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I’m not the first observer to point out that it looks like the Democratic Party puts the interests of non-citizens above everybody else in the country. That’s what will be remembered about this gambit at the polls in November. It also looks like an engineered misdirection away from the more ominous fast-developing story about political corruption at the highest level of the Justice Department and its subsidiary, the FBI.

Unlike the allegations in the slow-cooking Russian Collusion story — allegations so far uncoupled from evidence — there’s plenty of evidence that FBI leadership deliberately mishandled several concurrent Hillary Clinton inquiries and, along with other players in the giant NSA matrix, launched the Russia Collusion story to derail Donald Trump’s legitimacy in office. Former President Obama and his White House aides are implicated in these machinations. Whether you’re a Trump fan or not, this ought to raise troubling questions about the legitimacy of the FBI.

On Sunday, the FBI revealed that it had lost five months of text messages between Trump antagonists Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The agency offered a lame explanation that “software upgrades” and “misconfiguration issues” interfered with the app that is supposed to automatically save and archive communications between officials on FBI phones. This was the couple who chattered about an FBI-generated “insurance policy” for the outcome of the 2016 election with Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. When will these three be invited to testify before a house or senate committee to inform the nation exactly what the “insurance policy” was?

The bad odor at the FBI seeps into several other areas of misbehavior involving Hillary Clinton, her campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and members of the permanent Washington bureaucracy. Did the Obama White House use the Christopher Steele dossier, paid for by the Clinton Campaign, to obtain FISA warrants against her opponent in the election for the purpose of conducting electronic surveillance on him? Was the FBI abetting a Democratic Party coup to get rid of Trump by any means necessary once he got into office? Did the FBI conduct a stupendously half-assed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server by dismissing the charges before interviewing any of the principal characters involved, granting blanket immunities to Obama White House officials, and failing to secure computers that contained evidence? Does the FBI actually know what then Attorney General Loretta Lynch discussed with Bill Clinton in the parked airplane on the Phoenix tarmac? Did the FBI fail to investigate enormous contributions (roughly $150 million) to the Clinton Foundation after the Uranium One deal was signed? Did they look into any of the improprieties surrounding the DNC’s effort to nullify Bernie Sander’s primary campaign?

These are some of the big questions that a nation not 100 percent distracted and misdirected will want some answers to. The even greater question is whether the USA’s institutional justice system remains sturdy enough to fairly inquire into all these things. It probably can’t happen without a deep house-cleaning at the Department of Justice and the FBI. For the moment, Trump is just observing the scene like the Cheshire Cat in his tree. Considering what a dope he is, it is one of the many miracles of his long and (so far) lucky life to have his enemies look even dumber.

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  1. Georges1202 January 22, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Well, over here in Europe there is continuing exasperation with a tweak of sadness watching the US go down the shitter.

    Just in case anybody over there was wondering.

    • FallenHero January 22, 2018 at 10:05 am #

      Its interesting that despite this you have the following:
      Gold at suppressed lows
      Oil oddly low
      DOW- near aths
      Crypto – hammered for last month

      I thought crypto might take off in stead but not yet.

      • pequiste January 22, 2018 at 10:14 am #

        But the Euro is having a nice spring back in value versus the Dollar,

    • shotho January 22, 2018 at 10:07 am #

      Yes, that is a legitimate concern for Europeans. And, actually, I’m wondering the same thing about Europe. With every bond the ECB buys, that ship sinks a little lower in the water.

      • Georges1202 January 22, 2018 at 10:16 am #

        And now you send that ignorant baboon over here to sunny Switzerland. Nobody knows what to do with this clown. Merkel wants no part of him. Macron is keeping his wife away lest he make some further idiotic remark.

        Is this an ATL for America? Stay tuned.

        • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

          Is this an ATL for America? Stay tuned. – Georges

          ===========

          Please don’t use obscure acronyms. What is an ATL?

        • CHenry January 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

          All-time low? Goodness no. We’ve been far worse.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

          He should take Granny away from little Macaroon. That whole relationship is not de trop.

        • outsider January 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

          That’s rich, Georges1202. Are you actually comparing Merkel, destroyer of Europe and hater of her white countrymen, favorably versus Trump, who is attempting to save the USA from suffering the same fate as Merkel’s Germany? I’ll take that ‘baboon’ over those two Euro leaders you mention any day of the week.

          • 100th Avatar January 22, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            Seawolf is now in Switzerland.. via his new FIOS connection at the double-wide

    • FallenHero January 22, 2018 at 10:15 am #

      One more point George, from our pov in the USA, Europe looks even more fucked with the endless ‘refugee’ crisis. Look at Sweden, that native gene pool will resemble Africa in about 1 more generation.

      • TiredOfTheTreadmill January 22, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

        Yeah, a refugee crisis brought to you by the US of A foreign policy. You could almost swear it’s a plot to turn every place into a shithole.

        • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 9:56 am #

          Indeed. When I checked out the demographics of Sweden I found, interestingly, that 135,129 Iraqis find themselves in 3rd place for foreign-born residents in Sweden, after Finns (153,620) and Syrians (149,418).

          And yet, how many Swedish bombs do we recall falling on Iraq? Some nations seem fated to absorb and attempt to clean up the mess made by other nations (in this case also my own – albeit in ‘poodle’ capacity – which has not, to my knowledge, equalled the Swedes’ generosity in taking in refugees from the country it invaded with such mendacious enthusiasm – or should that perhaps be enthusiastic mendacity? Whichever…).

          It’s hard enough to get the UK Home Office to accept as asylum seekers those Iraqis or Afghans who risked their lives and those of their families (and still do, now that the soldiers have gone home) by working as translators for British troops – a situation which causes nothing but shame to people with any moral conscience at all.

          As for the suggestion that Sweden’s native gene pool will resemble Africa, in particular, in another generation, you have to go to no. 7 in the list of foreign-born citizens (Somalia: 63,853) and then no. 14 (Eritrea: 35,142) to find any Africans in the Top Twenty of foreign-born residents. There are more people from Norway, Denmark and the UK than from Africa.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 9:58 am #

            *residents*, not citizens, sorry.

    • SteveO January 22, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      I somehow find that encouraging.

      The low end of human nature would be to laugh at our hubris and cheer our downfall. I’m glad to see you’re above that.

    • Walter B January 22, 2018 at 11:01 am #

      Thank you for your sentiments but please do not mourn our demise. We deserve it. It will be a fitting culmination of decades of abuse of humanity for profit and pleasure.

      • outsider January 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

        Walter,
        Just because we (do you mean whites?) deserve it, that doesn’t mean that it is something to be wished for. If whites disappear, the world will be infinitely worse.

        • Walter B January 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

          My reply was to the first post of the day regarding Europeans feeling sad at the demise of America, though it is hard to tell that from how the subsequent replies lay out. The downfall of America (and it won’t just be white America) is deserved at least IMHO and if you doubt the validity of my assertion please read “The Devil’s Chessboard” or research all of the evil for profit that those who lead our nation have perpetrated on the world since 1945. We can sugar-coat it and put happy names on it and pump it up as American Greatness or whatever those who profit off of it care to say to hide the dirt. Endless war for profit since 1950 perpetrated by the “World’s Policeman” in anyplace or any country that we care to make an excuse to invade. We move in, set up puppet governments and pump the wealth of these primitive nations back home so that we can all stay fat dumb and “happy”. It is no wonder that the Central and South Americans have been pouring into America in such great numbers, they are simply following the food that heads north to keep our grocery stores packed to the gills and theirs empty. And the Middle easterners are only following the oil and opium boats aren’t they? Maybe if the US government utilized the “foreign aid” that we sent to these places to make them better places to live instead of lining the pockets of the corrupt rulers of these foreign nations, the indigenous peoples might rather stay at home rather than invade the US. Do you see my point?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

            Classic late modern Liberalism. No enemy has to defeat you because you have already surrendered for “moral” reasons.

            You’re no Walter White – a Man who awakened late but fully, to the Truth about Life at its lower end. As Jefferson said, Survival is the first morality. All other moral problems wait on that. Thus you are a very immoral man in terms of what you want for America. And the Global Slave Masters you say you hate will love your message: the People they have savaged at home are taking the Fall for them! The Nation they have betrayed is willing to be betrayed again – to make good their sins while they traipse off to East Asia to do the same thing to them.

          • Walter B January 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

            But Janos, the people that have savaged at home are not willing to do even the slightest thing to fight for their own survival, they do not care about anything! This is why I say it is deserved. Those who call for action against the tyranny are mocked as lunatics because the crowd cannot and will not take any action whatsoever that is not entertainment related. Tell me how I am wrong about this, please.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

            You are right, Walter, and Janos is immoral – or at least amoral – and seems to be a lost cause. Although one should not give up on people too easily. I realise that, overall, you would take his part against mine, but whatever…

            A lot of our problems are just the result of ‘events, dear boy, events’, to quote Macmillan. One of those ongoing ‘events’ is simply that there are too many of us. Too many in poor countries using limited local resources and too many in rich countries over-consuming (remember the US produces an entire half of the world’s solid waste for 5% of its population) and adding to climate change, for example, which exacerbates the living conditions of the poor first. We have less of an excuse, since we consider ourselves better educated. People throw things ‘away’, as if there was such a place as ‘away’. There isn’t.

            scientificamerican.com/article/american-consumption-habits/

            Every imported lettuce or green bean produced in Kenya – or shirt manufactured in India – uses local water resources that we are basically requisitioning for our own use. Even in southern Spain, farmers have seen their water rationed some years, while holidaying golfers benefit from water used to feed outrageously thirsty golf courses.

            All this environmental and population stress adds to the difficulty of people of different perceived identities in behaving in a civilised fashion towards one another. I believe the Sudanese conflict is sometimes proffered as one of the earliest climate conflicts, although it is not always recognised as such.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

            I was replying to your earlier, longer post above, not your later reply to Janos.

          • Walter B January 23, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

            I don’t know GA, you and I probably agree more often than not on issues. I have NO problem with making sure that we get plenty of food and everything else we “need” here in America, depriving Americans is NOT what I advocate. However, I shop for food every week and every week I run into many 400 and 500 pound behemoths riding putt-putt carts around the Shop Rite as they purchase mass quantities, so I know that we are certainly NOT underfed. And the people that I know who work at these places tell me that they throw out 30 yard containers of “expired” food every week because so much more is offered for sale than can ever be consumed. It is the excess that I abhor and the waste. And the profit at the cost of human lives. And the greed and the uncaring attitude of far too many overfed, underworked Americans. Sadly I have no idea how to fix it nor have I even heard of any who cares to make changes for the better. So let us ride the Beast into the ground as it seems our only option.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

            Well maybe because too many of them have been besotted with Liberal views like yours? That they deserve to be destroyed? And of course, they have been entertained to death by the very same people who “push” these ideas. In any case, this kind of morality is simply a cancer. Even Alba likes your views – and that’s should be a wake up call to you.

          • Walter B January 23, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

            Yes I have some very liberal views. I believe that people have a right to their own opinion and a right to voice it. I retain the right to not have to listen to any bullshit opinions that I do not want to hear, and I have the right to have my own. I also have the right to live my own life by my own rules and not by yours. I believe that if you need something you should get off of your dead ass and work to earn it. Handouts are for the failures in society and if failure is the best you can do then you should have to settle for what is handed out to you. I am more than a little bit of an isolationist and I believe that it is the government’s responsibility to create a system that retains a great degree of self sustainability in its’ nation. Ours has failed miserably. Relying on the good will of others, especially other countries is simply retarded. Earn what you can, spend less than you make, and keep the government as small as possible. I suppose that is the New Liberal. BTW, did you have a relative named Otto?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

            Yes, Hitler and the National Socialists took a defeated, demoralized, and degraded (by the same people who torment us) people and raised them up. To him the glass was half full. He saw the potential because he saw with eyes of love. You see otherwise and wish Americans to be finished off.

            Repent, Walter Black Heart. Your commonsense (and you are right from the pov you take) attitude leads to nothing great, never has and never will.

          • Walter B January 23, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

            Raised them up to levels of pure, raw evil that compelled the rest of the world to come together and crush them once and for all. Crushed, de-balled and rapefugee immigranted them into oblivion. Apparently you wish the same to happen here. The horror, the horror….

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            Yeah right, Zio-Cuck.

        • Walter B January 24, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

          Meine ehre heist treue.

    • michael January 22, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      Many of the ills which JHK describes are worse in Europe than in the US, virulent feminism being one of them.

      In speaking of which I have a dream which JHK (or any other capable artist) is able to bring to fruition. It is a work of art depicting Little Red Riding Hood being not little at all but instead unnaturally muscular, striding forth with glee,
      looking up to the cell phone at the end of the selfie stick wielded in one hand while the other is dragging the wolf (deceased) by the tail.

      Little Red Riding Hood should have piercings and tattoes.

      Unfortunately I do not nearly have JHK’s artitistic skill which is why I am hawking this idea here. It can be used without attribution.

      • hmuller January 22, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

        Make the wolf look like Harvey Weinstein (or maybe Trump) and you could sell T-shirts at jacked up prices at the next women’s march. I’ll bet Janet would buy some.

    • lbs January 22, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      I would have thought Europeans would be preoccupied with how their own leaders are driving their countries into the shitter.

    • 100th Avatar January 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      Sure SeaDolt.. sure

    • Htruth January 22, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

      George1202,
      The Patriots will be in the Super Bowl.

  2. Robert White January 22, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    No more Trump articles please!!!

    I’m Trumped out.

    RW

    • tahoe1780 January 22, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Its not a Trump article! Its all about the corruption at the DNC and Justice.

      Well said here also. dailycaller.com/2018/01/20/obama-administration-plot-exonerate-hillary/

      • Robert White January 22, 2018 at 11:14 am #

        JHK mentioned the ‘Trump’ name five times, tahoe1780. And he mentioned more than five of Trump’s adversaries which makes it a ‘Trump’ article IMHO.

        JHK is an absolutely GREAT writer, but he stinks to high heaven when he mentions the piece-of-shit whiner in the Whore House just for extra clicks. JHK also knows that all media, and journalists, are giving that petulant little fucker narcissist in the Whore House all the press that his failing ego requires at the behest of his uncontrollable id impulses. Frankly, the entire US media, and writers in the USA, have all been sucked in by a totalitarian textbook Psychopath that will most certainly never stop
        blathering & whining until people like JHK move on to other subject matter.

        Bottom line is that I have had enough of this fucking Trump character in the effin’ news every single day for over two years now.

        For cryin’ out loud, ENOUGH ALLREADY, give it a fucking drink, man.

        just sayin’

        RW

        • capt spaulding January 22, 2018 at 11:40 am #

          After having put up with Bush for 8 years, & watching Obama fuck things up for 8 more, I have developed a hard shell, and have retreated into cynicism in order to deal with things. You have my sympathy however. It’s just our fate to be living through the demise of our country. Collapse is never pleasant.

          • SteveO January 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

            You’re lucky, I’ve been watching since Nixon ended Bretton Woods and sent us down this cul de sac.

          • Robert White January 22, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

            I’m over the fence to the North in CANADA, Captain Spaulding, and you can always move here if the collapse
            is getting to be too much. Personally, I agree that collapse is not a pleasant matter, but since 08 it has become necessary in so far as the USA Stock Markets are rigged along with the PM markets, LIBOR, OPEC, et cetera. In my opinion, collapse is not pleasant, but it is warranted, accepted, and needed if one is not amongst the one per cent Oligopolists.

            And everyone in CANADA likes Obama whether they are Progressive Conservative, Liberal, or New Democratic Party
            members.

            RW

          • Elrond Hubbard January 22, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

            Robert White: “You can always move here [to Canada] if the collapse is getting to be too much.”

            Er, not necessarily. Current immigration law in Canada is to the right of the United States — our system is based on selecting candidates with desirable skills or attributes, not a lottery. Hopefully capt spaulding is young and skilled if he plans to use us as his escape hatch. For those who want to take a shot, here’s a handy link:

            canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada.html

            RW: “And everyone in CANADA likes Obama whether they are Progressive Conservative, Liberal, or New Democratic Party members.”

            Please speak for yourself. Some of us actually paid attention to what Obama did, not just how he comported himself. Things like: letting banksters off scot-free for nearly destroying the world economy; ditto for CIA torturers; escalating the drone program; carrying on with massive warrantless surveillance; turning Libya from a functioning country to a free-for-all dystopia where enslaved people are bought and sold in public; on and on and on. To the extent that there’s truth in your remark, that would explain why I’m a member of the Green Party of Canada.

          • hmuller January 22, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

            Robert White, how many recognized human sexual genders do you have in Canada? In the USA we’re up to 32 with more possible.

            And what could be more appealing than a country controlled by Social Justice Warriors and their cultural Marxist dogma. It shows how much you care that you jail people for having the wrong opinions and reeducate them via any techniques necessary.

            Small wonder that you’re fed up with your “effing news” since it’s a pack of lying propaganda bullshit. Donald Trump is a hero and your globalist, Luciferian, pedophile presstitutes should burn in hell along with ours!

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

          Mr Kunstler has seen the Light and is against all you people now. The Left has no good will towards America and hasn’t for a very long time. And insanely, the Democratic Party joined them in this.

          • Robert White January 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

            JHK is intellectually left, and politically right. He is a trickster writer, and he plays with the reader as he masterfully tiptoes through the tulips of totalitarianism & fascism within the political spectrum of the now defunct Western Empire of dirt.

            RW

          • outsider January 22, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

            So, Robert White, do you think that former part-time ski instructor and part-time drama teacher Justin Trudeau is more qualified to be PM of Canada than Trump is to be potus? Trudeau was a nobody who was elected purely on his father’s name, while Trump, for all his faults, made it on his own. Hillary tried twice, and still couldn’t scheme her way into office based on the Clinton name.

        • Farmer McGregor January 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

          ” just sayin’ ” –RW

          Dang, Robert, glad you’re “just sayin'” and not getting worked up over it…

          • Robert White January 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

            When I took Writing, Style, and Imagination, in university, the professor taught us to write with style, imagination, and judgement. The professor then went on to show the class examples of writers that actually said nothing in terms of their bureaucratise. He used government writers as the perfect example of the depths of depravity that writers could sink to in order to get a buck. He also showed us technique with respect to the ‘periodic punch’ in terms of writing prose, or arguments. By adding the ‘just sayin’ I am allowing for a transition from the emotionally laden to the rationally pragmatic so that it invites more commentary rather than less. It’s a technique that works well in almost all instances of writing. Glad you noticed, Farmer McGregor. I like how you use ‘Dang’ as an intro. 😉

            RW

        • patrickd January 22, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

          RW, today’s post is about the FISA memo, which is the first real evidence that the Russian collusion story was created by our own government DOJ and FBI. It’s the story of the century, and the Deep State is trying to bury/discredit it as we speak. Trump is only the target of the crime by our government, that’s why he is in the story. If this FISA memo is treated appropriately, some high-ranking government people could (and should) go to jail.

          When I clicked on JHK’s link this morning, I was praying that Jim would have covered this story, and he did. It’s the only story that matters today in the USA. Well, no, it’s the top story, not the only one that matters. It’s way at the top, all alone.

          Thanks, Jim! Good job!

          And so far the commenters are on-topic, as well. 🙂

          • Robert White January 22, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

            I Remote Viewed Trump with the Russian Federation hookers in the Russian Federation hotel room, and I also Remote Viewed the Russian Federation Intelligence Officers in the adjacent hotel room next to Trump’s at that juncture in time. The Steel dossier is legitimate, well distributed, and is not a fabrication by the DEMS. Yes, they contracted the research, but they did not contract for lies, God damned lies, or statistics, in this case. Furthermore, the Western Security Complex knows that the dossier is real, and they have all checked out Steel’s credentials.

            The issue is not whether the Russian Federation has enough dirt on Trump to topple his governance given that they do. The issue is about national security, and Trump’s liability as a pawn leader in the Oligopoly. The Military Industrial Complex is seen to be the naked Emperor with no clothes with Trump at the meat puppet helm in the Whore House.

            RW

          • hmuller January 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

            Robert White, that part about you remote viewing Trump and the hookers was deadpan humor right?

          • elysianfield January 22, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

            Muller,
            When RW’s professor was discussing writing, style and imagination, he might also have discussed literary license.

          • Sean Coleman January 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

            RW

            I (remotely) don’t believe you.

    • Jeremy January 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Hmmm.
      That you feel “Trumped-out” speaks volumes to your sentiments.

      And to the well internalized Anti-Trump bias that has become so deeply ingrained that even an article about the vast and longstanding corruption of the Dems, DNC and FBI is seen as an Anti-Trump article.

      Release the Memo!

      • outsider January 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

        Even though the GOP controls both Houses of Congress and the Presidency, why do I constantly get the feeling that the democrats are still in charge? Hey GOP – you ARE in charge. Trump has the power to release the memo on his own. It’s put up or shut up time!

  3. pequiste January 22, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    There seems to be an inverse proportionality between the (mal)function of the federal government and Wall Street performance.

    Perhaps it is because no regulatory agency e.g. The Securities and Exchange Commission, can tease out the tangled web of financial intrigues in the lower precincts of Manhattan under normal circumstances, and certainly not when the government is not operating.

    Then there is the complete lack of oversight into the Dot.Com bubble redux, where companies like Google and Amazon have valuations into the farthest reaches of possibility with 300 times earning being Amazon’s approximated number for 2017 and no data available for Alphabet (Google.)

    nasdaq.com/symbol/goog/pe-growth-rates

    And then the shenanigans over in Baghdad-on-the-Potomac…. It will be a miracle if the odious malignant mess at Deep State ever gets resolved. The Sepsis in the government is critical and the most pus-filled abscess are, unfortunately for everyone, the Republican and Democrat parties themselves. Hot compresses are not going to work. Got to lance them or a full on surgical intervention will be deemed necessary.

    • Ol' Scratch January 22, 2018 at 10:30 am #

      There seems to be an inverse proportionality between the (mal)function of the federal government and Wall Street performance.

      There does indeed, which indicates to me that all this (once again) could be a purposeful distraction on both parties’ parts. Wouldn’t be hard to engineer and would only require a relative handful to get the fire started and fan the flames from time to time thereafter. The useful idiots would of course do all the rest. The Network’s long term goal is to destroy the government, so all this is win-win for them.

      The financial “markets” are mere by-products of too much easy money seeking too little return and engineered HFT algos, so their relationship to the day to day goings on in DC is now tenuous at best. No one of average means has enough in them to affect them in any way, even allowing for the myriad number of pension funds and the like.

      • Majella January 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

        Good point Ol’ Scratch.

        In fact the MIC/TPTB decided to ‘cash out’ of the USA in the late 80s.

        With Clinton’s help, the global economy (the real bit, where things get made) was shipped to the lowest-cost options – Asia – and the capital that funded decent-paying jobs for Americans – was used to fund it. The outcome for the (once) middle & ‘working’ classes is painfully obvious.

        Meanwhile, the spec money jumped on the technology opportunity and your characterization of the ‘markets’ is spot on.

  4. Helix January 22, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Re: “One thing I wonder is how long this toxic political struggle can go on before the financial markets notice what it says about the country.”

    I think financial markets noticed what it says about the country long ago, and they see this as an unparalleled opportunity. As the saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted. I suspect that the financial players think the same thing goes for an entire society.

    • lateStarter January 22, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      My thoughts exactly. Let the looting continue. A new form of this seems to be: complete the looting/bonus cycle, then file for chap 11 and foist those pension obligations off onto some other entity (or not).

  5. Petro January 22, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Lots of fevered conspiracy theorizing here this morning! Yes, yes, James, there is plenty of skullduggery to go around, Ds and Rs. One side’s does not somehow cancel out the others’. It’s an addition equation, not subtraction. In the end, The Banana Republic of America is an embarrassment.

    And, no, you’re “not the first observer to point out that it looks like the Democratic Party puts the interests of non-citizens above everybody else in the country.” But as regards to DACA and the existing “Dreamers,” 70% of polled Americans support letting them stay here.

    • akmofo January 22, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      Very good summary of the corrupt commie criminal imperialist mafia machinations in the swamp District of Columbia, Mary Christus Vatican Land. Worthy of a Charles Krauthammer national syndication.

      • ZrCrypDiK January 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

        I liek this poast!

        ” the DNC’s effort to nullify Bernie Sander’s primary campaign?”

        wasn’t sure you’d mention this – but U did! DNC rigged the primary – they even admitted it in *court* …

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

          If the Temple is ever rebuilt, it will just be another St Peter’s. Julian the Apostate tried to do it, but earthquakes and strange electrical flashes killed and/or frightened his workers away.

          • akmofo January 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

            Jerusalem is shaking off the dust of ages that she was buried in. The ancient City of David is now being excavated by archeologists.

            Yeru = they will see
            Shalem = whole, complete
            Shala’eem = many wholeness

            As in prophecy the children of Yerushalayim have returned and see her whole in her many wholeness, physical and spiritual.

            There is no prophecy concerning the Temple. It was destroyed twice and with good reasons. The same reasons it should not ever be built again.

    • tahoe1780 January 22, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      From Princeton: youtu.be/5tu32CCA_Ig

      • Ol' Scratch January 22, 2018 at 11:34 am #

        Excellent!

      • My Point of View January 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

        tahoe, thank you, good link

        George Carlin told us about this years ago in his own way.
        youtube.com/watch?v=PGyObuH3WTY

        The first two minutes set up the main point of the talk that begins at about two minutes in.

    • draupnir January 22, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      As the recent election proved, it all depends on who you poll. I find it hard to believe that anyone not personally involved or a politician with an agenda cares enough to inconvenience themselves to the extent of lifting a finger. Send them back for all I care.. If they’ve got family members who are citizens they can stay or go as they please. My indifference couldn’t be greater.

      • Sean Coleman January 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

        Yes, opinion polls are a tool for manipulating opinion rather than honestly reflecting it.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      Then 70% of Americans are fools, assuming this poll is correct – which I doubt.

    • VCS January 22, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

      Petro,
      I agree that Trump and Hillary both belong in prison, D’s and R’s are equally loathsome, taking sides is nonsense.
      Glad to see you are still around, one of the few consistent voices of reason here.

  6. Elrond Hubbard January 22, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    JHK: “Is there any doubt that the Democratic Party will be blamed for the government shutdown brought on by the DACA showdown?”

    Blamed by whom, Jim? Certainly the Republicans will blame them, as axiomatically as anything in Euclid. If you’re referring to anyone more concerned with impartial truth, don’t be too sure.

    There’s a procedure in the Senate known as reconciliation, intended for just such an occasion: to bypass any possible filibuster so that a budget can get passed on an up-or-down vote. Reconciliation is purpose-built to ensure the budget can’t be held hostage by the opposition. However, it can only be used once per fiscal year, and the Republicans have already blown their load. On what? Passing a $1.5 trillion tax bill/upwards transfer of wealth, beloved of their donors and pretty much no one else, is what.

    The Republicans’ priorities are crystal clear, and it sure ain’t the vital business of making the government function. If they were serious about governing rather than serving the greed of the wealthiest in society, then they could have saved reconciliation to use for its intended purpose. If the Democrats do end up taking sole blame for the shutdown, that will be another consequence of the ‘100% distraction and misdirection’ you refer to, not an assertion of reality.

    • janet January 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      Kind of embarrassing that we don’t teach civics in the USA anymore… and a Canadian knows more than I do about reconciliation! Thank you for “educamating” me, Elrond.

      It would be nice if Congress reflected the will of the people:

      Americans by an almost 8 to 1 margin — 79 percent — think Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the country and apply for citizenship

      • lateStarter January 22, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

        I was about to respond the same, janet. Strange that a Canadian would know more about how things are supposed to work in the US than the people that live there.

      • hmuller January 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

        Please cite your source for that poll Janet; it really stretches credulity.

        • beantownbill. January 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

          The math is incorrect. Even if the 79% figure is accurate, the margin of 79 to 21 is approximately 4 to 1, not 8 to 1.

        • Robert White January 22, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

          Speaking of stretched credulity, no, I was not engaging in deadpan humor when I stated above that I Remote Viewed Trump. Remote Viewers understand Remote Viewing, and those that get stretched credulity can’t believe Remote Viewing is real.

          RW

          • elysianfield January 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

            Remote viewing?

            Sometimes it is best to remain quiet and allow people to think you dense, rather than post such as the above and affirm their perceptions.

          • hmuller January 23, 2018 at 7:50 am #

            Well Robert, you know more than I do about these things. I don’t even understand why you keep capitalizing “Remote Viewing”.

          • Sean Coleman January 24, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

            “Remote Viewers understand Remote Viewing.”

            But who understands Remote Viewers?

    • JustSaying January 22, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

      The appropriations bill should not be tied to immigration. And that’s what the Democrats did.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

      They are putting a bunch of illegals ahead of the American People. Who else is there to blame on this? Traditionally, the Republicans got all the blame. But not even the Leftist American Media can spin this one.

      Of course there’s plenty of blame to go around in general if that’s your point.

      • robert magill January 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

        The poor, uneducated serfs who plucked our chickens, killed our hogs and picked our produce all these years were kept illegal because no effort was made to give them any status. That way they were exploited, underpaid and ill housed without risk serious to employers. Mostly large organizations were involved with enough clout to keep it going until now. This is not a partisan issue; plenty of guilt to go around. About time this is being addressed.

  7. sprawlcapital January 22, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    . . . it looks like the Democratic Party puts the interests of non-citizens above everybody else in the country. That’s what will be remembered about this gambit at the polls in November.
    ============================================
    I’m hoping our host is right about that. To me it’s far from certain. The foolishness of the open-borders crowd is exceeded only by their influence, it seems to me.

    Today’s post contains an excellent summary of the issues raised by questionable activities on the Democratic side in 2016.

    Martha Stewart went to prison for far less; why not Debbie Wasserman Schulz and even Hillary too?

    • janet January 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      “open-borders crowd”

      Yes, the 79% of us who want the Dreamers to be allowed citizenship! We are a big crowd!

      Americans by an almost 8 to 1 margin — 79 percent — think Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the country and apply for citizenship.

      • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

        That would be an 8 to 2 margin wouldn’t it?

      • Keizan January 22, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

        The “open borders crowd” is kind of a loaded phrase. There are many in this country who seem to think that it’s some type of crime against humanity for us to restrict entry at all, and that once someone from another country sets foot on US soil they should become a defacto citizen. I don’t think most people who support amnesty for the “dreamers” feel this way. I like to see myself as a compassionate person, and am inclined to give a break to people who were brought here illegally as children. But if you did a survey asking if dreamers should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship, and once they get it they can invite all of their extended family into the country regardless of whether they will be an asset or a liability, you’d probably get considerably less than 79% agreement.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

          If we give in, it will just encourage similar tricks in the future. Their presence is not only an affront to our dignity, but a serious blow against the American people socially, economically, and politically. They as individuals did nothing wrong but their presence wrongs us – and we matter more than they do in our own country.

          • Unfortunately this is the practical reality. The message is that if you are a child and make it to the US to get citizenship.

            This has and will result in desperate people sending their small children with a backpack on dangerous journeys which involve child rape, human trafficking, murder, and extortion.

            The irresponsibility of this hubris is of course completely lost on most people. They don’t know anything being there feelings and consider nothing but the sentimental stories they’ve been fed about earnest strivers and the travails of people having first world problems… You know, the things they can really relate to.

            Foreign policy? What is that? These people only want a one time injection of feelings of moral superiority. They’ll get it too. But they won’t be holding the bag when another wave of 50,000 unaccompanied children show up at the border. They won’t be troubled because a 60 pound body dumped hundreds of miles from the border in the weeds decomoses quickly. And the lawless expanse of mexico will take it’s harvest of young flesh for see tourism and drug mules. What chaos, what folly.

      • hmuller January 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

        Again with your bullshit 8 to 1 margin, Janet! How could Trump possibly have been elected with such a vast horde of Americans favoring the illegals? Where was that poll taken? At the San Francisco Wiccan Day festival?

      • outsider January 22, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

        Janet,
        On Friday you said that their parents should ALSO be allowed to stay here and become citizens. Let’s face it, you want ALL illegals to stay, as well as anyone who makes it across the border. And to hell with American blacks, who lose their jobs to them, right?

  8. venuspluto67 January 22, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    One thing I wonder is how long this toxic political struggle can go on before the financial markets notice what it says about the country.

    I’m sure in that case, they would just crank up the money-printing press from red-hot intensity to white-hot intensity.

    • K-Dog January 22, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      The $2.65 double shot MAGA Americano at you Serious-Gourmet-Shit coffee stand will bump up to five fucks before it is all over.

      • SuperDave January 22, 2018 at 10:54 am #

        I am pretty sure it is already $5…

  9. ozone January 22, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Jim,
    The thrust of your missive here is much more important than most would like to think. This is no longer “politics as usual”. This is about the law… and its unequal application. Can we trust that we peons will get a fair shake? I don’t think so, personally.

    You write:
    “…The even greater question is whether the USA’s institutional justice system remains sturdy enough to fairly inquire into all these things. It probably can’t happen without a deep house-cleaning at the Department of Justice and the FBI.”

    By the lights of that last sentence, the answer would be a resounding, “no”. (I’d be a bit shocked if any of the Big Boys&Girls were to see the inside of a jail cell. They’ve gotten us used to the idea of immunity by position.) The Deep State (how many “agencies”?) is now the final arbiter of the “Law” and how and when it will be applied. They’ve been free of its constraints since they walked away whistling from the murder of JFK.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Quite so. Watergate is tiny compared to what the Democrats have gotten away – Obama and his people included. And imagine what that She Devil would have done if she had gotten in.

      Thank God Trump beat her. Of course, he’s a Big Boy too – but apparently not one of the real IN crowd. Thus he still has some sentimental feelings for America and Americans, even if lacking in any deep or coherent vision of where we need to go.

  10. K-Dog January 22, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    Could it be that an FBI inebriated with amour-propre at having looked into everyones life without their permissions for years does not want to show America what they do and how they do it? Our government assaults our personal freedoms, operates in secrecy and violates the Constitution and the values upon which it is based every day.

    In America safety is considered a greater good than liberty and Americans would rather have Gran Turismo on their flat screen than liberty any day of the week. The black suits and bright white shirts like the freedom they have now to look anywhere they want whenever they can. I doubt they want the rest of the nation to know what they have been doing with all their electronic toys. Americans might find that FBI activity has been so over the top they actually have to put Gran Turismo on pause.

    • ozone January 22, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      “Could it be that an FBI inebriated with amour-propre at having looked into everyones life without their permissions for years does not want to show America what they do and how they do it?”

      K-dog,
      That’s a distinct possibility. Note how warrantless surveillance bills (specialty of post-9-11 security masters) keep getting re-authorized every time they come up. They’re enjoying their lawless power, obviously.

      Put Gran Turismo on pause and read stuff and pay attention??? Heaven forfend!

      • K-Dog January 23, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

        O3,

        Surely something as pedestrian as warrantless surveillance justifies a pause to most minds. A thought of it can’t happen to me or/and I’m not doing anything so what me worry helps the bolus get swallowed.

        Surveillance is but a turn of a knob or a mouse drag on a control bar. That is not the same as pressing a button. A button is binary. It makes something happen. Quantico meets our friend Eddie Bernays. Perhaps a custom comment tailored just for you.

        As some say, shit happens.

        On the local level something only you can see.

        But as some say, it doesn’t happen here.

    • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      In America safety is considered a greater good than liberty and Americans would rather have Gran Turismo on their flat screen than liberty any day of the week. – K-Dog

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

      I’m not sure I understand your Gran Turismo reference. Is there something in particular about THAT movie or could you just as well have used ANY movie title?

  11. Elrond Hubbard January 22, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    JHK: “I’m not the first observer to point out that it looks like the Democratic Party puts the interests of non-citizens above everybody else in the country.”

    Another false premise, Jim. If citizenship, as opposed to tribal identity, had anything to do with governing priorities in the U.S.A., then matters in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico might be better than they are.

    Puerto Rico: Post-Hurricane Maria Relief Effort Omnishambles Rolls On

    nakedcapitalism.com/2018/01/puerto-rico-post-hurricane-maria-relief-effort-omnishambles-rolls.html

    “If indeed they [sic] is any relief effort at all, as opposed to ‘right-sizing’ the whole colony island. A million Puerto Ricans still don’t have power, although progress is being made, as heartwarming stories show (‘Let There Be Light! Puerto Rico School Celebrates Return of Power After 112 Days’). In less happy news, suicides are up, and now, in the midst of the flu season, there is a shortage of saline bags, which are manufactured in Puerto Rico. Here is a set of statistics maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); power is at the bottom:

    Click here to see the graphic

    “Meanwhile, 76,000 Puerto Ricans still lack access to clean water[1], and the EPA has issued warnings on contamination (‘out of an abundance of caution’).

    “And so the grind of recovery continues in fits and starts. In this post, I’ll look at materiel shenanigains in rebuilding the grid, the bright side of the Puerto Rican exodus, the administration’s denial of a Puerto Rican relief loan, and disaster capitalism…”

    It was little more than a decade ago that the U.S. lost much of a major historical city to a hurricane. The response to Katrina was no better than that to Hurricane Maria, but it was still felt that this monumental failure was something to be embarrassed about. No more. Is it the passage of time, or is it the fact that Puerto Ricans, though U.S. citizens, remain a lesser breed without the law in the eyes of their nominal countrymen? And what exactly is the value of U.S. citizenship, if even those who have it still get treated as an afterthought in the aftermath of a catastrophe?

    The U.S. needs to put its house in order with regard to a lot of things, not least the status of people brought there extralegally as children. First though, it needs to get through its head the responsibility it bears to human beings, as human beings.

    • swmnguy January 22, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      After hurricanes Katrina and Maria, Americans who aren’t rich or aren’t favored by the faction of Oligarchs currently in power had better understand we are on our own in every way that matters.

    • Jigplate January 22, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      Puerto Rico has no business being anything other than a coffee/banana/tourism based economy. I wonder how much money changed hands to put one of America’s largest manufacturer of essential medical devices on an isolated tropical island. Probably the same amount that gave them their very own Ice slating rink.

      nytimes.com/2016/02/02/business/dealbook/puerto-rico-power-authoritys-debt-is-rooted-in-free-electri…

      • Elrond Hubbard January 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

        One need look no further to see the colonial attitude on full, flamboyant display. Honestly, you begrudge them a fucking skating rink? Are you for real?

        If being an “isolated tropical island” had anything to do with what people deserve, then Hawai’i would likewise be a “coffee/banana/tourism” based economy fit for your scorn. Instead, Hawai’i enjoys full-class status as part of the United States: meaning statehood, representation in Congress, and all the gold-plated benefits of federal pork-barrel spending. I wonder how much money changed hands to put the following military bases on this chain of isolated tropical islands:

        Oahu
        – Marine Corps: Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay), Camp H. M. Smith and Pu’uloa Range Training Facility
        – Army: Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield (formerly Wheeler Air Force Base) and Tripler Medical Center
        – Navy: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, NCTAMS PAC, Naval Magazine Lualualei
        – Air Force: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Bellows Air Force Station
        – Coast Guard: USCG ISC Honolulu, USCG Air Station Barbers Point

        Kauai
        – Navy: Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands

        Maui
        – Coast Guard: USCG Station Maui

        Big Island
        – Army: Pohakuloa Training Area, Bradshaw Army Airfield
        – Joint Services: Kilauea Military Camp

        Source.

        But the really crucial thing about Puerto Rico’s second-class status within the United States is something else. Yes, Puerto Ricans are (you know, technically, I guess), U.S. citizens. Yes, it remits federal taxes (despite having no vote in Congress — hey, wasn’t taxation without representation supposed to be this big thing?). But the territory of Puerto Rico receives no transfer payments or other forms of debt mutualization — as every single U.S. state, from New York to Mississippi, and even the isolated tropical islands of Hawai’i, does.

        Being second class means you receive all the duties and none of the benefits of U.S. citizenship. Being a colony means being forgotten until people notice you’re in trouble, and then they blame you for it. And you managed to package all that up into a couple of sentences. Bravo.

        • JustSaying January 22, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

          A major country with 350 million people that puts a critical medical supply like IV bags on a remote island that is prone to hurricanes deserves to go down.

          Why is there no backup on the mainland? Why did the government and the medical community allow this?

          • Puerto Rico’s situation or its current problems or the problems suffered by IV bag users.

            As for the “medical community”, well, there is no such thing. The reason medical enterprises and manufacturing were run on Puerto Rico is fairly specific analysis.

            The black swan event that wrecked the standing balance of factors between many things resulting a shortage of IV bags was a Hurricane, a really big hurricane.

            And that was spawned in part by everyone’s carbon dioxide pollution.

            Just so we have exhausted the list of causes here

        • outsider January 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

          Man, with all that military based in Hawaii, is it any wonder that many native Hawaiians would like to secede. You take paradise and put up 50 fuckin’ military bases, destroying the native ecology.

        • Jigplate January 23, 2018 at 7:45 am #

          Elrond,

          Way to go for the conquistador shaming! your willingness to play the “colonial oppressor” card says more about you than it does about me. PR can build a ski slope on the equator for all I care. ( how about something along the lines of the one in Dubai UAE) :

          theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/05/dubai-to-build-worlds-largest-indoor-ski-resort-as-part-of-meydan-…

          It’s the political machinations and high-entropy lunacy of government funded ice skating in the tropics that concerns me.
          As to high-tech manufacturing on an isolated island ( tropical or not) , it is not economically sustainable without government subsidy.

          the Geo-political raison d’etre for the heavy US military presence in Hawai’i and for that matter , in the Caribbean, has a long history , and needs no further explanation here. Because of the entropic transportation issues, industrial development in Hawai’i, makes as much sense as PR’s ice skating rink- therefore the coffee/pineapple/tourist economy applies equally to them.
          Look before you leap.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 10:57 am #

            “It’s the political machinations and high-entropy lunacy of government funded ice skating in the tropics that concerns me.”

            The high-entropy lunacy of a massive ice rink complex in Dubai hit me too when I read that article back in 2015. Then I remembered that every decent-sized town in the much cooler UK has a municipal heated swimming pool, as do many individual schools, without even counting commercial leisure facilities where people get in a car and drive several miles to take exercise they could take for nothing if they just left the car in the drive. So my righteous indignation subsided out of fear of national hypocrisy.

            “As to high-tech manufacturing on an isolated island ( tropical or not) , it is not economically sustainable without government subsidy.”

            I suspect the discrepancy in Puerto Rican and mainland wage rates helps with sustainability too. I believe that’s why Disney were happy to favour Haiti-the-shithole with their attention a while back.

          • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

            A bit off topic Jig, but I have never seen Hawaii spelled with an apostrophe between the 2 final letters. Whut’s up wit dat?

    • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

      Heckof a job Brownie!

      • Jigplate January 23, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

        “A bit off topic Jig, but I have never seen Hawaii spelled with an apostrophe between the 2 final letters. Whut’s up wit dat?”

        Just trying to keep up with Elrond’s pretension

        • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

          Pretentious? Moi? Why, I never!

          BTW, it’s called an ‘okina. It represents a glottal stop (like the throat sound in the middle of “Uh-oh!”). The more you know.

          • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

            Oh, OK. I just learned something.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

      The pie is only so big, Elrond. If we keep giving it away, there won’t be any left for Americans themselves. Canada doesn’t want them either. No one wants them, not only even their own parents.

      Obama needs to be brought to justice for this criminal act. Months before it started, they were advertising for bus drivers on Federal websites. It didn’t just “happen” by magic. He brought them here as an act of revenge against America.

      The Puerto Ricans are nothing but trouble and should be given full independence pronto and asap. Why should they have to suffer from White Racism for even a second more?

      • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

        The Puerto Ricans are nothing but trouble and should be given full independence pronto and asap. – Janos

        ==========

        Ditto Guam and the other territories.

  12. Dumbedup January 22, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    The Republicans should release their four-page memo about alleged FISA abuses and let the public judge whether Democrats routinely used the FISA court to spy on political opponents or whether Republicans are feigning outrage for political gain. The longer they delay the more likely it is that they only serve their donors and not the American people.

    • K-Dog January 22, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      America can’t handle the truth.

    • draupnir January 22, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      I’m quite sure their hands are not entirely clean here. Besides, it’s kind of like pro wrestling – bitter enemies in the ring, but it’s just a job and after work they all go out for drinks and laughs.

    • swmnguy January 22, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      I’m amazed at the cynical naivete of Republicans. Apparently they haven’t noticed, since its inception, the political agenda of the FBI and the entire State Security apparatus?

      Seriously, if the Right in America didn’t know the IRS, FBI, NSA, CIA and the entire Justice Department is a network of political police, then they’re so stupid, or disingenuous, they deserve it.

      Ask anyone who supported Civil Rights, opposed the Vietnam War, opposed nuclear weapons, or supports women’s right to medical care unfettered by religious dogma. Anyone with any leadership role in those social arguments has long been audited every year by the IRS; has had staticky, echoey, clicky phones; received mail that had obviously been opened; has had odd “inconsistencies” in their bank records; the works. Going back to the 1930s.

      Now, only now, these “snowflakes” figured this out? Such indignities must have until now only been visited on their political opponents? Why would that be, one has to wonder?

      It must be hard to one day grab the knife by the wrong end after years of use. You’d have to feel as if you should have known better.

      • Dumbedup January 22, 2018 at 11:40 am #

        That would certainly argue for why they won’t release the memo. You don’t want to share the secrets of your own corruption even it it was used against you a few times.

        Both sides can point blame the opposition, but the bottom line is our government is corrupt. The system has been used to demonize the opposition in order to stay in power as soon as George Washington left office. (Jefferson vs Adams – 1796 and 1800)

        But in the technology and social media era the power is being used to control opinion and manipulate people for financial gain and not just to stay in power.

      • SteveO January 22, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

        These are the people who like to say “if you have nothing to hide you shouldn’t care if someone is looking”.

        The hypocrisy is strong amongst their tribe.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

        Indeed. And look at Obama’s use of the IRS against his enemies and his Fast and Furious Gun running operation. The man has blood on his hands.

        • outsider January 23, 2018 at 8:14 am #

          Referring to Obama: “The man has blood on his hands.”
          For once, Janos, that’s an understatement.

    • SteveO January 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      My guess is that it reflects poorly on them as well, and it will cause enough of an uproar that they would have to eliminate a program they support and use.

      • Dumbedup January 22, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

        It just occurred to me that one reason might be that the report will taint ALL the warrants issued by the FISA court and bolster the argument that it is an unconstitutional delegation to a statutory (Non-Article III) court. It would be used to invalidate and exclude evidence used in criminal prosecutions.

        But I agree with Janet too. Trump should release all of his tax returns.

  13. FincaInTheMountains January 22, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Concert, which is an important card in geopolitical solitaire

    youtube.com/watch?v=MSPp2neyJTU

    At this concert, which many consider to be one of the best concerts of the American rock band Grateful Dead, met American bikers, who on September 11, 2013, stopped the vote in Congress to allow the bombing of Syria, the first lady of Arkansas Hillary Clinton, who in 2013 did everything to ensure that this voting took place, but ran into the bikers and was forced to retreat, as well as chief taster of actresses Harvey Weinstein, who in 1977 was the producer of this concert and after founded Miramax, which in the 90s and 00s produced the best American movies.

    Harvey Weinstein and group leader Jerry Garcia
    i0.wp.com/thoughtsonthedead.com/wp-content/uploads/jerry-harvey2.jpg

    Harvey Weinstein and you know who, not to mention her name by night
    pbs.twimg.com/media/DMrQAbyX0AYrZWN.jpg

    • twomartinilunch January 22, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      My respect for law enforcement at all levels continues eroding! And that is not the only thing. As Sigmund Freud said: “America is a mistake, a giant mistake.”

      • Robert White January 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

        Freud held out no hope for America whatsoever. Freud had much to say about America that was not flattering. As one that studied Freud, and his rise to prominence in American culture, his condemnation of American culture is explicitly noticeable in the historiography. I state this because there is no doubt whatsoever that Freud had a working agenda going forward in his written historical work of European culture in opposition to Imperialist American culture. Bottom line is that Freud had nothing nice to say about America, or their regressive attitudes towards sexuality.

        The Americans characterized him as a ‘Jewish pornographer’ on his rise to prominence, and that’s likely why he was so smitten with admiration for American culture and the evangelical movement that was brewing at that juncture in history.

        RW

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

          Good on those Americans! No doubt Freud would love America far more now that the Tribe has risen to such prominence.

          • outsider January 22, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

            At least Freud stood out in opposition to his own people when he opposed circumcision.

  14. swmnguy January 22, 2018 at 10:58 am #

    America’s political system won’t be, and can’t be, the source of any solutions. We don’t have political parties; merely rival factions of Oligarchy. 60 years ago, the Democrats were the enemies of Civil Rights, which was championed by Republicans. The parties rather abruptly switched polarities in 1968. That wasn’t the first time by a long shot, and it certainly hasn’t been the last time.
    If we had actual political parties, with ideologies, we could make some choices about the options facing America. Since instead we vote for personalities and advertising packages, once in office politicians can do whatever they want among themselves, according to which faction of Oligarchy has the upper hand at a given moment.
    The most important consideration for all factions of Oligarchy, and their coalitions working more or less together under the umbrella of “party,” is to make sure nobody examines or analyzes our collapsing system of economics and finance. Particularly finance.
    Whichever faction of Oligarchy you root for, you have to acknowledge that a fiat system that uses debt at interest as money has to have infinite inputs of money, resources, markets, and energy. We live on a finite planet, subject to laws of nature. Therefore only money can be made infinite, by making it abstract. Since our system of economy has to always expand, or the interest can never be repaid, and we can’t artificially inflate resources, markets or energy, we have to inflate the money.
    We’ve reached a point where there’s no more real expansion to be had. The oligarchs don’t want to inflate away the value of the money they’ve cadged from the system, so they have to extract ever more from those who have ever less of it left. This is the same situation, in human terms, we face with carbon-based energy, which is rapidly approaching the point at which it takes more energy to extract than it supplies.
    This is a point where decline accelerates exponentially, because it has to. The Oligarchs cannot allow a critical mass of people to notice this and observe what it means. So we get increasingly frantic distractions. One faction plays to those at the bottom of the ladder, inciting them to blame immigrants, city dwellers, non-whites and uppity women for the fact the Oligarchy has looted them. The other faction plays to immigrants, city dwellers, non-whites and uppity women, inciting them to blame poor dumb whites without skills.
    Both factions agree that nearly a majority of Americans simply can’t compete on a level playing field, and need a system of arbitrary discrimination and favoritism just to get by, as they have no skills, no ability or willingness to think analytically and critically, and want an Authority figure to take care of them and tell them what to do and think.
    Control of this collapsing system has become cemented in the hands of feuding Oligarchs, and may they have great joy of it as it collapses.
    For the rest of us, we need to put increasing effort to the task of keeping on the good side of the system, as it lashes out in its death agony to ensnare as many of us, and what’s left of our wealth, to stall the inevitable for smaller and smaller increments of time. We need to stick together, work together, and tune out the incitements of the Oligarchs, which can’t withstand any critical scrutiny no matter what the claim.
    All one needs to consider is how the Democratic Party faction of Oligarchy has systematically chased out the most popular politician in America, whose positions most accurately reflect the opinions and values of a large majority of Americans. Instead, they rigged the process in favor of the only politician in the nation who could have lost to the second-worst candidate ever put forward by a major party for major office in American history. And now they’re looking to double down, by finding their own show-biz billionaire fictional scripted character. There are very few people from any walk of life who could lose to Donald Trump in 2020, so it will take hard work by the Democrats to find one such. Michelle Obama apparently declined the opportunity, and Oprah Winfrey probably will soon.
    The key is to not be in power on the approaching day when a critical mass of Americans simply don’t show up to play their part in the collapse of Empire and our financial system, fatally flawed from the start.
    All the “issues” people discuss on a daily basis with so much mimickry of passion are actually desperate efforts to avoid noticing, understanding and addressing the fundamental crisis of our system as it falls apart.

    • lateStarter January 22, 2018 at 11:34 am #

      swmnguy, please post more. always good stuff.

    • ozone January 22, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      swmnguy,
      Your post seems to be missing the ubiquitous confirmation bias usually found on this comment board. Most refreshing! Thanks.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill January 22, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      Well done!. Thanks.

    • Epicur January 22, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

      “The key is to not be in power on the approaching day when a critical mass of Americans simply don’t show up to play their part in the collapse of Empire and our financial system, fatally flawed from the start.”

      While there is certainly a desire to avoid blame, the Emergency Powers will pass to whoever controls the Executive Branch and that is the ultimate prize they all lust after.

      I think that knowledge that the Emergency is approaching has a lot to do with the behavior of the insiders of both political parties and the oligarchs of our economy.

      Make no mistake, the Emergency Powers granted to the Executive under our laws are vast and all-encompassing.

    • janet January 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      “according to which faction of Oligarchy has the upper hand at a given moment” –swmnguy

      swmnguy, you seem a bit confused about just what an oligarchy is. If you understood that, then you would understand that “factions” are not an issue.

      An oligarchy, by definition, is a small group of people having control of a country. No factions involved.

      Even more ludicrous to claim the large number of people identified as “democrats” are a faction and the large number of people identified as “Republicans” are a faction.

      • Epicur January 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

        I don’t know where you get your definition, but factions within oligarchies are both famous and infamous.

        Ever hear of the War of the Roses? How about what is going on in Saudi Arabia today?

        The oligarchs of this nation, actually of the entire “first world” have one interest, i.e. keeping the vast flow of funds that constitute “global trade” sluicing through their hands so that they can rake off their percentages and “consulting” fees in the manner of the Clintons.

        They do not care whose culture or society gets trashed in the process, they do fight amongst themselves for the best places at the stream, but keeping it flowing is in all their interests. As it happens the people did allow themselves to become inured to the easy life, but now that they are being replaced for cheaper labor they are balking a bit. Quelle surprise!

      • Ol' Scratch January 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

        No factions allowed within an oligarchy? I think you’ve been hitting the pipe again, little j-bot. By the way, pedantic is not a good look for you. I’d stick with coherent for awhile and see if you can pull that off first.

      • ozone January 23, 2018 at 9:33 am #

        Nit-picking in the service of pure diversion. The usual.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

      What other Black could they use? Jesse Jackson. Al Sharpton? Queen Latifah?

      • outsider January 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

        Well, Janos, aren’t the Dems pushing new Senator Kamala Harris (CA) for potus. A two-fer, black and female. As she was previously California’s Attorney General, she has more experience than Obama did. I really don’t think that Oprah will run, but she’ll certainly demand access in exchange for her money.

    • Ricechex January 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

      Wow swmnguy..that was a very on spot post. Thanks.

  15. wholy1 January 22, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    I’m becoming increasingly suspect that Trump is playing a holding game while watching the compromised not only squirm, but knowing full-well WHAT is buried and just waiting to see who will rat on whom first to start the landslide. Take, for instance the current “vaunted memo”. I don’t think I would be the only one who would just sit back and watch how all the treasonous gov-agents and legisTRAITORs line up/play their hands to CONVICT THEMSELVES. And so far they have been doing a pretty good job of it! Take for instance, that sleazy little rat, Adam [full of] Schiff, who insulted the American public by stating that “the memo should NOT be made public because they [“the AMERICAN PUBLIC”] would not ‘understand’ it”! Will “its” Californicator constituents re-elect “it”? HELLo yes!!! Good enough argument with just that to encourage the formation of a separate “State” for all the Chicoms/Asians, Latinos, illegal migrants, academic bullies, SJWs, basement-dwelling/Soros-subsidized antifas, Hollyweirds and other sex perverts that have infested the coastal area from just north of SFO to Orange County. See what happens to “them” when there’s no more feral/federal largess or pray for the “BIG One” and “they” all slide off in to the toxic sludge once known as the Pacific to become something the sharks wouldn’t even go near.

  16. MDG January 22, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    “Is there any doubt that the Democratic Party will be blamed for the government shutdown brought on by the DACA showdown?”

    There is plenty of doubt, ranging from the polling out today to the fact that a large majority of Americans support DACA.

    • mj_crites January 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      The Dems’ went into this thinking they had a deal on DACA and CHIP and then got the rug pulled out from under them. That they seemed clueless that this might happen is on them though.

    • draupnir January 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

      I see they’re still using their call lists from the last election for polling purposes.

  17. ffkling January 22, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    News flash…..the Democrats had a deal with Trump until his 32-year-old staffer reneged.

    How about an update on PizzaGate and Seth Rich or is it now too well known that these were BS Republicon smear campaigns?Oh well. the damage is done by sowing seeds of mistrust in the Democrats. It matters not the truthfulness of the allegations. Once the truth is revealed, time for the Republicons to trot-out a new conspiracy theory.

  18. JohnAZ January 22, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    There is nothing more important than the current state of the judicial system in the country. Without a good rendition of blindfolded Lady Justice with her scales, this country will fall into chaos, which by the way, it has started the process already. If the judicial system slants towards one side or the other, the balancing act between conservative and liberals that fostered long term philosophical growth disappears. The judiciary is slanted so far to the Left currently that it has been able to compromise the agenda of the American public. The Left is so insistent that illegal immigrants be allowed access to the US to the detriment of people already here that they are willing to take a step very politically dangerous to them. Their political viability must be precarious that they must go to this extent to try to drum up new voters.

    And then there is California. The Dems there are putting in a law that says that all driver’s license holders are automatically eligible to vote. It will be interesting to see what happens relative to the Feds in federal elections. Marijuana, sanctuary cities, mayors willing to go to jail, employers being threatened with legal action if they cooperate with ICE, and now the vote. These guys make South Carolina prior to the Civil War look like small potatoes. I wonder how long Sessions will put up with the California rebellion. Or when New California, a breath of fresh air, finds a way to get away from the insane asylum.

    And all this so the Dems can get a source of voter base growth. As their main focus is the destruction of the Constitution and the installation of their socialist (Communist) agenda, this support of immigration fits right in. If the Dems succeed in the fall, it will will take the feather in Yankee Doodles cap and put it in the hat of George Soros and his new world order.

    • elysianfield January 22, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      “The judiciary is slanted so far to the Left currently that it has been able to compromise the agenda of the American public. The Left is so insistent ”

      Well I was standing in the dock feeling kind of exempt,
      When the Judge said my silence was a kind of contempt,
      He took out his gavel, hit me hard on the head,
      Fined me 10 years in prison and a whole lot of bread/

      It was the Red White and Blue making war on the poor,
      Blind Mother Justice on a pile of manure….~ Dick Farina House Un-American Blues….circa 1962

    • janet January 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      “the installation of their socialist (Communist) agenda” –JohnAZ

      Socialism and communism are not the same thing. The democrats have never proposed communism, nor an authoritarian socialism. Democrats have proposed and support liberal democratic socialism.

      Such socialist systems exist in America: the Department of Veterans Affairs is how health care is supposed to work in a democratic socialist system: no insurance companies, no private doctors, no competition — just the government and the patient.

      • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

        just the government and the patient. – janet

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

        God help us!

        • baldski January 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

          Now I have my Insurance company and the patient. Please tell me Q. what is the difference? Besides costing 20% more right off the top!

          • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

            Please tell me Q. what is the difference? – bald

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

            I don’t know bald, I just like to say anti-govt shit to stir up janet. Two of my favorites are:

            1. “The government that governs least governs best.”

            2. “I want to shrink the government until it’s small enough to drown in the bathtub.”

  19. bukowskisghost January 22, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    Hey all you armchair presidents out there. In the twentieth century there were an awful lot of educated and civilized men who led this world into two horrific wars…..why do so many think that thoughtful discussions solve anything? They don’t with history as our witness.
    This whole country is corrupt. In my hometown of Detroit, the short billionaire who is “saving” the city was one of the greatest mortgage hustlers of all time to get those billions. We only listen to money now, by choice or by force.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill January 22, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

      I have feeling money always ran the show here. They just did a better job of hiding it in the past so they could sell the wage slaves on that “we’re all in this together” patriotic BS. Several generations bought it too. But today, the BS story is wearing thin as people awaken.

      • janet January 22, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

        After Citizens United hiding money is easier than ever. We didn’t even know about the $52 million Russian collusion which Russia provided to support Trump becoming president. Even more will be uncovered through money laundering investigations.

        The good thing about the shutdown is it provided cover for Mueller to continue doing his work quietly. There are now more than 270 people linked to the Trump-Russia investigation.

        • hmuller January 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

          You are utterly deluded or shamelessly dishonest, Janet. The only true Russian collusion involves Hillary, Obama, and the Democrats. Ever hear of the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, the Podesta brothers lobbying, etc?

  20. michics January 22, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    I’m getting exhausted trying to keep up with everything going on. That said it is time for people to start going to jail. But where to start and who’s going to do it is the question. Once this can of worms is opened where do you stop ? Congress, Trump, Hillary, Bush/Cheney (for war crimes to lie us into Irag ) DOJ, FBI, Wall St, are all corrupt. The very people that are supposed maintain law and order are corrupt.

    • mj_crites January 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      The Clintons and the Bush folks are pretty much out of the picture. The best thing to do with them is have a nice chat saying that as long as they stay fairly out of the picture there won’t be in investigation.

      Most of the rest of what’s going on is just failure of leadership. You can’t give Trump what he wants in a bill, because he has no idea what he wants. If the Republicans in the Senate put forward a bill that can pass their base will will freak and they might lose their seats. If we had leadership they’d either do the right thing and take the lump or do the right thing and get their base back in line.

      • outsider January 23, 2018 at 8:30 am #

        I totally disagree, mj. There is no statute of limitation on murder! At least one should be made an example of. Since Hillary refuses to go away quietly, she should be the one.

      • cbeard January 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

        Trump knows exactly what he wants. It is the same thing that sane Americans want. That would be a border wall and an end to sanctuary cities, chain migration, visa lotteries and birthright citizenship.

    • VCS January 22, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

      There’s a word for the mess you describe: Clusterfuck.

  21. mj_crites January 22, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    This is what systemic failure of leadership looks like.

    As it stands right now a little over 10% the house isn’t running for re-election in 2018, so hopefully we’ll see some improvement. But, wouldn’t expect too much.

    • mj_crites January 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      The Clintons and the Bush folks are pretty much out of the picture. The best thing to do with them is have a nice chat saying that as long as they stay fairly out of the picture there won’t be in investigation.

      Most of the rest of what’s going on is just failure of leadership. You can’t give Trump what he wants in a bill, because he has no idea what he wants. If the Republicans in the Senate put forward a bill that can pass their base will will freak and they might lose their seats. If we had leadership they’d either do the right thing and take the lump or do the right thing and get their base back in line.

  22. TiredOfTheTreadmill January 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    Well, all those people who have bitched and moaned over the years about government being run like a business have had their dream come true! It’s all petty, office politics everywhere these days. EVERYTHING is now politicized, with the rule of laws applied only to the scapegoats and commoners.

    Can anyone take any of this shit seriously anymore? It’s all illegitimate, except their armed thugs ready to imprison those who don’t pay their protection money. The IRS is open for collecting taxes during the shut down. Refunds are on hold…

  23. volodya January 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    My ass the FBI lost those emails. This is a joke. They were removed and stored.

    This is an in-yer-fuckin’ face law-less organization, obstruction being the main part of their trade craft, protection of the political arm of the Deep State and its Oligarch masters their reason for being.

    And what are you gonna do about it? Whose supposed to investigate this? The, er, FBI?

    • volodya January 22, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

      Before Q sees this: “whose” should be “who’s”

  24. wm5135 January 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    volodya January 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    My ass the FBI lost those emails. This is a joke. They were removed and stored.

    Might be fun to know who wrote the software patch that allowed the unfortunate loss of information.

    • volodya January 22, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      Yeah it might be fun.

      I doubt they’re all that stressed about covering things up.

  25. Newton Finn January 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    A small nonprofit I helped to found and now help to operate runs a community garden that annually produces over a ton of fresh vegetables for a nearby church-based food pantry. A key volunteer, a young college graduate with urban ag expertise, designs our 40 raised beds each spring for maximum productivity and then plants them virtually by himself. If we lose him, our gardening project is in serious trouble, and guess what?–we recently found out that he’s in the DACA program, having been brought to the U.S. by his parents when he was 6. While he’s been receiving periodic permission to remain in our country, he’s unwilling to live his entire life on this precarious basis, and who can blame him? I’m not familiar with all the nuances of the DACA debate, but one thing I do know: it would be immoral and counterproductive for our society to deny citizenship to this talented and generous young man, brimming with community spirit, who is as American as my own children.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      Good on you, Newton Finn, and my best wishes to your young volunteer.

      It’s sad that our host, if he is being consistent, would denounce your simple humanity as putting “the interests of non-citizens above everybody else in the country”.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

      We can’t make exceptions like that. Everyone thinks they’re special or has something who thinks they are. Treat them all alike as Justice demands.

      • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 11:24 am #

        The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
        It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
        Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
        It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
        ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
        The throned monarch better than his crown;
        His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
        The attribute to awe and majesty,
        Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
        But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
        It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
        It is an attribute to God Himself…

        You’re quite strong on God over your way, I believe.

        “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
        GKC

        But you’re the who keeps claiming Christianity, not me (not any more, anyway).

        • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

          Man, that Janos cat is just waaay too uptight, man. I can’t deal with that whole scene, you dig? Dude needs to just mellow out, and get off that whole authoritarian trip.

          Turns out, there are these totally righteous scientists who have just the prescription for what ails him:

          inverse.com/article/40455-magic-mushroom-psilocybin-nature-emotion

          “Researchers from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College discovered that, in at least a small sample of subjects, ingestion of psilocybin was correlated with both an increased feeling of being part of nature and an increased dislike of authoritarian, political views — the sort of thinking that promotes governments being controlled by a small elite and not the people. …

          “The researchers found that all the TRD patients showed a significant increased in their nature relatedness scores and a significant decrease in their authoritarian political perspective just one week after their psilocybin treatments. These effects were still sustained when they the researchers checked back in, seven to twelve months later. No significant changes in perspective happened for the control group, suggesting to the researchers that it was psilocybin, not the passage of time, that prompted these beliefs.”

          Far out, man.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

            Spiders give psilocybin make more intricate webs. But given too much, they make poor webs, intricate but flawed.

            Whatever you’re on, you’re taking too much….

        • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

          Mercy is served as a cool desert after Justice is served up Hot. Sorry, but Christ talked about Hell quite a bit – more than any of the Prophets.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

            You can’t serve up ‘Justice’ in the sense you mean to kids who came years ago with their parents, who made no personal choices, and who know nothing but the US as their home. They’ve done nothing to deserve your ‘justice’, but a bit of mercy would enhance their life and your soul, as the bard says.

            ‘The sins of the fathers’ is Old Testament (Exodus, I believe), not Christ.

            If I still believed in Christ I’d bet on him going with my instincts rather than yours on this one. I wouldn’t go as far as saying they should be able to bring in all their uncles and aunts, but for the kids themselves, I think he’d be with the 70-80% some other commenters have quoted.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

            Borders exist for a reason. Alien kids are not our responsibility. If we give in AGAIN, then more will keep coming, doing the same or similar.

            Btw, none of this addresses birth tourism from all over the globe. Women coming over the border and doing the old squat and drop. Immediate new citizen needs its mommy. And then she brings more in – or at least until Trump does something. But even he has said nothing about the squatting and dropping as far as I know. Lots of Chinese coming in to do this as well.

            One doesn’t really believe in Nations if everything one believes in mitigates against their existence. Either that or one’s beliefs are in bad faith. The border is the skin of the nation. Could you live long and prosper without your skin? Wide open to infection? I think not.

          • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

            You have never seen a post of mine which suggests I don’t believe nations need proper borders. In fact I recall at least two where I said the exact opposite, quite explicitly, so don’t pretend (again) that I’ve said stuff I haven’t said. I think the idea of NOT having proper borders is ridiculous in present circumstances, but that doesn’t mean that if I were American I’d be against a one-off amnesty for young people which might well benefit the US as well overall. They’ve pretty much been brought up as Americans, which you presumably think is an advantage compared to ‘new’ immigrants. Most of your compatriots seem to disagree with you, and would be happy for them to stay (if not their extended families).

            ” If we give in AGAIN, then more will keep coming, doing the same or similar.”

            Not necessarily if you make it clear that it IS a one-off – and possibly a trade-off. I don’t know how you achieve hermetically sealed borders – that’s a different issue, which I don’t think a wall is going to resolve.
            If people got out of Colditz, some of those who are really determined will manage to get in despite a wall.

            “Women coming over the border and doing the old squat and drop. Immediate new citizen needs its mommy.”

            You made those rules, which might have origins in fetishising American citizenship for all I know.. The French have something similar – if a baby is born there its mother is entitled to stay in France till the child is 18. It takes more to get British nationality than just to be born here.

            Asylum seekers and refugees continue to be a different matter and involve compassion more than justice.

          • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

            Except in terms of international law, of course, which still pertains.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

            No, you’re forgetting that you already admitted that we have an absolute moral obligation to take as many refugees as want to come here.

            It’s hard to keep your different narratives from getting tangled up I’m sure. We don’t accept your moral imperatives over our purses, nations, bodies, minds, or selves. Hands off Western Civilization and the White Race.

          • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

            “No, you’re forgetting that you already admitted that we have an absolute moral obligation to take as many refugees as want to come here.”

            And you, unsurprisingly, are making stuff up again. I never at any point said you have a moral obligation to take as many refugees as want to come here. What I actually said is that, since this is an international problem, it should be dealt with internationally.

            I really don’t know how many times I have to ask you to give it a rest with the fabrication. I am not the only person to point this out to you.

          • outsider January 25, 2018 at 8:48 am #

            GA,

            Is it really true that the US Constitution requires birthright citizenship? The Left would have you believe this, but plenty of Constitutional scholars submit that the Constitution, with its often vague wording, says no such thing. Fact is, this provision has never been tested before the Supreme Court. It’s well past time that this happens, and I wish that the Trump Admin would start the ball rolling. As others have said – The Constitution is not a Suicide Pact.

          • GreenAlba January 25, 2018 at 11:52 am #

            outsider

            To be honest I had no idea – I just read it on here and it fitted with what I previously would have believed to be the case, rightly or wrongly – nothing whatever do do with my opinions.

            I’ve now checked and Wiki tells me it is in fact the case (and ‘includes the territories of Puerto Rico, the Marianas (Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands), and the U.S. Virgin Islands’), but that the concept is contested by some US political figures for obvious reasons to do with children born to illegal immigrants.

  26. DurangoKid January 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    My first question for the FBI is who bombed Judi Bari?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      Who nuked the Duke?

  27. Ishabaka January 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    The FBI probably wiped the Strzok/Page emails – like, with a cloth.
    It seems that the FBI/NSA/DOJ are now so confident they are above the law, that they don’t even bother to hide their crimes.

  28. JustSaying January 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Really, those texts mysteriously disappeared. Just get them from the NSA data center in Utah! That’s where they store mine.

    And then the government is shut down for 700,000 people who are not even US citizens. We are truly screwed.

    And today we have the news that the world’s richest 1% received 82 % of the wealth created in 2017.

  29. mow January 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    Comey’s last telephone call on May 9th , 2017 –

    ” Hillary , its me . “

  30. pequiste January 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    Who could imagine that the destruction of official government documents that are in any way part of an investigation of any department or jurisdiction of the Federal government is a felony with up to 20 years incarceration?

    law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1519

    The kids over at certain government agencies have been very naughty, but like Huma Abedin’s laptop, Wasserman-Schultz’s Pakistani computer follies and Hillary’s home computer file destruction extravaganza, it seems to be no problem at all.

    The purloined/sanitized files are somewhere over the rainbow about now, maybe even over in Best Korea. That would be about the safest place in the world for them. Kim Jung Un maybe has an outstanding opportunity to get in on the Blockchain Bonanza – – let’s call it: Best Korea Blockchain Classified Document Keeping and Destruction Inc. (TM) They accept all crypto-currencies and cash for your confidentiality and convenience (you Imperialist running dogs and Capitalist swine.)

    • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

      over in [Best] Korea. – peq

      =========

      I’ve seen this term ‘Best’ used many times but I don’t get it. In what sense is North Korea called ‘Best’?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

      Were Hillary and Huma Lesbo Lovers? And if so, was it some kind of Taquiya or Jihad?

      Now that Carlos Danger is out of the picture, I’d be willing to pinch hit, but absolutely no Hillary.

      • elysianfield January 22, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

        “Were Hillary and Huma Lesbo Lovers?”

        Janos,
        The question would be who was the mommy and who was the daddy?

        Anybody in the readership have a …perspective? Reality based or otherwise….

        Anybody?

        • Jigplate January 23, 2018 at 8:03 am #

          “The question would be who was the mommy and who was the daddy?”

          Perhaps we should ask “Who was the pitcher, and who was the catcher?”

      • hmuller January 22, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

        The same sex antics of Hillary and Bathhouse Barry from Chicago have long been rumored. But you can ask for confirmation from remote viewer and forum contributor Robert White. He claims he was hovering around the Moscow hotel room when Trump and the hookers took their golden showers. Always good to have reliable confirmation.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm #

          Like some kind of latter day Oswald. Perhaps he is an astral projector or remote viewer? No door or wall can shield you from his ghostly eye.

          • hmuller January 23, 2018 at 7:54 am #

            I feel his evil stink-eye upon me even as I type.

  31. stelmosfire January 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    I believe the term is “We dOne (don’t) need no “Steeekin’ Badges!:, Federales , F-Them, Watch list again

    youtube.com/watch?v=XT8hE7_8BCY

  32. San Jose January 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

    Call the fun police. I got another jury summons this morning. Mind you, I spent ten agonizing days on a superior court jury last May that exempts me from further service for 18 months.

    Maybe voter fraud is a real thing, because when I called the court, they told me that this current summons has my birthday wrong (4 days later, different month?). I’ve lived at the same address for 28 years and haven’t ever changed my voter registration. What gives?

    Jen in San Jose

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

      Just tell them you believe that White People have rights. Or that the Jury should be informed of the right to Jury Nullification. You’ll be Out real fast.

  33. stelmosfire January 22, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    You are not alone Jen in SJOSE, I had court duty last Wed. 1/17/18. Six inchs of fresh snow and still snowing. No cancellations. They called 105 potential jurors from the comfy stuffed chairs in the waiting room and had us sit( all105 of us) on the white oak church pews in courtroom no. 4. for jury selection. Talk about a pain in the ass! A civil trial , tenant suing a landlord, After 8 hours on the oak bench( not excused till 4:00 pm) I was excused after 2 minutes when I told them I was also a landlord and would be sympathetic to the landlord. I figure the court probably wasted at least 800-1000 work /man hours before they even picked a jury. Also out of 100+ potential jurors there was only one black dude in the potential juror pool. 1 % !! hardly a cross section of society.

    • outsider January 22, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

      Is it any wonder that the prosecution is told to makes deals to avoid the delay and expense of jury trials? And the defense lawyers play the same game too. I understand that well over 90% of cases are settled without a trial.

  34. volodya January 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    Look at guys like Comey with his dead-eyed disregard for the law, and Hill and Bill and their scathing contempt for lesser beings and the rules they live by, and the sanctimonious Mark Warner and the buttery Adam Schiff both of which ooze nonsense on the news, and the austere Paul Ryan touting tax cuts for the richest, and the reptilian Chuck Shumer and the ne plus ultra of irrelevant misdirection Nancy Pelosi.

    These people act the way that they do because they think that they have the Deep State behind them. And they do. So they think they’re untouchable. And, for now, they are. So they try to up-end election results, they enact the most ludicrously corrupt schemes, chief law enforcers become chief obstructers of justice.

    But they really have no idea what they’re really doing. Creating a squalid Trumpian shit-hole? Sure, that too. The visual evidence for this is in abundance. But what they are really doing is asking for the cruel, razor-sharp penis of fate to give them a lube-free bare-backing. Russia’s Czarist regime got one, as did its Communist successors, the French aristocracy too and so did a hat-full of European monarchies. Blowback is the other name for it.

  35. Epicur January 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    Re: Support for DACA

    There is always the issue of how poll questions are asked.

    If one asks if a person who was brought to this country as a young child and acculturated to the USA should be sent back, then one will get the much advertised 70-80% agreement that they should be allowed to stay.

    If one believes that is all the proposed law is about then one should also shop for a bridge in Brooklyn, I hear there’s one on sale – cheap.

    Opposition to the proposed law is opposition to the rest of the camel that will follow the nose thrust under the tent. If the backers of the law truly cared about the few people truly worthy to remain then they would strip the proposals of all the accompanying garbage.

    The fact that they do not reveals their true intent.

  36. tucsonspur January 22, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    The Democrats deserve all the blow back they get. It should hit them like the exhaust from a Boeing GE90.

    They are truly destroying the nation, both from within and without.
    MAGA not MAKA. (Kneel).

    Could it be that a temporary suspension of the constitution is necessary to save the nation, with a “benevolent dictator” at the helm? A kind of reverse “cultural revolution” undergone by the Chinese?

    Outside of the Civil War, we have yet to experience the huge, disastrous turmoil and social upheavals experienced by other nations. Our time may have arrived. What other solutions are out there?

    • Epicur January 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

      “What other solutions are out there?”

      There are none. The Emergency approaches.

      The big question is, who will hold the executive branch when it is declared. I would not expect that to be Donald Trump, he is too much the outsider. The law puts the Emergency Powers in the Executive Branch, specifically the President and the Secretaries (if the President is not around).

      They can probably keep the wheels from falling off while he serves out this term. For a second term will be a challenge.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

      I believe so. Trump needs to order the Wall built by the Army Corps of Engineers. They work very quickly I’ve heard. And nationalize the Media for a time, before selling it back to honest, decent people. And deputize a million White Men to help with the mass deportations of illegals of every conceivable race, color, and creed.

    • beantownbill. January 22, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

      Love of power = addiction. A benevolent dictator would never advocate for his own removal once the time came for re-institution of the Constitution.

    • outsider January 23, 2018 at 8:48 am #

      We are a Republic, not a Democracy. Our Founding Fathers distrusted the people, so they limited their power to the House of Rep. Ben Franklin said that we gave the people a Republic “if they can keep it.” Well, we lost the Republic a long time ago, and the people are too dumbed down to sustain a democracy.

      So, I’m with Tucson about the need for a “benevolent dictator.” And Mr. Trump may just be the man for the job. As has been said many times – The Constitution is not a Suicide Pact.

  37. tucsonspur January 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    From the Arizona Daily Star:

    Water is running out in Cape Town, S.A. Expected to run dry April 21. “Day Zero”.

    “In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will enforce a limit of 6.6 gallons per person and adopt measures to control crowds. Some experts believe evacuations will be necessary.

    A lot of the logistics are not known, and that’s worrying and it’s causing a lot of alarm.”

    Beware. Coyote not only waits, but gets hungrier and thirstier.

    • BackRowHeckler January 22, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

      All SAfrica is falling apart. Nothing in the country has been maintained since about 1992.

      brh

    • Q. Shtik January 22, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

      a limit of 6.6 gallons per person – tuc

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

      per what? day? week??

      • tucsonspur January 23, 2018 at 12:48 am #

        Later in the article it states that in February it will be 13 gallons per day per person.

        So on “day zero” in April, when it goes to 6.6, I assume it will be a daily ration.

  38. Phutatorius January 22, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    For that matter, the leadership of J Edgar Hoover should have left serious questions re the legitimacy of the FBI. Does anyone debating immigration dare to mention limits to growth – especially to population growth? On either side of the aisle?

    • ozone January 22, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Phutatorius,
      “For that matter, the leadership of J Edgar Hoover should have left serious questions re the legitimacy of the FBI.”
      –But it didn’t because by then the Bureau had obtained too much blackmail information to be “put down” without some vermin getting exposed.

      ” Does anyone debating immigration dare to mention limits to growth – especially to population growth? On either side of the aisle?”
      –No, because that subject would be far too deep and scary for the average American non-thinker. (In other words, the vast majority of the population.)

      As a tangent to your pointed observations, those who wait around to be saved by the entrenched powers and parties are going to crumble into dust while waiting. Katrina proved it decisively; you’re on your own; prepare accordingly.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

        In case of Rapture, Ozone’s car will not be driverless.

  39. baldski January 22, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    Don’t tell me JHK has been seduced by #release the memo, too? This is fantasy concocted by Congress Critter Nunes and his staff. The FBI has asked to look at the memo and Nunes will not do it. Why won’t Nunes release his own memo??

  40. BuckP January 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    Headline in the Chicago Tribune dated March 10, 1978

    FBI MEMO: USE MOB AGAINST DICK GREGORY

    In other words, the FBI, wanted to neutralize (murder) Dick Gregory, a pacifist, truth-telling comedian and civil rights activist, using mob hitmen.

    Headline in New York Times dated October 28, 1993

    TAPES DEPICT PROPOSAL TO THWART BOMB USED IN TRADE CENTER BLAST

    Emad Salem, FBI informant and former Egyptian Army officer, built the bomb that blew up in the WTC basement leaving six people dead in 1993. He was supposed to thwart the plot by substituting harmless powder in lieu if explosives, but the plan was called off by an FBI Supervisor, who had other ideas. Salem secretly recorded all his conversations with the FBI, which are available online.

    “ We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

    William Casey, CIA Director, 1981-1987

    “ The American people don’t read.”

    Allen Dulles, assuaging the fears of fellow commissioners prior to the release of the Warren Commission Report

    The FBI and other government agencies, the justice system, banks and other corporations didn’t just recently break bad!

  41. thwack January 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    If anyone wants to jack off with me, I’ll just leave this here for you:

    koin.com/news/crime/police-u-haul-employee-justified-in-shooting/931803680

    • elysianfield January 22, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

      “If anyone wants to jack off with me, ”

      Thwack,
      “…What we have here, is a failure…of judgment”~Strother Martin “Cool Hand Luke” (paraphrased)

  42. janet January 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    It was beautiful today how the shutdown ended when the senators sang kumbaya together.

    Kumbaya power works!

  43. KesaAnna January 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    ” Whether you’re a Trump fan or not, this ought to raise troubling questions about the legitimacy of the FBI. ”

    WTF ??

    Statements like this assure me in the conviction that we merely traded in the Age of Faith for an Age of Unabashedly Credulous Superstition .

    Never mind a shelf full of history books , it might be nice if you would at least lightly scan a Wikipedia article.

    Though I doubt then that this has anything to do with empirical evidence , or even a dogmatic faith , but rather just the most vague and ambiguous wishful thinking.

    The FBI has been a political police force , like the Stasi or the Kenpei tai , a political weapon , since its very inception.

    Since its very inception — well, the FBI was originally set up to try and rein in interstate car theft.

    Like the SS was originally set up as a personal bodyguard , intended to remain small and subordinate to the SA .

    Talk about , ” mission creep ” !

    Interstate car theft seems to be the least of the FBI’s concerns now , and I would bet they assign the flunkies on the dead end track to interstate car theft these days.

    ” …. this ought to raise troubling questions about the legitimacy of the FBI. ”

    Is like saying ;

    ” …. this ought to raise troubling questions about the legitimacy of Anna Nicole Smith. ”

    Was she , was the FBI , ever legitimate ?

    If yes , then I suppose the Mafia is just a fraternity.

    • hmuller January 23, 2018 at 7:59 am #

      If you figure on J Edgar Hoover as the FBI’s father and Clyde Tolson as its mother, that ugly deformed baby was bound to turn out badly.

  44. 100th Avatar January 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

    This is Blow Over not Blowback. Gringos are steeped into so much malaise that another stab is a mere cut in death by a thousand. There is a halfhearted survival reflex called skin-shaming, where white people are expressing their exasperation with blame by skin color. They felt guilty and gave it up.
    Giving it all up.
    Lo siento Janosito

  45. outsider January 22, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    My small local paper ran a terrific article by Ann Coulter today. It can be found on her website. I’ll address two salient points.

    1) Regarding Trump’s shithole comment, only Dick Durbin (D-Il) took it too the media. Not counting the President, three others in attendance all deny that he said it. And, per Coulter, Durbin has “a track record of making up things said in private meetings.” Durbin is known as one of the most partisan members of Congress, and he will do almost anything to derail the Trump agenda. Yet the media acts as if Trump’s alleged comment has been confirmed. It hasn’t been.

    2) And, to those who are crying crocodile tears over DACA and the fate of the Dreamers, Coulter provides this rebuttal.
    “I also can’t help but notice that just as black Americans had won their full civil rights and were about to burst into the American economy… Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) helped pass the 1965 immigration act that began dumping millions and millions of low-wage workers on the country to compete with them.”

    “Obviously, the people hurt most by the mass immigration of low-skilled workers are black Americans, aka, The Only Reason We Care So Much About Racism. I refer you to the Jordan Report – overseen by actual civil rights icon Barbara Jordan. Far from making up for the legacy of slavery, our immigration policies solve the exact same problem that slavery solved: rich people’s eternal need for cheap labor.”

    Jordan, btw, was a democrat African American Congresswoman from Texas who spoke out for her people, and against immigration that would take away their jobs. Those supporting unchecked immigration should chew on Coulter’s words a little.

    • hmuller January 23, 2018 at 8:12 am #

      The globalist NWO agenda is to keep the masses impoverished, dumbed down, focused on crap that doesn’t matter, and oblivious to the Orwellian prison planet they are constructing for our future. They are the iron boot smashing down on our face forever, and we need to wake up.

  46. KesaAnna January 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    ” “Were Hillary and Huma Lesbo Lovers?”

    Janos,
    The question would be who was the mommy and who was the daddy?

    Anybody in the readership have a …perspective? Reality based or otherwise….

    Anybody? ”

    well , apparently most posters here ( ? ) in common with most Feminists ,

    proffer the theory that men are all sex fiends , and women are all sexually neuter , who can take it or leave it , but 99% of the time would rather paint their nails. ( That is , when Feminists aren’t saying the EXACT OPPOSITE . Why would near – eunuchs WANT the pill or abortion ? )

    If this narrative is not complete hogwash , then presumably Hillary and Huma were just painting their nails while otherwise entertaining themselves by studying tax codes.

    • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      Kesa,

      Welcome back.

      “Why would near – eunuchs WANT the pill or abortion ? ) ”

      Well…the perception is that women are not driven to the same extremes as men on a constant basis. The Pill and/or abortion are the result of “unintended consequences”…collateral damage in the war of the sexes(?).

      ” Hillary and Huma were just painting their nails ” War paint,

  47. stelmosfire January 22, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Not to step on Jim’s toes ,but Fred makes alot of sense. My apologies for posting a link to another Blog. Shitholes describes it to a tee.

    fredoneverything.org/

    • outsider January 22, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

      Fred Reed is an excellent writer. But he is pro-Mexican immigration, has a Mexican wife, and is anti-black. I’d like to see him square off against Ann Coulter, whom I quoted above. Perhaps he’s right that, on the whole, Mexicans are better behaved and commit fewer crimes than blacks, but most blacks’ ancestry in this country goes back to slavery. So, not counting those who have migrated in since Kennedy’s disastrous 1965 immigration act, they have every right to be here. And we should be working to help blacks obtain more skills and better jobs, not throw them under the bus so that Pedro can work for cash under the table.

      • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 11:29 am #

        Outsider,
        Fred makes more sense more often than Coulter.

        “And we should be working to help blacks obtain more skills and better jobs, not throw them under the bus so that Pedro can work for cash under the table.”

        I have an excellent idea…lets give Blacks preference in college admission and job hiring…sort of give them a leg up? This program, if well administered, should solve many of their problems.

        Kumbaya, M’Lord, Kumbaya….

        • outsider January 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

          Elsy,
          You miss Coulter’s point. Without all of the Mexicans and Central Americans coming here, there would be more low end entry level jobs for blacks. Millions of blacks have been here for centuries. Unlike whites they didn’t come here voluntarily. Trying to ‘help’ them, while simultaneously taking away their jobs, is typical of Washington’s brain dead policies. The democrats have taken the black vote for granted for generations.

          • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

            Outsider,
            I well understand your and Coulter’s point, and am in agreement.

            I should, however, mention that after the last 50 years of social experimentation and trillions of dollars in the attempts to elevate the black experience in our culture, I have reached a point where I feel that they should sink or swim on merit…and we all know that there are those who will, and a very many of those who won’t.

  48. KesaAnna January 22, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    ” Dreamers ” is a richly entertaining label.

    I was brought to this country merely because my parents happened to be Americans.

    The only ” dream ” I ever had was to go back to my old country , which was East Germany.

    But , well, I was a kid then , and nostalgia and homesickness are common human traits.

    But I eventually saw the light , right, and realized America was Disneyland , and East Germany was Evil Empire ?

    No.

    I eventually came to the horrible realization that both regimes did the same things , just differently , and were more alike than not.

    By a quirk of history , America wound up an English- speaking nation, and one that sucks up to the British monarchy more slavishly than any Commonwealth state.
    ( Can you imagine Elrond singing , “God Save The Queen ” ? )

    But the largest white ethnic group in America is Central European , and in my view it is really not an Anglo or a Celtic culture that predominates in America , but a Germanic one.

    ( And so , like Germans , you are a nation of weird control-freak jerks. )

    This Dreamer label is a pronounced exercise in self-flattery.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2018 at 8:58 am #

      vimeo.com/38184318

    • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      Hello Kesa Anna

      You don’t need to go to the Canada to find people who are uncomfortable singing God Save the Queen. As a national ditty, it’s an embarrassment. I sang it as a child. As an adult, I’ll stand but not sing (not that the occasion arises much – when I was a child it was played after the film in cinemas and you were meant to stand till it finished!).

      Up here in Alba, we’re not over fond of the alternative extra verse (among many extra verses added at various times) that goes:

      Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
      May by thy mighty aid,
      Victory bring.
      May he sedition hush,
      and like a torrent rush,
      Rebellious Scots to crush,
      God save the Queen…

      I’d sing it if it were part of my ceremonial duties as e.g. an MP or other representative of the nation, That’s it. And that says nothing about my feelings for my country, just my embarrassment at being expected to pretend I believe in kings and queens at my age and in 2018.

      I’m thankful to General Wade for the old military road that leads past the remnants of his 18th century barracks to the cottage I rent in the summer, though.

      • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 11:43 am #

        When I say I’d sing it I mean the main bit, obviously!

      • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

        For that matter, The Star-Spangled Banner has more than one verse, and the third one is particular is not something to be proud of:

        “And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
        That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
        A home and a Country should leave us no more?
        Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
        No refuge could save the hireling and slave
        From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

        And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
        O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

        The highlighted lines single out for celebration the deaths of African Americans recruited out of slavery by the British, who died fighting for their freedom, paradoxically, against the self-proclaimed land of the free. “Give me freedom or give me death!” cried Patrick Henry, and surely Francis Scott Key agreed — but not when it applied to his, you know, property.

      • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

        And apologies for ‘the Canada’, which was going to be ‘the Commonwealth’ before botched editing!

  49. Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    Democrats back down on their attempt to blackmail America into taking illegal kids. They realized that the Republicans had won the blame game this time. The ever grotesque Mitch McConnell is trying to take credit, but it was Trump all the way. McConnell is a long time and well known Cuck and Surrender Monkey.

    Now Trump has to bring us home. It’s make or break for him. If he cucks on DACA, he’s White History.

  50. Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    amren.com/news/2018/01/every-glaad-nominated-marvel-comic-book-axed/

    The racial purity of Super Heroes must be maintained. White Nerds show the power of their purse and veto the madness. The New Man is here. He is intrepid and cruel. I am afraid of him!

  51. KesaAnna January 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

    ” Dreamers ” is a richly entertaining label.

    once apon a time we had this religion that taught us that we were children of God ……….well…….by virtue of the fact that we were children of God.

    And we once belonged to families , we derived status and value simply by virtue of the fact that two people got together and made whoopie .

    But these , of course , were inherited values , inherited statuses .

    Inherited wealth is somehow illegitimate , never mind that inherited wealth is two-thirds of all wealth that has ever existed , exists , or ever will exist.

    the institution of the Church had to be subverted , i dunno , because some priests diddle little boys , and some priests live in really nice apartments .
    Never mind that most priests are snow flakes . ( On second thought , I guess being a snowflake is a bad thing. Better to be a head-hunting cannibal warrior Inquisitor apparently . If what most people on the left or the right say is to be taken literally and at their word. )

    Presumably militarized bureaucracies are good at preventing the diddling of little boys , and preventing the literate and privileged classes from ensconcing themselves in the best housing.

    Families needed to be subverted , because clearly some committee of strangers at a distance most often and most likely knows what is best for you than does someone at the scene, in the same boat , who knows you .

    And finally of course value and status needs and should be earned.

    As if that is ever really possible for such a muddled and circumscribed species.

    We now have something called citizenship , which at first glance seems likewise an inherited value and status.

    But it is nothing of the sort. It is intrinsically and fundamentally conditional and uncertain.

    Dreamers are supposedly this little minority of people in exceptionable , aberrational circumstances.

    Bullshit. Everyone, employer and employee alike, native born or just arrived yesterday , is a Dreamer.

    YOU ARE NOBODIES SON.

    You are a hired hand who can be kicked to the street on the instant for any reason , or no reason at all.

    • BackRowHeckler January 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm #

      Let these so called dreamers take it up with their parents, who brought them here illegally. This is our home, not a dumping ground for the whole stinking third world. (like your native Germany now is)

      brh

      • KesaAnna January 22, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

        Walter Ulbricht , and his successor Erich Honecker , took it on the chin for the German working class , and that’s how they got to be the foremost leaders of East Germany eh ?

        No , they both made their careers by offering up their comrades in the Communist movement as human sacrifices to the Cheka.

        By 1946, they were simply among the few communists in Germany who were still breathing.

        And in case you missed the point, most of them had not been shot by the Nazis , but by their own comrades , like Walter Ulbricht and Erich Honnecker.

        The cause is more important than friends and co-workers is the logic.

        How noble and virtuous.

        Ah , but that’s my home not yours ?

        statues of Robert E. Lee are really sort of misleading. The vast majority of Confederate memorials are essentially like grave monuments put up by relatives to commemorate other relatives who got their heads blown off for their sakes.

        But this should be stigmatized.

        The cause is more important than parents , siblings , or offspring , is clearly the logic , obfuscating bullshit aside

        The modern secular state is nobodies home.

        If you have invested your heart in the bloodless abstraction that makes license plates , you have gotten what you asked for and wanted.

        If that leaves you homeless , tsk , tsk, and tough titty said the kitty.

  52. BackRowHeckler January 22, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

    Well, here’s how its stacking up.

    Two events on opposite sides of the world giving us a picture of the shape of things to come, and who the the future belongs to.

    Last weekend Chinese Premier Li Kequang gave a speech to the 1.3 million strong Peoples Liberation Army, and its 1.5 million reservists. The message was simple: Soldiers, be prepared to die for your country.

    The same day, at West Point, at the West Point chapel, two active duty army captains got married, two dudes, marrying each other. This blessed event got sympathetic reviews in the NY and DC media, really an historic occasion.

    Its hard not to make comparisons.

    brh

    • outsider January 23, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      What would Patton think?

    • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      “The same day, at West Point, at the West Point chapel, two active duty army captains got married, two dudes, marrying each other. ”

      BRH,

      West Point? WEST POINT? I feel like crawling under the same rock that WalterB must be now hiding under. Just kill me now….

  53. BackRowHeckler January 22, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    Reading above posts …

    Two self identified Canadians, H Mueller and Robert White, all for open borders in the US and unrestricted 3rd world immigration (into the US)

    Worry about Canada, my foreign friends, not the United States. You hate our President? It doesn’t matter, you have no say here. We don’t care what you think, or who you hate.

    brh

    • janet January 22, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

      “It doesn’t matter, you have no say here. We don’t care what you think, or who you hate.” –brh

      Speak for yourself, brh. I welcome posts from Canadians and from Mexicans. They, too, live in nations subject to clusterfucks and black swans. Canadians and Mexicans are our neighbors in this naftaesque global village. I value their knowledge and perspective. The white nationalist hater is resident in the white house.

      • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 12:50 am #

        nations subject to clusterfucks and black swans. – janet

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

        Once again I would like to remind you, janet, and many others that, contrary to a notion that has taken hold, a “black swan” is not necessarily a negative event. It can just as well be a positive event. Read the book by Nassim Taleb.

        I try not to make a pain-in-the-ass of myself by bringing these things up time after time but it seems to do no good.

        The worst of all is the misperception about “facing a steep learning curve” which everyone in the world, including the New York Times, thinks means a long and difficult period of learning. But the truth is exactly the opposite. A learning curve is not like a hill in front of you that you need to ascend but rather it is like you’re at the top of a hill that you need to descend. The steeper the angle of descent the quicker and more easily you will get to the bottom, your destination. With a shallow angle of descent it takes much longer to reach your destination.

        Another peeve of mine is people continuing to say the Ukraine, or the Crimea when the correct term is simply Ukraine or Crimea.

        • janet January 23, 2018 at 1:35 am #

          “a “black swan” is not necessarily a negative event” –Q

          No, it isn’t, nor did I assert that it was. A black swan event is simply something completely unexpected. That says nothing about whether it is good or bad, just that it is a surprise. I like surprises.

          • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 1:48 am #

            You said “clusterfucks and black swans.”

            ===========

            You equated black swans with clusterfucks and there are no good clusterfucks.

          • janet January 23, 2018 at 2:22 am #

            Mexico and Canada are subject to clusterfucks and black swans, to negative and positive, to bad and good.

            I did not “equated black swans with clusterfucks” … that is your interpretation of my words. You assumed I did not know that black swan events can be positive.

            jdmoyer.com/2010/05/20/exposing-yourself-to-positive-black-swans/

          • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 11:42 am #

            “You equated black swans with clusterfucks and there are no good clusterfucks.”

            Q,
            Not to put too fine a point on the issue, A “black swan” event can be considered a negative when compared to a “waiting for Superman” event that can be considered generally positive,..,

            There are no good clusterfucks?…Not necessarily true, depending which end of the clusterfuck you are on…both(clusterfucks) real and metaphorical….

        • outsider January 23, 2018 at 9:26 am #

          My pet peeve was Bush II saying ‘NUK U LAR’ for 8 years, even though his father got it right.

          • pequiste January 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

            This word string from Shrub pisses me off every time I think of it:

            youtube.com/watch?v=r8VbzrZ9yHQ

          • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

            My pet peeve was Bush II saying ‘NUK U LAR’ – outsider

            ===========

            If a professional linguist dies and is banished to hell he will be made the roommate of my brother-in-law, Peter, for all eternity.

  54. janet January 22, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

    “That would be an 8 to 2 margin wouldn’t it?” –Q

    “Correct, Q.” –beantown

    I think the number is closer to 90% than 79%. A majority of Americans are in support of letting recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stay in the country.

    A Washington Post/ABC News poll finds 86 percent of respondents are in favor of allowing DACA recipients who are eligible for renewable two-year work permits to stay in the country.

    Probably closer to a 6 to 1 advantage for the Dreamers. Even Trump likes them and wants them legalized. They are impressive citizens. The Dreamers dwell among us. That makes them citizens, in the original sense of the word.

    CITIZEN: “inhabitant of a city or town,” from Anglo-French citesein, citezein “city- dweller, town-dweller

  55. janet January 22, 2018 at 11:39 pm #

    “Fred Reed is an excellent writer. But he is pro-Mexican immigration, has a Mexican wife” –outsider

    Fred Reed’s Mexican wife has a name. Her name is Violeta and here is a photo:

    lewrockwell.com/wp-content/uploads/articles/fred-reed/2012/05/4179fc10ea77d30b4847480e457f6ec8.jpg

    “I have lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, with a splendid Mexicana, Violeta, for almost two years. She put herself through university by working three jobs, after which she lived by teaching

    Spanish to gringos. She has a daughter of thirteen, Natalia, who is exceedingly bright, no more than ordinarily intolerable for a teenager, and the star student in her school. The kid reads more books in a week than the public schools of Washington read in a year. Or would, if they could recognize a book.

    I would like to take Vi to Washington for a couple of weeks to meet friends, see the city, and listen to Honky Tonk Confidential, a bar band which, second only to Mark Twain, constitutes America’s chief contribution to world culture. I probably can’t take her. She probably can’t get a visa. Certainly the State Department makes it so disagreeable to try that I won’t subject her to it.” –Fred Reed

    • Cavepainter January 23, 2018 at 8:34 am #

      You’re misreading (or deliberately misrepresenting) Fred. Yes, he regularly takes issues with the too broad generalizations of Mexican Nationals which make no distinction between that nation’s essentially Westernized population and that of the pure indigenous from such areas of Chiapus (who don’t even speak or read Spanish) and notes that the latter aren’t any more able to assimilate — within reasonable time frame — into US society than they are into that of their more Westernized compatriots. So no, Fred is not in favor of unregulated immigration as you imply, just as you typically harangue that distinction between peoples and cultures is not allowed except in distinguishing between the all evil ‘White’/Western from the all innocent and pure other — typical condescending noble savage syndrome.

      • Cavepainter January 23, 2018 at 8:57 am #

        Fred Reed’s latest post exemplifies what I claim about his position on unregulated immigration — or, more to the point, inmiscibility.

    • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      “Fred Reed’s Mexican wife has a name. Her name is Violeta and here is a photo:”

      Fred married way above his pay-grade….

  56. KesaAnna January 23, 2018 at 12:16 am #

    ” Last weekend Chinese Premier Li Kequang gave a speech to the 1.3 million strong Peoples Liberation Army, and its 1.5 million reservists. The message was simple: Soldiers, be prepared to die for your country.

    The same day, at West Point, at the West Point chapel, two active duty army captains got married, two dudes, marrying each other. This blessed event got sympathetic reviews in the NY and DC media, really an historic occasion.

    Its hard not to make comparisons. ”

    Here are a few —

    ” Last weekend Chinese Premier Li Kequang gave a speech to the 1.3 million strong Peoples Liberation Army, and its 1.5 million reservists. The message was simple: Soldiers, be prepared to die for your country. ”

    — Sounds a lot like America 70 years ago . Or , certainly where the total emphasis on “drink the Kool Aid for Country ” – spiel is concerned , like America today.

    ” Soldiers, be prepared to die for your country. ” — Unless you are Tibetans or Manchurians , in which case ; piss on your country. this is an empire , but we won’t call it that.

    As the one -child policy in China should clue you in , the Chinese state hates the family even more than the American state.

    And since they are avowed atheists ; no parent in the sky , no hope of a better deal in another life elsewhere . We are God, and you better focus on the here and now shitty deal we give you.

    As I said , it sounds a lot like America 70 years ago, and I think it not fanciful to venture that in 70 years they will look much like America at present , since most of the basic premises are the same.

    ” The same day, at West Point, at the West Point chapel, two active duty army captains got married, two dudes, marrying each other. This blessed event got sympathetic reviews in the NY and DC media, really an historic occasion. ”

    it is one of a series of rights movements which has nothing to do with rights. A crusade which in practice atomizes groups, isolates the individual, and of course eventually strips the individual of any rights or value.

    Speaking of sex specifically ; Lenin and Mao would fuck anything that moved. Quite a few of the early leaders of the Nazi Party were Homosexual, and there were always rumors that Hitler himself was a bit of a Nancy boy.
    Now , however , when these people got into power they issued edicts regarding sex that were notably draconian , and notable for their arbitrariness .

    Now who today is crafting edicts in Washington and in the state capitols regarding sex that make the Victorians appear lax and permissive ?

    Why , those same youthful champions of the sexual revolution who in 1975 were having fucking orgies .

    • outsider January 23, 2018 at 9:47 am #

      Now they are saying that Hitler had a ‘micro’ penis. If so, maybe he couldn’t even have sex. Maybe that’s why he didn’t get married until the end and never had children. Could that have been the source of his Will to Power?

      • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 11:49 am #

        “Now they are saying that Hitler had a ‘micro’ penis. If so, maybe he couldn’t even have sex. Maybe that’s why he didn’t get married until the end and never had children. Could that have been the source of his Will to Power?”

        Ohh, Thwack, where art thou?

  57. Ricechex January 23, 2018 at 12:38 am #

    Just an aside….the “shutdown” is another media grab. I am a federal employee. EVERYONE I know is working. (Not just in my agency…I know lots of folks all over). Seems like all us peasants are “essential.” I can assure you I am not “essential.”

    It was really a shutdown of the National Parks and partial furlough of the CDC (40%). Never mind that government employees are now represented through non appropriated funds and contract positions (they go to work). Appropriated funds are being reallocated to non-appropriated fund jobs. A shell game and with each move the workers get less and less.

    • janet January 23, 2018 at 1:38 am #

      “A shell game and with each move the workers get less and less.”

      But with each privatization, like with Blackwater replacing soldiers in Iraq, the contracts get more and more expensive to the taxpayers.

    • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 1:39 am #

      EVERYONE I know is working. (Not just in my agency – Ricechex

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

      Sorry to be contrary but……….

      My son is a civilian employee of the Army. Everyone in his outfit (they work with high-tech communications equipment) was “furloughed” upon arrival at work Monday morning and sent home.

      I’m not sure what happens Tuesday morning. I hope and assume that he has, or will have, received a call to return to work. In any event the ending of the shutdown is only good till Feb 8 (unless they pull another rabbit out of their hat).

      This whole stop start process will wind up costing more than if they had just kept working.

      The answer is to downsize government and then only spend what you take in. Eliminate the endless creation of debt.

      • janet January 23, 2018 at 2:24 am #

        70% of civilian Pentagon employees showed up for work this morning. Tomorrow 100% should show up.

        • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

          Tomorrow 100% should show up. – janet

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

          janet, did you look at the time before you submitted this comment? You submitted on Tuesday morning.

          When you say “this morning” I’m sure you meant Monday morning and “Tomorrow” would be Tuesday, not Wednesday.

          You are quite careless…and your math continues to stink as evidenced by your statement that 79% is nearly 8 to 1.

          Your co-worker, Elrond, seems to be far more careful about the things he says.

  58. Pucker January 23, 2018 at 2:19 am #

    Was Hercules a Rapist?

    “Heracles set something of a precedent for the Greek colonists’ sometimes aggressive dealings with the indigenous peoples. 3 The developing relations between the colonists and the native populations were also reflected in the numerous offspring that the legendary womanizer was said to have sired through his congress with well-born local females. 4 He was viewed not so much as a founder of colonies but rather as their initiator, who chose and secured locations before restlessly moving on, leaving it for those who followed him to settle there. 5 Yet Heracles was far more than just a violent enforcer.”

    • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

      Was Hercules a Rapist?

      “Heracles set something of a precedent – Puck

      ==========

      Help me out here, Puck. Are we talking about Hercules or Heracles?

  59. janet January 23, 2018 at 2:29 am #

    Vermont, the “Green Mountain State,” has become the first state to legalize marijuana by passing a law in the legislature rather than by use of a ballot measure. Gov. Phil Scott signed H. 511 into law Monday night, allowing for the possession of recreational marijuana.

    • BackRowHeckler January 23, 2018 at 4:10 am #

      A proud day for the Vermont Republic.

      The future is bright!

      brh

    • Cavepainter January 23, 2018 at 7:28 am #

      Oh please, our dear host JHK, is it possible to not allow us subscribers to be subjected to so many posts by those who, essentially, are not interested in serious reasoned analysis of our nation’s current political theater but instead are proselytizing their own peculiar Gnostic (nostrums) Eschaton?

    • pequiste January 23, 2018 at 8:17 am #

      Recreational marijuana legalization is a no-brainer; for adult use only, and no working, operating heavy equipment or driving under the influence.

      I’m guessing the next stop for Vermont government do-gooders is to declare, by proclamation, their status as a “sanctuary state.”

      That will bring them the diversity they so desperately need.

  60. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    Western Christianity – Culture vs Civilization

    Like a seed in which all the subsequent properties of the tree are laid, the historical events that led to the formation of Western European Civilizational Christianity bore in themselves the germ of all its subsequent achievements and vices.

    The notorious filioque was rather an indicator of that spiritual gap between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, which opened when in 800 AD. Pope Leo III arbitrarily crowned Charlemagne the Emperor of the Christian Ecumene. This arbitrariness destroyed in the West the very idea of the legitimacy of power and the Justinian symphony of the Church and the State, which led not only to the struggle for Investiture, but also to the loss of the fundamental idea of the interaction of this World and the World to come.

    This manifested itself first of all in the secularization of art and the loss of symbolic, iconographic thinking, which became in the West a hostage of dualism. The question of symbolic art in Western Europe is so maliciously politicized and terminologically confusing that any consideration of it requires simplification, and an appropriate agreement on terms. In this regard, in this post, aimed primarily at the historical analysis of Christian art, the following terminology will be used:

    1. Civilizational or Political Christianity (Catholicism) – the Roman Catholic Church and the civilization and culture that it engendered in Western Europe, which arose as a result of a Great Schism with the Orthodox Churches. Historically, the main motive for the emergence of Civilizational Christianity was the desire of Western European peoples to join the civilization of the Roman Empire.

    2. Western Christianity is the result of the Christianization of the peoples of Western Europe before the Great Schism, the main motive of which was the shock by the beauty of Christ that will save the World. First of all, we mean the Irish Orthodoxy of St. Patrick, the Christianity of Gallo-Romans, including the Walloons, and some of the Christianization of the Normans, including the Burgundians. And Western Christianity, from the point of view of the history of art, demonstrated the shock by the beauty of Christ, even many centuries after joining the Christianity Political.

    3. Anti-Catholicism, which arose as a synthesis of dualistic and pagan religions, heretical sects and Catholics, somewhat exasperatedly protesting against the obvious abuses of the Papacy. The greatest contribution to this synthesis was undoubtedly made by the Cathars (dualists) and the Arians, as the pagans who persisted in anti-Catholicism when confronted with Catholicism usually became either dualists or Arians.

    The influence of iconoclasm on the emergence of Western European civilization is explained by the fact that in 754, when the Council of Hieria was opened, Pope Stephen II justifiably believed that the power of the Byzantine Emperor – iconoclastic Constantine V was an anti-Christian power. Therefore, Stephen II refused to cooperate with the anti-Christian authorities and committed an act of high treason against the Byzantine Emperor, becoming a vassal of the Frankish crown and concluding an alliance with the king of francs Pepin the Short to protect Rome from Arian-Lombards.
    The King of the Franks, Clovis, was baptized in 498, when in the Empire Orthodox were in power, and not the Arians, who baptized the Lombards and the Visigoths. Thus, the Franks proved to be the only Catholic people in the West by chance, as is characteristic of political Christianity. Naturally, after in 772 Charlemagne defeated the head of the Lombards, the Duke of Spoleto – Desiderius and created the Papal States, the vassal dependent Pope was doomed to crown of the King of Franks with the imperial crown.

    When the Empress Irina summoned the Seventh Ecumenical Council in Nicaea in 787, condemning the iconoclasm, the reason for the Roman Pope’s change in citizenship disappeared, but the vassal dependence of the Pope from the Frankish kings remained. Ironically, Pepin the Short heir, the allegedly illiterate Charlemagne, perfectly understood the inevitability of taking the title of Emperor, and, in consequence of this title, religious and political consequences. He in 794 convened the Frankfurt Cathedral, which created “German theology” and condemned icon-worship in the formulation of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, reducing the meaning of icons to the illustrative function and in this, in fact, took the iconoclastic position.

    Pope Stephen II (III) initially objected, but then resigned himself and took his side, which laid the foundation for the secularization of art in Western Europe and the transition from iconography to church painting.

    By the way, the Filioque was also introduced at the St. Francis Cathedral at the insistence of the future Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, Charlemagne, who feared the restoration of the Byzantine influence on the Pope.

    Naturally, the anti-Arian formulation of the symbol of faith turned into an excuse for schism, as soon as political Christianity tried to use this formulation to seize power over the Church. True, it is necessary to pay tribute to Pope Leo III, who raised the imperial crown in the year 800 on the head of Charlemagne – he refused to sign the filioque, as well as his own infallibility.

    Thus, two fundamentally different, if not opposite, vectors of the development of Christian art were created. The historical dichotomy of Orthodoxy and Catholicism, which began in 800, reached its apogee in 1202 during the Fourth Crusade, while in the history of art this dichotomy began around the same time, but reached its apogee in the 16th century. This discrepancy in terms is due to the fact that Orthodox art most fully expressed itself not in Byzantium, but in Russian icon painting, immediately after the Kulikovo battle, which was the beginning of the conscious counter-attack of the Orthodox Ecumene on the civilization that gave birth to the Fourth Crusade.

    Comparison of the works of art presented below allows us to see an amazing correlation of historical, spiritual and aesthetic. Indeed, the coronation of Charlemagne, which gave rise, relatively speaking, to the “Fourth Crusade”, is not only the historical, but also the spiritual opposite of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, that received the name “The Triumph of Orthodoxy.” One can only be surprised that these two aesthetic oppositions were created by two artistic archetypes of Catholicism and Orthodoxy almost simultaneously and are a look back on the same historical process.

    The coronation of Charlemagne.
    Raphael-Santi workshop.
    Papal Palace, the Vatican. 1516

    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/Raphael_Charlemagne.jpg

    Empress Irina with her son
    at the Seventh Ecumenical Council.
    Fragment of the fresco of Dionysius. 16th century

    ruvera.ru/data/img/content/1425193740.0787torzgestvo_pravoslaviya_2.jpg

    • Ol' Scratch January 23, 2018 at 10:24 am #

      Filioque? Ok, ok, you win the obscure reference award for 2018. There now, are you happy?

      I see you’ve joined janet (j-bot) on the pipe again. Be careful with that struff!

      • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 11:21 am #

        It appears that no matter who wins the Cold Civil War in US, Russia get blamed in either case. It’s either Clinton or Trump colluding with Russia.

        We need to understand the deep reason for animosity between East and West, old Communism – Capitalism paradigm is obviously inadequate.

      • capt spaulding January 23, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

        I have to agree with Scratch. You undoubtedly read a lot, however the things you expostulate have not much relevance to me. I read a lot, but a lot of what you talk about has little or no learning for me. While I appreciate your enthusiasm, Many of the references you use have little or no relevance to me, at least as far as I can see. That’s why I skip over most of your posts. It doesn’t give me any insight into what’s actually going on. I guess you’re too smart for me, which means it’s my problem, not yours. Either way, I scroll over you. Nothing personal.

  61. pequiste January 23, 2018 at 8:23 am #

    Where is a man like Roy Cohn when he is desperately needed by his country?

    • janet January 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      Roy Cohn regularly committed perjury and engaged in witness tampering. He was disbarred for unethical and unprofessional conduct, including misappropriation of clients’ funds, lying on a bar application, and pressuring a client to amend his will.

      “Roy Cohn entered the hospital room of a dying and comatose Lewis Rosenstiel, the multi-millionaire founder of Schenley Industries, forced a pen to his hand and lifted it to the will in an attempt to make himself a beneficiary. The resulting marks were determined in court to be indecipherable and in no way a valid signature.”

      Roy Cohn had sex with a lot of young boys and died of AIDS.

      What a role model!

      • pequiste January 23, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

        Sounds an awful lot like a bunch of our current crop of leaders, legislators, L.E.Os. and litigators now doesn’t it Janet?

  62. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 8:26 am #

    Great Power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security

    The Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy is refocusing the U.S. military onto traditional great power conflicts against nations such as Russia and China while still fighting terrorism. The new document, which was released last week, is the Pentagon’s first national defense strategy in over 10 years.

    The U.S. Military’s Mission Is Clear: Crush Russia or China in a War

    nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-us-militarys-mission-clear-crush-russia-or-china-war-24178

    • outsider January 23, 2018 at 9:55 am #

      Good luck with that! NOT!

    • Ol' Scratch January 23, 2018 at 10:21 am #

      Speculative at best, but really there’s no difference. The MICC’s primary goal has always been to turn manufactured “threats” into corporate profits, so whether those threats are rogue nationstates, terrorists groups, or US citizens, as long as they produce profits and help control the riff-raff, it’s all good.

      • Ol' Scratch January 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

        I see Mattis is just as delusional as his idiot boss. I’ll give the US until 2030 at the outside. We’re in our final death spiral at this point. The patient is terminal.

        ************
        US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said competition between great powers, not terrorism, is now the main focus of America’s national security.

        The US faced “growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia”, he said, unveiling the national defence strategy.

        In an apparent reference to Russia, he warned against “threaten[ing] America’s experiment in democracy”. [LOFL!!!!!!]

        “If you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day,” he warned. [LOFL AGAIN!!!!!!!!)
        *************

        • outsider January 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

          Scratch,
          According to the Free Dictionary, there are 8 possible definitions for your acronym LOFL. Which one did you have in mind?

  63. Dumbedup January 23, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    This bullshit in the Middle East has got to stop. Israel, stop arresting 8 year old girls, imprisoning non-violent protesters without even a hearing, take down the wall around the Gaza strip and remove it from virtual, if not actual, police state control.

    Israel must recognize a Palestinian State so the world can move on. Arabs must accept the Israeli State. Even if they don’t, Israel will not cease to exist. I’m sick of reading about the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Enough is enough.

    Peace has to start somewhere.

    • Ol' Scratch January 23, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      The Tribe’s view is peace starts with domination.

      • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

        “The Tribe’s view is peace starts with domination”

        Nick O Demus,

        “Peace through superior firepower” was a mantra of the ’60’s

        • janet January 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

          ““Peace through superior firepower” was a mantra of the ’60’s”

          And how did that work out… after the “superior firepower” dropped more bombs than were dropped in all of World War II?

          It ended with a victory for the guys with inferior firepower who forced the aggressors to leave; an ignominious defeat with helicopters leaving the embassy roof.

          • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

            “It ended with a victory for the guys with inferior firepower who forced the aggressors to leave; an ignominious defeat with helicopters leaving the embassy roof.”

            Janet,
            How did that work out? Mixed results, I would opine.

            “Kill a Commie for Christ” was another common bumper sticker seen in the late 60’s….

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

            ““Kill a Commie for Christ”

            That’s up there with the Sun’s infamous ‘Gotcha’ headline when the Belgrano was sunk, killing 1200 unfortunate Argentinians.

            Actual servicemen begged to point out that the Sun was not ‘their’ patriotic newspaper as it purported to be.

            As one put it, “Your headlines often made us feel sick”, and mentioned that there were “ritual burnings of the Sun” on the task force vessels.

            Actually, no, even the Sun’s revolting headlines don’t reach the depths of your quoted bumper sticker. If I were religious I’d be saying ‘blasphemy’ but I’m not, so I can’t.

          • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

            “If I were religious I’d be saying ‘blasphemy’ but I’m not, so I can’t”

            Alba,

            You can, and it was.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

            The Glory of Pinochet will last as long as the Sun and the Moon shine. Give a nation Great Men and let them rule and all will be well.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

            “The Glory of Pinochet will last as long as the Sun and the Moon shine. Give a nation Great Men and let them rule and all will be well.”

            Janos, leaving aside your disgusting views on the ‘Butcher of Chile’, you seem to be having problems with your geography, which is surprising considering how your own country assisted in the assassination of its preceding, democratically elected president.

            The chap you are thinking of, under whose leadership the Dirty War was prosecuted against his own (Argentinian) citizens, was Galtieri.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

            I won’t endorse him until I know something about him. I don’t support Pol Pot after all. Mere killing is thuggery – and the Communists have butchered far more than any, have they not? Or are they excepted from any criticism in your lil red book?

          • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 8:04 am #

            Janos

            “Mere killing is thuggery – and the Communists have butchered far more than any, have they not? Or are they excepted from any criticism in your lil red book?”

            We are in the New Year and the opportunity for seasonal resolutions has been and gone, and here you are telling me, yet again, what I think.

            I’ll ignore the whataboutery, but if you can find a post of mine anywhere that (a) states that I am or ever have been a communist, (b) excuses butchery or even oppression by left-wing, let alone communist regimes, (c) suggests that I take advice from any ‘lil red book’, then please do present it.

            In the obvious absence of such posts, I would simply ask you to STFU with your inventions as regards my views, with apologies to other readers but not to yourself for my rudeness, which in your case is entirely justified, given that your devious modus operandi would try the patience of a saint, which I am not.

        • Ol' Scratch January 23, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

          I think that’s still in play.

    • ozone January 23, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      D.U.,
      Far, far too late. They’ve embraced the Dark Side and now must see it through to the end, even in a state of regret and despair. (There’s always an end.)

      • janet January 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

        “(There’s always an end.)” –ozone

        Actually, ozone, there is no beginning and no end, just an endless turning of the wheel. As Antoine Lavoisier discovered, mass is neither created nor destroyed.

        amazon.com/No-Beginning-End-Intimate-Heart/dp/1590308115

      • ozone January 23, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

        Ah, another philosophical nicety and far-flung speculation that has nothing to do with my present incarnation and circumstance or the subject of JHK’s missive of the 23rd. A dead-end diversion and distraction. You “jan’s” seem to specialize in this tactic. How much does a narcissistic sadist get paid by the amoral agencies these dark days?

        • ozone January 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

          (Find me a link to *that* if you please.)

        • janet January 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

          It has everything to do with your present incarnation. You can only ignore reality for so long before it slaps you up the side of the head.

          This week’s screed is from the 22nd, not the 23rd. It is about party politics of the past: Bill Clinton, Obama, Hillary, Bernie, etc.

          Does that interest you so much that you feel the need to label my post “dead-end diversion and distraction”?

          It is not in my power to create a dead-end diversion, nor to distract you if you really want to discuss Democratic politics of the past. But you were so easily distracted I doubt you have any real interest in Democrats.

          • Q. Shtik January 23, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            before it slaps you [up the side of] the head. – janet

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

            Your frequent mis-statement of this phrase over the years has always bothered me. You should be saying “before it slaps you [up side] the head.”

            As a black person back when you were Asoka you should know this.

          • janet January 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

            You should be saying “before it slaps you [up side] the head.”

            According to the Urban Dictionary the phrase is “before it slaps you upside the head” … I don’t know why you are separating up and side into two words.

            But you are distracting from the important revelation of this week’s discussion: the corruption of politicians.

            urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=smack%20upside%20the%20head

  64. thwack January 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Hit and run driver tries to flee the scene and somebody dumped on his ass takin out his tires

    LOL

    kgw.com/article/news/crime/witness-shoots-at-fleeing-drivers-tires-after-i-405-hit-and-run/283-51064…

  65. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    QUAKE FEAR Alaska earthquake tsunami warning forced Kodiak residents to flee to high ground after 7.9 tremor sparked alert on US coast

    British Columbia in Canada, along with Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii were all put on tsunami watch – with San Franciscans told to prepare for a possible evacuation.

    thesun.co.uk/news/5404437/alaska-earthquake-tsunami-warning-today-kodiak-evacuation-magnitude-latest…

    Just How Much of a Threat is Russia’s Status-6 Nuclear Torpedo?

    nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/just-how-much-threat-russias-status-6-nuclear-torpedo-24094

    Most likely we are talking about using Status 6 in a retaliation scenario known as the Sakharov Solution and re-assigning existing assets to preventive, disarming strike.

    As an example, I can cite the widely known island of La Palma 2.5 km high above water, and which, after the explosion at its coasts, of something around 50 megaton will inevitably slip almost entirely to a depth of 4 km, after which the mega tsunami will wash away all of West Africa and Western Europe, as well as the entire eastern coast of the Americas, including the entire Eastern coast of the United States.

    The submarine “Podmoskovie”, known also as the carrier of Losharik, which floats at such depth, that NATO can not prevent its visit to the ocean bottom near the island of La Palma, where she calmly, without haste, will take revenge in such a terrible way for any nastiness that may have happened in the Moscow region

    As for Los Angeles, California and Seattle, there is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, and although the details of island of Guam slipping into it are not so widely known, they are as impressive as the island of La Palma, especially since such an event will inevitably provoke something terrible in the San Andreas Fault.

    Given that the task of retribution on the Atlantic coast can be assigned to the volcano Cumbre Vieja and something fifty-megatonnish that I’m sure already lies hidden in the underwater part of the island of La Palma, then the potential of the first pre-emptive strike is enough to make people, who now reflects on the interception of missiles counter-strike using ABM in Europe, to think twice of that.

    Which fundamentally changes the whole strategy and tactics of a possible new Cold War.

    Well, what will Cold War strategists undertake when they see on their satellites that Russian nuclear submarines go to sea and disappear in an unknown direction?

    • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      Many of the references you use have little or no relevance to me == capt spaulding

      I take it, capt’n, you do not live near any of the coasts.

  66. PeteAtomic January 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    All great questions there Jim that will all go unanswered, or maybe show up in a documentary on Netflix or something in ten years.

  67. volodya January 23, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    Yeah Dumbed Up, enough was enough a long time ago.

    But Israel is 8 thousand square miles. The West bank is about 2 thousand square miles. The population of Israel is 8.5 million. The population of the West Bank is about 2.8 million. Gaza strip has about 1.8 million.

    The population of the world is about 7.6 billion. The land area of the world is about 58 million square miles.

    What I’m saying is that the dispute over ownership of some 8 thousand square miles of sand shouldn’t trouble the rest of us unduly as it involves roughly two tenths of a percent of the world’s population and roughly one one-hundredth of a percent of the world’s land area. But never mind the arithmetic. It’s a handful of people and a filament of land.

    When a multitude of Jews were expelled from a variety of Muslim countries following the creation of Israel, Israel let them in and re-settled them.

    When the Palestinians either left the new state of Israel or were expelled, what did the surrounding Arab states do? Did the Arab states re-settle the refugees into their countries and give them a new beginning? No, they got stuck in garbage-dump refugee camps. What did Jordan do to people on the West Bank? It yanked their Jordanian citizenship. It made the refugees into political pawns and ensured an on-going mess.

    The area is a calamity because people on both sides there made it that way. Yeah, yeah, yeah, colonialism, American meddling blah blah. But, to mis-use Lefty terminology, isn’t that denying “agency” to the people that live there? IOW they have the ability to carve out peace if they want to. And if they haven’t it’s because they don’t want to.

    When they’re tired of fighting, they’ll stop fighting. It would be salutary if the world were to ignore the middle east for a while.

    • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

      Much if not all the past and current problems in the Middle East is a direct result of the Soviets. We should never forget who supplied the weapons to the Arabs, who supplied them with the Palistan propaganda narrative, the propaganda outlets, the international organizations, the leadership (Arafat was an Egyptian born Soviet agent, so is Abbas) — it’s all the handiwork of the Soviets.

      The Soviets are still around, they’ve just re-branded slightly. The Soviet will do well to leave the area, because what awaits them in the coming years will completely exhaust them if they don’t. That is a prolonged and bloody war with Poland Turkey and China. The Soviet Christian population will suffer especially because the Soviet Muslims, of which there are a great many (Moscow is the largest Muslim city in Europe), will seize on these wars as an open invitation for insurrection. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Moscow completely burnt and destroyed by the 2 million Muslims living there.

      The current Soviet nuclear nonsense in Iran and Syria is going to bite them hard. The Arabs will take revenge on the Soviets by inciting and sponsoring their brethren in the Soviet territories, giving them money and weapons. Good luck to the Soviets fighting urban guerrilla warfare. There will be nothing left of their cities.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

        We should never forget who supplied the weapons to the Arabs

        We should not forget who and why created the state of Israel.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

        The Soviet Christian population will suffer especially because the Soviet Muslims, of which there are a great many (Moscow is the largest Muslim city in Europe), will seize on these wars as an open invitation for insurrection.

        Let’s not forget that Putin was proclaimed a Caliph of Russian Muslims – the Protector of Islam.

        • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

          When Caliph Putin is forced to defend the crucifix on his neck, hard realities and truths will come out.

          • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

            It is defended, by Putin personal Muslim Chechen and Ingush security squad.

    • Dumbedup January 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

      That is a complicated history obscured by conflicting accounts. The Palestinian War lasted 2 years and created almost a million refugees. Most fled to Lebanon, but some to Jordan and Syria and some to Sinai. Some stayed behind and tried to make a life of it and there are Palestinians living in Israel. (Although I don’t know the conditions – they are probably closely watched.)

      The UN and the allies should have arranged this better, and they put both groups in an untenable position.

      That past history has little to do with the continued abuses by the Israelis 70 years later.

      • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

        Yeah, keep watching CNN, BBC, RTV, PressTV, and the rest of the commie Paliwood chamula, they’ll set you straight on “the continued abuses by the Israelis 70 years later”.

        • Dumbedup January 24, 2018 at 8:58 am #

          I am aware there are 2 sides. The decision was made a long time ago to fight the establishment of the Israeli state in the Palestinian homeland by arming militant Palestinians. The result has been chaos and brutality. It has to stop sometime and someone has to make the effort. When the Israelis continue to build settlements on the West Bank, arbitrarily shooting or detaining Palestinians without any legal process they are making the same mistake the US (and the rest of the West) has made by interfering internally in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere. It only energizes radicals.

  68. volodya January 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    Ozone, whether they’re narcissistic sadists, or simply brain-washed zombies or simply there for a paycheck, doesn’t much matter.

    When you diligently work for a regime that systematically screws more than half the population of a livelihood and their wealth, when you then insult their intellectual capacity and moral faculties, when you defend an unworkable economic system that has shown more than once in the past twenty years its non-viability, you are asking the priapic deity that runs this fold of the cosmos for a vigorous bare-backing with his sharp-pointed cock. And, if you ask for it, the deity will oblige.

    These folk working for these amoral agencies are clearly not reading the lessons of by-gone days even though over and over I and others have tried to elucidate historical patterns of elite abuse and the consequences that follow. I’ve repeatedly urged them, not that they would listen, that when they enter the yellow box, to make sure their exit is clear.

    Or you can attribute events to historical tides that remorselessly wash in and wash out taking with them whoever gets in the way. No matter, the result is the same. It never pays to be on the losing side, particularly one as outnumbered as today’s Davos elites.

    • ozone January 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

      V.,
      Well, they haven’t changed their tunes or tactics one whit in YEARS, so I firmly believe the distractions and diversions to be completely deliberate.
      BUT, I gotta give you big points for *trying* to apply a bit of reason to the clearly unreasonable! 😉

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

        And you haven’t change your tune or tactics. I believe you are sincere though – something you refuse to acknowledge of your opponents. This a winner take all and take no prisoners stance – common to both the Left and to the Semitic world.

        The Ancient Aryans praised their opponents and thus made their own victories more meaningful and their defeats more manageable. Ditto most of the American Indians. The Jews and Muslims never have a good word to say about anyone else and thus have to believe God is angry at them as the reason when they lose.

  69. janet January 23, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    “Israel let them in and re-settled them.” –volodya

    This is the proper response. The Arab-Israeli population makes up 20.1% of the country. One of the best ways for Israeli Jews to understand their fellow Palestinian citizens is for their children to marry each other. This is how a successful, vibrant, multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural democracy happens… through love.

    Diversity is strength.

    • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

      Arab-Israelis are not Palestinians. That is Soviet propaganda nonsense which the commie apparatchiks in Europe and the US State Department like to parrot.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

        You are not Moroccan by any chance, are you?

      • janet January 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

        akmofo, their cultural and linguistic heritage or ethnic identity is Arab. Many identify as Palestinian and commonly self-designate themselves as Palestinian citizens of Israel. The traditional vernacular of most Arab citizens, irrespective of religion, is the Palestinian dialect of Arabic.

        • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

          Can we stop with the nonsense. They don’t. They identify as various Muslims (Bedouin, Druze), various Christians (Maronite Catholic, Orthodox Armenian), Bahai, Circassians, etc. They don’t have a common culture, ethnicity, or religion.

          • janet January 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

            “They don’t have a common culture, ethnicity, or religion.” –akmofo

            Nor should they. Duh. Multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious… see a theme? It is diversity. Diversity is strength.

            They do have a common nationality. Their nation, like ours, is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, as it should be. Israel is a successful tech titan, a brash, ambitious culture, thanks to immigration. Welcoming immigrants is always a smart move.

          • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

            Yet, you want to condemn these diverse non-Jewish ZIONIST minorities who currently enjoy Israel’s open culture, security, democracy, and dynamic economy, to a non-viable arab totalitarian shitholestan ruled by a murderous thieving gang of foreign agents as we see in places like Gaza and the rest of the “arab” world. What’s the purpose of it? Simply to be in opposition to Israel. How does that serve anybody?

  70. janet January 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

    Speaking of blowback, cadet bone spur’s vulgarity and jello-like negotiating behavior does have consequences. Now cadet bone spur is not going to get his precious wall, you know, the one Mexico was going to pay for.

    Now, it turns out, we are not going to pay for it either. The wall is dead… because Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer withdrew funding for cadet bone spur’s border in negotiations over immigration issues with the White House. No DACA, no wall. Schumer is playing hardball.

  71. janet January 23, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    Cheating on his wife can create blowback. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or some other party (or no party at all!), ask yourself this: Why did the personal lawyer to the President of the United States pay a porn star, who alleges a sexual relationship with Trump, $130,000 just before the 2016 election?

    Under any circumstances, that would be somewhat fishy. Given the timing and proximity to the 2016 election, it’s a whole lot more than somewhat fishy.

    • elysianfield January 23, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

      “Why did the personal lawyer to the President of the United States pay a porn star, who alleges a sexual relationship with Trump, $130,000 just before the 2016 election?”

      Janet,
      I suppose you will rule out Christian Charity?

      • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:17 am #

        Any corporation would do the same. Simple cost/benefit analysis. She was no doubt looking for a pay day right from the start anyway. It was her lucky day.

  72. janet January 23, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

    Something people may not know about Schumer’s shutdown victory over cadet bone spur: six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

    Funding for it officially ran out at the end of September, and the Republicans didn’t seem to care much. Being in the majority the Republicans could have come to the aid of those nine million children, they could have passed CHIP with Democratic support, but they neglected to do so, and Schumer had to step in. But Schumer was the smarter negotiator. Schumer rolled the hapless, golf-obsessed, cadet bone spur… and Schumer got ‘er done.

    Thanks to Schumer the nine million children who rely on CHIP are no longer on the brink of losing their coverage.

  73. janet January 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    James Wang, an economics professor at City University of Hong Kong,
    doubts the five-time draft dodging philanderer will tighten the screws on trade with China too hard because he still wants Beijing’s support in tackling major global security issues like North Korea.

    “Trump is a transactional president,” Wang said. “He may change his tune [on trade barriers] depending on the extent to which he needs China’s cooperation.” In other words, negotiating with cadet bone spur is like negotiating with jello.

    • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:15 am #

      Trump is a captive president, just as they all are.

  74. Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    The best test of truth,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes, “is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.”

    But in our world, more and more people believe, and rightly so, that truth exists independent of whether people accept or reject it.

    And there are matters, like the preservation of a unique people and nation, that are too important to be left to temporary majorities.

    Pat Buchanan

    Well said, Pat. Time for the Man on the White Horse. The People clamor for him. They know they cannot solve their own problems. Democracy is just two Wolves and one Sheep voting on what’s for dinner.

      • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

        The US is not a democracy. Three hundred million people ruled by a corporate monopoly dressed as a duopoly, that’s not democracy. I would guess most Americans are Independent and reject the two party monopoly. The answer is not a fascist dictatorship as Pat Buchanan likes to pretend doesn’t exist, the US already has such. The answer is the rejection of federalism and the creation of real democracies with populations on a scale that actually works.

        • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

          What’s a democracy?

          The “population”, as vividly proven by the comment section of this blog, is mostly clueless.

          It’s a good thing they don’t get to run the country.

          • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

            That’s the Russian in you talking 🙂

            It’s their country, and they should run it. Pluralism as manifested in a democracy is a good thing. It exposes incompetence and fraud. The Russians should try it, instead of taking their frustrations with the KGB mafia by beating their wifes and boozing on alcohol.

          • 100th Avatar January 24, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

            Says the dingbat using another’s blog to blog about Russian bullshit that nobody cares about

        • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

          It’s not a democracy and it was never supposed to be a democracy. The Founders hated “democracy” or mob rule since it always lead to rule by those who control the mob – and so it has.

          • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 4:30 am #

            The mob is a creation of empire where political power and wealth is centralized leaving the majority poor and without representation. Democracy creates plurality of political power and decentralization of wealth. No mob exists in a well educated independent artisan society.

          • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

            Good Christ, you honestly believe that bullshit, don’t you? You’re even dumber than I thought.

        • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:15 am #

          The answer is the rejection of federalism and the creation of real democracies with populations on a scale that actually works.

          Bingo!

        • Dumbedup January 24, 2018 at 9:11 am #

          I agree with your first sentence. But a direct democracy will not work. Nor will returning more power to states work. What will work is stop the Koch Brothers from buying seats in the House and Senate. They gave over a half million dollars to Paul Ryan after the tax bill passed. If that’s not a quid pro quo (are you listening Justice Alito?) then there is no such thing. The second thing is term limits. If a President cannot serve more than 2 terms then neither should a Senator or member of the House.

          A deeper and more complicated problem are the career bureaucrats, the NSA and the CIA, and the DOJ. We are just now seeing the tip of the “Deep State” iceberg. How do you dismantle that without destabilizing the government completely? Our best hope in the past has been a completely independent judiciary. We are quickly moving away from even that safeguard as we have politicized a non-political branch of government.

          Can the country continue to exist with a completely dysfunctional government? So far it has; but for how long? I guess we will find out.

    • janet January 23, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      “They know they cannot solve their own problems.” –janos

      Speak for yourself, janos. When the colonies wanted self-determination, they didn’t clamor for a White Horse. They took matters into their own hands. That’s how the biggest changes happen: from the common folk, not the “leaders”

      “Change never takes place from the top down, it comes from the bottom up. Don’t believe anyone who tells you we cannot change the status quo”

      Those at the top would have never given common folk something as luxurious as a weekend without work. That came through the struggle of the Labor Movement. No White Horse involved.

  75. Pucker January 23, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

    Was Hercules (Heracles) a Rapist?

    “Heracles set something of a precedent for the Greek colonists’ sometimes aggressive dealings with the indigenous peoples. 3 The developing relations between the colonists and the native populations were also reflected in the numerous offspring that the legendary womanizer was said to have sired through his congress with well-born local females. 4 He was viewed not so much as a founder of colonies but rather as their initiator, who chose and secured locations before restlessly moving on, leaving it for those who followed him to settle there. 5 Yet Heracles was far more than just a violent enforcer.”

  76. ozone January 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    “The Verge reported that Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act provides the director of national intelligence and attorney general with the authority to surveil anyone outside of the country, and remains controversial. The Verge added that, while it is designed to target and surveil non-US citizens, privacy advocates say that US citizens can get caught up as well. “This new bill includes some new provisions: authorities can now access communications that simply mention the target, even if they are not the recipient of said message.”

    zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-22/documents-reveal-nsa-agency-gone-rogue-fisa-702-reauthorized

    What’s that you say? The Triple G will put a stop to this [continued] overreach? No-ho-ho, so sorry, he already signed off on it; Finca beware… oh, that’s right… nevermind.

    Oh, one more thing: “Meanwhile, Fox News related that the FISA Amendments Act allows the government to collect the data from American firms, such as Google or Microsoft, according to the nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology. Additionally, Disobedient Media previously cited JustSecurity’s observation that The NSA’s own slides describe targeting individuals in Latin America based on issues like “energy” and “political affairs.”

    They speak’a da Espan-yoll in the Republica Dominica as I recall; does that make it “Latin America”? Probably not, no worries.

    • janet January 23, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

      You probably tow the JHK line when it comes to espionage. But by Jan. 19, 2018 there was a 286,700 percent increase in Kremlin-linked Facebook and Twitter accounts related to the top-trending hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo … in other words what we are seeing before our very eyes is Russian interference to manipulate public opinion regarding the Mueller investigation. Happening right now. An ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media accounts. These same accounts are promoting a Wikileaks offer of up to one million dollars to anyone who leaks the memo. But the party line here is that there is no Russian collusion.

      • akmofo January 23, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

        Seems to me the collusion was between Twitter and Facebook’s commie commissars and the Kremlin KGB mafia.

      • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:13 am #

        Oh good Christ! How much influence would it take to manipulate the moronic US herd? And why get involved in any of that in the first place? The US is doing perfectly well in going down the shit pipe of history of its own accord. Why not just stand back and enjoy the show?

    • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

      Why do they need to eavesdrop on me when they can simply subscribe to the Kunstler blog?

      I am all here, in the open, a proud citizen of the ClusterFuck Nation!

  77. Pucker January 23, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    It sounds like they can basically put all information on the Blockchain and then link up a person’s money, assets, social security number, tax, and transactions to achieve total surveillance? Is this correct?

    • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

      Can they, for the good measure, link up my stash of sugar-cane moonshine?

      I hope not.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

        Never hurts anyone to stash up on some liquidity!
        (Can i say that about moonshine, Mr. Q?)

      • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:10 am #

        Moonshine and Afghani black tar? That certainly explains all your long winded pseudo-religious screeds.

  78. MrTibbs January 23, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

    The FBI’s is BIGGER:
    dropbox.com/s/0fotewiegqrrc2y/FBI%20is%20bigger.pdf?dl=0

    -T

  79. BackRowHeckler January 23, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

    Maybe somebody here can fill me in and explain these ‘Woman’s Marches’ across the country last weekend. What are they all about? What’s the purpose? What are the goals? Reading myriad signs these ladies were holding up, the causes were all over the place. “We demand Justice for Immigrants”, “The White House is White, America is not”, “Free Palestine” “Respect LBTGXXX rights”. In fact many of the signs and speakers were concerned about homosexuals, which are what, 2% of the population. Amnesty for illegals seems to be another big concern. At the event in Hartford a few men were present, but ladies, if you’re looking for a husband, you’re not going to find one in that crowd. In fact a lot of the men looked pretty feminine themselves, so they fit right in. You have to wonder, do any of these woman have any kids? If so, why aren’t they home preparing Sunday dinner? 52% of white women voted for Donald Trump, presumably women who don’t want to see their beloved sons, husbands f-kked over in some miserable matriarchy. Quite a few Cat Woman in the crowd, and amongst the younger crowd, future Cat Ladies (55 years old, hates men, childless, not married, lives in a condo with 7 cats, spends nites drinking wine from a box and watching MSNBC) These cat woman had to clear out early to go home and feed the cats, so the crowd got thinned out by about 2 pm. As more ‘Whiteness Studies” programs appear in colleges and universities, across the US, hammering whitey and driving white men off campus, there will be a lot fewer men for these marching coeds to marry. These are your future Cat Ladies.

    brh

    • MrTibbs January 24, 2018 at 12:21 am #

      BRILLIANT.

      -T

    • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 12:31 am #

      Dreams? Kate Steinle is my dream. A young woman who loved her family and life. Her last words: Dad, help me. Our Brown Eyed Girl. The Liberal Bastards killed her by letting that little goblin into America. He thought she was a seal? Is he crazy or just utterly evil?

      Shooting seals is illegal too. Aren’t you people supposed to love seals at least – if not our daughters, mothers, and sisters? Or are you going to betray the seals as you have betrayed the Blacks you once claimed to love?

      BRH, Kate Steinle was the last good girl in America. That’s why she had to die. That’s why they sent this Nightmare creature to kill her.

      • BackRowHeckler January 24, 2018 at 12:45 am #

        Wasn’t the illegal who shot her found Not Guilty?

        Re arrested by the Feds but sentenced to time served and subsequently released.

        Don’t be surprised if this jose is held up as some kind of lefty hero; who knows, maybe offered a job with the SFPD.

        Here’s the thing: Miss Steinle appeared to have been a normal young woman out for a walk with her dad. Now, if she had been a drag queen, a dyke, or a tranny, well then, I think the verdict would have been a little bit different.

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 2:46 am #

          Our Brown Eyed Girl.

          youtube.com/watch?v=kqXSBe-qMGo

          • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 11:01 am #

            You know janos, I’m not sure whom (maybe all of them!), but I’m pretty sure that you’re sexually harassing at least one of our little snowflakes on this board by posting that link. Better watch out, because soon enough it will be a criminal offense and they’ll send out an AI-driven social police drone to eliminate you.

    • janet January 24, 2018 at 2:23 am #

      It’s 2018 and I’ve realized nobody is safe long as she is alive
      And every friend that I know has a story like mine
      And the world tells me we should take it as a compliment
      But then heroes like Ashley and Simone and Gabby, McKayla and Gaga, Rosario, Aly
      Remind me this is the beginning, it is not the finale
      And that’s why we’re here
      And that’s why we rally

  80. pequiste January 24, 2018 at 12:44 am #

    “Diversity is strength.” – Janet

    No Janet, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!

    Yes, ignorance is what makes the politicians strong; strong enough to pass a continuing resolution for another three stupid weeks.

    Yes, ignorance is what makes the compromise of classified and the destruction of classified and other disappearance of evidence in Federal investigations a strong position for certain current and former civil servants and politicians.

    Yes. fucking stupid bloody ignorance is what makes a country fixated on the insipid, idiotic and imbecilic, strong enough to continue with policies that will, in the final analysis, destroy it.

    (Repeal the Hart-Cellar Act right now; balance the budget with a surplus (for such events like Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, earthquakes , fires and other natural disasters, and bring the troops home. See,this is never going to happen because for modern America: IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!)

    • janet January 24, 2018 at 2:25 am #

      “to pass a continuing resolution for another three stupid weeks.”

      And six years of health coverage for nine million children. Schumer won. And the battle continues in three weeks. DACA or no wall.

      • outsider January 25, 2018 at 9:07 am #

        Janet,
        The GOP had already agreed to continuing funding for CHIP. You are not telling the truth. Schumer is a Zionist ass.

  81. BackRowHeckler January 24, 2018 at 1:31 am #

    Not to change the subject, but I see an article here in the Journal stating the world is poised, right now, to top 100 million bpd oil demand sometime before this year is out.

    Think about that, 100 million barrels of oil being burned up every day.

    brh

    • janet January 24, 2018 at 2:56 am #

      “Think about that, 100 million barrels of oil being burned up every day.” –brh

      Think about this: More electric buses and trucks are coming online every day. Falling prices for renewables is spurring wider acceptance by consumers. EVs will displace millions of barrels of daily oil demand.

      reuters.com/article/us-ups-tesla-orders/ups-reserves-125-tesla-semi-trucks-largest-public-pre-order-…

      • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:08 am #

        Facts be damned!

      • stelmosfire January 25, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

        Janet, I drive a 5000 lb GMC Suburban, It gets maybe 15 miles a gallon. I put on 1200 miles last year with that beast. Two tanks of gas( it carries 43 gallons on board) It is a ’96 and over 22 years old. with 90 K on the ticker. How’s that for an ROI? I bought it at 80K. My wifes ride is a 2011 and she just crossed 14K on the clock. My brother and his wife ( who I will refer to as Leonardo and DeCaprio ) both drive EV’s Prius and easily run up 100000 miles annually They also take several flying vacations a year. Both teachers( go figure) Who is the social conscious individual?

  82. Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 3:15 am #

    The Queen of Limerick has been laid to rest, her Voice silenced, called to higher spheres to perform with the angels before the Throne of God Himself.

    But who will ever forget the strange beauty of her voice, metallic yet warm? Instead of the accent dropping away or at least decreasing as it does for others, it actually seemed to increase and mix the melody itself in a unique and marvelous way.

    And who can forget her person, wild and modern yet traditionally Irish at the same time? She had much sadness, some mental illness and addiction, yet much joy and ecstasy as well. Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan. You fed our souls and gave us strength to dream.

    youtube.com/watch?v=2IzV6tXK9Cw

    • janet January 24, 2018 at 3:30 am #

      “You fed our souls and gave us strength to dream.” –janos

      Another great role model: O’Riordan assaulted three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined 6,000 euros ($6,600).

  83. janet January 24, 2018 at 3:21 am #

    GARRISON KEILLOR: SERIAL SEXUAL PREDATOR

    MPR says it never received a complaint about Keillor accidentally touching a woman’s bare back — but it does say that one of its two complainants reported receiving unwanted sexual touches and written sexual messages from Keillor over a period of years; so many, in fact, that her written complaint contained 12 pages of documentation.

    It looks like Keillor was truthful about at least one thing, and that the “real” story was indeed “more interesting and more complicated” than the version he was telling.

    • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:07 am #

      Wow! If it was as steamy as the original accusation it must have been really juicy! I’ll bet you’ve got a fainting couch, don’t you lil j-bot?

  84. tucsonspur January 24, 2018 at 4:16 am #

    Amass all hope, ye who enter here illegally,

    Abandon all hope, ye who live here legally.

    From Tucker Carlson last night: Mayor of sanctuary city Albany, N.Y., Kathy Sheehan:

    insider.foxnews.com/2018/01/23/illegal-immigration-tucker-challenges-sanctuary-city-mayor-albany-new…

    Convinced and clueless.

    • outsider January 25, 2018 at 9:14 am #

      Why hasn’t Sessions’ Justice Dept have been on top of this sanctuary city nonsense? Why are these mayors, not to mention Jerry Brown, flouting the law with impunity? Oh, that’s right, clueless and spineless Jeff has been too busy trying to stamp out legal pot use.

  85. FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2018 at 4:25 am #

    Why Irish

    One of the main areas of cooperation between the Orthodox Church and Russian museums should be the development of a proper attitude towards European art, since Western Christian culture has become such a vital a part of Russian culture that Russia’s attempt to follow the path of self-isolation from all Western will inevitably lead to obscurantism and self-destruction.

    For example, in Russia it remains little known that before the iconoclasm the popes belonged more to Byzantium than to Western Europe and the first Christianizers of Western Europe after the barbarian invasions were Irish monks, and not the Roman Popes.

    In addition to the fact that St. Patrick’s followers Christianized England in the 6th century, Irish missionaries created a whole system of Orthodox monasteries first in the British Isles and then across continental Europe. A special role was played by St. Columban, who with a group of Irish monks went to the continent in 591 and founded a number of monasteries there: in Burgundy, Neustria, Australia and Kingdom of the Lombards.

    Only in Northern France, he founded four monasteries. Even in Italy, he founded the famous Orthodox Bobbio Abbey, which laid the foundation for the Irish monastic tradition in Italy. It was this monastery, and not the Papacy and the Franks, that became the center of resistance to Arianism in Italy in the 7th century.

    Later, Bobbio Abbey became the leading scientific center of medieval Europe and made an outstanding contribution to the formation of the scientific method. In particular, the scriptorium of this monastery ensured the continuity of the theological and philosophical tradition of St. Ambrose and St. Augustine.

    In addition, the history of the monastery Bobio, proves that the panic of Pope Stefan II (III) on the advance of Arian Lombards on Rome was, to put it mildly, unjustified and was probably the motive, and not the cause of the betrayal by the Pope of the Byzantine Empire.

    Meanwhile, a military alliance with the Franks against the Lombards led to a vassalage dependence of the Papacy on the Frankish military aristocracy, which already at that time was absorbed in disputes about who were and who were not descendants of Christ and Mary Magdalene.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priory_of_Sion

    These continuing Gnostic disputes have transformed the West in general, and political Christianity in particular, into hostages of the pagan oddities of the Salic law, according to which blood, genetic kinship in the male line is the primary source and measure not only of the right of succession to the throne, but of all other connections between people.

    One can only guess what progress Western Christianity and Western Civilization would have made in the event of the transfer of Lombards and Visigoths to Orthodoxy under the influence of Irish missionaries from Bobio.

    Suffice to say that before the emergence of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation, St. Patrick’s followers created a system of monasteries in Ireland, and then throughout Europe, which not only baptized first the Irish-related Celtic Scots, but, unlike the Welsh, sent missionaries to the Germans – the Angles and Saxons.

    In parallel with the Irish missionaries in Scotland and Northumbria, in the south of England, in the Kingdom of Kent, St. Augustine, the Pope’s envoy, founded the Canterbury Episcopal tradition in 598.

    These two traditions, in the specific conditions of the British islands, compete with each other, continuing to coexist more or less peacefully, and as a result, in the 7th century, at the monastic school in Kent they taught Latin, Greek, medicine and rhetoric in addition to theology.

    In Northumbria, in the north of England, Christianity briefly falls under the influence of Canterbury, but the Irish monastic tradition is rapidly recovering, and the culture of Northumbria is experiencing a special flourishing, which has had a huge, continuing influence to the development of the culture of the British Isles – for example, Lindisfarne and the fact that according to legend, the cult figure of the whole Western world – King Arthur, is buried 3 km from the Abbey of Melrose, built on the site of the abbey of St. Aidan – the Irish apostle of the English.

    Moreover, a careful study of the issue leads to the conclusion that Celtic Christianity has never lost touch with the Orthodoxy of St. Patrick.

    Unfortunately, the outstanding contribution of the Orthodox Irish monasteries to the Christianization of Western Europe, which is undervalued in the West, remains little known in Russia, which not only disorients Eastern Orthodoxy in its relations with Western peoples, but also does not allow us to find mutual understanding with our own, until recently, pro-Western intelligentsia.

    Meanwhile, after 800, under the dominance of Civilizational Christianity, Irish Orthodoxy, having gone like the Kitezh City to the depth of the culture of the European peoples, continued to exert a tremendous influence on the development of Western European Christianity.

    • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:05 am #

      I think you tie yourself into knots with all this shit. Understanding Abrahamic religious zealotry is of secondary importance. Eradicating it from the public realm altogether is primary.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2018 at 8:23 am #

        Look who’s talking….

        • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:36 am #

          Then why are you peddling this crap?

          • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

            He’s talking about your god-free paradise zealotry, dumb ass.

            How did that work out? Soviet Russia, commie China, commie Cuba, Nazi/Stasi Germany, and all the variations in between.

          • elysianfield January 24, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

            “Nazi”

            Gott mit uns

          • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

            How did that work out? Soviet Russia, commie China, commie Cuba, Nazi/Stasi Germany, and all the variations in between.

            Forgot capitalist west, didn’t you? Dumb ass? Et tu, akmofo, et tu? What a fucking ass clown.

          • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

            Sorry akdipshit, that last insult was really uncalled for. What I meant to say was, what a fucking Semitic ass clown. I know you’re sensitive about being inclusion in your little group and all that.

  86. KesaAnna January 24, 2018 at 4:42 am #

    ” …just my embarrassment at being expected to pretend I believe in kings and queens at my age and in 2018. ”

    I’m a monarchist , and this strikes me immediately as a very curious way of putting things .

    ” believe ” ?

    WTF ?

    I’m a monarchist , and have never for a instant thought that the shit of a monarch smells sweeter than the peasant kind.

    I do , however , get the impression that republicans / Jacobins DO think along those lines .

    Why pretend that we are not still peasants , when we clearly are ?

    Or why the suggestion that ” peasant ” is some sort of derogatory label , LIKE THE ARISTOCRATS SUGGEST THAT IT IS , and not simply what you are ?
    No more an intrinsic negative than saying you are blue or brown – eyed ?

    I’m a monarchist , and have never for a instant thought that the shit of a monarch smells sweeter than the peasant kind.

    On the contrary , most monarchs I have studied I did not find particularly likable , relatable , admirable , or impressive.

    Some, like nearly the entire House of Tudor , I very much disliked.

    Republicans / Jacobins though , seem forever engaged in shoving their noses up this aristocrats ass , or that one.

    And are forever , ad naseum , trotting out some homily about the superior merit of this or that aristocrat.
    When , invariably , for the most part , what I see is the product of indulgent parents or guardians with deep pockets.

    Or , an impressive collection of corpses left in the wake of some sharks climb up the ladder.

    What is so meritorious about all of this i can’t say.

    I would say though that I would rather be kicked because I’m the wrong color , the wrong sex , From North Korea , or wearing ugly shoes , because at least that is plain , simple , and obvious.

    This merit business though is so finely subjective and arbitrary that its utility for fucking people over is infinite.
    That this sophistry was invented by Satan , or by an aristocrat, is certain.
    What it certainly was not was the idea of any peasant.

    The few monarchs I have liked ;

    Tsar Peter III — Because he was correct ; the military dole in Russia needed to be scaled back. Russia’s war with Prussia was bleeding the taxpayers dry and for no benefit to them.
    And his wife , Catherine , would better have been named Medea instead.

    Tsar Nicholas II — He was simply a good and decent man. And its a funny thing I have noticed that I HAVE TO DEFEND THAT.

    The response I so often get is , ” well….yeah , sure , he was a good and decent man , BUT ………”
    But what ?

    Generally anyone from the House of Hapsburg — They did not always serve the Catholic church well , hardly did they serve it altruistically . Very often they didn’t even obey it , but did as they pleased.
    But undoubtedly as atheists or protestants ( is there a difference ? ) they could have done a lot better for themselves , perhaps might even have retained their place to this day .
    As Catholics they could only ever be partners with the Church.
    In the real ( as opposed to claimed ) scheme of things for atheists , protestants , republicans and jacobins , to be master is always better than to be partner.
    And so it is in their Hell called Heaven.

    I have noticed that scarcely any monarch I have liked is ever on any republicans / jacobins list of great leaders.

    Naturally so.
    Ideally , a monarch is like unto a father , a mother , a caretaker .

    Well, according to what republicans and jacobins really preach , there is no status meaner than housewife.

    Fathers are plain unnecessary and extraneous . Even the males among them think that.

    Caretaker ; same thing as toilet scrubber and janitor. And what is really thought of that status or role one can infer from the fact that , ” heroic toilet-scrubber ” seems as jarringly incongruous as a cockroach on a wedding cake.

    These are essentially inherited roles , and primarily concerned with preservation.

    Now nobody lives past the age of five without inherited wealth and status , but that must be largely glossed over , and there must be a constant litany about merit.

    That is absolutely necessary , in order to exalt predation without even a dull-witted ten year old balking at the idea.

    It is entirely appropriate to call Joseph Stalin a great leader , no less than to call Abraham Lincoln a great leader.

    Great leaders are great leaders on the basis of this principle , that principle , or the other .

    But , really , it is just one principle ; ” All is fair in love and war . ”

    Since pretty much the whole of life will fit into one or the other of those categories , a great leader is someone who recognizes no real limits.

    Jack the Ripper too was a great leader.

    Fatherhood , motherhood, and preservation require limits. A great many limits as a matter of fact.

    It seems to me that this monarchist believes in very very few things.

    Near as I can tell though , the list of things that republicans and jacobins believe in grows by the fucking hour , and that is yet after 300 years.

    • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 9:47 am #

      KesaAnna

      Wow! You seem to have read rather more into my comment than is actually there. I admit ‘believe’ is not perhaps the best word to have used – in retrospect I can think of paraphrases that would have worked better.

      Whatever the powers, functions or characters and personalities of past monarchs, I continue to consider that, in the present time, a constitutional monarchy which has no constitutional political power and no function other than the ceremonial and the emotional (some other unofficial functions might be open to debate) is not something to which I owe any particular allegiance.

      You do not know the range of my views on meritocracy. Nor on housewives, fatherhood, motherhood, toilet scrubbers, caretakers, janitors, Jack the Ripper or even dull-witted 10-year-olds.

      I would suggest, though, in passing, that a protestant is not the same as an atheist, but if you prefer to consider them identical, that is entirely your prerogative (well, perhaps not entirely, but I’m certainly not going to argue with you – you might have more fun taking that one up with the patrons of any random Northern Irish pub).

      For the rest, I leave your jolly rant to speak for itself and wish you a good day. 🙂 I enjoyed a couple of your previous posts.

      • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 10:01 am #

        A correction, since you may take exception again to my use of words: I *assert* rather than ‘suggest’ that a protestant is not the same as an atheist, unless said protestant is actually an ex-protestant or protestant only in the sense of having been brought up in the protestant tradition but without himself/herself having any genuine Christian beliefs.

        There is no shortage of information on the Reformation, but your choice to create your own definitions remains.

  87. JustSaying January 24, 2018 at 6:50 am #

    And in other Blow Back news:

    thecut.com/2018/01/biggest-bombshells-in-report-on-radio-host-garrison-keillor.html

    Apparently this lecherous old fool does not own a mirror….

    • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      The great thing about all this is that soon enough the tables will be turned and men will be suing women in power for the same shit. What goes around always comes back around again in a slightly different guise. Ain’t ID politics grand?

    • pequiste January 24, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      Garrison Keilor just an old geezer Celebrity Perv, not much to get all hot and bothered about.

      However that Dr. Nasser of the U.S.A. Women’s Gymnastics Team: that vile and disgusting swine is going to take the winning prize for worst lecherous creep in the contest. All those young nubile, flexible and adorable adolescent girl gymnasts. (I’m surprised no father left the scumbag for dead after a report of abuse.)

      cbsnews.com/live/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac7b

      • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

        Southern Caucasians are more sexual than We of the North. You can see this with Italians and Greeks. It gets worse further South with the Arabs. Thus Dr Nasser, an Arab, cannot be held entirely responsible for his crimes, though of course he must be punished for them. Why did we put him in a position beyond his strength? The Old Arabs knew of human weakness and would never let a physiologically normal man have access to girls like this, knowing he’d be tempted or they’d be tempted. We should have made him a eunuch like the old harem guards.

        • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

          “Thus Dr Nasser, an Arab, cannot be held entirely responsible for his crimes,”

          “Why did we put him in a position beyond his strength?”

          I do sometimes wonder if you’re for real, Janos.

          As for ‘We of the North’, how far north, I wonder. There’s an entirely white taxi-driver from London called John Worboys who was jailed 9 years ago for serial sex attacks on 12 women. The police have linked him to more than 100 further serious sex attacks.

          theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/23/john-worboys-release-black-cab-rapist-parole-board-jail-for-life

          I suppose letting him take young women home in his taxi was putting him in a position beyond his strength.

          You insult men with your nonsense.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

            More one off feminine anecdotal thinking. Life without Principles or averages.

            The cat that jumps up on a hot stove will never jump up on another stove? Yes it will if you move. The cat doesn’t recognize “stove” as a thing. Humans can think and form concepts and thus can learn new things in a radical way. Each new Saber Tooth Tiger wasn’t a new experience to be touched and enjoyed, but rather recognized as a Saber Tooth and a terrible danger to be fled from.

            So the fact that there are White rapists means that all races rape at the same rate? Make sense? It’s wrong, both as an argument and as a fact.

          • GreenAlba January 24, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

            The anecdote was yours. I am not discussing the prevalence of rape, but the ‘principle’ of ‘putting a man in a position beyond his strength’.

            I repeat, you insult men with your nonsense.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

            You said “men”. I’ve never seen “men”. And I reject any Rights of “Man”. I know only White Men, Red, Men, Frenchmen, Arabs, etc.

            White Laws are for White People. Other Men need other Laws based on their own culture and nature. Arabs are lustier on average and may need to veil their women in order not to molest them. And in a subsidiary sense and at the cultural level, they will go after other non-Muslim women first and foremost. Find THAT statistic and you will be amazed. But of course you won’t find it and the European governments hide such knowledge.

          • outsider January 25, 2018 at 9:29 am #

            Janos,
            Today’s feminists are tomorrows veiled women, back in the kitchen, doing all the housework, and attending to their 6 Muslim children, while their husbands are out in the street, looking for more Anglo ‘wives.’ And these one-time feminists will find that they like their new lives better.

  88. Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:01 am #

    From Dmitry Orlov’s latest:

    +++++++++++++++
    Next, let’s look at the uproar that ensued after Trump’s administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while failing to mention that it is also the capital of Palestine and has been under Israeli occupation that is illegal and unrecognized under international law. This action caused an international split: at the UN General Assembly, the only countries that sided with the US decision were Israel, a couple of US-run Central American shitholes and a handful of Pacific Ocean islands whose UN votes can be purchased for a few cans of spam. Then Trump’s administration responded by cutting funding to the UN. Doing so has achieved two important things.

    First, it allowed the US to effectively take itself out of the running as any sort of international leader, because international leadership relies on respect for international law and on the ability to build international consensus on key issues, of which this behavior is the polar opposite. Specifically, it virtually eliminated the ability of US diplomacy to participate in political negotiations over the future of the Middle East, leaving the field wide open for Russia, Iran and Turkey.

    Second, it helped demolish the fiction that the joined-at-the-hip relationship between the US and Israel is somehow a win-win: the US supports Israel as a Jewish homeland (cue black-and-white images of the Holocaust) and the region’s only true democracy, while Israel serves as America’s stalwart ally in a volatile, strategically important region. The truth is that the relationship is closer to one of parasitism: Israel infects the US like a fungus infects an ant, taking over its nervous system. Take on board the following facts:

    • All six of the major media companies in the US are owned by Jews.

    • Half of the members of US Congress have pledged allegiance to AIPAC—American-Israeli Political Action Committee.

    • Jews are quite active in Hollywood studios, where they set the agenda and control the message.

    • Both the New York Times and the Washington Post—which exercise a great deal of control over international news coverage, amplifying certain stories while muting others—are to a large extent Jewish.

    • If you seek evidence of foreign meddling in US elections, look no further than the millions given to Trump by certain Jewish oligarchs, who are specifically on record advocating for Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

    The vast influence of all of the above Jewish-controlled organizations makes any discussion of this rather important topic subject to censorship and shrill cries of “Anti-Semitism!”. (The term “Semitism” was initially coined as a term of abuse against “Semites”—the supposed descendants of a mythical Shem of the Bible, and thus anti-Semities would be, technically, those opposed to the abuse of Jews and Arabs.) In all, Trump’s ham-handed recognition of Jerusalem helped make it clear that the US political establishment is a zombie ant infested by a Jewish-Israeli parasitic fungus.
    ++++++++++++

    • ozone January 24, 2018 at 9:34 am #

      Ol’ Scratch,
      Whoa! Dmitry’s gone full-on exposure mode!
      Let freedom and democracy (and a bunch of not-too-nice covert shit) ring-a-ding-ding.

      I especially liked the “purchased for a few cans of spam” reference. Ever been to American Samoa? Wow-ee, brother, a real eye-opener about what not to do to an “island paradise”.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2018 at 9:38 am #

      I would be cautious overestimating analytical skills of certain yacht-dwellers who make that lifestyle selling the doomsday collapse theories regarding similarities of demise of the USSR and the United States.

      Extensive connections among the Russian intelligentsia and intimate knowledge of the Russian reality make it hard to believe that they’ve made an honest mistake regarding the true reason of the USSR collapse – the betrayal by KGB and Party apparatchiks of their Homeland to be able to pillage and loot the rather extensive Soviet property during the privatization process of the 90s.

      • janet January 24, 2018 at 10:05 am #

        “I would be cautious overestimating analytical skills of certain yacht-dwellers who make that lifestyle selling the doomsday collapse theories regarding similarities of demise of the USSR and the United States.” –finca

        Well said, finca. But there’s a sucker born every minute, especially among the preppers.

        • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:13 am #

          Pot, kettle, black.

      • K-Dog January 24, 2018 at 10:10 am #

        By the time he had you believing that occupying a hole in the water would be a good place to survive collapse his fingers were already halfway into your pocket. Did you help contribute to his new diesel engine? The similarity/dissimilarity refrain between the USSR and the US was nothing he came up with himself. It was a subject the cold-war generation talked about in the 50’s. They came up with the notion. Some people want to control and this guy even wants to change the way you spell with his magic Unspell.

        • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:22 am #

          If that’s the case, you could say the same about Jim. I read them both and take or leave their comments based on my own judgement. No contributions here, other than a mere $2.00/mo to Patreon for using their services. A bargain I would say.

          • K-Dog January 24, 2018 at 10:35 am #

            Or I could say the same about everybody or I could say the same about nobody else at all. The actual case is that I was referring to one particular ego. You muddy the waters.

          • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:50 am #

            So you don’t like Orlov. OK. To each his own.

      • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:20 am #

        As opposed to rich Finca dwellers? Where did your loot come from? If Orlov’s getting rich by selling such scenarios, he obviously needs to step up his game a bit. With his education and background, I doubt that’s necessary in the least.

    • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      As others have noted, Dmitry Orlov is welcome to sail his US made boat to Soviet Russia and move back there, where he can enjoy all the benefits of the richest resource country on the planet, free of any Zionist interference. Interesting that in all the decades he’s been away, he has never done that. Tells me all I need to know about his pro Soviet propaganda and those that read it.

      Soviet propaganda is pretty transparent and pretty desperate.

      Once the contrived “Palistan” nonsense is gone, what else can be used to instigate conflict and war to create artificial shortage from the Middle East? How else is Putin to get more “Zionist” US dollars?

      Enter Iran, Syria. Again, the same basic strategy is at play. Instigate conflict and war between Iran and Saudia to cause an oil and gas shortage from the Middle East.

      Well, the Arabs have had enough of this Soviet nonsense, and they also had enough of “Palistani” Soviet agents. Same for the rest of the world.

      India China Turkey Japan Europe all are reaching similar understanding regards Soviet Russia. Those that were still tied to Soviet arms and influence like China and India are now moving away from the Soviets and are embracing the US and Israel.

      • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

        Ahh, “Patriotism.” Always the last refuge of a kept dog who’s found his bone and seeks only to defend it. Too bad your alleged facts don’t line up with reality. Or are you hitting the pipe with j-bot now?

        • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

          Found your bone in Dima’s dumpster, did you. Enjoy! I’m always happy to oblige dumb asses and show them to their true self. Keep digging doggy, there are plenty of other bones for you to dig out of the dumpsters. They’ll line up the facts for you straight to hole you will never climb out of. Like I said, Enjoy!

          • outsider January 25, 2018 at 9:55 am #

            So typical of you ‘love it or leave it’ super patriots to think that the Soviet Union still exists and is waiting to regroup and strike the West. You guys have been wrong ever since you thought that Stalin, ruler of a country decimated by the Germans, and which lost 25 million citizens, was an existential threat to the US, which was the only country which emerged from WWII unscathed. I’ve been sick of this anti-Russian propaganda for 50 years, and now I have to sit through ever more nonsense from Mueller’s phony investigation.

            You despise Orlov and want him to return to Russia to live because he has shown a mirror into your demented souls, and you can’t handle the truth.

  89. Cavepainter January 24, 2018 at 10:03 am #

    Clearly, some on this site (feasibly ‘bots’) are promulgating a secular equivalent to the Biblical rapture. OK, I’ve coined the term, “Secular Rapture” – just another shaggy god story.

    Really; Utopian dream not different from that of prophetic religions or pagan mysticisms, all concocted as self-medicating nostrum by the human psyche against the ineluctable empirical evidence of mortality. They all promise a ‘heaven on earth’ brought forth by humanity having (excuse the usage) ‘a coming to Jesus moment’.

    You know, like voodoo trance, speaking in tongues, and other such tent revival theater display of ecstatic ‘virtue signaling’ – recently featured in media of the ‘enlightened’ demolishing Confederate statues.

    Once the Leftist Utopia is established – come to that one unifying ‘inner truthfulness’ — there will be none of those erstwhile vexing problems of diverse human nature, or culture difference, or difference in social ordering, or need for different sovereignty, or citizenship as opposed to ‘foreigner’, or struggle for resources due to limited global carry capacity.

    Humanity will have escaped the bounds of mortal limitations and nature will have been pacified in compliance with the human psyche’s need for control. Hence, no need for the array of different emotional pre-dispositions programmed by evolution to give the flexibility of human society to adjust to varying external pressures, thus weeding out those that flexed the wrong way (nature cares only that some of a specie survive, not all).

    • K-Dog January 24, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      ( “Secular Rapture” – just another shaggy god story. ) I like it! Beam me up Scottie!

      In time past the supernatural draw of spirits living on forever made endless converts. Believing that batteries will replace gas tanks, in flying cars and endless growth and the endless advancement of progress is a supernatural anodyne to the human spirit for modern times just as the rapture was a nostrum of times past.

    • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      Lil j-bot can’t help it. She’s paid (minimally, and likely in heroin) to peddle her mentally impaired BS.

      • janet January 24, 2018 at 10:38 am #

        Six figures, Scratch. That would justify the effort to respond to anti-Semites like you.

        • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 10:48 am #

          No. Misanthrope. Anti-semitism is a canard used as a conversation/argument stopper.

        • K-Dog January 24, 2018 at 11:14 am #

          But I bet you are contract and don’t have a medical plan in the package. You have to provide all your own bennies. Sometimes six figures isn’t six figures.

        • K-Dog January 24, 2018 at 11:15 am #

          I bet you don’t have employer matching of your 401 K either.

    • janet January 24, 2018 at 10:37 am #

      “All six of the major media companies in the US are owned by Jews.” –Orlov via ‘Ol Scratch

      Yes, there are many individual Jews in positions of influence in Hollywood, in network television, in sports and entertainment, and in many other areas of American public life. These individuals, who happen to be Jewish, do not act together in any kind of conspiratorial manner. There is no “Jewish control” of any of these areas — or of the many other areas, such as medicine, law, academia, finance — where there are large numbers of individual Jews in high positions. Many of these individuals are Jewish only in the sense that their parents or grandparents happen to be Jews. They do not live Jewish lives or support Jewish causes. They certainly do not conspire to exercise any sort of “Jewish control” over the areas in which they work.

      • Ol' Scratch January 24, 2018 at 11:05 am #

        Always on message. Bot snacks for you!

      • outsider January 25, 2018 at 10:18 am #

        To believe what you say, Janet, you must also believe that Jews are smarter than the rest of us. IQ tests show that that’s not the case, so what else could explain their domination? Do they work harder? Or could extreme nepotism help explain it? Or is it just because they are God’s Chosen People?

  90. wm5135 January 24, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    The Chosen (few.)

    Carlin -“It’s a club,,, and you’re not in it.”
    “If you ain’t got the do re me… W. Guthrie

  91. volodya January 24, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    AKMOFO,

    I know I’ve pissed on Russia as being a depleted and ruined shell of its former self.

    But. (But nothing you say before the word “but” matters, right?)

    So the point is that I wouldn’t discount Ivan’s patriotism. He has big problems but he ain’t done quite yet.

    youtube.com/watch?v=t74er5nTMHo

    Let’s hear it for Ivan, Hoo! Rah!

    • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

      True. But.. 🙂

      I’ll just refer you to the title of this blog post.

  92. beantownbill. January 24, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    I’m a pretty busy guy with a lot on my plate every day. I don’t have the time to debate every poster here, even when I think their arguments are ludicrous, dumb, ignorant or just

    • elysianfield January 24, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

      Bean,
      It is not so much work as an indulgence….

  93. FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    The Vikings

    The history of Western Christianity is closely intertwined with the history of the Christianization of the Vikings, as contrary to the widely held view, Western Europe was not brought out of barbarism by the Frankish nobility, but by the Vikings, who frankly disliked the Franks for a variety of reasons.

    Kid-loving, disciplined Normans considered it disgraceful for a man to abandon his own child and they looked with contempt at how the oddities of the “Sallic Law” made noble Francs divide their children into legitimate and illegitimate ones, which constantly led either to the fragmentation of Frankish monarchies with normal reproductive capacity of the ruling family, or to civil wars with its malfunction.

    Deprived of the notorious ethnic flair, the Normans, due to the peculiarities of their culture, only strengthened by Christianity, were extremely receptive not only to the idea of multinational statehood and the social, universal aspect of Christianity, but also to the idea of harmony of mystical, ethical and aesthetic.

    The Berserker ‘s readiness, horrifying by its cruelty and fury in battle, is indeed amazing, when confronted with Christianity, to refuse violence and live according to conscience, like Saint Vladimir of Kiev, who after his baptism did not want to execute even criminals.

    Moreover, it would not be fantastic to assume that the Germans owed their seven-century feudal anarchy to the Francs’ victory at Leuven in 891, as the Normans inflicted military defeat upon the Christian peoples, often later received their baptism from them and infected Political Christians with the enthusiasms for statehood, ordering life and minimizing public evil.

    Inventing the compass, the Vikings were able to navigate in the open sea, out of sight of the coast, which allowed them to unexpectedly appear anywhere on the coast of Europe. Penetrating along the rivers deep into the continent, they, using the method of pinpricks, could put any European state of the time to its knees. In 911 the King of the West-Frankish Kingdom Charles III Rustic, having no strength to fight the Vikings, concluded with their leader, Rollo the Walker, the Saint Clair-sur-Epte Treaty, according to which the latter received the coast in the region the mouth of the Seine, with the center in Rouen. Later this Fief became the Norman Duchy. One of the conditions of this treaty was Rollo’s transition to Christianity, which led to the fact that the former robber turned out to be an active and just ruler who established strict justice.

    • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      James Burke: Connections:

      Death In The Morning
      dailymotion.com/video/x2gohd2

      • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

        Specifically, minutes 15 and 16.

    • capt spaulding January 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      The origin of berserker is as follows: ber meant bear, a sark was a cloak. So what the word meant was a bear cloak, meaning that the person was taking on the manners of a bear, and acting accordingly. This is known as a kenning, a poetic way of describing something. A shield might be described as a “net of spears”, a sword as a “wand of wounds”, rocks in the ocean as “sea bones”. The Norse were very poetic. For example, Beowulf got his name from a kenning. Ie: Beo meant bee. Wulf meant wolf. Wolves were regarded as thieves. Therefore, Beowulf meant bee thief, which referred to bears raiding beehives and eating the honey. I know it’s sorta complicated, but the upshot is that Beowulf meant Bear. Don’t blame me, blame the Norse, they were much more than mere raiders. They had a very sophisticated society. Also, the normans were vikings who settled on the coast of France. When they invaded England, and defeated Harold on the hill called Senelack, they were just more Vikings (by proxy) who invaded Saxon England.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

        Hanuman was called a Lion among Monkeys. So why shouldn’t a Bear be called a Wolf among Bears – even though a Man?

        Beowulf was the mightiest of the Sons of Men. He tore Grendel’s arm right off. Not easy to do since Grendel was a Bigfoot.

        The Sea is the Whale Road. The Body, the Bone Cage. The Sun, the World Candle.

        The Irish crushed these poetic savages at Clontarf and checked their power for a time. But alas, the Normans were the supreme military race of Europe. As one princess said, Around them you always got the feeling something terrible was about to happen. They could not be checked forever and under their tutelage, England began her climb to World Power.

        • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

          The Normans were checkmated in the Middle East. By the 4th crusade the Normans were no more.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

            You really do identify with the Arabs. That is unusual but rational since they are Semites. Your Anti-White bias is typically Jewish, but you apply it to other Jews and even to yourself. Rational but crazy.

          • akmofo January 24, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

            Yan, you’re projecting your biases and negative emotions onto others. I’m not against anyone. I respect people to want to preserve their identity, as I do mine. What I am against is bad behavior.

            I brought the history Normans to your attention, because it is exactly this bad behavior that causes them to become extinct. You disparage Jews and by proxy the TaNaKh, but the TaNaKh is exactly the historical document that proves the wisdom of the moral teaching in it. All the people mentioned in the TaNaKh that behaved badly are no more. They became extinct. Call it blow back, call it karma, call it what you will, it is fact.

        • elysianfield January 24, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

          “The Sea is the Whale Road. The Body, the Bone Cage. The Sun, the World Candle”

          Janos.
          Would then wrong-thinking posts be “crocks of shit”?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

            Posts that gloat about America’s demise and how “we” deserve it. In other words, the American people while the real offenders traipse over to East Asia to continue their reign of ruin leaving us twitching in the bloody snow as dark forms circle closer and closer.

            Beware Old Scratch and Walt the Black Heart, also known as Walter de Blackard or Black Walt, the two worse pirates on the Spanish Main.

            Such characters confuse what should happen and what is going to happen. Wanting to be on the “winning” side, that of “Nature”, they say that what is going to happen should happen.

  94. Q. Shtik January 24, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    For some reason I feel compelled to mention this morning how much I have enjoyed reading JHK’s blog and all the wonderful (and often hilarious) commentary it has generated over these past 10 years.

    I realize my own contributions have been paltry and often downright annoying (certainly to our host) such as when I point out that ‘specie’ is money in the form of coin rather than notes and is NOT the singular form of species.

    Just sayin’.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      What about specious?

      • elysianfield January 25, 2018 at 12:17 am #

        Ahhhh…..

        • Q. Shtik January 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

          Ahhhh….. – ely

          ==========

          This is what I often say after I fart.

  95. sprawlcapital January 24, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    A modest proposal regaring DACA. And my apologies if someone here has already suggested this. I simply do not have time to read all comments.

    We do not want to encourage more illegal immigration by granting unconditional amnesty to the DACA young people.

    The power to tax is said to be the power to destroy, or, in this case, to discourage a behavior.

    So, we let the DACA kids stay, but put a substantial surtax on their federal income tax; a tax large enough to keep them just above the poverty level. This surtax could be temporary, only for, say, 10 to 15 years.

    This way we do not send people who have never known a country other than the US away to a place where they may not speak the language. And who knows, some of the DACAs might chose to pursue a more affluent lifestyle, without the vexing surtax, in some other country. The US no longer has too few people. Not enough workers was a problem here back around 1880, but not anymore..

    • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      Kicking them out would send an even better and stronger message. Ditto the endless pregnant women who come here to give birth. An overt abuse of our Laws.

      We owe Them NOTHING. None of them. We matter, they don’t.

      • Cavepainter January 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

        All here whether as illegal entrants or children born to an illegal parent (uh, did the US citizen spouse ignore the immigration status in marrying/residing with an illegal or was intentionally kept uninformed?) the advantages they’ve misappropriated here has discouraged return (in the case of parent here illegally, to nation of origin, while in the case of the ‘native born’ to illegal parent DACA supporters reverse their refrain about cultural diversity always being an enrichment, insisting instead that deportation to parent’s nation of origin to be misplaced punishment for ‘crime of the parent’.) Peculiarly too there’s no argument that the illegal parent bear the normal obligations of parenthood, in this case by ‘parenting’ the child through assimilation back into the ‘native’ culture of the parent. Instead, the insistence is that the US taxpayer be forced into foster parenting all the children of illegal aliens.

    • outsider January 25, 2018 at 10:33 am #