Posts by Peter ODonnell

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  • The 'Taiwan Card' Is a Busted Flush, Beijing Believes

    12/04/2016 5:21:57 PM PST · 16 of 20
    Peter ODonnell to All

    I’m not surprised that Trump would be called by a Taipei personality.

  • Sarah Palin calls Trump’s deal with Carrier ‘crony capitalism’

    12/02/2016 8:37:40 PM PST · 92 of 255
    Peter ODonnell to All

    See what a miracle worker Trump is, he got Sarah Palin to agree with Bernie Sanders.

  • TECH BLACKOUT: Huge Solar Storm Which Could WIPE OUT Modern Technology Expected by 2020

    12/01/2016 11:43:35 PM PST · 32 of 42
    Peter ODonnell to All

    I think the chances are lower, but a repeat of the Carrington event (September 1859) in this high-wired tech civilization would knock us for a loop. We should have plans in all advanced nations, that would bring back the grid as fast as possible in this eventuality.

    How they got to their probability number is a bit baffling to me. A major solar flare event would likely happen near the peak of an active solar cycle. We are currently in the dying phases of a rather weak solar cycle that peaked in 2012 and 2013. The next peak is unlikely to be very strong according to those who research these things, and not due until perhaps 2023-2025.

    My guess would be that solar flares will be weak and not very frequent between now and then. Even the next peak provides no greater opportunities than any of the past several. We survived very strong peaks in 1947 and 1957, and strong ones again in 1979 and 1989. The worst thing that happened in all of that period was a moderate flare event that knocked out the grid in Quebec in March 1989. That was disruptive but not catastrophic.

    We have no way of predicting when this mega-flare will take place. The 1860 peak (as it is identified) that was associated with the Carrington event was not a particularly strong one but one of a series of rather average peaks in the mid-19th century. Why it happened then and not any other time is unknown and perhaps unknowable.

    We would have a warning of a day or so, and could presumably shut down some of the grid to prevent it from shorting out (something that happened on a smaller scale after the Carrington event around 1919 IIRC). Technology was not very advanced then but it knocked out telegraph service in much of the U.S. for days.

    With things like this, probability numbers are meaningless and useless. The bottom line is, this could happen and we know it could happen. Since we can’t predict it, we would be stupid and short-sighted to ignore the risk. And there are probably things that could be done in terms of advanced planning and creation of back-up resources (in well positioned locations). It would still be a huge dislocation event, but perhaps not as catastrophic, if a plan was available. I don’t think a plan is available today. This is something Trump can probably work on over the next few years. He needs to find the right experts to advise not on when, but how we recover. The when part is unknowable and there is no point in wasting time speculating about that.

  • Are all Liberals Stupid or Are all Stupid People Liberals?

    12/01/2016 6:41:37 PM PST · 37 of 43
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Liberalism can be defined as the confident voyage north to find the South Pole.

    When confronted with their lack of logic in any regard, liberals will note smugly that tne South Pole will be where they stop, if they have to rename the North Pole, it will be a trivial matter.

    As to a moral compass, that was left back in port.

  • Islamofascist Abdul Razak: still "searching" for motive - Obama's legacy

    11/28/2016 11:30:48 PM PST · 11 of 17
    Peter ODonnell to All

    This is how the mainstream media would report on the Russian Revolution today ...

    “Armed men roamed the streets of Russian cities with random acts of violence and in some instances taking over buildings, some of them possibly having some connection to the government. It is not known what role the firebrand V. Lenin may have played, if any, nor is it clear whether this has anything to do with the obscure German philosopher Karl Marx, who was not always supportive of all established governments. Sources who did not wish to be named said there might be a few more scattered outbreaks of disorder in the months ahead but expected that no clear trends would emerge.”

  • Why The Left Loves Totalitarians Like Fidel Castro

    11/28/2016 6:21:26 PM PST · 14 of 18
    Peter ODonnell to All

    I would argue that what we’ve seen in western countries since about 1990 is a very gradual voluntary communist revolution on the Chinese model without the economic dislocations of the early days of the Soviet Union.

    This makes it either palatable or irrelevant to large parts of the population. The only place one notices the drift to communism is in areas like identity politics, free speech and various aspects of political correctness.

    Trump says he is opposed to much of this but I have to wonder how sharp edged his counter revolutionary political stance will appear after a year or two in office. It very much depends on who is advising and how things go with the first round of inevitable confrontations with the revolutionary forces still in place.

    In Canada we had the opposite experience. We had a declared anti-communist government that slowly lost its interest and its edge on that issue, and more or less gave up the fight against identity politics, trying instead to re-brand it under slightly less objectionable conditions. This slowly split the conservative movement into loyalists and disenchanted dissidents (sound familiar?) and so that government fell to Justin Trudeau, who is not so much a communist sympathizer as an under-educated product of his father’s regime (his father on the other hand was widely regarded by many conservatives as a KGB agent).

    Justin rather vacuously raved about Fidel not so much from an ideological point of view but because Fidel was a family friend (no doubt he had a lot in common with Justin’s dad and maybe also his mother). This has touched off a minor firestorm of criticism in Canada, but at the same time, it is fairly easy to find openly laudatory commentary on the internet (in Canada) about Fidel Castro. Like many other things, there is a polarized response to this more or less dividing the population up here 50-50, most Conservatives and some Liberals are aghast by Trudeau’s initial lack of comprehension of who and what Fidel was, while the other half take the view that any enemy of the west is a friend of theirs.

    As is often the case, I just holler “get me out of here” when this sort of thing happens, but there’s nothing that one can do, this country will always be like this (and I suspect so will yours, although maybe the percentages are not quite the same).

  • Trump Disavowal of White Supremacists Doesn't Quiet Concerns ("More Acts of Hate Carried out")

    11/27/2016 12:12:02 AM PST · 28 of 43
    Peter ODonnell to All

    I find it hard to tell whether the small band of white nationalists in my own country are (a) energized by the Trump and Brexit results and hoping to cash in as newly relevant social agitators, or (b) lifelong police agents who are keeping an eye on the conservative blogosphere and pretending to be white nationalists using awkward sounding appeals such as I read earlier in these terms ... “join the growing alt right movement and protest how immigrants are taking over our city.” Of course a lot of people have this perception, and not necessarily from any kind of racist or even white perspective. But the way some of these elements are reacting, it just sounds wrong and I suspect anyone who answers a mass e-mailing would probably then be swept up into some police dragnet seeking to “find and expose racist elements” while the instigators either pretend to be swept up in the net or just fade away into the night leaving the more gullible holding the bag they designed.

    Maybe I am reading too much into this, but we did have a celebrated episode in Canada where the national police force set up a neo-Nazi organization so they could flush out neo Nazis, but in fact what it created was an interest in Nazism among several individuals who might never have thought about it had they not been attracted to the meetings by the generic propaganda (which is not always identifiably Nazi, just garden variety grumbling themes of various kinds).

    This is the fog of the culture war. We don’t seem to play it on our side, there are enough real communists out there that nobody needs to create a few fake ones.

  • (Canadian Prime Minister) Trudeau expresses 'deep sorrow' over Fidel Castro's death

    11/26/2016 12:46:41 PM PST · 46 of 68
    Peter ODonnell to All

    I’m not ashamed in the least, the Trudeau family and the Liberals in general are known to be soft on communism and our three-party system means that all you need to form a government is 37% of the vote. Imagine what your politics would be like if the Green Party got 20% instead of 1% of the vote. Nuff said.

  • No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See

    11/26/2016 12:43:27 PM PST · 21 of 33
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Independent researcher = nephew

  • The War on 'Fake News

    11/26/2016 7:53:14 AM PST · 14 of 21
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Most of the so-called real news is faked news in reality.

    The Arab spring, for example, was basically a prelude to a bloodbath and the spreading of terrorism.

    Climate change hysteria is a never ending series of faked images and anecdotal references that are meant to mislead people into drawing conclusions that are not true.

    Most of the coverage of President Obama has been transparently false and there has been no effort made to discover the real truth.

    The media’s version of truthful reporting about the Clintons is the gold standard of disinformation.

    Putin is represented as another Stalin which is quite a distortion, while Angela Merkel, who appears to be insane to many, is shown as a wise and courageous, steady leader.

    All of this is total nonsense. Against that, the occasional lapse into embellishment from alternative media is rather trivial. And just because alternative media sometimes get things wrong does not mean those who are aware of them are misinformed. I don’t necessarily take as fact anything that any media or internet sources report. I do my due diligence and try to verify all that I hear from whatever sources I can find. And we should all be able to understand what things we cannot fully know, and be able to place those in a “for later consideration” file that is otherwise unresolved. For example, I don’t really know if there is any substance to the allegations about Clinton Foundation being involved in child trafficking. But I am not willing to accept any blanket denials of this charge from one side, nor any insistent calls to accept from the other side.

    All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

    Since my work involves research in climate, I have a better than average chance of sifting through fact and fiction in that field, and there again, I have found that the discourse from both sides is borderline crazy talk. There is no runaway warming. There is no good evidence for there being more severe weather events (some evidence of a reduction). But on the other hand, a new ice age is probably not around the corner either. As unsexy as it may sound to both the media and the alt-media, the climate is probably just boring old steady state and going nowhere.

  • I haven’t slept in my room since the election [Snowflake Alert]

    11/26/2016 7:41:20 AM PST · 107 of 167
    Peter ODonnell to All

    I can’t imagine the future of the western world given that this was only beaten back by a perfect storm of good luck on our side. Most of the cities are already lost to this whining infantile mind set, and pushed towards the brink by ultra-socialist city governments that don’t seem to have any clue about sociological or economic realities.

    This sort of idiot views the world as a giant kindergarten and nature as an endless national park. Anyone who wishes to work for a living is viewed as an enemy of that threatened living organism, Gaia.

    When they take over, and how can they not given the demographic trends, our civilization will rapidly collapse and the Chinese and Muslims will flood in here and fight battles for control all around the world. They will eventually move beyond their politial alliances with other special interest groups and exterminate them if not directly then by demographic overkill. This will take about a century or two, but unless we smarten up this seems inevitable to me.

  • A Better Way to Pick the Next President: The National Popular Vote Compact

    11/25/2016 5:23:23 PM PST · 64 of 90
    Peter ODonnell to All

    You could always consider starting over again with only invited states or portions of states (county by county). My guess is the new California would have about 20 electoral college votes and the revised New York about 20 also. As to the seven or eight large cities that would go their own way, sayonara and good luck. At least they would have diversity (and adversity no doubt).

  • Nov 25, 6:44 PM EST With recounts looming, Trump adds new administration picks

    11/25/2016 5:06:57 PM PST · 20 of 36
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Sounds like a horror movie of sorts, The Phantom Votes of Lake Winnebago have washed up on the shores of Oshkosh to a strange bird chorus of Soros-did-it Soros-did-it and a rising wind in the pines that cries “Hill-a-reeee.”

    All is resolved when the evil conspirators are pinned beneath giant wheels of cheese and nibbled on by rats, not Democ-rats, just plain old rats.

  • [FLASHBACK] How will Trump supporters react if he loses?

    11/25/2016 12:03:53 PM PST · 13 of 21
    Peter ODonnell to All

    We would probably get Gary Johnson to call for a recount in Aleppo.

  • Porn accidentally airs instead of CNN in Boston for 30 minutes

    11/25/2016 11:55:35 AM PST · 23 of 88
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Anderson Cooper 1080 will be seen instead of the usual programming.

  • Who they are: Profiles emerge of the 120 people arrested in Portland's protests

    11/24/2016 1:49:43 PM PST · 22 of 38
    Peter ODonnell to All

    This is what happens when you live on a diet of kale, raw seafood and craft beer that tastes like ginger ale.

  • Rosie O'Donnell Sparks Outrage with Tweet Asking Whether Barron Trump Is Autistic

    11/24/2016 1:45:41 PM PST · 52 of 121
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Normal childhood shyness is not autism. The kid has probably never been exposed to such a gathering of high-powered adults, especially not at a time of night when he would normally be sound asleep.

    I have the feeling that in some North American social circles, anything short of sparkling social-butterfly gregarious Osmond-like hey pal how’s your day going types of social interaction (in other words, normal non-American behavior) is seen as autism.

    One is not autistic just because one does not

    (a) have a reality TV show

    (b) have more than 500 facebook friends, or

    (c) have a highly developed social conscience that views every person on earth not a white male to be a victim of something.

    One might just be a quiet, thoughtful person who has more important things to do than overcome random strangers with the ability to chat about nothing.

  • Russia Successfully Tests Stealth NUKE TRAIN: Blends In w/Locomotives (travels 1500 miles a day)

    11/23/2016 3:23:13 PM PST · 42 of 55
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Okay so what happens when some drunk, stoned or sleep-deprived truck driver gets nailed by one of these trains at a level crossing?

    I guess nobody in Europe will ever know.

  • Obama to NYT Reporter: My Administration Hasn't Had the 'Kinds of Scandals' Others Have

    11/22/2016 6:44:33 PM PST · 27 of 32
    Peter ODonnell to All

    “I never get tired of saying that I am wonderful and my best quality among many others is modesty.”

    (said the crazy guy as they wheeled him to the waiting ambulance for his final journey)

  • Trump disavows 'alt-right' supporters

    11/22/2016 12:28:02 PM PST · 58 of 100
    Peter ODonnell to All

    alt r-i-i-i-ght.

    Well as long as the alt-male president is gone by January 20th, what do we care?

  • Fact Check: This Pizzeria Is Not a Child-Trafficking Site

    11/21/2016 8:43:53 PM PST · 77 of 144
    Peter ODonnell to RummyChick

    That was Portugal. They were from the U.K. on holiday.

    Child sex tourism is very big with a certain demographic that we might call metrosexual gays. Many of them go to southeast Asia from Europe and North America. Raise your hand if you didn’t know that before today and then wear the “gosh I am naive” hat for a week.

    But if you’re a busy stay at home such person, then perhaps you can have home delivery. This is what makes this story with these added details seem slightly more plausible.

    Haiti would have presented a choice opportunity for child sex traffickers. If not these suspects, then who? If not their contacts as consumers, then who? At some point, the continual celebration of perversion starts to become less “cool” and more “creepy.” It’s all a matter of where you stand, solid rock or shifting sand.

    I wish I lived in the eastern U.S., then I could do some research on the scene. I am on the west coast, we have some opportunities for similar research, but I have not obtained very many clues yet.

    It is a strange thing, whenever you start poking into the business of globalists, child sex issues come out of the woodwork. Urban legend, or just waiting-to-be-proven conspiracy? It is at least worth some investigation.

  • Mike Pence confirms: Romney under ‘active & serious consideration’ for Secretary of State

    11/21/2016 11:25:10 AM PST · 34 of 42
    Peter ODonnell to All

    I think it would be a good move. The other choices already announced demonstrate that this will be a hard-line almost too good to be true government. You and I both know that with 45% of the popular vote and little support in cities, media or academia, this government will be totally in battle mode for four years. Why spread that to global forums with another hard liner when you know that you can do very little to change either institutions or opinions beyond boundaries already established?

    It might actually do some good for the anti-globalist cause in other countries to have a relatively moderate figure like Romney on the world stage. Anti-globalists can point to this and say, “well, look they aren’t all that scary.”

    And meanwhile it will be possible to keep an eye on what Romney is doing in his networking, if he has to interact frequently with the Administration.

    He wouldn’t be a rogue actor in that position, you have to represent the point of view of the government, not just go around representing your own point of view. So that might be good also, because it would normalize the Trump anti-globalist position among soft elements of the center-right who might otherwise just stay in nevertrump mode.

    However, if there’s some other task such as VA then whatever, I would not be looking for miracles in foreign affairs during this four years so sending out somebody very combative will likely just lead to a whole lot of dramatic debates and no actual changes. The world will change when Islam either reforms or disappears, and also when there is no trace left of communism. I can’t see any way that would happen without genocide on a level that is far greater than anything in previous history. Even this Trump administration would probably stop short of that policy suggestion, so that being the case, how does any Secretary of State make any real progress? Just by rationalizing relations with friendly countries and doing whatever is possible to contain or neutralize enemeies. They will want to push back out of those restrictions so the process will tend to be status quo or shifting around of trouble as with ISIS being destroyed then a new something else springing up in another location.

    Basically your Secretary of State has to be good at whack-a-mole. I think Romney must be pretty good at croquet so this would be a natural skill for him.

  • U.S. Electoral College: Ernennt Hillary Clinton zur Präsidentin am 19. Dezember

    11/21/2016 11:12:09 AM PST · 5 of 17
    Peter ODonnell to Swordmaker

    My guess is that one to three electoral college votes will come in with unexpected names, not necessarily Hillary Clinton. There was an elector in WA state who stated that they might be voting for the Green Party’s Jill Stein (so there’s one fewer for Hillary if so).

    Otherwise, I would expect them to fulfill their constitutional duties and legal obligations as set out under state laws.

    The whole point of the Electoral College was to prevent mob rule based on large voting blocs in powerful states (which nowadays means CA and NY mostly). And as we’ve seen, it is the larger cities where people are most bent out of shape about the results.

    Large cities have powerful civic governments and so their residents get many services from both municipal and state governments. People out in the boonies get fewer state services as well as fewer or zero municipal services. Their votes at the federal level should count for more.

    This election and the past two are probably good advertising for moving the voting age up to about thirty and restrict it to employed property owners or people with full-time employment if they rent. Maybe a petition to that effect would be equally popular. Not kidding, our countries have to do something to prevent this slide into ignorant gimmedat voting that will destroy the foundation of both our freedoms and our prosperity.

  • Merkel Says She Will Run as ‘Anti-Populist’, Pro-Establishment Candidate

    11/21/2016 11:02:34 AM PST · 41 of 49
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Maybe her slogan will be Deutschland Import Alles, or Ein Reich, Swei Volk, Ein Furore.

  • Merkel Says She Will Run as ‘Anti-Populist’, Pro-Establishment Candidate

    11/21/2016 11:00:34 AM PST · 36 of 49
    Peter ODonnell to All

    It appears that her election as Chancellor depends on her party winning the control of the parliament (either by majority of members or leading a coalition), presupposing that she is elected in her district.

    The voting system is complex. People vote for a local representative and for a regional party list. The parliament is filled by a combination of these. Some candidates are on both lists in case they lose their local seats (then they go in as part of the regional list in some cases).

    If Merkel becomes unpopular nationally then the voters will have to reject her party at both local and regional levels to the extent necessary for some other party to win power and then that party’s leader will be Chancellor.

  • Merkel Says She Will Run as ‘Anti-Populist’, Pro-Establishment Candidate

    11/21/2016 10:48:16 AM PST · 23 of 49
    Peter ODonnell to All

    “I will keep bringing new voters here because the old ones have turned out to be faithless electors.”

    Problem is, I think her election has no electoral college protections, must look into this, she either wins by national vote or by reason of being party leader of a winning party (as in Canada, only Justin Trudeau’s Montreal neighbors directly vote for him, the rest of us choose a prime minister by default through our riding MP selection). That is also the case in the U.K. ... and as we’ve seen, the prime minister can change simply by a resignation followed by a party convention. It could be years before the people even have the chance to comment indirectly at the ballot box.

    In France they go by a national vote for their top position, that involves a runoff if nobody gets 50%.

    Will look into how Germany does this and post if nobody beats me to it.

  • After Election, Liberal Finally Admits Sarah Palin Was Right All Along About the Horrible Polls

    11/20/2016 11:23:24 PM PST · 21 of 33
    Peter ODonnell to All

    She could see the Electoral College (and 2017) from her house.

  • Obama in Peru: America Has Often Fallen Short of Our Ideals(Again...Stilll)

    11/20/2016 8:01:00 PM PST · 45 of 56
    Peter ODonnell to All

    First time he leaves the U.S. after January 20th, Trump should put him on a no-fly list.

  • The coldest handshake: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin photographed in brief frosty exchange at Per

    11/20/2016 11:58:26 AM PST · 10 of 42
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Whatever happened to that theory that Obama’s comments to Medvedev about five years ago signalled a desire to do Putin’s bidding?

    Did the Czech bounce?

  • Trump Sends Bannon to HAMILTON tonight: Trolling the Libtards!

    11/20/2016 11:47:43 AM PST · 103 of 110
    Peter ODonnell to All

    This is what somebody needs to say to these liberal crybabies:

    “Listen, stop lecturing us. We were always willing to live and let live. We did not go out into the streets to disrupt business when Obama and his communist advisors took over. We set about the business of opposing and overcoming. This is what we have done. If your ideology has any merit, and we don’t think it does, then appeal to the voters and get them to return you to power, through the constitutionally appointed mechanism, the electoral college.

    If you don’t like it, too bad. And if you want cultural civil war, bring it on, and prepare to lose.

    From our perspective, we dislike being lectured by sexual deviants and liberal weirdos. If you dislike being lectured by normal people, too bad for you. And if you think this is bad, imagine what awaits you in the next world.”

  • Inner Emptiness Descends on the Trump Haters

    11/20/2016 9:04:38 AM PST · 26 of 48
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Also violence against Newton’s second law and Fermat’s little theorem. Just kicked the snot out of both of those in a krazy konservative rage, looking for you, Boyle’s law.

  • Obama urges anti-Trump rioters to keep up the good work

    11/20/2016 8:58:22 AM PST · 4 of 10
    Peter ODonnell to All

    It’s true, Iran is a stronger and better country than it was eight years ago, or so they say. And Obama is leaving that for Trump.

  • How identity politics blew up in Democrats' faces

    11/19/2016 11:41:59 PM PST · 16 of 27
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Shows the importance of the electoral college, in a way that the Founding Fathers could not have totally foreseen, the special interests are basically women, gays and people of color — and if enough of those vote for the Democrats, the country will become a one-party state. But the electoral college saved America this time. Next time?

    Demographics do not look that great. Pray for a very good term and the advantage of the incumbent to forestall the inevitable tragedy four more years.

  • Mike Huckabee: Trump Putting Romney in Cabinet Would 'Insult' Voters

    11/19/2016 8:55:07 PM PST · 83 of 115
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Whether you like the guy or not, he would make a better Secretary of State than the last two. Of course, that’s not saying much.

  • WHATEVER! Whoopi Goldberg rants on The View about Trump’s picks, says she’s ‘pissed off’ [video]

    11/19/2016 5:35:13 PM PST · 22 of 58
    Peter ODonnell to All

    There’s no doubt that the U.S. government is a haven for many crazy ideologues and extremists.

    However, that’s all going to come to a merciful end on January 20th.

    (had ya going, didn’t I?)

  • Let's Have a National Climate Change Debate

    11/18/2016 5:18:13 PM PST · 27 of 56
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Here’s a suggestion — announce that a debate will take place one year from today, but to get into the debate, you have to predict the temperature within two degrees at ten locations around the world, for each day in the week leading up to the debate.

    If you can’t do that (and my guess is, nobody would succeed) then you aren’t qualified to say what the world’s weather will be like in thirty years, so no debate would be scientifically valid. It would be like ancient Greeks debating the periodic table.

  • Woman Investigating Clinton Foundation Crimes Found Dead (Monica Peterson)

    11/18/2016 12:40:11 AM PST · 43 of 57
    Peter ODonnell to Nailbiter

    Link is in post # 11 above.

  • Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’

    11/17/2016 5:34:50 PM PST · 20 of 23
    Peter ODonnell to All

    The most important thing related to this is the (apparently orchestrated) move this week to declare all bad news about the Clintons to be fake news. CNN were on about this earlier today, about how we had all this faked news circulating on the internet, including (they said) charges against the Clintons. This was sneaky. And it opens up the whole of Pandora’s box in this regard, one thing the left are very good at through repeated practice is the game of disinformation.

    You need to be very alert to how this is played.

    Not only can you deceive an opponent, you can also make an opponent think that he has been deceived when he was right in the first place. The “lack of WMDs in Iraq” theme was a good illustration of this. First you plant evidence that there were not the expected WMDs at point A. Then you insinuate that there had never been WMDs at any other point. Of course, there is no logical chain in that reasoning. The fact that one climate skeptic is proven to be on the payroll of an oil company does not in any way change the probability that hundreds of other skeptics are also on the payroll. (Nor does it make skepticism wrong).

    So the game being played now is this — plant a few bogus minor news stories, something like Hillary Clinton took a thousand bucks from somebody to do something and she didn’t do it, not all that damaging, then disprove it, then add on that also, she and Bill didn’t charge vast sums for pay to play, nor are they involved in illegal acts concerning underaged youth.

    This is actually the full-time business of some people in some parts of the government. In Canada, we had an entirely made up neo-Nazi organization run out of the headquarters of the national police force to see who was interested in being a neo-Nazi. Then one or two people joined that to find out who was interested in promoting Nazism. So at the meeting you had fake Nazis running the show, and fake Nazis in the audience listening to the spiel. Granted, there may have been one or two real Nazis there. Or confused teenagers who liked the look of the Nazi uniform.

    Now if that isn’t faked news, I don’t know what is. But of course, the Nazis were experts at this, they started the war with a faked attack on their border, and they started the third Reich with a faked terrorist attack on their parliament.

    What faked news is fooling us? This play acting internet stuff? Or the harder news we are told by the media? I think the answer to that has been “asked and answered” as they say in court.

  • Romney and Trump to discuss secretary of state position, NBC source says

    11/17/2016 1:43:15 PM PST · 92 of 114
    Peter ODonnell to Peter ODonnell

    Also, being new to politics, maybe Trump thinks you have to be a failed presidential candidate to become Secretary of State. /s

  • Romney and Trump to discuss secretary of state position, NBC source says

    11/17/2016 1:40:19 PM PST · 90 of 114
    Peter ODonnell to All

    In some ways this would be a brilliant choice.

    Romney once famously said that Russia was the real enemy. That makes him an instant band-aid for any further early term speculation about the administration becoming too close to Putin. It might also be a calculated message to Moscow — we want better relations, but not the chance to kiss your butts.

    Also, Romney is quite inoffensive to most foreign leaders compared to almost anyone else Trump could name to this post, and that might allow things to calm down long enough to get difficult new relationships accepted and moving forward. Any idea that the U.S.A. is in a position to dictate bilateral terms with various countries is probably very popular in the Trump base but demonstrably inaccurate and doomed to failure (all that would happen if somebody tried that would be a freeze in the status quo followed by a four year wait for change, which also might please some but I don’t see the point of even having a Secretary of State if that’s the chosen path).

    Another good thing about hiring Romney is that you know he’s going to feel bummed about Trump winning where he lost, so you can rub it in about once a month.

  • Bernie Sanders Shuns Joining Democrats: "I Will Finish This Term As An Independent"

    11/17/2016 10:23:13 AM PST · 5 of 20
    Peter ODonnell to All

    He doesn’t want to shake hands, germ hands, might catch a cold.

  • Flier objects to 'White Supremacy Kills,' gets booted

    11/16/2016 10:40:22 PM PST · 38 of 47
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Wright supremacy comes to aviation — read all about it.

  • The Liberal Meltdown Marches on into Oblivion

    11/16/2016 10:32:54 PM PST · 13 of 21
    Peter ODonnell to Safrguns

    That arrest probably cannot happen before January 21st, but probably the holidays and colder weather in some regions will diminish the protests. They would likely start up again in the spring, so Trump and associates should be looking at strategies to make that less of a concern.

    I have a rather novel suggestion on all this — triage the illegal immigrants. Go hard after the criminal element, work out a pathway to citizenship for the productive, and give a blanket amnesty to the so-called dreamers. This would cut the legs out from under the left, while at the same time fulfilling the main promise of deporting the bad hombres. And I think it might create a new source of support for Trump.

    It won’t hurt the economy. A lot of the people who are in America illegally are taking jobs that few others will do. Getting them into the legal economy will increase taxation revenue and force employers to raise wages in general. Given Trump’s energy policies, gas prices are likely to fall so placing a bit of upward pressure on them can be handled.

    Perhaps this is the real meaning of the Trump revolution, to break down insoluble problems that ideologues have not been able to resolve, and move on. America is a huge nation in terms of economy and population. If it’s true that there are twelve million illegals and three million are “bad hombres” then the net residue is about nine million, roughly three per cent of the population. Still make it clear that from now on, only legal immigration will be acceptable, and keep the pressure on criminals.

  • Predict the outcome of the 2016 election -- FR fundraising angle (see rules)

    11/16/2016 3:38:02 PM PST · 32 of 32
    Peter ODonnell to All

    More votes have been counted, the main change is actually to the “other” segment as California seems to like their fringe candidates. This segment has risen to 1.0%. The worthless Clinton tide so far continues to rise slowly as well, possibly the very last stages of vote counting will discover some absentee Trump votes, but in the interests of accuracy, these are the updated scores ...

    Pollster ____ TRUMP-CLINTON- ___ TRUMP _ CLIN _ JOHN _ STEIN _ McMUFF _ OTHER ____ TOTAL SCORE

    SpeedyinTx __ 293 (2.6) 245 (2.6) ____ 47.8 (.20) 47.3 (.28) 3.5 (.04) 1.0 (.00) 0.6 (.04) 0.0 (.20) _____ 94.04

    Peter O’D ___ 290 (3.2) 247 (3.2) ____ 48.8 (.40) 42.1 (1.12) 5.8 (.50) 1.5 (.10) 1.2 (.16) 0.6 (.08) _____ 91.24

    Lazamataz ___ 288 (3.6) 250 (3.6) ____ 50.0 (.64) 45.0 (.74) 3.0 (.06) 1.0 (.00) 1.0 (.12) 0.0 (.20) _____ 91.04

    Reviled Ddad_ 286 (4.0) 252 (4.0) ____ 48.4 (.32) 46.0 (.34) 4.1 (.16) 0.8 (.04) 0.5 (.02) 0.2 (.16) _____ 90.96

    Gay St Con ___ 270 (7.2) 268 (7.2) ___ 48.0 (.24) 47.0 (0.14) 3.0 (.06) 1.0 (.00) 1.0 (.12) 0.0 (.20) _____ 84.84

    Man with a Gun said 335-203, no popular vote prediction, but a reasonable assumption for that outcome gives the following score

    Man with a Gun_ 335 (5.8) 203 (5.8) ___ 51.5 (.96) 44.5 (.64) plus arbitrary 0.5, estimated score _____ 86.30

    These were all better predictions than most of what I saw on TV in the three days before the election. This would be typical of those polls:

    Typical Poll __ 220 (17.2) 318 (17.2) __ 43.0 (.76) 49.5 (.36) 5.0 (.34) 1.5 (.10) 0.6 (.04) 0.4 (.12) ______ 63.88

    a final update will be posted when the electoral college vote is known and the vote count is as final as it’s going to get, in January 2017. ... let’s hope there are no nasty surprises in those envelopes.

  • Lindsay Lohan to Donald Trump: ‘Come to Istanbul, Syria With Me’

    11/15/2016 11:33:11 PM PST · 18 of 36
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Our globalist media have sold western countries and many of their citizens a crock on Syria, faithfully toeing the anti-Assad line every time it seems necessary to keep the sad spectacle of the refugees going. The question is, why?

    What was fundamentally so bad about the Assad government, compared to almost anything else that might replace it? Not that anything was really designed to replace it. Somewhere behind the scenes, powerful interests decided they would create a permanent state of war in Syria, Libya and if possible Iraq. They even tried to involve Egypt, which escaped. This gives a strong clue as to whose interests are being served. Basically, we could say it is the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s largely a religious exercise designed to force Allah’s hand and bring forward the timetable of their version of the end times. And they don’t care how many people have to die to get there.

    A cynic might say there are other powerful interests who don’t mind all this carnage — arms dealers, nations who value instability in that part of the world, certain economic interests.

    So Assad has to be marketed as a very bad man when in fact he was probably no worse than any other regional leader, and from his own perspective what he’s fighting is a coalition of traitors to the nation he rules. We would be treating “insurgents” and rebels exactly the same way in western countries, and on occasion, we have in the not so recent past.

    All this can be resolved in only one way and that would be stronger support for Assad. Let him deal with these idiots from a position of strength. What’s the alternative? A series of weak, ineffective governments as with Libya, followed by a different version of the same war with no good options on the table.

  • Ann Coulter: Appropriate Reaction to Those Calling Bannon Anti-Semitic, Racist: ‘Screw You’

    11/15/2016 11:21:20 PM PST · 20 of 46
    Peter ODonnell to All

    Okay, rookies, here are the rules:

    dislike liberal Jews — you’re an anti-Semite.

    dislike the state of Israel — you’re a progressive humanitarian.

    dislike all Jews all the time — you’re a Jew.

  • Canadians invite California, Oregon and Washington to secede

    11/15/2016 6:07:50 PM PST · 20 of 73
    Peter ODonnell to All

    This won’t be happening, sorry you’re stuck with these tards for the foreseeable future. You might get Mexico to take the warmer parts off your hands if that would be mutually agreeable.

    We have so many tards per square meter up here that it would crash the system to bring in that many more, all at once. We just can’t do stupid on a west coast scale here, sorry, tried it in Ontario and it crashed big-time right away.

  • Obama: Merkel was my closest ally

    11/15/2016 5:47:42 PM PST · 48 of 69
    Peter ODonnell to All

    When he’s no longer in charge of the military or other powerful assets, we will hear some real truth from Obama’s fellow leaders (leaked no doubt through sources) and it won’t be complimentary.

    I would be willing to give up Christmas if they could make January next month.

  • Amid Antisemitism Controversy,[] Bannon to Attend Major Pro-Israel Group’s Gala Dinner

    11/15/2016 5:34:38 PM PST · 12 of 15
    Peter ODonnell to All

    My guess is that some people are jealous of Bannon, he has access and they don’t. Others are just trying to pin a tail on a donkey in the dark, but most of them are donkeys in the dark so they keep pinning it on themselves.

    Anyway, alt-right Steve Bannon is about as much of an anti-Semite as I am an NFL linebacker, and even the Vikings could run through me.

  • Barbara Boxer Introduces Bill to End Electoral College (Dream on Losers)

    11/15/2016 1:31:42 PM PST · 26 of 117
    Peter ODonnell to All

    W not Gore

    Trump not Hillary

    Grover Cleveland got a rest between terms

    Rutherford Hayes not Tilden

    Adams not Jackson, not my problem ... can’t win ‘em all.

    Let’s say the record looks pretty good, Electoral College for the Win !!!!