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3/21/2018

Breitbart Readership in Free Fall in a World Where “Relevance” Is Measured by Devotion to Trump

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:00 am

Upsetting Donald Trump has consequences. Breitbart.com, which used to ride a traffic high during its salad days as Donald Trump’s most reliable propaganda machine, is now seeing its readership leave in droves. POLITICO (cached link; no links for bullies):

Breitbart, the alt-right news site whose executive chairman Steve Bannon was pushed out in January after feuding with President Donald Trump, has lost about half its readership according to comScore, raising questions about its future.

The site dropped from 15 million unique visitors in October, per comScore, to 13.7 million in November, 9.9 million in December, 8.5 million in January and 7.8 million in February.

Its comScore figure for January was down 51 percent from the same month a year earlier, and the February number was down 49 percent from 2017. Last month was the site’s least trafficked since February 2015, four months before Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president.

POLITICO offers different possible explanations for the cratering of Breitbart’s readership, including “changes to Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm, amped up investment in digital by Fox News, and the shifting status of Bannon.” To me, it’s this last one that stands out. When Steve Bannon became persona non grata with Donald Trump, I predicted that he would be gone within days, and he was. Now, without a Trump-approved guy at the helm, the site has lost its relevance.

Relevance.

Take a look at Fox News for a contrasting example. As Ralph Peters pointed out yesterday in resigning from the network, “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

He’s not wrong. And how is Fox doing these days?

Fox News continued its cable ratings domination among total viewers, extending its long-running winning streak both in primetime and on a 24-hour basis.

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers in primetime during the week of March 12 to March 18, topping all cable networks for the 9th straight week, according to Nielsen. MSNBC finished second with 2.0 million viewers.

As Stormy Daniels has learned, [verb deleted]ing Donald Trump’s [noun deleted] pays.

Relevance.

If you closely read the people who are highly visible Trump supporters on the right who supported a different candidate in the primaries, you’ll notice that they constantly hit the theme of “relevance.” I’m talking about the type of people who supported Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio in the primaries — but now, when the prospect of Trump d**k pics is floated, seem excited rather than revolted. It’s very important for people like this to denigrate Trump critics on a personal level, and their go-to phrase for NeverTrumpers is “irrelevant.” They go on and on about how this NeverTrumper is on a list of Salon Conservatives, or that one is having a tough time selling berths on his magazine’s cruises.

The ultimate insult in their eyes is not that their NeverTrump targets have lost their principles or have gone ideologically astray. The ultimate insult is that NeverTrumpers have lost their relevance.

Relevance. It is the drug that, more than any other, causes humans to forget what they used to stand for.

Now: to be sure, the criticism that these most visible Trump supporters level at “NeverTrumpers” often stems from a genuine disagreement, since “NeverTrumpers” sometimes go too far in their zeal to criticize the President. I’ll acknowledge that. BUT…

But the need that some of these people feel to personally attack Trump critics, who in many cases are former friends, stems in part from shame. It’s the shame they feel when they know the Trump critics are on target with some of their criticism — criticism in which these people can no longer join, because it would alienate their new Trumpy audience.

And so they either remain silent about the valid criticism, or (in many cases) belittle it with breathtaking hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty.

Take the latest example: President Trump placing a phone call to Vladimir Putin to congratulate him, while saying nothing about his attempted assassination of a man and his daughter on British soil. These people know that’s the wrong thing to do. They just got through telling us days ago that Trump has condemned the attack in Britain. They said: why, he’s instituting some of the toughest anti-Russia initiatives in forever! And some of us Trump critics said: sure, he knows how to read a statement and issue some sanctions he’s told to issue, but in his heart Trump doesn’t care about any of this, and you’ll see that when he congratulates Putin. For example, I said this after Putin’s election:

I’m looking forward to Trump issuing his congratulations. My guess is that he’ll use the chance to call the “election” a sham and issue his harshest condemnation yet of the recent assassination attempt on British soil. LOL. Make sure to tip your waitresses, try the veal, I’m here all week.

Hopefully my irony was not too subtle. Now that my prediction has come true that Trump would do no such thing, Trump supporters are in the position of relying on Barack Obama as precedent for congratulating Putin. “Obama did it so it must be good” is something I never thought I’d hear from this crowd, but the need to defend Trump overcomes any cognitive dissonance that arises from uttering that phrase.

And to the trash bin as well with any complaints that Putin used trumped-up charges against his most serious rival — a guy who has done a bang-up job exposing Putin’s kleptocracy, by the way — to bar that rival from even participating in the election as a candidate. Let’s not speak of that. President Putin won and if President Trump wants to congratulate him then dammit that’s the right thing to do.

Relevance!

Take the debt as another example. The “relevant” crowd will be among the first to tell you that, sure, they used to get upset about the debt, but in a world where [insert hastily constructed pathetic rationalization here], you just can’t care about the debt anymore. They’ll even adopt Vox-like leftist theories about how the government can continue to borrow and add to its debt load forever and ever. Anything to defend Donald Trump.

Relevance!

I understand the desire for relevance. It feels nice to have your post or article shared far and wide, and to be mentioned on television or by a widely heard radio talk show host. I’ve had all those things happen and it’s fun and exciting. And, while I am not in this position, some people do this opinionating stuff for a living. Their relevance affects whether they can eat and pay the rent.

So I get it. I understand why people might cast aside lifelong principles to defend a bald orange waste of oxygen. But understanding it is not the same as agreeing with it.

Don’t worry, erstwhile Breitbart readers. There’s still plenty of fact-free propaganda out there for you. For every Breitbart.com that bleeds readers, there’s a Gateway Pundit or a Conservative Treehouse waiting in the wings to scoop them up.

I understand those sites are very relevant these days.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

147 Responses to “Breitbart Readership in Free Fall in a World Where “Relevance” Is Measured by Devotion to Trump”

  1. piss-stained breitbart threw our friend milo under the bus lickety-split but they tried to stand by sloppy steve until they realized that he was an untrustworthy narcissist who had revealed himself to be way too much of a p.o.s. even for the breitbart brand

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  2. No tears for gold diggers. Breitbart jumped on the Trump train to get the Trumpkin readership and it is finding out what happens when the sugar-daddy dumps you. Sugar-daddy’s friends don’t want to know you anymore either.

    (And what pisses me off most about that place is that it calls itself Breitbart.)

    nk (dbc370)

  3. POLITICO offers different possible explanations for the cratering of Breitbart’s readership, including “changes to Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm, amped up investment in digital by Fox News, and the shifting status of Bannon.”

    far and away the biggest factor here is the facebook algorithm change by the way

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  4. Who cares?

    BuDuh (fc15db)

  5. the politico fake news propaganda sluts seem to want to obscure the importance of the changes facebook made to sideline conservative voices

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  6. So abc CNN the new York times and MSNBC getting it perpetually wrong, doesn’t mean a thing,

    narciso (d1f714)

  7. As for “relevance”, Roy Moore found out what happens when the “irrelevant” just stay home on election day. I wonder how many seats the GOP needs to lose this November to join the Democrats in lancing this orange boil on America’s butt before the entire Republican Party is wiped out in the following election.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. And Gloria Alfred says hello, bow there was some kerfluffle over blankensip in west virginia

    narciso (d1f714)

  9. I think you need a short sabbatical from Trump and should write about other things for a while. This post rambles a good deal, and sounds a bit incoherent. My two cents.

    Allen (5f3847)

  10. The question victor Hanson has raised are worth a look, a did the confluxts chief squirrel caller downer has to Clinton’s campaign, through yet another security contractor haklut

    https://althouse.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-presidents-100-right-there-never.html

    narciso (d1f714)

  11. yes yes there’s a stream-of-consciousness thing going on here Mr. Allen that I have trouble following as well

    for sure you have to take anything a loopy ex-military zagnut like Ralph Peters says with a grain of salt, but beyond that individual contributors come and go all the time, and it’s easy to read way to much into it

    this is especially true for fox news whose own lineup – in and outside of prime – was recently altogether decimated by the poofter murdoch boys, and yet the network remained dominant

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. 21st century and I’m supposed to give a s*** about the consensual sex that occured between two people a decade ago?

    Trump Derangement Syndrome is trying to make (force) a BIG STORY out of non-stories.

    I have to agree… maybe you should take a day or two off from writing about Trump…..

    Nevyan (6c0bc6)

  13. Its not a bug, one of the leading critics of waterboarding dannemnberg, probably source for propublica did security for beyond petroleum.

    http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/03/18/hakluyt-company-and-the-clinton-trump-scandals

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. Or we could take a gander at this:

    http://powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/03/noor-charged.php

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. here this is an interesting juxtapose Mr. Patterico

    today you are say

    But the need that some of these people feel to *personally* attack Trump critics, who in many cases are former friends, stems in part from shame.


    yesterday
    you are say

    I don’t even mind Trump that much any more.

    It’s his most crazed supporters who disgust me.

    you see what I mean maybe you can add a little more color here?

    full disclosure I love our president, President Donald Trump, with all my heart, for he is as a light unto darkness

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  16. Trump wants to defund sanctuary cities.

    Trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood. Let’s not forget that every child born is a force multiplier, driving down the debt load per capita. So that’s a twofer.

    Trump wants to build a wall which will eliminate 75 or 80 percent of illegal welfare customers.

    SO why is Paul Ryan sending an Obama era bill fully funding sanctuary cities, Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, and no funds for the border wall?

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/outrageous-paul-ryans-1-3-trillion-spending-bill-funds-planned-parenthood-sanctuary-cities-wont-fund-trump-wall/

    Don’t be blaming Trump for this. You eye is on the wrong people. Congressional Republicans are doing their worst to become a minority party.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  17. The wheels are coming off the Mueller-#NeverTrump-Resistance Express!

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  18. The beatings will continue till morale improves tiger:
    https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/mississippi-governor-intends-appoint-former-democrat-cochrans-senate-seat/

    They didn’t mention we are the beaten,

    narciso (d1f714)

  19. pedophile Mitt Romney’s slicked-up boytoy Paul Ryan isn’t even pretending to care about the budget anymore

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  20. The only time Gateway Pundit is not lying is when they have their lips pressed too firmly to Trump’s nether parts to be able to speak.

    nk (dbc370)

  21. Ryan, is the answer to a question no one was asking,

    narciso (d1f714)


  22. I wonder how many seats the GOP needs to lose this November to join the Democrats in lancing this orange boil on America’s butt before the entire Republican Party is wiped out in the following election.
    nk (dbc370) — 3/21/2018 @ 9:28 am


    You have drifted dangerously close to and almost have become a leftist democrat, nk. I’m sure I’m not the only commenter here who has noticed. That “orange boil” you so cleverly refer to is the only thing standing between the complete take over of the United States by the left, with their Deep State operatives, and their education/entertainment/media co-conspirators. Blaming the collapse, if it does come, on Trump rather than the real culprits is disingenuous.

    Whether you like it or not and whether you admit it or not, the neverTrumpers joining with the phony GOP democrat lites who have watched as every single leftist initiative from Planned Parenthood funding to transgenders in the military have been made law and policy are de facto leftists. You are joining the very political group that has lead America from Exceptional to Racist in less than a generation.

    If you neverTrumpres help the loser GOP pussies and the now far, far left democrats win the Congress and the White House just because you hate Trump and think he’s an immoral “orange boil” you will lead America and possibly the Western Free World into generations of oppression and depravity like you’ve never seen. Think Hillary on a revenge vendetta, drunk with power (and booze) and hell bent on taking your freedom of speech, firearms, and any other right the left has not already undermined by law, fiat, executive order, Hussein’s “pen and phone” or “interpretation” by their friends on the Bench.

    You should be discussing how we can win and continue the defeat of the evil left’s ambitions not spending 24/7/365 b!tching about the imperfect a-hole who is the president. Trump is not the first douche God put in charge of “the Good Fight” in history and I’m sure he won’t be the last. But Trump’s imperfections and failings are not those of either Us or Our Cause unless and until you and the neverTrumpers and weak-kneed GOP makes them.

    Or am I the only one who has noticed that due to the silly anti-Trump sentiment on our side the democrats act like they are still in power and the Republicans act like they still are the minority? Why are the Republicans passing an Omnibus bill? Leastwise one with $580 million in Planned Parenthood funding all of which is used to get democrats reelected. You neverTrumpers are so stupid and full of hate for one man you’re willing to fund the war chest of not only our opposition but the moral enemies of America itself? That’s f’n crazy!

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  23. “far and away the biggest factor here is the facebook algorithm change by the way”

    I agree inasmuch as I never went to Breitbart based on Bannon’s presence but almost always through a link at Drudge, Instapundit etc.

    Changing an algorithm can be like moving a product from the front end of a supermarket row to the hallway at the store’s restroom.

    Look what Microsoft did with their ‘open new tab’ on their browser, before it would open to a window with tabs linking to your personal most-visited sites…..

    Now it opens to what looks like an MS home page with carefully-selected news and fluff clickbait, and the news is usually very anti-Trump.

    harkin (0236a2)

  24. Yes hoagie, note this piece:
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269649/whos-really-behind-march-our-lives-daniel-greenfield

    Yes that’s the Joyce foundation that Obama and Ayres cochaired, to try to get gun confiscation and registration accomplished: the british
    and Australian solutions

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. firefox is pushing stories the same way now but so far mine ones have been pretty innocuous

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  26. They are mostly Mari mayers crib sheet with such luminaries like the perky Katie, steel dossier fool isikoff and the like

    narciso (d1f714)

  27. You called it, narciso. The left has unmasked itself in a immature rage against losing the last election….to a Dirt Person no less. A pleb with money. A non-elite douche “orange boil”.

    The leaders of the protests are Communists like ANSWER, The Party for Socialism and Liberation, The Revolutionary Communist Party, The Democratic Socialists of America, and the Mother-of-all-Communist groups, THE COMMUNIST PARTY USA! The most radical leaders and members of each lead BLM AND ANTIFA. They all in turn, are The Resistance which is really SEDITION! Arrest them all and history will say it was Just.

    These are people and groups neverTrumpers and the GOP lite are supporting. It’s friggin’ insanity!

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  28. I only get a blank page with a search box asking “Where to next?” on my Microsoft Edge. I get Google on Chrome and I haven’t bothered to download the add on to configure it to about:blank. My startup pages on both are about:blank.

    nk (dbc370)

  29. Some folks just plain refuse to join the monolithic Resistance. They like what they’ve seen in a the way of actions, which they value more than words, because they understand Trump will say just about anything on any given day. They’ve understood this for a long time.

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  30. Spanky and Stymie always had Butch to deal with but Darla never sued.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  31. At least you’ve moved up to teh “talkies”, Grandpa Simpson…

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  32. Accepting things as the legacy media presents them, is that what setting up this blog really means now.

    If fusion or Haklyt roofers something or someone that’s proof of anuthing.

    narciso (def8bc)

  33. 30- here’s a good decoder. Notice what Trump says to the MSM, and what he tells the base. If there is a discrepancy, it’s a good bet he is telling the base what he is doing, and brain humping the MSM.

    the Bas (3bcea0)

  34. =Haiku!= Gesundheit!

    Keepin’ the colon in colonel since 1927.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  35. Don’t go skimpy on the Poligrip, ASPCA. Your dentures are slipping.

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  36. 34… like a Jack Russell on a leg, Bas.

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  37. Profers anything take jane mayers dossiad as a novella without a point.

    narciso (def8bc)

  38. John Corntwat are have a concern about the digital information

    Having Zuckerberg testify would be “helpful,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), adding: “We need to understand how they use the data that they mine from users, their personal information. … This is a growing problem, whether it’s people like political consulting firms using it, or foreign governments using it.”

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  39. “Spanky and Stymie always had Butch to deal with…….”

    Buckwheat yes but I doubt Stymie and Butch ever shared a short film and if so, then it was when Tommy Bond was known as Tommy and before he was reborn as the evil Butch.

    And thanks for reminding me of Tiger Woods’ allegedly favorite joke.

    harkin (0236a2)

  40. The relevant take for nevertrumpers I’m sure is that it’s Trumps fault because he fired Christie.

    the Bas (3bcea0)

  41. Aqua therapy works

    mg (9e54f8)

  42. Effing brilliant post.

    Dave (445e97)

  43. “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

    Translation: Fox News was not and is not “news.”

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  44. Brown shoe polish and Little Boy’s Pants half off sale on aisle 43…

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  45. Patty puts the cart before the horse, as always for backward-looking individuals finding themselves consigned to the dustbin of history.

    Most NeverTrumpers are also highly unprincipled, being Washington Swamp Creatures closely aligned with neocons and their flimsy justifications and executions of their ideas, but hitting the ‘relevant’ button tends to hurt them a lot more (because they all have that I REMEMBER HOW WE USED TO DO THINGS) attitude that makes them SO easy to get the bullying they earned several times over for everything they did in the 2000s.

    Breitbart was and still is doing good work, but they fired Milo Yiannopolous (and much more importantly, Katie McHugh,) and they had no strong personalities to replace them. That plus a full-spectrum ad boycott will crimp anyone’s style.

    Meanwhile, Fox News put Tucker Carlson in the prime time slot (how the heck do you talk about post-election Fox without mentioning his name, afraid much?) who goes as far and farther than Breitbart does but isn’t annoying to listen to, like a Steve Bannon or Mark Levin.

    In what must come as a complete shock to people who think humans follow D&D rules, irrelevance and lack of principle TEND TO GO TOGETHER, because people without strong internal principles* inevitably tend to follow the crowd without trying to push it one way or another.

    (I FOLLOW AYN RAND AND THE LIBERTARIAN CREED* doesn’t count, ‘I want to make as much money for myself as possible while assuming as few responsibilities as I can’ isn’t an ethos.)

    Also, last I checked the Libertarian party proper is overrun with antiphags, because people without relevance (or principles!) will fold immediately when challenged.

    Needless to say, I’m exceedingly glad Trump is doing the folding, and recommend everyone fold with him. Not a single one of the ‘principled’ #NeverTrump set ever made an effort to get back control of the purse strings.

    Tellurian (a3c41a)

  46. Why is it so obviously better to insult the dictator of Russia to his face than to speak softly and carry a big stick?

    David Pittelli (c51465)

  47. …D&D rules…

    David Dennison is serving Chicken Kiev tonight, comrade.

    “Rules? In a knife fight?” – Harvey Logan [Ted Cassidy] ‘Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid,’ 1969

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  48. David Dennison is serving Chicken Kiev tonight, comrade.

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 3/21/2018 @ 3:26 pm

    Chicken Kiev

    Step one: Wait in line three days for chicken

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  49. To be fair, there’s a lot of suck out there. All three news channels for example. Most newspapers. Most newsmagazines. Trump kind of sucks all the truth out of a room.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  50. ASPCA-TCM

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  51. Step one: Wait in line three days for chicken
    Pinandpuller (4f6182) — 3/21/2018 @ 3:59 pm

    You are in the wrong line. This is the “no beef” line. The “no chicken line” is over there.

    felipe (023cc9)

  52. In the meanwhile,

    Mississippi Governor appointed a Democrat to Thad Cochran’s seat rather than McDaniel the conservative.

    But that’s not revelant for some reason.

    NJRob (9bbf6e)

  53. So Putin’s English tutor is giving him a lesson.
    She asks: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, can you use the word ‘love’ in a sentence?”
    Putin says: “Certainly, Marivana. I love Russia.”
    The tutor then asks: “Now please give me a sentence with the word ‘respect’.”
    Putin says: “With pleasure. I respect everybody who loves Russia.”
    The tutor says: “Excellent, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Now, can you make a sentence wit the word ‘dictate’?”
    Putin thinks and thinks. He turns to Lavrov and orders: “Sergei Viktorovich, please get Donald Trump on the phone.”
    A minute later, Lavrov says: “Donald Trump is on the phone, Vladimir Vladimirovich.”
    Putin picks up the phone and says: “Hey Donald! How does my dic’ tate?”

    nk (dbc370)

  54. I suggested a number of topics worth considering, but the white whale must be harpooned, is that too oblique a reference.

    narciso (d1f714)

  55. You are in the wrong line. This is the “no beef” line. The “no chicken line” is over there.

    felipe (023cc9) — 3/21/2018 @ 5:09 pm

    heh

    I’m going to plant some Russian Sage this year but I need to find someone who can file off the serial numbers.

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  56. Yes colonel utkin, head of the Warner group, found that hilarious.

    narciso (d1f714)

  57. I hate to point this out Kevin M, but all three news channels most newspapers and most news magazines were sucking all the truth out of the room and the entire nation long before Trump was on the scene. You guys keep blaming Trump for the sins of the Deep State and their accomplice’s in the lying press. When they give cover to Hillary’s malfeasance, corruption and criminal malfeasance they are the ones sucking the truth out. When they expand that cover to include every known democrat and leftist in America then their lies have become institutionalized which is the point we’ve reached today. Now they’re dragging children out of school to “protest”. How far will we allow this crap to go?

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  58. How far will we allow this crap to go?

    Hoagie’s right – freedom of the press has outlived its usefulness.

    Better that the government dictate what everyone reads and hears.

    Dave (445e97)

  59. They think astroturf rallies are the real thing,

    narciso (d1f714)

  60. To alleviate the perennial shortages of butter, Putin ordered Russian scientists to develop a technology for converting schiff into butter, and to complete this project on or before the anniversary of his first “election”. After six months of work, Putin demanded an interim progress report. The scientists reported that they had completed half of their work. Putin requested elaboration. The reply from the Academy of Sciences explained, “Like America’s anti-Trump media, one can readily spread it, but the people can not yet choke it down.”

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  61. I hate to point this out Kevin M, but all three news channels most newspapers and most news magazines were sucking all the truth out of the room and the entire nation long before Trump was on the scene.

    Trump dialed it up to 11.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  62. So did his opponeents

    Kevin M (752a26)


  63. Hoagie’s right – freedom of the press has outlived its usefulness.

    Better that the government dictate what everyone reads and hears.
    Dave (445e97) — 3/21/2018 @ 5:35 pm


    So you consider the news media providing cover for corruption, malfeasance and criminals as “Freedom of the Press? I guess it kind figures since with you leftist comrades the “press” is just the information/propaganda arm of the government. They work with the education/propaganda arm and the entertainment/propaganda arm so I imagine you’d be perfectly comfortable in Hillary’s world or Maxine Waters or Obama’s. Yes sir, nothing says “free press” more than every “news” outlet saying the very same thing in the very same way….daily. That’s Moscow freedom there, boy. No beet juice for you!

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  64. Take time magazine please, they have reached t 4 rage virus even faster than rollingstone, newsweak is something else again.

    reached

    narciso (d1f714)


  65. Trump dialed it up to 11.
    Kevin M (752a26) — 3/21/2018 @ 6:08 pm


    Then they redialed up to 50 with 16 months of prevarication and innuendo. There is collusion and conspiracy in the press to get their preferred leftists back in power. Are you blind or have you switched sides?

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  66. Dave is auditioning for a management position at Google.

    Sounds like.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  67. The intership at wikipedia played out.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  68. I am reminded of van Der leuns rather pithy bromide ‘republicans they thirst for death’ breitbart was more blunt about this world the left has dissolved all around us, national review is slower than tipple turtle, the weekly standard just slightly more up to speed.

    narciso (d1f714)

  69. Dies he identify as a ‘scaly dragon, or a big square building’

    narciso (d1f714)

  70. ya all seem to forget the original purpose of the #metoo movement was to decimate the talent base at Fox News Channel. Just a happy accident it metastisized and escaped out into the wild.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  71. I quit visiting Breitbart soon after Andrew’s suspicious death. To me the site morphed into a pushy pop-up ad laden black hole that treated visitors like pigeons to be plucked. I found it annoying and uninformative.

    ropelight (f8000f)

  72. Yeah, comrade Dave, we got us some Freedom of the Press.


    Not just many media friends — but very helpful ones. Andrea Mitchell, a totally objective reporter who is definitely not a Democrat shill, encouraged Democrat congressmen to offer a job to Andrew McCabe so he could finish off his required federal work-days for early retirement benefits.

    The “Free press” is a stealth propaganda arm of the CNC (formerly the DNC now the Communist National Committee). It hasn’t been “free” since Duranty reported in the NYT that nobody was starving in the Soviet Union. And they’ve been lying ever since but it took the election of Trump to make them reach a fevered pitch.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  73. Cannon was too impatient, and frankly stupid to confide in Wolf or his bobbsey twin gave Sherman, seeing as they totally missed the rob porter, it suggests the Ron susskind and company of this era were just as wet.

    narciso (d1f714)

  74. Breitbart disappeared with Andrew.

    SarahW (3164f0)

  75. Well there were some poor hires like Michelle fields and Kurt bardella, when amnesty was all the rage, it provided firepower against. As well as this rash of man caused disasters overseas.

    narciso (d1f714)

  76. Also I can’t tell you how proud I am of our Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for appearing with Steven Colbert tonight. Just the idea of such a non-partial arbiter of justice such as she collaborating with an impartial person like Colbert makes me warm and fuzzy. I guess the judiciary is now as impartial as the press is free. BTW, she looks gorgeous in tights and a leotard. The left has gone from the ridiculous to the sublime in Trump’s short tenure.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  77. They need more pliant barrios for their petcoke.

    urbanleftbehind (ddcc04)

  78. @59. Now they’re dragging children out of school to “protest”. How far will we allow this crap to go?

    The kids are all kommies, eh, Hoagie. Watch out; their rallying cry: “We will bury you!”

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  79. If Hoagie is talking about the walkout last week, my daughter was not dragged out. She went voluntarily to hear the names of the Parkland dead and to join in a prayer for them. Then she went back to her classroom. Other kids in her class chose not to walk out at all. There was no pressure on any of them.

    nk (dbc370)

  80. And if one decided not to go, you think there wouldn’t be consequences

    narciso (d1f714)

  81. 59.@I hate to point this out… but all three news channels most newspapers and most news magazines were sucking all the truth out of the room and the entire nation long before Trump was on the scene. You guys keep blaming Trump for the sins of the Deep State and their accomplice’s in the lying press.

    The Ballad Of Cable Hoagie.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  82. And if one decided not to go, you think there wouldn’t be consequences

    Yes. There were no consequences. I already told you that other kids in my daughter’s classroom did not walk out. They were not bullied, harassed or ostracized.

    nk (dbc370)

  83. 84, not with Fenwick, Benet, Nazareth and Ignatius all ready to take a solid 15 to 20K per annum from a pissed off parent in nk-daughter land.

    urbanleftbehind (ddcc04)

  84. meredith announced today in a press release they’d be offloading anti-semitic TIME magazine and other crappy brands to focus on a lifestyle portfolio

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  85. I was getting an oil change at the time, and the TV in the Sears waiting room was showing the walkouts across the country. I saw the puffery and the spin from the talking heads. But I am not selective in my mistrust of the media. I didn’t trust them to report the walkouts objectively any more than I trust them to report anything else objectively. So I did not get my panties in a wad and waited to ask my daughter how it went at her school. Which she said went just fine.

    nk (dbc370)

  86. Thea answer to poor speech is better speech. If you think the media is controlled now, just wait until they can do it in the open.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  87. Yes sir, nothing says “free press” more than every “news” outlet saying the very same thing in the very same way….daily. That’s Moscow freedom there, boy. No beet juice for you!

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402) — 3/21/2018 @ 6:13 pm

    Are you familiar with Limbaugh’s media montages?

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  88. The kids are all kommies, eh, Hoagie. Watch out; their rallying cry: “We will bury you!”

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 3/21/2018 @ 7:31 pm

    10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.- Communist Manifesto

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  89. Yes. There were no consequences. I already told you that other kids in my daughter’s classroom did not walk out. They were not bullied, harassed or ostracized.

    nk (dbc370) — 3/21/2018 @ 7:52 pm

    I ditched school to go see a Reagan campaign speech in ’83. My friend’s dad came to pick him up and I tagged along. My overwrought dad thought I might get expelled but my mom just wrote a note excusing me.

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  90. So I did not get my panties in a wad and waited to ask my daughter how it went at her school. Which she said went just fine.

    nk (dbc370) — 3/21/2018 @ 8:08 pm

    Not every student body is going to act the same either. Some utes in Antioch, TN got charged with aggravated rioting for trashing a police car and some other mayhem.

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  91. About ten years before you, Pinandpuller, I joined a walkout to protest some Board of Education something or other. Did I just walk out of school and then ditch the marchers and go do something fun? Nope. I marched about twelve miles to City Hall along with the others. I was dumb as a teenager.

    nk (dbc370)

  92. Was it the threat of forced busing, not that the CPS ever went through anything as radical as Boston or Los Angeles (we got one-way busing called Options for Knowledge which avoided the discomfort of Southie kids going to Roxbury, but made things uncomfortable at places like Taft, Washington.

    urbanleftbehind (ddcc04)

  93. I can’t remember, urbanleftbehind.

    nk (dbc370)

  94. I was getting an oil change at the time, and the TV in the Sears waiting room was showing the walkouts across the country. I saw the puffery and the spin from the talking heads. But I am not selective in my mistrust of the media. I didn’t trust them to report the walkouts objectively any more than I trust them to report anything else objectively. So I did not get my panties in a wad and waited to ask my daughter how it went at her school. Which she said went just fine.

    My daughter felt a lot of pressure to take part in the walkout. She was worried about being the only one to stay in her class, and what everyone would say. But when she stayed, a few other kids stayed as well. I was proud of her. I told her it’s practice for college, when they will put pressure on her to do lefty stuff all the time.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  95. She’s not a hardline conservative like her dad; she has a mind of her own.

    The one thing I’m proud of is that both my children understand that communism is bad and kills people.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  96. Speaking of folding, some people have a real problem with it. Is this what you guys were referencing earlier:

    The trouble started for Daniels, AKA Stephanie Gregory Clifford, on July 23, when political adviser Brian Welsh’s parked Audi erupted in a fireball outside his New Orleans apartment.

    It got even more stormy for Daniels when she was busted Saturday in her Tampa home after a fight with her husband over paying bills and the right way to fold laundry.

    NBCLA

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  97. I never saw him directly but I was at The Grand Canyon the day Bush 41 collapsed. Did you guys know if a president is at a national park everyone gets in for free?

    Pinandpuller (4f6182)

  98. @93.I ditched school to go see a Reagan campaign speech in ’83.

    Back in ’76 was planning a photo essay for a college course, grabbed my 35mm camera and spent about 12 hours photographing a small Ohio town getting ready for President Ford to come though on a campaign stop. He was still literally 7 or 8 hours away and it was fascinating imaging the town and the main street businesses prepping for the visit, putting up bunting, flags and signs and so forth. Unbelievably easier access back then, too– could never get away with it today. Photographed the SS taking up positions around town on buildings and in windows hours before he arrived as crowds gathered. Ended up w/t press pool and meeting w/Ford before he gave his speech on the steps of the local Elks Club. Was all of 12 feet away from the podium burning film standing next to Brit Hume. Most curious moments were the local politicians standing next to the empty podium before he arrived, gazing up, smiling into space getting their pictures taken with nobody. They were going to strip-in an image of Ford later for their campaign literature. Found all my pix several years ago after Ford died, scanned them to a CD and sent them on to the museum in Michigan for their archives. It was a classic Midwest Americana experience. Will never forget his opening line to the crowd- “Hello all you wonderful Buckeyes! I’m from ‘that state’ up north.” Lots of good natured laughs and smiles as the obligatory response rippled through the crowd: “Muck Fichigan!”

    DCSCA (797bc0)


  99. @59. Now they’re dragging children out of school to “protest”. How far will we allow this crap to go?

    The kids are all kommies, eh, Hoagie. Watch out; their rallying cry: “We will bury you!”
    DCSCA (797bc0) — 3/21/2018 @ 7:31 pm


    Like most leftists you have a bad habit of putting words in other people’s mouths then attacking them for what they didn’t say, DCSCA. I never said the kids were commies, did I? I said “They” meaning their teachers were dragging the children out of school to protest. To a cognizant person that would indicate I believe the teachers to be the commies and the kids to be the innocent minds full off mush. Try again, comrade.

    You have used Leftist Truism #24: 24.Leftists are incapable of attacking the message, so they always attack the messenger. You make it too easy. No beet juice for you!

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  100. She’s not a hardline conservative like her dad; she has a mind of her own.

    The one thing I’m proud of is that both my children understand that communism is bad and kills people.

    My daughter, too. We talk about Communism a lot. It’s part of our family history on both my and her mother’s side. Last week, I told her the “last person to stop applauding” anecdote about Stalin that you had posted.

    She is taking an AP class in Microeconomics. Among other things, they learned about command economies. We discussed how Mao had to kill 100 million people to impose Communism in China.

    nk (dbc370)

  101. Hoagie, I don’t know what kind of school you went to, but my experience is that the last thing teachers want is to stir kids up. They want them quiet, orderly, studious, and most of all too busy to make trouble, from class bell to class bell, until the end of the school day when they can send them back to their parents.

    nk (dbc370)

  102. You have used Leftist Truism #24

    That list of “truisms” is something any Tribe A can make about any Tribe B, Hoagie. Just substitute “Leftist” for any group you want to indoctrinate your membership into hating. Mindlessly. I think the original was “Bigot”.

    nk (dbc370)

  103. 105… despite a number of cases to the contrary re: stirring up…

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  104. It may be a regional thing… e.g., SF Bay Area, as opposed to let’s say Alabama.

    We may see some anti-abortion students try similar tactics with walkouts and it will be interesting to see whether that is discouraged/stopped by school administrators.

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  105. I mentioned the spin and puffery by the media. At my daughter’s school, the emphasis was on paying their respects to the victims, not protesting guns (or at least that’s how my daughter saw it).

    There is a story about a Chicago school “uniting” with Parkland to protest “gun violence”. Okay, but I still don’t know that it’s organized by the teachers or staff of the school.

    nk (dbc370)

  106. A group of American exchange students in Italy caused a fire after attempting to cook pasta without water.

    The three 20-year-old women purchased a package of pasta from a store while studying in Italy and placed it directly in the pot before lighting the stove, causing the pasta to burst in flames within minutes.

    “We put the pasta on the fire without the water, we thought it was cooked like that,” the students said.

    but what they are think about the second amend?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  107. They have put pressure on all the advertisers, like they did with Alec, tangentially related to ‘stand your ground’ you look at the bug and not the feature,

    narciso (d1f714)


  108. Okay, but I still don’t know that it’s organized by the teachers or staff of the school.


    Why does it matter who organized it? Fact is it’s political proselytization and propaganda neither of which anyone attached to the school were hired for. They should be fired with loss of beni’s. Let’s start reversing the lefts grip on the children.

    From Liberty’s Torch:

    The “public” schools no longer have education for their primary purpose…or any lesser purpose. Indeed, even indoctrination takes a back seat to their paramount mission. That mission is so greatly at odds with any and all conceptions of “school” that it must be stated in large font:

    The “public” schools’ first and foremost aim is the exercise of police powers over the lives of American children.

    Moreover, the “public” schools have asserted an arbitrary power of legislation as well. Note the following report about Lacey High School’s “student handbook:”
    Before tweaking the language in the high school’s student handbook, the policy said “any student who is reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose whether on or off school grounds,” would be subject to penalties including up to a one-year suspension.
    It now omits any mention of possessing a weapon off school grounds and doesn’t mention a specific suspension length. It also includes a note on buses.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  109. School, public schools anyway, should be about math, science, and sufficient grammar and written expression to effectively work at a minimal job. All else should be at the student’s discretion and expense. After 10 years of school a student should be as able to function in society as such people were able to 50-60 years ago with the same amount of time spent under education. Even though they had far fewer and less advanced resources back then.

    Think about it, less time in school less indoctrination of any stripe…and less chance of getting shot. j/k

    Skorcher (a587fa)

  110. Apparently the government reacts depending on the political views:

    “A California high school teacher was placed on paid administrative leave after she questioned if officials would support the anti-abortion March For Life in the same way they encouraged participation in the National School Walkout promoting gun control.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/19/high-school-teacher-placed-on-leave-after-questioning-schools-stance-on-anti-abortion-walkout.html

    Lefties believe the Constitution is an outdated document.

    harkin (2c04e3)

  111. “…because women are now a majority of college and university students. They appear to be a preponderance of the campus administrators who enforce schools’ speech and sexual assault codes, at a time when administrators outnumber teachers in higher education. . . “

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/michael-barone-women-against-free-speech

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  112. Accepting things as the legacy media presents them, is that what setting up this blog really means now.

    narciso (def8bc) — 3/21/2018 @ 11:10 am

    Yup.

    Lenny (5ea732)

  113. The “public” schools’ first and foremost aim is the exercise of police powers over the lives of American children.

    When wasn’t it? And not the public schools, either. Private schools, from the elite Protestant preppie-factories, to the military academies, to the Catholic and other parochial schools, are even more controlling.

    nk (dbc370)

  114. https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-mixed-race-brazil-sperm-imports-from-u-s-whites-are-booming-1521711000

    American Girl Sperm

    Well they want some American sperm
    Brazil’s a crazy place
    They couldn’t help thinkin’ that there
    Was an answer to their fix
    Somewhere else
    After all it was a great big world
    With lots of testes to tap
    Yeah, and if they don’t wanna die
    They had to get teh best there is
    Money in their hand
    Oh yeah, all right
    We’ll sell it to you, baby
    If the price is right
    They want that American Sperm

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  115. Stormy Daniels is storming CNN, it’s a thing now… even Anderson Cooper is focusing on her bustline…

    And Wolf Blitzer is now going by his porn name… Wolf Blitzer.

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)


  116. When wasn’t it? And not the public schools, either. Private schools, from the elite Protestant preppie-factories, to the military academies, to the Catholic and other parochial schools, are even more controlling.
    nk (dbc370) — 3/22/2018 @ 7:18 am


    Liberty’s Torch was not referring to maintaining order and rules of safe conduct in schools, nk. He was referring to ad hoc “courts” set up to produce certain political outcomes from certain un-PC political statements or actions. Like bullying a kid for wearing an American flag t-shirt or the recent leftist who belittled a kid for wearing a Marines sweat shirt to honor his father in Afghanistan. We aren’t talking about keeping the halls safe and the bathrooms smoke free, nk. We’re talking about kangaroo courts used to intimidate anyone not towing the leftist line.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  117. I mentioned the spin and puffery by the media. At my daughter’s school, the emphasis was on paying their respects to the victims, not protesting guns (or at least that’s how my daughter saw it).

    My daughter could see that it was being billed as both, and while she wanted to do the former she did not want to be a pawn for the latter. But she worried about people thinking that she didn’t care about the victims.

    All the media discussion was about whether children faced pressure for participating. Virtually no attention was paid on the extraordinary pressure many felt to participate.

    I’m glad nk’s daughter did not feel that pressure, but it may have been because she chose to participate (and because the emphasis was explained differently). Many kids did feel pressure. My daughter teared up about it two days in advance of it. She was a ball of nerves until it was over.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  118. I tell her real courage is not being fearless. Real courage is being scared and doing what’s right anyway.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  119. She’s doing Trump a favor. Everybody wants to hear her talk about having sex with Trump, instead of talking about the Crown Prince of Saudi saying he has Jared Kushner in his pocket.

    nk (dbc370)

  120. Saudi *Arabia*

    nk (dbc370)

  121. I tell her real courage is not being fearless. Real courage is being scared and doing what’s right anyway”

    One of my favorite old movie lines (some swashbucklers in a very tough spot):

    Dood 1: “Heroism is great when there’s a fighting chance”.

    Dood 2: “Heroism is only great when there’s no chance”

    I think it was from a musketeer movie from the 30s. Warren William possibly.

    harkin (2c04e3)

  122. courage is when you pick up the pieces of your shattered psyche and carry on even if people do a mean tweet on you

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  123. @128. It’s Dowdy Throughdy Time. Courage, Mr. Feet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  124. @121: =Haiku= Gesundheit!

    Busted: grand theft Colbert.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  125. @109 nk

    Why don’t Chicago school give a moment of silence every day for victims of gun violence? Flags at half staff should be the new normal there. The week you had no murders was Thanatos’ class reunion at Mount Olympus.

    Pinandpuller (0804fa)

  126. I think every school day starts with the National Anthem followed by a minute of silence. Students can contemplate anything they want.

    nk (dbc370)

  127. Or it may be the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a minute of silence.

    nk (dbc370)

  128. There are reasons Ralph Peters retired without making bird Colonel: at times he’s unable to control himself.

    Peters is smart, often quite perceptive, and he’s usually on target, but sometimes he gets fixated on a tangent, pushes to hard when others won’t agree, loses perspective and attributes opposition to personal animosity, evil forces, or intellectual shortcomings.

    When he resigned, Peters lashed out at FOX NEWS and cited lack of respect for Mueller’s integrity, as if the former FBI chief’s record of investigations was devoid of multiple examples of overt political bias, turning an official blind eye to gross corruption, protecting cronies, and subverting justice.

    Peters has disqualified himself as a voice of reason.

    ropelight (052f51)

  129. Peters was the closest thing to a worthy Tucker Carlson adversary.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  130. @59.”…blaming Trump for the sins of the Deep State…”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSpOjj4YD8c

    Oh Hoagie, grab your mug and mug for the cameras: “Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the Metric System down? WE DO! WE DO!”

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  131. Take the latest example: President Trump placing a phone call to Vladimir Putin to congratulate him, while saying nothing about his attempted assassination of a man and his daughter on British soil. These people know that’s the wrong thing to do.

    How do we know that Trump was warned in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE – in fact how do we even know what he said?

    Isn’t it leaks?

    You have to consider that the leakers maybe even set him up – that they normally wouldn’t even have recommended that Trump depart from protocol by not congratulating Putin on his “victory.”

    This probably contradicted other advice he got (which wasn’t leaked) I think they made it look like Trump generated the alternative advice and people told him what he wanted to hear.

    Now there’s also soemthing else. Trump probably sees that as a human rights issue and I think he hates human rights crusades, (which is a bad thing)

    Trump also doesn’t like to be led around.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  132. 125. nk (dbc370) — 3/22/2018 @ 7:35 am

    She’s doing Trump a favor. Everybody wants to hear her talk about having sex with Trump, instead of talking about the Crown Prince of Saudi saying he has Jared Kushner in his pocket.

    The New York Times says it is not Jared Kushner who is in his pocket – it’s someone else, and Mueller is investigating. (Kushner maybe could be accused of being easily led)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/us/politics/george-nader-elliott-broidy-uae-saudi-arabia-white-house-influence.html cooperating witness in the special counsel investigation worked for more than a year to turn a top Trump fund-raiser into an instrument of influence at the White House for the rulers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to interviews and previously undisclosed documents.

    Hundreds of pages of correspondence between the two men reveal an active effort to cultivate President Trump on behalf of the two oil-rich Arab monarchies, both close American allies.

    High on the agenda of the two men — George Nader, a political adviser to the de facto ruler of the U.A.E., and Elliott Broidy, the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee — was pushing the White House to remove Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, backing confrontational approaches to Iran and Qatar and repeatedly pressing the president to meet privately outside the White House with the leader of the U.A.E.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  133. And how did the New York Times get this information?

    The documents, which included emails, business proposals and contracts, were provided by an anonymous group critical of Mr. Broidy’s advocacy of American foreign policies in the Middle East.

    It would be interfesting to know who, and it would also be interesting to know how they got it.

    This is like sayng the steele dossier was provided by an opponent of Donald Trump.

    It sound like tghis is a group that wants the U.S. to support Qatar. Who?

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  134. The three 20-year-old women purchased a package of pasta from a store while studying in Italy and placed it directly in the pot before lighting the stove, causing the pasta to burst in flames within minutes.

    Maybe it had instructions – but in Italian.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  135. 99. Patterico (115b1f) — 3/21/2018 @ 9:41 pm

    The one thing I’m proud of is that both my children understand that communism is bad and kills people.

    Maybe not so much really Communism but the KGB (which is all it ever was. I think Lenin just used that as an excuse to seize power)

    Russia now has the KGB without the Communism.

    Putin is actually following Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s advice, for the most part.

    http://www.bard.edu/library/arendt/pdfs/Solzhenitsyn-LettersSovietLeaders.pdf

    It wss the best he could hope for from the Soviet leaders.

    He doesn’t call for an end to dictatorship. He just says that a lot of what they are doing is not in the interest of the Soviet leaders themselves.

    You will srill have absolute and impregnable power, a separate, scrong and exclusive Parry, rhe army, the police force, industry,
    rransporrarion, communications, mineral wealth, a monopoly of foreign tr ade, an artificial rate of exchange for the ruble-but lee the people breathe, let them chink and develop!

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  136. Or it may be the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a minute of silence.

    nk (dbc370) — 3/22/2018 @ 9:53 am

    And then a starter pistol.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  137. Maybe it had instructions – but in Italian.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146) — 3/22/2018 @ 2:44 pm

    It was Amanda Knox flavored.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  138. “Maybe not so much really Communism but the KGB (which is all it ever was. I think Lenin just used that as an excuse to seize power). Russia now has the KGB without the Communism.

    The KGB (and the Cheka before it) was a symptom of communism, not the other way around. Russia today is a mess but I don’t see them starving millions as government policy.

    Look at your quote from Solzhenitsyn, imagine a United States where the Democratic Party had exclusive and absolute power over “the army, police force, industry, transportation, communications, mineral wealth, foreign trade” and the economy…..there’s a reason people say ‘power corrupts’.

    When government decides everything, the individual decides nothing, which is the ultimate goal of communism.

    Being ruled by the Soviets is not something from which it’s easy to recover. Compared to The Soviet Union, Russia today has to be better.

    harkin (574a19)

  139. No, putin like vigor stelkov theleader of the green men, see great promise in the structuresof the czarist regime, like sotzhenitsyn they saw the prosolution in the strong hand of a reform minded pm like stolypin.

    Sammeh this is about Qatar which gives sanctuary to the Muslim brotherhood from the Chechen emirate to hamas and the taliban. Who funds Al queda from ansar Al sharia to the nusra front.

    narciso (d1f714)

  140. *shrug*

    I knew that President Trump was a Democrat before he ran as a Republican and this is the sort of thing I’d actually expected from him when I voted for him. Overall, he’s still been better then I expected and he would still have to work harder then this to be as bad as Mrs. Clinton would have been had she been the winner. ^_^

    Towering Barbarian (21f677)

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