was asked to resign, that is clear,” Father Conroy said. As for why, he added, “that is unclear.”

    “I certainly wasn’t given anything in writing,” he said. “Catholic members on both sides are furious.”

    That much does appear clear. Ryan will get a letter sometime today from a bipartisan group of House members, mainly Catholics, who warn that the abrupt termination of Conroy might not just unfairly damage his reputation but the House’s as well:......

  9. Stephanopoulos: Did you tell the President the dossier was opposition research?>

    Comey: It didn't occur to me. I didn't call it a dossier.


    Baeir: When did you learn the Dems and Hillary funded Christopher Steele's work?

    Comey: I still don't know that for a fact.


    1. .


      Obviously an honest conscientious man, that Comey, refusing to admit he really knows anything at all.



    2. .

      Compare the Quirkian Way, which is to claim you know everything and always turn out wrong.



    3. He doesn't know everything?

    4. He don't know nothin' about wheat and cattle.

    5. Wayne, he does know his Chinese advertising, though.

      And, for the most part, how to stay out of jail.

      Those aren't minor matters.

  10. Straight Shooter:

    Clapper, Tapper, Crapper.

    1. John Brennan Issues Warning to POTUS About Mueller’s Investigation “Stay Tuned, Mr. Trump…”

      Cristina Laila by Cristina Laila April 27, 2018

      Former CIA Director-turned-Twitter troll, John Brennan issued President Trump a warning Friday morning after the House Intel Panel released their much-anticipated Russia report, officially clearing Trump.
      There was no Trump-Russia collusion. End the witch hunt now and start prosecuting all involved in the attempted coup.

      Not only did the House Intel report clear Trump of any ‘collusion’ with Russia, it revealed a group of wealthy donors spent $50 million to fund the Trump-Russia investigation.

      A group of about 7-10 wealthy donors from California (Silicon Valley) and New York spent $50 million to fund a Trump-Russia investigation conducted by none other than Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS and a former staffer for Dem Senator Dianne Feinstein named Daniel Jones.

      Where the hell is AG Sessions??

      President Trump reacted to the House Intel report Friday morning and called for the witch hunt to “END NOW!”

      Trump tweeted: Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. “No evidence” that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.” Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia- Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!

      Donald J. Trump

      Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. “No evidence” that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.” Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia- Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!

      7:14 AM - Apr 27, 2018
      55.6K people are talking about this
      Twitter Ads info and privacy
      Former CIA Director, John Brennan promptly issued a warning to President Trump.

      John Brennan tweeted: A highly partisan, incomplete, and deeply flawed report by a broken House Committee means nothing. The Special Counsel’s work is being carried out by professional investigators—not political staffers. SC’s findings will be comprehensive & authoritative. Stay tuned, Mr. Trump….

      John O. Brennan

      A highly partisan, incomplete, and deeply flawed report by a broken House Committee means nothing. The Special Counsel’s work is being carried out by professional investigators—not political staffers. SC’s findings will be comprehensive & authoritative. Stay tuned, Mr. Trump.... …

      8:29 AM - Apr 27, 2018
      21.1K people are talking about this
      Twitter Ads info and privacy
      The “professional investigators” Brennan is referring to on Mueller’s team is a who’s who of corrupt and conflicted Obama and Hillary cronies. As we reported over the past year Mueller’s team consists of the following:

    2. Rush Atkinson, an attorney on detail from the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section at the Department of Justice
      — Donated $200 to Clinton in 2016
      Peter Carr – DOJ spokesman under Barack Obama.
      Andrew Goldstein, a public corruption prosecutor on detail from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York
      — Worked under Trump-basher Preet Bharara in the liberal New York southern district.
      Adam Jed, an appellate attorney on detail from DOJ’s Civil Division. — Defended Obamacare at the DOJ.
      Elizabeth Prelogar, an appellate attorney on detail from the Office of the Solicitor General. -Fluent in Russian; former law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.
      James Quarles, a former partner at WilmerHale and a former assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. –Former assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

      Jeannie Rhee, a former partner at WilmerHale who has served in the Office of Legal Counsel at DOJ and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. — Rhee is a Clinton Foundation Lawyer and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel under Barack Obama.
      Brandon Van Grack, an attorney on detail from the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
      — Led a grand jury inquiry in Northern Virginia scrutinizing former Trump associate Michael Flynn’s foreign lobbying.

      Aaron Zebley, a former partner at WilmerHale who has previously served with Mueller at the FBI and has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. — Worked with Robert Mueller at the WilmerHale firm.

      Zainab Ahmad, a top national security prosecutor on detail from U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.

      Michael Dreeben, an appellate attorney on detail from the Office of the Solicitor General, described by former colleagues as one of the brightest criminal law experts of the past two generations.
      Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page were thrown off of the investigation after Trump-hating text messages between the two FBI agents were discovered by the IG.

      John Brennan was involved in this attempted coup which is why he’s lashing out on his Twitter account.
      In fact, Chairman Nunes is currently investigating whether John Brennan perjured himself in a public testimony about the dossier.

    3. Honest to God - Quirk, you ought to get out of advertising and go into the intel business,,,,

      EXCLUSIVE: Cabal Of Wealthy Donors Financing $50 Million Trump-Russia Investigation
      Photo of Chuck Ross
      2:12 PM 04/27/2018

      A group of wealthy donors from New York and California have forked out $50 million to fund a Russia investigation being conducted by Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS and a former Senate staffer for Dianne Feinstein.

      That bombshell revelation is made in a footnote to the House Intelligence Committee’s newly released report on Russian interference in the presidential campaign.....

      Article has nifty little photo chart making the connections between all the playas.

    4. Chris Steele has more connections than any of them.

      He deserves some sort of reward.

  11. Comey: We Weren’t Looking at ‘Collusion’… We Were Looking to See if Americans Were ‘In Cahoots’ with Russia

    1. Collusion he's not familiar with.
      Prefers Cahoots.

    2. Cahoots ??

      That's where Quirk always Cahoots, Idaho with the gals.

      I know cause he sent me a selfie post card with himself and all the gals, and he put some street number in Cahoots, Idaho as his return mailing address.

      Never heard of the place myself, and I've been here all these years.

  12. MSNBC is going on and on about Dr. Jackson, and about the guy that runs the EPA.

    Nothing about the news from Korea though.


  13. Ford Is About To Abandon American Sedans

    Just two years from now, a mere 10 percent of the vehicles rolling off Ford assembly lines and into North American showrooms will be sedans and sports cars like the Taurus or Mustang. The rest will be pickups, SUVs and commercial vehicles — more lucrative models that the company hopes will secure its future as change tears through the global auto industry.

    What would Henry Ford think? What might seem like a radical departure for Ford has, in fact, been years in the making. The fuel-price shock that left Detroit on its knees during the Great Recession didn’t last, and American consumers have gone right back to buying sport utility vehicles and big trucks like the bread-and-butter F-Series....

  14. Buying Time

  15. RIP Number 16

    World's oldest spider dead at 43....DRUDGE

    Farewell, No. 16: scientists left 'miserable' after world's oldest spider dies aged 43

    Number 16 has left scientists 'miserable' after dying aged 43 CREDIT: CURTIN UNIVERSITY

    Henry Bodkin
    27 APRIL 2018 • 5:43PM

    The world’s oldest known spider has died at the age of 43, outliving its nearest rival by 15 years, Australian scientists have reported.

    Affectionately known as “Number 16”, the female Giaus Villosus or trapdoor spider had been under observation in the wild since its birth in 1974.

    The arachnid is believed to have survived for so long by sticking to one protected burrow its entire life and expending the minimum of energy....

  16. George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth have been married for more than 16 years — and they can’t keep their hands off each other. In Wentworth’s new bool, Go Ask Ali, the comedian reveals that she has lost friends who were jealous of her healthy sex life. Back in 1997, Wentworth, 53, boasted that she and the journalist, 57, are intimate twice a day.

    Wentworth doesn’t get what the big deal is.

  17. Our new Ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell, is gay as a goose.

    Seems like a smart decent guy.

    by Congressman Louie Gohmert

    48 pages detailing what a skunk Mueller really has been all his life, and is now.

  19. Which is Chelsea, which is Rebecca ?

    Poll: Can you tell which one of these two women is Chelsea Clinton, and which one is Rebecca Hubbell?

    One of the two women pictured below is Chelsea Clinton. The other one is Rebecca Hubbell, daughter of Webster Hubble, who was Hillary Clinton’s law partner in the late 1970s. Chelsea was born in 1980. I’m not sure which picture is Chelsea and which is Rebecca.

  20. Alfie Evans, RIP

    In the end it came in the quiet early hours of the morning, away from the noise and furious debate.

    Alfie Evans, the terminally ill boy whose fate was argued over in the courts and in the streets, died at Alder Hey Hospital at 2.30 am on Saturday, leaving his parents – who had fought so long for him to continue receiving treatment – bereft.

    Tom Evans, the father of the 23-month-old child, announced the news on Facebook, saying:

    “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30. I love you my guy.”

    Kate James, Alfie’s mother, wrote: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support.”


  21. This is interesting ...
    Only wolves will be able to save the great elk herds of the West from themselves

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is finally trying to come to grips with the spread throughout the state of Chronic Wasting Disease, a brain disease caused by a prion – or mutant protein – much like mad cow disease. It results in the slow wasting of infected animals as they grow listless, drool and eventually die. WGFD’s initial recommendations to limit the disease are reportedly to: (1) reduce artificial wildlife feeding stations, (2) issue more mule deer buck hunting tags and fewer doe tags and (3) change hunting seasons.

    If you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And if you are a game and fish agency, there is a tendency to try to “manage” wildlife problems through more or different patterns of hunting tags and seasons. But this approach ignores a more promising solution – allowing native predators to take care of the problem. In this case, wolves and coyotes are better suited than human hunters to cut the disease out of the deer, elk, and moose herds because they naturally focus on culling the weak and the sick from the herd.

    Trying to combat CWD with human hunting, on the other hand, is deeply problematic. Human hunters tend to target the largest and healthiest animals, not the weak and the sick. And ethical hunters will not shoot anything they don’t intend to eat. Now that Chronic Wasting Disease has demonstrated its ability to jump from game meat to monkeys in laboratory settings, what hunter will want to risk infecting themselves and their families with a brain disease likely to resemble Creutzfeld-Jakob disease with its memory loss, dementia and ultimately death?

    Only natural predators can save those elk

    WOLVES will save the elk, if humans allow it
    Doom will follow if they do not

    1. .

      Definitely true.

      But do we want a bunch of wolves walking around with memory loss and dementia?


      They might forget were Wayne's farm is.



    2. The last two posts show CWD has obviously jumped the elk/human barrier.

      Sad, so sad.

      Almost tragic, really.

      In Quirk's case I am wondering if CWD might somehow be related to his vulnerability to TDS.

      I will try to keep that possibility in mind when he next goes off the handle about Trump.

    3. It would explain Quirk's BSS.....Bull Shit Syndrome.

      CWD + TDS = BSS

      Now THAT is a very bad diagnosis often found on the internet.

  22. Blast from the buttplug's past.

    The ISIS dildo gay pride flag, explained.
    Did CNN really confuse a dildo-covered gay pride banner with the official flag of ISIS?

    The supposed ISIS flag was in fact a parody, bearing outlined images of dildos and butt plugs in place of Arabic script.

  23. A Missouri woman who had a loaded handgun hidden in her vagina at the time of her arrest last year today pleaded guilty to weapons possession and narcotics charges.

    Shoulda had a concealed carry permit.

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    1. Secret Service denies allegations against Rear Admiral Jackson
      KAREN TOWNSEND Apr 28, 2018 10:01 AM

      ....Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson didn’t last long as President Trump’s pick to become the next Veteran Affairs secretary thanks to the really ugly campaign Montana Senator Jon Tester waged against him. CNN first reported Tester’s accusations, which included driving while intoxicated and wrecking a car. And Tester alleged that Jackson freely dispensed drugs – so freely that his nickname is the Candyman. Tester alleged that Jackson drunkenly pounded on the door of a female employee so loudly while accompanying President Obama overseas that he had to be subdued by the Secret Service who feared Jackson would disturb the president.....

      Senator Tester is up for reelection this year in Montana. He had deserved to lose, now he really deserves to lose.

      He's an asshole.

      And, I am predicting that he will lose.

      President Obama gave gave Admiral Jackson the highest marks.

    2. These allegations are serious, especially given that Jackson is the President’s physician. He has served two previous presidents and at no time did any of these gossip-like charges come forward. There is no official paperwork to verify any of the charges. Both the White House and the Secret Service are vouching for Jackson. It just all sounds fishy, even in today’s over-heated partisan politics. At this time, it sure looks like an old-fashioned character assassination.

    3. The ugly attack on Ronny Jackson just set a new low

  25. Just For Quirk

    April 28, 2018

    Time to admit that Trump is doing a good job
    By Russ McSwain

    It's been drilled into everyone that "past performance is no guarantee of future results." That piece of wisdom is a double-edged sword. Most Trump critics, be they Democrats or NeverTumps, miss the second edge. However bad Trump's pre-election behavior is perceived to be, it has almost no value in evaluating the obvious success of his presidency.

    Just as there are naïve investors who are incredulous when a surefire opportunity becomes a money-loser, there are pundits who, in their own minds, know that a person or a policy will lead to disaster. They are unable to grasp when reality makes their predictions worthless....

  26. Quirk, The Donald is speaking in Michigan RIGHT NOW - catch him live.

    1. Jeez, I think Quirk may be at the event. Or, was at the event, as someone who looks like him was just escorted out of the arena by Security for making a big nasty stink and yelling incoherently.

      The crowd was cheering 'Kick him out, kick him out'.

      And indeed they did.

  27. Invasion: Exodus Of Venezuelans Overwhelms Northern Brazil

    “We’re very fearful this may lead to an economic and social destabilization in our state,” said the governor, Suely Campos. “I’m looking after the needs of Venezuelans to the detriment of Brazilians.”…

    During the early months of this year, 5,000 Venezuelans were leaving their homeland each day, according to the United Nations. At that rate, more Venezuelans are leaving home each month than the 125,000 Cuban exiles who fled their homes during the 1980 Mariel boat crisis and transformed South Florida.

    If the current rate remains steady, more than 1.8 million Venezuelans could leave by the end of this year, joining the estimated 1.5 million who have fled the economic crisis to rebuild their lives abroad....

  28. KIM: I'll Give Up Weapons If USA Promises Not To Invade...

    NKorea To Close Nuke Test Site....DRUDGE