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Let’s take a breather from more consequential money matters at hand midweek to consider the tending moods of our time and place — while a blizzard howls outside the window, and nervous Federal Reserve officials pace the grim halls of the Eccles Building.

It is clear by now that we have four corners of American politics these days: the utterly lost and delusional Democratic party; the feckless Republicans; the permanent Deep State of bureaucratic foot-soldiers and errand boys; and Trump, the Golem-King of the Coming Greatness. Wherefore, and what the fuck, you might ask.

The Democrats reduced themselves to a gang of sadistic neo-Maoists seeking to eradicate anything that resembles free expression across the land in the name of social justice. Coercion has been their coin of the realm, and especially in the realm of ideas where “diversity” means stepping on your opponent’s neck until he pretends to agree with your Newspeak brand of grad school neologisms and “inclusion” means welcome if you’re just like us. I say Maoists because just like Mao’s “Red Guard” of rampaging students in 1966, their mission is to “correct” the thinking of those who might dare to oppose the established leader. Only in this case, that established leader happened to lose the sure-thing election and the party finds itself unbelievably out-of-power and suddenly purposeless, like a termite mound without a queen, the workers and soldiers fleeing the power center in an hysteria of lost identity.

They regrouped briefly after the election debacle to fight an imaginary adversary, Russia, the phantom ghost-bear, who supposedly stepped on their termite mound and killed the queen, but, strangely, no actual evidence was ever found of the ghost-bear’s paw-print. And ever since that fact was starkly revealed by former NSA chief James Clapper on NBC’s Meet the Press, the Russia hallucination has vanished from page one of the party’s media outlets — though, in an interesting last gasp of striving correctitude, Monday’s New York Times features a front page story detailing Georgetown University’s hateful traffic in the slave trade two centuries ago. That should suffice to shut the wicked place down for once and for all!

The Republican Party, to avoid going full-Whig and sliding down the laundry chute of history, made a bad deal for a new figurehead who is liable to make the party look way worse than it could ever accomplish on its own. This golden boy has dragged the party poobahs to the put-up-or-shut-up room of our nation’s capital — the place that Senator Rand Paul was searching high and low for last week — where they are charged with reforming the country’s health care racket. It looks for now like they will cook up a toxic farrago of new giveaways to their patrons in the hospital cartel, the insurance companies, and pharma. The voting public already detects the odor of 30-day-old carp in the first tastings of the dish. There’s a fair chance that the recipe will end up getting tossed in the capitol dumpster, and that in itself could finish the party because there’s little question that the current system known as ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act (not) is something like a fatal tumor in the nation’s craw. If the effort to fix that fails, the Republicans complete their transformation from the Party of No to the Party of Just Go.

The Deep State seems eager to sever its connections to both putrifying parties and attempt to run the groaning colossus of government ad hoc if necessary. The military and intel chains of command remain intact, along with their “assets,” and one can easily imagine anxious meetings of scenario-running in the back rooms of the Pentagon and the Langley frat house. What if…? “What if we just smoke the fucker?” an old Agency warrior remarks offhand, and the roomful of colleagues pause in their cogitations to weigh the notion. Some of them nod and make a moue, and others just cough into their sleeves. One young striver in the back mentions “a little something” they’ve been working on that involves hairspray and a neurotoxin derived from the Gaboon viper….

And then there is our President himself: Donald J. Trump, in the awesome solitude of his Twitterverse dome. A strange destiny brought him to his place in history thus far, and many of us surveying the scene lo these many months kind of get it: the festering disgust with the other three corners of American power; the dismal fall of the middle class into a purgatory of repossession, idleness, opiates, and tattoos; the accelerating purposelessness of the dwindling consumer economy; the matrix of racketeering that systematically drains everyone’s financial mojo while adding humiliation to the shoddy service it delivers; the pointless, costly wars in faraway places and their conversion into permanent shit-holes; the disgraceful disfigurement of a once grand national landscape into a wilderness of dying malls and freeway ramps.

So, onto the scene strides The Donald, a giant among the squalling midgets of our time, with his promise to bigly re-greatify this suffering land. I suppose he means well in his torturous way. So did a lot of other figures in history who found themselves at the top: Idi Amin, Uncle Joe Stalin, Vlad the Impaler, King Leopold of Belgium, Adolf You-Know-Who, Pol Pot. The list of the well-meaning is very long.


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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. PeteAtomic March 13, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    Thanks Mr. Jim.

    Perhaps under ‘the Donald’ America will finally realize that the Emperor really has no clothes. It’s a bit apt really. DJ Trump, this braggadocio of a man who is consumed by his own versions of reality & is a study in the cult of personality over watching cascading system failure.

    • chipshot March 13, 2017 at 10:03 am #

      Perhaps where “the donald” has no clothes the most is with regards to his finances and net worth. It’s probably all tied up in real estate, and when that bubble pops he could quickly be deep in the red–insolvent– instead of the very, very, very rich person he claims to be.

      • routersurfer March 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

        No, he will just use GovMint to save his ass. We will pick up the tab. We is just plain dumb.

    • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:40 am #

      Trumps audacity and bombastic vision of reality has worked for him for more than forty years. This leopard will not be changing his spots. His delusional vision works for him and any victims of his megalomania he simply tells ‘your fired‘ too with a flourish of his little hands.

      He was too crazy to have ever been president before now but since America went bonkers and lost its collective mind; having Trump in the oval office with next to no detectable mind at all becomes a perfect fit.

      • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

        That’s the myth, the legend. Truth is Trump was manufactured. His success is illusory. None of “his” businesses ever worked. He worked on “The Apprentice.” He didn’t own that show. You can’t point to a single business success Trump had except the first one, the Hyatt renovation in New York. That’s it. And much of that was manufactured by his gay mentor and self loathing queen Roy Cohn, in the form of the biggest tax abatement New York City had ever doled out.

    • lsjogren March 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

      The Deep State remains the Emperor with no clothes.

      Trump recognized the naked guy, but is probably way out of his league when it comes to actually doing something about it.

      Now that a real policy issue, health care, is finally beginning to replace the deranged rants and conspiracy theories of the Democrats in the media, Trump appears to have allied himself with the Establishment Democrats who hate him and against the populists who support him, presumably in order to sign some legislation that he can claim on his resume.

      This is precisely the kind of sellout that populists fear from any Republican candidate, but they hoped Trump might not be quite as cheap a whore.

      • lsjogren March 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

        heh heh, freudian slip, that’s Establishment Republicans although it’s not that far off the mark the way I actually put it.

  2. malthuss March 13, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    I do not see the comparing of Donald Trump to these people as being justified, not even slightly;

    Idi Amin, Uncle Joe Stalin, Vlad the Impaler, King Leopold of Belgium, Adolf You-Know-Who, Pol Pot.

    • shotho March 13, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      Agree! They all seemed to know exactly where they were going.

      • DA March 13, 2017 at 10:27 am #

        Agree as well. So far the Donald appears to be completely rudderless and without a clue. I suppose, given the current state of things, that’s probably as good as we can hope for at this point. What comes next on the other hand…

        • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

          Somebody pointed out to me that Trump’s IQ is 156, and I might add, actually believed it. The man talks like a 4th grader. He didn’t go to Wharton. He bought into Atlantic City. Need I say more. Trump’s IQ is 156 like I have a mile long penis.

          • lsjogren March 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

            Some prominent Democrats actually have pretty high IQs too even though their political rhetoric isn’t much more cogent than baby talk.

            I have no idea what Trump’s IQ is but “talking like a 4th grader” doesn’t shed much light on it.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

            So wait, let’s unpack this: a high IQ means having certain mannerisms, a certain accent, and liking certain things and disliking others? Belonging to a class or club in other words? But that isn’t what IQ is. And John Kerry, who has all that is a dummy.

            A man can be lacking all of the above and still be a genius. No doubt people have underestimated him all of his life – until he walks over them. By your definition, fags are all geniuses, right?

          • DA March 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

            Never found IQ to be predictive of much, and in fact, often as not, it’s a predictor of failure, or at least under performance. Latent potential, is just that: LATENT until you actually do something with it. It’s the DOING that counts.

        • Dumbedup March 15, 2017 at 10:50 am #

          His rudder is Steve Bannon. (the guy who is being investigated in Florida for voter fraud)

    • lsjogren March 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

      I don’t either but Kunstler’s earned himself considerable poetic license.

      • lsjogren March 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

        To elaborate: I cut a lot of slack for anyone who is clear-headed enough to recognize what a bunch of fascistic aholes the left have become.

    • routersurfer March 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

      Give him time!!! Once his BS is exposed he will have to do something to hang on to power.

    • swmnguy March 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

      That’s a shallow and overly literal interpretation of the passage. Are you saying that there is no justification for comparison? How about comparisons of height? Hair loss? Preference for well-done or rare meat?

      The point is that the historical list of people who were cocksure of themselves, scornful and dismissive of others, and wound up in positions of high power includes some pretty cautionary examples.

      Therefore, while it’s too early to tell what Trump is actually going to do, that cocksure attitude that appeals to some warrants some wary attention.

      I doubt the most craven of Trump worshippers could quibble reasonably with that.

    • Ishabaka March 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

      Agree 100%. Recently read “King Leopold’s Ghost” – if anyone in the Great American Whinoriat thinks they have it rough, they might want to examine the life of African rubber workers under Leopold.

      • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

        There’s a reason Colonel Kurtz was taken out of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and transplanted from the Congo to Vietnam. It was a match made in cinematic hell.

    • VCS March 13, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

      You have got to be kidding —

  3. AKlein March 13, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Looking at the political and economic landscape of the US makes me think of the old Mamas and Papas song “Words of Love”. All those “worn out words and longing gazes”. They just won’t get us where we want to go. Where do we want to go, anyway? But on the plus side, of late, we haven’t gotten to WW III yet. That’s a good thing. That’s the bright side!

    • DA March 13, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      I think we’re paralyzed by cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, anyone with a functioning brain knows that the party’s officially over now, but on the other hand, no one in power can dare say that. Quite the dilemma we’re facing now.

      • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:58 am #

        “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” – H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”

        • JMR March 13, 2017 at 11:26 am #

          +1000 for any HP Lovecraft reference!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

          Yes, Cognitive Dissonance or Cogdis is the normal, natural state of Fallen Man. Merciful? This state is the reason for his enslavement. BRH thinks Merkel is a Nazi and that the Nazis were always allied with Islam. Such ideas are an enslavement and will lead to actual enslavement.

          • HaresOnTheMountain March 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

            “Vladislav Surkov was born Aslambek Andarbekovich Dudayev in the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Republic, and later changed his name to Surkov. He is a Russian businessman, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and current close advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

            Under the pen name Dubovitsky, Surkov has published a number of works of science fiction, including the “gangsta fiction” novel Okolonolya (“Near Zero”). Surkov initially denied that he was the author of Okolonolya and wrote a preface to the novel stating, “The author of this novel is an unoriginal, Hamlet-obsessed hack.” Surkov was subsequently discovered to be, in fact, the author.

            He is one of the Russian government officials recently sanctioned by President Obama. The Guardian quoted his reaction: “The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.”

            “Without Sky” is a science fiction short story, first published as an annex to the magazine Russian Pioneer, No 46 (May 2014).”

            bewilderingstories.com/issue582/without_sky.html

        • Cactus Girl March 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

          Don’t blame me, I voted for Cthulhu.

        • windward March 15, 2017 at 5:02 am #

          Thanks for that.

          “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.” A fictional occult phrase from H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, said to mean “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming”.

          It cracks me up that Cthulhu should have a house.

          Lovecraft was almost as strange as Trump, but not in the same way.

    • Dumbedup March 15, 2017 at 11:47 am #

      There are some things that Trump has right, and the efforts to discredit him confirm it. The Deep State (IS) thrives on conflict and will manufacture it by fraud or trick because it is their “raison d’etre.” Peaceful and cooperative relations with Russia will reduce conflict and the spooks will be out of a job. (Iran and N. Korea are not enough to keep them employed and their machinery running.) Yet, there is very little reason to be in conflict with either Russia or China save ideology and those differences mean very little in the modern world.

      The part that Trump has wrong is the political aspect of Globalism. If we abandon that I doubt we would survive for very long. Yet that seems to be where we are headed. It is there, in the outer reaches of globalism, that I think Trump and the Deep State will find they agree more than they disagree. I doubt we will see much in the way of a reduction in our imperial and militaristic footprint.

      But our government is at war with itself just as individuals and even segments of our population are at war with others. This kind of conflict gives no quarter because it is cast in terms of survival. What happens on the individual level is a microcosm of the disharmony and imbalance in the world at large. Most of our efforts are directed at changing the world when all we have to do is change ourselves. An observation that I made during a lucid moment in 2007-2009 is that we have to evolve as human beings. That is even more true now than then. I sense we are at a precipice.

      One aspect of our current dilemma is that we have lost our nerve. This world is not new and not very brave. That is the pit that Republicans have fallen into as they desperately try to compose their rendition of a “great society.” Without any vision (or nerve to look at the future) they are trying to build a 21st century that looks more like the 19th century.

      Another is that we have confused “political correctness” with civility, honesty and compromise. The freedom to say or do anything regardless of who it offends is a jail over which the guards can change. Champions of political correctness are equally wrong because open discourse and exchange of ideas, if done with respect and empathy, are the only way to solve problems.

      The problems in government can be fixed if we can find and elect the right leaders. People like John Kasich of Ohio. The social problems like racism, bigotry, hate, poverty, inequality, economic opportunity, healthcare and education will take some time, but I don’t think it is too late. But it means we have to find our individual harmony. I am 63 years old. I am still searching for it.

  4. Htruth March 13, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    Don’t worry the eugenicists are back in full force and they are located in Washington DC. A great place to start: youtu.be/L7Ft81wNmh0

    • Dumbedup March 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

      And proposed by so-called Republicans no less. Things like this are dramatic examples why there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. All of them would sell our souls to corporatism for a case quarter. I would propose testing of all executive level management of all corporations, and of politicians, for personality disorders. Make them all take the MMPI.

      • AKlein March 16, 2017 at 7:39 am #

        Dumbed Up, that’s a hoot! Many, many decades ago, I applied for my first job out of college. After being given the job offer, the director of personnel (humans hadn’t yet be reclassified as “resources”) asked me to take the MMPI. It takes quite a bit of time, about 8 hours I recall. I asked him if I really needed to take it, as I was slightly leery of taking a personality test. He replied that I was on a so-called “management track” at the company, and as such I would eventually have employees reporting to me. He went on to explain that because I would be responsible for other employees, the company had to be reasonably sure there was nothing “wrong” with me. I thought for a few seconds and replied, “That actually makes a lot of sense. Okay, I’ll take the test.” The company was a subsidiary of a huge (even then) insurance conglomerate.The president, of this subsidiary, ate lunch every day in the company cafeteria and could be approached by anybody, even the mail boy. It was a sensible time run by sensible people. A very different time. An uncomplicated, very rational time, certainly relatively. We have come so far, haven’t we?

        • Dumbedup March 16, 2017 at 8:17 am #

          Yes we have. Management style changed in the 1980s with Jack Welch at GE. He is one of the pioneers of “stacked ranking” and “performance management” techniques. It is a mindless way for middle and upper management to control the troops without really knowing anything about how human beings think, feel and react. At the end of the quarter you just take the bottom 10% and put them on notice that they have 3 more months to raise their performance. After that they are fired.

  5. newworld March 13, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    America another multi-ethnic empire whose core is vanishing and its offices up for bid.

    Why don’t you people on the Left conduct a little social experiment for us, nominate this Preet fella for us to be your presidential nominee for 2020. I want to see how the “foreign” contributions line up into the billions of dollars in competitive bidding for the executive branch.

  6. K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    I read the article and re-read it then I examined every sentence going from the end to the beginning. Try as I may I can’t find a pause that refreshes anywhere in it. Only those with a serious schadenfreude affliction will find anything in our current political landscape refreshing and I will give up the snipe hunt of trying to find something that is not there.

    Comparing Donald Trump to Idi Amin, Uncle Joe Stalin, Vlad the Impaler, King Leopold of Belgium, Adolf You-Know-Who, and Pol Pot is appropriate though Trump does not have the blood on his hands that they do yet. He needs more time for that. Like all of them he imagines he has the cosmic secret sauce and he is bound and determined like they all were to cook everybody up a juicy burger. Some of us will eat them and some of us will provide the meat for the patties. Just as it has always been.

    Everybody rants about his tweets but if tweets is all he did that would not be a bad thing. Let him tweet away and hope it keeps him distracted and oblivious to the yammerings of the stiff old men he surrounds himself with.

    • abbybwood March 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      If Trump had any brains he would reject any half-cocked Ryancare bill that hits his desk and just let the Democrat ACA play out and implode under its own weight.

      The Democrats currently own the ACA so let them continue their ownership until the American people are screaming for relief.

      That is a sure way for Republicans to win in 2018.

      If Trump falls for the RINO BS then the Democrats will start winning again in 2018.

      You can bet that some in D.C. are contemplating all of this right now.

      • JimInFlorida March 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

        There are millions of people suffering under the incompetence and tyranny of ObamaCare. To let the disease run its course without even a shot of subsidizing morphine to ease the pain is torture.

        The first thing Trump should do is completely excise 26 USC § 5000A. In other words, the IRS part of the ACA. That removes the mandatory participation requirements and penalties. The IRS must be forbidden to have ANY PART in it whatsoever.

        Once ObamaCare is deprived of its right to feed on us, then it must either readjust or it DIES. It should never have been created in the first place. It is NOT, nor has it EVER been Socialized Medicine!!!!

        It was the fulfillment of the project started in 1973 by privatizing and racketeering of medical care. There was NO social benefit intended in Obamacare. It was created by and for Big Insurance.

        Socialized medicine worked well in Britain before Maggie Thatcher and her Tory goons got a hold of it. The U.S. had a semi-socialized medical system before 1973. The New Deal declared that the primary purpose of health care was to deliver health care and was regulated and funded to that end. HMO’s flipped health care into a business model and that quickly became cancerous under Reaganomics.

        In the current paradigm, “Medicare For All” is the ONLY SOLUTION. medicareforall.org/pages/Home

        To initially fund it, the FICA income ceiling must be removed and the revenues directed to subsidize MFA. Eventually, a full 1% Wall Street Sales Tax on the sale and transfer of all derivatives and securities must be levied. 2/3 distributed among the States and 1/3 to the Treasury. MFA will be funded by both the Treasury and the extra FICA taxes. The States will be required to fully fund their Medicaid programs, pension funds, and other social services from their share of the Wall St. Tax.

        This will enable the VOLUNTARY purchase of Medicare at $100/month and deductibles determined by means testing. Even the deductibles must be affordable. Use the VA for a pricing guidelines since they charge very reasonable prices for meds and other things. MFA and the VA must combine forces to drive hardball negotiations with Big Pharma and the hospitals.

        Above all, the entire regulatory structure must be returned to what it was 50-60 years ago. Despite the relative lack of fancy high-tech medical devices, one could argue that medical care was better back then because the objectives were rational to both doctor and patient.

        • chipshot March 14, 2017 at 12:53 am #

          MFA is the only solution, funded by means at least similar to what you suggest.

          Why aren’t 99% of Americans screaming out for this?

          • JimInFlorida March 14, 2017 at 7:08 am #

            Easy. No media coverage on behalf of Medicare For All. Let alone any agitation of the mass consciousness to become aware and desirous of such an option.

          • Cactus Girl March 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

            “Why aren’t 99% of Americans screaming out for this?”

            Because…because…because…SOCIALISM!!! {holds up crucifix}

        • Dumbedup March 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

          MFA is the way to go and it can be done in transition steps. As a first step, reduce the age of eligibility to 50. Then make those below the poverty level eligible and then those who have pre-existing conditions or terminal illness and therefore unable to work eligible. That will leave the insurance industry to split up the healthy working people which should reduce the cost. Then we will see who is greedy and who is not. Any MFA legislation must include a provision that no provider may bill more than the allowable Medicare rate. If rates are really based on the relative health of the members and not designed to increase the profitability of providers we will know rather quickly.

  7. twomartinilunch March 13, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    Not sure which is more appropriate:
    “If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” ~ Chinese Proverb
    or
    “What a piece of work is man” ~ Hamlet

    • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:44 am #

      “Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!” – Lady Macbeth

      • noel bodie March 13, 2017 at 11:19 am #

        “this country was always pretty much a whore house, but at least it had some promise. Now it’s just a shithole…..This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: what a lament , if no one saw it go….Dissipation is actually much worse than cataclysm.” Tracy Letts, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2009)

        • abbybwood March 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

          What can be expected when the “founders” of the country slaughtered millions of native Americans then brought slaves to the new country to work the fields and build houses and to be owned and deeply abused.

          Add to this all the millions of lives all over the planet that have been needlessly massacred and property stolen and well….

          Karma IS a bitch.

          • BackRowHeckler March 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

            Sounds like you have a lot of personal guilt, abbywood.

            Why don’t you hang yourself and get it over with.

            brh

          • noel bodie March 14, 2017 at 11:41 am #

            Abby, good point and I agree. As a keeper of a small flock I can attest that chickens do indeed “come home to roost”. The snark from brh just serves to underline our situation. Fuck him.

  8. mdl17576 March 13, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    A perfect shitstorm of consequences from bad economic and environmental choices is unavoidable but the timing is uncertain. Like NOLA pre-Katrina, we know we are living below sea level and one direct hit away from disaster. The govt did little to prevent that disaster and bitches the response afterwards. The government will not protect or save us. It will shake you down for as much as it can get. The rest is details. Trying to read the tea leaves is entertaining but at this point anyone who takes what we know serious is moving to high ground so to speak and hopefully working on being less visible to the authorities, especially financially and defensively. Good luck JHK and all your readers.

    • Mike Patrick March 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

      Been to New Orleans lately? It has been completely revitalized and reclaimed. The old dirt dikes are gone and replaced by massive, steel-reinforced concrete ones. A huge amount of money has been invested in NOLA and its surroundings. New Orleans is the one city Louisiana absolutely cannot do without. The tourism revenue generated by New Orleans is staggering.

      Here is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago, a new streetcar line on land below sea level in a completely revitalized neighborhood on St. Claude Avenue:
      plus.google.com/u/0/photos/photo/114457088344123075207/6394212690641903362?icm=false
      or
      tinyurl.com/zwctvf6

      • mdl17576 March 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

        Rebuilding a city that flooded because it was below sea level is still stupid. The govt is throwing good money after bad, now that they’ve finally gotten around to doing something.

      • HaresOnTheMountain March 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

        I wish it was not such a death spot. New Orleans is the only large city that seems not totally obliterated by cultural relativism. I’m aware it is on it’s way, working to catch up like an elementary school student lagging in their class hallway line. America, culturally, is like a woodcuts of corpse dancers, minus the joy on the corpse’s faces. I’ve studied too much folklore. The past seems alive and I feel we are the ghosts forced to walk this land as spooks, occasionally peaking into the past or into a future when we were (will be) alive.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

      Transgender bathrooms are the answer, the talisman that will subside the waters.

      • JimInFlorida March 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

        The manufacturers of urinals will be sued for humiliation of transgenders and gender-fluids. Watch Kohler, American Standard, Toto, etc. take a beating on Wall Street until they repent and do penance!

        In time, we’ll see Building Codes force the removal of men’s urinals in public facilities to avoid offending the fags, freaks, dykes, and trannies. An all-new toilet design will have to be invented. At enormous expense, of course.

        ALL new construction will require the new gender-neutral toilets. Banks may be prevented from fully mortgaging an established home if the new gender-neutral toilets are not installed.

        Illegal men’s urinals will be sold on the black market to Muslim establishments who have no fear of The Tribe or to the janet-wpa_ccc types.

        • HaresOnTheMountain March 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

          And to think, art history majors will have another significant angle by which to reevaluate Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”. Western cultural vitality isn’t dead yet!

  9. izzy March 13, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    Like history itself, these reports veer towards the repetitive.

    But it’s done so well! Bravo!

  10. zaphod42 March 13, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    JHK today compares DJT thusly: “So did a lot of other figures in history who found themselves at the top: Idi Amin, Uncle Joe Stalin, Vlad the Impaler, King Leopold of Belgium, Adolf You-Know-Who, Pol Pot. The list of the well-meaning is very long.” I suggest an additional name: “Ethylred the Unready.” The only real question seems to be, will the Donald quit before he is removed.

    My liberal friends who remain in the sinking ship of the Democratic Party continue to regale me with shouts of “The Russians did it!” It boggles the mind to consider the sort of crisis we might be seeing had the election results been reversed. And it is frightening that the best scenario might be collapse of the Industrial Age civilization presently flolloping about like some mattress from Squornshellous Zeta.

    I think we have regressed to where an otherwise entertaining screed is more admired than liked or enjoyed for the simple reason that reality as factually described therein is so horrible.

    Admire.

    Craig

    • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      And if you ask them what the Russians actually did all you get are blank faces. The cognitive disconnect usually lasts for about 15 seconds. Then they just figure they forgot what the Russians did but dammit, they remain convinced the Russians did something.

    • Elrond Hubbard March 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

      zaphod42: “And it is frightening that the best scenario might be collapse of the Industrial Age civilization presently flolloping about like some mattress from Squornshellous Zeta.”

      At least it’s not willomying yet. Best not to be around when the willomying starts, my foonting turlingdromes.

      • zaphod42 March 14, 2017 at 10:35 am #

        Never would have guessed “Hubbard” was a Vogon surname.

        Meet you at Milliways for drinks. Just dropped another penny in my account to cover your tab!

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

      Liberals aren’t. They are simply Communists at this point.

  11. volodya March 13, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    So there’s a great tumult about Russian-Republican collusion to tilt the election. Is there any evidence for this? Crapper sez no. Said so on Sunday morning television.

    What about wikileaks? Assange sez it wasn’t the Russians. What evidence did the intelligence agencies give in support of their Russian meddling contention? None. So what do we have? Nothing. All we have are the contents of DNC emails.

    So what’s in those emails? Was it disinformation? No, the emails are genuine. What did they show? That the Democratic party deliberately slanted the primary process in favor of Hillary.

    Trump sez Trump Tower got spied on at the orders of then President Obama. Has he provided evidence? No. So now there’s a hue and cry about Trump coming up with proof. Apparently Trump’s claims require proof, yessiree. But not the claims of US intelligence orgs. See, the seventeen intelligence are exempt, they can muttter mysteriously about patterns of events and circumstances that lead to conclusions. But nope, not actual proof.

    OK so what about patterns and entrails supporting Trump’s accusation about wire tapping?

    What about the fact that Mike Flynn’s conversations were monitored and then leaked? Who spied and who leaked? US intelligence agencies or so I’ve read. And I’ve read that said agencies admit they examined telephone records of Trump campaign officials, supposedly to see if there was collusion between Trump and the Russians. I don’t know but I’m suspicious. Does it look like a fishing expedition? Looks like it to me. Sounds to me like those intel boys are way out over their skiis on this one.

    So, ok, if they spied on Flynn, if they spied on Trump campaign boys and girls, is Trump that far out of line in his claim? Maybe in asserting that Obama ordered it. Maybe there was wire-tapping, maybe there wasn’t, maybe Obama ordered it, maybe he didn’t. But if wire-tapping was done, it was done on behalf of the Democrats, for their benefit, and Obama is a Democrat with a legacy to defend. But never mind all that, whatever the facts, in the deathless words of Harry Houdidini, the bucks stops ….

    And if Trump is full of shit, well, that’s the game being played and in this the Democrats have no moral authority.

    • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      There was wiretapping. Your ‘Maybe’ does everyone a disservice as it muddies the waters. When they use your phone as a mike the battery drains really fast. I suspect they keep the GPS circuitry on and that is why. If average people are wiretapped on a daily basis without good reason or with a warrant, and they are, it is not a stretch to assume our flim-flam billionaire president who apparently pays no taxes was also. Obama was a spying fool and could not get enough of it. Of course he did it.

      Do bears shit in the woods? Of course they do! Except for constipated Russian bears who are too busy fixing elections around the world to take time out for nature’s call.

      • zaphod42 March 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

        The Democrats fixed the election by nominating the Clinton. She is was and always will be unelectable. And, as long as they predicate their party on pandering to a 0.3% minority, creating ‘safe places’ at colleges and universities, and purging the language of anything that might, maybe, offend some one some where, they will lose more and more voters.

        Just as the Republicans will lose more and more voters as they continue to pander to corporations, far right religious zealots, and Ayn Rand / Chicago School economic zeaots.

        To which I say, a pox on both their houses.

        Craig

      • SpeedyBB March 14, 2017 at 12:11 am #

        Certainly seems to point in that direction, post-Snowden. Everyone in the power structure is suspect. Does not make for an efficient, smooth-running, cooperative work atmosphere. Think ‘the USSR under Beria’, but amped up logarithmically, thanks to technology.

        Then there’s this aspect: William Burroughs comments ‘I know there are a lot of people who hate my guts, but the question is are they going to do something about it?’

        The Donald was never really in the line of fire in his former lifetimes. One even presumes he got along with The Boys from Jersey in his casino dealings (one would simply have to do so). Now he has put himself right on the bullseye and does not quite know what to do about the situation. Awkward.

        His predecessor was a past master at surviving and even thriving in the highest office: you simply play the Master of Ceremonies, keep the show moving along, satisficing as many of the blocs of power as reasonable. Ignore the others.

    • DA March 13, 2017 at 11:41 am #

      Where Trump screwed up was in dismissing Flynn. That gave the whole fishing expedition credence and put him back on his heels, where he’s been ever since. I’m beginning to think that this is all for show on both sides of the fence, just like Obama’s first 90-180 days. And now we see the GOP’s long awaited promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare stalling out as well. Surprise, surprise! Only two more years of political sleight of hand in store before the next election circus comes to town. I can hardly wait!

    • lsjogren March 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

      Yeah funny how the media fixated on alleged “election hacking” by the Russians but didn’t spend any time discussing the actual details.

      The Russians got hold of embarrassing emails written by Democrats like John Podesta because those Democrats were incredibly inept at keeping their dirty laundry confidential.

      To me the main takeaway is that the Democrats are such inept boobs with regard to protecting secrets that when in power they represent a serious national security threat.

    • Mike Patrick March 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      Russia rarely shares its intelligence-gathering with anyone. Does Russia spy on the US? Of course, and the US spies on them. When Russia has passed vital intelligence along to the US, like warning the FBI about the Chechen Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston Marathon bombers, they are ignored. Russians conclude: no good deed goes unpunished.

      I do not think Putin’s inner-circle trusts Trump any more than they trust Clinton. Russia have been invaded so many times in the last millennium that distrust of foreigners is in their DNA.

      The real reason the neoliberal/neocons hate Russia is that it pursues, as has always done, except during the Yeltsin 90’s, independent policies. And Russians’ memories are long, remembering the disaster wrought by their oligarchs and their Western neoliberal “advisors” in the 90’s. Add the fact that Putin has reclaimed, via a majority controlling interest by the Russian Federation, all the state-owned enterprises. This makes their economy Soviet-lite, radically different from those in the West bent on privatization. Therein lies the huge abyss between Russia and the West.

      The only way to deal with Russia is to accept it for what it is and not attempt to change it. Russia is quite a good partner once that hurdle is overcome.

      • Buck Stud March 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

        Excellent post!

      • SpeedyBB March 14, 2017 at 12:27 am #

        Excellent appraisal, Mike Patrick. Applause.

        It is also vital to point out that while the West and Russia really have no vital conflicts of interest to go to war over they certainly DO share one common interest and that is to swat down Islamic extremism, good and hard and definitively, wherever it might pop up.

        The vast majority of Muslims are not suicidal; if, however, they sense weakness or flexibility in their new western roosts they’ll muscle in and take over as much as they can: ‘alternative’ sharia courts, no-go zones, prohibitions on this’n’that. It’s a ratchet: the more you give way the more they demand. Or ‘Islamophobia’, boo hoo.

        Once they see formidable and seamless opposition in their host culture they’ll cave. Or if not then it’s off to an extended vacation at Her Majesty’s pleasure. I suggest a Supermax built on the island of Sylt. Properly cold and damp north Atlantic climate to calm down those tropical passions.

    • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 9:23 am #

      Don’t get hung up on the word “wiretapping” or the word “order” everything is monitored for later use.

  12. Elrond Hubbard March 13, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    The Dance of Death

    By Chris Hedges

    truthdig.com/report/item/the_dance_of_death_20170312

    “The ruling corporate elites no longer seek to build. They seek to destroy. They are agents of death. They crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to feed an insatiable lust for wealth, power and hedonism. Wars and military “virtues” are celebrated. Intelligence, empathy and the common good are banished. Culture is degraded to patriotic kitsch. Education is designed only to instill technical proficiency to serve the poisonous engine of corporate capitalism. Historical amnesia shuts us off from the past, the present and the future. Those branded as unproductive or redundant are discarded and left to struggle in poverty or locked away in cages. State repression is indiscriminant and brutal. And, presiding over the tawdry Grand Guignol is a deranged ringmaster tweeting absurdities from the White House.

    “The graveyard of world empires—Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Khmer, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian—followed the same trajectory of moral and physical collapse. Those who rule at the end of empire are psychopaths, imbeciles, narcissists and deviants, the equivalents of the depraved Roman emperors Caligula, Nero, Tiberius and Commodus. The ecosystem that sustains the empire is degraded and exhausted. Economic growth, concentrated in the hands of corrupt elites, is dependent on a crippling debt peonage imposed on the population. The bloated ruling class of oligarchs, priests, courtiers, mandarins, eunuchs, professional warriors, financial speculators and corporate managers sucks the marrow out of society.”

    Preach it, brother!

    • DA March 13, 2017 at 11:53 am #

      Hedges missed his calling as a Pentecostal. The man can lay down the fire a brimstone with the best of them.

      Having raped, pillaged, and plundered the rest of the world until it no longer has anything left to give, the empire now turns its killing eyes on the only prey it has left: its own citizenry. It was an OK run while it lasted; although in truth, even that was good mostly for only a handful. Our spasmodic convulsions period should be “interesting,” to say the least.

    • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

      Hedges never hedges. Not even a little. But he has been preaching this stuff as long as Kunstler and the painted ponies are still riding. But it’s all true, just molasses truth.

    • swmnguy March 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

      Wow, thanks for the link to that one. Great piece.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      Actually the true Global Elite want to “power down” industrial civilization. They believe as you do: No Nations, One Culture for the whole planet, everyone the same color ultimately, and of course No Western Civilization or White People – except for themselves of course.

      • DA March 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

        I’m with you big guy. I stumbled across The Protocols last week and it really opened my eyes. Antisemitic my eye! If anything, it’s prosemitic, in the sense that’s it’s a proven blueprint for world domination.

        • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 11:31 am #

          It’s not a conspiracy, it’s a business plan.

          • DA March 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

            That what I thought too.

        • Elrond Hubbard March 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

          The so-called ‘protocols’ hoax was created in pre-revolutionary Russia, likely by members of the czar’s secret police. There is ample documentation that the text was mainly plagiarized from an 1860s-era French political satire called “The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu”. The hoaxsters filed off the serial numbers and inserted Evil Jews as and where they felt like it.

          If you’re fool, or villain, enough to buy into that wad of scurrilous nonsense, then God help you ’cause I sure can’t.

          • DA March 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

            Are you just regurgitating the propaganda you’ve been fed, or have you actually read them?

            The “fact” that some of the text was plagiarized could be nothing more than the recognition that the speakers the author quotes were themselves using/plagiarizing those words, or, as you assert, the author him/her self was using/plagiarizing them as well for his/hers own intentions. In the end, plagiariazation (if true) says nothing about the essential truth of the assertions the author makes themselves, and so is of purely secondary concern.

            And MY primary concern is the question of whether or not the essential truths of the texts themselves are true or not (they are) and whether or not they support the many details I’ve learned about how the world works at that level through my extensive readings over my lifetime (they do). That’s quite enough for me.

            Whether or not this is ENTIRELY a Zionist Jew “plot” at this point I’m still not QUITE sure just yet, but judging from the preponderance of evidence, I’m CERTAINLY inclined to look there first from here on out.

          • Elrond Hubbard March 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

            The so-called authenticity of the Protocols hoax was adjudicated by a Swiss court in 1934:

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berne_Trial

            Two Zionist organizations sued a Nazi organization after the Nazis distributed anti-Semitic pamphlets at a Zionist meeting. In convicting two of the defendants, the judge observed that his evaluation of the testimony had convinced him the ‘Protocols’ were not only plagiarized but fraudulent. The convictions were overturned on appeal, but on a legal technicality that did not touch the original opinion regarding the fraudulence of the hoax.

            That’s not “propaganda that I’ve been fed”. It’s a serious verdict from a valid legal process which I went and found out about. Your words make clear that you feel entitled to believe what you want to believe regardless of the evidence. Par for the course around here, sadly.

      • Wrenching Away March 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

        I’m curious though. Do they realize that many of the modern trappings of the elite lifestyle (luxury yachts, Ferraris, exotic foods from around the globe, private jets, even crude oil) cannot exist without a large slave labor base to support it? Or are they willing to go back to a Year Zero lifestyle?

        • HaresOnTheMountain March 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

          Do vampires ever have enough blood? Do those same vampires ever get staked in the heart in pursuit of that blood?

          • JimInFlorida March 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

            Mr. Hare, it’s worth pondering that vampires cannot live with each other for long. They don’t have any blood and must feed on the living!

            All one can do is either drive the wooden stake through their hearts or maintain constant sunlight upon them.

            Iran did the equivalent of driving a wooden stake through their collective hearts and defanged them. In Iran, they FORBID any member of the Tribe to work with money, power, or control of cultural expressions. As a result, the Tribe is actually well-behaved and cooperative with the Shia Muslims who run Iran. Iran functions very well and is a true 1st World country. Which is why Iran is hated in the ZOG Media and in Washington.

            But, because the West is totally cucked, we cannot completely ban The Tribe from certain occupations. We must use the scorching rays of the Sun to keep them in check. The Hot Light of Truth and Henry Ford’s warnings shall cause them to scurry for cover. Though they continue to peddle the Seven Deadly Sins, they shall not succeed and shall be forced to seek useful work. The Sunlight of public scorn will keep them humble.

        • JimInFlorida March 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

          The current manifestations of greed and extravagance by the ZOG elites were made possible by Reaganomics. Period. That includes the Corporate Promised Land of China and its associates in Central America, Southeast Asia, and India.

          The mechanical means to restore 1960 America exists. All it takes is the WILL. But, the political will isn’t there because the claims by The Tribe are non-negotiable. They have a vast reserve army of Jewdeo-Xtian automatons in the 501(c)3 churches who will rise up to defend The Tribe. The same who will throw them under the bus for the sake of AIPAC.

          The Protocols are 100% correct, regardless of who authored it. Henry Ford concurred by confirming the results of the Protocols, rather than worry about who penned them. The Camp of The Saints confirms Henry Ford but, shows fear in naming the guilty.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

            The Protocols don’t mention flooding the West with Non-Whites though. That was a later idea. They themselves are probably surprised at how easy it’s all been, relatively speaking. But resistance is rising and they are going to have to accept a rematch.

          • DA March 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

            The Protocols are 100% correct, regardless of who authored it. Henry Ford concurred by confirming the results of the Protocols, rather than worry about who penned them.

            My take EXACTLY!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

          Automation is exploding. They’ll keep enough people around to serve their economic needs. Also don’t forget, they want servant boys and girls to diddle. And of course, children to sacrifice.

          In short a new medievalism – the Gile de Rais model. Human populations will be confined to the cities except for agricultural workers. No one trespasses in the King’s forest except other nobles.

          • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 11:39 am #

            Hey Janos: that’s one reason I live ( not reside ) on the Osage Reservation ( hoping that one doesn’t get reneged on ).

            btw – since I’m right across the river, can you point me to those Pawnee Pyramids ( probably just ruins now ).

          • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 6:00 am #

            Whites are the new Indians for sure. But how do the old Indians feel about that (and you)?

    • HaresOnTheMountain March 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      Well, that goes with my “dance of death” woodcuts comment up above.
      Speaking of, there’s John Fahey’s album “The Dance of Death”. The first song from this album, Wine and Roses, has gotten me through many a night.

      Fahey wrote the first academic letters on the now famous delta blues musician, Charley (or Charlie) Patton, while a grad student at the UCLA folklore department in the late 1960s.

      Wine and Roses – youtube.com/watch?v=HeYG4PlxG3E

      • elysianfield March 14, 2017 at 10:42 am #

        HOTM,
        Fahey died destitute…what a waste.

    • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

      Commodus would be an appropriate example but Caligula, Nero, and Tiberius did not rule at the end of the empire. In fact these three all ruled before the reign of the period of the five good emperors. One of these five, Marcus Aurelius, a philosopher king, was the the father of Commodus.

      After the 12 Caesars Rome was ruled by five good emperors in a row.

      Edward Edward Gibbon writes;

      “During a happy period of more than fourscore years, the public administration was conducted by the virtue and abilities of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and the two Antonines.”

      It may be the longest time in history in which there was no war. It was also a time when the emperors chose their own successors based on merit and ability then adopting them as sons. These were men dedicated to the prosperity of the empire and who worked hard to make it prosper. Baubles did not interest them.

      Commodus was an exception, a real son. The most foolish thing his otherwise capable and wise father did was let Commodus become emperor upon his death.

  13. pequiste March 13, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    While we are having this pause, and in order to correctly label the players in the grand game of U.S. politics; a renaming of the four corners of the “bigly re-greatifying” Republic is in order.

    – The former Democratic Party is transformed into D.I.P.S.H.I.T.:
    Democrat Inquistion Party – Supporting Heinous Institutions and Toadies.

    – Those rock-around-the-clock Republican Party’s makeover becomes the C.R.O.C.K.:

    Cancerous Republic Organization’s Corruption Keepers.

    – The now famous Deep State’s new incarnation:

    Necromancers In Gigantic Government Entity Registers. (Make the
    acronym yourself.)

    – As for Preznit Trump; he is in no way related to the vile, evil bastards you mentioned – Idi Amin, Pol Pot Stalin, that Adolf guy. Not a mass murderer, not yet anyway. It is not his style. Turning the U.S. Treasury into a casino and Fort Meade into a special upscale hotel and golf course, that would be more to his liking and desire.

    He is, after all, trying to accomplish what his campaign focused on. He has an awful job considering the mess he has from the three other corners of the circle jerk that is government.

    I have alway thought the term “preznit” to be most apt and fitting for the person riding atop the behemoth that is sits on its ass in Washington D.C. and stands astride the country and indeed the world the last superpower in these perilous and interesting times.

    Who will win the Netherlands election on Wednesday is the question at the bar this week ( as the debt limit issue is never a real problem for Unkle Sam .) A Heineken says Geert Wilders by a neck.

    • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      A “president” is one who presides in the office of another.

      We do not need another president, we need the King. Maranatha.

  14. venuspluto67 March 13, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    A lot of people voted for Trump and the Republicans because they wanted Obamacare repealed. But then as soon as the new congress was sworn in, suddenly this mantra emerged that if they repeal Obamacare, then they have to replace it with something. When I heard that, I knew the jig was up. After all, you just know anything the Republicans think up is going to be even worse than Obamacare!

    • My Point of View March 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      The CBO just came in with the numbers, in ten years the Trump-Ryan plan will cause 24 million people to lose health insurance.

      • HaresOnTheMountain March 13, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

        My favorite part of Obama care was when they stole $700 from my tax return for not having it. Yet, if I had bought it, that would had cost me a minimum of $1300 for the year. Either way, a service I didn’t ask for or receive any service from. If I smoke, which I like to do, that costs me more. Yet, if I want to eat Mcdonald’s twice a day and sit on a couch doing nothing, no extra charge.

        I though I read somewhere about no taxation without representation….

  15. seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    The “Golem-king of coming greatness.” Glad to see you back in stride Kunstler. They got the electorate to believe Obamacare was bad so that they could repeal it. But all that healthcare had to get paid for. It got paid for by taxing the rich and giving the rest healthcare. A + B = C. Not rocket science. Now with the repeal of Obamacare, they get massive tax cuts, only this time tax cuts are only good for the few and hurt the way many… millions. That is the bottom line. Can the rich afford to take care of the poor in this country? Obviously not. The only remarkable thing about this story is all the people who voted for Trump are exactly the ones who are going to get killed with the repeal of Obamacare. That’s why they’re in the town halls screaming their white trash asses off. Maybe this will finally open their eyes.

    • capt spaulding March 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      They forge the chains that are used to bind them.

    • troutbum2 March 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

      You are correct Seaw77,
      and here is what Trump has said on H/C :
      “I am going to take care of everybody,” he told 60 Minutes. “I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”  
      “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said in press conference Jan. 11. “We’re going to have a healthcare that is far less expensive and far better.”  
       
      In an early January interview with the Washington Post, he said that Trumpcare would feature “insurance for everybody,” in contrast to an ACA that, while bringing the uninsurance rate to a historic low, has still left 25 million people without coverage. The plans, he said, would have “much lower deductibles.” And ability to pay, he said, wouldn’t be an issue. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” 

    • routersurfer March 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

      If we can afford national defense — we can afford national healthcare. Why is one better than the other? We do need cost checks on both. How about we start with controlling the dark money markets with a tax to pay for both? A banker from every light pole.

      • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

        Exactly. What good is it to be safe when you’re sick and dying.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

        Yes the arts of life must balance out the arts of death. Life includes both after all.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

      Obamacare was going down the tubes – everyone who knows knows that. People simply couldn’t afford it. Obama lied and people will die. But you believe him. That makes you dumber than White trash.

      • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

        “The news is fake because it’s fake news.” Donald Trump
        That’s the IQ of 156 guy you follow Genius.

    • cbeard March 13, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

      seawolf77, I voted for Trump and the repeal of Obamacare won’t kill me. I’m white, but not white trash. Trump was the only candidate that didn’t advocate open borders. That is the only reason he won. The insurance companies and for profit hospitals are so entrenched, politicians so corrupt, and the American voter so ignorant that health care can’t be reformed without tearing the whole system down. Ditto for our government in general. Some day soon your eyes may be opened.

      • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 11:57 am #

        My vote was simply defensive. I’ll take being duped ( not ) to the alternative.

  16. bukowskisghost March 13, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    Best post ever Jim.

    • elysianfield March 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

      Yes, and excellent post. However, the use of “flowery language” and big words are a thinly veiled attempt to confuse (trick) and obfuscate (hide) racist asides. Thwack, and possibly others are very sensitive to your micro-aggressions.

      • elysianfield March 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

        “an”

      • Frankiti March 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

        Same BS purple-prose posts with more, of the same, dying adjectives. How many times can he dress up the same points? Both parties lost it, Trump is a dangerous imbecile, the Fed is going to have a reckoning ad nauseum. How many times can the readers exclaims, “great post”, “best post in a long time”, “right on”?
        Fools.

        • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

          Great novels are just a rehash of the same old stories using the same old words, just rearranged. Great songs use the same notes and the same chords and the same chord progressions and the same words. It’s all the same and yet it’s new. That’s the trick. Come up with something new using the same old same old. I know it’s a difficult concept to grasp. Next time you’re pinching a loaf, squeeze extra hard and it will come to you at last. And when you hear the water splash, true fecal enlightenment will come to you.

          • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

            “There is no new thing under the sun.”

            You two are doing it too.

        • TravisT March 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

          Wrong! No mention of the “TURNINGS”!

  17. Paulo March 13, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    Great article, thank you. I find these current events absolutely fascinating as this collapses along. To use a mechanical analogy, it sounds like some bearings have gone in every political and social machine out there. They’re overheating and making noise.

    What is truly remarkable is how blatant the theiving continues to be. With this new health care plan they forcefully present the US with a Plan/ultimatum that lowers coverage, but contains a tax windfall for the rich.

    What the hell is going to happen when some West Virgina coal miners, or __________ figure out there are no real new jobs to go to, and that weekly their prospects erode? How long will patience last?

    Someone caught a mammoth-sized cheeto-headed racoon in the political live trap. If any of you have ever trapped a racoon you soon realize that releasing it is almost impossible. It will get you when you lift the door. Finally, you just go get the .22 and shoot it in the head. Republicans are at that first stage of realization. Now what do they do? Some, are just now, thinking about the .22 in the gun cabinet. Some are thinking about trying to release the sucker back into the wild. The rest are standing back, watching as the whole Whitehouse racoon family snarls and hisses.

    Interesting. Every day brings some new reaction. This will not continue even to 2018, much less 4 years.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      Yes, Whites are the new Raccoons. It’s not safe to prey on us anymore. Trump is our King Coon. A Ginger too (like Jefferson) – the most hated sub species of the most hated species.

    • My Point of View March 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

      The WV miners will get a wake up call if Ryan guts Medicaid out of the ACA. Nationwide about 1.3 million addicts will lose access to help. WV miners are front and center in opioid deaths; highest death rate in the nation. This article points out the disaster about to screw over both the addicted and the just plain sick:
      washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/west-virginia-tug-river-obamacare/

      This huge irony of the linked story is that these white trash are treated by a black woman nurse who DID pull herself up by her own bootstraps like the GOP would tell people to do. It’s the whites down there who just sit around and smoke and drink and talk about guns and nascar and how black people get all the breaks. Hah!

      My late BIL was such a jerk like some of the people in the article. He never had a pot to piss in as he spent all his money on nascar shit and let the phone get turned off, etc. My sister kept the family in one piece all those years and now lives in the basement of her former home that she had to sell to her daughter.

      Not to be outdone by WV miners, the farmers in Ohio are rushing to their deaths by opioid OD.
      nytimes.com/2017/03/12/us/opioid-epidemic-rural-farm.html?emc=edit_nn_20170313&nl=morning-brief…

      • HaresOnTheMountain March 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

        I”m a Hoosier. Have you wondered what “hoosier” means from a historical perspective? It means poor, white laborer. It means white n****r, or white trash.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

          So it was a fakeout by Vonnegut. Hoosier isn’t a Granfalloon but a Karass. Or perhaps he just didn’t know. In many ways, he was the last good Liberal.

  18. volodya March 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    K dog, fine, I won’t object, given the likelihoods, Trump was indeed spied on.

    But what gets me is that every talking head on TV, at least the ones that I’ve seen, act as if what Trump said was reprehensible. I mean who are they kidding?

    Having said that, it’s a serious accusation and if you’re gonna make it, provide SOME evidence. It’s not that much to ask and you help your own credibility. At least say that you’ve spoken to people in a position to know who you regard as reliable and impartial and loyal to the institution of the Presidency. At least say THAT much.

    But even without evidence being provided such an accusation is consistent with the animosities and the caustic public and media environment. Because if Democrats are free to fling around accusations….

    And I’m saying that even in the absence of the actual smoking gun, such wire-taps or other surveillance fit a well-worn pattern of behavior. Flynn is one recent example, the examination of Trump campaign telephone records is another.

    As far as the Russian bear goes, what’s the matter with these Intel agencies? We all know about Russian predilections for mucking about. They’re no innocents. Far from it. Murderers and deceivers and corruptors yes. And misinformation was a swamp we all waded through in the Cold War. It hasn’t stopped. But I don’t buy the line that EVERYTHING the intel agencies see has to be kept under wraps for fear of compromising methods and sources.

  19. troutbum2 March 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    The national intelligence agencies weren’t spying on Trump. They were listening to the Russians which we have done since early in the Cold War. They heard Trump’s people talking with the Russians and they heard the Russians talking among themselves about their conversations with Trump’s people. We know that at least 8 people around Trump were talking/meeting with various Russians. A few of them even lied under oath to Congress. I’d like to know what are they hiding?

    • Billy Hill March 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

      Just curious whether you were sleeping last week when Wikileaks dumped Vault 7… Maybe stayed up too late reading books on logic and reasoning?

  20. volodya March 13, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    DA, too bad about Flynn’s dismissal. Maybe Trump figured his first loss is his least loss, that is, in non-financial terms, stop the hemorrhage. Maybe Trump figured that in three months all would be forgotten. But still it’s hard to sugar coat.

    Maybe there were half-measures that could’ve been taken. Maybe Flynn could’ve been warned, ie no more Mike, no more of this, your job is intel so no more ambassadorial jaw-flapping, among us you tell the truth, and above all you keep your fucking face off television.

    And then, in the fullness of time, let’s say a year, do a bureaucratic re-shuffle as opposed to a firing. So it’s bye-bye Mike, thank-you for your loyal service but we want to make some changes, here’s your new office and a shiny new job offer which we think you’ll find attractive.

    • DA March 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

      Even more than that, it’s about successfully fighting the bureaucratic tit for tat, especially coming out of the gate, which by all other accounts Trump appeared to be extremely good at. Ignore your enemy’s attacks and simply counterattack in turn. Caving on Flynn was unnecessary in the first place – He embarrassed the VP? Fuck the VP! – and it showed weakness in the second. Trump’s campaign proved that he realized the wisdom of NEVER showing political weakness, so what to make of this sudden turnabout for no apparent reason? As I said, I have to wonder if he’s for real now, or whether the US IC/MICC finally made him “the offer he can’t refuse.”

  21. elysianfield March 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    Well….

    Q noticed last week the (virtual) absence of Cold N Holefield, and referenced his last post on his blog being the 18th of February. Reading Cold’s last blog reminded me of Lenny Bruce…who after one of his arrests for obscenity changed his “act” from one of acerbic social commentary to one outlining his legal travails…ad nauseum. I fear Cold has gone off the deep end with his daughter’s unfortunate jaywalking accident…dogging witnesses and/or impugning law enforcement with Cold’s particular personality issues could land him in jail….

  22. patrickd March 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    Ouch. There simply is no bright side of the story of our nation’s slide to the toilet hole. To see any kind of hope for the world – and really, our nation – we have to look at the developments in the non-West, where Eurasion nations are developing relationships with all nations who are willing. They represent 5 billion people. They operate according to the rule of law, mutual interest, and respect for each others’ sovereignty. It’s happening, it’s the future, and it remains to be seen if the US will join up with this new multi-polar world order, participate as an equal, or continue to try to be the boss of everyone, murdering those who don’t submit. Personally, because of the the pervasive pyschopathocracy of US powers-that-be, I don’t see the US playing nice with the rest of the world. But who knows, a couple smashes in the mouth have turned insane bullies around, at least in the schoolyard. Maybe the US will stop its evil. HA! I guess one can hope for that. But an argument can be made that punching the US Nazi Deep State in the mouth will only make them crazier and thirstier for nuclear revenge. Crazy people simply cannot be corrected.

  23. seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    You know it’s a little bit weird that people aren’t running around with their hair on fire over Flynn. The man was a foreign agent and headed the National Security Agency!!!!!!! And he was a foreign agent of a Muslim country!!!!! Turkey.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      Complete Nonsense. Exactly what we expect from you. You like Muslims too, right? Even you don’t agree with you. No coherence because you lack a Centre – the Centre where the Will of God is known.

      • seawolf77 March 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

        The way a discussion proceeds is a person makes a point and you rebut it. Or you agree with it. Or you could care less about it and you pick your nose. Nonsense completely is for kiddies.

        • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

          I don’t have time or inclination to defend Flynn, but I am now wondering if you are confusing accusations with ” points”.

  24. janet March 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    It is a yuge misunderestimation to say the Democratic Party “regrouped briefly after the election debacle to fight an imaginary adversary, Russia…”

    The truth is that 45 has re-energized the Democratic Party to an extent that surpasses the Republicans of 1994. New candidates are stepping up and there is a good chance the Democrats will take back the state governorships.

    cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/connie_pillich_enters_2018_ohi.html

    Taking over the state capitols means being able to justly redraw the Republican-rigged voting district lines to eliminate the unjust Republican gerrymandering.

    Having fair apportionment of voting districts means the Democrats will win the election of 2020. There is also a long line of new young presidential candidates, and maybe Bernie Sanders again.

    But the real credit for the Democratic resurgence should go to 45. His efforts constitute an heroic wake up call for the Democratic Party.

    • windward March 15, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      If Pillach wins, she must surrender her license to practice law in Ohio. If she doesn’t, she will be in violation of the constitutions she must swear to uphold to become governor. She is already in violation of those constitutions by having served in the legislature while holding a law license.

      All lawyers are members of the judiciary branch of government. When they take office in another branch of government while maintaining their license to practice law, they violate the doctrine of the separation of powers, the fundamental principle of our state and federal constitutions.

      But prosecution of the violators would be in the hands of the violators. The hogs are in charge of the corn crib. Time for a Tenth Amendment solution.

      “It is, as you imply, common practice. But a practice may be common and remain an offense.” A Man For All Seasons.

  25. Gherry March 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Did have a somewhat salted caramel sweetness as I collected my 3-1 bet on DJT on the day before the election.

    Admittedly unlike proper endeavours that require reinvestment-I do feel I should look into odds on DJT not making it the full term.

    Heard a 10 second collage of Donald’s ‘let’s take the oil’ during all his speeches.

    Pretty sure that Maddison guy went over to Iraq last week in a ‘my job is in part to say he doesn’t often mean what he says’ trip.

  26. johngalt March 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Pleasant Valley Sunday.
    youtube.com/watch?v=WtkkPbErK9E

    In the New Republic, members enjoy resuming the restoration of the Constitutional republic from JFK’s point of interruption, can see for miles and miles, and enjoy Liberty in building out properties and the local means of production, with the capability to sow, nurture, grow, harvest, store, cook, engineer, design, program, automate, construct, process, raise, teach, counsel, hunt, defend, provide, debate, organize, compose, worship, dance, laugh, love, celebrate, and sustain.

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

  27. trolleybill March 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    Things will get better in April with more appointees in and news about the wall. President Trump is that cat with multiple lives and he has been bouncing back. Those in the know knew that healthcare would be a hurdle with such a big health racket it has become. If Obama would of left it alone we could be working to reign in costs all around. The swamp needs to be flushed out and will see it being done. Once the tax rate is lowered will see jobs flourish especially in the small business sector and if it’s low enough you’ll see people leave the grey economy and legitimize and grow along with our tax coffers. Look at the bright side we could be at war with Hillary already and I’m sure glad not to have the Clinton cartel back on Pennsylvania avenue again and hear that Hillary voice. Feeling blessed

  28. rapier March 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    I’m certain that Idi Amin, Uncle Joe Stalin, Vlad the Impaler, Adolf You-Know-Who, or Pol Pot didn’t mean well. Of King Leopold I am clueless.Trump means better than that list of freaks but how much better may be the results from a man whose life is an open assault on 5 of the 7 Deadly Sins can be is subject to question That so many of our Christian’s are eager to bow down to him and wash is feet does puzzle, but whatever.

  29. routersurfer March 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    “wherefore, and what the fuck” you nailed it with that line, Mr. Kunstler. One question remains: how many will die for President Trump to SECURE his place in history? Internal or external corpses? Maybe both. We bought the ticket. This old leftwing SOB has learned to hate the DNC.

    • chipshot March 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

      The DNC is only slightly better (or less bad) than the Repub party.
      Certainly not worth supporting.
      We desperately need alternatives.
      To think we passed up Bernie…

      • JimInFlorida March 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

        Nobody passed up Bernie. He caved in to Hillary’s Flying Monkeys, including their death threats and other dire punishments if he didn’t get on board.

        By simply caving in, Bernie was paid handsomely for his betrayal. Same blackmail happened to Ohio congressman, Dennis Kucinich.

        • BackRowHeckler March 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

          Yes, Sanders got a pretty nice summer home on Lake Champlian out of the deal. Sweet!

        • chipshot March 14, 2017 at 1:01 am #

          Everyone who voted for Hillary in the primary
          passed up Bernie.

          Agree w the rest, although not sure death threats were involved.
          She just had to threaten taking away an voice/power he had once she became prez.

        • DA March 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

          Agreed. Bernie had his (extremely) brief moment in the sun, and traded it for autographed Hill & Bill pictures and the ridiculously false promise of a hand job from the “Harlot Who Wouldn’t be Queen.”

          Does anyone actually think that doddering old fool could have lasted for more than five minutes in the presidential limelight in the first place? Of course not!

  30. FincaInTheMountains March 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    The completion of US elections is an occasion to recall the parallel interpretation of the plot of the Asimov’s trilogy “The Foundation”.

    It coincided that in reality this political knot became the finale of the second quarter of Globalization (as well as the second quarter of the breakup of North Atlantic Civilization).

    Moreover, the general disposition of the finale of the second book was confirmed in the most dramatic way – when it was the mulatto Obama who appeared to be a “plant” in democratic establishment who did everything for the failure of the mission of the Clinton Family, who embody the American supranational “digitized” culture (Bayta Darell avatar) and supranational political administration – Avatar of Toran).

    The third branch of the supranational elite was the American university community, headed by ideologists – “humanitarians” (avatar of Ebling Mis). By the way, the name of this scientist is associated not with “ebling”, but with “able”, with a certain potency, but the surname – with the prefix “mis” -, turning the potency into impotence.

    So, the Asimov “democrats” from the Foundation, in which the features of the American Federation are guessed, lead a desperate struggle in the hyperspace of the Galaxy (the information space with its hyperlinks) with attempts to take “the worlds of traders” under the control of the invisible Mule (the avatar of a powerful, but temporary Financial Control).

    At the same time, the “democrats”, the establishment of liberal globalists, perceive the real embodiment of the Mule – the Mulatto Obama as their subordinate favorite fool, a showman, called to entertain and sometimes protect their interests in information hyperspace.

    As well as their loyal ally they perceive the “democratic” special services – the CIA, the NSA (avatar – Colonel Pritcher). The role of the special services in the finale of the second book, as it should be in the global node, is dual. On the one hand, it is already subordinated to financial control and faithfully serves it. On the other hand, it “honestly” warns his former comrades-in-arms – “democrats” about new allegiance, and about the methods of work of the financial control (The Mule). So it leaves them a chance to escape from the Mule’s control and take revenge.

    As for the methods of seizing power by The Mule – first on Kalgan, and then at the Foundation itself, Ebling Mis reveals two main ones.

    The first one is called the almost real name of the “nuclear-field depressor “. This Mule’s clumsy homemade gadget in our reality is associated with a real depression of the production of the nuclear industry and in general the MIC, replaced by virtual growth of financial turnover due to inflated prices, virtual services of financial consultants and intermediaries.

    Financial control was the easiest way to start by taking control of the financial interests of the generals from the army and the military-industrial complex. For comparison, in Russia too, tough financial control started with a state defense order, simply because there are serious criminal penalties on this matter and related special services powers.

    The second and more important tool of the Mule is the control over emotions with the help of mass media tools, for which it was first necessary to get this tool, to take control with the help of the “democrats”. The “democrats” themselves believed that it would be useful to them during the decisive elections along with such a “controller” that was harmless in appearance.

    Meanwhile, the media, controlled by the secret services and through them, the Mulatto in the White House, managed to introduce into the mass consciousness depressive fears and a sense of helplessness over global threats from Islamists and deadly viruses, like Ebola, to the next edition of the “Bolshevik Cossacks” and hackers threatening NATO’s peaceful bases around Russia’s borders.

    So, gradually this introduction of depressive moods and fears worked to strengthen the role of the “hybrid” class of “financial control” that mutated from the merging of financial institutions and special services.

    The finale of the second book (and the second quarter of Globalization) is a race between rivals – the “democrats” and their opponents in an attempt to find and take over the “Second Foundation” that suddenly became a valuable prize. They need to hurry, while this “Second Foundation” is not strengthened financially and physically, in time to make it into their tool in the struggle of the two main coalitions of the financial oligarchy.

    Getting control of this key global resource determines the victory in the battle for the First Foundation and the right to found the future “eternal” Empire.

    • DA March 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

      Shorter: Commodify (reduce its value to monetary units) EVERYTHING (including humans themselves, eventually), while simultaneously taking control of the financial/monetary system, and then manipulating it for your advantage.

      Hitler had the basic idea all those years ago (and western capitalists KNEW IT and for the most part SUPPORTED IT, right up until the time they realized that the time was not quite right just yet).

      The FINALE is the official collapse of liberal governments worldwide based on the weakness and inturpitude of their own accords, and the imposition of something much better/worse, depending on your point of view.

      Alas, in the FINAL analysis, the ONLY thing that matters from our current perspective is whether or not humanity survives. For better or worse, there’s not much any one of us can do about that at this point. Perhaps it would behoove us to simply have faith that life goes on with or without us, and leave it at that?

      Rest assured, ALL of us on our inevitable deathbed will realize the essential truth of that statement, whether we agree with it or not!

  31. Petro March 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    Making the picture even murkier are some of the revelations in the recent cache of CIA secret documents recently released by Wikileaks. In turns out the agency, after they’ve hacked into someone’s database themselves, can turn around and make it look like it was someone else (like, say… Russia?) who did it. So who the hell outside a tight little loop can really say what happened?

    Regardless, no one is saying that whoever (currently the “Russians”) hacked the DNC also messed with the vote, just that they revealed embarrassing emails—the accuracy of which no one involved has denied.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      In fact, rats are jumping from all the hatches of that sinking(stinking?) ship and trying to swim away.

    • volodya March 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Petro, I’ve read various accounts about the DNC hack. One claim is that it was a transparent attempt by whoever did the hack to throw suspicion at the Russians by means of various coding fingerprints you might expect from Russians, another was that it was actually the Israelis who did the hack.

      Well, we have rock-solid unanimity of the intelligence heads that it was the Russians, swear to god and hope to die. Does that give you comfort? No? Me neither.

      But the bigger issue is this, the primary process was tainted by DNC bias for Hillary and against Bernie. So how was it that nobody challenged the primary results? How could it be that Hillary should be the legitimate nominee? If they’re talking about tainted democratic processes, maybe they should look to the guts of the Democratic Party. Shouldn’t there be a platoon of FBI investigating violations of election laws? Are there no election laws that apply here? How can it be? Should such an important civic function be allowed to reside in the hands of a private organization that has no respect for democratic rights?

      No, the Democrats and their proxies have been attacking the validity of the results by saying it was a few tens of thousands of less-educated voters in a few rust-belt states that determined the outcome.

      IOW, “less-educated” meaning ignoramuses in states and communities that represent a fictional Leave it to Beaver yesterday instead of the glorious, progressive, border-free, nation-free, nationality-free tomorrow. Can this be allowed to stand? Answer correctly Petro or you will get a face-full of exasperated, bored impatience from your “betters”. Obviously, this must be confronted. It cannot be allowed to stand.

  32. FincaInTheMountains March 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Senator McCarthy perished as a political figure not from the bottle, as they all claim, but as a result of the “Army – McCarthy hearings”.

    By the way, then the strength of the US Army on the domestic front was guaranteed by the complete defeat of the US aircraft in the MiG Alley, which convinced Joseph Stalin that no American bomber would be able to reach Moscow, and he began to prepare General Oleshev’s army to invade Alaska and to march to Seattle, to capture the Boeing factories.

    What is very instructive in the light of the new McCarthyism and the appointment to the post of Minister of Defense, General Mattis, who is a very clever man, is that he clearly lacks weight on the domestic front, and the love of Russia is not the part of the job description of the American defense ministers, it was true then and is true now.

    Their reasonableness is enough to solve all problems.

  33. janet March 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    “The problem in Washington is not a Deep State; the problem is a shallow man–an untruthful, vain, vindictive, alarmingly erratic President. In order to pass fair and proper judgment, the public deserves a full airing of everything from Trump’s tax returns and business entanglements to an accounting of whether he has been, in some way, compromised.” –David Remnick

    • Billy Hill March 13, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

      Good ol’ Janet. In her Safe Space Echo Chamber. Apparently, like Troutbum above, she and Mr. Remnick of The New Yorker somehow missed the Wikileaks Vault 7 dump.

    • DA March 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

      “The problem in Washington is not a Deep State; the problem is a shallow man–an untruthful, vain, vindictive, alarmingly erratic President. In order to pass fair and proper judgment, the public deserves a full airing of everything from Trump’s tax returns and business entanglements to an accounting of whether he has been, in some way, compromised.” –David Remnick

      A “full airing” of everything that’s wrong with that statement would take longer than humanity has left, and would be pointless anyway.

      The problem in Washington is not a “Deep State”; but rather, a hegemonic state that deems itself both “deep” and “hegemonic’ in the first place.

      In short: the problem with Washington is Washington, and the psychopaths who are attracted to it. Wanna “clean up” Washington?How about re-programming at least half of the nuclear arsenal to take out the city and its environs (saving the other half for downtown Manhattan of course), pushing the button, and the assessing the results thereafter?

      For a start.

  34. amb March 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Talk about delusion. It is totally unfair, and a very illogical comparison, to put Trump up against that list of sociopaths and mass murderers. C’mon.

    I’m sick of all of these feckless armchair critics.

    At least Trump is in action, in the game and attempting to do something to improve our country.

    • Petro March 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

      Trump is “in action/in the game”? Haha. The guy sits and watches SIX HOURS of teevee a day. He’s the Couch Potato-in-Chief.

    • Frankiti March 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

      Exactly. Perhaps it’s more in keeping with the artistic temperament to peddle dystopian fiction via a doomer blog, and try to effect change that way, as opposed to putting real skin in the game to make the change you pretend you wish for.

      There are few true winners in life. Many lucky losers, many unlucky tryers, and many more envious sitting on their hands. I don’t pretend to be a doer, or a tryer, but I also don’t speak through both sides of my mouth and try to play on both sides in the battle. It’s both ignoble and craven to put forth biweekly histrionics about the sky falling because of our devotion to a broken system of politics, finance, living arrangements, and culture and then bitch like a catty gal with a thesaurus when the system starts breaking down. Looks like that fence you’re comfortably perched on is not so stable after rocking from one side to another.

    • chipshot March 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

      By making us more dependent on fossil fuels and increasing the Pentagon budget????

      • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 9:59 am #

        From Cold to Chip, but just as cray-cray…

  35. janet March 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    CBO Report: 24 Million People Stand To Lose Insurance Under GOP Obamacare ‘Replacement’

    Donald Trump had promised “insurance for everybody.”

    The Republican plan to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of Americans without health coverage by 24 million and reduce the federal budget deficit by $337 billion by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office report published Monday.

    They should have kept Obamacare and improved it. Now they have created chaos in the health insurance marketplace and will harm the country. This is NOT how you “make America great again”.

    • My Point of View March 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

      Death Panel, GOP style.

      Paul Ryan, with a face like a Furby, smirks at the disaster he hopes to inflict on the people his billionaire backers detest, as they will be the beneficiaries of the $337B in savings.

    • troutbum2 March 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

      Yes, it’s tax cut masquerading as a healthcare plan. The GOP healthcare plan is simple, don’t get sick, but if you do die quickly.

  36. JimInFlorida March 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    Regarding the assertion that Donald Trump IQ is at 156, allow me to compare a past POTUS who WAS intelligent and his background proved it.

    JIMMY CARTER was a very brilliant man but, had NO political instinct. Jimmy Carter’s IQ was proven by being a U.S. Navy navigator on a nuclear fast attack submarine.

    Not only did Jimmy Carter have to know how to navigate a submarine by using the Ships Inertial Navigation System, he had to know how to navigate by many other means should the SINS fail. In addition to many things, he had to know IN DEPTH the workings AND operation of the Westinghouse nuclear power plant AND be qualified in submarines. The latter two in a more comprehensive manner than the average crewman, who was a specialist in his field. And it took the average submarine sailor a two or more years of intense study, first in the classroom and then underway doing OJT. All while doing our regular duties! Rookie officers worked their butts off, as well.

    Jimmy Carter’s IQ was actually put to work and proven. Did that translate to political success??? Hell no! Did Jimmy Carter made up for his failure in politics by doing Good Works of a non-political nature? Yes!

    SO… a high IQ isn’t a reliable predictor of success in politics. Trump should consult the ancient commentaries of what makes a successful king and how not be destroyed by The Tribe That Shall Not Be Named.

    • malthuss March 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      The ‘Naval genius’ who gave away the Panama Canal, so communist nations now ship nukes thru it.
      Even Neil Young spoke out against this.

      IQ…hmmmm, what about morals?
      Rumor is Bill Clinton has IQ 160 and a photographic memory.

      • JimInFlorida March 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

        Somewhere in the past, I heard a comment about the qualities of a good king.

        God was NOT interested in a king who was clever and had great knowledge. God wanted RIGHTEOUS MEN on the throne! A righteous man who punished evil and rewarded the virtuous.

        All too often, when the smart guys attained the throne, the people got Machiavelli types, quislings, or academics who had no moral foundation to guide their intelligence.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

          Trump must listen only to Bannon in the end. When Bannon was living under a bridge, he shared a bottle with Homeless Jack a few times. Jack is a mouthpiece of Arman and Arman is a mouthpiece of God. These Truths seared a place in his soused brain. He may not consciously remember, but he was motivated to consciously seek out the truth later when in a better state.

          newnation.org/Millard/HJ-says-god-speaks-to-Arman.html

          Bannon is the big difference. Most of our important Presidents in the last hundred years have had Jews at their right hand. Bush had Cheney who might as well have been a Jew. That Trump has a man like Bannon shows his innate worth. But he must ignore the rest on Vision and the main issues – and they are numerous and powerful.

          • nsa March 13, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

            Bannon, former Goldman Sachs perp, is part of the problem….not the solution. After Andy Breitbart, prototypical neocon jooie, OD’d on one too many double corned beef reubens at the tender age of 43….Bannon took over management of the neocon Breitbart site. His adoption by Trump completes the Tribal Trifecta. Bannon in charge of the domestic welfare state. The Mad Poodle Mattis and his apostle white trash VFW generals in charge of implementing the Greater IzzyVille project. The Goldman Sachs shysters in charge of the US Treasury. Is there any doubt the bloated geriatric celebrity tard, Trump, is simply a jooie butt boy? The only thing that can be said in his favor is that the shrieking menopausal incontinent crone was even worse……

          • thwack March 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

            If Bannon was really homeless for a while, and its not fake news to give him street cred…?

            Thats really cool because you see and notice things in a very fundamental way.

            It either fucks you up or turns you into a warrior priest.

            Thats what happened to me.

            Just saying.

  37. tucsonspur March 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    I agree that at times Jim’s message seems old and tiresome. The drumbeat of doom comes through loud and clear on the marching snare, but thank god its thumping message is pleasantly modified by the interspersing of the tympani, tambourine or conga and djembe.

    Politics can be extremely boring, even stifling at times. After all, there are barely a handful of viable forms of government, if that. Of course it’s the people, the characters if you will, and what they might do to your life that make it interesting. Not much in the way of creativity, except for ever more devilish ways of undermining and backstabbing.

    It is good that Jim continues to sound the alarm. Not good that the PTB don’t listen. Soon it will be, “beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly, play the Death March as you carry me along….”

    • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      The Flowers of the Forest – dead bodies on the ground giving new life to the soil and food for countless little beasties.

      When I saw wasps laying their eggs in living caterpillars on my father’s tomato plants, I knew I had come to the wrong world. Fools prate of the Beauties of Nature! Don’t look to close, friends. Cuz if you like what you then see you are a fiend.

      Get close to Nature so we can give up war? Nature IS War. And the Aborigines hunted people form other tribes as meat.

      • tucsonspur March 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

        Yes, where have all the flowers gone?

        Oh, what a fool then I must be! I sing nature’s glory from galaxies to glow worms!

        Get too close to War and we give up Nature.

        In the caterpillar’s end, the butterfly begins. Many survive the wasp, and alight in a kaleidoscope of beauty. The wasp, with its ugly cruelty, still flies along the Rainbow with its sting.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

          I feel that way about Vindaloo Sauce. It is a proof that God exists. If V, then G.

      • janet March 13, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

        “Don’t look to close, friends.”

        ^too closely^

        But do get an education in use of the English language.

      • janet March 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

        From Buck Stud’s National Review cited article:

        “Today, Sikhs and Hindus in the U.K. are more productive and prosperous, on average, than ethnic Britons; in the Netherlands, residents who trace their roots to the former Dutch colonies of Indonesia and Suriname have proven, by and large, to be success stories.”

        Yet Janos claims that without whites the immigrants could not run the country!

        • JimInFlorida March 14, 2017 at 7:25 am #

          The alleged productivity and prosperity of the 3rd Worlders is recycled back to their own tribes! Native Brits gain NO benefit from them being there.

          The Sikhs and Hindus are like vines on the old British Tree. The vine may prosper but, the tree derives NO BENEFIT from the vine hanging on it. If enough vines clog the tree, then the tree suffers and eventually dies. Vines will still grow on a dead tree, BTW.

          Regardless, the native White SOCIAL FABRIC must always come first. Britain is for the White British, whether for bad or good. The dysfunctions of the British are known to the Brits themselves and manageable within the confines of their culture. Bringing in 3rd Worlders only causes new problems and NEVER solves any of the old built-in problems.

    • Walter B March 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

      We mortals have serious issues with the understanding of all things in the area of time Tucson. Out vision is not farsighted enough, generally speaking, to see past today much less tomorrow, and our race has a long history of despising prophets that would have us take heed of boring methods of behavior such as conservation of resources and consideration for those who will be left behind us once we are rotting in the ground. Prophecies of grim futures due to human failures resulting from greed, wanton consummation, or failure to plan for the old “rainy day” are always hated and booed by the masses, yet the paybacks always arrive down the road. When I think of what this nation was like in the 1950’s when I was born and what it has degraded to today, it is very clear to me that it is all crapping out just as foretold. Fortunately, or more correctly unfortunately for those who are memory compromised, the slow impact of the frog boil collapse that we are in the middle of has become just another day in the lives of “Those Who Will Never See”. They may not see it, but oh boy will they FEEL it when it is lodged in their posteriors.

      • tucsonspur March 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

        I pretty much agree. And now it seems that the frog will be unable to climb or jump the pot.

      • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

        I fully agree. My greater concern is for the tadpoles.

  38. elysianfield March 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    Thwack revealed?

    Thwack says his pic is bouncing around the internets…could this be our cultural co-opting compadre?

    kaganof.com/kagablog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/082.jpg

    • thwack March 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

      Dude you are soooooooo gay; do you really have nothing better to do?

  39. Buck Stud March 13, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

    Speaking of “neo-Maoists seeking to eradicate anything that resembles free expression across the land in the name of social justice” it reads like the Netherlands (and Europe in general) is suffering from a bad,bad case of political correctness as in what next, “thought crimes”?

    Anyway, an absolutely outstanding article IMO, on the upcoming election and the reason Wilders is force (if ultimately of no political consequence, or so the author laments):

    nationalreview.com/article/445717/dutch-elections-muslim-immigration-geert-wilders-voters

    • janet March 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

      From Buck Stud’s National Review cited article:

      “Today, Sikhs and Hindus in the U.K. are more productive and prosperous, on average, than ethnic Britons; in the Netherlands, residents who trace their roots to the former Dutch colonies of Indonesia and Suriname have proven, by and large, to be success stories.”

      Yet Janos claims that without whites the immigrants could not run the country!

      • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

        Well it depends on which immigrants, as not all immigrants are created equal. That being said, the U.K wouldn’t be the U.K under the rule of another race. England is the Land of Angles.

      • JimInFlorida March 14, 2017 at 7:26 am #

        The alleged productivity and prosperity of the 3rd Worlders is recycled back to their own tribes! Native Brits gain NO benefit from them being there.

        The Sikhs and Hindus are like vines on the old British Tree. The vine may prosper but, the tree derives NO BENEFIT from the vine hanging on it. If enough vines clog the tree, then the tree suffers and eventually dies. Vines will still grow on a dead tree, BTW.

        Regardless, the native White SOCIAL FABRIC must always come first. Britain is for the White British, whether for bad or good. The dysfunctions of the British are known to the Brits themselves and manageable within the confines of their culture. Bringing in 3rd Worlders only causes new problems and NEVER solves any of the old built-in problems.

  40. Walter B March 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    I’ve got to tell you James Howard Kunstler, that it does my heart good to see a lifelong registered Democrat come to the understanding that there is little reason to support those “party-goers” that revel at our expense are in no way deserving of any support or allegiance from those of us out here in productive reality. I am not sure when it was that I figured out the Republicans were worthless party people as well, but I figured it out tool. It is US verses THEM. Those who Rule against Those Who Labor to Serve The Needs of the Wealthy Masters. This is classic stuff we are living out and the masses will be of no value to bring change. They have no hope and the only change they will see will be decay.

    I have a friend that was just arguing with me today that Donald Trump is a megalomaniac that is going to allow the Russians to take over America and that only when Hillary Rotten-Hamster Clinton is elected four years from now will this country stand a chance of surviving by assaulting the Bear. Of course he cannot answer or even acknowledge my question of how anyone who could support Bernie Sanders could then magically turn around and support HRH instead, but then Liberal Progressives are not required to make sense or be logical are they? The CDC may spend it’s time on the bow watching for H1N1 or Bird Flu or some other disease that may threaten the population. Unfortunately for America, there is not only no cure for stupid, but it is completely unrecognized as the deadly disease that it is. And there is NO cure…

    • DA March 14, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

      I have a friend that was just arguing with me today that Donald Trump is a megalomaniac that is going to allow the Russians to take over America and that only when Hillary Rotten-Hamster Clinton is elected four years from now will this country stand a chance of surviving by assaulting the Bear.

      LOL! The TRULY funny part about that statement is that the Russians would never WANT to take us over, having defeated us by our own devices already, and not wanting to pay for the truly EXPENSIVE part – our untimely demise.

      The only “cure” for America is to SNAP THE FUCK OUT OF IT AND WAKE UP again, which we’re obviously not going to do.

      Nice run while it lasted.

  41. johngalt March 13, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    High Voltage.
    youtube.com/watch?v=7iHm9MBe2ag

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

  42. janet March 13, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    “Unfortunately for America, there is not only no cure for stupid…” –Walter B

    If you look at IQ scores in 1950, over a period of 50 years the mean IQ has gone up by 17 points. Americans’ mean IQ has been on a slow but steady climb. Between 1900 and 2012, it rose nearly 30 points.

    What happened in the 20th century? We allowed millions of immigrants into the country and the IQ went up. We allowed those immigrants equal access to public education and IQ went up.

    All the big fuck-ups like the wars in Vietnam and Iraq were the product of white Ivy League-educated elitists, the “best and the brightest” … not the fault of the poor non-white immigrants, many of whom actually fought and died in the elitists’ wars.

    With the gain in IQ of our multicultural population, our brains and our ability to attack a wide range of conceptual problems has improved. We have gained in intelligence because of our open-borders-welcome-the- immigrants policy in the 20th century. The average person can do creative work today that they couldn’t do in 1900.

    If we now institute Muslim bans, build border walls, limit immigration, eliminate public education, and attack teachers’ unions, then our national IQ is going to go down.

    In America and Britain in 1900, the mean IQ was 70. Public education and open borders allowed for a 30 point increase. Stupid does have a cure. But what Trump is doing now is stupid. His policies are stupid.

    Stupid is attacking immigrants, deporting immigrants, restricting immigration, denying science, and eliminating public funding for public schools.

    • Walter B March 13, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

      I do not understand how you can turn American Stupidity into Immigrant Banning, can you explain that to me please? When I look out into the eyes of the Common American Idiot as they stare mindlessly into their Techno-Baubles at every opportunity, tuning out the world around them, THIS is the stupidity of which I speak. Most of them have to call in an electrician to change a light bulb, or get a plumber to pull the hairball out of the bathroom sink drain, and heaven forbid they change the oil on their precious vehicles if they could even find the drain plug in the first place. Funny thing but in my 63 years I have never been tested for my IQ number and I am thankful for that. I DID however successfully compete with tens of thousands of the brightest young men in America at the time in for one of the 1,200 spots in the openings for Beast Barracks, so I am no fool, though my political adversaries may tell you otherwise. Please enlighten me as to how opening up the floodgates of America to countless Stone Age Primitives from desert wastes is going to somehow stop the Stupid Epidemic, please. I need understanding.

      • janet March 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

        “Most of them have to call in an electrician to change a light bulb, or get a plumber to pull the hairball out of the bathroom sink drain, and heaven forbid they change the oil on their precious vehicles if they could even find the drain plug in the first place.” — Walter B

        Jeez, Walter B, do you have any data?

        Even the people you think are stupid are smart enough to know that technical skills pay off. Certificates now make up 22 percent of all college awards, up from 6 percent in 1980. Public institutions award 51 percent of certificates, with almost all coming from two-year or community colleges. A third of certificates earned by students over the age of 30. Certificate holders earn 20 percent more than workers who hold only a high school diploma.

        What kind of certificates? Many for which having your face glued to an electronic screen is a plus: Business Technology Management, Culinary Arts, Database Administration & Development, Marine Engineering Technology, Network Design and Administration, Programming, Surgical Technology, Web Design, Web Development, Cabinetmaking & Architectural Woodworking, Carpentry, Marine Carpentry, etc.

        These people, who have education and higher incomes, can choose to either change their car’s oil or pay someone else to do it.

        • Walter B March 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

          I live in the wealthiest county in the state and the third wealthiest in the nation. Those “used to be” high income boys are now the ones that are walking away from their underwater mortgaged homes in droves now, compromising our tax base. I guess they don’t do math well…

          My data, BTW comes from our Township Committee of which I am one of the five Committeemen. This is a serious problem and we have NO idea how to deal with it, since so much of it is beyond our control. Keep your eyes open and you will see, it is coming to a town near you too.

        • DA March 14, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

          These people, who have education and higher incomes, can choose to either change their car’s oil or pay someone else to do it.

          Or jerk their cocks in frustration when no one else will do it for them at any price.

    • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

      I think you are wrong. A 70 IQ is on the verge of drooling with a blank stare. In 1900 those who were able to complete a public education were more educated in reading writing and rithmatick than an average high school graduate is now by far. As late as the 50’s having a high school diploma meat that you were educated functionally well enough to do office work with no additional training. As time progressed community college became necessary to provide the same skills as standards fell. Now a four year degree hardly puts one ahead of what a high school education gave one sixty years ago.

      Previous generations did not have to deal with video which saps the brain of creative impulses and transforms a person into a passive consumer of entertainment and nothing more than that. Our brains have not developed to attack a wide range of conceptual problems. Rather America is now more out of touch with its real problems than it has ever been before. People are no longer focused to achieve or self improve or contribute to the greater good. The pursuit of entertainment and the worship of self are now the national virtues. We are a nation so far in denial we can’t even appreciate the ground that has been lost and which we continue to lose every day.

      We also do not have any more room for immigrants and a better use of white guilt would be to make sure the needs of all Americans are being met than by supporting strangers. Family first, then friends. If you have any more energy to help people after that then help strangers and immigrants, not before.

      • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

        meant that you were educated functionally well enough to do office work.

      • janet March 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

        “I think you are wrong. A 70 IQ is on the verge of drooling with a blank stare. In 1900 those who were able to complete a public education were more educated in reading writing and rithmatick than an average high school graduate is now by far.” –Kdog

        K-dog, an IQ of 70 in a simpler, more agrarian, pre-information science time is not the IQ of 70 today. In 1900, 25 percent of people in the United States had less than four years of education. Between 1900 and 1950, you had the high school revolution. And then, since 1950, we’ve gone from 12 percent of Americans exposed to tertiary education to 52 percent.

        Another factor is that in 1900 larger families were common. Now family sizes are smaller. Children receive more nurturing as family size decreases. As IQ increased that IQ advance meant that people pursue more and more formal education. It’s a positive feedback loop. Now 35 percent of people continually refine their skills and self-educate after tertiary education. We are smarter than ever as a society.

        But private university educated white elites are still the ones who wield the levers of power. They are the ones who have fucked things up, not Muslims, not Mexicans, not poor, non-white, immigrants:

        The [MOSTLY WHITE] Faces of American Power
        nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/26/us/race-of-american-power.html?_r=0

        “We reviewed 503 of the most powerful people in American culture, government, education and business, and found that just 44 are minorities. Any list of the powerful is subjective, but the people here have an outsize influence on the nation’s rules and culture.”

      • Janos Skorenzy March 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

        An IQ of 70 is retardation in the White Race, but not in the Black. Thus Blacks at this level – which is their average – will not show the signs of dysfunction that retards show, such as lack of coordination, drooling, childlike emotions etc.

        Note: 70 is the IQ of the pure Negro. Our Blacks average an IQ of 85 due to their White blood. Too dumb to do much, it makes them far more dangerous and restless.

        • malthuss March 14, 2017 at 12:11 am #

          ‘Bell Curve’ says ’85 is average for Blacks in USA.’
          70 is average for African Blacks, yes.

          Our Blacks average an IQ of 85 due to their White blood–Id say due to having to live in a complex [White] society.

  43. wm5135 March 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    The Affordable Care Act is an IV drip in the left arm of the health racket, with the supply tube running to the Treasury in the form of subisidies. Mr. JiminFlorida got this part down.

    There is rumor and hopeful speculation that the needle will be removed, replaced with a needle with a higher flow rate, and after a quick slap and alchohol wipe inserted into the right arm of the health racket. See? isn’t that better?

    Keeping shareholders happy and keeping accounts payable current gotta be a bitch @ ZIRP.

    • Walter B March 13, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

      I will accept the right of every human being to hold their own opinion on any and every issue, but IMHO, human health or human health care is simply NOT insurable, period. How anyone with even the simplest ability to think can believe that some profit mongering corporate entity can somehow collect enough cash from Johnny’s paycheck to pay for Sally’s breast implants and pull off this magic act without bankrupting those who pay the premiums is far beyond my abilities to understand. That’s not even taking into consideration the blood sucking lawyers and their ability to drain the veins of any and everything they see. It simply cannot EVER work. It is and always will be a sham, at least IMHO…..

      • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

        My sister and BIL are examples. New specialists and tests every week to discover some type of disability. Without incentive to avoid the “health” system we spiral down into disfunction.

  44. janet March 13, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    Trump’s Trumpcare bill is going down. Another Trump failure. Trump has not been able to pass major legislation. By this time in Obama’s administration Obama had passed major legislation. But Obama was not incompetent and knew how politics works. His infrastructure bill passed. Trump’s infrastructure bill hasn’t even been drafted… let alone passed. Obama was smart. Trump is stupid.

    The Trumpcare Republican legislation has attracted opposition from major health care groups, including the American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, AARP and the American Hospital Association. It also enjoys opposition from the Republican Freedom Caucus which has emerged as a loud and forceful GOP voice in opposition to Trumpcare.

    In a way it is comforting that Trump’s administration is full of incompetent fuck-ups who are incapable of getting legislation passed in spite of being in control of everything.

    • K-Dog March 13, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

      But Obama was not incompetent

      Incompetent is as incompetent does. After 8 years Obama did nothing to make America sustainable or to mitigate the widening gap between those who have and those who have not. We are becoming a nation where a select few will soon have it all and the rest of us will have nothing.

      Nobody is walking around lamenting Obama’s departure because he did not accomplish shit. All Obama did was support the status quo and assume like everyone else that America is too big to fail. Like everyone else he will be proved wrong.

      • Walter B March 13, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

        Watch out K-D, white racists who supported Obozo and who support him still as proof that they are not racist, will defend him to the death. I was just being assaulted by a Liberal friend of mine today in such fashion who swore that the idiot accomplished more than any other man who held the office though he grew so agitated in the effort that he could come up with no evidence to support the statement. To me it was always a real shame and evidence that the progressive white people that backed him are by far the real racists because if electing a man based solely on his race was TAHT important, why did they have to choose a no talent, nobody loser when so many GOOD choices existed? THAT is racist.

      • janet March 13, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

        “After 8 years Obama did nothing to make America sustainable or to mitigate the widening gap between those who have and those who have not.” –K-dog

        Let’s take the income gap first. The Obama administration’s policies on taxes, health care and other issues were responsible for an historic achievement in reducing inequality.

        Obama fought inequality in three main ways. First, the administration’s actions during the recession — extending unemployment benefits, temporarily cutting payroll taxes to stimulate growth and bailing out the auto industry, among others — kept unemployment lower than it would otherwise have been.

        Since recessions tend to hit the lowest-earning workers hardest, policies that mitigate their impact will tend to reduce inequality.

        Second, the Affordable Care Act, by making health insurance more affordable for and accessible to low-income workers, greatly reduced disparities in health care. Health care became portable.

        And third, the Obama administration’s tax policies — which raised taxes on the rich, cut them for the middle class and expanded programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit that help poor families — made the tax code more progressive.

        And what did those measures mean for the income gap? The poorest fifth of American households will earn 18 percent more in 2017 than they would have without the Obama administration’s policies.

        I could list all Obama’s pro-environment, pro-science, pro-sustainable policies, but they are more well-known.

        I don’t think your claim that “Obama did nothing” is sustainable.

        • Walter B March 14, 2017 at 12:10 am #

          The “Unaffordable Health Care Act” mandated that if you could not afford to by your own damned health care that you would be forced to pay a penalty! You call that fair? You call that affordable? Are you Michelle Obama?

          • janet March 14, 2017 at 1:29 am #

            Yes, it was fair because it applied to everyone. Just like FICA is fair. You paid into FICA for years. It was mandatory and fair, just like ACA.

            The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax is a United States federal payroll (or employment) tax imposed on both employees and employers to fund Social Security and Medicare — federal programs that provide benefits for retirees, the disabled, and children of deceased workers.

          • JimInFlorida March 14, 2017 at 9:13 am #

            HA! You stepped in your own shit, janet-wpa-asoka.

            Social Security and Medicare were created as public benefits and for that reason alone. They declared the right of health care as a dividend of modern society and modern progress. How dare you compare them to ObamaCare!

            ObamaCare is repackaged RomneyCare. ObamaCare’s primary mission was to prop up Big Insurance, NOT provide health care. Affordable or otherwise. ObamaCare was the fulfillment of the privatizing and racketizing of health, as started in 1973 with HMO’s and amplified by Reaganomics.

            ObamaCare is also a heavily camouflaged insurance for TPTB who purchased We Teh Sheep from Lord Bush and Viceroy Cheney. Just as you must carry insurance on your house to protect the bank that created your mortgage, so you must now carry insurance on yourself for the banksters who own you AND the debt that YOU are responsible for. Just for privilege to exist in the ZOG Matrix.

            Whew, the stink of error is strong on you janet.

    • Q. Shtik March 13, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

      In a way it is comforting that Trump’s administration is full of incompetent fuck-ups who are incapable of getting legislation passed in spite of being in control of everything. – janet

      ============

      I agree.

      And it is also a good thing that Trump has been slow to fill many of the political positions that are usually filled by this time.

      Why do I say this? Because the government that governs least governs best.

  45. johngalt March 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm #

    Old Fashioned.
    youtube.com/watch?v=0PKtfHryxuE

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

  46. janet March 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    “Because the government that governs least governs best.” –Q

    Right. And that is why I advocate cutting the military in half. If you were consistent, so would you.

    The defense department is the government’s largest bureaucracy, with the largest payroll, largest consumption of fossil fuels, and accounts for the largest portion of the national budget’s discretionary spending (plus all the billions they cannot account for).

    For example, in fiscal year 2015 military spending accounted for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending, a total of $598.5 billion.

    **Military spending includes: all regular activities of the Department of Defense; war spending; nuclear weapons spending; international military assistance; and other Pentagon-related spending.

  47. BackRowHeckler March 13, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

    March 15 a little more than a day away, the day the debt ceiling expires. Then we shall see how congress responds. Will it pass a bill to enable further borrowing, or will there be paralysis, default and collapse? I can hardly find anything about except a single back page article in the WSJ last Tuesday, and the author wasn’t too worried.

    The mayor of Hartford gave a remarkable speech today on the state of the city. The state of the city is not good; by any standards it is bankrupt. It is hollowed out, crime ridden, poverty stricken. Whitey has moved out en mass except for a small coterie of homosexuals in the west end, staffers for the big public sector unions, the governors office, senators and the democratic party, which is all the same thing. Needless to say the city is desperate for money. However, that did not stop His Honor from praising his 30,000 illegals (out of a population of 100,000) They are hard working, law abiding, God fearing, enriching us in many ways, ways we can’t even comprehend. Evidently there is plenty of money to take care of them all, and their children, not too worry. I’m curious, whenever I’ve applied for a job I’ve had to present a birth certificate and a SS card. How do these illegals get around this, apart from the fact it is against the law for them to be working in the US to begin with? Where do they get their documents.

    This is the way it is, gentlemen, no use looking the other way anymore. The time for lies and bullsh-t, after 50 years of it, has come to an end.

    brh

    • janet March 13, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

      “The time for lies and bullsh-t, after 50 years of it, has come to an end.” –brh

      Have you noticed any change in the last 50 days with Trump in the White House? Do you believe he will make America great again?

      If Trump destroys our economy or gets us into another stupid war like Bush did, will you change your vote to Democratic?

      Trump’s first counter-terrorism operation was a failure and much worse for the Yemeni villagers who are dead, wounded, homeless and have seen their livestock, on which they depended for their livelihoods, all killed.

      You may not care for Yemeni villagers, but the hatred created by Trump’s actions may well engender a reaction in which innocent Americans die. So far Trump has not had to deal with a mass shooting or a terrorist attack on US soil. I don’t expect that will last for much longer, though Trump may crash the economy first. If Trump is destroying America, he is doing the work for the terrorists.

      • BackRowHeckler March 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

        Janet/Asoka/WPA … isn’t Saudi Arabia bombing the sh-t out of Yemen in their proxy war against Iran, a part of the larger Shia/Sunni struggle?

        That’s been going on a lot longer than Trump has been president, which is a little more than 1 month.

        brh

        • janet March 14, 2017 at 12:24 am #

          “isn’t Saudi Arabia bombing the sh-t out of Yemen” –brh

          brh, Trump is helping al-Qaeda by helping the Saudis. Trump has escalated US military involvement in the Yemen conflict to an unprecedented level. In fact, Trump has bombed Yemen more in the past week than President Obama (no peacenik) has bombed in a year.

          The US escalation in Yemen is sold as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.

          The main enemies of al-Qaeda in Yemen are the Houthis. Trump has been sold the neocon lie that the Houthis are Iranian proxies, so Trump is droning Yemen back to the stone age to the advantage of al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, who are on the same side.

          Trump does not have the authority under the authorization for the use of military force against those attacked us on 9/11 to actually help al-Qaeda in Yemen.

          Are you pro-al-Qaeda, brh?

          • janet March 14, 2017 at 12:31 am #

            Trump is doubling down on all of President Obama’s mistakes. Siding with al-Qaeda in Yemen on the false notion that it is fighting a proxy war against Iran.

            The neocons are running circles around the new US President. Deal-maker? On foreign affairs, he’s more like a vulnerable rube walking into a used car lot populated by shark car salesmen.

    • thwack March 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      I’m curious, whenever I’ve applied for a job I’ve had to present a birth certificate and a SS card. How do these illegals get around this,

      *******************

      I suspect they change the name use your documents?

      • Elrond Hubbard March 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

        They get around it by agreeing to work their asses off for their employers under abysmal, all in exchange for slave wages. The ruthless bastards.

  48. malthuss March 14, 2017 at 12:08 am #

    youtube.com/watch?v=915pK5-15aM

    • BackRowHeckler March 14, 2017 at 2:36 am #

      Hey Malt, Manafort was a neighbor. I’d see him around. I think he still has his place on top Rattlesnake Mtn, with a fine view of the valley.

      He has a good rep around here.

      brh

      • malthuss March 14, 2017 at 10:48 am #

        Did you learn of the Kashmiri molester in Saranac Lake?
        Brought in by TWMNBN [Jews] who had 7th graders write letters of recommendation.

        For diversity.

        Indian man accused of sexual abuse rejects plea offer | Local …
        … Saranac Lake Village Police charged Hussain with first … placed travel restrictions on Hussain. The Indian man surrendered his passport and is …
        [Search domain http://www.pressrepublican.com] pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/indian-man-accused-of-sex…
        More details emerge as Indian snowshoer is charged with …
        More details emerge as Indian snowshoer is charged with sexual … Wednesday evening by Saranac Lake village … I could have with Mr. Hussain, …
        [Search domain http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com] adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2017/03/indian-snowshoer-…
        Indian Athlete Tanveer Hussain Vows To Contest Sexual Assault …
        Indian athlete Tanveer Hussain will contest allegations that he sexually abused the Saranac Lake … name,” Mr Barrett said. Hussain was arrested last …

  49. janet March 14, 2017 at 12:15 am #

    A 700% JUMP IN PREMIUMS FOR SENIORS … HOW DO YOU LIKE IT NOW, GENTLEMEN?

    HHS Secretary Tom Price promised: “nobody will be worse off financially” under the GOP plan — another pledge that the CBO shot down Monday

    Older Americans would have to pay significantly more for insurance. A single 64-year-old who makes $26,500, for example, could face a 700 percent jump in premiums (from $1,700 now to $14,600 under the GOP bill).

    Under the Republican plan, repealing the Affordable Care Act could result in 24 million people losing health care coverage over the next decade.

    How do you like it now, gentlemen?

    • Walter B March 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

      Dear Michelle Obama,

      Stop being so out of control and angry. You had your 8 years in the Not So White House, chill out! When we took it in the shorts as Obastard Ascended the throne not once but twice, we sucked it up and went back to work and to our lives. Learn from this example and get yourself a life, chill out and STFU. It is violent, progressive malcontents like you that make life here in this once great nation a lot less palatable. Grow up, please.

      • chipshot March 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

        Listen to Limbaugh/watch Fox much?

        • Walter B March 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

          No. Cannot stand either of them. Sorry.

          • chipshot March 14, 2017 at 11:17 pm #

            How’d you get so narrow-minded, intolerant and angry, not to mention using terms like “Obastard”?

          • Walter B March 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

            Sorry chipshot, you deserve a better answer than that. Your thoughtless personal insults did in fact anger me and I reacted too emotionally. In regard to the former occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania avenue, well that was a rather vile eight year test of many of our temperaments. There are two main reasons why I hold that incompetent in such low esteem. The second is that he is an evil man. I say this for I have stared into the faces of the truly evil many times in my day and I recognize them when I see them. For those who refuse to consider such a possibility or a reason, I give you my number one reason. Having hired many individuals in my day, some as sub-contractors, some as direct employs, I have never hired a man to do a job that he was not qualified to do and if you can honestly tell me that a disbarred lawyer/community organizer is qualified to be the President of the United States, then most of us tippy tapping on this here blog site are automatically far more qualified ahead of him.

            In the old days, our Township attorney used to warn us all about the “appearance of impropriety” as being just as damaging as actual law breaking for one’s social or political status. Bozobama came into the arena with a boatload of questionable history, documentation and social references. If you or I would have such personal problems we would probably not be able to secure employment even at a fast food restaurant. If are going to argue the idea that the “appearance of impropriety” has been replaced with “anything goes, nobody cares”, then you are as much of the problem as these sellout scumbags in Washington DC. In fact, our host has often railed against the anything goes way of thinking so I will close by simply adding, “I’m with Jim”!

        • Walter B March 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

          I think you spelled dipshit incorrectly.

  50. tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 1:48 am #

    Fareed Zakaria ended the special on Putin by saying that Putin understands us, then asking the question, “but do we understand Putin”?

    Essentially he was saying that Putin sees the fragility of systems like the EU and NATO, and what could be the weaknesses of democracies with their diversity and open societies.

    The show also presented good reason for Putin’s revenge against Hillary, with a clip of her saying, in so many words, he doesn’t have a soul, he’s former KGB, how can he have a soul? Among other things.

    A rich, tough nation with a strong leader. His people now love him- and his nationalism. Is he a murderer? Probably. In the future, being murderous may be the only way to survive.

    • JimInFlorida March 14, 2017 at 9:24 am #

      If Putin murders to protect the rightful citizens and body-politic of Russia, then he does a noble work. To surrender to a Camp of the Saints invasion is unacceptable.

      It isn’t charity to offer one’s own body to the ticks, fleas, and tapeworms of the world because they will die without your blood. The sick minds of such persons may require the cracking sting of the lash upon their backs to awaken a proper sense of self preservation.

      • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

        Yes, self preservation and self defense. It is a noble work. We must not let this nobility be twisted and reshaped into something that is seen as cruel and ignoble. The hour is late and our stand may be the last.

  51. tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 3:03 am #

    They’re lacerating King. Trying to whip him into submission. He withstands the lashes, as the whip of his statement cracks the leftist air like thunder:

    “You can’t build a civilization with other peoples’ babies”.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      Yes, the man is a King. I hope some University grants him an honorary doctorate so we can start calling him Dr King.

  52. tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 3:12 am #

    Here’s some late night noir. Getta load o’ this. Heeere’s Snoopy!

    yahoo.com/celebrity/snoop-dogg-mock-assassinates-fake-donald-trump-in-new-music-video-lavender-19510…

  53. tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 3:21 am #

    Can you fucking believe it? Hey, where is everybody? Help, help, I can’t believe what I just saw! Help, somebody call 911! Please, help!!

    • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 3:56 am #

      Okay, I got it. Time change. Muthafuckas out there z’n while I sit here at this damn computer.

      Having now set my own record for consecutive posts, I strongly demand Snoop Dog’s arrest and confiscation of his nocuous videos. Finally, rather sheepishly, I wander off to sleep, perchance to dream.

      • pequiste March 14, 2017 at 8:31 am #

        That the Snoop Dog critter is still around, in high-definition, after more than 20 years (astonishing for the vile shit he produces,) is sure testimony to the stupidity of the populace, rapaciousness of the media, and the overall tenor of American culture and civilization.

        This scumbag cavorting with Martha Stewart takes the cake.

        Pimp, pornographer, and illicit-drug propagandist, among other vocations, Snoop Dog is rewarded with a most lavish lifestyle, media exposure in all realms (radio, print, broadcast TV) which besides displaying the nadir we have reached, mocks every person who pays their own way, stays out of trouble, and gets up every morning to go to work.

        He aught to run for congress.

        • pequiste March 14, 2017 at 10:08 am #

          “ought”

          And JHK is looking for a lawsuit from Coca Cola Co .

        • malthuss March 14, 2017 at 10:50 am #

          He is now in his mid 40s and been famous since 1992.
          Or infamous.

          Rap, for me, was always a netherland.

          I dont relate to it. Common? Eminem?? What the f—?

          Common went to the Black house. Or mulatto house.

        • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

          You got it. Yeah, Martha Stewart. See how sweet he is, baking in the kitchen? He’s one of us all. Mainstream and harmless, like a doughnut.

        • cbeard March 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

          Makes you want to leap out of your chair, hand over heart and sing the national anthem doesn’t it.

  54. volodya March 14, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    As JHK sez, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But I think that among those individual cobblestones of good you find even more of bad.

    I read an article on the website Truthdig not long ago where the exasperated writer said boy is she ever done trying to understand the white working class. Quoting “studies” (and never mind the plain evidence in plain view) this writer nattered on and on about racism, insisted that this white working class are bitchers and moaners whose lot isn’t so bad and aligns white working class complaint with that of neo-Nazis.

    Another article, this one in the New Republic, crowed that it was time for Blue State secession. Dear Red State Trump voter said the writer, let’s face it, we’re done.

    It’s hard to get your arms around the sheer stupidity of such arguments. OK, let’s say we’re done. There’s varying degrees of “done-ness”, some leading to amicable break-up like that of the Czech-Slovak. More typical though is violent upheaval like that of 1861-65 or that of Sri-Lanka or East-West Pakistan or Biafra or Yugoslavia. The list of intra-national blood-baths is a very long one so think long and hard before advocating separation.

    But even without loose talk of national break-up, the scorn poured on those heartland voters by their self-proclaimed, data-and-evidence spewing “betters” does not bespeak “good” intentions. Rather the opposite. Never mind data and evidence, there’s a stout refusal on the part of the allegedly better educated to see what’s plainly at the root of the Trump phenomenon, there’s an astoundingly irresponsible denigration of Trump voters (let’s just call it school-yard name-calling) as racists and fascists, a de-legitimization of their economic interests, a sneering re-write of economic and social history in the denial that the Leave-it-to Beaver past (where Dad had a job), actually happened.

    So now there’s Trump. OK let’s just for argument’s sake give the supposedly enlightened BubbleLand clerisy their way and concede that Trump is a buffoon. I would therefore urge Bubble Landers to look at the bright side. Because if the Bubble Landers are right, and what underlies Trump’s support is as sinister as they say, then this is history repeating not first as tragedy, this is history repeating first as farce. As such it buys some time. Because what follows could very well be tragedy so use the time wisely and head-off the coming calamity.

    What underlies Trump support isn’t sinister. It isn’t what the Bubble Landers insist. Nonetheless, Trump’s presidency does buy some time. For what? To see what’s plainly under everyone’s nose, that’s what. To smarten the fuck up, get your shit together, loosen the intellectual shackles, look past the New York Times, or the Atlantic, do what David Brooks said and “intermingle”.

    There’s a harsh reality in the heartland that has got bugger all to do with racism and fascism, one that’s economic in nature, one that’s been routinely and deliberately misapprehended in the Washington-Manhattan power corridor. But if that reality isn’t dealt with, then consequences follow. Trump is one of them. But what follows Trump could be exceedingly unpleasant. It may have some of the trappings of fascism, but assuredly it will be rooted in local and modern realities and it won’t be what afflicted the 20th Century.

    Whereas 20th Century fascism was expansionist, IMO the coming unpleasantness won’t be, it will be the opposite. And if hipsters are talking national dissolution, if this is what they want, well, they make get their wish. IMO disaggregation will characterize much of the coming century. But if history is any guide, it could happen at the barrel of a gun. A whole lot of them.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

      Intermingle? Does Brooks do that? His allegiance is to Israel as that is the military his son joined.

      Did you catch the Politico article I posted a coupe of weeks ago? Liberals in rural Wisconsin were amazed their county voted Trump. Under questioning, they admitted not only did they not know their conservative neighbors, but didn’t want to and in fact looked down on them. Now they are “afraid” of them!

      This is what happens when the lower class if left behind and then despised. We always hate those whom we have wronged. Beyond that, people don’t understand class dynamics. Americans want to pretend there aren’t any classes, and since that isn’t true, they end up just ignoring the other classes since they are so different. In the old days, people had family relations in other classes at least, if not friends. But society has segmented and Non-Whites have taken the place of the lower class. All the attention, interest, concern, and love that should be going to our own lower class now goes to Non-Whites – an utterly insane and sickening situation.

      • volodya March 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

        Of course Brooks doesn’t intermingle. Wide open spaces give him vertigo. Anyway, Brooks is clueless. He drank the coastal Bubble kool-aid and resolutely refuses to see.

        The problem is that this echo-chamber group-think doesn’t afflict just a few along the sea-coast.

        And, as you said, Liberals in rural Wisconsin are “amazed”. Maybe it’s all an act, you know, “virtue signalling”, as they call it. It’s just so hard to believe that people are that stupid.

        Whether they really are that stupid makes no difference. If you pretend to not see the coming tornado, the effect is the same as if you really didn’t. It runs you over.

  55. wm5135 March 14, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Everyone here seems to be a person of substance and thus understand the difference between a depreciable asset and a capital expense. You and me and everything we see are nothing more than a capital expense. We are what those of means are willing to write off every quarter as a cost of doing buisness.

    Everyone here seems ready to accept that we are exposed to a steady stream of deceit. My question to all here is: When did you accept that you are not being lied to for your own good?

    As far as the ACA mandate, someone has to pay for the health care of those fortunate enough to have good low deductible health plans.

    • volodya March 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      I think the bigger question is whether health care costs reasonable in the first place. Are the aggregate costs of the American health care industry beyond the capacity of the American economy? Are health care costs within the means of the average American? Are business practices of health-care and health insurance providers ethical? Or is it a hostage racket? Is it a racket that depends on the asymmetry of information between provider and patient such that the provider has the patient by the balls?

      Lied to for my own good? My own good was never in the calculation since I was a wee lad. I can look back and see a time when the general “good” was a consideration. Since then it’s been government of, by and for the preposterously wealthy.

      • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

        Health care costs are totally unreasonable, and the aggregate costs of the American health care industry are not beyond the capacity of the American economy, as long as it is reasonably robust.

        The biggest hurdle to real health care reform is the establishment saying that a single payer system is un-American, that we don’t want “socialized” medicine, we want “free market” medicine.

        Most of us know that markets are far from free already, and social programs are already well in place.

        Health care, as Jim says, is one of the matrix rackets. The system as it now stands must be entirely done away with and replaced with single payer.

        Here’s how to do it.

        First, overall budget analysis and tax balancing with the new system in mind.

        Increased taxes on the rich, elimination of their loopholes.

        Corporate loopholes closed. Their fair share is paid. Care here to avoid excessive encumbrance to growth.

        Company payouts for employee healthcare now go to the SPS.
        What these employees were paying in premiums (or somewhat less) now go to the SPS in taxes.

        Tight government control and oversight to minimize fraud.

        Government price setting on medical care, including procedures, equipment, and medications. Costs will come down because the SPS will set the reimbursement rate. Medical care providers will have to more efficiently manage their own operations.

        Careful screening, no illegals get health care. Get them out.

        The moral issue is obvious. 500+ billionaires in the country with a net worth of 2.4 trillion. 10 million+ millionaires. It’s all a question of values and budgetary priorities. The wealth is here, but not the will.

        Too bad, isn’t it. All of this will do the blood sucking insurance companies no good. They’ll die. Some good people will need new jobs. Hopefully, it won’t be a new racket.

    • capt spaulding March 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

      At last, a cynic after my own heart. Seems to me that you have an excellent grasp of what is going on. Half of the people here are more interested in promoting their own agendas, than in seeing what is actually taking place. The powers that be will continue to encourage the burning of witches just like they did in the past, in order to retain control of the political process. There are people who actually understand what is going on, however there are not enough of them to actually make a difference. I have probably said enough to excite the thought police into looking into other postings on this website.

      • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 7:49 am #

        Stay in the shadows
        Cheer at the gallows
        This is a round up

        This is a low flying panic attack
        Sing a song on the jukebox that goes

        Burn the witch
        Burn the witch
        We know where you live

  56. volodya March 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    So here we go. Now there’s supposedly British intelligence sources that say that the Obama White House asked GCHQ (the Brit spy agency) for transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump and president elect Trump. No FISA warrant required. No spying by US intel agencies required.

  57. liber8tor March 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    We will very soon know if Trump is part of the Deep State and we have once again been suckered, as with Clinton, Bush and Obama.

    Trump had a chance to negotiate drug prices with big pharma, he did nothing. He’s lovingly embraces the CIA and NSA. He’s already dropped the ball on health care and just recently sent 400 troops into Syria to ramp up the war.

    Trump not looking like the rebel supporters had hoped for. (shocked)

    “Matrix of Racketeering”. Well said JK. That surely describes life in America.

  58. messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    “But private university educated white elites are still the ones who wield the levers of power. They are the ones who have fucked things up, not Muslims, not Mexicans, not poor, non-white, immigrants”

    And not rednecks ( those who show blood in the face ie. have the ability to blush ) The above is an unrecognized argument for classism.

  59. FincaInTheMountains March 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Talks in Russia about revision of the results of privatization in the 90s

    That is, they say that it is about the revision of the results of privatization, but in fact we are talking about reparations that the West, who has just lost the Cold War, will have to pay to Russian citizens.

    First of all, Western Europe, but the US, of course, too.

    Indeed, since de facto privatization was an act of war against the USSR = historical Russia, the compensation for unfair privatization to Russian citizens will have to be paid not only by the collaborators who became the beneficiary of privatization, but also by the one who conducted it – I hope that nobody here think that Mr. Chubais was engaged in privatization according to his own ideas?

    And all the money of the oligarchs, received as a result of the giant heist of USSR property and its subsequent monetization, despite all warnings, are kept in the Western Banks. So without the question of restitution (open or hidden) is unavoidable!

    Of course, Trump will never admit America’s defeat, but the fact is that he needs to negotiate with Putin about peace, since now we are de facto in a state of Cold War unleashed by Hillary Clinton. Luckily, Trump won the election and the Cold War goes with an emphasis on the word Cold, and if Hillary had won, she would go with an emphasis on the letter “N” in the word “WAR” (YES, it is there, but in subtext, since the war itself would be you know what!)

    One thing is clear that under the circumstances, a hidden payment of reparations would be beneficial to the US and the American people, since reparations from the US can only be paid in dollars and spent only in the US. That is, this time the production of the printing press in the course of time would go to the placement of Russian orders and, accordingly, to the re-industrialization of the United States, to which Trump aspires.

    Of course, all this needs to be packed into scientific economic mambo-jumbo verbiage to allow Trump to save face.

    • capt spaulding March 14, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

      mumbo

      • FincaInTheMountains March 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

        Just the “plutonium reparations” paid by Russia after 1991 amounted to more than a trillion dollars in fair market value. And it was just a part of it.

        25% of America’s electricity generation ran on “free” Russian plutonium.

  60. Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    Who gets to live under socialized medicine? When does a procedure become too expensive to reasonably be offered to everyone who needs it?

    And of course, the Abortion question looms large. Are we going to be forced to pay for things we don’t support? Or assisted suicide. Or transgender surgery.

    I’m for it btw. But these questions remain. In a perfect or more perfect society, we’d be far more on the same page in terms of values and these questions. Medicare for all? But what does that mean? And it gives the State so much power – far more than the Founders believed in giving.

    • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

      Abortion is a large issue. But it’s a medical procedure and should be covered. The woman, with her doctor, makes the choice. In the scheme of things, the cost is negligible. For the morally outraged-stuff-it.

      Should I pay for people having six or seven kids? I may not want to, but I’d do it. Maybe here, more than a certain number you pay on your own. As with assisted suicide or transgender surgery. We must finally begin to realize that we can’t have everything.

      How does the state get so much power? This is not Medicaid. Isn’t it held in the main by the Feds? Of course the states can tax social security income. I’ve solved most of this above.

      • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

        A procedure becomes too expensive when its actual cost is inflated 20, 50, 150 times.

      • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

        “How does the state get so much power?”

        Too many fail to be self-governing, then people who are intent on NOT leaving others alone volunteer to alleviate their delusional interpretations of altruism. IOW – somebody owes me.

    • Elrond Hubbard March 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      Janos: “Are we going to be forced to pay for things we don’t support? [E.g.] transgender surgery.”

      Quite possibly. In Canada it varies by province, but both Alberta and Ontario reinstated coverage for sex reassignment surgery in recent years.

      Wait times are quite lengthy: 18 to 24 months just to see the specialist who decides whether or not to refer you to one of the few surgeons actually performing the procedure(s). The province of Ontario has recently changed the rules to allow more doctors to make that referral, in an effort to reduce those wait times. (All health systems ration care, since demand is potentially infinite while resources aren’t. Privatized systems ration according to price and ability to pay, while socialized systems ration according to assessed need and usually involve longer wait times.)

      If Medicare for All actually happens in the U.S., you could always see how it shakes out, then move to the state that displeases you least. That’s federalism for you.

  61. beantownbill. March 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    Back in 2008-2009, when Obama picked his cabinet and staff, I knew immediately he was full of it. Many Goldman Sachs bankers, many establishment personnel. Nothing would change, except the degree of fraud, manipulation, payoffs and other such shenanigans.

    Now that Trump has picked his staff and cabinet, I see the same as I saw with Obama. People have to be stupid to expect something different. How can it make a difference which person or party is in power if the results are always the same?

    SImply put, the system has to be changed before we can expect the political and social environments to be different. For example, supposedly wise people argue about health care programs. Which one is better, which one is more equitable. Duh, as long as the medical establishment – and by that I mean hospital administrators, doctors, the pharmaceutical industry and health care insurers – isn’t changed and restructured, no health insurance “reform” will work.

    And we can say the same about other aspects of our society. To make life better in America requires proper identification of the root issues, the development of ideas for reform, and the creation of an effective plan of action to bring about the desired result. Otherwise, we will continue to be sorely disappointed in those we elect to public office.

    • malthuss March 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      How did someone so completely unqualified get to be president?
      He voted ‘absent’ while senator, except to side with ‘legal infanticide’
      in one vote.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

      Who lives and who dies? Who chooses? A couple of years ago, a young Black criminal was given a heart before far better people. The great man forgave the racists who tried to deny him his due. About a year later he was shot to death while breaking into someone’s home.

      Do we trust the Emmanuel Brothers for our medical ethics? I don’t. Nor would I trust anyone who trusts them. Sons of Iniquity the lot of them.

      • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

        Dick Cheney got one too, but his evil was already done. I always wondered if some young kid died because he went to the head of the line.

        • malthuss March 15, 2017 at 10:23 am #

          ‘Kid’–no, dangerous criminal.

          He died from what ‘they’ [the experts] knew he would die from.
          He killed himself via breaking medical rules.
          Dangerous criminals are like that, they break rules.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      Can we at least admit that we have enough Jews on the Supreme Court? And that we need at least some of our major media to be owned by Non-Jews? And that Anti-Trust legislation should be enacted to effect this?

      These are some of the basics, Bill.

      • janet March 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

        “Can we at least admit that we have enough Jews on the Supreme Court?” –janos

        No. Being Jewish has nothing to do with being a Supreme Court justice. It doesn’t matter if a justice is Jewish or Catholic or Muslim or atheist or Black or white or Hispanic or Asian.

        What does matter is legal qualification and understanding of the Constitution.

        • JimInFlorida March 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

          The average Rabbi or Talmudist LAUGHS at such gullibility and willful ignorance.

          The are members of The Tribe BEFORE they are anything else. Their judgements are tainted from the start because of their inflexible allegiance to Israel and The Tribe.

          quotemaster.org/qb85ed8a08114393645be30bb9a801ad5

          There is no sterile or neutral understanding of the Constitution. The Preamble CLEARLY states WHO are the beneficiaries, “…to ourselves AND OUR POSTERITY. In other words, the rightful descendants of the pioneer stock that settled the land and created the body-politic.

          President John Adams saw the fatal flaw in the U.S. Constitution and it’s all too obvious today. For that matter, the ORGANIC CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES hasn’t been in effect since 1861.

        • AKlein March 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

          That’s a nice thought – too bad it doesn’t work that way in the real world. No, it shouldn’t matter what a person’s race or gender or religion is. Problem is. in the real world it does matter and that’s the world we really live in. How can a Catholic judge not be against abortion? How can a Muslim not hold sharia law as valid? And the Jews, what about them? They are some of the most conflicted people on earth. How Jews deal with their own Judaism once they get a look at their own Talmud? And to some observant Jews, the Talmud is “the law”. What do do, then, since everybody is in some way “flawed”? All Janos is suggesting is a balance. Seems quite reasonable.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

            Thank you, Al. As Hillel says, If I am not for me, who will be for me? But if I am only for me, what am I? He also (if memory serves) spoke against the persecution of the Early Church saying, If these men are not of God, then they will come to nothing. But if they are of God, we cannot stop them. If only the Jews had listened. But instead they continued, becoming the Christian hunters of the Roman Empire.

            Almost all Catholics have cucked out a la John F Kennedy who famously said his religion wouldn’t effect his presidency. Thus the Church is dying and the Synagogue is now Triumphant, their lack of a central authority now a great boon in their fight against the West. The fight itself unites them, and of course they created the Left in their own image.

  62. janet March 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Seven years promising to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and now the truth is out: the Republicans were lying that they would provide health care for everyone at lower premiums.

    Under Obamacare NOBODY pays half their salary for premiums. Under the proposed Republican American Health Care Act a 64-year-old making $26,500 per year would pay $14,600.

    Obamacare had controls that the Republican plan has eliminated. Obamacare said insurers had to spend at least 60% of your premiums on medical care. Under the Republican plan their is no limit to how much of your premium can be spent on overhead and CEO salaries, and how little health care you receive.

    Obamacare was a better deal.

  63. janet March 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    “Duh, as long as the medical establishment – and by that I mean hospital administrators, doctors, the pharmaceutical industry and health care insurers – isn’t changed and restructured, no health insurance “reform” will work.” –beantownbill

    No quite true, beantown, although a single payer system, like Medicare for All, would be much better than Obamacare.

    But Obama did manage to standardize levels of care and regulate how much insurers could spend of your premiums on overhead and CEO salaries, instead of on actual medical care. Obama was also closing the donut hole to reduce the price of pharmaceuticals for seniors.

    Obama did all that working within a private insurance system where profit-driven health care reigns. As I said, that is not my preference. I would prefer a single payer system.

    The Republicans are making everything worse. The Republicans want to take away the quality controls, the required health care minimums for policies, the legal right to abortion and planned parenthood, the individual mandate, and the limits on spending on non-medical CEO salaries and overhead. For some seniors OVER HALF THEIR SALARY COULD GO FOR HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS while the young and healthy will pay less. The Republican plan is an unworkable plan that will not provide insurance for everyone and will not be affordable for everyone.

    • beantownbill. March 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

      Do you think it’s fair for someone with Medicare to be charged one amount (usually higher), while someone else with the same care and treatment with a different form of insurance usually is charged a different amount?

      Or is it fair to go to the emergency room and not be told the cost of treatment in advance, even when the patient requests the cost, then later getting an outrageous bill?

      Is it fair for an American citizen to pay $20,000 for an anti-venom snakebite treatment, yet across the border in Mexico being charged $200 for the same treatment?

      Is it fair for the US government not allowing its citizens to buy pills at 1/10th the cost from a foreign country where the rest of the world can purchase the same medicine?

      These and many other examples show why reform is necessary and how American citizens are being screwed by the government and the medical industry. Why waste time and energy arguing whether Democrats or Republicans can do better? Let’s put real reform in place and really do better.

      We would save at least $4-500 billion. That and cutting our military budget a similar amount (by ending our war-mongering) would basically end our annual operating deficit.

      • JimInFlorida March 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

        Until the business model of health care is REPEALED (as established in 1973 and later amplified by Reaganomics) and subsequently restored as a dividend of modern society and modern progress, then nothing will change or get better.

        ObamaCare was the fulfillment of that business model, profit-driven, paradigm. Whatever Trump and his neocon goons are proposing is only piling on. It is clear that Trump’s people have been listening to WAY TOO MUCH Libertarian BULLSHIT.

        MEDICARE FOR ALL rests on the old foundation of health care as a public benefit and funded to that end. That is sacrilege and obscenity to the generations that have only known the Reaganomics way of life.

        I’ve already put in my two cents on this; further up the page.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

          Yes the false economy must die. But in a true economy, what would be the limit? When would a person be told, “We can’t give you any more treatment” or in effect, that they’ve already used up their allotted time and energy quota from the Medical System for the year?

          It’s nice to imagine being able to give each patient an infinite amount of care – in other words, as much as they need. But is that possible? And would the System have the right to make demands in return – like no smoking or heavy drinking? Mandatory exercise?

          • AKlein March 14, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

            Janos, for any healthcare system to work well, the populace must generally exhibit self-restraint, self-discipline, self-reliance, and general good sense. For example, the accepted rule should be that if you eat yourself into being so fat that you’re bed-ridden, your fate will be death, not bariatric surgery at someone else’s expense. There are plenty of other behaviors that fall into the same category – do it and accept the consequences. The only responsibility society does credibly bear is to educate its members as to the consequences.

      • AKlein March 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

        Problem is, Mr. Bill, the US is addicted to both the so-called “healthcare” racket and to the war racket (as elucidated by Major General Smedley Butler USMC). Lots of money being “made”. Ours is not a financial problem – it’s a values problem. Basically, too many people just can’t imagine a different societal calculus. We are trapped by our own lack of imagination, and fear. Our host JHK has written as much – many times.

    • tucsonspur March 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      I agree. The Republican plan sucks. Tax credits? So, pay say $8,000 in medical costs one year, if you can, and next year you can deduct how much?

      Health savings plan? Good for the banks, until your health savings are wiped out after a week’s illness and years of saving. Assuming you could save. The medical matrix now owns what’s left of the rest of your bank account.

      Single Payer.

  64. beantownbill. March 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    But it probably won’t happen because our legislative and executive branches are bought and paid for by the MIC, and we do nothing.

    • tucsonspur March 15, 2017 at 3:19 am #

      Bean, you’re more than probably right.

  65. KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    ” No. Being Jewish has nothing to do with being a Supreme Court justice. It doesn’t matter if a justice is Jewish or Catholic or Muslim or ATHEIST or Black or white or Hispanic or Asian. ”

    ( emphasis added )

    In five decades I have yet to meet anyone who can give a coherent explanation as to how things like “good ” or ” bad” , or ” justice” CAN EXIST if the fate of every individual, if the fate of all individuals , if the fate of the universe itself, is to become unthinking, unfeeling, unknowing dust .

    How could such things exist in a context where nothing exists?

    Oh, atheists and Buddha* have CLAIMED so .

    ( * If Buddhism is any sort of actual religion, then no wonder the meat and potatoes of Japanese theology is actually Shinto, the guts of Chinese theology is actually Taoism, and so on, and so on, in every country I have seen labelled, ” Buddhist” . )

    But, like I said, I have yet to hear this coherent explanation, ONLY their CLAIM that there is such.

    As much as I loathe the American Founding Fathers , I’m pretty darn confident of one of two things ;

    — They , as a group and as a majority, subscribed to no such cosmological framework , thus did not, and could not, subscribe to any such legal framework.

    — If any did , then those individuals were worse than many Nazis.

    After all , some Nazis were at least willing to concede that their firing squads , their gas chambers, and their National Socialist school teachers and historians, MIGHT NOT be the court of last resort, the final arbiter.

    But, accord to a consistent and honest atheist cosmology , the guys who killed Anne Frank DID get the last word.

    As the old saying goes, ” I never heard a corpse ask, ” How did it get so cold?! ” ”

    But, no, I’m full of shit.

    So do tell us how atheist and justice do not contradict fundamentally.

    • AKlein March 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

      Buddhism in its pure form does not claim to be a religion; it is a philosophy. And, as a philosophy it speaks to one central issue and only that issue. Which is that all sentient beings are subject to suffering and don’t much like it. Consequently, Buddhism addresses the method whereby sentient beings can reduce or even eliminate their suffering. In this sense Buddhism is quite practical. Further, Buddhism has no position on Creation or how or by whose aegis it came about. Buddhism also requires no blind faith; the Buddha himself urged his followers not to blindly believe his teachings, but to check out what he said for themselves.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

        The Dalai Lama admitted Buddhism’s superficial resemblance with Western Atheism, but that’s all. They believe in life after death, Heavens, Hells, etc. So called original Buddhism, the Theravada, believes in all that as well. All sects believe in an ultimate reality, they simply don’t personalize it. The big mystery in Buddhism is what if anything survives “liberation” – or is it just a blessed suicide and thus a release from the misery of existence.

        Just killing yourself is utterly futile: you keep existing and have to pay for the murder of yourself. But Spiritual Suicide means realizing that you don’t exist in the first place. And once you realize you don’t exist, do you cease to exist after the death of the body?

        • AKlein March 14, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

          Janos, yes, Buddhism does address life after death (actually, it’s more a redefinition of the actual essence of life) and yes, it has its Heaven’s and Hells. That said, you must agree that the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism deal exclusively with the issue of suffering and what to do about it.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 12:42 am #

            Yes, Gautama was very practical. He once asked, Are there more leaves on the tree or in my hand? The Tree. Just so, there are many things I know which you don’t need to know. I offer you only what you need. But of that, I reveal everything.

        • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

          Just killing yourself is utterly futile: you keep existing and have to pay for the murder of yourself. But Spiritual Suicide means realizing that you don’t exist in the first place. And once you realize you don’t exist, do you cease to exist after the death of the body?

          Sounds to me like a long-winded way of saying ,

          ” I can MURDER Bugs Bunny ……except I can’t, except I can. ”

          No wonder the Japanese actually worshipped the Emperor, their fore fathers, and their race.

        • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 8:13 am #

          Who is “you”?
          The “you” presented here?
          The “you” at work, the one your parents know, the one your children know, the one in the mind of your old school chums?

          How does a “you”, a self that doesn’t exist, keep existing?
          What self is murdered?

          What makes “you”? What makes a self?

          If I were to transplant a hemisphere of Janos’s brain into a host body, which one is you? Then I swap hemispheres again, move other body parts, perhaps a face. Where do “you” end?
          Theseus paradox this to (“your”) death.

          How does something that does not exist outside of the limitations of the human mind commit suicide?

          Can something that does not exist, cease to exist?

          Can there be solipsism without a self?

          • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 8:17 am #

            “You” are dead and alive, as is the cat

      • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

        ” Buddhism in its pure form does not claim to be a religion; it is a philosophy. ”

        Did I claim otherwise ?

        umm……….nope.

        Many in the west insinuate such though.

        ” Buddhism has no position on Creation or how or by whose aegis it came about. ”

        Interesting.

        I said nothing about creation .

        I asked how a something can exist in a nothing.

        ” Buddhism also requires no blind faith; ”

        It does require a very great deal of faith in the inerrancy of copyists over a very long period of time.

        • AKlein March 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

          A Buddhist has no problem at all comprehending that a something can exist in a nothing. Especially a Zen Buddhist. When the Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, he smiled. You need to lighten up.

          • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

            A Buddhist has no problem at all comprehending that a something can exist in a nothing.

            ok.

            Can I murder bugs bunny or not ?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 12:40 am #

            A metaphor form physics: some phenomena can be seen as either a wave or a particle. Christianity, like most religions, speaks of particles. Buddhism says we’re more like waves. If the flame of a candle is used to light another candle, is it the same flame or a different one?

            Buddhism admits that suffering exists and seeks to end it. And sees murder as wrong just as Christianity does. And they admit the conventional level where beings seem to be like discrete particles. That’s just not their ultimate vision.

            Btw, some of the Christian Saints talk like Vedantists at times. Using the Mosaic Revelation of God saying “I am that I am”, they insist that humans aren’t really discrete, self existing particles. Only God can say, “I am”. We particles depend on His “I am”. We don’t have one. We’re contingent or as Aquinas said, “accidents”. We are not necessary. We need not have been. Berkeley: Things are because God sees them. Julian of Norwich: Things are because God loves them. The Sufis: God is creating the Universe every instant.

          • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 8:53 am #

            Bugs bunny ontology? Monism or dualism?

            If we agree that bugs bunny is not a thing, that it exists in only the mental realm as a concept, and if you erased all images or recordings or writings naming and describing Bugs, and in a few generations you have people having no idea of Bugs, have you “murdered” it?

            Fast forward 3000 years, an archaeologist digs up a lost recording of bugs. He simultaneously exists and always existed.

            On another planet many light-years away, many millennia ago, some thing hummed the tune to Camptown Races. Camptown Races always existed, and always will. Who plucks it from the ether, and when?

      • messianicdruid March 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

        Christianity in it’s pure form does not claim to be a religion, it is a government. It teaches much more than how to deal with suffering. If you can’t trust Jesus, who can you trust?

        Avoid the middlemen ( nicolaitanism ).

        • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 8:35 am #

          Christianity is an Abrahamic mind poison. A meme that infects minds. There is no suffering to de dealt with. There is life, only life.

    • thwack March 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

      In five decades I have yet to meet anyone who can give a coherent explanation as to how things like “good ” or ” bad” , or ” justice” CAN EXIST if the fate of every individual, if the fate of all individuals , if the fate of the universe itself, is to become unthinking, unfeeling, unknowing dust .

      **************************

      The atheist dirty little secret is that they don’y really believe in concepts like “good”, “bad”, justice…

      for them its all relative.

      • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

        FYI

        I read Mr. Kunstler, Volodya , and You.

        • thwack March 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

          FYI

          I read Mr. Kunstler, Volodya , and You.

          *************

          and that means…?

          you wanna dance?

          What are you trying to say KesaAnna?

          • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

            and that means…?

            A compliment .

      • elysianfield March 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

        A relative, then?

        kaganof.com/kagablog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/082.jpg

      • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 8:37 am #

        No such thing as atheists. What do you call someone that doesn’t believe in egg hiding rabbits?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 12:56 am #

      “Jewish” is an ethnic group for the most part, certainly when talked about on this site. Most Jews are atheists or agnostics. When seeking residence in Israel, people aren’t asked if they believe or practice, but rather if they are ethnic Jews. Likewise, a Jew is still a Jew if he becomes a Buddhist or practices Yoga. Christianity is a deal breaker for traditional Jews however. Perhaps Islam too, not sure. Sufism is Ok though.

      • thwack March 15, 2017 at 9:25 am #

        Likewise, a Jew is still a Jew if he becomes a Buddhist or practices Yoga. Christianity is a deal breaker for traditional Jews however.

        ************************

        Is it the only “deal breaker?”

        Because if it is, it means the true definition of “Jew” is a rejector of Christ?

        And that would make the Jew a theological construct.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

          Allan Dershowitz is an apostate from Hasid Judaism, but is still welcomed home on the Holidays. Since he works on behalf of Judaism, that is considered his worship. Jews see themselves collectively as God so it makes sense. The metaphysic is unique: a kind of collective Advaita Vedanta, epitomized in the Orthodox Rabbis.

          • thwack March 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

            Is he a rejector of Christ?

            This is important because theoretically with the “death” of Christ, all Hebrews either became Jews or Christians; there was nowhere else to go?

  66. FincaInTheMountains March 14, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

    Not a single payer, not anything else would solve the American healthcare problem, unless the rampant corruption is stopped, monopolies are broken up, high-profile cases prosecuted.

    Russia in the early 2000s had similar problem in the oil industry, until couple of high-profile cases got prosecuted – Khodorkovsky is one, after that all oil companies started to pay their dues to the federal budget.

    Last time high-profile Federal cases on corruption were during the Savings and Loan crisis – time to put a fear of Law and God into the hearts of thieves and swindlers.

    Trump not for nothing fired all Federal prosecutors.

    • AKlein March 14, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

      Spot on. Going single payer without addressing the fundamental corruption and grifting would be the equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  67. BackRowHeckler March 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Debt ceiling agreement expires in about 3 hours.

    Nothing about it on Bloomberg radio.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

    Maybe another non event.

    brh

  68. wm5135 March 14, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    KesaAnna

    “I asked how a something can exist in a nothing.”

    As Possibility

    Ever present and in motion,
    Lao Tzu

    • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

      Fine 🙂

      I’ll ask you about possibilities when we meet in the place where there is no darkness.

      🙂

    • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

      correction, nice try at kicking the can down the road.

      The possibility here was justice for Anne Frank after you blow her head off and turn her into nothing .

      If you really want to stick with that puerile “explaination”

      then , no , meeting you in the place where there is no darkness ( 1984 ) wouldn’t bother me in the slightest.

      YOU suggested it was just fine.

    • thwack March 14, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

      It ain’t over till the white girl cries.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 6:02 am #

        Yeah, Kesa was mocking White girls last week. You two have a real (genetic) connection.

  69. KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    It seems to me that the security / CIA morass

    And the healthcare morass

    Are in important ways really the same morass in different guises.

    In the former, you want the license to lie , and to knife your enemies in the dark.

    and are ever surprised when it turns out that you are the one lied to, and the one knifed in the dark .

    lol, like Faust , you thought these children of the night would serve your ends eh?

    In the later, you fancy that it will just be cigarette smokers and meat eaters that get shit on.
    Noooo, you are innocent until you are investigated, and it really isn’t that hard to blame your slipping on a banana peel on you.

  70. janet March 14, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    How can a Catholic judge not be against abortion? How can a Muslim not hold sharia law as valid?” –AKlein

    Please control your prejudice based on your stereotypes. There is no reason a Muslim cannot be on the Supreme Court. American Muslims overwhelmingly support the U.S. Constitution and do not seek to replace it with Sharia or Islamic law. The vast majority of American Muslims understand Sharia as a personal, religious obligation governing the practice of their faith, not as something American governments should enforce.

    Many aspects of Sharia or Islamic law are consistent with modern legal rules found in American law. For example, both legal systems allow rights to personal property, mutual consent to contracts, the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings, and the right of women to initiate divorce proceedings.

    If and when religious laws conflict with American law, the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment prohibit American government, including the courts, from substituting religious laws for civil law or following religious laws that violate civil law. This prohibition applies to all religions equally.

    Sharia | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice
    tolerance.org/publication/sharia

    • elysianfield March 15, 2017 at 11:41 am #

      “Please control your prejudice based on your stereotypes. There is no reason a Muslim cannot be on the Supreme Court.”

      Yeah. Tell us why there is intense political vetting for each Court vacancy? Tell us why the choice is such a political plum for the President?

  71. janet March 14, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

    “Maybe another non event.” –brh

    Yes, nothing will happen right away. Turns out the “debt ceiling crisis” is not a crisis at all. They have enough money hidden under the mattress to last another few months. Maybe August or September there will be more urgency. Like you say, another non event.

  72. DA March 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

    Steve from Virginia continues to hit it out of the park: When Denial Becomes Toxic

    Only governments can ‘bleed red ink’ perpetually and not go out of business! Economies are finite, for one firm- or others to run surpluses (make profits) other firms must run deficits. The private sector is possessed of a singular constraint; by the iron law of capitalism firms cannot run deficits for long and remain in business. The compounding of business failures over time would wipe out the economy entirely unless there is a ‘special’ kind of firm that can run deficits continuously and not fail. This, then is a primary function of the public sector: to borrow at a loss and by so doing enable credit to expand; to put funds into the economy, to guarantee the profits of firms and tycoons, to roll over debts as they mature and service the rest as long as possible.

    Yet there is an end to it: when the entire borrowing capacity of the economy is consumed by debt service the process implodes; no funds are available to put into the economy or anywhere else. This is the real ‘Minsky Moment’; afterwards, comes the debacle … or ‘reset’, when the debts are not paid and the bankers are presumably hanged from lampposts.

    Money is debt; more reasonably money is a promise to borrow forever: default occurs when borrowing slows for any reason, if it stops the economy collapses.

    Less borrowing is what is taking place under everyone’s nose. More to the point, a mismatch between the massive borrowing of tycoons and firms versus the dribbles allowed to the hoi-polloi whose loans are needed to retire those of their betters. Less borrowing => liquidating the Department of Education and the EPA … liquidating Social Security and Medicare …

  73. janet March 14, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    You want a real crisis, brh? How about a subprime mortgage crisis? A repeat of the 2007 subprime crisis in 2017. Fannie/Freddie have redefined “subprime” to a credit rating of below 620; previously, these firms and banking regulators had used 660 as the dividing line that defined a subprime borrower. Now by using the lower number, they may be buying even weaker mortgages than before the financial crisis.

    The “Government Sponsored Enterprises” or “GSEs” are wrapping new sub-subprime mortgages into the mortgage-backed securities they sell to the market. Fannie and Freddie guarantee these securities, and because the federal government stands behind the GSEs, there is little market discipline. Think about that: With regard to subprime mortgages we may now be in worse shape than we were before the 2007 mortgage crisis.

    • BackRowHeckler March 14, 2017 at 11:11 pm #

      Actually I don’t want a crisis. JHK postulated about a possible financial crisis on Wed. March 15. I was responding to that.

      brh

      • beantownbill. March 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

        Hey, Marlin, how bad did you get hit with the storm? It wasn’t too bad in the southern Boston burbs – not like the MSM played up this non-event. I remember going to school in blizzards. Now if someone sees a snowflake or the temperature drops to zero, school is canceled.

        Speaking of non-events, my guess is that nothing much will happen tomorrow about spending limits. In this case, Janet is right – we have more time because the Feds have some cash left, plus 1st quarter estimated tax payments will be rolling in. I heard we got enough to last through Memorial Day, and given the Feds’ magical accounting, maybe a few months more. Of course, after we finally run out of money and have to borrow, then this becomes a major issue.

        • BackRowHeckler March 14, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

          Not a blizzard, Bill, but heavy snow, about 20″ in 12 hours. The governor shut down the state so just hung around the house watching old westerns all day.

          Hard to believe the Sox open up at Fenway in about 3 weeks.

          Hope all is well with you up in Boston, my friend.

          brh

    • beantownbill. March 14, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

      I tend to agree with you. Loan underwriting is a joke. We have several loan bubbles, such as the residential mortgage bubble you’re talking about, as well as the mall loan bubble, the student loan bubble, and the auto loan bubble.

      People are generally stupid – half the population by definition have double digit IQs, but that doesn’t make them unworthy. We should jubilee the most of the above bubbles; that would really sock it to the elites, while freeing the masses. Yeah, there’d be economic hell to pay, but economic hell is coming anyway.

      • BackRowHeckler March 14, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

        mall loan bubble.

        Seems like a lot of shopping malls are reaching terminal stage all across the country. The age of the shopping mall may be coming to an end.

        I won’t miss those damn places.

        brh

        • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 8:59 am #

          It was an aberration, and as such…

  74. KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

    ” This prohibition applies to all religions equally. ”

    Except the state cult.

    ” civil law ”

    another name for a state cult.

    No ?

    hee Hee hee

    Someone told me to lighten up.

    Well, the joke here is that in calling your little dogma a state cult I’m COMPLIMENTING you.

    OTHERWISE , I’M COMPELLED to assume you think all of this putting people in cages and killing people is good for the sake of…………

    License plate makers ?

    • KesaAnna March 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm #

      — and maybe bunting makers?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      Every Culture needs a Cult – even if its only Atheism or Social Justice. Culture is upstream of politics and Cult is upstream of Culture.

      You want to be free? If so, so are other people. And that’s terrifying is it not? Instead of using their little poison arrows to bring down elephants, maybe they’ll use them on you. Why not? Who can say boo? You’ve argued yourself into a corner, Bugs.

    • elysianfield March 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

      “OTHERWISE , I’M COMPELLED to assume you think all of this putting people in cages and killing people is good for the sake of…………”

      For the sake of civil order.

      “What if we gave a war and nobody came?”

      Same crap…different generation.

  75. beantownbill. March 14, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

    @AKlein:

    Maybe you are right, the ultimate core issue is about values, and fear does play a major role. WE (us) don’t suffer from a lack of imagination, OUR problem is that we have too much imagination and can visualize high-probability future scenarios. Sometimes wisdom can be quite a burden.

  76. beantownbill. March 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

    Maybe it would be better if more of us sat by and contemplated the river like Siddhartha.

    • janet March 15, 2017 at 12:20 am #

      “Maybe it would be better if more of us sat by and contemplated the river like Siddhartha.” –beantown

      Amen! I mean sv?h?!

    • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 8:58 am #

      The river doesn’t exist, only the agreed upon concept.
      The waters always change, even the course, but you point to it, there, on a map, in a photo and we agree; it’s a river.
      People are doing less of this these days.
      Many don’t agree with your river.

      • beantownbill. March 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

        Yeah, and the world is in such good shape, we should agree with the many.

  77. janet March 15, 2017 at 12:39 am #

    A 100,000 times increase in speed… too much magic?

    A couple of extra cores or a few billion extra transistors can make our devices run a bit faster. But what if we wanted our electronics to be 100,000 times faster? For that, you’d need more than just smaller 3D transistors, you’d need to no longer rely on electricity, but on laser light, and that’s exactly what scientists have done.

    In a paper published in Nature Photonics, scientists at the University of Michigan explained how they have taken important steps towards what are called “lightwave” computers, relying on ultra-fast laser impulses to move electrons around.

    In regular electronics, electrons move around slowly, bumping into each other and releasing energy in the form of heat. But with “lightwave” electronics, the charge carriers are moving around so fast they no longer bump into each other, being not only better at processing but also much more energy-efficient.

    We cannot even begin to imagine the paradise that awaits us and the complete and utter destruction of doomsterism, misanthropy, racism, resource wars, Islamophobia and antisemitism. The cornucopians have won.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 1:07 am #

      You forgot Lycanthropy.

      • janet March 15, 2017 at 1:54 am #

        Your words lack meaning. You are just howling at the moon.

      • JimInFlorida March 15, 2017 at 9:32 am #

        Lycanthropy is a condition. The better addition to janet’s list of anti-White anti-civilization bigotry is Lycanthropism. Then it becomes a political thing.

        In other words, no more discrimination against humans who can transform into non-human beings. If a non-White person transforms into a werewolf, then that’s a politically-protected protest against the unjust system that Whites have created.

        Imagine how werewolves can add another layer of beautiful diversity to the mix! Werewolves and human beings living and loving one another. In time, we can ALL be semi-hairy humanoids with great teeth! No more dental problems if we can just breed out Whites!

        Just imagine the incredible inventions that werewolves can bring to the world. Anything that can shapeshift will very likely outperform Whites in college and make excellent workers in the economy. We should encourage breeding of werewolves in Latin America and Israel and then encourage their beautiful offspring to emigrate to the U.S..

        janet-wpa, herself, should marry a bisexual Puerto-Rican Jewish werewolf to prove that she is truly liberated from backwards and bigoted White thinking.

        • beantownbill. March 15, 2017 at 9:57 am #

          How about breeding werewolves genetically modified to be attracted to your scent? We could have betting pools on which werewolf gets to you first. Unfortunately for that particular beast, it would then have to be put down lest it contaminate the entire herd with your racist, anti-Semitic poison.

          • JimInFlorida March 15, 2017 at 10:29 am #

            Racism and anti-Semitism are nothing more than the immune system reaction of a White body-politic, under assault by toxic and alien entities.

            To suppress the natural and correct reaction of Whites to that which is undesirable has been the great goal of The Tribe who wish to feed undisturbed upon their Goy hosts.

            It is expected to hear similar arguments by ticks, fleas, and tapeworms as they declare their right to exist AND upon their respective hosts, “We are as much a part of Nature as a dog, cat, horse, or the Goyim. It is our design that we suck blood from them. It is a part of Nature that they feed us and tolerate our presence. It is our right to be as we are created.”

            Of course, the MSM will **NEVER** allow any commentary from the afflicted dog, cat, horse, or body-politic. ALL WE ARE PERMITTED to hear is the “dilemma” and pondering of solutions to enable biological diversity to exist on the suffering host.

          • beantownbill. March 15, 2017 at 10:40 am #

            It must be so very difficult for you to be living in one of America’s Jewish strongholds.

          • thwack March 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

            Racism and anti-Semitism are nothing more than the immune system reaction of a White body-politic, under assault by toxic and alien entities.

            ***********************

            Hey Jim,

            have you ever had sex with a nonwhite woman?

            Having been in the navy, I STRONGLY suspect you have?

            Don’t worry about it; the movement will make an exception for you.

          • JimInFlorida March 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

            Yeah, being close to West Tel Aviv (aka Miami) has its challenges. Orlando is no prize, either.

            No thwack, I haven’t had the LBFM experience. That’s strictly a West Coast benefit.

            We would pull out of Groton, patrol a box between Greenland and Newfoundland for roughly 95-100 days, and then come back. Sometimes, we would get to see the strange and exotic ports of Norfolk (No Fuck) Virginia. Or, Port Everglades. Or Cape Canaveral. Or, a no-name place not far from Kings Bay where we might have some of our C-3 SLBM’s pulled out for inspection and maintenance.

            Lots of land whales would come sniffing around when we’d pull into port. For what it’s worth, “goin’ hoggin” doesn’t count!

          • thwack March 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

            Well check it out Jim,

            Im going to allow you to have sex with a black chick and an Asian chick; so you can be better against race mixing; because truth be told, you’re kinda unqualified to speak against it?

            You need to know what you are talking about.

            BTW– when you see a hot non white woman, what do you do?

            try to get in touch with your inner faggot?

            Conjure up images of Lawanda Page?

            Do you allow yourself to lust over nonwhite women as long as you don’t act on it?

            Ive always wondered how that worked because based on my simple logic, the best woman to sleep with is the one who wants to sleep with you?

            BTW- deaf girls are very good too.

        • JimInFlorida March 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

          Thanks for giving me the green light to have sex with a black chick.

          The few Sistas that I’ve found attractive were so WHITE in their dress and mannerisms that they don’t count as cultural enrichment.

          That said, my personal experience has nothing to do with the subject at large. I look at things in a macro social context.

          While Lily White America of the early to mid-20th century was the long-awaited fulfillment of Western civilization, some “diversity” can be tolerated provided everybody knows the boundaries and respects them.

          Sort of like load-bearing walls and ceilings. They are there for a reason. The kid who keeps a clean room isn’t affected by the slob kid. The kitchen and bathrooms have their separate place and function. So it is with well-managed “diversity,” if we JUST HAVE TO HAVE THAT.

          • thwack March 15, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

            The few Sistas that I’ve found attractive were so WHITE in their dress and mannerisms that they don’t count as cultural enrichment.

            *********************

            Uh oh?

            Thats the camels nose pokin under the tent; those high yalluh gals are the gateway drug to black pussy. And white girls are even worse because if you start there you have no choice but to work your way into the abyss.

            Be afraid, be very afraid…

            Black pussy is proof (not evidence) God loves us and wants us to be happy.

        • elysianfield March 15, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

          “Hey Jim,

          have you ever had sex with a nonwhite woman?”

          Or a guy?

          Or a dog?

          Thwack,
          What the hell are you positing these questions to our host…have you no suave, no debonair? The questions are indelicate, and stretch the bounds of propriety.

          By the way, Thwack, do you like Turkish Prison Movies?

          • JimInFlorida March 15, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

            In all fairness to thwack, I’ve put up stuff that’s far worse. Stuff that came mighty close to getting me banned!

            thwack and I are just doing the usual man-to-man banter in a real pub. Challenging and racy to be sure but, certainly nothing close to the reaction I’ve received when I shine light on The Tribe and their shenanigans.

            And now, back to thwack…

            Due to the insanity of modern gynocentrism, I’ve gone completely into being a MGTOW Monk. I’ve got far too much to lose to these awful women of today. After a few fake, “I might be pregnant,” scares, I realized that it ain’t worth it. None of these women are worth marrying.

            I’ve seen too many good men ruined by divorce and false charges by these batshit crazy females.

            As it is written in Proverbs 22:3,
            “A prudent man seeth the plague and hideth himself. But the foolish go on still, and are punished.”

          • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

            Blacks are obsessed with sex. If you are obsessed with sex, you can’t be obsessed with math or science or much of anything else. It takes all of the Libido. Thus after every ejaculation, Balzac would say “There goes another novel.”

            On the same note but on a higher level: one Mathematician would stop going to the Opera while doing creative work: it took too much of his libido which the work demanded.

          • thwack March 16, 2017 at 9:21 am #

            If you are obsessed with sex, you can’t be obsessed with math or science or much of anything else. It takes all of the Libido.

            *************************

            I disagree Janos.

            Sex is like lifting; with every sexual act you are exercising your libido; therefore you end up with a lot of “extra” which you can plow into other things, or like some people, more sex.

            Black people are obsessed with sex because we are ALLOWED to be in the racist hope that we will be distracted from obsessing in anything else.

            What if we did put all that energy into scholastics?

            Im pretty sure Janos would kill himself.

            Also to JimInForida; I fully understand the MGTOW thing; but you wouldn’t have this issue if you converted to Islam and moved to a Muslim country.

  78. 4014HAMPHEDGE March 15, 2017 at 2:04 am #

    Union Pacific has big yellow diesel locomotives with American flag and “BUILDING AMERICA” emblazoned on the sides of the engines…

    Unfortunate sidebar of the Union Pacific business plan is deliberate removal of trackside warehouses and old stations not in their modus operendi for Port to-Port movement of containers….

    Right now Colfax, California has a 19,000 square foot warehouse structure, an insulated warehouse named “COLFAX FRUIT GROWERS ASSOCIATION 1931” This was receiving warehouse for fruit and vegetables brought in by the Nevada County Narrow Gauge for storage and move across to other side to load aboard Southern Pacific Lines “Pacific Fruit Express” and “Fruit Growers Express” refrigerator cars. stocked with ice at Roseville and destined for far places.

    Union Pacific Real Estate Department minions are bound by habit or policy to find excuse to remove such vestiges of the past wherever the remain. The City of Colfax has expressed interest in working with the Giant Yellow monster living on parallel bars to make the warehouse safe from asbestos and work out a lease for a long term use as commercial floor space. The roof needs repair and other code issues need attention, but asbestos removal has condemned the building.

    Jim often mentions loss of small-town railway connection as significant component of “Hollowing Out” of America’s bone and sinew. Well, here is textbook, real-time example! Union Pacific claims no place for a structure not tuned to long-haul containers. It is a disappointing thing to see very large amounts of pears and apples not going to market or being used in beverages due to loss of high volume shipping capability offered when this Fruit Growers Building was in routine use. Truth is, Union Pacific is now moving growing numbers of white “ARM” “American Refrigerated Merchandise” boxcars, So far, not enough of these new generation reefers exist to fit in the smaller load sites like Colfax.

    Sacramento area had multiple food processing and even can and box manufacturing to fill thousands of rail carloads a year. This loss of food shipment by rail should concern strategic planners because woe be to us when natural/ manmade disaster or sabotage stifles motor & airborne food distribution. This demolition, one loadsite at a time is cumulative, stealthy sabotage still taking place..

    Railway in mid-20th Century had a strategic moniker: “Second Dimension Surface Transport Logistics Platform”. This definition gains meaning again after we are laid low by any number of .very determined Asian and Middle East bad boys biding their time, brazenly and openly promising harm to America.

    The Colfax warehouse is only one, but seems liker a good place to draw the line. Anybody near Colfax CA got some bitcoin to put into a tangible asset not susceptible to Electromagnetic pulse vaporizing? Repair the roof and be a landlord while the fruit and vegetable boxcars catch up! Part of American Food Security.

    • JimInFlorida March 15, 2017 at 9:08 am #

      American Food Security is in direct conflict with Reaganomics.

      The old paradigm of reserve storage of food and surplus warehouses is also in conflict with Reaganomics.

      Just In Time supply is, in a narrow sense, more profitable but, the price includes a brittle system and high vulnerability to disruption. The latter requires the creating of tyrannical government to protect the brittle system.

      • Elrond Hubbard March 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

        Efficiency is the enemy of resilience, because resilience entails a reserve of uncommitted resources that can be brought to bear when the unforeseeable comes to pass. From the point of view of efficiency, uncommitted resources are deemed wasteful, but it’s sure nice to have them when the earth starts shaking.

  79. Buck Stud March 15, 2017 at 2:11 am #

    So Kesa Anna pays thwack a compliment and thwack asks her is she wants to dance.

    I wonder if Don Cornelius would let thwack get in line?

    youtube.com/watch?v=08R4tBCBhP0

    • thwack March 15, 2017 at 9:33 am #

      Her comment was too cryptic to know if it was a compliment; so I had to poke it with a stick.

      You can never be too careful in a circular firing squad like this blog.

  80. wm5135 March 15, 2017 at 6:49 am #

    KesaAnna

    Thank you for the smile – never have enough of those.

    Darkness within Darkness
    The gate to all mystery. (same source)

  81. janet March 15, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    Trump’s tax returns show a pattern of illegal behavior… for which each offense carries a five-year prison sentence.

    No wonder he didn’t want to reveal his tax returns!

  82. janet March 15, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    Trump openly rejected the idea of any negotiations with North Korea as proposed by China recently. Where is Trump, the great “deal maker,” who wrote that art of the deal book? Wasn’t he supposed to be a big shit negotiator?

    Oh well, as more of his tax returns become public, published under the protection of the First Amendment, it will become more and more apparent how enmeshed Trump is in criminal networks and just how many times he made false declarations to the IRS. That is how they put Alphonse Capone in prison for 11 years.

    • beantownbill. March 15, 2017 at 10:01 am #

      “Trump openly rejected the idea of any negotiations with North Korea as proposed by China recently. Where is Trump, the great “deal maker,” who wrote that art of the deal book? Wasn’t he supposed to be a big shit negotiator?”

      You are forgetting that Trump didn’t write “Art of the Deal”; it was ghost-written.

      • janet March 15, 2017 at 10:29 am #

        Yes, you are right, as usual. Schwartz sent the manuscript to Trump and Trump returned it to him shortly afterward, so Trump is probably a speed reader. Even though you are correct that Trump didn’t technically write the book, he apparently read and approved it.

  83. janet March 15, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston suggested Tuesday night that Trump himself may have been the unknown source who sent two pages of his 2005 tax return to the journalist.

    “It came in the mail over the transom. There is absolutely nothing improper about journalists — if you haven’t solicited something — getting it over the transom. Let me point out, it’s entirely possible that Donald sent this to me. Donald Trump has, over the years, leaked all sorts of things.”

    Maybe Michael Moore was right that Trump does not want to do the work of being president. Trump leaking his own tax return is an act of self sabotage.

  84. Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    WPA propagates partisan discordance.
    That’s all it does.

    • janet March 15, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      Discordance? There isn’t even harmony among the Republicans.

      Breitbart News has noticeably blamed Ryan for any problems with the Republican bill to replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. The site has portrayed the bill as part of an effort by the speaker to mislead the president into supporting legislation that betrays conservative principles.

      There isn’t even harmony about Pi Day. A group of congressional Republicans — including our very own vice president, Mike Pence –tried to prevent Pi Day from being recognized as a holiday.

      • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 10:38 am #

        Why are you so defensive “Janet”?

        • janet March 15, 2017 at 10:46 am #

          It’s better than being offensive.

          • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 10:48 am #

            But not better than being tangled in your own web

          • janet March 15, 2017 at 10:53 am #

            A web can be a comfortable place. That all you got, Frankiti. Bring it.

          • janet March 15, 2017 at 10:55 am #

            You want to beat up on me, Frankiti?

            mixedmartialarts.com/forums/OtherGround/Woman-yells-Not-today-mother-fer-then:2640932

          • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 10:57 am #

            Being found offensive by a partisan mouth puppet with ever changing sobriquets is a better place.

          • janet March 15, 2017 at 11:00 am #

            Yawn

          • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 11:03 am #

            Nah, you do a fine enough job tripping over your own d****

          • janet March 15, 2017 at 11:38 am #

            And drawing you in. 🙂

  85. stelmosfire March 15, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    I don’t give a Flying F@@@ about Trump, Pizzagate, Dems with hems, BLM assholes, all I care about is my fruit trees which started to throw buds in the last few weeks and are now covered in 20″ of snow and freezing to death with temps in the teens. Even the maple sap is on hold again. It looks like no fruit this year, just like last year. The six week want is gonna be a bitch!

    • janet March 15, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      Damn Chinese and their cruel hoax.

    • beantownbill. March 15, 2017 at 10:34 am #

      I hear you brother. My condo complex’s landscaping and curbage are torn to shreds from snow plowing – for the 3rd year in a row.

    • thwack March 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

      White Snow Matters

      • Janos Skorenzy March 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

        You prefer red? There’ll be enough of that soon enough. You have yet to meet Zimmerman, CNote.

      • JimInFlorida March 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        Would you eat snow that wasn’t White? ANY other color is an adulteration.

        The Tribe loves to throw coal dust in the snow. To add diversity, dontcha know?

        Coal has its place and snow has its place. Mix the two and both become useless.

        • thwack March 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

          I eat snow when I spill my drink on it.

          Peanut butter has its place and chocolate has its place. Mix the two and both become better.

  86. beantownbill. March 15, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    Today the federal deficit limit agreement runs out. This means the Feds cannot borrow any more money until a new agreement is reached. This is a big deal because we always run at an operating deficit, and thus we now can only spend cash-on-hand.

    Yet today the MSM doesn’t even mention it. Fox, CNN and MSNBC’s headlines are about Trump’s 2005 leaked income tax returns. And you wonder why our society is so messed up?

    • janet March 15, 2017 at 10:44 am #

      “Yet today the MSM doesn’t even mention it.”

      Because master manipulator Trump redirected MSM attention to him by clandestinely releasing his tax returns to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston. This is how false flag operations work. The Black Swan is on its way. Hellfire drones have been sent to the border with North Korea.

      • messianicdruid March 15, 2017 at 11:00 am #

        But Janet, don’t you suppose some of your accomplices in the media are at least as smart as yourself and saw through Trump’s supposed perfidy. Going along to get along? Obviously, no.

    • BackRowHeckler March 16, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      Good point, Bill.

      Another non event.

      Seriously, I’m beginning to have my doubts about these dire predictions of economic and societal collapse.

      None of them seem to be substantiated by what’s actually happening in the real world.

      brh

  87. janet March 15, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    Here is what is happening Wednesday: Trump is being challenged again in court. His scaled-back executive order is simply the same “Muslim ban” that Trump promised on the campaign trail — just repackaged to pass constitutional scrutiny.

    “The only way not to have an unconstitutional policy in this area is not to have a Muslim ban, it’s as simple as that,” Cecillia Wang, the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, told reporters Tuesday.

  88. messianicdruid March 15, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    “Trump’s tax returns show a pattern of illegal behavior… for which each offense carries a five-year prison sentence.”

    As usual you are straining out gnats and swallowing camels. Please get some perspective! We have ” principalities and powers in high places” using children as sex slaves ( and God knows what else ) and you hyperventilating about someone’s ( probably legal ) tax returns. This stuff requires a death sentence. Get a grip.

    • janet March 15, 2017 at 11:46 am #

      John 8:7

      • messianicdruid March 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

        That is no refuge.

        Hosea 4:1-5

        • janet March 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

          Seek proper refuge. Hebrews 13:8

          • Elrond Hubbard March 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

            Please, give us refuge from biblical values…

            1 Samuel 18:25-27

            At least Thingol only asked for a Silmaril.

          • messianicdruid March 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

            Elrond I guess you did not notice that this was Saul’s demand. Also, it’s purpose was to get David killed. Something being recorded in the Bible does.not make it a biblical value.

  89. volodya March 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    Applause from me also for Mike Patrick’s Russia assessment. As he sez don’t try to change it. Can you trust Russia? yeah, you can trust Russia to be Russia.

    When you look at what they’ve been through over the long centuries, with the coming and going of multitudes of tribes and peoples, it’s amazing that a coherent polity managed to take shape.

    In any case, the Russians are half a world away and if they seriously misbehave, it’s gonna affect people in their neck of the woods. The folks nearby there, Poles, Germans, etc etc are all grown-ups, they all have hefty populations, they can take care of things without Uncle Sam sticking his long nose into it.

  90. volodya March 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks Kesa Anna for the very nice compliment. For what it’s worth, I read your comments also for the originality in expression and content. Commenters like you are few and far between. Your writing reminds me of another poster on this site a while back who also had a unique way. As I said, few and far between.

  91. volodya March 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    I’ll bet that the IRS audited Trump’s tax returns multiple times given his high profile nature and the size of his business operations. It’s not everybody that builds a tower in NYC.

    Now, Trump may be a big fish compared to us in this comments section but he’s not THAT big a fish and I doubt he’s considered untouchable by taxation regimes ie the way that Bernie Madoff was untouchable by Wall Street regulators (until his scams imploded).

    I’m not saying that Trump has totally clean hands because I don’t know one way or the other. But the IRS is not what you’d call a humanitarian organization so I think that given its reputation, the likelihood is that the IRS would have taken Trump to the cleaners had it found crap in his returns.

  92. capt spaulding March 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    The other night I watched George W Bush being interviewed about his paintings. He seems to be fixated on painting pictures of Iraq veterans. You know, the people he sent over there to die and get blown up? Of course his personal history shows no sign of him being in harms way during his military service. He was in the reserves, dontcha know. Just getting his ticket punched for the “served in the armed forces” accreditation. Just like his photo ops when he chopped brush on his ranch. As soon as the cameras turned off, I’m sure he dropped his tools and walked off. The point of this is to show how stupid people are who believe in this shit. Most of what you see is a dog and pony show, but somehow it seems to work as far as convincing people that he, Trump, is the new savior. I don’t think that anybody has ever accused him as being too “classy”. He is the antitheses of that. However the Hoi Polloi believe in him ferverently. As far as I’m concerned, they deserve everything they will get, as a result of their ignorant votes. It just goes to show you that stupid people can be played like a one string fiddle. “Democracy contains the seeds of it’s own destruction.” Truer words were never spoke.

    • Frankiti March 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

      And the, I suppose, smart voters, the ones that went from Bernie to Hillary, they got played like a recorder (hot air, full of holes, whining sound). Anyone that believes this is a democracy, and/or in democracies are the truly stupid.

  93. Dumbedup March 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    I posed this question to a group of acquaintances (I hesitate to say friends) on the current events section of a sports board of which I am a member. (mainly college sports)

    “What do you think the world will look like in 10 years.”

    About 50% of the people who responded said that Donald Trump and the Republican Party was going to engineer the greatest economic revival the world had ever seen. They pointed to employment numbers and the stock market as early evidence.

    In reply I asked, “what about the debt and the deficit?” They all blindly said either that “deficits and debt don’t matter”, or they said, “We will slash government spending and balance the budget under Trump and then pay off the debt by the end of the decade.

    That is the level of intelligent discourse that the average American can muster. “Its all going to be sunshine and roses” and all evidence or warnings to the contrary are minimized or disregarded.

    If it doesn’t happen they will blame Obama and the Democrats.

    • elysianfield March 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

      D’ Up,
      Yes, I agree, and the dumber one is, the potential for happiness increases. I think the happiest of them all are those charges in mental institutions, grinning and drooling while crapping their diapers…sublime happiness, until, of course the orderlies start burning them with cigarettes…but those travails soon are forgotten, then happy again!

      Anybody heard from Cold?

  94. janet March 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    TRUMP’S OWN GUY SAYS TRUMP IS LYING

    WASHINGTON ? House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) conceded on Wednesday that he had found no evidence to substantiate President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.

    Nunes, a fierce White House ally, told reporters that absent such evidence, he could conclude only that no wiretap had ever been put in place.

    And there is absolutely no doubt that Obama is a citizen born in the United States contrary to the lies of birther Trump.

  95. FincaInTheMountains March 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

    The End of Globalization began in Israel on November 4, 1995

    “I am convinced that if Yitzhak Rabin was alive, we would have reached a full agreement with the Palestinians by 1998, and the whole world would have looked quite different now.”

    With these words US President Bill Clinton stunned audience at the presentation of the book of former Israeli Ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich on Yitzhak Rabin.

    Clinton’s speech last Thursday, March 9th, at the Brookings Institute in Washington was a revelation for many. He directly linked the death of Rabin and the Oslo process with what he called the “politics of self-determination and nationalism”, alluding to Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Binyamin Netanyahu.

    This is not just words, but a sincere and intellectually honest recognition by one of the world’s most influential leaders in recent decades. Nobody so brightly personified the liberal dream of globalization, like Bill Clinton. After the drowsy George W. Bush, the Clinton youthful half-smile became the embodiment of the desire for a new spring for millions of people.

    The results of Clinton’s policy are not in any way associated with the smell of spring flowers, but for many they have become much closer to the sense of a cemetery stench. After more than fifteen years from the day of his departure from the White House, one can reflect on his political ideas, knowing already their fruits.

    1993-2001 is the most pernicious period in modern Russian history, when the attempt of building a new society becomes more and more evidently doomed. The spring smile of Clinton represents the hopelessness of senseless wars in the post-Soviet space and the triumph of looting over the intellect.

    The terrible pictures of the massacres in Yugoslavia are also the smile of Bill, as well as the bombing by NATO of this unfortunate country.

    And what will the white inhabitants of South Africa say who trusted Bill and the liberal dream, voted for the abolition of apartheid and handed over power to blacks? This dream cost them already in seventy thousand killed, and the number of raped white women there is so frightening that it is not customary to talk about it.

    The same smile brought Rabin and Arafat together. Hope for peace under a new liberal order. The well-known Israeli journalist Gidon Samet wrote then with delight that Israel will not only be able to get rid of the territories, traditionalism and Zionism, but the peace process is the McDonald restaurants and the opportunity to become “normal” people.

    Remember the smile of Bill Clinton, when in September 1993 on the lawn of the White House the peace agreement between Israel and the PLO was signed? This is usually called the “Oslo process”, since the negotiations started in Oslo, and the handshake in Washington was just a cherry on the cake.

    You, of course, remember what happened immediately after the manifestation of reconciliation. An unprecedented wave of murder began. Such an Israel has not yet seen since its inception. The blood was streaming down the asphalt. Hundreds of Israelis were brutally murdered by those whom they imagined waving olive branches.

    Yitzhak Rabin himself then fell into a liberal trap. He saw that forty thousand rifles handed over to Arafat and his autonomy were truly a devilish irony, a means of killing the Israelis. That is, they wanted peace, but they got an unprecedented wave of terror. On the other hand, how can you move backwards? Americans pushed mercilessly and threaten that it would be worse if Israel does not continue to surrender.

    Today we know that Israel was threatened by the fate of South Africa and Serbia. Everything turned back on November 4, 1995. This day Clinton called the darkest day of his reign. Twenty-five-year-old student Yigal Amir stopped Rabin, Clinton and the entire “Oslo process”, firing three bullets at the Israeli prime minister.

    To be fair, it should be added that most of the Israelis, including the right and conservatives, refer to the attempted assassination of the prime minister with condemnation. But it was by the will of Providence that it became the symbol of the end of the Parade of Death called “The Oslo process”. This is what follows from the words of former US President Bill Clinton.

    It is possible to stretch out the cause-and-effect links between Israel’s rejection of globalization and those processes that occurred in Russia during the transition from Yeltsin to Putin, in Europe – from Tony Blair to Brexit and in the USA – from Clinton and Obama to Trump. You can talk about the metaphysical sense of the history of the world that depends on the spiritual climate in the Holy Land. And you can say: Bill Clinton knows better. He clearly said that it saved not only Israel, but the whole world, from globalization.

  96. FincaInTheMountains March 15, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

    The blood was streaming down the asphalt.

    The American activist judges are dreaming about Intifada and blood streaming down the asphalt of US cities.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 6:43 am #

      Swedish minister is forced to apologise for falsely claiming the number of sex attacks in the country is decreasing after Nigel Farage called Malmo ‘the rape capital of Europe’

      dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4285628/Swedish-minister-makes-u-turn-sex-attack-statistics.html

      • JimInFlorida March 16, 2017 at 8:31 am #

        Somebody better let janet know. She faithfully regurgitated that bit of quisling propaganda not long ago.

        She’ll then flip that news to say that Sweden is becoming a beautiful field of multicolored flowers.

        A fancy way of saying the field is becoming a fallow wasteland of weeds.

  97. Q. Shtik March 16, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    Thus after every ejaculation, Balzac would say “There goes another novel.” – Janos

    ==========

    and after every ejaculation Q would say “There goes another Excel Spreadsheet.”

  98. FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 4:32 am #

    the Russians are half a world away and they seriously misbehave — volodya

    In no time for the signatures under the refutation of the presence of Russian SpetsNaz in Egypt and their transfer to Libya to dry up, as General Khalifa Haftar reported on an unprecedented and grandiose victory – the seizure of the oil terminals of Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra, which his army has heroically taken from Islamic militants “Defense Brigades of Benghazi”.

    What is interesting – before the refutation Haftar repeatedly tried to seize the terminals and all the time things went no too well. Even successful attempts were quickly followed by a new seizure.

    This time he managed not only expelling the militants from the territory, but also to drive them away as much as 100km.

    Apparently, they saw something so eerie that they ran in front of their Toyotas with mounted machine guns.

  99. FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 5:34 am #

    Who Spied on Trump?

    Apparently, to have “plausible deniability” of illegal warrantless spying against Trump election campaign, the White House (under control of H. Clinton) went through British NHCQ obtaining the transcripts from NSA and, before disseminating the information to the White House, passing it through another foreign entity – most likely MOSSAD.

    And the source of information to president Trump regarding the whole affair, was most likely Bibi Netanyahu himself – that would explain reluctance of Trump administration to reveal his sources of information.

    youtube.com/watch?v=SPieGVkeRkU

  100. FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 6:08 am #

    The Russian Orthodox Church revives the spirit of St. Patrick

    From the pitch of the former mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, who blessed the march in the Russian capital each March in honor of St. Patrick, the Irish shamrock and other symbols became a bright adornment of Moscow.

    The fact is that before the year 800 the Orthodox Church consisted of two parts – Western and Eastern, – but it was the one in Christ Orthodox Church.

    Each part had its own peculiarities, but these features were jewels in the common treasury of national cultures of Orthodox Christian Nations. And the main baptizer of the West was St. Patrick, and the Pope was part of the Eastern Church. Moreover, since it was the Irish monks who baptized the closest relatives of Vladimir the Red Sun – the Normans of Western Europe – there is no doubt that they contributed to the baptism of Russia on a par with Orthodox Byzantium.

  101. BackRowHeckler March 16, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Well, the MSM got Trump’s tax returns.

    The question is,did they ever get Obama’s academic records?

    Or were their heads stuck too far up his ass to seek it out.

    On CBS this morning, some glowing, butt kissing report on a new documentary ‘the words of Barak Obama’. We’ll be hearing this kind of BS the rest of our lives.

    brh

  102. Q. Shtik March 16, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    I am majorly bummed out to see that Geert Wilders came up short in the Dutch elections.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      We have to understand that Europe in general is leaning pro-Nazi, pro-Fourth Reich under Angela Merkel (except, of course, for Great Britain). All pro-liberal, pro-immigrant talk is a complete hypocrisy and propaganda of the ruling elites, they see ME migrants as tools of governing the masses in the new conditions of diminished returns and impossibility of maintaining high level of living standards for their native population (unless they find somebody to loot again).

      Before Trump’s victory, there was a real danger of a new Axis of Evil alliance – US under Clinton, Germany under Angela Merkel and Saudi Arabia.

      Now we are fluctuating between WWII configuration – alliance of Russia, Great Britain, and Trump’s America and a complete chaos.

      Before final configuration could take definite shape, a lot of hard-hand negotiations will have to happen.

      • JimInFlorida March 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

        WHOA! Hold on just a G-D minute.

        Back off on abusing and misusing the word, “Nazi,” and “nth Reich.”

        There is NOTHING German, or National, or Socialist, about that Zionist quisling, Angela Merkel, or her “government” of race traitors. The Third Reich was the LAST REICH of the German people. There IS NO FOURTH REICH. There has only been post-war occupation and ZOG’s.

        NO German king, emperor, or Fuhrer would have EVER done what Merkel and her recent predecessors have done.

        What we have is the JWO in full Kalergi Plan mode. The E.U. is an alien and hostile entity that fulfills longstanding conspiracy evidence to a “T.”

    • BackRowHeckler March 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

      I’ve been reading about the Battle of Lepano.

      Holland, Germany, maybe France, they’ll be going under.

      Let the f-kkers go!

      brh

  103. Q. Shtik March 16, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    …the equivalents of the depraved Roman emperors Caligula, Nero, Tiberius and Commodus. – Elrond H.

    ==============

    Have you noticed that a sequel to the 1996 movie “Trainspotting” is going to launch tomorrow under the title “T2: Trainspotting.” The same major characters, now 21 years older, will play in the new film.

    Re Commodus: There was a memorable scene in the original flick where Renton enters what is labeled “the worst bathroom in Scotland.” It’s a classic.

    • pequiste March 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

      Yes – outstanding film Q. Loved the toilet scene.

      Also the baby crawling on the ceiling during the cold turkey period.

      Then during the relapse: the classic floor opening up to swallow the overdosed body of Ewen McGregor’s character.

      All to the plaintive sounds of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”

      Brilliant.

  104. janet March 16, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Rachel Maddow released the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 tax return, the year he married Melania. Melania was not a citizen that year.

    Trump took a $100 Million LOSS, and still paid 24% in taxes, after saying he is a genius and a “smart” businessman. Not smart enough to avoid paying taxes. Anyway smart businessmen make a profit and do not lose $100 Million. As they say on CFN, we are so fucked.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      It feels nice to have at least one branch of Government playing on We The People side, doesn’t it?

    • Q. Shtik March 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      Trump took a $100 Million LOSS, and still paid 24% in taxes, after saying he is a genius and a “smart” businessman. – janet

      ============

      I presume if Trump had managed to pay zero in taxes on his reported $153 million of income you would be saying, “gee, Trump must be smarter than I thought.”

  105. volodya March 16, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    The moral issue is obvious. 500+ billionaires in the country with a net worth of 2.4 trillion. 10 million+ millionaires. – Tusconspur

    It’s a moral issue but not only a moral issue. This is a practical issue. Can a global economy configured as it is, designed to sap wealth and income from ordinary Americans to enrich a handful of Oligarchs, actually work? The answer is no. A sequence of financial crises and the Trump presidency and the rise of protest parties is testament to that.

    It’s not just the American side of the pond. On BBC news last night was a story of Slovak truck drivers carting IKEA goods all over western Europe forced to live out their trucks because they get paid Slovak wages which are peanuts. And THAT is the idea of the EU as it is with other globalist schemes. If you can’t offshore work to slave wage regimes, you on-shore slave-wage workers – like those Slovak truckers. This is just one example of the overall scheme that’s engulfed Europe, derailing its various national economies and causing so much discontent.

    The fact that so-called “populism” is bubbling away in Europe shouldn’t be a surprise. The fact that populism is condemned shouldn’t be a surprise either. This is about the division of income and wealth. The Oligarchs are about nothing except their own enrichment and every other consideration be damned. And so the Oligarchs do their uttermost to discredit those people lower on the income scale, who protest their diminishment. The Oligarchs use their connections and influence in politics, the media, the academic world to portray the unhappy lower-downs as immoral, racist and xenophobic, when in fact it’s all about basic economic interests.

    And you see that in America. People that ought to know better, like Chris Hedges, natter on and on about incipient fascism. Others go on and on about ignorance and lack of education and fear of cultural change, all in an effort to make people bemoaning their ECONOMIC situation look low and small. Pity that is because people don’t like being called names and insulted, never mind having their livelihoods ruined, and should it continue, it won’t end well.

    • AKlein March 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      Yes indeed, Volodya. The dynamic you describe – “Others go on and on about ignorance and lack of education and fear of cultural change, all in an effort to make people bemoaning their ECONOMIC situation look low and small.” is quite accurate. In many ways, it parallels the time-tested British scheme of “Divide and Rule”. Get each groups so busy accusing and hammering each other, they ignore that their pockets are being picked by the ruling class.

  106. volodya March 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    Q,

    Wilders came up short but the party gained five seats. The alt-left gained ten, the mainstream left Labor party got hammered losing 29 seats.

    Rutte needs 76 seats to govern. He’s nowhere close and so needs a coalition.

    Also, Rutte moved “right” in his campaign rhetoric. While he may not govern the way he talked, his verbiage moved the needle in Wilders’ direction.

    • janet March 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

      European stock markets reach highest levels of the past year after Wilders loss. Racism is a dead end, brother.

      • JimInFlorida March 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

        White racial suicide is the grave.

        Racism is the correct response to miscegenation. Anti-racism is code for anti-White self preservation. Now THAT is a dead end!

    • Q. Shtik March 16, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Yes, there is definitely a bright side if one goes over the numbers carefully.

  107. janet March 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    The new president’s approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel looks a lot like the old president’s — because the same people are implementing it. Trump’s inefficiency and ineptitude have created chaos. He has not been able to appoint new people in key defense slots, so Obama’s foreign policy continues.

    Kind of ironic, since Trump trashed Obama in 2012, yet continues with Obama’s foreign policy.

    Here is what Trump tweeted:
    Obama is a disaster at foreign policy. Never had the experience or knowledge. He is not capable of doing the job.
    12:42 PM – 12 Sep 2012

    I guess it’s easier to criticize from the sidelines. It’s harder to put on your big boy pants and govern the nation. C’est la vie.

  108. janet March 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    0 … Trump
    12 … Federal Courts

    Trump has a new restraining order, nationwide, on his second FAILED attempt at a Muslim ban. When will he learn something about the Constitution? With every day that passes Trump’s rhetoric about how “urgent” banning Muslims is for “national security” is shown to be poppycock. He is a racist xenophobe and the courts have his number.

    0 … Trump
    12 … Federal Courts

  109. volodya March 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    AKlein, it’s amazing how well the divide-and-rule method works. In America just whisper the words “abortion” or “evolution” or “climate change” and it’s to the culture-wars barricades. And while that’s going on, all the rest goes unchallenged, They mis-name the process “globalization” to conceal the real agenda, offshoring of US industry to low-cost locales.

    I think that the bitterness of the Civil War also comes in handy. That Mason-Dixon Line is a serviceable international boundary within the United States for the greater purpose of focusing tribal loyalty. And, like head-dresses or war-paint or national costumes, the two main American tribes north and south of the line take positions that define the tribe. Are you pro-life or pro-choice, etc, you get my drift. Like the head-dress, your attitude defines tribal affiliation.

    Then these tribal divisions are cynically exploited, in this case, for the economic gain of the few and the economic and political marginalization of the many.

    And then they call the aggrieved people “racists” for daring to object. But calling people names doesn’t act to quell the source of the grief ie it doesn’t re-build ruined communities or pay the rent or the mortgage. And so what we see now is what the highly enlightened call “blow-back”.

    • capt spaulding March 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      It’s all about keeping the people busy burning witches.

  110. volodya March 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Q, Have you seen Trump’s tax forms? If so, please explain to us how Trump can take a hundred million dollar loss at the same time as having 153 million in income and tax of 38 million. Is the 153 million net of the 105 million in losses? Are these “losses” just garden variety business expenses that are tax deductible in any case? Or do they come from losses on asset sales or impairments?

    I ask because the partisan mis-reporting in the press especially w.r.t. tax and financial issues is astounding. So I’d like to hear it from an accountant. Please and thank you.

    • janet March 16, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

      The vast majority of President Trump’s income taxes — a $31 million — came in the form of an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), a tax that prevents the U.S.’s top earners from paying minimal or no taxes by curbing the kinds of deductions and write-offs they can claim.

      Without the AMT, President Trump would have only paid roughly $5.5 million, meaning he’d have forked over a mere 4 percent of his income to the government.

      Trump wants to eliminate AMT in his “tax reform” package. Surprise, surprise: Using government for personal gain.

    • Q. Shtik March 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

      Vol,

      I have not seen the 2 pieces of paper constituting what is known of Trump’s 2005 tax return and so I have the very same questions that you just raised. And, btw, I am no expert in taxes, especially nothing as complicated as Trump’s situation is. Further, I have seen it mentioned that these two sheets of paper may NOT be actual copies of Trump’s submitted tax returns.

  111. pequiste March 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    “I am majorly bummed out to see that Geert Wilders came up short in the Dutch elections.” Q. Shtick

    I am sick to my stomach and grieve for the Dutch people. Time is so short.

    Consider that the Netherlands, first in the world for individual euthanasia, will be the first Western European country to commit national euthanasia by now re-electing E.U. marionette , MArk Rutte, and not cauterizing the wound of unfettered Third World immigration.

    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2566446/

    Unless there is a real no-shit-for-sure revolution there (and the Dutch are much too lazy and soft for any of that kind of blood-letting), the Netherlands will be a netherworld by 2040.

    Say goodbye dutch dhimmis to viewing the Rijksmuseum, that awful genever rotgut or the precious Heineken fluid. Oh yeah, and Anne Frank will be HARAM. Idiots.

    • janet March 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

      The Netherlands will lead the way, showing how Muslim, Jew, and Christian can live together in harmony. Already they have started in the government, electing Moroccan-Dutch Khadija Arib of the Labour Party (PvdA) as the new chairwoman of the House of Representatives. A new day is coming to the Netherlands. We will all be able to sing kumbayah together as prejudices are abandoned and everyone realizes they have the same goals: a safe society to educate our children, care for the elderly (or allow them the dignity of euthanasia), and realize our human potential.

      For a period of almost four centuries, when Medieval Spain was ruled by the Moors, the believers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam lived together in peace and harmony. La Convivencia refers to this coexistence. The Netherlands is about to usher in a new Convivencia. I am so proud of the Netherlands for rejecting Wilders.

      • JimInFlorida March 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

        The underlying current of your kumbaya screeds is White Surrender and capitulation. All the brown and Muslim groups are encouraged to fully express themselves and Whites are forbidden to do the same. I guess that’s what you call, “harmony,” and “leading the way.”

        The very nature of quality White civilization requires isolation from the lesser societies and the ability to discriminate against that which is harmful. The Tribe has done a magnificent job in brainwashing the Goyim to commit suicide and call it, “enlightenment,” and “diversity.”

        I have a serious question for you, janet. Tell me how a solid Lily White body-politic is bad and how are we suffering if such were to be constituted today. Find a picture of a clean White neighborhood from 50 years ago and tell me how they are suffering from lack of diversity.

        • thwack March 17, 2017 at 10:05 am #

          All the brown and Muslim groups are encouraged to fully express themselves and Whites are forbidden to do the same.

          *******************

          What?

          Who is stopping you from suiting up and playing some hockey?

          Eatin a mayonaise sandwich, salting your lawn with pounds of toxic chemicals, employing mexicans…?

          Stop whining like a bitch; its bad for the movement.

          Im rocking some leiderhosen as we speak; its got a special pocket for my glass pipe,

          how white is that?

  112. janet March 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    President Donald Trump says he’s aware the current version of the GOP’s health care bill could hurt the very people who helped put him in the White House.

    The president acknowledged the findings of a recent Bloomberg report, which said working- and middle-class counties that voted for him in November would fare far worse under the new bill than affluent counties that supported Hillary Clinton.

    “Yeah,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Wednesday. “Oh, I know that.”

    ==============

    Janet

    American by birth. Marine by choice. Semper Fi!

    • JimInFlorida March 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

      B.S. You’re about as Marine as Andrea Dworkin.

      If the U.S. Marines accepted you, it was either pure Affirmative Action or, the Marines have been ideologically polluted beyond any remedy.

      God help what’s left of this dump if YOU reflect the U.S. Marine mindset.

  113. FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    In my childhood I used to hunt snakes of unknown breed, pressing their head to the ground with a fork on a long handle. In the movie I saw how the real serpent-hunters do it. And one day I caught a rather large viper. Do not do this and never believe the films about the serpent-hunters. I kept it for a long time, 5 minutes probably, which seemed to me like an hour, and then I gave up everything and very, very quickly ran away. Before that, I was looking for a route of retreat, simultaneously keeping my eyes on my captive.

    This Sunday, the leading Clintonoids on all TV channels publicly refused to set up a special commission of the Congress and appointed a special prosecutor to investigate President Trump’s relations with Russia, and also had to admit that they did not have any evidence of Trump’s guilt, and therefore the grounds for these investigations.

    In exchange there was a through-the-teeth admission of the chairman of the Congressional Commission for Intelligence, who acknowledged the absence of any evidence of Barack Obama’s order to overhear Trump on the eve of the election.

    President Trump says news reports were origin of unsubstantiated wiretap claim:

    https://gma.yahoo.com/president-trump-says-news-reports-were-origin-unsubstantiated-024652508–abc-news-topstories.html

  114. janet March 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    NEW EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN TIES TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION : payment vouchers, international financial transaction logs, and detailed email exchanges

    U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released new documents confirming that Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn received funds from the Kremlin-backed companies.

    The statement by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Cummings sent a letter to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, and FBI Director James Comey requesting information about whether Lt. General Michael Flynn fully disclosed–as part of the security clearance and vetting process for his return to government–his communications with and payments from Russian agents, Turkish agents, or any other foreign agents, as well as his payments from foreign sources.

    As part of his letter, Cummings released new documents obtained by the Oversight Committee-including payment vouchers, international financial transaction logs, and detailed email exchanges with Russian media officials-showing that the Kremlin-backed media outlet known as RT paid more than $45,000 for Flynn’s participation at a gala in Moscow in December 2015, during which he dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in apparent violation of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

      Flynn is fired, gone, bye bye! Unless you have evidence to set up a special commission of the Congress and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate President Trump’s relations with Russia, shut the bleep up!

      • janet March 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

        Senior Republicans and Democrats in Washington D.C. are joining forces to demand the truth from the White House — this does not look good for the Trump administration!

        Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), whose committee is one of several where investigations are fully underway, accused Justice Department officials Wednesday of lying when they promised to share information about ongoing department probes with lawmakers conducting oversight.

        On more than one occasion, Trump staff members or appointees have told lawmakers directly that they did not have contact with Russian operatives and it has turned out to be false.

        Trump’s tower of lies is crashing down all around him — it is only a matter of time before the whole political system gets fed up and demands that Trump be thrown out of office.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

      I wouldn’t wanna hunt this snake!

    • JimInFlorida March 16, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

      I would MUCH PREFER Russian ties to the Trump Administration than Israeli ties… and all the blackmail and strings that come with them.

  115. johngalt March 16, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    Say Hello to Hollywood.
    hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-stars-hit-by-a-wave-burglaries-is-organized-crime-986009

    In the old republic, members enjoy welcoming unlawful immigrants in the providing of a sanctuary city; however, the cultural enrichment is not quite meeting expectations.

    In the New Republic, members enjoy resuming the restoration of the Constitutional republic from JFK’s point of interruption, can see for miles and miles, and enjoy Liberty in building out properties and the local means of production, with the capability to sow, nurture, grow, harvest, store, cook, engineer, design, program, automate, construct, process, raise, teach, counsel, hunt, defend, provide, debate, organize, compose, worship, dance, laugh, love, celebrate, and sustain.

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

  116. ozone March 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    V.,
    Here’s another-country-heard-from of what the oligarch & deep state consortium is up to. According to him, Trumptopia is the plan that results in more Big Lie distraction. (I dunno, he might have something there.)

    “Trump is no accident or political escapee who blew up in the face of the MSM, nor the deep state for that matter. But that is precisely the propaganda meme being vigorously promoted via every glowing screen from sea to shining sea. Even the political right has taken the bait, endlessly repeating Trump the ‘rebel’ mind meme.

    So why would ‘they’ do this? What greater purpose, at least for them, is served erecting such a flawed and divisive candidate, then electing him to the highest office in the land?

    In a word……control, as in continuing and near total.” -HH

    *************And then:

    “A swirling feedback loop of additional financial excesses creating more social inequities could rapidly ignite in the Deep State’s lap if this explosive energy is not redirected towards division of the masses before they firmly unite. The 10,000 year old domination of the plebs playbook is clear; either control the opposition or fall to the opposition.

    For the central entities of the Deep State, the impulse to escalate springs from the obsessive desire to survive their own decadent excesses. Power craves more power, and will not meekly tolerate less. The only purpose of power is to effectively use it to gain more power while maintaining the power already possessed.” -HH

    Just thought you might find this slant interesting, if not provocative; here’s the link:

    zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-16/loose-cannon

    Be well and dispense your trust carefully.

  117. KesaAnna March 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm #