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All Twerked Out

B ruce Jenner’s journey to transgender sainthood was interrupted Saturday on the road to Malibu, and with it perhaps the Kardashian Klan’s hopes and dreams for achieving supremacy of the known universe. All of America was twerking at the news because that is what we do and who we are now. The nation’s attention these blizzardy days would have otherwise gone straight from the Super-bowl halftime hallucination to the stupendous narcissistic grandiosity of the Grammy Awards. America becomes, day upon day, one gigantic act of “performance art” geared to shocking a bourgeoisie that has dwindled so deeply that, curiously, there may be absolutely nobody left to shock.

Of course the Kardashians are a mere metaphor for what has happened to this country, and Bruce Jenner is a metaphor for what has happened to American men. Maybe that’s why they persist in the spotlight. It is a well-known fact that motorists on a highway always slow down to see just what happened at the grisly scene of the accident. We can’t take our eyes off these freaks and geeks.

The Romans, on their journey to decadence, lacked the voltage and the wiring to amplify the anomie overtaking them. We’re bathed and bombarded with the images of exactly how disgusting we are. People of WalMart, throw off your chains of debt, indeed! Imagine trying to govern a land of such vicious dolts. Well, here’s a news flash: no one is really trying — whether from a lack of conviction or courage or intelligence, or out of sheer contempt, it is hard to say.

It is heartening, finally, to see Europe attempt to creep away from the intrigues of our Klown Konfederacy at least in the current matter of Ukraine, that poor perpetually over-trodden land of potato-eaters lately torn asunder by America’s idiotic wish to wrest it away from Russia’s 1000-year sphere of influence. Merkel and Hollande stole over to Moscow last week to confab with Mr. Putin. They evidently omitted to inform the haircut-in-search-of-a-brain, Secretary of State John Kerry. Who would want that mule-faced ninny at the table? The Europeans are beginning to say some sane and arresting things, such as: Russia and Europe are part of the same civilization — note the implication that perhaps America is not so much in that club anymore. Perhaps it should be left twerking out on one of its fabulous lost highways until it is all twerked out.

Europe, of course, has its own problems and they are very grave, and they are hard to understand because they derive from a financial system grown so abstruse and impenetrable that the ancient black magic arts look like a game of Go Fish in comparison. At this late stage, they can only pretend to figure out where all the entwined obligations really lead, and what might happen if someone starts to yank on a thread somewhere. The question for the moment therefore is: can they continue to succeed in pretending? A sickening sense of look-out-below spreads through the sentient ranks. This week will be a doozy.

One thing is clearing up: Europe does not want or need to start a war with Russia at America’s insistence. What America needs is a war with itself, a war against the lazy narcissism that has left it susceptible to armies of grifters and racketeers, because ordinary people were too busy twerking and jerking to pay any real attention to the systematic dismemberment of their culture. Waiting in the wings is a whole category of human endeavor quaintly known as virtue, lately absent in the collective consciousness. What a shock it would be if Americans began to witness acts of fortitude and valor among us.

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  1. Cold N. Holefield February 9, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Great weekly blog post as always James. I’m not sure what I’d do if you, for whatever reason, no longer provided a weekly offering. Slit my wrists, maybe. Seriously though, we live in a time where it’s extremely difficult to separate fact from fiction, and the paradox is we also live in a time where there is an over-abundance of news and information available instantaneously at the click of a mouse or a remote. The so-called Information Age hasn’t set us free as was promised — it’s only obfuscated matters further. The already muddy and murky waters are muddier and murkier. Sometimes, all you can do is laugh. In keeping with that sentiment, I bring you the completed version of…..

    Teh Interview

    After conducting this interview on Christmas day, I’ve been in therapy ever since — and it doesn’t seem to be working. Then again, in an insane world that’s considered sane, maybe insane by its standards is the way to go. Up is down and left is right in this not-so-brave, not-so-new world.

    • casualobserver February 9, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti

    • DA February 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Keep it up and you’ll be writing full length books for blog posts, Cold! Good post!

  2. George February 9, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    “Waiting in the wings is a whole category of human endeavor quaintly known as virtue, lately absent in the collective consciousness.”

    I wouldn’t count on that James.

    Today a news crew from Russia is scheduled to arrive to setup an interview with my neighbor across the street. He used to be an economics advisor on Ronald Reagan’s cabinet and holds some controversial views on things. He was going to help me reset a leaking toilet but had to opt out because he had to get up to speed with Sergei’s interviews after his undiplomatic grilling in Minsk over the weekend (there were two meetings folks, one in Moscow that made the news and the other, barely covered here, in Minsk) before his interview.

    Maybe later I’ll offer to take the Russians for a tour of our quaint downtown.

    http://www.thesisa.org

  3. Neon Vincent February 9, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    “Waiting in the wings is a whole category of human endeavor quaintly known as virtue, lately absent in the collective consciousness. What a shock it would be if Americans began to witness acts of fortitude and valor among us.”

    Americans saw an act of fortitude met with virtue last week when they heard about James Robertson, a Detroit resident who walked 21 miles of his commute each day. The result was that he received $300,000 in donations and a new car. As is our media’s wont, this was turned into a feel-good story as ABC News named Robertson their Person of the Week. While this was a success of charity, it displayed the failure of metro Detroit to provide adequate public transportation. The response also sent a message that Americans think that car dependence is a virtue, not a vice.

    As for the Grammys, my wife and I didn’t watch them. Instead, we decided to watch some valor and fortitude in a fictional struggle for survival in “The Walking Dead.” Brains, anyone?

    • outsider February 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      I was wondering why Robertson didn’t just move closer to his job. Looks like now he can retire.

      • michigan_native February 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

        Bullshit. Nobody walks no 21 miles in Detroit without an armored escort and lives to talk about it. Fuck that, not possible.

        • Neon Vincent March 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

          He did his walking in the Oakland County suburbs, not Detroit proper. He rode the bus from Detroit out to the end of service more than 10 miles away from his job in Rochester Hills. Also, there were witnesses. You’d have known all that if you had actually clicked on the link and watched the video.

  4. Petro February 9, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    “There are no gods, and precious few heroes.” youtube.com/watch?v=F3aniiKuxL8

  5. shotho February 9, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    I got a huge kick out of describing Ukrainians as “potato eaters”. I can attest from many trips over there, it’s completely true. Not only potatoes, but cucumbers (with every meal), beets, carrots and any other root vegetable; accompanied with very heavy bread and lots of “horylka” – vodka. Actually, not a bad diet – much better than our well-preserved, chemicalized fare.
    I can think of many acts of “fortituded and valor” that I would like to perform on our zombified culture, but wonder exactly what Mr. K has in mind?

    • trypillian February 9, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

      Howie obviously has never expirienced hunger. He should have a look at Van Gogh’s ‘The Potato Eaters’ before disparaging the noble tuber which actually is very high in vitamins and minerals and the healhy people who.depend on it as a dietary staple.

      Ukraine was never really under the ‘sphere of influence’ of Russia.
      The Ukrainian cossacks were much too busy fighting off invasions of Poland, Lithuania, Turkey, the Ottoman Empire and the Mongolians to be bothered with Russia. The Czars tried to enforce absentee taxes but that didn’t work. Howie has got that ass backwards. The Ukrainian people provided the impetus of civilization for the tribes to the east in diplomatic fashion, not the other way around in pychopathy mode which is self-evident in the current Kremlin nut-jobs.

      Howie’s surname is very funny. I think he should drop the ‘s’, It would then have a nice ring to it and people would take him much more seriously.

      • michigan_native February 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

        Fuck the Ukraine. Why Putin hasn’t nuked them low life scumbags and inbred SOBs by now is a mystery to me.

  6. Fan of Entropy February 9, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Great essay. I happened to have the Grammys on last evening for some unknown reason, and I was struck by – in addition to realizing how out of touch I am with pop music/culture, as I only recognized about four “artists” during the broadcast – how phony EVERYTHING was. Likely because I never pay attention to that sort of thing, but I couldn’t believe that people actually buy into the whole spectacle.

    We’re definitely on the downward slope, there’s no mistaking that. It’s frightening to watch from the Great White North while our neighbours become so polarized and cynical (on both sides). My brother has lived in the States for about 10 years now, and it’s shocking to see how far to the right he’s shifted…

    Anyway, we’re busy up here trying to play catchup in the self-destruction sweepstakes… new surveillance bill passed by the
    federal government last week kicked off the “Seek” phase of “Seek & Destroy”. The other shoe will drop soon enough.

    • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 10:39 am #

      You must be referring to Madonna and the Dancing Demons. Call me old fashioned, but what happened to music? Did I ever believe Liberace’s crass over the top act would reincarnate into Elton John and the Big Ducky? Of course not. What is evident is the complete lack of talent has morphed into spectacle. If it isn’t it’s boring. A talented musician on stage doing his thing is boring. Banality rules. Today music is turn on a drum machine and hang a picture of a big round ass in the middle of the stage.

      • Fan of Entropy February 9, 2015 at 10:49 am #

        Yeah, Madonna was really quite terrible, but that’s at least consistent for her. I made it as far as Kanye West and his robotic/idiotic autotune bit, and I mostly tuned out.

        The really sad thing was when one of the presenters told all of the youngsters watching that they too could ‘make it’ as a music superstar. Felt like a US Army recruiting ad.

        • Frankiti February 9, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

          Kanye West? You mean the egomaniacal clown in the track suit yelling into a lighted hole with a synthesized voice? I can’t believe what passes for music these days. Ironic how the winners and performers were white people who blatantly co-opted black music. A flamboyantly homosexual brit singing gospel inspired love songs, an Irishman singing black spirituals, and a British female from an old 80s duo singing a black rock & roll song. I guess, all you can do is scream in a hole.

    • DA February 9, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Better Call Saul made its debut last night, so I stuck with that before my customary early turn in. That show and its forerunner Breaking Bad capture the shady underbelly of the current American dystopia about as well as anything on TV these days.

      • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 10:51 am #

        Saul was cool. “Breaking Bad” was emblematic to the point where action figure dolls were manufactured for our kids to play with. It is truly bizzaro world in America today.

        • DA February 9, 2015 at 11:06 am #

          Yeah, I think it’s going to work out. I had my doubts when I first heard about it, but I think most Americans (thinking ones anyway) or so bored with the formulaic youth-focused crap that they’ll watch just about anything that doesn’t insult their intelligence too badly. I call it “fictional reality TV.” It’s fictional, but closer to actual reality than the stuff labeled “reality TV.”

        • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

          An action figure of Bryan Cranston in his underwear?!

          For kids, right?

    • thoren February 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      Back in 67 I was getting exposed to non suburban / actual civilization by the US Army. ENTIRELY by accident they set the stage for me to
      ditch the burbs of Detroit a year ahead of the 73 oil embargo.these days I wonder WHO wants to help set up llama operations for the urban areas . Gardens enriched by llama dung are an added bonus.
      The Coyowolf packs NW of Chicago seem a harbinger of the future.
      ( Billy ‘s bones drawing wolfs in the World made by hand novel. ) OR the sequel: Alaska Comes to the Lower 48 A scenario complete with Alberta bitomin stoves being crafted in former garages .
      My preference for German company when stationed there was noted and hated by my fellow troopers. They never understood that he US was created to be an eternal anomoly.. Morphing from the established landed gentry of Colonial times It’s cultural genetics like trisomy 21 . Being spiritually and culturally exiled in my native land was quite an experience . It will never be possible for Americans to understand how the world got along just fine once Europe was rebuilt . Any sort of marshal plan for tor the US is impossible for reasons increasingly genetic ( Arise All Ye Iphone morlocks !
      JIM : how bout a story about a Llama town aside a sparkling river with trout and Asian carp ? American crafted yurts the newest hosing boom ? Lots of banners and other plastic crap sailing our streets and roads these days . And I would argue that the US was barely any sort of real civilization. At least as compared to other empires of antiquity .Like the San Clemente Comet ( Richard Milhouse Nixon by name .) asteroid America sails out to deserved oblivion . A study of how agricultural sucess grew morlocks as well as wheat .
      Nope. My money is on Putin’s plan for a Post American world. Gunnar Myrdal wrote decades back about our horizon ever shrinking . Did he know so deeply how right he was ??
      A Detroit operation in a GM plant is now making Mad Max housing from shipping containers. Yep !
      Salud
      Thoren

      • russ February 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

        For a second there, I was going to comment and suggest that the phrase “…the newest hosing boom…” ought to have said “housing”.

        But on further reflection, I believe “…the newest hosing boom…” is really much more accurate.

      • DA February 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

        A buddy of mine had the idea for housing from shipping containers a while back too. Told me that right after I noted in passing that, what with the many advancements corrugated cardboard technology, my long unrealized dream of one day living in a refrigerator box down by the river was coming ever closer to fruition.

        But seriously, what single human being needs more than 200-400 sq ft to live in and store their actual useful shit? I’m living in 550′ now, and it’s only slightly cramped because I, like almost every American breathing, have too much shit! And just think, if everyone in America were to somehow even try to approach that figure, public spaces would once again bloom, simply by default!

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      Your brother is trying to be part of the solution perhaps. Obviously we need a return to traditional values. That may or may not be what your brother is doing. You didn’t specify since you probably don’t know the different between Traditional and Republican.

  7. AKlein February 9, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Let’s just hope that we still have an internet next week to read JHK’s essay. The way our “leaders” here in the US are behaving it’s really possible WW3 will break out. I really didn’t think it would get to a point where that was a real possibility, but frankly, I’m not so sure now. So, my advice: enjoy whatever it is you enjoy while you can, because it could get very ugly, and very final – very soon. Let’s hope not.

    • Fan of Entropy February 9, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      Agreed, AKlein. I read once that there’s a fringe faction of religious fanatics called Dominionists (I think), who want to trigger the events described in Revelations so that they can take back the promised land or some such foolishness…. Can someone tell me: does this kind of whacked-out mentality have anything to do with the enthusiasm to provoke a hot war with Russia?

      Not a rhetorical question, I’m really wondering.

      • islander800 February 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

        Well, here in Canada, our Prime Minister is, in fact, a Dominionist. as he belongs to the Christian Missionary Alliance church, about as fundamentalist as it gets, short of talking in tongues – and maybe they do that too. Love to see that on video. This sect also believes rich, successful people are so because God loves them, while poor, disadvantaged people are so because God obviously holds them in disfavor. Sound good yet?

        It isn’t a coincidence, I fear, that he is an unquestioning cheerleader for Israel (more so than America) and seems to be just itching to take on Putin, saying to his face “Get out of Ukraine”. This from a guy who has nothing to back up his bold talk except running to Daddy America to protect him. He has been more bellicose than any Western leader in his take on Crimea and Ukraine.

        Of course, he has an election coming up and with one million potential Ukrainian votes at stake, he’ll gladly poke the bear if it means a chance at re-election.

        A Dominionist willing to risk WW III by pandering for a few votes to get elected……there must be a special circle in Dante’s hell for that kind of behavior.

        • Fan of Entropy February 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

          Hey islander – I’m in NB. Didn’t realize that Steve-O was a Dominionist.

          • islander800 February 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

            Yes, Steve doesn’t tout that so much in his CV, since we’re not so “enamored” with cults like theirs here, north of the border.

            Once one realizes this, all of his legislative actions make sense: make sure the successful (profitable extraction industries, high income two-parent families but not single parent families) get more government support, cut back social programs (undeserving rubes), completely dismantle environmental protections and do nothing about climate change (we won’t be around after “Armageddon”, so why bother). Because we have dominion over the planet to do whatever we wish (God says so!).

            But check it out, the info’s out there.

        • “This sect also believes rich, successful people are so because God loves them, while poor, disadvantaged people are so because God obviously holds them in disfavor. ”

          This concept is logically consistent with what people generally believe, even secular people.

          Karma, the Buddha, Christianity, Islam- all the same. The speak-no-evil Christians nevertheless have nothing else but to believe it when Life kicks them in the ass. Apologists can backpedal all they want when faced with the implications for God’s universal all-knowing and all-powerful attributes, but the bottom line for the rank-and-file is that when you have ascribed all the good things in life to God because you pleased him with your piety and adulation, you can’t shake the feeling that all the bad things in life come from God because you haven’t been good enough. The default reversion of the faithful is always the same- descent into a twilight world where you end up apologizing for God’s kicking your ass and taking responsibility on yourself- like an abused child who concludes that, if only he had been a better son his father wouldn’t have whupped his ass so often, and of course, he was so clearly justified because the kid was such a screw-up. We’re only inches from a situation in this country of spectacles of bloody Christians flogging themselves in the streets- our current sublimation is a bloody neck tattoo of religious iconography and a lifetime of low self-esteem, and mainstream addictions to nicotine and caffeinated malt beverages.

      • outsider February 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

        Entropy – I think the word you are looking for is “Dispensationalists.” These are fundamentalists that blindly support Israel with the ultimate hope being the prophesized Battle of Armageddon, which will lead to the Second Coming of Christ. John Hagee is one of their leaders.

    • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

      Actually we are in the midst of WWIII already. Have been for decades. Looks to get real fired up sometime in 2018 – no matter who wins the Oval Office in 2016.

      Hope I didn’t give anything away. A really good narrative is really hard to find.

  8. K-Dog February 9, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Bruce Jenner’s journey Saturday was a fairy taleF not so interesting in greater scheme of things.

    What a shock it would be if Americans began to witness acts of fortitude and valor among us.

    Consider that virtue is alive and well but that it doesn’t make the news. Talking heads were more interested in how Jenner did on his field sobriety test than they were in how he was rear-ended or in reporting about the unfortunate fatality. Time was the news about the Jenner distraction would have concentrated on the victim. Everyone and everything else would be secondary.

    A few years go by and one talking head can’t even remember what caused a helicopter he was riding in to land in the desert unexpectedly during the Iraq invasion. In his dreams the story changed from a simple landing to being shot down by an RPG. IMHO that’s not someone who can be counted on to report truth or who values it. Virtue endures but virtue is its own reward, virtue seeks not limelight or ratings.

    • K-Dog February 9, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      Bruce Jenner’s journey Saturday was a fairy tale not so interesting in the greater scheme of things.

      There thats better, though fairy might still be misspelled.

    • piltdownman February 9, 2015 at 11:28 am #

      Agreed. Particularly about Brian Williams. I quote from David Carr’s NYTimes piece on him;

      “We want our anchors to be everywhere, to be impossibly famous, globe-trotting, hilarious, down-to-earth, and above all, trustworthy. It’s a job description that no one can match.”

      In what man’s world does he come to believe that I want my ostensible “news reader” to be famous, globe-trotting, hilarious and down to earth?”

      We would all be better off is they were just one thing; trustworthy. That anyone still believes that these haircuts are anything more than slick entertainers is beyond me…

      Pilt

      • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

        I don’t think they do believe it. I think they want us to believe that we are like them, and they are like us, but they know better.
        Tom Brokaw, I think it was, was on television discussing Obamacare, and he said something to the host about how “we” all got spoiled or something going to the emergency room for every little thing. What’s this “we” Kemosabe? I think it is to prepare us for edicts coming down from on high. “We” ruined “access to health care” or something, by going to the doctor to much.
        Brian Williams, Lyin’ Brian, said that “we”all were guilty of going to the doctor and asking for “our” Z-packs. I’ve never done that.

        • piltdownman February 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

          Yup. They use the royal “we” as a way to actually avoid specifically saying who they are referring to; in this case people too poor to afford health insurance or those who are gaming the system. At the end of the day, water finds its own level. If the only way people can get health care is by going to the ER, that’s what they’ll do, whether it’s right or not.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

        They should be ugly since the news so often is ugly. Walter Cronkite was a monster too btw. A CFR style Communist.

      • russ February 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

        Yeah. I note in their recent promos that B. Williams says something about ‘and we know there is good news out there, so we want to end the broadcast on a high note’. Or something like that.

        That statement tells you it’s a fake. Sometimes the news, the true developments, are all depressingly bad – likely because of some horrible decisions we made as a nation years ago.

        But we can’t dwell on the negative consequences of some very misguided policy – soooooo – we’ll just make up some happy news.

        Because.

      • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

        Two words:

        Walter Cronkite.

  9. pequiste February 9, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    A JHK klassic this: tawdry twerking; Khardassian kollusion; Jenner jender jumble; muzik massmarket myndlessness; Ukraine useless 4 U.S.; Europee entropee etc….

    “We’re bathed and bombarded with the images of exactly how disgusting we are.”

    Yes we are sir!

    Monday’s morning missive made my mind morbidly manic. Thank you. I need to bitch slap a bottle of scotch whisky now.

  10. Superfishal February 9, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Jim,
    You need to start hanging out with a new crowd. They are plenty of places in this country were men still act and behave like men,with honor,character and integrity. It’s not all bad. Turn off the tv,quit driving past Walmart…let’s write something positive for a change. You have a big platform,start using it to make a positive difference through a different lens….

    • CancelMyCard February 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      Asking James to be positive
      is like asking John Michael Greer
      to be humble.

      Ain’t going to happen in either case.
      Meh . . . . you can live with it.

  11. bossier56 February 9, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    Perhaps because the US is less and less peopled by those of European descent, Europe finds diminished kinship and common interest with us. As I do with more and more of my “countryman.”

    • Fan of Entropy February 9, 2015 at 10:53 am #

      They probably also see the writing on the wall… the US foreign policy is increasingly to be an ‘outlier’, one which pounds its chest but seems to have a brainworm or something. Very dangerous indeed to remain too chummy with that sort of type.

    • BackRowHeckler February 9, 2015 at 11:05 am #

      True enough. Only problem is, Europe itself is becoming less European at the same time.

      The whole concept of Europe, Europeans, the West, Christian Civilization etc., is headed for extinction. Just look at France.

      brh

      • outsider February 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

        BRH – The last I read, no European country had a native white replacement rate sufficient to maintain their populations. Hence, Europe may be becoming less white even faster that the US. Pat Buchanan wrote about this in “Death of the West,” and had a chapter in “Suicide of a Superpower” entitled ‘The End of White America.”

  12. venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    Speaking of viciousness, your transphobia is every bit as ignorant and unbecoming as your homophobia, but I know by now that your issue-baggage on such matters is far too enormous and crushing to get you to realize that. That said, I agree with you about Ukraine (even though Russia’s influence there goes back more like 500 years) and southern Europe’s unpayable debts.

    • K-Dog February 9, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      You might have a problem with ‘transgender sainthood‘ but Bruce Jenner may indeed be a metaphor for what has happened to American men. They don’t know who or what they are.

      Considering the original accomplishments that moved his well publicized and sexually differently adjusted ass to Malibu in the first place he is not someone we would have expected to not know who he is. The fact that he is not sure who or what he is causes people to slow down take a peek at the gristly spectacle and wonder what must be going on in his head. It is not a phobia, but genuine wonder. No malice intended at all but simple and genuine curiosity. Considering his life and what most people have going for them in comparison, (it may be a shock but most people can’t afford Malibu) the thought occurs that he should be self assured and happy with what he has.

      Another thing to ponder is that straight people never need to advertise their sexual adjustments and are just fine with not doing so.

      • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

        Well, there are lot of things I could say to that, but because I had a bad insomnia-night, I’ll just stick with saying that you shouldn’t judge a person unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Though I suppose that may be asking too much in Jenner’s case, as I’ve been told that high heels are damned uncomfortable. 😉

      • Ted Stosterone February 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

        Well said, dog.

      • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

        “American men” – like Obama? Newt Gingrich? Jeb Bush? Bruce Springsteen? Cheney? The Brain in Search of a Haircut? Your favorite NFL player? Bruce Jenner? Your mechanic? Your kid’s English teacher? Prince?

        All kinds of men. Problem is with what gets people’s attention. And THAT is the sad part.

        Ignore it. I have no idea what the Bruce story is about. I just don’t watch TV news. What’s the point?

        • venuspluto67 February 10, 2015 at 12:46 am #

          Good point, most of what’s out there mostly deserves to be ignored. The USA is in the process of fucking itself over to death and won’t be dissuaded from doing so, so none of it really matters.

    • James Howard Kunstler February 9, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      Since when is it required to celebrate or valorize transgender behavior? I don’t think it’s healthy to present sexual confusion as a wonderful innovation in human development. — JHK

      • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

        Such a defensive response! It’s your blog, and I don’t presume to require you to celebrate or affirm anything. However, if you use your prejudice against transexuals or homosexuals to make some larger point, I’m probably going to say that I think that’s ugly.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

          Society must remain heteronormative. That’s by definition; axiomatic like a+b=b+a. Thus one who glorifies the abnormal over the normal is the enemy of society. Messing with young minds is not something to be allowed, much less condoned. Young people need modeling to become part of society.

          • outsider February 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

            I always get a chuckle out of Janos, even though I normally don’t agree. However, in this case, Janos could not be more right. Also, our country has no business lecturing Russia on gay rights.

          • hineshammer February 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

            Our society is heteronormative and will remain so. To suggest that it isn’t or won’t be is paranoia and hyperbole. So what if a small percentage of the population is gay or transgender or whatever. This is nothing new.

        • Frankiti February 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

          The wonderful development is not the tranny. They have been around for quite some time. The wonderful innovation is the systemic break-down of accepted norms and deviations in Western “culture” The younger generations have been successfully mentally engineered AKA brainwashed to accept it as “normal” and not as the psychological disorder that it truly is. Imagine the Marquis de Sade alive today? It’s almost as he predicted. Only the wall to pederasty awaits to be broken, and who are we to judge? Apparently being judgmental is worse than being disturbed with the wimp generations.

      • PeteAtomic February 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

        I concur with your statement here, Mr. Kunstler, and I’d also like to add some propositions. Firstly, the Jenner story is the tale of the corruption & moral irrelevance of the “entertainment class” in US society. What passes as “celebrity” today in America, whether it be the deranged Kardashian family, or the extremely violent thugs of the NFL who punch their wives out in elevators– are people who act in moral vacuums. They go from whoring, or beating, or any number of multifarious inappropriate or downright insane or nutty behaviors with little or no insights into their actions & lives. However, because they are “celebrity”, it really does not matter how they behave in the public sphere, the popularity is the thing of greatest importance, that’s all and nothing more. Furthermore, why not?? Most every institution in US society is either an outright failure, or in deep decay. Wall Street, the federal government, schools, even churches– are all in a deep, dark crisis of leadership & direction.

      • K-Dog February 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

        Yes, live and let live but having to celebrate sexual confusion is not any requirement of tolerance. If it is then I want a straight pride parade along with the confused. It’s only fair.

        I don’t squat and I’m proud to be a leg lifter.

        • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

          You have thousands of “straight pride parades”! That’s the part that you just don’t get.

          YOUR sexuality is on parade 24/7.

          • venuspluto67 February 10, 2015 at 12:13 am #

            Yes, but when you try to tell them that, they cling to this warmed-over meme from the nineties that you’re somehow trying to bully them in some way, never mind the fact that marginalized groups such as homosexuals needed to and often still need to stand up for themselves and make themselves heard in order to have the same rights in society that everyone else enjoys. Trying to penetrate all that contrived defensiveness really is a huge waste of time and effort.

      • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

        Excuse me but when it comes to “sexual confusion” you can’t get much more “confused” than Western Civilization!

      • Superfishal February 10, 2015 at 9:35 am #

        Agreed…and good to speak out against this nonsense…enough is enough…

      • Glitch Mobiliou February 16, 2015 at 2:27 am #

        With regard to the ‘fundamental attribution error’, so-called ‘gender confusion’ could be seen as more of a cultural confusion if one accepts that gender is based on a continuum, rather than simply ‘male or female’.
        I am pretty sure that those who deliver babies see a lot of sexual organs that transcend the male-female dichotomy.

    • shotho February 9, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      The transfer of the Kievan Rus to Russia was complete in the tenth century.
      What is more vicious than mutilating your body in order to satisfy some brain quirk?

    • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 11:53 am #

      I was waiting for that. Just because all of a sudden there’s a new word being thrown around out there, transphopia, doesn’t make it a thing, and it doesn’t mean that people have it.
      I’ve always been quite comfortable around trannies, just because some minor god somewhere has decreed ‘tranny’ or ‘trannie’ to now be a bad word, doesn’t necessarily make it so. It must be nice, having the power or thinking you do, to shut down all contrary thinking with just one word, one NEW word.
      Bruce Jenner – I saw Jimmy Kimmel mention his name, to make some VERY mild jokes, and his normally boisterious audience became silent, so afraid were they that they were going to be guilty of some new sin. They’ve all been converted to PC, without a single beheading. Notice if he made a crack about any of the Kardashian/Jenner females, no matter how vulgar, he would get guffaws, cheers, and applause.
      Bruce Jenner is having some very real mental health issues. I don’t cheer for him any more than I’d applaud an anorexic girl for losing more weight.

      • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

        Bruce Jenner is having some very real mental health issues.

        And you know this exactly how?

        • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

          Because he’s been married three times, with numerous children, and now he thinks he can become a woman?

          • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

            Many people have been through multiple marriages, including a very good friend of mine who is a lot more stable than I will ever be, and I trust you’ll forgive me if I have a difficult time recognizing his doing something you have a difficult time understanding, as a basis for a long-distance mental-health diagnosis. 🙂

          • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

            Venusbluto: In other words, you are unstable. Less stable than someone who has had multiple marriages and then decided to become a “woman”.

          • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

            @Janos Skorenzy: IOW, you’re a very unremarkable and unimpressive Internet troll, not to mention far too reactionary for me to care what you think at all. This will be my last reply to you ever. Have a nice life.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

        Yes the word “racist” has destroyed Western Culture in a far more comprehensive way than the word “witch” ever did. Or put it this way: the high Priests of PC got everyone believing that they were witches – and that’s amazing and amazingly evil.

        • CancelMyCard February 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

          What church do the “high priests of PC” officiate in?

          Can you name some of these “priests” to us?

          I for one do not know of such a religion, nor am I familiar with specific “leaders” of this church. Please give us some names.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

            You are a member of the Church of Political Correctness. It’s everywhere and if you’re not against it you’re part of it. It’s is the ethos, the ruling philosophy of America, in both Government and Corporations. Sorry, but your self righteous identity as a rebel is complete BS. The powers that be believe exactly the same things you do except at the very top. They know it’s all nonsense just as I do.

            Obviously I mean a civil religion not a religion (supernatural) per se.

          • DA February 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

            Hate to say it, but Janos does make some amount of sense if you stick with him long enough. The PC bullshit in this country is at least beginning to approach its limits. I’m not sure myself exactly where we crossed the line, but I’m pretty damn sure we’ve crossed it nonetheless.

        • Buck Stud February 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

          Careful with your “It’s everywhere and if you’re not against it you’re part of it” statement . Some people are not motivated by PC dogma but by pure empathy and concern for a fellow human being. To external eyes, these empathetic types are often labeled “PC” and this labeling provides cliquish cover for some truly mean spirited assholes intent on issuing insult and hurt.

          Of course, celebrities such as Bruce Jenner are fair game because they place themselves in the center of the spectacle spotlight and covet the rubber necking attention like the predictable pedestrian narcissists they are.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 12:24 am #

            Yes, such women (either female or male) need to be kept out of politics by every means possible. I direct you to the Tree of Life and its three pillars. Destruction can come from either the Pillar of Severity or the Pillar of Mercy. Life abides best when we rest in the Middle Pillar, the Pillar of Balance.

            Mercy has no meaning apart form Truth and Justice. How can you help someone if you don’t understand them? And is it not cruel not to punish the wicked? Mercy is cruelty to them.

          • seawolf77 February 11, 2015 at 11:18 am #

            Yeah but Malkuth would kick Kether’s ass, in heaven or here on earth. Ornaments through the trees Janos, ornaments through the trees.

      • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

        I would worry much more about the mental health issues of the folks sitting in Congress.

        And the two people likely to be offered in 2016 as “Leaders of the Free World”!

        • venuspluto67 February 10, 2015 at 12:24 am #

          I wouldn’t worry about it, actually. Our society is poised to hit a huge cinderblock wall, and nothing is going to stop that now. The process is just too far along.

  13. BackRowHeckler February 9, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I actually knew Jenner when he was a male, a few years ahead of me in HS. A good athlete obviously, altho I didn’t think he was any better at anything than I was.

    At some point he went off the rails, not sure when. Maybe right after the ’76 Olympics when his brother was killed in a car wreck in a courtesy Porche; maybe when his child drowned in that swimming pool accident.

    Right now he seems so far gone he’ll never find his way back.

    brh

    • malthuss February 9, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      ‘ I didn’t think he was any better at anything than I was.’
      How wrong you were. However it is safe to say you d not wanna walk in his high heels, as a 65? year old drag queen.

      ‘Porche;’. You forgot the ‘s’.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

      Maybe his feminization meds lead to this accident. Don’t go down this “road” BRH!

      • GutenbergGuy February 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

        From something I have seen recently that is a very real possibility.

  14. cowboy February 9, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article9297305.html

    If you want to see a “circus” , this is the place to be this week. Our ranch is a few miles north of Stephenville and I plan on staying there and away from town until the trial for Chris Kyle’s murder is over. So glad that I was not one of the 800 chosen for the jury pool. Jim you would enjoy seeing this mess. More TV reporters in town now than residents. And Chris is a hero to most people in this area. Should be some interesting interviews . http://www.collierdiamondcranch.com

  15. devon44 February 9, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Jim – I listened to your podcast with Lord Whimsy the other day – it was fascinating. I was particularly interested in the discussions of current American male fashions (or lack thereof). Jenner is an interesting example of that trend – he and the other men featured in that show have plenty of money, but have no clue how to dress. (I’ll leave the discussion of his other life choices to those that know more about it than I do).

    My little circle of friends here in Northern Virginia are trying to find a new style, and we’re going through a few fits and starts, but the final result looks sort of like gentleman farmer crossed with a dandy – pants tucked into good work boots, a colorful belt, and functional but high quality shirts and coats. Carhart mixed with a colorful scarf.

    We need to redevelop a sense of how we portray ourselves in public spaces – i.e. no more pajamas in airports. I figure a good way to spread that meme is to do it myself.

    • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      I particularly liked the question posed by Jim: How did we go from a nation/society of suit and tied professionals to a bunch of tatted up louts? Certainly the 60’s contributed. The 70’s didn’t help. Come to think of it it’s been all downhill. If anything 9/11 accelerated the downfall, or at least put an exclamation point on its irreversibility.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

        Easy. The old culture was disrupted by the 60’s and wasn’t fully passed down to the next generation. Instead of reading the classics, they were reading filth like Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”. Once you believe your ancestors are evil (or gangsters as you put it), why would you want to dress like them or be like them in any way?

        • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

          Really. I kind of thought it was the computer.

        • hineshammer February 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

          Zinn’s “filth”, as you put it, is probably a lot closer to true American history than that whitewashed bullshit you learned in school.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

            So go back to Europe, Whitey. Don’t throw the rest of under the bus as some kind of vicarious sacrifice. They Blacks and the Indians aren’t ever going to see you as anything other than a despoiler. And they will despise you even more for being a traitor to your own people.

            Bearing the hatred of the conquered is the price of victory. There could be no America without the victory over the Indians. Everything you have and are is a result of the conquest. Yet you have not an iota of gratitude – and that’s both inauthentic and monstrous.

          • DA February 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

            Really Janos? That’s the best you’ve got? Just when you begin to make a smidgen of sense you shit all over yourself with that response.

          • venuspluto67 February 10, 2015 at 12:42 am #

            @DA: And it also rather glosses over the fact that the victory over the native inhabitants of the Americas was won more by smallpox and other germs than it was by weapons of steel and gunpowder or superiority of European civilization.

          • hineshammer February 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

            Janos, you dick. I notice you didn’t bother to refute my claim. History books were written from the perspective of the rich white man, Zinn wrote it from the perspective of everyone else.

      • DA February 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

        How did we go from a nation/society of suit and tied professionals to a bunch of tatted up louts?

        That’s kind of an ironic question, isn’t it? Seeing as it’s the suit and tied “professionals” who are pretty much single-handedly leading our society’s demise. Don’t own a suit or a tie myself and can’t imagine ever buying one again. Both say pretense to me. They’re an overt signal that you don’t actually work for a living and don’t intend to get your pretty little hands dirty doing anything anyone of lesser status could do for you. Don’t imagine a lot of suit and tie wearing “professionals” in any future world made by hand either. There’ll simply be too much honest to goodness work to do again. Oh, the horror!

        • outsider February 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

          DA – How did such a disgusting, restrictive, expensive mode of dress as a required suit and tie ever become the norm? It is especially ridiculous to have to dress this way when it is hot. Modern day women would never put up with it. They are quickly relegating men to the back burner.

        • DA February 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

          Agreed! I sweat like hell in them things. Imagine, a t-shirt, under a long sleeve dress shirt (usually of quite tight weave), tied at the neck by a tie, and then adding a coat (usually with an acetate lining, which makes me sweat all by itself) over all that. Besides, they give me flashbacks to my mom making me wear one as a tyke so she could trundle me off to church, which I hated as well.

          I can at least understand why anyone wearing such an absurd ensemble wouldn’t dare do any work. How could they?

          • Ishabaka February 9, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

            Working class Brits wore suits and ties in the factory – and commuted by bicycle – in the ’60’s. I lived there, and I saw them.

          • DA February 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

            Maybe we’re just too fat now, then? I’ve considered that too. But the advancement of modern HVAC systems should be considered too. My office is normally at 73-75′ F when I arrive in the morning (stiflingly hot!), before I promptly open the window and turn on the fan. Doubt you saw that much back in the day.

            In contrast, I live at 7,200′ altitude, and I set the heat at home at 68′ day and night. Any warmer than that and I sweat for any real perceived activity, even at night. And I dress light, and am of approximately average, height, weight, and fitness for my age. The American working and living environment, in my opinion at least, has simply become zombified.

    • abbybwood February 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      I like the way the new Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, dresses. That whole “no tie” statement must be a bit disarming during all those high stakes meetings he is in lately:

      mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/fashion/the-wardrobe-politics-of-greeces-new-prime-minister.html?refer…

    • Superfishal February 10, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      Jenner needs a slap and pep talk from Marlon Brando right now to act like a man….

  16. Buck Stud February 9, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Wow, JHK’s typing fingers are on fire this Monday:

    “The Romans, on their journey to decadence, lacked the voltage and the wiring to amplify the anomie overtaking them. We’re bathed and bombarded with the images of exactly how disgusting we are.”

    Likewise, the dignified artistic postures of the Greek Classical period gave way to the writhing convolution of the Hellenistic period. The approach to the end, in other words. But the similarities of a cultural denouement may end there. While Laocoon and son’s contorted, grimacing struggle with the enveloping serpent is masterfully articulated in stone and bursting with masculine bravado, our Bruce Jenner’s existential crisis is signified by a limp wrist possibly holding a cell phone at the moment of tragedy and against the greater backdrop of a once great athlete transforming himself into a pussy.

    • malthuss February 9, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      In ‘The Long Emergency’ Jim noted, ‘Efficiency is a path to hell’
      [or something like that].

      Between the GMOs, ChemTrails, E pollution [being zapped when you walk in a store or library], Flouride etc, I have to agree the Romans were ‘doing it the old fashioned [slow] way’.

      Lead did them in? In the wine or goblets?

      • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

        I recall Archdruid John Michael Greer doing a blog-post a while back about how making systems more efficient also makes them much more brittle and vulnerable. It was one of his more eye-opening posts, as I recall.

        • DA February 9, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

          Goes without saying really, as efficiency is all about eliminating redundancy (aka “waste”), and redundancy is what makes systems robust. The current round of stupidity won’t be with us too much longer.

          • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

            That is precisely what JMG said.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

        E pollution? During an extended power failure a while back, a strange calm descended upon the children in my neighborhood.

      • shastatodd February 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

        chemtrails?

        i think you are confused… they are phenomena called “persistent contrails”.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 11:59 am #

      Latest I heard it was a cigarette, not a cell phone. Unconfirmed. Which brings me to another pet peeve of mine. I don’t recommend smoking to anybody, I hate smoking, but as we institute policies to force people into quitting, these people in the public eye who still smoke don’t come out and stand up for the rights of the little guy to do so.
      I just realized I said “come out”. Bruce won’t hide it anymore that he wants to become a woman, but he can’t violate PC and “come out” as an unrepentant smoker.

  17. barbisbest February 9, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    ‘Ukraine, that poor perpetually over-trodden land of potato-eaters ”
    ah, even Van Gogh had a great appreciation for the simplicity of the lives of the potato eaters as witnessed in his painting of the same name. One can eat potatoes honorably, and theirs probably is a better diet than most Americans with our high fructose corn syrup and so on.

    Van Gogh probably lived many lifetimes too. Here are the words of some artists on that. “I know I am deathless. No doubt I have died a thousand times before. I laugh at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time” Walt Whitman,

    and Oer ever the knightly years were gone. With the old world to the grave, I was a queen in Babylon and you were a Christian slave. I bent and broke your pride… and a myriad suns have set and shone since then upon the grave, Decreed by the queen of Babylon to him that had been her slave. The pride I trampled is now my scathe, for it tramples me again. The old resentment lasts like death, For you, yet you refrain. I break my heart on your hard unfaith, and break my heart in vain. W.B. Yeats. Poor fella Yeats had his Maude Gohn moment and thereafter never the same.

    There are some acts of fortitude and valor, like a middle age people who went to live on their daughters farm to tend the gardens, giving up their fancy life. Or Walk for our Grandchildren where grandparents walked quite a ways in regards to climate change, or the ecovillage intentional community that is being constructed outside of Charlottesville. Your point well taken JHK, because you are right! There needs to be acts of valor and decency here, many, many more and perhaps there will be.

    As far as the presidency, JHK may be the president of North Eastern U.S. because the country may break into smaller sections in time. They could do much worse. It would be amazing to have a common culture, with common enemies, climate change and peak resources. One that isn’t so “common”. and doesn’t include the Kardashians, one symbol of depravity and mindlessness in this our current culture. Your readers wish you the best JHK.

  18. RocketDoc February 9, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I had to look up “twerking” last summer. Now it’s everywhere. Sounds like “to jerk off”. I’m a reluctant clusterf@#$%er doomer but I thought I would offer up some positive vibes. The imaginary world of American Possibility is alive. I took my honor student son to a hopeful Christian University to interview for a full scholarship and the energetic young faces–believers in their possiblity-was heartwarming. They are going to study hard and “make a difference”. I am old and don’t know what to say–how about -Go for it? Why be negative? If any one wants the Truth and a kick in the ass, well they can come here.

    • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 11:38 am #

      What you describe is peculiarly American. The “anyone can grow up to be president” syndrome. I think a big part of it stems from Christmas. Do I want to rain on their parade? Not particularly. Someone else will step up. They always do.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

        The phrase I heard growing up was “any BOY can grow up to be president”. Brian Williams and others changed it to make it more PC when Obama was elected, but they needn’t have bothered.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

          Obama said the same thing when he was young. He was groomed for it all his life and it became true. If the only son of a King says he will become King, is he dreaming? Same thing with Obama. The path was made smooth.

  19. Greg Knepp February 9, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    A recent article on msn.com pointed out that adult children of middle-class black families are falling back into poverty at a rate nearly double that of their white counterparts. A degree of generation-to-generation economic regression in both races can, of course, be attributed to the overall contraction of the economy. But at least some of the reasons for the racial discrepancy (not fully explored in the article) must be attributed to sub-cultural issues.

    The questions are many: will black self-alienation from the larger culture ultimately prove adaptive or mal-adaptive? Is this process intentional or largely organic, or a combination of many currents? When will Ebonics attain the status of a true language rather than just a dialect of English – in other words, at what point will fluency in English and fluency in Ebonics cease to be mutually inclusive.

    It’s quite a puzzle; culturally speaking, blacks may be reading the writing on the walls better than whites…or not.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      I’m trying to make a connection between your post and what Fan of Entropy said above about someone at the Grammys telling viewers they can ‘make it’ too. If you are part of a group that hasn’t quite risen along with the rest, and you see your career options as musical stardom, or community college for something called STEM, and you don’t have any musical talent at all, that might cause you to give up on the whole success idea as we know it.

      • Greg Knepp February 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

        It depends on each individual’s definition of success.

        While the arts and athletics are more likely allow black practitioners to fully engage on their own cultural terms, those less qualified to pursue work in such highly competitive fields will need to find remuneration in the general marketplace, where white cultural formats (such as they are) prevail.

        A young black might be disinclined to throw in with a segment of society he deems cold and low, if not outright hostile. I couldn’t blame him a bit!

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      As if Black Americans have a viable culture? Or as if Blacks have ever had a culture equal to ours? Or as if Ebonics is a real language or one equal to English?

      • Greg Knepp February 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

        A ‘viable culture’ is one that facilitates any group’s efforts to pass along information from one generation to the next through the process of teaching – such information being beneficial to the survival of said group, and such information being unavailable through instinct alone. Evolution doesn’t give a damn about the fine differences between the works of Mozart and Snoop Dog, rather, its only concern is getting its subjects to the next generation…Evolution is like that – short sighted and common.

        Humans groups do not survive without cultures; if black cultural formats were not functional, there would be no blacks.

        As for Ebonics, I never claimed that it was as rich and nuanced as English – quite the contrary! But Ebonics is still a dialect – a proto-language at best. All languages were primitive at one time. So let it be with Ebonics. If it is to survive at all, it will have to grow.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

          Not necessarily. African languages are very primitive with respect and fear conflated, no numbers beyond 7 or 8 (until we came), etc.

  20. barbisbest February 9, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    My little circle of friends here in Northern Virginia are trying to find a new style, and we’re going through a few fits and starts, but the final result looks sort of like gentleman farmer crossed with a dandy –

    Dandies Indeed, and what do you farm on up there in North VA. Many of you would go a long way by just being a little kinder. was that my out loud writing.

    • devon44 February 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      We farm hogs, chickens, and beef, among other things. Many of us are converting our family farms from horses to food.

      I didn’t realize that presenting yourself to your community in a respectful way means that you automatically become an unkind person?

      • barbisbest February 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

        Reply to Devon44 . Good on you! My apology. It has only been my past experience that Northern VA’ers are a bit meanish. Some are, some aren’t. I shouldn’t generalize.

        • devon44 February 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

          Barb – check out my book, After the Crumble – it is based in Northern VA in the year 2037, and addresses some of what you are talking about.

          Middleburg becomes the fictional “Farrington” – and the personality and mindset of the people that live there is discussed in a clear and honest way.

          Me personally – I live in The Plains. The Plains is a very good place. We’re Middleburg’s more sustainable and less stuck-up sister.

          I sell my pork (and my book) at the farmer’s market in The Plains from April to September every year, and I will happily barter for the book too!

          (Plugging my book isn’t as off-topic as it may seem – I thank Jim in the acknowledgements section, and if I hadn’t read Jim’s work, the book could not have ever been written).

          • barbisbest February 11, 2015 at 11:14 am #

            Devon44. I know the Plains. Fauquier for me, on a small farm with pigs, chickens, you know. We recently bartered with a neighbor for two pigs and he’ll butcher one of ours. Trying to get a leg up on the World Made By Hand. The Gift Economy??!?! At any rate, my ancestors, the colonists would be proud of you. This country needs millions of farmers, and you keep the one earring thing Janos. I’m a girl, so I do wear them from time to time. I will check out your book, but it’ll be tough to beat World Made by Hand. : ( Sorry Devon.

          • devon44 February 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

            Barb – haha! I’m not trying to beat WMBH – it’s a totally different concept. There is no way I could write better than that anyway and I’d be foolish to try LOL

  21. Anotherplayaguy February 9, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    “… because ordinary people were too busy twerking and jerking to pay any real attention to the systematic dismemberment of their culture.”

    And just what culture is that? America has always been racist, Imperialistic, and stupidity prone. Q: What has America given the world other than Mark Twain? A: America has planted the seeds of the world’s destruction, fertilized them until the sprouted, and let them run wild.

    • malthuss February 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      ‘ America has always been racist, Imperialistic, and stupidity prone.’

      So what country is free of these scourges?

      • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

        Zimbabwe maybe?

      • outsider February 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

        malthuss – Switzerland. They even stayed out of WWII with the war all around them.

        • Ishabaka February 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

          They kicked Oprah out of a shop because she didn’t have enough money to buy a purse – in their minds. Not an Oprah fan, just saying.

        • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

          That’s because their major export was tax shelters and their main industry was hiding war loot.

  22. malthuss February 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    I am so out of the loop that I skipped BOTH the stupid Bowl and the Grammys [trade mark].

    But I will go over to ‘Vigilant Citizen’ to see what subliminal messages the hive was programmed with via these two TV events.

  23. pjustice February 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Having just watched American Sniper and this morning heard Chris Kyle referred to as the accepted standard of “American Hero”, this morning’s clusterfuck entry was curiously not the usual ice water shower. Did anyone else come away with the idea that American Sniper was a brilliantly ironic anti-war, anti-empire, movie? If so, you were apparently mistaken, as I was. The notion of hero apparently now refers to Goliath, not David.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

      I’m going to have to see this movie now.
      Why do people like Brian Williams hang out with soldiers to be seen as heroic and cool themselves, and then a soldier like Chris Kyle gets bashed by some for being a murderer, but the ones who are holding soldiers up as the essence of manhood don’t get criticized? I am so confused.

      • pjustice February 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

        See the movie and you may add depression to the mix. There is a real hero in the movie, but he is only about 9 years old and not American.

    • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      No it just humanizes them. Truth is the ones that came back from Vietnam say the same thing i.e. they wish they had killed more. Military people are dehumanized by design. Is it good cinema to watch them rehumanize?

    • outsider February 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

      pjustice – I think a strong case can be made that “American Sniper” is anti-war. The screenwriter and Eastwood both said that it is. However, there’s no way that the mass of American yahoos have the intellectual ability to see beyond the action and bloodshed. “USA, USA.”

      • DA February 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

        Anti-war from a personal human perspective possibly, almost certainly not from a larger policy perspective however, as it never questions the basis for the war, or war in general, itself. Admittedly, that was all outside of the scope of the narrative, so you can say that Eastwood just doesn’t address it (and I believe he has said that) and leave it that, or, you can contend as many do that by not addressing it Eastwood is implicitly approving it anyway. I think I lean toward the latter view, but I haven’t really made up my mind. Certainly, in the current political environment, it’s hard to imagine that such a movie would be taken any other way for most Americans who watch it. Or maybe, Clint is just laughing to the bank and the awards ceremonies after all, saying ” I could care less how the dumb bastards interpret it, as long as I make some decent coin and pick up an award nomination or two out of it.

  24. Beryl of Oyl February 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Venuspluto, I don’t see a reply button, it is fine with me if you don’t understand me. I won’t be bullied into adopting the new thinking, or lack thereof. I thought I made that clear.

    • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      So I’m supposedly trying to bully you, now? Such a defensive crew of commenters we have here today! Using that logic, somebody who was criticized for quoting Martin Luther’s vile anti-Semitic screed “Jews And Their Lies” could accuse his critics of bullying him.

      My suggestion for replies is that when there’s no reply button to use, just use the most recent post in the same thread that does have a reply button (in this case, your reply-post to me at 12:25 PM), hit the button, and type your reply. If necessary to avoid confusion, start the post with the name of person to whom you are replying (for example, “@vp67”).

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

        Lutherans wont even publish their own founder’s book. Why do they even bother to be Lutherans? And this is the man MLK was named after. Is it not rich?

        Liberalism is the new religion. Lutherans are just Liberals who do penance by bringing in as many Blacks as possible. Thus the foolish become insane instead of becoming wise.

        • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

          You’re the kind of person who would make the argument that Scientology is crooked because L Ron Hubbard published Dianetics and made a lot of money off it. Once again it is a non sequitor. It does not follow.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

            Oh you’re a Scientologist? That would explain much.

            As for your point – most popular or lucrative things are nonsense since the average person is a moron. On the other hand, folk culture is often very fine. The racial subconscious often can push through in its best people – who will do art even if no money is forthcoming.

          • DA February 9, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

            LOL! And so you respond with a non-sequitur! Good one, Janos!

          • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

            No I am not a Hubbardrite, although I do think his name is cool. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. Sounds like a space station. Just call me L Ron.

        • BeerBarrel February 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

          @Janos

          What a dumb comment. Martin Luther is one of the greatest changers of human thought who has ever lived. It is unfortunate, however, that after his Pulitzer-shaming Catechism, in his waning years he published the Jews & Their Lies book. (JTL)

          And I mean it in more ways than you think. Back, pre-WWII, it was common for a Lutheran service to include readings from the JTL – a sermon would be preceded or followed by a reading. This practice is of course frowned upon post Holocaust – but I do think it’s important to recognize that much of the modern memes of anti-semitism arose from Martin Luther, as well as did anti-Catholicism. The Irish are still slaughtering each other to this day over the schism!

          Moreover, when the Nazi party was still a brownshirt town-hall type of thing, support for their anti-semitic views was most visible in predominantly Lutheran areas whereas, in the areas (South West Germany) where there were more Catholics, support was substantially less visceral.

          Being that Hitler, who was appointed by Hindenburg in 1933 (January) and given dictatorial powers, was able to begin consolidating power through employment of the people’s angst towards the seemingly prosperous Jews following Hindenburg’s death in 1934, one could surmise the Nazi party and its brutality was in fact enabled by the JTL!

          Luther, indeed, was a mega-man.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 12:36 am #

            You need to read some excerps from the Talmud. It vindicates the Protocols. The Jews have sworn to our destruction and their plans are both well laid and far advanced. Every White Nation is being destroyed by mass third world immigration. Read Peter Brimelow’s “Alien Nation”. He investigated the matter and was amazed to realize that White Nationalists were correct – the Jews were at the forefront of the effort to open America’s borders. Ted Kennedy was just a front man. A little googling will bring you to the truth in this regard.

            I didn’t know that the Jews and their Lies was so prominent in non PC Lutheranism. My respect for them has increased.

          • S M Tenneshaw February 15, 2015 at 4:26 am #

            You really do have rats in the skull, Janos. The evil you see in the Jews actually comes from within, and we all know it including you. You don’t even believe your own lies.

            Do you?

  25. darkrider February 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    yet again…do you pander to any crowd that does that think that everything you say is perfect? i find it interesting how critical you are about the average member of society (this coming from someone who has read more than 1 of your books) yet take no responsibility for any critical observation thrown your way – what was it? yes, you called me a “fucking idiot” for dare saying anything that was remotely intellectual regarding your comments & views…can only hope that one day the civil society and discourse you claim to seek is actually reflected in not only your commentary but also the sycophants you seem to attract…

    • DA February 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

      For Christ’s sake, lighten up Francis! If it makes you feel better, I’ll look up ol’ Jimbo myself and kick his ass. I think I can take him!

      Might wanna change that handle too. You’re borderline spooky with that one.

  26. Carl Grimes February 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Valor? If this Jenner idiot had any he would have commited suicide rather than force people to watch the revolting spectacle of an olympic athlete turning himself into a woman at seventy. Many years before these Kardashians, he was one of the best all around athletes in the world. What ever else you can say about Ty Cobb and Joe Dimaggio they never pulled anything this horrible in public.

    • hineshammer February 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

      Watching Jenner turn into a woman is better than watching that fucking shit-ass show that he’s on. I had the misfortune of seeing just a few minutes of it once and I could practically feel myself getting dumber.

      We’re missing the forest for the trees. The more vile spectacle is the Kardashian show and their vapid existence being put on display. Jenner’s transformation would happen whether he was a part of that family, and therefore “famous”, or just some 1970s Olympic has-been. It is only being displayed for all who care to witness (I don’t) because he’s on TV.

  27. barbisbest February 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Add to the list, valor, fortitude and sacrifice. Kardashians can have the universe.

  28. malthuss February 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    University of Michigan ‘Inclusive Language Campaign’ debut

    Dozens of posters plastered across the University of Michigan caution students not to say things that might hurt others’ feelings, part of a new “Inclusive Language Campaign” at the state’s flagship public university that cost $16,000 to implement.

    Words declared unacceptable through the campaign include “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead.” Phrases such as “I want to die” and “that test raped me” are also verboten.

    University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told The College Fix in an email the campaign aims to “address campus climate by helping individuals understand that their words can impact someone and to encourage individuals to commit to creating a positive campus community.”ILCinside

    Students have been asked to sign a pledge to “use inclusive language” and to help their peers “understand the importance of using inclusive language,” according to campaign materials.

    .

    • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

      I’m all for trying to be a little more understanding of from where other are coming, but that sort of hyper-policing is definitely taking it a tad too far. It’s all about balances and happy mediums! 🙂

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

        Oh c’mon! Stop being a reactionary! I feel threatened by your emoticom!

    • outsider February 9, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

      malthuss – It’s Cultural Marxism. To paraphrase Buchanan, it’s Antonio Gramsci’s long march through the institutions to destroy Western society. And it appears that they are winning.

    • hineshammer February 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

      I wonder if the word misanthrope is verboten. It certainly shouldn’t be; what word could be more inclusive than that.

      • pequiste February 10, 2015 at 1:09 am #

        Goog one Hines.
        Once, in graduate school, I used the term “miscegination” properly, in context, directed only to the topic of the seminar and was almost crucified by the female professor and several of the female students (all caucasians with one exception) present. I was actually shunned for the remainder of the semester. This instance happened some 18 years ago. I shudder at the “progress” that the Thought Police have made in the interim.

    • Ishabaka February 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

      Bet the same folks who plastered the posters marched for “Charlie Hebdo” freedom of speech!

    • abbybwood February 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

      Where is George Carlin when we need him?

    • BackRowHeckler February 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

      Wait a minute Malthus.

      Are you saying, 50 years on, Mario Savio’s free speech movement is no longer relevant.

      (As if Savio really gave a sh=t about free speech. What the the deal was was to use the campus as a platform for leftist polemics. so maybe it aint dead)

      brh

  29. barbisbest February 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Devon44. Even better. converting to farms! My grandfather, who was a good, good man always said golf courses were a waste or real estate. Although golf has its place I suppose. I wonder what JHK would say to that. In any case this nation needs millions of farmers, intuition speaks.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Don’t forget to wear your gay little scarf – just to prove you’re not like those other farmers. You’re the good people. If the scarf isn’t enough, the little ponytail and earing should do the trick.

      • devon44 February 9, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

        hehe – that actually made me chuckle.

      • DA February 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

        Likewise! Good one Janos!

    • CancelMyCard February 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      Convert every single golf course in the world to organic vegetable farms, I say. At least the land would be producing something of value.

      Let the 1% go find some other fey, retarded, pussy game to play.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

        Yes comrade. After the Revolution we’ll make them fight in the arena using their golf clubs. You inspire me. You are the new Soviet Man writ small.

      • DA February 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

        Better yet, precision bombing ranges. Bring the war back home my friends!

        youtube.com/watch?v=U5YxY_CJwz4

  30. seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    Celebrities are not that interesting or clever anymore. Is it because I am older? I mean when Kim Kardashian’s commercial came on during the Super Bowl and it said Kim Kardashian and underneath Famous Person I nearly barfed. Was that a joke? Could they not have said Model or Businesswoman or something…anything but Famous Person.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      That was part of the joke. You really need someone to help you interpret the world.

      • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

        I have you.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

          Yes, but you don’t appreciate me.

          • malthuss February 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

            What does Martin Luthers book say? And can you prove yr claims?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

            What claims? Luther says Jews hate Christianity and Christians and seek our destruction. Normal stuff like that.

            Luther was very angry because the Jews had flattered him and he had taken their side against the harshness of the Catholic Church. He felt betrayed and very foolish when a scholar of Hebrew told him what the Popes already knew: that the Talmud was full of blasphemy and hatred against Christ. And being very proud and intemperate, Luther wasn’t one to easily forgive any of this – and as a Christian Leader, his duty was not to simply forgive it either. He went to far though, raving about what should be done to them.

            The Church took the position that the Jews were to be tolerated but watched carefully, knowing their true mind behind whatever pretense of the moment.

          • seawolf77 February 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

            Sure I appreciate you. Anyone who could claim Luther did not publish his work in a book but forgets or does not know that Luther translated the Bible into German 100 years before the King James Bible is quite a prize. His 95 theses still exist today. You should read a few of them. He doesn’t strike me as angry. He pinned them on the church door on Halloween night. Got love him for that alone.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 1:01 am #

          Luther did not publish his work in a book? Huh? He wrote a book called “The Jews and Their Lies” as well as other books. What are you talking about?

          Luther denied Sainthood claiming that the best we could ever be was dunghills covered with snow. That’s horrible.

          • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 1:14 am #

            So now we get to the heart of the matter. Lutherans won’t publish a blatantly anti-Semitic work and so you accuse them of being weak of faith.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 4:24 am #

            Of course. By definition, if you deny the teachings of the founder of your faith, you are “weak of faith”. Liberals are so weak when it comes to the basics of logic. You can’t stand that 2+2=4 in all cases, not just the ones where it will strengthen your argument. Like O’Brian said to Winston, Sometimes Winston. Other times it equal 22 if that’s what the Party needs.

            You should be ashamed of yourself for being such a subjectivist as well as a Communist. What a combination. Call it Collective Subjectivism perhaps.

          • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 9:52 am #

            Martin Luther was NOT a founder of faith. He was a protestor of the state of faith in Christendom. That’s why they are called Protestants. He seceded from the Catholic Church and the Catholic Church declared war on him. You need to get your facts straight. Mohammed was a founder of faith. Hubbard was a founder of faith. Martin Luther was NOT. Can you grasp that concept, or am I being obtuse. (2+2)*2= 4 +4 = 8. That is called the distributive property. They’re may be 4 Catholics and 4 Protestants, but they’re still 8 Christians. Get it?

  31. george33 February 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Yes Jim, it’s all become an O. J. Simpson hand job.

  32. MisterDarling February 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    I’m glad I checked into CFN today to read the latest. This:

    “The Europeans are beginning to say some sane and arresting things, such as: Russia and Europe are part of the same civilization — note the implication that perhaps America is not so much in that club anymore.”-J H K.

    …Was hilarious!

    Add to that the stuff that happened over the weekend, like Cyprus (an EU member) giving the Russian Air Force and Navy long-term access, and it looks like the Light of Reason might’ve finally clicked on, across the water.

    • outsider February 9, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

      If Germany and France finally grow a backbone and give the USA the finger over the Ukraine aggression, won’t the rest of continental Europe follow? Who will the US have left in its coalition? Canada? Israel? Even the UK might be in question, seeing as how their Parliament stiffed Obama on his mad plan to bomb Damascus over a false flag poison gas attack. The Empire may be on its last legs, which, like a cornered rat, makes it all the more dangerous.

  33. rapier February 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    JHK is mistaking what is going on in media, mainstream and personal/online, for what occupies most Americans lives and thoughts. The vast majority of American’s pay little attention to the buzz of the day or week especially when it comes to celebrity things. Teens and young adults who are wired tend to pay attention most to this stuff and outlets and writers that appeal to that crowd cover it obsessively. Thus the real interest is magnified if one goes looking for it.

    I’m not saying it is all nothing or that the human flaws of narcissism or decadence in its many forms are not strongly in play in America today. I am saying Americans are just as likely as any people at any time to be blithely unaware of or simply uncaring about events and trends outside their immediate culture. Or to put it another way to care much at all about anything that does no effect them directly or only care about the wider world only to the extent it can be made to help themselves.

    Again I find JHK’s fixation on the errata of popular culture unseemly. First off he must admit that the masses cannot, never mind will not. effect the downward slope of the worsening conditions that most will live in the coming decades. So secondly it would be far better to have some sympathy or at worst just take note with blithe or rather sad bemusement. Even his prepared mind might not save him if perchance he lives to see the wave of history sweep up so many lives. This ‘told you so’ sort of attitude reflected in these not endless rants about the masses, as he sees them, reflects it’s own sort of elitism.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Exactly – if you could only understand what you are implying. The people need individuals to look up to. A new Elite worthy of the name. People that they can see the best of themselves in and model themselves after.

    • DA February 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

      I’m not saying it is all nothing or that the human flaws of narcissism or decadence in its many forms are not strongly in play in America today. I am saying Americans are just as likely as any people at any time to be blithely unaware of or simply uncaring about events and trends outside their immediate culture.

      Small comfort that, in a nation of people who position themselves as unapologetic “exceptionalists.” In the end, you simply can’t have it both ways. If you want to be “exceptional,” then you have to live up to the title. And, needless to say, you have to hold you’re governing body to the same standard as well.

  34. Frankiti February 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Americans don’t care because the only thing these soft and lazy people care about is being comfortable, unbothered, and lazy. I’d say that half of the comments above demonstrate people sitting on a sofa in front of the boob-tube. An anchor from a corporate news channel lied, repeatedly? He didn’t resign? Why would he? NBC knows that the squishy and soft hoi polloi will forget about this just as soon as the TV programs come back from hiatus, and besides, nobody takes network news seriously these days. What’s that, HSBC is up to its old antics? Well, that’s not going to keep Americans from being in front of the TV in their single family home, so who cares? The oligarchs are lining up their vetted horses (Jeb & Hillary) and nobody cares. So long as most Americans can stay insulated from the world around them, cocooned in their suburban bulwark nobody bats a lash. So long as the TV is on, the car has gas, and the 401Ks don’t evaporate the bourgeois won’t budge. Americans are addicted to the the comfort of middle class isolation. The US has an imperial presence in the Ukraine… and nobody knows, or cares (for now). The GOP side of the janus faced political establishment was voted back in, ostensibly for reasons involving the illegal immigrant invasion, but really, as they somehow believe, to build a pipeline of bankrupted shale gas and to repeal abortion. You can’t slap your forehead hard enough. Perhaps we’ll see the end of the linear approach to time progression. By that I mean, progress. It’s the pessimist’s turn. Most people bought into the concept that linear time equates to human progression, heck, even universal progression. Perhaps the dinosaur’s believed that before the asteroid. Time is cyclical, and America is approaching its nadir or its last swirl in the bowl. Enjoy the ride. Nature and history have a knack for sweeping away the grime. It looks like both are finally and thankfully catching up with us. It’s a great time to be a misanthrope.

  35. newworld February 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    This year’s Super Bowl is proof of Idiocracy, it was all large breasts here and large breasts there. Hilarious because they were all on white girls a near complete freeze out of sainted diversity. As for Jenner, much of his drama is probably caused by PEDs, how ironic to be the super athlete man amongst men and now to be carried up to secular progressive Valhalla wanting to be a woman.

    • venuspluto67 February 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

      As for Jenner, much of his drama is probably caused by PEDs

      Bruce Jenner has porcine epidemic diarrhea??? 😀

  36. newworld February 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    America is a third world country, collapse into that is in our recent past. Its demographics are taking it away from Europe. Its foreign policy is dominated by Israeli-Americans and frankly what they are selling does not sell well in Europe, and never will.

    Anyway the demographic that is most in tune with Euro politics is that of the effete urban white and they are maybe an election or two from being kicked down the Democratic Party’s ladder, and then the break between Europe and America will be clear as mineral water.

    Won’t be much of this “I am Charlie” in those coming days.

  37. consultant13 February 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    The first presidential candidate who twerks will set off WW III.

  38. jim e February 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    No blizzards in the heart of Dixie, unless you mean the blizzard of same sex marriages…
    al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/02/alabama_gay_marriage_starts_to.html#incart_big-photo

    • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2015 at 12:43 am #

      I saw that. WTF is going on in Dixie? Up here in New England, yes, its a done deal. In this state the Governer’s entire staff, every single parasite, is not only gay, but married to a dude. Its a point of pride. the homos pretty much rule the roost here in yankeeland. Got a problem with that? Better not complain about it if you know what’s good for you.

      brh

  39. Cold N. Holefield February 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    The first presidential candidate who twerks will set off WW III.

    It’s a sticky mess.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      If Hillary had to twerk to become President, the bitch would twerk.

      • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

        Now there’s an SNL sketch guaranteed to make you piss your pants.

  40. malthuss February 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    Is OJ still in jail? If Jenner goes to jail maybe they can be friends.
    Kardashian took the bloody evidence from OJ.

  41. Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    There’s a God shaped hole in Bruce Jenner’s heart. No amount of drugs, surgery, or gay sex can heal it.

    eaglerising.com/14894/transitioning-sexes-wont-fulfill-appeal-bruce-jenner/

  42. Florida Power February 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    I spent the past week in our 1840’s farmhouse retreat in the Alabama Piedmont and actually settled back with a few books. Among which was The Life of Johnny Reb, written by Bell Wiley from whom I took a Civil War course while at grad student at Emory. Wiley relied upon letters and diaries of the participants to inform his narrative.

    Our House itself has tales to tell: migrants from Georgia build a dog-trot style cabin, son enlists in the CSA army only to go west to fight against US Grant, loses battle after battle and gets captured, is returned, is captured again, taken to military prison where he renounces The Confederacy and would have fought for the Union except the war ends. Returns to Alabama and builds a mill. In the Piedmont sympathy for The Lost Cause was not universal and folks changed sides depending on who paid the most.

    But back to Johnny Reb. The letters reveal an uncritical enthusiasm at first, a patriotic desire to get into battle. After First Manassas the writers never want to be at war again and just want to come home, frightened by the unspeakable horror. By the third year they are indifferent to danger, no longer frightened, and regard dead men as they would a dead horse or pig.

    This evolution is apparently typical of soldiers of all times and places.

    I managed to view a fair amount of the Super Bowl on the web (we have internet and phone by necessity but no TV) but I missed the Grammys. Then again I have never watched the Grammys despite the fact that I was active in the music business during my second career, and continue as a working musician.

    It is important not to become an old fart prematurely and to keep an open mind about what is not immediately understandable in the Arts. It’s always amusing to read a century after the fact contemporary criticisms of what at the moment is deemed avant-garde. But today freshness and originality besiege us with ever-increasing vulgarity to the point that popular culture has run out of words and images that shock. What’s left? Bestiality? Killing animals and people on stage?
    Elvis has left the building.

    As we regard today’s glitz and glamor while contemplating the stories of hardship and endurance in the War, and in the felt presence of those who went before working this land, we are not ashamed exactly, but we could not do what they did. We are soft and stupid and incompetent.

    If war, volcanism, or solar storms finally catch up to us, and the next grain of sand through the hourglass causes the complex structure beneath to crumble, will we know our duty, much less be able to do it?

    • DA February 9, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      Excellent post! And, needless to say, no, we won’t either know it or be able to do it. And I think we fully realize that already, and it frightens us to our core.

    • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2015 at 12:51 am #

      Good post there, FP, very interesting.

      Next you have to read ‘The Life of Billy Yank’, also by Ben Wiley.

      brh

      • malthuss February 10, 2015 at 2:24 am #

        Mario Savio [?].

        If I recall Bob Dylan was friends with Mario. Mario became a wasted addict and approached Bob, asking for drug money and Bob lashed out at him, maybe even was vicious.

        Mario died an OD later, yes?

        • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

          One of the early Supremes was dying of AIDS and asked to see Diana Shore at one of her concerts. Diana refused to see her.

          • malthuss February 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

            The other Supreme [Mary] wrote a book and noted the third Supreme [Flo] died of alcoholism while living on welfare.

            Mary dedicated her book to Mary Wells.

            Didya know Diana Ross was a muktananda follower?
            I swear I saw a pic of the two of them together.

      • Florida Power February 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

        Yep. That’s Bell Wiley. I found The Life of Johnny Reb and The Life of Billy Yank, barely touched, second edition hardback in a hard cover holding both, for the typical pittance paid for used books.

        The only thing more astounding is serious music at the local used CD stores. $3.00 buys you Mozart quartets for piano and strings played by Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, and Yo Yo Ma. Geez, I guess they couldn’t get anybody good to play.

        Someday we will look back in utter, bewildered, amazement…

        • DA February 14, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

          Thanks for contributing. VERY good stuff INDEED!

    • ozone February 10, 2015 at 9:11 am #

      FP,
      Why is it that we (meaning, you and I) don’t
      ever watch the Grammy’s? I believe it’s because it [almost always, in retrospect] celebrates the very worst aspect of the “music bid’ness”: Profit-taking and assurances of more to come via this blatant extended infomercial. Subliminally, we’re queasy about the subversion of all for filthy lucre.

      Just for you, I offer this slice of amazingly produced retro-cool from JD MacPherson to rock your week; enjoy! (This got some big heart.)

      npr.org/2015/02/01/381639513/first-listen-jd-mcpherson-let-the-good-times-roll#playlist

      (Scroll down for all the tracks.)

      • Florida Power February 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

        O3 — I hit the link and…
        #Audio for First Listens is no longer available after the album is released.#

        Was released today, the 10th. Arghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

        I listen to NPR when traveling in the nether reaches to stay abreast of that perspective. Promotion of new non-corporate music is what they do best. I’ll follow up on JD McPherson. Thanks for the tip.

  43. PeteAtomic February 9, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    I was listening to NPR a few months ago and there was a salient point made by a fellow they were speaking to about how American adults desperately need a positive vision for the future. Dystopianism has become so prevalent in US society, that parents are unknowingly passing on to their children a view that their future will be terrible. I tend to agree. However, it may not be the 24/7 cornucopia that the US has been enjoying for many decades now. Simpler folkways and lives will force the American people into realizing what is actually real, and not a part of the hallucinatory humdrum of the constant backdrop of the “entertainment class”: decadent millionaire family dramas, WWE, nascar, and online pornography.

    So, I see that as a very potential ‘good’. The falling away of the bloated bread & circuses, for a population that is forced to live once again according to the natural cycles & seasons, and to rediscover what an actual “community” consists of– and I’m not talking about your Call of Duty buddies– but real human beings you have to struggle and sacrifice for in a common experience to survive.

    • malthuss February 10, 2015 at 2:26 am #

      NPR, Nazi Public Radio.

      Go over to ‘Occidental Observer’ and read about ‘NPR and Ari Shapiro’ !!!!

      ‘adults desperately need a positive vision for the future’. NPR points us in the wrong direction. Wetbacks, more Gov, Castro, Pete Seeger, etc.

      • DA February 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

        Malthuss,

        If you’re going to mix your slurs, perhaps you should at least be aware of it. As in, Nazis were and are not socialists (in fact, they were prototypical fascists, no matter what they called themselves), and if you’re going to throw someone as obviously Jewish as Ari Shapiro into the mix as well…

        Don’t know about NPR these days myself. I rarely listen anymore, as it’s largely become a thinly veiled whore for American capitalism like everything else. In that vein, yeah, I guess you’re right. Nazi Public Radio. All (barely) state-sponsored capitalist propaganda all of the time!

        Americans, too stupid to either argue or agree with!

    • ozone February 10, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Pete,
      Despite the crude attempt to derail the thrust of your post, I think you’ve focused on what JHK has been yelling about all these dreary years. At the very root of our culture (and dispersed throughout its’ warp and weft) is the worship of Mammon and the celebration and adulation of those top dogs who possess the biggest piles of loot. Anything standing in the way of this acquisition and accumulation is ground under and destroyed.

      There’s our trouble, and unless and until survival itself trumps it, the path to societal suicide is well-marked, smooth and firm. (As Greer says, “Collapse now and avoid the rush”.)

  44. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    Rostislav Ishchenko. What Putin wants?

    The US position is clear and transparent. In the second half of the 90-ies of XX century, Washington has finally missed the opportunity to reform the economy of the Cold War, and thereby avoid the inevitable crisis of the system, the development of which was limited by the finite size of planet Earth and all its resources, including human, that came into a conflict with constant US need to increase amount of dollars in circulation.

    After that US could only prolong the agony of the system by plundering the rest of the world – in the beginning of the Third World, then potential competitors, then allies, and finally close friends. This looting could only last as long as the US has undisputed world hegemony.

    That is why, as soon as Russia claimed the right to make its own political decisions (even only of regional significance), its clash with the United States became inevitable. And that clash cannot result in a compromise peace.

    For the US, a compromise with Russia means the voluntary renunciation of hegemony, as it entails rapid systemic catastrophe (not only economic and political crisis, but the paralysis of state institutions and the state’s inability to perform its functions, i.e. inevitable collapse).

    If the US wins, the system crash awaits Russia. After such a “rebellion”, its ruling class will be punished with physical liquidations, prison and confiscation, the state is going to be fragmented, substantial territory annexed, and military power is going to be destroyed.

    So the war will last until victory, and any interim agreements should be considered only as a temporary truce – a necessary respite for pulling forces together, mobilizing new resources and search and recruitment of additional allies.

    In fact, for the sake of completeness we lack only the position of Russia. We need to understand what the Russian leadership wants to achieve, namely, Russian President Vladimir Putin. We’re talking about the key role of Putin in connection with the organization of the Russian system of government. It is not authoritarian, as many claim, but authoritative. That is not based on legislative autocracy, but the authority of a single person who created this system, forcing it to work effectively and standing at the head of the system.

    First, note that the man who for fifteen years has gently led Russia to its revival, under conditions of American hegemony in world politics and significant abilities of Washington to influence the internal politics of Russia itself, had a good understanding of what the fight is all about. Otherwise he would not have lasted so long…

    The level of confrontation that Russia allowed herself in relation to the United States grew very slowly and insensibly. Russia did not react at first attempt of color revolution in Ukraine in 2000-2002.

    Russia marked the alternative position, but did not actively intervene in a coup in November 2003 – January 2004 in Georgia and in November 2004 – January 2005 in Ukraine. In 2008 in Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russian troops have been involved against US ally (Georgia). In 2012, Russian ships in Syria demonstrated willingness of confrontation with the US Navy and its NATO allies.

    In 2013, Russia began economic preventive action against the regime of Yanukovich and has contributed to his realization of harmfulness of signing EU association agreement.

    Moscow could not save Ukraine from coup – because of meanness, cowardice and stupidity of Ukrainian politicians (not only Yanukovych but all without exception), but after the February 2014 armed coup in Kiev entered into an open confrontation with Washington. Before that conflicts alternated with periods of improvement in relations, since the beginning of 2014 Russian-American relations deteriorated rapidly and almost immediately reached the point at which a pre-nuclear era war was declared automatically.

    Thus, at any given period of time, Putin allowed himself only such level of confrontation with the United States that Russia was able to tolerate. If now Russia does not limit the level of confrontation, then Putin believes that the war of sanctions, war of nerves, the informational war, the civil war in Ukraine, economic war Russia can win.

    This is the first important conclusion about what Putin wants, what he expects? He expects to win. And considering how well he prepares his actions, how he tends to anticipate any surprises, you can be sure that when the decision not to retreat under pressure from the United States and to give them an answer, the Russian leadership had a double, if not triple guarantee of victory.

    The decision to enter into conflict with Washington was not adopted in 2014 and not in 2013. The war of 08.08.08 in Georgia was a challenge that the US could not leave unpunished. After that, each next stage of confrontation led only to an increase in stakes. Since 2008-2010, the resource potential of the United States was much higher than today, and the potential of Russia was much less than it is now, the main objective was to achieve a gradual, rather than explosive raise of stakes. It was necessary to delay an open confrontation like we have now when the masks are dropped and everyone understands that there is a war. Even better, not to let it happen at all.

    With each passing year the US has weakened, Russia has increased in power. These processes are objective, it is impossible to stop them and we could confidently calculate that by the 2020-2025 year, without any evolutionary confrontation with the US, the US hegemony will be finished, and the United States will not think about how to rule the world, but rather how to escape from internal disaster.

    Thus, the second Putin’s desire – as long as possible to keep the peace or the appearance of the peace, because the peace is objectively beneficial for Russia, as it gets the same political result, but at a much better overall global situation. Therefore Russia is constantly offering peace. Similarly to Kiev’s Junta that will collapse on its own without war, the self-destruction of US military, political and economic global system is guaranteed under the peace conditions. Russia’s actions are accurately described by Sun Tzu maxim: “The best war is the one that does not start.”

    It is obvious that people working in Washington are not fools like the bloggers would like you to believe. They perfectly understand the situation the US found itself in. Furthermore, they understand that Russia has no plans to eliminate them and really ready to cooperate on an equal footing. Unfortunately a socio-economic situation in which US found itself is such that cooperation is not acceptable to them – economic collapse and social explosion occurs earlier than Washington (even with the support of Moscow and Beijing) have time to make the necessary reforms (especially considering that at the same time it will be necessary to reform the EU) . In addition, for twenty-five years the United States raised the political elite, who are accustomed to the status of the owners of the world. They truly do not understand how someone can argue with them.

    In principle, any war – is the war of resources. Typically, the winner is the one who has more resources, who can mobilize more soldiers, build more tanks, ships, planes. However, sometimes strategically lost war was managed to win tactically on the battlefield. These were the wars of Alexander the Great, Frederick the Great, as well as Hitler’s campaign in 1939-1940.

    Nuclear powers cannot face each other on the battlefield. Therefore, the question of the resource base is of paramount importance. That is why for the past year we have seen a desperate struggle between US and Russia for allies. Russia won it. If US have only the EU, Canada, Australia, Japan (and even then not always and unconditionally) on their side, Russia managed to mobilize support inside the BRICS, a firm foothold in Latin America, and began replacement of the United States from Asia and North Africa.

    In this regard, the United States had two options of tactical decisions. The first option gave hopes for success and was involved by the US since the early days of the Ukrainian crisis.

    It was an attempt to force Russia to choose between bad and worse. She was asked to either accept the existence on its borders of Nazi state and in this case face the dramatic loss of international prestige, trust and support of the Allies, and after a short time be at risk of internal and external pro-American forces, with no chance to survive.

    Or send to the Ukraine army and quickly sweep away not yet hardened junta and restore the legitimate government of Yanukovych, but being accused of aggression against an independent state and in the suppression of the people’s revolution, and get in the Ukraine smoldering discontent and the need to constantly expend significant resources (military, political, economic, diplomatic) to maintain the puppet regime in Kiev.

    Russia has bypassed this decision. Direct invasion never happened. Novorossia is waging war against Kiev. Americans must now pointlessly pump to Kiev’s doomed puppet regime scarce resources, and Russia could calmly offer the peace.

    In this regard, the US has employed a second option. It is as old as the hills. If you cannot hold some ground, and it will be inevitably taken by the enemy, it should be destroyed to make victory bitter for the enemy and to force it to expand all its resources at maintaining it. Therefore, the United States ceased to help Ukraine with anything other than political rhetoric, and encourage Kiev to the spread of civil war throughout the country.

    Ukraine shall burn not only in Donetsk and Lugansk, but also in Kiev and Lvov. The task – to destroy as much as possible of the life support systems and put the population at the edge of survival. Then, on the territory of Ukraine will be millions of very hungry and heavily armed men, leading internecine slaughter for food.

    Putin rightly believes that not only the budget, but public resources, including the military, will be in this case overstretched and cannot survive. Therefore, the task is not to give Ukraine a chance to ignite before the militia could quickly bring the situation under control. It is necessary to minimize casualties, destruction, preserve at least some economies and livelihoods of the population of large cities at the very least.

    There Putin gets an EU ally. Since the US tried to use all the time in dealing with Russia the European resources, the EU, is finally exhausted, and began long overdue centrifugal processes.

    • pequiste February 10, 2015 at 1:35 am #

      Quite the intricate analysis Finca. I agree that Putin is playing masterful chess (while Obama plays golf) and the game is to have war by proxy until such time as the opponent collapses from endogenous causes.
      Problem I have with your perspective is you left out China.
      With 1/5 the world’s population; the largest GDP; greatest producer and hoarder of gold; largest military establishment; most engineers produced by educational system; and commanded by a single party: they are the ultimate students and practitioners of Sun Tzu’s teachings.
      I think the Middle Kingdom desires nothing less than to become the global hegemon of the 21st century, and that they have a very good opportunity to achieve that while the USA and Russia lock horns over turf.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2015 at 6:23 am #

        Chinese are the one who are having the most economical benefits. For instance, recently they dared to lower bank reserve requirements, making Chinese bank loans in yuan competitive with US and EU. That in some analyst estimates will lead to replacement of about one trillion dollars in loans from Western banks to loans in yuans pushing that trillion back to US Fed for disposal,

        They wouldn’t dare to do that without Russian cover.

    • ozone February 10, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      “The US position is clear and transparent. In the second half of the 90-ies of XX century, Washington has finally missed the opportunity to reform the economy of the Cold War, and thereby avoid the inevitable crisis of the system, the development of which was limited by the finite size of planet Earth and all its resources, including human, that came into a conflict with constant US need to increase amount of dollars in circulation.

      After that US could only prolong the agony of the system by plundering the rest of the world – in the beginning of the Third World, then potential competitors, then allies, and finally close friends. This looting could only last as long as the US has undisputed world hegemony.”

      Confused and increasingly alarmed American Lumpenprole… Meet Nutshell.

      • DA February 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

        It is indeed an amazing and precarious position we find ourselves in today, isn’t it? Like standing at the bottom of the Hoover Dam with our finger stuck in the pivotal crack waiting for it all to blow.

  45. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2015 at 2:14 am #

    Kerry establishes LGBT envoy to advocate for rights overseas

    WASHINGTON —The Department of State will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people overseas, a State Department official told the Globe on Thursday.

    The move would preempt a bill sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey, which called for the creation of an LGBT rights envoy. The bill died in the last session of Congress, but was reintroduced last week by Markey, with an identical version in the House of Representatives sponsored by Democratic Representative Alan S. Lowenthal of California.

    bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2015/02/05/secretary-state-john-kerry-establishes-new-post-lgbt-envoy-ad…

    Cant wait when US will go to next war to defend LGBT rights in some despotic country. There used to be crusades for the Holy Sepulchre. And now at the End Of History we are going to fight for that.

    • malthuss February 10, 2015 at 2:28 am #

      He went to Africa and got some leader there to ‘like’ Gays [or the money would stop flowing from DC].

      Was it Nigeria?

      Voila, results (0.42 seconds)
      Search Results

      Vice President Biden: LGBT Rights Integral Part of U.S. …
      http://www.hrc.org/…/vice-president-biden-lgbt-rights...

      Human Rights Campaign
      Mar 22, 2014 – His speech comes on the heels of anti-LGBT laws enacted in Russia, Nigeria and Uganda over the last year. Vice President Biden also issued …
      Remarks by the Vice President and Dr. Biden to the Human …
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/…/remarks-vice-president-and-dr-bid...
      White House
      Mar 23, 2014 – Remarks by the Vice President and Dr. Biden to the Human Rights …. I’ve been going around the country for a long time, and campaigns …. In Nigeria, even supporting LGBT organizations can land you in prison for a decade.

      • malthuss February 10, 2015 at 2:29 am #

        ALL TWERKED OUT, INDEED.

        Keep the twerking up, Obama and Biden.

    • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2015 at 3:46 am #

      This new pink envoy will go over real big in China, Russia and NKorea.

      I’m beginning to understand why the whole goddam world is laughing at us.

      brh

    • S M Tenneshaw February 15, 2015 at 4:54 am #

      Party on, Garth. It’s Bruce Jenner time!

  46. wpa--ccc February 10, 2015 at 3:20 am #

    @BeerBarrel: “one could surmise the Nazi party and its brutality was in fact enabled by the JTL!”

    Luther’s writings against Judaism are lamentable and have been condemned by modern day Lutherans, but Luther’s JTL was primarily a theological criticism aimed at conversion to Christianity, not a racial antisemitism like Nazism which aimed for complete extermination.

  47. Therian February 10, 2015 at 3:59 am #

    What I enjoyed the most about Jim’s weekly missive is the acknowledgement that America is trying desperately to use Russia (or ISIS or some other enemy-du-jour) to make a mountain out of the molehill that is the Crimean Crisis. Merkel and Hollande haven’t tried to make Putin into the Devil Incarnate as has the haircut-in-search-of-a-brain or any number of other members of the US body politic. They know that Putin, if anything, is being only TOO tolerant of the current incarnation of the Ukraine and NOT freezing Europe to death because the Ukraine government always has been full of brainless twits that don’t/can’t pay their bills … whether they be pro-Russia or anti-Russia.

    Meanwhile, our nation is turning into a celebration of abject stupidity, mind-numbing vanity, and a total loss of culture that is the result of militant anti-intellectualism. At least the intellectual elite of Europe are keeping alive classical music, ballet, and other forms of refined beauty that are considered snobbishness in the States. There’s a kind of “inverse snobbishness” in the States where if you’re not about rock ‘n roll, garish body marking, or slavishness to pop culture you’re a scary eccentric who is “not of the body” like the Savage in “Brave New World”.

    Never mind that rock, rap, and sports contests in America now routinely have stabbings and shootings. Never mind that the place where body markings dominate are PRISONS. No, we are told that everything is on some X-axis called “Self Expression” where any attempt to make a Y-axis of Quality is considered some sort of oppressive judgmentalism. De Tocqueville was absolutely correct. Democracy has become the oppression by the rabble and the arrogance of ignorance.

  48. Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 5:37 am #

    saboteur365.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/russia-bans-trannies-and-other-sexual-perverts-from-driving/

    The Wisdom of Vladika Vlad.

  49. Cold N. Holefield February 10, 2015 at 6:17 am #

    Its a point of pride. the homos pretty much rule the roost here in yankeeland.

    I still remember the days when the term “be prepared to bend over and take it up the ass” was considered a punishment and something to be avoided at all cost. Now, it’s quite literally something to look forward to, a perk if you will, on your way up the career ladder. Maybe AMC will come out with a sequel to the popular Mad Men television series; they can name it Sad Men and it can be sponsored by Wheaties. Bruce Jenner can be one of the leading stars. What a boost it would give to his career — and sagging breasts.

  50. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Marine Le Pen: The goal of Washington – the war in Europe

    The leader of the French party “National Front” Marine Le Pen has criticized the behavior of European politicians on the crisis in Ukraine. In his microblog on Twitter, she wrote that they are following the Washington lead, the purpose of which – the war in Europe.

    “As for Ukraine, then we behave as servants of the Americans. European capitals do not have enough wisdom to get rid of dependence on the US position on this issue”, – she said. Le Pen has accused the Ukrainian government of “bombing of civilians”, stressing that in Europe prefer to “keep silent about this scandalous reality.”

    “The purpose of the Americans – to start a war in Europe to push NATO to the Russian border,” – wrote a leader of the “National Front”, adding that the Ukrainian crisis should be resolved through diplomatic channels.

    “National Front” in March 2014 took third place in the municipal elections, receiving 6.8 percent of the vote, and in the last elections to the European Parliament increased its presence in this body from 3 to 22 deputies. Marine Le Pen in November last year, was re-elected chairman of the party.

    lenta.ru/news/2015/02/09/marine_le_pen/

  51. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    Everything in the World is the Fault of Jews and Bicycle Riders

    From the conversation of two Jews:

    “Moishe, why are you reading anti-Semitic literature, are you out of your mind?”

    “No, Abram, I read it for my own reassurance. When you read our literature, everything is solid ruin, pogroms, expulsions and “Holocaust”. And when you read anti-Semitic literature, we are rich, rule the world and everybody work for us. You know, makes me feel a whole lot better.”

    So, why Bicycle Riders, you ask? And why Jews?

    • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      Jews are the lightning rod of the Jesuits.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

        The other way around. If the Jesuits control Hollywood, why is Catholicism trashed on a regular basis? And why is Judaism left untouched? Same thing in the News Media (more Hollywood). They control that too after all.

        And you think the Jesuits are behind Zionism? Poor you. You are smart enough to avoid being a pariah though. To bash Catholics is socially acceptable. You know which side you bread is buttered on, I’ll give you that. No doubt you are smart enough to avoid Black too despite your “official” viewpoint on them.

        • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

          Judaism is left untouched to give the illusion of power and control. Catholicism is trashed to give the impression of weakness and decay. The brilliance of this plan is attack by the mislead upon those not responsible.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

            Yeah look at the names of the movers and shakers. The names of those who control out State Department and Foreign Policy. Not so many Irish, Italian, and Polish names, but many Jewish. Pretty good illusion you have their champ.

            Catholics have been losing power for centuries to the Jewish/Protestant alliance. But yes, the Church is too superb an organization in the organizational sense to be allowed to die. It’s the perfect vehicle for Globalism, thus one of the Neo-Protestants said at Vatican Two, “We’re staying in this time.” All the enemies of the Church gloated at Vatican Two: Liberals, Masons, Jews, Protestants, etc. They got far more than they had dreamed. The last few Popes have even said “The Jews are our elder brothers in the Faith” – heresy by the lights of true Catholicism. Of course you interpret that to mean the opposite. Everything is reversed and upside down in your private scientoligical Idaho.

          • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

            Look at every major meeting in the US government and almost everyone at the table will have attended Georgetown. Do Jews attend Georgetown? Yes. Do Jews run Georgetown? No. Jesuits do. Since everything is as it appears to you, that means Jesuits dictate policy and agenda.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

        A valid distinction about Martin Luther not starting a new faith. But my question still stands: how can Lutherans turn against their own founder and still be Lutherans? Typical illogical human behavior. Keep the brand name (so as not lose customers) but change everything. The ministers don’t believe in it anymore for the most part. Their God is Social Justice – and that means the worship of the most screwed up people. One is reminded of how some the pre-Columban Maya worshiped Mongoloid Idiots.

        If God is to be seen in the lowest, is He not be seen even more clearly in the highest? This distinction must be always kept in mind as one serves the poor. Otherwise you may start to think you are helping God, making one higher than God. Christ said, “The poor you will have with you always”, pathetically struggling. Hold unto Me while you still have Me – thus He made a distinction between Himself and the poor. They are in Him but He is not in them in any absolute sense. He is beyond the lowly and is seen more clearly in the High – if they can just be humble enough to not worship themselves.

        • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

          The same way Catholics use birth control and still practice Catholicism. Life is not an all or nothing proposition.

          • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

            That’s a Sinatra song.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

            Yeah, they aren’t real Catholics anymore. You think Nancy Pelosi is a Catholic? Or Harry Reid a Mormon? Brand loyalty.

            If a Jew converts to Catholicism, does he cease to be a Jew and an advocate for Jewish interests? No, because ethnicity trumps religion with Jews. The criterion for Israeli citizenship is Jewish ethnicity – not being a believer or practicing Jew.

            The Jesuits loathe Catholicism. Pope Frankenstein is a Jesuit.

            The architect of the new mass, Bugnini, was a Mason. So did they reject the new Mass? No. Paul the 6th was probably a Mason too. And what is the Mason but a servant of the Jew? Most of the symbolism is Jewish and certainly share the same New Age goals.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      It’s a little late in the day for such obfuscation. Knowledgeable people know that Jews dominated the Communist overthrow of Russia – and even you described them as gangsters of the worst order.

      And everyone with a room temperature IQ knows that Jews control Hollywood – and are doing all they can to corrupt us as per this week’s column.

      You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • seawolf77 February 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

        You got shame on the brain or what?

  52. Semi-Employed White Guy February 10, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    “Of course the Kardashians are a mere metaphor for what has happened to this country, and Bruce Jenner is a metaphor for what has happened to American men.”

    That pretty much all you need to know right there, folks.

    • Therian February 10, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      Exactly. That’s what the vast majority in the country follow … the unbelievably stupid and the incredibly vain. People WORTH following lead anonymous lives in the USA.

  53. charles February 10, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    The New Republic vs. old republic

    dropbox.com/s/14767qk6is110zj/New%20Republic%20rev111.pdf?dl=0

  54. charles February 10, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Please issue an ultimatum to Putin.

    news.sky.com/story/1424105/kremlin-dont-issue-ultimatums-to-putin

    In the New Republic, we are cheering on Victoria Nuland and her tough talking little State Department friends, as it will hasten the end of the old republic.

    And the end of the old republic means a complete divorce of the Military class from the old republic Political Class, and former old republic Political class leaders charged with crimes against humanity.

    There have to be weapons of mass destruction there somewhere, right George W.?

    F*ck the EU, right Victoria?

    …..two great nations (America and Saudi Arabia) right George senior?

    We are the sheepdogs.

    And Senior is right. The old republic of America is in the same class as Saudi Arabia.

    The New Republic of America rejects all oligarchic pathological lies and institutions.

    And we know the House of Saud is not our friend.

    And neither is Victoria, W., or Senior.

    Please issue the ultimatum Barack.

    The New Republic is counting on you.

    And we are even more difficult to prosecute than HSBC.

    http://news.yahoo.com/hsbc-could-face-u-legal-action-over-swiss-093252220–sector.html;_ylt=A0LEVjHmCdpUXYEAhtEnnIlQ

    huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/eric-holder-banks-too-big_n_2821741.html

    dropbox.com/s/14767qk6is110zj/New%20Republic%20rev111.pdf?dl=0

  55. rube-i-con February 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    lol, why do you bother turning on the tv when it serves up talent as reported here re the emmys.

    this is talent: youtube.com/watch?v=QiIBUAprXBU

    i thank the universe this exists.

    welles

  56. Buck Stud February 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    I recently saw a TV commercial in which a large group of predominantly black people are gathering for what looks to an almost religious experience. Young, old, male, female — all are fixated on the messianic figure about to work his magic. And who is this figure and what will he be doing? It is Lebron James and he is attending a neighborhood pick-up basketball game.

    But let’s be honest about this. Not only black people revere the likes of a Lebron James. Indeed, people of all ethnicities lay down big bucks to watch one of the most magnificent physical specimens on the planet strut his stuff. And for all those ostentatious cultural snobs who claim sporting events are beneath them and fit only for the philistine mind, well, you’re certainly no artists. No real artist, IMO, would shield their eyes from the visual grandeur that epitomizes the glorious best of the human form. Indeed aspects of science are embodied in their breathtaking movements: Store and release; seek the straight through the curved and curved through the straight; bend the bow and release the arrow; reeling silk from the cocoon –truly a visual cornucopia for the student of physics and a bottomless well for the observant writer.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      The Chinese rejected the worship of Blacks when a video game company tried to foist on them a game where Black Basketball players humiliated Chinese martial artists. The Game Company asked why the machines were taken out and the Chinese told them it was subversive of their culture. That’s how a real Culture operates. If only Whites loved themselves so much.

      White children should be taught to revere and idolize White soldiers, adventurers, athletes, heroes, leaders. etc.

      Black children never wear the name or number of White players, no matter how great. And not only White Children, but even White Men wear the name and number of Black players.

      Starting to see how it works? I hate pro-Sports and find it amazing that any grown man would wear the name of any other man, Black or White. But there are degree of humiliation, and White fans have plumbed the depths here.

      • Buck Stud February 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

        Don’t kid yourself Janos. Chinese athletes study black athletes or any other athletes in order to improve their game. Whereas, your myopic segregation would only result in a league of Bob Cousys. The Chinese are far more pragmatic than that. Moreover, certain sects of Chinese culture intensely observed animals and natural phenomenon with the intent of physically manifesting the energetic essence/characteristics of, for instance, a cascading wave. The Taoists were/are famous for this type of study.

        Take Hsing I for example. The first move of pi-chuan corresponds to one the the five elements, which in this case is metal. A practitioner attempts to manifest and observe the energetic essence of metal vial intense standing practices guided by a calm clear mind. And just as metal remains metal in the coldest winter, or the warmest summer, so does the Hsing-I mind seek to remain stable and stoic even when the tip of the blade is about to penetrate one’s heart. To do otherwise, short circuits that part of the mind which is capable of responding with clarity and devoid of panic. But the concept is derived from observing nature and then developing a methodology which might fully manifest the possibility. As the song goes, “once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”.

        Expand your horizons Janos and metaphorically rotate your crops. To do otherwise results in stagnation and worse.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

          Exactly. The Chinese have their own advanced physical culture. They don’t need the Blacks – and since they are so different physically from the Blacks, it would be ridiculous to try to imitate their speed, height, and power.

          The Chinese system can make the ordinary man into a superman. The Black system is for their Elite – admittedly some of the largest, strongest men in the world. The Slavs may be a bit stronger, but certainly not more graceful.

          But again you ignored the political aspect of all this. When Slavic boxers began to dominate heavy weight boxing, popular coverage in America was dropped. And you think the huge influx of Latin baseball players into the majors is by accident? They discriminate against Whites now in favor of these people.

          In any case, you are refuted. And what about the sociological? You think it’s cool for White kids to adore these thugs? Or for grown men to weak their name and number while even little Black kids wont wear the name and number of great White players? Have a bit of pride in your people please – even if it means having a little bit less in your own person.

          • Buck Stud February 10, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

            I disagree. Boxing was dying a slow death long before the Slavic boxers showed up on the scene. And with the huge popularity of MMA, boxing’s demise was further cemented.

            As far as white kids ‘adoring these thugs’. In a country where vast portions of the population are sedentary and obese and pre-diabetes and diabetes is showing up in younger age groups, I think that whatever or whoever sparks an urge to physically move young butts off the dime of comfort should be applauded.

            Your vision is small and myopic Janos. Step a little higher out of the dogma and you’ll see quite a bit farther.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

            Loving my own people and culture is myopic? We’ve come full circle here back to the status quo and globalism. This is the old Buck talking, the bad Buck, the Buck who has to go bye bye. Consider me your higher Self talking. You must decrease and I must increase.

    • malthuss February 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

      Its all about advertising. The day after the Superbowl the buzz was about ‘half time’ and ‘best ads’.

      Does ticket revenues make a billion dollars in salaries per team possible? Or is it billions?

    • Therian February 11, 2015 at 5:11 am #

      Buck, I’m afeard you aren’t observing what’s happening in basketball too well. At the college level, the decay in the game is precipitate and half the games are these ugly 55-50 types of games. It’s all 3-pointers and highlight reel slash and dunks that are taught in AAU ball and the midrange jumper is dead.

      Most sports are dying. Baseball has had a radical removal of PEDs and look at the HRs!!!! No more 55, 60, 70 home runs. The MLB leader now has 40. In football, the game is pervaded by steroids and stimulants like Adderall (the Seahawks are like a rehab clinic).

      I am a lifelong sports fan who has given it up. The idea that people in, say, Los Angeles, are interested in who wins the Xavier vs. Cincinnati game shows how far from necessity and importance our consciousnesses have wavered.

      Basketball has a RANDOM amount of points determined by the ref. A guy drives to the hoop. There’s a whistle. Was it blocking or charging? Most of the time it’s a bit of both and neither and play should continue. But rest assured, ability in hoops is compartmentalized. The center position is dead. Shaq would have been schooled by Olajuwon or any number of other centers who have a game farther than 6 feet from the basket. Forwards can’t hit midrange jumpers and so there are these constant scrums near the hoop with tip drills making it look like a volleyball match.

      Nah … pro sports is just a drug-addled spectacle where the hyperbole is so incessant that after a while you don’t care who wins what game in what sport.

  57. rube-i-con February 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    black US americans apparently don’t value anything besides sports. yes, black US americans, this will certainly help out your race in its struggle for….whatever it is you want.

    meanwhile, don’t ever teach your children to train 8 hours a day learning mathematics, electronics, engineering, music, etc.

    when you train to be nothing, you very often end up excelling at it.

    I salute the US black americans that teach their children to be excellent at areas other than sport and foul music/broken social habits.

    Indeed aspects of science are embodied in their breathtaking movements: Store and release; seek the straight through the curved and curved through the straight; bend the bow and release the arrow; reeling silk from the cocoon –truly a visual cornucopia for the student of physics and a bottomless well for the observant writer.

    this is so maudlin. the US american glorification of empty sports figures shows how a once great country is now in the gutter of the mind.

    rube-i-con

    • Buck Stud February 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

      “this is so maudlin. the US american glorification of empty sports figures shows how a once great country is now in the gutter of the mind.”

      It’s maudlin to you because you assume all sports spectators care about which team wins/the outcome of a game, or so I believe your comment reads. And I also agree that fan culture is a superficial experience because people who support one team often fail to appreciate the spectacular plays of the opposition.

      I’ll never forget the thrill I felt when that Virginia Squire with an old red,white and blue ABA ball took off from the free throw line to slam dunk. I was standing just behind the backboard holding a program that I hoped would receive an autograph in the aftermath of the game. I was not disappointed and to this day I’ll never forget the class and humility offered by one “Dr.J” Julius Erving

    • Therian February 11, 2015 at 5:18 am #

      The words of Buck that you quote are REALLY maudlin, indeed. What a goddamned country we have? Adults wearing jerseys of dumbass jocks who hit, throw, catch, kick, and shoot balls of one sort or another. Every game hyped to parody. Women on dating sites with a one paragraph profile where one of the few things they say about themselves is that they love the Broncos or the Raiders or whomever.

      These jocks are always on TV so that adult Americans don’t think about the fact that they don’t have any fucking HOBBIES. They watch two teams they don’t care about because the emptiness of relentless passive entertainment forestalls real life problems and the horrible moment of realization that one’s soul is an empty vessel.

  58. Q. Shtik February 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    At the very root of our culture (and dispersed throughout [its’] warp and weft) is the worship of Mammon and the celebration and adulation of those top dogs who possess the biggest piles of loot. – Oz

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

    1. its (without an apostrophe) is the possessive of it.

    2. As far as I can tell people in general do not celebrate or show adulation of “those top dogs who possess the biggest piles of loot.” Often quite the opposite, in fact. Exhibit A: Blankfine; Exhibit B: Soros. Who do you see worshiping at Lloyd’s or George’s feet? Simultaneous with the public’s hatred of the 1% for their successful pursuit of Mammon is their own, usually fruitless, pursuit of Mammon.

    • CancelMyCard February 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      It’s Blankfein,

      not Blankfine.

      And you are the spelling perfectionist.

      • Q. Shtik February 11, 2015 at 12:13 am #

        Ohh, you assumed I was talking about the top dog at Goldman Sachs. No, I was talking about a different Lloyd Blank’fine’ ;o)

    • ozone February 10, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

      Q,
      On point #1, I do believe I can get out of the habit of putting an apostrophe after ‘its’ to indicate the possessive. — “It’s clear it couldn’t find its ass with both hands.”

      On point #2, you make my assertion *for* me (whether you realize it or not). IMHO, you will never be able to get out of the habit of defending greed/acquisitiveness. (That is not a societal “good”, regardless of your iron-clad indoctrination.)

      Let us ponder which is the more damaging fault, shall we? 😉

    • Therian February 11, 2015 at 5:23 am #

      Isn’t it time for a different shtick, Mr. Shtik? Some of us rarely misspell a word and, often, it’s merely a typo and there’s no edit option here. This is not me arguing for not excoriating horrible English because I abhor it. However, the constant stance of resident knuckle-rapper when we’re here to discuss ideas is a parody of itself.

      You’ve got ideas, many of them excellent. How about scaling back the prissy grammarian act?

    • capt spaulding February 11, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

      Kudos to you, Qshtick for calling it warp and WEFT. I get annoyed atpeople who call it warp & woof. You walk the walk and I see that you talk the talk as well.

  59. Smoky Joe February 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Putin is a thug, a brute, and a liar.

    So was George W. Bush, who set the example for the world, so Putin could justify his old-school Russian behavior.

    It’s less the “what” of his actions, since Ukraine is very much in Russia’s sphere of influence, than the “how.”

  60. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Meet Sergei Karaganov

    Sergey Karaganov is a Russian political scientist who heads the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, a security analytical institution. Karaganov is a close associate of Yevgeny Primakov(PM under Yeltsin), and has been Presidential Advisor to both Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin.

    Karaganov has been a member of the Trilateral Commission since 1998, and served on the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1995 until 2005. He has also been Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe at the USSR (now Russian) Academy of Sciences since 1989.

    About Ukraine

    The main reason for Ukrainian crisis is worsening of relationship between Russia and the West. Russia’s main goal is to achieve such a status quo that would allow Russia to feel safe.

    Ukraine in NATO – a casus belli: 2,250 km border, which cannot be protected.

    Agreement with Ukraine is impossible – there is no and never was a state-forming elite.

    About Russia

    Russia has two goals – sovereignty and defense.

    Turn in the consciousness of the Russian elites took place in 1999, when defenseless Yugoslavia with absolutely democratically elected government was bombed for 95 days. Putin in the early 2000s put forward a series of initiatives in an attempt to integrate with EU, but was rejected. He tried to get closer to the US, but in response he got US exit from the ABM Treaty.

    We want our partners and neighbors to realize that the kind of game they played for twenty years has ended. We have outlined a zone of our geopolitical interests, and we will fight tooth and nail for this area.

    There is no danger for Russia coming out of China. They know about the growing confrontation with the US and sees Russia as an ally.

    About West

    He quotes his Western “friends”: “It is a pity that you have nuclear weapons, we would have long made Milosevic out of Putin.”

    Trying to draw Ukraine into the orbit, the EU would like to show itself as not a weakening player, on which everybody have already started to laugh. Some European countries have sought revenge for the defeat and humiliation Russia has dealt them in the past centuries. (Poland, Sweden). United States intended to provoke a crisis, and that they have achieved.

    Intermediate global goal is to defeat the non-West, the symbol of which is Russia. Possible ultimate goal is to defeat Russia.

    De-globalization has begun – the world is going back to the Westphalian system.

    Over the past ten years, the West has experienced three defeats – psychological, economic and military. It lost several wars, despite the overwhelming superiority. In the middle of the last decade economical crisis has shown that the model does not work. The world is becoming more democratic, but at the same time – more anti-Western.

    The possibility of war

    The international situation today is harder than at any time since the Cuban missile crisis. World has gone berserk – many clutching for the club. Unfortunately, some people have had an idea that you can play this game.

    NATO is not ready to be drawn into a war with Russia for Ukraine – it is a military alliance that attacks solely the weak.

    The European Union can only exist if there is no war on the continent. So it will resist being drawn into the conflict in Ukraine.

    Today, our situation is incomparably better for Russia than it has ever been – both militarily and economically. In addition, all the past great wars we started, when the people were starving in Russia. Nevertheless, we have won them all.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

      Russia was taken down by the Communist Gangsters funded by International Bankers. Lost that one sport. Or were you one of the winners?

  61. Cold N. Holefield February 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    So far today, I’ve learned that I’m not an artist and I’ve been pursuing Mammon all these years with not nearly enough to show for it. Oh, and I’ve learned that there really is no difference between George W. Bush and Vlad Putin. Funny thing about that, though, is how Putin’s still top dog and Bush has stepped down and passed the torch.

  62. volodya February 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    It’s not like America put no skin in the game. Let’s not minimize it. The US sacrificed hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of man-years and trillions of dollars for the defense of Europe from the bestial Nazis and Reds.

    Maybe these past efforts make Americans think they should have a say. And this is understandable.

    But time marches on. The society that spawned the National Socialists is long in the grave as is the movement. So are the Bolsheviks.

    So then, all hail the American contribution. Raise a glass and salute the dead. From a scrawny Depression era starveling to a foreign graveyard. Those young guys didn’t live much of a life.

    Now, having recognized them, let’s also recognize that things have changed. And, also remember, the Soviets suffered worse. Ivan died by the millions.

    Americans tell themselves stories to reassure themselves of America’s greatness. And, no doubt, it was once so. They say to themselves that it was American money and operatives behind all this Ukraine mayhem, that American foreign officers were the instigators.

    Maybe the US played a role. But I would suggest that that there were far more important players and factors than US money and trouble-making.

    Mr. Kunstler is onto something, that this issue is for local powers to resolve. So Angela and Vladimir and Francois had a sit-down all by themselves? Good, even if nothing got settled. It could not have hurt to talk face-to-face without an American there.

    It would behoove the US to keep Mr. Kerry at home. Mr. Obama should be at his cerebral and detached best in this matter. Say little, do nothing.

    As for “virtue”, “fortitude” and “valor”, these are terms from an extinct language and dead culture. Seldom heard anymore especially from “progressives”.

    • capt spaulding February 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      “Time marches on”, very true. We are not the nation we were in the past. It seems to be true that some nations achieve greatness in their heyday, but then fall from grace over a period of time. In other words, History repeats itself. We, unfortunately, are here in the downward cycle of the history of our nation. People here on this website understand this, for the most part, regardless of their positions on events. Most of the people out there don’t have a clue about where we are in the cycle of history. Most of the people out there don’t read…..anything! This website is unique in that most of the people here have obviously read books, and at least state their positions from the viewpoint of having read on the subject, regardless of their opinions. I think that most of us can agree that we are seeing the downward plunge of the US in the cycle of history. That’s the curse of the well informed.

  63. wpa--ccc February 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    @Volodya: “Americans tell themselves stories to reassure themselves of America’s greatness. And, no doubt, it was once so.”

    It still is so, Volodya. Check out the immigration stats (legal and illegal). People all over the world want to come to the USA, the greatest multicultural nation on earth. They are not sneaking into Russia or China.

    And what of those here? Americans have a choice. Americans are free to emigrate to other countries, but a vast majority choose to stay in the USA.

    On CFN they bitch and moan, but they have voted for America with their choice of residency. “Love it or leave it” they used to say… but they are now shown to be the hypocrites they always were. JHK never even speaks of emigration. He, too, chooses to stay in the greatest multicultural country, where freedom to speak, vote and work still exist. Russia and China, not so much.

    Obama’s economic recovery is real, and baby boomers are retiring here in droves, choosing to stay in this great country, which explains the labor force participation rate. Aging baby boomers account for approximately half of the drop in the labor force participation rate since 2007.

    • Therian February 11, 2015 at 5:32 am #

      “Obama’s economy recovery is real …”. Wow, you really don’t look at the stats that count the most. Workforce Participation is at a 38-year low. Debt at every level is going hyperbolic. You must not read the cold stats about Boomers which reveals that half the Boomers will NEVER be able to retire (source: AARP, not some quack ancillary rag).

      As for our influx of foreigners and their “love” of America. No, they love their brethren and stick to their own. If we did that in their countries we’d be beaten, censured, killed, and marginalized. And we let them in because they’ll drop dead working for peanuts which means cheap labor costs … something every good Republican loves.

      You have drunk the Kool Aid, Mr. WPA. The rigged media have trotted out all their rigged stats, hidden the revealing ones, and hoodwinked YOU good and plenty.

  64. malthuss February 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    EVERY TIME YA SEE A ‘CO EXIST’ BUMPER STICKER

    Remember this

    youngcons.com/man-creates-coexist-art-attacked-muslims/

  65. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    The Dutch government on Tuesday published dozens of papers on the investigation into the disaster Malaysian airliner MH17 over the Donbas, but all they were “strongly edited”, if not censored, reports the Associated press.

    Management of one of the leading Dutch TV channels RTL News, read the documents, has decided to appeal actions of the authorities, up to the filing of lawsuits against the government of the Netherlands.

    “We hope to get serious facts on which it was possible to reliably recreate how effective was the government in the investigation of this tragedy,” – said Peter Klein, deputy editor of the channel.

    After the disaster the Dutch police and investigators become responsible for carrying out a full investigation into the disaster. Until now, however accurate version of what happened was not made public.

    The publication said that to a formal request by the channel of the reasons for this “heavy document editing” the government responded with official communique. The response stated that “changes have been made to maintain confidentiality with respect to the victims, in order to maintain relations of the Netherlands and other countries in order to protect Dutch police personnel and other agencies involved in the investigation of the crash.”

    rg.ru/2015/02/10/cenzura-site.html

    I guess the fate of the French police officer who was responsible for investigating the “Charlie Hebdo” massacre and was suicided in his office the day after he commenced his investigation makes Dutch authorities a little more cautious.

  66. rube-i-con February 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    ukraine overload, no more please. “could be the start of WW3”.

    overblown.

    • Therian February 11, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      Exactly Rubicon!! ISIS is the start of WW3. The sandbox fight in your local kindergarten is the start of WW3. This kind of hyperbole is more Washington diversion. Whip the masses into a fervor against ANY enemy so that whatever part of their consciousness after watching insignificant sporting events or the Kardashians is eaten up so that the net amount of cortical neurons left for reflection is a dead, flat zero.

  67. wpa--ccc February 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Malthuss, you are spinning this news. There is no evidence Muslims were involved. The attackers could have been Christian skinhead neo-nazis. You appear to be anti-Muslim.

    Le Monde reports that four young people asked the artist to remove it last weekend, and beat him up severely when he refused to do so.

  68. Cold N. Holefield February 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    Let’s settle for Blankstein and call it even. Deal?

  69. Cold N. Holefield February 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    What a shock it would be if Americans began to witness acts of fortitude and valor among us.

    That would require a throng of Willy Loman’s, who don’t have the nerve Willy had to use the gas pipe, to extricate themselves from the comment sections of reactionary blogs and actually do something about their lost, or never realized, glory rather than moping and whining and stamping their numb feet in 500 words or less in cyberspace.

    In otherwords, it ain’t gonna happen. There’s not even a few good men ( who ordered the Code Red? — Finca, that’s who). Your choices are Bruce Jenner or Janos. That’s it — there’s nothing in between and you have to choose. If that’s the choice, and it is, I’m thinking I have to go with my bro Janos.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

      Yes, I am one of the terrible simplifier predicted by Jacob Burckhardt. When crucial decisions aren’t made or when the wrong is chosen again and again, the situation becomes critical – and it’s either act or die, kill or cure. Our backs are against the wall and it’s time to fight. We’re already past Churchill’s sweat and tears stages. We didn’t act. Now there is only blood, both in the sense of kinship and fluid to be shed.

      As Shakespeare said, nothing favors a man more than a mild affability most of the time. But there are times when one must cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war.

      • malthuss February 11, 2015 at 12:57 am #

        Long ago you posted a link. If you can find it will you repost?

        It was a ‘David Duke talk and he mentioned rape’.

        Thanks

        • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 4:18 am #

          Oh I have no idea. He has countless talks on his site and youtube channel.

          Blacks rape far more than Whites and Hispanics. And Hispanics more than Whites. White rates seem higher than they are because Hispanics are called Whites in order to boost our crime rates. Of course as victims, Hispanics get their own category.

          Feminists say one out every four or five girls are sexually assaulted in college. Needless to say, this is the Big Lie Incarnate.

          Certainly one reason for having semi-pro sports in College is to ruin as many White girls as possible by either real rape or “relationships” with the playas.

      • pequiste February 11, 2015 at 8:26 am #

        Janos – we are now at the stage predicted by that great, patriotic, misunderstood, and vilified Englishman (youngest Brigadier General in British history; M.P., true scholar of Classics etc.) Enoch Powell. The infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech was delivered way back in April 1968. We cannot say we were not warned.
        Enoch Powell was & is right.

        • venuspluto67 February 11, 2015 at 10:52 am #

          Before I make my final departure, I will simply point out what happens when the likes of Janos Skorenzy and company are taken seriously.

          I can’t help but wonder how JHK feels about his comment section turning into the equivalent of a Nuremberg rally. (Yeah, I know, Godwin’s Law and all that. Whatever.)

          • Therian February 11, 2015 at 11:55 am #

            Hyperbole much? Janos appears to be like any other person here in that he has detractors and fans for his posts. Not all of his posts are anti-Israeli/anti-Jew and many show a knowledge of history which is well before the idiot level that permeates the USA where 80% the college kids interviewed at Texas Tech University couldn’t name the Vice President. They also couldn’t give the name of the war we fought to be free of the British and when that war’s name was pointed out to them they couldn’t say who we were fighting.

            The comment section is a “Nuremberg Rally”??? You have very selective attention.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

            How can I win you back? What reparation must I make? Would a diamond necklace from a PC Mine in South Africa begin to undo the damage?

        • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

          Yes, absolutely. Also check out Oswald Mosley – another great speaker of a generation before Powell who spoke out against the colored invasion even before it began. He knew the Capitalists were going to do it.

    • venuspluto67 February 10, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

      Wow, this blog and its comment section have very seriously jumped the shark. I think I’ll find something else to do with my Monday mornings and leave this place to the reactionaries, republitarians, and cross-burners JHK’s writing seems to attract these days.

      • malthuss February 11, 2015 at 12:58 am #

        Good riddance.

        [to you and all whiners].

        • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 4:12 am #

          I love you Venus Bluto. I just want to help you.

  70. Q. Shtik February 11, 2015 at 1:24 am #

    you will never be able to get out of the habit of defending greed/acquisitiveness. (That is not a societal “good”, regardless of your iron-clad indoctrination.) – Oz

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

    Oz, I don’t think you are even aware of the automatic assumption you make about the wealth some people possess. Namely, that it is ill-gotten. Please look up in your dictionary the definition of [piles of] ‘loot.’

    Secondly, please point out for me anything in my comment at 12:59PM that is not true about the observed world (excluding fine vs fein). Your problem Oz is that you are angry at the world for being the way it is. Aside from a handful of monks who have taken a vow of poverty please show me someone who wouldn’t prefer to have more money rather than less.

    Or, is it the gathering of wealth and not spending it that bothers you. Do you feel that a large digital balance that sits idle in a bank is somehow harming ordinary people? If yes, how so?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 4:23 am #

      Peter’s right, Kyoo. Most fortunes are amassed through skullduggery of one sort or another. How many metaphorical graves have you robbed in the dead of night? People love money too much and are willing to do almost anything to get it. It’s this more than the spending or just having that’s bad.

    • ozone February 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

      Keep diggin’, Q.
      My official gov’t sources (on condition of anonymity, you understand) have assured me that the deeper and faster you dig a hole, the shallower it becomes. Saudi princes and Ukie kleptocrats everywhere thank you!

      There’s a strange and arcane word that volodya used that you may be unfamiliar with: “enough”. Look it up and think about including it in your personal lexicon. We do have the information highway intertubes now, so it’s possible to find some sketchy definitions here and there…

      (BTW, thanks for telling me what I think, that always comes in handy when I’m at a loss for that thinkin’ shit… thinkin’s hard.)

    • S M Tenneshaw February 15, 2015 at 5:29 am #

      In my case, all I did was slap out a buncha COBOL. It paid the bills, and I don’t feel guilty at all.

  71. Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 4:25 am #

    Metaphorical Death to all those who support Bruce Jenner in his transformation. Those who really love Bruce will oppose him in his disordered desire to mutilate himself.

  72. Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    Say what you will about monks, they make the best beer on the planet, hands down or up — any position will do.

    They’re also the most expert twerkers on the planet having perfected the art for well over a millennium behind dark, damp and lonely castle walls.

    Merry Monks

    That’s great beer, by the way. Smooth with just the right depth and character and a memorable finish that doesn’t linger too long, exiting gracefully with a tip of the hat and an elegant and noble bow. And at 9.4% alcohol, double the percentage of most beers sold in America, it packs a punch. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth every penny from heaven.

  73. Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 6:34 am #

    Aside from a handful of monks who have taken a vow of poverty please show me someone who wouldn’t prefer to have more money rather than less.

    The One Percent

  74. rube-i-con February 11, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    I’ll never forget the thrill I felt when that Virginia Squire with an old red,white and blue ABA ball took off from the free throw line to slam dunk. I was standing just behind the backboard holding a program that I hoped would receive an autograph in the aftermath of the game. I was not disappointed and to this day I’ll never forget the class and humility offered by one “Dr.J” Julius Erving

    Julius Erving is a class person, period.

    not the revolting, illiterate black thugs that dominate professional sports.

    lou brock, hank aaron (the real home run king), jackie robinson, the QB of the seahawks – these are real class individuals who happen to be black.

    they’re literate, well-spoken & graceful – just what makes emulating them so rewarding. skin color is not an issue with them. content of their character, you know, as one wise black man correctly stated.

    so refreshing to think about them in comparison to the ghastly black refuse (with some notable exceptions) that’s looked up to today.

    what a failed subset of US american society black “culture” is.

    rube-i-con

    • Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 9:07 am #

      Don’t forget Magic Johnson — one of the nicest guys you will, or you would, ever meet. He’s so nice, everyone wants, and everyone wanted, to f*ck him. That’s how he got AIDS — he was too accommodating unlike the hateful Larry Bird who kept, and keeps, everyone at a distance.

      • seawolf77 February 11, 2015 at 10:21 am #

        Bird was sensible and smart and Magic was adolescently juvenile. Bird kept to himself, mowed his lawn, talked basketball and nothing else, and retired enormously wealthy and respected. Johnson threw it all away by trading his health for the thrill of fucking star fuckers, arguably the worst tail out there. And Bird is the bad guy. You need your head examined. Both of them.

    • seawolf77 February 11, 2015 at 10:15 am #

      Yeah but none of them are buggaring Kim Kardashians big round ass.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

        Yes as Princess Hijab said (in regards to model on advertising posters) it’s visual terrorism. Someone needs to deflate that thing or else America is finished.

    • Therian February 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      Indeed, Rubicon. Dr. J., Bill Russell, Lou Brock, Bill White (who’s literate enough to have become a broadcaster), and many other black men have a distinction, and a command of English, that was not an embarrassment to their brethren.

      Sport is now symbolized by the likes of Jameis Winston and many other lookalikes who, after a game, say things like “We be doin’ what the coach said at halftime”. Seriously, “scholar athletes” who cannot decline the verb “to be”. I wonder what they feel when their legacy is so besmirched by these guys?

  75. Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    And I bet Magic’s a proud daddy too — I know I would be.

    Like Father Like Son?

  76. rube-i-con February 11, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    US american sports – a repeat of the decadency that rome fell into on its trajectory from noble enlightened state to debauched, defeated has-been.

    saving grace – there will always be the folks at the end of the tracks reciting a tale of two cities.

    rube

  77. outsider February 11, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Janos has been especially active this week. Some of his comments I find very perceptive, others just racist. Anyway, in reference to the Ukrainian tragedy, anyone in support of traditional values and the right of self-determination should be for Russia. The MSM meme that Putin is the aggressor is laughable on its face. ‘Democracy Now” has had some excellent programs on this with Russian scholar Stephen Cohen. Yesterday they had a debate between John Mearsheimer and a retired 4-star general. Meirsheimer cleaned his clock, but the debate sure did show the danger of the military mindset. I lost what little respect I had for President Obama when he refused to attend the Sochi Olympics last year citing the ridiculous and convenient gay issue. It’s no surprise that Kiev exploded right after the Olympics concluded, with Russia preoccupied with keeping the games safe from terrorism. Victoria Nuland should be hanged.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      Define racist. Love of one’s country is a terrible thing. If you can’t do terrible things in service of it, you will lose it. Google Sir Arthur Keith and his Law of Amity and Enmity. You love your own and you hate the other. That’s how a nation is maintained.

      There’s a tribe of 1500 or so who have held a piece of the Amazon forest for 500 years against all comers. How? By being terrible in war.

      Of course you don’t have to “hate” hate the other if they aren’t bothering you. Good borders make good others. Even the Ancient Greeks, who couldn’t stand other Greek City States much less barbarians, held a place for “honored guests” from abroad. Noble men should have a free pass to go anywhere. But this is different than a swarm of locusts. All these Christians who talk about being kind to “the” stranger when they are really talking about tens of millions of people? They make me ill.

  78. BackRowHeckler February 11, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    I had to drive a relative up to the airport — about 30 miles north — hard getting around now with 14ft snowbanks on every corner. My dad worked up there back in the day, an early jet engine mechanic, trained by the air force in Korea, when it was just some runways and a hanger in the middle of tobacco fields. Now its all chainlink and barbed wire, and concrete — and ‘parking lot full’ signs. Still, it has the International name tag, grandiose title cooked up by megalomaniacs to boost the local economy. My o’ my, the ‘security’, guards at the gate, State Police with dogs, TSA agents everywhere, National Guard troops patrolling the perimeter, private security firms (3 different companies identified, “You can’t stand there, move on”, “OK”), obvious plainclothes detectives circulation thruout the crowd, whirring closed circuit cameras, commanding voices over the loudspeakers imploring you not to leave baggage unattended, no smoking, stay out of unauthorized areas, you are subject to be searched at any time, you luggage can be searched at any time … all just to get on a plane and fly out to New Mexico to check out a ranch for sale cheap. Its a long was from driving up here in our old Ford Fairlane 3 speed (three on a tree), driving right up to the Quonset Hut near the runway, parking the car getting out. and the old man always had a .38 S&W under the seat “just like in France”. This is why I don’t fly anywhere and always take Amtrak, and I have my own issues with Amtrak, too.

    brh

    • malthuss February 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Kayla Mueller. Go to a blog called ‘Ambrose Kane’. He has the right stuff.

      Then [and only then] go to ‘Wiki-Kayla Mueller ‘.

      Let us know yr thoughts.

  79. BackRowHeckler February 11, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    “Kayla Mueller was probably given to a Jihadi to be his bride”.

    You can imagine what that means, it doesn’t have to be spelled out, does it? (shades of ‘The Searchers’)

    You have to wonder, what the hell was she doing there to begin with? A naive little coed, lacking any common sense or experience in the world, encouraged by her professors to do the noble thing and save the world. Needless to say, she was misled by somebody.

    brh

    • barbisbest February 11, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Misled? Maybe not. Maybe an idealist.

  80. DA February 11, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    And the latest Wag the Dog war effort begins to ramp up. Silly me, I was under the impression they already had a GWOT/GWOOT “fuck it, we’re going to war just because” exception on the books. But of course another totally fabricated war is simply too good to waste by not having a public bloviating session for all our DC gasbags first. Hate to tell the assholes, but we’ve already seen this movie a few times before, we know how it ends (a lot of poor people on both sides dead or poorer, and a lot of well connected fucks alive, rich, and getting richer.

    huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/11/obama-aumf-congress-isis_n_6660208.html

  81. Pucker February 11, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    George Friedman’s new book “Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe” is an excellent read. Friedman really has his shit together, as they say. Friedman has a lucid, clear mind. He is a political philosopher. He predicts trouble ahead for the European Union, which appears to be playing out in Greece, Ukraine, and Russia, etc.—those crazy, jingoistic Europeans. Friedman’s father was a Hungarian Jew who miraculously survived the Holocaust and the Soviet occupation. Frideman’s father chose to emigrate to the US because of geopolitics: “The US is a strong power surrounded by weak neighbors, i.e., Mexico and Canada.”

    From a geopolitical perspective, European countries are totally fucked—conflict is inevitable.

    China may be fucked too—China is surrounded by strong, crazy neighbors, ie., the Vietnamese psychos, the Russians, Japanese, Indians….. And worst of all are the Chinese themselves. Friedman doesn’t talk about China in his book. The foregoing are my observations.

    Plato said that War is the natural condition of man.

  82. Pucker February 11, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    According to George Friedman’s book “Flashpoints” since WWII the Americans have always been trying to foment rebellion in Russian border states such as Ukraine, places that Friedman calls “Flashpoints”. Apparently, in the early years of the Cold War, the Americans had something called “Operation Rollback”. You gotta love that name–“Operation Rollback”. Of course, my favourite appellation was the name for the US carpet bombing campaign of North Vietnam—“Operation Linebacker”.

    In any case, according to Friedman, these American attempts to screw the Russians in states bordering Russia always Go Tits because the Russians are able to infiltrate such intelligence operations very easily.

  83. barbisbest February 11, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    “They evidently omitted to inform the haircut-in-search-of-a-brain, Secretary of State John Kerry.” We can gather that, in all likelihood, JHK wrote this week’s missive. The protein from Kerry’s brain was eaten up growing hair JHK.

    In this country’s culture, and perhaps the world, where anything goes and nothing matters, except for ME, MORE and money, certainly not the future or our children, it makes sense to ask for valor and fortitude. But one need look no further than Kayla Mueller who gave her life for others, or my Mom who sacrificed all her life to save money to give to those in need, and gave away most of her millions before she passed away, to find it. So, Kayla Mueller and Paula, I salute you. Plato said that War is the natural condition of man, but perhaps not woman. Only love is real.

    Your blogs hold valor JHK with their truths, so despite the nametag of sycophant, I thank you for them.

  84. volodya February 11, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Q

    The digital balance sits in too few hands. Same with the distribution of the monthly flow of income.

    If memory serves you’re old enough to remember America at its peak. How did it look back then to you? How does it look now? What changed?

    When we were young we would talk about what to do when we grew up. Back then finishing high school and going to work was a viable proposition. Or even quitting school at 16. You could earn decent money. How many guys did you know that went to work with a tenth grade education?

    Back then the argument was that by the time you finished college you would have spent four years in classrooms spending your money when you could have been working and earning. And living life for that matter.

    As an aside: back then there were no delusions about living to a hale and hearty 90. If you went to college, by the time you graduated you were done roughly one third of an average lifespan. Four years was seen as a big sacrifice in terms of time and not just of money. Not everyone lived into their sixties or seventies. A lot of guys kicked off in their forties and fifties. We didn’t expect to live forever.

    End of aside and back to the matter at hand: compare those days to modern times.

    I know what the counter-arguments are, for example, that automation is to blame, that offshoring is a canard. But automation has been with us for a couple hundred years. And during most of that time, the “automators” – ie the guys building the machines – were doing the automating on home soil.

    Building machines and devices to take human hands off the production process created local supply chains and jobs on home soil. Some jobs were eliminated but others were created, again, on home soil. I think you were present for a chunk of that time and you would have seen it.

    What about nowadays? If something hasn’t been sent to China to take advantage of slave level wages and a repressive government to stifle discontent and non-existent environmental and safety standards, then it soon will be. Even the high knowledge and high tech stuff.

    And what do you hear nowadays? That workers, per Larry Summers’ terminology, will be “task rabbits”. That they will jump from company to company, working as glorified temps. A “just-in-time” labor force.

    Does that sound like a viable economic system to you? How do families buy houses and raise kids in such a system? For that matter, how do couples stay married with the constant stress of not knowing if you’ll get paid or when.

    Have you ever worked as a contractor? How much fun was it extracting payment?

    Yet this is apparently where the people on high want to take things. See, they figure that no matter how skewed the distribution of wealth and income has become in their favor over the past forty years, it’s still not enough. Preposterous compensation for the one percent or point one percent is insufficient, no, it has to be stupendous.

    This is an economic system without a future. But I figure it’s like Chris Hedges said. It will crash and burn and the guys crashing it know they’re crashing it and they don’t care. They think that can come out just fine.

    Q, what about you? Will you come out just fine?

  85. nsa February 11, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Puck,
    Glad you appreciate one of our minor assets, Stratfor, and their staff of keyboard joohadis parroting our daily disinfo……

  86. Q. Shtik February 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Janos – Peter’s right, Kyoo.

    Q – Peter who? Saint Peter? My brother-in-law Peter? Or is Ozone’s real name Peter?

    Janos – Most fortunes are amassed through skullduggery of one sort or another.

    Q – Most or some? And, in any case, how could you possibly know this? Perhaps you have been watching too many episodes of ‘American Greed.’ Which reminds me…do you notice that all of Ozone’s adjectives are negatively loaded: loot, greed, acquisitiveness.

    Janos – How many metaphorical graves have you robbed in the dead of night?

    Q – Speak plainly. What does this mean? What am I accused of?

    Janos – People love money too much and are willing to do almost anything to get it.

    Q – What despicable thing has your next door neighbor done to get money?

    Janos – It’s this more than the spending or just having that’s bad.

    Q – So it’s the ‘getting’ that concerns you? when their time and energy could be so much better spent tending a victory garden or driving out the Jews and Blacks? Am I on the right track here?

    The worst failing I find in people — and even THIS I find very seldom — is annoying cheapness. Like going to dinner with another couple who don’t want to split the bill down the middle because you had a glass of wine and they had a glass of Coke.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Yes, his real name is Pete. How many mornings has BRH said, “Mornin’ Pete”. How could you have missed this? Too busy looking for grammar mistakes perhaps – like the guy with his head down looking for change on the street who misses the beautiful girl or the lampost bearing down on him. (remember that Herman’s Hermits song?) Lamp posts are important.

      Why should you split such a bill down the middle? Isn’t that Communsim? Why should a person get an expensive glass of wine and then ride on the coke drinker’s coattails? Isn’t that like the Corporations using cheap labor, either legal or illegal, and then charging us to make up the difference via welfare and food stamps?

      Love of money is not all evil – it is the root of all evil. And even that is an exaggeration. George Bernard Shaw paraphrased and said “Lack of money is the root of all evil.” The first is better and more comprehensive since love of money leads to lack of money for others in a finite world like our own. And of course the poor might love money just as much as the rich.

      And finally, yes: people are so busy making money and then recovering from the stress thereof with mindless entertainment, that they have no time for the essentials of national and community maintainance – be it following the news or driving out illegals or evil politicians with pitchforks. As Aristotle said, leisure is a requirement for good voting. Thus most people are disqualified by this criterion alone, what to mention the others.

      P.S (what is the origin of this?) I live in a poor neighborhood and mn neighbor is a working man who has earned what he has. As have you. I only personalized it to get a response. I was mostly talking about the big boy hustlers. Of course you could be faulted for serving them in the military/industrial complex. Couldn’t you have flown a hot dog stand instead? Perhaps on top of your own pyramid? Built an empire of hot dog stands? An army of vendors to march on Washington?

  87. Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Bird was sensible and smart and Magic was adolescently juvenile. Bird kept to himself, mowed his lawn, talked basketball and nothing else, and retired enormously wealthy and respected. Johnson threw it all away by trading his health for the thrill of fucking star fuckers, arguably the worst tail out there. And Bird is the bad guy. You need your head examined. Both of them.

    All that may be true, but Magic has an infectious smile and spirit that makes you feel young again when he’s in your presence. Simply put, he inspires.

    Magic Smile

    Not to mention, I’m pretty sure Bird is working with the Jesuits and his stoicism is a clever cover.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Yes Bird was ugly and the gays hated him, calling him the “hick from French Lick” or some such doggerel.

      Buck has conflated his boyish love of sports stars with a political correct adulation of the Black Race. A very bad combination indeed. Such childish things are to be put away when one becomes a man. And as I said before, young black boys don’t worship White stars. So why do White boys worship Black ones? Lack of racial awareness is the death knell of the Race and the culture they built.

      • Buck Stud February 11, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

        Do you ever feel embarrassed by your outlandish projections? I don’t have a ‘politically correct’ adulation of the black race but I do admire certain black people based on qualities that I personally find meritorious/laudable. On the other side of that coin, I wrote exactly what I thought of Marshawn Lynch a couple of weeks ago, which is not much.

        As I wrote upstream in response to ‘your either all in or all out in regards to political correctness’ assertion, simple kindness and respect is not “PC”. IOW, some people with diabolical motives have vilified common human respect as politically correct posturing, speaking of society contorting itself beyond recognition. In general, I think people should go out of their way to avoid stepping on the toes of others which, according to some, is now a symptom of PC indoctrination.

        Have you ever seen “The Quiet Man” with Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne? In one scene Sean Thorton (Wayne) drags Mary Kate Danaher (O’hara) around by her hair, like any good macho cave man would do. When I saw that scene a few years back I was struck by how utterly vile that scene truly was. And yes, I have been exposed to PC conditioning which probably explains my revulsion.

        Perhaps the word “politically correct” as it is now commonly understood is deeply flawed. After all, being correct in regards to politics, and thus the heartbeat of a society, is probably not such a bad thing at the end of the day. After all, once upon a time stopping for a stop sign was probably also considered politically correct behavior in the eyes of those who desired to live with no constraints whatsoever.

        And, BTW, I’m not defending or condoning, for example. absurd news reporting which deliberately seeks to conceal the ethnic identity of a perp or any of the other silly “PC” nonsense.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

          So you think it’s healthy for White boys to adore Black athletes even Black boys don’t do the same for White ones? Is that the recipe for a harmonious society? You obviously think Blacks are the cat’s meow in general.

          Nor did you address my other points: the Chinese system (in it’s higher form) is far superior to any Black athletics. That fandom is absurd to begin with – at least for adult men. And that pro Sports is a way to control the population and thus they make sure it’s very, very pc with Whites being discriminated against.

          • Buck Stud February 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

            How would you personally know if ” the Chinese system (in it’s higher form) is far superior to any Black athletics”? As I recall , you’ve read some books on Taoism and perhaps taking a workshop or two, but as far as having actual experience, very little.(And you give yourself away by constantly referring back to Cheng Man Ching as the be all,end all. There are better, truth be told.)

            IOW, your assertions hold very little water because you’ve never walked that walk beyond flipping through a few pages of some MA books.

            And BTW: why doesn’t one find more of these “far superior” Chinese Martial Arts being represented in MMA cage matches? I mean, for such superiority one would think more of these superior “Chinese system” adepts would enter the ring and win some serious cash.Think about that for a bit and then get back to us.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 11:49 pm #

            In other words, you kind of know I’m right but you don’t want to admit it.

            I’ve meditated for decades. I know a bit about Chi – and certainly any system that uses it must be superior to hard styles or sports. How could you forgotten something so basic? If a Master could kill one blow, would he be foolish or immoral enough to use it in the ring? You may be right about Cheng of course. You should be defending the honor of Tai Chi not me. You have to let go of your obsession with Blacks. They just aren’t worth it. Fight the evil that has been put inside you.

    • seawolf77 February 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

      It was probably a Jesuit who sent that star fucker over to Magic’s house. He probably hated that stupid fucking smile. Thought it might infect him.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

        You really go off on tangents into inner space. Reality is curved and you can’t seem to go with it. Jews own most of these clubs. Not Jesuits.

        • seawolf77 February 11, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

          Inner space? I’m from outer space.

  88. Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    The worst failing I find in people — and even THIS I find very seldom — is annoying cheapness. Like going to dinner with another couple who don’t want to split the bill down the middle because you had a glass of wine and they had a glass of Coke.

    Pursuant to that, I have no doubt when you do go out to dinner with another couple or a crowd, you foot the bill considering your recent good luck. Right? If not, why not? What are you saving it for? Live a little — and let other people live a little along with you. Pay it forward — don’t dig a hole in your back yard and bury and guard your fortune.

  89. Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Q, what about you? Will you come out just fine?

    You obviously don’t know Q. Shtik. Rich or poor, rain or shine, war or peace — Q. Shtik always comes out smelling like a rose — even if that rose is plastic.

  90. Therian February 11, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    I love Jim’s use of the verb “twerking”. Have you all noticed how many commercials feature people who are actually twerking. Twerking is a neologism that means “a dance with pelvic gyration …”. In a few commercials, there are grannies or ex-Presidents who do dances thrusting their pelvis out.

    The irony, of course, is that there’s probably less good sex in America now than in all of its history yet sexual innuendo in pop culture couldn’t be more frequent, louder, or more inappropriate.

  91. volodya February 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Zerohedge reports that Obama isn’t ruling out boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS.

    See, since around WW2 the US has had a nearly flawless record of non-success in this boots-on-ground thing. But I suppose Obama thinks that he can do better. It’ll be different this time.

    No, no, I fully understand where Obama is coming from. He’s so much smarter than the enemy. I mean, just who does this al-Baghdadi character think he is? Does he have a Harvard degree? Did he teach law at the University of Chicago? Do those ISIS butchers have any idea what it takes to be the editor of the Harvard Law Review? Or a community organizer? How can any of those bozos compare with Obama at the lectern?

    Did I just hear somebody say that people don’t learn from history and this is a prime example? How cynical. How shallow.

    Did somebody say that civilizations don’t fall because they make a mistake but because they keep making the SAME mistake?

    Seriously, history is irrelevant and this isn’t a mistake. You’ll see.

    • ozone February 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      V.,
      As long as those blood-spattered “boots on the ground” aren’t placed “on the table” (a serious breach of etiquette and sanitation), I’m sure everything will work out just swell… with an additional dandy-fine.

      Could I get you a slice of mom and a warm embrace of apple pie?
      Comin’ right up!

  92. Cold N. Holefield February 11, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Does Pete attend PA (Pumpkin-Eaters Anonymous)? If not, an intervention’s in order.

    Safe N Secure

  93. Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    Even as they laud Kayla Mueller for being a little fool helping them against Asad, they secretly hate her for being anti-Israel.

    debbieschlussel.com/77161/kayla-mueller-dead-isis-hostage-was-jew-hating-anti-israel-bitch/?replytoc…

    • malthuss February 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

      She was a fool. Check her Wiki and my post to BRH.

      cheers.

      • Q. Shtik February 12, 2015 at 12:04 am #

        Check her Wiki and my post – Asia

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

        If I didn’t know any better I’d say that sounds pornographic.

  94. wpa--ccc February 11, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    @Volodya,

    Obama does not have the legal authority to put boots on the ground. In the United States it is the Congress that has war-making power. Congress has to give Obama the authorization to use force re: Daesh.

    nytimes.com/2015/02/12/us/obama-war-authorization-congress.html

  95. Q. Shtik February 11, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

    Here, this sounds like something that would be right up someone’s alley.

    jacobinmag.com/2015/02/inherent-vice-review-counterculture/

  96. Q. Shtik February 11, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    Wow, this Stockman guy doesn’t pull any punches.

    davidstockmanscontracorner.com/shoot-bank-of-america-now-the-case-for-super-glass-steagall-is-overwh…

    This is bordering on blasphemy, heresy and character assassination. He better be careful or he’ll be America’s answer to S. Rushdie.

  97. Q. Shtik February 12, 2015 at 12:59 am #

    Cheng Man Ching – Buck

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

    The sound made by a Chinese cash register?

  98. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 3:30 am #

    Flag of Ukraine fell during the ceremony in Minsk

    If this is true, and the flag of Ukraine fell during the ceremony, it is the main outcome of the Minsk-2. Nothing more is needed, no agreements. Whatever people in the position of power have decided today, the Heaven has already decided everything. And clearly demonstrated it to the whole world.

    The wreath, which fell on Yanukovych, as a harbinger of a coup d’etat and the political death of the legitimately elected president of Ukraine.

    Black crows pecking white dove after the words of the Pope about peace in Ukraine, as a sign of coming blood bath in Donbass.

    Ukrainian soldier losing his consciousness at the inauguration of Poroshenko – future victims under Ilovaisk and Debaltsevo, thousands of soldiers, abandoned by the puppet regime for slaughter.

    Now here’s a drop of Ukrainian flag – the end of “Ukrainian project”.

    Another question is how it will come to be and how much blood is destined to be shed. Lord grant that as soon as possible and painless for the common folks.

    russkiy-malchik.livejournal.com/582367.html

  99. Therian February 12, 2015 at 4:21 am #

    Make no mistake about it: The White House has to create a war SOMEWHERE and that “somewhere” cannot be the Ukraine. Putin is totally winning the chess match because he’s not sending troops anywhere while, here we go again, we’re going to bomb ISIS. Never mind that ISIS is a little pissant group that WE funded, much like our funding of Al Qaeda when it was convenient for us.

    There’s no doubt that ISIS represents Islam at its absolute looniest but we created ’em like we created Noriega, Hussein, and Al Qaeda and now we’ll foot the bill to erase what is a group of about 30,000 people. The real purpose is to demonstrate to Vlad Putin that we “still have it”. We never pick on groups our own size for these demos because we’re financially bankrupt so we go after a small group of atavistic cretins that, really, should be the duty of the Shia to deal with.

    This is EXACTLY how Rome died … a death of a thousand cuts. We create dark forces that turn on us and then we have to empty the Treasury to quell the rabid dogs whose fleas have infested us. I wonder if WPA is going to write another “It’s Morning in America” type of post soon to answer this and all similar messages.

  100. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Chinese establishment: History is at a critical transition

    China and the US display the biggest ideological gap among the major powers, and it is hard to reconcile the so-called structural contradictions that the two are locked in.

    History is at a critical transition. Will the pattern that the rise and fall of great powers inevitably leads to war be changed? China and the US as two major powers are trying to answer this question. It will be inspiring if the answer is yes.

    globaltimes.cn/content/907310.shtml

    Global Times is the mouthpiece of Chinese Communist Party Establishment.

  101. Cold N. Holefield February 12, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    Make no mistake about it: The White House has to create a war SOMEWHERE and that “somewhere” cannot be the Ukraine.

    Make no mistake about it, you’re only half right. The other part of the equation is that everyone on the planet benefits from these chosen “wars.” China, Russia, India, Europe, Canada and Australia don’t have to coordinate and largely fund these controlled burns because America does it for them.

    What the anti-Americans fail to take into account, and naively think it will just take care of itself, is the power vacuum that will ensue once, or if, America retracts from the world stage as the dominant military and economic leader. When the controlled burns no longer take place, then the wilderness will ultimately burn to the ground and everything in between.

    That’s the pickle we’re in. You may hate America, everything you think it is and everything you think it stands for, but because of those controlled burns and the effective policy of forest management, you don’t have a clue about the apocalyptic conflagration that will ensue without it.

    Just because “they” didn’t ask you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask yourself as though “they” did ask you, and then honestly and objectively answer the question after doing your proper due diligence.

  102. Cold N. Holefield February 12, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    We create dark forces that turn on us and then we have to empty the Treasury to quell the rabid dogs whose fleas have infested us.

    War is not a cost, it’s profit. It’s a redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite. It’s the price the middle class must pay for its existence. If you don’t like the bargain, you can either exterminate the wealthy elite or relent to being a serf. It’s an unwritten contract, and by virtue of you having access to a computer and servers and the privilege to comment in public, you have tacitly given your approval despite your rhetorical contrarian dismissals.

    • DA February 12, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

      War is not a cost, it’s profit.

      Props! You’d think by now that would be self-evident to the many sheep. Sadly, no.

  103. Cold N. Holefield February 12, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    Here, this sounds like something that would be right up someone’s alley.

    Peter’s right, kyoo — The Countercultural Movement of the 1960’s was largely a fabricated strategy by the clever social engineers — a way to break the extended family and traditional values, or the final nail in that coffin. It worked, for the most part. The goal was.is to produce generation after generation of fools who exist solely to consume. Consume everything and as rapaciously and as humanly, or now inhumanly, possible. Consume your young. Consume each other. Consume your birthright. Consume a paradise. Consume your, and the, future. We consume, therefore we are. Consume or die.

  104. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    “What the anti-Americans fail to take into account, and naively think it will just take care of itself, is the power vacuum that will ensue once, or if, America retracts from the world stage as the dominant military and economic leader. When the controlled burns no longer take place, then the wilderness will ultimately burn to the ground and everything in between.” — Cold N. Holefield

    May be we should hold our judgement till the day when finally CNNs and FOXs will go dark and Americans will start taking their daily marching orders from RT.

  105. wpa--ccc February 12, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    @Therian: “I wonder if WPA is going to write another “It’s Morning in America” type of post soon to answer this and all similar messages.”

    Interesting reference. And appropriate. By “we” and “our” you are referring to Republicans (Reagan/Bush/Powell/Rumsfeld/Cheney etc.) who got the USA bogged down by embracing kidnapping, torture, and bombing. The Republicans were all about giving arms to Iran, arming terrorists and dictators in both Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. terrorists who as you correctly point out are now turning our arms against us.

    So far Obama has drawn down force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, ending direct combat roles and daily death counts on PBS. Obama has reduced the number of prisoners in Gitmo, preparatory to closing it, and has publicly renounced torture. Obama has refused to send ground troops into hot spots like Libya, Syria, etc. because we have learned from history that sending hundreds of thousands of ground troops is what Daesh wants and gives Daesh it’s best recruiting tool.

    We have learned from history that massive military bombings, invasions, and occupations only create more problems. We have learned from history that lasting solutions have to be political (e.g. 70 years of peace among formerly warring NATO nations), not military.

    • Florida Power February 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      Let’s see… Obama wants to send “defensive weapons” to Ukraine.

      Hollande and Merkel and Putin sit down and broker a cease fire in defiance.

      Any cognitive dissonance here?

  106. rube-i-con February 12, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    War is not a cost, it’s profit. It’s a redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite. It’s the price the middle class must pay for its existence. If you don’t like the bargain, you can either exterminate the wealthy elite or relent to being a serf. It’s an unwritten contract, and by virtue of you having access to a computer and servers and the privilege to comment in public, you have tacitly given your approval despite your rhetorical contrarian dismissals.

    way too know-it-all and overblown.

    how did an energy-descent blog spiral into all these kitschy know-it-alls mouthing about the ukraine like they’re smarter than the goons running the show.

    • Cold N. Holefield February 12, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      It’s Ukraine, not “the Ukraine.” You know that, of course.

      Be careful with using words like “kitschy.” It blows your already transparent cover. Some of us know, you know.

      For the record, Ukraine was never mentioned in the post you quoted, but it is mentioned by JHK in his post. As far as Ukraine is concerned, I couldn’t care less. It has no more significance for me than the million other tragedies that take place every day and no one, including you, notices.

  107. Cold N. Holefield February 12, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    I know this may come across as kitschy, but I’m fairly certain JHK had this in mind when he came up with the title of this blog post. Afterall, he was referred to as Elvis the Pelvis — the Father and King of Twerking. Sure, Twerking’s come a long way since Elvis broke the pelvic barrier, but we owe it all to him.

    All Shook Up

  108. volodya February 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Q, It sounds like Stockman knows his onions.

    Oh, by the way, in my post where I asked if you’re going to come out just fine, I wasn’t implying that you’re one of the rich guys or in league with them.

    Only that maybe you might want to watch your back, that IMO the system wasn’t created for your benefit, that it isn’t being run for your benefit, and that if you do benefit it’s only because the guys running it haven’t gotten around to squashing you and stealing your money and livelihood like they’ve done to so many others.

    Not that they necessarily get pleasure from it, no, I would guess that they’re indifferent to your carcass on the side of the road. I’m not a moral philosopher but maybe this indifference is worse. The point being that these digital balances and how they got there aren’t without consequence including to your personal well-being.

    Maybe you’ve been lucky so far, maybe you managed to play your cards right. Maybe the secret is a well balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds. Who knows.

    Anyway, Stockman was in the belly of the beast. Especially after his stint with Ronnie I’m guessing that there was no door closed to him, that he would have seen and heard all sorts of dark things.

    Of course, after he started writing stuff like this, I imagine the players would be a bit skittish about talking to him. But, you know, I’ll bet there are Wall Street guys that aren’t proud of what they’re doing. And who aren’t averse to telling some secrets.

    But I’ll bet that some are so arrogant, so convinced of their invincibility that they don’t give a damn who knows what. And I imagine that more than a few are contemptuous of Stockman. Want to have a drink David? Want to talk? Want to know what we’re up to? Sure David, you don’t pull strings anymore David, you have no power so wtf does it matter? Go ahead David, do your little rants, nobody’s listening except the tin-foil hat gang and losers that lost out. (at least, that’s how I imagine some of these conversations).

  109. Pucker February 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    I finally figured out what “Twerk” means. “To Twerk, or not to Twerk?—That is the question!”

  110. Pucker February 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I thought “Twerk” was a short hand abbreviation of “to go to work”, as in to roll up one’s sleeves and get the job done with True Grit.

  111. rube-i-con February 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    It blows your already transparent cover.

    you’re sounding like kdog (think it was her, mighta been someone else though) and her incessant need to talk about fake identities, people paid to post etc.

    just respond to what’s written & spare us your inside knowledge of people’s “cover”, whatever that means, in any case no one’s interested.

    rube/welles/contrahend

    • Cold N. Holefield February 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

      Okay, I admit it, I was being a kitschy know-it-all. In my defense, it was a good faith attempt to not be insipid. I can’t win for losing. Oh welles.

  112. LisaM February 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Well there has been a lot of comments on transgenderism, sadly quite a few that were negative, which I hope comes from ignorance rather than just prejudice.

    So, since I am 50+ transgendered person I thought I might clear the air a bit with some facts.

    The correct name is Gender Dysphoria (GD), this is a mismatch between how your brain perceives your gender and what it really physically is. The best evidence we have at the moment is that it is caused during foetal development and it applies to both sexes.

    There are both tactile and visual elements to this. You don’t look right to yourself and your body feels wrong.

    The person affected knows something is different (even if they can’t really express it clearly) from a very early age. My first memories were from six years old.

    It doesn’t have much to do with sexuality. Gender is who you go to bed as, sexuality is who you go to bed with. For example the majority of heterosexual males that transition to females retain their original sexuality.

    While in itself it is not a metal illness, if GD is not treated and the person doesn’t get at least some social acceptance and support then it will often cause many types of mental illness, such as depression. Overall people that have untreated GD suffer the worst metal health statistics and suicide rates of any group in society.

    It is incurable except by the person matching their public and (as much as possible) physical gender to their ‘mental’ gender (called transitioning).

    It never goes away, which I suspect is the reason for the high mental health issues. No matter what you do, how you try to deny/bury/hide/etc from it, it always there. There is no escape,

    Nowadays lucky kids with supportive parents and living somewhere with good medical/psych backup have the best options. Ideally diagnosis and treatment starts before puberty and then they are pretty much guaranteed a normal life.

    Where this is not available, or you are (like me) older and grew up in a time of total non-acceptance (even illegality) you have a shit life. GD just eats away at you. If you are abandoned by parents, family and friends (common) then your (probably short) life is about as bad as it gets.

    In the case of older people like me, 50 years of avoidance, denial, hiding, suppressing, trying to ‘self cure’ (and so on) ruined my life. I got to a point of accepting it or dieing and some in my situation choose death.

    And it costs you when you do that, cost me my wife, my best friend and other friends, career, money…some it costs them their children and relatives as well.

    You do it because you run out of energy to run away from it any longer, all your coping, hiding and denial mechanisms end up collapsing. You do it because you have to, not because you want to.

    All to try and get some peace of mind, which you have never had in all your life.

    So what do we older GD people want. Firstly for the kids never to have to go through the crap we did and be treated as young as possible.

    For all of us some acceptance, support for the various medical treatments which is cheaper to society than the cost of all the mental, etc health issues. For example I have a friend who has tried to commit suicide 3 times now, the cost of the emergency medical and psychiatric support dwarfs what (eg) genital reassignment surgery (GRS) would have cost (in most countries one night in a ICU is more expensive than GRS).

    The end of legal, financial and employment prejudice and discrimination so we can just earn our way like everyone else and just have a normal life in our correct gender.

    Hope this clears up things for everyone.

    • LisaM February 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      As an example of how young it starts and how parents should correctly deal with it:

      dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2945069/It-s-not-easy-wants-friend-Touching-video-nine-year-old-transge…

    • FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

      “Nowadays lucky kids with supportive parents and living somewhere with good medical/psych backup have the best options. Ideally diagnosis and treatment starts before puberty and then they are pretty much guaranteed a normal life.”

      Does the treatment involve feeding kids some hormones? According to NHS (UK National Health System) :

      Hormone therapy

      If your child has gender dysphoria and they have reached puberty, they could be treated with gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues. These are synthetic (man-made) hormones that suppress the hormones naturally produced by the body.

      Should parents have a right to refuse such “therapy” (personally, I’d rather call it mutilation)? Do they have such right?

      • LisaM February 12, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

        Treatment for chidren with GD is voluntary everywhere I know about. Both the child and parents have to agree and the assessing psychiatrists (and other experts) have to agree (usually involving multiple ones).

        In fact getting approval for hormone treatment is a long and difficult process even for adults. You have to go through multiple assessments even in the most accepting countries/states. Approval for GRS is even more difficult.

        In many countries it is impossible or at least very difficult to get such treament, especially for children.

        Slowly more places are picking up and following the ‘Dutch protocols’ in this for children, due to their success. However even under this treament regime, assessment over several or many years is commonplace.

        No one does this on a whim or hands out hormones in lucky bags.

      • LisaM February 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

        You may call it ‘mutilation”, I call it blessed relief.

        I am so hoping to get my GRS this year as everyday I feel ‘wrong’. Every f*&king day, although hormone treament has helped a heck of a lot

        And it is my body by the way, why should I stay miserable to suit your prejudices?

        To use the old reducto as absurdum argument, I might (probably would) hate your car, should you be forced to change it to suit me?

        As I have said, it is the child that drives this process and has to prove they really mean it.

        If parents do not support them, they are condemning their child to a life of misery and qute probably an early death.

        Sadly there are many cases of parents abandoning their children over this, almost ceratinly guaranteening that early death.

        This is serious stuff, a life or death issue for the people involved.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

      Yes, this is the new big thing, like adopting a Black baby. There are summer camps now where boys are dressed up as girls. Swedish schools are experimenting with this as well. Think of how many points ultra-Liberal parents get for having one of these children! It blows Black adoptees are out of the water. Let them transform? Hell, they’re encouraging them to do it. Soon we’ll be like that Polynesian Culture that forces boys to do it.

      There’s a Swedish Documentary that I’ve heard about that explores the aftermath of surgery, the regret – sometimes to the point of suicide. Gender Dysphoria is mental illness and must always be seen as nothing more. The surgery is unlikely to help very much or at all. If people want to “transform” that’s their business – and money. By no means should society adapt for them, they must try and fit in.

      • malthuss February 13, 2015 at 12:33 am #

        ‘Black baby’. No, adopting a Black African baby.
        Aka a ‘2 fer’ [black and african].

  113. wpa--ccc February 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    @LisaM: “The end of legal, financial and employment prejudice and discrimination so we can just earn our way like everyone else and just have a normal life in our correct gender.”

    Thank you for sharing information about transgender. I doubt you will get much acceptance here. Even the host of this blog does not understand you. Many here are Putin admirers and he is a dangerous homophobe. Others make fun of transgendered individuals being in the armed services.

    You are to be congratulated for your forthright openness. But it is because you have courage and dare speak up that many here feel they have “lost their country” i.e., they liked it better when Blacks knew their place, women had no vote, immigrants stayed in their own countries, and LGBTQIA stayed in the closet.

    Welcome to CFN, LisaM. Your voice is an important one. LGBTQIA lives matter.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

      Tell me, wpa or whoever you are: Are you going to allow your kids or grandkids to be fed goddamned chemicals just because some goddamned government shrink thinks that’s a good goddamned idea?

      • LisaM February 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

        It is the child that drives this with the ‘experts’ being the ‘brake’ the’filter’ and ‘hoops to jump though’ on it and the child having to prove it to a considerable extent, usually over many years.

        As I said, you know it yourself from a very early age. For example: I first put on my mother’s clothes at about 8 or 9 (yet more proof that there is nothing sexual in all this).

    • LisaM February 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      Thanks wpa. I do get fed up with us GLBTI people being blamed for western decadence and decline (particularly in the US).

      In fact it is one of the few areas in our sad decline where we have made some progress, becoming a bit more sophisticated about gender and sexuality and realising the 1950’s attitudes about a ‘man’, a ‘wife’, gender and sexuality and all the rest were totally artificial, historically an aberration and just hand me downs from Victorian England’s and some daft religion’s madness (and total hypocrisy) about sex .

      I call real decadence ‘American Sniper’, a glorification of a cowardly killer.

  114. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    “For example: I first put on my mother’s clothes at about 8 or 9 (yet more proof that there is nothing sexual in all this).” — LisaM

    Thanks for sharing that with us, but I don’t really care. Just don’t go anywhere near my kids.

    • LisaM February 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      Sigh, so are you inferring that in your lexicon of beliefs GD = Paedophilia?

      No evidence of that at all, I’d suspect the exact opposite in fact.

      Plenty of evidence of politicians = Paedophilia, religious people and leaders = Paedophilia, even rich people = Paedophilia.

      So if you (very correctly as a parent) want to protect your children from that (as we all do), then you better have a good look at those types of people around your kids….they are a much, much higher risk than anyone with GD.

      If it is just that you think we are so totally ugly and abhorrent in how we look and who we are that your children will be traumatised just by seeing us, that seems a bit narrow minded. I hope you don’t pass this attitude onto your kids, do you want them to be vicious bullies of GLBTI people? Would that be something to be proud of as a parent?

      And if one your children announces they are GLBTI (there is about a 3%-5% chance of this), how will you treat them? With love, understanding, and support, or violence, abuse, exclusion and abandonment?

      Just a thought.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

        Wait – you think you look good dressed up as a woman? Very few of you people can pass. And women don’t want you in their bathrooms. Feminists loathe you. You are just a big problem. Wouldn’t it be better for everyone just to do this in the privacy of your own home or special clubs?

        • LisaM February 13, 2015 at 2:40 am #

          “very few”? There is a lot of variation. Basically the younger you start HRT the better.

          If you start pre pubescent then you will end up the same as every other female of your age group within normal variation, some good looking, some average, some not so great.

          As you get older the harder it becomes. I know a lot of transitioned girls that are totally passable and a fair number that are quite (or even very) attractive indeed.

          In my case I just want to look like an average 55+ year old female, I have no illusions about being attractive, very few 55 year women have either.

          Facial and other surgery can obviously help, which a lot of girls undertake. I bumped into a girl I know and hadn’t seen for ages and she had a nose job and minor work on her chin, and looked very nice indeed. I’d defy anyone here on this forum to pick her as ever having been a male.

          Basically you do the best you can with what you have and your resources. Most girls just want to be passable and look like an average female for their age group, many succeed.

          You would never pick the passable girls and probably have ogled at the attactive ones.

          “You are just a big problem.”. How exactly? Last time i looked we weren’t causing global warming, runaway capitalism, resource depletion, and war,any more than anyone else.

          Does being a “big problem’ need some sort of “solution” perhaps? What would you recommend?

          “Wouldn’t it be better…”. So I should pretend to be someone else and make myself feel miserable to make you feel better?

          I just marched in the Melbourne Pride March, led by the State Premier, with the Police, emergency services, firepeople, nurses, etc all marching with us in support. And everyone on the streets clapping and cheering.

          So they have no problem with me and all the other GLBTI people, why do you? And why should I care, should I value your opinion more than all those thosands of people that have no prblem with me?

          Remember the “Great Regrets of Those Dying” (check the book). Number one was people on their deathbeds regretting that they had not been true to themselves and acted and lived a lie.

          Can you say when you are on your very last days that you have been true to yourself in your life?

          Just a thought or two.

          • LisaM February 13, 2015 at 2:53 am #

            I just had a wicked thought.

            So how’s your weight mate…got a gut? Balding? Crappy clothes? Just curious, maybe some people think you are pretty ugly too.

            Do you ‘pass’ well as a male? A handsome male?

            Just thinking about ‘mote’ and ‘plank’…..

            Personally I think judging people by their ‘looks’, male, female, gay, lesbian, transgendered (etc) is pretty sad. I am far more interested in peoples minds and spriit and what they do and what they contribute, rather than how they appear..

            Maybe you have had different experiences from me, but I have met many ‘good looking’ but horrible people and also many not so good looking, even ugly, people that are wonderful, examples of the very best in humanity.

            I know who I prefer.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 4:09 am #

            Yes those firemen, police, etc are being forced to march with you – or get the sack. But you’re comfortable with that. You crave power and you are supported by the Elite 100%.

            I knew a Tranny who probably looked very feminine in his youth – small features, bones, etc. But his voice sounded horrible: he was obviously trying to keep it high when it had naturally deepened years ago. Permanent war against his own nature. Sad. He was part of the Living Theatre. A nice guy, small but good muscle tone. To the extent he developed his body, to that extent he had become unfeminine. But to pursue his craft, he had to develop some muscle. More contradiction.

            Your answer? Get them into as soon as possible. But that’s criminal you see. Children OFTEN pretend to be the other sex. Of course now politically correct parents will now jump on that like it was gold. The PC points!!!!!!

            Of course you believe children are sexual beings and have rights. The U.N says so doesn’t it? Enter NAMBLA or the Australian equivalent. Enter Islam too. Mohammad married Aisha when she was six and consumed at nine. No wonder you people welcome the invasion. And wont you people be in for a surprise when you find out what they really believe. Little boys dressed as girls? Great. Grown men? Not so much!

          • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 4:23 am #

            You don’t care about appearances but only the mind and spirit – that’s why you are spending a small fortune to change your appearance. That’s why you broke up your marriage, lost your job, ended your friendship, etc. They didn’t sign on for this – it’s all you and your craving to APPEAR different than you are.

            Nothin personal, mate. You seem like a nice fella. But you showed up here with your bollocks (am I using that right?) and asked us to take the piss (English maybe not Australian). Sorry, wrong rest room.

  115. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    Here are we witnessing a continuation of at least 100-years old campaign to strip us, The People, of any group identification – either National, Religious, Class and now even sexual.

    They want a “clean” bio-materials, a kind of bio-robots, that could be easily imprinted with any programming. US is not that bad, but Western Europe is far gone.

    And if you think you’ll be able to resist that mutilating “chemo-therapy” of your kids, think again – they have a juvenile justice in place to blackmail you with terror of loosing your kids.

    • LisaM February 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

      Fincain: ” strip us, The People, of any group identification – either National, Religious, Class and now even sexual.”

      You have it 100% the wrong away around. This is about (in this case) you personally choosing your physical gender to match your mental one, instead of ‘what others’ think being forced upon you.

      In the past your sexuality and gender, no matter what you wanted or felt, was forced on you.

      You had to be heterosexual, you had to be your ‘assigned’ gender as chosen by others.

      If not, until not long ago you went to jail and/or had nasty psychatric treaments forced upon you (as per Alan Turing) such as drugs or ECT. Or you would even be locked up for considerable periods of time. The full power of the Sate forced you into what they chose for you, not what you wanted.

      Even as late as the early 1990s here in Victoria Australia it was a criminal offence for a male to wear female clothes.

      So we have MORE freedom now, but you are arguing it is somehow less?

      WTF, that makes no logical sense whatsoever.

      I will repeat for the record, even under the most open treament regimes a child has to prove (for years) that they have GD before anything like HRT is allowed. Even with the most supportive parents fighting for them.

      Nobody is forcing this, rather those who have it have to fight very hard for a long time (usually uphill) to prove it, to get what they need in terms of treatment.

      These are the facts. Trust me, it is not, even for an adult, easy at all, it is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

        Quentin Crisp admitted that it was all monstrous: his homosexuality, his dressing up as a woman, all of it. He just asked to be tolerated. In contrast, you people think of yourselves as the new Elite, the cutting edge in evolution. And of course, the Illuminati is funding and supporting all of you in this.

        The new generation of gays hated Quentin for his candor. I admire him. One time he was being beaten up by thugs and he said to his tormentors, “I’m sorry. I must have said something to offend you gentlemen.” The head tormentor couldn’t stop laughing and the beating came to an end.

        • LisaM February 13, 2015 at 3:26 am #

          Me ‘elite”…I am unemployed, my wife left me beause of this (and I loved her wth all my heart) I lost my oldest very best friend…

          Some elite…Thankfully my dog doesn’t care, unlike people he doesn’t judge me by silly things like that.

        • LisaM February 13, 2015 at 3:37 am #

          There are 4 types of people:

          (1) Those, when they can ,buly and attack ‘different’ people….they are all cowards.
          (2) Thise who suffer from this. I was, now I could take out any 1 or 2 of those bullies, but 10 or 20?
          (3) Those who protect people from being bullied. When I got older (and a lot tougher) I stopped being bullied and attacked…then I protected those who were.
          (4) Those who stand by and do nothing.

          What did you do when you were young? Bully, Victim, Protector, Stand by? What do you do now?

          I was always and always will be (2) and (3) …what are you? (1) and (4)?

          I’d pick (4), the most common group, total cowards too. In fact I actually hate less the bullies less than those who stand by and do nothing.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 3:48 am #

            So in other words, Blacks should be supported if they want to invade China. And if the Chinese object, they are “bullies”. The same thing is happening in Australia but you haven’t even noticed – to busy with your personal problems, like learning to wear make up and walk in high heels.

            You are not only insane, you want others to become insane so you can feel normal. And you want rule the asylum. Once you have taken over that, you will organize the patients and launch an assault on the outside world. As I said before, you people consider yourselves the Elite – and in fact you are being used by the real Elite as shock troops to take down society. You folks have to be driven back into the closet by any and all means necessary.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      Bravo Finc. And that’s just what Communism was. Just what Globalism is. And just what Dugin’s plan will be as well. Your wires are all crossed on this issue.

  116. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    Hey, Americans dads and granddads, where the hell are you? Or you gonna let the loonie Russian alone in that fight?

  117. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    “Many here are Putin admirers and he is a dangerous homophobe” – wpa

    Listen, if I do not like a heartburn, does it make me a heartburnphobe?

  118. wpa--ccc February 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    @Finca: “Or you gonna let the loonie Russian alone in that fight?”

    Finca, stop fighting. Your fight comes out of ignorance and fear that result in a cruel prejudice that causes needless suffering. Putin, too, should stop his persecution of gays. Putin, too, is fearful, so much so that he felt it necessary to imprison young women musicians and only released them because of the Olympic games. Needless persecution.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

      The only thing that causes my suffering lately, aside from my hemorrhoid, is your continues attempts of putting “This is another morning in America” bulletins.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

        I guess, that makes me a hemorrhoidphobe

      • wpa--ccc February 12, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

        I love America. You love Russia. Your love of Russia does not cause me suffering.

  119. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    I don’t like

    Vladimir Vysotsky

    I don’t like a fatal ending for a reason.
    Because I’m never getting sick of life.
    And I do not like any season
    When joyful songs of mine are not alive.

    I don’t like bold cynicism for fetters,
    I don’t trust some easy passion,
    Or when a stranger peeps into my letters;
    I find it’s quite an ugly fashion.

    I don’t like when there are halfway talks
    Or interruptions in the certain places.
    I don’t like when someone shoots at folks;
    It doesn’t matter, at the backs or faces.

    I hate the rumors in the form of versions,
    The rotten doubts and the honor’s pin.
    The wrong way manners make me feel aversions,
    Like screech of iron cutting glass therein.

    I don’t like at all cocksure game;
    I’m better off with no breaks on track!
    Such word as ‘honor’ is forgotten, what a shame!
    They honor slander now, all behind one’s back.

    The broken wings mean just another loss;
    There’s no pity in my heart, it’s clear.
    I do like neither weakness no brute force,
    And yet, for Christ, the crucified, I have a tear.

    I don’t like myself absorbed by fear;
    It hurts when innocent are beaten madly.
    I don’t like when someone tries to smear
    My soul; all the more, my spirit so badly.

    I don’t like arenas and manages;
    A million is swindled there at once.
    Whatever changes lie ahead by any measure,
    I’ll never ever like it, not a chance

  120. FincaInTheMountains February 13, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    New York Times: Forget the Crimea, Don’t Arm Ukraine

    Unsurprisingly, a growing chorus of voices in the United States is calling for arming Ukraine. White House’s nominee for secretary of defense, Ashton B. Carter, said last week to the Senate armed services committee, “I very much incline in that direction.”

    They are wrong. Going down that road would be a huge mistake for the United States, NATO and Ukraine itself. Sending weapons to Ukraine will not rescue its army and will instead lead to an escalation in the fighting. Such a step is especially dangerous because Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons and is seeking to defend a vital strategic interest.

    Crimea, a casualty of the West’s attempt to march NATO and the European Union up to Russia’s doorstep, is surely lost for good. It is time to end that imprudent policy before more damage is done — to Ukraine and to relations between Russia and the West.

    nytimes.com/2015/02/09/opinion/dont-arm-ukraine.html?mabReward=A4&_r=3

    Some kind of temporary truce was achieved yesterday in Minsk between Russia and the West:

    The West refuses to continue aggression in the Donbas and tough confrontation with Russia, and Russia is not the breaking Kiev completely and ensures a certain status quo of the West. It is clear that it is all for a time being (most likely before the end of 2015).

    Rebel Republics of Novorossia are now officially becoming objects of the International law according to documents signed by leading European powers – Germany and France. The documents call for the change of Ukrainian Constitution to accommodate the special status of Novorossia. Ukraine most likely will fail to execute on that, but it doesn’t matter – Ukrainian Junta has not much time left anyway.

    Looks like Hollande got an additional benefit of completing the sale of two helicopter-carriers Mistral to Russia and not totally loosing the face of France as international weapons supplier (France has already lost the Indian contract of selling French jet-fighters to India).

    In short, West begged for a break in confrontation, Russia accommodated.

    • LisaM February 13, 2015 at 3:19 am #

      Fincain, I have been following this as closely as you I suspect.

      You follow the Vinyard and MoA as I do?

      This is the most dangerous confortation between the ‘west’ and Russia since 1962 and 1983.

      Putin (and I admire him as a leader of his nation) has worked overtime to try and cool this situation down, but the US keeps trying to escalate.

      He walks a tightrope of keeping his nation together and free from attack (including a mad US niclear one), while fending off endless and escalating attacks close to Russia’s heartland and vital interests.

      Bascially the Novarussians (as the two attacked and rebelling regions now call themselves) have militarily thumped repeated Kiev Govt attacks..oerv and over again..

      They have done this, despite being greatly outnumbered (particularly at the beginning), by far greater miltary (particularly what is called 3GW) skills.

      The support from Russia has been limited, but clever. They sent them a small number (maybe 1,000 at most) of experienced, skilled officers and NCOs to train and lead the Novarussians, bearing in mind the many veterans that lived there and had served in the Russian and Ukrainian forces in the past..

      The biggest supprt has probabaly been ammunition and intelligence. NR (for short) already had arms dumps and…wait for it…the manufacturing of weapons there. They then caputured vast amounts of Kiev forces weapons.

      These NR people are seriously good militarily, maybe the best in the world at the moment.

      If, as prodded by the US and EU, the Kiev forces had won, then there would have been zero coverage in western media about the massive ethnic cleansing that would have happened (anti-terrorist and all that)..

      But because the NR forces have repeartedly beat the crap out of the Kiev forces (4th mobilisation anyone?) now it is sinking into Germany’s and France’s thick heads that Kiev has lost (note the US want to send weapons…to who? Kiev has aleady lost its whole army twice and without Polish, etc,support its air force ).

      So now, maybe, there is a chance for some (albeit delicate) peace. And NR can start rebuilding (with hopefully lots of Russian money) and Kiev can go bankrupt and take down some German banks ..

  121. Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    Good Third Way synopsis of the World Situation. Not an end to the discussion but a good place to start. Attention Kyoo.

    As Nasser said, Jerusalem cannot be liberated until Riyadh is.

    counter-currents.com/2015/02/the-necessity-of-anti-colonialism/#more-53009

  122. Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 3:56 am #

    Mohammad said that two signs that the end of the world was nigh would be the buildings would become very tall and people would begin to wear the clothes of the opposite sex.

    Transvestites and “Trannies” are not the cause of the Decline per se, but “just” signs of it. In other words, they are the Decay. Of course as secondary causes they hasten the process….

    • seawolf77 February 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

      He did not. He said women would begin twerking blasphemously large round asses and men would worship them like the sun and the moon. Amen.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 14, 2015 at 4:31 am #

        She needs to be stopped. Soon those globes will blot out the real sun and moon. Imagine if you could burst her balloons. What a coup on Kanye. You’re the man to do it, Hump. Just pretend she’s a boy.

        • seawolf77 February 14, 2015 at 10:20 am #

          I could pretend they’re a couple of Jesuits and then wail on them like the Manson Family. Out would ooze Jesuit puss, milky white and full of putrid filth. Put it back in your pants Maude!

          • Janos Skorenzy February 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

            You are vile. A Blasphemer of the lowest order. And you know what happens to them.

            Have you ever even read “The Spiritual Exercises” of Ignatius Loyola? It is a spiritual classic. Or did you just get this weird idea about the Jesuits from the Baptists or someone else? America still has a lot of hatred of Catholics in the backwoods areas.

          • seawolf77 February 14, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

            No but I’ve read the spiritual exercises of Ignatius O’Reilly. Ever heard of him. “A Confederacy of Dunces.” When a true genius appears in this world you will know him by this sign, a confederacy of dunces will arise to oppose him.

  123. FincaInTheMountains February 13, 2015 at 5:07 am #

    Putin’s visit to Egypt nets plan to build nuclear plant

    CAIRO (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart said on Tuesday that the two countries plan to jointly build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, as well as boost trade relations and investments.

    The courting of Russia also puts Egypt, a decades-long U.S. ally, into a delicate balancing act with one of its main foreign backers, Saudi Arabia, which supports rebels fighting to overthrow a government that Moscow supports in Syria’s civil war.

    Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia’s Rosatom state-controlled nuclear corporation, said the agreement signed envisages a power plant with four reactors producing 1,200 megawatts each.

    power-eng.com/articles/2015/02/putin-s-visit-to-egypt-nets-plan-to-build-nuclear-plant.html

    And of course, they signed an agreement to trade in national currencies.

    • LisaM February 14, 2015 at 3:31 am #

      Yep, Russia is now the acknowledged (within the nuclear industry) experts in nuclear plants. Only the French come close now.

      The US and the UK (sadly since they had the best designs, the AHR was a far better design than the PWR one) have lost all their skills and knowledge.

      The sad fact, that no one wants to acknowledge, is that the rise in wind/solar/etc power has been offset by the decline in nuclear power, so fossil fuel burn is fairly constant.

      That simple fact, that the fossil fuel companies and the greens hate (and are totally united in), is that if we want to make real reduciton in CO2 generation then we need lots of nuclear power.

      Now geography and luck help. Take a rough calcuation I did about Australia’s needs a while back. Given our sunshine and wind (and possible geo-thermal and untapped hydro in Tasmania) then we could fairly easily get to zero CO2 emissions for electricity generation.with about a 60/40 mix of renewables/nuclear (maybe even 70/30). And that is only about a dozen medium nulear plants or half that number for larger ones. And we could do it in about 15-20 years.

      Some of the greens amaze me, all that fighting against German nuclear plants…so the Govt is shutting them down and replacing them with…brown coal plants (the most polluting type in the world)…green reaction …zero…. Sometimes I wonder how much money from fossil fuel companies have gone to green groups……. or maybe I maybe just a cynic.

  124. Cold N. Holefield February 13, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Mohammad said that two signs that the end of the world was nigh would be the buildings would become very tall and people would begin to wear the clothes of the opposite sex.

    You are correct, sir. He also asserted that the New England Patriots winning their 4th Super Bowl would presage the end of the beginning of the end and the beginning of the middle of the end.

    Didn’t he also say “if they’re old enough to bleed, they’re old enough to breed?”

  125. rube-i-con February 13, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    Mohammed and Yashua both took dumps and stank. They both yelled at people and couldn’t help keep their eyes off a good looking piece of veil when it passed by.

    They both masturbated. They probably got drunk.

    The books indicate they were fully human while being prophets and fully God (in Yashua’s case). So they must’ve done the above.

    Put a new perspective on things.

    Did Jesus fart? New perspectives on God

    kontrahend

  126. Cold N. Holefield February 13, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    Back in those days, if you were bi-polar you were labeled a prophet. Mohammed and Jesus, as well as many other prophets, were quite clearly insane, probably brought on by gluten intolerance and untreated celiac disease. Today, they’re not prophets, but instead writers. In early America they were witches. What will they be 500 years from now?

    Bipolars and History — Civilization’s Shapers and Shapeshifters

    • seawolf77 February 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

      Quite clearly. Take off the blinders man. You can’t see for shit. Jesus and Mohammed were brothers in arms. Partners in crime. Tweedle dee and Tweedle dum. Pressing a hard 6. Lord almighty I feel my temperature rising.

  127. BackRowHeckler February 13, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Seems like Kayla Mueller is being forgot about already.

    there’s a photo of her, back in 2009, on the street in Prescott Ariz. holding a sign that read ‘Save Darfur”.

    So you can see pretty much where she was coming from.

    As if anybody in Prescott, Arizona gave a sh-t about Darfur, where it was, and why it should be saved.

    Good news! The first ‘Trannies’ are reporting to the US Army for training, one of Secretary Hagel’s main goa;ls This is what we’ve lacked all these decades and centuries. Putin, ISIS, NKorea, Watch Out. We have a new weapon, and it ain’t so secret.

    The second in command of the US Navy is a black lady gramma 4 star Admiral who has never even commanded a garbage scow. The Lt. General in charge of all US Air Forces in the Pacific and Indian Oceans is another gramma who’s never piloted any fighter aircraft.

    These are the heirs of General Curtis ‘Bombs Away’ Le May and Admirals King and Spruance.

    Hey, Reggie Love, Obama’s Butt-Buddy, has a tell all book out, a must read. I’m not sure what the title is, maybe “Memories of the Bathhouse’.

    Question for Buck Stud. Awhile back you had a post about fishing with your grandfather in Wyoming. It was quite poetic, but at one point you claimed to have contemplated bashing his head in with a rock (which was disturbing to say the least.) In one of Hemingway’s short stories from ‘Up in Michigan’ Nick Adams has the same thoughts while hunting with his father. I was wondering if that’s where you got that from.

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

      Dresden was defenseless, the war all but won, and full of refugees – including allied prisoners of war. Yet still the monsters came in order to “set the city on fire” as Bomber Harris bluntly put it. The second wave of bombers caught people trying to flee. The third, the next day, caught rescue workers. Face it, this was ordered by people who hated Western Civilization. Nothing that we see now should surprise you after this.

      Where the Memorial for these Holocausted Innocents?

      counter-currents.com/2015/02/dresden-a-real-holocaust-3/#more-53089

      • LisaM February 14, 2015 at 3:15 am #

        And Hamburg, etc. The best book on this (and I have read many) is Richard Overy’s “The Bombing War” on RAF Bomber Command (BC).

        Right from very early in the war BC’s strategy (which Churchill was at the heart of) was ‘terror’ bombig (and that is what they called it in the halls of power), to ‘dehouse’ the working populaiton and kill many of the working class and (in their wet dreams) destory their morale and have them ‘rise against’ Hitler’.

        Experiments to try and create firestorms started as early as 1941.

        It was a disaster, it achieved none of the aims set, cost Britain vast amounts in men and materiel, robbed the army, navy and the far more essential Coastal Command (CC) of essential resources and helped bankrupt the country. You could argue that the essential Battle of the Atlantic could have been won 6 or more months earlier if CC had got the resources needed that was stolen by BC (and by the USAAF).

        BC killed lots of civilians, but impact on the war was about zero….It was the USAAF going for the oil plants and refinaries and the tactical airforces (RAF 2nd TAF, USAAF 9th, etc) that made a significant difference to the war.

        Except for the oil targets the main success of the USAAF heavy bombers was to be targets for Luftwaffe fighters, so that USAAF fighters could destroy them.

    • Buck Stud February 13, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

      Lol. No I have never read that book but perhaps I should just say yes–far less disturbing that way. Actually it was a very transitory thought and I felt guilty afterward. Here my grandfather was untangling my fishing line for the umpteenth time and he started complaining about it and shortly thereafter I saw a rock!

      We had some good times on that river. I thought I felt my first “earthquake” in the middle of the night but it was just a lone cow scratching its rump on the camper. And the night of the first moon landing we were driving after dark over a dirt road from Medicine Bow down to the river and Orson Welles “War Of The Worlds” was being re-broadcast. I had never heard it before and it was very convincing –and horrifying– to my young ears.

      But surely you have experienced these very types of thought enter your own mind in primordial temptation form? Or maybe mine were a result of too much Catholic religiosity in too short of a time span. This all happened around the time of my First Holy Communion which undoubtedly sowed some regrettable seeds of neurosis, past, present, and no doubt future. When a priest put a wafer in my mouth during a preparatory rehearsal I started to gag and almost barfed on the spot. And so I spent the next week and a half worrying that I actually would barf during the ceremony. I never did barf but a far dirtier deed was done: The “What If” camel had stuck his insidious nose into the tent of my mind where it still resides to this day.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

        Yes modern art is the essence of desacralization. Like Cain, you are tempted. Unlike him, you have resisted so far, but given way in your art perhaps.

        I was once doing a traffic study with an expensive piece of equipment near an embankment. My imp of the perverse kept telling me I was going to drop it. And since I was going to drop it anyway, why not throw it as hard as it could and try to get it in the water.

        We are all tempted by the dark powers. They seem to have taken a deep interest in you. I suggest resisting them with the sacraments. Find a beautiful church so you aesthetic sense is satisfied and just sit in the quiet. If the candle is lit on the altar, then Christ is present in the tabernacle. So you are not alone. Or rather, you are along with the Alone.

        • Buck Stud February 13, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

          First off, the last three sentences of your third paragraph are quite beautiful indeed.

          Second, where –again!–do you get the notion that I’m a ‘modern artists’? If anything, the work I do–notice I type work and not “art”–is more 18th century.

          As far as the “What If” thing –or put far more humorously and insightful, “the imp of the perverse”!–I consider it a good thing. One way or another, we all come face to face with the challenge of attempting to live in the moment so I suppose it’s good to at least recognize the dynamic.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 14, 2015 at 12:15 am #

            Imp of the perverse is from Poe. Alone with the alone is from Eckhart. Alas I am mostly a herdsmen of other men’s cows. But I can feel the Real Presence. That is something indeed. Thank God.

            Read Evelyn Waugh’s “Return to Brideshead” for a good presentation on the power of the Eucharist.

  128. BackRowHeckler February 13, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    • seawolf77 February 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

      Gentlemen, gentlemens.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

      That phrase should be retired since it is so misunderstood. Every man should be deadly. Traditionally, a gentleman was one who could ride and shoot.

  129. BackRowHeckler February 13, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    And speaking of Hemingway, just finished Michael Reynold’s ‘Hemingway in the 30’s. It was all about his life in Key West. Reading it got me thinking about collapse and what it means to different people. The thirties were the Depression Years with mass unemployment, bread lines, Okies, dust bowls, the whole thing. Yet (thru is own efforts, hard work and some luck) Hemingway was living large in the 30s; new Ford roadster every few years and finally a big new Buick Convertible, 38 ft Cabin Cruiser in 1934 (a Wheeler, made in Brooklyn), Big Game Safaris in Africa, frequent trips to Europe for Bullfights and troutfishing, late summers and autumn in Montana hunting ducks and fishing, summers fishing for Marlin at Bimini sometime staying at sea for 150-200 days at a clip, big booze soaked dinners with Dos Passos, Archibald Mac Leish … the Great Depression, altho looming in the background, hardly intruded on all the fun and good times. Then I was watching one of those ESPN programs where the craven interviewer is kissing some professional athletes ass; this athlete just signed a $100 million contract with an NFL team. What does this guy give a sh-t what happens with the economy, oil, Russia, ISIS or any damn thing; his contract is guaranteed.

    brh

    • seawolf77 February 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Hemingway was a pussy. Probably drove a Saturn.

    • Q. Shtik February 13, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

      In any Hemingway novel the lead male character drops into bars or consumes with his meals not merely dozens of drinks but hundreds from page one right through to The End. I suspect this accurately described his own daily life.

      I differ with your contention that the wealthy do not “give a sh-t what happens with the economy, oil, Russia, ISIS or any damn thing.” I think it is more likely the poor don’t give a shit. Having skin in the game makes one give a shit.

  130. Pucker February 13, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania if you get up early, you can see the Amish out Twerking.

  131. rube-i-con February 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    energy, anyone?

  132. Cold N. Holefield February 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    energy, anyone?

    Muslims are being gunned down on college campuses all across America in what can only be labeled a hate crime epidemic and you want to talk about energy? Have you no mercy, no compassion, no sympathy for American Muslims whose civil rights are being trampled upon and abused by psychopathic, privileged, fat, pasty, middle-aged unshaven white males. We need legislation to put an end to this hate crime epidemic once and for all. What’s happening to this country? Once upon a time it was safe for a Muslim to walk down Mainstreet without worrying about having his or her head blown off.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

      Indeed. Why are they even here again? Are we underpopulated? Need t(werkers)? Aren’t we supposed to be at war with them? Is that the new paradigm – bring in people from your enemy during times of war? One is reminded of that Star Trek episode where computers fought a war and citizens reported to death chambers in order to be casualtied. But at least that made some sense. This is more like trying to lose. Like playing Stratego with your own pieces turned away from you.

  133. ozone February 13, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    …The staging of too many performances of The Great Wurlitzer’s Puppet Theater is blocking the view of the Clusterfuckian Big-Top 3-Ring Circus. Who’s hogging all the Cheeze Doodles?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

      You’re not going to become a rock star without that sex change operation. You could at least show some good faith and become a transvestite even if you don’t have the balls to go the whole nine yards. Isn’t that what Bowie did?

      • LisaM February 14, 2015 at 3:17 am #

        Wow then I have a career to look forward to after I get mine…..except I can’t sing…but I suppose that never stopped anyone…lol

      • ozone February 15, 2015 at 8:15 am #

        Who said anything of that nature… and why would you assume that has anything to do with my hopes/desires? Once again, even in joking, you prove yourself a very stupid and vicious person. You’re going to have to make some serious attempt to suppress that in order to survive in a world of constraints and privations. (I think you’ll find that your fellow Hitler-humpers won’t be big on the nasty jokey stuff either.)

        • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

          You take yourself far too seriously – and that brings out the beast in me. Yet you don’t care about your eternal soul – so you don’t take yourself seriously enough. Perhaps I go too far. My culture of birth specialized in this kind of joking. It’s true that higher cultures don’t do this nearly as much so you may have a point. So maybe I should stop. On the other hand, maybe you should get used to it since the lower is where we’re going. Mr Kunstler was wrong about the South: in their crudity, they will do better than the effete areas.

          Ultimately it’s a question of the division between mind and body; town and gown. As Edith Hamilton said, in Old Athens, the intellectuals were the football players. In other words, can we be cultured without getting decadent, weak, and effeminate? Face it, you hate the cultures that try to affect such a balance, cultures like the Old South, Aristocratic Europe, etc. It involves marching, training in combat, reading the classics, balls for the girls in their finery and their escorts in their uniforms, etc. You hate that answer so the only answer for you is the pioneer life where hardship provides the necessary hardening. But that doesn’t solve or bridge the gap between the primitive and the refined – it merely chooses a degree of the primitive.

  134. FincaInTheMountains February 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Sen. Inhofe is furious with Ukrainian parliament delegation who slipped him old photos of Russian tanks as prove of Russian involvement in Ukrainian conflict

    Several images of the Russian convoys appear to have been taken in 2008, during Russia’s conflict with Georgia. Given the similarities between the earlier images and those provided by the senator’s office, the Washington Free Beacon is investigating further and will update as necessary.

    When asked about the discrepancies, Donelle Harder, Inhofe’s communications director, said that the office is checking back with its sources.

    “These were presented to the Armed Services Committee from a delegation from Ukraine in December,” Harder said. “In December, we talked to them about publishing the photos and giving them the credit, and they were fine with that. We thoroughly checked our sources again prior to releasing the photos, and felt confident proceeding because the photos also match reporting. We are currently making calls to our sources.”

    freebeacon.com/national-security/exclusive-photos-show-russian-military-in-ukraine-arming-separatist…

    • LisaM February 14, 2015 at 3:44 am #

      Worse than that, remember the “Russia has attacked us with two (not just one) tactical nuclear weapons” some months ago from the ‘defence’ minister.

      That was a ‘bridge too far’ for even the totally complient western media to push and was quitely dropped, despite thier endless howlers, like Sean Walkers’s ” I saw with my own eyes Russian armoured vehicles cross the border” script from the British Foreign Office.

  135. Dumbedup February 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    One of the core problems we face right from which many others emanate is that we have fake prosperity. We sit balanced on a precipice with government supporting the former middle class teetering on one side and taking the real wealth and transferring to financializers and securitizers on the other. Savers and pensioners are punished in real terms but subsidized fictitiously to make it look good. Pull away the drapes from all of this and make everyone live honestly and by equal rules (except the destitute whom we must care for if we are a civilized society) and the boat will no longer list to one side or the other.

    From this fake prosperity (the failed or failing middle class) comes the lazy narcissism of the Kardashians and Miley Cyrus. We watch this nonsense, and stare at our iPhones because we simply have nothing else substantial to do with our lives. Most of the former middle class are just barely hanging on (and many have fallen) and this fear of falling further is a pain we would rather not feel. So we do the social media thing desperately trying to cling to our delusion that everything is just fine.

    • LisaM February 14, 2015 at 3:49 am #

      Just about 100% correct in your analysis. Perhaos you should change your handle from ‘Dumbedup” to ‘Smartenedup’.

      Though you are wrong in one thing “government supporting the former middle class “, no they are working very hard to destroy them following their orders from the oligarchs and corporations.

  136. progress4what February 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    “Of course the Kardashians are a mere metaphor for what has happened to this country, and Bruce Jenner is a metaphor for what has happened to American men…” – jhk –

    Fascinating insight, JHK. Societies always need good metaphors. Metaphor attempts to explain the complicated. Metaphor attempts to explain the inexplicable. And sometimes, as in the case of the United States at this present time, metaphor serves to explain the hideous. So, thank you. And thanks for another good week’s work.

    I don’t care for this comment software, btw. You and those who comment here @ CFN deserve something, almost anything, better.

  137. Janos Skorenzy February 14, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    More people died in Dresden than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. The winds reached hundred of miles an hour, sucking people into the funnel of fire. Some people get stuck like flies in the melted concrete. The RAF swine denied it all at first, claiming they only were hitting military targets. But they couldn’t hide it and were obviously proud of their Holocaust. Dresden it the good Holocaust you see. Still not movies about it though – maybe because the victims were Germans?

    dailystormer.com/70th-anniversary-of-the-dresden-holocaust/