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When this chapter of US history is finally written, it will look like a deep dive into a vat of lentil soup. In Syria Friday night, we came, we saw, and we slung 103 cruise missiles into largely symbolic targets, including a supposed chemical weapons plant just outside Damascus, and some other places where we were not likely to kill Russian military personnel. The Russians apparently decided to just suck it up, knowing that the civil war in Syria is nearly over. Then what?

Will the US tolerate what has effectively become a Russian client state in the Levant, with some Iranian sprinkles on top? The Saudi Arabians clearly don’t relish that prospect, and one wonders how much the nominal Saudi leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, put the squeeze on US officials (including the Golden Golem of Greatness) to do something (!) when he paid a call here a few weeks ago. Israel may not like having Hezbolah’s patron, Iran, camped on their doorstep, but there’s reason to believe that Bibi and Putin understand each other well enough, and that Russia will do what’s necessary to moderate the Iran-Hezbolah-Shia axis of maniacs. Israel’s February strike against Syrian air defense installations was a reminder to all concerned that they will act on their own when they choose to. Finally, Russia certainly has no interest in protecting the caliphate maniacs, since the Bear has plenty of restive Islamic factions in its neighboring former soviet republics.

The various moves and statements having been made, the balance of power in Syria may be settling into a sort of freeze. Actually, anything that arrests the process of Syria turning into another failed Middle East state is better than the alternative. Before al Qaeda, Isis, and their many mutant armies showed up, before Russia came on the scene, before the US set this regional meltdown in motion next door in Iraq, Syria was not the world’s problem. But neither, really, was Vietnam in 1963.

All this raises the question: when will reasonable people in the USA — if there are any left — begin to see the Russia-meddling-in-our-election story as a botched attempt to cook up a giant distraction from America’s own swan dive into failed state-hood? The moves on that game-board have been so crude and bizarre that the very machinery of the republic is melting down as if on-purpose. President Trump begins to look like a pitiful, helpless, hostage to unseen forces. For the moment he can’t control a rogue Department of Justice, even when they trespass on a pillar of due process by seizing his personal attorney’s papers and computer records. He does what his generals tell him to do in the war room. He affects to combat all this chaos and incoherence with his illiterate barks and squawks on the ridiculous Twitter platform. And there seems to be no way forward from this morass except through more broken institutions and disorder.

So far, the financial system has not disintegrated, though fissures have been showing for weeks in the extreme volatility of markets. These markets are watched over and massaged by that other arm of the Deep State, the Federal Reserve and its ancillary forces in the “primary dealer” too-big-to-fail banks. It’s amazing to see the stresses that these markets are withstanding, and rather than attribute it to some mythic “strength of the economy,” I’d wager that it has more to do with the marshaling of algos and bots to do whatever it takes to preserve some veneer of normality.

When that line of defense here at home cracks, nobody will give a barreling fuck about Russia, or Syria, and the great barge of wishes that Donald Trump sailed in on may finally sink. Even if the DOJ Inspector General’s coming report on FBI political misdeeds prompts a severe housecleaning of the FBI, and drives a stake into the heart of the Mueller investigation, a Wall Street train wreck will kill any delusions about the USA turning back into the 1955 “Life of Riley” utopia that dreams are made of. Reputations in government and the media will be shredded and even the bystanders will be tainted for failing to show reality its due respect.


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  1. Sticks-of-TNT April 16, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    “The moves on that game-board have been so crude and bizarre…”

    It would be laughable were it not so serious. Or Syria-ous?

    • CancelMyCard April 16, 2018 at 10:06 am #

      “a Wall Street train wreck will kill any delusions about the USA turning back into the 1955 “Life of Riley” utopia that dreams are made of.”

      We’ve been waiting nigh unto 10 years now for the Wall Street denouement to occur, and we may well wait another 100 years. The oligarchs have a steel-grip hold on the market, in the form of their puppet — the Fed — and we would have to pry their cold, dead hands off that puppet in order for the market to truly crash.

      And that ain’t happening anytime soon.

      • shotho April 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

        It is truly amazing how the long interest rates have been stabilized at such low rates. It has to have been one of the most impressive examples of financial manipulation in human history. But, it will end and much sooner than a hundred years; maybe as soon as this year. No force can keep a lid on a mountain of bad debt forever and, when it ends, it will be a wonder to behold.

      • Frank April 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

        Yes, I wonder about that too. 10 years or so it was extra-ordinary measures and we are still here in a wondful economy. How can it be both ways. Their policy drcimated me. Thanks Federal Reserve.

      • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

        If I am not mistaken, the American public is being played hard by the threat of another Stock Market Crash and/or a repeat of the Great Depression. In the 1920’s I do believe that there were a lot more individual, private stockholders that pulled their cash out of the failing market as it sank. Today’s “Stock Market”, from what I have been able to discover, is far more populated with investments by huge hedge funds, institutions, pension funds, you name it, 90% claimed by some. If this is true then even if all of the individual investors pulled out totally in one day, you would see a 10% dip at best. Why would the big institutions pull out their cash? Surely there is not enough cash to cover it all anyway considering how overvalued it all is now. Nope, I think that it is impossible and that the occasional “dips” are manufactured solely as distraction.

        • CancelMyCard April 16, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

          Nailed it, Walter.

          Of course it is not going to come off the rails anytime soon.

          There Is Far Too Much Inertia.

          The whole thing about vested interests keeping the status quo going ad infinitum is what the world of empires is all about.

          They all managed to keep a revenue stream for generations,
          until they couldn’t.

          But that’s the secret to all this, isn’t it?

          You get a good thing going, stretch it out for several generations so as to let the grandkids have it good.

          And then . . . . it all goes up in smoke.

          Say La Vee.

          Via Con Dios.

  2. erik April 16, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    This weekend a woman told me this time there is no real estate bubble and that market will be stable..
    When I told her the real estate market is all dependent on the side effects of ZIRP, she told me I was full of shit.

  3. robert magill April 16, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    This is theatre; Act 2. China sells tickets. Total now of two hundred missiles used; nothing much destroyed. Top brass satisfied. Neocons, mollified.  Audience, US, asleep in our seats as usual.
     Act 3. The big love scene: Trump and Putin do Romeo & Juliet, audience confused. Back to sleep. China offers no refunds.

    • lbs April 16, 2018 at 11:40 am #

      One could argue it was a success. Placates the moral outrage of establishment left and their odd bedfellows, the neocons, without precipitating broader war. A win-win.

    • capt spaulding April 16, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      My brother in law tells me that covfefe is Trump & Putin’s safe word.

      • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

        I like your brother-in-law’s sense of humour.

  4. pequiste April 16, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    Or, if one prefers, a Commedia dell Arte Punch and Judy show with the same scripted dialogue, music, and actions. The U.S.S.A. is the venerable Punch with the bat, hitting whoever gets in the way and it looks good — all that contrived anger and angst over chemical weapons use and animal actors. Yet in the final analysis, the puppetmaster will ensure nothing really gets broken so that tomorrow’s matinee can be another success.

    And you can be damn sure there is a spectrum of other theatrical performances available for the audiences to devour: soccer, basketball, Coachella, Fakebook disclosures, gay lawyers self-immolating, special counsel investigations, porn star kiss-and-tell, country music awards, HBO and Netflix special presentations….

    • Majella April 16, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      “…all that contrived anger and angst over chemical weapons use …” Indeed, pequiste.

      Listening to the Clown Prez on TV last Friday, spouting his profound disgust at the actions of Assad, I recalled with horro that photograph of a young Vietnamese girl, naked, running down the road, literally on fire from US Napalm. Huh.

      And all that Agent Orange defoliant that is still killing people comes to mind, along with the depleted uranium waste all over the Middle East since Desert Storm and the sequel shows of “shock & awe”.

      When it comes down to it, the USA is no better than any other global warmonger. Bah, humbug!

  5. GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    “…US, asleep in our seats as usual.

    …audience confused. Back to sleep.”

    When I was walking the dog this morning, a furniture delivery was taking place to someone’s flat. On the side of the furniture van was an enormous poster with a picture of a couple on a sofa, with the company’s name and the words ‘Making Britain comfier’. If you didn’t laugh you’d cry…

    • outsider April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      GA,
      When Obama’s famous red line was crossed in 2013 in a prior chemical weapons false flag, the Brits, under Cameron, voted whether to join the crusading Americans in striking Damascus. Parliament voted it down in a great day for democracy. It was a main reason why Obama backed down. This time Theresa May acted on her own, showing that she is as irrational as Trump. The UK has apparently gone back to being Washington’s poodle.

      • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

        outsider

        The UK has never stopped being America’s poodle. As I’ve said before, the leading Brexiters (as opposed to many of the actual voters) want us to keep on being a good poodle. They’re ‘Atlanticists’. And they’re happy to let corporate America eat up our NHS while they’re at it (not that it doesn’t have its faults and it’s cracking at the seams, but it’s a lot better than Elrond’s CT scan story).

        May is desperate and it is Brexit that has made her so. A trade deal with the US is what they’re all pinning their desperate hopes on, now that the delusional promises they made to the Brexit voters have been shown up for what they were. So even if she doesn’t acknowledge it to herself, there’s a bias there that will help determine her decisions with regard to Trump and Trumpland (despite rapping his knuckles fairly ineffectively over minor issues like retweeting lies from white supremacist sites).

        And the joke is that the trade deal, when it comes, will do to the UK what Trump does to all his business opponents.

        I’m not a May fan, as you’ll have picked up. However, I gave her credit for more personal integrity than she may in fact have. Whether I’m right or wrong about that depends on how much she personally actually knows or has tried to find out.

        • outsider April 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

          It will be interesting to see what effect May’s and Macron’s joining with Trump on this patently illegal bombing will have on their popularity at home. The Euros, in general, seem to be much more skeptical of military engagement than are the braindead American yahoos. If history is any indication, Trump will get a TEMPORARY boost, but it’s not going to last more than a few days. It is interesting that his avowed enemies in the fake news media (CNN and MSNBC) support his action, while his base of nationalist antiwar conservatives condemn him.

          • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

            Yes, we’ll have to see how it pans out. She’s getting a grilling:

            theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/apr/16/asking-syria-statement-debate-theresa-may-to-approve-…

            There’s a ‘highlights’ version of her speech (and justification) about halfway down. I heard a lot of Tory braying (of support) on the news, but I think most MPs accept the chemical attack story, even if they disapprove of the missile strike.

            I agree the ‘Europeans’ (which technically includes us but doesn’t!) are generally much more recalcitrant when it comes to the gung-ho military approach. It’s one of the many reasons the Brexit crowd (leaders, not voters) don’t like the EU!

            So, I’m no further forward. I don’t know what May *really* knows, but then I don’t know what I *really* know either, sadly.

            I just mentioned, ever so casually, to my husband that there are voices doubting if the gas attack was real and he looked at me as if I was weird. I think I’m going to have to wait for something more substantial!

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

            outsider

            If you’re still lurking around this part of the thread…

            Seems the ‘maybe it wasn’t gas’ story is (just about) moving into the mainstream. Well, it’s just been on Channel 4 News anyway, with Chris Williamson MP being interviewed outside the House of Commons and passing on Robert FIsk’s findings.

            channel4.com/news/labour-mp-chris-williamson-no-irrefutable-evidence-of-douma-gas-attack

            And the article…

            independent.co.uk/voices/syria-chemical-attack-gas-douma-robert-fisk-ghouta-damascus-a8307726.html

            Watch this space…

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

            PS popular opinion here seems to be around two thirds against military action.

  6. Sticks-of-TNT April 16, 2018 at 10:12 am #

    “When this chapter of US history is finally written, it will look like a deep dive into a vat of lentil soup.”

    In Genesis 25:30-34, Esau is prepared to give up his birthright for a pot of fragrant red lentil soup (a “mess of pottage” in some versions) being cooked by his brother, Jacob. (Wiki)

    The metaphor is quite appropriate.

    -Sticks

    P.S. Maybe petroleum is our “soup.”

    • jim e April 16, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

      archive.org/details/gd1983-04-16.140359.sbd.pcm.1p.2.eaton.miller.clugston.flac1644/Gd83-04-1602West…

      Easu killed Nimrod and had the garments…

      Nimrod is referred to in the Koran (xxi. 68-69). When Nimrod saw Abraham come unharmed from the furnace, he said to him: “Thou hast a powerful God; I wish to offer Him hospitality.” Abraham told him that his God needed nobody’s hospitality. Nevertheless Nimrod ordered thousands of horned and small cattle brought, and fowl and fish, and sacrificed them all to God; but God did not accept them. Humiliated, Nimrod shut himself in his palace and allowed no one to approach him. According to another tradition, Nimrod challenged Abraham, when the latter came out of the furnace, to fight with him. Nimrod gathered a considerable army and on the appointed day was surprised to find Abraham alone. Asked where his army was, Abraham pointed to a swarm of gnats, which routed Nimrod’s troops (see, however, below). Nimrod assembled his ministers and informed them of his intention to ascend into the heavens and strike down Abraham’s God. His ministers having told him that it would be difficult to accomplish such a journey, the heavens being very high, Nimrod conceived the idea of building a high tower, by means of which he might accomplish his purpose (comp. Sanh. 109a). After many years had been spent in the construction of the tower, Nimrod ascended to its top, but he was greatly surprised to find that the heavens were still as remote from him as when he was on the ground. He was still more mortified on the following day, when the tower collapsed with such a noise that the people fainted with terror, those that recovered losing their speech (an allusion to the confusion of tongues).

  7. marcus1 April 16, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    “For the moment he can’t control a rogue Department of Justice, even when they trespass on a pillar of due process by seizing his personal attorney’s papers and computer records. ”

    Lawyers have to abide by the law same as the rest of us chumps. There had to be some serious evidence of criminality for the FBI to be able to get a warrant.

    GGG is apparently used to getting away with all his bad behavior because of his power of wealth. Well it doesn’t work when you’re up against people with more resources than you.

    • michics April 16, 2018 at 11:14 am #

      I agree 100%. All this noise about the raid is just that. Cohen is in deep shit and know’s it. There likely can be no legal ramifications against Trump from this raid, but a lot of under handed mafia type actions could be exposed. The GGG will be shown again to be less that the greatness he proposes to be.

    • hmuller April 16, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      “There had to be some serious evidence of criminality for the FBI to be able to get a warrant.”

      Well, so much for any presumption of innocence. If the FBI can get a warrant, the guy must be guilty as hell of everything.

      Lord knows, the FBI would never apply for a warrant and spin the info, omit crucial facts, and outright lie to the judge.

      Marcus1, your faith in the FBI’s devotion to truth, justice, and everything pure is really touching. Have you been in a coma these last two years?

      But I agree Trump is up against a cabal of wealth and evil which makes his own look microscopic. They own enough of the system to keep checking his every move. Maybe, the only way to free humanity from this long, long oppression is to kill them all without mercy. And to hell with the law – their law.

      • lbs April 16, 2018 at 11:44 am #

        The Mueller apologists say the warrant to raid the lawyers office must have been strong to get approved. But that assumes the process is by the book, when everything else in this investigation up to now has involved abuse of process.

      • Eoin April 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

        @hmuller
        Solzhenitsyn (Gulag Archipelago) wrote about Ukrainians coming into one of the camps, after being incarcerated and organizing a campaign to kill all of the snitches and miscreants who made life extra miserable for the ordinary , decent prisoners. It did not take too long, and the snitches were asking for special protection.

        and this from the CFN wayback machine:

        “Kill the Billionaires or billions will die.” T.M.

        ” Forty Billionaires in forty minutes” (or something like that).

        I miss “JiminFlorida”

        The trail starts at Teterboro airport, if anyone is interested.

      • marcus1 April 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

        Guilt is different than evidence. Big difference, cut the histrionics.

        Have the FBI done some questionable things in the past? Sure, there are no perfect organizations. But please quit with the crap that its ALL corrupt and underhanded. This is the bullshit GGG tries to pull, everybody is a liar so I am no different and they can’t judge me because they’re all corrupt.

        We live in a relative world (glad to see the conservative and reactionary people finally admit this fact). Are we as corrupt as Mexico or Russia? Not in my experience. Are there countries in general that are less corrupt than us? I’m sure.

        You want to be a cynical curmudgeon your whole life, go ahead, just don’t try to wrap up open-minded people in your “everything is just dirt” depressing world view.

        • marcus1 April 16, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

          Above comment for hmuller.

        • hmuller April 16, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

          The FBI is not just a little bit “imperfect”. It’s double dipped in pig shit and devoted to building an Orwellian dystopia of oppression.

          I say “close it down”. Lock the doors one night and send in Marines to search for evidence of treason against the American people. Anyone of the little apparatchiks with the audacity to ask about his pension gets locked in a cage in GITMO.

          • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

            The only part of your statement that I would take issue with is that there is no need to search for evidence, they have inundated us all with evidence and are guilty as hell. I say we send them all to Puerto Rico to rebuild the place using only spoons in return for “services already rendered”.

    • Ishabaka April 18, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

      Ah yes – the old “he had to have done something wrong for the authorities to arrest him / beat him / imprison him / execute him / burn his house and fields and salt the fields” argument.

  8. sprawlcapital April 16, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    There is outrage in the media over an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, but silence over the war crimes committed by the US client state Saudi Arabia against the people of Yemen.

    By now we should have grown accustomed to hypocrisy. It’s been going on for decades.

    • daveed April 16, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      I was thinking the same thing. The sheer hypocrisy is unbelievable.

    • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      The relationship of both your country and mine to the House of Saud is one of the most egregious examples of hypocrisy on the current political and economic landscape. And we don’t just sell them stuff (weapons), we have to grease their palms with millions to get them to buy our stuff. You couldn’t make it up.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 11:15 am #

        The connection to SA and the US stems back to 1943 when the US military leaders went to FDR and told him we did not have enough petroleum to conduct their war plans. FDR made a deal with Faisal, oil for protection. We are still backing that pact. Desert Storm was a direct followon to that pact. Our foreign policy in the region follows that pact.

        Britain’s situation stems from the aftermath of WW1. The common denominator, oil. The first developer in the ME was Britain then the US. And we both are still there.

        All you folks that think this is so evil, enjoy your commute to work, turn on your lights tonight, and turn the heat up to take off the chill. I hope you remember where it all begins.

        • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 11:26 am #

          “All you folks that think this is so evil, enjoy your commute to work, turn on your lights tonight, and turn the heat up to take off the chill. I hope you remember where it all begins.”

          I remember fine. I don’t keep a car on the road for a multitude of very good reasons. Work, when I had to go out to do it, as opposed to now when I do it from home, was a 50-minute walk away. The bus, when I take it, is a hybrid – doesn’t solve the entire problem, but every little helps.

          And I only turn the heating on when I’m really cold – habit of a lifetime. It’s gas too:

          britishgas.co.uk/the-source/our-world-of-energy/energys-grand-journey/where-does-uk-gas-come-from

          “The UK currently produces enough gas to meet almost half of its needs (43%) from the North Sea and the East Irish Sea.

          We also import 44% of the gas we use via pipelines from Europe and Norway. The remaining 13% comes in to the UK by tankers in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).”

          So, 13% from Uncle Vlad.

          And…

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_Scotland

          “The Scottish Government has a target of generating 50% of Scotland’s electricity from renewable energy by 2015, and 100% by 2020, which was raised from 50% in September 2010. The majority of this is likely to come from wind power.”

          Like I said, every little helps.

          • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 11:29 am #

            And helps make Alba green.

            As does the rain 🙂 .

        • Tate April 16, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

          The signaling is so dependable.

          • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

            Tate

            And so is the ease of the pointless response, rather than saying why any of that isn’t sensible.

          • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

            And it’s only ‘signalling’ if it’s hypocrisy. I really *don’t* have a car and for the actual reasons I say. Same reason I don’t fly all over the place now that I actually could. AND keep my heating down.

            But your kind of comment is sooooo cheap. And saves you doing anything.

          • LagingRunatic April 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

            Tate, I think “signaling” would be more along the lines of “I belong to the Sierra Club, drive a Prius, always sign the petitions on Change.org, and lecture all my friends on their privilege.” From the little Green Alba shared, it sounds like she is trying to walk the talk. More than can be said about many of us, me included. John’s original point is well taken, but you needn’t mock folks who are trying to do better by actually, you know, doing better.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

            Most Women will do very well under Shariah Law. Political Correctness is Victorian Puritanism, with piano legs covered. Shariah will just pick up where it leaves off.

            She’s not like those other people, lesser breeds without the Law. She’s GREEN – the sacred color of Al Islam.

          • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

            Janos

            If you could just refrain from feeling you have to type something sarcastic under EVERY post I write, you wouldn’t waste so much time writing pointless nonsense.

            But if you have evidence that the laws of physics are in any way deterred by unscientific ideas dressed up as ‘anti-political correctness’, do have it peer reviewed and published and I promise to read it.

            You can follow it up with a scientific study of the link between ‘Victorian puritanism’ and ‘political correctness’. You might want to include a paragraph or two on how ‘Victorian puritanism’ includes disputing your drivel about homosexuality. But you’ll have lost any sensible readers by that point.

            See what happens when you just have to write SOMETHING, no matter how much it defies, you know, logic.

        • BuckP April 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

          Without SA’s crude and their usage of the petrodollat a gallon of gasoline here in the USA would probably cost upwards of $10 a gallon. That would sure put a kink in the ole American commuter’s budget.

          • elysianfield April 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

            Buck,
            Ten bucks a gallon???…fill ‘er up, and put it on the card….

      • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

        There’s one helluva understatement GA. House of Saud indeed – Den of Evil! Goes to show that when you lay down with pigs, you get up smelling like garbage. I think we need new friends like the Icelanders.

        • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

          Yes, Iceland would be a breath of fresh air, in more ways than one.

          They’re lucky too – they’ve got all that geothermal energy going for them that isn’t going to run out and isn’t spreading corruption throughout the world. The volcanoes can be a problem from time to time, though!

    • Epicur April 16, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      “By now we should have grown accustomed to hypocrisy. It’s been going on for decades.”

      It probably has been going on for as long as humans have trod the earth.

      Based on the studies which show that apes practice deception, probably longer.

  9. Walter B April 16, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    “President Trump begins to look like a pitiful, helpless, hostage to unseen forces”

    Absolutely Jim, you have captured the reality of the situation most succinctly. Mr. Trump is either another war mongering murderer politician, or a helpless puppet who allows and condones it. Just as Barak Obama boasted coldly about killing a “bad guy” at a wedding along with everyone else that was there and Hillary Clinton squealed with glee after facilitating the rape and murder of poor witless Muammar, Mr. Trump is further evidence that the story has not changed, there are only new puppets on stage. And dangerous ones at that.

    How is it that the American public cheers for it all? Does it really only take a thin and “trumped” up lie to garner their support for more death dealing? Perhaps the diet of Call of Duty video games has created a supply of anxious drone operators that chaff at the bit to show their stuff for real has finally taken hold. Do you know that the kids that do this actually sit at the control panels in Southwest bunkers wearing aviation flight suits, and pilot’s wings?

    Perhaps I am being too harsh on them all, maybe nobody is being killed out there beyond our borders in reality. Perhaps it is all a lie, a Great Deception, a Wag the Dog for real. Maybe it is all a fireworks display that facilitates bigger and more expensive defense department spending for all of the player nations involved. Well regardless of whether it is or is not, an American public supporting murder for profit cannot, under any circumstances, be a good thing. Good has become bad and bad has become good. Right and wrong no longer seem to exist, and while the list of problems seems to grow longer every day, the list of solutions has long since gone missing.

    Enjoy the show.

    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      The American public is kept in the dark by our illustrious intelligence community. Why do you think everything is redacted. How can the Deep State keep everything going their way with an informed public? First control the media by substituting actors for journalists, then dumb down the public with high levels of immigrants that do not know much and make public education ineffective and horribly racist. The ineffectiveness of the Congressional oversight function over the FBI is proof of the DS ability to control the government. Trump is being relatively unsuccessful at combatting the scope of the DS, much to the chagrin of his supporters. I am definitely rooting for his side though.

      Comey just said that Dumping Trump will get the US public “off the hook”. Good Lord, that says it all. He blames the public for the Trump revolution and he in his sanctimonious manner is allowing us to fix up the mistake we made. What an unadulterated SOB. I am sure glad that Father James has given us his blessing.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

        Did you notice the uplifting music at the end? Jim Comey is a GOOD MAN who works with Blacks. He’s part of the solution to the White Problem. Blacks are the future and St Jim is willing to help immolate White America.

    • tinfoilhatted Canuck April 16, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      Walter,
      “How is it that the American public cheers for it all? ”

      I found the article below, posted today, made a lot of sense. So many of my friends just refuse to believe that times have changed and evidence abounds that the good ole US of A ( and by extension the ‘West’ and sycophants like my Canada ) IS. the bully, IS the aggressor, IS the cowboy in the black hat. They are stuck in the John Wayne mindset.

      thesaker.is/ask-yourselves-are-we-the-bad-guys/

      … and of course there are the “patriots” who proclaim ‘ My country right or wrong ! ‘ To question he morality of your country is to be a traitor.

      • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 11:36 am #

        A great read tC, thank you I have bookmarked the spot. Are we the Bad Guys – indeed! That was a very well written piece IMHO that did a great job of pointing out how the blunders of the result of one war led to even greater blunders in the next war and if you care to extrapolate then into now, how it is all working itself into the huge blunder of the Mother of All Wars on the horizon. It is the doom of men that they soon forget….

      • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

        Excellent article. And the point about being vilified as a traitor if you question the morality of your country is so true.

        From the article:

        “I know of no western leader who back then condemned or denounced this and who acknowledged our actions as immoral and wrong.” [re Iraq]

        Sometimes they’re only given their due much later, like Charles Kennedy, who was only a leader of his (small) party, but stood against the war with honour.

        telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/11646520/Opposing-the-Iraq-War-was-Charles-Kennedys-f…

        • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

          And the “refugees” (most of them not from Syria and from Muslim countries at peace (the Peace of Death which is Islam) are the real heroes? Eighty or more percent of them young men of fighting age – Jihadis for the Coming War in Europe.

          • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

            Janos

            Do you have an actual comment about the late Charlie Kennedy’s principled stand against the Iraq war or do you, again, feel some kind of irresistible physical force making you write *something* under my comments even when what you say has sweet FA to do with my my point?

          • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

            FA? That’s one of the notes. What does that have to do with anything?

            As Bilbo said, a road is a dangerous thing. Step out your door and it could lead you anywhere. Just so the roads of thought – or conversation. I saw “Iraq War” and that’s where it took me. Circling back to find you, what principled stand does Kennedy take on the refugees? Does he admit most of them aren’t Syrian – or refugees at all? Do you?

            The refugees are supposedly the result of these Wars, so it’s really not that far away at all – just the next corner. This is a small journey for my mind and well within acceptable neighborhood limits by my lights. I mean I didn’t start talking about coffee or Blacks or something.

          • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

            Janos

            Maybe you don’t know what FA stands for in the context. I’ve no idea what ‘that’s one of the notes’ refers to.

            “what principled stand does Kennedy take on the refugees? Does he admit most of them aren’t Syrian – or refugees at all? ”

            He doesn’t take any stand, Janos, on account of him being dead. When I said ‘the late Charles Kennedy, I didn’t mean he’d missed the bus. If you’d bothered to read the article instead of jumping in with your size 12s you’d have seen it was an obituary.

            The connection with iraq that should concern you is that your criminally idiotic president of the time, in cahoots with our own criminally idiotic PM who had a man-crush on him, was a very big part of the reason why there are refugees in the first place.

            This is the important bit of the obituary:

            “Opposing the Iraq War was Charles Kennedy’s finest hour.

            “Tony Blair was wrong and Charles Kennedy showed great courage in opposing him. Rarely does politics contain such moral clarity.”

            A bit of moral clarity’s a rare thing these days in politics. It should be celebrated.

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 16, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

            “Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti
            Let´s see if I can make it easy

            Doe, a deer, a female deer
            Ray, a drop of golden sun
            Me, a name I call myself
            Far, a long, long way to run
            Sew, a needle pulling thread
            La, a note to follow Sew
            Tea, a drink with jam and bread
            That will bring us back to Do”

          • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

            Was FA her way of saying AF – as in “intersectional As Fuck”? Like calling a leg a limb or something? Some kind of blue haired old lady neo-Victorian-Puritan thing?

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 12:18 am #

            Who knows? I guess it’s a Scottish thing.

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 4:03 am #

            Thanks, Sticks, but I missed that on account of it being ‘Fa’, rather than ‘FA’, which you would tend to assume was an abbreviation, according to convention.

            In this case ‘sweet f**k all’. Since I’ve used it before without it creating a stir, I presumed it wasn’t really that hard to work out and I wasn’t aware it was a British thing.

            Glad to increase your knowledge, though, guys.

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 4:04 am #

            And in case I still have to explain what it means, it’s…NOTHING.

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 4:06 am #

            And it was originally Sweet Fanny Adams, naval slang for the same thing.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Adams

            See the cultural delights you learn on here…

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 5:11 am #

            By the way, Sticks, let´s see if I can make it easy for you too…

            There’s this website called er…Google. I wouldn’t trust them with my life or anything, but for simple terms they’re quite useful. I use them myself when I come across random swamp creatures on here that I don’t know much about.

            There you go…

            urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sweet%20FA

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

            GreenAlba,

            The “Let´s see if I can make it easy” wasn’t snark I inserted.

            It was the actual lyrics from the portion of the song I extracted, via Google, and posted only to answer your question regarding JS’s reference to FA being “one of the notes.” My intention was to be helpful. I included the song lyrics in an effort to lighten up what was becoming a testy exchange. Since it was from the “Sound of Music” I knew you would recognize it. Obviously, my good intentions backfired.

            “From this website called er…Google” I learn the chorus of the song is also regularly sung by football fans of the Scotland national football team, otherwise known as the Tartan Army, which might be of significance to you. (Admittedly, the connection between team and song eludes me.)

            Okay, THAT was a little snarky, but actually now I’m just trying to be a little funny while returning your serve. Even still, I thought it an interesting coincidence under the circumstances. All kidding aside, Google really is an amazing tool. Peace.

            Sticks

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            Hi Sticks

            And peace right back atcha, naturally.

            And in fairness, you weren’t the one who brought in the ‘blue haired old lady neo-Victorian-Puritan thing’! (From observation it’s the young’uns who are into the blue-hair weirdness these days – disconcerting. Janos must be behind the times.)

            Yes, I remember the intro to the lyrics now…

            As for the Tartan Army, sadly I don’t pay attention. My husband, who’s Irish, tells me Scottish football is ‘sh*te’ and who am I to argue? We’re a tiny nation, so there just isn’t the talent pool (or the money) you get south of the border!

            However, I am going to share my research with you. I didn’t know about ‘do(e) a deer’ as a footie anthem but I have found out the reason for you. In typical British fashion, it’s just because it’s silly.

            heraldscotland.com/news/12205526.Tartan_anthem_debate_starts_again/

            “For social historians, the song had its inception in Vienna, when Scotland were playing Austria. At that time the custom was to sing a song about the country the fans were visiting and Austria didn’t offer a wide choice. Can anyone think off and of an Austrian song that isn’t Edelweiss?

            “Neil Ross, of the West of Scotland TA, was the one who came up with ”Doh-ray-me” – which is the song’s official title, though everyone calls it ”Doe a Deer.” It has since been taken up by all of the support, simply because of its daftness and complete inappropriateness for singing at a football match. It is also a round, to use a technical musical word, and theoretically you could sing it forever.”

            So there we both have it 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

            Just noticed that weird ‘ think off and of’ construction/typo’ – from the source, not me 🙂

        • Janos Skorenzy April 17, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

          Do you have any information about Manfred Von Cloudsley of the Scilly Islands? Have you ever been? What are they like?

          • GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

            Janos

            I don’t know if you’re talking to me, so ignore this if you weren’t.

            I’ve never heard of Manfred v. C. Do you mean this chap, perhaps:

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloudesley_Shovell

            Not that I’ve heard of him either but he seems to have a connection with the Scillies, though not a happy one.

            The Isles of Scilly are lovely. Never been there but got as far as sending for a guide book – sadly can’t get there now we have a dog as you have to get a shuttle flight from one of the local airports. Harold Wilson famously spent all his holidays there.

            You could stay here 🙂 .

            google.co.uk/search?q=scilly+isles+photos&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&v…:

          • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 12:24 am #

            Thanks. I’m feeling a blip of affection for you. I’m watching it rise, endure for a few moments, and begin to pass away. This is Buddhist meditation. All things pass away – some things quicker than others.

            A mad co-worker once talked about this Manfred of the Scilly islands, but I don’t see anything about him. Thank you for looking.

          • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 6:32 am #

            Perhaps your mad co-worker didn’t know his Scillies from his Sicilies?

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred,_King_of_Sicily

            Just a thought, since it popped up in Google’s auto-complete thingy.

  10. JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Great blog. Hitting the chess game right in the bullseye. One thing I disagree with though. Russian meddling is not a distraction from issues threatening us. It is a deliberate attempt by the anti-nationalists to cut off the head off of the forces trying to rally the troops in the US to offset the disastrous movement to the globalist, socialist Progressive Left. They are aiming at the voters of 2018 with everything they can dig up on Trump and If he is deposed, Pence. Democrats are professional politicians compared to the GOP. Russia then Stormy when that does not work. The real question here is why don’t the voters see through what is happening here and vote out these Globalist ba—rds.

    What is coming out of the inspector general’s report and Comey’s reaction with his book is that the Deep State WAS as locked into the extreme Left swing as has been feared. In 2018 we ARE as close to American destruction as ever before. All you folks that believe the US is still the relative shining light, Vote against the Deep State whether Dem or GOP and get the DS jerks out of D.C.

    • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 10:52 am #

      JohnAZ, you ask why voter’s do such a shitty job at the one small task that is given them, to vote. Long and hard lessons I have learned from being on the inside here in my own little Township. Just last week at a heated Planning Board meeting a hundred or so angry residents shouted out at the Board and the two Committeemen of their frustration at the deceiving and lying hat they, the crowd, had been dealt in this issue. They cried out that they felt like it was the people against the government, the Us verses Them going down. I sat within the crowd myself and asked around and after the meeting adjourned why they keep voting these same AH’s back into office, year after year. The multi faceted reason is thus. The R’s vote the “R” top line and there are no “D”s, but if there were they would vote the “D” top line. We call it the Magic Button. The incumbents or the new insiders are put on the top line ballot to remove a troublesome incumbent, (like me) because most voters simply hit the one line button electing all of the top line candidates. The other and more important problem is that nobody cares until it is too late. The are all entertained, distracted and worked into such states of mental disability that they are lucky if they can even get to work every day.

      So when you vote next time, watch the people going in and coming out of the booth ahead of you. When it only takes them a minute or less to come back out, they have hit the Magic Button and did not really vote, because they don’t really care.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

        Very few should be voting as very few are qualified. The qualifications should be quite steep in terms of IQ, Knowledge of History, Knowledge of current events – which implies leisure, a record of service, which means military for most, and fiscally solvency. The last can’t take the place of the old requirement of owning land.

        • sophia April 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

          Can’t agree with you there, Janos. This is wishful thinking. I know lots of people who I consider too stupid to vote who have IQ, education, property, sufficient leisure. I have to admit that the longer I live the older I think I should have been before being able to vote. But maybe I am too hard on myself. I missed an awful lot of things that I should have been aware of, but at least I stopped believing the the Dems or the Reps made any difference about 30 years ago and stopped voting for them.

          I don’t know what the answer is, except not to incarnate here any more.

    • Elrond Hubbard April 16, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      JohnAZ: “Hitting the chess game right in the bullseye.”

      youtu.be/KfU69_up02Y

      Speaking as an actual leftist, I find it endlessly amusing how Fox News casualties have been so well trained to fear the ‘extreme left’, as though such a thing had any real power or even the slightest representation in government. (Bernie Sanders being the sole, honourable exception.) For the most part, the most radical leftward opinions on any matter of substance, that can be voiced by anyone in or aspiring to office, are ones that could have been warmly endorsed by Dwight Eisenhower.

      That’s what the Democrats have become: the Eisenhower Republicans of old. The Republic Party itself got taken over by the kind of people of whom Ike once said: “Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” Paul Ryan was their creature, but they have overplayed their hand so badly that they created the populist backlash that Trump rode into office.

      A little socialism in the right place would do the USA a world of good. Medicare for All, all by itself, would work wonders. I mean, just take a look at this happy horseshit:

      nakedcapitalism.com/2018/04/a-tale-of-two-ct-scanners-one-richer-one-poorer.html

      I really can’t believe what you guys put up with, in the name of dollar-driven Fake Freedom for the Few.

      • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 11:09 am #

        I can’t believe we put up with it either EH, but after all, there is no cure for stupid, or for apathy apparently either. As far as government sponsored healthcare working out in America, there are some structural problems that would have to be repaired first. My longest old time buddy is an RN that works for a “healthcare” corporation. He makes big bucks administrating the Medicaid patients that he is given to oversee. Through legal technicalities we are actually allowing millions of foreign nationals to come to the US, sign the proper paperwork that will allow them to be medically treated for their ailments once they hit the ground. Their maladies vary all over the spectrum and when they are done they are even given prescriptions for OTC analgesics such as Tylenol, because by doing so, the government will pay for them as well. These people then go back to their home countries, where my friend maintains contact with them and makes sure they go for their follow up treatment back home with wellness visits and prescriptions all paid for buy US?

        I am not making this up, I swear to you and my friend sometimes feels bad about it because it is clearly not right, but he cannot change the system so at lest he can profit from it. And the real money is raked in by the top execs who can easily afford to pay their political stooges to see to it that this never changes. Change THAT problem and then we can talk about handout programs.

        • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

          Right on, WB

          People seem to forget that the government always mucks up anything they get involved in. But in some cases, the free market just does not work and the government , as bad as it is, is the only alternative. I was an RN for 17 years and I too believe that private free market will not work. Reason why? It is a monopoly now, the market is so full that there is no competition. And how much are we willing to pay to maintain our health? Anything! Monopolies like public service need to be regulated by governmental agencies as there is no one else to do it. Free marketeers will fight single payer health care but they will lose down the road. Many other countries have gone to single payer after trying alternatives that just did not work.

          • cbeard April 17, 2018 at 10:11 am #

            Health care in the southern half of the state of Georgia is dominated by two big medical conglomerates. They own all the hospitals and other medical facilities. There are essentially no Doctors in private practice, they all work for said monopolies. I needed an MRI and had one scheduled at a hospital which was going to cost me over $2000. I found a small clinic in the same community that would do the same procedure for about $600. I called the hospital to cancel my appointment for the test and the clerk asked why the cancellation. When I told her the reason was the difference in price, she was incredulous. That same hospital owned the clinic with the better deal. They have since made some changes and you can no longer get a more affordable price at the other facility.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 11:34 am #

        EH

        I absolutely agreed with your post. I predicted last go around that a restructuring of American polity is underway:

        Deep Staters = Establishment GOP and moderate Dems

        Populists = Trumpers and Progressive Left. The Bernie crowd

        The separation is being caused by a desire to knock down the Deep State hold on the country.

    • outsider April 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

      JohnAZ,
      How on earth can we vote out the globalists bastards when both parties are controlled by these vultures? Of course, you can vote third party or stay home, but the status quo of two omnipotent legacy parties never changes. My belief is that many of us antiwar former Trumpers are just going to stay home this year, leaving the Dems to eat the Trump carcass after the midterms.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

        Trump won because he was view as a rebel against the Deep State. Voters need to see if the candidates are anti-Deep State and do not vote straight tickets. A lot of Bernie types voted for Trump in 2016. And a lot of Never-Trumper GOP types voted for Hillary. Political alignment is not Dem GOP any more.

  11. Petro April 16, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Oh come on, James. You are savvier than this. Due process WAS followed by the FBI in seizing the Cohen documents. And Cohen is not Trump’s attorney, nor anyone else’s, he is a mob-like fixer. You can’t possibly be so naive to truly believe otherwise on this, especially when you’re able to cast such an analytical and cynical view on so many other matters.

    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 10:52 am #

      Oh, c’mon Petro. Do you really think that every thing that was taken was related to the investigation. They got every communication that happened between Trump and his lawyer for a long time. They wrecked client attorney confidentiality. The Elite will definitely react to this, anytime they need to get someone, just get a politicized judge to grant a warrant and go invade the confidentiality space. The fourth amendment just took a gigantic hit.

      This definitely proved what a witch hunt the investigation is.

      Comey’s performance this weekend really shows who the real mob boss was in DC.

      • outsider April 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

        JohnAZ,
        To show how deplorable the FBI’s action was, (and that of the judge who signed the warrant), the great civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz has aligned with the likes of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson in his condemnation of this assault on attorney-client privilege – and with this whole sham Mueller-led Russian investigation to begin with. Clueless Trump has every reason to be furious at the entire, rotten to the core, intractable Deep State edifice, which is hastening this Empire’s merciful demise.

        • noel bodie April 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

          Ok all you deep state-niks, Politico is reporting that hedge fund billionaire, Paul Singer will hold a retreat in Chicago this weekend for his fellow Libertarian donors to plot how to keep control of the House this fall. He will, of course, pass the hat for donations. I suggest you go to Chicago to begin your search for the deep state….if you can find the undisclosed location.

          • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

            Duh, yes noel, that is what the Deep State IS! Those at the top who buy the men with Uzi’s & Sunglasses that sell out for paychecks & pensions and keep the herd in control through propaganda, manipulation and outright force. They come in all colors, all sizes, all races and they look down upon us all as the simple fools that most of us are.

        • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

          Judges, the creators of warrants, are a very corrupt segment of the Deep State. Federal judges are supposed to be apolitical. Ha, what a joke. The ninth circuit court of appeal is so biased it is joked about by its own peers. The Supremme Court has overcome its decision more than not.

          • noel bodie April 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

            I am getting mixed messages on what constitutes the deep state. Walter sez it is guys outside “the state” who wear sunglasses and have uzis……ok…..John sez it is the judges of the federal judiciary as in i guess those who are currently being minted by “the don” and his pals…of course we know that the theft of the seat by mitch “the bitch” was not corrupt at all just the libertarian way to “play by the rules”

          • Walter B April 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

            Actually noel, the guys with the sunglasses are just the Enforcement Arm of Those Who Rule. We can call it anything we want and we can change the name from time to time but who They are and always were, throughout the time that have existed, those at the top who hold so much power and so much control because of the massive amounts of “wealth” they possess they determine what we all do next.

            Think Windsor’s, Rothschild’s, Rockefeller’s, the Pope, the Hohenzollern’s in their day, the Krupp’s, all of these people who pull the strings. This Power Club which interacts globally manipulates the masses and their governments to do their bidding and protect their wealth and positions. The Club is added to from time to time, to be sure and punks like Gates and Buffet might very well be in now, or not, who knows.

            If you read the Devil’s Chessboard, the tale of the CIA and the Dulles Brothers, it all becomes crystal clear as the author recounts the antics of their Enforcement Arm as they overthrow the government of Guatemala at the request of one of their wealth partners, United Fruit to prevent the 90% ownership of the country’s lands from passing to the people and allowing for them to compete as farmers.

            Remember, those who have it all have it for a reason and because they have so damned much of it, they call the shots. The Enforcers do the dirty work, and we do the rest of the work. Shut up and PAY!

          • noel bodie April 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

            Walter, i take your point. We may have different terms for it. If you like Devil’s Chessboard you might try WORMWOOD on Netflix…7part doc on cia in the ‘50s. All in on the deep state.

          • Walter B April 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

            Thank you noel, I am on the second part. Rumsfeld, Cheney, Ford, Colby – strange how the cast of bad guys hasn’t changed. In reading as much history as I do, a strange phenomenon occurs. Old history is easily fast forwarded through in the reading. Effects, trends and changes can be correlated to the actions that you have so been subjected to viewing.

            In real life where everything occurs in slow motion, it is hard if not impossible to gather such an in depth understand of the whole picture as the players who took their roles long before we became cognizant remain for what seems to be a lifetime, although I guess it really is. Guess we stuck with them and their demented agenda. Again thank you for the suggestion, it should be required viewing for those who assume that the spooks relegate their activities to cocktail parties and sexual misconduct.

  12. elysianfield April 16, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Well, ladies and germs.

    The BBC reports, this AM the death of GySgt. R. Lee Earmy, of the USMC, and “Full Metal Jacket” fame.

    Semper Fi….

    • elysianfield April 16, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      And…the link;

      bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43779357

      Apologies for misspelling his name ..”.Earmey”

    • sprawlcapital April 17, 2018 at 11:58 am #

      As you no doubt know, R. Lee was an actual Marine drill instructor. What we see in Full Metal Jacket is near to what it was really like to go through Marine boot camp during the Vietnam War era.

      No, I do not speak from personal experience.

  13. Paul Ford O'Neil April 16, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    Hello James,

    Yes, I was quite surprised by the absence of YOUTUBE raw-meat of BOOM-BAM-BUST or even more unusual – lack of any “White Helmet” videos during the tax weekend fly-over Syria.

    So I also concluded that the whole production was a sham, although my long-term DC friends were all a ‘twitter’ [pun intended] about finally giving “Hitler VI” what he deserved and “Watergating” the Prez’s personal attorney – so ‘Congress Critter Maxie’ can ignite impeachment!

    A Wall Street train wreck will certainly force Americans NOT to give a ‘flying-fuck at a rolling dough-nut’ [Trumped yah Jimmy.] about virtually anything, but whatever home-grown reality can be salvaged – and that is a very good thing!

    Carry on until you are carrion!

    PFO

  14. chipshot April 16, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Even IF Assad gassed his own people (highly questionable), why would anyone believe the US government cares about Syrians when it doesn’t care about its own people?

    This government hasn’t been “for the people” since Carter was president 40 years ago, favoring corporations and the 1% since then.

    And how about CNN’s absurd weekend of propaganda praising the pentagon. The military could hire a top ad agency and they wouldn’t come up w a better ad campaign than what CNN pushed all weekend.

    • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Excellent point chipshot and one I wish America can someday realise as well.

      Wasn’t is so damned critical that we stop ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State or whatever the heck they were called on any given day, because they were killing Middle Easterners?

      How was it that we not only stopped killing them but let the Russians take over and now we are wanting to kill the Russians instead?

      What bullshit are they going to tell us tomorrow and why, I mean serious WHY are the idiots watching the TV’s going to believe it?

      I guess it is because if all they have to do is cheer and pump fists into the air and not have to do any of the killing or dirty work themselves, why should they care?

  15. K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    I’m sure they had a warrant. We all heard Stormy say she was threatened in a parking lot. That is good enough for a warrant but I doubt they found anything unless Cohen was really stupid. Claiming a lack of due process Is slopping lentil soup all over the tablecloth.

    Syria has been a client state of Russia for fifty years. It says so right here on the soup can label. That deep state soup is also another kind of soup altogether with not so many kinds of different lentils in it as you imagine. Deep state soup has special lentils which can investigate and clean your entire digestive system after you eat some and that soup leaves a very strong and distinctive aftertaste. Very strong.

    Unless you think being followed and harassed is no big deal. Having experienced it myself it is a huge big deal.

    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      They had a warrant, but not for every communication that occurred between Cohen and Trump for a long time. They took everything. Sure gives a considerable bunch of fodder for the Mueller attack dogs to go through. The biggest joke of all is that this has anything to do with Russia or even Stormy.

      • K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 11:11 am #

        Taking everything it could be argued was necessary because the targeted info could be anywhere.

        • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

          If it was on the warrant, which are supposed to be specific. Judges are a prime source of power of the Deep State and they are corrupt.

          • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

            If I had a piece of paper with magic words written on it I can do anything to anybody that I want to do without consequence. Wow, perhaps the OK Corral was a better system for dispensing justice, ya think?

          • K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

            FISA warrants have magic paper. Never mind the words.

          • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

            Well K-Dog, I cannot help but to recall those now infamous words from the burnt out rotting harpy herself, HRC when she is quoted as saying that laws are only for the “Little People” Whether she said it or not is irrelevant for that is how it works.

            My brother, a retired State Trooper, once assured me that if a husband even threatens his wife, the wife can call 911 and the State Troopers will come and get you, take any and all weapons that they find in your home and cart your sorry ass off to the can on an accusation alone and you are even likely to sustain a bit of a beating.

            A couple of years ago, my neighbor and I were out in the fields watching the meteor shower happening at the time. All of a sudden two Troop rigs came flying up the road, lights a flashing. When the first car set off his siren, the second must have told him to STFU because he cut it off mid blast. The cars flew up to the top end of the field and whipped into the driveway of the neighbor across the road. We were able to move in close enough to clearly hear the conversation as the two Troopers took the husband outside (he is a retired local cop) and kindly advised him that beating up his wife was not totally acceptable and that he had better stop or some day they may actually do something about it. This incident was repeated once again a few moths later with the same result.

            So when people talk to me about the power of paper, I am afraid that I am not impressed. When an insider is forced to deal with another insider, well you know what I am saying.

  16. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Trump Employs an Ancient Russian Marshal Arts Tactics – Playing the Fool

    With his “foolish” acts Trump breaks the plans of his mighty opponents and turns them into fools of their own.

    The nature of a Fool protects him. Our Russian ancestors knew about this and never offended the fools. In Russian fairy tales, a Fool is a mysterious figure, no matter how real. At the end of a fairy tale, a Fool always puts the wise men to shame and becomes the winner. He circumvents insidious traps, marries a princess and either leaves the King in fools, or he himself becomes king. If a Fool gets a throne, then he rules easy, as they say, he lives himself and lets others live. He is not a tyrant.

    The King was forbidden to punish a Fool. The Fool was always under the protection of the people. The Tsar was forgiven of any atrocities. He could chop off hundreds of heads – the people endured, for this he is the King. He is in his right. But if the Tsar offended the Fool, the people could rebel: this action threatened the people with misfortune.

    After all, a Fool is under the patronage of Higher Powers, and offending a Fool is to challenge the Higher Forces. The trouble could fall on the heads of entire Nation and prevent this only by sacrificing the very culprit of the Wrath of the Gods. Therefore, the offended fool king risked very quickly to get a conspiracy and a riot, and then lose his head on the block.

    He did not become a Real King, for the real king would never expose his people to the Wrath of Heaven. On the contrary, the King has always been a mediator between people and gods. He was an intercessor and protector, and if necessary he took on the role of a victim for the sake of saving his people. Then the King was real. But the violation of this rule made the tsar illegitimate.

    Scientists say that a Fool in Tradition is a disguised Sage. He is not taken seriously at first, but only at the end his wisdom becomes visible. A Fool on the throne is never a Hero – he is not a Warrior. He’s a Priest. Under the guise of a fool, he hides the sacredness, which must be hidden from the profane, so that they do not trample it.

    So the wise man is playing the fool, acting in defiance of the wisdom of this world, but in the end he is the winner. And the wise men turn out to be fools. Their wisdom turns out to be wicked, therefore they have no luck in anything, and if there is in the beginning, it is only to seduce and entice the wrong way.

    Ivan the Fool
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    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 11:01 am #

      Your technique is very effective. Play the fool, and let all around you become fools to show you up. Dominators get nowhere, “fools” learn a lot. Who is the fool?

  17. sauerkraut April 16, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    Left and Right already. Good Lord. It’s all a distraction from what JHK has been writing about for years: a situation where anything goes and nothing matters.

    Anyone who rants about left or right is part of the problem. They are buying into the distraction.

    But at least, for those who insist on being part of the problem, at least we should be able to agree on terminology. The internationally accepted meanings are:
    Left: more public enterprise than private;
    Right: more private enterprise than public;
    Centre: equal measures of public and private enterprise.

    Now, anybody seen a US centrist lately? Let alone a leftist?
    And don’t say, “Bernie!” Bernie’s a right winger, advocating maybe 5 or 10% of the economy be explicitly run by the government, with, you know, employees. Fabricators and truckers and engineers and managers. Not bureaucrats funneling money to corporations, which is socialism for the rich, AKA croney capitalism. When you consider how much of the economy Bernie wants to see in private hands, he’s pretty right wing.

    People think Bernie is a leftist. People should know better. Words have actual meaning, distractors notwithstanding.

    • K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 11:18 am #

      Anyone who rants about left or right is part of the problem. They are buying into the distraction. You got it! No better way to show you are a fool. Fortunately for the ranters there are so many fools nobody will notice.

      Trying to agree on terminology is a waste of time People use ‘right’ or ‘left’ because they don’t know what else to say. That won’t stop.

      • sauerkraut April 16, 2018 at 11:49 am #

        Yeah, you’re right, trying to agree on terminology is a waste of time. But I’m a silly old fool, you know the kind …

        • capt spaulding April 16, 2018 at 11:56 pm #

          Socialism for the rich is exactly right, sauerkraut. If you’re a fool, count me in with you on that definition.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

      Also he’s a hardcore Zionist. He would not stop the Wars in the Middle East on behalf of Israel.

    • BuckP April 17, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

      Good comments sauerkraut! We Americans seem to be mostly divided over single issues, examples are: pro-choice vs pro-life, gun rights vs gun control, climate change alarmism vs climate change denial, pro-immigration vs anti-immigration, marijuana prohibition vs marujuana legalization, etc. As for economic issues, many Trump voters had previously voted for Obama’s hope and change. Before Obama they voted for Bush and before Bush they voted for Clinton. These voters were looking for a candidate who would facilitate an improvement in their lives. I knew Hillary would lose when she couldn’t defend NAFTA. She had no message and Trump, like him or not, most certainly did.

  18. Ol' Scratch April 16, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    Poor GGG. Reduced to the role of Symbolic Gesture Slinger in Chief. This would all be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. Putin has obviously wisely gave the Donald some room to maneuver with these pitiful little face-saving gestures, the better to let the once great and mighty hegemonic empire save a modicum of face as it slowly disintegrates to utter irrelevance in the world once again. And so it goes. Retreating from empire is rarely graceful or dignified, even assuming we actually had any graceful or dignified people left at US.Corp.Gov. None of this is tragic in any sense of the word at all, but it is totally justified and deserved, so the die for our continued dissolution is once again cast in the mold of a angry and doddering old fool who simply doesn’t realize that his influence in the world has long since evaporated.

  19. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Trump is not just a fool – he’s a Magestic Fool. What he does, leads the American ruling class – the aristocrats and feudals of our time – into a state of shock. Under the threat of overthrow and death, Trump began to turn such tricks that only a Fool can.

    But Trump is not a fool. He’s a Fool – just in the tradition of the West. React to the buffoon with anger – not in the tradition of kings. The Jester can even wear a crown – history knows such cases. His head is not cut for it. Only a Jester is allowed to sit on the throne of the king and not lose a head for it.

    True, there has never been a case in history where the Fool became a Real King. The United States created such a precedent for the first time.

    Trump is a Harlequin and a Clown. And only in this way, clowning and twisting, he can neutralize his pursuers, who are simply bewildered by such actions. After all, Trump does not argue with them, does not fight, but picks up their desires and rushes to fulfill them with such zeal, which leads them to the point of absurdity and makes fools those who demanded of him.

    Did you want a war with Russia in Syria? Okay, there will be a war for you.

    Trump immediately takes up a smartphone, opens Twitter and writes: “Russia promises to shoot down any missiles fired on Syria. Prepare, Russia, they will fly. They will be good, new and “smart”! Do not support an animal that kills its citizens with gas and enjoys it! ”

    Can you imagine that such wrote Putin? You can not. For this is absolutely impossible. Trump can.

    • Tate April 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      Hamlet feigned madness & played the Fool for a time in order to “catch the conscience of the king.” Trump may be the instrument of God to enrage to sputtering madness those whom God would see destroyed.

      Probably not, but one can only hope.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

        Yes,

        I love Hamlet.

        He’s grandfather was a founder of a Ruric ruling dynasty of Russia!

        That were the times when both England and Russia were parts of the Viking Orthodox Christian Empire.

        • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

          He’s = His

          bang, bang, I hit the ground…

  20. bukowskisghost April 16, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    I like lentil soup.I wonder if the Golden Goyim of Greatness likes it too?
    I prefer to roll with the punches just like my boxing coach used to say, that is until the tsunami of shit drowns all of us.

    • K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 11:29 am #

      Yes, but the kind of lentil soup served up by the deep state is the same kind that Satan projectile vomited out of Linda Blair in “The Exorcist’.

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 12:24 am #

        …and it makes your head spin!

  21. K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    A Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of mercenaries in Syria has died in hospital after falling from his fifth-floor flat.

    Maxim Borodin was found badly injured by neighbours in Yekaterinburg and taken to hospital, where he later died.

    In recent weeks, the journalist had written about Russian mercenaries known as the “Wagner Group” who were reportedly killed in Syria on 7 February in a confrontation with US forces.

    No soup for Maxim.

    bbc.com/news/world-europe-43781351

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      I will believe that story when about 3000 other Russian journalists a bloggers, much better known than Borodin (personally, I hear of him for the first time) start falling out the windows.

      No such luck so far.

      • K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        I’m curious. How you know it is 3000?

        • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 11:33 am #

          Advanced Yandex search. Not for the pooches.

          • K-Dog April 16, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

            Can’t agree, search hard enough and you can find a pic of me. You would have to know the searc terms though.

          • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

            It’s a Russian super-duper AI search technology – you need to know Russian fluently to use advanced features.

            Or ask Finca.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 11:32 am #

        What I meant was 3000 other Russian journalists a bloggers who covered the Wagner story in Syria

        Actually, to think of this, I was one of them.

    • noel bodie April 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

      Isn’t that the town where the romanovs got it?

      • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

        Yep, it’s sure is. Happens to be my native town, when it was still called Sverdlovsk.

        All kind of shit happens there, even without Putin’s help.

        Sverdlovsk joke:

        Teacher:
        — So, children, let’s talk about the birdies… You, Finca

        Finca:
        — The other day, Uncle Max flew out of the window and even did not chirp once!

        (or tweet if you like it better).

        • noel bodie April 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

          I am sure you could tell the locals here a thing or two about the “deep state”

      • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

        Here is another one:

        Finca hits 13 yo and start to express interest in girls.

        Teacher calls the family and asks father to come to school.

        — Mr. Finca Sr, your son started to express interest in other sex, you should talk to him and gently explain things.

        — Hmm, what do you mean, gently?

        — Well, you could use animals as example, birdies…

        — Ah, OK, will do

        Mr. Finca Sr comes home, calls Finca jr:

        — Listen, sonny, remember how last year in Kiev we went to the whores?
        — So?
        — Well, the birdies kinda the same!

        • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 12:31 am #

          You’re a hoot! Chirp.

  22. PeteAtomic April 16, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    money.cnn.com/2018/04/13/technology/elon-musk-tesla-profit/index.html

    It’ll be interesting to see if Musk can pull it off. Tesla stock is now in the junk bond category, so its not looking promising.

    Maybe he can fly away on one of those first rockets to Mars.

  23. Epicur April 16, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    “It’s amazing to see the stresses that these markets are withstanding, and rather than attribute it to some mythic “strength of the economy,” I’d wager that it has more to do with the marshaling of algos and bots to do whatever it takes to preserve some veneer of normality.”

    No doubt the algos and bots are tools being used, but underneath is the realization of the fact that the corporations will continue to dominate the US and the world as long as population stays at anything resembling this level.

  24. michics April 16, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    I’m not a Trumpster but in watching his attack speech Friday night it was pretty evident someone sent him out and told him what to say. You could almost see the shock collar around his neck ready to be energized the instant he veered off course. Yes someone or some people have told him he is now a puppet and start acting like it. Worse thing he did (among many ) was to bring his family into the WH with him. They became very close blackmail fodder for him to tow the line.
    Notice how rapidly things ramped up after the GGG announced we would pull our troops from Syria. A whole lot of important people said “oh not so fast” not until we say so!

    • My Point of View April 16, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      AIPAC wrapped its slick tentacles around Trump’s nads and whispered sweet nothings in his ear that they will not tolerate a missile-flinging Iran having attack bases in Syria on the border with Israel. Not going to be allowed. Bolton will back Israel to the hilt. In remembrance of the holocaust, Israel will not tolerate a poison gas threat on its border.

      Iran will back down, its economy is in shambles. If someone takes out the commander of Iran’s Quds forces, Qassem Suleimani, then Iran will be without what is considered the mastermind of its military. I knew a guy who part of a team that went after General Giap in Vietnam but were minutes late catching him. Suleimani has a bullseye on his back.

      Israel does not have an extradition treaty with the USA. Odds are good that Super Jared already has nice digs there to retire to when the financial shit hits the fan on his 666 building in NYC.

      Forget the stock market, it’s a distraction. The real action is coming to a head in Syria.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

        Do they extradition treaties with anyone? Bet they don’t and for “good” reason.

      • Tate April 16, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

        Some will be surprised to learn that Israel has no formal defense alliance with the U.S.

        But Hey, do they really need one? That would only place a burden on them, one that doesn’t presently exist. Right now it’s all a one-way thing.

  25. Dumbedup April 16, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Does Trump need to go? Is Pence any better? I tend to believe it would be better if Trump gets stomped in November 2020. Any effort to remove him is likely to create more bitterness, strife and conflict in the US. Unless the Cohen records show Trump perjured himself, was involved in extortion or violated elections laws.

    If a Federal Judge signed the search warrant for Michael Cohen’s office and home then I have no objection to that search and seizure. The attorney client privilege is a rule of evidence – not search and seizure law.

    • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      “I tend to believe it would be better if Trump gets stomped in November 2020. Any effort to remove him is likely to create more bitterness, strife and conflict in the US. ”

      Yep. Been saying that for months. He’s more dangerous as a martyr than as a president. Let him go with a whimper, not a bang. By 2020, he’ll be whimpering to get back to his golf before his battery runs out.

      vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/9/15590962/donald-trump-thinks-exercise-will-kill-you

      • GreenAlba April 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

        “He’s more dangerous as a martyr than as a president.”

        Domestically that is!

    • outsider April 16, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      Dumbup,
      So Federal Judges are infallible, like the Pope? Are they never above politics? In fact, you have to be a political hack to become a Federal Judge, as the mediocracies sitting on the Supreme Court amply demonstrate. They are picked for those plum jobs by politicians, not by any kind of impartial merit selection.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

        The judicial system is the most corrupt part of the Deep State as they enable or cancel the other parts. Since the Presidency is anti-DS, and Congress is insane, the judges have become the main tool of the power base of the Deep State.

      • Dumbedup April 17, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

        For the most part, Federal Judges (and most state judges) try very hard to be fair and to follow the law. But the issue of the search warrant is not a matter of fairness or fallibility. The law of search and seizure requires law enforcement to meet a pretty low standard – except where informants are involved. Those precedents have been around a long time and are well-established and understood by most jurists.

        The bottom line is that in a very broad sense all law enforcement has to show is that the items they describe or list in the search warrant that they want to seize are proof, or may lead to proof, of the alleged criminal activity. In this case, it may be violation of campaign laws. It is a completely different question as to whether they will be used as evidence in a trial. If law enforcement lied in the affidavits supporting the search warrant then the evidence gathered as a result is the “fruit of the poisonous tree” and will be excluded. If it is subject to the attorney client privilege under the FRE and there is no exception it will be excluded. That cannot be determined unless the evidence is reviewed and subjected to the critical eye of lawyers and judges on both sides. That is the way it has always worked.

        As to the post about the judiciary (and the FBI) being corrupt I would ask the poster this question: “who then do we have left to investigate and prosecute crimes?” Perhaps we should just let it slide because it is President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

      That’s the only smart thing Comey said last night.

      Nothing Trump has done comes anywhere near the evil of the Clinton Foundation and the millions of illegals who were allowed to vote by the Deep State.

  26. Newton Finn April 16, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    Wouldn’t it be enlightening if someone gave WikiLeaks the full official copy of the Swiss lab report on the Skripal poisoning? Instead of hearing Russian disclosures refuted by the West, we would then have in our hands a concrete set of hard facts, a precious rarity in these post-truth days. Were there really traces of BZ in the sample provided by London to the OPCW? Did the Novichok-like chemical that comprised the majority of the sample bear any specific Russian signature? Is it true that the strength of this chemical in the sample is incompatible with the date of the poisoning? Are the symptoms of the victims in accord with a small dose of the lethal Novichok-type agent or more in accord with the temporarily incapacitating BZ? It would seem that this British poisoning case offers an unusual opportunity to get to the bottom of an incident with profound political implications, a clear opening to make up our own minds based on objective evidence rather than spin. God, how refreshing that would be!

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      The latest rumor has it – it was a new Coca Cola experimental Zero sugar, Zero calorie, Zero organic substances type.

      Pure frigging chemistry-out-of-oil magic.

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 12:55 am #

        DuPont – “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry!”

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 11:49 am #

      The problem it was either out of “consume before” date or they simply overdose.

      That’s why there is no published expertise results – protecting corporate interests, you know!

  27. volodya April 16, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    The Russia meddling story was cooked up because there was nothing to the collusion story. So they said Russia meddled to get Trump elected.

    But the collusion narrative and the first version of the meddling story pre-supposed that Putin favored Trump. Nobody explained why this would be.

    But that doesn’t matter because, given the lack of paperwork to back up the theory of Putin pulling for Trump, the meddling story morphed into Russia just meddling to make trouble, to set Americans at each others throats. And, to back up this version of things, Mueller indicted a gang of Russians.

    But this story lacks not only credibility but any relevance to the real issue. The REAL issue is to get rid of Trump. And so, as the pointy-end entrusted to horn Trump out of the White House, Mueller decides that maybe Michael Cohen’s records might bear fruit.

    Do I think that any investigative agency had any evidence providing probable cause? Nope, and I do not give a shit how many officials and judges and courts signed off on this. I take the ludicrous Steele Dossier as the precedent and template. You can now just make shit up.

    There’s apparently no stomach anymore for outright 1960’s style Kennedy-Oswald-Ruby-Bobby-MLK rub-outs and so we’re watching this farce play out.

    The Deep State is so discomfited by this outsider taking power that there’s no fore-thought going into this. Nobody apparently gave a second’s worth of consideration to how this perversion of the legal process and justice system changes the societal and political landscape. Because it will and not for the better. This is what collapse looks like.

    • Tate April 16, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

      See how all this could have been avoided if it had been Jeb! against Hitlery. The Deep State was utterly confounded.

    • Walter B April 17, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      volodya, I recently watched two very interesting movies, Wag the Dog from Hollywood and Battalion, a Russian movie with subtitles.

      Wag the Dog is a tale of how a president of the US who is running for re-election and has a young girl accuse him of molesting her two weeks before the election. Hollywood is brought in to fake a diversion war and succeeds. The movie, while possibly fiction, illustrates how America, specifically Hollywood has the technologies, contacts, power and abilities to create a totally believable reality and utilize it all to confound the American Sheeple.

      Battalion is a non-fictional tale about a women’s infantry battalion mustered by the Russians in the First World War. The locations, costumes and settings are perfectly recreated and on the surface the movie is interesting and has eye appeal. However, just as in just about every foreign film I at least have ever scene, the acting and effects are really bad. No way you might wake up and think you were actually seeing the scenes in front of you for real.

      After seeing this second flick, it occurred to me, seeing that acting is really just pretending to be someone else, or basically living a lie for profit, America blows the doors off the rest of the world, period. If American actors are that much better that foreign actors, why wouldn’t those other denizens of the TV world, the politicians be far better actors as well? It is not so much a case of which one do you believe as which ones make the better liars? Catch my drift?

  28. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

    There’s apparently no stomach anymore for outright 1960’s style Kennedy-Oswald-Ruby-Bobby-MLK rub-outs

    What about Trump Tower fire? A freak accident? Rumor has it it was an attempt to kidnap Melania and Barron to blackmail Trump into starting full-fledged war with Russia.

    You all fools.

    And Trump is The Fool In Chief who keeps fooling his fierce opponents!

  29. Robert White April 16, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    President Trump is a worldwide embarrassment that mirrors the fall from grace that the USA has taken since WW2 when Western authoritarianism rigged the game of Economics in their favour. Today, that same Ponzi scheme is unravelling at a rate that cannot be managed by either the so-called ‘captains’ of industry or their Economist flunky functionaries.

    Raise the Interest Rates and the Bond Markets will crash. Lower the Interest Rates and the speculators will all run to one side of the Titanic in order to sink it. Stand pat and watch the entire edifice of Macroeconomics implode into oblivion. Clearly, no matter what the Americans do going forward will ultimately end in disintegration of the entirety of the Corporation of the United States of America, and the exceedingly defunct American hegemony that is surely to be viewed as yet another failed Ponzi scheme not unlike Madoff ran before he was imprisoned for theft.

    God bless American Economists!

    RW

    • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

      And President Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize Drone Striker was a worldwide embarrassment, along with George “New Pearl Harbor” Bush and whoever else will assume the Great Porcelain Throne in Washington DC next time around. Get used to it, it is the new abnormal….

    • volodya April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

      In my corn-cob view of things an economy is a system of production (growing food and making things) and consumption (eating that same food and using those same things).

      But apparently my conceptual abilities are not up to the task and so my understanding is inadequate.

      For example, I don’t understand how you can have the top economists in the land, in charge of administering the federal reserve, saying they don’t understand inflation.

      I don’t understand how you can have a building full of people with PhDs in economics, with a couple of centuries of studying this same phenomena, and still lack understanding.

      If they don’t understand inflation what else don’t they understand? What have they been doing besides collecting paychecks? Why are they there?

      • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

        They are there because no one can stop them from being there. Once enough scum bags occupy a ruling class, the system becomes a cash cow for them and their scum bag friends, relatives, frat brothers and anybody else that cares to join in on the corruption and graft is welcomed into the club. The disease takes over and if there are any decent, honest, or hard working people left, they are all far too busy trying to keep things working and can no longer effect any change or have any positive influence over the criminals that run it all. All it takes to make the whole shit-show continue to operate and not collapse is the ability to conjure up the funds to keep the paychecks and pensions flowing and the Central Banks are doing exactly that are they not?

        • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

          Yes, one is reminded of Joseph’s persecution of the starving Egyptians with the collusion of an alien Semitic (a Hyksos) Pharaoh: they forced them to buy their own grain, stored against the seven years of famine in public granaries.

          The Get was so Good that Holy Joe invited his relatives to come down to live off the downtrodden Egyptians. Luckily, a new Pharaoh arose “who knew not Joseph” and put thing aright.

        • Robert White April 16, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

          Wall Street runs a confidence game 24/7/365. When participants lose confidence the whole house-of-cards implodes upon the very foundations of sand it was constructed upon. In this regard, the scumbags, financial predation, and shell game architecture, all implode in succession. Today, we evidence those implosions all around us in terms of federal leadership, legislation, and political representation of the Great Financial Crisis as an economic ongoing concern on a global scale. What has manifested is regional war instead of another decade of IMF, World Bank, & Bank for International Settlements, proclamations of what is transpiring. In brief, with Quantitative Tightening-QT instead of Quantitative Easing-QE
          the zero sum end game becomes a shift, or pivot, to war. Trump & Mattis threaten war for their puppet masters in the Illuminati & higher level Oligopoly. You can rest assured knowing that they actually want scumbags at the helm to represent their combined empathy for the populations they are appropriating wealth from.

          That’s why it’s necessary to replenish the Tree of Liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants every once in a while, Walter B.

          RW

          • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

            Simon Bolivar:

            Latin] America is ungovernable: Those who have served the revolution have ploughed the sea. These countries will inevitably fall into the hands of the disenfranchised multitude to then fragment into small tyrannies of all colors and races, devoured by their crimes and extinguished by their own ferocity.

            Towards the end of his life, he realized his work had been in vain. The quality of the people is just too low and thus the culture as well. A good Dictator is the best they’ll ever do.

          • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

            It is times like these that try men’s souls RW, without doubt.

          • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

            Yes Janos, from The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbot
            Page 318 – “That same year, (1955) Vice President Nixon visited the Dominican Republic and made a public display of embracing Trujillo. The United States should overlook the notorious defects of the Dominican dictator, Nixon later advised Eisenhower’s cabinet, because, after all, “Spaniards had many talents, but government was not among them.””

        • ozone April 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

          Walter,
          The same exact parameters define the position of “professional politician” disguised as “public servant”. You seem to be one of the vanishing few who really want to make things more livable for your fellows, but most of the rest serve themselves and help themselves. As I have asked before, what happens to these asshats whose only skills are mouth, threats and promises when their positions become far too expensive to be tolerated, much less maintained?

          • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

            Well thank you ozone. It may be hard to believe that anyone could be as foolish as I apparently am and fight to change a system that was past the point of correction a long time ago. When I was doing it as a younger man there was probably a bit of pride that helped motivate me. Today, any pride was long ago lost, but my sense of responsibility has grown intense enough to power me in my attempts. My wife asks me why do YOU have to do it? “Because I CAN”, I reply. Someone has to and if it kills me in the end then besides being able to sleep like a rock every night, I will Quit Ye Like a Man! Again thank you, even the slightest kindness goes a long way in keeping me keeping on.

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 1:26 am #

            Some day you’ll hear, “Well done good & faithful servant” from the Master. That will be the only worthwhile thanks.

          • Walter B April 17, 2018 at 10:19 am #

            Yes Sticks, and that is the one thing that they want to take from us the most, isn’t it?

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

        V. Old story

        Take 100 economists and line them up in a straight line. They will all be pointing in different directions. In, economics, like politics, there are no experts, just opinions. And opinions are like a———s, everybody has one.

        • Robert White April 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

          That’s why Macroeconomics is dead & characterized as the ‘dismal science’. Best thing to do is to switch paradigms to Quantum Behavioural Economics, Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Economics, or Econophysics. Trading is a game of waves & particles that subsume Quantum Physics & Quantum Mechanics. Equilibrium Economics don’t function in an environment of decoherence of the wave function which brings equilibrium into disequilibrium as a collapsed wave.

          View all Finance & Economics from a standpoint of physics which is wholly unlike the dismal science and actually yields results.

          RW

          • elysianfield April 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

            “. Best thing to do is to switch paradigms to Quantum Behavioural Economics, Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Economics, or Econophysics. Trading is a game of waves & particles that subsume Quantum Physics & Quantum Mechanics. Equilibrium Economics don’t function in an environment of decoherence of the wave function which brings equilibrium into disequilibrium as a collapsed wave.”

            RW,
            Reminds me of an old comment read somewhere since forgotten …”There are only three people in the world that understands Quantum Mechanics…and you (and me) are not one of them….

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 1:41 am #

            elysian,

            And your comment reminds me of the two psychiatrists who met in the hallway, “You’re fine,” said the first doc, “How am I?”

            or,

            “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic and so am I.”

            Sticks

      • elysianfield April 16, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

        “For example, I don’t understand how you can have the top economists in the land, in charge of administering the federal reserve, saying they don’t understand inflation. ”

        Volodya,
        Considering that the Government has been trying to achieve a steady 2-3% rate of inflation (and without success) these past ten years, perhaps the mechanism is not as…intuitive as we might imagine.

        Were inflation easily understood, they could manipulate it at will.

        • Tate April 16, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

          It seems like the Tate household rate of inflation has exceeded 2-3% the last few years, but maybe the gov’t inflation rate doesn’t include ground chuck?

          • elysianfield April 17, 2018 at 10:34 am #

            Tate,
            The Government has a very narrow definition of “inflation” that does not include most of what the consumer finds useful. If their metric included food and energy, we’d probably be in the 6-10% range annually.

            Ground chuck? We’re livin’ large when we splurge on the 80% “sweepings of the floor”….

  30. Luhrenloup April 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    The pretense and the lies have reached such levels that we are now officially into 1984. We all know about the false flags, the jokes about finding Mohammed Atta’s passport in the rubble of 9/11, or the doctors at Parkland Hospital claiming that a shot had hit President Kennedy from the front, before they were told in no uncertain terms that they were mistaken. Several of the last shoot-em ups have survivors talking about men dressed in black as hitmen. Repeating false flag, false flag, is kind of smart-ass – I know what’s going on. No, you don’t, not one bit! We may try to guess the motives behind these staged events, but we are not invited to that table. And to be honest, some of this stuff is pretty horrific, and it feels a lot better playing the armchair savant than carrying the weight you see on the pasty faced, bug eyed hollow men who give us the “official” story.
    This weekend was especially Orwellian with Mad Dog Mattis announcing that all targets had been successfully reached, and then the Syrian people dancing in the street celebrating their having There were no pictures of major devastations.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

      I take a little comedy central over a nuclear war every day of the year.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

      The passport fluttered down on tattered angel wings, an injured dove.

      Don’t forget Anthony Scalia, found peacefully sleeping the sleep of death with a pillow over his face. He suffocated himself by leaving that pillow on his face.

      • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

        That is funny Janos because I used to sleep with a pillow over my face for years when I was a kid. Perhaps I am dead and only dreaming….

        • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

          Yes, as Chuang Tzu said, how do you know you’re not a butterfly dreaming he is a man?

  31. Luhrenloup April 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    The line should read, “and then the Syrian people dancing in the street celebrating their having dodged a bullet.

    (Are edits possible?)

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      Are edits possible?

      No.

      Gota do it right from the first shot, or else…

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 1:54 am #

      No do-overs in CFN. I had to disable the auto-correction feature on my Kindle today. It was making mistakes faster than I could catch them!

      Sticks

  32. janet April 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    “So far, the financial system has not disintegrated, though fissures have been showing for weeks in the extreme volatility of markets.” –JHK

    Volatility is nothing new to the markets. Volatility is not a sign of disintegration nor “fissures” … This is like the 71st time you have hinted that the markets are about to fail. Like the boy who cried “wolf!” your cries of “fissures!” is getting old.

  33. volodya April 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Tate, what if Jeb beat Shillary?

    But you make a good point, Jeb is a Deep State man, his family is as Deep State as it gets. Maybe the Democrats would go ape-shit at the loss but I think the pentagon, intel agencies, law enforcement, various civil service bureaucracies. the judiciary would live with a Jeb win.

    You wouldn’t have a concerted effort to get rid of him the way we see with Trump.

    • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

      From The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbot

      Page 610 – “Oh God, not again.” That was the collective moan that erupted from deep within the crowd at Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel on the night of Kennedy’s victory, as he lay mortally wounded on the grimy floor of the hotel pantry. As in Dallas, official reports immediately pinned sole responsibility for the shooting on a troubled loner, a twenty-four-year-old Palestinian immigrant named Sirhan Sirhan. The accused assassin was undeniably involved in the assault on Kennedy as the senator and his entourage made their way through the crowded, dimly hotel pantry on the way to a press briefing room. But numerous eyewitnesses—including one of the men who subdued Sirhan—insisted that insisted that the alleged assassin could not have fired the shot that killed Kennedy. Sirhan was several feet in front of Kennedy when he began firing with his revolver. But the fatal shot—which struck RFK at point blank range behind the right ear, penetrating his brain—was fired from behind. Furthermore, evidence indicated that thirteen shots were fired in the pantry that night—five more that the number of bullets that Sirhan’s gun could hold. Dr. Thomas Noguchi, the Los Angeles coroner who conducted the autopsy on Kennedy, thought that all of the evidence pointed to a second gunman. “Thus I have never said that Sirhan Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy,” Noguchi would flatly state in his 1983 memoir.

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 17, 2018 at 2:12 am #

      The subject of your article’s story and Walter B’s account have been discussed in the circles I travel in almost since day one. But we’re dismissed as conspiracy theorists.

      I treasure this quote so much, it’s one of two permanently affixed to my email signature block:

      “I’m not a conspiracy theorist;
        I’m a conspiracy analyst.”
        -Gore Vidal

      The second;

      “The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it.
      Let it loose. It will defend itself.”   -Saint Augustine

  34. 4014HAMPHEDGE April 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    JohnAZ back at 10:18 reference to Saudi deals by FDR. Follow-up Saudi contact to US stipulated USA welcome to exploit Saudi oilfields Ghawar) contingent on no US support for establishing Jewish State in Palestine. FDR was soon after summoned out of that unwise Devil’s deal, leaving VP Baptist Harry Truman to make UN vote to re-establish Israel’s Covenant residence per Joshua Chapter 1.

    Truman was also presiding over US postwar policy severely restricting steel allocation to the railroads, allowing generous portion tor resurgent automobile/bus/truck production lines. All fine until unhealthy oil requirements led America into skewed transport policies.

    As General James A. Van Fleet writes in his 1955 Army Logistics manual,excerpts making up his published “RAIL TRANSPORT AND THE WINNING OF WARS” narrative: To consider removing railway capacity and (branchline matrix) reach is strategic folly, leading to serious reliance on (Middle East) import oil vulnerability.

    Our postwar sages “Laurel & Hardy” prophesized our present situation EXACTLY with immortal words “A fine mess you’ve gotten us into now!” We can thank NIMBY pressure to remove branch rail lines as much as GM et al… To present day: Strategies in modern conflict planning are cognizant of need to conquer without polluting the environs, facilitating occupation after the hostilities cease. Famine as a tool of modern warfare tactic is very tempting. In present circumstances, GPS satellite targeting and ease of placing nuclear warheads into Troposphere over North America guarantee famine aftermath coming our way. Add rifle sabotage of selected substations to bring down national electric grid, as seen in San Jose a few years back. No spare parts, boys & girls…

    North America resources and food production is primary goal & priority strategic acquisition of our several adversaries. Mohammedanism regards America as the Great Satan, and will attach to infidel nations bent on conquering North American populations. This became obvious to many in USA strategic think tanks after the end of WWII, and Van Fleet;s little train book was part of the solution set for assuring American national survival.

    Very late now to think about railway preparations as crucial hedge against famine. Rather than the easy way, systematic and incremental rehab of agricultural branch rail lines with new steel easily available, we will face superhuman efforts required to strip second track iron from RR mains and straggler rail in the ground to reach into the US breadbaskets and Canadian wheat belt rail links recently abandoned.

    More later whiie the satellites are still up….

    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

      What originally started me reading JHK was his insistence that Railroads will become mandatory in the future as a way to make oil more efficient. 2008. And not high speed rail.

  35. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    There definitely was another shooter’: RFK assassination witness says FBI covered up fact there was a SECOND gunman

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2137188/Robert-F-Kennedy-assassination-witness-says-FBI-covered-fact-SE…

    If things continue go the way they are, pretty soon Jesus Christ Himself will come down from the Heaven and testify in the Manhattan District Court that Mueller personally crucified him, while Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were taking selfies with the Cross in the background.

    • elysianfield April 17, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      “If things continue go the way they are, pretty soon Jesus Christ Himself will come down from the Heaven and testify in the Manhattan District Court that Mueller personally crucified him, while Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were taking selfies with the Cross in the background.”

      Kamraden Finc,
      I think I read the same story in “Pravda”….

  36. janet April 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    “For the moment he can’t control a rogue Department of Justice, even when they trespass on a pillar of due process by seizing his personal attorney’s papers and computer records.” –JHK

    A judge reviewed the Mueller case and found evidence of crimes being committed by Trump-Cohen collusion. In cases where the client and attorney are conspiring to commit crimes, there is no attorney-client privilege. Due process has not been violated in this case. Mr. Cohen is in a shitload of trouble. Stormy is confronting him today in a court in Manhattan.

    • janet April 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

      It should also be emphasized that the judges and the FBI and the special prosecutor are Republicans, Trump supporters, and in some cases Trump interviewed them and put them on the bench. There is no partisan effort to remove Trump. There is simply a recognition that no one is above the law…. not even the president.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

        they are not Republicans, or Democrats, they are Hillary’s Flying Monkeys.

      • tucsonspur April 16, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

        Convenient labeling, smokescreens or duplicitous descriptions. Current agendas are what’s important.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

        Do not care if they are GOP, Trump’s worst enemies are GOP. The Deep State is the target if we want to get the US back.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

        Or Hillary!!!

    • tucsonspur April 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      Again, what crimes, what evidence. The privilege was violated in blatant fashion. Give me a quote or something, anything, that speaks to the nature of the crime that was colluded upon.

      At the very least, the Spirit of the Privilege has been demolished.

      It’s now a ghost, and in the Hillary Trap.

      youtube.com/watch?v=NRt0SG-hepU

      • daveed April 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

        Are you guys the same person (JohnAZ and tucsonspur)? Just wondering…

  37. 100th Avatar April 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    “All this raises the question: when will reasonable people in the USA — if there are any left — begin to see the Russia-meddling-in-our-election story as a botched attempt to cook up a giant distraction from America’s own…”

    No. It raises the question: when will reasonable people awaiting a reaction from reasonable people begin to see that there are no levers left.
    None.
    Powerless, voiceless, and helpless.

    Besides, there is no dignity in it. Any of it.
    The toothpaste is out of the tube.
    Murica – its institutions, its media, its politics – all jumped the shark.
    Nothing but a mess left, and a mess not worth cleaning up, and we all sense it. Not worth being fixed

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      Nothing but a mess left

      …and 320 million people.

      It’s ALWAYS worth fixing.

  38. volodya April 16, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    Fissures in the financial system and chasms in the real economy.

    Perpetual 600 billion per year trade deficits, perpetual trillion dollar a year federal govt deficits, a 20 trillion dollar federal debt, bankrupt pension funds.

    If you don’t put any stock in public stats (and I don’t) just look at the physical state of the nation and its population. That tells the story.

    As Avatar sez, a mess not worth cleaning up. But where do you start, how do you fend off status quo-ists that won’t countenance a clean-up, how do you hobble a Deep State intent on defending the interests of its billionaire patrons and paymasters?

    Political turmoil reflects the unworkable and unfixable economy. There’s too many with not enough and a very few with way too much. The crux of the problem is that the very few with way too much bent the system to suit themselves, to the detriment of everyone else. The system may be unworkable but they’ll ride that sucker down to zero.

    • ozone April 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      V.,
      You know the answer to your question, but neither you nor I dare voice it because of our status on the ladder of wealth and power. We must leave it to be internecine and likely, much too late to help us or any of those like us. (And I’m not talking RACE here, professional ass-lickers!)

      • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

        You never talk about race – a glaring deficit in your philosophy. You may not be interested in race, but race is interested in you, your insults not withstanding.

      • ozone April 16, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

        vladdie must fly back to the enemies of humanity and nature that he serves so well. May his reward be commensurate to his pretendings.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 11:26 pm #

          We owe a debt to our Ancestors for the gift of our body and mind that they have bequeathed to us. In this time and place, that means fighting against defamation of our race. Since you refuse to do that, you are a spiritual criminal.

          Humanity? That mutt won’t hunt. Local, local, local in all senses of the word. The racial aliens in your locale are just so many enemies.

      • ozone April 16, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

        …Can Kabuki consume the actor?

  39. wm5135 April 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    HOLD YOUR NOSE and cruise over to the Alternet website and take a second to view the automatic start video from Bolo Security. This piece of art has been playing on the site for a month or longer. Hardly Kabuki!

    Do you know anyone who has quit using Facebook?

    To all of the above concerning the search warrant for Cohen’s office. Have you heard of the F.I.S.A. court? Due process? Have a ham sandwich.

    GGG SUPERSTAR – we all have front row seats.

  40. tucsonspur April 16, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

    The coup continues. Cohen is forced by the judge to openly state the name of his third client–Sean Hannity. His envelope request was denied.

    And all the while, Hillary chuckles, getting her revenge.

    • janet April 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

      “Cohen is forced by the judge…” –tucsonspur

      Only because Cohen forced the judge to waste time hearing Cohen’s demand that evidence of his criminal behavior, recordings, emails, etc. not be released.

      I am surprised the judge gave Cohen the time of day. Due process is one thing, but coddling Trump/Cohen is another.

      And, yes, Hillary is vindicated. The country elected billionaire criminals, who feel entitled, who feel above the law, who take offense when a judge does not coddle them. And, meanwhile, they are busy filling the swamp.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

        Hillary is vindicated my foot! If and when Trump gets hit, she is next. And she is many times more guilty of corruption than he is. Maybe we will get rid of both sides of the corruption mill. And by the way, she does not get off the hook because she is a she!

        • Walter B April 16, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

          No, no JohnAZ, what she was trying to say was that Hillary was a vindictive bitch! You have to cut poor janet some slack, she has some serious side effects from the frequent applications of penicillin apparently..

  41. volodya April 16, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    There’s a lot of witless idiots playing very dangerous political games, not least top officials at law enforcement and intel agencies that think they should get the last word on who gets elected president.

    What this portends for the future is anyone’s guess but you also have California standing tall and proud and defying a duly elected chief exec. Now, I know that they’re a lot more intelligent than a mouth-breather like me, but doesn’t this set a precedent?

    If a Democrat state can say no to a Republican president what about a Red State that takes exception to an initiative of a Democrat president and refuses to go along? What if it’s group of states that tell Washington to screw off and tell them go ahead send in the troops?

    There’s nobody at the political pinnacle nor in the Deep State thinking things through. There’s trains besides the one on Wall Street threatening to go off the rails.

  42. wm5135 April 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Everything socialized but THE PROFIT. Worked it out this morning, a Ford F150 base model price has risen from $2600.00 in 1968 to $26,300.00 in 2018 – 4.476% inflation over 50 years. The generally accepted average is 3.5% overall.

    Albert Bartlett – “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

    Infinite growth on a finite planet – Theater of the Absurd. An old friend opined Saturday afternoon last that no one could have seen the price of a pickup truck rising to the current level. A warm smile was not forthcoming to the reply that some could.

    Humanity will not get a clue.

    • janet April 16, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

      “Worked it out this morning, a Ford F150 base model price has risen from $2600.00 in 1968 to $26,300.00 in 2018 – 4.476% inflation over 50 years. ” –wm5135

      Did you also work out the increase in salary over 30 years. I was working in 1968 making USD$1 per hour which was less than the minimum wage of $1.60.

      There is no exponential function at work. The Ford F150 is ten times more expensive than 1968. Salaries are ten times (or more) higher than 1968.

      Average income in 1968: $5,571

      Average income in 2017: $56,516

      • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

        The Ford F150 is ten times more expensive than 1968

        Does it still suck like the 1968 model?

        • janet April 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

          LOL. Actually, it is more than 10 times better. My father had to fiddle with the carburetor, spark plugs, timing, tuning, etc. in 1968. Now you just go and never have to do that stuff. Ten times better.

          • Tate April 16, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

            That’s what they’ll tell you. It’s stuposedly 10X better. Hahaha. They apply the hedonic voodoo and viola! Inflation goes away and everything’s awesome.
            youtube.com/watch?v=StTqXEQ2l-Y

            Actually, no.

          • Tate April 16, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

            Included in the hedonic voodoo is the “free” stuff, which isn’t really free. You’re providing your masters your data in payment.

            Already our toothbrushes are spying on us.
            wolfstreet.com/2018/04/14/our-dental-insurance-sent-us-free-internet-connected-toothbrushes-and-this…

          • daveed April 16, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

            Agreed. I drive an F150 with over 200,000 miles on it, relatively trouble-free.

          • elysianfield April 17, 2018 at 10:53 am #

            “Now you just go and never have to do that stuff”

            Janet,
            Yes, the vehicles are much better, but you cannot maintain them yourself…the owner of the vehicle has become a captured revenue stream for the industry…If you purchase a new vehicle, you only own the hardware…not the software that is leased to you. Some vehicles now require a trip to the dealer to change the oil…3rd party work voids the warranty.

            The vehicles may be 10 times better if you can afford them… the middle class currently questionable in that regard.

    • My Point of View April 16, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

      Einstein allegedly said: “Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it, he who doesn’t, pays it.”

    • Tate April 16, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

      Ah yes, the old exponential function.

      That’s why it’s not how many are here now that’s alarming, but how many are coming, and how fast they breed. Like rabbits they breed.

  43. tucsonspur April 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    I’m a rebel, so I’m going with the Dodge. Plus it has Guts and Glory just like Trump.

    What are the profit margins, around 25 or 30%? 20%?

    • tucsonspur April 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

      I get the point wm, but to be precise, humanity is getting all the clues it needs. Just ignoring them for the most part. Quick quiz:

      Is the logarithmic function the inverse of the exponential function?

      • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

        Yes it is (if they use the same base).

        • tucsonspur April 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

          You definitely go to the head of the class and get to enjoy some delightful Ptichye Moloko.

    • janet April 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

      Trump does have a good gut. I’ll give you that.

  44. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    I have to apologize to CFNers for overly frivolous tone of my posts today: last Friday I went through a couple of very tense hours and on Sunday came down with a high temperature.

    But today in the morning I’ve read this article from Washington Post:

    Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement
    washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-puts-the-brake-on-new-russian-sanctions-reversing-haleys-announcem…

    and spoken to a good acquaintance of mine who confirmed my conclusion from the attack on Syria, which actually lies on the surface, spreading like Stormy Daniels in anticipation of Trump:

    Russian radars could see American newest stealth missiles, but the missiles do not see Russian radars.

    And the main political beneficiary of this conclusion is the current US President Trump, since everyone now could see the pathetic state to which his predecessors brought US Armed Forces, and now he can make concessions to Putin without harming his prestige.

  45. janet April 16, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    Trump conferred with his national security advisers Sunday and told them he was upset the sanctions against Russia were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them without Putin’s express approval. Follow the money, and pay attention to who has the pee tape. Pay attention to who denies collusion and who controls puppet-Trump’s movements.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

      Russian radars could see American newest stealth missiles, but the missiles do not see Russian radars.

  46. 100th Avatar April 16, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    The first rule, or article, of the Wolfowitz Doctrine is to maintain the US’s status as sole superpower.
    Rule #1

    This has nothing to do with Syria
    Chemical weapons
    ISIS
    Child victims
    Trump

    That is kabuki

    Hegemony
    The Russian threat to it

    Rule #1

    Rule #2 is oil.. and Israeli security (natch)

    • janet April 16, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

      “We pretend to care about the fate of Syria’s civilians and Assad’s sponsors pretend to be annoyed that we care. The message Assad received was that he can carry on killing his people as long as he uses conventional weapons. Even chlorine is permissible. Just make sure to avoid Sarin. “Mission accomplished!” tweeted Trump after the operation. Is it any wonder that people in the region were focusing on other things?”

      –Edward Luce, “The west’s kabuki air strikes” in Financial Times, April 16, 2018

      • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

        Is he the son of Claire Booth Luce?

      • Tate April 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

        Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning “to lean” or “to be out of the ordinary”, kabuki can be interpreted as “avant-garde” or “bizarre” theatre.[1] The expression kabukimono (????) referred originally to those who were bizarrely dressed. It is often translated into English as “strange things” or “the crazy ones”, and referred to the style of dress worn by gangs of samurai.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabuki

        It is a strange way to wage war, pre-announced missile attacks. But maybe the Generals have finally caught on & aren’t fighting the last war anymore? Now if we can just get POTUS to meet his opponent du jour on the field of battle.

      • Tate April 18, 2018 at 2:44 am #

        The April 14 missile attacks on Syria were a politically-motivated fireworks display that were largely designed to silence Trump’s critics. The attacks– which were coordinated with Moscow– did not kill any Russian, Syrian, Iranian or Hezbollah combat troops. They did not kill any Syrian civilians. They did not impede the Syrian Army’s ongoing military offensive or roll back any of the recent territorial gains in East Ghouta. They did not destroy any critical infrastructure nor did they undermine the determination of the Russian-led coalition to continue to prosecute the 7 year-long war against CIA-backed terrorists who are responsible for the deaths of 500,000 Syrians and the displacement of 7 million others. In short, the attacks accomplished nothing except, perhaps, to temporarily mollify the warmongering western media and their bloodthirsty puppetmasters in the foreign policy establishment.

        unz.com/mwhitney/trumps-missile-fiasco/

        Maybe Trump figures he’s got better things to do than usher in another Libya.

  47. janet April 16, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    Follow the money –> Russia –> UAE –> Trump. That’s how Trump-Russia collusion happens.

    Wealthy and politically-connected individuals from across the globe — from Russia, France, Saudi Arabia and South Africa — land in the Seychelles for meetings that take place as a part of a larger gathering hosted by MBZ (Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the effective ruler of the United Arab Emirates). Many of them fly in on private jets and several do not clear customs. Some check into the Four Seasons Hotel while others arrive and stay on their yachts.

    Individuals connected to the Saudi financial system, including the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and the Arab National Bank, flew into the island the second week of January 2017, as did an aircraft purportedly owned by the former deputy minister of defense, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, flight records show. Other individuals on those aircraft held passports from Egypt and Singapore.

    Dmitriev flew into the Seychelles Jan. 11, 2017 with his wife Natalia Popova and another woman with the last name Boldovskaia. Six other Russian individuals flew to the island just a few days after Dmitriev. The aircraft’s ownership is unclear but it flew between Russia, Geneva and Cyprus in 2017.

    Others on the island included Alexander Mashkevitch, an alleged financier of Bayrock, an investment vehicle linked to Trump, and Sheikh Abdulrahman Khalid BinMahfouz, according to flight records. BinMahfouz’s father, before his death, was a billionaire and the former chairman of Saudi Arabia’s first private bank.

  48. Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    amren.com/commentary/2018/04/the-racial-hypocrisy-of-charlize-theron-south-africa-farmers/

    This is a good primer on Feminine psychology. Given her fame, she could do so much to help Whites suffering persecution in South Africa. But instead, she’s chosen to echo the party line of White racism, to the point of adopting Black children. Now she talking about how they aren’t safe in Trump’s America. She’s a BS artist, but so are millions of others. She admitted years ago that she fled South Africa after Black Rule because she sensed the coming persecution.

    Women tend to always be reinterpreting their past to make themselves look good in the present. It’s a full time job for some.

  49. Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    White Liberals are protesting in favor of the loitering Blacks in Starbucks. If Starbucks becomes a hang out for Blacks, with management unable to tell them to get lost, Whites will stop going there. Stupid Liberals.

    Management would tell anyone hanging around to go away. Restrooms are for customers. Why is this being called racism? How is this complicated? What’s wrong with these people?

    • tucsonspur April 16, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

      Those guys looked like they were about to take down the joint. Intentional or not, it was a look of Menace and Black Menace at that. A natural reaction, biologically motivated.

      We know the history. Too many examples. Why take a chance and get shot, or carved up like a Sunday roast?

      • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

        Or it was a PC Sting operation. A Real Estate agent showed up and said that they boys had been waiting for him. A “woman” chimed in saying that just the other day she had sat there for an hour without ordering anything, etc.

        The whole thing is scilly beyond belief. If only Manfred had lived to see it. It couldn’t happen to a scillier Company. The Liberals are really shitting where they drink on this one. Why not hire a Black for each Starbucks who will write insults on the cups?

        • BackRowHeckler April 16, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

          Its pretty funny, tho.

          Show me a Starbucks employee who isn’t ‘down for the struggle’.

          I love it when this faux revolution turns around and bites itself on the ass.

          brh

          • BackRowHeckler April 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

            And the manager who called the police got fired already.

            there always has to be a scapegoat in cases like this

            the pres of Starbucks is bowing and scraping and making apologies. He is ‘woke’ as they say, grovelling at the fweet of homey.

            brh

        • Tate April 16, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

          “Why not hire a Black for each Starbucks who will write insults on the cups?”— Janos

          Didn’t Schultz already try something like that 3 years ago?

          fastcompany.com/3043852/this-is-what-happens-when-you-walk-into-starbucks-and-talk-to-the-barista-ab…

          You won’t be spared Howard. Dindu’s gonna dindu.

          • BackRowHeckler April 16, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

            Thanks for that reference, Tate.

            It looks like Starbuck’s ‘Conversation about race’, three years later, is being shoved right back up their ass. Tough sh-t for them.

            The females in this household think nothing of going into Starbucks and spend $5 a cup for latte’s and who knows what else. I tell them they’re wasting their money and they tell me where I can go, which is the local diner where a cup of Joe is $1 with free refills.

            brh

          • Tate April 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

            You’re welcome.
            Similar situation here. Seems like a waste of $$$ to me. Oh well, you can’t fight the Law and in the current year the Matriarchy is the Law.

            youtube.com/watch?v=OgtQj8O92eI

    • K-Dog April 17, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      Usually people are asked to leave before the police are called.
      .
      .
      .

      Starbucks corporate headquarters is at:

      2401 Utah Ave S Seattle, WA 98134. Contact Starbucks.

      Utah Avenue runs right out front. Starbucks just put in a fancy restaurant called ‘The Reserve’ and drove the food trucks out but marchers could walk by nice and legal. It is pedestrian only and legal.

      Somebody got some splainin to do. The president of Starbucks already met with the two arrested men but I’m thinking that’s not enough. Google Earth will show the pedestrian section of Utah Ave. between the main entrance and a large parking lot.

      I say it may not be enough because Starbucks is all about selling coffee and nothing else and while they will do everything in their power to make this problem go away that is not the same thing as showing how they are going to prevent this in the future.

      • elysianfield April 18, 2018 at 10:58 am #

        ” how they are going to prevent this in the future.”

        Dog,
        How about a dress code? Regular business attire? Drive up window for the unwashed?

        Understand their demographic.

        Remember the sign at the roller-coaster…you must be “this tall” to ride? (Put up a picture of a decently attired couple…) “You must look ‘this white’ to enter….”

        Corporate should give me a corner office for this….

  50. Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

    What did the Flannery O’Connor’s character The Stranger say about a old canting hypocrite?

    She would have been a good woman if she had someone to shoot her in the head every day of her life.

    Can you dig it? I mean, can you dig it really? I can. The Stranger was a runaway from a mental hospital. Why do you we put our Wise Men in such places?

    Flannery was a devout Catholic who told off James Baldwin (I believe) when he tried to get her to break the color line. Prejudices are what holds any community together. Us against them. Get rid of the them and then there’s no Us anymore either. This is how America is being destroyed.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

      This is how America is being destroyed

      No, it is not.

      It is being destroyed by a super-greedy bunch of Flying Monkeys who managed to totally fuck up the arms race with Russia and leaving the country at a critical moment without protection of the modern weaponry.

      They got caught with their pants down. They’re finished.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

        It is being destroyed by its own populace that thinks a slut is more credible than the President. This place is disgusting. And the Ho-bag lawyers are responsible for all of it.

    • Tate April 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

      He was called the Misfit in the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” He was an escaped convict.

      She didn’t intend for her stories to be darkly humorous, although she was quick to capture the absurdities which abound in life.

    • Sean Coleman April 17, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

      Was the killer in A Good Woman Is Hard To Find an escaped mental patient? I thought he was an escaped convict. As I remember I didn’t understand what point the author was making.

      • Sean Coleman April 17, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

        The car journey through the farmsteads of the Old South has stayed in my mind more than the action. It was something quite new to me

      • Janos Skorenzy April 17, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

        Typically, that “good people” aren’t really good. And sometimes vice versa or the people that the good deem as bad, aren’t. As Christ said, the stone that the builder rejected shall be the cornerstone.

        • elysianfield April 18, 2018 at 11:01 am #

          “As Christ said, the stone that the builder rejected shall be the cornerstone.”

          Janos,
          Appaarently they just built a bridge in Florida using that very rejected cornerstone….

        • Sean Coleman April 19, 2018 at 3:31 am #

          I read it in Basque (Ez da erraza gizon on bat aurkitzea) but alongside the English translation, so I cannot use it as an excuse.

          The default approach these days is to question the conventional belief that conventional, ‘good’ and ‘decent’ people are what they and others (but not me, the perceptive novelist, journalist or film maker, who can see through the mask) appear to be. Respectable people aren’t really good, you know. Conventional people don’t have minds of their own, unlike us sophisticates.

          This is a dreary and ridiculous cliche of course. I would have to read the story again to see if O’Connor fell for it, but she probably did, a little ahead of her time. Do you share it too?

      • Tate April 17, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

        Lots of people don’t “get” her stories. They think her primary object was humor. She was a devout Catholic and thought that Protestantism was a serious mistake. Being a Catholic in the overwhelmingly Protestant South gave her a lot of material to draw from.

  51. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

    Russian stocks, ruble jump after report Trump halted further sanctions

    Russian stocks, ruble jump after Trump reportedly overturns U.S. effort to place further sanctions on Russia.

    The Washington Post reported that Trump told advisors he was upset about sanctions being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable with them.

    The U.S. is now likely to hold back on any further sanctions until Russia does something provocative, the report says.
    The Russian stock market is down 12 percent since the last round of sanctions was announced April 6.

    cnbc.com/2018/04/16/russian-stocks-ruble-jump-after-report-trump-halted-further-sanctions.html?__sou…

    Here comes the reparations. Buy Rubles!!

  52. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

    Russia’s Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

    ca.news.yahoo.com/western-powers-study-options-syria-chemical-weapons-used-102859907.html

    Putin’s not referring to political-military chaos, he means financial chaos.

  53. Pucker April 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    Barack Obama and Michelle got a US$65 Million advance on a couple of books from Random House.

    “Chedda….”

    • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

      Apropos of nothing, do you know anything about Manfred Von Cloudsley of the Scilly Islands?

  54. FincaInTheMountains April 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    It appears that the only American missiles that have reached their goal struck the ISIS in the city of Yarmouk.

    SYRIA PREPARES FOR OFFENSIVE AGAINST ISIS IN PALESTINIAN CAMP OF YARMOUK
    jpost.com/Middle-East/Syria-prepares-for-offensive-against-ISIS-in-Palestinian-camp-of-Yarmouk-55000…

  55. pequiste April 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    Now I’m thinking that the federal government of the United States is, in fact, a reincarnation of the defunct Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

    A fucking three-ring (legislative, judicial and executive) event under the big top known as Washington D.C. Animal shows, The Midway, lyin’ tamers, high wire acts, sword swallowers; the works. I don’t think it even passed the notice of the CFN: the yuge emphasis on clowns.

    Which important federal official gets to be shot out of a cannon?
    Could an air-launched cruise missile be used instead? All the way to Syria!

  56. BackRowHeckler April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    And the Stormy Daniels saga is still ongoing, too.

    What a lady! I’m tryin to find out where she went to finishing school, and what distinguished university she atteneded. So far no success.

    It looks like the Government has finally hit on something that could bring down this president!

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy April 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

      They’re called boobs because they have lured so many men unto their doom. Poor Trump!

      • BackRowHeckler April 16, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

        Yeah they’re powerful alright.

        They brought down Napolean (on the way to Waterloo he detoured to see his mistress in Warsaw. The rest is history)

        brh

    • janet April 16, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

      brh, she attended Scotlandville Magnet in Baton Rouge, graduating in 1997. She was so smart she did not need to continue formal studies.

      Plus, she has more balls than Trump (despite the death threats she received) and is successfully out-manuveuring him in this court battle.

      It is great to see how someone can be so smart without book learning. She is like Trump in that respect.Trump doesn’t read books either. (She is also, like Trump, a Republican.)

      You are right, brh, that Trump has met his match. She beat him in court today. Both Cohen and Trump are heading for a fall.

      • pequiste April 16, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

        Yes, Operation Desert Stormy. In keeping with the spirit of today’s missive of course.

        With such talent in anal, fellatio, and other play-for-pay activities, should she choose to run, Stormy has a real chance to get a seat in the Congress. She would no doubt be the toast of Baghdad-on-the-Potomac. Plus a new video would be added to the Zapruder Therapy protocol. Can you imagine?

        See film credits –

        iafd.com/person.rme/perfid=stormydaniels/gender=f/stormy-daniels.htm

        • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

          Hey, Stormy would fit right in with the current populace of this country. Just think, we have a judicial system that is being compromised by a porn star. It fits, this country is nothing but a bunch of whores anyway.

        • janet April 16, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

          Run for the Senate? She’s been there. Done that.

          https://draftstormy.wordpress.com

          • FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 4:46 am #

            Exactly!

            That’s what we all need – a dirty slut who can’t keep her mouth shut.

            Nobody will remember her in a month.

    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

      Something that really fits what the Deep State is all about.

    • Sean Coleman April 17, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

      Clifford is a local surname here in Kerry and her mother is or was called Sheila (if you can believe Wikipedia).

  57. janet April 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    For those keeping score on Trump’s abuse of the courts:

    Trump … 2
    Courts … 38

    NEW YORK — A federal judge dealt a legal setback to President Trump on Monday, denying his bid to review records seized in an FBI search of his personal attorney’s home and office before federal prosecutors review them.

    “He is objecting that anyone other than himself” be able to make that determination, Trump attorney Joanna Hendon told the court.

    Boo, hoo, Trump loses again.

    Immigrants are still arriving, thanks to the courts upholding the Constitution.

    ObamaCare still the law of the land, thanks to Trump’s failure (and help from McCain).

    No wall. Just $1.6 Billion out of our pockets, because Trump lied about Mexico paying for it.

    No infrastructure program.

    No end to opioid epidemic.

    Just a giant transfer of wealth from us to Trump’s billionaire friends.

    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

      I think we will hear you chortling as the USA falls off its cliff. You will probably think it is great that the public support for the tax cut is waning according to NBC poll. The people do not deserve what the anti-Deep Staters are trying to do, maybe they should have to give back the tax reduction and the corporate rate should be raised back up so that more folks will desert the US. You Leftists are nuts. If I was Trump, I would take my billions and go somewhere else where he might be left alone. And let the US sink into the west under the tutelage of all you globalists.

  58. BackRowHeckler April 16, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

    the pres of Starbucks states all employees will henceforth be trained to root out ‘unconscious bias’.

    Question: will ‘Re education Camps’ be established by Starbucks Corporation? Aren’t most of American universities Re education Camps? Starbucks can simply send their employees to Columbia, NYU, Berkeley or Amherst: Mission Accmplished!

    brh

    • BackRowHeckler April 16, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

      then again, most of these kids are already graduates of Columbia, NYU, Berkeley and Amherst.

      that’s not gonna save’em

      brh

    • pequiste April 16, 2018 at 9:36 pm #

      From now on, yo gonna have yo coffee the way we like it muthafucka: hot an black.

  59. DrGonzo April 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

    If Kunstler is all hot and bothered about the influence of the “Deep State”, maybe he should start by contemplating the bizzarre and telling connection between Michael Cohen’s only three clients that was revealed just today — an adulterous congressman who paid $1.5 million to silence a woman he got pregnant, a right-wing Trump Fox ‘News’ mouthpiece who didn’t bother to mention his conflict of interest in sharing the same attorney with … the legally panicked president of the United States.

    Good god. I’m laughing out loud. You couldn’t make up this kind of incestuous and clueless insider right-wing shit if you tried. How can anyone take this crime family presidency seriously?

    • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

      We almost elected one that is worse, that is how!

    • janet April 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      I have a feeling the courts are taking it seriously, the Justice Dept. is taking it seriously, and eventually the Congress that impeaches him will take it all very seriously. Give me Pence. At least he is a known quantity, one who is not a serial liar, thief, or grifter, or wannabe dictator. Pence has no puppet master in Moscow or conflicts of interests or pee tapes to worry about.

      • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

        You crack me up, you think Trump is conservative? You will deserve Pence if he is installed. And I hope he brings the evangelistic hammer down on all the perverts in this country.

        • janet April 16, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

          Define pervert.

          • JohnAZ April 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

            Eyes of the beholder, no definition.

      • BackRowHeckler April 17, 2018 at 12:17 am #

        So maybe Trump can be removed.

        the message will be your vote doesn’t count, elections don’t matter, and its the c-cksuckers in the Shadow Government (who you shill for continually) that determines who the president will be.

        At least we know how its done now.

        brh

  60. janet April 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

    “Eyes of the beholder, no definition.” –John AZ

    Shame on you, John AZ, for that moral relativist cop out.

    • Sean Coleman April 17, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

      Are you still using a false email address, Janet?

  61. janet April 17, 2018 at 12:37 am #

    According to Hannity’s account, he was taking free legal advice from someone on the president’s payroll. Hannity has not disclosed that fact during his on-air discussions about Cohen.

    Simon Maloy of the anti-Fox group Media Matters tweeted: “Pause for a moment to reflect upon what one Sean Hannity might do with news that an MSNBC personality had hidden a relationship with a Clinton attorney under criminal investigation.”

  62. Janos Skorenzy April 17, 2018 at 12:50 am #

    Vox Popoli takes a wider view in his essay, Physiognomy is more than real, at his blog:

    So many people fail to understand that when I say the Alt-Right is inevitable, I am not merely engaging in rhetoric. I mean that quite literally and I am speaking in unvarnished dialectic. Just as communism is unviable because it denies economics and feminism is unviable because it denies biology, conservatism is unviable because it denies inequality. All of these unviable political identities have set themselves against science, history, and observable reality. Remember, the red pill is reality

  63. capt spaulding April 17, 2018 at 1:14 am #

    Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m watching Michael Cohen on the news, Every once in a while he looks at the camera like a deer caught in the headlights, and I find myself feeling almost sorry for him. That’s what happens when you run with the big dogs and then stumble. Oops! Pardon me!

  64. Janos Skorenzy April 17, 2018 at 2:16 am #

    Matriarch Barbara Bush is sinking. Her daughter says that she’s a fighter – as if anyone can beat death. Frank Sinatra’s last words, “I’m losing”. Wtf Frank? Didn’t you remember your catechism? Death is the result of the Fall of Man. Everyone loses. Did you still want to be playing the Sands with Dean five hundred years from now? It was time to move on.

    Death is certain for the living. Life is certain for the dead. What is there to fear in any of this? A Hindu woman was weeping for her dying son. Her husband remonstrated with her: Your lack of faith hurts me far more than his pain.

    Yes, it is very human of course. Natural. Those who feel nothing for others in their agony are more likely to be monsters than sages. And they are guaranteed to make up for it when it comes to their own final illness and death.

    • tucsonspur April 17, 2018 at 3:46 am #

      The Dead wait for us. Patiently. We go to the place they are, travel back in time to before our birth. Leaving vanishing Life Prints on Mother Earth.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

        Yes, they are the silent majority. Too bad they can’t vote. Oh wait, they often do vote Democrat.

  65. FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 4:00 am #

    Russian submarines have cornered the British submarine in the Mediterranean Sea

    British ship tried to launch Tomahawk missiles at facilities in Syria

    Russian submarines, nicknamed in the West “black holes” for their elusiveness for radar, played cat and mouse with a British submarine in the eastern Mediterranean.

    According to the Times, the British Navy ship was to release Tomahawk cruise missiles at facilities located in Syria. However, the submarine had to “run” from place to place because of “one, and possibly two” submarines of the “Varshavianka” class.

    According to the publication, in addition to submarines, two Russian frigates and an anti-submarine aircraft hunted the submarine of the royal fleet. For several days the British maneuvered. As a result, the ship was unable to accomplish the combat mission and did not take part in the attack on Syria.

    thetimes.co.uk/article/british-submarine-in-underwater-duel-with-kremlins-black-hole-hunter-killer-d…

    • FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 4:08 am #

      Yeah, I know – it’s different than going after the papuans.

  66. FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 4:41 am #

    Globalresearch – what a bunch of fucking provocateurs!

    Globalresearch published a psycho-article by Paul Craig Roberts:


    Only readers of my website and a few others will ever know that the only reason thousands of US sailors and dozens of US pilots are still alive is that Russia spared their lives.

    globalresearch.ca/russias-humanity-and-moral-conscience-are-leading-to-war/5636231

    What a Hanoi Jane!

    Why would Russia be interested in starting a panic on the world exchanges and burning all its foreign exchange reserves? Russia is interested in a peaceful development and competition, as well as getting a fare price for its resources.

  67. Ol' Scratch April 17, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    Oh boy! The neo-libs are going all in now, comparing Trump’s election tactics to Hitler:

    **********
    The CEO of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company compared Trump propaganda tactics to Hitler

    The founder and CEO of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company compared Donald Trump’s campaign methods to those of Adolf Hitler, newly-released audio has shown.

    Nigel Oakes, who heads SCL Group, told a media researcher last November that Trump deliberately demonised Muslims and stoked fears about ISIS to appease his base, as Hitler and his Nazi party targeted Jews to appease his.

    businessinsider.com/cambridge-analytica-linked-ceo-compares-trump-propaganda-to-hitler-2018-4
    *********

    So… I guess the current Global War of Terror, based on the false flag 9-11 event to justify the transparently thin worldwide Zionist Jihad to allow the unholy triumvirate (Israel and their client states the US and the UK) to go on perpetual rampage the world over, doesn’t qualify? People need to pull their head out of their ass and wake up to the fact that all of this is just another Judeo Christian crusade on the behalf of the upper 1%, who themselves could probably not give a fuck less about the religious aspects, other than it allows them to do whatever the hell they want because God, Jesus, Yahwey, or whatever their false idol of the day’s calling card is. Trump is just feeding them a hearty helping of their own shit, but apparently the dish was not seasoned to their liking.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 9:04 am #

      After all that happened to the Jews during actual Crusades of 11-13 centuries, you got a big hairy balls to call it “Judeo Christian crusade”.

      The instigator of Crusades, Bernard of Clairvaux was also the author of racial anti-Semitism.

      Now all what we see now as a result of Arab Spring and Controlled Chaos is done by the spiritual hairs of “Saint” Bernard of Clairvaux.

    • beantownbill. April 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      You are acting like a piece of shit. If you were there during 9/11 you should have told the authorities or the public. If not, you are just quoting idiotic sources that claim a false flag. Your questionable logic doesn’t cut it. Neither does your anti-Semitism.

  68. Pucker April 17, 2018 at 7:54 am #

    Putin has a Big Cock.

    • thwack April 17, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      Its probably black too.

      Not that it matters or anything… but Im just sayin

      • capt spaulding April 17, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

        Big cocks have huge drawbacks.

  69. ilan April 17, 2018 at 8:12 am #

    I hope you are right “Russia will do what’s necessary to moderate the Iran-Hezbolah-Shia axis of maniacs.”.
    In an unusual move Israel today (April 17, 2018) divulged details of Iran’s UAV bases in Syria and named their commanders. This is as Nassim Taleb would say is for Israel to put skin-in-the-game for the Iranian UAV commanders in Syria. Iran already has one failed UAV attack on Israel from Syria. This UAV had explosives on board. Iran is gearing up to attack Israel again from Syria in response to Israel’s targeting of an Iranian air-base within Syria. They have publicly stated that they will respond. We will see if the Russians can stop the Iranians.

    Israel’s response to this attack will be harsh and unceasing. It will be the end of the Assad regime and the significant loss of life and property on both sides. It will be no holes barred and will include a huge rain storm of missiles from Lebanon courtesy of Hezbollah.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      Israel was sentenced to death not by Iran, but by the Western Black Project and Middle Eastern ODESSA (Organization of Former SS Members).

      Alliance with Russia, all the way to becoming a republic of the Russian Federation, is the only way for Israel survival.

      On the other hand, Russia could use hundreds of thousands of mid and high level Israeli technical managers to modernise its economy.

  70. S M Tenneshaw April 17, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    A sci-fi story written 66 years ago foretold all this.

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    The Choice

    by W. Hilton Young (1952)

    BEFORE WILLIAMS WENT into the future he bought a camera and a tape recording-machine and learned shorthand. That night, when all was ready, we made coffee and put out brandy and glasses against his return.
    .
    .
    .

    (When he returns, his memory is almost gone.) – SMT




    “I can remember only one thing.”

    “What was that?”

    “I was shown everything, and I was given the choice whether I should remember it or not after I got back.”
    “And you chose not to? But what an extraordinary thing to—”
    “Isn’t it?” he said. “One can’t help wondering why.”

    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

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    • S M Tenneshaw April 17, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      Sorry ’bout the botched formatting.

    • K-Dog April 17, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      The Choice

      by W. Hilton Young (1952)

      BEFORE WILLIAMS WENT into the future he bought a camera and a tape recording-machine and learned shorthand. That night, when all was ready, we made coffee and put out brandy and glasses against his return.

      “Good-bye,” I said. “Don’t stay too long.”
      “I won’t,” he answered.
      I watched him carefully, and he hardly flickered. He must have made a perfect landing on the very second he had taken off from. He seemed not a day older; we had expected he might spend several years away.
      “Well?”
      “Well,” said he, “let’s have some coffee.”
      I poured it out, hardly able to contain my impatience. As I gave it to him I said again, “Well?”
      “Well, the thing is, I can’t remember.”
      “Can’t remember? Not a thing?”
      He thought for a moment and answered sadly, “Not a thing.”
      “But your notes? The camera? The recording-machine?”
      The notebook was empty, the indicator of the camera rested at “1” where we had set it, the tape was not even loaded into the recording-machine.
      “But good heavens,” I protested, “why? How did it happen? Can you remember nothing at all?”
      “I can remember only one thing.”
      “What was that?”
      “I was shown everything, and I was given the choice whether I should remember it or not after I got back.”
      “And you chose not to? But what an extraordinary thing to—”
      “Isn’t it?” he said. “One can’t help wondering why.”

  71. bentley12 April 17, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    Deep State my ass. The DOJ bigwigs are mostly all GOP. The judge in the Southern District of New York, Berman, is a Republican appointed by Trump. Comey’s blabbermouth is what probably got Trump elected. He didn’t let on that the FBI had opened an investigation into the Trump campaign, preferring to keep that secret, while at the same time violating the principle of not commenting on an ongoing investigation of the Clinton campaign by making that one public. They demonized Hillary and protected Trump, in effect. Some Deep State! They really hurt Trump chances, didn’t they?

    • FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      When the New York Police Department on a Weiner laptop discovered videos of certain rituals performed by Hillary’s immediate circle on the “Pleasure Island”, they passed the information to the FBI field office in New York.

      The FBI field officers went to Comey and told him that if he didn’t re-open Hillary investigation, they would make the videos public on the Internet.

      It took Clintonoids a week to “silence” the FBI field officers – that explains the short-lived story of resumption by Comey of Hillary investigation.

      I hate to find out what exactly happened to those FBI field officers.

      • janet April 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

        Those rumors were debunked in 2016. They came from “The Christian Times Newspaper”. The Christian Times Newspaper web site is simply a source of fake news, often preying upon the current political climate to advance falsehoods that appeal to readers’ fears or strong political opinions.

    • Tate April 17, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

      They demonized Hillary and protected Trump, in effect. Some Deep State! They really hurt Trump chances, didn’t they?–bentley12

      Polls at the time showed — and Comey et al believed — that Hillary had a lock on the election. That’s why Comey went public with the reopening of the Hillary investigation. As he revealed in recent interview, he was afraid that if he didn’t go public, and Hillary won as everyone expected, that it would “taint” her victory.

  72. volodya April 17, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    Ozone, trouble yourself not.

    There’s various – cough – “sciences” out there that are as full of shit as can be, masquerading as legitimate fields of study, pretending to be worthy of attention and respect and, not least, money.

    Economics is one of those areas, one of many “ologies” that provide thin covers for various interest and advocacy groups. If there’s an agenda or a beef, justified or not, there’s an “ologist” that can shill for you. Same thing for monied interests, there’s no lack of college types as front-men, posing as “experts”, bristling with degrees and accolades all to establish dominance over the likes of you and I.

    See, the trouble with somebody being full-of-shit is that they’re full-of-shit. And “full-of-shit” is just a vernacular for lyin’ cocksucker or, for example, or someone simply not on board with verifiable reality. To people that have to contend with the real world as opposed to dealing in jargon and concepts and theory (all designed to obstruct knowledge and understanding instead of advancing it) the full-of-shit-ness shines through.

    It won’t be news to you that full-of-shit-ness is what people high up on the food chain deal out every day. When they wake up they ask themselves how full-of-shit am I today? What full-of-shit pronouncement can I make to con people out of their money or to bolster my full-of-shit reputation with my peers?

    By now you’re probably wondering what the fuck is my point. My point is that “reality” may abide full-of-shit-ness for a spell. But it penalizes the full-of-shit and it ultimately rewards those that deal with the laws of the universe, like gravity, like the law of conservation of energy, like the second law of thermodynamics. Unbeknownst to the full-of-shit, the social constructs of the human world are also subject to these same laws. They can make shit up, they can deal in deception and self deception and they can convince themselves that they can defy reality. They can’t, but let’s you and I not tell them. Their defiance will be their undoing.

    Now, this issue of race. This is one of those concepts that veers deeply into the full-of-shit. I’m repeating myself, but 20 centuries ago the folk living in various areas south of the Rio Grande were building spectacular cities with temples and pyramids and astronomic observatories and wide public plazas. These were the ancestors of people derided by racists as being biologically and intellectually deficient. Now, the folk that commonly assert their racial superiority never stop to consider that if you make assertions based on civilizational advancement, it undercuts their claim.

    It won’t surprise you that I’m referring to those that talk about the alleged superiority of the “Aryan”-northern European. When those ancient New World cities were being built, what were the comparable achievements of those supposedly superior biological specimens in northern Europe? Well, they had none, not even close to those folk with copper colored skin, black hair and brown eyes. The tall, magnificent, proud Aryan warriors had a relatively primitive material and cultural existence, living in grass huts and practising subsistence agriculture never mind that they had the example of civilization from dark hued people to their south and east whose achievements were similar to those in the New World.

    See Ozone, full-of-shit-ness runs the gamut, it infests a great many areas of thought and deed and imagination. Even if we were to sit with hands folded and let the full-of-shit run rampant, their undoing is fore-ordained. Reality won’t aide them. It just may take a little longer.

    • K-Dog April 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      But this is full of shit!


      “reality” may abide full-of-shit-ness for a spell. But it penalizes the full-of-shit and it ultimately rewards those that deal with the laws of the universe, like gravity, like the law of conservation of energy, like the second law of thermodynamics.

      Reality may abide full-of-shit-ness long enough for murderers to dance on graves. At that point there is no more ‘ultimately’. At that point it is game over.

      There is no cosmic ‘justice’. Justice is for us to create anew every day. It is why we are here. Among other reasons.

      • volodya April 17, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        Yeah, reality may abide full-of-shit-ness long enough for murderers to dance on graves. But you’re talking about justice and fairness. Who sez the universe is just or fair?

        Having said that, it’s just like Abe said, you can’t fool all the people all the time. How many civilizations crap out because predatory elites suck ordinary people dry? Rope gets measured out and the existing order gets overturned.

        • JohnAZ April 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

          The reason the Founding Fathers favored public education is what you are addressing here. The elites can pull a lot of crap on an ignorant populace. Maybe that is another reason why they want more illegals ,to lower the “average IQ. These people have been led by the nose where they came from, so they will be easy to manipulate here.

    • K-Dog April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      Passive turn the other cheek crap. You have to be a bigger badass with a white hat than the badasses wearing black. That is the truth. Passage of time does not defeat evil, it must be confronted.

      • volodya April 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

        No it ain’t passive “turn the other cheek”. Read what I said:

        EVEN IF we were to sit with hands folded and let the full-of-shit run rampant, their undoing is fore-ordained. Reality won’t aide them. It just may take a little longer.

        Tell me, does the Federal Reserve have a magical ability to conjure wealth? It does not, manipulating interest rates just takes money from somebody’s pocket and puts it in someone else’s. What Wall Street thinks of as “wealth” as defined by stock prices is delusional, as delusional as homeowner “wealth” as illustrated by the housing collapse several years ago.

        Is Amazon a viable business? Its profits are a trickle even if its revenues are vast. Is Uber? There’s reality to contend with and this shit is not real.

    • beantownbill. April 17, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      The Law of Reality always wins, always! Humans are probably too much in their own heads to look clearly and see what’s really what.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      Yet, their ancestors show no signs of any such ability, do they? And they Builders admitted that bearded White Men from somewhere else taught them what they know.

      So bad example on your part. But we do admit that intelligence isn’t just a White thing. East Asians have it, more than we do in fact on average. So I’m not a White Supremacist, I’m just for my Race. Can you get the difference?

      The ancient Germans Admired Roman Culture and wanted in. They did end up being one of the factors that ended it, but they took the remnants of the old knowledge and built their own Civilization. Can you imagine Blacks doing likewise? All the evidence says no, both in the New World and the Old.

      White Woman won the Boston marathon. First time in years. The cold rain must have cramped up the Africans. Otherwise, they are simply much better runners. There is no equality. Get out of your Platonic Cave and Look. If you won’t Look, you won’t See.

  73. akmofo April 17, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    John Stossel interviews Jordan Peterson on Finding Meaning
    youtu.be/BIVec7zOCEU

    • K-Dog April 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      My ONLY objection to Peterson is sometimes you need a Canook-English dictionary to get the message right.

      Not Marxism man, Neo-Marxism. There is a big difference.

  74. San Jose April 17, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    If you gave Comey an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox.

    Jen in San Jose

    • volodya April 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      That’s the funniest thing I heard in a long time.

      Comey sets the standard for obstruction of justice. The fact that he’s walking around free is a measure of the American system of dispensing “justice”. He covered it in dis-honor (and the FBI in disrepute) and if there’s any consolation to come out of this debacle, he did his part to dig its grave.

  75. Elrond Hubbard April 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music for ‘Damn.’

    usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/04/16/kendrick-lamar-wins-pulitzer-prize-music-damn/521381002/

    “Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer prize for music Monday for Damn., also a Grammy winner this year.

    “In awarding the prestigious prize, the Pulitzer committee cited the album as ‘a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.’

    “Lamar is the first rapper to win a Pulitzer, and Damn. is the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award.

    “In a review of the album last year, USA TODAY’s Maeve McDermott wrote:

    “‘Encompassing 14 tracks and 55 minutes, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is not an album that can be categorized on its first listen.

    “‘But, thankfully for fans, Lamar’s fourth studio album…is worth the time it takes to unpack. DAMN. ditches the rap-opera construction of Lamar’s 2012 album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and the politically urgent jazz of 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly, seeing the rapper meditate on relationships with his family, community and newfound fame.

    “‘Lamar isn’t pulling political punches, singling out Fox News and President Trump as his targets. But the album is most interesting when Lamar is grappling with the repercussions of success.’

    Damn. won the best rap album at the Grammy awards in January.

    Moving the culture forward, one prize at a time. Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar.

    • tucsonspur April 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

      The artistry is inimitable. One of the Greats. To illustrate, a few lines from “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”. Thanks for the provoc–I mean revelation.

      You ain’t heard the Coast like this in a long time
      Don’t you see that long line
      And they waiting on Kendrick like the first and the fifteenth
      Threes in the air I can see you are – in sync
      Hide your feelings, hide your feelings now what you better do
      I’ll take your girlfriend and put that pussy on a pedestal
      Bitch don’t kill my vibe
      Bitch don’t kill my vibe
      Walk out the door and they scream it’s alive
      My New Year’s resolution is to stop all the pollution
      Talk too motherfucking much, I got my drink I got my music
      I say, bitch don’t kill my vibe
      Bitch don’t kill my vibe
      Bitch don’t kill my vibe
      Bitch don’t kill my vibe

      Aye, K-Dot, get in the car, nigga!
      Come on, we finna roll out!
      Nigga, I got a pack of blacks and a beat CD
      Get your freestyles ready!

      • pequiste April 17, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

        Diddy and Kanye are green with envy. Jealous also is the ghost of Tupac.

        youtube.com/watch?v=oDJ26_UkJq8

        Mebbe with the aforementioned “musical” Rap masterpiece, a deserving Tupac Shakur can be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences?

        After all, Barry Hussein (Soetoro) Obama received The Nobel Peace Prize for all the right reasons too.

        • tucsonspur April 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

          Really, I actually see lots of blacks swinging through the trees in a rhythmic, stoned, jungle fun fest. “Rappin’ in the Jungle”.

          If only it were that harmless.

          But the old one was OK.

          youtube.com/watch?v=NbXqqrGr2Dw

      • pequiste April 17, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

        Diddy and Kanye are green with envy. Jealous also is the ghost of Tupac.

        youtube.com/watch?v=oDJ26_UkJq8

        Mebbe with the aforementioned “musical” Rap masterpiece, a deserving Tupac Shakur can be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences?

        After all, Barry Hussein (Soetoro) Obama received The Nobel Peace Prize for all the right reasons too.

      • BackRowHeckler April 17, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

        Wow!

        what verse!

        TS Eliot, Hart Crane, Charles Olson, John Barrymore, and Kendrick Lamar, great American poets!

        every time there’s a hip hop event around here there’s about 6 people shot or stabbed. The mayhem is breathtaking.

        In any event none have been scheduled since the bloodshed in Wallingford one summer night a few years ago when some dead bodies turned up in the parking lot after the show was over..

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy April 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

          One sign read, “Coffee is black.”

          One rapper waxed rhapsodic about blackness, “When you close your eyes, it’s black.”

          • BackRowHeckler April 17, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

            Hip Hop … the language of hatred, ignorance and brutality.

            brh

          • elysianfield April 18, 2018 at 11:22 am #

            “Black”

            Janos,
            As it is, I expect, when you have your head up your ass?

      • elysianfield April 18, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        “Bitch don’t kill my vibe”

        Komaraden Finc

        …Yes, we too have our poets….

    • elysianfield April 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      Elrond,
      Found a quote by Dean Acheson that you might like;

      … there’s a big difference between being moral and moralizing. Being moral is about changing the way you act and actually helping others. It requires humility and tolerance because it arises from an awareness of one’s own moral failings.

      Moralizing, by contrast, is about changing the way other people act—by force if necessary. Moralizing breeds intolerance and even tyranny because it springs from a belief that, like the pious Canadians, not only do you know the truth but you also have a solemn duty to impose it on others.

      • Elrond Hubbard April 19, 2018 at 12:04 am #

        elysianfield, there is so much bloviation, ranting and posturing in this comments section that your gentle reproof feels as refreshing as a cool breeze. On the other hand, you’ll forgive me for observing that you seem at least as likely to express approval, and even join in, when others express the very rankest of opinions, as you are to reprove me for expressing ones you happen to dislike. It’s as if you’re more bothered by my holding out against the CFN consensus than the actual content of what I have to say.

        Dude, this is a website. No one can force anyone to do anything. All any of us can do is run our mouths. I posted an article, about a real thing, that happened. If you felt you were being moralized at, then clearly you recognized that the world is entirely prepared to move on without you. I imagine that hurts, which may be why you find it useful to paint me as an empty poseur with no skin in the game. How short memories can be:

        kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/thirteen-russians-ands-ham-sandwich/#comment-339366

        Remember, my friend, I volunteered money out of pocket purely as an incentive for you to grapple seriously with an issue of which I (in my opinion) found you unduly dismissive. If you think that’s imposing on you, then you just don’t get how freedom works.

        • elysianfield April 19, 2018 at 10:35 am #

          Elrond,
          The comment was not offered as a reproof, but rather an interesting comment about the difference between morals and moralizing…mentioning Canadians (for whatever reason…there was no context I found regarding the comment by Acheson) was just a plus, and was hence directed at our most oft represented Canadian on the site.

          I do not begrudge your comments any more than I do…Janet’s. We can agree to disagree, and will probably always do so regarding our differences…However…consider that the post in question is similar to the conversation you have with friends (assuming Canadians have friends) at a bar…a friendly “thrust and parry”, similar to our own dusky brothers’ game of “dozens”….

          No offense meant…no rancor expected.

  76. tucsonspur April 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Anybody see this guy? 100K Reward.

    Is William Dafoe worried?

    Stormy continues her attack with a formidable protuberance.

    Here’s the sketch:

    yahoo.com/news/stormy-daniels-reveals-sketch-man-153218274.html

    • janet April 17, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

      When they catch him and he confesses that Trump sent him to threaten Stormy into silence, it’s game over for Trump. Trump’s threat obviously failed. Stormy will not remain silent. Man can’t handle his women.

      • BackRowHeckler April 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

        She’s stripping in a ‘Gentlman’s Club’ in Bolton, CT this weekend.

      • tucsonspur April 17, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

        She’s real brave with her power now. Isn’t she wonderful, this slut who suckles the suckers with momentous melons.

        The undeniable, insidious, Power of Pussy. The POTUS now fighting its grip, its Grand Grasp. Stormy puts the BIG SQUEEZE on the POTUS.

        • tucsonspur April 18, 2018 at 2:46 am #

          mountainous, magnificent, monumental, mesmerizing?

  77. GreenAlba April 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    outsider

    Left you an update up top – don’t know if you’ve been back up there (under our conversation about Treeza, parliament and exec. decisions).

  78. janet April 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

    Trump: 2.06 million jobs created in 2017

    Obama: 2.24 million jobs created in 2016

    • JohnAZ April 17, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

      Net job growth jobs added minus jobs lost

      2016. 1.74 million
      2017. 1.64 million

      Still weighted toward 2016.

      The real problem though was the conversion of manufacturing jobs to service jobs. And the DNP growth rate was 1.8 % and falling at the end of 2016. Those manufacturing job losses were in the Rust Belt and guess who elected Trump.

      For you Dems, quit worrying about Dump Trump and come up with some ideas on how to get those jobs back from overseas and from automation. You can beat Trump heads up if you give hope of job security back to the people.

      You get a neocon into office and you will remember Trump with fondness.

  79. FincaInTheMountains April 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

    End of the Era

    The 20-year era of international terrorism and lawlessness that began in March 1999 with the bombing of Serbia, evolved into the bombing of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, pro-Islamic upheavals in Kosovo, Chechnya, and Egypt and other countries has come to an end with inglorious missile attack by the United States and its accomplices on Syria on Friday the 13, 2018.

    The Era when any lying article in New York Times or Washington Post, any fake-news story aired on CNN or BBC was reason enough to bypass the international law and norms of civilized society to start “humanitarian” bombings of whatever country was pronounced a culprit.

    Russia is back and is ready to fulfill its Historical Mission – being a Restraining Power, a Biblical Katechon that stands in a way of creating the Hell On Earth.

  80. Janos Skorenzy April 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    freedomoutpost.com/founder-of-one-of-the-largest-childrens-charities-in-the-world-arrested-for-pedop…

    Ever does Evil put forward a fair face. But not all that glitters is gold. And not all the doesn’t, isn’t.

  81. Pucker April 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    What does the phrase “Jumped the Shark” mean?

    ““All this raises the question: when will reasonable people in the USA — if there are any left — begin to see the Russia-meddling-in-our-election story as a botched attempt to cook up a giant distraction from America’s own…”
    No. It raises the question: when will reasonable people awaiting a reaction from reasonable people begin to see that there are no levers left.
    None.
    Powerless, voiceless, and helpless.
    Besides, there is no dignity in it. Any of it.
    The toothpaste is out of the tube.
    Murica – its institutions, its media, its politics – all jumped the shark.
    Nothing but a mess left, and a mess not worth cleaning up, and we all sense it. Not worth being fixed”

    • JohnAZ April 17, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

      Like Reagan, Trump has been trying to breathe optimism into Murica. We are 35 years down the road from the 80’s with a liberal giveaway attitude during those years. As long as this population spends itself into more and more debt, we will continue drifting downward. The government is at the point where they cannot do anything much because of entitlement obligations and interest on the debt. The Feds primary job is defense, and we just put outselves deeper in debt trying to finance the defense department. The death spirals have begun I am afraid. A race ensues, what do we run out of first, money, credit, water or oil. Or all three.

    • tucsonspur April 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

      Great question. Looked it up.

      urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=jump%20the%20shark

  82. janet April 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    Trump: Dow from 19,827.3 to 25,075.1 — an increase of 26 percent.

    Obama: Dow from 7949.1 to 10,572 — a rise of 33 percent.

    In fact, the Dow’s rise was even more impressive under Obama if you start measuring at the market’s low point, on March 9, 2009, during the depths of the Great Recession. That day, the Dow closed at 6,547. Between then and Jan. 5 — a 10-month period — the Dow rose by a stunning 61 percent. That’s more than three times faster than Trump’s rise over the same period in his term.

  83. Tate April 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    Jewish columnist claims Trump is “every Jew’s Uncle Sol” and “a Streicher cartoon without the Jewface.”

    takimag.com/article/donald_trump_the_first_jewish_president_david_cole#axzz5Cyp3vbNW

  84. janet April 17, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    “For you Dems, quit worrying about Dump Trump and come up with some ideas on how to get those jobs back from overseas and from automation.” –John AZ

    If you look at presidents, from Truman to Trump, more jobs have been added under Democratic presidencies. Businesses have added jobs at a nearly 2.5 times faster rate under Democrats than under Republicans, on average.

    aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/aer.20140913

  85. janet April 17, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

    “The government is at the point where they cannot do anything much because of entitlement obligations and interest on the debt.” — John AZ

    Hillary Clinton could have reduced the deficit. She would not have pushed for a $700 Billion defense budget. Her husband balanced the budget. He would have been first husband.

    Q: During the Clinton administration was the federal budget balanced? Was the federal deficit erased?

    A: Yes to both questions, whether you count Social Security or not.

    factcheck.org/2008/02/the-budget-and-deficit-under-clinton/

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 1:16 am #

      Hillary Clinton could have balanced the budget.

      C’mon Janet, what have you been smoking? Obama ran up the debt 10 trillion dollars in eight years. Just the change in interest payments makes balancing the budget impossible. Eighteen more years worth of retirees including the Boomers have expanded the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs into insolvency. The discretionary amount of the Federal budget is such a small percentage that “balancing the budget” by either side is a joke. You know what a balanced budget would do to this country right now. Default city as the economy reacts to the huge decrease in consumer spending. The government spurs spending to keep things going, stop it and things will stop all right. Consumer debt is starting to increase to record amounts again, and the CDO security is starting to rise up again as the mortgage market is loosening up borrowing requirements again. We are heading for another 2008. JHK is right on this blog, things are out of control and there are no solutions. TLE is pending.

      A Democrat wanting to balance the budget? Ha! The only reason Clinton did it was the Republican Contract with America landslide in 1996, and Newt Gingrich forced his hand on welfare reform

  86. janet April 17, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    Want more jobs? Elect a liberal Democrat. The US economy has performed better when the president of the United States is a Democrat rather than a Republican, almost regardless of how one measures performance. For many measures, including real GDP growth (our focus), the performance gap is large and significant.

    aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/aer.20140913

  87. Pucker April 17, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    I guess that from the perspective of the International Law Principle of Appropriate Proportionate Force Response that Putin should now respond to the Syria attack by launching over 100 very expensive missiles to blow up an empty trailer park in Arkansas?

    • janet April 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

      But he has to give us six days notice first:

      “Get ready America, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart’!”

      • FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 9:25 am #

        US missiles were taken down by decades-old systems, including Neva surface-to-air missiles that were designed in the 1950s.

        Specifying the age of the systems appeared to be a slap at President Donald Trump who had boasted on Twitter that missiles used against Syria would “nice, new and smart.”

        apnews.com/ac97b58d1ba64f05ad34fcc254c3f28f

  88. Pucker April 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    I wonder if the Saudi’s offered to give some US corporations and US politicians a bunch of money to launch the missiles? And the Americans figured: “Oh, What-the-Fuck, the money’s too good to pass up!”

  89. janet April 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

    TRUMP AND KUDLOW LIE AND INSULT NIKKI HALEY

    A consensus emerged Tuesday at the White House and Mar-a-Lago about how to clean up the administration’s suddenly muddled plans to crack down on Russia: Blame Nikki Haley.

    “She’s done a great job, she’s a very effective ambassador. There might have been some momentary confusion about that.” –National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow

    Haley struck back with a stunning statement later in the day that opened a new rift in the administration and raised questions about the White House’s explanation of her comments.

    “With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” she said in a statement.

  90. BackRowHeckler April 17, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

    Forget about knifings, London has knifings aplenty. Every city in the world where firearms are banned have kifings. No, where London stands out is in ‘Acid Attacks’ hundreds of them each year. That’s where you get a cup of sulfuric acid thrown in your face.

    The damage is immeasurable.

    brh

  91. BackRowHeckler April 18, 2018 at 12:20 am #

    This ‘Acid in the Face’ business seems to have been imported from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where it is a custom, one of many foreign customs England has brought inside its borders in the past 5 decades to promote cultural enrichment and diversity.

    brh

    • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 7:05 am #

      brh

      I do get tired of responding to your prejudiced assumptions, but here we go again…

      Acid attacks are horrific. As you say, the damage is immeasurable. However, there is a concerted effort on the part of the alt-right (nothing new under the sun…) to twist the story to fit their usual narrative.

      So here are some actual statistics relating to the perpetrators, victims and the history of acid attacks, which have been with us since Victorian times (when the face of London was almost entirely white) but have unfortunately experienced a resurgence in the days of copy-cat crime, mopeds and Deliveroo.

      bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/5d38c003-c54a-4513-a369-f9eae0d52f91

      “Everything you know about acid attacks is wrong”

      “The findings include:

      “The suspect was male 74% of the time and victim was male 67% of the time
      *Just 6% of suspects were Asian*
      Only one so-called ‘honour’ attack was recorded in 15 years
      Four out of five violent offences never reached trial.”

      ““There has been a fairly relentless rise in the number of alt-right sites and blogs linking acid attacks to Muslim, Asians and migrants, and this has clearly gained some traction,“

      “Type “Asian acid attacks” into Twitter and there are hundreds of people conflating acid attacks with London’s Asian population.

      “In reality, just 6% of all suspects in London over the last 15 years were Asian.”

      ““We’ve had acid throwing in this country for over 200 years, and there’s been a new development of it,” said Dr Harding. “But it’s not new and it’s not imported.”

      *********

      Not that it will make the slightest difference to your prejudices (that is the very definition of prejudice) but it might make a difference to someone else’s.

      • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

        Wait a minute, Green alba …

        you’re sayin in Jolly old England it was common practice, on the streets of London, for white Englishmen to throw sulfuric acid into the faces of fellow white Englishmen, for the past 200 years?

        And its not a cherished custom in Dhaka, imported into Britain to promote diversity, cultural enrichment and internationalism?

        that’s pretty hard for me to believe.

        brh

        • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 5:40 am #

          brh

          I’m just saying that people chucking acid on other people is not new (and no, Victorian acid attacks were not something I knew anything about either, but I’m open to new knowledge. It wasn’t all Jack the Ripper in Jolly old Victorian England, apparently).

          There have always been evil people. Or maybe I should just say people have always been susceptible to evil (hence ‘ordinary’ people succumbing to Nazi evil in Germany). I haven’t looked into it in any depth – nor do I have time to – but I suspect that once sulphuric or other acids were easily available for domestic purposes they were maybe easier to get hold of than guns, and cheaper. And they don’t have the disadvantage of knives in that you don’t have blood all over you as a giveaway.

          (You’re right, BTW, that where there are fewer guns there will probably be more stabbings, but there won’t be more violence overall.)

          People who have evil on their mind will find their own way of perpetrating that evil. The practice of throwing acid in India, for instance, is a different thing – it’s primarily misogynistic. From what I understand it is mainly men throwing acid on women who have rejected them, in the hope that they won’t find another man. I saw an instance where a forty-year-old man wanted to marry an eight-year-old girl. Her parents naturally refused and he had acid thrown over the little girl, who spent the rest of her life living in a community of women helping other victims of acid attacks to live their lives. As you can imagine, a misogynistic society is already not the best one to be in if you’ve had your face ruined.

          Anyway, I digress (slightly). Over here the problem is not the same. I don’t know if it was men, women or both who were victims of acid attacks in Victorian London. But here and now it’s about the ease with which you can throw acid over someone and completely debilitate them in seconds in order to steal their moped and their money. And there are a lot of mopeds and scooters around because of the unfortunate turn our economy has taken, i.e. people who could do much more being reduced to delivering meals to people who can’t be arsed making their own or even to walk down to the takeaway themselves.

          Also, social media has pernicious effects in these matters, as it leads to copy-cat crimes (and other incidents – even suicides are contagious). So once acid attacks become a thing again, every minor local psychopath wants in on the game.

          So, no, I’m not saying that acid throwing has always been a big thing – it certainly never impinged on my reality at any time in my life – but it has always existed in the way that a wide variety of means of damaging one’s fellow humans has always existed. Just now, it’s become a bit of a fad among the nasty elements of the underbelly, but that has nothing whatever to do with Bangladesh. People get shot here too, but we don’t say it’s ‘imported from America’

          • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 11:14 am #

            I should also say there was a recent incident of a young woman throwing acid on another young woman – something to do with her boyfriend, if I remember it correctly. So it’s not always young men, although mostly it is.

          • Tate April 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

            The practice of throwing acid in India, for instance, is a different thing – it’s primarily misogynistic. From what I understand it is mainly men throwing acid on women who have rejected them, in the hope that they won’t find another man. I saw an instance where a forty-year-old man wanted to marry an eight-year-old girl. Her parents naturally refused and he had acid thrown over the little girl

            Says all you need to know about the muzzies, eh? Anywhere in the West, a forty-year-old man asking for the hand in marriage of an eight-year-old girl would be promptly arrested, or worse. At least, that’s how it used to be. Now, rape has become a misdemeanor offense in some locales because of the influx of the vibrant enrichers.

          • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

            Tate

            You do know that most Indians aren’t Muslim, don’t you?

            Leaving that little er… mistake aside, do you think we centre-lefties approve of child marriage? Or maybe that all those Indians who work in the business I work for (mostly in the Oxford office in IT) approve of child marriage?

            If x number of men in America commit rapes, does that make ‘American men’ rapists? I mentioned one incidence because it was one incidence of many (none of the others involving children) which were included in the documentary I watched on acid attacks on Indian women. The child concerned is now in her 40s.

          • Tate April 19, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

            14% are Muslim. Hindu, Muslim, what’s the diff? It’s the deeper under-layer of culture that’s important here.

  92. janet April 18, 2018 at 12:27 am #

    “East Asians have it, more than we do in fact on average.” –janos

    Yeah, Chinese scientists have just cracked fusion energy with mucho energy and no waste.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 1:21 am #

      The Chinese have run their reactor at temp for 102 seconds. The estimates are that they might get a sustaining reaction in 50 years. The Germans are starting one now that might be sustaining but they are just starting the technology. We better hurry if the Peak Oil predictions are accurate. Maybe we can start hunting whales again. That is a joke! I will not see fusion in my lifetime.

    • cbeard April 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

      “Yeah, Chinese scientists have just cracked fusion energy with mucho energy and no waste” That would be the biggest news since the birth of Christ. Why Haven’t I heard about it.

      • cbeard April 19, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

        I no longer read anything posted by janet. I’ll now add GreenAlba to that list.

        • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

          I’m sure Janet will be flattered to learn she’s a *list* 🙂 .

  93. janet April 18, 2018 at 1:12 am #

    “Stormy continues her attack with a formidable protuberance.” –tucsonspur

    Her attack is intelligent, brave, and persistent. She is out-maneuvering Trump at using the media to her advantage.

    While any woman who dares express an opinion online can expect sexualized insults and threats from anonymous boy men, Trump cultists seem especially exercised that this particular woman, given her particular profession, has dared embarrass the Dear Leader. “Prostitute, “whore” and “slut” are among their few printable epithets.

    Not that she seems to be losing any sleep.

    “Prostitutes will do anything for money,” tweeted one individual.

    “Bull—-!” shot Daniels. “NO amount of money can convince me to do dishes or toilets.”

    By USA Today’s count, nearly a score of women are accusing Trump of sexual misbehavior. But Daniels has managed to get under Team Trump’s skin as none of them have.

    His defenders struggle to explain why one of his lawyers paid her $130,000 to keep quiet if, as he says, the encounter never happened. For that matter, why are they talking about a $20 million lawsuit? Why does her lawyer say she’s been physically threatened?

    Obviously, this woman terrifies them.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 1:30 am #

      You are right. And why? If he had an affair, so what? I do not understand his fear of her. Even Fox acknowledges that it probably happened.

      Morality is in the eye of the beholder. Is he less morale by being a philanderer than she is by doing sex for money? She makes a living titillating men in porn. Is he less moral than JFK or WJC? Power men with high testosterone levels are a pain in the ass and a bane on the female population. But here we are, would we be better off if Hugh Hefner never started the Playboy culture? Ask a man that is seventy and one who is thirty and you will get a different answer. Wink, wink!

      • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2018 at 3:10 am #

        What’s the big deal?

        How many broads did JFK nail — right inside the White House?

        Everything was cool all around, no hassles! Most likely the reporters of the time were a little miffed because they themselves were not in on the action?

        What’s with the Puritan morality all the sudden? Who the hell is in charge here Cotton Mather?

        brh

      • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 7:22 am #

        “Morality is in the eye of the beholder.”

        And here was I thinking you were among the Christians on this site.

        “Is he less moral by being a philanderer than she is by doing sex for money?”

        Yes. He’s the one who answered that question including ‘…and keep thee only unto her’ in relation to Melania (and the previous two, of course) with an ‘I do’ in front of witnesses. And you’d think by the third time he’d know himself well enough to steer clear if such promises were beyond him. Liars are not moral.

        “She makes a living titillating men in porn.”

        She doesn’t stand behind the fragile creatures forcing them to type anything in their search engine. My dad didn’t use porn and nobody died. If they don’t want to be titillated they can watch a history programme instead or do something nice for/with their wife.

        “Ask a man that is seventy and one who is thirty and you will get a different answer.”

        Sadly it won’t be that different. Pornhub has the statistics to prove it. Seventy-year olds are only a tiny bit less interested in naked teenagers than 30-year olds. As many on this site would probably have to attest.

        • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 11:39 am #

          Morality is always in the eye of the beholder. No, as a Christian, I do not have the ability to judge any one else. Jesus said that! The judgemental opinions on this blog at times are an affront to his teaching that people better worry about the log in their eye before worrying about the splinters in others.

          It is her choice to be what she chooses to be. I disagree with his one night stand philosophy but also with her vocation. But that is me, society as a whole does not condemn either one of them and that IS a problem.

          It is a biological fact that testosterone declines and libido with it. You women do not have a clue about the feelings and desires of men. Maybe if you did, this conflict between the sexes that has exploded would abate a little. And I would say the same in the reverse order.

          • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

            I’m no more enamoured with her choices and his than you are, JohnAZ. ‘Judgement’ is a difficult word (and I’m aware of what JC said).

            Every time anyone on here says Hillary’s a reprobate or Comey’s a liar, they’re judging. I’m not sure how we discuss political – or any other kind of behaviour – without judging. I’m not sure if ‘Hillary’s a reprobate and Comey’s a liar but we won’t ‘judge’ them till we’ve walked a mile in their shoes’ takes us very far.

            As for what women don’t have a clue about, I think the explosion of wall-to-wall pornography over the last 20 years has given women a pretty good idea. And the detailed list of tastes is right here:

            pornhub.com/insights/2017-year-in-review

          • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

            In other words, nobody can judge anybody else. Thus everything would turn into absolute chaos, as indeed it is doing. That’s about the craziest interpretation of Christianity yet.

            He founded a Church which was the basis of a Culture. Lots of Judgment needed and provided. How is “Love your enemy as yourself” interpreted as we have no enemies? Or “Judge not lest you be judged” – as an injunction not to judge? Sometimes judgment is needed, but you have to be in the right to do so. Nor is it the same as ultimate condemnation to hell – the prerogative of God alone.

            Christ forgave the adulteress, but said “Go and sin no more” – a judgment that she had been sinning.

    • tucsonspur April 18, 2018 at 3:34 am #

      “Sexual misbehavior”? Like Cosby? Please. With Trump they willingly gave up the honey and played for the money.

      All nasty business. A ho goin’ low. A mutual agreement to have sex, then the blackmail what, ten or more years later? What better moment to arrive and connive. Goin’ so low and aimin’ so high.

      Trump’s behavior certainly wasn’t noble, but hers is far, far worse.
      Sad that you defend her. Practicing “feminism” are you?

    • Tate April 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      “Prostitutes will do anything for money,” tweeted one individual.

      “Bull—-!” shot Daniels. “NO amount of money can convince me to do dishes or toilets.”

      That’s eye-opening. First, she’s not denying she’s a prostitute. Second, she’s implying that doing dishes or toilets is a moral issue, and that such honest work is beneath her. This is typical skank morality in our depraved times.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

        Yes, she is scum and the Establishment are treating her like a high born lady and would be saint. Anderson was deferential, asking if she was “attracted” to Trump – as if they were dating or something and she wasn’t a whore.

  94. janet April 18, 2018 at 3:51 am #

    “What’s the big deal? How many broads did JFK nail — right inside the White House?” –brh

    Did JFK commit adultery right after his wife gave birth?

    Did JFK ever call woman fat in a public debate?

    Did JFK ever call woman a pig in a public debate?

    Did JFK ever call woman a slob in a public debate?

    Did JFK ever call woman “disgusting animal” in a public debate?

    Did JFK ever do it with a porn star, then deny it?

    Did JFK require a non-disclosure agreement to silence the women?

    Did JFK pay $130,000 for silence, violating FEC laws?

    Did JFK ever send someone to give a death threat to a woman?

    Did JFK ever have two prostitutes at a time?

    Did JFK ever have the prostitutes do golden showers for him?

    Did JFK ever engage in sexual assault by “grabbing them by the pussy”?

    Did JFK ever lear incestuously or lasciviously at his daughter, or say she was hot?

    Did JFK ever state publicly that he wanted to date his daughter?

    Did JFK ever say publicly it was OK to refer to his daughter as “a piece of ass”?

    Did JFK ever have non-consensual sex with an underage teen, thereby committing statutory rape?

    Did JFK ever have to do what a foreign head of state dictated to avoid release of a pee tape with prostitutes?

    Did JFK ever publicly endorse Democratic candidates who were publicly known sexual predators preying upon underage girls?

    Did JFK ever publicly praise someone after they had to resign for wife battering, without mentioning why they had to resign?

    Did JFK ever refuse, when asked, to publicly condemn men who beat their wives?

    Did JFK ever, in a public debate, refer to a woman journalist as “bleeding from her wherever”?

    brh, the big deal is we have never had a president as misogynistic, as immoral, or a president who has publicly admitted to sexual assault of women, like the current president. Even if JFK did any of the above, does that make it OK for Trump to do the same? Or would that be too Cotton Matherish?

    Do you have any values at all when it comes to women, your wife, your daughter? Did you ever refer to your daughter as “a piece of ass”?

    • BackRowHeckler April 18, 2018 at 3:56 am #

      Really?

      how about Warren Harding?

      He had quite a rep for geting a little on the side himself.

      brh

      • San Jose April 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

        BackRowHeckler:

        I read a biography about Warren and Florence Harding. He was a horrible man.

        Jen in San Jose

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      No.1. You do not have a clue what JFK did in his lifetime, only what was reported by a much more responsible press than today.

      No.2. You do not have a clue about what Trump has done in his lifetime, only what has been fake news by a highly unreliable press.

      No. 3. I notice you did not mention Clinton who among the three is the only one accused of rape,

      Stormy has no respect in this matter since she, like so many like her, was there voluntarily, for the bucks and when his ardor died down and he left the scene, she vowed to get her revenge. Then someone came and offered a lot of money to try to nail Trump when he became President. What Trump did is between him and his family.

    • Cavepainter April 18, 2018 at 11:43 am #

      Please Janet, for the sake of continued meaningful address on this site of pressing social issues, reconcile yourself to the biological fact of innate tension between the distinctly different agenda of male and female

      No Utopian “ism” can trump nature on that point, which is why all societies build up from that foundational grasp, intuitively expressed in gender role models through ritual, gender exclusive orders and consensual peer pressure.

      History has demonstrated that societal death or survival hinges on which of the two agendas is given appropriate preeminence (call it patriarchic or matriarchic) in response to external or internal pressures — calling to mind “enemies from without or within”.

      This too is why that minority of people who’ve been unable during puberty to reconcile with one agenda or the other remain seriously conflicted within themselves (calls to mind all the familiar stereotypes, yes?). The pathological behavior of that minority’s internal conflict is now politicized to be accepted as the “normative” model.

      So, addressing the mis-behavior predisposed in individuals of either sex; get over it, its just a distracting side show from what’s important.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

        Yes, and which agenda is more successful? The only thing that saves the Bonobos from the wrath of the Chimps is the Congo river which separates them. Thus the Bonobo Matriarchs are free to abuse their Males, either in packs of furry harpies or sending their thug sons to gang up on any who don’t tow the line.

        And young feminists are taught that Bonobos are peaceful! The Lesbian elite know better and revel in their desire for revenge against the Patriarchal Order.

  95. FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 6:12 am #

    Love Never Dies?

    Syrian chemical attacks were Andrew Lloyd Webber stage production, claims Russia.

    Of all the Western powers, the British have the necessary theatrical expertise to make it look like a chemical attack. Besides, I’ve seen that kid before in Grange Hill.

    Eagled-eyed aficionados in the pay of Vladimir Putin have been poring over hours of footage hoping to catch a glimpse of either Michael Crawford or Sarah Brightman.

    Suspicions were first raised in Moscow after footage apparently showed a Syrian infant bursting into song shortly after coughing up one of its lungs.

    newsthump.com/2018/04/14/syrian-chemical-attacks-were-andrew-lloyd-webber-stage-production-claims-ru…

    • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 6:54 am #

      Finca

      I prefer to be a genuine sceptic, which is why I’ve said repeatedly that I wait for definitive evidence, whether it relates to the Skripal case or the alleged chemical attack in Syria.

      That’s why I’ve already posted these links (one from as mainstream a source as our Channel 4 News) questioning the validity of the gas attack thesis:

      channel4.com/news/labour-mp-chris-williamson-no-irrefutable-evidence-of-douma-gas-attack

      …an interview based on this article:

      independent.co.uk/voices/syria-chemical-attack-gas-douma-robert-fisk-ghouta-damascus-a8307726.html

      But I’m also posting this one, which suggests medics in the area are being threatened by the Syrian regime if they speak out:

      theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/17/syria-crisis-medics-intimidated-over-douma-gas-attack

      And I’m still entitled to ask why the Syrian authorities have only just let the international forensic teams in now, after keeping them out of the area for days, allegedly because of safety fears, while pro-Russian reporters were let in earlier, seemingly without any such fears being expressed.

      So, I’m no further forward, which seems to me still to be the sensible position, rather than just jumping in with whichever side your instincts or prejudices incline you towards.

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 11:46 am #

        Three country’s intelligence agencies reported that the gas was there. They convinced a skeptical Theresa May that the gas was there. The Syria Russians are now blocking access to Duomo to the UN inspectors. I would probably believe the folks that advocated knocking out as much of the gas development capability without hitting Russian assets.

        • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

          Thanks John. But I’m also being told that intelligence agencies are mostly liars (ours have certainly not covered themselves in glory over WMD). I’m close to giving up altogether and tending my spuds (metaphorically, sadly).

          And now I *think* but am not entirely sure, that I’m being accused of being a ‘plant’, which would be hilarious were it not so depressing, this blog being my very first outing into online discussions beyond the Comments section of the Graun.

          • Tate April 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

            FWIW, GA, I don’t think you’re a plant. I prefer to think you’re one of those deluded bien pensants who pore over the Graun with their reading glasses.

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

            It is sad. You cannot have your own opinion without someone attacking your motives. Enjoy reading your side of it especially with its British slant.

          • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

            Tate

            I wouldn’t have expected any better of you. You are who you are. I read less of the Graun these days than I do on this site, as I’ve found it interesting to read alternative perpectives, unlike yourself. And I don’t read newspapers so that they can form my opinions anyway.

            If you bothered to read the comments under Graun articles you’d find people don’t actually all think the same. You even get rightwing Americans on there, believe it or not. Yea, even Trumpsters.

            We’re possibly much the same age, but light years apart in terms of open-mindedness.

            *****

            John

            Thank you. I’m a latecomer to writing on a blog rather than just reading it so I wouldn’t even know from someone’s posts whether they’re just saying something different (and I fail to see the point of a complete echo chamber) or whether they’re a plant/troll whatever…

          • Tate April 18, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

            Notice I didn’t attack your motives, GA. I believe you’re sincere.

            We’re possibly much the same age, but light years apart in terms of open-mindedness.

            Yep, possibly about the same age. I’ve had much more time the last few years since retiring from work to pursue investigations of alternative POVs to the point where I sometimes cannot believe how far my politics are from where I was pre- ~2013. Despite the canard that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” I kinda suspect I’m not the 1st geriatric this has happened to, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.

            Hail Victory to the prune boon!

          • Tate April 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

            Just to further clarify, being “open-minded” doesn’t mean one’s mind will invariably move to the progressive left.

          • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

            “Just to further clarify, being “open-minded” doesn’t mean one’s mind will invariably move to the progressive left.”

            It doesn’t mean it will move at all – it just means what it says, that your mind is open to listening to and thinking about other opinions.

          • Tate April 18, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            You suggested that you were open-minded while deplorable me was on the other end of the spectrum. When I challenged you on that by revealing that my opinions have been in flux only recently, you immediately deflect with your bird-dogging routine about the meaning of open-mindedness. Don’t try to snow me Green, I know that game. I’m seriously beginning to doubt my original contention about your motives. That shuffle is part of a pretty sophisticated skill set.

            Just because my opinions are not those on your approved list doesn’t make me close-minded.

          • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 6:10 am #

            Tate

            I’m not sure what you mean. I was agreeing with you that being open minded doesn’t inevitably mean moving to the ‘progressive left’. I merely added that it doesn’t necessarily even mean changing your mind at all (although it probably would on some things). Being open to ideas is just being open to ideas. You can think about them and conclude your original point of view is still the one you hold.

            And I don’t go along with the ‘deplorable’ tag, as you’d have seen from a small number of my posts mentioning the word.

            I merely meant that I can happily read the Graun and read this website whereas I presumed you wouldn’t spend much time on e.g. the Graun. I’m perfectly happy to accept that I’m wrong on that one if you say so. And the Graun publishes articles on the same topics, by different people, that entirely disagree with one another.

            I read articles elsewhere as well. In just this week I’ve put Craig Murray right up on my select bookmarks bar, as well as bookmarking Eva Bartlett (K-Dog’s tip) AND adding The Devil’s Chessboard and Family of Secrets to my Kindle. Don’t know when I’ll manage to read them but the tips came from here.

            I don’t have any ‘motives’ or any particular skill set. I came on this website many years ago because of Peak Oil and Long Emergency reading. I didn’t expect it to turn so right wing. I just say what I think, knowing it has no effect on anyone, but if someone says, for example, that Brexit signifies this or that, I’m entitled to put in my tuppence-worth to point out that their conclusions are a bit naive and there are other motives afoot on the part of the Brexit leaders. For instance.

            And when someone accuses me of being a ‘plant’ because I write a post pointing out two contradictory links on the same incident, on which we as yet have no irrefutable evidence, I have to wonder what we are actually coming to and what kind of mentality pertains on this website. The ‘voice of reason’ must be a plant. Really?

            And now I’ll pop over to Google to fine out what to ‘snow’ me means 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 6:15 am #

            *find*

            Just found out. Still confused.

          • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 7:14 am #

            “When I challenged you on that by revealing that my opinions have been in flux only recently, you immediately deflect with your bird-dogging routine about the meaning of open-mindedness”

            Sorry, didn’t mean to ignore that bit in my previous reply. I take your point that you have changed your mind on things.

            And now I’ll have to look up ‘bird-dogging’ as well 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 7:32 am #

            It occurs to me too that if we accept the concept of ‘deluded bien-pensant’, then we should, in fairness, accept the concept of ‘deluded mal-pensant’ as well 🙂 .

            Have now checked out ‘bird-dogging’ which seems to be north-American. An example might be feeling the obsessive need to jump on someone’s posts to call them out on ‘signalling’ when all they’re doing is telling you what they think, what they honestly do, and how things aren’t necessarily the same in their little neck of the woods.

            I *really* am probably considerably less oil-dependent than you on a personal basis, but I inevitably share my part of the oil use that goes into societal infrastructure: manufacture and delivery of ‘stuff’; buses; diesel for not-yet-electrified train lines; food production; medicine etc. We can only do what we can do – but there’s always something we can do (or, just as often, not do).

            So, calling my admittedly fairly insignificant attempts to limit the impact of my very unremarkable self on the world ‘signalling’ might be said to come under the ‘mal-pensant’ category.

          • Tate April 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

            Dang it! I meant to write ‘sharp-shooting’, not ‘bird-dogging’.

            I’ll spare you the research. It means to split hairs or to quibble over irrelevancies with the purpose of blunting the force of an opponent’s argument.

            To me, ‘to snow’ is to fool or deceive someone. I can see why you were confused, judging by the internet sources.

            ‘Mal-pensant’. I like it, in the spirit of Owning the Insult, I will use it going forward to describe myself.

          • GreenAlba April 19, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

            There are lots of things I don’t know, Tate, but I never attempt to deceive.

          • Tate April 19, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

            My apologies.

        • FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

          Apparently, you were born yesterday.

          Happy birthday, John!

          • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

            Thanks!

            If you are right about the falseness of the intelligence community and the apparent collusion across the three countries then we are screwed. And IMHO, you may be absolutely correct. See also, New World Order.

  96. FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    Russians are the White Knights

    youtube.com/watch?v=xxP9VdjPArk

    In this video, Alex Jones expresses his disappointment with Trump in connection with the bombing of Syria. He swears terribly and is so upset that at around 0:56 he explains his disappointment that Trump can start a war with the Russians who are the “good guys” and after a few seconds discloses one of the important secrets of the European esoteric teaching, which I call the Western White Project:

    Namely, he calls Russians in Syria “White Knights”, which, contrary to popular belief, have nothing to do with the Templars, but are “Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur”.

    the-white-knights.page.tl/Knights-of-the-Round-Table.htm

    And this image is imprinted in the mentality of every English-speaking person and this is what causes the Americans to rebel against the Western Black Project that a week ago started the war for the dismemberment of Russia.

    And I will later explain how this myth changes the face of the world in front of us.

    The Black Project tries to punish the American people for the fact that the Americans rebelled against a group of esotericists who decided to provoke the World War between Russia and the United States and do not want to participate in the “crusade” campaign against Russia.

    And those in Russia, who rejoice at arising from this American problems, call the misfortune on themselves.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      Find

      The real stupidity of this neo Cold War that is setting up is that a common enemy is out there poking at both sides trying to knock down the two primary centers of nationalism left on earth. Put a couple of facts together. Putin hates Soros et al more than the US, and has banned them from being in Russia. Trump is the US response to Soros et al. Soros will do or finance anything to rid himself of Trump in the US. The Left in the US, Soros’ lackeys, want Trump out, but more significantly, are the pushers of the anti-Russia movement along with the GOP anti-Trumpers.

      I realize that anti-conspiracy folks populate this blog but an awful lot of data points at a central group trying to influence the direction of the world and risking a lot of mayhem in the process.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

        Soros is nobody and his name is nothing.

        Hillary rules the Ball!

        youtube.com/watch?v=IqmG1RH7ZIM

        • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

          Finca

          Interesting. You really think that Hilary has the international networks to do all the globalist BS that is going on. I think she is a first line soldier along with Obama and his minions for the Globalist forces. IMHO.

          People are equating GOP with Davos but I think they are only half of it. Davos is the expression of the globalist elite headed up by Soros, the Rockefeller family and at the top, the Rothschilds. Both parties are involved in the US. Get the people to believe that Dem vs. GOP is the center of American discord as the Deep State sneaks in and takes it all. Divide and conquer seems to work all the time.

          • akmofo April 19, 2018 at 9:43 am #

            Clinton/Bush, and yeah!

  97. ozone April 18, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    Ding Dong —

    • FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 10:30 am #

      Thank you Ozone, for your measured response.

      You should’ve seen the replies I got on the Russian version of it.

  98. wm5135 April 18, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Respectfully to GreenAlba – davidstockmanscontracorner.com/the-deep-state-and-the-big-lie-douma-deposed/

    How can EVERYONE see one person here is a plant and no one seems to notice the Voice of British Reason is a plant?

    Just sayin?

    • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      Apologies for being dim, but are you suggesting I’m in the pay of someone? I’m confused by the ‘respectfully’ but also by the suggestion, if that’s what it is, so can you just clarify?

      • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

        I’m outraged on your behalf. Just because you’re filled with hate doesn’t mean you’re a plant. What the hell is wrong with these people? Hate is natural, powerful, and immensely creative.

        • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

          They say the BBC must be doing something right because the left think it’s biased towards the right and the right think it’s biased towards the left.

          So, slightly similarly, I don’t need to take it personally that you think I’m full of hate while Tate thinks I’m a deluded bien-pensant. Because that clearly means you’re each saying more about yourselves than you are about me.

          Onwards and upwards…

          But hate is destructive. It eats away at the hater. The only thing it ‘creates’ is more hate.

          • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            Proviso before anyone else points it out, I don’t accept the right/left dichotomy as a guide to everything (or anything much) but it has a marginal usefulness in some situations.

    • GreenAlba April 18, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      I’m also not clear in what way your Stockman article says anything different from the one I posted myself (Robert Fisk).

      But mostly I’m interested to know if you’re really suggesting someone’s paying me to comment here. Given that’s what you *seem* to be suggesting, unless I’m just being over-sensitive, it would be nice if you could confirm.

      Thanks.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

        Ozone’s been accusing me for years – as if HE isn’t a world class hater!

    • Tate April 18, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

      wm5135,

      Just curious, but who is this other poster you hint is a plant besides the ‘Voice of British Reason’?

      (I’d put my money on ‘janet’ but what do I know?)

  99. volodya April 18, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    WalterB, someone said that politics is show-biz for ugly people. Politics is acting and acting is pretending.

    Republicans like Paul Ryan pretended to be patriotic Americans. They were good actors, I would say better than their Democrat opposites. They were all about fiscal probity and liberty and prosperity and God and piety and guns. And for a long time they had a lot of people fooled. Ryan especially was world-class.

    Ryan could with an unblinking gaze talk about entitlement “reform”. He was rock steady, every word sounded like it came from the depths of his soul. But not all Republicans were like Ryan, for example, Eric Cantor and John Boner couldn’t keep a straight face.

    But you’re right, play-acting does work, you can convince people for a while especially if there’s a willing suspension of disbelief.

    But the decades pass and reality asserts itself. The Republican Party was nothing but shills for the Davos Class. And the policies they espoused led to the demolition of wide areas of the US and its economy which ruined the lives of tens of millions of Americans. And in so doing it elicited a survival response from those people the Republicans hurt.

    And this survival response was not just one thing. You can point to the formation of militia groups all over the landscape as one manifestation, the election of Trump, who promised he’d have the backs of the American working class, as another. And even the insurgency of Bernie’s candidacy.

    But these survival responses in turn elicited reactions from the Deep State. Does anyone really think that wide-spread government surveillance has got anything to do with tracking Muslim terrorists? It does not and the occasional terror attack by a Muslim works marvelously well as justification for the surveillance.

    The Deep State is keeping an eye on you and me. They even have trolls on sites like this to obstruct and divert and move unwelcome comments up the discussion thread where they’re out of sight.

    Notwithstanding all this, good liars can create fake realities and temporarily divert people from the exigencies of the day. Not that the problems they try to obscure improve with the passage of time, in fact, it’s the opposite. But that never stopped the liar.

    So who makes the better liar? When you look at the two competing political factions of the ruling class, who do you think on balance are better, Democrats or Republicans?

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      Or the real division, the elitists of the Deep State or the rest of us? I know where the power is and why the populists appear powerless.

      Power= Deep State as Trump is figuring out.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      And they are out to get the White Race by stirring up hatred against us. Anyone who talks about the races getting along is doing their bidding by making White defenseless. Defense begins between the ears.

      Both parties are anti-White as both deny us any collective rights, the same rights they grant to other races.

    • Walter B April 18, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

      Well volodya, to me it appears that the Democrats are far more successful in garnering support from the from both the uneducated (stupid) people as well as the over-educated (liberal progressives). The Republican lies seem to work best on those in between who are mostly educated. Both sides sell out to their corporate masters and anybody else that has lots of cash to buy their favor, regardless of the color tie they wear.

      Me, I have been fortunate enough to have developed a sixth sense for being lied to that was installed in me way back in the Honor Code days. In my business life it was as very valuable asset when I sat across the negotiating table from the CEO of Jordache, DuPont, and many other far more astute businessmen that me. I developed an ability to read upside down almost as quickly as I can right side up. Unfortunately for too many Americans, they not only cannot see through ANY lie and many of them even prefer a bright and shining lie over the reality of truth.

      Thank you Lord for taking care of me once again!.

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

        You made a fascinating observation. Dems get the uneducated and over educated. Why? Perhaps because both groups never have to work for a living and are used to having their livelihood handed to them. Perfect Democratic fodder.

  100. volodya April 18, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    Post script to my reply to WalterB:

    What have we got with the mass desertion by dozens of Republicans from Congress?

    Maybe these guys not only don’t believe their own bullshit, they can’t even PRETEND to believe it anymore.

    Maybe I’m the naïve optimist, but it seems to me that if this points to a dissolution of the GOP, then it’s cause to celebrate. It appears that K-dog was right, Kansas isn’t buying their bullshit anymore and not only that but a lot of Republicans are sick of trying to sell it.

    In which case the Republican base is a step ahead of the Democratic base on the reality curve.

    No matter, this counts as progress. Maybe too soon to break out the party-hats but heartening nonetheless.

    • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      GOP is not dissolving, just as the Dems are not either. Realignment is what is happening, Deep State vs. Populism. Watch the money realign down the road, the first inroad on the realignment was Trump, the second could be the mass desertions in Congress and a realignment of power in the fall. Vote anti-Deep State!

    • Walter B April 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      I cannot help but wonder volodya if the sellouts are simply the rats leaving the sinking ship. Perhaps they are aware that more and more Americans are waking up to the fact they the political class, is thieving scum and the sellout are scared that it may all unravel soon. Get out while they can and bring as much cash and future job offers with them as possible.

      • K-Dog April 18, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

        Knowledge they are thevin scum is not new and doesn’t matter. Americans know and do nothing with the knowledge. Apathy not ignorance is d-stated goal.

        • Walter B April 18, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

          You are so right Dog, and don’t I know it. We can take it back to the NIMBY Theory, Not In My Back Yard. As long as Joe can make the minimum payments and does not lose his home, he could care less if he is the only one in the Cul-De-Sac anymore, in fact he probably prefers it. And so in the end, we can say that we warned them and if we are fortunate and we were Blessed enough and planned well enough, we can at least ride it out to our ends without being homeless when we get there.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 18, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

          What do you think of “Oath”? Are they the long awaited Big Brother who will end the free for all known as Yahoo Comments, the Joy of all Free Men and lovers of Blood Sports?

      • JohnAZ April 18, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

        I wonder if the increased surveillance in DC isn’t also part of it. Get out before the IG’s get to you.

  101. Tate April 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Anybody else here see that hit job on the Populist revolt on PBS Frontline last night in the guise of a paean to the “Maverick of the Senate”? McCain inadvertently invited the serpent into the garden by choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008. Yeah, if only he hadn’t made that fatal error.
    LOL.

  102. Tate April 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    So what’s up with Gorsuch? Just another cuck who can’t see the forest for the wetbacks?

    B&E not violent enough for ya Neil?

    • tucsonspur April 18, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      Here’s just the Last part of Gorsuch’s opinion. After reading it in full, my head was spinning and my eyes glazed over.

      The law was too vague, apparently. The forest must be full of sharply defined trees:

      19 Cite as: 584 U. S. ____ (2018)
      Opinion of GORSUCH, J. process to dictate policy on matters that belonged to the people to decide. But concerns with substantive due process should not lead us to react by withdrawing an ancient procedural protection compelled by the original meaning of the Constitution. Today’s decision sweeps narrowly in yet one more way. By any fair estimate, Congress has largely satisfied the procedural demand of fair notice even in the INA provision before us. The statute lists a number of specific crimes that can lead to a lawful resident’s removal—for example, murder, rape, and sexual abuse of a minor. 8 U. S. C. §1101(a)(43)(A). Our ruling today does not touch this list. We address only the statute’s “residual clause” where Congress ended its own list and asked us to begin writing our own. Just as Blackstone’s legislature passed a revised statute clarifying that “cattle” covers bulls and oxen, Congress remains free at any time to add more crimes to its list. It remains free, as well, to write a new residual clause that affords the fair notice lacking here. Congress might, for example, say that a conviction for any felony carrying a prison sentence of a specified length opens an alien to removal. Congress has done almost exactly this in other laws. See, e.g., 18 U. S. C. §922(g). What was done there could be done here. But those laws are not this law. And while the statute before us doesn’t rise to the level of threatening death for “pretended offences” of treason, no one should be surprised that the Constitution looks unkindly on any law so vague that reasonable people cannot understand its terms and judges do not know where to begin in applying it. A government of laws and not of men can never tolerate that arbitrary power. And, in my judgment, that foundational principle dictates today’s result. Because I understand them to be consistent with what I have said here, I join Parts I, III, IV–B, and V of the Court’s opinion and concur in the judgment

      Soon the law (or its interpretation) will not only impose the Death penalty, it will be our Death penalty.

      • Tate April 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

        Point taken. But it seems like simple felony would be enough to disqualify someone for residency status. But no, the Supremes will punt to Congress, and then good luck with that. It’s a sufficient argument for term limits to prevent the PTB from collecting those leeches & germs in the Hallowed halls like Christmas ornaments.

  103. FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    On TV aired the story how Israel betrayed the US and now will answer for the Palestinians. As far as I understand, Israel confirmed the Russian version of bombing results:

    Israeli intelligence reportedly says Trump’s Syria strike failed, didn’t take out much of anything

    Israeli officials cited in a Ynetnews report characterized the missile strike on Friday by the US, the UK, and France on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria as a failure.

    Multiple Israeli government and military sources suggested the strike was not effective in hurting Syria’s ability to conduct chemical attacks.

    These officials also criticized President Donald Trump’s talking about the strike beforehand.

    The latest strike most likely didn’t change anything on the battlefield in Syria, and it’s hard to know how much of the chemical weapons stockpile it hit.

    businessinsider.com/israeli-intelligence-trump-syria-strike-failed-2018-4

  104. FincaInTheMountains April 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    #Ozone:

    US-Myanmar: Loss of a white knight

    Under the Obama administration, the United States has been Myanmar’s white knight by bringing Naypyitaw out of the international political and economic wilderness through sustained engagement with the Thein Sein administration, beginning in 2011.

    The lifting of economic sanctions paved the way for Myanmar to seek normalcy in global trade following decades of imposed isolationism.

    straitstimes.com/opinion/us-myanmar-loss-of-a-white-knight

    • BackRowHeckler April 19, 2018 at 12:28 am #

      You mean Burma?

      Those Buddhists are still hammering their Muzzies pretty hard in Burma, in fact driving them into the sea where many are drowning in leaky boats.

      Yea, I remember when all the hipsters round here claimed to be Buddhists, religion of peace of love (free love), carrying around books by Herman Hesse and wearing sandals.

      Those were the days.

      brh

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