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The remaining Americans sound-of-mind must view the primary election spectacle with mounting sensations of wonder, nausea, and panic. It’s one thing for the financial system to crack up, and another thing for social norms to disintegrate, and still another for the political system to become a locked ward of obvious psychopathology. Even the neurosurgeon on duty went narcoleptic the other night when his name was called to take the stage.

Last week’s candidate “debates” (or boasting contests) only underscored the human frailty on display. Marco Rubio was unmasked as an android with a broken flash drive. For a few moments I thought I was seeing an clip from the old movie Alien. In fact, the Republican melodrama more and more echoes the tone and plot of that story: a hapless, bumbling crew lost in space. One of these nights, something unspeakable is going to shoot out of Donald Trump’s mouth and there will be blood all over the podiums.

The Democratic boasting contest was not more reassuring. Bernie blew his biggest chance yet to harpoon the white whale known as Hillary when he cast some glancing aspersions on Mz It’s-My-Turn’s special side-job as errand girl of the Too-Big-To-Fail banks. Together, Bill and Hillary racked up $7.7 million on 39 speaking gigs to that gang, with Hillary clocking $1.8 million of the total for eight blabs. When Bernie alluded to this raft of grift, MzIMT retorted, “If you’ve got something to say, say it directly.”

There was a lot Bernie could have said, but didn’t. Such as: what did you tell them that was worth over $200,000 a pop? Whatever it was, it must have made them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Did it occur to you that this might look bad sometime in the near future? Is there any way that this might not be construed as bribery? And how is some formerly middle-class out-of-work average voter supposed to feel about you getting paid more for 45 minutes of flapping your gums than he or she has earned in the past five years?

Bernie could have found a gentlemanly way to say that directly, but perhaps he experienced a sickening precognitive vision of his jibes being used against the party establishment’s candidate in the fall general election. Of course, if it looked like Hillary was going to get elected, the remaining sound-of-mind in this country might be falling over each other to apply for citizenship in Uruguay.

Beyond all the political histrionics, is there not some broad recognition that whoever occupies the White House in 2017 will preside over a financial debacle like unto nothing in scale that the world has ever seen before? With all the reverberating side effects imaginable among the traumatized nations? Something wicked has been creeping through the stock markets since the year began. The velocity and damage are amping up. Credit default swap spreads are yawning like fault lines in a ‘quake. Bankers are watching their share prices collapse. It’s a wonder that panic has not already broken out.

This is not just about Wall Street and its counterparts in London, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Frankfurt. This is the financial world (and underworld) catching up with the Economy of Actual Stuff. In the USA, that economy has bled out like a hapless bystander with a sucking chest wound for the last eight years. Despite all the patriotic sanctimony on view at the Superbowl, the nation appears to be visibly cracking up, along with the fantasy of a permanent global economy.

None of the desperate work-arounds since 2008 have worked around the predicaments of our time. Politics will not abide a rational journey out of our fatal hyper-complexity to something simpler and more consistent with the realities at hand. Expect more and greater craziness as the year lurches on.

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  1. DrTomSchmidt February 8, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    And how is some formerly middle-class out-of-work average voter supposed to feel about you getting paid more for 45 minutes of flapping your gums than he or she has earned in the past five years?

    I recently re-read Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns, a piece written in early 2001 while the memories of the late-90s boom were still fresh, and before 9/11. An interesting piece of techno-narcissism, he makes specific claims that can be tested against time.

    He is correct that technological progress has continued. I have not assessed whether the rate of technological progress has increased, whether Moore’s law has gone from doubling transistors every 18 months to every 12 or more rapidly. He also claims that proper economic policy will recognize this growth and allow a MUCH faster rate of economic growth that a mere 3.5%.

    So I did a little checking. It turns out that GDP per capita, the only measure of GDP worth checking, HAS increased, and steadily, since 2001. Why the misery in the country, then? It turns out that per-capita personal income has gone DOWN: the techno-future has increased GDP while reducing personal income. That reduced personal income pairs with a bubble-driven increase in asset prices, making it that much harder for non-elite people to afford to live.

    Whether Kurzweil is correct about the Singularity (and it’s a worthwhile read), we won’t get there if desperate people destroy the country to get some share in the “wealth” it creates. Nota bene, Hillary.

    • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

      Heads UP

      Iran Drops the US Dollar –

      ShortNews – the News-Community

      Iran Drops the US Dollar : Tehran, Iran- Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari announced that “At the moment selling oil in dollars has been completely halted……………

    • lsjogren February 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

      The technological progress is somewhat illusory, however.

      The laws of physics are incredibly kind in the area of information technology. The fundamental physical limits on the resources it requires to generate, process, and transport information are incredibly small.

      The fundamental limits on the resources required to meet the physical needs of human beings, especially if they are to live by a modern standard of living are severe.

      Moore’s law is a major example of what you can do in IT.

      In contrast, where are we with transportation? The motorized vehicle that people drive for the most part is the very same one that they drove 100 years ago. Electric cars have the potential for a modest step up in vehicle efficiency, but not the sort of orders of magnitude advances we see in IT.

      A slightly exaggerated but basically accurate way of looking at this is to say that there is enormous potential for the technology that allows people to for example engage in idle chitchat across the world, or to download high definition porn, while there is far less potential for advances in transportation, housing, health care, education, etc., areas of human endeavor where meeting physical needs is a major portion of the process.

      (One might argue that education may be an exception, but I think there is not evidence to suggest that online education can replace old fashioned schoolroom education.)

      And another thing- what evidence there is of increasing human prosperity in the recent past are likely due more than anything to the temporary glut of fossil fuel resources. Fossil fuels are the fundamental resource used for those aspects of human society involving meeting people’s physical needs. There’s going to be no singularity for fossil fuels, sooner or later they are going to be depleted.

  2. AHtheHumanity February 8, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    It is a sickness the way Americans celebrate excess. We can’t have just one artist during halftime shows, it’s got to be 3. We can’t have just one commercial during the break, we have to have 6 or more. We can’t spend a reasonable amount on anything we do because it would be construed as not being an IMPORTANT activity if it met a modest and adequate budget. Race war has been trumped by class war. I’m sick of being around the sickness and Uruguay is a great proposal.

    • Neon Vincent February 8, 2016 at 10:07 am #

      My reaction to the Super Bowl was to suggest drinks so that viewers could forget all about the commercials. I turned off the game after halftime and only tuned in for the final four minutes. I don’t think I missed anything.

      I have an appropriate holiday answer to our host’s question, “is there not some broad recognition that whoever occupies the White House in 2017 will preside over a financial debacle like unto nothing in scale that the world has ever seen before?” The answer is yes. Even the Chinese astrologers and feng shui practitioners recognize this. In a forecast for the Year of the Fire Monkey, a feng shui master predicted, “In 2016 we will see a big slide in the world economy. The global economic situation will be terrible and lots of companies will be bankrupted.” Thank you, but we don’t need astrology to tell us that.

      On that note, I wish all of you Gong Xi Fa Cai/Kung Hei Fat Choi. If you wish to take that ironically, be my guest.

      • Lawfish February 8, 2016 at 10:30 am #

        Super Bowl? I eschewed that spectacle in favor of brewing a batch of hefeweizen beer. Much more satisfying.

        • abbybwood February 8, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

          I watched “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”. Twice.

          Much more entertaining and inspiring.

          • Ishabaka February 11, 2016 at 7:26 am #

            Oooh – aren’t we all such superior beings (ubermenschen?) because we didn’t watcth the Superbowl like all the plebs?

      • George February 9, 2016 at 11:56 am #

        “Of course, if it looked like Hillary was going to get elected, the remaining sound-of-mind in this country might be falling over each other to apply for citizenship in Uruguay.”

        Actually Uruguay doesn’t look all that bad. As for places to flee, the two southern German-speaking states of Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul & Santa Catarina) and Patagonia (Argentina’s version of Alaska as Argentinians are given to describe it) are looking pretty good too. Unfortunately, as citizens of the evil empire, we can run, but to paraphrase Ephraim, we can’t hide.

        Meanwhile commodity futures are being sold short as never before and CCC (Junk) bonds, the only investment that offers a return, are being liquidated Pal Mall. It’s speculated that something tripped a wave of margin calls buried deep within the inner-workings of some classes of derivatives. Others speculate that sinister forces are working to destroy the Russian economy, presumably to bring down Putin, the only relatively rational player left on the global stage that’s given to exercising a foreign policy not dictated by the Wall Street and neoconservative irks.

        paulcraigroberts.org/2016/02/08/privatization-is-the-atlanticist-strategy-to-attack-russia-paul-crai…

    • lsjogren February 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

      On the other hand, keep in mind that the Super Bowl is the greatest spectacle of sports excess in the US, so one could argue it is not a representative example.

      What have always seemed to me the biggest examples of material excess in our country are things like RVs and watercraft. But a large portion of our population is not involved in such decadent pursuits, although in most cases that is probably more due to not being financially able to rather than not being interested in it.

  3. Greg Knepp February 8, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    I’ve always liked Donald Trump and have followed his career with great interest. He’s very bright, hard working, and affable in that kind of slap-on-the-back eastern manner that so many of us find endearing. He understands Americans, plays to their hatred of all things PC, and toys with the media like an old tabby cat batting about a ball of yarn – gotta love it!

    I predicted his success months ago, much to the chagrin of my liberal friends (I, myself, am a Democrat). Sadly, though, while understanding America’s problems, The Donald proposes no real solutions. This is not necessarily his fault…perhaps there are no solutions.

    • lsjogren February 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

      He does at least avoid proposing policies that would make things far worse, such as the immigration policies that come close to outright open borders that politicians from Hillary to Nancy Pelosi to Marco Rubio to Lindsey Graham support, policies which would guarantee the US is an overpopulated environmental wasteland by the end of the century even if absolutely everything follows a best case scenario.

    • abbybwood February 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      If Clinton is the Democrat nominee and Trump is the Republican nominee I predict that Trump will win in a landslide with the cross-over Democratic progressive Bernie fans (regardless of how much Bernie begs them to vote for her) and Independents helping him to win in a landslide. At least he said he’ll talk to Putin for cryin’ out loud!

      It will go down in history is the biggest backlash against any presidential candidate in history.

      Which explains why the Democrat “Establishment” are busy calling Joe or even John Kerry! to try to talk them into being there to rescue the Establishment come time for the Cleveland convention.

      • Greg Knepp February 9, 2016 at 9:47 am #

        I agree. In fact, a recent poll in NH shows many a Sanders voter would prefer Trump, rather than Clinton, as a second choice. I, myself, am leaning toward Trump but would find Sanders acceptable. There are no other candidates on either side that I would consider.

      • george33 February 15, 2016 at 8:26 am #

        If the stock market crashes and the economy follows, people may decide that trump, as a businessman, would become more desirable…probably a mistake.

        If the saudis and turkeys attack then possibly the great white whale becomes a better choice…probably a mistake.

        Perhaps no right ansewers

  4. Hospice Man February 8, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    news coverage I’m reading says that Obama’s crew has pretty much thrown in the towel for Hillary being O’s third term. She cannot seem to get out of desperation mode–her ground game in Iowa cut corners and played the kinds of numbers games that Democrats have been angry about since Bush V Gore 2000. Sanders doesn’t HAVE TO be the one to figuratively slip the knife into Hillary–she’s destroying herself. The most desperate moment Thursday was HRC saying that nobody could ever say she’d changed a vote to help a corporation. In fact, a 2004 Moyers interview with Elizabeth Warren establishes that as fact–Hillary flipped on a bankruptcy provision that she got Bill to veto in 2000 then helped passed herself in 2001 when elected to the senate. The video is going viral. If HRC manages to be the least unelectable candidate come November, everyone’s in for a very unpleasant ride. brooklynculturejammers.com/2016/02/06/caught-lying-in-new-england/

    • chuckyzfr1 February 8, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      Not to nit pick, but HRC never actually said “nobody could say I ever…” Or “I have never….” What I recall her actually saying was “there is no evidence that I have ever changed a vote as the result of…..” Amazing, isn’t it? A lawyer to the very core! I do agree with your point though, she has absolutely changed votes/positions based on corporate sponsorship.

      • SteveO February 8, 2016 at 10:39 am #

        Like like ‘ol Bubba Bill testifying about Monica.

      • Hospice Man February 8, 2016 at 11:03 am #

        I was paraphrasing–what she said is ‘anybody who knows me, who thinks they can influence me, name one thing they’ve influenced me on’. And I stand by my statement that this was a really dumb statement for HRC to make when the Warren video was already circulating among Sanders supporters. This isn’t some political hayseed talking to a podunk college radio station–this is a statement from a sitting US Senator who can give dates and times if it were a court matter. I resent political liars when they pull the old ‘who do you trust–me or your lyin’ eyes?’ defense.

    • abbybwood February 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

      Just read this article about the Clinton campaign doing dirty “Push Polling” in Nevada against Sanders:

      nolandalla.com/i-just-got-push-polled-by-hillary-clintons-nevada-campaign/

      Desperation is an understatement!

      • Doug February 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

        “Desperation is an understatement!”

        Oh, I don’t think Clinton is feeling too desperate in Nevada, where the caucuses are pretty tightly controlled by the Democratic Party machine, and where she had a 20 point average lead in the polls, last time I checked.

        As for Sanders, did you catch this”

        = = = = =
        How Bernie Sanders’ Campaign ‘Disappointed And Offended’ Nevada’s Most Powerful Union

        by Alice Ollstein Jan 28, 2016 3:16 pm

        Reports surfaced Thursday alleging that campaign employees of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had posed as hotel workers on the Las Vegas Strip in order to preach to members of the Culinary Union — one of the biggest and most politically influential unions in the key early caucus state.

        The Culinary Union confirmed the reports, telling ThinkProgress in a statement that the campaign’s actions left them “disappointed and offended.”

        “It’s completely inappropriate for any campaign to attempt to mislead Culinary Union members, especially at their place of work,” said the union’s Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline. “We strongly condemn anyone falsifying their affiliation with the Culinary Union in order to gain access to properties and we will cooperate with casinos and hotels so that this matter is fully resolved.”

        Sanders campaign workers visited four unionized hotels, The Rio, Paris, The Mirage and Planet Hollywood, and by wearing the union’s iconic yellow button, accessed employee dining rooms to speak with and give Sanders literature to workers.

        The Sanders campaign did not respond to inquires from ThinkProgress about the incident.

        = = = = =

      • jloughrey February 9, 2016 at 2:03 am #

        Here’s another example of Hillary’s desperation. A Facebook friend of mine complained today that they received a demand of payment on the $150 pledge that my friend made to Hillary’s campaign. Turns out my friend never made such pledge. Talk about leaving a dirty taste in the mouth of perspective voters.

  5. malthuss February 8, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    This is for Janos, Q-Shtik and Doug,

    Puppies, untrained

    youtube.com/watch?v=rNQuqY1oXpE

    • Q. Shtik February 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      In Doug’s defense, he (wisely) never took exception to the pack/hierarchy arrangement in dogs, just in wolves.

      • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

        And the Yellowstone pack[s] info prove him wrong.

  6. malthuss February 8, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Wolves in Yellowstone,

    forwolves.org/ralph/wpages/yell-o.htm

    Range Rick McIntyre has written a fascinating eye-witness account of the fight between the Rose Creek and Druid Peak packs which took place on June 18, 1996 in Slough Creek. The Druids may have also killed wolf 19F in April of 1997 with the result that her 4 pups perished too. The pack retained its reputation of ferocity. I learned a year after the fact that in the fall of 1996 they almost got wolf Chief Joseph wolf, 34M, although surprisingly, they allowed his pack mate no 31M to join the Druid pack. The difference may have been that 34 was seeking to pair with a female and 31M was seeking to join the pack as the beta male.
    The pack’s aggressiveness continued in later years, and many people have attributed its aggressiveness to no. 40F who eventually emerged as the alpha female and was viewed by some as a tyrant over her own pack as well.

    R29M, a gray male yearling from the Half-way pack. 100 pounds on arrival.
    Current status: deceased. He was the alpha male of the Nez Perce Pack, but he left, or was driven from the pack in the summer of 1998.
    The Druids change from caution to bold aggressiveness-
    Even after leaving the pen, the Druid Peak pack did not quickly explore the surrounding area. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a very aggressive pack. They soon killed the alpha male of the Crystal Creek Bench pack and a yearling from the Rose Creek Pack.

    They probably also injured the alpha female of the Crystal Creek Pack and killed her 1996 litter of pups.

    The Crystal Creek female (no. 5F) denned, but no pups were ever observed, Number 5F abandoned her den shortly after the Druids killed her mate, and she was seen limping with her tail held low for a while.
    The replacement of 38M and 31M with 21M seemed lessen the hostility between the Druid Peak pack and the Rose Creek Pack. After no. 21 came to lead the Druids, hostile encounters with the Rose Creek Pack ended until fall of 1998 when the Druids caught a Rose Creek female alone in Druid territory. The Druid alpha female, no. 40F led the attack, and pack tore the intruder apart.

    • hmuller February 8, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Are you suggesting this is all a metaphor for Hillary-wolf and her Super Pac?

      • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 11:01 am #

        Nice analogy. BUT

        It was meant for Doug, Janos and Q, as literal wolf packs.

      • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 11:18 am #

        I posted that due to this,

        Doug February 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

        First, I’m not sure what basis you think you have for your doubt, but it’s irrelevant (and wrong, BTW).

        And if you think that you can use videos about training animals that have been domesticated and bred largely under human intervention for 30,000 years to make an argument about wild wolf behavior, well — as is abundantly clear already, you just don’t get it.

    • Q. Shtik February 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

      and killed her 1996 litter of pups. – Malthuss quoting Ranger Rick

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

      WOW, that is one HUGE litter. 🙂

      • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

        Stop being such an idle former accountant.

        Ever hear of, ‘Fertility drugs?’

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 8, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

        Q, you’re a riot!

        • Q. Shtik February 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

          I just work with the material I’m given. 🙂

    • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

      Yes Doug takes the Noble Savage doctrine even further, extending it to animals. Usually only women sentimentalize animals to this degree. Apparently he’s trying to have a complete system of though, a metaphysic so to speak. Where does morality and goodness come from? From Nature of course. Where else since there is nothing else in Doug’s universe. Where does evil come from? From Man who rejects Nature. Man corrupted wolves into dogs, making them capable of evil just as Sauron tormented Elves into mating with goblins in order to create Orcs.

  7. malthuss February 8, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Beyond all the political histrionics, is there not some broad recognition that whoever occupies the White House in 2017 will preside over a financial debacle like unto nothing in scale that the world has ever seen before?

    So USA has 1-5 more years of ‘fake prosperity?’

  8. bobinboiseid February 8, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    How about the Republicans jostling for pole position for who would be the best torturer!

    “…6. Candidates Discuss Torture
    Cruz said he didn’t think waterboarding was considered torture under the law and that he “would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use.”

    Trump said he would bring it back and more: “I would bring back waterboarding and I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

    Rubio responded: “We should not be discussing in a widespread way the exact tactics that we’re going to use, because it allows terrorists and others to practice how to evade us…”

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/republican-presidential-debate-moments-mattered/story?id=36286627

    This whole POTUS election should be cancelled and the Federal Government disbanded and eliminated. BIG.GOV has become a virus bent on killing its host, the average American.

    • hmuller February 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      Trump’s comments on water boarding made me nostalgic for the bygone humanitarian values of Dick Cheney (who technically speaking lacks a heart). Sometimes, I must laugh at this field of candidates to keep from crying.

      • abbybwood February 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

        I believe Cheney received the heart of a 16 year old female who was killed in a motorcycle crash.

        Funny how he insisted afterwards, “It’s not an old heart, it’s my new heart.”

        As if it never belonged to anyone else.

        • hmuller February 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

          I heard Cheney got some mechanical implant like the tin man in the Wizard of Oz; he just lacks the joie de vivre to sing about it. But I’m sure he wouldn’t mind harvesting any body parts he needs in the future.
          It makes me wonder how many parts David Rockefeller has replaced, he being old enough to fart dust. I guess drinking that baby blood at elitist “religious services” helps.

        • jloughrey February 9, 2016 at 2:13 am #

          Under normal circumstances, Cheney would never have been eligible for a heart transplant, as he was far above the maximum age that is allowed. I know this because I watched my own much-younger husband die of heart disease several years ago due to the lack of options offered to those less fortunate. Being the special elite that he is, evil Darth Cheney stole a heart that should have gone to someone more fitting and deserving. Which pretty much sums up our oligarchic society of the “haves” and “have nots.”

  9. fodase February 8, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    Trump +21 with voting starting tomorrow.

    Just waiting for someone to ‘surge’ unexpectedly.

    Had to laugh at a democratic supporter saying ‘sadly, Trump offers no solutions’

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA

    • Greg Knepp February 8, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      If you’re referring to my comment, please note that I wrote that Trump offers “no REAL solutions.” He’s got plenty of pie-in-the-sky answers – some quite laudable – but little in the way of logistically workable proposals. I’ll need to see some nuts and bolts – some how-tos.

  10. orbit7er February 8, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    I think Obama’s proposal to add a $10 per barrel oil tax primarily to fund Green Transit bears mentioning:

    commondreams.org/news/2016/02/05/break-big-oils-stranglehold-obama-propose-10-barrel-oil-tax

    Although this proposal may be a dead letter in the current Koch controlled Republican Congress, it is actually a good approach to
    tax oil directly rather than raise gasoline taxes as more politically palatable.
    Here is what was said about the proposed Infrastructure funding:
    “The proposal will be part of the final budget request to be released next week and will include more than $300 billion worth of investments over the next decade in public transportation, high speed rail, and other infrastructure aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Politico reported on Thursday.”

    It seems like Obama is finally trying to followup on his initial train ride with Joe “Amtrak” Biden into his 2009 inaugural.
    I know that Kunstler does not think Hi Speed Rail is feasible at this point but I think it makes a lot of sense to connect our medium sized cities.

    Personally the Acela was a godsend on Friday as my wife’s flight was cancelled from Boston to Newark due to the 3 inch snowstorm.
    She switched as did many other airline passengers to the Acela which got to New York in 3 hours and 20 minutes. Not as fast as flying but almost and certainly more reliable in the snow!
    So far this year about 3 out of 10 friends and family have had flights cancelled or major delays due to weather…
    Wait until the price of jet fuel rebounds with the price of oil…

    • OHealihy February 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

      Wouldn’t it be great if the U.S. could simply have the train system that it had in 1940? Maybe that is not reaching high enough: but it might make more sense than blathering about self-driving automobiles and deluding ourselves with a “singularity.”

  11. pequiste February 8, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    Get me some prolixin decanoate somebody – STAT!

    I almost fell off the treadmill at the gym when I saw JEB! being interviewed on CNN with, none other than the matriarch of the Bush Dynasty itself, Barbara Bush.

    Holy crap – a 62 year old man, who aspires to the highest political office in the land, with every conceivable old-guard and bedrock GOP establishment advantage in attaining his goal, had to trot out his 91 year old mother – so she could tell CNN and the world that JEB! is a nice polite boy?

    What a scene- crybaby brat needs mommy to help him after that mean The Donald person and fat Mr Christie plus that little Cuban guy from down the road in Miami were so terrible to him these long months. Someone get JEB! a big box of Pampers.

    But I thought I saw the thought bubble above Barbara’s head as she was explaining how wonderful JEB!’s values are.

    It appeared to say “My husband George was the president, my idiot son Junior was the president, its JEB!’s turn now goddammit! It’s our family business.”

    Please, somebody clap.

    • SteveO February 8, 2016 at 10:45 am #

      Ya, I have a “clap” them. Clap the criminal Bush family in irons and ship them to the international criminal court.

    • jloughrey February 9, 2016 at 2:20 am #

      It wasn’t that long ago that Barbara stated that “two Bushes in the White House were already enough.” Apparently, she has dementia.

  12. fodase February 8, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    torture has its place in a civilised society

    anyone with a modicum of common sense understands this

    are you going to say guns don’t have a place, either?

    such stupidity

    • seawolf77 February 8, 2016 at 10:52 am #

      Once again the specter of nuclear weapons drive the conversation. Nuclear weapons don’t exist. If they did someone other than America would have used them by now. Ditto the moon landings. It’s a lie. Think about an arms industry making atomic bombs by the thousands that will never ever get used. In 1963 they made it so that no one could ever see them explode again. I say we demand to see an atom bomb explode in Antarctica, and film it using modern technology. It’s like the boogey man. At some point we got see him, or he doesn’t scare us anymore.

    • kansas ham on wry February 8, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Someone needs to stop freebasing episodes of ’24.’ It is not a primer for proper conduct or an addendum to the Geneva Convention. This country (correctly) considered waterboarding a war crime when the Japanese did it in WWII. Torture only gets people to confess whatever is necessary to make it stop. Waterboard me long enough and I’ll tell you that I was present on the Grassy Knoll, lit the match at the Hindenberg and will enthusiastically vote for Donald Trump.

      Fodase apparently thinks I lack ‘a modicum of common sense.’ Guess I’ll have to live with the shame.

    • DrTomSchmidt February 8, 2016 at 11:18 am #

      I guess you’re right. The Nazis disagree with you, and they were not a civilized society. The Luftwaffe interrogator, Hanns Scharff, seemed to get along swimmingly using techniques of empathy and subtle manipulation. To use effective tactics like that would mean we were copying Nazis. Get the bucket!

      • ffkling February 8, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

        Thanks for this interesting information.

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

        At the Nuremberg Trial, many of the Nazis prisoners had their testicles ruined by repeated kicks. Hoess was kept awake for days by torture before signing the confession in English – a language he did not understand. The paper is stained by his blood.

        Thanks for your interest.

    • Elrond Hubbard February 8, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      “torture has its place in a civilised society”, et cetera.

      This, if intended seriously, is the burbling of a moral imbecile.

    • S M Tenneshaw February 8, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      Do they have mirrors where you’re from?

    • DrTomSchmidt February 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

      Had to add this, from here

      The Senate Intelligence Committee’s long-delayed report on CIA torture, released last December, documented repeated instances of official lying, and suggested that the CIA’s knowledge of bin Laden’s courier was sketchy at best and predated its use of waterboarding and other forms of torture. The report led to international headlines about brutality and waterboarding, along with gruesome details about rectal feeding tubes, ice baths and threats to rape or murder family members of detainees who were believed to be withholding information. Despite the bad publicity, the report was a victory for the CIA. Its major finding – that the use of torture didn’t lead to discovering the truth – had already been the subject of public debate for more than a decade. Another key finding – that the torture conducted was more brutal than Congress had been told – was risible, given the extent of public reporting and published exposés by former interrogators and retired CIA officers.

  13. K-Dog February 8, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    “None of the desperate work-arounds since 2008 have worked around the predicaments of our time. Politics will not abide a rational journey out of our fatal hyper-complexity to something simpler and more consistent with the realities at hand.”

    Politics has not abided a sojourn in a rational direction for fifty years; why should now be any different. The weight of entropy hyper-complexity carries is ignored as the myth of a coming singularity continues to pollute the mind of the American privileged.

    Thoughts of a technarcissist singularity is too crazy to contemplate by out-of-work average voters fortunately. Unfortunately all they feel about getting paid more for 45 minutes of gum flapping with a big smile than they can or have earned in the past five years is ‘great work if you can get it‘.

    This pervasive head in the sand lack of comprehension or morality means that we can “expect more and greater craziness as the year lurches on.

    And that’s for sure!

  14. seawolf77 February 8, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    I think Cam Newton not diving for that lost fumble will haunt him the rest of his life, and he’ll probably never make it back to the Super Bowl. He’ll be like Dan Marino. As a metaphor for America, it is hard to top. We have fumbled our way of life away and are too scared to dive for it. We just stand and watch as someone else recovers it.

    • Q. Shtik February 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      I think Cam Newton not diving for that lost fumble will haunt him the rest of his life, – seawolf

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

      I couldn’t agree more. He not only didn’t dive for the ball he got as far out of the way as he could so he wouldn’t get his tootsies stepped on.

      This was the one time in the game that required a last ditch effort, even if it meant getting an arm broken. Think about it, all that had gone before from August 2015 to that moment was on the line. His MVP of the NFL became meaningless.

    • pequiste February 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      That Cam Newton is a very big crybaby. Did you happen to see the post-game press conference?\\

      I don’t have a TV at home but saw it with the captions (also while on the treadmill at my gym; there is an array of 16 big screens for the treadmills alone.)

      During the media’s interrogation he was all mouth not saying more that a terse answer followed by a sneer, smirk or grimace. Then all of a sudden, the sullen, spoiled brat just got up and left.

      He should be recruited as JEB!s VP running mate, for the Crybaby Party.

      Simply pathetic.

      • Q. Shtik February 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

        I saw the video but had the audio muted. His facial expression told a lot. I think he knows he fucked up royally.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

      Yes, Blacks are incredibly self indulgent and physically lazy. The other day one begged a ride on the bus – he was going one stop or two blocks.

      The whole game can be seen as a quarterback duel between White Europe and Black Africa, with the White humility of Peyton Manning triumphing over the Black arrogance of Cam Newton. Newton shambled off into the darkness from which he came.

  15. DurangoKid February 8, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    The point everyone seems to be missing is that Hillary is quite correct. She has never changed her opinion or her vote to get these obscene speaking fees. She’s been corporate all along. Their go-to girl.

    • jloughrey February 9, 2016 at 2:24 am #

      The fact that Hillary sees nothing wrong with it says it all.

  16. fodase February 8, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    breitbart.com/national-security/2016/02/08/islamic-state-supporter-in-michigan-planned-massacre-at-m…

    so, this 21-year old POS muslim planned a massacre at a mega-church

    but didn’t obama just tell us muslims were all being stereotyped?

    bobinboiseid
    February 8, 2016 at 10:32 am #
    How about the Republicans jostling for pole position for who would be the best torturer!

    yes bobinboiseid,

    you do win the stupidest comment so far award.

    hope your family members don’t go to that church and that mr. muslim POS didn’t have accomplices.

    wait, we can’t find out because we can’t torture him.

    sorry bob, your family members at that church will just have to grin and bear it.

    • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 11:12 am #

      ‘Stereotyped’ = feel guilt at noticing the truth.
      Remember that old story, ‘The Emperors New Clothes?’

      Found this online—-

      There is a rather surreal quality to most Western governments today. There is little pretense of actually defending the interests of their citizens, but much blithe conforming to a smug and self-destructive egalitarian ideology (see: Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau . . .).
      In this regard, France is no different. But senior French politicians are unusual in their eagerness to make ever-more Judeocentric statements, a truly bizarre phenomenon. Nicolas Sarkozy, who seeks to be reelected as President of the Republic, has said “Israel’s right to security [. . .] is the struggle of my life” and that humanity has “contracted towards the Jewish people a debt which cannot be extinguished.”[1]
      You would think such declarations of fealty to foreign interests would disqualify someone from seriously participating in French politics. In fact, such statements are increasingly common. The center right Sarkozy has real competition in this regard with the Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Here are some of Valls’ statements in recent years:
      Europe, as we know, is currently undergoing a massive crisis due to the flood of young, male, Muslim migrants, who have predictably been engaging in rape and sexual assault every chance they get. Although Britain is somewhat insulated against these “rape-U-gees” by the English Channel, its wise decision not to join the Schengen Area free travel zone, and Prime Minister Cameron dragging his heels on EU demands to accept more refugees, the idea of migrant and Muslim rape is very much in the wind, and has been so since at least Rotherham.

      Naturally, there is a great deal of animosity over this, and the potential exists for things to get very nasty very quickly, which is always the rule in any multicultural society, and thus the reason that their attendant states tend strongly to ever greater tyranny.

      When dangerous hatreds exist like this, rather than addressing the root causes – namely the aberration of multiculturalism – and discussing solutions, the establishment instead looks for a vent. We saw exactly the same pattern when, after more than a decade of police and media cover-ups, the Great Muslim Pedophile Gang Rape Scandal broke.

      At that time, the establishment deflected attention away from the Muslim communities that were deeply involved in those atrocities by digging up the corpse of the then recently deceased Jimmy Savile, a DJ and and TV presenter who had molested children [BBC guy].

      • K-Dog February 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

        Funny thing about the ‘rapes’. There are no details about them anywhere. (Excepting the notable Swedish murder by the Somali.) No names of victims or ages of victims. No identified perpetrators or specific locations of crimes. No details at all. This means people and some here who allege to be real people are bullshitting and spreading propaganda.

        Accusing an entire social group of being criminals. This is now a well documented pattern of lies which leads to genocide as the final destination and those participating in this sham deserve a most horrible fate. These kind of lies are what convinced the German people that Jews were scum and it is what convinced Serbians that Bosnians were scum.

        A pox on you and you know who you are.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

          A number of European Governments have admitted a massive uptick in rapes due to the Muslim influx. You are utterly deluded. This kind of denial of reality is one of the major factors which leads to War.

          • K-Dog February 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

            Proof baby; bring it or shut your pie hole you hater. Names dates and locations please.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

            Right here, moron. You have a strong fatuous quality to your character. Only someone with much fatuity could say something like you just said.

            dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3436988/Mother-ten-year-old-boy-raped-Austrian-swimming-pool-Iraqi-said…

          • K-Dog February 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

            That does not count. This is about a woman who claims she was raped but offers no proof.

            Since this was the best you could do you have demonstrated that my contention that the ‘rapes’ are fabricated propaganda intended to cultivate hate and nothing more.

            And about calling me a moron, fuck you hater.

        • Lomax February 10, 2016 at 10:22 am #

          From a Swedish crime report

          “The latest published report that indicates the association between immigrants and rape was published in 2005 and revealed that from 1997 to 2001 foreign born individuals were 5.5 times more likely to be charged of rape than individuals born in Sweden to two Swedish parents and that foreign born individuals from all regions, apart from East Asia, committed sexual assaults at rates up to 5.3 times greater than that of individuals born in Sweden to two Swedish parents.”

          They discontinued ethnically sorting the crimes as the answer was apparently not one they wanted.

          The fact is the problem is not politically correct so people like you do not want others to talk about it. You pretend to take a high moral ground then ask for names and places for rape victims, do you not see how abhorrent that is? Personally I am satisfied to know the authorities have collected the information without having to know the victims names myself.

          And there are fewer real conspiracy theories than you think.

    • bobinboiseid February 8, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      Fodase – if ignorance were contagious, you would be under quarantine. Torture doesn’t work. You’ve been watching too much TV. I suppose you think that cars blow up in huge fireballs on a regular basis, and superheroes roam the earth?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

        Sure it does if done right. The Australian Aborigines assumed people would lie so they would separate individuals and torture them until their stories corresponded.

        Isn’t it really morally lazy just to say it doesn’t work so we don’t have to struggle with it? Just like the unborn are just “fetuses” so they can be aborted with impunity, right bob?

        • bobinboiseid February 8, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

          Torture “done right” was a Hitler kind of thing, that pretty much every civilized person agrees should never happen again. The fact that our government regularly does “extraordinary rendition” and tortures people doesn’t make it right. BIG.GOV is a fan of “lie detectors” and they don’t work either.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

            Eisenhower killed hundreds of thousands of German POW’s by calling them hostile citizens or something so as to get around the Geneva Convention. His camps were barbed wire enclosures and nothing else. The men died of exposure and thus weakened, of disease.

            The Victors have now decided to finish off Germany by Muslim invasion.

            You have no moral high ground whatsoever, liberal.

  17. noel bodie February 8, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    “work hard and play by the rules”. Sounds good until one asks…who makes the rules? I say it is time for a smack down on the rule makers. New rule #1: any corporate “person” found to be dodging taxes will be unable to bid on ANY gov’t contracts. SCOTUS is what is at stake in 2016 election.

    • pequiste February 9, 2016 at 10:05 am #

      Noel,

      In answer to your query ” Sounds good until one asks…who makes the rules?”

      The ancient maxim remains in force:

      Them who have the gold makes the rules. (Rothschild/Rockefeller/Vatican/Goldman Sachs, et. al.)

      Don’t forget the all-important corollary:

      Them that has the guns gets the gold.

      The “rules” are for rubes.

  18. AHtheHumanity February 8, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Torture can be reading all these comments…

    The idea of diversity in a ruling elite oligarchy making longterm changes for the betterment of everyone…just another sales pitch.

  19. Rodster February 8, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Two things to say:

    1) If you haven’t prepared for the eventual SHTF musical that’s playing in the background, now’s the time to prepare.

    2) Hitlery will be the next P.O.S.-POTUS.

    Buyer Beware !

  20. BackRowHeckler February 8, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Good points, Jim. I stopped watching these so called ‘Debates’ a long time ago; its just a waste of time.

    Does not the MSM bear some responsibility for this farce? It seems they have abrogated their responsibility to become part, a main part, of the show. You’re pointing it out here, but where’s Fox, CNN, NBC?

    brh

  21. fodase February 8, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    hillary will be relegated to unwinnable status after tomorrow

    any win will be razor close again

    two ‘eked outs’ in a row

    ….after Trump got a very strong boost from the debate and will take NH by 10+

    she’s heading for the trash heap of history and she knows it

    watch for her to increasingly play the woman card as she grasps at any straws of potential support

    tomorrow is her last stand, if she doesn’t win easily, events will be orchestrated for her to be ousted

    • abbybwood February 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

      Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who famously answered the question, “Was it worth having the sanctions on Iraq for all those years where 500,000 children died?” and she said, “Yes. It was worth it”, is now telling American women that if we don’t vote for Hillary Clinton there will be “a special place in hell for us.”

      Funny. I see it the exact opposite! There will be a special place in hell for Albright, Clinton and all the American women who DO vote for her.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

        Yeah, as if Hillary has stood with women. Ask the women abused by Bill. They seem to hate Hillary more than they do him.

  22. fodase February 8, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    well we know the peaceful muslim’s name and where he lives: Khalil Abu-Rayyan of Dearborn Heights, Michigan….

    just saying, you know, for information sake.

    found with guns and ammo and a mask etc. by his father

    kudos to his dad, in any case

    • Elrond Hubbard February 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

      True. If you’re planning a murderous terrorist attack in the United States, being named Khalil Abu-Rayyan puts you at a distinct disadvantage. He should have changed his name to Timothy McVeigh — much less conspicuous.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

        Yeah Whites are the real problem, right Idiot?

        • Elrond Hubbard February 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

          The problem, Vlad, is violence. The problem is people, all people, any people, who plan and carry out acts of terrorist violence.

          As a white supremacist yourself, naturally you would focus on the ethnic identity of people who commit terrorist acts when they’re not white. When your own ethnic identity motivates murderous acts, you deflect attention with insults. And that’s making the charitable but unproven assumption that you actually condemn McVeigh’s act. I wouldn’t put it past you or any avowed “white nationalist” to approve of Timothy McVeigh’s murder of hundreds of people, including children at a day care center, at least tacitly. McVeigh was acting positively and affirmatively as a “white nationalist” when he did so. You can’t fool me; I’ve read The Turner Diaries. The bombing of the Murrah building was carried out exactly as described in the book.

          So how about it? The Tsarnaev brothers and Dylann Roof (allegedly) both carried out murderous atrocities on American soil. Do you condemn both acts? Or will you show your gutlessness by trying to deflect again with more insults, by trying to change the subject, or by sitting silent like a little bitch? Speak up.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

            In other words, you want to mix incompatible races and cultures in order to create a crisis, and then the Government can create a permanent Police State as in now has in France. No? Then what the hell is your plan? Don’t be shy about admitting you have none. For many of you, the process of White demonization, dispossession, and destruction is its own end. Because obviously Muslims aren’t going to fit in here, anymore than Blacks fit into White, Western Culture. So Whites have to be twisted, stretched, and amputated to fit into the procrustean bed of multi-culturalism.

            If you really want peace, the answer is separation. But you don’t. You want normal Whites tormented and destroyed so you can feel morally superior to them when they object to their torment. Well, I hope you get what’s coming to you – what you wish on us.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

            I won’t bother with your racist assertions or your victim mentality. When you reject the idea that your neighbours have the same rights as you because of the colour of their skin, it’s natural to spin off into paranoid fantasies about how you are uniquely victimized. Prejudice can’t be argued with, only defended against.

            My question was whether you condemned both the Boston Marathon bombing and the murder of nine worshippers at Emanuel AME church. In response you showed your gutlessness by choosing option B, trying to change the subject. Answer the question.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

            Do you still beat your wife?

            Or as Merkel said, “The Muslims are here now.”

  23. fodase February 8, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    Fodase apparently thinks I lack ‘a modicum of common sense.’ Guess I’ll have to live with the shame.

    yes I certainly do.

    extreme duress for those who would commit mass murder is de rigeur.

    to save know nothings, among others

    • Elrond Hubbard February 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

      Prison for those who direct, plan or commit torture is de rigueur in civilized societies. If only the U.S. were more civilized.

      In the words of the Convention Against Torture, signed by Ronald Reagan: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.” If no exceptional circumstances can justify it, much less can torture (which you euphemize as “extreme duress”) be normalized as an everyday matter.

      Fodase, you are a moral coward.

      hrweb.org/legal/cat.html

  24. seawolf77 February 8, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    de·bate a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.

    Republicans cannot have a debate because there are no opposing arguments. It’s all the same. Why else would Robot Rubio happen?

  25. BackRowHeckler February 8, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    Well, the Markets are catching on; they’re not stupid.

    Dow down 400, gold up toward $1200 per ounce.

    brh

  26. Walter B February 8, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    It is a good point you raise James, regarding Bernie’s lack of assault on the vulnerable underbelly of the Beached Whale across from him. This is a key insight to the collusion and corruption that is the lifeblood of our political “system”. Do not pick on your fellow party candidates lest the Mindless Party voters realize the truth in your words. It is completely acceptable, and totally ignorable when done by opposing party candidates since the Mindless Minions are clearly programmed to ignore cross the aisle commentary. Of course, Bernie may be simply trying to avoid killing himself and then driving his lifeless body across the river to bury himself in a shallow grave in a park as Vince Foster did. Cannot blame him for that.

    At first, America refused to believe that the Golden Age of Consummate Consumption could ever slow down, much less come to an end. Living in the wealthiest county in New Jersey, our residents had an added “advantage” in avoiding reality. The army of lawyers that prowl our state hunting for easy cash have been able to ward off foreclosures for up to two years here, leading those who have succumbed to cash flow-itis to believe that the inevitable would never happen. Unfortunately for them once they have been bilked of all of the profit available, the lawyers desert these hapless souls to the inevitable. At our Township Committee meeting last week, a fellow Committeeman commented on how concerned he was that there are so many abandoned houses in out Township. This is an issue that we as a Committee have already been compelled to address as vacant homes are being purchased by LLC’s set up by wealthy lawyers and are being leased to private companies to be run as “Group Homes”. Because Land Use Ordinances specifically refer to these as for “public benefit” they are exempt from any and just about all legal requirements for permitting, notices, or regulations. Our residents are now waking up one day to be greeted by neighbors who greet their daughters as they get off the school bus and follow them down their driveways trying to “get to know them better”. How long before these operations pop up housing “refugees”? I am not looking forward to finding out, but I am sure I will. We already had a NJSP/FBI raid the home of Afghanis whose teenage son had contacted “some very bad people” both here in the US and overseas as well.

    The good news is that large family owned liquor stores are being built and expanded in our area. Perhaps it is part of the plan. Perhaps it offers the best if not only solution, right? Drink till you drop and just don’t stop!

    • orbit7er February 8, 2016 at 11:58 am #

      Bernie doesn’t need to explicitly ask what the quid pro quos were for millions in speaking fees from Wall Street to Hillary. Pretty much everybody knows that. He is wiser to leave that unsaid for the audience to figure out…

      • abbybwood February 8, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

        In the past debates it has “appeared” as though Bernie is really trying to play nicely with Hillary in the sandbox.

        But the truths he has told about her will be remembered if/when he tries to stand up at the Democrats big party coming up this summer in Philly and “endorse” her.

        All the balloons in China plus Hillary and Bernie standing side by side with Bill and Chelsea, arms raised in celebration!! will not make the majority of those currently “feeling the Bern” mark their ballots for Clinton against Trump.

  27. fodase February 8, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Fodase – if ignorance were contagious, you would be under quarantine. Torture doesn’t work. You’ve been watching too much TV. I suppose you think that cars blow up in huge fireballs on a regular basis, and superheroes roam the earth?

    should we wait for something substantive from you, or is this it?

    • S M Tenneshaw February 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

      A whole lot more substance than anything you’ve shat out in this thread.

  28. Bro Jobe February 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    What remains sad amid this ongoing financial crisis is the financial-services guy who tries his level best to advise me. He’s a decent family man and hard worker, the sort of American who seemed to go extinct in the 80s.

    When I tell him that not only, as he agrees, we’ll see a Recession soon but that it won’t end in our lifetimes, I get this glassy-eyed look from him.

    It’s as if I told him I am the Venusian Ambassador and must be served orange sherbert at once or I will destroy the Earth.

    In the end, I go along with him. I may be wrong! I invest some phantom money in a bigger phantom called the Market and find a few tangible investments for which he gets no commission. I like owning a bit of silver coin and a rental house where, come what may short of outright chaos and arson, I’ll retain title even if a renter gets to stay for free.

    Not much of a long-term plan, but I disagree with Jim in one regard: our transition to a “world made by hand” or some other “living arrangement” will be slow and bumpy, spanning many decades. The Old Order has plenty of tricks yet to try on us.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

      Yes, better to lose money than offend someone nice. Your fuzzy finance guy deserves to sleep on. If he woke up, he might get mad at you and that would be unbearable. Far better than he continues to waste people’s money in a nice way.

  29. fodase February 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Fodase, you are a moral coward.

    Feel great about your high moral standing while evildoers plot to kill
    thousands, and you won’t torture them to find out their plans.

    People like you permitted 2 muslim murderers to execute 14 in san bernadino.

    Your ilk in the obama administration admitted they knew the muslim POS wife was posting on FB about her connections to radical islam – and knowingly didn’t use it.

    They could have used torture to find out what they were planning. And it would have been right.

    Or stand on your moral high ground and tell the 14 families of the murder victims that torture is wrong.

    You are the problem.

    • Elrond Hubbard February 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      Torture would be wrong even if the ticking-time-bomb narrative, which you appear to have swallowed whole, were not horseshit.

      If you encourage people in power to use torture against enemies, you speed the day when they will be using it on you and spouting the exact same justifications as they do it. America bills itself as the land of the free and the home of the brave. Brave people, faced with a choice between fear and freedom, choose freedom. Torture is the coward’s choice.

      I’m done with you.

    • jean.baptiste.moquelin February 8, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

      Torture is a crime, and, to anyone with a semblance of moral compass, advocating its use is equivalent to advocating murder or genocide: the sign of a psychopath, or a bedwetting coward.

      The San Bernardino killers were a middle class couple who were whipped to a jihadist frenzy on the internet and went suddenly postal in a Department of Public Health training event. How exactly does your fantasy of torture preventing the event go? You torture random people until you find some that confess their plot of establishing the caliphate – or an all-hands departmental training event, whichever comes first – in southern California?

      “Evildoers”… Try some grown-up reading sometime, something without “Kapong!”s, “Splat!!”s and “Zawa”s

    • seawolf77 February 9, 2016 at 8:59 am #

      We will let you sink into the abyss. We choose not to. Torture is for sadists. The Inquisition is what it used to be called. Today it’s called enhanced interrogation, yet another gift from the evil Allen Dulles. America used to stand for something good and beautiful. We let 9/11 turn us into savage murderers.

  30. elysianfield February 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    “Q, did you see the video of the ‘knock out game’ assault in Patterson, NJ?”

    The above post by BRH, from last week.

    The thought occurred to me that I have never read or seen a reference to the “knock-out game” with a black as a victim. I think this may be discriminatory, and would urge the readership to find an example that would prove a lie to my perception.

    And please, no references to police beating a black suspect…that is a different game entirely….

    • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

      I have seen at WSHH. A sissy exits a store and gets attacked.
      All are Blacks.

      Black women regularly attack each other [and men and children].
      Is that a ‘game’ or ?

      • elysianfield February 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

        “Black women regularly attack each other [and men and children].
        Is that a ‘game’ or ?”

        Malthus,
        I would think that completely different than the “knock-out” game…what you describe is typical, ongoing behavior in the Ghetto,

        The “Knock-Out” game is usually conducted without rancor or motive…find a relatively helpless individual, and then try to concuss him/her with a single punch.

        Janos, of course, would opine that White people are the victims of this aggression, and are targeted due to extreme racial prejudice by the aggressor…been there…seen that…can’t argue.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

          Some say Whites used to go into Black areas and do this to Blacks. Don’t know for sure. Wouldn’t dismiss it out of hand. We did used to dominate and it was called Civilization. Now we are dominated and our Civilization is dying – for better or worse but obviously mostly for the worse.

    • BackRowHeckler February 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

      thanks for referring to my post E.

      I have a close relative who is handicapped; out in the world these people are vulnerable and defenseless. They are also very trusting. To see somebody punched liked that for no reason than just malice, its simply reprehensible. It really does make me believe this civilization is at and end, and not worth saving.

      The victim did not die, but safe to say he’ll never be the same. His world has changed forever.

      brh

  31. volodya February 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Re financial system crack-ups: whole bunch of stories emanating out of Italy about the rotten state of Italian banks.

    “Non performing loans” – banker-speak for no-hopers – are in orbit. Now, the mess in Greece may have looked bad. And, for Greeks, it WAS bad. But the Greek debacle will look pea-sized if they don’t get on top of the Italian situation.

    Wall Street is the model of probity compared to THAT cesspool so never mind due process and rule of law. None to be found.

    Restructure you say? Sure, but be careful about who loses money because what civilized countries do and what Italians do are two different things. One thing you have to assume for the sake of your own survival is that behind every bank balance sheet line-item is a Camorra cut-throat. And, make no mistake, they get depressed if they’re not planning to kill someone.

    So keep in mind that restructurings in that place have some unique features. Like corpses hanging from bridges.

    Big question, where can you find un-compromised Italian officials brave enough to sort out this mess? What about Euro-crats?

    I know what the thinking is, that the Germans were boneheaded enough to climb aboard this absurd common currency, common market. So, like the Greeks, the Italians are counting on German bail-out money because Italians have run out of other Italians to stick it to. The thinking is that there will be no choice, the Germans will bear the pain to avert an even worse calamity. We’ll see how far German patience goes.

    For the present you see failed states all over the Middle East and North Africa. But the failed state dynamic doesn’t necessarily require jihadis. There’s more than one road to hell.

    • volodya February 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

      And besides, the Germans have got their hands full with their own banking disasters, in this case Deutsche Bank, where problems are multiplying like rabbits in heat. The trillions in their derivatives book is big enough to engulf the financial world like the money equivalent of zyklon b. Never mind their refugee problems, let’s not talk about that, it’s just too depressing. But where does it stand now? 1.1 million and no end in sight?

  32. ozone February 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    Jim sez:
    “Beyond all the political histrionics, is there not some broad recognition that whoever occupies the White House in 2017 will preside over a financial debacle like unto nothing in scale that the world has ever seen before? With all the reverberating side effects imaginable among the traumatized nations?” –JHK

    I’m really not too sure about a “broad recognition”; I’d go with K-dog’s assumption [by observation] that such recognition is fairly narrow. Amongst my confidants (and perhaps JHK’s) there is this near assurance of an unavoidable crumbling/crackup. The Wizards of Finance may yet “think of something”, but it’s a bit hard to imagine what the next trick might be, aside from blatant confiscation backed by the usual contracts and legal and legislative niceties. (However, this little tactic is going to piss off an awful lot of “folks”.)

    Just look at the response (or lack thereof) of some posters here, such as “fuckit” the Brasiliero. There’s no “recognition” of anything that hasn’t been firmly implanted in their ossified brains for years and years. The foundational truism that all the other shaky assumptions are laden atop is that, “They’ll think of something”, thus taking note of glaring predicaments is deemed an unnecessary waste of neuron excitement.

    “Meh; why discuss financial, commercial or political collapse? Ain’t gonna happen. Besides we should concentrate on which people need torturing.”

    So, when things fall down around their ears, it will come as a surreal surprise. Their reaction to this will be the most dangerous period as they cast about for a savior/punisher. (Jeebus striding out of the clouds bearing a fiery sword ring any [church] bells?) The smell of decay rises in the smoke and the heat.

    • volodya February 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

      Meh, nobody knows nuttin’ and nobody wants to. People do their uttermost to avoid seeing and understanding because, once you’ve seen and understood, action is required.

      But action requires energy and, more importantly, it requires that you explain yourself. It also requires persuasion so that those close to you see and understand and also act.

      But what you can count on is that people don’t want to see and understand. And they don’t want to act.

      Good story the biblical flood story even if it is fiction. Put yourself in the position of Noah. You know what you’ve seen, you can see the waters rising. You know that Big G gave you the warning and orders to start cutting timbers.

      And so you do what you know you have to do, which is one of two things, ignore Big G’s orders as an unpleasant hallucination – but get your ass to higher ground anyways. Or build the damn boat.

      No matter what, one thing you know you can count on, everyone will think you’re crazy. Until that is, the unimaginable happens, that is, the waters engulf everything.

      Or, as is more likely in our context, the banks collapse and deposit insurance turns out to be a figment of an accountant’s imagination.

      Or, as it happened not so long ago and can happen again as history tends to repeat, the Brownshirts with their armbands come goosestepping down the road. And what you’ve been telling everyone will happen actually comes to pass.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

        Fascism could save us, possibly. Nothing else can. Liberalism? As in pandering to arrogant minorities? Please.

      • ozone February 9, 2016 at 9:34 am #

        V.,
        A good illumination via parable! 🙂
        (?, on the non sequitur that immediately followed, but that’s how they roll. It *does* however make my point about saviors/punishers. Maybe we should call it: “coattail megalomania”.)

  33. Doug February 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    It barely makes a slight difference, which of these candidates ends up in the White House and s/he will “preside” over anything significant only in appearance. This ship’s rudder is locked and the course is fixed.

    The Empire, crumbling at the edges and collapsing in the center, will continue, desperately, to maintain dominance (the standard behavior of human societies since settled agriculture permitted massive population growth and the consequent demand for more land and resources by competitors).

    The resource wars will continue and intensify.

    The financial markets will go on in a continuing roller coaster ride as the players try trick after trick to keep the games going. Meanwhile, they will have ever less relevance to the underlying real economies for the masses of the people.

    The “System” is utterly entrenched and is incapable of significant change. The people who run it are in an unbreakable cultural-economic trance and the whole structure will itself have to break up before there is any possibility of alternatives developing. At that point, the possibilities will largely depend upon how many of the nukes are launched during the ultimate resource wars.

    Overshoot has consequences, inevitable and unavoidable.

    • K-Dog February 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

      I agree except for the whole structure having to fall apart before there are any alternatives. The problem is that when the whole structure breaks up billions will starve and ensuing chaos will prevent any alternatives from being realized.

      To those waiting for the system to break down before they demand alternatives you are waisting time and sealing your own doom. Demand your alternatives now by any means necessary or forever hold your peace. The future is in your hands today; not tomorrow.

      • Doug February 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

        “I agree except for the whole structure having to fall apart before there are any alternatives.”

        I’m sorry but, except for local pockets, that’s really what’s going to have to happen. “We” have no ability to change the larger system and the people who do have less than no desire to change it and every reason (in their view) to maintain it as long as possible.

        “The problem is that when the whole structure breaks up billions will starve and ensuing chaos will prevent any alternatives from being realized.”

        Yes, that will happen (and starvation will be accompanied by war and pestilence), because we didn’t recognize, accept or undertake the measures that might have prevented, or at least forestalled it, 50 years ago, when everyone who was paying attention already knew what was coming.

        The alternatives to which I refer are very local ones. A few may have some chance of surviving the general chaos. Most probably won’t.

        “To those waiting for the system to break down before they demand alternatives you are waisting time and sealing your own doom. Demand your alternatives now by any means necessary or forever hold your peace. The future is in your hands today; not tomorrow.”

        Read, again, what I just wrote, carefully. And abandon hope for global finance-industrial civilization. It’s not going to survive and there’s nothing you can do about it.

        • K-Dog February 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

          There is not really an argument between us. What I’m saying is that once this sucker goes down it goes all the way down and nothing will or can stop the process. There will be no central authority so all that could happen is small islands of endurable misery could exist in continent wide swaths of unendurable horrors. That is best case the worst case being all out extinction.

          I am suggesting that radical positions should be considered by anyone who would like to avert all out collapse because waiting for cooperation by enlightening the un-enlightened is going to be an eternal wait. Gay rights got no-where in the early 1950’s because the gay rights movement at the time was not angry and confrontative. By not making waves and advocating for gay rights in well ordered and peaceable demonstrations all that happened was that anti-homosexual sentiment increased by the end of the decade. Only when the gay-rights movement radicalized was progress made.

          What was true then for gay rights is now true for anybody wishing to create a society with a shelf life to the end of century. For anybody who wants real change I advocate no more Mr. Nice Guy because Mr. Nice Guy gets us nowhere but the grave and not even that unless you are one of the first to go.

          • Doug February 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

            “For anybody who wants real change I advocate no more Mr. Nice Guy because Mr. Nice Guy gets us nowhere but the grave and not even that unless you are one of the first to go.”

            Agreed. And no one, ever, called me a Nice Guy.

            That’s why, as I slide into old age, I have so few friends. People don’t like to have their cherished illusions challenged and trashed.

  34. PeteAtomic February 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    The debates are entertaining. That’s all I see them as. If you actually believe any of the candidates will actually do or achieve any of the things they promise, then you need your head examined.

    Our political system right now is like a pot of simmering poison that is starting to boil. It has taken years of neglect & corruption for us to reach this point. You can throw it all in the pot as pieces of the toxic stew;, bribery & outright ownership of candidates, the monopoly of the 2 party system, corrupt party organizations and leaders, the “selection” not election of candidates, an outdated electoral college system, a media that values entertainment over substance, etc.

    • PeteAtomic February 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

      I forgot to add that a Constitutional Convention is the prescribed possible repair for the current situation.

      • Doug February 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

        Just how much of the Bill of Rights, already under mostly-successful attack for decades, do you imagine would emerge unscathed from a constitutional convention in today’s political climate?

        And what changes that you believe are desirable would you hope to achieve?

        • Elrond Hubbard February 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

          Let’s hope this point of view doesn’t gain traction, or there will be hell to pay. There’s no point even having an amending formula for your constitution if you’re scared to use it when it’s most needed. Closing off reasoned and non-violent means to rein in elites makes unreasoned and violent ones more likely.

          • PeteAtomic February 8, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

            thanks, you beat me to it.

          • Doug February 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

            I think you need to answer my questions, at least for yourselves, before you push too hard for that CC.

            Anyway, girls and boys, it ain’t gonna happen. The only way the Constitution has ever been amended is by the first procedure provided for in Article V: proposal by 2/3 of both Houses and ratification by 3/4 of the states.

            The second procedure provided under Article V (the one you are talking about) provides that Congress:

            “. . . on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case [that is Congressional proposal or convention], shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof . . .”

            If you think there is even the slightest possibility of this happening in a nation as deeply divided (mostly on social issues) as the US, you really need a big-time reality check.

        • PeteAtomic February 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

          A CC would be a legal, non violent method of addressing all of the issues I posted there.
          I don’t know what would happen exactly. However, it would be an attempt at reform. And that’s the main point. Would everything be solved? of course not. However, it would be a first step– and much more agreeable and sensible then jumping to violent means of reform.

        • Elrond Hubbard February 8, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

          Doug: “I think you need to answer my questions, at least for yourselves, before you push too hard for that CC.”

          Challenge accepted.

          Question #1: “Just how much of the Bill of Rights, already under mostly-successful attack for decades, do you imagine would emerge unscathed from a constitutional convention in today’s political climate?”

          As a foreign observer (from Canada), I’m alternately bemused, bewildered and disgusted by news that comes over the border. But the one thing about the American civic religion that I find entirely admirable is its holy decalogue, the Bill of Rights. On paper, I would expect it to survive in its entirety, including the useless third amendment, if only because Tea Partiers would throw a shit fit over even that historical relic.

          What’s on paper isn’t the problem. The problem is the practice, i.e. the institutions that are supposed to enforce the rights enshrined in the constitution, and the practice has indeed been slipping badly. The solution is for the people to step in and use the tools available to make the government theirs again.

          Question #2: “And what changes that you believe are desirable would you hope to achieve?”

          The obvious one: namely, reducing or eliminating the role of big money in politics so that, as I stated above, government institutions will respond to all people and not just to the billionaire class. It’s a very clear, unambiguous goal that has support across the political spectrum, and there’s at least one effort under way:

          wolf-pac.com/

          How did I do?

          • Doug February 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

            “How did I do?”

            Nobly, but you really don’t seem to understand how the process works and who owns it.

            “The solution is for the people to step in and use the tools available to make the government theirs again.”

            “The people” mostly aren’t involved in the constitutional convention process. The roles therein are reserved to the same members of the state legislatures or their selectees (nothing in the current Constitution provides for a process by which delegates to such a convention would be chosen, leaving it up to the states) who are already owned and operated by the same cartels and lobbyists who direct the actions of the national government.

            In a few states — here in California, for instance — it would be theoretically possible for a popular vote to “appeal” for a CC, and for another such vote to determine how to select delegates. And that won’t ever happen because of the rightful fear that right-wing wackos would dominate any such convention, a very reasonable fear.

            The right-wingers care about the 2nd and 10th Amendments and would insist that any convention provide for major strengthening of those two.

            All the others, the ones that survived, would have
            “excepting for suspected Muslims, Terrorists, Traitors and Libtards” added to he text — except for the 14th, which they would repeal in its entirety. ;^(

            Forget it. Not happening. It’s a fantasy.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

            “Nobly, but you really don’t seem to understand how the process works and who owns it.”

            Who owns it? The whole point is to take the process back from its current owners. That’s the nature of the exercise — and I do mean exercise, as in exertion. not defeatism. Democracy requires an engaged citizenry who are prepared to tackle big problems. If you’re an American who is prepared to declare the American experiment a failure and just cede everything to the forces of darkness, you should just go ahead and own it. I wouldn’t.

            “The right-wingers care about the 2nd and 10th Amendments and would insist that any convention provide for major strengthening of those two… Forget it. Not happening. It’s a fantasy.”

            More defeatism. If you’re ever out fishing, I hope you don’t hook a great white shark by accident, because I suppose you’ll just dive into its mouth. But thanks for calling me noble, though. It warms my heart. 🙂

          • Doug February 8, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

            ” If you’re an American who is prepared to declare the American experiment a failure . . .”

            If you’re referring to some form of equitable democracy — “one person, one vote” rather than “one dollar, one vote,” of course it’s a failure.

            Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

            May I ask how old you are?

          • Elrond Hubbard February 9, 2016 at 12:38 am #

            I was born in 1970. In Windsor, Ontario, right across the border from Detroit, so I grew up even more soaked in American media and culture than most Canadians. I had plenty of opportunity to see the two Americas and their respective pathologies at first hand.

            Yes, I’ve heard about the Gilens-Page paper. That the U.S. is an oligarchy hardly comes as news. (It was John Jay who said “The people who own the country ought to govern it”, wasn’t it? He got his wish.) But on those occasions when the U.S. has seen real positive change for large numbers of people, it has always been because of a mass popular movement — I’m thinking of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, or the labour movement of the 1930s that opened the way for the New Deal. There are those who credit FDR with rescuing capitalism from failure brought on by its own excesses, but he couldn’t have done it if the entire system weren’t being called to account by the organized left. It can be done, it has been done.

        • BackRowHeckler February 8, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

          Hey Doug, which amendment gives 615,000 illegals a driver’s license in the State of California in 2015 alone.

          I think you’re outnumbered buddy, how does it feel? I’m not trying to be provocative, I’d really like know because we’re going to be outnumbered here pretty soon too. Time to head for the hills? Can you still speak English in public places? Do monuments and statues have to come down? Can you still fly the American flag? I suppose I’ll find out the answers to these questions in the near future anyway.

          brh

          • Doug February 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

            “I think you’re outnumbered buddy, how does it feel?”

            We’re doing fine, thanks. And, yes, we’re outnumbered. As of July of last year, Latinos outnumber non-Latino whites in California.

            It’s hard to complain, since they didn’t really cross the border; the border crossed them when we took half of Mexican territory in one of our cooked-up wars.

            They’ve brought great food, a lovely language (much easier to learn and more melodic than English) and they actually know how to do useful work.

            It’s true that there are violent elements in the culture, but relative poverty always produces that sort of behavior. I learned that in my first sociology class, so long ago, now that I can barely remember the classroom or the instructor.

            Personally, I’d much rather live with Hispanic agricultural workers than with banksters. They’re much nicer people.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 12:38 am #

            Doug talks brave but you can bet he does his utmost to live as far away from them as possible. Violent elements? Is this guy for real? The criminal is the Hero in Mexican culture. The Aztec Culture of human sacrifice is trying to come back.

          • Doug February 9, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

            “The criminal is the Hero in Mexican culture.”

            In American culture, too. The main difference is that our biggest heroes commit crimes on a much vaster scale — and their crimes are legalized because they own the government.

            At least the Mexican government pretends to be opposed to the narcotraficantes.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

            Right. All the cops are criminals and all the criminals, saints. You’ll get far with that kind of antinominalist attitude – far into the gutter.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

          Attack by the Left that is. The Con Con would finish the job obviously.

      • Dumbedup February 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

        If a Constitutional Convention were called it would get out of hand quickly. If big money can control Congress what do you think they would do if given the opportunity to rewrite the entire Constitution?

        Also, this pace of decline can continue for another decade or more with the quality of life and the erosion of the middle class. That is essentially what has been happening for almost a decade anyway. I doubt there will be any sudden decline or “cliff”. Even in 2007-2008, after Bear Stearns and Lehman and Merrill Lynch, no one woke up one morning and found the ATMs had stopped working or the grocery store shelves were empty.

        They way it will happen is that we will start to see shortages of certain things. Paper goods, red meat, bread, milk and cheese. Small businesses will begin to close and unemployment will ratchet up. But it will be slow process with some areas hit worse than others. All the precedents for a credit cycle recession or even depression worked that way.

        But if it does get really bad – if commerce grinds to a halt and trucks, railroads and planes top running there won’t be any place to hide. Even people like Jim who have spent years and untold hours learning how to live off the land won’t survive. The starving masses will wipe out anyone who is able to keep livestock and raise crops unless they live in a remote area or create their own neighborhood militia to guard resources. I can see pockets of stability spread around that will gradually unite in some new order. But honestly, that is decades away and the decline will last longer and hurt more people like slow torture. A sudden end would be more merciful.

        My hope is that this is all strictly Biblical and it will usher in a new age and the people responsible will have to account for their bad deeds.

        • Doug February 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

          Pretty good summary.

          “My hope is that this is all strictly Biblical and it will usher in a new age and the people responsible will have to account for their bad deeds.”

          As I say, over and over, that probably depends upon how many nukes are launched during the resource wars. Start organizing local pockets. A few may make it.

        • PeteAtomic February 9, 2016 at 12:24 am #

          The current political situation has produced a corrupt and increasingly irrelevant government.

          Holding a Constitutional Convention would be the good faith effort of the People of the United States to redress their government.

          If it fails, then we can go 1776. However, even in failure, a revolution would have attempted the full extent of the law to reform government before any revolutionary were to take place.

      • K-Dog February 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

        How do you figure it would be a cure. The current constitution has a bill of rights which is being ignored by the deep state right now. How would a new constitution make things any different? As long as a fox guards the hen house a new constitution won’t do any good.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

          The Bill of Rights is founded on the tacit right of Free Association. And this is utterly alien to you who would force straights to cater to gays, Christians to Muslims, Whites to Black, and Non Jews to Jews.

          • K-Dog February 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

            Forcing to ‘cater’ which misrepresents me, has nothing to do with free association or assembly. Your agenda of hate is interfering with your cognitive function.

  35. ozone February 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    “There was a lot Bernie could have said, but didn’t. Such as: what did you tell them that was worth over $200,000 a pop? Whatever it was, it must have made them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Did it occur to you that this might look bad sometime in the near future? Is there any way that this might not be construed as bribery? And how is some formerly middle-class out-of-work average voter supposed to feel about you getting paid more for 45 minutes of flapping your gums than he or she has earned in the past five years?” — JHK

    Yep! I think there are probably many of us great unwashed and uncivil who would have *loved* to hear this spoken out loud by Bernie, but his “implication” of it is almost as effective in today’s political arena. 😉

    Here’s something Hillary boosters would not like to see “broadly recognized”. This lady is the handmaiden of evil forces and owes them her all-encompassing fealty. (She *will* deliver.):

    globalresearch.ca/hillary-clinton-brags-about-getting-her-marching-orders-from-the-council-on-foreig…

    But, hell, that was waaaaaay back in July, 2009 when she said to [one segment of] her handlers:

    “I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department.

    We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.”

    Well, I’m comforted that she won’t have to think up all those dirty tricks and deals all by her lonesome. How ’bout you?

  36. Doug February 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    The Masters are worried.

    = = = = =
    German plan to impose limit on cash transactions met with fierce resistance

    Proposals to ban payments above €5,000 have been condemned in country where 79% of transactions are in cash

    • malthuss February 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

      Did you read the wolf info I posted for you?

      • Doug February 8, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

        “Did you read the wolf info I posted for you?”

        Nope. On the other hand, I have read:

        Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

        . . . which just happens to be the most definitive recent work on the subject. When you’ve read and understood it, and when it is actually relevant to a thread, we can visit the subject again.

  37. And So It Goes February 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    If Hillary were a man…

    Well, he wouldn’t be called the great white whale, he would be called a serious, experienced candidate.

    America was better when Bill was president, why wouldn’t America elect another Clinton….

    Misogyny, Perhaps!!!

    Where you Been BERNIE???

    Where you been while Hillary was getting experience and toughness…

    I voted Hillary last time and will vote for her again…

    You go girl!

    • Doug February 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      “If Hillary were a man…”

      S/he’d still be a lying, shape-shifting, egomaniacal, warmongering confidence trickster in thrall to the 0.1%.

      “Where you [Bernie] been while Hillary was getting experience and toughness…”

      Mostly, pretending to be a socialist and peacenik while playing so nicely with the mainstream Dems that they don’t run candidates against him in Vermont — and supporting our military misadventures at nearly every turn, while publicly positioning himself as an opponent.

    • S M Tenneshaw February 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

      Hopefully this is satire.

  38. wpa_ccc February 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    President Sanders is at least pushing for specific ways to help the lower and middle classes… unlike the other candidates.

    If the minimum wage is a living wage at the end of the next term, thank Bernie.

    If students are graduating college without the crushing debt stifling their ability to pursue the career of their dreams, thank Bernie.

    If health care is recognized as a right for every man, woman, and child, thank Bernie.

    If the United States is leading the world in fighting climate change, thank Bernie.

    If there is no bank that is too big to fail, no banker too powerful to jail, thank Bernie.

    If we’ve leveled the playing field so that the billionaire class is no longer able to buy and sell our candidates and elections, thank Bernie.

    They will say it all started tomorrow night in New Hampshire where Bernie overcame not just a forty point deficit in the polls, but the sneers of the corporate media and opposition from the state’s political elites and billionaire super PACs.

    • Doug February 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

      “They will say it all started tomorrow night in New Hampshire where Bernie overcame not just a forty point deficit in the polls . . .”

      Oh, please. Anyone who ever thought that anyone other than next-door favorite son Sanders was going to win the NH Democratic primary was deeply deluded.

      Get back to us after Super Tuesday. The polls from those states will start coming out on Wednesday.

      For that matter, check in after the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 20 (Clinton avg. 20 pt. lead in polls) and the South Carolina primary on Feb. 27 (Clinton avg. 30 pt. lead).

  39. fodase February 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    yeah play the poor-me woman card, oh my she was called a whale.

    anybody fat is called names, viz. Christie the Whale

    Jeb! is called all sorts of names, almost all of them appropriate since he’s the epitome of a lying spineless sack ‘o shyte shill with no talent.

    hillary’s as corrupt and maleficent as they come, regardless of what’s she’s packing under her garments

    If you encourage people in power to use torture against enemies, you speed the day when they will be using it on you and spouting the exact same justifications as they do it.

    not even a good try. guns are used against criminals. is that speeding the day they’re used against me, with the same justifications?

    no, because of the civilising force of morality.

    morality doesn’t apply tho’ to an enemy willing to kill multitudes. which is specifically the case we’re talking about here.

    difficult to grasp, i know.

    but keep your moral high ground, you look great up there.

    • lsjogren February 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

      Actually, it is sexist to refrain from making an insult against a female candidate that one would make against a male candidate in the same situation.

      Hence, not calling Hillary a whale would be sexist.

      • malthuss February 9, 2016 at 11:35 am #

        SPECIEST.

        Denigrating a species [rat, wolf]

  40. vengeur February 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    How about putting a 90% tax on these “speeches” given by these greedy politicians? Of course they would simply find another way to be bribed. But at least it might help expose the micro-thin veneer of propriety these greedy bastards hide under.

    • lsjogren February 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      And then perhaps use the proceeds from the fatuous speech tax to fund walls around their gated communities and make it illegal for them to venture out into the country the rest of us live in.

  41. FincaInTheMountains February 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    “America was better when Bill was president, why wouldn’t America elect another Clinton….” — And So It Goes

    Great idea, all remains to do then is to find another USSR to loot.

    • Doug February 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      “Great idea, all remains to do then is to find another USSR to loot.”

      ;^)

  42. FincaInTheMountains February 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    “Where you been while Hillary was getting experience and toughness…”

    Is totally missing on Russian nuclear rearmament and armed force modernization in her capacity as Sec State you’re calling “experience and toughness”?

    Don’t think the Big Boys going to let her run with it… She fucked up too many things.

  43. lsjogren February 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    Thought there would be more about the Super Bowl and its role as the greatest spectacle for an empire on the verge of collapse.

    Didn’t expect the curve ball.

  44. Frankiti February 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Bernie fans can lament his tepid reaction to the aggressive Clinton all they want, but it doesn’t change the fact Sanders is a wimp to the core, reduced to groaning as Hillary embraced her dramatized histrionics and went shrill. “Ohhhhh, ohhhhhhh, uaaahhhhhh” is all Sanders could be heard doing. It was rather pitiful. The kind of sounds usually heard at the nursing home when grandpa endures being placed into his wheel chair for the stroll hour.

    Administrating is far different from leading. Sanders is very far from being a leader.

  45. Frankiti February 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    The super bowl is a cavalcade of saccharine and hyperbolic jingoism that induces a sickening feeling of deep unease… knowing that poor souls the world over may be watching and may be thinking that Americans still believe in the troops over seas, the planes over head, and the anthem notes overstated, and repeated, like a pinch freeing us from doubt. “..the brave” repeated twice. The vacillating answer to her own question.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

      But Beyoncé got to shake her black power booty. You some kind of racist or something?

    • Buck Stud February 8, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

      Some in San Francisco agree with you:

      blog.sfgate.com/morford/2016/02/08/farewell-and-good-riddance-from-san-francisco-super-bowl/

      • BackRowHeckler February 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

        That about sums up the Super bowl, Buck.

        speaking of SF, in ’17 the 50th anniv. of the ‘Summer of Love’ celebrated with some kind of event, will meet up with you at golden Gate Park and listen to who’s ever left from the Dead, the Airplane, Quicksilver, Mommas and Poppas, Anon. Artists of America, Country Joe and the Fish, John MacKenzie, Eric Burden and the Animals, Taj Mahal … I’ll buy you a Rolling Rock, Ice cold. Actually I should be around Carson city about that time and may drive over and check it out.

        San Jose Mom (Jen) you come too. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair.

        brh

        • San Jose February 9, 2016 at 1:02 am #

          I’ll be there!

          • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

            Me, too! Sounds grooovy!

  46. wpa_ccc February 8, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    Bloomberg stills looms as a candidate. He has liberal stances on issues such as gun control, the environment, and Big Gulp cup size. Bloomberg is an even bigger billionaire than Trump for Bernie to take down. The bigger they come, the harder they fall.

  47. Pucker February 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    Gender Studies—Perhaps the state of US education may explain the US presidential election spectacle?

    “William Bennett, former secretary of education, just recently published a book called “Is College Worth It?”. He says that only 150 of 3,500 colleges are worth attending, meaning that they have a positive return on investment.”

    “Bennett reports that 46 percent of students who start college don’t finish.”

    Harry Dent, “The Demographic Cliff”.

  48. Pucker February 8, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    According to Harry Dent’s “The Demographic Cliff”, estimates of unfunded US entitlement liabilities range from US$50 trillion to US$100 trillion. Dent says that they will be forced to raise the mandatory retirement age to 75 years of age.

    • wpa_ccc February 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

      “they will be forced to raise the mandatory retirement age to 75” –Pucker

      Social Security can be solvent for the next 5,000 years by simply raising the cap to the first $500 million annual income, instead of the first $108 thousand dollars annual income. When the rich pay their fair share, there will be zero unfunded entitlement liability.

      • Doug February 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

        WPA is right. Social security would be just fine if we eliminated the cap and stopped borrowing from the fund.

        The idea that we can’t afford SS is right-wing nonsense and it really is a third rail in American politics.

        Nobody votes in higher percentages than older Americans and if you fuck with our SS after we’ve been paying into it along with all the tax schemes that have annoyed and impoverished the little guys while funding endless wars and tax breaks for banksters, we will send you home in the next election.

        Or worse. When you got nothin’ you got nothin’ to lose. Go ahead and mess with some sick 70-somethings’ minimal income in a country with a 2nd Amendment.

        • Walter B February 8, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

          The part that really galls me is that they refer to SS as an “entitlement” in a derogatory way (like Truthers, as opposed to what, Liars?) while insinuating that those of us that expect to collect it are somehow taking charity! Those bastards took over $200k from me against my will because they claimed that I could not be trusted with the money. Now it somehow gets stolen by scumbag politicians and gets re-labelled as a “handout”? Seriously you DC clowns, if you really think that robbing us of what we have trusted you to hold for us is somehow either our fault or something that we are just going to allow you to rape us out of you had better think twice. One of us is going to hang by the neck until dead for such a crime, and while odds are that it will be us, you had better think long and hard before you drop your drawers and come looking to hose us.

  49. fodase February 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    come on wpa, you know they’d spend all of it and then spend more of it ‘yet to come in’

    get in line with historical fact. politicians always spend more than they take in

    there are woefully few exceptions, unless you go back to the 1800s and early 1900s

    now tell us all how clinton balanced the budget, geez i can’t wait to hear it

    • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 2:07 am #

      “you know they’d spend all of it” –fodase

      That is the constitutionally mandated role of government: to provide for the general welfare of the people: housing, education, healthcare, social security, etc. Yes, it costs money. Of what use is money hoarded in offshore accounts or given as an unearned gift to children as an inheritance?

  50. Buck Stud February 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    “Marco Rubio was unmasked as an android with a broken flash drive.”–LMAO!

    I hear he now answers to “Marco Robot” as well. And on the heels of the Christie beat down, Rubio is at it again (and this is who the GOP “establishment” wants to lead the way!!!)

    youtube.com/watch?v=xBX0Z1MkDyQ

  51. MisterDarling February 9, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    @ Neon Vincent:

    RE | “Even the Chinese astrologers and feng shui practitioners recognize this. In a forecast for the Year of the Fire Monkey, a feng shui master predicted, “In 2016 we will see a big slide in the world economy. The global economic situation will be terrible and lots of companies will be bankrupted.” Thank you, but we don’t need astrology to tell us that.”-neon vincent.

    Ironically, 1776 was a Fire Monkey Year. Meanwhile, this is what’s cookin’ in China right now:

    scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1910845/hong-kong-street-hawker-protest-becomes-riot-mong-…

    Looks like ‘Hong Kong Natives’ have are *fed-the-f*ck-up, no?

    Years of the Monkey are known for the historic curveballs they throw. Adding elemental ‘Fire’ tilts the change-vector into the sphere of political intrigue & spirited debate…

    bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-08/hong-kong-police-fire-warning-shots-amid-riot-scmp-says

    Wouldn’t it be fitting if that faithful bedrock of plutocracy for the past 25 years – the ‘Crown of Crony-ist Capitalism’ China – was the first to crack under the strain under the strain of it’s 0.1%?

    So much for the stereotype of the stoic and ‘long-suffering’ Asian… Violent Revolution a la mode, anyone? *

    😉

    — — —

    * p.s.; I do not expect this to burst forth into a nationwide conflagration, it is a harbinger however.

  52. MisterDarling February 9, 2016 at 12:21 am #

    @ AHtheHumanity:

    RE | “Torture can be reading all these comments…
    The idea of diversity in a ruling elite oligarchy making long-term changes for the betterment of everyone…just another sales pitch.”-ah.

    Well, it worked in 2008, so by all means let’s do everything we can to encourage the identity voters in ’16…. Yes, I am being sarcastic.

    Cheers!

  53. MisterDarling February 9, 2016 at 12:32 am #

    @ Volodya:

    I’m starting to notice a few common themes in your posts.

    RE | “Restructure you say? Sure, but be careful about who loses money because what civilized countries do and what Italians do are two different things. One thing you have to assume for the sake of your own survival is that behind every bank balance sheet line-item is a Camorra cut-throat. And, make no mistake, they get depressed if they’re not planning to kill someone.”-v.

    Nicely put. One small quibble: more likely Ndragheta instead of Camorra these days. Things have settled down for the Camorra apparently. The salient issue in an Italian ‘urgent restructuring’ is that it won’t stop in Europe. It’ll accelerate the accidental death rate of mid-level financial managers everywhere. People in certain professions should be required to read or see The Counselor – just to keep their heads in the game, and on their shoulders…

    “…For the present you see failed states all over the Middle East and North Africa. But the failed state dynamic doesn’t necessarily require jihadis. There’s more than one road to hell.”-v.

    Amen.

    😉

  54. MisterDarling February 9, 2016 at 12:36 am #

    @ Ozone:

    RE | “The foundational truism that all the other shaky assumptions are laden atop is that, “They’ll think of something”…”-Oz.

    When you find your future depending on a plan that hasn’t been made to utilize & deploy stuff that hasn’t been invented yet, that should be warning enough, don’t you think?

    😉

    Cheers!

    • ozone February 9, 2016 at 10:01 am #

      Ha! Oh yes, I *do* think just that…

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

        If you had a child who educated themselves into being a Racist and White Nationalist, what would you do? Applaud them for their independence of mind? Or beat them and then disown them?

  55. BackRowHeckler February 9, 2016 at 12:39 am #

    Super Bowl, done.

    Up next, the Daytona 500.

    Take everything you said about the Super Bowl, add high octane racing fuel, meth, bowls full of oxy, beer, and bikers down south to get out of the cold. You have yourself a party, American style!

    brh

    • BackRowHeckler February 9, 2016 at 12:41 am #

      also add in plenty of guns and RVs.

      • pequiste February 9, 2016 at 10:24 am #

        But no DiXie flags cause they are raysiss.

        Revisionist history takes some force to deploy. Now only half of the resistors require stringent measures to alter behavior; the other half only need some guilt-inducing coaxing.

        Try and watch souped up cars going round and round and round on an oval track for three or four hours is just soooooooo recreational.
        Yeah and some party.

        The real party, BRH, is on some 40 meter Feadship cruising the Lesser Antilles until April.

        • Elrond Hubbard February 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

          What?

          • pequiste February 10, 2016 at 12:19 am #

            What what?

            I understand that you don’t understand – but that is because you have exposed yourself as a Canadian.

            And as a Canadian you will suffer from brain-frost until May, unless you are Quebecois/Quebecoise: in that case degel deja presque le Fete de la St Jean Baptiste ou Le Fete Nationale (votre choix.)

            There are plenty of taboo subjects on your side of the border to include Les Negres Blanc d’Amerique (FLQ), and the situation of the”First Nations.” Justin Trudeau is the Canuck (and liberal Liberal) version of Marco Rubio (sort of conservative Republican) only his (Trudeau’s) is a family business like the Bushes.

            Or perhaps your confusion comes from having never attended a stock car race?

            The Canadian Grand Prix was last at the Circuit Jacques Villenueve in magnificent Montreal….maybe you should go. A great car race (if you like that sort of thing.) Have a smoked meat on Blvd St Laurent and a few Labatts to boot.

            Pretty certain the Windward Islands and Ferrettis are terra incognito for you.

  56. MisterDarling February 9, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    @ K-Dog:

    RE | “To those waiting for the system to break down before they demand alternatives you are wasting time and sealing your own doom. Demand your alternatives now by any means necessary or forever hold your peace. The future is in your hands today; not tomorrow.”-kdog.

    Agreed. . .

  57. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 1:47 am #

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the most Republican votes in Dixville Notch early Tuesday morning and Sen. Bernie Sanders won all the Democratic votes.

    Who knew that Iowa and New Hampshire would go for the socialist? South Carolina, Nevada, here we come!

    • Doug February 9, 2016 at 11:28 am #

      Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

      Population: 12

      • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

        State of Iowa

        Population: 3,107,000

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

        They’re still looking for what happened to the Ron Paul votes.

    • BackRowHeckler February 9, 2016 at 11:32 am #

      Who is we? Are you on the staff?

      The places you mentioned, they like free stuff there, too.

      All you gotta do is promise them some.

      brh

      • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

        I am he as you are he as you are me, And we are all together

        • Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

          Strange person you are, wpa, who does not recognize the ‘self.’

          BRH is in CT, I am in NJ, and you are in a mud hut close to the US southern border, yet you see only a collective.

          • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

            Strange person you are, wpa, who does not recognize the ‘self.’

            Thank you.

            Do walruses live in warm mud huts?

    • Florida Power February 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

      Yeah, imagine Bernie’s first day on the job, settling in behind the desk in the Oval Office when BLM protesters barge in, kick him out of his chair, grab the pen and the phone, and tell everyone how it’s gonna be. One can see Bernie now, kind of like Chris Martin desperately peeking between Beyonce’s thunderous thighs and Bruno Mars’ pursed lips, saying ohhhh, ohhh, ahhh, ohhh….

      • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

        And just how does BLM penetrate the fortress that is the White House? Secret Service carry semiautomatic pistols, shotguns and machine guns. On the White House roof, teams of snipers keep watch. The Secret Service says they are the best in the world and must qualify every month hitting targets accurately at 1,000 yards. Bernie has already qualified for Secret Service protection. Bernie will defeat Hillary in New Hampshire today.

        • Florida Power February 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

          Numerous entities have already walked, invited, through the front door left wide open by his predecessors. They will make Bernie an offer he can’t refuse.

        • elysianfield February 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

          ” On the White House roof, teams of snipers keep watch. The Secret Service says they are the best in the world…”

          A dirty black lie…the Marine Snipers that trained them at Quantico would be the best in the world, along with a few Deltas and Brits.

  58. FincaInTheMountains February 9, 2016 at 5:13 am #

    Very satisfied with hysteria in British press

    What happens next in Aleppo will shape Europe’s future

    In fact, as the fate of Aleppo hangs in the balance, these events have – as no other perhaps since the beginning of the war – highlighted the connections between the Syrian tragedy and the strategic weakening of Europe and the west in general. This spillover effect is something Moscow has not only paid close attention to, but also in effect fuelled. The spread of instability fits perfectly with Russia’s goal of seeking dominance by exploiting the hesitations and contradictions of those it identifies as adversaries.

    theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/05/aleppo-europe-vladimir-putin-russian-military

    Haven’t heard lately from Mz It’s-My-Turn about the “No Fly” zone in Syria. Pacification of Syria would mean end to her and her Saudi friends project of islamization of Europe.

  59. FincaInTheMountains February 9, 2016 at 5:24 am #

    Recent public statements by Erdogan say that the President of Turkey becomes a political liability for the United States. Moreover, these statements more and more border on the political hysteria, when Erdogan just does not know what to do with the war he started on all fronts.

    Only in the last two weeks, Erdogan made three loud political statements. Firstly, the fact that a Russian Su-34 flew again over the Turkish territory and, therefore, the need to meet with Putin. Secondly, Turkey is ready to invade the Syrian territory.

    Third, the request to the US to decide who they are with: Turkey or the Kurds, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his indignation at the visit of US Presidential envoy to the Kurdish militias in the Syrian city of Cobani.

    • UntoDust February 9, 2016 at 11:36 am #

      I agree for the most part, but Erdogan didn’t start this war. This war is a continuation of the war Mohammed started 1,400 years ago. This war is Islam. Erdogan’s loyalties in this are unmistakable. The only question is whether or not he accepts the authority of the self-proclaimed Caliph, al-Baghdadi. So far he doesn’t for the likely reason that he believes it should be himself at the head of any Islamic state. Erdogan seeks to return the Ottoman Empire. Allowing ISIS to do his dirty work in the meantime of purging the area of non-Sunni Muslims, enacting strict Shariah law, and giving cover for attacking the Kurds is a perfect arrangement for Erdogan.

      Russia is the only Western power that seems to have any idea what is going on in the Middle East or even what is at stake. It’s no wonder that they are in such conflict with Turkey. If it were not for the significant problem of Turkey’s NATO membership, I think we would be seeing a far harder line being taken by Russia.

      The US is at a crossroads. We can either head down the road to oblivion like Western (but thankfully so far not Eastern) Europe, or we can realize that we are at war with Islam. We keep being told how most Muslims are peaceful, and it is true that most Muslims are not currently engaged in active warfare against us. But the problem is that increasing numbers are. We are past the time we could believe this was a problems of a tiny handful of radicals. How are we to know when the rest might take the words of the Koran and Mohammed seriously, and take up arms against us? I don’t have a good solution to this problem. I haven’t heard of a good solution from anyone. The best idea so far is Trump’s suggestion that we need to halt any further Islamic immigration until we figure out a solution. What else can we do?

      • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

        The Caliphate is false.

        al-Baghdadi is a dead man walking.

        Islam is a religion of peace not represented by Daesh.

        • UntoDust February 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

          The secular humanist, multiculturalist true believers would rather believe the most outlandish of falsehoods than to admit their ideology has failed the test of reality. ISIS bases absolutely every single thing they do on the Koran and hadith.

          ISIS has issued fatwa after fatwa defending every aspect of their Caliphate from sex slavery to massacring Christians to suicide bombings to the marriage of prepubescent girls. Indeed the very legitimacy of their Caliphate itself. Every single one quotes extensively from the Koran and Hadith, and yet we have progressive experts on Islamic theology like John Kerry and Barack Obama proclaim that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam and Islam is the religion of peace.

          ISIS openly proclaim their goal to subjugate the entire world by force utilizing the most barbaric of savagery. I suppose that is to be clear proof of how Islam is indeed the religion of peace. Once again they defend this mission with extensive basis in the Koran, Hadith, and 1,400 years of Islamic theology and practice. The only thing most Sunni theologists disagree with ISIS on is who gets to be the boss. After all, how can they argue against the Koran and the words of Mohammed? Christians see Jesus Christ as the perfect example, Muslims see Mohammed as the perfect example. Mohammed practiced mass murder, torture, slavery, rape, and pedophilia. This is the exact example ISIS follows. Indeed the entire goal of Salafism is to return to the original Islam as practiced by Mohammed. And yet you insist that ISIS, al-Quaeda, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and how many other Islamic jihadi groups, not to mention the Islamic theocracy of Iran, have nothing to do with Islam. Jesus Christ not only preached peace, forgiveness, and love but He proved it even as He died on the cross. The difference couldn’t be more clear. Jesus is the true Prince of Peace and Christianity is the true religion of peace. I’ll give Buddhism and Jainism credit here as well, even as I don’t believe either is the true path to salvation.

          How can we understand the adoration the left has for Islam – the most hateful, intolerant, bloodthirsty ideology on Earth? One would expect that that the feminists, gays, and other social justice warriors would be at the vanguard of the fight against Islamic jihad. Except their fanatical hatred of all that is Western supersedes everything else, and their true colors are exposed.

          • Dumbedup February 9, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

            What a narrow-minded view. What do you think the Catholic Church did during the Middle Ages? What do you think the KKK did in the 1950s? What do you think the far right wing of the Republican Party (for example Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio), the so-called “religious right”, claim right now? We have our own homegrown jihadists right here in America and they are not Muslim.

            Look, I happen to be a Christian, but these extremists, whether Muslim or Christian, are mocking God. What is unraveling right now is not society or the economy. It is reality. Mankind better be willing to take the next step because the people who hold onto hate, envy, bigotry, prejudice and fear, and are without love, will never see the Kingdom of God. They are not believers – they are zealots lining their own pockets at the expense of the poor. And when they have taken everything from the poor they are coming after you. That time is very soon.

        • Lomax February 10, 2016 at 10:29 am #

          If Islam is so peaceful then why is the middle east a seething cesspit of hate?

          Mohammed lead an army, beheaded thousands and conquered territories, the Quran instructs the true believers to be violent in many passages.
          However unlike other religions Islam did not grow up under a secular state as Christianity did, because of this it considers its power unlimited over the world of man.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

        No more Muslim immigration is the answer, period. Hopefully Trump knows that and is just easing people into it, like an alarm that starts out very low. The next step is obviously to deport the ones already here. They can have no place in the West – by definition.

        • UntoDust February 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

          Quite right. I’m also convinced that Islam is incompatible with Western civilization in a fundamental, irreconcilable way. We may have to permanently ban Islamic immigration. This idea that they have some sort of right to enter our sovereign nation is madness. We are the ones with the right to admit or not admit anyone we so choose.

  60. I AM SULLY February 9, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    It’s hard to imagine Hillary being derailed. I was visiting family – a cousin that teaches philosophy at a major university – and my aunt was telling me how she didn’t care that Hillary was a criminal, she was voting for her. The wars? – she doesn’t care, because she thinks Hillary will end the drone murder-schemes when she is elected. There’s a lot of delusion out there – that’s all I’m saying.

    • pequiste February 9, 2016 at 10:30 am #

      Sounds like your aunt would benefit greatly from a strong course of Thorazine.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

      The Vagina Party. Women good, Men bad. It’s a fundamentalism no different in that sense from any other.

  61. volodya February 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    Mr. Darling, no doubt there’s common elements in my burblings, some that I can see myself and some that I can’t.

    In any case I tried to spotlight those places with the weakest institutions. Greece and Italy are so corrupt as to make Washington and Wall Street look like paragons of high-minded fairness.

    Now, Washington and Wall Street aren’t. Far from it. But Washington politicians look positively Olympian compared to the dirty dogs down in Europe’s underbelly and if, for example, Mary Jo White as SEC chief is laughably compromised by her work for Wall Street banks, she smells lemony clean in comparison.

    Hillary and the others can bleat all they want that there’s no quid pro quo but who are they kidding, politicians are bought and sold like cattle. Outside the borders it’s tough for us gringos to sort out who’s the sicari and who’s not. Do you want to bet your life on it and bet wrong?

    Speaking of which, IMO it won’t be long before new-world sicari exert their influence to the north. Why shouldn’t they especially if Washington is rotten anyway? Who there is qualified to talk about “morality”? Hmmmm, hard-faced Andeans that literally fought their way up versus men that never broke an egg.

    But it’s just a matter of degree. Unsustainable is unsustainable whether you’re going tits up at the rate of a million dollars or a billion dollars a day. Europe’s ancient periphery will go down the drain first but they’ll soon have company.

    • elysianfield February 10, 2016 at 10:34 am #

      V,
      As usual, well said….

  62. Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    (Junk) bonds, the only investment that offers a return, are being liquidated Pal Mall. – George

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

    Perhaps you meant ‘pell-mell’ (Pall Mall is/was a cigarette brand.

    pell-mell

    in a confused, rushed, or disorderly manner.
    “the contents of the sacks were thrown pell-mell to the ground”
    synonyms: helter-skelter, headlong, (at) full tilt, hotfoot, posthaste, hurriedly, hastily, recklessly, precipitately

    • Sticks-of-TNT February 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

      You’re right, as usual. Wasn’t Pall-Mall pronounced ‘pell-mell’?

  63. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    2017 US Budget has about $1 Trillion disretionary spending (the other $3 Trillion goes for mandatrory spending like the interest on the national debt).

    The 2017 US Budget has about $582.7 billion military spending.

    So, about 50%, or 58.27%, of our national budget goes to the military (with its waste, fraud, and theft), to provide an inefficient military and pay for the world’s largest bureaucracy, the Pentagon.

    One half of the military budget could be cut without harming national defense. $290 Billion could be reassigned to more pressing needs like rebuilding our national infrastructure, which also contributes to national defense. (see Eisenhower administration, 1956)

  64. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Looks like JHK could be getting some free radiation in his water:

    Radioactive water overflowed into the groundwater at the upstate Indian Point nuclear power plant, officials said. Gov. Cuomo said the plant’s operator, Entergy, reported “alarming levels” of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000%.

    • Doug February 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

      Jim is far upstream from Indian Point.

  65. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Minimum wage has been raised 30 times since 1935. What year did a raise EVER result in an increase in consumer prices or an increase in unemployment or a negative impact on the economy? NEVER.

    $15 an hour now!

    Bernie Sanders 2016

    • Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

      Why ONLY $15/hr? If there is no negative impact why not $30/hr or $100/hr. Your rationale (or lack of rationale) is total bullshit.

  66. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Months ago nsa recommended buying UUP because, nsa said, the “dollar express train” is leaving the station.

    Since nsa recommended UUP, it has gone down 5%, which is strange behavior for an express train!

    Maybe it takes months for the “express train” engines to warm up? Or maybe nsa does not know what he is talking about?

  67. Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    nytimes.com/2014/08/27/world/europe/children-in-rotherham-england-were-sexually-abused-report-says.h…

    Fourteen hundred girls abused and raped over the course of sixteen years in Rotterham, England. Even official sources now admit that the girls were abandoned by Officials because the abusers were Muslims. Yet Kdog doesn’t know a thing about it. Willed ignorance like his makes this horror not only possible, but inevitable. Because Kdog is on the tip of spear. It was no mistake. White Dispossession and Persecution are official policy. Kdog is more than Ok with this. At some level of being, he knows and heartily approves.

    And Rotterham is just one city. There’s no reason to believe similar things aren’t happening all over England and much of Europe.

    • UntoDust February 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      Absolutely enraging, isn’t it? Just what has happened to the men in Europe? Their daughters are being systematic raped by these savages, and yet they do nothing. Indeed the media in Germany is actively seeking to suppress just how widespread the problem is of Muslims raping white women and girls is. Cologne was the tip of the iceberg.

      The guys in PEGIDA and such are trying to turn things around, but they are still quite a minority. My heart goes out to all the girls who will continue to be raped while their fathers and brothers do nothing. German girls are literally being told not to dress in anything revealing in order not the entice these savages. Girls are afraid to go out after dark in their own cities that were once perfectly safe. The police couldn’t manage to deploy any significant force on New Years in Cologne, but somehow manage to deploy thousands when PEGIDA turns out. It’s obvious what’s up. Merkel and her ilk and determined to destroy Europe. It’s sad to see Europe become this. They really have lost the will to live.

      By the way, where are the social justice warriors on this one? Oh, wait it’s Islam. Free pass. Rape culture is fine when it’s Muslim.

    • James_B80 February 10, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      Janos – What happened in Rotherham pales into insignificance compared to what the UK establishment and the media have been up to!

      Jimmy Savile raped over 1,000 children (boys, girls and of all ages). He often visited children’s homes so he could rape vulnerable children, procured children for establishment figures to repeatedly rape and organised under age sex parties. He even raped mentally retarded children and was a necrophiliac. Was he Muslim? No.

      Stuart Hall was a prolific paedophile and was having sex with a 13 year old girl when he was in his late 60’s. He raped and molested over 50 children. My Dad (a very well respected national newspaper Journalist before he retired) knew about this through Bob Greaves in the mid 1990’s but UK National Newspapers wanted nothing to do with it at the time. He was only imprisoned 18 years later when he was in his 80’s. Muslim? No.

      My Dad was told by Tom Crone (Legal Director at the News of the World) in the 1990’s that they intended to run a story on Ted Heath (Former Conservative Prime Minister) and his predilection for extremely young boys. It was buried by Senior Management (presumably Murdoch?). Muslim…obviously not.

      Then there are all the other establishment/media paedophiles – Lord Mountbatten, Lord Greville Janner, Sir Cyril Smith, Sir Peter Telford Hayman, Leon Brittan, Rolf Harris, Gary Glitter, Wilfrid Brambell…the list is absolutely endless.

      The reason why the establishment tried to bury Rotherham is because it’d shine a light on the establishment in an extremely negative way. Rotherham is nothing compared to what the UK establishment has been up to!

      • Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

        I think you’ve lost your perspective. Granted: the British Elite are Illuminati scum. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have let the Muslims in to begin with. But remember, they are the top of the Pyramid. In other words, by definition there aren’t very many of them. There are countless Muslim rapists and kiddie fuckers now coming into Europe. Things are going to go from bad to worse. To the extent Islam holds these people back (and of course created them in the first place), it wont be since Europe isn’t Islamic yet. They are thus free to sate their lusts on a defenseless Non-Muslim population, the Western Elite having given them the green light to do so.

        Order may be reestablished eventually – Islamic order. Or perhaps not. Some say that the Elite don’t want Islam to win, they just want the West and Islam to cancel each other out in battle. Then they can mold the world to their hearts desire.

        • malthuss February 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

          Jimmy Saville [yes, he was a horror show] was a deflection from the millions of muslim rapes.

        • James_B80 February 11, 2016 at 5:09 am #

          I haven’t lost perspective, I just have a different one to you and extremely different experiences.

          I’ve a lot of Muslim friends and they’re all lovely people. Some are devout, and some aren’t. Not one of them is interested in changing my religion or enforcing anything on me.

          My girlfriend works in the charitable sector and I can say that the Muslim community in the North West of England were extraordinary helpful in the recent floods in the North West of England. They raised money and gave their time to help vulnerable people.

          I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of Muslims know that grooming underage girls for sex is abhorrent. This is less about religion and more about horrible c**nts abusing their position and this happens in all walks of life.

          The vast majority of child abuse images and videos are filmed by white men – is this a reflection on white people? Three years ago, my best friend (a policeman) was involved in a case where a 74 year old white man had repeatedly sodomised his own granddaughter from the age of 6. Unfortunately, there are just many horrible people out there regardless of ethnicity and religion.

  68. Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    From another angle: the mind is simply an organ of knowledge or the organ that takes percepts and organizes them. It is also a limiting valve that screens out much deemed irrelevant, uninteresting, or superfluous. This is not bad, but necessary since otherwise consciousness would be overwhelmed. But unfortunately, great error comes in here, because the mind begins to ignore not just unimportant things, but things it doesn’t like. Or it notices them and immediately labels them unimportant. Kdog probably saw this story and just deleted it because it goes against his system of belief categories, namely the one labeled “Non-Whites Good”.

    Aldous Huxley talks a lot about this limiting function of the mind in his Mescaline books, “The Doors of Perception” and “Heaven and Hell”.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

      correction on first line: the mind is NOT simply an organ

      • malthuss February 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

        Make your organ up.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

          Have you seen the new X Files? You may have been implanted with a small amount of alien DNA that makes you oppose me at times.

          • malthuss February 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

            Morgan Freeman is saving the world.
            Check you tube, ‘London.’

  69. Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    As Gurdjieff said, the sleeper once aroused, will angrily deny being asleep. And then fall back asleep. The angry person will angrily deny being angry. Kdog will deny that he ever denied the reality of mass Muslim rape – and then in a week or two begin to deny it again.

  70. fodase February 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    The San Bernardino killers were a middle class couple who were whipped to a jihadist frenzy on the internet and went suddenly postal in a Department of Public Health training event. How exactly does your fantasy of torture preventing the event go? You torture random people

    Uh, it wasn’t ‘suddenly’. The POS muslim bitch was known to have pro radical islam postings on FB before she and her POS muslim hubby butchered 14 people. but the obama admin wouldn’t allow it to be used against her.

    so people were shot and killed because the gov’t refused to get involved with known jihadist sympathizers.

    so, my fantasy of torturing these ‘random people’ who ‘suddenly’ out of nowhere went bad, might be bringing them in for questioning, at least, and not fucking letting them in the country in the first place. which the obama admin did, knowing the bitch was already in a jihadist frenzy from her FB postings.

    i’d torture the hell out of them too, if i found out they had accomplices and plans to kill in place.

    as they said in hollywood, you can’t handle the truth.

    • wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

      “It’s been so disappointing to see some presidential candidates engaged in loose talk on the campaign trail about reviving waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques,” McCain said.

      “It might be easy to dismiss this bluster as cheap campaign rhetoric, but these statements must not go unanswered because they mislead the American people about the realities of interrogation, how to gather intelligence, what it takes to defend our security, and, at the most fundamental level, what we are fighting for as a nation, and what kind of nation we are,” he added.

      McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went on to argue that the United States “stained” its national honor by employing torture tactics in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, noting that the techniques failed to produce useful intelligence but did incalculable harm to the nation’s reputation.

      He added that protecting the country’s security and its values are not mutually exclusive, but indeed fundamentally linked.

      “When we fight to defend our security, we fight also for an idea that all men are endowed by their creator with inalienable rights — that’s all men and women,” McCain said.

      “How much safer the world would be if all nations believed the same. How much more dangerous it can become when we forget it ourselves, even momentarily … Our enemies act without conscience. We must not,” McCain said, rebutting the idea advanced on Saturday by Trump that torture was justified because terrorists do worse.

      “Sacrificing our national honor and our respect for human dignity will make it harder, not easier, to prevail in this war,” McCain continued. “Our nation needs a commander in chief that reminds us that in the worst of times, either chaos or terror of war, when facing cruelty, suffering and loss, that we are always Americans — different, stronger and better than those who would destroy us.”

      McCain also pointed out another problem with campaign trail pledges to bring back waterboarding and other forms of torture: they were made illegal in legislation passed last year.

  71. Frankiti February 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    I sure hope Q-Schmuck didn’t read Bloomberg this morning. Taxing endowments, colleges and universities losing tax-free status? The horror! Tax rates at 30%. Very coincidental. Hmmm. Put forth by a Republican no less.

    “…he is concerned about rising costs while the institutions enjoy fiscal benefits such as tax-free investments and tax deductions for donors to the schools.”

    Like I said, the elite institutions indoctrinate kids with the mechanisms to get around taxes and employing Americans and the schools get a pat on the back with a donation that serves as a nice tax deduction.

    The endowment scam has run its course.

    • Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

      the schools get a pat on the back with a donation that serves as a nice tax deduction. – Frank

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

      Not in the tax system I favor.

      Basing taxes on the measurement of income is an invitation to lying and fraud. And there will inevitably be a thousand loopholes for special circumstances, such as donations to schools and charities, interest deductions on mortgages, etc ad infinitum . All this would go away with a flat tax based on consumption. You would be taxed based on what you spend, not on what you earn.

      What do the Harvards and Stanfords of the world spend those endowment dollars on? Infrastructure, equipment, high paid labor (professors, diversity czars), security, sports facilities? That is when they should be taxed.

      P.S. Your left-wing world view and line of argumentation is not helped one iota by ad hominem name calling.

      • malthuss February 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

        Yiddish name calling.

      • Frankiti February 11, 2016 at 5:37 am #

        I have nothing against you being an ad hominem… I don’t care what you do in your bedroom.

  72. FincaInTheMountains February 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    Conscientious Turkish prosecutor demands life sentences for constructive criticism of Recep (the Liar) Erdogan. Now Recep will have to rule standing up, as sitting on bayonets is not very comfortable.

    Officials in several countries publicly caught Erdogan in oil and arms trade with DAESH (terrorist organization permitted in Turkey), perhaps having indisputable proof well documented. If our American friends tap Merkel’s phone line, the Erdogan’s they tap for sure. Erdogan began to kick and put some demands in front of Empire of Good, we should expect couple of juicy leaks soon.

    Between the parties of mutually beneficial, five-year old successful trade and looting of Syria’s distrust is growing rapidly, frequent breakdowns of transactions and just plain old fraud. This situation is going to pull a chain of painful terrorist attacks in Turkey.

    Increasingly “moderate” terrorist’s commanders are fleeing to Europe, taking the monthly salary of their warriors of Light with them and sneering at their former brothers-in-arms by SMS from the safety of the Old World.

    Aleppo is in the cauldron, the armed opposition will probably get an offer to leave, possibly with personal weapons and with their families, for the successful resistance to Assad’s forces there are no material prerequisites. There is nothing to resist with. The level of Syrian troops today is by order of magnitude superior to the terror army in arms, ammunition, supplies and gear.

    The talks in Geneva could’ve secured a winning position for negotiating terror army and even stop the collapse of the front, but the armed opposition harnessed their horses for too long. Gesheft jihad is cut in half, no fuel, no ammunition, no volunteers for sleeping in the snow either.

    Reminds of April 1945.

    sasha-portland.livejournal.com/117756.html

  73. Frankiti February 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I want Bernie to revisit the 40 hour work week. We humans have bought into the concept that advancement in time should equate with progress in the human experience, if not the human condition. Why does a society that has advanced as far as this one still demand at least 40 hours of work to be considered full time? I want Bernie to deliver the third day off. Perhaps we’d be a less angrier and more contented society if a clear majority of our conscious time was not spent slaving away in an office park in order to get the benis that full time status delivers (health care, 401K, pensions). It seems quite ridiculous that we accept it as perfectly normal to spend such a large part of our lives away from our families and or leisure pursuits. But then again, we seldom really think about these things as bees in the hive, we just accept them as is. The conditioned response of the drone. It doesn’t mean idle time. Pursuits of the mind, artistry, other forms of sublimation will be endeavored while people are fit and sound of mind. Instead we are programmed by society to put off life until the creaky age of 67. Bernie can work off into his sunset, but someone at his age could really use that third day off. We need to progress as a civilization. 2016, everything computerized from cars to surgeries to fabrication and yet and we’re working 5 days a week… seems so absurd.

    • Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      There are two kinds of workers: self employed and those who work for others. Self employed people tend to work far more hours than those who work for others. Presumably the benefits of being your own employer more than offset the benefits of additional free time.

      People who work for others should negotiate with their employers, either individually or through their unions, all terms of their employment including what constitutes full time. Personally I love the idea of fewer hours and earlier retirement but I have never found an employer that accepted a work week of less than 40 hours.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

        Yes and that was forced on them. If they could, they’d work people 80 hours a week for 60 cents an hour. That’s why they went to the 3rd World. Capitalism IS the mentality of exploitation. People are just considered resources like coal or lumber. Thus it is not fit to be the ruling philosophy of this or any other country.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

      Yes as Mumford said long ago, we have yet to see a human civilization for human beings or an economics as if people mattered. Loveable eccentrics who love their jobs can work more if they wish. They’d even be allowed to vote if they showed they knew the issues.

      The ancient Greeks endorsed slavery because of the leisure it gave them. They said when the wheels move by themselves, we will end it. We have that now and have had it for a long time, but there is no leisure in sight. The Elite can’t stand the idea of a happy populace at peace.

      • Frankiti February 11, 2016 at 5:41 am #

        Left to think too long people realize they’re in shackles. Notice the Sanders followers… people with incredible debt, no prospects, and plenty of idle time to awaken to the reality of their role in today’s civilization. Debt-eaters, slaves to jobs, men without vocation, why?

  74. FincaInTheMountains February 9, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    “Basing taxes on the measurement of income is an invitation to lying and fraud. And there will inevitably be a thousand loopholes for special circumstances, such as donations to schools and charities, interest deductions on mortgages, etc ad infinitum . All this would go away with a flat tax based on consumption. You would be taxed based on what you spend, not on what you earn.” == Q

    Mr. Q to make things easy on the bean-counting class is willing to kill American economy by introducing monstrous regressive tax on baby food, medications for sick and clothing for the homeless.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

      Not to say that it would be a paradise for the black market – back to Chicago’s roaring 20s!

    • Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

      Mr. Q to make things easy on the bean-counting class is willing to kill American economy by introducing monstrous regressive tax on baby food, medications for sick and clothing for the homeless. – Finca

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

      1. Nine out of 10 bean-counter jobs would become obsolete once the country (and preferably the world) was freed from the insanity of determining taxable income. This freed-up brain power could then devote itself to more useful pursuits such as engineering.
      2. There is enough clothing disposed of by people like my wife, long before the clothing is anywhere near ‘worn out,’ to clothe the homeless a hundred times over.
      3. There would be a revolution/evolution in the pricing of all the world’s goods and services that would mitigate the regressive effect that is always trotted out as the excuse not to do the most obvious thing.
      4. The flat rate consumption tax is a pipe dream of mine that will never happen in my life time or your grandchildren’s life time because there are so many people with a great vested interest in keeping the existing system. Try finding one billionaire among the Elite who would favor such a system. Why? because they know it would eat into their current advantage.

  75. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Sanders Wins New Hampshire

    Clinton to Make Concession, May Withdraw from Race

    All Polls of Trump-Sanders Race Have Sanders Winning

  76. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    New Hampshire is a Tea Party/Conservative/Live Free or Die Republican state.

    Frankiti’s “establishment” Republican candidate, Marco Rubio, made a strong fifth place showing, just ahead of Christie. LOL!

    • Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

      None of the individuals (Dem, Repub or other) seeking to be President is qualified for the position by the shear fact of their seeking. The balls, the audacity, the chutzpah is astonishing.
      Nevertheless, we will eventually have candidates with running mates.

      Here is a not impossible scenario:

      1. Donald Trump wins the Repub nomination and names Christie for VP.
      2. Sanders wins Dem nomination and taps unknown John Bachtell as his running mate.
      3. Hillary Clinton commits suicide. Bill Clinton begins dating a top Victoria’s Secret catalog model.
      4. During the Trump vs Sanders campaigning prior to November, Bernie suffers a heart attack. It is mild but it highlights the issue of age and he quickly falls in the polls.
      5. Trump wins the election.
      6. Hector Muhammed Davila, a Mexican Muslim ‘undocumented’ American assassinates Trump on the day construction begins on “the wall” and simultaneously all Muslim immigration is halted.
      7. Chris Christie is sworn in as President by Reverend Al Sharpton on Air Force One on his way back east from the filming of a Weight Watchers commercial in California.
      8. Rachel Maddow commits suicide. 😉

      • pequiste February 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

        …except for the part where Trump gets “bumped-off”

        Inshallah.

  77. UntoDust February 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    @Dumbedup “We have our own homegrown jihadists right here in America and they are not Muslim”

    This simply isn’t true. Please inform me of which church anywhere in the US is beheading people, conducting suicide bombings, massacring civilians, sexually enslaving women and girls, and conducting campaigns to conquer and subjugate those of different faiths. I say it’s not happening anywhere in the US, but if you can show me otherwise, I’ll be happy to admit the error.

    Look, I’d prefer to think well of Muslims. I don’t think horrible things about Buddhists or Hindus or Jews or any other religion. No, the problem in the world is Islam. I think what I do about Muslims because of the tremendous evidence against them. Is every Muslim a depraved person? Certainly not. I’m sure there are some very nice Muslims. What I would suggest, however, is that they are a decent person in spite of Islam and not because of it. Taken as a whole, Muslims are a threat to Western civilization.

    In the late 90s before 9/11 and the tidal wave of Islamic jihad, I worked with a Filipino woman. She made a comment that shocked me at the time. We were talking about where she was from and she made a mention about Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic terrorist group in the South Philippines. She said “There is no living with Muslims. Everywhere there are Muslims there are problems.” I was very much taken back by that, because she seemed such a pleasant woman and I had quite a high regard for her. It seemed like such a bigoted thing to say. I no longer think so. I think she was right, and she having personal experience knew what she was talking about.

    If Muslims are serious about ending Islamic terror then let’s see them put an end to it. Let’s see them stop raping and sexually assaulting non-Muslim women. Let’s see less talk about how Islam is a religion of peace and more proving it. Let’s see them renounce jihad and the subjugation of non-Muslims. I see endless whining about how Muslims are discriminated against, but very little effort by Muslims to stop the crimes of other Muslims against non-Muslims. Is that not discrimination against us? As far as I can tell, non-Muslims have very good reason to be suspicious of Muslims today. But we just don’t see much action on ending the jihad by Muslims themselves. I suspect it’s because it’s very hard to argue against the Koran and Mohammed when you are a Muslim. Especially when apostasy is punishable by death in Islam – something I’m not aware is being practiced anywhere in Christianity. This is becoming a threat to our survival. Just as much as the Long Emergency and our need to significantly alter the way we live. If Islam is serious about fixing its reputation then let’s see it happen. When that happens, I’ll stop thinking of Muslims as a threat.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 9, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

      Same here. My Nigerian Christian co-worker told me about Muslims. I didn’t believe him and told him as much. My Egyptian Orthodox dental student warned me as well – I doubted him. Islam is not just another religion. We’ll either realize that in time and live or go under.

      • Q. Shtik February 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

        My Egyptian Orthodox dental student warned me as well – Janos

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

        I had NO IDEA you taught dentistry!

        • Buck Stud February 9, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

          Really? Janos has always struck me as a ‘mouthy’ type of guy 😉

  78. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    With Sander’s momentum I can state unequivocally that in South Carolina and Nevada all the rest of the states Sanders will come in either the first or second place.

  79. Buck Stud February 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    “That about sums up the Super bowl, Buck.

    speaking of SF, in ’17 the 50th anniv. of the ‘Summer of Love’ celebrated with some kind of event, will meet up with you at golden Gate Park and listen to who’s ever left from the Dead, the Airplane, Quicksilver, Mommas and Poppas, Anon. Artists of America, Country Joe and the Fish, John MacKenzie, Eric Burden and the Animals, Taj Mahal … I’ll buy you a Rolling Rock, Ice cold. Actually I should be around Carson city about that time and may drive over and check it out.

    San Jose Mom (Jen) you come too. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair.”

    LOL BRH. Actually I just had an offer to go out to SF in March room, board and workshop all free. But I had to decline because I have a ‘Palm Sunday’ deadline breathing down my neck.

    I was thinking about that blog post that I linked. The author was quite vitriolic towards all the para-military personnel; hence one of the reasons he despises the Super Bowl scene. But he then went further and made a snotty remark about wearing an ‘Allah T Shirt’. I wonder if you recall this remark?

    Anyway, some people ‘just can’t get no satisfaction’. What, leave such a spectacle to whim, with the possibility of death, destruction and bloodshed as a result of..(well we know who)? And yet, the para military, uber security atmosphere is ultra creepy too. We’re fucked, in other words.

  80. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    Something going on, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones.

    Among independents, Bernie beat Hillary.
    Among women voters, Bernie beat Hillary.
    Among young voters, Bernie beat Hillary.

    In South Carolina and Nevada, there are voters who are independents, who are women, and who are young. The political revolution is just beginning. CEO’s on Wall Street are trembling.

    • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2016 at 9:30 am #

      Oh ya, “Wall Street is corrupt.”

      But the racket Sanders operates in, National Politics, is what, pure as the driven snow?

      brh

  81. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    “Hillary Clinton just lost New Hampshire. Don’t assume she’ll win the next state, either.” by Aaron Blake, Washington Post

  82. wpa_ccc February 9, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    1. While Nevada is even more diverse than South Carolina, its caucuses have been much whiter.

    2. Latinos are less overwhelmingly for Clinton

    3. Nevada is a caucus state

    This is a format that requires a time investment and rewards impassioned supporters, who are more numerous on the Sanders side of the 2016 primary, all signs indicate.

    “Hillary Clinton just lost New Hampshire. Don’t assume she’ll win the next state, either.” by Aaron Blake, Washington Post

  83. Pucker February 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    Hillary’s got that Bern’n sensation.

  84. Q. Shtik February 10, 2016 at 12:44 am #

    It’s interesting that John Kasich(R) is in second place in NH. Several months ago I heard him give a speech in which he favored a flat rate consumption tax. He probably realized it was a non-starter issue in most people’s minds and I haven’t heard him mention it since. How unfortunate.

  85. MisterDarling February 10, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    @ Volodya;

    “Speaking of which, IMO it won’t be long before new-world sicari exert their influence to the north. Why shouldn’t they especially if Washington is rotten anyway? Who there is qualified to talk about “morality”? Hmmmm, hard-faced Andeans that literally fought their way up versus men that never broke an egg.”-v.

    None of the power-players in DC has any ‘moral high-ground’ to stand on at this point. That ship sailed long ago. Neither do most of the bovine-eyed residents of the US of A. They clearly do know at some level what’s been done in their name and yet… They do nothing, or worse yet sputter excuses and nonsensical rationalizations.

    So, why haven’t the “sicari” made as big a showing en El Norte as they do back home? It’s always been about the money. Wall Street has been locked in intimate congress with ‘hot money’ from ‘where-the-fuck-istan’ for decades now. It’s so entrenched that they can’t be prosecuted. Wachovia got a slap on the wrist and HSBC was just clean let off of the hook. They live and breath because they are useful. But, if the milk turns sour… The floodgates will open.

    Do you know what a ‘bolito’ is?

    youtube.com/watch?v=U5J_Uh7rUCQ

    Now, I have never personally seen one or seen them in action. But the problem is, when something like this pops up in a movie about their business, a few of honchos are going to want them, and want to use them… So if they didn’t exist before, they will. After all, *beheading* wasn’t much of a thing until a lot of Levantine money landed in Northern Mexico, and then everybody wanted to ‘send a message’ that way…

    So, we can imagine a scene on a day just like any other where a stone-faced Andean tosses his last Belmont [*], pulls the bolito out of a windbreaker pocket, sights up the mark du-jour, takes a deep breath and starts jogging up the sidewalk…

    Cheers!

    — — —

    [*] cigarettespedia.com/index.php/BrandBelmont | I bet you didn’t know there was a “CigarettesPedia”, did you?

    😉

  86. Frankiti February 10, 2016 at 5:45 am #

    Headline on Politico, ‘GOP establishment stares into the abyss’ over a photo of Rubio. I know WPA is simply too dull to have grasped this on its own, but Politico and other media platforms have been documenting Roboto’s rise as the establishment candidate ever since Bush began to tank. Most people with the ability to think catch on before the media has the gumption to report it, people like WPA make up the 90% of the electorate and/or citizenry waiting to learn. Precisely why we need stringent intelligence based voter laws.

  87. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 6:22 am #

    Total defeat of Clinton’s Clan in New Hampshire

    Democrats:

    Bernie Sanders – 60%
    Hillary Clinton – 38.4%

    Republicans:

    Bush Clan: Trump -35.1%, Cruz – 11.6%, Bush 11.1%, Christy – 7.2%, Carson – 2.3%. Total: 67.3%

    Clinton Clan: Kasich – 15.9%, Rubio – 10.6%, Fiorina – 4.2%
    Total: 30.7%

  88. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: Our Western Partners are clueless

    cdn5.img.sputniknews.com/images/103450/99/1034509921.jpg

    What a lady! Compare her to Department of State usual female suspects.

    • Q. Shtik February 10, 2016 at 9:47 am #

      Nice looking.
      Spiffy uniform.

    • BackRowHeckler February 10, 2016 at 11:54 am #

      That’s a good looking women.

      We have our own spokeswoman named Maria, Maria Harf in the State Dept, a chirpy little coed type, who not long ago stated ISIS militia was so violent because bigotry against Islam prevented them from getting good jobs in the United States.

      We haven’t heard from her much since that statement was made. Even for Obama that was too much, apparently.

      brh

  89. ozone February 10, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    I “Trust Ted”. Howzabout you? 😉

    An ‘interesting’ article on the manufacture of political consent:

    informationclearinghouse.info/article44168.htm

    (Wonder if the usual trollings netted any militant electors or enemies of authoritarianism today? …I can hear their snufflings and see their baited traps.)

  90. fodase February 10, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Very gratifying to see Mr. Trump garner such a prescient win.

    He will win 48 or 49 states.

    Borders enforced.
    Tax code simplified.
    Wall built.
    Trade deals negotiated to benefit American citizens (including well-behaved patriotic Muslims).

    I think we can look forward to getting this done in record prompt fashion as well, the Man actually has a record of success as a business builder in the real world.

    He will usher in an era of exceptional peace through force, benefiting among others from great rapport with his buddy Putin.

    All Hail Caesar!

  91. Q. Shtik February 10, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    Bernie Sanders: has called for higher tax rates on high earners.

    Willie Sutton, why do you rob banks?

    Because that’s where the money is.

  92. volodya February 10, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Mister Darling, I never heard of this cigarettespedia. You learn something new every damn day.

    I saw the Counselor. Good movie. No doubt this bolito device will get invented just like Star Trek communicators eventually took shape as cell phones.

  93. BackRowHeckler February 10, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    The Chief of the NKorean Army, General Ri Yong-Gil, got executed. I’m not sure what method was used — last year a General got executed by taking a direct hit with an artillery shell.

    This General had more ribbons and brass on his uniform than the Police Chief in Miami, Florida. Seeing as how NKorea hasn’t been in a war in 63 years, what did he do to get them?

    brh

    • PeteAtomic February 10, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

      “This General had more ribbons and brass on his uniform than the Police Chief in Miami, Florida. Seeing as how NKorea hasn’t been in a war in 63 years, what did he do to get them?”

      ha ha
      probably on how well he could salute the Great Leader

  94. volodya February 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    Yeah, talking about nausea and pre-cognitive visions, I have one: that whoever takes the podium to claim victory in November will get swept away in a mighty heave collecting in the diseased gullet of world financial markets and nobody will remember who won because it won’t matter.

    I saw a little talk on Bloomberg with a few talking heads that I’d never heard of and one that I had: Mohammed El Erian, past co-chief of PIMCO. The topic of conversation was the formerly mighty Deutsche Bank.

    A fascinating thing it was, Mohammed was saying that there were global market sectors that had become “unhinged”. Like oil, emerging market currencies and high yield bonds. No surprises so far, we all knew this.

    But then he sez that banks haven’t become “unhinged” and doesn’t think it’s gonna happen but it’s something to keep an eye on every single morning.

    There you have it. Every single morning. A minor quibble here, if it ain’t likely gonna happen, why the fuck disturb our purdy li’l haids?

    Every single morning? Until when? The end of time? The Second Coming? Or only until they raise the black flag over Berlin?

    It’s not as if El Erian’s talk is surprising because any dope with high school, nay, even just tenth grade, would know that negative interest rates portend a world financial system in extremis from the multiple onslaughts that we talk about week in and week out.

    And so we collect at the bed-side every Monday morning, black-garbed, to get an update and to keep vigil. Ironic, no, that collectively we vigil-keepers are also the moribund.

    I know, these guys all talk their book. Even so, sometimes what they say has the stench of truth. They say the truth never hurts even when, like death, it stinks.

    • ozone February 11, 2016 at 9:15 am #

      “Yeah, talking about nausea and pre-cognitive visions, I have one: that whoever takes the podium to claim victory in November will get swept away in a mighty heave collecting in the diseased gullet of world financial markets and nobody will remember who won because it won’t matter.”

      V., That’s positively “Kunstlerian”! 🙂 Good one.

  95. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    Former head of Israeli intelligence agency “Nativ” Yaakov Kedmi :

    Russia in a month or two will mop up in Syria and will take another close look at Ukraine.

  96. BackRowHeckler February 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Probably take a look at the Baltic Countries, too. Russia is going to need a buffer between an Islamic Western Europe and its own homeland. When France and GB become part of the caliphate, then all the sudden the Muzzies will have all the nuclear weapons they’ll ever need.

    Recall the final scene in the Camp of the Saints, when the new order uses French jet aircraft to take out the last remnants of the French Army.

    brh

    • FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

      Naa, Russia doesn’t give a flying f*ck about Baltics – it’s not 1941 and Iscanders in Kalinigrad more than adequately cover all potential threats on St. Petersburg direction.

      Ukraine is totally different matter.

  97. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    For long time American analysts tried to understand Russia, especially in the last couple of years. And it’s really important to them, if they want to learn how to predict Moscow reaction to this or that event.

    In fact, it’s not that difficult. Just look at this map:

    ic.pics.livejournal.com/pavel_shipilin/51193823/216540/216540_original.jpg

    To make it easier to imagine what Ukraine and the Crimea is to Russia, it is useful to complete the analogy.

    “Ukraine” in Russian means “Okraina”, or Periphery.

    Every time Russia resolutely stops encroachments by its main geopolitical rival, there is a threat of a global war. What you will agree, is very unpleasant. The Cuban missile crisis, which for decades served as a lesson to the great powers, is thoroughly forgotten. If the Americans again learned to predict the development of the situation, taking into account in their plans Russian fears and concerns, all of this would only become easier.

    Unfortunately, serious Kremlinologists are not visible even on the horizon.

  98. Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    From Sean: Big New Hampshire Republican said back in January: Trump? I don’t know one Republican who is for him. It’s just hoopla. There is no ground swell. I’m not seeing it, feeling it, hearing it, or smelling it.

    As our society has become more complex, technology allows the elite to become ever more insular until they don’t even know the other classes exist at all much less have any sympathy for them.
    Under such conditions, what can “party” mean at all?

    350 million people or so? Can the average person even contemplate a million people in any real way? This guy probably can’t even contemplate the 20 thousand in his own town. Nor does he even desire to do so in all probability.

  99. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Federal Government Will Treat Google’s Driverless Car System as a Legal Driver

    Google’s robot just got its driver’s license.

    On Tuesday, the federal agency that sets road rules — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — released a letter to the Internet giant that supports its interpretation of a driverless system as legally adequate for roadways, a key victory for the critical initiative within Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

    recode.net/2016/02/09/federal-government-will-treat-googles-driverless-car-system-as-a-legal-driver/…

    This is not surprising since Obama in his January annual address promised to promote robotic transport, including to invest 4 billion dollars in testing robomobiles at the federal level.

    Obama said, Obama delivered

    • Q. Shtik February 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      Obama said, Obama delivered

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

      WOW, that Obama dude is fast. He accomplished all that in under a month. That’s quicker than the Nobel Peace Prize (8.5 mos).

      • FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 11:41 pm #

        Obama deserved his Nobel Peace Prize for not letting Hillary or McCain to the red button.

  100. wpa_ccc February 10, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    THROW THE FERGUSON RACIST COPS IN PRISON

    WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials said Wednesday the government would sue the city of Ferguson, Missouri, after officials there rejected a negotiated deal that would have set the St. Louis suburb on a path towards reforming its police department.

    The original deal had been negotiated over the 11 months after the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division released a damning report last March chronicling routine patterns of constitutional abuses in the city, where an overwhelmingly white police force preyed on black residents who many officers saw “less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.”

    The report chronicled a corrupt local government, where officials in the police department and the municipal court “worked in concert to maximize revenue at every stage of the enforcement process” for several years. The Justice Department also released troubling e-mails from Ferguson officials that referred to Barack Obama as a “chimpanzee” and African-Americans as having “no frigging clue who their Daddies are.”

    Some of the progressive changes in the negotiated deal included pushing police to practice de-escalation tactics without using force, mandated extensive training for officers, and making city officials engage with minority groups that have had negative experiences with the police department.

    • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 7:19 am #

      Are there any whites remaining in Ferguson?

      Last I read they’re clearing out at a prodigious rate. Would you stay?

      What will be left? Just another dysfunctional welfare rathole like Camden, NJ, East St Louis, and Oakland, CA.

      brh

    • elysianfield February 11, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      “Some of the progressive changes in the negotiated deal included pushing police to practice de-escalation tactics without using force, mandated extensive training for officers, and making city officials engage with minority groups that have had negative experiences with the police department.”

      THANK YOU SWEET JESUS!

      Finally, a rational, humanistic method that gives lie to thousands of years of human history…and to think, in my lifetime, both Viagra and humane methods of crowd control have evolved! I have been to the Mountaintop, and have seen the promised land!

      I wonder what the 20-something wonk with a PhD that came up with the “Ferguson Solution” knows about violence, and crowd manipulation? Those of the readership who have never experienced irrational violence on the street on a regular basis can only wonder at the marvelous solutions presented. Those of the readership who have the experience, however, see this as another feel-good moment without much merit. Do you not understand that a de-escalation scenario takes time? Time to allow a hostile crowd to gather? I would suggest that if you haven’t been in that type of scenario, to, as Richard Prior once suggested…”have a Coke and a smile…and shut the fuck up”!

      • Sticks-of-TNT February 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

        Love it! I thought I was the only one who remembered Richard Pryor’s Coke and a smile quote. It was actually poking fun at a popular Bill Cosby TV commercial of the time. -Sticks

        • elysianfield February 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

          Sticks,
          Yes, as I recall, Prior had heard that his act was being criticized by Cosby for using foul language…thus his reply.

  101. FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    While critics are criticizing, the Tesla tore all gasoline competitors in the segment of large luxury cars as dog your morning paper, all competitors have lost the market share and left back in the dust.

    i0.wp.com/image-store.slidesharecdn.com/f483070b-66bc-461e-9871-895a630ccd93-original.jpeg?w=776

    Can’t stop the progress, can you? Even with all collapse gloom and doom.

    • malthuss February 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

      Luxe cars are progress?

      • FincaInTheMountains February 10, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

        Electric cars are. Now in luxury segment, then the mainstream.

  102. wpa_ccc February 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    Bernie Sanders was playing basketball before making his victory speech. He is good! He made five hoops in a row… much better than Obama. Sanders is athletic; he ran a 4:37 mile in track and field. And now he is going to be president of the United States. This is a great country!

    • Q. Shtik February 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

      he ran a 4:37 mile

      ==========

      Really good for a 17 year old in 1958.

  103. wpa_ccc February 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    Bernie Sanders Wins Every Demographic Group

    Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton among nearly every demographic group in the Democratic New Hampshire primary, according to exit polls.

    He carried majorities of both men and women. He won among those with and without college degrees. He won among gun owners and non-gun owners. He beat Mrs. Clinton among previous primary voters and those participating for the first time. And he ran ahead among both moderates and liberals.

    David R. Jones
    8:27 PM ET
    Tue Feb 09 2016 13:27:18 GMT-0700 (MST)

  104. MisterDarling February 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    @ Volodya:

    Tying into and wrapping up our chat, some last thoughts:

    RE | “I saw the Counselor. Good movie. No doubt this bolito device will get invented just like Star Trek communicators eventually took shape as cell phones.”-v.

    A bolito would be (relatively) quicker, quieter & more reliable than a lot of other methods, not to mention mass-producible, compact and easy to use.

    Oh! And it could be used as a ‘non-lethal’ deterrent b/c it doesn’t *have* to go around the neck, it could be placed around other appendages and protuberances – fingers, toes, ears… y’know just ‘wherever’.

    Hmmm, I wonder if there’s already a patent pending on it?

    [jk]

    “Yeah, talking about nausea and pre-cognitive visions, I have one: that whoever takes the podium to claim victory in November will get swept away in a mighty heave collecting in the diseased gullet of world financial markets and nobody will remember who won because it won’t matter.”-v.

    You don’t need to be a ‘pre-cog’ to know how that story’s going to go, anymore than you would have to be to predict what state of church-going Catholic behavior will be the other six-and-a-half days of the week. Much like going into the confessional the average schmuck/ette just wants to pull that lever and walk away feeling like ‘yeah, I did everything I could’… Well, we’ll see how much that matters when it’s not someone else’s problem to figure out.

    Cheers V!

  105. fodase February 10, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    4:37 is bloody good for the mile!

    I managed a 4:52 & could’ve gotten down to the 4:30s if not for injury,
    was just getting really good at interval training, which really tears time off your races and you barely feel you’re running.

    I remember one 10K race, hit the first mile just loping along relaxed thinking ‘where is everyone?’ I only saw 5 or 6 runners ahead of me.

    The race volunteer at the 1-mile mark called out “5:30!” which scared the shyte out of me since I felt like I was just jogging.

    That’s what interval training does for you.

    All Hail Bernie!

    The Wicked Witch is Dead!

    fodase

  106. MisterDarling February 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    Regarding the War on Fake’s ‘Stalingrad’ in Syria;

    “While it’s impossible to know whether Turkey, Saudi Arabia or the US will actually invade Syria, it’s clear by the panicky reaction to the encirclement of Aleppo, that all three countries feel their regional ambitions are more closely aligned with those of the jihadists than with the elected government in Damascus. This tacit alliance between the militants and their sponsors speaks volumes about the credibility of Washington’s fake war on terror.”-Mike Whitney.

    counterpunch.org/2016/02/10/putins-aleppo-gamble-pays-off/

    The line “fake war on terror” is good to see in print, and a long time coming. I’ve been referring to it as the G-HoT (Global Hoax on Terror) for a decade now to close friends and trusted co-workers. It might actually be funny – if not for the body-count.

    But let’s face it, it’s not the first deadly fake war. The thing that preceded this deadly farce was as bad or worse, and for much longer. I’m speaking of course about the ‘War on Drugs’, which was lost – according to the hard-working & highly effective agents of the FBN (Federal Bureau of Narcotics) – all the back in the 50’s. [*]

    So, right now the thinking portion of the world’s population notices that the conflagration in Afghanistan remains never-ending – while at the same time producing a bigger share of the global heroin market than ever before – thanks to the dedication and tender ministrations of the US State Department & their minions. Meanwhile the War on Terror that the US State Department professed to be leading is unraveling because Russia & it’s Coalition of the Fed-Up & Capable are killing these protected/aided & abetted pet bogeymen. [**]

    Is there a positive outcome from all this? Absolutely; we’re finally in a position to talk about things as they really are and have been for decades, which – to me at least – is a huge relief.

    — — —

    [*] The consensus was that the ‘war’ became unwinnable the moment that the feds started ‘working with’ and protecting drug king-pins because they were turning states evidence. That was the moment that it became a self-sustaining, symbiotic enterprise OR as we used to say in Afghanistan “self-licking ice-cream cone”.

    What was the FBN? It was pound-for-pound the most effective federal law enforcement agency the US ever had. But then the CIA got interested in how deeply they were penetrating overseas and how effectively they were exploiting, and so they turned a bunch of agents, and took it down from the inside. When it resurfaced it had morphed into the DEA – the agency that we’ve all come to know and love so much today… And the rest is history.

    [**] The one good thing about the Taliban is that they almost wiped commercial-scale cultivation of opium and heroin production. Of course this pleased the opium warlords in the hinterland _not at all_, and made them willing allies in the Fall of 2001.

    With State Department people back in-country and ‘directing’ Karzai’s fledgling drug-war, production promptly exploded, skilled Chinese heroin cooks appeared to bring up the quality of the product, distribution routes were sorted out and in < 5 years Afghanistan was producing "95%" of the heroin making it to Europe – and elsewhere. Talk about the power of 'free market capitalism'! What a success story!

    /S

    Of course, now that the shoe was on the other foot the Taliban was making sure they got their cut. That cash – combined with what they were getting from US taxpayers via *DynCorp* paying locals to help keep US cargo trucks safe-ish (another protection racket knowingly aided & abetted) – was more than enough to keep the war going indefinitely.

    The __Moral of the Story__ in both cases is that if you see a war going on "with no end in sight", there's a reason for that. You just won't be able to talk about it directly, that's all.

    Cheers!

    • MisterDarling February 10, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

      EDIT: “all the __way__ back in the 50’s”

    • ozone February 11, 2016 at 9:13 am #

      MD,
      Regarding paradigms lost:
      “Is there a positive outcome from all this? Absolutely; we’re finally in a position to talk about things as they really are and have been for decades, which – to me at least – is a huge relief.”

      I feel the same. How are we to construct a solid narrative of those who yank the levers of power (and why they yank them) without spitting out all the crap we’ve been (and are being) fed? It’s the most important theme in attempting a forward-looking plan *of any kind*, IMO.

      (Also, the loss of these controlling paradigms means a doubling down on bullshit, the sowing of confusion, obfuscation and mendacious skewing of language, as we’re seeing every day. Desperate times call for desperate propaganda spewage.)

  107. MisterDarling February 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    For the amount that the US spends:

    i.imgur.com/LJU7apPl.jpg

    – you’d think we’d get more bang for our buck, wouldn’t you?

    😉

  108. MisterDarling February 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    2nd-Stage Collapse Update:

    Sears has seen the Future:

    money.cnn.com/2016/02/09/news/companies/sears-kmart-stores-closing/index.html

    They can’t afford it.

    • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 7:21 am #

      Hey MD, Sears had a pretty good run, about 120 years.

      Nothing lasts forever.

      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

        Same thing with America – especially since you refuse to discriminate between death by old age and death by murder. Dead is dead, right? And Golden Retrievers and Pit Bulls are the same too, both are dogs, right? And Blacks and Whites are both just people, right?

  109. Janos Skorenzy February 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    amren.com/news/2016/02/algerian-sex-attacker-shouted-inshallah-if-allah-wills-it-as-he-raped-a-25-ye…

    Kdog? Your concession speech please.

  110. wpa_ccc February 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    “All Hail Bernie! The Wicked Witch is Dead!” –Finca

    Bernie is a centrist. His ideas are not radical.

    We are the only industrial country which does not provide health care as a right to citizens. Bernie just wants us to catch up with the rest of the world… and will not accept the excuse that “we can’t afford it.” How can Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Brazil, South Korea, Thailand, Moldova, Chile, China, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, etc. all provide universal health care… and the United States cannot?

    Bernie is more fiscally conservative than Republicans. Bernie is less radical than FDR. Bernie is more like Eisenhower. Bernie has plans to pay for every “free” program he is proposing related to health, education, rebuilding infrastructure, etc.

  111. Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 12:26 am #

    Early Monday morning (2/8) I posted 2 comments to last week’s thread and I suspect few if anyone read them so I am re-posting them here.

    1. The wife and I went to the movies on Saturday night and saw Hail Caesar. I can’t recall a movie as dull since “A Most Violent Year” in 2014 which was really really incredibly bad. My advice: Stay home and save $20. As an alternative check out a Netflix TV series titled Master of None starring Aziz Ansari……very clever and funny.

    2. For what it’s worth, and if correlation were causation (it’s not), the Broncos Super Bowl win suggests a down (possibly bear) market for the balance of the year. This so-called “Super Bowl Indicator” (Google the definition) has an 81% accuracy record. If this morning’s futures market – down big time – means anything the indicator is once again looking good.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

      All causation is correlation but not all correlation is causation. Groundhog Day is neither.

  112. FincaInTheMountains February 11, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    Russia’s Frigate Ecojet takes on Airbus and Boeing

    Can a Russian upstart succeed in its goal of redefining the market with a new aircraft concept whose unique characteristics place it in a category of its own?

    The new manufacturer is Moscow-based private company Rosavia.

    i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160205114555-frigate-ecojet-12-exlarge-169.jpg

  113. Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    OK, now that I have broached the topic of ‘the market’ (see #2 in my comment above) I want to say that there are several things happening currently that are giving me an ominous feeling:

    . Relentless declines in market averages. Today on CNBC a few technicians (people who put great stock in chart patterns) noted that the 1851 level on the S&P 500 was very important and if the market were to close below that level it would be like “a trap door” under the market. It closed at 1851.86. I noticed an hour ago that the S&P futures were at 1839.

    . Janet Yellen was grilled today by some government financial poobahs and she looked to me like a dear in the headlights, particularly on the subject of the possibility that the Fed might someday go to NEGATIVE interest rates as Japan and parts of Europe have. We still have positive rates but consider this: $1,000 invested in a 3 month T-bill will earn you 17 and a fraction CENTS after you hold it for 3 months. $1,000 invested in a 10 year bond will earn you each year enough to go to a movie and buy a small bag of popcorn and a coke, i.e. about $17.30 per year. If we ever reach negative rates where Japan currently IS it will mean you have to PAY the government for the privilege of loaning them money.

    . An hour ago oil futures were $26.90 per barrel. Oil has been falling like a rock for the past week. Equity indexes, I am told, are highly correlated with oil prices.

    . Gold has risen from below $1,100 to above $1,200/oz in a short period of time.

    . Venezuela, a socialist country, despite what some may argue to the contrary, (keep this in mind when you vote for Bernie) has runaway inflation reminiscent of Zimbabwe and store shelves are bare.

    Janet Yellen gets back up on her tightrope and speaks again on Thursday. One wrong word and all hell could break loose.

    • ozone February 11, 2016 at 8:59 am #

      Q.,
      Thanks for the update. Could the avalanche of panic be about to break loose among the investor class?

      • Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

        Not sure who you call “the investor class” but to me they are everyone with an IRA or 401k and the army of financial operatives who influence where those pent up piles of cash get invested. Those ‘operatives’ are surely on the brink of panic but Joe sixpack, I think, is just beginning to become aware that there’s an ill wind brewing. My brother-in-law is a perfect example. He was over for dinner last night and he asked me “Hey, what the hell is up with the market?” And I say, “Well, let’s see, where shall I begin?” The fact is that he has no feel or grasp of what is going on……. he just knows that what ever it is it is Obama’s fault.

        • ozone February 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

          “Not sure who you call “the investor class” but to me they are everyone with an IRA or 401k and the army of financial operatives who influence where those pent up piles of cash get invested.”

          …Those would be they. Those who make their living off of gambling with others money. True parasites who will cry, “Why ME?”, the very loudest when the insecticide of contraction hits their “profession” and brings them to penury.

    • elysianfield February 11, 2016 at 11:43 am #

      Q,
      Someone, in an earlier weeks post, opined that Ms Yellen was selected as a patsy, to be left “holding the bag” when the “balloon goes up…” I have a feeling that they will be naming High Schools after LH Oswald before they name any after her….

  114. wpa_ccc February 11, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    Venezuela, a socialist country, despite what some may argue to the contrary, (keep this in mind when you vote for Bernie) has runaway inflation reminiscent of Zimbabwe and store shelves are bare. –Q

    So, the problem is Venezuelan “socialism,” eh? And Bernie is scary, eh?

    Did you ever consider that the problem might be global climate change? El Niño is responsible for a drought in Venezuela that has lowered resevoirs and affected the production of hydroelectric power. The socialist government is responding with controlled rationing of electricity by the biggest users of electricity, including shopping malls.

    How is Venezuela, or the Venezuelan government, responsible for El Niño? The largest capitalist consumer/polluter in the world, the USA, is more responsible than Venezuela.

    In the 1880s, human industry emitted 50 million tons of carbon annually. Now global carbon emissions have grown by 200-times and reached over 10 billion tons annually. The increase in global carbon emissions has happened in 135 years of American capitalist pollution of the atmosphere. Hugo Chavez and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela took power 16 years ago.

    Changes in sea level pressure, surface winds in both north-south and east-west directions, sea surface temperature, surface air temperature, and the fraction of the sky covered by cloud are more affected by 135 years of profligate American capitalist growth, consumption and waste, not by 16 years of socialist government in Venezuela. The nightmare American capitalism has created in the last 135 years, the Venezuelan socialist government will now have to deal with through managed contraction.

    P.S. Your post is a really poor attempt to smear Bernie and make socialism scary, while ignoring the precipice capitalist greed has brought us to, Q.

    Bernie Sanders 2016

    Caracas , 10 Feb. AVN.- Los grandes usuarios deben contribuir con el uso eficiente y racional de la energía eléctrica [socialism can plan efficient and rational use of energy. American capitalism not so much] para asegurar el suministro eléctrico en el país, frente a la baja que experimentan los niveles de los embalses de las centrales hidroeléctricas, como consecuencia de la ausencia de precipitaciones ocasionada por el Fenómeno climatológico El Niño.

    • Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      Your handlers who rush these story lines to your computer for dissemination must think your audience is pretty stupid. It’s very offensive.

  115. wpa_ccc February 11, 2016 at 4:54 am #

    Bernie Sanders is leading a political revolution. He drinks beer, eats boiled peanuts, and flies coach (middle seat)!

    huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-stephen-colbert-boiled-peanuts_us_56bc4051e4b0b40245c5617e

    • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 7:22 am #

      Wow! A real man of the people!

      • malthuss February 11, 2016 at 11:44 am #

        A man of the left—Sanders
        All you have to do is look at his website and read his platform issues.-legal infanticide, check.

        He supports the lies of the elite, from climate change to pushing the issues of illegal aliens over citizens. check
        And displacement of Whites. check

        He was pitiful with the BLM gals, at his event.

        • Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

          Without commenting on the thrust of the content of your post let me just mention that the word “gals” is very passe. It makes you sound a little out of it. No offense.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

            Let’s bring it back. Girls is just insulting. And Women is too formal.

            Don’t be so passive.

          • elysianfield February 13, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

            Q,
            With all respect, “passé” seems a bit “effete”…

  116. fodase February 11, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    wpa you continue to astound me with typical reality-ignoring leftwing nonsense such as communist Venezuela suffering from the fucking weather when they are economically illiterate and rife with corruption that kills any economic progress.

    i’ll bet hotdogs to donuts that any surrounding country that adheres more to a US/British economic model with more associated freedom does much better economically.

    How can Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Brazil, South Korea, Thailand, Moldova, Chile, China, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, etc. all provide universal health care… and the United States cannot?

    Puhleeze, have you EVER been in a cuban or brazilian hospital? people literally lying on the floors in the corridors, no needles or bent needles being reused.

    for god’s sake man wake up!!!!

    Here’s a HUFFPO headline:
    Woman Gives Birth On Floor Of Hospital Waiting Room In Brazil (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

    ….after she was told to wait. of course in an ‘I dont give a shite about you’ voice, which I know because I live down here and have seen firsthand over and over.

    Here is a snippet of a first-hand account of hospitals in Brazil:

    Conclusion:

    If you have a medical issue in Brazil, try not to end up in a public hospital. Although I had the feeling that the staff was doing the best they could, the material used is usually old and in bad condition, and the risk of medical errors and malpractice (that is kind of the same thing, right?) or catching some kind of hospital infection is a lot higher.

    I’ve seen stories in the Brazilian media that boggle the mind. A man’s wife disappeared after checking into a hospital for a regular procedure. 3 days later, a friend of his, who works in that hospital, finds the woman in the morgue. The woman had died during the medical procedure and nobody had informed her husband.

    A newborn baby girl, that needed brain surgery, came out of the operating room with burns all over one of her legs. Afterwards, the leg was amputated, but the girl died a few weeks later.

    In Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, more than 100 brand new ambulances are unused because nobody seems to be taking care of the procedure to get a license-plate on the vehicles.

    FUCKING GET A CLUE ABOUT REALITY

    fodase

    • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 9:10 am #

      Fodase, WPA knows all this.

      Its called willful ignorance.

      Reason: to bust your balls, disrupt the thread, piss you and everybody else off, just for the hell of it, nothing else do do … you name it.

      Mission accomplished!

      Fodase, question: This virus loose in Brazil, how do you think it will affect the Olympics in Brazil this summer? Already a few countries, and a few US athletes, have announced they aren’t going. Or will Brazil pull it off, like they did the World Cup not long ago.

      brh

      • Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 10:29 am #

        Brazil may get its act together sufficiently to ‘pull off’ the Olympics but nine months later there will be a flood of small headed baby births among attendees from many nations similar to what happened in the US after a major region-wide power failure. With no lights and no TV there wasn’t much to do other than climb in bed and screw.

        In Brazil, after they’ve watched the hundred meter dash, had a nice dinner etc what will those fans do? They will slide their mosquito bitten bodies between the sheets and screw.

      • ozone February 11, 2016 at 10:51 am #

        The zika virus is owned by The Rockefeller Foundation, according to this article:

        globalresearch.ca/who-owns-the-zika-virus/5505323

        (Yes it’s patented.) Draw your own conclusions, please.

      • malthuss February 11, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

        willful ignorance—Haha. Funny.

  117. FincaInTheMountains February 11, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Obama’s System of Financial Control in Action

    You thought that you live in United States of America, with capital in Washington, DC and Presidential residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

    It’s not longer the case.

    You live in Offshore States of America with capital in Reno, Nevada on 100 West Liberty Street, 12th Floor.

    Here is the main US Rothschild Trust (Rothschild Trust North America LLC) – a special structure, through which the “black” and “gray” money from around the world are pouring into the US banking system.

    It’s funny to watch the multi-directional movements of the competing branches of one of the most influential families in the world. While one branch moves its operations to Hong Kong, and relies on the work in the South-East Asia, the other – moves its operations from Switzerland to Nevada, which has recently become the most fashionable offshore destination for the worlds most powerful (and corrupt).

    If the world did not have offshore, it would be a hell of a lot less corruption in the world.

    The existence of countries and territories that offer businessmen and politicians from around the world to create a near zero-tax companies with a complete lack of shareholder transparency, makes it easy for corruption artists around the world and, most importantly, enables easy withdrawal of capital from the affected country.

    For a long time the unofficial leader among the providers of offshore services has been the United Kingdom, whose subordinate states offered offshore jurisdiction for all tastes.

    Now, however, the palm among the champions of corruption smoothly moved to the United States. Involvement in the American economy of corruption money from around the world clearly became the state policy.

    For several years, the US government is waging a consistent struggle against the very concept of offshore companies and banking secrecy, to which until recently relied entire offshore system. With penalties, threats, blackmail and espionage they conduct operations to identify evaders of American tax system and force the world banking community to open their data on US (and non US) citizens and companies’ accounts.

    The final step in the destruction of the remnants of the old offshore system can be considered the signing by most countries of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, which requires the automatic exchange of data necessary for taxation between the signatory countries. The new system will greatly complicate the life of lovers of classic offshore schemes.

    Where the average high official, who has amassed millions of unjust dollars and holds them in trust in the British Virgin Islands or Guernsey, has to run now?

    And here, all in white colors appears the Offshore States of America.

    The Americans turned a beautiful trick: by destroying bank secrecy and well-established offshore system, they have not signed the Convention on mutual assistance in tax matters and are not going to give up on bank secrecy at all.

    This means that the oligarchs and officials from around the world, from Argentina to China, in order to preserve their capital will have to go through the office on the 12th floor at 100 West Liberty Street in Reno, Nevada.

    Of course, if a foreign government really needs the information on their corrupt officials, it may request it through the US Department of Justice, but the chances of getting it are minimal, because US officials believe their system is always right by default.

    And you all complain that Obama is not doing enough to fund the new reindustrialization of America.

    Materials are taken from: politrussia.com/ekonomika/amerikanskie-rotshildy-905/

  118. fodase February 11, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    …other than that, i like both you and Bernie

    • wpa_ccc February 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      Other than that, I like both you and Hillary.

      “Until the 1970s, Brazilians used to joke that they had to die before the authorities paid any attention to them. Dr Hugo Coelho Barbosa Tomassini recalls how they used to have a full-time “death secretary” to administer funerals in the city of Niterói, where he was once the municipal health secretary, but only one health unit to care for the living.

      Much has changed since then. While long queues at hospital emergency departments, beds spilling into corridors, outdated and malfunctioning equipment and a scarcity of doctors and medicine in rural areas remain common complaints, on another level, Brazil’s national health system – Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) – has been an outstanding success.”

      who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/4/08-030408/en/

  119. ozone February 11, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    The Creation of Cruz supporters………….

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/notes-from-the-locked-ward/#comment-260718

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

      On his disclosure form, Ted listed his wife’s profession as “Baker”. He left out a n. Purely a clerical error no doubt. But he does seem to make a lot of such little mistakes – like failing to list the low interest loan from Goldman Sachs.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

      If your child became a White Nationalist through the very self education you propose, how would you feel? Would you declare them dead and sit shiva for a week?

  120. BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Check out the markets today. Big moves.

    For example, Gold up $45 per oz.

    Oil south of $27 per barrel.

    Dow down 250, which is no big surprise.

    How low can oil go? What’s it cost to get it out of the ground, ship it, refine it, distribute it? Does $27 cover all that?

    brh

    • Doug February 11, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      “How low can oil go? What’s it cost to get it out of the ground, ship it, refine it, distribute it? Does $27 cover all that?”

      Only in a few already-developed, large, conventional plays with all the infrastructure in place — maybe.

    • malthuss February 11, 2016 at 11:49 am #

      DJIA was down almost 400 when I checked. So DJIA went
      from 18300 to 15500 or so.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

      Military Historian has determined that Patton was assassinated because he planned to talk about the atrocities that were being inflicted on the German People by Eisenhower and the Jews.

      arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2013/12/was-general-george-s-patton-assassinated.html

      • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

        The guy was in a car accident.

        Ask any vet here about the crazy, reckless way soldiers and sailors drive around in Government Vehicles.

        Anyway, until WW2 it wan’t uncommon for General Officers to be killed at the front, either in combat or by accident. Back in the day they weren’t sitting in air conditioned offices in Tampa, Florida, designing a new style combat footwear for the new female infantry troops coming in.

        brh

        • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

          As long as we’re on this subject, Janos, I’ll add that American General like Kobbe, Pershing, Eisenhower, Spaatz, and Patton, even tho they had German heritage, had no use for Germany or Germans.

          brh

          • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2016 at 2:09 am #

            You’re clinging the your own personal normalcy complex. WW2 and Americans as good guys is the central myth of your life. Patton stood up for the German people against the viciously vengeful allies.

            After a visit to ruined Berlin, he wrote his wife on July 21, 1945: “Berlin gave me the blues. We have destroyed what could have been a good race, and we are about to replace them with Mongolian savages. And all Europe will be communist. It’s said that for the first week after they took it (Berlin), all women who ran were shot and those who did not were raped. I could have taken it (instead of the Soviets) had I been allowed.”

            You are disproven.

        • malthuss February 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

          Drag wear.
          Size 11 [mens] double wide.

          Camo Pumps for trans girls.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2016 at 2:20 am #

          The sea of shit that now engulfs us didn’t come out of the blue. You just didn’t notice it when you were younger, but it was there, just lower. Lots of people saw it before you did. Why does it matter? Because we can’t save ourselves if we don’t know what and who were up against.

          The Assassination Of
          General George Patton
          3-18-5

          ‘Los Crimenes De Los Buenos’ by Joaquin Bochaca Published January 1, 2001 An excerpt… (Note: The translation of the passage below from Joaquin Bochaca’s book, “Los Crimenes De Los ‘Buenos’ ” was prepared by a participant on Liberty Forum who writes under the name of “Mugwort.” The Book by Bochaca, an Argentinian, appears to be a major writing. I hope it soon becomes available in english translation. The short passage below addresses the assassination of General Patton.) The abuses committed by the Forces of the Occupation in Germany reached such bestial extremes that various people in the Allied command structure opposed it–or tried to. … Lindbergh mentioned how the American soldiers burned the leftovers of their meals to keep them from being scavenged by the [starving] Germans who hung around the garbage barrels. He also wrote: “In our homeland the public press publishes articles on how we ‘liberated’ the oppressed peoples. Here, our soldiers use the word ‘liberate’ to describe how they get their hands on loot. Everything they grab from from a German house, everything they take off a German is ‘liberated’ in the lingo of our troops. Leica cameras are liberated, food, works of art, clothes are liberated. A soldier who rapes a German girl is “liberating ” her. “There are German children who gaze at us as we eat … our cursed regulations forbid us to give tham anything to eat. I remember the soldier Barnes, who was arrested for having given a chocolate bar to a tattered little girl. It’s hard to look these children in the face. I feel ashamed. Ashamed of myself, my people, as I eat and look at those children. How can we have gotten so inhumane?” So wrote Colonel Lindbergh, national hero of the United States, who was proposed as a candidate for the presidency of his country, who fought in the air force of his country, who was not a nazi. Many decent American and British citizens can see that. General Patton, perhaps the most popular of the American generals, immediately opposed the total or partial application of the Morgenthau Plan in his sector of occupation. Soon, he had a run-in with another general of higher rank: General Eisenhower. It’s well-known what extremely violent debates they had about how the civilian population of Germany was to be treated. Patton was SENTENCED TO DEATH by the directors of the scenario. One day Patton’s car was run into by a military truck in what seemed like a very strange accident. The General was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was observed to have serious, but not life-threatening injuries. But some days later he died of a heart attack. Patton’s death, in any event, was extremely opportune. The General had annnounced that he was thinking of moving to the United States, where he was going to denounce publicly what was taking place in Germany. But he didn’t have time. He had fought with too many important people. General Eisenhower had had to pick up the telephone and order that he be halted before he reached Berlin. At Yalta the new “masters of the world” had agreed that the Soviets would be the first to enter the German capital. Patton wanted to prevent the Vandal-like entrance of the Red Army into the capital of the Reich, and made an enemy of Eisenhower. A month before, he could have entered Prague, but was also detained by Eisenhower, leaving him nailed to the ground by an order. Patton’s difficulties with the WAR POWERS over the occupation of Germany were so great that Eisenhower stripped him of his position as Commander of the Third Army, and stuck him with the command of a secondary unit. Patton knew he was in danger of death, and confided as much to his family and close friends. He was feared because of his prestige-he was the most renowned American General, while Eisenhower was nothing more than a political soldier-and his words could alert the public to the reality of what was happening in Germany. Thus the accident was set up, which was not by any means the first. On the 21st of April 1945, his airplane on which he was being transported to General Headquarters of the Third Army in Feldfield (England) was attacked by what was assumed to be a German fighter-bomber, but it turned out to be a “Spitfire” piloted by an inexpert Polish pilot. Patton’s plane was shot up, but was miraculously able to land. On the 3rd of May, some days before the end of the war, the General’s jeep was charged by an ox-drawn cart, leaving Patton with light injuries. October 13, 1945 was when the collision with the truck occurred. When Patton appeared to be getting better from the accident, the “heart attack” occurred. The fact is that after October 13 only the doctors saw Patton, forbidding any other visitors. Until recently, it was only speculation that Patton had been assassinated. Now it is known for a fact. And it is know for a very simple reason. Because an agent of the well-known OSS (Office of Strategic Services) or American military spy, a certain Douglas Bazata, a Jew of Lebanese origin, announced it in front of 450 invited guests; high ranking, ex-members of the OSS, in the Hilton Hotel in Washington, the 25th of September, 1979. Bazata said, word-for-word: “For divers political reasons, many extremely high-ranking persons hated Patton. I know who killed him. Because I am the one who was hired to do it. Ten thousand dollars. General William Donovan himself, director of the O.S.S, entrusted me with the mission. I set up the accident. Since he didn’t die in the accident, he was kept in isolation in the hospital, where he was killed with an injection.” The tragic fate of Patton convinced other colleagues and their honorable compatriots of the uselessness of fighting against the WAR POWERS. And if any doubts remained, the “Morgan case” was enough to dissipate them. (To be continued .) vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres4/Bochaca-Crimines.pdf

          • Frankiti February 12, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

            Finca?

  121. fodase February 11, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Zika is another ebola wannabe except for the unborn and microcephaly.

    They just pulled off Carnaval here with nothing to report.

    It’s somewhat overblown, although it needs eradicating like anything else.

    Watch for Brazil to announce all kinds of measures to keep the olympic $$ flowing.

  122. fodase February 11, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Where lefty idiotic braindead ‘progressivism’ gets you:

    breitbart.com/london/2016/02/11/christians-homosexuals-women-fleeing-asylum-centres-in-germany/

    obama wants to import more of this to the US!

    Mr. Trump is 1000% correct when he says the people running the US are stupid.

    Oh and evil, too.

  123. Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    It is not, I’m sure, everybody’s cup of tea but I am at this moment watching Janet Yellen testify before a Senate Banking committee. Aside from the actual questions and answers, which I barely understand, I am enthralled by the Fed chief’s delivery. Each and every response begins with the word “So.” I ask myself, why not occasionally begin a sentence with the word “Well”…… or even begin directly with no lead-in word at all.

    I also note that Ms Yellen has a particular and very rare NYC accent that language mavens could identify as existing in only a particular several square block area of Brooklyn.

    There are at least a half dozen very different and very distinctive NYC accents. Compare, for example the accents of Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Janet Yellen. They could hardly be more different and yet they probably spent their formative years with less than 5 miles, as the crow flies, separating them. And don’t get me started on the dialects existing in the Bronx and Staten Island.

    If Muslim interrogators need to extract information from US citizens suspected of spying, say, in Iran, and these citizens grew up anywhere away from earshot of NYC, I would suggest the questioning be done using one of the aforementioned (Trump, Sanders, Yellen) NYC accents. This form of torture would have to be AT LEAST as effective as water-boarding or even thumb screws.

    I just glanced at the TV and the DOW is down 360 points.

    • pequiste February 11, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

      I suspect by the time this winter shock to the Wall Street and Washington, indeed the entire world’s, financial/economic system plays out, Janet Yellen will not be using multi-purpose “so” (adverb, conjunction,interjection, etc.) be both starting and ending her sentences with “oy” and “oy vey zmir.”

      And that is because, yuz ar so right Q, it comes from a very particular location and most importantly, cultural milieu in Noo Yawk.

      I am hopeful that in the denoument to the Wall Street/Washington axis of financial evil, will be met by someone like in “A Bronx Tale” great bikers in-the-bar scene, who tells Janet Yellen, Irving Fisher and the whole lot of parasites in both clubs: “Now youz can’t leave.”

      Get them torches and pitchforks ready CFNers.

      • BackRowHeckler February 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

        Yellin, Gator Ginsberg at the Supreme Court, our own Governor Malloy, these are inspirational leaders, heroic … we’ve come a long way from Alexander Hamilton, George Marshall and Gov. Sam Houston of Texas.

        brh

  124. FincaInTheMountains February 11, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Venezuela, a socialist country, despite what some may argue to the contrary, (keep this in mind when you vote for Bernie) has runaway inflation reminiscent of Zimbabwe and store shelves are bare. –Q

    Venezuela – This is a real Bolivarian-socialist state. The government consists of red strongmen, oil industry is nationalized, no IMF and they do not hesitate to turn on the money printer and limit the purchase of foreign currency. In general – “If there is paradise on earth, this is Bolivarian land!”

    One rub – the country’s wild inflation, plus the difficulties with imports, and the dollar on the black market has soared to the skies.

    But no problema! Following the precepts of the Sect of the Holy Printer, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela bravely ordered the Central Bank to pour more and more money into the economy, perhaps to launch a sharp economic growth, which will disgrace all the unbelieving in the power of the Holy printer!

    Judging by the fact that the new bills already carry by cargo planes, the final victory is in sight!

    ic.pics.livejournal.com/crimsonalter/13842643/100416/100416_original.jpg

  125. FincaInTheMountains February 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    Even seasoned US Generals are loosing it when discussing F-35 budget

    youtube.com/watch?v=mNJVWkPc3a0

  126. FincaInTheMountains February 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    IT’S OFFICIAL: Gravitational waves have been detected, Einstein was right

    Scientists at Washington’s National Science Foundation and Moscow State University have confirmed the discovery of Albert Einstein’s gravitational waves. The breakthrough, possibly the biggest in physics in a century, could be the key to new understanding of the universe.

    youtube.com/watch?v=_582rU6neLc

  127. San Jose February 11, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I’m grateful that Carly Fiorina has dropped out of the race. She ruined HP. I have sentimental feelings about HP, because I met my husband at HP Labs in Palo Alto. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard had a style called, “management by walking around,” (Packard kept his office at HP Labs when corporate moved down the street–so I actually witnessed his kind and encouraging demeanor.)

    In 2001, Carly sold HP’s high-end chip development group to Intel because she felt HP’s future was in personal computers. My husband was given the choice of getting two-weeks severance pay or joining Intel.

    He went to Intel, which has the corporate culture of a gulag. It had a bad impact on our family life because of the expected 70-hour work weeks and no time for vacations.

    Goodbye Carly, I hate you. Do the world a favor and stay out of the public limelight.

    Jen in San Jose

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

      What about Rubio? Do you think he makes it as a Latin Hunk or Dance Hall Sheik?

      • San Jose February 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

        I strongly dislike Rubio and Cruz. Kasich is OK.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

          Kasich has those little, weak hands which he is constantly waving around. That and his caved in posture portray a man unfit to command – unlike Trump. Please reconsider.

          • Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

            designing a new style combat footwear for the new female infantry troops coming in. – BRH

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

            camo kitten pumps?

          • Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

            Kasich has those little, weak hands – Janos

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

            Never noticed little, weak hands but I DID notice he can string together two coherent sentences and also he favors a flat rate consumption tax in lieu of an income based tax system.

          • San Jose February 11, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

            My son is a big Trump supporter. If Trump wins, I fear that Melania will redecorate the White House. Have you seen the pictures of their Manhattan penthouse? Gaudy! (I bet Q. Shtik’s wife would have some opinions on the matter–being an interior designer.)

            We could call it “Republican Rococo.” Or “New Jersey housewife.”

            Jen in San Jose

          • malthuss February 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

            Is DK the only elected official who has publicly noticed Chem Trails?

          • malthuss February 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

            Oops. I thought you were discussing Kucinich.

          • pequiste February 11, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

            Hi Jen in San Jose,

            I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

            When Donald Trump becomes the President of the United States of America, inshallah, Melania will do to it – the White House – what they (the Trumps) have done to the legendary Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach: restore it to the glory and dignity it deserves.

  128. Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    Girls is just insulting. And Women is too formal. – Janos

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

    How about ‘sheboons?’

    • Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

      That would be racist; almost as bad or worse than saying Rubio and Cruz are so unctuous as to be greasers.

      Ever hear the Trump Gals? Two righteous Black ladies who stand up for Trump by dissing his opponents, Obama not excluded. Wish I could post a youtube. They’re great – showing what Blacks can do if not corrupted.

  129. Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    she looked to me like a [dear] in the headlights, – Q

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

    Ya’ll missed your chance to nail me. I was talking about one of those four legged animals, not a sweetheart being illuminated.

  130. Janos Skorenzy February 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    The Market closed down for the fifth straight day. Down 259 points. It’s happening. The Titanic is going down by the bow and there’s not enough lifeboats. We’re not giving up our seats this time, ladies. And we’re armed this time, Commies.

    • Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

      After I get my numbers together this evening I may have a short-term prediction to issue. Note: if you want to make a fool of yourself make a prediction. It’s very hard, especially about the future (Tm Yogi).

  131. FincaInTheMountains February 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    A.Brodsky: the Great Ghost of the Commander and Super Delegates

    Hillary Clinton has built not only her campaign, but also the fate of the powerful factions behind her, on her mind and her fighting qualities, or as she says on her ability to “get things done”. And this group was created by ideology in which the pride of personal, national and state is planetary in nature, and the trick with super-delegates showed clearly that if Hillary, God forbid, becomes President of the United States, the form of her governorship will be called the “dictatorship” and thanks to America’s claim to exclusivity will make this world-wide dictatorship.

    But do not underestimate the traditions of the country, which she is trying to become the head of. American democracy is not a fiction, although not the grand picture that is being painted by American propaganda.

    Super-delegates are the party officials who can manage their vote as they want, regardless of the results of the voting by “ordinary” party members, but eventually they can fix their vote only during Democratic Convention, which will nominate a candidate for the US presidential elections.

    And before that, they can only promise to vote a certain way, as they did in April-May 2008, when, after a convincing victory of Barack Obama, super-delegates began to run to his side in batches from Hillary Clinton.

    Of course, this time she holds them by the balls more firmly than it was then, but also Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire is more persuasive than anyone could’ve expected. His victory is the greatest difference between the candidates in the primaries ever recorded in the history of US elections. Also Bernie Sanders is the first Jew who ever won primaries in any US state, and the fact that the super-delegates in New Hampshire all voted against him, as Hillary Clinton had announced, naturally pisses off the Jewish community of Greater New York, especially Brooklyn where the headquarters of the electoral campaign of Hillary Clinton are.

    We should not forget that, by raping super-delegates, Hillary Clinton defied all those who believe that democracy is something for which you can fight for with those who believe that this is just a piece of paper, which you can wipe yourself with on occasion.

    And the fact that these people are de facto connected with those who are still worrying about the Oslo Accords, sponsored by the same Hillary, that had turned Israel into a bargaining chip in the Great Game in the Greater Middle East, makes the term ROOSINTERN (Roosevelt + Communism International) a reality that all have to be reckoned with.

    And the program of Bernie Sanders resembles not Roosevelt part in this term, but the Communism International, suggests that Red project of the West that was buried by Truman and McCarthy, stood up out of the grave along with Roosevelt, awakened by the beginning of the electoral campaign of Hillary Clinton on a pedestal of Roosevelt monument, whose Yalta world she’s been trying to destroy all her life.

  132. Q. Shtik February 11, 2016 at 11:58 pm #

    “Oil futures rebounded Thursday afternoon after The Wall Street Journal reported OPEC members might be ready to cooperate on a cut, citing comments UAE Energy Minister Suhail bin ………..”

    ^This^ report reached Wall Street at about 2:35 PM today when the DOW was down 400 pts, its worst level of the day and the year to date. One might almost think a planned rumor was on the shelf, ready to be deployed if a market slide appeared to be getting out of hand.

    This tonic worked wonders. Oil futures promptly gained more than a dollar and because equities and oil are correlated the Dow quickly erased more than half of the 400 pt loss. The sell-on-the-bounce crowd then took the DOW back down to close with ONLY a 256 pt loss.

    We’ve had, as Janos noted, 5 consecutive down days totaling 756 pts and I don’t think TPTB on Wall St. would like to see that streak extend for a 6th day, especially since tomorrow is Friday. The China/Shanghai market has been closed all week (Lunar holiday) and will be closed tomorrow. There must be tremendous pressure building in China as they watch world markets falling and they are trapped, unable to trade until Monday.

    The European and US markets could dissipate this pressure if their own markets headed into the weekend on a positive note. This is what I believe will happen: a gain on Friday in Europe and then in the DOW, NASDAQ and S&P 500. Then Shanghai, potentially, can have a positive day on Monday rather than an almost certain swoon.

    Even if this scenario covering a mere 2 business days were to pan out I doubt that the bear market we’re in is anywhere near over. My own formula for determining over-bought and over-sold conditions is hovering in Limbo. It is not showing a state of capitulation that is normally required to end a bear market.

    • malthuss February 12, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Friday of a 3 day week end. WS has to have a positive day as it will be on peoples minds until Tuesday.

  133. wpa_ccc February 12, 2016 at 12:04 am #

    Thanks for the report on Wall Street, Q.

    Meanwhile, on Main Street, regular unleaded gasoline is selling in some parts of the country at 99 cents a gallon, and at tonight’s debate there was much applause for Obama’s performance over the last seven years.

    • Q. Shtik February 12, 2016 at 12:54 am #

      As crazy as it sounds, 99 cent gasoline (or the oil glut that is its cause) is taken in world markets as a yooge negative.

      I actually watched half the debate this evening and was impressed by both candidates. They made the entire field of Repubs look like idiots by comparison.

  134. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2016 at 2:41 am #

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the United Nations and the European Union, which offers Ankara to open the border for a new wave of refugees from Syria, reports ANN.az with reference to the BBC. According to him, the UN should focus on “ethnic cleansing” in the region of the Syrian city of Aleppo, instead of demanding something from Turkey. Erdogan stressed that without the creation of no-fly zones and security zones efforts to overcome this crisis will not work. “If the bombing of Aleppo continues, the new wave of refugees will rise to 600,000. We are not prepared for that.”, – he said.

    Saudi authorities do not intend to review the decision to conduct a ground operation in Syria. This statement was made today adviser to the Minister of National Defence Ahmed Asiri.

    Danger of a serious military and political escalation hovers over Syria, but so far no one dares to pull the trigger, which will lead to the further internationalization of the war in Syria. There is a more than a serious game of nerves, where saber rattling alternates with diplomatic muscle flexing.

    The war of course is not inevitable and predetermined, but its probability is far from zero.

  135. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2016 at 2:52 am #

    Weapons Of Mass Migration

    Kelly M. Greenhill, an Associate Professor at Tufts University and Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, published a groundbreaking 2010 book about “Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy” in which she proved that there are at least 56 instances in which states have purposefully generated, provoked, and exploited massive waves of human migrations as an instrument to further their respective policies.

    calhoun.nps.edu/bitstream/handle/10945/11515/SI_V9_I1_2010_Greenhill_116.pdf

    Erdogan Caught Weaponizing Refugees

    The recently released minutes from a November meeting between Erdogan and the EU prove that the Turkish strongman is manipulating the immigrant flow into Europe for strategic ends.

    sputniknews.com/columnists/20160211/1034590138/putin-erdogan-refugees-europe.html

  136. FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2016 at 3:44 am #

    Investors ‘go bananas’ for gold bars as global stock markets tumble

    Bullion dealers report record sales as buyers “queue round the block” to purchase the precious metal

    telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/gold/12151770/Investors-go-bananas-for-gold-bars-a…

    Investors are simply afraid of the unfolding drama on the financial markets and are looking for opportunities to save money in gold.

    Deutsche Bank has already started buying back its own bonds to calm investors. It is obvious that the German behemoth must be saved – because if the 64 trillion of derivatives on its balance sheet bomb explodes, this volume will be enough to bring down the entire banking system of the planet several times over.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2016 at 3:55 am #

      If there is a real shortage of physical gold – and it is quite likely scenario – is not excluded the possibility of the Western countries using the Soviet experience.

      In Soviet times they periodically exchange large bills for new ones (with limits or necessary explanation where the money had come from), and you could get in serious trouble with the law for buying or selling gold.

      Will not be surprised if the West will change its legislation in the same way.

  137. BigEasy February 12, 2016 at 7:28 am #

    James – Thank you for spreading this great movement. I watched your Ted Talk and was very inspired by your words and passion behind your message. I’m a new fan so I can’t wait to begin reading your blogs. Cheers from Utah!

  138. BackRowHeckler February 12, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    BBC ran this report on ISIS yesterday; they’re still wiping out great numbers of people who have fallen into their hands. The question is, why isn’t American media reporting on it? I can’t stress enough how lame this corporate media is, and that includes PBS, too. “Did you see what Bernie said to Hill?” Whoo, what a zinger! Hill, what do you have to say to that? “How will The Donald’s election affect Gay Rights in America?” “Al Sharpton, will African Americans support a Hispanic like Marco Rubio?” This is what we get.

    Meanwhile, at some point, in the near future, US forces will be meeting ISIS on the field of battle. That’s the message I get from reading Max Boot’s ‘Savage Wars of Peace’. There’s no getting around it. How surprised ISIS will be, then, to discover that the enemy in the opposing trench is made up in large part of ladies. The US Govt. philosophy seems to be we’ve invested trillions in all this technology (electronic junk?) and its that that wins wars, not soldiers. The problem is, these ISIS fellows … they don’t seem like the kind of chaps, who, when they capture young female Americans, will treat them with gentlemanly deportment, and observe the niceties of the Geneva Convention. It doesn’t take much imagination to predict what will happen to these unfortunate young ladies, the only question how much of a public spectacle ISIS will make of it.

    brh

    • ozone February 12, 2016 at 9:44 am #

      Max Boot?? You’ve got to be shittin’ me. You mean the neocon asshole who works for (and is a member of) The Council of Foreign Relations? Manipulative, lying assholes.

      Max should be immediately parachuted into Aleppo to fight alongside his pet terr’ists, I’m sure he’ll have something profound to say after a few hours of that.

      Fuck these armchair generals and fuck the institutions that breed and coddle them. (Max Boot… Jeebus wept.)

      Knock-on from Max: I’m hoping that you understand that the State Dept. is more interested in chaos than stability, unless that stability comes via collusive dictators. That’s about all you need to know as a basis for modern US ‘foreign policy’. There are conspiracies out there to which “Attention must be paid”. (Boot the Bamboozler; consider the source.)

      • BackRowHeckler February 12, 2016 at 11:31 am #

        Max Boot doesn’t make policy; he’s a writer.

        The book I mention details American intervention overseas since the Barbary Pirate expedition in 1803. There’s a lot in there about the Moro War in the Philippines, 1902-1916, another battle against a Muslim Insurgency. It seems like the catalysts that led up to American military involvement overseas in the 19th and 20th century centuries are pretty much the same now. The only diff as i can see is that the Corps and the 1st Infantry Division will be recruiting at the Porter School for young misses, Byrn Mawr, and Rackliffe, instead of the ranches, hunting camps, oil fields, farms, and lumber camps of days past.

        A gem from that book: At the exact time Colonel Raynald McKenzie and the 5th Cavalry was fighting Comanches at Red River and Adobe Wall in Texas, in !871, the Navy was landing 600 Marines at Inchon, Korea in a major battle to open up the Kingdom. The 20th century was already taking shape.

        brh

        • Elrond Hubbard February 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

          By the 20th century, you mean the American empire, and by opening up, you meaning forcing them at gunpoint to make themselves available for foreign exploitation. Likewise, no doubt the insurgency you mention had some laughable idea that the Philippines should have a choice about trading in their old Spanish masters for new American masters.

          Radical insurgencies take shape when moderate ones fail. Both kinds are liable to happen when imperial foreign powers decide other people’s countries should be run to suit their desires. Maybe the manly-men should just stay home and mind their business.

          • BackRowHeckler February 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

            I thought it was already settled. From here on in its The Ladies who will be taking care of matters.

            The ladies are in charge in Germany right now. Its odd how the ‘sisterhood’ has dissolved when it comes to Muslim men raping German girls. The elite in Germany has made its choice.

            brh

          • Elrond Hubbard February 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

            A few Google keystrokes and:

            data.worldbank.org/indicator/SG.GEN.PARL.ZS

            The number of seats in Germany’s parliament held by women ranges between 32-37% in the past decade. In Somalia, the figure ranges between 7-14%. In Saudi Arabia, it was zero as recently as 2012. If you’re claim that Germany should be more like Somalia or Saudi Arabia, make your case. Hint: You’ll do better using facts and arguments, not misogyny.

    • Elrond Hubbard February 12, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      “How surprised ISIS will be, then, to discover that the enemy in the opposing trench is made up in large part of ladies … they don’t seem like the kind of chaps, who, when they capture young female Americans, will treat them with gentlemanly deportment.”

      Nope. All the more reason why it’s women who should be fighting them. Like these awesome ladies:

      foxnews.com/world/2016/02/08/former-isis-sex-slaves-now-army-sun-ladies-ready-to-defeat-terror-group…

      ISIS wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the awesome macho stupidity that led the U.S. into invading Iraq in 2003. The core of ISIS, after all, used to be Saddam’s army before Bremer disbanded it.

      So now we have no choice but to fight these arseholes. And I have to say, the thought of ISIS fighters knowing that it’s women who are killing them is a bit of nice icing on this turd cake.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

        Ah, don’t worry, we’ll take care of ’em for you. Thanks for all hard work.

  139. BackRowHeckler February 12, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Noted actor George Clooney is in Germany, consulting with Burkha Merkel about the ‘migrant crises’ (91,000 Muslims entered Germany in January alone, and Turkey is now threatening to open the floodgates) Rest assured Clooney isn’t worried about the German girls raped in Stuttgart, Cologne and Dresden, or the woman in Berlin pushed in front of a train in Berlin by a ‘refugee’ to her death when she refused his advances, ha! No, he’s worried about the Muzzies, and the ‘rise of the far right’.

    brh

    • wpa_ccc February 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      WHITE RAPISTS RAPE EUROPEAN WOMEN

      John Dos Passos, writing in Life magazine for January 7, 1946, quotes a “red-faced major” as saying that “Lust, liquor and loot are the soldier’s pay.” A serviceman wrote to Time magazine for November 12, 1945 “Many a sane American family would recoil in horror if they knew how ‘Our Boys’ conduct themselves, with such complete callousness in human relationships over here.” An army sergeant wrote “Our own Army and the British Army … have done their share of looting and raping … This offensive attitude among our troops is not at all general, but the percentage is large enough to have given our Army a pretty black name, and we too are considered an army of rapists.”

      According to an AP dispatch of September 12, 1945, entitled “German- American Marriages Forbidden”, the Franklin Roosevelt government instructed its soldiers that marriage with the inferior Germans was absolutely forbidden, but those having illegitimate children by German women, whose husbands and boyfriends were conveniently dead or held as prisoners or slave laborers, could count on allowance money. And, according to Time magazine of September 17, 1945, the government provided these soldiers with an estimated 50 million condoms per month, and graphically instructed them as to their use. For all practical purposes, our soldiers were being told: “Teach these Germans a lesson — and have a wonderful time!” Such were the great crusaders who brought “democracy” to Europe.

      For the Americans and British, open rape was not as common as among the Soviet troops. The Soviets simply raped any female from eight years up and if a German man or woman killed a Russian soldier for anything, including rape, 50 Germans were killed for each incident, as reported in Time magazine, June 11, 1945. But for most of our boys, having that “wonderful time” depended a great deal on the “cooperation” of the German and Austrian women. From the starving and the homeless, of course, sexual “cooperation” could be bought for a few pennies or a mouthful of food. I don’t think we ought to dignify this arrangement with any other than its true name of sexual slavery.

  140. ozone February 12, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Here’s some fairly contemporary history that might be of interest to a few:

    informationclearinghouse.info/article44184.htm

    Second shooter in Robert Kennedy’s assassination? Wonder what was so threatening about them Kennedy-folk?

    • ozone February 12, 2016 at 10:18 am #

      (Tangentially germane by dint of primary season.)

      • BackRowHeckler February 12, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

        Another second gunmen? Its going on 50 years ago and this is the first we hear of it.

        brh

        • ozone February 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

          *sigh*
          I know, I know, it’s just so tiring and old-hat to be pondering these unimportant aspects of history that involve assassinations of public figures and the reasons behind them, right?

          I mean, “What does it matter?” (tm Hillary – Champion of Modernity and Forward Thought.)

  141. wpa_ccc February 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    WHITES ARE CHAMPIONS AT RAPING EUROPEAN WOMEN

    Churchill said to the Germans in January, 1945, “We Allies are no monsters.”

    Against that false claim the late Dr. Austin App proclaimed the truth: Those Allies who were “no monsters” literally raped more European women than had ever before been raped in the history of the world.

    They put Germany on a starvation-level diet. Under direct orders from Dwight Eisenhower, they killed more than a million German POWs. They looted 12 million people of their homes, goods, food, and even clothes and drove them from their homelands. They took one-fourth of their farmland, they took their ships and their factories and their farm implements and then told them to live by farming. They abused and starved to death more German babies than there ever were Jews in Germany. They raped and debauched hundreds of thousands of German, Austrian, and Hungarian girls and women from eight to eighty. They brought to their death five times as many Germans in one year of peace as died during five years of war.

    • BackRowHeckler February 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

      Have you and Janos become fast friends? He’s saying the same thing.

      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

        Exactly. That’s how the Aborigines would determine Truth: separate two people and torture them unto their stories corresponded.

        Now see how you go totally off the rails when your Myth is challenged. If Hitler said something true, does it become false when he said it? Is everything I say wrong because I say – and you don’t like it? As if your likes and dislikes are a criterion for truth? Wpa knows you hate this stuff, so he is using it to rattle your cage and spit on the White Race. In other words, since Whites did this to other Whites, they have no cause to object to Muslims doing it. Right!

        As Blake said, A truth told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. But you’ll have to admit the Allied behavior was atrocious. That’s no lie. And your trying to deny it will make you into a Liar to yourself.

        • malthuss February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

          The Market closed down for the fifth straight day. Down 259 points. It’s happening.

          How many points does it take to have circuit break shut down trades?

          • Doug February 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

            It’s a matter of percentages and it’s based on the S&P 500.

            Index drops 7% from prev. day close (Level 1): 15 minute halt

            13% (Level 2): 15 minute halt

            20% (Level 3): Halt for balance of day

            See SEC Rule 48.

        • Q. Shtik February 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

          But you’ll have to admit the Allied behavior was atrocious. – Janos

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

          But Janos, you seem to be picking and choosing which atrocities to be outraged over. Concerning American Indians you famously said we took the land from them “fair and square.”

          • Elrond Hubbard February 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

            Please. Vlad, being a white supremacist, can’t even conceptualize applying consistent standards to all human beings. That’s not how the racist mind works. The way it works is: if you’re not Us, you’re Them, and They are always the problem. Put another way, if you don’t fit his idea of a white person, then you’re one of the “lesser breeds without the law”, and absolutely every fact about you, good bad or indifferent, gets subordinated to the racist master narrative: Us equals good, Not-Us equals various categories of beasts in human form. And if you’re a so-called white person who points out his inconsistency, he responds with abuse instead of addressing the point. Expecting consistency or self-awareness where his precious racial bigotry is concerned is foolish. That’s how doublethink has always worked, even before Orwell coined the term.

            His own words, elsewhere in this thread, make the point:

            “[T]he mind is [not] simply an organ of knowledge or the organ that takes percepts and organizes them. It is also a limiting valve that screens out much deemed irrelevant, uninteresting, or superfluous. This is not bad, but necessary since otherwise consciousness would be overwhelmed. But unfortunately, great error comes in here, because the mind begins to ignore not just unimportant things, but things it doesn’t like.”

            The mind begins to ignore not just unimportant things, but things it doesn’t like. For example, calls to apply the same standards to ourselves that we apply to others. To all people, equally, without preconception or prejudice. Vlad’s limiting valve screens that out rigorously. Not that I expect pointing this out to make a difference, but it might help others see him even more clearly for what he is.

          • ozone February 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

            E.H.,
            Nicely explicated. Hmmm, that mindset (if you can call it a product of ‘thought’) is tres, tres convenient, n’est ce pas?
            Hell, I might just join his league of punkass assholes just so I can become a *righteously indisputable* asshole! Catbird seat… meet self-affirmed and documented asshole. (If you discount the paid honey-trap aspect, it’s a narcissists most glorious dream.) 😉

          • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

            Of course I’m picking and choosing to some degree – I’m a person not a “morality” program or robot. I care more about Whites obviously. The Will to Live trumps “being fair” If we really wanted to “be fair”, we’d all pack up and give America back to the Indians like the sick faggots seem to want. Of course they don’t show the way themselves – their compromise is to throw other Whites under the bus and hope that such sacrifice appeases the natives; that and lots of other people’s money.

            What did Tommy Jefferson say? Something about survival being the first morality? And by the by, we didn’t fight fair in the conquest of America, strictly speaking. Fair is a term more for sport than war. But we didn’t finish them off either. Did we owe the Germans better treatment? I’d say so. After all, they are of the same stock and civilization as ourselves. As Patton remarked, the Jews in power obviously didn’t see it that way.

            So to sum up: only modern Whites seem to feel the need to justify their own existence and success. According to Spengler, that a sure sign of the sickening of the Life Force. If we don’t recover from this disease, we are finished as a Nation, Civilization, and Race.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

            That’s not true “Elrond”. My decision to treat Whites better is a personal choice and a difficult one. I was raised in Liberalism and Universalism after all. My first instinct is usually to treat everyone the same. But over time I realized that other races weren’t reciprocating that with us. And that such a universal ethic spelled the eventual destruction of our Civilization and Race. Luckily I had my Father’s healthy racism to fall back on. It’s not always easy, but I’m getting better.

            Btw, that doesn’t mean other races get no sympathy and have no moral claims from us. Just that we come first in our own lands. You would deny us the right to anything be it our own countries, communities, or clubs. Whose the real hater, eh hater? And why are you still here, on conquered Indian land? They want you gone, you know. How ever much you give, it will never be enough if it’s not everything.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 12, 2016 at 10:42 pm #

            Vlad: “My decision to treat Whites better is a personal choice and a difficult one.” Ooh, it’s hard out there for a racist! World’s tiniest violin, et cetera.

            At least you’re willing to openly admit that you have a choice between identity politics versus universal human values. Maybe one day you’ll even see past your spurious self-pity and learn to live by the Golden Rule.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2016 at 1:17 am #

            Concentric circles, El. Family first. Clan. Community. Nation. Race. Etc. Aliens come very much later. Golden rule means loving your neighbor as yourself. Fine – your neighbors should come long before a bunch of Black Muslims or whatever.

            And of course, most Whites don’t love themselves to begin with. That’s the whole point of education now: the inculcation of White self hatred and guilt.

            Shame on you.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 13, 2016 at 10:03 am #

            A few centuries ago, state torture was considered normal and unexceptional. Cruel spectacles like bear-baiting and public executions by burning at the stake were popular forms of entertainment. This began to change around the 18th century, with the spread of mass literacy following the invention of the printing press and later universal public education. Popular literary forms like the novel enabled people to experience the “inner lives” of others. Slowly, but continually, it became possible for people to understand, and even sympathize with, people unlike themselves.

            As this process continued, as the human imagination slowly opened up, spectacles of cruelty became less common because people found them less entertaining and more horrifying. The Atlantic slave trade, utterly dependent on ignoring the humanity of those enslaved, became insupportable. New thinking established new standards of human conduct, founded on freedom of thought and expression, and universal human rights. And all of this enabled the world of freedom and prosperity that you and I, Vlad, enjoy today.

            And you’d like to undo that with your “concentric circles”. There are places where the concentric circle idea still holds, where you only trust your family and your clan, and people outside your circle are fair game for predation — places like Somalia or the tribal areas of Pakistan. You think that we in the West enjoy prosperity and freedom because of racial virtue that the lesser breeds don’t have. You’re wrong. We enjoy prosperity and freedom because of the values of the Enlightenment which you despise. Your “concentric circles” would take us back to the gutter.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

            Classical Civilization had slavery. Christian Civilization did away with it. The growth of individual rights began a long time before the Enlightenment, so called. For my part I have never seen “Man” but only a Black Man, White Man, Englishman, Nigerian, etc. Trying to put these together is the procrustean bed on steroids. If I admit Blacks can run faster, will you cease to call me a White Supremacist? Or that East Asians are more law abiding and perhaps a bit smarter? But no, that would ruin your “metaphysic” of absolute equality – an absurd idea, but one you use to great effect. Thus, all races are equal except Whites who are simultaneously evil and inferior.

            You must know you are doing this, and to the extent you do, you are evil. Since it mitigates against the reign of peace and equality you supposedly want. Consider: Sweden already attained the Kingdom of Socialist Equality. Were you people satisfied? Not a bit of it – you wanted to keep going. To punish, tear down, and destroy so they are then submerged into the Third World. You explain it or do you even understand your nasty self? It’s natural to love your own first and foremost. If you don’t, you aren’t human anymore and nothing good can be expected from you – but much bad.

            Nothing stops the Somalis from having an Enlightenment of their own, not even Islam per se. But they never have and they never will. Their inferiority stands in the way.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 14, 2016 at 12:09 am #

            Okay, enough.

            youtube.com/watch?v=8jEHPH30NVc

            I’ll just declare victory and go home. “The only way to win is not to play.”

        • BackRowHeckler February 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

          Vlad, I’ve read about allied treatment of Germans after May 1945. I’m aware of what happened.

          The world was a hard place then. It still is.

          The allied air campaign liquidated 600,000 Germans over a period of 3 years. All the belligerents in WW2 did things, looking back, they’re not necessarily proud of.

          As far as Adolf Hitler goes, I’ve never commented on him, or mentioned his name here, as far as I can recall.

          All that was such a long time ago. Worse problems confront us now. I see the movie ‘Roots’ is being remade, as well as ‘Birth of a Nation’, this time about the Nat Turner Rebellion. How much longer do will our noses be rubbed in all this?

          Saw a fact the other day, out of 12 million Africans brought west as slaves, only about 355,000 went into what is now the US. The vast majority were brought into the Carib. and LAmerica.

          brh

          • elysianfield February 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

            BRH,
            You should re-examine your life…I have. I have decided that we do owe a great debt to the former grand grand grand grandsons of slaves, and I am going to do something about it today. Just today I have freed all of my slaves, and gave them each $10,000 per year that they were in my “employ”. Also, each and every one of my former slaves will receive 40 acres and a mule, at my expense. I will sleep well tonight, knowing I have absolved myself of the debt that slavery has burdened us all with. I would highly recommend that all in the readership free their slaves and pay honest reparations….pay until it hurts…and it hurts so good….

          • Janos Skorenzy February 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

            The People who assassinated Patton and attempted to genocide Germany are still in power – and are now completing the job. And the Troops never came home. How on Earth can you say it’s over.

            Vote for Trump who said Merkel should be toppled. Bringing the troops home would be a huge assist in that direction. Unless Whites act quickly and decisively, they are doomed.

  142. fodase February 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm #