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Hillary’s dumb riposte to Trump’s dumb slogan — make America great again! — was “…America never stopped being great.” I guess she’s been traveling around the strip-mall wastelands of Carolina failing to notice the carnage that lays upon this land like a mortal scrofula. America has been committing suicide by bad choices for decades.

We took the collateral winnings of World War II and poured it into a suburban sprawl alt-universe so depressing that our citizens are the most over-medicated people in the world. That alone might help to explain how Hillary and Trump lumber inevitably toward their respective nominations. The cheering “folks” marshaled out in the Piggly Wiggly parking lots are so buzzed on Klonopin and Zoloft that they can’t tell how these two odious celebrities epitomize the very forces behind their pharmaceutically-masked despair.

A nation sunk in such falsity is sure to suffer life-threatening blowback and it looks like the first thing to go will be the life of the political parties. Both Democrats and Republicans have gone full Whig, riding into the 2016 election on the garbage barge of history. Hillary went on hyper-gloat after last week’s South Carolina primary, where she stuffed her pander-bag with black votes reaped on empty promises to re-boot the Civil Rights era. It was painful to watch that get-me-outa-here smile stretched across her face as she hugged the last selfie-snapper and slouched toward the ordeal of Super-Tuesday.

I don’t care how many primary victories Trump racks up, the GOP poobahs will not support him going into the convention. They will crack the party up into warring factions before they let him hoist the gonfalon of Lincoln and the Gipper. Be warned: plans are already afoot to shove Trump aside, to derail him with some scandal easily excavated from a life spent greasing other pols and playing ball with the mob-riddled construction industry in New York, Jersey, and Nevada. Failing that, they’ll leave him with a gutted shell of the party apparatus and by-hook-or-crook get some other figure to make a well-funded run under a slightly altered  banner: Paul Ryan, Bloomberg, Romney, just maybe Kasich. The Koch brothers will organize the money mojo. Failing that, there is always the mysterious magic of the Deep State for winning friends and influencing history.

This is not to endorse the old Republican establishment, just saying that they are increasingly desperate to derail this monster of their own creation, and will go to institutionally suicidal lengths to get it done. It will be more than another election cycle, if ever, before the right-of-center portion of the US political spectrum can realign itself into something resembling a party.

Or perhaps this is America’s true imperial moment, when all party politics surrenders to the pre-tsunami undertow of events. None of the idiot network commentators or Wash-Po or NY Times columnists seem to notice that the global economy is sinking into a coma, and in so doing is igniting cluster-bombs of default through the financial system. That so far insidious destruction should effloresce exactly around the time of the nominating conventions. The tide will have visibly gone miles out just as Hillary mounts the podium like some bad joke of a national mommy and Trump sits fretting in his Cleveland hotel room wondering how his rococo dreams of glory turned into a shit sandwich from room service. Yeats’s widening gyre is upon us. The biggest surprise of all yet-to-come is that television will fail to explain it. The second coming will not be the reappearance of the celebrity known as Jesus Christ, but rather of the event called the American Civil War.

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  1. Greg Knepp February 29, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    There seems to be a morose grandiosity dominating your outlook – almost Wagnerian. I agree with the general outline of decline – it’s been evident to anyone with eyes and ears for decades (I always felt that 1957 was America’s high-water mark) but I’m thinking things will unravel in a more gradual manner. I like Greer’s step-down theory.

    Still, I’m a fool for purple prose so I gobble up everything you write.

    • SteveO February 29, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      I agree with you on Greer’s step down theory. In my working career, I have been through 3 economic “down turns”. After each one I took a significant pay cut then gradually worked my way back to roughly my pre-recession level. However, do to the theoretically non-existent inflation and debt incurred while I was unemployed, I never got back to the pre-recession standard of living. So I’m seeing the step down occurring on a micro level.

      • DrTomSchmidt February 29, 2016 at 9:55 am #

        So true. Cheap books and articles on the Internet makes up for the material poverty. It can make for a rich spiritual and intellectual life. You just have to abandon the myth of Progress, as Greer calls it, and things become a lot better.

        • SteveO February 29, 2016 at 10:21 am #

          It’s taken me until my 50’s to understand that. Now I’m just trying to get into a position where I can go into “the third act” in some semblance of comfort without having to resort to being a greeter at Wallyworld.

        • GetAbike February 29, 2016 at 10:53 am #

          Well said- not only a rich intellectual/spiritual life, but one of what might be called “localized physical activity” meaning the incorporation of daily exercise ~vs~ distant, more expensive recreation.
          The future of comfortable living for the elderly will be health based; health is “money” going forward.

          • patrickd February 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

            I don’t know about comfortable living. Exercise as part of living to grow food, make things we need, to take care of a homestead, for example, may be the key to having what we need to live, because the oil/industrial economy is circling the drain. Most food grown on earth relies on oil for it to happen – fertilizers, machinery, processing, transportation… when the world economy dies, which it will do because it’s based on fossil fuels, then the only people who will be sure to continue eating are those who are growing their own food. The industrial age produce luxuries and comforts, and when industry dies, all those things will rot with it. What’s left will be what’s in our hands to do. Oh, wait, what would that be? “World Made By Hand”. Yeah, pretty much. It’s a healthy lifestyle, very active, very physical. I’m looking forward to it. Well, actually, I’m already started.

          • sprawlcapital March 1, 2016 at 11:04 am #

            Americans tend to confuse health care and health. Health care consists of expensive goods and services provided by physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Occasionally, health care is life-saving, which is all to the good, because there is no health without life.

            But much more often than they save lives, the costly tests and drugs save the health care industry from poverty; in fact, they provide the health care industry with enormous wealth. Wealth which constitutes a bloated and growing portion of our GDP.

            Health, as opposed to health care, is something that a person earns for him or her self through good diet, physical exertion, and avoidance of toxins.

            I can only speak for myself, but I want health, not health care. I know from experience that health care rarely provides health.

        • Bruce E March 1, 2016 at 7:44 am #

          Good point. I often wonder what would happen if the sentiment you express here captured imaginations on a larger scale. A full rejection of the Myth of Progress (TM) would look to the business-as-usual types as a complete economic meltdown.

          But perhaps we don’t let go of that myth suddenly or drastically, it’s not an all-or-nothing belief. It could be that we reject it slowly, step by step, maybe without fully realizing it and consciously choosing that rejection.

          A slow decline over one or two generations, maybe longer. Both population and GDP per capita dropping by less than 1% every year, the measurements for a while masked by immigration and inflation/deflation confounding our analyses, and like peak oil we can only see it in the rear-view mirror 20-50 years after it has already happened. It may not feel like a collapse at all while it’s happening.

          And it may already be happening, and perhaps has been happening for the greater part of the last 20 years or so, just as you describe.

    • seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      1957? Looking back it is hard to believe people believed in the Domino Theory of Communism, and believed it so much they sent their sons and daughters to fight 2 wars. It is so ludicrous, so laughable. Anything pre-JFK would qualify, so any year between 1945 and 1963. America died in the Civil War. JFK was the exclamation point on the death certificate. The Global Mafia’s plans span centuries.

      • Doug February 29, 2016 at 11:53 am #

        “1957? Looking back it is hard to believe people believed in the Domino Theory of Communism, and believed it so much they sent their sons and daughters to fight 2 wars.”

        People (and many politicians) believed in the domino theory because the US deep state had decided to seize upon its moment of post-war supremacy to extend its de facto empire to the maximum extent possible, and the looming danger of Godless Communism was an easy sell — so that’s what the PTB sold.

        It had (and has), for a very long time (long before the 50s), been one version after the other of the Great Game, and that decade was America’s moment to flex its bulked-up muscle, while the other players were recovering from WWII devastation.

        • seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

          Understood. But what did we have to fear from the Soviet Union? If Stalin didn’t take Europe, the possibility of an American invasion was nil. Why did we care if Asia was completely communist? I guess it’s like terrorist. You are 1000 times more likely to get killed in a traffic accident than a terrorist incident.

          • Doug February 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

            “But what did we have to fear from the Soviet Union?”

            Competition. Empires don’t like it; it limits profits, especially if the competition is based (at least ostensibly) upon a system that limits the aggregation of personal wealth and power.

            “If Stalin didn’t take Europe, the possibility of an American invasion was nil. Why did we care if Asia was completely communist?”

            See above. The whole, long story is about striving for supremacy and domination. Everything else was and is a smokescreen devised to obfuscate reality for the masses.

        • beantownbill. February 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

          Why would TPTB of that time (1945-1948) when we were the only country with nuclear bombs, go to the trouble to create a domino theory when all they had to do was nuke Moscow, morals aside (of which supposedly TPTB had none)?

          • Doug February 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

            There would be no profit in nuking Moscow.

          • SpeedyBB March 2, 2016 at 3:49 am #

            Yes sir. Growing up as the brat of an Air Force officer I became acquainted with cigar-chomping General Curtis LeMay and the Pentagon’s espousal of “preventive war”, the newspeak ideology of “war to prevent war”, tentatively proposing to send a wave of B-36s over with surprise packages for Uncle Joe.

            Harry Truman put the kybosh on “Operation Trojan” or whatever other name they proposed for it. Preventive atomic war did not appeal to the haberdasher from Kansas City.

            I have also read that Stalin was poisoned because those around him feared he wanted a pre-emptive nuclear war with the West – which the USSR would have lost grievously (around 1950 or so). A dinner enhanced with tasteless, odorless Warfarin. Rat poison for Uncle.

      • Greg Knepp February 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

        In 1957 an aura of innocence prevailed. American food was fresh and hearty. Kids played outside. TV was a silly diversion and everyone knew it. There was a beautiful countryside, real cities and thousands of vibrant small towns. Factories belched prosperity from towering stacks and anyone willing to work could live well and raise a family.

        The Beatniks provided a welcome cultural critique. The interstate and shopping mall were yet to mature. Little Richard was in the process of recording a song cycle on Specialty label that would prove to be the finest American Music of the century, and the Chevrolet automobile came standard with a pair of tits sculpted to the hood….sweet!

        • seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

          Happy Days!

          • jgalt February 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

            Ditto, and never to return for our families.

        • Q. Shtik February 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

          I’m wid ya, Greg, on your entire description of the era (except maybe the Little Richard part). I completed my Junior year of HS in June ’57. I always thought of myself as having grown up in the sweet spot of American History.

          • seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

            Yeah it was. I grew up in the shit spot, the 1970’s and you know what, I couldn’t tell the difference at the time.

          • S M Tenneshaw February 29, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

            Megadtttos on your Little Richard caveat. I was a Chuck Berry kinda guy myself.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

          Yes, before Civil Rights. Before the destruction of our cities by Blacks. Whites ruled in their own country.

          You have chosen well.

          • Greg Knepp February 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

            A dubious endorsement.

          • Helen Highwater February 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

            Your nasty racist comments are extremely tiresome.

          • Helen Highwater February 29, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

            The only reason whites ruled “in their own country” was because they stole it from the Native Americans. Then they brought black people here to be their slaves. There’s not much for “whites” to be proud of.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

            So go back to Europe, Helen. Oh that’s right, your spiritual brethren are giving that away to the Muslims. Maybe you could become an Indian like Elizabeth Warren? Fantasy is a classic female strategy for coping.

            Those uncomfortable sensations my posts elicit in you? That’s your brain trying to start working again. Why not give in to it?

          • sooty February 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

            Wow. I thought you were being ironic so I thought, “This is the first time I’ve ever agreed with that guy.”
            I thought you were referring to the fact that none of these idyllic recollections of 1957 included segregated school systems and black men lynched in trees, for example. As if white people ruled the country like it was theirs. And then I realized that you thought that was a good thing. Oops!

          • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

            You’re right Soot: nothing is worse than Whites having their own societies. That would make them equal with other races, and I know you don’t believe in that.

        • shotho February 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

          Unless you were black or a “wetback”. Of course, even comparing the status of blacks and hispanics then to what we have today, maybe they too are nostalgic for the good ole days.

        • elysianfield February 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

          “Little Richard was in the process of recording a song cycle on Specialty label”

          Yes, Little Richard…who can forget the poetry, the rich, cultural diversity of….”Lucille! You don’t “do” your sister will….

          Little Richard was a bit to frenetic for my taste back in the late 50’s…much preferred the coasters, Johnny Otis, and anything doo-wop.

          I understand your critique of the era, but it WAS the height of empire….

    • hardingcrew February 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

      A good perspective on Donald Trump by Michael Meade. Link below.

      huffingtonpost.com/michael-meade-dhl/donald-trump-the-myth-and_b_8789426.html

    • Layne March 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      JHK has gone full psychotard, I guess like everyone else.

    • Layne March 7, 2016 at 10:40 am #

      “Make America Great Again” is dumb, as if “Fighting for Us” (Us meaning Billary and Goldman Sachs), and “A Future to Believe In” (USSR style future)–are smart?

      If there really is going to be another Civil War, I think Kunstler would fit nicely in the role of Tecumseh Sherman.

  2. wpa_ccc February 29, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    While eyes are focused on Hillary and Donald the political revolution led by Bernie gathers strength.

    Tomorrow, in Super Tuesday Bernie will pick up more delegates.

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Hindu and Iraq War veteran quit as VP of the DNC to give her endorsement of Bernie Sanders and his sane foreign policy. (Hillary doe not have any Hindu super delegates)

    Bernie is building his cabinet. Joe Cirinccione of Ploughshares.org has joined Bernie’s foreign policy team.

    Money wise, Bernie has four million donations and should take in $40 million dollars this month. Nothing will stop Bernie from taking the fight to Hillary all the way to the convention.

    Bernie Sanders 2016 … He is just getting started.

    • Newton Finn February 29, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

      I sure hope so. The defection of the DNC VP on national television should be a much-needed boost for Bernie after S.C.

      In politics at the local and national level since 1946, 27 years in congress, and worth something less than half of million…

      Bernie’s history shows the unmistakable signs of a true public servant, one who has refused to milk the system for his own benefit. We may never have the chance to vote for a viable candidate of this caliber again.

      • Q. Shtik February 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

        In politics at the local and national level since 1946,

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

        He became the mayor of Burlington, VT at age 5?

        • Newton Finn February 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

          My bad. He started in the early 1980s. Thanks for catching this embarrassing gaffe. I think my point still stands, however.

          • snarkmatic9000 March 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

            Yes and we were there when as a Progressive he defeated Gordon Paquette and his Democratic machine. He was a great mayor, revitalizing the waterfront by keeping it for the public and not condo and hotel developers, and starting CEDO – Community and Economic Development Office which revitalized Burlington as well. He’s no socialist of the cliche type, it’d be more accurate to call him a Social Democrat.

    • zaphod42 February 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      I sure wish you were right about Bernie/Clinton. I fear the fix is truly and firmly in, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the tunnel itself is a delusion.

      Elsewhere, others lament about stepwise decline vs sudden decline. My thought is, those steps are not even – some are larger than others. The next one looks to be huge… maybe the actuality is more like it takes a big drop to get things rolling, then it will be a series of smaller steps, punctuated by larger ones from time to time. Seems to me Rome fell step-wise after an initial invasion – their huge first step?

      Enjoy the day. Even if Bernie wins, and survives that, there is not much he could do with a Congress full of Sith lords.

      Craig

    • Q. Shtik February 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      Some day (in the not too distant future) on Bernie’s tombstone, after Born and Died, will appear the words “Avg contribution, $27.”

      • sooty February 29, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

        Ha! But it would have to say “ $27 bucks.”

        I wish Bernie would get off the talking points and go for Hillary’s corporate jugular.(Or is it her Achilles heel.)
        It’s factual, not dirty politics, to call out how much money she’s raised from Big Pharm, big banks, Big Ag.
        Why, for example, do so many African Americans trust her when her corporate codependency comes at their expense? For example, her connections with Big Ag and trade agreements have direct effects on the food supply, especially in food deserts like inner cities. All there is in these places is a corner bodega with processed food and a few onions and potatoes. It does horrible things to poor people’s health. What ho–Big Pharma to the rescue!

        Take the gloves off, Bernie!

    • outsider February 29, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

      Gabbard first came to my attention when she destroyed Establishment shill Wolf Blitzer on CNN. She’s the first Democrat, to my knowledge, who publicly supported al Assad against the feckless Obama policy of yet another regime change. She very articulate and, excuse me, quite a looker. She’ll be 35 before the November election. Sanders could do worse that throw a Hail Mary and announce that, if he’s nominated, she’ll be his choice for VP.

      • orbit7er March 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

        Wow! Representative Tulsi Gabbard is very impressive.
        Her positions on the issues are spot on and it seems to come from a principled evolution. As an Iraq War veteran she is immune to any “weak on defense” criticism.
        She would make an excellent VP candidate for Bernie…
        She has had the guts to follow her principles, especially against the endless Wars which Hillary on the other hand has promoted and even campaigned for and helped plan e.g. Libya….

    • gabelandrum March 3, 2016 at 12:07 am #

      Bernie Sanders’s chances of ascending to the Oval Office are only slightly better than the chance that a highly motivated crew of exceptionally bright hamsters will land on Mars this year and claim it in the name of the Earth.

      The evil, corrupt, and ever efficient Clinton machine is well on it’s way to coronating Her Royal Gluteus Maximus Hillary as the Democrat nominee to become the new Queen Bee of America.

      The fix is in…….and the Bernie folks will soon be feelin’ the burn as Bill & Hillary steal away with a nomination they did not earn.

      All you naive Millenials are about to receive a real education on how the world really works from the 1960’s Hippies who now wear suits, drive BMW’s, and ruthlessly RUN the Democrat Party.

  3. SteveO February 29, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    “I guess she’s been traveling around the strip-mall wastelands of Carolina failing to notice the carnage that lays upon this land like a mortal scrofula.”

    Hillary, like the rest of the political elite, lives in a bubble and has no idea what is actually happening down on the ground and could care less.

    • DrTomSchmidt February 29, 2016 at 10:01 am #

      If you haven’t yet, read this Peggy Noonan article about WHY Trump and Sanders are gaining. Her terms: the Protected (Hillary) versus the Unprotected (the rabble, basically us.)

      Excerpts:
      “Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They’re insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions.”

      “It was good for the protected. But the unprotected watched and saw. They realized the protected were not looking out for them, and they inferred that they were not looking out for the country, either.

      The unprotected came to think they owed the establishment—another word for the protected—nothing, no particular loyalty, no old allegiance.”

      “This is a terrible feature of our age—that we are governed by protected people who don’t seem to care that much about their unprotected fellow citizens.”

      That might actually get the Media back to their old job: comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable. We can hope.

      • SteveO February 29, 2016 at 10:29 am #

        I like that expression “the protected class”. Thanks for the link.

        • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 11:40 am #

          When one is both rich, powerful and famous [adored by some] it is easier to deny reality.
          Cognitive dissonance must keep its distance.

    • russ February 29, 2016 at 11:31 am #

      Very good thought. While it clearly applies to the political elite, certainly it applies to elements of the non-political world, too.

      The world of finance where somehow debt equals money or something of value comes readily to mind.

      “…We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality…”

      Political elites; financial elites – they are all just a subset of the “empire” mentioned above.

      I just wonder how long that observation will continue to hold. It’s certainly held up ever since it was made back in 2004.

      If that bubble ever pops, things are going to get real messy. But, I think I would prefer a healthy dose of chaos compared to an infinite prolonging of this “extend and pretend” nonsense.

      • elysianfield February 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

        ” I think I would prefer a healthy dose of chaos …”

        Russ,
        With all respect, I don’t think anyone would say that having seen “chaos” up close and personal.

        • pdxr13 March 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

          +1 on “you don’t know war” if you are thinking chaos (or even a little civil war like in the Balkans 1990’s) is ever better for most people than extend & pretend. E&P means electric power/water/gas still works, grocery stores are open, gas stations are open, even if limited hours and shortages, the system is still there. Your paper/electronic money still has perceived value when you can get fuel/food with it pretty soon.

          It’s the difference between Berlin 1921 and Moscow 1921. The number and disposition of corpses in these cities is the difference. In Moscow, dead humans were low-grade food for people. Berlin had enough order and Western Civ culture to not eat each other, even during a monetary crisis we find interesting 100 years later.

  4. baird February 29, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    And what do we expect will happen if either H or D or ? slips into the badly out of round office? There remains this seriously broken congress grinding all into small pieces.

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 11:58 am #

      Oh, the situation will just keep worsening, as it has for decades. Perhaps a bit faster with an unapologetic warmonger and/or Wall St. whore in office, but nothing fundamental will change.

      Our American fundamentals simply don’t change with the occupants of the Oval Office.

  5. Ishabaka February 29, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    Scofula was also called “The touching evil”, because it was believed to be curable by the touch of the King. Perhaps Trump feels he can cure America’s scrofula with his touch…..

  6. DrTomSchmidt February 29, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    Some required reading here. First, Matt Taibbi’s description of how “America” (by which he means “the media”) made Trump inevitable. Long story short: Trump realized that the Media had made the Presidential race into a giant reality show, and he is MUCH better at it than the politicians are. Second, people love Trump because he shows contempt for the “presstitutes” who serve the elite.

    Second, a story from the NYT on 27 February about how Mitch McConnell is “desperate” to stop Trump. Long story short: the DC Republicans are more opposed to Trump than any Democrat could ever be. Read that story. If you are a Bernie backer, you’ll feel like sending a contribution to Trump after doing so.

    Third, this story about the decision to invade Libya and HRC’s involvement in it details WHY Trump will crush her if he is nominated. Completely oblivious to the repercussions, and making decisions to kill people in war time because of how it would look for her Presidential campaign. Trump is to her left on Iraq by calling W a liar.

    I’d love to see Bernie win. I don’t think Bernie voters will go for Trump, but they will boycott. I think Trump voters would go for Bernie over Rubio.

    Tl;dr: the elites have lost control of the narrative.

  7. Rodster February 29, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    I have NO doubt Hitlery will be the next POTUS and i’m quite enjoying Trump making a mockery of the entire political process including the American Idol style debates.

    As much as I detest politicians and Central Planning and Central Govt, I hope and pray Trump dials it up more and riles up the masses and politics.

    • GetAbike February 29, 2016 at 11:02 am #

      And isnt the biggest problem actually the sympathizers and followers who cheer for the “Hitler making a mockery of the political process” ?
      We are becoming a nation of Nero’s who celebrate the destruction of our country.

      • K-Dog February 29, 2016 at 11:30 am #

        And more certain than death or taxes is the posting of faux racism at Custerfuck Nation with a madatory weekly assertion of ‘black’ DNA being violent.

        Can’t you guys get a life!

        • K-Dog February 29, 2016 at 11:31 am #

          oops – this was posted out of place. I’ll repost where it belongs. too bad we can’t delete.

          • GetAbike February 29, 2016 at 11:57 am #

            got it.
            ya and I’d delete mine if I could also.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

            They murder at seven times the White rate. Not seven percent more, seven TIMES more.

            Think about it.

        • GetAbike February 29, 2016 at 11:54 am #

          Sorry, I dont follow K-Dog.
          Did you mean to reply to me or post a new topic?
          What posting of faux racism, and assertion of black DNA?
          Am I in need of a life?

          • K-Dog February 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

            Nothing about you GetAbike. I meant it to be at the end of the scroll. The Janos poser troll was making a new ‘black’comment under his other alias.

            About your comment I agree we are like Nero sitting in his gilded palace fiddling while Rome burns. Or like in the Charlie’s Daniel’s band in a fiddling contest with the devil. Chicken in the bread pan kickin out dough.

            Except unlike in that diddy we are not gonna win the match.

      • Rodster February 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

        The “system” aka The Republic the Founders of this Nation founded has failed. Stick a fork in it cause it’s done. All that’s left is to ridicule the ridiculous and that’s what Donald Trump is doing.

        When was the last time you’ve heard someone call a politician “a big liar” on stage? Rather all we hear are PC terms such as misspoke, mislead etc.

        Politicians are scum, all of them as I detest central planning and government. So bravo to Trump for calling in the Clowns to the Circus.

        All we can do is wait for the system to collapse and figure out what the sheeple want afterwards.

      • pdxr13 March 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

        End of empire. It’s what people do.

  8. FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    Donald Trump is an excellent demonstration of the role of Mystical-Meteorological factor in US Politics.

    Initially, he was recruited by Hillary Clinton for the role of Ross Perot 2.0 and a spoiler for Jeb Bush’s campaign. He didn’t like it a bit, but couldn’t refuse powerful and revengeful Bastinda, and so he tried his best to get out of the gig as soon as possible.

    During the initial debates and campaign events, he blurted out whatever came to his mind, hoping that that would render him unelectable.

    But when man assumes, God presumes. Much to his and others surprise, his popularity was growing by the hour, no matter what he said. So he got approached by the Other Clan and now he’s in it for real.

    Go Trump!!

    • FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 10:13 am #

      By the way, that means that somebody immensely more powerful than Clinton or Bush or anybody else, is on Mr.Trump’s side.

      Go Trump!, Go!!!

      • DeltaKilo February 29, 2016 at 11:06 am #

        That would be God.

        • russ February 29, 2016 at 11:35 am #

          That’s exactly what I thought. ‘More powerful than someone from the Bush or Clinton clans? My God, who could that be?’

          Oh. OK.

          • Lindy1933 February 29, 2016 at 11:53 am #

            OTOH it could mean the Black State.

    • abbybwood February 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      Heads from both the Republican and Democrat establishment truly exploded when Trump started quoting George Washington and the importance of not getting involved in intangling alliances then explained that as president his greatest policy achievement and the most difficult “deal” of his life would be helping the Israelis and Palestinians find a peaceful solution in the Middle East.

      He further explained that it would be necessary for the United States to “be a NEUTRAL Negotiator” in the deal. That going into a deal it “be wrong” to take sides”.

      The the David Duke endorsement rolled in. I think I also saw a press conference with Dr. Evil and Darth Vader and The Emporer endorsing Trump.

      Trump can mess with Mexicans and Muslims and New York City rats. Even Texas! But he CANNOT mess with Israel and AIPAC!

      • outsider February 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

        This AM on MSNBC, “Morning Joe” Scarborough was stating that Trump was finished because he did not immediately renounce David Duke and the KKK. Part of me still believes that Trump wants out of this, even if he goes down as a racist white supremacist. Otherwise, how could he be so politically tone deaf?

        Maybe Fincain is correct and Trump is just Perot 2.0. He succeeded in getting Jeb out of the race, so is his job done? BTW, why would David Duke endorse Trump anyway? Rightly or wrongly, he has a lifetime sentence as a racist, no matter his positions today. If he wants Trump to win, best to lay low until after the election.

        • Newton Finn February 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

          I’m 67 and have NEVER seen Teflon coating on a politician like that protecting Trump. Reagan’s coating, effective as it was, wasn’t even close to the covering on The Donald.

          I hope that JHK will give this phenomenon even deeper analysis on this always-lively blog, because we all could use some of that magic, for different and more noble purposes, whatever the hell the secret is.

          By the way, for an interesting exercise in cognitive dissonance, try saying the words “Trump” and “noble” one after the other.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

            It’s a last minute eruption of the Life Force of White Americans. Unconsciously, we know that Trump is the last chance for any kind of country for Whites in America. For those with clear sight, it’s obvious that ordinary Whites have been ruthlessly discriminated against for decades now – and that it is getting worse.

  9. venuspluto67 February 29, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    Rubio and Cruz are probably out as alternatives to Trump because both are likely to get us into war in the Middle East, and Cruz is just bat-shit (I would gladly vote for Hillary if that MF were the Republican nominee). Rubio’s politics are fairly extreme but he conceals it well by being a photogenic light-complexioned latino with a sense of personal decorum (same with Paul Ryan except for the latino part). People just don’t like Romney, so not him: He’s pretty much a cross between Thurston Howell III from “Gilligan’s Island” and Stan Smith from “American Dad!” So Bloomberg or Kasich are probably the best bets for a spoiler funded by the Republican establishment, in case their candidate actually wins.

    I think the financial powers-that-be are keeping US financial market afloat “by hook or by crook” because they want Hillary to have her coronation before it all falls apart. If it does so before then, who knows what the electoral contest will look like, if there even is such a thing in that event!

    • Q. Shtik February 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      Rubio’s politics are fairly extreme but he conceals it well by being a photogenic light-complexioned latino – venus

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

      For the benefit of Elrond and Doug, please explain why light-complexioned is a positive.

    • zaphod42 February 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

      Things are moving pretty much like 2008… election year; markets off and obviously going to crash; plenty of warnings from all the mavens. So… expect the crash be4fore the election, but after the nominations are done.

      Prediction: Hillary vs Trump; R’s run a second ticket with Jeb Bush. Maybe somebody convinces Bloomberg to run. Who knows the outcome; the survivor will enter the White House in the midst of the first, and very large, step onto what will suddenly be obviously a long decline or Emergency. That step will definitely be an Emergency.

      What the ultimate impact will be will require long years of observation. I don’t have that many left… thank the FSM. For the shorter term, I plan on kicking back, popping some corn, and enjoying the show. It will be fun to see who and what sort of humor arises from this.

      Craig

  10. Bro Jobe February 29, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    As much as I despise Trump, if he gets the delegates and they choose to support him, he should be the GOP nominee.

    That’s how our Democracy works. Then the voters decide in November.

    If Mitch “The Mumbler” McConnell and his pals come up with a backstage coup, that’s worse than Trump in a general election. It would point to the sort of breakdown JHK has long predicted.

    • noel bodie February 29, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      Treason! The prez has a 4 yr term McConnel and co. Are subverting the Constitution. Let’s call it what it is…TREASON

      • outsider February 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

        McConnell is a walking advertisement for term limits. When Obama was first elected Mitch the human turtle said his goal was to make him a one term president. To hell with helping the machinery of government run. If that’s not treason, what is?

      • pdxr13 March 4, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

        Treason never prospers, for when it does, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      “As much as I despise Trump, if he gets the delegates and they choose to support him, he should be the GOP nominee.

      “That’s how our Democracy works.”

      Not true. Never has been true. And it isn’t even ostensibly required by any rules that can’t be rewritten at will by the party honchos.

      • Bro Jobe February 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

        *should* work, then. That’s how it should. Clearly it does not any longer. Point taken.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

          Well remember, the Founders loathed Democracy and for good reason. Democracy is rule by the mob and those who control the mob. That’s why the Dougs of the world love it so much. It delivers all power to them in the long term – and it doesn’t take that long.

          America was supposed to be a Republic – a government of Laws, not Men. Voting was just part of it and only for the qualified.

          • sooty February 29, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

            One white penis, one vote.

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

            “One man, one vote–and I’m the man.”

            Robert Mugabe
            President of Zimbabwe

  11. venuspluto67 February 29, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    BTW, this has probably been linked here by somebody else previously, but Donald Trump and the Politics of Resentment by John Michael Greer is worth a read, as is The Decline and Fall of Hillary Clinton by the same author.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      Greer once said he wished he could live long enough to see the Asian/Hispanic Culture destined to arise on the West Coast. Yet he calls himself a Druid. The Druids weren’t an above it all type spiritual order. They were patriots who supported their people against enemies.

      Mr Greer should have chosen a different spiritual path because a Druid is precisely what he isn’t.

  12. Elrond Hubbard February 29, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    This is the excellent article Doug posted last night:

    nytimes.com/2000/08/22/science/do-races-differ-not-really-genes-show.html?pagewanted=all&pagewa…

    Bravo, Doug! Excellent link, and well worth reading in full. A few observations:

    ”Race is a social concept, not a scientific one,” said Dr. J. Craig Venter, head of the Celera Genomics Corporation in Rockville, Md.

    This crucial point needs to be made over and over because racists will never stop pushing their irrational views. Venter is a guy who understands genetics well enough to have founded the company that actually sequenced the human genome. So, y’know, he kinda knows what he’s talking about.

    By contrast with the tiny number of genes that make some people dark-skinned and doe-eyed, and others as pale as napkins, scientists say that traits like intelligence, artistic talent and social skills are likely to be shaped by thousands, if not tens of thousands, of the 80,000 or so genes in the human genome, all working in complex combinatorial fashion.

    The idea that a faculty as complicated as human intelligence could be used to slice humanity into tranches of the more-worthy and less-worthy, on the basis of a single, synthetic measure such as IQ score, was demolished by Stephen Jay Gould in The Mismeasure of Man. When Alfred Binet did early work on intelligence testing, his aim was to identify children in need of further assistance or those working at a level higher than was being provided for in their classrooms, so that all could reach their fullest potential.

    [B]ecause the founding population of emigres [from Africa] was small, it could only take so much genetic variation with it. As a result of that combination — a limited founder population and a short time since dispersal — humans are strikingly homogeneous, differing from one another only once in a thousand subunits of the genome.

    ”We are a small population grown large in the blink of an eye,” Dr. Lander said. ”We are a little village that’s grown all over the world, and we retain the genetic variation seen in that little village.”

    Freud noted our propensity to defend our self-image by insisting on the overwhelming importance of minimal divergences from ourselves. He called it the narcissism of minor differences.

    Great article, Doug. Thanks again. That said, it’s time for me to get over the “Someone is WRONG on the Internet!” syndrome, so I’m checking out of this argument from now on. People either already get it or they’re beyond help.

  13. ccm989 February 29, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    The GOP is reaping what it sewed — it created the Tea Party and now it is the servant of it. As much as the establishment GOP hates Trump, they will probably “hold their noses” and vote for him. If the GOP splits between the Establishment and the Tea Party, Hillary will waltz away with a landslide. And that, of course, would be awesome for Democrats.

    • SteveO February 29, 2016 at 11:01 am #

      They also made a Faustian bargain with the evangelicals and now, after 40 years of still not having a theocracy in the US, they are refusing to support the “establishment candidate” and are going to Trump and Cruz.

    • Anotherplayaguy February 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

      Not awesome for the country, though.

      Hillary, MOTS — more of the same.

      Hillary, WOSOBB — Wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business.

    • messianicdruid March 2, 2016 at 1:48 am #

      The GOP did not create the Tea Party, but they are getting what they deserve for their treatment of Ron Paul who has been right for the last 30 years, and it is still coming.

  14. pennohio February 29, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I am getting so sick of this presidential race. I knew this was going to happen when they started it a year and a half before the actual election. We’re not electing a king or queen that rules by command. The last I knew, it was Congress that formulates the laws.

    I’m also sick of people talking about a “do-nothing” Congress. What can you expect from a Congress that is Republican and a President that is Democrat? The President we have will not compromise, so we’re stuck with him for another eleven months.

    When I read all the comments on this blog, I’m reminded of the philosophy that I’m trying to live by: No matter what happens, the sun will come up today and go down tonight. Tomorrow, the same thing happens! Personally, I’m retired and I can pretty much do as I want. I live in a small town (~26,000) and I am within five minutes of whereever I want to go. Nobody bothers me and I try not to bother anybody! I have friends and family that I talk to. Whether Trump or Clinton gets into the White House is not going to change my life very much. Life will go on!

    When I read the comments on this blog, or watch TV, or read stories on the Internet, I have come to the conclusion that we are living in the time of “Truth is lies and lies are truth.”. But no matter, life will go on.

    Yes, I get frustrated by the ignorance of people in general. I have concluded that our financial system is completely fake. I have to laugh at some of the TV commercials “worrying about America’s debt”. What a bunch of con artists!

    So, in the end, why do we get so upset about who’s going to be President, or is the stock market going to go up or down. Trust me. Tonight, the sun will go down and tomorrow, the sun will come up…and there’s not a damn thing any of us can do stop it!

    • K-Dog February 29, 2016 at 11:11 am #

      “The last I knew, it was Congress that formulates the laws.”

      Things have changed, the deep state makes their own rules. Number 1 of which is ‘don’t get caught’.

    • beantownbill. February 29, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      Very much my own thinking. Does one have to attain a reasonably long life before realizing this?

    • Anotherplayaguy February 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

      Well, yes, the sun and moon will continue, but the “life goes on” meme may be running out of time. Global warming will kill us; nuclear power plants popping will kill us; methane hydrates will kill us; sea level rise will kill a significant portion of us; the failure of agribusiness will starve lots of us; drought and nonpotable water will make a lot of us thirsty. Etc. There are many self-reinforcing feed back loops that have tipped and will kill us.

      But, yes, the sun will rise and the sun will set. And the really sad thing is that we are taking a majority of species with us.

      • zaphod42 February 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

        Life without us will continue. We will be the new reindeer, and worldwide, not limited to a single island.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Matthew_Island

        Craig

      • russ February 29, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

        Yup. Great times to be a jellyfish, squid or a bacterium. And never count out the cockroaches.

        But, yeah, you’re right. Nature is not only taking an increasingly dim view of us, but almost anything that is a mammal seems to be in the cross-hairs.

        This is one point where I really disagree with the Archdruid. I really like his articles, except the ones that berate people for saying something other than the collapse will be incremental and over a period a centuries.

        The Caesars never had to worry about nuclear power plants going “ker-pow” because adequately planning for their shutdown will prove to be just too much bother for those precious “persons” we call corporations, did they?

        The song for our times, Ladies and Gentlemen, is “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin. Applies to a lot of things other than just water sloshing around.

    • monkey_flower February 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

      Life goes on ? My philosophy is exactly the opposite of yours. “Life ends so try to accomplish something.”

  15. Cold N. Holefield February 29, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Haha! Great post this week. And, I learned a new word — Gonfalon. Nice.

    You’re right, television and the plenitude of talking heads won’t be able to explain any of it, and truthfully, haven’t been able to explain any of it. They pretend for the camera, but behind the scenes many of them have the WTF expression permanently imprinted on their faces before they put on their increasingly transparent masks for the audience as they go on not-so-rarefied air.

    • zaphod42 February 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      Unfortunately the gonfalon hoisted (foisted?) is more likely to be that of Vyacheslav von Plehve.

      History repeats.

  16. pequiste February 29, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    I read not one, but two ringing and stinging anti-endorsements of The Donald from representatives of the Deep State and the reprehensible evil bastards in charge: The Council on Foreign Relations and Economist magazine.

    Check out their membership rosters if you doubt who these organisms represent.

    If the Evil Ones think that calling Trump a carnival barker and worse will be Kryptonite to DJT then they are sadly mistaken. Just as when the Pope confronted Trump with a scandalous, indeed, vicious ad hominem attack to his person (“…he is not a Christian…”) these diatribes will further work to boost his standing in the eyes of the sick of the “Two-Party-System” politics and political correctness American electorate and propel him to the Republican nomination.

    Will he win?
    I’d like to see it but only The Shadow knows.

    • zaphod42 February 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

      I agree with the first premise stated… I do not, however, believe that those who are sick of the “Two-Party-System” politics and political correctness American electorate really want The Donald. They/we are striking out in the only way that seems to have an opportunity.

      Interesting comment above about Hillary enlisting Donald as a surrogate to derail Jeb!. True, in fact. And it gave so many a place to hang their hat to say, in effect, “We know this guy is a clown… he is not serious and cannot possibly be good for our country. Yet, he is better that what you all have given us.” And it is being said to both parties.

      In a general election, if Trump runs, he wins. No matter that the establishment has Hillary AND Rubio/Kasich/Bloomberg to fall back on. Sadly, we, the unthinking American electorate, have do this to ourselves. It is not an act of sadism that we are seeing – it is masochism.

      Craig

  17. bobinboiseid February 29, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    I predict the Oligarchs will win, and the medicated, fat, malnourished, stupid, distracted citizens will lose. Same shit, different day.

    Not sure we will have a Revolution, or just widespread rioting and looting. Revolution implies a change in political leadership…

  18. K-Dog February 29, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    The biggest surprise of all yet-to-come is that television will fail to explain it.“/

    But it will be no surprise at all that nobody notices or cares. People want Star Wars and candy bars in non-biodegradable plastic wrappers. People don’t want explanations, people just want more stuff. In between texting and Facebook posts and Twitter that is what they are thinking about, getting more stuff. That is all there is left to think about after your phone steals your smarts and gives you your very own private false reality. There are no longer spare brain cells for contemplating anything else.

    “Truth is lies and lies are truth.”. But no matter, life will go on.

    And truth will not find clarity. Life will go on and so will death.

  19. seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Obama saying Trump will never be president seems to echo comments about JFK not making it through his first term. He didn’t. The Deep State is failing. The F-35 is a great example of this. So is the Osprey. I think next they’ll do a Hovercraft Submarine. America is spending a fortune on weapon systems that do not work and were bad ideas in the first place. I think the 2 world wars had 3 purposes, the confiscation of all the gold, the petroleumification of the world, and the creation of the military industrial complex. Every time an enemy disappears, a new one is manufactured. In the end I have never met a communist or a terrorist or an alien for that matter, and probably never will.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 11:14 am #

      Nice meeting you, too.

    • K-Dog February 29, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      Meeting an real alien is probably more likely than meeting a real terrorist.

      • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

        Were the various bombings, bomb threats and beheadings in –oh–Canada ‘terror’ or just mus business as usual?

        Canada just had 2 incidents that let Canadian left media get in on the censorship ‘fun.’

        In Vancouver “Syrian” “Refugees” got pepper sprayed their first night in Canada via a bicycle-drive-by:
        vancouversun.com/he

        in Calgary two Muss attempt to shoot up a nightclub and are immediately pounced upon.
        cbc.ca/news/canada/
        Guess which incident was personally condemned by the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and media?

        hahaha. so there Kpup, Bullshit Bill and Dour Doug.
        Guess which incident few have heard of yet.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

        Tell that to the 9/11 families.

    • baird February 29, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

      I’ve never been much on conspiracies however this never-ending lineup of “threats” has just about pushed me over the line. Whether intentional or not they function the same way. I’m a pretty average guy and from the Gulf of Tonkin to Iraq I was deeply suspicious of motives and misinformation about 30sec after the first “newscast”. These were not difficult things to see.

      • seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

        Well exactly. If they knew it was Oswald and Osama, why weren’t they able to stop it in the first place. Even a typical B&E takes longer than 30 minutes to solve. I mean the assassination of a president wrapped up in a weekend. It was the inertia of those “Happy Days,” that made it possible. Nobody suspected a rat. LBJ was a known murderer in Texas. He was called Lying Lyndon and Landslide Lyndon. His corruption was epic. How JFK ever let him on the ticket is beyond belief. How could one not suspect this man would try and kill you and not have made contingency plans for just such an event i.e. introduced a bill that would insure a thorough investigation instead of the banana republic coup de etat we got. Bobby must have felt like a fish in an aquarium after that day, because that’s what he was.

        • zaphod42 February 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

          I agree 100% Knew the day of the event that LBJ had it done!

          I was a campaign worker for Eugene McCarthy. He had a better chance to succeed than Bernie does.

          Craig

          • Doug February 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

            “I agree 100% Knew the day of the event that LBJ had it done!”

            Oh, gawd, yet another telepathic conspiracy theorist.

            Here, read slowly and carefully:

            Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

            ~by Vincent Bugliosi

          • Doug February 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

            This forum software is seriously fucked up.

            Four Days in November

          • elysianfield March 1, 2016 at 10:15 am #

            “This forum software is seriously fucked up.”

            Doug,

            The absence of an edit feature promotes Careful Reading before submission.

            Oh, shit…error in capitalization again…should have re-read this before submission….

    • messianicdruid March 2, 2016 at 2:00 am #

      Who says he didn’t make it?

      cryptogon.com/?p=47163#comments

  20. malthuss February 29, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    “Why do Blacks behave in such similar ways? In Congo, Compton or Haiti?”

    Doug—They don’t, except to the extent that they share similar cultural traits and histories, much as is the case with humans In London, Stockholm and Peoria.

    No. Wrong again, Doug.
    Compare murder and rape stats in Haiti, Africa, and USA cities that have large numbers of Blacks and Bingo, you see afro racial DNA at work. [kaos gene]

    Why is Haiti the way it is and Iceland the way it is? Race.

    • K-Dog February 29, 2016 at 11:31 am #

      And more certain than death or taxes is the posting of faux racism at Custerfuck Nation with a madatory weekly assertion of ‘black’ DNA being violent.

      Can’t you guys get a life!

      • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

        KD cant argue away facts. Like the profile of a killer.

        As far as a discuss about Race, Doug and I are continuing from yesterday.

    • Zarko Straadi February 29, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

      Why is Appalachia the way it is? I know: gotta be Race! What do the people who are in charge of everything–you know, the ones who are wrecking the whole goddamn planet–have in common? Oh yeah, they’re capital-dubya White. So, 5 million years from now, when octopod explorers make their way up on land and start examining the fossil record, they’ll say, “Hm. It seems the humans were doing alright until the pale-skinned ones came along.” 😉

      Really, if it was a bunch of Black people that gathered at Davos every year and said, in effect, “I know–let’s burn every last gram of fossil fuels while trying to maintain everlasting exponential growth on a finite planet, and who gives a tinker’s cuss about the consequences? We’ll be skiing in a sealed arcology in Dubai when the skies turn green and all the povs choke on hydrogen sulfide!” you guys would all be saying, “See? SEE?!! We keep TELLING you people the Blacks are no good, but do you listen?!”

      Reminds me of a quote from a pirate (unfortunately I can’t remember the exact words or the source) who said something along the lines of, “If I loot a ship, they call me a pirate and say I should be hanged; if someone loots a continent, they call him a king and bow at his feet.”

      Of course, you guys will pretend that all Blacks are hoodie-wearing gangstas in Detroit while ignoring all the ones who live perfectly ordinary middle and upper class lives in all walks of life up to and including President of the United States. Meanwhile, you pretend that all White people are Beethoven and Einstein, while ignoring the existence of all those meth-addicted rednecks in Real Murika who provide the Gray (let’s face it, “Red” isn’t exactly their color) States with their abysmal stats on crime, teen pregnancy, etc., the ones going around in baggy baby clothes and baseball caps, the ones who heave themselves off of their Rascal scooters long enough to have clumsy fist-fights in Wal-Mart, and so on.

      The human race is singular. There are the Franklin Roosevelts and the Frederick Douglasses, the Mary Seacoles and the Mary Curies…and then there are the fans of Jackass and Justin Bieber and Kanye West. If there is a Kaos Gene (band name!), a look at history or the way the world is currently being run says we’ve all got one. OTOH, we’ve got CRISPR Cas9 now…

      • Doug February 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

        @ Zarko Straadi:

        Bravo!

        Or, in Spanish, since the haters are worried about my being surrounded by brown-skinned neighbors from south of the border that crossed them:

        ¡Bravo!

      • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 12:54 am #

        Even poor White areas are far safer than Black areas. The most dangerous cities are always the Blackest. And in terms of IQ, Appalachian kids scored higher than middle class Black Atlanta kids.

        Give up your Economics is everything Neo-Marxist illusions.

    • sooty February 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

      And also because Iceland had that nasty history of slavery.

  21. malthuss February 29, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    Dunning-Kruger syndrome.??????
    This whole exercise is getting rather boring, already. With the exception of Elrond, MD and a few others, the quality of discussion is rather dreadful, even compared to the average, anonymous Internet forum. [well, no one forces you to be here, unless you are a paid poster]
    It’s too bad. Jim, for all his annoying quirks,[which are? Can yu list 5 quirks?]
    is a very bright guy with important insights and a uniquely powerful and entertaining writing style. [was he wrong about Peak Oil, or just off in his timing?]
    It’s sad that the comments section of his blog is dominated by such a despicable bunch of wannabe Nazis [oh, the ‘N’ word, that means we, the enemy are winning the discussion]
    and laughably-confident know-nothings.[sheer projection]
    If some of you guys were more serious than the clowns you seem to be, your screeds would probably justify a Civil Rights Division investigation.[during Black History Month, yet]

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      It isn’t easy to format posts here, with the primitive forum software, but you win the Worst Attempt of the Week, malthuss.

      Only one piece of what passes for content in your post is worth a response:

      “[was he wrong about Peak Oil, or just off in his timing?]”

      He certainly wasn’t wrong. Those of us who have been paying attention have known for a long time that (a) “peak oil” means peak conventional oil. We’ve been bouncing around on that plateau since about 2005 and, retrospectively, the peak will perhaps be seen as 2009 or so.

      In that period, unconventional sources of oil and gas (hydrofracking, tar sands, etc.) have been ramped up to cover the stall or decline in the production of conventional oil. That has only been possible because of the recent high price of oil and the credulity of the banksters.

      The rate of depletion of these unconventional sources results in breathtakingly steep curves when you chart production for even three years after well completion.

      Furthermore, it is more than likely that many of these sources have negative EROEI and certain that none of them have sufficient energy return to make up for the steady depletion of conventional oil (not even close).

      Here’s a prediction for you (I won’t be here to say I told you so, but, if you’re young, make a note): by mid-century, world oil production will have fallen by approximately 50%.

      • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

        2050 is 34 years away.
        Thats 3 billion more people [well, by 2052] needing resources.

        Thanks for your drubbing. It means so much to me.

        • snarkmatic9000 March 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

          D, encouraging this antediluvian obscurantist with any kind of response is akin to mud wrestling with pigs, it merely encourages them. Not worth the digital ink.

    • elysianfield February 29, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

      “If some of you guys were more serious than the clowns you seem to be, your screeds would probably justify a Civil Rights Division investigation”

      Malthuss,
      Been there, done that…in 1969.

  22. malthuss February 29, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Black History Month. According to Radish Blog, BHM was ‘negro history week’ until 1975 or 1976.
    There are 3 pages at his blog that are too much history.

    Previously his blog was the great, ‘unamusement park.’

    • BackRowHeckler February 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

      Malth, don’t argue with ‘Doug’; he’s the smartest guy on this board. How do I know? He told us so about 1/2 dozen times last week.

      brh

      • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 10:44 am #

        I am not sure i am ‘arguing’ but thanks for the pointer.

  23. malthuss February 29, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    “Why do human populations in Africa with no history of contact with Neanderthals (whose ancestors left Africa 400-800,000 years ago), not exhibit the “Neanderthal genes” found in H. sapiens populations which did mix and interbreed with Neanderthals after emigrating from Africa about 100,000 years ago?”

    Those who have Neanderthal bloodlines are not completely outta Africa.

    DNA tests can show when your ancestors left Africa, too. And how likely you are to develop male pattern baldness or periodontal disease. They cannot, however, make a case for the existence of “race” as a biological reality
    .—unless ‘Race’ is in that DNA. Like a double helix.

  24. m111ark February 29, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    Recently I came across a very instructive video having to do with climate change; not the warming kind but the cooling kind – to the extent that the author was warning of consequences straight out of the Maunder Minimum. Anyone interested in facts must agree that cooling is the way of the future, however, consequences to the extend provided by mr adapt2030, perhaps not.

    Instructive in that those who suddenly discover something new and shattering, like me upon discovering peak oil, financial theft, and political disintegration, the effect is the same… head for the hills ’cause it’s all comin’ down.

    Well, probably not. While change everywhere is coming, it will usually be gradual enough that most will adapt. Sure, pockets of shit storming will pop up to scare the bejesus out of us from time to time but adapting is normal, it’s why were still here.

    Who can predict what’s coming – no one. So let’s roll with the punches.

    • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

      In the 1970s either TIME or Newsweek had a cover story about the ‘Coming Ice Age’ so it is not news to some.
      Ice Ages come and go, as do interglacials.
      All the hype over the big El Nino of 2016 also made me wonder ‘why so much news?’

      • BackRowHeckler February 29, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

        Newsweek, 1977. “The Coming Ice Age”.

        brh

        • “The coming Age Age” 1977 article has been thoroughly debunked.

          It was written without referencing the “scientific consensus” it claimed promoted the theory. It was a piece of sensational hack journalism that shouldn’t have made it beyond editorial review.

          Make no mistake gentlemen, AGW is real, it is happening.

          There is zero disagreement among experts, among instruments, among observations. Put it in your “is really happening file”.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      Nature is usually slow but politics can be very fast: the Muslim takeover of Europe is not proceeding at break neck speed. Obviously the Elite pushed up their time table. Perhaps they wanted lots of Muslim troops in Europe when the economy collapses?

      Similar things here in America. Another Black Civil right era is being foisted on us from above. This one is likely to be far more bloody than the one before. Whites can’t give any more and don’t want to either.

    • elysianfield February 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

      ” ’cause it’s all comin’ down.

      Well, probably not. While change everywhere is coming, it will usually be gradual enough that most will adapt.

      M111ark,
      No. While changes in environment, economies, politics, job numbers, etc. can be gradual, the social disorder that will be engendered will be violent and immediate. You want to see Los Angeles burnt to the ground? Something as minor as the toilets not flushing would be an arguable beginning….

      • Doug February 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

        “Something as minor as the toilets not flushing . . .”

        Nothing minor about that in a major urban area.

        The fires would be competing with, e.g., cholera for Best Performance by a Leading Destroyer.

        The Ghost Map

  25. Lindy1933 February 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    Is there anyone around here wondering why the FBI has taken so long with the ‘Classified Investigation’ of Hillary? Will that happen and issue in … ta da … Joe Biden?

  26. beantownbill. February 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    I, too, am sick of the monomaniacal bent of the racist anti-Semites here. If one said the sky is blue, those assholes would state that the Blacks and the Jews made it so; that Black DNA somehow affected the sky’s color,or that the Jews plotted to make it blue to take over the world.

    You guys are sick in the head. I believe it’s people like you who have made the world the sorry place it is. The topic this week is US politics, so either contribute cogently to that conversation or STFU.

    • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

      Ergo, the Democrats, Israel, AIPAC, SPLC and ACLU are NEVER to blame?

      • beantownbill. February 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

        Typical of your people’s thought processes: Take someone’s statement and then twist it to further your philosophy.

        Everyone is culpable, kiddo. Everyone.

        • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

          You guys are sick in the head.

          No, that is you. period. not plural.

  27. hmuller February 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    According to the latest CNN national poll it’s Trump 49%, Rubio 16%, and Cruz 15%. Even if you could fuse Rubio and Cruz in some kind of weird Star Trek transporter accident, they can’t come close to Trump. I sense an RFK moment approaching. The Powers That Be won’t go quietly into that good night. We have to hang the bastards from every lamppost on Wall Street!

    • seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Will we hearken back to those assassination filled days of yore? Undoubtedly the accused assassin will be a Muslim called Mohammed Turd Blossom. He will be a lone nut who frequents titty bars high on cocaine and crystal meth for extended lap dances where he recites the Koran to the hapless women gyrating on his lap.

      • pequiste February 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

        I believe that if the Evil Ones want to end the D.J. Trump show it will not be by a “lone assailant” of the Sirhan Sirhan or James Earl Ray mold. Rather it will be an “unfortunate” aircraft “accident” as The Donald flies on his own branded wings across America.

        And the in-flight movie at the time of the ” accident” will, of course, be a special short feature: The Zapruder film.

        • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

          Paul Wellstone.
          JFK Jr.

          • pequiste March 1, 2016 at 12:44 am #

            Ron Brown – Commerce Sec.
            KAL 007 – MASINT/IMINT?
            Lech Kaczynski – Poland
            Omar Torrijos – Panama
            Zia Al Haq – Pakistan

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

            KAL 007 – U.S. Rep. Larry McDonald, MD, uber conservative, outspoken anti-communist, successor to founder Robert Welch as President of the John Birch Society

      • russ February 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

        One of your best pieces ever, seawolf. Outstanding.

        The emphasis of course on what you have written on is the word “LONE”.

        We cannot emphasize that enough.

        LONE!

  28. ozone February 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    I think there are some who have never heard the phrase, “Don’t shit where you eat”. …Or if they *have* heard it, they give no indication whatsoever that they understand it.

    • pequiste February 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      It is also a song!

      Pretty vonderful visceral visuals (including The Donald, really) accompany this version by Ween:

      youtube.com/watch?v=NCwk9lWwiI4

      I think even JHK would enjoy it.

  29. volodya February 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    Mr Kunstler has it right, to the Oligarchs that fund it, the Republican Party is dispensable.

    Such things that normally matter to mere mortals, things that they may have gotten through party membership like a cause or a sense of belonging or the esteem of their peers, all these things are passing irrelevancies to be exploited in aid of what REALLY matters to the Oligarch: MONEY. If the Republican Party stops helping the Oligarchs make money, it will be discarded.

    And if the Republican Party starts to actively work against that one great interest of the Oligarch class, the Oligarchs will, as surely as we’re sitting here, do everything in their power to put the Party deep in its grave, no trick too dirty, no act too foul.

    “Mysterious magic”, Mr Kunstler would know that none of it is “mysterious”. What it comes down to is money and guns, money to bribe people and guns to shoot them if they don’t stay bribed.

    But money and guns are such crude, blunt instruments. The “deep state” has other tricks up its sleeve, those being intimidation, blackmail, framing people and charging them and dragging them through the justice system and bankrupting them in the process. There’s many ways to silence people or ruin lives. See, but all these techniques are so round-about. They take time and patience.

    So are those guys above cutting to the chase and rubbing-out a pain in the ass? Such a great nation of “laws” and august institutions would be above bullets in foreheads wouldn’t it?

    • seawolf77 February 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

      Bullets to the forehead is how we got to be a great nation. It’s like Steven Seagal said on that roof top in “Above the Law,” “Nobody would ever believe me if I told them, that bankers run the CIA.”

  30. malthuss February 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Oscar views down, for several years.
    This year it was 30-33 million estimate.

    I skipped it, as usual. I did watch it once and found it all too privileged.

    But not YT privilege.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

      Nothing but massive White guilt tripping from minorities. The White “stars” take it with simpering grins on their faces. It doesn’t apply to them really, but only their unsaved brothers, be they higher ups in the industry or trailer park trash.

      They are what the Elite wants them to be – beautiful cabbages.

      • JimInFlorida March 1, 2016 at 11:19 am #

        Keep preaching Janos. I always enjoy it when Janos skewers the PC shibboleths and memes of our time.

        What do his critics have to offer but discredited shaming language? The spells and arcane curses of the New Left; begotten of the Frankfurt School. Like zombies, the ritual curses come out like a tape recorder on Play. Oblivious to their crimestop programming or where they got the sacred curses from.

        “Racist!” “Xenophobe!” “Hate Crime!” “Bigot!” “Sexist!” These words of power from the New Left worked for over 40 years. All to suffocate the last gasp of Euro-Scandanavian-Anglo Whites. BUT, hidden in those words are the White Blood cells of Western civilization. Hence, the great fear of our Zionist masters that the Truth in them should NEVER be allowed to rise and awaken us.

        Here is the awakening, contained in Rudyard Kipling’s poem.
        “The Wrath Of The Awakened Saxon.”

        It was not part of their blood,
        It came to them very late,
        With long arrears to make good,
        When the Saxon began to hate.

        They were not easily moved,
        They were icy — willing to wait
        Till every count should be proved,
        Ere the Saxon began to hate.

        Their voices were even and low.
        Their eyes were level and straight.
        There was neither sign nor show
        When the Saxon began to hate.

        It was not preached to the crowd.
        It was not taught by the state.
        No man spoke it aloud
        When the Saxon began to hate.

        It was not suddenly bred.
        It will not swiftly abate.
        Through the chilled years ahead,
        When Time shall count from the date
        That the Saxon began to hate.

        • Q. Shtik March 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

          Keep preaching Janos …………. What do his critics have to offer but discredited shaming language? ……….. – “Racist!” “Xenophobe!” “Hate Crime!” “Bigot!” “Sexist!” – JimInFlorida

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

          The more dangerous shamers are those like Doug, an educated and intelligent man, an articulate man, a man who for whatever reason has painted himself into a corner of illogic and now must defend it for all he is worth or be forced by common sense to abandon an entire world view.

          Doug is sharp enough not to merely shout “racist” “bigot” and “sexist.” He applies an intellectual veneer to his criticism. Take for, example, his oft-mentioned Dunning-Kruger accusation:

          The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which relatively unskilled persons suffer illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their own ineptitude and evaluate their own ability accurately.

          In short the gist is this: If you don’t agree with Doug you, ipso facto, are a dunderhead with “a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize [your] own ineptitude and evaluate [your] own ability accurately.”

          How convenient is THIS? If you hold such views as you do, you, by definition, suffer with Dunning-Kruger syndrome.

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

            I think you nailed it Q.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2016 at 3:52 am #

          Thanks. That’s among his best – and one of the ones kept out of the modern anthologies.

  31. malthuss February 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    PEAK OSCARS
    Sunk like a –well– rock. Chris Rock.

    deadline.com/2016/02/oscars-tv-ratings-2106-viewers-chris-rock-abc-1201711309/

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      “Sunk like a –well– rock. Chris Rock.”

      The Oscars are more transparently fixed even than our national elections, and there is no reason viewership ought not to be declining.

      However, Chris Rock hit one outta the park.

  32. MisterDarling February 29, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE to the doings of today looks like this:

    “We took the collateral winnings of World War II and poured it into a suburban sprawl alt-universe so depressing that our citizens are the most over-medicated people in the world.”-J H K.

    I read that and remembered coming across this –

    theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/07/suicide-rates-rise-butte-montana-princeton-study

    – imagining what Mr. Kunstler would say when he clapped eyes on that aerial photo of lovely Butte, Montana: “Well, there’s your problem right there!”

    However, if I’m going to hand out prizes for articulating Collapse Era zeitgeist, today it has to go to this guy:

    “__Has everyone lost their freaking minds?__”

    “It’s getting weird and the market is having a tough time figuring out what to take seriously, what to ignore, what to laugh nervously about and what to just laugh at.

    Are we really about to put up our very own American version of Silvio Berlusconi as the Presidential candidate of a formerly serious political party? Is the other party really having a competitive race with one candidate running on an overtly socialist agenda that is barely distinguishable from his opponent’s? Who doesn’t claim to be a socialist? Are central banks actually considering pushing interest rates more negative after getting basically no positive response from the initial push below the previously sacrosanct zero bound?

    Has the Federal Reserve actually told banks to prepare for negative interest rates here in the US right after raising rates for the first time in years? Are serious economists actually have a debate about whether it is a good idea to just print up cash and pass it out? Is that really monetary policy? Are governments really talking about banning actual currency, the very money created by that government? Money that depends, oh by the way, solely on people’s trust that the government will stand behind the money they are about to outlaw? Has everyone lost their freaking minds?”-Joseph Calhoun, Alhambra Investment Partners.

    Yes *folks*, this is what it has come to… Enjoy that.

    😉

    Cheers!

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

      “Is the other party really having a competitive race with one candidate running on an ostensibly socialist agenda that is barely distinguishable from his opponent’s?”

      Fixed it for you. ;^)

      • MisterDarling February 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

        Okay, I’ll let Joseph know…

        😉

        • Doug February 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

          Good. It’s important to be as accurate as possible, and I know Calhoun would want to be.

          As for the question about our very own Berlusconi: It’s gonna be very close, unless the Republican maestros re-write the script between now and the convention.

          It’s gonna be a tough re-write, though, since their best chance against Clinton is probably Kasich and I’m pretty sure Herr Trumpf would go indie if they engineered that.

          At least we’ll get a few more months of entertainment before Killary begins chairing the Tuesday drone target list meetings.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

      Serious party? As in seriously corrupt? Seriously in the bag to Warmongers, both corporate and Zionists? Are you serious?

      Unfortunately, you are. Thus one must ask, are you a serious person?

    • elysianfield March 1, 2016 at 10:22 am #

      “Joseph Calhoun, Alhambra Investment Partners”

      Any relation to Calhoun J. Calhoun?

  33. kansas ham on wry February 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy were at a mostly sold out show in Dodge City last night. During the bit where they solicit questions from the audience, one guy asked their opinion of Trump. To solid clapping and shouts of approval, Larry gave a robust defense of Trump. The interesting part was that his rejection of ‘Ivy leaguers’ included a time frame when the GOP was also in power (and as I recall, GWB received degrees from both Harvard and Yale). They hate Hillary, sure. But there is no particular affection for Republicans either.

    The Republicans ignore the Larry the Cable Guy vote at their own peril. The days of giving lip service to cultural totems while electing politicians who subserviently regurgitate the Koch agenda are gone. These people are PISSED and that is why Trump resonates so. People overlook his misstatements, vulgarity, contradictory positions and checquered past because he is a perceived outsider who has tapped into this seething volcano of frustration. Engineer a convention coup to get a more tractable corporate shill atop the ticket and the eruption could be cataclysmic.

    And the Dems aren’t much better. Watching the opposition devolve into hissing, spitting factions might provide great amusement, but a similar fate might await them if the Sanders contingent is given short shrift. Hillary bloviates about ‘taking on the banks.’ The only evidence against that is her entire career. I’d feel a lot better about her sincerity if she ponied up transcripts of those Goldman Sachs speeches (you know, the ones she made 250K for 45 minutes of valuable insights). Fat chance of THAT ever happening.

    The Demagogue vs. the Grifter. The Republic is now officially on life support.

    • russ February 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

      Good stuff, khow. I’m telling ya, you and seawolf are hitting ’em out of the park today.

  34. MisterDarling February 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    @ patrickd;

    “Most food grown on earth relies on oil for it to happen – fertilizers, machinery, processing, transportation… when the world economy dies, which it will do because it’s based on fossil fuels, then the only people who will be sure to continue eating are those who are growing their own food.”-pat.

    It’s amazing how fragile the world’s food supply actually is. There are very small number of critical components & processes that keep the world’s population growing.

    Consider industrial chemistry, which is extremely vulnerable to supply-chain disruption. About 2.3 Billion people depend on ammonium nitrate fertilizer to stay fed. Ammonium nitrate is made by the high-maintenance Haber-Bosch process. What makes it high-maintenance? Well, the process requires a reaction vessel and piping that can withstand 450-degrees Centigrade and 200 Atmospheres of pressure. So not only is it energy intensive, it’s tough on maintenance and material. That pretty much means that it’s not going to be around when 12000-mile supply chains are a thing of the past. Which also means… Well, you’ve gotten the picture by now.

    Cheers!

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

      @patrickd: “Most food grown on earth relies on oil for it to happen – fertilizers, machinery, processing, transportation…”

      Somewhere, Jim wrote something like, “Modern agriculture is a process wherein we pour oil on the ground and bags of Cheetohs pop up.”

      Truer words have seldom been written.

    • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

      And what do CFR and Georgia Guidestones demand? A kill off? Hh?

    • russ February 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

      Well done, Mister Darling, well done. In addition to running out of nitrogen-based fertilizers, if we insist on making them via a particularly high energy demand process, we can also lament the fact that phosphate mines and potassium sources also tend to become exhausted and played out. That is, if your source must be some sort of mineral deposit.

      Did anyone forget that sometimes those little soil bacteria prefer their nutrients in an organic form, as opposed to inorganic?

      Otherwise, they just shut down their own means of obtaining these materials themselves from the soil. Really, conservatives ought to be able to understand that argument.

      Ah, but that would mean people working in harmony with themselves and the resources that Nature gave us.

      And who wants that?

  35. Cold N. Holefield February 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    Has Trump employed a Food Tester yet? Maybe it’s that time. His buddy Putin can probably suggest someone competent. And he should switch planes at the last minute before flying so his enemies can’t blow him up at 30,000 feet. If they use the Cancer Gun, there’s nothing he can do. He’ll never see it or feel it. He’ll just conveniently have incurable cancer and it will be a coincidence.

    • outsider February 29, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

      There is only one reason to vote Trump. He offers the hope of being allies with President Putin and ending our country’s insane restart of Cold War 2.0 – which could become hot in a Hillary minute. In a field as weak as this one, that’s good enough for me.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

        Mr. Trump is very successful in promoting to American public a new and revolutionary concept of American Foreign policy, which he calls “making deals”, the recent example of which we saw recently by combined Soviet-American – oops, pardon my Russian – Russian American brokered peace in Syria.

      • messianicdruid March 2, 2016 at 2:22 am #

        That “one reason” is good enough for me.

  36. malthuss February 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    A book has come out that accuses former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair of opening he floodgates for asylum seekers but to not discuss it.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/12175813/Tony-Blair-accused-of-conspiracy-over-mass-immigra…

    Blair’s Immigration Minister Barbara Roche said, “Asylum seekers should be allowed to stay in Britain. Removal takes too long and it’s emotional.”

    Doing a little checking on the background of Ms. Roche, it turns out she is YKW.

    Big surprise there, right? Wasn’t a former Irish Immigration Minister also YKW? Letting some people have such a position is insane.

    I remember reading that it was Labour policy to increase immigration for the purpose of creating an electorate which would favor them.

  37. MisterDarling February 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    @ BeantownBill:

    “I, too, am sick of the monomaniacal bent of the racist anti-Semites here. If one said the sky is blue, those assholes would state that the Blacks and the Jews made it so; that Black DNA somehow affected the sky’s color, or that the Jews plotted to make it blue to take over the world. . . The topic this week is US politics, so either contribute cogently to that conversation or STFU.”-bill.

    I find it amusing that there’s an apparently long-standing CFN tradition of various people of being ‘socks’. The question of who/what is (or is not) a sock isn’t profound.

    The way I process the question is this: If there were ‘socks’ posting to sidetrack and disrupt our discussions (no need to post if you’re only spying) what would they post? Stuff that had *nothing* to do with the discussion – completely irrelevant bullshit.

    What kind of irrelevant stuff would they choose to sidetrack the discussion with? Inflammatory stuff.

    So who are the socks? The same cast of characters that hock-up gobs of racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic garbage all over the threads week-in-and-out. Or – antagonizing from the other end of the spectrum – they post material derisively antithetical to the central tenets of the community, heedless of any & all counter-argument. And somehow they *always* have time to post, all-day, everyday.

    It’s no mystery who these nitwits are. What is baffling is that they aren’t banned. Well, I’m sure Mr. Kunstler has his reasons…

    Cheers!

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

      @MD: I find it more than a bit disturbing that Jim allows this crap to flow unchecked. And, as long as it does flow, I think confronting it is a moral imperative.

      Of course, there’s a straightforward solution: adopt a modern forum plug-in that permits participants to “ignore” the hate brigade, leaving the forum open for civil and relevant discussion.

      Want help, Jim?

    • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

      You left out ‘Xenophobic.’

      • Doug February 29, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

        He left out “dumb as boxes of rocks,” too, but the original list was sufficiently complete to get the point across.

        • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:23 am #

          This is what decent White people are up against.
          One funding site [Iforget which] banned ‘Gosenell’ movie funding.Kermit G,The mulatto serial killer of babies.

          But Voila—–

          A 20 year old dindu by the name of Armaj Marquin Craig pulled a gun in an attempt to rob another man with a valid CCW permit. This attempted robbery happened in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

          After an exchange of gunfire, the other man with the valid CCW permit fatally shot Armaj Marquin Craig once in the chest. This man with the valid CCW permit was not arrested, nor was he injured.

          kstp.com/news/brooklyn-park-shooting-imperial-regent/4055977/

          Colin Flaherty has a good video about this story on his Youtube channel.

          The parents of Craig set up a gofundme.com with a goal of $2000. They claim this page is needed to help pay for the funeral costs of their dead dindu son.
          I wonder if they are immigrants?

          gofundme.com/geqyddhf

  38. FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    In Judaism, the Amalekites came to represent the archetypal enemy of the Jews. In the Jewish folklore the Amalekites are considered to be the symbol of evil. This concept has been used by some hassidic rabbis (particularly the Baal Shem Tov) to represent atheism or the rejection of God.Nur Masalha, Elliot Horowitz and Josef Stern suggest that Amalekites have come to represent an “eternally irreconcilable enemy” that wants to murder Jews, and that Jews in post-biblical times sometimes associate contemporary enemies with Haman or Amalekites, and that some Jews believe that pre-emptive violence is acceptable against such enemies

    The Old Testament requires Jews to completely destroy the Amalekites, and the inability or unwillingness of Jews to fulfill this requirement is considered to be a grave sin.

    Therefore, the last Amalek is considered to be Aman and the need to recognize the existence of Amalek in more recent times is perceived extremely painfully by the religious Jews.

    Actually, perceived before World War II, as the “final solution of the Jewish question” of course forced to revise this statement, which caused a terrible rift among Jews, and this split is the iceberg, above water part of which were the battles between Jewish supporters of Israel in the Crimea and supporters of Israel in Israel.

    But after the WWII and the establishment of the State of Israel as a result of enormous willpower of Joseph Stalin, the situation changed and the question of the existence of Amalek in our time is of great importance especially for the Eastern Christianity and the position that it would have to take in relation to the Black, White and Red Projects of the West, the struggle of which is about to take a literally apocalyptic turn.

    Particularly acute this issue gives the historic meeting at the airport of Havana between the Patriarch of Moscow and the Pope of Rome and the quasi-religious significance that the US neocons give to support of Israel.

    • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Forgive my ignorance but what did Uncle Joe have to do with Israel?

      • FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

        Didn’t you know that Stalin was Israel’s Founding Father?

        USSR cast the first vote in UN in favor of the formation of Israel, not to discard weapons delivery that Stalin organised to Israel through Europe, France in particular.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

          Stalin turned against the Russian Jews because they began to lose interest in Russia once Israel was founded – and for their part, Jews didn’t like that Stalin wasn’t Jewish. They lost control of the Revolution when he seized power.

        • Doug February 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

          “Didn’t you know that Stalin was Israel’s Founding Father? ”

          I don’t think you’ll have to do much research to determine that honor belongs to Theodore Herzl.

          “USSR cast the first vote in UN in favor of the formation of Israel . . .”

          Not true. You are referring to the recognition de jure of the government of Israel after its declaration of independence. The USSR was, indeed, the first state to do so. However, that was preceded by de facto recognition by the United States, Iran, Guatemala, Iceland, Nicaragua, Romania, and Uruguay. None of these actions had anything to do with a UN vote.

          The first UN vote that is relevant to your argument would have been General Assembly Resolution 181, adopted on November 29, 1947 and entitled “United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.”

          I don’t have time or energy to research the details of that vote, but General Assembly Rule 87 provides, inter alia:

          (a) The General Assembly shall normally vote by show of hands or by standing, but any representative may request a roll-call. The roll-call shall be taken in the English alphabetical order of the names of the members, beginning with the member whose name is drawn by lot by the President.

          So, if the USSR was the first to vote for the partition plan, it was a matter of happenstance.

          The other relevant vote was for the admission of Israel as a member of the UN. That took place in the General Assembly on May 11, 1949 (General Assembly Resolution 273, following a related Security Council resolution).

          Once again, given the General Assembly rules for voting, if the USSR was first to vote Yea, it was a matter of coincidence.

          The weapons deliveries you refer to were almost all from Czechoslovakia and had nothing to do with Stalin. Indeed, a few years later, in a famous show trial, Rudolf Slánský and a dozen or so other Czech Jews were convicted of Zionism and Trotskyism and hanged in Prague, part of one of Stalin’s purges.

          Accuracy matters and neatness counts.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

            Finc is Jewish and has trouble (lots) being objective when it comes to anything about Israel and the Jews. Ever meet anyone else like that?

          • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:24 am #

            Accuracy matters and neatness counts—

            This from the same guy who shrugged off his inaccuracy about the number of Whites, worldwide.
            You are a 1000 laughs.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

        And first Israel Army was almost 100% stuffed with Russian-Jewish battle-tested commanding officers.

        • FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

          Why else do you think Israelis are so good in the art of war?

          • snarkmatic9000 March 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

            Yes, do tell us how swimmingly Afghanistan went, please.

    • messianicdruid March 2, 2016 at 2:33 am #

      Stop using “jews” and “Israel” interchangeably and you might begin to understand what has happened.

      Dispensationalism misidentified the players:

      gods-kingdom-ministries.net/teachings/books/who-is-a-jew/

      gods-kingdom-ministries.net/teachings/books/who-is-an-israelite/

  39. fodase February 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    It’s no mystery who these nitwits are. What is baffling is that they aren’t banned.

    you’re engaging in “hate speech”

    which i fully support, even if were directed against myself

    under President Trump, you will be allowed to say your rotten antithetical opinion with no fear of reprisal

    that alone should make anyone want to vote for him

    you know you won’t be able to express what you really think – something guaranteed us by the Constitution – under the execrable continuation of anything from the democrat party

    • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

      The ‘leftist loons w shit for brains’ here engage in more than a few Micro aggressions.

      Thanks for noticing.
      Unmitigated evil, IMO.

  40. Q. Shtik February 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    I am very surprised that there have been so few comments today about the Academy Awards show and especially that our host said not one word. Every week I am wrong on my guess as to what Jim will write about.

    Well, let me mention something I noticed…….it concerns labels. “Shell shock” evolved into “post traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD), “queers” became “gays,” “drunks” became “substance abuse sufferers,” and “Negroes” became “African Americans.” In the early 1950s Christine Jorgensen made headlines for having a “sex change” from a man to a woman. One of last night’s Oscar nominated movies was said to involve “gender reassignment.” WOW, let me repeat that….. gender reassignment! The length we go to to avoid hurting feelings with our labels is astonishing.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

      “gender reassignment.”

      It’s all part of neuro-linguistic programming, Mr. Q. Sounds like it’s working.

      • malthuss February 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

        NLP. Do you know the history of the 2 that started NLP?

        Gees, sleeze.

    • Peter VE February 29, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

      “gender reassignment.” Thats so aughts. The current term is gender confirmation surgery. Count on the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be 10 years out of date.

  41. FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    “Part of me still believes that Trump wants out of this” == outsider

    Initially, that may have been the case. But now The Donald is being carried by the Tide that is much bigger than him…

    • Walter B February 29, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

      I always was and always will be of the opinion that Donald Trump got into this event in order to help his friends the Clintons fulfill their dubious destiny, Whether he blows it before the vote, bows out in the end game, or simply loses in the end is just a small detail. Yes I understand that there are many alternate ideas and theories and only time will answer these questions. Besides all that I think it is a really, really sad and even pathetic situation that the “choices” that America has been given in this political theater were so damned bad, that Donald Trump, actor, entertainer, entrepreneur, has been arguably the best choice offered for our consideration. Damn are we screwed!

  42. amb February 29, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    It is sad to say, yet, the Oligarchy will get their way. And, whenever things don’t turn out the way they planned them, they make the necessary adjustments to ensure they do.

    If the DeepState/American Oligarchy wants HRC, then HRC it will be.

    There will be no American Revolution… Americans are too effete, ignorant, uneducated, anaesthetized, distracted by “bread & circuses”, drug and sugar addled, physically ill, and under the thumb of debt, low wages and the worries and stress of how to make ends meet.

  43. FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Undoubtedly, the Political Correctness was imposed on the United States 24 years ago with Hillary Clinton, violating all gentlemen agreements in American politics and playing a Ross Perot 1.0 card, the man with identical to Bush sr. program except for his position on NAFTA – that was exactly 20% of Bush sr. electorate.

    Republicans were so pissed off that immediately after the Clintons couple moved into the White House as a result of that political swindle, started all kinds of legal proceedings against them, culminating in the Senate clarifying the meaning of the words “sexual relationship” and the impeachment of the husband.

    How’s that for a poetic justice if 24 years later the Wicked Witch of the West will be defeated by her own old dirty tricks!

  44. FincaInTheMountains February 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    Ilya Ehrenburg “DE Trust”, 1926. A short and funny story about the destruction of Europe by American Trust

    Some quotes:

    Just try to make it a little more deserted. (The wish of the customer)

    Europe is immersed in vice, laziness and confusion. If we turn it into the wilderness, it would be an act of high humanity!

    This insidious country deliberately destroyed itself in order not to feed our triple dear homeland!

    They were willing to die. It emerged not out of politeness, but because of the limited human capacity.

    Today I inspected the city of Nuremberg. Much curious and instructive scenery. Saw a couple of lovers at the balcony who continue to embrace each other in their death.

    Gentlemen, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and other rapists’ nests no longer exist! Russia is dead!!

    Assuming that a person, even naked, but using eyeglasses should be literate, I handed him my document, which was published in all languages of the world: “This is a US passport.” But the naked man was looking not at the passport, but at can of pineapples.

    Seeing that the man-beast was feeble and unarmed, I shot him.

    At a meeting of the Chamber the inquisitive deputy Gavel, who wanted to ask the Minister about a particularly significant issue fell and began to jerk his feet. The speaker was outraged by the behavior of the deputy. He closed the meeting. But it was not his fault – he just died of exhaustion.

    The coup in ethnography! Gentleman ate gentleman!

    The negros have finally rebelled in Nice. They murdered two thousand eight hundred and sixteen men and, with the consent of the widows, moved to their villas, while declaring themselves full-fledged citizens.

    Decent Parisians got confused – they have used to treat the unemployed as unscrupulous, but harmless animals.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

      Sounds like Raspail. But of Raspail while was against this fate, your man was for it.

      Tell them about your mass murderer.

  45. beantownbill. February 29, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

    @MrDarling

    “It’s no mystery who these nitwits are. What is baffling is that they aren’t banned. Well, I’m sure Mr. Kunstler has his reasons…”

    Actually, JHK does not like these execrable postings at all. He actually despises them. But he believes in freedom of speech and one’s right to express an opposing viewpoint, no matter how heinous – after all, he is a journalist. He tolerates these people as long as they’re polite. As soon as one of them starts frothing at the mouth they’ll probably be gone.

    • Doug February 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

      “But he believes in freedom of speech and one’s right to express an opposing viewpoint, no matter how heinous – after all, he is a journalist.”

      Well, there’s no right to free speech in a private forum. That said, since this is Jim’s private forum, it is entirely within his discretion to set, or not, the limits.

      Nevertheless, an “ignore” function would immeasurably improve the quality of the experience for serious participants, while letting the hatemongers chat among themselves — unable to disrupt or derail the conversation.

      • BackRowHeckler February 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

        Didn’t you call for a Civil rights Division criminal hate speech investigation?

        brh

        • Doug February 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm #

          No, I didn’t. What I said was that, if you were more than a bunch of clowns — that is, actually capable of and likely to act on your despicable fantasies — a Civil Rights Division investigation would be appropriate.

          The 1st Amendment and established case law protects your nasty pronouncements from legal intervention, unless they fall into a very narrow category:

          “There are certain well-defined and limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which have never been thought to raise a Constitutional problem. These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous and the insulting or ‘fighting’ words – those which by their very utterances inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”

          That’s Justice Frank Murphy in the unanimous opinion of SCOTUS in Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568, 572 (1942).

          So, you fascists, Nazis, white supremacists and others of your ilk are safe from prosecution as long as you don’t cross over that “incite an immediate breach” line.

          But, remember, we’re watching. ;^)

          • BackRowHeckler February 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

            ‘More than a bunch of clowns ..’

            I know, I know, Doug

            you’re the smartest guy on the board.

            How do I know?

            You told us so about a dozen times in the last few weeks.

            What about lefty speech? Objectionable? Acceptable? or what’s to be expected in polite company?

            and I’ll ask again, Who the hell are you, chairman Mao?

            brh

          • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:29 am #

            Notice which ‘camp’ wants the ‘enemy’ banned?Notice which ‘camp’ wants honest discussion and tolerates hate directed their way?

            Read T Bruces ‘The New Thought Police’ and know that these creeps are consistent. Here and elsewhere.

            And when facts are offered that ‘they’ dislike, man can they spew hate and filth.
            Facts offend the ignorant and biased.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 12:32 am #

            Here is a case of incitement to violence by Leftist professors. Blacks and Leftist professors have become famous for this. Do you think the Civil Rights Division would be interested in this case? Or is it only interested in White perpetrators? Who was the Black Congress person who said Whites didn’t have civil rights?

            amren.com/news/2016/02/fascist-american-universities-2016-notes-from-cal-state-los-angeles/

          • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:41 am #

            What about ‘Black Lives Matter?’–how many times have they crossed that line?

  46. fodase February 29, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    Donald Trump, actor, entertainer, entrepreneur, has been arguably the best choice offered for our consideration

    what, not erudite enough for your refined tastes?

    prefer traitorous politicians that are so nuanced, like obama, while they destroy the country?

    that said, Dr. Carson is very well spoken, highly educated.

    Mr. Kasich comes across as a very nice person, too.

    • Walter B February 29, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

      Please keep it in mind that only Bolsheviks hang men for their opinions my friend. I did in fact say that he was the best choice of those given, did I not? Ben Carson is a wonderful man, very intelligent and a highly skilled, talented and motivated man. I love the guy, but not as a US president, IMHO once again. One of my personal flaws, if you will, is an inherent distrust of the mega-wealthy and I will stick by that having met more than a few and having worked for a number as well. .Though I have always admired the Pauls, the only man that I could personally get excited about having as a president right now would be Allen West. So hang me if you will.

      • vengeur March 1, 2016 at 2:21 am #

        Bullshit, Liberals hang men (as in lynch) for their opinions every day.

        • Walter B March 1, 2016 at 10:46 am #

          They didn’t in the old days, but you are right, they have been doing this for a long time now. I stand corrected.

  47. Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    dailystormer.com/edward-snowden-points-out-trump-the-only-non-goldman-sachs-candidate/

    That should be and someday will be, Lord Edward Snowden.

  48. bukowskisghost February 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Standing tough under stars and stripes
    We can tell
    This dream’s in sight
    You’ve got to admit it
    At this point in time that it’s clear
    The future looks bright
    On that train all graphite and glitter
    Undersea by rail
    Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
    Well by seventy-six we’ll be A.O.K.
    What a beautiful world this will be
    What a glorious time to be free
    Get your ticket to that wheel in space
    While there’s time
    The fix is in
    You’ll be a witness to that game of chance in the sky
    You know we’ve got to win
    Here at home we’ll play in the city
    Powered by the sun
    Perfect weather for a streamlined world
    There’ll be spandex jackets one for everyone
    What a beautiful world this will be
    What a glorious time to be free
    On that train all graphite and glitter
    Undersea by rail
    Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
    (More leisure time for artists everywhere)
    A just machine to make big decisions
    Programmed by fellows with compassion and vision
    We’ll be clean when their work is done
    We’ll be eternally free yes and eternally young
    What a beautiful world this will be
    What a glorious time to be free

    Thank you Donald Fagen for the above homage to 1957

    • Janos Skorenzy February 29, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

      What an empty vision. A just machine to make big decisions? Silly and weird. Eternally young? Sounds like the Kurzweil and Elite’s fantasy of being downloaded into robots.

      As Emerson asked, What if we could talk to people on the other side of the world but had nothing to say?

      • bukowskisghost February 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

        It’s tongue in cheek you moron… Written in 1980 you nincompoop

      • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:32 am #

        Fagen- Steely Dans ‘Royal Scam’ was about PRs invading NYC.
        Lindsay removed residency to get welfare and fly in they did.
        By the millions.

        THEY LEFT THEIR ISLAND HOME FOR MANHATTAN
        SEE THE GLORY OF THE ROYAL SCAM

        • pequiste March 1, 2016 at 1:04 am #

          Greatest album cover ever – and truer today by dint of its genius.

          Did not not know about the John Lindsay angle though.

          The Royal Scam is ours worldwide; it is The Clusterfuck Planet.

          • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 10:49 am #

            Back Row notes that Massachusetts is a magnet for lazy PRs.
            Long ago he noted, ‘a sign at PR airport that tells people to fly to Mass. for the best welfare.’

            NYC would be much better without the Latino invasion.
            Lindsay died broke, living in an apartment.
            He helped ruin NYC.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 3:24 am #

          Interesting. I’ll have to watch it on youtube. Why did they call it Royal? Literally or just in the sense of Huge or over the top?

          There is a school of Conspiracy that claim we are ruled by the British Royal Family.

  49. hardingcrew February 29, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    A good perspective on Donald Trump by Michael Meade.

    huffingtonpost.com/michael-meade-dhl/donald-trump-the-myth-and_b_8789426.html

    • vengeur March 1, 2016 at 2:19 am #

      Good perspective- Huntington Post? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. lsjogren February 29, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    Good point that the Republican establishment may run a 3rd party candidate.

    I have been figuring that a Trump victory for the Republican nomination will essentially mean it is now the Trump party, or more specifically a populist rather than conservative party.

    The conservatives are unlikely to be willing to tolerate that, and may well break away and form a new political party to represent the 10-15% of the electorate they could attract.

    Even though Trump himself is a deeply flawed standard-bearer for a populist party, the hostile takeover of the Republican party and conversion of it into a populist party could make it potentially a sane alternative to the batshit crazy previous two major political parties. Hopefully populists will launch a takeover of the Democratic Party soon also.

  51. Cold N. Holefield February 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

    Have you seen Trump’s Foreign Policy Guru, Sam Clovis? Here’s a pic. He has more chins than a Chinese phone book. Couldn’t Trump find someone more dashing and appropriate — like General Jack D. Ripper?

    oskynews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DSC_8306.jpg

    • Q. Shtik February 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

      Actually he only has one EXTRA chin but it’s a doozy.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 1, 2016 at 6:58 am #

        Where are his eyes? Too many chins and not enough eyes. I think no eyes is why Trump chose him. They share that in common. The Deliverance Mean Banjo No Eyes Syndrome. Clovis makes up for having no eyes with an extra extra extra extra large chin.

    • seawolf77 March 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

      “I never go into battle with loose change in my pocket!” I always wondered where that title “Loose Change” came from.

  52. Cold N. Holefield February 29, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    that said, Dr. Carson is very well spoken, highly educated.

    Yes he is. I had to look up “fruit salad.”

  53. wpa_ccc February 29, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    Feb. 29, 2016: “What we have accomplished together today is something no one could have never imagined in their wildest dreams. Not only did we meet our goal of $40 million raised in the month of February — without asking a single millionaire or billionaire for money — but we have a chance to reach an updated goal of $45 million.” –Bernie Sanders (not the billionaire)

    A political revolution is not “changing a leader” … It is a shift of leadership to the polis, not one but many, millions, of activist leaders.

    While CFN discusses “2nd Amendment solutions,”, believes the “fix is in”, and denies a political revolution is possible ….

    Today the polis, millions of small donors, put Bernie over $42 million.

    Feel free to resume your regularly scheduled programming about the importance of guns, the inevitability of “the fix” and the repeatedly proclaimed “apathy” of the “sheeple … while we, the new polis, take the fight to Hillary. We may not win. But we will vote for Bernie, and not go down bloviating.about race theories and “da jooze”…

    wpa-ccc,

    What we have accomplished together today is something no one could have never imagined in their wildest dreams. Not only did we meet our goal of $40 million raised in the month of February — without asking a single millionaire or billionaire for money — but we have a chance to reach an updated goal of $45 million.” –Bernie Sanders (not the billionaire)

  54. BackRowHeckler February 29, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

    2 months into 2016, let’s see how its stacking up (the bodies, that is) in Chicago, City of Big Shoulders, hometown of Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg.

    Shot & Killed: 86
    Shot and Wounded:400
    Total Shot:486
    Total Homicides: 102

    Pretty impressive totals, you’ll have to admit.

    You cannot blame this on Republicans, as there is not a Republican within 100 miles of Chi-town.

    Please note, of the 102 murders, 10 were stabbed to death and 6 were beaten to death, proving among other things that gun control works.

    Only one of these shootings was the work of CPD.

    I’m afraid Chicago is racist as well: only 3 murder victims are white. (Come on Chicago, get those white numbers up there. You can do it!) 73 are black, 25 are Hispanic.

    Stay tuned, records might be set this halcyon year of 2016. St Louis is a mincemeat factory, and they’re dropping like flies in Baltimore City.

    My advice to whitey, avoid the city, stick to the rural areas unless you are very brave.

    I’m not brave.

    stats courtesy of heyjackass.com/

    brh

    • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:45 am #

      Chicongo.

      ‘Heyjackass’–do you ‘follow’ gold? thats JWs site.

      • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:47 am #

        Oops–JWs site is ‘Golden Jackass.’ sorry.

  55. beantownbill. March 1, 2016 at 12:02 am #

    Trump sure has commanded the stage the last several months. He says the things many Americans want to hear. Even I, usually immune to political gobbledegook, found myself paying attention to some of his rhetoric. I found myself wanting our country to be great and wished he could get us there.

    But then I remembered what I have read from several sources: That when times get tough, when people lose faith, they will turn to a man on a white horse who will promise the people everything they want – but at a very high price. Luckily for me, I got my head back on straight. Trump is a very dangerous man. If he ever gets elected, our country will lose whatever liberty we have left. He’s too much a megalomaniac to not become dictatorial.

    • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Bill, check out Peggy Noonan’s column in the WSJ weekend edition. She goes a long way toward explaining the Trump phenonema. She blames him on elites of both parties ignoring and belittling the concerns of ordinary American people, and insulating themselves and their families from the country they themselves created in the past 20 years.

      brh

      • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:38 am #

        The title of one fiction there was —kid u not–‘Immigrants will save Social Security.’

      • Q. Shtik March 1, 2016 at 1:33 am #

        the Trump [phenonema.] – BRH

        ==========

        If you thought you could slip this one by me think again. 😉

    • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:48 am #

      I found myself wanting our country to be great and wished he could get us there.————

      A question. I dont mean to sound rude but when USA was 90% White [circa 1970] with almost no illegals, was USA better?

      And who is to blame for the Act of 1965?

      • pequiste March 1, 2016 at 1:19 am #

        And “The Great Society?”
        and The Voting Rights Act?
        and The Coinage Act?
        and the full-blown Vietnam War?

        That God damned Lyndon Johnson, that’s who!

        • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 1:23 am #

          Coinage act?

          • pequiste March 1, 2016 at 1:30 am #

            The Coinage Act of 1965.

            Took the silver, as Constitutionally mandated, OUT of the coinage.

            See remarks:

            presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=27108

            Read the bald lies direct from the evil man’s mouth.This is exactly why people hate, loathe and despise politicians.

      • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2016 at 3:51 am #

        Ted Kennedy.

        He assured us only about 6000 people total would show up here, that’s all.

        brh

        • pequiste March 1, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

          Don’t forget another deputy of the Devil L.B.J., in that and other treasons: Jacob Javits.

      • Doug March 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

        @ malthuss: “I dont mean to sound rude but when USA was 90% White [circa 1970] with almost no illegals, was USA better?”

        When the top income tax bracket was 70% of income in excess of $100,000 — (exactly, e.g., 1970) — was America a better place?

  56. malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:46 am #

    Found this at Takis—-

    The effort to turn Trump into the next Hitler has shown up from some people.
    The Harvard professor Danielle Allen, a black woman with a Ph.D. in classics from Cambridge University (talk about “acting white”!), wrote a ridiculous piece the other day about Trump as our new Hitler.

    She apparently didn’t absorb a sophisticated understanding of history and politics from her study of Greek and Roman literature; she could have done a much better job of citing classical models for trying to understand the Trump phenomenon, though that would have gone over the heads of semi-lettered black “intellectuals” like Ta-Nehisi Coates.

    • Allen was born 1971. She’s an ethics something for some crap wing at Harvard. The ‘classics’ she read are likely class-icks.
    Given her age she’s an AA wunderkind. If she’s read Augustine it was likely a snippet out of context in a (((textbook))). In other words: she’s the recipient of a ‘plaques for blacks’ PhD.

    After all: the works of a bunch of dead old White men presented by living old White men cannot teach her about her experience of history! Ergo, she makes stuff up.

  57. MisterDarling March 1, 2016 at 2:36 am #

    @ BeantownBill:

    RE | “Actually, JHK does not like these execrable postings at all. He actually despises them. But he believes in freedom of speech and one’s right to express an opposing viewpoint, no matter how heinous – after all, he is a journalist. He tolerates these people as long as they’re polite. As soon as one of them starts frothing at the mouth they’ll probably be gone.”-bill.

    Quoting J H K:

    “I’ve warned Janos not to publish vicious doggerel like this on my site. I am going to leave it up so you know what I’m referring to. But all of this race-baiting and jew-bashing disgusts and embarrasses me. This goes for all of you.”-J H K, 2/4/15.

    I responded to you the way that I did because (citing the above) they’ve already crossed the line, are not polite, do “froth at the mouth” (reflexively and repeatedly posting about the same topic) and yet they’re still here. Why exactly? They don’t contribute to the conversation and are not respectful in even the most rudimentary way to other posters. They don’t seem to be comfortable here, so why not show them the door?

    This isn’t about their views – they’re welcome to them as far as I’m concerned – but I’m not interested in seeing every female that attempts to post something here immediately insulted by our resident mental-health patient. I also think that it’s manifestly idiotic to post anti-Semitic rants on a site inspired and hosted by a Jewish man. And I don’t think it’s productive to have them crowding out decent, productive, on-topic posts with their irrelevant nonsense.

    Again – and to be very clear – this is about upholding the standards set forth by our host. If they’re still here I can only surmise Mister Kunstler has his reasons, whatever they are…

    Cheers!

    • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 3:16 am #

      This from the guy who thinks the Republican Party was “serious”. Who calls Muslim invaders, “refugees”. Who thinks our involvement in the Middle East is legitimate, and apparently more important than the integrity of our own borders.

      In other words, he knows which side his bread is buttered on. We’ve got a social climber here!

    • elysianfield March 1, 2016 at 11:22 am #

      ” posts with their irrelevant nonsense. ”

      MD,
      I’ll admit to being a serial poster of “irrelevant nonsense”…obscure references and asides. Unfortunately, I am afflicted with the philosophy that does not allow me to concern myself with something that I cannot change. I read all the posts, on all the subjects, and do so with a detached amusement…not borne of ego or any sense of superiority, but rather intellectual curiosity.

      Nihilism promotes peace of mind. ISIS? Peak Oil? National Politics? Social Issues? Environmental Issues? Paper or Plastic? I am never disappointed in evil or dysfunction, as I expect it as a constant.

      Just as many read Playboy for the “articles”, I enjoy the site for the quality of writing and the polemic. After our host, Janos is probably the best writer on this site for his classical references and his ability to present obscure but apropos quotes and asides…he attacks me regularly…but an ad hominem attack from him is rare. Those of you who excoriate him for his views should attack him with reasoned argument…there is purity in that…perhaps even poetry.

    • snarkmatic9000 March 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

      Precisely a reason to spend one’s precious reading time at Greer’s and other’s sites that remain dedicated to actually encouraging productive discourse, not providing misguided cover for pseudo-intellectual filth, exactly my intent henceforth… dasvidaniya suckers.

      • snarkmatic9000 March 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

        In the absence of an “ignore” feature, it’s quite easy to merely quickly scroll past the ubiquitous ignoble “contributors” to those of established merit, if one must read comments, however the signal:noise being what it is here, confining time spent to exclusively perusing the host’s worthy weekly commentary seems a winning strategy.

      • Q. Shtik March 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

        Buh bye.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

        songlyricstranslation.com/hindi/mumma-lyrics-dasvidaniya-327/

        See you in the City of Joy, young snark walker.

  58. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2016 at 3:25 am #

    So, what are these elections are all about?

    There are two fundamentally competing conceptual approaches in US on how to solve the American challenges in the 21st century:

    According to first approach – the Clinton Plan, the United States for obtaining long-term strategic geopolitical advantage over competitors do not need to solve their own systemic problems, but to create even more serious problems to their geopolitical competitors. Roughly speaking, it is enough to ignite the rest of the world (in the XX century the global war was required for this), and to maintain the relative stability in the US.

    If you look at US actions over the past 5 years, in line with this strategy, all the actions of the USA, from creating DAESH and the crisis in Ukraine and ending with attempts to bound its vassals via pacts of Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic partnerships are understandable.

    And according to the second approach – the Bush plan, the United States need to concentrate on solving their own internal systemic problems and isolate the country as mush as possible from the external entanglements.

    The Americans tried to carry out a simultaneous blitzkrieg on several fronts and against all their potential geopolitical rivals. In order to undermine the EU’s and Russia’s economies, putting an end to any potential continental cooperation, Maidan in Ukraine was launched. Prior to this, a direct coup attempt in Russia has been made in 2012, but it failed.

    ISIL was created and developed as a battering ram, which could hurt Russia’s Muslim regions, as well as very vulnerable and strategically important Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China. In order to make things even harder for China, the Americans tried to tie the hands of potential Chinese partners in the region via Trans-Pacific Partnership. The “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong has been the icing on the cake.

    For Europe, in addition to the breakup with Russia, the Americans have prepared a double blow: the economic stranglehold of the Transatlantic partnership, which in fact would deprive the EU of economic sovereignty, and political stranglehold in the form of a wave of “refugees” from the Middle East, which is in fact was organized by the American NGOs, who managed to create a very complex logistics chain for smuggling “refugees” from the Middle East to the European Union.

    Some of the US strikes hit the target, some were parried, but all of these attacks would be almost meaningless without the most important one – the attack by a FED “dollar vacuum cleaner”.

    Materials from: politrussia.com/ekonomika/konets-amerikanskogo-blitskriga-875/

  59. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2016 at 6:40 am #

    After the first wave of the global financial crisis, some American journalists and politicians have noticed that the US Federal Reserve is behaving strangely. Some American “turbo” patriots even thought that the Fed’s policy, which flooded with cheap dollars not only the US, but the global financial system, was treacherous in relation to the US national interest, because actually gave super cheap credit to the US competitors.

    From the point of view of the straight logic US Federal Reserve really behaved unpatriotically, but life is always much more difficult than it seems to “turbo” patriots.

    And the thing is that the Fed has been working on the “drug dealer” scheme, not on the one of Central Bank. Furthermore, its actions have been a key element of the US plan of “New American Century”.

    For several years, the Federal Reserve was able to addict the whole world to cheap dollar liquidity. Against the background of objectively existing needs of the rest of the world in cheap loans, addiction went with a bang, and to a certain extent contributed to the relief of the painful symptoms (not the reasons!) of the first wave of the financial crisis. Even the Chinese companies have managed to make USD loans that amounted to nearly a trillion dollars.

    And in 2015, the Americans decided it was time to make the entire planet suffer, and turned on the dollar vacuum cleaner. The rise of the US Federal Reserve rates, a sharp decrease in available dollar liquidity and, as a consequence, the sharp appreciation of the dollar against all other currencies had to induce the world economy, excluding the US, with deflationary shock, that is, the sharp depreciation of assets, local currency, stocks, bonds.

    This shock was to provoke a credit crunch, and inability of foreign companies to pay dollar-denominated loans. Against this background, combined with the “iron” promise of the US FED to raise rates further, capital had to run to America.

    The flight of capital from Europe was to helped by the war in Ukraine, the flight of capital from the Middle East – DAESH and capital flight from Russia and China should be helped by local Maidans and intra-elite crises.

    One can not disagree with the fact that the plan was very beautiful, and the Americans have done a great and laborious work for its realization. The problem is that the plan could not avoid collision with reality in a few key points.

    The most important problem of the plan was that on the penultimate stage of it all the interested parties cracked it open.

    Even a short period of “strong dollar,” could have made it very painful to the rest of the world and Americans could buy cheaply the most delicious assets, and only then start the hyperinflation in the US in order to “burn” the unsustainable US debt.
    The most important condition of this plan was the so-called decoupling – Isolation of American financial markets from external shocks. In other words, on the background of the general world-wide collapse they had to grow.

    Materials from: politrussia.com/ekonomika/konets-amerikanskogo-blitskriga-875/

  60. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    Up to a trillion dollars in a year fled from China, and the Russian ruble collapsed, but neither Russia nor China are going to sink into chaos, despite the negative forecasts of George Soros, who is credited by the evil tongues with the authorship of “dollar vacuum cleaner” plan.

    Even the European Union, in spite of the refugee crisis continues to resist the entropy and refuses to sign the enslaving agreement on the transatlantic partnership.

    The main failure of the US financial blitzkrieg is that derailing just global markets, instead of the US did not work – now they are falling together. And it’s not what was planned.

    In these circumstances, it becomes noticeable illogical at a first glance propaganda campaign in the US, aimed at promoting to the masses the idea of banning cash that supposedly only used by addicts, terrorists and communists.

    For starters it is proposed to abolish a hundred dollar bill, which has already been written almost all over the leading US media, from the “Washington Post” to “Time” magazine. Lawrence Summers, influential former US Treasurer, supports the ban.

    The ban on large bills (the EU is now actively discussing a ban on a 500 euros banknote) – a sure sign of preparation to not just rates reduction, but the introduction of negative interest rates, which aim to ensure that businesses and citizens spend money today, not trying to keep anything for tomorrow.

    The good news is that the Americans failed to disconnect their economy from rest of the world, and therefore, in the fire of hyperinflation, we will all burn together.

    • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 10:42 am #

      Check the various covers of, ‘The Economist’ for clues as to what will happen.
      I trust the decoders. Even the big terror attack in France was foretold.

      Summers is from which group? Hmmm.

      • ozone March 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

        Let me take a little guess at what our choices might be here. (All from the list of approved villains, of course.)

        1.) Niggers
        2.) Moozlums
        3.) Libtards
        4.) Lefties
        5.) Commies
        6.) Jooz

        Well, I dunno; I can’t guess which is the most deserving of a heapin’ helpin’ of derision, disdain, torture and lynching…. today. Why don’t you just tell us and skip the cute nudging and nodding, eh?
        (Not that I don’t think we’d all be better off if Unka Larry dug himself a nice deep hole and climbed in, pulling that hole in after him.)

  61. Cold N. Holefield March 1, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    And who is to blame for the Act of 1965?

    The time to address the duplicity and/or inadequacy of that act was then, not now. Now is too late. But common “Whites” were too busy sucking the Big Tit and chasing The Carrot as the carpet was pulled from beneath them. There’s no more carpet to put back (it was incinerated), and there never was a floor beneath it. Despite what Trump espouses, the Free Fall that’s not so Free will continue unabated. All, except a very few, will be equal in poverty and equally impoverished.

    • malthuss March 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      What percent of Americans already live in poverty?

      And when will the fall happen? And how [beyond the inflation of the money supply].

  62. wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    “… when USA was 90% White [circa 1970] with almost no illegals, was USA better?”

    No. Just compare the 1970 and 2015 university enrollment, employment, and CEO/management figures for Black women. It is much better today.

  63. Frankiti March 1, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    We took the collateral winnings of World War II and poured it into a suburban sprawl alt-universe so depressing that our citizens are the most over-medicated people in the world…. The cheering “folks” marshaled out in the Piggly Wiggly parking lots are so buzzed on Klonopin and Zoloft that they can’t tell how these two odious celebrities epitomize the very forces behind their pharmaceutically-masked despair.

    This is a real gem. A reason to check-in here every week.

    I wish people would get off their meds and begin to use that gray matter sloshing around in their heads. Start looking at things the way they exist and not how they interpret them.
    On a radio program, some self-appointed expert was stating that the United States has the obligation, vis-à-vis the Disney H1B employee swap, to take in foreign workers, particularly from places like India. What prevents people to see things the way they are? We have people that have so overtaxed their subcontinent (the lands of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh), that have overpopulated these lands to the tune of 4&1/2 billion people, that we people of the United States, with a rather stable birth rate must allow them to continue success of overpopulation by allowing them to spread into the United States rather than have them meet nature’s cure for unbridled voracity. It’s unnatural. It’s lunacy. We also must accept low-skilled workers from the overpopulated nations of Mexico and Central America that refuse to incorporate any type of responsible family planning or system of governance. On top of that, we need to make sure these peoples and their cultures are exalted and put on stage in TV and films at the expense of the “natives”. It’s almost too absurd to contemplate. We must reward overpopulation, allow them it to spread to new realms, and then exalt it. I’m not sure what drugs you need to be on to not see this as artificially supporting unsustainable human propagation practices at the expense of cultures that do. Could you imagine an overpopulated US bleeding off “workers” because that’s what we call humanity, into lands down south or India, and then demanding that they appear in films and TV and allowed to displace the prevailing culture and norms? It would be called invasion, exploitation and the audacity of it would make the sensible amongst us cringe.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 1, 2016 at 10:43 am #

      Now this is the way to articulately and intelligently discuss this issue. Perfect. Even if I don’t agree with all of it or any of it, and I’m not saying I don’t, it’s so laconic yet robust in its effect, I must tip my hat to you for a job well-done. Thanks. I couldn’t have said it better myself, and now I don’t have to.

      • Q. Shtik March 1, 2016 at 11:56 am #

        I agree wholeheartedly with Frankiti’s comment and with your praise of the way he makes his point.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

        Exactly. And such alien incursion lead to feelings of racism. Remove the aliens, and racism subsides. Xenophobia is natural, but isn’t experienced until the alien arrives. Pretty simple. Xenophilia on the other hand, is utterly unnatural and a psychological disease.

        • Frankiti March 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

          The problem is the opposite. People attempt to assuage the guilt from their latent feelings of racism by blindly accepting the notion that the United States must take on the burden of supporting peoples that overpopulate their corner of the earth.

          • Frankiti March 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

            They can’t assess the situation and move beyond it being a plight of brown people to what it truly is, a problem of humanity. Too much humanity.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

            Yeah, that’s the psychological situation now, but who instilled these vile doctrines into their heads to begin with? Who told them all men were the same? That we didn’t have the right to our own country? Who forbade people’s natural feelings of racism?

            Whites aren’t the problem since we don’t exceed 2 children anymore for the most part. In fact, our population was possibly falling before the borders were opened. Our birthrate is certainly below replacement level now.

    • wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      “…that refuse to incorporate any type of responsible family planning or system of governance.”

      It does not matter where you live. The only responsible course of action from 1950 on, when global population was around 3 billion, would have been to have NO CHILDREN.

      If you had one or more children after 1950, then you are as guilty as the people in Bangladesh you blame for overpopulation. Except that your kids have used 17 times more of the world’s resources and have contributed 17 times more to pollute and contaminate our air and water.

      Take some responsibility, Frankiti, instead of whining about others.

      • Q. Shtik March 1, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

        The only responsible course of action from 1950 on, when global population was around 3 billion, would have been to have NO CHILDREN. – wpa

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

        ^A totally ridiculous proposition^ that you gave no thought to.

        If no children were born in the US (or worse, in the world) from 1950 to now, the youngest person would be 65. (See the movie Children of Men.) Picture a workforce of people aged 65 – 100+. Then, say, people realize things have gone too far and try to turn on the baby spigot again. How many 65 year old women do you know capable of having a baby?

        Obviously “no children” is not the answer. The answer is “fewer old people.” How to get rid of our excess of old people (excluding myself, of course) is the moral dilemma of our time.

        • Frankiti March 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

          WPA is the reason for a Eugenics movement. People are a burden, but stupid people are a bane.

    • wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      “…that refuse to incorporate any type of responsible family planning or system of governance.”

      It does not matter where you live. The only responsible course of action from 1950 on, when global population was around 3 billion, would have been to have NO CHILDREN.

      If you had one or more children after 1950, then you are as guilty as the people in Bangladesh you blame for overpopulation. Except that your kids have used 17 times more of the world’s resources and have contributed 17 times more to pollute and contaminate our air and water.

      Take some responsibility, Frankiti, instead of whining about others…

  64. BackRowHeckler March 1, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    This may be an interesting summer in many ways and for many people, not the least of which for young European women and girls in Sweden, Germany, Norway and France. Up until now now they’ve enjoyed a certain freedom in their home countries, freedom of movement and to dress the way they wanted, secure in the knowledge they’d be relatively safe from sexual attack. Now, with hundreds of thousands of predatory Muslim men prowling the towns and cities across western Europe, safety and security for these girls can no longer be taken for granted.

    Any of you have young daughters? Can you imagine what parents of teenage and 20 year old girls in Germany are feeling? The fear and worry? This is how civilizations die, and Europe is dying, right here, right now. Why would EU elites turn their backs on their own European people, and favor aliens from Asia and Africa? Its a question that needs an answer. Another question, what happened to the ‘Sisterhood’? Many of the Prime Ministers, Police Commissioners, Defense Ministers and prosecutors in these WEuropean countries are women. We were led to believe, at least I was anyway, that when women took over it would be halcyon days, the world would be made anew, a new era of peace, love and understanding would be upon us. What happened?

    brh

  65. BackRowHeckler March 1, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    To those of you who watched the Oscars, did you enjoy being lectured to on Global Warming, Homosexuality and Racism from this vapid Hollywood scum?

    brh

    • Frankiti March 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      From a spoilt hollywood brat that partied off the coast of Brazil during the World Cup from an oil sheikh’s yacht no less

  66. liber8tor March 1, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    Going full Whig.. indeed.. pass me the Zoloft please. lol

    Spot on as usual, Jim.

    Sadly, it takes 50 years of living, or more, before most folks figure out that our “servants” in Washing, DC (District of Criminals and Corruption) have rigged the game.

    So far the tattooed youngsters haven’t looked up from their I-phones long enough to realize that they are going to be living in their parents basement for a long time. Or worse yet, living in a tent down by the river.

    Move your job to Mexico? No problem. As long as you are willing to help un-bolt the machines from the factory floor and travel to Mexico to train your replacement. You may even get a week or two of un-employment compensation, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    I think it’s all exemplified by the tortured smile pasted on Hillary’s face at her last rally that said, “get me out of here”, ..after she promised to revisit the Civil Rights Era . She air-kissed the last supporter and cootchie-cooed the last baby… while her body language screamed….SUCKERS.

  67. fodase March 1, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    No. Just compare the 1970 and 2015 university enrollment, employment, and CEO/management figures for Black women.

    hm, black women in management. hahahaha, i’m chuckling at the struggle to actually imagine such a thing that isn’t the direct result of
    affirmative discrimination lol

    i’m sure there’s one or two real ones out there, i’ll give you that

    university enrollment up, waaaaaaaay up!

    yeah, everyone’s a jeenius and qualifies, even if they can’t even spell or know who Thomas Jefferson is or know the basics of math, science etc.

    yeah wpa, your side’s done a swell job making things better!

    even race ‘relations’ have gotten so much better

    plus, the First Amendment is in fine shape too, tx to all your tolerance for speech that doesn’t agree with what you believe

    guess all those Trump supporters are living in an imaginary world then!

    have you taken in any refugees yet?

    • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      Yeah, if you want to witness Lib Utopia, where every lefty program and socialist initiative in past 60 years has been instituted full bore, take a look at Chicago and Detroit. Take a look at the results.

      There’s your past, and your future, folks.

      How do you like it, ladies and gentlemen?

      brh

  68. Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    Everyone going to college just makes it into a continuation of high school. But it gives them more time to condition people and then of course, there’s the money.

    To the extent community colleges are vocationally based, to that extent they are free from this criticism.

    • J. Dean March 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      My son has opted to start a vocational program early as a junior in HS. The HS offers a Vet Tech class (in substitution for a typical HS class) in partnership with the local community college. He’ll graduate HS and then finish the program off in the CC.

      He lives in a small rural town of about 1,500 people that happens to have a regional animal hospital near it. Most folks out there own multiple animals.

      Both the hospital and CC are close by and he can live at home for as long as he needs to. In the context of this blog and what’s going on in the world, I figure it’s a decent way to start his life as an adult.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

        Sounds like a viable plan. Good on him for his commonsense and on you for supporting him in it.

      • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

        Best thing I’ve heard all day, J Dean.

        brh

    • JimInFlorida March 1, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

      Yep. I did things a bit backwards. I did eight years active duty in the U.S. Navy during the 1980’s. THEN I went to a bonafide old legacy university. Between the G.I. Bill and all the money piled up in savings from being on a ship, I enrolled. I was into my senior year before tapping Mom and Dad to help me finish.

      I did well enough and graduated with a B/A in Public Admin. I would have done better if I didn’t argue with certain professors about political, social, and economic issues. But, I was more disturbed by the passivity of my fellow students. Very likely, they had NO basis of knowledge to work from. Even if they did, they only knew what the mainstream media and Hollyweird kulture inculcated in them.

      That was 20 years ago. God help any White Male going to college now! If I was getting an Honorable Discharge today, I’d go into the trades and forgo college. That piece of paper was barely worth the effort when I graduated and it would be a liability now. I want my money back.

  69. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I just love it!! – Reading the headlines in MSM

    HURRICANE DONALD

    Super Scary Tuesday…

    GOP Panics As Trump Victory Looms….

    The Ugly Underbelly Of The Party Rules…

    RACIST, SEXIST, VIOLENT

    • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      This Train is bound for glory – THIS train!

  70. volodya March 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    So General Hayden came out and said it in an interview with Bill Mayer. In carefully worded phrases, he said that a President Trump could face rebellion from the US military. This Hayden fella is former CIA director, former head of the NSA.

    Now, this was in direct reference to future President Trump giving a hypothetical order to kill families of terrorists. An unlawful order, said the General, isn’t going to get followed.

    Aside from wondering why all of a sudden this persnicketyness about killing, this is wonderful.

    But there’s a problem, that being the line between “lawful” and “unlawful”. In matters of war, “law” looks like a dicey proposition. I mean, the business is to kill and destroy and yeah, I know, there’s supposed to be rules. But the business IS killing and destroying which by their very nature are inconsistent with a civilized behavior (at least my understanding of it) which is what “law” is supposed to be all about.

    That’s not to say that killing and destroying are sometimes very necessary (could anyone contemplate the survival of Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan?)

    Oh, and trying to not get killed. Nice to be victorious but it’s also nice to be around to enjoy the victory parade. The point being (in a very roundabout way) is that sometimes, for the very legitimate motive of staying alive, or for defeating a terribly evil adversary, the rules get bent. Which is to say that the line between lawful and unlawful can start to look blurry.

    But back to Hayden. Maybe this blurriness gets blurrier if you don’t like the order and especially if it comes from a President you don’t like. So you defy the order. You justify it by saying “it’s unlawful”.

    This is keeping with the times and it’s not like there isn’t precedent, defiance and disrespect towards a legitimately elected President being all the rage nowadays in Washington.

    • pequiste March 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Heard an interview yesterday with the same Gen. Hayden, USAF, NSA, CIA, with Marco Werman of NPR.

      He said (to paraphrase) he was completely and philosophically against waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” and in the next segment stated that those same techniques yielded a rich supply of information that saved many lives and hurt the enemy.

      What’s it going to be – playing nice or victory at any price?

      Ethical quandry? No!

      “In war there is no substitute for victory.”
      General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

      • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

        Yes, most people lie to themselves by pretending that such techniques don’t work. Thus they collapse the ethical argument as a way of avoiding having to make an imperfect ethical choice. Americans are like those prissy middle class women who like to say “perfect”. They want their ethical choices to be clear cut and easy. Perfect virtue for perfect people.

        Thus the rise of Trump as a counter point. All that rises must converge. Parallel lines meet at the horizon, the only infinity our senses can know. Trump is there, waiting for us, the Measure of all things, the Balancer, the One who brings things to an End that a new Beginning can begin.

      • Doug March 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

        “. . . and in the next segment stated that those same techniques yielded a rich supply of information that saved many lives and hurt the enemy.”

        Of course, since we know, and have long known, that’s a load of bullshit . . .

        PROHIBITION AGAINST USE OF FORCE

        The use of force, mental torture, threats, insults, or exposure to unpleasant and inhumane treatment of any kind is prohibited by law and is neither authorized nor. condoned by the US Government. Experience indicates that the use of force is not necessary to gain the cooperation of sources for interrogation. Therefore, the use of force is a poor technique, as it yields unreliable results, may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say whatever he thinks the interrogator wants to hear. However, the use of force is not to be confused with psychological ploys, verbal trickery, or other nonviolent and noncoercive ruses used by the interrogator in questioning hesitant or uncooperative sources.

        The psychological techniques and principles outlined should neither be confused with, nor construed to be synonymous with, unauthorized techniques such as brainwashing, mental torture, or any other form of mental coercion to include drugs. These techniques and principles are intended to serve as guides in obtaining the willing cooperation of a source. The absence of threats in interrogation is intentional, as their enforcement and use normally constitute violations of international law and may result in prosecution under the UCMJ.

        Additionally, the inability to carry out a threat of violence or force renders an interrogator ineffective should the source challenge the threat. Consequently, from both legal and moral viewpoints, the restrictions established by international law, agreements, and customs render threats of force, violence, and deprivation useless as interrogation techniques.

        ~US Army Field Manual 34-52, Chapter 1

        Also:

        Does Torture Work?

        • ozone March 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

          Doug,
          Look, this isn’t that hard at all.
          Say I have some info that is very important for someone to have; and they’re willing, nay, downright *eager* to torture it out of me. (Sort of like vladdie would likely be, as one might figure from his skeevy postings.) Let’s just say the torture is very severe……ya know, like waterboarding, where I think they’re ultimately going to kill me. After a bit of this, I’m thinking, “They’re going to kill me anyway, I’ll send these rat-fuckers on a goose-chase so wild, they’ll never forget it!” Then, I would proceed to do just that, and if I lived long enough, send them on another one.

          It just doesn’t take that much imagination to think this one through. You’re in an intellectual duel with the unarmed…

          • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

            You are just bitter because Trump is triumphing, even in MA!

            Look, typically skilled Inquisitors will know quite a bit already. If the subject give them bullshit, they’ll likely know it. Read some books on Criminal science to get a more complete picture. Maybe it will help you if you are ever in that situation.

            And no, I’m not eager to torture. I’m an empath. I simply refuse to collapse the moral paradox to make it easy to solve. As many have said, Americans are incapable of tragedy. They always wanted happy endings – now they insist that they be easy. Just like you hate to debate or explain, but always want some kind of unspoken understanding with anyone you talk to. I admit that such a thing is real and it is nice. But to always insist on it is really uncivil and down right cultic.

    • wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

      So you agree with intentional targeting of non-combatants in war… You agree with killing the infant children of those you think are your enemy? (Before they become your trading partners: Germany, Japan, Vietnam, etc.)

    • AHtheHumanity March 2, 2016 at 2:08 am #

      Yes, supposedly, generals and supreme court justices are to remain apolitical when carrying out their jobs. If you are one of these people and you hated your commander and chief, you have two options, resign or die. Maybe Scalia wanted to go now? He picked a great time and a beautiful resort location. Instead of a coup, Hayden says everyone will just resign from the work. There’s always someone waiting in the wings to take their places. It’s not like these people are going to lose their prestige and pensions. Instead of the roadblock being the House and Senate, the block will be from the Pentagon and Supreme Courts. It sounds to me like we will have a repeat of the last 8 years irregardless who is signing letters in the Oval office.

  71. Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    eaglerising.com/31014/nation-of-islam-leader-slams-hillary-clinton-as-wicked-woman-and-satan/

    The Brutha gets it. Buck don’t.

  72. Cold N. Holefield March 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    For some people, many people maybe, this is not only Super Tuesday, but it will also be Super Bluesday. The Republican Establishment is going to be singing the Blues. I love it. It was time to shake the Banana Tree, and the Orangutang Trump was just the simian to do it.

    pbs.twimg.com/media/B91kldJCIAAdumB.jpg

    • wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

      Bill Maher challenged Trump to prove Trump’s mother is not an orangutan get. Trump sued Maher for $5 million. Then Trump discovered his mother is an orangutan and dropped the lawsuit. It does explain Trump’s tiny hands and impulse to bang his daughter.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

        But it doesn’t explain Hillary’s impulse to bang Bill up the ass. What does? “Momma’s got a Big Dong — Daddy never sleeps at night.”

  73. volodya March 1, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Pequiste, yes I would agree, there is no substitute for victory. The fate of conquered peoples is seldom good.

    So you wonder about this Hayden fellow and his sudden conversion on the road to Damascus with all these moral ponderings about what can be and can’t be done in war.

    Tell me, can you imagine an officer, responding to the question, “how do you intend to win the war?” and saying “kill Japs, kill Japs, keep on killing Japs”, the way an admiral did in WW2 – with Hayden running the show? I mean, good lord, with Reverend Hayden in charge, such a man would get drummed out of the service.

    How do you fight a war these days with a lawyer having veto power at planning sessions? Can you imagine Hitler or Tojo being defeated this way? I can’t. Stalin would have beat Hitler, turned and faced and beat Japan and would have been master of a massive Eurasian Empire, from Atlantic to Pacific.

    But we digress. I don’t think the issue here is “lawful” orders to the military. One smells an agenda behind the saintly General Hayden’s words, that is, Donald Trump isn’t a card carrying member of the American Oligarchy, doesn’t pay his dues, doesn’t follow the rules. And so, if I was Donald Trump, I would take the General’s ethical “concerns” as a threat: don’t get too comfortable in the White House, your stay could be brief.

    • wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

      Volodya, war is stupid. I don’t believe you are stupid, but your pro-war, pro-savage behavior in war goes against the values of western civilized culture.

      Do you agree with the intentional targeting of non-combatants in war…

      Do you agree with killing the infant children of those you think are your enemy? (Before they become your trading partners: Germany, Japan, Vietnam, etc.)

      What distinguishes western civilization from so-called “barbarians”?

  74. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Yesterday, a reporter joked that Obama recommended to the voters, so-called Obama democrats, to vote for Trump.
    newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-derailed-by-obamas-endorsement

    But a huge number of the Obama democrats who hate Hillary Clinton took this joke at face value and now are wondering for whom they should vote for – Trump, or Sanders?

    Personally, I’d recommend them to vote for both. Yes, I know it’s probably illegal, but Americans are clever guys, and probably could pull it off.

  75. MisterDarling March 1, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    @ Volodya:

    RE | “But there’s a problem, that being the line between “lawful” and “unlawful”. In matters of war, “law” looks like a dicey proposition. I mean, the business is to kill and destroy and yeah, I know, there’s supposed to be rules. But the business IS killing and destroying which by their very nature are inconsistent with a civilized behavior (at least my understanding of it) which is what “law” is supposed to be all about.”-v.

    The rules and guidelines existed because they worked. Those that forget why they existed lose their wars. Violence is a form of communication that requires a certain eloquence to be effective – and by ‘effective’ I mean _decisive_. Civilians speak the language of violence like a gaggle of toddlers. Our problem as a nation (the USA) was that we have civilians & careerist military politicians (like the aforementioned general) running the show, and the results are in.

    War is as much about convincing the enemy as killing them. If you fight ‘no quarter given’ then expect none. Surrender becomes out of the question. The enemy never lays down arms, never surrenders, every fight is a fight to the death (and beyond, through suicide attacks) and you just made a lot more work for yourself – congratulations, you’re an idiot.

    Secondly, the use of torture is of limited utility and a lot like nuclear energy – a mediocre way to accomplish something that there are a plethora of other ways to do – and that if/when it backfires wreaks so much havoc that it rolls back all the small gains you may have made. There’s a reason why even the UCMJ prohibits “compelled testimony” (Article 31). It’s not worth it. If you over-use torture – as we have – then congratulations once again, you’re a bigger idiot.

    Torture & terror are not decisive. Drug cartels have used both extravagantly, and sent videos of their torture-killings to next-of-kin, but nothing lasting was ever won by the practice. At this point it’s simply a matter of habit, while also being a huge waste of time.

    Regarding the general’s remarks about the possibility of mutiny – he’s right. That possibility exists. But then again, the actual powers that be have worked very hard to create these conditions – unintentionally of course – so I find it rather difficult to want them to be deprived of the ‘reward’ they so richly deserve.

    Nothing that I have written is idle conjecture, I have a real-life story to back up each and every thing. That’s why I got out. I no longer see the point in donating my time to people who really have no use for it – mainly because they’re too stupid to know what to do with it until I’m on the way out the door.

    Cheers!

    • Doug March 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

      @MD: This reminds me so much of a “counseling session” I had with my Air Force squadron commander, during our mind-fuckingly stupid misadventure in Vietnam (they were trying to decide what to do with a guy who thought it was a matter of duty to criticize the premises and practices of our disaster-of-the-day).

      Jim (his real name), was a light colonel who had turned down promotion to full bird and was getting the hell out of Dodge. It was a few months after My Lai and the full horror of what was going on was dawning on even the most devoted lifers — most of whom, of course, weren’t spending 13 months in the paddies.

      Lt. Col. Jim (behind closed doors, of course), told me that he was ashamed to be a part of a military that would engage in such vile practices, especially since it was clear that they were guaranteed to lead to failure.

      “If we saturation bomb their homes and fields, how can we expect them to do anything but fight to the last man standing? If we poison their land and water, how can they make any choice other than to try to drive us away, no matter how long it takes? I signed up to defend my country, and whatever this is, it’s not that.”

      He got out, as quietly as possible, and went back to the family farm to raise horses and try to forget a decades-long career.

      • MisterDarling March 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

        @ Doug:

        “I signed up to defend my country, and whatever this is, it’s not that.” | He got out, as quietly as possible, and went back to the family farm to raise horses and try to forget a decades-long career.”-d.

        Well, at least Brown & Root made a ‘killing’ provisioning and building in Vietnam. Then they became Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) and that became a wholly-own subsidiary of Halliburton, and Halliburton begat… etc., etc.

        For anyone with a backbone and a moral and/or ethical bone in their body, it’s not a hard choice. A lot of people think that you’re crazy to get out. On the other hand, we think that they’re crazy to stay in. They may learn, they may not, and they may not get the chance to.

        • Doug March 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

          MD: “They may learn, they may not, and they may not get the chance to.”

          To minimize the chances that they will learn the “wrong things,” we celebrate all of them, each and every one, as “heroes” — on multiple national holidays, a flood of films and TV shows every year, at nearly every baseball and football game . . .

          It’s pretty seductive stuff and hard to resist, especially now that we have an “all-volunteer”

          • Doug March 1, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

            Ooops,

            . . . now that we have and “all-volunteer” (a combination of trusting patriots, economic conscripts and sociopaths) “professional” military.
            it’s a lot easier to convince most of these youngsters that they are fighting for freedom, justice and to protect the homeland than it was in my day.

  76. MisterDarling March 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    @ Janos & The CFN Community:

    RE | “This from the guy who thinks the Republican Party was “serious”. Who calls Muslim invaders, “refugees”. Who thinks our involvement in the Middle East is legitimate, and apparently more important than the integrity of our own borders.”-j.

    I write this for the sake of clarity and to dispel disinformation disseminated by the ‘Janos’. The paragraph above is a perfect example of why it’s a waste of time to communicate with or around ‘Janos’. For the sake of onlookers I will now itemize [*]:

    1. I never mentioned Janos by name, I did include a quote that named ‘him’ but only as an example of what not to do. Janos, being the highly reactive, thin-skinned cry-baby that ‘he’ is immediately went into retort-mode… “If the shoe fits” as the saying goes. But there was __no reason__ that he couldn’t have ignored the whole thing, and yet (as we all know) ‘he’ can’t help it… How incredibly idiotic. ‘He’ brings it upon ‘himself’.

    2. I never said that I thought that either one of the political parties was “serious” – I used a quote because it described the general zeitgeist (as mentioned) – that’s a big difference. In point of fact I have consistently expressed scorn for the entire campaign charade. But how would he know? I’ve observed ‘him’ consistently misquote others – either because ‘he’ can’t keep track or he’d rather lie.

    3. I never/ever said that the US’s involvement in the Middle-East was “legitimate” – this is another one of ‘his’ mistakes. The only time I used the word “legitimate” was in reference to killing enemy (Taliban) combatants that were trying to kill me and mine. I never have or will feel bad about those situations.

    4. I have and will continue to use the term “refugee” in the European immigration/incursion context because it is accurate. Some of them are. They are also unwanted and should not be invited & welcomed. I have also (and repeatedly) stated support for a strong domestic border policy.

    Since the whole scenario is beyond ‘his’ experience, and in keeping with ‘his’ unique Crazy-Lady communication style [**], ‘he’ always pushes for the most dramatic word or phrasing. ‘He’ is of course in no position to demand anything from anyone, and is therefore cordially invited to go fuck ‘himself’.

    The person doing business as ‘Janos’ has garnered enough of my attention for one lifetime, and should not therefore expect follow-up communication from me.

    — — —

    [*] ‘Janos’ I don’t expect you to understand, how could you?

    [**] Much like another one of CFN’s pests, oddly enough. Funny how that out-of-context “legitimate” popped up again…

    😉

    • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

      Words have power. Let us learn at least that much from Alinsky and Co. The word refugee invites sympathy from the weak – and White Euro-Americans are SO weak in the regard, we dare not leave the enemy this weapon uncontested.

      You said the Republican Party was serious – unbelievable. Now you are trying to backtrack – unsuccessfully.

      Thank you for your clarification on your war experiences and outlook. Evidently you have changed your position because of them. So many veterans refuse to do so, often out of loyalty to those who were left behind or perhaps because they come from a military family that could not accept such a change. In any case, I’ll try to bear this mind.

      Your fantasy about me being a woman is bizarre. I hope you don’t cling to this kind of thing too much or often.

  77. MisterDarling March 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    @ Volodya:

    “One smells an agenda behind the saintly General Hayden’s words, that is, Donald Trump isn’t a card carrying member of the American Oligarchy, doesn’t pay his dues, doesn’t follow the rules. And so, if I was Donald Trump, I would take the General’s ethical “concerns” as a threat: don’t get too comfortable in the White House, your stay could be brief.’-v.

    I agree that the general’s words are *troubling*. . . Someone with his career didn’t get to where they are by speaking out of turn. Like their Chinese and Russian counterparts, they’re mouthpieces and cat’s-paws for more powerful players & their factions.

  78. Q. Shtik March 1, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    I think the surge in the market today was driven by wall construction and razor wire companies. 😉

  79. Pucker March 1, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

    I don’t know if JHK takes requests?

    But, if so, I’d like JHK to commemorate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster on April 26th (April 26, 1986), which precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union and dethroned the gods of Socialism (Pripyat as a Socialist Utopia), and Technology.

    “Play Misty For Me”.

    Thank you.

  80. Q. Shtik March 1, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    … most of [whom], of course, weren’t spending 13 months in the paddies. – Doug

    ==========

    ^This^ portion of a sentence that I have chosen to copy brings to mind something I have been meaning to mention for a while (and it has absolutely nothing to do with Doug) to whit: I will lay $100 that neither my brother-in-law, Peter, nor Donald Trump, has uttered the word whom in conversation in there entire lives.

    Make of that what you will.

    • wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

      ^in there entire lives.^

      Q is defeated once again by spellcheck.

      How many times until you learn the difference between there, they’re, and their? Is English your first language? This is not rocket science and you are not stupid.

    • Doug March 1, 2016 at 11:44 pm #

      “. . . neither my brother-in-law . . . has uttered the word whom in conversation in there entire lives.”

      They would, no doubt, be members of a large majority. I’m afraid the objective case, in this case, is nearly archaic.

      And, for wpa: Most of us are defeated fairly regularly by spellcheck, especially with homophones, which our fingers tend to type faster than our indwelling editors can correct.

      • Q. Shtik March 2, 2016 at 12:19 am #

        especially with homophones, – Doug

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

        That’s scurrilous! I’m hetero and you know it.

  81. wpa_ccc March 1, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    We did very well tonight, wpa–ccc. It’s all thanks to you.

    We started off the night winning Vermont, then we won Oklahoma and Colorado, and moments ago they called Minnesota for us as well. FOUR big victories for our political revolution tonight.

    No one thought we would get this far. You proved them wrong. Working people are coming together and voting for Bernie in states across the country. They are contributing small amounts of money so we can compete with the millionaires and billionaires bankrolling Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her largest super PACs.

    • Doug March 2, 2016 at 12:43 am #

      As of tonight, Killary has about 50% more pledged delegates than Sanders and the overall delegate count is:

      Clinton: 984

      Sanders: 347

      I’m afraid it’s all over but the concession — and Bernie’s plea for his supporters to go all out for $hillary. Like Clinton in 2008, he’ll probably resist doing so for as long as possible.

      • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 1:05 am #

        You are not providing the numbers for earned delegates. You are sneakily assigning the super delegates to Hillary, when they are free to vote for either of the candidates.

      • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 1:24 am #

        To be very clear about Doug’s deception: Democratic “superdelegates” who are free to support any candidate regardless of the popular vote.

        Doug has given Hillary 457 super delegates. Subtract those from his numbers and the race tightens. Big states are still outstanding.

        This Democratic race is not over. Do not expect any concession speech anytime soon. Bernie has just begun to fight and has the ability to go all the way to the convention… where anything can happen, including Hillary being given the nomination. At that point, expect a concession speech. Doug is announcing a death prematurely.

        • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 1:31 am #

          Subtract those from HER numbers and the race tightens.

          • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

            Actual pledged delegate count:

            486 … Clinton

            321 … Sanders

            Go Bernie!

            It ain’t over until Bernie accepts Hillary’s concession or until Bernie says it’s over.

        • Doug March 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

          Doug: “As of tonight, Killary has about 50% more pledged delegates than Sanders. . .”

          wpa: “You are not providing the numbers for earned delegates.”

          Well, not for people who failed elementary school arithmetic, I guess.

          wpa: “486 … Clinton

          321 … Sanders”

          Elementary Math (multi-digit multiplication – Grade 4): 321 * 1.5 = 481.5

          • Doug March 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

            Sorry about forgetting to bold your ID, wpa.

          • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

            Hillary may turn out to be unelectable due to criminal indictments. The convention can still select Bernie. The brute math is secondary. It is still way too early to call.

          • ozone March 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

            Ooooo, wpasoka just electrocuted himself on the dreaded 3rd rail… That would be the belief that there’s one code of law/justice for all strata of US citizens. Poor deluded child. Won’t you give today so he need not post tomorrow?

  82. wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 12:03 am #

    John McAfee, the anti-virus program pioneer and gadfly U.S. presidential candidate, claimed that unlocking the Apple iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the shooters who carried out a deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, late last year, is a “trivial” exercise and explained how it should take the FBI just 30 minutes to complete it.

    McAfee, who is among 12 candidates vying for the Libertarian Party nomination to run for president this year, spoke to Russia Today about the continuing debate over the FBI’s attempt to force Apple Inc. to unlock the iPhone 5C used by the terrorist by creating a specific version of iOS to bypass security. The federal agency and the company will appear before Congress to debate the issue Tuesday.

    However, McAfee indicated he believes unlocking the iPhone is a “trivial” matter and that the FBI knows this, adding that if it doesn’t, then “we are in deep trouble.” And he said that if the FBI is indeed aware of how trivial it is to unlock the iPhone, then it is deceiving the public by “asking for a universal key” to access Apple’s smartphones.

    According to McAfee, this is how the FBI could unlock Farook’s iPhone.

    “You need a hardware engineer and a software engineer. The hardware engineer takes the phone apart, and copies the instruction set [the phone’s mobile operating system and installed applications] and the memory. You then run a program called a disassembler, which takes the 1s and 0s and gives you readable instructions,” McAfee said.

    “Then the [software engineer] sits down and reads through it. What he is looking for is the first access to the keypad, because that is the first thing you do when you input your [personal identification number]. When he sees that, he reads the instructions for where in memory the secret code is stored.”

    McAfee previously wrote he would be able to decrypt the San Bernardino iPhone free of charge so that Apple wouldn’t have to put a backdoor into one of its products. At the time, he said it would take three weeks, but he has now suggested he offered that time frame just as a precaution so he basically wouldn’t have to eat his words later.

    The trivial nature of unlocking an iPhone does not serve as an indictment of Apple, McAfee said, as “any computer can be [cracked], and it is a half hour job.”

    • Doug March 2, 2016 at 12:54 am #

      John McAfee had better go back to running for president. It’s hopeless, of course, but not as hopeless as his idiotic explanation of how he’d crack the iPhone, which shows he doesn’t have the slightest idea how the IOS works.

      McAfee: “Then the [software engineer] sits down and reads through it. What he is looking for is the first access to the keypad, because that is the first thing you do when you input your [personal identification number]. When he sees that, he reads the instructions for where in memory the secret code is stored.”

      There is no location in memory where the “secret code” is stored in plain text. A B-minus student programmer in your local high school would know better than to do that.

      If anyone really wants a longer and more detailed explanation, I’ll try to muster the energy, but the short version is: Whatever his previous (somewhat dubious) accomplishments, McAffee is a security architecture moron.

  83. Doug March 2, 2016 at 12:39 am #

    BTW, Jim, this is one of the best CFN entries in a while — really well done. I just wanted to get that in before becoming distracted again by the forces of evil.

  84. pequiste March 2, 2016 at 1:12 am #

    Regarding this whole issue of “torture;” it does not make me proud or happy to say that in the conduct of operations both military or civilian, it may sometimes be necessary to utilize extra-ordinary or extreme measures to acquire information or change someone’s mind.

    Like the Godfather said – he was going to ‘make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

    We live in times that can only be described as bizarre and psychotic – and weekly, JHK puts a Rorschach test to it and CFNers run through the gamut of the signs and symptoms in response.

    Let me just pose to any of you a hypothetical situation: If there was an imminent, powerful, chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear terrorist attack that was going to happen in your town or city in a couple of hours; resulting casualties would be in the tens or hundreds of thousands, of innocent men, women and children; and member(s) of the terror cell or rogue nation special forces were captured prior to the event, and they had an encrypted and locked Apple phone and would possibly be able to stop the destruction by getting the terrorist to surrender the secret code and stop the bomb from going off — would you employ torture, as a last ditch effort to prevent a catastrophe?

    Don’t answer but just think it through…..

    I don’t think for an instant that General Hayden is not making a political statement, and not an honest philosophical one, when he suggests Donald Trump lacking ethics and wrong because Trump says he would engage in torture of terrorists and enemies because “…they deserve it.” They, and murderers of all persuasions, certainly deserve “IT.”

    Gen. Hayden was 41 years in the USAF and probably knows personally that napalm sticks to kids. During his tenure with The Company how many times did he disavow knowledge of termination-with-extreme-prejudice of some undesirable? It’s not an ethical question in those arenas. It is an unavoidable part of the business. And a dirty business it is. That is why it is played by spooks, and many heroes only have star without a name on the CIA Memorial Wall at Langley.

    Geneva Conventions are fine but not everyone is signed on.

    Yzlamik jihadis don’t care a whit for any of it. They understand one thing only.

    Whatever is necessary to keep it from blowing up is key.

    “The love of fairplay is a spectator’s virtue, not a principal’s.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  85. AHtheHumanity March 2, 2016 at 1:52 am #

    Wow…Kunstler made me get out my Strunk & White to check the Yeats possessive form of the noun! I had to be 100% sure.

    Anyway…

    It’s the supersize me Tuesday night after this blog post, all the votes (for today) are in, and it took just a few minutes for Tom Delay to get in on the fray and completely eliminate Trump as a contender for the throne based solely on the delegate numbers. Trump wanted to be treated fairly by the party and they’re definitely playing by their rules. Rubio is a sacrificial lamb. Cruz is going down swinging and reciting phrases from long dead Democrats and investigation committees from the ’70s…. It all makes for great television…not for a great nation.

    Hillary had her obligatory Muslim woman and several shades of African Americans standing behind her vivid monochrome outfit #2…Spring may bring out the Yellow #3 or Fuschia #4 but I recommend the Palace Blue #5 because it brings out her eyes and will make her look more energetic. Her whole political life just seems like a sleepwalk going along with the establishment complaint, one of the tag lines for the long emergency. More and more of our tax dollars will be spent on her exacting revenge for what the government has done to her family by exposing their personal problems (sexual liaisons and various side deals gone bad) and making them a public political matter for the history books and newspapers (when there were still newspapers to sell).

    The Democrats will never allow another Republican to become president again.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

      You forgot about the token White guy. Thus your implication that Hillary’s a racist is just wrong. Why did she choose a White man instead of a women? She already she has them. Her choice reflects political genius. NOW White men will vote for her!

  86. Pucker March 2, 2016 at 2:55 am #

    “Apple is looking to Congress for protection from the FBI…which wants to coerce Apple to rewrite its code so that the Feds can more easily retrieve the encrypted data from an iPhone.”

    We’re doomed!

  87. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2016 at 4:06 am #

    Trump already has more delegate votes than all other candidates combined, and it is such a complete victory of Trump, and such a complete defeat of Republican establishment, that they have left nothing else to do, but like Hillary to begin to forge the election results, and are willing to openly throw democracy in the trash, just not to let Trump into the White House.

    Especially on the eve of elections, Republicans establishment dropped masks and said that they are willing to encourage their voters to vote for Hillary Clinton, which is, of course, totally unacceptable. And they openly say that they would go to this unprecedented violation of democratic principles due to the fact that Trump is ready not to give a shit about the interests of Saudi Arabia and other Wahhabi bastards, but to consider the interests of Russia and even make friends with its President.

    But the most important thing is that Trump, Cruz, whom in November Trump openly offered a place of Vice president in his administration, Carson and Jebb Bush are on the same team and help each other. In particular Jeb Bush in October reduced funding of his election campaign, and the money that he was paid by the federal election commission, he spent on negative ads against Rubio in New Hampshire and fact that Jebb Bush after Nevada withdrew his candidacy means that he is confident of victory of either Trump or Cruise over Clintonite Rubio.

  88. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2016 at 4:19 am #

    Hillary still celebrates the victory, but her lackeys have a rather sour look

    Sanders won four states: Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Vermont and divided Massachusetts with a difference of only two percentage points.

    This victory is a Pyrrhic victory for Hillary, since it destroys the myth of her invincibility, which her lackeys buzzed all over in recent days. But it’s not only that. In those states where Sanders won, turnout was high and the elections were closed, that is, the Democrats could not vote for a Republican.

    And in those states where Hillary won, elections were open and the turnout was low.

    It seems that Obama democrats went to vote for Trump.

  89. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2016 at 4:49 am #

    Military NATO Parade in Estonia, Baltic. Moscow’s shaking in its boots.
    youtube.com/watch?v=P7ZBTmKWQFk

    Same on the Red Square
    youtube.com/watch?v=DylEslsVEyg

    • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2016 at 7:25 am #

      Is Putin getting ready to make a move on the Baltic States, bring them back into the mold, so to speak?

      Dude, the gay friendly, fully unionized Dutch Army, backbone of NATO, hair down to their asses and heads down looking into their I phones, will have something to say about that.

      brh

  90. BackRowHeckler March 2, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    David Duke and the KKK …

    You never hear about the guy — I didn’t even know he was still alive — except every 4 years during the presidential elections his named is dredged up from oblivion by the esteemed NY media as a sort of bogeyman to discredit the leading Republican candidate. This tactic is getting kind of old. Is it still effective?

    brh

    • ozone March 2, 2016 at 9:22 am #

      “This tactic is getting kind of old. Is it still effective?”

      BRH,
      According to what I’m hearing on the street (NOT the punditry), it matters not a whit.

      • malthuss March 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

        I saw a pic of Hitlery and DD. Since I saw it online, I am not sure if it is fake.
        Any thoughts?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

      Evidently not, thank God. Maybe a few people are waking up to the idea that Whites have the right to advocate and organize on their own behalf just like anyone else. But I think most are just desperate for change, change that will be for us this time. And the race hustlers are obviously bot Anti-American and Anti-White. They’ve lost any respect they ever had from the White masses.

      Have you decided to cast your vote for Trump? As Dr Duke says, to vote for anyone else at this point is treason to our heritage.

  91. ozone March 2, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    Mark McKinnen (sp?) (some kind of Republican operative) on NPR this morning, trying for a cogent analysis of the Trump phenomena uttered the fateful words, “Look, democracy is messy…”

    We’ve heard that somewhere before; it’s on digital video fer cryeye. “…Wherefore art thou, Rummy-o?” (Don’t forget to dip your middle finger in the dye after casting your soon-to-be-disappeared ballot.)

  92. fodase March 2, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    …President Trump could face rebellion from the US military

    LOL, how detached from reality are these people?

    Military folks love Trump. Probably in excess of 80% hate the pussified military with (unqualified) women Army Rangers etc. and will vote for the Donald.

    Everything these jeeniuses say about Trump is like JHK predictions….just the opposite is true.

    America is very, very tired of erudite weaklings with their endless half-measures and fine print lies.

    They want simple respect and enforcement of the law, they want someone that won’t sell them out, they want to exercise their right to Free Speech and the Right to Associate Freely without being ruined financially and socially.

    It’s that simple.

    Current delegate count:

    Trump 285

    All the rest …less than that combined.

    • pequiste March 2, 2016 at 9:13 am #

      “….fine print lies.”

      Not fine print, but yesterday The Grey Lady (whore,) in virulent opinion page piece called Mr Trump “…a shady, bombastic, liar….”

      nytimes.com/2016/03/02/opinion/the-party-of-trump-and-the-path-forward-for-democrats.html?ref=opinio…

      Isn’t that the standard description for a practising politician?

    • SteveO March 2, 2016 at 11:27 am #

      As of this morning (3/2), it’s Trump 316 everyone else 365.

      realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/republican_delegate_count.html

      Not surprisingly, none of the “also rans” are getting out. It looks like the Republican establishment believes they can steal the nomination from Trump in a contested convention. It would result in the death of the Republican party as we know it, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

      Too bad Bernie Sanders wouldn’t be able to drive a stake in the heart of the Democratic party.

    • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

      “Military folks love Trump.”

      Military folks respect Trump. They love America. They are faithful to the oath they take to uphold the Constitution not the Commander in Chief. They will not obey unconstitutional orders from Trump.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

        Sure they would, just as they would from Obama. Hopefully Trump wont ask them to do anything like that. Obama has forced hundreds of officers out of the service by asking them if they would fire on American Citizens.

  93. sprawlcapital March 2, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    We took the collateral winnings of World War II and poured it into a suburban sprawl alt-universe so depressing that our citizens are the most over-medicated people in the world.
    ============================================
    With this post JHK returns to the subject that prompted me to buy his excellent books on the shape (or shapelessness) of our cities back in 1996: The Geography of Nowhere and Home From Nowhere.

    How can a nation be great, as Hillary claims, when it treats its land with such contempt?

    The politicians who visited Iowa prior to the February caucuses had not a clue that a land destruction tragedy of historic proportions had taken place here over the past 60 years. Since the start of Interstate Highway construction, entire square miles of the best farmland in the world have been converted to chip-board, styrofoam “development”.

    Not even Bernie Sanders talked about the insanity of America’s automobile- dependent, urban sprawl-based way of life.

    From Des Moines, Iowa, the sprawl capital of the world.

    • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2016 at 11:38 am #

      Sprawlcapital,

      As far as I can tell, this ‘automobile-dependent, urban sprawl based way of life’, is promoted by both parties, Dem and Rep alike. Its all they seem to know. Here in Ct our Democratic Governor looks to more Casinos as a panacea for our economic and social troubles, and the Republicans talk about growth, by which they invariably mean shopping malls, suburban housing developments, and fast food chain restaurants.

      brh

  94. Q. Shtik March 2, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    …… has absolutely nothing to do with Doug) [to whit]: – Q. Shtik

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

    Ya’ll had your chance to nail me but you missed it………it’s ‘to wit.’

    • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      You make so many mistakes it becomes boring to correct you.

      Trump is hiding his mafia connections and illegal activities for which Trump evaded paying taxes. Like Al Capone, it will be the IRS that takes Trump down.

      Trump flies around in a hundred million dollar airplane and pays no taxes. He may have gotten refunds, but he refuses to release his tax returns to cover up the details.

    • Doug March 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      @Q: It’s “Y’all, not Ya’ll.

      When forming contractions, we place the apostrophe in the position of the omitted letters. ;^)

      • Q. Shtik March 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

        I did not know that.

        • Q. Shtik March 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

          That’s what happens when somebody from Central Joisey tries talkin’ all southern and twangy.

      • Doug March 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

        And I failed to continue the quotation marks.

        In addition to “ignore” functions, modern forum plug-ins allow editing. ;^)

  95. wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Actual pledged delegate count:

    486 … Clinton

    321 … Sanders

    Go Bernie!

    It ain’t over until Bernie accepts Hillary’s concession or until Bernie says it’s over.

    One indictment from the FBI investigation of Hillary could take Hillary out of the race. President Sanders beats Trump easily.

  96. volodya March 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Mr Darling, I guess the point I was trying to make got buried in the to’s and fro’s about observing, or not observing, rules of warfare.

    What I was getting at was that General Hayden seemingly hinted – that is to say he seemingly obscured his real point – that there’s a contingent in the military, just like there’s a contingent in the Republican Party and in the American public at large, that can’t abide the thought of a President Donald Trump. And the business of the unlawfulness of certain kinds of orders is a convenient smokescreen. Or an alibi, if you like, to box in and neutralize a President Trump if there’s no will or way to remove him altogether from office. .

    Now, I know that there’s 300 million guns in the United States. I also know that there’s millions of former military, and millions with combat experience. The thing is that, at present, all this knowledge and ability and experience are disaggregated and as such it doesn’t pose much of a threat to political power centers.

    Not so the existing military which has a communications, command and control structure, with armed and trained and disciplined troops. As Mao said, power comes from the barrel of a gun and there’s a lot of guns there and all of it is up and running. Is it too much of a stretch to say that politicians and political parties rule at the sufferance of generals and admirals? “Sufferance” means absence of objection. What if there was strong objection?

    Hayden is connected, accomplished, well regarded, articulate, a really good public face. He comes across as an archetypal 1950’s Father Knows Best dad, you know, like Robert Young, calm, reasonable, not a kook IOW.

    But even if he’s retired from the military, even if he said what he said in the context of flogging a book, it stretches credulity (at least it stretches mine) to think that he said what he said by accident or alternatively, just to stir up shit.

    Did he send a message above and beyond the issue of the lawful use of force?

    As you say, the General’s words are “troubling”. Even a former four star general has to measure his words carefully. Did he measure them carefully enough?

    • MisterDarling March 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

      Volodya |

      “As you say, the General’s words are “troubling”. Even a former four star general has to measure his words carefully. Did he measure them carefully enough?”

      The general went from the uniformed military to the CIA – Pentagon to State Department – so he’s positioned as a switch-hitter, trouble-shooter and liaison within the deep-state’s network.

      Was he ‘signaling’? Odds are yes. Was he way off-kilter in what he said? No. More than 70% of the military’s Republican, and a significant portion of that are Old School Repubs (West Point, Citadel grads especially). The *enlisted* folks tilt in the direction of Trump. So could there be a “contingent in the military” that might be making other plans? Yeah, you betcha. Making plans and preparing to execute is what military people do by force of habit.

      • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

        That might be to same contingent that fussed for the last eight years. They are all hat and no cattle.

  97. MisterDarling March 2, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    Regarding Trump:

    “There is only one reason to vote Trump. He offers the hope of being allies with President Putin and ending our country’s insane restart of Cold War 2.0 – which could become hot in a Hillary minute. In a field as weak as this one, that’s good enough for me.”-outsider.

    I concur. Hillary has been involved in one foreign policy disaster after another. The root cause is that she listens to her advisors [*], which at this juncture are neocons and nobody’s gotten around to rooting them out and rendering them yet, and they won’t be satisfied until their “crozzled hearts” rest for all eternity in a line of torched cars parked on the beltway.

    Looking for a silver lining in a Trump win? This is it. Having said that, this is also why the odds are stacked against it happening.

    — — —

    [*] because she apparently does not give a rat’s *ss about the entire topic.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Nothing about stopping the invasion of America from the South? Your priorities are whack. It’s this inability to mind our own business and solve our problems here at home that gets us into these ridiculous foreign wars in the first place.

      That’s why the People (oh yeah, them) are voting for Trump. You are as out of touch as the people you criticize. That’s the root of my criticism of you, apart from all of the hyperbole.

    • Frankiti March 2, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

      Result 1: All of Sander’s clueless millennial fanbase will rally around Clinton as will the Rubato establishment types resulting in the coronation of the heir, Hillary.

      Result 2: GOP brokers convention, denies Trump, puts forth the Rubato or similar empty head and empty suit and spurned Republicans show their anger by voting for Hillary resulting in her taking what has always been hers.

      The party system is theater for the public. Everyone gets worked up into a lather… when we all know the house always wins, pick red or pick black you still lose

  98. MisterDarling March 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    GREECE | The Height of Irony

    So, remember all that high-drama last Summer when the Greeks were getting their last-best chance to vote themselves out of the EU?

    And remember how – after all the grand-standing – the resistance fell apart in the voting booths? Well, this is how the Greeks get rewarded for loyalty:

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3471157/Hundreds-trapped-Greece-s-Macedonian-border-revealed-131-000-mi…

    “Sacrificed”…

  99. MisterDarling March 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    @ Volodya, RE Trump:

    I have to admit that I like the way oligarchic cluelessness is on track for a collision-course with pitch-fork brigade insanity…

    theburningplatform.com/2016/02/29/the-great-corporate-earnings-fraud/#more-115760

    Best Quote:

    “The establishment is aghast that Donald Trump is storming towards the presidency. They are blind to the fact their unconcealed felonious actions rise to the level of treason in the eyes of average hard working Americans. The fabric of this country is being torn asunder by a contemptible class of corporate fascists, ego maniacal bankers, shadowy billionaires, and media titans. They have reaped billions of profits since 2009 as the Fed and politicians in D.C. rolled out “solutions” designed to enrich them. They are confident their failures will be shifted to the American people again. The American people may have a different opinion this time. Pitchforks and torches are being readied.”

    Whatever the outcome of the election, he’s already succeeded in focusing anger and reframing public perception. That’s not a bad thing.

  100. MisterDarling March 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    @ Doug:

    “it’s a lot easier to convince most of these youngsters that they are fighting for freedom, justice and to protect the homeland than it was in my day.”-d.

    It might have a lot to do with a modern-day lack of job-market alternatives. Ever see “Winter’s Bone”? Do you remember the scene where the High School kids are lined up down the hall and around the corner to interview with the Army recruiter? Apparently the Army gets the bulk of it’s enlistments from the four-state area that Missouri’s part of.

    • Doug March 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      MD: “It might have a lot to do with a modern-day lack of job-market alternatives.”

      Yup. Exactly. Thus my reference to economic conscripts.

      “Do you remember the scene where the High School kids are lined up down the hall and around the corner to interview with the Army recruiter?”

      Gut-wrenching. Makes me want to cry thinking about it.

      “Come on fathers, and don’t hesitate
      To send your sons off before it’s too late.
      You can be the first ones in your block
      To have your boy come home in a box.”

      Or, today, to have your daughter be the first one on the block to blow a village meeting or a wedding party into pieces that can be piled, unsorted, into trench graves — from an air-conditioned cubicle at Creech.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

        Trump is the only one not for War with Russia. And according to Snowden, the only one not owned by Goldman-Sachs. Maybe the two facts are connected?

        Doug, I think you know your duty is clear. Check your pride, hold your nose, and give Trump the vote your principles demand.

        • Doug March 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

          “Doug, I think you know your duty is clear. Check your pride, hold your nose, and give Trump the vote your principles demand.”

          Sorry, just cannot vote for the mean-spirited, egomaniacal clown.

          However, given a choice between facing a firing squad and voting for either Killary or Trumpf, there’s a small chance I’d pick Trumpf — and I’d definitely wave away the blindfold and stare defiantly at the rifles before voting for Clinton. ;^)

          And I’d vote for Sergei Lavrov, for almost any office, rather than John Kerry.

  101. wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    “I don’t know if Hillary is going to be allowed to run.” –Donald Trump

    She may be arrested or incarcerated. Fortunately her delegates can go for Bernie at the convention. Bernie defeats con artist Trump.

  102. fodase March 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    watching cnn here in brazil, really laffable how they try to tar Mr. Trump.

    now they’re rolling out mitt romney tomorrow, boy THAT’LL inspire the voters.

    just breathtaking to see the disconnect between the reality of the monumentally misgoverned nation – which the populace feels everyday awash in insane immigration etc ad nauseum – and these know-nothing political jeeniuses aghast that Mr. Trump (aka ‘The People’) will win the nomination.

    of course, other than THAT , they always support democracy

    unless it’s the voice of White people

  103. barbisbest March 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    If they knock Trump out of the ballpark by dredging up something unsavory from his past, at least we won’t have Malaria in the White House as first lady. I look and I wonder if she saved any eye makeup for anyone else. Donald must have a monopoly on Revlon.

    Meanwhile, while all this circus before our eyes goes on, Noam Chomsky is quoted as saying the rise of Trump can be attributed, in part, to the breakdown of civilization. Speaking of Celebrity and Noam Chomsky, some of the best men are Jewish. This breakdown largely part of our own doing and we won’t do anything about it. But, nothing lasts forever, save one. Speaking of which and celebrity, even David Bowie’s last album has a song about heaven. Talented, but I don’t think he was Jewish.

    The social critic and poet James Russel Lowell said, Life runs on and the road grows strange (sometimes too strange to bear) with faces new and milestones into headstones turn, ‘neath everyone a friend.

    The world seems very dark and darker still now with full blown World War III almost upon humanity seven months ago, and still now as many say the mid-east is already in WWIII. But there is another old adage that says, it’s always darkest before the dawn.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

      And of course, none of our “best men” had anything to do with the coming disaster. Oh, Barb.

      Tell us about your tattoos. Someone said they contain clues about how to save the Earth that even you don’t fully understand. As for Civilization – to hell with it! The Earth abides. The Lion will lie down with the Lamb, and the Jew with the Gentile. Just provide a new lamb every day…..

  104. fodase March 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    sure, and the Left/chomsky had nothing to do with the breakdown of civilisation, right

    you know, they’re so intelligent and all

    blue-collar folks are a lot smarter than so-called intellectuals

    they jeeniuses have gotten Mr. Trump wrong at every single turn

    they’re the same jeeniuses that’ve turned europe into a cesspool and hope to do the same to the US

  105. wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    “Stop these interventionist regime-change wars”

    –Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who resigned as VP of the DNC to become a declared Bernie Sanders supporter

    • Doug March 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      “Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who resigned as VP of the DNC to become a declared Bernie Sanders supporter”

      I guess Tulsi isn’t aware of Sanders’ decades-long support for our interventionist wars and the MIC that profits from them, huh?

  106. wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Chris Christie has a 27% approval rating in NJ.

    FREE CHRIS CHRISTIE!

    reason.com/blog/2016/03/02/the-sad-embarrassing-spectacle-of-chris

  107. Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    infowars.com/huckabee-trump-phenomenon-is-a-peaceful-overthrow-of-the-government/

    That’s right, Hucky. Seriously though, this is a good way to think about it. As he says further, ballots rather than bullets.

    • basil March 3, 2016 at 8:11 am #

      something just occurred to me. someone recently suggested that before anyone was allowed to vote, they should be required to pass tests involving things like American history and government. a requirement such as this would disqualify much of mr. trump’s support. working class people (in general) don’t have the time, knowledge, or inclination for such things.

  108. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    A certain Rolling Stones song has been playing in my head all day. “And Goodbye, Rubio Bluesday…..” Who will be Ruby this time around?

    Trump is a genius. No other mortal could take on the world the way he has. Not even Hitler. He’s ten times the man Hitler could have ever hoped to be and he has a beautiful wife and beautiful children. The entire Global Elite has lined up against him and he’s winning. Since I generally lean anti-establishment, I have to say, I respect what he’s accomplished.

    And no one has yet gotten Jim’s pun in the title. Going Full Whig is a reference to Trump’s alleged hairpiece. And The Nation is going Full Trump.

    • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

      Yes, hard to believe a liberal with New York values is doing so well. All it takes is hoodwinking the sheeple with lies they want to hear.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

        It worked, and it still works, for Obama. It’s a tried & true strategy. In fact, I’d say it’s mandatory to attaining and holding power.

        The question is, was Obama lying when he said Trump will not be the POTUS, or does Barry know something we don’t?

        I suggest Trump buy some old clunkers and hire a trustworthy mechanic to fix them up and keep them running like they do in Cuba. He shouldn’t drive in an automobile that’s drive by wire capable after what happened again last night.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

          That’s really an excellent point. And yes, everyone missed the Whig/Wig thing but you.

          You have a position in my future administration as wandering ombudsman. In Old Persia, they were known as they Eyes of the King.

          • malthuss March 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

            Was Hiroshima bombed because of its Christian populace?
            I read that recently.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2016 at 12:30 am #

            News to me. Where did you read this?

        • wpa_ccc March 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

          Trump is a false flag operation sponsored by Hillary to infiltrate and splinter the Republican Party… And it’s working so well Mitt Romney is concerned.

      • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

        “Here WPA, try this.”

        (aging grey haired hippie passes 3ft tall bong to WPA at Bernie Sanders rally)

        Thoughtfully, WPA takes a deep hit from this bong, stoked with fine, righteous Oaxacan Red.

        Suddenly candidate Sander’s signature speech about ‘Wall Street Profiteers’ seems funny, hilarious even. WPA cannot stop giggling.

        I just met a Comrade named Bernie Sanders
        And suddenly his line
        Seems so correct and fine
        to me
        Bernie Sanders
        Say it soft and there’s rice fields flowing
        Say it loud and there’s people’s war growing
        Bernie Sanders, Comrade
        I’ll never stop loving Comrade Sanders.

        brh

        • Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

          I’d call this Full Whig too. Nice, brh. You let your hair down with this post. I didn’t know you had it in you.

  109. malthuss March 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    from another blog—-

    cks were drifting a bit today, consolidating the big gains from the first day of March yesterday.

    The ADP jobs number was better than expected this morning, which caused some to reflect on the coming Non-Farm Payrolls Report, and the likely actions of the Fed at their March FOMC meeting.

    In other news, the ex-CEO and fabled ‘father of US shale oil,’ one of Oklahoma City’s leading citizens, and NBA team co-owner Aubrey McCendon died last night in a fiery car crash. Police are investigating. There were no other cars involved, and no skid marks on the road. Mr. McCendon went off the road in his car at a very high rate of speed. They said he ‘drove straight into a wall.’

    Mr. Mcclendon had been indicted yesterday by the Justice Department with conspiracy in rigging the prices of oil leases and using loans to benefit his personal stakes in wells from the company.

    .

    • Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

      Was it another Mercedes? Imagine having that job — operating the controls that send this guy’s car into the wall at breakneck speed. I wonder if he/she gets a bonus? I wonder of he/she is a Gamer or was a Gamer in their youth, and now they can Game for real? “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby…”

  110. Frankiti March 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Poor Adelson, he’s going to have to power-down his Rubato and stuff it back in its box…. even after learning to say the right things: “I stand with Israel” “No to internet gambling” “No more native american casinos” “Bomb Iran”… poor thing.

    • malthuss March 2, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      ‘poor billionaire’ is an oxy–what?

  111. Cold N. Holefield March 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    It’s yawl. Since it’s not an official word and instead slang speech, you can spell it any way you damn well please. I like yawl, so yawl it will be from here on out. Got it, yawl?

    • Doug March 2, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      “I like yawl, so yawl it will be from here on out. Got it, yawl?”

    • Doug March 2, 2016 at 11:43 pm #

      “It’s yawl.”

      • MisterDarling March 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

        That’s a very fancy yawl. I like them, but I prefer something a bit less ‘high-maintenance’…

  112. REMONSTER March 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    Howard I can’t help but think that a good roll in the hay may change your outlook. Life will out ya know?. As A. Pacino said in that classic movie, The day we stop lookin’ Charlie is the day we die.

    youtube.com/watch?v=gxHclz4md70

    May I suggest you start gettin’ busy Howard? We are all gettin’ rather long in the tooth!

  113. beantownbill. March 2, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

    Here’s my to-do list as the president:

    End all our phony wars; bring all the soldiers home and close all the bases, including those in Europe. Since Russia can already wipe us out, we don’t have to fear their actions in Europe or elsewhere. We can maintain or improve the quality of our military and still significantly cut military expenditures.

    Make free trade really free – institute tariffs to even out the playing field.

    Eliminate the income tax and replace it with a consumption tax that is not regressive.

    Institute public works programs, such as for infrastructure improvement, and eliminate entitlement programs, except for those who physically can’t work.

    Encourage home-schooling and eliminate mandatory public education gradually. Allow student loans to be eliminated as a result of bankruptcy.

    End the central bank, go on the gold or silver standard and work towards a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget.

    Enforce the 2nd amendment.

    Work towards instituting term limits.
    ———————————————

    Many more changes need to be made, but I can’t go into them no mystery who these nitwits are. What is baffling is that they aren’t banned. Well, I’m sure Mr. Kunstler has his reasons…
    .

    • beantownbill. March 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

      I don’t know what happened exactly, but disregard the last 2 lines of the above posting. Suffice it to say I don’t want to take anymore bandwidth up for now. I do know that each of my points would need much discussion and revisions, but I’d welcome any constructive comments. There are so many more points to be made.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm #

      Not bad, but what do you mean “enforce the 2nd Amendment”? And nothing about defending our borders and ending illegal immigration?

      Mr Kunstler does have his “reasons” – the First Amendment for one. So many comment sections have been destroyed throughout the land. One of my favorites, yahoo, was recently all but destroyed.

    • Q. Shtik March 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

      replace it with a consumption tax that is not regressive. – Bean

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

      How do you make it “not regressive?”

  114. wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    Trump and Hillary be friends now for a long time. Trump has given money to the Clintons and invited them to his wedding. They move in the same circles. Trump’s candidacy is a false flag operation sponsored by Hillary to infiltrate and splinter the Republican Party… And it’s working so well Mitt Romney is concerned. Cleveland will be the demise of Trump. The GOP establishment is amassing its forces right now and I’m not talking about elected or selected delegates. Cleveland will be a closed-door back room take down of Trump. Dirty politics and second amendment solutions. Trump doesn’t know who he is up against.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2016 at 3:22 am #

      If anybody is working for Hillary, Mitt Romney is.

  115. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2016 at 3:04 am #

    War in Syria, Armageddon and Election Campaign in US

    The main fighting in Syria is not far from the hill of Megiddo, where, according to the Apocalypse, Armageddon will be fought – the final battle between the Good and the Evil that will affect the lives of everyone living on the planet Earth.

    And attached to this battle is truly apocalyptic nature of apocalyptic religious sect The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), which is trying to prove its commitment to Good by burning people alive on camera and by cutting their heads off (including children) and by making selling women to brothels and their husbands and children for body parts one of the main resource of their economy.

    The war in Syria is the main theme of this election campaign(obvious or not), the inevitable winner of which was declared Hillary Clinton, who has long ago announced Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia to be the main defenders of the true Islam, and in the beginning of her election campaign declared that she will force all Churches in the United States fulfill their obligations as a non-profit organizations that provide religious and ceremonial services, to marry homosexuals, without discriminating on grounds of sexual orientation.

    • messianicdruid March 3, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

      Another reason to leave 501C3 churchianity, with their GI bibles.

  116. Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2016 at 4:05 am #

    Know this one, Jim? It’s less well known, but it’s superb – and equally relevant. And equally suppressed.

    The Stranger within my gate,
    He may be true or kind,
    But he does not talk my talk–
    I cannot feel his mind.
    I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
    But not the soul behind.

    The men of my own stock,
    They may do ill or well,
    But they tell the lies I am wanted to,
    They are used to the lies I tell;
    And we do not need interpreters
    When we go to buy or sell.

    The Stranger within my gates,
    He may be evil or good,
    But I cannot tell what powers control–
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

    The men of my own stock,
    Bitter bad they may be,
    But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
    And see the things I see;
    And whatever I think of them and their likes
    They think of the likes of me.

    This was my father’s belief
    And this is also mine:
    Let the corn be all one sheaf–
    And the grapes be all one vine,
    Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
    By bitter bread and wine.

    – Rudyard Kipling, The Stranger

  117. Cold N. Holefield March 3, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    It’s true, Trump’s run for the POTUS was initially a False Flag Operation, but once The Donald got a taste and he started to gather momentum and popularity, he went rogue. The Clintons are furious. He has scuttled their plans and they no doubt will seek revenge. They will not allow him to be the POTUS — that was never the plan. He played them. It’s just a matter of which method they use to neutralize him. The JFK method or The Vince Foster Method or The Paul Wellstone/Ron Brown Method or The Litvinenko Method or maybe an entirely new method that hasn’t been used before.

    • wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 9:32 am #

      The Jimmy Hoffa method or its modern equivalent: Gitmo.

      • messianicdruid March 3, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

        Don’t forget the Saddam Hussein method or the Manuel Noriega metho, either.

  118. Doug March 3, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    I love this blog site and the very thoughtful comments. Very impressive!

    JHK ends his post by suggesting that a Civil War is coming. Maybe, but voters now in a revolutionary mood, can vent their frustration by voting for the only real outsider in the race with bold ideas to shake things up. Voters are correct, EVERYTHING is broken in the US (and more so abroad). Crisis is now inevitable, even a revolution. But it’s China who will be lucky to avoid revolution this decade. Revolution in America can still be done at the ballot box.

    Check out my blog “Time For A New American Revolution..” gulfcoastcommentary.blogspot.com/2015/12/our-bloated-failing-central-planning.html

    I agree with JHK that the election will be in the middle of a huge economic/financial crisis and only one candidate will be viewed as being strong enough to deal with it.

    Collapse is entirely possible, probably outside of the US, then hitting the US too. It might not even be survivable. The world might not be able to support 7 billion people. See Fast Collapse or Slow? gulfcoastcommentary.blogspot.com/2015/08/fast-collapse-or-slow-i-think-fast.html

    • wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      Ban public unions? So you oppose democracy in the workplace? Do you want to eliminate the gains unions have made, like the 8 hour work day, 40 hour work week, safe working conditions, 5 day work week?

      • Q. Shtik March 3, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

        like the 8 hour work day, 40 hour work week, safe working conditions, 5 day work week? – wpa

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        If you mention “the 8 hour work day” and the “40 hour work week,” doesn’t that make mentioning the “5 day work week” superfluous?

  119. wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    “How do you make it “not regressive?”

    Tax all spending, including every stock trade.

    Make it progressively flat. Don’ tax below $50,000. Tax 50 to 250 at a higher Bush rate. Tax income above $250,000 at a higher Reagan rate, above a million at a higher Eisenhower rate.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 3, 2016 at 9:19 am #

      And tax Foundations at 100%.

    • Q. Shtik March 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

      The question was: how do you make a consumption tax not regressive? You have gone off, once again, into income based taxes.

  120. Cold N. Holefield March 3, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    Mitt Romney is a man of constant sorrow.

    FOP vs Dapper Dan

  121. wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    “Trump has gone rogue.” –cold

    No, he is right on script. Today the jackass is braying he is feeling disrespected… right on cue… and he is threatening to go independent, jus as he agreed to do to assure a Hillary win. Thanks, littlehands. Soon he can go back to dreaming about banging his daughter.

  122. bob March 3, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    Welcome to the Donald Trump university of psychopathy. Losers are suing me , you know why because they are losers. Winners take all now we take Manhatten and then Berlin. Don’t even think about losing.
    they are all losers,so never think about that ,it creates self doubt and winners don’t go there. Wow how freeing I can say anything and they will love me more, I Am a truth teller I am the Donald the ultimate Psychopath. America will be great again ,because you will be great just like your President. If you want to be a winner vote for me. It’s all about winning, Screw the 1 percent ,tear up the trade deals and build the wall.

    • wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Our host is hip to the fraudulent con man who is the full Whig. It is sad to see how many on CFN have been hoodwinked into believing in Trump. Especially after so many years of insisting there is not a dime’s worth of difference and insisting they would not play the blue/red game. Too many have no principles.

  123. elysianfield March 3, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Interesting news from the BBC this AM…

    Federal prosecutors have indicated that a former aide to Hillary Clinton has been given “immunity” in respect to his actions regarding “servergate”. Hillary has stated that she is “happy” that the aide is co-operating with the FBI. Hilarity will ensue….

    • wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

      Immunity means you can tell the truth with no legal consequences. The former aide can now tell the truth about Hillary…

      • elysianfield March 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

        Wpac,
        Noooo. Immunity means you HAVE to tell the truth. Immunity is granted to someone who has usually been either indicted, or at least threatened with grievous punishment, and who has valuable information against a targeted individual. Prosecutors use this weapon often in major cases…and it rarely disappoints. I would predict, on this information alone, that Hillary Clinton will not be the Democratic Nominee….I will rest easier tonight….

  124. volodya March 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Mr Darling,

    Yeah, the Republican Establishment is aghast that Lincoln was right, that you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

    I would say that the great object of ridicule (no less by Republican elites as by Democrats), that object being that dreaded Republican “base”, is a bit ahead of the curve as compared to their Democrat counterparts.

    While Bernie has made some inroads with Democrat supporters that cottoned onto the fact of their being monumentally screwed, there’s less in the way of support for Bernie than there is for non-establishment Republicans.

    Oh well, give it time, a Shillary administration will be an object lesson to those who remain as yet resolutely “fooled”.

    Here’s a problem though, time seems like a limitless resource when you’re young. But you will have noticed if you are of a certain age, that time is never on your side because events come barreling at you through the fog like Mack trucks running red lights.

    It’s a big question, how long will it take for those Democrat voting blocks to “awaken”? When does it become too late? There’s those out-of-control Mack-truck events coming.

    So what has this Republican Establishment been touting? Just this, a “conservatism” that massively enriches the Oligarchy.

    But this conservatism is cleverly couched in terms of a question: what is an American? If you believe certain things, if you profess belief, you’re an American. It’s just that those same beliefs happen to massively advantage the Oligarchs and massively screw the ordinary schmuck.

    Tell me Mr Darling, are you an American? Never mind your place of birth. There’s so much more to it than that.

    As Pat Buchanan would tell you, the returns are in. Pat and Ross Perot sounded the warnings. And they got slapped aside, dismissed as cranks, sneered at as men of a bygone age, unwilling to embrace “change”.

    Well, Pat and Ross were right. A large part of the Republican base has realized it.

    Does being an American mean embracing your own impoverishment through the export of millions of jobs and the importation of millions of outsiders to compete for what few opportunities remain? Does it mean leaving the southern door open? Republican thinkers will tell you (I heard it myself), they’re in favor of open borders. Why? Cheap labor they say. A simple thing really. They are out to screw their country and their fellow Americans, no more, no less.

    So does being an “American” work for you? If it means your diminishment, your impoverishment, misery for your kids, why the fuck would you want it? What’s the point?

    People like Joe Klein or the Huff Post dismiss Republican voters as know-nothings. To those great intellects who pretend to do work for a living, this Trump thing looks alternatively clownish or mean or racist or nativist. But I give this Republican “base” a lot more credit, they’re not having any of it. If the Republican Party isn’t working for them, if it’s working AGAINST them, they’re going to wreck the fucking thing and to hell with it.

    • wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      “there’s less in the way of support for Bernie than there is for non-establishment Republicans.” — Volodya

      Volodya I am enjoying our dialogue, but you cannot get away with making false statements.

      No Republican (nor Hillary) can match the FIVE MILLION small donors who support Bernie Sanders. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has MORE demonstrable support than non-establishment Republicans.

      • Q. Shtik March 3, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

        No Republican (nor Hillary) can match the FIVE MILLION small donors who support Bernie Sanders………

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        ……….whose average donation — wait for it — is $27. It was $27 last fall, it is $27 now, and it will always be $27.

  125. wpa_ccc March 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    “Trump has gone rogue.” –cold

    No, he is right on script. Today the jackass is braying he is feeling disrespected… right on cue… and he is threatening to go independent, jus as he agreed to do to assure a Hillary win.

    Establishment Republicans are not ready to go full Whig. Trump has yet to feel the effect of Republican realpolitik.

    Little-hands is now helping Hillary. Soon he can go back to dreaming about banging his daughter.

  126. volodya March 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Mr Darling,

    Both Democrats and Republicans were administrators, enablers and facilitators of the great American screwing of the last generation.

    As for Black and Hispanic voters, when it comes time to get fucked, they’re at the head of the line. Why they side so loyally with Democrats beyond me. Even more mysterious is why they vote for Shillary.

  127. volodya March 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Mitt gave a speech. He says that Trump’s economic policies would result in recession. What a joke. Unlike establishment Democrat and Republican Oligarch policies which result in wrack and ruin. As Pat Buchanan says, the returns are in. Look around, you can see for yourself.

    Export jobs Mitt? Seriously? Bad for American workers? Really Mitt? Go fuck yourself Mitt, we’ll keep our own counsel on this.

  128. saharasergei March 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    The Democrats have had so many electoral losses these past five years that they are one presidential election defeat away from going the way of the Whigs first. Trump will win. And if Barack Obama is more like Millard Fillmore than Abraham Lincoln, as JHK once said, then Trump will be like Franklin Pierce AND James Buchanan and do more damage in four years than both put together over eight years. Hope for a new progressive party to replace the Dems . . . soon.

  129. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    “The JFK method or The Vince Foster Method” — Cold

    How about drowning in cage live on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer? That hasn’t been tried, has it?

    But jokes aside, neither Trump nor Obama will survive for too long Hillary’s inauguration, neither will their families.

  130. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    “Collapse is entirely possible, probably outside of the US, then hitting the US too. It might not even be survivable” — Doug

    The only thing man-made that would not be survivable is a nuclear war. Someone, please, tell that Hillary.

  131. tucsonspur March 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Last night on Fox, Karl Rove spoke out against Trump, but couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say whether or not he would vote for him.

    Beware the Republican establishment mushy marshmallow, the pusillanimous pastry, the cherubic croissant, the éclair of eggheads.

    Beware the Republican establishment eunuch. This cupcake, this conniving canoli surely must have been castrated. With charisma somewhere between a crumb bun and a cheese Danish, this bespectacled bloviating baguette, this bland, boring blanc-mange, this Boston cream pie of a man is more stale than a month old bagel.

    Just heard Romney. Maybe I’ll slice into this scurrilous scumbag in a suit later. Into 47 pieces.