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How reassuring is it to Hillary, exactly, that she won what amounted to a straw poll totaling less than 11,000 votes among the various Nevada hotel employees unions? You could tell from her pained, artificial smile at the victory podium that there is something booby prize-ish about that narrow triumph. And what was with the metallic red outfit that had her looking like a previously-owned Christmas tree ornament? Maybe her handlers put her in Kevlar for the occasion.

She’ll need it as this fretful election campaign moves into the middle innings. That trademark unconvincing smile masks the embarrassing truth that the fix is in for Hillary inside the dark machine that is the Democratic Party hierarchy, hijacked by chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s league of crones. The so-called “super-delegates” have all been rounded up and branded with a big smoking “H” on their hindquarters, leaving poor Bernie in the alkali basin of dashed hopes.

Readers have noticed (and complained loudly) lo these many months that I couldn’t get on-board for Bernie. I’m glad that someone opposed Mz It’s-My-Turn, but the Vermonter-from-Brooklyn lacks the juice to drive the necessary wooden stake into her grifter’s heart. The Goldman Sachs speaking fees ($200-K-plus each) should have been enough to send her to the donkey’s graveyard but, like so many awful truths in our over-amped and under-brained world, it got sucked into the TMZ alternative universe of discarded realities.

The latest simpleton’s political theory floating around the ether says that Hillary is guaranteed to get the overwhelming support of black voters. Why is that exactly? And what does it mean? Is she going to re-run the civil rights era? Is she going take up the banner for “safe spaces” on campus? Is she going to join the Oscars boycott? And, honestly, what has Mr. Obama done for black America, besides provide a model for how you can get somewhere in this society by learning how to speak English intelligibly?

So, the simpleton’s theory goes: Hillary wins the black and Hispanic vote and a big majority of womens’ votes. What does that mean? That America is now split into an ethnic-and-womens’ party (Dems) against a white mens’ party (Repubs)? Isn’t that a nice recipe for a multi-dimensional civil war?

Actually, it would be the mere seasoning in a stew of civilizational crisis simmering on the margins of the stupidest election contest in American history that could literally blow the country to pieces. The news media is, for instance, perfectly oblivious to the awful instabilities blossoming on the financial scene. In fact, the banks and markets are behaving in a way that suggests shocking disruptions to everyday life before the general election is even held. How would the Hillary-versus-Trump match-up go in a September of bank bail-ins and empty supermarket shelves due to the inability of businesses to service one another?

Rumblings out of the banking system ought to inform us that trust in mutual obligations is dwindling to the same zero-peg (and under) as world-wide interest rates. Something’s got to give and something will give (perhaps starting with something that has the initials “DB”) and then a whole lot of other things will give — beating a path swiftly to disrupting the normal complex operations of daily life that put food in your microwave and gasoline in the convenience store pumps. At that point, of course, all bets are off. Without being too cute about it, we ought to have reason to worry that America will be too disorderly later this year to even hold the 2016 general election.

As for Mr. Trump, he remains what I said at the campaign’s outset: worse than Hitler, lacking the brains, charm, and savoir faire of the Ol’ Fuhrer, and with his darkness even more plainly visible. Even Adolf could manage to get his necktie on so that it didn’t dangle around his nutsack. I don’t mean to trivialize the difference between these two psychopaths, except to say that America will be very very sorry to follow the tune of the so-far leading Republican candidate’s pied-pipings.

Frankly, if Mr. Trump actually manages to technically snag the party’s nomination, I can imagine several consequences. One, that he will indeed succeed in destroying the party. The other leaders at the dark heart of its hierarchy will never stand for Trump. In that case, they will form a breakaway rump GOP and throw their support to Michael Bloomberg, if he decides to jump in — and he might be enough of a true patriot to do that. The less appetizing alternative consequences involve the apparatus of the runaway Deep State (NSA and the military) either bumping off Trump, or staging a coup d’état against him in the event that he manages to get elected. I’m not advocating for those outcomes, but you ought to be prepared for the possibilities.

Most of all, don’t underestimate the power of events to outrun personalities this year.

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  1. wpa_ccc February 22, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    “Hillary wins the black and Hispanic vote and a big majority of womens’ votes.” –JHK

    Actually, Bernie is taking a majority of Latino votes and a majority of women votes. Hillary still has (for the moment) a majority of African-American votes and one segment of women voters, those women over age 65 with incomes over $200,000 a year.

    The super delegates are not bound to Hillary, nor are they branded. If the popular vote goes to Bernie, the super delegates are free to change their allegiance. Nor are the super delegates bound to Hillary if the convention should be contested. Bernie is gathering delegates… almost as many as Hillary. Debbie cannot guarantee a Hillary win at the convention. In other words, the fix is not in for Hillary.

    • Elrond Hubbard February 22, 2016 at 10:07 am #

      The nightmare scenario for the Democratic establishment is if Sanders edges out Clinton in the count of ordinary delegates. The superdelegates will then have to decide whether to overturn a small-d democratic result and throw the nomination to Hillary as they are expected to do, at the risk of dynamiting all credibility. Of the two parties, the Democrats still have enough connection to reality to avoid that mistake. It’s still a fight.

      • SteveO February 22, 2016 at 11:04 am #

        If the super delegates do what they are designed to do, make sure some upstart doesn’t hijack the nomination, then the true level of corruption in the Democratic will be laid bare and the people who were robbed of their nominee will never vote Democratic again. That will bring about the demise of the blue corporate party.

      • Frankiti February 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

        The Bernie coaster is over. Everyone but the fools knew how this ride was going to end; a bunch of young dumb kids in tears.

    • Neon Vincent February 22, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      “Hillary wins the black and Hispanic vote and a big majority of womens’ votes.” –JHK

      The African-American vote looks to boost Hillary in the majority of the Democratic primaries coming up in the next two weeks. Polling shows that she is likely to win the majority of states between now and March 8th. Sanders has his home state of Vermont and neighboring Massachusetts locked up. He has a good but not great chances in Minnesota and Colorado. For some reason, he’s going after Oklahoma. Beyond those states, he doesn’t seem to have much of a chance, even in heavily Hispanic Texas.

      As for my home state of Michigan, he’s likely to lose that by double digits on the strength of the African-American vote, or so the polling says. That’s despite Sanders being greeted by packed house in Ypsilanti last week. The college kids loved him!

      At least we aren’t going to be treated to a Bush-Clinton rematch, as Jeb! quit on Saturday. Everyone, please clap for Jeb Bush as he leaves the island.

      • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 11:58 am #

        Jeb! quit on Saturday. – Neon V.

        ===========

        The term used in both your blog and in all of print and cyber media is “suspended.” Why has no one noticed this? Is Jeb leaving open the possibility of rejoining the fray?

        Here is the definition of suspend:

        temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect:

        • Elrond Hubbard February 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

          “Suspended” is a face-saving euphemism that all candidates use. He’s out.

          • swmnguy February 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

            I’ve been wondering if there isn’t some legal or financial ramification to formally exiting the race. Does “JEB!” have to square up his books if he quits? Or can he sit on a pile of donations and channel them to whomever begs prettiest if he’s just “suspended” his campaign?

            Or is it just a face-saving euphemism.

        • ozone February 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

          I was suspicious of that as soon as it was uttered. (Who could have figured *that*? 😉 )

          I can see Jeb! gee-shucks plodding to the podium when he’s “drafted” at the convention. I’ll believe that T’Rump is the candidate when the Grand Poobahs of the GOP deem it so and write it in blood of a yet-to-be-determined infant.

          • Greg Knepp February 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

            The ‘suspended’ designation allows the campaign office to continue to operate in order to settle vendor debts, close up offices, pay workers, etc…

            Without this provision, every vendor (suppliers of t-shirts, bumper stickers , sound systems, halls, TV ads and the like) would demand cash-up-front on all purchases and rentals.

            I’ve done some work for politicians, and can tell you that they are about as reliable as travelling evangelists when it come to paying bills.

          • ozone February 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

            Greg, Thanks for the clarification.
            And this: “I’ve done some work for politicians, and can tell you that they are about as reliable as travelling evangelists when it come to paying bills.”, is pretty dang funny. Take the donations and blow town before the rubes know what hit ’em!

      • SpeedyBB February 28, 2016 at 4:07 am #

        [Golf Clap]

    • Cold N. Holefield February 22, 2016 at 10:31 am #

      True Christian

      Yes, Q., I’ve eaten my hat as I promised. Maybe I’ll provide photo proof of that some time in the near future. I was wrong. Sometimes, when you travel to the future and return, The Tricksters who have been doing it far longer than me have a way of fooling you. Or, by my traveling to the future and returning and reporting on it, I affected the future. Afterall, the purpose of my post was to jinx the prospect of another Bush in the White House. It worked. I win either way, and since the hat was always going to be chocolate, well, I love chocolate, so I get to have my chocolate and no Bush in the White House. It’s a Win-Win. I love Win-Wins. Who doesn’t? Those who vote for Hillary Clinton, that’s who doesn’t, and, if she isn’t indicted, and she won’t be, she’ll win the Dem nomination because she has the Black vote wrapped up. In Nevada, where the Black vote is insignificant at 10% or less of voters, she garnered 80% of it. In the SEC states, where the Black vote is greater than 50% of those who vote, she will carry the day because Blacks hate old Jewish men. Instead, they prefer ugly White former Goldwater Girls who have been screwing them over royally since LBJ’s Civil Rights legislation passed in the mid sixties.

    • ozone February 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

      Someone is misleading us again and is scraping the bottom of the bag of pixie-dust.
      From one of the deep-state’s favorite mouthpieces of record:

      “Mrs. Clinton has 502 delegates to Mr. Sanders’s 70; 2,383 are needed to win the nomination. These numbers include delegates won in state contests and superdelegates, who can support any candidate.”

      So far, I sure don’t see that count as “almost as many”. Easily refuted lie that I see as a desperate ploy keep voters that detest Hillary in the “Democratic” fold. (i.e., Hillary wins nomination; Sanders throws his support behind It’s-My-Turn. And his supporters? Well friends and neighbors, *they* get thrown under the bus, because as Big Bill once smirked, “Where else have they got to go?”)

      Regarding the super-delegate “arrangement”, Despicable Debbie sez to CNN:

      “Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists.”

      Just whom are we to assume these dread ‘grassroots activists’ might be, hmm?

      • wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 1:26 am #

        Someone is misleading us again: you, Ozone.

        After a virtual tie in Iowa, a huge win in New Hampshire, and a close loss in Nevada, here’s where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders stand in the pledged delegates that will choose the Democratic nominee…

        Tied! Hillary and Bernie have 51 pledged delegates a piece.

  2. orbit7er February 22, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    I wouldn’t count Bernie Sanders out yet. His campaign is part of a global tsunami against the plutocrats, bankster capitalism and the austerity of the privatizing elites. From Syriza to Podemos to Jeremy Corbyn’s totally unexpected victory to lead the UK Labor Party, people are rising against the global elites. There are legions of Bernie Sanders volunteers arising everywhere including my own little Transit Village where a Bernie volunteer was gathering signatures for Bernie’s name on the New Jersey Democratic primary ballot. And these grassroots supporters and Bernie Sanders himself are not like the pushover Corporate Wimpocrats of old. When Clinton’s forces tried to take away Sander’s access to Democratic voter lists, Sanders and his grassroots supporters fought it and won. Bernie’s forces are already preparing to launch a campaign to insure the superdelegates in Clinton’s pocket do not countermand the popular vote. Already progressives are jumping into political campaigns inspired by Bernie’s populist campaign.
    The US Spring is coming…

    • vengeur February 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

      “I wouldn’t count Bernie Sanders out yet.” LOL! Like they say, if you’re playing poker and don’t know who the sucker is, it’s you.

      • messianicdruid February 24, 2016 at 10:31 am #

        You can win with a 7 and a 2 if the flop is right.

  3. sprezzatura February 22, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Reminds me of when the Roman Senate was in a deadlock, and Julius Caesar stepped in to be the tyrant.

  4. DrTomSchmidt February 22, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Interesting commentary, JHK. To whit: As for Mr. Trump, he remains what I said at the campaign’s outset: worse than Hitler, lacking the brains, charm, and savoir faire of the Ol’ Fuhrer, and with his darkness even more plainly visible. Even Adolf could manage to get his necktie on so that it didn’t dangle around his nutsack.

    One recalls that Adolf’s nutsack was half-empty, probably leading to a lifetime of inferiority complex, which he conflated with German defeat in WW1 to help lead that nation to utter disaster and a shame that prevents it from defending itself. Trump seems to have the opposite condition, perhaps a bit of Dunning-Kruger, but to imply that Trump lacks “brains” seriously degrades your ability as an analyst. As an example…

    Frankly, if Mr. Trump actually manages to technically snag the party’s nomination, I can imagine several consequences. One, that he will indeed succeed in destroying the party. The other leaders at the dark heart of its hierarchy will never stand for Trump. In that case, they will form a breakaway rump GOP and throw their support to Michael Bloomberg, if he decides to jump in — and he might be enough of a true patriot to do that. The less appetizing alternative consequences involve the apparatus of the runaway Deep State (NSA and the military) either bumping off Trump, or staging a coup d’état against him in the event that he manages to get elected.

    Having Bloomberg step in to draw liberal votes away from Hillary would be a brilliant stratagem. Even more brilliant is Trump’s despicable praise of torture (albeit, not as information gathering, but as punishment), which sends a signal to the Deep State: whatever happens, guys, I am your man. He pre-empted the people who might bump him off with that, and by taking on George W Bush over Iraq being a mistake and a lie, he has set a trap for Hillary, should she get the nomination: he can hang that Republican disaster on the Democrat’s shoulders, since she voted for it.

    You don’t need to like the guy to appreciate that he either knows advanced strategy, or knows enough to pay people who do. That skill is particularly valuable in a man leading a nation that will crack up under the pressure of 2008 redux.

    • Horzabky February 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

      Exactly so, DrTomSchmidt.

      I’m French, and I’ve been a police officer (“commandant” – they call it chief inspector, in the UK) all my life. I know what the Deep State is. Just another way of saying that the guys who are recruited as cops, soldiers, judges and administrators by a totalitarian regime are still cops,soldiers, judges and administrators when the regime turns democratic. And vice-versa.

      Among Secret Service agents, Hillary has the reputation of being a horrible woman, a real shrew. They know that she despises them. Conversely, Trump has sent the Deep State a message: whatever you did, do, or will do, I like you because we are fellow Americans. After Ferguson, what American cop wouldn’t be moved by the message?

      Maybe the American Deep State is made of neoconservative pundits and political donors. I strongly doubt it. The real Deep State, everywhere, is made of guys who work, figuratively speaking, in the boiler room. If neoconservative pundits and political donors disappeared overnight, Russian style, nobody would notice or care. They are not the Deep State, nor are their henchmen, who are mere hirelings.

      • DrTomSchmidt February 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

        Thanks, Horzabky.

        Do you know enough to describe the French security apparatus in contrast to the US? I’d be fascinated to get your insider’s perspective. Certainly France doesn’t suffer our delusions of “indispensable nation” and so the Deep State mug serve the people better there.

        • Horzabky February 23, 2016 at 11:50 am #

          French cops are like American, British, etc, cops… Basically, ordinary guys who work to feed themselves and their families. In every country of the world, the security apparatus is loyal to whoever is legally in charge, because their incomes depend on a well-functioning society. Cops and soldiers are paid with your tax dollars, and they know it. When societies collapse and nobody pays their taxes anymore, cops and soldiers can say goodbye to their salaries.

          Putin is basically a guy who made sure that Russian oligarchs paid their taxes like everyone else (under Eltsin, they didn’t). He therefore always had the unwavering support of the people whose incomes depend on taxpayers actually paying what they have to. That includes cops, soldiers, all the functionaries, and pensioners. Plus all the people who can’t afford private bodyguards and private schools for their children. That’s a majority.

          Whether Trump, Hillary or Bernie, or any other candidate, becomes the next POTUS is of little importance to the Deep State, in this respect. The neocons have other priorities, I know, but they are not the Deep State.

          A Roman emperor allegedly told his son: “Enrich the soldiers and don’t care about the rest.” Basically, it means: if you have the guys with the guns on your side, you win. To have them on your side, give them money. Not power, not lofty ideals… just money for a decent living.

          I’ve had colleagues whose fathers were recruited as cops by the Vichy government, then worked until retirement several decades after WWII. Nearly all the Jews who were arrested in France during WWII were arrested by the French police.

          The German Wehrmacht, SS and Gestapo didn’t have enough personnel in France to do the work efficiently, and very few of them could speak French, which seriously affected their efficiency.

          As I said, cops (at least, an overwhelming majority of them) are always loyal to the government, because their salaries are paid by the government. That’s why between 1940 and 1945, the French police, who hated the German occupiers and, as individuals, disapproved of anti-semitic policies, were nevertheless loyal to the Vichy government, until it became clear, on the 6th of June 1944, that the Vichy government was on the wrong side of history.

          A regime loses the support of the security apparatus when every cop and soldier wonders: who will sign my paychecks next year? The US is still a decade or two away from such a situation, IMHO.

          France doesn’t suffer the delusion of being an “indispensable nation”. After two mediocre presidents (Sarkozy and Hollande) we suffer the reverse: the painful realization that we are the vassals of the US. Under Chirac, who said “no” to Bush and the Iraq war, we could still think of ourselves as a sovereign nation. In 2016, we can’t. In this respect, the mindset of the French (and of Europeans in general) is exactly the reverse of the American mindset.

          • DrTomSchmidt February 24, 2016 at 10:32 am #

            Wow, that was really enlightening, thanks.

            Putin is basically a guy who made sure that Russian oligarchs paid their taxes like everyone else (under Eltsin, they didn’t). He therefore always had the unwavering support of the people whose incomes depend on taxpayers actually paying what they have to. That includes cops, soldiers, all the functionaries, and pensioners. Plus all the people who can’t afford private bodyguards and private schools for their children. That’s a majority.
            My sister in law was horrified at the rise of the Taliban back before 2001. Reading a paragraph like that would explain it. Brutal, Wahhabist Islam is far preferable to disordered bands kidnapping your children for sex, if you are a parent. NyC was turned into an over policed place, but it had the benefit of making the place pleasant and live able now. So, too, perhaps Russia 30 years after Putin.

            A regime loses the support of the security apparatus when every cop and soldier wonders: who will sign my paychecks next year? The US is still a decade or two away from such a situation, IMHO
            You have a right to a non-humble opinion, imho. JHK ought to use this analysis next week.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

      When a pickpocket sees a Saint, all he sees is pockets. Look higher, Doc.

      • DrTomSchmidt February 22, 2016 at 10:57 pm #

        Could you elaborate? I grok not, Janos.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 12:28 am #

          Stop looking at his crotch like a pickpocket or Gay cruiser. Look upward at his words and deeds. Lloyd George among others praised him as the savior of Germany – a Germany being plundered by alien merchants and pornographers.

          You get that porn is a weapon, right? Thus during one of their incursions into the Gaza strip, the Israelis started broadcasting porn from one of the station instead of the regular programming.

          • DrTomSchmidt February 24, 2016 at 10:43 am #

            Well, much of the pile on Adolf is because he was a loser, the worst of the 20th century, if you don’t count the Polish government that went to war with the backing of Britain. That having been said, the contrast with Trump couldn’t be clearer: one a failed painter, nebbishy political thinker (his analysis of propaganda in Mein Kampf shows a very astute mind), who captured the zeitgeist, uniting conservative and socialist elements. The other a largely successful businessman who has bedded three attractive women and fathered a handsome family. I don’t perceive Donald as driven by the same psychology or (perhaps justified) desire for revenge or some sense of justice.

            Whatever saving of Germany Hitler did was far undone by the consequences of his disastrous war. About that the only doubt one can cast is formed by the Suvorov book, implying that the invasion of the USSR pre-empted a Russian attack. Saving Europe from Soviet domination by turning Koenigsberg, Berlin, and Nuremburg to powder was a bad tradeoff, especially given the events of 1989. Turning the German people into a cursed nation forever bowing and scraping for crimes committed by his government doesn’t help.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

            No you don’t blame the cursed, blame the ones who keep cursing them via the Holocaust industry. Hint: Who owns Hollywood?

    • Layne February 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      Dr: “to imply that Trump lacks “brains” seriously degrades your ability as an analyst…”

      Agreed

      Donald Trump–a Wharton graduate who has built a multi-billion dollar global empire and single-handedly derailed the powerful Bush dynasty while turning American politics on its head–and possibly as no one ever has.

      Yup, sounds like a real dumb ass. Maybe JHK should go back to writing about the imminent peak oil disaster.

  5. hmuller February 22, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Hillary’s ” pained, artificial, unconvincing smile” is her regular face, at least in public.

    • vengeur February 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

      Not to mention her phony artificial blue contact lenses.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 12:29 am #

      That smile seems natural for tens of millions of American women who are just as unnatural as she is. No help!

      Have you ever met a childless woman over 40 who wasn’t bat shit crazy?

  6. Greg Knepp February 22, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Sorry, I can’t buy the Trump-Hitler comparison. Trump is demonstrative and showy – even vulgar. But he isn’t motivated by any grandiose ideations of destiny, Lebensraum or the like. He’s a common carnival barker with a flair for enterprise – a Menckenesque character if there ever was one. But he’s not a sociopath like Hitler. He is, however, rather bright and hard working. I think he’d make a better president than any of his competitors (of course, this isn’t saying much).

    As an example of his pragmatism, look how Trump is handling John Kasich – with kid gloves! Kasich is being groomed for the VP spot. In the general election, he’ll deliver a good portion of the moderate vote as well as the all-important state of Ohio.

    ‘Crazy like a fox’ is a cliche that fits The Donald to a T.

    PS; what the hell is ‘DB’?

  7. chipshot February 22, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    A whole column about what poor candidates Clinton and Trump are (actually this blog has turned into an ongoing series w that theme), and still you manage to mention “Bernie” just twice.

    Has there ever been a presidential candidate so genuine, authentic, forthright, honest and trustworthy, with decades of evidence to go by?

    In addition, a candidate who has prioritized the issues most affecting our lives and future and is laser-focused on addressing them.

    Yeah, Bernie can’t solve many of our problems as we’re in too deep.
    But how is he not-by far-the best prospect now or ever?

    • Doug February 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      “Yeah, Bernie can’t solve many of our problems as we’re in too deep.

      “But how is he not-by far-the best prospect now or ever?”

      On many domestic issues, Bernie is the best prospect, but it doesn’t matter, because his policies would have exactly no chance in Congress.

      On matters of foreign affairs and war & peace, Bernie differs very little from the rest of the expansionist American exceptionalists who are running for the office and he would almost certainly continue the bilateral support for Empire and the MIC that has been our reality virtually from the birth of our nation. Please examine his actual voting record in detail.

      Finally, Sanders’ effort is very likely nearing its end. Unless he manages a string of blowout victories in the next month or so (very unlikely except in Vermont and maybe Mass.), Clinton’s pledged delegate count lead will be so significant that there will be almost no chance that superdelegates in significant numbers will switch allegiance — with the result that Clinton will win the nomination in a walk.

      It’s rigged, and it would take a miracle to change that. And it wouldn’t make much difference if Sanders won it all.

    • wolfbay February 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

      Bernie is unacceptable as a modern candidate for president. When he entered politics he had little wealth. After 30 years in politics he has a net worth of 330,000$ while Hillary accumulated 120,000,000 as a professional politician. Many Americans probably consider him crazy. I love the guy.

      • kielisze February 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

        So do I. Right now, I plan to write his name in rather than vote for Hillary.

        • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

          I love the guy – wolfbay

          So do I – kielisze

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          Bernie has a very likable public personality. He would probably make a wonderful uncle to your brother’s kids. His problem is he has an excess of empathy for his fellow man and it has spilled over into his political philosophy.

          I can’t help wondering what would happen if God Himself came out of the clouds and said “Bernie, you actually DO live in a dog-eat-dog world. You will NEVER get the haves to willingly support the have-nots. This is the way I made the world for my own inscrutable reasons.”

          • elysianfield February 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

            “You will NEVER get the haves to willingly support the have-nots. This is the way I made the world for my own inscrutable reasons.”

            Q,
            It follows, then, that God made the IRS as the instrument of income redistribution….It’s all beginning to make sense now….I have always paid my taxes “religiously”….

          • elysianfield February 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

            …God made the IRS as HIS instrument….

        • outsider February 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

          I guess the Hillary indictment was all a ruse?

  8. malthuss February 22, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    Bernie can’t solve many of our problems as we’re in too deep.

    Yes, ‘we’ are too broke to fix.
    Open borders and endless war being 2 of out biggest problems.
    Then theres ‘free trade.’

    • Elrond Hubbard February 22, 2016 at 10:59 am #

      The problem of being too broke to fix the problems that need fixing, is a simple problem to fix. It’s as simple as recognizing that debts which cannot be paid, will not be paid. Recognize the losses, wind up the institutions that need winding up, and move forward, simple as that.

      The hard part is the powers-that-be which refuse to accept any losses and use the levers of government (e.g. the Fed) to make others bear the consequences of their frauds and failures. That’s the problem that really needs fixing, and it can be done. It’s like losing weight: the problem isn’t complex, it’s just hard.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

        Mmm, you’re correct. My bad. Also, I should have said: “Move forward, with a realistic assessment of your available resources.” As opposed to an unrealistic one that presumes that unpayable debts can be paid.

        Congress is the most broken part of U.S. government by far. It might still be possible to recover it without violence if, for example, enough states pass resolutions calling for an amendment to overturn Citizens United and provide for public funding of elections. A determined enough effort could get it done, and it would make a huge difference.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

        And keep the borders open? That alone will sink us. But you don’t believe there is an “us” to begin with.

        One can argue for hours with people like you about what is the best course for the nation. Then one realizes that you don’t want the good of the nation and/or don’t believe that nations should exist to begin with.

        • messianicdruid February 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

          These people who keep using “nation” and “country” interchangeably really bother me.

          I live on the Osage Reservation and I can guarantee you they know the difference. The Osage Nation has their own Congress, Senators and they call their leader Chief. The non-osage are here to pump their oil, raise their cattle, clean their homes and donate everything over subsistence to the White Buffalo.

  9. K-Dog February 22, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    “The less appetizing alternative consequences involve the apparatus of the runaway Deep State (NSA and the military) either bumping off Trump, or staging a coup d’état against him in the event that he manages to get elected.”

    No no no, I’m sure they would prefer Hillary who will believe anything they tell her without pause so long as the word ‘terrorism’ is in any memos they send to the oval office. Trump however is their man. Once they have a sit down with Trump and it is explained who works for who, he will be with the program.

    Had Trump higher brain function and actually wanted to put the country on a path of fiscal responsibility, social equity and restraint he would certainly be a threat to the deep state. As it is he will become their fall guy without any trouble at all. Trump is a showman who struts around the stage of life to be seen and get attention, and that is all. He really does not stand for anything and as such he is a perfect candidate for deep state string pulling.

    Bernie has the stones to do the job. You just don’t like him. Bernie knows what he is getting into and he has been in the Senate since 2007. That is long enough to figure out the difference between his ass and a hole in the ground.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      Nope, he has already publicly disengaged from their deepest designs: Russia is not the evil empire, He’s neutral on Israel/Palestine, Israel may not want peace, and the Iraq war was ridiculous.

      What on Earth are you talking about? Your visceral hatred for anyone not of your tribe is making you irrational. Trump is not business as usual, Hillary is. And Sander is too in regards to the Middle East, though I like some of his domestic ideas.

      • K-Dog February 22, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

        “Your visceral hatred for anyone not of your tribe”

        That’s good! Look in the mirror and talk about yourself while pretending to talk to me.

        They are all business as usual, including Trump. We circle the drain in a big flush and nobody can stop it because the system is broken beyond any hope of repair.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 12:34 am #

          No, I admit I’m part of a Tribe. You think you’re all universal and shit – even as you try to destroy us. Whites were more than 90% of the population in 1960. Now about 60%. It’s genocide.

          Your system depends on unconsciousness, thus it is irredeemably evil.

  10. Ghung February 22, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    “….don’t underestimate the power of events to outrun personalities this year”…

    I’m sure that the two party’s apparatchiks and corporate-controlled Pied Pipers will make sure any ‘events’ will be effectively rendered into non-events via the “3 Ds”: Diversion, Distraction, and Delusion, assuming events don’t meet the criteria of Black Swans.
    As Jimmy Swaggart emphasised, people are addicted to porn at the same time they become desensitised to it. It’ll take some hardcore shit to get the prols to look away to reality. Meanwhile, they’re enjoying this campaign season just as much as their reruns of Jerry Springer. It’s what matters most; consequences be damned.

  11. Paulo February 22, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Speaking as a Canadian, I am so sorry for your choices this cycle. My God, what has happened to the US? McCain and Palin, Romney, and the invoking of Ronald Reagan as some kind of mythical giant in every speech by every GOP candidate? If Sanders gets the nod the knives are already razor sharp. You just can’t use the word ‘socialist’ and expect to be elected ‘down there’. Come on, they still talk about the removal of the ‘stars and bars’ in a state thate loudly proclaims, “we don’t need no stinkin’ Union”. Hillary, means graft, pure and simple. Bill Clinton was a monster, not a budget balancer and Hillary stood by her man who took blow jobs at his desk from a child intern.

    Good luck.

    • hugho February 22, 2016 at 11:33 am #

      Speaking as an American who wishes he was a Canadian, I would agree 100%. There are many of us who are as appalled with these imbeciles as you are. What is equally scary are the imbecile voters who supported those losers. The clintons have long been owned by the financial establishment and particularly the Wall Street banks but then the same could be said about the repubs. Brace yourself for American refugees streaming across the border after the upcoming election.

      • Ghung February 22, 2016 at 11:51 am #

        Careful, Hugo. Paulo is likely to point out that Canadians aren’t much more astute in their political choices. Besides, he moved up there to get away from American goofballism.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

        The interests of America’s lower classes are simply not represented in the political system, and they know it, so they don’t bother to vote (i.e. they’re not part of the ‘electorate’ at all). Members of the middle class who do vote are subject to a non-stop torrent of sophisticated, highly paid propaganda — much more so than we are in Canada, because Canada just isn’t that important in the scheme of things.

        Since Reagan, and increasingly in recent years, people have been falling out of the middle while the bottom has been creeping upward, to the point where in this election cycle it’s become obvious that the propaganda is no longer sufficient. Either something will change to address the inequities, or the system will turn towards more direct forms of power, i.e. force, to keep people in line.

      • shotho February 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

        That’s rich, coming from a country that just elected Trudeau. And what’s all this about breaking up the “union”. Seems to me that Canada has a few union issues itself. Stay “up there” and leave us to work out our own destiny.

        • Frankiti February 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

          The wacky Reagan worship in the GOP is a joke. The fear of socialism is very real in a country this large with a government this inept. You’re comparing apples to oranges. Canada is small and rather inconsequential on the world stage. I mean, Tim Hortons and Canadian Tire are the wheels of your economy when shale oil fails, Bombardier loses contracts, and Blackberry goes tits-up.
          I’d rather the US not have the global presence that it does, but it’s all about preserving markets, not really a role that Canada, Oceania, or even the EU wants to fill.

      • messianicdruid February 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

        I may not wait. You have to be prepared for living in the tundra.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      Meanwhile you give away your country to aliens from all over the globe. The best candidate is the one who can best undermine traditional Canada.

      • malthuss February 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

        1-As to the girlie-man in Canada…..the nation is full of them, which is why the French have been the dominant force in ruling the nation. Vince Li murdered and beheaded a man in Manitoba 6 years ago. At the time, he ate the man’s body for 6.5 hours while the RCMP held him in what was described as a “stand-off.” Vince had a knife and munched away while the Mounties (a serious joke pretending to be a police force) gathered the courage to do something.

        Within 28 months Vince was free. To discuss this extreme wussiness in public is very likely a “hate crime” in the Peoples Republic of Cannukistan, where Prime Minister Zoolander rules the land with his 97 point IQ.

        2– indicative of where the West is going, the Ontario provincial government in Canada has overturned the will of a man because he earmarked money to be given to straight White men and women. In the words of the law, it “offends the interest of the State.”

        news.nationalpost.com/n

        • Elrond Hubbard February 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

          So much B.S. to unpack. You clearly know nothing about Canada if you think the French “have been the dominant force”. As for the RCMP, there are indeed serious discipline problems in that organization, not that you display any actual knowledge. But if a police organization employs homicide only as a last resort, rather than a first resort, that’s a feature, not a bug. Lastly, your National Post link doesn’t work.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

            Their motto is “We always get our man” – probably mostly homosexuals now, right?

  12. capt spaulding February 22, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    I have read that voter’s pressure has forced Hillary to change her position on the TPP. Does that mean that she sees the error of her ways, and is now against it? Is anyone naive enough to believe that that is now her true position, that she has suddenly “seen the light”, and is no longer the tool of the wealthy and powerful? In the last debate, Sanders attacked her for for her 675,000 speaking fees, and her retort was to say that Sanders couldn’t point to an instance where the millions she has made had any effect on her conduct. I’m sure, however, she is much more inclined to listen to wall street rather than the people on the street. Remember them? They used to be the people who lived here and made up what we called the middle class. The hypocritical stances she makes to gain votes, don’t mean a thing.

  13. Petro February 22, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    I wouldn’t say that Bernie, at this point, has demonstrated he has the “stones” to “do the job”—if by that you mean defeat Hillary in the primaries (or at the convention). That guy has got to go harder on her, be more direct in his criticism, less elliptical. The Clintons play hardball.

    If the high-level, big-shot Democrats think she’d be stronger in the general election, even against Trump, I really think they’re mistaken. She’s just too unlikable. Fully half of the primary voters of her own party don’t support her, and many of those can’t stand her, nor trust her. In the general election many won’t “hold their noses” and vote for her (some, but not many). They’ll sit it out.

    As for any Republican voters in November who fear a Trump presidency, they will surely not vote for Hillary. They have a guaranteed, white-hot hatred of her. Surely they will sit it out. I think some of them might be persuaded to vote for Bernie.

    But really… who knows. This is all just conjecture.

    • russ February 22, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Sitting it out will be a common response. But I also think some percentage will decide “I’ve had enough” and wind up voting Libertarian if they had been Republican up until now, or Green if they had been Democratic up until now.

      Not that that will fix anything at the national level; things will be FUBAR nationally from the election of 2016 onward. The best we can hope for is to salvage something of merit for our hometown areas, whatever that might be.

      Consequently, national parties will be of no use after 2016. Not that they are of any use now, of course, except as just another mechanism used by the few to dominate the many.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

      He made a fatal error when he let those big mouth Black women humiliate him on stage. The Black Live Matter movement is evil and sensible people know it. He should have had them thrown out.

  14. seawolf77 February 22, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Hillary vs the Donald? Oh the humanity!

  15. russ February 22, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    “…Rumblings out of the banking system ought to inform us that trust in mutual obligations is dwindling to the same zero-peg (and under) as world-wide interest rates. Something’s got to give and something will give…”

    Yes, indeed. Just thought I would mention to the readers here that a blog called “The Automatic Earth” has been running a feature column for – I don’t know exactly – but three months a least – which is “Debt Rattle”” – followed by the day’s date.

    And then they link to 12 -15- 18 – (whatever) financial tales of terror that are going on in various parts of the world that day.

    As a ‘fer instance – here’s a listing from this past Saturday –

    • Commodities’ $3.6 Trillion Black Hole (BBG) • ‘It’s Going To Be Much Worse Than 2008’ (FS) • Has The Market Crash Only Just Begun? (ZH) • The US Economy Has Not Recovered and Will Not Recover (PCR) • Worldwide M&A Activity Falls 23% (Reuters) • US Shale Faces March Madness With $1.2 Billion in Interest Due (BBG) • Moody’s Tallies 28 Downgrades In The Energy Sector Since December (MW) • Why Oil Rout Is Hurting The Global Economy Instead

    You get the idea. Like I say, they have posted articles like that every day for at least three months, and it could have been going on much longer than that. I take a look every 3-4 days or so. They don’t seem to be in danger of running dry.

    • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      And then they link to 12 -15- 18 – (whatever) financial tales of terror that are going on in various parts of the world that day. – russ

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

      Russ, are you sure you got that date right……. in month, day, year order? Do you mean December 15, 2018 or was that a typo? Who the hell comments on things 2 years and 10 months into the future?

      • ozone February 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

        Q.,
        I think what he meant was the number of articles.
        “And then they link to 12, or 15, m – (whatever) financial tales of terror

        • ozone February 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

          Oops, wrong key! Anyhoo, …12, or 15, maybe even 18 tales… (etc.)

          • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

            OK, that makes sense.

        • russ February 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

          true. Today’s column, for example, has a headline of

          “Debt Rattle February 22, 2016”

          followed by subtitles of financial horror stories considered today, which include:

          • NYSE Short Interest Nears Record – And We Know What Happened Last Time (ZH) • EU Chamber Urges China To Cut Excess Production (WSJ) • Biggest Banks’ Commodity Revenue Slid to Lowest in Over a Decade (BBG) • The Metals Crunch Is Forcing Miners To Reconsider Diversification (Economist) • The World’s Biggest Miner May Be About to Toast Its Oil Drillers (BBG) • New Market Storm Could Catch Eurozone Unprepared (Reuters) • Traders Would Rather Get Nothing in Bonds

    • Anotherplayaguy February 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      Here’s another site which collects the (bad) economic and political news from all over the world. Updates every two to three days.
      http://ricefarmer.blogspot.co.id

  16. Cold N. Holefield February 22, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    Paulo said: Speaking as a Canadian, I am so sorry for your choices this cycle.

    I’m not. As if the choices in past years weren’t equally ridiculous in their own right.

    Assassination is now a dirty word. That sort of thing doesn’t happen anymore. There are easier ways to dismantle a threat. But what’s the plan when all the other ways fail? I think that failsafe is always available when all else fails. We’ll see. I hope not — I think a Trump presidency would be fun, that’s why I’m secretly pulling for him.

    Remember how fun Clinton was? Never a dull moment. Trump will be a hundred times more fun than that. A POTUS should be fun considering everything’s Pop Culture these days. Maybe we can make a Reality TV Show starring The Donald about Nuclear War as it happens in real time. How cool would that be? And think of all the books that can be written in the few seconds before the author’s hands and brain evaporates and all the podcasts before the swanky podcasters fry like a 1980’s brain on drugs? Entertainment ’til the very end — it’s guaranteed as a right in the constitution. Or it should be.

    • outsider February 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

      Donald Trump and President Putin could be best buds. The best reason to vote for Trump is that he will work with Putin to finish off ISIS, end the Syrian War, and end our insane provocations in Ukraine. Trump is far, far from another Hitler. A vote for Trump is a vote for Peace. Vote Rubio in your state’s primary if you want WWIII. In the general, blue collar Dems will flock to Trump when he’s eye-to-eye with Hillary. Those debates will have Super Bowl-type ratings. Stock up on the popcorn

  17. noel bodie February 22, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    SCOTUS is the prize for the 2016 contest. With the death of the red team’s favorite basso-profundo and the subsequent declaration of continued Senate obstructionism the Supremes have taken center stage. What is never discussed with the “work hard and play by the rules” platitude is …who makes the rules? Bern, baby BERN!

  18. kansas ham on wry February 22, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    I like Bernie, but JHK is right – the fix is in for Hillary. The results from Iowa and Nevada should give the Corporocrats pause – eking out single digit wins after being up massively just a short time before should be proof that her appeal is millimicrons deep. Show them a plausible candidate without her warmongering, big bank loving luggage and her support evaporates. And she got her ass handed to her in New Hampshire (and courtesy of the superdelegates, she still walked away with as many delegates as Bernie). ‘Landslide’ Hillary has spent so much time ingratiating herself with the Democratic power structure that the superdelegates are basically beholden to her and Bill. They will migrate en masse to where their meal ticket comes from. Thanks for playing, Senator Sanders and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

    The Trump = Hitler analogy is over the top (but if you want to talk Trump = Mussolini, I’m willing to listen). But given the caliber of the opposition left standing, Marco Robotio and Ted Toquemada Cruz, the nomination is his to lose at this point. Wait for the ‘sensible’ Republicans (an oxymoron if ever there was one) to get behind a Bloomberg candidacy and split the vote enough that Hillary wins (just like Bill did in 1992).

    Either way, the kleptocracy wins. We get what we deserve.

    • kansas ham on wry February 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      ‘Torquemada’ – thought I’d correct that before the grammar gestapo arrives.

    • russ February 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Yup. What I’m waiting for is when/if Bernie does real well at some point, and takes another primary or two. Then, I’m thinking Hillary’s people will arrange a secret meeting with Cruz’s people and say something like:

      ‘Hey, super job in getting Marco’s face on that guy shaking hands with Obama. Listen, we’ve got some footage of a scream from back in 2004 – do you folks think you could get Bernie’s face on that instead of this guy Dean? We’re willing to pay top dollar’.

    • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

      Show them a plausible candidate without her warmongering, big bank loving luggage – kansas ham on wry

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

      Kansas, I smiled broadly at your use of the word luggage rather than baggage. It just has sooo much more heft to it.

    • ozone February 22, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

      Kansan,
      I still like the I-can’t-remember-who wag’s idea for the ultimate political bumper sticker:

      “Trump: The President America Deserves!” 😉

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

      Trump loves America with a passion as Hitler loved Germany. That’s a similarity. And obviously, that’s what we need. Hillary in contrast, is a Globalist who has been filmed at Bilderberger meetings.

      John F Kennedy said Hitler was a great man and leader – and that would be recognized once the war hysteria died down. Obviously the media barons have never let the war hysteria did down. And Germany is still an occupied country – one now condemned to death at the hands of the Muslims.

      So did the good guys really win?

  19. laceration February 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    We need our own Gorbachev–someone who will disband this sucker. 2 of the 3 major candidates are affronts to the establishment, the other is quintessentially status quo. Liberals are like rabid dogs when it comes to Trump and conservatives the same way at the Socialist. Does it seem to anyone else that they are all being baited? A psyop couldn’t be engineered better than this. So Mr Kunstler and others, why not root for the disequilibrium candidates? (don’t vote for them though, votes signify legitimacy) Anything to undermine the rancid duopoly. Its not like a president will ever do anything worthwhile anyways. A president cannot save us, the only chance we have is not to have one.

  20. Bro Jobe February 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Events probably will outrun personalities this year. Scalia’s death shows us how close we are to a real Constitutional Crisis. That said, I just cannot see today’s careerist generals in the Pentagon around a conference table, over cups of bad coffee, declaring “Oh, let’s roll the M1 Abrams tanks up to Capitol Hill and be rid of those venal, lying idiots.”

    For now at least, all officers swear an oath to uphold and protect the US Constitution. Look no further than Egypt to see why we do that.

    What concerns me is that maverick officer–a MacArthur or Patton–who would want to be our Man on the White Horse. He’d see it as his mission, maybe a God-given one, in a time of crisis. If ISIS wants to make that happen, they need only stage a big attack at our greatest moment of weakness, such as a contested Presidential election or during a GOP Convention that denies Trump his delegates.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      That’s why they’ve hollowed our military out. No great personality is allowed to rise up now. There’d be no place in the military for a Patton anymore. Transgendered officers? The more the merrier.

      • outsider February 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

        Today’s biggest lie. “They’ve hollowed out our military.” The US still spends as much on war as the next 10 nations combined. Our bloated military could use plenty of hollowing out.

        • messianicdruid February 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

          Spending great amounts doesn’t mean anything. Only, what can be done with what, where, and why you have spent it matters.

  21. Walter B February 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    “I’m not advocating for those outcomes, but you ought to be prepared for the possibilities.”

    Good Lord James, how might the chronically rational out here possible prepare for such possibilities, except to fall face down into the mud and beg God to take us all home now? Trump, Hillary, and Bloomberg constitute a toxic trio of doom never before seen outside of the Bohemian Grove. I hope beyond hope and pray that such a demented eventuality does not come about for surely many of us would rather chew through our own wrists than wait to see the horrors that would follow.

  22. ozone February 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    So, if it’s to be Trump vs. Clinton cage-match as JHK predicts, it only remains to see who gets the Diebold, hanging-chad, absentee-ballot, bought-tabulator, SCOTUS votes. That’s really the only way I can see Hillary winning in a match-up with Trump. Trump has major appeal to the disaffected in this country *who happen to vote*. Thus, this decade’s war-mongering, corporate-purchased S.O.B. will have to get seated behind the Big Boy/Girl desk the same way that George the Lesser did; by outright fraud. I think she’ll by okay with that, don’t you?

    • outsider February 22, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

      Ozone, if this coming farce of an election winds up being another Bush v Gore, and it goes to SCOTUS, what happens if it’s a 4-4 tie? If Obama’s coming SC pick is not confirmed, as McConnell has demanded, it could set up a Constitutional crisis like we’ve never seen since the War for Southern Independence. In that case, they could just flip a coin. Hillary showed she was awfully good at that when she went 6 for 6 at the rigged Iowa caucus.

      • ozone February 22, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

        outsider,
        That would be an indication of, “Fun Times Ahead!”, wouldn’t it?

  23. saharasergei February 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    If Bernie doesn’t make it, then I agree it’s time for a female President. Jill Stein in 2016!

  24. seawolf77 February 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    The Bush family is not that talented. How we got them as a dynasty is remarkable, considering just how banal and bloviating they are. It was excruciating at times listening to W. I don’t think I have ever seen someone so self unaware. Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan were probably the most charismatic of my lifetime. Hillary is just not very popular. Best resume for sure, but that is meaningless. Trump will find out the presidency is just not that powerful. He’ll say do something, and it will not be done. I believe it’s called bureaucratic resistance. What is he going to do fire the whole government. He’s called all the senators and representatives losers and stupid people. I don’t see a lot of cooperation coming.

    • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

      It was excruciating at times listening to W. – seawolf

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

      Are you kidding!? W was Demosthenes by comparison to Trump.

      • Anotherplayaguy February 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

        Maybe Demosthenes BEFORE he put the pebbles in his mouth and learned to speak.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

      Well obviously the line has gone down. George Sr was a higher quality man (I don’t say good) than his sons. I assume his forbears were superior to him as well.

  25. dweebus February 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    JHK-

    Love your writing. You can always be depended on for a turn of phrase guaranteed to bring a wry smile to your readers’ faces.

    “I’m glad that someone opposed Mz It’s-My-Turn, but the Vermonter-from-Brooklyn lacks the juice to drive the necessary wooden stake into her grifter’s heart.”

    Bernie’s problem is not that he is a socialist. It is that he is a gentleman in a time when that sensibility, let’s not get personal and debate the issues, is horibly dowdy and out of date. When the debate moderator asked about emails, and hung a curveball that failed to break, right over the center of the plate, Bernie took the stike standing by saying “We’re tired of hearing about your damn emails.” He didn’t even swing.

    THAT was the moment!

    As far as the voter demographics, there is a serious generational disparity. Yes, HRC wins black voters. But that is because the most active black voters trend older. Her block of womens voters is old. Her block of Latinos is old. And what remains of the Clinton coalition of boomers is old. Her union support is old.

    HRC: 2016 – OLD!

    Wasserman-Schulz is a disgrace.

    And why the African-American community continues to support HRC is a mystery, as the Clinton-Bush policies have evicerated the black working class…no the working class generally.

    She, and Bill, are just R lite.

    Is Bernie doomed? Quite possibly. But he has exposed tirangulation as a failed strategy and a failed policy.

    • SteveO February 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

      “And why the African-American community continues to support HRC is a mystery, as the Clinton-Bush policies have eviscerated the black working class…no the working class generally.”

      I don’t know anyone who admits to supporting Hillary, but the ordinary people I see in the media, not the beholden politicians, all say things like: “I just loooove the Clintons” (the African-Americans) or “I want to be part of the historic moment” (white women over 40). None of them seem to know or care about policy or corruption or any of the real problems we have.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

        The Vagina Party is huge, don’t underestimate it. Huge, banal, stupid, and vicious. One of our regular posters is a member – a man! I don’t understand it either.

      • Doug February 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

        When, in the past few decades, at least since television came to dominate election campaigns, have Americans voted for candidates based upon their stands on issues said voters actually understood?

        See: Nixon, Lazy Shave, sweating; Kennedy, bronzed, fit, handsome.

    • Doug February 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

      dweebus: “HRC: 2016 – OLD!”

      Only young dumbfucks think this is a legitimate criticism.

      Old, experienced and devious will beat young, enthusiastic and credulous nearly every time.

      • vengeur February 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

        I can see Hillary singing , ” Call me Di-a-bol-i-cal, throw in vag-in-i-i-cal….

        • Doug February 22, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

          “I can see Hillary singing . . .”

          . . . at the private party with insiders after she clinches the nomination.

      • dweebus February 23, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

        Perhaps, but some of us are old enough to remember when Billary decided it was best to become moderate Republicans in order to maintain power post-Lewinski. They then sold the Democrats, middle class, and working class down the river through free trades, supply side economics, globalization, welfare reform, the crime bill, Coma, the repeal of Glass-Steagle, and on and on.

        When I say old, not a reference to physical age, but to tired ideas well past their shelf life.

        • Doug February 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

          “When I say old, not a reference to physical age, but to tired ideas well past their shelf life.”

          Ah, but they seem perfectly fresh and attractive to the oligarchs who run the show.

  26. volodya February 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    There’s a big and bloated and unspeakably loathsome monster called “Epic Fail” at the end of this conveyor belt of events, inside whose gurgling innards are semi-digested remains of defunct civilizations. And the beast is gazing at the US – and Europe – and licking its lips.

    Americans like to think they’re the be all and end all, the “indispensable” country, the “exceptional” nation. That inflated bubble of self-importance has an appointment with the needle-sharp teeth of Epic Fail. Unless, that is, Americans are smart enough to get off the conveyor belt.

    Will they get off? If history teaches us anything, it’s that people don’t learn from history. Civilizations fail not because they make mistakes, it’s because they keep making the same mistakes over and over. They just don’t learn.

    Also, the United States is important but it’s not THAT important as Americans will collectively find out. It’s a big world out there and, with or without a functioning American polity, and, for better or for worse, life in the wider world will go on.

    So, what have we got? To the south of the United States and at the ass-end of Europe, failed and failing states spewing streams of desperadoes running from low-grade warfare in the Hispanic Americas and and outright war in the Middle East.

    Gosh, there’s an old movie with a very similar script. Do you remember it? I think it was called the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Except this time the refugees aren’t Goths on the run from Hunnic horsemen.

    • russ February 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Yes. Very good. Interesting article today over at the “Resilience” site. Discusses some odd behavior by some higher-ups during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Author’s point is that while success breeds success, if there is no self-imposed limit as to how great that success can be, you enter the world of manic behavior – which is where we seem to be now.

      Article link –

      resilience.org/stories/2016-02-22/the-psycho-dynamics-of-the-financial-market

      An interesting description therein:

      “…using borrowed money during a boom phase, as long as asset values continue to inflate, it is easy to make money using borrowed money. This is called leverage and the point about leverage on the way up is that it can get out of control. Betting that asset values will go up with borrowed money creates a further pressure pushing those values up even more in a self-fulfilling prophecy. Such self-fulfilling prophecies are common in mental health – confidence leads to success and builds confidence even more. However, where there are no limits to mood enhancement, it leads into mania – and that includes on the financial markets…”

      The ancient Greeks had a cure for this – enter Nemesis.

      Shouldn’t take long.

    • outsider February 23, 2016 at 8:28 am #

      @volodya: “…at the ass-end of Europe, failed and failing states, spewing streams of desperadoes…” How about pretty much the whole of Europe, with childless Ma Merkel and the former socialist “paradise” Sweden leading the way. Perhaps the only nation that can stop this onslaught is tiny independent Iceland (not part of Europe anyway). At least, as an island in the middle of the Atlantic, it has a chance to keep the invaders out – if it has the guts to.

  27. pequiste February 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    I did see (at the gym- no sound just the close captioning) Hillary’s verbose victory speech from the Nevada caucus (someone is really going to have to ban this word – it is too much like Caucasian) the more I am reminded how she and not Marco Rubio, comes across as an automaton.

    The Hillary Clinton slot machine: the device is rigged, expect the same sounds and flashing lights and, most importantly, the house ALWAYS wins.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

      In other words, you unconsciously want to ban or genocide Whites.

      • pequiste February 23, 2016 at 12:49 am #

        I should have utilized the “sarc-off” button.

  28. volodya February 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    With respect to Black people voting overwhelmingly for Hillary: it’s not as if Black people need any more help in being completely and totally fucked.

    But with Hillary – the Wall Street President – help in being completely and totally fucked is what they’ll get. Maybe somebody should tell them.

  29. vengeur February 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    Another intellectually lazy. monumentally unimaginative defamation of Trump as the new Hitler. So boring and factually flaccid, this from a man who is capable of verbal genius. Sorry Jim, I believe you are capable of much better.

  30. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    IEA warns consumers of spike in oil prices

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning consumers not to let cheap oil lull them into a false sense of security amid forecasts of a price spike by 2021.

    bbc.com/news/business-35629420

    Oil prices began to rise in connection with the results of the primaries in Nevada and North Carolina, and the International Energy Commission was forced to make this statement in order to mask the connection.

    Financial press confuses their customers by placing instead of real events in world politics affecting the global economy, some stupid statements by officials, which did not exist when the market started to move.

    For example, during the early launch of the hydro power plant of Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant in Siberia, the stock of ALCOA (AA) (the largest aluminum company) crashed down like a stone, and the next morning Bloomberg published that somebody fined the company for a certain sum, and there was no mentioning of that fine during the time of crash.

    Anything to hide the influence of the Russian economy on the global markets.

    hydroworld.com/articles/2014/11/restoration-of-russia-s-6-400-mw-sayano-shushenskaya-hydropower-plan…

    finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=AA+Interactive#{“range”:”5y”,”allowChartStacking”:true}

  31. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    IEA warns consumers of spike in oil prices

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning consumers not to let cheap oil lull them into a false sense of security amid forecasts of a price spike by 2021.

    bbc.com/news/business-35629420

    Oil prices began to rise in connection with the results of the primaries in Nevada and North Carolina, and the International Energy Commission was forced to make this statement in order to mask the connection.

    Financial press confuses their customers by placing instead of real events in world politics affecting the global economy, some stupid statements by officials, which did not exist when the market started to move.

    For example, during the early launch of the hydro power plant of Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant in Siberia, the stock of ALCOA (AA) (the largest aluminum company) crashed down like a stone, and the next morning Bloomberg published that somebody fined the company for a certain sum, and there was no mentioning of that fine during the time of crash.

    Anything to hide the influence of the Russian economy on the global markets.

    hydroworld.com/articles/2014/11/restoration-of-russia-s-6-400-mw-sayano-shushenskaya-hydropower-plan…

  32. Vlad the Inhaler February 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    Doesn’t Homicidal Hillary always have a pained, artificial smile?

    Maybe not; perhaps I’ve only seen her on he good days.

    • vengeur February 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

      You know, she really does come across as creepy. You know she has so many layers of paint on her, but if you could scrape them all away, underneath it all would be pukey green.

      • outsider February 23, 2016 at 8:36 am #

        Compare Hillary now to when she was SOS. She looks 10 years younger, and pretty good for a woman her age. Obviously, in her down time after quitting her failed SOS gig, she had a hell of a lot of plastic work done.

  33. Cold N. Holefield February 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    pequiste said: at the gym

    Priceless. A blog devoted to Collapse and Back-To-Basics living, and a commentator is watching the political circus from a gym tv. You really can’t write irony better than this.

    I didn’t read anything after the gym part. Anyone visiting a gym has nothing important or original to say as far as I’m concerned. The gym. Too funny.

    What’s next — a commentator chiming in and claiming to have been listening to Hillary’s Nevada speech in Korean at a nail salon? Don’t laugh — it’s all satire now all the time.

    • pequiste February 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      Sorry Cold,

      I do not own a TV – haven’t for 20 years there abouts. The gym is the only place I watch it other than the occasional waiting room.

      I am compelled to work out seriously: weights and aerobics everyday – in fact due to the regimen have defeated Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, among other ailments of industrial and post industrial Western civilization.

      The upshot of working out seriously, taking supplements, and not watching the idiot box is that I rarely, if ever, get sick. have little need to talk to members of the medical mafia, and can work the yard, cut trees with a chainsaw at 30 ft in-the-air, lift 80 lb slabs of Tennessee slate all day.

      I caution you to be more circumspect as the next person who you insult because they work-out in a gym might wipe that stupid smirk off your self-righteous mug up close and personal.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

      You’re better than this Cold. Or maybe not.

  34. 99 cent nation February 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    This election finally will be the one that drives the stake into the heart of this beast and finally push us over the cliff. And for those out there that think voting is going to solve anything, one word. Ha

    • Doug February 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

      Just because nobody (certainly no American) should go a week without the reminders:

      If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.

      ~Mark Twain

      If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.

      ~Emma Goldman

      • bobinboiseid February 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

        You are correct Doug! All eyes are on the sock puppets, so the Oligarchs are free to run amuck. I personally don’t care who wins the POTUS show. Wake me up when the revolution starts.

      • pequiste February 23, 2016 at 12:54 am #

        And don’t forget “Uncle” Joe Stalin’s maxim:

        “It’s not the vote that counts, but who counts the vote.”

        • Doug February 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

          “It’s not the vote that counts, but who counts the vote.”

          Or Uncle Doug’s maxim: “Ultimately, it’s a question of whose votes count.”

  35. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    Today Putin went on Russian national TV saying that the agreement on cease-fire in Syria starting February 27 was reached during his phone call with Obama.

    It must have included the oil price(not announced).

    I have reasons to believe that soon after Super Tuesday, the price of oil will be over $100.

  36. Doug February 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    Jim: “The latest simpleton’s political theory floating around the ether says that Hillary is guaranteed to get the overwhelming support of black voters. Why is that exactly? And what does it mean?”

    It’s exactly because the Clintons have spent decades securing nearly unbreakable relationships between the black leaders and organizations that have the ability to GOTV in black precincts. Yes, that means older voters — who are by far the most likely to vote across all racial and class lines.

    And what it means is that Killary is almost certainly going to take the majority of pledged delegates anywhere the black vote constitutes the swing or tips the balance in a primary.

    And how dare you call me a simpleton, you snarky old man, you? ;^)

  37. m111ark February 22, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    HOLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD…..
    being the operative word.

    Just long enough for something really, really BIG to happen so that it can be blamed for the on rushing debacle.

    The FED has roped in all the big players it needs to keep the party going…favored hedge funds, the exchange stabilization fund, dealer banks and cooperative CEO’s. (here’s looking at you Jamie)

    Nothing should surprise, including brand new, fresh market HIGHS.

    If the weather doesn’t show up in time to get this SHTF goin’, well, something can always be arranged. .

  38. mdm1mdm1 February 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    Kunstler has really gone round the bend. Most of the commenters ignore this or are equally as nuts and paranoid. yes Hillary is awful and so is trump. Yes Bernie is toast, unfortunately and no, the superdelegates don’t matter one iota, and yes the democratic party is rigged and loathsome. But sorry, no, nobody is going to assassinate Trump and no the economy is not going to fall off a cliff prior to the election and Kunstler can still rant off the charts in his crazy manner on and on meanwhile raking In the dough. Yes the USA is becoming a highly undesirable place to live, but there doesn’t seem to be much anyone can do about it but enjoy the ride into oblivion.

    • Doug February 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

      @mdm1mdm1: “Kunstler has really gone round the bend.”

      Well, ya know, going around the bend is one of the tried-and-true ways to see what might be ahead.

      “yes Hillary is awful and so is trump. Yes Bernie is toast, unfortunately and no, the superdelegates don’t matter one iota”

      Actually, the superdelegates matter enormously. Unless Sanders has a string of overwhelming victories in the next month or so, which would effectively force some superdelegates to bow to the will of the voters and switch their support at the convention — which is very unlikely to happen — the superdelegates are very likely to insure a Killary nomination.

      “and yes the democratic party is rigged and loathsome.”

      Along with our political system in general. It’s an oligarchy, somewhat thinly disguised. It was always intended to be an oligarchy and, with rare exceptions, always has been, at least above the local level.

      “But sorry, no, nobody is going to assassinate Trump”

      Well, probably not literally, but the Republican establishment is in full freakout mode (as it should be) at Trump’s domination of the process to date and it wouldn’t be a bit surprising if “arrangements were made” to derail him.

      “and no the economy is not going to fall off a cliff prior to the election”

      The real economy has been in a long, slow, inescapable landslide for a long time, now, and nothing is going to stop it. Don’t let Jim’s sometimes hyperbolic style blind you to the underlying reality he sees and describes.

      “and Kunstler can still rant off the charts in his crazy manner on and on meanwhile raking In the dough.”

      Oh, yeah. Jim is way up there on the Forbes list, living in unimaginable luxury. Why the royalties from Long Emergency alone are in the hundreds of millions.

      Please. Get a clue.

      “Yes the USA is becoming a highly undesirable place to live, but there doesn’t seem to be much anyone can do about it but enjoy the ride into oblivion.”

      Not just the USA, but human civilization as a whole, actually. And there are, or at least were, people who could do (have done) something about it, but (a) they had/have no interest in doing so and (b) it’s probably too late.

      I can’t remember when Jim has suggested otherwise, at least not recently. Did I miss something?

      • vengeur February 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

        Diversity is the obvious answer. Add a little Somalia, Syria, Iran , and Mexico and the corresponding cultures and America will be fine.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

      Trump has already been threatened overtly – with calls for his assassination. More seriously, both Jeb and Obama among others have said point blank that he will not become president.

      The most audacious and radical scheme for wealth distribution ever put forward on this continent was by the National (not Marxist) Socialist (Fascist) Huey Long. He was assassinated – by a Jewish Dentist. Must have drawn the short straw at the meeting.

      • Doug February 22, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

        We’re going to have start making a list of your misinformation, disinformation, delusions and outright lies, Janos.

        We’ll leave your characterization of Long for later consideration. Suffice it to say that he was a much more complicated character than you appear to understand.

        But we can’t let your little erroneous anti-Semitic jab pass without comment: Carl Weiss was a physician, not a dentist, and he was a Catholic, not a Jew.

      • malthuss February 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

        One picture is worth 1000 Nerds.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Weiss

        and that name. Pavy>????

        • Doug February 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

          “One picture is worth 1000 Nerds”

          To certain pathetically ignorant racists and anti-Semites, I’m sure it is.

          “and that name. Pavy>????”

          Is an alternate spelling of the English name “Pavey” — which probably derives from a French or Italian root meaning peach. Could be from an affectionate diminutive or an occupational name.

          And Benjamin Pavy was also a Catholic. Not overly surprising in the Louisiana aristocracy, is it?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 12:41 am #

            Sometimes Jews become Catholics or pretend to at least. Tony Blair “converted” as soon as he left office. Obviously he wanted a new venue for his political mayhem.

            As you know, “Jew” is mainly an ethnic group now. If you apply for citizenship in Israel, they aren’t going to ask you if you believe or practice Judaism, but they will want to know if you are an ethnic Jew.

  39. venuspluto67 February 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Judging by the recent behavior of our domestic financial markets, I would say that the Fed’s funnee-munnee canons must be firing all available ammunition at full tilt!

    • FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      I think you’re wrong. I hope we have a real progress here.

      • bukowskisghost February 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

        Janos,
        Please direct me to the quote from Kennedy re: Hitler

        • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

          There is so much. Start here:

          dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2329556/How-JFK-secretly-ADMIRED-Hitler-Explosive-book-reveals-Presiden…

          I think the exact quote was in his book “Profiles in Courage”, deleted from later editions of course. I’ll see if I can find it.

          You have made me very happy. In a better world, I would have been a teacher.

          • malthuss February 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

            He had that ‘a nation of immigrants’ book.

            fu– him.

            he and his family are trouble.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 12:45 am #

            history.stackexchange.com/questions/17156/did-jfk-really-say-hitler-is-one-of-the-greatest-men-one-o…

            Here’s the exact quote I was looking for. Not from Profiles in Courage.

            I’m glad you decided to look through the telescope – no doubt cocksure there was no there, there. I hope you never get as sophisticated as the priests who refused to look thru Galileo’s telescope because they knew there was. Or like the European judges in the Holocaust Trial who said, “The Truth is no defense”. Now that’s corrupt. Glad you are innocent and artless in your way.

  40. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Putin speech regarding agreement with US on cessation of hostilities in Syria

    Our negotiators (US and Russian) have held several rounds of closed consultations. As a result, they managed to reach an important concrete result. Agreement was reached on the cessation of hostilities in Syria at midnight Damascus time – February 27, 2016 on the conditions, which are an integral part of the Russian-American statement.

    The essence of these conditions.

    Before noon, February 26, 2016 all the warring parties in Syria must reaffirm Russia or our American partners, on their commitment to the ceasefire. Russian and American military together on maps to identify areas in which there are such groups. Against them combat operations of the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian armed forces and the US-led coalition will not be carried out. The opposition, in turn, will stop the military operations against the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and the groups supporting them.

    As for ISIS, “Dzhabhat en-Nusra” and other terrorist organizations recognized as such by the United Nations Security Council, they are excluded from the cessation of hostilities. Strikes on them will continue to be applied.

    kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51376

  41. BackRowHeckler February 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    A few years back we had this post-er here, called himself Hancock 1863. Jim finally kicked him out because he was nuts. His theory was that Jeb Bush would sweep into office in 2016 and institute a ‘4th Reich’ right here inside the USA. It looks like that ain’t happening.

    brh

    • vengeur February 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

      I would have liked to have seen that. A half-eaten bowl of tapioca named Jeb ushering in the 4th Reich.

      • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

        A half-eaten bowl of tapioca named Jeb ushering in the 4th Reich. – vengeur

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

        Great line , veng.

        Next time I’m at a dinner party where I’m pretty sure there are no habitues of CFN I intend to use it as my own.

    • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

      called himself Hancock 1863. – BRH

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

      Pretty sure his handle was Hancock1776. I don’t think he was ever banned……at least I don’t remember him ever saying so when he would reappear a year or two later. His incessant beef was with “right-wing authoritarianism.”

      • BackRowHeckler February 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

        No, he was banned, Q

        He named himself after Gen Winfield Scott Hancock. Why, I don’t know?

        He kept on hammering the site with his 911 conspiracy theory. There was a whole array of conspirators across the spectrum. Jim finally got tired of it and gave him the boot.

        The quickest way to get yourself kicked out of CFNation is to begin spouting 911 Conspiracy Theories. You won’t last long.

        brh

        • Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

          He named himself after Gen Winfield Scott Hancock. – BRH

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

          I thought he said he was distantly related to that most famous signer of the Declaration of Independence and thus the number 1776 in his handle.

  42. Therian February 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Glad to see that James put his finger right on the strangeness of Hillary speaking before Goldman Sachs yet this very fact has bounced off her teflon surface. Her answer in the debate to the question “Are you going to release the transcript of the speech” was basically “I’ll get back to you on that”.

    Hillary Clinton is a DANGEROUS person. Her family are close buddies to the Bushes who, to my mind, are the most nefarious clan in the US in modern times. Dubya and Bubba are always appearing at major sporting events.

    Bernie will be smeared. The only hope the Repubs have to defeat Hillary would be Kasich but Kasich’s main platform is “let’s be a nice America”. Still, he’s a voice of reason in a CLOWN SHOW.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

      Kasich is a Hillary’s man, so is Rubio (endorsed by Mitt Romney)

      • outsider February 23, 2016 at 8:55 am #

        Actually, I just watched the morning news this AM. Romney has not endorsed anyone, though, behind the scene, Rubio, who lived much of his youth in Las Vegas, is begging for Mitt’s endorsement before the Nevada caucus. As they gather today, looks like it is now too late. One theory is that a deadlocked convention will turn to Romney to save them.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

      Quite right. Clinton is called Bubba by Bush Sr and Bush Jr calls him a brother from another mother.

  43. Frankiti February 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

    It’s all over for ole Bernie. He doesn’t have a chance, he never really did despite all the politically naive dummies that flocked to him. It’s all theater, a production that we have seen many times before, sometimes with a new cast.

  44. MisterDarling February 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    AT IT AGAIN, Mr. Kunstler delivers a volley of pithy barbs at backside of the American political process (such as it is):

    “The so-called “super-delegates” have all been rounded up and branded with a big smoking “H” on their hindquarters, leaving poor Bernie in the alkali basin of dashed hopes.”

    As noted, there are far too many ways to skin the proverbial cat – or handicap an election in a first-past-the-post campaign. If the super delegates & with-held MSM coverage don’t getcha, electoral college shenanigans and a posse of activist judges will.

    But at least the ‘public’ – our modern-day ‘demos’ – get to enjoy a good show, right? Well, maybe not. It looks like production values have slipped over the past fifty years:

    “Even Adolf could manage to get his necktie on so that it didn’t dangle around his nutsack.”

    In the final analysis, will any of it actually matter? The winner of the election is figuratively relieving a conductor on a runaway train. Sure, the train has fuel enough and then some, and no end of passengers, just no way to control the speed and direction of the entire assemblage and a diminishing quantity of track.

    Well, at least it alleviates the sense of powerlessness roving through the guts of the body-politic… For a little while anyway.

    People get to feel like they matter, and who would want to take that from them, eh? Unless of course they have more pressing matters to attend to, like having their money whisked away by (yet another) grotesque central bank miscalculation:

    zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-22/safes-sell-out-japan-1000-franc-note-demand-soars-nirp-triggers-cash-h…

    Negative interests rates and calls for banning cash altogether are already a reality. Think of it as a “Coming Attraction” in the movie-theater of your life experience. Be sure to watch it all the way through, because there’s a surprise ending and you are going to *l o v e* it…

    “At that point, of course, all bets are off. Without being too cute about it, we ought to have reason to worry that America will be too disorderly later this year to even hold the 2016 general election.”- J H K.

    Seeya There!

    😉

    • Doug February 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

      Slightly off-topic, but . . .

      JHK: “Even Adolf could manage to get his necktie on so that it didn’t dangle around his nutsack.”

      Back in the late 90s, I was using a Windows machine for a while, for some reason I don’t remember. For various reasons, I was using Qualcomm’s Eudora email client on that machine.

      Eudora (named in honor of Eudora Welty’s short story, “Why I Live at the P.O.”) had a really goofy feature called “Moodwatch.” Said feature tagged mail with chili pepper icons when it decided that it was or might be “offensive” — based upon the content.

      One red chili pepper if the message “might” be offensive.

      Two if the message was deemed “probably” offensive.

      Three bright red chili peppers if the message was “on fire.”

      Occasionally, my wife would glance at my in-box as she walked by, notice email tagged with three peppers and tell me, “Looks like new mail from Chili Pepper Jim!”

  45. Q. Shtik February 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    Jim (JHK), this is getting to be a bit much. A comment I wrote earlier today has disappeared. I can only guess the reason was that I questioned what Malthuss meant when he used the word “broke.” Did he mean broke as in broken or did he mean financially broke?

    This is not a school marm/hall monitor situation.

    Did you deliberately delete my comment? If so, why?

    • malthuss February 22, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

      B-O-T-H.

      First, open borders [I like woolite, I mean woolridge, frosty].
      And 19 trillion Government debt and unfunded liabilities.

      I do not ‘travel the whole thread’ each time I visit –so–
      if I dont respond 2 u its bc I didnt notice yr question.

      What do you think of latest numbers on Baltic Dry Index.
      i say ‘hooray.’

  46. PeteAtomic February 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    A pretty darkly framed dystopian outcome on all accounts.

    The two party system is losing any veils of legitimacy it maybe once had in all of this nonsense.
    However, I continue to ask myself every four years, when will the US wake up and walk away from the two major party system– and every four years, things continue to bump and grind along. So, maybe the US will never really come out of this coma, at least until after every major institution collapses and all of these simmering and multifarious boils effecting the country explode. Maybe then. Or maybe not.

    Trump the Nationalist won’t be terminated with extreme prejudice by the Deep State. I think it is clear he is very pro-security state, so– taking your Hitlerian analogy in hand– it would have been like the SS suffocating Adolph with a pillow in the middle of the night. It won’t happen.

    If you want to see the future of the State– look no further than the historical record of the decay of any number of great, multi-ethnic empires. Human nature never changes in the human record. So, for example, the cultural & political decay post-Aurelian Rome has some interesting parallels in our own situation; an obsession with the past or “golden age” of America, worries about borders, economic bubbles and unpredictability, foreign wars & over-extension, internal ethnic strife, climate problems, etc. etc.

    • PeteAtomic February 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

      And furthermore, after the fall of Rome– what happens: things post-Empire became “real local”. The coliseum becomes a pasture, for example.

      So, perhaps a similar outcome for the great stadiums in our major cities (?)

      • Frankiti February 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

        yes, full of artificial turf over slabs of concrete

    • Doug February 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

      “The two party system is losing any veils of legitimacy it maybe once had in all of this nonsense.”

      If it was ever, truly, a two-party system, it certainly hasn’t been since the Clintons and the DLC took over the Dems.

      What we’ve had, at least since then, is one party, with two right wings.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

      Well said. Homogeneity is the key to national longevity and high social capital – also known as happiness. Take Japan: regimes have risen and fallen but Japan continues. It is a Civilization. Ditto China, although it has many minorities, the Han dominate overwhelmingly. Whereas when America falls, it falls for good – far too much diversity. We barely managed to assimilate all the European groups, all these post 1965 people are a bridge too far.

      • Frankiti February 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

        The Basques have a saying that goes something like, “Those called celts came and moved on, the Greeks were for but a short time, the carthaginians were vanquished, their Roman conquerors are now lost to history, the goths that invaded have retreated, now we have people calling themselves Spaniards and soon, they will also disappear from the lands of the basque speakers.”

  47. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    Bernie is not finished, he’s just warming up. Just Clinton’s vote-fraud machine happens to be stronger in SC than the Bush’s.

  48. Lindy1933 February 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    what worries me is H gets in and appoints Obama to the Supreme Court.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

      She won’t, don’t worry and don’t make people laugh. The “Deep Throat” rather bites poor fellow’s dick off first.

    • messianicdruid February 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

      O wants to head the UN.

  49. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    ZeroHedge shills are at it again. Already digging the grave for American-Russian Syrian agreement.

    zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-22/putin-says-radical-turn-possible-syria-after-ceasefire-deal

  50. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    Full English version of Putin’s speech in now available of Kremlin’s site:

    en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51376

  51. RocketDoc February 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

    I should never have jettisoned my illusions and gone looking for Reality and Truth. It has put me in gloomy company. There should be some satisfaction in being right but as I have often said, perhaps the Truth does not include us. I read Lester Brown in 1972 and became a neo-Malthusian. Garrett Hardin. Limits to Growth. Small is Beautiful. Check. Check. And check. I spent 5 years encouraging appropriate technology in developing countries as a DC policy wonk encouraging environmental stewardship and an awareness that limits to growth meant some sacrifice and a slow change to “sustainability” for America. How everyone hooted when Carter asked us to put on a sweater! So we got genial Reagan and a try for a return to Mayberry while building the biggest f*****g army on the planet. I dropped out into dental school on his election, anticipating financial Armageddon by the Year 2000. Who could have guessed that you could just make up money for 40+ years and not get called on it?
    So maybe we gloomy Gus’s are wrong? Maybe Peak oil can stay on a plateau for 50 years while the PTB squeeze the “excess” out of our wasteful lifestyles. JHK asks, How to save, who to vote for? Good questions but wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice youth movement to encourage and support? And I don’t mean 40 years too late, Bernie. Are youth even capable of a movement? When the State asked me to go shoot Vietnamese, I said mark me down as a CO and let me march around the White House a few times. Little did I know we triggered a professional Army that was slated to enslave my children.
    Collapse or crash is not imminent. Don’t misunderstand me—things are going to get worse but no electricity(viz Lights Out Ted Koppel ) and no money from the ATMs is unlikely. I’d be for that if it didn’t mean even more War. War, as Bush the Inarticulate phrased it, means you are either for us or against us. I’m just a little unclear on who “us” is. I converted to doomerdom in September 2007 and my friends and family have been encouraging me to lighten up ever since. Come on man, you’re a multimillionaire you have a professional job, good health, what do you want? Well, I want everyone to have the opportunity I had and I want them to join me in caring about the Environment and a way through to Sustainability. But instead the majority(including me) are set to get poorer for the next 20 years while smiley faces are plastered everywhere. You can do it! You can have it all! ( Some woman in Oregon put $100 in a slot machine and “won” $8 million. The casino said the machine “malfunctioned” and gave her her $100 bet back.) Why didn’t they just keep it? They probably thought they were being generous. Sounds like our banking system to me or my investment advisor.
    I ask around—everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. What possible good could voting for any of these plastic figurines do? I have 3 children I feel I have already sacrificed to Moloch because I could not locate them in a caring community. No, I just had to shove them out into the cold cruel world that has not achieved its ambient temperature yet. They have neither debt nor jobs but as it were an after dinner sleep dreaming of “success”. But we shouldn’t worry, we all live in the times we were made for. My Dad lived in the Depression and WWII and was convinced he lived in the golden era of America. We can hardly imagine the Stone Age and my grandchildren may have to homestead Greenland if the AC is out and the temps are 121 in the shade here in Alabama.
    Voting. Talking about voting. Talking about candidates. It is all just too pathetic. Couldn’t we actually DO something? You have to give the Archdruid credit—insulate the attic, turn the thermostat down, it’s at least something. Everybody I know is more than fine. Maybe they can’t buy a new car AND go to Italy for 2 weeks but they ain’t hurting. I have to believe that the Jack in the box is playing all around the mulberry bush and when the Joker jumps out—poof- there goes the ‘money’ for the retirement plan. Reality argues for political resignation and social epicureanism but if, one were so inclined, where is the battlefield to make a meaningful change? Shouldn’t we just let the clueless wander off their cliff and then set about picking up the pieces or would it be prudent to do something else before the Mafia stops by my office asking for their protection money?

    • monkey_flower February 24, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      Thanks for the story. As far as ” where is the battlefield to make a meaningful change ? “. I sure do not know. Thinking about such things gets all blurry and dreamlike.

  52. FincaInTheMountains February 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    “His theory was that Jeb Bush would sweep into office in 2016 and institute a ‘4th Reich’ right here inside the USA. It looks like that ain’t happening.” — brh

    Just Trump happened to be better Bush than Jeb.

  53. BackRowHeckler February 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Read an article yesterday in the NYPost claiming there’s a big move to register the 1 million or so illegals in NYC to vote, that the council and the mayor backed it. I think its just in city elections.

    Remember Obama talking about the ‘rope-a-dope’ in the 08 election? We’re having a rope-a-dope pulled on us here in CT.

    1) illegals given driver’s licenses since last July. The Governor claimed it would only be about 6000; so far 100,000 have have showed up, crashing the system.

    2) Sec. of State announces any transaction at the DMV will automatically register you to vote.

    That’s how its done, folks. Don’t like it, tough sh-t! You’re probably a racist, or worse!

    brh

    • Doug February 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

      “Read an article yesterday in the NYPost claiming there’s a big move to register the 1 million or so illegals in NYC to vote, that the council and the mayor backed it. I think its just in city elections.”

      You missed rather a lot of the detail in the story and got much of it just plain wrong. And since you started with a “Post has learned” piece in the rag that once headlined “Headless Body in Topless Bar,” it’s not exactly surprising that you missed a bit of nuance (such as there was).

      Anyway, exactly who do you think should determine the eligibility to vote in municipal elections, if not the people of the city and their representatives? These sorts of accommodation are relatively common, at various levels of government, in Europe and the sky really hasn’t fallen, despite the hysteria of the Chicken Little Brigade.

      As for drivers licenses, I assume you are aware that you live in a nation where, in the vast majority of places, people have to drive to get anywhere. Therefore, licensed or not, they will drive. Wouldn’t you rather have some measure of testing and at least a bit of assurance that most of them have minimal skills behind the wheel — and photos and fingerprints on file?

      Or does your bitter hatred for auslanders “trump” common sense?

      • BackRowHeckler February 22, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

        Drive where? To their jobs?

        What jobs? I thought illegals were barred from working in the US, and it was illegal for employers to hire them.

        Maybe I’m wrong on that.

        Go show up in Mexico with no passport, no visa, no ID, no nothing, and tell them you’re applying for a DL, what’s more, where’s my free medical care, and my kids need educating too. and tell them in English.

        brh

        • Doug February 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

          “. . . and tell them you’re applying for a DL, what’s more, where’s my free medical care, and my kids need educating too. and tell them in English.”

          So, your model for our society is one where the ruling class is even more corrupt and the masses are even poorer and more powerless than is already the case here?

          Very admirable.

          • S M Tenneshaw February 22, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

            It’s called “reciprocity.” Check into it.

        • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 2:46 am #

          As for drivers licenses, I assume you are aware that you live in a nation where, in the vast majority of places, people have to drive to get anywhere. Therefore, licensed or not, they will drive. Wouldn’t you rather have some measure of testing and at least a bit of assurance that most of them have minimal skills behind the wheel — and photos and fingerprints on file?————

          NO–we [I am assuming you are part of ‘we’] want them deported and never allowed into USA again.
          that is what we prefer.

          How many are killed or maimed by immigrant drivers a year? 100? 1000? 20000?

          REMEMBER 1 IN3 OR 4 MEXICANS IS ALREADY IN USA.

          • Doug February 23, 2016 at 9:51 am #

            “REMEMBER 1 IN3 OR 4 MEXICANS IS ALREADY IN USA.”

            Remember, we invaded and took half of their country. Manifest Destiny, ya know.

            Well, that and the fact that the Texans who had been invited to live in northern Mexico couldn’t abide by local customs and governance and decided to revolt.

            By your logic, Hitler (and Stalin) should have been able to keep Poland and limit the Polish population and the (handful of) Muslims in Europe pushing for Shariah have a perfect right to revolt if the host nations don’t change their legal codes to accommodate it.

          • Frankiti February 23, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

            Here are some facts.
            Mexico controlled the American won territories for only 35 years.
            Spain controlled them for a few hundred.
            Mexico stole the territories from Spain.
            Before Spain there was no Mexico or united civilizations.
            There were tribes in present day central Mexico some clients to the dominant Aztecs, most warring with them.
            The native tribes in California, Arizona, New Mexico had nothing to do with the Mexican tribes.
            Mexico was an invention…
            ..of Spain.

            PC dullards

      • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

        Ah, you don’t believe in the nation state to begin with. This is like having an intense conversation about raspberry tarts: what makes a good one, where the best ones are, etc. And then one realizes the guy hates raspberry tarts, making the whole conversation utterly inauthentic since the guy isn’t qualified to discuss it.

        Try and be an illegal in Mexico. Come back and tell us how it goes.

        • Doug February 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

          “Ah, you don’t believe in the nation state to begin with.”

          Well, I believe that there are nation states, Janos. I just don’t believe that they will have much utility in the coming descent. And some of them, IMHO, are decidedly “too big not to fail,” including, emphatically, the US.

          But that’s neither here nor there, as we were discussing NYC and CT actions and neither of those entities are nation states.

          I do, by the way, think city states are an excellent idea.

          • BackRowHeckler February 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

            ‘specially when they’re handing out generous welfare benefits to aliens.

            Let me ask you this, is it possible to have open borders and a comprehensive welfare state at the same time?

            Every turd eater on the planet wants in, all 4 billion of them.

            brh

          • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

            Actually, I kind of agree. America is obviously too big and diverse. If you’re going to be big, you need to be homogenous to hold it all together – like China. You can’t have more than one big culture in a nation. It’s like having more than one mind in a body – madness. But the opposite works: having more than one State in a Culture can work, as in the City States of Ancient Greece or Renaissance Italy. And of course, each City State was unique and had its own local culture, heroes, and traditions within the greater Culture.

            Obviously your Communism is precisely the wrong vehicle for your vision. Communism wants to impose a global “culture” on everyone. Always has. Now that culture is PC Americanism complete with Transgenders drinking Coca Cola while in a worldwide video feed. Liberation! Oh Simon Bolivar, your time has come!

          • Doug February 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

            “Let me ask you this, is it possible to have open borders and a comprehensive welfare state at the same time?”

            The answer to that question depends upon (a) the population of the planet, (b) the general affluence or level of consumption, (c) the level of technology and the degree to which it is employed at will or reserved for the most important needs of the populace as a whole, and (d) the mechanism(s) in place to prevent unsustainable concentrations of wealth and power.

            Shorter answer: not in our world, so those ravening, desperate hordes you so despise are very likely, sooner or later, to simply overwhelm you by force of numbers and take what you have and they want or need.

            And, as my favorite B-movie hero of the early 70’s said, “…and you wanna know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re gonna be able to do about it.”

          • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 12:52 am #

            And you can barely wait for the Zombie horde to tear down what’s left of America. Nothing we can do about it? Wait for Herr Trump and we’ll see.

            You are dominated by the emotion of Vengeance. Classic Communist psychology. Your bearded Prophet, Marx, gave you the go ahead to sate your bloodlust to the fullest.

  54. MisterDarling February 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    @ FitM;

    “ZeroHedge shills are at it again. Already digging the grave for American-Russian Syrian agreement.”-f

    Just out of curiosity, what good does a cease-fire do the Russian-led Coalition (R+6) at this point in time? It would only serve to protect the extremists (al-Nusra, ISIS and affiliated combatants) so that they could reposition or escape.

    How would that be a good thing? There’s no point in letting them have a moments rest, or the hope of any.

  55. MisterDarling February 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    @ Ozone;

    “Thus, this decade’s war-mongering, corporate-purchased S.O.B. will have to get seated behind the Big Boy/Girl desk the same way that George the Lesser did; by outright fraud. I think she’ll by okay with that, don’t you?”-oz.

    Having tracked her descent down through the decades, I think that Hillary is looking for more than just a job, I think she views getting elected POTUS as her *Redemption*: The ecstatic life event that will make every horrible thing she went along with, did and ultimately __became__ seem ‘worth it’…

    If – at the end of your professional life – you find yourself scrambling desperately, shedding every last trace of yourself, using every trick in the book to pull off that one Last Big Score, you need to realize that in all likelihood you were not on the side of That Which Is Good in this life. In all probability you were a hindrance, a human blight, a two-legged tool of Evil and a malignant growth spreading through the heart and lungs of Humanity.

    I’m not against the idea of a woman president or prime minister (at all), but I know Evil when I see and hear it.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

      Well said Lieutenant. Whom does the Grail serve if not the People? But you err: Hillary was not only a disciple but a personal friend of Saul Alinsky. She is a Bildergerber. Her whole life has been an attempt to undermine the United States in favor of globalism. She has not failed in this mighty effort, but added her shoulder to the wheel along with so many others. In other words, she does not accept your moral yardstick in any way, shape, or form.

      • Doug February 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

        “Hillary was not only a disciple but a personal friend of Saul Alinsky.”

        True, more or less. Too bad she went so far astray.

        Saul would be mortified.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

          You are a Communist and thus a Globalist. Hillary unites both the Communist and Capitalist Global agendas in her life. They were always secretly united (who do you think funded the Revolution?) but Hillary brings it into the light. Alinsky understood no doubt, but the useful idiots never do. I’m sorry to be so blunt Doug, but what else can one say? Peasants armed with mattocks and workers armed with hammers never get anywhere.

          The Russian Revolution was partially funded by Jacob Schiff of Kuhn Loeb Co (now Chase Manhattan I believe). Why? Because in order to own everything, traditional Nations like Russia had to be overthrown. The Fascist states were defeated. Now they are coming for the Democracies and the middle class.

          Jill (Stein) is probably a dupe. But a demonic genius like Saul? Never. He knew.

          • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 2:29 am #

            I sense you enjoy arguing w Doug.
            I think of him as the most unwanted newbie.

            Not sure how long he has been here.
            He seems to know jus about everything. Even about wolf pack struture.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 4:09 am #

            Al contraire, I, for one, am glad for Doug’s presence: he is exhibit A. A perfectly structured Communist personality – and not just a simple worker but a well educated cadre. He is down with America’s home grown Communism, Political Correctness, and is up to date with the latest in White guilt, colonialism, and reparations. And he knows the classic theory as well and connects it with political correctness.

            Thus we can observe the deep and utter delusion this philosophy can wreak on the human mind. He can’t see anything clearly, even animal behavior. He’s probably a Lysenkoist to boot, seeing class struggle in seeds. And of course the boiling hatred for the White Race and the desire to see it humiliated, assaulted, dispossessed, and destroyed by the lower races and their Sauron/Saruman Masters.

          • Doug February 23, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

            @ malthuss: “I sense you enjoy arguing w Doug. I think of him as the most unwanted newbie.”

            Aww, diddums!

            “Not sure how long he has been here.”

            Oh, I’ve been around for a long time. I’ve just popped in openly to play with the resident racists and fascistas.

            “He seems to know jus about everything.”

            Of course not. But I do know a lot. I’m old and I read. (Widely: that the really important bit.) It’s not hard, really.

            “Even about wolf pack struture.”

            Yup, even about that. ;^)

          • Doug February 23, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

            “In retrospect, it’s not hard to see why Saul Alinsky became a bugaboo for the right: It’s because he was an effective opponent.”

            Nailed it, Elrond.

            I never, ever start a campaign, of any kind, at any level, without a quick review of Rules and Reveille.

          • Doug February 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

            @ Janos:

            “And of course the boiling hatred for the White Race and the desire to see it humiliated, assaulted, dispossessed, and destroyed by the lower races and their Sauron/Saruman Masters.”

            Nah, nothing so dramatic. I just want to see it vanish into a sea of miscegenation. I want your grandchildren to be brown. Or maybe tan. ;^) Only then will we have chance to end this moronic obsession with the noxious fantasy that “race” is a real thing, existing outside the mind.

            You know, your references to Tolkien are fairly amusing, too: They demonstrate a deep misunderstanding of the man, his politics and his views on race. But, then, why would we be surprised at that?

        • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

          In retrospect, it’s not hard to see why Saul Alinsky became a bugaboo for the right: It’s because he was an effective opponent. He didn’t get distracted by nonsense like the culture-war issues that right has been brandishing since Nixon; he accurately identified centers of power and went after them using effective tactics. We can’t have that, so no wonder they’ve Goldsteined him.

  56. Buck Stud February 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    I see that JHK failed to mention ‘Marco Robot’. Does he think just because he declared him the equivalent of a malfunctioning IPhone that he will go quietly into the night?

    No, not with the GOP establishment scurrying to narrow the field and marginalize Trumps chances. But Trump didn’t get to be a multi-billionaire by being stupid. I wonder how much money feeding under the table to Ben Carson and maybe even Ted Cruz eventually to stay in the race until Robot’s battery finally gives up?

    Meanwhile, on the Democratic side turnout is way down: So much for the Sanders “Revolution” which more and more resembles a soggy Fourth of July pop bottle rocket..

    Anyway,I’m still shaking my head over Donald’s comment on Meet The Press yesterday–WTF!?1:

    “Well, what I mean by that is it almost shouldn’t have been done. And you know, I really don’t even know what I mean, because that was a long time ago, and who knows what was in my head. I think that it wasn’t done correctly. In retrospect, it [the Iraq War] shouldn’t have been done at all.”

    • Buck Stud February 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

      Speaking of conspiracies, my posts seem to get “scrambled’ after hitting the send buttom. Or maybe I need to get more powerful reading glasses.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

        Yes, you have grown old in our service just like George Washington.

  57. Frankiti February 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    All those poor Bernatics have nowhere to go. No third party in this country. No independents. If Bernie, the mush, had an ounce of fight in his feeble character he’d run as an independent. What’s he going to accomplish at his age as the senior Senator from the backwater of Vermont? That’s right, no sympathetic grandpa figure for the babied millenials. There’s always Trump, the cold and harsh father figure… sure beats the the hectoring and histrionics of a crazed woman with serious penis envy (and not for the one Bill is laying in others).
    They’ll run to their mommy in the end, that’s all they know.

  58. wpa_ccc February 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Hillary has already adopted Bernie’s positions on these issues:

    The High Cost of Prescription Drugs

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Guns & Expanded Background Checks

    Breaking Up the Big Banks

    Campaign Finance Reform

    Hillary has become a Bernie-bot! A vote for Hillary is a vote for Bernie!

    One Big Way Bernie Sanders Has Already Won

    rollingstone.com/politics/news/one-big-way-bernie-sanders-has-already-won-20160210?utm_medium=referr…

  59. wpa_ccc February 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    “my posts seem to get “scrambled’ after hitting the send button” –Buck Stud

    LOL! You were quoting Trump! That is why the post appears scrambled. Trump has scrambled eggs for brains.

    “I’ve got fantastic people! They’re working on it already! It’s just wonderful! It’s just fantastic! It’s gonna be the greatest wall of all time!”

    • vengeur February 22, 2016 at 11:55 pm #

      And hopefully Trump won’t be the architect of the murder of a country like Libya, like the wonderful, caring Hillary did. Of course she supported the murder of Iraq too, previously. She is a cold, heartless killer who scrambles people like most people scramble eggs.

  60. BackRowHeckler February 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    “And there’s not a damned thing you’re going to do about it” -Doug

    Which pretty much “The Camp of the Saints” is all about.

    And Germany, Sweden, France, Norway and Sweden are finding out the hard way.

    Surrounded by Hyenas, and devoured by locusts.

    Eastern Europe is giving a good account of itself tho. And just this week it looks like Germany is beginning to grow some balls a little bit. There’s still hope for Germany. Forget about France, Sweden and Norway, they’re gone … its the twilight of the west in those poor benighted countries.

    They did it to themselves, so f–k ’em.

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 12:54 am #

      Do not despair yet! The Wolves of Odin have spread from Finland to Norway.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 1:20 am #

      No, America did to them. Or more correctly, the New World Order using an occupied America as its iron fist.

      Communism never warped minds like Americanism does. East Germans remained sane though occupied by Russia. Thus the Brave New World trumps 1984, and Pleasure is stronger than Pain since it goes deeper into the personality – into the Will itself. And one can use pleasure to control an entire society in a way that you can’t do with pain, since most people will conform outwardly rather than face torture. But they will eagerly consent to pleasure as a conditioner.

      You can destroy one man or a few men with pain. But not an entire society. But with pleasure one can reach well night everyone. And of course the stick is still there as well, out of sight until needed. An artful combination.

      • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 2:32 am #

        Peasants armed with mattocks and workers armed with hammers never get anywhere.

        That may be yr best line [in a word doc it is one line, not 2].

        I especially like how you trace the financing of the ‘revolution.’

        • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

          The peasants with their mattocks and the workers armed with hammers may not be able to overthrow illegitimate power on their own, but they sure as hell can make a country ungovernable if their grievances aren’t addressed.

          When the powers that be turn to naked force to maintain their rule, it comes down to the security forces. Once the police and soldiers refuse to open fire to keep the masters in power, the masters are usually out a short time later.

  61. wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Someone is misleading us again about delegates: and that someone is you, Ozone.

    After a virtual tie in Iowa, a huge win in New Hampshire, and a close loss in Nevada, here’s where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders stand in the pledged delegates that will choose the Democratic nominee…

    Tied! Hillary and Bernie have 51 pledged delegates a piece.

  62. MisterDarling February 23, 2016 at 2:24 am #

    @ Doug;

    “I do, by the way, think city states are an excellent idea.”-d.

    So do I. City-states were and are an excellent way to reconfigure or ‘right-size’ civilization. It’s what civilization evolved out of (Ur?) and devolved back to repeatedly (Germany, Northern Italy, stand-alone Balkan ‘ethnic enclaves’ like Bihac in the 1990’s).

    Regarding the level of civilization; I’m skeptical of the lights going off and staying that way – and along with that, every other capability implied. ‘Union Grove’ seemed to be filled with an assortment of sensitive and ’emotionally complex’ little beta-types, but they had incredible luck on their side (in that they weren’t overrun by people from a strong town with it’s act together), so there’s that.

    Cheers!

    • Doug February 23, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      MD: “Regarding the level of civilization; I’m skeptical of the lights going off and staying that way – and along with that, every other capability implied.”

      I don’t think that has to happen. There are technologies that can be reasonably developed and sustained in the context of city states, provided reasonable trade can be maintained. I expect the places that aren’t overrun will be able to provide lighting, simple telephony, radio (probably utilizing vacuum tubes), etc. — at the reduced and limited levels that permanent energy constraints will impose.

      All of these possibilities will, of course, require adoption of a more equitable socioeconomic system than oligarchic capitalism. That model is simply not sustainable in a a world in descent.

  63. MisterDarling February 23, 2016 at 2:33 am #

    If anyone deserves a ‘plug’, it’s Linh Dinh.

    He’s working in Europe right now and documenting everything full-tilt in his off-time. His perspective on the resurgence of nationalism and unchecked immigration is refreshing – considering that he was a Vietnamese ‘boat person’ resettled in San Jose, CA…

    linhdinhphotos.blogspot.nl/2016/02/hungarian-lessons.html

    Regarding Hungarian Prime Minister Orban:

    “What you have, then, is a nationalist leader, and in Europe, we haven’t seen one in a long while who’s so unapologetic without sounding shrill. In his speeches and interviews, Orban explains himself quite clearly and candidly. To Die Weltwoche, a Swiss newspaper, Orban said in November of 2015, “There are terms and concepts which for a long time could not be uttered, but which are once again beginning to form part of public discourse. For example, ‘borders’—are they good or bad? We can once again say that they have their good sides. Or ‘nation’: this word can once again be used in a positive sense. “Christianity”: most European leaders – including myself – are advised not to use this word too frequently, because most Europeans no longer feel Christian. Now, however, this word is once again returning to political debates. Or ‘pride,’ as in ‘the pride of a nation’: once again it has become a legitimate expression. A positive consequence of the migration crisis is that once again we are attempting to talk openly about our continent’s identity—more freely than in the past two decades.”- L D.

    And here’s one of his very recent reports from the streets of Kiev;

    linhdinhphotos.blogspot.nl/2016/02/broken-ukraine.html

    The pictures alone are worth reviewing it.

    Cheers!

    • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 10:05 am #

      whats so special about the photos?

      • Doug February 23, 2016 at 10:43 am #

        “whats so special about the photos?”

        Review the meanings and etymology of the word “irony.”

        Here’s how the Ukrainian daddies who are the targets of that second poster have been “protecting” their little girls — in this case, in Donetsk, several hundred miles SE of Kiev.

        • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

          from his link–

          Many of the most famous Hungarians were, well, not Hungarian, Houdini, Robert Capa, Arthur Koestler and André Kertész were Jews. [end quote].

          SO JEWS NEVER ASSIMILATE?
          They were Jews, not Hungarians?

          • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

            I went to ‘linhs photos’ and saw no photos.

            But I did find— Israeli Basketball has a USA TV show—Always depicting Israel in an idyllic and harmonious light, this show is no more than propaganda, then, a carefully crafted mask to hide the endless violence needed to maintain this sham nation.

    • ozone February 23, 2016 at 10:32 am #

      MD,
      Here’s something by another independent thinker that I found very intriguing, and I thought you (personally) might find it so as well. Definitely not for the usual gaggle of tongue-cluckers and uber-statist vampires who lack the ability to consider anything in a holistic light.

      cluborlov.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-technospheratu-hypothesis.html#more

  64. MisterDarling February 23, 2016 at 2:51 am #

    Apparently, if Trump wants people water-boarded, he’s going to need to bring his “own damn bucket”;

    msnbc.com/msnbc/trump-needs-his-own-damn-bucket-waterboard-ex-cia-chief?cid=sm_fb_msnbc

  65. FincaInTheMountains February 23, 2016 at 3:44 am #

    “Just out of curiosity, what good does a cease-fire do the Russian-led Coalition (R+6) at this point in time? It would only serve to protect the extremists (al-Nusra, ISIS and affiliated combatants) so that they could reposition or escape.” — MD

    As for ISIS, “Dzhabhat en-Nusra” and other terrorist organizations recognized as such by the United Nations Security Council, they are excluded from the cessation of hostilities. Strikes on them will continue to be applied.

    The ability of two super-powers to negotiate something meaningful on its own represents a huge leap forward out of the current race to nowhere.

    • outsider February 23, 2016 at 9:25 am #

      Fincain: And it wouldn’t have happened without Russian intervention to save civilization in what’s left of Syria. All praise to President Putin. He is to Obama as a tiger is to a rabbit.

  66. Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 4:16 am #

    dailystormer.com/trump-says-audit-the-fed/

    Shut up and face the facts, Folk – a Hero has arisen. Now quit being punks and get behind him. Yeah, yeah he’s not a great speaker like Obama or Hitler. But women are having emotional orgasms at the rallies. Men are bonding as brothers. And malcontents are being shouted down and thrown out. Remember, the Spirit saves, but the letter killeth.

    • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

      Yes indeed. With the world on its knees, there is One Who is erect. Now everybody pucker up.

  67. FincaInTheMountains February 23, 2016 at 4:28 am #

    Status-6” – a Russian ocean multipurpose weapons system designed to destroy naval bases and important enemy targets in the coastal area and causing unacceptable guaranteed damage to the national territory through the creation of extensive zones of radioactive contamination, unsuitable for implementation in these areas for military, housekeeping, economic and other activities for a long time.

    On September 8, 2015 a group of Pentagon experts have published in Washington Times information that Russia continues to build a nuclear torpedo T-15 warhead with a heavy-duty, high speed and long range designed to defeat the US Navy bases and coastal cities.

    US presidential candidate and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the project represents a “military challenge” to US security.

    On November 11, 2015 the project of nuclear torpedoes “Status-6” has been demonstrated with the nuclear reactor, travel range of 10,000 kilometers and a speed of 185 km / h, running at 1,000 meters depth and having a caliber of 1.6 meters, close to the T-15 and referred by many experts as continuation of T-15.

    Spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the Russian TV channels really showed in the news footage data about the real secret system “Status 6”.

    On November 19, 2015 the CIA confirmed the existence of the system “Status-6” with a capacity of 10 megatons of charge with the main purpose to defeat naval bases and coastal cities in the US, but the very “leakage” version was called a public warning to the United States about the deployment of missile defense in Europe.

    Source: Russian Wikipedia (No English version of the page could be found)
    ================================================

    Now I hope you see my drift when I say we have a little more problems than just concerns about how to raise a chicken coop in remote rural areas along the river banks.

  68. FincaInTheMountains February 23, 2016 at 5:11 am #

    After receiving the “Norman Ultimatum” Putin forced re-armament of nuclear submarines, strategic aviation and begun to hold large-scale military exercises on semi-annually basis, obviously checking the readiness of the country for a nuclear war, to combat the effects of instant global strike, as well as the transfer of airborne units over long distances clearly to capture the enemy headquarters and capitals.

    In just two years after the Norman ultimatum Russia put on combat duty three submarines K-955 of Project 535 “Yury Dolgoruky”, K-550 “Alexander Nevsky, K-551 “Vladimir Monomakh” each of which is worth 16 Bulava missiles, capable of carrying up to 10 individually targeted combat blocks.

    Total: 480 warheads

    b) Project 941 submarine TK-208 “Dmitry Donskoy”, on which the 20 Bulava missiles are installed. Previously, this was used as a test stand for submarine missile Bulava, but after the return of the Crimea have the opportunity to use the testbench in Balaklava.

    Also in process are two more such submarines TK-17 “Arkhangelsk” and TK-20 “Severstal”, which are the largest submarines in the world that were originally equipped with a P-39 missile (RSM-52, the destruction of which ended in 1996-2012 years in accordance with the treaty START-II, which was designed to mask the surrender of the USSR.

    Special attention is drawn to the fact that in 2012, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thought that Obama would leave her for a second term unrestrained, showed off her stringent monitoring of the destruction of these missiles.

    Total: 200 warheads + Status 6

    c) returned to combat duty one nuclear submarine K-949 Project 150 “Tomsk” armed with 24 anti-ship missiles P-700 “Granite” and 27 torpedoes and missiles, torpedoes and stood on alert a submarine project 855, which is a deep modernization of the 949 project, K- 560 “Severodvinsk”, armed with 30 torpedoes and rocket-torpedoes + 32 cruise missiles P-800 “Movement” or 24 cruise missiles X-102
    Besides these two submarines are equipped with a deep-water apparatus Losharik/Status 6

    Total: 56 warheads + Status 6

    g) In the near future should stand commissioned nuclear submarine of Project 887 BS-64 “Moscow”, which should also be part of the project Status 6

    d) Russia got up four diesel-electric submarines of the project 636 “Warszawianka” B-261 “Novorossiysk” B-237 “Rostov-on-Don,” B-262 “Stary Oskol” armed with torpedoes and 4 Caliber missiles

    Total: 16 warheads

    e) Five small missile ship of Project 21631 “Buyan-M”:
    “Uglich”, “Grad Sviyazhsk” and “Great Ustyug,” “Green Dol”, “Serpukhov”, each of which can carry 8 Caliber missiles

    Total: 40 warheads

    Thus, only the Navy in two years after delivery of Normandy Ultimatum has received 792 warheads, which fundamentally changes the military-strategic balance between Russia and NATO. Further activation of Sakharov Status-6 says that all of these warheads can be used as a preemptive strike weapons against the missile launchers in Europe and the continental United States, similar to disarming strike, which NATO in the 80’s and 90’s was going to apply for command and staff locations and silo launchers in USSR.

    All Soviet submarines were retaliation weapon meant for a retaliatory strike, but now these functions are about to be taken over by the Status-6 and all those warheads can be used for pre-emptive strike, in full compliance with the Medvedev’s ultimatum, that turned out not to be a bluff.

    • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

      FTM’s constant reiteration of techno-war wet dreams of resurgent Russian military superiority vs the US is becoming rather tiresome.

      With a GDP 6 times that of a degenerate Russia that is rampant with corruption, a shrinking and demoralized population with declining life expectancy, and insufficient investment to ever become economically competitive enough to fund a competent military, even a US ala JMG’s vision has little to worry about on that front any time soon. A serious attack by any country upon the US would be instant suicide, an incontrovertible fact unchanged by any supposed ‘breakthrough” technology since the 1940s, and that will not change in any foreseeable future absent total immediate collapse worldwide, in which case it will not matter anyway.

      All of which may ultimately not matter, in any event, because In my view as a Biologist, a world that does not quickly begin to focus like a laser on anthropocentric environmental degradation rapidly accelerating out of control in virtually every known ecosystem on earth will not have to worry about who will destroy it, we will have done it to ourselves.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 24, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

        “With a GDP 6 times that of a degenerate Russia that is rampant with corruption, a shrinking and demoralized population with declining life expectancy, and insufficient investment to ever become economically competitive enough to fund a competent military” — snarkmatic9000

        What anthropocentric environmental Biologist knows about “declining life expectancy” in Russia, which is actually on the rise?

        Facts, please, not just anthropocentric emotions and childish rants.

        And why the “Conquerors of the Moon” still can not independently launch satellites into the Earth orbit? The US Department of Defense has openly admitted that they could not without Russian rocket engines launch military satellites.

  69. FincaInTheMountains February 23, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    The Battle Of Russia – Why We Fight

    youtube.com/watch?v=Bsu_TOuRWCw

  70. Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    Janos said: And one can use pleasure to control an entire society in a way that you can’t do with pain, since most people will conform outwardly rather than face torture. But they will eagerly consent to pleasure as a conditioner.

    The Nazis employed both, pain & pleasure, in their effort to eliminate every last Jew from the face of the earth. Who can forget the stories of the Nazis using Jewish musicians to play classical music to calm the nerves of the Jews as they arrived at the “work camps” and disembarked from the cattle cars, or as they were ultimately marched to the gas chambers to be asphyxiated?

    What’s the plan for the Jews this time around, Janos? Have you all drawn up a plan yet, or are you waiting for the zeitgeist to fully manifest before making it formal?

    • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

      The answer is, whatever Trump says. Everyone is supposed to get behind The Leader. (I guess he needs a reacharound?)

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      Ridiculous. You’ve been reading too much Jewish fantasy and revenge porn.

      Look, if you go after the one percent, you are going after the Jews whether you know it or not. The point is that they know it – and will come after you as a group and with all the rhetorical fury they are famous for. Trump intends to go after the one percent and has invoked their wrath. He’s a hero. No one else has the balls or the money to do it.

      Would you stand up for Whites like this? Of course not. That makes you a Cuck attack dog if you are White. Or are you just defending them because you DO know they dominate among the one percent (40% at 2 or 3 percent of the population) – and you identify with the one percent. Classic American psychology – controlling people by their horatio alger desire to be rich, thus preventing class consciousness from ever forming.

  71. Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 6:55 am #

    Part of me welcomes the Collapse that will never come. Why? Well, because once it does manifest, even though it never will, at least not the way all of you hope it will, then we will have no recourse to the law anymore. Then, if we have guns, we can use our guns at our discretion, and if you’re forced to use your guns, and in a world like that you will be forced to use them if you want to survive, you may as well go all out or all in.

    Considering that, I’ll make sure to turn it into Open Season on skinheads (with an extremely broad definition of what constitutes a skinhead to include their inculcators & enablers). Compile your lists now, because it will be too late when and if that time ever comes to make an accurate list. In a world like that, my life would not be fulfilled and complete until I slaughtered hundreds, nay thousands, of skinheads. That list starts in this comment section. At least 50%, if not more, of the commentators here are on that list and Janos is front and center.

    • Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 7:08 am #

      Of course, I fully expect a ripped pequiste to come along and tell me to be more careful with what I say, because the next time, or maybe even this time, a skinhead may come along and wipe the smirk off my self-righteous face. I agree, a skinhead would do that, and that’s why a skinhead, to include his inculcators and enablers, is even lesser than a ghetto thug. In that implausible post-Collapse world I described, you need to think about your role in that world. My role will be likened to Omar’s role in The Wire.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

        Oh, good. Just when I thought all the violent fantasizing jerk-offs were on one side of the political divide. You could at least keep this kind of thing to yourself. (Although, it’s the quiet ones you really have to worry about…)

        • Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

          Of course, you’re right. I should just take them bowling instead. It’s not a fantasy, it’s a hypothetical nightmarish obligation.

          Take the Skinheads Bowling

        • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

          What a maniac. I had no idea he was like this. Guess the idea of the Fed being audited was just too much for him.

      • pequiste February 24, 2016 at 9:29 am #

        Of all the personas in the world ” hole” could have chosen to fulfill his fantasy role for the (non-occurring?) post-Collapse world he selects a negro, homosexual, robber-murderer from the ‘hood of Charm City, from a fictional TV program that was dedicated to display how wonderful that “Kulcha” is. Watching TV much?

        “hole” should absolutely not be concerned about pequiste’s advice offerings; he needn’t even be prudent with his mouthy pronouncements to gang-bangers of black or brown,skinheads, fitness- enthusiasts, Hells Angels types, little-old-ladies at the market, Mafiosos, Yzlamik jihadis or the police for that matter: he shall take care of them with his Special Forces training and armaments.

        “hole” might just be the first target of his immediate neighbors wherever it is he/she/it lives, collapse or not. Be careful what you dream about hole

        (WARNING: disregard all warnings from pequiste.)

  72. BROOMSGOAT February 23, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    Well that was invigorating.

  73. home-to-roost February 23, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    Well, of course all of the (White) House help speak intelligible English. But why is Simon “J. Edgar” Legree, under the guise of concern for their economic well being,” so obsessed with deciphering what the field hands are saying? Is he worried about blowback? Sedition? Rebellion?

    Speaking Standard English may have gotten an African American all the way to the White House, but once he got there, he had no humanity, rights or duties (mandated under the constitution) that any know-nothing felt obliged to respect.

    • Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 10:59 am #

      But why is Simon “J. Edgar” Legree, under the guise of concern for their economic well being,” so obsessed with deciphering what the field hands are saying? – home-to-roost

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

      Roost, I can be pretty thick sometimes…help me out here. Who are you equating with Simon Legree? Kunstler?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Respect is a two way street. He obviously loathes Western Culture and Whites – he admits as much in his two books. Yet the White grazers still voted for him. Sad and Sick. Sickeningly Sad. Sadly Sickening.

      He talked about how his Grandmother said she was being harassed by a homeless Black guy. He had no concern whatsoever about her safety but only the poor Black being slandered by her in her mind. No one in his life was ever kind to him. She looked after him when his mother abandoned him. Yet he cared more for some Black weirdo he didn’t even know. Race trumps everything with Obama.

  74. Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    A question for wpa-ccc:

    As an apologist for all things BIG GOVT, what are your thoughts on the following:

    Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Apple products until the company gives in to a government request to help unlock an iPhone 5C used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

    • wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 9:49 am #

      Q, big government should be involved in meeting basic human needs like housing, food, medical care, clean water, etc.

      I support Apple. The government is not constitutionally allowed access to the information on that particular iPhone 5c given the fourth amendment. Since the principals actors are dead, their weapons were confiscated, there is no threat to security that makes the contents of that particular iPhone 5c even necessary to uncover.

      They have had the phone for months and can’t get into it. No new attacks have occurred. The NSA and FBI look weak and impotent pleading for a private company to do something that they cannot do.

      The NSA and FBI also look incompetent because they managed to erase the iCloud backup (which is not encrypted) due to FBI technological ignorance. Apple could have gotten the information from the iCloud. Now that the FBI has eliminated that possibility, there is no way even for Apple to get it.

      And I would say no need. The fourth amendment to the constitution is more important than the FBI’s fetish over the contents of a particular iPhone 5c, as if there investigation depended on it. I don’t believe FBI promises to keep a key private. What they want is to force Apple, a private company, to spend company resources to work on developing a key that would enable the FBI to snoop on millions of iPhones. Because I do not believe there is any security threat, I do not believe big government should be forcing a private company to do anything.

      Just one more reason I would not vote for Trump.

      • wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 9:51 am #

        ^as if their investigation depended on it.^

      • wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 9:56 am #

        I do not believe big government should be forcing a private company to ^violate the fourth amendment.^

        Article I Section 8 says government should provide for the “general welfare” of the American people. Instead of wasting money on FBI and NSA and CIA shenanigans, government should be providing infrastructure for free health care, free education, etc.: bridges not walls.

      • Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 11:13 am #

        I do not believe big government should be forcing a private company to do anything. – wpa

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

        How about forcing companies to withhold taxes from paychecks (among thousands of examples I could come up with if I wanted to waste my time)?

        I notice that at 9:56am you revised your statement from to do anything to violate the fourth amendment.

      • basil February 23, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

        w-
        we see the American revolution through the lens of the writers of the time. we really don’t know the day-to-day reality of the time, or the true thoughts of the “forefathers”. we can easily deduce the wide variety of opinions of the time, however. after much thought on the subject, my take on the motivations of the “forefathers” is they were wealthy, powerful politicians who, more than anything else, wanted to seize british property for their own purposes. the cry of “liberty” was as much political hogwash then as “make America great again” is now. the vagaries of the constitution were used to legitimize their lawlessness. in fact, the bill of rights was, to a great extent, an attempt to placate slaveholding southern state governments. that legacy carries over in many aspects today, including apple’s refusal to follow legitimate court orders to obtain (if possible) criminal evidence from the cellphone of a known mass murderer.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

          Yet that Bill of Rights stuff is a lot of crap. White People have to made to serve the State and Minorities.

          And the logo of Apple shows an apple with a bite taken out of it. Crypto Christian reference to the Adam and Eve myth. They should be nationalized for the good of the State and Minorities. These White Christians are a threat!

    • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      Jim (JHK), this is getting to be a bit much. —–

      Dont bite the hand that frees you.

  75. outsider February 23, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    @ Janos: I suspect you are a supporter of the always erudite Pat Buchanan. He’s been defending Trump against the hated neocons for some time now. PJB has another excellent article today “Nationalism and Populism Propel Trump.” Trump even captured the evangelical vote in S Carolina. Maybe they’re not all “ditto heads” after all.

    • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

      Pat Buchanan, America’s most respected racist. He’s welcome in polite company and everything! One wonders how he managed it.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

      Yes, Pat knows far more than he lets on most of the time – like the real history and reason for World War Two. The whole “Nazi” thing is a religion for American Yahoos of both the left and right. Nazis are the devil in the new religion of Political Correctness. And the delicious part – all Whites are Nazis waiting to happen. They must be constantly on guard against the slightest impulse towards healthy race consciousness.

      The association between Nazis and Whites in general is the supreme achievement of Jewish propaganda. It will destroy the White Race and Western Culture if it continues unchecked.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

        The very, very well documented genocide the Nazis carried out in eastern Europe accounts for the ‘devil’ thing. So, you seem to be trying to draw some distinction between ‘unhealthy’ as opposed to ‘healthy race consciousness’. The Nazis just went too far, is that it? Rounding people up by the millions, confiscating their property, imprisoning them in camps as slave labour, et cetera — all of it was nothing more than a healthy expression of German self-respect, an admirable example worthy of emulation. Everything would have been A-okay if Europe’s Jews had ended up being deported to Madagascar or kept in slavery as originally planned. But actually killing them? My word, how terrible! Perish the thought. What an unsightly blot on the noble escutcheon of ‘healthy race consciousness’.

        • Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

          That last line was a keeper. Excellently articulated, and I learned a new word: escutcheon. Thank you.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

          So why is alright for Jews and all minorities to have healthy race consciousness? Don’t Lie – it is perfectly acceptable and accepted. The guillotine only comes down on hapless White heads when they so dare to even think such thoughts, never mind actions.

          The Jews are the most racially organized people in the world – yet can’t stand even the thought of Whites doing what they do. And the are also going to be coming for the East Asians, their next victims. And of course Globalists in general are down with this program of breaking the spirit of peoples and mixing them with the four corners of the globe. Plenty of Whites like you give your fullest consent to all this. But it doesn’t really jibe with your localism, organic diversity, and small is beautiful ethos, does it?

          Normal people have pride. How on Earth do you not see this? In other words, what the fuck is wrong with you? How did you get so fucked in the head?

          • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

            Vlad, get a grip and understand that most people don’t see the world through race-tinted glasses the way you do. We just don’t. Race isn’t a thing-in-itself that exists independent of our perceptions. It’s an artifact of our perceptions. It’s atavistic, in-group/out-group primate motives having their way with us.

            It’s normal for people, including me, to feel more comfortable with those we perceive to be like ourselves and not as comfortable with those who feel different from us. It’s also normal to feel the urge to commit violence sometimes. (Ever get cut off in traffic?) In both cases, when I feel those emotions, the emotion isn’t in charge. I’m in charge. Civilization comes with controlling our irrational impulses, not parading them as if they were virtues.

            You ask: “Why is alright for Jews and all minorities to have healthy race consciousness?”. I respond: It’s not something I approve of for its own sake. In a limited context, it’s an understandable and even positive response to… wait for it… relations of power and privilege. (I know, I know, you feel sick. Hang in there.) “Privilege” in this case meaning: “There’s one rule for you, another rule for me, and it sucks to be you.”

            Black people in the Jim Crow south, for instance, didn’t have the luxury of pretending they were equal citizens with recourse to the law, the opportunity to become somewhat less than dirt poor, etc. In case anyone missed the point, there were regular murder festivals known as lynchings to drive it home. Likewise, Jews in eastern Europe were subjected to everything from social exclusion to pogroms to, ultimately, genocide. Making a fetish out of difference makes things worse, not better. That’s why I prefer not “One rule for you, another rule for me”, but “One rule for all of us.”

            You asked, I answered fair and square. Don’t think I could make it any clearer than that.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

            You think Whites are in charge of their own destinies? Or their own lands or countries? Then why are we down to 60% of the population? Or why is Western Civilization being sacrificed to Islam in Europe?

            You think Jews are oppressed? They are the richest group in America, and 40% of the 1%. Sure most of the remaining !1% are White, but they don’t use their influence to benefit other Whites. Indeed one of the prerequisites for membership in that exclusive class is to renounce all ethnic ties to other Whites. And globalist disdain for the Nation is strongly encouraged as well. Now think “Elrond”: do Jews also renounce ethnic interests when they attain this level? I think we both know the answer to that. Now does that give you a clue into who is really the senior partner up there? In the English speaking world, that is. It may be more even on the continent. And there does seem to be a major rift between the Neo Cons, dedicated to Jewish interests and the other Globalists, such as the CFR and the Bilderbergers.

            Here’s a good essay on the White present and even more so the White future: we have become the colonized. Will you recognize it or do we have to become Fanon’s absolute wretched of the Earth before you do? Or perhaps not even then? How far are you people going to push your vengeance? All the way to genocide? And yes “Elrond”, what is being done, especially in Europe now, does meet the UN’s criterion for genocide.

            counter-currents.com/2016/02/white-nationalist-answers-to-postcolonialist-questions/

  76. malthuss February 23, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    “Remember, we invaded and took half of their country. Manifest Destiny, ya know” –Doug.

    My point exactly. Mexicans dont want to live in squalor in their country, they want to live among Whites in a better country.
    Why regress to the Mexican mean?
    We [Whites] made lands we took [or bought] a better place.
    Also I suspect you are a not supporter of the always erudite Pat Buchanan. He has facts on how many people lived in California when ‘we’ took it from the Spaniards.

  77. FincaInTheMountains February 23, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    “Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Apple products until the company gives in to a government request to help unlock an iPhone 5C used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.” — Mr. Q

    It’s all a show and everybody know it. Believing in Apple taking care of “Users privacy” like listening to a well-known whore giving a lecture on good housekeeping.

    Just a little publicity to take care of the sagging sales.

    • Frankiti February 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

      Tim Cook has nothing cookin’. He’s gay, and bland as opposed to flamboyant, which is an incredible asset in NorCal. Apple is dying s slow death on his watch (puns intended).

      • Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

        He’s gay, and bland as opposed to flamboyant, which is an incredible asset in NorCal. – Frankiti

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

        Is being gay and bland an incredible asset in NorCal?

        Or is it being flamboyant that is the incredible asset?

        I am not being flippant. I don’t know what you’re getting at.

        • Frankiti February 24, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

          Poor sentence structure. Bland gay is a positive. Like our white black president. He commands both the respectability of the predominant gay and tech cultures. Like Obama, the most boring black man (even though he is white as they come) ever, Tim Cook is an acceptable gay man. No lisp, no mannerisms, no obvious cattiness. Are you really going to criticize the most important gay CEO in the world?

  78. Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    I just got done talking with Ronald Reagan. He and I talk just about every day. I talk with Nixon, LBJ and JFK just about every day, also. They’re great guys, all of them. Always willing to dispense with sage advice from the hereafter.

    Ronnie has a message for The Donald. It is as follows:

    Mr. Trump, close the gates and build The Wall.

    Times change, and so too does the message, but The Game? Well, The Game remains the same. Unwavering.

    Tear Down This Wall

  79. Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    The answer to the Mexican immigration issue is not to build a wall. Instead, we need to annex Mexico and carve it into four or five states and legalize drugs — all drugs. Think of what it will do for private prison stocks. Their value will increase 1,000% practically overnight as we clean up the former Mexico and bring it up to American standards of excellence, and all that tax revenue from taxing now legal drug use can be used for rehab and drug education. No more cartels. No more immigration. Tons of tax revenue from legalizing drugs. What’s not to like?

    • Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Think of what it will do for private prison stocks. Their value will increase 1,000% practically overnight as we clean up the former Mexico and bring it up to American standards of excellence, – Cold

      ===========

      How the hell do you reach ^that^ conclusion. Seems to me we’d be closing about 75% of prisons once drugs become legal (an idea I agree with, BTW) and private prison stocks would go down, not up.

      • Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 11:37 am #

        Think. I know it’s difficult for you.

        If you annex Mexico and make it part of the United States, in the immediate subsequent years, during Operation Clean-Up, you will be ridding Mexico of its criminal element. That would require locking up approximately 25% of its population and private prisons are the ticket to accomplishing that. In the rest of the then United States, people will be charged with other new offenses written into law so that prison populations do not lag because of the legalization of drugs. For example, a law can be created that makes it illegal to be unemployed or mispronounce the word Seahawks. If you’re unemployed, you go to prison and work for free because work will set you free.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

          The Spanish already tried that. Yet the Culture of Death always returns, this time via Drug Gangs. These Gangs would become the Aztec and Maya states if allowed to fight it out. Evil is incarnate in the Mexican people. It’s in their genes. There is no answer for them collectively. The answer for us collectively is to build the Wall and deport those already here.

          • Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

            Can we still eat tortillas when they’re gone? I like tortillas. More specifically, I like enchiladas and burritos and nachos and so much more. So long as we can still enjoy Mexican cuisine, I’m fine with The Wall. Will Trump allow for this caveat in the legislation? I hope so. If he does, I just may vote for him.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

            You talk like you’re going to be staying on our side of the Wall. You’re not just another brick in the wall. You are the stone which the Builder rejects.

          • Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

            I’m just a guy who likes Mexican cuisine. You’re reading too much into it.

          • elysianfield February 23, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

            “Evil is incarnate in the Mexican people. It’s in their genes.”

            Well, you just pegged the bullshit meter. I expect you are merely taking up the slack for Wpac’s (of late) relative lack of participation. I would accept that ALL humans have the capacity for great evil, and that is an arguable premise…to single out Mexicans without painting with a broader brush makes you appear a provocateur….

            You know better….

          • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 1:18 am #

            Ed Abbey, the great environmentalist, agreed with me. Face it, you’re still clinging to the lies of 20th Century Liberalism – that of equality and the blank slate. Neither is true. Shame on you for not having the courage to investigate more deeply.

          • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

            “Shame on you for not having the courage to investigate more deeply.”

            Janos,
            I do not ascribe to the “20th Century Liberalism” you reference, and as for advice from an “environmentalist”, I’ll leave that to history to vet his veracity and perspective. I do not believe in human non-legislated equality, and as for a blank slate, some people have more slate than others….

            We can agree on many things…but to fully discount the content of a man’s character, his humanity, is just not supportable. The Pope just criticized Trump for wanting to build a wall…your statement would probably result in the Vicar of Christ kicking you in the nuts, with a line of saints queued up waiting their turn….

          • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

            Not gonna happen.
            But like they say in the Mexican Marines, “el tougho shito.”

        • Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

          …or mispronounce the word Seahawks. – Cold

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

          I’m down wit dat.

  80. FincaInTheMountains February 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    Saudis, hoping that their “man” Hillary, will win the Red Button, fucks with US Markets, again

    Saudi Minister Says All Major Producers Should Not Cut Oil Output

    sputniknews.com/business/20160223/1035227398/saudis-oil-cuts.html

    Putin’s patience is absolutely astounding, but not limitless…

  81. volodya February 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Don’t under-estimate the power of events to outrun personalities this year – sez Mr K

    For sure, the above statement applies to something as everyday as the death of an old man, in this case Nino Scalia, that everyone should have expected or, at the very least, that nobody should have been surprised by. I mean, seriously, are people so delusional as to really believe wild propaganda about rapidly extending life-spans?

    But a large segment of the population, especially boomers who think they’ll live forever, were surprised by it, shocked in fact, Scalia being a youthful 79.

    This death was like a screw tossed into the gears of American affairs. Because now you have Republicans insisting that Obama cease and desist in appointing a replacement. This isn’t a trivial issue, the judicial branch, especially the Supreme Court, being a vital component of government.

    But what if Obama makes the nomination? What are the Republicans prepared to do? Not to belabor the point, but this insistence isn’t the act of a bona fide political opposition. And this isn’t an isolated incident.

    There was also the invitation by Republicans to Israeli leader Netanyahu to speak to Congress. There was that letter from 47 Republican senators to the Iranian ayatollahs threatening to undo any deal on nukes. Both of which, in my humble and uneducated opinion, are overstepping the bounds.

    If Republicans want to make the case that the nuclear deal represents an international treaty and so requires ratification, then first settle the issue at home and don’t fucking go send threatening letters to piss-holes like Iran. Much as people like to paint the United States as the bad actor, they shouldn’t under-estimate the derangement of the Iranian regime. A lot of wide-eyed Pollyannas say the Iranians are “rational” but it’s probably safer to assume bat-shit crazy.

    No matter, crazy or no, when the Iranians replied that such a letter represented American “disintegration” from within, it sounded to me like a clear-eyed assessment. Republicans are refusing to recognize the legitimacy of an elected official – the President of the United States, no less – and his customary and constitutional power. The term “irresponsible” doesn’t quite cover it.

    As far as the military taking control, you hope that public, bloody, brain spattering 1960’s style rub-outs (like the Kennedy Bros or MLK) aren’t in the cards. But I can envision a behind-the-scenes escalation in response to events, for example, verbal expressions of “concern” coming from the chiefs of staff, then requests by the Chairman for an audience with the White House and congressional leaders. And then, if somehow the White House and congress don’t seem to be tuning in, explicit directives to do this or do that – or else. And only then, heaven forfend, after all else fails, and jawboning doesn’t work, delegations of officers escorted by armed men to make arrests.

    You hope it doesn’t come to that. You hope that the system of governance has more durability and shock absorbance. Maybe (putting our wishful-thinking cap on) perspective is the problem, maybe our perception of “disintegration”, as the Iranians put it, is more a problem of seeing current troubles in a wider historical context. IOW maybe things aren’t so bad. At least, that’s what we fervently wish because there’s the hideous 1960s to consider. What to make of that era? History may not repeat but ….

    • Elrond Hubbard February 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      We have more details about Scalia’s ailments at the time of his death. They include:

      – Coronary artery disease
      – Obesity
      – Diabetes
      – Sleep apnea
      – Degenerative joint disease (I’m guessing this played less of a part)
      – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
      – High blood pressure
      – Smoking

      The above list comes from a letter written by Rear Adm. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician for members of Congress and the Supreme Court, to the judge who pronounced Scalia. The Presidio County district attorney said “the long list of health problems made an autopsy unnecessary.”

      The likelihood that conspiracy-theorizing boobs will pay any heed to this perfectly sensible conclusion, including a rear admiral of the U.S. Freaking Navy, is thought to be approximately HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHA! HAHA! HA! *sob* *pours self a drink*

    • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

      Very incisive post.

      • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

        Volodya’s that is.
        Not that Elrond’s was incorrect either. ‘specially the drink part.

  82. wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    “How about forcing companies to withhold taxes from paychecks” –Q

    Q, we are talking apples and oranges. The government forcing companies to withold taxes from paychecks does not in any way endanger the continued existence of the company.

    Apple sells a product which cannot be hacked, not even by Apple itself. Apple intentionally made privacy of personal data a selling point. People buy Apple products because Apple cares about protecting personal privacy from government prying.

    Now the government wants to force Apple to create a company task force and dedicate company resources to figure out a way to break that privacy guarantee their business model is built upon. The government wants to force Apple to create a “key” that would invalidate the privacy of data of millions of iPhones which people bought because they knew their privacy was protected.

    If the government can force a company to dedicate company resources to destroy the company, by destroying the privacy that promotes sales of its product, that is much different from forcing the witholding of taxes, which does not destroy the company or force allocation of company resources to realize the company’s mission.

    In any event, an employee can use a revised W-4 form to prevent witholding of taxes. I have done that in the past through Line 7 of the W-4 Form: “I claim exemption from withholding” to prevent the government/company from witholding any taxes from my paycheck.

    • Cold N. Holefield February 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

      I thought we were talking Big Government? If so, Big Government doesn’t give a damn what you have to say about it. It will do what it wants when it wants, or, more specifically, it will do what the shareholders want it to do, and you, wpa, are not a shareholder just as Dan Quail was no MLK.

    • Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

      Re your position on Apple’s security features, you’re preaching to the choir.

      On the other issue: the government forcing employers to withhold taxes…. the withholding of taxes is only the tip of the iceberg. You probably have no idea the costs incurred by companies to follow state and federal tax regulations.

      • wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

        According to Steve Forbes in the Wall Street Journal: Americans send $1.4 trillion to Washington each year in individual income taxes. But they are forced to spend even more to pay for another Beltway obligation that never shows up on tax forms. The annual cost imposed by federal rules and regulations now stands at nearly $1.9 trillion.

        It is the cost of civilization.

        Always ignored is that 58% of our discretionary budget is being spent on “defense”… a cumulative waste of trillions of dollars. Do you feel safer?

        All those administrative regulations also kept accountants like you employed and feeding their families… you ungrateful…

  83. Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    bbs.dailystormer.com/t/man-gets-naked-in-front-of-girls-in-locker-room-because-transgender-laws-allo…

    When asked, the man said the law has changed and I have a right to be here. Classic Black Knighting. This may be our version of Blacks invading White barbershops. Or the guy is really a freak.

    The usual unspeakable stupidity of the Left – putting ideology before the comfort and safety of girls and women. This is what you voted for Ladies – you just weren’t smart enough to realize it.

  84. wpa_ccc February 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    “There was also the invitation by Republicans to Israeli leader Netanyahu to speak to Congress. There was that letter from 47 Republican senators to the Iranian ayatollahs threatening to undo any deal on nukes. Both of which, in my humble and uneducated opinion, are overstepping the bounds.” –volodya

    Thanks for remembering this, volodya. The very first day of Obama’s first term in 2009 Republican leaders met to sow the wind by discussing their seditious plan for obstruction, government shutdown, and humiliation of the first Black president of the United States.

    Now the Republicans will reap the whirlwind by losing the election of 2016. Trump only has 30% support in a dying Republican party. He does not have a strong coalition like Obama did.

    Trump will not be elected President. His will be similar to the experience of Romney in 2012. Like the multi-millionaire Romney, the multi-billionaire Trump will be forced by the electorate to go home with his tail between his legs.

    The 99%… multicultural masses… the rainbow coalition… those who cherish freedom of religion, will not elect a sexist, racist, xenophobic member of the 1% like Trump.

  85. Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    They [Apple] should be nationalized for the good of the State and Minorities. These White Christians are a threat! – Janos

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

    I assume from your tone that ^this^ is sarcasm and so I must ask, does this mean you disagree with Trump on the Apple/security issue? i.e. You would NOT want to see Apple be forced by government to hack into that one phone.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

      Well I feel morality should serve Human Life. The Sabbath was made for Man, and not Man for the Sabbath. All such moral questions need to be seen in this context. In a healthy state, I feel that Apple should be willing to give up the info or made to do so. But given who we are ruled by, I understand people’s fear and Apple’s resistance.

      If Trump makes it and tries to do what he said he would, he should be President for his remaining years. If a good General had come along, I would have supported a military coup. The people we are ruled by are absolute scum and the system has been turned against us. When Alexander was challenged to untie the Gordian know, he simply cut it with his sword. They don’t play by the rules, thus we shouldn’t feel bound by them either.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

        No surprise to see Vlad openly calling for D. Trump to be president-for-life. Elections? What are those?

        “They don’t play by the rules, thus we shouldn’t feel bound by them either.”

        This is self-justifying tripe. If the rule of law gets in your way, dispose of it. Government acting arbitrarily and without constraint is the actual definition of tyranny.

        Vlad, often you just come across as a hateful nincompoop but I have to keep reminding myself and others that you are truly dangerous. If people like you gain real power, the suffering will be endless.

  86. Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

    Al contraire, – Janos

    ===========

    I forget, what was that guy’s full first name? Was it Alan, Albert, Alphonse, Alexander……? Yeah, that’s it, we used to call him Alex Contraire.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      What would you do or pay to avoid having to attend an evening with Susan Sarandon?

      • Q. Shtik February 23, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

        I guess ^this^ is profound but it went straight over my head.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 1:30 am #

          Your question went right under mine, about at the level of my chest or knees. Apparently Buck went to a show called “An Evening with Susan Sarandon” and was powerfully attracted by Susan and recommended the same to me. I found and find this infinitely bizarre. An infinite jest on an infinite number of levels.

      • pequiste February 24, 2016 at 9:32 am #

        This question alone absolves you of much Janos.

  87. tucsonspur February 23, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    “…runaway Deep State (NSA and the military) either bumping off Trump, or staging a coup d’état…” JHK

    I believe that there were three assassination attempts on presidential candidates: Theodore Roosevelt, Robert F. Kennedy and George C. Wallace. Franklin Roosevelt was shot at and missed three weeks before his inauguration. Chicago mayor Anton Cermac was killed.

    I don’t think that there were ever any Deep State assassination attempts on a presidential candidate or a sitting president. Some may argue JFK, but who knows?

    One thing is certain. This year’s president will have no need to worry about Tecumseh’s curse.

    I’ll take Trump with his incoherence and his Hitlerian attributes without the genocide. Get all the illegals out, at gunpoint if necessary.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 1:38 am #

      Winter is here. Here is Trump put into the Game of Thrones.

      dailystormer.com/winter-is-trumping/

      What is the flora around Tuscon? Basic Breaking Bad type desert?

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 5:41 am #

        Anyone who watches Game of Thrones should watch Janos’ above video. Excellent! And very timely.

        Thanks JS!

        -Sticks

        (If you can’t handle Daily Stormer, Google ‘Game of Thrones, Winter is Trumping’)

  88. Frankiti February 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    There is no country for old men people! The notion of some “deep state” of, I dunno, misguided patriots(?) acting to keep ‘murica free from Catholic presidents, resisters of the military-industrial complex, and obnoxious real estate moguls with a reality show is utterly ridiculous. What we have now is an overbearing all controlling executive ruled by the president and his cadre of technocrats who now hold the reins of power. The days of the Edgar Hoover having files on politicians (who become presidents) and patrician blue-blood families deeply intertwined in the history and class of the true/original elites of this WASPy country, like CIA’s Dulles, are gone. This true elite have been replaced by the parvenu banksters, fraudsters, and tech billionaires. And honestly, nobody really cares, enough, for them. It was something to serve for an elite traced back in blood and culture to the founders. Heritage can never be replaced by money. Gauche polo icons on shirts are just that. And like all things ephemeral, they live only in that rare era that time hath created and shall reclaim. Lost forever.

  89. tucsonspur February 23, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    The Dulles brothers. Very possibly the most powerful duo in modern times or at any time. John, secretary of state, and Allen, director of the CIA. Positions held concurrently.

    “The Brothers”, by Stephen Kinzer. Simply a must read.

    • malthuss February 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

      How evil were they?

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 4:19 am #

        “How evil were they?” VERY!

    • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 4:22 am #

      Excellent book. Kinzer’s “All the Shah”s Men” is a must read for understanding the Middle East. -Sticks

    • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 4:30 am #

      The recently published “The Devil’s Chessboard” by David Talbot is even more revealing. -Sticks

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 4:34 am #

        They (the Dulles bros.) put the ‘deep’ in deep state.

    • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

      Yes, THE perpetrators of the deep state octopus.

  90. tucsonspur February 24, 2016 at 12:26 am #

    Some would say pretty damn evil, some pretty damn patriotic, to be brief.

  91. Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 1:25 am #

    Any time you find a guy raving about skin heads, you know you’re dealing with a hard core boob. The gang problem in America is overwhelmingly Black and Hispanic. In the prison system, powerful White gangs have arisen, but they did so in response to persecution from the already existent Black and Hispanic ones.

    Obviously the same thing is likely to happen in the “real” world as well. And then the boobs will think they were right all along instead of realizing that their indifference to White safety and their turning a blind eye to minority terror became a self fulfilling prophecy.

    • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 11:52 am #

      Was at SBPDL.com and found this in the comments on the most recent uhh–‘Hate Crime’ and thought of you.

      These are the stories people write books about and Hollywood makes feature films about, only replacing the little white victim with a little black girl. The Left wants the public to believe that white supremacists are roaming the land, savagely torturing and raping little black girls to death. But when no such incidents occur, they make up fictional accounts of them and sell them as reality.

      Remember the movie “A Time to Kill” based on the Grisham novel from the 90’s? There you had the little black girl beaten and raped by “white supremacists”, an act of savagery that actually pales in comparison to what transpired here in Detroit in the real world (given that the black girl actually survived, for one).

      The Matthew McConaughey lawyer character gets Samuel Jackson’s character off for murdering the “white supremacists” by graphically describing the attack and then making the jury suddenly imagine that the victim was white.

      As we see with this story, having the victim be a white girl and the torturer/killer a black man actually doesn’t change things. In fact, those details get the story buried in the America of today. We are brainwashed to believe that the only racial crime that has or ever will occur in America is white-on-black. We are brainwashed to believe that it is rampant and at risk to happen everywhere at any time, when it is actually the exact opposite that is true.

      So to borrow the words of the “Time to Kill” lawyer, and to illustrate the bizarro world we live in compared to what Hollywood depicts, here we have a 4 year old girl who was systematically beaten, tortured, set on fire, and burned to death.

      “Now imagine she was black”…Drum roll, Front page international news. Marches, rallies, riots, generalized condemnations of the white population of America, the president of the US delivering the eulogy, etc, etc.
      SHE LOOKED LIKE MAH DAWTERS.

  92. Q. Shtik February 24, 2016 at 1:42 am #

    Only then will we have chance to end this moronic obsession with the noxious fantasy that “race” is a real thing, existing outside the mind. – Doug

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

    Take a look at the 2010 US Census form. Item 9 asks for a person’s Race. They list 14 choices and provide space to fill in another race if the person doesn’t feel they fit into one of the 14 blocks provided. So, obviously, the US government believes Race exists.

    When you complete a census form what do you answer in item 9? or do you tell them “none of your bees wax?” (BTW, nowhere on the form does it say you may skip the question if you find the question in some way offensive.)

    Aside from the census form, have you ever had your DNA analysed? And, if not, have you ever wondered or speculated on what it would show if you DID have it analysed? If forced to guess, what do you think your genetic origins are?

    And, wpa-ccc what are your thoughts on Race being included on the census form?

    • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 4:11 am #

      I told them “none of your beeswax” for the ENTIRE census last time around. As a conscientious objector, I was outraged at how the scope of the national census had grown in recent decades, a far cry from the modest survey provided for in the U.S. Constitution. Besides, there’s enough database info out there for them to figure out what they need to know like number of people in household, age and yes, even race. If Publishers Clearing House, American Express and the U.S. Postal Service can figure it out, they can too. -Sticks

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 6:11 am #

        To those who may ask, regarding abstaining from participating in the U.S. Census, “Aren’t you going to get in trouble or something?” The answer is NO!

        Or as Sharon Stone responded* in the memorable “Basic Instinct” interrogation scene (the most ‘paused/slo-mo’ in TiVo history!), “What are you going to do, arrest me for smoking?”

        -Sticks

        *When reminded by the authorities of the department’s No Smoking policy at the onset of the interview.

        • Q. Shtik February 24, 2016 at 11:16 am #

          I never thought for a minute that a census abstainer would be chained to a wall and flogged. The point is/was that our government recognizes the existence of Race.

          Whatever credit Doug had accumulated here as an informed smart cookie was completely destroyed by his contention that Race exists only in the mind. (Are we going to believe Doug or our lyin’ eyes?)

          If it’s any consolation to Doug, the race-doesn’t-actually-exist mime is what my daughter was taught in ‘Women’s Studies’ at Rutgers.

          • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 11:56 am #

            Race is reality.
            Equality is a social construct.

            Thats the push from Gov.inc with disparate impact and open borders. To ruin things for the White man.

            If you wonder why most YBMs drop out of school by age 17 remember the first 2 lines of this post.

          • Doug February 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

            Q: “Whatever credit Doug had accumulated here as an informed smart cookie was completely destroyed by his contention that Race exists only in the mind.”

            malthuss: “Race is reality.”

            = = = = = =

            Well, then gentlemen, define “race” for us. Explain to us, with sufficient exactitude to pass basic scientific scrutiny, how we might differentiate one “race” from another.

            I can’t wait. ;^)

    • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 11:00 am #

      “Only then will we have chance to end this moronic obsession with the noxious fantasy that “race” is a real thing, existing outside the mind. – Doug”

      If you’ve followed the tribulations of Jeremy Clarkson, “presenter” of “Top Gear”, you know that he was fired for inciting an altercation with one of his producers…BBC just this AM reported that Clarkson, fired for violence and racial comments, has apologized to his former producer, paid an undisclosed settlement, and has, apparently, laid the matter to rest. The racial component of the altercation was when Clarkson called his producer…Irish.

      • Doug February 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

        Perfect. As an American, and one whose main interest in cars is to keep as many of them out of our cities as possible (and make it as inconvenient as possible for those that are driven there), I’m only generally aware of Clarkson and his various offenses against civilized behavior, but this is just perfect.

        If Janos, malthuss, Q And Company had lived in Boston or New York in the 1840s, they would have been absolutely certain that the Irish were of an inferior race and would have been demanding strict limits on immigration and posing No Irish Need Apply on the doors of their business establishments.

        • elysianfield February 25, 2016 at 11:01 am #

          Doug,
          You may well be correct. I think the “racial component” is more about poverty, crime, and lack of assimilation, rather than color, orientation, or place of origin. Those who can assimilate rarely “feel the lash”….

    • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

      While one must bow to reality and realize that advanced science and math are perhaps beyond your typical knee-jerk racists’ ken, one might wish that they could comprehend basic concepts of college-level Genetics and Medical Genetics courses before spewing their vile notions of “race” Of course it’s all about emotion for them anyway, so scientific fact wouldn’t matter in the least, at the end of the day.

  93. Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 1:43 am #

    Doug admits that I am right about the Left’s desire to genocide the White Race. Guess an all brown or tan humanity is their idea of diversity. But obviously the other races aren’t going to let themselves be eliminated like this. So only Whites are going to be so sacrificed. As I said, unbelievable hatred.

    Doug
    February 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    @ Janos:

    “And of course the boiling hatred for the White Race and the desire to see it humiliated, assaulted, dispossessed, and destroyed by the lower races and their Sauron/Saruman Masters.”

    Nah, nothing so dramatic. I just want to see it vanish into a sea of miscegenation. I want your grandchildren to be brown. Or maybe tan. ;^) Only then will we have chance to end this moronic obsession with the noxious fantasy that “race” is a real thing, existing outside the mind.

    You know, your references to Tolkien are fairly amusing, too: They demonstrate a deep misunderstanding of the man, his politics and his views on race. But, then, why would we be surprised at that?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 1:50 am #

      You are not of the High Blood, Doug – the Blood of Numenor. You are not worthy to associate with Elves or even see them. Indeed, like Allwrong, you want to see the Orcs triumph over all Elves and all Men. Then and only then can your perfect “equality” be realized. One can’t level up, but one can level down. It’s all the same to you as long as it’s done and the world turned into a stinking 3rd World Cesspool.

    • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 11:33 am #

      Janos,
      I heard once, in my youth, an opinion that racial strife will only be ended through miscegenation..a thorough mixing of the races. While this might offer a plausible solution, it is a false, superficial one.

      It has been my experience that, amongst the ghetto population, their culture ranks skin color…with darkness at the declining end of the spectrum…and lighter skin being thus preferred. One could say that human nature actively seeks out differences to, largely, devalue another…and if this be true, then racial animus is hardwired into the human psyche. Unless in a very civilized venue, there is no other solution to racial “dissonance” but avoidance, as there can be no solution to that which human nature proscribes.

      “…Can’t we all just get along…?” I would expect not.

      • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

        racial strife will only be ended through miscegenation.
        and what of other reasons for war?

        When Shia bomb a Sunni Mosque, whats the answer?

        Look at Israel, Internecine hatred everywhere.

        The Ashkenazy hate the Sephardic and vice versa, Sabras hate immigrants and vice versa, moderates hate the settlers and vice versa, etc. etc.

        • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

          Malthuss,
          Yes, there are many reasons why “strife is rife”…Racial animus just one of them.

      • Q. Shtik February 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

        It has been my experience that, amongst the ghetto population, their culture ranks skin color…with darkness at the declining end of the spectrum…and lighter skin being thus preferred – elysian

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

        I can tell you from first-hand experience and with total assurance that the same is true in India. The lighter the skin the more desirable the person. There is literally greater joy at the sight of a light-skinned newborn than one of darker hue.

        • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

          North vs South.
          Darkies in the south.
          Mixed [aryan invasion] in the north?

        • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

          ” There is literally greater joy at the sight of a light-skinned newborn than one of darker hue.”

          Q,
          Yes, even more so in this country if both husband and wife are white….

          • Sticks-of-TNT February 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

            Funny!

    • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      See above.

      • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

        Talkin to you, troll “janos”.

        And for the last time, it’s Skorzeny… get your Nazis right.

        • Doug February 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

          “And for the last time, it’s Skorzeny… get your Nazis right.”

          I’ve been wondering when some one would notice that.

  94. MisterDarling February 24, 2016 at 2:09 am #

    @ Doug & Ozone;

    RE | “There are technologies that can be reasonably developed and sustained in the context of city states, provided reasonable trade can be maintained. I expect the places that aren’t overrun will be able to provide lighting, simple telephony, radio (probably utilizing vacuum tubes), etc. — at the reduced and limited levels that permanent energy constraints will impose..”-doug.

    It is agreed that the amount of technology appropriate to a down-shifted local/semi-regional economic environment vastly exceeds what one might find in a Mennonite farmer’s almanac from 1890.

    Electricity generation, wireless technology and refrigeration (to name but a few examples) do not require a global supply-chain to create and maintain, and having them changes *e v e r y t h i n g* about the situation – while also creating an enormous competitive advantage. And that’s assuming that you really were rebuilding from the scorched remnants of a dead civilization, not methodically harvesting the squandered riches when it’s on its way out – working through the “Grace Period” author Lewis Dartnell refers to. [*]

    Something that diminished my identification with and sympathy for JHK’s ‘Union Grove’ characters was that they had a library, a ton of salvageable stuff [**] and plenty of non-hostile, able-bodied people speaking the same language, and *yet* they chose to go into a fugue-state with Death Itself continuously whining in their collective ear like a gnat, _for__years_… I’m sure that similar things have happened repeatedly in the past, but those communities didn’t survive long enough to tell their own story. Yes, I’m aware that the artist (“der Kunstler”) had a story to tell, and I’m glad he did. Just don’t ask me to get closer than arm’s length to the characters.

    RE |”Here’s something by another independent thinker that I found very intriguing, and I thought you (personally) might find it so as well. [The TechNospheratu Hypothesis] Definitely not for the usual gaggle of tongue-cluckers and uber-statist vampires who lack the ability to consider anything in a holistic light.”-ozone.

    AND:

    “All of these possibilities will, of course, require adoption of a more equitable socioeconomic system than oligarchic capitalism. That model is simply not sustainable in a world in descent.”-doug.

    The second we enter an area outside the control of the globalist system (with everything entailed; FIRE-sector parasitism & the ‘self-licking ice-cream cone’ of globe-scale technology) we enter “a more equitable socioeconomic” environment – one where there’s at least a possibility of living humanely, where the simplest implementations of good-governance (self and collective) don’t immediately morph into something broadly toxic & counterproductive.

    — — —

    [*] once again, I recommend ‘The Knowledge’ by Lewis Dartnell. Clearly and engagingly written, organized and edited by someone with a STEM background, a solid understanding of how it came together, and how it *could* come back together under different circumstances.

    [**] We could be repurposing & rebuilding electric motor/generator/alternators and tons of aluminum (which hardly corrodes and has a low melting temperature) for centuries – literally – but as soon as these two items enter the post-Collapse picture, the aesthetics go to hell for some people, don’t they?

    Personally, I’d be keen to see what beautifully feral/hybrid world arose from the room-temperature corpse of this one. There’s absolutely no reason that every step taken to get where we are now needs to be repeated. A lot could be skipped – or omitted entirely.

    😉

  95. MisterDarling February 24, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    @ Malthus;

    “I went to ‘linhs photos’ and saw no photos.”-m.

    All the words highlighted in *blue* are links to the photos. His photos are useful because they are recent and not the stuff that a local chamber of commerce would want you to see.

    For instance, we can learn a lot from unedited traveler’s documentation. If we want independent confirmation about what is actually happening at street-level in some other country, we read what’s published by respectable sources and we compare it to reliable, low-level sources.

    SO, assume we want to know how the economy is doing in Kiev, but we want something besides the ‘CIA World Factbook’ to go on. Look at this picture:

    linhdinhphotos.blogspot.de/2016/02/sale-90-kiev.html

    + this picture:

    linhdinhphotos.blogspot.de/2016/02/second-hand-flea-market-near-lisova.html

    From that we can surmise that the retail sector in Kiev is not booming. This will leads to follow-up research of course. This is part of how we figure out what is BS and what is not.

    Cheers!

    • Q. Shtik February 24, 2016 at 10:19 am #

      Those mannequins in your first link seem to have caught a chill. 😉

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 10:36 am #

        The androgynous heads probably explain why they’re 90% off.

        For hot-blooded hetero men, I recommend you scan from the bottom up, stopping well before you reach the neck. That’s as good as it’s going to get.

    • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      Book — ‘Worlds Most Dangerous Places’ –and thats 20 or more years old.
      Civilization is imploding faster than I can ask, ‘alla who?’

  96. MisterDarling February 24, 2016 at 2:40 am #

    MEANWHILE, in the realm of hard choices;

    thelocal.de/20160223/germany-blasts-countries-which-refuse-to-take-back-migrants

    Germany’s rejected their bids for asylum, and their ‘home’-nations do not want them back…

    • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 4:07 am #

      Back? Why would they go back? It’s an invasion and the are winning. If they really were refugees, then they would have stayed in Turkey, not a war torn country, at least not now. Or they would have gone to far closer Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia.

      As Orban has said, it’s a well funded and orchestrated takedown of Europe. Every time you use the word “refugee”, you are buying into the Lie, the false paradigm. Stop it.

      • BackRowHeckler February 24, 2016 at 8:56 am #

        “Its an invasion, and they are winning”

        Maybe the Soldiers of Odin will have something to say about that.

        Christian Europe kept the Muslim hordes at bay for 1300 years in dozens of battle from Tours in NW France, to Spain, Vienna, Budapest, and Serbia. Some battles, like Constantinople, were lost, most were won. Now Europe seems to have been betrayed by its elite, who are not even willing to put up a fight. Its the European people themselves who must rise up and defend their homelands.

        brh

      • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

        Saudi Arabia offered to take 0.
        But will finance 2000 mosques in DE.

        • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

          In Deutschland…or Delaware? ;>)

          • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

            sick joker u r

      • MisterDarling February 24, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

        @ other readers & Janos:

        “Every time you use the word “refugee”, you are buying into the Lie, the false paradigm. Stop it.”-Janos.

        Just to make it clear to bystanders and new members; I’ve never been in favor of this unchecked immigration-incursion into Europe. I’ve been calling shenanigans on the whole fiasco and predicting that it would go the way that it did from the start. In case you’re wondering, I am pro-National Sovereignty & anti-Globalist TPP/TTIP/TISA and anti-EU Troika.

        Cheers!

        • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

          In other words, you’re going to continue to say refugee. To do otherwise would alienate you from your peer group. This affiliation is more important to you than the Truth.

        • Doug February 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

          MD: “I’ve never been in favor of this unchecked immigration-incursion into Europe.”

          Are you willing, however, to recognize that the forces that have long driven this migration, especially recently, are largely forces under the control of and working at the behest of the destination countries?

          • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

            Every 12 years, the earths population increases by 1 billion.
            Dont blame Yt [whitey].

            The ‘refugees’ are surplus population, dumped on YT.

          • Doug February 24, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

            “The ‘refugees’ are surplus population, dumped on YT.”

            Every comparatively rich, usually white, child born in the “fortunate north” is dozens of times more destructive to the the planet than those “surplus refugees” you so despise and has an immeasurably more negative effect on equity and human decency.

            Mother Nature can’t afford your rich children, their endless consumption and their insatiable appetite for stuff.

  97. FincaInTheMountains February 24, 2016 at 4:53 am #

    American revolution 3.0

    This morning, talking heads passionately discussed the upcoming Trump win in Nevada; pessimists were expecting 3% or losing, and optimists 10% maximum! Now the results are calculated on 97% of the precincts, and the Trump 46% percent of the vote, and he is ahead by 22% from Rubio with his 24%!!!

    Trump is the only candidate who has a comprehensive plan for cooperation between United States and Russia.

  98. FincaInTheMountains February 24, 2016 at 5:07 am #

    “I do, by the way, think city states are an excellent idea” – Doug

    I noticed that the common American problem is that you think that money and economy are the primary things that matter the most and tend to forget that security Trumps the economy.

    City states will be undefendable and will pay 95% tribute to Mexican drug lords, Chinese invaders or whoever will show up with the bigger muscle. Will make you to recall fondly your friendly IRS inspector.

  99. Reagan February 24, 2016 at 6:45 am #

    Contradictions here Mr. Kunstler:

    1. “…that he will indeed succeed in destroying the party.” — Isn’t this what you folks on the left want more than anything? Given the violent and hateful rhetoric coming from the liberals, why is this a problem for you?

    2. “…and throw their support to Michael Bloomberg, if he decides to jump in — and he might be enough of a true patriot to do that.” Yet you rail against the financial nightmare facing the country and Bloomberg is nothing more than another Wall Street phony who has made billions from the slicing and dicing of the dollar and the high-speed algorithms running on thousands of blade servers that skim money off the top for doing nothing. Yet you call this man who doesn’t want you to have a “biggie sized” soda a “patriot?” Laughable.

  100. fodase February 24, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    Nah, nothing so dramatic. I just want to see it vanish into a sea of miscegenation. I want your grandchildren to be brown. Or maybe tan.

    you are sick.

    i want my White race exalted. we brought you modernity and most of the progress on economic and social fronts.

    you can live in your brownturd world yourself. glad to see you wish that on your kids, too.

    go find a miscegenated barrio, just head towards the blaring music and the smell of sewage.

    even the miscegenated have more sense than you, at least they want to get out.

    • Doug February 24, 2016 at 11:15 am #

      fodase: “i want my White race exalted.”

      Well, the 70% of the world’s population that ins non-white is unlikely to want to exalt you and your “race” and the same is true of the vast majority of us who (more’s the pity) share your “racial” characteristics, although not your vile and blatant racism.

      So, I’m afraid you’re outta luck, Bubba.

      • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

        Fodase did not ask to be exalted.
        However you do seem to do that, in a backhand way.

        When you fight reality, you always lose.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

        No, Whites are only 8% of the world’s population. And all our homelands are being overwhelmed from the 3rd World thank to traitors like you so that number is dropping quickly. Unless we act quickly and radically, we are doomed and our Civilization and Culture along with us.

        All you Culture Vultures who worship art but don’t give a shit about the people who created it: Do you really think Muslims are going to honor the great museums of Europe? They wont – anymore than Black “students” who take over college buildings and then destroy whatever art or records are inside.

        • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

          In a number, how many Whites?

  101. fodase February 24, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Well, the 70% of the world’s population that ins non-white is unlikely to want to exalt you and your “race”

    Yet it’s fine for the non-white races to be exalted constantly. everywhere you look you have puerto rican pride, mexican pride, black pride, haitian pride etc.

    try that with White pride and you’ll lose your career and peace of mind.

    Are you ashamed of your kids’ achievements? and your own?

    by your illogic you ought to be.

    can you tell us why the whole world wants to immigrate to White-race countries?

    or was Western Europe and the US created by other races?

    • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

      Whites were 30% of worlds pop 100 years ago.
      Now are about half that and soon to be under 10%.

      And it is all by design from TPTB.

      Notice those streaks in the sky? Those didnt exist 20 years ago.

      • Doug February 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

        “Notice those streaks in the sky? Those didnt exist 20 years ago.”

        Umm . . . would you care to explain “those streaks in the sky” for us, malthuss?

      • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

        “Notice those streaks in the sky? Those didnt exist 20 years ago.”

        Neither did the ones in my shorts….

    • Doug February 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      “can you tell us why the whole world wants to immigrate to White-race countries?”

      Largely because, by means of conquest, colonialism, labor exploitation, natural resource expropriation, etc. the “White-race countries” have managed to concentrate most of the wealth of the world.

      By the way, fodase, yesterday I made a generous contribution to a young black cutie collecting for the Southern Poverty Law Center. I told her it was from you, Janos and malthuss.

      • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

        “Largely because, by means of conquest, colonialism, labor exploitation, natural resource expropriation, etc. the “White-race countries” have managed to concentrate most of the wealth of the world.”

        Doug,
        So, can you tell us of a race, other than White, achieving hegemony and ruling otherwise?

        Re: The Cutie…
        Would you have given more generously if her 6’4″ 240 lb co-worker were to have “asked”?

        • Doug February 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

          “So, can you tell us of a race, other than White, achieving hegemony and ruling otherwise?”

          Why would that be relevant to the question I answered.

          You guys really need to up your logic game. It’s hardly even fun to play with you because you don’t even notice when you lose a point.

          • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

            Doug,
            I understood your statement, however, there has been a common theme, by some, regarding the collection and enjoyment of wealth by the current 1st world countries…some would suggest a moral outrage having occurred. So, White-race countries did bad things so you can have indoor plumbing…was there another point to your statement?

            Conquest, colonialism, exploitation, expropriation….your statement sounded vaguely pejorative…I’m sensing micro-aggression….

          • Doug February 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

            “Conquest, colonialism, exploitation, expropriation….your statement sounded vaguely pejorative…I’m sensing micro-aggression….”

            No, macro-aggression. Given the authority, I’d impose policies that would freeze your little propertarian brains in mid-thought.

            Global capitalism/consumerism, massive concentrations of wealth and power, 7 billion humans heading toward ten billion — all of this is entirely incompatible with the survival of civilization, is probably going to result in the premature deaths of billions, and could easily destroy most of the biosphere.

            It’s quite likely too late to avert all of that, but, given the chance, I’d turn the world upside down for our local neo-Nazis and Randian know-nothings, just on the off chance . . .

      • Q. Shtik February 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

        yesterday I made a generous contribution to a young black cutie collecting for the Southern Poverty Law Center. – Doug

        ===========

        I hope you gave her a check, not cash.

      • BackRowHeckler February 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

        Was she turning tricks?

        • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

          Yes. And Morris Dees is her pimp.

      • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

        Whatever you ninny.
        If you were to post yr suicide note here, I would not blink.

  102. BackRowHeckler February 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Fanny Mae be needin’ another Bailout, suckas.

    The $450 billion they got back in ’08 has been pissed away, apparently.

    A few months ago all the Directors got big raises, which doesn’t seem to have done any good to stem the march toward failure.

    brh

  103. fodase February 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Largely because, by means of conquest, colonialism, labor exploitation, natural resource expropriation, etc. the “White-race countries” have managed to concentrate most of the wealth of the world.

    yep, no one worked hard in the US, it was all exploitation. nothing was invented, no wealth created and shared.

    no social advances to include women and minorities. no political advances that allowed for economic betterment etc.

    obviously you don’t deserve anything yourself, you haven’t worked for it. you largely got it by means of conquest and exploitation.

    have you killed a White today? since they obviously so deserve it?

    • Doug February 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

      @fodase:

      Which universities are awarding degrees in logical fallacy, with concentrations in diversion and straw man argument? Surely you and your fellow fascistas should get at least honorary certificates.

      • elysianfield February 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

        Doug,
        If you spend any time on this site, you will recognize that most of the readership do not need honorary degrees, as they, years ago, have earned their University Degrees in schools public and private.

        You cannot baffle us with bullshit…try being less dismissive and give us an argument that you can defend. I will give you a “head’s up”…ad hominem attacks will provide you with little satisfaction here.

        Oh, and don’t call me “Shirley”….

        • Doug February 24, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

          “If you spend any time on this site, you will recognize that most of the readership do not need honorary degrees, as they, years ago, have earned their University Degrees in schools public and private.”

          I’d be perfectly willing to believe that fodase has an earned degree in logical fallacy, and that others here have similar achievements, perhaps even awarded summa cum laude, in some cases.

          Which school taught you that “University Degrees” should be capitalized? Was it the same one that failed to teach you why fodase’s pathetic response is founded in deep ignorance of even informal logic and its most widely-recognized fallacies?

          Are you getting the sense that I have full-fledged contempt and loathing for much of the vile stupidity bandied about here, and not much use for those spewing the nasty nonsense? If so, you’re on to something.

          • malthuss February 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

            vile stupidity bandied about here, and not much use for those spewing the nasty nonsense?

            Sheer projection, Doctor Fraud.

            You recently posted that ‘30% of earths humans are White.’

            IF humans are now 7b, that =2.1 BILLION Whites on earth.

            I WISH

          • Doug February 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

            “You recently posted that ‘30% of earths humans are White.”

            Well, not quite, but we’ll let it go — because, as I have repeatedly tried to explain to you, race is a social construct, with no meaning beyond that realm.

            I’m waiting for whichever one(s) of you who challenged that to give us a valid definition of “race” as you understand it.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

            Doug: You are valiant, but you’ll never get the yahoo contingent to engage in reasoned debate. Taking on a challenging question on its merits deprives them of the opportunity to scream and yowl and fling feces. At best, they’ll play the “what about” game that lets them manufacture a sense of self-righteousness while avoiding the actual point. It’s futile.

            It’s been said, never argue with a fool, because he’ll pull you down into the slime with him and then beat you on experience. That applies to knaves as well.

          • Doug February 24, 2016 at 11:33 pm #

            @Elrond: “Doug: You are valiant, but you’ll never get the yahoo contingent to engage in reasoned debate.”

            Yeah, I know. I turned 65 this week and I’ve been in this fight since I was a young teen.

            The fact that I know it’s hopeless, somehow, doesn’t permit me to disengage. I think I may be hardwired for resistance.

            And I’ve been watching this ugliness on Jim’s site (Jim, whom I like, respect for much of his work, and whose sometimes savage brilliance I love to read) for a very, very long time. I’ve been surprised and chagrined that he hasn’t moderated it (I know how much work that would be) and I finally felt compelled to step in and stand up to the unmitigated evil openly.

          • elysianfield February 25, 2016 at 11:22 am #

            Doug,
            You rail against the wealthy countries using resources…you weep for the poor who are denied. In the late 60’s, when China was portrayed as a nation on bicycles, did you praise their environmental consciousness? Were they somehow better than “us” because their global impact was less? Did you hold them up to your acquaintances as an example to be followed?

            There was, of course, no example, other than they had not (then) the opportunity to consume…they do now. This small example represents the human condition.

            How do you like it now, Doug?

            Regarding my error of capitalization…Yes, you have discovered my major weakness, the dirty little secret of my life and education…I attended a PUBLIC university…I am now diminished amongst the readership.

  104. barbisbest February 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Well, it looks like the Donald has won Nevada.

    If reading comprehension serves, one could deduce that JHK doesn’t like Donald Trump. He is right. Be very afraid of Mr. Trump, and just as afraid of Ted Cruz. Matter of fact, you may be afraid of anyone who voted for Trump. What was it Trump said, I love uneducated voters. Perhaps JHK was right about that too, as thousands lined up in Alabama and Tennessee was it, too attend one of Trump’s rallies. Seems JK was right about that too,DUDS, the dolts uf the deep south. Hope the north can counteract.

    Someone mentioned here JHK was a national treasure. Addendum: CFNers are national treasures. Dark chocolate, consume it regularly J. Great for continued excellent brain function.
    Excuse me, I go to learn better English and/or memorize my elemental tables.

    • barbisbest February 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

      (CFNers are national treasures, but its’ really gone to hades since BTB isn’t here.)

      Come to think of it, just be really afraid to vote. Where was that island that someone’s offering for people who don’t want to be in the U.S. if Trump is president? Best go there.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

      It must be very frightening for you to be around American Whites. You are so brave! Don’t worry, soon Whites will be gone and humanity will at last be happy and at peace. And yes, that means you too no matter what your politics are.

  105. tucsonspur February 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    Let spring, summer, and fall be trumping! Thanks, I enjoyed it!

    Okay, so Breaking Bad is Albuquerque, 6000 ft. or so. We’re at 2600 or so. Sonoran desert. We have the famous Saguaro and other cacti, mesquite trees, palo verde trees, ocotillo, creosote, brittlebush, etc. Fairly lush for a desert.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

      Thanks. I’m fascinated by that part of the country as Ed Abbey was. The Rocks and Minerals are so evident – the bones of the Earth. But obviously some “hair” or vegetation needs to cover it. That sounds like some interesting country. Walt’s country is too barren.

      Santa Fe is forest, right? Why is that? Higher elevation bringing more rain? Or is it on the left side of some mountains?

      • tucsonspur February 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

        Don’t know much about Santa Fe, but here, in Az., up by Flagstaff, it is definitely forest and about 7000-8000 feet. Much more snow.

        Ed Abbey may have been down this way, southern Az., but I believe he was mainly up in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Much different up there. All beautiful.

  106. MisterDarling February 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    @ Sticks:

    “The androgynous heads probably explain why they’re 90% off.
    For hot-blooded hetero men, I recommend you scan from the bottom up, stopping well before you reach the neck. That’s as good as it’s going to get.”-sticks’o’.

    Well first of all, a ‘sexiness’ gradient is not what leaps to mind when I look at a mannequin (‘to each his own’, eh Sticks?).

    😉

    Secondly, let us not be too hasty in delivering ‘summary judgment’ on a woman’s looks – ‘androgynous’ or no. For instance;

    beautymuscle.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/hanna-maria-seppl-1382606267nkg84.jpg

    Her name is Hanna. Just go ahead and tell me that Hanna wouldn’t get anything she wanted from you, just by putting on a dress [*] and saying: “pretty please?”

    Go ahead and tell me that smack. I dare you.

    🙂

    L O L

    😉

    — — —

    [*] let’s skip the heels & makeup, just to make it sporting.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

      Yes, a handsome woman, big muscles and no breasts – basically a man. That makes sense since you’re obsessed with the idea of women on the front lines in the military. Is this your bread and butter, perhaps?

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 25, 2016 at 11:51 am #

        Your “type” may be “Rookie Bombshell” Ashley Graham, featured on the cover (one of three different covers) of Sports Illustrated last week.

        She may be able to soothe away any remaining bitterness of broken relationships past. What therapy!

        Google Away!

        -Sticks

    • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

      Well it’s always helpful to know that ‘something’ isn’t being hidden under a skirt or dress–in the interest of full disclosure. Looks can certainly be deceiving these days! Based on that ‘Hanna’ is look-ing-go-o-o-d! So points there.

      Good figure, check. Athleticism, check. Er, ‘flexibility’, semper gumby, I mean check. Youth, young, but not cradle-robbing, another check. Blonde, NEVER a bad thing, check plus, together with fair skin, indicative of good Aryan stock, which according to multiple experts (and or, ‘spokes-holes’) on this very site, increasingly rare and worthy of adoration, so check, check. Bright-eyed, indicative of attentiveness and even, perhaps, above-average intelligence, check again. Clear complexion and superior facial bone structure, check

      Let’s see–one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight…so just based on packaging, she’s a “10” or better and we haven’t even evaluated the ‘inner-Hanna’.

      Preliminary evaluation, at the very least, good breeding stock. More thorough, longer-term testing and ‘under-the-hood’ examination could very well result in a conclusive, “let’s go home to meet mama!” finding for Hanna.

      So, lets roll! If that’s androgynous, “Slip me in coach, I don’t smoke!”

      -Sticks

      • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

        Her nickname is “Jimmy”. Say that in the clutch and she’ll really start to purr. Then call her “Jim” and she’ll writhe in ecstasy. Tell me how it goes. I’ll tell you later what calling “her” James will do.

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

        If we must put a woman on the $10 bill, ‘Hanna’ seems a better choice than those mentioned by the MSM. I didn’t like Hamilton anyway. I read he was a real bastard. -Sticks

        • pequiste February 25, 2016 at 12:41 am #

          Alexander Hamilton received his just deserts from Vice President Aaron Burr on the field of honor (a duel) 11 July 1804 at Weehawken. New Jersey.

          Where are such statesmen in today’s world?

          As for the $10 bill, sure I’d like a pretty thing (or handsome woman in the case of Hanna) on it; however if Larry Summers (Secretary of the Treasury under Bill CLinton and demolition man for the Glass-Steagall Act BTW)) has his way, it won’t matter – it will probably be the largest note available for us serfs to have in our possession.

          • Sticks-of-TNT February 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

            peq,

            You are right. They are definitely coming for our cash and Larry Summers is one of those leading the charge. He’s chomping at the bit to be Fed Chairman in some future administration where he can wreak havoc. Now HE would be a bastard!

            -Sticks

  107. MisterDarling February 24, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    AND in the world of real consequences, PM Orban just called *Shenanigans!* on the immigration fiasco:

    theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/24/hungary-viktor-orban-will-call-referendum-on-eu-refugee-quotas

    • Doug February 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

      Ah, well, eastern Europe is a conglomeration of nations that eagerly joined, and were eagerly welcomed by, the EU and NATO. It appears that they are, now, even less eager to accept the refugees their fellow members of those organizations have driven from their homes than the more-directly responsible entities are — no surprise.

      And Orban is a very strange fellow, in any event. He’d much rather be a populist dictator than a mere head of government in a collection of governments under the thumbs of faceless bureaucrats in Brussels, and a significant plurality of Hungarians seem to think that would be just fine — as long as they could stay in the Schengen zone. ;^(

  108. Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    dailystormer.com/sanders-fan-cries-because-trump-is-mean/

    Hilariously ridiculous Drama Queen. Each of her tears is a jewel, a hologram that reflects sad weeping rainbows in infinite dimensions; her tears are medicine that should be bottled – to be taken in homeopath quantities when we get tired of winning under Herr Trump.

    She needs to get a Man who will give her real problems – babies. Very few women have any business in politics. Thus they should be denied the vote. The few sensible women who can think critically can run for office if they like. We’ll know who the real ones are.

    • snarkmatic9000 February 24, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

      Gotta love JS… a veritable cornucopia of stupidity in each post!

      His sycophants M, F, brh, TnT, have a long way to go, but hey, we all need something to live for!

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

        Sounds like it’s time to trade up to a dog-matic.

    • tucsonspur February 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      LMAO! My wife came in and saw it, and started beating me with the newspaper!

  109. FincaInTheMountains February 24, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    A.Brodsky. Trump’s revolutionary foreign policy

    Trump openly proclaims the need to cooperate with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, but he also successfully sells to the American public a revolutionary new concept of US foreign policy, which he calls «making deals».

    According to this concept, Russia, helping the United States in Afghanistan, has every reason to expect the US cooperation in Ukraine and Syria, which from the point of view of the Clinton’s State Department is a heresy that is impossible even to imagine.

    According to Secretary of State Clinton, United States owing someone for something (except for Saudi Arabia, of course) is totally unacceptable violation of the sacred principle of political correctness.

    And Trump, instead of becoming Ross Perot-2.0, betrays her, and every day trumps on the idol of political correctness, and the American public, which, after the terror arranged by senator McCarthy, having obediently swallowed the defeat of Roosevelt’s State Department, President Kennedy’s and his brother assassination, the murder of Martin Luther King, the overthrow of President Nixon, the Nazi coup in Chile, the Iran-Contra affair, cooperation with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, an attempt on Reagan, undermining of the two-party system by Ross Perot, support for the Nazis and Islamists in Yugoslavia and the Ukraine, 911 etc. etc, all of a sudden, instead of shouting “Crucify him, crucify!” is giving Trump their votes in such quantities that many real experts already argue in the beginning of the election campaign, that the victorious march of Trump can not be stopped.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

      Brooklyn Jew Bernie Sanders, who plays for cooperation with Russia reminds with his political program, not only Franklin Delano Roosevelt who confiscated all the gold in the country to deal with the Great Depression, but also Theodore Roosevelt, who crashed Rockefeller’s “Standard Oil” into 38 companies.

      And his manner to debate with Hillary Clinton, which he brilliantly demonstrated yesterday in North Carolina and 3 weeks ago in New Hampshire, reminiscent of Joseph Stalin – he hits the opponent with logic of steel pounding his arguments as nails with one blow and it is very difficult to escape the feeling, that he was hammering the nails into the political coffin of Hillary Clinton.

  110. Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Conspiracy by the Left and the Justice Dept (more Left) to give illegals the vote. No doubt Digger and Allwrong approve. The Left only cares about rules when the rules favor them.

    usnews.com/debate-club/is-voter-fraud-a-real-problem

    The System serves the People – not vice versa. There is no fool proof system. Ultimately it comes down to the quality of the Citizens. If they fail, no Constitution can save them, no matter how good. Is the Constitutional Document going to grow arms and take up arms? No, on the plane of existence, it needs men to defend it. We have failed in vigilance and the Enemy is close to overthrowing the Republic by changing the parts of the Constitution they don’t like – like the Bill of Rights.

    Unless we can reign them, and amend the Constitution by restoring voter restriction and our borders, the Republic is finished. Then Revolution is the only answer, even as Jefferson said. The Constitution has a suicide clause. It is no Hal.

    • Cold N. Holefield February 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

      Yeah, let’s have voting the way The Founders intended. Only the Landed Gentry owning more than a 1,000 acres can vote. That excludes you and pretty much everyone who comments here. I’m good with that since I don’t vote anyway. I don’t think it will change the outcome though. In fact, I know it won’t. Although, if it was that way now, Trump never would have bothered because he knows he never would have stood a chance.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 24, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

        Financial solvency, a record of service (military in general), and pass a written (not multiple choice) test on history and civics. That’s for the State level. Voting at the Federal level must be stricter again. Voting at the local level can be a bit looser than the State level.

        Land ownership will not be required. And yes, I’m fine with no being able to qualify. Most wont – as it should be. Most people don’t have the leisure to study the issues to begin with. For many, it will be something to work towards (thus something to be proud of) after one is successful, or after one has retired.

        • Q. Shtik February 24, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

          Hahaha, dream on McDuff.

        • malthuss February 25, 2016 at 12:29 am #

          Who would test the testers?
          Who would count the votes?

          You are far toooooo idealistic.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2016 at 1:10 am #

            I know. Maybe we should just admit it’s failed and go with Monarchy. We have our first King, Donald the First of the Trump Dynasty.

            Obviously for any viable state, even Monarchy, a high level of social capital is needed. And that means ethic homogeneity of one of the higher races.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

            It’s not idealism, it’s cynicism. Under Jim Crow, so-called literacy tests were a widespread tool to deny the franchise to African Americans. Light-skinned Americans were excused under the grandfather clause or the tests mysteriously were just not administered. All this is well-known, and a variation of it goes on today with photo ID requirements used as a tool to suppress voter turnouts to the benefit of Republicans. Put Vlad to work administering such ‘tests’ and the result is a foregone conclusion.

  111. wpa_ccc February 24, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    TRUMP’S DOWNFALL BEGINS AS REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT BEGINS ASSAULT

    Mitt Romney on Wednesday called on real estate mogul Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

    “I think in Donald Trump’s case it’s likely to be a bombshell,” Romney said in an interview with Fox News, speculating the reason Trump had not made his returns available to the public is because he “may not have as much income” as advertised or, even worse, that he didn’t pay any taxes.

    In addition to Trump, Romney also called on presidential hopefuls Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to release their tax returns, although his comments were most pointedly directed at Trump.

    “Get them out at some point, probably. I mean, I’m looking at it. I told my people the other day, start looking at it,” Trump told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

    At a rally in January, Trump bragged that he paid “as little as possible” in taxes because that’s “the American way.”

    • Cold N. Holefield February 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

      Oooh, Romney! Shiver me timbers! I’m sure Trump is shaking in his boots, considering he doesn’t even wear boots. But I bet he works out in a gym when and if he works out, as he watches the election coverage in closed captioning.

      Trump will turn Romney’s effeminate & ineffectual pinch to his advantage like he has every other attack. I can’t wait to see what The Donald has to say about Romney. It’s about time someone from The Establishment unflinchingly used brazen rhetoric to cut Romney down to size. Trump’s just the man to do it.

      • vengeur February 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

        Hillary provided every country in the world with.highly classified US State Dept. E-mails. But there is a “bombshell” in Trump’s tax docs. LOL

  112. fodase February 24, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    HAHAHA so nice to see wpa_ccc suck it up, losing time after time to Mr. Trump.

    now, wpa’s last hope is Mr. Trump’s downfall via his tax returns.

    oh yes, in all caps wpa trumpets that TRUMP’S DOWNFALL BEGINS

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    like the estimable Mr. Trump wasn’t prepared for this a year ago?

    puhleazzze, wpa_ccc, you’re no better than the political ‘pundits’ who’ve been wrong all along about DJT’s meteoric rise.

    I mean, how divorced from reality are you, wpa? The longsuffering American people – the ones who aren’t nutty as a clockwork orange like yourself – have had enough, and they’re not going to take your insanity laden nonsense anymore.

    Can’t you recognize the obvious??

    The execrable tide of liberalism is ebbing, your ilk are being cast aside for a return to common sense that will last a generation.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Yeah, let’s have voting the way The Founders intended. Only the Landed Gentry owning more than a 1,000 acres can vote. That excludes you and pretty much everyone who comments here.

    Typical nonsensical response to Janos’ commonsense dictum of voter restriction.

    Instead of having a diarrhea attack, why not just imagine that voters might have to pass a basic civics test demonstrating knowledge of government bodies and their importance in running the country.

    Maybe you took a test to get a driver’s license?

    Think real hard about it before screaming ‘Nazi’.

  113. beantownbill. February 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    Well, I’m back, having been on vacation the past several weeks in warmer climes. My wife broke her left elbow and left kneecap this past summer, and because the breaks were on the same side of her body, she couldn’t use crutches. I had to literally carry her up and down stairs to get out of the house. We lost our summer, so we planned a somewhat longer than usual winter vacation.

    Since I’m not the POTUS (thank God), and don’t have to carry around the nuclear codes, I was able to withdraw from the world and rest and relax.

    Imagine my total lack of surprise to discover upon my return and re-emergence, that nothing has changed. Obama is still the president, the same cast of ludicrous characters (minus a few) are still running for the highest office, and the same nice CFNers and the same asshole CFNers are still commenting – you should know what category you are in.

    Not that anyone is anxiously awaiting further comments from me, but I’ll post some of my observations from my trip reasonably soon.
    .

    • Buck Stud February 24, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

      Sorry to hear about your wife but glad that you were strong enough to carry her. And of course, that she was light enough so that you could carry her. Not a small feat, whatever the case. As I recall you wrote that you are in your late 60’s or so?

      It give’s one pause to think of the dire possibilities. Imagine if you had not been able to move your wife, for example. Or hurt yourself doing so.

      As “Big Let Go” time approaches closer, our natural inclination is too grab tighter and hold on fearfully. For one thing, we gear for those left behind, or at least while alive.

      And yet, imagine being in the middle of a fall that never really ends: the suspended time of non-duality. Yes, call it Home Sweet Home at last.

  114. FincaInTheMountains February 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    “With a GDP 6 times that of a degenerate Russia that is rampant with corruption, a shrinking and demoralized population with declining life expectancy, and insufficient investment to ever become economically competitive enough to fund a competent military” — snarkmatic9000

    And what anthropocentric environmental Biologist knows about “declining life expectancy” in Russia, which is actually on the rise?

    Facts, please, not just anthropocentric emotions and childish rants.

    And why the “Conquerors of the Moon” still can not independently launch satellites into the Earth orbit? The US Department of Defense has openly admitted that they could not without Russian rocket engines RD-180 launch military satellites.

    • Doug February 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Hatred for Russia, and its corollary, Russophobia, are articles of America’s national religion, Finca.

      It pre-dates the October Revolution and post-dates the collapse of the USSR. It’s a deeply-embedded, twisted dogma and it’s gonna get my smug “fellow Americans” in deep shit one of these days — a day not too far away, if events proceed as they have been.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

        “Hatred for Russia, and its corollary, Russophobia, are articles of America’s national religion, Finca.” — Doug

        I’d rather think that they are the articles of the “sacred” principles of Clinton’s political correctness, not America’s national religion.

        • Doug February 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

          No, sorry. It’s much deeper and long-lived than that.

          I could go back to the Great Game and the 19th century, but let’s just look at policy (which drives propagandizing the public) since the collapse of the USSR.

          The Wolfowitz memo (before being rewritten to be less offensive):

          “Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

          And I strongly recommend that you investigate the history, policy positions and influence of Brzezinski on this subject. The following link is a good starting place, but be sure to read his Grand Chessboard and his boasting interview with Le Nouvel Observateur.

          Zbigniew Brzezinski: the Empire’s Adviser — The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia
          The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2016 at 2:10 am #

        No, we were against Russia because it turned Communist. Now we’re the Communists run by Jews and spreading Revolution throughout the world. And they’re the White Christian State (sort of). We’ve exchanged identities.

        Great Britain was in conflict with them before of course. Commercial Empires like old Britain always expansionist. They financed the French Revolution too. Plans were already afoot to move on Russia from within with Communism. The huge resentful Jewish community was a perfect and most willing agent of Russia’s demise.

  115. MisterDarling February 24, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    @ Doug;

    RE | “Are you willing, however, to recognize that the forces that have long driven this migration, especially recently, are largely forces under the control of and working at the behest of the destination countries?”-doug.

    I don’t agree with you on this, specifically regarding “…at the behest of” [the destination countries]. The governments of these destination countries were compromised (covertly and/or overtly) early in the post-WW2 era wither by the US or the USSR – depending on which side of the Warsaw Pact line they fell. The current crop of the EU’s political leaders don’t know how to do anything else but take their cues from the US – although the rationalizations vary.

    We saw that on full display in 2013 when not one nation in the EU would shelter Edward Snowden, even though the evidence he presented showed them clearly where they stood, what the US was up to, and in how many different ways it was unlawful.

    In other words, their democracies are as fake as the USA’s, so it doesn’t do much good to assign culpability to the rank-and-file public of these nations.

    Regarding national-level involvement in the US State Department’s various chaos campaigns, most of these nations made no more than token contributions. The risk and cost posed by the uncontrolled influx of immigrants vastly outweighs what little damage these nations did in the immigrants nations of origin. If we’re going to discuss this in terms of proportionality, there’s no way that a mid- or lower-income Schengen Area nation should bear the burden of a conflict not of their own making. That’s absurd.

    Aside from that, it isn’t do-able anyway, so it isn’t going to happen – it’s simply a matter of how it’s not, and how messy things get.

    There weren’t enough resources to peacefully and productively absorb the number of immigrants currently inbound even in the best of times. At this point it’s a waste of time to consider. It’s not a matter of ‘political will’ but stone-cold logistics. Merkel was grandstanding for a naïve and gullible public and she set off a feeding frenzy.

    Now that it’s clear that the vast majority of these immigrants are in Europe seeking a fantasized life of leisure that no longer exists (if it ever did for the unacculturated), it’s equally clear that Merkel and others of her ilk (who love to *appear* magnanimous) have screwed up royally and have to face the music.

    Given that the aforementioned circumstances are the case, what else should the average citizen of Europe do but strive in every way possible to defend their way of life? Unfortunately that means that they have to close ranks and shut out a lot of people, like it or not. It also means that they have to clean house internally and eject venal and stupid politicians who place personal gain ahead of the well-being of the communities that gave them life, language, values and the very context needed for their ambitions to have meaning.

    In summary, I do see the connection between what was done in the nations of origin, but I don’t see that the people of Europe should be left holding the bag, nor do I think it’s ‘right’ that they should sacrifice not only their prosperity but their way of life for something that isn’t going to work anyway. . . This is one of those times when it’s kinder to be ‘cruel’, and to rip the ‘bandage’ off quickly not slowly – or worse yet – wish the wound away with positive affirmations, incense and candles.

    Cheers!

    • Doug February 24, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

      “The governments of these destination countries were compromised (covertly and/or overtly) early in the post-WW2 era wither by the US or the USSR – depending on which side of the Warsaw Pact line they fell. The current crop of the EU’s political leaders don’t know how to do anything else but take their cues from the US – although the rationalizations vary.”

      True, although we did deal with that “just following orders” defense at Nuremberg.

      “Aside from that, it isn’t do-able anyway, so it isn’t going to happen – it’s simply a matter of how it’s not, and how messy things get.”

      No question about that.

      “Now that it’s clear that the vast majority of these immigrants are in Europe seeking a fantasized life of leisure that no longer exists . . .”

      That’s not at all clear to me. It is clear that the vast majority of them are from places “we” and our minions have fucked up beyond belief in various ways for long periods of time, many of them utterly unlivable as a result of our misadventures. Are some of them simply comparatively well-off “economic refugees” who see better opportunities to practice, say, dentistry, in Cologne than in Aleppo? Well, sure, but they’d likely be perfectly happy practicing in Aleppo if we hadn’t laid waste (directly and via proxy) to the whole damned region.

      “In summary, I do see the connection between what was done in the nations of origin, but I don’t see that the people of Europe should be left holding the bag, nor do I think it’s ‘right’ that they should sacrifice not only their prosperity but their way of life for something that isn’t going to work anyway. . . This is one of those times when it’s kinder to be ‘cruel’, and to rip the ‘bandage’ off quickly not slowly – or worse yet – wish the wound away with positive affirmations, incense and candles.”

      Of course the people of Europe shouldn’t have to be left holding the bag. That task is for the “deciders” who made the mess to begin with. My vote is for adopting the Colin Powell policy: “[I]f you break it, you own it.” — or at least have responsibility for repair.

      In Libya and Syria that might reasonably be doable (if expensive and the work of many years). In Iraq, we have probably fucked things up beyond any repair, and Afghanistan has never been anything but broken.

      In Israel-Palestine, a few phone calls might make all the difference in the world. In KSA, the House of Saud wouldn’t last a year without our support, so all the innumerable princes ought to be be able to see reason with a little re-education seminar.

      And so on.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 25, 2016 at 3:56 am #

        Sanity: Sweden never had a colonial empire.
        Doug: They’re White. That’s the cardinal and original sin.

        Sanity: But aren’t all races equal?
        Doug: All except Whites. They are evil and must be destroyed.

        Sanity: But didn’t you also say Race doesn’t exist?
        Doug: That’s true too. Sometimes. When we need it to be true. In any case, we’re going to make it true by breeding the evil ones out of existence. All races will be equal once everyone is the same non-race. Ditto for the illegal immigrant problem: just legalize them and the problem is gone. Things are so simple when you have absolute power to do the right thing. That’s what Democracy really means btw. We just have to correct the Constitution and make it agree with International Law.

        Sanity: So you don’t believe in Nations?
        Doug: I believe they exist, yes.
        Sanity: But do you think they should exist?
        Doug: Of course not. They get in the way of the free flow of goods, services, and immigrants. The proper organization is the City State.
        Sanity: And the City States will have different cultures and peoples?
        Doug: Er, no. We’ll have to watch that. They’re all going to be the same, with the same tan colored people in them and all practicing and believing tolerance and equality and atheism and polysexuality and environmentalism and communism and so forth.
        Sanity: oh

        • pequiste February 25, 2016 at 9:21 am #