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Everything about the lumbering, blundering occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue drives his Dem/Prog opponents — or #Resistance, if you will — plumb batshit: his previous incarnations as a shady NYC real estate schmeikler, as a TV clown, as a business deadbeat, as a self-described pussy-grabber… his vulgar casinos, his mystifying hair-do, his baggy suits and dangling neckties, his arrant, childish, needless lying about trivialities, his intemperate tweets, his unappetizing associates, his loutish behavior in foreign lands, his fractured, tortured syntax, his obvious insincerity, his sneery facial contortions… and lots lots more — and of course that doesn’t even touch the actual policy positions he struggles to articulate. In sum, Trump represents such a monumentally grotesque embarrassment to the permanent Washington establishment that they will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the removal of this odious caitiff.

And in the process abandon all reason and decency.

To complicate matters, there really are policy differences that, despite Mr. Trump’s oafish profferings, must somehow be faced for the sake of the country’s future — two of the clearest, just for example, being whether we will have coherent, enforceable immigration laws and whether we will continue to allow the sale of tactical military rifles to the general public.

These are matters, by the way, which people of sound mind and honorable intentions could actually resolve through open legislative debate. And beyond these two examples stand an array of even deeper, urgent, thorny questions as to how this political economy might navigate through a bottleneck of hardships rushing toward us, namely, the systemic failures of finance, income inequality, health care, education, energy, agriculture and the global competition for dwindling resources.

But the activities of the #Resistance appear determined instead to drive the country needlessly toward war with Russia, the arch-hobgoblin they have conjured up like some Hollywood computer graphical alien monster of slavering insectile malice. Having created the monster, and the story-board to go with it, they have filled their own minds with a horror of their own creation, orders of magnitude worse than the rather pathetic figure of Donald J. Trump, the con-man who surprised himself by getting elected president at an anxious moment in history.

And in creating this horror movie, the #Resistance is dangerously perverting institutions that may not recover from being written into the script. For instance, the Department of Justice, its subsidiary, the FBI, and sundry intel outfits whose highest officers have been enlisted as cast members. Can I be alone in wondering how these agencies can mount massive prosecutions of nobodies like George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates while ignoring the much better documented intrigues of officials such as Bruce Ohr, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Sally Yates, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Brennan, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Hillary Clinton, and possibly even the sainted Barack Obama? Or how they can retain any credibility if these figures just slide off into the gloaming with get-out-of-jail-free cards.

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  1. Hands4u February 26, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    Jim, hope all is well. This cherry tree is going to take quite a few whacks and some major digging into its invasive and pervasive root system. To be rid of a form of force it is usually met with the same form, until the former succumbs to the latter.

    • FallenHero February 26, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      We don’t have a ‘gun problem’ is the slightest, it is a culture problem (or big pharma problem) and the gun issue is nothing more than emotional baggage designed to make people think emotionally rather than logically.

      Of course hillary et all will still be protected by big men with fully auto weapons so where does that leave us plebs?

      • Bro Jobe February 26, 2018 at 10:51 am #

        Some of us on the Left own tactical rifles, FallenHero, because of the threat from the sorts of goons who appeared in Charlottesville and their closeness to the GGG. Our ancestors had to annihilate entire cities in Germany to be rid of that evil. I don’t think it was wrong to do, either. This time it may become more personal.

        In the end Big Brother, The Republic of Gilead, or a smothering Nanny State all appear to me as equal threats. Likewise the neo-Fascist goons if they continue feeling empowered, a few of whom are regulars here at CFN and name themselves after Nazi monsters.

        I agree that we don’t have a “gun problem” but a problem of them being too easily gotten by the wrong folks.

        • elysianfield February 26, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

          “I agree that we don’t have a “gun problem” but a problem of them being too easily gotten by the wrong folks.”

          Bro,
          To be more succinct, the problem is the existence of the “wrong folks”. “Too easily gotten” implies means both legal and illegal. What remedy, specifically, do you have in mind? I can definitely see closing the “gun show loop”…I see no issue in “internet sales”, as they are regulated.

          the neo-Fascist goons if they continue feeling empowered, a few of whom are regulars

          Walter B? DrTom? Scratch? Skorenzy…are you referring to Otto Skorzeny? Otto Skorzeny was not a Nazi Monster….

          • thwack February 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

            I don’t have any weapons because the penis mightier than the sword.

            Just sayin

          • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

            the penis [is] mightier than the sword

            LOL! Now there’s a political slogan whose time has come!

          • JMR February 26, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

            Freudian slip much??

          • thwack February 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

            no one can resist a negro typo

          • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

            There you go ef, the “wrong folks” would be correct. I do not know how firearms sales are tracked or permitted in other states, but here in New Jersey the process is pretty thorough. I had to take a pretty long and detailed course and a field test a hundred years or so ago when I applied for a rife purchase permit. I applied for a pistol permit over thirty years ago and because we are served by the NJSP, I had to go through their process, which took six months and they carefully checked all of my references and my background. The permit was for a single weapon only and expired if not used within 30 days. As far as I know there have been no mass shootings in New Jersey though there are constant shootings in Camden, Newark, Irvington and even the state capitol, Trenton where guns are illegal, (our Chicago).

            Places where you just walk in with a DL and walk out may very well be problems waiting to happen, I do not understand how anyone could be opposed to tightening that up. I’ll tell you what is an easy thing that should be done immediately and that is when any youngster under 21 commits a firearm related problem they should hang the parents! I know they would here in NJ and I accept the responsibility.

            One thing that is sure is that if the gun grabbers and the gun holders do not start working their way to the middle and a compromise, shit’s gonna get real, real bad that is!

        • patrickd February 26, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

          If you think, Bro Jobe, that burning entire cities of civilians was the right thing to do, then you are a terrorist.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

            Can’t remember the name, but one fairly well know Jewish media figure was forced to resign when he said, Our Grandfathers used to break up Bund meetings with bats and pipes. And indeed they did. The Left has always been completely comfortable with violence and stopping free speech for others. And now that they have appropriated the Democrat Party, the Party is as well. Thus Sanders saying “Good Job” after Soros hired Gangsters and Antifa Goons shut down the Trump rally in Chicago during the campaign. The media hit the incredible violence that occurred outside – much blood flowed.

          • outsider February 26, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

            @patrickd,
            One wonders if the good Bro Jobe has ever heard of Dresden. I wonder how he’d feel about fire bombing Moscow?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

            “The Left has always been completely comfortable with violence and stopping free speech for others.”

            Yes, every night’s a Kristallnacht when you’re to the left of Genghis Khan.

        • erik February 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

          And what would you know about what happened in Charlottesville unless you live there, as I do, and actually saw what went on?

          • messianicdruid February 26, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

            “…the sorts of goons who appeared in Charlottesville and their closeness to the GGG.”

            Makes me wonder if GGG is a new nickname for George Soros.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

            Exactly. Free White Men were the victims of a conspiracy by the City and the Leftist goons. And are they ever going to bring Mr Fields to trial? That should be interesting – since they will have to admit that his car was attacked by a mob. He might even get off completely.

          • outsider February 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

            @Janos,
            There was much better evidence against OJ than against Fields. Of course his complexion is an extreme liability.

          • MontanaMan February 28, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

            What actually did happen? After watching numerous different videos on CensorTube, to me it’s easy to see that the ones going by or under the name “white Nationalist” was greatly, out numbered. You know, by the ANTIFA type.

        • RWicks February 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

          “I agree that we don’t have a “gun problem” but a problem of them being too easily gotten by the wrong folks.”

          The “wrong folks” are the people that lied you into a war in Iraq over a non existent weapons of mass destruction program killing between 100,000 and 1,000,000 people, and they did it without consequence.

          These “wrong folks” also told you that Qaddafi was about to cause a humanitarian crisis, so they bombed Libya, and left it in civil war while slavery has been resurrected from the grave of human atrocities that had mostly been buried.

          These “wrong folks” are also telling you that Assad keeps using chemical weapons against his civilian population, but can never tell you why he’s killing civilians, or why he would chose to use chemical weapons when he has a military and an airforce under his command – but coincidentally Syria has Russia’s only Middle Eastern Base, and Genie Energy made a deal with Israel to mine the oil resources of the Golan Heights, which is Syrian land, under Israeli occupation.

          You worry that the US might become some sort of Fascist / NeoNazi state. It’s been one, for fully 16 years.

          • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

            No one anywhere can ever argue the fact that 99% of all of the murders of humanity, including those carried out utilizing firearms, have been perpetrated by legally established governments. That is how they maintain their power and spread their disease.

        • lsjogren February 26, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

          No question there are some nasty dudes on the far right, it’s just that they are few and far between.

          In contrast, in my view progressivism is just as big a menace to mankind, and there are tens of millions if not hundreds of millions who adhere to that insane philosophy.

          So it is easy to tell which I consider the greater threat.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 7:28 am #

            Yes it is, but there is little logic and no verifiable statistics in any of that, just brainwash. Such is life.

          • MontanaMan February 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

            I could not agree with you

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

            MontanaMan

            I don’t know which of us you’re disagreeing with, but if it’s me that’s obviously fine. We’re here to agree or disagree with one another, with the aim of increasing the amount of thinking overall!

        • 100th Avatar February 27, 2018 at 10:58 am #

          They are semi-auto, one squeeze, one shot. There is nothing tactical about them besides the dress the lowly AR black gun is wearing. 1960’s tech fetishized with rails for gizmos.
          Let’s be clear.

          The genie is out of the bottle.
          We have homicidal sociopaths in the US with easy access to firearms.
          When you go to Australia you may get bit by sharks snakes or spiders.
          Africa there are hippos, crocs, and diseases.
          In Europe you have murderous box van drivers.
          In the US you have psychos with guns.
          Just a fact of life.
          Humans can’t reconcile facts, hard facts

        • Woody February 27, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

          Bro Jobe said: “I agree that we don’t have a “gun problem” but a problem of them being too easily gotten by the wrong folks.’

          When people say that, they generally mean “folks that don’t agree with me”.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 7:25 am #

            I realise that the horse has long bolted over your way, but personally I don’t want people who agree with me to have guns either. And I certainly don’t want mentally unstable people and those with personality disorders or various degrees and varieties of psychopathy to have guns, whoever they agree with this morning, this afternoon or any other time.

            And since people who are mentally stable today might be mentally unstable next week because of life events, no system of filling in forms is going to do the trick either.

            High-level psychopaths are extremely good at hiding their psychopathy too, so you can’t pick them out by having them fill in forms.

            The fact of the matter is that your forebears made a decision that has violent consequences – its rationality at the time is of little consequence. Some of those consequences can be reduced, but the overall result will always be a huge increase in violence compared to otherwise comparable countries (who look on in horror). But while people are happy with that rather perverse social contract, it is what it is and it will continue to do what it does, no matter what tinkering around the edges is achieved.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 28, 2018 at 9:20 am #

            Opinion | It is too late for gun control in America: Neil Macdonald
            Marjory Stoneman Douglas students are battering an insuperable wall of legal and political iron

            cbc.ca/news/opinion/florida-school-shooting-1.4552301

            “As America’s attention span wanes, and the clock ticks down to the next school shooting massacre, it’s almost poignant to watch the abruptly politicized teenagers, burning as righteously as young people do when they coalesce around a noble cause, hectoring important politicians, making them squirm on television, clearly believing that they shall overcome.

            “But they shall not overcome. These lambs may not be silent, but they are battering an insuperable wall of legal and political iron.

            “Yes, yes, their president has convened a few televised group encounters with survivors, clutching a sheet of talking points that included the numbingly banal “I hear you,” but there’s a chasm between hearing someone and actually listening, and the men and women who run America are actually just pacifying, knowing the uproar will end.”

            The task of weaning the United States from its gun addiction is a generational project. The kids of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school have the most personal and urgent conceivable reasons for their fight, but they’re only one high school. It remains to be seen if the gun culture will yet again reproduce itself into another generation without opposition, as it has done without interruption so far, or if this really is the beginning of a sea change.

            The problem with fighting the gun culture is obvious: they are armed and dangerous. They’re also primed to perceive any challenge to their prejudices as a threat, and to respond in kind. To call the attitude toward criticism of fully-indoctrinated gun enthusiasts dismissive would be generous. In fact their attitude is one of solipsistic contempt, tinged with a self-righteous, hair-trigger hysteria that is not exactly subtle. This makes any effort to talk them down off their ledge effectively a hostage situation, with stakes that are similar, only on a much larger scale.

            Change won’t come to this situation swiftly. Any attempt to do so would likely provoke an unacceptable response. My advice is to be ready for a long trench war, and meanwhile never stop working to promote the cause of peace against the concept of society as a bundle of mutual antagonisms. The cultural and political hegemony of the gun nuts needs to be portrayed as the hysterical overreaction that it is, until that becomes the accepted narrative. Maybe then they’ll be ready to let saner heads prevail.

        • MontanaMan February 28, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

          I much prefer my old song we ran to down a beach in

          Fighting soldiers from the sky
          Fearless men who jump and die
          Men who mean just what they say
          The brave men of the Green Beret

          Silver wings upon their chest
          These are men, America’s best
          One hundred men will test today
          But only three win the Green Beret

          Trained to live off nature’s land
          Trained in combat hand to hand
          Men who fight by night and day
          Courage take from the Green Beret

          Silver wings upon their chest
          These are men, America’s best
          One hundred men will test today
          But only three win the Green Beret

          Back at home a young wife waits
          Her Green Beret has met his fate
          He has died for those oppressed
          Leaving her his last request

          Put silver wings on my son’s chest
          Make him one of America’s best
          He’ll be a man they’ll test one day
          Have him win the Green BeretL

      • erik February 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

        “or big pharma problem”…
        People like to say that the common denominator in school shootings is psychotropics (usually antidepressants) prescribed for the young men who do these things.
        While it’s possible the drugs may be the trigger, I think otherwise. The common denominator for all these losers is schizophrenia emergent in late adolescence, as is typical for the condition. Paxil, Prozac, etc. don’t help. Clozapine works, but seems seldom prescribed for these folks and is resisted by patients because of its side effects.
        50 years ago young people who started wigging out at 18 or so often ended up in institutions where they’d be kept zombified by Thorazine.
        Schizophrenia can’t be cured; it’s a brain disease. As the guy in “Midnight Express” said, they are “defective machines”. The closing of the mental institutions beginning in the seventies has dumped all the loonies on the streets where they make up probably the majority of the revenants known as “homeless” who wander the streets..
        Confining the genuinely insane may appear a heartless thing to do, but the reality is they are harmful to society and often a danger to others and those who are left free to roam typically fair poorly and lead lives that are “Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. What good does it do to let them loose when they are unable to participate in the social contract and are unpredictable and often dangerous?
        Of course it’s terrible that any jerk-off whose mind is “squirming like a toad” can go into a gun store and buy an AR15, a thousand rounds of ammo, and half a dozen spare magazines. At this point in time cracking down on gun sales may be a less viable idea than bringing back involuntary commitment and long term confinement.
        But failing that, maybe we should consider another tack. The second amendment is a big stumbling block, but now where does it say anything except about “arms”. It certainly doesn’t guaranty that people can buy ammo. Maybe we should be classifying ammunition the same way we do explosives in general and make the sale of ammo and loading supplies highly restricted in the same way commercial grade fireworks and dynamite are.

        • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

          “Bringing back involuntary commitment” is quite a hefty suggestion.

          In the UK we have schizophrenics, as you do. They’re not ‘involuntarily committed’ routinely, although there is always the possibility of detaining someone for a defined period of time under the Mental Health Act, if they appear to be a danger to themselves of other people.

          Unlike chez vous our schizophrenics don’t go around shooting up schools, so we’re left with the weapons regulation problem or something else.

          We also have a similar situation to you in that a number of people who would previously have been involuntarily – or indeed voluntarily – ‘committed’ now live under a regime called ‘care in the community’.

          Anyway, our ‘care in the community’ is possibly better than yours, although it’s very far from perfect, but I don’t know – you may be able to clarify. So people with mental health problems do end up clogging up prison cells, but not generally for shooting people, generally just for addiction problems and related minor criminality, like burglary to feed their addiction.

          However, schizophrenics are managed by mental health services, so they’re individually monitored by a Community Psychiatric Nurse in addition to their doctor. CPNs, although very understaffed, like the rest of the mental health profession, are incredibly good at managing their charges, and schizophrenics are, on the whole, very good at complying with their medication regimes.

          I presume, under your own healthcare system, care of people who might be a danger to themselves or to others if not taking their medication would be a priority, and that their healthcare would be well managed?

          Because otherwise it looks as if the problem isn’t about locking people up without their consent, since they’re not shooting up schools over here. But then they don’t have assault weapons over here, do they?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

            *or* other people…

          • messianicdruid February 26, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

            “But then they don’t have assault weapons over here, do they?”

            Do they have programs like Orion, MK Ultra or Monarch?

            en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

            MD

            Are you suggesting school shootings are being perpetrated by CIA sleepers? Or something else?

          • Majella February 26, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

            Green – a excellent point. the distinct lack of guns in most other societies means we don’t have to suffer these everyday American events. Thank doG.

            Also, an effective universal free public health system (which will never be perfect) goes a long way in keeping such people within manageable bounds.

            However, the homeless street people – schizophrenic or not, aren’t the sort of people that you would associate with these dreadful events – they tend to by middle-class, young and white. They surely have access to good (read costly) healthcare? So, WTF?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

            True, Majella. There has been the odd case (and I mean by that I can remember one case in the last decade) where a schizophrenia sufferer stabbed an innocent person in the street because of hearing voices telling him to kill him. That’s it. It’s tragic when it happens and in this case it was a failure of either monitoring or medication compliance. But it’s vanishingly rare. And life doesn’t ever come risk free.

            It astonishes me the limits people will go to to protect the right to buy assault weapons. When I look at some of these things…

            theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/15/charlottesville-militia-free-speech-violence

            …I have to ask myself how any society could think this is sane. You could be in Angola or Yemen.

            As I cited on a previous post, there were over 440,000 gun deaths in the US between 2001 and 2014. That’s more than the population of Edinburgh, where I live. A city wiped out.

            But it’s their decision – they’ve chosen to pay that price and they will continue to pay it unless something changes.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

            I worked in the field at a low level. America is very “liberal” in its attribution of the schizophrenic diagnosis. Dumb people are by definition, easily confused. Add to that drugs, alcohol, being put in an institution, learned helplessness, and of course the title itself and subsequent self image, and voila – you have made a crazy out of a simple low flying village idiot.

            I read that Britain is far more chary in its use of this term in the diagnosis of cases. In other words, they find it far less often which leads to me to think we over diagnosing it over here.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:42 am #

            You ‘worked in the field at a low level’?

            Haha, that gave me a laugh. Reminded me of a neighbour I met years ago who said she worked ‘in optics’. Turned out she was a receptionist an an optician’s.

            “Add to that drugs, alcohol, being put in an institution…”

            What institution? We’re talking about care in the community.

            Forgive me if I ignore ever word you’ve just said and wait to hear from a mental health professional.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

          Mr Cruz shouldn’t have been allowed to buy one – or indeed do a lot of the things he did. I see a technique here: Not enforce existing statutes in order to bring in more draconian ones since existing ones “aren’t working”.

          Look how far it’s gotten them in regard to immigration. America is almost gone yet still the swarthy men swarm in. Will they be allowed to feast in the White Tower? I say better to bring down the Tower on their heads. We can rebuild it once they are gone.

          • outsider February 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

            @GA,
            What have you heard of the bombing in Leicester today (or was it yesterday)? 4 dead and several wounded. The work of terrorists?

            @Janos,
            RE: Trump’s wall. I saw a video this AM that said more are now moving to Mexico (including native American gringos) than coming to the USofA.. Perhaps Trump’s wall is really designed to keep people in.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

            No, outsider, apparently there is no evidence for it being anything to do with terrorism. Sometimes it’s just a domestic gas explosion in these cases, although I gather they don’t know yet what it was.

            Talking of terrorists, though, it appears that four terrorist plots were foiled last year. Plots by far-right groups. Great, eh? Seems the risk from far-right individuals and groups is on the increase. That’s all we need. A confluence of extremist nutters.

            bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43200966

        • aibohphobia February 26, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

          Actually Erik,
          I wonder if it isn’t partly due to constant exposure to violent video games with multiple lives available. Most people can, of course, tell the difference between a video game and real life, but it only takes a few who can’t to shoot up a town. So I’d propose mandatory changes to video games– One life only per character, per game. If your character dies, you have to re-install the game, and when you do it is a different character and different game.

          Also, get rid of outdoor cats–
          Toxoplasmosis, a cat-borne disease with no cure, may be responsible for schizophrenia. There was no schizophrenia in Europe, for example, until people started keeping cats indoors. Here’s a link;

          theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/

          • outsider February 27, 2018 at 8:20 am #

            @GA,

            I do love how you Brits call doctor’s offices ‘surgeries.’ I never knew that until a few years ago when my wife tipped me off to the Netflix show “Doc Martin.” After that, we binged watched them. Quite an endearing show. Made we want to move to a quaint seaside village there.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 9:00 am #

            outsider

            Yes, Doc Martin’s quite sweet, as a rosy view of modern GP life! Although I’ve only seen a few episodes. In real life they’d be struggling to find a GP to come to their village.

            If you want an alternative view of village life, try Happy Valley (police drama filmed in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, and the ‘happy’ refers ‘pharmaceutically’ to the er…’social’ issues). It’s brilliant but a bit ‘rougher’. Not quite The Wire, though, being a village. 🙂

            I presume the ‘surgery’ title came from a time when they did actual minor surgery. A.J. Cronin’s novel ‘The Citadel’ is a great exposition of the early days just before the NHS.

            My husband worked for a number of years as a Medical Forensic Officer, known previously (and still known informally) as a Police Surgeon – it didn’t involve any surgery either!

            And, for your last bit of info. on out quaint ways, our actual surgeons aren’t called ‘Dr’, they’re called ‘Mr/Ms/Miss/Mrs.

            It dates from the 1500s when surgeons were trained in barber’s shops, not universities (barber-surgeons). Once physicians were university educated and started calling themselves ‘Dr’ they refused to allow the surgeons to be called ‘Dr’ as they had no formal qualification. Not a time when you’d have wanted your appendix removed.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 28, 2018 at 10:13 am #

            @GreenAlba: Surely, though, qualified surgeons in the UK have medical degrees?

            Perhaps some particularly cheeky surgeon with time on her hands could add on a doctorate in medieval literature, just to pry the honorific “Dr.” out of a resentful M.D..

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

            Yes they do. Like anywhere else (I presume) they do their medical degree before choosing their specialty, whether surgery, general practice, psychiatry or whatever. But they didn’t in the 18th century when the qualified medics appeared, so only caught up later with the university-educated physicians. And by then it was a tradition.

            Interestingly I read something recently about some British surgeons wanting to call time on the tradition and be called ‘Dr’ like everyone else. But there used to be (and probably still is) a certain snobbery on the part of other surgeons who quite like the fact that being a ‘Mr’ (in fact, as in other medical specialties, more of them are ‘Ms’, ‘Miss’ or ‘Mrs’ these days) marks them out from common or garden medics, so they’ll need to fight it out amongst themselves.

            There’s a similar thing with Professors (as I found from my own work experience in medical publishing). In the UK and Europe, Professors are addressed as ‘Professor’ (apart, of course, from the detail-picky Germans, who like ‘Professor Doktor – I forgive them their pickiness, though as they always deliver on time!). American professors are less worried by nominal status and are addressed as ‘Dr. Although it is argued that you can get to be an Assistant or Adjunct Professor rather more easily over there – I’m not sure if there is such a thing over here.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

            I have an embarrassing anecdote related to the Miss/Mr/Dr problem. I once filled in the slightly wrong but related field in an internal database that included the professional title of a book’s author. The tracking system/database was an off-the-peg (German, I think) one not designed for British use, so while a professional title could be ‘Dr’ or ‘Professor-Doktor’ or ‘Air Vice-Marshall’ and even (I truly kid you not here) ‘Pope’, you could not be ‘Mr’ or ‘Miss’.

            So I added an editorial note in this wrong field which said (meant for the techie guy in Amsterdam) ‘She wants to be called ‘Miss’ but the drop-down menu won’t allow it – can you help, Erik?’

            Sadly I was unaware that this field fed directly to Amazon so that’s what the customer saw when looking at the book on the website. The author contacted me to say while she wasn’t annoyed she would be grateful if it could be removed because it made her look a bit of a prat! The Evil Empire are, thankfully, at least very efficient, so they corrected it for me within 24 hours, while contacting half the world re the company website took weeks to get it updated.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

            Oh dear, how embarrassing. 🙂 Also, she preferred ‘Miss’ to ‘Ms.’? Not everyone wants their marital status declared ’round the world these days. And if they do, there are websites for that, too.

        • malthuss February 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

          Another opinion,

          Every mass shooting over last 20 years has one thing in common… and it’s not guns
          SSRI drugs
          BIG PHARMA

          SSRI drugs & BIG PHARMA ARE RESPONSIBLE MASS SHOOTINGS

          Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.
          • Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
          • Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.
          • Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
          • Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
          • Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
          • Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.
          • Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.
          • A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.
          • Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..
          • A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.
          • Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.
          • TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.
          • Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.
          • James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.
          • Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania
          • Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California
          • Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.
          • Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.
          • Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.
          • Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.
          • Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.
          • Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.
          • Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.
          • Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.
          • Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)
          • Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002, (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)
          • Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.
          • Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.
          • Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.
          • Woody __, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.
          • A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.
          • Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”
          • Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.
          • Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.
          • Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.
          • Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.
          • Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.
          Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….
          • What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az?
          • What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado?
          • What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or?
          • What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct?

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

            Showing your desperation, Malthuss.

            So why isn’t this happening in other countries where people are on SSRIs? Any ideas??

          • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

            GA, I would not be so sure that any place else on the planet overmedicates even half as bad as America. Every time I am asked what medications I am on and I reply, “Garlic and beer”, the medical people stare incredulously and ask me “seriously”, but I take nothing and it staggers their minds. I am 64 and it is un-American.

            spectator.org/58337_overmedicated-america/

            One of the downsides of capitalism is that sales (profits) always have to go UP. You know what I mean?

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:48 am #

            “…I take nothing and it staggers their minds. I am 64 and it is un-American.”

            Me too, Walter, although my tipples are garlic and wine!

            And I haven’t cost the NHS much over my lifetime, apart from a couple of hospital births, as I’m practically never at the doctors’ surgery. I did accept a ‘flu jab this year, though, as my age allowed me a free one (like my grandson!) so they chased me up. And I did once pay for one from Boots about 6 or 7 years ago (cost me £15 – my one and only incursion into the world of private medicine, apart from buying Paracetamol and the like from the supermarket.

          • outsider February 27, 2018 at 8:24 am #

            GA,
            In case you look back, my comment about British surgeries popped up too soon. Just before Malthuss’ long one.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 9:04 am #

            Got it, thanks, outsider. 🙂

        • Robert White February 27, 2018 at 12:40 am #

          Mental illness is a societal issue, and whilst it takes a village to raise a village idiot, where would that village be if it warehoused that village idiot, and then had to raise another one
          just to satisfy your requirement to lock up all the village idiots?

          Villages raise village idiots because every village needs a village idiot to make the townspeople feel that they are somehow superior to the village idiot, and to satisfy their need to scapegoat others before they themselves are scapegoated.

          If the village idiot gets to buy a gun at the town store with no questions asked is that same village idiot really the village idiot if he then shoots up the town and the other village idiot that sold him the gun?

          Hmmmmmm?

          RW

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

            In other words, all Negroes need to be let out of Prison and be loosed on White Americans.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

          Evidently, Socialism didn’t cure the British of their class consciousness. And social climbers can be the worst snobs of all.

          You think this kind of attitude can ever lead to the world you SAY you want? But do you really….

      • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

        Yes FallenHero the simple minded are being played to affect the rest of us. These types of bad behaviors have gone on long before and will go on log after “assault rifles” are replaced by “laser rifles” or whatever else they come up with.

        They don’t need no stinking rifles….

        thefreethoughtproject.com/america-forgotten-worst-school-attack-us-history-wasnt-done-gun/

        • Elrond Hubbard February 28, 2018 at 10:17 am #

          Trotting out some historic occasion as an argument that nothing needs to be done about school shootings is akin to telling Syrians not to be upset about their cities being bombed, because after all, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had it worse.

          In my opinion, Walter B.

          • Walter B February 28, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

            And suggesting a single action solution to a multi-faceted, complex problem is the modus operandi of a simpleton.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 28, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

            Very few people are so simple-minded as to suggest that one simple action is the solution to a multi-faceted, complex problem. I certainly am not.

            But persuading gun enthusiasts to give up some of their guns isn’t a simple-minded, ‘single-action solution’. It’s the sine qua non. If it doesn’t happen, then nothing else is going to help, period. The more guns there are around, the more people are going to get killed by them, by sheer opportunity if nothing else. Denial of this is simple narcissism, in my view. It’s a refusal to take responsibility for the consequences of one’s choices, and/or a selfish willingness to impose those consequences on others.

          • Walter B February 28, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

            Bullshit Elrond of Rivendell, bullshit. Your suggestion of give up some guns to get the process started is childish at best. This is not how compromise works. Both sides must give, and I add a third side as well of those who sell violence and death for profit. They must give too. Hell, when they were disarming you Canadians you did not hear me say to never give up your guns did I? I didn’t even interfere when you guys were clubbing baby seals, it’s your country deal with your problems and we will deal with ours. Why don’t you go help the South Africans if you really care about social justice?

            rt.com/business/420021-africa-white-owned-land/

      • Horzabky March 1, 2018 at 10:59 am #

        As the French would say: “Le Pen is mightier than the sword”.

    • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      JHK,

      Re: “But the activities of the #Resistance appear determined instead to drive the country needlessly toward war with Russia…”

      I don’t think they (we) are determined to drive the country to war with Russia, or any other nuclear power (DRNK) for that matter, but rather to assert to Putin, et al, in the strongest possible terms, keep out of our GD affairs, or you will pay a serious economic price that you really will not care for in the least. Their economy is but the size of Italy and we shouldn’t let a bunch of super rich gangsters push are buttons at will.

      This response (e.g. keep your GD hands off) has already been approved by a veto proof majority / non-partisan (98 to 2 in the senate) majority and signed by DJT, but he refuses to commence with the said sanctions. I believe this is what drives Dems / Progs AND Repugs batshit and invites more scrutiny over the reason behind this odd behavior and what might actually be hidden.

      As for squeezing the nobodies, that is their standard MO and we can’t deny them that. Why not really dig into the other cast of characters who may be culpable? Sure, why not, but not digging into your own gang is SOP for DC and represents nothing new here.

      Both sides of the filthy aisle are equally alarmed by this interloper, but one side is willing to look the other way to get tax cuts for the 1%, a far right Supreme Court Justice (certainly a qualified Right Winger, but nonetheless), squash the social safety net, jack-up military spending and other assorted hard right hog wash, such as tactical military weapons for all, increasing the income inequality gap, gutting health care, social security, etc.

      In the final analysis, why not just let Mueller finish and see what he’s got? Everyone, including the Rs, who are trying to block looking into DJT’s finances, believe it is not a big stretch to think there could well be money laundering and certainly obstruction of justice at the very least. Mueller is an honest (military veteran) Repug, after all. I think it will be abundantly clear, when he is done, if he has the “Russian Goods” or not, don’t you?

      JD

      • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

        sorry “our buttons”

      • wet dog February 26, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

        “but rather to assert to Putin, et al, in the strongest possible terms, keep out of our GD affairs, or you will pay a serious economic price that you really will not care for in the least.”

        Putin keep out of our affairs? You mean our affairs in replacing the Ukrainian government with our own lackey?

        Our affairs in pushing NATO right up to the border of Russia?

        Our affairs in over-throwing the duly elected government of Syria so we can get some Qatari gas lines through there?

        And boy, we sure got upset when Putin blew away ISIS in 3 months of bombings, while Obama played patty-cake with them for 3 years. Maybe ISIS was our JV team, huh? Not fun to see our boys blown away by those evil Ruskies. Now in that case, he was messing with our affairs.

        • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

          WD

          “replacing the Ukrainian government with our own lackey?” Well, yes, isn’t that what super powers do?

          “pushing NATO right up to the border of Russia?” Yes, we do after all, “run” NATO and it is all about enforcing order on a continent that doesn’t have a very good track record, e.g. WWI and WWII.

          “the duly elected government of Syria…” Now that is rich! You are really serious are you?

          “got upset when Putin blew away ISIS in 3 months of bombing” It remains to be seen if ISIS is dead, I hope so. But Putin and Assad’s Sarin and Chlorine gas on kids?…. I’m out.

          JD

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

            North ATLANTIC Treaty Organization. By what right has it spread into Eastern Europe? Mission creep by the creeps. We’re wrong here, admit it.

          • outsider February 26, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

            @Janos,
            I imagine it’s very hard for an American, brought up to believe that we are THE Exceptional Nation, to admit that he’s been had. I guess that’s what happens when you get most of your news from the Mass Media.

      • Q. Shtik February 26, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

        we shouldn’t let a bunch of super rich gangsters push [are] buttons at will. – JD

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

        Groan!

        That said, if the Russians’ only crime is trolling our election to exert influence, but short of stealing votes from Hillary’s column and putting them in Trump’s column, I would take that as totally understandable. In fact, if we are not doing the same thing (which we are) we would be remiss. For God’s sake, politicians are not Boy Scouts and Brownies.

        • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

          QS

          Of course, they are not Boy Scouts and Brownies-they are scumbags. If DJT and the Repugs would have said, sure let’s go for it, as eagerly as they did for the Whitewater investigation, it would have been done and over by now.

          His biggest mistake, according to S. Bannon (I happen to agree), was firing Comey. He was begging for a special prosecutor with that dipshit move. That was the height of stupidity especially since Comey (even knowing about the Russia investigation and saying nothing) practically gave Trump the election in the electoral college. Of course he couldn’t win the popular vote, few Repugs can unless the depress the vote with all manner of shady means.

          So DJT and the Hard Right brought this microscopic anal investigation on to themselves as a result of trying to openly thwart it. I say, it serves them right; they were begging for it. It’s really hard to fix stupid.

          Anyway, It was a little different when it was Benghazi and Hillary’s emails, and the aforementioned Whitewater BJ? But I suppose that was all warranted, right?

          JD

        • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

          JS

          “North ATLANTIC Treaty Organization. By what right has it spread into Eastern Europe? Mission creep by the creeps. We’re wrong here, admit it.”

          Rights? Super powers don’t rely on “rights”, they rely on “might.” Hence, the moniker. Those Eastern block countries JOINED NATO, no one forced them to join. The ones that did join, did so for protection against Putin. Putin (Germany?) might be bad / worse actors without a “policeman” in the area.

          If we were NOT there and all hell broke loose, wouldn’t we get dragged into it anyway? It would be a lot more economical if we didn’t have such a presence, but I just don’t think that’s in the cards, no matter which gang is in power in the USA.

          JD

          • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

            NATO was always a counterweight to Russian power, plain and simple. Its clearly needed now due to recent Russian aggression and expansionism over the last ten years (invasion of Georgia/South Ossetia – they’re still occupying northern georgia; invasion of ukraine/crimea – still occupying it; supporting Assad and fighting ISIS by building up their presence in the mideast- with no apparent plans to leave Syria anytime soon and also ATTACKING U.S. TROOPS ON THE GROUND RECENTLY

            Spoiler alert we wiped them the fuck out.

            Bottom line is the Russians are not our friends. The baltic and scandinavian countries were and are begging for NATO thats why we expanded the mission or Putin would have beat us to it.

  2. DrTomSchmidt February 26, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    “These are matters, by the way, which people of sound mind and honorable intentions could actually resolve through open legislative debate. ”

    JHK, that was then (the 1950s and 60s, with a relatively peaceful and prosperous country where EVERY income quintile made progress, about evenly) and this is now. Open legislative debate simply will not happen. One side or the other will win and thrust its agenda on the other, as the Democrats did with Obamacare and the Republicans did with the ridiculous tax bill last year.

    Better we drain the power from DC and let Texas rule Texas and California rule California. Otherwise the power struggle to control that hypertrophic beast will lead to an actual civil war, not a war of secession by one part of the country.

    • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      The good news is that DC seems intent on draining all of its remaining power on its own. Can’t happen soon enough.

      • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 11:11 am #

        I have an idea on how we might fix our government, at least in Washington DC:

        Perhaps America has evolved past the point where it needs or even CAN elect it’s own leader anymore. What could replace an elected president, let’s consider the options…

        It seems to me that we already have a shitload of politicians to choose from, what with the Senate and the Congress, all of who are experienced and might very well be a good enough pool for…..

        A President chosen by a battle to the death with chainsaws as weapons, one random Republican and one random Democrat determined by a Bingo cage lottery. The survivor gets to be Supreme Leader of America for a one year period and then can either be euthanized (legally sanctioned of course), or can fight once again with another Bingo cage chosen contestant.

        Considering the pool of losers that we already have on hand, this system could keep us in leadership for centuries and because the turnover would be quick, no one would hold office long enough to really screw over the nation like the douche bags in office today!

        I think I’m onto something here.

        • Hands4u February 26, 2018 at 11:31 am #

          We’re getting closer. The NRA is beginning to become a political party of its own.

        • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

          WB

          I like it. I’m in!

          JD

        • outsider February 26, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

          @Walter B,

          Unless I’m mistaken, didn’t you say that you’re a township supervisor? If your state is like my state of PA, townships elect a triumvirate of sups to 6 year terms, with only one up for election every two years. The final policy is determined by majority vote among the three. Perhaps this would work better in DC than having a delusional president with way too much power for any one man.

          • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

            Actually I am one of five Committeemen. When the Committee consisted of only three, many years ago (and I was the Committeeman appointed to act as Mayor) it was a lot easier to get things done and a lot harder to collude with another Committeeman. Now with five members, any two can meet and plot and then split up and meet and plot with the other two. I am the 5th and the odd man out that forced my way onto the Committee to effect change. It is almost impossible now because of the numbers and the control. Even our little system is severely flawed once overrun by corruption.

    • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

      dilly dilly

  3. Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    We see eye to eye on all things Trump and Clinton, Jim. 2016 was just another case of pick your poison between the two-headed monster that is the Demuplican hydra. No functional difference between the two, just a matter of personal taste as to how your prefer your corruption: sugary sweet to conceal the awful taste with the Dems, or straight up with a bitter vinegar chaser from the Reps. In other words, we’re fucked either way.

    • lsjogren February 26, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      I don’t totally agree. If Trump were just another lackey of the Deep State, progressives wouldn’t be screaming bloody murder about him.

      With all his flaws, he does represent a bit of a threat, the ONLY threat, to the progressive anarcho-dictatorship.

      • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 10:43 am #

        What’s an anarcho-dictatorship?

        Just wondering as I did four years of Politics at university in my youth and I don’t remember coming across this one.

        I mean, I obviously know what anarchy is and what dictatorship is – you’re confusing me with the combination, in an oxymoronic kind of way.

        • Bro Jobe February 26, 2018 at 10:54 am #

          He doesn’t know what he’s talking about, GreenAlba. The worst threat from a far-left government would be smothering us, not anarchy. What we have in Trump, however, is blood-and-soil nationalism. If you like that stuff, great. If not…he’s a real threat.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 11:31 am #

            This is what I find so dispiriting, Bro Jobe. I have every sympathy with the plight of the left behind in both your country and mine, and I want to see solutions, insofar as any are possible, that don’t just rearrange the deckchairs. But I find the discourse to be completely unhelpful when people mix everything together in a pot pourri of nonsense that’s born out of political tribalism rather than rationality.

          • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

            In “the people’s” defense, they’re genuinely confused after so many years of professional disinformation being thrown at them. We’re living in a carnival funhouse of mirrors these days.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

            If only. He has yet to mention Whites by name as the “blood” that made America and which without it, will die a justified death. He has mentioned every other group though. Secretly he may sympathize with us a bit at least. There is some proof of that. Thank God for small mercies.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

            “Thank God for small mercies.”

            I was thanking him a little while ago. But my thanks were premature – here you are again with your paranoid, narcissistic whining victimhood.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

            How many British Whites froze to death this winter so far? Do you know? Does anyone? Or does no one care? And if they complained, that would just be whining, right? Just like the families of the girls prostituted in Rotterham were just dismissed as racists.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

            To my knowledge one homeless person died recently on the streets in London. It was all over the news because it was so shocking. He was Portuguese.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

            One? I don’t believe you. You are just THAT focused on foreigners!

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:55 am #

            You don’t believe me, Janos?

            Well, here you are and what do you know? It turns out it was fake news:

            mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/viral-facebook-post-homeless-man-11838753

            Seems he didn’t even die. You really think a post about a homeless man dying of cold on the street would go viral if it happened all the time? You simply have no idea what life is like in other countries.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:56 am #

            And you read too many ridiculous articles in AmRen and Breitbart. As Walter says, there’s no cure for stupid.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 6:37 am #

            Turned out to be Leicester, not London. Still, even if it had been true, it would have been a rarity apparently worth reporting in national newspapers.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

          Sam Francis coined the term “Anarcho-Tyranny” – if that’s what he’s getting at. Basically Francis noted that the Elite were becoming lawless, enforcing laws unequally, not only in favor of themselves of course, but for and against different groups. And obviously against Whites as they were the most powerful group and the original founders of America – and the only ones who could or would bring back the Republic.

      • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

        I

        Isn’t he the simpleton tool of the Hard Right? You hate the Left and love the Right? Can’t we have some equal opportunity hatred and despise both sides of the filthy, dirty aisle (maybe one a bit more than the other, your personal choice, of course)? They both love to divide and conquer and are masters at it.

        JD

    • lsjogren February 26, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      Love the devil icon!

    • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      Right on Scratch!, right on! “Demuplican hydra”, perfect! Sadly, yes, “we’re fucked either way.”

      JD

    • Robert White February 26, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

      From my side of the fence in CANADA it seems to me that all the useful idiots on both sides of rhetorical coin are either offering themselves up to be thrown under the bus by the Cheeto-head-in-chief, or they get selected by him depending on the amount of attention he gets via the twittersphere. Either way everybody ends up under the buss wheels except Cheeto.

      Praetorian Guards DOJ, FBI, CIA, et cetera seem to me to be entirely expendable when more heads are required to satiate
      Cheeto’s desire for human sacrifice. Today, Cheeto is advocating killing drug dealers just like his made for tv resident foreign Psychopath Duterte. Cheeto lauds Duterte’s Psychopathy on a weekly basis it would seem lately.

      If Cheeto-head-in-chief a sadistic Psychopath like his colleague?

      Are we talking about a violent dictator of a third world banana republic if Cheeto decides to start killing drug dealers like his hero Duterte?

      Cheeto-head-in-chief needs the useful idiots like the DoJ & FBI to make him appear to look good in comparison. The problems as I see them from a vantage point of CANADA are obvious, and the DOJ & FBI are expendable if the administration needs them to be in order to save face at any cost.

      RW

    • Robert White February 26, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

      From my side of the fence in CANADA it seems to me that all the useful idiots on both sides of rhetorical coin are either offering themselves up to be thrown under the bus by the Cheeto-head-in-chief, or they get selected by him depending on the amount of attention he gets via the twittersphere. Either way everybody ends up under the buss wheels except Cheeto.

      Praetorian Guards DOJ, FBI, CIA, et cetera seem to me to be entirely expendable when more heads are required to satiate
      Cheeto’s desire for human sacrifice. Today, Cheeto is advocating killing drug dealers just like his made for tv resident foreign Psychopath Duterte. Cheeto lauds Duterte’s Psychopathy on a weekly basis it would seem lately.

      Is Cheeto-head-in-chief a sadistic Psychopath like his colleague?

      Are we talking about a violent dictator of a third world banana republic if Cheeto decides to start killing drug dealers like his hero Duterte?

      Cheeto-head-in-chief needs the useful idiots like the DoJ & FBI to make him appear to look good in comparison. The problems as I see them from a vantage point of CANADA are obvious, and the DOJ & FBI are expendable if the administration needs them to be in order to save face at any cost.

      RW

    • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

      Huey Long was famous for giving rousing speeches of exactly that sentiment and people ate it up (probably rightfully so and i agree completely with the premise)

      One story was about a travelling elixir salesman who had a cure for what ailed you, two options to be exact: one made from the bark of the highpropalowrem tree, the bark gathered from the top of the tree down to the root and one from the bark of the lowpropahighrem, the bark gathered from the roots up.
      Long’s take on it was that one party skins the American people from the head down and one from the feet up. But the people lose either way.

      Very sad that this speech from circa 1930 Lousiana makes so much damn sense now.

  4. venuspluto67 February 26, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    My opinion is that the country right now is under a dark magic spell that draws its power from the fact that economic collapse is well underway in “Flyover Country” (it’s not a happy population that willingly kills itself off with opiate overdoses, after all). Meanwhile, the top-twenty-percenters, as well as the twenty percent below them who identify with the top twenty percent, in the urban archipelago that stretches across the country, lives well at the expense of the literally dying hinterlands. What’s more, the top-twenty-percenters know this in their heart of hearts, hence all their disingenuous “ree-ing” on social media about Russia and racism and Trump. With all this suffering and anxiety brewing, I would be more surprised if the country weren’t having an apparent mass nervous breakdown!

    • K-Dog February 26, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      Trump haters don’t know that we have dying hinterlands. They are too busy being into themselves and hating Trump to care. Hating Trump is much more emotionally satisfying than worrying about the hinterlands and any issues way out there.

      Being lazy and living well leads one to imagine all sorts of impossible magical solutions to problems which defy all reason and any economic soundness.

      You don’t have to know how the world works because you don’t have to. You can mutter ‘Mars Bitches’ and everyone thinks that is as normal and rational as wanting a flying car for Christmas. You can even have voted for Trump to ‘wake people up’ because the shock will surly set everyone straight. That was the epitome of adult adolescent delusion and uber common.

      • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

        KD

        This Trump hater knows full well that the hinterlands are dying. The hinter-dwellers have legitimate grievances and I can understand their attempt to disrupt the order of things by electing their boy DJT, however odd the choice (NYC Dem, Billionaire, etc.). While I do despise Trump, in many ways I feel somewhat sorry for him in that he is so obviously in over his head. He’ll be lucky to survive this whole mess, alive.

        I have often thought that election night 2016, was the luckiest day of Hillary’s life and the most unlucky day of Trump’s life.

        JD

        • thwack February 26, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

          The “Hinterlands” should start mining gold chains, drum beats and pussy.

          • elysianfield February 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

            “The “Hinterlands” should start mining gold chains, drum beats and pussy.”

            IXNAY on that…it usually draws a…a bad crowd….

    • FallenHero February 26, 2018 at 11:10 am #

      Interesting comment Venus, I agree completely. The coasts and cities do not think anything is wrong with the country, super expensive houses keep getting built etc. In the country though, its disaster. I drive a lot more my job, and EVERY and I mean EVERY non-major city shows severe signs of decay with endless shops closed up, even the ubiquitous gas stations closed everywhere.

      • venuspluto67 February 26, 2018 at 11:41 am #

        My older brother does a fair amount of traveling for his job that started back in 2011, and as far back as 2012, he was telling me how surprisingly “run-down and ramshackle” big swathes of the country looked to him.

        • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

          VP

          Third world Banana Republic, here we come at 100 mph.

          JD

      • Jigplate February 26, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

        from 2012 to 2016, My son attended The University of Buffalo in upstate NY. My wife and I would drive him up in August, and we would make a week of it. we made a point of staying off the major highways , and would always go by means of 2 lane county routes. based on my experience, once you get 75 miles from NYC, New York is a wasteland out of a bad post apocalyptic film. The residents in the NY hinterlands look more like the southern Appalachians. I can understand their animus at being ruled by the “city people”, and I can also understand their small but vocal secession movement.

        • pequiste February 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

          Indeed. Just have a look at JHK’s photos of his own little town in “Upstate” N.Y. The slide into chronic civic decay, as you point out, is made more pronounced by the resident Human population’s parallel descent into decrepitude via obesity, tattoos, and drug addiction among a host of maladaptive behaviors and signs.

        • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

          The Southern Tier of NY is also the northernmost region of Appalachia, as officially defined, but much of Upstate NY shares those characteristics. Agriculture is still very big, industry is still around but very sporadic and neither of those sectors employ as many people as they used to even though they’re producing as much or close to it. The bottom line is that people are being replaced by technology in this country and in the world. Many plants closed or moved overseas but the ones that did stay or have opened recently achieve their production through automation. Many hands make light work and robot hands make no jobs. This fact is underlying a lot of the problems in the western world. Trump skipped over the problem of automation in his rants against everything else that is killing America, specifically the heartland and rust belt, which i think was a huge lie. Most of those factory jobs will never come back because they were automated out of existence. And people feel useless hence the opiates.

      • outsider February 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

        @Fallen,

        And yet here in the great state of PA they keep building more casinos, as another expansion was recently approved. We are now second only to Nevada, and my state is pretty much responsible for the downfall of Trump’s Atlantic City (I think his Taj Mahal is still left). Within an hour’s drive of where I live there are 3 of these satanic dens, and they will soon be building a 4th. I can’t believe that they are not cannibalizing each other in their endless pursuit of the social security checks from those who can’t afford it.

        • jdhines March 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

          They build these “satanic dens” out of desperation for some tax crumbs. One of the results of the Regan Revolution, was that much of the federal money that went to the states dried-up. Another was leaving the mentally disturbed to fend for themselves, which incidentally, feeds into our mass killing narrative we have been living through the past 20 odd years. Regan also introduced us to the “Welfare Queen” concept and general hatred of the poor. The Welfare Queen bogey-woman, was basically a lie, but…. anyway.

          Isn’t it odd how the great Ronny Reagan would be labeled a RINO now and probably couldn’t even get through a local congressional primary? Also, rather incoherently, the actual victims of the Reagan Revolution are the very ones who empower the Hard Right today. It is somewhat akin to the Stockholm Syndrome, or the Patty Hearst story.

          One must admit, the Right has a certain impressive mastery in getting the backing of their victims (“lessers” / constituents / fools, what shall we call them?) and Trump / Ryan / McConnell take this to a whole new level.

          I find that the Repugs are able to do this, both amazing and infinitely confounding. I have seen it first hand in my own family. Individuals who did not believe in a single plank of the Rep party and agreed with almost all of the Dem party platform, yet would only vote straight party line R. Most puzzling.

          Growing-up, I was led to believe that Union members were interchangeable with organized criminals and the country club set was stocked with the very best of society. This was, of course, during a time when the “Cloth Coat or Country Club Republicans” were very benign. Today they would be known as Center-right Democrats, not even RINOs. How times change, eh?

          JD

    • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      VP

      Agreed and well said.

      JD

    • marcus1 February 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

      What we are seeing is aggression brought on by stress, an ideal environment for propagandists and hucksters.

      What is needed (IMHO) for “flyover country” are infusions of capital to increase education, infrastructure, and health. But of course this list is an evil socialist agenda. Better to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, because they’re the one’s that will care for that desperate population, this according to simple-minded Ayn Rand believers.

      There will be no catastrophic collapse. There will be a continuing squeezing of this desperate population. This keeps them dependent and compliant, and better yet, cheap labor for the stockholders.

  5. Being Frank February 26, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    ” the sad remnant of the thinking class “- so first you pay people to do your thinking for you and then you ask them to govern you. Really, is that how it works? You all deserve all that’s coming to you just for being so lazy.

    • lsjogren February 26, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      Progressives hire New York Times and other clownhouses to do their thinking for them. They really ought be more prudent shoppers.

      Unfortunately, the lead-tainted intellectual candy the progressives buy to convince themselves they are on the right track hurts everyone, not just them.

      • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

        I

        Does the hard right hire Fox Noise, Breitbart, Matt Drudge (Sludge?), Zero Hedge, Rush Limbo? etc. to do their thinking for them?

        JD

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

          Better than the Neo-Con filth rag, “Foreign Affairs”.

          • pequiste February 26, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

            “Foreign Affairs?”; the house organ for The Council on Foreign Relations? That happens to be the Evil Fuckers’ equivalent of a cross between “Town and Country” magazine and the “Social Register”.

            cfr.org/

    • K-Dog February 26, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      I was thinking ‘deserve all that’s coming to you just for being so lazy’ was a bit harsh but I changed my mind. But frankly, you are right.

  6. K-Dog February 26, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    The thing with Trump is that while he may not be doing the country any good, nobody else in the nation is ready to step forward with any plan which will. That leaves Trump as the an ‘honest’ evil and the devil you know. As the saying goes, better to the devil you know than the devil you don’t. I don’t put this out as wisdom, but as the map of the terrain we navigate.

    The longest paragraph in todays missive portrays Trump’s oafish nature with a skill I can’t match. ‘sneery facial contortions’ I pretty much agree with the overall description but it would take me a long time to write out that paragraph. I’d have to make a list of Trump’s negative qualities. This would not be easy. I have trained myself to tend to my own garden and remember that when I point a finger four point back at me,

    Anybody can criticize which makes our thinking class rather stupid these days. Much harder to do the right thing and figure out what the right thing is than to talk shit and be an expert on everything. I did notice JHK was a bit later posting today than average. I hope it was because the Trump is a disgusting oaf paragraph was a bit hard for him to write.

    The way to really bring down Trump would be to come up with a national vision that would put his policies and the policies of the affluent class to shame. Then the sound of legitimate criticism would be as if a jet aircraft were taking off. But the palpable lack of legitimate criticism of Trump and there should be plenty of it, should make us shudder over what comes next the day he actually does get kicked to the curb.

    • K-Dog February 26, 2018 at 10:38 am #

      And I should have re-read the torturous prose of my first paragraph before I hit submit. But like voting against Trump for president, it is too late now.

    • Elrond Hubbard February 26, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      I know how disheartening it must feel to see your country represented by Donald Trump, but chin up. If you’ve followed the news about Justin Trudeau’s recent ten-day visit to India, you know that nice manners and a photogenic appearance don’t exactly pay the rent either.

      Aside from coming in for mockery for overdoing it with local dress, the prime minister also left the impression of going soft on Sikh separatists based in Canada (including, believe it or not, inviting to a state dinner a man previously convicted of the attempted assassination of an Indian cabinet minister).

      On the bright side, I didn’t vote for him. Not for either one, actually. Feelin’ pretty good about that right now.

      • thwack February 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

        A friend of mine once told me the Sikhs are the “Jews” of India?

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

          No, that would be the Jains, at least traditionally. They didn’t want to kill bugs, so that rules out farming. So banking was a natural alternative. Traditionally, the Sikhs are one of the warrior races of India, providing many of the troops that made up the British Raj.

          India has a small number of actual Jews as well – who are influential well beyond what their small numbers would predict.

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

            “India has a small number of actual Jews as well – who are influential well beyond what their small numbers would predict.”

            Could you let us have some verifiable stats on that, Janos, please?

            All I can find on Wiki is that ‘Indian Jews are a religious minority of India, but unlike many parts of the world, have historically lived in India without any instances of antisemitism from the local majority populace.’

            So that’s nice isn’t it, to know that there are some countries in the world not afflicted with mindless antisemitism? Not that they don’t have other issues, but, as you say, ‘thank God for small mercies’.

            It’s odd, though, that with all that excessive influence, everyone is absolutely fine with them. Don’t you think?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

            Almost everything you know is wrong because you lack the critical faculty to see thru Establishment lies. And even when they (and thus you) get it right, it just further reinforces the greater Superstructure of Wrongness. As Jiddu Krishnamurti said, Truth is a Pathless Land.

            The Sassoon opium trade brought death and destruction to millions and still plagues Asia to this day. Their company was totally operated by Jews ONLY! The corrupt British monarchy honored them with privilege and knighthood – to the disgrace of the Crown! To this day the Sassoons are in the history books as “great developers” of India but the source of their vast wealth is never mentioned!

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

            inpursuitofhappiness.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/the-sassoon-opium-wars/

          • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

            You still haven’t explained why the Indian populace is totally at ease with their Jewish neighbours despite all that excessive influence.

            Nor have you answered my questions about your mindless antisemitic drivel under JHK’s previous post. Don’t tell me you were lost for words…

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 11:30 pm #

            Maybe they don’t know. Most Americans are at ease too! Nor do I assume their influence there is anything like it is in the Anglo world.

            Icons or images of Hitler were sold in the marketplaces during the War. And he is still revered there by many. Modi is a National Socialist and in general, blood and soil are understood better by Indians than modern Westerners. After all, Hinduism is for Hindus. It’s not a universal religion like Christianity, Islam, or Buddhism. Just for Indians for the most part in other words.

            I see you are comfortable with the demonic Sassoon family and will continue to use their products.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:58 am #

            “I see you are comfortable with the demonic Sassoon family and will continue to use their products.”

            I haven’t even looked at your link, dimwit, so don’t tell me what you see. You’re blind as a bat.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

            Your ignorance is on display, termagant.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

            Your sites are always of the same ilk. After looking at yours I looked on a different site that put things in a more balance context as to who did what.

          • CHenry February 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

            The Parsis might be a better cultural similarity.

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

          Thwack,
          I believe the saying is that the “Indians are the Jews of Asia….”

      • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

        No, it goes well beyond that: he’s an utter fool. To paraphrase Anglin: It’s as in the Japanese Prime Minister and his family came to America in Cowboy duds and appeared day after day in different versions of the same. It’s utterly grotesque – the end of a long process of rootlessness and cultural decay. He’s nothing in himself so he must become a reflection of other peoples who are still intact. Not shame, since he never had any cultural pride. That was gone by the time he was born so he never learned it. Just emptiness and the desire to fill it.

        Does he do this when he goes to see American Indians? Most of them loathe this kind of thing as well.

        If this seem normal to you, then you have a problem as well. Can I recommend C.S Lewis’ essay, “Men Without Chests”? Stop supporting the process of Globalization that will produce more empty people like Justin Trudeau. Think again. Turn back. Repent.

        • jean.baptiste.moquelin February 26, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

          Trudeau the elder was a dandy, but he had a brain. Mostly full of bad ideas, but he had some intellectual firepower. Trudeau the younger is a water gun. An airhead. Him calling opponent Gilles Duceppe “mon amour” (“my beloved”) during the election french-language debate should have lit up some flashing red lights. It did not.

    • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

      K-Dog,

      There is no realistic plan that anyone could put forward that would also get them elected. Besides the fact that speaking the unvarnished truth would not attract the money necessary to win (but definitely would attract the money to get you defeated), the American people are still firmly in the denial phase with regard to our situation, no doubt largely a byproduct of all the “exceptionalism” non-sense we’ve been inundated with every day of our lives.

      • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

        Absolutely true, Scratch, unfortunately. People do not vote for those who give them bad news, but many will spend good money on a ‘positive thinking’ course where someone will tell them fairy stories and invite them to visualise what they want in life so that it might be granted to them if they just wish for it hard enough.

        Where to start…

    • draupnir February 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      We deplorables in the hinterland can be so spiteful. On the whole, I’m extremely pleased with Trump’s performance. While I’m not entirely satisfied with the current level of dysfunction in the government, it’s early days yet, and given enough time who knows what mischief could be accomplished. I read that his approval rating is better than Barack Obama’s was at a similar point in his administration, so I’m not alone. Is he an embarrassment? Oh, yes, and many people find this sort of embarrassment so intolerable that they will go to any lengths to avoid it. I’m willing to give them enough rope. Is he shady? Indubitably, and he surrounds himself with others of his sort. The Democrats felt that the prime places at the trough were their personal preserve and their monumental convulsions of rage are monumentally amusing. Is he a deadbeat? Is he a pussy grabber? Is he lacking any taste regarding his personal appearance? Does he have bad hygiene? I don’t care.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

        All normal men talk like that when women aren’t around. What is the matter with these hypocrites?

        Only a man well schooled in the dark ways of the world could have taken these people on. He’s beating them at their own game. A thousand bravos to this Brave Man. Is he the Man of the White Horse we are waiting for? No, he is far too compromised and yes, with far too much ambiguity in his character. But he may well be a forerunner of He Who Returns and the One we have been promised.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 9:48 am #

          “All normal men talk like that when women aren’t around. ”

          All the men you know boast of sexual assault when they’re with other men? Really? You need to find a better class of friend.

          • draupnir February 27, 2018 at 11:38 am #

            You must be very young to be so naive.

          • stelmosfire February 27, 2018 at 11:53 am #

            GA if you are indeed a woman, how could you possibly know what men talk about when women are not around? Believe mean ,speaking from experience at the firehouse any and all people, subjects, and acts are fair game. Actually some of the female firefighters were the crudest. And as for a class of friend I would trust these people with my life.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

            I’m not talking about men talking about sex, even crudely. I’m talking about men boasting about having personally sexually assaulted women. I still think they’re a small minority. If they’re not, then permit me to revise my opinion of you downwards.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

            If only, draupnir.

    • outsider February 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

      The problem is that, if Trump is kicked out before the next election, we get Christian Zionist, Russia-hating Pence. Omarosa, in her most recent foray as a Big Brother contestant, told the group that Pence would be worse than The Donald. Personally, I thought his behavior in shunning the combined Korean Olympic delegation at the opening ceremonies showed him to be a small man. It’s no wonder that ‘Rocket Man’s’ sister, sitting behind him, became an instant celebrity. Perhaps Trump sent Ivanka in the second week to mend some fences and show Pence how hospitality at the Olympics is supposed to be run.

      I’m so happy that the Russians stuck it to the Americans by winning gold in the two most watched sports – men’s hockey and women’s figure skating. The IOC boycott of the Russian delegation (they could only compete as individuals, with no national anthem being sung when they won) clearly backfired.

  7. JohnAZ February 26, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    As the US faces the conundrum of governmental incompetence due to egotistical politics, Trumpers did what they did trying a desperate attempt to put anything into the morass of D.C. that will stop the Leftist globalism that IS occurring. The Democratic platform is a direct reflection of George Soros’ opinions, who has expressed the desire to see the USA put down. “Over our dead bodies” resounds everywhere.

    Someone of the blog recommended Rise of the Robots, comparing it to The Long Emergency. I am into it now and wow, it is making an impact. AI will tear apart the human race, destroying its raison d’etre which is why we are here in the first place. I will say, IMHO, that AI will become a main cause of The Long Emergency.

    Just read an article on an Orange County group that is trying to clean up a group of homeless near Disneyland. The Left minions are fighting them. Proposed primary causes are relaxed drug enforcement from Sacramento and the influx of “evil” immigrants. JHK has forecast the role of a pandemic in the downturn. Maybe Hepatitis could fill the bill. The description of what is evolving in the coastal cities of California is disgusting. I hope that sanity returns before this turns into a total disaster.

    • capt spaulding February 26, 2018 at 11:35 am #

      I wish other people would read Rise of the Robots. I really think it is a clear vision of the future, and the consequences which will affect all of us. Not in some future circumstance either, it’s happening now and will pick up speed in the coming years. After you finish it, I would like to see your overall opinion of what Ford says.

      • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

        CS

        I will definitely check it out. Thanks.

        JD

      • thwack February 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

        Will the robots be circumcised?

        Not that it matters or anything…

        • capt spaulding February 27, 2018 at 8:18 am #

          “Will the robots be circumsized?”

          • capt spaulding February 27, 2018 at 8:19 am #

            It doesn’t matter, robots are all torque and no action.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

          Will they be Black? Programmed to shuck and jive? If so, I will turn them off if possible. I can easily forsee a race war between White and Black robots, with humans supporting their race of robots.

      • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

        I will go online and check it out. Just finished J.K. Galbraith’s “The Great Crash,1929.” Very illuminating as well. And that was way back when humans didn’t even have computers to compound their stupidity and greed!

        • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

          Here’s an absolutely fascinating look at an AI scenario by Max Tegmark of MIT:

          The Last Invention of Man

        • Robert White February 26, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

          That’s how Bernanke spent his so-called ‘academic’ life. He studied the Great Depression for his entire academic career, and then he told the world that ‘he did not envision housing prices dropping on a national level, and that housing prices have never dropped on a national level in the history of America.

          Don’t forget that he spent his career studying the Great Depression, and he concluded after attaining his doctorate in Economics that ‘housing prices have never fallen on a national basis’ right before the collapse Six Sigma Event that eviscerated Bear & Lehman.

          I love reading historiography too, but Vienna in the 1800s is better material.

          RW

          • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 8:01 am #

            It’s funny, because Galbraith’s book is chock full of similar predictions not only before the collapse, but well into it as well.

            ************
            The Harvard Economic Society, it will be recalled, had come up to the summer of the crash with a valuable reputation for pessimism. This position it abandoned during the summer when the stock market kept on rising and business seemed strong. On November 2, after the crash, the Society concluded that “the present recession, both for stocks and business, is not the precursor of business depression.”

            On November 10 it made its notable estimate that “a serious depression like that of 1920– 21 is outside the range of probability.” It repeated this judgment on November 23 and on December 21 gave its forecast for the new year: “A depression seems improbable; [we expect] recovery of business next spring, with further improvement in the fall.” On January 18, 1930, the Society said, “There are indications that the severest phase of the recession is over”; on March 1, that “manufacturing activity is now— to judge from past periods of contraction— definitely on the road to recovery”, on March 22, “The outlook continues favorable”; on March 29, that “the outlook is favorable”; on April 19, that “by May or June the spring recovery forecast in our letters of last December and November should be clearly apparent”; on May 17, that business “will turn for the better this month or next, recover vigorously in the third quarter and end the year at levels substantially above normal”; on May 24 it was suggested that conditions “continue to justify” the forecasts of May 17; on June 21, that “despite existing irregularities” there would soon be improvement; on June 28 it stated that “irregular and conflicting movements of business should soon give way to sustained recovery”; on July 19 it pointed out that “untoward elements have operated to delay recovery but the evidence nonetheless points to substantial improvement”; and on August 30, 1930, the Society stated that “the present depression has about spent its force.”

            Thereafter the Society became less hopeful. On November 15, 1930, it said: “We are now near the end of the declining phase of the depression.” A year later, on October 31, 1931, it said: “Stabilization at [present] depression levels is clearly possible.” Even these last forecasts were wildly optimistic. Somewhat later, its reputation for infallibility rather dimmed, the Society was dissolved. Harvard economics professors ceased forecasting the future and again donned their accustomed garb of humility. Professor Irving Fisher tried hard to explain why he had been wrong. Early in November 1929 he suggested that the whole thing had been irrational and hence beyond prediction. In a statement that was not a model of coherence, he said: “It was the psychology of panic. It was mob psychology, and it was not, primarily, that the price level of the market was unsoundly high . .  . the fall in the market was very largely due to the psychology by which it went down because it went down.”

            The explanation attracted little attention except from the editor of The Commercial and Financial Chronicle. The latter observed with succinct brutality: “The learned professor is wrong as he usually is when he talks about the stock market.” The “mob,” he added, didn’t sell. It got sold out. Before the year was over, Professor Fisher tried again in a book, The Stock Market Crash— and After. He argued, and rightly for the moment, that stocks were still on a plateau, albeit a somewhat lower one than before, that the crash was a great accident, that the market had gone up “principally because of sound, justified expectations of earnings.” He also argued that prohibition was still a strong force for higher business productivity and profits, and concluded that for “the immediate future, at least, the outlook is bright.” This book attracted little attention. One trouble with being wrong is that it robs the prophet of his audience when he most needs it to explain why. Out in Ohio, Professor Dice— he of the parasangs— survived honorably to write and teach for a lifetime about finance. This may be the place also to record another happy ending. Goldman, Sachs and Company rescued its firm name from its delinquent offspring and returned to an earlier role of strict rectitude and stern conservatism. It became known for its business in the most austere of securities.

            Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash 1929 (pp. 144-147). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

          • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 8:04 am #

            Then as now, “Great Depressions” are usually only recognized in hindsight, especially by the power elite. I would argue that we’re still in the one which began in 2008, it’s just been cleverly papered over.

          • Robert White February 27, 2018 at 9:34 am #

            That was a great read, Ol’ Scratch. I have never seen so many excuses packed into a few paragraphs. Galbraith’s book looks like a pretty good read, and it is obvious that he was as skeptical as we are today with respect to the sugar coated lies the central bankers engage in whenever anything drops. Just like Trump they take the credit for the rising stock market, and then they disavow ownership when they see it crash.

            Politicians today are as shallow as they ever were, and central bankers should be viewed as politicians instead of Economists.

            Thanks for uploading that book excerpt, Scratch. It’s interesting stuff especially by comparatively looking at yesteryear and today. Not much has changed in a century except sentence structure & suit styles, eh.

            RW

      • jdhines February 28, 2018 at 10:10 am #

        CS

        Just started reading Ford’s Rise of the Robots. Excellent so far and unsettling. It seems like a very worthwhile read.

        JD

    • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

      Quite right. The Elite plan a world with very few people. The Five Hundred Million proposed by the Georgia Guidestones are probably a lie. And ultimately, they plan to merge with the Machines – which I don’t think is possible in the sense of being “downloaded” into one. But becoming androids a la Robo-Cop? Quite possible I think. Essential organs could be bought or stolen from other people – or even grown in the near future.

      We must separate from these people if we would remain Human. In the novel Dune, the Orange Bible says, You shall not make a machine in the image of the human mind. No computers either. No doubt robots are out as well.

      • outsider February 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

        Since the American people were so easily conned into circumcising their sons, it will be child’s play to convince them to have a chip implanted into infant’s brain at birth. It’s all for their own good, of course. You wouldn’t want your child to be left behind, would you?

      • michael February 27, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

        Computers are close to fundamental limits.
        Moore’s Law will only operate a few more times increasing transistor density but even now it no longer provides a cost advantage.

        Very likely chip performance (relative to die size) will only double
        before the physics makes further shrinking of feature sizes impossible.

        This means that you can get high performance only via large clusters of machines. This is also needed since the approach only works if fed with large data (meaning astronomically large so they only fit on a cluster).
        Energy efficiency is many orders of magnitude worse than the human brain. It will be fit for some tasks but hardly replace humans in toto.

        Next is neuromorphic computing. Here you try to imitate the brain in hardware (using memristors). It’s too early to say if this will amount
        to something. The same problem persists: energy efficience below the human brain, if you make the thing big you get problems of heat dissipation, if its too small it will operate on the level of the fruit fly.

        We are back to clusters living in a factory building being fed by their own megawatt power plant.

        In short: no autonomous intelligent machines that can go anywhere by themselves are on the horizon.

    • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

      Id say that what is happening in california is already a disaster – human feces maps and the related hepatitis outbreak; rents so high that fully employed yuppies (making well above median income) are living in flophouses; the rise of the “supercommute” – due to NIMBYism and the restrictive zoning and parking requirements (that JHK has railed about for decades) and not much else. Plus they’re running out of water and there are no solutions in place for that other than…move. If civil war returns to america my money’s on SoCal fighting NoCal for their water as the next Ft. Sumter. Lack of water will drive people to violence faster than anything else.

  8. volodya February 26, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    The issue of policy options seems pretty much settled.

    Never mind the campaign rhetoric of looking after Mr and Mrs Deplorable. You can stick a fork in that. Congressional Republicans, with the acquiescence of Trump, delivered a massive and ruinous tax cut to the richest Americans.

    What this portends for the material well-being of the bottom half of the economic strata is yet to be determined but the last 30 years of wrack and ruin of these people ought to aid the imagination.

    What’s next? The most adept of the liars in Congress (Paul Ryan) will mount the podium and, with a straight face and unblinking gaze, will tell America that entitlements are no longer do-able because the state of federal finances is no longer tenable and, for the good of America, entitlement “reform” is now an unavoidable imperative.

    And it’s not as if the Democrats give a fuck. They swim in the same waters as the Republicans. When they regain the presidency and control of Congress as they inevitably will, they will cater to the Oligarchs. Hill’s and Bill’s stuffing their pockets with corporate loot out to be instructive to even the most deliberately blind “progressive”. Democrats threw the American worker overboard during the Clinton era with an unapologetic turn towards the laughably named “meritocratic elite” – those being the richest Americans.

    The American interior is being deliberately turned into a Third World shit-hole, to borrow Trump’s terminology. Why? Because that’s what corporate donors to the Republican and Democrats want, because in their collective opinion the ordinary American earns too much money, because the top 1% and their administrative and managerial clerisy weren’t and still aren’t rich enough.

    And the putas in both parties are delivering.

    • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

      V

      So very true, and so well said.

      JD

    • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      Yes, wasn’t it Paul Volcker who declared from on high, that the wages of the American worker must fall.

      • Robert White February 26, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

        When Paul Volcker started out at Chase he was making $45k per year. Today, he probably makes that amount per day in retirement.

        RW

  9. Walter B February 26, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    Do you know who also would be a monumental embarrassment to the Washington establishment? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and all of the rest of that crew. True that if President Trump was around then he would be General Cornwallis, but that is besides the point. The only people that fit in to the corrupt Washington DC political cesspool are other turds. Hitler, Stalin, Ahab (the Biblical one, not the captain), they would all be good fits and of course nothing would get better, it would only get worse, though not for them.

    The gun confiscation verses gun holders argument will not only never be resolved unless they go door to door and kill all of those that refuse to comply and even then the problems will not disappear. The real problem that we have in America is that teenage and young men have somehow become so angry, so demented, so violent, so out of control and so insensitive that dealing out death indiscriminately is now the new rage. If the anti-gun people were to adopt an approach that encompassed the idea of addressing this issue as well addressing the promotion of violence for profit as a culture instead of simply gun grabbing, they might be able to make some headway. Systems that are in place to ensure that weapons are not sold to people that should not own them are not even acceptable, much less good. Nothing will ever get fixed as long as the lazy ass gun grabbers and the Molon Labe gun grippers cannot come together and come up with a detailed, comprehensive plan that address ALL of the causes of this problem.

    The lines are being drawn by chronically lazy and stupid humans that spew that all that has to be done is to outlaw weapons and let somebody else do the work. This is a societal problem and as long as so many American children are raised by daycare workers, babysitters, nannies, and Summer Camp volunteers while playing Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, this problem is going to grow, regardless of stinking laws. These “laws” are already in place against the sale, purchase and use of heroin aren’t they and how’s that going? We have three ODs per day at our local ER here in Hunterdon County, populated by those same young, stupid kids.

    As George C Scott once screamed from the hospital window….”We cure NOTHING. We heal NOTHING!” There’s your future, change or embrace it, your choice.

    • elysianfield February 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

      “The real problem that we have in America is that teenage and young men have somehow become so angry, so demented, so violent, so out of control and so insensitive that dealing out death indiscriminately is now the new rage.”

      Walter,
      Couple that with a failed system of education, lack of patriotic nationalism aided by the lack of a national draft, and a cultural life centered around a cell-phone, I feel we have lost 3 generations of citizens.

      If you were anointed “king”, and changed every issue we have for the better…how long before anything of substance could be changed? When we were in our 20’s, and our institutions appeared stable and rational, we struggled with the counter-culture…hippies and losers. Five decades later, these bastards are running the country, and to what effect?

      As BRH has said (but not lately)…”How do you like it now, Gentlemen?”

    • beantownbill. February 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

      Walter, this is a very insightful post. The issues ARE societal-based, and in themselves are red herrings. We really need to analyze WHY things are the way they are, not react to problems as they arise.

      As I’ve posted many times before, we are in a period of great change. The ground beneath our feet is no longer stable. As soon as one thing pops up, a new concern arises. No wonder we are so messed up; we are suffering from a bad case of culture shock, as Alvin Toffler wrote back in the 1970’s. Modern life has become so insecure that I almost wish for a return of the ’50’s, when our main worry was a surprise nuclear attack by the Soviets; now, that’s just one of many concerns.

      I read your posts regularly, believe it or not, and you are eminently reasonable and clear-thinking. But I noticed a period where you appeared depressed about the country and the world.

      I don’t give advice because freely offered advice is worth what it costs to give it. I can only state what works for me. I burnt out around new year’s. What I do when that happens is to get my ass out of town. I just came back from 3 weeks in Florida, and now I’m ready to roll. I don’t know if you have the ability to do so, but the quality of your life is directly dependent on good mental, physical and emotional health – and taking a break is a good way to rejuvenate yourself.

      • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

        Bless you bb, I appreciate your kindness. You are absolutely right about it getting to me from time to time. Occasionally I do head out and chill out and it is great advice. But what is even better and goes a lot farther to fanning the fire within me is when good people like you and so many others send kind thoughts and encouragement to me – it is priceless. thank you! I do not get much here in my Township from the distracted, overextended constituency, but it would be folly to expect any. That is one of the things that makes you all so special and which reminds me always why I love Jim’s Place. Thank you again friend.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

          Tell them about the Hasidic takeovers in New Jersey. Q’s town may be next.

          • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

            You mean like Lakewood, oy vey! Yes indeed. I have dealt with every sect of Jew in my days and in their offices in Manhattan at that. Every one of them that I encountered were far better and wiser businessmen than I but they all dealt with and treated me very well. The Sephardic Jews even treated me like family. But the Hasidim were another story. Even the Israelis had harsh words for them. They are the perfect example of not being able to serve two masters IMHO.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

            Yes, they groom promising Gentile men. Alex Jones got divorced from one and then married his Jewish masseuse. I assume they were fooling around and she find out. In any case, They gut him.

          • Q. Shtik February 27, 2018 at 12:12 am #

            Speaking of Lakewood………. last Wednesday it was 82 degrees out. I now take advantage of every reasonably warm day to make a practice run on my Suzuki Burgman motor scooter in preparation for the trip I’m planning for this summer to head up into Canada. So Wed. I put on 128 miles. I went down Rt 9 through Lakewood (a route I had traveled a hundred times when my in-laws were still alive and lived in Toms River) and, as always ,the Jews were out in force scurrying about in their black suits, black wide-brimmed hats, tassels fluttering out from under their suit coats.

            I will speculate there are more Jews per square foot in Lakewood and its environs than there are in Jerusalem. Their scurrying is quick and purposeful. God only knows what they are up to. The righthand lane was completely torn up for repairs which caused a huge traffic tie up for a mile or two. Eventually I escaped out the other side of Lakewood and made it down to Toms River and on to Island Beach State Park just south of Seaside Park (site of that classy show ‘Jersey Shore’). My return trip was via the Garden State Parkway where I averaged 75 mph with a few bursts above 85. In general I noticed everything everywhere seemed more run down than I recalled from a dozen years ago… the stores the roadways. When you hit a pothole or a frost heave on a motor scooter it is bone jarring and could knock your teeth out. Scooter wheels/tires are smaller than motor CYCLE tires.

            At any rate Lakewood is one of the heaviest Jewish communities you will ever find.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

            Scurrying? Oh Q, from one Wordsmith to another, Well Done! The Police are coming for you even now. Quick, get on the Bike (or is it just a scooter?), and make a run for the border.

    • Robert White February 27, 2018 at 12:09 am #

      As one educated in Experimental Psychology the gun culture in America has been modelled via American gun culture displayed in film, news, and society, for centuries. American gun ownership is endemic to that culture, and controlling the proliferation is impossible because guns sell in America and as long as they are sold people will buy them. Government models the behaviour by military, and the ratepayers of America all get on board with the right to bear arms. The state models the behaviour and so does the citizenry. Eliminating guns or gun culture is futile. Modelling appropriate behaviour is not. The USA government has adopted bad behaviour with guns, and the population has followed suit because the state modelled that behaviour first.

      All behaviour is learned behaviour, and as such it can be unlearned. Learning Theory Albert Bandura

      RW

      • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 7:52 am #

        Excellent! Although, the learning in curve in America is nearly vertical these days. Gun culture, quite the opposite of standing in opposition to government violence, actually embraces and personalizes it (organized militia and all that shit). The two concepts are synergistic and mutually reinforcing.

      • Walter B February 27, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

        Speaking of learned behavior and the “entertainment” business having “no effect” on what people do, I ask you all to recall how many of our Fathers and Mothers smoked cigarettes because every single Hollywood actor and actress did? No effect, I call bullshit!

    • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

      yes walter yes. banning assault weapons will not stop mass shootings – it will just lower the kill counts. i think u hit the nail on the head

  10. JohnAZ February 26, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    The tenet of the Federal Government is in a word, failing. Washington DC is about to fail as a normalizing, regulating institution. Both sides are at fault! If the Dems win, California and Venezuela. If the GOP wins, income inequality will shut down the economy. Either way, collapse occurs. So what to do? First attempt, get a businessman to attempt to establish order and figure out some solutions. Is it too late, maybe! If the Golden Golem does not help, the next attempt will be ???. Summarizing Trump so far, he has removed a lot of the impediments stifling entrepenuership. Will this help? We shall see.

    • Walter B February 26, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      You are right John, the System has failed and it is very important that the word go out that choosing another sellout idiot of any color will change nothing. Many problems arise once this is realized and accepted and they are all big ones.

      Will they hold a Constitutional Convention and try to “reform” the System? Surely they are incompetent and incapable of that. They could only screw it up much, much worse.

      Another problem is that there is so much money and therefore so much power in place now that gridlock is exactly what they want and can probably see to it that it stays that way.

      Putting any number of decent, honest people in there if they could even be found is useless. Oh wait, perhaps they might try AI of some sorts, no? DAMN now THAT is the stuff of nightmares.

      In the end we are back to collapse and if you ask me, it is the slow, mind crushing dragged out torment kind of torture that takes many lifetimes to degrade until in the end who even could dream of how pathetic it will be. I wish I had a glass that was full, but alas, they have all been drained.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

        As one Gun Rights Advocate says, the CC means War War. Sanity would mean a peaceful separation into a number of Americas – not just Red and Blue. The minorities can have no part of a Traditional America. That’s simply axiomatic. They aren’t Americans – as the Founders knew very well. A nation is not just soil, but blood as well. Culture comes from that to a large extent.

        • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 7:46 am #

          That creates a small problem, don’t ya think? Seeing as white Europeans aren’t native Americans at all. I know the Mexicans and assorted Hispanic groups would be happy as hell to oblige you and your plan and wave us goodbye as we left. The rain of bullets, rocks, bottles, and assorted bric-a-brac on our backsides as we left would be a fitting tribute.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

            Traitor Scratchy! We created this nation and are thus, the Native Americans. They Indians were just living here. We conquered them and took the Land for our Race, Nation, and God.

            Exactly as the Mexicans did in Mexico. But in their haste and lust for gold, they forget to bring their women. So they bedded the indigenous maidens and created the Mestizo, the curse of Mexico. And it has made all the difference….

          • Q. Shtik February 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

            And it has made all the difference….

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

            Robert Frost

  11. bukowskisghost February 26, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    At this stage of the US civil war it seems like the old entrenched nazis are being challenged by the young brown shirts.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      The Founding Father were Nazis too, right? Any White who believes in self determination in other words.

  12. volodya February 26, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    And no, JHK isn’t alone in wondering why the massive and massively expensive apparatus of state security is being deployed for the prosecution of nobodies. It’s like using missiles to kill rabbits.

    But that’s the point isn’t it? All the accompanying pyrotechnics – like the boom, boom, boom of detonating missiles – the breathless TV reportage of the latest “bombshell” indictment serves to distract from the fact that they aren’t going after the really big targets, the biggest malefactors.

    If the aim is to bring down Trump, who with his rhetoric stirred up discontent among the unwashed, the other side of the coin is to protect the anointed, those who by word and deed show themselves to be the true and faithful servants of the Davos Club.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

      Man for man, the Irish gang, The Dead Rabbits, were among the toughest men ever to walk these shores.

  13. PeteAtomic February 26, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    On government radio yesterday afternoon they had a fella on there that was saying that everything was “much better” than it used to be. The country isn’t as violent, people have more money, and “discrimination and the climate” are getting better. He was kinda vague on those, but he repeated that a couple of times, at least.

    So, there it is guys. The government radio guy said everything was better, so what’s everybody worried about? 🙂

    • AKlein February 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

      I’m liking your use of the term “government radio guy”! It conjures up the kind of profundity only previously found in the phase “as seen on TV”.

  14. Newton Finn February 26, 2018 at 11:57 am #

    About as level-headed and insightful a piece of political and social commentary as I’ve read in quite a while. Thank you, JHK. As an ageing boomer, I recently read a book about the late 50s to early 70s, a time period in which the author contended a mini-renaissance, rather than a revolution, occurred in the U.S., Britain, France, and Italy. The author, Arthur Marwick, further contended in “The Sixties,” that one of the principal factors which allowed a youth-driven shift in values and behavior to take place with minimal violence was the “measured judgment” of many of the adults in leadership positions during this era. Educated in the humanities, these adult leaders were often, but not always, able to respond to youthful rebellion without unduly increasing the tension and violence that always bubbles beneath the surface of social change. The absence of such leadership, able to exercise measured judgment with regard to the hotbutton issues of our time, does not bode well.

    • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

      Things always look better in the rear view mirror. Especially when we were too young at the time to know all the shit that was actually going on behind the scenes.

      • Newton Finn February 28, 2018 at 7:11 am #

        Marwick (1936-2006) is well-recognized as having been a meticulous and perceptive historian. As for being too young to know all the shit that went down in the 60s and early 70s, I grew up in the 50s and was in my late teens and early twenties when the shit really hit the fan. I lived what Marwick was writing about, and IMHO he captured certain aspects of this era quite well, including his noting the “measured judgment” on the part of many, but certainly not all, of the institutional leaders who were forced to respond to the social justice movements and the counterculture.

  15. janet February 26, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

    Jim, today you used the title “And Now the Schiff Memo” and then you said absolutely nothing about the memo, a 10-page point by point reply.

    The memo constitutes just the kind of reasoned response you claim is lacking from Trump’s Dem/Prog political opposition.

    Did you even read the Schiff memo? In case anyone is interested in reading the actual memo: cnn.com/2018/02/24/politics/read-democratic-memo/index.html

    • James Howard Kunstler February 26, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      Ys, L’il Janet, I read the memo, and concluded that it was deeply dishonest. –JHK

      • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

        JHK

        Did you think the Nunes memo was “straight reporting?”

        JD

      • Elrond Hubbard February 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

        In case anyone is under the impression that Mr. Schiff is immune to the Washington, D.C. swamp, caught this on Twitter today:

        twitter.com/historyinflicks/status/968686878764486657

        “Raytheon PAC cordially invites you to join Congressman Adam Schiff for a concert featuring Beyoncé. Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 8:00 PM. Suggested Contribution: 1 ticket = $2,500, 2 tickets = $4,000.

        More details at this link. Click this one to find out who Rep. Schiff’s long-term owners are.

        But don’t worry — everyone’s a winner. Lest I be accused of partisanship, find out who Rep. Nunes is actually serving by clicking here. Hint: It’s not American taxpayers.

        The more you know.

    • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

      A bit redundant with the word ‘memo’, there, L’il J-Bot. Might wanna tell your programmers to give that a look! Love and kisses!

  16. mow February 26, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Will someone please empty a bucket of horse manure on top of Rachel Madcows’ head ?

    On live tv of course.

    I will laugh and laugh and laugh.

    • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      M

      Sure, NP, but only if we can get a huge heaping bucket on Sean Hannity’s pin head live on the idiot box.

      Can we also do a bucket of Right Wing Hogwash too, please? Now that would be amusing; that would be true entertainment! The look on his smug face! Wow!!!

      JD

      • volodya February 26, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

        While we’re at it, can we dump some on the Sunday morning talk shows. Oh, and Judy Woodruff.

        I saw a few episodes of a talk show on PBS from the University of Virginia. American Forum or some-such. Compared to the unadulterated crap we normally see, this show was a model of um I dunno, “rationality” might be the right word. No buckets of shit for American Forum.

  17. AKlein February 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    The journey on the way to becoming an empire is a whole lot more fun the the journey away from it and into irrelevance or oblivion. Our primary objective now should not be to alter that course (i.e. the path to irrelevance) but rather to traverse it safely. This means avoiding a nuclear holocaust. We have a lot of people in positions of power who are very much used to having their own way. They will not take kindly to the emerging recognition that they and their “wants” are quite irrelevant. Having their fingers on the trigger of a huge nuclear arsenal is certainly a way they can demonstrate their continued relevance. We should not forget that.

    • marcus1 February 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      You bring up a significant point that differentiates this empire from previous ones. We have the power to destroy the whole f’ing world. The US is like the crazy husband/father that can wipe out the family in on felled swoop, and the rest of the family is on edge trying not to upset him.

      This is why we have financial leverage, “Hey China, Japan, Britain, Euro-zone, we want you to wipe say $10 trillion dollar equivalents off your books, next Monday, when we plan to do the same.”

    • ozone February 26, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      “Our primary objective now should not be to alter that course (i.e. the path to irrelevance) but rather to traverse it safely.”

      AKlein,
      Now *that’s* what I call a rational response to the looming predicaments and inevitable contractions. (And yes, I do worry as to our ‘leaders’ reactions to their blossoming irrelevance, because we can certainly see by their rhetoric and agendas that they are not rational. Tangential to this, it’s apparent that our methodology of selecting who our “choices” are going to be is seriously corrupt and not in the best interest of the confused and dumbed-down constituency.)

      • ozone February 26, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

        As per usual, if we wish to find where the blockage of getting anything meaningful done happens to be…… follow the money – the Big money.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

      Yes, that’s a different. Spengler’s Law that Civilizations rise on hob nailed boots and descend in silken slippers still holds true, as witness Lindsay Graham. But high tech is the wild card and The Bomb is the wildest card of all.

      • elysianfield February 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

        ” But high tech is the wild card and The Bomb is the wildest card of all.”

        Janos, there are no wild cards, if you mean situations that would alter Spengler’s metric. His issue had nothing to do with technology, or weapons, but rather the will to succeed and the clear headed vision to do so.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 11:39 pm #

          Maybe not, but as Marcus said, we are in uncharted territory. No matter how frail or wizened the hand, it is strong enough to press the button.

  18. amb February 26, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    I disagree. There won’t be any “systemic financial failure” (this doom and gloom nonsense has been going on for almost a decade and all the “chicken littles” who have been espousing this viewpoint have zero credibility with me.) We will continue on. Trump isn’t the oaf that JHK is profiling. He’s doing more than any of our earlier establishment-based presidents have done (adhering more to The Constitution, Bill of RIghts, etc.) (Gov isn’t a business, yet, a businessman’s viewpoint is a fresh and valuable perspective to add to the mix of a president’s modus operandi.)

    Our government system isn’t near a true workability. We’d be closer if it hadn’t been perverted over the centuries. It contains a lot of corruption. Our foreign policy sucks, etc. etc. etc. Yet, a President is very much a figure-head and can only do so much.

    The people need to rise up (fat chance of that) clean out and fully reform Congress, judicial branch, SCOTUS, law enforcement, intelligence community, and reduce the size of government and resume state rights and local control, etc. etc. if there is any hope of a workable government.

    This won’t happen, so we’ll be on a slow boat to China until this current system collapses and loses all credibility (and this will take decades and decades to occur). We’ll have business cycles, recessions, depressions, inflation, etc. etc. but we’ll continue to bungle and blunder along.

    That’s my two cents.

    • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

      Trump isn’t really a businessman. He’s a marketer, a brander. I suppose relative to the overwhelming number of lawyers in public office he comes from the business world but calling him a businessman is being generous. Being born to tons of real estate does not make you a businessman.
      I agree completely that the change that we need can only come from the bottom up, most likely in the form of a revolution but as you said, fat chance. Were fucked, how quickly were going to be totally fucked as in second dark ages fucked remains to be seen. Rome was on the decline for centuries when it finally fell. The mongols fell much, much quicker. The British quicker still and the soviets even faster than them so perhaps the pace of collapse has been quickening over the centuries and we will fall as fast as our technology currently advances.

  19. FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    Trump is fighting like a lion, on too many fronts at the same time.

    Federal law enforcement organs and so-called intelligence community are sabotaging his orders, and now it appears that certain portion of US military is taking orders not from General Mattis, but from Hillary’s Flying Monkeys.

    Recent attack in Syria under Khusham that killed substantial numbers of Russian soldiers involved US strategic military assets, such as B-52 bombers, and heavy multiple-rocket launchers, cannot be viewed as anything but an attempt to provoke a Nuclear War with Russia, and you should agree it goes far beyond any empty speculations about Russian hackers interference with the Jeffersonian Democracy that goes 24 X 7 on cable networks.

    During a joint interview with the Prime Minister of Australia in response to a question about the suburb of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta, where Russian Air Force destroys ISIS, supported by Hillary, and, according to Mossad’s Debka File, several dozens of the Flying Monkeys (the payback for Khusham?), he responded in the sense that the humanitarian consequences of Assad’s and Russia’s crimes in Syria are of course horrible, but American soldiers there are strictly to fight ISIS, and the support and rescue of the “moderate opposition” (aka ISIS supported by Hillary) is not included in the US Army task.

    youtube.com/watch?v=1mq0tqqru3A

  20. Biggvs_Richardvs February 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

    “…..and whether we will continue to allow the sale of tactical military rifles to the general public.”

    Except we don’t. No military in the world uses the AR-15. It’s a .223 caliber semi-auto rifle, no different in function from many others that would be identified by most as a simple hunting rifle except that it LOOKS like something the military woulds use.

    The vast majority of gun deaths are by pistol, and are suicides. I would be in favor of additional checks/restrictions on high capacity magazines, but the way the AR-15 operates really is no different than many hunting rifles – it just loos like something from a video game or hollywood movie so these idiot jagoffs use it because they think it looks cool.

    Functionally it’s nothing special.

    • ozone February 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

      Biggvs,
      Having fired one, I don’t see them as being a huge improvement over a good lever or bolt action center fire, and those have been around for a loooong time.

      There is one advantage. The spring dampening of the recoil and the semi-auto function allows for a rapid re-acquisition of the target to be fired upon. That’s somewhat uncanny when coupled with a laser dot sight. As a friend of mine said, it’s just a bit too easy to be “sporting”.

    • stelmosfire February 26, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

      Exactly BR, Deadliest school shooting Virginia Tech 32 dead, weapons , a Glock 9 mm pistol and a Walther .22 pistol, Charles whitman killed 17 in Austin with a Remington 700 bolt action 6mm rifle. Both killers with mental issues no AR-15 required, also the Columbine killings , no AR-15 but web postings about killing and making bombs. Guns kinda just sit there until someone seeks to create evil. Also don’t forget the 1927 Bath School bombing no gun needed.

    • thenuttyneutron February 26, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

      Agreed! The AR-15 is not a military rifle and should not be considered an assault rifle. It looks similar to the M-16 or M-4 but the AR-15 operates with a semi-auto trigger and select fire capability is a requirement to call a rifle an assault rifle. I know from experience that a well trained person can empty a 30 round magazine fairly accurately in under 10 seconds simply by pulling the trigger only enough to drop the hammer and release it only enough to get the trigger reset. How in the hell are you going to regulate the speed of a shooter if they are using standard setups and have practiced many many times to get the fastest trigger work possible?

      The best thing about the AR-15 is that it is modular and can be configured to shoot many different calibers. You can use the same magazines for both the 300 AAC, 5.56×45 NATO, and 450 Bushmaster.

      Why bring this up? The AR-15 can be used for recreation sporting uses or serious self defense work. Some states have regulations on the ammo that you are allowed to use while hunting. You can’t hunt deer with a 5.56×45 in many places but you can with a 300 AAC or a Bush Master 450 (.452″ caliber round). Some places dont allow the use of calibers that have a shoulder in the case and that eliminates most calibers.

      The AR-15 can be configured to shoot the caliber that you need. I don’t get why anyone would use the common varmint .224 caliber cartridge for home defense. You would be better off with a slower moving heavy slug which means that a .45 ACP AR-15 carbine or a 300 aac loaded with 225 grain bullets will be the best option for making 1 round incapacitating hits.

      There are even dedicated .22 LR uppers that operate by a simple blow back operation. This caliber is especially good for new shooters to use to help in avoiding the dreaded flinch reflex.

      I can’t think of any rifle other than the AR-15 that allows the user to swap to a different caliber on the fly simply by pushing out the pins, and swapping the uppers out.

    • marcus1 February 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Bullshit! The AR-15 was designed as a military round and still is the standard round for the standard issue M-16 for the Army and Marine Corps. 5.56 mm (M-16 rifle, M-249 SAW)

      Any well trained military person would tell you the gun is a lot more lethal as an aimed semi-automatic weapon then laying down a covering field of fire with a machine gun.

      Propagandists both, you and the Nutty one below.

      • Q. Shtik February 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

        than

      • thenuttyneutron March 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

        Ok, I will have to school you too. The AR-15 is not a military round. It is a rifle/carbine. The .223 Remington was released to the public in 1963 for use with the Remington Model 760 pump action rifle. This rifle was innovative because it allowed people to shoot powerful cartridges while having the speed of a lever action. Lever action guns have limits on the amount of power they can handle that are a lot easier to get around with a rotating and locking bolt. The .223 Remington was developed to be a varmint round.

        The US military adopted the .223 rifle for their new M-16 rifle in 1964. This is why the original A1 models had a long 20″ barrel with a 1 in 12 twist rate. This slower rifling rate is what made the bullets so nasty. They were on the knifes edge for being stable in air. When they entered a denser medium like flesh, they tore them selves apart by tumbling. Later testing in cold arctic conditions revealed the problems of unstable and inaccurate bullets in cold dense air. This is why they increased the rifling rate. The increased rifling rate also allowed them to move into heavier bullets than the standard 55 grain .223 Remington.

        The 5.56×45 NATO was developed from the civilian .223 Remington. It can use 55 grain bullets or a heavier 62 grain bullet. The 5.56×45 NATO operates at higher pressures than the .223 Remington. You can easily identify a standard M855 round by looking at the case head. It will have a + NATO stamp and the bullet will have a green tip. You can buy these in bulk. The Lake City, MO made stuff is commonly used by both civilians and the military.

        The fact that the M-16, M4, and M-249 use the 5.56×45 NATO does not change the fact that the .223 Remington was originally a civilian round developed to be used in a pump action rifle. You will see many “military” calibers were originally developed for civilian use and then adopted by the military.

        I don’t understand your statement about “more lethal” in regards to automatic fire or semi-auto fire. They are going to be the same round for round with each hit. The only difference here is that automatic fire is less precise than carefully aimed semi-auto fire. You are going to have a much higher hit efficiency with semi-auto vs auto. If the person shooting the rifle is well trained, they will shoot in bursts while using a sling to maintain a natural point of aim. In this case, there is no way a semi-auto will score more hits on the target per a unit of time.

  21. Tate February 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    It looks like DACA is still alive after the Supreme Court declined to overturn the lower court ruling. When are we going to elect a legislature with the gonads to uproot these kritarchs?

  22. venuspluto67 February 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    Well, it appears that Bernie Sanders is pushing the “Cold War 2.0” narrative along with the rest of them. Okay, now I feel like I threw away the money I donated to him in 2016!

    • Eoin February 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

      “Bernie, Bernie, my poor Bernie” – Trump during campaign.

      Poor Bernie, indeed.
      The man who is arguably supposed to be POTUS shows us his true mental state. He sold it all for a house on Lake Champlain , and the fucker doesn’t even face west toward the view of the Adirondacks ; guess that 600K isn’t what it used to be.
      What a sad sack he has become! I unsubscribed him six months ago.
      That said, what the hell do we do this fall, and in 2020? None of ’em , on either side , are worth a shit.

    • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

      Does it surprise you?

      • venuspluto67 February 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

        At this point, not really, no.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

      A hardcore Zionist to boot from what I’ve heard. You need to stop leading with your heart.

  23. FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Russia deploys 5th generation Fighter Jets SU-57 in Syria

    thedrive.com/the-war-zone/18773/satellite-imagery-confirms-russia-deployed-stealthy-su-57-fighters-t…

    A bit too much fire power for guys with AK-47 on Toyota trucks, don’t you think?

    cdn5.img.ria.ru/images/150982/71/1509827155.jpg

    • akmofo February 26, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

      Turkey has lots more than akmofos. Erdogan is a maniac, but Turkey in general is now a real problem. Turkey has crossed the line one too many times by threatening others. Just imagine if you worked at the CIA/KGB/Mossad what would you dream up for Turkey.

  24. Tate February 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    Term limits would separate the men from the boyz n gurlz. Then they couldn’t hide behind the skirts/robes of the kritarchs.

  25. bukowskisghost February 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    What doesn’t everybody not get? This IS social media. There are NO conversations. It’s no different than texting and e mails. I’ll state my proclamation and you state yours and then we will play our walkie talkie bullshit thinking it’s a valid conversation… give me a break! It’s too nice outside today to look into an electronic screen. See ya…

    • akmofo February 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

      Excellent observation. Wait for me.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

      See ya. Wouldn’t want to be ya.

  26. amb February 26, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    Term limits DEFINITELY needed in SCOTUS and Congress. And, all lobbyist groups need to be kicked out of DC. No more of their self-interests and influence of gov representatives!

    Our government has become a pathetic and degraded entity. The whole system is an embarrassment.

  27. Tate February 26, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    Plenty of us were talking but our “betters” weren’t listening. So we elected a clown. Now are ya listenin’?
    Ho-hum. Wake me up when the revolution starts, willya? “I like to watch.”

  28. tucsonspur February 26, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    “Here’s an absolutely fascinating look at an AI scenario by Max Tegmark of MIT:

    The Last Invention of Man”

    Does it take us to the Omega Point?

    youtube.com/watch?v=YoaZBHUOXto

    Tegmark also did “Our Mathematical Universe”, which is fairly accessible.

    • Ol' Scratch February 26, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      The article was excerpted from this book:

      Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

      Don’t know how it eventually turns out, but it sounds something like that. He’s obviously an optimist about AI.

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

        Nick O Demus,

        Read the book…he ain’t….

        • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 7:38 am #

          Surprising. Got too many books in the queue right now, but I’ll get to it eventually.

          • elysianfield February 27, 2018 at 10:44 am #

            Nick O Demus
            I stand corrected…I misread your last post and was under the impression you were referring to the book mentioned earlier…”The Last Invention”….I have not read the book…”Being Human….”

          • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 10:53 am #

            The “Last Invention…” is an excerpt from “Being Human…”

          • elysianfield February 28, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

            amazon.com/Our-Final-Invention-Artificial-Intelligence/dp/0312622376#reader_0312622376

            The Last Invention…Our Final Invention…. Pardon me, as I am old, and confused.

    • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 7:39 am #

      By the way, the Omega Point video sounded absolutely ridiculous. Nothing but naïve projection. The universe is a literal computing network… yeah right.

  29. tucsonspur February 26, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    We must make the best of what we have, the best of Trump. Many of his efforts have been unfortunately stymied by the courts. His environmental policies though, should be.

    What’s wrong with protecting our borders and having immigration policies that enhance our nation, rather than turning it into that third world shithole the Democrats have been creating?

    Initially, he said he would support changing the age limit on ARs to 21. I hope he maintains that position. It’s a start.

    Reagan had to eventually raise taxes as did Bill Clinton, after lowering them.. And Bush Sr. couldn’t read his own lips, also raising taxes. W cut taxes and Obama extended those cuts, before raising taxes on the rich. Can anyone prove that in this case Trump doesn’t believe his tax cuts will also help the nation as it will the rich?

    A lot of the “resistance” comes from minority groups and white liberals (yes, and some repubs) tied to those groups, who show little or no real patriotism, and no realistic conception of what makes a country great. Diversity does they exclaim, refusing to see its stifling, debilitating effect.

    I’ll take Trump’s oafish style of patriotism over Obama’s pseudo-polished style any time. So Trump’s an obvious con man. Better to see him outright, than have one hiding “in the woodpile” like Obama.
    And it very well may be Obama who’s mainly responsible for the on going mess of investigations we have now.

    The Dems and their corruption have been exposed, in large part because of Trump. No one likes to look at ugly. Are we repulsed all the more because Trump has shown us the hideous, in the Dems?

    MAGA not MAKA.

    • jdhines February 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      TS

      President Donald Trump said Monday he would have stormed into the Florida high school to stop the gunman perpetrating the nation’s latest mass shooting “even if I didn’t have a weapon” as he lambasted the inaction of a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school.

      “You don’t know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that too.”

      Looks like those bone spurs have healed-up pretty well! They were really bad during Nam… and what about that “sissy, loser” McCain? He only lasted what, five years in the Hanoi Hilton. What a panty waist! He should have been a real man like Donny T!

      He’s all yours if you want him TS, all yours!

      JD

      • tucsonspur February 26, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

        It was him or Hillary. I will carry the cross. Bear any burden, to avoid the soiled buttocks of Bastinda and the weight of her lies and deceit.

        Obama was good at war. War on the cops. And a soldier of Saul. See here:

        politico.com/story/2016/07/obama-war-on-cops-police-advocacy-group-225291

        A real soulja, a hoop shootin’ shyster of a soulja.

        Whether Trump would have gone in or not is all conjectural. He would have been better off not saying it, however.

        MAGA not MAKA and DACA is CACA

      • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

        McCain? Also known as Traitor Johnny? He sang like a canary in North Vietnam according to many.

  30. FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    The media is clearly aware of something, and this something that causes their inner voice to demand a reduction in the intensity of anti-Trump rhetoric.

    And this time it’s not just a reduction in the heat – the anti-Tramp propaganda has clearly lost the real-time inner unity, as if Bastinda stopped giving valuable instructions, which suggests that the problem of Hillary after the shooting of Russian citizens in the Khusham trap in Syria has found its final solution.

    Did they just run out of their combat heavy-duty diapers?

    CNN raises a white flag – plasters a gigantic banner of rising DOW over their date-time screens – just like a few weeks ago they plastered a banner with a falling DOW over the Trump speech in Cincinnati.

    They even found a few good words to say about Putin:

    Russian President orders humanitarian corridor in Syria to prevent casualties

    edition.cnn.com/2018/02/26/middleeast/syria-ceasefire-violation-ghouta-intl/index.html

    ‘The View’ Savages The Clintons: Bill ‘Abusive’ To Women, Hillary A ‘Virus’ To Democrats

    dailycaller.com/2018/02/26/the-view-criticizes-bill-hillary-clinton/

    Both the Pentagon and the Russian government are deemphasizing the Feb. 7 incident because a wider conflict that is spiraling out of control does not benefit anyone.

    yahoo.com/news/u-military-battle-possible-russian-010500172.html

    • tucsonspur February 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

      “Did they just run out of their combat heavy-duty diapers?”

      Yes, it is not one size fits all. Although usually hidden from view, the broad buttocks of Bastinda risk being exposed even now and in 2020, and the mess and stink of diarrheic depravity is worse than that of the death filled trenches of WW1.

      They’re all running from the stinking pile, holding their noses and looking backwards, as if the foul pile of shit was about to rise up and give chase.

  31. GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

    theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/26/gun-control-laws-nra-congress-return-recess

    “Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of an armed sheriff’s deputy who failed to enter a high school in Parkland, Florida, during a mass shooting this month, saying he would have run into the building even if he did not possess a weapon.”

    OK, so who believes G3, who called shagging around in his 20s and skilfully avoiding sexually transmitted infections his ‘personal Vietnam’?

    Pass the sick bucket.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 26, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

      GA, guns don’t kill people, Hillary does.

      • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

        Sorry, Finca, I don’t see how your comment relates to my point.

        I doubt you’ll find anything in any post I’ve ever written that claims to admire either Clinton.

    • tucsonspur February 26, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

      Who knows for sure, but if he did he would surely deserve the title, “Gargantuan Gonads of Gotham”.

      I kinda doubt it though. But a lot of Noo Yawkers are not only abrasive, but also impetuous. Some call him reckless. That could do it.

    • elysianfield February 26, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

      “G3,”

      Nice

      • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

        Well, if JHK can extend his alliterative moniker a bit further, maybe we can get to G8, then he can have a summit all to himself. Peak Trump.

  32. Pucker February 26, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

    What do you find most frustrating about American women?

    For me, it’s the general lack of femininity. I don’t find masculine women attractive.

    • tucsonspur February 26, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

      How about this one. I liked her in “Boardwalk Empire”. Do you think she’s too masculine?

      youtube.com/watch?v=9omFKIY0sSE

    • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, P. Maybe there’s something in the water, like in Flint, Michigan.

      • BackRowHeckler February 26, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

        Flint, Michigan, where the esteemed residents didn’t think they had to pay their water bill and were surprised when the system went to hell.

        Similarly, Cape Town, South Africa is having water problems too. There has been no maintenance on the resevoir system since 1992; apparently, the natives took free water for granted and thought the system would maintain itself. Indeed, the entire infrastructure of SA is crumbling due to lack of investment and maintenance and soon the country will be sinking to the levels of Angola, Zimbabwe, and the Congo. Israel stepped up and offered to repair the system and restore water service, for free. After all, Israelis, like the Mormons in Utah, have made to desert bloom. For their efforts they were told to go to hell, what’s more, to back the Palestinian cause, SA announced they are cutting off diplomatic and economic relations with Tel Aviv.

        S Africa has also announced the resumption of expropiation of white owned farms, without compensation. Safe to say there is not much future for Boers in the Former SA Republic.

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

          And remember how they thought a Black run South Africa was going to be an Inter-racial paradise – BECAUSE it was Black run? A Wakanda with a residual White problem!

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 7:39 am #

            You disappoint me, Janos. I was waiting for you to endorse BRH’s praise for ‘the Jews’ in Israel. Go on, you know you can do it…

          • stelmosfire February 27, 2018 at 11:26 am #

            And then of course you have this going on in SA. Genocide of the people that supply their food, really bright but not surprising when you know who is running the country. Who needs water when you don’t have food anyway.
            youtube.com/watch?v=WCLJRVbaMyQ

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 8:05 am #

          Thanks for the info. on Cape Town, brh.

          National Geographic adds a bit more information:

          “Over the last 20 years, the city recognized some of the increased threat. It made strides in reducing water use from its six major reservoirs, which hold up to 230 billion gallons of water. Per capita consumption declined, the city reduced leaks, it forced large users to pay more, and generally promoted water efficiency…”

          *Cape Town won several international water management awards. It even tries to shame top water users by publishing their names.*

          “But officials also made an increasingly common mistake: They assumed future rainfall patterns would resemble the past, or at least not change too quickly.”

          And they’re not alone in that last one, are they? But you’re right – they didn’t do enough and quickly enough, given the rise in population and the effects of climate change. And they were extremely foolish to turn down the offer of help from Israel. I wonder if Janos would, on principle.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 8:10 am #

          A different perspective on Flint:

          “When Governor Snyder took office in 2011, one of the first things he did was to get a multi-billion dollar tax break passed by the Republican legislature for the wealthy and for corporations. But with less tax revenues, that meant he had to start cutting costs. So, many things – schools, pensions, welfare, safe drinking water – were slashed.

          “Then he invoked an executive privilege to take over cities (all of them majority black) by firing the mayors and city councils whom the local people had elected, and installing his cronies to act as “dictators” over these cities. Their mission? Cut services to save money so he could give the rich even more breaks.

          “That’s where the idea of switching Flint to river water came from. To save $15 million! It was easy. Suspend democracy. Cut taxes for the rich. Make the poor drink toxic river water. And everybody’s happy.

          “Except those who were poisoned in the process. All 102,000 of them. In the richest country in the world.”

          From a Flint resident you presumably don’t have much time for.

          kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/now-schiff-memo/#comment-340530

        • stelmosfire February 27, 2018 at 11:30 am #

          Hey BRH. Did you see what the Flint Police Chief said to the water Commissioner?. “What the heck do you think your doing? My boys are supposed to put the lead in the n####s.” I know poor taste but a black comedian told it so I guess it is OK.

          • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

            lol

        • stelmosfire February 27, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

          Forget SA, just look south to Mexico City. It’s no wonder they want into the USA.
          buzzfeed.com/karlazabludovsky/parts-of-mexico-city-have-already-run-dry?utm_term=.bgqpbOZbN#.ux07G3X…

  33. JohnAZ February 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    The Left wants all people to be good little comrades, ready to follow the elitist intelligentsia down the government control path. I consider this to be the most repugnant aspect of the socialist agenda. #metoo wants to emasculate the country and eliminate the traditional roles of men and women to create their effeminized citizens for government elite to control. The lack of social etiquette between the sexes, heck, between all people is raising the anxiety levels of everyone. No wonder so many people are using drugs to dull the pain!

    Rome did the same stuff!

  34. BackRowHeckler February 26, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

    All things considered, I’ve concluded President Trump isn’t going anywhere; he’ll serve out the 3 years left of his term in office, and possibly 4 more years after that. If the Dems really had anything on him we’d have seen it by now and all this talk of impeachment due to collusion with Russia is just a lot of noise, a distraction.

    brh

    • GreenAlba February 26, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

      “All things considered, I’ve concluded President Trump isn’t going anywhere; he’ll serve out the 3 years left of his term in office…”

      Good.

      “…and possibly 4 more years after that.”

      Haha – I’d love to see his face on the campaign trail, pretending he really wants another 4 years of this and the chance of croaking in office when he could be seeing out his final serene years on the golf course. Come to think of it, Melania might just encourage him.

      My guess is he’ll rediscover his bone spurs – they’re a bugger when you’re campaigning. And a man can only be expected do so much for his country when he’s a martyr to bone spurs.

      • BackRowHeckler February 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

        You don’t seem to know very much about American poltics.

        brh

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 6:03 am #

          Meaningless response. It would be difficult to know less than DJT when he took office and you let him run the country.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 6:10 am #

          “You don’t seem to know very much about American poltics.”

          Says the man who thinks leaving the EU will stop ‘Muslim’ immigration and claimed that was why people voted to leave. Bless.

  35. messianicdruid February 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

    Greenalba asks, “Are you suggesting school shootings are being perpetrated by CIA sleepers? Or something else?”

    I don’t know what “sleepers” are but the programs I mentioned are CIA programs with mentally disturbed people further disturbed until they will accept and act upon suggestions of “handlers”.

    The evidence [ the building ] will be destroyed, the patsies become incognito or disappear, laws of physics are bent, witnesses are ignored or disappear, and those with the loudest voice are heard over reasonable questions about the details.

  36. Pucker February 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

    Why don’t American women try to prove themselves with feats of amazing daring and strength? Like high wire walking between buildings? Or sword swallowing?

  37. Pucker February 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

    Or breaking huge blocks of ice with their foreheads?

  38. Pucker February 26, 2018 at 10:24 pm #

    The bankers have a history of colluding to manipulate and to coerce the US government. They’ll create wars and crises as profit-making opportunities.

    “Pierpont was often taciturn in meetings. At the White House, obedient as a schoolboy, he sat wordless while Cleveland, Attorney General Olney, and Treasury Secretary Carlisle debated the issue. Edgy, he crushed an unlighted cigar, leaving a pile of tobacco on his pants. Cleveland still clung to the hope of a public bond issue, which would spare him congressional obloquy. Not until a clerk informed Carlisle that only $ 9 million in gold coin remained in government vaults on Wall Street did Pierpont pipe up, saying he knew of a $ 10-million draft about to be presented. “If that $ 10-million draft is presented, you can’t meet it,” Pierpont said. “It will be all over before 3 o’clock.” “What suggestions have you to make, Mr. Morgan?” replied the president. 10 Pierpont laid out an audacious scheme. The Morgan and Rothschild houses in New York and London would gather 3.5 million ounces of gold, at least half from Europe, in exchange for about $ 65 million worth of thirty-year gold bonds. He also promised that gold obtained by the government wouldn’t flow out again. This was the showstopper that mystified the financial world—a promise to rig, temporarily, the gold market.”

    Ron Chernow
    The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

  39. BackRowHeckler February 26, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

    St Patricks Day a few weeks away … I was listening to a local talk show today and the subject turned to Ireland. We have quite a large Irish-American community in this area. A guy called in, he spoke with a brogue. He said he was from an ancient coastal village in Ireland where a few people could still speak Celtic, population about 250. Here on vacation, he said he recently learned the Irish government is moving 115 Somali refugees into his village. Residents had been wondering why a barracks like structure was being built in the center of town. Now they knew. He explained that the new Irish Prime Minister is a half Indian homosexual whose working premise is “Ireland is to white”. Any objections local citizens expressed were shouted down by government officials as racist and xenophobic.

    Even in Ireland.

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy February 26, 2018 at 11:45 pm #

      No, Fascism would be keeping Ireland as it is and respecting the past. You are clueless.

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 7:04 am #

        Keeping Ireland like it is?

        Like this, you mean?

        theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/19/dublins-dead-men-walking-29-on-death-list-in-brutal-gangland-war

        And all as white as the driven snow.

        ‘The enchanted green island, Ireland…’ 🙂

        Like you said, clueless.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 8:33 am #

          The leprechaun fantasy was your buddy’s.

        • capt spaulding February 27, 2018 at 8:42 am #

          That reminds me of an old bit of doggerel I remember from the 70’s. Give Ireland back to the Irish, and give Lapland back to the Lapps, give China back to the Chinese, and Yoko back to the Japs.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

          And my husband has told me more than once that when he was doing his medical training in Dublin, the drug gangster types had a special MO when they were mugging/robbing people – they carried blood-filled syringes with them and threatened their victims that they’d inject them with HIV if they didn’t cough up quickly enough.

          And I doubt there was a black or brown face anywhere in Ireland at that point.

          If Irish eyes are smiling, sure they’ll steal your heart away…

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

          And you think adding Blacks and Browns will increase the social capital (see Putnam on the horrendous results of diversity) and decrease the crime rate? Clueless to the nth degree.

          No one ever said Ireland and the Irish were perfect but making it something other than Ireland won’t make it so – and that’s by definition. You can’t improve the German Shepherd breed by ending the German Shepherd breed by mixing it with other breeds of dog.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

          Leprachauns, is it? Overt British prejudice here. The same kind that lead to genocide.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 10:58 am #

            “Leprachauns, is it?”

            No, it isn’t. Spell the little fellas’ name properly or they’ll turn into evil Gremlins and come over with their mates. 🙂

            They Know Where You Live. On account of being enchanted an’ all. Robert would call it Remote Viewing.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

          Don’t be a dipstick. I was satirising brh and his dipsy view of the enchanted isle. As you knew.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

          “And you think adding Blacks and Browns will increase the social capital (see Putnam on the horrendous results of diversity) and decrease the crime rate? ”

          They could only be an improvement on the animals described in the article I linked to.

          It was mentioned that they are not even susceptible to mediation as with some mafia clans. Their hatred is too feral. They need to kill.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

          There are Whites like that. But in terms of percentage, there are far, far more Blacks and Hispanics. And Muslims, far more disciplined than these, take out their lower impulses on Non-Muslims while often treating their own people much better.

          No one who has lived around Blacks has any illusions about this. Their neighborhoods are FAR more dangerous than poor White ones. I shouldn’t say no one: some extreme Liberals aren’t hypocrites and actually try to stay as teachers in Black schools or even continue to live in such neighborhoods until the inevitable happens at least. If they survive, prudence usually masters their idealism and they get out.

          A Black and Brown Ireland won’t be Ireland in any sense except the geographical – and it will be far, far more violent and poor.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

          A black and brown Ireland? Stop hallucinating.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

          If Whites reproduce below the replacement rate or just around it, and Nigerians have five kids or more, how else could it turn out? Ditto Europe and the Muslims and Blacks. Ditto Americans and the Hispanics and other groups. They breed on our dime once they get here.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 8:05 am #

            “If Whites reproduce below the replacement rate or just around it, and Nigerians have five kids or more, how else could it turn out? ”

            I’m sure the Catholics will give them a run for their money. 🙂

            That’s a joke, just to be clear. Catholic Ireland makes its own mind up these days. The days when the priest came round to ask why you hadn’t produced a baby this year are long gone.

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 8:32 am #

        Do you think Trump will send these illegals home?

        edition.cnn.com/2017/03/16/us/white-irish-undocumented-trnd/index.html

        Came across it accidentally when I was looking for factual information to back up your claim that the Irish PM said Ireland was too white. Google wasn’t its usual helpful self at all on that point. Not a word.

        What is his being homosexual to do with his views on refugees? Was the 1951 International Refugee Convention drawn up by homosexuals?

        The residents in the village will be Catholics, probably, brh, so they’ll be familiar with:

        ““When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself…”

        Let’s hope so, anyway.

      • malthuss February 27, 2018 at 10:03 am #

        youtube.com/watch?v=d46pt5_7fEM

      • malthuss February 27, 2018 at 10:04 am #

        Like she is doing,

        youtube.com/watch?v=d46pt5_7fEM

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

        Burn the coal, pay the toll.

    • malthuss February 27, 2018 at 10:01 am #

      Learn who controls their Board of Immigration, huh;

      and–here;

      youtube.com/watch?v=d46pt5_7fEM

    • PeteAtomic February 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

      I noticed a video on youtube there yesterday talking about how China has 64 million empty apartments in their dozen (or so) empty cities.

      Sounds like they could stick every Somali from Somaliland into those empty apartments.

  40. KesaAnna February 26, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

    ” You don’t seem to know very much about American poltics. ”

    and routinely comparing a tiny country to a huge one , as if an efficiency apartment and Versailles were remotely similar.

    • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 6:15 am #

      “and routinely comparing a tiny country to a huge one , as if an efficiency apartment and Versailles were remotely similar.”

      Well we could compare it to Canada? Versailles in its heyday is a good analogy, though, given the intrigue, the profligacy and the complete contempt for ordinary people.

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 6:32 am #

        Although not to Canada in terms of population. Perhaps it would make more sense to compare the UK with individual US states – I’m not sure in what way those comparisons would come up with anything very different, in terms of e.g. health outcomes per dollar/pound spent, or gun deaths per head of population. They would differ from each other, but not by nearly as much as they individually differ from the UK.

        • outsider February 27, 2018 at 9:07 am #

          GA,
          Would you guys be willing to take California from us?

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 10:07 am #

            Too hot for me, outsider. And running out of water, I gather.

            But you’re the United States, just like we’re the United Kingdom. All for one and one for all??

          • outsider February 27, 2018 at 11:02 am #

            “All for one and one for all?” GA, if you Brits believed that you would give the 4 counties that comprise Northern Ireland back to the Irish. Famed golfer Rory McElroy is from there (Hollywood no less), and he considers himself 100% Irish.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 11:33 am #

            outsider

            It may happen. But it’s not about ‘giving back the four counties’ – that would be arrogance (again). Only the people of NI can decide if/when they want to re-unite with their southern neighbours and currently there isn’t a majority for it (there’s a view that Brexit may force a vote).

            Currently the DUP (whom Theresa May bought to keep her government in power) wouldn’t hear of it – they won’t even hear of any regulations being different in NI from the rest of the UK to help with Brexit negotiations.

            And many in the Republic don’t want the ideological zealots of either side integrated with their now educated and relatively prosperous country. My (100% Irish) husband occasionally says that most sensible people in the south always just wished they could dig a moat between themselves and the bigots and thugs in the north (both sides) and shove them off into the Atlantic.

            But I think re-unification will happen in due course, which makes sense to me. The NI Prods always worried that the Catholics would outbreed them and eventually force a vote for reunification – I believe the discrepancy in numbers is (very) slowly decreasing, so who knows how long it will take? And if the peace process isn’t destroyed by Brexit, maybe new generations will be less polarised than their parents.

            Re Irishness, I can apply for an Irish passport (the Republic), just by having a Northern Irish grandfather – that will be nice to have once I’ve lost my EU citizenship rights.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 11:34 am #

            And their are six counties. 🙂

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 11:43 am #

            *there* groan…

    • outsider February 27, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      I wish I lived in a tiny country. Perhaps Liechtenstein, with less than 50,000 people (per Wikipedia). At least then I wouldn’t have the Sorrow of Empire hanging over my head as the Forces of Darkness inexorably devour the country.

      • malthuss February 27, 2018 at 10:03 am #

        With globalism erasing borders, what does the population of an area mean?

  41. tucsonspur February 27, 2018 at 1:20 am #

    “Toxic” masculinity? School shootings?

    Give it a look. Lend an ear, nothing to fear.

    video.foxnews.com/v/5741003775001/?playlist_id=5198073478001#sp=show-clips

  42. Pucker February 27, 2018 at 2:22 am #

    What’s Wrong with American Women?

  43. FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 2:24 am #

    The bankers have a history of colluding to manipulate and to coerce the US government. They’ll create wars and crises as profit-making opportunities. == Pucker

    Widely spread in the West concept of bankers, especially central bankers, being masterminds of human history and life is utter and complete nonsense. Bankers are exactly who they are – glorified bean counters.

    Volodya’s concept of “oligarchs” (e.g billionaires) commanding the politicians has nothing to do with reality. It is not the Soroses of this world who give orders to Clintons, it is the Clintonts who create and command Soroses.

    The process of management of large complex human systems – societies – is mostly the process of dissemination of various kind of information. Only the lowest two priorities of management are connected with actual physical entities – drugs and weapons. The highest priorities – four in total – are of purely informational character.

    Out of these four priorities money – the most generic type of information of an economic order – occupies the lowest place.

    1. Highest priority is the worldview level information.
    2. Next to it is historical and chronological level information.
    3. Next – religions, secular ideologies, technologies and science.
    4. Finally money – the most generic and protected type of information of an economic order

    • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 7:32 am #

      You’re quite the fucking cheerleader, aren’t you? Having money will do that to you. Are you paid to spew this shit, or do you worship the bastards gratis?

      • beantownbill. February 27, 2018 at 10:41 am #

        Actually, the basis of most of current day technology is information. As I’m sure you know, many physicists claim that reality is just information. How info is organized determines the evolution of life. As Frank Tipler states, eventually all life in the universe will evolve into one gigantic mind that will have access to all the cosmos’ information.

        As an example closer to this thread, AI systems today gain an edge over ordinary humans playing the market because they have a fraction of a second advantage in making decisions. That is, they can get access to information faster than humans. IMO,then, Finca is not spewing horseshit.

        • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 10:50 am #

          Tipler’s merely projecting his vision of the currently ascendant computer paradigm. Before that it was mechanics, before that it was FM (fucking magic, usually religiously oriented) or whatever. Interesting speculation? Yes. Earth shattering new paradigm? No.

          The universe has always been one mind/spirit/undefinable something else that transcends materiality and mortality. It didn’t need silly allegedly evolved apes on the planet earth to suddenly become that.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

            Now the Mystic Scratch is “out”. How many selves do you have, Sybil? You are Legion (like most people), for you are many.

  44. K-Dog February 27, 2018 at 2:48 am #

    Are you a Russian troll? Take this quiz and find out!

    greensboro.com/news/trending/column-are-you-a-russian-troll-take-this-quiz-and/article_bab7d752-0930…

    • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 7:30 am #

      Amusing, but I failed to grok the connection between being highly partisan (which is what the quiz was actually testing) and being a “Russian troll,” whatever in hell that is.

  45. K-Dog February 27, 2018 at 3:02 am #

    You always claim to read the whole blog, every comment. Pages in the memo were linked to. It is an FBI report of some kind. All sorts of classified stamps

    The FBI thought I had something to do with a Cascadia separatist movement once. I don’t even know if there is such a thing. Some years ago all sorts of comments here were asking me about it. Some of the avatars of those comments are still around. You know who you are.

    The FBI will investigate sane people and let crazies go through the cracks in my opinion.

  46. K-Dog February 27, 2018 at 3:12 am #

    Just throw the stick and make me chase it and drop it at your feet. I should pee on your leg.

    The Schiff Memo?

    docs.house.gov/meetings/ig/ig00/20180205/106838/hmtg-115-ig00-20180205-sd002.pdf

    Try reading it for comprehension. If you comprehend it you are a better man than I.

  47. FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 3:13 am #

    It is interesting how cryptocurrencies highlighted the purely informational character of money. You could view a generic monetary system as a single giant ledger to which various entries are being constantly added – contracts, or obligations and transactions that fulfill the contracts.

    The main feature of such ledger is the ability to detect and reject the fraudulent entries, which are being attempted all the time.

    In traditional monetary systems it is being accomplished by declaring that the only valid or standard copy of such ledger is kept in the authorized institutions – banks. All other ledgers – such as ledgers of individuals or companies are only valid if they could be verified against the central ledger.

    The idea of crypto-currency is that such universal or absolutely verified ledger is not stored centrally, but its multiple copies are stored on the computers of EVERY participant of the system – that is the foundation of blockchain technology.

    Any attempt to add a fraudulent entry to such a distributed ledger would violate the ledger integrity and will be detected and eventually rejected, so the entire system could go back to its integrity.

    • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 7:25 am #

      That is indeed one of the primary advantages of crypto currencies, which is why big banks are eyeing them so skeptically. But consider this, the algorithms that perform all this magic are by their very nature opaque to all but the technological elite or – more ominously – the big money/power guys who enable them. Those algorithms – just like ALL algorithms – can be hacked – both by both insiders for their benefit and by outsiders (AI enabled?) for any number of nefarious purposes – and exactly WHO will be able to reconcile affected accounts then? Be careful what you wish for with all this techno wizardry. Complex systems that hardly anyone understands and where incentives are high to breach them for personal gain are inherently vulnerable to malicious attacks from within and without.

      Personally, it’s comical to watch the youngsters these days put such blind faith in fully integrated and highly complex technological systems when they have absolutely no idea how they actually work. Such foolishness merely replaces one cohort of elites – bankers and pols – with another – tech wizards and their funders. Swine politicians will of course interject their ravenous snouts in the process either way, knowing full well that such a system is always but an innocuous update patch away from corruption. Technology cannot replace or insure basic human integrity. When all the world is but an opportunity for exploitation (as it is in ALL capitalist systems now), complex technologies will provide the increasingly effective means.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 8:56 am #

        What you are implying is that the principle of dualism has spread from the area of political philosophy into the area of human scientific knowledge and there are essentially two distinct set of scientific knowledge – one for perfecti and one for profain and while perfecti continue to develop the scientific method in the best traditions of Newton and Einstein, profain are busy entertaining themselves with shut up and calculate method of various Gauge and String Theories, as well as economic theories that are more suitable as a weapon against one’s geopolitical competitors than a blueprint for one’s own economy.

        What do we do with the Kunstler’s principle of “technological narcissism” then?

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

          The “answer” Finca – and rest assured this train has long since left the station – is to reign in the naive and headlong pursuit of new technologies willy nilly, primarily for the purposes of economic exploitation. Alas, this would require an altogether wiser and more politically and scientifically engaged population than the one we have, so it’s a mere pipe dream at this point.

          The “profain” you speak of are just doing what they’ve always done, albeit with the distinct advantage of exponentially greater financial and technological leverage. In that sense, they can hardly be “blamed,” per se. It’s really more a matter of the “perfecti” (if I understand your terms correctly) exercising more discipline within their disciplines and policing their own. A tall order, granted, but that’s really the place you would have to start.

          Then it would come down to society not being ruled by what is essentially an organized crime syndicate and eliminating their house organ, the MSM. Once again, good luck with all that.

  48. drewkeeling February 27, 2018 at 5:01 am #

    I am wondering: How many constructions of the “current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” (in his much longer career building buildings) might be in the running for “Eyesore of the Month”?
    And, more generally, how might developing and/or living in “places that are not worth caring about” relate to tolerating and normalizing politicians and political parties not deserving such acceptance?

  49. FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    In the previous post I said that the confrontation between Trump and Hillary Clinton is of principled and not situational nature.

    And one of the main principles that became a stumbling block was the so-called question of “moral equivalence,” according to the canonical interpretation of which the actions of the US and the USSR during the Cold War had to be judged by the same moral criteria.

    In particular, the USSR has the right to claim equal security with the United States and the deployment of American missiles in Turkey was the same act of aggression as the deployment of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

    And Trump’s publication of the Kennedy assassination documents clearly hints to his opponents in the civil war unfolding in the US that he is ready in the next series to declassify documents proving that President Kennedy was killed precisely because he applied the principle of “moral equivalence” to Caribbean Missile Crisis.

    But if Kennedy applied this principle to a purely international conflict, then Donald Trump applies it in such a way that it becomes clear that the principle of this conflict is the result of a purely intra-Western conflict between the White and the Black World Project, for which the inadmissibility of moral equivalence is really a matter of principle going back centuries, which I personally can trace at the level of handshakes to the Albigensian Crusade.

    The Red Project on this issue politically aligns with the White, and ideologically with the Black, as it proposes to turn this principle 180 degrees around and without any moral reservations to whack all those who are somehow connected with the Black Project, including members of the families of these Enemies of the People.

    And Trump got it back in full – the principle of inadmissibility of the moral equivalence in its classical interpretation, applied against the USSR in 1986 by US Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick, was yesterday applied to US President Donald Trump when a representative of Democrats, explaining on the Republican FOX5 channel Schiff’s memorandum, issued in response to Nunes’ memorandum, said that one can not apply the same moral criteria to Nunes, who defends such a scoundrel as Trump, while Schiff defends such a “saint” as Hillary Clinton, and in general, you can’t compare the eavesdropping of Donald Trump in 2016 and eavesdropping of Democratic party in the Watergate Hotel in 1971.

    And here we go, today’s headlines:

    Democratic memo fallout: Devin Nunes declares the media dead
    yahoo.com/news/democratic-memo-fallout-devin-nunes-165048378.html

    Howard Dean: I Think Devin Nunes is Going to Jail Eventually
    yahoo.com/entertainment/howard-dean-think-devin-nunes-125906087.html

    The Pentagon is concerned that Russia ‘actively’ considers nuclear weapons use
    amp.businessinsider.com/pentagon-concerned-russia-actively-considers-nuclear-weapons-2018-2

    In general, Sunday political shows were a moment of truth, revealing not only the sacred secrets of modern politics (in particular the role of Orthodoxy in the forthcoming elections of Vladimir Putin in Russia), but also the link of the Albigensian Crusade to the Fourth Crusade, and the link at the level of handshakes between Simon de Montfort and Boniface I of Montferrat.

    But the central point of all four Sunday political shows was undoubtedly the discussion of “the attack of Russian mercenaries on US troops near the city of Khasham, Syria” on the Sunday political show “Meet the Press”.

    In short, I will say that this weekend after the events that may lead to a nuclear war (as can be seen from the link above), the most important pro-democracy channel (This Week with Stephanopoulos) was instructed not to talk at all about the Khasham and discussed only shooting at the Florida school (that confirms my theory of distraction).

    About “Meet the Press” and FOX5, I have already told and will add only that on these channels 75 percent of the time was devoted to the shooting of schoolchildren.

    But “Face the Nation” had pleased the Americans with the statement of the special envoy in Syria Frederick Hoff that the residents of East Ghouta pray that Assad would use sarin gas on them, since only this can save them from the horrible bombardments of Assad. From such cynicism, even the anchor grew slightly dumbfounded, but the firmness with which the special envoy reacted to her incredulousness says that it was not an accident, but in advance prepared statement (official position of the Clintonoids?)

    Moreover, he said that if this (Sarin attack?) will not happen, “in a few days, at best, the weeks the Syrian war will end with the complete victory of Assad and Putin,” which in my opinion is a unequivocal recognition that in East Ghouta Russians are now destroying not so much the civilian population as the American Private Military Companies under Clinton’s command, which, according to Trump’s statement, created all this “moderate” and not so moderate opposition to Assad, most notably ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

    As you can see, Putin forced the cards face up on the table and the game is now in the open, and Trump in this fight is an ally of Russia. Nevertheless, he continues to be slandered by the Russian media and translations of his speeches resemble the translation of Hillary of the word “reset” into the Russian as “overload”.

    A main theme is the memorandum of Nunes, in which he showed that in fact there are two Russias:

    one Putin’s Russia that cooperates with the Trump America, and the other Russia cooperates with Hillary and falsifies compromising evidence against Trump.

    And now the Clintonoids no longer hope for impeachment of Trump and all their artistry is now directed at the election campaign in Russia, but this issue is again connected with the question of the number of the dead Russian soldiers.

  50. jdhines February 27, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    Question for the group.

    Is our time here at this blog reading, commenting and posting just so much “seghe menatali?” I mean, it’s intellectually stimulating, even amusing, but really nothing any of us does is going to change the final outcome, which we believe is the long emergency of one form or another. Are we not simply viewing one small section of the time-line to a bad end? Maybe it’s a break-up of the union (hot or slow), or Banana “Republicism” with nukes or some such dystopia. In essence, we, the USA, are going to be talked about in the distant future as Rome is discussed today. A once great empire that petered out for assorted reasons.

    And if nothing that any of us says, does or can do is going to change the outcome, isn’t it pointless to worry about it or try to change it or even vote? In a few words, “It just don’t mean a fucking thing.” Why invest yourself in a pointless exercise? Isn’t the better
    individual choice, to live as comfortably as one can, enjoy your creature comforts, personal pursuits and to go on about your business and hope you don’t get caught-up in the final conflagration? Of course, if watching dumpster fires keeps the boredom at bay (such as watching the evening news, reading blogs, books, etc.) trips your trigger, then by all means indulge yourself.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Who told you that you could compare yourself to the Roman Empire, my friend?

      The fact that you call the place of assembly of your representatives the Capitolium and representatives of your state Senators does not yet qualify.

      Of course, if you would have replaced your President with a couple of Consuls taking 6-months terms at the helm of the government than may be…. nah, just kidding.

      Besides, which Rome are you talking about? The somewhat fascist pagan Roman Republic or the Roman Empire, creation of which by Caesar, according to Orthodox Christian teaching, was a precursor to the Mission of Christ?

      • jdhines February 27, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

        FM

        Good point. It may be presumptuous of me to believe we (the USA) could ever be compared with Rome. I was thinking of the Roman Empire, which may be a stretch.

        Thanks

        JD

    • elysianfield February 27, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      jdhines,
      The site has been earlier referred to as not unlike a local bar, where locals gather amongst like minded and discuss issues of which they have no control. It is just like the bar in “Cheers”, but where nobody knows your name….

      • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

        lol

      • jdhines February 28, 2018 at 10:18 am #

        I can taste what your pouring, EF! I guess that’s why I’ve been a patron lo these many years.

        Best,
        JD

    • messianicdruid February 27, 2018 at 11:13 am #

      America will survive the United States.

      We watch and learn [ and maybe contribute] so the crack-up-boom does not have to be repeated. If JHKs blog serves as a canticle for Leibowitz someday it will be well.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

        Only if and where Whites remain dominant. And that’s only where real Conservative Pecker Woods and White Nationalists are in control. Otherwise, the Evil will begin again with minorities moving into prosperous White areas for the benefits. Not welfare – just the earlier reasons of jobs, working for less than Whites, living dozens to a house, with greedy employers favoring them over their brothers. As I said, the Old Evil will begin again.

    • ozone February 27, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      jdhines,
      Thanks for the question. If it only serves to interrupt Finca’s endless screeds and cut-and-paste jobs about the endless “projects” and other assorted crackpottery, then it will be a welcome respite (however brief). 😀

      Regarding outcomes and eventualities, perhaps we have very little agency in the Big Picture arena, but as far as providing some small measure of resiliency for coming generations, I believe that’s where our focus should lie. If you should believe that can be accomplished by “reforming the system from the inside” (although *I* would think that “a pointless exercise”), then by all means, go on ahead. If you believe that divesting from a life-style of car dependency, if only to get you and yours “used to it”, then please do. Anything that doesn’t harm others’ ability to provide for themselves or harm the ecology (our only real and abiding support system) would be a reasonable choice for an “investment”.

      I’m just busy preparing a locale, and I understand that’s a toss of the dice as well. If Nature or a fascistic militancy should rule against me, then all will have been for naught. C’est la vie; c’est la guerre.

      …And yes, I do think that enjoying life is important — and I must say that as we get older it becomes all the more a factor as we see our mortality closing in. Have Fun where you find it!

      • jdhines February 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

        Ozone,

        Excellent food for thought. Thank you for your insightful comments.

        Best,
        JD

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

        I’d go for all of that, ozone.

        Hope for the best, prepare (mentally, if nothing else is possible, as in my case) for the worst. And ‘primum non nocere’ as far as future generations are concerned.

        Good luck with the locale.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

        No, we will protect you and honor your choices. Barliman said to Aragorn, A King is all very well and good, but we want to be left alone. Aragorn replied, You will be.

  51. JohnAZ February 27, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Here is an idea. We have all the makings of a great social experiment in the US. There are two conflicting dogmas present, one, the individual is supreme and two the government is ultimate. How about we let the Liberals and Conservatives have their respective territories and run their area by their credo. Then let the best dogma win. They both have to face the economic and social battles espoused by this blog. I do not think that with what has occurred already that Vegas will back the West Coast.

    A corollary to this is it will show the real impact that immigration is having on the country. Immigrants are congregating in areas where they get the best payoff, namely Liberal areas. This should accelerate the process considerably. Sometimes it is necessary to allow the opposition to fail rather than try to avoid failure. We will see how fast the Liberals in California come screaming back to the fold when the policies of Governor Moonbeam drives them into The Long Emergency. John Steinbeck in reverse, I do not know if Oklahoma will want them back.

    • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 11:28 am #

      the individual is supreme and two the government is ultimate

      Those are just the two extremes. Neither is valid. When/if the government once again represents “we the people,” and not an organized crime syndicate of rich elite as it does now, their will be no such dichotomy. But that’s unlikely to happen in the US’s current incarnation. Unfettered “free market” capitalism is inimical to such a proposition and, unfortunately for us all, it now rules the world.

    • jdhines February 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

      J

      That would be a very interesting contest. You make a persuasive argument as to why the California “way” might fail. I wonder if we will every get to see any version of the contest? If it were brought about peacefully, I think I could support some such arrangement.

      For some reason, I fully understand European right leaning groups who are against Muslim (mainly) immigration. It helps that they tend to meld very well with socialist policies (universal health care, etc.) that I find appealing. Le Pen’s, France should remain French, or the guy in Holland, I don’t recall his name, The Netherlands for the Dutch, seem “reasonable” to me. But here in the US, it doesn’t seem like it’s to save our culture or traditions, but merely to keep out non-whites, except of course Asians, who seem to be acceptable to everyone. Am I totally misguided here?

      Thanks

      JD

      • JohnAZ February 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

        There seems to be two different classes of immigrants. One, the groups that come here to better themselves and want to assimilate into the American culture. The other comes in and tries to subvert the culture to match their former country. Asians for example, merge well into our land, bringing elements into our culture to improve it. Hawaii is a great example. Contrast that to La Raza who is overwhelming the Southwest and their charter is to repudiate the treaty that put the Southwest into the US. And how about the CAIR group that does not mince words about what they want, after all it is written in the Koran. One of these days, the majority of Blacks are going to realize that they are an integral part of the US culture and their contributions to it are something to be proud of. We are a diverse culture and we do not need the dividers to try to destroy what we are. Uncontrolled immigration without emphasis on assimilation into citizenship is fatal to a society. ROME.

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

        Geert Wilders?

        • Linda February 28, 2018 at 4:29 am #

          Yes, Geert Wilders. I tried to get some of my relatives in Nederland to vote for him, but to no avail.

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 6:10 am #

            Yes, most people still reject hate and bigotry, so there is hope.

        • jdhines February 28, 2018 at 10:25 am #

          GA

          Yes, Geert Wilders. Thanks. I understand his position on traditions & culture, but I’m not on board with the whole enchilada.

          JD

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

        Not all races are equal (like breeds of dog) and thus not all immigrants are created equal. Once Asians become a majority, they begin to throw their weight around, albeit in a more subtle fashion usually. In any case, the make it clear that Whites aren’t wanted.

        Surely you don’t believe that only Whites are ethnocentric? Because that would be very provincial of you indeed. And I have often been amazed at how provincial many Liberals really are, despite their self image and posturing to the contrary. If so, get to know some East Asians and you will be cured. South Asians too!

        • jdhines February 28, 2018 at 10:34 am #

          JS

          Yes, I know that many, the Japanese for example, look down on whites, other Asians, etc. I like to think I’m not largely provincial, but realize that I am also not overly metropolitan either.

          Having dealt with the Japanese over many years in business (years ago), I found them to be very courteous and civil despite their inner beliefs.

          JD

    • ozone February 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

      JohnAZ,
      Ol’ Scratch’s warning about the concrete dualism engendered by your interesting proposition is instructive. (To *me* anyway, since I happen to agree with him.)

      Okay then, going with your idea, we’re faced with a large predicament. Namely, how many youman beans can the Las Vegas area reasonably support without massive outside inputs of energy and resources… anyway? I’d surmise, not too damn many. So this makes hard-won territory all the more precious to those who can survive within its constraints and ideological fealty a moot point. (We’ll probably have to change the locale to something a bit more “friendly” to get the thought experiment fleshed out with the colors of The Long Emergency.)

      I would expect that the Uber-State model to be more to the liking of those that like to call themselves [Big C] Conservatives, as they seem to be wired to be followers and have a penchant for saviors. [Big L] Liberals? I dunno man, that’s like herding cats! Who knows how they’d sort themselves out, but there would be a shitload of ideas (beautiful, good, middling, bad, and ugly) on how to go about things and organize a response to their predicaments.

      Interesting premise anyhoo.

  52. 100th Avatar February 27, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    I sincerely feel as though I have read this same blog entry at least a half dozen times since the election.

    And I understand why.

    The banality of group-think is irresistible and overpowering and a shorted circuited of humanity

    • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

      Tell them about Israel’s walls and Jewish ethnocentrism. Let’s talk about that. You are eminently qualified I think.

      • 100th Avatar February 27, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

        what on Earth are you going on about?
        This isn’t a comment section,
        It’s a chat room.
        The kind that Janos used to haunt back when anonymity ruled the internet.
        In the shadows blaming browns, blacks, Jews, Arabs, women, people that born on a day that ends in Y

  53. volodya February 27, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    It’s fascinating to watch this portrayal of a declining, corrupt, drunken country – Russia – as an existential threat while at the same time ignoring a rising economic and military power that has got on its territory the backbone of what was once American manufacturing and therefore the key to its own prosperity and armed might. That place is of course China.

    It’s true that China’s been in the news lately while Xi Jin Ping sews up the leadership for life via the removal of term limits. You’d have to ask the Chinese nomenklatura why they’d want to go along with this. I, for one, don’t get it.

    As the long history of purges shows, it’s not just the lower-downs that suffer from unfettered power, military leadership, university-educated intellectual elites, high-level government bureaucrats, in short, the most powerful in society, all suffer. You just have to look at Stalin’s vicious purges and China’s Cultural Revolution, the latter which is well within living memory.

    But that’s beside the point.

    China as the clear and present danger, not to mention as the future hegemon, is completely ignored in the media while Russia is played up, the exact opposite of what you’d expect. But, of course, as JHK sez, America’s ruling elite and its media lap-dogs have completely lost their fucking marbles. You see China talked about in the odd article here and there that discusses how American business and political leadership utterly mis-apprehended the future course of Chinese development. They naively thought that if they aided in China’s economic development, if they helped along the rise of a prosperous middle-class, that the Chinese would democratize and come to their senses and abide by a rules-based international order. Hah.

    Of course, this rules-based international order was devised largely for the benefit of American interests. China’s leadership, while giving lip-service, has got uppermost in their minds their own interests. To the surprise of American foreign policy heavy-weights, who all think they’re so damn smart, the Chinese refuse to behave like the chess pieces they were thought to be.

    Imagine those little yellow men in Beijing with their own agendas. How dare they. How could ANYONE have foreseen this, their building of China into a modern day military and economic super-power, a super-power that flexes its muscles, that uses proxies to horn the US out of areas they deem to be in the Chinese near-abroad, the creation of alternative financial and economic international bodies. NOBODY could have seen this coming, NOBODY.

    Actually, anybody with an ounce of common sense and half a brain could have seen this coming. That it wasn’t anticipated is testimony to the utter intellectual feebleness in America’s ruling and intellectual elite. They tell us they have the deep well of knowledge of foreign people and places. They purport to have the qualifications to lead. What a sick joke. And so all we hear about is Russia. An even sicker joke.

    • Ol' Scratch February 27, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      It’s fascinating to watch this portrayal of a declining, corrupt, drunken country – Russia…

      I think you’re very wrong there, vol. That was the 90’s maybe (with much US “assistance”), not now.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      Is your Russophobic soul is mad at Russia for occupying the Enemy #1 spot of the Greatest Democracy on Earth?

      Don’t be ridiculous.

      Up to early 90s Russian were en mass of rather positive and good-natured attitude toward America and Americans, besides the taste of the Second Front canned beef and corn was still fresh in the mouths of Russians.

      The Clintons family exercised a lot of creative policies to ruin those feelings, but still it is nothing compared to Chinese memories of two Opium wars.

    • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      I’d agree with all of your post, but I’m surprised that (before the current obsession with Russia) people in America (the aware ones) wouldn’t be used by now to thinking of China as the coming hegemon. I’m sure most (again, aware) Brits have seen it coming for a very long time.

      There was a paradigm shift when visiting British politicians stopped giving the obligatory sideways lecture on human rights when they went on state visits to China. They knew the game was up.

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

        Sorry, that was a reply to Volodya.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        I am afraid the game was up 150 years ago already.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

          Thanks, F, I’m aware of the opium wars.

        • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

          I actually took a look at the ridiculous article in Wikipedia, according to which the British were fighting for the right to sell bouquets of roses to the Chinese people.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

            I don’t know how it works in Russia, FInca, but here sensible and educated people (a) are aware of the nefarious events in their own country’s past (although some of the dimmer nationalistic lightbulbs tend to be ‘my country right or wrong’ types) and (b) they also know that they don’t have personal responsibility for things decades or centuries ago, just as nobody but the dim still think of Germany as their enemy, moronic England supporters chanting ‘two world wars and one world cup’ some decades ago notwithstanding.

          • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

            I’d agree with you, GA, if it wasn’t for prosperous opium trade that is still killing millions around the world.

            I am not saying that England is to blame, but we’re still looking for the culprits, and especially for the origin of ideology that allows that trade to go on.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

            I’m perfectly happy to blame the British *of the time*, Finca. Although, even then ordinary British people of the time had nothing whatever to do with it, as in most things of geopolitical consequence.

            However, I’m not sure where that takes us. And I don’t know that it’s ‘ideology’ that allows any trade in mind-altering drugs to go on. It’s money. And the age-old wish of humans to escape from their rational minds and the harshness or boredom of their lives.

            I can’t imagine the trade wouldn’t have happened somewhere in some other way anyway. Humans are like that. If there’s an opportunity someone will take it.

            And the Chinese will let it affect their decisions as regards the UK however they choose to do so – no living British person has any more control over than than they had over what their forebears representatives did in another time.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

            *over that*

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

          Yes, the Indian Jewish family the Sassoon family wouldn’t even give Chinese dealers a cut. It was one thing if they just hung around the big coastal ports and dealt with the Chinese inland. But they couldn’t stand losing any profits to the lowly Chinese and sought to replace them on the great rivers ports.

          And to their eternal shame, the British Empire supported these vile drug dealers.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

            The British Empire is no more, Janos. Its shame died with it.

            And the Sassoons were far from alone. You just picked them because that’s what you do.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

            I just said they weren’t alone in my line, “To their eternal shame….”

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

            I meant the other families mentioned in the article you didn’t link to. Not the British.

            And a Nazi apologist talking about eternal shame is quite something.

          • ZrCrypDiK March 1, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

            “his fractured, tortured syntax”

            Yeah, third grader at best. This isn’t pretty, we got a retard for prez… Lost by 3 million votes – how did he make that electoral college thang up? Crosscheck in Detroit and Milwaukee (and 4-6+ hour poll lines).

            I understand losing by 500,000 votes, like Dumbya, but how in the *H377* do you recover from a 3 point loss?!?

    • akmofo February 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

      @ volodya

      China doesn’t pose a strategic threat because it can be strangled practically overnight with a blockade should it start to behave badly. The Chinese have no oil and gas reserves. Russia does.

      • thwack February 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

        The Chinks have nukes AND whiggers.

      • elysianfield February 27, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

        “China doesn’t pose a strategic threat because it can be strangled practically overnight with a blockade”

        Mofo,
        Strangled? Are you serious? the Chinese have a land bridge to the God Damned Atlantic Ocean…they have rail service to Europe…they have their friends the Russians to provide whatever they need.

        • akmofo February 27, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

          Being of Russian background, I know enough to know that the Chinese and the Russians are not friends or even friendly. The Russians very much distrust the Chinese and legitimately fear a Chinese takeover of Russian territories.

          • akmofo February 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

            China’s big power gambit was a superhighway to Europe. Russia is not going to let that happen. So China’s economic influence at the Russian border.

            And China itself is very unstable. It’s economic success is the only thing keeping secessionists pacified at the moment.

          • akmofo February 27, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

            China’s economic influence ^ends at the Russian border.

        • elysianfield February 28, 2018 at 10:39 am #

          Mofo,
          The enemy of my enemy is my friend….

          There need not be a love fest between the two countries…expediency will suffice.

  54. volodya February 27, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    Here’s another thing. Do we really, truly give a shit who rules over that empty and howling swathe of sand and rock called Syria? Or Israel? Or Lebanon? A lot of pundits have been be-laboring how Russia and Iran got the upper hand because of American fecklessness and irresolution. And maybe they have got the upper hand there. So what?

    Let’s look at some historical context: The Romans grabbed the area and ruled it for centuries. But why? Did the Romans even give a shit about it?

    It looks to me that uppermost in the Roman mind were commercial interests and what the Romans were after was trade with India. Their boats needed access to waterways to the Indian and Sri Lankan coasts ie the Red Sea, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Persian Gulf. What the Romans mainly wanted was pepper, other things too, but mainly pepper. What the Indians and Sri Lankans wanted was wine and Roman coinage. Roman businessmen built Roman communities in India and Sri Lanka and I’d guess that the Indians and Sri Lankans did likewise on Roman territory.

    If you read modern-day historical narratives, they center around the Roman role in creating the exodus of Jews from Israel and the consequent rise of Christianity particularly in the Jewish diaspora. But Roman occupation wasn’t about the Jews or any of the other myriad and endlessly feuding tribes. It was about India.

    And maybe to a lesser extent China. The Chinese and Romans knew about one another, their respective goods making their way via the Silk Road and other trade routes. The Chinese have written records of Roman emissaries. A high ranking Chinese military officer sent an envoy to Rome.

    What the near total insanity over Russian meddling and collusion illustrates is that what occupies our wee little minds has often got perilously little to do with reality. Same thing with the middle-east. Roman bestiality? Jew vs Arab? Sunni vs Shia? So? Their fights are their fights, not ours. As time and the endless “peace process” has shown, outsider fucking about is futile at best and counter-productive at worst. Why should we care as long as they keep the oil pumping?

    • jdhines February 27, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      V

      I think you have it figured correctly. Why not just let those folks (Jews and Arabs, Sunnis and Shia) “stew in their own juices” and be done with it? If they wish to live like that, let them. Screw them. Why should we get dragged in to their bloody / expensive hot mess?

      “Their fights are their fights, not ours. As time and the endless “peace process” has shown, outsider fucking about is futile at best and counter-productive at worst. Why should we care as long as they keep the oil pumping?”

      Truer words were never spoken. Can we say, “USA out of the bloody ME?” I think we could.

      JD

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

        That means breaking the back of Jewish Power in the United Stats and their control over our foreign policy. And that means election reform, to cut out their huge donors. A major and very dangerous project. I say they’d start a civil war rather than let themselves be cut out. Think they can’t do it?

    • JohnAZ February 27, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

      V

      As long as they keep the oil flowing, there is the rub. Influence in the ME is still critical for our oil crisis. Russia is being very methodical as it backs the Shia elements in Iran and Syria. Their opponent of course is Saudi Arabia. Iran wants their bomb to first destroy Israel but then to influence militarily the power balance in oily ME. Russia, if successful, will have us over a barrel, so to speak. Anyone who thinks that we do not need their oil is not paying attention to this blog.

      Let alone their ability it seems to interfere with our cyber structure with ease. What do we do, convert more of our infrastructure to computer basing. Dumb!

      • volodya February 27, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

        I think our mistake is to suppose that it matters which beards rule which patch of sand. IMO this grease-ball shit doesn’t. No matter what cut-throat it is, if they rule sand with oil underneath it, they still have to sell the oil.

        This was the fuck-up with the first Iraq war. The numb-nuts in Washington and the State Dept and the White House got all huffy when Saddam got presumptuous and thought he could take Kuwait without US clearance. Actually, the hilarious part is that he DID try to get clearance from April Glaspie who responded with bureaucratic gobble-de-gook that led ole Saddam to think he had a green light. When I saw the video of the meeting I even thought he had the go-ahead.

        But that’s not really the point. The point is who the hell cares if Saddam ruled Kuwait? He’d still have to sell the damned oil. And if it’s all about oil as everyone sez it is, then that’s all that matters, that he sells it. Which IMO, he would have.

    • ozone February 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

      V.,
      Yep.
      Now, as in waaaay-back-when, follow the money… and by extension, the trade routes and who controls them.

    • akmofo February 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

      @volodya

      You’re obviously not familiar with the Carlyle group, Halliburton, etc. Selling trillions worth of military hardware, instigating wars, and then swooping in on trillions in reconstruction work is the business model of USA Inc., at least since WWI if not earlier.

      Why do think the US recently released $150 billion USD to Iran? So the Iranians will sing kumbaya with the Saudis? How many billions did the Saudis sign up for on Trumps latest visit there?

      • Walter B February 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

        And who is the Carlyle group and Halliburton, one might ask? The Bush Crime Family & Bin Laden Crime Family and Dirty Dick Cheney. 911 anyone?

  55. sprawlcapital February 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    . . . whether we will have coherent, enforceable immigration laws . . .

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

    It may be a pleasant day in hell before we get coherent immigration policy, if we rely on the Democratic party, and if by coherent we mean beneficial to the well-being of the United States, its people, and its natural resources.

    Dr. Austan Goolsbee was a commenter on Fox yesterday evening, and while this holder of a PhD from MIT is obviously not stupid, what he said about immigration policy was idiotic.

    Goolsbee complained that Trump’s immigration proposals would cut legal immigration in half, and this would be a terrible thing, because our native-born population growth rate is very small. Goolsbee, quoting Lincoln, claimed immigration is the replenishing stream that allows us to propagate the American Dream.

    To remain American, according to Goolsbee, we need a constantly growing population.

    And what does this have to do with the Democratic Party? Well, the good Dr. Goolsbee, who now teaches at the famed University of Chicago, is the former chief economic advisor to President Obama. We have to assume he has great influence over his party.

    I invite Goolsbee to tour central Iowa, where we have what is left of the best farmland on earth; and where population growth is causing that land to be destroyed forever as it is covered with “development”:
    strip malls, apartment complexes, housing subdivisions, office parks, and data centers for the likes of Microsoft and Facebook.

    If Goolsbee thinks senseless destruction, like what’s going on here in Iowa as a result of population growth, is a good thing, then reducing immigration would be bad, in his view. But then his view on immigration is clearly nothing less than sheer idiocy. And his party is no doubt of this opinion as well.

    It may be a very long time before I again vote for a Democrat.

    • shabbaranks February 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

      Ditto. I too used to vote Democrat. Never again.

    • tucsonspur February 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

      As we know, population growth in and of itself is a problem here and across the world. To increase it here by adding people who can’t contribute much and in fact can often be more of a drain on our nation borders on the criminal.

      • bhnj13 February 27, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

        we have from time to time turned the replenishing stream off. due to wars and other reasons. so maybe were due for a shutoff until we can figure some shit out. and there is a lot of shit to sort through.

  56. volodya February 27, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Green Alba, I love your optimism. No seriously, it’s an antidote.

    So, to the point: your idea that Brit politicians knew the game was up when they stopped lecturing the Chinese on human rights carries weight.

    But the posturing in front of the cameras is just as much for those voters back in Old Blighty as it is for the benefit of the Chinese people.

    When the politicians reckon that they look stupid is when they stop lecturing. And they stop when they figure that the Brits watching the BBC know that the game really is up.

    See, what we know on this side of the pond is what we see on this side of the pond. You, on the other side, have a different view of the terrain.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      You’re forgetting about the real advantage of the Brits – the English humour which allows them to call themselves a Constitutional Monarchy despite the absence of the written Constitution.

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

        Your confusion is amusing, Finca. But I’m sure it won’t worry all those constitutional lawyers who understand just fine and keep things on the straight and narrow.

        Canada is a constitutional monarchy too. Presumably their sense of humour is similar.

        • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

          You see what I mean?

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

            Well, I did once have to study a section of constitutional law briefly as an ancillary to something else. It did nothing at all for my humour, but it did help maintain my excellent short-term memory (of the time) just before the exam. After which I forgot most of it just as quickly.

            But it sure did exist. As my aching wrist after three hours of frantic, non-stop writing testified.

    • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

      “But the posturing in front of the cameras is just as much for those voters back in Old Blighty as it is for the benefit of the Chinese people.”

      I would say more so, Volodya. No-one sensible thought it was going to make any difference, but they had to do it (especially if it was the Tories having Labour tell them they were mercenary rightwing b*st*rds (I paraphrase), when all the Tories cared about was how many trade deals they could sign up).

      • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

        And I’ve been a paying member of Amnesty (well I would be, wouldn’t I? 🙂 ) for 40 years so I did actually care about the human rights as well.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

          Amnesty doesn’t care about the plight of Whites in South Africa. They have favorites! They fell to the Darkness long ago if indeed they weren’t born in it to begin with.

    • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      And I’m so glad to have cheered you up. That’ll help me when I’m choosing exactly when best to slit my wrists, as I mentioned previously, whether I find myself under Sharia law with all those scary beardy blokes, equally deprived of agency in ‘Gilead’ with Janos’ lot, or just waiting to be bludgeoned to death as Orlov describes, by someone wanting to steal my purse (UK meaning) after the local protection gang has stripped the copper piping from my flat and flooded it, and stolen all our warm clothes. The possibilities for optimism are endless. 🙂

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

        Is there balm in Gilead? Indeed, as C.S Lewis says, “Submission is an erotic necessity. Why are all these career women volunteering in Muslim refugee camps? They’re hoping to take home a young Muslim Adonis and serve him hand and foot. “Feminism” (the hatred of all things feminine) was a shit test that we failed. They were begging to be made to behave again. The Muslims see it and will take advantage of our mistake. They already are.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

          Moron.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

            If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

            Janos, why don’t you just get a girlfriend and you won’t need all these fantasies to keep you going. Try it. It’s what the Normals do.

        • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

          “Why are all these career women volunteering in Muslim refugee camps? ”

          Career women? The ones from here were silly schoolgirls. Who were soon disabused of their childish fantasies.

          • GreenAlba February 27, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

            Sorry, I misread your comment. Thought you meant the ones who went to ISIS camps.

            Your suggestion is still silly.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

            Cat Ladies! And young apprentice Cat Ladies. Kitten Ladies?

          • GreenAlba February 28, 2018 at 6:18 am #

            Young hijab-wearing Muslim girls are Cat Ladies?

            But why expect logic…

          • Janos Skorenzy February 28, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            No, we’re talking about White Women who go native under the guise of “helping”.

            In America, one of the lawyers of a terrorist involved in the first Twin Towers bombing fell in love with him and began to act as a courier for him. Women love the exotic and they are un-reconstructed, unapologetic male characters. And since they aren’t White, much of the feminist programming against them is bypassed – and Nature takes its course. They act a little gallant, charming, and chivalrous – and the old Cats fall like sacks of potatoes.

  57. FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Wow, we just had a First Kunstler’s International Marathon of opinions!

    We should have it from time to time, helps venting the pressure out.

  58. volodya February 27, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Ozone, exactomundo, follow the money.

    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but in the end, what you can’t fool them about is that it’s about survival. The idea of expending your life for the benefit of others is one that young men are especially susceptible to, but that is a resource with a best-before date, or IOW, a well that runs dry.

    This is a long way of saying that it’s about money. For, in our world, money is the place-holder for stuff we need like food, water, shelter, clothes. Always follow the money and who controls it. AND as you so astutely mention: TRADE ROUTES.

    Because along the way, absent an absolutely iron-clad-secure transit for the goods, there’s middle-men and intermediaries of all kinds looking to carve away some for themselves. Including pirates and bandits.

    And, I would like again to convey this message maybe via the government employed troll-turds that stink up this site: when the Oligarch and Deep State approach is to work against the people they’re counting on to defend Oligarch and Deep State interests, I would say that it’s time to revisit the strategy. As I just said, it’s about survival, not just of Oligarchs and the Deep State but also that of the individual and that of the tribe. If the Oligarchs think that the po’ boy from the red-state trailer park isn’t aware of this, then the Oligarchs have got a great big surprise coming. The po’ boy may not take up arms against the regime that ruins him, and to date he hasn’t, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t decline to fight for it.

    We’ve seen this before in history and recent history too. German sailors rebelled near the end of WW1 which was the death-nell for the German war effort. The French farming class and the Italian farming class that got disproportionately butchered on the front lines of WW1, refused to do it again in WW2, especially the French. In WW1 they were treated as cannon fodder, with no regard whatsoever given to them. The American intelligentsia ( a misnomer if there ever was one) should heed these lessons. Not that they will.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

      After the Balfour Declaration, the Jews, always strong in the Trade Unions and of course Socialism and Communism themselves, launched a series of massive strikes against German Industry, crippling the War effort. Up to that point, they had been neutral or even in favor of the German side. The Germans knew they had been betrayed at home by the Jews, but they didn’t know why. At Versailles, they learned about the Palestine Deal and their attitude towards the Jews naturally changed forever.

      As Weitzman, Herzl, et al said, the Jews are a Nation without borders. The existence of Israel doesn’t change that, it being just an epicenter of the same movement towards World Domination.

  59. FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    Trump Goes Full Duterte, Suggests “Death Penalty” for Drug Dealers

    …and he is deadly serious about the issue

    vanityfair.com/news/2018/02/trump-suggests-death-penalty-for-drug-dealers

    You see how the President is in perfect tune with my ideas?

    • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      If only Dems would shell out 25 large ones to plug a hole in the Mexican border!

      • jdhines February 28, 2018 at 10:42 am #

        FM

        The Dems were more than willing to fork over $25 large in exchange for releasing the DACA hostages, but GGG said no, after he said yes. S. Miller rules supreme on that topic in the WH. He is a very odd duck, I must say. Sorry.

        JD

  60. volodya February 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    Green Alba, I wasn’t kidding about your optimism. Having said that, sometimes I think it’s mis-guided.

    As far as all your other scenarios go, take my advice, surround yourself with large male relatives that are willing to defend you. I know, that sounds terribly retrograde and may make you want to slit your wrists more, but if the age old function of the female of the species is fertility, to pop out bundles of joy, protection is the age-old function of the male of the species.

    And I find it ASTOUNDING that Larry Nasser sexually abused hundreds of female athletes without even ONE father knocking out his lights. Not ONE. Out of HUNDREDS. Not bloody one.

    OK, I hope that your own clans-man aren’t boneless weenies. Good luck to you.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

      One tried and he was restrained. To his credit, he would have beaten him to death as he deserved. Likewise in Rotterham and other English cities, White Men who tried to stop the grooming of their daughters were arrested. One of groomed girls recalled how one night she was being taken by several Muslim men to a house to service the men there. She was arrested by the Police for drunkenness, the Muslims, also drunk, were not arrested.

      We live under Anarcho-Tyranny.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

        en.metapedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-tyranny

        Our answer to PC Wikipedia – a work in progress. We’re creating a new culture, but part of that is preserving the good of the old, as the Christian monks tried to do during the so called Dark Ages (they were dark in some ways, often very dark….) But as even Bertrand Russell admitted, much important work was done. And the Foundations laid for a new culture.

        Wikipedia is often excellent of course, as long as one stays away from religion and politics – which come into almost everything at some point, even pottery. The Chinese have immense difficulty with the role Whites played in the early development of China. To their credit, they didn’t dump thousands of tons of dirt and rocks on the sites like we did with Kennewick Man.

        • thwack February 27, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

          The Kennewick Man?

          Is he related to the Cornbread Man?

          or the Piltdown Man?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

            Cornbread Man! I like it. Much better than Chedar Man.

      • thwack February 27, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

        One of groomed girls recalled how one night she was being taken by several Muslim men to a house to service the men there.

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

        Wake me up when you get to the part where she is taken in chains to Africa, her name changed and forced to pick cotton…

        • akmofo February 28, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

          If she survives the trip. Doubtful her white constitution will.

    • thwack February 27, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

      I find it ASTOUNDING that Larry Nasser sexually abused hundreds of female athletes without even ONE father knocking out his lights.

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

      Between the large number of black inmates, and black corrections officers, blacks can often get people who wrong them beaten or killed in prison.

      White people were surprised when Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in prison.

      I wasn’t.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

        Really? Nobody I knew, but yeah I suppose you’re right: the cluelessness of White Cosmics simply can’t be exaggerated. During the Witchita or Knoxville massacre case (can’t remember which), one of the Black torturer rapists said he had had a White Girlfriend so he wasn’t a racist. This makes sense to White Liberals, being so utterly cut off from the streets and the Law of Nature.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

          Dahmer was utterly outraged at the claims he was a racist. A mass murderer and Homosexual rapist/torturer, sure. But not a Racist! Anything but that!

          He said that the fact that many of his victims were non-White (and not all Black either) was just the way it worked out. Maybe because he lived in fairly poor neighborhoods? In any case, he was a person who truly “had it coming” from whatever direction it came.

          • thwack February 27, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

            In any case, he was a person who truly “had it coming” from whatever direction it came.

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

            I disagree.

            In Dahmer’s day, being a homosexual was seen as deviant and shameful; two criticisms he internalized which forced him into more destructive pathological behaviors.

            If he came of age today, he could just be a regular run of the mill vanilla faggot drinking lattes and holding hands with his boyfriend…

            It was the attempt to hide his homosexuality that made him end up killing people.

          • elysianfield February 28, 2018 at 10:50 am #

            “as deviant and shameful; two criticisms he internalized which forced him into more destructive pathological behaviors.”

            Thwack,
            Sooo…you took Psych 1A? Funny, but I did not see you there….

          • Janos Skorenzy February 28, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

            You’re being contrary, I assume. Lots of people hid their homosexuality without killing their lovers. And pedophiles still have to hide, but most don’t kill.

  61. volodya February 27, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    Ozone, as far a preparing a locale goes, I would recommend making some provision for the making of hooch. Or wine or beer. In moderation I think it’s a it’s a good relaxant and antiseptic for the digestive tract.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

      Volodya, have a 200 grams of Stoli and chase it down with a Vlasic Kosher pickle – will dramatically improve your perspective.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 27, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

      And please, save the pickle juice – the best remedy from the hangover, aspirin be damned!

      • 100th Avatar February 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

        Chick-fil-a is marinated in pickle juice.
        Many southern folk cure moonshine daybreaks with a sandwich

    • ozone February 27, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

      V.,
      Partially covered. Just pruned some grape vines today. I’ve got to study up on wild yeasts. (Still using packaged yeasts; dependable result.) Old pot still to make a brandy (of sorts); will try for that this coming year from some peach jet fuel. I’ve been making beer for years, but like Stelmo, from canned malt syrup. A locale “necessity” should be a co-operative field of buckwheat and hops. (Not sure how well barley would fare ’round hyar.)

      Commercial shit is all well and good, AS LONG AS THE TRADE ROUTES REMAIN INTACT and the pirates don’t strike. (I’m not sure imported vodka is going to be a priority for the Republica Dominica. Unless one wants to [unequally] trade rum for it when the monthly clipper ship heaves into view. I guess the concept is simply too unacceptably alien to be considered.)

      • BackRowHeckler February 27, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

        Ya, Pete, these warm-sh days allow for a little window to get a few outdoor projects done, or at least start them after 3 months indoors, couped up …

        But this weekend a Nor’ easter, perhaps

        Winter ain’t done yet.

        brh

  62. Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    What vision do our “elites” offer?

    The Eternal Lure of Nationalism by Pat Buchanan.

    In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3.

    But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, the team ignored the prohibition and sang out the Russian national anthem over the sounds of the Olympic anthem.

    One recalls the scene in “Casablanca,” where French patrons of Rick’s saloon stood and loudly sang the “La Marseillaise” to drown out the “Die Wacht am Rhein” being sung by a table of German officers.

    When the combined North-South Korean Olympic team entered the stadium, Vice President Mike Pence remained seated and silent. But tens of thousands of Koreans stood and cheered the unified team.

    America may provide a defensive shield for the South, but Koreans on both sides of the DMZ see themselves as one people. And, no fool, Kim Jong Un is exploiting the deep tribal ties he knows are there.

    Watching the Russians defiantly belt out their anthem, one recalls also the 1968 summer Olympics in Mexico City where sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the podium, black gloved fists thrust skyward in a Black Power salute, asserting their separate racial identity

    Western elites may deplore the return of nationalism. But they had best not dismiss it, for assertions of national and tribal identity appear to be what the future is going to be all about.

    Some attendees at the CPAC conclave this past week were appalled that Britain’s Nigel Farage and France’s Marion Le Pen were present.

    But Farage was the man most responsible for Brexit, the historic British decision to leave the EU. Le Pen is perhaps the most popular figure in a National Front party that won 35 percent of the vote in the runoff election won by President Emmanuel Macron.

    And the most unifying stand of the NF appears to be “Let France be France!” The French people do not want their country invaded by unassimilable millions of migrants from Africa and the Islamic world.

    They want France to remain what she has been. Is this wrong?

    Is preservation of a country, the national family one grew up in, not conservative?

    In Hungary and Poland, ethnonationalism, the belief that nation-states are created and best suited to protect and defend a separate and unique people, with its separate and unique history and culture, is already ascendant.

    Globalists may see the U.N., EU, NAFTA, TPP as stepping stones to a “universal nation” of all races, tribes, cultures and creeds. But growing numbers in every country, on every continent, reject this vision. And they are seeking to restore what their parents and grand-parents had, a nation-state that is all their own.

    Nationalists like Farage, who seek to pull their countries out of socialist superstates like the EU, and peoples seeking to secede and set up new nations like Scotland, Catalonia, Corsica and Veneto today, and Quebec yesterday, are no more anti-conservative than the American patriots of Lexington and Concord who also wanted a country of their own.

    Why are European peoples who wish to halt mass migration from across the Med, to preserve who and what they are, decried as racists?

    Did not the peoples of African and Middle Eastern countries, half a century ago, expel the European settlers who helped to build those countries?

    The Rhodesia of Spitfire pilot Ian Smith was a jewel of a nation of 250,000 whites and several million blacks that produced trade surpluses even when boycotted and sanctioned by a hating world.

    When Smith was forced to yield power, “Comrade Bob” Mugabe took over and began the looting of white Rhodesians, and led his Shona tribesmen in a slaughter of the Matabele of rival Joshua Nkomo.

    Eighty-five percent of the white folks who lived in Rhodesia, prior to “majority rule,” are gone from Zimbabwe. More than half of the white folks who made South Africa the most advanced and prosperous country on the continent are gone.

    Are these countries better places than they were? For whom?

    Looking back over this 21st century, the transnational elite that envisions the endless erosion of national sovereignty, and the coming of a new world order of open borders, free trade and global custody of mankind’s destiny, has triggered a counter-revolution.

    Does anyone think Angela Merkel looks like the future?

    Consider the largest countries on earth. In China, ethnonationalism, not the ruling Communist Party, unites and inspires 1.4 billion people to displace the Americans as the first power on earth.

    Nationalism sustains Vladimir Putin. Nationalism and its unique identity as a Hindu nation unites and powers India.

    Here, today, it is “America First” nationalism.

    Indeed, now that George W. Bush’s crusade for democracy has ended up like Peter the Hermit’s Children’s Crusade, what is the vision, what is the historic goal our elites offer to inspire and enlist our people?

    The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The City of God is Eternal. Will you not take up your cross and help build it here on Earth, if only as a reflection? Like Pat has? Janos Sackneusm

    • tucsonspur February 27, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

      We are in crisis. There is no nationalism without true manhood. The American male is under attack.

      “Each Trojan that is master of his heart, let him to the field”.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

        But the Trojan survivors founded Rome and went on to conquer their tormentors. Likewise, Celtic warriors rallied to William the Conqueror’s standard, both Welsh and Breton, to avenge the ancient Saxon outrage and support the Norman Knights. At least some of these men found a place in the new Order, as was only right.

        White America will fall, but it may rise again in a new form, with Men reborn in Blood and baptized in Fire. This theme is one of the main ones in both Dune and A Game of Thrones where Ancient Houses ruled by deeply virtuous Lords, are betrayed by their virtue, a virtue not balanced out by wisdom leading them to blunder into traps set by their enemies.

  63. tucsonspur February 27, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

    This is too important an issue not to be addressed again. I posted a link above to Jordan Peterson and “toxic masculinity” and now post another one.

    This is particularly important now for us Americans, because it involves our young men, the assault on patriarchy, and the very nature of our American society in particular.

    Here’s another video with Jordan: Please view above also.

    youtube.com/watch?v=9IAWfM6PXsc

    • thwack February 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Whats the big deal?

      It was quite common to attack the masculinity of black males, and we turned out alright?

      Right?

      Hello? Hello…?

      Is this thing on?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 27, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

        You did? News to me. But to be fair, there was never any hope for the Rainbow South Africa or Zimbabwe. It turned out as it would inevitably turn out. As it will here as well wherever Blacks seize control.

        When Prabhupad went by the Detroit Renaissance Center in the 60’s he said, “They will have no renaissance.”

        • janet February 27, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

          Prabhupad was wrong. Renaissance is happening in Detroit right now.

          “I get asked it seems like every day, ‘You’ve got all this investment in downtown and Midtown. It’s great. I like it. But, when’s the investment coming to the neighborhoods?’”

          The Mayor described a pilot neighborhood development program amounting to $30 million in investments from public and private sources.

          “We’re starting in three neighborhoods to prove it makes a difference: in the Livernois/McNichols area, in the West Village area on the east side, and in southwest Detroit near Clark park,” he announced.

          These three neighborhoods are already doing better than many others in the city. Livernois-McNichols includes Marygrove College and abuts the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. The West Village area is full of apartment buildings, nice duplexes, and a few trendy restaurants, with more retail stores planned. The area near Clark Park is better known as Mexicantown. It’s been a growing and vibrant area for a while.”

          Neighborhood by neighborhood. The Renaissance in Detroit has already started.

          • tucsonspur February 27, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

            And will end with the next Kwame Kilpatrick.

            “Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is an American former politician, having served as a Democratic Michigan state representative and mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008. He resigned as mayor in September 2008 after being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail and was released on probation after serving 99 days.
            On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to five years in state prison for violating his probation,[4] and served time at the Oaks Correctional Facility in northwest Michigan. On March 11, 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering.[5] On October 10, 2013, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison”.

      • tucsonspur February 28, 2018 at 12:13 am #

        Sheet, if you count poppin’ other blacks in the ghetto, smackin’ yo’ bitches down, fathering many kids out of wedlock by different mothers, comin’ up with that angry, hateful rap shit, and chasin’ white pussy, you did okay.

        Electing Obama doesn’t count. Shut up and dribble.

    • janet February 27, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

      7 Reasons Why Patriarchy Is Bad (and Feminism is Good) for Men

      thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/7-reasons-why-patriarchy-is-bad-and-feminism-is-good-for-men/

    • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

      Didn’t like it I’m afraid. He seems to want to turn back the clock towards Man as burden bearer. Now that’s a message women will like. In other words, the old responsibilities but without the old prestige and power. He never says Men must rule and rule well or responsibly. He just talks about responsibility. He’s a feminist I fear. Stage one.

      Atlas must shrug. And the Shiva or Destroyer aspect is necessary: we must destroy before we can rebuild. Brahma the Creator would be impotent without Shiva the Destroyer. And only with the Two in harmony, can Vishnu the Preserving aspect be healthy. Peterson seems to want Vishnu aspect without the other two. I don’t buy it.

  64. Pucker February 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

    What is the biohazard sticker for Toxic Masculinity? A big dick covered with a big “X”?

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=9IAWfM6PXsc

    • tucsonspur February 28, 2018 at 12:27 am #

      No, a small one covered with a small t.

  65. Pucker February 27, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

    I once read a book written by a female sociologist called “Men On Strike”. She says that American men responded to Feminism with en masse irresponsibility.

  66. Pucker February 27, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

    Jordan Peterson seems to be saying that a bloke can’t respond to the Logos when he’s on anti-depressants and being mercilessly Pussy Whipped?

  67. Exscotticus February 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    “and whether we will continue to allow the sale of tactical military rifles to the general public”

    Kunstler, how gun-grabby of you to refer to AR-15s as military rifles. Not sure what your definition is, but my definition of a military rifle is one that is commonly used in a military. But no military uses AR-15s. So the AR-15 is not a military rifle.

    Moreover, all gun-related homicides involving rifles of any sort account for a ti