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A most curious feature in the current low state of American politics is the delusional thinking at both ends of the political spectrum. Both factions have gone off the rails mentally, and the parties they represent race toward oblivion like Thelma and Louise in their beater car. More ominously, there are no new factions with a grip on reality even beginning to form anywhere in the background — as in the 1850s when the Whigs foundered and the party of Lincoln segued into power.

To see the Democrats go on about “Russian collusion” you would think we were watching a rerun of the John Birch Society in its heyday. Americans who have done business in Russia as private citizens are being persecuted as though they were trading with the enemy in wartime. Newsflash: we are not at war with Russia, which, by the way, is no longer the Soviet Union. It is one of many European countries that Americans are entitled to do business in — even in the case of General Mike Flynn accepting a $20,000 speaking fee from the RT news company. Has anyone noticed that Ben Bernanke routinely  takes $200,000-plus speaking fees in many foreign countries whose interests are not identical to ours and no one is persecuting him.

Likewise, the insane idea that it is malfeasant for high public officials to speak to Russian officials, or for the president to share sensitive strategic information with them, especially about genuine mutual enemies such as the various Islamic jihad armies. Since when is that beyond the pale? Well, since January of this year when the Democrat Party ordained that members of the Trump transition team were forbidden to speak to Russian diplomats at the highest level. Do you suppose that, in the hothouse of Washington, incoming foreign policy officers of Obama’s government had no conversations with foreign diplomats between the election of 2008 and Obama’s inauguration? The idea is laughable.

Even more disturbing to me personally, as someone who registered as a Democrat back in 1972, are the disgraceful and dangerous ideas emanating from the university world, which is universally dominated by the Left. For example, the recent movement on several campuses to re-segregate student housing by race — in the name of “diversity and inclusion.” This is a species of doublethink that would make George Orwell gasp, and I have yet to hear of a college president or dean who dares to object. The sanctioning of this deranged hypocrisy is shaping a generation that could easily turn into political monsters when they eventually come into power — and that coming-to-power may coincide with much more desperate economic conditions on the road ahead.

Not long ago, the Dem-Progs’ mouthpiece The New York Times ran a front-page story (a video, actually, on their Web edition) titled A Gender Fluid Mother’s Day, featuring a man pretending to be a woman reading to children. Notice that The Times’ official link actually says “mothers-day-gender-drag-queen-story-hour.” I didn’t make this up. It’s part of the newspaper’s long campaign to erase the boundary between the sordid and the normative, and to ram it down the public’s throat as good medicine. Doesn’t the newspaper of record have better things to devote its front page to? Are there not other issues of public life more urgent than valorizing drag queens? And to what end are they campaigning for this? A utopian extinction of sexual categories?

The party of the right, the Republicans, have made themselves hostages to the marginal personality of Donald Trump, who prevailed over a cast of Republican empty suits in the pathetic and appalling primary contests of last spring. The Republican party has not demonstrated that it has the dimmest idea what is going on “out there” in the very flyover districts its minions and flunkies pretend to represent, or that they believe in anything not cynically calculated to bamboozle the economically immiserated classes left behind by their deliberate asset-stripping approach to the public interest. Since the very get-go of Trumptopia, it appears that the Golden Golem of Greatness will finally sink the Republican Party — or perhaps just drown it in Grover Norquist’s famous bathtub.

My own guess is that in last-ditch desperation, the Republicans will not just abandon the president but actively join his adversaries on the other side to drive him out of the White House. And then, rightly, wrongly, or foolishly, you will see the immiserated former working class actually take up arms against the government for toppling their hero, and that will be the end of the fake faux-financialized economy that ought to be the real news you’re not reading about in The New York Times.


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  1. venuspluto67 May 26, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    Since we’re talking about the politically correct prog-left going off the deep end, this would probably be as good a place as any to regale CF readers with Rachel Bloom singing about how her vagina has a voice on Billy Nye’s strange and confusing new show on Netflix.

    • DA May 27, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

      I guess in her defense I’d have to say that if my “appendage” started talking I’d be out there marketing it too. It’s already been doing my thinking off and on for quite some time now anyway, with no apparent benefits to either one of us.

    • Elrond Hubbard May 28, 2017 at 7:39 am #

      Rachel Bloom is a treasure. Thanks for the link.

  2. Pucker May 26, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    Play some golf, have a couple of highballs, and then overthrow a foreign government.

    “Eisenhower assumed the presidency without any of the anti-Mossadegh fervor that gripped the Dulles brothers. According to one of his biographers, Jean Edward Smith, he “initially took little interest” in the idea of fomenting revolution in Iran, but Foster pressed it, and “over drinks in the evening Ike was brought around to accept a coup, providing America’s hand would not be visible.”

    The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
    by Stephen Kinzer

    • DA May 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      The Dulles brothers were effectively the unelected acting Presidents for foreign policy throughout the Eisenhower years. Quite the irony that he warned us of the incipient dangers of the MICC on his way out, after he was the one that gave them the keys in the first place.

      • seawolf77 May 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

        Sullivan and Cromwell, the law firm they worked for, is the law firm depicted in “The Devil’s Advocate.” Allen Dulles is Milton.

      • rockin robin May 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

        The swamp swallowed a good man. Ans we’ve been controlled by the ever since.

  3. Rodster May 26, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    “My own guess is that in last-ditch desperation, the Republicans will not just abandon the president but actively join his adversaries on the other side to drive him out of the White House. And then, rightly, wrongly, or foolishly, you will see the immiserated former working class actually take up arms against the government for toppling their hero, and that will be the end of the fake faux-financialized economy that ought to be the real news you’re not reading about in The New York Times.”

    What do you suppose those several billion rounds of hollow point bullets are good for? And why do you think Police Departments around the country are becoming militarized?

    Don’t worry Jim because the Gov’t is waiting for the deplorables to rise up.

    • Ishabaka May 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

      The govt. did purchase several billions of rounds of hollowpoint ammunition (for such bellicose agencies as the National Parks Rangers) – which are illegal to use in war, as they are banned by the Geneva Convention, but are legal for use by civilian law enforcement – but these rounds are no good without trigger men and women. A high percentage of American enlisted military and law enforcement are from deplorables backgrounds, something the political elite might want to consider when contemplating armed insurrection.

      • SpeedyBB May 27, 2017 at 7:36 am #

        I wish it were true, Ishabaka. I grew up in a SAC family, and have since observed the military to have degenerated into ‘just another job’ all the way up the chain of command.

        The fragging of Custer-minded officers in Vietnam, willing to sacrifice grunts for their personal glory. was to me a very meaningful development and the kind of caution you are referring to. Consider that in every ‘police action’ and war since that time there has been no such rebellion against reckless authority (or illegal wars). Everybody wants to keep their perks and keep their job – exactly the way Deep State would have it.

        For the Pentagon to even begin to consider a military takeover the Republic would have to be crumbling – and in such a case they’d likely be ignored. Even the militarized police have families, relatives and neighbors. It will be every man for himself (and 150-human survival unit).

      • Ron Anselmo May 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

        When a man goes hunting wolves, and takes his dog along to enjoy the sport, he mustn’t forget to realize that the wolf and dog have a more distant and far deeper connection that he may have forgotten.

        Loosely paraphrased from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig

        Go dogs & wolves.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

          Pseudo profundity. In fact, dogs and wolves hate each other. And a good fighting dog will stand with you against them.

          More troubling yet though is your anti-human stance. You’re not alone: most horror movies made now are rooting for the monster. Thus your kind support the minorities and Muslims over your own people.

          • Ron Anselmo May 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

            @JS

            Don’t be troubled, you know nothing of my kind, once above the intellectual timberline, in the high country of the mind, you’ll bah and bah and bah, until comes the shepherd…or the wolf…

          • DA May 27, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

            Where ya been Janos? The place has been dull and boring without you!

          • elysianfield May 28, 2017 at 10:56 am #

            Ron,
            You are, perhaps a viable sparring partner for Janos? We prepare to be entertained….

  4. Petro May 26, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    I couldn’t help but think of JHK’s commentary re. campus racial politics when I heard, a couple weeks ago, about Harvard’s sanctioned separate black commencement pushed for by the students. I was appalled, and nothing the proponents said on the radio program I listened to were able to convince me this was okay. Apparently there are also commencements specifically for Latino students, GBLTs, etc. and they occur at a few other universities, as well.

    WTF?? Is this not “separate but equal?” I think MLK Jr., A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, et al. must be spinning in their graves.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

      This is news? Blacks advocated for separate everything ever since they were allowed on Campus en masse (with the lowering of the standards).

      Face it: White Liberals have always been complete suckers, utterly misreading what these people want. They want to overthrow us as they did in South Africa. But they don’t have the numbers. So they’ll make us miserable as possible instead.

    • pequiste May 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

      Wow, what will those uber-smarties up at Hahvahd think up next?

      Ooo-ooo I know, I know!

      How about separate campus buses, drinking fountains, dining halls and toilets for the different races of the hallowed ground located in Cambridge, Mass.

      Should they ( the great and mighty ivyest of the Ivy League, main-bang of the Eastern Establishment, and neural-nexus of much of what is causing the decline of Western Civilization) be able to achieve those objectives; that is what I would call real progress.

  5. Pucker May 26, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Kim Jong Un may have The Anthony Weiner Laptop?

    • hmuller May 26, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      Kim Jong Un and Anthony Weiner. Now there’s a pair who could do a comedy act that would sell out in Vegas.

  6. Paulo May 26, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    Well, as least there will actually be ‘Breaking News’ on CNN. 🙂

    There will be no revolution because of Trump, just a bunch of whiners grumbling outside WalMart. The countryt is too well fed.

    Get used to the slow slow drip of collapse into mediocrity….the new American Exceptionalism.

    • shotho May 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

      Who knows, it may not be so slow. After all, we’ve been in mediocrity for a long time now.

  7. DA May 26, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    We’re evidently in the rerun phase of our cultural TV shit show. Cold War II, Watergate II, Vietnam II, which has now fully morphed into perpetual “wars that are fought in places where we can’t even say the names. Speaking of Jackson Browne, who’s been all over this shit for more than 30 years now at least:

    Casino Nation

    In a weapons producing nation under Jesus
    In the fabled crucible of the free world
    Camera crews search for clues amid the detritus
    And entertainment shapes the land
    The way the hammer shapes the hand

    Gleaming faces in the checkout counter at the Church of Fame
    The lucky winners cheer Casino Nation
    All those not on TV only have themselves to blame
    And don’t quite seem to understand
    The way the hammer shapes the hand

    Out beyond the ethernet the spectrum spreads
    DC to daylight, the cowboy mogul rides
    Never worry where the gold for all this glory’s gonna come from
    Get along dogies, it’s coming out of your hides

    The intentional cultivation of a criminal class
    The future lit by brightly burning bridges
    Justice fully clothed to hide the heart of glass
    That shatters in a thousand Ruby Ridges
    And everywhere the good prepare for perpetual war
    And let their weapons shape the plan
    The way the hammer shapes the hand

    play.google.com/music/preview/T5t5x4vlegaf7xyngmca2boag4a?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_m…

    Same as it ever was…

  8. Yuri Sowryteski May 26, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    JHK: ” you will see the immiserated former working class actually take up arms against the government for toppling their hero”

    Yea, sure, after they remember where they put their balls.

    • JimInFlorida May 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      TPTB knew their long plan of castrating Amerika had succeeded when George W Bush’s FEMA thugs went into the high, dry, and well-off section of New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina 2005) and literally invaded homes, forcibly disarmed the residents, and shot many pets that interrupted their legal robbery.

      Still TPTB wanted to make sure. When the mortgage bubble popped, We Teh Serfs just let the banksters throw them out of their houses. Even though the entire racket was full of fraud, lies, and robo-signing machines. Did the Sheriffs or the judges tell the banksters to go to hell and work out a new mortgage that the homeowner could handle? Hell NO! They didn’t arrest ONE BANKSTER. Not a goddamned one.

      Star Wars theology, non-violence, and peaceful protest have destroyed us.

      Alexander Solzhenitsyn showed us our future, which is already nigh at hand.

      **********************************************************************************
      “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: ‘What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?

      Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!

      If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

      *************************************************************************************

      “Kill The Billionaires or Billions Will Be Killed. It’s Just That Simple(TM).”
      –JimInFlorida

      • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:11 am #

        HEAR! HEAR!

      • Ron Anselmo May 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

        @JimInFlorida

        Right on. Whenever I get the calls requesting donations to the NRA, I always have the same simple question: “When Blackwater Security (NKA Xe) was illegally confiscating privately owned weapons after Katrina, how come not a peep from the NRA?” I’ve repeatedly asked that Mr. LaPierre get back to me on it, but after 12 years, still no word.

  9. beantownbill. May 26, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Who knows the future? All we can do is guess. I can think of an almost endless list of black flags, limited only by my imagination. A political assassination, a coup anywhere, a massive terrorist attack, natural disasters, etc., then we, as a country veer off in a new, unplanned for direction. The only prudent course of action I can see is to remain flexible, make some plans to survive or thrive, and hope for the best, but expect the worst. Or, become politically active and try to make people see reality (hah!).

    My personal expectation agrees with Paulo’s post above unless said black flag occurs.

    • GhostOfHam May 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      “Who knows the future? All we can do is guess.”

      Hmmm. I’ll take “Global Indian Reservation” for 20, Bill.

  10. amb May 26, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    USA will go the way of the Roman Empire: it died and nobody noticed for a few more centuries. And then eventually the country will be recycled into another entity.

    His “animal mind” is what prevents man from evolving. Doomed to repeat his mistakes forever, unless he achieves a workable understanding of the mind and the spirit (forget the brain and the body).

    • Beryl of Oyl May 26, 2017 at 11:32 am #

      Perhaps that’s the reason behind this push toward the idea that men can convert to women? An overemphasis on brain and body? As opposed to mind and spirit? That Jenner character claimed to always have had a female brain.

      • DA May 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

        I like that thesis. Sort of ties in with the Red Dragon concept of someone trying to morph psychologically into something entirely new by first undertaking the physical transformation.

        • Elrond Hubbard May 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

          Let’s all keep in mind that Red Dragon is a work of fiction, a Grand Guignol thriller, and that Francis Dolarhyde is a product of Thomas Harris’ imagination. The same is true of Jame Gumb, who, let’s all recall, turned out not to be trans; he just pretended to be. I wouldn’t go drawing conclusions about real people based on James Bond or The Very Hungry Caterpillar either.

          Gender dysphoria is a recognized psychiatric condition. Evidence points to a significant biological element in transsexualism: when genetically identical twins were studied, when one twin was trans there was a 33% likelihood that the other twin would be as well, versus only 2.6% of non-identical twins raised in the same family at the same time.

          But being transgender doesn’t necessarily mean being unhappy about it. The American Psychiatric Association states that: “It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition.” Another way of putting it is that a happy, well-adjusted drag queen doesn’t have a problem — unless other people cause problems for her, because they feel the need to police or punish her gender expression. There’s nothing “sordid” about it, contra JHK.

          And yet trans people are one of the most stigmatized groups out there — JHK in today’s blog being one culprit who happens to have a readership. Not surprisingly, trans people are also one of the most targeted groups for hate crimes. Between 2008-2012, LGBT people as a group in the USA endured 66.9 hate crimes per 100,000 population, just about twice the rate endured by African Americans (34.4 per 100k) and far beyond the comparatively minuscule 1.5 incidents per 100,000 that happened to white people. (Yet the new Star Trek TV series is an example of WHITE GENOCIDE if you pay attention to hysterical idiots of the alt-right.)

          • Ishabaka May 26, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

            The APA is so browbeaten by political correctness as to be laughable – for example, they are too afraid to admit what everyone knows – that there a psychopathic children and teenagers.

            Facts are that transgender folks have incidences of addiction, AIDS, and suicide that are off the charts. Taken as a group, they are a very unhappy bunch, and that cannot be explained by unkind treatment alone.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 27, 2017 at 12:26 am #

            It’s not surprising if they’re an unhappy bunch. Having your brain tell you one thing and your body another isn’t likely conducive to happiness, all else being equal. That means they need help, understanding, and above all just to be listened to, not judged.

            I would think trans people have enough to deal with without: the likes of JHK disparaging you for ‘sexual confusion’ (as if it’s your fault for being different); religious parents who think you’re possessed by Satan and kick you out onto the street; cops presuming you’re a prostitute, whether or not you have an actual job; state legislatures criminalizing the way you take a piss; and violent randos raping and beating the shit out of you because you set off their homo alarm.

            If people with, say, hip dysplasia were subject to this kind of nonsense, it would be clear that the problem lies not with them but with the way uninformed people react to them. But sexual identity pushes people’s buttons and, well, let’s be charitable and say it makes it harder for others to think straight. We ought to do better.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

            Check out the site, “Sex Change Regret”, a couple of years after the operation these people become despondent and suicidal. They do demand our compassion but whether we give it or not should depend on their behavior. Giving into the demands of madmen is madness after all.

            Whites are now about 60% of the American population, down from 90+ back in the 60’s. What else would you call it but genocide? The UN is clear about it: creating the condition that facilitate the disappearance of a people is an act of genocide. Tearing down their monuments in one such act obviously. That the UN doesn’t apply its own standards to Whites is symptomatic of just how deep the War against us goes.

          • DA May 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

            Several issues:

            The whole surgical sex change abomination is driven by too much money sloshing through the totally corrupt FIRE sector, fueling cost increase problems for everyone else, regardless of which minimal services they might be using/forced to use. I have no idea what amount (if any) legitimate insurance pays for this sort of thing, but I’m sure it’s being used/abused for at least some of it, and I strongly suspect a whole lot more than that.

            I still wonder how much of this is simply wish fulfillment based upon the recent wide availability of medical techniques to allow it and mass media barrages to promote it. I find it truly remarkable that humanity has made it all these years without resorting to and apologizing for such things, but suddenly now in 2017 we find that we simply can’t live without them.

            I find almost all arguments put forth by the APA as suspect right from the start; and further, any attempt to compare “sexual identification” issues to actual physical issues such as hip dysplasia as simply ludicrous in the extreme, and I don’t grant too much leeway to aging overweight baby boomers with hip issues either.

            In summary, I don’t believe in discriminating against transgender people, but neither do I believe that we should promote and facilitate that kind of thing. Wanna be “trapped” in a body of the wrong sex? My condolences, but as the “good book” says, we all have our crosses to bear. So BEAR it already! I can think of several billion people of a more “normal persuasion” at least who have it MUCH WORSE!

          • Elrond Hubbard May 28, 2017 at 8:15 am #

            DA: No, it is not ludicrous to compare being transgender with having hip dysplasia, because both are part of the spectrum of biological development that all of us undergo. Essentialism and dualism are both bunk. Your mind, spirit, identity, soul, whatever you want to call it, is not distinct from your body — you are your body. The mind is what the brain does, and if your brain develops one way while your genitals develop another way, then that’s simply who you are.

            Like most people, I (and presumably you) enjoy the luxury of being able to take my sexual identity for granted. The bare fact of someone being transgender is no more of a threat to me or anyone else than their having a birthmark. Yet people feel threatened anyway, and take out their irrational fears with ridicule, ostracism, discriminatory laws and outright violence. What’s ludicrous is that this blatant bigotry passes for normal. Don’t try and tell me otherwise.

    • Rodster May 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      When the USSA goes so will the rest of the World. Gail Tverberg from ourfiniteworld.com who JHK has interviewed before makes a great case that the global eCONomy has morphed into “Leonardo’s Stick Toy”, pull one stick and everything collapses. The global banksters as well as governments know this as well.

      The entire global financial/monetary/banking systems are all interconnected. When one goes so does everything else. And if anyone thinks this is all hyperbole then I’ll leave you with the words of Hank Paulson who then told President G.W. Bush during the 2008 financial meltdown: “if we don’t save the Banks, the world economy will come to a halt and we’ll have tanks rolling in US streets under Martial Law”.

      This time it’s different because not only were the problems of 2008 not fixed but are 10-20 times worse.

      • Ishabaka May 26, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

        Eh, I recently watched some YouTube videos featuring some rather attractive young Cambodian farm women fishing – one totes two five gallon buckets and an adze. She uses the adze to damn up both ends of about 12 feet of paddy dike, then bails the water out until she can pick up the fish, eels, frogs, and snails revealed, and toss them in the other bucket. Meanwhile her sons are out hunting paddy rats with home-made spears. Back home, it all goes into the pot, along with rice and some greens. I suspect all the world’s bankers could be sent to Uranus, and their lifestyle wouldn’t change a whit. Well, maybe they wouldn’t have to worry about the cops kidnapping the women to force them to work in Nike garment factories.

  11. Beryl of Oyl May 26, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    “the Republicans will not just abandon the president but actively join his adversaries on the other side to drive him out of the White House.”
    What do you mean “will”? They’ve been doing that all along.
    Donald Trump is the only candidate I’ve ever heard bring up the fact that there even is a false economy.
    Barack Obama has openly stated what he’s trying to do to the younger generation of Americans. One of the few times he’s been honest, maybe because he’d already lost his third term.
    I see he’s over in Germany, competing with the new president. Nice.
    I’m about as far from the stereotypical Trump supporter as you can get, except for my skin color, which I share with the NeverTrumpers.
    I seem to recall some celebrity types whining about all the educated white women who didn’t vote for Hillary. Perhaps the fact that none of them spoke out against the Obama administration’s war on women had something to do with it.
    Good to see others are finally starting to notice.
    BTW, if England had something like the travel (not Muslim) ban our president tried to instate, there would be a lot of innocent girls still with their families. Who cares, right?

    • GreenAlba May 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

      ‘BTW, if England had something like the travel (not Muslim) ban our president tried to instate, there would be a lot of innocent girls still with their families. Who cares, right?’

      Some of us care about the truth. Salman Abedi was a British-born citizen. People peddling this nonsense in the US do serious damage. The truth matters, even if the current US administration disagrees.

      Why don’t you concentrate on getting your politicians to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia, which was at the root of your own worst terrorist atrocity? Your ‘president’ was over there grovelling to them, just as British politicians do, knowing that Saudi money is behind the spread of Wahhabism. It’s beyond outrageous.

    • CirclesnCircles May 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

      Beryl: “Barack Obama has openly stated what he’s trying to do to the younger generation of Americans.”

      I’d like to be clear what specifically you’re referring to that he articulated openly?

      (He could tell more than half his liberal tribe they were a bunch of first-class morons and they’d unblinkingly genuflect at his feet and thank him. Utterly scary, they are.)

  12. capt spaulding May 26, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    Maybe I’m just being too pessimistic, but it seems that the more environmental and population problems we create, the more unhinged things become. Chaos begets more chaos, and the wheels start to wobble. Having been turned into a cynic by the actions of our leaders, who are in bed with the wall street boys, I can only expect more bad news to come on a daily basis. At some point the drone flights should begin.

    • DA May 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      Just sounds realistic to me.

    • elysianfield May 27, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      “Maybe I’m just being too pessimistic, but it seems that the more environmental and population problems we create, the more unhinged things become”

      Cap,
      Google “B.F. Skinner”….

  13. volodya May 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    A reasonable man might ask this reasonable question: How in god’s name do you lose an election to Donald Trump? The answer is simple, nominate somebody more hideous.

    Republican empty suits? Other words that come to mind: farcical, lamentable, contemptible. That such pissants should actually contest the nomination is too awful to contemplate. SENATOR Cruz? Good grief, this guy should be in a personal injury practice or, at best, a Hollywood divorce lawyer. But a Senator?

    And this isn’t even considering Trump, a bull-shitting con-man with three marriages, six bankruptcies, failures in a business that not even illiterate mafiosi could screw up. Imagine, with this garbage CV Trump won the primaries. But, Jesus H Christ, the Democrats spat out something worse. Hard to imagine, almost impossible to pull off, but the Democrats did it.

    • S M Tenneshaw May 26, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

      Yahbut the Rooooskies stole the election, haw haw haw.

    • Ishabaka May 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

      Best election analysis I have read: Trump was the second worst presidential candidate in the history of the Union. Hillary was the worst. So Trump won.

  14. volodya May 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    The intellectual underpinnings of the elite running the Manhattan-Washington Axis were formed at these Academies of the Insane that Jim references. That’s what they do there, they inculcate and nurture madness and present it to the public as Higher Learning.

    But that’s nothing new. We’ve seen for years now an abandonment of sense and reason among the alumni, our purported betters. But through constant exposure, day in and day out, we’ve become inured to it: lunacy as the New Normal.

    So we have parents, many of them “educated” and degreed graduates, and as a consequence no longer able to recognize self-evident craziness, fighting tooth and nail for a place in these asylums, rejoicing at acceptance letters, paying colossal sums to ruin the minds of their impressionable offspring. There’s a lot of insanity going around, not all of it on campus.

    And now racial re-segregation? I think Orwell would laugh his ass off.

    • CirclesnCircles May 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

      Very well said!

      Glad I don’t have a kid in college evaluation mode because it would be exhausting for ME making sure he/she didn’t wind up in some idiotic place. Which would then cause me to spend years de-programming the unsuspecting kid who bought all that bozo groupthink.

    • SpeedyBB May 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

      ‘Hire Learning.’

  15. volodya May 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Gianforte won. hahahahahaha.

    • DA May 26, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

      Probably threatened to beat the voters’ asses if they didn’t support him.

      • capt spaulding May 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

        A millionaire ass kicker. Take that, you Socialist mother fucker.

        • Ishabaka May 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

          I suspect the beat-down actually helped him. Since November 8, the media has been playing a game – torment any Republican at a press conference unrelentingly and unmercifully, until finally the Republican finally loses their cool, then breathlessly present it as proof that “Republicans are Hitler!” It’s a cheap con. Sooner or later, the people were bound to catch on.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

            The report’s face is one of the most punchable I have ever seen. Smugness to the millionth power. Yet even though the people were with him, the guy still crawled. That’s what ambition will do to a person.

            Did the reporter apologize for being a piece of shit?

  16. Opie May 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    You hit the mark with this one JHK. I have been warning all my leftest leaning friends that Trump is no Hitler, but push him out and you’re very likely to get one. Trump to me seems more of a Huey Long with a bad hairpiece. Clueless, but addressing some real concerns of what used to be the center, now considered to be far right. I just wish this shit would implode, tired of waiting around in the lounge of the Bizarro World formerly known as the USA.

    • seawolf77 May 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      Huey Long was a populist, Trump is a demagogue. They could not be further apart.

      • shotho May 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm #

        Absolutely! Huey Long was always in self-control and knew exactly what he was doing.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Huey Long was a National Socialist who was for INCOME LIMITS. Not even the Marxists will touch that – they’d lose their Bankers backers.

      Oh you didn’t know that the Bankers were behind Marxism? You’ve only begun your journey.

      Of course the Marxists threw down Russia and China – but that’s because those were traditional societies that needed to be destroyed before they could be built up by the Billionaires. The Marxists will never be allowed to do that here because we’re already made in the Capitalist image.

  17. volodya May 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    Captain Spaulding, that’s just it, you go over the event horizon and the gravitational pull is too strong to turn around. And down you go, like it or not. The thing is that you probably won’t know it when you cross the line. You only know when you try to turn around and you find you can’t. So the question is this, have we crossed the event horizon?

    If we look at historical examples, what was the event horizon for the Roman Empire in the west? The loss at Adrianople? Or the sack of Rome in 410 by Alaric? Remember, in 410 AD it had been something like 800 years that something like that had happened.

    An equivalent would be like the Nazis taking London in the 1940s. It was the Norman Conquest in the eleventh Century since the last time it happened. It would have been a huge shock to Britain and the world if it happened in the 1940s just like it was a huge shock to the Romans in 410. Can you imagine SS swaggering around Piccadilly and Westminster?

    Or was it something seemingly innocuous, an event nobody would look at twice?

    • capt spaulding May 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

      Well put, volodya. I think it’s only possible to see the future in general terms. For example, you only know you are in a drought, two or three years after it has started. Then is when you can point back and say yes, that’s when it began. Even then, you don’t know when it will end. Life is slippery that way, and it defies our attempts at predictions. All I can say is that for myself, considering what I have learned in my life, things do not look good for humanity in general. I also understand that the only things I can do to affect my life are the things that I do personally. If I lived at the foot of a dam, and I began to see cracks in the wall, I would probably move to higher ground, or at least buy some life preservers (joke). It’s up to each person to consider whats going on, and to make whatever decisions they consider to be a reasonable response to what they think will happen. Some will make the right decisions, and some will have guessed wrong, and some will be completely unprepared. Life is a motherfucker, and it comes at you full speed. Bless us all.

      • CirclesnCircles May 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

        “Life is a motherfucker, and it comes at you full speed.” — oh man, great line! You should trademark it. ;o)

        Otherwise, your observations are very sage and well-reasoned. I’m pondering some of those changes myself. I think the trick is not to go extreme with it because you still have to live a life that you want and we really have no viable idea of the timing of a protracted meltdown (much as JHK tries to predict the ‘when’).

        One regular commenter on another blog I read moved with the wife to a mountain in the Southeast and they have become mostly self-sufficient. Gardening, cooking, canning, freezing tons of food. Lots of wood chopping, getting good at maintaining and fixing mechanical things, ETC ETC.

        Me? I’d poke my eyeballs out if someone suggested I voluntarily live that way. Too extreme and isolated for my tastes.

        • capt spaulding May 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

          It’s my favorite meme. I do know a couple of people who have taken things to an extreme, to the point where they now have a vested interest in things going to hell. Another person I know doubled down on Y2K, and lost everything he owned, and still hasn’t recuperated. As far as the guy who moved to the mountains, if they like that sort of thing, they are lucky. I think that one of the most important things you can do to prepare is to prepare yourself psychologically for the things that you suspect might happen. And stay current with the news. You can only do so much.

    • BackRowHeckler May 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

      Hey V, Mustafa is not only swaggering around Piccadilly and Westminister, but he occupies the mayors office. go figure.

      brh

  18. janet May 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    “Do you suppose that, in the hothouse of Washington, incoming foreign policy officers of Obama’s government had no conversations with foreign diplomats between the election of 2008 and Obama’s inauguration?”

    Come on, Jim. It’s the nepotism. Obama did not put members of his family into sensitive positions. Obama’s family was not negotiating with Russia in the transition.

    Members of Obama’s transition team may have spoken to Russian diplomats, but Trump’s son-in-law, Jared, was meeting with Russian intelligence and bankers about removing sanctions before Trump was sworn in as president.

    • hmuller May 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

      I probably like Jared, Mr Zionist Bankster, even less than you do, Janet. But nepotism is not the issue which makes the Left pound the war drums.

      In fact, the more evidence which emerges pointing to Hillary, Brazile, and Podesta the Molesta’s involvement in the murder of Seth Rich, the more the corporate, globalist, mainstream propaganda machine screams about “The Russians”.

      As for Obama’s family; what family? He has some half siblings and step siblings in Africa and Indonesia who are regular, common people, not political types. His dead white grandparents are apparently so devoid of relatives, there has never been one person to say they remember when Barry was born that day in 1961 in Hawaii. But I digress.

      • CirclesnCircles May 26, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

        Holy moly, isn’t this Seth Rich situation truly the hot potato!

        Sooooo much media (incl conservative media outlets) protesting coverage of it, declaring it of no import and the oh-so-boring fallback position of trying to, scoffingly, refer to it a purely a conspiracy “theory”.

        The smoke on this one is proving to originate from a BONFIRE.

  19. mow May 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    ” what we have hear is failure to communicate “

  20. wayfarer May 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Jim,

    I noticed that you didn’t mention that U.S. spy agencies have repeatedly expressed concerns about Russia, our elections, and Trump. Are the spy agencies delusional too, or have they become part of the vast left wing conspiracy, the Deep State? Is everybody in government now co-opted by left wing radicals?

    • ozone May 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      wayfarer,
      Firstly, it would behoove us to get on the same page as far as terminology if we’re going to have any understanding of what each other means.

      Uber-statism is the dearest, darling wish of far right authoritarians and far left nutjobs. As it now stands, far right dunces (who happen to believe that gawd is on their side – and why wouldn’t they?) infest most nooks, crannies and damp hidey-holes of the US gum’mint and “intelligence agencies”. (This would include most of those with a -D after their names.) If we care to look, we can see where the wealth is flowing and why the lawmakers are sneakily making laws to ensure this grifting continues. A general caveat applies: When any government takes [inordinately] more to itself than it gives out in goodies/public works, it loses the consent of “duh governed”. This is specifically why the tactic of lowering expectations is being assiduously applied by the “information outlets”. But when the double-talk and garbled meaning is seen through, all bets are off. Don’t wonder why everyone seems so dumb; they’ve been trained to be just that, because they’re more tractable that-a-way.

      (Just between you, me and the lamppost, I haven’t seen any leftist leanings coming from the DC cesspit for a loooooong time. …Like a single-payer health system. Nobody’s got even close to that commonweal kind of thing, even though centrist citizens of both the right and left agree that it would be a worthwhile endeavor. Enter The Reagan [the addled asshole] to put us on the path to total spectrum dominance of corporate rule, and no one has been able to break its grip since.)

    • Sean Coleman May 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      I would guess that they are delusional too. I differ from Jim about the Deep State: whether it exists or not I do not believe this is calculated. Self interest comes it to it, of course, but it is not the real, deep reason. I am reading Douglas Newton’s The Darkest Days about the real reason (or so he argues) for Britain’s catastrophic decision to join WWI in 1914. The traditional explanation, almost universally accepted by those who are not historians, is Belgian neutrality, but this is actually almost ludicrous when you think about it. I am only near the start but I expect to see a good bit of old-fashioned mass hysteria coming into play, and deceit, and intolerance and censorship. Sound familiar?

      It did not take me long to get to demonization: “Therefore, the moral basis of Britain’s declaration – the necessity of Good to intervene against Evil – was asserted with tremendous emphasis.” (Page 6)

    • James Howard Kunstler May 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

      The Intel agencies have expressed concern, as you put it, without providing a shred of evidence that the Russians “interfered” in the election going on a year. Yes, they are indeed part of the Deep State, more or less the core of it, and they have become a rogue force in American life. — JHK

      • wayfarer May 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        Interesting!!!!

        So, are they going to bring down Trump and replace him with Pence? What is there end game? What are they trying to accomplish?

        I admit that shifting the wheat from the chaff, discerning U.S. political reality, is almost impossible for me. But, it doesn’t seem like it will end well. Lies almost never do.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

          Trump has bowed low and gone back on most of his agenda. But who knows? Maybe he’s actually standing firm against actual War with Iran and/or Russia. Remember how the Russia madness stopped after he bombed that airfield? It would all go away if he attacked Iran.

  21. janet May 26, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    Meanwhile, while we discuss political correctness, there seems to be no end to

    Just a day after they bombed a village in the Mayadeen area, near the ISIS capital of Raqqa, US warplanes launched yet more airstrikes, and once again the indications out of the area is that everyone slain in the attacks was a civilian, bringing the two-day toll in excess of 115.

    Central Command (Centcom) has also now admitted that they killed at least 105 Iraqi civilians in an attack on Mosul’s residential neighborhood. American violence seems to have no exit.

    The UK bomber was responding to the US slaughter of civilians, (stupidly and immorally and with a lower body count). America is provoking immoral and illegal terrorist attacks (blowback) … against civilians in Europe… with America’s own immoral and illegal terrorist attacks against civilians in the middle east. Granted the level of violence by the US is greater, creating millions of refugees and murdering thousandss of civilians.

    Trump is a war criminal, just like Obama and Bush before him. Violating national sovereignty to bomb and murder civilians is a crime against humanity. All three US presidents should be arrested and put on trial for their murderous crimes.

    • JimInFlorida May 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

      Don’t forget Bill Clinton! That makes FOUR Presidents. Have we forgotten the Clinton Body Count???

      We are at the point where arrest and trial will make no difference. The justice system is hopelessly corrupted and all four will have the charges thrown out.

      What’s needed is a VIOLENCE at the top. A similar COUP D’ETAT as had to be done against the Ceauscescus in Romania 1989. Firing squad style!

      The Pentagon itself will have to have a successful coup and get the angry masses behind them. THEN they can seize Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton and SHOOT THEM.

      There is no other way and no other form of justice that will perform sufficient remedy for their crimes.

      • Elrond Hubbard May 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

        Add this to my caveat about anti-semitism the other day. I agree the U.S. needs a political revolution, but one that is committed to non-violence would be not only morally superior but far better for the country in the long run.

        If your idea of revolution is to murder everyone you feel like murdering, count me out. You won’t get freedom that way; you’ll get a much more frank tyranny that doesn’t bother hiding the iron fist in a velvet glove. Revolutions that respect freedoms work by winning over the forces of state violence until they refuse to execute orders from the masters. It’s interesting that you mention Romania’s Ceausescu of all people, since you couldn’t ask for a better example. Once he ordered a massacre that the men with guns refused to carry out, he was gone within a week. That’s how the good guys win *and* hold their heads high afterward.

        • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:38 am #

          That’s the accepted wisdom anyway, but the truth is that such a completely entrenched and pervasive corrupted bureaucracy as ours, which has itself long thrived on “full-spectrum” violence of every imaginable kind, will only be undone by the same methods that give it its life in the first place. Will this process be protracted, bloody, and highly uncertain in it’s interim outcomes? Almost certainly. But we’ve long since passed on the many opportunities we once had for relatively “nice and easy” solutions to the problem. The cancer has fully metastasized now and absent truly radical therapies, it will be the death of us all. The guns now turned outwards overseas will be and are being as we speak turned inward on US citizens, just as we always knew they eventually would be. The only question now is, which class of citizens will draw the fire?

          • Elrond Hubbard May 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

            Regardless, read this article. The problem is real.

            Security Breach: Trump’s tussle with the bureaucratic state
            by Michael J. Glennon

            “Forty years ago, when I worked as legal counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we occasionally pulled all-nighters reconciling the House and Senate versions of a bill…

            “Back then — even then — the influence of national security bureaucrats pervaded the lawmaking process. They drafted legislation that members of Congress introduced. They endorsed or opposed measures at hearings and markups. They presented views to conference committees that were laid out next to the House and Senate positions. They lobbied tirelessly, waiting outside the chambers during floor debates, ready with arguments and the data to back them up, pushing to inscribe their positions into law…

            “A few counterexamples do exist. Obama’s decision to go after Osama bin Laden suggested strong presidential involvement. Such actions were essential to preserving the familiar illusion of democratic control. But after Candidate Obama had forcefully and eloquently promised fundamental change, President Obama’s remarkable continuation of numerous Bush-era national security policies — warrantless mass surveillance, drone strikes, state-secrets claims, torturer immunity — ultimately took its toll. By the time Donald Trump appeared on the scene, the veneer of harmony had worn thin, exposing the bureaucracy’s dominance.”

          • Elrond Hubbard May 28, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

            Dang it, forgot the link.

            harpers.org/archive/2017/06/security-breach/

      • elysianfield May 27, 2017 at 10:41 am #

        JIF,
        With all respect, Google “sedition”….

      • SpeedyBB May 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

        I may be wrong about this, JiF, but my gut response to your comment about ‘…seize… …and shoot…’ was that this would inevitably trigger some sort of nuclear exchange, probably on the scale of single-city-for-single-city:

        ‘A British General wrote a disturbing novel in 1982 in which he dared to consider the unthinkable.

        ‘General Sir John Winthrop Hackett, now dead, penned The Third World War: The Untold Story.

        ‘Written in the style of a non-fiction, post-event historical account, it envisaged a nuclear war between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces which broke out in 1985.’

        Either a false-flag event on one’s home territory or an attack upon an ally of sufficient urgency to distract attention from ‘crimes at home…’ That, to me, is how desperate TPTB are to hang onto power, irrespective of legitimacy.

        As for the Pentagon: forget it. They’re paper-pushers and apple-polishers.

  22. joe r May 26, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    I think you should go back to once a week, Jim and improve your focus. This is a scattered entry. What is your point about Russia? You almost lost your mind about Hillary’s speaking fees for talking to US companies but it’s okay for this admin to essentially have unregistered foreign agents? And you have no real idea about Russia’s role in the election yet you act confident there’s nothing there and therefore declare contact with that government as perfectly fine. Let the investigators do their job then take a stance.

    The stuff about separate commencements was interesting. Maybe you should’ve stuck with that, although I guess it’s a bit hard to pin your standard apocalypse badge on at the end with that topic.

    • Sean Coleman May 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

      Why do you think Russia is such a threat? I mean what evidence have you and what is the reason? I would be surprised if you have a coherent explanation. I only say that because everyone (that is *everyone* I have challenged online about this and other fantasies, such as AGW) has failed to provide one.

      This seems to be an irrational demonization. Have a look at the late Richard Webster’s Sceptical Essays website for an examination of this concept, particularly in relation to contemporary witch hunts (in particular abuse witch hunts).

      The conservative journalist Peter Hitchens has a similar view about Russia, it seems, to our host. This is an interesting article:

      hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2017/03/who-lost-russia.html

      • seawolf77 May 27, 2017 at 8:43 am #

        They relaxed their stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine in their Republican platform. General Flynn got paid $500,000 to advance Russian interests. What do I have to do, sing it for you? This reminds me of when the Soprano’s found out Vito was gay and Christopher asks the disbelieving group “What do we have to do Tony, actually see Vito take it up the ass?”

        • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:42 am #

          The Russian “invasion” of Ukraine? Delusional thinking at its finest. Yes, please sing that tune for me. I’d love to hear it.

        • Sean Coleman May 27, 2017 at 9:51 am #

          Who is General Flynn? I don’t know much about US politics. Is he a republican, a republican general? Who paid him all that money and how did he advance Russian interests with it? What has this to do with Trump’s presidency?

          The Russian invasion of the Ukraine? Is this like the American invasion of Germany in 1945 or the Russian one the previous year?

          The relaxation of any hard line on such an invasion would be no more than common sense.

          Don’t bother quoting the Sopranos because I never watched it. Why don’t you quote, say, the disciple Thomas?

          Try again.

          • Sean Coleman May 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

            I looked up Flynn on Wiki. He is a retired general and he was the man who (I remember) was fired as Trump’s security chief for his links to Russia. I assume this was partly to do with the media’s massive pressure on Trump. Anyway, he was fired.

            I still don’t see how this implicates Trump in improper dealings with Russia or Russia with gross interference in the US election. (Obama, as I recall, interfered in the Brexit referendum, calling for a Remain vote.)

            I see no reference in Wiki to a half a million dollar payment to Flynn in return for ‘advancing’ Russia’s interests. Firstly, what the hell does that coy phrase mean exactly? And secondly, why isn’t it in Wiki seeing as Wiki can always be relied on to take the pc (in this case anti-Trump) line and if there were any way this could possibly be included it would be? (Wiki does say he was paid 45k by RT but that isn’t what you mean surely.) You should put your information on Wiki.

            I am working on the principle (unless anyone can convince me otherwise) that the media (pc almost by definition) and the pc elements who seem to dominate public like, are using Russia as a flimsy excuse to take Trump out. (The same elements behaved in a similar way after last years EU membership referendum, reminding us of Brecht’s joke that when the elite are failed by the people they seek to elect a new people. After years of churning out clichés about ‘democracy’ all of a sudden it was dangerous and ‘populist’.)

            I am also working on the principle (again unless anyone convinces me otherwise) that they all actually *believe* in the innate evil of Russia, and of her President in particular, and that they will do anything to protect their fantasy including refusing to look at evidence.

            So try and convince me, but just shouting ‘Look! Look! Can’t you *see*!) only confirms my opinion.

          • seawolf77 May 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

            My mistake. Flynn was paid $500,000 by Turkey. It was the Trump campaign manager who was paid by some accounts millions to represent Russia.

            vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/paul-manafort-vladimir-putin-russia

      • Elrond Hubbard May 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

        Mr. Coleman, you seem like a thoughtful fellow, so I’m dismayed that you consider anthropogenic global warming to be a ‘fantasy’ when it represents the well-considered results of tens of thousands of scientists working diligently in numerous fields of inquiry.

        You say you have challenged people online and they have always failed you. I have to ask, what would actually convince you that what you consider a fantasy is in fact real? I don’t mean overcome you, I mean convince in a salutary fashion. Suppose further that someone accepted your challenge and responded with verifiable information that met your criteria. Would you in fact then change your position, or continue to insist on the fantasy? It takes both bravery and integrity to admit one had long held an erroneous position, as I believe yours is.

        So here again is the challenge: What would convince you, in fact not just in theory? If you take the doubting Thomas position and insist you’ll believe only when you have witnessed the gardens turn to deserts and entire nations made refugees, that’s hardly helpful. Unlike Thomas, no faith is required, only a decent respect for facts. The stakes are high and the clock is ticking. What say you?

        • Sean Coleman May 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

          Elrond

          That is a good question. It is possible that I am wrong about AGW and about the progressive agenda as a whole, although (as it appears to me just now) it is unlikely.

          A good starting point would be where you say, “Unlike Thomas, no faith is required, only a decent respect for facts.” An alarming respect for facts is at the bottom of everything. We see it here, as our host says, in the complete absence of facts from the intelligence services to back up the allegations against Trump.

          I will be able to place more faith in the honesty of the Warmists (shorthand) when they begin treating sceptics in a civilized way. This review of Christopher Booker’s The Real Global Warming Disaster catches the essence of the problem:

          ruthdudleyedwards.co.uk/RDEreviews/Review-warming-booker.html

          Of course, a short review misses out a lot: Climategate, the appalling record of the IPCC (see Seitz’s scorching criticism of its methods many years ago – in the WSJ I think), the dishonesty of the 97% and the ‘science is settled’ crowd, and the general air of deceit, hysteria and intolerance.

          Whenever I have argued with Warmists they invariably end up resorting to claims that sober critics are in the pay of the energy industries or similar daftness.

          At the bottom of it all, I repeat, is the systematic abuse of ‘facts’ in our modern world, from economics to immigration to abuse witch hunts to history.

    • James Howard Kunstler May 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

      Taking a speaking fee from a company in a foreign land does not make you a “foreign agent.” If that were so, Ben Bernanke, a prolific overseas paid speaker, would be the most notorious foreign agent in US history. –JHK

    • Ishabaka May 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

      “Let the investigators do their job then take a stance.” – and that’s what worries me. IF real, solid evidence of illegal Russian collusion and interference with the election is discovered, the Democrats will have the greatest “Told you so!” moment in the history of the USA. But if not – where is the end game? Will we ever be able to agree that enough investigating has been done, and it’s time to move on? I’m not optimistic.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

      Israel has interfered far more radically than other country in our political process, with our foreign policy basically controlled by Israeli citizens – but no one who objects is ever heard since the same group controls our media.

  23. saharasergei May 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    “To see the Democrats go on about ‘Russian collusion’ you would think we were watching a rerun of the John Birch Society in its heyday.” Yeah, some of these same Democrats bashed Ronald Reagan in the 1980s for “Red-baiting,” and dismissed his Russophobia as paranoia. Does anyone remember the favorable column the Nation ran about Gorbachev when he first took over – “Give the man a chance.” And a man who used to be the next President of the United States, Gary Hart, a Democrat, had planned to sign an arms deal with the U.S.S.R. between his election and his inauguration, which he wanted Gorbachev to attend. A boat ride to Bimini prevented that, but such a deal, for all we know, might have forced the Baltic States to wait another ten years to regain their independence and keep the Berlin Wall up longer. NOW the Democrats don’t trust the Russians?

  24. Sean Coleman May 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    Yet another excellent piece by JHK.

    I too wonder what the young people will grow up to be who believe all the nonsense coming out of the universities. My only nephew finishes his training as a secondary teacher this summer but we can’t discuss immigration when he visits because my sister says that it upsets him.

    The British conservative writer Roger Scruton taught for a spell at Birkbeck College of Oxford University in the 1970s where he was the only conservative, except for the cleaning lady.

    Unser Kampf, by German writer Goetz, came out a couple of years ago and traces the authoritarian, utopian and highly intolerant student radicals of 1968 to the radical, nihilistic and anchorless generation of their parents, who had supported the Nazis in their youth. Of course his book met with outrage, intolerance and attempts at censorship.

    As I keep saying, this is an extraordinary and deep-going mass fantasy that we are experiencing. I have no idea how far it can go before the bubble bursts but it is quite possible that they will not give up the dream until the world is in ruins.

  25. djc May 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    If the Republicans collude with the Democrats to stifle Trump they are done as a national party. Done. Finis.

    The fact that they may be done anyway is immaterial.

    If Trump and the Republicans don’t fulfill their promises its curtains for them.

    • DA May 27, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

      So what you’re saying is that BOTH national parties might well be done if they only continue doing what they’re currently doing? I agree with that wholeheartedly and I think we all can only hope that that’s EXACTLY what happens!

  26. BackRowHeckler May 26, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    Yo! White Trash Crackers who voted for Donald Trump, all 60 million of you, Go F-k Yourself! That’s right, you heard me. You think your vote really mattered, you stupid sons of bitches? This is the Deep State talking, here to show you who is boss, how Democracy really works, who chooses the President and who eats sh-t. Now, Dirtbags, go play with your guns and pick up trucks and wave the flag this Memorial Day; we — Deep State Honchos — will be getting rid of this president an appointing a new one. Got a problem with that? Any complaints, tell it to your momma.

    It looks like over in England the time has come — once again — to lay wreaths, light candles, place teddy bears, praising Allah, sing hymns, give hugs, and stage a LoveFest and Peace Vigil … elites are speaking at the LoveFest, up on the podium surrounded by an armed security detail “We cannot be divide, Together we are strong, We feel the love” and so on. Except the young white English girls with their legs blown off cannot stand strong. “Don’t look back in anger, I heard her say”. Meanwhile, across Great Britain security details have been deployed to crush any shred of Islamophobia, even the slightest hint of it. Unkind thoughts about the Prophet will be punished severely. Looking askance at that Hijab wearing women pushing a baby carriage will not be tolerated. And Burkhas, while not yet mandatory, are highly suggested.

    brh

    • Ishabaka May 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

      I watched an ISIS recruiting video today – very moving, well done, high standard of cinematography – in fact, much better than our current military recruiting videos – you can find them all over the internet. Strangely enough, amongst the videos of suicide bombers doing their thing, assassins pulling pistols and shooting police in the head, and victorious ISIS members posing with their boots on the bloody heads of dead enemies (the real deal, not Hollywood simulacra), there were no wreaths, candles, or teddy bears.

      • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:44 am #

        I watched an ISIS recruiting video today – very moving, well done, high standard of cinematography – in fact, much better than our current military recruiting videos – you can find them all over the internet.

        Well, they should be, considering how much western “dark ops” money and expertise went into producing them.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      Yes, there’s a bomb in that baby carriage. No not a literal one – the baby is the bomb. Muslims will beat us with baby power – millions of hijabis with bombs in their bellies.

      And no, we can’t compete with them. Our women are corrupted firstly. And secondly they’re breeding over here on our dime. We’re already conquered in a deep sense.

  27. BackRowHeckler May 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    Mike Flynn, a lousy $20,000 for a speech in Russia.

    Hillary Clinton spoke here a few years ago at UCONN, got paid $250,000 for 20 minutes. The text: “You Go, Girl.”

  28. DurangoKid May 26, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    First off Jim, there is no functioning left in the US. The Dems are just GOP-Lite. They’re not even centrists. Here’s why. Consider a continuum where on the right end property rights trump human rights and on the left human rights trump property rights. By that standard even the so-called Libertarians are firmly in the rightist camp. As evidence I would offer the following. Where do the mainstream parties, those who get significant attention from the press, stand on US imperialism? Or going after the banksters? Or binding agreements on global warming? Is there a party in the US that backs single payer healthcare funding? Notice how Citizens United still stands? Not much motion on that one and the reasons are quite clear. There is no functioning left in the US. Okay, Bernie calls himself a socialist, but he’s really not much of one by European standards. Notice also how the Democratic machine chewed him up and spit him out? Was that because he was too much of a right winger? No, even a hint of left leaning policies got him thrown to the curb. Everywhere you look you see automation, globalization, voter disenfranchisement, junk economics, corporate propaganda, and more. Everywhere the message is you are here to be used up, shot up, robbed, and then thrown away. Is it any wonder the issues that matter most to the greatest number of people are nowhere to be seen? That there’s no coherent narrative about the coming limits to industrial culture? As long as the plutocrats and their lackeys dictate the narrative, how could we expect anything different? In short, we’re fucked.

  29. johngalt May 26, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

    Thus Spoke John Kelly:
    thehill.com/homenews/administration/335272-dhs-chief-youd-never-leave-the-house-with-my-terror-info

    “If you knew what I knew about terror, you’d never leave the house.”
    – Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, May 26, 2017.

    In the old republic, members rely upon the Deep State to provide for their personal safety, health, and sense of well-being, while the federal judiciary continues to encourage the free flow of immigrants, all of whom are hostile to the Constitution.

    In the New Republic, members enjoy resuming the restoration of the Constitutional republic from JFK’s point of interruption, can see for miles and miles, and enjoy Liberty in building out properties and the local means of production, with the capability to sow, nurture, grow, harvest, store, cook, engineer, design, program, automate, construct, process, raise, teach, counsel, hunt, defend, provide, debate, organize, compose, worship, dance, laugh, love, celebrate, and sustain.

    We are the sheepdogs.
    And we are old fashioned and sentimental.
    And we belong to the longest serving Civil Rights organization in the Republic.
    And we don’t require others for border protection or building bridges.
    And we have undying love, devotion, and loyalty to the Constitution.
    And we are happy to participate in the proper pursuit and offering of due process under the Constitution to the NETWORK globalist class charlatans who sold out the old republic in their lust for power and the love of money.
    And we are ready for what’s next.
    Sent from the New Republic.

    http://www.got-truth.com

    • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

      A great but flawed document. Where is the Bill of Duties to balance out the Bill of Rights? America depended on righteous upbringing to inculcate all that? But it was eroded by the unending lust for profit and the whole way of life that goes with it – such as most people being “hirelings” with no real ties or community.

  30. janet May 27, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    “Taking a speaking fee from a company in a foreign land does not make you a “foreign agent.” –JHK

    Correct. But that is not Trump’s collusion with Russia.

    Using son-in-law Jared, Trump wanted to set up a secret communication channel with Russian intelligence, using Russian equipment, to bypass US intelligence.

    No other president in US history has offered themselves to be used by foreign intelligence agents in that way.

    • Sean Coleman May 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

      Is this on Wiki? If not, put it up.

      I can quite understand why Trump would want to bypass US intelligence though.

      • Sean Coleman May 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

        I just checked Wiki and it is faithfully reporting the story. This bit made me smile: “The Washington Post reported that Russian officials occasionally leak ‘false information into communications streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation…”

      • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

        Because they’re Deep State and utterly compromised obviously.

  31. Pucker May 27, 2017 at 2:19 am #

    “Most of the officers Allen chose to run his Guatemala operation reflected the insularity of the early CIA. They came from elite backgrounds and were connected to each other through webs that ran through elite boarding schools, colleges, and law schools, the OSS, Wall Street law firms and investment banks, the Council on Foreign Relations, and cocktail parties on the north shore of Long Island at which, by one account, they drank “phenomenal” quantities of alcohol. Allen liberated these men from what might otherwise have been humdrum lives and brought them into an incomparably exciting world. They joined the CIA not to observe, reflect, analyze, and ponder, but to plot, act, fight, confront, strike, and subvert. Most spoke no Spanish and had never set foot in Guatemala.”

    The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
    by Stephen Kinzer

    • Pucker May 27, 2017 at 8:31 am #

      The C…I,A never really was about “Intelligence”. It has always been rather a method to advance the interests of corporate clients of Sullivan & Cromwell, such as United Fruit. And it’s a platform to advance the egos of bored, overworked corporate lawyers who find drafting contracts too tedious and exhausting.

      • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:50 am #

        Someone’s been reading up! Good work! Take a look at Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets and David Talbot’s The Devil’s Chessboard too if you want to really get some synergy going. The dots gradually start connecting to a coherent picture of truly monstrous evil!

        • Pucker May 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

          Thanks for the book recommendations! I’ve already read “The Devil’s Chessboard”.

          • DA May 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

            Then you owe it to yourself to read Family of Secrets. It completes the triangulation and brings the mental picture into 3D. Goes FAR beyond the Bushes, who in the end, were mere water carriers for the deep state. But what water carriers they were! Like you, I suspect, what I find most interesting of all about these excellent accounts is their ability to uncover the MINDSETS of these people and how for the most part they were/are JUST LIKE US! Only MORE so! To summarize: it’s THEIR world, and we just happen to be living in it.

  32. FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 4:25 am #

    The Father and Creator of International Islamic Terrorism, Zbigniew Brzezinski, dies at the age of 89

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died, his daughter announced on social media.

    edition.cnn.com/2017/05/26/politics/zbigniew-brzezinski-dead/

    And now we must return to the famous question: “Did Zbigniew Brzezinski, who created Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and international terrorism, regret that he lured the USSR into Afghanistan? ” that was asked him in an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur:

    Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs that the American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahiddin in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention. Is this period, you were the national securty advisor to President Carter. You therefore played a key role in this affair. Is this correct?

    Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahiddin began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention [emphasis added throughout].

    Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into the war and looked for a way to provoke it?

    B: It wasn’t quite like that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

    Q : When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against secret US involvement in Afghanistan , nobody believed them . However, there was an element of truth in this. You don’t regret any of this today?

    B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: “We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.” Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war that was unsustainable for the regime , a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

    Q: And neither do you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?

    B : What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

    Q : “Some agitated Moslems”? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today…

    B: Nonsense! It is said that the West has a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid: There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner, without demagoguery or emotionalism. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among fundamentalist Saudi Arabia , moderate Morocco, militarist Pakistan, pro-Western Egypt, or secularist Central Asia? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries…

    dgibbs.faculty.arizona.edu/brzezinski_interview

    • FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 4:49 am #

      And by the way, all that Brzezinski bragged about his genius of luring the USSR into Afghanistan is nothing more than an exercise in convincing himself in his own propaganda.

      If Suslov would have spent half a year more at his post, so that Andropov could not have arranged a five-year period of lavish funerals in the USSR, it is highly likely that the Soviet army would have marched to the Persian Gulf, and the notorious luring would have turned for the United States and Mr. Brzezinski into such a general crisis of capitalism that they would have to search for their asses on the Moon with the help of real, and not Hollywood-produced, Lunar expedition.

    • Pucker May 27, 2017 at 6:39 am #

      “The Father and Creator of International Islamic Terrorism, Zbigniew Brzezinski, dies at the age of 89”

      Thank God….

      • ozone May 27, 2017 at 11:12 am #

        No condolences will be forthcoming from this corner of the peanut gallery either!
        Now: Calling Henry K.; Henry K. — don’t fear the Reaper you blood-drenched fuck.

  33. volodya May 27, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Pequiste, I’ve heard the Kenny Ball interpretation. It is a great version.

    Any Cossacks out there?

    youtube.com/watch?v=4USCdWD7Ipc

  34. volodya May 27, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    Today on the morning news, as soon as I switched on the TV, the “bombshell” revelation that Jared Kushner sought back-channel communication with the Russians ie free from monitoring.

    Oh me, oh my, collusion, the Trump administration is DOOOOOOOOMED.

    So when did this contact between Jared and his Russian counterpart happen? In December. AFTER the election.

    No matter, this was obviously beyond the pale because apparently, according to the august New Yorker, Jared failed to fill out some paperwork w.r.t. the contact.

    So now, naturally, the FBI is “investigating”.

    Is it the paperwork that’s at issue? No, of course not, let’s don’t be ridiculous. Because imagine, a President of the United States wanting Big Brother intel agencies off his back. THAT’S the issue and not some government form.

    So this raises the question of who reports to who and who the fuck is running the place, the CIA or the President? Who does Trump think he is, the duly elected Chief Executive or something?

    This “investigation” is a reminder to Trump who’s the boss. They’re telling him don’t so much as fart in the wrong direction Donald, here’s the Red-Lines, Donald. Understand, Donald?

    • ozone May 27, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      “So this raises the question of who reports to who and who the fuck is running the place, the CIA or the President? ”

      V.,
      Yessir, that’s the burning question of the period stretching from the end of WW2 (The Big One) right up to the present. …And likely why we rarely (if ever) see it addressed in our fine and highly respected “news” outlets. So, does that mean that we (you and I) should be considered dangerous to the health of “the state”? Reminds me of a line from many a scripted teleplay: “We’ll be asking the questions here.”

      As has become glaringly obvious, asking/posing the wrong questions has become a major tactic of distraction and deliberate confusion.

    • ozone May 27, 2017 at 11:50 am #

      V.,
      As we were pondering as to who might be minding the store:

      By Tony Cartalucci
      ” – As suspected and as was the case in virtually all recent terror attacks carried out in Europe – including both in France and Belgium – the suspect involved in the recent Manchester blast which killed 22 and injured scores more was previously known to British security and intelligence agencies.”

      Well, how ’bout that? It’s almost like, wind ’em up and turn ’em loose. Curiouser and curiouser.

  35. volodya May 27, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Here’s the latest snowflakery at the University of Michigan: minority students feel intimidated by quiet and imposing and masculine wood-paneling at the Michigan Union building. No, not kidding.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

      Next the “students” will feel threatened by the copper piping in the bathrooms and feel compelled to tear it out and sell it.

    • BackRowHeckler May 27, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      I got you topped, V.

      Out in Olympia, Wash. at Evergreen State U ‘Students of Color’ declared ‘a day without whites’ and banned whitey from campus, including Professors. A professor showed up anyway and ‘students of color’ threatened to beat the shit out of him, and drove him out. He was forced to vacate and taught his class in a nearby city park.

      At Columbia there were about half dozen separate graduation ceremonies this year; one for queers, one for blacks, one for drag queens, one for Puerto Ricans and so on. As far as I know, whitey, whose ancestors actually founded Columbia back in the 18th century, did not get his own ceremony.

      brh

      • elysianfield May 28, 2017 at 11:10 am #

        BRH,
        Celebrate diversity, Goddamn it! It is our strength….

      • malthuss May 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

        Columbia is shyte. Frankfort School.

      • JimInFlorida May 28, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

        The lack of response by “janet” is noted.

        She’s jealous that her Women’s Studies department has not done the same thing already. The wall-sized Andrea Dworkin poster in her office glares down from the second-story window; upon the campus square.

        • DA May 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

          GOOD GAWD! I’ve always viewed being overweight as a matter of EXTREME SHAME. I guess this Dworkin “female” (god only knows what the politically correct term of address is these days) has fully embraced her inner Twinkie.

  36. janet May 27, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    “I probably like Jared, Mr Zionist Bankster, even less than you do, Janet.” –hmuller

    I do not dislike Jared. I just don’t think Jared or Donald are above the law. To be fair to Jared, there may not have been anything improper about his Russian contacts. He did offer in March to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia’s attempts to interfere in last year’s election.

    But the contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials during the presidential campaign coincided with what U.S. intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump’s chances of winning the White House and damage his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Comey acted on the “intelligence” to jeopardize HRC. I imagine you are happy about that.

    • Elrond Hubbard May 27, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      John Oliver calls this whole Trump/Russia thing “Stupid Watergate”. The basic fact of these big Washington blow-ups is that they’re never about real high crimes and misdemeanors, they’re just especially big factional disputes.

      Richard Nixon meddled in the Vietnam peace talks to deny Johnson a foreign policy win and help Nixon win the election. Not only was this despicable in itself, but it was expressly against the law for a private citizen to conduct negotiations with a foreign power and quite possibly treasonous. Nixon totally got away with it, just as he got away with bombing millions of people in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for years afterward. He only resigned in the end because he tried to pull dirty tricks against fellow members of the Washington power structure, i.e. people with the actual ability to fight back. He initially tried to get J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to do it for him, but Hoover knew what the limits were and declined.

      There may or may not be merit to the accusations about Trump’s dealings with Russia, but the merits really don’t matter. This is Washington working the way Washington works.

    • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

      Trump is being set up for elimination, just as Nixon was. Whether or not any of this is in any way “reasonable” or not, is entirely beyond the point. “Facts” will be trotted out in due time to support the “crime” and Trump will likewise dutifully “exit, stage right,” right on cue. Trump will likewise be rewarded (in fact, almost certainly has been) for his brief cameo off stage and out of sight, and life will go on as usual with whoever comes next.

      After some time, the blogosphere will put two and two together and figure out what happened, but by that time, the next crime against humanity will be well under way. And so it goes.

      By the way, are any of you numb nuts watching the current season of Fargo on FX? I think it goes a long way toward explaining most of the current shit. Explanations hiding in plain sight, perhaps? Sometimes it really IS that easy.

  37. FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    “bombshell” revelation that Jared Kushner sought back-channel communication with the Russians ie free from monitoring == Volodya

    To be fair, history already knows such a precedent: during the time of the Caribbean crisis, the world did not collapse into a nuclear apocalypse, largely because Khrushchev and Kennedy managed to establish a personal informal back channel, bypassing the militarized imperial structures of both USSR and the United States.

    Then John A. Scali, a correspondent for the ABC News channel, and Alexander Feklisov, a KGB resident in Washington, took part in the establishment of a secret communication channel between Kennedy and Khrushchev.

    Why shouldn’t White House and the Kremlin take advantage of the once proven and worked out scheme, given the complicated international situation?

  38. aibohphobia May 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    JHK, there is a tiny glimmer of hope in
    Kampus Kulture, in the form of Professor Jordan Peterson. He is a University of Toronto professor who regularly speaks publicly against the madness of the social justice warriors. Here’s a link that you and your readers might find refreshing;

    youtube.com/watch?v=X_Kfm_qWpN0&index=1&list=PLnTXw-D3XXPetVTtn4Q7mZXs755-kivQT&t=65s

    I am waiting for the New York Times to pick up on this YouTube from 2014, entitled “The Famous Lefty Flynn,” which publicly details Flynn’s vast profits from the Russians in a coded form. When the Times breaks the story, remember you heard it here first!

    youtube.com/watch?v=yKuq7DQNl68

    Oh, and of course the encrypted message that follows it (“Last Train to Clarksville”) refers to the next bombshell to break in Media. Did you know that Clarksville, Maryland is a suburb less than 10 miles from NSA headquarters?? And the name of the group, “Grascals”– Does it actually stand for “General Russian American Society Colluding Against Liberal Sentiments? Hmmmm….

    –Aiboh

  39. FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Zbig did not survive the death of his brainchild

    Yes, the founder of the current NATO was Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died today. And I hope that the recognition of this is a compliment to the deceased.

    Indeed, before the collapse of the Warsaw bloc and the USSR, NATO at least had some clear and understandable meaning, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO turned into an anti-Russian blob that rolls and turns everything alive into itself without any purpose or advantage even for itself. And the ideologist of this blob was exactly Zbigniew Brzezinski.

    He himself told about this in an interview with the Le Nouvel Observateur, in response to the question about whether he regrets after the 911 attack about provoking a war in Afghanistan and creating Al Qaeda.

    And the day before yesterday, when US President Trump said at the NATO summit that the main task of the NATO bloc should be a war on terror (Islamic, that is, with ISIS and Al-Qaida), and the struggle with Russia is so-so, Zbig’s NATO came to an end.

    Very symbolic!

  40. volodya May 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    Mr Ozone, There’s a good reason why news media is despised by the masses. They’re hardly the fortress of democracy that holds government in check and holds it to account. No, stick a fork in it, that’s done. Rather, media is the collaborator that holds YOU Mr Ozone, the governed, in check. The ignorant unwashed know this.

    Respect election results? Feh to that. The Deplorables know what’s being said about them, that they’re deplorable, that their interests have no legitimacy, and especially that they voted wrong. Thus sayeth the perfumed editorialists, they say wrong, wrong, wrong, and moreover, such ballot-box vandalism MUST be un-done.

    News? Let’s not be silly, you turn on the TV for your daily dose of disinformation. See, the election was HACKED no boutadout it, yesiree, all the weighty worthies attest to it, hacked to pieces, hacked to bits, the intelligence chiefs swore an oath and swear it was so. And they wouldn’t lie would they? Nooooooooooo….

    And there’s all that collusion smoke, look over yonder you can see collusion smoke billowing and where there’s collusion smoke there’s collusion fire and smoking collusion guns and sticky collusion finger prints smeared all over, and by gum they’ll find all of it if it takes all eight years dammit. And, if they can’t, they’ll fabricate evidence, just you watch.

    See, Mr Trump is not a moral man Mr Ozone, you’ve known that since you were a boy. No Mr Ozone, Mr Trump cannot rule, Mr Trump MUST NOT rule. So there.

    Of course the suspect was known. Back and forth to a windswept, fly blown, terrorist infested war-zone-shithole with his jihadi father and brother. How many people do this? Pretty hard to miss.

  41. FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    The December’s communication between Gen. Flynn and Russian Ambassador Kislyak should also be viewed from the angle of avoiding a crisis between United States and Russia compared to which the Caribbean Missile Crisis would seem like a child fight in a sandbox.

  42. FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    The colors of the Western Projects are the heraldic colors: Red and White – the colors of roses, which became a marker and cause of the The Wars of the Roses in England.

    And the color of the Western Black Project was determined by the black scapulars of the Cistercians, also known as the Bernardines, that is, it starts from the famous black scapular of the “Saint” Bernard of Clairvaux.

    The Thule Society, as the religious foundation of the NSDAP, was a branch of the Teutonic Order of Knights – one of the tops of the above-water part of the black iceberg, whose name was the Western Black Project, the most influential leader of which in the 11th century was the “holy” Bernard of Clairvaux.

    The Thule Society (Thule Gesellschaft), was created on the model of the Masonic lodges in Munich after the World War I, an order that proclaimed for its official purposes the study and popularization of ancient German literature and culture.

    In fact, the society preached extreme nationalism, racial mysticism, occultism and anti-Semitism. The Society was a branch of the Teutonic Order of Knights, whose branches were scattered throughout Germany, and the headquarters were in Berlin.

    The ideology of society was based on the concept of German racial superiority, anti-Semitism and the Pan-German dream of a new powerful German Reich. Like many other similar societies in Bavaria and Germany as a whole, Thule society used mystical symbols widely, such as the swastika, and elaborate magical rituals.

    The motto of the society: “Remember that you are German, keep your blood pure!” (“Gedenke, dass Du ein Deutscher bist., Halte dein Blut rein!”).

    • FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      Trump:

      No, fluffy Euro-rabbits – first you pay the money you owe, and then you get your Article 5!

      And beside, my daughter is Jewish, and her husband is a second-generation Jewish anti-Nazi guerilla fighter from Belarus. We will arrange such Belarus in your friggin Reich that Operation Bagration will appear to you sweeter than honey

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Bagration

      This Trump says, and I want to remind those who laughed at me 5 years ago when I said that Western Europe is the traditional enemy of Russia, and America is a friend.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

        Jared is probably behind the endless leaking, just as Ivanka sat around with friends during the campaign as they mocked her father.

        For all we know this sudden interest in Jared is a strike back against the Deep State – which is now controlled by the Jews.

        • FincaInTheMountains May 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

          You sure that’s the Jews? Not Scientologists, or maybe Mormons? Jehovah Witnesses, for crying out loud?

          • DA May 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

            Not sure about Jews (keeping in mind that more than just proper Jews support the Jewish/Zionist agenda), but the last three I highly doubt.

        • JimInFlorida May 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

          Be careful Janos. CFN is bugged! The Talmudic thoughtpolice may pay you a visit.

  43. Pucker May 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    Apparently, Allen Dulles was a rather poor corporate lawyer. Contrary to the Ivy League recruiting profile of Sullivan & Cromwell, Allen Dulles graduated from George Washington University Law School, a third tier law school, and it took Allen Dulles 3 tries to pass the Bar exam. Allen Dulles had a reputation for being “scatter brained”, which is not a quality that one would want in a corporate lawyer. Nor was Allen Dulles a good “Administrator”, which means that he was basically incompetent as the head of the C,,,I,A. What Allen Dulles was good at was “schmoozing”. He was probably a good “Rainmaker”. He was the Oligarchy’s “Go-to-Man” to knock heads if the corporate client had trouble with some leader who wanted to nationalize land (Abenz in Guatemala), or resources ( Mossadegh) in Iran.

    • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

      All of which should be taken as a lesson, one which I’ve learned OVER AND OVER AGAIN throughout my lifetime! “Technocrats” are LAST in line for promotions in whatever organizations they are in!

      We have long since transitioned from a meritocracy/technocracy society into a good old-fashioned socialist-based bureaucracy by any other name.

  44. Pucker May 27, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

    Little Old Lady with Alzheimer’s: “I can’t even remember the last time that I farted.”

    Trump: “Hillary says that she never farts! This woman farts constantly! It’s so sad. Me, I never fart. I’m a Winner. I know how to win.”

    • DA May 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

      Hillary’s simply redefined it: Is it “farting” when the butt cheeks and the asshole no longer resist? More like “poofing” I’m guessing she might admit with a laugh in a private moment.

  45. pdog May 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    Dear James:

    It has been a great joy for my to observe the development of your observations over these last years. Certainly you must wonder as to why these otherwise intelligent people at the New York Times and so forth report on the world as they do? It seems that they enthralled with a kind of madness, does it not? And “the gods must first make mad those that they seek to destroy”. But why now? as we run out of cheap oil and accrue unrepayable debt and destroy the world’s climate. Perhaps we have been mad all along.

    sincerely,
    chuck

    • BackRowHeckler May 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

      It seems like its ‘the most intelligent people’ who often are the biggest dupes. For example in the first half of the 20th century how is it that some (most) of our best writers — James T Farrell, Dashiell Hammet, Lillian Helmann, Mary Mc Carthy, Malcolm Cowley, Dalton Trumbo, Hemingway, John Dos Passos, the guy who wrote Sister Carrie, — just to name a few off the top of my head, joined the communist party or were at least apologists for Stalin, the worst mass murderer in human history? Being intelligent people you’d think they would have known better, but they didn’t.

      brh

      • DA May 27, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

        “…or were at least apologists for Stalin, the worst mass murderer in human history…”

        I’m thinking you would probably do better with a good deal less of western mass-produced propaganda, aka “history.” Understandable of course, but misinformed all the same. Perhaps you should turn your keen intellect on the sins of your fathers, rather than on those whose sins you’ve only heard alleged through second hand sources with highly questionable motives?

        • BackRowHeckler May 28, 2017 at 12:11 am #

          Good advice, DA, but my own father, God Bless his sole, had a plate in his head and lost a leg in Korea. As far as western propaganda goes, Arthur Koestler and Alexander Solzhenitsyn — my sources on all things Soviet, were from the East, not the West.

          brh

          • nsa May 28, 2017 at 1:29 am #

            Try Solzi’s “Two Hundred Years Together”…..detailing the very contentious relationship between the Russkies and the Jooies. English translations and long excerpts in English are now available if you search, but no major publisher is willing to touch it. Hmmmm…..wonder why?

          • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 3:41 am #

            You’ll enjoy this. The height of the battle was at opposite sides of a tennis court. It was resolved by hand to hand combat – bayonets!

            amren.com/features/2017/05/victory-kohima-ridge/

            Who wants to get old and die hooked up to a machine? Isn’t it far better to fall in battle?

          • Q. Shtik May 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

            my own father, God Bless his [sole], had a plate in his head – BRH

            ===========

            Lenox?

            Royal Dalton? 😉

          • malthuss May 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

            Connecticut,

            youtube.com/watch?v=fLiJFJNLtco

        • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 3:38 am #

          My dear fellow, Jean Paul Sartre was the last hold out. He promptly transferred his allegiance to Mao who killed even more people than Stalin. You have to get over this sentimental attachment. It’s just not de trop. The best people simply don’t get involved with this kind of thing anymore. As BRH said above, amazing people once thought Marxism was the cat’s meow. It’s beyond belief, but it’s true. But no longer.

  46. robert magill May 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

    Three widely circulated photos will do more to unite the militant Takfiri Islamic factions than anything that has happened in the last 500 years.
    That the Presidential Party could be so oblivious to the consequences of these colossal blunders is astounding. more
    robertmagill.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/the-big-photo-op-gone-wrong/

  47. KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 3:21 am #

    ” meritocracy ”

    In my experience meritocracy is code for a popularity contest where the always predictable outcome is that those who start out ahead, stay ahead.

    One of those words we began inventing about 200 years ago to gloss over the fact that organizational charts , constitutions, and ideologies have in no wise altered the fact that your Kim Kardashian-type was better off 300 years ago , and is better off today.

    ” Perhaps you should turn your keen intellect on the sins of your fathers, ”

    ?

    I don’t know who John Dos Passos was , but I’m pretty sure that nine out of ten of the people he named were WASPish Americans.

    So, unless the guy is a Zambian Negro, I’m guessing he was focusing on his fathers ?

  48. K-Dog May 28, 2017 at 4:39 am #

    My login works!

    I have not been able to log in for a while what with the strange ‘server problems’ at this site. I see a pdog has now arrived, I’m not surprised. I know a lot about technology. I find the ‘server problem’ explanation a bit hokey, just sayin.

    Regardless I’m the real deal, the dog that has been here for years. A genuine private individual who is not a government employee pretending to be a real person like so many here. A real genuine person not employed by corporate interests to fuck with people on the web in any way. My own dog.

    Apparently the rules still allow me to go outside and do my business after enough time has passed. But of course we all know there really won’t be rules when the shit gets heavy.

    About this: we are not at war with Russia, which, by the way, is no longer the Soviet Union. It is one of many European countries that Americans are entitled to do business in

    Newsflash: Perhaps saying that 9000 times might persuade a few smarter people of that fact but intelligence and power have an inverted relationship in America. America itself is being entertained to death and no longer has opinions or knows facts.

    People have already gone to prison here for using the low-orbit ion cannon only one time. Did anyone notice or care? No, so Russia will be an enemy as long as the neo-liberal Democrats wish it to be so. They do not want competition and since we are the country where believing any bizarre fact not founded in reality in any way is A-Ok the meme of Russia controlling our bowel movements will be pushed without pause.

    The whole hatin on Russia meme has moved me into the don’t vote, revolt camp. I have no respect for the major political parties any more. Zero! Neither represents the long term health of the nation or the desires of our people. Money has now become god and rules all. Morality is dead. This will create an interesting situation when money evaporates into thin air and nothing remains which can hold the nation together.

    I confess I have not known how long it has been since I have been able to log on again as I have been a very sick dog lately. You can read more about that here: Bat Shit Crazy

    JHK if he finds this comment should find it an interesting read. He writes on the same subject quite a bit.

    • elysianfield May 28, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      Dog,
      Sorry to hear of your issues…bats are virulent vectors for several ugly diseases. Regarding your indoor flowers…you’ve read reports, back in your/our youth, that “indoor flowers” were dangerous, injurious to both mental and physical health(Flower madness, et al.), and now you provide proof…. Bookmarked your site.

    • pequiste May 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

      Look on the bright side K.

      At least you have a dog in the fight.

  49. KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 4:57 am #

    For awhile fuel was cheap, and there were a few decent banking and labor laws.

    To claim much more beyond that seems a real stretch .

    For awhile fuel was cheap, and there were a few decent banking and labor laws.

    And perhaps those few things were sufficient, for awhile , to gloss over the fact that 100 + years of federal , and all 50 state , two party rule wasn’t essentially any better , or scarcely better, than one party rule.

    By the way, regarding this deep state business ; like I just said, two party rule has been the rule for 100 + years.
    That is, not a single viable third, much less fourth, party could make a go of it in even one state long before anyone had heard of an NSA or CIA, before even the FBI had been established.

    • K-Dog May 28, 2017 at 5:20 am #

      Not a stretch to claim that decency and truth were once respected.

      So do you advocate one party rule?

      • KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 6:47 am #

        Democracy , very generally, is the idea that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

        that so many posters here, including our host , pine for superhero great leaders , seems curiously incongruous then.

        You could ask a rather long list of people here, including our host , if they advocate one party rule , before you ever got to me.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

          Yeah well we were supposed to be a Republic, with only a few people voting – the qualified. One might be an extraordinary person in one’s own field, say working in the fields or making boots, and still not be qualified to vote. One of the requirements is time to study the issues – leisure in other words. That disqualifies most. There are other requirements too.

          Democracy? Why the need for politicians then? Why not vote on every issue from our computers at home? Pure Democracy! And pure folly needless to say.

    • K-Dog May 28, 2017 at 5:23 am #

      Actually the FBI was implement to crush the wobbilies which allowed to exist would have changed the fabric of society.

      • KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 6:24 am #

        Actually the then BI , no ‘F” , was a tiny office in treasury set up to combat interstate car theft.

      • KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 7:01 am #

        The wobblies ??!

        that was way before my time , and i dare say long before yours .

        I’m not sure how, if the two party monopoly was fine for so many years , before our times, when truth and decency were respected, that the suppression of the wobblies had any particular significance ?

  50. FincaInTheMountains May 28, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    Deep State – which is now controlled by the Jews == Janos

    Eyes Wide Shut

    Deep State is the assembly of various agents of influence in US Political Establishment, Government, Media and Business Community who are working in the interests of the Nazi Germany represented by the Fourth Reich of Angela Merkel.

    Members of the Deep State are motivated by the monetary compensation, but more importantly by advancing in the ranks of anti-Christian Secret Religious Sect created in the image of NSDAP Thule Society, which rituals were brilliantly described by Stanley Kubrick in the movie Eyes Wide Shut.

    Various prominent Americans, such as Stanley Kubrick himself, John Kennedy, and David Carradine were at some point members of the Sect, but broke ranks with it and were executed for religious betrayal.

  51. FincaInTheMountains May 28, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut is an interesting syndrome of American Society, which talks about all kinds of things, except the ones that lay in plane view in front of their eyes.

    For instance, the reasons for current severe economic crisis

    It is the crisis of overproduction, overproduction of American dollars which occurred in the 90s during the Information Superhighway project or Dot Com business.

    The subsequent “sub-prime mortgage crisis” of 2007-2008 was a result of attempt to mediate the main crisis, to channel the excess dollar mass that had nowhere to go, into the real estate. It was a bitter pill, but better than a complete crush of financial system that threatened the world in the aftermath of the Dot Com.

  52. tucsonspur May 28, 2017 at 6:07 am #

    I saw the man-child emerge, as Trump pushed aside the prime minister of Montenegro.

    But he is what we have, and the ride has already been wild for some time, as many of us easily predicted. Our slow, quiet death has been halted, with Obama out and Hillary stopped.

    What awaits us? The future, of course, full of Russians, North Koreans, Islamic terror, cyber catastrophe, Duterte types, Legions of the Left, and, in general, a world waiting to explode.

    Embrace it, and embrace the man-child. Hope to see the Man appear with the resolution of righteousness. If necessary, hope also he can be the Viking Beserker, when showdown comes and the terror is upon us.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 28, 2017 at 6:10 am #

      Exactly

    • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      How dare a little man stand in front of the POTUS! Monty is cool – he knows the way of the world. He’s grateful POTUS didn’t utterly crush him.

      You see the Truth. We are far too civilized and not civilized enough. If we were truly civilized, the Child and Beast within us would be respected. Look what happened to Kirk when his good and bad sides got split up. Weak goodness is impotent on all levels. The Beast must not be exorcised but exercised. But of course, kept on a leash until the Hunt is up. Of course Odin will join the Wild Hunt! But who will be the quarry?

  53. AKlein May 28, 2017 at 7:34 am #

    “No Exit?” Really? The “Exit” will be a glowing hot war. Surely I cannot be the only one who sees that in the cards, so to speak. Year after year we are presented with paradoxes, anomalies, craziness of all sorts. Black becomes white and white black, up becomes down and vice versa. Our government not so secretly supports ISIS, but publicly proclaims it bad, but it’s really good because etc, etc, etc. The old saying that whom the gods would destroy they first drive mad. I see that dynamic in full operation. You’ll know we have arrived at the finale when the public embraces war (i.e. their own annihilation) as a peachy keen solution. It just solves so many problems!

  54. FincaInTheMountains May 28, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences

    A few days ago I wrote a post about Alexander Pushkin and his poem “The Prophet” and in response received a request to describe in more detail the continuity of the sects: the one that killed Pushkin and the one that inspired Kubrick to create “Eyes Wide Shut”.

    And then the news came about the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose daughter Mika plays a very important role in the so-called Pizzagate – the case of the bordellos arranged by the Clintons ala “Eyes wide shut”, but with such little pleasant detail as they involved children.

    By the way, the article was indirectly about the sects, or rather the result, and originally it was an article about the connection of the film “Blue Lagoon” and “Eyes Wide Shut “, as the film “The Blue Lagoon” is a screen version of the novel of the same name by Henry Stacpoole, who is borrowing the story from the masonic novels of Pushkin-Dumas in French, written before 1825. Honestly, I could not find any evidence of this assumption, but the movie of 1980 I finally watched and was completely stunned by.

    I always thought this film was erotic, and I avoided watching it. But it turned out that this is not only a high tragedy, but a Masonic comment on Genesis. One can say the artistic manifesto of the Western White Project. Richard and Emmeline are, as you understand, Adam and Eve, and the shark is an angel with a fiery sword banishing them from Paradise for …. a big question for what, not only in the film, but in the Holy Scripture.

    Actually, it was with this issue that the Albigensian crusade had begun, so there with the sectarianism everything is fine. And this was the theme of the second part of not-written book about Christian art and the destruction of Orthodox Christians – the Western Orthodox Christians of the Irish outcast.

    Actually this tragedy was preserved in the memory of Western nations, serving as the basis for various Jacqueries.

    It is enough from this angle to read the tales of the Grimm brothers – the Castles of Satanists, oppressing the simple but Christian folks.

    But even more striking is that just at the moment when I was reading my old posts on this topic came the news that a certain woman from Perm, Russia, bought the island on which this film was shot, and where the ancient altar of the ancient god really is.

    And, shocked, I went to drink sugar-cane moonshine, after which I fell safely asleep.

    youtube.com/watch?v=t4gOTeI9ghU

  55. Being There May 28, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    The Dems may be using this for political mileage, but the fact remains that the Trump administration has made some very bad moves in regard to Russia.
    There is a huge money laundering operation with Deutchbank where Russia has been laundering money into US $$. This may lead to Trump as well.
    Trump couldn’t get loans here, so its very possible that he got loans from Russia.

    In the meantime Little Kushner set up a private line with the Russians that even surprised the Russians.

    This country has indeed jumped the shark and I believe the Republicans made a calculation to let Trump run with the ball deliberately so don’t be surprised that they let him win. Hillary may have allowed it too.

    The Friedman model is one of no regulations or rule of law and we ar watching it take the country down.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 28, 2017 at 10:20 am #

      Newt Gingrich:
      ”… we have this very strange story now of this young man who worked for the Democratic National Committee who apparently was assassinated at 4 in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like … 53,000 emails – and 17,000 attachments.”

      “Nobody is investigating that. And what does that tell you about what was going on? Because it turns out, it wasn’t the Russians. It was this young guy who, I suspect, was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee.”

      “He’s been killed, and apparently, nothing serious has been done to investigate his murder.”

      But no, BT thinks it is necessary to keep peddling the Russian conspiracy story, as we didn’t have enough (24X7) on various TV channels.

  56. FincaInTheMountains May 28, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    And anyway, when it comes to a real fight, the Satanists will have their asses handed to them by American deplorables and Russian peasant-fighters and they know it – they’re really good only at fucking and hurting little children.

  57. bob May 28, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    The core of the Buddha’s teaching was that attachment and desire are the roots of suffering. We desire a future state “America great again” as we remain attached to our conditioned beliefs and ideologies. The Universe is changing impermanence is inherent in the now. The path of denial of reality will take us where we are going.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

      Show me one place in the Buddhist Canon where Buddha taught ahimsa or non-violence for the Laity. You cannot because he did not. The World is War and those in it must contend – even as the Monk makes war against himself. He said, “Struggle there must be since all life is a struggle of some kind.” Indeed he described his path as going against the stream. Denial of reality will not take us where we want to go. The Muslim threat is real – and the Buddhists of Burma remember what they did to the Sangha in India long ago. It’s either them or them. Thus the Muzzies must be driven into the sea. The Monks are behind the Laity in this – a united front. Even what’s her name (Aun something) knows better than to object. Only Western Buddhists are confused about this, trying to appropriate Buddhism into their PC Cult.

  58. Q. Shtik May 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    Correction:

    Royal Daulton

    • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

      Wedge that china wood up your ass.

      • elysianfield May 28, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

        Yes, and Schwartzenhammer it well….

  59. FincaInTheMountains May 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Hillary wants to slam the door behind her

    In December 2016, she tried to arrange a nuclear war, and now she is trying to organize a civil war all the same, accusing the President’s son-in-law of high treason on the grounds that he, before Trump’s inauguration, attempted to establish a secret communication channel with Russia, which she could not control.

    foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/27/jared-kushners-growing-stench-of-treason/

    In fact, it was for this that she forced Trump to abandon General Flynn, and now Trump has only one way to save the US from the civil war – to declare to the whole world that a year ago, Hillary had overthrown President Obama and therefore all decisions allegedly made by Obama, including the decision on the New Year eve to expel and arrest Russian diplomats, when they can not do it, was illegal.

    Any other attempt to save the world from a catastrophe involves going beyond the law, that is, civil war.

  60. volodya May 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    Paul Ryan in one of his recent tweets burbled about conservative principles having to translate into real results that improve the lives of people who FEEL (emphasis mine) like they’ve been forgotten.

    Feel? As if it was all in their heads. Forgotten? As if it was some kind of a slip up. As if, oops, we forgot to make sure we don’t offshore 60,000 factories and the bread and butter of tens of millions of Americans. Oh, and bring home a quart of milk and a dozen eggs dear.

    Derangement is the general state of the ruling class. This is a condition that sets in early in life with the deranged hypocrisy in Washington matched by that on campus.

    This derangement has become a chronic gonorrhea of the mind in Washington with the long-standing infection becoming the “normal” state. Want an example? That Paul Ryan tweet for one, the sickness as the unquestioned “this is how it is”, the Republican Party standing for “conservative principles”.

    OK. Well, if the Democrats won the so-called culture wars, then the Republicans won the debate on the economy. And, as Pat Buchanan would say, the returns are in.

    Yep, and what do we see?: a huge swathe of the country’s interior that’s been economically despoiled, more than 90 million Americans of working age that aren’t working and, as a logical result of the foregoing as the formerly tax-paying working class was progressively impoverished, a 20 trillion dollar federal debt.

    Is this what “conservative principles” bring you? In any sane society this would be labelled nuts, pure madness, its proponents a laughingstock. No rational country does this to itself, nobody of sound mind would entertain such laughable and deranged poppycock.

    No new factions with a grip? Well, none that are visible.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

      Yeah they all use the “feel” dodge. At some conference they were saying that White feel they’ve been left behind with any new jobs going to immigrant. Bill Clinton chimed in, Well they have been. He’s certainly no friend of Whites and he’s not going to lose any sleep over it. He was probably just annoyed at the over the top delusion being manifested. That’s painful for high IQ people.

      Any time the question of Whites come up, the feel comes out. Obama, Pelosi, et al. All masters of the feel.

    • Buck Stud May 28, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

      I get a kick out of your posts. You the Canadian pretending to be an expert on the national psyche of America.

      For instance, you keep writing about the
      arrogance of ‘academia’ denouncing ‘flyover country whites’ as ‘dumb’ because they fail to vote for their own self interest.

      You’re not a cliche anymore but a ridiculous broken record.

      The fact of the matter is that the populous that supported Trump most stridently–older, red states whites–are about to get fucked up the ass by the new GOP health care proposal. Many of these supporters are aghast and ‘surprised’ at these proposals.

      But somehow, in your silly little make believe land of expertise, it’s wrong and arrogant for the educated classes to point out the obvious.

      You’re getting as stale and lame as that other foreign clown that incessantly posts on this site.

  61. Buck Stud May 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    A week ago I went to a high school graduation/commencement ceremony which featured many speakers and a Spanish language translator. One of the speakers was a rather muscular looking female who looked a bit old for a high school female but upon speaking revealed herself as a former He. How inclusive!

    I figured this was a good time to take a break so I made my way to the bathroom where men still stand up to piss and try, try, try to shake their Wang Doddle’s dry before re-emerging in public. For a certain segment of the male population it’s a futile effort and the hand dryer is more useful as a lap dryer, truth be told.

    Fuck transgender bathrooms and overbearing publicity seekers. Start installing Maxi Drip Pads in the far, private confines of the Men’s Bathroom because sooner or later, were all destined for “Bitch” status.

    • tucsonspur May 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      Why relegate them to the far, private confines? To avoid ridicule by the young piss ants with precise bladder control?

      As we really get old, we sadly become more and more dependent. The saying is that growing old is not for sissies or babies, yet the diapers or “depends” tragically await us.

      Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, diapers to diapers. We’ll wind up mumbling and stumbling, wetting ourselves, then tumbling into the grave. Thank god there are other choices.

    • DA May 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

      God bless you Buck Stud for saying what I could not! I’ve found that two fingers up under and behind the balls to squeeze/shake recalcitrant effluent toward its desired destination is at least a moderately successful method, at least when using a proper male wall urinal. Unfortunately, for the increasingly ubiquitous transgender sit down toilets, such methods just result in male splatter all over the place. Definitely not a good look!

      I’m loathe to present it (as I’m sure most males would be to accept it, although with the growing use of mandated piss tests, who knows?), but a possible alternative is the use of a ‘Solo Cup’ or similar. The idea being an environmentally friendly 8-12-16 oz cup for males to hang their wang and piss in, and then dump their stuff appropriately. All the shake and manipulation being taken up in the cup and dumped appropriately. Works best with males wearing loose fitting, draping pants, which is also fortunately the target demographic (GOOD LUCK if you’re still wearing hip-hugger jeans and have aging male piss problems!). Not 100% effective (yes, I’ve tried it), but one of the better solutions I’ve tried so far.

      Hard sell? Certainly. Good idea? I think so.

      Full disclosure: I’m 59, so I’m not “old, old” yet, but I’m old enough to feel the need. In the end, and this is a theme of mine, we’re living too long these days simply because we can, without regard to the quality of life that implies for us, or much more importantly, the implications for those who are coming up behind us. And I think we’re all feeling the stress of those decisions, whether made or foregone.

  62. tucsonspur May 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    “The beast must not be exorcised but exercised.” Janos

    Here’s a song that references “the beast” in a way I can particularly relate to, with its mention of New York. The closing lines may appear cryptic to many.

    Nick Lowe does a great version, which I first heard on the “Sopranos”. But here’s Johnny Cash, doing it justice.

    youtube.com/watch?v=T8tGCVavS5s

  63. KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    ” Yeah well we were supposed to be a Republic, with only a few people voting – the qualified. One might be an extraordinary person in one’s own field, say working in the fields or making boots, and still not be qualified to vote. One of the requirements is time to study the issues – leisure in other words. That disqualifies most. There are other requirements too….. ”

    I have long thought that there should be, at minimum , a property requirement — a SUBSTANTIAL property requirement , to vote.

    Admittedly this does raise the possibility that only Kim Kardashians will be voting.
    ( honestly though, is that not already the case ? )

    The trouble with an education, enlightenment , or virtue requirement is that such things are impossible to quantify .

    Like terms like “meritocracy ” which irk me so much. Ask ten different people what “merit” means and you will get ten different, impossible to predict , answers .
    The ONE THING all ten people will , PREDICTABLY , express in common , is that merit has something to do with what that particular
    person values , LIKES.
    And so , consequently, it should come as no surprise when Kim kardashian winds up on a list of role models to be emulated, or a draft dodger who went to Moscow winds up being elected President of the U.S . – ie. head Jingoist cheerleader.

    At least with a property requirement you either own 100 acres, or you do not own 100 acres.

    It seems to me to err on the side of candor ; a frank and blatant admission that we are not all altruists who can survive on a single thimble-full of wine and a communion wafer per day, but instead equivocal prostitutes to the grocery bill and the mortgage.
    Money does matter.

    What republicanism and egalitarianism have given rise to it seems
    are endless euphemism -laden claims that my shit smells sweeter than yours . Claims which can , conveniently for those who have money, power, and popularity , never be proven or disproven.

    As I pointed out , notice the sheer number of republican , egalitarian Americans who worship the Fuhrer Principe to a degree that it makes the Nazis look like cynics , and makes an old school monarchist blush.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank you for clarifying your pov. I’m watching Downton Abbey and cheering for the family to keep their Estate. Please don’t ever call yourself a believer in Democracy again. Be proud of your Republicanism. The Mob must be kept down.

      Now I notice you using republican and egalitarian in the same sentence. Sigh. The work of the gods is never done.

      • KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

        I was the old school monarchist referred to.

        this is not to say that I am impressed with, or see any value in, palaces, crowns , and titles.

        On the contrary, if anything, such things make me want to vomit..

        No, what I value in monarchy , ideally at least, on paper at least, is the idea of inherited burden.

        Very much like you don’t get to pick your family , God, the Gods, or a random roll of the dice , picks out your loved ones or your abusers for you and you get no vote in it, and that is closer to justice than any scheme man has worked out.

        The assumption is that justice, “coincidentally ” tends to dovetail nicely with what people like and want.
        But i suspect that, on the contrary, justice more often turns out to be what people don’t like and don’t want.

        The myth is that the American revolution, the French Revolution, the Bolshevik revolution , even , at the ostensible other end of the spectrum, the Fascist and National Socialist Revolutions, were expressions of power to the people.

        Hogwash.
        All of these were orchestrated by aristocrats.

        The general outcome of 500 years of revolution is that what , albeit few , burdens and responsibilities the aristocracy were saddled with have been cast off , and all that is really left is privilege, gravy , no limits at all.

        The general outcome is that sadism and self-flattery are stronger than self-interest , as the peasantry have voluntarily voted for their own debasement and enslavement.

        As You have pointed out, nine out of ten women don’t go out and screw and marry the best man they can find, but the worst killer and rapist they can find.

        This is not to praise men , who suck the kneecaps of people they aren’t even screwing, and don’t even get a toaster oven or refrigerator for their trouble , not to mention actually , if not in so many words, encourage women to screw them over for the sake of characters you wouldn’t hire to wash your car if you had any sense.

        Ideally, the reaction to inheriting a baronetcy or a dukedom would be to scream with grief at your terrible luck.

        In the real world though, incredibly they built a marble shrine to house a piece of shitty propaganda ( The Declaration of Independence ) written by a rapist pervert . ( Thomas Jefferson. what is the context of consent when a slave owner dicks a slave ? ) .

  64. KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    speaking of foreign clowns —-

    I don’t go to the shit house to meet and greet.

    The place where I clean out my stinky is not any sort of social setting.

    I don’t loiter about the cesspit.

    ” it’s the economy stupid ” ? Not if the thinking and practices of Americans are any clue.

    Spending a shitload of money on toilet segregation hardly strikes me as fiscally practical , no-nonsense, and restrained.

    transexuality strikes me as weird, strange, bizarre , and undoubtedly sexually perverse.

    — But not anywhere near as weird, strange, bizarre , and sexually perverse as shit house social criteria. .

  65. Pucker May 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    Why do you suppose they called it “Happy Days”?

    “One of Allen’s ideas was to use Sukarno’s Sukarno’s womanizing against him. He first approved the dissemination of news stories about a Russian airline stewardess who had apparently developed a relationship with Sukarno. Then he conceived one of his most bizarre projects, a pornographic film featuring an actor made up to look like Sukarno. Allen reasoned that the film would seem real given what everyone knew about Sukarno’s habits, and thought it could be used to undermine Sukarno’s authority. The film, called Happy Days, featured an actor wearing a latex mask made by the CIA’s Technical Services Division, with a bald head because Sukarno was supposedly sensitive about his baldness. Prints were discreetly sprinkled around East Asia, but they had no evident effect.”

    • elysianfield May 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

      Puck,
      I seem to remember the incident…when questioned, did he not laugh at the assembled press and ask for a copy for himself?

      • Pucker May 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

        I guess that the film’s audience in seeing a bloke wearing a bald rubber Sukarno mask boning a Russian airline stewardess would infer that Sukarno was Communist and Soviet Russian stooge?

        • elysianfield May 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

          Puck,
          Sukarno was, indeed, a “fellow traveler” as far as the US was concerned. His scorn was seen as to indicate that he would not be blackmailed.

  66. Elrond Hubbard May 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    Interracial Marriages On The Rise

    youtube.com/watch?v=xrlS4_JDkUA

    Taste the rainbow!

    • KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

      Never fear , they will replace an arbitrary , but at least blatant , mark of subordination with one just as arbitrary , but opaque . And such opaqueness will serve the aristocracy even better.

  67. pequiste May 28, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    So late on the weekend and I was only just recently allowed to gain access to the CFN website.

    I shan’t succumb to the tantalizing bait at JHK’s dead-fall trap.

    Instead I shall proffer my personal take on the Existentialist dilemma set before us:

    youtube.com/watch?v=ej1ilMD_bFg

  68. pequiste May 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    My thoughts this Memorial Day holiday are for my fellow Americans who served in the military and gave their lives for the nation.

    I wish all of the CFN a safe Memorial Day.

  69. KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    ” Full disclosure: I’m 59, so I’m not “old, old” yet, but I’m old enough to feel the need. In the end, and this is a theme of mine, we’re living too long these days simply because we can, without regard to the quality of life that implies for us, or much more importantly, the implications for those who are coming up behind us. And I think we’re all feeling the stress of those decisions, whether made or foregone. ”

    Which is why , when the subject of health care comes up, it drives me right up the wall when the priests without collars line up to complain,

    ” It’s all the fault of cigarette smokers and fans of Burger King !! ”

    Horse shit !

    Thank God for cigarettes, Burger King, and childhood Leukemia.

    I’m sure lung cancer sucks.

    But I’m likewise highly doubtful of the idea that a committee of supposedly dispassionate and disinterested strangers passing judgement on your ” quality of life” , whatever the Hell that is, is a rosier prospect.

    I have heard before that , today, no less than 500 years ago, two-thirds of all wealth is inherited .

    Gee, what then if too many people live so long that by the time they do kick the bucket there is none of that— err— ” merit ” left for the kiddies to inherit ?

    Perhaps

  70. KesaAnna May 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    ” Yeah they all use the “feel” dodge. At some conference they were saying that White feel they’ve been left behind with any new jobs going to immigrant. Bill Clinton chimed in, Well they have been. He’s certainly no friend of Whites and he’s not going to lose any sleep over it. He was probably just annoyed at the over the top delusion being manifested. That’s painful for high IQ people.

    Any time the question of Whites come up, the feel comes out. Obama, Pelosi, et al. All masters of the feel. ”

    That really is nothing new.

    It was already old hat in 1783.

    ” My thoughts this Memorial Day holiday are for my fellow Americans who served in the military and gave their lives for the nation. ”

    Our hearts are to bleed for the Indians. ( But we won’t be giving the land back. )

    Our hearts are to bleed for Negroes. ( brought to these shores by that 7% of the population so ably represented by the rich railroad lawyer Abraham Lincoln. )

    And here is a holiday to honor those who have served the country.

    I will point out just one example of a patriotic servant of his country you sure as Hell won’t be honoring or crying for on memorial day ;

    Thomas Hutchinson. Fourth generation American , who put in 16 hour days for over 30 years for the Colony of Massachusetts .
    obliged under threat of death to leave the only country he had ever known when past 60 years of age.
    When the King offered him a baronetcy as reward for his service, he had to decline it, he was too poor to take on the obligations attendant on that modest title.
    Like I said, here was a guy who put in 16 hour days for 30 years in service to his country.
    Never the less in his last years he was obliged to live on charity.

    ” your fellow Americans ” ?

    There was no such thing in 1776.

    There is no such thing now.

    The U.S. regime was never your country, not in 1776, not now.

    Trump or Clinton are screwing you eh ?

    Pffff !!

    No, you screwed yourself every time you painted guys like Hutchinson as bad guys, piss on them, and praised scumbags like Jefferson and Lincoln who wouldn’t piss on you if your heart was on fire.

  71. BackRowHeckler May 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm #

    Hey K Dog, happy to see those anti biotics set you right, just one dose. 75 years ago you’d probably be pushing up daisies at this point.

    Its a miracle.

    Same thing happened to me a few years ago. It was a tick bite which went into cellulitis, then septicemia. I thought I was a goner. A good dose of penicillin and a few days in the hospital cleared up the problem pretty quick.

    Those pesky ticks, small, but deadly.

    brh

  72. bukowskisghost May 28, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

    I still blame OJ for this mess.

  73. bukowskisghost May 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    White America has never been the same.

  74. bukowskisghost May 28, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    And Hillary is a piece of shit.

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