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201  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pissing on our collective legs and telling us it's raining on: August 05, 2016, 10:11:54 AM

Two Priorities of the Government
Priority 1: Supporting Jihadis

Euro-blockThem, and terrorists, hostage takers and terror sponsors everywhere.

That’s  the economical explanation for the President and State Department’s decision to ship $400 million in cash, in Euros and Swiss Francs, to Iran. Officially, say the signed-up-to-lie-for-their-country weasels at State, there is “no linkage” between this ransom and the four Americans that Iran released with all due speed after unloading the pallets of cash, which are already being used to fund new global terror attacks. It’s just a matter of purest happenstance! (One gets the impression that if one of them pulled a trigger, he’d be amazed that it produced a gunshot. But as none of them will ever pull a trigger — they hire, and abandon, people for that — we’ll never know). As the WSJ put it:

    The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran…

And certainly the ransoming of the existing hostages had no linkage to the Iranians’ subsequent decision to take two more US Citizen hostages.

That view wasn’t unanimous, even in this gang:

    Senior Justice Department officials objected to sending a plane loaded with cash to Tehran at the same time that Iran released four imprisoned Americans, but their objections were overruled by the State Department

Eli Lake says that’ll really teach Iran. Specifically, that hostage-taking pays.

But who will call it a ransom? Not the reporters who act as the typing pool for Ben Rhodes, van driver turned national security adviser.

In addition to the secret delivery of $400 million, the Iranians received seven Iranians, a mix of convicted criminals and convicted spies held in US prisons.

    The four released Americans are Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine; Christian pastor Saeed Abedini; and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, whose case had not been publicized before the release.

State Department designated liar John Kirby, who must have been a real prize as a naval officer, says it wasn’t ransom.

    However, the Journal says U.S. officials acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.

But American hostage Saeed Abedini said he and the others were held hostage quite literally until the ransom arrived. Told they were going to be held 20 minutes, the hostages were held on a plane overnight, until the money arrived and checked out. Only then could their jet depart.

     I ask them why you don’t let us go…. And he said we are waiting for another plane so if that plane doesn’t come we never let us go.

And it’s already produced more hostage taking:

    Since the cash was airlifted, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran also has detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.

What Iran wants, Iran gets, at least out of this Axis of Weakness in Washington.

To steal a gag from the mighty Horwitz brothers (and Larry Feinberg): Hasan Ben Sober. Remember him?

Further on Priority 1: of the 14 Muslim-Americans to have perished in the unending war cycle in the Middle East, funny how the one the Democrats and the press single out is the one who father is a Moslem Brotherhood immigration lawyer, dedicated to the imposition of the terror of Sharia worldwide.

Yes, Trump is a loudmouth boor. If you didn’t know that before he ever ran for anything, where have you been… under a rock? But Khizr Khan is an actual enemy. His son was not; the men who served with him praise him highly. But it’s interesting that the one guy they find is from the same anti-American jihad crew that gave us the other presidential candidate’s girlfriend Close Personal Assistant (NTTAWWT).

By the way, more Americans have been killed by American Moslems in our own uniform, than American Moslems have died honorably serving. So for any given American Moslem, what’s his flag? The odds say it’s about 60/40, the black flag of jihad over the stars and stripes.
Priority 1, Part 3: 10,000 Syrians Will be Here by 1 September

In this goal, to bring in 10,000 rapefugees direct from Syria, the President has the help of most Republicans, including the top men in the House and Senate, Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Chinless Mitch McConnell. Some 8,000 of them are already here, 2,359 of them arriving in July. They are almost all Sunni Moslems, the sect that supports ISIL. (Christian and Yazidi minorities seem to have been screened out in preference to Moslems). If August matches July, the number of rapefugees will blow through the President’s initial demand for 10,000.

It’s a generally used rule of thumb, taught in various special operations and intelligence courses, that about one in ten war refugees is an active enemy, either recruited by the enemy already or ready to voluntarily do his bidding. Syrian refugees have committed several high-profile murders in Europe lately.

Secretary of State John Kerry says you shouldn’t believe your lying eyes. “We are very comfortable that we are bringing people in who will be a great plus to our country.” Of course, he’s the guy who tried to cut his own deal with North Vietnam in 1971.
Priority 2: Easing the Path of Criminals

jailbreakWe’ve just had another record-setting release of criminals. Mostly, they seem to be released because the President believes that they were just being picked on because of their race. The 214 felons, including 67 lifers, are already out. ABC News has an inadvertently funny report:

    Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent crimes related to cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs, although a few were charged with firearms violations related to their drug activities.

Depends on how you define “a few,” cupcake.  The lifers were almost all felons in possession; of the others, about 25% of them had a firearms charge, and others had prior violent crimes, although this time they didn’t shoot anybody.


    One of the inmates, Dicky Joe Jackson of Texas, was given a life sentence in 1996 for methamphetamine violations and for being a felon with an unlicensed gun.

That means he was a minimum of a two-time loser. What public good is served by releasing him?

    All told, Obama has commuted 562 sentences during his presidency — more than the past nine presidents combined, the White House said. Almost 200 of those who have benefited were serving life sentences.

Two hundred lifers. Imagine the crimes they will commit before they go back again. Heather McDonald did a quick scan for “firearm” in the lucky-felon list:

    …a search of the commutation database comes up with 156 hits for “firearms” (some of those hits are multiple counts for the same offender). Wilson Henderson, of Hollywood, Fla., for example, was convicted of “use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime,” according to the Justice Department press release. Kenneth Evans, of Fort Worth, Texas, was convicted of “use and carry firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting.” Mark Anthony Clark, of Rockford, Ill., was convicted of “possession of a firearm by a felon/fugitive from justice and aiding and abetting,” as well as of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams of meth.

    Many of the commuttees possessed stolen firearms or firearms with their serial numbers obliterated. Some were in violation of National Firearms Registration, which can mean possession of a federally prohibited weapon, such as a machine gun, silencer, or sawed-off shotgun. We don’t know how many guns the offenders actually had; a commuttee during a previous batch of commutations had 40.

    Nor does the Justice Department’s press release disclose the actual incidence of firearm possession by these federal convicts. Gun possession can be used to increase a federal sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines without a prosecutor’s actually bringing a formal charge. A gun charge can also be plea-bargained away.

Interesting how the advocates of gun control don’t advocate it against actual criminals.

Back to the ABC infotainment story:

    “All of the individuals receiving commutation today — incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws — embody the president’s belief that ‘America is a nation of second chances,'” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post.

Second chances to rob, assault, rape and kill. Thank you Mr President! It’s a safe bet than none of these nogoodniks will be dossing down in Counselor Eggleston’s neighborhood. You wouldn’t be soft on crime like that, if you didn’t have a lot of human-victim-tamping-material between you and the recipients of your mercies.

And wait! There’s more.

    “We are not done yet,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said. “We expect that many more men and women will be given a second chance through the clemency initiative.”

Second chance? To rob, assault, rape and kill. And they’ll be using ’em.

One last note from this “diversity”-obsessed administration (and media). The criminals cut loose:

    …represent a diverse cross-section of America geographically.

Just “geographically,” huh? It what characteristics might the set of rewarded criminals not have a wide range of variation?
202  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America (and pre-emptive dhimmitude) on: August 04, 2016, 08:37:54 AM
We are lied to.
203  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: First Amendment scholar Johnson on: August 03, 2016, 02:41:43 PM

Johnson has been hitting the bong way too much.
204  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media, Ministry of Truth, NY Times on: August 02, 2016, 08:54:42 PM
James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal captures the shameless partisanship of the New York Times in just a few sentences. The sentences come from editorials that appeared in 2012 and 2016 regarding the views of the Republican presidential candidates on Russia.

Here is the New York Times on March 29, 2012:

Two decades after the end of the cold war, Mitt Romney still considers Russia to be America’s ‘No. 1 geopolitical foe.’ His comments display either a shocking lack of knowledge about international affairs or just craven politics. Either way, they are reckless and unworthy of a major presidential contender.

Here’s the Times today, July 27, 2016:

Regardless of whether Mr. Putin is out to help Mr. Trump, voters would be right to question the judgment of a candidate who has shown so much admiration for such a dangerous adversary.

Credit:  James Taranto, WSJ

We have always been at war with Eastasia.
205  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: August 01, 2016, 10:59:04 AM
How do you say "Gulag" in Spanish?

I am going to guess the word is Venezuela.
206  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Nothing lasts forever on: August 01, 2016, 10:31:59 AM

How much longer?
207  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Germany: Is the offiicial story about Munich a cover-up? on: July 31, 2016, 11:03:19 PM

Sounds credible to me,
208  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Muslims refuse to bury murderer of priest on: July 30, 2016, 09:13:00 PM

Of course, was it heartfelt, or a deliberate move to appease the kafir? I know what I would put my money on.
209  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The wages of communism-- Mao's Great Leap Forward on: July 30, 2016, 09:02:39 AM

210  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ul Fukra Islamist running for office in Alaska on: July 29, 2016, 08:49:04 AM
Surprising no one, with an IQ above room temp.

211  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gaslighting on: July 27, 2016, 06:56:08 PM


Posted by Sgt. Mom on July 26th, 2016 (All posts by Sgt. Mom)

There was a brief hiccup of indignation last week regarding the French police choosing to downplay the fact that the dead hostages taken by Islamist terrorists at the Bataclan music hall had been viciously tortured and their bodies mutilated. There was the same brief hiccup of indignation when it appeared that the German police likewise chose to downplay those instances of sexual abuse perpetrated on local women by so-called Syrian “refugees.” A commenter on one particular thread discussing this observed, acidly, that we were now well into Pravda and Izvestia country, where the published news stories must be carefully scrutinized and parsed to tease out the actual facts; what is released regarding certain occurrences is not meant to inform us. Instead, such reports are meant to appear as if we are being informed, but the actual intent is to conceal and not to offend those in political power.

I’ve begun to believe, though, that our establishment media and those elements of the Ruling Class (in the Anthony Codevilla sense) who control or collude with them are going well beyond simply obscuring current events – but are deliberately practicing a kind of mass-gaslighting on us all. Gas-lighting? Oh, yes; this is a definition, courtesy of the Urban Dictionary:

    A form of intimidation or psychological abuse, sometimes called Ambient Abuse where false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory, perception and quite often, their sanity … A more psychological definition of gaslighting is “an increasing frequency of systematically withholding factual information from, and/or providing false information to, the victim – having the gradual effect of making them anxious, confused, and less able to trust their own memory and perception.

False information presented – making us doubt our own memories and perception of events. Systematically withholding factual information from us. Having the gradual effect of making us anxious, confused, less able to trust.

Yep – we’ve been gas-lighted all right; and some of us more than others. I’d say that the African-American community is being royally gas-lighted by the Black Lives Matter organizing cadre, and the Democrat party has also been gas-lighted in a grand scale into believing (or pretending to believe) that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified presidential candidate evah! Barack Obama takes the absolute prize, though – in having gas-lighted himself into believing that he is the very best US President in our history.
212  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: July 26, 2016, 10:02:56 AM

If Vlad really wanted to torch the Hildabeast he would release her Clinton Foundation corruption just before the election.  We all know what went on.  Since Comey won't do anything and allowed her and her criminal lawyers to destroy evidence Vlad may well have copies.  Would that be great!

Why would he do that when he can sit on them and use them as leverage if the Dowager Empress becomes president?
213  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Another unknown motivation attack in europe! on: July 26, 2016, 09:38:52 AM

 huh huh
214  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More unknown motive attacks on: July 24, 2016, 10:03:34 PM


215  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Another whodunnit in Germany on: July 24, 2016, 02:25:19 PM

It's like there has been some sort of change in Germany's population. I wonder what happened.

216  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: "Allah Akbar" translates to "we may never know the motive" on: July 23, 2016, 07:44:10 PM

Women sacrificed on the altar of PC.
217  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Allah Akbar" translates to "we may never know the motive" on: July 23, 2016, 07:09:20 PM

Or maybe it means "This has nothing to do with Islam"?
218  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A must read from Richard Fernandez on: July 23, 2016, 12:11:16 PM

Coming soon.
219  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America (and pre-emptive dhimmitude) on: July 21, 2016, 10:31:53 PM
The Somalians were brought to MN for ice hockey, very funny!

"Due to Somalia's proximity to the equator, there is not much seasonal variation in its climate."   - Same here.  )

I'm guessing this started before Al Franken, but the question remains, why?

They were brought here to collect benefits and vote Democratic, or to wage war against us, or both.

The left has decided to dissolve the American public and replace it with one more to their liking.
220  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Michael Yon on the declassified document on: July 21, 2016, 07:34:11 PM

What do you take from this?  The document is new and perhaps provide new details but it seems the relationships were already known.  Does contact with a hijacker mean a family member knew the mission?  Michael Yon is suggested we should have overthrown Saudi or still should?  Saudi is an enemy of ISIS and Iran.  We could depose the royal family and it would be the ISIS Caliphate's dream come true.

If ISIS or Iran or another enemy gets control of the "land of the two holy mosques" that would be seriously bad kimchee.
221  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: July 17, 2016, 10:18:59 PM
I have always had a leery feeling about open carry, especially long guns.

In the context of the RNC it may be a really bad idea.

Prayers for all of us.

The dems are funding and planning for what is coming to the RNC. This is a Soros/DNC/Obama admin operation. Don't be surprised.
222  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: July 17, 2016, 09:19:13 PM
Ambushes usually hold the upper hand. Long guns vs. handguns, the advantage goes to long guns.
223  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: psycho-babble of a terrorist on: July 17, 2016, 09:15:37 PM
Seems to me that being a psycho and being a radical Islamic terrorist are not mutually exclusive conditions.

No, indeed they are not. Remember, if you die a shaheed, all sins are wiped clean and you proceed directly to paradise.

There is no way to control someone that has made peace with the fact that they will die. The problem is, those people are growing in number.

Keeping them out of your country is a good start.
224  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: psycho-babble of a terrorist on: July 17, 2016, 02:34:20 PM
Seems to me that being a psycho and being a radical Islamic terrorist are not mutually exclusive conditions.

No, indeed they are not. Remember, if you die a shaheed, all sins are wiped clean and you proceed directly to paradise.

225  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: psycho-babble of a terrorist on: July 17, 2016, 10:35:55 AM

So did the guns, grenades and "larger weapons" magically appear in the jihad truck?

The attack was nothing more than "road rage".  He had PSTD.  Nervous breakdown in 2004.  He was off his psych meds.  He is not a terrorist.  He has mental disorder.

So lets get rid of the military and police.  What we really need is an army of psychologists to flood the mentally disturbed ISIS enclaves.  And lawyers to be sure they get their mental care.  Like addiction.  No one is responsible for anything anymore.  Except Republicans.  They are the only evil left on Earth:

Nothing to see here, move along.

Workplace violence, I guess.
226  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: psycho-babble of a terrorist on: July 16, 2016, 09:31:37 AM

So did the guns, grenades and "larger weapons" magically appear in the jihad truck?

The attack was nothing more than "road rage".  He had PSTD.  Nervous breakdown in 2004.  He was off his psych meds.  He is not a terrorist.  He has mental disorder.

So lets get rid of the military and police.  What we really need is an army of psychologists to flood the mentally disturbed ISIS enclaves.  And lawyers to be sure they get their mental care.  Like addiction.  No one is responsible for anything anymore.  Except Republicans.  They are the only evil left on Earth:
227  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We are being lied to on: July 15, 2016, 11:11:10 PM

There and here.
228  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: July 15, 2016, 10:15:41 PM
"Ban all of them and we will learn which ones we missed, maybe serial beheadings with a kitchen knife, ban that too."

China has had mass stabbings by adherents to the religion of peace. China does try to restrict access to knives. It doesn't work, funny enough.
229  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: POTH on MN officer's training on: July 15, 2016, 10:25:12 AM

These trends are going to result in a lot of flag-draped coffins, and increased crime.
230  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Hillary on Immigration July 2016 on: July 15, 2016, 10:00:42 AM

Yeah, but only 10% will actively wage jihad! So we got that going for us....
231  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: For Nice, France on: July 15, 2016, 09:52:34 AM

232  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Today's episode in the potty wars on: July 15, 2016, 09:51:17 AM

Surprising exactly no one on the right.
233  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Distinct potential here for something going VERY seriously wrong. on: July 14, 2016, 10:19:31 AM

None of this is accidental.
234  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sowell reviews "The War on Cops" on: July 14, 2016, 10:17:40 AM
The majority of humans on the planet are Han Chinese, yet they are vastly unrepresented in the NBA and the US prison system. Some sort of systemic discrimination, obviously.

As usual, don't we wish people would come across these facts and this level of analysis without having to read an opinion piece of a conservative columnist on a conservative site.  The people who need to see this aren't seeing it.

"Although many people regard these “disparate-impact” statistics as evidence, or virtually proof, of racial discrimination, suppose that I should tell you that black basketball players are penalized by NBA referees out of all proportion to the 13 percent that blacks are in the American population."   - Unfair!

"black political and community leaders, back in the 1980s, spearheaded the drive for more severe legal penalties against those who sold crack cocaine. Black congressman Charlie Rangel of Harlem was just one of those black leaders who urged these more severe penalties. So did the New York Times, the promoter of many crusades on the left."

   - Does anyone ever point that out?  No.  Except here.

"whites were turned down at nearly twice the rate that Asian Americans were turned down"

   - A fact that doesn't fit a narrative or agenda, therefore irrelevant.  If you keep looking for differences between groups, you will find them.  That rarely defines causation.
235  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, Which Lives Matter? on: July 13, 2016, 10:34:42 AM
Can we say red, white and blue lives matter?  Still racist. 

How about if we say, black, red, white and blue lives matter?

To say 'All Lives Matter' is to not appreciate that No One in America alive today was ever a slave or counted as 3/5th of a person.

My sister liked this one, 'black olives matter'.

I hate to ask, but what about the unborn?  Do Black Lives Matter for the most innocent among us?

If you are an unborn 'little one' growing, thriving and developing in a black woman's womb, you are 4 times (5 times?) more likely than a white baby to be stabbed in the head with the 'doctor's' scissors, or whatever it is they do now, in celebration of 'liberal' America's 'pro-choice' 'freedom'.

Do Black Lives really Matter or is just fun to throw rocks at police?

Meanwhile, I wonder how the effort is going to recruit sharp young black men and women to take up law enforcement careers in troubled, inner city communities.  Has our transformative President spoken to that need yet?

There is a serious problem finding anyone that wants to be a law enforcement officer now. It's only going to get worse.
236  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bring It On, by Robert Gore on: July 12, 2016, 09:57:35 PM

Bring It On, by Robert Gore
Posted on July 12, 2016 | 15 Comments
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Five words are important now: failure, exposure, rejection, repression, and war. The status quo has failed on multiple fronts. Its failures and corruption are being exposed, its governance and legitimacy questioned and rejected. The response is all too predictable: repression at home, war abroad. The Clintons represent the toxic confluence, the maelstrom’s vortex, and Hillary Clinton will press the powers’ response.

Anything but free market economics is a redistributive shell game with a sell-by date. Government debt, spending, and programs, redistribution, and central bank debt monetization and interest rate suppression have passed their expiration, leaving mountains of IOUs that will never be repaid and prostrate economies in the first thralls of a deflationary contraction that will be one for the ages. Particular rancid: illusory, credit-based wealth has gone to a small, well-connected coterie who access microscopic interest rates for financial engineering and speculative fun and games. Left behind: honest producers and savers, who have seen their incomes shrink and the economy wither.

Not content to lay waste to their own countries, the powers have visited their destructive and murderous mayhem upon wide swathes of the globe. Seeking to impose order they have instead promoted chaos, failed states, refugee flows, and the spread of terrorism. Stuck in costly and inconclusive quagmires in second-tier states, the US war lobby seems intent on provoking decidedly first-tier Russia and China, with a concomitant escalation of negative consequences. You can’t get any bigger, or potentially more suicidal, than war with the second and third largest nuclear-armed powers.

Propaganda, indoctrination, a captive press, and widespread obliviousness and passivity will only take the incompetent and corrupt governing class so far. There’s too much to be swept under the rug. Eventually notice is taken of the telling details. The economy is going nowhere. The US has been in Afghanistan for fifteen years and in Iraq for thirteen. The capital is an overflowing cesspool; the Clintons being the most visible and malodorous turds floating by on that river of filth. The Internet has shone a light on failure and corruption, but even the mainstream media take note, if only in passing, before it exculpates those responsible.

Exposure and anger concern the powers—they threaten the façade of legitimacy—but outright rejection would be intolerable. Never has an aristocracy exercised such power, lived so opulently, and received such publicity, adulation, and deference. Popular discontent given full vent and expression would threaten all that, and could lead to prison, or worse.

Hillary Clinton embodies the power, wealth, and corruption of the aristocracy, which confronts the most serious threat yet to the world order it erected after World War II. It embraces her not merely because she is emblematic, but because she will implement naked repression and wage wars, its last resorts to hold on to power. She’s never met a “national security” measure or war she didn’t love. The FBI’s refusal to recommend charges despite Hillary’s obvious criminality appears to be the aristocracy’s take-off-the-kid-gloves moment.

In their folly, the rulers have isolated themselves from the ruled. Never underestimate the former’s stupidity, born of isolation and arrogance, nor the intelligence and resourcefulness of the latter. Resort to repression and war is weakness, not strength, and in so doing, the aristocracy is taking a gamble it cannot win.

It is a curious sort of tyranny that extracts its sustenance from the tyrannized, must borrow from them, and relies on them to accept its intrinsically valueless scrip as a medium of exchange. How strong can a tyranny be if it can be brought to its knees if the tyrannized were to stop working, lending, or accepting its scrip? If that seems farfetched, observe the frantic exertions the powers undergo to stop systemic runs on banks and other financial institutions. Why? Because all financial institutions are leveraged speculators, and if what they hold as assets decline in price sufficiently, their equity is gone and they are bankrupt. Bankrupts by definition cannot pay all their liabilities, and those liabilities are the public’s assets.

As we saw in 2008, once enough assets are meaningfully impaired (as they inevitably will be, again), the whole scrip-based financial system unravels. Ultimately governments backstop much of the financial system’s scrip-based liabilities with…scrip based liabilities! The only thing that gives those liabilities any value are people’s willingness to accept them and an implicit and often broken promise by politicians and central bankers not to create too many of them. Right now, they are breaking that promise and doing everything possible to undermine the value of their own scrip. That’s Alice in Wonderland, not 1984.

If the aristocracy’s dreams come true, they will destroy what’s left of the illusion of value of their scrip and consequently, destroy their ability to acquire resources outside commandeering them, or theft. That’s a one-off, as Venezuela has demonstrated. People stop producing; businesses close or flee. Totalitarianism isn’t free. Prisons, concentration camps, weapons, soldiers, surveillance, and police cost money, and the expense is only partially offset by slave labor, which, once all its costs are properly accounted for, confers very little, if any, economic benefit.

But, never underestimate the stupidity of the aristocrats. Let’s say the US government descended into full-on totalitarianism. This is the same government that couldn’t subdue Vietnamese in Vietnam, Afghans in Afghanistan, Iraqis in Iraq, Syrians in Syria, Libyans in Libya, or Yemenis in Yemen. Nevertheless, it will attempt to subdue Americans in America, who collectively are far better armed (thank you, NRA) than any of the insurgencies in those other countries.

Of course, many Americans are sheep so the resistance would be a subset, but the daunting math of fighting insurgents on their own territory, according to military expert Richard Maybury, is about 20 military personnel for each domestic guerrilla fighter. So even if only a million US insurgents resist, probably a low estimate, it would require 20 million government personnel to suppress them, not to mention what would be necessary to maintain order should any collateral chaos and violence, including racial and ethnic animosities, erupt. Currently, there are a little over 2 million active and reserve personnel in the military, and about 1.1 million in law enforcement, and some of both are administrative personnel who would not participate in suppression or combat. The government is stockpiling weaponry, but where does it find at least 17 million recruits to pull the triggers and drive the MRAPS, and with what will it pay them?

Pity the police and the military. They will be caught between the dictates of an aristocracy that couldn’t care less about them and an insurgency bent on killing them. They would be ordered to fire on fellow Americans: neighbors, friends, and family members. There are plenty of praetorian thugs who would do so, but some would quit. Some might join the resistance, providing expertise and leadership. Already retired police and military, disgusted by the current state of affairs, would be another potential resistance recruiting pool.

Incidentally, today’s command and control systems require computers. The Chinese and Russians have hacked sensitive government computers with impunity. If the US government went after its own people, would there be any shortage of home-grown hackers volunteering to bring down its systems?

To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, if the aristocrats make peaceful and necessary change impossible, they will make violent resistance inevitable. It’s not a war they can win, but if it’s a war they are too foolish and arrogant to avoid, bring it on.
237  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How many meetings has Obama had with Al Sharpton? on: July 12, 2016, 12:05:15 PM

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238  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: International Law Court rules against China; China says FY on: July 12, 2016, 11:40:13 AM

I would hate to be on a Philippine flagged boat anywhere near that area.
239  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The era of Hope and Change not quite what was promised on: July 11, 2016, 10:12:23 PM

240  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / China continues to flex on: July 11, 2016, 11:29:00 AM

No worries, Team Smartpower is on it!
241  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sonnie Johnson on: July 11, 2016, 11:20:52 AM

I prefer to call progressives what they really are. Oppressives.
242  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Onion gets very close to reality on: July 11, 2016, 11:12:53 AM

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States
A recent al-Qaeda video shows a militant training to carry out his mission of lying back and watching America’s status as a superpower erode
April 15, 2014
Vol 50 Issue 15    News · Terrorism · World · Government · Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds.

“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.”

“And unfortunately, based on information we have from intelligence assets on the ground, this plot is already well under way,” he added.

A recently declassified CIA report confirmed that all known al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations—from Pakistan to Yemen, and from Somalia to Algeria—have been instructed to kick back and enjoy the show as the United States’ federal government, energy grid, and industrial sector are rendered impotent by internal dissent, decay, and mismanagement. According to statements made by top-level informants and corroborated by leading Western terrorism experts, if seen through to its conclusion, al-Qaeda’s current plot could wreak far more damage than the events of 9/11.

In the past year, money transfers to al-Qaeda cells around the world have reportedly been accompanied by instructions to use the funds to outfit safe houses with the proper equipment to receive American cable news broadcasts and view top U.S. news websites, allowing terrorists to fully relish each detail of the impending demise of the last global superpower.

Additionally, FBI officials made public an internal al-Qaeda video today in which the terrorist organization’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri chillingly exhorts his followers to “take a load off” and “unwind” in the name of jihad, and really cherish the victory over their enemy.

“Praise Allah, for soon every American city shall be plagued with disaster and hardship,” al-Zawahiri said in the video, which includes several minutes of footage of young, masked al-Qaeda militants casually sipping beverages as they thumb through the latest issues of Time and U.S. News And World Report. “The infidels have brought this pain and destruction upon themselves through their arrogance and callousness. Soon, the United States will watch in horror as its bridges crumble, its desperate citizens suffer in want of medicine and paying employment, and its once vast riches are reduced to naught. The righteous warriors among our ranks must now unite, get comfortable, and look on from afar at the calamity unfolding in the West.”

“We vow that we will not cease sitting around and laughing it up until America is reduced to rubble,” he continued.

Al-Zawahiri, who is seen in the video reclining back in his chair, putting his feet up, and flipping on CNN, later shouts “Allahu Akbar!” when a story is aired about the decade-long trend of stagnant wages among American workers.

The FBI has also warned that numerous al-Qaeda agents may have established sleeper cells for the purpose of “getting a kick out of” the nation’s downfall on American soil. The bureau urged U.S. residents to use caution around schools, hospitals, legislative bodies, prisons, and other decaying institutions whose imminent failure terrorists may wish to observe up close.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one high-ranking U.S. counterterrorism official has described the present situation as a massive failure of intelligence.

“The warning signs were there all along, but unfortunately we failed to heed them,” said the official, who advised Americans to brace for widespread devastation. “If we’d listened to experts or even our own common sense, we would’ve realized that this plot was being actively orchestrated within our own borders. But we didn’t, and now every one of our citizens and our very way of life is at risk from this threat.”

“Sadly, al-Qaeda has us right where they want us,” the official added, “and at this point, I fear it is too late to do anything about it.”

Responding to the allegations, a spokesperson for al-Qaeda reportedly confirmed the terror group’s plot and praised the American people as martyrs of the highest order.
243  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Liberal fascism: Thomas Sowell expains, Obama is fascist, not socialist on: July 11, 2016, 10:54:16 AM
It's more of a national socialism.

This should be called, famous people reading the forum, where we already have a thread on this theme!

Nobody expains it better than Thomas Sowell:

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama's point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies, without having to use President Bush as a scapegoat all the time.

Government ownership of the means of production means that politicians also own the consequences of their policies, and have to face responsibility when those consequences are disastrous -- something that Barack Obama avoids like the plague.

Thus the Obama administration can arbitrarily force insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old. Obviously, this creates favorable publicity for President Obama. But if this and other government edicts cause insurance premiums to rise, then that is something that can be blamed on the "greed" of the insurance companies.

The same principle, or lack of principle, applies to many other privately owned businesses. It is a very successful political ploy that can be adapted to all sorts of situations.

One of the reasons why both pro-Obama and anti-Obama observers may be reluctant to see him as fascist is that both tend to accept the prevailing notion that fascism is on the political right, while it is obvious that Obama is on the political left.

Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely -- and correctly -- regarded as being on the political left. Jonah Goldberg's great book "Liberal Fascism" cites overwhelming evidence of the fascists' consistent pursuit of the goals of the left, and of the left's embrace of the fascists as one of their own during the 1920s.

Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was lionized by the left, both in Europe and in America, during the 1920s. Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left.

It was in the 1930s, when ugly internal and international actions by Hitler and Mussolini repelled the world, that the left distanced themselves from fascism and its Nazi offshoot -- and verbally transferred these totalitarian dictatorships to the right, saddling their opponents with these pariahs.

What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people -- like themselves -- need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.

The left's vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends. In the United States, however, this vision conflicts with a Constitution that begins, "We the People..."

That is why the left has for more than a century been trying to get the Constitution's limitations on government loosened or evaded by judges' new interpretations, based on notions of "a living Constitution" that will take decisions out of the hands of "We the People," and transfer those decisions to our betters.

The self-flattery of the vision of the left also gives its true believers a huge ego stake in that vision, which means that mere facts are unlikely to make them reconsider, regardless of what evidence piles up against the vision of the left, and regardless of its disastrous consequences.

Only our own awareness of the huge stakes involved can save us from the rampaging presumptions of our betters, whether they are called socialists or fascists. So long as we buy their heady rhetoric, we are selling our birthright of freedom.
244  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: social justice wars , SJ warriors, Violence in St. Paul MN on: July 11, 2016, 10:37:31 AM  Also is stuff about homosexuality and feminism (what does this have to do with racism against blacks?  Basically it is a radical Left organization  probably getting money from the likes of Soros and LBTG and feminist groups:

Yes.  I wondered how this overlaps with Occupy Wall Street and all the rest.  First, we are on a fight and second, it doesn't really matter what we call the fight.

A friend of a friend was at the protest in St. Paul, a white, liberal, urban, middle aged, professional, NPR donating female, wanting to do good and do right.  Friendly police enabled the protesters to block traffic on Summit Avenue in front of the Governor's Mansion.  They were protesting our Governor who incidentally agrees with them.  Meanwhile, the protest turns violent on the freeway with hate crime terrorists attacking the police and injuring 21 of them.  Strange bedfellows, we have gays and Jews siding with the Sharia Law people and we have NPR classical music donors siding with the rock and bomb throwing,  police sniper crowd.

Here is some advice to the peaceful social justice warriors who want to distance themselves from over-the-top violence:  Stop inciting them with your acceptance of a false narrative of police and racial facts and distance yourself from the hatred part of the hate crime, not just the violence.

We wonder how people stood by and watched Germany turn into the nazi state and didn't flee the impending doom. We are watching that now.
245  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: One more CA anti-gun bill on: July 11, 2016, 09:42:53 AM

Time to vote with your feet.
246  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: MLK in 1961 on: July 10, 2016, 02:29:01 PM
In 1961 Martin Luther King Jf. said in a church in St. Louis:

"Negroes are 10% of the city of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes.  We have to face that.  And we have to do something about our moral standards.  We know that there are many things wrong in the white world but there are many things wrong in the black world too.  We can't keep on blaming the white man.  There are things we must do ourselves."

You won't hear that at any BLM marches.
247  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The motivations of shooters, then and now on: July 10, 2016, 09:19:19 AM

248  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pre-Modern Manliness & the Emasculation of Men In Contempory Society on: July 09, 2016, 10:21:01 PM
"If you don't have a government that works under the rule of law, you will end up with your local version of Tony Soprano calling the shots."

We already do have that.

Clinton and their backers.

I agree. The dems have become an ongoing criminal enterprise. They have killed the rule of law in this country. Sadly, most citizens don't even grasp what the rule of law means.

They are about to learn how societies can crumble into chaos and brutality at a shockingly rapid pace.
249  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pre-Modern Manliness & the Emasculation of Men In Contempory Society on: July 09, 2016, 09:21:04 PM

The article is mostly accurate.

Some people have always intuitively known this. I'd add "The cop leaned over and said to the spindly kid, “do you have any doubt in your mind about whether or not I could break your arms and take that book away from you if I felt like it?” I have a doubt, because I'd kill someone (using weapons) that attempted to harm me. If the kid had pulled out a pistol and shot the officer, he would have answered the question of "or else what?" for himself. People don't like that, because it challenges the place they have obtained for themselves within society, but it is true.

To me, everyone should be their own protector, stupid and a holes should be allowed to die off through their own demise.

Good article.

The rule of law is a valuable creation. This invention is one we will miss terribly. It allows for advanced, high trust societies. Without it, you end up with China, or Mexico or Afghanistan. There is never a power vacuum. If you don't have a government that works under the rule of law, you will end up with your local version of Tony Soprano calling the shots.

What the article says about violence is quite true.
250  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS/Bots - 1st Law Enforcement Use of Bot to Eliminate a Threat on: July 08, 2016, 06:54:22 PM

First time using an explosive device, but I believe that bots armed with firearms have been used before, though I can't cite a case off the top of my head.
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