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If the first forty-eight hours are any measure of the alleged Trumptopia-to-come, the leading man in this national melodrama appears to be meshuga. A more charitable view might be that his behavior does not comport with the job description: president. If he keeps it up, I stick to my call that we will see him removed by extraordinary action within a few months. It might be a lawful continuity-of-government procedure according to the 25th Amendment — various high officials declaring him “incapacited” — or it might be a straight-up old school coup d’état (“You’re fired”).

I believe the trigger for that may be an overwhelming financial crisis in the early second quarter of the year. In, the first case, under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, it works like this:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Or else, it will be an orchestrated cabal of military and intelligence officers — not necessarily evil men — who fear for the safety of the nation with the aforesaid meshuganer in the White House, who is summarily arrested, sequestered, and replaced by an “acting president,” pending a call for an extraordinary new election to replace him by democratic means. I’m not promoting this scenario as necessarily desirable, but that’s how I think it will go down. It will be a sad moment in this country’s history, worse than the shock of John Kennedy’s assassination, which happened against the background of an economically stable Republic. History is perverse and life is tragic. And shit happens.

Returning to the first forty-eight hours of the new regime, first the ceremony itself: there was, to my mind, the disturbing sight of Donald Trump, deep in the Capitol in the grim runway leading out onto the inaugural dais. He lumbered along, so conspicuously alone between the praetorian ranks front and back, overcoat open, that long red slash of necktie dangling ominously, with a mad gleam in his eyes like an old bull being led out to a sacrificial altar. His speech to the multitudes was not exactly what had once passed for presidential oratory. It was not an “address.” It was blunt, direct, unadorned, and simple, a warning to the assembled luminaries meant to prepare them for disempowerment. Surely it was received by many as a threat.

Indeed an awful lot of official behavior has to change if this country expects to carry on as a civilized polity, and Trump’s plain statement was at face value consistent with that idea. But the disassembly of such a vast matrix of rackets is unlikely to be managed without generating a lot of dangerous friction. Such a tall order would require, at least, some finesse. Virtually all the powers of the Deep State are arrayed against him, and he can’t resist taunting them, a dangerous game. Despite the show of an orderly transition, a state of war exists between them. Anyway, given Trump’s cabinet appointments, his “swamp draining” campaign looks like one set of rackets is due to be replaced by a new and perhaps worse set.

Trump was correct that the ruins of industry stand like tombstones on the landscape. The reality may be that an industrial economy is a one-shot deal. When it’s gone, it’s over. Even assuming the money exists to rebuild the factories of the 20th century, how would things be produced in them? By robotics or by brawny men paid $15-an-hour? If it’s robotics, who will the customers be? If it’s low-wage workers, how are they going to pay for the cars and washing machines? If the brawny men are paid $40 an hour, how would we sell our cars and washing machines in foreign markets that pay their workers the equivalent of $1.50 an hour. How can American industry stay afloat with no export market? If we don’t let foreign products into the US, how will Americans buy cars that are far more costly to make here than the products we’ve been getting? There’s no indication that Trump and his people have thought through any of this.

Trump can pull out the stops (literally, the regulations) to promote oil production, but he can’t alter the declining energy return on investment that is bringing down the curtain on industrial society. In fact, pumping more oil now at all costs will only hasten the decline of affordable oil. His oft-stated wish to simply “take” the oil from Middle Eastern countries would probably lead to sabotage of their oil infrastructure and the cruel death of millions. He would do better to prepare Americans for the project of de-suburbanizing the nation, but I doubt that the concept has ever entered his mind.

The problems with Obamacare, and so-called health care generally, are burdened with so many layers of arrant racketeering that the system may only be fixable if it is destroyed in its current form — the overgrown centralized hospitals, the overpaid insurance and hospital executives, the sore-beset physicians carrying six-figure college-and-med-school loans, the incomprehensible and extortionate pricing system for care, the cruel and insulting bureaucratic barriers to obtain care, the disgraceful behavior of the pharmaceutical companies, all add up to something no less than a colossal hostage racket, robbing and swindling people at their most vulnerable. So far, nobody has advanced a coherent plan for changing it. Loosing the Department of Justice to prosecute the medical racketeers directly would be a good start. Overcharging and defrauding sick people ought to be a criminal act. But don’t expect that to happen in a culture where anything goes and nothing matters. A financial crisis could be the trigger for ending the massive medical grift machine. Then what? Back to locally organized clinic-scale medicine… if we should be so lucky.

Saturday afternoon, Trump paid a call at CIA headquarters, ostensibly to begin mending fences with what may be his domestic arch-enemies. What did he do? He peeved and pouted about press reports of the lowish attendance at his swearing in. Maximum meshuga. I’m surprised that some veteran of The Company’s Suriname outpost didn’t take him out with a blowgun dart garnished with the toxic secretions of tree frogs.

Do you suppose Trump is going to improve? That was the hope after the election: that he’d take on some POTUS polish. No, what you see is what you get. I can only imagine that what’s going on behind the scenes in various halls of power would make a Matt Damon Bourne movie look like a sensitivity training session — grave professional men and women on all fours with their hair on fire howling into the acoustical ceiling tiles.

Don’t forget that it was the dismal failure of Democratic “progressive” politics that gave us Trump. His infantile lies and foolish tweets were made possible by a mendacious political culture that excuses illegal immigrants as “the undocumented,” refuses to identify radical Islamic terror by name, shuts down free speech on campus, made Michael Brown of Ferguson a secular saint, claims that there’s no biological basis for gender, and allowed Wall Street to pound the American middle class down a rat hole like so much sand.

You think this is the dark night of the national soul? The sun only went down a few minutes ago and it’s a long hard slog to daybreak.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. Georges1202 January 23, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    There was much predictable and idiotic warbling on CNN about the Peaceful Transition of Power. A sad testament to the age of diminished expectations that we should be grateful that the tanks didn’t roll.

    A pathetic and empty spectacle void of anything even remotely joyous. Welcome to the new Normal.

    • Cold N. Holefield January 23, 2017 at 8:10 am #

      Donald Trump is to the American Presidency what The Young Pope,
      Lenny Belardo, is to the Catholic Church. It’s a transformative Shake
      Up. I’m not saying the creators of The Young Pope HBO series
      intended it to be instructive in this way, because I’m sure they didn’t. It doesn’t matter whether they intended it or not, it’s instructive
      nonetheless, wittingly or unwittingly. One thing The Young Pope is
      accomplishing in the first episode is revealing, and the creators of this series aren’t the first to do this, the malevolent political bureaucracy that runs the Vatican and the Catholic Church. It’s the REAl POWER behind the Papal Throne, and this The Young Pope is already exposing it for what it is. Don’t get me wrong, The Young Pope appears to be a psychopath, but the message is, it takes a psychopath to turn the collective psychopathy of the Catholic Church‘s administrative bureaucracy on its head.

      The Enemy Within

      • bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 11:25 am #

        Hi Cold! Great point! By the way, I’ve been checking into your blog with interest. I learn a great deal from you, and from Janet and from barbisbest–and from James, of course.

      • njguy73 January 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

        If a Catholic doesn’t like a Pope, that person can quit being Catholic and go Episcopalian or something.

        It’s a lot harder to quit being American, and super-extra-double hard to quit being Black or Jewish or non-cisgendered or non-heterosexual. Or to quit being a woman.

        • DownWithYogaPants January 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

          Well Mr Kunstler that was indeed rambling and incoherent.

          “Trump is a Meshuga”…(crazy) for doing the right thing. For not being corrupt. For calling out the clowns on the podium behind him????

          WTF???

          But then you imply he’s on the right track with the title of the piece??? ( Vast array of rackets implies a negative connotation of the status quo )

          Somebody went off their meds and it was not me. While I don’t have to agree with all the articles I do ask they they show some semblence of coherence.

          I’m saying your prediction is WRONG here and now: 1/23/2017. I say the people will rise up and cause holy hell if any sort of attempt as you describe is made. Is it perhaps your cognitive dissonance bubbling up because you secretly admire what he is doing but have to keep tell yourself “I hate Trump….I hate Trump” ???? Whitey please!

          Ok to summarize we have:

          Pepe: Trump is a puppet
          Kuntslur: Trump is crazy
          Brandon? Trump is the fall guy

          Any others?

          Let’s play clueless pundit roulette:

          Round and round the marble goes. Where it stops nobody knows! Come on! Momma need a new pair a shooooes!

          • DownWithYogaPants January 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

            Originally written for ZH. Thus title was different there.

          • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

            Agree. Again trying to play both sides. Little coherence in this weeks diatribe… except oil, impending crash, deep state, CIA assasins repeated ad infinitum.

            He wants his cake and to eat it too. Wants a peaceful upturning of the apple cart… as do all pensioners and loose talkers

          • norecovery January 24, 2017 at 1:48 am #

            You should be banned for insulting our host with your idiotic name-calling.

        • Timo January 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

          “Non-cisgendered”? Were such creatures roaming the Earth at the same time as dinosaurs – and was Big Pharma selling child-castration products way back then?

          If so, Evolution deniers will have to update their theme parks to keep up with biological science-deniers to explain: “How we managed to survive as a species, after the Deity made M’Adam and St/Eve from mud”.

          BTW, one may renounce one’s U.S. citizenship at any time. FBI agents won’t come to your door anymore, but you’ll pay a pretty penny for it.

          But well worth it to be free to move to another country – if you can find one where the term ‘non-cisgendered’ is in currency (they’re very rare in the world).

          People who use such terms are sure to go the way of dinosaurs within a generation – after thousands of them commit parricide, and then suicide, when they realize how much they miss that thing that was between their legs when they were born).

          Survival of the fittest, and all that.

          T

          • outsider January 25, 2017 at 10:46 am #

            Timo: “Child castration products.” How apt. Why are so many young males, who have been medicated since childhood, committing suicide or, worse, murder? Maybe it’s because, due to sexual drive killing psych meds, they cannot get the normal erections, and orgasms, that other teenage boys get? If that had happened to me when I was a kid, I’d be plenty pissed off too. Those drugs are just as bad as circumcision, another affront to the manly spirit of males in the hopelessly backward USA.

        • Timo January 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

          “Non-cisgendered”? Were such creatures roaming the Earth at the same time as dinosaurs – and was Big Pharma selling child-castration products way back then?

          If so, Evolution deniers will have to update their theme parks to keep up with biological science-deniers to explain: “How we managed to survive as a species, after the Deity made M’Adam and St/Eve from mud”.

          BTW, one may renounce one’s U.S. citizenship at any time. FBI agents won’t come to your door anymore, but you’ll pay a pretty penny for it.

          But well worth it to be free to move to another country – if you can find one where the term ‘non-cisgendered’ is in currency (they’re very rare in the world).

          People who use such terms are sure to go the way of dinosaurs within a generation – after thousands of them commit parricide, and then suicide, when they realize how much they miss that thing that was between their legs when they were born).

          It will just be another example of the survival of the sanest.

          T

      • abbybwood January 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

        I wonder if this monstrous Catholic church will be featured in the show:

        youtube.com/watch?v=yzurtPFe9jE

        I would be VERY interested to hear Mr. Kunstler’s comments on this architectural clusterfuck.

      • ffkling January 24, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

        Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ? even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services.

    • jloughrey January 24, 2017 at 2:46 am #

      Trump requested tanks and missile launchers as part of his inaugural parade–a la North Korea–but his request was nixed by the MIC. Given Trump’s propensity for tweeting insults, it won’t be long before the real tanks start to roll.

      • Whoopdy-Do January 24, 2017 at 7:35 am #

        Please state evidence of Trump requesting tanks and missile launchers at his inaugural parade.

        • sharonsj January 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

          From http://www.snopes.com:

          The military “may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview . “That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”

          During the preparation for Friday’s transfer-of-power, a member of Trump’s transition team floated the idea of including tanks and missile launchers in the inaugural parade, a source involved in inaugural planning told The Huffington Post. “They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” the source said, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang, typically seen as an aggressive display of muscle-flexing.

          The military, which traditionally works closely with the presidential inaugural committee, shot down the request, the source said. Their reason was twofold. Some were concerned about the optics of having tanks and missile launchers rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue. But they also worried that the tanks, which often weigh over 100,000 pounds, would destroy the roads.

          P.S. You have a computer; use it.

  2. AKlein January 23, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    Trump’s got guts, you’ve got to give him that. Maybe more guts than brains or good sense, but maybe that’s what it’s going to take to get things back on track for the long haul. Perhaps we should view his election as a form of catharsis. Sometimes catharsis requires actions that are not very fashionable or nuanced. Such as, when you’ve drunk too much and your stomach is churning, you stick your finger down your throat to vomit it up. Not pretty. But is sure works.

    • Cold N. Holefield January 23, 2017 at 8:24 am #

      Or, better yet, cutting off your nose to spite your face. I hear that works just as well.

    • Greg Knepp January 23, 2017 at 9:08 am #

      Trump, above all else, is a free man – perhaps the only free man left in America. This, I believe, is what attracted me from the beginning. I am, after all, a life-long Democrat, tied to it’s various myths and dogmas. But Donald Trump introduced to something long forgotten but very American – freedom!

      • sooty January 23, 2017 at 10:24 am #

        I’m curious in what way you consider him free. How is it “free” to be so attached to externalities: crowd size, gilded furniture, younger women, the “biggest and bestest” of everything? Isn’t he the woolly mammoth of the tar pits of consumerism, in which most of the “little people” will sink without a trace?

        Some continue to claim he “tells it like it is” and isn’t bound by the usual conventions of political discourse. That would be great if he were talking about the reality of restricted resources, etc. But his freedom of expression is so markedly used to prop up his ego.

        Really–I’d like to know where you see the freedom in him.

        • K-Dog January 23, 2017 at 11:53 am #

          The assumption is that he does not owe any favors but the fact is he does. He has to advance a highly conservative platform to appease his base and satisfy the conservative deep pockets who contributed to his campaign. Sheldon Adelson is Trump’s biggest contributor and on Sheldon’s behalf Trump will be looking the other way next time Israel goes into the West Bank to murder men women and children. I’m not happy about that but the Clinton Foundation would have made equally unsavory demands on had she prevailed.

          There is also a collective sigh of relief south of the border in Mexico where members of the marijuana distribution industry are now assured they will continue to be able to practice their trade no longer being threatened by a looming specter of legalization. Sheldon hates the evil weed and is convinced it speaks Spanish; end of story.

          On a positive note the world and the country is overpopulated and America will soon be discovering the resources needed to feed the current population are strained to the limit. I am happy to see that identity politics are under attack. I watched Elizabeth Warren rant yesterday about immigration being wonderful and it is good that mindless agenda is not walking the halls of the White House in Clinton’s blue pantsuit. I am tired of pro-immigration people wanting to give citizenship to strangers in as large a number as possible as if resources came from the bottom of a horn of plenty. Identity politics is a way of not taking care of our own and driving wedges between people who actually already get along. Making differences where they do not exist. If Trump’s ideas have little basis in reality the Democratic agenda was no different in that regard.

          There is no reason to panic,. The country was already in deep shit before Trump was elected and I am not worried about getting my pussy grabbed. I don’t have one.

          The power of ‘Make America Great Again’ wanes as action must now replace words lest the natives become restless. I’m having the decency to let Trump fuck up before I criticize him.
          I know I won’t have to wait long and while the Cheeto’s acceptance speech has been criticized for being overly depressing his mention of the country having a failed infrastructure and other problems was not something that modern Democrats really care to acknowledge in their distracted and feckless pursuit of imaginary discriminations.

          I could never vote for Trump because he seems brain dead in so many ways but I’m not saddened to see the Democratic circle jerk come to an end at least for now. It may be necessary for the Democratic party to grow some actual real vales instead of their empty and amorphous equal exploitation and degradation for all mantra if they want to return to power.

          In the last days of Obama, watching him give away medals to rich people who don’t need them (including the Vice President) I was reminded that I had read in the last days of the French monarchy prior to the French revolution the monarchy had been paralyzed by ritual. Obama also made himself paralyzed by ritual, perhaps he did it on purpose since no change was his agenda and in that regard Trump is indeed free. If Trump has two brain cells he can rub together some progress is possible.

          Does he have two brain cells he can rub together. That is the question. His media attention center is fully intact and above average in ability. That is clear. The question is what else is up there besides hair for as we know Cheetos are mostly air.

          • HowardBeale January 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

            K-Dog,
            While Jim is probably the one writer I would want on the deserted island, a surprising second choice–he making many of the same arguments, using fiction, as you and Jim–would have to be: theanarchistlibrary.org/library/ted-kaczynski-ship-of-fools

            And I appreciate your willingness to allow to Trump to fail before crucifying him, as you just don’t “hear” that anywhere on the net–at least not the places I’ve been.

          • HowardBeale January 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

            P.S. Give the Cabin Boy a chance…

          • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

            K-Dog: “Identity politics is a way of not taking care of our own and driving wedges between people who actually already get along. … I am not worried about getting my pussy grabbed. I don’t have one.”

            It sounds to me like you give Trump a pass on out-of-control behaviour, as long as the people he’s harming aren’t ones you consider “your own”. Regarding Bill Clinton’s shenanigans, all we ever had were rumours and accusations. In Trump’s case we have his bragging declaration on videotape.

            Personally I would hold those in power to a higher standard: Be a man, whether the women you want to finger are ones I consider “my own” or not.

          • Majella January 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

            The cost of ‘waiting till he fucks up” could well be enormous. He’s already in violation of the Constitution – which he has just sworn to uphold – in many respects.
            The fact is, that whatever he says NOW will be in opposite land 10 minutes later. How can anyone or any external state believe a single thing he says? On what basis can any sort of treaty or ‘deal’ be made and relied upon?

          • K-Dog January 23, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

            @Howard I appreciated ‘ship of fools‘ thank you. We are indeed in that situation. How many of our fools on our ship don’t even know that rubber bullets were fired at Sanding Rock last week. How many of our fools even know about Standing Rock. Of those who do how many understand the issues? We are a nation with misplaced priorities and our ship too heads north and everywhere our people are distracted by trivia.

            @Elrond Trump has not had time enough for out of control behavior since he took office and if you are referring to his comments about grabbing pussy, that was talk years ago and not actual behaviour. It is called talking shit. I have done it and I bet you have too. As far as I know no woman has ever stepped forward complaining about Trump grabbing their pussy. As to holding leaders to a higher standard I don’t agree. Generally a politician’s sex life should be kept private and out of the news. Worrying about a politicians sex life detracts from genuine political issues and is ‘ship of fools‘ behaviour. If nobody is getting hurt by a politicians sexual proclivities their sex life is none of our business. What is our business is how well they govern. The people I consider my own is everybody so your assumption about me is wrong.

          • K-Dog January 23, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

            @Majella Not waiting for him to fuck up sanctions chaos and disrespects rules of common decency and law. If people are going to be held accountable for anything it has to be done fairly or it means nothing. Not waiting for him to fuck up sanctions the law of the jungle.

        • Greg Knepp January 23, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

          He is the eternal Wild Man: Enkidu, Samson, the Pied Piper of Hamlin, Davy Crockett, Shane – like these archetypes he’s come to lay waste to all that encumbers the animal spirit within. Bill Maher (Mar sp?) calls Trump, “all id”. …Perhaps, but so what!

          • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

            Self-control is the foundation of civil order. How can the chief executive govern 330 million people when he can’t govern himself?

          • Majella January 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

            @K-Dog (just above)
            I get your point, but who’s to say what constitutes ‘fucked up’? In my view, he has already fucked up by contravening the Constitution when he swore to uphold it last Friday…that, and since then a constant barrage of small-minded, petty, pathetic whinging about ‘everyone in the dishonest press’ being against him…his complete cognitive dissonance regarding his previous whining about Nazis in the face of the CIA at his meeting there…what’s next? How BAD does it have to get for you to call me on having FUBAR’d it?

          • Majella January 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

            “…called HIM on having FUBAR’d it?”

        • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

          Money, Power, Fame – these are what women find attractive before all else. Trump has them all – He is the Alpha Male of this planet. All those women marching want to be Melania Trump.

          • Majella January 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

            Oh, please! You’re projecting – YOU want to be Donald Trump.

          • outsider January 25, 2017 at 11:08 am #

            From what I’ve read, evolutionary psychology backs up Janos. Women are constantly in search of resources due to eons of taking care of children while the man goes into the woods in search of meat for dinner. So, they look for the Alpha Male to mate with. How about present day Europe? Feminist women there have rejected the Beta Males they are responsible for creating in favor of the Middle Eastern invaders who will put them back in the kitchen, clothed from head to toe, with a half dozen children to care for,

      • thwack January 23, 2017 at 10:28 am #

        In a way he acts like a guy who doesn’t have any money? (f*ck yo feelins neeyuggah)

        God bless the child who got his own

      • NickS January 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

        Free to be a total asshole – degrading women, accused of multiple rapes, – free to not give a fuck about the employees in his many failed businesses. Free to shoot his mouth of about things that have actual consequences for those without that “freedom.” Wakey, wakey. To anyone with half a brain cell it’s as clear as day that he is unfit for anything other than a cell. James is right, his presidency is already past its sell-by-date.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

          All those women backed off. Women often do this kind of thing, for example before divorce. Typically they back off to avoid perjuring themselves.

          You’re really talking about Bill Clinton – but of course you’re fine with what he actually did.

      • khodges January 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

        As someone who’s unburdened by empathy, erudition and self-reflection, he is very free indeed.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill January 23, 2017 at 11:55 am #

      The concept of “things back on track” may be where the disconnect lies for Trump, inc. and his followers. As our host JHK has noted through several books and weekly posts here for years, including this one, there is no going back to this ambiguous America Made Great Again. Thus far Trump and crew seems to want to be the 2nd coming of Reagan with a little Alex Jones on the side. No science, no economic thought beyond Austrian School austerity, no well rounded thinking from a wide array of disciplines. No consideratipn whatsoever that the endless growth paradigm might be a flawed theory. Nope. Just pure ideology from a conservative, entertainment business mindset.

      Personally, I expect incompetence of epic proportions as antiquated, obsolete ideas are thrown again and again at multiple predicaments to no avail. Then the scapegoating will begin in true ernest. It’s the liberal medias fault. Those immigrants are the problem, etc… Never once will the concepts of our living arrangement or the EROEI on the drill, baby drill foolishness come under consideration.

      Prepare the best you can, then kick back and watch the show. That’s about all you can do. Plus, many of Trump, inc.’s actions should prove breathtaking in their foolishness and/or incompetence. So the entertainment level could get quite high for those who enjoy gallows humor. After all, that’s where we are as a society: entertainment first and foremost.

      • Timo January 24, 2017 at 11:54 am #

        Sit back and watch the show on our Chinese plasma screens – until a spook dressed as a general comes on air to tell us that broadcasts have been suspended due to a national emergency. Or the screen just goes blank.

        • joerg.daehn January 29, 2017 at 2:02 am #

          The revolution will not be televised . . . Oh wait, maybe the coup d’etat will be. SCNR

      • outsider January 25, 2017 at 11:26 am #

        Our host, Mr K, has long written about our crumbling infrastructure. At least Trump is addressing it. Instead of talking about more highways, if Trump acknowledged the disaster of Happy Motoring America, and had said he wanted to pour billions into rebuilding the railroads (NOT high speed rail), I wonder if Mr K would remain such a critic.

    • abbybwood January 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

      Well, he DID deep-six the TPP trade deal this morning that Obama and many Republicans were hell bent on passing.

      Hillary Clinton called it “the gold standard in trade deals” before Sanders shamed her into coming out against it.

      It was clear that her intention was to “re-negotiate” the deal once in The Oval Office when she demanded the platform committee not come out against it as Sanders wanted. The claim was that it was out of respect for Obama. BS.

      I am a Progressive and I cheer what Trump did today regarding the TPP.

      I will cheer when he deports illegal aliens who are convicted criminals.

      I will cheer when he “somehow” (?) manages to create new jobs.

      Who knows? He might come up with a healthcare plan that is better than the ACA.

      And I will certainly cheer when he lives up to his word about not wanting to continue the imperialistic “regime change” scheme enacted by Bush, Obama and Hillary Clinton.

      The best line of his inaugural speech was regarding no more regime changes. That it will be better to lead by example and hope that other countries follow what we are doing rather than go thousands of miles off our shores to force our way of life with bombs/drones.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

        Bravo for your clarity. America First – they hate us having Dasein again – being for ourselves first, last, and always. A people who have being are hard to exploit.

        • khodges January 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

          What does it mean to put America first? Sometimes, policies that plainly appear to put America first are in fact detrimental to America’s long-term interests. Consider the executive order banning immigrants from countries deemed to be “terror-prone.” While it sounds pragmatic on paper and may actually succeed in denying entry to a would-be terrorist, this has to be weighed against the loss of influence that comes from closing down an exchange between two countries, which is unquantifiable but immense.

      • HowardBeale January 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

        I wish Rush Limbaugh hadn’t destroyed the word “ditto.”

        Cheers!

      • orbit7er January 25, 2017 at 10:14 am #

        Hmm no more regime changes? Are we sure about that?
        Jeremy Scahill was on DemocracyNow talking about the Amway Pyramid scheme billionaires Erik Prince and Betsy DeVoss and their connection to the Trump Administration. Of course we know Betsy DeVoss the champion of privatizing public schools so they can be taken over by religious and rich private schools or cannibalized for private plutocratic profits has been nominated for Secretary of Education. But apparently Erik Prince, another member of the Amway con scheme is advising Trump.
        See democracynow.org/2017/1/18/scahill_blackwater_founder_erik_prince_the for details.
        The same story was also covered by the Intercept, home now to Glenn Greenwald who helped release Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA spying on all Americans:
        theintercept.com/2017/01/17/notorious-mercenary-erik-prince-is-advising-trump-from-the-shadows/

        Erik Prince is of the same mindset as Betsy DeVoss – privatize America’s actual soldiering at taxpayer’s expense for his own profits and resource extraction. Which goes right along with nominating Rex Tillerson of Exxon “Climate Denial” Oil Wars and resource extraction aided by private mercenaries in countries like Nigeria…
        On Climate Denial funding STILL being done by Exxon as they claim they have stopped see:
        desmogblog.com/2016/07/08/exxonmobil-new-disclosures-show-oil-giant-still-funding-climate-science-de…
        Al Gore repeated this same claim to DemocracyNow…

        Erik Prince has NO loyalty to the US, the Constitution or anything else except his endless power and project of some Christianized Jihad Holy War for of course millions in profits.

      • orbit7er January 25, 2017 at 10:33 am #

        Exxon Mobil in Nigeria – I am very sure I have had reports of Exxon Mobil hiring “private security” ie the likes of Erik Prince’s Blackwater to defend its oil extraction overseas. But not found documentatioon yet. But here is an interesting article on Exxon’s corrupt business practices beyond CONTINUING Climate Denial:

        theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/23/exxonmobil-nigeria-oil-fields-deal-investigation

      • orbit7er January 25, 2017 at 10:36 am #

        More on Blackwater mercenaries:

        books.google.com/books?id=vpo5E5JagJEC&pg=PA422&lpg=PA422&dq=scahill+exxon+mercenarie…

      • orbit7er January 25, 2017 at 11:24 am #

        Cheers to ending the TPP!
        Good riddance!

  3. capt spaulding January 23, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    That’s a great last paragraph. The long dark night is indeed upon us, and the wheels aren’t just gonna come off, they are gonna explode off. I’m witnessing a side of America that I’ve never seen before, and it’s very disturbing. Indeed, we live in interesting times.

    • outsider January 25, 2017 at 11:41 am #

      Personally, capt, I think it’s exhilarating. The stifling tyranny of the status quo has been slowly killing the spirit of men, while empowering women. Hillary would have been the death of males, even if she didn’t start WWIII just to prove she was tougher than any man.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

        This kind of zero-sum thinking about men and women — i.e., if women are empowered or any particular woman is empowered, then men are thereby disempowered — and its attendant castration imagery says a great deal more about the anxieties of men than anything else. You can take your hands off your crotch, it’s okay.

  4. wholy1 January 23, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    yo Jame’s, great writing as usual, but . . . what’s to be expected from you if the “Trumpster” actually prevails and demonstrates more political/biz finesse than you anticipate. At what date should One expect an “uncle” exclamation from you? After all, he has confounded just about the entire world stage up to now.

    • James Howard Kunstler January 23, 2017 at 8:43 am #

      Well, I’ll respond as the situation evolves. I’m not entrenched in fixed beliefs about this unspooling story. — JHK

      • Greg Knepp January 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

        One random observation – this comments section (among others) wouldn’t be half as interesting had Clinton won the election.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

        Trump will adopt, adapt and improve, the way he did in his successful primary campaign. He’ll find strategies that work for him, and exploit them to the hilt. We already know what kind of president he will be, and the longer he does last in office the better we can expect him to get at it.

        The Sean Spicer presser about the inaugural was the shot across the bow. Trump has his preferred universe that he lives in, and his efforts to enforce that on others will be unrelenting. The more the press in particular turns against him, the more he will turn to his base for direct action. It has worked pretty well for him so far.

        • abbybwood January 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

          And since the “Women’s March” on Saturday I think that base has increased.

          The Hillary supporters embarrassed themselves Saturday and the anarchists who torched cars and busted windows in D.C. on Friday during the inauguration also helped move more fence sitters into the Trump column.

          The Democrats can’t stop running around with their collective hair on fire. They all need to take a cold shower then go to the DNC headquarters in D.C. to demonstrate. That is where the enemy is that gave us Trump.

          • Dave in Pasadena January 23, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

            JHK: “Don’t forget that it was the dismal failure of Democratic ‘progressive’ politics that gave us Trump.”
            and
            abbywood: “That [DNC headquarters in D.C.] is where the enemy is that gave us Trump.”

            You are both wrong. The people who gave us Pissident PussyGrabber were the people who voted for him. People who didn’t vote for him didn’t put him in office. Stop making up foolish nonsense.

          • Dave in Pasadena January 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

            If the Democrats are responsible for electing the PussyGrabber, then the Republicans are responsible for electing President Obama, right?

          • orbit7er January 25, 2017 at 10:24 am #

            I don’t think so. I went on the Woman’s March in DC and there were a LOT of women who had never taken any interest in politics before but said “Enough is enough!” As on sign put it
            “When you piss off Grandma you are really in trouble!”
            Some of these women are going to call Congress and their politicians every day about their issues, they will run for office,
            they are going to show up at meetings. Imagine the Tea Party multiplied by 1000!
            Except not astroturf grassroots funded and taken over by the Koch Brothers but the same people who gave millions to fund Bernie’s campaign.
            Trump has awoken the sleeping giant of the Obamabots who had been mesmerized for 8 years by the silver-tongued very intelligent Obama who gave great speeches but who’s actual policies were frequently the exact opposite or at least milquetoast babysteps when bold action is needed.
            For example, there was a storm of criticism when Trump tweeted that we need more nuclear weapons. Obama always SAID he wanted to reduce nuclear weapons but in reality was supporting the insane plan to waste $1 Trillion of American taxpayers (the middle class or what’s left of it!) on a new generation of nuclear weapons!
            But Peace Action and other groups were having a terrible time convincing people to do something about it as the gifted orator lulled them to sleep.
            Now they are fully awake…

          • orbit7er January 25, 2017 at 10:28 am #

            Personal experience – to my shock 2 very nice woman neighbors that walk and run our dogs together admitted they voted for Trump at the last minute solely because they hated Hillary more. Now they are dead set against birth control restrictions, new pipelines instead of wind and renewable energy, etc…
            I doubt I will convince them to call Congress but they will be no bastions of support for Trump and will increasingly support their fellow women against Trump and the Republicans assault..

        • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

          Yes, we hate the media. They are like the Ray Bradbury story where an alien takes over a boy’s nervous system so he starts doing things that he doesn’t intend. We want our own nervous system again. How about Anti-Trust legislation against them? A few billionaires all from one ethnic group control the whole thing. It’s incestuous to the max and it doesn’t serve us in any way, but only “them”.

  5. GeoffZ January 23, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    I always appreciate JHK’s commentaries. I heard you on the recent Peak Prosperity Podcast – keep up the great work.

    I am assuming by your comments in this post that you are not buying into the ALTERNATIVE FACTS presented by meshuga’s administration. By golly – gosh – gee…..I can’t imagine why not! If you add some saccharine to the kool-aid then it tastes palatable.

    • messianicdruid January 23, 2017 at 10:28 am #

      The word “fact” was an unfortunate choice. All it accomplished was to give Chuck Todd a easy target to thrash the unfortunate issue of crowd size. Conway brought it to the point by pointing out the 14% approval rating of the previously mainstream press. RIP.

      • Majella January 25, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

        Kelly Anne Conjob almost physically CHOKED just as she uttered the ‘unfortunate’ words, Alternative Facts.” She’s no stupid bunny (like Pierson et al) so she KNOWS full well that she is deliberately distributing pure bullshit by the bucket-load, but the cheques must be too big to turn down. Have you seen here in April 2016:

        youtube.com/watch?v=cjPfljy0BzQ&t=1s

        Just, UGH!

  6. gasman January 23, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Here is the best reasoning I can find as to why trump is right on trade that I could find. Unfortunately Sir Goldsmith died of a heart attack 3 years after this was recorded. This is a must watch for those interested in the economy.

    youtube.com/watch?v=wwmOkaKh3-s

  7. venuspluto67 January 23, 2017 at 9:18 am #

    Another thing is that Trump has been continuing to skip intelligence briefings and he mostly took the weekend off after the inaugural before he really begins “presidenting”. Sounds like somebody who doesn’t really want the job, to me.

    • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 10:40 am #

      According to Kasich (for what it’s worth), when Trump offered him the VP job, he essentially said he didn’t want to the work, he just wanted to make deals.

      So Pence is the real president.

    • Ishabaka January 23, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      Uhh – the same intelligence briefings that informed previous Presidents of the certainty of Iraq possessing, weapons of mass destruction, advanced warning of the 9/11 attacks (oops – didn’t happen), passed on the Russian warning concerning the Boston bombers (oops, didn’t happen), the reasons why it was too expensive to repatriate America’s war materiel in Iraq (ISIS says “Thanks!”), and the reasons why a coup d’etat in Syria would be a matter of a few weeks, and a few American “advisors”?

  8. manysummits January 23, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    I was like a hawk watching the inauguration – and it was fascinating, and strangely uplifting.

    Trump has balls – he stood, and stands – alone – a true mark of strength.

    I’ve got a degree in Science – career oilpatch – then a full-time mountaineer for seven years – since 2004 a married man with a wife and son – and since then an environmental blogger – i.e., not exactly a fan of climate denial etc… Since the mountaineering – a working man – a precariot – all bridges to a more ‘comfortable’ past burned long ago.

    But you know – the “good-guys” didn’t do squat – just smoke and mirrors – and drones – yet more war – hypocrisy to the max.

    Trump is refreshing in comparison.

    And what he said in his speech – needed to be said – it was basically on message – and basically entirely correct. Even if he doesn’t deliver – at least he said it. How come no one before him said this ?

    Middle class – bullshit.

    I am an egalitarian. Middle class means there is an upper class and a lower class – even more bullshit.

    Someone mentioned Trump is a free man – yes – that captures a good part pf it – a rebel, in a way.

    Globalization as practiced has been an unmitigated disaster for the working man – and I now know how that feels.

    Someone mentioned “catharsis” – bang on !

    A country is more than a geography or an economy – it is an idea – sometimes even a great idea.

    The other way wasn’t working – as foul a nest as one could imagine – and I can imagine a lot.

    Is this better ?

    In the sense that change is here – and the mirror is now being finally looked into by everyone –

    Yes !

    • messianicdruid January 23, 2017 at 10:36 am #

      “A country is more than a geography or an economy – it is an idea – sometimes even a great idea.”

      America was built by a nation, not a country. America will survive the United States.

    • elysianfield January 23, 2017 at 11:57 am #

      “And what he said in his speech – needed to be said – it was basically on message – and basically entirely correct. Even if he doesn’t deliver – at least he said it. How come no one before him said this ?”

      “Mein Trumpf”

      • elysianfield January 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

        I reference Trump’s 16 minute Inaugural speech as “Mein Trumpf”…akin to an executive summary of his beliefs and remedies. it has been often posited on this site that “history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes”, and, in this instance it rhymes like a…well, like a motherfucker.

        Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” in the 20’s…he was derided by the press of his day…insulted and demeaned by those in power, his plans for the German People, outlined in his book, given no consequence…then he got into power and some stuff happened….

        Trump gave us his plan…for good or bad. He did not stutter, and he said it “real loud”…ignore, demean, diminish, and consider it a fantasy at your peril.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

          Yes, and his Plan created an economic miracle – so much so that the International Powers had to destroy Germany before the System spread to other countries.

          Hitler cut out the Banker middle men and bartered directly with other nations. Does anyone think they’re going to allow that?

          • Dave in Pasadena January 23, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

            Yes, those evil “Banker middle men” must have invaded Poland and later Russia. Using the word “barter” to describe an armed invasion is quite creative.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      A Nation is a People first and foremost. Even a great man like Trump can’t undo the damage of mass Third World immigration – all of them unneeded now, unlike the immigrants of yesteryear. And all of them far more alien than other European Christian peoples. It’s a recipe for disaster.

      • messianicdruid January 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

        The problem, as usual, is the ignorance of the Word [ instructions ].

        Immigrants were welcome in ancient Israel, but were not to partake in the government [ become citizens ] as soon as they settled in. After the third generation those with similar geneology were allowed into the congregation. After the tenth generation others were allowed into the congregation. Declared enemies were never allowed in, at all.

        These were the time periods required to perform assimilation, which does not include the worship [ obedience to ] other g-o-d-s [ rulemakers ].

        Cause and effect.

        • Greg Knepp January 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

          True…to a point. Of course ‘rank hath its privileges’. Ruth the Moabite and Uriah the Hittite (along with his wife) are only a few of the numerous examples of exceptions to the rule you lay out.

          Because of certain attributes that were important to the powers-that-be, these foreigners were able to fast-track their ascendancy into the higher ranks of the nation of Israel-Judah society. It was then as it is now – it’s all about who you know. Traditions and rules can be circumvented with the right connections.

          • messianicdruid January 24, 2017 at 12:29 am #

            There is a good argument to be made that Ruth was an Israelite living among the Moabites. But Moab, at any rate, was a product of incest between Lot, the nephew of Abraham, and a daughter, thus a Hebrew [ a descendent of Eber ] and thus their grandchildren were born as citizens.

            Being married to an Israelite, or employed by one did not make you a member of the congregation.

            “Traditions and rules can be circumvented with the right connections.” Circumventing the rules does not circumvent the consequences of circumventing the rules. This is the whole message of the scriptures which moderns scrupulously ignore.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

          CI says that the injunction, “Thou shalt not lie down with the beasts of the fields” refers to Black slaves. What say ye?

          • Greg Knepp January 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

            Wrong Janos, the Children of Isis, Ra, El were originally pastoral. Having sex with the livestock was a real problem, on a number of levels. As far as blacks were concerned, Solomon had a black lover who made it into the literature. Joseph’s wife was an Egyptian. There are other examples; none that I know of that single out blacks as slaves.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

            What animals are you attracted to? What problems do you experience with this?

            Ayatollah Khomeni opined that you CANNOT eat the meat of animal you have ejaculated into. Please bear that in mind.

      • outsider January 25, 2017 at 11:58 am #

        Janos – Perhaps you’d agree (or not) that our country is not a nation by any stretch of the word. We are just a ramshackle multicultural mess whose inhabitants from all over the world have nothing in common. Enter Trump to Stop the Madness. If the GOP majority does not repeal and replace the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act (heavily promoted by a young Teddy Kennedy), then our doom is sealed. Unless these GOP Beltway Bums get a handle on immigration (how about a time out, please?), then, not only is the USA doomed even sooner, but Trump will be the last republican ever elected potus.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

          Yes, to all of the above. We once were a Nation, the different European ethnes twining together. But Hart-Celler blew all that up. People draw all the wrong conclusions from our previous history: it was very difficult to bring the European Peoples together – and that’s when we were strong and they were needed. Now we’re supposed to do the same with utterly alien peoples when we’re weak and they’re not needed? Not going to happen.

          • messianicdruid January 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

            “Not going to happen.”

            If you are automatically making them citizens with full voting rights, etc. – the society will be changed to polyglot of chaos. This is the reason it is being done.

            However, if you are allowing strangers who wish for their descendents to become citizens then follow the instructions. It takes ten generations.

    • Majella January 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      Hey Manysummits – correct. It is refreshing to hear the Truth spoken aloud & to power. The unfortunate thing is the Truth in this case was spoken by a liar…a dyed-in-the-wool serial prevaricator.

      There was – IS still – someone also telling the truth in Bernie Sanders. Maybe the DNC succeeded in blocking his advance with dirty tricks, but they have not been able to stop his progressive ideas and those who will fight for them and resist this JOKE of an administration.

  9. lsjogren January 23, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    Trump shocked the political establishment and media by giving an inauguration speech that implied he is dead serious about destroying their oligarchy. They were bewildered. He’s supposed to sell out now that his populist song and dance won him the White House.

    Probably unfounded concern, a lot of his advisers are old guard establishment hacks.

    Immigration reform advocates point out he has yet to appoint Kris Kobach deputy Homeland Security Secretary, an essential step if the anarchist immigration policies of the Bush/Obama regime are to be rolled back.

    Meanwhile the journalism community is dead set on burying him for fostering public awareness of what a bunch of clowns they are.

    And he’s not helping himself by taking the bait they lay out hook line and sinker.

  10. hmuller January 23, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    JHK, you seem to understand that we live under a despicably corrupt and hypocritical kleptocracy. Our leaders have the moral values of gangsters. (Actually worse, most gangsters aren’t pedophiles.) Then you denounce Trump for opposing such evil. He’s not cautious, deferential, and polite enough for your tastes.

    It’s going to take some very rude and bold men who aren’t afraid of blood on their hands, if the American people are ever to take back our nation from the goons of the deep state and banking cartel!

    • daveed January 23, 2017 at 11:43 am #

      “It’s going to take some very rude and bold men who aren’t afraid of blood on their hands…”

      Wondering if you mean that literally or figuratively. There’s no question that this country is a basket case and needs some major shaking up.
      Neither party seems to be up to the task. But I’d rather that the leader of the New Reformation be someone of integrity, rather than a lying, self-absorbed gangster. To be only “rude and bold” isn’t enough. We’ve been down that road before.

      I can’t believe how many folks in this forum, and out in the ‘real world’
      have drunk from Trump’s Kool-Aid chalice.

      • hmuller January 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

        My devotion is to the principles of the US Constitution and the founding fathers, not to any person. If Trump betrays us, I’ll turn on him. Am I a Kool-Aid drinker to believe in such things?

        • messianicdruid January 23, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

          Yes, but yours is only about a 1/4 teaspoon to a gallon of water. Their’s is thick enough for the spoon to stand up.

      • njguy73 January 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

        Shaking up?

        How about breaking up?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      Well said. As Spengler said, Civilization stomps up on hob nailed boots and descends in silken slippers. If we want to go up, we have to make some noise and do some stomping.

      • outsider January 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

        Indeed, Jefferson wrote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants, it is its natural manure.” Feminized males throughout the Western world have forgotten this. Trump is bringing this truism back. As Lenin once said: you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.

    • sharonsj January 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      If Trump opposes our corrupt kleptocracy, why is he appointing the witless super rich to run his government? Betsy DeVoss, a woman who opposes public education, is chosen to run public education. Rick Perry wants to run an agency he originally said should be shut down. Ben Carson, who knows nothing about commerce, is going to run the Dept. of Commerce. And don’t tell me Trump deliberately chose the clueless when the rest of his choices are nothing but foxes guarding the hen house. Rude and bold? I don’t think so.

      • hmuller January 30, 2017 at 7:53 am #

        Ben Carson was appointed to head HUD (Housing and Urban Development) not Commerce! Try getting your facts straight. As for the Dept of Education, they need to be shaken up by a critical thinker.

  11. johngalt January 23, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    In the New Republic, members enjoy resuming the restoration of the Constitutional republic from JFK’s point of interruption, can see for miles and miles, and enjoy Liberty in building out properties and the local means of production, with the capability to sow, nurture, grow, harvest, store, cook, engineer, design, program, automate, construct, process, raise, teach, hunt, defend, provide, debate, organize, compose, worship, dance, laugh, love, celebrate, and sustain.

    dropbox.com/s/nv8sko6hpqm6tir/New%20Republic%20rev123.pdf?dl=0

    http://www.got-truth.com

  12. Jeremy January 23, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    All I can add is Oy vey!

    And of course, don’t miss Pussy Riot’s video, “Make America Great Again”!

    youtu.be/s-bKFo30o2o

  13. RobH January 23, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    He mentioned re-building the railroads!

    I only know this as was mentioned jokingly on a podcast comedy I listen to (called the Bugle) as un-American. That means it may not be true of course. But I am not going to read the speech

    • RobH January 23, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      Every news article in the UK press with a photo of any of his team has a middle aged man in a suit and tie. They could use ‘stock photo’ of man in suit instead

      I think they should just put photos of puppies or something nice instead

      • daveed January 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

        Totally agreed. Photos of the grim-faced Great Man with his phalanx
        of grim-faced serious men moving boldly here and there, signing this edict, going over there to Tweet some serious stuff, or talk to more grim-faced serious men about seriously serious stuff. Wow, these guys are on the ball. You can tell just by looking at them.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

      The Bugle is hilarious, although I’m not sure that all of the guest hosts really hold up their end equally well. Andy Zaltzmann performed here a couple of months ago and gave a very generous show.

  14. pequiste January 23, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    Donald J. Trump is the person who best manifests the post-industrial, technotronic (computer & robot) hyper-finance civilization we have created in America. He tapped into the Zeitgeist and angst wonderfully and that is why he is where he is.

    That he is coarse, blunt and unexpurgated is just another reflection of the culture that produced him: TV is the pervasive social integrator nonpareil of all time. The president is a TV star, only now on the biggest stage imaginable.
    make the future generation of adults, are mostly warehousing for youngsters teaching them God-knows-what: coherent thinking e.g. Logic or Rhetoric? the elements of Tweeting; strategic basketball playing; LBGTQ advanced placement courses?

    How much TV per day do they watch?

    Where Melville, Twain or Mencken are no longer read – too white, too male. Who’s got time to read anymore anyway?

    Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer are not the songwriting team of our time; Everyone’s “device” is loaded with the greatest hits of Pharrel, Rhinna and Katy Perry – how cool is that? Providing the “classical” background score to the spectacle: Madonna , Tupac and Slipknot

    And how the machines now keep the American civilization rolling: the Wall Street money machine; the D.C. war machine; the Hollywood infotainment and bullshit machine….now A.I. will be directing those machines: if anything,THAT IS CRAZY!

    I think ours is a collective guilt – so please don’t blame the messenger, the President of the U.S.A.

    As to the disposition of the current state of the new administration: Will he be carted off of the stage on a gurney after collapsing with apoplexy? Will the Deep State use a big hook to force an exit stage right? Can a foreign power or rogue agent interrupt our programming for a special announcement? Yelling fire in a crowded theatre is always hazardous.

    Stay tuned – it is the “real” daily show.

    • abbybwood January 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      Believe it or not, my Mellennial son has the “La La Land” soundtrack playing in his car and he is determined to learn to play the piano!

      No Rihanna/Pharrell for him!

    • michael January 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

      “Where Melville, Twain or Mencken are no longer read…”

      No, it’s not because they are too white.
      It’s because the attention span has shortened and the language is not simple and easy to understand as mandated by our universities.

  15. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Everybody was confident that it would be Hillary. And her movement against common sense and traditional values looked ominously like Maidan in Kiev. But it all resulted in fiasco, not a revolution.

    On the contrary, she helped mobilized remaining healthy forces in America to support the National Revolution of Trump.

    Although there will probably be a hybrid civil war between conservative and liberal clans, not to mention the constant danger of riots in Washington. After all, Bikers can’t be in DC year round.

    And I don’t believe in any possibility of acute financial crisis ala 2008/9 – after all, even then it was artificially triggered by the Wall Street “community” and some politicians, including Hillary who blocked the rescue of Lehman Brothers to punish it for financing Obama campaign. And the reason was simple – to be able to buy real assets penny on the dollar, as usual (yawn).

    And now they are the losing party, they wouldn’t dare to try or they’ll wind up in a New York minute in Caribbean resort named “Gitmo” for terrorist activity aimed at disrupting the healthy American markets.

    Good thing Obama didn’t get to closing the Gitmo.

    • thwack January 23, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      “Everybody was confident that it would be Hillary.”

      ***********************************

      Yeah,

      and those are the very same people for whom the inauguration address was the first time they listened to a Donald Trump speech from beginning to end.

      If you got all your Trump filtered through the main stream media; of course you couldn’t understand how he beat Hillary?

      Obama and the press remind me of the “mean girls” in high school that all the other girls are afraid of.

      • Dave in Pasadena January 23, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

        Trump’s speeches were not filtered by the evil “main stream media.” On days when Clinton gave three speeches in three different locations, CNN, for example, had a blonde yakker give a two sentence summary of one of her speeches while the network covered Trump’s empty podium for thirty minutes before he arrived and then gave him full, uninterrupted coverage of his entire speech. No filter. You obviously weren’t watching or reading the same “main stream media” I watched and read.

  16. shotho January 23, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    As usual, Mr. K has said it all, so why bother to embellish. But, I will.
    If one looked closely, the sad state of national affairs was on full display this weekend. From a whole stage full of grifters, preening themselves on their wealth and power to silly, fat-assed, pointy-eared and pink clad women parading their goofiness for all to see. How does one have any optimism after all of that?

  17. pequiste January 23, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Sorry, I don’t know where this intro to the paragraph disappeared to:

    “The family units and school systems….” that make…..

  18. Lonely Traveler January 23, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    All I have to say about the Trump presidency is that millionaires have run the country since Ronnie Raygun declared it Morning in America in 1981. Now, it’s time for the billionaires to take over. I don’t see much changing for us hundredaires and thousandaires. We’ve been ignored for three decades. I just hope like hell that they don’t squander the Social Security and Medicare funds. Those will be my ticket out of this mess in a couple of years. Make America Great Again – buy a bunch of shit you can’t afford and check out in deep debt.

    • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 10:47 am #

      Agreed.

      In spite of his big talk, his cabinet screams “business as usual”. Anyone who thinks the billionaire’s boys club that makes up Trump’s cabinet is going to change their tune on globalization because president Donald told them to is delusional. These suits can’t “drain the swamp” because they are the swamp,

    • TravisT January 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

      More like mid70s decoupling of productivity and wages. That was also when last WW2 vets were retiring. The Master class couldn’t touch them, once they were gone, Masters project of returning to gilded age began in earnest.

      Don’t forget, gilded age/robber baron level of inequality is the historical norm in US; New Deal/WW2/Marshall Plan era c1933-75 is the aberration. I don’t believe Trump would interfere with the Master class project if he could.

  19. Ishabaka January 23, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    I have to say, I enjoyed yesterday’s spectacle of mostly white, middle class American women – one of the planet’s most privileged groups – marching wearing “pink pussy hats” to express their outrage at a President whose main offense seems to have been to say “Grab ’em by the pussy” in a private conversation long ago.

    Of course, none of those women had the slightest fear anyone would dare touch a hair on their heads, unlike the Negro Freedom Marchers, or Chicago Vietnam war protesters in days gone by.

    Photos of the aftermath revealed mounds of garbage left in the streets by the middle class women, to be cleared away, apparently, by deplorable blue collar working men.

    • Josh January 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

      Don’t you know that it’s a fundamental human right to have other people clean up after you, for free?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

      Yes, they hate White Men and White Men hate them back. Diving the sexes is perhaps the greatest Victory of the Enemy against our People and Civilization.

      The secret is to ignore women. If White Men can throw off their chains and become proud and prosperous again, the women will come a runnin’ and crawlin’. They’re much like the Blacks: the more you give them, the more disrespectful they will get and the more they will riot.

  20. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    silly, fat-assed, pointy-eared and pink clad women parading their goofiness for all to see

    Most likely they were already paid for Hillary inauguration festivities in advance. Would be a shame to let all that money to go to waste.

    • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      My 81 year-old-mother was in one of those groups, wearing one of those hats. She hasn’t embarrassed me that much since elementary school.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

        The Vedic Civilization teaches that Women are never to be under their own control. Their Father passes them on to the Husband and the Husband to the Son. If these links fail, the Brothers step in.

  21. sprawlcapital January 23, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    . . . claims that there’s no biological basis for gender . . .
    ========================================

    Example: Bradley Manning is a delusional young man who thinks he is a woman and calls himself Chelsea. This is abundantly clear, yet not politically correct, at least in Democrat circles, to state openly.

    That does not justify the abuse Bradley has received at the hands of the deep state.

    • hmuller January 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      It’s ridiculous how the press refers to Manning as a “she” because he put on a dress. If I wear feathers, will I officially become a chicken? At least to the mainstream press?

  22. uslabor January 23, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    Speaking of “Radical Islamic terror”, It looks like Trump is going to make things even worse in the Mid-east, as if such a thing were possible, by inviting the con-artist Bibi Netanyahu to The White House in February to discuss the the American Embassy move to Jerusalem. Over the next ten years Bibi and Co are going to grab a record amount of US taxpayer dough to prop up their Zionist state and steal more land from the Palestinians.

    You can’t be say “Radical Zionist Terror” in this mendacious political culture.

    • elysianfield January 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

      Uslabor,
      What you say is true…and unfortunate.

      • Dave in Pasadena January 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

        To say it would be politically incorrect.

  23. Bro Jobe January 23, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    “Do you suppose Trump is going to improve?”

    No. I despised the man when he claimed to be a Democrat. He was a carnival barker selling Brand Trump and all its cheap gimcracks then. He still is.

    Problem: the Brand has no value. JHK is correct that either the Cabinet or the military will have to remove this waddling, fact-denying Id from power. We will then have to endure the outrage by the lumpenproles who really believe his carnival-barker’s pitch.

    I’m confident that enough Trump voters are reasonable, if dispossessed, middle-class folks to prevent the Civil War 2.0 from erupting when Trump goes down. A Republican needs to take his place after his early exit, if only to maintain the sense that our system still works, until the next elections.

    But I could be wrong. Badly wrong.

  24. volodya January 23, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    The message of disempowerment wasn’t something that came out of the deep blue sky on Jan 20. Trump has been on this theme for the whole presidential campaign and the primaries before then.

    Maybe it was a shock that he STILL keeps talking about it when a more reasonable man (and a man who has an eye to self preservation) would start talking about something else. That’s the expected thing isn’t it?

    There’s others that have a stake in this. The political legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party rests on the multitude of off-shored American factories and and the millions of jobs they provide. So if Trump tries to re-arrange global production, they will not be happy about it.

    The men in Beijing may command a huge army to keep internal order but they know they’re still vastly outnumbered by the uncounted hordes of Chinese that need the wages these factory jobs provide, no matter how meager. Chinese workers will not be happy about being tossed onto the street. And when it’s a question of eating or not eating the question of who exactly is to blame is academic. They will look at the ruling class of billionaire Communists in their palaces and take it out on them.

    And Chinese Oligarchs know this. They don’t blithely take things for granted. Not for nothing is Xi Jinping cracking down on dissent. They know their position is shaky.

    The point is that if Trump meets a bad end I’m not sure it will be American assassins doing the deed. Imagine that Trump refuses to go quietly. Imagine that people in his entourage kick up a fuss. Imagine that there’s a lack of stomach in the U.S. for taking out an American President. There’s others invested in the status quo who are a lot less squeamish that American Deep Statists. This can be outsourced like everything else.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 10:51 am #

      Here is where Israeli Intelligence come into play. They have 60 years experience tracking exactly that kind of people and penetrating their infrastructure.

    • michael January 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      All it takes is a new Ghengis in China and the Chinese will drive everything before them like leaves in a storm.

      They will be superior to the Germans of the Third Reich, greater in number operating from a superior industrial base and more willing to suffer.

      Nothing will stand against them.

    • elysianfield January 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

      Volodya,
      I am sure you have observed that Trump, so far, has done everything he said he was going to do…. Can it be that his entire MAGA program is viscerally felt by Trump, and not a mere list of talking points, as you describe, of the successful politician?

      Is Trump’s ascendancy an accident of human folly, or a gift from a vengeful God?
      I cannot wait to see what happens next….

  25. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    Uprising of the coyotes in America

    Coyote – a small American wolf, living in numerous quantities throughout the country and not enjoying any sympathy among the population. It attacks the defenseless bystanders, children and cyclists. It feeds on garbage dumps and stolen food from the farmers.

    Howling of Coyote is disgusting. It also mates with large stray dogs, why there is a hybrid, called Coydog. This cross is even more dangerous.

    US media turned against the new US president, Donald Trump, and event of this kind, can be safely called the uprising of coyotes. The inhabitants of the media space making anything their business scented a fat payout for the political corpse of the new president.

    From whom? From the honored master of “color revolutions” and the famous financial speculator George Soros who has announced the move of secret war against Trump into the open phase.

  26. malthuss January 23, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Trump Tax?

    Cutting regulations will be great, but a border tax will backfire.

    One of the pillars propping up America’s bubble economy is cheap foreign imports.

    If Americans are forced to buy domestically produced products instead, living standards will collapse, as consumers buy a much smaller quantity of more expensive goods.

    Also massive tax cuts for the middle class would be great, but only if we also have massive cuts in government spending.
    There is no free lunch. If the middle class does not pay for all this government with taxes, it will do so though higher inflation

    —-Peter Schiff

    • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      Any tax changes have to come from the House of Representatives operated by Paul Ryan who seems to be violently opposed to any tax of any kind. He’ll joyfully make any tax cut he can, but the chances of a new “border tax” (or any new tax) making it out of congress are slim to none.

  27. volodya January 23, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Messianic, you say America will survive the United States. No doubt something will take its place. But if the United States crashes and burns, how do you see the successor “America”, in one piece or several?

    • messianicdruid January 24, 2017 at 1:59 am #

      America – in my understanding is old Gaelic for heavenly kingdom. Am-el-rica [ reich ].

      The Kingdom of Heaven is a form of government, not a religion. It is not limited to lines drawn on map. When men realize government by men cannot be free of oppression, they will begin to seek out the “perfect law of liberty”. You and the Creator – no middle men.

      If the US fractures you will just get more false rulemakers [ gods ] drawing lines and idolaters believing the lines are real.

      gods-kingdom-ministries.net/teachings/books/the-kingdom-of-god/

  28. Rodster January 23, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    I personally am glad and giddy that The Donald was elected President. When you take the layers off the lies and BS from the last 4-5 presidents it quickly becomes apparent what a fucking joke “centralized government” really is. They play the people like chess pieces and get them to do what they want.

    Here’s a guy who in reality is no different than any other liar occupying the highest office in the US government. As far as presidential decorum, that went out the window when Bill Clinton was getting his regular BJ’s from Lewinsky.

    To me Donald Trump is just a reflection and what happens to every Empire, “it rots from within”.

    • malthuss January 23, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      How bad is DT?

    • michael January 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

      But when the people let themselves be gotten to do as others want
      are they then even rightfully called “the people”?

  29. SteveO January 23, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    I’m surprised so many of you seem to believe Trump is going to be removed from office.

    In spite of what they say, he’s giving Ryan and Mcconnell basically what they want – the chance to kill the ACA without having to actually do work and come up with a replacement. He will give them a supreme court nominee that will make Scalia look liberal and Thomas look honest. He’s going to allow them the double down (for about the 10th time) on the failed “trickle down” theory of economics. He can try to cancel the F35, but in the end, Congress makes those decisions.

    Yes he says a lot of stupid things at 2:00 AM on twitter, but that kind of distraction is perfect to keep idiot America from looking at the theft that is really going on.

    • Petro January 23, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      It’s not so much what Ryan & McConnell (reeling with giddiness, like drunks given the keys to a liquor store) want, but what their donors want. Finance, corporations, the 1%-ers, etc. run things. If loose cannon Trump starts threatening profits with decisions and schemes that backfire in unexpected (unexpected to him, anyway) ways, Republican leaders will be given their instructions and shown the bus under which DJT is to be thrown. It doesn’t help him that the CIA and other security state players do not trust, nor like, him.

      • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

        The CIA might be the more worrisome of the players you’ve listed. The oligarchs are set to make money no matter which way Trump steers the government.

        Probably the most offensive thing he could do to congressional sponsors would be to end the existing guaranteed minimum corporate income the Fed has been running. But his choice for Treasury Secretary certainly isn’t going to drain that swamp.

  30. amb January 23, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    Wow! JHK, really?. 25th Amendment? A cabal that overthrows the POTUS? Rather extreme predictions. Close to delusional if you ask me.

    The old adage of “It takes all types of people to make a world.” seems to apply here: I’m in incredulous amazement as to how viewpoints and perceptions can differs so drastically between people on a given subject. Trump is the diametrically opposed opposite of what all of these protesting, rioting, urbane, pseudo-intellectual, socialist liberals accuse him of being. Unbelievable. It is THEY that are the harbingers of or bringers of non-existence for humanity.

    I thought his inaugural address was SPOT ON.. Just what I wanted to hear.

    The existing American Establishment or Status Quo is a runaway train taking us toward definite and complete destruction. The evil, immorality, corruption, false and failed “isms”, special and hidden agendas, arrogance, manipulation, socio-economic ignorance, propaganda and false information has metastasized throughout the government and body politic. We are a degraded nation of degraded people. And the Socialist/Communist/Fascist/Globalist continues to encroach upon us with the intention of blanketing us in an eternal “existence” that is vapid and hopeless.

    Trump’s actions may be able to begin to slow this runaway train down. Maybe eventually bring it to a halt and avoid that fatal crash at the end of the line.

    I hope that Trump’s populous and practical viewpoint becomes contagious and spreads throughout our diseased and failing nation. This is a step towards the qualities we need: morality, sanity, logic, reality, freedom, liberty, health, productivity, prosperity, innovation, creativity, character, individualism, self-sufficiency, and all other qualities that will make a people and their nation great.

    • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      “Trump’s actions may be able to begin to slow this runaway train down. Maybe eventually bring it to a halt and avoid that fatal crash at the end of the line.”

      I doubt that, but IMO we are way, way too far gone for a soft landing. At best we can have an entertaining band paying “Nearer My God to Thee”.

      • amb January 23, 2017 at 11:58 am #

        SteveO and Walter B:
        I don’t disagree with you. I’m only saying that Trump/Populism may BEGIN a motion towards a more honest and sane government, and thus an improving country, within the existing system. Improvement.

        A complete crash of the system (a reset) most definitely is the only phenomenon that will allow a positive evolution for America. (A new, improved system–a Reformation of sorts.)

        If one wants to get to the basic of basics, the common denominator, then it would be the real and true understanding of the human mind and the human spirit. This would solve all on all levels of life. We are totally in the dark in these two areas. We’ve progressed with technology, but not at all with the mind/spirit… we remain in the Dark Ages in this. (Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychoanalysis are all false sciences and are highly dangerous. All born from the intention to control man and the masses, and all originally funded by governments: Russia funded Pavlov (Psychiatry); Germany funded Wundt (Psychology) and Austria funded Freud (Psychoanalysis).

        Philosophers, sociologists, politicians, teachers, religionists, etc. etc. will never solve man’s problems. This will never happen until we can understand ourselves and our fellow man.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

          amb: “(Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychoanalysis are all false sciences and are highly dangerous. All born from the intention to control man and the masses, and all originally funded by governments: Russia funded Pavlov (Psychiatry); Germany funded Wundt (Psychology) and Austria funded Freud (Psychoanalysis).”

          I guess the Internet must be a false technology, since it was funded by the government as well. DARPA (the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) paid all the bills for decades at taxpayer expense until it was a functioning and proven system, then handed it over to the ‘self-made’ ‘entrepeneurs’ so they could make billions off it.

          All those government-funded roads, too, are clearly false — even the ones with public transit running on them. You get the idea.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

            You must admit our Psychiatry serves the State though. Many abused patients admit us much – as did Ezra Pound who spent ten years in St Elizabeth’s as a “patient” (political prisoner).

          • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

            The Soviet Union was well-known for putting political prisoners into psychiatric facilities as a way to incarcerate, humiliate and control them. And Ursula Le Guin wrote a short story about a psychiatrist in a fictional society who learns to doubt what she has been taught:

            goodreads.com/book/show/20014686-the-diary-of-the-rose

            Putting the functions of society to use in service of power is what power structures do. That doesn’t mean those functions themselves are illegitimate.

            The romantic, one-flew-over-the-cuckoo’s-nest notion that there is no such thing as mental illness, and that the seemingly mentally ill are no different from healthy people and/or are possessed of special insights, is just that: a romantic notion. A person who insists they are dead or that parts of their own body don’t exist, if they’re not just faking, might be in fugue from an unbearable memory; or, there might be something organically wrong with their brain, causing them to have a genuine experience which is still out of touch with reality. If their condition prevents them from functioning in society, they need help. If they have a condition that leads them to act out violently, e.g. paranoid schizophrenia in certain cases, then the world may need to be protected from them. All of that is legitimate.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

      This Train is bound for Glory, THIS Train! The Trump Train has no breaks. We’re not stopping or breaking: we’re speeding up. We’re gonna jump that gap in the Track. The secret? Coal.

    • michael January 23, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

      Ths description applies as well or even better to much of the EU.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

      amb: “Wow! JHK, really?. 25th Amendment? A cabal that overthrows the POTUS? Rather extreme predictions. Close to delusional if you ask me.”

      For what it’s worth, JHK isn’t the only one suggesting that a 25th-amendment remedy may be brought to bear:

      youtube.com/watch?v=1qdRyMgaR2g

      Skip to the 6:00 mark (six minutes, zero seconds) for the reference. Olbermann doesn’t officially mention the 25th amendment but it’s clear that’s what he’s talking about.

  31. Walter B January 23, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    Well I may only be a small town Committeeman in a rural West Jersey Township, but from what I have personally seen and experienced and continue to do today I can assure you that government in America simply cannot and will not change. Oh, it will decay and erode as I have seen from the inside over the last 20 years, but the very nature of the greed and dishonesty has such a firm death grip on the buttons of power that nothing, absolutely NOTHING is ever going to get better, only worse. If there are 10 levels of government, 9 of them are corrupt beyond repair and that statement comes directly from an acquaintance who works to uncover and bring such cases to “justice”. Those who pursue such careers are “allowed: to only go after those criminals that the criminals at the top allow, and hands off of the power people. The bulk of the run of the mill government workers may very well be honest and decent but 9 out of 10 at the top of EVERY institution, every department, every particular division are complete and utter sellouts and political hacks. Sorry people, delude yourselves if you need to in order to maintain sanity, but no swamp will ever be drained and corruption, graft and pay for play will only stop when and if the whole damned system simply crashes and burns.

    • capt spaulding January 23, 2017 at 11:35 am #

      Well said, Walter B. No matter what happens, the one thing you can be sure of is that the Oligarchs and the powers that be will still be in complete control when the dust settles. The milking of Amerika will continue unabated.

      • Walter B January 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

        And when the civilians talk about the government actually doing anything constructive or changing anything at all for the better, take it from me that nothing, absolutely NOTHING ever get changed or accomplished quickly, efficiently or even partially completely when the government is involved. The only people that get anything good out of any deal the government is involved in are the lawyers (BIG time) the inside contractors, and the sellout politicians. Everything that eventually trickles down to the population costs ten times it’s value and is leveraged to the hilt so that even your great, great grandchildren will be burdened with the payments. It is scary and sad to see the beast from its decayed insides.

        • venuspluto67 January 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

          And the sad thing is, this is probably the way of all complex and wealthy societies, I’m guessing. 🙁

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

            Christianity teaches that we are a fallen species. All religions teach some version of the same thing. In contrast,Liberals and Romantics raved about how great we are. Glad you have realized your error towards the end at least.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

      Hear, hear! Preach that gospel of despair! Preach it!

      • Walter B January 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

        It is only despair for those that sit on their asses and do nothing about it and you know far better than I if that includes you. I fight it hard every day, it is how I deal with it. If there were more decent honest men that would do so perhaps it might change but from what I see, the lazy, selfish do nothings may raise a finger or two on the keyboards of cyberspace, but damned near none will ever become part of a solution rather than being part of the problem. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time, you may find, you get what you deserve!

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

        The Orcs are in the Deep, Elrond. Look down at your feet: they’re already Black. It’s rising up now over your ankles. Best cut them off now, while you still have your knees. We’ll fit you with White prosthetics. If stop it before it reaches your knees, you’ll still be able to walk and that means golf! And we know how important golf is to you…

  32. bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    Just read an article by Chris Hedges, who incidentally was at the Women’s March. He claims the March is hopefully the beginning of another American revolution. Yes, the Democratic neocons are just as blameworthy as the obstructive GOP. According to Hedges, the whole structure has collapsed:

    “When a tiny cabal seizes power–monarchist, communist, fascist or corporate–it creates a mafia economy and a mafia state. Donald Trump is not an anomaly. He is the grotesque visage of a collapsed democracy.Trump and his coterie
    of billionaires, generals, half-wits, Christian fascists, racists, and deviants play the role of the Snopes clan in some of William Faulkner’s novels….. fictional representations of the scum now elevated to the highest level of the government. They embody the moral rot unleashed by unfettered capitalism.”

    • malthuss January 23, 2017 at 11:44 am #

      He claims the March is hopefully the beginning of another American revolution. –Hedges is a fool.

      • malthuss January 23, 2017 at 11:44 am #

        Did he go in drag or were men allowed at a gals march?

        • bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

          He’s no fool. There were thousands of men there. Hedges witnessed the beginnings of the revolution in Poland and said it was very similar. Read some of his stuff–he’s been around the world, and knows a lot.

          i, on the other hand, unlike you, am not young enough to know everything.

          • venuspluto67 January 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

            The scalawag in me wants to ask if he wore one of those pink “pussy hats”! 😛

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

      Liberal Zuckerberg turned media verification over to Snopes – basically a Liberal couple into Poly and BDSM.

  33. bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    Trump, in other words, is not the solution. He is the final product of the problem.

    • capt spaulding January 23, 2017 at 11:52 am #

      Trump is the final solution.

      • bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

        Rings a bell. Where have I heard that before?

        • capt spaulding January 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

          It referred to the pogrom developed by the Nazis to eradicate the Jews.

          • bibliomaniac January 24, 2017 at 10:56 am #

            YUP!

  34. bukowskisghost January 23, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    When Obama failed to prosecute one Wall Street bankster I was done, and fully expected men with pitchforks and nooses running amuck in Southampton … I was off by seven years… people will always cut off their nose despite their face when rage replaces anger. It’s showtime!!

    • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 11:34 am #

      Not so long as there is beer in the fridge, Cheese Doodles on the shelf and the NFL on TV.

      • malthuss January 23, 2017 at 11:45 am #

        You forgot Nascar.

        • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

          That starts the week after Super Bowl Sunday.

          Funny how nicely the two sport’s season’s mesh.

    • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

      Q will have a field day with this… to spite

  35. bukowskisghost January 23, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    To spite

  36. zaphod42 January 23, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    I would be interest in whether anyone has some idea about the basis for, impact of and genesis of the REIN Act? It looks to be an unconstitutional power grab by Congress, designed to Rein in the Executive Branch. Passed without notice or fanfare.

    Anyone?

    • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 11:32 am #

      The REINS Act, introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), simply requires that an economically significant rule be approved by Congress within 70 days and signed by the president before it can have any force or effect.

      The “economically significant rule” – those with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more.

      freedomworks.org/content/reins-act-adds-teeth-congressional-review-act

      Looks to me they’re just trying to lower the cost of doing business in America.

  37. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Sen. Rubio announces support for Donald Trump secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson

    chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-rex-tillerson-secretary-of-state-confirmation-marco-…

    That’s what matters! Not the media…

    Go, T-Rex, get em!

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/7251586-3×2-940×627.jpg

    • SteveO January 23, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      That was to be expected. Rubio made some noise, pleased the blue-hairs in Florida and maybe got a favor in the queue from Trump.

      Yawn, nothing to see here.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 11:46 am #

        For you, may be not – for me it is the first chance in decades, since Truman destroyed the FDR State Department, to get a normal diplomatic agency in charge of US Foreign policy, not the Ministry of Colonial possessions.

  38. Cavepainter January 23, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    As stated by many, we will see. But, meanwhile: More than worth just noting it is imperative to recognize that JIHAD by BIRTHRATE is WAR, and is now openly declared widely by Muslim Imams and broadly carried out by followers across Western nations including ours, aiming toward the result of displacing our Western heritage of secular law with Sharia law.

    Unfortunately, the PC Maoist are well dug-in, ready to carry-on effort to inhibit protesting the fact that most of the births and follow-up services are paid for via tax supported social services (we literally are taxing ourselves to death, especially considering that birthrate among Muslim women averages 8.1 compared to under 2 national average rate). The question becomes, why is not this population, if lacking citizenship, not deported, or if citizen, not hung for treason?????

    • thwack January 23, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      Because the penis mightier than the sword?

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

        Only while the sword is sheathed. Once taken out, it is bigger and sharper than your penis. Blacks are slated to take over the world if trends continue: Black Africans have endless Babies supported by Western Medicine. Those young men then travel to Europe and America and black the White Women. And so on.

        Trends will not so continue, Thwack. I’m sorry (for you, not that that things will change).

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

      Quite so. Marching Women in Germany chanted Allahu Akbar. Some of these Women (and Men!) put on hijabs while chanting. Sick stuff, but to be expected after generations of Holocaust shaming.

  39. LLPete January 23, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    “All hail the Glorious Leader!” Anyone wanting to understand the cults of personality that surrounds authoritarians like Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Kim Jong-Un, etc., can read many of the comments here and elsewhere that pour fourth in fawning praise of Donald Trump. These people love their strong man.

    • trolleybill January 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      I do declare these post have given me the vapors. The chicken licken commentaries seem to have Trump imploding within weeks if not outright civil war in months. The truth is President Trump has hit nothing but opposition from his announcement to run yet who’s President? The Republicans have the House and Senate majority and the next Supreme Court choice is President Trumps and possible the next 2 justices. Think his own party will not back him (maybe McCain not) as he was the impetus to make it so. Hey I’m a follower of Jim since I found him on the energy bulletin back in 99′ and started to read his books and I also gave up car ownership a few years before so you know I’m concern about energy and our living arrangement. I’m concerned about our financial future and population growth. I believe the latter will be coming faster with a Trump than a Hillary. He did say he was going to get the infrastructure repaired along with the rail. One thing for sure his followers will hold his feet to the fire on his promises unlike the Obama supporters

  40. volodya January 23, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    Alternative facts. What a stupid choice of words. Kelly Anne handed over a stick for them to beat her with.

    But now that it’s been said, here’s a few: it was raining. A miniscule proportion of people in the area voted for Trump.

    Alternatively, imagine the inauguration on a sunny day in a Red State in Trump territory instead. Would anyone doubt the turnout? Would anyone doubt the triumphalist, exuberant atmosphere?

    Does anyone have any idea of global viewership of the inauguration? Nope, don’t give a damn who sez what, it can’t be done. Putting numbers on it is an exercise in pure bullshit. So Spicer’s assertions can’t be verified, nor can they be falsified. Bullshit IOW. But does anyone doubt there WAS a global multitude watching if only in horrified fascination, waiting to see what came out of Trump’s blow-hole?

    Now we hear Trump’s opponents talk about the hijacking of “facts”. Hilarious to listen to these bullshitters, progressives in the main, who themselves can’t or won’t see what’s plainly under their nose, who lie like absolute hell, who deceive and twist and manipulate and spin.

    They say Trump’s inaugural speech was “dark”. Dark? Bullshit.

  41. B9K9 January 23, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    I’m disappointed with this essay. Jim usually combines great insight with a very rare & unique ability of expression.

    25th amendment? Sorry, but this is just trolling of the worst kind; bottom fishing at best.

    The primary problem I see with respect to Trump’s opposition is the constant dismissal of his business experience. Combine this with a willful ignorance of how wars are actually fought: on the ground, with both guns & money. (How were allied troops paid during the Peninsular war? Banking houses distributing gold specie.)

    This really isn’t rocket science. The heart of all rackets is money. Cut off funding and the criminal gang’s ability to finance their illegal activities is destroyed.

    Trump is an absolute workaholic; I gather not many here have been in this kind of position, where the only things of interest become the excitement of the project, the deal, the reward.

    Rest assure he was working all weekend long. And on what? Oh, how about a detailed review & analysis of an ordered list of financial inflows and expenditures? No, not social entitlements – those are locked in and are extremely popular (essential to his political survival).

    Rather, the name of the game is how to disable the biggest threats posed to his first 100 days. Once he gets some momentum, and the resulting hiring fairs begin to gain pick up widespread publicity, the critical moments will have passed.

    So, right now it’s all about a financial decapitation strike to render the Deep state numb. He’s had months to prepare an action plan to take over the NY Fed trading desk to mitigate any kind of rear-guard retaliatory action.

    This is an extremely exciting time to be alive. The last time the oligarchs where put to the fields was during Jackson’s tenure. I have every confidence that we are going to see a very well thought out, multi-layered strategic plan executed to perfection.

  42. CountryCommunityLife January 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    I think James Kunstler is too hard on Trump. I read Trump’s inaugural address. I liked it. He tells the truth, though that’s a problem. Those in power won’t like that. I don’t see how anyone can fix the mess we are in. At least he has balls.

  43. mdm1mdm1 January 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    this mostly seems like a reasonable analysis of where we currently sit. The only exception is the foaming at the mouth by Kunstler (still) about the soon to be collapsed economy. He predicted the economy was going to collapse before the November elections. He is ALWAYS predicted the pending economic collapse, just as he use to predict the oil collapse. Its not to say that the basis of the analysis is not correct, its just that the economy as it is, can continue to be propped up by endless means at least several more years by the powers that be. I also don’t believe Trump will be impeached altho he may be a one termer. Best case scenario he fails to prop up the struggling working class and in 4 years we have a far left liberal Ellison type running as democratic candidate promising to upend everything and he or she wins……….maybe pie in the sky but it could flip flop if things get bad enuf.

  44. amb January 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    B9K9: I agree with you. Trump is going to do some damage to the establishment. It’s the beginning of a cycle and he is the main character on the world stage representing it. More will follow. This is a pendulum swing from the public to the private sector–from government to the people.

    This awareness if seeping into the masses now. Government? Corrupt and incompetent. Career politicians? Corrupt parasites. Lobbyists? Big money and special agendas that are detrimental to the population. Mainstream Media? A corrupt propaganda machine, prostitutes for the establishment. American Intelligence: Evil, corrupt, running their own agenda (not that of the American people). Banking? In cahoots with and manipulating government. Major trans-national corporations? Ditto. The Federal Reserve? Corrupt, political, and completely incompetent. Education? A joke. Healthcare? A joke. Main Street? Devastated and almost gone. Et al.

  45. PeteAtomic January 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    For me, Trump’s inaugural address was a call for popular revolution at home and protectionism abroad. I feel it was long overdue. How and what it all this will look like is the million dollar question, but I think his ideology is a step in the right direction.

  46. LLPete January 23, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    All these people who call for a revolution love the idea but don’t ever comprehend that they and their families will be floating face down in the rivers of blood that start flowing. Hitler and those who supported him reduced Germany and all of Europe to rubble but there were those who still adored him.

    I expect there will come a time when the poor white trash of America will squat in what is left of their trailer park with the consequences of their beloved Trump strewn all around them and still, they will say, “Well, at least he ain’t no nigger.”

    • capt spaulding January 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      Ha Ha. That’s funny, Pete, and very perceptive.

    • thwack January 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      “Hitler and those who supported him reduced Germany and all of Europe to rubble but there were those who still adored him.”

      **********

      Yeah,

      but he also bought you, the rest of Christian Europe, and possibly the entire world a good 14 years to get your shit together before the commies came for you?

      *sigh*

      We’ve all been fed a very Anglo-centric view of world history that says:

      “Hitler wants to take over the world!”

      Who said that?

      Why the only people who did actually take over the world — the British

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

        Even so, Thwack, even so. And to his dying day Jesse Owen complained how they wouldn’t let him shake Hitler’s hand, even though Hitler waved to him and would have been willing.

        Americans have been sold a bill of goods by the media and they still haven’t woken up.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

      Only if they lose. If they win, they’ll be living in your homes and you’ll be the squatter squatting on the shitter of your life. Oh, which class does the military come from again? And does the country depend on the city or the city on the country?

    • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

      Yep, because it was all the white people in trailer parks that got him elected. Worse yet, from trailer parks in states that don’t even border an ocean. It was them, all them!

  47. Cab January 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    Jim,

    I’ve been a reader for some time but rarely, if ever, comment online. It’s equivalent to entering some level of hell.

    But, I like to commit masochistic acts of contradiction too.

    I have agreed with the broad scope of your narrative over the years. There is a clear path that leads civilization to the point where we will be arguing who gets to ride the family horse (at best!).

    Sometimes I don’t agree with the specifics. Like you, I don’t moor myself to altars of belief, I allow new information to lead me to new territories. I keep reading because you have clearer insight of the mechanisms at play. I don’t need to agree 100%.

    I have some questions (and opinions). Hopefully I present them in a way that is constructive.

    “Don’t forget that it was the dismal failure of Democratic “progressive” politics that gave us Trump.”

    Given your insight, don’t you think that this a simplification? Blame only blinds us to the story we are all captive to (something the Dems are clinging to desperately). Our culture led us to Trump, not a faction, not a perspective. The math of our global culture’s unwinding calculates this outcome as highly probable.

    “His infantile lies and foolish tweets were made possible by a mendacious political culture that excuses illegal immigrants as “the undocumented…”

    Not made possible by his asshat self? However we paint the immigrants, our economy would be crippled without their labor. They are a function, not a burden. Why do people want to remain in denial about this? Glorification and demonization does not erase this fact, it only serves as a method of manipulation. They are not going away. Plus, if the fallacy of “hard work = success” were true, we’d be ruled by them.

    “…refuses to identify radical Islamic terror by name…”

    Same point: our (the world’s) culture of empire brought us the term “terrorists.” It is a subjective word, used to manipulate.

    “…shuts down free speech on campus…”

    This is a new thing? History is replete with examples. It’s perspective that dictates whether it’s repressive.

    “…made Michael Brown of Ferguson a secular saint…”

    Isn’t this a much more complex issue? Something that transcends the event and the characters involved?

    “…claims that there’s no biological basis for gender…”

    I don’t understand transgender issues. They SEEM bizarre. But does understanding dictate right and wrong? In a universe we know zero percent of, is the human condition simply binary? Does “biological function” dictate social morality? Does the fabric of society hinge on things like this?

    “…and allowed Wall Street to pound the American middle class down a rat hole like so much sand.”

    YES. I think this has had the greatest influence, perhaps singularly. But anger is an emotion, and emotion is untethered from reason, easily manipulated.

    Survival is currently dependent on money. All the other issues are simply conduits for fear and easy targets for blind anger. They are not causes, they are scapegoats for a public that refuses to come to terms with the unwinding of an unsustainable culture.

    Cognitive dissonance rules.

    Systems Theory explains our unfolding predicament far better than opinions on sexuality, immigration, race relations, and political fuckery. They are fodder for fear, not roots.

    Keep on keeping on, Jim. Your writing is appreciated.

    I shall now retreat and let the trolls masturbate.

    • bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

      Good for you, Cab! I totally agree. As far as the “no biological basis for gender” is concerned, there IS some recent evidence to suggest that there IS a biological basis for homosexuality–a 2014 study in the Journal of Psychological Medicine showed that a gene on the X chromosome called Xq28 and a gene on chromosome 8 seem to be found in higher prevalence in men who are gay.

      There are several other studies being conducted as well, but the conclusions seem to suggest that people cannot change their sexual orientation, and that for men, at least, it is set by the time an individual reaches puberty.

      Consider Freud’s theory of “polymorphous perversity” and the fact that among the Greeks, homosexuality was prevalent.

      This is not a new thing–it is an ancient thing. We are only beginning to understand it.

      • thwack January 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

        There are several other studies being conducted as well, but the conclusions seem to suggest that people cannot change their sexual orientation, and that for men, at least, it is set by the time an individual reaches puberty.

        **************************************************

        Would you accept the same conclusions if they suggested people cannot change their racial orientation?

        • elysianfield January 24, 2017 at 10:42 am #

          Thwack,
          Yes, they can change, but rarely for the better if you are suggesting racial perspective. Michael Jackson changed his orientation….

      • tucsonspur January 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

        You totally agree? “terrorists” “it is a subjective word, used to manipulate…” Cab

        Maybe it can be, at times. But the statement’s broad reach makes it inaccurate.

        And of course the progressive politics of the left ARE a part of our culture, and it was those politics in the main that gave us Trump.

        Last but not least, immigrants can be and are in fact a burden, not just a “function”.

        • bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

          tucson–Yes–the word “terrorists” is subjective, and can be used to manipulate. Have you heard of domestic terrorists, lawn Nazis,. family terrorists, academic terrorists–the word has been used and abused so much that it barely has any meaning. There are some who would tell you that Hillary, Obama, and Trump are all “terrorists.”

          Immigrants comprise most of the one million farm workers in America. In 2010 with unemployment near 10 percent, there was an attempt by United Farm Workers union to connect unemployed people to farm jobs. So few wanted those jobs, even though they were unemployed, that the attempt failed. The hand-picked fruits and vegetables in California would rot in the fields without immigrants. So would grapes. About 50% of dairy farming in Idaho–same thing–immigrants.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

        Gender doesn’t exist, but Homosexuality does – think about that for a minute. The Darkness grows, the Light of Rationality dimming over the hills. The Monsters are coming waking up now.

        One is reminded of Jared Diamond’s, Race doesn’t exist but Jews do. These people don’t care about having a rational coherent outlook on Life – as long as the right people are hated and the right groups as lifted high.

        • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

          Guns, germs, and airport high-fiction masquerading as theory.

        • bibliomaniac January 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

          Janos–Maybe I wasn’t very clear in my earlier comments. As you know, sex is a biological term. A person is born with either male or female genitalia. Gender is a social term. It refers to the role you and I both play in society. Because I am a white heterosexual female, it is easy for me to conform to that gender role. Not so for a lesbian. She may be biologically female, but her gender role is nonconforming.
          That being said, geneticists have discovered that some people who are biologically male, also have a biological variation in their chromosomes distinct from heterosexual males and that these males tend to be homosexual–suggesting that homosexuality may actually be biological, like blue eyes, and not something that a person can change. So much for conversion therapy. Who knows? Research might change next week.

          • elysianfield January 24, 2017 at 10:54 am #

            “Gender is a social term”

            No, it isn’t. “Sexual Orientation”, however, is.

            “Research might change next week”. Yeah, research might show that 10,000 years of biological history is now to be questioned in the age of the “internets”, with some room-temperature-IQ fool writing a Masters Thesis on the topic. Bad science.

            Parsing genetic sequences will not change the basic equation, merely poorly define and excuse aberrant behavior.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

            Bibi – many heterosexual women have trouble fitting in. You’re not trying hard enough if you do.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Cab (quoting JHK): “‘Don’t forget that it was the dismal failure of Democratic ‘progressive’ politics that gave us Trump.’

      “Given your insight, don’t you think that this a simplification?”

      The politics of the Democratic party failed because they (i.e. progressive politics, and the constituents of those politics) were sold out. This happened in the later 1980s and early 1990s when the Democratic Leadership Council successfully moved the party to the right to make it more amenable to policies sought by corporate donors with deep pockets, particularly the free-trade deals that Trump now rails against. The labour movement and the left, they reasoned, would go along with it, however grudgingly, because they had nowhere to go. That strategy worked until it alienated working people sufficiently that they handed the 2016 election to Trump.

      Since the economic policies the Democrats spent up to 30 years pursuing were basically identical to those preferred by the Republicans, what they had left to differentiate themselves was women’s and minority rights; hence their fall down the identity politics trap. What they could have done in that time was pursued economic policies of benefit to all, including women and minorities as well as those who were neither, while also standing up for equal rights. They made their choices, and now here we are.

      Cab (quoting JHK): “‘…claims that there’s no biological basis for gender…’

      “I don’t understand transgender issues. They SEEM bizarre. But does understanding dictate right and wrong? In a universe we know zero percent of, is the human condition simply binary? Does ‘biological function’ dictate social morality? Does the fabric of society hinge on things like this?”

      Sex really is binary. A strand of DNA has two strings of nucleotides, one contributed by each parent. But the human condition isn’t simply binary, although obviously it’s strongly bimodal. A living organism like a human being may be the product of binary DNA, but the process of growth and development is fantastically elaborate and contingent. In the end, some of us don’t quite fit.

      Jim calls this “sexual confusion”. He deploys that term repeatedly to dismiss as negligible the point of view of people who don’t fit the gender binary. But people who don’t fit the gender binary remain people, and they are not negligible. When the North Carolina bathroom issue hit, Jim complained about goodthinking progressives wanting to force ordinary citizens to “consort” with them. In fact, the federal Justice Department acted correctly in that case, when the state of North Carolina tried to legislate coercion of trans people.

      When it comes to LGBTQ issues, the question is whether: (a) people have a right to their preconceptions, and (b) the law should be a tool to enforce those preconceptions on the individual. I think the answer to both is no — not if it means that preconceptions can never be legitimately challenged. If trans people want to fight to be recognized, that presents a challenge to non-trans people, including to their very identity as simply a man or a woman. Obviously I get why that upsets people, but the law should be protecting the minority, not dictating to them.

      • aNanyMouse January 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

        Elrond, spot on about I.D. politics. I’ll bet that JFK and RFK would’ve fought it, had they lived. But “heir apparent” Teddy was such a wuss, and the Left let JC twist in the wind.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

        By definition, the Law should reflect the Culture of the Majority, not the grievances of tiny minorities. As it is, the Culture of Grievance in which you live, move, and have your being is dedicated to tormenting and ultimately genociding the Majority. The election of Donald John Trump is the Majority fighting back against your cognitive and democratic terrorism.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

          Once again, Janos, you demonstrate that you are anti-American, opposed to the most fundamental principles of your country. You don’t want to secure the blessings of liberty, you want to arrogate them and piss on everyone else.

          “All . . . will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect and to violate would be oppression.”

          — T. Jefferson, First Inaugural Address

          “Society can and does execute its own mandates; and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with which it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression… There is a limit to the legitimate interference of collective opinion with individual independence; and to find that limit, and maintain it against encroachment, is as indispensable to a good condition of human affairs as protection against political despotism.”

          — J. S. Mill, On Liberty

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

            Yes, we are a Republic, a Government of Laws not Men. And those Laws are based Natural Law. And Natural Law is based on Divine Law.

            There’s no room in any of this for men dressed up as women going into the Lady’s room.

            Please bear in mind Jefferson’s “reasonable”. Yes, the majority isn’t always right. But neither is the minority. And perverted minorities are going to be almost always wrong. Likewise low IQ minorities, such as Negroes. The Standard is not Man, Votes, or Man made laws per se, but always Natural Law.

            Two men marrying? It’s not Natural Law no matter how many people vote for it.

          • bibliomaniac January 24, 2017 at 9:32 am #

            Elrond–You give me hope.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 25, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

            Janos: “And perverted minorities are going to be almost always wrong.”

            Is this supposed to rebut what I said about you wanting to piss on everyone else? To paraphrase (again) Jefferson, what injury does it do you if your neighbour wants to suck a dick or worship Tchernobog? It neither picks your pocket nor breaks your leg.

    • aNanyMouse January 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

      Gripping stuff as usual, JHK!

      “It is a subjective word, used to manipulate.”
      Cab, it’s facile arguments like this that helped give us Trump.

      There’s a gargantuan OBJECTIVE difference between, say, Mexican culture, which does NOTHING to glorify suicide bombers, and crucial Wahhabi/ Salafist parts of Arab culture, which puke out a whole bunch of such glorification.

      It would help if Trump would be more specific than “radical Islamic terror”, by calling it Wahhabi/ Salafist terror, and emphasizing that the eastern ½ of the Moslem World (and most Turks) has scant regard for that crap. In so doing, he could defang the charge that his policies are moved by general bigotry toward Islam.

      Seeing that Wahhabi $$ have been radicalizing Arab (and Pak) culture for decades, it’s disgusting that so few Americans are at best dimly aware of this Saudi role. (Thanx again, MSM, for a job well done!)

      Moreover, as long as Trump’s already at war with the CIA, he may as well make the case made by Dave Stockman (at davidstockmanscontracorner.com/christmas-2015-why-there-is-no-peace-on-earth/ ):

      “When the cold-war officially ended in 1991, the Cheney/neocon cabal feared the kind of drastic demobilization of the US military-industrial complex, that was warranted by the suddenly more pacific strategic environment.… the only real terrorists in the world, which threaten normal civilian life in the West, are the rogue offspring of Imperial Washington’s post-1990 machinations in the middle east….”

      Rather than the Left dodging the OBJECTIVE thruths about terrorism, it should join Stockman etc. in placing much blame where it OBJECTIVELY belongs, in Langley and similar places.

      • aNanyMouse January 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

        And, Cab, your comments about immigrants are irrelevant to the issue at hand.

        The PC Left can’t face some simple facts. The Constitution patently empowers the Feds to repel invaders, and states no limits on the definition thereof, regarding whether they sport uniforms, swords, or diseases. So no one to speak of beefed when Ellis Island etc. were set up for procedures to check immigrants for diseases, criminal records, mental issues, etc.

        But since the rise of Lefty PC, calling those who evade those time-honored procedures “invaders” has brought howls of “racism” etc.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

      Crippled without immigrant labor – with tens of millions of American unemployed? C’mon Cab, think.

    • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

      “I just look back at my life, and uh, I feel so blessed to be part of this whole scene”

      -Obviously not this Cab reflecting on his time in the Kunstler comment section, but THE Cab, Steve Caballero, on his time in Bones Brigade.

  48. newworld January 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    The media and the Left in general will probably self destruct before Trump is removed from office.

    “Revolution” ROFLOL

    Please do.

  49. Zoltar January 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    I would be as glad as anyone for Trump to “fix everything,” now that he has improbably wrested the presidency from the Deep State – at least for the time being. But let’s get real: given the deep, deep hole that the puppet masters have dug this country into, was that ever a reasonable expectation?

    In my view, there have been just two major achievements that we might have hoped for Trump to pull off: saving us from four more years of Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama/Clinton, and destroying both of this nation’s corrupt and useless political parties. Improbably, he has, in fact achieved the first, and there is still reasonable hope for the second. Add to that his demonstration to a comatose electorate that it is, in fact, possible to stick a thumb in the Deep State’s eye and, in my opinion, the Trump presidency has already surpassed expectations.

    Who else in the Oval Office would have the balls, temerity, and clout to repudiate such bastions as the intelligence establishment and the commercial media? I, for one, am loving watching the establishment media idols queue up behind Hillary’s supporters to tear their hair and rend their garments. If he should open up the White House press corps to bloggers and other alternative media, that would be a wonderfully disruptive development.

  50. Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    These blog entries are more and more absurd.

    A relatively peaceful revolution where 2 corrupt controlling parties were effectively eviscerated (the RINO Graham-McCain axis and the Clinton Inc. wing), but wishing it was accomplished by someone more polished with better hair…

    More than Trump can do better..

    • I think you could stop at …”wishing it was accomplished.”

      I dunno what you’re smoking but nothing was eviscerated but the possibility of adult conversation about real priorities and circumstances in people’s lives. The guy was an anti-candidate. As actual executive, initial signs aren’t good that he is capable of leading.

      • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

        adult conversation… uh, in DC… in politics? I may be smoking, but at least i am smoking on planet earth… not sure where you’re at .

  51. FlavianPlot January 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    JHK,
    Respectfully, I couldn’t disagree more with your perspective on the ousting of Trump in 2017. He’s kissed all the proper ass expected of him by now. I won’t contend the economic claims of your Monday offering, but it’s plainly clear that all recent Trump maneuvers amount to a changing of the guard among pivotal Deep State players, and not the dramatic upheaval that so many fear or hope Trump’s insertion to power to be. Whereas legacy media grossly demean Trump’s never better than 47% populist/nationalist belch, the alt-media have foolishly exaggerated Trump’s American revivalist fairytale. See Trump now pander to the establishment: youtube.com/watch?v=SmLi0hB9SMw

    This serenade to a roomful of CIA spooks is telling. Does that look like a man preparing to legally clean up/out the most venal and corrupt institution in the U.S.?

    I find it humorous so many onlookers are willing to dismiss the final popular vote numbers which provide a glaring indicator of the last-minute electoral college default to Trump, and it’s intellectually negligent to forget the 650k treasure trove of Abedin’s-rainy-day-emails which surely betrayed a vast web of Deep State kakistocrats, if not entire governments, involved in global dirty dealing of all sort. It takes an intriguing level of willful dissonance to ignore the idea that intricately connected and always jockeying elites suddenly at risk of full exposure for a Hillary Clinton win would/could easily insert The Donald to redirect the ever gullible public. Thank goodness for them that Comey slipped that heads-up fortune cookie to congress. What’s that you say, members of congress can no longer be criminally investigated unless members of congress agree to it? Well there ya have it. Whew, that was a close one.

  52. islandraider January 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    THE SECOND COMING

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre?
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;?
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;?
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,?
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere?
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;?
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst?
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;?
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.?
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out?
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi?
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;?
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,?
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,?
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it?
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know?
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep?
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,?
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,?
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
    – William Butler Yeats

    • tucsonspur January 23, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

      Nice to see this again. I posted it a few weeks ago, but I don’t think I had all the question marks.

      • islandraider January 23, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

        Well…. shit.
        Or, perhaps I should say, shit?

        • tucsonspur January 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

          It’s just great to see. So appropriate. I love bathing in the magic and mystery of poetry.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

            Once while waiting for a class in the corridor, I tried to talk to Ozone about poetry. He called me a fag. I tried to explain how many classic rock songs are based on old poems. He wouldn’t listen. Guess I wasn’t wearing the right blue jeans or somethin.

  53. aNanyMouse January 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Gripping stuff as usual, JHK!

    “It is a subjective word, used to manipulate.”
    Cab, it’s facile arguments like this that helped give us Trump.
    There’s a gargantuan OBJECTIVE difference between, say, Mexican culture, which does NOTHING to glorify suicide bombers, and crucial Wahhabi/ Salafist parts of Arab culture, which puke out a whole bunch of such glorification.

    It would help if Trump would be more specific than “radical Islamic terror”, by calling it Wahhabi/ Salafist terror, and emphasizing that the eastern ½ of the Moslem World (and most Turks) has scant regard for that crap. In so doing, he could defang the charge that his policies are moved by general bigotry toward Islam.

    Seeing that Wahhabi $$ have been radicalizing Arab (and Pak) culture for decades, it’s disgusting that so few Americans are at best dimly aware of this Saudi role. (Thanx again, MSM, for a job well done!)

    Moreover, as long as Trump’s already at war with the CIA, he may as well make the case made by Dave Stockman (at davidstockmanscontracorner.com/christmas-2015-why-there-is-no-peace-on-earth/ ):

    “When the cold-war officially ended in 1991, the Cheney/neocon cabal feared the kind of drastic demobilization of the US military-industrial complex, that was warranted by the suddenly more pacific strategic environment.… the only real terrorists in the world, which threaten normal civilian life in the West, are the rogue offspring of Imperial Washington’s post-1990 machinations in the middle east….”

    Rather than the Left dodging the obvious OBJECTIVE thruths about terrorism, it should join Stockman etc. in placing much blame where it OBJECTIVELY belongs, in Langley and similar places.

  54. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Just look at a panic that occurs in the Russian so-called “elite” on the occasion of the election by the American people of Donald Trump!

    Even the panic in Davos does not go to any comparison with panic of Russian liberals. What they don’t do to come up with something to downplay the significance of this event: that Trump will be subjected to impeachment, that he does not know anything about foreign policy, or the work of the state apparatus, and he’ll be assassinated in the near future.

    Even the color of the dress of his wife reminds them of Jacqueline Kennedy, whose husband was killed by Hillary Clinton sponsors. Of course they do not mention that this color was the favorite color of Melania even before she met with Donald Trump, who, by the way, knows how the state apparatus works better than Hillary, because for many years he was greasing its gears, and not milking it like Hillary was.

    And there will be no impeachment because along with Trump’s victory was replaced a significant part of the Senate and House of Representatives. Republicans who won the elections know that they owe it to Trump, who created a wave which washed away the Democratic Congress in spite of the predictions of the complete defeat and demise of the Republican Party, which sounded from every steam iron just one day before the election.

    And they will not kill him because for Trump works the entire Israeli intelligence, except Mossad, and probably Mossad soon will switch to his side too. After the Holocaust in Europe, the Western Black Project has always been their main focus of attention, and now it is packed with Israeli sleeper-agents as leg of lamb with garlic.

    But in Russia the situation is complicated, since the essence of privatization in Russia was that the representatives of the Clintons distributed the USSR State property to their people, and who knows, if the position of Russia would be even worse if privatization was led by Jeffrey Sachs. Anyway, if you look at the results of his operations in Argentina after the Falklands War, to mind involuntarily comes the weavers uprising in India in the 18th century.

    In any case, to leave everything as is, would be tantamount to suicide in the new world, brought about by the Tramp revolution (or, rather, on the contrary gave birth to such a revolution)

    Can you imagine that the Red Army liberates the occupied territories in 1945 and leaves in place all mayors, elders and policemen assigned by the German occupation administration?

    But Yeltsin and Putin were able to hold in their hands not more than 35% of the state apparatus (Military Industrial Complex + Security apparatus) and not more than 10-15% of the Soviet property, now almost entirely controlled by Russian Clintonoids personifying by Medvedev’s government.

  55. Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    “You think this is the dark night of the national soul? The sun only went down a few minutes ago and it’s a long hard slog to daybreak.”

    coming around to daybreak? awfully presumptuous

  56. tucsonspur January 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    Madonna. Gingrich says she should be arrested. Maybe so. Watch Madonna, with so much love in her heart.

    elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a42336/madonnas-womens-march-speech-transcript/

    They want you to believe it. The left does. That it’s all about love. But this love can kill.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      Madonna? Who is Madonna?

      • tucsonspur January 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

        Goddess of love, and a master of geopolitics, world economies, military strategy, and a pretty good entertainer.

      • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

        According to myth, the ancient is venerated for never having opened her legs, the contemporary; for never having closed them.

  57. janet January 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    “They want you to believe it. The left does. That it’s all about love. But this love can kill.” –Tucsonspur

    And what of Trump’s love … Look at what he is actually doing… What has he actually signed that affects people’s lives… Here are the groups he has damaged in his first signed orders:

    MIDDLE CLASS FIRST TIME HOMEOWNERS (taking $500 out of their pockets, by repealing Obama’s lower FHA mortgage interest rate).

    FAMILIES: (reinstated the Mexico City Policy so that NGOs have to agree as a condition of receiving any federal funding that they “would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations” … so more kids, more poverty, more immigrants coming into the USA)

    IMMIGRANTS: (choosing to focus on both violent criminals and on non-violent law-abiding hard-working immigrants who have overstayed their visas, but wisely choosing not to focus on DREAMers who crossed the border illegally as children)

    WORKING PEOPLE: (Trump repealed TPP … an empty gesture as it was never ratified by Congress anyway. But Trump’s proposed NAFTA repeal will force American businesses to bring services back onshore, increase costs for those businesses going forward, set off a trade war, cause a downturn in the US economy, and increase the unemployment rate. It would not be good for our neighbors to the north and south either, and I also care about them.)

    EVERYONE: (Trump’s federal hiring freeze will disrupt government programs and services that benefit everyone and will actually increase taxpayer costs by forcing agencies to hire more expensive contractors to do work that civilian government employees are already doing for far less. The freeze will mean longer lines at Social Security offices, fewer workplace safety inspections, less oversight of environmental polluters, and greater risk to our nation’s food supply and clean water systems.)

    His first Monday in office Trump has hurt many groups with his signatures. He will hurt many more groups, as he continues to put his signature on harmful orders. Don’t listen to what he says. Look at what he is actually doing.

    Markets are still going down since Trump arrived in the White House. DOW was on its way to 20,000 until the Obamas starting packing to leave the White House. Since then the markets have gone down. DOW down. NASDAQ down. S&P500 down… as Trump furiously signs orders that hurt people.

  58. Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    So many damaged egos. Witnessing an incorrigible narcissistic “know-nothing” Twitter addict pursue all the goals they had hoped for. From dismantling obamacare to renegotiating trade, to spurring “local” manufacturing.

    They wanted someone better, they, as “Americans” deserve someone better. Egomaniacs all.

    Trump isn’t holding the mirror up for the American people.
    He is the reflection.

    Welcome to the New Social-MEdia World Order. Wretched all

    • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

      So many more polished men could have done what Trump did, but they didn’t or couldn’t for lack of courage or funds. And of all the unpolished men only one Man did do it: Trump. He is El Senor. We owe him everything. If a hair on his head is harmed, it means war.

      • janet January 23, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

        “If a hair on his head is harmed, it means war.” –janos

        Just like Trump, you a paper tiger. Shouldn’t ISIS be destroyed by now… like “so fast it would make our heads spin” to quote empty campaign rhetoric.

        Trump has gone after first-time homeowners, women, immigrants, the weakest most vulnerable groups.

        But he has not built the wall, or eliminated ISIS, or banned Muslims. He’ll punt to Congress on those issues. The predator in chief already got the votes he wanted from the rubes. Now he shows he is just another politician and by punting to Congress a long delay (inaction) is guaranteed. Business as usual for politicians.

        • tucsonspur January 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

          On your first and last points above:

          Cancellation of the rate cut will help slow down the riskier mortgages the FHA is insuring, saving taxpayers money in the long run.

          Markets are always adjusting, and declines always occur for a wide variety of reasons.

          The other points have some validity but also have flaws, needing longer explanation.

          The left is finished if Trump is successful. So they must destroy him. You simply don’t want him to succeed. The rubes were right. Reconsider. Help us save the nation.

  59. Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

    Talk to people about Scalia found dead with a pillow on his face – People go right to sleep. It’s just like the people in the movie Dark City do when the aliens tell them to.

    Have you ever seen anyone sleep on their backs with a pillow over their face? Or did he commit suicide by suffocating himself? And why no autopsy?

    Face the Fact: it was assassination. And so confident were the Conspirators that they left their calling card (the pillow) in plain sight.

    • tucsonspur January 23, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      Was it a “my pillow”? If so, they really made him possess it!

      • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

        I only “got” that yesterday when I heard Sean talking about “my pillow”. You have a most mordant wit, but yes, no one can say it doesn’t work. After all Scalia is still sleeping the sleep of the Just. Leaving it on his face was unnecessary to sell the product – pure over kill.

  60. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    Obama may have been their Ngo Dinh Diem for the American blacks? Obama was a US Senator for 10 minutes before coming from nowhere to become US President.

    “The wife of the acting president of the Ukraine (in 2014) is an American, and she’s part of a Ukrainian exile faction. The CIA has a stable full of exiles from everywhere. Ngo Dinh Diem was living in exile in America when Ed Lansdale and the CIA installed him as president in South Vietnam. He was sweeping floors at Maryknoll seminary in Lakewood, New Jersey. They keep their exiles in storage and activate them and their agent networks when required. A current example is Fethullah Gülen, the America-based, Turkish exile and business magnate who tried to overthrow Prime Minister Erdo?an in July 2016.”

    Douglas Valentine, “The CIA as Organized Crime”.

  61. janet January 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

    Trump puts US military personnel in danger.

    Trump to CIA: We now have a 2nd chance to take Iraq’s oil

    “Given that the US has 6000 troops in Iraq, as Thomas Doherty pointed out, this kind of talk puts them in danger from Iraqi nationalists who may begin seeing them not as allies against ISIL but as stalking horses for a sinister imperialism. Trump just painted a big red target on the backs of our troops. [emphasis added]

    Thomas Doherty @dohertytjp:
    “There are American troops in Iraq now, fighting Daesh. Talk like that increases risk to their lives, makes their mission harder.”

    This isn’t speculation: the great Borzou Daragahi reports that the Iraqis are indeed ‘pissed’ and ready to fight for their oil.

    Trump is also wrong that Iraqi petroleum fueled Daesh (ISIS, ISIL), or that the US could have “taken” Iraqi petroleum. This is because he does not know Iraqi geography or political geography. Most oil in Iraq is either down in Shiite territory at Basra (the vast majority of what is pumped) or up in Kurdish-held territory at Kirkuk. Daesh in Iraq had relatively little access to petroleum revenues, and the experts on it believe that contributions from Gulf supporters and taxes and plunder from local people (including on agriculture) were much more important. The situation is perhaps a little different in Syria, but we’re talking about Iraq.

    Trump uses the phrase “take the oil,” apparently, to mean do a deal to handle the export of petroleum from a country. He said that Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, goes to a country and “takes their oil.” I’m not sure whether he understands that this is typically a business deal negotiated by both sides rather than an act of coercion.

    Any attempt by the United States to occupy Iraqi petroleum fields militarily and unilaterally would have resulted in massive bombings of them by Shiite militias in Basra, including Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army (‘peace brigades’). You can’t export a flammable material like petroleum from a country nowadays against its people’s will. They have too many bombs. Any small garrison of US troops at Basra would have been constantly under attack.” –Juan Cole

    • LLPete January 23, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

      ISIS and AlQueda recruiting offices did high fives when Trump announced his Take the Oil Doctrine. That and announcing to the world that nothing the Trump administration says can be trusted because they can just declare their own alternate facts. How fucking stupid are these people?!?

  62. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    Forrest Trump….

    Trump may be a bit of a belligerent Forrest Gump?

    “Momma always says: ‘Buy Low’, and that the property price is lowest when there’s blood in the streets.”

    “I’m going to Heaven because I always Win. Jesus Loves a Winner.” – Donald J. Trump

    • seawolf77 January 24, 2017 at 10:19 am #

      The ultimate loser loves a winner. Trump double speak, the Orwellian apotheosis. He even brings Jesus onto Bullshit Island.

  63. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

    Meanwhile, everyone’s freaking out because Trump has a “Trophy Wife”.

    • seawolf77 January 24, 2017 at 10:19 am #

      Trophy wife. Try Trophy life.

  64. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    Jenny eventually relented and married Forrest Gump because despite being an imbecile Forrest was a “Winner”.

    • njguy73 January 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

      No. Jenny relented because she was a coke-addicted, suicidal, rode-hard-and-left-out-to-dry skank-a-zoid who couldn’t get any job better than coffee-shop waitress, so she latched onto the one beta-boy still gave a crap about her.

      I mean, I don’t wanna cast aspersions on anyone.

      • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

        Jenny is an archetype.
        She represents the wounded naive. Acting out against those that hurt her, hurting them… and ultimately killing herself.

        Jenny was stupid as stupid does. Her life surrendering her “self” to the zeitgeist. Hiding in change.

        Walk into any freshman dorm and you’ll find Jennies.
        Superficial rebellion on display.

        Gump lived truth in the moment. No ulterior motive, no machinations, just a fawn at the waterhole. No pretensions, no assumptions, non-judgmental. Gump was the biggest rebel, having never surrendered his self.

  65. Piper Michael January 23, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Good day James!
    Obviously, we woke up with a bit of a sour stomach, eh?

    Good, I remember how it felt 8 years ago.
    I was told to “Give him a chance.” I did…. yeah, I hate it when I’m right.
    (Refusing to hold his hand over his heart during the Nat Anthem, was a dead giveaway something about him was ‘off’.)

    Now the shoe is on the other foot. But he understands “the Great sucking sound…” of Ross Perot… and he articulated it.
    Deal with it Yankee.
    Just so you know, anything happens to Mr. Trump, prepare to go to war.
    So you should pray for his good health, and an Elite that understands that there are consequences for every action.

    • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

      When did people start holding their hand over their heart for the anthem? This is a modern phenomenon born from ignorance. Modern American illiterate ignorance.

      See, you stupid kids got “the pledge” and the anthem confused… all sorts of confused.

      At most, remove your hat and be quiet, almost solemn, and applaud loudly with the bombastic ending. That is all that is expected in the right situation.

      Save your hand over your heart for grade school inculcations.

      Obama was appointed president because of his lack of nationalistic sympathies and tendencies. Clearly.

      • Piper Michael January 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

        Another yankee ‘target’ speaking…

        • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

          Yankee, that’s funny. Are you familiar with the most important flag of the confederacy? The last flag hoisted by countless southern legions?

          Let me describe it to you.. it was white and waving from butt stocks.

          The rebel yell(ow)

          • Frankiti January 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

            Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Trump.
            Yankee extraordinaire

          • thwack January 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

            Ok,

            but what did that white flag really mean?

            Maybe it didn’t mean what you THOUGHT or “hoped” it meant?

            Don’t raise a petard you can handle being hung from.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

            The Yankee Carpetbaggers were Jews. Money is their God.

          • Piper Michael January 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

            The south shall rise again… oh wait..
            We just did…
            and the north, and the west, …
            against a Federal Establishment that’s outa control.

            It was Federals that abandoned any ‘peace talks’, that led to Ft. Sumter… now Kalifornication is talking about secession… haha…
            If the northern establishment plays this wrong, there will be democrats and repubs disappeared across the land.
            They have plans, there are many others who have plans, plans within plans, shadows within shadows, rhetoric leads to war.

            I gave Obama a ‘chance’, he was president, I didn’t get out and act like an ass. I didn’t destroy anybodies property, or assault anybody. And, I didn’t need a safe space, or a teddy bear, or a sucker to calm my frazzled feelings.
            The term yankee now takes on a completely new meaning in this age, they are called; snowflakes.

            If the Establishment crashes the system, and blames it on this president… or moves against him with procedural bs, like they are holding up his cabinet… there will be trouble, but it will take the snowflake army a while to figure out just what’s happening. It will be the MOOs. the Militias Of One.
            Otherwise called patriots/terrorists, depending on your perspective.

            I hope and pray, you leftists give this guy a chance because your global world order is the foundation of culture war, and culture war is going to be the flashpoint of CWII. Europe has already lost their minds inviting nasty animals into their house to live with them, now they have to clean up the shit on the floor and replace the torn furniture and repair the wounds of animalistic attacks on their women. We shall see how all that works out, when you have a new president that told you, regardless of skin color, we all bleed red, but, we have to keep the animals out of the living room.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

            America is White or it’s nothing. We all bleed red? So do rats and monkeys. It means nothing.

      • Dave in Pasadena January 24, 2017 at 3:07 am #

        Yes, more of this fake patriotism. Standing for the national anthem is all that is customary and historical. Right wingers only recently added this hold your hand over your heart BS. What a crock. Disappear people. Torture people. Really patriotic. Constantly think up silly new symbols of patriotism. You can’t be a politician unless you wear the silly-ass flag pin on your label. No pin, unpatriotic. You can’t be a politician unless you get down on your knees and swear that you love Jeeesus! Praise the lord! No religious test for office. Who cares about the Constitution?

        • Piper Michael January 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

          Culture, is sometimes more important than anal retentive ‘facts’. If someone doesn’t accept a culture, then by definition he/she is anti culture. To say that WASP culture is now The Enemy(as the DNC obviously does.), is to attack the foundations of the culture of the nation.
          Burning the flag, not standing for the anthem or placing hand over heart, is now ‘culture’, not some fact. Either you are ‘American’, or you are not.
          The Black Caesar wannabe, was not an ‘American’, in fact, he stood against WASP culture with every fibre of his being, that should have been a clue. The first action he took, was to shut down the manned space program, and turn NASA into a climate change agency. These should have been red flags to red blooded Americans… but, nowadays, we have too many blue blooded Americans, who think they are better than the rest of us, simply because we disagree with them…
          F* them, we cannot debate with somebody who tells sweet lies to himself.

  66. barbisbest January 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    The dark night of the nation’s soul. Woo. Hmmm.
    or maybe the preliminary stages of a female coup de’tat…. I guess a lot of females just don’t like the Donald. …. …if it’s Monday, Its Clustefuck Nation.

  67. BackRowHeckler January 23, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

    If President Trump is indeed removed from office thru some extraordinary measure, who would replace him? Some Army General? A resurrected Hillary Clinton? Vice President Pence? One thing is clear, all this time I underestimated the hatred the urban lefty elite and the MSM media has for people like myself, and those who represent me. Rest assured the feeling is reciprocal.

    brh

    • thwack January 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

      The worst thing white people could EVER do is remove PRESIDENT Trump before he has a chance to f*ck things up and make sh*t all retarded and everything…

      Just sayin

      • BackRowHeckler January 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

        In TLE Jim talks about the USA breaking apart, worse than 1861 … now I read California is talking about secession … I say let that bankrupt craphole go without a fight, who needs it? Maybe Cal can rejoin Mexico? California’s Capital City can be San Francisco, also known as an open toilet for 50,000 street people, and a 1/4 million illegals. The Golden State, a lefty paradise!

        Only problem I see is could Mexico City pay out the same level of govt. largess i.e. foodstamps, section 8, WIC, free Obama phones etc., as Washington does? If not, these new Mexican citizens might be a little aggrieved, and there will be trouble.

        brh

  68. laceration January 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

    Jim I am glad he is meshuga. Would you rather have another empty suit telling us sweet nothings, parsed and focus group tested? We don’t need some symbol of gov’t to right the ship with dignity and decorum. I am not looking for him to fix anything. The US Gov cannot fix things, only a world made by hand can fix things. What he can do is trip up the corrupt initiatives and institutions. The Demos, establishment Repubs, the TPP, the MSM, the deep state, the Clintons and Bushes. With Obamacare to come and very possibly the belligerent Foreign Policy and who knows what else. So far he is doing alright.

    • Piper Michael January 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      Hmm…
      He’s doing… doing… doing….
      He’s already done what the Black Caesar said was ‘impossible’, with a simple phone call he shut down several industrial plant relocations…

      Economics 101 is not something leftists understand. You take dirt, you mine it, grow something in it, and then turn that into something of ‘increased value’, in order to grow ‘wealth’.
      Otherwise, lefties, answer this question…

      Why are we having to borrow money from China, et al?
      When we were a manufacturing super power, we loaned money to the world. Now, we are a paper pushing paper tiger…

      Only a Trump can understand the difference.

  69. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    A bloke that I know who used to work in USCIS, which regulates US immigration, said that before a new POTUS assumes office USCIS will deliberately create a lot of problems expecting that the new incoming administration will throw money at the department. In other words, the US Federal Government deliberately creates problems in order to feather it’s own nest. One-tenth of California’s population is illegal aliens.

  70. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 9:29 pm #

    Create a “Russia problem” or “Terrorist problem” or ” “Drug Problem” in the hope that the US Federal Government will throw money at you to try to solve the problem.

  71. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

    The US Federal Government is a gargantuan extortion racket.

  72. trypillian January 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

    Personally, I wouldn’t be concerned with The Dons mercantile, pecuniary and political chicanery. Chemtrails and climate heating supported by the newly crowned King, will kill you all anyways; sooner rather than later. Have a nice day.

  73. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    Much of the post-WW II Cold War drama, the War on Terror, War on Drugs, Affirmative Action, millions of lives lost, etc. may have just been theater driven by bureaucrats’ Jobs and sinecures?

    Eichmanism….

  74. Pucker January 23, 2017 at 10:36 pm #

    Douglas Valentine says that basically the role of the MSM is to cover it all up.

    Douglas Valentine, “The CIA as Organized Crime”.

  75. janet January 23, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    “Meanwhile, everyone’s freaking out because Trump has a “Trophy Wife”. –Pucker

    She probably is the first FLOTUS to have worked illegally in the USA on an immigrant tourist visa. Most FLOTUS do not have a criminal history.

  76. BackRowHeckler January 23, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    At the moment President Trump is in the White House basement, rifling thru old safes, examining musty records on yellowing paper.

    “Where did Ike put that brief on ‘Operation Wetback?”

    “Oh, here it is.”

    He blows on, raising a cloud of dust.

    “Here Reece, bring this up to the oval office.”

    brh

  77. FincaInTheMountains January 23, 2017 at 11:55 pm #

    The coming change in global economic paradigm

    World objectively came to a glut in the majority of manufactured goods, and the consumer no longer responds to the design change and minor improvements in functionality with former enthusiasm.

    Trying to go to the mass production of “short-lived” products across the spectrum from consumer electronics to cars caused more backlash and reduction in demand. Even on the fashion consumer is not looking as before. The situation is exacerbated by consumer overload with accumulated debts of past wasteful purchases. More and more people realize that the credit bondage has nothing to do with the growth of living standards.

    As a result, the world came close to changing global economic paradigm.

    From the total globalization to restoration of economic sovereignty and the protection of domestic markets and domestic producers with all sorts of barriers. Moreover, the incipient transition will be fast and extremely painful. For everybody.

    But there is simply no alternative. And, in this respect, Russia, which was put under sanctions first, and a few years earlier, is in the better situation, since passed the most painful period of transition under the most favorable conditions.

    The US, who lost during the globalization almost all of its real production, is least prepared for the immediate restoration of trade barriers. US need at least five years to get back to situation that can ensure the survival of the country in isolation, without a dramatic drop in living standards.

    By the way, the process of disintegration of the world economy is here for a long time – 150 years or more. So for all of us, it is now the only objective reality.

    Needless to say that in the era of trade barriers and trade wars financial system can not be based on the emission of any currency, no mater how strong is the country behind it. Return to the gold standard in these conditions becomes virtually inevitable.

    That’s about what kind of situation the Trump administration will face from the start. And Trump’s victory in the light of what has been said does not look random or illogical.

    Opting for Clinton in these conditions clearly would mean all-out war of all against all. But neither Russia nor China seem too weak, to ensure the victory of the United States without incurring critical losses themselves, making any victory meaningless because of the absence of winners. Obviously, the real US political elite or the part of it that has not lost the instinct of self-preservation considered war a bad choice and was able to change things.

    Against the background of the real problems facing the United States, the figure of President Trump does not look random, even theoretically the best of all. Not so many of big business figures in the United States who are engaged in the real sector and have acquired vast experience in crisis management.

    • aNanyMouse January 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

      Fincaln, we indeed will see a change in global economic paradigm, spurred largely by a crisis caused by the burden of unpayable debts, these accumulated to pay for past wasteful purchases. The causes of this crisis include the recent orgy of malinvestment, spurred by US manipulation of the world’s “Passive investors”, see

      fofoa.blogspot.com/2014/12/global-stagnation.html .

      But, instead of a return to the gold standard, int’l trade will be (re)balanced by the Freegold system “invented” by De Gaulle’s successors, see
      fofoa.blogspot.de/2010/06/how-can-we-possibly-calculate-future.html?showComment=1277110872499#c61422… , and

      bullionstar.com/blogs/bullionstar/introducing-freegold/ .

      This new system will have a floating price for physical gold, free from manipulation by Bullion Banks’ fractional reserve games in the (dying) Gold Futures market. Physical Gold’s floating price will be Free from influence by Futures Contracts “backed” by non-existent gold, and from influence from gov’t efforts to fix its price (as happened in the old Gold Standard).

      • FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

        Personally, I’d vote for original Bretton-Woods system as was envisioned and designed by President Roosevelt and where gold was ONLY used for settlement of inter-state trade deficits, in other words if by the end of the year Russia sold US 30 billion worth of goods and US sold Russia 28 billion, US would be liable for 2 billion in gold payment, or face according devaluation of US dollar compared to other currencies, otherwise FIXED to each other.

        In other words, totally eliminate the Forex speculation as in the word “forever”, promote fair, balanced and predictable trade.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

        For internal circulation, it would be totally up to National monetary policy – you want to print more money, print away, just do not export your inflation abroad through trade deficits.

        • aNanyMouse January 24, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

          Finc, I can see why you’d lean that way, but FDR’s smart improvisations later became victimized by their very successes.
          Google/ Wiki “Triffin’s Dilemma” and “Exorbitant Privilege”, then look at fofoa.blogspot.com/2011/09/once-upon-time.html .

          The seeds of the Depression, and of recent crises, were sown in 1922 at the Genoa Conference, which introduced “reforms” which ended up sterilizing gold’s Flows through the int’l trade system, and exported US inflation abroad. When FDR got to boost the price from $20/oz. to $35/oz., this bought helpful time, and helped fund the Marshall Plan.

          Bretton-Woods might have led to gold flowing in the needed way for a while, but LBJ’s Guns and Butter budget ended up killing the London Gold Pool, which was the last gasp of Bretton-Woods. Whoever tries to fix the gold price, and then allows fractional reserve games to distort int’l balance of payment flows, will, one way or other, eventually bring on fatal trade imbalances.

  78. janet January 24, 2017 at 12:06 am #

    President Donald Trump told Capitol Hill leaders Monday evening that he lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to three sources in both parties familiar with the meeting.

    Trump has repeatedly claimed that he lost the popular vote in November’s election because of voter fraud. There is no evidence of this, and none that millions of undocumented immigrants voted for Clinton. It’s a fixation for Trump, who won the election because of Electoral College votes, but has had trouble accepting that Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million.

    He is not going to pivot to be presidential. Trump is a narcissistic incompetent clown. As JHK says, Section 4 of the 25th Amendment may be our way out of this situation.

    • elysianfield January 24, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      “may be our way out of this situation/”

      Our…OUR? You have a mouse in your pocket?

      • Elrond Hubbard January 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

        The 25th Amendment meme is the current Democratic party line. The intent is twofold:

        – To delegitimize Trump by means fair (pointing out that he lost the popular vote by 3 million votes), foul (diagnosing him from afar with a mental illness) and indeterminate (i.e. Trump as beneficiary of Russian meddling).

        – By means of the above, to distract attention from the Democrats’ dismal electoral failures and protect the current Dem leadership from efforts to change the direction of the party. Such a change of direction might well help the Dems win back voters, but it could have the irksome side-effect of depriving party meritocrats of their cushy sinecures. The Clintons and Pelosis of the world would much rather lose elections than lose their privileges.

  79. janet January 24, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    It was striking seeing Trump and Obama standing side by side with their families before the Obama family left for Palm Springs.

    Oh, and the president who has been married three times and has had children by three different women, that was the white president.

    • tucsonspur January 24, 2017 at 12:18 am #

      Lord have mercy, at least he was married. And Trump is probably too old to add another 10 to the litter.

      • janet January 24, 2017 at 12:27 am #

        Pregnancy is not a result of golden showers.

        • janet January 24, 2017 at 12:28 am #

          Trump was not married to the prostitutes or to the women whose pussy he grabbed.

  80. tucsonspur January 24, 2017 at 12:21 am #

    The rebellion gains momentum: Kevin O’Leary vs. Trudeau

    cnbc.com/2017/01/23/shark-tanks-kevin-oleary-on-running-for-office-in-canada.html

    • janet January 24, 2017 at 12:55 am #

      I doubt it, for two reasons: age and inability to speak French (if he wants to represent all Canadians). You have a poor chance of becoming PM of Canada if you don’t speak French.

  81. janet January 24, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    TRUMP ENDANGERS US TROOPS

    On Saturday, Trump said “if we kept the oil, you probably wouldn’t have ISIS because that’s where they made their money in the first place, so we should have kept the oil. But, OK, maybe we’ll have another chance.”

    Gordon Trowbridge, who until last week was a civilian spokesman at the Defense Department, said “The only acceptable answer to ‘are you going to steal your ally’s oil’ is ‘no.’ ” He said Spicer needed to say definitely that the answer is “no.”

    “WH spokesperson needed to clearly say US is not going to take Iraq’s oil,” Trowbridge tweeted. “Every moment that statement stands puts our troops at greater risk.”

    • janet January 24, 2017 at 12:44 am #

      Trump’s performance in front of the CIA was bizarre (read the transcript… Trump appears to have attention disorder).

      Trump’s remarks could be used as evidence of his mental instability, just the kind of thing that justifies recourse to Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. I agree with JHK. Trump will not last long as president.

  82. malthuss January 24, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    Wal Mart is going to sell CARS!!!!!!

    • pequiste January 24, 2017 at 9:26 am #

      Not a shock to me – their automotive centers and car parts subdivisions are already monstrous. Horizontal and vertical integration is the preferred business model for the most successful multinationals and monopolies.

      On a semi-related Walmart tangent, I submit for your mastication:

      Some two decades ago, upon my return to the U.S.A., after a lengthy out-of-country habitation experience: seeing and visiting my “first” Walmart Supercenter – I actually had the belief then that they would quite soon be selling funerals and associated paraphernalia like caskets.

      Today, I believe that if Walmart could – there would be discount, drive-up, cremation services complete with a computer funeral director, A.I. clergy and finishing up with sending the mourners back out to complete the shopping experience with a cardboard ash “urn” (with dandy little advertising printed on it) for the “mantle” below the 55+ inch class flat-screen TV.

  83. tucsonspur January 24, 2017 at 3:35 am #

    Thinking of a nice vacation at a Mexican resort? You should have your head handed to you! Ooops, maybe you will!

    yahoo.com/news/seven-mutilated-bodies-found-mexican-tourist-port-official-181751137.html

    “South of the border, heads rolling away…”

  84. FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    Well said. Israel is the very essence of the Black Project, hell bent of World Conquest for thousands of years. == Janos

    It made me remember the Soviet interpretation of anti-Semitism, according to which the bourgeoisie specifically provokes anti-Semitism in order to divert the proletariat from the class struggle with the bourgeoisie.

    Replace proletariat in the Soviet interpretation of anti-Semitism with the Christians, and the bourgeoisie with the masons, and you’ll get quite an adequate picture of what is happening.

    Apparently Ivan the Terrible was right when he said that the Russian people are the new Israel, with all its advantages and disadvantages.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

      I just read that the other day in a book about the Czars. Those terrible anti-Semitic peasants were rioting against the Jews. But of course the book forgot to mention that it was a Jewish assassin who killed the young Czar who had done so much for the Jews. You also leave out all important details – all the time.

  85. FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    The Mysteries of the Triangle Obama – Clinton – Trump or
    Why Obama Did Not Pardon Hillary

    youtube.com/watch?v=CK0niRWpG44

    Why didn’t President Obama pardon Hillary Clinton?

    After his election – as President-elect – Donald Trump announced that he bore no ill will towards the Clintons and didn’t want to hurt them. This was a rather surprising statement after 18 months speaking at huge rallies around the nation where the crowd inevitably chanted “Lock her up.”

    But Trump knows that the Clintons represent a significant and malevolent force in politics both domestically and internationally.

    Michelle’s feelings towards Hillary were blatantly obvious when no couple dinners were scheduled at the Obama White House while Hillary was Secretary of State and frequently meeting with the President.

    Trump came up with a perfect solution: If Obama didn’t pardon Hillary, she would be at the mercy of the new president for the next 8 years and effectively neutralized.

    Nice piece of journalistic work, but it doesn’t explain why Obamas – both Barack and Michelle – so enthusiastically campaigned for Hillary during the last 4 months of the campaign.

    Bill Still does not go far enough – the only explanation is that Hillary took over the White House in June of 2016 and Obama’s family was under direct physical threat.

  86. Sean Coleman January 24, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    Can anyone tell me what the story is about Trump and the numbers at his inauguration? Serious question, as in order to get near the truth of any piece of news these days you have to spend time researching it. I keep seeing two pictures in the newspapers, one of wide boulevard covered in people (presumably Obama’s inauguration) and the other of the same road practically empty (Trump’s?).

    The way I have picked it up is that Trump’s side were caught out telling a barefaced lie.

    After the ‘Brexit’ vote last year it quickly became folk ‘wisdom’ that the ‘Leave’ side won because they had ‘lied’, making promises about the savings that would follow. Now (again) I hadn’t followed the referendum campaign but from what I saw it consisted of nothing but sound bites with little (or exceedingly little) analysis. In such a scenario truth and lies are somewhat irrelevant, in much the same way as they would be in a soap opera or an episode of the Simpsons.

    I would be interested to know what the story is with the ‘attendance lie’. The numbers turning out in protests and demonstrations has been a continual issue in recent years. I remember the Irish media’s reports about the size of the demonstrations protesting about the invasion of Iraq. (The demonstrators were right on this occasion, it must be granted, even if I would not have wished to be associated with them.) The media here in Ireland reported a much larger number than those who turned out as evidence of support (it was something like a factor of X6, it might easily have extrapolated to more than the entire population). There was some debate about how they calculate these numbers – I think the police have experience in this area. And when I say ‘debate’, it is in the loosest sense because publicly there is next to none. (And when I say ‘next to none’ what I mean is that I didn’t notice any, but I wouldn’t necessarily rule out the possibility.)

    I seem to recall some discussion of the numbers turning out for the protest against the ‘Brexit’ vote. American readers may not have seen the ‘iconic’ picture of a young man with is face painted in the British flag ‘iconically’ kissing a young lady with her face painted with the stars of the European flag. (Another ‘iconic image’ prominent on Facebook at the time was of the same imperial EU flag, but with one of the stars transformed into a tear drop. Aaah!)

    The rule appears to be to over-estimate the size of liberal demonstrations and to under-estimate those of their opponents (if, indeed, they are reported at all.)

    The weekly iMedia programme on TV Liberté has looked at a number of cases over the last year and more. The amount of deceit is usually of entertaining dimensions.

    For me the most interesting part of the whole Trump story so far is the behaviour of the media. In Britain and (where I live) Ireland they are ‘una voce’. There is virtually no plurality and no opposition. The Irish media are particularly interesting as they seem to do no original thinking (on any topic, by the way) but are exquisitely sensitive to overseas opinion formers. They have of course been universally highly critical of Trump (some of them, hilariously, comforted their readership before the election: ‘But don’t worry. There isn’t a snowball in hell’s chance of him being elected.’. Then, following the election, there was a hurried repositioning, a hedging of bets: he wasn’t all bad, there were understandable reasons for the US electorate’s mistake. But over the last couple of days I sense a hardening of views again: Trump is a liar, an abuser of women, etc.

    Is this the case in America too? Or has the media held the line from the start?

    by the way, I found half an hour before the election to dig into the allegations of sexual assault made by a number of women. From what I saw I would be amazed if there is any truth to any of them, which of course comes as no surpise to anyone interested in modern mass delusions and witch hunts.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

      They’ve all withdrawn their accusations. They were afraid to face him in court. One is now suing Trump for slandering her because he called her a liar. She also withdrew her previous accusation – so she is.

      Some commentators have admitted Liberal hubris and hatred of the proles caused the election of Trump. But the vast majority in the media cannot give up the moral high ground at all.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 25, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

      Sean Coleman: “I keep seeing two pictures in the newspapers, one of wide boulevard covered in people (presumably Obama’s inauguration) and the other of the same road practically empty (Trump’s?).

      “The way I have picked it up is that Trump’s side were caught out telling a barefaced lie.”

      On the one hand you have Trump, who is if nothing else a confident liar, declaring ahead of time that his inauguration will have the highest attendance of all time, later doubling down on that claim in the teeth of the evidence. On the other hand you have the media taking undeniable glee in refuting the claim after the fact, with things like the photo (taken from atop the Washington Monument). Some outlets also featured video footage of empty, or pretty much empty, stands lining the inauguration route. Additionally there was more quantitative evidence such as the underwhelming ridership figures recorded on the Washington Metro that day versus Obama’s first inaugural. In short, while the battle lines are clear enough, the facts in this case are not on Trump’s side, if anyone cares about facts.

      usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/24/fact-check-inauguration-crowd-size/96984496/

      Sean Coleman: “The rule appears to be to over-estimate the size of liberal demonstrations and to under-estimate those of their opponents (if, indeed, they are reported at all.)”

      I propose an alternate interpretation: The rule is to over-emphasize the size of demonstrations that help the establishment narrative, and underestimate or simply ignore demonstrations that counter it. Compare coverage of the recent Women’s March versus coverage of the demonstrations in the lead-up to the Iraq War. The Women’s March received extensive coverage, while the anti-Iraq War dmonstrations were largely ignored in the media. The single biggest Iraq War demonstration, a worldwide phenomenon that took place on February 15, 2003, has been called “the largest protest event in human history” yet was simply steamrolled by the G.W. Bush administration’s drumbeat to war. In that case the media, led by the New York Times (special hat tip to their reporter, Judith Miller, aka Miss Run Amok), were basically on the side of the administration. Nowadays the establishment is split and it remains to be seen which side will carry the day.

      • Sean Coleman January 26, 2017 at 11:51 am #

        EH: ‘I propose an alternative interpretation: The rule is to over-emphasize the size of demonstrations that help the establishment narrative, and underestimate or simply ignore demonstrations that counter it.’

        This surprises me. In Britain and Ireland, and in Europe too, the establishment is liberal. It has become clear (to those who had not already realized) that the big divide is between the liberal establishment and a lot of the people. The rest of the people side with the establishment, although they may be convinced that they are ‘anti-establishment’.

        I thought it was the same in America.

        Indeed over here nearly everyone fancies himself as anti-establishment while at the same many, if not most, hold establishment (ie ‘anti-establishment’) opinions.

        In Ireland the establishment line is to stand up to the tyranny of the Catholic Church, whereas said tyranny (which I doubt it ever was) has been extinct for forty years. Indeed, most of the clergy (or at least practically all who voice an opinion) themselves protest loudly against the ‘Hierarchy’. The ‘Hierarchy’ seems to be a mysterious place inhabited by ‘prelates’ (another Dan Browne word) who are old-style authoritarian and uncomplicatedly evil.

        The leader of the Irish government (the Taoiseach Enda Kenny) a few years ago made a widely praised speech where he attacked an Ireland “where the swish of a soutane smothered conscience and humanity and the swing of a thurible ruled the Irish-Catholic world.” He believed he was ‘speaking truth to power’. Kenny is Fine Gael, the traditional Blue Shirts party, of solicitors, doctors and, well, ‘the establishment’.

        When it turns out that there is nobody in the Irish ‘Hierarchy’ after all then all eyes turn to the ‘Vatican’. But this is the home of is a smiling, media-friendly Pope; who doesn’t fit the bill. So it is the turn of sinister, shadowy figures in the Vatican bureaucracy. Indeed, Pope Francis has attacked them himself. But my hunch is that they are as right-on as the next man and are looking for someone to point their own fingers at.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

          Sean, I regret that I can’t speak to the Irish experience.

          In my home and native land, the traditional political rivals are the Liberal and Conservative (formerly Progressive Conservative) parties, the groupings that have traditionally traded off forming the government. The more left-aligned New Democratic Party was close to winning the most recent federal election if you believed the polls, which were in a nearly-even three-way split. Believing real power was within reach for the first time, the NDP pledged balanced budgets and other putatively economically-sound policies in an effort to seal the deal with less socialist-friendly voters. This enabled the Liberals to outflank them on the left, who correctly deemed that promising deficit spending to stimulate the economy would win them votes.

          Meanwhile the Conservatives, who were fighting to hold on to power, tried to make an issue out of the niqab and other social hot-buttons that voters pretty soundly dismissed. The Canadian establishment (it has been called the ‘Laurentian consensus‘) is pretty reliably small-L ‘liberal’ and concerned with displaying open-mindedness when it comes to such things, and this time around the voters agreed with them.

          In neither your country’s case nor mine is the establishment going through a legitimacy crisis anywhere near as serious as what the U.S. is now enduring. The U.S. media in particular are split between, on the one side, a few obvious Trump partisans like Breitbart, Fox News, and assorted right wing ravers and droolers, versus pretty much every other media outlet who are ganging up on the new president like nobody’s business.

          The longer Trump survives in office, the healthier this will be for U.S. news media in my opinion. Journalists ought to be malcontents who relish holding those in power to account. U.S. media have come to be as distrusted as they are today precisely because they have been more interested in access and in cozying up to power than in truth-telling. What concerns me is that the Trump administration may hit on effective ways of luring the media into playing his games, such as turning press conferences into glitzy media spectacles that the media have to cover for the sake of ratings survival.

  87. FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    In the beginning of 2010s Russia was horrified by the level of combat readiness of its military forces, and the West was pleased to note it. Russia began to mobilize all forces for military restructuring and the West had fallen asleep again, lulled by the low level of the Russian readiness.

    So when after only five years of conflict, the Russian elites have become totally uncompromising and West in its irritation arranged a mutiny on the outskirts of the new Empire (in Ukraine), it absolutely was not prepared for a forceful response.

    These events are described many times in its genesis, but the main result was the full audit of the military capabilities of Western forces and Russia’s defense. As a result, the situation of the Old World Order Keepers developed quite into a dead-end. There were no real forces for their quick victory, and Russia in principle doesn’t know how to lose in a long-lasting war.

    The closer the auditors were getting to the final report, the more clearly stood out hysterical tones. Because it is not enough that the current situation is very different from its preliminary assessment, but it is getting worse with each passing day.

    By the second half of 2016 West came to understanding that even the nuclear blackmail does not excite Moscow too much. Even if you put under a rifle the entire population of Ukraine and Poland, there was no confidence that Russia at least would declare a full mobilization.

    It became more and more clear that Russia would just mix NATO forces with dirt and do it just in exercise mode, as it happens in Syria, were Russian forces are fighting on the exercise budget of the Ministry of Defense.

    The continues “appropriation” of US military budget by dishonest financiers ended that almost all modern types of US weaponry will have to go back to the drawing board.

    And this at a time when Russia and China (sometimes together), are already moving from development to implementation and supply of such weapons to the troops. So until then, until the American military-industrial complex does not return its core competence, to start a big war for Americans is a pure suicide.

  88. ccm989 January 24, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    Here is the only thing that will stop Trump from turning the United States into a Banana Republic — you — get involved!

    And regular people (like me) are getting involved. We turned up for the protest march in DC (500,000 of us) to let Trump and the GOP know we are not happy with what Trump and his minions want to do.

    I have never been involved in any political action ever before but the rally was amazing. The nicest, most polite people who you could ever meet were there. And the cops were dancing and waving. All in all, a very positive and energizing event.

    And there will be more.

    • pequiste January 24, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      “Nicest most polite people….a very positive and energizing event.”

      Yep, very noice, and Madonna is not a Satanist, pornographer, and child corrupter of the highest order – a fabulous role model who wants to “blow up the White House…” That’s positively a direct threat against the president and I’m happy that (it was reported) she received a visit from the F.B.I. or Secret Service or was it Federal Marshals.

      In any case I’m glad you had a good time and at least there was no actual violence, because peaceful assembly for grievances, real or perceived is the American Way.

      And what do you mean the U.S.A. is not a Banana Republic?

  89. barbisbest January 24, 2017 at 9:28 am #

    Janet. That description of seeing Trump’S family and Obama’s family side by side and all of Trump’S children.. Trump’S children were not mentioned at all in the first book about him! Art of the Deal. He’s a good family man. Uh huh. And I’m Jesus of Nazareth. I think it was BRH who posted several weeks ago, I think were being played. Its worth repeating. During the campaign Trump asserted Ted Cruz was controlled by Goldman Sachs and assured the people he was not. Since his election, trump has appointed five (5) people affiliated with Goldman Sachs. Meanwhile , the 32% who still approve of Trump will get their huge tax cut.

    • pequiste January 24, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      The Vampire Squid* (Sacks of Gold Man!) leaves no stone unturned in its quest for total domination.

      There is that shadowy Banana Republic theme again…hmmm.

      *Thank you Matt Taibbi.

  90. FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    In Russia, groceries are getting cheaper

    I was surprised to find that the prices of some products fell, and some significantly so.

    Unprecedented deal for Russian merchants. Buckwheat, which at some point soared to 100 rubles/kilo – now you can buy at 50-60 in chain stores. Eggs, too, have fallen in price – 60-70 rubles, while previously you couldn’t find cheaper than 120 rubles. And so on – the potatoes and other vegetables, grains, milk. Even meats.

    In principle, it has its reasons. Firstly, agriculture is developing and growing volume of domestic production, and on the other hand, the purchasing power of the citizens fell – and according to the laws of logic, to sell perishable goods traders have to cut the prices.

    But it is in theory but in practice often greedy merchants, especially intermediaries, artificially inflate and hold prices.

    However, here’s something, obviously, has changed – and the cost of products decreased, which is unique to the capitalist economy.

    (During the Stalin economy, Soviet Union decreased prices every year in a planned manner, I think in April)

  91. seawolf77 January 24, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    The “Don’t take any shit” people that put this man in office, those archetype Southerners that keep order when no chaos exists, who jump on people for untied shoestrings, no have the orange haired Daddy they always wanted. Bon a petit!

  92. malthuss January 24, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4147758/Small-cities-unprepared-population-flood-warns-urban-exp…

    But for ‘White Nations’ –Influx may be ‘migrants’.

  93. volodya January 24, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Elysianfield, you ask is Trump’s ascendancy an accident of human folly?

    You bet, human folly, but not the folly of voters. Not sure you can call it an accident either. It comes from the folly of Oligarchs, and their administrative clerisy, in creating an unworkable system of global production and consumption and trade that gutted the U.S. economy.

    As JHK would say, this is a failed arrangement, and a reaction to the immiserization of tens of millions of Americans should have been expected. Trump is that reaction. Or one of them at least. This thing ain’t over.

    The fact that it was Trump taking the oath of office and not someone a lot nastier should be taken by the maroons that created this mess as a reprieve, a wholly undeserved reprieve mind you. There’s some time, not much, but some time to get to the work of unwinding it. Having said that, given the fortunes expended in creating this debacle I would expect the opposite, a counter-reaction. They will dig in their heels.

    And then what? History doesn’t repeat but it sure is instructive, ie trouble. Abusive ruling elites have found themselves variously overthrown, deprived of their property, chased into exile, guillotined, shot and thrown down mine shafts.

    Will or own elites take the lessons of history? No, not a chance, they think that none of this applies to them. To them what matters is money, the numbers they look at are quarterly results and stock prices. They think they’re invulnerable. They think they can do what they want and get away with it. See, they’ve appropriated government intelligence agencies for their own use and protection, to keep at bay the forces of discontent. And history? History is a boring irrelevancy, the province of batty professors.

    Me too, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    • volodya January 24, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      Will or own elites – typo, should be “will OUR own…”

    • elysianfield January 24, 2017 at 11:34 am #

      Volodya,
      I agree. Makes me wonder about “Dannyboy”, our resident 1%er…currently, no doubt, eyebrows-deep” in the roiling fleshpots of Havana…

      ‘Course, Dannyboy has a plan…an ass full of diamonds and Uber on the quick-dial….

  94. FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    Russian Defense Ministry Says Its Warplanes Have Flown First Combat Mission in Syria With U.S. Aircraft

    abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/russian-defense-ministry-warplanes-flown-combat-mission-syria…

    Viva la Trump! Viva la Mad Dog Mattis!! Viva la America!!!

    • janet January 24, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many kids did you kill today?

  95. volodya January 24, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Michael,

    what offshoring did was to build up China’s industrial and therefore military capabilities. Thanks to the U.S. oligarchy and its academic and political apologists for this.

    If there is a Genghis Khan like charismatic leader that comes to the fore in China, it’s not beyond imagination that he makes use of this new wherewithal. Right now China isn’t just flexing its maritime muscle, I’ve read that Russians are getting highly uneasy about the numbers of Chinese walking across their borders and setting up shop without as much as a how-do-you-do.

    Siberia, with all its resources, has got to look awfully enticing, especially as China is really crowded. And Chinese outnumber Russians by a vast margin.

    China has got some real economic problems. And demographic problems too with a shortage of marriageable girls. And so it’s a whole lot better to export those problems.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      1. It’s too cold for Chinese in Siberia – look at their population map and where it concentrates – in milder climates.

      2. What happened to Chinese Army a Tamansky in 1968 is still pretty fresh in their memory when a million-strong invasion was wiped out in half hour.

      • elysianfield January 24, 2017 at 11:48 am #

        ” What happened to Chinese Army a Tamansky in 1968″

        Finc,
        I, until this point, was unaware of any major battles between the USSR and the Glorious People’s Army. A cursory internet search did not reveal much. Has there ever been books written on this conflict? Any in English? I would like to study this event. You, then being a freshly minted Officer at that point in time,have any direct experience in the conflict?

        • FincaInTheMountains January 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

          There was no glorious battle, there was a meat grinder. They sunk the Tamansky Island as well for good measure – you can’t find it anywhere on the map of Amur river anymore.

          Nobody wants to talk about it now, as well as nobody wants to talk what really happened in 2011 in Fukushima and why Japanese started to evacuate their Moscow Embassy just few days before the Tsunami struck in Fukushima.

          Some stories are better left untold.

          • elysianfield January 24, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

            ” They sunk the Tamansky Island as well ”

            No doubt by “unconventional” means….

    • thwack January 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      “And demographic problems too with a shortage of marriageable girls.”

      ****************

      there are upwards of 100 million females “missing” from the global population due to women exercising their “choice” to abort female children.

      So once again I will remind the feminists not to raise a petard they can’t afford to be hung from.

      • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

        You’re a f*****g imbecile. Do you even know what a petard is? How on earth is one hung from one?
        If you’re going to quote Shakespeare; know it.

        Too many window-lickers. We deserve Trump.

        • capt spaulding January 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

          I agree completely Frankiti. Too many people are eager to post here without knowing what they are talking about. I hate to agree with you, but you are right, we deserve Trump. To quote an old saying, “Democracy contains the seeds of it’s own destruction.” On this wonderful thing we call the internet, every asshole out there can express his own dipshit opinion,whether it makes sense or not. Compared to the intelligence of JHK, many of the people here do not deserve the courtesy of having their opinions considered. I look at this Blog as being similar to a table at a bar, and most of the people here would not be welcome at my table. I know that this sounds elitist, but I can’t help it. At this stage of my life, I don’t have time to listen to every idiot with an opinion. Like the man said, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one”. I expect some great responses to this post.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

            Because of the one child per couple policy, the Chinese aborted incredible numbers of their girls since boys carry the family name and so they needed a boy. So? So he’s right and you two are wrong.

            And I wouldn’t want you at my table either – but only because you don’t want to talk to people unless you already agree with them. In other words, you don’t really believe in First Amendment. No doubt you think you do, but you don’t.

          • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

            The man continued, “… and they all stink”.

            Not only can they express their opinion, they often pass it off as fact. Most are aware that “news” is scarcely straight facts. There is always an angle and nuance and context. Opinion rules these days. Facts are difficult to parse out, and they seldom lead to truth, if it even exists.

            I think this blog is more akin to the carny’s trailer at a traveling tent revival circus. Freaks, trash, masqueraders, religiots and fools. Many come to see them, as opposed to the big tent sermon and performance.

            The shtick of this particular a**hole is to misrepresent himself as Black, and then there is Janos shedding crocodile tears for dead Asian kids.

            There comes a time when every clown, halfway through painting his face, realizes the act isn’t working… and he’s only fooling himself. The show goes on, and circuses keep traveling.

          • malthuss January 24, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

            This is to Janos,

            I read this—China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power.

            By, Nicholas D. Kristof is a New York Times op-ed columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he has written four best-selling books, including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller “Half the Sky.” Kristof and WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism, for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in China and the massacre that followed. Kristof later won a second for his columns from Darfur. Kristof and WuDunn live in the New York area with their three children.

            It mentions the disparity. And goes into things that I didnt
            consider, like ‘a boy will be taken to the doctor while a girl will not be taken, she will recover from her illness.’

            It went into the percent gender imbalance. What does that number translate to? In ‘missing females?’

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

            Frank: Why shouldn’t Thwack be Black? Because you think all Blacks must agree with you? And he’s the asshole?

            Malthus: I have no idea how many girls they abort – but it is huge. No doubt many of the fetuses are used in experiments or as cosmetics or medicine.

          • thwack January 24, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

            “The shtick of this particular a**hole is to misrepresent himself as Black,” –Frankiti

            **********************

            Hey Frank,

            I may indeed be an A-hole; but I am not misrepresenting myself as black; Jim knows who I am.

            But I do think you are practicing racism by representing my behavior as the type a black person could not or would not engage in?

            Do you know any real black people?

            You need to get out a bit more.

        • pequiste January 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

          Petard retard
          weez gonna get it
          good and hard

          • thwack January 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

            Wow?

            negro scholastic errors really bring out the klan in you guys?

            Yikes!

      • malthuss January 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

        I would guess 100 million in China. alone.
        See my post to Janos.

  96. janet January 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    “In private Facebook groups, wealthy survivalists swap tips on gas masks, bunkers, and locations safe from the effects of climate change. One member, the head of an investment firm, told me, “I keep a helicopter gassed up all the time, and I have an underground bunker with an air-filtration system.” He said that his preparations probably put him at the “extreme” end among his peers. But he added, “A lot of my friends do the guns and the motorcycles and the gold coins. That’s not too rare anymore.”

    Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich, New Yorker 1/30/2017

  97. FlavianPlot January 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    JHK,
    Not sure you’ll see this, but I’d like to say thanks for a second bit of space on your site this week. I’ll make this comment fairly long but my last one for a while. I respect the central theme this week, but I view Trump’s supporters/detractors to be desperately attempting to flee from an emotionless overarching reality that’s going to have its way — despite any set of govt. initiatives — no matter if they recognize it or don’t. Ecologic chaos a/k/a Climate Change will kick us all in the belly, soon. Those refugee/invaders are coming now, and if not let in they’ll force their way, and I don’t blame them. Sides will be chosen and hands forced, especially when the bread baskets go empty. For all the hopeful projections and emotional anguish felt toward Drumpf, exactly as that felt for Obombya, the sweat and tears will evaporate to yet another pile of salt and sadness just the same. Whether one likes or dislikes the current legitimacy crisis that is our government, every one of those voters will in a heartbeat turn to the state for assistance and intervention in one sense or another. The tragedy unrealized is that the youngest of us will be left entirely naked and awash in the brutality of hard consequence before the eldest of us fully die out. The Deep State is ever working to ensure that one half of the electorate stands ready to quiet the other half as needed.

    I enjoyed yesterday reading a fat 55-year-old blogger wannabe who visits this site threaten a consummate intellectual troll who posts daily as both used the language of Civil War. My guess is that neither of these fucks could hump around a neighborhood block with a rifle and rations strapped to their back, plus their belly fat, before dying of exhaustion in a mud puddle aside the road. So that leaves mitigation and striving to survive with loved ones to those like me, men of some ability who’d summarily ghost the burdens of generational excess with extreme prejudice and without hesitation before the big war party even gets started.

    JHK, you recently described the forthcoming U.S. effort to salvage the economy in podcast with Chris Martenson as the greatest, and I would add — final— misallocation of resources. Trump’s lingo of triumphalism and vows of return to industrial bliss ignore external driving factors entirely, from what I’ve read. But what can any of us do now but kick back and laugh at the newest American virtue cartoon, its latest paragon leading way to renewed rapacity with incoherent gestures of liberal reformist credo and quasi-fascist tactic? Like it or not, natural physical ingredients will continue to collide against man’s economic philosophies and fantasies.

    There are but few developed voices on how these particular clashes might emerge. I first learned of Guy Mcpherson’s extremist position on climate change several years ago on CFN and was at once startled and doubtful. Finding videos of presentations Mcpherson had given on certain near term human extinction lead to discovery of a differing and more confident view from Dr. Mark Cochrane. Some relief was attained. After mentioning Cochrane on CFN, he later became a featured voice of Martenson’s podcast. Appearing recently again on that podcast, it’s interesting that Cochrane’s view has shifted significantly closer, but now is only tentatively confident of human survival, to Mcpherson’s. However, neither of these two voices do much but cite the strong interpolative evidence that anthropogenic-climate-chaos is real, and government ought to do something.

    So what of the international government economic and political promises being made during recent global conferences regarding climate shift and action? And what do non-celebrity seeking scientists have to say about these plans of action? After all, the discussion is flooded with plenty of enviro-celebrity hypocrisy to be sure, not to mention a tacit, cowardly admission that brown people are going to burn and die first, and it’s kind of OK. No doubt I too despise the bleeding-heart perspective on environmental collapse, so I understand why so many avoid the discussion. I know this post won’t change that much. Still, for those who’d like to know, to objectively critique the promises of liberal do-gooders and triumphant free marketers who pretend to give a shit about forthcoming disaster, here it is:

    Energy expert Kevin Anderson
    youtube.com/watch?v=jpbfGaKp4K4

    • tucsonspur January 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

      Trump just signed the executive orders moving along the Dakota Access and XL pipelines. Just another step towards the 2 degree C threshold.

      Thousands of new nuclear plants will make the earth itself resemble a nuclear reactor, waiting to go critical. But with continued population growth and ever decreasing resources, it seems to be the most logical way to go, to avoid that climb to 4 degree C.

      The drastic changes needed to immediately and substantially lower the carbon footprint won’t take place in time. We will have to live with and suffer the consequences.

      Trump just declared himself an environmentalist. You can’t be an environmentalist and not be for mother earth.

      If you are for mother earth, how much needed “life” can you rip from her womb?

  98. bibliomaniac January 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    “Trump’s cabinet appointments …looks like one set of rackets is due to be replaced by a new and perhaps worse set.”

    Yes, Mr. Kunstler. As Mr. Trump was up front making nice-nice with The Folk, the billionaire club seated behind him was busily making up its wish list. You have alluded to 3-card monte, and I think this it it to the max.

    Either Hillary or Trump could have been inaugurated, but the same old party won the election–the party of Goldman Sachs. I fear it bodes ill for our children, and certainly for our planet.

    • tucsonspur January 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

      You could be right. And Trump just declared himself an environmentalist.

      That, along with Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” is enough disingenuousness for me. I hope it stops.

      And Spicer, as we can already see, is certainly adroit when it comes to being shifty and evasive, like most press secretaries.

      • capt spaulding January 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

        The alternative facts fit perfectly with the alternative universe that we now occupy. It was best expressed by DC comics with Superman when he encountered Bizarro Superman, who of course came from the bizarro universe. I present to you our bizarro president, Donald Trump.

  99. Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    I read somewhere, some time ago, of some nascent theory positing that Autism and its related spectrum are most likely evolutionary adaptations in response to the flaw of over-developed human emotion. Human emotion that gets in the way of rational and instinctual programming. Emotion that is an impediment to the species, the superorganism and eusociality.

    Reactions to this election should hasten it.

    Ultimately, humanity’s future is looking more robotic.

    • tucsonspur January 24, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

      Wilson says, “we have created a Star Wars civilization with Stone Age emotions”.

      He also says, “we are not ants (eusocial, my parentheses), we can do what ants can’t; pull up to a campfire, roast marshmallows, and sing a song”.

      • tucsonspur January 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

        Does an emotion exist, anywhere in the universe, outside the known range of our own basic emotions? Love, hate, anger, jealousy, greed, lust, fear. Combinations don’t count.

        Some things like contempt or disdain, or indifference could be considered states of mind more than emotion.

        Whatever, assuming the same basic carbon lifeform, can a different, unique emotion exist outside our range?

        Or will it require a much different chemical makeup for the organism? And what would that emotion be?

        • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

          Some say there are 2 (love, fear), scientists say 4 (happy, sad, fear, anger).

          Many agree that emotional sublimation is where human creativity and pure living in real time exists.

          And ants don’t throw the empty marshmallow bag into the woods, become diabetic, and start a forest fire… all on account of an exercise to usher in joy in place of sadness, in place of ennui.

          • tucsonspur January 25, 2017 at 12:03 am #

            Unwittingly, I left out happiness and sadness, connected in full emotional circle.

            Second line would look good on a study’s desk if it weren’t so long. It’s quite profound.

            Ants can carry marshmallow bags into the woods, but I think we’re in agreement overall. Ants do not have emotions like ours, as far as we know.

          • Frankiti January 25, 2017 at 5:32 am #

            Because they don’t need them to function. Humans need things like campfires with marshmallows to take their minds off, to ease their emotions surrounding, the cold hard facts of their existence.

            Ants march on not knowing, not caring. Humans know they are ultimately marching to their inescapable deaths. This fear and ultimate dread makes for a lot of detrimental (to themselves, and other humans) behavior on the march.

            A future of emotionless autistic savants may be what survival orders, but it won’t be in time to stop the AI

    • thwack January 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

      “I read somewhere, some time ago, of some nascent theory positing that Autism and its related spectrum are most likely evolutionary adaptations in response to the flaw of over-developed human emotion.”

      ****************

      You need to stop reading so much.

      “Autism” is just another one of those “conditions” white people made up for THEMSELVES as an excuse to explain away why they suck at this, that, or the other thing…

      What do you call a black person with “autism?”

      Exactly;

      you don’t know because black people aren’t allowed to have “autism.” When we suck and our sh*t is all f*cked up and retarded… you say its because we’re black; we don’t get to invent a condition to explain it away.

      Autism, Limes disease, moon landings… y’all just make sh*t up.

      *vomit*

      • BackRowHeckler January 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

        Hey thwack I haven’t analyzed it but your witty retorts sound a lot like our friend Dannyboy from Manhattan.

        Would you be one and the same?

        brh

      • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

        Blacks are too primitive to be autistic for the most part. When your IQ is 70, how much more do you have to lose?

        But in the movie on vaccinations causing autism, there was a Black boy featured with autism – he got a double dose and he never recovered. The mother grabbed the sister away before they could stick her. They were siblings. She was playing the piano while he was gibbering over his little kid book.

  100. ffkling January 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    This will help reduce population numbers…….

    Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ? even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services.

    • janet January 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

      Prohibiting abortion and family planning services will result in an INCREASE in population.

      • ffkling January 25, 2017 at 3:13 am #

        I was attempting sardonic humor!!!!!

    • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

      the only thing mexicans use condoms for is to swallow heroin bundles…

  101. janet January 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    In the first seven days after Donald Trump’s election, 13,401 Americans registered with New Zealand’s immigration authorities, the first official step toward seeking residency—more than seventeen times the usual rate.

    American emigration (mostly of the super rich leaving) is increasing. New Zealand is just one of many countries where folks have a plan B for Trumpocalypse.

    • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

      Funny, WPAsshatoka, how the celebrities threatened to leave the US for Canada. Bellying their own deeply concealed racism.

      Mexico is a mere 2.5 hour drive from LA.

      They could easily commute to LA from Tijuana and its outskirts.

      No, they chose Canada. They speak English there, they respect the environment, live with less crime, are exponentially safer.
      Better healthcare, governance, and civilization.
      All the things the US was before the deep pull downward.

      Nah, the cesspools are for poor people, poor brown people that speak foreign tongues.

      • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

        Belying SC

        • malthuss January 24, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

          There is Janos shedding crocodile tears for dead Asian GIRLS.

          Oh, fuck you, Frankie.

          • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

            Aww, were you choking on Vlad’s impaler when you read that?

      • janet January 24, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

        Y tú, Frankiti… ¿no sabes leer inglés? … Vuelvo y repito:

        “New Zealand is just one of many countries where folks have a plan B for Trumpocalypse.”

        Miles de norteamericanos ya se han escapado de EEUU… y no sólo para vivir en San Miguel de Allende… sino en todo Mexico lindo. Estás lleno de prejuicios.

        • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

          WPAsshatoka cobarde escondido.

          • janet January 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

            Somos todos escondidos y anónimos acá… ¿o quieres salir de tu cobardía y publicar tus datos? ¡Caso del burro llamando al otro orejón! Hipócrita.

      • malthuss January 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

        Bellying??

        • Frankiti January 24, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

          look up dummy, already addressed

          • janet January 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

            Caso del burro llamando al otro orejón. Hipócrita.

  102. barbisbest January 24, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    3 and a half million illegals voting against Trump, the reason trump lost the popular vote. That would be a momentous scandal! Think he’ s meshuga? Ya think?!?!? Bibliomaniac, that’s one of the nicest things anyone ever wrote about me, what you wrote, and to be mentioned in the same sentence as Cold and Janet and James. wow. But it’s really about Donald Trump. Kidding.
    You can learn a lot from James. Keep reading. One thing if I could learn you, don’t give up. And along with JHK s posts and Colds too read some Wendell Berry like The Hidden Wound.

  103. BackRowHeckler January 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

    There are many decent people living in our urban areas, and here’s what they’re up against. We hired an Hispanic women about a month ago; she was working out pretty good, in on time every nite and adjusting to this 3rd shift schedule, which isn’t easy, ‘specially in the beginning. The noise of the presses and chemical residue in the air, which drives many new people out, didn’t seem to bother her too much. I was assigned to show her around, show her the ropes so to speak, and got to know her a little bit. She told me she had 4 kids and was living with this dude,

    About a week in she showed up with 2 black eyes. I asked her what happened; she told me she fell down the stairs at her house. I left it at that, thinking its really none of my business. Then one night a few weeks ago she didn’t show up. We called, what happened? Turns out her car was stolen out of the parking lot where she lives. We arranged to get her a ride in with another employee. Several nights later she was waiting for her ride with 4 little kids because the dude she lived with got arrested, was in jail, and there was nobody to watch the kids, 4 little kids. We brought the kids in and made them as comfortable as we could in our break room. Well she found somebody to babysit the next day and that’s where things stand now.

    Civilization in our urban areas has basically collapsed. An honest person trying to make a living doesn’t have a chance in hell.

    brh

    • janet January 24, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      “Civilization in our urban areas has basically collapsed.” –brh

      Really? And what are Trump and the Republican controlled congress going to do about it? The time for bitching is over. It is time for action. No more blaming collapse on liberals and Democrats. It is time to make America great again. Charge first-time homeowners $500 more each year for mortgage insurance, paint a bulls-eye on the backs of our soldiers, run oil pipelines through Standing Rock, ban any federal money for legal and safe abortions, round up hard-working, law-abiding immigrants who overstayed their visas, etc. Yeah, make Amurca great again.

      • BackRowHeckler January 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

        He hasn’t been in office for a week yet.

        I have to say a good percentage of the people I work with, black, white and Hispanic, support Donald Trump.

        Next time run a good candidate, not an entitled, corrupt, elitist wobbly old hag. Maybe you’ll win.

        brh

        • janet January 24, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

          “He hasn’t been in office for a week yet.” –brh

          He promised that in the first hour in the FIRST HOUR our heads would spin from two million immigrants deported, ISIS eliminated, blah blah blah

          Now you are going to tell me the same thing politicians always say: “these things take time”? Business as usual. Trump is the ultimate billionaire politician insider Goldman Sachs, blah blah blah

          I would have much preferred the elitist wobbly old hag. She didn’t promise miracles in the FIRST HOUR like your liar did.

        • Dumbedup January 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

          About 47.5% of the people I know support Trump.

          Some of what he is doing is shaking up the status quo. I am in favor of that, but he needs more people around him who think outside the box about real policies and programs rather than how to circumvent the media.

          On energy, what not launch a national program to develop a fusion reactor or to build thorium reactors. How about an actual health care plan to take the place of the ACA. (They certainly have had plenty of time to think about it.)

      • messianicdruid January 25, 2017 at 1:04 am #

        “Clearly, the pathetic remnant of the American left has more hate for those who stand up for the working class than they have for those oppressing the working class and those fomenting war. Why did the women so quick to march against Trump not march against the Clinton, Bush/Cheney, and Obama regimes for killing, maiming, orphaning, widowing, and dislocating millions of peoples in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Syria?

        That we see the left aligned with the ruling elites against Trump is proof that the left has abandoned the working class.” PCR

        Your bitching don’t match your itching. You want to skate after five days? And two of them a weekend?

    • messianicdruid January 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

      Trump was the first to ever say anything about gangs in his inaugural address, and probably the first POTUS to accept it as his problem.

    • Dumbedup January 26, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      It is great that you went to such an extreme to help her. We’d all be better off if we did more to help each other. What has and will hasten our decline is the obsession with our own point of view and values. In short, we need to practice compassion and empathy. I think what we will find out in short order is that indulging the self will become a national practice – if it is not already.

  104. BackRowHeckler January 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    Jim Webb would have been a good candidate for the Dems, one that could probably have won. He got almost no support from the party.

    brh

    • janet January 24, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

      Jim Webb is a centrist/right militarist. We did run a good candidate. Bernie Sanders got support from the party, winning 23 states.

      Clinton herself got 2.8 million more votes than Trump.

      There were no “illegal immigrants” voting fraudulently as Trump claims and he has presented no evidence of any illegal or fraudulent votes. He lost the popular vote. His inauguration was smaller than Obama’s and smaller than the Women’s March.

    • nsa January 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

      Jimmie Webb is a particularly vile leftie i.e. ideal D candidate. His last run at the imperial throne was scuttled when grotesque scenes of perversion were reproduced from one of his early failed novels (Lost Soldiers): scene involved sucking and masturbating a hapless baby’s genitals in some kind of pervert ritual. Nothing too low for a vile leftie…….

  105. janet January 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    “I have to say a good percentage of the people I work with, black, white and Hispanic, support Donald Trump.” –brh

    They are in the minority. In Connecticut Hillary Clinton received the majority of the votes… by almost 14%:

    Hillary Clinton
    897,572
    54.6%

    Donald J. Trump
    673,215
    40.9%

    It wasn’t even close. They love Hillary in Connecticut.

    • messianicdruid January 24, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

      I will therefore avoid Connecticut.

  106. liber8tor January 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    Trump got us out of TPP and is going to smash NAFTA. He said today he’s in favor of rebuilding the railroads. Gotta love that.

    True, he is unpolished in the presidential protocol, but I think that train left a long time ago.

    After 8 years of the Kenyan usurper who spent $85 million of taxpayer money on private vacations, a well-trained monkey could serve us better.

    I didn’t vote for Trump, but I wish him well and hope he can stay alive long enough to make a difference.

    • janet January 24, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

      “I didn’t vote for Trump, but I wish him well and hope he can stay alive long enough to make a difference.” –Trump

      He has already made a difference to first-time home buyers, women, immigrants, and military personnel in Iraq. Not in a good way. But as a person he seems fun even though his policies suck.

      So I hope he has stopped eating McDonalds and KFC. Studies have been done on sodium, fats, and sugar in diet. Eating fast food two to three times per week increased the risk of dying from coronary artery disease 50 percent.

      • elysianfield January 24, 2017 at 10:54 pm #

        “Studies have been done on sodium, fats, and sugar in diet. Eating fast food two to three times per week increased the risk of dying from coronary artery disease 50 percent.C

        Janet,
        How about we meet up and have a few cheeseburgers…I’m buying….

  107. janet January 25, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    Trump is suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days while the administration determines which countries pose the least risk.

    Got that? He’s been promising to stop immigration until he could figure out “what the hell is going on” (Trump is concerned but clueless). So now after 18 months of trying to figure it out, he says he needs 120 days more … another four months. This is standard politician behavior. Business as usual. Hell, he should appoint a commission to “study” the matter … that would delay for another two years.

    • BackRowHeckler January 25, 2017 at 1:18 am #

      So what?

      Who gives a sh=t?

      Trump gets 2, maybe 3 supreme court picks.

      I mean how much longer can Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg hang on?

      That’s what’s important.

      brh

      • janet January 25, 2017 at 1:47 am #

        “how much longer can Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg hang on?” –brh

        Four years. That’s all that is needed. She’s only 83. She doesn’t even have to hang on until she’s 90.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        The buzzards are already gathering for her. As are the demons, or powers of the aire.

  108. janet January 25, 2017 at 2:48 am #

    “Trump gets 2, maybe 3 supreme court picks.” –brh

    Trump is not a legitimate president. Trump is already a lame duck president who did not win the popular vote, so Supreme Court nominees cannot be interviewed, given a hearing, considered, or voted upon until a president who wins the popular vote is elected. Precedent for delay until Trump finishes his term has already been set in the case of Merrick Garland.

    • ffkling January 25, 2017 at 3:23 am #

      According to a Fox News national poll, Trump assumed the presidency with by far the lowest level of support since the inception of polling. Just over 1/3 of Americans support the Trump agenda while 58% are opposed. Wow, talk about a short honeymoon!!!!

      • Dumbedup January 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

        Any democrat other than Hillary would have won the election.

    • SteveO January 25, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      If there was a Nobel prize for hypocrisy, Mitch McConnell would win it.

      Assuming no Democrats defections, the Republicans may resort to the so-called “nuclear option” to break the filibuster. Otherwise, we are well om the way to system where the party holding the white house must have a super majority in the Senate to get supreme court vacancy filled.

      BTW, El Presidente Don says he won the popular vote if you discount all those 2.5 million Mexicans Hillary had bused into California to vote for her.

  109. janet January 25, 2017 at 3:21 am #

    In an NPR report in Nogales, México, Mexican ranchers said building a wall is not possible due to rough terrain. Drug dealers of the Sinaloa cartel laughed at the idea of a wall saying there is always a way over or around a wall and they are not worried. They don’t think it will be built anyway and don’t feel their business is threatened. Trump is an international laughingstock for his dumb wall idea.

    In any event, the reality is that Trump is going to punt on the wall, giving Congress the responsibility to build the wall. He has promised to make Mexico pay for it, but it is unclear how he will do so. Nothing that Trump has said about the wall has been true so far. Congress is dysfunctional and won’t do anything. There will be no secure border. Without a secure border there will be no mass deportation (those deported would just come back across). Trump’s whole immigration manipulation was a ruse that people fell for… red meat for the rubes.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

      It’s going to be built and IT will be miles high. Aliens from Space will marvel at is height and Trump’s power. There are already whispers that Trump is an avatar of Galactus himself.

      • Dumbedup January 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

        I get your humor now. You are a funny man.

    • Dumbedup January 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

      Newsweek wrote an article about the “wall” in the fall of 2015. The length of the border is almost 2,000 miles. It runs through lakes and rivers and along mountain ridges some of which are as tall as 8,000 feet. There are already a myriad of tunnels under the border and more will be built. People pass through hidden in cargo trucks, by boat, and using forged papers. A wall will do nothing, but the cost will be enormous.

      That does not even take into account the indirect economic effect.

  110. ffkling January 25, 2017 at 3:24 am #

    According to a Fox News national poll, Trump assumed the presidency with by far the lowest level of support since the inception of polling. Just over 1/3 of Americans support the Trump agenda while 58% are opposed. Wow, talk about a short honeymoon!!!!

    • janet January 25, 2017 at 3:32 am #

      Fucker should never have promised to do so much in his FIRST HOUR in office. That just meant that hour two he was fair game. Is he that sensitive and thin-skinned? If he can’t take the heat, he should not be in the kitchen. He has not even begun to see resistance. He is going down in 2018, if not sooner… as JHK says this week: He is Risen… But For How Long?

      • elysianfield January 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

        “Is he that sensitive and thin-skinned? ”

        Janet,
        Attention to detail is the hobgoblin of small minds. You do not take the bible literally, yet it supposedly is divinely inspired…you do not take the Constitution literally, as the Supreme Court is designed to parse its meaning. Yet you take Trump at his literal word…and you should. Missed a time line by 48 hours? Oh my!

        It appears that Trump is going to try to do everything he said he would…very unusual for a President, and a welcome change from the past.

        You are on the wrong side of history.

        You are pegging my schadenfreude meter, as well as, perhaps, your significant other.

        …suck it.

  111. janet January 25, 2017 at 3:28 am #

    ISIS? Why does ISIS still exist? Trump promised to take care of ISIS on his first day in office. Trump has floated various strategies but refused to give details. He promised a hardline approach, but has done nothing. Is he giving the radical extremists a pass? Or is he waiting for them to strike the USA first? Or was he just lying about knowing more than the generals?

    • thwack January 25, 2017 at 8:38 am #

      ISIS? Why does ISIS still exist?

      ***********************************

      Because they are funded by the very governments the U.S is protecting.

      The Saudi royal family and the various royal sheikhdoms are never more than 30 days from getting their heads chopped off. Groups like “ISSIS”, “Al Queda…” function as “sinks” to collect angry young Arab men and give them a place to go and something to do; a purpose if you will.

      They are provided just enough support to keep them fighting, but never enough to win.

      Its like “midnight basketball” with guns and bombs.

      The 3rd world is a very young demographic; half of their population is under 25 or something like that.

      • Dumbedup January 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

        Recently something like 20 million Muslims went on a pilgrimage to Karbala (south of Baghdad) in late November against ISIS. But all Islam is a hateful and violent religion and all Muslims are evil and terrorists.

        • Dumbedup January 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

          No “edit function”

          Approximately 20 million Muslims went on a pilgrimage (or march as some might call it) to Karbala about 60 miles south of Baghdad last November protesting ISIS. But the rhetoric by most leaders in the west would have you believe that Islam is a violent religion and that all Muslims, if they read the Quran and follow Muhammad are terrorists.

          Believing the former, and the failure to allow the latter to enter public dialogue, is what I consider to be “alternative facts” and “fake news.”

          • Elrond Hubbard January 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

            This is why identitarianism is pernicious. It distorts thought by misleading people to assimilate negative qualities exhibited in an identity context to the identity itself.

            – There are fanatical Muslim terrorists? Therefore we have to protect ourselves against Muslims — never mind that that’s over a billion people, while the religious fanatics number a few tens of thousands, if that.

            – There are over 23,000 violent crimes committed each week* in the U.S. As many as one of them was committed by an illegal alien? Clearly this is an altogether unique and crucial category of crime.

            – You’re scared of black men? Look, there’s one! Shoot first! Or even twelve-year-old kids? For all you know, the toy gun in his hands might have been real. Best to be sure. Rights are for white people.

            * FBI figures: ~1.2 million violent crimes in 2015 divided by 52 weeks.

          • Dumbedup January 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

            I’ve never heard that term (identitarianism) before but it certainly fits.

            My own bigotry leads me to draw false conclusions and generalize more than I like. But I usually catch myself before I go too far.

            I actually get the white male supremacy argument that the world would be a better place if everyone else were relegated to pre-suffragan status. A cursory and superficial study of history does seem to show that we are masters of the universe. But not if you look deeper.

            Would we really want to go back to the middle ages – or even to a time in this country when woman and minorities were considered property? Would society function better if wife beaters and racists ruled?

            Obviously that is rhetorical and I suggest it only to refute the exaggerations of many posters and posers.

  112. janet January 25, 2017 at 3:59 am #

    Over the weekend, President Trump indicated that he would continue Obama’s foreign policy. The US conducted some 31 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq and two drone strikes in Yemen. Ron Paul want to know: will we achieve different results doing the same thing over and over?

    • bibliomaniac January 25, 2017 at 8:53 am #

      Janet–Good question from Ron Paul. From what I understand it’s the definition of insanity.

      CARNAGE: Trump’s plan for America.

  113. FincaInTheMountains January 25, 2017 at 4:37 am #

    ISIS? Why does ISIS still exist? Trump promised to take care of ISIS on his first day in office.

    Donald Trump brought war to ISIS 30 minutes before his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20. The strike by a single B-52, flying out of Qatar, killed more than 100 terrorists in northern Syria.

    youtu.be/z2Pcoz4-NAQ?t=24

    • FincaInTheMountains January 25, 2017 at 5:04 am #

      Of course Bill Still, still being an “American exceptionalist” is full of it when he implies that America’s 200-year old B-52s have better precision-strike capabilities than Russian bombers, not to speak of the capabilities of newest Russian precision Caliber missiles that could be launched from the small ships in Caspian Sea.

      Just Russia carefully avoids making a blood feud with US Military by killing some US and NATO “instructors” embedded in those terror camps.

      You guys, feel free to clean up your own mess.

  114. FincaInTheMountains January 25, 2017 at 4:44 am #

    The Trump Untouchables

    If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!

    twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/824080766288228352

    You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the *Chicago* way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?

    youtube.com/watch?v=xOvH-7lcjb0

    • FincaInTheMountains January 25, 2017 at 5:34 am #

      Now when Rahm Emanuel, who was appointed by Clintons to be a Boss of Mid-West organized crime, lost his “roof” in Washington, there’re still plenty of good cops in Chicago PD to cooperate with the FEDs and clean up the city.

      Gutfeld to Emanuel: ‘Shut Up’ About Trump & Focus on Chicago’s Murder Epidemic

      insider.foxnews.com/2017/01/24/greg-gutfeld-monologue-rahm-emanuel-chicago-violence-president-donald…

    • FincaInTheMountains January 25, 2017 at 5:43 am #

      Now, Janos, what Rahm Emanuel being Jewish and me being Jewish too has to do with the carnage in Chicago?

      Stop blowing your anti-Semitic cover smoke out of your ass!

  115. FincaInTheMountains January 25, 2017 at 6:30 am #

    Bretton-Woods might have led to gold flowing in the needed way for a while, but LBJ’s Guns and Butter budget ended up killing the London Gold Pool, which was the last gasp of Bretton-Woods == NanyMouse

    The technicalities of the monetary system are of course very important, but if we forget that economics must be based first of all on economic ethics we won’t go anywhere. There always will be crooks and thieves who will manage to find loopholes in any “perfect” system.

    Economic ethics is a kind of social ethics, containing ethical standards and requirements for the participants of economic relations.

    The causes of many negative phenomena in contemporary society, why it is immersed in corruption, disintegration, and pessimism, should be sought at the level of corrupt customs and immoral behavior, and above all in the social order of society and the system of its institutions, in the area of social ethics.

    Now, fixing a social ethics is a much harder problem than just fixing the technicalities.

    • aNanyMouse January 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      Finc, the view that “fixing a social ethics is a much harder problem than just fixing the technicalities” was, according to U. of Chicago Prof. Allan Bloom, (and, somewhat, Princeton Prof. Walter Kaufmann) central to the thought of the Enlightenment guys (from Machiavelli and Locke, thru Montesquieu, Voltaire, Hume, Smith, and the Framers) before Rousseau took a different direction.
      These guys saw fixing a social ethics to be usually a losing battle, such that we are better off focusing on “fixing the technicalities”. The Framers were pretty damn good at that, and my sense is that FDR was very much in that Enlightenment tradition.

      If we are to have any decent chance to fix any social ethics, we need leaders of public opinion who take whistleblowing (vs. the Elites’ exploitation of loopholes) deadly seriously. But when the (subtle) anti-whistleblowing doctrines of guys like Faulkner and Steinbeck get more attention than is given to those who clearly object to such doctrines, any chance to fix social ethics is sabotaged.
      Virtually no one in the West understands that those two guys’ highly-touted Nobel Prize banquet speeches may as well have been drafted by Rousseau or Hitler. So this Enlightenment Tradition, rather nobly defended by FDR, JFK, and (to a degree) JFK’s pal Goldwater, has gotten lost in the shuffle of a deafeningly-noisy Post-modern “culture”, which owes so much to outright Nazis like Heidegger, and quasi-Nazis like de Man (and Derrida?).

  116. barbisbest January 25, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    Authoritarian rule may have come to America. Rachel Maddows show last night tweets about climate change from the Badlands, the National Park service deleted within an hour deleted with corresponding instructions that governmental technology not to be used for this purpose until further notice or something very close to that. America may have gotten it’s Putin. Bibliomaniac, I would definitely suggest her show for interesting information. Pay attention. Smerica May not have gotten it’s Ceasar nor it’s Putin but it’s Nero. Some of the vest signs from the women’s March “Pussy grabs back.” ” blink twice Malanis if you want us to save you.” “This is a very bad sign, but so is our president.” at the very least when Obama was elected there weren’t rampant hate crimes, MASSIVE, and I do mean massive, demonstrations. Pay attention.

    • bibliomaniac January 25, 2017 at 8:33 am #

      barb–You got it. Facts have a way of kicking us in the a$$. I’m watching Maddow. And it if’s OK to assault women, then it’s OK to starve children, beat animals, assault the earth. I’m amazed that some do not see the connection.

      Savage Capitalism is the parasite that is now devouring the host.

      As Struther Martin said in “Cool Hand Luke”– “What we have here is a FAILURE to communicate.”

      • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

        Whites were savaged during the Trump Campaign, just as was Richard Spencer the other day. You people don’t give a shit about our lives, dignity, and property. Now you cry wolf? Fuck you.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      Yes, women bring their children to these vile marches and Gay Pride events – some even to the unspeakable Folsom Street Fair.

      Dem Injuns are outta luck. They should be grateful for their casino scam – as if they are the ones who built them.

      • San Jose January 25, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

        Vile marches indeed! I’ve survived 58 years without attending a single political march/rally and I don’t intend to start now. Pussy hats and obscene signs were everywhere in San Jose on Saturday.

        Went to church on Sunday and some idiot asked if everyone who attended the protest would stand up. It was half the congregation! I kept my mouth shut. Part of me wanted to stand up (during the prayer and concerns time) and say, “God please inspire the world’s most famous Presbyterian–Donald Trump.”

        Jen in San Jose

        PS I did attend the Tournament of Roses Parade once.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

          You are most unusual indeed. Most Buddhists like to march. You must an unusual mix of old and new. Did you vote for Trump? Do you now accept you are well behind enemy lines? California may yet burn by the Mexican hand.

          • San Jose January 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

            Yes, I voted for Trump. I’m behind enemy lines, but the weather is great in San Jose.

            Ken Wilber coined a term: Boomeritus. It’s a frame of mind that boomers believe that they truly can change the world by speaking their mind or marching for a cause.

            I have a big ego, but I know that my voice means nothing.

    • malthuss January 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      Authoritarian rule may have come to America.

      Rachel Maddows show last night tweets about climate change from the Badlands, the National Park service deleted within an hour deleted with corresponding instructions that governmental technology not to be used for this purpose until further notice.

      GOOD FOR THE GOVERNMENT.
      Climate Change, a meaningless term.

  117. barbisbest January 25, 2017 at 8:05 am #

    Here’s how it works…a rich msn has plate of 10 cookies. He sits in front if a man who has little and takes 9 cookies from the plate and says ” hey, that immigrant is going to take your cookie. ” Hence, the border wall along the south’s border, which, thank you, the Mexicans aren’t going to pay for, despite what the ass fuck promised. Nor will Donald Trump pay for it! No indeed! WE will pay for it. He is risen is perhaps going to sign “an order” today. Thanks America. And add to that he is risen is not going to look into voter suppression but voter fraud because if he is risen’s fear that everyone does not love him. Seems like a Nero to me.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

      No hate crimes during Obama’s administration? What planet is Barbie living on? Mexican criminals have been killing our people and Blacks youfs rampaging. But a new sheriff is in Town and things are gonna change.

      And Barb is just that plastic doll that goes into the drawer never to be seen again. Your daughter just didn’t like it and didn’t even bother taking it out of the box. You took it out so it could fit in the drawer.

      • malthuss January 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

        35,000 reported rapes a year, Black on White.

        that does not include prison rape and assault.

  118. barbisbest January 25, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    Janet.. Love that Trump was the White man with 3 wives and children to them and the black man was had one wife comparison ! That’s priceless. Thanks in any case for being a class act Obamas!!

    • FincaInTheMountains January 25, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      Looks like Barb got her calligraphy back. Nice!

    • malthuss January 25, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

      Barry is a queen. His wife is a butch gal.
      Fake marriage and adopted children.

  119. barbisbest January 25, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    THANK YOU Biblio maniac for paying attention! Of all the things we face and Trump cares about voter fraud!!! Come on. You’re r Biblio maniac it is Not okay to grab anyone, nor to starve children or abuse animals. It is not. Contrary to what some deviants have written here, women don’t want to be grabbed. This from someone who had been “come on” to by my share of married men in the recent past. Women don’t want to be grabbed. Hang in there Biblio maniac as long as one good person is found in the land.

    • bibliomaniac January 25, 2017 at 8:58 am #

      Thank you, barb! It’s easy to see that it is

      CARNAGE:TRUMP’S PLAN FOR AMERICA.

  120. barbisbest January 25, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    Biblio maniac. I’ll go out on my limb ..on the spiritual side of things. Doreen Virtue has a youtube video with her take on 2017. I’d never listened to her before today but, In it, she says stay a way from violent protests, doo not succumb to fear, avoid harsh music, cultivate peace within, among (yes, unlike Trump I spelled that right) other things
    She added there would be divine intervention in 2017. Who knows. At any rate, Doreen Virtue was listed as one of the top 100 spiritually influential people alive including the Dalai la ma, Marianne Williamson , Peter Russell, Wayne Dyer and others. Hang in there Biblio.

    • malthuss January 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Famous Psychics – Dr. Doreen Virtue – Psychic Readings from …
      Famous psychics: Dr Doreen Virtue a Clairvoyant and Psychic who has helped many people see and communicate with their angels.
      [Search domain http://www.psychic.com.au] psychic.com.au/famous-psychics-doreen-virtue.htm
      Doreen Virtue – Official Angel Therapy Website

    • malthuss January 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

      Dyer is not alive, least not down here.

      • messianicdruid January 26, 2017 at 12:40 am #

        Jesus is, but didn’t make the list = suspicious list.

  121. K-Dog January 25, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    It is amazing. I have a desire to rant so I come here among the trolls like I did years ago. I’m back to working on my own blog software again, but it is not ready yet and having a full time job impacts that schedule. SO:

    It is quite a spectacle. Watching mainstream media last night I could not believe that the world was still round. Obviously the handful of media owners in our land are not Trumpsters for they have all their minions acting like children saying Trump acts like a child. There is no sense of decency. They compare Trump to characters from the ‘Game of Thrones’ and are actually making up blatant lies and dwelling on meaningless trivia with their skilled big city tongues to try and disrespect the Trump like they were players in a superbowl. Many in this Trump hater militia seem to know ‘Game of Thrones’ by heart.

    Perhaps the minions are acting like children all by themselves; drunk from endorphin highs of their weekend marches. Usually the color pink calms people down but all the mainstream media pundits have gone troll lit up by the zealotry of their mates.

    Trump is what he is but Trump-hating seems to be a mental disease and a plague has descended upon the land.

    • bibliomaniac January 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

      K-Dog–Just so. But the new boss seems to be the same as the old boss. In effect, the “elites” on both sides of the political aisle have won the day:

      “the essence of American politics, when distilled, is the manipulation of populism by elitism. That elite is most successful which can claim the heartiest allegiance of the fickle crowd; can present itself ‘in touch’ with popular concerns; can anticipate the tides and pulses of public opinion; can, in short, be the least apparently ‘elitist.'” –Christopher Hitchens

      I too, am in despair that the American people have been so successfully divided that we can no longer unite to fight against the DEEP STATE that James has so long warned us about.
      I’m with you–the only difference between this place and the Titanic is that they had a band. Bibs

      • Frankiti January 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

        And who is supposed to win it? The whining dregs?
        Put up or shut up.
        Too many people without skin in the game hoping for change instead of really working for it. Writing checks and whining away on social media doesn’t cut it.

        For all his faults, Trump is of the doer category. He talks the talk and walks the walk.

        For good and bad.

        • bibliomaniac January 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm #