“I Was Robbed!”

I have been following politics for about 50 years (yes I am an old fart) and I cannot remember a time when politics was more fucked up than in this election year.

Our major candidates are a woman that is about as big a war hawk as Mussolini….and scam artist that hides behind a business empire that no one can identify.

As the day of vote draws near this time around the stupidity and total bullshit is choking the process with platitudes, insults and finger pointing…..imagine a 6th grade argument in the playground….and you have an idea of just how far this thing has slid down the rabbit hole.

We have just had our first presidential debate, if you could possibly call it that, and it was a total waste of time and energy for anyone that watched it…..(I have watched on video…that way I could pause and go puke from time to time)….but the fun part is listening to the spin the candidate has come up with sine that night….first it was a faulty mic that he was given and now that has changed to lambasting the moderator……

Donald Trump appears to have changed his tune about Monday night’s debate: He’s still saying that he won, but he’s now also saying that Lester Holt’s moderating was biased against him, the Hill reports. “I had to put up with the anchor and fight the anchor on everything I said. What a rigged deal,” Trump, who initially said Holt did a “great job,” told a campaign rally in New Hampshire Thursday. “What’s going on in this country is so sad.

I mean come on….this ass is a sore loser…..and he will blame everything possible and the sad part is that the mentally challenged that support him will buy into the spin….even if they watched the whole disaster from start to finish…..

And it is not over yet….we still have 2 more presidential debates and a single VP debate, which may prove to be more professional than the first one……but what can we expect in the next presidential one?

  • Politico reports that Trump’s campaign has ignored the advice of senior Republicans and is now targeting Bill Clinton’s infidelity, including the issue on a list of talking points sent to surrogates. Sources say the campaign is in turmoil after a disappointing debate performances and aides are looking at ways to change the conversation, including a possible last-minute trip to Israel.
  • Trump himself brought up Bill Clinton’s impeachment at a campaign rally in New Hampshire Thursday, the AP reports, but analysts say the Bill strategy could backfire, especially with women voters. “The whole notion of trying to get Hillary Clinton to pay for Bill Clinton’s infidelities is just strategically a bad choice,” says GOP strategist Katie Packer.

Will the Mad Hatter jump down the rabbit hole or will he finally start acting like an adult?

All I can do is smile……and wait for the attacks…….

I’m going for pancakes……

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Please Vote But Not For Him

The 2016 election is close and as usual the dialog has digressed into immature babble…..issues no longer matter only gossip and insults…..one side has digressed into 4th grade tit for tat playground bickering….it is all too fucking silly for words.

Then there is the “picking on pitiful me” thing…..I mean these people are the same people that have been “picking on” Clintons for a decade (not that they do not deserve the scrutiny)……neither camp can actually talk about issues or solutions…just political platitudes for the idiots…..

Not a big fan of USA Today but they have done something that no other newspaper has done……given a non-endorsement……

USA Today has never taken sides in a presidential election before—but Donald Trump has never run for president before. In a blistering editorial, which can be seen in full here, the paper’s editorial board says it has decided to break with 34 years of tradition because Trump is simply “unfit for the presidency.” “He has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness, and honesty that America needs from its presidents,” the board writes, urging readers to “resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue” and vote for anybody but Trump.

The editorial board says that while it was united against Trump, it was not united in favor of Clinton because while some believe she would serve ably as president, others had reservations about issues including her “lack of candor” and her “extreme carelessness in handling classified information.” “Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions,” which could mean a vote for Clinton, a third-party candidate, or a “focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly,” they write. (The Arizona Republicfaced a backlash after endorsing a Democrat for the first time in 126 years.)

Reasons for there op-ed is as follows…….

He is erratic. Trump has been on so many sides of so many issues that attempting to assess his policy positions is like shooting at a moving target. A list prepared by NBC details 124 shifts by Trump on 20 major issues since shortly before he entered the race. He simply spouts slogans and outcomes (he’d replace Obamacare with “something terrific”) without any credible explanations of how he’d achieve them.

He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent. It’s not just Democrats who say this. Scores of Republican national security leaders have signed an extraordinary open letter calling Trump’s foreign policy vision “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” In a Wall Street Journal column this month, Robert Gates, the highly respected former Defense secretary who served presidents of both parties over a half-century, described Trump as “beyond repair.”

(Read on)

Source: USA TODAY’s Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’

This editorial ought to get the micro-brain supporters up in arms…..(good times)

But to be honest I would say…please vote but not for the 2 biggies…….a better world is possible…but not with them.

The Original Power Grab

The closer the election day we get the more total garbage is being said by the candidates….I chose to ignore the mindless dribble coming from all those opinionated twats in the media and look for something that is at least interesting and informative…..

These days we hear about the power grab that Trump has made over the GOP…..but this is not the only such grab.

In my early days of college I was working on a degree in political history….especially the early days say 1765-1800…..those were fascinating days…..the delegates worked to come up with a government for the colonies….

There is a new book coming out about those early days…..”The Founding Father’s Power Grab”…..it is written about the Constitution and its meaning and ratification…..

Throughout the hot Philadelphia summer of 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention labored to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new frame of government. While the convention nearly broke down several times over slavery and the apportionment of representation among the states, by late September the delegates had achieved their goal and produced a new constitution—the one Americans still live with. No delegate was completely satisfied with the process or the results; of the 55 who attended the convention only 39 signed the finished document. Overall, though, the signers were pleased with the system they created. James Wilson of Pennsylvania judged it, “The best form of government which has ever been offered to the world.” Next, the Constitution was sent to the states to be debated and, the Framers hoped, ratified.

Few people in the state ratifying conventions shared Wilson’s enthusiasm. The proposed government was less democratic than either the Articles of Confederation or the individual state constitutions.

Source: The Founding Fathers’ Power Grab | New Republic

I have written in the past that those early days were anything but idyllic….there was much dissent and argument……there was not a consensus.

Greed Knows No Religion

Back in the days after 9/11 there was a ransom offered for the location of Osama….it stood for a decade……..no one would step up to claim the multi-million dollar reward.

I thought hen that these people that knew of his whereabouts were more dedicated to the movement than to the pursuit of cash…..almost admirable…..

But in the end….greed will always win the day…..a true American way……

A friend in Iraq sent me a mews story that I need to pass onto my readers…..

Kirkuk – Iraqi media outlets announced on Monday, that eight people working in the so-called Diwan al-Zakat (Zakat Bureau) of the Islamic State in Hawija district, southwest of Kirkuk, disappeared with 600 million dinars in mysterious circumstances.

According to alsumaria.tv, “Eight workers in ISIS Diwan al-Zakat in Hawija, including the currency exchange official, disappeared in mysterious circumstances yesterday.”

“600 million dinars also disappeared from the fund of Diwan al-Zakat with the workers,” Sumaria explained. “The ISIS militants waged raids on the homes of the workers but failed to find them, which raised suspicions that the disappeared persons fled with the money out of Hawija,” Sumaria added.

Noteworthy, the areas southwest of Kirkuk have been under the control of ISIS since June 2014, including the areas of Hawija, Zab, Riyad, al-Abbasi and al-Rashad.

File photo.

I guess greed will win out every time…..

An Obsolescent Military

Since Vietnam the US has depended on air power to turn the tide of the war/conflict….today we not only have highly qualified pilots but also depend on drones to do some of the heavy lifting…..

But after multi-million ordinances deployed and thousands on thousands of sorties….what have we gained?

But first let’s look at the word “obsolescent”…….meaning basically…no longer useful……

What, precisely, is the US military for, and what, precisely, can it do? In practical terms, how powerful is it? On paper, it is formidable, huge, with carrier battle groups, advanced technology, remarkable submarines, satellites, and so on. What does this translate to?

Military power does not exist independently, but only in relation to specific circumstances. Comparing technical specifications of the T-14 to those of the M1A2, or Su-34 to F-15, or numbers of this to numbers of that, is an interesting intellectual exercise. It means little without reference to specific circumstances.

For example, America is vastly superior militarily to North Korea in every category of arms–but the North has nuclear bombs. It can’t deliver them to the US, but probably can to Seoul. Even without nuclear weapons, it has a large army and large numbers of artillery tubes within range of Seoul. It has an unpredictable government. As Gordon Liddy said, if your responses to provocation are wildly out of proportion to those provocations, and unpredictable, nobody will provoke you.

Source: An Obsolescent Military – The Unz Review

Unz Review has a decidedly Libertarian point of view…..when reading that take it into consideration before going off on some worthless tangent.