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-Short Attention Span Theater-
The Donald slams pubs over Cliff vote
Donald Trump criticized Republicans Tuesday, tweeting that they "may be the worst negotiators in history."

The billionaire real estate mogul's harsh words for the GOP concerned the last-minute fiscal cliff deal, which was brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Monday night. Trump -- a Republican who's not shy about criticizing Democrats or President Barack Obama -- said "Republicans got nothing" in the deal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2013 09:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top||

#1  Yuval Levin OTOH thinks the Dems didn't get much.

Posted by: lotp || 01/02/2013 12:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Put another way, the SSSSHHHH FASCISTS = NATIONAL SOCIALISTS lost to the SSSSSHHHHH COMMIES = GLOBAL SOCIALISTS, National Sovereignty lost to Globalism, Republicanists to the Unionists/Internationalists, ..... ....@etc.

Was not "Globalism" + OWG/GG + "Communitarianism/
Communalism" what the post-Cold War GOP-DEMS striving for, SO WHY IS THE GOP SURRENDER ON THE "FISCAL CLIFF" + OTHER A SURPRISE???

Please don't tell me that the Global Bolsheviks intended their "serious" marriage wid the Global Mensheviks [polygamous = Radical Islam = God-sheviks = TheoSocialists] to last forever!?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/02/2013 20:11 Comments || Top||


Britain
The Magna Carta: an old piece of parchment that made England a nation
[Telegraph.CO.UK] Meh. It was written by Old Dead White Men, y'know. It's not a Living Document so it should be dumped. Who needs it? Besides, it called for taking all the fish weirs out of the Thames.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top||

#1  > Paper parchment.
> Latin.
> Basic Natural, Civil Freedoms.
> Nationalism.

And the beat = list goes on. The Brits + Euros/EU had better enjoy the memory of the Magna Carta historical event while they still can.

As per OWG + OWG GFU = NAU, the US Govt will be transferring as yet undetermined formal powers-n-authorities, etc. to the proposed NAU, in 2015 or ASAP thereafter. IMO US POLITICOS DON'T KNOW TO WHAT EXTENT OR MAGNITUDE, ONLY THAT SUCH A TRANSFERENCE OF US SOVEREIGN POWERS TO THE NAU + OWG W-I-L-L OCCUR COME 2015, HENCE THEIR ALL-OUT DRIVE IN THE WAKE OF MAJOR UNCERTAINTY TO IGNORE THE US CONSTITUTION + MAINSTREAM, + EXTEND NON-MANDATED GOVT-CENTRIC/LED CONTROL = SOCIALISM-GOVTISM OER US SOCIETY + TRADE AMAP ALAP.

The alternateive to the above is that US Politicos as a class DO KNOW how much sovereign power-n-authority the US will unilaterally give up or lose under NAU + ultimately higher OWG - IN THIS THEORY, THE NON-MANDATED, PDENIABLE FORCED IMPOSITION OF SOCIALISM UPON AMERICA IS ABOUT THE ONLY WAY THE USA UNDER NAU + OWG CAN STILL CLAIM SOME SEMBLANCE/FACADE OF TRADITIONAL NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY + UNITY. THE UNILATERAL LOSS OF SOVEREIGNTY IN FAVOR OF NAU + OWG IS SO MUCH THAT US POLITICOS FEAR THE US MAINSTREAM WILL NOT SUPPORT NAU + OWG OR VIOLENTLY REBEL AGZ WASHINGTON DC IFF THEY KNEW???

E.G. HOSTESS CO. + TWINKIE-GATE + PROPOSED MEXICAN TAKEOVER OF SAME > AFAIK, everyone is talking about foreign workers, ee from Hostess' propos new MEXICAN OWNERS + MEXICO, being brought to CONUS to take over US-based Hostess jobs formerly held by Americans - FEW IFF ANY US POLITICOS, ETC. ARE TALKING ABOUT AMERICAN WORKERS RELOCATING OR GOING TO MEXICO TO WORK THERE FOR THE HOSTESS CO.'S NEW MEXICAN OWNERS.

Anti-US Commies + Globalists = 1.
Mexico = 1.
NAU + OWG = 1.
US + US WORKERS = BIG Z-E-R-O.

Twas NOT the OWG = UNO Military Command or the Mexican Army, etc. BUT OUR OWN US GOVT!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/02/2013 19:57 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
The Agonies of the Left: An Ocean of Tears
The wisdom of the left. As a commenter says: “Once, these sorts of statements were protected by doctor/patient confidentiality.”
Posted by: tipper || 01/02/2013 12:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top||


All-volunteer military may desensitize U.S. to war, some fear
[McClatchy] More tut-tuttery on the evils of war and stuff. I have no idea why there is a McClatchy news service other than to occasionally barf out this sort of drivel.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top||

#1  Perhaps that might explain why we've constantly been at war with someone since the end of WWII.
[sarcasm off]
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2013 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps if the left held all politicians accountable instead of just one party. . .

Perhaps if the left promoted a balance of powers in the federal gov instead of worshipping/loathing the executive branch
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 01/02/2013 14:14 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Krauthammer: Obama showed 'incredible arrogance' in 'astonishing' press conference
[Daily Caller] "I found it astonishing," Krauthammer said. "Here he is -- coming out to speak to the nation at a crucial moment in very delicate negotiations -- and he comes out there with incredible arrogance. He ridicules the Congress. He spikes the football on the Republicans. He rubs in the fact that they were resisting a raise in rates and he made them do it. And of course, as always, he places himself hovering benignly at an Olympian level above the fray, where the children are playing in the sandbox, and he is asking that everybody be reasonable, as if he just arrived in Washington on a tourist visa."

Krauthammer said Obama is intent on going over the fiscal cliff.

"And then he goes into detail, where he basically says I'm giving the Republicans zero on spending, and I mean zero -- not even discretionary spending," Krauthammer said. "If there are any spending cuts in the future, there is going to have to be an increase -- a further increase in taxes on the rich. Of course, it's always millionaires that will balance out those spending cuts. He laid out a radically oppositionist position, gleefully. And I think he wants to go over the cliff, and dare the Republicans to take the blame."
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top||

#1  See also FREEREPUBLIC > KRAUTHAMMER ON "FISCAL CLIFF" DEAL: "COMPLETE SURRENDER ON EVERYTHING", like France by the GOP-Right to POTUS Bammer.

* SAME > [WSJ.com] ANALYSIS: 77% OF US HOUSEHOLDS TO SEE TAX INCREASES.

versus

* WAFF > [Business Insider] SORRY, FOLKS, WE DON'T HAVE JUST A "SPENDING" PROBLEM.

The USA also has a major Revenue = obsolete tax structure [+ collection?] problem.

* RELATED WAFF > FRENCH IMMIGRANT BENEFITS TO BE REDUCED BY 83% | [Pravda.RU] MIGRANTS STRANGLE FRANCE ALIVE.

IIUC, FRANCE = USA? has all but absolutely lost the struggle to control foreign immigration, espec Muslim, whom as a class have shown little or no willingness to integrate into French Society, hence the massively debt-ridden French Govt. has decided to attempt to assert control on same via major reductions in public entitlements popular wid Migrants aka French Welfare-Nanny State.

IOW, THE WELFARE-NANNY STATE VIA INCREASING DEFICIT SPENDING + RELATED WILL EVENTUALLY DEVOL INTO A SERIOUS DOMESTIC + NATIONAL/GEOPOL SECURITY THREAT TO ITS OWN.

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > [Saudi National Commercial Bank] SAUDI BANK WARNS US BONDS NO BETTER THAN ITALY'S, by being at good-to-high risk or prone to DEFAULT.

* WORLD NEWS > US-CHINA RELATIONS WILL DEFINE
[decide]GLOBAL POLITICS BY 2017.

versus

* TOPIX > WORLD'S FUTURE DEPENDS ON NEW GENERATION OF GLOBAL LEADERS.

"Old Guard's" last Decade [10 < 15 Years] of Power-n-Influence???

* SAME > NEW SECRETARY OF STATE [Kerry] TO END BUSH LEGACY.

Actually, "LEGACIES" as per Bush 41 [Herbie], Bush 43 [Dubya], Grandpa + Great-Uncles Bush-adhered "Wilson/Wilsonian" [POTUS Woodrow] School of Politics-Diplomacy???

Sniff, sniff, is there no love for HERBERT HOOVER???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/02/2013 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I didn't find it "astonishing" at all. I doubt The Hammer did either actually.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2013 1:30 Comments || Top||

#3  To the victor the spoils.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/02/2013 4:03 Comments || Top||

#4  And the Trunks just keep taking it.

Can't somebody figure out how to turn it around, using the media?

Has anybody got a plan?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/02/2013 6:12 Comments || Top||

#5  He may be arrogant but he is justified in it. His team (including media and academia) has put the Republicans in a no-win situation. It took decades of polarization and demonization of the right to finally get the center to go 'progressive'. Of course free stuff to millions and self-destructive stupidity by big chunks of Republicans did help him.
I think it's the natural circular 'progression' of cultures, from tyranny to revolution to liberty to prosperity to apathy to dependency back to tyranny. I figure we're in the apathy/dependency area now.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/02/2013 8:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Problem is, once you lose a country like this, the populace is too stupid to ever get it back again.

This place is toast, Man. Shame to say it.
They best stay out of my way from here on out.
Posted by: newc || 01/02/2013 8:43 Comments || Top||

#7  "I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.

America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." - (Alexis de Tocqueville - from Democracy in America)


No comment necessary. :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2013 8:51 Comments || Top||

#8  The incredible arrogance we have come to expect.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/02/2013 10:22 Comments || Top||

#9  As much as I can't stand Obama, I have to give it to him for playing a damn good game. He does seem to get what he wants. I'm terrified how that will go over on gun control. He's shown how ineffective, lethargic, and powerless our party has become. Hopefully, others will see this too and vote out the life-legacy incumbents and vote in new, hungrier representatives.

I think we've seen the end of the Johnson/Nixon-era 'gentlemen' politics. Chicago rules seem to be working better. I hope we can learn to play the new game sooner than later.
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 01/02/2013 12:24 Comments || Top||

#10  Johnson was a gentleman? You could have fooled me. So far as I could ever tell, there are no gentlemen among the Democrats and precious few among the Republicans. They are all a bunch of crooks. My proof is our current situation. If there was any honor among any of these people we would not be in this mess.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/02/2013 12:58 Comments || Top||

#11  "...Good and hard."
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226 || 01/02/2013 13:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Just an FYI for those who still don't get it.

DickTater O is pattering himself after Suharto and Mao mostly.

He "can do more" after he's elected, which he just was, so....
Posted by: ex-lib || 01/02/2013 15:19 Comments || Top||

#13  Has anybody got a plan?
Posted by Bobby #4

Yes, Obama and his marxist allies. And they are not hesitant to implement the plan on you and I (at the moment).

The evil that America has always fought against by generations past, is now being embraced by people in America, and many of those people that are within the walls of the fortress are NOT documented American citizens.
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 01/02/2013 16:30 Comments || Top||

#14  As I watch our inverted spiral, all that gives me hope is our Military (eventually) coming to the defense of our nation....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 01/02/2013 22:29 Comments || Top||

#15  BTW, I never, in my bleakest days, ever thought I would have to say something like the above. I hope my service, USAF, has leadership within itself to stand with the citizenry....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 01/02/2013 22:43 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Will the son also rise?
[Dawn] TALL and handsome, he resembles his illustrious grandfather. His voice evokes the memory of his courageous mother who gave her life fighting for the people's rights. But for 24-year-old Bilawal Baby Bhutto Zardari
...Pak dynastic politician, son of Benazir Bhutto and grandon of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. As far as is known, Bilawal has no particular talents other than being pretty and being able to memorize political slogans, but he had the good luck to be born into the right family and he hasn't been assassinated yet...
the mantle of leadership of the country's most powerful political dynasty may have come too soon.

Just out of university and with little connection to the realities at home, Bilawal is now required to salvage the falling support base of the Pakistain People's Party and lead it in the coming elections for a second term in office. An extremely arduous undertaking indeed for the young man thrust onto the political centre stage by the compulsions of dynastic politics. Can he deliver?

Unlike his mother Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, whose political baptism took place fighting military dictatorship and years of solitary confinement, Bilawal was anointed more in the manner of the investiture of an heir apparent. His speech was certainly well-tutored and well-rehearsed. But, despite its fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
rhetoric, it failed to make a connection with party devotees who had thronged to the dusty field in front of the white marble mausoleum of his martyred mother and grandfather.

It was all about victimhood and alleged conspiracies against the government and less about what the party stands for. For a party that has been in power for the last five years, such rhetoric may not work to motivate the people on the eve of elections.
The sympathy wave in the aftermath of the liquidation of Benazir Bhutto already catapulted the party to power, and the victimhood card may not be effective again. It is what the party has done during the five years in power that really matters to the people.

Dynastic rule has dominated our politics for decades, but the elevation of Bilawal at such a young age to head the country's largest party is unprecedented. He was chosen chairman of the PPP when just a teenager and barely out of school. It was indeed a decision taken for him and not by him. His nomination may have been dictated by the compulsion of maintaining party unity after the liquidation of Benazir Bhutto and a sense of entitlement.

It was also to provide legitimacy to Asif Ali Zardari's assuming the party's leadership that cleared the way for his election later as the country's president. The third generation heir to the dynasty was placed under the tutelage of his father who is better known for political wheeling and dealing than for popular mass politics which has been the hallmark of the Bhuttos.

Over the next five years, Bilawal stayed in Britannia finishing his studies at Oxford University completely insulated from Pak society. During his visits home, his activities remained restricted to the confines of the President House where he would meet party leaders and senior government officials calling on him.

It appeared surreal when elderly party stalwarts who had spent the greater part of their lives fighting for democracy were seen taking instructions from the young 'prince'. What is most pitiable, however, is that this happened in the party which claims to be the most progressive political force in the country. This is what is often described as 'democracy feudal style'.

Bilawal's unelected position has not prevented President Zardari from seating his son beside himself in summit conferences and in important meetings with heads of states, in breach of all diplomatic norms. It is certainly not the kind of training the young man needed as he prepared to take his position on the centre stage of democratic politics. Such practice is unprecedented even in the dynastic political tradition prevalent in the region. This only happens in a monarchy or under a dictatorship and is certainly not expected in a democratic system.

Bilawal will be leading a party completely different from that founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
...9th PM of Pakistain from 1973 to 1977, and 4th President of Pakistain from 1971 to 1973. He was the founder of the Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP). His eldest daughter, Benazir Bhutto, would also serve as hereditary PM. In a coup led by General Zia-ul-Haq, Bhutto was removed from office and was executed in 1979 for authorizing the murder of a political opponent...
some 45 years ago or inherited by Benazir after 1981. It was a party for change and not a party of status quo as today.

A part of its ethos may still be more progressive compared to others, but it has increasingly degenerated into a family-dominated, rural-based party losing its support among the urban poor and middle classes which once formed the party's backbone. It is now being run as a family fiefdom as its traditional mass appeal has been increasingly shrinking.

Five years in power have exposed the party's ineptitude to provide good governance. Cronyism is at its height, and corruption has never been so endemic. The economy is in a shambles with the growth rate hovering around an abysmal three per cent for five consecutive years. Power cuts and shortage of energy have not only hit industries, but also affected lives of the common people triggering widespread discontent.

It is the first time in Pakistain's history that a democratically elected government will be completing its full term and hopefully power will be transferred to the next elected government. The party will go into elections this time not on slogans for change, but defending its not so enviable record while in government.

There seems to be a marked change in the party's election strategy with far greater reliance on the local influential families than on traditional party supporters. That has hugely transformed the party's character stripping it of whatever ideological colour it had left. Some of the leaders who sat on the dais in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh spoke volumes for the changing face of the party under Zardari.

Although he is still not 25, the lower age limit to stand in elections, Bilawal is expected to spearhead the PPP's campaign with his father in the background. It is undoubtedly going to be the toughest in the party's history. But can he stir up the Bhutto charisma and galvanise the demoralised party voters? Will the voters warm up to the new Bhutto? This is going to be tough for an inexperienced and untested new heir to the Bhutto dynasty. For sure the party cannot rely on any sympathy wave this time.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top||

#1  Ya mean Sons - Bhutto's or Osama's?

Daughters???

See OWG MADONNA = aka "JOSEPHINE BONAPARTE" INCARNATE.

Apollo + his Twin-Sister Cyntheia.

Why, yes, yes they will.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/02/2013 0:23 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
A glint of WAPO sanity on Syria and the great American blame game
Someone has to start the apology tour for Champ. Who better than WaPo and the 'Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars'?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2013 07:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top||


Al-Qaeda, Israel's Trojan horse in Middle East: Iranian MP
[Iran Press TV] An Iranian politician says the Taliban and Al-Qaeda cut-thoat groups are playing the role of Trojan horse for the Zionist regime in the Middle East.

"The Zionist regime has become the largest training base for active bully boyz in the Middle East region and the footprint of this sinister regime can be easily traced in recent terrorist operations," Mohammad-Hassan Asafari, member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said on Tuesday.

Referring to the al-Qaeda's presence in Syria, the politician said the group's terrorist activities in the Arab country are apparent evidence to their close relationship with the US government.

Asafari emphasized that thousands of al-Qaeda-linked bully boyz from Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
, Libya, Jordan and other countries have entered Syria in recent months to fight against the Syrian government and have been provided with intelligence support by the Israeli regime.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since early 2011 and has witnessed the deaths of many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel in the violence.

Damascus
...The capital of Iran's Syrian satrapy...
blames Western countries and some of their regional allies for fueling the crisis in the country, and reports indicate that a large number of Death Eaters fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.

A recent UN report revealed that cut-thoats, mostly bully boy Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
, have infiltrated Syria from 29 countries to fight against the Damascus government.
Posted by: Fred || 01/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top||

#1  Any bets on how many "progressives" will lap it up?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/02/2013 4:05 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
Deen and the rise of Atheism
A Muslims angst over the future of Islam with nary a mention of the centrality of terrorism in its beliefs.
Posted by: tipper || 01/02/2013 13:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top||

#1  Interesting bit from the article:

It’s no wonder that according to some statistics, up to 75% of converts to Islam in the US leave Islam (a smaller but still significant 30-40% of converts in the UK apostate). I haven’t come across hard numbers for born-Muslims leaving Islam, but based on how many that are increasingly coming out publicly with websites and various support groups and organizations, and the several anecdotal reports from different universities, it’s not an insignificant number by any means.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2013 15:43 Comments || Top||

#2  There's any number of folks raised Catholic who leave the Church. Plenty of ex-Mormons. Oodles of secular Jews. Masses of former Methodists.

Why should Islam be any different? Other than the beheadings...
Posted by: Steve White || 01/02/2013 16:56 Comments || Top||



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