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Beyond the Kubler-Ross maelstrom of denial, anger, depression, etc., besetting this spavined republic, lies the actual grief provoking it all — especially the shocking loss of national purpose embodied by the muppets and puppets onstage nightly vying to bring out the worst in us in an election season far from just silly. Judging from their demeanor in the so-called debates, the candidates seem not only sick of their opponents but of themselves, a fitting outcome perhaps in a nation that hates what it has become.

The moment that got me in Sunday night’s Democratic boasting contest, hosted by CNN, was Hillary crowing about the great achievement of Obamacare — getting thirty million uninsured Americans on some kind of health plan! The part she left out, of course, is that most of those plans have “deductable” ceilings in the multiple thousands of dollars, guaranteeing that the policy holder goes bankrupt if he/she seeks medical help. Who does she think she’s fooling, anyway? This sort of arrant lying is what drives millions into the camp of Trump.

Even valiant old Bernie muffs every opportunity to explain the death-grip that Wall Street crony politics has on this land: the US Department of Justice did nothing under six-plus years of Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute criminal misconduct in banking. And then President Obama, who is ultimately responsible, did absolutely nothing to prompt that Attorney General into action or replace him with somebody who would act. Obama’s lame excuse back in the days when informed people were still wondering about this, was that the bankers had done nothing patently illegal enough to warrant investigation — a claim that was absurd on its face.

Obama didn’t do any better with the regulating agencies that are supposed to make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, especially the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged with keeping financial markets honest. There was nothing that difficult about those criminal matters now fading in the nation’s memory: for instance, the bundled bonds (CDOs) of “non-performing” mortgages designed to pay off the issuers handsomely when they failed. A child of ten could have unpacked the Goldman Sachs Timberwolf bond caper. Eventually Goldman and others were slapped with mere fines that could be (and were) written off as the cost of doing business. What a difference it would have made if Lloyd Blankfein and a few hundred other bank executives were personally held accountable and sent to cool their heels in federal prison.

As the politicians are fond of saying, make no mistake: this was Barack Obama’s failure to act. Likewise, regarding the Citizens United Supreme Court’s decision that equated arrant corporate bribery of public officials with “free speech;” Mr. Obama (a constitutional lawyer by training) had a range of remedies at his disposal, foremostly working with the then-majority Democratic congressional leadership to legislate a new and clearer definition of so-far-alleged corporate “personhood,” its duties, obligations, and responsibilities to the public interest — and its limits! Not only did Mr. Obama fail to act then, but nobody in his own party even coughed into his-or-her sleeve when he so failed. And now, of course, nobody remembers any of that.

The effects of all this fundamental dishonesty have thundered through our national life to the degree that American society is now divided into the swindlers and the swindled, loosing the monster of collective Id known as Trump on the public. This is what comes of attempting to divorce truth from reality, which has been the principal business of American life for several decades now. When truth and reality become de-linked, a society literally doesn’t know what it is doing. With that goes the collective sense of purpose, replaced with bromides and platitudes such as Trump’s “make America great again,” and Hillary’s “In America, every family should feel like they belong.”

Unbeknownst to the cable news hustlers, events are in the driver’s seat, not the personalities of the puppets and muppets in the spotlight. Come July, there may not be anything that could be called the Republican Party. And Hillary is the first leading contender for the highest office with a possible indictment looming over her. Yes, it’s really there percolating on the FBI’s front burner. Even if the machinery of justice trips over itself again on that, imagine how the questions behind it will color the final battle for the general election. We also fail to appreciate how, if there is just a little more trouble in banking and financial markets before November 8, we can’t even be certain of holding the general election.

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  1. Neon Vincent March 7, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    “The effects of all this fundamental dishonesty have thundered through our national life to the degree that American society is now divided into the swindlers and the swindled, loosing the monster of collective Id known as Trump on the public.”

    A lot of people in the media are still mystified by Trump’s rise. They think they’re looking at “The Producers” happening in real life. Instead of a couple of producers trying to run a scam by promoting the worst possible musical, it’s the political class trying to run the worst possible candidate. Unfortunately for the schemers, their guaranteed flop is a wild success. The result is Springtime for Trump.

    It looks like someone else had the same idea and succeeded in their original intentions. Ben Carson left the contest after raising a lot of money from small donors and using it to pay more to his consultants than actually running for office. It’s not just because he thinks the Pyramids were used for grain storage that I call him “Doctor Pyramid.”

    • newworld March 7, 2016 at 10:31 am #

      Your Hitler analogy is just plain silly.

      Here is why we like Trump, he has cracked the egg shells of political correctness to some degree.

      Political Correctness is a religion by definition, in practical terms it is the substitution of reality with political rhetoric.

      Its why Trump gathers strength and why Bernie stagnates going forward. Bernie knows for the life of him he cannot deviate from the scripts, he is no Martin Luther, just another hack.

      • shastatodd March 7, 2016 at 11:01 am #

        here is an excellent article which looks at the psychology of why trump is popular… hint – he is a symptom not a cause:

        vox.com/2016/3/1/11127424/trump-authoritarianism

        • Cavepainter March 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

          Ah hah,….folks who bother to make distinctions between changes forced upon them in damaging way as opposed to elective changes are now ‘authoritarians’? Hummm,….seems like the typical meme of the Left, including the refrain that nationhood is racist, as is national borders, as is enforcement of immigration law legislated by elected representation on behalf of the citizenry, as is exclusionary privilege of citizenship, and……as is the underlying inference that representational democracy is only valid when the demos embraces the Left’s version of Sharia. Right?

        • lsjogren March 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

          Yes indeed Trump is a symptom not a cause.

          He is a symptom of the fact that the leadership of both political parties have thrown the blue collar working class in the dumpsters as impediments to the feudalist utopia of the progressive/wall street axis.

          Trump is a terribly flawed leader of the revolution and very likely will flame out. But the revolution will not go away, and will eventually overthrow the oligarchs of both political parties who currently have a stranglehold on political and economic power in our country.

        • Greg Knepp March 7, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

          Shasta,

          That is a good read; many thanks for the link!

          It’s interesting that Trump has captured the hearts and minds of many evangelicals and assorted born-again types, despite his disdain for the behavioral and doctrinal norms espoused within the Christian traditionalist flock..

          This may be due to his authoritarian manner and rhetorical bombast. It seems that evangelicals are used to being herded about by charismatic loud-mouth preachers in the dehumanized settings of the numerous megachurches strewn across the country.

          Style counts with humans. We are bound by comfortable motifs, often with little regard to substance.

          • Ken Hall March 8, 2016 at 11:12 am #

            What I found disheartening about the authoritarianism article was the fact that there was no mention of one of the most significant experimental psychiatrists to delve into the authoritarian effect upon humans in 1961, one Stanley Milgram of the famous/infamous fake shock learning experiments. During a two year period (give or take) he paid subjects whom thought they were participating in an experiment to assist an out of sight co-subject, who was actually a member of Milgram’s experimentation team, learn word pairs by shocking him. The actual subjects, the “teachers”, observed the purported shocking apparatus which was actually demonstrated by giving the teachers mild shocks in some cases. Milgram was attempting to ascertain why so many Germans participated in the Jewish Holocaust especially why so many claimed they “were only following orders”.

            What astounded Milgram and the folks who assisted him was the number of subjects who at the request of an authoritarian figure in the room would shock the unseen “learner” step by step from the lowest apparent shock level to the highest even when the learner pretended to be in distress. Fully 65% went all the way and those who did not were often exposed to other variations of the experiment wherein they were allowed to observe two fake participants such that the “teacher” would refuse to go on. What Milgram concluded was that it is not just a minority of humans who have a tendency to want authority figures to direct their actions but rather a majority.

            I was stationed in CA in the early 70’s when I watched a PBS series and a co-worker of mine was watching it at the behest of his night school prof. The co-worker and his classmates were discussing the Milgram experiments and were convinced that most if not all of them would have stopped delivering the fake shocks. One class the prof was late and when he barged in at the last minute he walked up to the board and wrote a question that appeared to have come from some other class he was teaching. The prof called on a couple of people for answers who stammered their “I don’t knows” and then he called upon a hapless woman and would not let her protestations allow her off the hook. He began angrily ridiculing her and questioning her desire to be in the class to the point that she started crying and still he would not let up. As suddenly as he had started the prof stopped his diatribe and said “see how easy it is”? To the great chagrin of the rest of the class it suddenly dawned upon them that not one other person rose to her defense and that the woman was the prof’s equivalent to Milgram’s “learners”.

        • cbeard March 8, 2016 at 7:26 am #

          Pure classic psycho babble. Mr Feldman’s typecasting by using parenting goals is another extremist’s viewpoint. According to him there is no middle. He asks you to choose between “independence or respect, obedience or self reliance, considerate or well behaved, curiosity or good manners.” I maintain that within reason all of those attributes should be parenting goals. So I don’t fit neatly into his category. He doesn’t understand the difference between fear and anger. Though both emotions can have similar results, you don’t have to have one to initiate the other. I think anger is more of a driving force in todays political fiasco than is fear. Yet, if you have a scared animal backed into a corner, that fear may suddenly become a rage and fear becomes totally absent. Choosing between “force and diplomacy, I would choose diplomacy if possible, I would say no to anchor babies, I would say yes to more airport searches of individuals traveling form predominately Muslim countries, I would give a resounding no to being randomly stopped and asked to produce I.D. and I would say no to more random intrusion into my phone calls, email, or other forms of communication. Hmmm, whats wrong with this picture?

      • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

        That’s what I like about Trump, as well. It has gotten to the point where any dissent can be suppressed by just calling you a name that is supposed to be bad. I’m “transphobic” now because I don’t want boys to be able to walk in on girls when they are getting dressed.
        PC is dangerous.

      • Newton Finn March 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

        To call a man a “hack”, who has served for decades in Congress and is worth somewhere shy of half of million, while so many of his colleagues have milked their public offices to make millions upon millions, is to commit what used to be called blasphemy. Your words demean the best in the human spirit.

      • outsider March 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

        Sanders is no threat to the Establishment as long as he refuses to repudiate all these US inspired wars. If he’s serious about winning, he should announce that anti-war Iraq vet, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who resigned from the DNC to support him, is his choice for VP.

      • mastman23 March 9, 2016 at 6:36 am #

        Trump calls the shots not the media as hard as they try its like a snowball rolling downhill to victory. The Stars are aligned for a Trump victory and destruction of the two part same party called Dems and Repukes. Maybe from this point on we will have no parties just people willing to serve without the middleman of a party

    • theLman March 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

      A vote for Hillary is a vote for the status quo, and that is why almost all of the people’s votes will in reality go to either Trump or Sanders. The media will of course make Hillary look more popular than she is. The system needs to get fixed, and that is why Hillary is hated by anyone who is not a delusional hipster.

  2. malthuss March 7, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Meanwhile, over in Europe, the Jihad continues;

    wnd.com/2016/03/spain-seizes-20000-isis-military-uniforms/

  3. Bro Jobe March 7, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Obama should have seen to it that the criminals of Wall Street got hounded. That he never let slip the hounds remains his worst domestic policy blunder, right up there with the “Red Line” in Syria that emboldened ISIS barbarians and tin-pot dictators everywhere.

    The POTUS only looks good to me because of the shitstorm that preceded him and ended the lives of over 4500 Americans in uniform, based on Cheney’s lies. Dick Cheney on trial: now that would have been a fun circus to watch.

    • Phutatorius March 7, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      True enough. Turn back to 2008: We’ve almost already forgotten what a mess W (and Cheney) was leaving for his successor to clean up.

      • benr March 10, 2016 at 11:23 am #

        Impossible Obama has not stopped blaming W from day 1.
        Yet he has essentially followed most of the Bush doctrine.
        We have corruption that rivals the Tammany hall days of old as a result in fact Boss tweed for President!

    • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

      That’s what I like about Trump, as well. It has gotten to the point where any dissent can be suppressed by just calling you a name that is supposed to be bad. I’m “transphobic” now because I don’t want boys to be able to walk in on girls when they are getting dressed.
      PC is dangerous.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

        I don’t know why this posted twice.

    • SteveO March 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

      Obama was bought with about 8 million dollars in “campaign contributions” by the financial industry. Eric Holder was what they got for the money.

      A sound investment if you ask me. To those people, $8,000,000 is less than the cost of doing business, it practically a rounding error.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

        If I recall correctly, McCain and Obama were both going to “do the right thing” and run publicly funded campaigns. McCain kept his word and look what happened.

        • SteveO March 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

          On the days when I feel like wearing my tin foil hat, I can almost believe he chose Palin to make sure he lost that election.

    • lsjogren March 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Why would he go after Wall Street, they are part of his team.

    • shabbaranks March 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

      Obama has a large bunch of Harvard Law School buddies and major supporters like billionaire Neil Bluhm who are Wall Street and corporate big wigs.

      The likelihood he was going to lift a finger to disrupt that system was zero. Anyone who believed his campaign rhetoric was a fool. His successor apparent, Hillary Clinton, will make him look good. She’s like a high level Chinese bureaucrat. She will get rich all over again while she’s in office, all on the public’s dime.

      • SteveO March 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

        It will be the continuation of a 24 year (Clinton/Bush/Obama) policy of allowing the financial industry to commit fraud as a business model.

        What frightens me is how she will handle the collapse of the Ponzi scheme we call an economy. I suspect she, and rich aunt Janet at the Fed, will try all the things they did in 2007-2008. But what they will do when more QE and negative interest rates don’t revive the economy is a mystery.

        • mastman23 March 9, 2016 at 6:40 am #

          That is a simple question with a real simple answer. Marshal law and gun confiscation more loss of rights and freedoms

          • SteveO March 9, 2016 at 9:11 am #

            Either that or the remake of “Mad Max”

  4. goat1001 March 7, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    The American Spring is unfolding…

    • LeoH March 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      Yes it has, I look at the Trump analists and all I see are cretins.

    • messianicdruid March 7, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

      Osage Spring has burned-out acres of brush with hickory, black jack oak and pecan trees and sandrock. They used to rule over everything from the a Missouri River to the Arkansas and east of the Great River to the mountains in the west. Now the money is all gone, no drinking water left, iron skeletons of “riggs” @ll around, stay in home.

      Nancy said, no.

  5. seawolf77 March 7, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Say what you will about the Democrats, at least there debate was on substantive issues, not on penis size or physical size. The Republican debates could be held in a playground. I think the fundamental issues facing the country are irresolvable and irretrievable, so just sit back and enjoy the ride, spinning round and round, right down the ole crapper.

    • lsjogren March 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      The Democratic debates are the traditional intellectual wonder bread that you get in so-called debates- no substance.

      They’re every bit as vacuous as the Republican debates, except with a little thicker veneer of phony seriousness.

      • benr March 10, 2016 at 11:28 am #

        Softballs and no substance.
        No honest human could watch the Democrat debate and not see they don’t want the Democrats fighting amongst themselves.
        Meanwhile back on the ranch Jim Fowler has used a stick to enrage the coiled anaconda…..errr I mean the hosts of all the Republican debates have all but poked Trump, Cruz and lil Rubio with a stick to get them to fight.
        The lamestream media is not even pretending to not be in the DNC tank.
        Disgusting!

  6. newworld March 7, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Can Trump make America great again? He can stabilize the rackets to some degree which today would be like being handed the keys to the gold vault.

    How you ask? The rackets need a bit of completion and he has done so with his health care proposal which has to have the pharma thieves quaking in their Pradas.

    Then you have the rush on our borders by every welfare thief who can breathe, that can be stabilized. I could list so many examples that the PC safe spacers here little heads would explode.

    As for the general cultural madness of the cults of PC, now there is the tough nut to crack and it is a huge problem since it has become the main stage for political theatre, Trump will just be tagged a fascist by the clownish rendition of Jim Jones cult gone national in scope.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      I notice that CVS, due to their cooperation with the government over the sale of cigarettes, is going to be approved to buy Target Pharmacy. That can’t be good for the consumer. How do you stay in business, let alone get rich, selling a product no one can afford to buy? You can’t, without government involvement.
      Donald has already noticed problems with the way government buys things, and who they do business with. Uh oh. Better bring out all the really big guns to stop him. Look who they think is a Big Gun. Mitt Romneycare.

  7. Pogo March 7, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    In regard to the “personhood” of a corporation….

    It seems reasonable that a corporation should have the most salient feature of a “person”; i.e., a limited life. I propose that every corporation dies at age 60 or so (assuming it isn’t executed before then for actually killing people).

    • Sticks-of-TNT March 7, 2016 at 11:17 am #

      Where have you been hiding? I haven’t seen you post for quite some time. -Sticks

      • Pogo March 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

        Navel gazing mostly, and contemplating the meaning of “The Hollow Men” by T. S. Eliot and whether or not it represents where we are today.

        allpoetry.com/The-Hollow-Men

        “We are the hollow men
        We are the stuffed men
        Leaning together
        Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
        Our dried voices, when
        We whisper together
        Are quiet and meaningless
        As wind in dry grass
        Or rats’ feet over broken glass
        In our dry cellar”

        Are our voices as “meaningless as wind in dry grass”?

    • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

      I think that was part of the purpose behind that phony Westboro Baptist media event. I saw them one day in Albany, well before they made much of a splash nationally, so I didn’t know who they were. What struck me was that here were a bunch of men, who appeared to be unemployed semi-skilled construction workers or something, holding expensive signs about God and fags. These were not church folk.
      Fast forward to these people having the “free speech” right to picket soldiers’ funerals. Of course they do not have the right to harass mourning families. I think that whole issue was just an excuse to get the electorate confused about just what is, and isn’t, protected speech in America. Also to get anyone even slightly opposed to any of the BLT QRSTUV agenda to shut up, lest she appear to be aligned with that bunch.
      Okay, I’m wandering. Albert Lawrence, person, died in prison for doing something similar to what persons have done at some of the
      big corporations. He was ahead of his time, so he had to pay for his crimes.
      The person who moved into that ill-fated mansion afterward kept an illegal alien servant in a closet.

    • lsjogren March 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

      Citizens United had far reaching consequences, which may have been largely negative.

      But don’t forget that the actual case itself involved whether a nonprofit advocacy group can criticize a candidate when an election is soon to take place.

      To rule the other way would have produced a far worse result, a fascistic suppression of the right of dissent.

    • basil March 8, 2016 at 8:09 am #

      but before then, corporations should go to prison for failing to sign up for the draft at age 18.

      • benr March 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

        Nobody goes to prison anymore for not signing up for the selective service instead they are denied Federal benefits.
        Oddly enough we have Illegal aliens running around all over Amerika who get those benefits denied to American shitizens aka human resources.
        Yes we the blood bags of America are to be squeezed until we have nothing left to give.

  8. newworld March 7, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Here is a little secret, if you throw out a large blanket covering what anti-semites are and are not then you will find that Bernie is considered quaint and likeable to a large degree with that crowd.

    He represents a time when America actually worked, he represents a time when ethnics such as my father could honestly describe Bernies ethnicity with candor unlike today where it is a border line religious debate of god or devil (which is freaking stupid).

    That said Bernie is as described in this week’s post an ineffectual hack who frankly cannot deliver the pork to the owners of the Black vote and only delivers hope to white kids with trust funds

    • pequiste March 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

      I don’t think Bernie is a hack really but rather represents (via Brooklyn) a very small homogeneous state in the ossified parts of northern New England. He is actually kind of true to his stated position as a “socialist.” Whatever that means?

      He managed Burlington, Vermont, “The Queen CIty” quite well because, besides being a large town, with a solid economy of the University of Vermont; leaf peepers in Autumn; bedroom spaces for Smugglers Notch, Stowe; and Jay Peak; with some Air National Guard assets thrown in, not too bad and there are no ‘hoods there – closer to a to “Larry, Darryl & Darryl” kind of venue.

      Capable of running the U.S.S. America at this critical treacherous stretch of time space?

      Don’t think so in a million years. He wilted and withered to some BLM harpies, imagine what he would do facing Xi Jinping!

      Agreed fully he cannot shepherd the Black “flock.”

      Do you really want to talk rancid political hacks from Vermont? How about Senator Patrick Leahy? He was ancient and left of Trotsky 30 years ago.

  9. Hands4u March 7, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    I’d like to know when mistakes were never made! At least there are stages of dealing with the death and loss of a loved one. But are any of these “loved” by the public? Rarely are Politicians polite but Grump is constipated to his eyeballs to say the least and unfortunately maybe a good portion of the US population. Do we really deserve Grump or Pillory?

  10. swmnguy March 7, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    There are a few actual Socialists in America. Not very many. You’ll find them at coffee shops near university campuses; not actually on the faculty, but nearby. Those people have said for years that Bernie Sanders is no Socialist, and this campaign has proven that there is, in fact, not only no Socialists but not even a whiff of Socialism in American politics.

    No Socialist would ever divert the public wealth of the nation through the moribund corpse of the Finance sector. Yet that is what ObamaCare is. That is what TARP, ZIRP, the coming NIRP, all are. That is what subsidies for college tuition, rather than controlling the costs, is.

    It’s been foretold since corporate finance capitalism first appeared, how this would end. It would end as the carrying costs of finance choked out all productive activity. Rent-seeking in the short term would kill the economy in the long term. No band-aid solutions can help. A system that creates debt first, and then creates “money,” has to collapse if even a fraction of that debt goes bad.

    This is not arcane knowledge. If you have any idea how our system works, this outcome is one of the first things to occur to you. It’s just that our Elites have convinced themselves that they are smarter than Newton’s Laws of Thermodynamics, which are remarkably similar to the way money behaves.

    Compounding the problem is the fact that people who do very well in school tend to be more intelligent than average, but to also be very malleable and subservient to authority figures. They do so well in school because they repeat what they are told, in detail and with insight. They allow their minds to be molded to fit the narrative they are given by the authority figures they love like parents, and in whose image they imagine God, as babies do of their parents.

    Then our political and economic systems exalt these submissive-authoritarian high-achievers.

    So when our socio-economic system contains an inherent logical self-contradiction which compounds to the point of self-destruction, the very last people on Earth who can help solve the problem are the people our socio-economic system puts to the fore.

    Bernie Sanders is no Socialist. He still thinks there’s a way to make our current system “Nice.” He’s at least not much of a Fascist, determined to merge corporate and State power. That ground is left to every single other declared candidate of the two major parties.

    Of course Obama couldn’t prosecute the criminals on Wall Street. He told the truth. He believes their criminality has to be accepted, or the system itself dies. He is so much of they system that he can’t perceive that it isn’t an either/or situation; even if he accepts Wall Street criminality, the system still dies. Indeed, the criminality is a symptom of the death of the system. No way in H – E – double hockeysticks is the submissive authoritarian Obama capable of understanding that. If he should even get close, his mental universe begins to quaver so he scurries away.

    Same for Clinton. She’s even worse; she’s got the Zbigniew Brzezinski Messiah complex. She thinks she can scheme a world war to destroy all of America’s enemies and leave America the global Imperial overlord. Talk about insanity.

    Who knows what Trump really thinks, but he recognizes that a lot of Americans want a magical solution in which we all live happily ever after because a rude, crass, militantly ignorant “Everyman” says mean things to everyone we resent. That might be enough to get him elected President.

    Cruz and Rubio are very sad figures who don’t seem to understand how anything works, but think if they can just recite some magic words, they will be rewarded like precocious schoolboys. They seem increasingly frustrated, disillusioned and betrayed as their expectations are unmet.

    It really is like 3rd Century AD Rome. People are still comfortable enough to be willing to go through the cargo-cult mumbo-jumbo with a more or less straight face. It’s still anathema to mention that not only does the Emperor have no clothes, but no Empire either. Enough people still think their loyalty to the Elites will be rewarded, despite any evidence or experience to that effect, that they still go along with the charade even to their own great disadvantage.

    The dishonesty, incompetence and stupidity that have risen to the top in America are not the cause of our system’s decline. It’s the opposite. The inherent self-contradictions of our system have prevented success, allowing only the stupid, dishonest and vicious to rise. That trend will only intensify. Prepare accordingly.

    • orbit7er March 7, 2016 at 11:12 am #

      What is Socialism? Is the only “real” Socialism the doctrinaire State Capitalism of Lenin? Here I agree with Kunstler that the State Socialism of the Soviet Union and its adjuncts is a failed model. Even in the age of supercomputers and unprecedented access to a tsunami of data it is impossible for centralized planned, be it of the State or Walmart to be totally successful. Most democratic Socialists made their peace with some degree of markets and small businesses. But these can be democratically run like Credit Unions, or Coops.
      Bernie Sanders has totally supported worker-owned enterprises.
      On the other hand to think that you could run air traffic, rail traffic or the despised Auto Addiction without some central planning is foolish.
      How many planes would crash without air traffic control?
      We see what happened even with much safer Rail with the crash outside Philadelphia…
      We need a mixed economy focused on the right things and without the plutocrats owning and cannibalizing everything.
      Bernie was very supportive of small Main Street businesses in Burlington and throughout Vermont which is one reason he got 87% of the vote in his home state.

      • swmnguy March 7, 2016 at 11:54 am #

        I’m not a Socialist. If there’s anything Sanders can still achieve in this charade of a Democratic Party Anointment process, it might be to define the term and de-stigmatize it. Right now “Socialist” means “Whatever I don’t like.” “Fascist” means “My high school football coach.” Neither are accurate definitions, and the falsehoods are not unintentional. Bastardizing our vocabulary prevents us from discussing politics.

        However, there’s no honest argument to be made that our system of debt-based finance capitalism can function on a finite planet. We can support local enterprise all we want, but if we don’t flush out the unpayable debt every 20 years or so a cataclysm will ensue.

        There’s some imperfect middle ground between the kind of purist theory so popular in coffeeshops, and the cynical self-serving mythology of “Free Markets,” as if there could be such a thing if there’s any asymmetry of information, power or wealth.

        Having unattainable ideals and goals is good for people. Gives us something to do. Pretending that we are achieving those goals when we’re not leads to great evils, however.

        • Pogo March 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

          A article in The Atlantic maintains that Bernie is not a socialist but rather a “Social Democrat” and explains the difference.

          theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/03/bernie-sanders-democratic-socialism/471630/

          • Pogo March 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

            Before the grammar cops shoot me…”An article”.

        • SteveO March 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

          “There’s some imperfect middle ground between the kind of purist theory so popular in coffeeshops, and the cynical self-serving mythology of “Free Markets,” as if there could be such a thing if there’s any asymmetry of information, power or wealth.”

          Bingo! No orthodox system can survive. The Communist system took about 70 years to break down, our current system (I don’t even know what to call it at this point) is on it’s way to collapse.

          The solution is somewhere in between the no-rules “unbridled” capitalism and the no-private property of communism.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

            In our Plutocracy, the Corporations own the Government and rule for their own benefit. In National Socialism, the Government will control (guide not own) the Corporations. It’s one or the other in the modern industrial state. The two spheres can’t be kept separate. I think the correct choice is obvious.

          • messianicdruid March 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

            Give gifts to your friends and trade with your enemies. Hopefully you have made more friends, asymmetrically so; remember the unjust steward.

          • merf56 March 8, 2016 at 8:27 am #

            Exactly.
            As soon as you begin shoehorning the messy world into any one orthodoxy, no matter how ‘kind’, ‘fair’, ‘moral’ etc is seems on paper or in the coffee shops and tea houses it seems……you sow the seeds of corruption, totalitarianism and abject cruelty when you try to force conformity to the ideology.

        • merf56 March 8, 2016 at 8:22 am #

          Great post.
          “Flush out the unplayable debt every 20 years”.

          It’s how the ‘civilized’ world functioned for years – regular debt jubilees. We ought to bring it back.

      • lsjogren March 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

        Well, my impression was that the classic textbook definition of socialism was government control of the economy.

        However, Wiki shows a whole slew of forms of socialism, including libertarian socialism- an anti-government form of socialism.

    • baird March 7, 2016 at 11:15 am #

      Well done SG. I long ago gave up prognosticating but without question our current collection of intractable disasters is unprecedented in my lifetime. Prepare accordingly indeed however one can manage it.

    • BackRowHeckler March 7, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      If you want to find some ‘real socialists’, go to Venezuela.

      But bring your own toilet paper, fresh water and food, because they don’t have any.

      It took only about a dozen years for ‘real socialists’ to bring that country to its knees.

      Last week dissenters were being dragged from their houses and shot in the streets by real socialist soldiers.

      Big lefty American supporters like Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Bill Ayers and Michael Moore, once frequent visitors to ‘Revolutionary Venezuela’, are nowhere to be seen, and have not issued any statements on the abysmal conditions in Caracas and the countryside. These luminaries will lie low until the next socialist ‘revolution’ rears its head in the Americas.

      brh

      • swmnguy March 7, 2016 at 11:46 am #

        You have to watch what people actually do, not believe what they call themselves. That’s the disingenuous trap of the Glenn Beck types, claiming Hitler was a Socialist because he called his party “National Socialist.”

        As I said, there are very few “real” Socialists, and they’re to be found in coffeeshops. There’s no Socialist running a nation dependent on oil exports. There’s no Socialist supporting endless bailouts for the insolvent Finance Sector. There’s no Socialist running Death Squads.

        Sorta like “Christians,” those who give themselves the name are rarely what they claim to be.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

          And the wackos on the other side claim that Hitler was right. Both sides are correct and wrong at the same time. Fascism is both Right and Left and neither. It is not the midpoint of the line but on a different plane all together. It is a philosophy of Man, not an economic philosophy like Capitalism/Communism or a the “bit of both”, Socialism. Thus these united to crush Fascism in the past, and will do so again if any nation attempts to break free of the banks and nascent Global State.

          • seawolf77 March 7, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

            The enemy always has to be a wacko or a savage. Look at what we did to the American Indian, a noble people we turned into blood thirsty savages. Germany was a noble country, and Hitler was an astounding leader. The fact that he lost was what turned him into the most reviled man in history. The true holocaust was what Stalin did before the war in Ukraine and Russia. Funny how all the 6 death camps were in the Soviet Union. Those pictures we all remember with the bodies piled up like kindling were not death camps. All the death camps were in Soviet occupied Poland. Hell even Obama lies about it. Remember his grand dad.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

            And don’t forget Eisenhower’s bureaucratic sleigh of hand where he transformed hundreds of thousands of German POW’s into alien hostile citizens or some such thing so as to avoid violating the Geneva Convention. Then he let them die of exposure in his death camps.

            Beware the military industrial complex? Indeed, who would know better than he about such a thing?

            There’s mild cult of personality that surrounds this evil man. Michael Savage loves his “ideals”. One of my old bosses (a woman) subscribed to some channeled teachings from him as an Ascended Master. I chickened out and didn’t share “my truth” with her. After all, since the criterion of truth is now simply what you like better, it would have served no purpose. She liked believing that this piece of crap was an Ascended Master. Why? She didn’t like living men in general.

          • elysianfield March 7, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

            ” Look at what we did to the American Indian, a noble people we turned into blood thirsty savages”

            Wolfie…when exactly did we do that to those…noble people? Can you give me a defining moment? Before or after 1776? I think your premise is unsupportable…

          • islander800 March 7, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

            (I’m replying to seawolf77 below here because there’s no facility to do so under his comment)

            Seawolf, stop lying.

            Ohrdruf, Nordhausen, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald – all in Germany, all of them sickened Allied soldiers when they liberated them. Patton was literally sick to his stomach when he took it in. Skeletal inmates still alive had been reduced to eating the innards of the dead by the time the Allies arrived. Add in Breedonck in Belgium, Natzweiler in France, Majdanek in Poland – I could go on. And yes, the bodies WERE piled up like cordwood in these death camps of Hitler.

            The fact that “Uncle Joe” was a mass murderer of millions doesn’t change the fact that Hitler was a monster and HIS death camps were an obscenity. So stop white-washing Hitler’s legacy because THAT is an obscenity too.

          • S M Tenneshaw March 9, 2016 at 5:12 am #

            Damn straight. Here’s a boogie woogie reminder from Christina Aguilera: youtube.com/watch?v=hU_M9VC4sW0

            Rosie the Riveter puts in a sassy appearance.

          • SpeedyBB March 14, 2016 at 1:16 am #

            That’s a very astute take on the matter. Never saw it quite that way.

    • LeoH March 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

      Socialism in America starts with schooling and ends with having to pay what remains to live out your life. Once the Baby Boomers are gone America is gone (the one Hollywood showed us in films).

    • Rulo Deschamps March 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

      Excellent, SwmnGuy.
      I have been reading this blog and most of the comments almost since it started, I think about a decade, and this one prompted me to finally go through the process and sign up, only to say: excellent.
      I’ve been thinking some of the same things for years. I would only add that socialism or capitalism, democracy or aristocracy, any of those systems successfully run by an informed & educated citizenship, would be entirely possible in a world with maybe a seventh of the current population, but not with the current numbers.
      I do not advocate any form of forced population decline, but would support voluntary sterilizations via cash or other compensations; not gonna happen in my lifetime.
      I think it is as you have described, also that reality is in the drivers’ seat as JHK says, and do prepare accordingly, without losing sight of “eat, drink and be merry” – nothing worse that hardcore gloom and doomers that can’t sit back and enjoy the sight of some ladies buttocks at the beach, in my view.
      But it’s a bad fix, no doubt, getting worse as resources get sucked up by finance scams and populations exploding and you described this bad fix very well.

    • MisterDarling March 8, 2016 at 12:02 am #

      Mister Swmnguy,

      Another brilliant post.

      “People are still comfortable enough to be willing to go through the cargo-cult mumbo-jumbo with a more or less straight face. It’s still anathema to mention that not only does the Emperor have no clothes, but no Empire either. Enough people still think their loyalty to the Elites will be rewarded, despite any evidence or experience to that effect, that they still go along with the charade even to their own great disadvantage.”

      Nicely Done. Bravo…

      “…but no Empire either.”

      😉

      Cheers To You!

    • ozone March 8, 2016 at 8:42 am #

      “The dishonesty, incompetence and stupidity that have risen to the top in America are not the cause of our system’s decline. It’s the opposite. The inherent self-contradictions of our system have prevented success, allowing only the stupid, dishonest and vicious to rise. That trend will only intensify. Prepare accordingly.”

      swmnguy,
      I agree, and I am. Anyone with eyes to see and some life experience (plus a tiny grain of curiosity) could observe this ugly phenomena.
      Thanks for the meaningful and germane comment.

  11. orbit7er March 7, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Bernie Sanders decisively won the Red Midwestern Plains States of Kansas and Nebraska. He also overwhelming won the Northeastern State of Maine with unprecedented lines to vote for him. For an outline of Bernie’s narrow Path to victory see the following Counterpunch article based on extrapolating past sectional voting patterns:

    counterpunch.org/2016/03/04/bernies-narrow-path-to-victory-a-statistical-analysis/

    If Bernie wins Michigan then he is well on his way to winning the elected delegates. As the primaries roll on and Bernie keeps hammering away at Hillary’s support for Trade Pacts, Wars and acceptance of Wall Street speaking fees he will only build up steam.
    The Millennials are all IN for Bernie to an extent beyond their legendary Obama support. Even my nephew is putting up proBernie posts on Facebook to replace his usual cutesy postings.
    Of course there are also more Millennials now…
    Why Kunstler keeps following the Corporate Media in dismissing Bernie is beyond me. I think Kunstler really just wants the whole thing to fall apart as with his pessimism about getting literally back on the Rails and his dismissal of High Speed Rail.
    From 1942-45 the AutoAddiction bound USA decided to turn back from the onslaught of Auto Addiction to promote Rail and public transit. In just 3 years the US elites amazingly quadrupled intercity Rail ridership, bus ridership, and local public transit ridership!
    That was when the US largely WAS a rural country.
    Today 80% of Americans live in urbanized Metropolitan areas. And in those a Brooking Study in May 2011 showed that ALREADY without laying a single Rail or restoring it that 70% of Americans in the top US metro areas live within 3/4ths mile of a transit stop.
    The potential is enormous…
    Bernie has begun explicitly adding RAIL to his grand plans for Infrastructure not just the classic Auto Addiction roads and bridges.
    Moreover of course the worse problem we face for Peak Oil and Climate Change is the $1 Trillion per year wasted on the endless Wars. Bernie’s positions on those could be better but I expect he would make a serious dent in boondoggles like the F35, new subs and especially wasting $300 Billion on rearming nukes…
    The American Spring is coming!

    • sprawlcapital March 7, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Bernie did not mention rail in last night’s debate, that I recall. It was all roads, and bridges, and airports.

      As for high speed rail, I would be happy with 55 – 75 mph rail. Des Moines, the capital city of this great state, has no passenger rail of any kind–high-speed or low speed.

      • orbit7er March 7, 2016 at 11:43 am #

        Actually decades ago “conventional” Rail went 100 MPH…
        But we need High speed Rail to truly be an option to air travel or
        driving. The advent of Acela in the US Northeast corridor, even if it is still slow compared to Europe, Japan, Korea or China, wound up moving 80% of NYC to DC passengers to Rail rather than flying.
        This is possible all over the USA…

        • seawolf77 March 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

          We need a movie/book/TV show that makes trains cool again.

          • Pogo March 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

            I watched a PBS show a few nights ago about rail journey’s in the beautiful country of Switzerland and it made be sick with envy. It makes me realize just how much we have squandered the wealth of this nation (as our host has stated many times).

          • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

            I took a lengthy train trip several years back. I think I’d have to be forced back onto the train at gunpoint.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

            Atlas Shrugged. Go see the movie – Dagne Taggert is a bitchin’ babe.

          • saharasergei March 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

            NBC had “Supertrain” in 1979, a land-travel ripoff of “The Love Boat.” Like so many NBC TV shows of that period, it didn’t last. 🙁

      • James Howard Kunstler March 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

        Exactly the point I have repeated many times: Americans would benefit hugely from restoration of CONVENTIONAL rail. No eminent domain battles needed for new rights-of-way. The public would be grateful to go from New York to Chicago at 90 miles per hour on trains that left and arrived on time to and from stations that were clean, dignified, and well-designed. — JHK

        • Pogo March 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

          Agreed. Too bad we have demolished most of the beautiful old train stations.

          The Bill Bryson book I’m reading decries the plans for “HS2” and points out it would not connect with Heathrow (you will have to haul luggage to another train for a 12 mile ride) and does not connect to the Channel Tunnel Rail (they propose a 1/2 mile travelator to make the connection). Bryson favors slower trains and not destroying the English landscape for the sake of getting there faster.

          • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

            You can’t watch the scenery on a high speed train.

        • pequiste March 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

          I would love to see a restoration of a robust passenger rail network in the U.S.A . ONly one problem in today’s environment: TSA.

        • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

          While conventional rail makes sense and you need convert none of the faithful here from an economic point of view market forces will never allow it to return. The cost to reconstitute conventional rail would require a nation of men and women with jobs to pay for it after it is built. A railway can’t run on a population of SNAP card recipients. There is no business case that possibly justify the enormous cost of rebuilding conventional rail via private ownership and America is not yet ready to embrace anything but unfettered capitalism and the privatization bandwagon. Dream of choo-chop trains all yo want but it is not going to happen.

        • islander800 March 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

          In France, the TGV fast train network (180 mph) covers the country like the American Interstate system when seen on a map. For any trips under 800 miles (which takes in most of Western Europe), travel by fast train makes way more sense than by air. There, fast trains have much of the market to themselves. Their dedicated stations in major cities look like 21st century airport terminals. (The physical network was financed/built by the government while the service is handled by private-sector consortiums.)

          Is the problem in America that land for dedicated lines and stations would be too costly, that the country is just vastly more spread out, that government would never finance and build such an extensive network, or all of these and more?

          Seems to me that if the feds can justify trillions on wars and military programs, they can afford this. One more trillion won’t break the bank if it hasn’t been broken by now. In comparison, the Interstate system cost $700 billion in today’s dollars, but look what it added in accumulated GDP over the years as a result. That was a government-built system, but justified for military purposes, so….

        • SteveO March 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

          I’d be happy to be able to travel from Manchester New Hampshire to Boston by rail.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

        The present head of Amtrak, when he was commissioner of the NYS DOT, used to carpool 2.5 hours from Utica every day. There were already tracks going right by the state campus.

      • Rulo Deschamps March 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

        Agreed. Most of Florida doesn’t, either. They can only think of adding lanes to the Interstate.

      • saharasergei March 7, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

        Martin O’Malley mentioned it. Asked in November 2015 if he supported building high-speed rail or a mission to Mars, he said, “I reject the framing of the question. I believe we can do both!”

    • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      One of Bernie’s problems will be that a lot of his supporters aren’t enrolled in a party. They may think they have time to register, but in New York, anyway, the voter registration deadline is for new voters. If you are a registered voter, and want to switch affiliation or enroll as a Democrat, you are out of luck.
      Why does everyone think that if Bernie were to be elected, that would mean automatically switching to a socialist system?

  12. K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Holder was a “if the glove don’t fit you must acquit” kind of guy but I’m not understanding the umbrage regarding Obama not being able to get him to go after any Wall Street players. Obama was elected by Wall Street to treat bankers well. All American voters did was do what they were told to by hopey-change sound bites and vote him in.

    Now Americans are being told to do exactly the same thing but now it is not a vote for magic skin color but a vote for magic gender that will make America great. A black man or a woman, yes, both are change. Nobody can deny that. Media malfeasance is here to make you embrace the change and trip out with heartfelt emotions about it, but truth is, this is no kind of change that will make America great.

    The American political system is broken beyond repair and only kiss asses of extreme affluence foisted by our money owned media on the American public are taken seriously and promoted. Nobody else allowed and Americans, an easily influenced lot happily allow themselves to be played for the truth is, nobody wants change. All anybody wants is more, more, and more stuff. A bigger slice of pie for themselves. To play Nero while Rome burns because that is all Americans aspire too and have been taught to aspire to for a entire generation. Our entertainment industry has been busy changing Americans into mini-Trumps who will lord whatever they can get over everyone else for a long time. It is no wonder that Trump is taken seriously. Trump has been daily amusing Americans for more than twenty years now and Americans don’t care about ability to govern, they just want to be amused. President Reagan proved that and Trump is certainly amusing.

    Ten years or so ago the film ‘Idiocracy’ showed that in 500 years America will have devolved to the point where a president Camacho could shoot up the White House with an assault rife for fun and it would be normal activity. It was an amusing fantasy then but with the election of Trump we will have a real president Camacho and we will be getting to American Idiocracy fifty times faster than the movie showed.

    • sprawlcapital March 7, 2016 at 11:20 am #

      Bernie botches his attempts to denounce the lack of accountability for the banksters. He says the banks paid large fines, but garbles his explication of the key fact that there were no criminal prosecutions of the bank executives, and that they served not one day of prison time. And he omits–as JHK points out today–that the fines were just a cost of doing business.

      So the viewer of last night’s debate is left uninformed, unless they have already been following this story of Obama’s laziness, or cowardice, since 2009.

      I want to believe that the problem is not Bernie’s age; it is his atrociously incompetent staff people.

      • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 11:31 am #

        Staff people who perhaps do not appreciate how much Americans are now into ‘bread and games’. Staff people who still imagine that Americans still read. Some of us do, we are here after all, but in large numbers Americans no longer read. Americans do video instead; and video does not a brain feed.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

        That’s like letting bank robbers off if they make restitution with the money they took.

        • pequiste March 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

          Yes.

          Remember Ivan Boesky?

          Stole a billion dollars!

          Convicted he returned 1/2 billion dollars and served one year or so at a federal prison (CLb Fed.)

          Not bad returns for one’s efforts.

          Today to bucks are much much bigger.

          In short : Crime pays (handsomely) on Wall Street and in Washington D.C.

          • pequiste March 8, 2016 at 9:55 am #

            Sorry folks my bad;

            Boesky was a piker- only fined 100 million. Did three and one half years.
            It was Michael Milken who ripped off well over a billion dollars in his junk bond schemes.
            Paid back 600 million bucks and served two years from a 10
            year sentence for “good behaviour.”

            Was “rehabilitated” enough to become a media poster boy for his cancer “philanthopic” work.

            Bastards like Milken and BOesky ARE the cancer, and upon conviction for ripping off investors should be provided a rich and deep vein of bituminous to dig for about 25 years. That would learn them.

      • Evan March 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

        Bernie has to dance around and avoid the truth about Obama. Otherwise he will quickly have Obama openly, rather than covertly, campaigning for Hillary. As well as almost every congressional Dem. They have been, and continue to be on board with their party and POTUS being fully owned by the wealthy and the corporations. This factor seriously dilutes Bernie’s message.

        Remember what happened to the center left-ish and anti-war Ned Lamont in Connecticut? He primaried the execrable Sen. Lieberman in 2006. Lamont won the nomination, with much grassroots and volunteer support. In response, Lieberman ran for Senate as an independent. The state and national Dem party organizations, including Bill & Hillary, and Nancy Pelosi, abandoned the voters chosen Democratic senatorial candidate, Lamont, and supported independent Lieberman. Lieberman also received most of the Republican votes. Tragically, Lieberman was reelected to the US Senate.

        My point is that Bernie knows he has plenty of opposition within the Dem party, without poking at a hornet’s nest by openly criticizing Obama. Obama is still respected by some, for reasons that I am completely unable to fathom.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

          Yes, like Lieberman, Sanders Bernie is an ardent Zionist. In other words, expect more of the same if he is elected in terms of foreign policy.

        • BackRowHeckler March 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

          Lieberman is an honorable man, and was a good Senator for us here in CT.

          brh

          • wpa_ccc March 8, 2016 at 10:18 am #

            This comment illustrates perfectly why change does not happen i Congress.

            We say “throw the bums/crooks out!” Except for our bum/crook who we dutifully return to office election after election.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

            And you used to believe Patton was anti-German and pro-Semite until I showed you otherwise. Or have already reverted?

            Alas, you still love your chains.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

      And you think Syrian immigrants are the answer. If not, why bring them into a dying nation when there are powerful wealthy nations right next door, like Saudi Arabia.

      • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

        Who mentioned Syrians? Not me. I have never mentioned Syrians here ever. You are suffering from lack of blood again vampire. If you were not so particular in who’s blood you will suck perhaps you could make some comments that make sense and were not so mentally anemic. You need oxygen because you are always confusing me with someone else.

  13. venuspluto67 March 7, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    A meme I saw on Tumblr today said it all: “I’m starting to think that this is the last season of America and the writers are just going nuts.”

    • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 11:20 am #

      But this is not a artsy-fartsy dream of twisted reality and what might have beens. This is real. Bad writing in the last season is a very real phenomena. Could this also be America’s last season too?

  14. Htruth March 7, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    To vote for Trump or not to vote for Trump? That is the question: youtu.be/VPusWXqAymQ

    • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

      Edward Snowden tweeted that all of candidates except for Trump are owned by Goldman Sachs. The choice is clear then, is it not?

  15. Cold N. Holefield March 7, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    As always, another great post, Jim.

    Yeah, Hillary, like all the rest of them, is a deluded liar. Health insurance is not healthcare coverage. The way Obamacare works is, you are coerced by the power of law to fork over profit to the insurance companies for essentially nothing in return. They call it a policy, but it’s worthless when you actually try to use it to obtain healthcare from a healthcare provider.

    And Bernie is deluded, as well. He wants free college for all, but all should not be attending college. In fact, only about 20%, at best, of the people who are attending university are college material. Universities need to return from whence they came — a place for scholarship and scholars — not an extension of high school.

    Bernie’s plan doesn’t reign in out-of-control university spending. And that spending isn’t on making students more intelligent or preparing them, it’s on non-essentials like state-of-the-art facilities and bloated administrations and over-paid administrators.

    College/University in America as it’s now configured is a scam, free or not. The student loan industry, and it is an industry, is part of that scam. Bernie promises to eliminate that facet of the scam but leave the rest of the scam in place.

    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. On every issue they lie their asses off and they believe their lies. In that sense, they are delusional. There is no root cause analysis with any of their policy prescriptions — those who have policy prescriptions. Their policy prescriptions are severely flawed and guaranteed to fail, or at least fail for the Regular Joes. The Elite Establishment always seems to win regardless.

    There’s nothing new with any of this. It’s just ten times more brazen and crude. The Emperor’s naked and it’s proud of its nudity. So much so that nudity is now considered mandatory. It’s time to take it all off and reveal your innermost self to the God of our final death & destruction.

    • BackRowHeckler March 7, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Cold, I remember when they came out with these student loans directly from the US Govt. back in the 90s. Before that college loans originated from private banks, only backed by the Feds.

      It was touted as some kind of panacea by Senators like Charles Schumer and Chris Dodd, giving more prospective students access to a college education. I didn’t think it was such a good idea at the time, but hey, who am I, and what do I know?

      brh

      • Cold N. Holefield March 7, 2016 at 11:39 am #

        Yes, it’s the Bubble Economy. All that highly concentrated parked wealth is looking for quick, sizable returns so it’s plowed into various dubious investment schemes that blow up into bubbles and then they cash out before the bubbles burst. For those who didn’t escape in time, there’s no need to worry — safeguards are in place. The taxpayers, i.e. the middle class, are left holding the tab and that tab is to ensure the wealthy investors are made whole — that their return on investment is guaranteed. For them, there is no risk. It’s all upside. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s very fair. In fact, I think it’s criminal despite it being within the confines of the law. The law, in this case and in many cases now, is unjust. The law itself is codified crime. To say a nation is a nation of laws is misleading at best and scurrilous at worst when increasingly the laws of that nation are tantamount to codified criminality.

      • BeerBarrel March 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

        The loans are Guaranteed by the Gov’t – and cannot be discharged via Bankruptcy. Any forgiveness by the Gov’t is still repaid to the creditor. If you retire and think you’ll get your Social Security checks and have not yet repaid your loans, they garnish or take the check. If you are in arrears on your payments, and you have an IRS tax refund due you, they will take that away from you as well.

        There are those who abuse the system thinking that it’s a Gov’t program so they should be able to wheedle by and eventually receive debt forgiveness as some form of gift. Abuses include borrowing excess amounts for unreasonable use – a new car, etc.

        It’s clear that this Gov’t guarantee opened the doors for a lot of people who would not otherwise qualify for a student loan because their parents are deadbeats or otherwise unreliable. The upside for the banks is they can set up loan portfolios that are good as US Treasury bonds with better interest.

        Sucks for those who shouldn’t have signed up.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      I noticed the media celebrating the dumbing down of the vocabulary section of the SATs. The word they used as an example of useless and archaic vocabulary was ‘abstemious’. Good God. All those little Indian kids who are going to be actually getting jobs after college not only know what that word means, they know how to spell it.
      We could have affordable tuition at our state schools, if they weren’t being used as ATMs for connected hacks. In countries where higher education is free, they tend to restrict it to the brightest students. That would go over real well in America.

      • BeerBarrel March 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

        The word Abstemious was replaced with Synthesis, a buzzword they use a lot now when I go to PT conferences.

    • wpa_ccc March 8, 2016 at 10:31 am #

      “Bernie wants free college for all, but all should not be attending college” –cold

      Bernie does not say everyone should go to college. He is saying the option should be available at no cost. If only 20% go to college, that is fine.

      Many countries offer free higher education up to and including PhD programs. Fewer than 20% choose to put in the effort to become PhDs.

      The point is that the option be available, and society should make the investment, to pay for those who have the ability. Society comes out winning from investments in education.

  16. sprawlcapital March 7, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    Maybe if I type fast enough this comment will be left-justified, like I want.

    Awesome post today, Jim!

  17. Walter B March 7, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    Yes James, it is a rotten mess and probably THE most insulting “election” cycle ever initiated. I do not really understand why it is being held at all except of course for the political “donations” that are being raked in, because President Blankfein is already in the real Oval Office and will remain their until it is time for him to share his bitch, the American Public, with the next Master awaiting his turn. The fact that Donald Trump is arguably the “best” candidate is really pathetic, but the fact that Rodan the Queen of the Pig Sty is even allowed to run and not yet incarcerated or dangling at the end of a rope is simply preposterous. Those familiar with the concept of a “Great Awakening” often ponder whether it refers to the point where a sufficient majority of the terminally screwed masses actually wakes up to realize what is being done to them and stands up in protest against the abuse. While the government may have contemplated this possibility and planned for it through the militarization of its agencies and law enforcement machine, I sincerely doubt that they will ever have the opportunity to utilize the training for such events. The American population is far too medicated, intoxicated, distracted and entertained to ever realize this fact much less get off of their dead asses and do something about it. After all they just want to be HAPPY! Wheee!

    • seawolf77 March 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

      Your cynicism is delicious.

      • Walter B March 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

        When times are good and things go well then happiness and joy is the uniform of the day. When it is all going the other way only fools change not their outfit to suit the circumstances. Yet it does not have the effect on some of us that the Lord of Chaos would want us to fall prey to, rather it is time for those of us who understand to gird our loins , put on the Armor of God and meet the enemy in all of its fury. Death comes to us all and death before dishonor are the words inscribed upon the flag which flies over our heads. God is our strength.

        • seawolf77 March 7, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

          People will only usually fight for people and places they care for. Americans don’t care for each other anymore. Capitalism by its very nature is to blame. We shot our petro load and now we are on the down slope. Yes fracking delayed this. But that was because it was bombarded with funny money. Now that Saudi Arabia and Russia have retaliated, it has ended, and may never come back.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

            Yes how did Michael Harrington put it? “The war of all against all.”

            Small Capitalism was conducive to the Republic. But Corporate Capitalism is not. No one seems to get that. It’s all just “Capitalism”. Just like all cars are the same – just cars. Dogs are all just “Dogs”. All people are just “people”. It’s the philosophy of the Untermensch.

  18. Hospice Man March 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    I think it’s telling that O’s Justice Department (SIC), an entity unable to jail banksters for current crimes like laundering drug money let alone slap handcuffs on the villains of 2008, will be able to rise out of its torpor enough to prosecute Hillary.

    • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

      Why bother with an inditement when O will just pardon her. We have theatre enough with the FBI going after Apple and Apple pretending not to cooperate. Then there is Trump. We have enough amusement already and need no more.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

        Here’s another scenario. Hillary runs and wins, but with the VP pick Obama chooses for her. Then and only then, does the hammer fall on her.

        • Sticks-of-TNT March 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

          Clever. And Machiavellian.

      • Walter B March 8, 2016 at 7:20 am #

        So good to see that there is another who understands that the ridiculous Apple-FBI marketing lie is nothing more than a pre-arranged marketing scam to keep the idiots out there believing that no one is watching them. It would appear that the David Copperfields of the world have conditioned the fools from childhood into actually believing that lies are entertainment and not deception.

  19. xxzzy999 March 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    Anybody but Hillary!

  20. vengeur March 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    “Mistakes were made.” An excellent example of the passive voice. Grammatically speaking, the passive voice is used when the focus is on the action in the sentence . It is not important or not known, however ( or intentionally obscured) , who or what is performing the action. We used to learn these things in school, many years ago.

    • Pogo March 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

      Obama (to give him some credit at least) said “We tortured some folks” instead of “Some folks were tortured”.

  21. Q. Shtik March 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Hillary is the first leading contender for the highest office with a possible indictment looming over her………..

    ………if there is just a little more trouble in banking and financial markets before November 8, we can’t even be certain of holding the general election. – JHK

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

    Prediction:

    . Hillary will NOT be indicted
    . The general election WILL be held November 8th

    • Cold N. Holefield March 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      Okay, now predict the following since I agree with you.

      1.) Who will win the election?

      2.) Will Bill have sex with THAT woman?

      I feel this whole debacle is somehow my fault. Actually, I always feel everything’s my fault because it is my fault. Growing up, whenever something bad happened in our household, and it wasn’t obvious who perpetrated it, I was the one to blame. I think they were right about it maybe one time out of hundred. I can’t tell you how many times I was punished for the crimes others committed because it was too many times to count.

      As it relates to this election, I had to go and open my big mouth with my Go Jeb! blog post. If I didn’t travel to the future and report back on it, Jeb would probably be leading in the delegate count and would be a shoe-in as the Republican nominee and ultimately POTUS in the Fall. I’ll never do that again. Let that be a lesson to us all. Leave the future be and that includes not robbing from that Peter to pay the current Paul in the form of overwhelming debt.

      • Pogo March 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

        “Will Bill have sex with THAT woman?”

        Well, Cold, it all depends on what the definition of sex is and what the meaning of “is” is. Those Clintons are masters at hair-splitting, eh?

        As to our “overwhelming debt”, it seems miraculous that the entire Rube Goldberg construction hasn’t collapsed yet. It was 300 billion about 1960 or so, passed 1 trillion about 1981 and is pushing 20 trillion today. And not a penny of this debt is being paid back, not to mention the interest. If inflation takes off (and it will), it may take every tax dollar just to pay interest on the freaking debt!

        How much longer can we fool the rest of the world into funding our runaway spending when you realize that a fiat “dollar” today is worth about 3 cents of what it was in 1911.

        As to “fault”…there is enough fault to be shared by all. We are all to blame, just for different stuff. (BTW, didn’t you have dog in your household to blame for bad stuff happening?)

        • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

          Exactly. Is is the same as equal? Is a=a the same as a is a? No.

          A cat is a mammal but a cat does not equal mammals. With such simple sleigh of language as conflating these, the mind is manacled.

          • Q. Shtik March 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

            With such simple sleigh of language as conflating these, the mind is manacled. – Janos

            ===========

            I agree completely that words and language are extremely important……. and thus I point out:

            sleigh
            noun
            a sled drawn by horses or reindeer, especially one used for passengers.

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

            Q, you are absolutely incorrigible!

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

            Slay of hand then?

    • SteveO March 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      And the Republican congress will spend the next 8 years running one impeachment proceeding after another on Clinton, just like their repeals of the ACA.

    • wpa_ccc March 8, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      Agreed! Finally, some concise common sense.

  22. volodya March 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Personally, I’m pretty sure the election will happen in November. But I’m not so sure that the results will matter.

    As JHK sez, events are in the driver’s seat, at this point any levees they build to contain tidal economic and societal forces will be as useless as those at Fukushima and New Orleans.

    Buttressed by economic theory, the smiling acquiescence of academic prize winners, the say-so of august think tanks and given political cover by both Republican and Democrats, to the exclusion of everything else the Oligarchs had one aim in mind: their own fortunes.

    The Oligarchs were blithely assured of the bottomless stupidity of Romney’s bottom 47%, they were unshakably convinced that the upper 52.9% would do as they were told if for no other reason than to forestall any further damage that the Oligarchs (the .1%) would inflict. But the Oligarchs miscalculated.

    The political system is like a mirror that reflects what goes on in real life. But, as we see nowadays, the political system isn’t the proverbial glass that cracks and cracks and never breaks. The current Republican follies are a warning to the Oligarchs that the glass will only take so much ugliness before it shatters.

  23. volodya March 7, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    The good doctors at the Fed and other world central banks can talk about “growth” all they want but this isn’t a vibrant and healthy world economic system to which the word “growth” applies, it’s one infected by elite corruption and rapacity.

    Just look at the symptoms. Negative interest rates? To my own inadequately educated eyes, negative interest rates are the plummeting blood pressure of a moribund world economy.

    Us ordinary folks don’t have all the charts. Mostly what we have is what we see with our own two eyes. And what we see is that the condition of the patient is parlous and that the doctors are talking out their asses.

    Now why would these good doctors do such a thing? Why don’t their words seem to conform to the plainly visible facts? Is it just our lyin’ eyes lyin’ to us? Or is it because the doctors are really in the employ of the disease agents?

  24. saharasergei March 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    But Loretta Lynch is investigating world soccer! :-p

    • Beryl of Oyl March 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

      The globalists really want Americans to believe that soccer is of paramount importance to this nation.

      • Frankiti March 7, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

        Y’all are missing the point!

        An American football club owner wants to create a Euro Superleague, in fact he had a preliminary meeting last week with the largest clubs.

        You can’t have this old boy goy controlled sporting outfit in the way of this new sports cartel, can you?

  25. saharasergei March 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    “Obama Is Luo For Fillmore”

    bit.ly/1RP1ibt

  26. Cold N. Holefield March 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    When rail gets discussed, it’s often concerning passenger rail, but that’s incomplete, imo. Have you seen all of the trucks on the highways these days? It’s ridiculous, not to mention a game of Russian Roulette. They are road hazards. They create traffic out of thin air and they can’t see anything that’s on either side of them — meaning their blind spots are substantial. The discussion should include the freight component of our rail infrastructure. There is no reason, besides the Trucking Lobby, that rail can’t handle the majority of America’s freight transportation.

    • Passenger rail is handicapped by having to share track with cargo, increasingly, oil tankers. Switching hubs are way overloaded. Scheduling is difficult with numerous delays built into the system.

      Don’t worry though, Warren Buffet says in his annual meeting that America’s best days are ahead and by the way his rail investments are doing quite well. All aboard the pain train.

      • BackRowHeckler March 7, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

        So many rail oil tanker cars because pipeline construction is not permitted.

        brh

        • malthuss March 8, 2016 at 12:08 am #

          The lovesick Connecticut teen who stabbed a classmate to death in a high school hallway after she spurned his invite to their junior prom got a lenient plea deal today that will land him behind bars for just 13 years.

          Christopher Plaskon, 18, pleaded no contest in Milford Superior Court to murdering popular Maren Sanchez on April 25, 2014 — a heinous crime that shocked the waterfront community for its sudden brutality. Plaskon, wearing thick black glasses and a yellow prison jumpsuit, stood impassively as his lawyers entered the plea before

          Judge John Ronan before a packed courtroom. State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor recommended that Plaskon get a 25-year prison term when he is sentenced on June …

    • goat1001 March 7, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

      When the Peak Oil scenario really bites and the price of Diesel goes through multiple roofs, then I imagine a time when the North-bound lanes of N-S interstate highways and the West-bound lanes of E-W interstate highways are converted to rail beds carrying two or more parallel sets of railways. The remaining lanes of these interstate highways would continue to carry the few cars and trucks and rail maintenance vehicles that remain.

      These rails would carry both freight and passenger payloads and be all electric, powered by photovoltiac panels, wind turbines, hydro dams and whatever other sources of “renewable” electricity is available at the time.

      The question is whether these rails will be Government entities or owned and ran by private corporations such as Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, etc. My guess is that they will be socialized the way they are in most other countries.

      The trillions of tons of asphalt “mined” from these re-purposed freeway lanes will be worth a fortune, assuming some form of cohesive society continues to this point and beyond. Actually, is society still cohesive these days? Hummm.

      • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

        I was surprised to learn that asphalt is only about 2% tar. All old asphalt is good for is to be recycled into new asphalt. I suspect it would take more energy to get the tar out of asphalt than the tar could provide. A negative EROEI situation.

        Regarding the trains. When diesel goes through the roof there won’t be money enough to put rail on interstate highways be it private or government funds. There will only be money enough to keep our military and men in black in bullets and beans for obvious reasons. Trains run on diesel and if the price of diesel goes through the roof there will be few things that trains will be able to move at a profit.

        Who’s steel would we build new tracks out of? Korean steel I ‘ll guess because we don’t have much of our own. The American steel industry would be hard pressed to put children’s erector sets on store shelves for next Christmas if it had to.

        • goat1001 March 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

          Somehow they managed to build railways in the 1800’s and I would assume that would be the only viable mass interstate transport medium in the far future assuming 1: There are masses and 2: There is still an intact country. There will be plenty of steel in useless, obsolete assets such as in millions of vehicles, skyscrapers, dumpsters, pipelines, etc. This can be melted down and converted to steel rails using 19th century technology. There will probably still be enough coal around.

          • K-Dog March 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

            The 1800’s were awash in resources, cheap labor and there was a total lack of competition. It as a time which could be described by the line from the movie ‘Field of Dreams’. “If you build it they will come”. The environment now is different. Resources will cost more to be repurposed from their existing forms into rail infrastructure and without authoritarian government direction the market for rail is not guaranteed. It was one thing to lay rail in a land where there was a patchwork of small farms with trouble getting product to market. Imagine settlers passing by rail crews going west faster than the rail lines. If you were living back then you would know rail was a solid investment. Not so now. There is no network of small farms to be serviced and cheap labor comes from Mexico which will soon be Trumped. The business case to start laying new rail does not exist and can’t without major social changes happening first. Capitalism responds to need and does not look to the future, if people want rail it would require an amount of social planning America is no longer capable of.

    • Frankiti March 7, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

      As the box store epoch winds down, when suburban cows stop venturing to strip malls to graze, and products are dispersed via drone or automated electric car delivery, the case for centralized rail based distribution will make even more sense. Amazon and wal-mart distribution hubs on rail corridors seem like a given.

    • cbeard March 8, 2016 at 8:34 am #

      To think that rail could serve the majority of freight transportation shows a total lack of common sense. I was about to try to explain to you why it cannot work but upon consideration, I’ll not waste my time. If it is not obvious to you why it is impossible, then its probably a pointless endeavor.

      • Frankiti March 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

        Pointless endeavor, kinda like your post? 3 sentences full of nothing.

        The first thing we need to do is surgically extract the pieces you added, namely, “majority of freight transportation”. Who typed that? You did. Nobody said anything about a majority. The era of Americans spending their weekends driving from box store to box store is slowly coming to an end. This brief experiment will come to an end. I don’t think people will be going back to TND and walking to the local electronics store or hardware store, nah, we want to sit at home and have shit come to us, and who wants to be out rubbing elbows with the imbeciles that make up the general population, really?

        A majority of truck freight these days is port (and whatever domestic manufacturing locations) to distribution or JIT delivery centers. San Pedro, Savannah, Otay, Newark, Oakland, Norfolk are primarily conex to truck or inbound truck. The major population centers are coastal so this makes sense. When your conex comes in it hits a truck and is off to the warehouse. The problem is the infrastructure. The US does does not have high speed freight rail. If you could get a conex from San Pedro or Long Beach or Savannah or Newark to Phoenix, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Chicago, Omaha, St. Louis, Atlanta on a rail as opposed to a truck quicker and cheaper. This when the problems come in to play. More efficient ports paired with high speed rail paired with centralized distribution hubs means less high paying union stevedore jobs and less trucking jobs which supply work to what appears to be 50% of the population. Wait until Amazon has a drone fleet, and UPS has a drone fleet and FedEx has a drone fleet and UPS starts laying off, but let me guess oil is going to run out and china won’t be making stuff, and americans will be broke and all of these are for more likely than a transportation supply chain that relies less on inefficient, wasteful, and expensive trucks.

  27. pequiste March 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    Mistakes were made; mistakes are being made; mistakes will be made.

    Gigantic fucking mistakes to be sure…………

  28. Cold N. Holefield March 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    And, I’ll say another thing about The Law and A Nation of Laws. Even if some laws are just, they’re not worth a hill of beans if they’re not enforced at all, or if they are enforced to any degree, they’re enforced inconsistently and inequitably.

    In order for the phrase A Nation of Laws to be considered a positive and complimentary statement, the laws must be just and they must be enforced consistently and equitably.

    • malthuss March 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      You asked me about ‘Birth of a Nation’–what comments of mine caused that?

      I read a book — DEATH OF THIS NATION.

  29. Frankiti March 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    This was a better post than most. About time.

    I’m fairly confident that this is not the first time truth and reality have been de-linked, but it is perhaps the first time that a large segment of Americans and the underclass have come to regard it, to appreciate it, to see it, to understand it, to feel it, and to feel empowered against the overclass that perpetuates it, that feeds off of it.

    This is not about the outsiders of Sanders and Trump.
    Their persons.
    They’re vehicles as cigarettes to nicotine

    It’s about their role.

    They’re delivering the hammer that’s about to hurtle through the screens of fiction presented to us incessantly.

    Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

    Here’s to consciousness!

  30. FincaInTheMountains March 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Dimitri Simes, the publisher of The National Interest, on Sunday went on Russian TV talking about Trump:

    He said that Trump is a tough American nationalist, ready to firmly defend American interests; in particular he is ready to use the critical dependence of the world economy from the US financial system, while it still has not collapsed to aid US reindustrialization, protecting its economy by customs barriers and making other States to work for US reindustrialization.

    But outrage of Republican establishment is not it (though they hide behind supposed Trump’s “xenophobia”), but his position, which in the 70s was called the peaceful coexistence of the two systems, and that was the basis of President Nixon’s détente policy.

    And attention! The most important thing: the position of Trump’s “you don’t hurt us, and we don’t hurt you” offends, according to Simes, semi-religious idea of the neo-conservatives of the need to bring to the world some US special mission, of which the hard American nationalist and multi-billionaire Donald Trump knows nothing about, and does not want to know.

    And in that he is on the same page with Americans who continue to consider America a Christian nation, and come in thousands to his campaign rallies, chanting at the sight of Trump’s “USA! USA!”

    And attention!!! for Trump during the latest primaries in four states an overwhelming amount of votes came from the cities with major US military bases, and live US military and their families, with particularly impressive figures emerged in the cities where elite army units are located.

  31. shabbaranks March 7, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Cleveland police are loading up on riot gear. They know progressives are coming to town to disrupt the Republican convention.

    cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2016/03/cleveland_seeking_to_buy_riot.html

    • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

      Why progressives? All it will take to muck up the Republican convention this year are Republicans.

      • shabbaranks March 8, 2016 at 12:13 am #

        No. It will be progressives and permanently aggrieved protester-types. I have seen it in person when GW Bush was president.

        • K-Dog March 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

          Ah yes, like in 2008 when the police bloodied the staff of Democracy Now!

          The producers, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, had been reporting on the protest of the convention that was the unfolding several blocks away. Most of the estimated 10,000 people in the march were peaceful. But, according to police, a group of about 200 had fractured off and were breaking windows, slashing tires and harassing delegates.

          Police arrested 286 people, according to the Associated Press. Kouddous and Salazar were among them. Matt Rourke, a photographer with the AP, was also arrested.

          News gathering is a constitutionally protected activity in the United States. But although Kouddous, Salazar and Rourke were wearing credentials that identified them as members of the press, they were held on riot charges. Salazar suffered a bloody nose after being dragged, face-down on the ground, according a statement released by “Democracy Now!” “

          As I WAS a protester of GWB when he ran for his second term I know all about protest… several blocks away. It is a well managed activity and you are probably one of the managers.

    • SteveO March 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

      You must be referring to John Greer’s definition of the progressive party in the US.

      thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-war-against-change.html

  32. Q. Shtik March 7, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    Five-time all-pro quarterback, Peyton Manning, announced Sunday that he would be announcing Monday his retirement from football.

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

    • BackRowHeckler March 7, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

      Total career compensation for 18 seasons in the NFL:

      $275 million

      brh

      • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

        I could retire on 1% of that and be very happy.

        • bukowskisghost March 7, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

          Raised by intelligent working class democrats ( by atttude and not direction), worked my way through college and grad school while getting beat up in Grant Park during the summer of 68, eternally puzzled by a populace in love with Ronnie, want Bernie, but would rather go down with the ship and captain Donald than suffer the politician-grifter I have always despised. There are millions of us who will irrationally jump from Bernie to Donald. Long live nihilism!

          • Janos Skorenzy March 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

            amren.com/news/2016/03/ghetto-gaffe-highlights-bernie-sanders-campaigns-struggle-with-race/

            Bernie doesn’t think there are any poor Whites – just because we often know how to bear with it a bit of grace and without violence. He’s another out of touch Liberal, pandering to minorities and ignoring Whites.

            Snowden said Trump is the only candidate not beholden to Goldman Sachs. I didn’t know that about Bernie, but I tend to believe Snowden.

          • K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

            You are not alone and the Democratic Party will be foolish to dump Bernie because he can beat Trump a lot easier than the flying reptile can. I’m not sure your position is so irrational because I can’t see how Hillary can do anything good for the average American or country. All Hillary can do is move us in the same direction we are already going in and we have had quite enough of that cluelessness.

            I suspect Trump would be an ineffective leader and he would soon be a laughing stock without being able to use billions in money to buy reverence. The choice then becomes between the flying reptile or an ineffective buffoon. If that is what it comes down to you won’t be alone in your choice. In my case if that is what it comes down to I won’t be voting.

          • elysianfield March 8, 2016 at 10:24 am #

            “Bernie doesn’t think there are any poor Whites ”

            Janos,
            Reminds me of the blues refrain…

            “White man never have the blues, cause he never have nothn’ to worry about….” Huddy Ledbetter-“Good Morning Blues”

  33. K-Dog March 7, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Just found a very interesting article at the Guardian.

    ‘Not even my wife knows’: secret Donald Trump voters speak out

    A feel the need to read through it and extract some tasty morsels.

    My sister worked for him and has spoken glowingly of him for years, just like everyone else who actually knows the man. I trust her judgment more than any random pundit’s. Actions speak louder than words, and he has demonstrated that he is, at heart, a caring person through his many random acts of kindness. His peers say there are “two Trumps” – the brash character he portrays himself as, and the decent man they know behind closed doors. It’s clearly a strategy; his proclamations have kept him on the front pages for a sustained eight months.

    I don’t find conversations about how morally repugnant Trump is to be interesting when the rest of the candidates seem to also support imperialistic and fascist policies concerning drone strikes, torture and mass surveillance.

    In a match between Bernie and Donald, I’d vote for the former. In a match between Hillary and Donald, I’d vote for the latter. It isn’t a vote for Trump, but rather a vote against the political establishment (which must be removed from office at any cost – even if it means electing a reality TV star for president). The stakes are too high. Hillary cannot win or the oligarchy will continue unabated.

    I believe that Clinton will continue the Wall Street-style march to oligarchy. With her, the eventual demise of democracy will lead to a fascist plutocracy. It is going on right now, and it will continue to be slow, painful and inevitable.

    I’m angry at forced diversity and constant, frequently unjustified complaints about racism/sexism/homophobia/lack of trans rights. I’m particularly angry at social justice warriors and my main reason to vote Trump is to see the looks on your faces when he wins.

    Trump is a wake up call. A president Trump could be as bad as Hitler, but if he shocks some good people in both the Republican and Democratic parties into realizing that they are ignoring legitimate concerns of a seizable minority, then let him have his four years.

    If Trump wins it won’t be long before people get as pissed off at him as they are right now with our single party of the affluent, with two faces. Team red and team blue. For now Trump is a lighting rod for the dissatisfactions of a bevy of Americans of many and diverse background.

    • Q. Shtik March 7, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

      It’s clearly a strategy; – K-Dog

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

      …..as is his pretense that “he cannot string together two coherent thoughts” (Tm-JHK). This is merely an act that, in his great wisdom, he puts on knowing it will appeal to Joe and Josephine Sixpack. He is actually a first rate orator.

  34. BackRowHeckler March 7, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

    ‘Bankroll’s killer, in Atlanta, is still at large. If you recall, ‘Bankroll’ is the gentleman gunned down in broad daylight at the door of his hip hop recording studio few days ago. I’ve found out not a lot of these murders in our cities are solved; in Chi, out of the 95 murders so far this year, 9 weeks in, only about 15% have been solved. There’s a suspicion in Chicago, as well as in Baltimore, police have been hammered so much by BLM and BLM allies in the US Justice Dept., police aren’t looking too hard for murderers or criminals, and aren’t trying too prevent murders, either. Why should they put their asses on the line and risk possible arrest and censure? The attitude seems to be let the sonsabitches kill each other. And they are!

    There was an arrest in the Jessica Chambers case in Mississippi, however. Being blond and white, her killing didn’t get much publicity from Don Lemon or Wolfe Blitzer. Just to remind you she was made to drink gasoline, and was doused in gasoline, then set alight. She burned from the inside out and the outside in. A local black gangster, already being held in a La. jail for the disappearance of a young Asian girl, was arrested. What do you think, another version of ‘Mississippi Burning’ is in the offing? With the roles changed around a little bit? I don’t know if Hollywood has shown any interest so far. This story may be too hot to touch.

    brh

    • malthuss March 8, 2016 at 12:09 am #

      out of the 95 murders so far this year, 9 weeks in, only about 15% have been solved.

      SNITCHES GET STITCHES [OR MUCH WORSE]

      And its ‘Wolf’ and he is tribe.

    • pequiste March 8, 2016 at 12:48 am #

      The noise machine that created and promoted such “talent” as Trentavious White, and schooled the murderer of Jessica CHambers has a “tune” (sic) best suited to it.

      WARNING: The following recording is toxic for civilized humans but is reflective of a very certain “Kulcha” (sic.)

      youtube.com/watch?v=vJwKKKd2ZYE

      This from the same group that gave the world Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis and Kathleen Battle.

      What happened? Talk about mistakes!

  35. BackRowHeckler March 8, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    Vice Lord Commander Quinton ‘Go Hard’ Tillis.

  36. MisterDarling March 8, 2016 at 12:35 am #

    Mister Kunstler

    RE | “Exactly the point I have repeated many times: Americans would benefit hugely from restoration of CONVENTIONAL rail. No eminent domain battles needed for new rights-of-way. The public would be grateful to go from New York to Chicago at 90 miles per hour on trains that left and arrived on time to and from stations that were clean, dignified, and well-designed. — JHK”

    I’m in complete agreement. Straight-forward advice like this (and your 2008 after-action assessment of the US/Republic of Georgia debacle) got me onboard.

    Cheers!

  37. pequiste March 8, 2016 at 12:54 am #

    And shame on all of you meanies at CFN.

    You have seemingly frightened (or perhaps disgusted) away one CreakyUncle somebody with your insensitive, withering, hurtful commentaries.

    Am I mistaken?

    • elysianfield March 8, 2016 at 10:42 am #

      pequiste,
      Are you mistaken? How the hell would we know? We are untermensh, barely representing the species, and wholly unworthy of comment…. Having qualified my unworthiness, however,
      I would opine that Doug may have asked his nephews what they thought of their uncle, and , with degraded hearing brought on by years of applause and loud adulation from the masses, simply misunderstood their answer…an honest mistake.

  38. MisterDarling March 8, 2016 at 1:13 am #

    @ creakyuncledoug;

    RE | “@MD: “I picture [Hedges’] normal environment as an episode of ‘Girls’ – only with effeminate, narcissistic, middle-aged men of indeterminate sexuality in place of actual females. . .”

    “I’m not really sure how a bright and well-read person could come to such an utterly wrong-headed view of Hedges.”-c.u.d. = = = = = =
    “I have spent most of my adult life in war. I began two decades ago covering wars in Central America, where I spent five years… &c…~Hedges in a 2004 review in the NY Review of Books”

    I formed that idea because Hedges writes about war the way a virgin writes about sex. I was well aware of the litany of places that Hedges has *observed* war before I formed my opinion. And that’s why it’s completely obvious that for all the many and varied facets of death & destruction he has witnessed proceed on an “industrial” scale, he simply __refuses__ to take it all in. He refuses to understand that the necessity of a soldier’s existence is self-evident, that there are sound, practical reasons for how it proceeds – and at what tempo. He may have observed a lot, but there’s no way that it was his normal, natural habitat. For him, war remains a stranger – simply because he refuses the introduction.

    By the way, it’s not even uncommon for young soldiers to do the same. Whereas Hedges prefers to gloss it all over with high-concept politicized bull-crap, touchstones, mood-setting & atmospheric devices, the teenage-boy soldier can translate an entire combat tour into ‘episodes’ that reinforce his personal sense of ‘destiny’ and tales of bad-assed derring-do… In either case, they’re drifting through combat with their eyes wide-shut, and to some of us it’s irritating to observe these tourists ‘observing’ in real-time, cluttering up space, getting in the way.

    Cheers!

  39. Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 4:34 am #

    counter-currents.com/2016/03/the-intentional-genocide-of-european-peoples/#more-61663

    It’s happening. How does it make you feel? Doug loves the idea. If you are more concerned about the fate of African Elephants or tribal Tutsi than you are about European Whites, you are very screwed up indeed.

    After the Paris attack, Trump referred to the French as “our people”. That’s the kind of cosmopolitanism we want.

    If Doug was informed that Communism was and is just a function or project of Big Business, would he be dissuaded? By no means. As long as it destroys the West and he gets to torment traditional White Euro-Americans, he’s fine and more than fine. If the Muslims can help than bring them in by the bushel. So what if they take over. They’re not White and it will be decades hence. Doug don’t care about what happens after he’s gone.

  40. Cold N. Holefield March 8, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    What is she going to do — instead of Mince Meat make Bananas Foster out of him like she did Vince?

    Hillary Clinton Pledges to Never Let Donald Trump Become President

    Hillary Clinton took direct aim at Donald Trump during a rally in Detroit tonight, vowing to never let the Republican front-runner become president as she continued to shift her focus away from Bernie Sanders and toward the GOP field.

    “Because of the kind of campaign that the Republicans have been running, led by their front-runner, we have a lot of people who have been attacked, right?” Clinton asked the crowd of roughly 850 people at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

    The reference to Trump prompted loud “boos” from her supporters, which seemed to fire up Clinton. “I mean, you got to say this about him, he is an equal opportunity attacker,” she said about her possible future opponent in the general election. “He’s attacked Mexicans, he’s attacked people with disabilities, he’s attacked women, he has attacked Muslims. He’s just gone after everybody.”

    She added: “We will not let a person like that ever become president of the United States.”

    • Cold N. Holefield March 8, 2016 at 9:23 am #

      What if The Donald promises to let some young zaftig female staffer suck his dick under the desk in the Oval Office — will you let him become the POTUS then?

      Bill was not only the first Black POTUS, but he was also the first Feminist POTUS. “Fat ones, skinny ones, they all can suck my cock — tall ones, short ones, even females with chicken pox.” Bill doesn’t discriminate when it comes to females sucking his cock — all are equal when it comes to pleasing his proud prick.

  41. ozone March 8, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    “The effects of all this fundamental dishonesty have thundered through our national life to the degree that American society is now divided into the swindlers and the swindled, loosing the monster of collective Id known as Trump on the public. This is what comes of attempting to divorce truth from reality, which has been the principal business of American life for several decades now. When truth and reality become de-linked, a society literally doesn’t know what it is doing. With that goes the collective sense of purpose, replaced with bromides and platitudes such as Trump’s “make America great again,” and Hillary’s “In America, every family should feel like they belong.” — JHK

    It would behoove all readers of this incisive JHK column to get it good ‘n’ clear that ^this^ is the result of broken trust. Does anyone not get this now? Sure, you can continue to engage in the bamboozlement of the ‘public’, but once they find out, all bets are off. Anyone who pretends that the fraudsters in D.C. are going to face off with our real predicaments is doing a *lot* of pretending.

    Ps. When I’m exposed to Hillary shouting lies from her various pulpits, all I can hear is, “Caw, caw, caw!!” She’s a happy carrion-eater, pecking at the barely-breathing remains of the land known as America. (“Advise and consent” is the congested heart, and the prognosis isn’t good…)

    • Cavepainter March 8, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      My personal belief is that the set of human behaviors evolved during evolutionary times hasn’t adapted well to the politic of very populous contemporary society. In those early tribal and extended family units the most ruthlessly ambitious could be more easily managed within bounds favorable to the whole group.

      Not so today, given that mass media enables such propaganda warfare on the collective mind — and the fact of degrees of separation between ‘leaders’ and the public — those most ruthless are enabled to publicize purely mythical identity and motives.

      Whereas revolution in past times could eventually well up from the masses no longer is that possible; the continuously advancing technologies in surveillance and weaponry have made impossible revolt against oppressive minority.

      • ozone March 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

        Good point, Cave.
        I tend to look at it through the wrong end of the telescope. If trust and shame could not have been extended to a much larger conglomeration, then it should not have been respected or pledged fealty to. (Distraction, division and ultimately, conquest have worked well for the extraction overlords. Mendacity defined.)

        I have only foggy guesses as to mass revolt; not enough pain has been equally applied to the lumpen denizens of the country formerly known as the U.S. of A., as of today.

        As far as “the most ruthless”? Those who seek the levers of power the most ardently are those that must be kept away from them. (Our little piece of advice for generations that may/may not follow.)

    • pequiste March 8, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      It’s all about perception and frame of reference Ozone.

      You hear “Caw, caw, caw!!” and all I can hear is “cackles” from Cankles.

      In late-term Hyper-finance Corporate Capitalism, we have created a civilization based on Mendacity. Its effect on political systems, seen around the world, is a wonder.

      • ozone March 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

        “…we have created a civilization based on Mendacity.”

        It truly *is* a wonderment…. especially in its ability to persevere as long as it has! 😉

  42. Cold N. Holefield March 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Here’s an excellent article on the rail versus truck debate concerning freight transportation. Make sure to read the excellent commentary. Trucking is heavily subsidized by government. It pays a small tax for road usage that is in no way indicative of the damage trucks do to roads. Railways, on the other hand, are responsible for the cost of their infrastructure. The government doesn’t subsidize it. The Trucking Lobby, which is also backed by the Petroleum Lobby, obfuscates this debate with misleading information.

    treehugger.com/cars/rail-versus-trucking-whos-the-greenest-freight-carrier.html

    • cbeard March 9, 2016 at 7:30 am #

      Cold N. Holefield I’ve spent 40 years in the trucking industry and you will get an earful if you tell an owner operator his taxes are too low. Trucking and especially railroads depend on government subsidies. Who else can afford to build the infrastructure needed to support either. Intermodal rail freight is indispensable and so is trucking. The rail freight cannot get to its final destination without trucks. If all trucking were to be stopped for one day it would bring this country to its knees. The only thing worse would be a shutdown of the nations power grid. Rail freight may be greener as you say but it can/is getting better. If you really want to go green and do something for the environment, eliminate a few billion humans on this overpopulated rock called Earth.

  43. Q. Shtik March 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    “Flush out the [unplayable] debt every 20 years”.

    It’s how the ‘civilized’ world functioned for years – regular debt jubilees. We ought to bring it back. – merf56

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

    [unpayable]

    Strongly disagree.

    Who would be willing to lend money or extend credit if all the debtor had to do was not pay and eventually the slate would be wiped clean …….. especially with a jubilee on such a short and regular schedule as 20 years.

    Would the US Govt be able to tell China “yeah, we owe you trillions but we’re declaring a jubilee.”

  44. Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    dailystormer.com/south-africa-farmer-thrown-alive-into-crocodile-pit/

    Whites never have anything to worry about. As Ozone says, anyone who expresses concern about them is obviously a paid troll. What a crock.

    The man’s hands were bound but he still tried to swim and save his life. But the Crocs caught him and started feeding.

    Can you visualize yourself in his situation? But will you?

    • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 11:22 am #

      Two once great, anti-communist nations, Rhodesia and South Africa, were murdered in the name of social justice. The people supposedly being freed from their oppression are infinitely worse off. The United States government betrayed their former loyal allies and is complicit in the homicides. The mainstream media, which aided and abetted the crime, remain silent to the aftermath. Liberalism is a mental illness. Lady justice weeps.

  45. pequiste March 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    To borrow and paraphrase from the greatest of all American cynics and misanthropes, Ambrose Bierce (I suspect he has a large following here at CFN – and Jim is probably among his most ardent admirers:)

    Mistakes: the Stakes that never miss.

    Who will drive one into the heart of each of the monster political parties here in the U.S.S. of A. (United Surveillance States of America) Bernie or The Donald?

    Today’s primaries might provide some clarity although I suspect it will take until 15 Mar to really find out.

  46. Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    dailystormer.com/gawker-says-they-released-hulk-hogan-sex-tape-because-of-the-holocaust/

    Glad to see the Hulk fighting back a bit. He disgraced himself by apologizing for using the N word. He was being destroyed yet he still apologized. Even Hulk Hogan is over socialized.

    • malthuss March 8, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

      Trump should offer him a place on his ticket.

  47. InquiringMind March 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Gentle people ; I would just like to say how much I agree with Mr. Kunstler’s title of this essay “Mistakes were Made”. For almost 40 years I have watched both political parties rope-a-dope the American workers, especially in the early years–especially the blue-collar workers. I am not going to say that this is only a “white working-class issue”, but it is definitely now a class issue. I watched as factory after factory closed down in the late 70s in the rust belt town I grew up in. It was devastating.

    In the 90s, President Clinton and Al Gore pushed NAFTA to the objections of Ross Perot. I watched the media lambaste Ross Perot and push him out. Whatever his quirky beliefs were, he was in the end right about the sucking sound of jobs leaving the United States. I watched as Alan Greenspan whispered in Reagan’s ear. I watched Clinton repeal the Glass-Steagall Act and then the banks “did their thing”. I wondered about the Iraq invasion. I watched as President Bush tried to “democratize” Iraq. I heard that the Sunni didn’t bother to vote in their own election. They did not at that time give the Iraqi security a role in keeping order right after Saddam went down. I wondered what was wrong with this. The American people have spent blood and treasure trying to fix the Middle East. Was it worth it? And now we have people in power in Western Europe and perhaps the Democrats in our country making hasty decisions on letting in people we know nothing about. This is not a slam against Muslims that have been in our country many decades that have lived here peacefully. But I can’t ignore all of the dreadful things I’m seeing happen in Europe on Youtube and on RT. Our media has been reprehensible in the way it cherry-picks news stories from Europe and news stories in our country to present on television to the American people. They seem hell-bent to influence public opinion of the various candidates with subtle jabs and verbiage. Much of the population no longer trusts Fox, CNN, or MSNBC. We watch their frightened, perturbed expressions. Some of them can’t even hide their contempt for Donald Trump. So we see they’re not objective anymore. We have entered one of the stages of Orlov’s collapse when we have begun to despise our own television media.

    I would like to thank the person who suggested Peggy Noonan’s article “Donald Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected”. It was an absolutely spot-on article. Also, I would like to suggest everyone watch on Youtube “Judge Jeanine Shapiro’s Brilliant Take-down of Mitt Romney”. That pretty much echoes a vast number of peoples’ opinion of what he tried to do on the eve of the last Super Tuesday and what he and the “establishment Republicans” are up to now. It will not save their party. I told a family member just a few days before Donald Trump was crucified on Fox the eve of Super Tuesday that soon Papa Roach and other cockroaches would come crawling out because they smell the fumigation coming! No, this will not save their party, but the Democrats have their own set of problems. But that I will reserve for later. I digress.

    We can also see where the most privileged and protected people live and vote in the Republican party whenever they show maps of the counties of the states and what candidates they vote for. Rubio seems to be the candidate most preferred by the people who like politicians that have betrayed us.

    • beantownbill. March 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

      Ah, for the days of Walter Cronkite and Huntley-Brinkley.

      • InquiringMind March 8, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

        lol Absolutely beantownbill! Although I differ in my list of candidates. I would choose Trump first but I will have to watch how this election cycle churns and what stupid remark pops out of the various candidate’s mouths first. I lost some respect for Bernie whenI he made the statement that” white people don’t know what it is like to be poor.” Give us a break! Visit any trailer park in many places in this country and go visit Appalachia sometime.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

          Or even Vermont’s northeast. As Mark Steyn said, every town in Northern Vermont and New Hampshire that isn’t part of the ski industry, is depressed.

          • InquiringMind March 10, 2016 at 3:13 am #

            Hello Janos, Yes it is true that so much of our nation looks so deteriorated. While our leaders in Washington were so concerned about their diplomatic ties with nations overseas …and throwing our blood and treasure and food aid to nations that are probably NEVER going to respect ..,much less appreciate the USA……these same vote whores were treating their OWN people like THE RED-HEADED STEPCHILD!!! I can give you many shocking examples of cities and hamlets where there are great numbers of marginalized,struggling, poor whites that were once the middle class and are the descendants of blue collar workers that built up the nation’s power and wealth…fought the WARS etc. These cities never will be seen on screen or mentioned in most newspapers. But trust me ….Detroit gets lots of attention.,though. There are beautiful cities in the South now where there are many, many middle class and “new rich” minorities that have homes that as a kid I would have thought were mansions. Their cars are sleek and they spend lots on fru-frus at the malls,etc.They go to the nail parlors and many have pools . Even the simple minority working class suburbs in some towns in Georgia look a hell of a lot better than white rust belt neighborhoods.

            Am I nasty? No. I don’t begrudge anyone a decent standard of living. But I despise dishonesty. I am disgusted with the way the Democratic party trots out their “Ace ” in the deck…(.the minority vote.)..every four years.and the television media goes on about how poor kids in inner cities …. need more help more help more help and on and on and on about THEM.!!!. i These go#%*!ned people have just SO TOTALLY LOST their peripheral vision.

            I will say that I don’t think all minority people are totally evil. I have been friendly towered and worked around them in my adult life. Although I do have a tendency to self segregate.
            What I am CONCERNED about….. is that there is just a very SELF- INTERESTED way the minority “club” pursues power and influence. IT always is all about their struggle ,…. problems…. their Academy Awards,… and on and on and on. And the media thinks it is a fresh story. And Hillary courts THEM. And whites feel left out that are struggling …and when Donald Trump comes along and simply offers HOPE THEY CAN GET WORK he is viciously attacked by the MEDIA and called a racist just because so many white people run to him because they have been SO looked down on by Republican elites and so FORGOTTEN about by the DEMS.

            I wonder what will happen in Cleveland Ohio this summer. I do know THIS….NATURE HATES A VACUUM.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

        Bought and sold both of them. Cronkite was Council of Foreign Relations I believe.

        • beantownbill. March 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

          I know that, but you’re missing my point – that back in the day people respected those in the media.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

            That was their mistake, wasn’t it? If they had called the Liars out then, we wouldn’t be where we are now.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

      Class? Try race. Noonan is for business as usual obviously. Totally PC. She just realizes that Whites will tear this country apart before they just give it away to aliens. No idealism on her part, just an instinct for self preservation.

      • malthuss March 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

        WE DID GIVE IT AWAY.

        150,000,000 ? Population increase since 1965.

        50m abortions.

        white go from 90% to 40%, soon.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2016 at 11:27 pm #

          Yeah well you’re not wrong. We’re obviously not getting it back, not all of it and none of it without struggle.

    • basil March 9, 2016 at 8:07 am #

      interesting post from judge pirro. without supporting information, as usual, she reads from the anti-Obama republican script. a hack takes down a hack who takes down a hack. nobody will take her down because she isn’t worth it.

  48. beantownbill. March 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    If I were a voting man, and if I was to vote (I’m not, and I won’t), my preferences for POTUS would be:

    1. Trump
    2. Hillary
    3. Bernie
    4. Rubio
    5. Cruz

    Maybe a more accurate statement is “of all the candidates, this is the order of those I dislike the least”.

    However, I WOULD vote for Gene McCarthy, Ross Perot, George Washington, Andy Jackson, John Paul Jones, Teddy Roosevelt and JFK.

  49. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    WOW!!!

    facebook.com/100007955946638/videos/1695794960695686/

  50. wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 12:16 am #

    With tonight’s win in Michigan Bernie’s momentum increases and Bernie proves he can win in delegate-rich midwestern states. Didn’t “they” say it was all over for Bernie after after New Hampshire? He couldn’t win outside New England, “they” said. He couldn’t win in diverse states, like Michigan, “they” said. So much for conventional wisdom.

    Hillary, with an indictment hanging over her, is unelectable. She should withdraw from the race. If she does not suspend her campaign, she should expect to lose more states and have a fight on her hands all the way to the convention.

  51. InquiringMind March 9, 2016 at 3:47 am #

    Well, I wondered how Bernie prevailed over the Hillary in Michigan last night until I thought about the Independent voter’s reaction…… to her proposal about gun law………when Bernie exposed the problem with her argument….which was…… IT could SHUT DOWN every gun manufacturer in the United States.( And could the Supreme Court STOP IT? ) WOW ! Thank You Bernie WE HARDLY KNEW YE! Bernie is so much brighter than so many of the other candidates. So honest as well. I almost thought I saw the SPIRIT of Charlton Heston,…….superimposed on Bernie’s demeanor …saying…”OUT OF MY COLD DEAD HANDS!” LOL

    • Cold N. Holefield March 9, 2016 at 6:59 am #

      Still, Democrat voters are such misinformed, delusional rubes. In exit polling in Michigan, if polls are to be believed and I don’t think they can and should be believed, nearly 90% of Democrats polled said they believe Hillary is honest. Only 65% believe Bernie is honest. This world is truly upside down and insane. Bernie is so honest, he’s naive. Hillary is as dishonest as a person can possibly be. Where are we? How did we get here? Gatto knows.

      How much you want to bet the exit polling was largely done in Wayne County and the majority of those polled were Black. Of course they think Bernie is dishonest — he’s a fucking (thanks to Viagra) old White guy, and they’ve been taught since birth that old White guys, or any White guys, are the devil and their sworn enemies. Conversely, Old White Bitch Hags, decked out in bizarro Star Wars attire that attempts to conceal the rolls of lard, are their bestest friends and greatest allies.

      This is one of many reasons I drink.

      • InquiringMind March 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

        Hey Cold N.Holefield, I think I MIGHT understand Hillary’s support among many Democrats over Bernie…..1.They don’t think Bernie can “deliver” on major reforms….it is just too risky for their particular situations. 2.If the minimum wage actually did go up to $15.00 an hour for folks working at places like Wal Mart etc. ect.,…(and Wal Mart is a MAJOR employer in most states…THEN our entire structure of government help for the working poor such as food stamps, etc. …would then be the rug yanked out from under them. And that would be devastating for them. !!!!!!! These folks have become very adapted to the draconian rules of government help and are NOT as naive as some think.

        On the Bernie side… people are either more desperate or more naive!!! BUT there are some people that are more educated as well. They are loaded down with student debt and wonder if a break on healthcare cost will help them pay on their loans plus a mortgage someday. So ….”this sucker could still go down!”

        At some point in January of next year…so many healthcare insurance premiums …(subsidized or not!) are going through the roof. Then we will all have to probably let the MARKETS decide as in massive numbers we just drop the policies because of the choice between health “insurance” and a full stomach. AND I’m speaking from a more middle class perspective!!!

        Bernie is noble but true socialism only works when people are reasonable and resources are plentiful. And there are still people that vote for BOTH political parties,.. that are comfortable enough in their “mode”…. that they will continue to suck blood from the goose that laid their Golden Egg….the working and middle classes. Only when there are MAJOR disruptions in the Markets do any of these folks seem to get a clue.

        As for Hillary…..don’t let the scolding school marm demeanor fool you……Napoleon did not have nuttin on her !!! LOL

  52. Cold N. Holefield March 9, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    malthuss said: 50m abortions.

    hyperbole much?

    get real.

  53. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    Washington announces loss of 19 U.S. Air Force pilots in anti-ISIS operations

    Secretary of the US Air Force Deborah Lee announced the loss of 19 US Air Force pilots since the start of military operations against ISIS.

    Deborah Lee has said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “We have lost 19 pilots, 8 of whom were killed as a result of the enemy actions,” referring to the ongoing military operations against ISIS militants in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

    iraqinews.com/iraq-war/washington-announces-loss-19-u-s-air-force-pilots-anti-isis-operations/

    That ISIL thing is far from over. How is that someone even contemplating voting for Hillary is beyond my understanding.

    • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:39 am #

      Wait a minute. How accurate is that statement? I have never heard of any aircraft or pilots being lost fighting ISIS.

      brh

      • FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 7:53 am #

        Keep reading and watching us mainstream – one morning you’ll wake up really fucking surprised.

        • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 11:05 am #

          The only aircraft lost so far was Russian, shot down by Turks.

          Nothing was done about it.

          brh

    • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 11:26 am #

      The story is an obvious crock.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      sputniknews.com/military/20160308/1035929100/us-airmen-daesh-killed.html

      So far, the story could be found only in Russian media, but Sputnik has a reputation to uphold and they have actual journalist in Washington. I doubt that they simply emitted blatant lie quoting US Pentagon official

      • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

        I agree Sputnik has a good reputation. I’ll at least keep an open mind now. It will be interesting to see what RT says.

  54. BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    Charlie Rose program next on PBS “with German Defense Minister Von Der Layden”. Wow! German Defense Minister! Sounds imposing, this ought to be good! Von Moltke! Otto Von Bismarck! Herman Goering! Von Manstien! No. Out trots this little old lady, the German Defense Minister. She was so sweet, a mother of seven, and gramma to a whole brood. God bless her. Charlie was almost solicitous in his questions, as if he were interviewing the chief kindergarten teacher at the local nursery. No hard questions, but many leading questions like, “what’s it like to be the mother of seven, at the same time chief of German Armed Forces”. She has a vision, this Defense Minister: all living together in harmony, Kurds and Turks, Shia and Sunni, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Christians and Muslims. All that its gonna take is peace, love and understanding. “We can do it”. Charlie seemed stunned, but hey, at least she wasn’t laughing in his face like Vladimer Putin did a few months ago. The biggest threat Germany faces today: right wing groups , apparently meaning those inside Germany not down with the program. Does Russian High Command moniter western media. Does ISIS? Their conclusion must be there’s not much to worry about from that quarter.

    brh

  55. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    Donald Trump is receiving foreign policy advice from a former U.S. military intelligence chief, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who wants the United States to work more closely with Russia to resolve global security issues.

    news.yahoo.com/trump-being-advised-ex-u-lieutenant-general-favors-230411223.html;_ylt=AwrBT6KmBNFW7f…

    Trump is a very serious candidate enjoying support of a very serious professional team. As for his showman behavior – he’ll abandon that closer he gets to general elections.

    The world’s security issues and a real possibility of nuclear war must take precedence over some little “collapse theories” and raising chicken coops.

    According to some Russian sources, Saudi Arabia has already used tactical nuclear weapon in Yemen against the rebel’s underground bunkers.

  56. BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    Oh yeah, if you’re gonna visit NYC soon, you’ll be happy to know, beginning a few days ago, if you’re a man you can use women’s rest rooms and locker rooms, and if you’re a woman you can use men’s restrooms and locker rooms, per new executive order signed by Mayor DiBlassio. “We don’t discriminate here”, stated the Mayor. Its not what you are, but what you think you are. Say for example you’re a dude but you have this thing for young girls. In the past hanging around a girls locker room would get you arrested. Not now. Go on in, doors wide open!

    This is how far gone it is.

    brh

  57. routersurfer March 9, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    Howdy, Jim ! ” We also fail to appreciate how, if there is just a little more trouble in banking and financial markets before November 8, we can’t even be certain of holding the general election. ” What a nice thought. I am ready for that damn reset button Her Majesty HRC carries all over the world. That would be the best outcome for all. See you in the future.

  58. Q. Shtik March 9, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer blasted Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday Two press conference:

    “I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a stream of disconnected ideas since I quit psychiatry 30 years ago,” Krauthammer said of Trump’s nationally-televised event.

    • beantownbill. March 9, 2016 at 11:03 am #

      Easily explained. Entrepreneurs have very active minds, always exploring new paths; often they appear unorganized. That’s why they hire underlings to do the detail work.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

        Well said. Q has a bee in his bonnet about this – as if the NY Times doesn’t lie every day in beautiful English. Q is something of an aesthete or formalist, perhaps an aesthetic formalist.

        Little Bob Reich has come out against Trump now. Honest Abe Foxman a couple of days ago. You alone among the Jews stand for Fairness, yet you still deny the Don your vote. Perhaps it some vestigial atavism, a dim memory from other lives, or perhaps a genetic memory a la Dune of the Don Cossacks and the havoc they wrought among your people in the Ukraine, though it must be said that it was not entirely undeserved in the general sense. The innocent always die during war. Are we supposed to only remember Ann Frank and not the millions of little German girls gutted on Russian bayonets or raped to death by Stalin’s bestial Central Asian troops? If Hollywood is to be believed, yes. No matter. We will not forget.

        • malthuss March 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

          Were any Holocaust [tm] films released, December 2015?

        • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

          Or the hundreds of thousands who died in Dresden and other Allied scorched earth bombing campaigns.

    • ozone March 9, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      I’m happy to see that at least one person in the US is keeping tabs on what Kraphammer is up to these days. (He did I fine job of promoting the War on Iraq back in the dim and distant past.)

      • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

        Absolutely! He and the rest of his despicable neo-con brethren. Speaking of which, “Where in the world is Victoria Kagan Noodleman Nuland?”

  59. wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    The results are in and Bernie Sanders was declared the winner in a very important state for our campaign: Michigan. That’s a major, game-changing victory for our campaign.

    The corporate media counted us out. The pollsters said we were way behind. (One poll said Bernie would lose by 25 points… Doug believed it) The Clinton super PACs spent millions against us across the country. We were hit with a dishonest attack in the debate. But we won, again… and if we continue to stand together, we can win this nomination.

    Bernie Sanders 2016

    It ain’t over until Hillary is indicted and gives her concession speech…

    • Q. Shtik March 9, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      It ain’t over until Hillary is indicted and gives her concession speech… – wpa

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

      I’m curious what words you will use to switch your allegiance over to Hillary once she has a lock on the nomination. I hope, for your sake, you do a better job of saving face than Christie did. At least he’s got some potential skin in the game…… VP?, Attorney General?

      • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

        It ain’t over till the Fat Lady gets high!

        — Ken Kesey

        brh

      • SteveO March 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

        Clinton’s (in)justice department will be as intentionally ineffective as Obama’s was. She’s taken millions of dollars from the financial industry, she’ll find another Eric Holder for AG and a Timmy “the Tool” Geithner clone for treasury.

  60. fodase March 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    Illegal Mexican alien murders 5 people in Missouri after being deported and again coming back into the US. Trump was right, again.

    fox4kc.com/2016/03/09/m

    Liberal scum like Obama support these ‘dreamers’, doncha know.

    All Hail Our Great Leader Trump!

    • wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      Lesson: Deportation does not work. Walls do not work. We should legalize them all with immediate citizenship rights so they can work more, pay more taxes, receive mental health care, and not kill anyone. LEGALIZE THEM NOW!!!

      • Q. Shtik March 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

        We should legalize them all … so they can … receive mental health care, and not kill anyone. – wpa

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

        When your extraneous words are trimmed away it leaves a very funny statement.

      • pequiste March 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

        Deep coal mines work….

        Cleanup of “Superfund” sites works….

        Working on some remote stretch in Alaska would work….

        All under strict corrections or military supervision.

        Keeping illegal aliens out before they enter U.S. territory is the humane and sensible proactive manner to deal with invading hordes (See current capital “C” Clusterfuck in Europe with invading illegal alien enemy forces.)

        Once here – when caught: nice summary trail and incarceration to “work site” with conviction. Mandatory sentence fulfillment. NO mamby-pamby – rigour works too.

        Escaping prisoners should be hunted, shot, then cremated. No fooling around.

        Let anyone sneaking into the country work, and work hard, as compulsory punishment of breaking our immigration laws and whatever other laws in the process.

        wpa-ccc must have sniffed some extra strong glue with another successful evening for Donald Trump. Save some for 15 March.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

          Yes and let the executives who hire them be perp walked into Court, convicted, and sent to the mines along with their charges.

  61. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    A.Brodsky. Classical revolutionary situation in the US

    Hillary lost to Sanders in a large and psychologically important Michigan, with 130 delegates, of which Sanders got 65 against his opponent’s 58. But Hillary has recouped her loss somewhat in a relatively small agricultural State of Mississippi, counterfeiting herself 29 delegates, and wholeheartedly leaving Sanders the rest 4.

    Judging by the fact how eagerly Hillary without hesitation makes herself a 90% win in the areas controlled by her apparatus, she is not expecting to win next Tuesday in Ohio, where the winner will take away all of the 143 delegates, and in Florida, where the winner takes all of 214 delegates – apparently because of the failure to take control of a sufficient number of polling stations.

    However, she disguises her machinations with “black voters” that already has led to the outbreak of racism. Trump speaks openly in his facebook that the fact that black voters are voting for Hillary is proving their civil immaturity, forgetting how only six months ago, Hillary, who now presents herself as faithful Obama follower, slandered poor Barack using racist arguments.

    Moreover, she gave the Democratic candidates for Congress in 2014 elections order to distance themselves from the president, and in the black areas where the voters unanimously voted for Obama in 2012, just did not come to the polling sites, resulting in the Democrats lost a third of the seats in Congress and half of the seats in local legislatures and governments.

    This alone shows the true popularity of Hillary in black areas, but she obviously was able during this time to buy quite a large number of black leaders who either convinced these voters of Bernie Sanders’ racism, using the so-called “black anti-Semitism” and very suspicious shootings by police of black teenagers.

    In fact we are now seeing in the US is the classical revolutionary situation of dual power system. In any case, the prospect of civil war is being openly discussed on the leading TV channels, still in connection with the brazen manipulation of the election by the Republican Party establishment.

    But even in Massachusetts nearly 200 thousand Democratic voters signed a petition to the US president and the state governor to arrest Bill Clinton for violations of state law governing elections.

    In Illinois and North Carolina, where the elections will be held on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton has a very little chance for historical reasons. So some kind of culmination of this orgy will happen, probably, on Tuesday in Missouri, where the city of St. Louis is located, which became the symbol of undermining of the social programs initiated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose spirit now hovers over the election campaign of Bernie Sanders, by those who are now trying to bring to power Hillary Clinton.

  62. fodase March 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    We should legalize them all with immediate citizenship rights so they can work more, pay more taxes, receive mental health care, and not kill anyone

    The utter insanity of this type of thinking….

    So let me get this straight, legalizing a felon (previously deported but returned, making a misdemeanor a felony) would have prevented him from killing?

    All cultures are not equal.

    Liberalism truly is a mental illness.

    Disclaimer: fully support legal immigration of people that will benefit the country emigrated to.

    No worries, though, Our Glorious Leader will take care of this once and for all.

  63. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    “do a better job of saving face than Christie did. At least he’s got some potential skin in the game…… VP?, Attorney General?” == Q

    Comrade Christie will be appointed by comrade Trump as a Red Commissar of the US Automobile Industry.

  64. wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    No worries, though, Our Glorious Leader will take care of this once and for all. — fodase

    He will deport the first 30 million illegals so fast it will make your head spin. He said so. He will build the greatest wall ever… and Mexico will pay for it. He said so. Oh what a great deracinated country it will be! /s

    • JimInFlorida March 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      Trump would do well to admit he got carried away with his campaign rhetoric and mass deportation of 3rd world immigrants. He should get serious and propose Deportation By Attrition.

      In other words, first strike and the 3rd Worlder’s visa is revoked and is deported. Trump should haul the Anchor Baby Clause of the 14th Amendment into the dock and challenge its legitimacy. Perhaps a revision would state that only children born to parents who are AT LEAST 2nd generation citizens (whose grandparents emigrated here and became naturalized) are eligible for citizenship at birth. The authors of the 14th Amendment had NO IDEA, or foresight, of what would happen over a century later.

      The vast majority of our troublesome immigration came in under GHW Bush’s 1990 Immigration Act. The key feature of that Act is the ***DIVERSITY VISA***.

      The ***DIVERSITY VISA*** exists solely to expedite importation of 3rd worlders. By any means necessary. It is open war on the legacy White population and that is reason enough for Trump to use Executive Orders to nullify it somehow. Anybody who got “citizenship” under such conditions should have that “citizenship” challenged and be reviewed for criminal records and burden to the State.

      Deportation By Attrition takes place when Muslims, or others who came in under questionable immigration policy, are caught for crimes. Or their burden to the State is reviewed and they are shown to be liabilities. As they are caught, they are deported.

      On the flip side, Trump should also offer a Pay Them To Leave option to leave on their own. President Trump should create a program to enable easy transfer of assets out of the country, NO HASSLES from banks or the IRS, and subsidization of moving expenses in exchange for voluntary renouncement of a questionable citizenship or DIVERSITY VISA privileges. In any case, Trump should soak the hell out of Wall Street to pay for both programs.

      An incremental process like Deportation By Attrition or Pay Them To Leave will work much better and even gain public support because Due Process was used in both forced and voluntary deportation. Also, cities and towns will be noticeably nicer places to live as the demographics become more White.

  65. Cold N. Holefield March 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    My sources tell me Trump, once elected, plans on nominating Chris Christie for Surgeon General. I think Christie’s a good fit for Surgeon General. Maybe a tight fit, but a good fit nonetheless.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

      Sorry for the clumsy joke, it was just a joke….

  66. Cold N. Holefield March 9, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    My sources also tell me that once Trump wins the Republican nomination he will change his campaign motto in the general election to Make Russia Great Again.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

      Cold, you really don’t want to have Russia as an arch-enemy on top of your growing economic problems. All Trump wants to do is to negotiate a better deal, taking in consideration the interests of both Nations.

      Nixon’s Principle of Peaceful Coexistence.

  67. volodya March 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Makes me laugh, this piling on The Donald. Now it’s Robert Reich with this fascism baloney. Jesus H Christ, Trump, a fascist? Seriously?

    Reich claims he’s reluctant to apply the word “fascist” because it’s too often used carelessly. Yeah, no shit, in this I agree, much too often, much too carelessly, including in Reich’s article. I can imagine the deep sighs and regret, oh my, tsk, tsk, but Reich uses the word anyway.

    On second thought, given that Reich is a practitioner of that lowest, most contemptible pseudo-science – economics – should we be surprised? What do economists generally spew after all if not nonsense? It’s their stock-in-trade.

    These nonsense-mongers cite bogus parallels like Reich does when he says The Donald got people to raise their right hand at a rally, you know, Seig Heil style. You want to avert your eyes, not from Trump but from Reich and people like him.

    I wonder, have these guys ever talked to anyone actually there to see what real fascists inflicted? Have they actually cracked open a history book to read about it?

    The Donald a fascist? Give me strength. A semi-successful real estate developer, one that left a trail of bankruptcies, a blustering clown maybe, a boor, yes, a vulgarian ok, but a fascist? Please.

    OK, maybe this is just another con job. We keep hearing this fascism stuff, so the glitterati elite don’t like The Donald, maybe they’re pissed because the appointed lackey – Bush – screwed it up, so they’ll say damn near anything to derail The Donald’s campaign.

    Maybe they’re preying on the ignorance of the great unwashed, especially the younger contingent that haven’t actually learned any history in school and don’t have the first fucking clue and wouldn’t know from fascism.

    Maybe these guys learned some campus tricks. To make people an object of contempt you call them “angry white men”. To shut people down, you level accusations like “bigot” and “racist”. Don’t like what somebody is saying? Accuse them of “hate speech”. Call them “Nazi” and “Fascist”.

    It works on universities and colleges. Not so sure it’ll do anything in the real world.

    See, as Matt Taibbi sez in his February Rolling Stone article, The Donald says a lot of crazy stuff, but there’s also a lot of truth in what The Donald is saying.

    Too much truth in fact. Way too much. Can’t have that. So, they get down and dirty, they do what they have to. They call The Donald a Fascist.

    When this doesn’t work,and it probably won’t, we’ll see what other tricks they try, this being the Presidency of the Depleted States of America we’re talking about. Depleted or no, The State is still a valuable asset so they want somebody reliable, who colors between the lines and doesn’t say things he shouldn’t, especially about how a small elite screwed the country.

    • Q. Shtik March 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

      Mussolini was no dummy. He took the time to define fascism for us. Here is the English translation. Forward it to those who don’t have a clue and let them decide if Trump fits the definition of fascist. I doubt Trump can even spell fascism.

      urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fascism&defid=1144860

      BTW volodya, how could you even pay attention to a man who is 4’11” tall?

      • volodya March 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

        Now, now Q, be nice, don’t make fun of people’s height.

        Mussolini’s writing was gibberish. In any case I judge by results.

        I’m Gumpian: Fascism is as Fascism does. What did Fascists do? Everything with those guys was overboard. For example, nationalism and militarism and racism weren’t enough, no, it was “lebensraum” and empire and extermination and The Thousand Year Reich. What was the European body count? 40 million? We’re still living with the results.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

          I’m not comfortable with the militarism, expansionism, and idolatry of the Nation State either. Perhaps I should just limit myself to calling my philosophy National Socialism. Lovecraft’s political philosophy is virtually identical to mine from what I know of it.

          On the other hand, Fascist theory states that each nation has its own unique form of Fascism consonant with its own traditions. Thus Franco’s fascism was far more moderate, with a reverence for Spain but not an idolatry. In other words, he didn’t believe Spain or the Spanish People had some unique and eternal destiny apart or above other European Christian peoples.

          This aspect of Hitler’s philosophy is also problematic, mitigated to some extent by the fact that Germany was under economic attack with military attack by the Capitalists and Communists in the near future. The Poles were butchering Germans in the streets when Hitler invaded.

    • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

      I’m pretty sure Robert Reich played the Mayor of Munchkinland in the “Wizard of Oz.” In his honor, the Lollipop Guild welcome:

      youtube.com/watch?v=QhjRUKCKIG4

  68. San Jose March 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    “Make America Great Again.” I’m feeling discouraged today because San Jose’s ballet company is now kaput. They’ve been struggling for decades, but at this point, they cannot even finish the season. I used to have season tickets for the ballet and the San Jose Symphony (which went bankrupt ages ago).

    Long ago, I was in charge of corporate gifts for a now-defunct Silicon Valley company. I made sure the arts were supported along with charities that met basic human needs.

    Recently I quit serving on the board of a local non-profit that is involved in the greening of Silicon Valley–planting trees, etc. But trying to get Apple, Intel, etc. to donate was impossible. They support STEM non-profits and not much more. Intel was the worst. They promised to provide marketing support and strategy (instead of money), but after six months of cancelled meetings at the very last minute–even when we were in the lobby–we gave up. Man does not live by technology alone.

    Jen in San Jose

    • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

      That belong to the past – the White past. Minorities aren’t interested and wont support it. California is majority minority now, so perhaps the Companies are just being realistic? Of course some of the executives must like this kind of thing. That brings up an interesting question as to the future of the arts. Will the Elite fund them as a private venture, mostly for their own enjoyment?

      As for public arts, can you get behind dog fighting, horse tripping, drag racing, rap, and graffiti? If not, why not? Are you trying to say that White Culture is better? Or just better for you? And what does that say about you? Are you willing to affirm your White Heritage? Or cower in terror just thinking about possible accusations of “White Privilege”?

      • San Jose March 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

        I affirm my Euro-centric heritage Janos–and I have a keen interest in Asian culture! (I’m a card-carrying member of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.) God bless Avery Brundage–who donated his bazillion dollar Asian art collection to S.F.

        Deep sigh.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

          Avery Brundage. Not quite as weird a name as Stringfellow Barr but weird enough.

          Imagine the future of the great museums of Europe under Muslim rule or America’s museums under Blacks and Browns. In contrast, the Nazis revered Europe’s great art, liberating some of it from selfish investors and collectors in order to make it viewable to all.

          • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

            The big looters and thieves, historically, were the Bolsheviks in Russia, who stripped clean all museums, churches and cathedrals after 1918, and sold the stuff at discount across the world to raise $$$ ‘for the revolution’! There were quite a few willing buyers in Washington, NY and London by the way. Whether or not any of this stolen art has been recovered and returned to the Russian people I do not Know. This was never mentioned in the film ‘Monuments Men’.

            brh

          • San Jose March 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

            You seem to be forgetting that in his last days, Hitler ordered that Paris be smashed to bits.

            As for myself, I admire Napoleon because he treasured antiquities.

      • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

        Janos, you forgot the big one–cock fighting. -Sticks

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

          Ever see one? Do they put razors on the bird’s feet?

          I used to make red and black ants fight as a boy. The red seemed to have more vitality and usually won unless the Blacks were very big. My father told me it was cruel. I see his point even though they are just ants. But one can say “just” about anything.

    • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

      The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is on the verge of going toes up, too.

      brh

      • malthuss March 9, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

        White Privilege Symphony.

        Oh, The Army has the time and urgent need to teach about White privilege:

        judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-documents-reveal-us-army-indoctrinated-so…

        • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

          If these gentlemen and ladies in the Hartford Symphony would only start playing Hip Hop, chanting about smacking down ho’s, gunning down cops, dealing crack and driving stolen Escalades … I think they’d get a new life. Hartford as it is today would flock to see them. And the local media would love the ‘Cultural Enrichment!’

          brh

          • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 12:16 am #

            Gates [mostly White, if I recall] has a hiphop museum at Harvard.

            Oh, the highest paid private college prez is a Black gal w a PhD– at RPI.

          • pequiste March 10, 2016 at 9:12 am #

            Perhaps y’all missed it.

            Here’s an encore of some of dat kulcharul Nrichment gentlemen and ladies:

            youtube.com/watch?v=vJwKKKd2ZYE

            WARNING: This shit is not for consumption by civilized persons of any background.*

            ANd how was that for “museum quality art?”

            *( Breathtaking, this collapse of American culture – this toxic waste is mainstream and vigorously promoted by the Media.)

  69. Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    Bernie won Michigan but Hillary got the delegates somehow? “Super delegates? Sounds like the same kind of advantage big investors have over small.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

      Phrase “Hillary got super delegates” doesn’t mean anything. Those party apparatchiks are not pledged to vote any way until the convention.

      And in 2008 was similar story, but when Obama began to sweep the votes in the primaries, super-delegates jumped ship and herded to his side.

  70. Q. Shtik March 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Q has a bee in his bonnet about this – as if the NY Times doesn’t lie every day in beautiful English. – Janos

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

    Yes, point taken, but Trump lies every day in the worst English imaginable.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      And a beautiful lie is more dangerous because many equate beauty with truth a la Keats. But beauty matter more to you than truth, and for you, beauty is strict form. Thus you are an aesthetic formalist.

  71. Cold N. Holefield March 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    I’m happy everyone believes It’s All Lies. Except that last statement, of course.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

      Are you a Cretan or a Cretin?

      • Cold N. Holefield March 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

        There is no me just as there is no you.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 1:21 am #

          But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.
          -Matthew 18: 6-7

  72. wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    PUBLIC ARTS STARVED WHILE MILITARY MUSIC FLOURISHES

    The U.S. spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on dozens of military marching bands, rock groups, jazz ensembles, choruses and country music performance teams. In light of the current economic climate, some are wondering if this is excessive and unnecessary spending. Walter Pincus of the Washington Post has written a series of columns on the cost of military music.

    There are more military band musicians in the Defense Department than the State Department has Foreign Service officers.

    This metaphor intrigued Pincus, and he decided to see how many musicians the U.S. government was really employing. He says no one was able to provide concrete figures on how much is spent on military bands in total.

    They have hundreds of golf courses, too, all over the world… more wasted tax payer money … while local arts for the people who pay for the military go broke.

    • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

      As we used to say in the Army, “Military music is to music what military justice is to justice.” Even still, I like it. Can’t imagine what else we would march to. Maybe Q’s “girl in pink” or Bill Murray’s “do-wha-diddy” from “Stripes.”

      Stars and stripes and John Phillip Souza forever!

      -Sticks

      • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

        Did you ever hear the bag pipes playing over the 1MC when a British Man o’ War comes in to port? You can hear it from miles away, and when they get close you can see the guy in kilts up their on the flying bridge, wailing away on those pipes!

        brh

        • Sticks-of-TNT March 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

          brh,

          I’m with you!

          My personal favorite bagpipe song is “Mull of Kintyre”

          WIKIPEDIA: “Mull of Kintyre” is a song by the Anglo-American rock band Wings written by Paul McCartney and Denny Laine. The song was written in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Scotland and its headland, the Mull of Kintyre, where McCartney has owned High Park Farm since 1966. The song was Wings’ biggest hit in Britain where it became the 1977 Christmas number one, and was the first single to sell over two million copies nationwide.” [END WIKIPEDIA]

          Unfortunately, the song pretty much bombed in North America, getting almost no airtime on the rock stations which normally played McCartney’s music. It didn’t “fit” their format. This always bothered McCartney who, as a result, refused to play it in his American concerts. He softened his position in recent years and his performances of the song, replete with bagpipe troupes, have become concert highlights.

          I enjoyed listening to an instrumental version of the song, first hearing it in the late 1970s on WPCH, an easy listening station in Atlanta which played it for years. I did not know it had lyrics until years later when a “Peach” DJ happened to mention it was written by Paul McCartney. Eventually, with the advent of the Internet, and later YouTube, I was able to learn more about it and watch music videos performed by McCartney and others. Glen Campbell, obviously of Scottish ancestry, does an especially good rendition of the song by himself in which he does both the vocals and the bagpipes, which he plays quite well. Susan Boyle did an outstanding performance of it for the Queen. The song continues to be a favorite in Great Britain and gets especially heavy airtime during the Christmas season.

          A major part of the enjoyment from watching the videos comes from the performance of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and the baton moves of the drum major as he leads and then hurls his mace high into the air, as well as the “handiwork” of the drummers. You’ll see what I mean. Here are both original versions (the second is an indoor stage performance) of McCartney’s music video of “Mull of Kintyre.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:

          youtube.com/watch?v=Tn5y6bOLizA

          Sticks-of-TNT

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 10, 2016 at 12:05 am #

            More Great Performances of “Mull of Kintyre:

            2012 McCartney in Vancouver, BC featuring the Delta Police Pipe Band performing drums and bagpipes. Outstanding!

            youtube.com/watch?v=dI8fRjmeinw

            Glen Campbell sings vocals AND plays bagpipes solo. What talent!

            youtube.com/watch?v=Q89RraCMyWc

            Susan Boyle sings for Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant. See the Queen’s ponies and show horses!

            Worth watching just to see the snappy salute from the RCMP Sgt. Major on horseback representing the Queen’s Horsemen as he passes in review:

            youtube.com/watch?v=Eu-xCh7Fzlw

            Sticks-of-TNT

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 10, 2016 at 12:11 am #

            “Awaiting moderation.”

            That sounds ominous. I must have gotten carried away with YouTube links. Hardly any CFN shitizens online today/tonight. Just trying to entertain the few, the proud.

          • BackRowHeckler March 10, 2016 at 7:26 am #

            It brought a tear to my eye, Sticks.

            Thanks for that!

            brh

    • San Jose March 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

      In other Bay Area news–San Francisco spends $32,000 on each homeless person in the city per year. Cleaning up their messes etc. The homeless are legion here….probably because of our excellent climate makes for decent year-round camping.

      • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

        Sounds like a charming place.

        Mike Savage talks about that a lot, pretty graphically, too.

        JHK spent a career criticizing the suburbs, but where else are we supposed to go? Can anybody here name one American city of any size you’d want to live in, that’s not a dysfunctional, filthy, dangerous craphole?

        brh

        • San Jose March 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

          The charm is wearing thin. We go to San Francisco regularly for various cultural events. But residents are tiring of the crap. My friend’s son lives in S.F. for his job and he often comes home for the weekend for a respite from the homeless.

      • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

        Jen, you sound like a pretty substantial broad.

        Post up here more often, ‘specially about the situation out there in N Cal. You have some good insight, and I’m interested at what you have to say.

        brh

        • ozone March 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

          brh,
          Have you taken to the tactic of spitting in a person’s face whilst shaking their hand? (Belligerence under the guise of friendship garners its own final and special reward.) Beware; times are getting tighter at a rapid pace and what once was a true and tender jocularity becomes a hard and sudden turnabout. …This is America; a land of casual violence that we’re hardwired to accept (nay, even promote).

          • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 4:13 am #

            Why? Because he called her a broad? That’s charming coming from a Yankee Square like him. He’s a muscular Dashell Hammit. She understands, you don’t. It would be an insult from you, but you are not BRH, much less the world. Try and be cool.

            I said the same thing to him when he tried to interfere with my unique relationship with SJ.

          • BackRowHeckler March 10, 2016 at 7:28 am #

            I really don’t get your point here, Oz.

            Please explain.

            brh

          • pequiste March 10, 2016 at 9:02 am #

            Ozone,

            I think that is wise council for these extraordinarily weird and dangerous times.
            Less so for the virtual but essential in the concrete actual.

          • pequiste March 10, 2016 at 11:20 am #

            Shit – another mistake!

            Counsel, not council.

      • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 12:18 am #

        Seattle, LA, and how many other cities?
        Why? Why are our people homeless?

  73. fodase March 9, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    He will deport the first 30 million illegals so fast it will make your head spin. He said so. He will build the greatest wall ever… and Mexico will pay for it. He said so. Oh what a great deracinated country it will be!

    you’re the only one talking about race here

    typical retarded lefty idiot who supports criminality as if it’s some vaunted virtue

    anyway, glad to see you’ve identified the most crucial first steps for President Trump’s first 100 days

    Time to Make America Great again.

    It must really hurt you to hear that, get used to hearing it a lot.

    • wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

      In my opinion America became eve greater when a Black family entered the White House. Obama will be seen in the future as a great president, compared to the all white presidents who came before him. Next: the first socialist Jewish president.

  74. Cold N. Holefield March 9, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    Bernie’s spanking Hillary tonight. He’s turning up the heat. She’s a very vindictive person. She’s going to punish him severely for his transgression. He appears to be going off-script.

  75. wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

    “Can’t imagine what else we would march to. Maybe Q’s “girl in pink” or Bill Murray’s “do-wha-diddy” from “Stripes.” — Sticks

    We should reduce by 50% the number of military bands, military golf courses, military personnel, tanks, planes, ships, bases, etc.

    For the remaining 50% of the military increase vigilance for waste, fraud, and abuse. With the $300 billion saved each year rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and make sure Jen has cultural activities in San Jose.

  76. wpa_ccc March 9, 2016 at 11:33 pm #

    “And I am proud that the gentleman who is head of Goldman Sachs, now he didn’t give me $225,000 for speaking fees. He said I was dangerous. And he is right, I am dangerous for Wall Street.” – Bernie Sanders at tonight’s debate

  77. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 2:46 am #

    “The big looters and thieves, historically, were the Bolsheviks in Russia, who stripped clean all museums, churches and cathedrals after 1918, and sold the stuff at discount across the world to raise $$$ ‘for the revolution’!” — brh

    How the Federal Reserve System was founded with stolen Russian Gold

    In 1904 a group of representatives of 48 States (G-48) at a secret meeting in Paris, adopted the procedure of establishment of the International Financial System (IFS) as world source of money supply.

    Russian Czar Nicholas-II in coordination with the heads of other states decided to create the League of Nations (now called the United Nations). In order to improve trade relations between the countries, it was decided on the basis of the League of Nations, to create a single World Financial Center with its currency.

    To create the “Gold Pool” of the League of Nations, the Russian House of Romanov made a contribution in the amount of 48,600 tons of gold, which was sent to Fort Knox.

    By making this contribution, Russia acquired the rights to the assets in the Golden Pool in the amount of 52 billion dollars in gold.

    American and British Bankers clans forced US President Woodrow Wilson, having financed his election campaign, to transfer the gold of “Gold Pool” of IFS to private ownership of the Federal Reserve System (FRS).

    That is why the entire Czar’s Family was murdered by Bolsheviks-Trotskyites in 1918 in the city of Yekaterinburg to prevent any possible future claims on that gold or the share of Federal Reserve System that belongs to Russia.

    There are two kinds of Bolsheviks – Bolsheviks-Stalinists – the Nationalists and Patriots of Russian Empire, and Bolsheviks-Trotskyites – the Internationalist and adepts of the World-wide revolution. The latter were mostly financed by the Western Banking families.

    Now they are well know in US under the name of “Neocons”.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 2:57 am #

      I hope that explains why the New York Gang of Bankers is known in Russia under the name of The Pirates

      • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 4:37 am #

        The series “The Oligarchs” was very popular in Israel. About the economic rape of Russia after the fall of Communism. As you know, all but one of the Oligarchs was Jewish.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 4:34 am #

      While the Jews were squabbling over who would take over after Lenin, Stalin, the Wolf of the Steppes assumed control. The Jews lost control of the Revolution. That is your division in the Bolsheviks. Maybe the Menshaviks were patriots, but the Bolsheviks were Globalists. Stalin began to morph the monster back into Russian Patriotism, but of course he wasn’t Russian and he was a monster himself, so how far could he get? Only with the rise of Vladimir Putin and his Group, did Russians really regain control of their own Nation.

      Trotsky got what he deserved for the sin of Regicide of the Czar and his Family. That will not be forgiven nor forgotten until the End of the World.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 5:11 am #

        You see how nicely Janos turned the principle question of my post – Where is my fucking money, dude? – to blame the Jews for everything.

        Where is my fucking money, Janos?

    • BackRowHeckler March 10, 2016 at 7:15 am #

      Stolen Russian Gold? Ha!

      I got this from Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’.

      In 1939, the last year of the Spanish Civil War, when it became clear Franco would win and the Republicans would lose, Stalin offered to take Spain’s gold reserves back to Moscow for safe keeping. That amounted to about 17000 shiploads of gold mined in Mexico and Latin America c1500-1820.

      That’s the last anybody seen or heard about the Spanish gold reserves.

      (as a sidenote, the Spanish Communists who sought refuge in the Soviet Union after the war … all of them ended up in the Gulag, very few, if any, survived)

      brh

      • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 8:07 am #

        17,000 shiploads of gold? What is that? Say, minimum of 50 tons per shipload makes it 850,000 tons of gold.

        You sure da brh that you got your numbers straight?

        • BackRowHeckler March 10, 2016 at 8:35 am #

          That was 17000 total crossings

          103,246,510 oz. gold mined in the Americas and shipped to Spain.

          brh

          • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 9:41 am #

            Well, just about 3,200 tons of gold. That’s just peanuts compared to 48,600 tons of gold stolen from Romanov’s family.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

            So where’s that? Give that back to the Romanov descendants of whom I am chief.

    • wpa_ccc March 10, 2016 at 7:49 am #

      How is it that we can know for sure the G-48 met in 1904, if the alleged “meeting” was “secret”? Whose historical (hysterical?) account are you reading? Why do you believe it? Who is it serving today?

  78. Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 4:22 am #

    As Diamond says, cultures tend to double down on what isn’t working when it stops working. Thus the Jews are all calling Trump, Hitler. Don’t stop – we love it. You’re making yourselves look like fools, making Trump look great, and promoting a renewed interest in Hitler. Lose, lose, lose for you. Win, win, win for us.

    What should you do? It all depends on what you want. Did you ever know? From our pov, it seems like you could never decide whether you wanted to rule us or destroy us – so you settled for a happy medium of ridicule and torment. So if you want to continue on this lovely path, maybe you should bend a bit as opposed to breaking? Trump is pro-Jew. You might not get everything you want like you’re accustomed to getting. But consider the alternative – the one who will come after him if you rob him of the election – or worse.

    • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 11:37 am #

      GOP and Tech Leaders Hold Secret Meeting to Stop Trump
      Silicon Valley may be a bastion of liberals, but the threat of a Donald Trump presidency had some of technology’s biggest names meeting behind closed …

      HuffPo’s Grim: 54 Private Jets at Meeting to Stop Trump …
      Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday that “something like 54 private jets” had arrived at an elite meeting of tech …

      breitbart.com/video/2016/03/09/huffpos-grim-54-private-..

  79. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 4:53 am #

    Who is Mr. NIRP?

    As you may have noticed, oil recently is confidently getting more expensive, followed by the now dependent on the price of oil American Stock Indexes. What is the cause of a rise in price?

    The US shale industry has finally surrendered: in early March, they threw in the towel and have made a decision to decrease production.

    To get started just by 10%.

    This news prompted oil prices back upward in anticipation of the deficit – and rising oil prices have caused a vigorous recovery in the US stock market.

    Actually, this is the main problem of US – its stock exchanges are in a trap. As long as oil prices rise, “the rest” of the planet feel tolerably well, and money have no need to flee to the United States. When oil prices fall, and the American Stock Exchanges fall with them – even makes less sense for the world money to seek salvation in falling American markets.

    Simply put, an attempt to set fire to the entire town in such a way as to burn all houses except for the American, has miserably failed.

    What will happen next? Next there will be a crisis.

    The global economy, according to the IMF, approached the crisis closely. And as protection against it the IMF invites States … of course, to lower interest rates. That is, to abandon the ZIRP (Zero Interest Rates) policy in favor of NIRP (Negative Interest Rates Policy).

    Today will be a meeting of the European Central Bank, and experts agree that the ECB rate today will go deeper into negative territory, dropping to minus 0.4%.

    Of course, this is only the beginning. Further we should expect ban on using cash and then go to really serious negative interest rates. Probably before it all fly to hell, we will see the rate at approximately minus five percent. To drive them even lower Western countries are unlikely to succeed.

    The winner after the introduction of NIRP will be two layers of society: the richest – which will have the opportunity to make money on speculation, and the poorest, which will be put under NIRP on generous welfare allowance. Attempts to break out of being poor using traditional social lifts – education and hard labor – will be seriously hampered.

    Under the current condition of mortal political power combat in US, the American elite might not have enough resources to move the economy onto Orwellian total control over citizens’ finances.

    The most probable scenario in which the US will go to NIRP rather from despair – and NIRP in such scenario will not be a bridge to the “brave new world”, but only a prelude to cleansing all hyperinflation.

    • Q. Shtik March 10, 2016 at 8:35 am #

      Probably before it all fly to hell, we will see the rate at approximately minus five percent. – Finca

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

      Finc, did you actually mean minus 5% or did you mean minus .5%?

      • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 9:02 am #

        I actually spelled it out as MINUS FIVE percent.

        The other bright idea of dealing with cash is having ALL bills to have an expiration date, say by the end of the calendar year.

        The current bills, with now expiration date, will by fiat automatically expire by the end of the year the law goes into effect.

        At the end of the year, you have a certain grace period – about 7 minutes and 30 seconds (just joking, probably 2 weeks) to come to the authorized location and exchange your dollars for 95 cents, valid for another year.

        The advantage of such system is it could be implemented even in a “piss-holes” (like the one I happen to live in) without too much hi-tech.

  80. InquiringMind March 10, 2016 at 5:22 am #

    To Janos : I’m just letting you know I responded to your comment about the depressed parts of Vermont,etc. above .

    • BackRowHeckler March 10, 2016 at 7:37 am #

      IQ

      And a damned good post it is, too.

      You pretty much nail it.

      brh

      • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 11:41 am #

        what did he post that is so special?

        • Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

          He effectively said the lying sack of shit politicians that comprise the political establishment, both Republican and Democrat, sold the White Middle Class, the majority of their so-called constituents once upon a time who fought the wars and were once the backbone of the American economy when it was an industrial powerhouse, down the river in favor of the corporations and the special interests.

          I agree with IQ. How is it you don’t?

          • Q. Shtik March 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

            Who is IQ? InquiringMind? If so, why not IM?

          • Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

            I don’t know. I was just following BRH’s cue. He referred to InquiringMind as IQ, so I just went with the flow as is my wont. You know me, I don’t like to cause any unnecessary friction so I accommodate.

            Are you jealous? Are you the only Q in town? Why do you care so much?

            And you still haven’t answered my questions. I’m always polite and courteous and answer your questions and you always ignore my questions to you. There’s a little thing called reciprocity. You should try it sometime.

      • InquiringMind March 11, 2016 at 3:20 am #

        Hi brh

        Thanks! IQ

        (I think this posted twice somewhere)

        • InquiringMind March 11, 2016 at 3:34 am #

          Hey folks,

          I just wanted to add for the record that I am a woman…

          And one of the smarter ones ,…. as i support Trump..LOL

          IQ

    • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

      Sounds like you still believe in diversity. An important part of breaking up with someone is to realize you didn’t do anything wrong, it was just never going to work. Blacks are far too different from Whites to get along with us. They will always push for maximum advantage, regarding all of our concessions as just weakness, our good manners as weakness or artificiality, and our introversion as coldness. In other words, in general to see us as failed Blacks who need to be ruled. Ditto the Hispanics. Ditto in a different way, the East and South Asians.

      Diversity doesn’t work. The very desire for it is disordered and symptomatic of failure. How could normal people cheer for their own dispossession? But they did exactly that when Clinton announced Whites would be a minority by 2050 – and they haven’t stopped since. Multiculturalism is like having more than one mind in a single body – madness. Things are what they are because they’re not something else. Homogeneity is strength, ethnic diversity is weakness. Diversity of human psychological types is a strength, but only within a given culture with shared backgrounds and goals.

      And back to our original point: the Elite play favorites, always against the largest group, the Whites. That’s how they intend to remain in power, by playing off one group against another, with Whites as the new niggers and untouchables.

      • InquiringMind March 11, 2016 at 5:08 am #

        Hello Janos,

        I guess you are right about me,… and I have wondered if whites are more “inhibited” by nature…..something passed down through evolution. My daughter told me once (she was more exposed to blacks in school) that black people often mistake our “ways” as indicative of being pretentious or stuck -up. LOL

        I don’t have “vibes” generally from being in a slightly more diverse setting…..but if I’m pretty outnumbered I feel compelled to consider the “setting”. very carefully. I have met up in my life with blacks that have been very kind and Christian to me, once in a while in my adult life. I was also the victim of a hate crime as a little girl by blacks.when I lived in a different region. The best I can describe the “black and white” relationship in the U.S. . is… it seems to always be “intense ” . I wonder if black people realize how painful this is to many white people….because of this natural inhibition? I have to admit I feel more at home around Asians and Native Americans , I can’t explain it. A real test for me with others is manners. I really don’t like “course” behavior from anyone.. I think in the South black people have much better manners. Good family upbringing matters to all of us. But most people tend to just self segregate and mind their own lives anyway,….don’t they?

  81. Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    I’m not sure what Janos is referring to when he implies Jews are Anti-Trump and consider Trump to be a Hitler. According to this article, that’s not the case. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Jews love Trump, including Janos. Yes, I consider Janos a Jew. To me, he will always be Janos The Jilted Jew. It’s the best explanation for his indefatigable Jewish obsession.

    Why the Jewish community is defending Donald Trump

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

      Janos – an eternally wandering Jew. I like that.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

        But you didn’t deny anything I said, did you?

    • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      in Israel…Rabbi Michael Knopf decries American presidential candidate Donald Trump for his proposed wall to halt illegal immigration into the US from Mexico, despite having no problems with Israel’s state of the art ‘Apartheid Wall’.

      As you are already well aware, Israel’s border wall is based on an irrational fear and hatred of African and Arab Muslim asylum seekers and refugees as well as a fear of diversity and multiculturalism.

      According to Rabbi Knopf’s personal wordpress he is “dedicated to engaging and supporting spiritual seekers, communicating the transformative power of Torah and prayer, and building welcoming, supportive, and inspiring community” and is a member of the Rabbi’s Without Borders organization.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 11:55 am #

        Sounds like the Rabbi is a bit of a hypocrite, or better yet, a full-blown hypocrite.

        Rabbis Without Borders? Is that really an organization? Too funny.

        What’s next? Synagogues Without Walls? Jews Without Judaism? Jerusalem Without Falafel?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      Well that’s just fatuous. Jews are overwhelmingly Anti-Trump. It’s like saying Jews are pro-second amendment. You’re just playing the exceptions game, a google jockey like wpa.

      There did used to be a valid pro-second amendment Jewish group, quite well respected. It still exists but it got taken over by regular Jews. Now it’s basically like the NRA, which helps to draft regulations. So sure, there’s going to be a few Jews not against Trump. That doesn’t change anything for reasonable people. The exceptions game is just a way to derail dialogue. So the question is why are you dong this?

  82. wpa_ccc March 10, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    (Hilary’s position) “could SHUT DOWN every gun manufacturer in the United States.” — inquiring mind

    Thanks for this observation. If it was combined with a repeal of the 2nd amendment, and an aggressive government program of CONFISCATION of the 300,000,000+ privately held firearms I would seriously consider voting for Hillary. Think of the savings: hundreds of thousands of lives of the fatally wounded and the elimination billions of dollars in hospital costs for the wounded.

    • InquiringMind March 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

      Hello wpa

      I guess when Bernie brought this “shutting down of gun manufacturers all over the nation” topic up about Hillary’s gun control plan he did expose in the minds of “watcher” citizens in the U.S. the possibility of all the things you mentioned here. Could there be a devious plan to “amend” the second Amendment?!!! Could there be a plan to confiscate ALL guns?

      WOW

      I don’t know …….

      I don’t think the gun rights vs.gun control conundrum will be solved any time soon. …..

      There may be something possible that our government CAN do …that Americans can maybe agree on .

      Even if we can’t expand universal healthcare for all (yet) in our country ……could we at least create an automatic “Medicaid” type Disability program that automatically covers people diagnosed with mental illness by a Psychiatrist? I propose a” modest” upgrade in their coverage…..It would only pay for any Psychiatric treatment and medications. This would cover only serious illness perhaps like bi-polar disorder,,,suicidal depression, P T S D ……and a Psychiatrist would know if someone was at risk to harm themselves or others.I know many ill people could still fall through the “cracks” but just having immediate and free access to a doctor and counseling could make such a big difference in this gun violence phenomenon for them and/or other victims. They would have to train more doctors to be qualified to treat mental illness as these doctors are slammed with work to begin with in our country. But this would pay for itself many times over. We need to give Mental Illness the same respect we show for physical illness,….

      • elysianfield March 11, 2016 at 11:23 am #

        ” more doctors to be qualified to treat mental illness as these doctors are slammed with work to begin with in our country. But this would pay for itself many times over. We need to give Mental Illness the same respect we show for physical illness,….

        Inquirer,

        Your suggestion would be no panacea, considering that “mental health” is but an applied art form, and “mental illness” a nebulous and often vague miss-diagnosis of the human condition.

        • InquiringMind March 11, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

          elysianfield

          Hello, Could you explain what you mean by “an applied art form”? And please elaborate on how mental illness is a nebulous misdiagnosis of the human condition. For my response I need to understand better where you are coming from.

          • elysianfield March 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

            Inquirer,
            Certainly. There is no way that the empirical method can be applied to mental health…neither diagnosis, treatment, nor results. There are vague baselines regarding what might be considered “normal”, and even more obscurity in what might be a “diagnosis” of an “illness”.

            There is little real science involving the diagnosis and treatment of mental “diseases”…have 100 practitioners of the art form testify in a court room and get no consensus on a given set of conditions…real or imagined.

            Disorders? Let a couple of doctoral candidates write their thesis on a twitch, and they might codify “restless leg syndrome”. Sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar, and sometimes it is phallic. Sometimes ADD is an illness in the opinion of a grade school teacher that minored in Psychology, and sometimes it is just a below-average student with poor social skills. It boils down to no cause/effect treatment by the psych community that can be repeated in the lab.

        • InquiringMind March 11, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

          elysianfield

          ALL of Medicine is BOTH an art and a science. It is naturally this way because you can’t step inside another person’s mind to know how they are feeling (like where the pain is located, the intensity of the pain, etc.). It has both objective and subjective components because you’re dealing with another person’s consciousness.

          Mental health is somewhat more subjective because the brain is the most complex organ and much of the biological research on the brain is still new (and it’s a rapidly growing field). You can do an x-ray and see a broken bone and there is enough knowledge to know where the break is, how to patch it up, etc. You can do a brain scan on someone with a mental illness (like schizophrenia) and see a distinctive type of brain activity, but there is more estimation involved in treatment because we don’t yet understand the brain as well as we do the bones.

          Treating cancer and AIDS used to be primarily based upon estimation and guess-work, but these were important enough conditions that people still worked through the vagueness and ambiguity.

          I also can’t agree with you that there is “little science” to it. Perhaps you can’t keep human beings in labs indefinitely to measure their responses to medicine, but this isn’t the case just with psychiatric medicine, but physical medicine as well. Researchers only knew that aspirin prevented heart attacks after having done long-term studies, gathering answers from participants over the years. Just because this wasn’t done in a lab, doesn’t make it non-scientific or non-empirical, just open to more variability because you’re dealing with humans. Research on psychiatric medicine is the same way. (Also, just because humans can’t be studied in labs as easily doesn’t mean we don’t do research with animals in labs, which provides us with new insights on physical and mental conditions).

          No one (like that teacher you mentioned) should think they have the training to diagnose anyone with only a minor in psychology. That’s like a person with a minor in biology thinking they have the expertise of an oncologist.

          • elysianfield March 12, 2016 at 10:54 am #

            Inquirer,
            Then we are in agreement….Both an art and a science, subjective, non empirical.

          • InquiringMind March 13, 2016 at 4:10 am #

            elysianfield

            Well, subjective or not, …I know that Cancer is a much much easier illness to deal with when you are a caregiver than serious mental illness. I’ve dealt with both. There is more support and more safety nets for Cancer. But Cancer is something that seldom causes a threat to others. When someone has Cancer they go to an oncologist and get treatment…meds. etc. When someone has a biochemical imbalance in their brain they are often all alone and clueless as to what is wrong…. they are doubly vulnerable because they sometimes don’t realize they are in need of life saving anti-depressants, etc. Many take to their beds and don’t get up (if the rest of society gets LUCKY) I can say it is amazing how far psychiatric medicines have come….the improvements they make for the patient! The trick is finding the right Doctor. And I can guaranDAMNtee you there would be people walking around ALIVE today if society would just get it’s head out of it’s arse and quit running scared about this issue.

            I don’t hold out much hope at all for Universal Healthcare …why?…because I’ve seen numbers where one in three Americans gets Cancer ,or AIDS or something super serious and I know personally how devastatingly expensive it is to treat Cancer. (insurance or not) And I think this alone would break the piggy bank for the U.S. Mental illness can be nipped in the bud easier and treated much more inexpensively.,….and true cases of things like bi-polar and schizophrenia are much less common in the general population. Can’t Americans invest in their own safety and well-being by just keeping a much smaller segment of the population healthy and safe.? I think we can afford this.

  83. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    An unnamed source on Pennsylvania Avenue, told the New York Times that Obama prepares to announce a state of emergency, and in this regard, a special unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has received ammunition with bullets smelted from JFK silver half-dollars.

    thepoliticalinsider.com/president-barack-obama-will-delay-presidential-elections/

  84. Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    I’m curious, has anyone other than Janos purchased the Marc Weldon underwear advertised on this site?

  85. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    The head of the fascist Italy of Benito Mussolini in Libyan Benghazi, March 15, 1937

    media.gettyimages.com/photos/president-benito-mussolini-in-benghazi-in-front-of-members-of-the-pictu…

    Does he look like The Donald?

    The Italian press has been for month now circulating rumors about the preparation of the largest operations of the armed forces of the country since 1943.

    La Repubblica, and Corriere della Sera are reporting that on the North African coast will land from three to seven thousand soldiers, two thirds of them citizens of Italy, the rest – from all over the Old World. The operation will be supported from the air and sea.

    American participation, as well as in the 2011th, will be limited to air strikes and intelligence gathering. The operational headquarters will be deployed in Tripoli or Tunis, control will be taken of airports, sea ports, oil infrastructure. The minimum goal of the operation is the destruction of the Caliphate in the enclave of Sirte and the creation of local efficient army.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 10:14 am #

      Personally, I think Russia has to extend its AAAD (Anti-Access/Area-Denial) system that is currently covering Syria, Iraq, half of the Turkey and entire Israel, over Libya.

      West had already misused its chance in 2011.

  86. wpa_ccc March 10, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    I agree, finca. Russia should spend more and more of its resources on quixotic adventures that turn into guagmires (like Afghanistan) that end in military defeat and national bankruptcy.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 11:37 am #

      We have a saying in Russia:

      While the fat dries, the lean dies

      • wpa_ccc March 10, 2016 at 11:43 am #

        How many years until fat Russia “defeats” lean Daesh? Al Qaeda? As a minor regional player Russia is way out of its league.

        • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 11:57 am #

          When Comrade Putin sends us into the battle and First Marshal will lead us into the fight!!

    • Q. Shtik March 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      that turn into [guagmires]

      ===========

      The bracketed word is supposed to begin with my favorite letter.

  87. Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    wpa makes a good point. How come Russia hasn’t defeated Daesh yet if it’s so great? If Trump had been POTUS instead of Obama, Syria wouldn’t be in the mess it is today and Daesh wouldn’t exist. Trump would have strangled Daesh in its detritus-filled crib.

    Go Trump!

    • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

      “How come Russia hasn’t defeated Daesh yet if it’s so great?”

      Saving ’em for our dear Saudi friends and partners?

  88. volodya March 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    As Trump said w.r.t. national borders, we either have a country or we don’t. What applies to borders applies to justice. No justice, no country.

    If past behavior is any predictor of future behavior, and it usually is, and given that Wall Street pillaged the country and got away with it, Hillary’s state dept emails issues won’t result in indictment. No matter that Hillary damn well knew what she was supposed to do, no matter that there’s no conceivable excuse for flouting the thicket of laws and rules surrounding this.

    Now, this won’t be free of consequence. Obama’s failure to act on Wall Street won’t be free of consequence either. Everyone could see it, special treatment for the rich was right in everyone’s face.

    NOBODY bought this bullshit that fraud is hard to prove. That’s because everyone knows that financial fraud isn’t hard to prove, not in this day of electronic record keeping and surveillance. And especially given the scope of the misbehavior. It wasn’t just a bad actor here and there. The financial system was rotten top to bottom. The rot isn’t happening just along the edges of the country on the border with Mexico, it’s right at the heart.

    I read that border states are doing what they have to do in the face of Washington’s refusal to act on border security. People are making alternate arrangements IOW. If Oligarch imposed systems don’t work for people, if these systems work against people, then these people will make alternate arrangements on a lot of things, not just the border. This is what collapse looks like.

    • beantownbill. March 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

      I agree that Hillary won’t get indicted. It appears that she is the PTB’s candidate. But who knows? TPTB are human, and it is human nature to have factions within any organization. Maybe we ought to consider that the elites have factions and cliques, too. So perhaps several candidates have their elite backers. Maybe we can’t state with certainty that Hillary is the One. The election could still have many surprises.

  89. volodya March 10, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    Republican establishmentarians are learning something about the American people. They’re finding out that even lower class whites, that the elites thought would do as they were told, are actually very American in their approach to life. That is, they’re empiricists, they do what works. And is something doesn’t work, they won’t do it.

    Republicans sell Conservatism the same as mosques and madrassas sell Islam. An imam will preach that to be a good Muslim, people must abide by a certain code of thought and behavior. Only in this way will the person achieve salvation, only in this way will human society be in accord with Allah’s wishes.

    What happens to you in this life is besides the point. As the Archdruid put it, this realm is the dung-heap of creation. We have to endure, having been unfortunate enough to be born into it as opposed to higher planes of existence. So the devout Muslim obeys. The practical outcome for the devout Muslim may be outlandish poverty and oppression. No matter, he obeys, he has the satisfaction of being a good Muslim. To do otherwise is unIslamic. The reward comes in the afterlife.

    Similarly, Conservative ideologues preach what it is to be a good Conservative. Like a good Muslim, the proper Conservative abides by a certain code of thought and behavior. No matter the outcome for the good Conservative, if he’s down and out or out of work and facing foreclosure, it’s because this is what it is to be American. In the mind of the good Conservative, nine times in ten the outcome is fair and well deserved.

    The problem is that Americans are Americans. They prefer to do what works for them in the here and now, not just the hereafter. So, if something stops working for them they stop doing it. Republican elites made a mistake, they preach self interest. It appears that even uneducated, not too bright, rural white people absorbed that sermon.

    • Q. Shtik March 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      What happens to you in this life is [besides the point]. As the Archdruid put it, this realm is the dung-heap of creation. We have to endure, having been unfortunate enough to be born into it as opposed to higher planes of existence. So the devout Muslim obeys. The practical outcome for the devout Muslim may be outlandish poverty and oppression. No matter, he obeys, he has the satisfaction of being a good Muslim. To do otherwise is unIslamic. The reward comes in the afterlife. – Volodya

      ===========

      I often wonder why an intelligent devout Muslim does not wake up one morning with an epiphany that there is no Allah and no afterlife. I wonder the same thing about the so-called “Evangelicals.” So many of the world’s problems would be solved if they did.

      And to me “a good conservative” (slash capitalist) is one who believes in watching out primarily for ol’ number one.

      But moving on to another issue that your comment prompts: there are two schools of thought about your phrase that I bracketed up top. Some people say “besides” the point and others say “beside” the point. For what it’s worth, I am firmly in the “beside” camp.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

        You actually believe consciousness arises from matter? That’s simply crazy. The world exists because God sees it, loves it, willed it into creation, and wills it to continue every instant. As his son, created in His image, you create your own universe every night in your dreams. And you are even allowed to create in a lesser way in His creation.

        Prosperity always seems to turn people from God. Thus it is one of the steps towards destruction. Pious poverty is what maintains most people in the world, and is what we will be returning to soon. You will be seen as a dinosaur, an anachronism, – even a monster as in Matheson’s “I am Legend”. Luckily for you, death will save you from this. You will stand before the Throne for judgment. I advise you to throw yourself on the Mercy of the Court. As the Koran says, His Mercy exceedth His Wrath.

        • beantownbill. March 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

          We (humans) created the concept of God. We arose from matter created by supernovae. Our brains are the most complex structures in the known universe (so far). As a result of this complex structure and brain chemicals, consciousness developed.

          The God principle is man’s attempt to deal with death, nothing more. BTW, Judaism never explicitly states there’s life after death. In that one sense, Judaism is the more advanced religion.
          I’m sorry, but you ought to come to terms with the fact that when you die you cease to exist – no transformation, no awareness, just nothingness.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

            That’s just revisionist reform Judaism, Bill. Though I admit it’s an ancient tendency on the part of Jews to focus too much on this world. The Sadducees had similar Hellenistic (or in modern times Enlightenment) views. And the Torah as well is totally this worldly, focused on crushing enemies and prophesizing world conquest. The Prophets balanced this out with good moral teachings.

            But real Judaism teaches life after death, judgment, and reward, be it positive or negative. It wouldn’t be a legitimate religion if it did not.

  90. Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    If the votes are going to be rigged against Trump, they would be rigged in Florida and Ohio. Coincidentally, or maybe not, these two state have a reputation for vote rigging as you may or may not know. Hanging Chads, anyone?

    If Trump loses one of these states or both, he will come up short of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination and that opens the door to a brokered convention. Short of assassinating Trump, a brokered convention is the only way, at this point, the GOP Establishment will be able to prevent him from being the Republican nominee.

    To the GOP Establishment, losing the general election to Hillary Clinton and/or Bernie Sanders is worth the sacrifice, thus underscoring the fact the Republican Establishment and the Democrat Establishment are really two sides of the same coin and, to them at least, there can always only be one coin.

  91. Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    volodya said: I read that border states are doing what they have to do in the face of Washington’s refusal to act on border security. People are making alternate arrangements IOW. If Oligarch imposed systems don’t work for people, if these systems work against people, then these people will make alternate arrangements on a lot of things, not just the border. This is what collapse looks like.

    Very true. This is exactly what the Russian people did under the yoke of Communist Tyranny. They had to improvise and that gave rise to a massive Black Economy that haunts them to this day.

    econlog.econlib.org/GQE/gqe267.html

    Russia’s transition from Communism to capitalism has been at best a disappointment and at worst an outright failure. What went wrong?

    Under Communism, the Russians developed black markets which were highly efficient. These markets enabled people to exchange goods and help to alleviate chronic shortages. In a Communist society black markets serve an economic function and improve efficiency.

    Under capitalism, however, black markets promote criminality and discourage honest business. If there is an accessible black market in bread, then the employees of a bakery will steal bread to sell on the black market, and the bakery will fail.

    On the other hand, if black markets do not exist, then employees who steal from their employers will have no place to sell their stolen goods. This reduces the incentive to steal.

    So my hypothesis is that the efficiency of Russia’s black markets undermined the transition to private ownership. State-owned businesses, which were not forced to be profitable, could survive widespread employee theft. Private businesses, however, require honesty on the part of employees. Because the black markets continued to thrive after the transition to private ownership, that transition failed. In other words, the successful transition from state ownership to private ownership requires not only the creation of open markets but the destruction of black markets.

  92. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    Russia’s transition from Communism to capitalism has been at best a disappointment and at worst an outright failure. What went wrong? == Volodya

    Russia refused to take its pants down and bend over?

  93. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    “The election could still have many surprises.” == beantownbill

    I bet you’re right. We haven’t seen the flying monkeys yet.

    • wpa_ccc March 10, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      “we either have a country or we don’t. What applies to borders applies to justice. No justice, no country.” –volodya

      Having a “country” you will fight for and die for resulted in millions of deaths in an orgy of white-on-white violence in the 20th century. Eliminate nationalism. Eliminate all the countries and their armies and their trillions of dollars wasted on “defense” … End the defense world wide welfare scam. It’s the right thing to do

      • FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

        Take your pants down and bend over. Relax and try to get some pleasure out of it…

        • Cold N. Holefield March 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

          Are you Bobby Knight by any chance?

          I can hear that banjo playing when I read these words of encouragement.

          • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

            are you?

  94. volodya March 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Cold’s question about Russia’s transition from communism is a good question. People don’t learn from history but maybe this is one of the happy examples to the contrary.

    The reason it’s a good question is that there’s a transition looming in front of us too. We’re in the middle of learning about that iron law of economics – if something can’t go on, it won’t. The system we have now can’t go on. The question is what replaces it.

    Russians made alternate arrangements, black markets among them, so a good look what happened there could be a worthwhile exercise for us.

    Given the rampant criminality in so many of our existing arrangements, financial markets being one of them, you’d expect that people stop abiding by existing rules and do something else.

    You want to bet that one of the first things that gets replaced is the system run by corrupt banks and a discredited Fed?

    As Cold said, the issue in black markets is criminality or injustice in more general terms. You want to make an improvement over existing arrangements, not make things worse.

  95. Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    78 yr old White guy punches out Black protestor at Trump rally. His finest hour perhaps, much like Zhivago’s brother taking a whole Division of Russian soldiers over to the Communist side.

    Can’t we see this as civil disobedience? The Race spoke thru him, the Will to Life. On a more mundane level, it was revenge for the countless assaults against Whites, especially old Whites, by young Blacks.

    Of course on a mundane level at the individual level, it was assault and he’s going to be charged. As Sartre said, life is a bourgeois compromise.

    Don’t like my going here? Blacks talk this way all the time and you have NOE problem with it all. You love their Elan Vital and Will to Power but despise your own. Fans. Cucks. Sickos.

    dailystormer.com/lol-black-lives-protester-at-trump-rally-gets-straight-smashed-in-the-face-by-old-w…

    • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

      Read the Yahoo article. Anti White, anti Trump.

  96. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    “Under Communism, the Russians developed black markets which were highly efficient” — Volodya

    What the hell do you know about Russian Black markets, Volodya? During the Soviet times it was just another ripoff scheme – you buy shit in Moscow from the hard currency hookers working the foreigners under the KGB roof, you sell it for triple price somewhere in Siberia – if you manage not to get caught, that is.

    How romantic and efficient is that? How I know it – I did it myself.

    However, in Soviet times (and now too) there were plenty of 100% legit farmers markets that was selling fresh produce, paying a small tax (or fee for using the facilities).

  97. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    “If the votes are going to be rigged against Trump, they would be rigged in Florida and Ohio” — Cold

    Don’t know about Ohio, but Florida is the Bushes State, they gonna fight the Clinton’s fraud there like they did in 2000 election.

    After all, they realize that they will be fighting for their very lives.

  98. Q. Shtik March 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Oh Lord (metaphorically speaking), I beg of You, stop these incessant ‘debates.’ It should be adequately clear by now that no one … NO. ONE. … is qualified to run this country.

    • Frankiti March 10, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

      To the contrary, we live in a debased, greed infested, rudderless, violence obsessed, muddled culture pastiche of a civilization.

      We deserve the leader we get.

      Look at exactly who is fearful, the loudest voices running from the imminent threat. Their control is slipping.

      Those same people that feed off the aforementioned.
      Requital awaits.

      • beantownbill. March 10, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

        Damn, I want to die Sabres with you, but I can’t.

        • beantownbill. March 10, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

          Speaking of damn, damn this automatic correction, should be “disagree”.

  99. wpa_ccc March 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    Can’t we see this as civil disobedience? — janos

    Janos, civil disobedience is when you cannot in good conscience obey what you consider to be an unjust law. Civil disobedience is civil. It is nonviolent and does not harm anyone. In civil disobedience nonviolent actions I have been involved in the intention to violate the law, and the reasons for doing so, were announced to authorities well before the action took place. Finally, in civil disobedience you are willingly arrested and cheerfully accept the legal consequences of your action.

    So, no, this 78 year old white guy was not engaging in civil disobedience. It was not in protest of an unjust law. His conscience was not being violated. He was not civil. He did not announce his intention ahead of time to authorities. He did not willingly accept being arrested to cheerfully accept legal consequences.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

      A fair answer. Now be just as consistent in condemning the violent Black Lives Matter movement. As you know, the media did a masterful job in hiding Black violence associated with the Civil Rights movement in the 60’s.

      Bull Connor was a just a hard working White Man. Civilization depends on such men. Black Lives types are a dime a dozen. They are the chaff the wind blows away.

    • Q. Shtik March 10, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

      It looked like yet another case of “the White knockout Game” to me. 😉

  100. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    Iran ordered to pay $10.5 billion for 9/11 by US judge

    A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died on September 11, 2001 – even though there is no evidence of Tehran’s direct connection to the attack. The same judge earlier cleared Saudi Arabia from culpability.

    The default judgement was issued by US District Judge George Daniels in New York on Wednesday. Under the ruling, Tehran was ordered to pay $7.5 billion to 9/11 victims’ families, including $2 million to each victim’s estate for pain and suffering, and another $6.88 million in punitive damages. Insurers who paid for property damage and claimed their businesses were interrupted were awarded an additional $3 billion in the ruling.

    The ruling is noteworthy particularly since none of the 19 hijackers on September 11 were Iranian citizens. Fifteen were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, and one each from Egypt and Lebanon.

    Saudi Arabia was legally cleared from paying billions in damages to families of 9/11 victims last year, after Judge Daniels dismissed claims that the country provided material support to the terrorists and ruled that Riyadh had sovereign immunity. Saudi attorneys argued in court that there was no evidence directly linking the country to 9/11.

    rt.com/usa/335174-iran-damages-september-911-victims/

    Well guys, your judicial system has very serious issues

  101. Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    nypost.com/2015/10/02/secret-service-agents-hillary-is-a-nightmare-to-work-with/

    Be assigned to her was considered a punishment. “Good morning, maam” one new agent said. “Fuck off” was Hillary’s reply. As the author says, Such a person wouldn’t even get a job at McDonalds. Yet she is being considered for President of the United States.

    • malthuss March 10, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

      Tis olde news. Read ‘Hell To Pay’ by B. Olson.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 11, 2016 at 9:49 am #

        Or, he, if it is a he, could go get some exercise instead, and I’m not talking about exercise in an air-conditioned gym with televisions everywhere you look.

        Why read something you already know? Does validation mean that much to you? It reminds me of Michael when he asked Carlo who approached him. Michael already knew but for some reason he had to hear Carlo confess it. I always took this as insecurity on Michael’s part, otherwise, there would have been no reason to have Carlo validate what had already been validated.

        Or, in Michael’s case at least but certainly not in your case, getting Carlo to confess was an act of pure, unadulterated power. It was a Power Play. Carlo was stripped of his defenses and would do anything Michael required at that moment up to and including confessing.

  102. FincaInTheMountains March 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    Iran ordered to pay $10.5 billion for 9/11 by US judge

    This is a complete mess, even for a show of mockery, with a sneer.

    “Unfreeze” the Iranian money in exchange for ending of its nuclear program, and then brazenly steal 25% of it. Well, the Iranians, I think, not very surprised – they have long been aware that they were dealing with complete swindlers and hardly expect anything else. Not for nothing they now demand euros for their oil.

  103. wpa_ccc March 10, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    brh, how did you know finca is being paid to post here? He appeared the same time Asoka disappeared so I suspected he might be yet another incarnation of asoka, especially since he/she/it posts around the clock like asoka did.

  104. MisterDarling March 11, 2016 at 2:27 am #

    @ Volodya:

    “NOBODY bought this bullshit that fraud is hard to prove. That’s because everyone knows that financial fraud isn’t hard to prove, not in this day of electronic record keeping and surveillance. And especially given the scope of the misbehavior. It wasn’t just a bad actor here and there. The financial system was rotten top to bottom. The rot isn’t happening just along the edges of the country on the border with Mexico, it’s right at the heart.”-v.

    A lot of people called bullshit on the fraud years before the 2007/8 bubble popped – and that did about as much good as you’d expect it to. For instance, there was this young man named Daniel Gross writing for *Slate* before it was profoundly obvious what a shill-farm it was & is. . .

    “Given the strength and importance of the housing market over the past several years, branding the ’00s as the decade of the cram down might seem odd. And it may likewise seem dubious to define a decade with a phenomenon that has thus far touched only a small minority of Americans. But the housing bubble could be popping soon. And I’m confident that by Dec. 31, 2009, a large number of us will have been crammed down.”-daniel gross, 2005…

    slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2005/05/the_cramdown_decade.html

    ‘Telling it like it is’ has mixed results, even in the best of times. It’s an uphill slog the whole way against wishful thinking, self-serving mythical bullshit, stoked by grifters of every stripe. Before the deal goes south you’re called a ‘doomer’, and after it’s happened they say “every broken clock is right twice a day” and whatnot – while awkwardly overlooking the fact that you didn’t get clobbered, they did, and that they were warned.

    In my experience, the best course of action is a limited & narrowly-focused release of warnings, while hedging against the inevitable. For extra points; documenting the rationalizations & subsequent torments of the willfully ignorant to provide the fodder of future cautionary tales . . Really, that’s about the best you can do.

    Cheers!

    • Sticks-of-TNT March 11, 2016 at 3:02 am #

      Also, standing on the wall, writing and warning us; (1) Harry Markopolos, “No One Would Listen”, (2) Matt Taibbi, multiple articles for Rolling Stone, documenting the con + books (3) Michael Lewis, multiple magazine articles and books like “The Big Short”

      To name just a few off the top of my head. Markopolos (and you, MisterDarling) was right. No one would listen. -Sticks

  105. MisterDarling March 11, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    ACLU finds it “ominous” that they’re not even trying to deny it anymore:

    Made Public

    usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/03/09/pentagon-admits-has-deployed-military-spy-drones-over-us/8…

    Surprised? No?

    washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/03/10/surprise-nsa-data-will-soon-routinely-be-used-for-do…

    Yep. That’s your tax dollars hard at work… Against you.

    Cheers!

  106. MisterDarling March 11, 2016 at 2:34 am #

    @ BRH, Volodya, Ozone;

    “brh, how did you know finca is being paid to post here? He appeared the same time Asoka disappeared so I suspected he might be yet another incarnation of asoka, especially since he/she/it posts around the clock like asoka did.”-wpa

    “Mister Pot, I’d like to introduce you to Mister Kettle”… Some of the best humor is unintentional.

    😉

    [nice try, cornflake]

  107. InquiringMind March 11, 2016 at 3:16 am #

    Hi brh

    Thanks…IQ

  108. BackRowHeckler March 11, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    Last fall an article appeared in the WSJ, described an internet agit/prop operation out of St. Petersburg, Russia, run by the FSB, whereas teams of paid bloggers post round the clock on the comments section of different sites in order to direct the conversation one way or the other.

    Its pretty obvious the avatar ‘Finca’ is 3 or 4 different individuals, posing as 1.

    Then again, maybe he really is just some dude raising chestnuts on a remote island in the Caribbean, and has plenty of time to incessantly post up on CFN whilst the chestnuts are happily growing fat all by themselves out in the orchard.

    That’s the beauty of the internet. You don’t come as you are, but who you want to be.

    brh

    • wpa_ccc March 11, 2016 at 8:11 am #

      Yes, looking at the CFN archive of those asoka years many weeks had more than 1,000 posts a week and over half of them were said to be from the paid agent asoka and/or asoka avatars. Obviously that is not happening now, even if finca/MD/janos/volodya/Q/ozone/cold/kdog/etc are the current incarnations of asoka. Maybe there was a fortuitous (for CFN) budget cut and asoka’s paid postings decreased accordingly? LOL!

    • Cold N. Holefield March 11, 2016 at 8:36 am #

      That does happen, brh, but FincaInTheMountains is not that. It’s too intelligent for a low-level FSB cyber goon. Its presence does seem strategic just as wpa’s presence is.

      FYI, wpa knows my personal information, don’t you wpa? How would wpa know that? Because wpa works for the same organization Snowden worked for before he defected to Russia. Booz Allen Hamilton. wpa and his/her colleagues are amused by Cold (hi Mindy!) but Cold has them nailed dead to rights.

      Still, what I know is useless knowledge because no one really cares that American taxpayers dollars are spent on such activities. Full Spectrum Dominance means every online venue must be kept in check and therefore someone must be assigned to the venues that exceed a certain threshold of views. This is one such venue. Just as they find me amusing, I find them amusing and now consider them my only true friends in an Aspergerian kind of way.

      • malthuss March 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

        Thanks for the information.

        What did WPA post about you that only Gov could know from yr posts?

      • elysianfield March 12, 2016 at 11:13 am #

        “That does happen, brh, but FincaInTheMountains is not that. It’s too intelligent for a low-level FSB cyber goon.”

        Cold,
        Your comment made me cringe. In my Senior year at the University, I critiqued Crime and Punishment…I opined a similar thought regarding Raskolinov;s insights, and had my ass handed to me by the professor who was a Dostoyevsky scholar….

    • malthuss March 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

      Raising chestnuts on a remote island in the Caribbean?
      Living on SS in Guatemala?

      What is FSB and why would they be messing here?

      As far as the Journal goes, it is now sh–.
      There was an article there [not a letter] ‘That Social Security will be saved by Immigrants.’

  109. Cold N. Holefield March 11, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    Hey IM, do you mind if I refer to you as CF? Actually, I don’t care if you mind. You’ll always be CF to me.

    • Sticks-of-TNT March 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

      For CornFlake? I thought MisterDarling directed that (above) at wpa. ;>)

      • Cold N. Holefield March 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

        Why do Corn Flakes get a bad rap to the point they’ve become an insult? I was reared on Corn Flakes. It was the only cereal beside(s) (which one is it, Q?) Cream of Wheat we had in the house. Once I left home, I couldn’t stand Corn Flakes for the longest time, and then, suddenly, about 15 years ago, I started liking them again. But now I have to have sliced banana with my bowl of Corn Flakes and Lactose-Free milk. We were too poor growing up to have bananas and there was no such thing as Lactose-Free milk. In my day, if you were Lactose Intolerant, you didn’t know it because there was no such thing, and you just suffered with gastronomic agony until you figured out milk didn’t agree with you and you stopped drinking it.

  110. Cold N. Holefield March 11, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    Only YOU would appreciate this as much as I enjoyed typing it.

    On Being Presidential

  111. wpa_ccc March 11, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    To Q:

    Now that we have more data, the data indicate it was not retracement (a few days of positive gain in an overall downward loss). We can now say it was a reversal.

    S&P 500 and Dow industrials have recorded weekly gains for four straight weeks. Sorry about your dead cat’s piss poor predictive predilection, partner.

    • Q. Shtik March 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      We can now say it was a reversal. – wpa

      ==========

      It all depends on what the definition if “is” is.

      Provide succinct definitions (in a Wall Street context) of:

      . reversal
      . retracement
      . dead cat bounce

      …and I might possibly agree with you.

      • wpa_ccc March 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

        The data speak for themselves. Or do you need definitions for “gain” and “loss”? Stop being so Clintonesque. This kind of “what is is?” nonsense is why I despise slimy politicians.

  112. volodya March 11, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Mr Darling, I agree, I saw it too, people calling bullshit on the fraud. And a lot of people warning that the housing markets were unsustainable.

    As the article said, “cram-downs” but also “cram-ups”, that is, while people were getting screwed, the people doing the screwing were benefiting magnificently.

    But, as you’d expect (or maybe if you’re a touchingly naive, wide-eyed ten old, you WOULDN’T expect because you think that people at the top just do their jobs honestly and forthrightly) central bankers, including at the Fed, resolutely refused to see what was happening.

    Bubble? What bubble? There’s no bubble. Fraud? HERE!?

    Even as calamity loomed Bernanke told us, pshaw, any damage in the sub-prime market will be contained. Oh, and Fanny and Freddie were fine. I mean, what the fuck does HE know, he was just Fed chairman. Either he was blind to what was right under his nose in which case he should’ve been fired. Or the data gatherers were incompetent, in which case they should have been fired.

    No matter who was at fault, no matter if the failure was inadvertent or deliberate, in the immortal words of Harry Houdini, the buck stops on Bernanke’s desk. So given that this wasn’t a small potatoes fubar, as head of the Fed, he still should’ve been fired, fired, fired. And a lot of other civil servants besides Bernanke. There was NO excuse to not get out the whacking stick.

    As you say, a lot of people saw what was percolating, in this particular case, even I saw it. It was pretty hard to miss the mania, everybody knew full well what was going on.

    Even after the house of cards came down, some very highly placed people expressed surprise that housing markets all over the country would all come down together. But if the misbehavior was national in scope, why WOULDN’T the collapse be national in scope? After all, for how long had we been talking about fucking globalization? And they STILL couldn’t conceive of economic phenomena – or contagion – on a merely national level?

    I think the wide eyed innocence (gosh, we didn’t know!) was all an act. Lying sack of shit functionaries support lying sack of shit politicians support lying sack of shit Wall Street oligarchs.

  113. FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    …but FincaInTheMountains is not that. It’s too intelligent for a low-level FSB cyber goon. Its presence does seem strategic just as wpa’s presence is == Cold

    Thanks, Cold, it really appreciates it!!

    Only the best for CFN from FSB!!!

    Banzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaai!!!

    Oops, sorry, wrong circuit.

  114. FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    I am very sorry for Americans who watched yesterday’s Republican debate just to see another dick-measuring contest between The Donald and Rubio.

    They were disappointed: it was a very worthy debates that allowed Trump to show that he is not only a bully and a great actor, but also a man who became an intellectual assembly point to the part of American public that understands to what catastrophic consequences will lead a possible win of Hillary Clinton, and sold out to her the establishment of the Republican Party, assuming, of course, that the Democratic party establishment she has in her pocket on “legitimate” grounds.

    But the Democratic Party debate was a work of art, to which FOX5, Megyn Kelly and Rubio with his vulgar penis-jokes are as far as the Earth from the Moon.

    Bernie Sanders just tore Hillary Clinton as dog the neighbor’s morning paper and he did it with artistry, to which even Trump is very far, and with an iron will that made Hillary Clinton to squeal like a rat in the jaws of a bulldog.

    And at first she boasted of her ability to withstand 11 hours of questioning in a congressional committee, and even called a liar the mother of one of the guards of the US Embassy in Benghazi who was killed together with Ambassador Stevens.

    Bernie Sanders certainly pretended that he was outraged by these words, and rushed to the attack, after which various lumps of Hillary flew in different directions, but it was hard not to notice that it was a pre-crafted script, and his toughness was due to the fact that the entire atmosphere around the elections has changed, which is perfectly consistent with what happened in the Republican debate.

    It looks as if Obama, who suddenly recouped his Presidential powers, has really called a meeting at the White House and informed all interested parties that anyone who utters the words “lame duck” in the next six months will be shown a very convincing proof to contrary near the closest firing wall.

    And judging by the fact that yesterday in one of Hillary’s media resources, sort of headquarters of the flying monkeys, appeared material that describes in detail how Barack Obama in 2013 with the help of a million American bikers overcame fierce Hillary’s resistance and cancelled the bombing of Assad Syria, elections really may be canceled if Sanders will not succeed this Tuesday to pour a bucket of cold water over The Wicked Witch of the West.

    Obama realizes that if Bastinda becomes the nominee, it will be too late to bring criminal charges, and to stop her it will be necessary to shed rivers of blood. After working with her for so many years, he hardly anticipates that she’d entrust her fate and the fate of the red button to “stupid American voters”. In this battle, she won’t stop before anything, and having won the nomination will at best arrange the American Civil War 2.0.

    And it looks like Obama has regained his power by actively explaining to the American elite that in the Other and Better World there is no offices of Chase Manhattan Bank, and the newly-found decisive advantage of Russia in the nuclear (and not only) weapons makes chutzpah of a president Hillary Clinton an excellent way to verify exactly that.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

      See, this is what I mean. The Russian accent is not easy to duplicate. It takes a very intelligent person to pull this off. I respect that.

      • wpa_ccc March 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

        Asoka has probably assumed many identities. Said he contained multitudes: Qsoka, ozoneasoka, fincasoka, volodyasoka, coldasoka, MDasoka, etc. a federal agent robot fest distracting from the real issues.

  115. FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    On a lighter note, Ukraine’s Parliament, Rada, managed in umpteenth time to become a laughing stock of the international community: They demanded from Mongolia a compensation for genocide of Ukrainian people during invasion of Mongolian Batu Khan in 1240.

    The Mongolian side has agreed to pay retributions, but demanded the list of all victims and their family members who almost 800 years ago suffered at the hands of Mongolian invaders.

    • BackRowHeckler March 11, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

      There’s a large Polish and Ukraine population round here; some of them look Asian, Chinese even. Yep, that’s from when Kublai Khan and the Mongol Hordes rolled thru in the 13th century. They never went home but just hung around and melded into the native population. 800 years later their genes are still extant.

      brh

      • malthuss March 12, 2016 at 12:56 am #

        Missouri loses Click and many students—–

        via IBD: The University of Missouri reported a near-25% drop in student enrollment following its unrest. This is the result of political correctness run amok, weak university leadership and inflated college costs.

        “I am writing to you today to confirm that we project a very significant budget shortfall due to an unexpected sharp decline in first-year enrollments and student retention this coming fall,” wrote Interim Chancellor Hank Foley in a university memo Wednesday. Instead of a 900-student drop, as Mizzou expected, the university was looking at a 1,500 student drop, and that meant a continuing revenue shortfall as a smaller freshman class moves toward graduation, he explained. With U.S. News and World Report reporting a 46% four-year graduation rate for the school, it’s a steep loss indeed.

        As a result, Mizzou has been hit with a $32 million revenue shortfall, and will have to cut expenses 5% and impose a hiring freeze.

        Bear in mind that the revenue shortfall was not the result of the Missouri House’s cutoff of $1 million of state money and $7.6 million from UM System administrative funding, which happened earlier this week. The chancellor emphasized that it’s due to the missing students.

        That’s the consumer verdict on the educational product the University of Missouri sells for $19,000 a year to in-state students and $32,000 to out-of-state students. Incredibly, the chancellor never mentioned in his memo any reason for their absence. It’s as if they vanished.

        But they didn’t vanish. They went elsewhere, because last year’s student riots showed three things:

        That the university is loaded with academic zeros such as Associate Professor Melissa Click, a women’s studies “expert” with zero knowledge of journalism, indoctrinating students in radical leftism at Missouri’s famed journalism school and getting caught on camera attempting to stifle free speech. No dissent allowed, and don’t even think about free inquiry.

        They also saw a wimpy establishment that permitted “Black Lives Matter” activists to pretty well take over the campus, hurl phony charges of racism at the school’s (leftist) establishment, and then see the university administrators cave to their demands like a bad souffle. In the wake of those protests, the university president was forced to resign, yet the demands of the radicals only grew louder.

        Amid this, parents and students saw the same overpriced tuition, bloated administrative budgets, useless majors and inflated salaries that plague all universities.

        So they voted with their feet, leaving one of the country’s once-great land-grant universities with a distinguished past academic history in the dust. If that’s not a warning to all universities to clean up their act, what is?

        .

        • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2016 at 3:26 am #

          Call me Schaden Freude. I love it. And I love Professor Click Bait too. Unexpected! I rub my hands together with glee at the word, even leaping in the air. I could have told them to “Expect it”, even without a six figure salary.

  116. BackRowHeckler March 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Now new hordes are rolling thru Europe and they aren’t going home either. The Mongols got only to about Hungary before they ran out of steam and petered out. These new Muslim invaders are going all the way thru and ain’t stopping for nothin’.

    Of course, in the 13th century Europe wasn’t holding out generous welfare benefits for Mongol Hordes like they are today for the Muslim Hordes. And if the Mongols had broken into Europe they would to had to deal with the Knights Templar, the Teutonic Knights, and the Order of Hospitaltiers, not the long haired PC German Army and its feminist grandmother defense minister.

    brh

    • wpa_ccc March 11, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

      brh, you use the word “invaders” which implies they are not welcome, but they were given safe passage and embraced by local people, especially Catholic and Lutheran congregations. A more neutral word would be immigrants or refugees from war.

  117. FincaInTheMountains March 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    Wet Clinton’s dream: a future map of Russian Federation

    img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/4401/lady-may2006.136/0_6f92f_735d2d50_XXXL.jpg

    • pequiste March 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

      Most entertaining – especially that “other” Jewish country: Birobidzhan.

      Who would play the Other in that neck of the woods? Ethnic Manchurians? Better not fuck with the CHinese – they would cut off the access to some down-home Chinese take out and the KYW would be screwed.

      ON the other hand who would have thought one could get a nice pastrami on rye and perhaps a Dr Browns Cel-Ray at the very end of the earth on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

      • pequiste March 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

        And while I’m at it – got to love Dr. Ben Carson endorsing The Donald.

        Imagine Caitlyn Jenner and Chaz Bono together hosting a mockumentary about the Trans-Siberian Railway.

        wpa better keep a large paper bag and a few tubes of Testor’s glue ready for 15 March primaries.

        • BackRowHeckler March 12, 2016 at 1:39 am #

          Hey PQ, I think Jenner is a Trump supporter/

          I think Bruce still has his junk, will at some point regain his senses and become a male again (what he really is)

          I knew him back in the day and he was a pretty good guy. One of his cousins told me last year they blame the problems he’s having now with the intense drug and steroid treatment he got after doing not so well in the ’72 Olympics, and to get him ready for the ’76 Olympics. there’s some other reasons, too.

          brh

          • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2016 at 3:30 am #

            Nah, Trump is too sane. Conservative Crazies vote for Cruz. It’s a suckers bet. Not only does his wife work for Goldman Sachs, but she’s involved in the planning for the North American Union.

            Schlafly, one the most remarkable women of her generation, just endorsed Trump.

  118. fodase March 11, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    In my opinion America became eve greater when a Black family entered the White House. Obama will be seen in the future as a great president, compared to the all white presidents who came before him. Next: the first socialist Jewish president.

    So if I understand you, the best qualification for President is being black, Jewish or a socialist, not what’s good for the country.

    oh, and the black man as “compared to all the white…”

    I get it, if he’s black it’s great, if he’s white it’s bad.

    You must be one of those compassionate democrat supporters who are colorblind.

    Tx for clarifying that for us.

    The US and A will be a much better country without you, you know well that your time has run out.

    President Trump has put an end to your maniacal hatred for all that is Good, he has awakened the Good Americans who judge people by their Character.

    We are the majority, and you have been placed in detention for a generation.

  119. wpa_ccc March 12, 2016 at 12:30 am #

    “President Trump has put an end to your maniacal hatred…” –fodase

    When “President Trump” was faced with 2,000 protestors in Chicago today, he canceled, did not show up, put his tail between his legs, like the coward he is when he doesn’t have hired thugs to commit violence for him. Just watch what happens to Trump next Tuesday.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2016 at 3:35 am #

      In other words, you endorse the violence of the Left, who openly admit they came to shut down the rally, denying Trump and his supporters their First Amendment rights. Yet Trump has to explain and defend HIS actions? Are we going to your rallies and shutting them down?

      Don’t worry, we will defend ourselves though.

  120. FincaInTheMountains March 12, 2016 at 3:23 am #

    chipstone: Thanks for the sanctions, Obama

    A little over a week ago Obama has shown integrity and resolutely extended sanctions against Russia for another year.

    To appreciate the value of the extension of sanctions against Russia is possible only in the context of the pre-election year not only in the US but in Russia itself.

    And in Russia, the main losers of the sanctions are the liberal wing of the Russian government / opposition. These clans are tightly tied to profit from the resale of cheap Western loans on the domestic market, have the most to lose from sanctions restrictions.

    This constant expectation and the lifting of sanctions as a permanent spell, that they are about to be canceled, actually inhibits the release of the Russian economy from external financial and trade bondage. After all, why should anything change on the inside, if there is a short time to tighten the belts, and not even of their own, but of small and medium business, as everything will return back to normal.

    Extending the sanctions now will not cause any real damage to Russia. In February ended a tight period of active repayment of external debt. Russia was able to withstand the onslaught and avoid credit traps that for many years were carefully prepared, both from outside and inside. And now the future significant payments are expected in December. That is, virtually all this year Russia is free from the pressure of financial payments. And at the same time free from the need to seek currency for their implementation. This in turn means elimination for quite a long period of severe pressure on the exchange rate.

    It liquidated the most powerful means of pressure on the Russian economy and politics. Under these conditions, the continuation of sanctions only plays into the hands of Russia, not allowing re-engage the country in the next credit bondage.

    On the contrary, the lack of foreign payments creates an excellent opportunity to accelerate the strengthening of foreign currency reserves. And the way to do it, in gold or any currencies is a matter of state policy.

    And yet, judging by the constant growth is the gold reserves, the trend is clear enough. Another thing is that the market simply does not have such stocks of the metal, to accommodate the entire excess of the country’s balance of payments. At the same time the termination of large external payments means the growth of domestic sources of financing of Russian economy without the involvement of external resources.

    Among the external factors is the relationship with Europe, which bears the brunt of the financial and economic losses caused by the confrontation with Russia. Supporting of American sanctions for Europe means new financial losses, and weakening of Europe’s position in its economic confrontation with the United States.

    Rejecting the sanctions will mean a political rebellion against the US, which will weaken the whole Western anti-Russian front and significantly so.

  121. FincaInTheMountains March 12, 2016 at 4:04 am #

    Yesterday, we had the pleasure of watching another convulsion of cornered into a trap Western central banks. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said that he will print more money. Rates will be reduced, and to buy toxic securities will be allocated 80 billion Euros a month, 20 billion more than before.

    Simply put, Mario Draghi showed markets that the euro area is determined to move into NIRP (Negative Interest Rates Policy). It was assumed that after this statement the markets will wake the hell up and begin to rise.

    Markets however, were not impressed. The approaching NIRP was not convincing enough – and the German DAX after the announcement of Signor Draghi dropped down by 2.3%.

    The reason is simple – the markets are waiting not for a timid hint of the ECB. Markets expect that central banks will print much, much more: not tens of billions, but hundreds or even trillions.

    Note another curious circumstance. Euro yesterday rose against the dollar – although it would seem, the prospect of switching the printing press to a higher speed would weaken the European currency. But markets expected that the ECB will start to print money seriously: the small step towards NIRP by Mario Draghi, was perceived by them as a retreat.

    Markets want more money to be printed, and the rate fell further below. Only then they agree to at least remain on the same level.

    What we are witnessing today is the beginning of a global currency war predicted earlier. The main economies of the world are now trying to weaken their currency to give its manufacturers an advantage and save themselves from the imports. To this end, central banks will lower the rates into negative territory and send large amounts of freshly printed money to rescue bankrupt entities – that, in fact, we are seeing now.

    The ECB yesterday lowered the refinance rate to zero, which brought the actual deposit rate deeper into negative territory, to minus 0.4%. The next move is likely to be made by the US Fed – as the Americans can’t afford to let the Europeans win the currency war.

    Russia, meanwhile, will sit on the safe podium and passionately cheer for our Western friends and partners. Russia has no need to participate in the currency wars: the level of debt load of Russian economy, fortunately, is very low, the refinancing rate is at a healthy level and the ruble is weak enough for Russian industry to successfully compete with foreign imports.

    Again, turning on the NIRP should support the oil price that will allow Russian Central Bank to cheerfully accumulate gold and foreign currency reserves necessary for smooth passage of the crisis.

  122. Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    None of you – not one! – had the courage to take Professor Click out for coffee and a Danish, or for a bagel and knish. As Thoreau said, There are 999 patrons of virtue for every virtuous man.

    • elysianfield March 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

      “None of you – not one! – had the courage to take Professor Click out”

      Well, somebody should have.

  123. Janos Skorenzy March 12, 2016 at 4:32 am #

    Another Red Pill. Don’t read this if you if want to remain in the consensus trance known as American Life. BRH, you especially. You’re still processing the fact that Patton didn’t believe what you though he believed. This will just overwhelm your sensors and sensibilities, delicate as they are.

    dailystormer.com/the-shocking-revelations-of-new-left-leader-mark-rudd/

  124. FincaInTheMountains March 12,