Beauty, Truth, Larks Arise: #HappyNewYear – Resolutions Are Survive Obama’s Last Year And Live And Learn

We decided to end last year, not with another political article, but on a spiritual/historical melody about Christmas and the birth of the West. Today we begin 2016 on a spiritual/scientific note.

Our New Year’s resolutions are (1) to continue to live and learn, and; (2) survive Obama and his last rancid excretions – before a person who will undoubtedly be better takes the oath of office in 2017.

We have no doubt that 2016 will be a horrid year. We do not doubt that Barack Obama, like a wounded animal thrashing about, will continue his attempts to rip the Constitution and the fabric and future of the country. We also do not doubt that the next president, to be elected in 2016, will not merely “occupy” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but inhabit the White House with a commitment and love for America’s highest ideals and love for the nation and all its people. But first we will have to survive Obama’s last mile. We will survive, then thrive.

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Today, a bit of beauty and truth.

We recall our school years and the science taught. We fondly remember that globe in science with the sun at the center and lovely balls supposed to be planets in their perfectly circular orbits about the blazing queen at the center.

How we laughed at the ancients for thinking the universe revolved around the earth! Oh, we of the modern world were so much smarter than those before us, we chortled in arrogance. To think, we mocked, that the ancients believed in the Ptolemaic model with the earth sitting pretty at the center of everything.

We moderns were so much more enlightened with our logical spheres and the heliocentric model as the Earth was reduced to but an orb circling the massive fireball which itself was a minor fireball in a cosmos filled with massive fireballs and massive objects. Our new god became Galileo Galilei and darn those who were not happy with his confirmation of Copernican theory.

Eventually we learned that the more we learned we learned even more that we had so much more to learn and how little we have learned. We vowed to continue to live and learn.

And so, on this New Year’s Day, we look to the heavens to note that today marks a point in a long trip we are on. Life continues to be more complicated and more beautiful than ever. The more we learn the more we live.

That yellow globe with the perfectly circular orbits. Ah, there’s so much more:

Our planet is rotating around its axis at a rate of 1,000 miles per hour, and our moon is swinging around us. We race around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour, along with all the other planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and centaurs trailing along at their own pace as they make the journey around the sun.

Our sun, light of our lives and the gravitational glue binding our solar system together, is itself no lazy creature, spinning at 4,400 miles per hour. The star and its twisting disc of planets make the long marathon along the outskirts of the galaxy at 43,000 miles per hour, bobbing through the galactic plane. Even our Milky Way is in a steady dash, moving at 1.3 million miles per hour with respect to the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.

With all this running around of orbits around orbits, what does it all look like?

A few years ago, a Youtube tried to put it all together so we could see how it might work. We knew way back in our school years that things were moving about and astounding speeds and distances but it is something quite lovely to see and not have to imagine.



There’s a lot to quibble about with that Youtube visualization (especially that spiral business), as the article we link to so intelligently notes. But the basics are there, we think, and it helps to explain how the seasons change and the point we are on the trip today which we call New Year’s Day, we think. And because we think, we’ll continue to learn.

If you think this website, this nation, humanity, has been on a long strange trip, add the cosmic tourism we’re all involved in to your considerations and enjoy the great beauty as we pass through the stars without leaving our homes.

As new facts, new “truths”, new beauties, new circumstances, new experiences, new friends, enter – and add to our earlier facts, truths, beauties, circumstances, experiences, friends – we resolve, again, to continue to live and learn.

Happy New Year, you beautiful larks arising, you paragons of animals. Rejoice!

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  1. http://nfs.sparknotes.com/hamlet/page_110.html

    I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth,
    forgone all custom of exercises,
    and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory;
    this most excellent canopy, the air—look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.

    What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty!
    In form and moving how express and admirable!
    In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god!
    The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals.

    And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. No, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.

  2. A nice respite, admin.
    ==============
    I’ve not given serious thought to our universe since college decades ago, so a visual is helpful. Good to note how the vortex accommodates the concept of an unending universe. Or vice versa.

  3. The beautiful thing is we do continue to learn and improve. For example this Clyburn carbon copy. His argument is simple and straightforward:

    1. Black lives matter.

    2. The mere presence of police presents a clear and present danger to the community.

    3. Therefore, police should be banned from black neighborhoods.

    4. Then criminals will turn in their guns, stop dealing dope, hold raffles and prayer breakfasts.

    5. Suddenly, crime will become an artifact of history.

    6. The police will welcome this creative proposal because it gives them a better chance for survival.

    7. They can still carry their glocks but their mission will be confined to getting cats out of trees.

    8. How’s that for an honest discussion about race, Holder, you scumbag?

    The only question I have is this: is this black gentleman on the short list for vice president? He has got the vice part down pretty good. And these premises have been accepted by the democrat party.

    This Mississippi Councilman Wants to Do WHAT to Police? (VIDEO)

    By: Sara Gonzales (Diary) | January 1st, 2016 at 02:00 PM | 1

    Kenneth Stokes, a Mississippi councilman in Jackson Ward 3, apparently takes issue with authorities in other jurisdictions making their way into Jackson to chase misdemeanor suspects. He wants them to stay out. He also has quite a bold idea to achieve this goal.

    Stokes suggests that black leaders get together and throw rocks, bricks, and bottles at police officers from nearby jurisdictions to “send a message that we don’t want you in here.” Because violence and assault are always wise ways to solve problems.

    Comment: Additionally, we have purchased spike strips to be used on foreign police officers’ vehicles. If they choose to chase suspected criminals, who may have just gone on a J-walk, into our jurisdiction, then we will choose to slow them down by disabling their tires. Then they can walk their butts out of our neighborhood.”

    Because the best way to keep your neighborhood safe, is to make is safe for criminals.

  4. Admin: here is a good breakdown of the republican primary schedule, in terms of dates, delegate count and open vs. closed primary. I do not think they have superdelegates like the dims do, so it will be harder for the establishment to control the result. Also, just eyeballing it, it looks to me like 2/3 of the states have open primaries, which means democrats can cross over and vote. I think there will be a lot of reagan democrats like me, and black agitators orchestrated by the dnc who will cross party lines and vote for Trump. Interesting to see that Cruz has 600 volunteers in Iowa. At this point, the establishment hand looks weak, although big media will try to influence it, and corrupt the vote. I think their hail Mary will take place at the convention. The establishment hate Trump and Cruz. But if that were their only choice they would take Trump.

    http://www.redstate.com/2016/01/01/primary-calendar-rundown-preview-early-races/

  5. Good to note how the vortex accommodates the concept of an unending universe. Or vice versa.
    ————
    Well, the other obvious example is Obama’s brain.

    Strike that!

    Obama’s big brain.

    Which is always expanding too.

    As noted his understanding of the middle east comes from a video game.

    But the vast expanse of his knowledge reminds one of the Buddhist concept of:

    The great empty.

    Like his legacy.

    It is full of stuff, but if you examine them–like Climate change, gun control, open borders

    There is no there there.

    It is all just vapid headlines.

  6. No sooner do I say that, do I realize I sold him short.

    There is one portion of his legacy that is real, not smoke and mirrors, and I fear it will endure.

    The polarization of this society.

    And that by the way is the official policy of the democrat party in the campaign

    The problem is if they win, they cannot govern.

  7. And a Happy New Year to all.
    Admin has been in a reflective mood. Somewhat like preparing for the Storm, or battle, one may say, that awaits us.
    Can you feel it?

  8. Long, long time reader but I very rarely post. Huge fan of Hillary’s and devastated when she was cheated in ’08. I daydream sometimes of what it could have been like if she had won and never had the Obama influence.

    I come here every single day to read the brilliant Administrator’s posts but I no longer support Hillary because of her positions. I must put country before party and Hillary no longer holds the views she did in ’08. She doesn’t even seem like the same person and either she changed or I did. Sorry Hillary. It wasn’t me.

    Lorac-On the previous article you summed up exactly what I was seeing with some posters. For days I had been thinking your same thoughts. There are several posters here who are emotionally tied to the Clinton’s and just want to put their heads in the sand when anything negative is said about them. The Clintons are not perfect and I find it ridiculous when some posters want to put their fingers in their ears and say “La, la, la I don’t want to hear anything negative.” I find the positions Hillary is now taking (Obama 3 on steroids) suck and find it hard to sympathize with someone who wants Hillary in the White House just because they “like her.” Yeah it’s hard to let go of Hillary but Hillary ’08 no longer exists. I vote for the positions a candidate takes not for a personality.

  9. Beautiful post Admin!

    I loved the vortex video of our solar system, have watched it four times in a row and loved the perfect music to go with it.

    Thanks for the uplifting beginning of 2016 on Big Pink.

  10. Alcina,

    Thanks…so sad, I didn’t know about her drug problems, or I forgot..
    When a child loses a parent at a young age, especially one like Nat, whom I’ve always loved..it is so traumatic. Next to a loss of a child, it’s the worse.

  11. admin, that is so cool.

    I am afraid I’ve been stuck in early sixties grammar school concepts of Styrofoam suns with make-shift planets surrounding on well placed toothpicks.
    what you have shown is an amazing illustration, a single DNA strand spinning its way through the universe.

    question is, how does it end? 🙂

    happy new year to all pinkers. let’s enjoy the spin. we’re all in this vortex together!

  12. Question: is there anything lower, dirtier, and more worthy of social condemnation and opprobrium than a billionaire real estate developer (or hedge fund manager?

    Answer: absolutely. A billionaire real estate developer (or hedge fund manager) who flies airplanes over the Rose Bowl telling the ignoranti to dump Trump. That is the scum of the earth, and he deserves to be thrown into a ring with the pit bulls. For starters. See if he can buy his way out of that one.

    I liked one comment at Breitbart—better to have a surface to air missile and not need it, than to need it and not have it. To coin a phrase. This is the same kind of jackal who proposes to bring in a million foreign workers, a chip off the old (young) Zuckerberg.

  13. I just noticed in that video there is a picture of the Nat King Cole trio. My dad caught that act which was playing in a bar in downtown Los Angeles in the mid 1930s, before Nat became famous. He was a real talent. And cool. I mean really. You can see why Natalie adored him. I remember him at the Hollywood Palace with the cigarette, cool, but it killed him. The hell of it was he had to put up with a lot of shit based on the segregated laws of the day. Same with Della Reese in Las Vegas.

  14. And now, both of them are gone.

    These words from a Medieval English monk summarize the situation nicely:

    “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

    That fucking Hemingway, he just had to steal the last line.

    Didn’t he?

  15. We are not supposed to have a royalty over here.

    Right?

    On these shores, none of this primogenture shit.

    Right?

    This is SUPPOSED TO BE a meritocracy.

    Right?

    Well . . . then I challenge you.

    Look at the scions of big media.

    Loook at the lobbyists.

    Look at the the political class.

    It-is-so-fucking-INCESTUOUS.

    They are all related to each-other.

    The word for this?

    An aristocracy–pretending to be something it is not–

    A democracy

    I understand.

    Final authority, it must repose somewhere.

    I get that part.

    I don not want chaos anymore than you do.

    But where is it written that to escape chaos

    We must entrust our future to those who care

    Nothing about us?

    I love Andrea, I love big media, I love them all.

    BUT ARE THEIR INTERESTS CONGRUENT WITH OURS?

    Or are they incompatible.

    Well, that is where Donald come in.

    He call the game on these people.

    Which is why it is in our interest to stick by him.

  16. in vino, veritas.

    Or as an old boss of mine used to say the “truth serum”.

    As he convinced the heads of the Fortune 500 companies to go our way.

  17. I made a big mistake.

    I imputed leadership acumen to an ability to come in

    AFTER THE FACT

    And second guess what Boosh did wrong.

    But when she was on the firing line herself

    If I am lying I am dying

    She did no better

    To any Hillary supporter, this Benghazi thing is an embarassment

    How in gods green earth can it be otherwise?

    I could give a flying fuck about what Gowdy–or Shiff says about this.

    I do not trust them.

    I trust my own judgement which says she fucked up.

    And there is no getting around it.

  18. wbb – keep em coming 🙂
    —————————
    Apparently Donald has po’d another rich guy [prog Dem] with a plane:

    Someone wrote ‘Trump is disgusting’ in the sky above the Rose Parade
    …Stan Pate, a real estate developer from Alabama, took responsibility for the strongly worded aerial protest. He has donated to Marco Rubio. He says “These other people that are running for president have the country’s best interest in mind. Trump only has his interest in mind” He said his campaign is only beginning….
    http://mashable.com/2016/01/01/trump-is-disgusting-rose-parade/

    Some news casts have not shown it, but Ben&Davy News NYC at 5:30 PM did.

  19. I am getting emails daily from various members of Hillary’s team seeking donations. I am not opening my wallet as easily as I did in 08 just yet.

  20. Happy New Year everyone! One more year of Obama’s reign of terror!!!!

    In keeping with the universe theme, one of my favorite songs – “Drops of Jupiter” by Train

  21. Obama and Jarrett will work till his last day in office to destroy and CCHANGNEEE the fabric of our great nation

    Happy New Year folks! Love ya all and as others here have stated more eloquently than me .. my heart is no longer emotioally tied to Hillary and my eyes are open wide

    A vote or her now would simply be a vote or MORE of the same sssshit we have

    I’m not a glutton or punishment

  22. Nat King Cole and Natalie reached a most admirable pinnacle in career and humanity
    long before affirmative action and Barack and BLM were available to “assist” them.

    Paid music commercials eg TimeLife collections, attest to the ability of blacks to assimilate and prosper among all the other ethnicities here.

    [The rest of this is a rant about TV news coverage. I’ll understand if you scroll out at this point. Deceptive coverage is not a new phemon.]

    Hispanics are ruining country in many ways. A NJ church built in 1827, sold several years ago and now occupied by Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Church burned down yesterday. It is reported this morning that illegal renovations were going on there. In NYC there have been many gas explosions brought on by disconnection of appliances from natural gas supplies. Another huge oneby someone trying to tap in illegally to Con Ed.

    This morning, Allentown PA, a hotbed of all things wrong with our open southern border, is searching for a 5 yr old autistic boy last seen 11 PM at a family NYE party, barefoot. They believe the ipad he had would no longer be charged. All kinds of emergency search help employed.

    Philly’s mayor Michael Nutter has turned over reigns to Kenney. There were poorly circulated reports that Nutter would revoke the sanctuary status he imposed upon the city in 2014, but Kenney would put it right back. There were protests, even one with undocumented assisted by activist blocking City Hall so people could not get in to conduct normal city business.

    I circulated that what I could but succeeded only in having the photo of cops dragging out the two … deleted from the article. 6ABC, which will go farther than many to report inconvenient truths, did not yield to my goading to mention it on air.

    Nutter, who rapped at the nationally known July 4 celebration their, and more recently scaled a multistory building for charity, is taking some time off. Doesn’t know what is in store for him next.

    Meantime PA budget is 6 months late. Same power structure as DC. AMERICA WORKS USA has just begun ads accusing infighting amongst Republicans in the House. Not certain I can convince my little group to see the light.

    Immigration is still a verboten topic altho NBC New York did mention it as an implied success of Barach’s as he now attempts increased gun control. They have to keep the spirits of the Hispanics buoyed. (Barach is typo, but I like it)

    Yesterday I was so upbeat. Today it’s as admin alluded to above. “We have no doubt that 2016 will be a horrid year.”

    But now is not the time to stop trying.

  23. If you believe what Hillary claims to believe which is that ISIS is caused by discrimination against Muslims, rather than religious doctrine which advocates the very things ISIS does and rewards them in the hereafter, then I guess you could say, as she does, that Donald Trump is the problem, ergo, no Trump no problem. If that is what you worry about. But if you worry about something trivial like defending this nation against a Holocaust style attack, well then her position is vulnerable to the charge, yea, sure, you will protect us alright—same way you protected the beleaguered troops as Benghazi–and that one will stick for sure. Sorry, that fog of war crap does not cut it. When you are about to be attacked you prepare, when you are attack you do everything that can be done to save the troops whom you and your boss have put in harms way, and after the fact, you do not lie about it. That is no way to protect the nation.

  24. All that takes is one good commercial/

    Even the party of stupid can figure that one out.

    But the RINO will never run it.

    Because their position is.

    Failure theater is working.

    Sure it fucks the nation.

    Sure it lies to the voters.

    But the point is it lines are pockets.

    What else is there?

  25. For example, this jackal Burr R-NC

    Chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

    Collected a cool $10 million from donors.

    Formerly a salesman for a lawn mower company.

    Given those auspicious qualifications

    I have no doubt he will be very effective

    In getting to the bottom of the NSA spying on Congress.

    About as effective as Mike Rogers (R-MI)

    Whose wife works for a defense contractor he was investigating

    No one in their right mind will vote for a RINO.

    The RINO will say I will protect you from the guy in front of you with a knife

    While he smiles and slips the shiv in your back—every time.

  26. And the rebuttal?

    The RINO will say you don’t understand.

    This is negotiation.

    You have to make concessions to get a deal.

    And without a deal, government will grind to a halt.

    Bull shit.

    There is a huge difference

    Between making a concession

    And giving the store away.

    Which is what the RINO always does.

    And then he collects from his donors.

    And lies to his constituents.

    Maybe Burr can use his exalted position

    To sell lawn mowers to the third world

    Paid for by taxpayers–a real win-win deal

  27. I categorically refuse to see this election in the terms which the political class wants us to see it in–as a battle between Democrats and Republicans. Neither party stands for what it preaches. Both stand for world government, and rewarding their donors. This is a battle between the elites and the people. That is what the 2016 election is about, and the sequel will be if the elites steal this election from the people as well, then there will be real trouble ahead. Revolutions begin with a refusal by the elites to accept the inevitability of change, and to step aside when the time comes.

  28. I read something questioned here recently which prompts me to offer an article best left to someone other than myself to decipher. It’s in the realm of Super Delegates, DNC and RNC.

    Pa. primary may matter more than usual
    Updated: December 14, 2015
    …If Trump is here to stay and continues to push the primal populism – his call for a ban on Muslim immigration and propensity to deride anyone who dares offer a conflicting view – then our state’s April 26 primary could be an important stop on the way to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
    The Republican National Committee suddenly is preparing for a possible “floor fight” at the convention, with candidates duking it out over multiple ballots before a winner is declared.
    [Nationwide] the party will have 2,470 delegates. A candidate needs 1,236 to win.
    Pennsylvania has 71 delegates, including 54 divided among the state’s 18 congressional districts.
    Party rules say that the 54 district delegates can support any candidate, but that the at-large delegates must vote on the first ballot for the winner of the Pennsylvania primary, no matter what they think of the candidate.
    After that first ballot, they can then support any candidate

    http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/news/politics&id=361747901

  29. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A recently disclosed email exchange involving George Soros and Hillary Clinton paints an atmosphere so pervasive that political pros hardly notice it at all, any more than fish are aware of water or land animals are conscious of air.

    In an email to Clinton, Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress, recounted a conversation she had while seated next to Soros at a dinner sponsored by the liberal major donor club called Democracy Alliance.

    After Tanden informed Soros that she had worked for Clinton during her bitter 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination against Obama, Tanden wrote that Soros “said he’s been impressed that he can always call/meet with you on an issue of policy and said he hasn’t met with the President ever (though I thought he had). He then said he regretted his decision in the primary – he likes to admit mistakes when he makes them and that was one of them. He then extolled his work with you from your time as First Lady on.”

  30. For some, even in the West, the future is the New Deal. In 2015 the US government’s 2015 share of GDP was larger than even its WW2 peak. While nearly 70% of this vast sum was spent on social security, Medicare, veteran’s benefits, education and housing, it had little effect on income equality. After government has spent trillions of dollars on transfer payments the Brookings Institute warns that American society was dividing in two.

    The American upper middle class is separating, slowly but surely, from the rest of society. This separation is most obvious in terms of income—where the top fifth have been prospering while the majority lags behind. But the separation is not just economic. Gaps are growing on a whole range of dimensions, including family structure, education, lifestyle, and geography. Indeed, these dimensions of advantage appear to be clustering more tightly together, each thereby amplifying the effect of the other.

    Government appears to have outsmarted itself. Noam Schreiber and Patricia Cohen of the New York Times argue the tax system — the preferred liberal instrument for promoting income equality — was in fact the biggest cause of disparity. They wrote that “the very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income.”

    From Mr. Obama’s inauguration through the end of 2012, federal income tax rates on individuals did not change (excluding payroll taxes). But the highest-earning one-thousandth of Americans went from paying an average of 20.9 percent to 17.6 percent. By contrast, the top 1 percent, excluding the very wealthy, went from paying just under 24 percent on average to just over that level.

    This outcome should come as no surprise. For years it has been known that the more powerful government is, the greater is the potential of the rich to corrupt it. The notion is so old it even has a name. Regulatory capture “is a form of political corruption that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns of special interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating.”

    https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2016/1/2/the-open-future (ibid the 1:59 entry above)

  31. For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
    But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

  32. So Soros make a mistake? PUMAs were correct? I’ve had a couple days to mull this, and I’m not buying. How else to have us run back to HRC?

  33. In 1977, Greenspan obtained a PhD in economics from New York University. His dissertation is not available from the university[16] since it was removed at Greenspan’s request in 1987, when he became Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In April 2008, however, Barron’s obtained a copy, and notes that it includes “a discussion of soaring housing prices and their effect on consumer spending;

    it even anticipates a bursting housing bubble”.

  34. So Soros make a mistake? PUMAs were correct? I’ve had a couple days to mull this, and I’m not buying. How else to have us run back to HRC?
    ————–
    Not sure I follow you.

    Please clarify.

  35. Please clarify.
    ———————-
    My first reaction: Hillary WAS right.
    Now the big guy sees it too.
    Want to/ Got to vote for Hillary.
    But cynicism.
    Can’t vote for her. That man never says anything directly to me. Must be someone’s plan to get that thought out.

    Hope that’s enough. My mind is not easy to deal with on this side, either. If I think of a better analysis, I’ll be back.

  36. Well . . it ain’t a exactly a buy signal—unless one agrees with the Soros agenda.

    On a different note, when Kennedy took office, there was a change in the mood of the country. Where I live the banks were offering easy money because in their justification de jour we have “faith in the future”. And when those loans went belly up, they got the houses which they took as collateral. That gave me a new understanding of the phrase faith in the future. They were talking about their future, which was inversely proportional to ours. Our elites today have that same faith—and my only word of caution to them is something they said about Louis XVI: “Its fun to be king . . until it isn’t”.

    Let the record show, Roger Simon founder of PJ Media, an Academy Award winning writer, and realist, has faith in the future as well. The same kind of future I see, which comes from the Chinese curse of being condemned to live in interesting time, on the cusp of World War III. All you need to do is look around, and realize what is happening. Eventually, the butcher bill will be paid.
    —————

    The Obama years have been a slow-moving disaster for America and the world in practically every way. As they have moved on, things have gotten almost inexorably worse.

    On the domestic front, race relations — initially pretty good, considering we’re talking about flawed human beings — have turned more sour than they’ve been in decades. A healthcare program was rammed down the country’s throat with multiple lies and now appears to be imploding on itself. The economy has stalled for years with the key labor participation rate near an all-time low. And our college campuses have turned into spawning grounds for over-privileged brats poised to imitate the excesses of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

    But those problems are almost nothing compared to the international situation. Sunni extremism, which looked to be somewhat contained, has exploded in barbarism not seen since the mass butcheries of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot with ISIS, Boko Haram and al Qaeda. Add to this the bizarre non-agreement made by our country and others with Iran, bankrolling the religious psychotic mullahs to the tune of $100 billion plus, and the only conclusion you can come to is our government has gone insane or willfully seeks the suicide of the West in the face of Islam. On top of all this, the West, including the USA, is being invaded by Muslim refugees, a vast majority of whom undoubtedly believe in Sharia.

    So what do we have to look forward to in 2016?

    Yes, it’s a presidential election year but it is far more than that. We are already living in the beginnings of World War III, although many of our fellow citizens are pretending that it has not happened. This is a very dangerous situation that vastly increases the potential of losing. Every great civilization of the past has died. Why not ours? Is the end nigh in 2016?

  37. Admin, once more, perfect. You are not only brilliant but classy, too.

    A rare set of gifts, indeed.

  38. Admin

    “We also do not doubt that the next president, to be elected in 2016, will not merely “occupy” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but inhabit the White House with a commitment and love for America’s highest ideals and love for the nation and all its people. But first we will have to survive Obama’s last mile. We will survive, then thrive.”


    This quote is worth repeating.

  39. Well, there were no Radical Islamic videos before Hillary suggested it. Now, they are all going for it. The crazies are gyrating!

    Saudi Arabia has executed 157 people this year, for relatively minor infractions of the law. There is a U-Tube out of a woman executed for driving a car. They have been putting the squeeze on the populous to keep the budget funded for their oil price war and social unrest is developing.

    The Saudi embassy in Iran was set on fire over one of the executions. The middle ease is a hell hole.

  40. holdem – I have no idea what it means either. But we didn’t follow Soros the world destroyer in 2008, so could he actually think we would do it now?

    Or maybe he’s talking to the obots, trying to get them to vote for Hillary instead of Sanders….?

  41. I think Soros is recommending Hillary in order to cover his ass in case she wins. His recommendation is no recommendation. His attack on Trump was more of a recommendation for him. “Don’t Fear Death – Open the Borders” WTF?

  42. The email from the Hillary flunky to Hillary saying Soros regrets backing Obama instead of her is basic brown nosing through a subordinate. It is a lie. It is deniable, second hand, and just suck up flattery. A nothing-burger. Soros opposition to Trump is real. It is also rather unhinged. This sick bastard has worked diligently for 40 plus years to undo borders and promote fascist technocrat globalism both in Europe and North America. It is falling apart because of idiots like Merkel, Obama, EU technocrats, dumb-asses like Erdogan and the putzes running Sweden and most of western Europe stepped on the accelerator seemingly just as a nascent push-back emerged with Putin, Trump, eastern European leaders and Greece (stinging from finances) and Italy (sick of Africa decamping in their islands) gave Northern Europe just what they claimed they wanted-MORE MUSLIMS. Pay back is a bitch when you leave your border governments hanging. And very expensive. And there is no fool like an old fool which is why his money is still good but his ideas are shit. About Texas. The border is open, drugs are pouring in and the heroin overdoses are killing Northeastern young people. Cause and effect. Thank Obama and Soros for your dead young people.

  43. ISIS recruiting videos.
    There was one cited by redstate at the time HRC suggested DJT would be the perfect foil. That video fingered her hubby and her former boss but it never got further than twitter.

    Beginning yesterday, one featuring Trump has become available the usual culprits are breathless to include it in a political byte as well as on crawl.

    However, Trump had a great Saturday night in Biloxi. Twitter exploded. DJT said all the usual things including that cameras would only pan audience if a heckler became apparent. There was none for him, but Bernie had a DJT supporter heckling. And the cameras there panned. Air it this AM.

    Score one more for the man.

  44. Air it this AM S/B
    Airing it this morning.

    I don’t know if I watch ABC more than the other channels, it does to have a real hard on to promote the left.

  45. Trump is really riding a wave. Our two party system has merged into a uniparty that does not represent the people, but is looting the nation to bring us under the rule of tyrants. Trump is our card. Will enough people unplug from the Matrix and vote for their lives?

    It is interesting to note that he is a uniparty kind of guy who is promoting National interests over the globalist looting. Palm Beach County, Florida, where Trump has a significant presence, is a predominantly Democratic County. We have just one major city, Boca Raton, at the southeast end, that is run by conservatives. When Hillary comes here, she usually ends up in Boca Raton. Trump has a business presence throughout. Certainly his facilities are elitist to the point of decadence, but he conducts his business in a manner that is respected. He is going to pull votes from both parties, for sure.

    On the other hand, we have a lot of foreigners, legal and illegal, here. Illegal voting could be a problem. Trump is going to have to really turn out that vote. Maybe he should get out the word that illegal immigrants who want to become legal, would be unwise to vote illegally.

  46. I have noticed that Hillary’s FB page has changed for the better. There have not been any posts in Spanish for a while. It is much more oriented to middle America. Her internal polling must have shown her some bad news.

  47. holdthemaccountable January 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm
    If I think of a better analysis, I’ll be back.
    —————————–
    More to my earlier point: If Soros publicizes Obama was a mistake, that can be taken as permission for Hillary to change.

    And at approximately the same time I could verbalize that, Lu4PUMA comments HRC FB page is improved.
    Too much cynicism?
    Maybe. But I’m sticking with it.

  48. Texas Gov Greg Abbott criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to move ahead with possible executive actions on guns in a tweet in which he told the Commander-in-Chief to ‘come & take’ the state’s guns.
    Obama said in his weekly radio address that he is looking for ways to keep guns out of the hands of ‘a dangerous few’ without depending on Congress to pass a law on the fraught subject of gun control.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3382526/Texas-governor-challenges-Obama-come-Lone-Star-state-s-guns-president-prepares-executive-action.html

  49. holdthemaccountable
    January 3, 2016 at 9:51 am
    ———————-

    The only way Hillary is going to pull this off is if she turns on Obama and outs his treachery. I mean, she cannot just separate anymore, she needs to dice and slice him and make it clear that his best bet for his last year in office is to go on the campaign trail for President of the One World Governance. Yea, maybe he can still get the 3 out of 4 women in Sweden, who have not been raped by muslim migrants, to vote for him. He might have problems with the 1 in 4 who have been.

    Or better yet, he should go visit the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Iran.

  50. Lu4PUMA

    January 3, 2016 at 9:22 am

    *********************
    Lu4Puma…I’m sure it isn’t news to you or anyone else living in Florida or observing Florida politics that the system here is incredibly corrupt…

    I have sighted examples where I personally watched voting machines leave the location and be brought out to someone’s car…not to mention what goes on in South Florida with ‘absentee ballots’, etc…last year some politicians ended up in jail because of voter fraud…on and on…so many stories…

    even with a republican governor, Scott, counting the votes fairly and honestly is a big problem here and does not assure any republican they will get their votes…

    Donald does have a strong prescence here…and I am sure many connections…but this place is highly corrupt…

  51. More to my earlier point: If Soros publicizes Obama was a mistake, that can be taken as permission for Hillary to change.
    ———
    Hold’em, that’s an easy one to unbundle.

    1. Numero uno: Soros is a Nazi. That is what he was in 1944 Hungary. And he has not changed. Whatever he says has the moral weight and intellectual content of a speech by Joseph Goebbels. When that mother fucker is dead, the world will breathe easier. If there was ever a living Satan then his name is Soros.

    2. Mindful of that, when he says he has not met with Obama, that is merely a formality. If he had asked for a meeting, do you really believe Obama would have denied it to him? The point is, he does not need to meet with his Obama, because he has intermediaries to do that, including his lieutenant Robert Wolfe. The very agenda Obama is pursuing is the Soros agenda of 2008 as set forth on his website, including but not limited to: open borders, climate change, gun confiscation, global government. The point is his puppet is doing exactly what Soros wants.

    3. Finally, as the angry ossified Child which Obama has become manifests inself in the dying days of his disasterous rain, which is not unlike the reign of Bloody Mary, except the elites have been spared the pain and suffering, it is prudent for the old nazi to distance himself because his puppet’s days are numbered. He knows he threw Hillary under the bus in 2008, and fears either direct retaliation, or the loss of access and influence. So he is making nice, and giving us his secular mea copas.

    The point however is he has nothing to fear from Hillary. I am 100% certain she will do what he tells her to do. There isn’t a scintilla of doubt. In many ways, Soros is the democrat party, and this fact has been noted by insiders like Don Iverson for nearly a decade. Also, Hillary is risk adverse when it comes to defying the party. She is much more comfortable kicking the shit out of the party of stupid, than confronting her own demons. She is not introspective enough to do that. Boy was I wrong.

  52. Lu4PUMA
    January 3, 2016 at 9:22 am
    Trump is really riding a wave. Our two party system has merged into a uniparty that does not represent the people,
    ———-
    Yes indeed.

    And to put a finer point on it, there is the best evidence rule.

    When such scions of the Republican establishment—like Billy Kristol, George Will, Bob Dole and countless others—

    Men who have made a career out of attacking the Clintons

    Stand up and scream:

    Attention world, attention world:

    If Trump is the nominee I will vote for Clinton.

    It becomes obvious that what you are saying is true.

    Mind you, they are not saying, I will be sad, I will be resentful, I will stay home.

    What they are saying is I will protect the uniparty at all cost.

    How ironic that these same whores have demanded that Trump not start a third party.

    Then again, maybe that is not ironic either.

    Because a third party would undermine the duopoly

    And along with it the shallow pretense of legitimacy.

    The whole game that of inverted totalitarianism and managed democracy

    That professor Sheldon Wallin–and Chris Hedges–and Glenn Greenwald

    All of them, honest men of the left, talked about.

  53. The best evidence that there is a uniparty, is the threat by rinos like Kristol, Will, and so many other so called Republicans, who have made a market in attacking Hillary, to now throw the principles they profess to hold carelessly aside and swear they will vote for her if Trump becomes the nominee. At the same time, they demand that Trump not run third party, because that would break up the duopoly they benefit from as they lose elections, lie to constituents, and collect money from donors. They are running a protection racket, destroying the country, and their names are now known.

  54. Saudi and Iran escalating. Breaking off diplomatic relations per AP.

    It’s On: Saudis Sever Diplomatic Ties With Iran, Wil Confront “Hostile” Iranian Actions In Region

    Well sure enough, just hours later, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Ahmad Al-Jubeir announced that Riyadh has cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The Saudis have demanded the Iran mission leave the country within 48 hours. Riyadh also claims Iran did not attempt to stop protesters from storming the consulate. Here’s are the bullet points:

    SAUDI TO FIGHT TERRORISM IN ALL OF ITS FORMS: AL-JUBEIR
    IRAN HAS SPREAD CHAOS, SECTARIANISM IN REGION, MINISTER SAYS
    AL-JUBEIR COMMENTS BROADCAST ON AL-EKHBARIYA SAUDI STATE TV
    ALL OPTIONS ON TABLE TO PROTECT SAUDIS, FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS
    IRAQ PROMISED TO PROTECT SAUDI DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS: AL-JUBEIR

    SAUDI ARABIA DETERMINED NOT TO ALLOW IRAN TO UNDERMINE SAUDI SECURITY-FOREIGN MINISTER

    For those who might have missed it, the situation began to unravel on Saturday after Riyadh said it had executed prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 other prisoners. Protesters poured into the streets from Bahrain to Pakistan and before the night was done, the Saudi embassy in Tehran was in flames.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-03/its-saudis-sever-diplomatic-ties-iran-wil-confront-hostile-iranian-actions-region
    —————–

    Now, would it be possible that the two could blow each other off the face of the earth?

  55. Obama does not want to be a lame duck president and I agree with adm. this will be an awful year as he attempts to squeeze in as many executive orders as possible starting with the CNN town hall meeting to announce his gun control measures. The republican leaders are in cahoots and the only one to gain may be some in the GOP field if it fires up their base. However, as we see, Iran has already breached the agreement and Obama will not impose sanctions and neither party seems to care…like healthcare, a fate complete.

  56. Saudis Sever Diplomatic Ties With Iran, Wil Confront “Hostile” Iranian Actions In Region
    ———-
    Good!

    Bring it on!!

    No more proxy wars!!!

    Mutually assured destruction.

    In the name of Allah.

    World War III.

    Time for the community organizer to teach the world to sing.

    Maybe that is why he is taking a world tour.

    And here I thought he was just doing it so he could fuck off.

    And promise to loot taxpayers for foreign aid.

    To have universities, medical centers and cemeteries named for him.

    He is going to resolve an 800 year conflict within the Muslim faith.

    With Bryan Williams as his biographer.

    Ayers is tired of writing about him.

  57. When the Supreme Leader of Iran tells his minions that it is okay to attack the Suni heretic and being dogs themselves they heed the dog whistle because the head Iman has spoken and they attack the Saudi Embassy which is Saudi soil under international law even though it is in Iran, Iran has effectively attacked Saudi Arabia. Now, before the scions of big media assure us this is no big deal because similar things happened between the US and the USSR, be advised this is bullshit, because this is a matter of religion we are talking about here, and both sides feel the rewards of honoring their own version of the religion are real, palpable and waiting for them on the other side of the grave. The good news is both sides love and respect Obama, and will gladly accept his officious amateurish intermeddling in yet another thing he does not understand, and has an infinite capacity to fuck up.

  58. It would be funny would it not if Obama were to call the Sunni and Shiite Leaders together, and effectively bring the bombthrowers into church, and regale them with the gospel of love and present them with an executive order taking away their guns. Those leaders (the Muslims, not Obama, Obama is a clown) could then reach an agreement–the only one they will ever reach to grab Obama by the nose, kick him in the ass, and throw him and his teleprompter out of the room. Bryan Williams could then report that under the force of Obama’s personality and his conviction to teach the world to sing and his commitment to progressive doctrine, there has been progress–in the progressive sense of the term.

  59. More about the ME Mess:

    From Baghdad to Bahrain…From Beruit to Tehran – Tensions Are Exploding Across the Middle East

    The extremely dangerous developments currently unfolding throughout the Middle East cannot be overstated. Indeed, it appears we may be on the verge of all out regional conflict. In order to understand what’s happening and where things might go, let’s review the events of recent days.

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/from-baghdad-to-bahrainfrom-beruit-to-tehran-tensions-are-exploding-across-the-middle-east/

  60. I am sure Obama would surreptitiously support Iran in a war against the Saudis. The Saudis are probably just as fearful of a nuclear Iran if not more so than Israel.

  61. Any of you guys who used to go to Uppity’s place – she was out, and now she is back again. I’m sure she’d love to hear the old voices saying, “Happy New Year!” and “Welcome back!” Just please respect that she is 100% Hillary, and leave any anti-Hillary or pro-anyone else out of her blog. But she has been through a lot, and she’s a good person, and I know she’d love to get a shout out.

    And Shadow and pm, you should really go there, it’s a good group of people! Then we’d know you have a safe space – but it doesn’t mean you couldn’t keep coming here! 🙂

    https://uppitywoman08.wordpress.com/

  62. Wbboei
    I thought you had one spoonful to many of crazy back in 2008. I stand corrected Soros is pure evil. Vile monster. He is poison. Back then it seemed impossible that one man couuld be so filthy and go unchecked. Whole world hates the Koch brothers but they give hundreds of millions to hospitals. Soros is credited on wikipedia as a philanthropist. What a load of tosh. He only gives money to groups that further his agenda. Why does he hate America? No country has ever been so generous. We give hundred of billions to fraudulant countries. Where does the money go? I see ads everynight Jose has no drinking water. I hate to sound stupid but why do people not have water. Hundred of millions are pumped into countries. Plus private donations. I am lost. Makes no sense. Ocean water can have the salt removed not that hard. I read an argument where this Congressman claimed we cannot use salt water because the oceans would become too salty. I guess he never heard that 3/4 of the earth is covered in water and we have this wierd thing called rain.

  63. Yeah,

    Ms Uppity writes some pretty Anti- Trump all day\all night on her blog. One would think the RINO’s are supporting her comeback…

  64. The China stock market crashed again. Other markets following. Hold on to your assets, it is going to be a rough ride.

  65. To follow blindly a candidate is a pathway to heartbreak! When we can watch Hillary breakneck to embrace the Obachery of the last 8 years, throwing aside her passions and beliefs of pre08 .. that is following blindly. I would call that a cult.

    Watched Trump skewer Chris Cuomo this morning on CNN. What a takedown!!! Worthy lol, Chris came in with clenched teeth and he got madder as he went on. His Obama worship has taken away any brain he had and now he’s clearly holding Hillary up. THESE same CNN etc all called Bill C racist in 08 and brought up his past but now they think it is off base. Hillary brought it up first as well.

  66. FYI I do not like echo chambers.
    At this point I am watching and learning, I have no favorite yet.
    Also I have never been banned and I am too old to start now!!! 😀

  67. henry
    January 4, 2016 at 2:49 am
    Wbboei
    I thought you had one spoonful to many of crazy back in 2008.
    —-
    Don’t give up on me yet, Henry.

    There is far more craziness to come.

    And 2016 will be just the year for it.

  68. Lu4PUMA
    January 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm
    ————-
    Russia and Iran.

    They would love to bring down the House of Saad.

    Russia would benefit from a sharp rise in oil prices.

    Low prices have destroyed the rubble.

    And have undermined Vladimir’s domestic agenda.

    With Iran the advantage would be even greater.

    They would control the middle east.

    And they would build the calipahate they want.

    And through the control of oil.

    They could bring down the west.

    Thus fulfilling Obama’s wet dream.

    Obama has aided and abetted them in many ways.

    He released $150 billion for them to play with.

    He turns a blind eye their violations of his “historic” treaty.

    They now assume that he will allow them to topple Saudi Arabia.

    Rather than risk a confrontation with Iran that would besmirch is legacy.

    Who lost the Saudis?

    Which reminds me of why do fireman wear suspenders?

    To keep their pants up.

    Meaning the answer is obvious: Obama lost them.

    And the irony of this is rich, because he is their man/

    The Saudi reaction is set for with specificity.

    “(The Saudis) have concluded from the fall of Egyptian president Mubarak that Obama will abandon America’s friends in a pinch. They saw his red line reversal in Syria in 2013, his accommodation to Russian revanchism in the Crimea, and now his decision to let Assad keep power. The Saudis intervened in Baharain without telling Obama, and they recently formed a new Sunni state coalition to fight ISIS again without Obama.”

    The Supreme leader has called the House of Saad illegitmate and advocates a military solution to bring them down. The question is not whether but how to rub Obama’s nose in the dog shit. A direct military attack would be one option, and it would produce world war III. A more gradual boil the frog approach would be less conspicuous and Obama could rationalize it. Interestingly, although the Saudis helped install the big media beloved messiah, he has clearly cast his fate with Iran, despite the contempt they have for him, which is the only place I agree with them.

  69. Obama does not want to be a lame duck
    ————
    Better a dodo bird than a lame duck.

    He has lost control of the political system entirely.

    He has lost control of the narrative entirely.

    He has lost control of the middle east entirely.

    He cannot go on the campaign trail because he cannot run again.

    Note: if he could he would win, because the RINOs would vote for him.

    The only safe harbor for the asshole is a world tour.

  70. wbboei
    January 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Obama does not want to be a lame duck
    ————
    Better a dodo bird than a lame duck.

    He has lost control of the political system entirely.
    ____________

    😆 Wbb. Dodo is tight. 😀

  71. re. the middle east

    Bing out that boob
    He’ll be a rube
    Obama
    Just one more case
    He can erase
    With that old buffola
    What’s his plan
    Same as with every scam
    A little this ah–Strategic confusion
    A little that ah–Moral cowardice
    And a harem of big media whores
    With an emphasis on the ladda

  72. One might conclude that the big media people who installed Obama in 2008 and 2012 are not fit to comment upon, much less determine,who should be president in 2016. Their comments about Trump carry no moral weight and are utterly devoid of objectivity. Their claim to superior knowledge and judgment has been impeached since 2007. This is the price they pay for wandering so far afield from the cannons of journalism, that they have managed to become not journalists, but the negation of journalism.

  73. The big media beloved messiah now finds himself in the unenviable position of being trapped like a rat due to his strategic confusion, and moral cowardice which have set the middle east on fire, after Bush took the initial wrong step.

    Here is the trap: Without his “nuclear deal” Obama’s legacy will be nothing but dust ashes. Now with his nuclear deal it will be exactly the same.

    Not quite: with the Iran deal, he has given them $150 billion.
    ———

    The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    BY RICHARD FERNANDEZ JANUARY 3, 2016

    Smart Diplomacy

    An administration which based its foreign policy strategy on simultaneouly befriending rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran finds that instead of dampening the competition the effect has been to heighten their conflict to a critical point. The Kingdom has severed diplomatic relations with Tehran. “Iranian diplomats in Saudi Arabia have 48 hours to leave the country, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters.” The Islamic civil war which the administration has been at pains to prevent may have received its final push off the cliff.

    Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who had a large following in the Kingdom’s oil rich Eastern provinces, was answered by the burning of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, an action almost certainly abetted by the Iranian authorities. Sheikh Nimr “was known for making anti-government speeches and had called for two governorates in Eastern Province, Qatif and Al-Ihsaa, to be separated from the kingdom and united with Bahrain”. It was program the Saudis found too dangerous to ignore in the current international context. As David Goldman (AKA Spengler) put it Saudi Arabia believes it is fighting for its life:

    the broader context for its concern is clear: Saudi Arabia finds itself isolated, abandoned by its longstanding American ally, at odds with China, and pressured by Russia’s sudden preeminence in the region. The Saudi-backed Army of Conquest in Syria seems to be crumbling under Russian attack. The Saudi intervention in Yemen against Iran-backed Houthi rebels has gone poorly. And its Turkish ally-of-convenience is consumed by a low-level civil war. Nothing has gone right for Riyadh.
    “Nothing has gone right for Riyadh.” To be fair, nothing has gone right for anybody at all — except ISIS — ever since the power vacuum created by Obama’s “leadership from behind” imploded Syria and Iraq. The president’s even failed to stop the American fracking revolution which threatens to bankrupt a region dependent on petroleum revenues. From that vantage, the Saudi execution of Nimr was an act of paranoid desperation at a time when there was a lot to be desperate about. Goldman continues:

    Worst of all, the collapse of Saudi oil revenues threatens to exhaust the kingdom’s $700 billion in financial reserves within five years, according to an October estimate by the International Monetary Fund (as I discussed here). The House of Saud relies on subsidies to buy the loyalty of the vast majority of its subjects, and its reduced spending power is the biggest threat to its rule. Last week Riyadh cut subsidies for water, electricity and gasoline. The timing of the executions may be more than coincidence: the royal family’s capacity to buy popular support is eroding just as its regional security policy has fallen apart.

    Washington’s strategic vagueness increased tensions rather reassured the regional allies. Saudi Arabia doubted whose side Obama was on. Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post reported that “Saudi Arabia made clear that its concerns about U.S. dismay over the weekend’s events were minor compared to their belief that the West was kowtowing to Shiite Iran on a range of issues.”

    “Enough is enough,” said a person authorized to convey Saudi thinking on the condition of anonymity. “Tehran has thumbed its nose at the West again and again, continuing to sponsor terrorism and launch ballistic missiles and no one is doing anything about it.”

    “Every time the Iranians do something, the United States backs off. The Saudis are actually doing something,” the person said.

    “We are determined not to allow Iran to undermine our security,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a news conference in Riyadh on Sunday. “We are determined not to let Iran mobilize or create or establish terrorist cells in our country or in the countries of our allies. We will push back against Iran’s attempts to do so. ”

    Max Boot writing in Commentary, notes that officially at least, the Saudis were America’s allies. The formal obligations were obvious. “The American policy should be clear: We should stand with the Saudis — and the Egyptians, and the Jordanians, and the Emiratis, and the Turks, and the Israelis, and all of our other allies — to stop the new Persian Empire. But the Obama administration, morally and strategically confused, is instead coddling Iran in the vain hope that it will somehow turn Tehran from enemy into friend.”

    One could argue however, that America has for a long time had the wrong set of allies which Washington never bothered to change leading to the same itches, suspicious growths and discomfort which attends a failure to renew one’s underwear. The result were “friendships” in name rather than in fact. It was this haphazard caravan of ill-assorted allies which ground to a halt just short of the Geneva II Conference on Syria with its sponsors, America, Russia, Turkey, the Saudis and the Iranians are at daggers drawn and brawling round the campfire, all thoughts of further progress temporarily abandoned.

    “At some point, the U.S. may be forced to take sides,” said a person close to the Saudi government, according to Jay Solomon of the Wall Street Journal. “This could potentially threaten the nuclear deal.” This states the obvious and precisely captures the dilemma which Barack Obama has trapped himself inside. Without his “nuclear deal” the administration’s legacy will be nothing but dust ashes. Now with his nuclear deal it will be exactly the same.

    The Saudi-Iranian blowup has thrown the president’s Syria/Iraq strategy, already in disarray, into an absolute shambles. There is nothing left of it. Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post writes that “Obama administration officials expressed deep concern Sunday that the abrupt escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran could have repercussions extending to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s civil war, and wider efforts to bring stability to the Middle East.”

    The demolition has been so through it is worth reading Liz Sly who, writing in the Washington Post shortly before the New Year wondered aloud whether Western foreign policy had not accidentally liquidated the boundaries of the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement which defined the 20th century Middle East.

    Less than a century after they were drawn, the durability of those borders — and the nations they formed — is being tested as never before. The war in Syria is spilling into Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Israel, sucking in places that for centuries belonged to a single entity and people whose history, faith and livelihoods transcend the nations in which they were born. …

    “From Iran to Lebanon, there are no borders anymore,” said Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon’s minority Druze community. “Officially, they are still there, but will they be a few years from now? If there is more dislocation, the whole of the Middle East will crumble.”

    “There are no borders anymore.” It would be the ultimate historical irony if the president who vowed to uphold “a rules-based international order” should accidentally preside over the liquidation of that very same order. But people have shot themselves in the foot before. It is not the first, nor will it be the last time that the law of unintended consequences has triumphed over the “smart foreign policy” of bureaucrats. So far the year 2016 has started out like Gangbusters — though not in a good way — and the president has one solid year to go.

  74. Well…..while the world goes to shit, at least my Smith & Wesson stock is doing well. Lock and load America 😜

  75. foxyladi14

    January 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

    A trump ad.
    ***********************

    foxy…

    that was fun to watch, thanks for posting…I remember putting a complilation of events like that together for Bill Clinton in 91/92 when everyone I knew (even in LA) had never heard of him and I thought ‘wow…this man is inspiring…he is the real deal and he is a fighter, he won’t fold like all the other Democrats always did’…I called it something like ‘On the Primary Trail with Bill Clinton’ and sent it to the campaign…it was so damn exciting…

    …notice how when O was running in the primaries and in the national how the media would go on and on and on about the size of his crowds and we would see endless shots of the camera paning his supporters chanting “yes we can” “hope and change”

    it went on forever…day in and day out…

    now with Donald…even when he shames the camerapeople they barely will budge to show the size…and enthusiasm…of his supporters…

    they want to keep it all under control…a big secret and they essentially focus on DT in a closeup…as if he is always standing there at a podium by himself…

    this am I woke up to hear Joe S going on about all the Democrats that are supporting DT…it is starting to leak out…

    officially ready for the Florida primary…make sure you all know what you have to do to vote in a primary in your state for the person you want to vote for…states have different requirements and time factors regarding their primaries…

    imho…the best national debate would be Hillary vs Trump…everything else is the minor league…

  76. wbboei
    January 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    The only safe harbor for the asshole is a world tour.

    I think he needs to take a Muslim country farewell tour. The Kingdom, Iran, a reunion and reminiscences to Pakistan, Indonesia, Bhutan for some swag, Turkey to pick up his oil check, Algeria and Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. Not Syria because Putin says no dice. A real adventure. He could take both beasts. The limo AND the wife. Odds of making it out alive. Zero.

  77. Everywhere he turns the big media beloved messiah finds himself trapped like a rat.

    I am still enamorate of the idea which I floater here within the last few days:

    He should take his gun control policy to the middle east, and force ISIS to turn in their guns.

    He could carry with him a picture of cute little Travon and appeal to their better angels.

    But here is the catch: he must do this in person, rather than bloviating about it from the 19th hole.

    Suddenly, his interest level will fall off the charts.

  78. A world tour?

    Suddenly, the ears of Herald Square perk up

    And a million requests are flooding into Obama from his big media allies

    To be there with him

    To worship him

    And to witness history in the making

    As he runs for his life

    https://youtu.be/79KY3SEm2rs

  79. My prediction is that Obama will get his gun control measures via executive order and that courts will uphold.

  80. Obama’s gun control EO is just another nail in Hillary’s coffin, because it can be nullified a year from now, by the next POTUS.

  81. The Saudi Facist government had some cajones trying to claim any moral ground. Definitely one of the most oppressive to women, top notch beheader, takes no second seat there, and birther, possibly state sponsor of 9/11 terrorist.This is, all bread and circuses Middle East style. I don’t think the Saudi’s really want to take on Iran,they can’t trust America and which way the wind blows with an American

  82. Jb: your instincts about Israel and Obama’s intentions vis a vis them have been proven right. Those intentions however do not stand on their own. They are part of an entire middle east strategy which seeks to make Iran the regional hegemon, to arm it with a nuclear weapon, to hope that it brings stability not further chaos to the region, to weaken the United States etc. The policy here is part Soros, part Brookings and part Reverend Wright. A fine legacy indeed for our first black president.

    Incompetence alone cannot explain what has occurred. There is no question Obama’s bargaining team beginning with Wendy Sherman is a textbook definition of incompetence. But that incompetence overlaps significantly with conscious design.

    One of the most important lessons I have learned over the years is that every institution must evolve over time, but the transition from the current state to the ideal state is often a perilous journey. The transition must be planned meticulously, there must be strong buy in from all stakeholders, and if those factors are not in place, the ship will always run aground, just as we see here and now.
    ————-
    Here is a excerpt from a longer article by Streiff:

    Trump needs to learn that if he is discussing the Obama administration that the Venn Diagrams of mayhem caused by incompetence and those caused by design are largely overlapping. In the case of the Iran nuclear deal, not only were negotiations left to a bunch of imbeciles but the product of the negotiations was largely what Obama had desired.

    . The essence of the Iran nuclear deal was to create a nuclear armed regional superpower; that would be Iran, a nation designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. Ostensibly, that superpower would be somewhat friendly with the United States and act as a force for stability in the Middle East. We all know that is bogus. The Iranian regime and the leadership of the all-powerful Iran Revolutionary Guard not only loathe the United States, they need to foster enmity with the US in order to divert the attention of their people from the ruin the current Iranian regime has made of that country. Iran has been pushed into the role of a nuclear superpower by Obama to hamstring the ability of any future US president to actively intervene in the region in pursuit of America’s national interest. He has also calculated that a nuclear Iran will make the cost of our support of Israel too high to sustain.

    Other than erecting barriers to actions by future presidents, Obama has been obsessed with being the anti-Bush. When Obama made the conscious decision to forfeit a hard-won victory in Iraq and an achievable victory in Afghanistan he did so for the simple reason that if he preserved those victories then George Bush would have been right about something. He couldn’t have that. The administration’s reaction to the “Arab Spring” has the same genesis. Obama and his minions set out to prove that they could overthrow random dictators and establish friendly governments by lobbing in a few bombs and letting the locals sort it out. Gone were massive invasions and expensive occupations.

    Regardless of the motivation, Obama’s actions in Ukraine, the South China Sea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, and Syria have left the United States weaker and distrusted by her allies. And that was the plan all along.

  83. jbstonesfan
    January 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm
    My prediction is that Obama will get his gun control measures via executive order and that courts will uphold.
    ———–
    He will get it on paper.

    How difficult is that?

    The devil will be in the enforcement.

    I predict it will be reversed by the next president.

    Along with 99 percent of the remaining executive orders he has issued.

    Phil Graham, and Ted Cruz have been particularly vocal on those points.

    We have seen fantasy football.

    We are now seeing fantasy politics.

    Where Obama, who is mad as a hatter, issues executive orders on every subject under the sun.

  84. God wbb,
    I don’t have word’s for what I feel about this impostor President.

    On another note, is Mrs Smiths blog down?

  85. well lookee here…Trump hater Chris Cillizza and Washing Post’s Jenna Johnson cannot deny the size of Trump’s crowd last night in Lowell, MA…

    overflow capacity crowd that waited for hours in the freezing 29 degree weather to attend DT’s rally

    I watched it last night…he says the same basic things over again…however forget the notion that his crowd is only old, blue collar uneducated people…that is a lie…he has everyone there…

    now the media is starting to turn around and say that if all these people will wait in line for hours in the cold just to attend a rally they will surely take an hour or so of their time to vote for the guy…

    guess the media needs to start covering their back so they won’t look completely foolish if DT overperforms…and hits a home run…time will tell

    photo of crowd and twitter comments at link

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/05/this-crowd-shot-from-a-donald-trump-rally-is-absolutely-eye-popping/

  86. btw…of all the irony…Chris Matthews interviews Hillary on msnbc tonight at I think 8 pm…

    imagine that…Chris Matthews…

  87. Just listened to Obama’s speech about gun control executive orders. !

    He spoke of gun control in little increments to get it done.

    isn’t that how it started in Nazi Germany?

  88. Smith & Wesson up over 12% so far today.

    “BB&T Capital Markets analyst Brian W. Ruttenbur last month labeled the President “the best salesmen for firearms,” as the Times notes.”

  89. I don’t care what any of you say, this guy is a fucking disgusting pig

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/donald-trump-links-bill-clinton-bill-cosby-217373

    Donald Trump wants someone to ask Bill Clinton how he’s different from Bill Cosby.

    “The whole Cosby thing is a weird deal and he’s got himself some big problems, and you’d almost have to ask Bill Clinton that,” Trump said after Boston radio host Howie Carr Tuesday asked him what the difference between the two men would be.

    “It would be very interesting question to someday ask him,” Trump said. “There certainly a lot of very strong charges against him, some pretty bad stuff.”

    The billionaire has been drudging up allegations about the former president’s past in what he says is a response to the former secretary of state calling him sexist.

    But linking Cosby and Clinton is the farthest he’s gone yet.

    Cosby was charged last week in a Pennsylvania court for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constad, and faces civil lawsuits from dozens of other alleged victims. His lawyer said the charges were “unjustified” and vowed to fight them. Cosby was released after posting $1 million bail.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Fuck you Trump, you nasty piece of shit.

  90. Here is another piece of the puzzle. This is from Jay Cost, who is part of the establishment, ergo doesn’t like Trump, but understands why he is leading the field.
    ———-

    Often overlooked when scrutinizing Trump’s dominance are the rules of the Republican nomination process. These are not a sufficient condition for Trump’s ascent, but they are certainly a necessary factor. The GOP’s rules used to work well for the party because its voters and leaders trusted and respected one another. But this mutual geniality has been replaced with condescension and suspicion, which has created a massive power vacuum for a demagogue like Trump to fill.

    The rules of a political institution matter a great deal. They allocate power to the different interests represented within it, channeling a vast panoply of individual preferences into a collective result. An appreciation for the central importance of the rules of politics is at the heart of James Madison’s political philosophy, which is one reason he is still widely read today. It is also why the scientific study of parties and Congress has been enjoying a renaissance since the 1970s. As scholars began emphasizing the nexus among institutional rules, individual preferences, and collective results, they made enormous progress in understanding how these institutions function.

    Simply put: Changing the rules of a game can change the outcome of the game, and the rules of the presidential nomination system underwent a massive change in the 1970s. The old system of convention-selected nominees was thrown out in favor of primaries and open caucuses. Like all significant alterations of political rules, this dramatically shifted power relations.

    Previously, the party was akin to what political scientist E. E. Schattschneider called a “truncated pyramid. The accumulation of authority within the party stops abruptly at the level of the state and local bosses or machines; the bosses have no superiors within the party.” The old system concentrated power in state and local organizations, and because there was no superintending authority, those organizations had to agree collectively on a presidential nominee. Hence, the quadrennial nominating conventions.

    Following the tumult of the 1968 convention, the Democrats instituted nomination reforms that Republicans eventually mimicked. The nomination power shifted from the state and local parties toward the people themselves, through primaries and open caucuses. But unlike the old party bosses, the people at large are not professional politicos. They lack the time and knowledge necessary to select the best nominee from the virtually unlimited range of alternatives. This is how we wound up with the unusual system of the present day. The party voters possess the formal power to decide, but there is a vast infrastructure of donors, strategists, and insiders—an elite establishment—whose job is to control informally the people’s decision.

    This informal role of the elites has actually centralized power in important respects. The leaders of the old, omnipotent state and local party organizations were sometimes prone to ignoring the will of their voters (as the GOP did in 1912 and the Democrats did in 1968), but they were geographically and socioeconomically more diverse than today’s postreform establishment. It used to be that if a candidate wanted to win the nomination, he’d have to court the local bosses from far-flung locales like Billings, Montana. Now, he heads to Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C., to curry favor with the elites who possess the resources necessary to run an 18-month-long primary campaign. The only local bosses with influence are from the handful of states with the unmerited privilege of inaugurating the primary season.

  91. moononpluto,

    I do not think Trump is as disgusting as what he is up against. It was Angela Merkel who opened up Europe to invasion by these pigs:

    Germany In Shock After “Monstrous” Attacks, Rape By 1,000 Men “Of Arab Or North African Origin”

    Today, we are just as shocked to read that, even as we expected, the animosities between the two groups have dramatically escalated, and that the mayor of Cologne has summoned police for crisis talks after nearly 100 women reported they were robbed, threatened or sexually molested at the New Year’s celebrations outside the city’s cathedral by young, mostly drunk, men, police said on Tuesday. One woman said she was raped.

    According to BBC, “the scale of the attacks on women at the city’s central railway station has shocked Germany.” About 1,000 drunk and aggressive young men were involved.

    The initial shock will quickly transform to furious anger, because more important in this specific case was the origin of the 1,000 drunk assailants, who split into groups, and attacked women in the square. Citing the police chief Wolfgang Albers, BBC notes that the men were of “Arab or North African region”, adding that they were mostly between 18 and 35 years old. He added that the attack was a “completely new dimension of crime”.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-05/germany-shock-after-monstrous-attacks-rape-1000-men-arab-or-north-african-origin

  92. Lu4Puma

    I do not know what Germany and Merkel expected…or Sweden…or anyone else letting in all these unsponsored and unknown guys…yesterday i saw on the news that thousands more are pouring in…all young guys in their teens and early 20’s all by themselves…

    how stupid and naive these countries are…and again…at the expense of the people…the citizens…the women…who are born and live in their countries…

    Lu, didn’t you just post those stats about the women getting raped in Sweden?

    this is what O and his admin want to bring to us…

    hate trump all you want…he will put the safety of American women above these young guys coming from god knows where and with what intentions…

    trojan horse all right…

    I hope every single candidate running…all of them…get asked the question ‘if a person/muslim believes Sharia law is above the American consitution and believes that everyone should obey Sharia law or be punished would you allow that person into the USA…

    we are too naive…and too stupid for our own good…

    Wake up America

    ***********************

    Hillary being interviewed by Chris Matthews now on msnbc

  93. Chis Tingle to Hillary: There are a limited number of candidates – and you are one of them.

    He is still a pig.

  94. Chris is such a hypocrite…he was one of her worst critics and now he is falling all over her…

    now it is a lovefest…

  95. Embarrassing interview and awkward. he is just trying to get in with her so he has access if she should win. Hillary, guys like him cost you the election in 08.

  96. Our tax dollars at work:

    Eighty-two leading Democrats have cosponsored a House Resolution (H.Res. 569) “Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States”.

    The Resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Democrat Donald S. Beyer (Virginia) on December 17, 2015 — a mere 15 days after Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook gunned down 14 innocent Americans and wounded 23 in an ISIS-inspired terror attack at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7176/criminalizing-free-speech

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