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Rudderless

     The Penn State football sex scandal, and the depraved response of the university community at all levels, tells whatever you need to know about the spiritual condition of this floundering, rudderless, republic and its ignoble culture.
     For nine years, head coach Joe Paterno covered up a grad student’s report of having witnessed former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky anally raping a ten-year-old boy in the athletic department’s shower room. The grad student, Mike McQueary, didn’t bother to call the police. He was later hired as Paterno’s defensive coordinator. Two other Penn State administrators were informed about the rape and let the incident slide, after which Sandusky went on to a lively career in serial child homosexual rape. For many years after the witnessed incident, he was permitted regular access to Penn State’s gyms, fields, and locker rooms, while cherry-picking victims from his own foundation, Second Mile, for needy children.
     The intersection of America’s fake warrior culture of football with the nation’s fake moral and ethical culture is instructive. It has many levels, like a convoluted freeway intersection of on-ramps, off-ramps, and merge-ramps. 
     First is the pretense that college football is a character-building endeavor. Rather it’s an odious money-grubbing racket that chews up and spits out quasi-professional players who, with rare exceptions, only pretend to be students. It corrupts everyone connected with it. College football is little more than a giant conduit for vacuuming money out of alumni, hawking brand merchandise, and generating TV revenues. At Penn State, the racket sucked in about $70 million a year net profit. All over America, the old land-grant diploma mills pay their coaches million-dollar salaries, while academic adjunct professors can’t even get health insurance. At SUNY-Albany, the flagship campus of New York’s system, they got rid of the department of foreign languages, but the football team plays on. Meanwhile ordinary students rack up tens of thousands of dollars in unpayable college debt via a related racket in which free-flowing government-backed Sallie Mae loan money prompts colleges to boost tuition rates way beyond inflation rates.
     Then there is the merge-ramp between religion and football. Was I the only person revolted by video of the phony “prayer” session held in the Penn State stadium just before Saturday’s “big game” with the University of Nebraska? Players from both teams led by Jesus-shouting cheerleaders affected to “pray” for Jerry Sandusky’s rape victims, an exercise that was joined and legitimized by the crowd with all the passion of a Nuremberg rally. When that easy little ritual was out of the way they could settle back and enjoy the game’s ersatz heroics with a clear conscience, and the tailgate barbeques that followed. A genuine sense of collective shame would have produced a different course of events – for instance cancelling the game, maybe the rest of the season, or perhaps even the entire football program in plain recognition of how foul and corrupt it is. That decision would have been up to the university’s board of trustees and tells you all you need to know about corporate leadership in America today. 
     Perhaps even more disgusting than the pre-game prayer show was the rash of demonstrations the night the story broke. These weren’t about shame and repentance, just violent displays of sanctimonious “moral” support for an entire system in disgrace. Do you suppose these people could not have endured a night or two of uncomfortable silent reflection. And why didn’t the new president, or any other campus executive, make a pubic statement that all the prideful carrying-on was indecent?  I wonder how many of the same students will be ground down to dust by the weight of their unpayable college loans.
     Equally disgusting was the cable news media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Penn State story, as if there weren’t other important events going on in the world – for instance the resignation of two European prime ministers due to a political crisis that could sink the global economic system. CNN turned the Penn State story into an instant reality-TV show, with play-by-play action and spin-o-rama scenario-flogging aimed mainly, it seemed, at how Coach Joe Paterno might manage to wiggle out of culpability in the civil lawsuits that are sure to dog him now until the end of his days.
     What the public doesn’t know is how soon the sun will be setting on these giant universities in their entirety – football, classrooms, alumni golden circles, and all – as we enter the age of intense energy and capital scarcities. Remember: institutions, just like living organisms, often reach their greatest scale just before they go extinct. Resource constraints would be enough to get the job done, but it’s interesting to see how our programming failures and internal moral contradictions have reached the last limits of flamboyant grotesquerie in the same exact moment.
     This is a nation with psychological boundary problems in every realm – the family, the school, the government, the corporation, the diocese, the police station, you name it. Meanwhile the so-called fine arts branch of our culture valorizes “transgressive” behavior – as if there were any behavioral boundaries left to cross. Maybe Jerry Sandusky should be sentenced to a one-man show at the Whitney Museum. Then just wait a week or so: we’ll get Jeffrey Dahmer, the Musical on Broadway.
     Every new day that dawns lately gives further proof that we are a wicked people who deserve to be punished.
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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. Paulus November 14, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Hey!

  2. kulturcritic* November 14, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    James,
    The fear mill is being ginned-up, as it was with W just before the Iraq invasion. The US hegemony is looking to extend its greedy, avaricious grasp. The OWSers, meanwhile, want more public housing and less money in the evil, rapacious hands of Goldman Sachs. Is this a flaw in human nature, or is the system a source of such evils? Best, kulturCritic
    http://kulturcritic.wordpress.com/posts/avarice-belligerence-greed-a-reflection-on-human-nature/

  3. kulturcritic* November 14, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Where, James, is the sense of proportionality in all of this from Penn State. Corruption and wickedness abound in the system, where institutional accountability (virtual), trumps individual conscience. kulturCritic

  4. bailey November 14, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    the rate at which we see our institutions expose their scars is alarming. it certainly shows how dearly we care to preserve image, our reputations, our situational morality, which has always been situational after all…
    and yet we americans, with our wonderful qualities, and yes, we have many, we’re so docile now…perhaps there is something to be said for the fluoride in the water….

  5. Cabra1080 November 14, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I’ve noticed for some time that the emphasis in this country is more on sports than on education, i.e. science, math, language arts, etc. This is even true at the high school level where there is almost always adequate funding for football, basketball, etc while academics suffers from funding cuts. It’s all a matter of priorities. In China and India, academics is the priority, in USA, it is football. It won’t take much imagination to see who will be the economic leaders in the future.

  6. The Mook November 14, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    sixth.

  7. wardoc November 14, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Not to detract in any way from the total sleeze at Penn State, but I’ll bet that every football enterprise at every school from regional state schools on up has equally degnerate skeletons in their closets.
    Some real life examples: I was an Asst. Prof (prior to getting out of teaching/academia and going to med school)at a branch of a major state university in the Southeast. It was a running joke among the profs that if looked like you were going to give a football jock a D or F (both would foul his “scholarship”) in one of the big 300 person psych 101 classes (they seemed to only take 101 classes in all subjects), the asst coaches would send in test taker for the final. We caught this happening on numerous occasions, reported it and and were told to shut the hell up by the dean. The jocks involved were never punished to our knowledge.
    On many occasions that I personally know about, the dean or his assistant would actually effect an over-ride grade change after some sort of “paper” was written in lieu of the jock passing an exam (the paper, I’m sure, was written by one of the teams of cute girls that the football team hired as “tutors”).
    On a non academic level, the local chevvy dealers competed to “loan” brand new sports cars to the football players. There was evidence that these cars were kept by the players even after they left, in flagrant violation of the supposed SECA “rules.”
    Two of the assistant coaches were caught bringing underage high school girls to the jock dorm for sex parties. It all got hushed up and no one was punished. No one!!! (the cops probably got free tickets to the games for a season or two and thought they were special)
    In talking with many other faculty members from schools in all regions and all levels of academic status, it is clear to me that the above goes on everywhere college football is played. Many faculty members, out of cognitive dissonance, attempt to minimize this sort of thing by referencing the need for sports to fund academics, or by writing it all off as young dumb jocks just “sowing their wild oaks.” What is really is, is is a reflected of a completely debased and degenerate culture and a completed debased and degenerate people with no hope whatsoever of redemption. As a culture, we deserve what’s coming.
    Ra Ra, go team!!!!!

  8. Leibowitz Society November 14, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Sports has long been the “circuses” for the modern American/Roman. The world is burning down around people and all they care about is college sports? Rioting over a game? Mr. Kunstler is correct in his assessment, as always…
    Visit the Leibowitz Socety at http://leibowitzsociety.blogspot.com/2011/11/guns-of-august.html for more commentary on our collapsing society and culture, as well as discussion of the preservation of information before the coming Dark Age.

  9. Lindsay Curren November 14, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    It’s times like this that I’m glad I don’t have TV, cable or otherwise, and that I’m free from addiction to it.
    Meantime, we at Transition Voice started a new website: Occupy Parenting to at least try to tackle some of the issues of a system out of control while helping families weather the storm. Kids will be the one inheriting the poop storm we’ve made. Parents need to band together, show some maturity, and at least try to fight back against the insidious tide.
    Lindsay Curren
    Editor
    Transition Voice

  10. keystonekid November 14, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    As a long time JHK reader but first time poster, I am compelled to comment as a PSU alum. I must say Jim is dead on with most of his points. It is any wonder that with society placing sports completly out of whack that these coverups occur. While football and many other big time college sports have become a business, I think it is somewhat important to talk about the problems of the universities as a whole. At these state supported schools, the mission of education gets lost in politics and budgets. The typical well heeled Board of Trustees couldn’t be further removed from the typical student or even the alum with a normal career or income. It is any wonder that two arenas in our country where inflation is out of control – secondary education and health care, have been largly insultated from the demands of accountabilty and organizational efficiency of delivery of goods and services the rest of the private sector has been subjected to. While I know Jim thinks higher education will eventually be relegated to the upper class like in Colonial times, I feel these institutions can and will play a crutial role in the years ahead. Penn State started as an agricultural school and may get back to focusing on this and other areas needed to make the transitions Jim is so good at pointing out we need to make. Penn State developing breakthrough drought resisitant crops may one day give it greater glory than any Big Ten sports championship

  11. horseoutside November 14, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    11th!

  12. Confusionism November 14, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I’m gonna veer of course here a bit. I saw David Gregory’s interview of Michele Bachmann yesterday on Meet The Press. Right near the end of the interview, after extolling the virtues of torture, this crazy-eyed troglodyte had the nerve to say that Iraq should pay back the US the $800B we spent (I think she’s is understating the amount) to invade (not her word) their country and that the families of every soldier killed should receive millions of dollars in compensation from the Iraqi government. This is the height of hypocrisy, insanity and mean-spiritedness. I don’t need to expand on this; her words speak for themselves.

  13. metuselah November 14, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Amerikkka, the land of sanctimonious thieving fascist scumfucks.

  14. Hugh Culliton November 14, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    There is a perfect storm of issues domestic and foreign that is about to lay a hurtin’ on the US. I wonder if the positive resistance starting to crop up from OWS is the start of a return to sanity, or if it’s too little and far too late. Time will tell I guess but for now I’m having my kids learn Cantonese, and teaching them how to field-dress game.

  15. The Mook November 14, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I was going to “tease” the Penn St. football fans on my usual ride home on route 80 with a message on my rear window. It didn’t take me long to figure out that someone would probably either run me off the road or punch me in the mouth at the rest stop. While they normally look like a bunch of smacked asses in their pretty boy sweaters, the looked especially doucheish with the ‘what are you looking at’ expressions on their faces.

  16. PRD November 14, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Switching the subject to last week’s federal holiday, Veteran’s Day, did anyone else squirm a little at all the “honor” bestowed on the veterans of our recent fiascos in the Middle East? How often did we all hear the solemn “thank-you for your service.”
    What I felt compelled to say was, I am so sorry you volunteered or were forced by poverty to take part in this immoral bloodbath on behalf of our greedy, corporate, resource-hungry empire. My condolence to you and your family. Good luck getting the decent health care (physical & mental) you’re likely going to need.
    But saying such a thing is like shouting “Fuck Jesus!” in the middle of a Catholic Mass.

  17. pyates November 14, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    You err when you refer to Joe Paterno’s superiors. No one, especially not the athletic director, and not eventhe president, told Paterno what to do.
    Penn State, like most prestige universities, pumps industries for “research dollars,” and as a result seldom finds pollution in polluting industries or harm in cutting down forests.

  18. Jimmy Drinkwater November 14, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I’m glad Nascar tracks don’t have team shower rooms.

  19. Outpost of the Empire November 14, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    On another energy related matter the killing of the Keystone Pipeline produced the expected petulant child response from Canada’s Conservatives.(for those bloggers who remember Lily Tomlin’s Edith Ann character think of that voice as you read it) Well if you won’t build through your precious territory we’ll just build it through our northern territory….don’t worry your pretty little head about it our territory and watersheds will take all those risks… heck we’ll even build a supertanker port on our northern Pacific coast…our entire Pacific coastline will be at risk …but don’t blame us if an oil spill hits your Alaskan coast it won’t be our fault you didn’t let it be built on your precious territory….besides we gonna sell the oil to the Chinese….how do you like them apples eh!

  20. wagelaborer November 14, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Wow! Thank you for watching the football game, so that I didn’t have to.
    It’s good to make the connections.
    The Faculty Association at my local land grant college went on strike last week. I went out to picket with them.
    Although many commented that the football coach makes far more than any other person on campus, no one made the connections that JHK did.
    And I didn’t know the sordid details of this scandal, or the impunity of football players and their misdeeds. (Thanks, wardoc)
    Amazing.

  21. Elrond Hubbard November 14, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I just want to point out that there is some problem with this blog entry — it seems not to have a title, so there is no link to click from the main page of Jim’s site. I had to click on the CFN link, then on the Comments link to actually get here. I hope Jim or someone will fix it.

  22. wagelaborer November 14, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Who knew that football players were like bankers?
    http://www.readersupportednews.org/off-site-news-section/81-81/8384-focus-california-refuses-to-accept-obamas-banking-sellout

  23. Neon Vincent November 14, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Wow, JHK, you’re so disgusted that you don’t even bother with a title. I guess the ugly spectacle was too much even for you. May I suggest one for you? “From Penn State to State Pen”–it has a nice ring to it, although I admit it isn’t original. I cribbed it from a video feature comparing the Dallas Cowboys with the Oakland Raiders 30 years ago. I always rooted for the Raiders. At least their players were honest about what they were.
    I haven’t blogged about the Penn State scandal at Crazy Eddie’s Motie News, although I made a comment about it on my Facebook page. “Until last week, if you had told me that Joe Paterno would lose his job over a sex scandal, I wouldn’t have believed you. This is proof that reality has no editors.” That’s a good line to remember as things become more unbelievable, yet remain true.
    As for what I have blogged about, I’ve been busy with local elections (austerity was on the ballot, even if the voters didn’t realize it), the Republican debate which took place up the road from my house, and the latest news from the Occupy Movement. Later this week, I’ve programmed a series of posts on Objectivism and how it contributes to collapse. For starters, collapse is right there in the manual, “Atlas Shrugged.”
    http://crazyeddiethemotie.blogspot.com/

  24. FriendlyAquaponics November 14, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Panem et cirscenses. Coliseum games so we fail to notice that the center has failed…
    We grow our own organic food in the simplest and most sustainable manner possible. Check out aquaponics, and please
    visit FriendlyAquaponics.com. We’re building lifeboats, as fast as we can.

  25. wagelaborer November 14, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I don’t think that they killed it, outpost. They merely postponed the decision until after the 2012 election. The one that deranged Obama supporters are hoping will finally free their man up to become FDR.
    Yeah, we’ll see the real Obama then! That Keystone deal will fly right through, and Social Security and Medicare will have stakes run through their hearts.

  26. ozone November 14, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Another trenchant screed, Mr. Kunstler!
    The devolution continues. The conjunction of crumbling infrastructure, faux culture, military aggrandizement, and judicial unaccountability is “interesting” [to say the least], and a sobering glimpse into the future (or lack thereof) of the cleverest monkeys.
    Will the most aggressive, vicious baboons prevail? Plan your “future” according to your bets…

  27. charliefoxtrot November 14, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    been inside one of them thar trailers…? i m not bitter; i m just sayin’…

  28. robertawarshaw November 14, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    It is all just too depressing for words. I felt the same way. Why didn’t they cancel the game? These people acted as a collective group of crazies. Morals. Right. Save the children. Right. Until it effects the old wallet. I am disgusted beyond words.

  29. Peter C November 14, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    James,
    Amen or right on… your choice.
    Peter

  30. Neon Vincent November 14, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    I’d suggest lessons in Mandarin rather than Cantonese if you want your children to learn a Chinese language. Mandarin is the official dialect and has more prestige. Surf over to YouTube and subscribe to NMAtv, Next Media Animation’s English language channel, where they’ve just started a series of Mandarin lessons. The lessons work for all ages and for us adults, it helps that the presenter (Carole) is easy on the eyes.

  31. horseoutside November 14, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    “It is any wonder” that Amerika is in the shitter when a PSU “alum” can author such garbage. Methinks Amerikans have been “insultated” from reality for too long, and the rest of us have been subjected to y’all for far too long.
    Its “somewhat important”, in fact its “crutial”, that you hear this message!
    Time to wake up and grow up, you morons.

  32. ozone November 14, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    …And, as always, it behooves us to pay some mind to which idols we choose to erect and worship.
    Remembrance can sometimes [appropriately] be an exercise in shame.

  33. rippedthunder November 14, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    At the end of JHK’s post today I am seeing an ad for Fantasy Football. Ironic isn’t it. Is any one else getting that ad or am I being targeted by google?

  34. Jimmy Drinkwater November 14, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Er no, never been to a track but I can imagine that as well I’m sure and a “vibrant” motel culture existing on the periphery.

  35. pequiste November 14, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    (I am loath to use the analogy but I’d be remiss if it wasn’t used.) In his analysis of the college sporting culture, in the wake of the exposure of the PSU – NAMBLA event; JHK throws a perfect 70 yard spiral bullet to his receiver(s) for a touchdown. Point after is good!
    “I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
    ? Ray Bradbury

  36. Bludawg November 14, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    I’ve always been suspect of the priorities of college football. The whole mess at Penn State makes my stomach hurt.
    The university where I work announced recently that we are building a new football stadium. REALLY!? We also raise tuition every year because the state is not doing it’s part. Even though the money is coming from donors, it’s disgraceful. Did anyone ask the donors if they would please support academics?
    When those women make allegations about Cain I think they were adults that could slap the crap out of him and call the police. Not doing so and then whining about it later annoys me. And when I think about those victims of Sandusky compared to those women, I want to tell those women to shut up and grow up. And no, I’m not a Cain fan. I just know what I would do if a man treated me like that. Slap the crap out of him and call the police. Simple.
    There are good people in the world. We should encourage and support them.

  37. davidreese November 14, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Jim,
    One of your best blogs ever. Why is no one else saying these things?

  38. wagelaborer November 14, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    My city kicked in $20 million to help knock down the university’s old stadium and arena and build new ones.
    The perfect blend of sleezy construction deals mixed with football worship.
    And then they announced that the city was broke and needed to privatize the water system.

  39. K November 14, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Indeed, football, especially college football, is exactly what you describe! That’s OK, because it also serves as yet another sign that our culture is either on the threshold of a major leap forward, akin to what was about to happen to the Aztecs just as the conquistadors arrived to the new world, or be lost to history. We’re primed and ready folks; get ready for the new dawn!
    http://www.Thesisa.org/

  40. wagelaborer November 14, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    You’re obviously not a woman.
    You really think that you can call the police and announce that you assaulted your boss because he made a pass at you? What do you think they’d do?
    They’d either laugh at you or arrest you.

  41. empirestatebuilding November 14, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    It is high time for a Children’s Rights movement. This kind of abuse goes on all over the world and is the main reason the planet is a complete mess.
    Google Psychohistory and read about the systemic child abuse throughout history and how it has shaped our world.
    Aimlow Joe was here
    http://www.aimlow.com

  42. mow November 14, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    change the name to PEDO STATE

  43. lbendet November 14, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    When money trumps everything
    W. once said “Sometimes money trumps everything.”
    I think it’s all the time at this point in our history and we are exporting that vision all over the world.
    The new Christianity informs us that in a break with the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther’s “filthy lucre” that reeks of sulfur is the new god. When that happens then all that matters is the bottom line.
    Or in the words of the vacuous Charlie Sheen , “WINNING”!
    We are living in “Blue Velvet” when everything looks real good until you turn over a rock–and what do you think you will you find underlying everything?
    Well, imagine that a 10 year old boy among others experienced Sodomy at the hands of an assistant coach. Someone walks in, witnesses the act and allows it to continue. One dare not say a word to the winning coaches and team. Why what would happen to the winning streak if that were to be stopped?
    I guess you have to take the good with the bad. Isn’t that what life is all about?
    It’s amazing that with all the phony baloney yapping about religion, as with everything else from foreign policy to the economy nobody actually has any knowledge of anything.
    Why you can write new tax laws on the back of a post card!
    Yes, its all about domination and control, we know. It is our national character around the world as we contemplate an attack on Iran who refuses to end nuclear research.
    The neo-conserves are rearing their ugly heads once more. One wonders how they are going to convince us to do the neoliberal/neoconservative military and financial full spectrum dominance thing once more.
    The Rep campaign is all about starting something that could bring about disaster, but not to worry. We need to bring in our global enterprises everywhere and through massive debt, change the face of governments everywhere.
    And yet… and yet, Pakistan should be ignored as it sends nuclear warheads around in vans in broad daylight in heavily traffic-jammed streets because they are paranoid about us.
    The Rep campaign is all about starting something that could bring about disaster, but not to worry. We need to bring in our global enterprises everywhere and through massive debt, change the face of governments everywhere.

  44. lbendet November 14, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    sorry about the repeat paragraph

  45. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Not only does this week’s blog essay have NO TITLE, I can only read the first paragraph of the essay. When I get to the bottom of that paragraph there is nothing to click on to take me to the balance of the essay. This situation is only affecting some of us since, obviously, most of you have been able to read the whole thing.
    Jim, if you’re monitoring the site this morning, please take note.

  46. Mrs Beasley November 14, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    “Equally disgusting was the cable news media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Penn State story, as if there weren’t other important events going on…”
    So this is the topic that you lead with? Hello, not so hip, hypocrite.

  47. Jimmy Drinkwater November 14, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    It was more than 30 years ago I remember my dad swearing off pro football saying it was staged and and a fraud and becoming a devoted fan of college ball thinking it a more fitting example of good ol’ American athletic endeavor.

  48. steve November 14, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Concerning your last comment, since we no longer believe in God, who is going to do the punishing?

  49. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Ripped: I think Google targets those things to specific individuals. Have you been searching for fantasy football stuff on the web lately? :)
    The ads I’m seeing are all related to my recent searches or on-line shopping.
    Mila

  50. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Ha ha. My dad said (says) the same thing. It’s so depressing. Sigh.
    Mila

  51. Jimmy Drinkwater November 14, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    It was more than 30 years ago I remember my dad swearing off pro football saying it was staged and and a fraud and becoming a d

  52. Hoyt November 14, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Penn State’s Head Coach, Joe Paterno, addressed the media this morning (November 9, 2011):
    Good day, everyone. Thank you for coming here today to the University Park YMCA. We have a busy schedule; we’ve found ourselves a little behind, and have a lot to cram in, so I would like to push forward right away . . .
    For the past four decades, as the head of the Penn State football program, I worked hard to grow every dimension of this beloved ivory tower. My every vein pumped with pride in my head role. From small beginnings, we ballooned to become the most explosive team in men’s collegial sports. You can imagine how all this has given me a big head and a swollen pride that has become a little too large to swallow.
    Each day, we managed the delicate balance between the two great poles of sports and academia. Our tender, young jocks graduated as hardened men knowing how to stay in front in the real world; knowing that we would always be behind them. I tried not to be too rigid in my approach, but I was always firm. I want my spirited, young men to fight hard for every inch; no matter how delicately and delightfully slow the progress. We all can’t be as loose as receivers and tight ends; whether fullback, halfback, or bareback; sometimes, you have to push hard in the trenches to reach your ends.
    It chafes me that from the beautiful, new, smooth Halfmoon Valley Road, to Mount Nittany, all the way down the highway to Hershey, we have become, in the end, the butt of every limp joke. It blows me away to think that the head of such a swell thing can be so beaten. The press can be cheeky. It’s as if I had never driven into Entrance, climbed Tower, or even dreamed of playing in Beaver.
    Still, no other sports venue has such graceful portals with such enormous seating capacity. It was a great thrill to emerge from that dark tunnel to the resounding screams of the student body. The boys will never tire of receiving that flood of love.
    We must extend ourselves to our boosters and backers and their children: We want to cover every member of our team. I give my boys everything I have. No one at Penn State was ever seen as only an appendage. At the risk of laying it on too thick, you are the biggest thing in the world, and the reason we do what we do.
    Finally, I am announcing my immediate departure and my replacement as head coach by the talented Rod Stroker. I know he’s ready to go.
    Penn State will continue to hold open all its doors in welcome. Our troubles will not stop or stall visits. No matter the trials that hurt or pain us, no matter who has to reign us, in the end, we will go on to glories whole.

  53. CaptSpaulding November 14, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    This is a little bit out of context with this week’s theme, but I just saw the documentary Inside Job by Charles Ferguson. It encompasses the whole wall street debacle & is fascinating. I’m wondering if anyone else has seen it.

  54. 1primitiv November 14, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Concurrently in the British press there is a similar story of a former cricket player ,Peter Roebuck,later a columnist, who like Sanduskey is accused of sexual assault. With a much more agile mind he was able to see the oncoming ignominy and consequences of imprisonment on such charges and simply stepped out his 6 story room while being interviewed by police. Saving us all being dragged through the gutter of his depravity.

  55. Buck Stud November 14, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    JHK writes:
    ” It has many levels, like a convoluted freeway intersection of on-ramps, off-ramps, and merge-ramps.”
    Isn’t that the way its always been? The dignified nobility of classical age Greek sculpture descends into the contorted angst of Hellenistic period. Power once issued with an easy gesture now requires the convoluted coiling of a snake. Like a worm on a hook, the gesticulatory antics of a dying culture valorizes the Chapman Bros. defacing of a rare set of Goya prints by nominating them for the Turner prize.
    And yet those seeking to regain a sense of lost moral and national dignity – the Limbaughs’ and Hannitys’ perhaps – don’t call for a needed unwinding. They tangle the truth of turpitude into another war cry of the jingoistic flag banner. But like the fighter who steps into the ring one time too many times, their banner might as well read: “Let us ride, once again, into the valley of The Little Bighorn”.

  56. Bobby November 14, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Say what you want about crusty John Silber at Boston University (not to be confused, please, with the Jesuit-run Boston College), but he shit-canned the football program in the early1990’s. good riddance to all that.

  57. hmuller November 14, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    You got that right, PRD. Talk in praise of veterans is cheap, but look to the actions of politicians, i.e. how they’re depriving veterans of the DOD’s affordable health insurance (called TriCare).
    Here’s an item from an internet newsletter: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/11/plans-to-take-tricare-prime-from-retirees/
    “Look­ing to kick retirees out of TRICARE Prime, Sen. McCain told the 12-member Joint Select Com­mit­tee on Debt Reduc­tion, that restrict­ing working-age retirees and their fam­i­lies from par­tic­i­pat­ing in TRICARE Prime would help them avoid spend­ing cuts that would directly impact readi­ness.
    McCain was once a cham­pion for expanded TRICARE ben­e­fits to retirees. But, he now feels elim­i­nat­ing retiree TRICARE Prime is more accept­able than alter­na­tives to cut equip­ment, train­ing or key weapon pro­grams needed by the cur­rent force.”
    Apparently, we need the money for new humanitarian wars against Iran and Syria.
    One might point out that many working age retirees are unemployed or working at low wage, no benefits, no insurance jobs. Unlike Sen. McCain these guys don’t have a trophy wife beer heiress to support them; and no Wall Street cronies are dropping money in their donation boxes. McCain has turned into the Manchurian candidate in the last 10 years – an utterly brainwashed, obedient dupe for the Powers That Be. He has sunken beneath contempt, and I wonder if we aren’t worse off that he survived the Hanoi Hilton.

  58. Jimmy Drinkwater November 14, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Just a shout out to JHK or web admin if there is one, but the board software seem screwed up today aside from the home page not having a title and clickable link but there is also a double posting posting glitch going on and ghosts in the system.

  59. andrei_timoshenko November 14, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Sports – escapism by means of vicarious triumphs. Nothing more, nothing less.
    The need for escapism obviously rises as the real world becomes more and more dreary. I wonder if the events at the Coliseum grew more frequent and more elaborate as the Roman Empire entered its death throes?

  60. Consultant November 14, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Jim,
    One of your best posts. A leadership collapse this wide and deep means our culture has collapsed.
    Are we screwed? I wouldn’t be surprised if our dumbass nation elected Rick Perry in 2012.
    That’s how screwed we are.

  61. third_martini_banter November 14, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Sadly, I found nothing remarkable about the goings-on in State College, PA, though I suppose my jaded capacity for outrage was somewhat bestirred by the bizarre spectacle of riots SUPPORTING the coach.
    I am curious though, has there been anything publicized about the attempts of any of the victims to report the creep? Surely there were many, and surely at least a few over the years said something to their parents? And if so, did NONE of them contact the police?
    Replies with links to real reporting appreciated…

  62. insufferable November 14, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Jim,
    This blog was by far the best one you have written, since I have been a fan of yours. Not only are you spot on about everything, that I cannot even add to what you said. It makes me wonder about everything in our culture. I got on the facebook page for Penn State and started answering these narcisstic, selfish, students and faculty who were saying they feel badly so they are not to blame, and their university is just like a family…blah, blah. I answered them saying they all bear responsibility for being on a campus that supported this activity, and covered it up. I pointed out their rioting spoke volumes about their lack of kindness, fairnes and brains. They ALL responded telling me to go F myself because I was a definite psycho. OK! I did respond in kind. I e mailed the Board of Trustees to sign a petition to fire McQuery, and told them my son wanted to apply to their school next year (true), but after this revelation about the debase nature of their school supporting their ‘PRODUCT’ instead of victimized children, we will not even schedule a tour of their campus. I cited they should hang their heads in SHAME, and get rid of the over abundance of time and money put into the SPORTS/GAY/PEDOPHILE ring of money grubbing sickos. How disgusting! Anyway it really is a moral indication about our country, and the direction is not turning around anytime soon.

  63. dale November 14, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    our culture is either on the threshold of a major leap forward, akin to what was about to happen to the Aztecs just as the conquistadors arrived to the new world,
    ——————————————
    Well, that is an interesting interpretation of history!? So, what your saying is, being conquered, enslaved and treated to an extended period of genocide, is a “major leap forward”
    OK, then I guess Hiroshima in August 1945 was a major expansion of the city’s civic consciousness.

  64. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Oh yes, indeed. It’s a great eye-opener, isn’t it? It just spells everything out beautifully. I was so angry when I watched it (a couple of weeks ago), even though I was already angry before I watched it! Everything is laced with hypocrisy. There is simply nothing left to believe in. I can’t vote for Obama…after seeing that…but I can’t vote for any of the alternatives, either.
    Mila

  65. loveday November 14, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Jim
    Ahh… Jim once again you are breath of fresh air, injecting a little truth into the miasma of lies and the fog of oppression that pervade the national dialogue. The Penn State Perversion is instructive as it shows what the premiere institutions of the land support and sponsor. Child sodomy and pimping, wow, the depravity is right there parading in plain sight. Do you think a new course offering will be in the college catalogue soon? Marketing 101: an introduction to basic pimping, including grooming techniques, financial management and proper coverup guidelines. Still this scandal really shouldn’t surprise anyone, football has for a long time lost any connection with education and the fostering of admirable qualities and values in the young of the nation.
    Glad to see some mention of the “Three Stooges” like situation in Europe- “who’s on first?” indeed. The state of play there gets more cartoon like and surreal with every passing moment. I pointed out last week that the socalled “Western Democracies” have openly abandoned democracy. This week we see two financial henchmen from the ECB being tapped for the leadership spots in Greece and Italy. Oh well, at least poor old Silvio can get on with lecherous leering and groping of young girls in peace. Governing can be so time consuming.
    One other stomach turning story that I would like to bring to Clusterfuckers attention. The piece about the improper disposal and handling of the nation’s deceased soldiers, as in body parts were thrown in a landfill on a regular basis, for years, along with other aggregious “mistakes” . This story broke on none other than Veteran’s Day- see Yahoo and WaPost. Yup, support the troops at it’s best. As one commenter above noted the devolution continues, at, I would say, a breakneck pace.
    take care all
    loveday

  66. Bludawg November 14, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    I am a woman and if a man touched me inappropriately I would hit him. I have the right to defend myself.

  67. insufferable November 14, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Wardoc,
    You are completely correct. I am also a retired teacher and saw the complete degeneration of standards and morals in the public school in NY.
    We had a elementary school principal, (who was a defrocked catholic priest, before the pedophile scandal broke), who had child porn in his top drawn. The custodians found it. He was a dispicable character, who also had two adopted boys, (who went to prison). This elementary school principal, died of AIDS at the age of 48.
    He hated me because I had the audacity to confront him on issues involving child abuse of a few of my students. He had me transferred to another school, but not before I made a laughing stock of him. It was worth it. That is why I cannot understand how a 23 year old man couldn’t stop this coach raping someone. My school principal weighed 350 pounds and was a male. I am a female and only weight 130 lbs. But believe me, after growing up in Brooklyn, I am afraid of nothing when it comes to this kind of behavior.
    At least its one down,but millions more to go.

  68. Buck Stud November 14, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    And so the young pups, led by the occasional vicarious type, practice football after school. All through their progression, the training intensifies and the pressure mounts to achieve performance worthy of a scholarship. But what is the alternative in modern day America? More often than not it’s video games and ding-dongs. Or soccer. Which is every bit as deranged as pressurized football on the youth level.
    Athletics, and the creative athlete, took a turn for the worse when the adults codified and regimented sports into high-priced activities. Take a look at the cost of hockey; it’s exorbitant. And if a high-school kid wants to play baseball for his high school team he’s strong-armed into paying up and playing for his coach’s summer baseball team. The fees for this insidious form of athletic blackmail can range from 1500 bucks and up just for one summer season.

  69. dale November 14, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    OK, then I guess Hiroshima in August 1945 was a major expansion of the city’s civic consciousness.
    ————————————-
    Reminded me of the masterful but of understatement made by the Japanese Emperor during his surrender speech to the Japanese public, when he said “the war, not necessarily having developed to Japan’s advantage”. Yeah….not necessarily.

  70. And So it Goes November 14, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Today’s essay was a picture perfect expose on the subject presented.
    Thanks Jim for the reality check…

  71. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    we’ve found ourselves a little behind, and have a lot to cram in,
    =================
    Clever faux speech Hoyt … is it your own handiwork or a copy and paste? You had me duped right to the end till you mentioned the replacement coach being Rod Stroker.
    Being as smart as I am ;-) I deciphered that play on words pretty quickly and that sent me back to the beginning for a re-read where I now noticed the whole thing was chock full of gems like the excerpt above.

  72. budizwiser November 14, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Another trenchant screed, Mr. Kunstler!
    The devolution continues. The conjunction of crumbling infrastructure, faux culture, military aggrandizement, and judicial unaccountability is “interesting” [to say the least], and a sobering glimpse into the future (or lack thereof) of the cleverest monkeys.

    Well stated.
    Worth noting, mass exercises in public rituals of self-absolution must never last any longer than a typical broadcast commercial break.
    Not worth mentioning – how many predators continue to prowl various other institutions of higher learning where the protection of profits are also aligned with Penn-State-style priorities?

  73. Moondog November 14, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Apart from the excellent main point that you make so well, Albany State’s academics listings include many foreign language offerings:
    The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) at the University at Albany offers 11 languages with graduate degrees in French and Spanish, undergraduate degrees and minors in French, Hebrew, Italian, Russian and Spanish (most also offer an honors component), and a minor in Portuguese. Additional languages available for study include Arabic, Dutch, classical Greek, German and Latin.
    The reaction to the Penn State scandal was as appalling as the crime. The game goes on following riots in support of Paterno. And praying together before the game to their imaginary friend just makes it all better.

  74. third_martini_banter November 14, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I posted prematurely: Wikipedia has a good run-down of the facts behind the scandal. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Sandusky.
    “On November 4, 2011, a grand jury[14] which had been convened in September, 2009, or earlier,[6] indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys. The indictment came after a three-year investigation that explored allegations of Sandusky having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old boy over the course of four years, beginning when the boy was ten years old. The boy’s parents reported the incident to police in 2009.[15] A grand jury identified eight boys that had been singled out for sexual advances or sexual assaults by Sandusky, taking place from 1994 through 2009.[16] At least 20 of the incidents allegedly took place while Sandusky was still employed at Penn State.[17]”
    So, there are doubtless scores of persons who had some idea this was going on, for many years. We can leave it to the enterprising investigative reporters of the tabloids to dig out their stories for years to come.

  75. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Third Martini:
    Here is a link to information about the first investigation WAY back in 1998:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/sports/ncaafootball/aftermath-of-1998-sandusky-investigation-raises-additional-questions.html
    Sorry I can’t seem to highlight it, so you’ll have to copy and paste it into your browser.
    Mila

  76. ctemple November 14, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Great things today from Jimbo, for years I thought I was the only one ticked off at all the money thrown at these thick necked assholes.
    Cities that are bankrupt, like Detroit, St Louis, but there was always money for a new stadium. Or they can’t afford police or fire department, but hundred million dollar contracts for these muscled up jerks.
    Great writing I thought, in describing how America just can’t focus on what matters, and the terrible immoral parts of some of it.

  77. Metzengerstein November 14, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Yes, you are right. I have also noticed it for “some time,” since I was in grade school 50 years ago and it was probably before that. This makes me old enough that I used to hope I would be dead before things got really bad. But now I’m figuring it will be OK to stick around for however long I’ve got to see what happens and just how “interesting” things will get.

  78. WestCoast November 14, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Professional and college sports are promoted to keep the American male and a few camp following
    females,
    dumb,
    distracted and
    docile.
    Thus they are of great value to the powers that be.
    Here’s a great quote:
    “Take all the mental and sometimes physical energy, the money and the time that the average American spends on professional and college sports and divert it to the care and maintenance of local public schools; we could be the best educated people in the world! Notice how recent talk about revitalizing our schools revolves around the purchase of computer equipment rather than raising teacher’s salaries and spending more money per pupil?”
    http://www.verdant.net/society.htm

  79. Smokyjoe November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Thank you, JHK, for this:
    “fake warrior culture of football ”
    I love playing sports…and except for the occasional baseball or high-school football game, I HATE watching them. Especially on television.
    Sports have only this to commend them: they give morons something to talk about, so they don’t start screaming about politics and religion.
    They are good surrogates for war, for waddling American dough-boys. As for college sports, read Murray Sperber’s Beer and Circuses. It’s an eye-opener about how “student athletics” have contributed to the ruination of our college academic system. Sperber got death-threats after the book appeared, from fake warriors I guess.

  80. Hoyt November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    “Clever faux speech Hoyt … is it your own handiwork or a copy and paste?”
    Thanks, Qshtik. This was the first draft of the speech that I wrote for JoePed before he rejected it, reported me to the Penn State Athletic Director, and I was immediately fired.

  81. Metzengerstein November 14, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    The “killing” on the Keystone Pipeline. I doubt it; it’s just been put on the back burner until November 7, 2012. Anyhow, I doubt seriously that it will ever be built. Things may just fall apart before construction really gets started. And besides, the protesters are still pledging “non-violent” protest, but pipeline construction has to be incredibly vulnerable to sabotage.

  82. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    We had a elementary school principal ….. who had child porn in his top drawn.
    ===============
    Well Insuff, for the sake of the little children, I hope you weren’t their English teacher. The words are an and drawer and titles get capitalized.
    And speaking of morals … what were those custodians doing rooting around in the Principal’s top drawn?

  83. third_martini_banter November 14, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Roy Gricar, the former DA who elected not to prosecute Sandusky in ’98, went missing in 2005 and has never been found:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/11/ray-gricar-missing-jerry-sandusky-pennsylvania-da_n_1088950.html?ref=sports&ir=Sports

  84. WestCoast November 14, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    BTW, today’s blog is hard to arrive at as the HTML is screwed up and almost invisible. Had to go to the blog page and fish around in page source to find the URL.
    I’m on a MAC using OSX and Firefox.

  85. third_martini_banter November 14, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Sorry: RAY Gricar

  86. Confusionism November 14, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    “The need for escapism obviously rises as the real world becomes more and more dreary. I wonder if the events at the Coliseum grew more frequent and more elaborate as the Roman Empire entered its death throes? ”
    Of course they did. Let’s view professional sports (as well as those at the college level) for what it is – a glorious orgy of blood-sport served up to the masses to keep them occupied and mollified while the plutocrats plunder the treasure. It’s always been this way, only difference now is that it’s forced to compete with the equally vacuous and pointless sideshows of popular entertainment trotted out on the flat screens of Merica. The Veteran’s Day jingoism on display last week is another example, having been elevated to the point of absurdity. Display the national heroes on their venerated day and you kill two birds with one stone; the grunts get to bask in the glory of the suckered masses and the powers-that-be can continue to convince said masses that “might makes right” and “they served to protect our freedoms” from the shifty, evil brown people all over the globe who have nothing better to do than plot the destrucion of our great democracy because they despise our freedoms.
    It’s all just empty calories of fast food for a fat, hungy nation.

  87. wm2010 November 14, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    You nailed it again Jim! Spent last weekend in PA and you would think there was no other news on earth. We considered send our kids to Penn State, but after a few visits we were turned off buy the jock culture. Alumni typically need a 5th year to master hand stand keg beer drinking.
    A sad testimony to the educational system,waste of time and parents money
    Despite all the church going and praying, there is no moral leadership at the school.

  88. WestCoast November 14, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I like that looney’s suggestion. We can take the money out of the oil revenues.

  89. Metzengerstein November 14, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    I believe in them too, work in one in fact, but libraries are going down the tube faster than anything else. Most people have no idea what a thin thread the whole system of public libraries is hanging from.

  90. Hoyt November 14, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    What gang of self-loathing pederasts would name their congregational hall, “Beaver Stadium”?

  91. horseoutside November 14, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    @keystonekid (9:15 a.m.)
    “It is any wonder” that Amerika is in the shitter when a PSU “alum” can author such garbage. Methinks Amerikans have been “insultated” from reality for too long, and the rest of us have been subjected to y’all for far too long.
    Its “somewhat important”, in fact its “crutial”, that you hear this message!
    Time to wake up and grow up, you morons.

  92. WestCoast November 14, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Learn Chinese? So that your children can become servants to the Chincoms? Your children will never ever learn enough Chinese to function at a level beyond that.
    Just Google “difficulty in learning Chinese.”
    I know a couple that majored in Chinese and got a masters in it.
    She cannot read a simple news story without constant reference to a dictionary. He talks to the local lady that owns the laundrymat. She’s been here for ten years and speaks as she said “far better English than he speaks Chinese”. She laughs at him.
    She can’t make herself understood in a Chinese restaurant. The waiters constantly start talking to her in English.
    No one can learn Chinese unless they grew up there or are dedicating their entire life to it and have a great talent for languages.

  93. WestCoast November 14, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Advertisement? Where? I don’t see one ad except for Jim’s books.
    Use Firefox and install their free Adblock Plus.
    You’ll never see another ad again.

  94. tpverde November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Excellent post James, and many of the comments are spot on as well.
    Personally I decided at 23 to stop watching people chase balls on TV, with an occasional exception for Brazilian women’s volleyball.
    As to the comment “insulated from reality,” having lived out of the US for 20 years in a poor country, believe me, you hit it right on the noggin’. Americans have so little sense of the privilege and wastefulness of their ‘culture”, both at present and when compared to the trajectory of human history.
    So thankful I got out of football and got out of Dodge….

  95. ctemple November 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Hoyt, you’re a hoot.
    Caleb Temple

  96. Confusionism November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I hope you’re not serious. Extorting money from the victim? I don’t remember the Iraqi people asking for it.

  97. ccm989 November 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Another spot on column by JHK. Interestingly, sexually abusing children is just another form of overpowering weaker, smaller people. Pedophiles are attracted to children because they can control them, by saying things like let me do this or I’ll kill your mommy and the kid believes that his mom might die so he keeps quiet. The child is also very ashamed about what happened so children have a tendency to remain silent. The pedophile is well aware of that and operates without fear of being caught. It’s a crime that is beyond disgusting. The recidivisms rate is huge, making a “cure” nearly impossible. The best way to stop pedophiles is to report any suspicious behavior immediately. Joe Paterno would still have his job if he had just spoken up. McQueary will probably be fired too. All he had to do was speak up. But fear and disgust apparently rendered him silent.
    Unwanted sex seems to be everywhere in the news now. Herman Cain has been accused by at least 4 women of sexual harassment. According to 1 woman, he shoved his hand up her dress, reached for her crotch and told her if she wanted a job, she would have to put out. He was counting on her desperation and her embarrassment to keep her silent. And for a while, she kept his actions a secret. Mr. Cain also paid off two other women to keep them silent about his harassing them. I worked for many years in a NYC law firm and I can state, with dead certainty, that anytime a man pays off a plaintiff to keep quiet about a sexual harassment case, its because he’s GUILTY. It makes you wonder why Mr. Cain didn’t hire call girls when he was looking for some strange? Possibly its because it wasn’t so much about sex as it was about POWER. He wanted to overpower someone smaller and weaker than himself and employees are always the perfect victims. Any employee who speaks up, is likely to be fired and not be able to work again in their chosen industry.
    Why Cain is still in the running is a mystery to me. Who’d vote for that guy, let alone send him campaign donations? And shouldn’t those donors ask themselves the obvious question — would you want your daughter working for Herman Cain?

  98. Metzengerstein November 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Water privatization is one of my worst fears as far as local politics go. The city keeps cutting, cutting, cutting. It would be interesting to know what happened where you are. You know, the government in Bolivia — not the current, Evo Morales administration, but the one he replaced — was going to do that with the water supply. The people took to the streets in the tens of thousands and raised hell until they shut the fuckers down and ran them out of the country. It cost some of the protesters their lives, but they stopped it. I’m afraid that if the city government suggests privatizing the water utility, people here will just say, “ho hum, so what, wonder who will get voted off Dancing With the Stars tonight?”

  99. Hamrage November 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Asking China to do more about it’s fiscal policies, when the US dollar is the world’s reserve currency and all  oil is traded in dollars (free money) is like asking Ghengis Khan to do more for charity. Obama wants to double exports to Asia. Also, last week Boeing announced it has sold 50 planes to UAE. Meanwhile, the UK government has announced a £50 billion road and bridge building program. May we humbly ask when NASA is to start prospecting on the moons of Jupiter? Unless of course 50 jumbo jets and 30 million cars can run on Starbucks coffee…. 

  100. horseoutside November 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    100th!

  101. CaptSpaulding November 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    You’re right about the anger & I agree with you about the voting. I’ve always figured that no matter what, I should vote, but it seems to me that that would just help make the whole rotten business seem legitimate. The truth is that the systematic corruption of the government by the financial services industry has rendered the voting process meaningless. I don’t see how it can be recovered short of an actual revolution. I guess that I can relate this to Penn State, since we have all been raped in the shower so to speak, and you can’t unfuck a little boy any more than you can undo the damage that has been done. You are right, I can’t bring myself to vote for Obama either. Support the OWS movement. I’m gonna send a donation today.

  102. bossier22 November 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    The problem with college is that too many people go. Most jobs that require a college degree could be done with two years education and some on the job training. also, too many people go who are not college material in the first place. And the ones who are smart major in subjects that they can’t find job in or doesn’t pay squat. No one wants to do anything that is hard.
    my son is a prime example. He majored in sociology. He had a great sat score. I begged him to major in engineering or to go to dental school and take over from me. The top three or four kids in his high school class have similar stories.
    As far as Sandusky is concerned, he should be shot on the fifty yard line at the next penn state home game. Those involved in the cover up should be forced to be on the firing squad.

  103. CaptSpaulding November 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    By the way, I gave several copies of the documentary out for my friends to see. I encourage others to do the same.

  104. WestCoast November 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    According to the homosexual marriage promoters, the ten year old is at least old enough to get married to the coach now…I mean its as normal as apple pie right?

  105. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Yup, yup, and yup. I agree. I was down at Occupy Boston yesterday.
    My oldest child has participated in Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street, and Occupy Amherst. We’re going strong.
    But still…what a f##ked up world.

  106. insufferable November 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Dear Qshtik,
    Excuse my typos. I am not a good proofreader. Hopefully, you got the message though. I didn’t realize I was being graded. Since you took the time to proofread and correct, I know you at least read it.

  107. bossier22 November 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I think the U.S. already is in the top five on what we spend per student. It is how the money is spent that needs to be reconfigured. Besides sports, we waste money trying to bring the bottom 50% up. You could focus the entire education budget on the bottom 50% and it would not make a damn bit of difference.

  108. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    I don’t know what style handbook you use, but I’ve never heard that one capitalizes the word “principal” unless you are directly addressing someone or referring to someone, i.e. “Principal Smith,” or “Dear Principal Smith.” When we talk about the president, the principal, the chief executive, etc. in a sentence, we don’t have to capitalize those words. Check the Chicago Manual of Style.

  109. Tancred November 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    “It’s times like this that I’m glad I don’t have TV, cable or otherwise, and that I’m free from addiction to it.”
    I’m so tired of these holier-than-thou anti-TV people. Sure, there is lots of crap on TV, but that does not make the medium itself “evil” or “addictive.” There seems to be an intrinsic self-righteous attitude among such TV critics, as if they, because of their intellectual superiority, are immune to the “propaganda” promulgated by the evil TV powers. “Oh those poor rubes that are addicted to TV are being brainwashed to conform to our consumerist cultural construction.”
    The hypocrisy among these types is self-evident in their use of the Intar-Webs to express their views in various blogs and message boards. The latter are probably MORE addictive than TV. And would HK be willing to give up his Intar-Webs presence in his simpler, more localized economy? Why isn’t he working in his organic garden instead of blogging?
    And in regards to sports, why throw the baby out with the bathwater? Human history is filled with athletics and physical “games” of various sorts. Sociologically speaking, these rule-based activities are an important pressure valve whete we can release our more tribal tendencies to engage in battle. Just the fact our culture can have hundreds of such “battles” without death or destruction every week is tribute to our self-control. And it’s true that most sports haters are folks that have no natural physical ability or willingness to test the same with others. HK probably avoided Little League or ice hockey. I for one, am proud that, while not exceptional at any of the major sports in our country, I at least could join a pickup game of b-ball or play some hockey on a lake in winter. In short, sports, their invention and execution, are one of the better attributes of our species.

  110. Jimmy Drinkwater November 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    The cash cow that ad dollars brought in just wandered away from the farm.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203537304577032393198692010.html

  111. DreamCycle November 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Way back in the 70s, a family member was a TA at a big ten school. She had one student who just seemed too small, or something, to be a quarterback. He got a good grade for the class, but the next semester she saw a big photo of him in the local grocery–except that it was someone else. The actual quarterback had paid her student to take the class for him, figuring this female instructor wouldn’t know the difference. Enough said…

  112. bossier22 November 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I agree with you. I am a terrible athlete but I had a lot of fun playing football in the yard and in school. Having fun and getting exercise should be what it is all about. same with TV. No one is forced to watch so why complain.

  113. Hoyt November 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    “And it’s true that most sports haters are folks that have no natural physical ability or willingness to test the same with others.” – Tancred (the Weak)
    Bullsh**. There is a great chasm between those of us who enjoy playing sports and those who enjoy WATCHING sports. Get off your butt. Go play. Then, when you’re ready to recover, pick up a copy of Jerry Mander’s, “Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television”.
    http://www.amazon.com/Arguments-Elimination-Television-Jerry-Mander/dp/0688082742/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321292694&sr=1-1
    P.S. I can kick your a** in any sport you name.

  114. The Mook November 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Hey, Give the guy some credit as he is batting .500. At least he is smarter than 99+% of Americans who think Pro sports aren’t rigged. And to make matters even worse, 99% of those 99% laugh at Pro wrestling fans. They should talk!

  115. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    The Devil is a Bureacrat and loves Bureacracies. One of the delicious aspects is their capacity to decieve both insiders and outsiders. Often someone with a higher title is actually lower in the real hierarchy. Joe Pa duely reported the rape – to someone who was basically lower than him. In other words, he grounded it while seeming to do his duty. The Devil loves Joe Pa and Joe Ma.
    Vicarious atonement and victories. Yes. But for them to be “effective” they need real sacrafices, including human, evidently.

  116. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Personally, I love football.
    I like the idea that just as one of my favorite events, the US Tennis Open, is winding up over in NY the slack will be taken up by football.
    I can look forward to sitting on my ass all the live long day on Saturdays, the crisp air, the bright rays glinting through the red and golden leaves outside my window, as there is no end of college games to choose from. And I can continue vegetating through the pro offerings of Sunday and Monday night when I should be out taking a walk or raking some leaves.
    If (hapless) Rutgers (one of my Alma Maters) is being aired I will have them on the 50″ flatscreen and some other (usually top 10) contest simultaneously showing on the old 20″ curved screen staged beneath the big one. All this while squeezing in blog comments on my laptop during halftime, commercial breaks, injury delays, and official reviews of calls on the field to see if there is indisputable evidence etc, etc.
    The rest of the world has their obsessions like soccer, cricket and ping pong suggesting there is something in our DNA but at least here in the good ‘ol USA we don’t murder a player for missing a shootout kick like they do in Brazil.
    And consider the female role in all this, they get to be where the boys are even though they may not have a clue what’s going on … or, if they are fortunate enough to be beautiful and enthusiastic, they get to make a sexual display of themselves on the sidelines (which they dearly love), smiling, jumping up and down and treating us to the sight of their giggling copious breasts.
    What’s not to like?
    You know what I wish? I wish all you anti-sports nuts would, just once, write your diatribes before a pedophilia scandal breaks rather than after.

  117. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Also let’s not forget the horrors of Left Wing Academia with its speech codes and fake scholarship. Who can forget the Duke University gang of 84 who in cahoots with the District Attorney of a Black electorate tried to dragoon three White guys into prison for rape? The moral? Several: women often lie about these things; liberal professors are vicious ignorant people who refuse to apologize even when proven to be wrong; Conservatives are clueless since the student body is largely conservative and as are alumni and trustees. Why on earth did they hire professors of PC hatred and bile as they did? Duke University obviously contains some of the worst elements of both Left and Right Wing Academia.

  118. ozone November 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    “You know what I wish? I wish all you anti-sports nuts would, just once, write your diatribes before a pedophilia scandal breaks rather than after.” -Q.
    I quite certain I’ve granted this wish, and more than once. I’m not “anti-sports” per se; I’m anti for-pay ORGANIZED and PROFESSIONAL sports.
    FWIW, breasts don’t generally giggle; they jiggle.
    (Which makes them all the better to juggle. ;o)

  119. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    All of us have been marred by this evil culture. All of us guilty in proping it us. Admit your sin, your evil, your decadence as I do mine. Else how can you be absolved? Turn off the tv and go hunting. Go kill something and stop killing your soul. Try eating it raw, give your appendix a work out. Or skin, clean, and cook – enjoying the whole process.
    Get a hunting dog and tweed jacket. Then some other tweeded gentleman can remark of you that “he has the most extraordinary kelly blue bitch”. Get a pipe and learn to work it. When you meet the gentleman on your daily walk, you two will have much to speak about. See how it works?

  120. ozone November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    That response should begin: “I am”, “I be”, “I is”, or perhaps, “I’m”. ;o)

  121. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    I don’t know what style handbook you use
    =============
    The spell checker that comes loaded on the Windows 7 Op Sys advised me it should be capitalised (capitalized*).
    *Note: the spell checker accepts either spelling. These “rules” are not carved in stone. Sometimes I just like to bust balls for amusement.
    BTW, if I had written the excerpted sentence above I would have used a hyphen. style-handbook

  122. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Thank you. People are desperate to focus on pedophilia as if it has nothing to do with Homosexuality. In fact, they abuse children at three times the rate of Heterosexuals. And again yes, the Homosexual Establishment is beyond eager to lower the rate of consent. Some to the mid teens and some far lower. The latter were angry at NAMBLA for their poor strategy – nothing else.

  123. Tancred November 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    “Get a hunting dog and tweed jacket.”
    I think the “Issac Walton League” still exists.
    I confess I killed a chickadee with a BB gun as a kid. I felt bad, but I ate it in one bite…tasted like Massachusetts…

  124. ctemple November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Whats not to like, nothing! I like football, I like hockey. I like the cheerleaders, it’s just not worth the money that goes to these lunkheads that play, not when so many other things are needed and are in many respects, a lot more important.
    And I have complained about this before these short eyed fudge packers started making the news.
    Not that I expect that you and asoka and wage and progesso and buck read anything except each other.

  125. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Good points but many fans are miserable physical specimens – even if they once played. Magnificient physiques take more work to maintain than ectomorphic ones. The English used to believe that team sports promoted good sportsmanship, character, toughness, etc. That “the War” was won on the playing fields of Eton. Fair enough, but most of that has been devalued now in favor of winning at any cost and savagery.
    Spectator sports have become so big that even guys who never played become “big fans”. And women have to take an interest to get with these various types of bozos. The Feminism enters and demands that women get equal funding despite having much less interest. Well, they have to be made to be interested. Enter Social Engineering. Are we now supposed to pretend that women are as good as men at these various undertakings? Or as graceful and fun to watch?
    In conclusion, I think we should emulate cultures where team sports have not mutated and taken over everything. Take France or Canada: they have hockey and soccer. The men go crazy for a limited part of the year and then get sane again. Here in America, the madness never ends as each sport is succeeded by the next one of the Big Four. And then there is College to take up any slack. Many cultivate the private sports where one actually DOES IT ONESELF like skiing or hiking. Surely these are more dignified and healthy giving for an older person? And they don’t need to be solitary either.

  126. turkle November 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Pffff. You suck!

  127. The Mook November 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    You may be right. However, will you sports nuts also pledge to simply watch your games and then wrap it up. I don’t need to hear all week long about what should, could, and would happen/happened from a bunch of blathering idiots. This includes the so called experts who ramble on for hours before the game, during the game, and for some gluttons, after the game. I turned on the Giants/49ers game and could take less than one-minute of Joe Buck’s verbal diarrhea. Do sports fans really care about the last team to come back from 13 points down, with less than two minutes to go, while fielding a squad with eight left-handed players of which five of them have remarried mothers? And one more thing. Would you tell those TV stations to turn down the crowd noise at these ballgames. It’s enough to give a dog’s ass heartburn.

  128. azgog November 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Its all part of the rotten power structure of Capitalism. Football is obviously a war game/circus played for money and power that has the useful side effect of mesmerizing the sheep. That it dominates our schools and colleges only points to the low priority assigned to real intellectual curiosity.
    The depravity on display at Penn State is the same control freakishness we observe in the Catholic Church and so many of our political leaders. It is the same force that compells Wall Street to shag us from behind while presenting the Corporate Happy Face. Something about power and money brings out the beast that must impose its will (and its closely connected willie) on the weaker peons in the market, starting with women and children.
    The fact that it is both systemic and unacknowleged is a testament to how well it works. When a crack does appear we are “shocked” for about 5 minutes, then its right back to the game funneled into every bar and living room in the country. Just shut up and watch it, we don’t want to leave any gaps where thoughts of social justice and climate change consequences might creep in.
    But OWS is daring to say the empire has no clothes. Its existence is a sign of the imminent collapse of an overextended and perverse system, like a crack in the ice sheet precedes its full breakup. The only hope is that those newly awakened will not slip back into unquestioning silence and will in fact be joined by millions more who have had quite enough of being the victim/plaything of Capitalism’s lust and control.

  129. Hoyt November 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    You know what I wish? I wish all you sports nuts would stop subsidizing pedophiles and other forms of corruption, lazy and otherwise.

  130. helen highwater November 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I think the ads on Jim’s website are targeted somehow to the reader. I live in Canada and I got one advertising online MBAs from a Canadian university. Just about as ironic as the one you got for football.

  131. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Outrageous to say that women want to be seen as sex objects. They’re cheering the Team! Women want to be valued for who they are as a “person” -not what they look like. Next you’ll be saying that women care more about a man having lots of money than being a nice person.
    I’m not a nice person and I’m somewhat poor. Women hate me because I’m not nice not because I’m poor. If I was a rich asshole like Steve Jobs or Donald Trump, I’d have even fewer girlfrendz.

  132. The Mook November 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Hey, I had to do it. The title glitch enabled me to get in the top 10. Usually I am unable to crack the top 100. Not that I really care, I just know it irritates several folks around here.

  133. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    One guy say, only two things come from Green Bay, Packers and ugly whores. Another guys says, hey my wife comes from Green Bay. First guy says, Oh what position does she play?
    Can the laughter. Salt it well. We’ll need it when the tube goes dark. Campfires will become the new TV’s. Keep watching it and many shows will appear. The Fire unites us back thru the ages unto remotest time.

  134. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Hyphens are for doubled-barreled adjectives. “Style” used in “style handbook” is a single adjective, as we might say an “arithmetic handbook” or a “knitting handbook.”

  135. mila59 November 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Uh oh. That was “double-barreled” not “doubled.” My bad.

  136. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    It is any wonder that with society … etc
    It is any wonder that two arenas … etc
    =================
    These rhetorical questions should begin Is it not It is.

  137. bud buddy November 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Uncle Karl Marx claimed that religion was the opiate of society that diverted attention…
    It’s ‘sports’ for the U.S.

  138. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Not that I expect that you and asoka and wage and progesso and buck read anything except each other.
    ================
    I read virtually every word. When you write something that gets my hackles up you will hear from me. (BTW, I have no idea what a “hackle” is.)

  139. turkle November 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    “I don’t need to hear all week long about what should, could, and would happen/happened from a bunch of blathering idiots.”
    +1

  140. anti soak November 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    This is rampant ..now schools have ACCREDITED
    online classes.
    One guy was caught who may have taken classes for over 100 middle eastern students in SoCal.

  141. Glensufi November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Cognitive dissonance is the key concept here and of course a fundamental part of humanoid wiring at any time. Now at this particular (and probably all) “Seldon crises” it is endemic and will continue to be so until the old house of cards falls and hopefully something better rises from the ashes.

  142. turkle November 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Yes, actually, the Romans did get pretty over-the-top with the gladiatorial games by the end (and in the beginning too). They actually wiped out animals like tigers and lions from whole sections of the empire just to bring them to Rome so they could be killed in the games. They flooded the Colliseum and did a mock naval battle. The early Christians were fed to the lions. Now that’s sports!

  143. Glensufi November 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Amen to that, it was the most obscene, obsequious display of self serving drivel I’ve seen since the last time. Such a cheap price to feel good about ourselves.

  144. turkle November 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    O-k. Thanks for the info there, bud.

  145. San Jose Mom 51 November 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    I like football too. I watch about 3 games a month, although now that the 49’s are doing so well, I might watch more games.
    But generally, I don’t think football is such a big deal in NorCal as it is in places like the southeast. My daughter, a junior in high school, has never attended a football game, and because of the diversity of the school, I think the attitude towards the team is “ho-hum.”
    Santa Clara University dropped their football team ages ago. University of Cal. Santa Cruz, has never had a football team. (But a surf team…yes). The university’s mascot is a banana slug.
    A good book to find further wisdom on the whole student-athlete situation is Tom Wolfe’s, “I am Charlotte Simmons.”
    SJmom

  146. turkle November 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    I guess you must watch a lot of TV?

  147. Buck Stud November 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I recall reading “Meat On The Hoof” by Gary Shaw and “Out Of Their League” by Dave Meggysesy way back in the early ’70s. Both books were incredibly revealing but the game went on as they say. I don’t believe hommosexual rape was ever an issue in the Big Eight, but the Oklahoma and Nebraska football programs were never to be outdone in the controversy department. This has been going on a long time.

  148. nighthorse November 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Say what you want about the corruption of college sports (and everything you say is true), but did you see that run Joe Adams made in the Arkansas-Tennessee game? Unbelievable!

  149. The Mook November 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    It did look like they missed about seven tackles. You should have seen the run I had getting from my car to my son’s front door in West Philly Tuesday evening.

  150. messianicdruid November 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Ron Paul wins CBS poll after being allowed to talk for 89 seconds. CBS pulls poll…
    http://silverdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/11/ron-paul-dominates-cbs-poll-after.html#more

  151. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Outrageous to say that women want to be seen as sex objects.
    ============
    Vlad, you forgot to use Asoka’s creation … the [Sarcasm ON] and [Sarcasm OFF] signs.
    But seriously, if only I had realized in my younger years how much girls want to be seen and used as sexual objects (except when they DIDN’T) I would have gotten more ass than a toilet seat.

  152. AMR November 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    The Penn State rape scandal is of course a great excuse for people who hate sports to impugn the character of athletes, sports fans and athletics as a whole. That sort of broad-brush painting is usually intellectually dishonest, but athletes, coaches and fans frankly beg for it when they engage in or abet scandals like the one at Penn State.
    My mom summed it up eloquently: “That’s what happens when a football team hijacks a college.” The rabidness and idiocy of Penn State fans, and the idiocy of their chant, “We are–PENN STATE!”, make for a spectacle in the stands that is pathetic even by the debased standards of college sports. I can’t stand those losers. Penn State’s players, for their part, come across as a particularly thuggish and vulgar bunch. Football itself isn’t the responsible variable, because Stanford’s football players don’t have such a debased comportment.
    I, for one, am usually ready for some FOOTBALL, especially if it’s a well-played offensive game (defensive pileups are stupid), but I’ve long preferred pro football because the professionals don’t pretend not to be mercenaries. I don’t like the intellectual dishonesty of college sports, in which meatheads with no interest in or talent for academics pretend to be students. That’s another reason that I admire Stanford athletics: Stanford’s players get some undue help from admissions officers and special tutors, but evidently a lot less than at most schools, and they certainly seem to be a lot more intelligent, academically inclined, scrupulous and simply decent than the average crop of college athletes. There is some truth to the assertion that they’re “REAL STUDENTS playing REAL FOOTBALL.” Actually, I stole that phrase from Juniata College, which as far as I know has never particularly distinguished itself on the gridiron, but at least Juniata doesn’t hire pretend students to play real football, as Penn State does.
    I second Jim’s suggestion that the rest of Penn State’s football season be canceled. Any athletic program that functions as Penn State football has is pervaded with rot, and the moral example set for fans by allowing something so rotten to continue to operate on schedule is inappropriate. It’s time for Penn State to clean house.

  153. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Call them Manboons or Trousered Apes – they are scarcely men at all. Yard Apes and Porch Monkeys have other connotations.

  154. kirktim November 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Ah…. the irony! A Regions Bank ad posted on the Clusterfuck website! I’m not sure what to think of that….. a very large US “consumer friendly” commercial bank ….. the kind that JHK rightfully rails against …or the fact that it is brought to us by the omnipresent Google..the inventor of the “driverless” car! funny.

  155. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Whatever happend to his disclosure statement to the effect that all of the above is bullshit? I thought THAT was a fine idea.

  156. asoka. November 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Since I commented last week on the topic of Rudderless, I am going off-topic a bit to talk about peak oil, natural gas, coal, and solar.
    Which is the cheapest form of energy? Will it always be the cheapest? Not according to 1366.
    1366’s mission is to make the cost of solar power competitive with coal power.

    Our approach is simple. We take a proven, safe, abundant material –- silicon -– and develop practical manufacturing solutions that increase efficiency and dramatically cut cost. Our manufacturing solutions are compatible with existing supply chain processes, delivering a large impact without the complexity. 1366 has a team of veteran scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, including MIT professor and photovoltaic industry expert Dr. Emanuel Sachs, with extensive experience in process and machine design. The initial technology for 1366 was developed by our team at MIT and is now being commercialized. The science is understood. The material is abundant. The products work. All that is left is to build the largest manufacturing industry in the history of mankind. This is what we intend to do.

    Solar should be cheaper than natural gas and coal in about eight years time. We are in for some good, positive developments. 2012 will be a pivotal time in more ways than one in coming up with sustainable and scalable solutions.

  157. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    You should have seen the run I had getting from my car to my son’s front door in West Philly Tuesday evening.
    ===============
    That’s funny! I have a son living in West Philly too … near the corner of 47th and Chester.

  158. Phutatorius November 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I enjoyed your jeremiad as usual. I think Pete Seeger’s song “garbage” says it pretty well.
    Phut

  159. Stone November 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    James,
    I couldn’t agree more with the points made in your indictment of the college football racket, its moral bankruptcy and cynical and manipulative use of religious practices, as well as of our corrupt universities, and utterly inane and nihilistic “contemporary art scene.”
    The cultural and moral depravity that surrounds must be exposed and denounced relentlessly.

  160. AMR November 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Having worked at Herhseypark, I’ve propelled my vehicle up every Hershey Highway in Dauphin County, some of them more times than I can count. I have also experienced the quaint joys of Intercourse on occasion, and I have blasted through Paradise on Amtrak dozens of times, but I have been remiss in never having made the trip to Paradise slowly, deliberately and bumpily, preferably with a cute Amish chick, on Old Leacock Road.

  161. CaptSpaulding November 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    I stayed after Mass yesterday and was talking with my priest when the subject of Penn State came up. He didn’t understand it, he said “Why didn’t they just send the guy to a different school?”

  162. azgog November 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Interesting that we mock and condemn the spiritual traditions of Native peoples while we destroy them so our “superior” system can dominate, only to have it revealed that ours is all about debasement, ruin, abuse and finally collapse.
    We sure showed them.

  163. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Whatever happend to his disclosure statement to the effect that all of the above is bullshit? I thought THAT was a fine idea.
    ===============
    Yeah, you’re right, it was excellent … particularly so since even the disclosure itself was noted to be bullshit. So perfectly apt for use by Asoka.

  164. ctemple November 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    I had assumed that the only way to get your hackles up was to mispell something. I wasn’t always aware that people are paying attention to this.

  165. Newfie November 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    True enough, but the malaise is not unique to America or the age that we live in. Kant summed it up hundreds of years ago in one pithy quote:
    “Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.”

  166. anonymouse November 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    thats too f’ing funny…totally BS and never happened but a funny way to compare the situation to the catholics…LOL

  167. The Mook November 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    My son lives at 49th and Warrington. I will have to check the map.

  168. anonymouse November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    malaise is sold all over the world and people use it on the sandwiches just like us so it isnt pecular for our age…?

  169. Newfie November 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Malaise: a vague sense of mental or moral ill-being.
    Um, I think that’s what Jim was on about in his spiel… ;-)

  170. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Do sports fans really care about the last team to come back from 13 points down, with less than two minutes to go, while fielding a squad with eight left-handed players of which five of them have remarried mothers?
    ==================
    VERY funny … and soooo true.
    It makes me recall a spoof of airline commercials … A guy intones with a deep resonant voice: “We are the sixth largest carrier in the northwestern free world.”

  171. azgog November 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    http://fora.tv/2011/10/26/Reinventing_the_Leaf_Future_Sources_of_Fuel
    On a tangent here, but this lecture by Nathan S. Lewis seems to sum up the energy problem.
    Check out Tom Murphy’s “Growth has an Expiration Date” on the same site. Extending our historical growth rate results in the heat death of the planet in the foreseeable future.

  172. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I had assumed that the only way to get your hackles up was to mispell something.
    ==============
    Of ALLLLL the things that annoy me, and they are myriad, probably the MOST annoying is NOT a misspelling but the use of the word jive where jibe belongs.
    Methusela, the angry Jew, did it again the other day and it took all the restraint I could muster to let it slide.
    P.S. You have misspelled misspell.

  173. progress2conserve November 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Nice weeks work, JHK – thanks!
    I’m always amazed how you can turn most any non-positive current event into an indictment of some version of the American Free Market Capitalist System of Some Damn Thing or Another.
    But when you’re right, you’re right, JHK. And the debauched goings on at Penn State give us a creepy look behind the scenes of *some* college athletic programs. Recruiting problems, student athletes who have no business in college and no hope of graduating, occasional criminal misdeeds and the occasional heterosexual rape – just form the seasonal background rumble of college football – at some schools.
    So – it’s interesting that the story broke into national consciousness, probably and mostly because it involved coercive sex with underage boys. We are a strange people, sometimes, both in the things we ignore – and in the things that get our attention.
    And speaking of strange, consider this:
    “the night the story broke. These weren’t about shame and repentance, just violent displays of sanctimonious “moral” support for an entire system in disgrace.”
    -JHK-
    Violent, JHK? Ya’ THINK!
    This well-fed and (I’m guessing) generally upper middle class mob of 10,000 college students rioted with such anger that they TURNED OVER A NEWS VAN!
    And this was over support for a football coach.
    Imagine what this mob could have done if they had proper motivation, say:
    1. No water
    2. No food
    3. No electricity – for a week or two.
    =======================
    Anger is seething just under the surface in today’s well-fed America, and it’s making its way upward through the social classes – as the “Support Paterno Riot” shows.
    And yet we continue to allow 1,000,000 – generally impoverished – LEGAL immigrants into these United States of America, every year – without ceasing.
    And even on a Peak Oil/Peak Everything Blog, posters will argue that this population growth is a GOOD idea that will end well for us.
    We are, indeed, a strange people.

  174. Mike Hunt November 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    ‘I am Charlotte Simmons’ has to be Tom Wolfe’s worst novel…
    Mike Hunt

  175. insufferable November 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I love your punishment idea:)

  176. Grouchy Old Girl November 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    This week’s column and the responses are both quite head shakers. A genuine sociological experiment for this reader. While Jim’s part was quite serious, even despairing, and the comments began that way, it’s somehow morphed into something else. When I come back tomorrow I suspect it will be a bunch of guys arguing about which team is the best one to win the Big Game. Discomfort will give way entirely to masculine grunting and scratching.
    Here in Canada we have witnessed the spectacle of a Toronto based Lingerie Football team, captained by the Mayor’s teenage niece, whose large blonde attributes have been all over the paper in impeccable colour. It all fell apart quickly as management fought with the team members, leading most of them to quit.
    Seems the silly girls thought they were hired to play football, whereas management wanted merely to showcase their physical assets in flimsy filmy lingerie with no chance of any protective gear screwing up the view. Apparently there’s an entire league out there somewhere and I have no doubt it originated in the USA. I’m also sure some of the team members are former pole dancers and just might have known this wasn’t really a genuine sport. Ya think?
    Meanwhile I see the authorities are starting to take down the Occupy sites in some places, but not others. Kind of a barometer of which areas have a clue about democracy, the right of assembly and right of free speech. Eventually though, even the tolerant cities will want them gone, and for the movement, it will be time to have their next steps ready. It’s harder to keep a movement going than it is to start it, they’re going to arrive at the really difficult part soon.

  177. metuselah November 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Q, you’re such a jive turkey.

  178. insufferable November 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Dear Qshtik,
    You may think you are witty and cute when you point out people’s perceived weaknesses. But in reality you are just blowing your own horn (narcissistic) when you constantly try to correct mistakes, regardless if due to rushing and not proofreading, or just plain ignorance. However, whenever you pay attention to a salient point such as you try to make, you are missing the greater point. The main idea hopefully is that the author of the comment is able to get his point across with minimum effort. If this were a court of law, or legal matter that needed complete and accurate spelling and grammar checks we certainly wouldn’t need you. There is such a thing on the computers nowadays that can do that for you. Look it up you will really be surprised, you have been replaced.

  179. Widespreadpanic7 November 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Jim, on a happier note, lead WSJ article today states that hundreds of thousands of acres of land in the US slated for commercial and residential development is being converted back into farmland, reversing a trend 150 years old. This is something you predicted 7 years ago in TLE! I thought it unlikely at the time, but there it is.
    Saw Corey Robin interviewed on CSPAN yesterday about his new book on reactionary conservatism. The interviewer was a pretty good looking reporter from the Daily News. I can tell you right now they weren’t going out for drinks afterward. Robin, a Brooklyn College professor, reminded me somewhat of Obamas spokesman, Jay Carney, who I can’t tell is male or female. Or maybe something in between. Does anybody know?
    –WSP7

  180. 3rd Generation November 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Your Best Column in the 3 years I have been reading.
    This example of America at it’s Worst justifies the Death Penalty for me.

  181. insufferable November 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    funny, I bet they thought about it.

  182. bossier22 November 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    “death penalty” for the perp, the football program or both.

  183. Steve M. November 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    Regarding college sports: See Paul Fussell’s 1991 book “BAD Or, The Dumbing of America,” specifically the chapter “BAD Colleges and Universities.”

  184. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    P.S. I can kick your a** in any sport you name.
    ================
    OK, pocket billiards (aka pool).

  185. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    …justifies the Death Penalty for me.
    ================
    Let me get this straight 3rd, you feel you deserve the Death Penalty?

  186. malthus November 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    “it’s an odious money-grubbing racket,” What isn’t a money-grubbing racket in this rotten to the core exceptional number one pathetic country in the world?

  187. Scott November 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    That was my first (and only) thought after hearing about the rioting. We have numerous wars, corrupt government, and taxpayer bailed out corporations, yet the only thing that can get young people angry is the firing of a football coach? Sad indeed, but not surprising. China, India, and other up and coming peoples must look at this in absolute shock and awe.

  188. WorldsEdge November 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    We begin to realize that we are fish in an ocean of fraudulence. Nothing is as it is portrayed. This weeks issue is the fraud that has been Penn State football and college football in general. But everywhere we look we see fraud, stage settings that thinly disguise whatever rot makes up the underlying substance. Our real national capitol is glitzy Las Vegas.
    As much as I despise all that vacuous Mr. Goodhair Perry does and stands for, I find his gaff the one real thing he’s done. Lying in wait to catch a view of someone at a bad moment or bad angle and representing that as the totality is just again the triumph of illusion over reality. Of course, in Perry’s case, it probably does indicate the human vacuum that lurks just beneath the surface.
    The dedicated individualist image is erected and propped up to justify the privatization of everything. But when we look at these “individuals” sucking up our commonwealth, we find huge and powerful bureaucratic institutions, dictatorship nations lacking only traditional borders. They exist as parasites. The only attraction is a vaporous Ayn Rand fantasy, a glitzy fraudulent paint job that covers the real task at hand.

  189. Binko November 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Most people don’t care about academics. They don’t care about learning or education or knowledge.
    I can’t tell you how many people I know who graduated from college with a degree and then never read another book again in their life. But they go to the football games and they wear the team colors. That’s the stuff they care about.
    I went to UC Berkeley back in the ’70s. Back when you could work a decent summer job and pay for your tuition and room and board for the whole year if you lived cheaply. Nobody took out student loans. Between family and scholarships and work it was easy to pay for an education.
    Dozens of times over the years I’ve mentioned to people that intercollegiate athletics should simply be removed from institutions of higher education. If communities want semi-pro sports teams they can start leagues with other like-minded communities.
    Nobody ever agreed with me. Not once. Never.
    People, for the most part, just don’t care about stuff like this. They just want a four or five year transition period between high school and adult life where they can hang out and have fun. At the end of it they want a job. Academics? What’s that?

  190. Reboot November 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    I agree with the sentiments. But I’m going to guess we’ll be able to go much lower, yet.
    What comes to mind is James Ellroy’s bits “The real trinity of Camelot was Look Good, Kick Ass, Get Laid. . . . America was never innocent. Here’s the lineage: America was founded on a bedrock of racism, slaughter of the indigenous people, slavery, religious lunacy …and nations are never innocent. Let alone nations as powerful as our beloved fatherland.”
    Weimar Germany was able to go pretty low, no?

  191. Reboot November 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    I’ve been listening to The Eagles “The Last Resort” from the Album “Hotel California” lately & repeatedly.
    It seems to fit US now more than when it was released, in 1976. And it makes me sad too. Still, you should give it a fresh listen, again.

  192. sevenmmm November 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    The Kunstler Dot Connecting Service. First time reading all the comments before posting. Insightful stuff.
    The Republicans have similar cover-up tendencies involving Candidate Cain, and how ever many more.

  193. ctemple November 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    I’ve thought the same thing about the Hotel California album for at least five years, I consider that album the exact point where the U.S started sliding down hill. I feel that a lot of it had to do with the idealism of the hippie movement morphing into eighties greed and yuppie-ism.
    I believe that The Eagles could see that what was good about the sixties and early seventies was slipping away, probably irreversibly. It was remarkably prophetic in retrospect.

  194. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    The actual quarterback had paid her student to take the class for him,
    ===============
    I am reminded:
    (1) One of the early episodes of the Sopranos opened with a classroom scene. A Stock Broker exam is being given. We see the students in their chairs from behind. The proctor is doing roll call. He reads out “Christopher Multisanti?” A young man turns so we are able to see his face and says “Here.” He is obviously Asian.
    (2) In the incredibly brilliant David Foster Wallace’s first novel, The Broom of the System (which served as a dissertation for some English Lit class when DFW was 24 or 25) there’s a scene where a fictitious character, a student, for whom Wallace himself is the model, spends his days in the dorm doing drugs and never going to class. Other students come to him and put in their orders for needed essays on all manner of subjects. He accepts payment generally in drugs. He asks the course title, the subject of the required essay and who the professor is. He asks them for some samples of their own work. He crafts an essay that plausibly they could have written and makes sure it is imperfect enough to not raise undue suspicion but land, say, a B+.

  195. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Yeah it all looks worse and worse the closer you look. How about 60 Minutes last night? Politicians get to play the stock market using the inside information that they have – or leak that info to their supporters. The latter probably couldn’t be helped, but their actual play is a protected legal right. But the same thing is wrong for everyone else.

  196. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Look how fast the 60’s idealism of the OWS Movement morphed into sleaze, suicide, rape, and murder. The Cops better clean it all up before it starts a plague.

  197. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    You object: Trump, Jobs, Gates all have hot wives even though they’re assholes. I answer: just coincidence! Just like it’s only coincidence that the most violent cities and neighborhoods in America are Black. Women want nice guys even if poor! Black are peaceful even when they seem not to be. Who are you going to believe: the FBI crime statistics or your own lying mind? Whites who have been savaged – or the Black Warriors of Peace themselves? The latter of course.
    The Worm and the Spice – is their a connection? NO.

  198. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    How about the people who face paint? How dignified is that? It’s all tribal ritual – completely fake, canned, and controlled from above. We are little more than livestock, cattle or goyim to the Masters.
    Whites need their own Tribes again. And when Women need to stay home and meet their friends at the village well. That’s why they’re always on the phone with their friends – because it’s not natural for them to be alone.
    The WASPS are taught the same lessons in Skull and Bones: ordinary people are gentiles or “vandals”. They are the Chosen.

  199. dale November 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Gee….I thought it was just me…but you’re really a popular guy around here aren’t you?

  200. Neil Kearns November 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    So I been working on my rudder, and it is definitely in a direction opposite of that funny locker room business. More gritty and seems to be headed towards the territory of Wayne Carp, if only to sell him some technology he and the boys can use. Probably won’t stay for the nightly entertainment though.
    Here’s a plastic to oil refinery that I been working the bugs out of:






    If you look around the youtube channel you’ll see some items we’re planning to install at the local occupy ‘village’.
    May your clusters become un-fucked,
    N

  201. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    The future is now.

  202. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    The University of Oregon is a good example – anything goes as long as they win football games and bring in trainloads of money, even though the football team is a who’s who of rogues and pirates.

  203. flying picket November 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Further indicators of the level of sexual depravity, alone, in the US, which struck me as really egregious, concerned the multiple rapes and even murders (when they sought legal redress) by their own comrades-in-arms, of women soldiers in Iraq. One young woman died of dehydration for fear of being raped on her way to the latrines at night.
    I also remember reading that a warder in a women’s prison had set up a camera to film the women peeing, etc. in the lavatories. I mean… is that sick or what?
    As for the money and domination thing, there was a very long list posted on DU of Republican politicians at all levels, either awaiting trial or sentencing or recently convicted of sexual crimes.
    Another: the other day, there was a map of the US posted on DU or Common Dreams, roughly indicating the geographical preponderance of the 300,000 personal computers currently under investigation, with the vilest pedophilia images and films, some with the owners as participants. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, they preponderated in the more populous eastern states.
    It’s big in the UK and Europe too, but our security services are able to avail themselves of the much more intensive, purposeful methodologies supplied by the US, to its credit.
    In the UK, we read in the newspapers of what you call ‘grade school’ children, 8 and 9 years old, raping, sodomising (you name it) each other. Crimes are committed that people could never have imagined in their most fearfully riotous dreams in the fifties and sixties.
    And then there’s the business of women brought up to believe that it is their right to have a child, ripping open the womb of another woman, who is pregnant.
    Then non-sexual, there’s the election charades, the tasering madness of the police, the Gulf of Tonkin type of false-flag incident, and another, more recent and yet more egregious one on hime soil. There’s the assassinations of Democratic presidents and presidential candidates. So many things.
    And now Wall Steet wrecking the global economy and its leaders awarding themselves massive bonuses, and indeed, rehired to sort out the mess they themselves had massively colluded in. A madhouse.

  204. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Maybe it’s the same folks who cut the last half hour of the recent republican TV “debate” in favor of NCIS (shows you how serious CBS takes these debates, anyway).

  205. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    McCain was Hanoi’s secret weapon.

  206. turkle November 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    “Crimes are committed that people could never have imagined in their most fearfully riotous dreams in the fifties and sixties.”
    Bad things still happened back then. Remember the Manson family? The riots when MLK died? Go watch the (excellent) documentary on Netflix about the Weather Underground. NYC was considered a crime-ridden cess pool back in the late 70’s. See Serpico, which is based on a true story.
    In fact, the late 60’s through the 70’s were arguably a more tumultuous period than now, but sans the 24-hour news cycle, maybe people just weren’t as aware of what was going on.

  207. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    We have been imitating the decay of the Roman Empire for some time now; only everything moves faster now. That said, even we haven’t yet reached the level of depravity of ancient Rome, but we are working on it.

  208. turkle November 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    “The future is now.”
    Deep.

  209. turkle November 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Something is happening but you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Krandz?

  210. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Bread and Circuses.

  211. turkle November 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    It seems downright sad that someone would spend their post-retirement days correcting other people’s spelling and grammatical mistakes on the comments section of an internet blog, but such is the state of modern America.

  212. metuselah November 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    A madhouse.
    ==
    Don’t forget the “anti-depressants” and other drugs that allows the fascist scumfucks to operate this Roman Babylon. The mass corruption, depravity, and idol worshiping might not be possible without this poison administered to the numbskull automatons.

  213. turkle November 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Where’s that quote come from?

  214. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I suppose you would call bangin’ little boys in the shower a pressure valve for “releasing our tribal tendencies”?

  215. lbendet November 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Conflicts of Interest
    Everyday more shoes drop when we speak of the breakdown of the rule of law, corporate and banking cronyism and the congressional corruption.
    Last night on 60 minutes we heard about the congress from both sides of the aisle exempting themselves from insider trading laws, so they can make a killing on the stock market when they know the insider information on how products will be affected by lawmaking.
    They’re on the take, not just in the case of fundraising for their campaigns, but for personal gain as well. It became clear that they were all doing so well on the market some wanted to know why. Now you know too.
    Today we learned:
    1) District judge Leslie Dutchcot allowed Sandusky the subject of today’s blog to a get out of jail free until the trial. It had been recommended that he should have had to meet a $500k bail and electronic tracking.
    Turns out she s a contributer to his children’s fund Second Mile and a volunteer.
    No obligation to recuse herself, here.
    2) The Supreme court just got the case of the constitutionality of Obama’s healthcare bill and the mandate to buy insurance coverage from private companies today.
    Conflicts of Interests: Supreme Court judges Thomas and Scalia actively spoke to attendees at the Federalist society fundraiser. Seated right near them was Paul Clement who will argue against the bill. He also got his start clerking for Scalia.
    Ginny Thomas is a major lobbyist for the Tea Party and virulently against Obama and his healthcare bill.
    Gee, I wonder how these guys will rule.
    We know Monsanto is on government boards concerning agriculture and that some in the congress who have introduced bills on their behalf are married to Monsanto employees.
    Just more stories to make our stomachs turn.

  216. turkle November 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    A lot of American sports fans are fat slobs who lounge about on the couch eating potato chips and beer all day, watching football and baseball, because they have nothing else better going on in their sad lives than to watch other people play a stupid, children’s ball game.
    Or am I over-generalizing here about the sports lovers?

  217. turkle November 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Scalia and Thomas are both shameless, conservative pricks. What else is new? Thomas hasn’t even asked any questions during all of the Supreme Court proceedings since he started. He’s one dumb muppet.

  218. topher November 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    I’d like to hear JHK elaborate on the idea of the “Fake Warrior Culture”. I think it bleeds over into many areas of life in 2011, not just sports…
    turkle, I think you do over-generalize, but only slightly. I believe that a day at the ball park is a beautiful thing, but yeah- many fans prefer to isolate themselves…

  219. turkle November 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    At this point, does it really make your stomach churn? I’m not much surprised anymore. The modern conservative is really nothing of the sort, more like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The neo-conservative is a Machiavellian beast, willing to put on a show of being Christian, Libertarian, or any number of political garbs to woon the dumb masses with their “moral issues.” It is all a big charade. How many of these Republicans do you actually think are Christian? And for how many is it just a show to get votes from a block of voters who will follow the lead of anyone who proclaims themselves to be a follower of Jesus?
    Well, Perry and Bachmann might really be Christian. They certainly are dumb enough to be true Christians.
    And how can Republicans, with a straight face, claim to be for small, limited government when their party is the one that lead the United States into a decade of uninterrupted, expensive, optional foreign wars? What is more against the philosophical tenants of “true” conservatism than this?
    Of course, the Democrats went right along with it all, too, so (in some areas at least) they’re really no better.
    Republicans just tend to take the side of the military-industrial-security complex, while Democrats are more for the welfare state. Guns and butter, ya know?

  220. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I prefer “miracle whip”; a recipe from the Catholic Church.

  221. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Hey, Binko: I agree with you.

  222. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    You’ll take my cheese-doodles from my cold, dead hands.

  223. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    It seems downright sad that someone would spend their post-retirement days correcting other people’s spelling and grammatical mistakes
    ================
    I think you meant my post-working days. I will be pushing up daises during my post-retirement days. But who cares about little inaccuracies? We knew what you meant.
    Why not just make it real simple: “…that someone would spend their retirement days correcting…”
    And what kind of a mistake should this be called?
    A spelling mistake? No?
    A grammatical mistake? No?
    I got it, it’s a stoopit mistake!

  224. turkle November 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    You even make corrections to posts that are meant to insult you. Wow. Thanks for the service.

  225. metuselah November 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    No, Stoopit, Turkle had it right. You had your chance at retirement, but now trying to correct others is full-time job for you.

  226. Vlad Krandz November 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Like the Roach Motel, you can check out but never leave.

  227. turkle November 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Well, if you think of retirement as a singular event, like Q retired from his accounting job last week, then post-retirement makes sense. It just means all the things that happen in your life after this event. But I could see how it set off your pedantic radar.
    Does it make you feel better than other people to make inane corrections to their internet posts? If that’s all it takes, then more power to ya, old guy.

  228. turkle November 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    I’m surprised Perry didn’t make JHK’s cut this week…
    I wud do away wit Education, Commerce, and, durp, what’s the third one?

  229. turkle November 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    I thought the whole point of that song was that everyone does leave eventually. Course, I have never analyzed it too deeply.

  230. MADMAX November 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I can top that – did you see Cain when they asked him today about Obama’s actions in Libya? He acted like he had never heard of Libya. He actually made Perry look smart! Kind of reminded me of the clueless George Bush the 2nd. DUH!

  231. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    . to woon the dumb masses
    . against the philosophical tenants of “true” conservatism
    . Of course, the Democrats went right along with it all, too,
    ==================
    . I looked it up and “woon” is actually a word. It means “dwelling.”
    . It’s tenets. I think we covered this maybe 3-4 days ago and a dozen times before that. How long does it take to sink in?
    . What purpose does it serve to type paragraphs disparaging the Republicans for being fake Christians only to admit in your next breath that the Democrats are too?

  232. helen highwater November 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    West Coast, I’ve never heard anybody who felt it was okay for gay people to marry each other ever say a 10-year-old was old enough to get married, to anybody of either sex. Is your comment some kind of homophobic drivel or what?

  233. helen highwater November 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Thanks, Unsufferable. I too find Qshtik’s continous ragging on people about their spelling and grammar extremely annoying and picky. I have decided to just skip over his comments from now on, maybe you should do the same. There are plenty of better ones to read, and I don’t give a rat’s ass whether people spell everything correctly if their comment is interesting and relevant.

  234. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    But I could see how it set off your pedantic radar.
    Good, then we’re getting somewhere. When you consider how what you write sounds in the ear of your audience it’s a good thing.
    Does it make you feel better than other people to make inane corrections to their internet posts?
    When I see the endless unnecessary errors people make in expressing themselves it confirms my belief that I take far more care than the average person to avoid misunderstanding of what I write. Frankly, I’m amazed how little people give a shit about what they write. I mean, why bother writing at all if you don’t give a shit? In live conversation I will sometimes correct my daughter and she will reply in rapid youth-speak: “Dad, nobodygivesashit!” and I say, “Precisely, and THAT is the problem.”

  235. anti soak November 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Book :’100 Yard Lie’.

  236. anti soak November 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Yes, Most skip the NAMBLA meetings, even when they are at the library next to the children’s section.

  237. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I too find Qshtik’s continous ragging on people about their spelling and grammar extremely annoying and picky.
    ==============
    Groan … it’s freakin amazing! contin-o-us; close enough for the internet.
    I think I’ll write to Bill Gates and tell him he may as well save a buck and leave the spell-check app out of his operating systems ’cause nobody uses it and nobody gives a shit.
    By all means High, skip over me.

  238. Qshtik November 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    I wud do away wit Education, Commerce, and, durp, what’s the third one?
    ============
    I don’t know what the third one was either but I say RIGHT ON! to the first two.

  239. myrtlemay November 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    AMEN! Nearly choked on my din din when I read a retired “teacher” use such grammar. Lord knows why we have such a problem remediating college freshmen when they have THIS kind of “teacher” in front of them. Christ almighty, I don’t think I’d have made it out of grammar school with writing lik dat. ;0
    And I’m so glad that everyone is continuing to kiss your ass, Q, for I sense it’s why you keep cropping up on this forum. ;)
    And so forth. Child sexual abuse…I was molested by my doctor when I was 15 1/2. I said nothing. He (we) kept the patient room nearly packed while he “examined” my upper and lower body, and encouraged me to do the same on his lower anatomy for what must have been an hour. Needless to say, afterward, I insisted that my mother switch doctors after this episode, which left me extremely confused and nervous. I didn’t dare mention a word of it to her at the time, although in retrospect, I think she might have suspected. I had an older sister who quit seeing the same doctor about 5 years earlier, again without explanation.
    It’s not right to force your sexual intentions on a child. It’s most definitely child abuse. I’ll leave that for what it’s worth.
    That being said, my sexual relations with men have been about 90% positive. When I was 17, I had a rich, older uncle who plied me with Manhattans after school in his mansion. We had some rich, esoteric conversations in his main parlor, the memory of which I wouldn’t part with for the world. And it did end with conversation…absolutely nothing more. Perhaps a slight hangover the next day, but…

  240. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I always thought The Eagles were sellouts myself.When some of them weren’t hanging out in LA they made Aspen their hangout. Certainly they’re not the stuff that Neil Young is made of.
    Don Henley carried that band and the best thing that ever happened to him was going solo. Henley’s The End Of The Innoncence is a fine song:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1yqo5_don-henley-the-end-of-the-innocence_music

  241. BeantownBill November 15, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I happen to agree with Q’s correcting of other people’s grammar. What one writes is the reflection of one’s thoughts. Using wrong words and incorrect spelling shows me sloppy thinking, so I don’t trust what the writer says is accurate; and someone too self-centered to take their time posting because they’re so in a rush to blurt out what they’re thinking that they could care less about actual communication.
    The state of affairs in our country is terible and part of the reason is lack of clear thinking, which is reflected in many people’s writing. No one’s perfect – I’ve been “Q-ed” a few times myself, but it doesn’t bother me. Q actually performs a valuable service.

  242. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    LOL!

  243. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    Thanks Myrtle and Bean … finally someone “gets it.”

  244. Eleuthero November 15, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    JHK said:
    The Penn State football sex scandal, and the depraved response of the university community at all levels, tells whatever you need to know about the spiritual condition of this floundering, rudderless, republic and its ignoble culture.
    and also …
    First is the pretense that college football is a character-building endeavor. Rather it’s an odious money-grubbing racket that chews up and spits out quasi-professional players who, with rare exceptions, only pretend to be students. It corrupts everyone connected with it. College football is little more than a giant conduit for vacuuming money out of alumni, hawking brand merchandise, and generating TV revenues. At Penn State, the racket sucked in about $70 million a year net profit. All over America, the old land-grant diploma mills pay their coaches million-dollar salaries, while academic adjunct professors can’t even get health insurance. At SUNY-Albany, the flagship campus of New York’s system, they got rid of the department of foreign languages, but the football team plays on. Meanwhile ordinary students rack up tens of thousands of dollars in unpayable college debt via a related racket in which free-flowing government-backed Sallie Mae loan money prompts colleges to boost tuition rates way beyond inflation rates.
    *************************************************************
    People can bitch all they want about JHK’s “negativity” but the guy’s heart AND mind are in the right place. Personally, I’m sick and tired of these moronic jocks being made to seem larger than life. Including “Joe Pa”. Football coaches, in terms of their utility to society, are LESS than garbagemen, gardeners, or even the barrista at your local cafe.
    What amazed me is the OVERWHELMING evidence that Joe Paterno knew PRECISELY what Mike McQueary was telling him about Sandusky and he chose to SHINE IT ON as if McQueary was informing him that Sandusky stole someone’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich out of a locker. Rush to judgment? Are you freaking kidding me? I’m FROM Pennsylvania and grew up there until age 18 and I think the only men who demonstrated that they had a pair in this surreal drama were the Board of Trustees led by Dr. Suma.
    I mean … how DELICATELY could McQueary have put it to Paterno so that Paterno could have misconstrued what McQueary was telliing him? “Uh, coach … Mr. Sandusky is anatomically examining a 10-year-boy in the shower, sir. Wanna check it out”? Joe Pa: “Eh. I gotta get ready to watch films for the Michigan game. We’ll talk about it tomorrow. Say, McQueary, what PART of the kid was he examining and do you think it was a MEDICAL exam”?? De facto, this is the sort of revolting shit that we’re expected to buy yet the buckethead student body felt that Paterno was Snow White!!!!
    The SUNY Albany story isn’t an isolated incident. IF you’re a French teacher at Stanford you’re marginalized almost to the point of extinction. Stanford has become the nation’s most overpriced vo-tech school, emphasizing their Business and Engineering schools while their Music Department is worse than many high schools.
    Great weakly missive, JHK. Keep ‘em coming
    E.

  245. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    Q actually performs a valuable service.
    ==
    What Buck said, same for me. Q has yet to post an original thought. Same for AMR. Both offer zero contribution in the way of critical analysis. This tells me both are anal dopes with completely neutered brains. Either that, or they’re too emotionally invested in the current system to venture any substantive critique of it. Whatever the case, both are completely worthless in terms of their intellectual output.

  246. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Cheer up Yankee Doodle dandy. Victor David Hansen, one of the leading conservative intellectuals, asserts that America’s is far from doomed:
    “Contrary to all conventional wisdom, America’s natural-gas and petroleum reserves just keep growing. Suddenly, we have enough known natural gas to supply 100 percent of our domestic needs for the next 90 years — a huge window of opportunity in which to transition to competitive renewable energy.”
    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/283074/what-america-does-best-victor-davis-hanson?pg=1

  247. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    TO ANYONE WHO GIVES A SHIT:
    Back in the day … waaay back, there was a space on a kid’s report card for the teacher to make brief comments about the young student for the parents to read. I think it was in one marking period during 2nd grade that my teacher wrote simply “[Qshtik] is a perfectionist.”
    It wasn’t till many years later that I understood what that meant and how observant that teacher was. No one is perfect but some strive to be. Perfectionism is like a condition or a state of being … hard-wired-in like your sexual orientation. It can’t be taught, created or hammered into or out of anybody. It’s either there or it isn’t. You’re born with it.

  248. Post Consumerism Counselor November 15, 2011 at 1:24 am #

    We are not to question the value of the games nor the modern gladiators that entertain and distract us from the crumbling empire all around. If the gladiators and their counselors are found corrupt, we will bow our collective heads for the mandatory display of penitence, but by all means the games must go on and on and on forever…until the very bricks, walls, and mortar should turn to dust, and some curious mind ages and ages hence shall reconstruct what sort of civilization this was and accurately portray the shallow wickedness and moral decay wrapped and coiled so completely around its heart.

  249. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Another example to illustrate my point just above. The only perfection you’re capable of, Q, is in typing totally worthless drivel.

  250. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    The only perfection you’re capable of, Q, is in typing totally worthless drivel.
    ===========
    Keep working at it Obtuselah, you’re showing signs of improvement. A few weeks ago you thought that word was dribble.
    Stick with it and perhaps in due time you won’t be a disgrace to the Jewish people.

  251. Eleuthero November 15, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    An intesting addendum to the PSU scandal is that the coach at the University of Nebraska felt that the MOST appropriate action would have been to CANCEL the game. The Nebraska coach was willing to do this without insisting on a PSU forfeit!! In other words, out of thousands of PSU students and dozens of administrators and coaches, the only SANE words came from PSU’s gridiron opponent last Saturday. Now THAT is irony writ LARGE.
    E.

  252. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Again, the same usual inanities. Only this time laced with lies to cover your conceit.

  253. VyseLegend November 15, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    Great commentary this week. Nothing more to say.

  254. Evelyn Victor November 15, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    “A lot of American sports fans are fat slobs who lounge about on the couch eating potato chips and beer…”
    A lot of Americans are fat slobs who lounge about on the couch eating potato chips and beer…
    There, I fixed it for you.

  255. Patrizia November 15, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    A very easy solution to US and Europe´s problems: PEGGING the Dollar and the Euro to the Yuan (or Remimbi, I do not know how to write)

  256. Evelyn Victor November 15, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    Metuselah,
    If I had to guess, I’d say your blood pressure and your level of stress was considerably higher than Qshtik’s.
    What he/she does is wholesome entertainment for some of us. When someone like you comes along and frenzies like a dog choking on its own collar, the entertainment value escalates. Chill dude (or dudette)!

  257. Evelyn Victor November 15, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    “…deep resonant…”
    Redundant? Pleonasm?

  258. Evelyn Victor November 15, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    “…that they could care less about actual communication.”
    You probably meant to say “that they couldn’t care less about…”

  259. tucsonspur November 15, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Great stuff again Jim, I know that I just can’t be a slugabed, at least not on Monday’s.
    I won’t go into the gutter, but I’m going to walk close to the curb, I just can’t resist. Here goes:
    I don’t think Jerry Sandusky was a quarterback at anytime, but he probably made hundreds of forward passes, liked split-ends, and he was certainly good at penetration and getting into the endzone!
    On a more serious note, five adopted sons. Yikes!

  260. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Yeah, I tried the same approach with Q. Know what? NOBODY CARES! I guess even the language needs a reality check about every three posts. You’ll get used to it. You may even start to like it.
    Misspelled “misspell”. Fuckin’ brilliant. Sigh. And I was having such a good read.

  261. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    “P.S. I can kick your a** in any sport you name.”
    Do you think they’re any good at jai alai? I see a potential hustle.

  262. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    How about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League? Sliding into second with their skirts on. Tough? Sexy? I’m so confused. Most people think it ended when the boys came home from WWII. Not true. Like MLB, television changed everything.

  263. bubbleheadMarc November 15, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Jim, One of your best essays in a long time, or perhaps the best ever. When I was in school I was too busy sleeping off hangovers to bother with something as silly as college football games, of which I attended perhaps one the entire time I was there [Miami of Ohio]even though they were undefeated in the MAC one year, and were ranked as high as #11 nationally at one point, perhaps in the midseason, who the fuck even cares at this point? I lived in the dorm which housed the football team as a “returning freshman”, Swing Hall, and noticed immediately that the rules simply didn’t apply to the football playing Neanderthals. For one thing, they all had full sized regrigerators in their rooms, which of course was supposedly forbidden.
    Having grown up attending Brown’s games in the old stadium I was always an NFL snob who totally ignored college football. So, being a Miami alumnus I of course have something in common with a certain rapist in the NFL who also went there and currently is perhaps the most famous rapist in the country, even if he prefers college girls to little boys.
    I like your description of these large state universities as “diploma mills”. It should be painfully obvious to anyone with any perception that the only reason 99% of these assholes are in college is to get a job credential so they can perpetuate their parent’s inane lifestyles. If all they wanted to do was learn then they could accomplish that end while hanging out at the library for free. Ever notice the giant racks of Cliff’s Notes in every college bookstore? They’re there for the simple reason that most people are too fucking lazy to read their assignments preferring of course to cram in the highlights instead for the big exam. Fuck all of them. These ridiculous places which cost way too much can’t fade away soon enough for me. Let these spoiled assholes serve in the army for a couple of years instead. Maybe if the draft was brought back these crybabies might stand a chance of growing up not to mention the booster shot that would give to the anti-war movement against our perpetual conflict with the brown people who live perched atop our petroleum supplies in the asshole of the world in the Persian Gulf and thereabouts.
    And finally, thanks for holding up the asinine prayer session to the ridicule it so richly deserves. Are we expected to think that these performing sideshow monkeys actually pray much less meditate or for that matter could even give any sort of plausible explanation of their religious beliefs? Of course not, because they’re simply too fucking shallow. Of course the devoutly religious are a bunch of vapid fuckheads as well, but that’s another story for a different rant, maybe some other time…

  264. Reboot November 15, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    In relation /tangential to clearing the parks, I recall November 15, 1969:

  265. Reboot November 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    In relation /tangential to clearing the parks, I recall November 15, 1969: The first nationwide Moratorium was followed a month later, on November 15, 1969, by a second massive Moratorium march on Washington, D.C., which attracted over 500,000 demonstrators against the war, including many performers and activists on stage at a rally across from the White House. Most demonstrators were peaceful; however, late in the day conflict broke out at DuPont Circle, and the police sprayed the crowd with tear gas. Over 40,000 people gathered to parade silently down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, where protestors walked single file all evening, each calling out the name of a dead soldier as he or she reached the sidewalk directly in front of the White House. The people of Washington, D.C., generously opened schools, seminaries, and other places of shelter to the thousands of students and others who converged for this purpose. A daytime march before the White House was lined by uniformed police officers, some flashing peace symbols on the inside of their jackets in a show of support for the crowd.
    President Richard Nixon said about the march, “Now, I understand that there has been, and continues to be, opposition to the war in Vietnam on the campuses and also in the nation. As far as this kind of activity is concerned, we expect it, however under no circumstances will I be affected whatever by it.”[3] –wiki

  266. Reboot November 15, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Straussians & their students, the Neocons haev never forgotten what they considered a betrayal of public trust.

  267. Reboot November 15, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    See Alan Bloom’s “Closing of the American Mind”

  268. lbendet November 15, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Reboot,
    Speaking of demonstrations, I’ve received no less than 6 emails this morning that riot police have been breaking up the OWSers encampment at Zucotti Park nr. Wall st. last night.
    I just signed a petition to Bloomberg and will be catching up on the latest news about what’s happening. There will be sympathy marches at different places today in NYC.

  269. lbendet November 15, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Turkle,
    As per your response to my post about conflict of interest. This was not an all out attack on right wing Supreme court justices.
    What I’m bringing up is the way this system is dysfunctional and has broken down to the point where in all instances I mentioned there is no longer anything getting in the way of conflicts of interest.
    Judges with a ties to the cases they are presiding over are not recusing themselves anymore. Nor is there any demand to do so.
    They are giving preferential treatment to those who they already have a relationship with.
    Perhaps we already know how justices Scalia and Thomas will vote, given their activist politics and previous track record. But to preside over a case, the healthcare bill which will be argued against by their former clerk, Clemens is pretty obscene.
    Thomas’ wife is an activist with a very clear agenda of her own. Imagine Clarence Thomas voting in favor of the healthcare bill that his wife is actively trying to overturn.
    These are the systematic problems. It’s not just opinions, but ties and relationships that are mucking up the balance of power in this country.
    It’s as if the only voices that get heard are a small group of good buddies that are getting all the consideration. The rest of us are expendable.

  270. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    If I had to guess, I’d say your blood pressure and your level of stress was considerably higher than Qshtik’s
    ==
    You guessed wrong. My resting pulse and BP is probably below the average, being that my body is conditioned for long distance running.

  271. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Mornin’ LB, breaking up the OWS is a pretty good description! here is a video link. You here people chanting peace in the background as the police roust the people.
    http://www.twitvid.com/SGWD9

  272. Confusionism November 15, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    “they’re so in a rush to blurt out what they’re thinking that they could care less about actual communication.”
    Q, you were in such a rush to thanks Beantown for his recognizing you talents that you missed (purposefully or not) his error. I’ll let you figure it out.

  273. Confusionism November 15, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    That would be “thank”. My bad.

  274. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    “if the draft was brought back these crybabies might stand a chance of growing up not to mention the booster shot that would give to the anti-war movement against our perpetual conflict…”
    -the resident submariner-
    Nice post, BHM. And I agree with you about colleges, too – the concept of a 4 year-resident-only-on-campus college degree is another financial-type “bubble” that is drifting toward large pins. It won’t last much longer.
    And military service. The WWII generation of citizen soldiers knew that the military was essential. They were proud of their service, but the ones who saw hard duty were generally pretty quiet about it. And most of them saw the peacetime military for what it is/was – a FUBARED bureaucratic enterprise that had to be there and had to be supported – no matter what.
    Anyway, I’m rambling.
    But a becoming country without – any possibility of – Universal Service gave us a professional military-industrial complex that could begin to drive the country in unfortunate directions.
    And the genuine GENUFLECTION that the bulk of the US population presently has toward ALL things military that started after 9/11 –
    It was certainly brainwashing (JMG’s thaumaturgy?) that got us to this odd combination of love and hate of military forces –
    I’m wondering how this particular B-grade Horror Movie script is going to end for us.
    —————
    This is not the world’s best ever CFN post – but its heart is in the right place.
    You can tell a perfectionist didn’t write it.
    Screw it – click – “Submit”
    and put this post out of its misery.

  275. Widespreadpanic7 November 15, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Its interesting to note that it was the cities on the west coast, controlled by “Progressives” , Seattle & Oakland, who first moved on the Owsers. Once the left gets in charge they don’t like any dissent. That’s why you don’y see too many street demonstrations in Cuba or N. Korea. People there know better. Here they have a lot to learn.
    PoC, your posting about immigration is a waste of time. Its too late. The die was cast with Ted Kennedys immigration act in 1965, opening the United States up to the third world. At that time the US was 89% white. The whole idea was to make us less white, to cut whitey off at the nuts, so to speak. I’d say the plan is working out pretty good, and when the day come when whitey is eliminated completely … then it will be “mission accomplished”.
    –WSP7

  276. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    “Suddenly, we have enough known natural gas to supply 100 percent of our domestic needs for the next 90 years…”
    -buck-
    So, we’re just not going to worry about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) and the US impact on it. OK, then –

  277. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    “The whole idea was to make us less white, to cut whitey off at the nuts, so to speak. I’d say the plan is working out pretty good, and when the day come when whitey is eliminated completely … then it will be “mission accomplished”.”
    -wsp-
    Wow, if I didn’t know better, I would swear you had turned into Vlad overnight, Marlin.
    ======================
    And I disagree about wasting my time.
    NumbersUSA has put together a good TV ad.
    It has been run in selected markets.
    Eventually – the bad impacts of a growing US population will sink in –
    It may already be too late, I’ll agree.
    But I’m going to go down fighting, or something.

  278. Fissile November 15, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    It’s not just the Penn State foot fans who are having trouble understanding what is moral or ethical. Recently an off duty New Jersey cop was shot dead by a pimp while trying to pick up a prostitute in front of a strip club. He has now been officially sanctify as a “hero”. Hundreds of cops showed up at his funeral…sucking up massive amounts of OT and dozens of them riding cop Harley’s like some better funded, armed and dangerous version of the Hells Angels.
    That’s where America is in the year 2011, baby rapers who play football are worshiped as gods. Criminal cops are heroes. Wall St swindlers are masters of the universe.

  279. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 9:49 am #






    Above link goes to the NumbersUSA ad.
    It’s 30 seconds long, and worth consideration.

  280. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Funny stuff, Scott, when you think about it:
    “We have numerous wars, corrupt government, and taxpayer bailed out corporations, yet the only thing that can get young people angry is the firing of a football coach? Sad indeed, but not surprising. China, India, and other up and coming peoples must look at this in absolute shock and awe”
    -scott-
    Yeah, scott, “up and coming peoples” look at this in shock. Then they think – “What a prosperous country the US must be – that they have spare time to riot over FOOTBALL*.”
    So – – – Even RIOTS in the United States make us look more attractive to immigrants from other countries. Cluster F*cked, we may be.
    “*FOOTBALL coach riot?? – That’s not like a soccer riot, is it?”
    *Question is funnier in Mandarin, anyway –

  281. Widespreadpanic7 November 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Don’t get me wrong, PoC, I meet many, many immigrants from 3rd world countries; I haven’t met too many whom didn’t like or would wish to see deported. And I don’t blame them for coming, either.
    Politically speaking, tho, I’m not kidding myself as to why they’re here.
    —WSP7

  282. dale November 15, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Of course, the Democrats went right along with it all, too, so (in some areas at least) they’re really no better.
    ————————————–
    Make that…..dispite the rhetoric, on any issue involving “money” they are virtually identical. That is, so corrupt their only argument is who gets to be first in line when the lobbyists are handing out the money.
    The discussion of “social issues” is fully as much a distraction for the left as it is for the right. Both parties use them to divert attention away from their kleptocratic activities.
    Being a part of either one of these “parties” is a virtual confession to being a political dupe.

  283. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Be careful with that kind of completely over the top truth telling or Q will label you an angry jew.

  284. bossier22 November 15, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I’m with you about going down fighting, but wsp is right . The die is cast. I am reading buchanan’s new book. It is sobering stuff. I know many on this blog hate him but what he is saying makes sense to me.

  285. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    “Politically speaking, tho, I’m not kidding myself as to why they’re here.”
    -wsp-
    Wow, Marlin – so you have an unquestioning belief that “reverse racism” or “anti-white bias” or “something bad like that” was at the CORE of the 1965 immigration act.
    That had never actually occurred to me until just now. I just assumed it was a bunch of 1960’s politicians angling for votes – and passing a law that they assumed would be improved in the fullness of time, to the benefit of America.
    ======================
    But if many people, like you, believe that that law was passed out of pure “racism,”
    that does explain why any attempts to change it are met with charges of “racism.”
    Weird, I will admit. This is one of those issues that logic, by itself, cannot begin to address.
    ======================
    And Marlin, when you use the word “deportation,” you have already taken us into the realm of “illegal” immigration – and the emotional question of whether it is unAmerican not to LIKE all immigrants.
    I like immigrants just fine, thank you. I’m just working to get the incoming LEGAL numbers reduced –
    Name – most any big problem the US or the World faces – and I’ll show you how reducing future US population growth will address it for the better.
    Try me.
    All it takes is willingness to consider a “diverse” viewpoint.

  286. Widespreadpanic7 November 15, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    PoC–
    Marlin? Marlin? Who is this this Marlin character you speak of?
    As far as I can tell he was kicked out of here a long time ago.
    —WSP7

  287. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Prog Pretends to Wonder:
    ” Wow, Marlin – so you have an unquestioning belief that “reverse racism” or “anti-white bias” or “something bad like that” was at the CORE of the 1965 immigration act.
    That had never actually occurred to me until just now. I just assumed it was a bunch of 1960’s politicians angling for votes – and passing a law that they assumed would be improved in the fullness of time, to the benefit of America.”
    KulturCritic was right about you: you really are an idiot. And I’m sorry I ever defended you.

  288. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Come on, widespreadP – don’t tell me that you and Marlin are not the same poster.
    You both write with the same style.
    You have similar political beliefs.
    You both know O3 personally.
    And I don’t think Marlin54 was “kicked out.”
    I think he lost a pretty cool screenname about two months ago. Cash still hasn’t come back from that electronic debacle.
    I’ll probably be able to recognize Cash’s writing pretty quickly if he reappears under a new handle.
    So, seriously, Marlin/WSP – if you TELL me you are two different posters I’ll try to let it drop.
    But I probably won’t believe you, absent evidence.

  289. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    “KulturCritic was right about you: you really are an idiot. And I’m sorry I ever defended you.”
    -bs-
    Buck, you’re going to have to explain this, as regards the 1965 law.
    Q, if this is clear to you – maybe you can explain it if Buck won’t.

  290. k-dog November 15, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I never have never understood the joy in watching an oblong ball with two ends being pushed and shoved up and down a grass field for hours on end without purpose of any kind. I realize I am almost alone in my confusion and ignorance.
    Seems to me this whole thing is a convenient distraction to take attention away from more pressing issues such as the massive police removal of OWS protesters across the land this week.
    It’s just me, I find football less interesting than drying paint but is this the first time we have ever heard of a homosexual pedophiles dirty deeds?
    And concerning this last sentence:
    “Every new day that dawns lately gives further proof that we are a wicked people who deserve to be punished.”
    I’m surprised Vlad has not pointed the ‘slave mentality’ of this statement as per Nietzshe.
    Nothing wicked this way goes, I don’t need punishment thank you.

  291. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    “Buck, you’re going to have to explain this, as regards the 1965 law.”
    Let me edit that –
    Buck, you’re going to have to explain this, as regards WHAT I JUST SAID TO WSP, as regards the 1965 law.
    ————————————
    And I’ve been assuming that Marlin and WSP are the same poster.
    Marlin is very much pro-immigrant.
    I assumed WSP was, also.
    Which made is statement about the rational for the 1965 law – strange.
    Thus I didn’t “pretend” to wonder.
    I am genuinely wondering.
    But for you to use the word “idiot,” buck.
    That shows you are thinking emotionally.
    It’s an emotional issue.
    It deserves a logical examination.
    How large to you think the United States population should be allowed to become?

  292. The Mook November 15, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Question : Why are gas prices going down while oil is through the roof? Could it be another fix to get those retail sales numbers up this holiday season? I saw $3.25 a gallon this morning.

  293. The Mook November 15, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I don’t understand Helen Highwater’s repeated use of the word homophobic. Wouldn’t that mean fear of homos. Just because someone thinks those two its on DANCING WITH THE STARS are repulsive, doesn’t mean that they are afraid of them. I have gay friends and relatives that I like, and I have gay relatives that I dislike, but I am not afraid of any of them.

  294. The Mook November 15, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Amen!

  295. WestCoast November 15, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Helenhighwater, if you read my post carefully, —
    “According to the homosexual marriage promoters, the ten year old is at least old enough to get married to the coach now…I mean its as normal as apple pie right?”
    –and do the math, you’ll find the shower victim is now 18 and legally able “to marry” his victimizer…
    I mean, if that’s they way he was born and is celebrating with his choices to enjoy the same rites and rituals as straight people :-)

  296. WestCoast November 15, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    No, don’t extort money from the Iraqi people who are
    the definite victims, you take the money from the Oil Companies that are stealing the Iraqi people’s oil.

  297. Widespreadpanic7 November 15, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    PoC
    OzoneP (03 as you call him) is a popular entertainer who has produced any number of CDs. He is known by many.
    –WSP7

  298. ozone November 15, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    WSP7,
    Stirring that kettle with a canoe paddle, are we?
    ;o)
    (Seems to get the blood moving for some, though. Stir away!)

  299. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi Mila, I have never searched any sports crap on the web. Google is wasteing their electrons on me. As a matter of fact I am considered somewhat of a weirdo at the firehouse because I never watch the Pats or the Red Sox. I don’t give a rats ass about team sports. The fellas think I am strange because I watch womens tennis when Maria is playing! UUUGGGHHH, man that girl is a screamer!Sorry Ladies!

  300. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Hey WSP, If PC2 is correct glad to see ya back. How’d the Enfield run this year?

  301. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    they could care less

  302. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    “OzoneP is known by many.’
    -wsp or marlin?-
    Ah, yes grasshopper – but you did not answer my question. You merely cast doubt on one piece of my evidence, without refuting its veracity.
    Also – Let’s consider that WSP made his advent only a short time after Marlin “left.”
    ===============================
    Anyway –
    How large do you think the population of the United States should be allowed to become?
    How large did Marlin think the population of the United States should be allowed to become?
    Did he ever get to the Florida Keys?
    How’s the newspaper job going?
    And if you’re new, WideSpread – I sure do miss talking to Marlin. Even though we “respectfully disagreed” on one important idea.
    =================
    A canoe paddle, O3? Now that’s funny – I don’t care who you are!
    ==================
    And yeah, Q – I know it was supposed to be “rationale,” not “rational.”

  303. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    About the Occupiers; I always suspected that if that movement didn’t have it’s Crispus Attucks moment by mid-November, civic officials would be forced to bust it all up before winter set in. With that thought in mind, it will be interesting to see if any journalists follow the hard core homeless occupiers once they have vacated. Isn’t widespread homelessness the inevitable conclusion to the ongoing financial crisis?

  304. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Hey P2C, I believe MarlinFive54 disappeared about the time of the Norwegian mass murder on 7/22. He jumped the gun, no pun intended, and assumed it was a muslim terrorist. We all know what A.s.s.u.m.e. stands for. Anyway, I thought the same thing when the killings happened. We all make mistakes. Anywho, if WSP7 is my ol’ buddy Marlin. Welcome back, I knew you couldn’t stay away!

  305. Widespreadpanic7 November 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    PoC;
    One thing for now.
    Nothing I would like more than to collect RipT and Ozone for a road trip south to Georgia … meet up with you and Tripp, maybe walk the Resaca battlefield, crack open a few icy Pabst longnecks on a hot Dixie afternoon, Georgia Satellites and Drive by Truckers on the AM radio, talking about shit like we do here but in person the oldschool way.
    –WSP7

  306. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    China pegs its yuan to the dollar.
    That is why American bankers and their Congressional puppets scream about unfair money manipulation by the Chinese! How DARE they tie their money to the dollar!
    It would be funny if it weren’t so incredibly wrong.

  307. WestCoast November 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Vlad, others,
    re poor and women’s likes, I think you’ll appreciate
    this:
    A well dressed and composed man walks up to an elegant and beautiful woman sitting at the bar of an country club.
    “My dear, I find you fascinating and lovely…. If I took you to Europe with me, bought you a Ferrari and all the jewels that you could ever wear–whatever you want– would you make passionate love with me every night??”
    “Well of course I would” she giggled.
    “OK, How about five bucks for a blow job in
    the bathroom over there?”
    “Wha?..What do you think I am?…”She gasped
    “Oh we’ve already established that, we’re just negotiating prices now”.

  308. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Marlin is barely back and you’re already insulting him by comparing him to me. People are amazing in terms of what one person will elicit from another – or Not. Marlin would never in a million years admit such a sentiment to me – cuz that would make me right – and that the Germans were too. They believed that there was a world wide conspiracy against our Race and Civilization by the you know whos. Great Americans like Charles Lindbergh believed the same. Marlin can’t admit such a thing because he’s emotional and loves WW2 America – even though they were obviously utterly decieved. Now he’s begining to believe the same things as they did, but will never admit it or that WW1 And WW2 Americans were a bunch a yahoos who were gulled into fighting their brothers in Europe.
    Ted Kennedy was mere the gentile front man for a huge multi-generational effort on the part of the Jews to open our borders. Shortly before his death, Kennedy admitted that America was basically over in another generation or so. Also he wrote a letter to the Pope admitting certain mistakes and indiscretions. Mary Jo perhaps? Or just the destruction of his Native Land? The man was evil if the word has any meaning at all.
    Prog, check out who was behind Kennedy and you will Know the Truth of my words. Why? Because the weaker we are, the stronger they are. And of course their billionaire Gentile Friends get stronger too – and richer. Mustn’t ever forget our own Traitors.

  309. WestCoast November 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Ted Kennedy’s support for the 1965 Immigration act was a ploy to get more Catholics into the country from both Ireland and most importantly Latin America to and including Haitians. He later sponsored various laws designed to cut even more slack for Irish.

  310. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Thoroughly enjoyed this rant Bub. You have a way about you of getting to underlying truths.

  311. lbendet November 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Yeah, Wage
    RE: Yuan and US Dollar and how we’re going to get China to stop manipulating their currecy.–Troubles with your non-existent national economy? Call out the usual suspects.
    Just one more act in the Kabuki theater of the Orwellian crew.
    Listening to Max Keiser today–end of sovereignty in Italy and other European countries.
    MF Global customers cannot get their money or information re their money frozen in the account. Even folks in the top 1% are getting obliterated.
    They are stealing out of the accounts of the rich. I keep saying if you’re not in the inside–you’ll be chum for these creeps.

  312. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    That one has been going around for awhile in various forms. Churchill used it with women. Another good Churchill: A woman said to him, “You are drunk”. He responds, Yes Madam, but tomorrow I will be sober. You are ugly and will remain so.
    Read a great (true) story from England. A cabbie picked up two well dressed young woman from a club at closing time. He dropped one off and the other immediately tore her blouse open and started screaming rape. He was immediately pulled from the cab by two men nearby. They held him until the police came and they threw him into jail where he stayed for weeks. He protested his innocence but is was just a stable working man’s word against a club girl’s. Finally the father of the first girl asked her is she knew the truth of the matter. She burst out crying and said, She was just trying to get out of paying the fare. Is that so wrong? They were being victimized you see! The Cabbie had his reputation destroyed and was too traumatized to ever drive a cab again. Nothing happened to the young female psycho.
    And then they tell us to “man up” and marry female psychopaths who have been put over us in both popular culture and the Law.

  313. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    As you know Ted was a Kennedy Catholic who believed in gay marriage, abortion on demand etc. He didn’t give a damn about Catholicism except for their votes. He loved the self image of a Civil Rights Lion always on the side of the poor. And he was – and he wanted more of them to increase his grandiose feelings – and his Power incidently! All of this made him very useful to those behind the scenes with unlimed capital who wanted to change America in the very same way for different reasons perhaps.
    You know that the Jews founded the NAACP right? Easily checked.

  314. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    So your answer to the preying upon the young by the colleges and the banks is to hand them over to the military-industrial complex instead.
    That way, many more oil-land dwelling brown people can be killed by many more Americans, leading to more American deaths, leading to more devastated parents and widows in America, leading to more anti-war sentiment, which will lead to peace.
    Wow! The most convoluted solution to war I’ve ever heard.
    Not to mention that it wouldn’t work. 3 million dead Vietnamese and over 50,000 dead Americans might have led to massive protests, but someone just a few posts ago pointed out that Nixon pledged to ignore them.
    Bush/Obama are even more outspoken in their dismissal of public opinion having any impact on policy.

  315. sotolvision November 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Spot-on! Thanx, Jim, for your terrific summary of the Penn State brouhaha and its implications.

  316. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Fascists believe in Divine Law. And slaves are not virtuous, despite what they think. Reverend Phelps is making a desperate attempt to wake people up – BEFORE the Hammer falls. Offensive? Sure, but not as offensive as a Crusader Sodomite State which will soon criminalize Christianity. Yet Evangelical Yahoos continue to fight for people who hate them. That’s slavery and slave morality.
    To clarify: there are many kinds of Fascism – as many as there are Peoples and Nations. Russell Kirk said Conservatism is defending the rights of particular people in particular place at a particular time. No Fascist could say it better. The Nazis were Anti-Christian philosophically and planned to phase it out gradually. I am a Christian so I’m not that kind of Fascist. Some Nazis disagree and deny that they were trying to phase it out. But to the best of my current knowledge, they were.
    True Conservatism, America First, is the American form of Fascism. Very individualistic – an unusual form, probably due to the wide open spaces and pioneer mentality that formed it. In all other respects, it conforms to type. Japan is another unusual type, with a very subtle control over its Capitalism that we have lost.

  317. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    “I am a Christian so I’m not that kind of Fascist.”
    So…what kind of fascist are you?
    “And slaves are not virtuous, despite what they think.”
    Please clarify.

  318. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    “…deep resonant…”
    Redundant? Pleonasm?
    ===============
    I disagree Evelyn. Dictionary.com doesn’t even list “deep” as a synonym of resonant. I DO see the connection though to vibration which is the quality that makes for “resonance.” Namely, that we humans can detect the vibrations in a deep voice more so than a high pitched voice.
    And BTW, in your desire to find fault with what I’ve written (in a kind of “I’ll fix that prick Q” way) you have done precisely what you accuse ME of … you have used two words that are synonymous where one would have been sufficient. A tip of the hat to Strunk and White.

  319. Confusionism November 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    “And then they tell us to “man up” and marry female psychopaths who have been put over us in both popular culture and the Law.” – Vlad
    I still can’t figure out why you’re not good with the ladies.

  320. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Interesting point.
    I was just wondering about that, especially after listening to Catherine Austin Fitts talk about how regulations are just used to go after the unfavored. No honor among thieves, and all.
    Why did Martha Stewart go to jail for doing what everyone else was doing? Why Bernie Madoff? And now, what did Jon Corzine do to piss off the rest of the gang of 1%?
    Clearly, the law is applied unequally, and not just that a 99%er can go to prison for stealing a candy bar, while Jamie Dimon can steal trillions with impunity.
    Tools of the ruling class can do down also.
    I now think that Richard Nixon did something to piss off Wall Street, and their CIA was used to take him down without assassination.
    But Michael Connell’s plane crash, just before he was to testify on the stolen 2004 election, shows that they can still go old school!

  321. lbendet November 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    ASOKA,
    You asked me about the $ 1.4 quadrillion number. I just ran into a new posting that you might want to listen to.
    You’ll prob. want to listen to more on this website. for Nov 14 incl. Celente’s I got burned by MF Global.
    http://geraldcelentechannel.blogspot.com/2011/11/14-quadrillion-dollar-derivative-bubble.html

  322. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I don’t have a lot of time at the moment so this will be brief. Between what I believe to be your feigned awakening – ” that “reverse racism” or “anti-white bias” or “something bad like that” was at the CORE of the 1965 immigration act…that had never actually occurred to me until just now” – and your dire concern over overpopulation I no longer find you believable.
    At least Vlad, Anti Soak, Marlin/WSP are up front with their agenda. You, on the other hand, couch and conceal yours with all your dire concern over overpopulation.
    Let me be frank: I think you’re a phony; I don’t believe you. To me, you’re the conniving coyote, and the sneering hyena…Robert The Bruce’s duplicitous father in Braveheart, the intellectual leper. And I’m done engaging with your socio/political contamination.

  323. lbendet November 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Oh Wage, you are so right about Nixon,
    Yes, indeed he was hung out to dry. Don’t forget he said (Shock Doctrine) “We are all Keynesian, now”. That was the kiss of death he brought upon himself.
    His administration was all Friedmanites.
    Also the buck stopped with him. Let’s face it, once you cross the Rubicom you’re all alone. He stood out like a sore thumb in the Watergate Break-in. Looked like he directed it.
    He had to go down. The trail had to end with him.
    Kissinger lived on to create Kissinger and Assoc and their greatest goose to lay the golden egg: Chimerica.
    The show must go on….

  324. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Pleonasm? I had to whip out my Funk ‘n’ Wagnalls for that one. I’ve always thought of resonant as a word used to describe the tonal quality of a musical instrument.

  325. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    What’s his real name so I can know who my enemy is and where to buy his music. If you know a man’s music, you know his heart. If you know his heart, you know is will. If you know his will, you know his mind, and if you know his heart, will, and mind, you can guess what he will do. The name?

  326. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Are you impaired? I’m obviously a Christian Fascist in the Traditional mode a la Franco. But because I grew up here, I’ve also been influenced by the Traditional American Folk Fascism.

  327. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Until you answer Prog’s question about population, your credibility is nil. Are you a hater like Asoka or what?

  328. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Yeah but is what I’m saying true? Forgot all about that didn’t ya? Casting aspersions is so much more fun than facing hard truths.

  329. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    In an ugly world there is bound to be some ugly truth. There’s no way to say this without sounding completely misogynistic, but, marrying a female psychopath combined with blind faith in a totally corrupt legal system is the primary reason I am where I am. And no, I am NOT going into detail in a public forum. So Vlad, quit lobbing those softballs and get back here. You’re not done. Jeezuz, if ya can’t fuck up in blog called “CLUSTERFUCK NATION”, where in the hell can ya fuck up?

  330. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Let me be frank: I think you’re a phony; I don’t believe you. To me, you’re the conniving coyote, and the sneering hyena…Robert The Bruce’s duplicitous father in Braveheart, the intellectual leper. And I’m done engaging with your socio/political contamination.
    ==============
    Whew! WOW! Now you’ve gone and done it Buck. You’ve spoiled Prog’s day if not his entire week. I will guarantee when he read your blunt smackdown his pulse raced and his face flushed, if that gives you any satisfaction. Now he will be on a quest to get back in you’re good graces if it takes a lifetime. That is the curse of being TOO concerned with what other people think of us.
    That said …….. on to another topic.
    Now that I know you’re an artist (of the paint on canvas type) I have many questions (inappropriate for this forum) I would like to ask concerning a massive art project I’ve been mulling for years involving paint but not canvas. Trouble is..how to hold such a conversation without giving up our respective anonymity.

  331. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    They say Che turned as White as a ghost when the Bolivian authorities asked him if he had any last words. Che thought he was going to go on TV and give a press conference! Castro sent him to die – and only then did he begin to praise him to the skies. So ended the pretty boy thug/murderer.

  332. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Am I impaired? Working on it. There seems to be some kind of satellite delay with the posts. Traditional Christian Fascism? American Folk Fascism? You sure know your Fascism. Golly, I had no idea such an oppressive form of government could be reshaped in so many ways. Sounds like a lot of Me Too -ism. Why not just go back to royalty? Shit, now I have to read about it. Damn you, Vlad.

  333. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    “If you know a man’s music, you know his heart.”
    We’ll see. Here’s some heart.

    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

  334. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    “At least Vlad, Anti Soak, Marlin/WSP are up front with their agenda. You, on the other hand, couch and conceal yours with all your dire concern over overpopulation.”
    -bs-
    BS, you need to go back and reread my post – which was in a form of a QUESTION to Marlin/WSP.
    Marlin demonstrated his Pro-Immigrant bona fides to CFN – several months ago – and THAT was the context within which my QUESTION to him was intended.
    Do you even remember Marlin’s pro-immigrant posts?
    Did you even read them????
    Doesn’t look like it.
    Doesn’t matter. You have been eagerly looking for a way to pigeonhole my thoughts in that Politically Correct-leaning brain of yours. And, you finally found it – XX correct that XXX – you finally MADE UP a way.
    And YET the question remains unanswered by buck:
    How large do you think the population of the United States should be allowed to become?
    =====================
    Q, you’re a tool, and I don’t mean that in the pejorative sense of sexual insult.
    You’re just a tool. You were designed by nature, evolution, or fate to think small thoughts and do small deeds while being used by bigger men.
    I am going to start psychoanalyzing you for the pleasure of CFN – if you keep on with all of this.
    And you are not going to like it.

  335. Grouchy Old Girl November 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Excuse me for barging in to what looks like a stimulating discussion about immigration and race issues, but I just have to share this.
    We’ve had an Occupy genuine occupation in Toronto Canada (pop: 3 million) since mid October and they’ve just been served nice and proper eviction notices telling them to get out by midnight tonight. They’re in a downtown park and quite well established with tents, communications, running water and electricity, toilets etc. Lots of support from regular folks and unions.
    It’s going to be a minute-by-minute thing and of course they’re refusing to go. We had some very nasty police action at a G-20 summit protest here and protesters are banking on them not repeating their mistakes of that event, but I’m not so sure they won’t. Ultimately police seem to need to swing their batons.
    I’m guessing most of us regular CFN followers are both interested and heartened by the Occupy Movement. Right now I am excited and scared for them too. It hit me in a real way today that plenty of the youngsters have been listening to us over the years and are carrying the torch for us now.
    BTW Gordon Lightfoot is at the Park now with his daughter, who’s one of the protesters. She’s carrying a guitar, what a surprise. Great pix and live twitter at the Toronto Star newspaper:
    http://www.thestar.com

  336. ctemple November 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Why isn’t asia chiming in with one of his poorly written by usually accurate assessments of uncontrolled immigration?

  337. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Hey Caleb –
    You know asia has reincarnated as anti-soak.
    (You do understand buck, that’s a questioning statement – even though it lacks a question mark, right?)
    Anyway, caleb – I saw where you thought wage, q, I, and a couple of others – only read each other’s posts.
    Well – I read ‘em all. If I don’t comment back about a new topic at least once, I must be in general agreement with you on it, caleb.
    Say something that I found outrageously disagreeable and I’ll be sure to comment on it for you, anyway.

  338. ctemple November 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    I know you’re not going to stop, and maybe you shouldn’t, but you’re never going to convince the bleeding hearts on here that the U.S shouldn’t be turned into non European third world type shithole. They are not interested in the fate of the ordinary American, only somebody they determine is a sacred cow type ‘minority group’.
    The only thing they like better than foreigners is cop killers. And when they can’t win an argument, they’ll start in with the third rate dickweed psychoanalysis.

  339. Confusionism November 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Sounde like you two are soul mates

  340. Bustin J November 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Insufferbell said “We had a elementary school principal… who had child porn in his top draw(er). The custodians found it. He was a dispicable(sic) character… died of AIDS at the age of 48… He hated me because I had the audacity to confront him on issues involving child abuse of a few of my students. He had me transferred to another school, but not before I made a laughing stock of him.”
    Then you say
    “That is why I cannot understand how a 23 year old man couldn’t stop this coach raping someone. My school principal weighed 350 pounds and was a male. I am a female and only weight 130 lbs. But believe me, after growing up in Brooklyn, I am afraid of nothing when it comes to this kind of behavior.”
    Its quite simple, really. As a “colleague” you had a certain relationship to the power structure. I don’t know how you made a laughingstock of him, but it implies avenues of recourse. Now, the 23 year old “man” is considered an adolescent according to contemporary psychologists (25 is the new 18, 40 is the new 30, and 60 is the new 40.”) Sandusky is what gorillas might recognize as an “Alpha” male, the adolescent a “Beta” male. The beta simply has no will of his own. Nothing is more uncomfortable in this world than the negative attention of a man whose position indicates he could end your career with a phone call. A man who is “loved and adored” by almost everyone.
    You end up believing what he says because of who is “is”. In this case, the child had sexual feelings for him, normal for a boy his age, and what transpired was nothing less than the simple sexual exploration of a young boy. Its hard to handle for a culture that strains to believe that children are not sexual beings.
    At any rate, “Alpha” males don’t tend to look to the hierarchy for guidance, whose rules they circumscribe. They write rules for other people.
    The defrocked priest was a different rank of male. Certainly there is a large difference between someone who fantasies about having sex with children and someone who actually does. Your defrocked priest was a eunuch. Perhaps at one point in his development his will to power was crushed. Vlad would have you believe it may have been the corrupting influence of an older homosexual, but that is probably incorrect. It is common that such males, hopelessly attracted to systems and hierarchies like moth to flame, rather helplessly find themselves firmly under the thumb of some Greater Male in some other hierarchy. The fate of most males is subordination. Once a man is broken down to a state where the hormones of male development cease to exercise any of their functions, their lives are functionally over. How is one going to establish autonomy, independence, or cultivate personal power without essential testosterone, serotonin, and dopamine? The answer is that one does not; one enfolds themselves in whatever dreadful life they are stuck in and live lives of “quiet desperation”.
    Anyway, Sandusky’s big ape ass was too flaming red for the poor beta male monkey to challenge. A Homo in estrus, if you will. Very dangerous to attempt approaching from the rear. The take-home, though, is that, where you find alphas, you are going to find the secret affair(s), with men and women of all ages. Of course, when you find that children are harmed (and of course many are) you have to kill the sumbitch. Of course, his being an alpha makes it difficult to hold him accountable. As D. Jensen points out, responsibility does not flow “up” the hierarchy nearly as efficiently as it flows “down” the heirarchy (or across). It is a testament to my testimony that such charges only float to the surface years later.
    Either way he ends up being tried in the court of public opinion. Ahh, the good old High Court of Public Opinion, always in session, no lawyers fees required.

  341. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Wow. I just realized that I’m Facebook friends with methusalah.
    I realized it when he posted this-
    http://www.vaticanassassins.org/2011/11/knights-of-malta-masters-of-the-popes-federal-reserve-bank-using-front-jews/

  342. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Auguste Rodin was careful to never place his models in a contrived pose lest he not reproduce what nature spontaneously offered him. Along that vein, when Prog offers up the rare “unaffected” moment or posture, I begin to discern a certain agenda beyond population obsession. Prog writes:
    “So today – the American Dream goes to people who sell their Food Stamps so they can buy tennis shoes, big screen TV’s, Hagen-Daas Ice Cream, and Iphones.
    Their kids get a free lunch and breakfast at school and at HeadStart, anyway.
    ==========================
    Bitter – you damn right I’m getting bitter. Welfare was supposed to help pre-1964 native born blacks get a leg-up into a better life.
    As a life-long Liberal, I was always in favor of that sort of Welfare spending.
    Instead Welfare has fostered a never ending scam.
    And now, we’re importing 1,000,000 fresh immigrants every year – to add to the insanity.
    The amount of hostility that they experience on a daily basis between/among immigrant groups (Jamaican, Somali, Muslim, Christian, etc, etc) was a real surprise to me. And I’m hard to surprise.”
    Welfare was for pre-1964 born blacks? I would ask you to source that assertion but it’s so utterly idiotic that I won’t bother.
    And, no, I haven’t been trying to “pigeon hole” you. Time and time again I have defended you agfainst charges of racism.
    Look, I don’t really care what you espouse; I’m all for free expression etc. I just no longer believe the facade.

  343. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Speaking of credibility, you have no right to accuse Asoka of “hate”. After all, hate is your lifeblood. You hate Blacks, Mexicans, Jews,women, academics, liberals, homosexuals…the list is too long.
    And that refrain, “how much immigration is enough” is one of the stock defense cards of the virulently anti-illegal immigrant crowd in the spirit of Tom Tancredo etc. I have heard it uttered many times on lunatic right-wing talk radio – which is why you think it’s such an important question to answer.

  344. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    “Ahh, the good old High Court of Public Opinion, always in session, no lawyers fees required.”
    Free parking? Watch out for that Living Death Sentence.

  345. ront November 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    “I (or we) believe in God” has got to be among the least meaningful, commonly used phrases. Its only rival may be “I/we do not believe in God.” As to “who is going to do the punishing,” that would be the law of karma, which is not so much punishment as the teaching of a lesson. Just don’t ask where, when or how.
    The definition of God to which I subscribe, when definitions are called for, is that God is existence, infinite and eternal Being. That would include everything that exists, all that does not exist, as well as everything that falls outside of those two catagories. This would seem to mean all the transgressors, the would-be punishers, and anyone that may not fall into either of these catagories. Now, go ahead and yourself where you fit in to this scheme.

  346. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    You’re just a tool. You were designed by nature, evolution, or fate to think small thoughts and do small deeds while being used by bigger men.
    ================
    I see myself more like Aesop’s Tortoise.

  347. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    “Welfare was for pre-1964 born blacks? I would ask you to source that assertion but it’s so utterly idiotic that I won’t bother.”
    -buck-
    Buck, wage tried to call me on that earlier. I was alive and kicking in 1964. Welfare Reform of ’64 and the Civil Rights Act of ’64 were comingled in the mind of the public IN 1964.
    The reason for all of this – is that lawmakers were fairly well convinced that things in the US were about to get really nasty – over racial issues.
    And – again, buck – in your eagerness to label me as a “RACIST” (tm asoka.?) you skipped over the part where I said:
    “Welfare was supposed to help pre-1964 native born blacks get a leg-up into a better life.
    As a life-long Liberal, I was always in favor of that sort of Welfare spending.”
    Did you see that?
    “I WAS ALWAYS IN FAVOR OF THAT SORT OF WELFARE SPENDING.”
    My other knowledge of the Civil Rights and Welfare Reform Acts of 1964 comes from this song.
    You and wage might prove me wrong on technicalities – but the fact will remain –
    Those laws were passed with the intent of helping NATIVE BORN BLACKS.
    Standing in line marking time-
    Waiting for the welfare dime
    ‘Cause they can’t buy a job
    The man in the silk suit hurries by
    As he catches the poor ladies’ eyes
    Just for fun he says “get a job”
    CHORUS
    That’s just the way it is
    Some things will never change
    That’s just the way it is
    But don’t you believe them
    They say he little boy you can’t go
    Where the others go
    ‘Cause you don’t look like they do
    Said hey old man how can you stand
    To think that way
    Did you really think about it
    Before you made the rules
    He said, Son
    CHORUS
    Well they passed a law in ’64
    To give those who ain’t got a little more
    But it only goes so far
    Because the law don’t change another’s mind
    When all it sees at the hiring time
    Is the line on the color bar
    -bruce hornsby-

  348. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    “….how much immigration is enough” is one of the stock defense cards of the virulently anti-illegal immigrant crowd….”
    -bs, to vlad-
    Buck I’ve been giving you too much credit.
    Your mind works in a simple, and PC, manner:
    First – you CONFLATE “the anti-illegal immigrant crowd” with concerns about LEGAL immigration.
    And then you engage in “logic,” as follows:
    David Duke is a Racist
    David Duke is for reduction of immigration
    -therefore-
    EVERYONE who is for reduction of immigration
    – is a racist.
    ——————————
    RACIST – It’s your final trump card, Buck, since you refuse to engage in any further debate on reduction of immigration – LEGAL or otherwise.
    And since you still REFUSE to answer the question:
    How large should the population of the United States be allowed to become?

  349. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m excited and scared for them too. All of them, wherever they are. My heart will go out to the ones that the police arrest and process. A lot of doors will close once it shows up on their rap sheet. That is a huge sacrifice. They will be the casualties of war. It’s got to be done. There is no other way.

  350. turkle November 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Cuz asia got hit with the ban stick and posts as anti soak.

  351. turkle November 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    “How large should the population of the United States be allowed to become?”
    I’d say 300 lbs is a bit on the hefty side.

  352. turkle November 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Oh, nos, not The Feminism!

  353. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    So I googled race and welfare, because I was sure that there were more white people on welfare than black.
    This popped up. Hmmm. No wonder you conflate race and welfare with the Welfare Reform Act of 1964.
    According to this, blacks were excluded from welfare before then. Only whites got it.
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CB0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brynmawr.edu%2FAcads%2FGSSW%2Fschram%2Fsosspresentation.pdf&ei=ju_CTozzMqfe2AWWhMzHDg&usg=AFQjCNEgZIZXxrpvHEDgG_Sid1WdmyQq3Q&sig2=f-tZ-rpy28vj9rMXj89UsQ

  354. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Wow. I was afraid that I would be kicked off of here for posting that link. I guess JHK fixed the spam problem.
    Hope it works.

  355. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Either way he ends up being tried in the court of public opinion. Ahh, the good old High Court of Public Opinion, always in session, no lawyers fees required.
    =============
    VERY impressive analysis Bust. It all sounds quite plausible. But you sound a bit too familiar with the mental states and power structures of these Alpha and Beta players you describe; no offense.

  356. turkle November 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Um, yes, there are far more whites on welfare, given that blacks are 10% of the population. That makes perfect sense. A lot of black men are excluded from receiving it due to felony criminal convictions, as well.
    I’m not sure about the respective percentage of each race that is on welfare. I’d guess it is higher for blacks, maybe a lot higher, but not really sure.

  357. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I’d say 300 lbs is a bit on the hefty side.
    =================
    I had to think that response over an extra 3 seconds or so and then busted out laughing.

  358. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    “….there was a world wide conspiracy against our Race and Civilization by the you know whos. Great Americans like Charles Lindbergh believed the same.”
    -vlad-
    Wage this goes out to you, too. The problem with most conspiracy theories is that they end up with “The Jews” pulling the strings and calling the shots.
    And the first problem is that “The Jews” forgot to tell (among many others) James Howard Kunstler and BeanTownBill – two Jewish gentlemen whose logic and intellect I have come to trust, over the past several months.
    So, how can you have a conspiracy if all the principals involved did NOT get the word.
    ==========================
    Now – it’s natural that some Jewish men would come out of the crucible of WWII and its aftermath, with:
    1. Great empathy for the oppressed
    2. A desire to remake the world
    3. A desire to drive a stake through the heart of nationalism, especially White Nationalism.
    Henry Kissinger would make the short list, of men like this. So would David Gelbaum, whose donations to the Sierra Club caused it to radically change directions.
    http://www.susps.org/
    ALL Sierra club members should read this, btw.
    BeanTown – Maybe I should put some more disclaimers on this before I post it. But here goes – and if it’s anti-Semitic, somebody is going to have to show me why.
    I will wait with interest.

  359. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    “Um, yes, there are far more whites on welfare, given that blacks are 10% of the population. That makes perfect sense.”
    -turkle, to wage-
    I can give you the figures, Wage.
    Black women make up 6% of the population and supposedly receive 34% of the AFDC benefits.
    That’s unverified, and from a private website.
    Maybe someone who is good at research can find us a good .gov website –
    But then who trusts government figures, right?

  360. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Prog, the logical retort to Buck’s statement that “….how much immigration is enough” is one of the stock defense cards of the virulently anti-illegal immigrant crowd….” is that HIS response is one of the stock answer-dodging cards of the virulent Left “crowd.” (Reminder: Words like “crowd” and “ilk” are always pejorative.)

  361. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Im a little surprised men of yr caliber would bother with BS from MrBstud.
    Does the fellow in Toronto area who was posting about all the horrors of Immigration and PC in
    Canada…you still lurking here?

  362. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Marlin is in NE and disliked leftist gays?
    Cash is in Canada?

  363. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Thanks for the link, wage. I wasn’t aware of this website. It’s now been added to my Google Reader RSS list. The way I came to learn about the Vatican being behind the Central Banks is by way of Jordan Maxwell’s research.

  364. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    If you google ‘less blacks on welfare’ you get that
    less Blacks get than whites…
    once you look over the ‘cherry picked data’
    you see Blacks get the dole twice as much as whites..
    In any case 47 million people including criminals, wetbacks and anchor babes are on food stamps.
    The fraud is billions of dollars a year.
    What was the budget for the whole federal govt in 1930?40?70?
    Compare that with the total for war+welfare in yearly fed budget.

  365. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    You may be right, but prog pretty much implied that welfare was strictly for black people born before 1964. That is what I was challenging.

  366. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    “how much immigration is enough” is one of the stock defense cards of the virulently anti-illegal immigrant crowd…”
    -q, to p2c, regarding bs-
    You’re right, Q.
    I was saving that for my next reply to buck, but I’m glad you went ahead and brought it up.
    Maybe he’ll answer you.
    From what I’ve seen so far, though, Buck’s answer will be:
    “There is no upper limit.
    No amount of US immigration is enough.”
    Should be interesting to hear what he really thinks about this. I don’t think he can keep dodging the question forever.
    But we shall see.

  367. bubbleheadMarc November 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I believe that a citizen army staffed heavily by middle class, upper middle class, and even rich conscripts would be the most effective deterrent to overseas militaristic adventurism, for the simple reason that the parents of the soldiery would be far more well informed and influential than currently obtains with the nearly entirely blue collar force of ECONOMIC conscripts who are volunteers only at the moment they are sworn in at the Federal Building housing the AFEES which processed them in . After all, once you’ve raised your right hand and the oath has been administered then you are no longer a volunteer since of course you’re not permitted to change you mind and will not get out of your enlistment unless you are a good enough actor to convince the nice folks at boot camp that you should be processed out posthaste on an unsuitability discharge of some sort.
    This is based upon the same principle as the French governments insistence that only foreigners may enlist in the French Foreign Legion, since of course French voters don’t give a rat’s ass about the foreign riffraff which is continually enlisting in the legion in order to avoid alimony and child support payments or worse. This is why the Foreign Legion is called the Foreign Legion. I know this to be true because I used to get drunk with them in the Vieux Port at Marseilles when my freighter was periodically anchored offshore there. The officers of course are French. The Foreign Legion is still an entire infantry division in the French army. Their training is so brutal that some don’t even survive basic training.
    In terms of our supposed need to be continually involved in the Gulf region nailing down our future oil supply as it were, let’s just say that I’m not buying it. I don’t think we need to be there which of course would indicate that it is possible to get leaders who are capable of staying out of that quagmire in the future.

  368. BeantownBill November 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Procon, I don’t consider the SUSPS article anti-semitic. I don’t know anything about the organization. If it is an anti-semitic group, then I’d change my mind because the article would be used to show how Jews are trying to ruin the country. But as a stand-alone article, there’s no anti-semitism, IMO. BTW, your 3 points about Jews are probably pretty right on. Thank you for being reasonable.
    Concerning population and immigration, you and Asoka are both right. Asoka is correct in that the total world’s population doesn’t change because of modern human migration patterns, but I believe, sadly, you are correct in that our current immigration policy is definitely detrimental to American citizens’ well-being. I say sadly, because my father was an immigrant. But reality is what it is.

  369. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Let me be frank: I think you’re a phony; I don’t believe you. To me, you’re the conniving coyote, ..
    Cant speak for the others but I think even less of you!
    [‘Let me be frank:’..How could you possibly be anything less?]

  370. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    But at least that monster TK admitted he was very wrong, At the end of his life.
    He also had a bill to give a ‘pass’ to any Chaldean in the world to move to the USA as a refuge.

  371. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    “I will guarantee when he read your blunt smackdown his pulse raced and his face flushed”
    Talk about:
    duplicitous
    Q == PoC.
    I cannot believe how much discussion has degenerated in a mere day, since the original blog *poast*. Most everyone is so emotional and *singleton*…

  372. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Have ya considered starting a FB group for this bunch?

  373. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    “Gordon Lightfoot”
    Sometimes I think it’s a shame/sin…

  374. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Who is this mysterious “steve” who has boldly declared that “…we no longer believe in God…”. Really? I’m pretty sure that would have made the front page of the LA Times. I’ll bet that he was abducted by aliens and has recently been returned. How else could he miss the hijacking of the Republican party by godly zealots? As for that punishment thing, it almost sounds like “steve” is worried that there will be no qualified punishers now that God is out of the picture. Fear not, Steve. We have many expert S&M practitioners in LA (you may know it as the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah) who will definitely tune you right the fuck up for a nominal service charge. So, ront (if that is your real name), where do I think I fit into all this? I’m a United Nations Observer.

  375. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    In the 1990s he voted lock step with Clinton and the other far lefties for legal Infanticide.

  376. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    403 ban…’too much text’
    If you ignore it and try again..you may get a permanent ban.
    JHK has only intentionally banned OEO/Fabe

  377. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I don’t think that the Jews pull the strings, prog. I think that there is a ruling class, and they are pulling the strings, and that they will do anything, including murder, including mass murder, to keep their money and power. Nothing to do with Jews.
    You have now made up two ridiculous arguments. Just made them up – and threw them out here.

  378. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    ‘Fake’ facebook pages
    you know what I mean, Dont get smart.

  379. wagelaborer November 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    But Beantown Bill is an asshole.

  380. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I thought of you y’day when I got my Haircut.
    The lady with the scissors was Asian but I couldnt
    of what country…
    “I moved here from Mongolia!”
    Even service jobs cant be saved.

  381. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    any on youtube?

  382. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    “You have now made up two ridiculous arguments. Just made them up – and threw them out here.”
    -wage-
    Ok, wage, I’ll admit that I made up the idea that “All conspiracy theories lead to ‘The Jews.'”
    But what is the second argument I made up?
    ====================
    “But Beantown Bill is an asshole.”
    -wage-
    First of all, I disagree, Wage. Bill of Boston seems like a very reasonable and honorable man.
    Secondly, why does it matter if he is an “asshole*,” if he speaks the truth?
    *remember I prefer “jackass” to “asshole,” but we should, perhaps, agree to agree that we need a set of insults that provides more clarity with fewer biological and sexual connotations, generally speaking.
    ===================
    And you’re parsing my words or something. I have always been ALL about giving the pre-’64 native born blacks a leg up, whether by AFDC, or Affirmative Action, or various other means.
    But – the men and women who were impacted by pre-’64 discrimination are now heading into their retirements and Social Security years.
    And 1,000,000 LEGAL immigrants continue to come into these United States every year.
    Would this influx REALLY be sustainable and STILL ongoing – into a US and a World of Peak Everything – without AFDC, Section 8, etc, in the United States??
    ==========
    And – Dadgumit, Wage, I sure would like to argue with you and your spouse in person. When’s that dude getting out of prison, again?
    (not your spouse – the concert guy)

  383. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    “Why isn’t asia chiming in”
    Speaking of, what ever happened to that Bay Arian guy (CEO, $22 million/year revenues, ferraris and mcmansions out his wazoo)? I miss laughing at his poasts – I’m betting his LLC went bankrupt, and his leveraged ETF funds cratered…

  384. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    ARYAN!!! Corexit!!!

  385. turkle November 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I like how the all powerful Jews were victims of the worst genocide of all time. You’d think they would have pulled a few strings to put the kibosh on that one.

  386. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    “I will guarantee when he read your blunt smackdown his pulse raced and his face flushed”
    Talk about:
    “duplicitous”
    Q == PoC.
    ======================
    In what way, Ix, is what I wrote duplicitous? See definition below. What I wrote is precisely the opposite (see antonyms below): candid, direct, honest, straightforward.
    The sentence you excerpted from my reply to Buck was intended to highlight Prog’s ultra-sensitivity to criticism (which I truly wish he would get over, which of course he can’t and he won’t because it’s his nature).
    du·plic·i·ty
    deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter; double-dealing.
    Synonyms: deceit, deception, dissimulation, fraud, guile, hypocrisy, trickery.
    Antonyms: candidness, directness, honesty, straightforwardness.

  387. turkle November 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Just a few suggestions. (I try to help.)
    If you’d like your arguments to be taken even halfway seriously, I’d suggest substituting the proper term “Mexicans” for “wetbacks.”
    Using the latter in every single one of your posts on this topic makes you sound like a cranky, old, racist fuck stick (not saying you are but you quack like one sometimes).
    Or have you thought about moving from SoCal? You’re not exactly in the right part of the country (or the world for that matter) if you don’t like these people.

  388. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    “Cuz asia got hit with the ban stick and posts as anti soak.”
    Bling! Did you nail it? I think so, yet anti-soak seems to talk more coherently, like an english native, and not like an incoherent foreigner (asia).
    I used to be able to nail those alias changes – alas, I’m getting *old*!

  389. myrtlemay November 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    It’s rare that a posting makes such an impression on me, but your’s did. I’m not going to comment about it just now. You’ve actually made me THINK! (imagine that):)

  390. turkle November 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Well, that would make sense, because their households tend to be 20-40 times as poor as white ones, on average (somewhere in there).
    So….yeah.

  391. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    But Beantown Bill is an asshole.
    ==
    What made you say that, Wage? Is this sarcasm that I’m not picking up?

  392. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    “In what way, Ix, is what I wrote duplicitous?”
    Babble on, sock-puppet. You can fool some of them with your multiple aliases, but you don’t fool me.
    “Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.”
    This exactly, precisely (I know… ad nauseum), describes your deceitful commentary (*MIND READER*).

  393. turkle November 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    I can tell it is asia by the weird spacing, (lack of) capitalization, and funky grammar.

  394. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    “I can tell it is asia by the weird spacing, (lack of) capitalization, and funky grammar.”
    I think you’re right. However, I could barely understand 5% of what asia used to say, and the “Q stats” (spelling/punctuation/grammar) were in the 20’s. Anti-soak makes a lot more sense, at least 30-40% of the time, and the “Q stats” are more in the 60-70’s…

  395. GAZ November 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Dear Penn St.
    How does that taste?
    The Vatican

  396. turkle November 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    It is really amazing to me that you can write all that stuff about alpha male behavior, and then turn around and say…
    “In this case, the child had sexual feelings for him, normal for a boy his age, and what transpired was nothing less than the simple sexual exploration of a young boy.”
    You can’t be serious. This guy’s history was one of pushing (uh no pun intended) to see how far he could go, even when the kids clearly behaved like they wanted him to stop. For instance, he called one of the kids houses 40 or 50 times. He would put his hands in inappropriate places even if the kid squirmed or moved over or said no, repeatedly.
    Clearly, having butt sex in the shower with a 10 year-old was a case of him doing the same. In no way should or could it be construed as consensual. There is no way that an adult male in a position of authority such as his can have a healthy, mutual sexual relationship with a child, who is supposedly under his care “in loco parentis”. It wasn’t the case in the Catholic Church with the priests and the altar boys and it wasn’t here.
    Unless I missed your point somehow…?

  397. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    ‘Fake’ facebook pages
    you know what I mean, Dont get smart.
    ======================
    Another cryptic post from the CFNer formerly known as Asia …
    Could this^ be a misdirected reply? ’cause I have NO idea what the hell you’re talking about.

  398. Widespreadpanic7 November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    It looks like its curtains for the OWSER movement, being rousted by police as they are all over the United States.
    The Tea Party changed American Politics for a time and affected the outcome of the 2010 elections.
    Can anybody tell me what the Owsers have accomplished?
    BustinJ, Ibendet?
    –WSP7

  399. Dirty CT November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Crimes have been committed at Penn state aided by denial, indifference, and a horrendous failure of leadership.
    Meanwhile, the meat head tribals riot in vain, for they have lost their paterno-al father figure, and tribal elder, in the internationally irrelevant superfluous grid-iron world of America’s cultural autism.

  400. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    “I am a Christian”
    R U serious? I’d have figured you to be too smart, to fall for such a copy-cat cult like that. Come on – majikal healing/water-to-wine/fish-bread exponential growth, the trinity, immaculate conception, 3 day resurrection? Sacrificial consumption of body/blood? That mystical tripe is over 7k years old, tired out, and complete fantasy…
    I understand when children/teens get conned by religion, but not when it comes to intellectual adults.
    However, I’ve also noticed your poasts are more tolerable recently – perhaps due to your faith? Weird catch-22 situation?!…

  401. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    In response to your:
    ‘Trouble is..how to hold such a conversation without giving up our respective anonymity.’
    Make a page or group on facebook…
    and yes prior to my ‘403’ i was posting as asia..
    here in Soviet Monika, we just had a ‘Zero Waste event’!!!!!

  402. vnrwandkhb November 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

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  403. Dirty CT November 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    The OWS have delivered a shot across the bow, which has forced the authorities to reveal their true fascist nature. Democracy is now officially dead, if it ever existed at all.

  404. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Maybe they made the $ and got the power once they had a homeland? since 1949?

  405. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Or have you thought about moving from SoCal? You’re not exactly in the right part of the country (or the world for that matter) if you don’t like these people.
    ==================
    Well, if that’s the case he’d better not come to New Brunswick, NJ either. I don’t think there’s a non-Mexican busboy within 25 miles of where I sit.

  406. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    I am!

  407. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Germany was ruined after the reparations of WW1. Jews started buying up everything. They had even more ownership and power than they do in America now. Jews were coming in to get in on the party while ethnic Germans were impoverished. And the Jews still wonder what happened…
    The Germans found out that International Jewry had made a deal with Britain that if they got America into the WW1, then Britain would give them their own State in Palestine. It’s called the Balfour Declaration. Up to that time, German Jews had been either indifferent or on Germany’s side during the war. After the Declaration, German Jews began a non stop campaign to demoralize and stop the wheels of industry. Massively over represented in Communism and Union Politics, they were able to make good their intentions. Thus the German Army was betrayed at home. The German People knew who was behind it, but they didn’t know why…During the Versaille Conference, they found out. That didn’t help German/Jew relations. The Germans began to think of Jews as a different Nation. Such a perception was natural – and correct.
    Year before WW2 per se began, International Jewry declared war on Germany – and commenced an economic boycott. All this is easily checked. Yet in school we were only taught about the German boycot of Jewish shops. Why? Well because Jews already controlled America at the level of the Federal Reserve and Media.
    Dont imagine you know about what happend – you don’t unless you’ve sought out the Truth. I respect Bill and many other Jews. Yet I know that it’s useless to debate this with them – their racial loyalty is beyond anything you can comprehend. Want to know something more? The Nazis were impressed and admired them for that.
    Professor Kevin MacDonald of Berkeley is the great living White Nationalist authority on the Jews. You can imagine his daily life in the Psychology Dept of Berkley. Call it courage. Anyway, as a student he was involved in the Anti War Movement at the University of Wisconsin at Madison I believe. He was absolutely stunned and amazed to see his fellow pacifists do an absolute about face when it came to matters of Israeli politics and War for Israel. He had no idea what was going on. That started his quest to understand. He now knows that Jews propose one ideal for other People and quite another for themselves. Their ideal is “what’s good for the Jews” and all Nations and Ideologies are seen in this light – and no other. Communism used to be their main vehicle but now Capitalism is. The United States is their Vehicle now but once ruined, they will go elsewhere and do the same to another Nation.
    Jews can renounce all this btw. There may be a genetic component to their intense ethnic loyalty but it is not absolute. A small percentage of Jews do renounce their ethnic supremacism. The most common way this happens is conversion to Christianity. But it is not the only way.
    I saw a great movie about the Jews made by a Jewish Israeli. He showed two Jewish couples after an evening at a political conference. In high spirits they described their loyalty to Israel as to a child and their loyalty to America as to a spouse. Perfect. As you know, people (usually women) throw their spouses under the bus every day for their children. And now, consider how our foreign policy is dominated by ethnic Jews with dual Israeli citizenship. We’d be thrilled with dual loyalty at this point.

  408. xhalor November 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    We now know that acting civilised during an occupation will get you a lot of TV time. So, actors, have those 8 x 10 headshots at the ready.

  409. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Let turk keep his blinders on!
    I suggested you check:
    Crimesofthetimes/blog
    GREAT NEW POST ON MEXICANIZATION OF CENTRAL STATES.
    And Turk is so dense he cant tell that I use the ‘W’ word to bug him…
    Hes chided me 2x on my use of it twice.

  410. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    I’ll be over later my little China girl. You love me time, Ok? And tell me all about Red China and its plans for Formosa.

  411. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I know a fellow who 7? years ago visited Long Island and was shocked at how many Central Americans were there.
    And a liberal I know said the same thing…
    but not as harshly.

  412. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    “Another cryptic post”
    KrypDiK poast, to U! I am Anti-Soak!!! My sock puppet has fooled you into believing the “TISOTGH video card solution”!
    The after-effects will only affect you!!! Anyone game for *total douche-baggery*? Here’s a taste:
    “{met}”The only perfection you’re capable of, Q, is in typing totally worthless drivel.”
    Keep working at it Obtuselah, you’re showing signs of improvement. A few weeks ago you thought that word was dribble.”
    Talk about a complete and total (tool) worthless piece of meat. Q can’t criticize someone’s spelling/punctuation/grammar, so he makes up something that supposedly happened previously!!!
    So F*’n sad Q – I feel for your ~$2k/month SS. I *DO*.

  413. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning Taki Mag.
    I thought KMD was at LongBeach State.
    If you look at the obituaries in LATimes theres
    huge favoritism toward jews…
    even a terrorist who got a loving sendoff!
    KMD told me ‘Its as if any Jew who dies gets a write up’.

  414. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Why dont you have yr own Blog?
    Yr a veritable encyclopedia.
    Turk …If theres anything else I can do to bug you let me know.

  415. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    “In what way, Ix, is what I wrote duplicitous?”
    “Babble on, sock-puppet. You can fool some of them with your multiple aliases, but you don’t fool me.”
    -Q to Ix, and Ix to Q-
    ====================
    Q:
    “Sit down, I’ve got some bad news, it’s gonna’ hurt”
    -vicki lawrence, speaking Georgia truth to Q-
    ===========
    IXNEI has evidence that you and I are the same poster, and therefore, the same person, Q.
    What if he’s right?
    Wouldn’t that be creepy.
    Who’s the alpha male now?

  416. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    In other words he, Uh disagrees with you?
    An a’hole is someone who doesnt see eye to eye
    with those in the movement at the ramparts?

  417. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    “I am!”
    I’m ASS-U-ME’ing as Anti-Soak! And *NOT* as Bay Aryan.
    Your English is improving. And, your ideas as well (prolly due to the same English language reason). I used to ignore you, as you made no sense to me, and often rubbed me the wrong way. Hah! Don’t rub me wrong any more!!! Rub me *RIGHT*!!!

  418. anti soak November 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Often I reply to others posts so you have to ‘go upstream’ to get the flow of the conversation.

  419. myrtlemay November 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Just a thought, shouldn’t it be “burst out laughing”? Of course, “busted” has always been slang, so wtf? I was taught not to use that word in the past tense by the best child abusers money could buy…Catholic nuns! LOL! :)

  420. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    It’s all very painful since the Church has betrayed the White Race and Western Culture. All it’s propaganda is replete with Black and Brown kids. Poverty kiddie porn.
    Just because I believe in Christ, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in Buddha. This in itself calls for a certain discretion in my discussion with other Christians. Duplicity isn’t good for the Soul and it’s very painful – but what can I do? I believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eurcharest. Did I say believe – no, I experience it.
    So how do I begin to resolve this? I think Christ himself would not (and does not) condemn me for it. He was not just Love but also Wisdom. He knew that we were now in the last period before the End of this Age. The great Wisdom of the Ancients was destined to be eclipsed in favor of intense emotion. This has lead to great narrowness and fanaticism. But it’s natural for men of this age – and one works with what one has.

  421. IxNoMor November 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    “You love me time”
    You love me *LONG* time – hahaha, that spammer is back, in full *fleece* force…

  422. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Vlad, what was the reason for the germans fighting in WWI?

  423. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

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  424. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    You’ve met him? In which case, you may have more current information than I. Last I heard he was at Berkeley and he was being threatened by Heidi Beirich of the ADL. The ADL consider themselves the moral paragons of America. And “Our” goverment allows them to instruct police Departments etc.
    He’s quite prolific and I haven’t read all his books and articles. Also he never descends to gutter level White Nationalism and obviously respects the Jewish Achievment. But he simply says that if it goes much further, it means the end of the West. This gifted, amazing People are utterly opposed to White, Western Civilization. And then intend to bring us down and replace us with Others – a Hispanic labor force, an Asian Technical sector, and a Judeo Masonic Business and Political Elite.
    The smart Jews know that they aren’t racially pure and are willing to mix with rich Whites with money, influence, and a history of achievement. This has always been a big part of their sucess. As long as the Whites have renounced their religion and loyalty to their Culture and Race – it’s no problema.

  425. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    “Amerikkka, the land of sanctimonious thieving fascist scumfucks.”
    I’m rubber you’re glue!

  426. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    What? No yellow ribbon?

  427. Shakazulu November 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Wow didn’t anyone see the Packers smash the Vikings Monday night? What a game! Go Green Bay!
    Football is the last refuge of the medium of TV that hasn’t become totally perverse or politically correct, and I’d rather watch it than listen to moronic canned laughter or politicians lie every time they open their mouth.
    Rome is already burning, so you might as well enjoy the games. What else are we going to do?

  428. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Why did the British fight WW1? Why did anyone? It was madness from A to Z. Britain should have stayed the fuck out of it even if Germany was stupid enough to jump in. If memory serves, the Jew Princip, a member of a secret Serbian Society called “The Black Hand” shot the Austro Hungarian Arch Duke Ferdinand.
    One of the few sane men was the Russian Mystic Rasputin who told the Czar that the whole Balkans weren’t worth the life of one Russian Soldier. The great English Rationalist Bertrand Russell gave similar counsel to the British Elite.

  429. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    because their households tend to be 20-40 times as poor as white ones
    ====================
    Turk, I have an arithmetic exercise for you. Let’s assume the only data point in determining poverty is household income and the poor whites you speak of have income of $25K/yr. Assume further that the borderline between “poor” and “not poor” is an income of $35K/yr. Finally let’s assume your “20-40 times as poor as white ones” is a good range estimate and that for ease of calculation we’ll split the difference and use 30 times as poor.
    So, if the black households are 30 times as poor as the white households how much is the household income of the blacks?
    I invite calculations from any other interested readers as well.

  430. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    No, last I checked, Belgium Luxembourg and France were not part of Serbia or the Balkans. And the Austro Hungarian Arch Duke Ferdinand certainly wasn’t worth the huge economic capital spent and millions of Germans sacrificed.
    Think a little harder.

  431. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    I love the way Jerry repeated the question back to the interogator. And the way he lisped when he said the word “leg”. The man is in denial. Leave him alone! He enjoyed the presence of young people. Is that a crime? Bustin says No Way.
    Years ago I read an article in the Anarchist’s Journal – a journal of desire armed. The article was full of stories about children recalling their postive experiences with pedophilia. Is it possible? Yes. Probable? No. Most cases are going to be very bad in their effect. I wish I had been “abused” by a grown woman in my teens. That would have been good for me. But not by an Aunt who wanted “help” when I was a little boy.
    And of course girls are different – getting it from a male teacher is much more serious than a boy getting some from female teacher. Could it be alright for them? Maybe, but probably not. The Laws are for the best. It’s the best we can do. Some degree of paternalism is inevitable and necessary. But no individual is required to let such laws distort their own experience or desire.

  432. rippedthunder November 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    “In any case 47 million people including criminals, wetbacks and anchor babes are on food stamps.”
    I’ll bite, For starters do not Ass.u.m.e. anything. This equation makes no sense to me. Is there a solution Q?

  433. Ixnei November 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    “You asked me about the $ 1.4 quadrillion number.”
    And here I thought it was only $0.3-0.6 quadrillion!!!
    I started thinking about the “banks loaning to other banks,” and did a little mind-experiment, assuming minimal 8x leveraging, and offshore banks that can go bankrupt immediately. I thought it would be like a GDP multiplier – but it’s much worse:
    Piddly 8x leverage on offshore default banks, bank (margin?) loans to banks (assume bank x starts by loaning a mere $10k):
    $10k bank x -> $10k bank 1 investment
    $10k bank 1 -> $70k loan to bank x, $10k loan to bank 2
    $10k bank 2 -> $70k loan to bank x, $10k loan to bank 3
    $10k bank 3 -> $70k loan to bank x, $10k loan to bank 4…
    infinite “skimming” loop (even better than a pyramid scheme, or a GDP multiplier), limited only by number of “bogus” banks…
    Amazing, 8x leveraging and only 3 extra banks results in $10k turning into $210k, *instantly* returned to bank x.
    Bankruptcy can only go after the bank’s current assets ($10k), and what is owed to them (offshore limitations)?
    Legitimate banks can merely account for those debts as toxic assets, and keep them off the balance sheet indefinitely – thus allowing indefinite 8x leveraged loans – GAAP no more!
    Yet, these bastards are still leveraging 30x to 100x!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  434. Vlad Krandz November 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I didn’t say anything about those countries. And I’m not approving of the way any of them acted. The alliances were the anchors that sank their ships of state. The Balkans wanted out and should have been allowed out. The Russian ambasador came back from a trip to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and reported to the Czar, “We are allied to a corpse”. The young Adolf Hitler was shocked at the ethnic hatred of the Slavs towards the Germanic Empire. And this too lead to tragedy later in WW2. The Germans were often greeted as liberators from the Russian Communist Yoke – until the next day. See? I criticize the Fuhrer or furor or furry or furhor. I am not a Naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. Just a God Fearing White Man who believes in Truth, Justice, and the Fascist Way.
    As you know, virtually all comics were the Jewish creations and are in fact golems for the Jewish Nation – which is a Nation Without Borders. Did I make that one up? Now Herzl and Weinstein said so themselves.

  435. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    “….there’s no anti-semitism, IMO. BTW, your 3 points about Jews are probably pretty right on. Thank you for being reasonable.
    -btb-
    Thanks, bill – reasonableness is in short supply in today’s United States, it sometimes appears. I appreciate you “having my back,” in that regard – on CFN, metaphorically speaking.
    “Concerning population and immigration, you and Asoka are both right. Asoka is correct in that the total world’s population doesn’t change because of modern human migration patterns, but I believe, sadly, you are correct in that our current immigration policy is definitely detrimental to American citizens’ well-being. I say sadly, because my father was an immigrant. But reality is what it is.”
    -btb-
    You’re right, Bill – but take it one step further.
    You say, “our current immigration policy is definitely detrimental to American citizens’ well-being.”
    Because our current immigration policy is detrimental to the WHOLE WORLD.
    1. We damage the countries from which the “best and brightest” immigrate to the US.
    2. We damage our own, native born, blacks, browns, and whites – with this immigrant influx.
    3. We damage – the entire planet – with our 25% consumption of Planetary resources. (Which is a rate of ABSOLUTE consumption that only goes UP – as US population goes up.)
    ================================================
    We’ve got to try to stop the madness.

  436. Ixnei November 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    “I believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eurcharest. Did I say believe – no, I experience it.”
    I’ll leave the spelling issues to “Q”. As to your poast, does *GHAD* speak to you? It would seem so, as you claim to *experience* it…
    I’d call that the first sign of psychosis/schizophrenia. Maybe that’s just me, tho…
    If *GHAD* just makes you *tingle* inside, rather than sending you direct *thoughts*, let me know – however, I find they’re both symptoms of the same root cause (psychosis/schizophrenia).

  437. metuselah November 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    No, you didn’t say anything about those countries. I was the one who brought it up, because you didn’t.
    You still didn’t answer my question. What were the Germans doing in Belgium Luxembourg and France, or the Austrians in Serbia?

  438. Laura Louzader November 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    Vlad, I usually demur to jump into the middle of the pissing contests that the threads on this blog have become, but I have to put in here.
    OF COURSE women will “throw their spouses under the bus” for the sake of their children.
    At least I hope. Once a woman becomes a mother, she cares more about her kids than she cares about anyone in the world, and everything becomes subordinate to ensuring their welfare. That is only right and proper, because a human child is very helpless and there is no one else who will give him the nurturing and protection he requires to make it to adulthood as a functional human being. If Mom won’t put in the 24 hour a day effort, who will?
    The purpose of marriage is to provide a safe haven for children by providing two parents for them. If one parent is a danger to the kids, he (or, many times, she) has to go, that’s all there is to it.
    Unfortunately, we see too many women who will sacrifice their kids for a boyfriend or husband- witness the child abuse attributed to step-fathers, who have no stake in the kids and no reason to care about them, and who usually resent having to contribute to the support and daily care of another guy’s offspring.

  439. progress2conserve November 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    “Nothing I would like more than to collect RipT and Ozone for a road trip south to Georgia … meet up with you and Tripp, maybe walk the Resaca battlefield, crack open a few icy Pabst longnecks on a hot Dixie afternoon……. talking about shit like we do here, but in person, the old school way.” -WSP-
    Those are some beautiful sentiments, Marlin/WSP.
    And can I go ahead and invite BeanTownBill for our roadtrip?
    Now – – – all we need is somebody to keep us from hitting each other in the head with empty longneck bottles – when the discussion gets a little contentious.
    (you and me over immigration. ozone and me over sky gods. tripp and me over mule pasture and sky gods. Whoa-I’m feeling a little outnumbered, here!) hahahoho!
    Any takers for peacemakers and referees?

  440. soma junkie November 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Jeffrey Dahmer the musical. So I have a taste for the absurd and the macabre. Does that make me a bad person?

  441. scmtneer November 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Great post Jim. I also found the pregame prayer to be a bullshit let us feel better about this mess than any show of genuine shame or reflection. I went to West Virginia which is a big football worshiping public school. I can say without hesitation that had the same thing happened at WVU, the games would have gone on, everyone would have tailgated and cheered on the home team like nothing ever happened. “Donations” to college athletic depts are tax deductible same as if you gave money to a food bank or homeless shelter – that tells us everything we need to know about our priorities as a people.

  442. shecky November 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    I have this douchebag step-brother-in-law, a biker (the real deal, total scoot-trash) who has been out of work for 5 years. He sent my step-sister, the totally hot biker-fucking dumb slut, from Vegas to Az to buy some kind of nigger-killing ammo because he thinks the OWS folks are going to riot, sparking some kind of helter-skelter pockyclipse that will require his participation out in the Mormon-crusted hinterlands of Sodom.
    The fucking guy is/was in the construction business. He has been profoundly screwed by the 1% and should be with the 99ers every fucking day and night. But, like way too many of our fellow creatures, he is in thrall to the illusion of our former Aryan perfection, and thinks (feels) that the only way forward is to kill our way back to a past that never was.
    God- who does not exist- bless America- which never did.
    Fuck me runnin’. I just bought some guns online. Cuz whatever. I’m a biker too, but mine has pedals.

  443. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I believe in the Real Presence of Christ in … Eurcharest.
    ============
    Christ was in ROMANIA!??
    Oh wait a minute … that was Buchar..
    Nehh verr mind.

  444. Qshtik November 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Sheck, I laughed my ass off at your post from start to finish. All I could think was what an amazingly diverse bunch this site draws.

  445. Buck Stud November 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    I don’t know either Q, let me think about it. It sounds you want a mural of some sort or another, perhaps for your den. Let me guess: a tromp l’oeil peeking into the Stagecoach dressing room set of Ann Margaret?

  446. Ixnei November 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    “Christ”
    Thou art’est mega-douche.
    Enjoy that $2k/year SS. You’ll need it. I can only imagine you floundering those 3 weeks you were banned from poasting here – you leveraged ETF scoundrel.

  447. Ixnei November 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    LOL $20K/year – ***MY BAD***

  448. Ixnei November 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    “Sheck, I laughed my ass off at you”
    That’s all you do, you unoriginal thought, $2k/month SS *HAWK*. That and spelling/punctuation/grammar. Worthless, you provide nothing but self-gratification. Your insults to others are but grazing. They serve no purpose but to inflate your beak.
    Have a nice day, Mr Insult.

  449. jarrollin November 16, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    As much as I dig this corner of the internet and all the kick ass people who post here — I have one minor grudge. Namely, I can’t stand the little bits of ass kissing: “Great word Mr. Kunstler.” or “Great article Mr. Kunstler.” Half the time people mean it. But I’m certain we have some late in life brown-nosers in the house. Maybe I’m projecting old baggage. It’s just a thought. BTW I thought this critique of a slightly taboo subject by JHK this week kicked ass. I can say that because I mean it.

  450. Ixnei November 16, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    You must continue to drive your two-ton death-metal coffins!!! The Amerikan way! Who gives a sh!t about the 0.4% CO2 atmosphere, boiling off into deep space!!!

  451. jarrollin November 16, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    I like your point. But it becomes a necessary defense to cover the coverage.

  452. asoka. November 16, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    Widespreadpanic7 said: “It looks like its curtains for the OWSER movement, being rousted by police as they are all over the United States.”
    =======================
    You are kidding, right?
    The protestors are already returning. The movement is only two months old. Occupy Wall Street will go on for years.
    The police actions are guaranteed to strengthen the movement and force it to grow. It is not march on Wall Street, it is not rally on Wall Street. It is occupy Wall Street. Police repression only makes the movement stronger.
    It has always been that way. In the union movement, in the free speech movement (Mario Savio), in the civil rights movment, in the anti-war movement. Cracking heads, driving people out, does not end anything. The movement will continue for years until the economic inequality in the USA is redressed and those who have stolen money are punished.
    First they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. It has always been that way in long term nonviolent struggle.
    You notice the press is no longer talking with a smirk on their faces about bongo drums. Thanks to OWS the national discussion has changed, the income gap is politically relevant, and the voice of the 99% is being heard.

  453. xhalor November 16, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    As soon as someone from a public health department finds people with viral pneumonia in a camp, that camp is done. You can always start again in the spring.

  454. asoka. November 16, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    Speaking of OWS… when have you ever heard of a movement that made one of its first priorities establishing a library?
    OWS established a Peoples’ Library of over 5,000 books.
    The police came along and checked out all 5,000 books at once, including reference books… a no-no.
    Fortunately, the OWS librarians had meticulously cataloged all 5,554 books online… and you can see the titles at:
    http://www.librarything.com/profile/OWSLibrary
    The human spirit cannot be defeated by SWAT teams who send war veterans, journalists, etc. to the hospital after police beatings.
    Enjoy! The library books may yet be recovered after the police finish reading them.

  455. Qshtik November 16, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    I think I have inadvertently mislead you. The art project is for ME to do but I have poor color vision and need a way to come up with numerous paint color mixtures on a fairly grand scale, like the side of a 3 story building or the concrete face of an arched bridge.
    I envision this could be done in a way like a computer printer has 3 or 4 color cartridges and precisely sprays them out to create a hundred thousand shades of color.
    I am not a creative artist but nearly 50 years ago I figured ways of capturing a scene or a face in sort of a mechanical way that made people think I had artistic talent. The project I’m mulling would not be merely the painting but capturing the process by time lapse photography as the painting unfolds.
    My problem is in coming up with the colors. I am a laughing stock in the family when I can’t tell grey from green from brown. Officially (Air Force color test) I am red-green color blind.
    Any ideas?

  456. xhalor November 16, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    Sounds pretty cool, Q. You might have a patentable process. You might want to investigate that before you discuss it any further here.

  457. BeantownBill November 16, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    You know, how to react to your statement is hard for me to decide. If I respond to you through retort online, I come across as defensive, and if I don’t reply, I come across as weak and scared. What to do? What to do?
    After thinking about it, since I’m faced with a Hobson’s choice (where I can’t win no matter what), I’ve decided to reply because your opinion of me deserves a reply.
    As I’ve said before, I believe you can’t stand it when someone disagrees with you. You have a very socialist mindset. I don’t have a specific mindset myself, except – the word Vlad used to describe Bertrand Russell – to be a rationalist. If a specific socialist viewpoint is rational, then I’ll go along with it; if a specific conservative viewpoint is rational, I’ll go along with that. So I’m going to disagree with a lot of what you say, just like I do with other people.
    You talk about fairness and what is right, a lot, but when someone has a different opinion you strike back. Resorting to name calling regarding a specific individual because he thinks differently than you is usually the product of either a small mind or emotional immaturity. I think – or at least I hope – you can do better than that.

  458. Vlad Krandz November 16, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Women routinely attempt to deny their ex-husbands any access to the children. They belong to her you see. But a single mother’s house hold is very dangerous for children. Levels of abuse by the mother skyrocket. And then there are the boyfriends. To get totall access, woman will slander their ex’s with charges of abuse and pedophillia. I’m with “Jim” – women are not moral creatures.

  459. jarrollin November 16, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    Mike Hunt, I second your review of that Wolfe book. I would also throw in that Wolfe is overrated in general. But IASS is unbelievably bad, pure drivel — and for 600 pages!

  460. asoka. November 16, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles have killed another 13 human beings.
    Imagine a foreign power with drones lobbing bombs into our country, into our cities, into your neighborhood, killing people at our wedding parties, etc.
    I’m pretty sure that we would be terrified at that death coming out of the sky… and angry and we would want revenge.
    We Americans are the TERRORISTS in Pakistan. And we have angered millions of people. And we will pay.
    OBAMA IS A WAR CRIMINAL AND SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR THESE DRONE BOMB STRIKES INSIDE OTHER SOVEREIGN COUNTRIES THAT REGULARLY KILL HUMAN BEINGS. THE CIA BLACK BUDGET SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.

  461. IxNoMor November 16, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    “The police came along and checked out all 5,000 books at once, including reference books… a no-no.”
    I heard it was a book burning, ala centuries bygone…
    Burn that info – best to be on top of that, right? Hehehe!!! I heard about that almost 24 hours ago – “Soker”, you’re *SLOW*. Maybe you were 403…

  462. IxNoMor November 16, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    Damn, no spelling mistakes? Nothing concerning Vlad or Shecky?
    WTF, you are red and green color blind, yet an artist wannabe?
    OK, F* U troll. I hope they help you – I certainly wont. GL with your *newscape*…

  463. Qshtik November 16, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    “OBAMA IS A WAR CRIMINAL AND SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR THESE DRONE BOMB STRIKES” – Asoka
    ============
    “…but I like him ‘as a person'” – Asoka ;-) ;-)

  464. Joseph November 16, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    the game’s ersatz heroics
    Thank you.
    I’ve often thought that the cure for American football mania would be to draft these guys into the army. Send them on patrol in Afghanistan and see which ones shit themselves. And some nice close-ups when they sustain injuries their million-dollar sports physicians can’t fix (kind of like a lot of the guys who have been coming home from overseas the last ten years).
    Be sure to get it on video, of course. A useful corrective to all of the Superbowl highlights video we non-fans of this idiotic game have been forced to watch over the years.
    (Hell, that’s a reality show I’d watch!)

  465. Buck Stud November 16, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Q,
    You didn’t mislead me; I was just horsing around.
    There have been some great painters who are compromised in terms of discerning color. The key, or so I believe, is they use this deficit as an advantage. What I mean by that is color, especially of the highly saturated variety, can make it very difficult to read value(the general tone/light/darkness of a color). The reason being is that a highly saturated color, even if low in value(more on the dark side)can read as inherently light.
    It sounds like you’re doing some representational images. If the value is correct, you can use almost any color you want and the image will read as believable . If your values are off even the greatest color choices will not read as believable. Value is King; Color only stains the surface of a value. Of course, a dyed in the wool colorist such as those from the Cape Cod school( Hawthorne, Hensche) will assert that if the color is correct the value will automatically be right.

  466. Vlad Krandz November 16, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    High level sources reveal the OWS is ACORN reborn via the New York Committees for Change. It’s an Obama front bankrolled by the usual suspects, Soros etc.

  467. Vlad Krandz November 16, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    Are you allowed to drive? You are an atavism. Future more evolved humans will see even further into the ultraviolet than we can now. There are whole new colors to be seen. You are stuck in the utlrared lower vibrations.

  468. Eleuthero November 16, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    Asoka said:
    We Americans are the TERRORISTS in Pakistan. And we have angered millions of people. And we will pay.
    OBAMA IS A WAR CRIMINAL AND SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR THESE DRONE BOMB STRIKES INSIDE OTHER SOVEREIGN COUNTRIES THAT REGULARLY KILL HUMAN BEINGS. THE CIA BLACK BUDGET SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.
    *************************************************************
    I absolutely agree. We are THE nation of the “double standard” in the entire world. We speak of the “just rights of the people” and all that happy horseshit yet we are allies with heinous regimes (Saudi Arabia) and use MANY sovereign territories as “testing grounds” for our bombing sorties … many WITH pilots like the Libya action. We expect the citizens of these sovereign nations to regard “accidental” deaths as “friendly fire” in the service of their “aspirations”.
    And who, in Congress, would be the ONLY guy who’d go along with prosecuting Obama for war crimes?? Kucinich. That’s it.
    That’s why I agree with JHK’s clincher sentence for the entire missive this week: “Every new day that dawns lately gives further proof that we are a wicked people who deserve to be punished.” We wag our moralistic fingers at so many other nations and, much of the time their “crimes” are simply the audacity to usurp RIGHTS we give ourselves and deny other nations because they are all allegedly “crazier”. How much crazier than out-of-control imperialism and war-mongering can a nation get … and we are “all that”.
    E.

  469. Eleuthero November 16, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    I go one step further than JHK in regards to the Penn State fiasco. If the President of the University has to resign because of moral inaction and some of the people from McQueary on up stand to be brought up on criminal negligence charges, how does PATERNO get a pass on this??
    How does Paterno let Sandusky continue to occupy the Penn State locker room for even ONE MORE MINUTE after he gets McQueary’s report, let alone the YEARS until 2005 that Sandusky was allowed to roam around the PSU football locker rooms?
    You can bet your bottom dollar that Paterno’s defense is that he did not “understand” the gravitas of McQueary’s message. Try figuring out how a report of sodomy of a pre-pubescent boy can get “misunderstood” … and then IGNORED for years except for a “cover your ass” passing of the message to the Athletic Director.
    It is my earnest hope that one result of this PSU affair is that we stop making game players be more important than people who do TRULY USEFUL things in our culture. To me, a shortstop for the Phillies should get a salary in line with a JANITOR. Sport in America is just an extension of the cult of celebrity of Hollywood. Except, unlike actors and actresses, most of whom hardly make ends meet if they are third or fourth-tier, a 3rd string shortstop in Major League Baseball will make one million per year. The minimum freaking wage in baseball is north of $400K!!!!!
    I stopped attending all pro sports venues when I was around 30 and I don’t intend to break my streak. They’re just entertainers but nowadays there are TOO MANY TEAMS so the talent dilution is horrible. I hope the NBA just disappears for good. The NFL is a concussion-fest with steroid-addled 330 pound “average” linemen. The NHL is not exactly full of Red Army teams. Now the offense is 80-90% “dump and chase”. Give me those old Soviet teams with their amazing interior passing any day over these NHL teams, half of which are GOONS. Yet you see grown men routinely wearing some douchebag’s jersey from the Eagles
    (or whomever). Adolescence in America now goes all the way to death. “Seventy is the new forty”. Duh, right.
    E.

  470. turkle November 16, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    Sorry, I meant assets, Q. That many times more assets, not income. My bad. Mistyped.

  471. turkle November 16, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    Hi, Q.
    Take a look at “Figure 3: Income and wealth by race in the U.S.” in the following link.
    http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html
    This graph shows that…
    Median household net worth of white families is 15 times that of black ones, including house value.
    Median household net worth of white families, not including house value, is 100 times that of the black households.
    Median household income of black families is about 60% that of the white ones.
    So, I guess it depends on how you measure things, but in terms of assets, white households are far more wealthy than black ones. On income, the disparity is large but not like the orders of magnitude difference on assets. Black households, judging by the median assets, are quite poor.
    Anyways, just some food for thought. I’d be curious to see what you thought of that article, as it is packed with data analysis on American household wealth, and being an (ex)accountant, you might find it interesting.

  472. xhalor November 16, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    Here’s the problem. Which country will be the first to disarm, to stop collecting intelligence, to stop training a military for “that day”, to let go the sins of the past in the hope of never repeating them in the future. Most of this world’s societies are probably never going to come to terms with materialism and resource depletion. I believe that we’re either all going to do it at once or we’re never going to do it. Looks like containment and negotiation are the best we’ve got.

  473. xhalor November 16, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    Would you please provide a reference for this story?
    I’ve found headlines that were close but not quite what you posted.

  474. xhalor November 16, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Never mind. The Washington Post says 16.

  475. ls0ehe9bst November 16, 2011 at 6:11 am #

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