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Nations do develop something like Alzheimers. Perhaps you haven’t noticed that for some time now nothing sticks in the national brain-pan — if that’s what we can call the news media and its analogs on the Web waves. For months, an obsession about “Russian interference in the election” raged through the left lobe of the national consciousness. Then, about a week ago, it vanished utterly. Grandpa suffered similar delusions about the Russians meddling with “our precious bodily fluids.” (Paging Doctor Strangelove.)

Not so far back as last summer, a candidate named Trump un-ironically called for “an end to endless war in the Middle East.” The oft-applied policy of “regime change,” he said, was not working out in the various US-engineered failed states such as Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Ukraine. About two weeks ago, I seem to recall, the State Department even declared explicitly that we had no brief for regime change in the case of one Bashar al-Assad over in Syria.

Then there was something in the wifi waves about a poison gas attack. The evidence as to exactly who perpetrated it looked, how-you-say, not altogether convincing. This evidence amounted to the US Intel services, in their aggregate omniscience, asserting that, “yes, it was so that this weasel Assad bombed his people with Sarin.” Wolf Blitzer and Rachel Maddow ran so hard with the story that they vanished over the horizon.

The patient had a dream after that: a dream of cruise missiles reigning down hellfire judgment upon a Syrian air base. Quite a few of them went astray and blew up some prickly pears in the desert and a pod of migrating sea turtles out in the Mediterranean. (Thank you Microsoft Windows.) Then the Secretary of State, Mr. Tillerson declared that “Assad must go.” The patient now was completely confused about who was coming or going. Then the patient forgot about the dream and we’ve heard no more about this fairytale land of Syria since then. Oh well….

It seemed like only yesterday that head honcho over North Korea — a character straight out of the James Bond fantasies with the weirdest haircut in recorded history — was threatening to blow up the United States. A US aircraft carrier fleet was soon steaming around his half of the Korean peninsula. A rocket lifted off somewhere… and promptly blew up. Well, at least something blew up. I forgot what, exactly….

And now I see on the morning wire that ISIS has gone and pulled off another terror incident in Paris — one cop dead, one injured in a street  shooting. Weren’t there other incidents before this one, possibly even worse ones? I forget. Anyway, in this case, it was easy to figure out the man’s identity (one Karim Cheurfi) because the fucker had spent 15 years in prison after being convicted of three attempted murders, two against police officers, and was released on parole in 2015. There was some additional chatter in the wire story about the incident having an effect on an upcoming French election. But I forget who’s running. And when the darn thing is over, I’ll probably forget who won, and why.

That’s how we roll in the national Alzheimers ward. Shit happens and then is promptly forgotten. Sometimes the shit that happens is forgotten so completely that it’s like living in universe where nothing happens. The auditors who once reported to work in your brain have left their stations — with no duties left after the smart-phone came on the scene. They are among the millions “no longer looking for work” in those BLS reports.

Maybe this is a manifestation of what used to be called “God’s mercy.” Now that we’ve almost succeeded in making the planet uninhabitable, we don’t have to remember how it got that way, or what will happen to us in the meantime, while we’re still here.

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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. seawolf77 April 21, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Quite humorous today Kunstler. I like it. Straight out of a James Bond movie. So true. I hope that movie with the puppets makes a comeback. Team USA or something like that. Awek Ballwin. And of course General Curtis LeMay in Dr. Strangelove. Imagine him in the White House? With George Wallace. The last independent candidate to win electoral votes. I think we are verging into the insanity of the 1960’s with Trump’s election.

    • elysianfield April 21, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      ” Straight out of a James Bond movie”

      Sadly, this is where the comparison ends…Bond movies always have a happy ending….

  2. venuspluto67 April 21, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    I would comment, but I forgot what I was going to say! 😉

  3. Jeremy April 21, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    “…the weirdest haircut in recorded history – “.

    See Jim, you’ve gone all Altzy yourself.
    Only a few weeks ago it was Trump who had the weirdest haircut in history.

    Whoaaa – here he is!

    • James Howard Kunstler April 21, 2017 at 9:54 am #

      Oh, I forgot….

      • Q. Shtik April 21, 2017 at 10:04 am #

        For worst hair in the world I cast my vote for Bill Gates.

        • elysianfield April 21, 2017 at 10:46 am #

          I once saw a picture of Bill Gates with the caption;…”Bill Gates, reportedly worth 17 Billion Dollars…apparently a good haircut costs 18 Billion….”

          • K-Dog April 21, 2017 at 11:19 am #

            He has closer to sixty. For that I might even tolerate looking like a turtle.

          • sprawlcapital April 21, 2017 at 11:22 am #

            Ha! Good one, Elysian.

            Gates should be in prison for crimes against software.

          • Elrond Hubbard April 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

            When Bill Gates walks into the room, that means the average person in that room becomes a billionaire — and the average haircut becomes a mullet. That keeps the books balanced.

        • pequiste April 21, 2017 at 11:56 am #

          Atsa matta you?

          Worst hair in the world belongs to the enfant terrible of Best Korea!

      • volodya April 21, 2017 at 11:22 am #

        No, no, no it was Boris Johnson. Er… was it Yeltsin … can’t remember.

      • seawolf77 April 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

        I’m going with the electrifying don king.

      • goat1001 April 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

        Are we at war with Eastasia or Eurasia? I forgot!

  4. Q. Shtik April 21, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Once an airhead always an airhead…

    Check out this sentence uttered by Sara Palin:

    “I just, y’know it was just time to part ways and, and, y’know, get out there, in a, I guess, a more diverse arena to express views and to speak for the public, and that’s what I’ve been to do now.”

  5. robert magill April 21, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    There is a madness about us; we are as a people, unhinged. For decades we have been doing the same vile and stupid things to other peoples and we forever expect different outcome. Proof of national insanity could not be clearer. see

  6. elpuma2003 April 21, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    We forgot about this too…

    • DA April 21, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      Glad to see that this is getting the long overdue attention it deserves. OKC was another case where the official story just doesn’t add up, right down to the technical details. The truck bomb was not even capable of that amount of destruction, and from there the story unravels very quickly. But credit where credit is due, the magicians knew that the first rule of magic is to sell the audience a story that they’re already inclined to believe; the more so, the better. After that, it’s all just misdirection and special effects.

  7. seawolf77 April 21, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    I just hear a good one from Mark Cuban: Trump is political chemotherapy.

    • shotho April 21, 2017 at 10:18 am #

      Maybe Cuban is the radical surgery.

      • seawolf77 April 21, 2017 at 10:29 am #

        He also called him the Chauncey Gardiner of politics.

        • chipshot April 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

          I thought that way about george bush.

  8. shotho April 21, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Loss of memory can be a wonderful thing, whether it comes from the hand of God or a deficit of the little grey cells. Of course, it would be even better if we were never bothered by such things in the first place.

  9. TiredOfTheTreadmill April 21, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    I’m not sure if it’s forgetfulness plaguing us, or just that nobody cares anymore. The old anything goes and nothing matters that you often speak of, with a whole lot of emphasis on the nothing matters part. Most everyone I know is expending all of their energy treading water to stay afloat, leaving little time to care about anything other than treading water.

    • DA April 21, 2017 at 10:46 am #

      Most everyone I know is expending all of their energy treading water to stay afloat, leaving little time to care about anything other than treading water.

      That’s the key right there, even allowing for the fact that we Americans have been fed a steady diet of our own bullshit for so long that we’re effectively lambs fattened for slaughter now. The hollowing out will continue from the bottom up for as long as it takes with no resistance possible or even desired by most. The upper 50% will continue to hold on for dear life to avoid joining “the deplorables” (SUCH a prescient term!), while the bottom 50% will simply become resigned to their fates and be caught up in the medical and/or prison death complexes. Having imposed authoritarian capitalist imperialism on so many others, the big karma boomerang is about come back around and take off our heads. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving people.

  10. Beryl of Oyl April 21, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Speaking of phones and attention, I’d like to share with you a charming vignette of American family life, which I observed on Easter Sunday.
    It was a warm morning, so I went out for a stroll. I passed a house where there was a dad visiting, with two little boys. They were out on the lawn, with small kites, which they probably received as Easter gifts, attempting to learn how to use them.
    They made a few passes to and fro, trailing the kites behind them, a few inches off the ground, as little boys are wont to do, before they lose interest.
    The bigger of the two, however, started changing his technique, running at different speeds, shortening the string, and so forth, until he caught a breeze, and the kite rose straight up in the air.
    As he looked at it in astonishment, I glanced over at the dad, wanting to see his reaction to this special moment. Dad had no reaction at all, unless you want to count his poking his thumb at a phone he was staring down at. He didn’t even notice what was happening with his child, until the boy called out to him.
    Did he put the phone away, after realizing what he just missed? Nah. He didn’t even lower it.

    • seawolf77 April 21, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      He was probably arranging a meeting with his gumar.

    • capt spaulding April 21, 2017 at 10:55 am #

      Cell phones have had a huge effect on the habits of people. Not just here, but all around the world. The problem is that people are losing the ability to live in the moment. The old Zen saying: “Be here now”, is more relevant than ever, and has never been more ignored.

      • wet dog April 21, 2017 at 11:25 am #

        Was just hiking a mountain in northern WA state with a girl. Reached a number of beautiful vistas. Each time, she’d pull out the phone to shoot “selfies”. But she did say once, “Excuse me, I’m being vain.” So I’d want this narcissist to raise my children? I’d put my kids through that?

        People can’t sit still and enjoy silence or beauty, immerse themselves. They pull themselves out of it, like you said.

        A 2nd example on the most northern spot in New Zealand, a lighthouse where the Pacific and Tasman seas meet. Am sitting watching and listening to the wind. Up come 5 germans in their 20’s. Selfie sticks in hand for each one of them. They spend 15 minutes goofing around, photo after photo of themselves, being loud, and then leaving. I couldn’t believe the morons. There was one girl who came with them, and she looked slightly embarrassed. What the hell do you do with all these selfies?

        • Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

          Indeed the selfie is emblematic of our narcissism – even as the word implies! Or even if its just Japs clicking away with their cameras – they are avoiding real seeing. If you can’t or won’t See when you are really there, are you going to do it later looking at the pictures you took?

          Hope you ditched the ditz.

    • Ishabaka April 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

      In the past year, I’ve been noticing young mothers pushing babies in strollers, completely wrapped up in their phones, and oblivious to their infants.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

        People even text while driving. Who needs to look a the road? Thus since we can’t leave the thing alone, we will choose self driving cars. We have chosen the way of death.

        • SpeedyBB April 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

          It is also telling to see how TPTB have absolutely forbidden any attempt to mask off reception, as for example by erecting an electronic barrier – even in an obvious place like the interior of a theater. Does anyone need cell phone reception while watching the opera, or a motion picture?

          And any attempt to monkey with the holy-of-holies carrier frequencies is akin to first degree homicide in the torrent of punishment it will call down. This of course dates from the halcyon days of pirate radio (remember that?). Thou shall not touch my radio frequency.

          I have seen a video – not on YouTube, alas, so I cannot share it – of a group of Indonesian Catholics in a burned-out church attempting to celebrate Mass, while precisely across the street an enterprising group of local Muslims have set up huge concert loudspeakers and are blasting nasty whining Islamic stuff right at the Catholics, pointedly. (And of course daring them to try to do anything about it). For me that calls for retaliation.

          I’ve been reading about ways to use the magnetron from an old microwave to create a transmitter of high-frequency energy that can permanently fritz electronic circuits, properly directed (information I picked up from a ‘hacking’ website). I unearthed it while poking around for a ‘pocket EMP projector’ that one could buy to do the dirty on annoying cell phones or loudspeakers (JUST KIDDING UTAH WATCHERS – CALM DOWN).

          The subject of a high-frequency squirt gun aroused heated controversy as the sort of radiation that it can spread around and bounce off hard surfaces is potentially extremely dangerous – for instance, it can make you go blind faster than uncontrolled masturbation.

          Still it would be so nice to ride a bicycle past those annoying Mooses and zap their sound system, frying it right up to the source. Or their mosque.

          It strikes me that this would be the sort of ‘terror-ism’ that would be dramatically more effective than any silly popping of poor uniformed cops. Have a handful of Aloha Snackbar agents driving pre-electronic vehicles (no electronic ignition) around town frying circuitry of the stupid ‘smart phone’-enslaved populace. Panic would spread like, well, you-know-what.

          In the same vein I note that certain tricksters have been squirting superglue into ATMS in (as I recall) a certain major city in Eastern Europe. Another very easy and nifty way to undermine authority, in our tenderly delicate high-tech age.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 22, 2017 at 12:48 am #

            Interesting. Never thought of it that way. I’ve heard tin foil IS effective against these rays. Should hats have a tinfoil lining to protect the brain? Soon they will be able to project words, images, jingles, and entire commercials into our minds….

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 22, 2017 at 9:12 am #

            ‘Aloha Snackbar’ agents — Funny! ;>)

    • shotho April 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      That is sad; really, really sad.

    • Walter B April 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

      It is everywhere. It is the Zombie Apocalypse which was talked about happening one day. I see it at the YMCA as the toddlers are taught to swim by strangers as parents stare into their tippy tappers with moths agape wearing the faces of the mindless. During soccer games, karate lessons, every single activity that little Johnny or Janie are taken to to perform in, Mommy and Daddy repeat this display of techno-retardation in a vast majority. What they are all mesmerized by I cannot say for if you try to discuss any subject with any of them they are either clueless or careless and have no use of conversation that does not include what TV shows they watch or their latest vacation plans. America has become a nation of the damned and frankly I see very little value in the continuation of this pathetic farce. I can only wonder what those who rule over us all think and whether once they realize it for what it is they will choose to keep it all going for sport or put us all out of our misery out of kindness. Ask anyone what their life is all about if you really want to piss people off. I have succeeded in achieving this result right here recently on CFN. Apparently there IS NO purpose and damn you, don’t you question it! Ok, I won’t. I understand.

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 22, 2017 at 9:31 am #

        “with moths agape” Moths should be taught better manners!

        OTH, ‘techno-retardation’ — What a great term! ;>)

  11. SvrzoH April 21, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    I remember some postings by Zero Hedge ‘scholars’ of “Art of the Deal”, defending every Trump’s weird post election move as nothing but perfectly executed deception until he delivers ace from the sleeve and lends the “deal”, aka Campaign promises.

    Their numbers fell of the cliff after recent Syria deadly blunder.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill April 21, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      Oh yeah. The Trump true believers saw him as the ultimate mastermind. They perceived the man’s every move, every word uttered, every breath taken as a masterful move to crush his opponents and implement a plan well beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. The master 4-D chess player, hell 12-D chess player.

      Now’adays, the bright bulbs of this collection of idiots has just shut up, hoping nobody else remembers their Trump boot licking. However, some idiots are still too stupid to see they were duped by a hustler, or they will do the idiot thing of doing anything to save face. These folks will be the loyal indentured servants of those with two brain cells to rub together in Jim’s World Made By Hand…if they are smart enough, or lucky enough to survive the die offs.

      • Ishabaka April 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

        Meanwhile, Hillary, in a Gestapo-inspired black leather jacket, is still running frantically around the nation, searched for the reds under our beds that deprived her of her womanhood-right, while Barack and Michelle party hard on a mega-yacht in the Caribbean, far, far away from the organized communities of Chicago.

        • TiredOfTheTreadmill April 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

          You guys remind me of the person who got left in a crappy divorce who cannot stop obsessing over their ex. EVERYTHING in their life is defined by what their ex did, what their ex is doing, etc…

          Yes, Hillary and her den of vipers would have been just as shifty as Trump. But in this reality, Trump is now in the WH. Replying to any criticism of Trump’s stupidity with this tired shit about Hillary, Obama, and crew is how children debate and argue.

          • ffkling April 21, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

            Brilliantly stated. Thank you.

          • SvrzoH April 22, 2017 at 2:55 am #

            Agree, while at the same time glad that she lost. Just because…. and talking about cognitive dissonance on my part.
            BTW no-voter for the reason that you stated in your post.

      • SpeedyBB April 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

        Observing all this from a vantage point some eleven time zones away I’ve been seriously amazed that none of the the swindled trumpenproletariat have started to bleat the obvious (obvious from the outset) tactic:

        “Bait. And. Switch.”

        Is it that mysterious?

  12. badberries April 21, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    I think that collectively we are slowly coming to the realization that a biiig mistake has been made…and that mistake is named “The Donald” or as I like to call him “the pussy grabber in chief.”

    We have appointed a complete fucking turd to the highest office in the world. Outside of his circle of other rich, white guys,the man has absolutely no world view.

    I’d love to be alone with him and a map of the world.

    “Okay Mr. President we’ll start out with an easy one…show me which of these parcels is Alabama and is Alabama a state or a country? Okay you were sooo close and yes Alabama is a state but the one you chose is actually Mississippi.

    Okay now show me China and is China a state or a country? Very, very good, Mr. President you got both parts correct, for the bonus point, do you know what language they speak in China?
    Very good! Again you were very close but, Tangerine, while similar to a Mandarin, is not a language. Mandarin is a language but Tangerine is not. But for now let’s move on to a bigger question.

    I want you to answer this without using your iPhone and no “twittering”, this one is for all of the beans…How many nuclear reactor cores need to be vaporized in a nuclear exchange with (fill in with the name of whoever is making Ivanka sad at the moment.) before everybody in the world is dead?”
    Your choices are:
    Some,.. a few,.. a couple,.. many,.. bigly,.. tits,..a whole fuckin’ bunch,.. tits,.. or three.

    • badberries April 21, 2017 at 11:42 am #

      Ahem,…notice how I studiously avoided addressing Mr. Kunstlers fine prose above? That’s because I’m jealous and someday, when I grow up, I wanna to be a writer too…a good, funny writer like Mr. JHK. who I think should garden less and write funny shit more.

    • Walter B April 21, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

      That’s funny but I was under the impression that we were somehow forced to allow a complete and an incompetent turd to ascend into the office when Barry O was installed as the Asshole In Chief? We survived that (barely) and we shall survive Donny as well, though the fact remains that in the end we shall all be, how shall I say it fucked? Yes that’s it, we will be screwed, there is NO other option.

  13. K-Dog April 21, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    You forgot who was running is some kind of joke.

    She is going to make France great again don’t you know.

    Of course you do, unless alzheimers is a personal reference.

    • Yuri Sowryteski April 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      +K-Dog “You forgot who was running is some kind of joke.”

      Take a look at: Nigel Farage Interviews Marine Le Pen – 15/03/17

      These two people have been denigrated by the MSM, and Russel Brand – which counts for something – had they not been, I would not have bothered to watch their dialog. I was surprised mostly by Farage, who Brand has presented as a ditchweed. LePen was less of a surprise, as American MSM presents her as a racist, a la Trump, or ignores her. She has a program and a philosophy, and a grasp of history, which you can see in RT interviews (Sophie and Co.).

      I do not write her off, even though the establishment is so scared of her they are getting behind the Socialist. She could bring down the EU and NATO. Many in France agree with her. Insofar as the global project would be weakened by her victory, Oui!

      Walk in Beauty

    • Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

      Still shilling for Muslim Mayhem, eh? Tragic. The Western Mind is at the end of its tether as Mr Kunstler says.

  14. bukowskisghost April 21, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    Kim Jong-un will change his last name to Karashian-un, become transgende, and then all of us serious thinkers in Umrika can relax>

  15. bukowskisghost April 21, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    spelling errors are pre Alzheimer symptoms

  16. beantownbill. April 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

    You think you got it bad? I’ve been living in an insane asylum my entire life, and I’m the only sane one in it! I keep getting my meds every night at 6 pm delivered by this screen on the wall. I’m so confused. At least I think I am. Er, what was I just saying? I can’t seem to stay focused.

  17. pequiste April 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    “Cell phones have had a huge effect on the habits of people.”

    Capt. Spaulding

    The good Capt. is absolutely correct but I would go further and say that the influence of the TeeVee on present-day human cognition is even more profound. Consider how many persons, over the course of the last 60 years, have had their grey matter fine tuned by “The Perfect Machine” (thank you Joyce Nelson.) See the flickering images, don’t notice the subliminal messages, your Alpha state is coming on as reception is unfiltered, casual, facile.

    With what ultimate effect you may ask. Symptoms that mimic Alzheimers disease but without the amyloid plaque: short term memory fried; long term memory disintegrated; cognitive capabilities atrophied, anaestetized, neutered. An optimal arrangement for the Evil-Fuckers-In-CHarge.

    Now what was it I going to make for lunch?

    • seawolf77 April 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      The monolith in “2001: A Space Odyssey” has been deciphered as a screen. All you have to do is turn your head 90 degrees at the end of the movie. We as a society have come to worship the screen and believe anything it tells us. If that’s not God, I don’t know what is.

      • pequiste April 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

        Of course Seawolf, both Arthur C. Clarke and Kubrick knew it and brilliantly put it on film. That is irrespective of the extraordinary and astonishing insight into the small issue of Artificial General Intelligence.

        And a TeeVee screen takes only a supporting role in the Ray Bradbury’s sublime Fahrenheit 451.

        Then there is the worst case scenario of Big Brother watching in Orwell’s 1984.

        All prophesies that have , more or less , come true.

        Gonna have a good nightmare tonight.

    • Yuri Sowryteski April 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

      +pequiste: Scientific American published an issue about 2000, on the addictive and other effects of TV viewing. Studies have yet to be done on Smart Phones, or the Internet. Perhaps there is no grant money for that, but look for the same corporations that fund studies dealing with the greenhouse effect to produce the desired interpretation of data.

      Books, as I have experienced them, have extended dialog into the past, and across oceans and continents. Not all dialog is real; but more of it is intended as clues, and less is intended to mislead, in books.

      Walk in Beauty

      • pequiste April 21, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

        Microwaves are known to sterilize humans and animals, cook food and create harmful wave fields that can cause tumors.….

        Call me a Tin-Foil-Hatter if you like, but sometimes I think that all of these electronic devices; TeeVee, computers, smartphones with affiliated electrical output and microwave towers, are perhaps part of a revised Single Integrated Operations Plan – SIOP – for both control over humanity and/or for its demise, as currently required or as in the case it is necessary.

        Books, on the other hand, get thrown into the garbage here on the Gold Coast of Florida.

    • SpeedyBB April 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

      Check out: Blipverts

  18. Greg Knepp April 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    In the prophetic movie (also a book) ‘Soylent Green’, Charlton Heston
    sez to his ageing mentor, Edward G. Robinson, “we’re doing OK.”
    To which Robinson responds, “we’re doing lousy!”

  19. Neoagrarian April 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    Living is easy with eyes closed
    Misunderstanding all you see
    It’s getting hard to be someone
    But it all works out
    It doesn’t matter much to me

  20. volodya April 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    The victory of Donald Trump was a severe, concussive shock. Not so much to the Lessers, but to the High Horse Riders, the People That Matter. So, unsurprisingly, that lofty polity that sees themselves as shot-callers, are showing a collective disorientation, just like any individual after a hard knock.

    It was inconceivable that an amateur like Trump, a blustering bullshitter who ran more of a concert tour than an election campaign, who blurted out whatever came into his head, could actually win. All the Sunday morning pundits said there was no way. No way to the nomination, no pathway, no way to 270. It just couldn’t be done.

    But The Donald got traction. And so to hell with journalistic objectivity, the lame-stream media went ape-shit, they deplored his every utterance, they laughed at his supporters. David Brooks made a good living taking exception to the very existence of Donald Trump, Mark Shields fulminated, so did every pundit with a hispanic surname, Katty Kay was daily beside herself, Judy Woodruff’s facade of cool detachment crumbled, her disdain standing out like a sheen of sweat.

    Well, the openly reviled Lessers weren’t having it. You can think of the Trump Presidency as the crotch-fruit of an abusive ruling class that took American workers to the cleaners. Principled conservatism? Screw that noise, we know what THAT’S about.

    And then Hillary spoke the stupidest words in American political history, she told that much put-upon class of people, I deplore you. The stupidest words ever.

    But The Donald told them I’ll fight for you. The smartest words ever. The American workers perked up their ears, they said fuck it, The Donald said he’d fight for us so The Donald gets my vote. Did you see the blood drain from Stephanopoulos’ face the night of the election?

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. Do you feel dizzy? Then you’re on the wrong side of history.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Yes, all true. But are you still feeling it? I think he has betrayed us. Or at best, will offer watered down versions of most of his promises.

      I too dared to hope, but when he started appointing Goldman Sachs people to his cabinet the hope began to die. The Syrian bombing and regime change rhetoric killed it. Now I’ll be surprised if he delivers at all.

      • beantownbill. April 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

        I don’t feel he betrayed us, I think he was threatened by the powerful elite- you know like someone shown the Zapruder tape. Not literally, but along those lines. The Goldman Sachs appointments are troubling. I felt the same way in 2008 when Obama also picked them.

        I know you wish he would act like a dictator and round those people up and have them shot, but at least for now, we don’t do those things here.

        • DA April 21, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

          I don’t feel he betrayed us, I think he was threatened by the powerful elite- you know like someone shown the Zapruder tape.

          That was almost certainly the case. Notice how all the Russian interference non-sense stopped almost immediately? That was all nothing but a pretext for applying leverage.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

          Have them shot? No, just kicked out. But yes, that will mean martial law at this point. That’s how far gone we are. He immediately said that the Army wouldn’t be involved in enforcing the border – as if that’s not a legitimate function of the military. Complete bs. He’s not serious.

          And if he was serious, there might BE fighting along the border necessitating military involvement on both the border and in the cities where the Mexicans are.

      • JimInFlorida April 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

        Sorry folks, I HAVE to come back for this!

        Although Yours Truly predicted this outcome over the past year, there’s a bigger problem that has arisen by reason of Trump’s betrayal.

        TPTB own and run both political parties. They pulled the ultimate quasi-populist psy-op campaign with Obama and arranged for the GOP to run unelectable turds in 2008 and 2012 to ensure the outcome.

        Now Trump comes along and plays the photo-negative of the Obama’s populist game. The colors are inverted but, the forms, faces, and shapes of the propaganda are all still there. Both parties have now perfectly betrayed We Teh Sheep and have FLAUNTED their disregard for us. Plan A and Plan B have been played and there’s no Plan C.

        HERE’S THE CRITICAL QUESTION. Now that there’s NO MORE DOUBT that We Teh Sheep are no longer represented in Washington,,,,,


        • DA April 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

          Putin’s the defacto leader of “free” people everywhere now, or at least those that aren’t directly under the thumb of the US/Globalist regime. Needless to say, I doubt Putin will find any life insurance offers coming his way. If the globalists get to Putin (and the MH17 shoot down was very likely one such attempt), then it’s game over for us all. Guerrilla warfare will be the only means of resistance left in the kit bag.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

          Yeah imagine if he builds the Wall but doesn’t enforce the border otherwise. What a mockery, a Monument of the utter futility of American Nationalism that would be. It’s possible: he loves to build things and obviously people are eager for the contracts on the Federal dime. More business as usual.

          I answered your question of two weeks ago. I don’t know if you saw my answer or not.

    • kansas ham on wry April 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Your vignette takes us up to the biggest, most awesome inauguration in the history of ‘Murica. How about since then? Have you had your fill of winning yet?

      • volodya April 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

        No, quite the opposite, I’ve had my fill of losing. Donald Trump isn’t the last word but his presidency may be the last chance. I cringe to think what comes after him if he doesn’t come through. And for now, all indications are that he won’t. Or he won’t be able to.

        • DA April 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

          Trump has been turned. He’s safe from removal by whatever means now, but at a price. The price being his autonomy. What’s next will be just more of the same.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

            Yeah, your thesis is possible. His energy is completely different now – his Syrian missile speech came off as a hostage video. Maybe he hoped that all those Goldman Sachs guys in the cabinet were enough – that they would be satisfied with some influence. I mean, he was obviously no “isolationist” much less an Anti-Semite. Maybe he just wanted a global economy that would respect our sovereignty. But in any case, no dice. The Elite are used to Flawless Victory – and nothing less.

          • DA April 22, 2017 at 9:28 am #

            His one major flaw was that he didn’t see the long game. He thought his view of the world – immediate short term profits for the lower level oligarchs of which he’s a member – should have priority over the long term consolidation of everything among the globalist elite who operate at a much higher level above him. Let’s just say he had a father to son talking to from a globalist representative who sketched out the long view to him in terms he could understand, followed by a picture of some “alternative life scenarios” for Donald and the Trumps, should he still not be receptive to “The Plan (TM).”

  21. chipshot April 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    It’s as though the human species is undergoing evolution in reverse.
    We are getting dumber, fatter and more unfit for survival every passing day.

    • 100th Avatar April 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      maybe that is the route to survival? Eh? simple creatures do fine on this planet after all

      • chipshot April 21, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

        And humans are anything but simple

        • 100th Avatar April 21, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

          Hence devolve into simple. Consciousness was but an aberration

  22. Yuri Sowryteski April 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    JHK – ” … it’s like living in universe where nothing happens.” For a look into my universe, where things happen slooowly, and on a human scale (for decades now)

    Have not yet edited the second vid, apologies.

    Love your work – walk in Beauty

  23. Janos Skorenzy April 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    The average man is always living in a fog, doing well if he can manage his own little affairs well. Letting him vote is just an invitation to disaster. If he can manage his own affairs, he will simply vote his own interests, not the nation’s, typically pretending they are one and the same. Even smart people tend to be unspeakably vulgar in this way. The Marxist answer? Let people who can’t manage their own affairs vote instead. Magically, they will be able to manage the affairs of the Nation though. I’m being harsh on the Marxists though: the higher ups don’t believe their own rhetoric at all. When they do, as in the Cultural Revolution, disaster ensues. How not? People aren’t equal and distinguished old men shouldn’t be working the fields.

    • seawolf77 April 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

      If voting was important, they wouldn’t let us do it.
      Mark Twain

    • messianicdruid April 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

      This is why a republic of just laws is required to insure christian liberty. It is as simple as ten commandments which all good men can submit to in unchanging them and supporting them through thick or thin.

  24. M11S April 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Known causes: fluoride aka rat poison that has been shown by Harvard tocause a 7-8 pt IQ drop with short term exposure to tap water. 1 bottle of water has the same amount of fluoride as your daily toothpaste dab. You know, the tube that says if any is swallowed to call poison control..

    Fluoride Poison on Tap is a great documentary on the subject. ZH readers might like it because it’s roots come from the Mellon family when they were over the treasury dept.

    • onehunglo April 22, 2017 at 5:44 am #

      why you think Chinese funded Hollywood make movie and tv obsessed with zombies??

      Globalists plant effective cocktail of mind-body merciful eugenic cleansing many moon ago.

      now Globalist fund, arm, and send out radicalized jihad fighter perform clean up on remnant of fighting class and employ red China for command and control structure as enforcement division.

      you one JFK got knowledge of program then promptly eliminated.

      onehunglo recognize many here in geriatric class; however if truth reach just one who effect change onehunglo satisfied.

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.


  25. janet April 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    Fun writing today, JHK. I do remember all the things Trump said he was going to do on his first day in office… which thankfully he did not do.

    Shortly before the election, he laid out his plan for his first 100 days, including two of his biggest campaign promises: building a wall along the Mexican border and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He has yet to fulfill either commitment.

    But he has played a lot of golf and played a lot of military kabuki theatre, without accomplishing anything, which is amazing really, since he said he “knows more than the generals” and he said “I alone can fix it”

    We have been conned by a con man who conned people in CFN (Janos, etc.) into voting for him.

  26. mow April 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    Zipperheads make great toys for tots.

    Coming soon at Amazon dot com .

  27. janet April 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    Does our military have Alzheimer’s, too? Trump’s General Mattis insisted that figuring out what happened after using the MOAB was “probably not a good use of our troops’ time.” Instead, the official record will just assume that the bombing went well. MOAB? What MOAB? Trump’s military won’t make any sort of effort to look into what the MOAB actually did or how many were killed or who was killed. MOAB just went down the memory hole.

  28. tucsonspur April 21, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Great stuff as usual, Jim. We don’t deserve any mercy. Here’s essentially what you’ve been saying all along, sung by a black(surprise), almost 50 years ago.

  29. 100th Avatar April 21, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Lawd-have-mercy there’s techno-narcissism rum amok:

    Wi-fi waves into juice-

    Uh, maybe Tristaaaahn, the pretentious internet ethicist, people can step away from it and there phone-leashes-

    Nothing sticks to that brain, because the brain is gone, long gone.

  30. dolph9 April 21, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    An anecdote.
    Today, I was sitting in traffic, and the woman behind me was honking her horn. She was literally honking at traffic! As if by that gesture all of the cars ahead of her wouldn’t exist, and she could just speed on by!

    What can you do against this mass stupidity.

    • 100th Avatar April 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      Have you ever stubbed your toe and yelled, “Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccchhhhhhh F*********************k your f***************g mother ouuuuuuuccccccchhhh aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh”?

      It was an emotional reaction, not stupidity, and certainly not mass-stupidity as it was only one person.

      What can one do against emotional beings?

    • stelmosfire April 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      What can you do against this mass stupidity? With impatient horn honkers I always enjoy putting on my flashers, getting out of the car, popping the hood, and staring at my engine. You want to see some veins pop! It’s a hoot. but only if no one is behind the horn honker.

      • 100th Avatar April 21, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

        passive aggressive is mucho worse than stuppid

  31. FincaInTheMountains April 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    My Dear Americans! May be our President wasn’t so stupid, or narcissistic, when he said:

    It’s so incredible. It’s brilliant. It’s genius.

    75 days from the first 100 of Donald Trump’s presidency have passed away, and together with them a fog of euphoria, related not so much to his presence in the White House, as to the absence of Hillary Clinton there.

    Euphoria is a dangerous feeling.

    And when the disappointment came, many Trump supporters fell into the opposite extreme, as the main result of these 75 days was the realization of Hillary’s resolve to change the results of the elections and to tear all the traditions of American political culture and then blame political dislocation on her political opponents.

    In the United States until recently there was a gentlemen’s tradition – the first hundred days to refrain from tough criticism of the newly elected President, letting him to get on the course. And in this tradition there was a certain spirit of bipartisan cooperation necessary for governing the country. But, as you know, witches love to break gentlemen’s agreements, like all other reasons for the gentleman’s lifestyle.

    And this time the first half of the Trump’s hundred days was marked by the frenzied persecution of the newly elected President of the United States and quite serious attempts to accuse him in High Treason with further impeachment.

    And the second half of this period began with attempts to remove him from power without any impeachment. So, a week ago, on April 5, 2017, on one of the main Clinton channel PBS, a former employee of the Obama’s Justice Department, John Carlin, in accurate but unambiguous terms, told the amazed public that professional investigators of the FBI’s national security department are ready to use special protocols, allowing to arrest the President who cooperates with the enemies of the United States.

    The day before, Al Jazeera reported a gas attack on the city of Khan Sheikhoun in the Syrian province of Idlib, controlled by the anti-Assad opposition. It showed the heartbreaking video of the dying children who were the victims of this attack, and given that almost simultaneously with the speech of John Carlin, the chief anti-Clinton strategist in the Trump administration, Steve Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council (the main coordinating body between numerous intelligence agencies and the US Army), it all looked as if this chemical attack was deliberately planned for the Hillary Clinton coup d’etat 2.0.

    However, if we take into account the corporate style of the former Secretary of State, the word “if” is completely superfluous. She showed it first in Serbia, where as an all-powerful First Lady she bravely ran under the sniper fire, having met with the commander of NATO forces in Europe, who then ordered the attack on the Russian troops in the Pristina airport. And then she demonstrated this highly recognizable style during the “Arab Spring” in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Syria, and each time the Islamists plunged these countries into a bloody chaos in the name of saving children and freedom fighters killed by the bloody tyrants they had a misfortune to elect as their Presidents against the will of Hillary Clinton.

    The Chemistry of War

    The American people, who elected Donald Trump as President of the United States instead of Hillary Clinton, were offered either to relax and bend over or to shed their blood on the battlefields of the Second Civil War.

    But the next day, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles, manufactured in 2015, at the cost of one and a half million dollars each, destroyed the caponiers and a number of old Syrian MiG-23 built in 1980 at the Al-Shayrat airbase, from which, according to Trump, flew the planes that dropped sarin gas bombs on the city of Khan Sheikhoun.

    Of course the assumption that there was sarin in these bombs does not stand up to criticism and, to put it mildly, does not correspond to the video in which the “White Helmets” of al-Nusra, who decided to quit cannibalism, and save victims of sarin attack in sandals on bare feet and without even wearing gloves.

    But the initial version of the Russian media about bombed chlorine in the weapons store of al-Nusra, to put it mildly, does not correspond to the intensive bombing of the same Khan Sheikhoun by planes taking off from the runways of the same air base Al-Shayrat the day after the attack of “Tomahawks”.

    And the US Senator Lindsey Graham did immediately say that these bombings are an outspoken “f* you”, from Assad to Trump, but most importantly not that, but that if Russia and Syria had any reason to believe, that repeated bombing can again destroy containers containing chlorine, these bombings simply would not have happened.

    The fact is that President Assad, who successfully defeats the so-called insurgents with conventional weapons, has no reason to use chemical weapons against them.

    But it is completely impossible to exclude the fact that one of the Syrian generals ordered for a very large amount of money to load the plane with chemical bombs and drop them on the unfortunate Khan Sheikhoun. Moreover, this is in a remarkable way consistent with the corporate style of Hillary Clinton, which was mentioned above, and the campaign for the removal and arrest of Donald Trump, that entered the final stage on the eve of the bombing.

    But throwing of the newest Tomahawks into the almost empty air base of Al-Shayrat radically changed the situation. Putin’s “Puppet” Donald Trump instantly turned into a hero of the Free World, endowed with almost dictatorial powers, and if he is on this wave to implement Obama’s plan and convince Congress to officially declare war on the “Islamic state” then the word “almost” in the previous sentence can be discarded.

    And then those who just threatened him with arrest would have to remember “Trading with the Enemy Act” – a law that sent to prison for trade with Hitler Germany during World War II Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of the 43rd and 44th US Presidents.

    And the satisfied face of Tillerson who flew to Moscow after the G7 foreign ministers refused his plans to present Moscow with an ultimatum on their behalf, somehow suggests that the bombing of the Syrian airbase by the newest Tomahawks was actually a bucket of water, poured on Bastinda, the Great and Terrible.

    And the fact that Russia was warned about this bombing in advance and 36 out of 59 “Tomahawks” disappeared in the desert, as if hinting that their disappearance was a demonstration in advance to the flying monkeys of Russian counter-electronic warfare system “Rubella” – a disease that they can catch in circumstances, significantly more serious, when Tomahawk would be flying with a nuclear warheads. Without such a demonstration, it’s very hard to convince, and it’s very good that it has gone through in such a relatively bloodless way.

  32. pequiste April 21, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    Paging Dr. Kevorkian. Dr. Kevorkian report to the E.R. stat!”

    When the “health care system” in America finally collapses due to overload from the Alzheimers pandemic, we will be substituting Youth-In-Asia for Depends and people-warehousing as the the therapy of choice.

  33. BackRowHeckler April 21, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    Fault line wars are flaring up — not on the frontiers like Samuel P Huntington predicted — but right inside the heart of Europe.

    Pierre, Ragnar and Fritz had better man up pretty quick, before it too late. It may already be too late.


    • The Articulate Infant April 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

      Some of them have brh, the problem is they don’t have the numbers, not to mention every major institution in those countries are gunning for them. Sadly, like you said, it may very well be too late for them. I’m guessing you are an American, you have problems closer to home, not only in these here United States, but that kingdom of cucks up north over the border. Instead of o canada, it should be ‘o cuckold’ with the Emperor of the cucks, Trudeau up on a 15 foot high stage, backlit by a giant rainbow flag, leading the chant, swinging his penis like a lasso, in febrile anticipation of the great cucking.

      • pequiste April 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

        Canuck + cuck = Cancuck? Canukuk?

        Canukuk sounds like it would be a proper name for some Inuit village in Nunavut.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 22, 2017 at 12:55 am #

        Weaponized Empathy has destroyed these people, body and soul. They mutilate themselves, hate themselves, rail against the very society that created them, and then seek to unload their shame and self-loathing on to others.”

  34. onehunglo April 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    “Nations do develop something like Alzheimers.”

    yes….also on “wire” is evidence of diet soda produce said effect:

    many lobsters in kettle enjoy warming water leading up to merciful eugenic end.

    as you Huxley lectured, goal of globalist is have masses enjoy their servitude and loss of liberty through pharmacological means. Superpotent marijuana assist greatly.

    onehunglo repent every minute every day for part played in adjuvant design.

    let not you heart be troubled.

    may God be with you.


  35. Pucker April 21, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    What would happen if they hit a nursing home with an EMP (electromagnetic pulse)? Or hit a McTits with an EMP? Or a hit the stripper club, Archibald’s on K Street, with an EMP? Would the naked strippers in their G Strings have the skills to harness a plow to a horse to rebuild civilization?

    • pequiste April 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

      Don’t know about your question about the nursing home; however regarding the ecdysiasts; if they used their tactical advantage correctly, they would have the hale and hearty, red-blooded men (with all the preverts and homos, gonna have to look high and low for them about Baghdad-on-the-Potomac,) do the heavy lifting, plowing and the like, and still have some time left over for some slap-n-tickle.

      For a rebuild of a civilization to look something like contemporary Camden, N.J.

    • The Articulate Infant April 21, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

      That’s a silly question Pucker, you already know as well as I do, that they have no skills other than sexually arousing men which isn’t very difficult to do. They’d end up servicing roving gangs of troglodytes.

  36. Pucker April 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    “The group receiving raw garlic and corn syrup had less weight gain, improved insulin sensitivity and lower triglyceride and blood sugar levels than the corn syrup-only and control groups.”

  37. Pucker April 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    I read a book about Millennials some time ago. There was a scene in the book in which the author, a Millennial bloke, is living in his childhood home banging some girl (who has a “good job” as a public elementary school teacher) and his peeved dad walks into his room asking for “the screw driver.”

  38. Pucker April 21, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

    “By his twenties, Kyle Kaylor imagined he would be living on his own, nearing a college degree, and on his way to a job that fulfilled him.

    Instead, at 21, he found himself out of school, living with his parents, and “stuck” working as a manager at a fast food restaurant scraping to make hand-to-mouth.

    Launching into adulthood has been tricky, he said.”

    • The Articulate Infant April 21, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

      This Kyle fella should get in touch with Lena Dunham and her pals. None of them seem to be having these kind of problems. Why, I do declare, that TV show of hers, life is just one big juicy dripping taco, ready to be devoured at your leisure.

      • 100th Avatar April 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

        Lena look like sloppy pizza dough not a taco

  39. Pucker April 21, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    What would happen to Kyle Kaylor if they hit him with an EMP as he is loading the lard into the deep fat fryer?

    “Yo, Kyle!”

    • pequiste April 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

      Answer: Kyle would get fries, or maybe onion rings, with his (dis)order.

      “Yo, Kyle, yo need some ketchup wid dat?”

  40. messianicdruid April 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    “Beware the bearers of false gifts and their broken promises. Much pain but still time, believe there is still good out there. Much deception. Conduit closing.”

  41. Pucker April 21, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    Putin shot JR.

  42. FincaInTheMountains April 22, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    US attack against the Syrian base in Chayrat is American analogue of the flight of Mathias Rust and landing on the Red Square in Moscow in 1987

    Many Americans simply do not understand that the numerous federal bureaucracies in Washington are concerned not so much with the administration of the 50 continental US states as with the management of the world-wide American crypto-colonial Empire.

    The new administration’s policy of reorienting the federal government to the needs of the United States alone will inevitably lead to a serious reduction in the staff of the federal government – so many officials simply will not be needed.

    Anticipating the loss of their positions and means for a comfortable existence, the federal bureaucracy renders stiff resistance to all initiatives of the White House on the way to cardinal reforms.

    The situation is very similar to the events of the Soviet Perestroika of 85-89, when a part of the generals and the apparatus of state security in every way prevented Gorbachev’s reforms.

    To overcome the resistance and sweep of the state apparatus, the forces that promoted Gorbachev’s policy staged a provocation with the flight of Mathias Rust over the entire Soviet Union with its air defenses and a landing on the Red Square in Moscow.

    This served as an excuse for Gorbachev to clean up a large proportion of the generals and the apparatus of state security, which opposed his policy.

    US attack against the base in Chayrat was characterized by its apparent brutality – the 59 BGM-109 Tomahawk missiles had an accumulated power almost twice that of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

    But the aggression was also characterized by its inefficiency – although there were in fact several soldiers who died attempting to extinguish the fires, the damage was so slight that the base was functioning again the next morning.

    Obviously, the weak effectiveness of the attack is explained by the opposition of Russia, which, without using the S-400 anti-aircraft complexes, nevertheless applied electronic means of warfare.

    This is a colossal defeat for that part of the US military and intelligence establishment that pushes America to a conflict with Russia in conditions of unpreparedness of the US Army and now will give the President the necessary tools of purging them out.

  43. FincaInTheMountains April 22, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    France election: Marine Le Pen sees Trump-like boost in support…

    I don’t trust Le Pen. I see National Socialism grin through a Nationalist Fascist mask. Her win would be a win of the Fourth Reich.

    Much better pro-British Macron.


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