World Armies

The majority of the largest armies are from Asia. The United States pretty much stands alone representing the West. According to this site, Finland surprisingly has the largest army in terms of personnel.

Here's another list revealing the top 10 armies; six of which are from Asia. The U.S. is the only representative of the West.

An interesting look into the military superpowers in world history.

Nice resource to all sorts of military statistics for all countries.

Still more at Wikipedia.

Quote Of The Day

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." 

Frank Zappa

Random Topic: Language Laws In Slovakia

World's Richest Economies Throughout History

Neat small chart.

Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy have had their time in the sun as the wealthiest in Europe. Italy in particular was the wealthiest nation right until the the 18th century if memory serves me correctly.

Shifting U.S. Cities

America's growing cities.


America's shrinking cities.

Notice most of the shrinking is in the rust belt. New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey have all seen losses. Michigan and Ohio are particularly hit hardest. Five cities from Michigan and three from Ohio make up the top 10. In total a whopping 14 cities from Ohio are among the 69 cities represented while 10 are from Michigan. 10 are from New York/New Jersey.

Their loss is Texas's gain. Five cities from Texas make the top 10. Overall, a whopping 23 cities in Texas are growing compared to 18 from California while a modest seven cities in Florida and four in Arizona have seen a spike.

That's one source. USA Today provided its own list.

Long story short? Looks like Michigan and Ohio are hit hardest and Texas and California are doing well. Although I keep reading there is a net outflow out of California particularly businesses relocated to Texas and other southern states.


Schumer's Senseless Socialism

"Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) seems to believe that jobs created by Keystone XL pipeline are less important to the economy than other jobs because they will be located in “a limited and red part of the country.”

“Give me a break!” Schumer said.

Schumer’s speech on Tuesday included other head-scratchers besides downplaying people finding work in red states.

Schumer also said despite the midterm results that deep down, the “public knows in its gut” that bigger government is the “only way” for the middle class to prosper. Revealing a strategy for Democrats in 2016, Schumer said “they must embrace” big government to win."

He actually said that. Apparently, jobs created in 'red' states is not a good thing according to him. Imagine if a Republican said that about 'blue' states, eh?

Other than that...

That's where we're at these days. The belief that government creates prosperity.

So let me ask. How is what Schumer spewed not socialism?

Intellectual Fail And White Privilege Stupidity

This, this is what passes off as intellectualism at Georgetown?

“The millennial generation is taking over the reins of the world, and thus we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the past,” writes Friedfeld. “Until we do so, we should get comfortable with sporadic muggings and break-ins. I can hardly blame them. The cards are all in our hands, and we’re not playing them.”

Why I just...it's erm.../scratches back of head.

I don't think Friedfield thought this through enough. If he didn't, then he's a bigger waste than I can imagine.

Other than that, this is enabling of the worst kind passing off as compassion and understanding.

It's just flawed naivete. 

University Of Michigan: Where Satire Loses A Limb

Or a vital organ.


The point is, these jackoffs on the editorial board probably just love Jon Stewart though.

What in the world am I rambling on about?

This piece of satire that got the writer suspended.

Editorial flunkie: "We know satire just fine. It's just that in this case it's....hostile!"

Isn't most satire 'hostile' to some degree?

Not About Social Justice

Canadian Ferguson protests in Ottawa and Toronto.

"Bilan Arte, one of the Ottawa event organizers, says on the vigil’s Facebook page that “white/non black allies” should “refrain from taking up space” and “never be the centre of anything.”

Such people of great integrity.

Other than that, it's somewhat idiotic given our own problems we use an American event to protest.


Fall Of The West Reason 8484855: The Arrival Of The Thought Police

Once again, the UK stakes its claim to be the leader of hastening the fall of the West.

Sure. Nothing bad will come of this. Nah. 

"Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is expected to announce new powers allowing the police to prosecute those who are guilty of psychological and emotional abuse.

It means for the first time men who control their partners through threats or by restricting their personal or financial freedom, could face prison in the same way as those who are violent towards them.

Campaigners have long called for a change in the law to put psychological exploitation on a par with physical violence, in the hope it will encourage more victims to come forward and report abuse in the home..."

They're out of their fucken skulls and minds.


Quote Of The Day: Privilege In Perspective

"Funny thing, when I grew up I thought we were poor, and had a "hard" life. Looking back though I realize I was privileged just to have both parents that gave a shit about my education, and still send me money to help pay for stuff. And even though I didn't go to a rich school, I still had teachers that could work closely with students, and we had a library, a computer lab, a laptop cart, and even AP classes, and other stuff. Not to mention I can walk by a cop and not be afraid that I'm going to get stopped, or get on a bus and be left a lone and not be told "you'd look prettier with a smile". And I can hold my girlfriends hand in public and be left alone. The only thing really hard in my life was learning to realize that I didn't have that bad of a life, and maybe, just maybe, I had a little extra help because of things I had no control over."

He's a winner.

Lilyhammer's Libertarian Streak

After watching three seasons of Lilyhammer one thing is apparent.

The show's relentless negative characterization of civil servants in Norway. Behind the neat story lines, great acting and writing, the commentary of Norway's eroding welfare state is never too far behind mostly pushed through Jan Johansen - a corrupt, sadistic, sexual deviant with no friends dedicated to the ideals of the Norwegian welfare state - as well as minor characters like the aloof, non-confrontational, incompetent and lazy Police Chief.

In fact, it's perhaps the most the show that overtly questions bluntly the state of welfare I've seen on television. 

The Nation More Commie Than Cuba

Anyone - or thing - who defends Castro's Cuba is morally and intellectually bankrupt.

Oh, look it's The Nation.

Welfare State In Europe

Passing Of Two Great Hockey Personalities

This week the hockey world lost two coaching giants in Pat Quinn and Victor Tikhonov.

A throwback, the engaging Quinn coached over 20 seasons and 1400 games Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto closing off his career with a brief stint in Edmonton. While he never won the Stanley Cup (he has two finals appearances with the Flyers and Canucks in 1979 and 1994 respectively on his resume) he did coach Team Canada to its first Olympic gold since 1952 in 2002 in Salt Lake City. He's also remember for a memorable and devastating hit on Bobby Orr in the 1970s.

Tikhonov coached the 'Big Red Machine' of the Central Red Army between 1979 and 1992. The Soviet Union and its dreaded CCCP letters emblazoned across their jersey dominated international hockey since the 1960s having emerged in the late 1950s. 

He was the face of Soviet hockey during my time. Among his moments was the loss to Team USA in Lake Placid in 1980 and a 1981 Canada Cup title over Team Canada. Internationally, he led the Soviets to three gold medals and a silver medal.


The Good Side Of Fossil Fuels


Remember the story about the diaper floating around my neighbor's house?

I wish I could say it has since been picked up.

Instead. It's still lying around. This time on his neighbor's front yard.


Faux News

Sweet Smell Of Justice

Nothing says social justice (sweet revenge?) like looting, and setting your own town ablaze.

Like the majority of those people hopping into a convenience store to loot it really care about justice for Michael Brown - or justice of any kind.

Our Intellectual Masters

And they say bloggers are irresponsible?

Take a look at the New York Daily News headline regarding Ferguson.

Pure, shameless, race baiting.


They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore

Joke Of The Day

Two Jewish men are sipping having coffee whole one of them is reading an anti-Semitic newspaper much to the shock of his friend reproaches.

"Why don't you read a good Jewish newspaper instead of that anti-Semitic nonsense?"

To which the first Jew replies, "Look, whenever I read the Jewish press, I learn about pogroms, persecution and misery.

But when I read the anti-Semitic press I find out that Jews run the economy, culture and dominate politics. After a hard day's work, which would you rather read?"


The Mistreatment Of Jews In Europe

The long and difficult list of pogroms and expulsions of the Jews.

Quick thoughts.

The second link I included because it was a pretty comprehensive list despite mistaken statements like 'expulsions of Jews in Italy in 1593'.

There was no 'Italy' in the 16th century as we know.

As such, the claim isn't helpful because when I went to see which city executed the expulsion I instead got links to how the city of Livorno welcomed them.

The worst atrocities (pogroms) mostly took place in Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia and Russia (where it all began).

Today, anti-semitism is alive and kicking.

In case you haven't noticed.

Mosaic Law And Its Influence On The West

SNL Mocks Obama's Pointless Activist Rabble Rousing


To The Heart Of Things

Line of the day courtesy of Reason's Brian Doherty:

"It's a typical Colbert punchdown against anyone of a perceived lower social status than their audience who dares have opinions outside their pat-themselves-on-the-back herd."

Epic and so true.

Colbert and Stewart are so yesterday's humor.

Canadian Libertarianism; There's A Pulse

I take small issue with Mr. Masse's assertion Canada is free. There's more to it than just economics.

You know, 'boring' like freedom of speech and expression (which Quebec tramples on), right of private property, the right to keep and bear arms etc. Stuff the state really has no business

I'll take that seriously when Quebec knocks it off with its language laws, the CRTC loses some bite, monopolies in communication and electricity sectors are smashed, health care offers more private options, HRC is abolished. And these are just off the top of my head.

Free is a relative term.

Until then, we're freeish.

Sans Politesse

Quebec is one of those places that loves to put on its environmental Gaia hat enamored with green initiatives. For example, by encouraging people take their bikes on bicycle paths. Bike paths filled with, just saying,  hipster lumbersexuals and metrosexuals. It's a freak show. Not to mention idiot cyclists who don't keep right posing a danger to themselves as well as others while others weave in and out of lanes at high speeds as if they're on the UCI pro-tour. The shit I see on bike paths is astounding.

As I've railed and ranted about in the past, we remain an impolite civil society. Maybe I'm a tight wad but to me it seems like a contradiction this wanting to be Scandinavian green and Quebecois red (as in impatient).
Where am I going with this?

Every morning I walk my kid to school and as we approach we have to cross a street to get to that marvel of public education. At the cross walk there's a school brigadier stopping traffic to make sure drivers don't go through - because stop signs are not enough here. Yet, on back to back days I've seen people ignore the brigadier.

It's outrageous as it is surreal.

One was a mother who sailed right through having just bunny-hopped the stop sign. The other was, and this is a new habit I'm noticing among drivers, a man inching slowly coasting and sailing through the stop as he approaches the pedestrians. So what you get, to paint a picture in your mind, is a car bumper practically up your ass.

These assholes don't seem to understand the concept of COMPLETE STOP AT A SCHOOL CROSSWALK. 

It's amazing really.

Quebec can try and be all green it wants, but if its civil politesse remains impatient and immature, it's all an illusion if you ask me.


Yesterday on my way to school I observed my neighbor's garbage bin had a loose diaper on top of it. It must have been on the street and someone - perhaps performing a civic duty - placed it there. Or maybe it was my neighbour which wouldn't surprise me given his aloof and bizarre concept of what constitutes maintaining a neat home and yard. I say it may have been a passer by since my neighbor's kids (which one of them constantly cuts across my front yard to get home) are in their mid-teens and probably don't use diapers anymore.

Just a guess on my part.

Either way who fucken cares, all I know is there was a diaper on the bin.

Fast forward (FF as we say in the industry) to this morning. The bin is gone but the diaper remains on the ground laying there betwixt his driveway and the street on the sidewalk.

I thought to myself the guy can't even be bothered to pick up a lousy diaper. He probably thinks it's the city's problem.


Civic responsibility? What's that?

Meanwhile, me, my neighbor to my left, front and diagonal right are constantly and vigilantly keeping watch in front of our properties. No one tops the guy diagonal to my house. I've never quite saw a man so dedicated to his home. He sweeps street in front of his house.


Curious to see what happens to the diaper.


Casualty And Correlation Don't Mix

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'Normal Barbie'.

I know standards are low these days but sheesh.

Not a fan of pop tattoos. Don't get the appeal. Never have.

People part of unique or exclusive organizations I get. Special Forces, Olympians, whatever. I even get those people on TV inking people. Pretty artistic and it's a career for them. Mid-life crisis Harry or Harriette looking to express themselves with tramp stamps or those expressing some philosophical nonsense in a foreign language, not so much.

With the trendy tattoo craze raging among this generation, it might not be a bad idea to invest in a tattoo removal business because I'm sure there will be a sizable market regretting their decision in buyer's remorse.

Know Your Internet Memes

Immigration Theatrics

Obama is just looking to stir political trouble at this point. The American people just gave the Senate to the GOP but that won't stop him from outrageously act on executive order.

Apparently, he isn't even talking to immigration activists!

The guy's tactic seems to be hinged on provoking the GOP.

Food Gibberish

More anti-science food nonsense.

"The Environmental Working Group – famous for its list of produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides – has now released a “Dirty Dozen” guide for food additives.

There are more than 10,000 additives in food distributed in the U.S., and EWG is trying to highlight “some of the worst failures of the regulatory system,” it says.
The list includes:
  1. Nitrates and nitrites
  2. Potassium bromate
  3. Propyl paraben
  4. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  5. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  6. Propyl gallate
  7. Theobromine
  8. Secret flavor incredients
  9. Artificial colors
  10. Diacetyl
  11. Phosphates
  12. Aluminum additives
The report goes into detail about the concerns surrounding each additive. Some of them are known or possible carcinogens and some can have reproductive and developmental effects."



Fucking dumb.

Which means some ignorant, busy body politician is gonna run with this.

To think they insult such a fine movie.

Obamacare Has Been Grubered

God these people are insufferable, lying, shysters.

WTF? Moments

Our STM bus drivers are on strike but that didn't stop one, equipped with ear phones, from eating while driving.


Canadian Health Care Compassion

Owing a hospital $1 million your insurance won't cover is a really tough spot to be in.

Talk about taking the term 'million dollar' baby literally!

“We were told we were covered. We paid our premium. We obviously still feel that Blue Cross should cover the bill,” she said, adding her family is now facing bankruptcy.

“It’s a very sad position to be in. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

The total bill of $950,000 included more than $160,000 for Huculak’s hospital stay and $40,000 for a medical evacuation, she said. The rest of the cost went to care for Huculak’s daughter.
So far, she said Saskatchewan Health has paid for $20,000 of the bill and the U.S. picked up the cost of Reece’s delivery, at $12,000. That leaves $918,000, she said.

Blue Cross denied her claim, citing a pre-existing condition.

“I had a bladder infection and I hemorrhaged a bit at four months,” she said. “My doctor saw no reason for me not to go.

“We had no questionnaire (from Blue Cross).”
She said her doctor sent a letter to Blue Cross confirming that Huculak’s pregnancy was stable when she went on vacation, but the claim was still denied.

“As of March, Blue Cross pretty much washed their hands of the whole case,” she said. “We’ve just kind of been sitting ducks not knowing what to do.”

Of course, Canadians being totally irrational and ill-informed about U.S. health care, go off on the 'see how bad U.S. for profit private insurance?' is in the comments.

Right. Until...this story comes along:

"They were about to return to Australia after their B.C. vacation when Ms. Evans went into premature labour at the airport.

Piper Kan stayed in the neo-natal ward of the B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre for three months and the bill ended up being about $1-million.

Australian media reports the couple negotiated a payment plan with the hospital at about $300 a month, which would take 278 years to pay off.

Ms. Evans tells the Herald Sun newspaper they don’t begrudge the bill because they have a healthy daughter.

“Financially, it’s not so good but you can’t put a price on it,” she told the newspaper."

Notice it's a story from 2012 with exactly 0 comments.


Alberta Ho!

Knife Violence On The Rise In Britain

Ban knives. Naturally.

I think I'll start a 'I told you so' segment. 

Knife-control was a quasi-joke among the sane.

No longer.

Oh, come on T.C.! As usual you 'zzagerate!

I do, eh?

"A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.

They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon."
As Gruber in the USA is showing keep academics out of forming policy. They'll justify anything and are unaccountable. 

Not A Beacon

On mulling over 'sexist' video games labeling from The Local:

"I do not know of any other project in the world asking this question and of course we want Sweden to be a beacon in this area".

Fuck off already.

Sweden, I reckon, has too much time on its hands.

Ironic given Scandinavia is kinda all rapey. Norway, Iceland and Denmark are among the world leaders in rapes per capita (all including Canada lead the USA who didn't even make the list. Canada is second among the G7 behind Germany).

Sweden didn't make the list either but it's okay. Here's the BBC explaining those beaconers of civilization.

Too fucken lazy to read?


"The Swedish police recorded the highest number of offences - about 63 per 100,000 inhabitants - of any force in Europe, in 2010. The second-highest in the world.

This was three times higher than the number of cases in the same year in Sweden's next-door neighbour, Norway, and twice the rate in the United States and the UK. It was more than 30 times the number in India, which recorded about two offences per 100,000 people."

As I understand it, most are from the Muslim immigrant population. The more PC and multicultural Sweden wants to be, the more their women get fucked it seems.

But let's copy them. But that won't stop moronic, ignorant idiots like (and I presume she's a feminist) Lena Dunham (the voice of a female generation!) chiming in with Tweets like:

"Healthcare is a right not a privilege.Let's do like Scandinavia and give it to everyone.Til then,open enrollment at http://healthcare.gov!"

These people can't even be bothered to READ.

Think she knows the difference between positive and negative rights?

I digress.

I'm also pretty sure, strong educated guess on my part, racism is worse than anything in North America. 

But you know. More civilized.

I'm starting to get the feeling Scandinavia is just a place that puts cologne over bad odors.

Pat Condell:

Sad indeed. A truly unique nation with a fine history.

And they're pissing it all away.


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Conspiracy Theories From The Middle East

A Daniel Pipes classic. 'Dealing with Middle Eastern conspiracy theories."

Or as one Lebanese acquaintance told me, 'They believe in 1001 tales for one thing."

Different Rights

Positive versus negative rights explained.

Understand the difference.


Via Alpha Game:

Funny stuff.

Pictures In Time

Scumbags Gonna Scumbag

Limits On Free Speech

I discovered Marc Randazza years ago and took an immediate liking to his creative, no-nonsense approach to law. He's like the Franklin & Bash of law on the internet.

I was waiting to do a write up about limits to free speech to counter the impression I'm for all speech.

Well, sorta. You're getting the picture why I waited. It's still a little messed up in the head to jot down coherently on paper.

Randazza to the rescue. This example shows exactly how I think about the matter.

If you're going to be a dick, stand by your words and don't hide behind censorship or the 1st amendment. Own your words. More importantly, don't try and legally threaten people using this dick tactic.

Neil Young's Futile Starbucks Threat

"I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one," rocker announces

 Oh, get off your self-righteous high-horse already.

God, celebrities can be so banal and nauseating. These are businesses that employ thousands of people. Not that he's thought about that because GMO. The workers who earn a living at Starbucks mean shit to him.

GMO labelling is stupid.

Enjoy you futile exercise in frivolous boycotting, Neil. I'll be having my espresso tomorrow.

D.C. Crime Inc.

Asset forfeiture in Washington D.C.

Bunch of criminals hiding behind the law.


Are You Ready For A Rape Chart?

That's from the FBI. Rape has been on the decline. And this coupled with the fact victims are more likely to step forward than in the past as rape is not treated as lightly anymore.

As usual, progressive policies, perceptions and anger run contrary to statistic mostly because they "can just feel" something is wrong.
They insist on being crisis manufacturers. Murders have been on the decline for decades in the USA but that doesn't stop them from pushing for 'common sense' gun control.

Stated another way. They lie.



The city of Montreal is proposing and poised to spend $500 million on...a new roof for the Olympic Stadium.

That's how we roll in Montreal. Backwards.

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*Sorry about this post. I can't figure out why the layout is off.*

I steer clear from the crazies at Gawker and Jezebel and all the other insane feminist websites but this is too much.

"I don't care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing "

Not that they realize it, but in one sentence they manage to expose just how myopic and broken inside they really are.

Never mind you landed a spacecraft on a comet going a gazillion miles an hour. Nope. Not a huge step for mankind. No. Let's focus and bitch and moan like a bunch of wastes about what world renowned physicist Matt Taylor wore to celebrate.

Funny part is this hack journalist is demanding an apology.

What the ESA accomplished with PHILAE goes way, way beyond the petty middlings of pseudo-thinkers.

Above, it's become boring and predictable. 

Other than that, where can I get that shirt? 

A far better rebuttal to my lazy one here.

When Did the Left Turn into Rick Santorum?

Several miserable harpies joined Ms. Eveleth on the public shaming, turning a staggering scientific achievement into a colloquy on restoring Victorian dress codes. For the record, the shirt was made by a woman named Elly Prizeman as a fun gift for her physicist friend. No doubt, she shall be placed in the village stockade for her grievous sin of consorting with a male and having her cartoon ladies show too much ankle. Her repentance will only be accepted when she covers them up in burkas.

Mr. Taylor then made the bad situation worse. Instead of telling these progressive puritans to go pound silicon dioxide, he issued a sobbing public confession straight out of a Maoist show trial. This guy just dropped a dishwasher on an ice cube 300 million miles from home and he’s groveling to a coven of D-list bloggers?

For years the left has characterized conservatives as joyless scolds forcing their morality on a resentful public. But they’ve upended this paradigm by becoming far more judgmental and censorious than so-called social conservatives like Rick Santorum ever conceived of being. The left is demanding so many recantations, the ghost of Torquemada is rolling his eyes and muttering awk-wrrrd. 





Steyn On Remembrance Day

"This morning, Wednesday, I started the day with Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley, live on AM640. John began with an appalling soundbite from Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, speaking at the city's Remembrance Day observances and flubbing the names and ranks of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, the two Canadian soldiers murdered by Muslim fanatics last month. Afterwards, she compounded her carelessness by sloughing it off with "Sh*t happens."

Right. In Flanders fields, sh*t happens. At the Cenotaph in Toronto, this particular sh*t didn't need to happen, and it happened only because Councillor Ramkhalawansingh, on a day to remember our soldiers, couldn't be bothered to remember.

This stuff shouldn't be difficult, unless you're a thoughtless twerp winging it..."

Her response:

“It is not a big deal,” she insisted.

Asked what she would say to people who may be offended by the omission, Ramkhalawansingh said she doesn’t know “anybody that would be upset by that.

“When you get asked to stand in at the last minute — trying to prepare with remarks because I had to rewrite some of it — s--- happens,” she said.

Ah, the quality of contemporary leadership is stellar on this continent ain't it?


In the same article an interesting observation by someone:
"Does it not strike anyone else as strange that there is an armed police-person GUARDING armed soldiers?
No doubt the Gurkhas are carrying rifles, but equally without doubt, those rifles are not fitted with magazines containing LIVE ammo.
That was also true at the Cenotaph in Ottawa. The barbarian who shot Corporal Cirillo had a loaded gun. The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders did not, as is customary on ceremonial duty. Now the Ottawa Police dispatches officers from its SWAT team to guard the soldiers. Bruce continues:
Thus we have the ludicrous, but all-to-common, situation of DISARMED armed forces and a sprinkling of heavily-armed "law" officers to "protect" them.
It has been apparent for quite some time now that, at least in what remains of the "Western World", the cops have become militarised and the military have been reduce to lightly armed (no ammo, please) social workers sent to distribute aid in crappy places around the globe. This latter practice seems intended to remove the "aggressive" tendencies of those nasty soldiers. It is also definitely intended to sow tactical confusion in said soldiers: Nobody can be an effective COMBAT soldier if they have to switch "modes" in a life-or death situation on the two-way rifle range. That moment's "confusion" WILL be deadly, but not to the enemy.

What part of you have no right to self-defense in Canada doesn't he get?

Quotes Of The Day

 "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." 
 T.S. Eliot


This is a comment from a Yahoo article regarding New Jersey's silly cursing laws:

"Its funny, we keep getting told the cops and military fight for our freedom, and yet in the past 100 years we have become less and less free.

Income taxes did not exist 100 years ago, now you are forced to pay 20-40% of your income to the government or get locked in a cage

Passports and Work visas were not required to work abroad. If you felt like leaving a country and working elsewhere, you didnt need to get a governments permission.

Money was based on a gold standard, so that governments couldnt just devalue your wealth by printing off money to finance their wars and special interests.

there are more people in jail in this country than there were in soviet russia under stalin, most for non-violent drug crimes.

The nsa spies on the civilians under secrecy, and when it is brought to light, the person who exposed them is forced to hide in russia."

Lysander Spooner And The Constitution

It's a few times I read on left-wing blogs the misconception about the Constitution and slavery.

Nowhere in it was it recognized both literally or theoretically. Ironically, if anything, slavery exists solely thanks to a government that protects it.

Remember. Progressives only look to history in order to rewrite or rework it to fit a contemporary world view. That's the only service history renders them.

My personal digressions aside, I think Lysander Spooner is appropriate here.

Democrats Go After Redskins

Did you really think the government was going to leave the NFL and Washington Redskins alone?

Government is force and when they have something in their thick, shallow minds racked with corruption in order to pay back some pals, it's gonna stay there.

In this case, they figure to use taxes to get the Redskins to heel.

I truly hope the Redskins hold their position on this. Too often we fall easily to the warts of censorship.

It's not about right now. It's about might.


Taking Down Krugman

Another take down of the intellectual shrill shyster Paul Krugman from Institute for Justice.

Now That's An Execution!

25 brutal methods of execution.

Scaphism is particularly gruesome.

Soon coming, Gruberism. How to kill a signature banana-law with lies and insufferable arrogance.

Gun Control Doesn't Reduce Crime

Thomas Sowell:

"...If we are serious about the role of guns and gun control as factors in differing rates of violence between countries, then we need to do what history professor Joyce Lee Malcolm does -- examine the history of guns and violence. In England, as she points out, over the centuries "violent crime continued to decline markedly at the very time that guns were becoming increasingly available."

England's Bill of Rights in 1688 was quite unambiguous that the right of a private individual to be armed was an individual right, independently of any collective right of militias. Guns were as freely available to Englishmen as to Americans, on into the early 20th century.

Nor was gun control in England a response to any firearms murder crisis. Over a period of three years near the end of the 19th century, "there were only 59 fatalities from handguns in a population of nearly 30 million people," according to Professor Malcolm. "Of these, 19 were accidents, 35 were suicides and only three were homicides -- an average of one a year."

The rise of the interventionist state in early 20th century England included efforts to restrict ownership of guns. After the First World War, gun control laws began restricting the possession of firearms. Then, after the Second World War, these restrictions grew more severe, eventually disarming the civilian population of England -- or at least the law-abiding part of it.
It was during this period of severe restrictions on owning firearms that crime rates in general, and the murder rate in particular, began to rise in England. "As the number of legal firearms have dwindled, the numbers of armed crimes have risen," Professor Malcolm points out.

In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London but, by the 1990s, there were more than a hundred times as many. In England, as in the United States, drastic crackdowns on gun ownership by law-abiding citizens were accompanied by ever greater leniency to criminals. In both countries, this turned out to be a formula for disaster.

While England has not yet reached the American level of murders, it has already surpassed the United States* in rates of robbery and burglary. Moreover, in recent years the murder rate in England has been going up under still more severe gun control laws, while the murder rate in the United States has been going down as more and more states have allowed private citizens to carry concealed weapons -- and have begun locking up more criminals.

In both countries, facts have no effect whatever on the dogmas of gun control zealots. The fact that most guns used to murder people in England were not legally purchased has no effect on their faith in gun control laws there, any more than faith in such laws here is affected by the fact that the gun used by the recent Beltway snipers was not purchased legally either.

In England as in America, sensational gun crimes have been seized upon and used politically to promote crackdowns on gun ownership by law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing about criminals. American zealots for the Brady bill say nothing about the fact that the man who shot James Brady and tried to assassinate President Reagan has been out walking the streets on furlough."

*Same for Canada. We have higher rates of assault, robberies and rapes than the USA.

The other perverse aspect of gun control worth noting is its impact on how we govern in relation to self-defense. One can defend themselves in their home only under the strictest and most narrow of laws. If you use a gun and you shoot someone tress-passing, the law will come after you.

Unedited Clip Of The Sopranos

Courtesy of MADtv:

Massachusetts Town Opposes Tobacco Ban

Right on Westminster, Massachusetts. Right on.

“I find smoking to be one of the most disgusting habits anybody could possibly do. On top of that, I find this proposal to be even more of a disgusting thing,” resident Kevin West said during the session, according to CBS Boston.

Store owner Brian Vincent, who organized a petition drive, gathering more than 900 signatures, asked, “Having other adults decide what legal item we’re not allowed to consume just makes you wonder: If this passes, what could be next? Sugar? Bacon?”

These folks get it.

Carry on.

*Unfortunately, sounds as though the paternalists may still prevail despite the wishes of the people they're supposed to represent not control.

For The Children In Seattle

Remember my post about the evils of preventative action?

From comments:

In mid-October, the Seattle Parks department notified the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden that we would have to dismantle a much-loved play area, citing “extreme dangers” and “hazardous conditions”. These so-called liabilities consisted of a four-foot rope ladder, secured at its top and base, a simple tree swing suspended from a large cedar tree, and a unique nest made of thick rope and bicycle tires.

These simple play features may seem ordinary, but to our campers they are anything but. Here children with cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delays are encouraged and assisted as needed to climb and swing alongside their typically developing peers. The joy is palpable.
We complied with the order, but it has left a bitter taste in our mouths. Our kids have been robbed of the simple pleasure of climbing and swinging under a beautiful tree.

A private non-profit in in south central Seattle, the Seattle Children's PlayGarden is dedicated to providing children of all ages and abilities a safe, accessible and adventurous place to play away from therapy, doctor’s offices, tutoring and school. Thousands of children have played here over the last nine years under the supervision of PlayGarden staff or a parent’s watchful eye. There might even be a few lucky children who have played here free from any hovering adult.
None of them have been significantly injured — not a sprain nor a fracture nor a serious wound among them.

 From comments:

"Good grief, then your group should offer to get insurance and take on the liability from the City. If that costs too much, or isn't possible, then maybe that should tell you something.

How about working with the city to find a safe alternative that works instead of criticizing the Parks department from doing their jobs just because it inconveniences your program? Haven't we seen plenty of the OPPOSITE view of this article, where City officials get criticized because they don't address these issues? Look at the current hysteria by parents claiming that Parks let their children be exposed to radiation in Magnuson Park."

Good grief indeed.  Not to go Godwin or anything but Nazis were 'just doing their jobs' too. This strikes me of excessive, unjustified over reach.

It's people like this that make me want to vomit in their faces.

What part of there were no injuries in the 10 years it was up doesn't this statist-apologist asshole get?

Think things to their logical end idiot. If they can do this using such lame and specious excuses they can justify anything.

Other than that. It's the same crap in my business. An inspector can come on the premise and find "dangers" in anything without proof. It's the way it is. They know better and we just need to keep in line. Of course, they know absolutely jack shit.

Stop voting for Democrat or Liberal or NDP busy bodies. That is, if you value independence and liberty. These parties are infested with this kind of 'do something' mentality even where it's not warranted.  Not suggesting conservatives or Republicans don't do this but it happens far less with them mostly because lefties have controlled and have been in power for most of the time in North America.

Liberty Is Swedish For Gibberish

Swedish member of Parliament and the Constitutional Committee Andrew Norlen hopes the issue will become a deterrent.
“I do not think it takes very many prosecutions before a signal is transmitted in the community that the internet is not a lawless country, the sheriff is back in town,” Norlen said during a debate in Swedish parliament.
Politicians hope to have more power to charge citizens using the internet as a means of venting frustration."

What a bunch of regressive, anti-liberty, sissies. No wonder the left loves to use them as some sort of shining example of progress. To me, I was never impressed.

This. This is the nation we strive to emulate? People over there accept this crap?

Are we stark, raving, fucking made?

Alas, the way things are going, I fear this is coming here too. "Oh but T.C. you're being paranoid!"

Er, have you been watching what's been going on? You can't open a tv or read a paper or hear a story without someone trying to censor another person - and succeeding.

Fuck Sweden.

Fuck it bad.

For The Greater Good

The price of the left's (irrational) war on guns.

Could you imagine how many people are rotting away in prison for the most ridiculous of crimes? All those lives, families and communities - ruined.

Thanks to insipid laws enforced by opportunists.

This is the tragedy of our times.

But don't expect progressives to help right this wrong.


No Shame And Quote Of The Day

"A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway." Thomas Sowell

Perfect quote to describe Jonathan Gruber.

So. When all else fails, after you've admitted to being a deceitful liar while sprouting nonsense that basically calls Americans stupid, blame Republicans for your own words.

These people have no shame.

And he probably raises children.

For the record, conservatives and libertarians called bull shit from the start. All he managed to dupe were his own Democrat base.

Key Words: Preventative And Preemptive

In today's unhealthy social and fearful climate the words preventative and preemptive are used to justify all sorts of laws and policies that in the end do little it purports to solve or help. Just about the only thing it achieves is to inefficiently increase taxes on some level and erode personal choice and freedoms.

Prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 pundits and citizens alike discussed the doctrine of preemptive war espoused by neo-conservatives in the Bush administration. The left (as well as libertarians) were concerned about such a position.

Preemptive war as a concept was nothing new in history finding examples as far back as Ancient Greece.

That being said, we see what a preemptive doctrine (India and Israel take a preemptive stance) can lead too. Moreover, preventative measures such as the Patriot Act have also come at a price.  No-fly lists, TSA security, NSA spying etc.

That's on the national security front.

What about elsewhere?

Food, guns, abductions, climate change, all face policies designed to be preventative despite statistics making clear it's unnecessary.

And let's not kid ourselves. Politicians know statistics don't favor them. That's why they use 'preventative' language to sell a policy. They appeal to our emotions as well as our now natural state of accepting authority. It's absolutely mind-blowing how readily we accept their appeals at face value.

Indeed, if you could prevent just one injury; one death isn't it worth it?

That's the hook. That's where they play on your emotions.

Duh. Of course if you could, you would.

That's beside the point.

The question is, how much are you willing to pay through loss of choice or liberty for such a decision?


The Case Against Derp

And tonight on Masterderp Theater we present The Smith Sophian starring in The Case Against Capitalism (cue scary music):

Finding commonsense solutions to the problem of fare increases is complicated by the fact that drivers are locked into this “race to the bottom.” This phenomenon typically refers to the competition amongst nation states to attract business through increased deregulation. On the macro level, a race to the bottom typically results in the removal of valuable legislation, such as workers’ rights or environmental protection, in order to grow the economy. In the case of cab drivers, this race with Uber could lead to keeping wages and conditions at the worst possible level in order to compete with rideshare companies."

 This person has no clue how price and wage operate in a free economy. It's just nonsensical gibberish. Case in point,  'macro level' will lead to 'x' result. Only in a dogmatic left-wing world could such a statement be made about a complex and abstract organism like an economy inhabited by players interacting freely. Far, far, far greater minds have tried to make sense of it all and have struggled or even failed.

"...One could argue that Chicago cab drivers offer a better service but are losing to Uber because of trendiness and competitive prices..."

Consumers, notice, to this person are irrational. Then again, it's always the fall back excuse with progressives. The Democrats lost because people inexplicably 'vote against their interests'. It can't be because, you know, Uber has a better service at a better price. Of course not. It's a 'race to the bottom'.

Smug projection of mythical proportions.

"Competition, and capitalism more broadly, are inherently destructive. Uber and the cab companies provide an almost identical service and in a free market they both have a right to operate. Many people assert that Uber is simply the way of the future, and that the cab companies should not become complacent. It is in the interest of the capitalist to keep drivers’ wages low. This competition with Uber is just part of an overall process that makes workers desperate and alienated. We should not be content with a system that assumes this is acceptable. However, Marx might argue that this competition is a necessary part of history. Competition with Uber could lead to higher rates of unemployment, which could then lead to desperation, which will ultimately end in revolution."

Blah, blah, bling.

More incoherence. Capitalism is what brought us to this point. In fact, the author unwittingly reminds us who and what truly are 'destructive'. Left-wing ignorance and hatred of healthy competition in a free-market. To them, it's a zero-sum game of oppressed and oppressors. No ability to see the win-win potential of markets.

Uber is winning because Taxis aren't offering want consumers want. Simple as that. 

Introduce business, finance and economic courses in grade school.


For the children.

Tales Of Advertising

Quote Of The Day

"To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”

– G.K. Chesterton

Something to think about whenever you ponder libertarian principles.


Lest we forget...


Krugman Called Out

Volokh demolishes Krugman:

"Rhetorically, the column is also a bit unhinged.  Krugman writes that any judge who adopts a traditional textualist approach to interpretation and thus sides with the plaintiffs is “corrupt.” So Judge Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, who when nominated was praised for his fair-mindedness and moderate temperament by folks on both sides of the aisle, is tarred with this brush because he found the plaintiffs arguments convincing and wrote the D.C. Circuit’s Halbig opinion. Never mind that he applied the same interpretive method he had used in prior cases. In Sierra Club v. EPA, for instance, Griffith ruled against the Bush EPA because it failed to adhere to the text of the Clean Air Act.  In Sierra Club, as in many statutory cases, one word (“each”) made all the difference.

Krugman’s column illustrates contemporary punditry can distort what is actually a serious legal debate (much like how some conservative commentary distorts the serious arguments in favor of the president’s authority to act unilaterally on immigration).  The arguments that make for good op-eds don’t necessarily make for good legal advocacy.  If Krugman wants to actually advance his side’s argument (rather than just vent his spleen), he should really read the Ziff post above and take legal argument seriously. Alternatively, he could stick to subjects upon which he’s actually an expert."

Krugman doesn't take nearly enough tongue and word lashing he so richly deserves.


No Boots On The Ground!

Obama sends 1500 soldiers to Iraq. Not to see combat he assures. To make pancakes then?

They're not boots. They're shoes! And it's not a 'war-war.'

Laundry Detergent Pods, Derp, Pose Significant Risk, Derp

"Last year a Florida mother of a 7-month-old came back to her room to find that her baby had accidentally eaten one of those bright colored laundry detergent pods.

He had been sleeping in a laundry basket with the pod when it happened. They rushed him to the hospital, but it was too late. He died, of poisoning from the detergent, according to the Kissimmee, Florida, police department."

Tragic but...kid was sleeping in a laundry basket? 

"The colorful packets can easily be mistaken for candy. Doctors argue there must be more of an effort to prevent children from getting a hold of them. The study authors conclude that a new national safety standard is needed to improve product packaging and labeling. They call the pods a "real risk" to children."

Like, I don't know, not putting babies in laundry baskets or within reach of Tide? Is a national safety standard really necessary? Of course not. That was rhetorical. KEEP YOUR BABY UNDER LOCK AND KEY AT ALL TIMES IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: Name them.

"In 2012, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make manufacturers put these pods in child proof packaging. He also wanted better labeling about the product's potential danger to children."

There isn't a over blown crisis Schumer isn't up to tackling for the children. I'm sure the labeling will help because, you know, 12-month old babies can read. 'Don't drink Javel. Very bad for you Timmy.'

More often than not, it's the irresponsible actions of parents that lead to deaths that can easily be avoided. But that won't stop politicians from 'doing something, anything.'

And as usual, the majority have to pay the price. 

There's nothing the government can do to prevent stupid and...tragic.


Obligatory from The Onion.

India And Israel Join In Missile Defense

Most Transparent Administration Ever

***Trigger Warning. White privilege rant. Reader discretion is advised. Especially if you're a sensitive, pea-brained progressive.***

Who believe in the ends justifies the means as long as they do it.

Get a load of this smug guy Jonathan Gruber:

Before I go on. Relevant:

Anyway. Most transparent administration ever. Remember that assertion by Obama?

Gruber is an MIT guy. He believes he knows what's best for you.

This is the face of arrogance.

Now get him his detonators.


Look. There's little difference between progressives of the 20th century who pushed the eugenics agenda with progressives of the 21st century as this smarmy smart-alec (who is not even a medical expert) attests.

Here's a quick, non-exhaustive list of progderp during my lifetime off the top of my head (never mind how they tended to gravitate towards an assortment of dictators and communists in the 20th century. That's for another post):

In the 1980s, progressives were masters of linking smoking to cancer and other diseases. Now, this in of itself is not wrong the base root of their concerns are legitimate. It's the application of laws set in policy is where they fuck up and go all control-screwy. For example, the common attitude was "We don't think people should smoke. It's bad for them. You're paranoid if you think we'll ban smoking in private homes and establishments."

Guess what? Not even 25 years later that's what we have and now there's talk of banning it in cars with kids in them to now towns looking to make it illegal. Prohibition all over with these pearl clutching weirdos.

In the 1990s progressives began to worry over food. As with smoking, they took a casual or strong link to a disease and took it for fact rooted in empirical scientific evidence. Carte blanche in their minds to come up with more 'one size fits all' nonsense. "We think obesity is a problem. No, no you're paranoid if you think one day we'll ban sodas and sugar."

Guess what? Not 20 years later we have exactly that. From Bloomberg's paternalism to Michelle's nannyism. From salt bans to compelling pharmacies to sell healthy foods. And it's not going to stop there if this pattern of habitual paternalism continues.

You think in the 2000s were any more 'wise?" The new craze among progs is to restrict or change free speech.

"We think people should respect each other and not be mean using words. You're a crazy, paranoid Koch-infested right-wing extremist if you think one day we'll make it illegal to say something offensive."

Oh, that's coming. And for that we just need to observe what's happening in Britain.  Notice what's going on in Universities and Colleges across the continent. It's not pretty when it comes to free speech. I've learned to ignore or distrust someone who describes themselves as 'tolerant.' Chances are they aren't.

"We feel you're not paying for your fair share. You're fucking crazy if you think we'll determine how much money and wealth you should have. Taxes are just a way to make things equal. Confiscatory is a right-wing word since you really didn't build that in the first place because the game is rigged in your favor and you inherited all this wealth at the expense of the rest of us. Ergo, it belongs to us."

Need I go on? If you still believe in prog ideas and logic, there's no amount of help or evidence or information that can change you. You'll just end up on the wrong side of history wondering where it all went wrong staring at a torn Lena Dunham poster...again.

None of these issues fall on any other spectrum but on the left side.

Top 10 Satirists

I dearly would love Juvenal to come back undead and mock the world today, if anything to watch left-wing, PC, pansies cringe and clutch their pearls like the sad, hypocritical, statist, smug, tyrannical assholes they are.

Interesting they have South Park at #1. I won't argue it since I love the show. Glad Jon Stewart is didn't make the cut.

What can I say? I'm the Canadian Devil. 

Obama Wants To Control The Internet

By treating it as a 'utility.'

Just when you think he couldn't sink lower he unsurprisingly chimes in with this net neutrality crap.

Fall Of The West Reason E-5776682222

From The Daily Tarheel:

"Due to racist prerequisites, some students of color or low socioeconomic status are excluded from pursuing certain majors. In eight semesters, it is nearly impossible to graduate with a bachelors of science in a STEM field if you must first complete a course in “College Algebra.” Most students who place out of this prerequisite can either afford the SAT Subject Tests or have access to a school with an adequate teaching staff for teaching Advancement Placement courses."

This is possibly the most ridiculous things I've ever read.

Disadvantaged upon arrival (DUA) is the new meme. Makes me wonder if they got this far how were they disadvantaged? And asking to take a fucking prerequisite is racist because you to pay for it?

Up next, why should poor black people who want to be engineers take math at all?

Bottom line is you need College Algebra (which I had to take as well). I can just see this kid complaining and blaming race- naturally - about the failure rates among blacks in the future.

To paraphrase Mayor Quimby: Are these people getting louder or dumber?

Spanish Logic

UBC's Controversial Plan

Other than that, a rather poorly written article if you ask me:

"UBC students worry about creation of elite class 

UBC's student association worries Vantage College students will be living a segregated, privileged existence."


Arctic Territorial Claim Without Bite

Mr. Obama And Holder?

What Success Looks Like In Green Policy Land

SJW (Social Justice Warrior): Can I have a credit card?
Credit card rep: For what?
SJW: To pay off my other credit card.
Credit card rep: Er...
SJW: You owe me that much!

"After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan.

"This is an attempt by very large cash generating companies that have billions on their balance sheet to get a federal bailout, i.e. a bailout from us - the taxpayer for their pet project," said Reason Foundation VP of Research Julian Morris. "It's actually rather obscene."

I'm guessing they're gonna get it because they're in the "right" business. Sorta like how Bixi got extended loans to keep their unprofitable enterprise going.

What can go wrong?

National Food Policy: It Was A Matter Of Time

It's only logical people who believe so much in the fucking government's role in our lives were going to make a plea for a national food policy.

As I've repeatedly said, by the way, the day will come when bureaucrats will inspect your fridge and subsidies for groceries (let's call it the Everyone has the right to broccoli' law) will be the norm.


Think tobacco and the anti-smoking campaign from its 'humble' beginnings to what it is now. It was a matter of time before hacks were going to call for a ban in Massachusetts. It's already been banned in private spaces so why not go for broke?

Unfortunately, there's no real rational way to fight this. Our body politic is infested with such a remedial mindset it can't be defeated by reason. Why would anyone oppose such a common sense approach to helping others? This sort of pseudo-compassionate plea is destructive and replete with bad unintended consequences but they care none.

There's too much of it it's become impossible to tackle.

If you can't see how much of a bad idea it is to let the government - and let's be frank here, this is communism by other means - control our diets then you deserve nothing more than a helmet to go through life as a pathetic, useless pod.

Collapse and purge. Rinse. Repeat cycle.

Quote Of The Day

"millions more Americans actually cast a vote for a Democratic Senate candidate than voted for a Republican candidate during the three election cycles that built the incoming Senate."

Think Progress.

Thinking isn't their strong suit. The mere fact they conflate three election cycles into one should give pause to any thinking person.

66% of Canadians didn't vote for Harper ergo he doesn't have a mandate despite thinking he has a majority!

Remember that?

Fucking illiterates.

The Unsmart.


Quotes Of The Night

"I don't care about crime, I just want to get the guns."

Senator Howard Metzenbaum, 1994

"We must be able to arrest people before they commit crimes. By registering guns and knowing who has them we can do that. If they have guns they are pretty likely to commit a crime."

Vermont State Senator Mary Ann Carlson

Any questions as to real truth behind gun control? They know the stats don't back them up.


Who Will Speak For Freedom Of Expression In The United Kingdom Of Great Britain?

You do realize we're not on a good trajectory in the West, right?

This is not good what is happening in the UK.

Not good at all if you care about liberty.

For a society that likes to babble about 'history repeating itself' we sure know how to ignore the clues and patterns unfolding before our eyes and

And oh, in keeping with the facts of history. I have no problem with placing the blame squarely on progressives and the left.

It's their outlook - which often end up in policy - that has wrecked our common sense and how we value freedom of all sorts. The left are always calling for the intervention of the state on way too many issues.

Ever since the rise of progressivism we've seen a slow erosion of our Enlightenment heritage. 

It seems we've lost our bearings and intellectual compass when it comes to liberty. As it stands, what we have is a depraved and deformed predisposition to tolerate restricting speech and expression for people we don't agree with.



If you think this way then you're a tyrant. There's no in-between. No grey area.

Closer to home, if you believe, for example, that suppressing one's language rights to another, then you're a tyrant. You abdicate your right to consider yourself a person who believes in the rights of man.

Simple as that.

I think we need this kind of reminder. Notably, you can't negotiate, or balance the rights of people. Either you have liberty or you don't.

I posit we are no longer free in the West.

We are 'free' in a nominal sense.


Pravda's Take On America

"Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake...."

"...Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war is with Iran as he fires or demotes his generals who get in the way.
Putin said regarding the military,

"...instead of solving the problem, militarization pushes it to a deeper level. It draws away from the economy immense financial and material resources, which could have been used much more efficiently elsewhere."