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The Kavanaugh hearing underscored another eerie condition in contemporary USA life that offers clues about the combined social, economic, and political collapse that I call the long emergency: the destruction of all remaining categorical boundaries for understanding behavior: truth and untruth, innocent and guilty, childhood and adulthood, public and private. The destination of all this confusion is a society that can’t process any quarrel coherently, leaving everyone unsatisfied and adrift, and no actual problems resolved.

One element of the story is clear, though. The Democratic party, in the absence of real monsters to slay, has become the party devoted to sowing chaos, mainly by inventing new, imaginary monsters using the machinery of politics, the way the Catholic Church manufactured monsters of heresy during the Spanish Inquisition in its attempt to regulate “belief.”

“I believe her” is the new totalitarian rallying cry, conveniently disposing of any obligation to establish the facts of any ambiguous matter. It was stealthily inserted in our national life during the Obama years, when Title IX “guidelines” originally written to correct imbalances in college sports funding for men and women were extended to adjudicate sexual encounters on campus. The result was the setting up of officially sanctioned kangaroo courts where due process was thrown out the window — by people who have should have known better: college presidents, deans, and faculty. That experiment produced not a few spectacular injustices, such as the Duke Lacrosse team fake rape fiasco, the University of Virginia fake rape fraternity incident (provoked by a mis-reported story in Rolling Stone Magazine), and the Columbia University “Mattress Girl” saga — all cases eventuating in punishing lawsuits against the institutions that allowed them to spin out of control.

The spirit of the kangaroo court has since graduated into business and politics where it has proven especially useful for settling scores and advancing careers and agendas dishonestly. Coercion has replaced persuasion. Coercion is at the heart of totalitarian politics. Do what you’re told, or else. Believe what we say, or else. (Or else lose your reputation, your livelihood, your friends….) This plays neatly into the dynamics of human mob psychology. When the totalitarians set up for business, few individuals dare to depart from the party line. It’s the perfect medium for cultivating mendacious ideologies.

And so many Americans may be wondering these days whether the ideas and principles that have held this country together, even through a disastrous civil war, can endure through a long emergency of exogenous events so overwhelming that we dare not even debate them publicly. These are climate change, the crack-up of a debt-based money system, the winding–down of techno-industrial economy, and the ecological destruction of the only planet that human beings call home.

Of course, the lives of societies, like everything else in a living universe, unfold emergently. Which is to say that circumstances are in the driver’s seat taking us where they will whether we like it or not. What humans can do is decide how to ride these events. For the moment, America has opted for a grand circus of sexual hysteria. It’s really an easy, lazy choice because sex is full of easily manipulated tensions and ambiguities prone to melodramatic misrepresentation.

Next on tap for this beleaguered nation will be a constitutional crisis and a financial crisis. It’s difficult to predict the order of their unfolding, except to say that these will open up a maelstrom of losses which will then be hard to either adjudicate or correct, once our system of law is compromised. As this occurs, all the raging hysteria over sex will be overshadowed by real existential issues as the people lose their homes, incomes, and futures and desperately search for a way out of more chaos than they bargained for.


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  1. Walter B October 1, 2018 at 10:03 am #

    Yes Jim stay with the message because it is getting out there:

    The issues in the bigger picture concern a Democratic Party driven by immense bad faith to any means that justify the defeat of this Supreme Court nominee for reasons that everyone over nine-years-old understands: the fear that a majority conservative court will overturn Roe v. Wade – despite Judge Kavanaugh’s statement many times that it is “settled law.”

    What one senses beyond that, though, is the malign spirit of the party’s last candidate for president in the 2016 election and a desperate crusade to continue litigating that outcome until the magic moment when a “blue tide” of midterm election victories seals the ultimate victory over the detested alien in the White House.

    con.klee24.de/2018/09/28/kunstler-the-fog-of-bad-faith/

    Let the deniers weep bitter tears of defeat!

    • stelmosfire October 1, 2018 at 11:01 am #

      Nice to see that the voice of reason prevails, in the comments at the outset..

    • Beryl of Oyl October 1, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

      Walter, there is a second reason involved here too, sort of a sub-reason, if that’s even a thing.
      A lot of members of the media/entertainment complex are trying to recover their tattered reputations.
      These people put themselves out there as supporters of women, if not outright feminists, yet we see people such as Candice Bergen (not a “journalist”, but she played one on TV), talking very, very seriously (on PBS, no less) about how she is oh-so-concerned for “these women”.
      Meanwhile Les Moonves makes a clean getaway, and none of these people who knew all about him have to explain why they covered for him.
      Murphy Brown was a CBS show; Ms. Bergin is a show business insider.
      Maybe Candice can’t tell the difference between real and imaginary when it comes to victims, which illustrates the points in Mr. Kunstler’s opening paragraph.

      • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

        I watched Murphy Brown back in the day. In fact it became habitual, so I kept watching long after I should have stopped. It was nowhere near as clever as it thought it was. And that episode where they responded to Vice President Dan Quayle’s remarks was dreadfully disappointing. They had a chance to do something thoughtful, but they went with the smug sledgehammer approach instead.

  2. Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    >>> The Democratic party, in the absence of real monsters to slay, has become the party devoted to sowing chaos…

    The monsters are real enough to them: white people, males, cis-genderness, etc.

    This is what you get under Dem leadership: California has a new law: No more all-male boards

    All-female boards are of course allowed.

    The Democratic party is best characterized as being dominated by feelings, emotions, and mental issues.

    • par4 October 1, 2018 at 11:37 am #

      I’d say mental health issues. They have gone bonkers.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

        Yes, they all believe the same things as Jim Jones. He just came a few decades too early.

    • Jigplate October 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

      “The Democratic party is best characterized as being dominated by feelings, emotions, and mental issues”

      I would posit that they have a little more baggage then that. The overriding concern now is to complete the western “great replacement” project as quickly as possible.

      • BornToKillPeace October 1, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

        We really should declare a National No Men at Work Day and see how quick that changes these bitches tune.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

          There will be retaliation, likely the Lysistrata option. In that even, you can expect most of the porn sites to go down — it’ll be like a denial of service attack. Oh, the humanity!

          • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

            One man to another Elrond, I’ve never understood how women have been able to own a man through sex.
            If a woman is going to continuously mess with her man this way, there should of probably been enough red flags in the first place to not involve one’s self with such a “lady”.

            Are there an abundance of men out there that I don’t know about with both arms or hands missing?

          • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

            Fine reference there with the Lysistrata reminder though.
            A good percentage of men are base. I’ll give the ladies that.

          • GreenAlba October 3, 2018 at 9:23 am #

            Lysistrata’s motives were relatively pure. She and her mates were trying to force an end to the seemingly endless Peloponnesian war.

            I recall my English class being taken to see it at a local theatre when I was about 16. It was considered a bit risqué back then so we had to get parental approval – the fact that our class were allowed to go was even mentioned in the local rag!

            It was a long, long time ago. Mostly I remember men doing a lot of dry-humping of ‘trees’. They didn’t have the option of hotteenslutz.com at their fingertips back then but even at that time we thought that in real life they’d all just fetch up at the nearest brothel.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

            Whereas the women in our present-day example will be defending their own freedom, against people who are liable to say things like “let’s see how quick that changes these bitches’ tune” — also a noble cause.

          • GreenAlba October 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

            Absolutely, Elrond.

  3. BackRowHeckler October 1, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    Sexual hysteria now, Jim.

    A few years ago, about the time of the Ferguson, Mo, riots, it was racial hysteria, which led to much destruction of property and at least two deaths.

    And in the mix there was the manufactured hysteria about drag queens using locker rooms and rest rooms in your daughters local middle school. For awhile there it was one of Democrats main issues. But they’ve moved on from that.

    I think a lot of this is coming out of the university. In colleges and universities across the nation there seems to be this cadre of half educated (advanced degree in Gender studies) manhating women — Cat Ladies if you will — shrew, harpies, politically active, agitating to convince white women to hate their own sons, husbands, fathers and brothers, poison natural affection between men and women, and join in their sisterhood of bitterness and enmity. Nothing personal, you understand, but a political kind of hatred, like the Red Guard in China or the Consomol in the Soviet Union, BUT POTENTIALLY DEADLY JUST THE SAME!

    brh

    BRH

    • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Re: Ferguson, racial hysteria? Try righteous anger. You’d be angry too, if the city you lived in used the police as a way to soak you for revenue. Raising taxes from the middle class risks blowback. Better to tax-farm poor people with endless petty fines, fees and infractions. That’s how the city of Ferguson was run, they had had enough, and the death of Michael Brown was just the spark that lit the tinder.

      BackRowHeckler: “this cadre of … manhating women — Cat Ladies if you will — shrew, harpies, politically active…”

      Won’t do as they’re told…

      • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 10:58 am #

        If a thug like Michael Brown was the poster child of that community, then they deserve all the “petty fines” and “fees” that criminal activity merits.

        • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 11:47 am #

          Both government employees and welfare takers both
          get their money from the government.

          tax-farm poor people with endless petty fines, fees and infractions. …these folks are tax takers, regardless of
          how many endless petty fines, fees they pay., tax takers.

          got it, El?

          • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 11:57 am #

            You said it, malthuss, so it must be true. Can you do me a favour and go tell the lottery people that I won this week? I sure could use the money.

          • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

            El, not sure how to respond to your non sequitur…

            and
            You said it,..No, I posted it. but thanks.

          • GreenAlba October 3, 2018 at 11:24 am #

            Malthuss

            Under JHK’s last but one post (Going Full Porn, 24 September), you posted a list of unverified assertions regarding the UK and its Muslim population.

            Now, there was too much in your list of unverified claims for me to do more than notice that several of them were patently ridiculous to a person living in the UK and having a clue about what actually goes on there. And I was busy, so I ignored it. But I decided this morning to have a look at one or two of your claims, only to find out – quelle surprise – that your list was copy-pasted en bloc from one of those not-even-tabloid thingies that you have a tendency to rely on for ‘facts’.

            So I’m saved the trouble of verifying your (sorry someone else’s) ‘facts’ since they’re all dealt with here under the heading ‘Muslims in the UK: the viral poster, factchecked’.

            fullfact.org/news/muslims-uk-viral-poster-factchecked/

            My first advice, Malthuss, is that when something has gone ‘viral’, always check your facts before you help it on its way. I realise I’m talking to the wall here, just as Theresa May was when she made the same suggestion to your Prez (he pretty much told her to f*ck off – he’d choose the ‘facts’ that appealed to him, thanks very much).

            Things don’t go viral primarily because they’re true (although they may be true) – they go viral primarily because the people posting them and forwarding them know that there are a lot of people like you around, waiting like sponges to absorb, unfiltered and unchecked, whatever crap comes your way with the right flavouring and the right trigger words.

            Trigger words: Muslim; mayor; sharia; no-go; benefits; housing; invasion. When you see any of these words, Malthuss, do your homework, properly.

            And BTW, Malthuss, I hope you’re as happy as I am to see the Hopkins toad get her comeuppance. A comeuppance that whacked her right where it hurts (behold, the removal man cometh) not even for her anti-refugee rants, but just because she’s a gobby moron.

            Every time Hatey Katie gets ditched by whoever’s currently paying for her supper, she bounces a little further right to find employment. Having a very special set of skills an’ all. I’m sure I don’t need to tell your where she is now.

        • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

          If a thug like Michael Brown was the poster child of that community

          IF

          IF

          IF??? no, MB was a victim, to their way of seeing thing.

        • BornToKillPeace October 1, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

          There are good people in communities and bad people.

          The Michael Brown’s of the world are thugs, but right next door there are as likely to be grand parents trying to take care of kids / young adults in that community that don’t deserve disdain.

      • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

        El, those people are tax receivers.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

          Which you know how? Have you checked? Done the math? Would you even have a clue how to find out for yourself whether the people of Ferguson net out in the red or the black?

          Or do you prefer repeating stories about government cheese, because the stories justify your prejudice? Me, I was brought up to believe that a piece of tasteless bread was the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. I grew up, stopped believing in stories, and learned how to deal in facts. You could do the same.

          The biggest receivers of government cheese, far and away, are the big banks. All the social welfare benefits in the world don’t come close to the cost of the bailouts. All of it goes on in plain sight, while suckers like you blame people who are even worse off than yourself for being “receivers”. The real parasites see this happening and laugh their asses off.

          • Tate October 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

            You can both be right, but you’d rather deflect.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

            I deflect nothing. malthuss‘ comment suggests he believes the protesters in Ferguson not only had nothing to complain about, but are ungrateful sponges off the public purse. This is both factually and morally wrong, and I’m prepared to defend that statement as far as you like. Just ask.

          • Tate October 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

            As a general proposition, Malthus says that blacks are net drains on the public purse, not contributors. He is correct in this statement.

        • elysianfield October 1, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

          Malthuss,
          Many, perhaps, but not all….

      • DocBerg October 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

        This is the real function of most governmental entities. The most accurate view of government is as a Theme Park for Control Freaks. I have worked in enough municipalities, and for a state university to understand just how this works.

        I was a true rarity, a Jeffersonian Reactionary in a state university. The administrators all knew this of course, because I had graduated with 3 degrees from the place. But, I was cheap to hire, and never caused any trouble except over plagiarism. My classes generally filled up, and I got excellent teacher evaluations. I finally retired when I got tired of figuring out how to counter the latest cheating scams, and from the fatigue of having to teach what my students should have been learning in grade school. They arrived utterly ignorant of American History, Civics, and Western Civilization, but were highly opinionated thanks to having been immersed in totalitarian ideologies in their formative years. I just did my best to have them start thinking for themselves.

        Now most of the courses in my university are based on race, class, and gender. I am truly glad to be out of there!

      • DrTomSchmidt October 1, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

        As I recall, 25% of the city budget was supplied by police fines. If they weren’t wearing blue uniforms, we’d call it what is was: highway robbery.

        Now, the fact that the city couldn’t collect property taxes sufficient to pay its costs is another matter. And the fact that Michael Brown physically attacked a police officer and tried to take his gun was never admitted by the BLM crowd. But you’re right about where the anger came from, EH. It was just channeled by malicious leaders to the wrong location.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 2, 2018 at 11:51 am #

          Thanks for saying that, doc. The rabbit hole goes pretty deep on this question. The African-American community’s distrust for the police has long and deep historical roots, even as that community has often not been well served by its leaders. To this day, those who claim that majority-white police forces treat majority-black neighbourhoods as inherently disorderly sources of threats to be protected against, not a citizenry under their protection, have plenty of ammunition.

          The theory that black people deserve to suffer because they’re inherently disorderly is summed up in the word thug. I’ll do a quick search on this page.

          Here’s Exscotticus, who looks like the main culprit:

          – “If a thug like Michael Brown was the poster child of that community, then they deserve all the ‘petty fines’ and ‘fees’ that criminal activity merits.”
          – Later, to me in response to this: “If you want to defend this thug then that’s your business.”
          – Ex again: “It’s not Brown’s fault he was a thug; it’s the white man’s fault because… slavery!”

          Ex exhibits the disorderly-blacks prejudice in all its lurid glory. He comes right out and says that the presence of one guy who did one thing demonstrates that Ferguson, and everyone in it, amounts to a pit of vipers. It’s not the job of the police to protect them, no less than him; they must protect him from them.

          On the other hand there’s BornToKillPeace: “The Michael Brown’s of the world are thugs, but right next door there are as likely to be grand parents trying to take care of kids / young adults in that community that don’t deserve disdain.”

          BTKP at the very least gets that individual responsibility is a thing, and that a community does not boil down to the one person who sets off a firestorm — thug or not.

          • Exscotticus October 3, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

            >>> The theory that black people deserve to suffer because they’re inherently disorderly…

            Straw man since I neither said it nor implied it. Didn’t you get the memo, Elrond? The days of winning arguments by using ad hominem racism accusations are over.

            Unlike you, I don’t see the world through racial goggles. If you commit a crime then you’re resposible for the consequences. Doesn’t matter to me what race, sex, gender, or ideology you belong to.

            You tried to portray Saint Michael as the culmination of years of systemic racism in which, apparently, Brown’s crimes were somehow the fault of the police. The police made him do these things because: fines or racism or slavery or [insert liberal excuse for favored group here].

            If the fine folks of Ferguson don’t want to pay fines, I suggest they follow the law. The majority of these fines are from traffic offenses. I don’t get a free pass for traffic offenses; do you?

  4. Neon Vincent October 1, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    “[A] long emergency of exogenous events so overwhelming that we dare not even debate them publicly. These are climate change, the crack-up of a debt-based money system, the winding–down of techno-industrial economy, and the ecological destruction of the only planet that human beings call home.”

    Last month was the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, when we were partying like it was 1929. There were a lot of retrospectives of the event, many of which asked if we were about to do it again. The potential certainly is there for another recession to start in the next year.

    One of the ill non-events of the previous crisis was the non-prosecution of most of the people responsible. Other than Bernie Madoff, Abacus Bank was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Instead of being too big to fail, Abacus was small enough to jail. The story was nominated for both an Oscar and an Emmy. It lost the first but could still win the second tonight at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

    • Neon Vincent October 1, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Speaking of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, several nominees examine climate change and the resulting amplification of hurricanes. Both the Netflix movie “Chasing Coral” and the PBS “Nature” episode “Yosemite” have three nominations and are competing against each other in two categories, Outstanding Nature Documentary and Outstanding Music and Sound. Also, coverage of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria earned nominations, recognizing the destruction caused by extreme weather, which in Harvey’s case was definitely made worse by climate change.

      • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 11:50 am #

        Netflix and the PBS…propaganda outlets for Soros.

        • Majella October 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

          FFS…is EVERYTHING a conspiracy now?

      • Sean Coleman October 2, 2018 at 9:37 am #

        Hurricanes and global warming.

        From Donna Laframboise’s blog:

        “But let us return to [James J.] McCarthy and his career.

        “Between 1997 and 2001 he co-chairs an IPCC working group.

        In 2004 he participates in a press conference that implies there’s a link between global warming and more intense hurricanes – even though he has no expertise in that field, and even though no peer-reviewed scientific literature exists to support his position.

        In 2009 he serves as president of a prestigious scientific body.

        Then he becomes chairman of an organization that uses the prestige and authority of science to advance a left-wing, activist agenda.

        “Let me just repeat those two last points: At the same time that he was leading the American Association for the Advancement of Science, McCarthy became the head of a notoriously activist body.

        “Wow. When I began researching the global warming debate two years ago I had no idea how far my opinion of scientists was going to plummet.”

        nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/07/05/landsea-the-ipcc-the-union-of-concerned-scientists/

        More from the blog:

        Chris Landsea, hurricane expert

        “It is beyond me why my colleagues would utilize the media to push an unsupported agenda that recent hurricane activity has been due to global warming. Given Dr. Trenberth’s role as the IPCC’s [coordinating] Lead Author responsible for preparing the text on hurricanes, his public statements so far outside of current scientific understanding led me to concern that it would be very difficult for the IPCC process to proceed objectively with regards to the assessment on hurricane activity.


        …I was disappointed when the IPCC leadership dismissed my concerns when I brought up the misrepresentation of climate science while invoking the authority of the IPCC. Specifically, the IPCC leadership said that Dr. Trenberth was speaking as an individual even though he was introduced in the press conference as an IPCC lead author; I was told that that the media was exaggerating or misrepresenting his words, even though the audio from the press conference and interview tells a different story…and that Dr. Trenberth was accurately reflecting conclusions from the [2001 Climate Bible], even though it is quite clear that [it] stated that there was no connection between global warming and hurricane activity. The IPCC leadership saw nothing to be concerned with in Dr. Trenberth’s unfounded pronouncements to the media…”

        Laframboise:

        “If not a single hurricane expert thinks there’s a link between hurricanes and global warming, how can it possibly be OK for an IPCC senior author who is not a hurricane expert to make statements to the contrary at a press conference? This is not a question of two competing schools of thought amongst people with roughly equal credentials. This is a case in which someone with no expertise was promulgating his personal opinion directly to the media and enhancing that opinion by pointing to his IPCC affiliation.

        “How could the IPCC permit that person to remain in charge of the hurricane section in the gold standard Climate Bible? Did these people not understand that this made them appear blinkered and unprofessional? Did their mothers never tell them that respect must be earned?

        “The media coverage of the Landsea affair was entirely inadequate, but this story did get reported. Large numbers of people connected to the IPCC became aware of these events. Yet no open letters, signed by concerned scientists, protested Trenberth’s behavior – or Pachauri’s pathetic response. Nor were there any mass resignations from the IPCC. To my knowledge there were no other resignations, period.

        “This tells us something important about the judgment of the scientific community that expects us to trust that exact same judgment on the question of whether global warming is the fault of human beings.

        “And it says something about the decision, two years later, to award the IPCC a Nobel Peace Prize. Apparently, that prize is now given to moral midgets.”

        nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/07/07/chris-landsea-and-the-moral-midgets/

    • messianicdruid October 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      “The potential certainly is there for another recession to start in the next year.”

      When JPMore-gain and the chicoms get loaded up on longs and get rid of their shorts [ AG ] with a few thousand pallets of hunter-d-oz ers Layin around, then comes far crackers.

  5. Opie October 1, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    Amen to that entire column. It’s like the flames are shooting out of the second story windows, and the people downstairs are in a heated argument over which granite to replace their countertops.

    • Ron Anselmo October 1, 2018 at 11:01 am #

      Nice. Nail on head Opie.

      RA

  6. FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    Catholic Church manufactured monsters of heresy during the Spanish Inquisition in its attempt to regulate “belief.”

    Catholicism is a heresy in itself that finally emerged in 1054 during the Great Schism after a couple of centuries of altering the Christian teachings with Gnosticism.

    And right after that Catholic Church inspired a series of genocidal crusades against the good Christians of Western and Eastern Europe – after devastating the European Jewish communities.

    Only the invasion of Mongols led by Genghis Khan stopped their expansion.

    • zekesdad October 1, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      Jesus Christ himself founded the Catholic Church.

      “..thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Matt. 16:18

      • draupnir October 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

        Ah, but what has man made of it since then?

    • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      All religions have beliefs or doctrines. Are the Liberal beliefs of Feinstein better than those of Catholics? I’d say no, quite the contrary. Yet she thinks her beliefs are superior and wants to a get a majority on the Supreme Court. Woe to America if and when that happens.

  7. BackRowHeckler October 1, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    “Just give me the man. I’ll find the crime.”

    — Comrade Stalin

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    brh

    • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      You sure it was not McCarthy who said that?

      • BackRowHeckler October 1, 2018 at 10:43 am #

        McCarthy’s shenanigans led to a few people locked up for a couple of years.

        Stalin’s efforts led to 30 million human beings exterminated.

        See the difference?

        brh

        • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 10:56 am #

          Tell me the truth, brh, did you just pull that 30 million out of your ass?

          I had a VERY extensive family that lived in USSR through the 20s and 30s – none was killed by the NKVD, one was arrested and tortured, did not confess and was let go for lack of evidence.

          I will write a post on that matter, especially regarding the libel on Lavrenty Beria.

          • BackRowHeckler October 1, 2018 at 11:02 am #

            I got it from Alexander Solzchenitsyn.

            Your best writer since Chekov.

            brh

          • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 11:52 am #

            bwaaaaaaaaaaa

          • Anon1970 October 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

            I guess your relatives didn’t live in Ukraine where a man made famine under Stalin’s direction took the lives of as many as 10 million Ukrainians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor

        • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

          And if he had been able to lock up as many as he wished, do you really think we’d be where we are now? You’re bending to enemy propaganda here. Again.

      • Eoin October 1, 2018 at 11:52 am #

        C’mon Finca !

        Lavrentiy Beria, the most ruthless and longest-serving secret police chief in Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia and Eastern Europe, bragged that he could prove criminal conduct on anyone, even the innocent.
        “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime” was Beria’s infamous boast. He served as deputy premier from 1941 until Stalin’s death in 1953, supervising the expansion of the gulags and other secret detention facilities for political prisoners. He became part of a post-Stalin, short-lived ruling troika until he was executed for treason after Nikita Khrushchev’s coup d’etat in 1953.
        Beria targeted “the man” first, then proceeded to find or fabricate a crime. Beria’s modus operandi was to presume the man guilty, and fill in the blanks later. By contrast, under the United States Constitution, there’s a presumption of innocence that emanates from the 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments, as set forth in Coffin vs. U.S. (1895).

        Prior to actually reading about McCarthy, as opposed to just consuming the party-line about him, I thought that he was a no-goodnik.
        Turns out that he was a true Patriot; he just went against the wrong group of people who happened to control certain businesses within a certain industry, who as a group happened host a large number of actual card-carrying communists. This, during the time that Mssrs. Stalin, and Beria were actively at their nefarious work.
        Solzhenitsyn wrote for the future, to help those with the eyes to see understand how it happened, and that it could all happen again; possibly much sooner than we would like to think
        .
        “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: ‘What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?
        Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!
        If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

        • Tate October 1, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

          Most ‘muricans don’t live in large apartment buildings; they’re isolated in single-fam dwellings. They will be much easier prey.

  8. DrTomSchmidt October 1, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    Title IX is interesting, as is Federal college funding. I ran the numbers a few years ago. It turns out that the Feds supply about 1/7th or 1/6th of all the money spent on higher ed. This includes direct student support, loan guarantees, and of course NSF and NEH funding. Any institution taking even ONE dollar of Federal money must comply with all the regulation.

    The return on Federal investment is extreme: six or seven to one, since the Feds can control ALL Higher ed spending through an institution taking even one dollar.

    Another number I came up with in research was the total cost of administration at US Universities. It was within a few billion dollars of the amount of Federal education spending. In other words, if higher ed fired all the administrators, it could dispense with all the Federal dollars.

    At some point, more and more colleges and universities will drop out of the Federal dollars game. That will then disempower all the Associate Deans of Federal Policy enforcement and return a degree of institutional authority (and responsibility) to what remains of just administration.

    That will be a good day. Like the rest of the Long Emergency, it is coming, and soon. Starting NOW to embrace it will be a good thing.

    • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      Maybe the Associate Deans of Federal Policy enforcement can be persuaded to board an Ark to colonize another planet. It worked before…

      They could be joined by multiple layers of management from former medical insurers.

      • Walter B October 1, 2018 at 10:55 am #

        Bravo Elrond – your best idea yet! Where do I send my donations to get this program “off the ground”?

    • Majella October 1, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

      Not that it makes any difference to his argument, but 1 quick fact-check on JHK’s statement:’

      ” It was stealthily inserted in our national life during the Obama years, when Title IX “guidelines” originally written to correct imbalances… That experiment produced not a few spectacular injustices, such as the Duke Lacrosse team fake rape fiasco, the University of Virginia fake rape fraternity incident…”

      The Duke case was in 2006, 2 years before Obama & the ‘stealthily inserted’ Title IX

  9. Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    >>> “I believe her” is the new totalitarian rallying cry, conveniently disposing of any obligation to establish the facts of any ambiguous matter.

    Time and again we see Dems come up with a new standard or rule that they later regret. For example, the reason why a simple majority will confirm Kav is because Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option”—so-called because it was an option that shouldn’t be invoked.

    Now Dems have a new rule. It’s called the “This Is A Job Interview, Not A Court” rule. And it establishes that any accusation that can’t be 100% disproven is grounds for non-confirmation. It also establishes that a person’s entire life—including gradeschool—is now fair game. While the Dems are fond of fondling, smoking pot will likely work well for Republicans. The standard will be: One Puff Is Enough.

    As always, the Dems will reap what they sow.

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      It always amazes me that anyone in their right mind, any rational individual can buy the line of BS that is presented by the Dems.

      Higher taxes are good

      Regulation is good

      Lost balances of trade are good

      Talking baloney to minorities is good

      Ruining the labor rates with immigration is good. This also is a problem with the GOP. Illegal votes buy elections.

      Spend, spend, spend to buy phony votes is good.

      And on and on

      Wake up America, quit buying this line of crap, show some sense.

      • pequiste October 1, 2018 at 10:50 am #

        Too late for waking up, I’m afraid; this first day of the month for Halloween. A waking nightmare is what we have going on it appears.

        Although I must say, John, your list looks like Orwell could have co-written it.

      • Georges1202 October 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

        Saag Paneer is good

        (especially when cooked up by a family of illegals)

    • DrTomSchmidt October 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

      I count at least four Democratic senators currently in the Senate, including Patty Murray, who had a chance to vote to impeach Clinton in 1999. That they did not do so with a man whose abuse of his office and legal license was undisputed means… what? One wonders what the past 20 years would have been like if he HAD been removed from office and replaced with Al Gore, and if this sort of official misconduct carried a meaningful penalty.

      I’d love to see someone ask Chuck Schumer about that vote now, in light of what he now says.

      • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

        You don’t need to go all the way back to Clinton.

        Democrat Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota Attorney General—the top law enforcement officer in the state. He’s been accused of domestic abuse and violence. Have Dems said “We Believe Her” and come out against Ellison? Have Dems demanded an FBI investigation? Of course not! An investigation for thee but not for me!

        Such hypocrites.

        • Hands4u October 1, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

          It is my understanding that Ellison himself has asked for a full investigation.

          • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 10:37 am #

            No, Sir, not this fake Democratic-party-led investigation. What a laugh! That result is dead on arrival!

            Dems reap what they sow. The standard for “We Believe Her” is an unlimited FBI investigation—just like they demanded for Kavanaugh.

    • Bill7 October 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

      The “Democrats” get paid to lose; the “Republicans” get paid to win.

      What do We the People get? #sohosed.

    • Majella October 1, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

      No, the standard is telling the truth.

      Most childhood or teenage indiscretions can be forgiven, but what is unforgivable – and surely disqualifying for a judge at ANY level – is lying, particularly under penalty of perjury.

      Kavanaugh’s self-serving whimpering at his hearing was nauseating enough, his evasiveness to straight-forward questions was repulsive cowardice but his lying about his teen years – ‘boofing’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’ being the most egregious bullshit ever – was the living end.

      If his life has been destroyed, it was self-inflicted wound.

      • Elrond Hubbard October 2, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

        Matt Stoller made some very interesting remarks about this on Twitter. Boiled down, his point is that Kavanaugh is an aristocrat, and that “Aristocracy is a belief in the moral right of elites to rule and abuse everyone else for their own good.

        Stoller adds: “Kavanaugh was sincerely angry. But he wasn’t angry that he was caught lying. He was angry that people were attacking his moral system of aristocracy. It isn’t just a white male thing. It’s a super-rich powerful village thing. He was angry people were criticizing Versailles. … Kavanaugh grew up in that world. He doesn’t know any different. He can’t imagine any different. To him all of us are just peasants and he doesn’t owe any of us the truth. It is beneath contempt for us to make moral demands on him. … His whole career, from being one of the most sleazy and dishonest operatives in the Kenneth Starr investigation to lying about torture, stolen emails, and wiretapping, is about manipulating the peasants. He’s an aristocrat.”

        America was founded as the first nation to consciously reject aristocratic privilege, i.e. the idea that some are inherently fit to rule while others are inherently fit to be ruled. This is the true meaning of “all men are created equal”. Whatever else it is, the Kavanaugh nomination is a test to see whether Americans still adhere to this founding principle.

  10. JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    There is a sucker born every minute.

    Too bad Jeff Flake’s dad never taught him this axiom of life. He, in a wild double cross thought he would emulate his mentor McCain, got suckered by the Democratic side. Listening to a wild woman in an elevator, an obvious setup, thinking that the “deal” with the Dems ( Coons) was an honorable solution to a sharp conflict. Now it is obvious the Dems delayed the decision for a week, now the are working the issues to delay and obstruct even longer. Jeff, the dumbest person in the USA knows that the Dems are a extortionist, lying, violent back stabbing group that will do anything, ANYTHING to maintain power. Next step, threatened impeachment, reneging on the one week deal with the FBI, going around the “deal”, putting an asterisk on his appointment, making him recuse himself on liberal issues. And that probably is just the beginning.

    Jeff Flake will be appalled by what happens to his “deal”, his attempt at emulating the peace maker McCain. Or maybe, this is really an attempt by the Gang of Four, Flake, Collins, Manchin and the lady senator from Alaska to cover up their Democratic allegiance with a BS cover to protect themselves from their constituents.

    Flake is bad news, but the real problem is a political party without the intestinal fortitude to govern contesting with a group of blood thirsty power hungry con men and women.

    I too fear for this country’s future in this new win, New World.

    Who wins, Soros et al, who are funding this whole mess. Want to fix up D.C.? Figure someway to block the funding of the violent discord presented by the Ultra liberal elements.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Listening to a wild woman in an elevator, an obvious setup

      Are you nuts, John? That elevator woman was just a pretext for changing his vote. His reason for doing that was a very large something entering his Swiss bank account.

      • pequiste October 1, 2018 at 10:43 am #

        Ka-ching!

      • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 10:46 am #

        Yup! Agreed! The point is though it is all a Democratic setup. Flake is a dupe, self motivated or not!

        • Tate October 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

          How did he get elected? Janet only had one vote.

      • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 10:46 am #

        You don’t even need a secret account any more.

        • Eoin October 1, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

          There are no secret accounts anymore.
          SEE: (IRS) FBAR & FIN-CEN 114.

          • aibohphobia October 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

            Perhaps there are, and perhaps there aren’t secret accounts.

            On Page 7 of the FBAR instruction guide, there is a very interesting exemption to the duty to report a foreign bank account. It reads,

            “Individuals who have signature authority over, but no financial interest in, a foreign account are not required to report the account in the following situations:…”

            If a person who had several millions to hide were to instruct his/her/zim/zur/zer lawyer to structure the foreign account so that it fit into the definition of exempt accounts, could it be done? I am betting the answer to that is ‘yes.’

            for the compulsive, scroll to page 7 of this link;

            fincen.gov/sites/default/files/shared/FBAR%20Line%20Item%20Filing%20Instructions.pdf

    • BackRowHeckler October 1, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Jeff Flake is a ‘Maverick’.

      On the other hand, if Joe Manshun or any other Dem votes yes for Kavanaugh’s confirmation, he will be the worst traitor who ever lived.

      That’s the way it works now.

      brh

      • pequiste October 1, 2018 at 10:44 am #

        Not a “maverick” just a Schmuck.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 10:45 am #

        Today is October 1, the beginning of the month, it means that … correct!, updating data on sealed indictments. 55,677.

        Did Jeff Flake contribute to the list?

        Five thousand more! On your scarves, bitchez!

        • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 10:51 am #

          In a world of power, power, power, why should we be surprised that a group of women should fight with every tool they have to acquire more power. The day of the demure female is dead.

          And the have the advantage of old school chivalry in their favor. So wise up, males, they are going to get you, and no holds barred. Do not treat them as your little girl, they are loaded for bear.

          • sooty October 1, 2018 at 11:24 am #

            “…why should we be surprised that a group of women should fight with every tool they have to acquire more power…”

            No, we’re fighting for justice against tools who have used their tools to threaten and debase women. That means equal power, which is still not visible on the horizon.

            Men who aren’t tools have nothing to worry about. And since “the day of the demure female is dead” go ffffff yourself.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

            In other words, the Gillibrand doctrine: Step up and shut up. Become male feminist zombie. Don’t be a tool? In other words, be their tool and fool.

            Feminism has to be crushed just as much as Black Ghetto culture. Both are unspeakably evil.

          • Luhrenloup October 1, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

            Have we been set up by the Donald?

            A few words from my favorite curmudgeon:

            youtube.com/watch?v=B-3lclSBbI0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-3lclSBbI0,

            JohnAZ says women, and by inference CBF, seek power. I don’t think so. Would any self-respecting person, male or female, put on the degrading show she put on? No, this gambit is about taking power away from the other, not securing it for oneself.

            Similarly, the Democrats, having sold their raison d’etre and their base to the highest bidder have dug themselves into a very big hole and have nothing to offer. Power is the ability to risk all on one’s beliefs, bet on it!

          • Luhrenloup October 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

            I should also add:

            Would any self-respecting person, male or female, put on the degrading show Kavanaugh put on?

        • Majella October 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

          Oh, right.

          This sealed indictment mania is a conspiracy theory that feeds itself, and will continue to, by adding more numbers to an essentially meaningless tally, and pretending it’s a portend of things to come.

          A little research goes a long way in understanding what a sealed court document could be. Not ALL are ‘indictments’.

          However, if #QAnon is (by some unimaginable fluke) correct, then Trump will make McCathy look like a dilettante, and probably put him into his favorite club – hard-man dictators, along with Stalin (Beria) et al.

    • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      JohnAZ: “the Dems ( Coons)”.

      Care to elaborate?

      • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 10:53 am #

        Coons is Flake’s good buddy on the other side of the aisle and was the Dems attack dog in the antechamber to get Flake to waver. Sort of like McCain and Lieberman.

        • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 11:04 am #

          JohnAZ, your reference to Chris Coons was no doubt interpretted by Elrond as a racial slur. Because that’s how libtard brains are wired. The racial goggles are inborn.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 11:55 am #

            It is true that I was suspicious, since I couldn’t place the name Coons. I’m happy to be proven wrong. JohnAZ, I offer my respectful thanks for your response.

            Meanwhile, Exscotticus, my suspicion is well justified by what regular posters around here say day in and day out. You supplied a fine example only a few minutes ago.

            Let’s break it down: “If a thug like Michael Brown was the poster child of [the Ferguson, MO] community, then they deserve all the ‘petty fines’ and ‘fees’ that criminal activity merits.”

            This is a complete reversal of cause and effect to justify collective punishment and repression.

            Leave aside whether Michael Brown took any actions whereby he ‘deserved’ to be shot dead. Also leave aside whether he tried to take the officer’s gun, thus precipitating his fate by aggression or stupidity; since we have the officer’s word on this and nothing more, there’s nothing more to be done, so leave that as well. Are we agreed to leave both those issues aside? I trust we are.

            What we’re left with is, the death of Michael Brown came after many years of tax farming and harassment. Yet here you came citing the reaction to his death as retroactive justification for those same policies. Did the Ferguson city council and police use clairvoyance to foresee protests down the line, and say to themselves “We have to start punishing these people for what they’re going to do years from now”? Was a time machine involved somehow? Has the snake swallowed its own tail? Or did cause and effect work like they do in the real world, and the policies caused the reaction?

            My brain isn’t wired that way; I’m using my eyes and my ears, and what I see is rank, stinking prejudice.

          • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

            Elrond all I did was post a video of your pal Michael Brown robbing a convenience store and asaulting the store’s proprietor. Later that day he assaulted a LEO and was shot. Justice served. If you want to defend this thug then that’s your business.

            Oh, and the Dems favorite new gold standard arbiter of truthiness—the FBI—cleared the LEO in the shooting. They found no evidence that Brown had his hands up in surrender or said “don’t shoot” before he was shout.

            The rest of your screed is just the usual libtard victimization philosopy absolving favored groups of responsibility for their actions.

            Police: This black man just robbed a convenience store, assaulted the proprietor, and then assaulted a police officer.
            Elrond Libtard: Yes… but… slavery!

          • Keizan October 2, 2018 at 1:12 am #

            Elrond – (sorry Exscotticus, for some reason I can’t reply to him directly)

            “…leave aside whether he tried to take the officer’s gun, thus precipitating his fate by aggression or stupidity; since we have the officer’s word on this and nothing more…”

            Only if you ignore the physical evidence that Brown had been reaching into Wilson’s car, which the grand jury used to acquit him. This didn’t get much coverage because the media has been complicit in creating the Saint Michael myth, and these inconvenient facts didn’t fit the narrative.

            washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/11/28/the-physical-evidence-in-the-michael-brown-c…

          • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 10:26 am #

            @Keizan,

            Liberals are only interested in facts and evidence when it advances their narratives. When facts and evidence don’t support them, they turn to “systemic” or “structural” or “historical” racism and discrimination non sequiturs to absolve their favored classes of responsibility.

            It’s not Brown’s fault he was a thug; it’s the white man’s fault because… slavery!

      • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

        There are all kinds of costs, like violent crime ‘costs’–
        what is a White life worth?

        EZ to look at dollars,

        Blacks as a group receive $897 billion per year in social transfer payments, 13 times their net contribution to GDP.
        Creating a net loss of over 25 trillion dollars over the past 30 years.
        This does not include the billions of dollars of real estate destroyed or devalued by their unique nation building skills
        The cost of Black America

        If you are a white American, over the course of your lifetime the federal government will, on average and on your behalf, transfer $384,109 of your wealth and income to a single black individual.

        According to the data derived from the 2014 federal budget, the average annual net tax/benefit broke down as follows:
        White: -$2,795
        Black: +$10,016
        Over the course of an average 79-year lifespan, a white individual contributes a net $220,805 to the system, whereas over the course of an average 75-year lifespan, a black individual receives a net $751,200.
        However, since there are 4.6 times more whites than blacks in the USA, the black share has to be divided among the various contributors to sort out a one-to-one comparison.

        So, the net cost to the average White American of the average Black American is $384,109. Married?

        That’s $768,218. Got 2 kids? That’s $1,536,436. 4 kids? Now we’re talking $2,304,654 lifetime.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

          Hard to assess this blizzard of dollar amounts, unless you provide links to primary sources and some help with how you got from there to your conclusions.

          Superficially, though, this resembles the kind of spoof reasoning that ends with a punchline like, “Therefore Alexander the Great had an infinite number of arms”. I certainly see no reason to take all this at face value.

  11. pequiste October 1, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    With all of this raging (manufactured) hysteria over (alleged) teenage illicit sex – by a potential justice of the U.S. Supreme Court no less – surely the rest of us are going to get fucked over really good. When the Wall Street partay comes to its inevitable conclusion of a wicked Bear market or crash with perhaps a little shooting conflict over some reefs turned into Chinese air bases in the South China Sea, that’s when the real hysteria, if it can be recognized as an actual problem, over the background noise of a civilization gone, full-tilt bozo.

    Don’t you Lumpenfolk or CFNers for that matter pay that stuff – except the Soap Opera media narratives of Sexcrime – no never mind!

    Go back to your streaming porn, pro football, and eagerly anticipate this “Holiday Season’s” hottest toy for girls and boys (or any of the 37 other genders you may care to choose) of all ages: A.I. robots!

    youtube.com/watch?v=Qy2Z2TWAt6A

    Its crazy uncle is no imaginary monster either btw. (Enquiries to DARPA or Boston Robotics for details.)

    Who needs to play with a human anyway? (Ask Judge Kavanaugh.)

    • pequiste October 1, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      Pardon me; Boston Dynamics.

  12. gonetohell October 1, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Kunstler is confused as to who is “disposing of any obligation to establish the facts of any ambiguous matter.” The Democrats want a thorough investigation into the alleged potential rape attempt by someone seeking a spot on the Supreme Court. They are calling for an FBI investigation, as is the alleged victim and all of the other accusers that have since come forward. Who doesn’t want the FBI involved? Well that would be the Republicans and the vehemently innocent Kavanaugh.
    Now caught needing to appease a couple of thinking Republican Senators with an investigation, an FBI investigation is ordered under full control of a Trump White House. Limited in scope with narrow parameters serving only to rubber stamp Kavanaugh’s trip to the highest judicial court. Talk about a despicable sham. Kunstler has lost all sense of decency, if indeed he ever had any.

    • JustSaying October 1, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      A thorough investigation is not possible because there is insufficient evidence. Even Cory Booker said it amounts to hearsay.

      • gonetohell October 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

        I’ll bet you could reread your comment several times and still not see realize just how stupid it is. You can’t investigate because there’s no evidence? How do you not forget to breath? You’re the reason our public schools are criticized.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 11:31 am #

      >>> Limited in scope with narrow parameters…

      Yep—just like Dr. Ford’s polygraph

    • JustSaying October 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

      nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/evidence-doesn-t-support-claims-against-kavanaugh-judiciary-commi…

      This is the point that JHK is making: …The destination of all this confusion is a society that can’t process any quarrel coherently, leaving everyone unsatisfied and adrift, and no actual problems resolved.

      What is the FBI going to investigate?

      • JustSaying October 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

        From Legal Insurrection article:

        Here are some key observations, each of which Mitchell supports with detailed analysis:

        Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of when the alleged assault happened

        Dr. Ford has struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the assailant by name.

        When speaking with her husband, Dr. Ford changed her description of the incident to become less specific.

        Dr. Ford has no memory of key details of the night in question—details that could help corroborate her account.

        Dr. Ford’s account of the alleged assault has not been corroborated by anyone she identified as having attended—including her lifelong friend.

        Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of the alleged assault.

        Dr. Ford has struggled to recall important recent events relating to her allegations, and her testimony regarding recent events raises further questions about her memory.

        Dr. Ford’s description of the psychological impact of the event raises questions.

        The activities of congressional Democrats and Dr. Ford’s attorneys likely affected Dr. Ford’s account.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

      The Dems want another expanding and unending investigation, a Mueller type fishing safari. They are already deeply dissatisfied with the parameters, saying a week isn’t long enough. And no doubt more lunatics will be brought forward if they can’t get an extension.

      The Republicans were fools to give them anything.

    • Billy Hill October 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

      Where do we draw the line here? Where should we? Why not investigate everyone (male) either now or previously a “public servant”?

      Just Because BK is vying for a position of public trust why limit ourselves? (BTW, the people that end up on the short SCOTUS list, either with an R or D behind their name, land there because they have come to the attention of the handful of people in that particular line of work, which is pretty damn arcane, and populated by what are usually referred to as “scholars” who spend time parsing esoteric meanings from previous case law. Most of the cases that come before the Supreme Court are so minutely focused on split hairs based on previous decisions — sometimes even settled law — that the general populace has no business even attempting to understand what they are about. It’s as if you asked Joe Blow to comment on the harmony and structure of an Eliot Carter string quartet.)

      But why limit ourselves to the present? There are loud voices of female pain begging for an FBI investigation into a previous public servant named Clinton. Why should we refuse these women? They are women, are they not?

  13. Walter B October 1, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    For those who feel that Jim is too one sided in his disgust for what the democrats have devolved into, it should be noted that the republicans are empty do nothing shells themselves, although they are not pissing in their own soup nearly to the degree that the democrats are. The republican may have nothing to offer, but their opponents are going out of their way to screw up every opportunity they can find and are pandering to every whining sub-group they can create.

    Just before the June primary here in New Jersey, I was invited to and attended a speaking engagement/fundraiser for the democratic candidate for our congressional district. While the career politician republican do nothing defending his office is about as appetizing as plain unflavored yogurt, the lunatic on the left is truly terrifying. Seeing and listening to him speak right there in a private home in our Township, I had a front row seat to the madness. He touched on every hot button national issue while repeating Trump sucks, Trump sucks, trump sucks and touting how much he loved and admired Barry Obama. It was all fluff and emotions aimed at the ladies in the crowd, young, old, and in between. When he stepped off of the soapbox and mingled with the crowd, I watched him go from one small group of ladies to another tossing happiness and smiles and compliments as carelessly as a drunken sailor on shore leave. When he got to the small clusters of men that were chatting, he stayed on the outside and glared and did not engage in any conversation, but slunk away quietly after a few minutes at each group. I have never seen such a frightening display of pandering in my days. And how does the “Trump sucks” line of crap amount to a viable plan to do make right what is wrong anyway? It is not a platform, it is a line of shit flung about to get elected by playing on the hatred that was sown in the 2016 national “campaign” and that seems to be all that the left is capable of coming up with.

    Yes Jim, I agree, the democrats are lost though I would love to see them come up with a real plan and some real people to get things right once again. I do not think that this is even remotely possible as long as the Clintons, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, and Feinstein remain above ground or out of prison.

    And for those who might ask, “What do the republican have to offer”, I think the answer should be clear to all – NOTHING. That is why Donald Trump is now president.

    • venuspluto67 October 1, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      Now you know what we thought of the Tea Party back in 2010.

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      You are right about both sides of the idiocy in DC being useless.

      Consider this though. The issues affecting us today are mostly apolitical. Oil depletion, water depletion, overpopulation, climate change (take your pick, I believe warming), refugee resettlement, global income divisions creating regions of increasing poverty,

      Look at the world wide reaction to all of these. Nada, nil, nothing.

      What do people do when they are ineffective at providing solutions..

      They BS! Hence, Washington, DC.

      • Walter B October 1, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

        Yes indeed John, I am getting a lot of mileage out of asking people when was the last time that anybody anywhere solved any problem by giving a politician more money? I have not encountered a single human being that was able to come up with a single instance of this happening. They line their pockets, they take care of their own families and friends, and they live the high lives at the expense of those who keep the machinery running. Anybody that says otherwise is either one of them, one of their paid lackeys, or maybe even just really, really stupid. Go on the inside. Check them out. It is far uglier than you could ever imagine.

        • elysianfield October 1, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

          “when was the last time that anybody anywhere solved any problem by giving a politician more money? ”

          FDR and the New Deal?

          • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 8:22 am #

            Possibly, but was that not almost 100 years ago? Damn!

    • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      I’ll make the logical conclusion for you: Women shouldn’t be voting. They simply don’t care about the Truth by and large, but only feelings. Indeed they often say “I feel” when they should be saying, “I think” – an overt admission of guilt in my book.

      • Tate October 1, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

        I’d say give the vote to widows, & if a man wants to cede his vote to his wife, then fine. Otherwise, nobody else gets to vote. This would solve a lot of problems.

  14. akmofo October 1, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    The only real beneficiaries of Globalism are the big corporations, so I have to disagree with you James. In the eventuality of no Globalism and no big corporations, and no big gov mafia to feed these REAL MONSTERS, “the people” will do just fine. In fact, there’s good reason to believe that “the people” will do much better than they do today, with the Vatican/CIA gov mafia predation dead and gone.

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 10:58 am #

      I would add onto this that it also is giving the power elite another level of power to inhabit. Power people are never satisfied with the level of power they have, they always want more. We get globalized, they will want something to universalize the power structure of space. It never stops.

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      Big corporations are a product of lousy conditions for competition, a victim of fifty years of political corporate manipulation, both parties guilty. A robust economy requires businesses of all sizes to prosper.

      • akmofo October 1, 2018 at 11:59 am #

        Big gov mafia = Big corporations

        The scheme is generally analogous to the one described here by VisualPolitik:

        Argentina, The ROBBERY of the Century
        youtu.be/US_HUVTqjj4

      • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

        Huh? Big corporations are the winner of previous competitions. They then destroy their small competitors and form alliances with their big ones in order to lock in their position. This IS Capitalism in its mature form. What else would it be? If profit is the goal, this is it. “Competition is a sin” is the motto of mature Capitalism.

        As the character Comedian said in the movie, The Watchmen: What happened to the American dream? This is it. You got it.

        And don’t eulogize the little guys: Their dream is to do exactly the same thing. Capitalism is the war of all against all. And yeah, we need a good bit of it because the human heart demands it. We’re a fallen race after all. But never equate it with Virtue or Spirituality – it’s all just human failure in terms of the big picture.

        • akmofo October 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

          “Competition is a sin”
          ==

          Thank you, Yan, for this description of FASCISM, NAZISM COMMUNISM, in short, VATICANISM.

          The winners of real competition are more competitors, not fewer larger ones!

          And no, we are not fallen! We are deliberately misguided (by the Vatican). We are misguided by deliberate Vatican/CIA/KGB lying propaganda misdirection misinformation disinformation and no information. We swim in their sea of institutionalized ignorance malice and maleficence.

          People who have any sense of perception and knowledge of history, know exactly where the blame is.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

            Unfallen Man couldn’t be so easily tricked. The Devil is inside us and our intellects are darkened. Reform and Secular Jews don’t seem to understand the implications of the story of Adam and Eve. You’re no better than Liberals and your would be paradise will never be.

          • akmofo October 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

            Your problem, Yan, is that you get your information from ignorant and malicious nazis/commies and you think that you are therefore schooled in things Jewish. Nothing could be further from the truth. I suggest, you watch and learn the real meaning of Judaism and YeHeVeh:

            The Way of Yahweh:
            youtube.com/playlist?list=PL106561FCC1F0D629

          • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 12:44 am #

            One people?

            yahoo.com/news/palestinians-strike-against-israels-jewish-nation-law-102126675.html

            The Israeli Jews are hardening their attitudes. You shouldn’t feel like you have to defend them if you don’t have the same belief.

          • akmofo October 2, 2018 at 7:45 am #

            You ignore what I show you and persist with your VATICAN propaganda. That will only reward you with darkness.

  15. JustSaying October 1, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    Great blog today, JHK!

    We have really crossed the Rubicon and there is no turning back. I can’t imagine how this is going to be resolved without a civil war of some kind.

  16. BackRowHeckler October 1, 2018 at 10:58 am #

    Yeah, its hard to understand how the party of Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Franklin Roosevelt advancing the interests of coal miners, small farmers and steel workers, could have evolved into this jejune party of Kamela Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren advancing the interests of illegal aliens, drag queens and the welfare state.

    brh

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 11:12 am #

      And thank GOD for that! Imagine if Dems had given up identity politics and gone back to being somewhat normal? Republicans wouldn’t stand a chance. Instead, Dems have allowed the janets to take over. The animals have escaped the zoo and are blocking traffic on I-495.

    • Ron Anselmo October 1, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      Very well put BRH.

      RA

    • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

      You forgot, legal infanticide, endless spending, endless war.

      But compare old companies names [ATT, Ford Motors] with..oh
      apple, google, yahoo, facebook. dumb names. kiddy like.

      • SpeedyBB October 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

        ‘…dumb names. kiddy like…’

        That is certainly insightful.

        Encouraging the infantilization of the consumers? An obscenely profitable and addictive enterprise with a silly name.

        Wow.

        Old names were meant to strike fear into the hearts of the unwashed. GENERAL MOTORS. IBM. And of course Eugene O’Neill’s momentous curse: ‘Down with all tyrants! God damn Standard Oil!’

        How could one possibly imagine anything tyrannical about a lovable firm called ‘Google’ or ‘facebook’?

        You got me thinking…

  17. FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    From the good news:

    Verification of the presidential warning system, as well as the warning systems of emergency services and the Department of the Interior, scheduled for October 3, at 2:18 pm and will last 30 minutes.

    Maybe they will show us a movie 🙂

    October surprise, which Assange promised two years ago, but it did not work out.

    We are waiting. I hope that something will happen sooner. The anniversary of the tragedy in Las Vegas all the same, the globalist’s work, for sure.

  18. pequiste October 1, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    And who, or what organization, has the motto “Ordo Ab Chao”
    prominently displayed in symbols, literature, and rites?

    Yeah, Chao; its what’s going to be for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    (You paranoid CFNer, you.)

  19. Zoltar October 1, 2018 at 11:25 am #

    I know it’s troubling to many liberals for forums like this to start going after the Democrats, but it’s essential that this happen. Unless we can straighten out “our side,” there will be no chance of effectively combating the other side.
    Or, to put it another way, there must be an opposition, and there cannot be until the Democratic party – or, preferably, whatever succeeds it -commits itself to opposing the Corporate State, rather than getting in bed with it.

  20. janet October 1, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    Republicans held up Garland for a year, not for any disagreement, just because Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court.

    The Democrats have held up Kavanaugh for a week … because Kavanaugh has perjured himself repeatedly under oath.

    The Democrats need to learn how to fight like Republicans… They will be able to as soon as they regain control of Congress … in about one month.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      Kavanaugh has perjured himself repeatedly under oath

      Is that true?! Did he REALLY drank 6 bottle of bears instead of stated 5?!!!

      That’s a High Treason compared to which transferring the government state secrets to an unsecure server is a child’s play in a sandbox!

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      >>> The Democrats have held up Kavanaugh for a week…

      Not quite, janet. They trashed a man’s stellar reputation. There’s nothing credible about an allegation that has no time, no place, no evidence, and no corroborating witnesses. But if that’s the new standard, just wait until Garland comes up again.

      • janet October 1, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

        The Democrats permitted a full FBI investigation of Garland, which was not controled or limited by Obama.

        Trump is limiting the FBI investigation of Kavanaugh … limiting it to a week, limiting who can be interviewed, what time period, what side of the street they live on, etc.

        Democrats need to learn from the Republicans.

        • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

          Limited? You mean like Dr. Ford’s fake polygraph that was limited to two generic questions and no controls?

      • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

        Well said. We must destroy that him next time, not just block him. We need a Protestant on the Bench now, a White Male one. Not more Catholics, Women, or Jews.

        • Majella October 2, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

          You really are a DICKHEAD, Janos. Your Boy, Brett M Kavanaugh is a Catholic.

  21. jivefive99 October 1, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    There are those of us who are wondering when youll be returning to the subject of peak oil 100% of the time. The fracking thing may be closing in on an end (or not), since cheap money was the only way to finance its operations. So far, that money is becoming expensive. The political postings are interesting, but lets face it, the world does run on cheap oil … oil getting more scarce and expensive by the day ….

    • venuspluto67 October 1, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      Well, the source of that cheap money has been the printing presses of the central banks, so when that particular spigot gets shut off, the political horse-races will likely become moot. But if things get bad enough, so might the Internet itself!

  22. Kafkaesque October 1, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    Apropos this mantra about the collapse of the techno-industrial state, while it goes heavily against the Chicken Little diatribes here, it might be well to unplug from propoganda media and actually listen to the N
    EAR future’s paragons:

    youtu.be/FTTgdtl8FvM

  23. FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    From the good news:

    Congratulations to the neighbors. Trudeau yesterday at 20 pm 2 hours before the X time signed an agreement with us and the mexes.

    Goodbye, NAFTA, hello USMCA.

    You will now drink our milk, bitchez.

    • janet October 1, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      In the name of equality, to avoid charges of racism, that should be USMECA

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      >>> You will now drink our milk, bitchez.

      LOL.

      Another victory for Trump. Time to update his list of accomplishments…

      Tax cuts ✔
      Regulations slashed ✔
      Justice Gorsuch ✔
      New EU trade deal ✔
      New South Korea trade deal ✔
      Markets at record highs ✔
      4.2% growth ✔
      3.9% unemployment ✔
      Wage growth highest in 9 years ✔
      obamacare gutted ✔
      Paris climate deal killed ✔
      Iran nuclear giveaway killed ✔
      Funding for Pakistan and the Palestinians cut ✔
      Strong immigration enforcement ✔
      Travel ban in full effect ✔
      ISIS wiped off the map ✔
      Peace in Korea ✔
      FBI/CIA deep state purged ✔
      New NAFTA deal

      • janet October 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        Except for the tax cuts the things in your list are rule by executive fiat, easily reversed. Republicans continually criticized Obama for governing by executive order. Democrats need to learn from Republicans.

        By the way, Obamacare is still the law of the land and is more popular than ever.

        • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

          >>> By the way, Obamacare is still the law of the land

          The Individual Mandate will be gone as of 2019 (couple of months).

          >>> and is more popular than ever

          LOL. There are more illegal aliens in the USA than people on Obamacare.

  24. janet October 1, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    The fracking thing may be closing in on an end (or not), since cheap money was the only way to finance its operations.“ jivefive99

    Oil is going back up to $100 a barrel. As long as oil is over $50 a barrel fracking will continue to make a profit. Every year there are obviously false predictions that the wells will only last a year or that they are not profitable… yet every year fracking continues and is profitable, especially at $100 a barrel. The “news” of played out wells is greatly exaggerated.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      Profit, schmofit… Look at the big picture, jane

      • janet October 1, 2018 at 11:56 am #

        Bigger than continued increases in global oil production? Exobiotic oil production? Paint the bigger picture you speak of, This is a peak oil blog. Be specific.

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      You forget one JHK fact, oil over $75 cripples the world economy as oil is the basis of everything. It is interesting that his number is where the current pricing seems to be bouncing off of. Environmentalists and climate change folks want the conversion of energy generation to change from fossil fuel to renewable sources. Each one should read The Long Emergency’s chapter on why alternate sources cannot supplant fossil fuels and hence why we are in a world of hurt. You are right though that the only real incentive to economic change here is pricing.

      BTW, fracking is not a solution. It is short termed and as the ring of wells moves out from the sweet spots, production falls and cost of production rises. Fracking should be viewed as a stop gap until we find something better. One piece of good news here is that oil companies are starting to drill to deeper depths in shale strata to get more oil. Just costs more.

      Remember, peak oil is not next year or the year after. It is 20 to 80 years from now. Can we convert to something else by then? The alternative is horrendous.

  25. Dumbedup October 1, 2018 at 11:45 am #

    Kavanaugh lied in his confirmation hearing testimony. But that is not the only reason he should not be confirmed. The other reason is the same as why Clement Haynesworth, Robert Bork and John Parker were not confirmed.

    His opinions and public statements betray an extreme view of the Constitution. Kavanaugh is overtly hostile to the 14th Amendment and would allow the mass collection of cellphone and internet data by government agencies without a warrant. He also dissented from an opinion which ruled (in accordance with existing Supreme Court precedent) that placing a GPS device to track a suspect’s car required a warrant.

    His “originalism” is more extreme than that of Alito and Scalia combined. How can you apply the reasoning of the writers of a 200 year old document to technology about which they had no inkling without attempting to understand how they might apply that reasoning had they known of it? He is also a proponent of an executive branch without the historical checks and balances.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      Five eyes: the agreement between Anglo speaking countries to spy on the citizens of OTHER countries without ANY warrant and getting paid with the tax money of those citizens.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

      So if it is illegal for our FBI clowns to spy on American citizens, you could hire the British MI-5 clowns to do that for you and pay them with American tax dollars. Same goes in reverse.

      Very convenient, don’t you think?

      • GreenAlba October 1, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

        “So if it is illegal for our FBI clowns to spy on American citizens, you could hire the British MI-5 clowns to do that …”

        MI6. Know your agencies.

        • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

          That was an ortho-dox error.

          • elysianfield October 1, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

            Komraden Finc!

            Just refer to them as the “Organs”…you cannot and will not be wrong.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      @Dumbedup, no one cares about political interpretations of Kav’s writings. We can read Kav for ourselves. And we can quote him as well…

      …the country needs a check against a bad-behaving or law-breaking President. But the Constitution already provides that check. If the President does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available. No single prosecutor, judge, or jury should be able to accomplish what the Constitution assigns to the Congress. Moreover, an impeached and removed President is still subject to criminal prosecution afterwards. In short, the Constitution establishes a clear mechanism to deter executive malfeasance; we should not burden a sitting President with civil suits, criminal investigations, or criminal prosecutions. The President’s job is difficult enough as is. And the country loses when the President’s focus is distracted by the burdens of civil litigation or criminal investigation and possible prosecution.

      What?! You mean Creepy Porn Lawyer can’t drag the Prez out of his National Security meetings to litigate over big boobs? Outrageous!

    • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

      Blacks and Indians were around 200 years ago. None of the Founders thought of them as Americans though or possible future Americans or “equal” in any way.

      • elysianfield October 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

        “Blacks and Indians were around 200 years ago. None of the Founders thought of them as Americans though or possible future Americans or “equal” in any way.”

        Janos,

        We provided the Indians with reservations, supplemental sustenance, and even blankets! The Blacks have been, and are currently being given reservations (ghettos) and sustenance (SNAP payments)…we neglected to give them blankets…syphilis and other diseases, yes, but no blankets….

  26. volodya October 1, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    The erasure of boundaries, be they distinctions between fact and fantasy, guilt and innocence, male and female, and the others that JHK lists, is underpinned by the struggle for power in the political and economic realm.

    Mostly the game is one of distraction and misdirection, creating blooms of smoke where no fire exists, for example, calling people fascist for having the temerity to look after their economic self-interest, or making accusations of authoritarianism or expending countless hours and resources making the case of collusion when the colluders and authoritarians are the ones making the accusations.

    But the sins don’t just sit on one side of the aisle. The Republicans, the most sorry-assed gang of pant-shitters ever to disgrace the democratic institutions of the USA, spent the better part of their history selling out the interests of their constituents, telling those people that their Americanism and patriotism was best exemplified by happily acquiescing to their own economic destruction.

    Well, these same Republicans couldn’t hold the fort against a show-biz charlatan who spent a career creating failed businesses, who, unlike Democrat and Republican alike, gained power simply by calling attention to what was right under people’s noses. Feeling the prevailing winds, these “principled conservatives” abandoned “principled conservatism” and adopted the guise of economic nationalists.

    But, it ain’t over yet. Wait for the billionaires and their lobbyists to convince them to rethink their newfound convictions and opt for the route of more money for the rich and less for everyone else. Haven’t we already seen a massive corporate tax cut? This is just the start. We’ve yet to see the likes of Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney rise up yet again in their new roles of “reformers” of entitlements. Yes, less for the poor means the elimination of social security on the grounds of fiscal unsustainability. The coffers are bare folks. Remember that “lock-box”? Ain’t no money there, sorry. No money nowhere, nope, don’t know where it all went.

    Countries that print their own money can’t go tits up? Oh yes they can.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

      But, it ain’t over yet

      Whirlwinds of danger are raging around us,
      O’erwhelming forces of darkness assail,
      Still in the fight see advancing before us,
      Red flag of liberty that yet shall prevail.

      Then forward ye workers, freedom awaits you,
      O’er all the world on the land and the sea.
      On with the fight for the cause of humanity.
      March, march ye toilers and the world shall be free

      youtube.com/watch?v=4kkYnpteqt4&t=25

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlwinds_of_Danger

  27. volodya October 1, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    Elrond, I’m sorry, but if you don’t want to get shit upon for making fool-assed arguments, stop making them.

  28. Petro October 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Textbook case of projection with today’s post:

    “The destination of all this confusion is a society that can’t process any quarrel coherently, leaving everyone unsatisfied and adrift, and no actual problems resolved.

    One element of the story is clear, though. The Democratic party, in the absence of real monsters to slay, has become the party devoted to sowing chaos, mainly by inventing new, imaginary monsters using the machinery of politics…” although JHK uses the machinery of his keyboard.

    JHK has his own set of imaginary bogeymen conspiring to ruin what’s left of the country: academics, young black men, women, tattooed millennials, southern crackers, liberals, transgenders, gays, Democrats, the media. C’mon, Jim, at least be HONEST about this, fer chrissake. I’m going to have a bumper sticker made for your pickup: “My imaginary monsters can beat up your imaginary monsters.” 😀

  29. PeteAtomic October 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    Thanks Jim. It’s unfortunate that in any type of collapse a nation our size and complexity, its gonna be kids, women, and the elderly who are gonna take the brunt of the punishment before any order is returned.

    • volodya October 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      Bravo. You get the gold star for pointing out the obvious, because in this day and age, the obvious is something to be strenuously avoided.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      @PeteAtomic, the kids will be just fine. Thanks to liberals, children are now encouraged to explore their sexuality, both off the pole and on.

      And if the USA is invaded, our soldiers will strike terror into the hearts of our enemies…

      • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

        Poles? Is this some kind of Polish joke? Just channeling my inner Elrond.

        The great Liberian, General Butte Naked, should be given a full military commission, assuming his previous position but in the American Armed forces. His young soldiers often fought in drag. Only he can guide us thru these treacherous waters.

      • PeteAtomic October 2, 2018 at 12:15 am #

        a pole dancing family?? uhh… WTF?? lol

        well I guess the kids have their future job lined up for them already. No need to go to tech school for a degree in dental hygiene.

        • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 10:53 am #

          A world in which everyone is obsessed with their gender, their race, their sexuality—their identity, is what liberals have to offer. It’s a world designed around their narcissistic mental issues. Only a liberal could imagine that teaching a three-year-old how to pole dance in lingerie is a normal activity, a “healthy” exploration of “sexuality”.

  30. K-Dog October 1, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

    I was out with Mrs. Dog having Chinese yesterday and my fortune Cookie said “Kavanagh did it.

    It was such a relief to know for sure. The nature of eyewitness testimony being what it is, and the ignorance of the law, congress and the general public being what it is, the Ford Allegation should never have seen the light of the senate floor.

    But they did. And Kavanaugh fucked up. It should have been like asking an NBA player to swish a basket but no, instead Kavanaugh acted like someone with plenty to hide. (No dude this does not insult your daughter.) Pray we don’t hear that bullshit again!

    So that’s how it is. Monstrous allegations of dubious truth were thrown against Kavanaugh and all he had to do was act appropriately but the paranoia of guilt did not let that happen and he showed himself to be a monster. Way too agitated for an innocent or someone who has examined his inner demons and become a better man. I’m going to repeat that second part.

    Way too agitated for someone who has examined his inner demons and become a better man.

    Kavanagh revealed himself to be a monster. Now the rule of reason say to tell him to hit the road. Or we have yet more of anything goes and nothing matters. It has nothing to do with Ford except how how Kavanaugh reacted. Kavanaugh reacted as someone with plenty to hide. He fucked up his job interview.

    But the rule of reason and law will not prevail and JSP(Joe Six Pack) who will never see the inside of of a country club except as a janitor to clean up spilled wine after upper class shenanigans is not happy about seeing another upper class dickweed get promoted on his tax dime. Hell will pay, in time.

    Now’s a good time to get lost in personal projects and forget about the beltway madness. Like my battery project for instance.

    • lbs October 1, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

      What was the appropriate response. “Although I did not commit the act, in the interest of advancing the United States to a glorious people’s republic along the lines of North Korea, I happily withdraw my candidacy in the interest of serving the greater good.”

    • Georges1202 October 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      After that ridiculous display Kavanaugh should not go anywhere near a seat on the court. Someone interviewing for a fork-lift operator’s job would be shown the door after those histrionics.

      What we witnessed was the rare examination of Bro Culture. Bros are used to being surrounded by the like-minded who never question another bro’s conduct. Thus the blustery thundering that anyone might have the audacity to deny him HIS seat. This entitled prick really believes it is his birthright.

      All the Ford business aside, Kavanaugh outed himself as someone with a huge ax to grind against the Left/Dems and should never be confirmed. Just the fact that he was nominated by a sick pussy-grabbing piece of human garbage should have been a tip off.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

      A Chinese restaurant that caters to Liberal insanity – charming. You’re on the menu next time.

      • K-Dog October 2, 2018 at 11:27 am #

        Hardly, If I even bring up Russia Mrs. Dog accuses me of being a communist sympathizer.

    • elysianfield October 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

      Dog,
      Immediately after suggesting prayer, she began to moan about “Nuclear Proliferation”….

      #AmyCarter

  31. FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    The accusation of Judge Kavanaugh in sexual harassment 35 years ago to Christine Ford is a plan B of a coup in the US, according to plan A of which Trump’s presidential powers were to be terminated as early as September 18-19 due to the 25th amendment to the US Constitution, and the IL- 20 shoot-down on September 17 was supposed to happen at a critical moment to neutralize the Israeli lobby in the US, which declared President Trump the Messiah.

    In the previous post this hypothesis is proved purely logically, as a mathematical theorem, but in practice, even indirectly, it was already confirmed by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who said that the IL-20 disaster could have ended MUCH worse, and the New York Times, which published on September 17, that is, simultaneously with the IL-20 catastrophe, denunciation of US Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who until recently had been faithfully serving Hillary, overseeing the investigation of Mueller, but in a coup d’etat obviously refused to take part, which in fact has provoked a denunciation of him in the New York Times.

    No wonder Trump refused to fire him after that!

    The coup is still ongoing…

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      Finca

      You are right! Political parties are not the problem, this is not only Dem vs. GOP. Matter of fact, the latest example is Jeff Flake. I believe you are right about Hill and Bill. I have always considered them as soldiers in a globalist attempt to gain world wide power. I look at The Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Soros and other New World Order folks as the top dogs. Do you think H and B are in charge or do they have bosses. By the way, McCain had Rothschild and New World financial backing, I wonder if Flake has the same?

      Trump is independent! His target is the Deep State, the consortium between the globalist forces in the US, i.e. The RINOs and the Dems. Luckily, he has support of true conservatives, Tea Party folks, and the folks that were hurt by the liberal agenda over the past thirty years.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

        I will say at once that, generally speaking, the events and people described in the Holy Scripture are a blueprint which is reproduced in history over and over again, but of course every time additional circumstances are superimposed on this blueprint, distorting the purity of the picture, and this blueprint is reproduced to the greatest extent at the end of times, realized one to one.

        It’s about the Babylonian Whore, if I am not clear enough.

        Hillary Clinton is absolutely a figure of Biblical proportion, whose goal in life is not money, not even power, but attaining a certain goal in her vision of Apocalypses and her role in the life to come.

        To translate all that gibberish into plain English, her most desirable goal is to start a nuclear war between United States and Russia, and have plenty of orgasmic WOWs watching the nuclear mushrooms blooming over the American and Russian cities,

        it is as simple as that.

        • Majella October 2, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

          Huh? I notice you come up with some weird shit from time to time, Finca, but that…you were being ironic, I hope? Otherwise, you’re just bat-shit crazy!

          • ozone October 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

            Madge,
            Sorry, he’s batshit crazeeeee, that’s why he paints this place with his diarrheal postings day after day, hour upon hour. Consider it a wonderful vacation from reality and discriminating analysis. Why, it might be termed: Shallow non-thought. Your entertainment value may vary….

          • He’s a paid shill. He thinks hes Dostoevsky

  32. wm5135 October 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    Placebo – take two and call yourself in the morning.

  33. Ghung October 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Meh…. Even swamp creatures (in this case, Democrats) can be useful. I doubt JHK’s recent obsession with the Dems will let him admit that, but I just don’t like Kavanaugh. He’s creepy and as a right-leaning centrist Independent, I prefer balance,, and Kav has neither demonstrated the character nor the stability I would like to see. Indeed, he will be a whiny lap dog for the far right and we don’t need that any more than we need a far leftist transsexual reactionary. My point is that there is reasonable doubt about this guy (didn’t need the Dems to make that plain), and Trump has other choices. It’s a lifetime fuckin’ appointment. Find another nominee and move on. Despite Kavanaugh’ obvious sense of prep school entitlement, nothing entitles him to sit on the SCOTUS bench. Nothing at all.

    • lbs October 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      I have no problem with Democrats or anyone else being against Kavanaugh because they disagree with his judicial beliefs.

      I have a big problem with people who believe he should be crucified on the basis of an allegation that has very little evidence.

  34. lbs October 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    I wonder as to the factual situation with regard to the Duke Lacrosse case. I can’t say I know a lot of the details except there was a deranged prosecutor named Nifong whose lust for power led him to attempt to crucify the innocent.

    Since that was a prosecutor in the real legal system, I wonder how much that case actually had to do with the Kampus Kangaroo Kourts.

    Perhaps the kangaroo justice system did help fuel the hysteria, however.

  35. RB October 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    I am neither shocked nor disturbed by democrats behaviors in the capitol. What is bothersome is that a hefty piece of the American electorate buys into the junk they are passing out for truth. They cannot be trusted with the nuclear codes or the IRS or the environment and especially not the justice department. The GOP is full of gutless wonders who have fumbled away opportunities to make a difference. They are as absurd as the democrat thugs and thugettes. This economy is in big trouble. South America is collapsing. Italy is in big trouble. Greece went down years ago. The EU is in disarray. China is going to be pushed a bit too far in the South China sea and kaboom. And yet, here we are enduring a clown convention in the Congress. Mr. Trump’s doings pale in comparison to the crazies in the domed building. The next state of the union ought to be fascinating.

    I would say “God help us” but I am too embarrassed to ask God to take time out and fool with this nonsense.

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

      Outstanding, RB.

    • Yukon Tom October 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

      On top of that, your Interior Secretary suggested a naval blockade of Russian energy exports. Declaration of War if there ever was one. That worked against the Japs in 1941, but wont work so well against Russia. “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” Economic sanctions is just Trumps way to level the playing field. This will backfire as Nations will find ways to work around them. Militarizing the dollar will end the Petrodollar. That day is not to far off.

  36. janet October 1, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

    “The Individual Mandate will be gone as of 2019 (couple of months).” –exscotticus

    Trump promised to eliminate Obamacare on his first day in office. Two years later, the fact is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has not been repealed or replaced. Trump fail!

    But you are right about Trump throwing a monkey wrench into the individual mandate for 2019. Trump is vandalizing the Affordable Care Act in 2019, hoping for its collapse.

    The vandalism of the Affordable Care Act perpetrated by Trump and his healthcare henchmen will increase health insurance costs and that will be felt by ordinary Americans for years to come. The bottom line is premium increases in the range of 16% to 30% are coming in 2019.

    But accidents happen, diseases develop, and major medical expenses are incurred. Those voluntarily choosing cheaper junk policies that don’t meet ACA standards will risk medical bankruptcy. TrumpCare fail!

    Due to the Trump tax on health care and Trump-imposed medical bankruptcy from removal of standards, we will have to fix the problem in 2020, at the ballot box.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

      >>> Trump promised to eliminate Obamacare on his first day in office. Two years later, the fact is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has not been repealed or replaced. Trump fail!

      Don’t forget the wall, janet! He promised to build the wall and it’s not built. Another fail!

      You remind me of those fake fact checkers that claim Trump lied because he said there were 25,000 people at his rally when in fact there were only 24,999 plus a midget.

  37. jdhines October 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    To the Far Right. Below are some interesting comments from one of your own.

    “We live in a world where the president routinely attacks the F.B.I. because he fears its work. He calls for his enemies to be prosecuted and his friends freed. We also live in a world where a sitting federal judge channels the president by shouting attacks at the Senate committee considering his nomination and demanding to know if a respected senator has ever passed out from drinking. We live in a world where the president is an accused serial abuser of women, who was caught on tape bragging about his ability to assault women and now likens the accusations against his nominee to the many “false” accusations against him.

    Most disturbingly, we live in a world where millions of Republicans and their representatives think nearly everything in the previous paragraph is O.K.”

    By James Comey, Former FBI director

    A REPUBLICAN (who most agree cost Hillary the 2016 election). Of course, you will say Comey is and always has been a RINO, as that’s what you folks say about any R who doesn’t follow the hard right party line. Well, at least you have Kanye West on your side. Good luck with that.

    • jdhines October 1, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      and further

      “In that world, the F.B.I. is now being asked to investigate, on a seven-day clock, sexual assaults that the president says never happened, that some senators have decried as a sham cooked up to derail a Supreme Court nominee, and that other senators believe beyond all doubt were committed by the nominee.

      If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn’t have been sought after the Senate Judiciary Committee already endorsed the nominee. Instead, it seems that the Republican goal is to be able to say there was an investigation and it didn’t change their view, while the Democrats hope for incriminating evidence to derail the nominee.

      Although the process is deeply flawed, and apparently designed to thwart the fact-gathering process, the F.B.I. is up for this. It’s not as hard as Republicans hope it will be.

      F.B.I. agents are experts at interviewing people and quickly dispatching leads to their colleagues around the world to follow with additional interviews. Unless limited in some way by the Trump administration, they can speak to scores of people in a few days, if necessary.

      They will confront people with testimony and other accounts, testing them and pushing them in a professional way. Agents have much better nonsense detectors than partisans, because they aren’t starting with a conclusion.”

      By James Comey

      JDH

      PS The Far Right never prospers for very long, simply look at the historical facts. In the not too distant future all of you Trumpists / Right Wingers will be embarrassed to even admit you were a part of this craziness. I predict you’ll be saying, “I never voted for that imbecile” with a straight face. Cheers and good luck to you and the Boston Red Socks.

    • RB October 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

      We live in a political world whereby Bill Clinton was accused by women of rape yet they were abandoned, scorned, painted with a scarlet letter. And yet this rapist is still admired, feted by democrats everywhere. Further, his wife appears to have acted as an enabler. Why is Juanita Broderick’s word not good enough if Ms. Ford’s is? And yes, Bill Clinton was a serial abuser of women. Thank you for that phrase.

      • jdhines October 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

        RB,

        The Far Right never prospers for very long, simply look at the historical facts. In the not too distant future all of you Trumpists / Right Wingers will be embarrassed to even admit you were a part of this craziness. I predict you’ll be saying, “I never voted for that imbecile” with a straight face.

        JDH

        • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

          Ditto the Far Left – except thru Terror. A real Culture has two hands, individualism and collectivism skillfully blended, but without the Centralized State being the first or only resource and refuge.

        • RB October 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

          I did not vote for Trump so your crystal ball and conclusion jumping failed you. I thought then and think now that there have never been two worse candidates than the two in 2016. However, I will vote for Trump next time just to poke Schumer and his ilk in the eye. I believe it is mostly the left that is unhinged. I only hope it is a few in reality like the whack jobs we see in the streets. If things that Mr, Kuntsler predicts come to pass, I trust you will be open minded enough to admit your folly. In the meantime do be careful of MS13 and other leftist crazies.

  38. wm5135 October 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    The Affordable Care Act is a whipping boy

    You can bet that when the next bailout for too big to fail arrives the Affordable Care Act will be enlarged.

    Premiums will remain unchanged deductible will hit the stratosphere and coverage will shrink, and the insurers will be made whole.

    “In a world of power, power, power, why should we be surprised that a group of women should fight with every tool they have to acquire more power.”

    Better known as resistance training. Do all the heavy lifting. bear the brunt of injustice and carry the water for the family. Remember the Charles Atlas ads in the comic books?

    Strong, smart and capable just in the nick of time. Thank Dog.

  39. janet October 1, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    “South America is collapsing.” –RB

    You do know South America is a continent, not a country?

    South America is not collapsing. Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile are some of the best performing economies in South America.

    Brazil (the B in BRIC) is in fact the world’s ninth largest economy – not far behind France, India and the UK. A third of global copper production is derived from Chile alone.

    Venezuela and the People’s Republic of China just signed twenty-eight bilateral agreements, including a new US $5 billion Chinese loan and joint plans for a fourth satellite, in addition to strengthening political ties. Venezuela is now part of Beijing’s New Silk Road Initiative.

    I could go on, country by country, but the facts do not support the claim that “South America is collapsing,” RB

  40. jdhines October 1, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Is this really what you want for our future?

    In North Carolina, after a Democrat won the governorship, Republicans used the incumbent’s final days to pass legislation stripping the governor’s office of much of its power.

    In Georgia, Republicans tried to use transparently phony concerns about access for disabled voters to close most of the polling places in a mainly black district.

    In West Virginia, Republican legislators exploited complaints about excessive spending to impeach the entire State Supreme Court and replace it with party loyalists.

    And these are just the cases that have received national attention. There are surely scores if not hundreds of similar stories across the nation. What all of them reflect is the reality that the modern G.O.P. feels no allegiance to democratic ideals; it will do whatever it thinks it can get away with to entrench its power.

    What about developments at the national level? That’s where things get really scary. We’re currently sitting on a knife edge. If we fall off it in the wrong direction — specifically, if Republicans retain control of both houses of Congress in November — we will become another Poland or Hungary (read FASCIST STATE) faster than you can imagine.

    Wake the f%$k-up!

    JDH

  41. Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

    Breaking news! Ford has finally gone to the police! And the police interview has been leaked…!

    Ford: I’d like to report a sexual assault.

    Officer: Okay, tell me about it. When did it happen?

    Ford: I don’t know, but it was around 35 years ago.

    Officer: Um, okay. Where did it happen?

    Ford: I don’t know.

    Officer: How did you get there?

    Ford: I don’t know.

    Officer: How did you get home?

    Ford: I don’t know.

    Officer: Did you report it then?

    Ford: No.

    Officer: Did you tell anyone about it at the time?

    Ford: No, I waited 30 years to tell someone about it.

    Officer: You didn’t even tell your husband about it before then?

    Ford: No. I waited 30 years to tell anyone about it.

    Officer: Were there any witness?

    Ford: Yes, four. Here are their names.

    Officer: We’ve spoken with all four of them, and all four deny it. Several denying even being there. They signed sworn statements, under penalty of felony.

    Ford: Well, they’re all drunk or troubled.

    Officer: Why is it you can’t remember any of the details?

    Ford: Trauma.

    Officer: Well, who did it?

    Ford: Brett Kavanaugh. I’m 100% certain it was Brett Kavanaugh.

    Officer: How can you be certain it was Brett Kavanaugh?

    Ford: Trauma.

    Ford: Oh, and I took a polygraph.

    Officer: Who paid for the polygraph?

    Ford: I don’t know, but they asked me two questions! They wanted to know if my written testimony with words crossed out was true. I passed the test, but the funny part is that my written testimony was not entirely accurate as I remembered more stuff later on that contradicted it.

    Officer: Would you come to DC to tell your story to Congress?

    Ford: No, I’m afraid of flying.

    Officer: How did you get here today?

    Ford: I flew. I fly all the time. I love travel.

    • jdhines October 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

      Boy, that’s sooooo funny…..not. Lame, but funny, no.

      JDH

    • jdhines October 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

      Ex,

      The Far Right never prospers for very long, simply look at the historical facts. In the not too distant future all of you Trumpists / Right Wingers will be embarrassed to even admit you were a part of this craziness. I predict you’ll be saying, “I never voted for that imbecile” with a straight face.

      JDH

  42. Don October 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    The irony is that Kavanaugh is a despicable corporatist whore who will rule in ways that will screw the environment, hurt human rights, and put more money in the hands of the plutocrats. Keeping someone like him off the court is a good thing. If it takes a witch hunt to do it, so be it.

    truthdig.com/articles/ralph-nader-kavanaugh-is-a-corporation-masquerading-as-a-judge/

    • akmofo October 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      “Left” and “Right”, they are all “corporatist”, i.e., fascist. That is why they got selected.

  43. Yukon Tom October 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks Jim for the great post. And thanks to the commenters. Great lively debate. I enjoyed both. Seems to me society has been directed to see everything in black and white, while in reality there are many shades of grey.

  44. capt spaulding October 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    I couldn’t support Kavanaugh, especially if the only thing I had seen was his rant at the end of his confirmation. There are certain things you expect of people elevated to high office, and I don’t think he meets the requirements of expected behavior for the position that he seeks. I wouldn’t support anyone who behaved like he did whether they were on the left or the right. He’s gonna sit on that court for the rest of his life, and judging by his behavior, I doubt very much in his ability to be impartial, and rule strictly on the basis of law. The whole thing cheapened what the Supreme Court is supposed to stand for, just like I think Trump has made the office of President less dignified by virtue of his words and actions. I find that I am caring less and less about the political leanings of politicians, and instead, I care more about how they conduct themselves. The process seems to get dirtier and dirtier, as both sides dig ever deeper to trash each other. In other words, “They ain’t got no class”, and down the road that’s gonna hurt us.

    • capt spaulding October 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

      When he gets in, though, I hope I get invited to the kegger.

      • volodya October 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

        Just out of curiosity, have you ever brewed your own?

        • capt spaulding October 1, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

          No, I have a friend who does, and he makes some of the best beer I’ve ever tasted.

  45. wm5135 October 1, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    Scope of the Kavanaugh investigation:

    Determine if the nominee is an Ivy League educated, affluent, caucasian male fifty three years of age and a citizen of the United States of America.

    A week has been set as the alloted time for the investigation.

    Bread and circus, the citizens have already defeated themselves. Kavanaugh reached the bench via the Bush-Cheney-Rove three ring circus and that is what you are fighting for and indignant about.

    You can fool some of the people all of the time.

  46. janet October 1, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    Meet the new NAFTA. Worse than the old NAFTA. Trump’s new NAFTA deal is supposedly designed to benefit U.S. auto-workers by requiring that more of each vehicle be produced within North America to qualify for tariff-free treatment, and that a certain percentage of each car be built by employees making $16 an hour.

    A certain percentage of each car… at $16 an hour. This is the deal Trump negotiated… to lower workers’ wages. As a point of reference, the average hourly pay for a member of the United Auto Workers currently ranges from $28 to $38 for those hired before September 2007, so did Trump negotiate a deal to cut wages in half?

    • janet October 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

      The new Trump NAFTA agreement, cutting wages in half, would be a great deal for the owners, and the investors, just not for the workers… and is not a good deal for those deplorables (a minority of the population) who voted for Trump… against their own economic interests. Hope they feel good about their “fuck y’all” vote…

    • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

      Here is that grand data shaper, Janet. The whole story is that average salary for UAW autoworker was $28 to $38 before 2007. However it has been $16 to $20 since 2007, the glorious Obama years. Reality hit the auto industry in 2007 like everyone else. So $16 is representative of wages since 2007. As usual, Janet, your half truths are incorrect and do not tell the whole story.

      • JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

        Let’s see. How many of those workers invest in the stock market? How many have pension plans? How many have 401Ks? Who benefits when our companies make profits? We all do. As usual, Janet is spouting Democratic tripe. One thing that will help the US against the economic mess we are in is when the average Joe realizes that his economic health depends on the health of all those “evil” corporations and companies, both now and in his retirement.

        And puts the socialist Dems out of business.

        • thwack October 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

          Kavanaugh raped Godzilla.

          In addition to helping the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor.

          and,

          and,

          he was at a keg party with James Earl Ray

          • elysianfield October 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

            “In addition to helping the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor”

            Thwack,
            It was the Chinese, you idiot!

        • Georges1202 October 1, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

          Wow – you have really internalized this shit. Hard to believe.

  47. StillFarmin October 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    Huh?

    Dr. Ford was ‘believed’ by Democrats because … Title IX?

    What, Bart O’Kavanaugh’s yearbook entries weren’t good enough? Multiple corroborating witness with eerily similar tales of early privileged abused (so very unTrumpian!) weren’t good enough? The outright abandonment of ‘Bart’ and Drumpf by the only Republicans who aren’t either terrified of primary voter lunatics or actual female officeholders … wasn’t good enough?

    You’re reaching, Jim. Just admit you voted for Twitler and you’re getting this creepy notion that you’ve been had.

    The Democratic Party is intolerant? It may be lame, useless, and downtrodden … but … there’s no room under the tent in the Democratic Party?

    Huh?

    Have you looked at the old white man money party in the last oh, several decades? Are you drunk, or just senile?

  48. FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Despite the failure of Plan A to overthrow Trump using Hurricane Florence and FEMA, Plan B also represents an oil painting depicting an absolute darkness:

    Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is now under a big question and would have been completely ruined on Friday if Judge Kavanaugh, after he was betrayed and sold out by everyone, did not refuse the services of a lawyer appointed to him by the Republican Party in the middle of the hearings, and would not with tears in his eyes, but with the highest degree of courage, began to defend himself.

    After the speech of Ford, even Trump said that he likes the old whore in the role of assassin of reputation, and representatives of the Republican leadership in the Senate hinted to Kavanaugh that it’s time to relax and take it easy.

    And he, not giving a damn about anything, began to cut the truth about the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton and what he said to the whole country blew up the Temple of political correctness that she had built so painstakingly, and not the fact that she would be able to rebuild it.

    But even when his incredible courage turned the course of events back and the Senate committee voted to confirm him, the treachery of the senator from Arizona Flake returned plan B on to its rails, and the FBI, which has been investigating Trump’s cooperation with Russia for two years, will now investigate Judge Kavanaugh for a week.

    And if it turns out that he said under oath that he drank 5 bottles of beer and drank 6, then his appointment would be over and he could be in prison, even if it was proved that Professor Ford had slandered him.

    And the whole Trump’s strategy to defeat the Clintonoids in November and to stop the investigation of Mueller was built around the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, and Hillary, on the day when Judge Kavanaugh was soaked in the shithouse of the Senate Judiciary Committee, simply did not leave the TV screens, hinting that she returned, and with the mouth of the famous actress reproaching the Americans that they could have her, and not Trump as president.
    youtube.com/watch?v=fG3OkZHme5k

    And if you recall her appearance at Stephen Colbert and her frank call to support the coup d’état that sounded from the TV to the entire America, and also that on September 23, that is, the day after Bastinda the Great and Terrible stated the war between Russia and the United States, the US Secretary of State Pompeo did not deny the possibility of a military strike against Russia, it turns out really an oil painting depicting absolute darkness.
    youtube.com/watch?v=lF17yps5KcY&t=1962

    But there is still a white spot in this picture. These are some details of the failure of Plan A, according to which the IL-20 disaster was to change the interpretation of the Apocalypse by the American Christians, who are the main base of President Trump, and on the same day, the Sunday televangelists, in full accordance with my posts, sang a song about Russia – Gog and Magog. Moreover, the explosion of anti-Semitism in the Russian Internet played an important role in this, and this is the sludge that will remain even if Russia, with America’s and Israel’s help, can reconcile and curtail the world-wide coup d’etat of Hillary Clinton, which we have the misfortune to observe.

    In view of the foregoing, there is no doubt that the IL-20 catastrophe on September 17 should have been docked to the horrendous consequences of Hurricane Florence, which exposed the equally terrifying incompetence of President Trump.

    And the US media has already begun to prepare the public for reporting on thousands of victims of the hurricane and trillions of damage from it, when the biggest hurricane in US history suddenly died down and on September 14, became “not the biggest hurricane, but the wettest” as joked President Trump, collapsed on the US coast, when, in the frame where the CNN correspondent was bent by the horrendous force of the wind and water currents, two pretty wet people walked in, strolling in wet shorts and hands in the pockets of these shorts like nothing happened.

    youtube.com/watch?v=quJc8DkleF8

    And this is not the first time that higher powers use the hurricane for geopolitical purposes to save humanity from the red button in the hands of Hillary Clinton.

  49. thwack October 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    Actually, I think I saw Kavanaugh at a Klan rally?

    Can niggers attend Klan rallies?

    Of course we can; we just need sheets with a really high thread count.

    White Power!

    • BornToKillPeace October 1, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

      thwack,

      Author James Ellroy proposed on a late-1990’s era interview on Conan O’Brien to start an “equal-opportunity” KKK, with Dave Chappelle (who was also a guest) as Grand Dragon.

      • BornToKillPeace October 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

        Chappelle was into it. During the proposal only one ethnic group was painted derogatory; the Irish.

        MAGA = Make America Groove Again

  50. Beryl of Oyl October 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    IMHO, this ranks up there as one of Mr. Kunstler’s finest essays.

  51. BornToKillPeace October 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    Dear God, make me (as) a cell phone…so I can fly, far, far away…

    “Woman immortalized by 5-foot iPhone headstone in Russia”

    appleinsider.com/articles/18/09/28/woman-immortalized-by-5-foot-iphone-headstone-in-russia

  52. janet October 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Something tells me the “Flake-and-friends-four” are not happy with how limited and controlled the FBI investigation is, so they will not vote for confirmation. When the FBI completes its work, it sends what it has collected back to the White House. The White House then scrubs it of any information critical of Kavanaugh, and adds any harmless information to the nominee’s background file, which is then sent to the Senate. The Senate only sees the scrubbed (incomplete) file.

    The gang of four will not be fooled by this chicanery. The confirmation will go down in a full Senate vote, 47 for, 53 against. Trump has no plan B.

    • BornToKillPeace October 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      Speaking of Plan B, Janet. Might want to stock up now!

      • janet October 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

        Born, every Marine must qualify with the rifle, no exceptions. I was ranked as “Expert” with a score of 307 … if that is what you are referring to. My plan B is in place. Semper Fi!

        • BornToKillPeace October 1, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

          That wasn’t what I was referring to.

        • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

          And when Dems come for your rifle, then what? Oh that’s right; you’ll be celebrating common sense gun control with them!

          Not to worry, janet. You can temper the loss of seeing Kav confirmed with the knowledge that he’s committed to 2A.

        • San Jose October 1, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

          Janet,

          When were you in the marines?

          Jen

        • elysianfield October 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

          “. My plan B is in place. Semper Fi!”

          B A M

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

      The Dems have now made this all about the allegation. They’ve staked it all on the FBI finding Ford’s bathing suite in Kav’s closet. Although Dems are already prepping excuses for why they won’t accept the results, the FBI isn’t going to sit idly by while Dems trash the agency and their agents (they get enough of that from Trump). The FBI will come back hitting and will not be manipulated by fanatics. And if the FBI needs more time then they’ll ask for it. All eyes are on them, and their reputation is already in tatters, so they need to do this fairly and by the book. They need a win. They need to depoliticize and win back trust, and this is the way they can do it.

  53. Anon1970 October 1, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    This controversy could have been largely avoided if Trump had nominated a more centrist candidate for the Supreme Court. But he he was more interested in keeping the religious part of his base satisfied so he chose a very conservative candidate, to the right of retired Justice Kennedy. About the only winners in this needless controversy will be the Russians and the Chinese. The US is more divided than it has been in a very long time.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

      Oh you mean like Obama did when it was his prerogative? You mean like Affirmative-Action-loving Sonia Sotomayor? Who not only admitted that she was a beneficiary of AA, but then refused to recuse herself when AA cases came to the court?

      SCOTUS has adopted Kavanaugh’s position thirteen times while reversing his position only once. So if he’s “very conservative” then so is the Supreme Court itself. And I don’t hear liberals claiming that. On the contrary, last I heard, liberals are trying to preserve the “moderate” court—the moderate court that agreed with Kav 13 out of 14 times.

    • SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      Seems like it is the progressives that hate America to me.

  54. FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

    And this is not the first time that higher powers use the hurricane for geopolitical purposes to save humanity from the red button in the hands of Hillary Clinton.

    It is true that for the first time it was she who used Hurricane Katrina to mix with the dirt the second presidency of George W. Bush, who had the audacity to see the soul in the eyes of Vladimir Putin after she announced to the whole world that it (the soul) was not there.

    What actually led to the Georgian War of 08.08.08 and the creation of ISIS. But for the second time, Hurricane Sandy did not allow her to seat her puppet Mitt Romney in the seat of the US president and Barack Obama became the president, who started by banishing her from the State Department and refused to authorize the bombing of Damascus and the no-fly zone over Assad Syria, ala a no-fly zone over Gaddafi Libya.

    politico.com/story/2012/06/mitt-thanks-clinton-for-bain-praise-076960

    It should be noted that the election campaign in the US in 2012 is the key to understanding what is happening now with the pension reform in Russia (see Medvedev and Gaddafi), how Ilon Mask managed to build Tesla and save American astronautics, who shot down Russian civil aircraft over Sinai and in the vicinity of Sochi, why they shot 600 Russian mercenaries in eastern Syria and why in 2018 they started killing people who signed the second Minsk agreement.

    But this should be written in a book, not in a post.

  55. JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    In case no one noticed, oil is > $75 close today.

    Flake spoke in Boston today. Interesting, I think we are seeing the rise of a primary challenger in 2020. The never Trumping RINOs will be coming out of the woodwork after the midterms. The Deep State will be well represented.

  56. Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    I think we can intuit what really happened all those years ago. The young Ford worshiped the young Kavanaugh from afar – as so many girls did. He was a young Superman, lifting both weights and books, destined for great things. He was Captain of the Football Team and kept calendars! As Edith Hamilton said, in Ancient Athens, the football players were the intellectuals. In his person, the divide between town and gown was simply non-existent. He not only liked beer, but he drank it.

    So when Ford, a regular at wild parties among her own set, got a chance to associate with Catholics, she jumped at the chance, hoping to meet Kavanaugh and bed him. Finally it happened. No doubt she was tossing her pretty hair left and right and perhaps bouncing her breasts. But our bleary eyed Hercules just burped and made cursory conversation before lumbering off to get more beer. Young Ford was crushed and as we all know, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. So she held a grudge that later transposed his image onto that of another young hulk that had gotten a tad too rough without the proper prior niceties or without enough alcoholic lubrication to make things go smooth.

    • malthuss October 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

      His wife was the secretary of Mr Bush…
      these are bad people.

      • Tate October 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

        Ford’s eyes are too close together to call pretty. She never forgave her birth parents for this, one of them anyway.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

        And many Mafiosi are great family men. What of it? Kav is our Man right now until he isn’t. You have to learn cunning, deception, patience, and strategy – and still keep your Ideals.

        • GreenAlba October 3, 2018 at 11:46 am #

          Janos

          You surprise me. Given his voting record, which I gleaned yesterday from reading the link provided by ‘Don’ above, I wouldn’t think he was your political type at all.

          truthdig.com/articles/ralph-nader-kavanaugh-is-a-corporation-masquerading-as-a-judge/

          Don calls him a ‘despicable corporatist whore’ and I have to say, having read Kavanaugh’s voting record, that he doesn’t seem to be far wrong, although I wouldn’t perhaps have put it quite like that.

          Being the ‘voice of British reason’ as I was ‘smeared’ (!!) on here one time, I’m taking no sides in the current he said/she said, but really, Janos, have you see the way he votes when it comes to corporate interests?

          Like I said, you surprise me on this one. I wouldn’t want him near any judgement that had anything to do with the rights of ordinary working people. As far as I can see, he’s nothing but a corporate yes-man. I guess if the choice is between a ‘liberal’ and a corporate yes-man, you’ll go corporate every time.

  57. Figaro October 1, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

    “The Democratic party, in the absence of real monsters to slay, has become the party devoted to sowing chaos, mainly by inventing new, imaginary monsters using the machinery of politics, the way the Catholic Church manufactured monsters of heresy during the Spanish Inquisition in its attempt to regulate “belief.””

    Mr.Kunstler couldn’t be more mistaken; there is no absence of real
    monsters to slay. The Democratic Party is infested with them.
    One in particular inhabits the upper regions of Kunstler’s own NY
    state…a Chimera breathing fire and death, a Basilisk whose gaze
    can kill, a snake-haired Gorgon who turns to stone all who look on her.

  58. SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    Thank you Mr. K for always being so right on. I hope our country can move past this silly episode because there is so much that needs to be done. Like, please build the wall :-)!

  59. hineshammer October 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

    I am officially done with CFN. It’s gone from a blog centered around the serious discussion of collapse in its many forms to JHK’s non-stop (though eloquent and often amusing, I must admit) rantings about the many ways in which the Democratic party is on a self-destructive course that will lead to its demise. This may be true, but jeez, there is so much more out there to discuss.

    • janet October 1, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

      I have appreciated your contributions and will miss your reasoned posts. I hope you have a plan B in case DJT suddenly becomes more authoritarian and this country begins to look more like Hitler’s Germany. Hitler was democratically elected, took advantage of economic issues, and found a scapegoat population to blame, instituting policies slowly but steadily. Right now the Trump administration is setting up government concentration camps in Texas. Have a plan B escape route ready. Some Jews did make it out of Germany and managed to live long productive lives. Take care, hineshammer.

      nytimes.com/2018/10/01/us/migrant-children-tent-city-camp-texas.html

      • SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

        That is so untrue lol!

  60. janet October 1, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

    “You can temper the loss of seeing Kav confirmed with the knowledge that he’s committed to 2A.” –exscotticus

    I already have a president who has told the NRA that bump stocks are on the way out. I like Trump’s common sense flexibility on 2A limitations.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

      To this day we still don’t have a clear answer on whether or not the Las Vegas shooter even used bump stocks. He had them. But he also had full- and semi-auto. Which firearms did he actually use? If anyone knows, please link…

  61. FincaInTheMountains October 1, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    I guess your relatives didn’t live in Ukraine where a man made famine under Stalin’s direction took the lives of as many as 10 million Ukrainians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor == Anon1970

    Actually, my entire family from mom and dad side are from Ukraine, Kharkov/Chuguev. My father went through the famine of 1930 when he was a teenager,

    Lavrentiy Beria, the most ruthless and longest-serving secret police chief in Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia and Eastern Europe == Eoin

    My father during his participation in the Soviet version of Manhattan project (he was a construction engineer, building the uranium enrichment factories) personally knew Lavrentiy Beria, a brilliant manager and organizer who curated the creation of the Soviet Atomic Industry.

    I will try to write a post about Beria this week.

    • elysianfield October 2, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Kamraden Finc!

      I look forward to you post regarding Beria….

  62. Tate October 1, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    September 22 – Reuters (Christopher Bing): “The White House has drafted an executive order that would push federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to probe the business practices of social media and other internet companies, according to Bloomberg. It is unclear whether the order will be signed by President Donald Trump. The order has yet to be reviewed by other government agencies and remains in its preliminary stages…”

    • SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

      It might very well become necessary…

  63. SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    Guilty until proven innocent is the standard of old England and the reason we became our own country. So it seems that if this new standard is established and prevails it’s all over really. So the real question is where do we go from here?

    • GhostOfHam October 1, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

      Pre-crime.

    • GreenAlba October 3, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      SoftStarLight

      I think you’ll find there is a legal presumption of innocence in your country, old England and my own country (which has a legal system independent of old England).

      I don’t think any of our populations, on the other hand, has a way to stop people making their own personal judgements, with the help of the media, where you have an open court system, but these have no legal standing whatsoever.

      Also, I don’t think there was ‘one reason’ why you became your own country. But do allow me to pass on my extremely belated congratulations. My country may soon go the same way, for different reasons.

      • Walter B October 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

        The one reason can be argued as “taxation without representation”, though the Americans of today do not seem to mind being back in that barrel once again.

  64. JohnAZ October 1, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    Are you ready for the ultimate hypocrisy?

    It was just reported that Keith Ellison will not be pursued for domestic violence by the DNC because she does not have video tape of the occurance. Unbelievable!

    I wonder if Ford has video tape of her occurance. Or any of the others?

    I am looking forward to Janet’s answer to this one.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

      No doubt Flake, Feinstein, et. al. will demand an FBI investigation into his accuser’s credible claims. After all, “We Believe Her”.

    • janet October 1, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

      “I am looking forward to Janet’s answer to this one.” –JohnAZ

      The woman should always be listened to and respected. Keith Ellison should be investigated and removed from office if her claims are found true.

      • pequiste October 1, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

        From your mouth to Allah’s ears, mushrik.

      • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

        As with all liberals, janet has a pecking order…

        women > men
        “people of color” > caucasians
        non cis-gendered > cis-gendered
        illegal alien > citizen
        poor > rich

        And so on.

        Let’s see what janet says when a white cis-gendered male claims a minority she-male illegal immigrant running for office (in janet’s world, illegal immigrants should be alllowed to run for office) sexually assaulted him. He won’t remember when or where or how he got there or how he left and his witnesses will not corroborate his story but it was definitely 100% her.

        No doubt janet will spring to his defense! “We Believe Him”

      • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 6:36 am #

        “The woman should always be listened to and respected.”

        Should we listen and respect women who go around blatantly slandering men?

        Here is a real-life example that came to my attention and into my personal life two weeks ago.

        A buzz -cut feminist known in my community for a publication known as, “Shut Up and Listen”, as well as being known for having a leading role in our local Girls Rock and Roll summer camp, and a public access radio show, began a rumor over the summer about me to the regard that she had determined I was a pedophile.

        She found out I was a teacher and knowing I don’t share the same politics as her, spread this gossip among her peer group.

        Granted, I’ve never wore a MAGA hat – it didn’t matter. We share an overlap of acquaintances (no more) and it came to her attention that I don’t share her politics. She is open in her publication and daily life that straight-white-males are her enemy.

        Now, luckily for me, I am in no position of power. The peer group she spread this message through is of no consequence to me.
        She had determined that as a straight, white male, and as a teacher, this was an effective means of policy on her part to bring down the white man.

        Of course, I was the last person to know this was going on and this only came to my attention when one of her lackey’s saw me out and called me such to my face. Baffled, I mentioned it to a friend later and learned where it had come from.

        • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 7:25 am #

          The friend who told me what had occurred was very hesitant to let me in on the secret. Knowing no one would believe this witch, it was preferred to let it die. They had been nice enough to blast into this person the moment they had heard, but was fearful of letting me know of this information, for fear of retaliation on my part.

          Good call.

    • SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

      Yep, he is going to get away with everything – at least that is what is seems like.

  65. ritar October 1, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    Too too tired to comment about the Kavanaugh fiasco. But I thought Jim would like to know that last month’s eyesore–the new San Francisco transit hub, has been closed to inspect a cracked steel beam.No mention of the source of the steel. Maybe it is more of the cheap Chinese crap they used to build the Bay Bridge span. It is also right next to the Millennium Tower, the building that is sinking and tilting.

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

      >>> the Millennium Tower, the building that is sinking and tilting.

      Have they figured out how much it has to sink before it reaches bedrock? At that point it will be quite stable!

  66. amb October 1, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

    Damn! There goes another empire.
    Oh well, let’s try again.
    Maybe THIS TIME we’ll get it right. *

    *The above has been repeated by people for the last 14,000 years.

  67. pequiste October 1, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

    The U.S. Senate’s standard for ethics, morals, and treatment of women should actually be that of the late Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy.

    Recall, if you may, an incident at Chappaquidick bridge that barely received a burp after swallowing one Mary Jo Kopechne into the drink after a swell party. Yeah, the whole world was distracted by the Apollo moon landing. Parties have always been dangerous activities – both social and political kinds.

    smithsonianmag.com/history/why-true-story-chappaquiddick-impossible-tell-180968638/

    Funny how it never was problematic for the “Lion of the Senate” or the other esteemed members of the august body. A senator until his death. And those Kennedys, like Kavanaugh, good Irish Catholics. Maybe because Kavanaugh plays for the Red team that he is being treated to smear job that will go down in history along with that provided to Robert Bork.

    • janet October 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

      Maybe because Kavanaugh plays for the Red team that he is being treated to smear job that will go down in history along with that provided to Robert Bork. –pequiste

      Why so pessimistic? Bork was defeated but Kavanaugh is a white privileged male, supported by Trump and on his way to becoming a Supreme Court justice. Or do you now doubt that?

  68. Janos Skorenzy October 1, 2018 at 10:22 pm #

    vdare.com/articles/kavanaugh-lynching-campus-rape-culture-hysteria-invades-america?scroll_to_paragra…

    Only about one in two hundred women are raped. It seems like more to women who are raped since thy all hang out together. Ditto women who think they are raped, etc. A common phenomena. New Agers think a New Age is about to happen because everyone they know is New Age.

    About forty percent of rape charges are fake. Men assault with their fists and other physical weapons. Women assault with their tongues via the legal system.

    • janet October 1, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

      Women assault with their tongues via the legal system. –janos

      We defend ourselves with our brains. And we are winning. The legal system is on our side.

      • SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

        Janet, please stop before you start….

    • SoftStarLight October 1, 2018 at 10:50 pm #

      This is also sort of a class/zipcode issue.

    • malthuss October 2, 2018 at 12:32 am #

      “Google-Doodle” of March 31, 2017

      • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 8:41 am #

        malthuss I tried to find it and am not sure if I succeeded. Is it the image with all the “we are the world” kids joined shoulder to shoulder?

        • malthuss October 2, 2018 at 11:53 am #

          Indeed, but the White males are all incapacitated.
          1–wheelchair
          2–missing hand
          3–on crutch.

          and they are on sides.
          White girl is next to ‘strong’ black male.
          Jew in center.

          aka—KILL WHITEY.

          • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

            Aha! Very interesting….

        • malthuss October 2, 2018 at 11:57 am #

          All 3 White males are handicapped, weak.

          • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

            So it’s another subliminal message that outs their program.

  69. bibliomaniac October 1, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

    As a judge in DC Circuit Court in 2016, Brett Kavanaugh wrote that polygraph tests were “important law enforcement tools,” a decision influential in a three-way indictment.

    Irony much?

    • Exscotticus October 1, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

      No irony whatsoever since Kav was probably referring to actual polygraph tests and not my-handlers-paid-for-it fake polygraph tests.

      Attorneys for Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford released her polygraph report and a statement Wednesday, both of which appear to have further unraveled her allegations.
      To begin with, Ford’s polygraph test is highly unusual. After writing out her own statement of her allegations in longhand, she was asked only two questions by the test administrator: “1) Is any part of your statement false? 2) Did you make up any part of your statement?”

      Ford answered “no” to both questions and passed the test.

      Ford was not asked any specific questions about the specific allegation. There are also no test or baseline questions where the subject is intentionally asked to lie.

      • janet October 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

        Ford offered to submit to a professional FBI administered polygraph exam. Kavanaugh did not. ‘Nuff said.

        • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 12:03 am #

          But she didn’t. And how do you know what Kavanaugh offered to the Senate Judiciary Committee? Last I checked, Kavanaugh was ready to respond to charges two weeks ago. But we had to wait for lying Ford to make up nonsense about not being able ti fly so she could have time to be prepped, to practice her squeaky little girl voice, and so on.

          • janet October 2, 2018 at 12:28 am #

            So, you are saying Kavanaugh was outsmarted? LOL!

            Kavanaugh is a lying bastard, who threw an hysterical hissy fit, who cannot control his emotions, who is lacking in judicial temperament. He should be impeached for his multiple acts of perjury. He should be disbarred never to practice law again. He should be fired from the DC Circuit, at a minimum, just for starters. Then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law he despises by violating the law whenever he wants.

          • elysianfield October 2, 2018 at 10:41 am #

            Kavanaugh is a lying bastard, who threw an hysterical hissy fit, who cannot control his emotions, who is lacking in judicial temperament. He should be impeached for his multiple acts of perjury. He should be disbarred never to practice law again. He should be fired from the DC Circuit, at a minimum, just for starters. Then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law he despises by violating the law whenever he wants.

            (strong message to follow…)

          • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 11:18 am #

            Yes janet we all know you hate cis-gendered white males. No need for another confession…

            If you look at slavery, genocide, use of nuclear weapons against civilian populations, etc. … you will find cis-gendered white males ARE responsible for the woes of humanity.

            Thing is, your racism, misandry, and bigotry doesn’t really advance your arguments.

      • thwack October 2, 2018 at 6:11 am #

        “Ford answered “no” to both questions and passed the test.”

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

        regarding the reliability of polygraph tests; no white person has ever failed a polygraph test when asked if they are a racist and practice the abuse and mistreatment of nonwhite people.

        In other words, even Janos would pass such a polygraph test.

        • Billy Hill October 2, 2018 at 9:54 am #

          Not completely sure I follow your train of thought here. In the context of Ford twice saying “No” I assume you mean that 100% of whites when asked if they are racist and abuse people of color would answer “no” to both and “pass” the test, proving the unreliability of polygraph examination since by definition all whites are racist and abuse blacks daily.

          The abstraction “Janos” would pass the test by answering “yes” to both, In fact, he would get a perfect score (no deflection of meters whatsoever). So “of course Janos would pass” rather than “even Janos…”

          I nominate Janet to start a gofundme account so that the real Janos can take a polygraph administered by Thwack.

          • thwack October 2, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

            Deflection noted.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

          So that’s why Whites have wasted countless billions of you people? About a dozen Marshall Plans – because they’re racists?

          But you certainly have proved your Racism with this vicious post.

          • malthuss October 3, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

            which ‘people?’

  70. janet October 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    The monsters are not imaginary. We have come a long way:

    1991: 58 percent said they believed Thomas.

    2018: 26 percent believe Kavanaugh

    #MeToo

    219 celebrities, politicians, CEOs, and others who have been accused of sexual misconduct since April 2017.

    vox.com/a/sexual-harassment-assault-allegations-list

    • Billy Hill October 2, 2018 at 8:16 am #

      EXCEPTION:

      There is this guy named Clinton…

    • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

      Yes, being a non-celebrity, non-politician, non-CEO, and being told one is the scum of the earth for being straight, white, and male, and living paycheck to paycheck is really coming a long way.

      It is very nice to now have a slander target on my back as we accelerate into the long emergency. I’m sure it’s going to work out just fine when the flood gates break and everyone is at each other’s necks while the billionaires are on lock down in their faraway grottos and laughing at us.

      Thanks Janet, you bigot.

      • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

        That’s ok, this is why I will side with the rednecks who have food, guns, and clean drinking water.

        Oh, and maybe I’ll vote Trump now in 2020. I didn’t vote in 2016.

  71. janet October 2, 2018 at 12:19 am #

    New text messages: Kavanaugh and his lawyers contacted old classmates in an effort to discredit Deborah Ramirez.

    A police report shows that officers questioned Kavanaugh after a bar fight while he was a junior at Yale. Kavanaugh was accused of throwing ice at a patron at the bar, and one of his friends, Chris Dudley, was accused of hitting the man with a glass on the side of the head.

    Text messages. Police reports. Not imaginary. Not “he said, she said.” Not opinions. Hard evidence is emerging. Kavanaugh is unfit to be a judge on the DC Circuit or the Supreme Court.

  72. janet October 2, 2018 at 2:35 am #

    Kavanaugh is falling apart; he backs out of Harvard teaching commitment for 2019.

    Today, Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered. –Sent on behalf of the Harvard Law School’s Curriculum Committee.

    • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 8:43 am #

      And why is that Janet? Do you think it may be because his life has already been destroyed by these allegations. I suppose we should just bury him under the prison right? That is of course if we can ever prove he did anything anyway.

  73. SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 8:50 am #

    Michelle Malkin was on Hannity last night and said that until people are prosecuted and held criminally liable for false allegations this is not going to stop. She did say that there are like tons of men who have been falsely accused and in freakin jail on false rape/assault charges. So no ones’ fathers, brothers, sons, friends, etc. are safe. Gosh I am so naïve as I just initially couldn’t imagine why you would ever want to do something like this to someone. Now I see it is another way of progressives destroying our country like they do in every other way. They would completely love it if we literally did not trust one another in the most simple and basic daily situations. So basically this is war ;-).

    • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 9:06 am #

      You are not naive, you are just honest. We humans project ourselves onto others and in other situations. If we are decent and honest then we tend to project that same decently and honesty onto others. “Why would someone do that to somebody?” people ask, “because I wouldn’t”. Well they are not you. Manipulators, actors, thieves and manipulators know this and they take full advantage of it, usually for profit, something for power and control, but never for your good, I assure you. There are some really bad and some very evil humans out there and some here too. That is the way it is and we must get around that the best we can without falling into their traps. Humans may reach down to help their fellow hum sometimes, but they will also use, abuse and destroy them for their own gain as well. Be careful and do not lose hope.

      • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 9:25 am #

        Thanks for the encouragement! I have been told before that I was too happy go lucky and optimistic and that I should be careful because it will get me in trouble one day. So here is a new day to be a little more cautious about everything.

    • Sean Coleman October 2, 2018 at 10:19 am #

      Alexander Baron’s International Timeline of False Rape Allegations:

      infotextmanuscripts.org/falserape/a-false-rape-timeline.html

      I understand that it is quite routine to allege sexual abuse in child custody cases.

      The Mark Pearson case on that time line is very strange.

      What motivates women to do it? I have heard various suggestions: money, revenge, politics (support for the Sisters), therapy and false memories, insanity, drink and drugs, and just being a habitual malicious liar.

      In Britain and Ireland accusers are guaranteed life-long anonymity. The main witness in the notorious Nora Wall case (Wall was an Irish nun and the first woman in Ireland to be convicted of rape – she got a life sentence) dropped her anonymity to give a newspaper interview and was recognized by a man wrongly accused in an earlier case. This witness had actually been barred from giving testimony in the future but somehow the Director of Public Prosecutions office took its eye off the ball (such things are not uncommon in witch hunts). Wall was released but I sense that people weren’t all that happy about that. She was of course completely innocent, as was the homeless man who died in gaol before his name was cleared. He was implicated to add veracity to the story. Actually, I see the Nora Wall case on the timeline.

      To say that there are a lot of false accusations is a big understatement. Look at the accusations against Cosby or Trump, for example. What I mean is to spend about twenty minutes looking at them in a critical way as media reports usually just reflect the delusion (in fact, witch hunts cannot exist without willing, active media participation).

      Here is one story I read about online. Two senior lawyers got official cautions from the police when found having it off against a wall in public. That meant their names would be made public. His was. She made an official complaint of sexual assault to ensure hers wouldn’t.

      • Sean Coleman October 2, 2018 at 10:22 am #

        For Cosby, the time line I just linked to has a number of entries which will make it easier to get an idea what happened.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

          Still shilling for that pervert, eh? Sad!

      • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 11:07 am #

        >>> What motivates women to do it?

        Lawyers.

        • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

          Hypergamy and penis envy?
          There are not nearly that many women being disrespected or beaten as there are men taking care of families and running their vitality into the ground for wives, daughters, and sons.

          But look over there! Its a shiny object!

  74. Walter B October 2, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    You know, when you step back and look at this he said/she said ordeal, the first and foremost thing that should jump out at us all is how easy it has become to derail the process of government. Regardless of how our tiny minds have already been made up, there is so very little substance in the charges or the defense that if this is all it takes to grind the USA to a halt, our enemies should stop building up armies and attack us with professional actors instead! Personally I believe both parties in this issue, it seems only fair. And when I had to deal with such issues as a parent, I just turned to each child and told them to get over it and get on with life. Somebody should do that here I think.

    I refuse to be some mindless robot or idiot and jump to the defense of either party. In fact, I smell the handiwork of Barry Obama here, sowing the seeds of discord that he was a master at. But then, Barry was quite the impressive actor wasn’t he, and Donald Trump is a very bad actor, in fact he does not act at all does he? That is why so many Americans hate him, they want an actor, they want to be entertained, they want to be lied to so they can get back to their entertainment and consumption of mass quantities. Fortunately, most of you CFN’ers are much better than that. MOST, not all. Let’s work on that.

    • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 9:33 am #

      “And when I had to deal with such issues as a parent, I just turned to each child and told them to get over it and get on with life. Somebody should do that here I think.” – Walter B

      That is sage advice! Sometimes it’s time to get over it and move on. Sort of like a bad breakup lol. You feel like you are literally going to die when it happens. But time heals everything if you let it go.

  75. ozone October 2, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    “Next on tap for this beleaguered nation will be a constitutional crisis and a financial crisis. It’s difficult to predict the order of their unfolding, except to say that these will open up a maelstrom of losses which will then be hard to either adjudicate or correct, once our system of law is compromised. As this occurs, all the raging hysteria over sex will be overshadowed by real existential issues as the people lose their homes, incomes, and futures and desperately search for a way out of more chaos than they bargained for.” – JHK

    Correct… in spades, IMO. That’s why this whole political bias court-packing is quite a bit more dangerous than most would like to admit. The lesson will only come with the doling out of legal protections for those inked with the right tattoos, and the disenfranchisement of everyone else when things begin to get squeaky and flaky. (Mmm, yummy.) But, as the devolution of institutions continues in such an aftermath of legal and financial not-so-niceties, decisions handed down by berobed judicial sages will become more and more suspect and increasingly ignored.

    So, not to worry, “justice” will find itself broken on its own wheel of corruption, and as JHK indicates, there will be plenty of other ‘concerns’ to occupy those who’d like to have occasional shelter and food.

    **Aside: The teevee/infotainment purveyors are making a huge pile of profit off of all these shenanigans, so I’m sure they’d like it to continue to hold the attention of the rubes for as long as possible… even if they have to make up shiny objects out of whole cloth, recycled Chinese plastics and scrap metal.

    May you live long.

    • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 9:37 am #

      That is a great point ozone, what good is the law when it is increasingly ignored? Heck, the political sellouts have already changed most of the laws so that they no longer apply to them, so if you ask me, laws are simply billables for lawyers.

      Another point that your post raises is why do we not have an even number of judges on the SC and require that half be liberal and half be conservative? How would that be for balance and what would the potential downside be? Gridlock? Is that not what we have now in all of our forms of government? Perhaps they might even be forced to “compromise” or have we as a society forgotten how to do that? Is “my way or the highway” the new operating mantra? How is that going to work out in the end for it certainly cannot unless “in the end there can be only one”? Right?

      • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

        >>> why do we not have an even number of judges on the SC and require that half be liberal and half be conservative?

        That would actually be politicizing the judiciary and would make things even worse. It would purge all moderates with a mix of views that don’t fall cleanly into Left or Right.

        But it would be better for SCOTUS to avoid these 4-4 or 5-4 rulings. You can’t tell me that the law is so vague that the best jurists we have can’t agree on what the words mean.

        One reform that might help is to require a supermajority. If you can’t get 6 out of 9 judges to agree, then the status quo remains. SCOTUS would then work harder to ensure 6-3 rulings, meaning they would compromise.

  76. wm5135 October 2, 2018 at 9:31 am #

    Mr. Kavanaugh has been advanced not in spite of the skeletons in his closet, rather because of the skeletons in his closet. A close examination of the tools used by the liquor distillers industry following World War II would be enough to understand there is nothing about Mr. Kavanaugh that is not known when alchohol fueled indisgression is the subject. The subltety of the application does not diminish the power of extortion.

    Addiction and indiscretion are joined at the hip.

    A personal note: How extremely fortunate for the loudest of the protestors here to have no knowledge of or intimate experience with abuse. A hit and run driver careening out of the darkness destroying the life of an innocent and unknown pedestrian is an apt description of how abuse works in our society.

    “Destroying the reputation of an innocent man” I would like to suggest a good “boofing” for anyone spouting that BS. I guess the three prong test for pornography should be applied to that written material.

  77. Sean Coleman October 2, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    Mr Kunstler is one of the few writers to recognize the insanity, which is not a metaphore but the real thing. However the Spanish Inquisition is not the best comparison. I am no expert (and even if I were, and were presented with the arguments and statistics I would probably not be inclined to accept them) but I understand that the Inquisition was far less bloody than its secular equivalents in Protestant Northern Europe. Besides, the Catholic Church has been subject to a shameless and bigoted witch hunt in recent years. And it is, I believe, down to the same insanity. Or, as I prefer to call it, fantasy.

  78. Sean Coleman October 2, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Then there’s Christine’s doors:

    “Anyone else see Dr Ford’s problem here ? This extra door was fitted in 2008 by which time her husband should have got used to her special needs in the door department, so it’s highly unlikely they’d be arguing about it four years later.”

    rabbitaway.blogspot.com/2018/09/christine-blasey-fords-doors.html

    Canadian German pin-up psychologist and criminologist Julia Shaw said in a recent interview that polygraphs should definitely, definitely not be relied on.

    • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      Republicans should demand to see Ford’s tax records, to see if she took a home office tax deduction (which requires that door). It would be one more lie on top of many…

      First she said there were four others; then she said there were at least four others. First she said it was a party; then she said it wasn’t a party. First she said she doesn’t remember how she got home; then she said someone drove her. First she said she couldn’t fly; then she said she flies everywhere.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

      This is better. Pictures! Apparently the Fords built a one room apartment off of their home, either as a guest house or to let. The Door is simply the door to the apartment. It is clumsily hidden now from the street by some shrubbery.

      barnhardt.biz/2018/10/01/welcome-to-the-end-mayella-ewell-is-now-the-heroine-and-tom-robinson-and-at…

      I don’t like her use of fascist, being merely conventional. Thus I will not capitalize it.

      Remember (put your members back together to become whole) folks, Brett carried the football, not only in High School, but later under Bush. He was trusted with America’s nuclear codes. This is a man sound of body and mind. He drinks beer! A Chestertonian Catholic – among whom are some of the finest people that ever were.

      • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

        “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

        -G.K. Chesterton

        My Man!

      • BornToKillPeace October 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

        “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”

        – G.K. Chesterton

  79. johngalt October 2, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    When the bullet hits the bone.
    got-truth.com/docs/When%20the%20bullet%20hits%20the%20bone.pdf
    -JG-

  80. JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Good morning everyone.

    Rasmussen poll put Trump at 48% approval rating this morning. Three points higher than Barry at the same time. Dems better watch out with this destroy everything mode, there might just be a resultant Red Wave.

    • BackRowHeckler October 2, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      Good point, John AZ.

      And the Dow is up north of 26000.

      I know the consensus here is that it will drop precipitously any minute, but for now it is holding up.

      Its true October is historically a bad month for the markets and anything can happen from here on in; IMO if it holds up thru October there will be no Blue Wave.

      Turns out the harpies who accosted Sen. Flake in the elevator head up some lefty feminist organization headquartered in DC and totally funded by Soros. CNN was in on it and that’s why the cameras were on scene ready to record it. It was a set up like every thing else in this circus.

      brh

      brh

      • K-Dog October 2, 2018 at 11:42 am #

        The Soros card is sort of like the race card.

        • K-Dog October 2, 2018 at 11:48 am #

          Soros could be a new card in a Tarot deck and we need all the divination we can get. Goat entrails. Tea leaves. We need answers. Drown Ford and see if she floats. No never mind that last part. Ford is irrelevant, we can see Kavanaugh is an ass all by ourselves.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

            Oh now Ford is the victim! You never cease to amaze in your moral failure. You simply cannot separate yourself from the Democrat lynch mobs. You like it too much….

        • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

          Soros is not a card. Soros is an enemy of this country and all the developed countries of the world. Along with his sidekicks.

    • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 11:17 am #

      Wahoo! Red Tsunami!!!

  81. JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    We seem to have two phases to this government’s performance. The Liberal phase where we spend, tax, spend, tax in an effort to improve the lot of everyone, and do not do much of anything except run up the debt clock. And the intermittent conservative phases, caused by desperate attempts to stem the destructive spending and taxes. Both are dependent on what is affecting the voters, at the moment.

    Some facts:

    The government has never, ever created one thin dime of wealth. All those government jobs are paid with tax money, taking away real wealth. That is why the New Deal in the 30s never lifted us out of the Depression, it took WW2.

    The government has almost no power to address any of the social and environmental problems that are looming over us. The Paris climate change was a good example. It was full of good intentions, everyone should improve their carbon footprint. The problem is with the world’s transportation and agricultural needs, there are no solutions that are effective. For more info, read The Long Emergency. Paris was a globalist attempt to acquire power at the expense of the US and Trump dumped it. The ineffectiveness of it is demonstrated well in California where government mandated changes have so driven up costs with little impact that people are leaving in droves.

    The liberal government so distorts the economic condition with regulation taxes and non productive spending that we never seem to fully recover during the conservative swings. The government is lousy at producing and running anything. To them, spending is votes. Luckily, recently, voters are getting wise to this. Latest polls have shown a doubling of support for Trump in the Black community.

    The aim of the Liberal side is the destruction of the American identity. Much has been discussed on this blog about the destruction of a common culture binding the country together. Destruction of what is left is a primary goal of the Left. What do they want? Dissolution of the USA with everyone getting their piece of the action?

    Globalization! The Left has been taken over by the money streaming from the liberal globalist. Their funding and the funding of their violent zealots are being financed by folks outside the US. That is why they hate Trump’s America First policies.

    A good business expands itself into areas of growth. The US allowed itself to move to other areas of the world for no reason other than lower labor rates. The overseas consumers have not taken up the slack for the loss of spending in the developed world. Demand dropped and we stagnated. It is of utmost importance that we maintain our consumer base here by creating jobs here. The Obama years of stagnation are living proof. And no, his policies did not create the boom today. Removing his policies did.

    • K-Dog October 2, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      The government has never, ever created one thin dime of wealth. All those government jobs are paid with tax money, taking away real wealth. That is why the New Deal in the 30s never lifted us out of the Depression, it took WW2.

      Your statement makes you feel good but it is not true. One could say the same thing about the Roman Empire. They taxed and spent and never created one thin dime of wealth or even a thick one, except what came from their mints. Yet the empire opened the roads to plunder and you can’t argue that we are not the ones still getting bananas from the banana republics. For a wee bit longer too! But I get it. A little rush of anarchy can stir the coffee.

      Good you enjoyed yourself.

      • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 11:56 am #

        The Roman Empire is used to show where we may be heading. Nothing I wrote is enjoyable. The con job that has been dropped on America scares me to death. And oh yeah, remember that Rome was destroyed by outsiders (globalists) corrupting the legions and eventually Rome itself.

        Question. What is wealth and where does it come from? $ = human labor. Houses, cars, infrastructure are wealth, politics is not. The inflow of capital to D.C. During the Obama years was counterproductive.

    • ozone October 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      JohnAZ,
      I have only one question upon reading your treatise on Liberal Evils:
      Would you consider the Cheney administration an “intermittent conservative phase”?

      • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

        If you mean W, no.

        There is a complicating factor here. The emergence of the Deep State, defined as the D.C. Crowd. It has been recognized for a while that our representatives change to Washingtonians upon arrival there, coming under the influence of the bureaucracy and the lobbying environment there. This also includes presidents.

        I don’t think we have had a conservative swing since Reagan and only Reagan’s first term. Washington ate him up the second term, probably aggravated by his health issues. Both Bushes I would call inconsequential as both of them compromised conservative values to “get along” in DC. We have not had a conservative swing for thirty years which has severely distorted our politics towards the Left side.

        Balance is the key to success. The arrogance of the Left today is a real threat to the balance of power in the USA. Hopefully, the anti-Deep Stater Trump has the cojones and gumption to reverse the trend towards the Left. I have noticed movement of folks like Lindsey Graham towards an anti-Deep State position over the last year or so. People complain about Trump not “getting along” with the people in DC, not doing what he is told. GOOD!

        Unless of course, you have no problem giving up some of your liberty to a socialist government.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      Liberal Globalist? C’mon, Liberal doesn’t apply at this level. They’re Conservatives too. What are they conserving? Themselves. Beyond that, they maintain their brand to trick the voters.

      Every little mom and pop store owner dreams of becoming a scumbag titan Capitalism is flawed in its very inception. It is simply not a valid morality, but fine as part of the economy.

      Chinese money is good too. The Economic Elite have no allegiance to America. Why miss foreign cheap labor or markets? You’re still fantasizing that someone made Companies leave America. Anything to maintain your Left/Bad, Right/Good view of the world.

      • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

        No, high corporate tax rates made companies go overseas. Plutocrats will follow the sun, so to speak with no allegiance to anyone or anywhere. As I said, ruining the consumer marketplace was a huge error by the companies and caused Obama’s stagnation. Hopefully, globalism is dead for the time being. Talk about a power opportunity for the elite. And the problem with China is its economy is export based, i.e. They export to us and the EU. Their own consumer marketplace needs to develop. That is why the tariffs are hurting them worse than us and why they will negotiate in the future.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

          AND low wages. Maybe Trump can lure some of them back. Fine and dandy – but don’t expect too much. Some will come back for the low ROBOT wages (upkeep and repair).

          An Amazon fulfillment center is planned for my area. Lots of excitement. But even on the local mainstream news they admitted that Amazon was working on replacing people. Just a few more years probably.

          Capitalism can NOT be the ruling ethos of a Nation. It’s far, far too selfish for that. And since it leads to a concentration wealth and power, the disaster is complete. Remember, I’m talking about late stage, high tech Capitalism. The early and mid stages were much more conducive to individual freedom and our form of government.

          • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

            You are right. I remember Amazon going to use drones for delivery to get rid of drivers.

            Irony here, what happens when the power elite have no more people to have power over? Sorta self defeating. High tech and robotics may be a bigger disaster to humanity than anything to date. Just like the government, Silicon Valley has no feeling for humanity and this will blow up in their face.

            Food for thought. The climate crisis and the high tech conundrum may be automatically resolved with the increasing inavailability of oil.

  82. Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    Kavanaugh and his family prayed for Dr Ford. But Ford and Co dream of utterly destroying him. That’s the difference. We exist in a state of low level War but for the most part, only one side is fighting. Trump voters are way ahead of the curve on this. We get Liberals for mean spirited hate mongers that they are. As Orwell said, the Proles see clearly. The higher you go, the more deluded people become.

    • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

      Prior to the real Civil War, the North became dominant in DC always moving things their way. Sort of like the Left today.

      Balance is the key. People like to say the world is not black and white, but in grey tones.

      Lately, not so much!

  83. Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    Swetnick beginning to walk back her slanders. She has a long history of litigious activity, but this is obviously a bridge too far. Her instinct for self preservation is kicking in.

    • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

      Dems already shifting away from these women, “well that didn’t work” to now saying he does not have the temperament to be a Justice. His indignation at the hearing and today, my gosh, he threw ice at someone when he was a kid are being utilized.

      Dems, have you no shame?

  84. FincaInTheMountains October 2, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    After reading 95% comments on this blog (and others), Killary came to a conclusion that her 30-year labors at dumbing down American public have excellent results and Americans will gladly, spitting some complete nonsense ala ozone, walk into a slaughter.

    NATO ambassador threatens preemptive attack on Russia

    In a press conference on Tuesday, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the United States’ envoy to NATO, declared that Washington was prepared to launch an attack on Russian military installations in response to treaty violations.

    newrepublic.com/minutes/151498/nato-ambassador-threatens-preemptive-attack-russia

  85. FincaInTheMountains October 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    It appears that some mysterious forces, who made three hurricanes their agent for saving mankind from thermonuclear war, and the USA from the collapse of Jeffersonian democracy and the establishment of the Iron Heel there, are giving up on us.

    And one thing, as you understand, is related to the other, since from my point of view Jeffersonian democracy cannot but reckon with the possibility of retaliating, and the Iron Heel, due to all sorts of historical reasons, does not give a damn about “unacceptable damage”, because for Black Project in the United States, the American demos as the basis of Jeffersonian democracy is an expandable item.

  86. SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    Nobody can stop the Trump train :-). That makes me feel happy today!!

  87. SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Is Antifa sending Ricin in the mail?

  88. Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    Amren, Oct 1

    An anti-Trump professor at Georgetown University is taking heat for a tweet saying white Republican senators who were at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing Friday should be castrated and endure a miserable death.

    Dr. Carol Christine Fair, an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown, said white Republican senators, specifically Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, who defended Kavanaugh in a fiery speech, “deserve miserable deaths.” Fair went on to say in her Saturday message that the living should “castrate their corpses and feed them to swine.”

    “Look at [this] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement,” she wrote. “All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”

    The week before, Fair went on a profanity-laced Twitter tirade against Kavanaugh, calling the embattled nominee a “rapist” and “perjurer.” She described the GOP as a “f—ing death cult” and “filthy swine.”

    One Georgetown student pointed out the oldest Catholic university in America would not recruit students with this kind of behavior in their online portfolio, and it makes no sense coming from a distinguished professor, either.

    {snip}

    A Georgetown University spokesperson told Fox News the views of faculty members expressed in their private capacities are their own and not the views of the university.

    Brothers of the Left Hand Path! So far this “catholic university” is standing behind their monster. Let’s spread this far and wide and see if they buckley. Would they stand behind a professor who expressed in a private email that Whites had higher IQ’s than Blacks – a well attested fact based on generations of research? Of course not. They are moils snipping at the foreskin of Truth and castrating it wholesale whenever advantageous.

    • elysianfield October 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

      “Dr. Carol Christine Fair, an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown, said white Republican senators, specifically Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, who defended Kavanaugh in a fiery speech, “deserve miserable deaths”

      Janos, I would like to respond directly to Ms. Fair;

      “Ms Fair, Your wishes for the Senators referenced seems harsh, but in context, understandable…show us your tits?

  89. Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Hannity: Where was Masie Hirono when Obama revealed his heavy drinking, drugging, and involvement in a Choom gang?

    They want to investigate Kav for throwing ice at someone once in a bar? WTF!?

    • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

      Here let me play at being janet…

      Obama smoked cigs and was addicted to nicotine! That makes Obama a drug addict! A drug addict is not qualified to be POTUS! Obama should have been impeached as the drug addict that he is, and committed to an institution for his physical and psychological dependencies! They should hold him for as long as necessary until he is no longer a danger to both himself and others!

      • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

        Also he smoked around his children and put their lives in danger! They should be taken away from him and relocated to foster families! He should be tried for attempted murder! Obama tried to MURDER his children with a known cancer-causing WEAPON. He is UNFIT to be PRESIDENT and should be in JAIL for attempted MURDER.

        So when they make a tragedy about janet, do I get the part or what?

        • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

          Obama also spoke of hanging out with Hawaiian kids who like to brawl. The anti-White animus of this population is well known. Did Obama ever participate in one of their beat downs of a White person? Can he prove that he didn’t?

        • Sean Coleman October 3, 2018 at 8:04 am #

          I can’t tell the difference. You really get inside her (lack of) personality. Or the person who invented it.

    • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

      The ice incident investigation takes the cake :-p. Doesn’t it just feel like geniuses run the show, or circus?

  90. Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

    Fantasy is the “primary process” according to Freud. The human psyche is a bottomless pit of strange imagery, desires, and vice. Most people manage to keep most of it to themselves during their waking hours. But some, like Swetnik, project their fantasies onto others. Yet she remembers going back to these rape parties again and again. Maybe it wasn’t so bad…..if it happened at all!

    Did mass numbers of servant girls get raped or at least seduced in old Vienna a la the fantasies of the girls? Such things did and do happen. But to such a degree? Could it not be both? An incredible amount of fantasy fed both by the deep psyche and by a much smaller stream of actual occurrences? Needless to say, such an answer will not satisfy a “nuthin to see here folks, move along” fanatic like Sean Coleman.

    • Sean Coleman October 3, 2018 at 8:19 am #

      The trouble with Freud was that you cannot believe anything he wrote or said. That’s what I get out of Richard Webster’s biography, “Why Freud Was Wrong”. And that is why I bought it. I was anticipating such a conclusion and I found it (although Webster tries to qualify it). His first attempt at fame, as an obscure young doctor, was to write a paper glorifying cocaine. Lacan was even stranger and funnier. I like the story of him conducting a hurried consultation (but charged at the full rate) through a half-open door.

      By the way, I notice you echoing me in a post further up, about K Dog enjoying his fantasy too much to give it up. That is what I said to you yourself, remember? (But of course you do!). That you won’t give up your witch hunt fantasy because you like it too much. I heard the same from an expert in natural eye improvement, that the short-sighted won’t give up their bad habits because they enjoy them too much.

      • Exscotticus October 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

        Freud can be summed up as follows: Everything is about sex, except for sex, which is about aggression.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

        Aldous Huxley was said to be a Bates fanatic. But he was humiliated at a pubic venue once when challenged to take off his glasses and see something. He couldn’t see it. The Bates exercises weren’t helping him.

        Man is an iceberg, Sean. Many levels. Your “nothing to see here” is the classic attitude of the Irish Cop, a much beloved and hated figure of 20th Century America. Extroverted to the max!

        • Sean Coleman October 4, 2018 at 11:13 am #

          That story about Huxley was always on the Wikipedia entry for Bates as far as I can remember, and this is where you found it (so it is still there).

          Wikipedia will always take the conventional materialist line in matters of science (and everything else) and dismisses anything else as ‘pseudoscience’. They cannot even bring themselves to describe Rupert Sheldrake as a scientist and Sheldrake has a section on his website about the Guerrilla Skeptics group, which patrols the Wikiverse for any hint of heresy. (If the YT video of the Guerrilla Skeptics is still up it is worth looking at just for the hat worn by their leader.) This misses the point in as much as Wikipedia is essentially self-censoring, just as the journalistic profession is.

          Bates is not about exercises either. It is actually a mental thing. You have to relax your eyes but also clear your mind, take your time and expect to see. The hardest thing is to maintain your attention. What happens is you ‘delegate’ it to automatic pilot and stop looking at what you are looking at. The first time I had a clear flash, eleven years ago, I was looking at the chart and nothing happened. I stuck it out and just relaxed everything, every muscle, stopped thinking. Then several minutes later I found myself seeing every letter on it crystal clear. I don’t know how Iong I had been doing it. It was like waking up out of a dream (that word again). And my glasses are as thick as they come – double digits. The absurdity that is Wikipedia cannot explain that. The Wiki Mind cannot explain anything but reduces the mysteries of life to the tritest cliche.

          I never believed in the omniscience of scientists, even in my youth. They never impressed me. I read F W Dunne’s classic An Experiment With Time when I was fourteen or fifteen, using my mother’s library ticket. I used to write down my dreams when I woke up to see if they predicted things. They did. I was keenly aware of myself as a separate thinking person when I was seven. (Jung said that he was in his eleventh or twelfth year when that happened (just imagine) and that it was like emerging from a mist or a dream. I knew then he had to have been an extravert.)

          “Nothing to see here.” There is a very odd thing to be seen but not the lurid fantasies of your imagination but a world in thrall to fantasy and able to believe anything, no matter how unlikely. There is no lack of conspiracies, of course, but it is not a hoax, really, because the evidence isn’t even concealed but is lying about In Plain Sight (as they said about Jimmy Savile). It comes in waves, but the trend is ever downwards.

  91. janet October 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    “Yes janet we all know you hate cis-gendered white males.” –exscotticus

    I don’t think you appreciate the level of depravity and barbarism of white. I don’t think you appreciate just how violent whites are and just how much pure terrorism they have wrought in the history of the United States. Whites kill each other: witness the Civil War.

    “The Civil War, as portrayed in novels and films such as “Gone With the Wind,” histories such as “The Civil War” by Shelby Foote and television programs such as Ken Burns’ documentary series on the conflict, is usually reduced to stories about the heroic self-sacrifice and courage exhibited by the soldiers from the North and the South who fought as brother against brother. The gruesome suffering, widespread looting and rape and senseless slaughter are romanticized. (For every three soldiers who died on a battlefield, five more died of disease, and, overall, 620,000 Americans, 2 percent of the country’s population, perished in the war.) Meanwhile, the far more important struggle, the struggle of black people to rise from bondage to be free, is effectively eclipsed in these narratives of white self-pity and self-exaltation.

    “Gone With the Wind,” the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and, according to one survey, is the second favorite book among Americans, after the Bible. The 1939 film version of the book is the highest-grossing movie ever, in inflation-adjusted dollars. The book and film are unapologetic celebrations of historical myth, historical erasure and white supremacy.” –Chris Hedges

    • janet October 2, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

      CORRECTION
      I don’t think you appreciate the level of depravity and barbarism of WHITE MALES. I don’t think you appreciate just how violent WHITE MALES are and just how much pure terrorism they have wrought in the history of the United States. WHITE MALES kill each other: witness the Civil War.

      • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

        Janet, you said you were in the marines. Have you ever been to the middle east?

      • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

        Lol, are you sure you intended to correct or did you just get a little sloppy? I think you may just hate white people period.

    • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

      Oh go blow it out your bung hole you demented tart….

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_genocide

      newsweek.com/genocide-africa-central-african-republic-654609

    • pequiste October 2, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

      Methinks the resident mushrick betrays everything that is moral, right, accepting, and diverse from her/his/its well-insulated cocoon from way up there at Mt Holyoke College.

      “I don’t think you appreciate the level of depravity and barbarism of WHITE MALES.”

      “Janet”

      Walter posits the African as the most recent barbarian vileness with Rwandan genocide via machete.

      Let me just say that our esteemed Oriental friends have also done a bang up job in the mass murder department:

      Pol Pot. Cambodia, 20th century: 2-3 million. His own people.

      Genghis Khan, Mongol Empire, 13th Century: 20-40 million. Everyone.

      Mao Tse Tung, Peoples Republic of China, 20th century: up to 50 million. His own people.

      Seems like awful stiff competition for the most bloodthirsty bastard ever but let Janet have her fun and make sweeping generalities about Caucasian men who she/he/it hates, loathes, and detests with zest. But, no, Janet is not bigoted, discriminating, or prejudiced one iota; isn’t that right Janet?

      • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

        Don’t bother. janet filters out all facts that doesn’t support her delusions. We keep her around the forum for her entertainment value.

      • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

        I must be getting old pequiste because it slipped my mind to take it to the extent that you have but you are absolutely right, point well made. In fact, I am currently reading a history of the hostilities in China in 1860. The book details the executions after the fall of one Chinese city where the headless bodies cast in the river were so think that it actually stopped the boat traffic until the waterway could be cleared. But j-nut will never acknowledge any of this, it does not fit into j-nut’s agenda.

        None of us are really sure who or what j-nut actually is but I hope it is not a human being because if it is, it is a vile racist of the level of Barack Hussein Obama himself. Heck, maybe it IS Barry. Hey Barry, is that you?

  92. sprawlcapital October 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    I must revise a previous comment. Last Thursday, while I was watching the Kavenaugh hearing, I wrote, if the Democrats try to impeach him, I call for civil war. No one should call for war. Which is not to say that an attempt to impeach would not be extremely divisive.

    In a similar vein I recall a time in the late 1970s when David McReynolds spoke to a gathering in Iowa City. He told the crowd that no matter how worthy of hate a person might be–no matter how evil–always remember: That person is loved by someone.

    So, I know what you all are asking now. Does this apply to Nancy Pelosi? Yes it does. Even Nancy Pelosi is loved by someone.

    • sprawlcapital October 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

      Kavenaugh [Kavanaugh}

  93. sprawlcapital October 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

    This may have been discussed already. I don’t know. Unlike some here I do not spend hours each day reading these comments. (Actually, I wish I had more time to read what’s here.)

    Does anyone know, did Senator Flake ask the shrill female at the elevator whether she was in this country legally? Her accent was heavily Spanish.

    • janet October 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

      Maybe she was Puerto Rican. Puerto Ricans are Americans… unless their island is hit by a hurricane. Then they are the recipients of three rolls of paper towels.

      • janet October 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

        But P.R. is American when the American military wants to use it as target practice. For over 60 years, the U.S. Navy used the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, as a bombing range and site for military-training exercises. Then the island got sick. Thousands of residents have alleged that the military’s activities caused illnesses.

  94. janet October 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    “Does this apply to Nancy Pelosi? Yes it does. Even Nancy Pelosi is loved by someone.” –sprawlcapital

    But not by the people who want impeachment. Nancy Pelosi is opposed to impeachment. We need to replace Nancy Pelosi with someone who is able to play hardball with the Republicans, even if that person is a white male.

  95. Pucker October 2, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    Good News….

    It looks like the “Free Bill Cosby!” Movement is gathering steam? Bill Cosby is a big supporter of a woman’s right to abortion.

  96. janet October 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

    Pol Pot. Cambodia, 20th century: 2-3 million. His own people.” –pequiste

    20th century, 2 world wars, enough white on white violence between Europeans and Russians to kill more than 100 million.

    Don’t try to find historical examples of violence greater than white males. White males are number one, número uno, in the violence department.

    • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

      Why don’t you answer about the middle east? Where we are super sure that many non-White men are literally buying and selling women and making sure they disappear from public discourse altogether. If you are genuine then condemn those non-white men. Otherwise give it up.

    • janet October 2, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

      The United States white-run military spends more on national defense than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined.

      Of course, of the runner-ups who are most dedicated to violent armies, three of those (Russia, France, UK) are also white. Whites dedicate themselves to violence and their national budgets reflect their moral priorities to support organized killing with big national budgets.

      • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

        Thank you for your honesty. You hate all whites. Which proves you never cared about white Christine Blasey Ford.

        • janet October 2, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

          I don’t hate anybody. I disagree with the white penchant for violence, with huge white-run “defense” departments. I recognize whites for the historically huge and dangerous history they have.

          • thwack October 2, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

            Y’all need somebody to hate all whites?

            Did the Sun go on vacation or something?

      • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

        >>> Whites dedicate themselves to violence and their national budgets reflect their moral priorities to support organized killing with big national budgets.

        Then leave, janet. Go be with your soulmates in Nigeria or wherever. Let us know how that works out!

        • SoftStarLight October 2, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

          Now that would really be a research project lol!

    • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

      Not quite! Janet.

      Two examples to blow away your diatribe

      Who promoted and provided the slave trade in Africa? Blacks!! Tribal warlords selling out tribes and selling them to European and American ships. Why are you not as concerned with the human trafficking going on today by the Mexican cartels?

      At the end of WW2, these White males in the US could have destroyed the countries they beat in the war. Nope, these bad ol’ boys, just rebuilt Europe with the Marshall Plan, rebuilt Japan, created the United Nations, passed massive Civil Rights laws which the Black apologists have been ignoring ever since, ignored the influx of illegal immigrants into the country from all directions for generations, providing a haven for the darker skins of the world, provided a model for democracy around the world, provided foreign aid for generations.

      You sure know how to pick your enemies, Janet. I try not to think of what a crappy place the world would be without American “White” leadership since WW2.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

        White put in parenthesis! How can a people who don’t know who they are – or are ashamed of it – live long and prosper? If you know that much, now learn the rest of it: Blacks are mentally far below us, just as Whites are below them in some physical ways. Of course you don’t believe me – but you haven’t checked it out either have you? Q used to mock me – until he investigated. Then the mockery stopped, though he never apologized or admitted his mistake.

        The Old South recognized the beginnings of this in the North. Northerners were somehow “pickled” or blighted, somehow unnatural and cut off from their moorings. Ideology had begun to replace natural human feelings and culture.

        • malthuss October 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

          Check my post about Google doodle w all the White boys
          being handicapped,
          gal who created it gets huge prize money.

    • Billy Hill October 2, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

      Janet may have a point. The rest of the planet succumbs to one-on-one violence writ somewhat large but the Europeans have an innate ability to organize slaughter.

      That being said, Janet is a well-known racist in these here parts, and a valuable provider of statistics and facts courtesy of the DNC. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer, as they say.

      But I digress from my mission here tonight, which is to posit a thought experiment: Imagining Civil War 2. Niall Ferguson penned a piece recently making the rounds offering an assortment of primary sources from the period preceding Civil War 1. This was my inspiration for Imagining Civil War 2, as certain aspects of that period bear close resemblance to the present.

      I began with a comparison of the USA in 1861 versus 2019 using economic, demographic, and geo-political categories. The comparison is relatively useless. The only thing that really stands out is, as Ferguson’s selections suggest, the developing ideological barricades and the steady coalescing of symbolic structures that govern human action into two diametrically opposed populations. Civil War 1 enjoyed the advantage — if we can call it that — of a relatively unified geographical distribution of these symbolic structures, although if one looks closely (cf. West Virginia) in the South the commitment to the cause was somewhat divided between low and upland, which relates directly to slaveholding rates. Even this requires qualification as personal research into upland Alabama has discovered uplanders who would fight for either side depending on the pay rate at any given time. But let’s ignore the NYC draft riots and assume a relatively united bloc distributed geographically. Such does not exist in USA 2019 as a close look at county by county results from 2016 attest. In other words, there is a chapter waiting to written titled: The Enemy Next Door.

      Delving deeper we posit The Moment of War. This requires a trigger event (such as Ft Sumter) where given the velocity of information (in 1861 telegraphic — which is not really too shabby) a populace is summoned to action. The nearest example is 9-11. Recalling the emotions of that day and the instantaneity of information/analysis one appreciates the effectiveness of propaganda (a fact well-established in mass culture since the Huns bayoneted Belgian babies). We have been reacting to that moment for 17 years now.

      Today, unlike in 1861 we have a large, entrenched military. As well as a large armed Law Enforcement apparatus counting Federal, State, and Local. Whither these bureaucracies following the trigger Moment? Given the geographical breadth and distribution of the competing Symbolisms restoration of civil order is problematic, and the likelihood exists that these groups will l be subject to some extent by the same ideological pressure. Or perhaps rival Generals will emerge in a repeat of the Roman example. Air Power? How do you use air power when the enemy is next door? The notion of large armies controlling territory and vital rail and road links, and navies controlling sea lanes, ports, and vital inland waterways as in Civil War 1 does not compute.

      In other words, Civil War 2 is beyond my imagining at least. I’m not sure Yugoslavia works as an example. I don’t think the populace in 1861 imagined Civil War 1, for that matter. One thing for sure is that not very long after Bull Run both sides realized they had much more than they bargained for, which one would think might be a cautionary tale. But the signal defining attribute of humans beings is that “we make shit up.” This made up stuff allows us to co-operate in groups, but as we see now also allows us to think of the Other as something to be abhorred, then eliminated.

      • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

        I cannot see a true civil war happening either, even if something like a financial crisis comes along with hyper-inflation and a reduction in the food supply chain. Fringe groups may tend to be violent, but I think the majority of Americans do not have the gumption in them anymore for such a thing.

        What will always remain as a real possibility for calamity is the thing that the US government officially fears the most, the “power grid” going down in a big way from either a solar event or an EMP from US or Them. Those of us that have had to get by without electricity for over a week, twice in the last four years, understand that it does not take long for things to go south once the power shuts off. In a serious event, communication is totally lost for the masses which makes it a great event for our own government to initiate in a perfect storm scenario if many other things are going wrong at the same. For those who trust the government to never do such a thing, they should really look into the detailed government plans for Continuation Of Government because the government certainly is concerned with such possibilities. And remember, whether it is a natural event or a man made one, none of us will ever be able to tell anyway so there will be no finger pointing afterwards. Cleaning up the mess that will follow won’t take much work once a few moths have gone by without the sparky stuff. Will it ever happen? Who knows. Can it ever happen? Of course it can no matter how far the deniers shove their fool heads up the old bung hole, it certainly can happen. And if it does it will be then that we shall see what people are really capable of doing to one another.

        • Billy Hill October 3, 2018 at 9:16 am #

          Walter — by “beyond my imagining” I meant I cannot at this point predict how the actual fighting plays out. Will the armed forces and law enforcement fragment and lend support to one side or the other? Will chain of command and discipline prevail? It’s not easy to imagine the army vying for territory in the same fashion as Civil War 1, if Afghanistan offers any guidance. If civil order breaks down we might expect local law enforcement to desert and protect their own families, as was alleged to have occurred during Katrina. Furthermore, the bi-polar structure informing the national vitriol likely atomizes into a multiplicity of warring tribes — warlordism, with minimal ideological attachment to the symbols of either D or R.

          You raise an interesting scenario with the COG infrastructure. The Government may become a third contender, which does raise the possibility of air power being used to neutralize warring factions regardless of R or D. One sees the possibility of R/D attachment evaporating and animus toward the COG forces emerging.

          If power and water infrastructure succumb to either COG arrogance or warlordism then we shall all enjoy Bellum omnium contra omnes.

  97. Walter B October 2, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    I think I may have inadvertently discovered j-nut’s true identify…

    rt.com/usa/440142-georgetown-professor-kavanaugh-castrate/

    From the article:

    Georgetown professor says Kavanaugh defenders ‘deserve miserable deaths’ and should be ‘castrated’

    Yup, sounds like j-nut alright.

    • janet October 2, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

      Georgetown? Mount Holyoke? Make up your mind.

  98. BackRowHeckler October 2, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

    For the past 6 months or so been reading about pirates; started out with one book I found at a tag sale for $1.00 (‘Under the Black Flag’ , David Cordingly) I didn’t think I would find that much on the subject but so far have collected 35 books; if you want to know anything about the Golden Age of Piracy, just ask me (I’m kidding). Anyway, two tidbits of intelligence recently gathered: the first Africans brought into Virginia was in 1619, captured by English pirates from a Spanish slave ship off Cuba, 19 Africans. Odd thing, the Portugese and Spanish by then had been importing slaves out of West Africa for 125 years, but when these Blacks got to Virginia they were treated as indentured servants, joining hundreds of white English indentured servants working the tobacco fields of Old Virginny. Another thing is the Barbery and Turkish pirates in the Med, for centuries raiding the coasts of France, England, Spain, Portugal, even the Netherlands, capturing Christians by the thousands and forcing them into slavery in North Africa, Turkey and Syria. Naval engagements between Christian privateers and Muslim corsairs in the Med lasted from the end of the Crusades till Jefferson sent the US Navy to clean out Barbary pirates in 1803.

    Of course the real slavers were Arabs operating out of Zanzibar and Madagascar from the 4th century to 1890, when the Royal Navy was able to put a stop to it.

    Slavery seems to have been a world wide historical phenonema, not exclusive to the United States. In fact I’ve learned out of the 12 million Africans — mostly by Spain and Portugal — brought out of Africa to the Americas c1500-1830, only about 355,000 were brought into what is now the United States. Question is, why is it us who are being guilt tripped all the time?

    brh

    • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

      ….”why is it us who are being guilt tripped all the time?”

      Because brh, Americans have a bad habit of throwing money at problems to solve them or to shut up those that raise the issues. Those who bitch the loudest are those who are looking for a free ride, not some form of demented compensation. They are the lazy, the stupid, and the non-motivated. It is far easier to whine than it is to work.

    • elysianfield October 3, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      “Slavery seems to have been a world wide historical phenomena, not exclusive to the United States. In fact I’ve learned out of the 12 million Africans — mostly by Spain and Portugal — brought out of Africa to the Americas c1500-1830, only about 355,000 were brought into what is now the United States. Question is, why is it us who are being guilt tripped all the time? ”

      BRH,
      Who the hell are you to offer such information and confuse the narrative? Just STFU!

      #Wakanda

    • malthuss October 3, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

      I got ‘The Fatal Shore’ for cheap. You would enjoy, if you havent
      read it.
      My fav part, where the Abos yell ‘go away’ at first ships.

  99. JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    Puerto Rico can join Venezuela and the other victims of socialism. Prior to Maria, reports were coming out about the poor state of affairs there that was driving the commonwealth into bankruptcy. The poor response and the “leave the stores on the pier” corruption made recovery from the hurricane slow way down. The real issue is that islands are isolated and it takes time to get supplies in. But oh boy, did it make a great opportunity for the Dems to try to clobber Trump over the response. Surprise, the government, what little good it is, is all Democrat and needed a scapegoat for its poor response and crookedness. FEMA did a good job in PR, but was heavily criticized by the terrible agencies that are the problem in the first place. Like all socialistic societies, PR was just waiting for the gubment to solve their problems instead of rolling up their sleeves and fixing their own problem.

    An example, the reason why the power was so wiped out was that the wooden power poles were so old they were rotten at ground level and easily fell prey to the winds of Maria. Replacing them with metal poles has taken considerable time. Almost 100% of that infrastructure was destroyed.

    • janet October 2, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

      Puerto Rico is capitalist. The Puerto Rican Socialist Party was formally disbanded in 1993. Capitalism failed in Puerto Rico. Trump’s racism did not help.

      • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

        Peurto Rico is socialist. Yeah, the Communist party was halted but the country continues its socialist cast. They are a welfare state being compared to Greece today. The majority of housing is public, healthcare is socialized, the government has taxed the people until there is no more available, it is exclusively a service economy, a great representation of the glories of socialism.

        Motivation is the key. Socialism gives no incentive to achieve anything. Capitalism gives incentive to achieve as it gives benefits to the industrious. Old saying, capitalism has its faults, but it is much better than any alternative.

        • BackRowHeckler October 3, 2018 at 3:36 am #

          And, like in Greece, everybody who has a job in PR ‘works’ for the government, but really, how much work actually gets done?

          brh

        • malthuss October 4, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

          Peurto ????

    • BackRowHeckler October 2, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

      Even before the hurricane hit last year PR was bankrupted $75 billion in debt. Police and fire depts were being disbanded because there was no money to pay them, and you are correct John AZ, the whole power grid was decrepit due to lack of maintenance and nobody paying their electric bill.

      brh

      brh

      • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

        Puerto Ricans have lived an American-taxpayer-subsidized lifestyle for decades. Now they want us to replace the ticky-tacky homes that were destroyed with real homes. I say we just buy the land outright at pennies on the dollar and declare the entire island an oxygen-generating national park. We should not be subsidizing the lifestyles of islanders in hurricane country. Let them use their insurance—just like the rest of us.

  100. FincaInTheMountains October 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    Lavrentiy Beria – a History of Character Assassination

    On June 26, 1953, three tank regiments stationed near Moscow received the order of the Minister of Defense – to load ammunition and enter the capital. The same order was received by the motorized rifle division. Two aerial divisions and a wing of jet bombers were ordered to remain in full readiness and wait for an order about the possible bombardment of the Kremlin.

    Subsequently, a version explaining all these preparations was announced: the Minister of the Interior, Lavrentiy Beria, was staging a coup d’état, which was to be prevented.

    Beria was arrested, tried and shot.

    For 50 years, this version has not been questioned by anyone.

    An ordinary, and not very ordinary person knows only two things about Lavrentiy Beria: he was an executioner and a sex maniac. Everything else is taken out from history. So it is even strange: why did Stalin tolerated this useless and gloomy figure? Was he scared of him?

    Mystery!

    Stalin was not at all afraid! And there is no mystery. Moreover, without an understanding of the true role of this person, it is impossible to understand the Stalin’s era. Because in fact everything was not at all the way the people who seized power in the USSR and privatized victories and achievements of their predecessors.

    About a very different Lavrentiy Beria tells the St. Petersburg journalist Elena Prudnikova, author of sensational historical investigations, a participant in the historical-journalistic project “Mysteries of History”.

    “Economic Miracle” in the Caucasus

    Many have heard about the “Japanese economic miracle”. But who knows about the Georgian?

    In the autumn of 1931, the young CheKa officer, Lavrenty Beria, a very remarkable person became the first secretary of the Communist Party of Georgia. In 1920, he led an underground network in Menshevik Georgia. In the 1923, when the republic passed under the control of the Bolsheviks, fought against banditry and achieved impressive results – at the beginning of this year there were 31 active armed gangs in Georgia, by the end of the year there were only 10.

    By 1929 Beria became the chairman of the GPU of Trans-Caucasia and the authorized representative of the OGPU in the region. But, oddly enough, with the KGB service, Beria persistently tried to break up, hoping to finally complete education and become a civil engineer.

    In 1930, he even wrote a desperate letter to Ordzhonikidze asking him to relieve of his security duties so he could complete his engineering degree.

    Moscow fulfilled the request to the exact opposite. In the fall of 1931 Beria becomes the first secretary of the Communist Party of Georgia. In a year – First Secretary of the Transcaucasian Regional Committee, in fact, the Tsar of the region.

    About how he worked on this post, no one likes to talk much.

    Transcaucasian Region was not exactly a paradise on Earth.

    The industry as such did not exist. Very poor, hungry outskirts of Russian Empire. At the same time the collectivization was going on in USSR and by 1931, into the Georgian collective farms Bolsheviks managed to drive 36% of households, but the population did not become less hungry.

    And then Beria made a brilliant move. He stopped the collectivization. He left private owners alone.

    But in collective farms they began to plant not wheat and corn, but valuable cash crops: tea, citrus, tobacco, grapes. And this is where large agricultural enterprises paid off one hundred percent! Collective farms began to grow rich with such speed that peasants poured into them on their free will.

    By 1939, without any coercion, were collectivized 86% of the farms. One example: in 1930 the area of tangerine plantations was one and a half thousand hectares, in 1940 – 20 thousand. Productivity from one tree increased, in some farms – by 20 times.

    In industry, he worked just as efficiently. For the first five years gross industrial output of Georgia alone increased almost 6 times. During the second five year – another 5 times. In the rest of the Transcaucasian republics the same. It was under Beria, for example, they began to drill the shelves of the Caspian Sea, for which he himself was accused of wastefulness: why bother with all this nonsense!

    But now for Caspian oil and Caspian shipping routes there is a real war between super powers.

    At the same time, Transcaucasia also became the resort capital of the USSR.
    The level of education in 1938 Georgia reached one of the first places in the Union, and by the number of students per thousand overtook England and Germany.

    In short, in the seven years that Beria was in office he rocked the backward economy of
    Caucasian republics so much that up until the 90s they were among the richest in the Union.

    Stalin could not miss such opportunity. And the appointment of Beria to Moscow was not the result of backstage intrigues, as they are now trying to present, but a completely natural thing:

    A person who achieved such remarkable results in the region can be trusted with bigger things for the entire Nation.

    To be continued…

    • BackRowHeckler October 2, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

      Sounds like this Beria chap was a great guy, a regular St Thomas Aquinas.

      After he died, how many bodies of young girls did they find buried at his dacha? I’ve read it was 9.

      How surprised Comrade Citizen fathers must have been in Moscow in 1938, when they came to Beria’s house looking for their daughters after Beria’s KGB Colonels had kidnapped them off the street, and found themselves being beaten half to death inside the Lubyanka, then dragged out to the execution pits ringing Moscow.

      Keep the Red Flag flying, Comrade.

      brh

      • FincaInTheMountains October 2, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

        How many women did Kavanaugh raped?

        may be if we look hard enough we’ll find mutilated bodies in your basement?

        • AKlein October 3, 2018 at 7:32 am #

          I often appreciate your providing the readers of CFN a first-hand alternative view of Russia and the Soviet Union. We here in the US have been thoroughly propagandized regarding the Soviet Union as I’m certain you are keenly aware. So an alternative view of both the motivations the USSR and their actual behavior on the ground needs to be aired for observers to reach a fair assessment. Normally you provide this alternative view in a reasonable if often elliptic way. Your unique style (unique to this blog) does not cause me any special concern, nor does it detract from the information value of your content. However, your response to BRH very much does detract from your stature. I recognize that BRH’s comments were pointed and irritating to you, but all he is doing is representing the facts as they were presented to us in the West. If Beria was a victim of a giant smear campaign (and I can easily imagine that), then tell us about it. I know I would read that with great interest.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

          Kagonovitch was one of the World’s greatest mass murderers. A Russian Jew. Stalin’s willing executioner. Btw, this is perfectly acceptable to say in Israel. It’s only among gentiles that Jews put on the faux outrage since they know that works with White Weaklings.

          • malthuss October 4, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

            oy gevalt

    • GreenAlba October 3, 2018 at 7:43 am #

      “An ordinary, and not very ordinary person knows only two things about Lavrentiy Beria: he was an executioner and a sex maniac. “

      Category error there, Finca. As an ordinary person I never heard that he was a sex maniac – I heard that he was a rapist and murderer of young girls. Being a sex maniac is generally less harmful than that, especially if you can, you know, get on with it consensually, possibly even with other sex maniacs.

      As for the other stuff in his CV, you might as well tell me that Genghis Khan was a gifted administrator.

      • malthuss October 3, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

        UK is sinking? Why? Immigration? Free trade?

        I found this,

        The UK population between in 2001 was estimated to be about 59 million, based on food consumed the UK population was at least 77 million though likely 80 million.
        So its probably safe to add another 20 million to the UK population.

        • GreenAlba October 4, 2018 at 11:05 am #

          “So its probably safe to add another 20 million to the UK population.”

          No, that would be silly, Malthuss. In fact you have to wonder why Theresa May was so lacking in any kind of sensible policy regarding non-EU immigration when she was Home Secretary. Could it be…incompetence?? It certainly had nothing whatever to do with the EU.

          I wouldn’t go by population estimates calculated on the basis of food consumed, given we have similar problems (though not quite as extreme, I believe) as yourselves with regard to portion control. You’d also need to be aware of the shocking statistics regarding food waste (landfill).

          The latest estimate calculated on factors a little more sensible than how much food is being necked is 66,675,360. but even so I don’t think another 20 million would be a good idea.

          worldpopulationreview.com/countries/united-kingdom-population/

          • malthuss October 4, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

            I read a best seller, from the 1990s. Brimelows bestseller.
            At the time, USA was taking in more legal immigrants than all other nations COMBINED.

            10 years later, UK is the big flop house for the 3rd worlders.

            statistics regarding food waste (landfill).–valid point, if not taken into calcs.

    • elysianfield October 3, 2018 at 11:29 am #

      ” Productivity from one tree increased, in some farms – by 20 times. ”

      Komraden Finc!

      …Sooo, Beria was the first recognized Stakhanovite in the Politbureau?

  101. BackRowHeckler October 2, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    Kavanaugh apparently threw ice at a guy in a bar in New Haven in 1985. No injuries, no arrests, no casualties.

    But it was important enough to make the news cycle today.

    The Day of the Hyena is truly upon us.

    brh

    • Exscotticus October 2, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      They’re pivoting because the Ford story has no juice, so now it’s about Kav being a belligerent drunk or something. But the only example they can come up with was 30+ years ago in a college bar.

      IMHO, this FBI investigation is just political cover for Democratic senators running for re-election in Trump Country. They know that their re-election may depend on confirming Kav. They don’t want to do it, but if they don’t confirm and lose in the midterms, then Republican senators will simply replace them and confirm Kav anyway. Either way, Kav gets confirmed. So it makes sense for them to just swallow this bitter pill and retain their office. Of course, this will upset Dems and make life tough in the 2024 Dem primaries. But that’s six years away, and they’ll be able to say, “I demanded and got an FBI investigation!”

  102. JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

    Capitalism

    In the early 70’s, I had the privilege of serving in the Navy in Newport, RI. Belle view avenue was a good example of trickle down economic mica. We lived in a two story small apartment near Belleview Ave. These homes the majority of the buildings in Newport were there for one reason. In the late 1800’s, the very, very wealthy discovered summers in Newport were a lot more pleasant than New York. Actually, folks visited the city since before the Civil War. But the Gilded Age was Newport’s apex. Anyway, these very wealthy folks provided jobs and income for many people in Newport and the area we lived in was housing for the Belleview employees. The Vanderbilts et al provided much wealth for the Newport area.

    Whether it is the wealthy elite today, or companies or corporations, the elite give the rest of us our livelihoods. My main complaint is when our illustrious government plays sour grapes and with tax policies drives the elite away from the US. Sour grapes, the cause Celebre of the Democratic Party. If people comprehended the source of their economics, the Dems couldn’t pull the wool over their eyes. Capitalism by its nature is competitive and that means winners and losers. How our government assists the losers should be the primary concern. Recovery from losing should be no. 1.

    Jobs, when plentiful cancel out many social and economic problems. Maybe we should concentrate on creating more and more jobs and less on crucifying the elite. They are the source of the jobs.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 2, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

      All what you are saying, John, I call the Western White Project.

      But there are also Black and Red.

      The problem is, half of your elite has gone fucking nuts, and is ready to blow up the world.

    • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

      Your points are valid John, but I do believe that there are many substantial differences in todays world. There are far more shiny baubles that the mega-wealthy have access to in the form of super expensive fleets of fancy cars, airplanes, yachts. With the ease of flying about the globe today, the mega-elite can own far more estates and in far more far away places. I think that if you compared the costs to be mega-rich today with what it cost 100 or 200 years ago, the percentages would be vastly more now then it was way back when. The profit margins that have to be paid to have all that stuff is many times more than it used to be, is it not? .

      Another problem that we have today is that there are far too many of us. The mega-wealthy cannot afford to maintain us at the levels of comfort that we have become used to having. This is painfully evident by the stagnation of the average working wage over the last four decades as well as the growing discrepancy between the wealthy and the herd. We certainly do not die off as fast as we use to either do we?

      And the politicians require far more payoffs than they ever did percentage-wise. All the mega-wealthy own many political hacks and keeping them and their families living the high life has to be far, far more costly than it ever was.

      In the end, it is hard to argue that when it all goes south, robbing the wealthy gets you a lot more stuff a lot faster than robbing the rest of us. The wealthy know this and trust me, they are preparing to defend what “is theirs” to a far greater degree than any of us can afford to do. I think they pull the plug rather than let it happen “naturally”, but then I am no Coincidence Theorist.

      • JohnAZ October 2, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

        Well written.

        I have stated before that a major issue today is the problems we face are not resolvable by government. So the illustrious politicos have to find baloney to sell their constituents. So nothing happens!

        And actually that is good. I do not want some of those ding dongs to make any decisions for me.

        Some of the mega-wealthy are the political hacks.

        I read a report that the elite are investing in mega real estate in New Zealand with the reasoning being that it is far away from all the potential problem spots. Another elite escape spot is Dubai. The palm trees and the world map are mega real estate. It seems you are right, they are preparing to bail.

        One of my hopes for Trump, who is an elite, is that he would remove the economic impediments driving the elite away. The elite on the Left are blocking him but he has made some progress. How sustainable? I guess we shall see.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 2, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

          Only a strong Nationalist (Fascist or National Socialist) can solve these problems. You think more selfish profit ridden Capitalism can? How? More of them will just get more of the same faster.

  103. FincaInTheMountains October 2, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

    US Nato envoy’s threat to Russia: stop developing missile or we’ll ‘take it out’

    Kay Bailey Hutchison seems to raise prospect of strike
    Washington says cruise missile breaks 1987 INF treaty

    But Hutchison went further in her remarks and appeared to suggest the possibility of a pre-emptive strike when the Russian missiles became operational.

    The Russian foreign ministry accused Hutchison of dangerous rhetoric.

    “It seems that people who make such statements do not realise the level of their responsibility and the danger of aggressive rhetoric,” the ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said, according to Tass news agency.

    theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/02/us-ambassador-nato-russia-kay-bailey-hutchison

    This is all YOUR responsibility, the result of your completely idiotic comments on Kavanaugh confirmation process, instead of simply stating that it is all an attempted coup d’etat against constitutionally elected President.

    • Walter B October 2, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

      This is nothing new Finc for we have all been here before:

      From “Brothers”, by David Talbot:

      Page 68 – In Summer 1961, Kennedy came under increasing pressure from military and intelligence officials to consider launching a preemptive nuclear strike against the Soviet Union. The president was informed that far from suffering a “missile gap”, the United States the United States actually enjoyed a growing lead in land-based nuclear missiles. According to a National Intelligence Estimate delivered that year, the Soviets had only four intercontinental ballistic missiles in place—all of them on low alert at a test site—while the U.S. had 185 ICBM’s and over 3,400 deliverable nuclear bombs at the time. This clear “window” of nuclear superiority would eventually close as Soviet nuclear weapons production began to catch up. While it remained open, Washington was a hothouse of militaristic fever, which accounts for LeMay’s intemperate remarks about an imminent nuclear war at the July dinner party.

      On July 20, at a National Security Council meeting, Kennedy was presented an official plan for a surprise nuclear attack by the Joint Chiefs chairman, General Lemnitzer, and Allen Dulles, who would remain at the helm of the CIA until the fall. Lemnitzer, whose intellectual abilities the president found wanting, presented the doomsday plan “as though it were for a kindergarten class” according to Schlesinger, and a disgusted Kennedy got up in the middle of the meeting and walked out. “And we call ourselves the human race”, he bitterly remarked to Secretary of State Dean Rusk afterwards.