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Was it a fretful Thanksgiving this year, a family feud of political recrimination with a lot of teeth gnashing through mouthfuls of candied sweets? Well, yes, coming after the extraordinary fiasco of the Kavanaugh hearings and the disputed midterm elections, but the glide path to Yuletide looks kind of bumpy, too, so here’s a short bill or particulars of things tending to go wrong:

Ukraine verges on martial law after a naval incident with Russian ships in the waters off Crimea. Say what? Martial Law? They might as well declare a Chinese Fire Drill. Details of the actual incident around the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the  Sea of Azov remain murky besides the fact that two Ukrainian gunships and a tug disobeyed orders from Russian ships to stand down in Russian maritime waters and shots were fired. Who knew that Ukraine even had a navy, and how can they possibly pay for it? But now NATO is trying to get into the act, meaning the USA will get dragged into just the sort unnecessary and idiotic dispute that kicks off world wars. Note to the Golden Golem of Greatness (aka Mr. Trump): this dog-fight is none of our goddam business. Russia, meanwhile, asked the UN Security Council to convene over this, which is the correct response. What could go wrong?

Late Monday update: I’ve heard reports this afternoon that Russia had intel Ukrainian ships were transporting an explosive device supplied by NATO which they suspected was intended to be deployed to blow up the strategic bridge across the Kerch Strait. Still unconfirmed chatter. Developing story….

Tuesday morning update: It’s worth reading this blog by The Saker on the situation. https://thesaker.is/about-the-latest-ukronazi-provocation-in-the-kerch-strait/. (Something is preventing me from making clickable link.)  He writes:  “Considering the current single-digit popularity rating of [PresidentPoroshenko and the fact that he has no chance in hell to be re-elected (at least not in minimally credible elections) it is pretty darn obvious of why the Ukronazi regime in Kiev decided to trigger yet another crisis and then blame Russia for it.”

Sunday, about five hundred Central American migrants rushed the border at Tijuana. The US Border Patrol tear-gassed them and they backed off. Bad optics for those trying to make the case for open borders. Naturally, The New York Times portrayed this as an assault on families, defaulting to their stock sob story, though the mob assembling down there is overwhelmingly composed of young men. Complicating matters, a new Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, takes over next Saturday, a Left-wing populist and enemy of Trumpismo. Tijuana is now choking on the thousands of wanderers who were induced to march north to test America’s broken immigration policies. What could go wrong?

Congressional Democrats are said to be “loading the cannons” with subpoenas for Trumpsters to get raked over-the-coals in a circus of committee hearings when they take over the majority in January. They’ll be matched by Senators firing back in hearings controlled by Republicans, setting up the worst political pissing match since the Civil War. In a fair universe, enough dirt would come out on either side to disable the most sinister forces of the Deep State — especially the seditious “intelligence community.” But life is unfair, as Jimmy Carter once observed and the exercise will only fan the flames of already-extreme antipathy. What could go wrong?

The engine pulling that choo-choo train of grievance is Robert Mueller’s Russian Collusion investigation. I expect him to produce mighty rafts of charges against Mr. Trump, his family and associates, and anyone who ever received so much as a souvenir mug from his 2016 campaign. But I doubt that any of it will have a bearing on Russian election “meddling.” And in that case, the charges will be met by counter-charges of an illegitimate investigation, meaning welcome to that constitutional crisis we’ve been hearing about for two years. That’s a mild way of describing anything from a disorderly impeachment to troops in the American streets. What could go wrong there?

Finally, there’s the elephant in the room with the 800-pound-gorilla riding on its back: the economy and its diabolical engine the financial markets. Anyone notice on the lead-up to Thanksgiving and Black Friday that the markets have been going south (and not on holiday to Cozumel)? Stocks are roaring back up again as I write. The TBTF banks and their ringleader, the Federal Reserve, have had a few days to engineer a rally, and the sharper it goes up, the more remaining “greater fools” will get roped in for eventual slaughter. Bond rates are charging back up too, meaning the price is skidding down. Bad combo. The poison cherry-on-top is Bitcoin, which has plunged about 40 percent in ten measly days to a 3000-handle and is headed to zero. So sad, as The Golden Golem might put it. It seemed like such a sure thing less than a year ago. What could have gone wrong?


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  1. malthuss November 26, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    Bitcoin bounced huge over the holidays. 3500 to 4500?
    Whats interesting is the move toward digital money for us commoners.
    The FR already has its digital money.

  2. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 26, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    The stock market is indicative of very little of substance, IMHO, sans VOLUME.

    But emotionally, it’s a BFD.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 26, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      Which, I should explain. Bob buys 1,000 acres at $1,000 per acre. That is $1 million at cost. He sells 10 acres (1 percent) at $5,000.

      By comp, the other 990 acres are now also worth $5,000, so now the whole lot is valued at $4,950,000.

      But are they really worth? The whole shebang is being valued at what the last acres sold at. Which could go up and go down from time to time. Unless a significant portion of the acreage is sold, one can not really tell what the land is worth.

      That is the stock market. It is an iceberg, and most of it is underwater. We only see the melting and refreezing on the surface.

      A more real test of value is the rate of return. What do the stocks actually earn. What is the ratio of price to earnings?

      As I understand, a lot of it is at record highs, which tends to mean the market value is over-rated.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • Lawfish November 26, 2018 at 10:56 am #

        Excellent analogy, Squeaky.

        The notional “wealth” that’s represented by the aggregate value of stocks can never be realized. When everyone tries to sell at the same time, the price dives, until it ultimately goes to near-zero.

        When that happens, there will be some excellent opportunities. If a stock that pays a 3% dividend loses 90% of its market value, it becomes a stock paying a 30% dividend.

        Fish

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 26, 2018 at 11:07 am #

          Right. That is why I suspect that people who are cash heavy pray for the market to crash. You can not tell what kind of games are going on in the back ground when people can profit from a societal loss.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

        • CirclesnCircles November 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

          I’m going to suggest that you and Squeaky stay out of the equity markets as investment vehicles.

          Ahem, one example as to why: Any company that loses 90% of it’s value has some HUGE problems and that dividend is in serious jeopardy. Upon a steep decline, that stock will not become an obvious buy of a “good” company with an *amazing, stellar, super sweet* dividend of 30%.

          That idea is preposterous.

          Need a case-in-point? General Electric. Study it……..

          • capt spaulding November 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

            In the trying times to come, I recommend investing in whiskey, guns, and gold, not necessarily in that order. In a disorganized society, those should see you through.

          • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

            When people in their deep wisdom tell me “You can’t eat gold.” I answer, “Really, do you eat your federal reserves notes? Do you eat your bond certificates, your jewelry, or your valuable paintings?”

            Everything has it’s proper role and place. You can’t eat hot lead, but it may be useful when someone comes to take your cans of beans.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

            One Principle wanted children to have cans in their desks to throw at any would be shooter. Anything rather than have armed guards. Anyone with a gun is no better than a criminal, unless they’re a policeman, hopefully Leftist, Female, and Non-White.

          • aibohphobia November 26, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

            Cap’n S–
            The whisky and guns will always be useful–
            Gold is most useful during hyperinflation (ie., when governments are stupidly mismanaging a monetary system), during a government collapse or civil war, and when fleeing from chaos to order.
            In a true Dark Age, when mobility is not possible and no one has surplus that could be bartered, gold becomes a liability. Something to keep in mind…

          • Lawfish November 26, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

            Circles, it was meant as a crude example, not a case-in-point. The point was that when equities are grossly over-valued, the best strategy (which is the one I have been using) is to stay in cash and wait for the crash. Back in the depression, a wise banker in Quincy, Florida advised his clients to buy Coca-Cola stock, as it was then priced at less than the amount of cash it was holding. There are now some several hundred “Coke millionaires” in Quincy.

            Same goes for land. Many a wise man picked up land on the super-cheap during the depression, via tax deeds or foreclosures.

            When equities are grossly overpriced, sit on the sidelines.

            Fish

          • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

            In 1599 a Spanish governor in Ecuador was cheating the indigenous locals in the gold trade. They forced his mouth open and poured molten gold down his throat – as if to say “you want it, here have all you want.” Of course, he died.

            There’s an example of gold becoming a liability. Otherwise, I’ll take all I can get. Even in the Dark Ages there were surplus things people would part with for a price.

          • CirclesnCircles November 26, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

            Lawfish – you seem a bit of a novice. Stocks likely don’t have much upside left but the “grossly-overvalued” analysis has been uttered by many for a decade now.

            Meanwhile, those in cash during that time missed one of the most raging bull markets of all time. I knew of some, about 8 years ago, who were so convinced of armageddon that they cashed-in their retirement accounts (paid penalties and taxes) and bought gold at $1500 – $1800 p/oz. They’ve been underwater ever since and missed massive upside in stocks and real estate.

            Market timing is a fools paradise. You’ll nail it on occasion but, overall? No. It’s a losing proposition in the long run. Much evidence exists to prove that. But, good luck anyhow.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 27, 2018 at 10:57 am #

            I think you are confusing a “90% loss of company value” with a “90% decline in stock price”, which decline is what me and Lawfish were talking about.

            Notice that lawfish specifically said, ” If a stock that pays a 3% dividend loses 90% of its market value, it becomes a stock paying a 30% dividend.

            When people need to dump stocks in large numbers, it is like taking your Gibson guitar to a pawn shop. You get $300 for a $2,500 guitar, but what the heck, you need the 300 bucks.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • CirclesnCircles November 27, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            Ok, Squeeky, it’s just like that.
            LOL, the confusion is not mine but, good luck.

          • gonetohell November 27, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

            Dear hmuller,

            You have to be smart enough to realize that those people you reference aren’t suggesting you can eat those things. What they mean is that gold is often held as supposed protection against currency failure due to hyperinflation, or some other calamity. When the shelves go bare it matters not how much shiny gold you have. When lawlessness prevails all bets are off. People will take whatever they can from whomever they can any way they can. What you need in these situations is food, water, guns and plenty of ammo-not gold.

      • cbeard November 27, 2018 at 10:46 am #

        I’m buying stock in Frito-Lay, Lance Snack Foods, and pot stocks.

      • seawolf77 November 29, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

        Not exactly financial geniuses here, huh?

  3. izzy November 26, 2018 at 10:12 am #

    But Jim – you forgot the deconstruction of the stage it all plays out on, i.e., our hosting planet. An ongoing and accelerating disaster, now way out of anyone’s control. At least the collapse of this iteration of “civilization” is being well-documented. Perhaps the records should go into the Svalbard Seed Vault, where any future survivors can puzzle over the soggy mess.

    • pequiste November 26, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

      Svalbard? What a great idea, Izzy!

      We should invite, by military force if needed, the Central American “caravaners” to pass by the clusterfucked U.S.S.A. and head directly to the Arctic free-for-all wonderfulness that is Svalbard.

      A fine place too for YzlamiK extremists headed to Europa who want their women covered up and Geehaad in abundance. In fact everyone and everything in Svalbard is covered up full from head to toe due to the balmy clime.

      I think even that paragon of political uselessness, the United Nations, should open up an annex there in preparation for the moment that Manhattan’s primest East River property goes under the auctioneer’s hammer and into the long-waiting clutches of Michael Bloomberg.

  4. Brabantian November 26, 2018 at 10:12 am #

    Situation with Mueller actually seems to be a bit different –

    Article on how President Trump’s lawyers are holding files that can send Robert Mueller to prison if they ‘go nuclear’ on him, in crimes involving a Hillary friend and Mueller’s law firm

    But ‘Deep State’ types seem pressing to cover this up, because of aspect of US fed judge bribery involved, would have ‘huuge’ damage to US court reputation if the Mueller files went mainstream

    Possible back-room ‘deal’ that Mueller stays in, but backs off Donald T. & family, Mueller scandal info kept ‘in reserve’ … in a sort of ‘Mexican stand-off’, appropriately enough

    In fact, Mueller has been kinda quiet over the last month …
    henrymakow.com/2018/11/report-implicates-robert-muell.html

    • draupnir November 26, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      That sounds more like a dead man’s switch to me.

    • James Howard Kunstler November 26, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      Brabantian– Okay… read it… seems utterly insane to me. Just sayin’ — jhk

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 26, 2018 at 11:10 am #

      That link was heavy on innuendo and not so much on facts. I read the Dr. Sachs thing, and it came off to me like somebody who is selling a brand new diet plan, who spends half the spiel telling you how stupid doctors are, and most of the other half on how his secret plan will cause you to lose weight, and maybe the last percent on – – – wait for it – – You can have this for only $9.95 if you act now!

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • capt spaulding November 26, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

        I know that Mueller was happily retired until he was requested to head up this investigation. If I can believe Fox news, he must have leapt at the chance to perform evil deeds on behalf of the deep state, who are buried so deep that even the Illuminati don’t know who they are.

        • Ol' Scratch November 26, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

          You never permanently retire from the Deep State, you’re just temporarily deactivated until called upon to render further services.

    • Majella November 26, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      Oh, please – you’re kidding, right? What a load of unsubstantiated drivel. The “Illuminati – there’s only one conspiracy” Masthead says it all.

      What follows is a diatribe of conspiracy-fueling statements with no evidence whatsoever. Of course, there’s obviously no evidence because the evidence has been deleted and suppressed by the host of co-conspirators….yawn…

      The whole memo can best be described as the ramblings of a sad-assed deluded nut job. He’s probably ripe for a job on Trump’s cabinet.

      • SpeedyBB November 27, 2018 at 7:14 am #

        Sorry, Majella. You didn’t hear the news?

        He’s been fired already. He lasted a full 39 minutes in the White House before running afoul of one of the ongoing spirited exchanges.

        He’s hiding out with, who? The Smurch? The Smudge? Watzisname.

        The cornucopia of the internet overflows. Urp, slop, bring the mop.

    • seawolf77 November 29, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

      That’s the classic bluff, like James T. Kirk’s corbamite bluff.

  5. DrTomSchmidt November 26, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Congressional Democrats are said to be “loading the cannons” with subpoenas for Trumpsters to get raked over-the-coals in a circus of committee hearings when they take over the majority in January.

    Election analysis I read suggested that democratic house candidates did not run a campaign of anti-trump, but rather focused on that bugaboo that JHK has identified so many times: health care. They won because the Republican House spent two years doing precisely nothing to fix healthcare except to repeal the mandate, which will kick off a death spiral for Obamacare. It turns out that the people who voted for Trump weren’t motivated by tax cuts that were unasked for. Sticking it to the blue states with the SALT deduction cap turned out to negatively affect prospects for suburban Republicans, but not so much as healthcare.

    I hope the House Democrats focus first on what got them elected. I’ve read proposals that they will open Medicare to people 50 and over who are willing to pay the fees. I’d love to see them pass that in the House and force the Republican Senate to reject it.

    Subpoenas are what the pundit class wants, much like the ridiculous Republican tax bill was what the donor class wanted. They ignore what got them elected at their peril.

  6. Jeremy November 26, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Thinking of you Jim!

    “One of the biggest medical companies in the world has admitted it is having to pay out to the NHS to cover the cost of monitoring and operating on patients who were given defective hip replacements, the Guardian can reveal.

    DePuy, owned by Johnson & Johnson, would not say how much it had handed over, but it could run into millions. It recalled a metal-on-metal hip system in 2010 after it emerged that debris from wear and tear was causing damage and resulting in a large number of surgical revisions.

    The company withdrew the products – a range known as the ASR (articular surface replacement) system – and advised that patients should have tests to check cobalt and chromium ion levels in their blood and, in some cases, MRI scans or X-rays.”

    theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/26/firm-pays-out-nhs-defective-hip-replacements

    • James Howard Kunstler November 26, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      Jeremy– My metal-on-metal implant was changed out in 2013, and it took me a good five years to start feeling okay. Now I’m over it, and all the weird effects of cobalt poisoning. I collected 8-K in a settlement, which about covered my out-of-pocket expenses. — Jhk

      • davidreese2 November 26, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

        8-K?!!! That’s nothing in the malpractice business. For what you went through, it should have been at least 80-K, in fact a lot more. Don’t blame you for thinking of medicine as one of the rackets in contemporary life. 8-K??? Yea, it’s a racket.

        To everyone out there, stay healthy.

        David Reese, MD

        • CirclesnCircles November 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

          Agreed about medical care in the 21st century — a major racket.

          No doubt, many people are helped by pacemaker and joint replacements, ETC. But, what percentage actually NEED those versus other, non-surgical, options being available that aren’t thoroughly discussed or researched? Care to venture an educated guess about that, Dr. Reese? (I don’t know the answer but feel sure there are many who don’t need those surgeries.)

          What’s amazing about this era is that there is SO MUCH INFO about how to live healthfully AND what is detrimental to good health, yet we have astonishing obesity (guaranteed to wreck your lower joints), terrible diabetes problems, nasty diets etc.

          Does America have a death wish?

          • benr November 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

            I have a vegan friend who shapes surfboards and loses up to forty pounds when he leaves the states to go to south America!
            Mind he he changes next to nothing in his diet and how much he eats it’s how the food is grown that changes.

            Americas farming techniques are toxic period end of story.

  7. jdhines November 26, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    DrTom,

    You have offered a cogent analysis of the election results. Nice.

    Best,
    JDH

  8. Mountain gal November 26, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    I especially love how the NYT does it’s usual attempt to portray the masses storming the fence as women and children. Twas the same thing back when the vast majority of migrants attempting to get into Germany, Italy etc were young men but they’d try to portray them as a bunch of women and children.

    So of course the knee-jerk liberals are all up in arms over the use of tear-gas(would you prefer live bullets?) and decrying how we should all take them in as they just want what we have. I haven’t noticed any of them offering to house and feed them in their own homes and communities though. Not gonna hold my breath…..

    • DrTomSchmidt November 26, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      I haven’t noticed any of them offering to house and feed them in their own homes and communities though.

      And you won’t.

      A right-wing art project might be to buy houses in liberal areas and fill them with refugees. Focus on one particular neighborhood for full effect. Once the elite feels the catastrophic equity destruction that results they might change their minds.

      Nothing will change until people making policy decisions are forced to have “skin in the game.”

      • lateStarter November 26, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

        Such a wickedly, delicious thought Dr Tom. Was it your own?
        I’m sure those likely to find this arrangement unacceptable would lawyer the whole thing away though.

        • DrTomSchmidt November 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

          If they oppose it, what are they saying? It’s doubtful they’d get held up as examples of hypocrisy in the media, but it would be interesting to see.

          Zillow indicates a median home price of 847,000 in Chappaqua, where the Clintons own a home worth more than twice that. For maybe $10,000,000 you could buy 5-10 nearby houses.

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

        Right wing block busting sounds like a great idea lol :-p.

      • malthuss November 26, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

        block busting. red lining? w a twist.

        • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

          An extreme twist ;-).

    • Its not like you actually read today’s paper…. maybe you didn’t see the photo below the fold.

      A Mamacita running screaming, carrying a kid, bum-rush masses in the distance, concertina wire, tear gas clouds, the whole 9.

      • Elrond Hubbard November 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

        Here’s a link, for anyone who wants to see the photo: twitter.com/BreakingNews/status/1066797456057348098

        Thought I’d share the following too, even I haven’t got around to reading it yet. Angela Nagle has taken flak on Twitter for advancing…

        The Left Case against Open Borders

        americanaffairsjournal.org/2018/11/the-left-case-against-open-borders/

        ‘Before “Build the wall!” there was “Tear down this wall!” In his famous 1987 speech, Ronald Reagan demanded that the “scar” of the Berlin Wall be removed and insisted that the offending restriction of movement it represented amounted to nothing less than a “question of freedom for all mankind.” He went on to say that those who “refuse to join the community of freedom” would “become obsolete” as a result of the irresistible force of the global market. And so they did. In celebration, Leonard Bernstein directed a performance of “Ode to Joy” and Roger Waters performed “The Wall.” Barriers to labor and capital came down all over the world; the end of history was declared; and decades of U.S.-dominated globalization followed.

        ‘In its twenty-nine-year existence, around 140 people died attempting to cross the Berlin Wall. In the promised world of global economic freedom and prosperity, 412 people died crossing the U.S.-Mexican border last year alone, and more than three thousand died the previous year in the Mediterranean. The pop songs and Hollywood movies about freedom are nowhere to be found. What went wrong?

        ‘Of course, the Reaganite project did not end with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Reagan—and his successors from both parties—used the same triumphalist rhetoric to sell the hollowing out of trade unions, the deregulation of banks, the expansion of outsourcing, and the globalization of markets away from the deadweight of national economic interests. Central to this project was a neoliberal attack on national barriers to the flow of labor and capital. At home, Reagan also oversaw one of the most significant pro-migration reforms in American history, the 1986 “Reagan Amnesty” that expanded the labor market by allowing millions of illegal migrants to gain legal status.’

        Those are the opening paragraphs. Read the whole thing.

        • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

          Thanks for the picture Elrond. I’ve seen human beings in far greater danger from smoke around the family camp fire than from the little can spewing out a tiny trickle of smoke in the Twitter picture. Looks to be truly a life threatening event and the senorita is lucky to have escaped with her life and the lives of her children, har, har.

          • Elrond Hubbard November 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

            Well, that depends, Walter. The picture doesn’t show us where she’s from, how far she had come (with kids in tow) in hopes of crossing the border, or what troubles led her to assume the effort and risk. I would judge, though, that she’s due the honorific señora and not señorita.

            Perhaps she only came from as far south as another part of Mexico. But that would make her just as much a target of globalization as American workers. According to the article I linked to: “One of the major causes of labor migration from Mexico to the United States has been the economic and social devastation caused by [NAFTA]. … By 2002, Mexican wages had dropped by 22 percent, even though worker productivity increased by 45 percent.” And a 22% wage drop has to cut even closer to the bone in Mexico than in the USA (or Canada). Heads the globalists win, tails everybody else loses, eh?

          • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 9:26 am #

            Seriously Elrond, compare that picture (which looks literally like a day at the beach with a small garbage fire) to the picture that came out of Kent State or the DNC riots in Chicago and then tell me about risk.

            i.pinimg.com/736x/6c/84/5d/6c845d0461184736122ecf36927a3dd8.jpg

        • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

          Elrond, I would hope people can distinguish between two types of walls. One keeps prisoners inside (like the Berlin Wall). The other keeps intruders out and protects those inside. The two walls may look alike. Discernment is required.

          Sometimes, people have a hard time with such subtle distinctions, as in recognizing that guns can protect. You can’t stop a crazed gunman with a sign that states “Gun Free Zone”. Don’t ask me why, but somehow it just does not work. But a good guy with a gun can protect people.

          This is a simple truth known to “real men” who watch John Wayne movies.

        • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

          A sad picture and story. But what of all the American families ruined by the economic impacts of uncontrolled immigration? What about all of those sad stories of Americans killed by illegal immigrants?

        • benr November 26, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

          And yet the east/west german wall divided people with similar culture and the same language! Your example is perfectly flawed.

    • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      Most liberals are extraordinarily uncharitable. Duck Duck Go it!

      • malthuss November 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

        google is so threatened by DDG that they now own similar domain names.

    • SpeedyBB November 27, 2018 at 7:26 am #

      I noted that there was one very artistic photograph of a dead baby on the beach and Europa lost its collective mind.

      Now, there is a pause, and second thoughts. But it’s too late as the Eurabian masses stake out their claim.

      • Sean Coleman November 27, 2018 at 9:18 am #

        Yes, that picture hit Facebook and about two or three days later, as I recall, Merkel folded. The ‘refugees’ at Budapest railway station decided to march for Vienna. They were ‘advised’ to stay to the highways where they could be photgraphed and filmed. The procession was led by a man in a wheelchair, another carrying the EU flag and a third with a photo of Angela pinned to his clothes. I think I saw a picture of a man in a wheelchair in the ‘Caravan’ in its early days.

        • Mountain gal November 27, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

          Yup. Too bad there weren’t any photo-ops for the millions killed by the Nazis who were truly fleeing for their lives. There were a good 1.5 million cute kids killed by them; no photo ops back then I guess. And Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t seem to understand the difference between fleeing genocide and trying to immigrate to improve one’s finances. Yeah, I get it that life in Mexico, Guatemala, etc is no picnic, but they could stick around and try to improve things instead. It’s not as if they are Jews or Roma in a Europe controlled by the Nazis.

  9. PeteAtomic November 26, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    “Was it a fretful Thanksgiving this year, a family feud of political recrimination with a lot teeth gnashing through mouthfuls of candied sweets?”

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving there in the Empire state, Mr. Jim. We had a very nice one here in the Shire, with the rest of the hobbits.

    Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. It’s not that it isn’t going to happen, but what the response will be. Unfortunately with the duddled, muddled, and befuddled nature of the federal government at the moment, we are about to see another act in the circus. The next two years will be filled with such pressing issues such as how many money Trump spent on golden toilets in 1989, or why there aren’t more transgendered people in the media (or movies, or whatever), and of course– why do men keep hitting on women! (like, OMG how gross, right)

    I wonder if the fat, oversexed Roman senate in, I don’t know, maybe 399 A.D., had similar concerns in their day. While the forefathers of Hitler’s SS were raping & pillaging Europe, I can envision the slobs of the Senate sitting in their wine soaked togas and arguing about the quota of exotic animals from Africa, or why there weren’t enough good looking boys working down at the bath house.

    The collection in our contemporary Congress would fit right in with that lot.

  10. RB November 26, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Who gives a damn about women and children? What makes them so special? Men have been throwing themselves into death and injury to protect the wimmens and chillins. In today’s world to hell with that. In some of these mass killings guys have died shielding women. Stop that crap. These women are going to stick you with child support and take a lot of your stuff in the divorce. The migrant varieties are going to have litters to go on welfare forever.

    Happy Holidays all.

    • Lawfish November 26, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      “Who gives a damn about women and children?”

      Indeed. I thought the left had abolished the distinction between the sexes. I guess it remains when convenient. And what are children, but young people who are now entitled to decide whether they want to identify as people or dogs or sheep? Certainly, they are entitled to no more protection than older people who identify as men.

      Fish

      • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        >>> Indeed. I thought the left had abolished the distinction between the sexes.

        This is the same Left that wants to end racism—yet can’t stop making everything about race.

        Feminism means having all the opportunities that men have while retaining all the privileges that women have (such as men protecting them when the bullets start flying).

        • lateStarter November 26, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

          So kind of like those nitwits in power in the UK that want to have all the benefits of being in the EU but none of the restrictions.

          • Sean Coleman November 27, 2018 at 9:21 am #

            Not really. Many want to stay in and many want to leave completely. The politicians and the media are overwhelmingly in favour of staying but the former have to at least make a semblance of trying to leave. And the EU, aware of this, is making it hard for Britain to leave. I doubt if there are many who want to leave and yet keep the benefits.

      • benr November 26, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

        Consider the untimely deaths extreme late term abortions.

  11. mdl17576 November 26, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    On the one hand, Bitcoin seemed like a legit challenge to the control Central banks hold over the creation of money. However, I think once it became more publicly traded it was only a matter of time before the big players could start manipulating the price to destroy it.

    While I would like to see a return of sound money, the tech behind Bitcoin is extremely energy hungry. Not what we need at a time when we need to be figuring out ways to use less energy and reduce co2 emissions.

    • jdhines November 26, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      mdl,

      “…Bitcoin is extremely energy hungry.”

      True enough, but there are new variants that use proof of stake (POS), a much more energy efficient way to validate the blockchain. Etherium and Cardano both use POS and, although currently beaten down, are in the top ten as far as market cap goes.

      JDH

      • mdl17576 November 26, 2018 at 11:08 am #

        Thanks for the info, I was not aware more energy efficient variants had been created. How are they in terms of anonymity?

        • elysianfield November 26, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

          JD/MD,

          I’m surprised you take crypto currencies seriously. It is a dalliance allowed by the Government, until it loses it’s ability to amuse and is made to disappear.

          The Government does not like competition.

          Anonymity? You jest. Alexa and Siri will dance on your grave…metaphorically, of course. There is no such thing as “anonymity”.

          • TPTB-USA November 26, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

            Nothing but a flawed game …

            Central Banks Looking at Creating Their Own Cryptocurrencies
            armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/cryptocurrency/central-banks-looking-at-creating-their-own-cryptoc…

          • capt spaulding November 26, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

            You are right about anonymity. There’s enough tech in place right now that could easily enable a dictator to take control. Probably starting with people who post here. I’ve read that China is already making good use of it.

          • SpeedyBB November 27, 2018 at 7:33 am #

            In the news last week: China bragging that they have software to scan their 1.3 billion subjects… in one second.

            “Smile” says Allen Funt, “you’re on candid camera.”

        • malthuss November 26, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

          Bitcoin seemed like a legit challenge to the control Central banks hold over the creation of money.

          I guess its the start of the governments control of digital money and trans humanism.

          • Lawfish November 26, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

            Agreed, Malthus. Brandon Smith has posted a very rational analysis of crypto-currencies over at Alt-Market.

            alt-market.com/articles/3581-imf-reveals-that-cryptocurrency-is-the-new-world-order-end-game

            Fish

          • elysianfield November 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

            “Bitcoin seemed like a legit challenge to the control Central banks hold over the creation of money.”

            Malthuss, How noble a description…

            NAMBLA seems like a NGO that would provide a loving home for young orphans….
            \

    • Georges1202 November 26, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

      XRP (associated with Ripple) has a solid use case and uses far less energy than the horrid Bitcoin. It has vaulted over ETH recently
      to claim the #2 spot in the cryptoverse.

    • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      mdl, You got that right. Wall Street has already entered the crypto-currency market and now manipulates much of it. On top of which there have been a string of lesser con-men who have soiled the arena with their shenanigans and fraudulent exchanges.

  12. janet November 26, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Jim, your writing today is crisp and your summary is cogent.

    I would have added the report from Trump’s 13 agencies which says GW is AGW (Trump said they can write their reports, “but I am the decider”) Evidently it is Trump and not nature who bats last.

    Thank you! Your essay today was both informative and fun to read.

    • James Howard Kunstler November 26, 2018 at 11:17 am #

      You make me blush, Janet.

    • Ol' Scratch November 26, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

      Is this the new look Lil’ J-Bot? A near death experience with bad Jenny-O holiday turkey, perhaps?

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

        Janet is different each day, and sometimes each minute ;-).

        • Ol' Scratch November 26, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

          To paraphrase a Seinfeld line: she’s an enigma wrapped up in a Lil’ Deb snack cake.

          • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

            Or she’s 4 fat guys in the NSA’s basement.

          • Ol' Scratch November 26, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

            LOL! Nice visual!

          • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

            More like an enema wrapped in a stale copy of the New York Times Scratch.

          • SpeedyBB November 27, 2018 at 7:38 am #

            SSL, Ol’ Scratch – you guys are a scream. You should be on stage.

            There’s one leaving in ten minutes.

      • malthuss November 26, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

        hello Scratch.

        • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

          How ya been, malthus?

          • malthuss November 28, 2018 at 10:50 am #

            I think my comments get censored. Or maybe I cant find them, w 600 other comments a thread.

  13. PeteAtomic November 26, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    nca2018.globalchange.gov/

    FYI. Interesting reading. You can click on the specific region you live in to see a current assessment of climactic change.

    • Matt Holbert November 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

      Amy Goodman on Democracy Now focused on this report today. I was amused to hear her in her own particular emphatic style emphasis the hundreds of billions that climate change will cost by the end of the century. She was talking with a professor from the University of Washington who co-authored one of the sections. Ironic because there are two Seattle residents who alone are worth hundreds of billions of dollars. How can the uninformed masses get excited about something that is going to cost society the wealth of only two men?

      I was also struck by her emphasis that the report indicates that the economy will shrink by 10% by the end of the century. BFD. Because I and my wife tend to believe society is well into overshoot, we shrunk our “economy” by 60% or more starting about 20 years ago. Our quality of life increased immeasurably and we can now feed ourselves.

      More than just about anything, I abhor hypocrisy. Amy Goodman and her crew travel millions of miles each year to bring us this hypocrisy.

      • Abhorring hypocrisy is pretty weak sauce bud.

        • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

          Leave it to a fan boy of the NY Times to take offense at any slander against “Hypocrisy”. Take that away, and there’s not much newspaper left.

      • Lawfish November 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

        Taking the John Michael Greer approach, eh, Matt? Collapse now and avoid the rush. My wife and I have done that to a certain degree. It is a more satisfying lifestyle.

      • seawolf77 November 29, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

        Wrong Bezos is worth $150 and Gates $100 billion. That is not hundreds of billions of dollars. You need at least two, alone. And your analogy is like saying Hitler and Stalin, how many men could just 2 people kill? C’mon. 2 guys.

  14. mj_crites November 26, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    No big holiday fights around here, I think my family had enough of those back in the 80’s. Now a days we realize that we’re all different and we’re OK with that. Even if one one my brothers is clueless and wrong…

    Speaking of the 80’s people have been walking from Latin America to El Norte since at least back then. That the current folk in power can’t figure out how to deal with a small group of exhausted people without busting head, lobbing tear gas canisters into a foreign land and going full on machismo, strutting around and threatening violence speaks volumes about where we’re at as a people.

    Mostly, I just keep my head down and keep working on my own thing. The rest of the world will have to figure out how to sort its own self out.

    • jdhines November 26, 2018 at 11:12 am #

      mj,

      “Mostly, I just keep my head down and keep working on my own thing. The rest of the world will have to figure out how to sort its own self out.”

      An excellent approach!

      Best,
      JDH

    • ozone November 26, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

      “Mostly, I just keep my head down and keep working on my own thing. The rest of the world will have to figure out how to sort its own self out.”

      mj_crites,
      Damn straight.
      Plus, I figger since most of the public doesn’t want to hear what the real disease is behind the symptoms, my hollering means about as much as a piss-hole in a snowbank. So, why bother when I’ve got plenty of my own predicaments to work around?
      Best of luck and health in your endeavors.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      The border is the skin of the Nation. Would you let your skin be “breached”?

      People burning the American flag, throwing rocks, making Molotov cocktails, etc are not immigrants or asylum seekers – by definition.

      These people will create exactly the chaos and violence that some of them may be fleeing. They can’t be let in en masse.

      They are obviously not exhausted, having rode much of the way. I’m reminded of the Muslim immigrants who entered Europe in designer clothes, better dressed than the natives.

      You don’t understand the what is going on as you are wrong about everything.

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

        I think some people purposely “don’t understand”. What is in it for them is the question I keep thinking about now…

      • mj_crites November 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

        What I said was that we’ve been dealing with border crossers for quite a long time and that previous to this admin we’ve been able to deal with them without firing pepper spray into a foreign country, threats of violence, and swaggering machismo.

        That our current admin with access massive amounts of manpower and other resources resorts to ineffective displays of fragile masculinity and can’t deal effectively with a small group of unarmed folks with a large number of kids in tow (your average county sheriffs department could do a better job than the border patrol has done) is a good measure of where we’re at as a country right now.

        Previously, when these sorts of things happened, people were lined up, processed, and most of them were sent home on busses or planes. It seems to me a better solution than spending weeks whipping up fear and race hate, spending millions of $ that we don’t have and don’t need to spend, and then giving ourselves a black eye over poor treatment of other human beings.

        • sophia November 26, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

          It’s an obvious provocation and we have not had hundreds of people openly storming the border before. Look behind the obvious surface of things.

          • mj_crites November 27, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

            We’ve had large groups of people crossing and attempting to cross our southern border since at least the mid-1980’s. What happened this time is an out of control border patrol could not handle a situation that any city or county police force with a little bit of crowd control experience could have handled.

            What also happened this time is that we had an admin that wanted things to get out of control so that they could then point to it and say “look it’s out of control.” It’s a fundamentally dishonest tactic. It’s just another lie from an admin that can’t seem to do anything but lie.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

          We need more masculinity down there not less. Yet your meme of “fragile masculinity” argues for just giving up altogether. How pernicious. You are conflicted against yourself if you are a man and you think like that.

          • mj_crites November 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

            I never argued for just giving up.

            Both my posts said we should be doing what we’ve been successfully doing for decades. Processing border crossers in an orderly and humane manner and sending most of them home.

        • Linda November 27, 2018 at 12:30 am #

          As Sophia said, there were hundreds storming the border, and there are thousands behind them wanting to come in. In the past we did not have this many at once demanding entrance. And frankly, we can’t even take care of our own problems, our own homeless, our own infrastructure, we certainly cannot afford to take in any more illegal invaders. We already have twenty million of them in various parts of the country. We need to take care of our own citizenry. Bah. I am a legal immigrant and I have no tolerance for this kind of behavior.

          • seawolf77 November 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

            You’re nothing of the kind. You are like that Ishmael guy in Titanic who sneaks on a lifeboat and has the huge look of relief when the man says “Lower away.” You made it and fuck everybody else.

    • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

      Anybody knows violence is necessary sometimes. It doesn’t have to be glorified or worshipped though. Trust me, your birth was predicated on past violence. People who break into our country deserve what they get. It is super simple really.

    • Sean Coleman November 27, 2018 at 9:25 am #

      Are they exhausted? Did they walk all the way? How did they arrive so quickly then?

  15. jdhines November 26, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    Jim,

    You wrote an interesting and balanced post today. Well done!

    Best,
    JDH

    PS I’ve always liked your writing, even when I don’t agree with it. 🙂

  16. JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    A point to ponder

    One of Newton’s laws is

    For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.

    Applies to human psychology

    Why is it that every time a leader comes up with an issue, position or idea, immediately fifty percent of the society tries to nail the leader and his ideas to the proverbial cross. This is currently unbelievable in scope.

    Think about it

    GOP wants lower taxes for the tax paying public all of it. Who pays most of the taxes, the elite! Who should get their share of the return from cuts, the ones paying in the first place.

    Oh no, tax cuts are bad because people who do not pay that much of the taxes, the poor and lower middle class do not get the bulk of the cuts and the people paying the bulk of the taxes do not get their cuts.

    Sidebar. Corporations enrich the stock market, fund pensions and 401’s, pay dividends, and provide services. They are taxed which helps pay for the welfare state, and everything else. I am sick of corporate bashers. The “bad” side is the legions of lawyers that corporations hire to use lobbyists to get out of paying taxes. Where is the dishonesty, in the boardroom or in Congress? Would a simple tax system with no special interest deductions stop the graft? Heck no, because the Dems would lose control. Trump wants the simple, “fill it out on a post card” tax code. Dem reaction, heck no!

    The Democratic platform is so easy. So easy! Wait for Trump and the GOP to come up with an idea, then find as many bad things to say about it that you can. Do not even consider the goodness of what is being said, no compromise, shoot as many bullets at it as you can come up with. And do not work on your own ideas, that takes time away from attacking the other side. That pretty much sums up the Democrats for the last two years.

    Also, pretty much sums up our own resident demon.

    John Locke’s Natural Law that Jefferson used to justify the Declaration of Independence, iMHO, includes this human trait. For every idea or issue, there is someone who wants to shoot it down.

    Our Constitution was written to include this Law. The two political parties are results of the Law.

    We have two elements in our society now. One believes in the Founding Fathers vision of personal liberty and responsibility. The others view the Founding Fathers idea of individuality as evil and want collectivism in government as the rule. Which means we never get better than who is in Washington, DC. This group want to overthrow this government. Problem is, they have no idea of what to put in its place. This will provide fertile ground for a totalitarian state. Just like Rome.

    What a horrific thought!

    • Ol' Scratch November 26, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

      A corporate worshiper, eh JAZ? Good luck with that, we’ll see how it plays out. I should remind you that corporations owe no allegiance whatsoever to any nation state these days, so your federalist flag waving here (almost brought a tear to my old, jaded eyes!) is a more than a little bit misguided. No need to call for an overthrow of the carnival in DC, as it’s in the process of melting down right now with or without any wishes of ill-intent from us out here in the peanut gallery. I say let the cards fall as they will and let’s all sit back and enjoy the show! They’re paying through the nose to keep us all entertained – it’s the least we can do!

      • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

        And do corporations or the wealthy owners that rule them really pay taxes or merely add taxes onto their sale prices that we all pay when we purchase their goods and services? I ran my own engineering firm for 15 years and decided to close it once my first customer had me pass him an envelope of cash once I had the order. I did not take the payoff out of my profit margin, but added it onto the bill for the customer to foot. I am not sure why people cannot understand this. The customers, the consumers pay for everything, especially once the wealthy masters are able to set up a “foundation” where the real theft begins.

        • capt spaulding November 26, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

          Well said, Walter. It’s refreshing to read something by someone who can cut through the bullshit. It’s what brought me to Clusterfuck Nation in the first place, and it’s what keeps me coming back.

    • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      So take a hammer to DC and to the corporations? Sounds kinda fun :-), but how much clean up is involved?

      • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

        Changing the way government works from the inside is never, never, never going to happen. Changing it from without is considered a criminal act and so can be avoided by the full power and might of the Machine, so it too will never happen. Grin and bear it, shut up and pay, close your eyes and hope it goes away are the only viable options. I fight it myself at the small, local level because I can, not because it will make a difference, but then there must be something seriously wrong with me in the first place.

    • Majella November 26, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

      “The Democratic platform is so easy. So easy! Wait for Trump and the GOP to come up with an idea, then find as many bad things to say about it that you can. Do not even consider the goodness of what is being said, no compromise, shoot as many bullets at it as you can come up with. And do not work on your own ideas, that takes time away from attacking the other side. That pretty much sums up the Democrats for the last two years.”

      Funny…it pretty much sums up the GOP’s position for the last 6 years of Obama’s terms. Hypocrisy much?

      As well, I don’t agree with your characterization of the Dems. The positive campaigning on healthcare is just one example.

  17. Walter B November 26, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    Excellent work Jim, thank you once again. As they say, the bigger they are the harder they fall. When times are tough, the tough are the ones who cut through the crap, get the job done, fix the problem, and make it all work in the end. As it all gets easier and begins operating smoothly, it becomes much easier for the con men and the swindlers to work their ways to the top where they plunder it all. All systems of man are flawed, and these flaws are where the “what can go wrong” strikes first and hardest. The real pity is for the defenseless sheep, for they are where the real value lies and are totally reliant upon the shepherds and the watchdogs for protection. Too many of these stewards have sold out for their own profit and advancement leaving the flock vulnerable to disaster. It is a sad shame, but I do not see any way that it will not end badly.

    So as a few of the wise that post here have said, concentrate on doing what you can do right, enjoy everything that you can while it is there to enjoy, and do your damnest to be a part of the cure rather than an instrument of the disease.

    • lateStarter November 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      Walter, perhaps you did not get the memo: there is no cure. I don’t think there is enough rope or the will to use it. My favorite quote from Livy:

      “We have been brought into the present condition in which we are unable neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them.”

      In other words: we are just going to ride it out. As our host likes to point out – what can’t go on, won’t.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

        Samuel Beckett: I can’t go on. I’ll go on.

        • Ol' Scratch November 26, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

          The mantra of the aged everywhere! Until we really can’t, at least. Hard to know the difference sometimes.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

            Read Joseph Glanville. We only sicken and die thru weakness of will. Don’t buy the Lie: Millions now living will never die. We’ll farm the Sea Bottoms once there is No More Sea!

      • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

        Sadly late Starter, you are absolutely right, we ride it out. We will be ridden hard then put up wet.

  18. Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    How about: The election of a woman to Congress who can’t name the three branches of government, and doesn’t even know that they’re called “branches”. What could go wrong?

    • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      And those that voted for her in the first place!

      • JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        A proud product of the United States education system.. I heard that Ocasio-Cortez stated she thought civics should not be taught in school. Figures, Read my last post. Dems feed on ignorance rather than rationality, otherwise they could not sell their BS. So why should they care about an informed public?

    • BuckP November 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

      Be careful right wingers! The left laughed at Trump a few years ago and branded him an ignorant fool.The rest is histroy! I don’t think he could name the three branches, back then, either. Oasio- Cortez is the progressive’s version of Trump. She really isn’t a Democrat anymore than Trump is a Republican. She is for Medicare-for all or a single payer healthcare option. Evidently, she’s on the right track because, in the midterms, initiatives in the reddest of red states, Idaho, Utah and Nebraska, to expand Medicaid in their respective states all passed. She is only 29 but she is fearless, truthfull and full of fire.
      The past is prologue
      The Baby Boomer Generation to which I belong is slowly fading away and the Millenials are on the rise ready to assume the reins of power. They will have a tough road to hoe, but, I hope they do better than we did!

      • volodya November 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

        I don’t know the truth of it but I’ve read more than once that she doesn’t know anything. What’s to come of it? A progressive Sarah Palin?

        • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

          Ocasio-Cortez wouldn’t be the first political, sock puppet with a hidden hand up her ass moving her mouth. Think – George W. and Obama.

      • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

        I don’t know Buck, the Millennials do not care about quality or value, all they care about is whether they can make the monthly payments or not. They are far less skilled than those of us Baby Boomers that are, and have limited attention spans or the ability to persevere through adversity. During easy times, every following generation becomes, on average, lazier, less motivated, and far too coddled to deal with things going wrong. Tough times make for tough men, easy times promote decay and it has been far too easy far too long.

        • volodya November 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

          The laughers laugh and say that as far back as the ancient Greeks people complained about youth, that they’re lazy, unfocused,hedonistic, undisciplined, so what’s new?

          What’s new? How about learning from history?

          In the case of the Greeks, no matter that they had a centuries long head-start, and had a series of victories against invaders, especially the Persians, they got soft and sloppy and lost to those garlic-stinking Romans who were standing around slack-jawed looking at Greek cities made of marble. It didn’t matter in the end that the Romans came from towns made of brick and not marble, and that their intellectual achievements came knee-high to the Greeks. It’s never what you’ve DONE because that’s all in the past. It’s what you’re doing NOW and Greek young men just didn’t measure up to Roman young men and Greek military commanders just didn’t measure up to their counter-parts on the Roman side. Too bad, so sad.

          In the case of the American millennials. they’re flooding out of colleges steeped in political correctness. The Chinese come flooding out of Chinese academies steeped in science and engineering. Lucky for the US that there are two wide oceans, one on each side. Not that it’s a guarantee – just ask the American Indians – but it’s better than no oceans.

          • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

            Same comment – brush is too broad :-).

        • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

          Now Walter, please don’t put all millenials in the same basket. Many are hard workers and achievers and yes, many are basically dead weight. If many in the previous generations hadn’t been careless hippies maybe things would be different now?

          • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            No, never all SSL for there are always those who are above the norm. That is why I have made it a habit of using the phrase “far too many” rather than “all”. I should have added that to my post. There will always be exceptions but there will not always be enough exceptions to keep the whole shebang functioning. From your writings here I figure that you are one of those exceptions. Welcome to the team!

          • volodya November 26, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

            You have a good point. Blame the parents. No really, boomers inflicted the ailments suffered by millennials. Who runs colleges and universities? Not millennials. Who aided and abetted this preposterous snowflake fragility? Boomers had the power to stop it and if not stop it, to blunt it and deflect it. But we were derelict in our duties, thinking it better to coddle and indulge rather than to temper and test young minds and bodies. And so the dilemma du jour for millennials is an issue that ought to be the easiest to resolve: gender identity. And this is just ONE of the bogus “problems” occupying the mental energies of what are supposedly the brightest and most capable.

            Of course this gender stuff is all baloney and posturing and status seeking but torrents of time and energy have been expended on what is essentially nonsense. And this carries a cost. There are up and coming peoples and civilizations that are tougher and more aggressive and from my perch it looks like they’ll make short work of their American counterparts.

            It may not be too late but time is short and, even in the most favorable circumstance, time is against you.

          • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

            I like to sneak into the enemy camp from time to time volodya, to see what they up to and I did so once again two weeks ago. I attended a two hour talk at the local hospital on the subject of dealing with “anxious children”. It included a section where we were “educated” on the ways of dealing with young people who, in the example, go flipping out with “panic attacks” when something like their car not starting occurs. Yes, they supposedly can go suicidal when their ride refuses to start and we were offered ways in which to coddle them down to earth with soothing happy thoughts should we find ourselves in such a situation. It was truly enlightening. If there ever is a real collapse or national calamity we had better avoid standing at the bottom of tall cliffs or buildings because the frail creatures will be slamming hard onto the deck by the millions. Look out below!

        • BuckP November 26, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

          Good points Walter! The GI Generation, who suffered through the Great depression and won WWII at a great cost , 416,000 casualties, lived within their means and believed in strong instituitions. I thought that after the debacle of Vietnam with the Gulf of Tonkin false flag and the revealations of the Pentagon Papers (in 1966 the DOD knew the war was unwinnable) our generation would stop endles wars and reap a peace dividend, especially after the USSR fell. I thought our infrastructure would now be first class replete with Maglev trains and our healthcare system would be efficient, affordable and available to all. Instead, we have $5 trillion wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan, $21 trillion deficit, $21+++ trillion in dark money created by the Treasury, $800 billion/year defense budget, crumbling infrastrucure,a horrible healthcare system bordering on being a racket and a failing educational system. Predatory capitalism, oligarchy, a hollowed out middle class, fake markets, racketeering, endless war and an “anything goes, nothing matters” mantra rules the day. How did we get here?

          • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

            Once the Hippies got old enough and inherited power and cash from their dead parents they took over Buck. They became that which they despised in their youth and worse This is always one of the downsides to conflict – the victor assumes some of the traits of the vanquished and normally, the bad ones.

          • JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

            Two words

            Deep State

          • BuckP November 26, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

            Good call Walter! Just like Pete Townshend’s eloquent lyrics to the Who’s “Won’t get Fooled Again”

            We’ll be fighting in the streets
            With our children at our feet
            And the morals that they worship will be gone
            And the men who spurred us on
            Sit in judgment of all wrong
            They decide and the shotgun sings the song
            I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
            Take a bow for the new revolution
            Smile and grin at the change all around
            Pick up my guitar and play
            Just like yesterday
            Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
            We don’t get fooled again
            The change, it had to come
            We knew it all along
            We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
            And the world looks just the same
            And history ain’t changed
            ‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war
            I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
            Take a bow for the new revolution
            Smile and…

          • James Hansen November 26, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

            How did we get here? Bush, Obama, and continued by Trump. Republicans started us on the road to hell in 2000 and Trump will actually deliver us into hell before his term is over.

          • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 9:48 am #

            You left out Clinton, Papa Bush, Regan, Carter and Johnson James Hansen. They ALL have been promoting the same agenda ever since JFK was gunned down in Dealey Plaza. They all dance to the tune of those that profit from war and from financial fraud and the next one will be exactly the same. Why can America not get this?

          • BuckP November 27, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

            Neoliberalism, laissez faire economics, reared it’s ugly head shortly after they murdered JFK and covered it up. With neoliberalism, you are free, free to consume and free to die! Don’t dare have a contrary opinion or critically think because you might be ostracized and lose your job. You have no right to healthcare or a decent wage or an an education. Everything has a price! If drug manufacturers collude on a market price insulin of $600/mon., then so be it. If people, who can’tafford it, die, oh well, but you’re free.

          • cbeard November 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

            Read Fred Reed’s latest column after his return from China, especially pay attention to the part about the trains.We can’t have said fast passenger train service in America because the airlines have such powerful lobbies. Ain’t capitalism grand. Or should I say crony capitalism.

          • BuckP November 28, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

            Thanks cbeard for the reference to Fred Reed’s column. He’s a brillant writer. What could have been!

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

        Yep, and there are plenty right-wing millenials and once they are full bloom they will likely make baby-boomer right wingers blush. Same thing with the left. The center is gone.

        • BuckP November 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

          SoftStarLight
          I attached an excellent blog posting on this subject written ny Ben Hunt of epsilontheory.com entitled “Things Fall Apart (Part 1)”
          epsilontheory.com/things-fall-apart-pt-1/

          There is a deep divide between both sides but maybe there are some issues, like healthcare, that could serve as a bridge.

          • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

            Thanks for the share Buck P! It is really interesting to see what has happened to the political distribution of the elecorate since the 90s. I think Mr. Hunt is a little too optimistic though about there not being a second hot civil war.

          • BuckP November 26, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

            I hope not! The oligarchs would be delighted by a civil war because they could through their proxies in government declare martial law via the NDAA and rescind the constituition. Whether a Trump supporter, a progressive or somewhere inbetween, everyone just wants a decent life for themselves and their children. The oligarchy through their political parties and MSM strive to keep us divided.

    • chipshot November 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

      She’s reasoned, rational and intelligent. And young. She can easily learn about the 3 branches.

      Funny how Reagan, Bush and Trump had/have none of those traits, but you Foxists criticize AOC.

    • malthuss November 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

      LATINA Power. Viva Che. Viva Assata Shakur.

  19. Ishabaka November 26, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    In today’s news, a Harvard professor claims a Chinese physician who edited the genes of a human embryo to make it HIV resistant is “immoral”.

    Here’s a tip: the Chinese don’t care about Western elites’ “morality”, political correctness, or anything else. The Chinese aren’t trying to force top STEM university departments to accept under-qualified women or “minorities”. If 100% of the University of Beijing’s Engineering Class of 2022 is 100% male and 100% Asian, Chinese don’t care, as long as they are the most qualified applicants.

    And there are four times as many Chinese as Americans.

    Something to think about.

    • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      Sorry legalized-torture-USA, you lost the moral high ground and no longer get to lecture any nation on human rights.

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

        But they do what it takes to advance their people. Not that they are right or occupy the moral highground. But they stand a chance of lasting longer than we do.

  20. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    Well, I ought to do an original Irish Poem for today’s article, about how all this might end, so—

    Marie Christmas???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    There once was a thing called The Fed,
    And it got an idea in its head!
    Print to infinity. . .
    Create liquidity,
    And then we’ll eat cake, and not bread!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • Interestingly, “cake” was the stuff peasants ate, because the special blend of rancid fat and stale flours were masked by a bit of chocolate and slave-labor sugarcane from the colonies. It was cheaper than bread.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 26, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

        “. . .special blend of rancid fat and stale flours were masked by a bit of chocolate and slave-labor sugarcane. . .”

        Kind of like Lil Debbies, huh???

        🙂

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • Not at all! King Louie couldn’t have anticipated the advent of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. We eat high-tech here in the First World.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 26, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

            Come the Revolution, or the Zombie Apocalypse, mayhaps “eat high-tech” will have another meaning. . .

            Think, Zuckerberg being chased down by hungry inhabitants of Silicon Valley with meat cleavers. Hmmm. A very rich diet!

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

        • elysianfield November 26, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

          Squeeky,
          Have you noticed that if you put some of the “goo” stuffing from a Little Debbie” product on the sidewalk in summer,it will not rot nor age, and flies will not land on it?

          Same with Hostess products, and the makings of Moon Pies….

    • jdhines November 26, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      Squeeky,

      That’s really quite good. Accurate too!

      Best,
      JDH

    • elysianfield November 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

      …Cake, not bread,
      Do not worry your head,
      Eat two portions today,
      With a credit card, Pay,
      For when the bill comes,
      Might be dead anyway,
      Can’t get blood from a turnip,
      Nor blood from a rock,
      When the credit man come,
      Tell him “my pay to dock”
      The Joke’s on the vendor,
      The Jokes on the Bank,
      Been laid off for years,
      It’s the Fed you can thank….

  21. outsider November 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    I just heard about this Russian-Ukraine flare-up yesterday. I agree with our host that this fight is none of our business, but disagree that we are being dragged into it. The report I saw from a YouTube blogger whom I trust said that SOS Pompeo met with his Ukrainian counterpart just 10 days or so ago. I wonder what they discussed?

    Channeling Victoria Nuland’s 2014 coup of Kiev’s legally elected pro-Russia government, our Deep State, as usual, is orchestrating the whole thing. It’s been that way for the Trump Admin ever since know-nothing Nikki Haley, in perhaps her first UN address, told Russia to give Crimea back.

    • “a YouTube blogger whom I trust ” – source?

      I’ve been looking for one of those, ever since I was offended by something in the New York Times. Damn legacy media! Hopefully some Patriotic re-reporter news interpreter can reinject my life with a level of clinical certainty guaranteed to establish a healthy aura of “Its all good”.

      • outsider November 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

        @Debbie,

        It’s called Blackstone Intelligence Network, hosted by Jake Morphonios. I couldn’t think of his name while writing, sorry. Do you not think that truth can be found anywhere on YouTube? Where do you get your “real” news from then?

  22. outsider November 26, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    Regarding our Southern border, if you can go by Yahoo comments, Trump’s hard stance against the invaders has the broad support of the American people, even if, (or especially because), it doesn’t meet with the MSM’s approval. Now, if only our GGG can keep traitorous Pompeo/Bolton from starting another war, while he is forced to waste time answering investigator Mueller’s ridiculous questions, this could be Trump’s Finest Hour!

  23. BackRowHeckler November 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

    Meanwhile, riots and fires on Paris streets, and it aint muzzies burning cars this time. No, its real Frenchmen protesting Macron’s — Chief Butt Pounder-in-charge — new Carbon Tax on fossil fuels ‘to halt global warming and switch to renewable energy.’ Apparently Frenchies aren’t buying it so they’re burning the place down, which surprises me because I thought Pierre was down with the paris accord and the GW agenda. What the hell is going on? You mean Pierre doesn’t want to pay $10 per gallon for gas, which seems like a pretty fair price to save the earth. Save the Earth!! (fist in the air) A direct tax on individual citizens of W Europe and the USA has been the wet dream of UN anti world thugs since 1945. Now its finally coming true.

    brh

    • outsider November 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      @brh,
      Isn’t it possible that the Muslim hoards have taken this golden opportunity to piggyback in on the mayhem? Sounds like a perfect time to wreck more havoc while the native French are being blamed for it all.

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

        Muslims are very stealthy and use all opportunities and openings to advance the will of allah. Westerners, as they are now, are no match for them.

        • GreenAlba November 26, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

          Looks like Christians are very stealthy and make up utter shit from scratch, as if there weren’t enough true bad things happening to complain about.

          Also looks like some Westerners are a great match for those stealthy Muslims.

          “Isn’t it possible that the Muslim hoards…’

          Anything’s ‘possible’, outsider. SSL was telling us the moon might be a spaceship with ‘watchers’ living on it.

          But in this case it’s just about drivers getting pissed off at the price of diesel going up.

          Has neither of you ever witnessed Spanish farmers ditching thousands of tons of tomatoes on the public highway or French
          fishermen dumping fish in front of a town hall?

          And not a Muslim in sight?

          To say I’m saddened at the behaviour of both of you would be a gross understatement. You make everything pointless.

          What kind of civilisation do you think you’re saving when you can’t refrain from making shit up just because you want it to be true, without the slightest shard of an iota of a sliver of evidence for what you’re suggesting, just pure, wholesome, apple-pie bigotry?

          Sickening.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

            What pc nonsense. North Africa, Palestine, Asia Minor, etc were all once Christian until the Jihad roared in to murder and pillage and convert by the sword.

            Shame on you for your arrogant ignorance.

          • capt spaulding November 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

            Hordes not hoards.

          • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

            Oh give me a break Alba!!! You have been grossly disappointed with me from day one. But yet, you refuse to see the obvious. The EU does actively adore Shariah Law. In October that body made the implementation of Islamic blasphemy laws much more likely in member states. Please research the Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff case! You also refuse to look at all of the violence being perpetuated by Muslims all over the world. Why do you think China has over a million of them in camps? But I see it is too much for you to get out of your safe space so you go back to your comfortable epithets. The sad thing to me is I feel like we get close and then we get so far away and I am trying. If you want to call me a bigot and all of that go ahead. I don’t call you names…

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 12:03 am #

            And just to clarify, I did not say the moon was a spaceship. I said it was an interesting idea in a discussion with seawolf a few threads back.

          • GreenAlba November 27, 2018 at 7:06 am #

            Janos

            Quit with the fuckwittery. The subject was not North Africa, Palestine or Jihad, it was people making up pure fake news shit out of their own heads. Shame on you. Not that you’d recognise shame if it slapped you across the jowls.

            CaptainS

            Yes, it is ‘hordes’, I was going to correct it myself but decided, as I generally do, that an incapacity to spell wasn’t the point. The inability to spell ‘wreak’ likewise.

            SSL

            Gimme a break indeed. I came on here yesterday just to read and not to comment. Then I came back for five minutes before I went to bed, again not intending to comment.

            But sometimes you come across evil lurking in the undergrowth dressed in something else entirely and if you walk past you give up all decency. I couldn’t get to sleep for hours after reading what outsider said and you sycophantically backed up. Sometimes the last straw can be a tiny one.

            I’m not ‘disappointed in you’. I find you terrifying.

            And, with apologies for the language, you can f*ck right off with your manipulative ‘safe space’ nonsense. How dare you, from the ignorance of your 28 sheltered years?

            Why would I care if you call me names? You are a peddler of fake news and hatred and you dress it up in ‘Jesus love’. Real evil isn’t enough for you so you have to invent it.

            You take me right back to the kind of antisemitism in Europe that started with one person after another saying ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if…’ and ended with kids snitching on their parents and friends, industrialised death camps and people pretending they didn’t know they existed because they couldn’t, could they, because we’re the good guys, right?

            I hope to god you never get called for jury duty.

            I’m done here. This website is too full of pure poison. CS Lewis, of whom I’ve read a damn sight more than you have, ‘Screwtape Letters’, ‘Surprised by Joy’, ‘Letters to Malcolm’ and more, would recognise what you just did as evil. Not nearly as evil as what the jihadists do, but evil nevertheless. ‘Great oaks from little acorns grow’.

            What’s tragic is that some people can only see evil when it’s ‘over there’ and not when it’s right beside them nudging their elbow.

            Thanks to those regulars who have made the site worth coming too, in particular Elrond, K-Dog, ozone, Walter and even volodya with whom I have sparred but whom I can respect (we agree on more than you’d think). And of those who only comment occasionally, all good wishes in particular to ChrisofFerngladeFarm and your labour of love.

            For the poisoners, goodbye to your poison. Sometimes a person just needs to breathe clean air. And thanks to JHK, obviously, for all the writing. I’m sorry you don’t feel holocaust denial is even worth commenting on, if you ever did, but if you don’t care, I’m throwing my lot in with people who still do.

          • GreenAlba November 27, 2018 at 7:32 am #

            I forgot JohnAZ. One less person to argue with the climate deniers, JAZ – over to you 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba November 27, 2018 at 7:47 am #

            SSL

            “And just to clarify, I did not say the moon was a spaceship.”

            And just to clarify to you, I did not say you said the moon was a spaceship. I don’t expect you ever to be able to read the actual words in a sentence. Or to recognise the difference between a serious accusation and a p*ss take.

            So actual logical thinking, I fear, will remain out of reach. Possibly with tragic consequences.

            “The EU does actively adore Shariah Law.”

            Of course it does, my dear, of course it does…

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 8:25 am #

            GA, Washington said farewell to the troops with fewer words.

            To you anyone who cherishes western civilization is some xenophobic Nazi. So bye bye. But something tells me you’ll be back – and soon.

          • Elrond Hubbard November 27, 2018 at 9:52 am #

            Thank you for the kind words, GreenAlba. I wish you all the best, and if caring for your mental health means never returning to this, er, place, then I’m sure many of us could benefit from your example. Farewell!

          • GreenAlba November 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

            Thanks, Elrond. I’ve bookmarked your own site, but you don’t write often! Also a couple of others.

            hmuller

            You were civil to me, in more recent times, so thank you.

            I am more protective of western civilisation than you know, but if its proponents descend into fake news and hyperbole in their desperation to ‘save’ it, it becomes that devalued currency JHK talks about so much and there’s less to save. This has always been ISIS’ actual aim – provoke them into destroying themselves.

            As for your prediction, let’s see what 2020 looks like. By then we’ll hopefully see some interesting options lining over your way and we’ll have some concrete facts about Br(ex)itannia from over here. I’ll see you your GM closures and raise you Nissan’s in Sunderland 🙂 . In the meantime I need to get that keyboard and fritter away some time more healthily tinkling the ivories while there’s still juice – it can’t use more than this. All the best.

          • GreenAlba November 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

            *lining up* Gawd, even had to finish on a self-correction.

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

            Wow, Alba lost sleep because of the fact that I am aware of Islam’s stealthy and not so stealthy methods of attempting a global takeover. And no, her concern was not about the Muslims taking over the world. Her primary focus is on a girl in her twenties in very rural Louisiana commenting about facts that can be easily deduced from reading a Quran or doing the most basic of research…..

            And yes, I love Jesus. Move on. You worship the creation and not the Creator. That is your choice.

            I also find it very funny that Alba lambasted me for admitting up front that I was very emotional and was up and down alot. She made it known that I was an embarassment for admitting it and she asserted her superior rationality. And yet she leaves CFN in a huge emotional huff aimed at me mostly. I don’t want you to go Alba but respect whatever you want and need. I hope and wish for you and yours the best.

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

            SSL, Green Alba will be back. I know her better than she knows herself.

          • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

            I have a mental image of Green Alba as a Katherine Hepburn kind of woman, tucked up on some Scottish hillside overlooking a tranquil loch, thatched roof perhaps, communing with nature maybe sharing a song or two with the local nuthatches. Quite feisty as Scottish lasses are at least rumored to be and perhaps a little too sensitive to be able to take the kind of no respect, lower class verbal beatings that we Americans are all so prone to deal out. If everyone was like her, or like me for that matter, this world would be in serious trouble, but the addition of the wee Scottish Lassie was grand and I hope she reconsiders. Ask my wife if you doubt it, but if GA could put up with my bullshit, then she is one heck of a human being.

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

            Sounds like we’re conducting a tear stained wake for the old gal, I hear sad bagpipes in the distance…. “the pipes, the pipes are calling.”

          • Sean Coleman November 29, 2018 at 11:02 am #

            hmuller

            “SSL, Green Alba will be back. I know her better than she knows herself.”

            I don’t think so, at least I hope not. I try to avoid her posts but it is sometimes impossible.

            The reason I say so is because she “pays her dues” (down to her Scottish protestant upbringing and ancestry – all people have their good points), but she cannot have liked our host’s criticism of liberal sacred cows and so will not want to continue to do this (Scots don’t like spending money to no purpose).

          • GreenAlba November 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

            Well, if it’s not Mr Anti-Vaxxer of the School Prizes. One is awed. I’m not ‘back’, btw, but it’s interesting to hang around just long enough to see what the cowards have to say that they wouldn’t say to your face. No surprises there then.

            Like Master Eoin, who resorts to the anatomical which he waits to drop behind a person’s back. So not just not gentlemen like Walter, with whom you know where you are, but not even men either. What a pair.

            “she cannot have liked our host’s criticism of liberal sacred cows and so will not want to continue to do this (Scots don’t like spending money to no purpose).”

            Dear God, the originality. Our little Anglo-leprechaun must have been up all night. And ‘she’s’ not a ‘liberal’, except to the terminally dim.

            I told hmuller maybe 2020, so maybe see you then, Sean me lad. Keep up the good work.

            Happy Christmas 🙂 .

          • Sean Coleman November 30, 2018 at 6:50 am #

            ‘GreenAlba’

            I hope you stick around long enough to read this so.

            It is interesting to see you cannot fight the reflex reaction. I told you about that before, remember. You are unable to restrain yourself.

            It is not that I am afraid to say it to your face (whichever one) but (unlike you) I keep my promises. When I told you I wouldn’t be replying to you I kept to it. There is simply not enough time in the world to take you up on all of your nonsense as you obviously have time to burn.

            As for talking behind backs the finger points at you, but you are not honest enough to say it. Let me remind you it was you who mouthed off here, while I had gone on holiday, that I wasn’t any good at science at school. And rounding off the deed with ingratiating smileys. That is not how I behave. I didn’t make you do it. You did it all by yourself. (For anyone reading, this was in support of your evidence-free claim that dyslexia is anything more than a just word. And your husband (the doctor) suffers from dyslexia but, absurdly, can read faster than anyone else in the world. You really are a clown!)

            I am the only one here who tells you what he really thinks of you. If you want the full list of reasons then come back in the next thread and I will oblige. But I would be surprised. If you are feeling brave use your real name.

            And finally: News flash! She’s not a liberal! Another earth-shattering revelation straight from the mouth of Mrs I-didn’t-say-that-where-did-I-write-that?

          • GreenAlba November 30, 2018 at 9:01 am #

            Sean, my dear, I have no interest in trading insults with you. I’ve seen you swatted neatly by others for your nonsense, so I can see why you’d want to ingratiate yourself with the readership with yesterday’s pathetic little post.

            I fully expected you to catch up with the comments when returning from holiday, as I would myself. I was rather hoping you’d get it before you left.

            Now, why don’t you stop wasting time on someone whose posts you don’t read and put on those big boy pants. There are fantasies to be unravelled, molesters to be rehabilitated and whole churches to be whitewashed, although I even took the trouble to put in a word for yours recently against one of the all-or-nothing types who was being mean to it. There’s no gratitude, is there, Sean…

          • GreenAlba November 30, 2018 at 11:11 am #

            And I do with you a Happy Christmas, Sean. We’re two fogies on a discussion board and long-term vendettas with complete strangers are not my thing, so I bear you no ill will at all.

            And my name’s Sheila. Not a name I care for but it’s the one I have. You’ll have to pardon me for giving you just half of it, for no other reasons than general security.

            All the best. If I do return, the slate will be blank as far as I’m concerned. There’s enough nonsense in the world, I think.

    • PeteAtomic November 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

      I watched some BBC vids there about the protests by the “yellow vests”– working people who have jobs as drivers.

      Many of them looked like they were wearing hand me downs, or generally just poorly attired. But that’s what happens when the government takes too much of your money as a worker. There is nothing left.

      Wait till automated trucking/cars takes whatever work these people were getting.

      • BackRowHeckler November 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

        On a related item, GM is halting production on the Chevvy ‘Volt’. Not selling enough. Looks like the electric car craze exists only in the fevered minds of hosts on PBS and PMSNBC.

        brh

      • BackRowHeckler November 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

        Pete, those ‘Yellow Vests’

        French equivalent of American ‘Deplorables’

        Who gives a ff-k what they think when we’re doing the important work of saving Mother Earth here?

        Besides who needs them anyway they’re being replaced by muzzies and black Africans? Have you seen Paris lately?

        brh

    • What are you driving these days brh?

      Probably a 350 hemi? Chrome babes on the mudflaps? Thats what a real man delivers a load of baguettes in.

  24. volodya November 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    The Great Depression was a shitty time in history but there was one benefit, a lot of bad behavior came to a stop. I recall reading that a lot of Wall Street types jumped off tall buildings. Apparently there wasn’t as much of an appetite back then for backstopping malefactors.

    If there’s any benefit to a bunch of wheels coming off more or less simultaneously, it’s the same thing, maybe the resulting wreck can’t be salvaged and we’ll have to do start doing things that are both workable and sustainable. Bad behavior comes to a stop IOW.

    That would mean that a whole lot of bad actors that have been plaguing us for a couple generations might finally get dumped on the garbage barge of failed arrangements.

    • PeteAtomic November 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      yep I agree there Volodya.

    • malthuss November 26, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

      USA 1930–20% farmers? 90% White.
      Hungry people could work on farms.

      Today, hazmat suits and Monsanto.

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

        And GMO.

        • malthuss November 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

          I was referring to OSHA-work conditions, not the quality of the produce.

          • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

            Ah gotchya – not as easy to do now with all the regs?

  25. SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

    I know we are filled up with lying politicians but the border thing is the most obvious weakness we have in my opinion. Nobody seriously believes that an alleged super power can’t manage its borders right? Even a dense millenial like me can figure that one out. So we should follow the money and see who benefits from this dangerous negligence and give them their just deserts. And with the invaders, all it will take is opening fire on em when they bum rush the border and presto they will stop. Duh!!!!!

    • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

      Cheap labor for the republicans and easy votes for the democrats. We are being betrayed by both “parties”. They party, we pay. Seems fair to them.

      • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

        So we need a new party altogether then, if we have the time. Or we just may get that dictator we talk about from time to time. Which makes it clear to me, at least, that a focus on Nationalism is the only way forward. Party schmarty…the ones we got are losers.

      • BackRowHeckler November 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

        Really Walter, why should elites from either party give a sh-t if even a billion 3rd world illegals break in here?

        Safe inside their gated estates, jetting all over the world to places like Davos and Aspen for this or that GW conference, kids in private boarding schools, guarded by armed security at all times when they venture out in public, what difference does it make to them whos on the other side of the barbed wire?

        And then you have multi millionaire entertainers like Bruce Springstein making noise in support of the Last Chance Caravan so as to appear to be down with the struggle and to burnish their lefty multi cult credentials. Hey Boss, if you’re looking in, take your guitar and pound it your ass.

        brh

        • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

          In days gone by the government actually needed the people for income through taxation and fees to support its operating expenses and salaries. Today with the availability of money printing for free and endless borrowing and credit, we are no longer needed. In fact, I wonder why they tax us at all seeing as they spend many times more than we pay in taxes every damned day, year after year.

          The entertainers and celebrities are another story. After centuries of singing for their supper and being flayed in public should they fail to amuse, mass media, marketing and social programming has allowed these relatively worthless class of non-working people to amass great personal fortunes. Being of little or no class, they often act like the prima donnas that they and Tiny Bruce are and why people stand for it is beyond me. I actually ran into the little tyke once outside the Stone Pony after a Clarence Clemmons concert that he crashed and I swear the little bastard is only three and a half feet tall. Perhaps he suffers from a Napoleon Complex.

          • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

            Lol and wasn’t he called the Boss :-)?

        • Majella November 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

          Why stick it to Springsteen because he made a lot of money from being a popular & successful musician?

          He’s a working-class-rooted Jersey boy and that doesn’t necessarily change with a few bucks.

          He’s also openly progressive politically, and saw through that fat turd, Christie, a long time ago.

          • sophia November 26, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

            It obviously did change.

          • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 9:20 am #

            No Majella, Bruce’s success as a musician is good for him, I bear him no ill will for that. When he put out the “Born in the USA” song, a 6 note, repeated over and over poor excuse for music, playing off the Vietnam War for profit, well that turned me off to him altogether. It was not his fault that he failed the Army physical when he was drafted, in fact good for him, but to use that damned awful war to write that crappy song for profit was just too much for me.

            His “Nebraska” album is a great classic and the “Born to Run” was not bad, but for these hack musicians to presume to stand up and give us lessons in morality and politics is an insult. You are a strolling minstrel, stick to the music. Those of us that live regular hardworking, productive lives are not mega-wealthy rock stars who never worked a day in their lives. Stop feeding off of us and then preaching to us. We do not need your opinions, thank you very much.

  26. Ludwig Beck November 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    No mention of oil at $50 down from $75 two months ago. Hmm.

    • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

      A good point Ludwig. Has anyone besides me found it strange that for the first time in my 64 years, gas at the pump prices that dropped from $4.00 a gallon in 2008 to $2.50 since then have not budged in over a decade? If I recall, gas was 36 cents a gallon when I started driving and rose surely and steadily until it reached the $4.pp mark, then bingo, $2.50 and holding. A curious phenomena, no? I smell a rat.

      • elysianfield November 26, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

        Walter,
        On the Left Coast, Oregon, regular low test is $3.37 per.

    • BornToKillPeace November 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

      Over here for the past week Unleaded has been at $2.25 and diesel at $3.37. A hell of a gap in price.

  27. BackRowHeckler November 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    Regarding the Navy dustup between Ukraine and Russia … if we somehow get involved, does anybody know, what’s the status of the USS Harvey Milk? Has it been on its shakedown cruise yet? I understand the crew is ‘hand picked’. And don’t expect the Milk to approach Russia thru Gallipoli and into the Black Sea … I think it will be more stealth than that, maybe a backdoor approach across the Pacific and an assault on Vladivostock like the Japs in 1905.

    brh

  28. robert magill November 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    “Tijuana is now choking on the thousands of wanderers who were induced to march north to test America’s broken immigration policies. What could go wrong?”

    The legal quota for the most desirable immigrant class, the ones at the center of this who-ha, is absolute zero. That sums up the problem and this has festered for decades. Any poor, uneducated, non-English speaker, keep in mind this is the worker class who we have been covering for all these years, has NO opportunity for legal entry into these United States. Congress hasn’t touched it: probably won’t this time either.

  29. BornToKillPeace November 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    Friends! I think we all need a laugh. 2 minutes of gold.

    “Trump Voter Feels Betrayed By President After Reading 800 Pages Of Queer Feminist Theory”

    youtube.com/watch?v=lpzVc7s-_e8

    • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 12:17 am #

      I heard he’s headed back to college for a new degree in gender studies. He is going to minor in Klingon too lol.

  30. JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    Trump’s legacy may be setting up right now with two events.

    No. 1. The border crisis which is just starting. Maybe 5000 there now, what happens when TJ gets another 15-20 thousand more. These people are going to crash the gates, what Trump does is no.1.

    No. 2 is just as important. Slow sales, someone mentioned the Volt, has moved Barra and the board of GM to cut 14000 US and Canadian jobs of which 8000 are white collar and 6000 are factory jobs. The UAW is up in arms, and the factories to be maintained are in Mexico and China. Trump is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Let GM do it and his Midwest base dissolves, use the government to control GM’s action and he is nationalizing private business. Remember our tax dollars bailed out GM a few years ago. The 2020 election may depend on the outcome of these two events.

    Walter B and Scratch

    I am not a proponent of bad corporations and I really hate corporations that screw the US for a few percentage points of profits. Corporations manipulate because they are encouraged by the Deep State and their lobbyists. Corporations do though control the mentality of the stock market, bond market and thus the capital core of the country. Good corporate behavior should be met with approval, bad corporations should be destroyed. Including all corporations that involve themselves in politics. Mission Impossible? Probably. I do believe that globalization of US corporations should be stopped.

    • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

      Small business and the Mom & Pop operations were the backbone of the American economy when we were at our peak. It was not a coincidence and I am certain that you know this as well. When a corporation serves the country’s needs it is an asset. When it serves its own needs it becomes a liability. Once upon a time the government helped the people by maintaining this balance. They have since sold us all out.

      • Sure, and not a strong dollar, diverse economy, multinational corporations ascendent? A whole lotta cheap primary energy? Checks written on the future ?

        A lot of people believe WalMart is serving the country’s need with Low Low Prices, and even if they don’t, they shop there anyway.

        So, to pin you down here Walter, when was the precise “peak”? +/- 3 years?

        • Walter B November 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

          Well it started after WWII and was passed, I would say, when Glass-Steagall was done away with, what was that 1999? Corporate raiding started, what in the 1970’s, so move the end to there and let us look further. If you consider the Korean and the Vietnam debacles you can move the beginning of the end back to the early fifties, so I would theorize that the US peak occurred between 1947 and 1952. Let the argument begin! And no, I was not here yet to witness this first hand.

          • I’m pretty sure Trump was there during the golden age- he took a lot of the gold and used if to gild his condo.

          • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

            If you consider the Korean and the Vietnam debacles you can move the beginning of the end back to the early fifties, so I would theorize that the US peak occurred between 1947 and 1952.

            Right you are, Walter! By the late 50’s, such noted social critics as C. Wright Mills (The Power Elite) had already completed a detailed road map of corporate capitalist public/private corruption, so the elites’ secrets were already leaking out from a handful of courageous people who were in the know and were still unafraid to say so in unvarnished terms. The JFK debacle completed the original coup in emphatic fashion, while 9-11 reinforced and updated it for the current generations.

    • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      Good corporate behavior should be met with approval, bad corporations should be destroyed.

      A couple of problems with that sentiment, though, JAZ.

      One, who’s going to decide which is which? Mr Market or the corporate bought and paid for politicians? They both already favor whatever enriches the almighty shareholders and corporate execs and they work together synergistically to influence legislation further in they and theirs’ favor.

      Two, the capitalist system, as designed, inherently favors the Corporations that get ahead of the rest via whatever means possible, so “good corporations” (is there actually such a thing?) either become “bad corporations” over time or they simply get run out of business or absorbed by another bad corporation. Law of the jungle and all that.

      And finally, for bonus points, three, the corporate money worshiping mentality gradually filters down to and infects the larger society as a whole – legally, morally, and philosophically – such that over time our very notions of corruption and greed become so watered down that you see exactly what we observe today: a society that worships the proverbial golden calf of money at the expense of all else and which now possesses no moral compass whatsoever other than unbridled greed to guide it in its affairs.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

        We Will. The Fascists and National Socialists. We are bound to make some mistakes, but we will learn on the job. Coffee and doughnuts when we show up might help to get on our good side. Ditto pretty secretaries.

        But Evil must be punished, regardless of sugar highs or leg shows. You know this….

        • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

          Learning on the job is always the way it works. Waiting for the next great theory of this, that, or the other is most often a luxury that can’t be afforded, especially since high-minded theories rarely work out as planned either.

        • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

          Lol coffee, doughnuts, and pretty secretaries :-).

          I think you are right. The rest of them can’t seem to do it and I want peace and stability.

  31. Pucker November 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    I suspect that the wholesale slaughter of Lincoln and Grant’s industrial war of attrition of the US Civil War may have been traumatizing to the North, and the Yankees may have compensated psychologically by finding meaning in adopting the freed slaves’ vision of the Yankees as the Hand of God akin to Moses freeing the slaves? “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” The US Civil War may have fomented a mass delusion and psychosis?

    • I guess, absent any scholarship or deep research, you might suspect lots of things.

      You might purport to link any of several random concepts and characters from the Bible and U.S. History and without reflection, offer it up here as grist for conversation.

      • Pucker November 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

        That’s a very Bad Faith, red herring comment.

        It is common knowledge that the Civil War entailed mass industrial slaughter. More men died at Shiloh than all prior US wars combined. Many newspaper editors at the time cursed both Lincoln and Grant as mass murderers. Mary Lincoln called Grant a butcher unfit to lead an army. Many of Grant’s troops and Northern politicians called for Lincoln to fire Grant after Shiloh. It is clear that the unprecedented mass industrial slaughter of the Civil War created a mass psychosis.

        It is common knowledge that everyone in the mid-19th century read the Bible, and it was the mental axis Mundi of the masses.

        • Heres what else they read:

          The New York Times (1851) …
          Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, the Whale (1851) …
          Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1853) …
          Henry David Thoreau, Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854) …
          Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1855) …

          The war started in ’61. Whitman reported on it for the papers and later his collected observations were put in book form. Fascinating reading.

          • Pucker November 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

            The negro slaves didn’t read any of those works, but they were universally familiar with the stories from the Bible.

          • Pucker November 26, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

            Because of the extremely bizarre and dysfunctional nature of Plantation slavery, I suspect that when the Yankee soldiers liberated those Mississippi Plantations that the slaves were largely brainwashed and brain Fucked? According to Booker T Washington, the freed slaves thought that freedom meant that they wouldn’t have to work anymore. God only knows what they were thinking?

        • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 11:56 pm #

          Many elderly Blacks ended up on the street. They could be heard saying, I hate this Freedom shit.

          • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

            Many resisted leaving their owners, as well. Sharecropping was to be its own brand of hell for many thereafter. Slavery would have eventually died out of its own accord regardless. The issue was mostly adopted by the north to put a humanist face on what was first and foremost a war of corporate capitalist federalist aggression against a still largely agrarian Southern economy and lifestyle. The same issue exists in the rural south, mid-west, and west today, although the federal leviathan has largely squashed it for practical purposes.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

            Yes, who listened to the Southern Agrarians, or their Northern counterparts, then or now?

  32. janet November 26, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    Trump is facing a government shutdown in ten days because he insists on billions of dollars to build a wall. During the campaign Trump promised he would build the wall and promised Mexico would pay for it. Now Trump should get the money from Mexico as he promised, or he should take a hike. No way he will get those billions from taxpayers.

    Enjoy your government shutdown. Newly elected adults, including AOC, arrive in a month. Trump’s world is about to change bigly.

    • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

      When are you going to diversify your hobbies? You do believe in diversity don’t you?

  33. janet November 26, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    The Blue Wave continues to grow. Today Mia Love coceded to Ben McAdams in Utah. Another Republican left in the dust as the Democratic majority continues to grow.

    With Trump fatigue growing and Trump’s disapproval rating at an all-time high of 60%, soon Democrats will gain control of both the Senate and the White House.

    • janet November 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

      To clarify: Democrats will have control of three chambers while the courts remain neutral.

      • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

        >>> Democrats will have control of three chambers

        LOL. And which three “chambers” might those be?

        Someone’s been getting their civics lessons from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

        • janet November 26, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

          House chamber, Senate chamber, Oval chamber at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Joke’s on you. AOC was elected. You are still a commoner who will be ruled by her decisions.

          • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

            >>> Oval chamber at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

            Tell us more about this oval chamber. It sounds salacious!

          • janet November 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

            The Oval Chamber guides the other two chambers to produce LEGISLATION which once voted out by the Senate Chamber and the House Chamber is sent to the Oval Chamber for final signature.

            The three chambers work synergistically in Democratic administrations. Trump is incompetent and ignorant of how the three chambers work and how the three parts of the nuclear triad work.

          • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

            >>> and how the three parts of the nuclear triad work.

            Are you sure it’s “nuclear triad” and not the three nuclear chambers?

          • janet November 26, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

            It is the US defense doctrine, which is beyond Trump’s grasp, although putatively he is “commander in chief” of the armed forces.

          • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 11:59 am #

            >>> which is beyond Trump’s grasp

            This coming from someone who thinks we have three chambers of government and an oval chamber.

      • JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

        The last time the Democrats had The House, Senate and the Presidency. We got Obamacare. Pelosi did not even know what it was when she voted for it. Now like every other robbery by the government, it refuses to go away.

        If Jbots prediction happens, we will be facing the end of America as we know it. And the people electing the Democrats into office will deserve their fate. That is the nature of a republic.

        And Jbot, you said Semper Fi a few days ago. I doubt any of the Corps would consider that appropriate from you.

        • janet November 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

          Democratic house candidates won an 8.8 million margin in 2018, the largest in the history of midterms elections. Trump is still campaigning … tonight in Mississippi. Democrats defeated Roy Moore in Alabama. The South is trending Blue.

          • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

            Yes janet – millions of dead people, illegal aliens, and fake ballots vote. The funny thing is you celebrate it. I will wait to celebrate when the rug is pulled from underneath you.

          • janet November 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

            Fake news. Trump’s own election integrity commission could not find a single case of an illegal vote, not a single case of voter fraud. Trump dissolved the commission after eight months of reckless spending of taxpayer monies.

          • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

            >>> not a single case of voter fraud.

            9 accused of bribing Skid Row homeless in voter fraud scheme

            Whether it’s the “three chambers” of government, the “Oval chamber”, voting fraud, or just about any other issue—leave it to janet to put the idiot back in “village idiot”.

          • janet November 26, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

            Can’t ham sandwiches be accused. Accusations do not equal guilt. We are a nation of over 300 million with no voter fraud.

          • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

            You are too predictable janet. A nation of 300 million without any voter fraud….

          • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

            >>> Can’t ham sandwiches be accused. Accusations do not equal guilt. We are a nation of over 300 million with no voter fraud.

            Texas Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Voter Fraud Loses Bid for New Trial

            That’s not an accusation; that’s a conviction. And there are PLENTY more. I found that within two minutes of searching specifically for convictions.

          • outsider November 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

            @Janet,
            Very simple really. The darker the country gets the bluer it gets. The D’s are smart enough to know this, hence they want a new electorate with whites replaced. After getting thumped in the midterms, the civic nationalist cheap labor faction of the R’s better realize it by now. Their only political future, if they want to stay in office, is to get behind their Dear Leader 100%.

        • Obamacare (nee Romneycare) was passed by the 111th congress. Interestingly,

          “The 111th Congress had the most experienced members in history: at the start of the 111th Congress, the average member of the House had served 10.3 years, while the average Senator had served 13.4 years.

          This Congress has been considered one of the most productive Congresses in history in terms of legislation passed since the 89th Congress, during Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration.”

          • janet November 26, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

            Yes, the three chambers were working together beautifully back then and will again in 2021.

          • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

            We desperately need Congressional term limits. I would even vote for Democrats if it meant getting term limits. Of course Dems like to come off as the party of the common man, oops! I mean, woman, oops! I mean, woperson, oops! I mean, woperdaughter. Whew! I knew I could get rid of all those evil male references if I tried hard enough! As I was saying, Dems like to come off as the party of the common woperdaughter, but notice they’re not pushing for term limits…

  34. janet November 26, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    TRUTHTELLER RECEIVES FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    In a post on GoFundMe thanking her supporters, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford shared what her life has been like since she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

    “Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty,” Ford wrote in a post published to the fundraising site last Wednesday.

    “Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences, and now have bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for the first time,” she continued. “I send you my heartfelt love and support.”

    A group of supporters created the GoFundMe page last month to help defray the cost of security and other unexpected expenses Ford has faced since she accused Kavanaugh in September of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school. The fundraiser easily surpassed its initial goal of $150,000 and, as of Monday afternoon, had raised over $647,000 for Ford and her family.

    • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

      Great job celebrating a liar and making a mockery of real victims. Kudos to you janet wahoo!!!! Perfect examples of the most disguisting elements of society. Liars who make millions – like your dream couple the Clintons. Oh look, another liar and rapist.

  35. janet November 26, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

    For Trump campaign collusion with Russia Trump’s campaign manager is facing 17 to 20 years hard time in prison.

  36. Pucker November 26, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Former anti-pot, suburban mayor and now Weed Tycoon, “Bob” looks a bit like pedophile actor, Kevin Spacey. By the way, Kevin Spacey is out walking around, while half blind, 81 year old Bill Cosby is now in prison teaching his fellow inmates on how to improve their diet. Go figure….

    These politicians are a danger to themselves and to the community.

    planet13holdings.com/about-robert-groesbeck/

  37. janet November 26, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

    Trump promised manufacturing jobs would return to the US. Instead we get 15,000 laid off by GM and jobs exported to Mexico. How gullible does Trump think we are?

  38. janet November 26, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    Trump threatens to “shut down the southern border” LOL. Another lie.

    Anybody know how long the southern border is? It is impossible to “close” a border 1,900 miles long.

    We need an open border. We need respect for the legally established process of requesting asylum. We need to speed up adjudication. An open border will facilitate processing of proper asylum seekers. That is the law. Can’t wait until Nancy Pelosi takes control in January.

    • janet November 26, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

      1,900 miles! How gullible does Trump think we are? Millions of dollars to put kids in cages in civilian concentration camps every day. Obama was smarter to put ankle bracelets and guarantee they show up for the asylum hearing. Daily cost to wear an ankle bracelet: zero dollars.

      • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

        >>> Obama was smarter to put ankle bracelets and guarantee they show up for the asylum hearing.

        ICE: 3 in 10 illegal immigrant family units cut off ankle bracelets after being released from custody

        LOL tell us more about how “smart” Obama was.

        janet you are batting zero.

  39. janet November 26, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

    “We got Obamacare.“ —JohnAZ

    YES! And thank God Obamacare is still the law of the land. Obamacare gave us protection for pre-existing conditions, which over 90% of Americans support.

    • janet November 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

      Obamacare flipped 39 Republican seats from red to BLUE! Starting January 3, 2019 Obamacare will be protected and improved by the Democratic majority. Obamacare will not be repealed as Trump promised to do “on day one” … another lie.

  40. JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    SSL et al

    The demon is awake tonight.

    She works on you, takes the good things that you say and tries to grind it into the ground. She feeds on your discord, the more you get insulted by what she says, the more she bores in. She is an exaggerating, lying, fact baiting, spinning Liberal just like all the rest of them.

    She wants one thing, the destruction of the Constitutional USA, again, like all the rest of them.

    Boycott, ignore her, what she says is not worth listening to.

    • janet November 26, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

      Coyote waits. The demon never sleeps. No one in Arizona is safe, scaredy cat. Boo!

    • SoftStarLight November 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

      If janet really lives in the States at all..anyhoo janet is just a player..but yes, let’s stop putting food out on the porch ;-).

      • janet November 26, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

        Yes. Silence is consent. Thank you.

        • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 1:05 am #

          No consent for you!!!!!

  41. janet November 26, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    Most economists agree that globalism provides a net benefit to individual economies around the world, by making markets more efficient, increasing competition, limiting military conflicts, and spreading wealth more equally around the world.

    Globalism boosts technology transfer, industrial restructuring, and the growth of global companies.

    Globalism has increased competition and helps stimulate new technology development, particularly with the growth in foreign direct investment which helps improve economic output by making processes more efficient.

    Globalism enables large companies to realize economies of scale that reduce costs and prices, which in turn supports further economic growth.

    • janet November 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

      Simply stated: globalism is inevitable and irreversible in the 21st century.

      • JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

        Your last post really shows either your ignorance or your hatred of America and Americans

        Look out America, Janet wants you to make the same wages as people in Honduras, Malaysia, Philippines, etc. To be competitive, her words, you must not make more than $1.25 an hour. I hope you enjoy you standard of living change.

        Obviously, you hate the working man in the US, equating him to overseas workers.

        Are you Mary Barras in disguise?

        Oh, wait a minute. Maybe she means that people in overseas will make our minimum wage of $15 an hour. Lady, the world will laugh at you on that one. As do I.

        As usual, the Lib comes up with really dumb statements that have absolutely no basis in reality.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

          Yes, the reason why Labor used to be against it: illegals are SCABS. But Big Labor has betrayed America, just like Big Government, Business, Religion, Schooling and Big everything else.

          Small is beautiful. And it’s ok to be White.

      • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

        Simply stated: the end of globalism is inevitable and irreversible in the 21st century, as the oil that created and sustained it runs out.

        • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 12:11 am #

          Janet reflects the complete and transparent hypocrisy of today’s left wingers who claim they support American workers. In fact, they support Wall Street’s globalist agenda and it really irks them that the rust belt deplorables are beginning to see thru their bullshit and candy cane promises.

          You wear as many masks as needed, Janet, but the enslavement of humanity under an Orwellian world dictatorship is your goal.

          You’ll never win, we’ll rise again!

      • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 10:43 am #

        Simply stated: globalism is inevitable and irreversible in the 21st century.

        That’s a fatalist argument if I ever heard one! Fortunately, it’s also fallacious. The high tide for globalism has already come ashore and is now not so quietly receding back into the depths of failed ideas from which it came.

        • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

          Globalism’s day is almost done! YAY!!!!

          • seawolf77 November 28, 2018 at 10:04 am #

            Globalism is a term created to fool people. It has always existed. Yes the internet exacerbated its effects, but so did Yankee Clippers and the railroads. There is nothing new under the sun. You can’t stop what’s coming. That’s vanity. Globalism will never die.

          • SoftStarLight November 28, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

            So it seems you disagree with Mr. K about an impending economic/financial collapse? That sure would bring an end to globalism. Bigger doesn’t always mean better you know.

  42. janet November 26, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    Exscoticus, let’s review the bidding:

    I noted Democrats won the 2018 midterm elections by a margin of 8.8 million votes, greater than any election in the history of the USA.

    SoftStarLight claimed, without providing any evidence, that dead people, fake ballots, and voter fraud explains the large 8.8 miilion win by Democrats.

    You chimed in with an accusation and a claim about one instance of alleged voter fraud in some past election. Like SoftStarLight, you have provided zero proof about the 2018 midterm election in question because there was no voter fraud. Provide a link or it didn’t happen.

    • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

      Oh I provided evidence, but then you demanded convictions only. Well even a traffic conviction can take months, and the midterms just happened. Wait a bit, and those indictments I linked to will become convictions.

      Furthermore, you demand only convictions for this midterm election. So are you now finally admitting that voter fraud happened in the 2016 POTUS election as the links confirmed? Because now the burden of proof is on YOU to explain how voter fraud was possible in 2016 and not possible in 2018.

      The fact is that the entire nation witnessed systemic voter fraud on a vast scale in the form of ballot irregularities in Palm Beach and Broward County in Florida.

      A judge determined that Palm Beach county election supervisor, Susan Bucher, had illegally withheld over voted and under voted ballots from the canvassing board. And in violation of state law she refused to allow public scrutiny of the ballot counting.

      Meanwhile, there are at least 20 million illegal immigrants in the USA, and liberals states like California are doing everthing they can to facilitate voter fraud.

  43. janet November 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    ANOTHER REPUBLICAN BITES THE DUST GIVING DEMOCRATS 40 SEATS FLIPPED

    Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., surrendered the lead Monday in his CD21 House race that will determine whether Democrats achieve a net gain of 40 seats in the next term.

    • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

      >>> 40 SEATS FLIPPED

      40 x 0 = 0. Whether it’s 40 or 100, it’s still a lame-duck House that can do nothing but political theater.

      • janet November 26, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

        Senate within reach… especially after Mueller’s report devastates any last vestige of legitimacy Trump has to the office he holds.

        • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

          The Senate will remain in GOP hands for the next two years. And while the House is doing NOTHING, the Senate will be confirming more conservative judges.

          >>> especially after Mueller’s report devastates any last vestige of legitimacy Trump has to the office he holds.

          LOL. We’re soooo scared! Trump supporters couldn’t care less about some partisan report. It’s just another fake dossier—just like the fake dossier that Mueller’s entire mandate is based on.

  44. janet November 26, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    “Maybe she means that people in overseas will make our minimum wage of $15 an hour.“ —JohnAZ

    Yes! And union representation, and worker safety, and health care, and bathroom breaks, and paid paternity/maternity leave, and pension plans, and childcare, and guarantees to protect the environment.

  45. janet November 26, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    Judge with jurisdiction over Donald Trump rules charitable foundation lawsuit against Trump and Trump’s children can go forward. Trump’s world of hurt is just beginning.

  46. JohnAZ November 26, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

    Just think about it. The Dems have brought forth on the scene a 28 year old New Yorker, who cannot get her facts straight with little experience, and anoints her as the guru of the Progressive wing of the party. Lord, if that is the best they can do, Trump is a shoe-in.

    I have heard that the Dems are trying to corral that big mouth as she is causing a lot of damage to their cause.

    Also heard an intelligent Dem on Tucker tonight saying that this errant migration is really bad for the US workers and really bad as a brain and labor drain to the countries they are deserting.

    Not all Dems are as stubborn as Jbot.

    • janet November 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

      “the countries they are deserting.“ — JohnAZ

      JohnAZ, I believe in freedom of movement. The pilgrims wanted to escape persecution so they “deserted” their country, as anyone should have the right to do to seek a better life for themselves and their children. Immigrants are a net positive for the US.

      You don’t seem to believe in freedom of movement. You don’t seem to appreciate how accepting immigration is part of our national heritage and our values. But our judges do so it’s cool.

      • janet November 26, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

        BTW, all this southern border fuss is a distraction. Building a wall is a distraction and a waste of time, energy and money. Concertina wire is a distraction and a waste. Immigration will continue because you cannot put concertina wire around the desks of United, Delta, Southwest, American Arlines, etc. and that is where 40% of immigration happens, in airports, with visitor visas that are overstayed. Can’t build walls around airports. Can’t stop immigrants who want to live here. Nor should we.

        Respect freedom of choice. Legalize the millions of undocumented human beings living, working, and paying taxes here now!

        Give them immediate citizenship now without making them wait 17 years. Don’t make them jump through endless red tape hoops.

        Eliminate ICE. Close the federal concentration camps that separate children from their parents. Stop the disgrace of traumatizing children. Stop putting children into cages with foil for blankets. Lock up Trump.

      • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

        >>> JohnAZ, I believe in freedom of movement.

        So do locusts and mosquitoes. So nice of you to openly admit your affinity for parasites.

        • janet November 26, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

          Not parasites. Freedom lovers seeking a better life here, as is their right. Immigrants value freedom, not “free stuff”

          AMERICA IS STRENGTHENED BY THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY IMMIGRANTS.

          FOR THE U.S. ECONOMY TO FLOURISH TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL, OUTDATED IMMIGRATION POLICY MUST BE MODERNIZED.

          • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

            Use all-caps all you want; America will not be strengthened by another 20 million parasites that use their own children as human shields.

          • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:37 am #

            Those parasite cut every lawn in Texas and California. They also clean a lot of house. You Trumpers can relate to that. ALOT. ALOT. Imagine Trump saying that with that mongoloid supercilious look he gets when he thinks he’s the only one in the room who gets it.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

            Yes, and they’re why kids can’t get jobs anymore. And in the few places where your race hasn’t penetrated, the coffee gets poured, the grass cut, and the beds made. Amazing, eh?

            We don’t need you people.

          • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

            Just because kids cut grass when you were a kid doesn’t mean they do it today. They work on iphones and computers now. Wrong again Maude!

          • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

            Sure they do. They just won’t come to your house because they know you will stare at them, bring them lemonade, start acting flirtatious, etc.

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

            We need immigrants like we need Rabies.

  47. Walter B November 26, 2018 at 10:06 pm #

    “Don’t you see that the whole aim of newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? . . . Has it ever occurred to you that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who
    could understand such a conversation as we are having now? . . . The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be
    no thought, as we understand it now, for Orthodoxy means not thinking . . .not needing to think . . .Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

    George Orwell

    Thanks SF

  48. janet November 26, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    Trump’s most recent approval rating is down five percentage points since last week’s Gallup poll and reflects a slight decrease in almost every demographic group, but especially among those aged 18-29, who went from 35% approval of the President to 28%. The disapproval rating increased seven percentage points since last week.

  49. janet November 26, 2018 at 10:27 pm #

    If Trump pardons Manafort, that takes away his fifth amendment protection. Manafort could be subject to subpoena and forced to testify… or go back to prison.

    Trump is in a world of hurt, as a result of his own illegitimacy, illegal activities, greed, and corruption.

    • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

      >>> Manafort could be subject to subpoena and forced to testify… or go back to prison.

      Wrong. A POTUS pardon is sweeping and would protect Manafort from ANY prosecution related to his offenses. Any attempt to re-prosecute Manafort would end up in the CONSERVATIVE Supreme Court where Justice KAVANAUGH will have the final say.

      But if you have any doubts, just ask Bill Clinton’s brother, Roger, who was pardoned by Clinton in one of the most blatant examples of POTUS nepotism on record.

      • janet November 26, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

        Wrong. There are states with intention to prosecute Manafort. Federal pardons issued by the president apply only to federal law; they do not apply to civil, state, or local offenses. Manafort can be forced to testify and Trump, as president or as soon to be civilian, cannot protect Manafort.

        • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

          Wrong. If Manafort is forced to testify, he can appeal to an increasingly conservative federal court. SCOTUS can override ANY state court.

          • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:35 am #

            Wong! Wong wong wong……wong.

          • janet November 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

            Wrong. SCOTUS must abide by precedent. SCOTUS cannot arbitrarily intervene in an open and shut case to overturn in a partisan fasion. Any judge acting in that manner can be impeached and removed from the court.

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

            Janet, what you call “arbitrary” or “open and shut” may not be seen that way by others. Do you know the procedure for removing a US Supreme Court Justice?

            It’s the same as with the President. A simple House majority to impeach; a two thirds Senate majority to convict. If you think there are 67 Senate votes to convict and remove a justice for carrying out Trump’s orders, you are as delusional as you appear to be.

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

            Let me rephrase that. The Supreme Court does not carry out a President’s orders. If Executive actions are challenged through the courts, the SCOTUS will be the ultimate authority on allowing or disallowing such Executive actions.

            Janet thinks if the SCOTUS upholds Trump’s actions, all 47 Democratic Senators and 20 Republican Senators (67 total) will try and remove such Supreme Court Justices from office. I say, no way.

        • janet November 26, 2018 at 11:18 pm #

          Trump will also be subject to state prosecution after he is no longer president and a whole raft of sealed indictments are opened. Trump will spend a good part of his life in court and prison.

  50. janet November 26, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

    Asylum seekers have a legal right to seek asylum. President Trump is acting unlawfully. Tear gassing children is unlawful. Trump is a disgrace to America and the laughing stock of the world.

    • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:06 pm #

      >>> Asylum seekers have a legal right to seek asylum.

      A legal right to seek asylum is not a legal right to unlawfully cross the border in defiance of law enforcement. It is not a legal right to throw rocks, and throw Molotov cocktails, and use battering rams, and place children at risk, and all the other unlawful activity this parasitic lawless mob is engaged in.

      >>> Tear gassing children is unlawful.

      Taking children along on a crime spree to use as human shields is unlawful. These parasites have purposely and cruelly placed their children in harm’s way to satisfy their own selfish ends. Endangering the life of a child is a FELONY.

      Note the hypocritical liberal MSM. Michael Jackson dangled his baby over a balcony and the press screamed CHILD ENDANGERMENT for weeks. These parasites used their own children as human shields and the MSM calls them courageous.

      >>> Trump is a disgrace to America and the laughing stock of the world.

      The world is following Trump’s example. All over Europe—rampaging immigrant hordes are no longer welcome. Muslim lover Angela Merkel is paying the political price for selling out Germany. Even Hillary Clinton has flip-flopped and now sides with Trump! LOL. Your hero, janet—the women YOU voted for—is now against open borders and unlawful immigration.

  51. janet November 26, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

    Trump won Mississippi by twenty points. Then he went to Mississippi to campaign and turned it into a close race. Another indication Trump’s disapproval rating is increasing, even in solidly red states.

  52. Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/give-alex-jones-press-credentials-and-sit-him-next-jim-acosta

    Vote! This is America, damn it. What’s not to love here? If we can’t get rid of Jim, make him sit with a good madman like Alex. C’mon dudes, what have you got to lose except your imaginary clean hands?

    And ladies, I give you permission to vote Just This Once….

    • janet November 26, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

      “What have you got to lose?” Is exactly what Trump said to African Americans to get their votes. It is the exact answer Mia Love gave back to Trump today in her concession speech. Trump loser. 40 seat net gain was a strong rejection of Trump.

      Enjoy your government being shut down over a stupid wall.

      • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

        Trump won the 2016 POTUS election on building that wall and has a MANDATE to do so. Recent events at our border emphasize the need for the wall. No more razor wire or half measures. We need true border security from people who use their own children as human shields. Fucking animals!

        • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:34 am #

          Mandate my ass. Maybe a man cave. We need a wall like we need another hole in our border.

          • elysianfield November 27, 2018 at 11:39 am #

            Wolfie,
            A promise made is a debt unpaid….

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

        Get your story straight.

        Are they poor brown women using their children as shields, in which case they are carrying the children and cannot throw anything?

        Or are they virile young brown men throwing rocks and flameless molotov cocktails, in which case they are not carrying children as shields. Oh what a tangled web we weave…

        • Exscotticus November 26, 2018 at 11:36 pm #

          >>> Get your story straight.

          It’s not my story; it’s the MSM’s story. They reported that migrants crossed the border en masse in defiance of law enforcement directives from BOTH SIDES of the border. They ignored both Mexican and American law enforcement. They crossed over with their children in tow, thus committing multiple felonies and placing their children in harm’s way.

          And just where did those DISPOSABLE diapers come from? You keep saying “poor brown women” but their children have DISPOSABLE diapers. These are the same “poor brown women” who REJECTED Mexico’s offer of FOOD, CLOTHING, HOUSING, and JOBS. These people are all FAKERS.

          • janet November 26, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

            “Fucking animals”
            “These people are all FAKERS” —exscotticus

            Crucify them! /sarcasm

            Get your story straight. Are they animals or people or poor brown asylum seekers yearning to breathe free who have just walked 1,000 miles?

          • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 12:07 am #

            As any USA mom will tell you: disposable diapers are expensive. They’re a luxury convenience item of the First World. They’re single-use only, as they can’t be properly cleaned and sanitized for reuse. They’re also environmentally unfriendly and end up in landfills and oceans.

            The fact that these children were caught in flagrante delicto with disposables suggests perfidy. Go visit poor tribes in Africa; their children will not be wearing disposables.

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 1:04 am #

            Soros and his minion NGOs are providing the disposable diapers most likely. They are becoming more affordable in Central America but still most cannot afford them, let alone alleged refugees. Why are they wearing nice clothes and shoes? These are all good questions…

        • Janos Skorenzy November 26, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

          What kind of people use “their” children as shields (even worse if they really are theirs)? The kind we don’t need.

          • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:32 am #

            Desperate, an emotion you’ve likely never encountered in your lily white world.

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

            Seawolf, tell us about your desperate, traumatic life as a person of color. What’s that? You’re lily white,too. Imagine that.

          • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

            Sorry to douse your claim, my mother was from Nicaragua.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

            You’re not White then. No wonder you have such hostility towards us and America. You have no real allegiance to this Culture and Nation.

          • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

            My father was a Cajun. That counts twice for whiteness.

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

            A Nicaraguan and a Cajun, that explains the hot temper.

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

            Now it is way more clear to me why seawolf hates America.

        • hmuller November 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

          Speaking of one who knows about tangled webs of deception.

          Tonight, Janet has gone full blown bizarro-world, rewriting the Constitution to reflect the deluded ravings of Ocasio-Cortez.

          Let us forget that old belief that we have three branches of govt. – Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.

          Listen to Janet who has discarded the Judicial entirely and tells us we have three “chambers”, as she puts it:

          “House chamber, Senate chamber, Oval chamber at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue”

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 8:31 am #

            There may also be a large, empty oval chamber in her skull.

          • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 8:57 am #

            Look at the positive side hmuller. She/He/IT is weeding out the weak and the chronically stupid. Do you really think that anyone is falling for the mindless drivel that is so spewed? I think not. In the end, more people will read the crap and be turned against it than will take any of it seriously. Perhaps that is the point, no? It seems to me that this is far more likely to be a psyop to turn people against the leftist-loony agenda than for it and it is working. Embrace the deception.

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

            Walter, you could be right. Or you could be overthinking things. By that logic, Janos is really an arch liberal – left of the DNC who secretly shelters illegal aliens in his home. But I think not. LOL.

          • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

            Me, overthink humuller? There is no doubt that this has always been one of the millstones around my neck and I am amazed that it has not driven me crazy yet (I think). It was why I had to give up racing motorcycles in my youth. The pre-race overthink (jitters), which disappeared once the starting gun went off plagued me for days if not weeks before. You can only guess how difficult it is for me in election years. Yep, you got me pegged alright.

      • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 12:26 am #

        The wall will be beautiful and is worth shutting it all down for good sweetie. You’ll learn to love it.

    • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 12:24 am #

      Yay I get to press the button :-)! Alex Jones versus Jim Acosta. I seriously cannot friggin wait to see that.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:32 am #

        Keep up the good work and you’ll earn your strings. No more sock puppetry.

        • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:31 am #

          Thus spoke Zarajanos!

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

            Shoo seawolf – this was not your moment and I don’t appeciate it!!!!

        • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

          LOL – You’re so amazing :-)!

      • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:31 am #

        Thrilla in Vanilla.

  53. Q. Be the Plan November 26, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

    Signals to design accordingly.
    got-truth.com/docs/Signals%20to%20design%20accordingly.pdf

    Q.

  54. Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 12:08 am #

    The West still hasn’t understood the magnitude and depth of Muslim savagery. The only near competitor is Communism. Perhaps it is no accident that the two are now allied. Listen to the Hindus and the Sikhs, you fools. I’d say listen to the Indian Buddhists, but they were wiped out. But the nearby Burmese Buddhists remember very well.

    sikh24.com/2015/01/27/islamic-india-the-biggest-holocaust-in-world-history-whitewashed-from-history-…

    • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 1:20 am #

      Ah yes, the Red-Green Axis. Funny that Green is the color of the “Religion of Peace”.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:07 am #

        And the “Greens” are really Reds inside. Watermelons.

  55. janet November 27, 2018 at 12:30 am #

    “Trump won the 2016 POTUS election on building that wall and has a MANDATE to do so.“ —exscotticus

    No, Hillary ran against building the wall and she received 3 million more votes than Trump, so the MANDATE is against building the wall, reinforced by the midterm results in which Trump got his ass whupped in the chamber which funds the wall (not to mention Trump’s fraud saying Mexico would pay for the wall). There will be no money for the wall without legalizing the undocumented (DACA). Trump made his bed. Now he has to lie in it … when he is not playing golf or eating Big Macs.

    • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 8:06 am #

      Still going with the “We Really Won In 2016” meme, are we Janet?

      At least Al Gore bounced back from his electoral college defeat in 2000 to lead a campaign of global warming disinformation.

      Hillary however, just wanders the world like a traumatized Blanche DuBois in a streetcar named Delusiion, blaming everyone but her own corruption-reeking self. She makes me laugh, but not in a kind way.

      • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 8:42 am #

        You are correct hmuller, Al Gore did bounce back and find an alternate and probably more profitable way to screw us all once he was officially a loser. Hillary cannot do this. She will continue to be a loser until there is no longer a breath left in her rancid lungs. The evil that spurs her on will give her no rest and no peace, and in the end she will pay the ultimate price. Yes there are those who will state that at the very last moment she may repent, and while that may be a possibility, I would not bet a dollar on it. She is rotten to the core and angry as hell. Even Bill knows how to relax and have a good time, not her.

      • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

        Now she is an embarassment. Move on lady!!!!

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      >>> No, Hillary ran against building the wall and she received 3 million more votes than Trump, so the MANDATE is against building the wall

      Hillary lost the election, so she has no mandate. You do not understand that our polity doesn’t have “three chambers” or an “oval chamber”, and you do not understand how our elections work.

      Meanwhile, Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against California for having more registered voters than eligible voting adults. California keeps dead people and others on its rolls to encourage voting fraud. It even registers illegal immigrants for voting in “local” elections, while admitting that illegals were also able to vote in the primaries. Once you add up all the fraud, I doubt Hillary won the popular vote.

      • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:30 am #

        Scrotum go massage yourself. How can the Untied States have such an asinine system as the electoral college? Easy it’s a vestige of slavery, just like the Star Spangled Banner, segregation and a host of other things, including the Republican Party.

        • Walter B November 27, 2018 at 10:15 am #

          The actual fact is seawolf, that those men who designed and established this nation in the first place realized that cities would not only be where the bulk of the population would live and grow, but that they would be the first to become corrupt. Once so corrupted, population center people would be able to take over the entire nation by their sheer voting numbers. These men were wise enough to consider that rural areas, suburban areas, and populated areas all needed to have a say in the process and they set up the Electoral College to compensate for this. I have never been to Montana but have been to the sewer they call New York City, and there is no way in this world that New Yorkers should have more say than those people who live in Montana about our national government.

          Those urban city dwellers usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to the Electoral College so they are the ones who bitch and moan the most. When you consider that these same urbanites sit in their high rise luxury condos while the rest of the nation sends them their food, their water, and their pension funds to consume, I’d say that keeping the city folk in line is the wise thing to do. If the shit ever hits the fan, you will soon realize exactly how valuable they really are – not!

          • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

            Good reminder. The Balance is so important. Already big cities like Chicago and NY dominate whole states. Would Sea want even more power for his sect? Of course! And as Lindsay Graham said, They don’t deserve it.

        • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

          Seawolf you are half Hispanic so it is no surprise you support the Hispanic invasion. You are a lot like Obama, half White, but a hater of all things White and American. Gee, some things are so simple to understand ;-).

          • seawolf77 November 28, 2018 at 9:58 am #

            I’m just as white as you monkey brains.

          • SoftStarLight November 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

            I have blond hair and hazel eyes. And I am pretty White lol. So how White are you? I know you said you are half Cajun. Do you speak any Cajun French?

          • SoftStarLight November 28, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

            LOL monkey brains – hey I am pretty smart!!!

          • hmuller November 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

            People who disagree with seawolf are called degrading names; he also likes to insult their intelligence. Sound like a mentally well adjusted, secure man to you? Sometimes it gets worse and he’ll start expressing his sexual fantasies. (13 yr old Ivanka on Trump’s lap was a hint)

            It’s like watching a psychiatric train wreck, an aging white man plagued by job lay offs, replaced by foreigners, lashing out at Trump instead of the real cause of his problem. So sad.

          • SoftStarLight November 28, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

            I think this thread is his cleanest thus far. His behavior is improving with time. Patience makes perfect they say. That being said I am very disappointed with two of his comments in particular. I am keeping bleach and a scrub brush close at hand ;-)!

  56. Q. Be the Plan November 27, 2018 at 7:25 am #

    Father Universe has the final say on matter.
    got-truth.com/docs/Father%20Universe%20has%20the%20final%20say%20on%20matter.pdf

    Q.

  57. seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    GM laying off 15,000 and closing 3 plants all in Trump country. You think those people are sick of winning? “You”re gonna be sick, so sick of winning. You’re gonna be thinking enough winning, i’m so tired of winning. Win, win, win, win all the time. All the time. All the time. Does that make sense?” Trump leans back on his lounger in Mar Lago and thinks to himself, “And those idiots were so fucking stupid to believe me. They voted for me. Fucking morons. They deserve their jobs shipped overseas. Does that make cents? They’re not smart enough to know what word I’m using.”

    • Some of the plants were in canada.

      The rationale is low gas prices… Leading people to buy bigger SUVs and trucks.

      I’ve said it before, but, imagine energy prices going to zero.

      No upper limit in the size of vehicles

      Go fetch the groceries in a roadster the size of an RV etc

      • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

        Monster trucks everywhere! Yee haw!

  58. FincaInTheMountains November 27, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    Conspirology: Russia, USA, Israel. Religious factor

    First of all, the question arises of how pygmy Israel got into this company of the great powers, Israel, which even on the map of the Middle East can hardly be seen?

    To answer this question, let me start by clarifying the concept of conspiracy:

    For the last 300 years, the powers that be have experienced the bitter lessons of the “color” revolutions, which did not go as they planned, convinced them that after inventing printing press, it is impossible to control the spread of information and controlled chaos is constantly transforming into ordinary chaos, the only way out of which is traditional society.

    And, having refused direct control, they had to invent other methods of political control (soft power?) And conspiracy theories occupied an honorable place in it. Their essence is that if the manipulation becomes obvious, then in advance, 3000 theories are instantly invented and published, exposing these manipulations in the most distorted, delusional manner, and publishing the truth by association instantly turns up on the bookshelf under the name “Delirium of a gray gelding”.

    So the Masons turn into Judeo-Masons, the distortions of Russian history by the German historical school turn into Ilovaisky’s anti-Normanism (not to be confused with Lomonosov’s sincere errors) and into all possible theories of Fomenko-Zadornov, the Euro-Asianism of Nikolai Trubetskoy into Gumilyov’s theory, and Zionism turns into Judeo-Masonic Conspiracy.

    Moreover, the first and last items on this list draw attention to themselves, which is obviously connected with the most influential book of the 20th century – “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

    Among the conspiracy theories, “Protocols” are undoubtedly a masterpiece of the genre, but more on that later – the topic is immense and, perhaps, requires a separate post.

    In the meantime, I just want to draw the attention of the venerable public that all conspiracy theories are built on some unknown and little verifiable fact that supposedly highlights something that it extracts from the feverish fog of the well-known and obvious facts.

    Unlike the conspiracy theorists, I will immediately say that I don’t have any “hot facts” of this kind, on the contrary, I will simply gather together and compare the well-known and even obvious facts that can be easily checked with any encyclopedia.

    Personally, I used the Tree, the Orthodox Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia of Islam, and the Jewish Encyclopedia.

    1. Israel, by the virtue of the “magic of the place,” is the center of the world for the three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

    It is here that the stone from which the construction of the Universe and the Earth began, exactly here the Son of Man was crucified, reestablishing the connection between the Creator and the Creature, destroyed by the original sin of Adam and Eve, who were also buried in Israel and the blood of Christ dripped from the Cross onto Adam’s skull.

    To the least degree Israel is connected with Islam, practically only through the prophet Issa and the people of the Book, that is, the Jews and Christians. True, the Qur’an claims that the Prophet Muhammad on his night journey to Al-Isra stopped in the city of Al-Quds, but only for namaz to the Prophet Issa (Christ?) And is this city really is modern Jerusalem is unknown, because in Al-Quds already during the life of the Prophet had the mosque.

    For the first time, the Jewish theme as something connected with “blood”, that is, with nationality in the modern sense of the word, was introduced into Orthodox Christianity by Joseph Volotsky, ensuring that already convicted heretics of Sect of Skhariya the Jew, were not only condemned, but also burned alive, while the description of the heresy of the Sect suggests that they were not representatives of Judaism, but were most likely proto-Protestants, most likely connected with the Arians and Cathars of Northern Europe, that is, quasi-religious orders of the Hanseatic League – old trade partners of Novgorod.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Volotsky

    In fact, the only purely theoretical connection between the Sect of Skhariya the Jew and the Jews is the personality of Novgorod heresiarch Skhariya, and the main evidence of his Jewry is his acquaintance with the works of Maimonides and Al-Ghazali, which incidentally equally applies to Thomas Aquinas.

    By the way, it was at that moment when the Cathedral was held in Moscow, which condemned the heresy of the Skhariyats, in Erfurt, Germany, Martin Luther received a master’s degree.

    But the fact that the heresy of the Skhariyats was connected with politics and even with a conspiracy is not in doubt, moreover, supporters of Joseph Volotsky sought rapprochement with the Catholic West against the Ottoman Empire and limiting the intervention of the Orthodox Church in political issues, which already resembles a similar situation in Byzantium.

    To be continued…

    • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      And, having refused direct control, they had to invent other methods of political control (soft power?) And conspiracy theories occupied an honorable place in it. Their essence is that if the manipulation becomes obvious, then in advance, 3000 theories are instantly invented and published, exposing these manipulations in the most distorted, delusional manner, and publishing the truth by association instantly turns up on the bookshelf under the name “Delirium of a gray gelding”.

      Very nice analysis! A veritable soup of possible conspiracies (mixing truth with lies in every possible combination) to so confuse the issues that most people don’t even try. Makes the official version of “The Truth (TM)” so much more palatable and easy to swallow.

  59. janet November 27, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    Exscotticus says there are dead people on California voting rolls and Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit. What he doesn’t say is that dead people do not vote so there is no voter fraud. But Judicial Watch filed its lawsuit in 2017. What Judicial Watch has not been able to do is provide EVIDENCE. Its nuisance lawsuit was an attempt at voter suppression, a failed attempt to stop a blue tsunami.

    Dead people do not request ballots. The only way for inactive voters to obtain a ballot is for them to request a ballot in person at either a county elections office or at a polling location. So far, Judicial Watch has been unable to prove even a single dead person voted. A nuisance lawsuit filed in 2017 with no proof.

    Efforts such as the one undertaken by Judicial Watch and a similar one undertaken by another non-profit, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), are not meant to strengthen election systems but rather to bully election officials into purging voter rolls, in contrast to both the spirit and letter of federal election laws.

    Figures produced by the likes of Judicial Watch and PILF fail to account for things such as active military members or students attending university away from their home jurisdictions that may affect figures and numbers in different ways:

    Judicial Watch used inaccurate figures to target 248 local jurisdictions levying the claim they have more registered voters on the roles [sic] than eligible people. Then we have the president who with great frequency repeats similar numbers.

    What we’re seeing is a campaign to create public hysteria about voter fraud. We know these figures are wrong and these efforts are aimed a voter suppression.

    WE KNOW THEY FAILED.

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      Non-Citizens Voting in Texas? “We got TONS of them” Says Election Official on Undercover Video

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

        Opinion of one person. Not proof. If true the election official should be fired. Put up or shut up about nonexistent undocumented supposedly voting.

        But in my opinion, since the undocumented live here, work here, and pay taxes here, that makes them citizens eligible to vote. They should be legalized.

        If you don ‘t agree, then find just one case (you won’t be able to) and take them to court with proof. You cannot because voter fraud does not exist.

        • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

          Janet dearie, you just wrote:

          “But in my opinion, since the undocumented live here, work here, and pay taxes here, that makes them citizens eligible to vote”

          Guess what!? Your opinion and the law are 2 very different things. And if they vote without being citizens they break the law – maybe not in the Janet Fantasy World, but in the one the rest of us call reality.

          Your postings are increasingly demented, delusional, and dishonest. Get professional help!

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

            Hehe, hey now be kind to Sybil ;-).

          • seawolf77 November 28, 2018 at 9:56 am #

            It’s Helen Keller.

    • seawolf77 November 28, 2018 at 9:57 am #

      Dead people for democracy!

  60. FincaInTheMountains November 27, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Vladimir Golstein: Why Everything You’ve Read About Ukraine Is Wrong


    With Ukraine in the news, it is very important to know the context and background. Here is the essay that I wrote on the subject almost five years ago. Forbes carried it, which is great, but the narrative had been already written by the likes of Nuland and McCain, so the mass media preferred to ignore any deviations from it, sticking to their fantasies and spinning rather that taking a sober look at what was going on.

    forbes.com/sites/forbesleadershipforum/2014/05/19/why-everything-youve-read-about-ukraine-is-wrong/?…

    • FincaInTheMountains November 27, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, facing elections next March, deliberately sent Ukrainian ships into Russian territory in an attempt to provoke Russia and stir anti-Russia sentiments

      The Russian Security Service (FSB) confirmed on Sunday that it had been forced to open fire at and impound three Ukrainian naval vessels after they illegally crossed its sea border, entering Russian waters in the Black Sea off the Crimean Peninsula.

      In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Vladimir Golstein, a lecturer at Brown University, said, Poroshenko was going to run for reelection next March and was therefore attempting to portray himself as “a hero who can stand up to Russia.”

      “So, he pushed them (the three ships) there (into Russian territory) just to provoke and at least [to evoke] sympathy both within the country and outside the country,” Golstein said.

      presstv.com/Detail/2018/11/26/581148/Ukraine-Russia-ships-Poroshenko-antiRussia-sentiments

  61. janet November 27, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    “there is no way in this world that New Yorkers should have more say than those people who live in Montana about our national government.” —walterB

    How is “one person one vote” having more say?

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      >>> How is “one person one vote” having more say?

      And with that, you once again showed your ignorance of how our nation works. We’re a Republic—not an Athenian-style democracy. States with small populations will not accept being bullied by states with larger populations. It’s called tyranny of the majority. The Founders understood this. You don’t.

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

        Electoral college is not used for elections in House Chamber or Senate Chamber. We are a republic and members of those chambers are elected with Athenian style democracy: one person, one vote. AOC could help you understand these things since she was elected with our Athenian style democracy, which you do not seem to understand. But then you have not been elected to congress.

      • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

        It’s the tyranny of the minority that’s the alternative. Every year California voters would swing the election, but they don’t. Their votes are worthless. California would be the 7th largest economy in the world if independent and they don’t count as much as a handful of red states. THAT is a disgrace.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

          Yes, Cali is lost, a victim of Hispanic invasion. Cut it lose and watch what they do – the they being both White Liberals and the Invaders themselves.

          They will try to escape the Hell they have created and drag down more of White America.

        • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

          California is in freefall. It’s an unfolding disaster and will be a wasteland without Whites.

          • seawolf77 November 28, 2018 at 9:55 am #

            Wasteland without whites. Wasteland without whites. Wasteland without whites. Wasteland without whites. The next Trump inane platitude to be shouted at his Nuremburg style rallies by brain dead zombies. Zeig Heil!

          • SoftStarLight November 28, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

            And your half White side secretly loves it ;-).

  62. janet November 27, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    Trump. Russia. Collusion. Gun. Smoking. Manafort. Wikileaks. Emails. Hillary. Hacked. Trump. Russia. Collusion. Gun. Smoking. Manafort. Wikileaks. Emails. Hillary. Hacked.

    Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy
    Exclusive: Trump ally met WikiLeaks founder months before emails hacked by Russia were published

    theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/27/manafort-held-secret-talks-with-assange-in-ecuadorian-embassy

    • FincaInTheMountains November 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

      before emails hacked by Russia were published

      Allegedly hacked by Russia.

      It still has not been proven and actual DNC server was NOT inspected by the FBI.

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

        Mueller has documentay proof of Russia hacking by GRU and has provided their names, ranks, and addresses. That is why it is no longer alleged.

        • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

          Sorry, janet, you demand voter fraud CONVICTIONS so I demand Russia hacking CONVICTIONS.

          Meanwhile, no evidence that Trump colluded with Russians…

          -S

          • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

            There is now hard evidence that connects Manafort, Assange and the Russians. Assange released the stolen emails that he received from the Russians, and Trump knew about it because the idiot said so at one of his rallies. The dots are connecting themselves now. The Ecuadorians have logs proving Manafort and Assange met there. Manafort keeps lying, and they keep catching him. What an idiot. Won’t it be wonderful irony that emails bring down this presidency?

          • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

            Seawolf, may the ghost of Seth Rich come to you tonight and tell you who gave Assange the e-mails. He did, not the Russians.

            And doesn’t it bother you that some pedophile like Podesta had him murdered. Let there be justice!

          • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

            No hmuller, there will be no expression of concern over that….

          • seawolf77 November 28, 2018 at 9:52 am #

            You’re accusing Podesta of being a pedophile, while 13 year old Ivanka sits on Daddy Trump’s lap. That is ripe.

          • hmuller November 28, 2018 at 10:12 am #

            Is changing the subject is the best you can do, seamongrel?

          • seawolf77 November 28, 2018 at 10:28 am #

            It’s the best I can do for you mullet face.

          • SoftStarLight November 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

            I hate when people insinuate a dirty relationship between a Father and Daughter. It seems to be a below the belt blow but something people do often. Especially when a Father loves his daughter and she is a Daddy’s girl. I don’t like that seawolf!!!!!!!!

          • seawolf77 November 29, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

            I call a spade a spade. He brags about sexually assaulting women on the Access Hollywood tape. He brags about walking in on Miss America in various states of undress. He tells Oprah if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter he’d be dating her. The man’s a pig. If you want to go to his rallies, vote for him, say he’s a genius then OINK OINK. I just call a spade a spade.

          • SoftStarLight November 29, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

            And what are you and why are you so great and all high and mighty? You seem to be rude often times.

  63. This morning, the newspaper of record, the Grey Lady, the paper that prints “All the news that’s fit to print”, yes, the print edition – the erstwhile New York Times (est. 1851), produced volume CLXVIII, number 58,159, of the following Important and Timely articles and features, presented, with color photography, pictures from the planet Mars, joyful faces lifted hopefully skyward in Times Square, in the control room of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Below the fold, a picture of an elderly woman in France cradling an in-home miniature Android, who is stealing an immigrant’s job, nevertheless, providing a level of companionship commensurate with the current moment’s position on the exponential curve of Moore’s Law in terms of artificial intelligence, and simulacrum of human emotional response.

    Mexico’s president is mum on the migrant issue, seems like a smart guy, waiting for the right pitch and not swinging door the fences. FEMA for bilked for millions from the Puerto Rican hurricane rebuild- that nation of the most genetically diverse Americans- Manafort is being pummeled like Mike Tyson’s speedbag by the special prosecutor, Tear gas has induced heavy weeping among numerous Hollywood millionaire empaths, a Chinese doctor claims- claims- to have edited some embryos before turkey basting the birth mother, a procedure popular among woman of advanced years desiring to double their fun with twins- frankly an un-credible claim that will elicit shrugs in Shanghai and fervent prayer meetings in the Oral Roberts University office of Emergency Theology- Russia continues to terrorize Ukraine and is moving to destabilize the country further and cause another pointless white-on-white slaughter reviving the old and decrepit tradition of Russians acting like the drunken peasants and criminal oligarchies they evolved from- and finally, GM throws in the towel on numerous factories and now families will have to tighten the belts, load up the covered wagon for a long and uncertain journey across the great plains, facing hostile Indian tribes, forbidding terrain, and raging torrential river crossings, not to mention the spectre of cholera.

    • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

      More shameless mutterings from our very own corporate shill.

  64. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter November 27, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    Trust me, this is on topic:

    youtube.com/watch?v=rJF0_4CtZf8&index=9&list=RDJ0ogqBcK9ow

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    PS, it is a really kewl new cover of a 1950’s song. Hetty and the Jazzato band do an even better cover:

    youtube.com/watch?v=J0ogqBcK9ow&list=RDJ0ogqBcK9ow&index=1

    sooo good, it inspired me to buy a clarinet the other day!

  65. Helen Highwater November 27, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Where did the Ukrainian navy come from? Well at least part of it came from the “Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles program”. Which means paid for by the American taxpayers and then given at a bargain basement price (or free) to Ukraine.

    A CNN article dated September 25, 2018 states:

    The US Coast Guard plans to transfer two former 110-foot Coast Guard ships to Ukraine during a ceremony on Thursday in Baltimore.

    Coast Guard Vice Adm. Michael McAllister and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko are expected to attend the transfer ceremony.

    The transfer of the two armed Coast Guard cutters come as tensions between Ukraine and Russia in the Sea of Azov have increased in recent weeks, with Kiev and the US accusing Moscow of interfering with Ukrainian shipping in the region.

    “The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement late last month.
    “Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports,” she added.

    A US defense official told CNN that the cutters Drummond and Cushin were purchased by Ukraine from the Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles program.

    The Island-class cutters are typically armed with a 25 mm machine gun mount and four .50-caliber machine guns.

    • janet November 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

      More Pentagon waste and abuse of taxpayers.

      Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

      This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

      • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

        On the other hand, a handful are getting tremendously rich, so there’s always that to fall back on.

    • volodya November 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Those cutters were armed with pea-shooters so aside from a shot across the bow of an offending boat, they’re pretty much good for nothing.

      No matter, the United States needs to abandon the conceit that it has got the power and money and knowledge to move the needle in foreign countries. Given the repeated military and foreign policy calamities of the post-WW2 period, it more than amply demonstrated the incompetence of its foreign policy and military establishments.

      And, if the Deep State is hell-bent on disciplining Russia for its alleged “meddling” in US affairs, the US would do well to stop doing the same in foreign countries, especially in former provinces bordering age-old empires half a world away.

      Americans think of themselves as the exceptional and indispensable nation. But let’s put the US itself in some historical context, its vaunted and revered Constitution is man-made, it’s not the product of divine revelation. And the US didn’t spring fully-formed from George Washington’s forehead, it’s a former province of one of those empires.

      The US has got enough shit to deal with at home, both historic and current, to busy itself in the affairs of far away, foreign peoples.

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

        “And the US didn’t spring fully-formed from George Washington’s forehead” — volodya

        No, it is a product of hive mind … perfection of a more perfect union over 230 years. E PLURIBUS UNUM

        • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

          Should we all stand and salute now?

    • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

      Where did the Ukrainian navy come from? Well at least part of it came from the “Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles program”. Which means paid for by the American taxpayers and then given at a bargain basement price (or free) to Ukraine.

      LOL! No surprise there. What will those boys at DoD and State think of next?

  66. janet November 27, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    TRUMP’S BENGHAZI

    The deaths of three US service members Tuesday near the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan is due to Trump not withdrawing our troops.

    During his campaign the America First president criticized American involvement in the middle east. But as commander in chief he has not withdrawn the troops. Their blood is on Trump’s tiny hands.

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

      LOL. janet throws darts randomly in frustration hoping one will hit something.

      The 2012 Benghazi scandal was about troops not getting the support they needed and asked for, and the subsequent coverup by Obama/Hillary.

      Dems continue to deny our troops the support they need to be successful.

      Trump, on the other hand, signed a $717 billion defense bill which included a pay raise for troops. Dems wanted to spend that money on trannies…

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

        “Dems continue to deny our troops the support they need to be successful.” —exscotticus

        Dems are not in control until next month. If the troops don’t have the support they need, the fault is Trump’s and the deaths of the three service members is due to Trump not keeping his promises.

        • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

          Actually the fault is with Dems and RINOs (same thing).

          • Helen Highwater November 27, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

            I’d say it’s the fault of the administration that was all gung-ho to invade Afghanistan in 2001, supposedly to get rid of the Taliban and find Osama bin Laden. We’ve all seen how well that worked out. The Taliban is stronger than ever and bin Laden wasn’t even in Afghanistan.

  67. janet November 27, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    “I demand Russia hacking CONVICTIONS.” —exscotticus

    They are coming. Be patient. Mueller’s investigation is just getting started. Trump delayed 12 months before answering questions. Mueller needs 12 to 18 months more. Mueller’s devastating report will include COVICTIONS AND PRISON SENTENCES LIKE MANAFORT , Trump’s campaign chairperson.

    • JohnAZ November 27, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      Gee, we agree. I believe that Trump’s primary problem has been relying on the Deep State for his position filling and decision making. He has created an internal set of enemies that have compromised his ability to do much of anything. The corrupt elite that he picked or were picked for him may be going to pay the price for their manipulations. In the meantime, he is trying to remove the baggage now.

      The Deep State needs to be cleaned out. Your desire for democratic representation is being vanquished by the corrupt nature of the executive bureaucracy as the vast majority of decisions being made are outside the two law making branches and ARE being made by the Judicial branch and the lobbyists and bureaucrats. The people are being left out of the equation.

      This is the primary reason Trump was elected. Populism is an attempt of the population to retake control of a corrupted government. He has not been very successful, unfortunately. DC is eating his lunch. Just like Carter.

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      >>> Mueller’s investigation is just getting started.

      Actually it’s been two years and $20 million later.

      Manafort was not convicted of Russia/election collusion.

  68. JohnAZ November 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    Civics 101

    The House is a democratically elected institution, they fund the government, all spending bills must originate in the House, they are elected every two years so they are responsive to their constituents, they are elected from roughly equivalent population centers, they represent power from the big population states. They are the center of one of the greatest threats to our republic, that is when the people find they control the purse strings. That fact, historically, has destroyed every democracy created. So the Founding Fathers said that control must be put on free spending democracy and they came up with two remedies

    The Senate is much more conservative than the House. Six year terms and older candidates make it more concerned with protecting property rights of the republic. Each state gets two Senators, decreasing the domination of a few highly populate states over the spectrum of all the states. Issues in Iowa or Montana are not the same as California or New York. The coasts cannot steal all the revenue for themselves from the smaller states. That is what power is in DC, control of the purse.

    One reason why The Articles of Confederation failed is because of the emphasis on population in control of the Federal government. The implementation of the Constitution basically changed two things, implementaion of the bicameral legislature to balance state vs. population control, and implementation of the presidency with the legislative controls over it.

    The country went through one episode where this concept failed. Sparsely populated, agricultural southern states were dominated by the heavily populated northern states and the republic splintered in the Civil War.

    The presidency is a blend. It has both aspects set by the electoral College. The representation of each state is set by the number of Senators plus the number of representatives. So both equal state representation effects (Senators) and population representation (congressmen) is involved in the Electoral College. As the executive branch is responsible for carrying out actions and laws created by the legislature, control over the big populous states was deemed necessary by the FF.

    If the equalization character of the Senate and the Electoral College had not been a compromise, the Constitution would never been signed. The US would definitely not have lasted 200+years. Iowans and Montanans would be paying taxes to support homeless overload in California and Hawaii.

    Judicial review is not even in the Constitution, being created by early Supreme Courts. Lady Justice holds equally balanced scales and the distortion of the balance of power of the three branches of the government has been heavily skewed by the politicking of the Federal judiciary. I do not think that the FF even wanted the SC to be involved with political wrangling, but it is what has developed.

    The balance of power between the three branches of government and between the big states and the small states has kept the highly political Federal government relatively stable over our history, As long as compromise is on the agenda, things work. When compromise fails, and I mean the object of the DC game being compromise, Civil war happens. That is why today’s lack of compromise is so dangerous.

    And Janet, your type is what is ripping the country apart. But that is what the Progressives want anyway, dissolution of the US as they work for their globalist masters.

    • janet November 27, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      JohnAZ, thank you for the civics101 lesson. That is all I am allowed to say by my globalist masters. ?

  69. volodya November 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    WalterB

    When we were young fellers, we didn’t have the convenience of cell-hones so if a problem came up we had to deal with it. Melt-downs and panic attacks didn’t solve anything, in fact, both earned the scorn of your peers so you just had to put on the man-pants and get on with things.

    The beards running ISIS in the middle-east didn’t go away. They’ll re-form and re-group and call themselves something else. Sooner or later somebody will have to sit across from them. I’d rather it be sooner than later because what makes me shudder is the thought of some Harvard and Princeton dainties getting assigned the task.

    No “safe spaces” over yonder, no “trigger warnings”, no concern for modern-day LGBTQ sensibilities. I’d much rather a local do the job, somebody who knows the geographic and societal terrain, maybe a hard-faced Turk with his retinue of cut-throats.

    And never mind the beards. There’s China. In case our gender-obsessed moderns missed it, China is not our friend. By their actions they’ve shown they mean to supplant the US and the West. People may not like US hegemony but I think they’ll like the Chinese version even less. So, sooner or later, for better or worse, China has to be dealt with.

    Apologies to SoftStarLight and other millennials that don’t see themselves as the fragile snowflake type but what is coming out of campuses gives me no comfort.

    • JohnAZ November 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      V

      Throughout history, dominant and yes, masculine societies have ALWAYS dominated and conquered softer, more liberal societies. Look at our southern border, look at Europe’s decline with their invasion of ME, Africans, we are witnessing history repeating itself once again.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 27, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      Dealt with? How?

      Cheap labor is very, very expensive it seems. Nixon “opened China” – what utter folly. The Dragon should have been left alone. Now it is awake, hissing, belching fire, and stretching its wings.

      • malthuss November 27, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

        How did RN ‘open’ China? He visited. It was Clinton who opened
        China.

        And Javits-celler.

      • malthuss November 27, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

        Did you see Kerseys latest?

        Woman and child killed.

        She had posted ‘stop killing blacks.’

      • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

        You’re ready for GOT again, aren’t you?

    • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

      I may be snow White ;-), but am no flake. No apologies necessary!

  70. FincaInTheMountains November 27, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    One More Time About The Norman Ultimatum

    What is happening in Ukraine is so terrible that I do not want to write about it. Russia is being lured to Ukraine, just as the USSR was lured to Afghanistan.

    But if it is lured because of the Pochayiv Lavra, it will be much worse than if Russia is forced to go into Ukraine because of the boats attacking the bridge.

    And the Russian media are blinking with big blue eyes asking the same provocative question: “Why did they recognize Poroshenko?”

    And in this regard, let me repost the page, written three and a half years ago, especially drawing your attention to the fact that the question of the Pochayiv Lavra highlights the fact that the first shelling of Slavyansk with heavy artillery took place on the Palm Sunday.

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-spectacle-so-far/#comment-245104

    Pregnant woman in a white suburban neighborhood for a month wakes her husband at night screaming, and then complains that she had a dream in which she gave birth to a little Negro with two heads. The poor husband is exhausted to the limit, and now comes the time of birth, the husband running from corner to corner in the hospital, and the nurse finally comes out with a strange expression on her face and says:

    – Congratulations you have a son!
    – Negro?
    – Negro!
    – With two heads?
    – No one.
    – Oh…. Thank God!
    ………………

    I once again want to draw your attention that a conspiracy theory is usually not a result of imagination gone wild, but a carefully planned ideological influence ala above mentioned anecdote.

    The Norman Ultimatum is a threat of war in the event that Putin would invade Ukraine, which was allegedly brought to him by the collective West in Normandy, where he arrived for the celebration of D-Day.

    Without realizing this fact, the reliability of which in my opinion is difficult to doubt looking at very costly military exercises of Russian troops in preparation for a nuclear war that Putin holds one after another after his return from Normandy, people find themselves in opposition to the reality and begin to be afraid of nuclear war only now, when news feeds are full with warnings about the nuclear threat precisely because its acute phase is safely behind us.

    Instead of the Norman ultimatum we are invited to believe that Putin refuses to take Kharkov and Odessa because he’s gone mad, or was co-opted by CIA and MI-6.

    Let me remind you that on the eve of Norman Ultimatum, Putin clearly promised to Kiev to break their legs in case if they begin to bombard the cities of Donbass in apparent genocide. Moreover, he even received the approval of the Federation Council for the use of the Russian military outside of Russia, which he asked to withdraw after a trip to Normandy. Then he began ostentatiously prepare for a nuclear war.

    And just recently, the West realized that this war it will not win at least, but may be even lose if it wants to live. It retreated, especially since it had an enemy that poses a threat much greater than Russia that despite the existence of its nuclear weapons, threatens the West with nothing but its oil and gas.

    But cries about the danger of a nuclear conflict in the Western media indicate the start of propaganda campaign to sell to electorate this retreat.

    And in this regard, I always think of the nuclear submarine “Kursk” and how Putin was accused that he refused to interrupt his vacation because of the fact that “it drowned.” And today, I think that we know perfectly well that Putin was informed about the attack by USS “Memphis” on the Russian nuclear submarine on the orders of President Clinton in response to Yeltsin reminder of Russian nuclear triad, and the question of how this report corresponds to reality, is again a question of the Negro child with two heads.

    And in fact, Putin sat in Sochi deep underground at the command post with his finger on the red button, listening to all these accusations and thought about how and when he is going to push it, and what it would mean that the time has come. And what is happening now, he thought through then, and only now, perhaps, he mentally stepped aside from the button and took a deep breath.

  71. janet November 27, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    Art Bell Jerome Corsi refuse plea deal on Russia Trump collusion and will be nailed by Manafort.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 27, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

      You are invited to a public hanging of Paul Manafort, aren’t you?

      Would you moan WOW when his neck snaps?

      • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

        Lil’ J-Bot’s got a definite sadistic streak in her. Probably should have paid more attention to her when she was torturing those small animals during her formative years.

        • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

          Many personalities inhabiting the same body. At least that’s my theory.

  72. seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    Geraldo Rivera
    His voice rising and filled with emotion, he said the migrants were economic refugees, not invaders, and urged people to stop using “military analogies” when talking about them.

    He added:

    “These are desperate people. They walked 2,000 miles. Why? Because they want to rape your daughter or steal your lunch? No! Because they want a job. They want to fill the millions of unfilled jobs we have in the agricultural sector. They want to wash dishes in the restaurants. They want to deliver the pizzas. For goodness sake, we suspend our humanity when it comes to this issue, and I fear that it is because they look different than the mainstream.”

    You go girl!

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      >>> Because they want to rape your daughter or steal your lunch? No! Because they want a job.

      Tell that to the parents of this woman who was raped by an illegal alien.

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

        More women are raped by citizens than by immigrants, but you do not call for their deportation. You cite one single rape and condemn all immigrants who are crossing the southern border today.

      • malthuss November 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

        womEn.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 27, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

      Geraldo Rivera…

      The guy never impressed me of being the brightest dude around the block.

    • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

      Yes, he is a drama queen like Mr. Acosta :-).

  73. janet November 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

    GM closing plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland after Trump promised economic recovery. Instead the economy is collapsing. The market for 2018 has shown zero gain, wages not increasing, people losing health care, Obamacare mandate gone which means some health insurers will be able to deny coverage of preexisting conditions, children taken from parentsand put in cages, on the brink of nuclear war, played by North Korea, and all manner of mean and nasty things hath done Trump.

    • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      OK now, come clean Lil’ J-Bot. You’ve got a raging, sublimated adolescent crush on The Donald, don’t you? Be truthful now! Is it the money, the good looks, or the savior faire that does it for you most?

      • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

        It’s the savior faire that gets me hard. Never saw anyone capable of stuffing that many feet into his mouth. It’s like one giant centipede caravan.

        • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

          The man does have his charms.

      • malthuss November 28, 2018 at 10:42 am #

        the economy is collapsing. –Thus spoke Lady Janet.

  74. Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    Given the recent devastating fires in Cali, I don’t think Cali liberals should be encouraging fire-starting illegal aliens to cross over.

    Too bad some got in by using children as human shields.

    “The way these people rushed the border was absolutely monstrous. They pushed women and children up front, and then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks … bottles at our Border Patrol agents”

    • janet November 27, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      “Agents reportedly spotted the man’s footprints near the border and tracked him down for roughly a mile before finding him near a tree.

      At that point, Suazo-Gomez allegedly “climbed up into the tree, set it on fire and began to throw rocks at agents on the ground” and at a CBP helicopter that was nearby. The man eventually came down from the tree and was arrested, officials said.” — Fox News

      Reportedly. Allegedly. This Fox News is Fake News. Imagine setting on fire the very tree you climbed up. Did. Not. Happen. Fake news to create caravan hysteria. Seems to be working on exscotticus!

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

        Man climbs tree. Sets tree on fire. From inside the burning tree he throws rocks at helicopter. Imagine how much force you can muster throwing rocks up through burning tree limbs at a helicopter high above while perched on a tree branch. I wonder where he got the rocks… do rocks grow on trees. Or did he climb into the tree carrying buckets of rocks? What did he do with the rocks while he was setting the tree on fire? What did the helicopter down draft do to the burning tree? How can you throw rocks at a helicopter hovering high above? How do you survive being in a burning tree? Only extremely gullible ideologues believe Fox News.

        Sorry, exscotticus. This Faux News story does not pass the smell test.

    • seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      If they were forced to be shields by the alleged bottle throwing men, shouldn’t we have come to the helpless women and children’s aid? What sense does it make to start a fire in the country you are fleeing to? You need the light to read?

      • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

        Why don’t those men treat their own women and children better? That is the question you should ask.

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

      >>> Reportedly. Allegedly. This Fox News is Fake News. Imagine setting on fire the very tree you climbed up. Did. Not. Happen. Fake news to create caravan hysteria. Seems to be working on exscotticus!

      Nothing to do with Fox News. Right off the USA government website. You’re batting zero as usual, janet.

      I suppose now you’re going to argue that the CBP is also lying?

      This was a fire-starting rock-throwing Honduran that admitted he traveled with the caravan. He had been arrested and deported many times prior. Just like Trump and Homeland Security said: there are criminals traveling with the caravan and using the caravan as cover to gain entry.

      And when illegal alien criminals gain entry, women get raped.

      • janet November 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

        Rape is a crime regardless, even when a white native-born citizen rapes. It is the province of Law enforcement for both citizen and immigrant. To reduce incidence of rape: Open the borders, legalize all the immigrants, and let people work and have health insurance and mental health counselng.

  75. janet November 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

    CIRCLE OF LIFE

    Candidate Trump: I will surround myself with the best people.

    President-elect Trump chooses his idea of the best people.

    President Trump: I know nothing about Russia-Trump collusion.

    Muller indicts Russians.

    President Trump: Russia-Trump collusion is a hoax, a witch hunt.

    Guardian publishes Manafort Assange Wikileaks collusion.

    President Trump: I was not part of the collusion.

    Manafort (Trump campaign chair) caught lying to Mueller.

    President Trump: The people in collusion were bad people.

    ++++++++++++++

    Yes, Trump has gone from:

    1. I know nothing about collusion to

    2. I was not part of the collusion to

    3. The guys I hired for the collusion were bad people.

    • janet November 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

      Some of the “best people” Trump hired only lasted a few days. Trump does not know people or how to hire the best people.

      cnn.com/interactive/2017/08/politics/trump-admin-departures-trnd/

    • Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

      Once again you fail to show that Trump or his former associates had anything to do with Russia/election collusion. You hope and wish and dream it was true, and you keep saying it like a mantra or magic charm, but there’s more evidence that Hillary, the FBI, the DoJ, and even Facebook colluded.

  76. seawolf77 November 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    Somebody asked for references for the claim that automation was responsible for 85% of job losses rather than the Trump meme of CHINA.
    For Reyes, 50, a lifelong Flint-area resident who has worked at GM for 30 years, there’s no question that automation played an outsize role in changing the city permanently. He has watched tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs leave. He has also watched with dismay the appearance of “Make America great again” hats on the heads of his colleagues, stunned that they would buy Trump’s promise to bring back manufacturing jobs, which Reyes says are gone forever. While heavy industry still has a presence in the city, much of the work in factories like GM’s Flint Assembly Pant, where he is an electrician, is done by robots.

    A 2015 Ball State University study supports Reyes’ view. Led by economics professor Mike Hicks, researchers found that U.S. manufacturing is, in fact, enjoying healthy growth. The problem? It isn’t benefiting human workers. Hicks and his co-authors found that productivity increases, largely driven by automation and technology, were responsible for almost 88 percent of manufacturing job losses in recent years. Machines allow factories to produce more with fewer people.

    • Ol' Scratch November 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

      Sadly, probably true. But it has and will continue to be off-shoring to find the cheapest labor where automation isn’t feasible. What can a poor boy say? True capitalists of any political stripe simply take no prisoners! Now on with ye leg irons, ye scalawags!

    • SoftStarLight November 27, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

      Yeah and Ivanka has spoken out against automation and bots but she is just a feckless c*nt anyway right? Why do you care anyway, you said you are glad thousands of people are losing their jobs.

  77. Exscotticus November 27, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    >>> More women are raped by citizens than by immigrants

    Really? That’s the best you can come up with? That illegal aliens don’t rape as many as others? Is that suppose to excuse you and other liberals for doing everything you can to encourage more of the same? You are incredibly callous to the rape victims of these animals.

    >>> You cite one single rape

    Oh that rape wasn’t good enough for you?! Here’s another one.

    And another one.

    And another one.

    And another one.

    That last one proves Trump’s point. I will quote it here…

    A woman turned her juvenile daughter over to a sexual predator to sneak them both into the U.S. in exchange for getting the mother a job, Homeland Security officials said Tuesday, detailing one of the horrific abuses that migrants are able to make of the immigration system.

    The man, Ramon Pedro, showed up at a land border crossing in Texas in April, said he was traveling with his daughter, and demanded entry into the U.S., the government says. They were processed and released under the expectation they would return for their immigration proceedings.

    But late last month, the man and girl were admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California, for tuberculosis screening — and the doctors discovered the girl had been sexually assaulted.
    The hospital then figured out the girl wasn’t related to Mr. Pedro at all.

    “In fact, the victim’s mother told her daughter to accompany Pedro to the United States and he would secure her employment,” a Homeland Security official said.

    Like Trump said, a lot of these migrants grab unrelated children to give themselves an advantage. And in many cases it’s the children who suffer.

    • janet November 27, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      Open the border and coyote rapists are out of work. Provide asylum and people can build their lives here free of gang violence. Trump has created this problem by stopping the legally established asylum process all previous presidents respected.

      • hmuller November 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

        The Mexican and Central American gangs are here and continue to come. How would a more open border keep them out? You say so many things which are utter nonsense, Janet. But you love how it sounds.