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The main message from the financials is that the global debt barge has run aground, and with it, the global economy. That mighty engine has been chugging along on promises-to-pay and now the faith that sustained those promises is dissolving. China, Euroland, and the USA can’t possibly meet their tangled obligations, and are running out of tricks for rigging, gaming, and jacking the bond markets, where all those promises are vested. It boils down to a whole lot of people not getting paid, one way or the other — and it’s really bad for business.

Our President has taken full credit for the bubblicious markets, of course, and will be Hooverized as they gurgle around the drain. Given his chimerical personality, he may try to put on an FDR mask — perhaps even sit in a wheelchair — and try a few grand-scale policy tricks to escape the vortex. But the net effect will surely be to make matters worse — for instance, if he can hector the Federal Reserve to buy every bond that isn’t nailed to some deadly derivative booby-trap. But then he’ll only succeed in crashing the dollar. Remember, there are two main ways you can go broke: You can run out of money; or you can have plenty of worthless money.

On the social and political scene, I sense that some things have run their course. Is a critical mass of supposedly educated people not fatigued and nauseated by the regime of “social justice” good-think, and the massive mendacity it stands for, starting with the idea that “diversity and inclusion” require the shut-down of free speech? The obvious hypocrisies and violations of reason emanating from the campuses — a lot, but not all of it, in response to the Golden Golem of Greatness — have made enough smart people stupid to endanger the country’s political future. A lot of these formerly-non-stupid people work in the news media. It’s not to late for some institutions like The New York Times and CNN to change out their editors and producers, and go back to reporting the reality-du-jour instead of functioning as agit-prop mills for every unsound idea ginned through the Yale humanities departments.

Shoehorned into the festivity of the season is the lame-duck session in congress, and one of the main events it portends is the end of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The Sphinx-like Mueller has maintained supernatural silence about his tendings and intentions. But if he’d uncovered anything substantial in the way of “collusion” between Mr. Trump and Russia, the public would know by now, since it would represent a signal threat to national security. So it’s hard not to conclude that he has nothing except a few Mickey Mouse “process” convictions for lying to the FBI. On the other hand, it’s quite impossible to imagine him ignoring the well-documented evidence trail of Hillary Clinton colluding with Russians to influence the 2016 contest against Mr. Trump — and to defame him after he won. There’s also the Hieronymus Bosch panorama of criminal mischief around the racketeering scheme known as the Clinton Foundation to consider. Do these venal characters get a pass on all that?

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has announced plans to call Federal Attorney John Huber (Utah District) to testify about his assignment to look into these Clinton matters. It’s a little hard to see how that might produce any enlightenment, since prosecutors are bound by law to not blab about currently open cases. The committee has also subpoenaed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, and others who have some serious ‘splainin’ to do. But if both Huber and Mueller come up empty-handed on the Clintons it will be one of the epic marvels of official bad faith in US history. There is a core truth to the 2016 Russia collusion story, and the Clintons are at the heart of it. Failure to even look will have very dark consequences for the public interest.


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  1. Q. Be the Plan November 23, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    The ‘splainin starts here:
    got-truth.com/docs/Insurance%20policy.jpg

    And if the ‘splainin doesn’t produce truth, behold as the festivities produce ramparts gallantly streaming at twilight’s last gleaming.

    Q.

    • Neon Vincent November 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

      That’s a very professionally produced and, as far as I could tell, complete graphic. My check for the latter was that it included the contribution of the late John McCain to the dissemination of the Steele Dossier, so it wasn’t a partisan document. As for the rest of the people listed, many of them may be who Trump had in mind when he promised to “drain the swamp,” although not the people his opposition thinks should be drained instead. When I saw that it came from The Epoch Times, it explained to me the former. The editorial stance of that paper has been consistently anti-communist, pro-Falun Gong, and lately pro-Trump, but at least the paper performs good journalism and has high standards, including its graphics department.

    • Reality Check 1 November 25, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

      “But if he’d uncovered anything substantial in the way of “collusion” between Mr. Trump and Russia, the public would know by now, since it would represent a signal threat to national security.”

      Well that makes no fucking sense.

  2. Walter B November 23, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    Keep deleting posts Jim and you know who to start with! The only thing worse than having to continue to be disappointed by the lack of a rope around the Clinton’s collective necks, is having to listen to the assholes who support them through every evil day that they manage to avoid justice. Regardless of what crap they may spout about this blog being some kind of public place which is utter bullshit, some of them need to be sent packing back to the holes from whence they crawled out.

    • janet November 23, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Alleged… as there is no evidence to justify legal charges and in the absence of indictments no evidence has been introduced into a court of law for a Trump-appointed judge to arrive at a fair and just decision. The days of lynching have passed, Walter.

      • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

        janet, the evidence is there and has been widely reported. Don’t confuse lack of political will with lack of opportunity. The Left has been blessed for the past two years with a feckless AG that’s been MIA. But now there’s a new sheriff in town…

        I predict that if Trump goes after the Clintons, Hillary will run for POTUS just so she can escape the heat. She’ll have more cover as a candidate than as a withering has-been.

        • janet November 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

          The new sheriff has his own legal issues. Republicans control everything right now. Trump can enjoy that for one month. Then there are a hundred new sheriffs in town, most women ever.

          • draupnir November 23, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

            Oh, Janet, there is no way you can equate 100 bumbling freshman congresspersons to sheriffs, and I’m sorry, but forgive me for doubting that they have the chops for it.

          • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

            Sorry janet but the lame-duck House does not control the acting AG. Clearly both you and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got your civics education from the same cereal box…

          • DrGonzo November 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

            On Monday, Kunstler effectively blamed the #metoo movement for distracting our US Congress from doing something about our pathetic rail transit system. Seriously, check it out.

            Much like with our Insulter-in-Chief in Washington, D.C., I fear that Kunstler’s ties to reality are fraying under the strain of a waking up to White Man’s world that is changing in ways he can’t accept.

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

            The false dichotomy does not exist in all countries DrGonzo!

            In Japan, they have exemplary railway systems and also women-only carriages at certain times and places because of gropey men. The railway system has not tried to pretend that gropey men do not exist, thankfully.

            Japan has a problem dealing with the public acknowledgement of the harrassment of women in other contexts, as its own #MeToo movement has shown, but it’s managed to outshine us all in terms of its railways.

          • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

            I’ve gotten the impression that Japanese men are far more masochistic than western men.

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

            Well, I don’t know about that, BTKP, but I do know that young Japanese women have, in large numbers, given up on them because they spend almost all their times lost in screens and video games, including endless pornography.

            There’s a weird cultural obsession with the cute schoolgirl thing, which not everyone thinks is entirely healthy.

            Child pornography was only made illegal in Japan in 2014 and manga child porn is still legal. Yuk.

          • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

            “In Japan, they have exemplary railway systems and also women-only carriages at certain times and places because of gropey men.”

            Alba,
            Gropey? How about…frottage?

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

            Yeah, that too, EF – famously I think – but I believe you don’t have to go further than the London tube for that, although mostly it’s fine. I expect Japanese trains are mostly fine too – these unfortunate activities are probably a minority pastime even in Japan. Although ‘upskirting’ is apparently a common complaint too – an unintended consequence of the invention of the selfie stick.

      • DrGonzo November 25, 2018 at 11:00 am #

        I’m continually intrigued by how the right-wing, which now has control of the executive branch, AND the two houses of Congress, AND the Supreme Court, AND most US governorships … not to mention their own cable ‘news’ media outlet, plus 90% of talk-radio … continues to be so angry and fearful about … well, just about everything.

        Good lord, if Democratic Socialists had control of all three branches of government, they’d be ecstatic … and they wouldn’t be blaming some candidate that they ran against two years ago for all their problems.

        But, clearly, right -wingers just love to whine. Even, and especially, when they fail to solve the problems they promised to solve once they gained power. (How’s that federal deficit erasure working out for ya, “conservatives”? And how about that “big, beautiful health care” that wwas going to be better and cheaper than Obamacare? LOL.)

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      Preach it Walter!! I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving :-)!

    • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      What about the First Amendment? And since all cyber space tends to be owned, there is no public space on the web – and thus no guaranteed First Amendment rights. You’re satisfied with this state of affairs?

      • Walter B November 23, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

        Let me put it this way Janos, pretty much everybody has the right to come up to my door, knock on it and ask if they can come into my house. If I were to allow someone entry and they got around to exercising their “1st Amendment rights” in my face, I can assure you that I would have no problem whosoever in asking them to leave immediately. Were they to refuse to STFU and leave, I promise you that they would immediately assault me and be beaten into bad health, followed by charges filed with the local constabulary. So yes, I am ok with that. Try shutting me up on a public street corner and you have another story, but that is more the style of some of the idiots here. You won’t catch me out there. I respect the peace in public.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

          What a strange answer – to make it about yourself. I simply ask if you think that any part of cyber space should be free. Or do the Tech Companies have the right to destroy the First Amendment because they own it. Do they? We need street corners in Cyber Space too.

          • Walter B November 23, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

            I do not disagree about free street corners in Cyberspace, I simply do not care to see this one turn into such a place. I was raised to not hang around street corners you see, and I have never gotten over that. I go where I like (being free and all) and I do not go to places where I do not like and I do not care to see value degraded because of idiocracy.

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

            About the First Amendment, Janos…

            xkcd.com/1357/

            I’ve posted it before – you should bookmark it.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

            Walt, the point is that everything is hate speech to someone. Did you know that Football coaches have been fired for saying Blacks can run faster than Whites? After an incredible Mercury Morris or OJ type field long reception, one poor schmoe was enthusing about how they needed more Blacks like that. A College Coach I believe.

            We need many street corners – or tolerant Blog owners who allow almost everything. Mr Kunstler is one such and I hope he remains so.

            I assume you understand my example. In other words, I assume you know Blacks of West African heritage are the fastest sprinters in the human race. Trivial? But obviously not to the people who demanded he be canned. Some are freaked out that certain drugs work on Blacks but not Whites or vice versa. Left up to them, they would ban such drugs and allow people to die in order to maintain the façade of sameness. The Ideology is everything to them.

          • Walter B November 24, 2018 at 7:58 am #

            Yes Janos, there will always be some whiner that finds anything or everything to be “hate speech”, and as long as leaders without character allow for this to have any value, the problems will continue. However, some people here need to be controlled or even shut up and I am not talking about you or Elrond. I think you know what I mean.

            Yes, I too believe in Darwin’s observation that those that are most able to adapt are those that survive and thrive. And yes I think it explains why Africans put forth so many superior runners. And yes it is why those of us of European decent are motived to put up assets during the year to survive Winters and this still carries over into these easier times. Winter weeds out the weak, the lazy, and those that do not prepare, ask any Russian.

            But there are those that come here to destroy this place and just as you have suggested in the past that races that tear down this nation need to be removed from this nation, so too do those that tear down this place need to go away or at least be kept somewhat less of a pain in the ass. For what it is worth.

          • malthuss November 24, 2018 at 11:45 am #

            the point is that everything is Hate Speech to someone.

            Yes, HS is completely subjective UNTIL THERE ARE LAWS ABOUT WHAT IT IS.

            the point is that everything is Hate Speech to someone. –Only when its from someone elses mouth. I hope that clears it up.

  3. shotho November 23, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    We keep talking about the worthlessness of the dollar, but the question keeps arising; worthless in relation to what? Is the dollar going to be worthless in relation to the Euro, Yuan, Yen, Pound? It appears that those currencies are in as much danger to a fall as the dollar, being based on the same false promises. Ok, it (the dollar) might fall in relation to precious metals, but how many people have precious metals to spend? Well, the dollar could be pegged to gold, but that would vastly lower the level of commerce available, which might not be a bad thing. There is continuous talk about a basket of goods, including precious metals, that would provide a more diversified foundation for trade and commerce and, who knows, that might work. For sure, there has to be some basis for trade than barter or we will truly be back in the dark ages.

    • Walter B November 23, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      The USD will never collapse from within. Americans will always fight each other to the death over a pallet load of greenbacks even if the value does disappear. They are so conditioned, so programmed. The dollar will only collapse if it is discarded by enough foreign nations, especially those nations that still supply US(A) with stuff we cannot get elsewhere. Many have been working long and hard at this, and they have made much progress. It may take a lot longer, it may not, only time will tell,. Keep your eye on the progress that the Chinese are making with the Silk Road, it will surely affect their desires to sell US(A) any crap anymore once we have been replaced by local, more easily distributed to customers. That is when the pace shall quicken noticeably. Unfortunately, with attention spans measured in minutes, too many Americans will never see it until it hits them in the soft underbelly. And they are oh, so soft, aren’t they?

      • Q. Be the Plan November 23, 2018 at 10:44 am #

        The full faith and credit of the U.S. dollar is predicated on the full faith and credit of the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex to send dissenting alternatives into early retirement.
        got-truth.com/docs/Q%20answered.pdf

        Q.

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 11:02 am #

        “The USD will never collapse from within. Americans will always fight each other to the death over a pallet load of greenbacks even if the value does disappear.“

        This was not the case in other countries. Hyperinflation that reduces a dollar to a fraction of today’s penny means no fighting over dollars. I experienced this in Brazil in the 20th century. The money was strewn about the streets and no one bothered to bend down and pick it up, much less fight over it. It would be stupid to fight over worthless money. I think perhaps you, Walter, have no such personal experience and cannot imagine people ignoring worthless dollars.

        • Ol' Scratch November 23, 2018 at 11:48 am #

          Reserve currency, Lil’ J-Bot. Why don’t you run along and study up on that now, y’hear?

          • shotho November 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

            Reserve currencies can’t experience hyperinflation?

          • janet November 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

            Starting in 1913 or 1971 or 2007? I am familiar with your conspiracy theories.

          • Majella November 25, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

            A reserve currency is only such while it is the dominant trading token such as Sterling was until WW2.

            The petro-dollar was under planned attack in the early 2000s when Iraq (along with other Muslim states including Malaysia were seeking to establish the gold-backed Dinar) was doing oil deals in currencies OTHER than the USD, such as the Euro.. Result for Iraq? Invasion & collapse.

            What this Idiot in Chief is doing is undermining global faith in the USA as a reliable ally, politically, economically & militarily. When enough damage has been done to that faith, there will be the opening that China awaits, where other nations will be happy to deal in Yuan. When that happens, it’s truly all over for the USA – interest rates not seen since the 70s, inflation through the roof.

        • Pat Ormsby November 24, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

          I saw the same sort of thing in Russia about 20 years ago. I brought a tour of Japanese to Irkutsk after making careful arrangements for their stay. It took us two days to exchange yen for rubles. The exchange desk at the airport closed before we could get through customs. None of the banks had any rubles. They were refusing yen, but if you pursued it further, neither were they accepting dollars. Finally, some black marketeers got us a good deal and we went on our way out to the wilderness. After seeing the tour off, a couple of weeks later I came back out of the wilderness with practically no rubles, having spent them up front. A group of foreigners heading out gave me their rubles, shrugging that they were worthless now.
          That collapse had not yet percolated through to the deeply rural communities. They hadn’t hiked prices notably yet. No one would have been able to pay much more anyway. They were mostly self-sufficient, so they’d shrug and go without for a while.

        • Anon1970 November 25, 2018 at 10:44 am #

          In June 1991, I visited Moscow in the dying days of the Soviet Union. The trip had been arranged by a friend of a friend. The official exchange rate at the time was about 27 rubles to the US$ but the black market rate was about 40 to the $. Even at 27 to the $, what was available was often very cheap. A ride on the Moscow subway or public bus was one ruble (about 4 cents). A very good seat at the Bolshoi theater was 10 rubles (about 40 cents), but tickets were only available if one knew the cashier and offered her a bribe or at least a valuable favor. When i went to pick up up my US passport at the office that processed tourist visits, my host brought along a box of chocolates for the bureaucrat who had handled my paperwork. It was simply expected.

          At a museum I visited, the price of admission was $20US or 20 rubles for locals. It would have been much cheaper if my Russian host had accompanied me and paid 40 rubles for the both of us.

          If the US$ goes down the drain (like the old German Reichsmark in 1923 or the Russian ruble of the 1990’s), life will get very uncomfortable for many Americans, especially for seniors out of the work force. Seniors are already subject to Medicare Part B and Part D premium surcharges if are considered “high income” (income over $85,000 for an individual). After 11 years of surcharges, the high income category has not been adjusted for inflation. Think of it as means testing by the back door.

          • Anon1970 November 25, 2018 at 10:53 am #

            These days, the foreign exchange rate of rubles to the US$ is about 66 to1, but those are new rubles not the old ones. Around 20 years ago, the ruble was re-valued and three zero’s were lopped off the exchange rate. At the time, about 9,000 old rubles became 9 new rubles. During the 1990’s, Russia created a handful of new billionaires and a lot of newly poor people.

      • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:07 am #

        What about a social credit system?

      • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 11:23 am #

        Walter B

        Yeah, just think about a couple of American values.

        Anything that is free has to be gotten no matter what it costs to get it.

        Black Friday is getting bigger than Thanksgiving. Good way to get rid of old inventory.

        The gimme attitude pervades this country, no wonder Democrats get away with what they do.

      • shotho November 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

        Yes, we are; soft, that is.
        Well, surely it’s in China’s interests to develop its local markets. But, does anyone really know how much bad credit has been created by the Chinese to make their ‘economic’ miracle?

        • Walter B November 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

          Once again, internally a nation can print up as much fiat currency that it cares to because it’s own population will always accept it’s value, they have no choice. Those nations that deal with it on a friendly basis will also accept it without question. It is only when a rival nation declines the currency that problems arise. If a nation is self-sufficient in it’s needs it can do whatever it wants to do without consequences. The USA gets away with it because if you screw with US(A), we invade you and take your shit! If this ability is ever is compromised, the trouble begins in a big way. That is why we must continue endless wars for profit or die. And sorry, but I denounce this policy regardless of consequence. My neck does not articulate sufficiently to be able to keep my eyes focused on what is behind me.

        • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

          “Why I refuse to buy property in China”
          youtube.com/watch?v=_lAoTBVTTO8&t=558s

          This gentleman has been in China for about 12 years. He is a South African. After watching about ten of his videos in the past week, I have become far more relieved about the ability of China to take over as Empire #1.

    • darrell dullnig November 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

      What the hell is wrong with the notion of returning to the dark ages?

      Just look what the age of the enlightenment and the industrial revolution have produced. The globe is choking on a gigantic hair ball of humanity, led by the most aggressive and repugnant of us. People are not going to change their stripes and become benevolent. The only answer to our current dilemma is to somehow drastically reduce our numbers and reset civilization. Someone has already thought of it, apparently, and we are well on our way to going up in flames.

      The Middle Ages is as good a suggestion as any for a restarting point, just so long as we do not fully recover. It would be a shame to do this all over again.

      • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

        The Middle Ages is ok. We’re gonna need a lot of serfs to make it work, though. Any volunteers?

        • janet November 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

          Will the hours be worse than my current 80-hour weeks?

          • draupnir November 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

            A medieval serf got many more holidays than even the federal and state serfs of today enjoy.

          • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

            Draupnir,

            ‘Heard of upwards of one out of every three days being a day off / holiday of some sort.

          • draupnir November 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

            It was all those saints days. How can you expect someone to work on St. Swithin’s day?

        • darrell dullnig November 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

          Who is “we”, Captain?

          That’s exactly the wrong thinking that got us where we are today. Let’s hope nothing like this ever happens again. We have been generating enough pain and misery on the earth to supply the entire galaxy. Let’s don’t make it work anymore. As a species, we just can’t be trusted to handle the responsibility.

        • aibohphobia November 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

          No volunteers needed–
          It’s likely most of us are serfs already. If you work for someone and a large chunk of money is withheld for the Fed Gov, and another large chunk is withheld for medical benefits– How is that different from sharecropping? Except, of course, that you can’t set your own hours….

          If you are an employee of a large corp, you may actually say something like I used to say;
          “My work environment is much better than being in prison because in prison, there are cameras trained on you all the time, you have to follow their rigid schedule, the people who supervise your activities despise you, —Oh wait! I guess prison IS better than my work environment since you get 3 meals a day in prison. The rest of it is exactly the same as prison.”

          • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

            I don’t know if you can really say they’re the same. Has anybody ever come up to you at work and said: “Hold still while I staple this centerfold to the back of your head”?

      • Pat Ormsby November 24, 2018 at 10:27 pm #

        You may actually get your wish.
        I know of one scientist, Dr. Martin Pall, who is concerned that in a fairly short time reproduction in most economically advanced countries may collapse. He’s basing this opinion on levels of exposure to non-ionizing radiation from exponentially increasing wireless communications, plus research on mice showing sterilization after a few generations of such exposure, plus a general decrease in fertility affecting nearly all nations at this time, with one exception being Russia, where they are aware of the issue from Soviet era research and have correspondingly lower exposure limits.
        The decrease may also be due to other factors. Educated ladies tend to have fewer children, and I declined to have any myself, out of concern for the planet. A precarious economic situation may discourage people from having children. After the Soviet collapse, fertility declined in Russia for a while due to inability to afford as many children as they wanted.
        But what I am witnessing right now with young people around me is that they have very little interest in the opposite sex. Aside from social media, they are unsocial. When we visit their parents, they stay in their rooms. If they emerge, it is brief and awkward. It is very hard for me to imagine what they are going through. I’ve eschewed smart gadgetry, but even if I immersed myself in it, I doubt I could really get a grasp of how it affects an adolescent.
        Some of the young recluses we know are nearing 40.
        I heard about 20 years ago of the sudden emergence of the phenomenon in Japan known as “hikikomori,” complete social withdrawal. It was said to affect about 1% of the population in town after town, and not just youngsters, but people of all ages, though it was perceived as a phenomenon among the young. It is just that when older people withdrew, fewer people cared enough to keep trying to help them and were too busy to look in on them. A friend took one of these youngsters out to Siberia for a summer, where he recovered quite well, only to relapse in Japan.
        The year that this occurred, Japan’s first nationwide cell phone system was rolled out in, you guessed it, town after town.

  4. RB November 23, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    There are people who are above the law. The Clintons are simply in that group. The progressives are amoral when it comes to their agenda. They are the equivalent of MS13 in our current environment.

    • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 11:26 am #

      Nobility is against the Constitution, but the Clinton’s and the Bushes are as close to nobility as possible.

      Nobility. Entitled to advantage as a consequence of birth not good works. Think Chelsea, W., and Jeb.

    • GhostOfHam November 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

      Who was governor of Arkansas during during the Iran-Contra affair? Did that governor ever have to do a Lucy on any of it?

  5. DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    On the social and political scene, I sense that some things have run their course.

    Out here in the upper-middle-class burbs surrounding NYC, a shocking trend of commuting women: the number insisting that they will not be cooking for Thanksgiving this year but will instead be making, as the old joke had it, “reservations.” On shopping for materials in the frozen aisle of the supermarket, I discovered that base ingredients (bags of vegetables, phyllo dough, etc.) are either displaced from eye level or not sold anymore. Everything is pre-packaged to be microwaved. Doubtless full of corn syrup.

    I think this trend has not yet run its course.

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      You are right. It seems there is a limitless supply of lazy and snobby people.

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 11:26 am #

        Work and love are both important to being human. Lazy people who sit all day (like Hawking) are a minority and should be valued.

        • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 11:28 am #

          Boy is that spoken like a Liberal.

          • Walter B November 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

            Or a 71 year old washed up political loser that just won’t go away quietly.

        • Robert White November 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

          Hawking is dead n’ cremated so he ain’t sittin’ much in these parts.

          RW

    • Luhrenloup November 23, 2018 at 11:14 am #

      I wonder how many upper-middle-class men are making the stuffing, baking pies, roasting the turkey, mashing potatoes, tossing the greens, cooking vegetables, fixing hors d’oeuvres for the family and guests, the aunts, uncles, the kids’ friends, to make up for the upper-middle-class women who can no longer be bothered with these domestic chores?

      • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:19 am #

        Well probably not many as they have divorced their wives to hook up with women who are willing to. I personally love cooking. It gives you a sense of accomplishment just like any other creative activity. What is the big deal and what do these women spend their time doing?

        • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

          Like most people, they spend their time doing things that do not make them happy. Because there’s no profit for the State in well-run families who spend less on food and nothing on sales taxes for dining out.

          The Long Emergency at least promises to restore value to a home economy. If any survives.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

            Good point! The utility of the State only goesvso far.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

            Ooops lol….goes so….

      • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        I would, except my wife has always kicked me out of the kitchen (for good reason).

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:26 am #

          Yes, she doesn’t want you ruining her favorite pots and pans and starting fires lol ;-).

          • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 11:33 am #

            SSL

            How much of this reluctance to do domestic work is attempts by the “new woman to set her power base vs. men. All these “new” women will be running around at age forty trying to find someone to impregnate them as their procreative drives start to overwhelm their useless careers.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:49 am #

            I am not really sure what is wrong with them John AZ. To me it seems like this country is more Balkanized. For instance, where I live most women assume traditional roles. Some women work, but even then they are still eager to fulfill more traditional roles in the home. However, others who post here indicate the opposite is true in their neck of the woods. Either way, in my opinion these women are just fighting their nature. Why not just be who you are? It’s actually awesome to be a women in the traditional sense. We cultivate civilization.

          • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

            “Why not just be who you are? It’s actually awesome to be a women in the traditional sense. We cultivate civilization.”

            As Samuel Johnson once wrote, paraphrasing: “Nature has given women so much power that the law has traditionally given them little.” SSL, any woman who internalizes your statement and embraces her power will benefit.

            JHK once wrote about how we got to this situation, how the rectilinear buildings of modern postwar architecture signaled the utter triumph of the masculine over the feminine curves, and the concomitant degradation of the value of woman’s work.

            It turns out that cultivating civilization, which was unquantified, is pretty important. Existentially important, I’d say. We just didn’t have numbers for it, like we do for industrial production.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

            The Duck Dynasty should take over America if the Trumps fail. Perhaps we could marry you in to them, and have a direct pipeline to the King via you.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

            Whose in charge of the transaction and where do I surrender myself lol ;-).

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

            Well you can say no. We’re not going that far back! We’re not going to be slavers….

            In Islam, slavery didn’t have the onus it had in the West because everyone was considered a Slave of God, ultimately. They’re not completely wrong – some Christian Saints talked that way. But while the Muslims focus on their relationship with God and how unlike Him they are, in the West, we focus on how we are made in his Image or how we are like Him. There are dangers in both approaches. But one of the strengths: some of their Slaves gained freedom and became Kings. Or some of their slaves had slaves and owned their own homes, were well off, etc. As long as they were Muslim that is. Christian slaves didn’t fare well at all.

            All very strange from our perspective. But as St Paul said, You have nothing you have not received. Intelligence, Strength, Cunning, Endurance – all are gifts to be used well or not. But no matter how well used, they are still from Him – and not ours.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

            And now you know why I prefer White Men be in charge of things…

            “Well you can say no. We’re not going that far back! We’re not going to be slavers….”

            Benevolent bosses are the best!

      • Luhrenloup November 23, 2018 at 11:47 am #

        I forgot the gravy, the cranberry relish dish, and then you have the pesky vegans to feed. Oh guys! A small army of men would be needed to pull off something of this magnitude. “I love cooking” is a very different thing than pulling off Thanksgiving dinner.

        • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

          Try: “I love vegetarians. I think they’re delicious. Cows, lambs, goats…” next time you are asked to make a tofurky for Thanksgiving, LL.

          Oh, and put a little honey in the vegan chow to see if they reject it. Even the vegans I know don’t go that far.

      • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

        Thanksgiving dinner is the woman’s super bowl. (BTW, I always roast the turkey [added a pork roast this year] but leave the interesting foods of the dinner to the wife.) that UMC women have chosen not to even play means that the financial economy has intruded into the last arena of uninvaded home-economy redoubt.

        It suggests a loss of social capital that no amount of law, finance, or shopping can ever make whole.

      • Eoin November 23, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

        I would never claim the appellation “middle class”, let alone “upper middle class”, but I did, almost singlehandedly, pull off a sit-down supper for 16, including dessert.
        Nothing frozen, except ice cream, nothing pre-peeled, and fresh fruit in the pies.
        Just me in the kitchen, with my knife kit, friends and family passing through, and a bottle of Yellow Spot.
        After supper, too much night at the end of the whiskey.
        Dishes were subbed out.
        I am thinking that Friday would be a better day to cook such a meal.

      • Robert White November 23, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

        I’m upper middle class and I cook turkey twice per year and with all the whipped potatoes one could eat.

        Just made fudge too.

        You should taste my Oatmeal Apocalypse Cookies. They last for years without going bad.

        RW

      • Majella November 25, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

        Me.

    • AKlein November 23, 2018 at 11:15 am #

      Dr Tom, the people you criticize for loading up on all the processed foods loaded with corn syrup are simply doing their part to keep the “system” going. The “healthcare” (sic) system in the US has targets for type 2 diabetes that need to be met. Last I checked, the sickness business is still booming, and it’s all because our citizenry is doing its part by consuming foods that can be guaranteed to produce chronic disease.

      • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 11:24 am #

        You are absolutely correct. Google the movie, “What the Health”. It will give you a good idea of how the food and medical industries are destroying Americans’ health. Though not completely accurate, it is illuminating to the point that most Americans ought to see it.

        • janet November 23, 2018 at 11:33 am #

          I have been fasting intermittently. The lack of hunger pangs is surprising, as is the realization of how little food is necessary. Lower glucose readings and lower blood pressure are welcome results of six months of intermittent fasting. (see Jason Fung)

          • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 11:42 am #

            You are right. The human body evolved into a very efficient starvation machine. It takes very little to stay alive and kicking. The plenty of today is destructive. The availability of calories 24/7, also known as snacking, floods the cellular gates admitting sugar to body cells, especially muscles. The body adjusts by removing these receptors as they are not needed. That induced resistance to insulin is diabetes 2.

            Just too much to eat and incessant marketing to get you to eat it.

          • Ol' Scratch November 23, 2018 at 11:49 am #

            Have you considered fasting permanently? Give it some thought, it just might be for you!

          • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

            I’ve eliminated most sugar and added oils from my diet. I only eat Atlantic grown fish for my complete protein, along with lots of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains such as quinoa (also a source of complete protein).

            The result: I now weigh less than I have in about 35 years, within 5 pounds of my high school weight. I feel very good. My friends are telling me i’m looking gaunt, which says I’m not carrying around the bloat that the typical American does. If I feel hungry between meals – which is happening less and less – I eat a handful of raw nuts and that stops the hunger.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

            ‘Ol Scratch

            ROTFLMAO! FWIW, this tongue twister is perfect for Janet: Try saying it five times fast!

            She shrilly shilled swill til the trill killed the thrill

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

            Yes, suicide is relatively painless via the Jain method of fasting. You gradually eliminate heavy foods, and just eat lighter and lighter until…..

          • janet November 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

            Agreed, Janos. Fear of death decreases.

          • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

            There was a time back when in which I worked in a kitchen of a co-op grocery. I remember a couple of buddies whom were working full-time and going to school full-time that embarked on two week fasts of lemon and honey tea and claimed how much more energy and clarity they felt in the process.

      • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

        Yeah, as Michael Pollan pointed out in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, AK. All that government-subsidized corn causes massive dead zones on the Gulf of Mexico, sick cows who need mass doses of antibiotics, and HFCS in everything. All of that subsidized by high-EROEI oil.

        There’s no money in healthy, happy people if you’re the elite running the society. No need to spend 1.2 trillion on Medicare and Medicaid, and $1trillion on “defense”, every year.

        The end of cheap oil undercuts that arrangement. We are watching now as the US Empire pulls back from global arrangements. We may be the last people on earth to benefit from that, but I think eventually it will trickle down.

    • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      I’m sure all of those older folks who are boned on retirement and benefits and their 20+ year old co-workers were grinning from ear to ear to take home maybe $200 at their all day shifts at Bob Evans yesterday.

      Really warms the heart.

  6. TPTB-USA November 23, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    Just like Trump giving Saudi Arabia a pass, … Muller will give Clinton a pass. They both recognize that the system is too fragile to handle the truth, but they fail to comprehend that the population has a big screen view of the swamp, and have arrived at the conclusion that “there are no rules”.

    • Elrond Hubbard November 23, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      If it ever comes down to an either/or — whereby the American people are able to bring either Trump or the Clintons to justice, but not both, and must choose — I hope they still have enough sense left to nail Trump.

      For all its corruption, the American system that exists today is still an expression of the ideal of the rule of law, and of government as an institution that in theory serves the public interest. The Clintons are simply the most adroit players of that particular game, which they play to serve their own interests. Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, and the Clintons pay that tithe just like all the other players.

      Trump is different. He plays so as to undermine even the pretense of legitimacy, and make corruption (i.e., the capture of public institutions by private actors) not just the norm but the rule. The Clintons abide the law, while skating as close to the edge of it as they can. Given the slightest opportunity, Trump will piss on the law, blame it for causing acne and sunspots, and declare any attempt to check his behavior a witch hunt.

      This kind of thing is the difference between a country having its shit together and not having it, and the success of Trump will be the decisive move that turns the USA into what used to be called a third-world country. You read it here first.

      • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

        Driving down a Tobacco Road in an Atlanta suburb 40 years ago showed me America has been at least part third world country for generations.

        • RB November 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

          Want 3d world? Take a tour through Mississippi Delta. You are there. Just don’t need the immunizations.

          As for Trump, the judicial and legislative branches are in collusion to destroy, or at least control, the executive branch. All three are supposed to be equal. It is a farce. The whole business of government.

          • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

            Right now, it appears the legislative and judicial is trying to destroy he executive. That is just the start. Remember who in the judicial and legislative is doing it. Liberals and especially Progressives. Their aim is not to destroy the executive branch. It is to destroy the Constitution and the republic and replace it with who knows what. But they will be in power and that is all that matters to them. They do not give one damn about the people of America.

      • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

        Bring Trump to justice for what? Giving you a terminal case of TDS?

        What’s turning the USA into a third-world country is not Trump; it’s letting the third-world stream across our borders.

      • darrell dullnig November 23, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

        You are virtually green with envy, EH. You are right, though; we are all to blame for this mess. But why select Trump to hang before the Clintons? He’s on top presently, isn’t he? You just apparently don’t like his approach. I guess you don’t like the idea of being mounted and screwed inelegantly.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

        Business for the Clinton Foundation “Charity” is down 90%. It was an access machine Elrond – for favors to be delivered up her acceding to the Presidency.

        You have chosen poorly as usual. But the Status Quo is seductive – especially since it is now also progressing towards Communism, and thus not really a status quo in the old static sense but rather a constant speed or even acceleration.

        And of course were to deliver the One World Government and all that horrors attendant on that, you would throw up your hands and cry, “This isn’t real Communism!”.

      • TPTB-USA November 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

        “If it ever comes down to an either/or — whereby the American people are able to bring either Trump or the Clintons to justice, but not both, and must choose — I hope they still have enough sense left to nail Trump.” EH

        Elrond, your above statement speaks volumes. It has dawned on me that a substantial segment of the population think in your terms (of having the option to choose between two wrongs); whereas another substantial segment, think in more basic terms of right and wrong, and I suspect that this group represents the vote for Trump. You need to contemplate the notion that they didn’t vote for the individual, but it was a vote for change (can you imagine a Bush/Clinton tag-team dynasty basically ruling for a generation?!).

        The easiest way to comprehend an issue/situation, is to model it to the extreme. Referring back to the efficiency of the pack of wolves vs the herd of cats, wouldn’t you agree that it would be more efficient to let politicians choose which of two poison pills to swallow (out of an endless line-up of samplings), rather than the population at large?

        From my perspective, you promote the notion that corruption is acceptable, whereas I subscribe to the idea that those that are engaged in immoral activity/conduct should not be rewarded.

        • Elrond Hubbard November 24, 2018 at 10:07 am #

          TPTB-USA: “You need to contemplate the notion that they didn’t vote for the individual, but it was a vote for change”.

          I understand that very well, TPTB, have no fear. But I tend to overwrite at the best of times. In this case, I was trying to resist the temptation to get everything in so that no one could pick nits.

          In any case, I know what side I’m on. The kind of change America needs is a government that serves the needs of all Americans, not just the tiny sliver who hold wealth and power. That kind of change had a candidate, but he was knocked out in favour of the Democrats’ anointed one. In my view, Trump didn’t win the election, Hillary lost it. But I hold my view from the left, definitely a minority position around here.

          • TPTB-USA November 24, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

            My 2 cents reply is that if you want to hog-tie the cat herder, you are promoting disintegration and break-down. Now is that really what you want?

            To be efficient, like a member of the wolf pack, one needs to chip-in, go-along, and get-along.

            If you don’t like it, one is always free to break from the pack, but to be efficient in this endeavor, one should promote solutions, and not just sit on a log chanting “it will never work, it will never work,it will never work, …”).

            How do you propose a game re-set should transpire? Who are you promoting for the next President? Do the masses support your agenda, and your pick for president? If not, you have to ask yourself: Why not?

    • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      Nothing is True, all is permitted. Spoken by the Old Man of the Mountain, Hassan I Sabbah

  7. pequiste November 23, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Rather than everyone here at the CFN get their collective panties in a twist over such unimportantances as the moronic media, mendacious military monkey business, miniscule mass transit, and malevolent money masters; just do as is culturally mandated:

    get out there and spend an enormous amount of cash and credit you don’t have on shit you and your family and friends don’t need.

    Happy Black Friday!

    (Isn’t that moniker just plain Rayciss?)

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      Yes Black Friday is racist lol. In order to heal the wounds we should call it Rainbow Love Friday 😉

  8. beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    In my neck of the woods I see most people are content with the way things are even though they don’t trust the government. Once the goodies stop flowing, all bets are off. It’s hard to

  9. SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    My posts never get deleted :-).

    • Walter B November 23, 2018 at 11:03 am #

      Nor should they my dear. However some miscreants post such mindless, witless garbage over and over and over that it really degrades the level of intelligence in the “room”. Not inviting idiots to a party can save a host many degrading, embarrassing moments, don’t you think? For example, arguing that there is no evidence that implicates the Clinton Crime Cartel is ludicrous, ridiculous. If that is the best defense Hillary can come up with when she posts here, then she should not be allowed to post at all.

      • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:11 am #

        Yes, Killary has posted under a few different aliases as well. It also thinks it can be rude to our host without consequence. It doesn’t have any manners.

        • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 11:29 am #

          Do you really think Hillary would bother to post here personally, or even care what is being said on this site with such a small, limited readership? Or is it more likely she has hired a staff to scan the internet, with the authority to post when they feel like it?

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:40 am #

            She has hired help. Although in her desperation, maybe she personally drops in from time to time ;-).

          • janet November 23, 2018 at 11:41 am #

            Yes, she must personally post here just to defend her honor from so much fact-free extra-legal scurrilous and baseless attack.

          • cbeard November 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

            This site is probably more widely read than you imagine. Even read by various government shills and agencies due to some radical comments made here. If your enemies communicate out in the open, one would be foolish not to pay attention. Lots of people may read this site and never comment. I don’t comment often, but I read everything here except for a few posters such as janet, Elrond and a few others. I just skip most anything they post, unless they really piss everyone else off and start a big shit show. Then I may go back to see what the fuss was about.

          • Elrond Hubbard November 24, 2018 at 9:57 am #

            At your service, cbeard. As I presume you are American, I trust that you and yours had a happy Thanksgiving.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 11:17 am #

        You are exactly right. I find of lot of “miscreants post [ing]such mindless, witless garbage over and over and over that it really degrades the level of intelligence in the “room” at another website I frequent.

        I truly suspect that there are paid DNC shills out there who are paid the crap. Those same people seldom respond to direct questions, and when they do deign to answer, it is to simply repeat what they said before.

        It is hard to tell for sure, because the average Democrat is simply unable to do much besides EMOTE, and call names. The Democratic Party has simply replaced Christianity in their lives, and they bring to their new found religion, all the speaking in tongues and original sin, and guilt, from the former.

        What they speak is foolishness, and they rely upon faith for proof.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reponse

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:24 am #

          Lol that is a good point Squeeky. Based on previous posts it is very likely that the person represented by “janet” does online propagandizing for several Soros funded NGOs, and yes, the DNC.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

            Try saying this Janet Tongue Twister five times fast!

            She shrilly shilled swill til the trill killed the thrill.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • aibohphobia November 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

            Hmmm Squeeky–

            Do you realize that you can sing the words of that tongue-twister to the tune of the Anthem of the Soviet Union?

            If you did that on purpose, it’s totally awesome!
            And even if not, I liked the tongue twister. 🙂

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

            That’s hard Squeeky lol!

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

            Aibohphobia:

            It was totally accidental! I am NOT a Russian plant, I swear!

            Although, I do kind of like this:

            youtube.com/watch?v=glgkLE1MBnA

            and this:

            youtube.com/watch?v=gx9txuirwQo

            Das Vandanya!

            Squeeky Fromm
            Skorry Little Devotchka

          • aibohphobia November 23, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

            That is not at all what I was implying,
            moya kharoshaya malyenkaya barishnya(1),

            I thought that you were using the meter of the tongue-twister to imply that Janet could easily pronounce it because she was accustomed to singing the Anthem of the Soviet Union.

            Overthought that one I guess.

            Unless, like the Man of Peru…who ‘woke up one night in a terrible fright’ it happens to be perfectly true….

            vsego khoroshego,(2)

            Aibohphobia


            1) My good young lady
            2) All the best,

            I like this video —

            youtube.com/watch?v=6Ya-FGHdBso

      • Eoin November 23, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

        @Walter:
        “When you’re dead, you don’t know that you’re dead; it’s only difficult for the others. It’s the same thing when you’re stupid.”

        From a collection of popular memeonics.

  10. beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    In my neck of the woods I see most people are content with the way things are even though they don’t trust the government. But once the goodies stop flowing, all bets are off. Still, it’s hard to imagine any more than grumbling. The public has always been able to be easily manipulated just like in colonial times when rabble-rousers and special interest businessmen got the people to revolt.

    • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

      And other special interests got the government to assume busted debts at face value, as in Shay’s rebellion, BTB. It would be interesting to read if it was the debt speculators who got Shay’s rebellion underway to force the Caummonwealth of MA to assume debts… got anything on that?

      • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

        I know a little about Shay’s Rebellion but not many details. Sorry.

  11. beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    Even though I was signed in and the CFN website said howdy beantownbill., it stated for me to log-in – so I did, and now I have double post. ??

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      Double the pleasure – no problem :-).

    • janet November 23, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      We respect the elderly. Your posts are welcome (but subject to arbitrary deletion) … Double post away!

      • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

        I don’t see myself as elderly. I’m an older American. Sounds and feels much better.

      • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

        >>> We respect the elderly.

        Says Lefty janet who does not respect “old white cis-gendered men”.

        • janet November 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

          But beantown is Jewish, scientific, and is older so he gets a triple pass.

    • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

      If your login expires between the time you started writing and you hit the submit button, you can experience this, BTB. Happened to me recently, and I just copied my text, signed in, then posted the original post.

      • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

        Thanks for the info.

  12. Sean Coleman November 23, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    “he may try to put on an FDR mask — perhaps even sit in a wheelchair — and try a few grand-scale policy tricks to escape the vortex”

    And with a voice like Stephen Hawking.

  13. volodya November 23, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    And you also have the mind-bending idiocies of a politicized judiciary who assigned itself the role of subverting-negating-forbidding executive decisions not conforming to the judge’s political and ideological tastes.

    Stand tall Your Honor and STOP TRUMP. Never mind that Trump is the duly elected President and Chief Exec and Commander in Chief, all these electoral niceties don’t matter. No, Your Honor, it’s up to you (and Jim Acosta) to STOP TRUMP.

    How do they stop Trump? Well, declaring his actions unconstitutional is one way. Whether the actions are or aren’t constitutional doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if the judge’s legal reasoning is on the mark or slightly bogus or completely nonsensical or shouts mendacity, an injunction at least temporarily stops Trump while appeals are drafted and the issue makes its way up the judicial food-chain.

    I can’t pretend to foresee the trajectory of events this particular lunacy portends, but it changes the political and societal topography. And the curvature of this new landscape necessarily guides the course of future events.

    Legislating from the bench is another way. As Sotomayor tells us, judges don’t make policy, but yes they do. And where one branch of government steps out of its assigned role and adopts that of the others it is called rule-breaking among us unwashed. Rule-breaking begets more as former rule-followers start breaking rules to level the playing field. What does this mean? Presidential pardons are within the rules and are one means of getting around rule-breaking judges. But, more ominously, making rule-breaking judges “retire” by hook or by crook or by gun or by knife so as to replace him or her is another way. Once you start breaking the rules disorder is the likely result, and you don’t know how far it goes.

    Judge Roberts covered himself in disrepute by telling us that we’re not seeing what’s plainly evident. Don’t know what he hopes to accomplish, but not acknowledging reality is highly maladaptive. Any individual or society that does this is begging for its own demise.

    Much better had Roberts shut up. But if he had to speak he should have said that politicizing the Supreme Court, not to mention lower level judges, is a problem that has got to stop, that justice has got to be impartial and dispassionate. It clearly is neither of these things and Roberts should have said as much.

    • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      I guess pretty soon we’ll have “fake justice” along with “fake news”.

      • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

        Pretty soon?

      • EvelynV November 23, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

        Trumps spends 8 hours a day watching news TV. Since mid-term elections he’s been angry and depressed. He’s a shallow friendless human being possessing no admirable qualities and undeserving of even the respect of his wife. A soulless hopelessly dull individual who for unfathomable reasons appeals to the lowest class of people in the world. His attack on judges just another measure of his unfitness for the position of power his horde of sorry followers put him in.

        • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

          Do you live with him? You seem to know many personal details.

    • Eoin November 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

      Yeah, but remember how, during his confirmation hearings, he openly supported the admission of international law to cases before SCOTUS ? Sure, he affirmed that Roe v. Wade was “established law”, but he certainly proclaimed his globalist allegiance from the very beginning. Also, remember GWB blathering, prior to the appointment, about “stopping the activist judiciary”, or something like that ?
      I find it interesting, and telling , that a Chief “Just-us” (sic) is so front and center at such a critical moment.
      btw, I am still thinking about that last comment when you mention the secretary who called you to mention the absence of unmentionables; good god I miss those days !

      • volodya November 24, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

        Yeah, now our betters, you know, the purer than thou, the diversity consultants, campus Mao-ists, HR Nazis all have got people walking on eggshells, especially straight, white men. Would a receptionist make such a call nowadays? Maybe, but I’d be required to shuffle by her work-station not daring to even wink at her. The only proper demeanor for a man nowadays in the workplace is to gaze expressionless at his shoes, eyes always downcast, acutely embarrassed to be alive.

        How long this state of affairs goes on is anybody’s guess, but for every action there’s a reaction. What happens when white men have got their fill?

        It’s highly ironic in this world replete with absurd ironies, that the people thought to be least in tune with modern-day pieties are those shnooks from fly-over America, those same folk that are supposed to volunteer to serve in the armed services and sacrifice their lives if circumstances warrant it. Yet these same people are generally reviled by their – cough – betters. Why would people undertake an unlimited liability obligation if they’re laughed at, scorned, and whose economic interests are seen as illegitimate and unworthy? They’re supposed to go to far-away Asian realms and kill what their “betters” insist are enemies of America and enemies of all that’s good and great.

        But given the actions and attitudes of the “betters”, GI Joe from small-town America might be justified in wondering who exactly the enemy really is.

    • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      The Liberals are using branches of the government to tear down other branches. They will do whatever it takes to destroy the Constitution and our republic. After evaluating the last election, maybe Americans do not deserve their liberty any more.

  14. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    Today’s money quote: “The obvious hypocrisies and violations of reason emanating from the campuses — a lot, but not all of it, in response to the Golden Golem of Greatness — have made enough smart people stupid to endanger the country’s political future. A lot of these formerly-non-stupid people work in the news media. It’s not to late for some institutions like The New York Times and CNN to change out their editors and producers, and go back to reporting the reality-du-jour instead of functioning as agit-prop mills for every unsound idea ginned through the Yale humanities departments.”

    I disagree that it is “not too late.” Because the replacements for the ideologues at the NYT and CNN would come from the same class of people as the current nitwits. Our country is in decline, and the only thing that can save it are a major prolonged disaster which forces people out of their delusions in quick fashion, or our very own Hitler/Pinochet and Right Wing Death Squads.

    The latter is probably at least 75 years off, so let us pray for an EMP, or meteor strike, or financial collapse that can not be fixed in a few years. Something that forces the “educated” white class to confront real live Negroes and MS13’ers, a loss of a job, poverty, and the really crappy people who game the system.

    When liberal tenured professors have to start living out of their car, then we will know that we are in a good place, and ready for change.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      The Negros and MS13’ers will be coming after us soon enough. I feel ok though in my little world. After listening yesterday to how angry and prepared for the fight my male relatives are I feel safer. Upper class whites though apparently live in a totally different world and boy do they have the surprise of their lives coming.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 11:53 am #

        I posted a really interesting story down below. I think this probably is coming to a neighborhood near you (and me) pretty soon.

        Here is the link, again:

        washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/11/16/feature/in-a-home-surrounded-by-homicides/?utm_term=.…

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

          Very frightening. I guess they don’t get that the anti-police culture doesn’t help their plight. The police likely gave up trying to help a long time ago. No matter the case, it is a very sad story.

        • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

          Not likely. Even though whites will be a minority, some of the groups coming to replace them are very low crime. Koreans and Chinese consider white levels of crime absurdly high.

          Hispanic crime levels are about twice whites’, but that also doesn’t suggest a situation like New Orleans, where the number of murders in 1994 was about one for every 1000 people. As the t-shirt sold in the French Quarter has it: “Louisiana: third world and proud of it.”

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

            I think it is more like 6 murders per thousand nowadays in New Orleans. 1994 is like sooo nineties! 25 years ago.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Louisiana

            With a murder rate of 57.6 per 100,000, New Orleans had the highest murder rate of any U.S. city with a population of 100,000 or more in 2011[7] and ranked 28th in the world in 2014. New Orleans had the highest murder rate of any major American city in 2000 (42.1 per 100,000 people) 2001 (44.0 per 100,000) 2002 (53.1 per 100,000) 2003 (57.7 per 100,000) 2004 (56.0 per 100,000) 2006 (70 per 100,000) 2007 (81 per 100,000) 2008 (63.6 per 100,000) 2009 (52 per 100,000) 2010 (51 per 100,000) and 2011 {57.6 per 100,000} as well.

            The city has had an annual murder rate at least seven times the national average for the past 30 years. The city’s 58 per 100,000 average annual murder rate from 1990-2012 is nearly 20% higher than any other major U.S. city.[8][9] New Orleans had the eighth highest crime rate in the U.S. in 2011 for cities with a population between 100,000 and 499,000.[10] As of September 2011, the NOPD has 1,353 sworn officers.[11]

            Remember, about 1/3 of our population is black. Take them out of the equation, and Louisiana become a very safe and civilized state.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

      • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

        You know how to bring it on, the exodus from the inner city ghettoes? Cut off the drug trade at the border that they depend on. Guess who does not want a wall.

        Right now the minorities are moving into the suburbs. According to studies, when their percentage reaches a point, white flight ensues into the exurbs and yes, back into gated inner cities. Things never change.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

        You have your Tribe and they are both aware and armed. You are very lucky. Are they bearded like the Ducks?

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

          You’re right, I need to be more thankful every day!! LOL yep they all have whiskers. From chin beards to just big full ones.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

            Damn. Hardcore. I’ve met guys who preached to me how I needed to grow my beard and stop being a gelding, woman, office worker type, faggot, etc. That’s a bit much, but I respect where they’re generally coming from.

            I have grown it a few times. It’s a male beauty secret: after you shave it off, your whole face is fresh and somehow Lifted.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

            Well really, a well kept shorter chin beard is most attractive IMO. The big beard is too much IMO. Some men look better clean shaven though so it depends.

    • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

      It’s not the liberal tenured college professors, SF. They’ve mostly lost power. Most Of the liberal professors I know in academics functionally live out of their cars, since most of the professors (who are generally liberal) are adjuncts, living off crumbs. The power and money and decision-making have moved to a “professional” class of administrators who are generally not subject to the market discipline of students being able to fire them by not taking their courses.

      The number of dollars spent on administration in US colleges about equals the number of dollars the Federal Government spends on higher education. In return for contributing 1/6th of the money spend, the Feds Control basically ALL the dollars spent, and that slush fund has gone to create a lot of Assistant Deans of whining positions to comply with Federal regulations.

      You’ll never hear the high-paid administrators advocating to cut off the Federal dollars to save on administration. And yet the opportunity grows each year, as the number of Federal dollars for research grants drops in inflation-adjusted terms, while more universities scramble for the dollars.

      It’s the managerial elite that needs to feel the pain. I think that’s your main thrust, in any case. Just to let you know where to aim your rhetorical arrows.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

        That is why I specified “tenured”. I know that the adjuncts are living like crap, hand to mouth as it were. A couple of thousand a semester per class. That is a perfect recipe for keeping control over one’s thoughts and expressions.

        Yes, I know that it is the managerial elite who need to be discomforted most of all. Which, is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

      • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

        Yes, just “knowledge workers”. And they turned Pilots into guys who sleep in cramped little dormitories before their next flight. Only their own class matters and is deserving.

        • DrTomSchmidt November 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

          Only their own class matters and is deserving.

          That really is the nub of the matter there, JS. You come at things from a right-populist viewpoint, while EH comes from a leftist viewpoint. But fundamentally the problem is the division of goodies; even more than that is the relentless preening from the managerial class. That, more than anything, grates.

          Two Huey Long quotes for you:
          “We do not propose to say that there shall be no rich men. We do not ask to divide the wealth. We only propose that, when one man gets more than he and his children and children’s children can spend or use in their lifetimes, that then we shall say that such person has his share. That means that a few million dollars is the limit to what any one man can own.”

          “They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.”

          • BuckP November 25, 2018 at 12:04 am #

            Great post Dr. Tom
            Love the waiter analogy! Huey Long spoke the truth!

          • Janos Skorenzy November 25, 2018 at 12:06 am #

            Quite so! Quite so! No modern Democrat or Liberal has proposed as radical an economic plan to share the wealth as did the Kingpin, the Fascist Huey Long – struck down by an Assassin, from the group of usual suspects.

          • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 2:49 am #

            Huey Long was a good man. A people’s Governor. He helped Louisiana SO much.

  15. The New York Times (ticker:NYT, $25.83, +1.81%) has nothing to do with CNN (ticker:T, 29.58, -0.65%).

    Even their tickets are going different directions.

    This mornings front page: Census Bureau projections of white majority minority under review, Mr. Bone Saw was actually maybe looking for some nuke fuel and an enrichment plant from the US, Yellowstone is starting to look like shit because of humanity’s carbon pollution, Campaign finance law in NY shenanegains (limited liability corporations are peeps, too), the Chinese are teaching an authoritarian version of football to their young males, and above the fold, Hillary herself recommending in an interview with the Guardian that refugee policy in Europe “lit the flame” of populism.

    This, of course, by extension applies to the current refugee policy reality in the United States. Apparently pro-immigration scholars, pundits, and various NYT Op-ed colmunists have had to pick those jaws of the floor.

    Meanwhile on Youtube, Steve Bannon has been road tripping and talking to erudite Oxford undergrads. His theories of civil and economic nationalism have galvanized the populist movements in the Eurozone, and none of the young Hogwarts novices could derail his thesis as various rabble protested free speech outside. Steve Bannon IS the wall. Where there is a wall there is a way. I’ve run out of puns.

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      So you like Steven Bannon? Are you really a White Nationalist? Some of the things you say make me wonder :-).

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 11:39 am #

        I am a white nationalist! Which, I am sure most Chinese are yellow nationalists, and most Mexicans brown nationalists, and most Indians, red nationalists, and most Kenyans black nationalists.

        Sooo, what exactly is wrong with being a white nationalist? The word “white”??? Sure I like living in a predominantly white country. Apparently, so do many Mexicans, Central Americans, Chinese, and Haitians.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:58 am #

          Me too! I like living in a White country and want it to stay White :-). And apparently all of the Mexicans, Central Americans, Chinese, and Africans are White Nationalists too since they demand to live here and appropriate our culture.

          • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

            No, SSL, they do not want to live in a white culture. They want to live in their own culture but here where there is opportunity. It never crosses their mind that changing to their culture turns the US into another s–thole like where they came from. The European part of the US needs to defend itself from these foreigners including Californians.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

            You’re right, JohnAZ. I do stand corrected. They just want to take over period.

        • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

          “most Chinese are yellow nationalists”

          Squeeky,
          …and with good reason….

          fredoneverything.org/cheng-two-more-notes-on-two-weeks-in-china/

          Fred is up, and his last two posts chronicle his trip to China…he spent two weeks in, as he described, a small village of 17 million people in Northern China on the Tibet border.

          It is unsettling…it will make you weep….

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

            Those Chinese are sooo yellow! They need some diversity! Why don’t they just import 40 million blacks from America???

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

            PS: I did not weep, because I am plumb out of tears after realizing several years ago that America is in an unstoppable decline.

          • cbeard November 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            Fred was right about our abysmal railroads compared to the Chinese high speed passenger rail service.

        • RB November 23, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

          Blacks salivate in hopes that what is occurring in South Africa can somehow happen here in the USA. That is, crush whites. Take their land. Disallow them to apply for government jobs and whatever else moves such a mind. The only problem is that complex infrastructure is developed and managed and sustained by white minds. In China, it is done by yellow minds. In India and Mexico by brown minds. If you want to see a failed government enterprise, see Detroit or Baltimore. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to run to.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

            True. I argue a lot with a black dude on another website, and I ask him, why is it that Germans and Japs managed to rebuild their completely devastated countries within 10 or 15 years after the end of WWII?

            Why were a bunch of emaciated, traumatized, scraggly ass Jews able to build a country out of a desert within a few years of being let loose from concentration camps? Able to fight and win a war withing 3 years of liberation?

            Yet, blacks, of which there are 40 million in this country, can’t even keep from tearing up Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis, etc. etc. etc.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

            The lights are kept on in Latin America by Whites. The average IQ in India is about 85, but the population is so huge that it still produces a lot of smart people. I suspect certain populations have higher average IQs. One researcher found that the Brahmins are no smarter than anyone else. Perhaps. But I bet the Northern Indians – who are far Whiter – have a few points on the Southerners.

            It’s complicated because there were civilizations there before the Aryans arrived. They inherited the Caste system – the Browns were already trying to stay aloof from the Black Australoid Dravidians. So it’s all mixed up now, but we’re dealing with three main groups, not two. And the Brown Caucasians were more advanced than the invading Aryans – except militarily. Add in a smiley. Shades of the Vikings in old Europe.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

            Add in a smiley :-). Aye aye Captain ;-).

          • elysianfield November 24, 2018 at 10:44 am #

            Squeeky,
            An inconvenient truth revealed by an embarrassing question.

            I am sure his proffered answer involved…”Racism…and shit….”

      • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

        Bannon said recently that we don’t matter. He actually hates us. He’s some kind of civic nationalist, dreaming of a strong multi-cultural/racial America. A pipe dream in other words.

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

          Well then he isn’t our friend anymore is he!!! I am very disappointed.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

            If he ever was. He does make some good points and is with us part of the way, so the illusion is understandable.

    • Ol' Scratch November 23, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      The New York Times (ticker:NYT, $25.83, +1.81%) has nothing to do with CNN (ticker:T, 29.58, -0.65%).

      I hope Jim is not actually paying for your shameless shilling!

    • beantownbill. November 23, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      Comparing CNN and the NYT is only valid in the broad sense they are both news organizations. But CNN is broadcast based and the Times is print based. I would venture – with not knowing the real numbers – to guess that CNN has many more viewers than the Times has readers, thus is more exposed to criticism than the newspaper.

      Comparing their stock prices is a function of their business models,not so much on the quality of their news. The only thing I’m not certain of is how low each of their stock prices ultimately go down in relation to one another.

      The Times does give a broad-based knowledge of the world – but mostly only presenting one side of opinions and facts. A more accurate picture of the world would be reading both the NYT and the WSJ.

    • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

      >>> Even their tickets are going different directions.

      That’s because the NYT is a NYC landlord with a minor side business in Lefty propaganda, whereas CNN is strictly in the fake news business. Clearly NYC real estate is doing well…

    • Eoin November 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      Erudite Undergrads ?
      Aside from being separated by a common language, those kids are as full of shit, albeit very expensive shit, as many of the undergrad sponges over here.
      Listen to O’Bannon , he’s the smartest fucking guy in the room.
      It’s worth an hour of your time:

      youtube.com/watch?v=8AtOw-xyMo8

    • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

      I liked Bannon’s talk at Oxford. Throughout you could hear the protestors zombie rolling outside, Day of the Dead like. No one there were able to refute him, as much as they tried. There is a major difference between being a racist and understanding our predicament of borders.

  16. Anon1970 November 23, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    Second Amendment rights protect the public against against laws that CONGRESS might pass that would interfere with freedom of religion, the press or speech. It says nothing about States or private businesses or individuals. In fact, the last state to abolish a religious test in order for an elected official to be sworn into office did not do so until about 1875.

    Whether people ought to have absolute rights when it comes to religion, speech or the press is another matter. Changes in technology now make it possible for web sites like “The Daily Stormer” to spread their messages of hate to a potentially much larger audience than Julius Streicher ever could with his German anti-Semitic newspaper in the 1920’s. In 1927, “Der Sturmer” had weekly sales of only 27,000 (from Wikipedia). It became much more popular after the Nazis took power.

    • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      Anon,
      A question regarding “hate speech”…

      Can a statement that is correct in content be considered hate speech? Does the underlying motivation of the speaker require bad intent? Does the truth being told with bad intent ascend to a greater outrage than simple insult? (Yo mama so fat….)

      Sooo….if motivation is to be considered an intrinsic underpinning of hate speech, and I criticize say, some Blacks or Canadians, pointing out their many, many flaws, but do so with the best intent…is that “hate speech”?

      Please…a bit of guidance….

      • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

        Just treat it like Trump does. “Hate speech” is just like “fake news”, it’s whatever is uncomplimentary, and whatever I don’t like.

        • malthuss November 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

          100% subjective.

          • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

            Bingo!

          • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

            As opposed to your 100% objective opinion?

      • Anon1970 November 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

        I think most people recognize hate speech when they hear it or read it.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

          So saying that racial difference exist is hate speech? It is to many Liberals. Yet obviously racial differences exist and are not negligible.

          You don’t know what you’re talking about but you want to control people with innuendo and shibboleths.

    • DrTomSchmidt November 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Streicher was executed at Nuremberg for writing his newspaper. I don’t recall that he actually killed any Jews personally.

      It’s an interesting question to put to members of the news media as to whether they are OK with this. They either defend the Nazi or assent to liquidation for publishing ideas. The horns of a dilemma.

      • Anon1970 November 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

        Streicher was executed for endlessly promoting the Holocaust in his newspaper. As far I know he never killed anyone. In the 1997 German movie, “The Harmonists”, he is portrayed as just an average regional Nazi party boss. When the US faces a financial crisis far worse than the Great Recession, my guess is that many voters will turn to either the extreme right or the extreme left and that the US Constitution will go the way of the Weimar constitution. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, their first target for elimination was the country’s intelligensia and leaders, both Catholic and Jewish.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

          So those who advocated who White Genocide – and they are legion – deserve an equal fate?

          Gotcha.

  17. oilie November 23, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    Mueller will never so much as mention the Clintons. His job was to finish delegitimizing Trump and that is what he will do to the best of his ability. He may have more ammo than we think. Trump could release the FISA papers and 302s and do serious damage to the deep state, so why doesn’t he do it? There must be another shoe ready to drop somewhere.

  18. Probably the most interesting story in yesterdays NYT was of young US Cjristian Evanfelist John Allen Chau who violated the longstanding immigration policy of a reclusive and ancient society of uncivilized humans on an island in the Andaman islands, a neo-colonial amusement park run by a third world nuclear power whose warnings to not approach the island went unheeded.

    His belief that God would give him the courage and strength to prevail was belied by what witnesses later described from a safe distance: his arrow-riddled body being dragged around the beach and his kayak smashed to bits.

    • janet November 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      Allegedly belied. According to his Christian beliefs he is now sitting at the right hand of God successfully meeting his life goal.

      • darrell dullnig November 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

        According to his Christian beliefs, he could have met that goal without disturbing the natives or becoming a virtual pin cushion. What do his beliefs have to do with not being very smart?

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

          Untrue. He had to give Christ to those people. Or die trying. He also gave them a football. The two are inseparable at this point. I am a heretic for not being interested in Football.

          • darrell dullnig November 23, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

            You must mean that he thought he had to, not that it was a requirement. That is the not being very smart part.

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

            Sad for one so theologically minded to get a Darwin Award as his last act.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

            Christianity is a missionary religion – something to be spread. He obviously felt the personal calling to do just that. It’s called “the Great Commission”. And yes, it can be destructive to both the givers and the receivers because it comes with the dominant culture – which obviously isn’t Christian anymore or in name only.

          • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

            Janos,

            You’re not kidding.

            “Stand for the flag, Kneel for the Cross – Chicago Bears shirt”

            bestfunnystore.com/products/stand-for-the-flag-kneel-for-the-cross-chicago-bears-t-shirts?variant=17…

            In response to the news story; I am on a list serve for folklore articles and job openings. The list serve is unfortunately vocally sjw (go figure) and one of the warriors of the cause linked an article for the story with a title somewhere along the lines of, “Christian missionary dies in an attack by natives in defense of their Homeland.” The temptation was high on my end to make a remark along the lines of “good for them” and “they should build a wall”, but I preferred to not be removed. The person who posted the title was sure to send another email after along the lines of, “please don’t misunderstand my statement.” lol.

          • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

            They did him the biggest favor you can do for a kool-aid drinker. They made him a martyr AND introduced him to Jesus at the same time.

          • EvelynV November 23, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

            Time for ersatz christians to wise up. Evidence points to the fact jesus actually killed via impalement. Instead of a cross they should be wearing/revering/advertising a religion that features a naked man with a large sharpened stake shoved up his nether region.

          • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 11:54 am #

            Such overwhelming kindness demonstrated in this particular thread by self-admitted godless moral overlords. Good to know.

          • GreenAlba November 24, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

            The point of secularism, SSL (which is supposed to pertain in the US as well), is that none of us should be able to morally overlord it over anyone else. We agree politically on minimum standards of social behaviour.

            I do feel great sympathy for anyone meeting such an end, but arguably arrogance took him where he went. Humility would have left him to his family.

            I vaguely remember some Catholic sophistry whereby it was suggested that if you didn’t introduce people to Christianity god wouldn’t consign them to hell because they were excused owing to a lack of knowledge, but once you did they could end up there. The takeaway was that it was kinder not to tell them because then they couldn’t possibly go to hell.

            So, kinda that… Blissful ignorance. Can’t remember where it came from but it’s a well known story. Along the lines of ‘well ye ken the noo’, but not quite.

            It’s making me think of ‘Portrait of the Artist…’ but it’s been 50 years so I can’t remember. Maybe some apocryphal tale.

          • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 2:25 am #

            God’s ways seem like folly to man. I don’t know the ends and outs of Chau’s story or his reasoning to do what he did the way he did. But Secularism is not some benign system that ceates safe amoral spaces where everyone is on a level playing field. It is exactly the opposite. Secularism establishes Humanism as the supreme dogma. So in the end there is no separation of Church and State. The modern Church is Secular Humanism, and its adherents are as radical as any jihadi. And they despise all theistic belief, but typically reserve their most extreme forms of hatred for Christians.

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 9:12 am #

            “But Secularism is not some benign system that ceates safe amoral spaces where everyone is on a level playing field. It is exactly the opposite. Secularism establishes Humanism as the supreme dogma. “

            You can have a secular state where everyone is religious. They just keep their religion out of politics, because it doesn’t belong in politics, if you take a definition of politics that I would approve (yeah, I know…but the thing is I believed that when I was very religious too – I just accepted that most people didn’t believe what I believed and that it was entirely their right not to do so. AND that it was always possible they might be right and not me).

            It the political space is led by the demands of one personal religion, it is totalitarian, no ifs, no buts. Even if it seems benign for a while, that’s not the way it will end.

            I like, from my politics undergrad days, the first definition of politics I heard, from Bernard Crick in his book ‘In Defence of Politics’:

            “The establishing of political order is not just any order at all; it marks the birth, or the recognition, of freedom. For politics represents at least some tolerance of differing truths, some recognition that government is possible, indeed best conducted, amid the open canvassing of rival interests. Politics are the public actions of free men. Freedom is the privacy of men from public actions…”

            Possibly what you are angry at is that people just won’t accept that you have the truth and they just can’t see it. You’re always going to be resentful while you think like that. When people get to the stage where they can think ‘I believe this, but I may obviously be wrong’, then they’ve made some progress and are more able to live contentedly with other people who believe different things but also know they may be wrong.

          • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

            No, I am not angry that people don’t believe like me. Please feel free. I am dissatisfied with how liberal democracies openly attack Western religion and cultural traditions. The State does not allow personal freedoms now. Try not paying your taxes and see what happens :-). No one is really free and freedom is not real. There is an open purge on Christians, particularly here in the States, and from what I read in Europe as well. Although the European Union is doing everything in its power to assert the supremacy of Islam. Like I said before, I bet if you openly blaspheme Mohammed or Allah in the UK you will have legal troubles, but you can say anything nasty about Jesus and you will be a superstar.

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

            “Although the European Union is doing everything in its power to assert the supremacy of Islam.”

            A person should not expect to be taken seriously if they come out with utter nonsense like this. Remember your previous fake news around Stephen Lennon. You read things that people want you to believe and you are happy to oblige.

            “Like I said before, I bet if you openly blaspheme Mohammed or Allah in the UK you will have legal troubles.”

            Likewise, I would advise you not to put any money on it as it’s complete nonsense. There are no blasphemy laws in the UK any more.

            You can openly ‘blaspheme’ whoever you like. You may have to take other consequences of your own choices, but they’re not legal ones. The law will uphold your right to say what you like about Mohammed. We even have Asian comedians over here who make fun of Islam – on TV and everything!!!!

            They don’t go out of their way to be offensive but why would you go out of your way to be offensive to anyone? I can’t speak for the standups on tour – I expect they get very offensive when they feel like it.

            My mother got great solace from her religious faith. She never ever read a book about the history of Christianity or would ever have wanted to look very closely into the religious history of mankind. What she believed made her happy – or contented anyway. But it was based on beliefs she inherited and maintained by never reading anything factual about the subject.

            She never knew I stopped believing it and I had no interest in her knowing. Nor did she ever know I met someone and got married again. When I introduced her to his predecessor, she never ever mentioned his name again and I found out later from my brother that when his wife said ‘you must be happy that ****** has met someone, she said ‘I just thought she was going to be faithful to her vows and not have anything to do with anyone else while her husband was alive (he’s still alive!).

            Sometimes you just have to humour people for the sake of family peace!

            And I noticed that very few of those vociferous born-agains in the US bothered to ‘not have anything to do with anyone else’ following their divorces and I just saw cherry picking again and it helped me on my way to rationality.

    • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

      SnakPak,
      Apparently the NYT presented the G-rated version…accounts I read on the BBC state that the persons who watched the killing, also watched as the indigenous dismembered the body…for ease of carry, don’t you know…and disappeared into the tree line with the parts.

      …yum

  19. Ol' Scratch November 23, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Remember, there are two main ways you can go broke: You can run out of money; or you can have plenty of worthless money.

    That’s the gist of it right there. Historically, failed regimes have always chosen the latter, so I can’t imagine the US will be any different this time. Plausible deniability and all that. Much easier to blame a worthless currency on any number of ephemeral enemies – real or imagined – whereas massive debt default and utter impoverishment tends to concentrate the mind and the popular will to revolt.

    Sure, failed regimes – including right here in the US – have used in the past and demonstrably will use the military again to quell such uprisings, but the PR from such stunts is positively abysmal, so even would be Il Duce’s think long and hard before going that route too often and/or too transparently.

  20. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Here is some interesting holiday reading! About life in America where it ain’t so good.

    washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/11/16/feature/in-a-home-surrounded-by-homicides/?utm_term=.…

    There are some obvious problems with the story line, and the truth is, some of the deaths are probably a net win for society. But, this is what Liberal Democrats have enabled over the past few decades. Blacks themselves are responsible, but the Democrats have been co-dependent in this.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  21. Old Blighty is trying to reassure markets their economy is strong but… Official numbers from nonprofit study reveals this former global superpower is now filled up with 320,000 homeless people, 14 million living in poverty.

    Over time,
    2016, 294,000
    2018, 307,000
    2019, 320,000

    London alone has 170,000 homeless people.

    In my neck of the woods, an indigent population has constructed a formidable Hooverville sprawling across several city blocks. I’ve seen the exponential growth going up and up and up for 20 years in my middling small city. Back then, there was at least a political coherence to the chaos and a uniformity of class distinctions. This rabble is less homogenous and resemble the dwellers of such fantasy dystopias as Mad Max and Star Wars. The good intentions crew is adequately applying them with everything they need, except the house and the job, which, to be brutally honest, they are never, ever going to have. The mentally ill are everywhere, in every shade of remission and incoherence. This is small town America at the confluence of the interstate highway system.

    • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      Beware of statistics, Lil’ Debbie.

      The category ‘homeless’ in the UK covers both rough sleepers and those living in temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation. So a person living with friends or family but on a list waiting for their own accommodation counts as ‘homeless’.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_England

      “But reportedly numbers sleeping rough have soared in recent years and doubled since 2010; figures reported for the 2015 count were 3,569 people rough sleeping in England on a single night, up 102% from 2010.

      That’s 3569 people sleeping rough in the whole of England.

      Things are bad, but there are categorically not 170,000 people on the streets in London, or even in England.

      • pequiste November 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

        Jolly good show G.A.

        Fewer people “rough sleeping” and homeless over there in Blighty than children being “groomed” by South Asian males of a particular religious/cultural persuasion.

        Mayor Sadiq Khan approves!

        • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

          Mayor Sadiq Khan does not approve in any way and your figures are way off beam, but I should not expect rational points, I suppose, when even someone (not you) who considers himself a reader of quality news takes it upon himself to tell the entire readership of this blog that there are 170,000 people on the streets in London, when the figure isn’t even 4,000 for the entirety of a country of 66 million souls.

          Actually, I’d say that’s not entirely a bad effort, comparatively, even though one person on the streets is one too many. I doubt that your own ratio is quite as good, but I wouldn’t presume to say. People on here are rather quick to presume, I find.

          What I do know is that a whole lot of right wing garbage dumps all over the internet will also have picked up that figure of 170,000 and the corresponding figures for the whole country, but there will be no one there to point out that the figures do not mean what they think they mean. They will then go on with their ‘immigration/Brexit, yadda, yadda’, without the slightest blush of the ignorance of which they are entirely unaware.

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

            Apologies for slight inaccuracy – 66 million being the population of the UK, of which England is the almighty elephantine neighbour of the others nevertheless.

      • I like to “rough sleep” every once in a while, its called camping.

        You think homeless people aren’t on the streets everyday? Of course they are.Shelters aren’t 24/7.

        Homeless peopel are homeless inside shelter and outside them. The distinction of “rough sleeping” is beside the point, which is they are disenfranchised in an significant way.

    • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      Surprise, when you open your borders to homeless desperate unskilled immigrants they turn into homeless desperate unskilled people in your own country. It does not take a genius to figure that out. Oh yeah, it is too late. Trump is going to get clobbered for trying to stop illegal immigration, but look at California to see the results of immigration, it is wallowing in homeless people.

      • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

        You seemed to have missed the point of my post, JohnAZ.

        Who are the ‘homeless, desperate, unskilled immigrants’ you think the UK is full of? You can’t mean all those Polish plumbers and German/French/Spanish doctors and nurses, surely?

        • malthuss November 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

          Blacks and Browns.

          And you know it.

          Thatcher opened the floodgates, yes?

          independent.co.uk/news/world/muslim-babies-outnumber-christian-births-2035-islam-relgion-popular-fas…

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

            Progressives, who are often atheists and agnostics, are for the most part doomed demographically speaking. Good reminder!

          • GreenAlba November 24, 2018 at 9:31 am #

            It’s a shame religious smugness can’t be bottled, otherwise there would be pin money to be made that would pay for a few cocktails.

            Meanwhile the rest of us just shake our heads sadly and less smugly as we survey two millennia of people all claiming god speaks to them directly while we observe that he tells them ‘the truth’ in more varieties than Heinz.

            Just look at how many of them have murdered each other over a disagreement about the biochemistry of a glass of wine.

            And we’re all doomed demographically. Perhaps someone could tell the pope and he could pass it on to your Central American friends.

          • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 11:52 am #

            But Alba, my statement did not come from an angle of religious smugness. It is simply a fact that MOST, not all, non-religious people have fewer children when compared to religious populations. In that sense, one day we will wake up and there will simply be less atheists and agnostics and more religious people, primarily Muslims if we don’t control our borders.

            Overall birth rates have declined among Central and South Americans too. Birth rates are highest in sub-Saharan Africa but death rates are extreme there too. So it is all up in the air so to speak, but trends are trends.

          • GreenAlba November 24, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

            Well, I did say myself a while ago that religious people (in sub-Saharan Africa as anywhere else) have more children, so the world will inevitably get more religious, all other things being equal.

            I came across the notion in an article that was demonstrating that, on average (so no offence to anyone on here, as I said at the time) the IQs of religious people are lower than those of non-religious people, so unfortunately it means that global IQ will fall.

            All very marginal though, and our current existential crises are likely to whack us first.

            And once the SHTF in Long Emergency style, the issue won’t matter because there may be very little reliable contraception, so choices will evaporate. Sadly, there may not be the necessary healthcare infrastructure or medicine to keep women from dying in large numbers in childbirth again.

          • GreenAlba November 24, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

            And in the Middle East, where religion is so strong, birth rates are likewise unfortunately high, for the usual reasons. It’s always the way in patriarchal societies where women have fewer reproductive choices. And again, more so among the least educated – Alma al Assad only has three children.

            And JHK has pointed out before that the desert countries will find themselves hideously overpopulated once the oil declines (they’re overpopulated already, with not enough for frustrated young men to do). Frustrated in more ways than one – not a good combo.

          • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

            Wow, I have a hard time believing religious people have lower IQs than non-religious people. Honestly, that sounds like a liberal talking point. That being said, I have no proof it is or know where you heard that. Having faith there is no God is faith nonetheless.

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 9:39 am #

            And yet it isn’t a liberal talking point, SSL, it’s just something research has shown. I doubt most liberals are even aware of it. And you can’t have it both ways and tell me IQ is a reliable measurement of intelligence when it comes to race but not when it comes to religion. I’m afraid if you throw in your lot with IQ you have to take the rough with the smooth.

            But this is yet another pit that religious people tend to fall into. You immediately thought to refute my point with ‘I’d have a hard time believing’, rather than actually checking the facts, as this no-long-religious person would automatically do.

            Hence, your reaction to a new bit of information is not to check its factual accuracy, but to add it to another emotional reason not to like liberals, because they sometimes tell you things you don’t like. And I’m not even an American-type liberal – I’m very conservative in many ways you’d pick up if you read all my posts carefully and not just the ones that make you bristle 🙂 .

            Not trying to be mean in any way, SSL, but you have perfectly illustrated quite a few points about the way different people process information.

            psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/mr-personality/201312/why-are-religious-people-generally-less-intelligen…

            livescience.com/59361-why-are-atheists-generally-more-intelligent.html

            I haven’t read these, but have read others on the same subject. There is not shortage of articles making the same point.

            “Having faith there is no God is faith nonetheless.

            Indeed it would be, if faith were where the conclusion came from 🙂 . But you carefully framed your accusation in such a way as to make it unarguable. Isn’t that the ‘no true Scotsman’ fallacy?

            But the point also is, which you could have thought up yourself if you hadn’t just got defensive, that your faith doesn’t become wrong just because the average person holding it is less intelligent than the average person who doesn’t hold it – that would be yet another kind of fallacy.

            It is either true or not true, simply because it is either true or not true. And that’s the simple tautological reality of it.

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 9:43 am #

            *no-longer-*

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 9:52 am #

            A flippant example, SSL, which I think we can both agree on – I bet more people with high IQs than people with low IQs (globally speaking) don’t know where noodles or pasta come from.

            Having a high IQ isn’t nearly as important in the scheme of things as knowing how to grow food 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 9:56 am #

            *but to make it another reason*

            sorry…

          • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

            I just think sometimes you depend on “rules” and “facts” too much. Some things in life don’t lend themselves to logical or rational explanations. Liberals on this blog’s comment section routinely diss religious people. And the opposite is true as well, although not necessarily here since there are more liberal posters than conservative. I am not necessarily upset or defensive regarding the argument that religious people may generally have lower IQs. My defensiveness results from how Secularists, Liberals, what have you, use such information to undermine society and traditions. Look down thread to see how much support censorship has with liberal posters. Maybe that is representative of low IQ?

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

            Well, I don’t depend on ‘rules’, although I’m quite law-abiding, but facts are facts. You are at liberty to ignore them.

            I don’t ‘diss’ religious people, I just don’t get why some start from ‘this is true’ rather than the more modest ‘I believe this is true’, which is more prevalent in my country.

            I’m surprised you think there are more ‘liberal’ posters here than the opposite, but we all judge that from where we are on the spectrum, I suppose. And, as I said, I’m ‘conservative’ about a whole lot of things. You’d be surprised – although you shouldn’t be entirely.

            On censorship, you’ll note I don’t advocate it, although I may comment on someone’s use of a particular expression, as you have done yourself, on occasion. I’m not saying they can’t say it. I have commented on the fact that I was surprised that holocaust denial gets a free pass, but only because I’ve read several people say it’s a red line that JKH observes, and it seems to me that’s either not true or no longer observed.

            “My defensiveness results from how Secularists, Liberals, what have you, use such information to undermine society and traditions.”

            You could say that about FGM or trimming little boys’ bits without their informed consent. Those are part of ‘society and traditions’ and need to be undermined. And I will happily ‘diss’ any religious person who defends either.

            Politics is about discussing these things and coming to an agreement or a compromise, even reluctantly. Religious people benefit from some quite startling indulgences, even in my country. We subsidise their schools and churches, just for starters. I don’t even mind, as long as they show due gratitude. Flying pig alert…

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

            *JHK* – apologies, guv’ if you’re there…

      • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

        And I entirely agree with your right to have a sensible immigration policy. My views on your situation are not as blinkered and lacking in actual knowledge as your views on ours. As you would know if you’d paid attention to my actual posts.

        You disappoint me, JohnAZ. Other times you can be counted on for a rational opinion instead of a rant.

        • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

          Not so fast, I was actually responding to Debbie’s post. My “rant” is that uncontrolled immigration brings the problems of the area people are coming from and hands them to where they go. If you are watching the news on Tijuana, the mayor is trying desperately to absolve TJ from the responsibility of taking care of these migrants. He sees what is coming, thousands and thousands of migrants with no where to go, and the US has finally stuck a stake in the ground and said, ” No mas”. So the mayor is appealing to the UN for help. Boy, I will bet the phone lines between Mexico City and D.C. Are hot.

          The uncontrolled immigration into Europe is going to give the same effects as here, problems with homelessness and social misfit ting. If England et al is not as affected it means you have tried to control the situation, which is more than folks south of you have done. Inspiration for Brexit?

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

            Apologies, JohnAZ, I assumed you were talking about Deb’s ‘England’ comments too in your reply.

            I have never defended unlimited immigration anywhere – the very idea is a nonsense.

            I wrote an answer to you about immigration and Brexit but deleted it as I’ve said it so many times already that I realise it’s pointless 🙂 .

          • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 9:36 pm #

            Peace.

            A quote from Star Trek

            Sometimes the needs of the many are outweighed by the needs of the few or the one.

            This is a wisdom that bureaucracies forget many times. GA, your forebears made the Americans the cusses they are. Why? Because Brits have always been rebellious too. Hence, Brexit. You need to break out your Don’t Tread on Me flags. Just joshing!

          • GreenAlba November 24, 2018 at 10:09 am #

            The most cussed ones are the ones from a bit south of chez moi in Border country, JohnAZ. Some of them stopped en route in Northern Ireland and are still causing trouble with their intransigence!

          • Linda November 26, 2018 at 7:06 am #

            JohnAZ,
            I love that quote from Star Trek. Kirk and Spock – fantastic.

      • Ricechex November 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

        I live in San Diego and what once was a great place to live is now overwhelmed with homeless people. I can’t even walk my dog through the canyon trails because there are homeless encampments everywhere. They clean them up but they are back in no time. They built a brand new library downtown a few years ago and it is nothing more than a sleeping space for homeless and addicts.

        They start fires. They have bike chop shops. They walk across freeways in the middle of the night and get killed. They are hiding out at one of our river beds and polluting the river. Every 6 months the city hauls out tons and tons of garbage. They defecate in broad daylight on neighborhood streets.

        I can concur the problem with the homeless is tremendous and no one knows what to do about it. I cannot fathom why the liberals in this state want to let in more illegals and give them rights and entitlements. It is just too much to bear.

        The illegals are not quite as bad as the homeless, but it takes a lot of money to support them. And then they are always waving the Mexican flag around–for “their” rights and entitlement programs.

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:51 pm #

          It seems that many liberals are not concerned about the burdens created by illegal immigration or homelessness. They have already established one-party rule in California and the demographic change their policies have resulted in cement that one-party rule forever.

  22. janet November 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    “Nobility. Entitled to advantage as a consequence of birth not good works. Think Chelsea, W., and Jeb.” —JohnAZ

    Donald got $413 million from his father. Shouldn’t we also think about nepotism? Think Donald, Ivanka, Barron, etc.

    Barron. That is a nice noble name, isn’t it?

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      I am not a mind reader, but ignorant tripe like this is probably what it is getting your comments sent to the garbage can. I could be wrong, but I strongly suspect it.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

      On NOV 10, Janet wrote,

      “Whataboutism is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. It is a way to distract from Trump’s crimes, Republican voter suppression, etc.”

      You just violated your own rule, Janet.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

        Like I have said a gazillion times on another website:

        Trying to explain “principles”, or right vs. wrong, to a Democrat, is like trying to explain to a bad, cheating, metal folding-chair using, pants-pulling-down wrestler why he didn’t win the WWF Belt fairly.
        He is not able to understand what you are going on about. All he knows is, that he won the match and belt, and if his girl friend jumped into the ring and whacked the good wrestler over the head with a chair while the referee wasn’t looking- – -well, what difference does that make??? After all, he has the belt. Isn’t that all that matters???” Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

          Yes, Alba coined the term “whataboutism” to my trying to test the inherent principle in her claims.

          I just did it above by asking whether those who cry for White Genocide should be put to death like Streicher. And yes, they react like Vampires who have seen a cross.

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

            Nope, my word is ‘whataboutery’ and I didn’t coin it. It’s a very current term all over the place.

            And I’m not a ‘Democrat’, although I’m a democrat, so don’t include me in whatever your definition of American ‘liberalism’ is.

            I consider your Democratic party to be a shower of useless wasters, FWIW.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

            You have a common condition, then. Feel better?

          • GreenAlba November 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

            Your insults don’t bother me, Janos. I’d have to respect your opinion for that to happen.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 25, 2018 at 12:13 am #

            I know that. Not matter how logical my arguments or insightful my observations, they all leave you cold and unconvinced. What does move you – and move you greatly – is group consensus. In other words, if a bunch of people start agreeing with me, you find a way to agree too – with them, not me of course. As for the Truth of the matter in question, in reality you couldn’t care less.

            As I said, Six months and you would be wholly ours. All resistance not just ended, but forgotten!

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 10:14 am #

            More of your typical unreason and calumny, Janos – although if you tell me it comes from a place of poor understanding instead, I may give you the benefit of the doubt. But I understand your need to believe your own propaganda.

            That part comes from your vestigial religious belief, which has morphed into something else entirely. Not everyone needs to believe their own propaganda – some are more cynical.

            I can only think of a couple of things on which I agree with you, and that agreement comes from my own prior convictions.

            But tell yourself what you will. Your life, as you have chosen to live it, rather depends on it.

    • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

      “Barron. That is a nice noble name, isn’t it?”

      Janet,
      Unless piteously descriptive of a matron….

    • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      I agree with you about nepotism and Trump. Maybe he inherited through the gifting mechanism lots of money from his dad, but he used it and grew his business with his own wiles.

      With the negative environment around about Hillary using her personal email for government business, I do not understand the dumb stunt by Ivanka doing the same thing. Her timng was immaculate.

    • BackRowHeckler November 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      What we need is one of those unsayable African names Black Families in urban ghettos give to their kids, the kind of names that say ‘F You’ to whitey and guarantee the bundle of joy will be unemployable decades into the future.

      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

        I once worked with a young Russian guy who had learned Black English instead of standard. He has a weird cadence, often speaking very low and fast, etc. A business major. I often had to ask him to repeat himself. Boy, was he ever in trouble.

      • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

        Here is a funny, easy one: L-A

        Prounounced: Ladasha

        • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

          …Chlorene

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

            She’s really into pool parties :-).

  23. NoLongerHuman November 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    Hmm did we consider that media companies took in billions in ad spend dollars during the Fall election cycle. Would a heated idealogical feud insure more spend. Do we really think the media is a disintrested party in insuring the duality of the Right Left argument is stronger than ever

  24. NoLongerHuman November 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    The Golden Golem is the first reality TV President with all the phoney drama and quick editing that a nation of over indulgent, constantly distracted residents of this collapsing nation needed

    His constant barrage of seemingly miscalulated misteps makes certain that they’ll never look up from their shiney toys and see themselves living in post dystopia

    Happy Black Friday

  25. janet November 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    WalterB: “it’s own population will always accept it’s value, they have no choice.“

    It’s own population does have a choice and more and more people are using barter and token exchange.

  26. janet November 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    “Mueller will never so much as mention the Clintons.“ —oilie

    Trump’s DOJ has a mandate related to collusion with Russia to undermine the 2016 election. If Hillary did that to undermine her own election, then Mueller can go after her. My money is on Trump.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      Hey, can we get some muscle over here??? (Melissa Click)

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

        Clickbait. Need more parentheseses.

    • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      >>> Trump’s DOJ has a mandate related to collusion with Russia to undermine the 2016 election.

      Wrong. The focus of the mandate is entirely on Trump. His name is mentioned; Hillary’s name is not. This is one of many facts proving that this investigation was entirely political from the get-go.

      Our new acting AG needs to investigate Hillary with the same vigor and intensity that Mueller has reserved for Trump. Once the shoe is on the other foot, we will see a dramatically different narrative from the Left regarding these investigations. Currently, the Left seems intent to let Mueller’s mandate go on indefinitely. Will they feel the same when it’s “Hillary’s turn”?

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

        His name is mentioned; Hillary’s name is not.

        Those indicted, those tried and convicted in a court of law do not have to be named in the DOJ investigation mandate. It’s kind of understood that is what an investigation is for. Hillary does not have to be named in the mandate… but she does have to have commited a criminal act. There is no evidence that has ever been entered into court pleadings. Provide a court link or it didn’t happen.

        • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

          Janet, I’ll bet at the last coven gathering you and Hillary did a little naked dance in the moonlight, singing a song along the lines of “They can’t prove anything; we can’t be touched, Lord Lucifer protects us.”

          The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but God will not be mocked. You and Hillary will get all you deserve.

      • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

        >>> There is no evidence that has ever been entered into court

        >>> Provide a court link or it didn’t happen.

        Straw man. No one is arguing that evidence against Hillary has been submitted to a court. In fact we all agree that the opposite has happened: evidence has conspicuously NOT been submitted to a grand jury.

        So it seems we all agree that there is evidence of Hillary’s guilt, and that it hasn’t been pursued.

        • Walter B November 23, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

          Yet the idiots needed no such proof to string up Kavanagh, did they? “Why would she lie?” and “I believe her”, were their cries. They insist that that they say is proof, what we say is BS. They are worthless in viable conversation. They exist only to harass, and as harassers, should be deleted permanently, if a place is to retain its value. .

    • RB November 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

      We should be grateful for ANY help in keeping the Clintons from the White House. Seems some powerful people in the DOJ and the intel community were working mighty hard on behalf of the shrew.

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

        Seems? You have no proof? Are the alphabet agencies partisan and serve the interests of the executive? They swore an oath… to the Constitution. They don’t flip flop depending on who is in the white house. They are not partisan political party hacks. They defend the country against threats… foreign and Domestic.

        • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

          Enemy identification is the problem here. The biggest enemies of this republic are domestic and global, both liberal and both bent on destroying the liberty and consequent responsibility of the American people in favor of a socialist state. A pox on the Democratic Party and the globalist forces that fund and support it.

          • janet November 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

            You are just upset bceause the American people are freely electing socialists to congress, something you probably thought would never happen. I am happy we will have more diversity of opinion. I do not wish a pox on conservatives and Republicans and Libertarians because we need all the brain power we can marshall to solve our problems. I’m glad for any nonviolent solutions you have to offer.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

            And the Republicans? Not Globalists? Most are via Capitalism.

          • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

            >>> bceause the American people are freely electing socialists to congress, something you probably thought would never happen.

            Socialists? So far, all I see is an unqualified idiot who can’t even name the three branches of government. That’s “branches”, btw, not “chambers”.

            America has been electing idiots for centuries. Nothing new there.

          • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

            Ah yes, fresh faced socialists in Congress like the big brained Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who can’t name the three branches of government. Oh but it gets better. She then blames her shortcomings on “drooling Republicans”.

            You can’t make this stuff up. Tell us how proud you are of her, Janet!

            dailywire.com/news/38491/watch-ocasio-cortez-has-no-idea-what-3-branches-ryan-saavedra

          • EvelynV November 23, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

            They have very little brain power to offer and all of our problems would be easier to solve with their obstructionist ways no longer blocking the path. The GOP has forever disgraced itself by enabling the Ghastly Greedy Ghoul as they have.

        • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

          >>> You have no proof?

          Here ya go. Proof of the very collusion that Mueller has been searching for, and it was just a Google search away the entire time.

        • RB November 23, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

          Who needs proof? There is ample evidence which does not matter to you. But, like Judge Kavanaugh, the culprits are guilty because I say so. Who needs evidence? But, give me 2 years and multi-millions of dollars expense account and I will dig up something.

  27. BackRowHeckler November 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    The nation may be unravelling in many different ways, true enough, but I had the news on this morning when I got home from work and it was a solid hour of puppies being saved, soup kitchens open serving hearty Thanksgiving meals, happy families reunited (biggest travel day of the year, all previous records broken) flowers being delivered, and the all encompassing excitement of a ‘Black Friday’ shopping spree. (The only fly in the ointment was a report that 26% of happy shoppers have not paid the bill for last years christmas shopping spree as of yet)

    Apparently nothing to worry about on the homefront. All is well.

    brh

  28. janet November 23, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    “The Negros and MS13’ers will be coming after us soon enough. I feel ok though in my little world.“

    Whew! You should feel OK about non-existent threats. That is a sign of mental well-being. Me? I am going to invite them in for tea.

    • BackRowHeckler November 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

      First thing those tatooed MS 13 members will do is skin your cats.

      Then they’ll skin you.

      brh

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

        Fear operates in your mind in an imagined future.

        Besides, cats have a calming effect.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

      No, you won’t actually do that. Most Liberals have a very healthy sense of self preservation.

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

        Janos, Trump deported every member of MS-13 on his first day in office just as he promised… in order to get your vote. My cats are safe, thanks to Mr. Pussy Grabber in Chief.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

          So where are you going to find tea guests? The Black ghetto maybe?

        • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

          What happened to the ponderously data heavy Janet? Today, we have the shit talking Janet. I always suspected you were a team of paid disinfo agents. Which agency? Oh, don’t want to tell?

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

      Criminals be criminal. You are what you are janet. Nasty has no shame. Feel good while it lasts sweetheart!

  29. outsider November 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

    The GOP-held Congress has had two years to subpoena the likes of Comey, Loretta Lynch, and others. Now they’re trying to get them to testify before their Xmas holiday, after which Pelosi and company will take over the House. What happens when they ignore the subpoenas? Nada. They are null and void when the new Congress commences.

    • pequiste November 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

      Give Outsider a cigar!

      Great timing is everything.

  30. janet November 23, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    Bingo!

    Trump has pissed away two years of control of congress and has one major legislative bill … and that one was to benefit his billionaire friends at the expense of the 99% and increasing the deficits and increasing the national debt.

    I remember when increasing the deficit was paintedas Obama harming our poor little innocent grandchildren. Now Republicans don’t seem to care about the children.

  31. tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

    John Chau suffered the arrows of outrageous self righteousness and zany zealotry. He wanted to bring the Gospel and Jesus to the remote North Sentinel Islanders, with little regard for their well being.

    Now the Indians are trying to recover the body, interfering further with these primitive people. Just can’t leave well enough alone. And also just what we need, a group of newly converted bible thumpers killing the non thumpers.

    Got what he deserved. Why didn’t Jesus protect him? I know, it’s all in God’s plan. A mindless, reckless, religious pip squeak of a proselytizer.

    • janet November 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

      “Got what he deserved. Why didn’t Jesus protect him?”

      Not only did he get what he deserved, he got what he wanted. And how do know if he is with Jesus right now for eternity… successfully achieving his goal.

      You must believe you are you physical body and death is the end.

      • tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

        It’s kind of scary, but right now I carry the freight of the fright. I’m more of a pantheist, and find religion to be a delusional sedative, calming fears of death, the unknown, and the void. Not to say that that’s a bad thing. I respect the beliefs of people, and recognize the fact that being human is not easy, especially when the end is near.

    • BackRowHeckler November 23, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

      Reminds me of Michael Rockefeller, who was in New guinea in 1961 to collect art and take pics of the primitive Asmat tribe.

      He ended up getting eaten by the primitive Asmat people.

      See ‘Savage Harvest’ by Carl Hoffman.

      brh

      • tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

        Thanks BRH. Carl must have gone with some good protection. It’s gruesome, but you wonder what body parts are considered delicacies.

      • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

        There was a decades long hurt to find his skull and bones apparently. Good story.

        • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

          From what I’ve read in the past, researchers were able to get a few of the tribes members to more or less say that these or those bone totems were most likely M.R. Still have not read that book proper.

  32. Pucker November 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    Apparently, when General Grant and the Yankee soldiers liberated the Plantations in the Deep South, they were literally greeted by the weeping slaves akin to Biblical heroes like Moses in the Bible. (Interestingly, General Sherman who originated from Louisiana and who admired Southern culture seemed to find the freed slaves following his army a bit burdensome and “annoying”.) I read that in one instance shortly after Appomattox Lincoln told a group of black “Freedmen” that he was not a god. Because of the Yankee Experience in the Deep South during the Civil War the Yankees may have acquired a very delusional view of themselves? This delusion may have progressively worn off over time during Reconstruction as the Yankees learned over time that effectively integrating the freed slaves into American society in that context was going to be extremely challenging, if not another Utopian pipe dream?

    • BornToKillPeace November 23, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

      General Sherman was from Ohio from what I recall, but living and working in Louisiana right before the war began. When one of his southern associates bragged to him that the southerns would easily win the war, Sherman told him he was a lunatic.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

      John Muir was used to sleeping rough. But when in post-war Atlanta, he was afraid of marauding freed Negroes so he slept in the graveyard. Black are always afraid of Ghosts. Old films had them turning white at the sight of one or of the Klan. No doubt this is an exaggeration.

    • jdhines November 24, 2018 at 11:50 am #

      Pucker,

      Minor correction: “William Tecumseh Sherman was born to a prominent family in Lancaster, Ohio, on February 8, 1820, one of 11 children. His father, Charles Sherman, was a successful lawyer and Ohio Supreme Court justice.”

      However: “He first saw action against the Seminole Indians in Florida and had numerous assignments through Georgia and South Carolina, where he became acquainted with many of the Old South’s most respected families.”

      “In 1859, William T. Sherman was headmaster at a military academy in Louisiana. He proved to be an effective administrator and popular with the community. As sectional tensions rose, Sherman warned his secessionist friends that a war would be long and bloody, with the North eventually winning.”

      Unfortunately, the south still hasn’t gotten-over that ass whupping so many years ago. Can’t we all just get along? Oh, BTW, too bad about that recent ass whupping earlier this month. Pity you CFN’ers see things so…. can we say, incorrectly?

      Best,
      JDH

  33. tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    Here she comes again, up to what ?

    yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-europe-needs-tougher-210558036.html

    She now has the House. Had a 3 million vote plurality. Many hate her, but many love her. Trump is tarnished. Considering the nature of the voting population, could it be in 2020?

    • janet November 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

      Yes, Hillary can defeat Trump (or Pence as the case may be) in 2020.

      • tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

        The border is our destiny. If Trump fails there, he loses the nation in the long term, and many of his voters in the short term.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

          Yes, the Hispanics and their cousins, the Brazilians, have most of South America, Central America, and Mexico. Now they want the rest of North America. They have enough and we must deny these rapacious people even another foot of America and Canada.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

            Yes the Church drives me crazy when they quote the verse about kindness to the THE stranger – as if millions of aliens marching in columns that stretch to the horizon is “the” or “a” stranger.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

            They are using our hearts against us as you know when they talk about the Stranger. They do that with our entire faith. The Devil recites the Bible and can appear as an Angel of Light.

      • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

        By 2020 campaigning with Hillary be be like ‘Weekend at Bernie’s”. Big guys dragging around a corpse and hoping no one notices. But before then I hope to see her in orange and wearing shackles.

        • janet November 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

          Wearing shackles for which statute violation? Trump has not prosecuted her because she has always obeyed the law. You have to break the law, and be convicted, before you get to wear state supplied orange clothes (which she would rock, btw)

          • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

            “she has always obeyed the law” – another Janet lie.

            Even Comey in 2016 admitted Hillary violated the laws regarding handling classified information. But he decided to give her a pass because she’s such a nice lady and intended no harm. (And being members of the same secret cult which holds blackmail material on one and all, may have also been a factor in the decision not to prosecute)

        • tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

          H, you never know. The Zombie craze is still strong.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

            I am secretly working on a vaccine ;-).

      • Q. Be the Plan November 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

        Hillary is not material.

        Q.

        • hmuller November 24, 2018 at 11:20 am #

          Hillary should be material for garden composting.

  34. Q. Be the Plan November 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    ….only the crisis of ignorance.
    got-truth.com/docs/Thus%20spoke%20Tom%20Bill%20and%20Robert.pdf

    Q,

  35. tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    The Satanic Temple and Baphomet bedevil Netflix and Sabrina:

    yahoo.com/finance/news/netflix-smokes-50-million-peace-150700750.html

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Dropped Netflix when the Obamas took over. Eight years was enough. No money for them!

  36. tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    JHK is mentioned on ZeroHedge today, and see the Tijuana mayor’s hat near the bottom.

    zerohedge.com/

  37. janet November 23, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    “Trump is tarnished.” —tucsonspur

    No, Trump is perfect. He helped flip 39 seats from Republican to Democrat. Trump is the greatest!

    • janet November 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

      Except : *** Trump should stop dissing the military. Members of SEAL Team 6 deserve respect. Semper Fi!

      • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

        Would that be the Seal Team your globalist friends murdered in a helo crash so they couldn’t talk about what really happened during the so-called raid on Osama bin Laden?

    • tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      Yes, Trump is better than Obama. Look at 2010. Osama lost 6 Senate seats and 63 House seats. Balack got shellacked.

  38. Pucker November 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    One of President Grant’s pet projects which was never realized (along with General Grant invading Alabama through Mobile) was to buy San Domingo. The US Congress balked basically on the basis that the US didn’t need more black people. I suspect that there was some corruption underlying that deal? President pushed the purchase of San Domingo repeatedly during his presidency, at least 5 times, which looks suspicious. President Grant was surrounded by a dubious corrupt cast of characters. Moreover, Grant was purportedly gullible and easily duped, particularly after his handler, Rawlins, died. I think that at time the Caribbean country of San Domingo may have included the entire island of Hispaniola, which includes what is today both the Dominican Republic and Haiti? That President Grant repeatedly lobbied for the US to purchase San Domingo is a bit weird and may have included some corruption? I read a book on the history of Haiti many years ago. Haiti had an especially brutal history of Slave exploitation under the French which makes the American Experience with slavery look like happy motoring. The average life expectancy of a Haitian Slave was 5 years as it was most profitable to work the Slave to death and then import a new one. That President Grant contemplated introducing that African/French cultural nightmare with a different language and cultural experience into the American milieu would Thank have been a total disaster. Thank God the US Congress stopped him. Good Lord!

    • BackRowHeckler November 23, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

      But they’re pretty good baseball players, in fact dominate the major leagues right now

      MLB baseball started in 1876, Grants last year in office. Maybe that’s what he was thinking of. Bring in some talent.

      The entire Dominican nation has moved up to Northeast Mass. at any rate, Lowell and Lawrence. Very rarely do you hear english spoken in those cities any longer.

      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

        Cheap labor, literally. The Great American Pass time proved just as greedy and “American” as everything else. White Fans are the Turkeys who watch and pay for tickets.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

      Jefferson met White refugees, survivors of the White genocide in Haiti. It only hardened his resolve that the Blacks must be sent out of America “beyond the danger of mixture”.

      And the Ignorant think that “racism” isn’t American! The Left makes fools of them easily and all the time. The answer is not to deny but to proudly assert!

      • malthuss November 24, 2018 at 11:50 am #

        I posted up thread to you, about so called hate speech.

  39. Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    No man is above the Law? One man is: the Juror. He votes on the Law when he votes. Don’t believe the Liars in Robes and Suits: the Juror has every right to let a criminal off if the law that convicts him is wrong.

    “The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, 1789

    “The law itself is on trial quite as much as the cause which is to be decided.” Harlan F Stone, 12th Chief Justice U.S Supreme Court, 1941

    “The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both law and fact.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S Supreme Court, 1902

    Needless to say, the nine Nazgul we have now comprise a Sanhedrin who hate free men with a passion and have suppressed this part of our heritage.

    • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

      It’s been a while since I graduated law school, but I was taught that even a trial judge can set aside a jury verdict he considers contrary to the facts.

      • hmuller November 23, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

        Meaning judges can nullify jury nulification – just to be clear.

        • elysianfield November 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

          Hmuller,
          Yes, and innocence is no remedy at appeal for those found guilty…or so I’m told….

        • Janos Skorenzy November 23, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

          The whole system needs to be hung then. Perhaps on the Liberty Tree. The Tree is so, so very thirsty now….

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

            I keep hearing that phrase or similar…that the Tree is thirsty.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

            I think it was Jefferson who said: The Tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of Tyrants and Patriots. Not an exact quote.

            The Revolutionaries in Boston and perhaps elsewhere, used to meet under a certain Tree, which become known as “The Liberty Tree.”

          • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

            Gee, seriously I didn’t realize that it is based on a literal tree. I thought it was figurative. I’m going to look it up. See, you really do learn something new ever day.

  40. SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

    Just put up the Christmas Tree and the Christmas decorations. Bright, sparkly lights and shiny things make me happy :-).

    • tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      A little early? Is it artificial? I go for those old fashioned, multi colored bulbs. You hate to take the tree down.

    • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

      This one is artificial but I may get a real one later. Two is better than one lol. I was in the mood for white, red and green lights this year but I like the multi-colored lights too :-).

      I used to keep a tree up all year and decorate it for each holiday. My favorite was the Easter Tree. Then one day my mom came over and was like “Enough of the Tree”!!

      • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

        Christmas trees in Germany are trimmed with clear lights, and they are spectacular in their simplicity.

        • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

          Do you like tinsel?

          • capt spaulding November 23, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

            Tinsel is pretty on our Christmas trees, but after seeing the German ones, I realized that sometimes less is more. If you start out simple and it looks beautiful, then you should stop before you ruin the effect.

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

            I was going to say that tinsel would go well with white lights.
            Or glass ornaments instead of the tinsel. To keep it sweet and simple.

          • GreenAlba November 24, 2018 at 10:21 am #

            Yep, less is definitely more when it comes to Christmas trees.

            Not good to over egg the pudding. Law of diminishing returns strikes yet again…

          • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 11:34 am #

            Do you put up a Christmas Tree Alba? I still like the Easter Tree the best :-). I also put together a Valentine’s Tree one year, but otherwise did Mardi Gras for that particular season.

          • GreenAlba November 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

            We only have a tree at Christmas over here, SSL. I’ve gone from coloured lights to clear lights and back again a couple of times. Sometimes it just depends on the size of the tree and the length of the cables with the lights!

            I’ve quit with the tinsel though – looks much better without, I think, and my current tree is quite small so it’s easy to overdo it.

            I’ve never heard of a tree for anything other than Christmas. To be honest, once a year is enough for me. I like it when it’s there but I’m happy when it’s gone too, all the kerfuffle is over, and I can start looking forward to the days lengthening. My kerfuffle tolerance is limited these days 🙂 .

          • Janos Skorenzy November 24, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

            I’ve never heard of Easter Trees. What denomination are you? Or is it a Louisiana thing?

          • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

            It’s not really a Louisiana thing :-). It’s just something I enjoyed doing. White, green, pink, and gold lights. I would decorate it with tinsel Easter garland and glass egg ornaments. The last church I went to was non-denominational, almost Pentecostal really, but without the strict dress code and all. I haven’t been to church in a while.

          • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

            Alba, my mom only does a small tree now too and I decorate it and her house for her too lol. She doesn’t like the hassle either anymore but I love to do it :-). Like I say, anything to break up the routines.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 25, 2018 at 12:19 am #

            I went to an Assembly of God a few times and they spoke in tongues. I could do it too – but I don’t think what was going on was what the Apostles experienced. Probably some kind of hysteria. Nice folks though.

          • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 2:03 am #

            I know what you mean. I think it may be like hysteria too in a way :-). Very good intentioned people though. I struggle with sometimes actually trying to dapple in Wicca. So I have to pray and read the Bible a lot.

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

            I love a big tree, SSL, and did have one one year when I moved into this flat, but my livingroom has become somewhat multifunctional and the logistics don’t lend themselves to a big tree. Nor does the greyhound, probably.

            I live in a jolly street like this one, though…

            jenniferthomson.com/uploads/6/5/4/6/65469689/705240_orig.jpg

            Mine’s on the bottom and has geraniums on the windowsill just like the one on the right. My Christmas tree will be in the bay window and I get to see everyone else’s too. So now you can picture it – just like this but dark by 4pm because it’s Scotland and December 🙂 . We get payback in summer.

          • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

            I’m sure it’s going to be really pretty. Wow dark at 4PM is early! Do you get the midnight sun in the summer?

          • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

            Not quite, since we’re not THAT far north, but it can be reasonable daylight at 10pm at the height of the summer!

        • pequiste November 23, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

          The venerable Teutonic “tannenbaum” and all its traditions, including the music, is soon to be proscribed by the Dhimmi-German government of Angela Merkel and approved by the Council of Mosques so as not to offend any Muslim sensibilities.

          youtube.com/watch?v=PFpGoB9YTsw

          Will the Bosch permit this to happen or instead vote for the AfD party?

          • SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

            Angela Merkel is shameful and a symbol of everything that is wrong with Western Civilization.

  41. tucsonspur November 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    Seems that Grant may have entertained some of Lincoln’s ideas, and wanted to export rather than import those blacks:

    blogs.britannica.com/2009/01/9-deport-blacks-to-santo-domingo-the-10-worst-decisions-by-us-president…

  42. FincaInTheMountains November 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    Fourth Reich and Russia

    The entire Russian infotaiment is built on the choice between the desire of Russia to be friends with Europe against America and the desire of Russia to be friends with China against America and Europe.

    The second option seems reasonable enough if we forget that the inhabitants of the Celestial Empire are not generally friendly with the barbarians, and that their success is connected with the Communist Party, which is still in power and in Chinese schools, the history of Russia after Stalin’s death is studied as a series of continuous betrayals not only of all its allies and friends, but also of themselves.

    But the friendship with the Reich against the United States seems to be an absolute historical madness, if you do not assume that this is a special operation of all kinds of intelligence services of the European Union.

    In the end, in all history textbooks in the West it is written that the Otto’s Reich originated as a quasi-religious formation, whose historical task is to resist the invasion of Slavic and Hungarian pagans by enslaving them, and if we scrape from their textbooks all kinds of Reich’s and Crusader’s propaganda, it immediately becomes clear that, starting from the very first Reich and from the very first Crusade, by paganism they understand Orthodoxy.

    But even if not having to hunt in the chronological dust of History and remembering only the headlines of the newspapers over the past 5 years, you really need to be blind not to notice the following facts:

    Gorbachev was bought over by Kohl from the English, and after he destroyed the Berlin Wall, his former muster, Margaret Thatcher, refused seeing in her house her favorite Judas, marked by a spot on his head.

    This means that his switchover was completed at the latest in October 1988, the final recruitment was carried out by “friend Helmut” in Moscow in October 24-27, and in Bonn Gorbachev arrived on June 12, 1989 as an agent of BND, not an agent of MI6.

    That is, the meeting of Gorbachev and Reagan in New York in December 1988 took place between the US President and the agent of Germany, which was then occupied by the US troops, and the Chancellor Act was not an empty piece of paper.

    And the capitulation of the USSR in Malta on 2-3 December 1989 on behalf of the USSR was signed by an agent of Germany a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which Reagan declared in his famous speech against the desperate resistance of Margaret Thatcher, as the necessary precondition to end of the Cold War.

    And the “Final Settlement Treaty with respect to Germany”, which could not be anything other than the refusal of USSR all rights of the Nazi Germany winner in World War II, on behalf of the already capitulated USSR signed by Gorbachev on September 12, 1990, and this means that capitulation on Malta was not unconditional, since otherwise this treaty would have no effect.

    Naturally, the West accuses Putin of violating this surrender, hypocritically trying to cover up this erected organ of its domination with the fig leaf of the Budapest Memorandum, and Putin replies that the West has not stopped the Cold War after surrender, that is, violated the terms of surrender, and Putin by this statement indirectly confirmed that such surrender took place, that he knows about it and is ready to reckon with it if the Final Settlement Agreement for Germany is canceled, including the refusal to pay reparations for the Second World War.

    This oil painting is complemented by such important and well-known circumstances, as the fact that Theresa May was the main opponent of Brexit, and the opposition now directly accuses her of conducting Brexit as an agent of the European Union.

    And Hillary Clinton’s election campaign in 2016 and the midterm elections in 2018, which have not ended so far, were funded by the Fourth Reich through the Clinton Foundation, and the investigation of this Foundation, which Trump is trying to conduct through the still Republican House of Representatives, is a response to the recounts of the results of the midterm elections after the elections, and in combination with the appointment of Whittaker, the success of this attempt will mean not only the confirmation of the Big Bargain, but also the agreement of the parties to the exposure of Hillary Clinton as an agent of the European Union and Saudi Arabia.

    Under the circumstances, the contradictions between the United States and Europe are the main driving force of the current development, and the unfortunate Russian citizens manipulated by the quasi-Russian media do not even suspect that by their desire to be friends with Europe against the United States, they sign under replacing Putin with the Medvedev’s government, and depriving themselves of pensions, remnants of free medicine and education, the elimination of Russian science and culture, and any prospects for their children, since Medvedev has no money for them and won’t ever have, even if the Trump’s USA recognize taking of Crimea as Russia’s legitimate reaction to the Maidan provoked by the European Union (which Putin has repeatedly said) and support the abolition of the aforementioned agreement on final settlement with Germany, and Germany will start paying reparations for the World War II to the descendants of those who broke the neck of Nazism and Maidan coup in Kiev, which was an act of war of the European Union against historical Russia.

    By the way, Germany should also be interested in such an outcome, since it can only pay reparations as a highly developed country, and not the ruins of itself ala Ukraine, if the Clintonoids still bring the matter to war and the Morgenthau Plan will still be implemented.

    Paradoxically, this over-aggressive formation, which has already started three world wars, achieves outstanding successes in civil life, but invariably loses wars, which it itself undertakes.

  43. Pucker November 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

    “…it’s dishonest and in bad faith to pretend that women do not have any sexual power over men.”

    JHK

    Female Chinese Roller Derby Kung Fu Warrior round house kicks white bloke: She’s not wearing any panties. She goes up for the kick and the bloke is mesmerized at the sight of her beaver and she smashes him upside the head and over the guard railing to the frenzied apoplectic cheers of the crowd. Beautiful!!!!!

  44. janet November 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

    The gimme attitude pervades this country —JohnAZ

    Yeah, the rich have the same attitude: gimme my mortgage interest deduction for big houses and second homes. Gimme the yacht tax deduction. Gimme deductions on expenses from renting a home, including repairs, advertising, HOA fees and — again — mortgage interest. Gimme deductions for talking business over an expensive dinner… makes food stamps look puny. Imagine that the tab for dinner and drinks for 10 executives comes to $1,600. Current tax law allows companies to deduct half of the cost of business meals — in this case, $800. With a corporate tax rate of 35 percent, each dollar of deductions yields 35 cents of tax savings — so that $800 deduction saves $280 in taxes. This means one dinner for 10 people provides more public food assistance than the $279 an average household receives in food stamps for the whole month.

    Gimme attitude is entrenched in the rich. They feel entitled cause their lawyers and lobbyists got their handouts made legal. But somebody pays, right? No such thing as a tax deducted free lunch.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 23, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

      You know the difference between the English and the Jews?

      The English leave without saying goodbye, the Jews say goodbye and don’t leave.

      Jane is definitely Jewish.

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

        Social justice warriors are persistent. See Emma Goldman, Harriet Tubman, etc. My sisters. Deal with it.

      • PeteAtomic November 23, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

        “the Jews say goodbye and don’t leave.”

        omg lol

    • JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

      You are right, so am I. Non productive gimme people of all sorts are throttling this country. My issue is we do not need to import any more. California is proof of the pudding on that. They will continue their downslide tomorrow. And the next day. They are a glimpse of what the country is heading towards. Why? Unlimited immigration, the state does not generate enough capital to support the caseload of people. They are starting to outnumber people who generate wealth. When that happens, watch out. All the dire predictions will start to take place.

      • Anon1970 November 24, 2018 at 11:28 am #

        A lot of startup companies in California have included immigrants among their founders or investment capital provided by immigrants e.g. Ebay, Google, Facebook, PayPal. It is the fly over states which are having the worst economic problems these days. In the news today, the late Aretha Franklin’s 5,600 sq. ft. brick home next to the Detroit Golf Club has sold for only $300,000. In a similar neighborhood of fine 1920’s homes in Los Angeles or the SF Bay area, the price would be many millions of dollars. Detroit’s problem is not that it has too many immigrants.

        • malthuss November 24, 2018 at 11:55 am #

          One handsome young Australian moved to Detroit. Lured by
          Cheap house and apartment building costs.

          A black tenant killed him.

          Detroits problem is illiterate, lazy Blacks.

          • Anon1970 November 24, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

            So why would Republican politicians want to make it more difficult for poor black women and girls to terminate their pregnancies?

          • hmuller November 25, 2018 at 10:54 am #

            Anon1970, are you saying killing millions of black Americans before they see the light of day is a good thing or a bad thing?

            Your brief comment could be interpreted to imply either viewpoint.

        • malthuss November 24, 2018 at 11:56 am #

          Theres outrageous stuff about Ms Franklin online. NOT a nice person.

          ARETHA……………..

          MY step daughter got stiffed by arethra
          the queen came in with her party of three and ran my baby nearly to ground!
          for four fucking hours she waited on the queen and her court, stepping and fetching…the bill came to $1586.00, and no fucking tip!

          in the meantime, a couple of the twats with her were running a separate bar bill…400 dollars worth! the bartender ate the whole damn check.
          I remember a Detroit-area radio show from a few years ago. The guys were talking about something Aretha Franklin had done, and various building and home-improvement contractors started calling in. She and her clan were well known for stiffing contractors by not paying for work done.

          her life was an interesting one. There are several points to glean from it, notably the immorality/amorality of blacks in general; the sexual and other shenanigans of black clergy-who, as a whole, make pedo Catholic priests look like amateurs, and the self-inflicted chaos and dysfunction of black families, which has been their main obstacle to getting anywhere in life—and which was a hot mess long before LBJ and the Great Society, as in Aretha’s case.

          Her dad, famed preacher C.L Franklin, had his father desert the family when he was four. He grew up and was briefly married-there was no record of a divorce-they just split up.
          He then married a woman, who already had a son from another relationship. They had four kids including rethra.

          During that time, Daddy-a 25 year old married minister, fathered a child with one of his parishoners, who happened to be 12 years old at the time.

          Aretha’s mother eventually got fed up with the rev’s many infidelities, and deserted him and their 4 kids, taking her son and moving out of state.

          Aretha had a child herself at age 12, meaning that she came close to being impregnated at 11. She had a second kid-from a different sperm donor, at 14. At 15 she dropped out of school. At 19 she married a man who allegedly made his living as a pimp.
          Good thing she could “sing”.

    • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

      >>> Gimme the yacht tax deduction.

      Deduction? Why have a yacht tax in the first place? The government shouldn’t be in the lifestyle choice taxation business.

      >>> Gimme attitude is entrenched in the rich.

      Apparently, janet has never met a gimmigrant. She’s never met a multi-generational welfare family (that’s a family that’s been on welfare for many generations—like a right of passage passed down from parents to children to grandchildren, and so on).

      Whether it’s corporate welfare, cyclical social welfare—a warped sense of entitlement isn’t limited to any particular economic group.

      • Anon1970 November 24, 2018 at 11:41 am #

        I don’t know a single Canadian immigrant to the US (and I do know a few) who moved to the US for welfare benefits. My guess is that billionaire Jeff Skoll (born in Canada) is one of the largest taxpayers in California and the US.

        • Exscotticus November 24, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

          A “yacht tax” is typical socialist ignorance on how the world works. Taxes are not simply paid; they modify behavior. For example, Amsterdam looks the way it does because 16th century Dutch idiots levied taxes based on the width of homes. So, naturally, people built narrow homes to avoid the tax.

          And a tax on yachts? That will mean fewer yachts sold, which doesn’t hurt the wealthy, who will simply buy some other toy, but it sure will hurt the middle class workers who build yachts.

          Socialists are job killers extraordinaire. That’s the real reason behind all these migrant caravans. They’re not fleeing unspecified “violence”; they’re looking for economic opportunities, because their shithole socialist governments have virtually destroyed all commerce.

  45. JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

    Hillary can beat Trump! She could not beat Obama, or Trump. I notice that she does believe that illegal immigration and other forms of unwarranted migration needs to stop to prevent the upsurge in reactive populism and nationalism.

    She is wise enough to see what illegal immigration is doing to the country, how the economic destruction is creating the Trump anti-Deep State base. She and her husband along with a bunch of Democrats in the 90’s said the same thing, we must control immigration.

    Does not sound like a main stream Democrat today, she has too much sense to be a Progressive. She will never beat Trump as a Progressive like 2016. And by the way, the vast majority of votes against Pelosi and her California gang ran as moderates.

    Well, Janet, where do your loyalties lie?

    • janet November 23, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

      Pelosi is now in line to become president should anything happen to Trump and Pence.

    • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

      JohnAZ, it doesn’t matter what Hillary says NOW because she’s a lying mendacious pragmatist. The Hillary that is now coming out against immigration is the same Hillary that in 2016 vowed to instantly turn 65,000 stone-age Syrians into all-expenses-paid refugees—fully funded by USA taxpayers struggling to provide for their own families.

      Compare that to Trump, who campaigned against illegal immigration in 2016, and is keeping his promise in 2018.

      Who knows what a 2020 Hillary we’ll end up with. The pro-immigration Hillary of 2016? Or the anti-immigration Hillary of 2018? Flip… flop!

      Trump alone has remained steadfast in honoring his commitments—something unheard of in POTUS politics. The Left knows this which is why they desperately try to convince us that Trump is some kind of colossal liar. Their fake “fact-checkers” tally up bogus counts that include things like: Trump said there were 10,000 people at his rally when in fact there were only 9,999 people! LIAR!

      Trump—alone—has questioned why we have over 30,000 troops in Germany, and none stopping an invasion on our southern border that now numbers 20 million and counting!

      • FincaInTheMountains November 24, 2018 at 7:23 am #

        it doesn’t matter what Hillary says NOW

        But it does matter when Hillary says WOW

        The pro-immigration Hillary of 2016? Or the anti-immigration Hillary of 2018?

        Always anti-US Hillary, never Flip flop!

  46. Robert White November 23, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

    The Bonus Army were burned out of DC & Hooverville for demanding their pay that was promised to them by DC. Today’s Bonus Army are the disaffected Green Party members & Democrats.

    Perhaps if Hoover had respected the rights of the Bonus Army he would not have gone down in history as being heartless.

    The Deep State is mere theater for P.T. Barnum II and Clinton is the side show of distraction given that she will never be investigated whereas Cheeto is being investigated.

    Lock him up!

    RW

    • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 10:50 pm #

      The news has been very clear that the migrants are violent and do not respect rule of law. They’ve used rocks, battering rams, molotov cocktails. They’ve injured law enforcement officers. Even Mexicans have now turned against them. USA troops have every right to use lethal force to protect life and property against an invasion force.

      When you are given orders by law enforcement, you don’t get to ignore them by claiming “asylum”. You follow orders or face the consequences. This is true for immigrants as well as every American who has ever been pulled over for even the most minor of traffic offenses. janet claims that Americans must obey LEOs but the rampaging migrant invasion force can ignore LEOs.

  47. PeteAtomic November 23, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

    As usual, economic realities are driving the 3 ring circuses in our Imperial capitol of DC, there. Systemic, cascading institutional failures are just a shot away. I think you can see it in the places that used to the wealthier areas of America– in the urbanized coastal areas, often run politically by the democrat party. And in the inner provinces, places run by the republicans. Ross Perot, complete with all of his graphs during a race too long ago for most Americans to remember, was right. The anemic answer to the “big sucking sound” by other politicians like the Clintons was that there would be “millions of new tech jobs” ROFL!! snicker, snark… heh heh, barf

    The next economic won’t deal any saviors to the American worker. The automation planned to roll out by the monopolist corporations will be the nail on the coffin of not just nearly 50% of the US workforce, but perhaps of what is left of this bloating, stinking, corpse called the Republic of the United States of America.

    It’s all pure fuckery.

    • ozone November 24, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      PeteA,
      I agree with your assessment of the next leg of the disenfranchisement now being staged by “both” parties through the wishes of their handlers, whether they know it or not. …Just don’t holler it too loud; nobody likes a prepared person! 😉

      • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 11:26 am #

        Hmmm, I always thought being prepared is a good thing.

  48. janet November 23, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

    Trump saying it is cold out and that disproves global warming is criminal ignorance. Last year was the United States’ second-hottest in history, and the costliest in terms of climate-related disasters, with a record $306 billion in damages. Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the warmest on record globally. Trump is an ignorant idiot.

    • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

      >>> Trump is an ignorant idiot.

      If Trump is an idiot, what does that make Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?—who can’t even name the three “chambers” of government. LOL!

      • janet November 23, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

        Did you vote for Trump, who as a candidate for commander in chief did not know about the US nuclear triad?

        • Exscotticus November 23, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

          False equivalence. Not knowing the length and breadth of our military arsenal is one thing; not understanding that our government has three BRANCHES is something else altogether.

          Do you know every detail of our military? We have so many military bases that not even generals can name them all. We have over thirty bases in Germany alone.

          • janet November 24, 2018 at 9:56 am #

            There are 15 executive branches and 68 independent agencies. Not even you can name them all.

          • Exscotticus November 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

            More false equivalence. Not knowing the three branches of government is a disqualifying display of ignorance. Not knowing the term “nuclear triad” is not.

            And, btw, the evidence that candidate Trump didn’t understand the term is circumstantial at best. The question was…

            “What’s your priority among the nuclear triad?”

            …which is an idiotic question to ask a POTUS candidate, because, who cares and how is his preference relevant? He wasn’t applying for a job in USSTRATCOM.

            Anyway, his answer begins…

            “Well, first of all, I think we need somebody absolutely that we can trust, who is totally responsible, who really knows what he or she is doing. That is so powerful and so important.”

            Winning candidates like Trump use questions as opportunities to say what THEY want to say, to get their TALKING POINTS out there, and to take control of the NARRATIVE.

            Here, Trump used this opportunity to emphasize trust in leadership, to remind voters that “Crooked Hillary” has trust issues, which was one of his talking points.

            Naturally, Trump’s opponents spun this as ignorance. But when is Trump ever given the benefit of the doubt on anything?

          • malthuss November 24, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

            America has been electing idiots for centuries.

            Time is running out. At some point…….

      • Anon1970 November 24, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        My guess is that many US born Americans could not pass the citizenship test given to immigrants applying for naturalization. It looks like AOC would fail it as well.

        • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 11:24 am #

          AOC is a silly millenial. She’s got a lot of growing up to do.

  49. JohnAZ November 23, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

    Exscotticus

    You are preaching to the choir with me. My point was that Hillary is sending messages out that contradict the California mafia. I was curious which side Jbot was on.

    And you are right, Ocasio-Cortez is a child in a big people’s game. She will be put in line. By her own party.

  50. SoftStarLight November 23, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

    What happened to your pkrugman personality?

    • JohnAZ November 24, 2018 at 9:55 am #

      SSL

      An observation on Jbot

      She operates like the MSM. Two premises, the first that a lie said enough times becomes the truth to the public. This is the modus operandi of the Left. Second, she will look at a situation and like the media pick out the bad side of a situation and expand on it ad finitum. The media spend their entire set of resources exploring for the unpleasant side effects on issues and blasting Trump without telling the whole story.

      Known as Spin.

      Watched Thirteen Days last night. Interesting observation, the Hollywood portrayal of the protests going on during the missile crisis showed lots of signs attacking issues. Today, protests from the Left are all personal, aimed at people. Maybe their problem is they have run out of ideas.

      • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        Yep you got to the heart of the issue JohnAZ. Anytime someone gets personal in an argument it is because they either have no answers or facts to back up their claims, or you really struck a nerve and their angry with you. I find the multiple aliases to be very interesting. The pkrugman persona was more vicious. The janet persona ebbs and flows between patronising to vicious. Like janet said last night, she wants to have a tea party with MS13. Then she swung to discussions of spirituality and fasting. I admit routinely that I have my emotional ups and downs but gee whiz!

  51. ozone November 24, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Jim,
    As you may have noticed (or not), your blog has become a haven for the unempathetic and glaringly untrustworthy. Is this what you had in mind for it? The revenge is nearly complete and the cruelty will be stunning in its depth and breadth. We have very little idea of the authenticity of “your” posters, and the credibility factor is as rotted as the insides of this vaunted nation.

    Good luck; we’ll all need it as time grows short and the Long Emergency takes another downward step at an advancing speed.

    • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      Good morning Mr. Ozone :-). I am all ears for your ideas on navigating the LE.

    • JohnAZ November 24, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      This mornings business news was about the global economy tanking starting in Asia. It is starting to affect the performance of the US economy.

      When are the Elite going to realize that the constant erosion of manual labor is going to finally bite them in the a–, when the consumer demand drops. This is a gigantic weakness of capitalism, the search for cheaper and cheaper costs destroys the consumer market place by destroying jobs. Where is our infrastructure bill? I detect a malaise settling on the economy.

      When they asked the pundits what can be done, tax cuts is all they came up with. There goes the debt! I suspect that the snowball of personal and national debt is rolling and accelerating.

      • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        That is a big weakness of capitalism, and the reason why some argue it must be tempered with some socialism that has the national interest at heart.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 24, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

      A plea for censorship. He’s an anarchist and they always march with the Communists – and always get purged by them. Yet they never learn.

      • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

        Hmmm….an anarchist. That would never work in real life. A stateless society would require an impossible level of morality for its citizens to maintain order. Humans could not do it so God gave us Kings, according to the Bible.

  52. malthuss November 24, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Jefferson met White refugees, survivors of the White genocide in Haiti. It only hardened his resolve that the Blacks must be sent out of America “beyond the danger of mixture”.

    Oh please, Sir Janos. Tom wanted Blacks out? He didnt try hard enough. And how many mulatto gal pals did he have?

  53. dilbert113 November 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    I like your books, your posts and your blog. . .but please. . .stop pretending every 30 days or so that the entire economic system is about to collapse on Monday, or in a month, or two weeks from now or tomorrow morning. I would happily bet you money that 1) the system won’t collapse this December and 2) you will say that is about to collapse, real soon, in January. Bottom line: it is common knowledge that at some point our endless borrowing, spending, Quantitative Easing and so forth will catch up to us and wreak great havoc to the U.S. and the world, as so excellently portrayed in your novel World Made by Hand. It is also common knowledge that it is impossible to predict, with any degree of certainty, exactly when that will happen, how it will happen, or what will cause it. I read a wonderful book called Wolf and Iron portraying a societal collapse that was written in the late 80’s. Well, 30 years later, that collapse hasn’t happened. 30 years from now it may not have happened. The crash could happen in a year, in 5 years, or in 50 years and none of us have a crystal ball that tells us when, how, and why it will happen. Chicken Little always says the sky is falling, but it never falls.

    • Walter B November 24, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      Ah, but the Little Boy That Cried Wolf WAS eventually correct! What IS happening is that our systems, financial, economical, social ARE in the degrading process of collapse. It is ongoing and moving slowly, but surely towards a not good end.

      Societally, for those of us that were cognizant over 50 years ago, it is easy to recall that when we were young there were social norms, common threads or whatever words you care to use to describe that which held us together as a nation. Today there are none. We are a splintered, divided, antagonistic mess. And our so called leadership is promoting the divisions.

      Our economic system, once solid and strong when it was anchored by a massive manufacturing/engineering base has now been shipped off to foreign lands and is non-existent to the extent that it is needed. The financial system is based on fraud, theft, and currencies that are printed out of thin air, backed by nothing.

      So if you look at the difference at how things are today compared to how they were 50 years ago, collapse is already upon us. How long before we are duking it out in the streets from scraps you ask? Well it may not be tomorrow or next week, but we are a heck of a lot closer to that today then we were 50 years ago and since we are doing nothing at all to slow down the pace, I would say that it is only around the bend. So be patient, it will come faster than you want it to.
      .

      • dilbert113 November 24, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

        Umm. . .respectfully. . .legions of people were saying the exact same thing a year ago. . .5 years ago. . .10 years ago. . .and the excellent, highly recommended work of fiction I referenced, Wolf and Iron predicted a societal collapse 30 years ago. And none of those often-predicted collapses came to pass, of course. So, again, saying it’ really gonna happen in 30 days. . .and 30 days later, when the system keeps on chugging along, saying it’s really gonna happen in two weeks. . ..and then two weeks later when the sytem keeps chugging along. . .is not productive. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is an apt metaphor, because he cried Wolf so often that when the wolf finally came, no one listened to him. Instead of wearing people out by saying the Sky is falling again, and again, and again, when in fact the sky does not fall, wouldn’t it be wiser to say a Day of Reckoning is upon us, due to reckless spending/borrowing/Quantitative Easing but none of us know exactly when or how or even why the final crash will come? Wouldn’t that be a lot more accurate than endlessly crying Wolf, again and again?

        • Walter B November 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

          You appear to be a reasonable and logical fellow and your point is well made. And what you suggest saying is what we should all be screaming from the rooftops – Stop the fraud, arrest the criminal bankers, close the parasite Goldman Sachenhausen! And rebuild our manufacturing base, bring back decent jobs and engineering, and do something constructive to stop the fatal business model of making mindless consumers and then raping them for maximum profit! Do you think it can happen, or are the American consumers too far gone to turn around? One thing to keep in mind – “as long as they can make the monthly payments”, that is how long it can go on.

  54. Pucker November 24, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    It doesn’t look like Trump’s going to arrest Hillary or any of her Deep State Gang despite the massive corruption, right?

    • volodya November 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      Remember what Comey said: No criminal intent. “No criminal intent” is the all-purpose sanitizer.

      Clintonian in-your-face-ness is astounding, but it’s just as amazing how much shit Deep State people can manage to overlook, diligence and due process notwithstanding. Not that any investigative process connected to the Clintons would have any process or diligence.

      • JohnAZ November 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

        The bosses of the Deep State group are the globalists and the entire Deep State is tied together to the Liberal causes of the global elite. Including the GOP Trump haters. I have always noted that twenty minutes after a course change or an event the Left’s pundits and spinners are all on the same page verbatim. This is not by coincidence. They are coordinated by a supreme authority and their organization. Not a conspiracy, but an out and out thrust for power that has wrapped up most of the D.C. Establishment.

        Do not doubt it. If you are a person who believes in individual responsibility and its consequent liberty, then these folks are a dire threat to your philosophy. And every year there is more of them.

        And their current minions are camped out in Tijuana, Mexico!

      • Walter B November 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

        One thing we often forget voloyda is that just as Al Capone, a known murderer, criminal and all around bad guy, could not be touched for oh so long because he made a shitload of cash and spread it around freely, so does the Clinton Crime Cartel. Even at his most unpopular state Al Capone had far more friends than Elliot Ness could ever hope to muster. You want friends – buy ’em! You want protection – buy it! You want anything in a corrupt system, all you have to do is have enough cash to pay the asking price.

  55. Janos Skorenzy November 24, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Tucker Carlson Blasts the Left

    Robert Hampton, American Renaissance, November 24, 2018

    And warns that white nationalism may be inevitable.

    From American Renaissance.

    Tucker Carlson, Ship of Fools, How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, Simon & Schuster, 2018, 256 pp., $28.00.

    Tucker Carlson is a brave man. No other cable news host dares discuss the dangers of demographic change, the plight of white South Africans, and the Left’s anti-white racism.

    Mr. Carlson has refused to apologize or trim his sails in the face of left-wing criticism, which makes him stand out in a vast field of conservative cowardice. He has been rewarded with stellar TV ratings and a spot at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for his new book, Ship of Fools.

    This book, like his program, pulls no punches on immigration, demographics, and elite treachery. However, it is mostly about economics, and its main thesis is that America’s elites have wrecked the country. Mr. Carlson sometimes sounds more like Bernie Sanders than a conservative pundit when he takes on corporate power and the horrors of foreign interventions.

    Mr. Carlson is not a race realist. In fact, he rails against racial tribalism in his chapter on the Left’s obsession with diversity, and he has no appetite for white identity politics. He promotes civic nationalism rather than white nationalism, but that doesn’t mean he is bound by progressive taboos.

    In the introduction, Mr. Carlson implies that the core of America is European. Liberals, he writes mockingly, tell us “we must celebrate the fact that a nation that was overwhelmingly European, Christian, and English-speaking fifty years ago has become a place with no ethnic majority, immense religious pluralism, and no universally shared culture or language.”

    Much of the book is a muscular attack on elite stupidity in economic policy, foreign affairs, free speech and other social issues, but the themes of anti-white racism and deliberate demographic change run through every chapter. The most incisive parts are discussions of immigration and diversity.

    In his chapter on immigration, Mr. Carlson sounds like an old labor Democrat, since he mostly avoids cultural and racial arguments in favor of economic ones. The chapter is a paean to left-wing efforts to restrict immigration, ranging from Cesar Chavez’s vigilantes pummeling illegal aliens to labor unions supporting Chinese exclusion laws. Mr. Carlson believes that mass immigration is driven by the elite desire for serfs, and that liberals of old would be horrified by it.

    In Mr. Carlson’s opinion, the new liberals hate blue-collar whites and shed no tears over their replacement. The Fox News host writes that rich white liberals prefer Third-Worlders over white workers because their racial kin are too much like themselves. They would feel guilty if a white cleaned their toilets; little brown people who speak a different language are the solution. Mr. Carlson thinks elites feel good about uplifting the Other, while they avoid the discomfort of degrading fellow whites. This is a novel view of white guilt. It is also novel to devote an entire chapter to attacking Democrats for failing to uphold the restrictionist legacy of Cesar Chavez.

    Mr. Carlson argues that elites intentionally divide the races to preserve power. This sounds like the argument of a tenured radical, but Mr. Carlson clearly sees leftist contempt for ordinary whites: “It’s not a coincidence that since the life expectancy of working-class whites in America has declined, elite attacks on working-class whites have escalated.” Elites can be indiscriminate in their contempt:

    They’ve managed to destroy entire cities very few of them have ever been to, from Detroit to Newark to Baltimore. They lower test scores in schools they don’t attend. They cause poor nutrition, asthma, and broken families in black neighborhoods, and in their spare time exacerbate global warming.

    Mr. Carlson cites many examples of modern-day segregation, such as universities setting up blacks-only dormitories, and he acknowledges that all these examples are driven by anti-white animus. He blasts affirmative action, white liberals’ fawning admiration of Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the hypocrisy of progressives who preach diversity but don’t practice it.

    Mr. Carlson grieves over an America that has become intensely tribal and open to anti-white vitriol. He wants Americans to unite on the basis of citizenship, but isn’t optimistic that will happen. Instead, he predicts that white identity politics will soon became mainstream, thanks to the Left’s racial politics:

    White identity politics will be a response to a world in which identity politics is the only game there is. In a country where virtually every nonwhite group reaps advantages from being racially conscious and politically organized, how long before someone asks the obvious question: why can’t white people organize and agitate along racial lines, too? . . .

    It will be a simple argument to make. Soon whites will be a minority in America. They’ve got enemies, as the establishment often demonstrates, as well as interests to protect. Is there some rational reason, someone will ask, why they should be the only group in America not allowed to think of themselves as a group?

    Mr. Carlson concludes that this inevitable development will doom the prospect of a revived civic nationalism and “America as we’ve known it will be over.” He does not condemn white advocacy or wring his hands over how terrible it would be. He is simply analyzing where the country is headed.

    Mr. Carlson fears white identity politics, but he doesn’t offer a clear alternative to it. He hopes immigration restriction and the elimination of affirmative action will bring racial harmony, but he knows that the Left’s extremism makes that a dim hope.

    The chapter on solutions is surprisingly short and offers only “more democracy” as the antidote to elite corruption. Mr. Carlson believes that if elites continue to scorn the people, voters will turn to leaders even more radical than Donald Trump. This thin conclusion suggests he doesn’t believe there will be more democracy, and that darker days lie ahead.

    Ship of Fools is an important work race realists should celebrate. Just a few years ago, Fox News’ prime-time hosts argued for amnesty and claimed Third-World newcomers would become conservatives. Now the face of the network argues for immigration restriction and understands that demographic change is the most serious threat to America’s future.

    Mr. Carlson is not one of us, but he understands our issues and he influences millions of Americans. His new book should wake up many readers to truths the elites try to hide. Let us hope one of those readers will be Donald J. Trump.

    JS: Many valid points here, both ideological and in terms of historical fact. But Tuck still clings to the Libertarianism and Civic Nationalism of his youth. Blacks were never gonna fit in here with us, no matter what we did or didn’t do. The Founders knew that. Why don’t Tuck? We need to either enslave them again for their own good (and ours as well) or send them overseas, beyond the danger of mixture as Tom said.

    • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

      Thank you for sharing this. I find Tucker Carlson’s viewpoints on economics and politics to be really on point. He does have some growing to do on race, and I think he’ll find his way. I think that lots of people are waking up and White Identity/Nationalism is in the midst of becoming mainstream as we type. The Elite will never like us. I don’t care anymore.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 25, 2018 at 12:22 am #

        He is becoming a god. So are you. Does not the Bibles say, You shall be as gods? Not God though. That would be Satanic.

        • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 1:34 am #

          Jesus did say that to the Jews when they were planning to stone Him for blasphemy (John 10:34). It is also written in Psalms 82:6. What do you think it means? Like maybe becoming everything He wants us to be?

          • Janos Skorenzy November 25, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

            Well C.S Lewis said, if you were to meet an Adamic or Unfallen Man or Woman, you would be tempted to worship them. Or if you were evil, you would hate them on sight. And someone who was in the middle, neither really good or evil, would almost surely misunderstand such a person, and might end up despising them.

            And a Saint, or one who has put on Christ, is even higher in a deep sense though of course his or her outer aspects won’t be completely transformed in this lifetime.

          • SoftStarLight November 25, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

            Interesting. I’m gonna order a few of his books soon, including your recommendation!

  56. FincaInTheMountains November 24, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    It doesn’t look like Trump’s going to arrest Hillary or any of her Deep State Gang despite the massive corruption

    Arresting Hillary will be like arresting a Field Marshal of a well-entrenched army, still in possession of significant hardware and ammunition.

    But I am sure Trump will do his best, he does not have a choice, with Hillary at large neither he nor his family will have a minute of rest in his life.

    Neither will have we all.

    • Walter B November 24, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

      Ah Finc, but when faced with such a dilemma, even Hitler had the good sense to suggest an alternate exit for Erwin Rommel, and he was a decent, moral, competent and pretty much guiltless bystander. Perhaps Frau Clinton might be persuaded to drink the hemlock as well.

  57. mdhendler November 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    The chance that Hillary will be indicted for any reason within the next two years is less than the chance that we will find that our cars are all replaced by horse buggies and all agriculture will be powered by oxen teams within the next two years. And the chance of the latter is so close to zero that none would bet a penny.

  58. FincaInTheMountains November 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    Hillary Clinton, a year ago, realizing that Trump couldn’t be overthrown using her administrative resources, made a bet on the so-called “blue wave” of the Democratic Party in the midterm elections and accordingly the impeachment of President Trump.

    Subsequently, she saw that this plan B would not succeed, and on September 27 she tried to make an attempt at coup d’état, and in her speech at Colbert show, she, as a justification of her calls for preparing for a coup, specifically noted that the “blue wave” could not wash Trump away from the presidency, and these appeals turned out to be so successful that some part of the Deep State, which had previously supported her in everything, was frightened that the activists of the opposing sides could start spontaneous civil war on their own initiative and has concluded with Trump Big Bargain, as a result of which he spoke after the midterm elections “as having authority, not a trembling creature”.

    This was manifested in the fact that he dismissed the prosecutor general Sessions and appointed the acting A.G. Whittaker to replace him, and when polling stations began to receive information about ballot stuffing threatening to change their results, obviously relevant to the Big Bargain, Trump first sent investigators to these sites, and when it turned out that the Clintonites lost all limits of decency there, he presented an ultimatum – either Democrats recognize the victory of Republicans in Florida, or repeat elections are scheduled -, and hinted that those responsible for multibillion-dollar spending are liable to answer the law on charges of treason, punishable in US with death penalty.

    And the Democrats recognized the results of the elections in Florida, which marked a certain limit to the falsification of the results of the elections and, accordingly, to the lawlessness of Hillary Clinton. But the civil war is not fought at the polling stations, and the Clintonites are supported by a much smaller percentage of Americans than the election results showed, and the only way for Clinton to expand her electoral base is to present the outbreak of civil war as a racial war, and Trump’s supporters as racist.

    And now we have a very contentious senatorial election in Mississippi…

    • FincaInTheMountains November 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

      A white Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith from Mississippi has made a partial apology after publicly saying that she would “be in the front row” of a “public hanging” if invited by a political supporter.

      She did not mention the race of the hanged man, but since in the 19th and 20th centuries in the state of Mississippi the Ku Klux Klan ruled the show, the phrase of the Republican candidate was blown up by the media to geopolitical proportions as a manifestation of racism by Trump and his party.

      The corresponding mobilization of the black electorate gave the Democrats some hope of acquiring another seat in the Senate.

  59. Pucker November 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    Seth Rich’s dad, Joel Rich, looks like the former lead singer of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia.

    google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/blogs-trending-43727858

    • Pucker November 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

      It was a “robbery that went wrong”, but a murder that “went right.”

      “Nothing to see here; please keep moving.”

      • malthuss November 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

        He was betrayed by his heros.
        He had no respect for the flag. he sat on flag pants.
        Disgusting zionist.

  60. Pucker November 24, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

    I recently spoke with a white American Millennial bloke who is college educated who thinks that Trump is a Russian stooge. He has never heard of the Steele Dossier or The Clinton Foundation.

    I got the impression during my recent trip to the US that a dark cloud of depression, a pall has descended over the US middle class and that everyone is trying to pretend that everything is normal.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      He has never heard of the Steele Dossier or The Clinton Foundation

      But I’m sure he had successfully completed his English 101 course.

  61. FincaInTheMountains November 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

    During the midterm elections, the Republican Senate almost got rid of the Republican Clintonoids, and now the Republican Party is the Trump party, which fundamentally changes the political situation in the United States and the geopolitical situation on planet Earth.

    The majority in the House of Representatives does not allow Democrats to influence US domestic and foreign policy, if they do not cooperate with Trump, since the President and the Republican Senate acting jointly can block any decision of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.

    And Trump has already warned that all sorts of investigations of the President by the House of Representatives are tantamount to a declaration of war, and he is already starting the pre-election race of 2020 and will blame the Democrats for any trouble the United States has in one way or another connected with the war they are embarking on.

    Thus, the victory of the Democrats on November 7 turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory, if the Trumpists will have an effective majority in the US Senate and Trump put it in plain language in an interview with FOX5 and every vote in the Senate turns out to be not even worth its weight in gold, but in diamonds, especially considering that Hillary clearly showed that she will stop at nothing short of silver bullet, and three days ago, Jose Peralta, who represented the 13th district in New York State Senate and was the leader of the so-called Obama Democrats, who usually vote along with Republicans, died in New York.

    This news shook New York and the old hatred of the inhabitants of Harlem to Hillary Clinton, who arranged the office in the heart of their area and clearly showed her attitude to them, threatens to spread to other parts of the United States, where she still controls the tip of the Black movement.

    And then the racial gun she prepared for Trump in Mississippi can shoot in a completely different direction.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 24, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Jose Peralta suffered sudden septic shock, his despondent widow told The Post Friday of the lawmaker’s tragic, Thanksgiving eve death.

      “They need to do additional tests,” she said. “There is no final conclusion yet. They don’t know” what caused the fatal blood infection, she said.

      “His body was poisoning itself.”

      Was it really?

  62. Q. Be the Plan November 24, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    Paris IS 1984 and burns.
    got-truth.com/docs/Paris%20IS%201984%20and%20burns.pdf

    Q.

  63. S M Tenneshaw November 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    The Email Rock

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  64. Pucker November 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

    It looks like the US Civil War started out as purely a war to save the Union. The idea of using the slaves first as “Contraband” Labor and later as soldiers was initially seized upon by Lincoln and Grant as politically expedient to weaken the Confederacy. But as the Yankee armies began invading the South and liberating the slaves, Lincoln and Grant started to drink the Koolaid and started to buy into the freed slaves’ delusion that Lincoln and Grant were literally Biblical characters like Moses freeing the slaves and delivering them from bondage to the Land of Milk and Honey. Lincoln didn’t really know any freed slaves. Lincoln knew Frederick Douglass, who was hardly representative of the people who were now expected to be integrated into American society. Total Clusterfuck….

    • Pucker November 24, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      It was just a minor technical glitch….

  65. Pucker November 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    Do you remember the Thanksgiving photo op of President George W. Bush, Jr. serving the fake, staged plastic roast turkey to the troops in Iraq during the US invasion of Iraq and no one seemed to notice?

    George W. Bush, Jr. held himself out as some kind of Big Born Again Christian with the fake rubber turkey. I wonder where they got the fake rubber turkey that GW served to the troops in Iraq? They would have had to have had it specially flown into Iraq for the Thanksgiving photo op. They used to sell rubber chickens in those “Spencer’s” shops in the mall along with the hippie lava lamps, plastic dog turds, and cans of fart spray, but I don’t know about rubber turkeys?

  66. janet November 24, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    “Societally, for those of us that were cognizant over 50 years ago, it is easy to recall that when we were young there were social norms, common threads or whatever words you care to use to describe that which held us together as a nation.” — WalterB

    During the 1950s we had rampant alcoholism, soul destroying factory work, accepted marital rape, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, rampant racism, and an out of control witch hunt for “communists”.

    Women had little opportunity in education or c-suite employment. The military industrial complex was gobbling up the national budget, increasing the national debt. Those were the “social norms” and they were the reason for the anti-war, civil rights, and women’s liberation movements of the 60s.

    • SoftStarLight November 24, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      Prove it.

    • Anon1970 November 24, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

      The anti-war movement probably dates from the 1965 US military build up in Viet Nam. The national debt was being paid down in the Eisenhower years. The top marginal income tax rate was about 91%, although deductions were more plentiful and there was no Alternate Minimum Tax.

    • elysianfield November 25, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      “During the 1950s we had rampant alcoholism, soul destroying factory work, accepted marital rape, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, rampant racism, and an out of control witch hunt for “communists”.

      AKA “The Good Old Days…”.

      NOW, we have rampant narcotics use, soul destroying unemployment, feminist attack dogs, child sexual abuse, rampant racism, and an out of control witch hunt for “white men”….

      …I feel…better now….

  67. janet November 24, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    More false equivalence. —exs

    3 = 3 is exact equivalence.

    If you are going to be a member of congress, you should know congress is one 3 branches of government. AOC knows that.

    If you are going to be commander of the nuclear armed forces, you should know the 3 branches of the nuclear triad. Trump did not know.

    • Exscotticus November 24, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

      >>> If you are going to be a member of congress, you should know congress is one 3 branches of government. AOC knows that.

      Does she? She said there are “three chambers of Congress”. Then she said, “All three chambers of government, the Presidency, Senate and the House.”

      Keep arguing, janet! It just gives me more opportunities to point out just how ignorant this woman is.

      >>> Trump did not know.

      Prove it. Link to Trump defining the nuckear triad as something other than it is.

      • janet November 24, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

        You dance as well as Trump. Trump was asked and gave a non response. He was asked a second time and the interviewer gave the word triad in the question. Still Trump came up blank. Keep arguing on Trump’s behalf. It becomes you.

        • Exscotticus November 24, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

          >>> You dance as well as Trump. Trump was asked and gave a non response.

          Wrong. Trump was asked and reminded viewers that our nuclear triad should be in the hands of someone trustworthy—not Crooked Hillary.

  68. Walter B November 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    I must say James Howard Kunstler, that Clusterfuck nation, while being a very accurate description of what this place actually is supposed to be, renaming it “The Outhouse” might be more appropriate when you consider the odor of festering feces that permeates this place these days. Think about it.

    • K-Dog November 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

      As a title it is not as fetching and the nation ain’t shit, it’s fucked.

  69. Pucker November 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    Sometimes things just don’t work out.

    Sometimes you free the slaves and then they try to enslave themselves again and you in the name of equality.

    • K-Dog November 24, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

      Don’t forge, some people are more equal than others. Four legs good two legs bad.

  70. Q. Be the Plan November 24, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    Multilevel Distributed Infrastructure Deployment.
    got-truth.com/docs/Multilevel%20distributed%20infrastructure%20deployment.pdf

    Q.

  71. JohnAZ November 24, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    White House released a statement on Global Warming. Summed up, it said that it is progressing, gave some examples such as Hurricane Sandy, and said the only solution is to adapt and why aren’t we doing it.

    Brother! No s–t!

    The report is beating a dead horse. I think it is placing the blame inadequately. Our Constitutional government sucks at proactive actions. Only when the world is falling off a cliff does it react. Think Pearl Harbor, or 9/11. Science can prove something 99.9% and the .1% will be used by people that do not want to change. Pick up trucks and RVs infuriate me watching them burn up our descendants future energy sources. But they really are just a small part of the problem.

    People are just plain apathetic and resistant to change. Adaptation will be forced with the people announcing the bad news taking the political brunt of the blame. The real story though is that without a gigantic reduction in population, Climate change is coming and adaptation will be the result. Forced, unpopular, and violent at times adaptation. Just look what has happened in the Middle East up to now as nations have fought over those resources.

    Here we are in the US unwilling to give up the gas hogs, bitching about the gas prices and trying to put the blame on the oil companies and of course Trump, Satan himself. Oil is a diminishing resource and will rise in price, period.

    Anybody heard any plans to actually deal with the problem of GW. No? Surprise. GOP ignores ir, Dems have no solutions, because there are none.

    All you folks enjoy the next few years of Happy Motoring, the correction is coming. I like JHK’s idea in the Long Emergency, when we build light rail system, put in walkways for the horses or mules to pull them

    What a thought, what will New York City look like when horses are needed again. We will have a good profession for the fallout of the Deep State, dealing with NYCs horseshit.

    • Exscotticus November 24, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

      We are doing something about climate change. We’re stopping migrants from unlawfully crossing the border. That’s the best anecdote to climate change I’ve seen in decades.

      The third world is responsible for 97% of population growth. And population growth is responsible for environmental stress.

      Only by making the third world deal with its population issues can we address climate change issues. Force breeder cultures to accept the consequences of their culture, and they may just change it all on their own.

      • janet November 24, 2018 at 10:06 pm #

        I heard the USA is 5% of the world’s population controlled by mostly cis-gendered white males and USA uses 25% of the world’s resources.

        • Exscotticus November 24, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

          janet, your racism speaks for itself.

          The reality is that the USA’s 20 million illegal aliens are also part of that “5% using 25% of the world’s resources”.

          To the black, to the white, the red and the brown, the purple and yellow—ALL part of that 5%.

          The problem isn’t resource consumption; the problem is 7.7 billion and counting—97% of which comes from the third world.

          • janet November 24, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

            “To the black, to the white, the red and the brown, the purple and yellow—ALL part of that 5%.”

            No, those Black, brown, red citizens are not in control. White males are in control.

            Take a look at faces in the military joint chiefs of command of our armed forces or thenumber of white males Trump’s staff in the white house. Take a look at C-suite executives: white males. The decision makers are white males and they are responsible for resource depletion and environmental contamination. The military alone accounts for 95%. Waste, fraud, abuse to the detriment of all.

          • Exscotticus November 25, 2018 at 11:57 am #

            >>> No, those Black, brown, red citizens are not in control. White males are in control.

            Sorry that excuse doesn’t have a pulse. White males are not a voting bloc and don’t vote as one. Name a single law passed during Trump’s term with only white male votes and no minority votes.

            Meanwhile, your stat is about consumption—not power. No one is putting a gun to the heads of minorities and demanding that they live a first class lifestyle. No “white man” is forcing them to consume steak. We know you fantasize about the Antebellum South every day but please spare us your TDS-inspired hallucinations.

        • elysianfield November 25, 2018 at 11:27 am #

          “I heard the USA is 5% of the world’s population controlled by mostly cis-gendered white males and USA uses 25% of the world’s resources.”

          Janet,
          Living well is a zero-sum game. There are winners and losers…sorry.

          I am one of those …cis whatevers, and I find my share of resources…adequate to my wants and needs…Would I like a new 1-ton Dodge Dually diesel pick-up? Oh Mother!

          • malthuss November 25, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

            I have to disagree.

            USA did produce the finished goods.
            Now it produces digital ‘money.’

        • BornToKillPeace November 25, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

          That’s funny Janet, the U.S. using 25% of the world’s resources and your blaming it entirely on white men. Wasn’t there a statistic that women account for 80% of discretionary spending?

          How may of us here know women who have to go back and forth across town two or three times before they can decide what blouse to finally decide on?

          No real offense to the women in the house, just saying.

          • BornToKillPeace November 25, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

            Nor am I as a cis-whiter so stoked about our m.i.complex. It drives me mad the consumption levels. Do you expect us white guys to stroll into the Pentagon with our Cis-White badges and demand they stop? How well do you think that will go over.

            If and when the M.I.C. is forced into heeling back from our empire around the world, you’ll have something else to bitch at us white guys about when the dollar crashes and you can’t get whatever comforts and needs you enjoy now. It’s a zero sum game and I’m about sick and tired of of blacks and women hollering like we have anymore control of our situation as you folks.

    • Walter B November 24, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      Apparently there are potential remediations for climate change:

      iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aae98d

  72. JohnAZ November 24, 2018 at 11:23 pm #

    Janet’s response is typical, Libs need something to blame, to lie about. I am surprised she did not blame the entire 100 years of increased human combustion on Trump.

    The real CC problem can be demonstrated by one aspect of environmental change, the Ozone hole. Refrigeration and air conditioning exploded in the world during the middle part of the last century. Leaky Freon destroyed the ozone layer first detected at the South Pole. It is now 30 years since new forms of refrigerant were introduced and the hole has shrunk but not disappeared.

    Same problem with CO2. Reducing combustion will take a total paradigm change for the people of the world, number one is birth control and controlled migration. Two is the wherewithal to change transportation and heating/cooling requirements for everyone. Voluntarily. Yeah, right. Or involuntarily, yeah right. Civil war anyone? A good example is the total failure of the 55mph experiment by Carter and the HOV Lane for carpools. Not only does the public still drive one person to a car, they cheat regularly using the HOV lane. Where is a cop when you need one?

    No corrective action is sufficient to halt the progression of CC. And even if we miraculously removed the automobile and other transportation combustion, it will take a century for effect, too late to avoid much effect.

    Irony, The Long Emergency was written to expound on the coming crisis of Peak oil. TLE may be the only control for combustion and consequent CC that will work. Not a pleasant possibility.

    • JohnAZ November 24, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

      Adding on

      Everybody always says that we need to curtail greenhouse emission right now or reall long term effects will occur.

      Agreed 100%.

      Easy part is done. Tell me and all the policy makers how!

      I will start. Control the population increase in the energy inefficient US by limiting immigration. The antithesis is as usual California where the increasing usage of fossil fuels by elevating their population is going to be offset by fining people who use plastic straws.

      Yes, Virginia, it is that stupid.

      • JohnAZ November 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

        GA

        Your turn!

        • GreenAlba November 25, 2018 at 11:10 am