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Andrew Sullivan called it “the Great Awokening” in a shrewd New York Magazine column this week. He refers, off course, to earlier episodes of American religious hysteria, namely the Great Awakening of the 1730s that featured the Rev. Jonathan Edwards raining sulfur and brimstone down on guilt-wracked New Englanders, and then the Second Awakening of the the early 1800s that spun off innumerable Protestant sects, cults, and utopian experiments. I like the term “Wokesterism” because the “ism” part acknowledges that the current hysteria makes a religion out of politics.

      Sullivan’s theory is that Wokesterism is an improvised replacement for sclerotic American Christianity, to fill the vacuum of entropic meaninglessness that pervades life in the republic these days. He says:

     And so we’re mistaken if we believe that the collapse of Christianity in America has led to a decline in religion. It has merely led to religious impulses being expressed by political cults. Like almost all new cultish impulses, they see no boundary between politics and their religion.

     Wokesterism eerily mirrors many of the harsher practices of the most severe American Protestantism. It offers its own original sin, “white privilege,” from which there is neither redemption nor hope of redemption — like the old Presbyterian hell for babies who have come into this world drenched in sin. No amount of abject apology will avail for heretics to Wokesterism. The principal aims of Wokesterism are coercion of others, persecution, and punishment of the guilty (the un-Woke). Most importantly, it requires the suspension of individual conscience in order to promote unthinking, robotic obedience and mob justice. That helps explain the disgraceful blindness of the Wokester Left, especially the educated elites who work in the news media, the computer tech sector, and other “creative class” vocations.

     One thing that Sullivan leaves out is the necessity for the Devil. That role is filled by Mr. Trump. His sinister cargo of belief, countering the Wokefullness of unicorns and rainbows, is the dark theology of MAGA, and Mr. Trump’s followers are the imps, demons, incubi and succubi of deplorable fly-over land. Wokesters will spare no effort to vanquish all this wickedness, and even lying and cheating in the service of that end is considered fair play. Hence the arrant and epic dishonesty of The New York Times.

       Interesting case in point: Yesterday’s developments in the General Flynn court case are not even present in this morning’s Times. I speak of the action on the bench of Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan. It’s been brought to his attention that the scurrilous entrapment of Gen. Flynn by Woke FBI managers entailed departures from normal, lawful procedure. Gen. Flynn was interrogated in January of 2017, and the FBI account of the interview was not written (supposedly) until August of that year. Reports and memoranda must be written ASAP after an interview for the obvious reason that much important fact may be forgotten or misremembered if not documented right away. There is actually reason to believe that earlier versions of the report exist (or did exist), and they were trashed or buried when the main interrogator-of-Flynn, Peter Strzok, was cashiered from Robert Mueller’s team in July 2017. Judge Sullivan has demanded that the FBI produce those earlier docs by today (Friday) at 3:00 pm. It will be interesting to see if the FBI complies… or not. There is also a fair chance that Judge Sullivan will throw out Gen. Flynn’s conviction based on prosecutorial misconduct.

     In the event, we could see the awesome downfall of the Archangel Mueller, and the unravelling of Wokester dreams of defeating the Devil via the Mueller inquisition. It will certainly be an embarrassment to the ardent Wokesters of the news media, who have shilled for this campaign for over two years. The General Flynn business is not the only thread unwinding in the giant tapestry of Wokester narrative. As in other epic persecutions, like the Jacobin Reign of Terror in 1790s France, and Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, the tables are turning. The inquisitors, prosecutors, and executioners are going to face charges themselves, and harsh punishment is not out of the question.

     The defeat of Wokesterism would be a very salutary outcome for a nation that has so badly lost its bearings to the worst of human instincts: religious persecution. It could be a fatal blow to the Democratic Party, which will have to find an alternative reason for its existence than Devil-and-Demon hunting. The Devil hunters themselves could be in the dock in 2019, answering for their actual crimes against American citizens and the public interest. Even the sainted Holy Mother of Wokesterism, the Archangel Hillary, may find herself wingless in a witness chair, answering how all that schwag from Russian banksters happened to end up in her foundation’s cookie jar.


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  1. seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    Christianity is dying because it’s a stupid story proselytized by pedarests for the soul purpose of separating you from your dollars. There is not a single redeeming feature to the whole rotten lot of it. It sucks, it has always sucked, and will always suck. It is a religion for parenting. The people who are going to trespass against you the worst, and it’s not even close, are your parents. As a child it’s the second thing you fear, after your parents. God. What a complete load of crap. not only should it disband, but the whole rotten lot of them should be put in jail.

    • CancelMyCard December 14, 2018 at 9:59 am #

      Obviously someone with severe mother/father issues that have not been resolved.

      Pity.

      Some of us had healthy, loving relationships with our parents growing up. Some did not.

      • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 10:12 am #

        Some have good reason to despise those that spawned them and they may be right to do so judging from the result. Good point CMC.

        • Tate December 14, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

          The spawning of different races should not be encouraged. Their children are between two worlds, comfortable in neither. Our values are not airy abstractions, but are bred into the blood. Look what happens when this principle isn’t followed.

          A beautiful blonde cheerleader 17 years old was stabbed to death & strangled by her football-player boyfriend, who appears to be of a mixed-race union. She was 6 months pregnant with his child. He had to get rid of it. Twisted yes, but he obeyed his blood. The cheerleader was thoroughly confused in her values, for, as you’ll notice, she had a black step-mother.

          abcnews.go.com/US/indiana-teen-pleads-guilty-stabbing-death-classmate-pregnant/story?id=59747481

    • Farmer McGregor December 14, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      SW, are you just trying to pick a fight, or are you actually that sick in the head (and heart)?

      Pity for you, poor soul.

      • malthuss December 14, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

        Do not worry about sea puppy.

    • So many liars December 14, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      Why such venom, seawolf?

      “dying” “stupid” “pederasts” “separating you from your dollars” “not a single redeeming feature” “rotten” “sucks” “fear” “load of crap” “rotten” “put in jail”

      Jesus lived and died – to redeem people like you who seem …. lost – and never asked you for a dime.

      The church, like any group of people, includes the good and bad, the sublime and profane. I’m sorry that your experience with the church is negative. The church isn’t God.

      • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 10:42 am #

        I believe the Catholic Church is Mystery Babylon the Great, the mother of all harlots and abominations of the earth. She is the root of all evil. Look all through history and you’ll find her lurking. To really change this world, the Catholic Church must be destroyed, and the source of her power, her great wealth and her intelligence operations, must be routed. To force a child to come to terms with crucifixion, that is child abuse plain and simple. It’s like showing a snuff film to 1rst graders. The whole Santa Claus thing. It stinks. Parents bring their children to a white haired old man and allow them to sit on his lap. C’mon man!

        • So many liars December 14, 2018 at 10:51 am #

          The Reformation and the continuing existence of millions of Protestant Christians are an indication that millions of people believe the Catholic Church (not Catholic individuals) is at the heart of the evil forces laid out in the book of Revelation. While most Protestants don’t talk about such things anymore, it’s at the heart of their theology. They are Protestants, after all.

          But your original post was trashing Christianity in general. Perhaps that’s not what you meant.

          And Santa Claus? Hey, that’s not in the Bible. Yeah, the holidays are fun, but sitting on Santa’s lap isn’t really a religious exercise. It’s a cultural thing.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

            Good catch. He’s trying to weasel out of explaining himself.

        • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 10:55 am #

          The Catholic Church as the Great Deceiver, and the Pope as the King of the North? Check. Santa as another deception? Of course, I raised my own children to see through that one. But why do you blame this corrupted institution on Jesus? Many have seen through the Great Lie and have called it out for what it is (and what it is not). It is the work of man and as such is flawed, corrupted to the maximum I would say. But none of this is the fault of Jesus, it is the fault of man. It is good that you see it, now you must assign the blame where it belongs and that is not on God or on Christ.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

            There would be no “Bible” but for the Church. And the Bible never said the Bible alone is the Truth. Indeed, the Oral Tradition is just or more important.

            Santa is Odin. Surely you don’t try to make everything rational for little kids! No Tree either? That’s also Germanic. And the date is Eurocentric too: Christ was probably born in the early spring. The animals wouldn’t have been in the fields in mid-winter like that according to many. But the Birth of the Sun is so crucial to European Psychology that a change was effected.

            Santa is also Saint Nicholas Of Myra. A wonderful man who loved to give presents to children. He had a fiery temperament, once punching the heretic Arius in the nose, for which he later apologized. Have you ever apologized to me? Boy, I’d like to pop you one right now. I would apologize too. Later.

          • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

            If you are talking to me Janos, I would have to say that it is not a good idea, it has always led to the instigator suffering severe complications. I you are deserving an apology from me, well I cannot recall why, but I would be happy to give you one in any case. You have my most sincere apology for anything I may have done to wrong you sir. Yet we do disagree on much. Such is the way of men. I am sure that we both can live with it.

            As far as the tale of the original Santa I was always well aware but was referring to the Santa of Mass Consumption. Yes we have always have a tree. This year’s model reaches 12′ to the ceiling, but Baby Jesus always rests comfortably under it’s bows. I do not always type multiple paragraphs to detail all of my points, though I am pretty bad. When I take shortcuts there are always consequences, sorry.

    • pequiste December 14, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      C’mon Wolfie; don’t take it so personally; it’s just business.

      • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 10:54 am #

        Jesse Ventura said the Catholic Church should be prosecuted using the RICO statute. It is an ongoing criminal enterprise. For 2000 years this entity has ruined lives. It’s done it in public and in private. it’s initiated wars, committed genocides, used torture tactics, ruined countless lives abusing children. Her sins reach into the heavens, and yet people come to her defense. And this is just what we know. Wait till we find out what we don’t know.

      • SpeedyBB December 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        ‘…just business…’

        Hmm, where have I heard that before?

        Ah, the Sicilians. Yes.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 14, 2018 at 10:37 am #

      Twerp! Even the dang monkeys in Planet of the Apes devised a moral code to live by. The First Commandment being “Ape shall not kill ape!”

      Civilization is a veneer over our hunter-gatherer nature. There must be rules, or else there can not be large numbers of people living in the same area.

      Look at the “sins” in the Bible. Those sins do not hurt God. Those sins hurt other people, and if left unchecked, lead to societal disintegration.

      You want an area free from religion? Go to your black inner cities. They maybe go to church on Sunday, but they pretty much eschew the commandments. That is what a world without true religious faith looks like, crazy out of control Democrats.

      Squeeky Fromm
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      • NoLongerHuman December 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

        Black inner cities haven’t cornered the market on Hypocrisy. We can just look back to our cherished Conservative leaders like Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Alexander Haig when they swept the raping and killing of nuns under the rug

        “The nuns were not just nuns,” said Jeanne Kirkpatrick (a devout Christian) , one of Reagan’s top foreign policy advisors and his first ambassador to the United Nations, “They were political activists.”

        Secretary of State Alexander Haig, in an appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that “perhaps the vehicle the nuns were riding in may have tried to run a roadblock or may have accidentally been perceived to have been doing so, and there may have been an exchange of fire.” Haig also asked White to send a cable stating that the military was making progress in the investigation of the murders. White, a career diplomat who had served under every president since Eisenhower balked, and sent his own cable: “I will have no part of any cover-up.” Soon thereafter, he was forced out of the foreign service.

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

          Hypocrisy is a very common human trait. Do you really think that Hillary believed that “Black Girl Magic” crap??? Heck no, If she had been honest, she would have said, “What’s the matter with you stupid whores??? You have 4 kids by 4 different baby daddies and then you blame us white folks when you end up flat broke, and having to screw whoevers for rent money???”

          But here’s the difference. When you go to church, you have somebody telling you that you’re a hypocrite on a regular basis! And telling you that the sinful crap you do is wrong.

          Check out this story if you doubt me:

          newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/06/04/mayor-de-blasios-plan-for-elite-new-york-city-high-schools-met-with-…

          Squeeky Fromm
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      • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

        >>> Even the dang monkeys in Planet of the Apes devised a moral code to live by.

        Even the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz had a code of conduct.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

        Apes together, Strong!

    • My Point of View December 14, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest…. Denis Diderot

      All religion is a hoax, intent to keep peasants docile by getting inside their heads with crap about ‘be good, do as we say, and we’ll get you into heaven.’ What total bunk.

      Kings and pharaohs let local religious poobahs keep 10% of what the village produced as it was cheaper than the king using his gold to station enforcers in every village.

      To this day most churches flog flocks to ‘tithe’ 10% of their income to keep the sham rolling. If god is all powerful why is he always broke. All powerful. Needs money. Something wrong with this shit.

      Ancient peasants had NO education of any kind so whatever the local poobah said was taken as fact; they had no knowledge base with which to negotiate or refute anything. This is why Trump loves his uneducated deplorables.

      The human mind craves certainty; if one doesn’t have the answer we make it up. Magical thinking, like a 2-year old. The old testament is a monument to magical thinking, truly the first comic book, a totally made-up set of folklore used by primitive peoples to explain the origins of the universe. They didn’t have science to explain anything so they made it up as they went along. Marvel Comics has nothing on Genesis.

      We know of at least 3700 deities created by humans in the past 6000 years of recorded history. There are at least 20 known “sun” gods. The Romans had 3 deities just for their sewer system; 2 male and 1 female sewer god. When Rome’s sewers clogged they prayed to the female god to unclog them. To this day women still get the shit jobs.

      Religion is the worst pox ever unleashed on humanity. It sets up just about every bloody ‘us’ versus ‘them’ contest around the globe. It’s endless, and so are the genocides caused by religions.

      Man will not be free, we will not have peace, until we get rid of this scourge.

      • NoLongerHuman December 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

        Well Said MPV

      • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

        And no religion is more violent than Communism as per today’s sermon.

        • malthuss December 14, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

          religion is just a term.
          Is politics a religion?

          • abbybwood December 15, 2018 at 2:02 am #

            I think to all these individuals featured in this clip put out by Jimmy Dore, politics is absolutely a religion:

            youtube.com/watch?v=MdHtAzFNwjE

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 3:36 am #

            They sound brainwashed.

      • jdhines December 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

        MPV,

        You are absolutely correct! Organized religion (not spirituality) is the single worst thing that has befallen mankind. A real tragedy if ever there was one.

        Too bad so many suckers are still being sucked in by its incessant BS. Reminds me of a certain political party that attracts the same suckers. “Somebody died so that you may live.” For the love of god and all things holy!

        JDH

      • amb December 14, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

        Most all religions began with good intentions. The problem is they all became compromised and lost there societal value once infected by ignorance and immorality. This is what takes down every religion, government, empire, group, institution, etc.

        Over the millenia, there has been something that we don’t understand about ourselves. This understanding is the key to the lock.

      • outOfTheMoney December 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

        “Think about it! Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry, forever and ever, `til the end of time. But he loves you! He loves you. He loves you and he needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise… Somehow – just can’t handle money!” — George Carlin

      • Tate December 14, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

        And Man will be ‘free’ for that? Strangling the king with the entrails of the last priest? How sicko do you have to be to believe that? It takes a profoundly distempered & twisted personality to invent such an image. Man in such a scenario descends to a level that even wild beasts do not inhabit. This is why men must have rules & laws, why they must exist within ordered hierarchies, why they must follow custom & revere tradition. Otherwise, their own inventions will annihilate them in ways that other creatures cannot even imagine.

        • Tate December 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

          This Diderot, one has to assume he did, & is, & will be till the end of time, rotting in Hell. That’s what ‘freedom’ is. It’s first a lure, & then a trap. It’s the Killing Fields of Laos, a living Hell.

    • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      Oh and by the way seawolf, if Christianity is indeed dying as you suggest it is, I would say this. Christianity is based on a consideration for others first, before self. In our society of me, me, me, I am the center of the universe mentality, how does it even have a place, much less fit in at all? When enough of the population is so self centered, so hell bent on consuming mass quantities, so determined to utilize others only for selfish personal gain, who needs any religion at all? It is a free for all, a clusterfuck. Perhaps that is why we find ourselves here.

      • darrell dullnig December 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

        Yes, you got it, Walter. And, furthermore, you are the proof of the pudding. You are so typical of the hypocritical element in this society, lamenting that evil is so prevalent, yet not discerning that you, yourself are so central to that evil. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you!

        • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

          Sorry darrell dullwit but could you be a little more specific as to how I display this evil? I would dearly love to hear your accusations.

          • darrell dullnig December 15, 2018 at 8:37 am #

            Yes, you would like that, Walter. It would give you another opportunity to display your fake humility. I really do not have much of a case against you when it comes to that. You are victimized by having been born a good man in an evil age. It is a tough position to be in, but someone has to carry that load.

          • Walter B December 15, 2018 at 11:29 am #

            Thank for the vote of confidence, but I would not say that I was or am a good man. I try my best, but I have screwed up just as much as the next guy and have sins that I will have to answer for even though they are said to have already been forgiven.

            I have corrected my complaints about my human cohabitators in this plane to refer to those who screw up as “too many” and not just as a whole. I cannot see the whole picture but from what I do see, there is much need for improvement in all of us including me. I am no better than any other person on this planet though I carry myself better than some and not as well as others. I would love to see at least one person read what I write, question the value in it, and apply a change in what they do if they deem any of it of value. If not even one can do this then I am just a fart in the wind and an old one at that. There are a number here that would certainly not argue that statement.

    • SouthernYankee December 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

      I’d much rather subscribe to a naive paradigm, as you suggest, which serves to edify me and describe my place in the universe as a dignified wonderful creation of a loving benefactor than to believe in the awful damning hopelessness you offer as an alternative. Just because a bunch of unscrupulous men in robes and caps have chosen, for 1700 years, to co-opt and misrepresent Jesus and his teachings, in effect to monetize and politicize a very simple and beautiful thing, doesn’t invalidate the truth he sought to convey. I’m sorry SeaWolf for your pain. But don’t you think YOU’VE misled? (:

      • darrell dullnig December 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

        Wolf might have some hang up relating to his upbringing, but he may just be someone who has looked at the history of the Catholic Church and come to the realistic conclusion that at its core, it is rotten. I would add that there is no reason to focus on the church. Everything that man touches eventually rots. Look around you at the results.

  2. thenuttyneutron December 14, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    The real fun has not even started. The DNC house takes over in January.

  3. John of the West December 14, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    The longer all this drags on, the more paralyzed the nation will become and the more magnified our current problems will be until it becomes critical. This is a sign of a failing society, one which is going to enter a worsening spiral unless it is corrected.

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    • pequiste December 14, 2018 at 10:38 am #

      And ye seek a sign, but the only sign ye shall receive (of the implosion of the Empire Americain), shall be the sign of unilateral cessation of foreign military actions; overseas U.S. military base closures, and the return of U.S. military personnel to CONUS.

      Although if you see that your garbage has not been picked up for a few weeks by the local trash collection agency; that’s a pretty good indicator too.

    • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 11:14 am #

      His closing ‘graph sums it up nicely:

      “Ultimately, it really won’t matter what happens with removing Trump from office. If he is removed, then it will signal that an [overwhelming] media and political blitz against a person will serve to keep someone out of office if the ballot box won’t. If he is not removed, then there will still be lingering vitriol that will just make Washington more toxic as time goes on. This is the kind of contradiction that ultimately proves fatal for a nation, where politics become a form of the Prisoner’s Dilemma where even minimal compromise is unthinkable. In this case, compromise would look like the Democrats taking a step back from trying to remove Trump, bolstering their own messaging, finding out what people really want, and thinking a generation or two ahead, not just to the next election. Unfortunately, it looks like support for that kind of thinking is limited and best, and we’re going to see more and more investigations, denials, and prosecutions in a time when what we really need is leadership and focus.”

      • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 11:23 am #

        We should do it at the ballot box. I don’t think Nixon should have resigned or been impeached, they just had to give Ford his turn running things, since he never could have been elected and he required payment for his fine work on the Warren Commission.

        • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 11:39 am #

          You’re beginning to connect the dots when you mention the Warren Commission.

  4. ralphm December 14, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    Re. the last part, so why, after 2 years of Republican control of both the Congress and White House, not to mention the Supreme Court, was no special prosecutor assigned the task of investigating the Clintons, their foundation, the Russian uranium affair, etc.? I.e., deceit, cronyism, and oligarchy among the Democrat elites? No grand jury investigation? That ship now appears to have sailed, with the capture of House control by the Dems – to further vanish over the horizon when a Dem wins in 2020?? Mr. Kunstler and assorted wags of the conservative media (Carlson, Alex Jones, etc.) keep whaling on that one, but even though there appears to be much more there than there was with Benghazi, no Republican action was taken when they had a chance. Why?

    • pequiste December 14, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      You have just posed the trillion dollar question Ralphm.

    • James Howard Kunstler December 14, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      A new attorney general is on his way into office: William Barr. He will have the authority to deal with all this misconduct. — jhk

      • jdhines December 14, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

        Jim,

        “A new attorney general is on his way into office: William Barr. He will have the authority to deal with all this misconduct.”

        That may be so, but the question was actually “why didn’t the Republicans investigate Hilliary & Bill when they had every opportunity to do so?”

        I can only surmise that they knew there was nothing there. After all, they have been down many rabbit holes where the Clintons are concerned (Whitewater, Benghazi, etc.) where they felt there might exist even the slimmest chance of a conviction.

        It simply doesn’t compute, that the Republicans just decided to let this slide “just because.” This fact tends to weaken the entire premise of your argument that anyone will be made to atone for persecuting the bete noir of the left, his orangeness.

        At some point, you and your followers may be forced to admit that the bete, his orangeness, brought all his own problems on himself, which seems to be the most plausible if one considers his past actions and overall character.

        Nevertheless, let us give Mr. Barr ample opportunity, along with the Q group, your followers, etc. to prove that the everyone, Ds and Rs alike, is out to get the nation’s guardian. Pretty steep hill to climb it would seem to me.

        I’m just saying

        JDH

        • amb December 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

          You forgot that there are no “Republicans and Democrats”. At the top of the pyramid is an apolitical elite. Media, politicians, parties, government, etc. are their pawns.

          It’s them against us (citizens of countries that have their own culture, etc.). We win or… extreme darkness and negativity.

    • capt spaulding December 14, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      Because, ralphm, they all ultimately belong to the same club, and nobody wants to rock the boat. Every politician retires from congress as a millionaire, or becomes one soon after.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

        And the Republicans play the role of professional losers, like the White Boy teams that used to travel with the Harlem Globetrotters. It will become more obvious as the Democrats darken. To complete the analogy: some of the White Boy Losers are not only in the Club, but own the whole franchise. They are not inferior to the Democrat Globetrotters in reality. They play it this way to throw everyone off the scent.

        • Tate December 14, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

          To those for whom it hasn’t become obvious, one can only conclude that it will never become obvious. Same chamber of commerce turds who oppose e-verify, I suppose. But it’s good work if you can get it. What else would kept creatures like Jonah Goldberg, Max Boot & David French do without that gig?

    • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      Well we did have that recent FBI raid on the Uranium One whistleblower. I confess I don’t entirely understand its purpose. To silence Cain and stop the leak? Too late for that. Pure revenge? Too risky. As a warning to other would-be whistleblowers? Perhaps. To acquire other incriminating documents Cain may have been holding back as insurance? Hmmm…

      One thing is certain, the raid demonstrates just how powerless the lame-duck Dems in the House will be. If the FBI and DoJ can flat out ignore a formal request for records by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (whose panel has oversight of the Justice Department), then what hope to House Dems have with their harrassment plans? Subpoenas? To be served by what executive?

    • My Point of View December 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

      Ralph, if Clinton truly did commit crimes the GOP would’ve had a freaking field day bringing her up on charges — in a NY minute. Fox News would’ve held all-day sessions bragging how they helped bring such a cretin to justice.

      All those hearings on Benghazi and her email server had one goal: to endlessly drag her through the mud to poison her name with the public in hope of ending her political career. They fear her. Putin fears her. That’s it. Character assassination so no one would vote for her. It worked well enough to let the world’s worst “business” man become president.

      • Gonzo December 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

        I can’t imagine there are any politicians at that level that haven’t committed crimes. That’s why HRC hasn’t been prosecuted. Comey stared into a camera and basically said “Yep, she committed crimes…but I’m sure she didn’t mean it, and no real prosecutor would have any reason to take on the case.” Too many skeletons across the board.

    • oilie December 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      It was not so crystal clear that the Dems were committed to removing Trump ASAP, but they were. They won the game when they got Sessions to recuse. With no AG there was no way to start a real investigation with teeth after the disclosure of criminal misbehavior in the DOJ and FBI. Until there is a prosecutor who can bring actual indictments, this will never end as JHK wishes.

    • abbybwood December 15, 2018 at 2:25 am #

      Because no Congress ever really does anything regarding “justice”.

      Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will have to be indicted through the legal system, probably involving a grand jury. For all we know one has already been impaneled.

      My understanding is that U.S. Attorney from Utah, John Huber, is currently in a deep dive investigation of The Clinton Foundation as it relates to “tax problems” and quid pro quo deals Hillary made while Secretary of State with many countries to the tune of BILLIONS of dollars.

      According to Charles Ortel who has studied The Clinton Foundation for a decade, the general gist of the Clinton’s problem is “international charity fraud” and now there are whistleblowers who have come forward saying they know where all the skeletons are buried regarding accounting shenanigans/taxes:

      youtube.com/watch?v=krGLTOjFvOk

      Obviously I have no way of knowing when/if HRC will ever be indicted related to The Clinton Foundation (or even the private server caper), but I think in the end it will be the cover-up/lying she and her minions have worked so hard to keep alive that will be her un-doing.

  5. So many liars December 14, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Imps, demons, the Devil himself – seems like the timing is a few weeks off. This would have been a nice Halloween essay.

    On the other hand, since the cast includes the Holy Mother and the Archangel, maybe it could be twisted into a strange Christmas story. Who is the baby Jesus?

    • My Point of View December 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Who is the baby Jesus?

      Easy. Gotta be Jared, bringer of peace to the mideast dontcha know.

      Ivanka as virgin mother, miraculously impregnated by her father, god, the king of Hotelistan.

      Kavanaugh as the ass they rode in on.

      Issa, Gowdy and Ryan as the 3 wise guys.

      A whole harem of soiled women, staring Palin, Conway, Sanders, Melania, Hicks, Haley, et al

      A cornucopia of village idiots: Sessions, Flynn, Spicer, Scaramucci, Priebus, Carson, Perry, Guiliani, scores more

      Hark the herald, dude!

      • jdhines December 14, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

        MPV,

        Now that, IS laughing out loud funny!!! You, sir, may have a future in comedy!

        JDH

    • abbybwood December 15, 2018 at 2:45 am #

      I don’t think we need to concern ourselves too much with the whole religious thing on the east and west coasts.

      Last night I attended a “Holiday Program” at a private K-6 school in the valley here in Los Angeles and it was as anti-Christmas as one could possibly imagine.

      All the songs they performed were either about Santa Claus, Kwaanza or Hanukkah. Jesus Christ had definitely left the theater.

      It was positively shocking to see what “the adults” had these little kids do in front of a live audience.

      Rap songs with the kids wearing shades and gyrating their hips, girls dancing in a highly sexualized way and looking like they were Jon Benet Ramsey’s twins to songs having NOTHING to do with Christmas or why it is celebrated.

      Just imagine. A “Holiday Program” with nary a mention of Christmas with a “look how hot my six year old is” twist!

      But they made sure to have a beautiful dying “Christmas Tree” for the background!

      Go to a similar school in one of the “flyover states” where all the deplorables live and I would think in one of those schools there would be an all together different program where Christmas songs would actually be sung to remind people of why the majority of Americans still celebrate “Christmas”.

      Merry Christmas everybody!!!!

      Sad.

  6. Walter B December 14, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Boy Jim, instant attack from shitwolf, you certainly hit a nerve. One can hardly wait until Little Dickey sees your assault on his beloved rag and then watch out for the Harpies of Hate to drop from the sky like Stuka dive bombers mowing down the fleeing peasants to come after us who frequent this place.

    I like the new religion concept though Satan is surely not DJT. He may be a servant of the Dark One or not, who can tell yet, but there are many who bow down before the Cast Out One, many who serve him and many of them frequent this place, especially at the bottom of the cesspool. Evil zealots assaulting any who would question their New World Order. Perhaps the spirit of Old Man Bush has been showered upon them as he passed onto judgment, spurring them on to rekindled attack.

    One thing is certain James, there are many who come here not to listen to you, but to spread the new religion of which you write today. Let us hope that they are not nearly as successful as the Jesuits or we shall be hard pressed to maintain our sanity. Thank you once again for your insight.

  7. shotho December 14, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    All of which Mr. Kunstler opines could come true or not. The story could end in other ways. Religious movements are not really predictable. But, that we need meaning and purpose in our lives is a constant in human nature. It is not easily filled by secular and material forces. I would caution the readers to not be fooled by anti-supernatural responses to this article. The supernatural will always break into human history because we long for and sense that there is more to life than this particular realm of time and space. Is this longing irrational, no. Are some of the manifestations of it in history irrational and evil, yes.

    • K-Dog December 14, 2018 at 11:26 am #

      Aye,

      that we need meaning and purpose in our lives is a constant in human nature. It is not easily filled by secular and material forces

      Direction people need and they flounder without it.
      In a world where everything goes and nothing matters there is no direction so in these times a man’s compass does not know where to point. Men being social creatures have difficulty finding direction on their own and it is true there has been a certain amount of ‘$white $privilege’ enjoyed by a minority of white men the concentrating on privilege misses the point.

      Wokesterismm smonkterismm, how bout some getoffyourassismm. Thinking about $white $privelege is a waste of time no matter how you feel about. The world is what you make of it and while a small number of people, who mostly in America are white, seem to have a free ride, stroking your green eyed monster does you no good. All it gives you is and excuse.

      Man up.

      Truth is successful people are successful because they had direction and made something of themselves. Success can’t easily be handed to a person. The world does not work that way. There are exceptions and Trump is one of them but the truth is most of the people who you may be jealous of actually did something on their own to get what they have.

  8. Farmer McGregor December 14, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    “The inquisitors, prosecutors, and executioners are going too face charges themselves, and harsh punishment is not out of the question.” —JHK

    Oh Jim, fear we can only wish it would be so.

    The roots of the left and the deep state in general reach all the way to the bottom of the pit. That justice will be served is about as likely as that proverbial snowball. I appreciate your hopefulness, though.

    –Greg

    • Q. Be the Plan December 14, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      Predators becoming prey.
      got-truth.com/docs/Predators%20turning%20into%20prey.pdf

      #Qarmy. #Qanon

      Q.

      • Farmer McGregor December 14, 2018 at 10:38 am #

        Umm Q,

        From Qanon: “Apparently there is a Congressional hearing today that will blow the lid off the Clinton Foundation’s role in a global child-predator cannibal sex trafficking tax evasion ring. “

        Seriously? Cannibal?

        Gosh, this looks like really effective stuff that’ll fix the nation for sure.

        • malthuss December 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

          I dont believe in Q anon.
          I do see the Clintons involved in trafficking.

          Cannibalism = satanism, Masons, talmudists.

  9. akmofo December 14, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    Yes, Communism is a Vatican religion. The Clinton gov mafia is a Vatican Fascist-Commie-Nazi hybrid. Their tactics is that of Vatican Fascist-Commie-Nazis, because they are all snakes spawned and sponsored by the one Vatican medusa.

    James,
    You might want to educate yourself regards “our” Nazi “medical system”:
    .
    .
    The Nazi roots of the European Union: World War 2 continued by other means – by Jon Rappoport

    Once upon a time, there was an industrial combine in Nazi Germany called IG Farben. It was the largest chemical/pharmaceutical octopus in the world. It owned companies, and it had favorable business agreements with companies from England to Central America to Japan.

    The author of The Devil’s Chemists, Josiah DuBois, traveled to Guatemala, on a fact-finding mission, in the early days of World War 2, and returned with the comment that, as far as he could tell, Guatemala was “a wholly owned subsidiary of Farben.”

    The pharmaceutical empire was and is one of the major forces behind the European Union (EU). It is no accident that these drug corporations wield such power. They aren’t only involved in controlling the medical cartel; they are political planners.

    This is how and why Big Pharma fits so closely with what is loosely referred to as the New World Order. The aim of enrolling every human in a cradle-to-grave system of disease diagnosis and toxic drug treatment has a larger purpose: to debilitate, to weaken populations.

    This is a political goal. It facilitates control.

    IG Farben’s main component companies, at the outbreak of World War 2, were Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst. They were chemical and drug companies. Farben put Hitler over the top in Germany as head of State, and the war was designed to lead to a united Europe that would be dominated by the Farben nexus.

    The loss of the war didn’t derail that plan. It was shifted into an economic blueprint, which became, eventually, the European Union.

    The European Commission’s first president was Walter Hallstein, the Nazi lawyer who, during the war, had been in charge of post-war legal planning for the new Europe.

    As the Rath Foundation reports: In 1939, on the brink of the war, Hallstein had stated, “The creation of the New Law [of the Nazis] is ONLY the task of the law-makers!”

    In 1957, with his reputation sanitized, Hallstein spoke the words in this manner: “The European Commission has full and unlimited power for all decisions related to the architecture of this European community.”

    Post-war, IG Farben was broken up into separate companies, but those companies (Bayer, Hoechst, and BASF) came roaring back, attaining new profit highs.

    I refer you to the explosive book, The Nazi Roots of the Brussels EU, by Paul Anthony Taylor, Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Dr. Matthias Rath, and August Kowalczyk. You can also read it at relay-of-life.org. It is a dagger in the heart of the EU.

    At the Rath Foundation, you can also read Joseph Borkin’s classic, “The Crime and Punishment of IG Farben.”

    In 1992, I was deeply engaged in researching the specific devastating effects of medical drugs. Eventually, I concluded that, at the highest levels of power, these drugs weren’t destructive by accident. They were intended to cause harm. This was covert chemical warfare against the population of the planet. The Rockefeller-Standard Oil-Farben connection was a primary piece of the puzzle.

    It was, of course, Rockefeller (and Carnegie) power that had forced the birth of pharmaceutical medicine in America, with the publication of the 1910 Flexner Report. The Report was used to excoriate and marginalize Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, and other forms of traditional natural practice, in favor of what would become the modern juggernaut of drug-based treatment.

    In an article about the FDA, “Medical Murder in the Matrix,” I point out the fact that this federal agency has permitted at least 100,000 deaths of Americans, per year, from the direct effects of drugs it, the FDA, has certified as safe. (See, for example, JAMA, July 26, 2000, ‘Is US Health Really the Best in the World,’ Dr. Barbara Starfield.)

    The FDA knows these death figures. “Unintended” and “accidental” can no longer be applied to this ongoing holocaust.

    The pharmaceutical industry itself also knows those death figures.

    To understand the dimensions and history of the ongoing chemical warfare against the population, in the form of medical drugs (and of course pesticides), one must factor in the original octopus, IG Farben.

    World War 2 never ended. It simply shifted its strategies.

    In any fascist system, the bulk of the people working inside the system, including scientists, refuse to believe the evidence of what is happening before their own eyes. They insist they are doing good. They believe they are on the right side. They see greater top-down control as necessary and correct. They adduce “reasonable” explanations for inflicted harm and death.

    World War 2 is still underway. The battleground has been changed, and the means are far cleverer.

    Sun Tzu wrote: “Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting… The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities…It is best to win without fighting.”

    This is what has been happening: invisible warfare.
    .
    .
    jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/exposed-nazi-roots-of-the-european-union/

    • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 10:51 am #

      Still researching your Vatican connection allegations, but the Nazi roots in US/western business and deep state affairs are indeed deep and well documented. Good stuff!

    • FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      Communism is a Vatican religion

      The word “communism” has a root in Christian “communion”.

      • Hands4u December 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

        Look a little deeper(again blaming the “Christians” the Root of the word has to do with the language in this case “com, comun” are latin and greek.

    • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      I believe the Catholic Church was behind the infecting of 100 million Americans, myself included, with cancer causing viruses in that Trojan Horse, the polio vaccine. They own the pharmacutical companies. I believe the Catholic Church owns something like 25% of all hospitals. The human imagination cannot conceive of evil on this scale and it dismisses it at its own peril. Dr.. Mary’s Monkey.

      • malthuss December 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

        My mother and aunt had polio.
        No thanks.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

        What about the anal probes from Alpha Centauri?

    • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      The EU wants to breed Whites out of existence with people from Africa and Asia. Their Plan (called the Kalergi Plan) is already well along and is working splendidly. The Nazis had a diametrically opposite Plan, to preserve the People of Europe, particularly the Nordic.

      In short, you are obviously Wrong. Some of your data is both correct and interesting, but your interpretation is fallacious. And some of the data doesn’t apply to the question directly in any case.

      Yes, Big Business always wants an IN. Does that mean they wanted the Nazis to win? By and large, No. But would they have wanted to do business with them if they had? Of course! If you cover all the numbers on the wheel, you never lose. And the salesman always wants his foot in the door one way or another.

      Was there some great conspiracy to inflict Cellphones on Humanity? Despite credible evidence they may be harmful to the brain? No need. Their convenience trumps every other consideration. Now you all but have to have one. Smart phones are becoming necessary as well. And after that, direct implants. But those who accept the Chip will not see God as the New Testament says.

      • akmofo December 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        The Nazis had a diametrically opposite Plan, to preserve the People of Europe, particularly the Nordic.
        ==

        Yes, Yan, and the Nazis chose an interesting way to go about this plan. Remind me again how many millions of “white people” did they preserve by way of their war machine. Fifty million dead? One hundred million dead? Do we even know?

        I’m just curious, how many Vatican clergy do you figure died in that Nazi plan preserve the People of Europe?

        • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

          Yes, both Jewish Communism and Judeo-Masonic Capitalism attacked Germany, fighting as it was to preserve the White Man and his Civilization. The zombified White Americans fought against their own brothers to our eternal shame – and their own long term interests.

          Hitler didn’t like Christianity and planned to phase it out. Some Catholics and Protestants protested his regime and died in the Camps. So you’re completely wrong to think Nazism was “Vatican”. That Hitler was born and raised Catholic means little. He rejected it as did his opponent, Stalin.

          After WW1, Black Mercenaries were brought into to begin the process of extermination via miscegenation. If Germany and the Fascists hadn’t fought, the process would simply be that much farther along.

          • akmofo December 15, 2018 at 4:04 am #

            Stop lying. Nobody attacked the Nazis. It was the Nazi ubermensch that attacked and invaded Europe and Russia, wanting to exterminate everyone and turn them into beast of burden slaves.

            You didn’t answer my question. How many gay pederast Vatican clergy did the Nazis put in their death camps for being gay degenerate pederasts? They didn’t. Because the Nazis themselves with their gay Nazi uniforms were gay degenates just like their Vatican brethren which they modeled themselves on. The Gestapo the CIA the KGB are exact copies of the Jesuit order. They are the Jesuit order!

            And btw, thanks to

            judicialwatch.org/blog/tag/george-soros/

            we now know that the Nazi Soros is a CIA agent and that he gets his money from the CIA. This is always as I’ve known and deduced, and as I’ve been saying: They always hide behind their anti-Jewish “Jewish” muppets and storefront manikins.

  10. JustSaying December 14, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    …entropic meaninglessness that pervades life in the republic…

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

    A poem for our time.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 14, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      If you like Eliot, you may enjoy this book. Not your typical Eliot in many places.:

      Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    • wet dog December 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Brando as Colonel Kurtz reading “The Hollow Men”, from Apocalypse Now:

      youtube.com/watch?v=IPeHO1r8paU

      Coppola used Eliot’s themes in a number of places.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 14, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

        That was great! Thank you for posting it! Here is one you might like, the best reading of the Wasteland, IMO:

        youtube.com/watch?v=Hcj4G45F9pw

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • wet dog December 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

          Alec Guiness! Thank you, I never heard this version. I’ll listen to it later today.

          I always enjoyed the Waste Land since reading it when I was 21. I even grabbed a book which compared the original manuscript with Ezra Pound’s annotations and cross-outs to the final version. Eliot seemed to have gone insane at this point in his life. Wasn’t he at a Swiss “asylum” (that’s not the word I’m really looking for, but you get the idea).

          It’s strange how WW1 influenced these writers: Eliot wrote a disjointed “masterpiece” while experiencing a mental breakdown, while Tolkien created a vast, very coherent mythology, while maintaining his Catholicism.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 14, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

            The Facsimile is great! I love the whole “He do the police in different voices” thing.

            I stole the cassette tapes of Alec Guiness from my dad, but is much nicer with them on MP4s. Guiness also did Prufrock, and Sweeney Among the Nightingales too, with others. But I never truly “got” the Wasteland in an emotional sense until I heard the Guiness interp.

            You might also enjoy this, a newsletter which I hope will continue into 2019:

            prufrocknews.com/

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • wet dog December 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

            Squeeky,

            I did the same thing with my Pop. He had a record of Robert Speaight reading the Waste Land and Prufrock and Hollow Men. I was listening to it as a kid and of course never understood what was going in my ear! Though I liked Eliot’s cat stories 🙂

            Then after college, I “rediscovered” all of it and enjoyed it a great deal. Speaight would change voices and assume different roles in the poem, rolling through British accents. Those were great actors back in the day. If you ever saw Pygmailion, Wendy Hiller did a fantastic job with the accents she had to learn, from the cockney “gutter” talk all the way to being a duchess.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

            Wet Dog:

            I found it on youtube! Thanks for the tip!

            youtube.com/watch?v=3VoBtk0-xIs

            A whole 59 views. How sad!

            Anyway, I am listening and downloading.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • wet dog December 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

            Squeeky,

            I’m halfway through Guiness and am enjoying it.

            And thanks for finding Speaight. I still have the original album, but now I’ve downloaded the MP4 to this machine and it’s saved for “posterity” 🙂

            It’s fun comparing the approaches both of them take to the material.

          • SpeedyBB December 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            Wet Dog: ‘Sanitorium’?

            (Australian health food brand: ‘Sanitarium’. Ugh.)

      • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

        Morrison had some pipes on him.

    • SpeedyBB December 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      Naw, I never saw Thomas Stearns as the life of the party.

      Lampshade on his head, balancing two martinis and lapping from each.

      Tickling the fat ladies in the ribs.

      Could you imagine having a roommate like that? Only if you shared with four big jocks, yelling and throwing a basketball around, doing chinups on the doorframe and playing bongos at 2am.

      Bummer.

  11. fugeguy December 14, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Pox on both their houses.

  12. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 14, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    JHK:

    Thank you sooo much for saying, “It offers its own original sin, “white privilege,” from which there is neither redemption nor hope of redemption — like the old Presbyterian hell for babies who have come into this world drenched in sin.”

    I have been saying this for years! The New Puritans even have their own version of “Speaking in Tongues”, which is the meaningless drivel they spout. To show how bad it it has gotten, you might enjoy this:

    —-
    Great Britain has embraced the “nanny state” in regulating speech and conduct that are deemed unhealthy or inimical to good social policy. The latest example are new rules to take effect in 2019 the will ban sexist or gender stereotypes from advertising. This includes showing men or women in gender stereotypical activities because such images are deemed to contribute to pay inequality or psychological harm.

    The rules will also crackdown on ads that promote the concept of being more romantically successful with more beautiful bodies. Who will decide such questions? The Advertising Standards Authority of course.

    Moreover, jokes will also be banned if they are deemed as advancing stereotypes. ASA’s Ella Smillie, who helped to devise the new rules, explained that “The use of humour or banter is unlikely to mitigate against the potential for harm. It’s fine to show people undertaking gender-stereotypical roles such a woman cleaning.

    jonathanturley.org/2018/12/14/british-ads-barred-in-2019-from-showing-any-form-of-gender-stereotype/…
    —–

    There is more at the link, but this is really in line with several of your last articles.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 12:10 am #

      The New Puritans are anti-nature and ultimately anti-human.

  13. TPTB-USA December 14, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    “Yesterday’s developments in the General Flynn court case are not even present in this morning’s Times. …” JHK

    Who do I see about getting a refund?

    • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      I think Lil’ SnackPack might be able to help you out.

      • TPTB-USA December 14, 2018 at 11:07 am #

        I already wrote-off the Times refund, I’m talking about a refund for the Muller Investigation!

        • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 11:37 am #

          Oh. I think we’re all hosed on that one.

          • TPTB-USA December 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

            Like you, I expect that the refund will look bloody awful.

    • pequiste December 14, 2018 at 10:51 am #

      Ask Lil’ Deb; she/he/it works for them.

      • draupnir December 14, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

        I’m still put out with with her. I asked to see her math and she gave me grammar school arithmetic. I didn’t need my white board to see the fatal flaw – a fantasy number plugged into a variable that had to have been pulled out of somebody’s butt (probably not hers). As soon as she wrote “assume” my bullshit indicator starting flashing red. She was so proud to have proven her contention that UBI would save 168 billion dollars.Won’t that be nice? That’s just a rounding error in an unpayable 19 trillion dollar national debt. Never trust a socialist, they can’t do math.

        This is not the first time I’ve heard of Universal Basic Income. Some guy on Mish’s site was pushing that snake oil 10-12 years ago. As far as I can see proponents are an over-schooled and undereducated Idealistic lot, who believe they can repeal the law of unintended consequences and have no clue about human nature. This leads me to believe its a bunch of 20 somethings being led around by the nose. The question here is by whom and to what end? Maturity is a wonderful thing, you’ve been conned so many times you get a sort of spidey sense tingle when presented with another one.

  14. izzy December 14, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    This is a particularly stimulating analogy. Something to get everyone going here.

    And it’s barely a start. Crooked politicians are not hard to spot. But what is actually in all those black boxes that have grown so big in the dark? Is the real ‘America’ hiding there?

    forbes.com/sites/kotlikoff/2018/07/21/is-our-government-intentionally-hiding-21-trillion-in-spending…

    • So many liars December 14, 2018 at 11:01 am #

      I’m no economist, nor even an accountant, but even I can smell corruption. The information at your link needs to be viewed by a larger audience.

    • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

      Rumsfeld did this right before 9/11. Went on stage and said they couldn’t account for several trillion in the Defense Department.

    • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

      What was it spent on?

  15. Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    Provocative as always, Mr. K! Andrew Sullivan as well. The funny part is that the devil seekers never realize that the demons they seek to exorcise are always and without exception within themselves, rather than “out there” in other people, places, philosophies, or events. Trump is not a symptom of our demise, he merely reflects it exceedingly clearly, and the vision is not at all flattering in the least. Thus the dripping irony when Sullivan opines:

    “And I realized how profoundly I yearn for something like that to reappear in America. The toll of Trump is so deep. In so many ways, he has come close to delegitimizing this country and entire West, aroused the worst instincts within us, fed fear rather than confronting it, and has been rewarded for his depravity in the most depressing way by everything that is foul on the right and nothing that is noble.”

    Evidently Mr. Sullivan has been asleep for the past 70 years or so. Trump might well represent the apex of our imperialist depravity, but it’s a tall mountain of shoulders indeed that he stands on to attain that exalted view. A better question to ask might be, when exactly was a country so utterly committed to worldwide warfare and human suffering ever legitimate and not depraved? Time to put on our big boy pants and answer some hard questions requiring real introspection this time, rather than reaching out blindly for the next flavor of the week bought and paid for politician to save our sorry asses.

    • darrell dullnig December 15, 2018 at 9:27 am #

      Well said, Scratch!

  16. FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Traditional vs nontraditional society

    The history of the Montfort family is of great importance for understanding the essence of the political or rather geopolitical struggle that has unfolded in US, the surface part of which is called the “Mueller Commission”.

    Indeed, it was the son of the head of the Albigensian Crusade, Simon de Montfort, the 6th Earl of Leicester who was the ancestor of that political tradition, the symbol of which is the notorious pyramid with a small eye on a dollar bill.

    This tradition is now embodied in US by Hillary Clinton, fighting the traditional society, of which the symbol is a ring, not only in US and Russia, but in the whole world.

    This ring, colloquially referred to as “The King is good – the nobility are bad!”, closes around the personality of the King, because in traditional society it is the King who, together with the people, opposes the oligarchy that oppresses the people, and barons need freedom for scot-free enjoyment of the right to the first night and fencing of public lands.

    But the liberal “intelligentsia”, in fact, being petty bourgeois in the worst sense of the word, does not know anything about Simone de Montfort, who created the pyramidal structure of society, and think that “The good king and the bad nobility!” it’s just a figure of speech.

    • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      Fincaln,

      You reminded me of an old political pattern in the Greek City States. The aristocracy would become so oppressive, the unwashed common people would turn to a demigogue/dictator to represent their interests against the oligarchs.

      In a sense Trumps is that demagogue.And It takes someone with “rough edges” to really kick ass. Yeah, we know he’s not a saint. But we really want to see globalists and their agenda beaten until they’re dead.

  17. hmuller December 14, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    Seawolf,

    Aren’t you the one who told me Julius Cesar and Cleopatra were the parents of Jesus Christ? That nuclear weapons don’t exist? That the moon landing was filmed in a Hollywood studio?

    Clearly, you have a rich imagination and we need to hear more. All settled dogma should be questioned; all radical ideas explored. For example, Is the earth flat in your opinion?

    • Farmer McGregor December 14, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      And what about those space lizards?

      • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 11:06 am #

        Oh they’re real. Queen Elizabeth can unhinge her jaw and swallow rats whole. Big ones, too. She just doesn’t like to show off on TV.

      • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 11:15 am #

        Hey they laughed at David Icke when he said England was run by pedophiles. They’re not laughing anymore. Jimmy Saville and Edward Heath.

        • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 11:53 am #

          I tend to think our conscious minds have been trapped in something resembling a computer generated virtual reality matrix. Now that’s a metaphor, the actual technology is probably very advanced and beyond our current understanding.

          The great science fiction writer, Phillip K Dick, had “visions” that the world we are experiencing is run by an artificial intelligence – and not the loving kind. Meanwhile, a higher form of each one of us slumbers on a higher plane.

          But it may be possible to break out of this prison. Organized religions and governments tend to kill those who point to the way out. Then they rewrite what such holy people said to confuse the many.

          So if the AI controller of this “holodeck” universe we inhabit wants to have some people morph into scary reptilians – it’s an easy adjustment. All the world’s a stage.

          • wet dog December 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

            Yes, PKD had many visions, and his books are a reflection of them. I saw a talk he gave where he described our world as very much like the Matrix movie (20 years before that film came out).

            youtube.com/watch?v=YiSJVs-6qWA

            I do think we are imprisoned here, but can reach out to our “higher selves”. It means leading a spiritual life, though not one following these religious bureaucracies which are simply control mechanisms.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

            Ever read “Operators and Things”? A woman woke up to find invisible people around her bed discussing who owned her contract. Only she could see them. People were things. They were the Operators. They sent her all over the country on Greyhound busses!

        • malthuss December 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

          2 years ago Podestas account was phished.
          All major media called Pizzagate a conspiracy theory.

          Try to deny his pedo ‘art work.’

    • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      Some of what those flat earthers say is interesting, but no I don’t believe it. I’ve had people cover their ears when I told them how Apollo was faked. Stanley Kubrick did it, right after “2001 A Space Odyssey.” He admitted it in “The Shining.” His infamous sentence “A11 work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” tells one of the many reasons JFK was assassinated, he wouldn’t go along with faking it. Finally his insistence on releasing “Eyes Wide Shut” on July 16, 1999, the 30 year anniversary of Apollo 11 and the 54 year anniversary of the Trinity Test, and the day JFK Jr died points to who did it. The Venetians.

      • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 11:22 am #

        The Venetians. You mean those people in Venice not on Venus?

        But seriously, I’m considered a conspiracy theorist. But I neither believe nor reject most conspiracy theories. I put them in a mental box labelled “Possible, need more evidence”. But even that’s enough to get you banned from polite society.

        “Eye’s Wide Shut” was a wake up call, as evidence of child rape and sacrifice, NXIUM, Jimmy Saville, Harvey Weinstein, and other scandals break. Most of this gets swept under the rug by the MSM. But I see what could be more than isolated incidents, I see a whole underground culture of sexual perversion among the elite. Blackmail and murder keeps many silent.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

          Yes, we need to see the missing 24 minutes of Eyes Wide Shut. Surely someone can deliver on this – a boon to Humanity!

        • revilo December 14, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

          Joe Biden, whose depravity is captured on film and available to anyone with an internet connection, speaks to this. Incredible to hear they are gonna run him in 2020.

          • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:48 pm #

            They don’t know what shame is and they don’t care.

        • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

          I think you’re right. Some of the ultra-rich are ultra-devious. And there exists a whole system to protect them from any retribution for their crimes. And they bury the peasants under the prisons.

        • Nightowl December 15, 2018 at 4:03 am #

          I left the US for Germany about 10 years ago. My wife is a social worker here and has a colleague near Mannheim who has counseled victims of ritual Satanic sex abuse. Taken as kids, held hostage by cults, the whole nine yards.

          It’s very real.

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

            Thank you for sharing and confirming.

    • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      As far as the Jesus myth, I can easily see Julius Caesar’s son returning to Israel, being regarded as the Son of God ( he was, Julius Caesar had been deified), and preaching a sort of cross between Hinduism and Buddhism. I can see word of his return getting back to Augustus and him deciding “There shouldn’t be too many Caesars,” and sentencing him to death. I can see Christianity perhaps forming organically. I can see the Romans inventing it. Or some combination there of. Since Cleopatra was Greek, I can see the Romans embracing this new religion. I cannot see the Roman Empire worshiping a Jew. I can also see Augustus wanting a child from him, and perhaps Mary Magdelene did get pregnant. I can see them faking the ressurection and allowing Jesus to return to India, which is what the Koran says happened. In the beginning everyone probably knew who Jesus Christ was. At some point in time that link is severed. Probably after Jerusalem was destroyed.

      • 4014HAMPHEDGE December 14, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

        A few women & many men of vision are not hard to find on JHK’ writer’s jamboree. Visions are legion in this opioid culture..

        And what better target for well fashioned contemptuous commentary can we find than Christians and Christianity? The problem with bashing the 6000 year Judeo/Christian thread has to do with the stumbling block of documentation, fulfilled prophecies, and changed lives. …

    • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      What sea squirt needs to do is get himself to the grocery store pronto mundo. They’re having a sale on tin foil.

      • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

        No one wears tin foil anymore, we use aluminum foil.

        When they start bombarding us with 5G radiation, I may have to roll myself up in a giant aluminum sheet or go live in a Faraday Cage. Don’t “the powers that be” know they are flooding our environment with carcinogens? – He so naively asked.

        • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

          I heard 5G is lethal. Why would they expose the public to it after word has got out? They sure are bold and brazen!

          • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 11:40 am #

            SoftStarLight,

            There are many theories, and as I said before – I hear, remember, and file away much info without necessarily believing it. So here goes one theory:

            Trans-dimensional beings (what some people call demons) want to transform earth into a more congenial environment, hence chemtrails, more radiation, etc. CERN is tasked with opening the window they can then pour thru into our reality. Humans controlled by “THEM” are pushing all this thru various hidden agendas. Humans may have to be combined with machines (transhumanism) just to survive in the new environment. Of course, there will be far fewer of us. But THEY will surely want to keep some humans around as slaves and objects of torture and amusement.

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

            There is a video on Youtube of an Art Bell Coast to Coast show. A man, an ex area 51 guy, calls into the show and says we are being taken over by extra-dimensional beings.

            m.youtube.com/watch?v=mn6HSNHzYZU

            It’s very creepy, and I definitely hope its not true!!

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

            And I see the chemtrails and believe there is something to it.

  18. newworld December 14, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    Thank you Mr. K.. FTR I am on the Right and let me say no on the Right has been as correct as you. You have stepped out of the narrative, observed and now opined in what might be the most humane way possible.

    The Right that mass of egotistical intellectuals has in order to be seen as relevant immersed themselves within the narrative described with isms, ists and phobias, they are counter productive. Never mind the Left they are the Jim Jones cult thousands of miles wide and armed with state power.

    Thank you again.

  19. volodya December 14, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    Interesting thing about Christianity. Messianic Druid, if he’s still out there might come jumping in, but it seems to me that it had such pull among the Roman Army and the underclass of the Roman Empire because of the essentials of the story; the lowest of the low, born in an out of the way part of the Empire, the illegitimate son of a Jewish peasant girl (according to some versions of the story, fathered by a Roman soldier), speaking up about what he saw as abuses and hypocrisies of the established order in his locale.

    What did it boil down to? Big G, according to thinkers of the time (and according to some Muslims nowadays), doesn’t give a shit about what you think, he just wants your obedience. So OBEY! And so the worthies would go through the motions, attending to the ritual aspects, going to the Temple to be seen to be going to the Temple.

    Wasn’t enough for the young Jesus H. Performing the outward aspects was meaningless without belief. Plus, he or his followers, salted the doctrines with a few of their own, ‘redemption’ for one. Don’t bloody make excuses, don’t blame your parents, what you do is fully in your own hands. So, if you want to turn a leaf, you can, it’s in your power.

    ‘Forgiveness’ is another. Do you think you’re so almighty high and better than the guy that wronged you? Disabuse yourself of that notion, you’re not. Look honestly at the shit you’ve pulled. If he asks for your forgiveness, cough it up.

    ‘Compassion’ is another. You think you’re more worthy than the guy that’s down and out? You think he’s where he’s at because of personal weakness and moral inadequacy? You think Big G favors you? Rethink that conviction, you’re just an one accident and one sickness from calamity. You could be walking in that guy’s shoes next week.

    ‘Mercy’ is another. You want to wreak vengeance? Maybe put the brakes on a bit. Are you the Almighty? Who made YOU God and judge?

    And then, for all his trouble, Jesus got lynched. Later Christians tried to dress it up as the sacrificial lamb atoning for the sins of mankind. But, if I was a betting man I would bet that people of the time saw it for what it was, somebody who stood nose to nose with the occupying power and its lackeys and died worse than a dog. IOW, the underclasses identified with Jesus.

    And so did Roman soldiers. Romans worshiped courage, and when they heard the stories, and when they saw the bravery of early Christians who refused to recant their beliefs and died in the arenas, they thought there must be something to this.

    You can speculate as to the reasons but the story of Jesus and his early followers doesn’t have a lot of traction in a lot of the west nowadays, but it sure does in impoverished parts of the world, I would think for obvious reasons. They look at Jesus and they see themselves.

    So do the snowflakes have a better story than this?

  20. JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Still here.

    One question. New religion, Wokesterism!

    Who is the Supreme Being? Got to have a God-figure.

    • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      Sullivan addresses that in his piece. No “God figures” (aka, personifications) required. Ideas/philosophies, usually at least partially objectified, can be as well. The Buddha, money, military hardware, etc.

      • JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 11:51 am #

        Ideas, philosophies originate from somewhere, they do not just appear out of thin air. The Buddha was a God figure for millions.

        You are right, our secular society is looking for a god figure in material things, consumerism, war, nationalism, Wokesterism, but I believe that the Big three are power, ethnocentrism and vengeance. Almost all of the Good influences trying to shape human behavior are aimed at combatting these three.

        Think about Christmas. The holiday is actually Saturnalia a Roman holiday, absconded by early Christians to Romanize Jesus. Why the heck do the atheistic minority think they have to destroy the end of year celebration that is celebrated by everyone. Celebrate the good feelings generated by the holidays, everyone in their own way. If Christians want Crèches, so be it, atheists, Santa Claus, Jews, Hannakah, African Americans Kwanzaa. The Big three are the reason. By golly, if you do not believe what I believe I will kill you. The ACLU just thrives on this.

        Interesting dogma from Wokesterism, who supposedly are the “let us all just get along”, group. What a line of bull!

        • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

          Good points today, JAZ!

    • revilo December 14, 2018 at 11:36 am #

      The ADL and the SPLC. The new Holy Duality.

      • malthuss December 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

        ?

        • revilo December 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

          The original, infallible, indefatigable outrage mongers. The ones stirring up shit about non-existent Klansmen running wild in the US while they drop white phosphorous on helpless Palestinians.

  21. pequiste December 14, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    Such (pseudo)religious fervor as currently expounded from the pulpit of political correctness i.e.The Church of The Woken; Synagogue of Somnabulism; Mosques of Insomnia; Ashrams of Sleep Apnea, and don’t forget, the burgeoning Worldwide Tabernacles of Lucifer (that faith vacuum has got to be filled with something y’know)…well you get the point, — can be delivered by a single religious act and validated at the same time.

    We have seen it intermittently thoughout Human religious history as it lends itself perfectly to mass emotion, spectacle, and catharsis.

    I think it may be the perfect time for the re-institution of the honourable Auto-da-Fe.

    Mika Brezinski, TeeVee mouthpiece, globalist shill, issue of a major NWO architect, and all-around media whore, for her “butt-boy” comment regarding Secy of State Pompeo, might serve as the perfect offering to get things started on the right foot.

    And a Neilsen’s ratings sweep guaranteed. Pay per view too?

    • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 11:35 am #

      Did you hear, Joe S finally married Mika November 24, 2018. Rumors are their fling began while she was still married to her former hubby in 2016. I really wonder how Mika would score on an IQ test, because I think it’s family connections that made her life an easy red carpet ride.

      • Nightowl December 15, 2018 at 4:05 am #

        Watch the Mika morning crew’s interview of Russel Brand. Should answer all questions about her intelligence level (is on Youtube).

    • robert magill December 14, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

      Noam Chomsky opines that we are the most fundamentalist people on the planet; more so than even the Taliban.
      Somebody start a pool for the date of the first witch burning.

  22. As for The New York Times, it doesn’t seem fair to criticize the paper for what it hasn’t written about. Nevertheless, if Flynn was interviewed, then it was probably recorded, video and audio, so I don’t see how transcription is so important at any particular moment up to the point of deposition. Likewise Flynn’s Russian connections have been reported on already earlier in the year. Courts are going to decide if he committed any crimes and I am going to very he’s going to roll with a guilty plea like Cohen, or, as the Times reports this morning, Ms. Butina, the Russian double agent.

    • TPTB-USA December 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      Slice-it or dice-it any way you like, Jim’s point is that you can’t have it both ways.

      The public is paying for the circus in Washington, and I for one don’t feel that I should have to pay the cleaning bill, when only half the joint is cleaned.

      You suggest that things are “probably recorded, video and audio”, well, lets have the dirt on the rest of the residents.

    • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

      >>> As for The New York Times, it doesn’t seem fair to criticize the paper for what it hasn’t written about.

      That’s where you’re wrong. If the NYT runs article after article bashing Trump for things that Obama did, for which they never had an unkind word to print, then the NYT can be faulted for bias.

      • You apparently don’t understand what “news” is. There is no story here until the judge makes a decision.

        • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

          You apparently don’t understand what “bias”is. You would be more respected if you just came clean and admitted and owned it.

          You hate Trump.
          The New York Times hates Trump.

          Together the two of you roll on the floor in an orgasmic lover’s delirium, embracing your loathing for Trump. If there’s newsprint on your butt, you know I’ve got you figured out.

    • Nightowl December 15, 2018 at 4:12 am #

      What Russian connections. Be specific please.

      What criminal activity is he involved in with individuals out of Russia.

      The New York Times is a joke. I have lost track of how many stories they have retracted since Trumpi came along.

      The height of embarassment remains that mea culpa from Sulzberger they ran about 1.5 years ago “rededicating” themselves to truthful journalism, after a slew of fake news articles.

  23. JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    Foolish is he/she who thinks that all of this is mere coincidence.

    Debbie, morality, whether secular or religious does not just miraculously appear, it is taught. Parents, educators, ministers, Boy and Girl Scout leaders, every experience one has with authority. Mores and folkways that set our pathway, come from somewhere. It is a measure of our parenting, education system, religious leaders , BSA , who is going broke, police, military how this country is falling down a cliff with violence, and unrest. Morality is dying and being replaced by the dogma of the New Left, Wokesterism. Vladimir Lenin must have had the same issues in Russia in 1917, when he just out and out outlawed religion. Even when our illustrious leaders try to outlaw our spirituality there are always those that tell them to Go to Hell, and the Wokester leaders pass away, but religion prevails and always will as Mankind seeks his purpose. Our local Wokesterism, too, will just fade away.

    • K-Dog December 14, 2018 at 11:43 am #

      People in America with a totally DIFFERENT religious experience can’t understand that in the Russian and French revolution organized religion was an enforcement arm of the Czar and King. They equate the hatred of Religion then with SATAN but the truth is that hate was the justified hate of the oppressed and marginalized. Justified hate of the tax collector.

  24. Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 11:34 am #

    A science worshipper, eh?

    Q: In an infinite universe, what percent of all knowledge at any given time in time is still unknown?

    A: Trick question. An infinite amount.

    Better Q: What percent of all “currently unassailable knowledge” at any given point in time, is actually wrong or so poorly interpreted as to be disinformation?

    A: By definition, unknowable, but almost certainly a large percentage, and almost certainly a crucial percentage, since it’s regarded as “unassailable” in the first place.

    • K-Dog December 14, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      There are different kinds of (infinity)^2!

    • JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      As a young man, I was very humanistic, totally enraptured with science. We know almost nothing about what this existence is all about, almost nothing. Our current stasis is caused primarily because we have no idea about the real reasons for existence, what is energy and matter, what are the rules of the universe, how the heck does a molecule control the growth and operation of 3 trillion cells and make it a human being, and the most miraculous, how did this creature evolve to wonder about all this stuff in the first place.

      Our progress is being slowed by our inability to comprehend the real reasons behind everything. What is gravity, how does DNA work, what is energy and how did matter evolve? Our inability to get a cure for cancer shows our inability to comprehend the workings of DNA for example. Will we ever achieve Warp two speeds?

      God is not a figment of the human form, we do not have a clue what He is, if He is a He. The entire universe is bi-polar, is God the only uni-polar entity, if he is an entity.

      We know nothing. Have faith, someone is making it work, and it is not us, THANK GOD.

      • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

        Agreed. I don’t know exactly what to chalk it all up to, but I know that we humans collectively don’t know either, and might well never know. It might in some way be possible to experience it, but I’m skeptical about our ability to ever know it rationally.

      • I have to disagree. Between reason, logic, and knowledge I’ve come to understand a lot about the little thing we call reality and have plausible rationales for the Why by way of the who, what, and how.

        How the heck does the molecule control the growth of cells, the form and shape and function of an organism? Its a complicated but understandable process elucidated at the molecular level by clever experiments and the scientific method.

        Of course, if all this is too complicated you can pretend to have confidence in a supernatural being like the Catholic Andrew Sullivan or the Catholic new AG candidate William Barr…. or yourself

        • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

          Richard Feynman, a pretty fair scientist you might have heard of, had this to say on science and religion:

          “Western civilization, it seems to me, stands by two great heritages. One is the scientific spirit of adventure — the adventure into the unknown, an unknown which must be recognized as being unknown in order to be explored; the demand that the unanswerable mysteries of the universe remain unanswered; the attitude that all is uncertain; to summarize it — the humility of the intellect. The other great heritage is Christian ethics — the basis of action on love, the brotherhood of all men, the value of the individual — the humility of the spirit.
          These two heritages are logically, thoroughly consistent. But logic is not all; one needs one’s heart to follow an idea. If people are going back to religion, what are they going back to? Is the modern church a place to give comfort to a man who doubts God — more, one who disbelieves in God? Is the modern church a place to give comfort and encouragement to the value of such doubts? So far, have we not drawn strength and comfort to maintain the one or the other of these consistent heritages in a way which attacks the values of the other? Is this unavoidable? How can we draw inspiration to support these two pillars of western civilization so that they may stand together in full vigor, mutually unafraid? Is this not the central problem of our time?”

          en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman

          • Epicur December 15, 2018 at 8:36 am #

            “…the brotherhood of all men…”

            And therein lies the error of his thought.

            In the first place, Jesus message was very much a sheep and goats kind of thing. He did try to show the commonality between those who heard his voice, that kind of “brotherhood”, if you will, but there were also those who were clearly in the outer darkness. The idea that all of humanity is going to be joined in some “brotherhood” (without a culling) is a modern distortion of Jesus’ message.

            In the second place the role of religion in society is, and has always been, to bind a group together against those outside the fold. The Roman church formerly played this role to support its state, and the protestants used it against Rome. This role has been abandoned by modern Christianity and modern Christianity is being abandoned in its turn.

      • robert magill December 14, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

        The sole purpose of life, and therefore our only human purpose may simply be, life itself. That, upon reflection, would appear to be quite enough. The life force does have its urges though, lots of them, it would appear. After countless eons of self-replication along came sexual reproduction, life had apparently gotten to be in somewhat more of a hurry. Life then pursued bigger and better forms of itself as mobility, size, vision etc. ensued over time.

        Vision was very unique and a promising end in itself, but life appeared to desire a different platform with which to fully employ this new sense. Many prototypes came and went, and eventually on the scene appeared humankind complete with a newly acquired awareness. Did life, with this move, express desire for an ego to admire itself or, more positively, to express itself? Why else create a platform embellished with consciousness? Then, alas, something went very wrong with life’s dedicated pursuit of life? Human behavior. We know large portions of the recent history of our species and it’s not very good.

        If and when life decides we have exhausted all possibility of further usefulness, and our excesses overwhelm life’s other vital interests, do we then sever the thread with life? Should not we begin to tug ever more gently at this tether to lessen our risk? Does life even care about the fate of us, its creature? Probably not, countless other species have traveled along on life’s quest, prospered to a degree and vanished. Will we join them? Considering our known history, can we even begin to significantly amend our ways? Life demands a timely answer.

        Of course it is possible life may be providing itself with a non-life fallback to the dilemma posed by our misuse of awareness and consciousness. If humankind becomes suspect of probable catastrophic losses to many of its other progeny, life then may seek to substitute Artificial Intelligence for flawed human intelligence. We, ourselves, may rapidly be creating the instruments for our future replacement with life’s resigned encouragement. Life may value this tediously acquired awareness beyond all measure. More the pity for humankind.

        • TPTB-USA December 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

          Perhaps we could have a vote to replace government with AI, and might as well include all the players in the legal system.

          I wonder how that would look to the rest of the world?

      • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:31 pm #

        It’s ok to believe in God.

    • BuckP December 14, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      Subsquent to aspacewalk, a Space Shuttle astronaut said that seeing the stars below his feet as well as overhead was conciousness expanding. Unfortunately, here on the secure, hardened crust of Earth humanity loses its’ sense of wonderment about the beautiful planet we are fortunate enough to living on. Instead, with the utilization of our miraculous, reverse entropic three pound blood soaked sponge of a human brain, “a dog’s breakfast” (Vonnegaut), we develop nuclear weapons, intercontinental ballastic missles,submarines, biologicaltoxins,etc. in order to kill each other and everything else on the planet. On top of that a few of the brighter gog’s breakfasts have figured out a system that entitles them to the world’s riches at the expense of the others. Unfortunately, upon acquistion of these riches they become bored and tired looking for new thrills like power. The Dog’s Breakfast is insatiable!

    • EvelynV December 14, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      If you have a truly visionary LSD experience you will realize what you think is reality is a very hazy dream which shortly you will go back to dreaming again.

  25. K-Dog December 14, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    One trait of a successful man is to look for strength in others. Concentrating on privilege are traits of one unwoken and it makes them blind. It requires great humility to overcome hubris.

    • K-Dog December 14, 2018 at 11:36 am #

      “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ? Frank Herbert, Dune

  26. NoLongerHuman December 14, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    The Adam Curtis interview in the Economist is the most profound discussion I’ve read all year.
    the antidote to civilizational collapse

    No one is really sure what Trump represents. My working theory is that he’s part of the pantomime-isation of politics. Every morning Donald Trump wakes up in the White House, he tweets something absolutely outrageous which he knows the liberals will get upset by, the liberals read his tweets and go “This is terrible, this is outrageous,” and then tell each other via social media how terrible it all is. It becomes a feedback loop in which they are locked together. In my mind, it’s like they’re together in a theatre watching a pantomime villain. The pantomime villain comes forward into the light, looks at them and says something terrible, and they go “Boo!!”. Meanwhile, outside the theatre, real power is carrying on but no one is really analyzing it.

    They are providing a channel for liberals to fixate their hate on. The masters have nothing to fear from the populace.

    Where are the American vestimontes jueves?

    • JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

      Maybe Trump knows exactly what he is doing, trying to attack a system much bigger than himself.

      • Ol' Scratch December 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

        I still hold out hope.

        • jdhines December 14, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

          You still hold out hope that you haven’t been flimflammed? That would be next to impossible I’d say. The 99.99% bet, in my estimation, is that he is exactly what he appears to be. To wit, a bullying, loud mouth, grifter, preying on poor, angry, disaffected saps. But, please, by all means, keep hoping. We’ll all know soon enough.

          JDH

      • EvelynV December 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

        Trump is in agony. Nothing is going right for him, he’s more powerless than ever to steer the course his wishes for, and now he knows the hopelessness of his quest.

        He is not of sufficient character to no let the whole business eat away at him from the inside. Unless something starts to go his way he won’t run again. Chances are he’ll be a divorcee if he even tried.

        • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 11:50 pm #

          >>> Trump is in agony.

          Please—spare us the melodrama. You’re not Trump’s shrink.

          >>> Nothing is going right for him, he’s more powerless than ever to steer the course his wishes for, and now he knows the hopelessness of his quest.

          As opposed to Obama? Who couldn’t even keep his promise to close Gitmo? The promise he made over and over for eight years? And the joke that is Obamacare? His “signature” legislation? Which insures perhaps 10 million Americans at what cost?

          Obama promised “hope and change”. And now he’s looking back at his legacy, and the only thing he really accomplished was being America’s first Halfrican American President. That’s it. And it’s something to be sure. But it’s hardly what he wanted, what he wished for, what he promised.

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 1:14 am #

            It’s a fair assessment. He was not America’s first Black president. He was America’s first Mulatto president.

          • EvelynV December 15, 2018 at 1:17 am #

            exscrotus, what kind of ninny are you? Obama? who brought Obama into the picture? Who gives a rat’s ass what Obama did or didn’t do?

            The issue here is that the current buffoon in chief is so far off his mark and so emotionally fried his life is a living hell for him. He ain’t a happy person and will forever after know his failures have already made him the laughing stock of the world.

            How all you sycophantic Trumpsters are going to deal with it in your own dotage is anyone’s guess. Not that anyone cares.

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 3:23 am #

            Evelyn why do you have to be like that? I would imagine Trump is doing just fine. I mean do any of us really know? People compare Presidents all the time. The real buffoons are the people in government and high places working against him 24/7.

          • Exscotticus December 15, 2018 at 9:52 am #

            >>> Obama? who brought Obama into the picture? Who gives a rat’s ass what Obama did or didn’t do?

            Oh it matters because it sets a standard of measure for your TDS expectations of Trump.

            >>> He ain’t a happy person and will forever after know his failures have already made him the laughing stock of the world.

            You keep claiming Trump’s failed, and yet he’s done more in two years than Obama did in eight. Let’s review Trump’s “failures”…

            Tax cuts ?
            Regulations slashed ?
            New EU trade deal ?
            New South Korea trade deal ?
            Markets at record highs ?
            3.7% unemployment ?
            Wage growth highest in 9 years ?
            Obamacare gutted ?
            Paris climate deal killed ?
            Iran nuclear giveaway killed ?
            Funding for Pakistan and the Palestinians cut ?
            Strong immigration enforcement ?
            Travel ban in full effect ?
            ISIS wiped off the map ?
            Peace in Korea ?
            FBI/CIA deep state purged ?
            New NAFTA deal ?
            Justice Gorsuch ?
            Justice Kavanaugh ?
            Conservative majoirity in SOTUS ?
            Stopped immigrant caravans ?

            If Trump is a failure, then what does that make Obama? And yet you’re not saying Obama was a failure, and I bet you never have. In fact I bet you praised Obama for the entire eight years Obama was doing virtually nothing except getting the world to praise him by doing what socialists around the world want, instead of what’s best for the USA.

          • jdhines December 15, 2018 at 11:23 am #

            Ex,

            “Let’s review Trump’s “failures”…”

            Yes, let’s do!

            Tax cuts – for the wealthy and corporations. Deficits/debt rule!
            Regulations slashed – dumping coal waste into rivers is great policy!
            New EU trade deal – tweaked a few things like wine imports
            New South Korea trade deal – tweaked a few things on auto parts
            Markets at record highs – have you seen the losses lately! Any rise was likely a sugar high from tax cuts and any real growth came from Obama saving the economy in heroic fashion!
            3.7% unemployment – plenty of work at Walmart
            Wage growth highest in 9 years – Obama set the stage for that! Nice job Barrack!
            Obamacare gutted – poor people and Trump supporters lose their health care!
            Paris climate deal killed – climate change is a hoax… really?
            Iran nuclear giveaway killed – great, let’s have them start right away on building new nukes!
            Funding for Pakistan and the Palestinians cut – wonderful, more unrest in the middle east!
            Strong immigration enforcement – right 130 just crossed over into New Mexico. Result = little girl age 7 dies. Sad.
            Travel ban in full effect – more stupidity? Was severely limited and made to look like the fool he is in court.
            ISIS wiped off the map – right? just regrouping.
            Peace in Korea – have you seen the new satellite photos? Ex, you have to keep up with this stuff! That is absurd. Kim Jung Un played Trump like a fiddle.
            FBI/CIA deep state purged – “purged?” a few early retirements!
            New NAFTA deal – a minor bit of tweaking – ask anyone who knows!
            Justice Gorsuch – a far-right lackey.
            Justice Kavanaugh – a far-right lackey, drunk and worse.
            Conservative majority in SCOTUS – the damage has already been done. please, go ahead and outlaw abortion. let’s see how that works out for you!
            Stopped immigrant caravans – have you looked outside Tijuana lately? More and more arrive daily. Let’s have a crisis!

            Ex, you are either deluded or you have bought into this conservative pablum hook line and sinker! What a sap! Don’t you get it? They (your betters) feed you jokers all this far-right, racist, religious crap to fleece you. Please get a clue!

            JDH

          • Exscotticus December 15, 2018 at 11:59 am #

            You don’t agree with Trump’s accomplishments. But that’s not the same as claiming he’s a failure who hasn’t accomplished anything.

            And your rebuttals to Trump’s accomplishments are just idiotic and fully reflect the ten seconds you devoted to each one. For example…

            >>> Iran nuclear giveaway killed – great, let’s have them start right away on building new nukes!

            So you prefer that we pay Iran to not build nukes? So they can take the money and put it in the BUILD A NUKE rainy day fund? A strong leader doesn’t let other nations extort subsidies from us.

      • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

        I get the feeling that he is getting to do some of what he wants to do (not commenting on right or wrong) as long as he does a lot of what “they” want done. I cannot stomach people who deny that business buys the government it wants through campaign contributions, gifts, and sweetheart jobs. Donald Trump may or may not take such handouts but we all know damned well that every other stinking sellout in DC does.

        • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

          Good point Walter. The critics of Trump have no leaders untouched by corruption to offer. They just whine and complain about him. DC is really a nasty swamp full of predators.

    • jdhines December 14, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

      The liberals are not so much upset, they just think he is pathetic and it’s very sad that so many lost individuals have put so much faith in such an empty vessel. He’ll probably end up going out with a bang while declaring victory. He’s turning into a truly tragic figure. I do feel sorry for young Barron, getting saddled with all this.

      The luckiest day of Hillary’s life was the day she lost in 2016 and the worst day of Trump’s life was the day he won. He and his family will pay a terrible price.

      JDH

      • SpeedyBB December 17, 2018 at 6:17 am #

        Astute observation, JDH.

        Thanks.

        If you study the photographs taken around the White House these days, and give them a full CIA-grade facial expression / body language analysis, you will note nothing but unease, dismay, disgust and fear – except for Prez ManBaby, who is continuously justifying himself, with his Angry Baby expression.

        Compare that to (as an extreme) similar work photos around the White House during the JFK administration: jovial, relaxed, in-on-the-joke, attentive, energetic = what a contrast.

        Agent Orange has created a milieu rather like that cultivated by Stalin.

    • Epicur December 15, 2018 at 8:52 am #

      “No one is really sure what Trump represents.”

      That’s about the only thing I am sure of.

      He represents the kind of desperate flailing about a social order does when it collectively feels distress and seeks a way out of a dilemma.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wovoka

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nongqawuse

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenarianism

      It is curious that the Nazis cannot be recognized and a Millenarianist movement.

      • Epicur December 15, 2018 at 8:55 am #

        “It is curious that the Nazis cannot be recognized and a Millenarianist movement.”

        Should be: It is a curious fact that the Nazis cannot be recognized as a Millenarianist movement.

  27. volodya December 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    If the Democratic Party was a party merely about nothing, that would be a good thing, the problem is that it isn’t, it’s about something, it’s about entrenchment and enhancement of existing wealth and privilege.

    It takes real obtuseness among its voters, especially Black voters and Hispanics, to not understand that the ululations of Democrat politicians about justice and virtue signify nothing, surely not the betterment of the American non-white underclass. It’s ALL noise, fake news in modern parlance, propaganda as we formerly called it, crafted to mislead the credulous.

    The American White underclass got woke to Democrat indifference to underclass interests in general and Democrat loathing of the White American worker in particular. The American White underclass also got woke to Republicans too.

    What’s the matter with Kansas? Nothing, Kansas stopped buying Republican bullshit a while back. The problem is just what the hell is the matter with people that SHOULD be making common cause with White Americans in fly-over country. Regardless of color, Hillary and Chuck and Nancy could give a fuck about American workers, and it’s a mystery as to why it isn’t crystal clear that Democrats are the party of Wall Street and the Davos Class.

    You can dress up Democrat ideology with religion-like behavioral strictures and intellectual straight-jackets, but its true nature isn’t something that’s hidden, it doesn’t take multi-billion dollar particle accelerators to discern what it’s really about. What it is, is right under your nose. Judge them by what they do, follow the money and ye shall know them.

    • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

      It is crystal clear to many people. Those people don’t have the mainstream media bullhorns and they are being censored online.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 2:18 am #

      Their hatred is real and though it presents a golden opportunity for someone to at least pretend to care and win White votes, they just can’t bring themselves to do it – especially since they know they will get the Trump Treatment if they do.

      Jeb even thought he could win without Us – the pathetic, deluded, and arrogant schmuck spent a hundred million dollars on his foolish nothing campaign – just an exclamation mark to accentuate his folly.

    • SpeedyBB December 17, 2018 at 7:41 am #

      Volodya! You’re firing on all twelve.

      Good show, guv’nor.

    • SpeedyBB December 17, 2018 at 7:43 am #

      Volodya! You’re firing on all twelve. Good show, sir.

  28. capt spaulding December 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Trump seeks power, and up to this point, has it. He owns the Republican party, and uses it to work his will. He cares about no one but himself and his family. He should have never taken the presidency, because when you do, the spotlight and microscope focuses on you and your dealings. He appears to have brought with him the morals and ethics of a New York real estate tycoon, the use of which will be his ultimate undoing. He surrounded himself with the same kind of people. The Whitewater investigation was started to investigate the death of Vince Foster, expanded to include Whitewater, and eventually Clinton’s oval office blowjobs. The investigation took 4 years (compared to Mueller’s 2), and no one other than Clinton was indicted. That was in comparison to the multiple indictments, guilty pleas, and incarcerations that have occurred and continue to occur under Trump. He should never have brought that New York style of doing business with him, and he will pay for it, just like Manafort, who could have sailed along with his corruption unnoticed, if he hadn’t gotten involved in the Trump campaign. Once you roll the rock back, everything becomes apparent. He should have followed the rules of corrupt conduct practiced by the rest of the government, and he would have been okay.

    • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

      That is a little confusing. You are criticizing his alleged corruption but you said he should have followed the rules of corrupt conduct practiced by the rest of the government to skate by. And he for sure doesn’t own the Republican party. He is really more like an Independent that ran as a Republican. Many Republicans don’t like him.

      • capt spaulding December 15, 2018 at 8:56 am #

        “Should have followed the rules of corrupt conduct practiced by the government”. That’s called sarcasm, ssl, and it depends on the ability of the reader to recognize it as such. He does indeed “own” the Republican party. Like him or not, none of them will get in his way for fear of being unseated by his supporters.

        • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

          Sorry for being dense Captain I guess I didn’t pick up on the sarcasm through the electrons. Mitt Romney doesn’t support Trump and he won his election anyway. One example, I know, but still not sure about your assertion seeing as the Republican Congress hasn’t done much of anything to move his agenda forward.

  29. Roggie December 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    The oft quoted remark by G K Chesterton applies here: “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” Actually, I like the sound of “Wokesterianism” better Wokesterism and although it is clumsier, its more 19th Century sect-ish. A practitioner of Wokesterianism is therefore a Wokesterian. I lot of patronizing things might be said by a European about American evangelism and I’m not indulging, but perhaps the book Puritan Origins of the American Self by Sacvan Bercovitch could be a starting point.

    • elysianfield December 14, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.””

      Well,
      I believe I will keep my Goddamned mouth shut. I am entirely too superficial for this topic.

  30. Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    Many of us woke to this general reality a long time ago. One famous Feminist (I’m blanking on her name), wrote about the new Feminism as being a reversion to Victorianism, complete with an Anti-Sex mentality and fainting spells.

    I merely want to complete the picture now as per the significance of Obama. Obama, born to a sinful human or White mother but of a Black or Divine Father, was and is a savior figure for many of the devotees. Combining both natures in his person, only he can deliver them from their existential sin – if they just “believe on Him”.

    How did downtrodden get to be Divine? Ah, therein lies a tale. But you will have to traverse forbidden paths if you would know. Google “the Frankfurt School”. They most expertly played on the Christian guilt complex of people who has lost or were losing their real Christianity and produced this hideous simulation. And of course Franz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth” shows the boiling rage of the Dark Ones, their feelings of moral superiority and desires for revenge. All of this is very compelling to the lost Eloi of the Western World, lost in both ennui and anomie. Add them together along with the Christian guilt complex and you get the ruling philosophy (even though largely irrational and subconscious in its premises) of White Ethnomasochism.

    It may not be an entirely unique phenomena. It’s said other cultures, like the lost Maya, worshiped mongoloids as oracles of the gods.

    • malthuss December 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

      Did you read F Fanon?
      I guess he didnt notice all the cannibalism and endless rancor of Africans.

    • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

      “The downtrodden getting to be Divine?” Could this phenomenon explain how so many now send out pictures of themselves and their children, or them and their animals if they have no children instead of Christmas cards? Have they usurped the celebration even over the Red Menace, Santa?

    • Tate December 14, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      Camille Paglia?

  31. elpuma2003 December 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    A “Woke” read related to this post which may add much needed perspective…

    unz.com/tsaker/an-interview-with-michael-a-hoffman-ii/

  32. Opie December 14, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Like minds think alike. I’ve been thinking the same thoughts as James lays out today. Reminds me of the old Chesterton quip about the danger of atheism was not that they believed in nothing, but that they would believe in anything. Fanatics suck no matter where they come from.

    • As an atheist, I am frequently confronted with the spectacle of the foot-stamping Catholics in my own family, squinting at me and surely thinking, “Why doesn’t he believe in anything?! How unreasonable!” after which they go to a building to genuflect in front of a pedophile priest, eat a transmogrified wafer representing a dead man’s body and smear ash on their forehead to celebrate the unlikeliest event in world history. Then they sell this preposterous claim to their children that this story is the foundation for all real morality.

      Indeed, what kind of fanatic could be skeptical of all this?

      • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

        But they don’t put it that way. LOL

    • EvelynV December 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

      An atheist is simply someone who doesn’t believe in deities.

      That’s a far cry from someone who believes in nothing.

      • capt spaulding December 14, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

        Atheists are no different than people who are religious. Atheists mock Christians because they believe in God, yet don’t seem to understand that what they think is based on the fact that they DON’T believe in God. Both sides operate on the basis of belief, because neither can prove their case.

      • Tate December 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

        If you replace God with Man, that’s a treacherous foundation for belief. Man is nothing without Divine Guidance.

        • capt spaulding December 15, 2018 at 9:00 am #

          You could also say that God is nothing without man. If man did not exist, there would be no one to create the concept of God.

          • Tate December 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            You have it completely backwards. It’s God who created man, not the other way around.

            But, for the sake of argument, even if I’m wrong & you’re right, deeply embedded at least culturally in the West is the notion that a caring higher power ordains & enforces a set of unchanging moral strictures. For example, Han Chinese culture arose on a Godless foundation, although Christian evangelical efforts have made huge gains there despite active repressive measures. There must be a deeply-felt need within the human psyche for that to happen.

            So would you rather be Chinese or Western, given what we know about their culture? As a Western man, fully formed, you should instinctively turn away in horror at that image of the insect collective that Chinese society evokes.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

        You miss the point. Where is the Standard, the Tao, That Which is no Whicher, that would regulate all things? Lacking the belief in men will just “do their own thing” to the great hurt of all others?

        You can believe in bunnies but it’s not going to keep society going. Sigh. Or that American Indians are the real Americans – but that won’t make the trains run on time or get the garbage picked up. Bigger sigh. Or that all races are equal or in the tooth fairy, but as St Michael said, Who is like God? as He threw Satan into Hell. The Tao that can be Taoed is not the eternal Tao. Or if you like, the Manitou, the Heart of all That Is.

        • EvelynV December 15, 2018 at 1:27 am #

          No, you’re wrong. Your concept of the true nature of reality is coo-coo bananas and it makes you just as incapable of understanding so called atheism.

          Are Buddhists what you’d call atheists? I’m guessing that three-divine-persons-in-one horse pucky doesn’t fly with a Buddhist which by most feeble minded christian’s standard means they don’t believe in “God” either.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 1:51 am #

            Yeah, the Dalia Lama admitted Christianity was very alien to him but he still admires it because it creates many great people.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 1:55 am #

        Reasonable doubt is Agnosticism – a position of Rationality. Atheism posits a negative in dogmatic fashion. An ad hoc religion.

    • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

      Isn’t it only human though to believe in something greater than yourself? Ultimately most people do it seems. It could be that some fanatics turn out to be better, or more moral than others. And most people are fanatical about some things even if only just a few things.

  33. janet December 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    Thank you, Jim, for removing all my posts today. I was not happy with them, but had no way to remove them.

    • The Articulate Infant December 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

      Given how repetitive and redundant your posts are, they deserved to be removed.

      • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

        A noun, a verb, and “Trump is toast!” Repeat ad nauseam.

        • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 10:50 pm #

          Yep, it becomes nauseating lol. Kinda like the feeling you get when you spin around really fast and then abruptly stop.

          • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

            Isn’t it an article of the social justice warrior creed that offensive speech should be censored? Well, Janet offends most of us, so by her own system of values it’s only right she be gagged.

          • hmuller December 14, 2018 at 11:02 pm #

            Actually, it’s disappointing to learn her absence was due to censorship. I was hoping the mother ship had finally come to take Janet back.

          • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

            LOL—the bot planet will welcome her home.

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 1:10 am #

            Maybe janet will reunite with the borg hive from which she came and all will be bliss. I wonder if she really has disappeared? Time will tell….

    • DrGonzo December 15, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      Jim has removed a number of my posts over the last few weeks, as well. One must learn to toe the Party line, Janet! Dissent shall not be tolerated!

      Although, judging from other posts, overt racism is fIne, just fine.

      • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 11:14 am #

        Do you ever get tired of standing on that pedestal you built for yourself, oh noble one?

        • DrGonzo December 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

          Don’t worry. I plan to put “trigger warnings” at the beginning of all of my posts from here on out, so that sensitive people like you and James aren’t made “uncomfortable” by my “microagressions” that challenge the conspiracy theories of your “community”. Then you won’t have to read my posts, and won’t have to get upset because someone is poking holes in your “safe space” world of Deep State paranoia.

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

            I don’t think your posts are triggering. I just don’t get why you don’t think the Deep State is a threat.

          • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

            We deplorables are unconcerned with safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger warnings. Hit us with your best shit and we’ll body slam your ass right back.

            You have obviously mistaken us for the left wing, 28 gendered, pussies of academia – which sounds like your familiar abode.

  34. “In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to federal investigators about contacts he had with the Russian government during Trump’s presidential transition.”

    I stand corrected. The Flynn-flamm man already plead guilty to a felony.

    Was that Wokesterian inquisition? Should the New York Times have anything to say about the National Security Advisor’s behavior before or after he became a convicted felon? Is it bias of a kind to report the facts here? We will find out what the court decides when it it comes to light.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      You’re conveniently forgetting that Mueller took hostage the General Flynn son.

      Yes, it is worse than Inquisition.

      • Are they going to put him on the rack? No I don’t think so. These are white-collar crimes, and they will plead out and get parole in 6 months

        • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 11:18 am #

          Would you be happy doing 6 months time for committing no crime at all? What goes around, comes around. If truth and justice are ever served, Mueller will do life.

  35. RB December 14, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place,
    which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice.

    Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government.

    Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

    Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?

    Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

    Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?

    Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

    Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.

    I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place.

    Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

    In the name of God, go!

    Oliver Cromwell

    • Its all very inspiring but what did it accomplish? hundreds of years of bickering and squabbling over what version of the christian cult to follow. Religion and politics, I don’t know which is more divisive.

      • JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

        You are right. However, please do not kumbaya the situation. This country is supposed to work in spite of the differences between folks. Isn’t that what diversity is all about? The current problem is that the jerks in DC have forgotten that their job is providing for our security and common needs. Diversity without compromise is fatal. What do you get? Continuous discord and violence, just like right now. Trump is not the only cause either. The Dems started it, in kindergarten vernacular, in their bid to void out the people’s choice. Hear me Janet, the voters legal choice. The Dems are no better than the dipsticks from any third world country. If the government pays no mind to the voters choice, that government needs to be squelched and replaced, at least that is what the Declaration of Independence and Jefferson stated.

        • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

          >>> Diversity without compromise is fatal.

          Amen.

          And there is room for compromise. Trump wants a wall. Dems want a path to citizenship for “dreamers”.

          If you’re wondering why the two sides aren’t comprising, it’s fair to look at the role unelected lower echelon federal judges have played in subverting negotiations. After all, why negotiate when you can just have an Obama-appointed judge enforce the status quo?

          Perhaps when SCOTUS confirms that Trump can indeed end the Executive Orders of his predecessors, the bargaining will continue.

      • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

        Both are divisive and always will be. It is the inherent nature of both.

  36. FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    New York Rumors as Artistic Truth in Continuation and Explanation of Previous Posts

    As one would expect, the city of New York is slowly but surely becoming the epicenter of the US civil war, as the Southern District of the New York Federal Prosecutor’s Office is becoming the main headquarters of the Clintonoids’ war with Donald Trump and the war of Clinton Cash against the US Economy.

    This is visible to the naked eye from media reports, but the true meaning of this process reveals a rumor that Trump personally called Special Prosecutor Mueller and warned him that for each day General Flynn would spend in prison, Special Prosecutor Mueller would spend there three!

    And for every dollar the US Stock Market would lose as a result of their provocations against the negotiations of US and China, expressed in the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the Chinese tech firm Huawei, Clinton Cash should lose five!

    • Some analysis of the New York Times centered on Trump’s tweet suggesting he would intervene in the Meng the Merciless’s case which obliterates long standing firewalls between matters of trade and law in public policy.

      Of course to the Chinese this is no distinction at all and they promptly threw some Canucks in a cell in retaliation.

      Meng is a fully vetted extension of the PRC government, whose company placed teeny tiny microchips of unknown function on motherboards that were installed to route internet traffic. The implication is they were up to no good.

      In addition the Marriott data breach has also been traced back to Beijing. They’re making a list…. and checking it twice…

      • FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

        I am sure that American people could console themselves for the decline of their 401k plans knowing that the Clinton Cash people made a killing shorting their family’s future using the foreknowledge of coming drop in the stock markets.

  37. Gonzo December 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    Oh man…just registered. Scrolled down to see your moniker. Methinks I will be needing to change mine. Apologies, Doctor.

    • DrGonzo December 15, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      With Jim routinely removing my posts — like the one you just responded to — there may no need to change your moniker.

      I’m not being a good soldier here, I guess. Not sure what’s “safe” to say anymore. Maybe if I include “trigger warnings” for easily offended conspiracy theorists. Who knew they were such snowflakes?

      • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

        One must marvel at the convenience of the term “conspiracy theorist”. It permits those who believe themselves informed to summarily dismiss disturbing ideas without ever having to become the informed, (beyond a quick, reassuring look at Snopes)..

        Let me guess. You are a great success in life because you’ve learned what those in authority taught you and parroted it back really well on exams. Now you turn to the mainstream news and believe what they tell you because – well, they are the authorities, why would they ever lie to us?

        One day you may suspect that something is wrong. If you have the courage, I hope you will pull at that loose thread and watch the tapestry of a false reality unravel.

        • DrGonzo December 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

          JHK was the one who insisted, twenty years ago, that our planet had at that point reached peak oil production, it was all downhill from there, and somehow the powers that be were cleverly hiding that scary truth from us.

          Talk about a false reality unraveling ….

          • hmuller December 16, 2018 at 9:30 am #

            I’m glad you possess enough critical faculties to pick up on that. It shows hope that you may one day question elements of the mainstream narrative.

            I can’t speak for JHK. But a civilization usually doesn’t fall in a day, or even in one generation. It’s a long, painful, grinding downhill slide. Americans tend to expect quick results.

        • DrGonzo December 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

          Please don’t tell me you’re one of those people who thinks the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center were an “inside job” by the U.S. government … or the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School a “false flag” exercise coordinated by liberals to take away our precious guns ….

          • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 11:06 pm #

            Please don’t tell me that you think World Trade Center Building 7, unhit by any plane, collapsed out of empathy for its neighbors. If you do, listen to owner Larry Silverstein,plainly state that it was a controlled demolition. The decision was made “to pull it” in trade jargon. youtube.com/watch?v=p34XrI2Fm6I

          • DrGonzo December 15, 2018 at 11:43 pm #

            Oh gawd. You ARE one of those people. Excuse me while I adjust my tin foil hat and get the hell out of here. ( I need to go to my Flat Earth Club meeting.)

            Good luck with … um … all your “inside knowledge”.

            Maybe if I just post innocuous, White Supremacist screeds mocking black people, JHK will quit deleting my comments … at least that seems to work for Skorenzy.

          • hmuller December 16, 2018 at 12:17 am #

            You won’t address Larry Silverstein’s admission of controlled demolition. Instead you simply resort to personal mockery. Sadly, this is the pattern among your kind. You never deal with the facts, because you can’t.

            I don’t claim inside knowledge any more than you can claim to have researched publicly available knowledge.

  38. FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    I very, very, very much doubt that such a call took place, but there is definitely some logic in it!

    In any case, as an artistic truth, it explains all the facts that caused my bewilderment and prevented me from finally writing a summary of the events related to the Big Bargain and summing up this stage of the World War of the Roses, from confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to Bush’s death, which included the legalization of the threat of nuclear war on American television, the split of Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine and provocations in the Kerch Strait.

    Indeed, Special Prosecutor Mueller showed his human side, and unexpectedly wrote a letter to the court with a request not to give General Flynn prison time.

    And I heard the rumor yesterday, and today the Republicans, in response to the frontal attack of the Clintonoids, brought charges against the former director of the FBI and Special Prosecutor Mueller that they fabricated General Flynn’s case, used illegal methods of conducting investigation, in full accordance with the well-documented plan of the FBI Deputy Director Peter Strzok of 2016, which the leadership of the US Department of Justice announced to be a Christmas joke.

    And all this against the background of the unprecedentedly harsh statements by President Trump, his threats to intervene in the case of Meng Wanzhou detained in Canada, with the aim of freeing her, and warning about the rebellion of the American people, who in full accordance with the Second Amendment to the US Constitution in his opinion will rise against the Deep State if he, President Trump, is impeached.

    The situation has become so tense that I do not exclude the appointment of a second special prosecutor to investigate the activities of the first and armed opposition to the New York prosecutors, who have already arrested and imprisoned Trump’s personal attorney, the foolish girl from Russia Butina and threatened to imprison Trump without complicating the impeachment procedure too much with the Senate conviction, which directly contradicts the US Constitution.

    I do not even rule out that this will happen right now, in the coming days, until the powers of the Republican House of Representatives have expired!

  39. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    Very challenging observation by The Saker: “Ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 “Saker man of the year” award jointly goes to: (in alphabetical order)

    The American “Dissidents”: Stephen Cohen, Bonnie Faulkner, Paul Craig Roberts and Ron Unz

    Here are the reasons for my choice:

    For all the empty talk about freedom of speech, diversity, pluralism and the like, the sad truth is that the USA is not a democracy, but a rather authoritarian plutocracy with strongly expressed elements of a totalitarian regime. True, nobody (that I know of) got sent to a labor camp (yet!) or shot in a cellar (yet!) for daring to speak up to power, but we must also remember the joke which says that “a totalitarian regime is one that commands you to “shut up!” whereas a liberal democracy simply says “keep talking!“. There is much truth to this. As an experienced anti-Soviet activist who opposed and fought against the Soviet regime, I can attest that it was much less effective at stifling dissent than the US regime. Furthermore, I am also sure that the Soviet regime had far more popular support than the current US plutocracy.”

    thesaker.is/saker-2018-man-of-the-year-the-american-dissidents/

    • FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

      And when the Sacker will finally stop waving the red rag in front of the Bull’s nose and shut up about AngloZionist conspiracy against good Russia and good America?

      With the friend like that, who needs enemies?

      • Pucker December 14, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

        The Saker ROCKS!

        • FincaInTheMountains December 14, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

          In your head, unfortunately.

    • JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

      The invention of social media has made the vote useless. We are controlled now by very few people manipulating the airwaves. Good example is CFN’s own J-bot who literally takes over this blog, along with her sidekicks. The plutocracy you mentioned has learned well how to manipulate what we see, read and believe.

      Do not be afraid of Russia, be afraid of our own s–thead elites in both parties that control everything.

      • SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

        Very good point!

  40. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

    I suspect that Bill Cosby is a victim of quasi-religious political hysteria of the #MeToo Movement?

    “Sullivan’s theory is that Wokesterism is an improvised replacement for sclerotic American Christianity, to fill the vacuum of entropic meaninglessness that pervades life in the republic these days. He says:

    And so we’re mistaken if we believe that the collapse of Christianity in America has led to a decline in religion. It has merely led to religious impulses being expressed by political cults. Like almost all new cultish impulses, they see no boundary between politics and their religion.”

  41. akmofo December 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Joe diGenova – Justice Will Be Done, 2478 – YouTube

    youtu.be/doA3km8j8G0

  42. Listened to this podcast on the plane… Very interesting

    kunstler.com/writings/podcast/

  43. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    I suspect that a lot of what’s wrong with America is because of the Yankees, particularly the religious “Do Gooder” fervor and religious hysteria of the Yankees? Also, their horrible fixatation with the Moral Necessity of Capital Accumulation as inculcated in those 18th Century Horacio Alger stories?

  44. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    Cosby was offering the white women expensive party drugs, which it seems that the white Women didn’t want to take responsibility for in taking?: It was Cosby’s fault that they took the party drugs. White women love party drugs…. It’s like ringing the dinner bell….

  45. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Whenever I encounter the Yankees, I feel a bit like the cartoon character, Foghorn Leghorn, confronting the little, energetic chicken who is really motivated and who is always, relentlessly pushing Foghorn Leghorn to hurry up and get to work, much to Foghorn Leghorn’s irritation. Foghorn Leghorn wants to be solicitous of the Little fucker, but Foghorn just hopes that the little fucker would just disappear….

    • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      Nice observation. I never thought of that way before, but that cartoon could definitely be interpreted as a metaphor for that, much as Wizard of Oz was a thinly veiled reference to the Central Bank money masters hiding behind the curtain calling all the shots. Capitalists are indeed funny to watch in their frenzy of useless activity.

  46. seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    $40 million missing from inaugural ceremony. This guy would steal money from the SPCA.

    • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

      Twenty-two trillion, (plus perhaps another 22 trillion) missing from DOD and HUD long before DJT came to town.

      youtube.com/watch?v=7CwpjIwwI9o

      Looks like the $2 trillion that Rumsfeld lost on 10 Sep 01 earned interest.

    • JohnAZ December 14, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

      Heard it was 50 million. Do not agree with you often, SW, but someone better find that 50 million and where it went. Source of this inquiry is the boss of the National Enquirer according to Fox News.

    • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

      Assuming it’s not an accounting error, they need to get that money back just like they got back the White House furniture that the Clintons tried to steal.

      • Walter B December 14, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

        What it is according to the GAO, is money that has been diverted to expenditures that are classified as “National Security” and will not be divulged as to what. I would think a lot of these expenditures would be for Deep Underground Military Bases, Space stuff, weaponry advancement and simply handouts and payoffs to win over “hearts & minds”. Since a lot of these items are done without receipts, I would think that the numbers are a lot bigger that even this.

      • seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

        You’re like Rudy a verb, a noun, 9/11, and the Clintons.

        • Exscotticus December 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

          And you? A noun, a verb, and Trump…

      • malthuss December 15, 2018 at 12:24 am #

        I guess the Clintons are worth billions.

        • FincaInTheMountains December 15, 2018 at 2:26 am #

          Make it much, much more…

      • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 11:40 am #

        LOL! “Steal” is such a harsh word. I’m sure Billy Jeff would use the more forgiving term “appropriate.”

  47. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    The Yankees tend to be rather “High Strung” and neurotic, which in part may account for their religious hysteria?

    • Pucker December 14, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

      The Yankees would probably benefit from the calming effects of CBD in Weed, but their religious psychosis might be exacerbated by the THC in Weed which causes the subject to hallucinate?

  48. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    Yankees: “Let’s have a Big War and make a lot of money off of the Demand created by the War, and DO GOOD at the same time.”

    • Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

      They set out to do GOOD and ended up doing WELL.

  49. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

    Idea: Apply for a patent for a Virginity Pill.

  50. seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    Ivanka Trump charging 2 to 3 times the market rate for inaugural services. Oh this is getting good! Melania bringing her best friend in! Lock up the whole damn family.

  51. seawolf77 December 14, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

    Trump resigns due to malignant bone spurs.

  52. Janos Skorenzy December 14, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

    Did the Israelis not attack the American ship, the Liberty? How many knew of it? Many But did the People? No, it was covered up successfully and still is to this day.

    And did not Rockefeller thank the Media saying, We could not have done what we’ve done (moved towards World Government) without your looking the other way?

    You can’t fool all the People all of the time – nor do you have to. Just enough. They can and they do. And of course, very few of those involved knew the whole story at the time, just their little piece. And if they pieced it together later, well it’s something to tell their grandkids after they retire, right? Like all of those patriots who suddenly talk about the terrible Israeli power over America on the eve of their retirement. Our system is based on silence and cover ups and people who can’t do it, don’t advance enough to ever really know much. And by the time they do, they are very compliant and practiced in it.

  53. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

    Free range chickens…

    Free range hogs…

    Free range women….

  54. KesaAnna December 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

    ” I have no idea what you are talking about ”

    Of course I don’t believe the above claim .

    I have explained this to people who are clearly smart enough , and educated enough to know better , more times than I can count.

    But , ok …

    My best friend , with whom I have been pen pals for eight years , and for whom English is a third language , has no such difficulty.

    In any case , it would be pretty fucking obvious , even if you didn’t know I was regularly writing letters as long as your arm to someone who never heard a word of English until she was past the age of 16 , with no significant difficulties in being understood.

    If you are going to play at condescension , at least come up with a plausible story.

  55. KesaAnna December 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm #

    ” you probably do not pay any taxes ”

    hmmm……….No, I don’t think I have to explain to you why this statement is so dishonest it reeks.

    I’m sure you already know perfectly well why it does.

    I’ll pretend for a second though that it isn’t total bullshit.

    You spend a hell of a lot more time here than I do , clearly.

    So much so , that the better assertion would be ; when the fuck do you have time to pay any taxes ?

  56. SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

    You’re right Mr. K, the modern inquisitors are persecuting people and ruining their lives. Injustice and more injustice. Nobody is perfect so everybody is a potential victim of this system. And very good point that they don’t believe in redemption! It seems like a religion without redemption only adds to the cultural emptiness they have created for us. At least the old-time religion offered the possibility of redemption. If you are always wicked no matter how good you try to be then what’s the point of trying anymore?

    • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 2:00 am #

      By destroying other Whites, they gain their redemption. This is the “great work”. I believe this is what secretly motivates people like Elrond.

      Christianity is universal and that’s a big problem. It really can’t protect us the way Hinduism protects Indians. The old interpretations made it Ok, but the Universality was always there waiting to be invoked. And now it has been.

      • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 2:48 am #

        I think you are right about that idea of the great work. It is very foreign to me and I am glad. It won’t be so comfortable for those Whites doing the great work once they are surrounded by all of the consequences of it.

        Christianity today is so far removed from what was intended it seems. And its modern manifestation doesn’t recognize our ethnic identity or any ethnic identity as being important. That has to change because the world we live in is all about identity. And our identity IS important.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 4:25 am #

          You weren’t raised Christian Identity were you? They believe that we ARE the lost tribes of Israel. Some of the old Protestant sects had elements of this, if not the whole doctrine but without calling themselves that.

          That would solve the problem if it were true. I doubt its veracity for the most part – though Joseph of Arimethea may have gone to England and a few things like that. I assume the Ten Lost Tribes just stayed lost or blended into the Middle East. Nor is there evidence that they were White. But again, some of the Old Monks believed it too: the Tuatha De Dannan – a magical race who invaded Ireland – that name translates as the Tribe of Dan I believe. I’d like to be wrong….

          Akmo sometimes preaches this for his own purposes – to advance the Jews at our expense.

          • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

            No I wasn’t but I have read a little bit about it. I am not sure what to think about that theory. Most of what I have read seems to indicate that White people came from Asia. From anywhere between the Russian steppes and Northern India. Some probably migrated through the Middle East at some point but I think the Jews are generally more related to Arabs and not Whites.

            I have heard about that connection between the Tribe of Dan and Tuatha De Danaan but I think they are more likely to have come from Denmark than the Middle East. And I thought I read that some of the Irish monks believed that the Irish people descended from the Scythians.

  57. 100th Avatar December 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m not a sycophant, but I love Kunstler.
    He’s real.
    Keeping it real.
    He is immune to the hysteria, to the zeitgeist.
    Groupthink isn’t his bag.
    He maintains intelectual discipline
    Honesty.
    Non-apologetic.
    A true journalist. An editorial writer that favors facts
    Over
    Conviction
    Again, I’m not brown nosing.
    He is what he is.
    Courageous.
    He doesn’t take sides in the game.
    He’s above that.
    Dignified
    If that is what being awake is.. impenetrable mind.
    Uninfluenced. Uncorrupted.
    I’m not praising him.
    I’m praising what he carries.
    The burden
    Honesty
    Truth
    So heavy
    So damaging
    But he’s willing
    ?

    • hmuller December 16, 2018 at 9:23 am #

      Why do you write
      in such short lines?
      Not criticizing
      Just asking

  58. SoftStarLight December 14, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

    What other choices are there? With all of the deception in the current government who would you really trust? Trump would have been better off not being President and he acknowledged that himself. He wanted to do good things for the country and has sacrificed a lot. The current persecution as evidence.

    • DrGonzo December 15, 2018 at 12:19 am #

      LOL. Trump isn’t interested in “doing good things” for anyone but himself and his family. He is the most narcissistic and pathologically non-empathetic person I have ever observed in my life. Every public statement, every conversation, immediately becomes a statement and conversation about Donald Drumpf. If he had no money, he’d have no friends.

      If you were on a lifeboat with Drumpf and ten other people, Drumpf is the first one you’d throw off when things got dicey, because everyone knows he’d be the first to grab all the remaining resources for himself. President Bone Spurs. President pussy-grabber. President Stable Genius.

      • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 1:04 am #

        Egotistical and somewhat arrogant ok. Many wealthier, high-powered people conduct themselves in similar ways. There is some correlation between psychopathy and wealth. Many politicians who act humble, empathetic, and warm are wearing masks. At least Trump doesn’t hide who he is. And I recall that Obama is completely self-absorbed based on his public statements and conversations.

  59. 100th Avatar December 14, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    Who is dangerous?
    As always
    Those wanting above their station
    So willing to prove themselves
    So suffering from self-doubt
    So manipulated

    The Comeys
    The handsome journalists
    So protective of that salary
    Program them
    Feed them their report
    The good copy
    That $ells

    To hate Trump is easy. To hate what he represents is not.
    A rejection of the elite
    Their programming
    Their control
    The universities. The markets
    The consumption.

    Yet, those responsible for detecting are not independent
    They are salaried MSM
    The fourth bureaucracy
    Must maintain status quo

    And the weak minded follow. Distracted by the man
    Forgetting what he represents
    Rejection of a system
    That demands control
    Fielty
    Or else
    Or else
    You’re deposed
    And disposed

    What is the Gollum
    The last resort
    A myth

    A beast

    A last Hope

    Before we succumb

    A fairytale

    That leviathan makes a meal of

  60. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

    Apparently, the “Freed” black slaves did not think that working for wages was that much better than slavery….

    “In effect, they sought to impose upon blacks their own definition of freedom, one which repudiated the former slaves’ equation of liberty and autonomy. “They have an idea that a hireling is not a freeman,” Mississippi planter Samuel Agnew noted in his diary,”

    Eric Foner
    Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863 – 1877

    • Pucker December 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

      “Or, as a Kentucky newspaper succinctly put it, the former slave must be taught “that he is free, but free only to labor.” 16

      Eric Foner
      Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863 – 1877

  61. KesaAnna December 14, 2018 at 11:03 pm #

    ” Okay, so now we know, that is the basis of your claim. Seeming. ”

    Apparently you don’t know shit . If you did , you would know that my claim has been , repeatedly , like a broken record ;

    you Americans cannot make up your fucking minds whether You want an empire , or a republic.

    So you will wind up with neither.

    That’s pretty fucking simple.

    The only thing actually going into the category of ” seems ” or , ” perhaps ”

    is why you get your panties in a twist over my generally liking you , and disliking Janet emphatically .

    But I guess there is no ” seems ” there either.

    You Americans have your heads shoved so far up your asses you cannot tell the difference between like or dislike , a favor or a screwing.

    • Tate December 15, 2018 at 3:03 am #

      Steady on, old girl. You can’t trust people to say what they want. We will wind up with neither indeed, but not because we’re not communicating our wishes clearly. That’s laughable. Also, what we say we wish one day will be flipped like a tortilla into its exact opposite on the next day so I wouldn’t concern myself much with any of that.

    • Tate December 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

      This is an essentialist error. The truth is some of us want a republic & nothing else, most of us are sheep & insensible on the subject, but there is that fraction of the American public inhabiting the elite reaches of society who have a death grip on U.S. foreign policy who want it both ways — a republic & an empire at the same time (Mostly dual-passport holders, it must be added.)

  62. Pucker December 14, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

    Clinton Foundation….

    Holy Shit!

    blackpilled.com/2018/12/clinton-foundation-investigation/

    • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      LOL! Now we know why the Clinton’s and their assorted unholy alliances hate Trump so much; NOT because he’s inherently corrupt just like they are, but because he’s so woefully TRANSPARENT about it all. If there’s one thing a successful crime boss hates, it’s another crime boss whose ineptitude threatens to expose them all. See Bernie Madoff.

  63. lbs December 15, 2018 at 1:07 am #

    Indeed , progressivism is a fundamentalist religion. Not the most evil, but the most destructive, because it’s the largest and most powerful religious cult ever, with hundreds of millions of disciples.

    • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 1:23 am #

      And just imagine an alliance between the Progressive fanatics and Islamic fanatics. The Red-Green Axis. It is a horrifc reality in fact.

  64. BuckP December 15, 2018 at 1:52 am #

    The following is excerpted from a Chris Hedges essay dated May 01, 2017 at truthdig.com entitled Reign of Idiots.

    “When capitalism thrives, we are assured, we thrive. The merging of the self with the capitalist collective has robbed us of our agency, creativity, capacity for self-reflection and moral autonomy. We define our worth not by our independence or our character but by the material standards set by capitalism—personal wealth, brands, status and career advancement. We are molded into a compliant and repressed collective. This mass conformity is characteristic of totalitarian and authoritarian states. It is the Disneyfication of America, the land of eternally happy thoughts and positive attitudes. And when magical thinking does not work, we are told, and often accept, that we are the problem. We must have more faith. We must envision what we want. We must try harder. The system is never to blame. We failed it. It did not fail us.”

    So remember to smile and think positive because “Happy Days” are just around the corner. In the interim, we all use our plastic cards to keep buying all that overpriced junk at the local mall in celebration of that great capitalist in the sky, Jesus. Wait a minute, that’s wrong!, I forgot!, Didn’t he throw the moneychangers out of the temple? What if the 2nd Coming has commenced and he has returned as one those little Guatemalan kids incarcerated at the border? Oops! Papa ain’t gonna be happy!

    • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 11:53 am #

      Inverted totalitarianism indeed!

  65. Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 2:11 am #

    The Jewish Forward

    Young American Jews are turning against Israel principally because they are disconnecting from Judaism.

    And the reason for that is their parents are generally disconnecting from Judaism, largely because of the impact of the progressive denominations to which some three quarters of American Jews subscribe and which are telling them that liberal universalist values are authentic Jewish values.

    But they are not.

    They are, in fact, inimical to Judaism. The community’s secular religion of tikkun olam, or supposedly Jewish social justice, is a fraud.

    As Jonathan Neumann puts it in his excellent book To Heal the World?, American Jews have been led to believe that “the purpose of the Jews in the world is to campaign for higher taxes, sexual permissiveness, reduced military spending, illegal immigration, opposition to fracking, the banishment of religion from the public square and every other liberal cause under the sun — all in the name of God”.

    It’s not Jewish, just, or even very social, constituting a mish-mash of Marxism, moral relativism and paganism.

    So three-quarters of American Jews have contracted a kind of religious auto-immune disease, which has caused them to junk the stuff that will protect their spiritual health while eagerly embracing the stuff that will destroy it.

    JS: Originally, all of this was supposed to be just for the Gentiles. But they forgot and got caught in their own nets. This is very, very good news and truly a Just Punishment from on High.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 2:32 am #

      Corrrection: The Jewish Chronicle

      thejc.com/comment/comment/tikkun-olam-the-supposedly-jewish-social-justice-is-a-fraud-1.473700

      • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 3:08 am #

        Well you know what they say about karma :-). Unfortunately a lot of Gentiles bought into a form of tikkun olam apparently. We have a better chance though to recover I think since many are wise to it. They say God does work in mysterious ways and He embraces the people that embrace Him.

    • akmofo December 15, 2018 at 5:51 am #

      Yup, the commie Vatican/CIA “progressive” Nazis are a dead end. They are anti-Jewish at their core and that is their main purpose of existence. Examples are anti-Jewish CIA/NYTimes agents Max Blumenthal and his father. We know and understand who and what they are, and that they’re spawned and sponsored by the Vatican. Part of a long history of war against the Jewish people. Without the Vatican, its propaganda platforms its financial support, these people would be nothing. They would not exist. Like Paliwood, it’s a scripted staged fraud. We are wise to this theater. We don’t pay it any attention and boycott the Vatican propaganda outlets that give these Nazis a platform. Always follow the money. In one way or another it always leads to the Vatican. Always!

  66. Pucker December 15, 2018 at 3:06 am #

    “In the war’s immediate aftermath, federal policy regarding black labor was established by the army. And after welcoming Union soldiers as emissaries of liberation, many freedmen quickly became disillusioned with military occupation. For along with the experience of wartime experiments in “free labor,” two convictions influenced military authorities: that only the revival of the South’s shattered economy could avert starvation and lighten the army’s responsibilities, and that former slaves preferred to live on government charity. The course the army adopted seemed to have only one object in view—to compel freedmen to return to work on the plantations.”

    Eric Foner
    Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863 – 1877

  67. tucsonspur December 15, 2018 at 3:24 am #

    I like the term “Wokesterism” because the “ism” part acknowledges that the current hysteria makes a religion out of politics. JHK

    Religion and Politics. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to see this Wokesterism as an outgrowth of the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory, particularly that “the crimes of the West flow from the character of the West, as shaped by Christianity”.

    The ideas of Adorno, Gramsci, Lukacs and Marcuse have somehow inserted themselves into the Wokesters.

    The idea is to “capture the cultural institutions of the West, occupy its ‘fortresses and earthworks’, and the State, the ‘outer ditch’ would fall without a fight”.

    All of this and more is in Buchanan’s, “The Death of the West”.
    Published in – are you ready? – 2002.

    For now, Trump has taken the shovel from the undertaker.

    • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 11:58 am #

      Buchanon was a lousy political candidate, but he’s definitely an original and provocative thinker. There’s lesson in that statement, I think.

      • tucsonspur December 16, 2018 at 1:56 am #

        Timing is everything, Buchanan had the presidential gravitas, but he didn’t fit the time. Didn’t have the showmanship, didn’t have social media. But he had the vision and saw it all coming:

        “We must not trade in our sovereignty for a cushioned seat at the head table of anyone’s new world order”

        He railed against the effects of globalization, proclaiming that “our Western heritage is going to be handed down to future generations, not dumped onto some landfill called multiculturalism.”

        “Trump is Pat Buchanan with better Timing”:

        politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/donald-trump-pat-buchanan-republican-america-first-nativist-2142…

  68. Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 4:27 am #

    First Degree Hypocrisy by Frank Roman

    In 1963 the daughter of a successful Texas property developer, one Laura Welch, caused a car crash in her hometown of Midland, TX that claimed the life of a friend when she was only 17. She and her girlfriend were hurrying to a drive-in cinema when, driving her father’s car, she ran through a stop sign and hit a car being driven by Mike Douglas, also 17, a star sportsman and popular student at her school. Nobody was ever charged for this unfortunate accident. Ms. Welsh went on to marry George W. Bush and become First Lady of The United States.

    In 1969 a black Oldsmobile plunged off the Dike Bridge on the tiny island of Chappaquiddick, off Martha’s Vineyard, causing the death by drowning of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne. When her body was discovered some 9 hours later, her face was pressed into the footwell and her hands gripped the back of the front seat, as if she had been trying to push her head into a tiny pocket of air. Instead of calling the police immediately to try and rescue this girl, the driver of the car, 37-year-old Senator Ted Kennedy, walked back to his hotel room, went to sleep and when he awoke showered and called his attorney before reporting the accident. “The Lion of The Senate” went on to serve 9 terms in the US Capitol.

    In 2001 Noxzema girl Rebecca Gayheart struck and killed a 9-year-old boy in Los Angeles, CA when she swerved around vehicles that had stopped to let the child cross the street, and into a two-way left-turn lane, hitting the boy. She was charged with vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to three years of probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2800 fine, and 750 hours of community service.

    In 2015 Olympic Gold Medal Winner and transsexual person Bruce Jenner caused a multiple car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway when his Cadillac SUV (which was towing a trailer) slammed into the back of Kimberly Howe’s Lexus sending Ms. Howe careening into oncoming traffic and ending her life. The Los Angeles DA believed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate saying that, “A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter.”

    In 2016 James Fields Jr., age 19, was chased into a crowd of violent communists by Dwayne Dixon who admitted to brandishing a long rifle and screaming expletives at the driver of this gray Dodge Challenger. Young Mr. Fields was then attacked from all sides by rioters who struck his car with weapons. Mr. Fields, who had already been physically assaulted that day, panicked and tried to escape his attackers. In his terror, he drove forward at about 25 mph into the crowd of people who were blocking the road and attacking his car. As a result of this, Heather Heyer was struck, and because of her prodigious girth, died of a heart attack on the sidewalk a few minutes later. Consequently, James Fields Jr. has been convicted of 1st degree murder, 8 counts of malicious wounding, 1 count of failing to stop at an accident involving a death and is still facing a Federal Hate Crime trial. Mr. Fields will likely die in jail.

    These incidents are all very similar but for two glaring differences: First, James Fields Jr. is not rich. More importantly, James Fields Jr. was also guilty of one other thing none of these other people were: He is guilty of “Wrong Think”. You see, Mr. Fields believes that White people should have a country where they are free from the predation of competing tribes and in 2018 that is nearly the only crime that everyone seems able to agree to hate. This makes anyone who reads this article or any other article on Pendulum halfway to spending the rest of your life in jail and dying there, with no one besides your closest friends and family to ever care or offer an objection. Anyone who opposes population replacement in First World countries by more manageable Third World people is disposable and being a nuisance to the power structure is all the justification needed to lock someone up and throw away the key.

    What little justice we may have believed still existed in the United States has been proven to be largely a product of our own imaginations. President Donald Trump won’t save you, Senator Rand Paul won’t save you and anonymous intelligence operatives will not save you. Whether you agree with Mr. Fields or not, you are, in the eyes of anyone whose opinion matters, a dangerous terrorist and your death will be a relief for the vast majority of what passes for Americans these days. I’d suggest you find the only common ground that matters in a Balkanized nation and tribe up friends. It will only get worse from here.

    • Epicur December 15, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      While I understand and agree that the prosecution of Mr. Fields has been heavily influenced by politics, it has been reported that Mr. Fields 1st degree conviction was based on social media posts he had made before the incident in which he had made reference to driving a car into crowds.

      If this is true it should give everyone pause about what they say in fora such as this.

      • Forget it, everything has been recorded and cataloged and if you are planning on a career of vehicular homicide you are going to get the electric chair.

        • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

          Shades of janet dogma here, Lil’ Snacker.

          • ” In his terror, he drove forward at about 25 mph into the crowd of people who were blocking the road and attacking his car. ”

            Anyone with a brain who saw the video knows this was a premeditated revenge attack and not an act of self-defense. Pleas like this are absurd and waste everyone’s time.

            … “Shades of janet dogma”

            Which is…?

    • K-Dog December 15, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      Jurors told a judge Tuesday that life in prison is appropriate for a man who rammed his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, capping a trial laced with the emotional testimony of survivors and troubling details of the self-proclaimed Hitler admirer’s long history of mental illness.

      ames Alex Fields Jr., 21 originally from Boone County, Kentucky, stood stoically with his hands folded in front of him as a court clerk read the verdict, which now must be taken under advisement by the judge, who will issue the final sentence. Judge Richard Moore scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 29.

      The jury recommended a sentence of life for first-degree murder in the killing of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and activist, and also recommended a total of 419 years for his convictions on nine counts involving injuries Fields caused to others and for leaving the scene of the crash in Charlottesville last year.

      Janos, you might want to reconsider your support of someone who leaves the scene of an accident. I think such people should be ripped apart with bare hands.

      • K-Dog December 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

        Yes Ted career should have ended.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

        And nothing for the Mobsters who attacked en masse? And the College Professor who boasted of terrorizing him with a rifle? Nothing for him either? Leaving the scene? Remember, he was terrorized and fleeing for his life. Try to be rational and separate what should be separated. The Lance of your Sun needs work.

        Your murderous biases are showing again. And of course your commitment to Mob Rule. No doubt you are tormented by how white Antifa is though, right?

        Involuntary Manslaughter at most for Mr Fields, in my opinion. I don’t know about the emails mentioned above. I suppose that might change things.

        • Tate December 15, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

          They can’t answer when you suggest that, yes, he is culpable but not to the level for which he has been charged & convicted.

      • Exscotticus December 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

        >>> Janos, you might want to reconsider your support of someone who leaves the scene of an accident.

        Yes but if you believe that the guy feared for his life, then fleeing the scene is consistent with that narrative.

        I don’t personally believe the defense, as they didn’t present any evidence that Fields reasonably thought his life was in imminent danger. Now if the defense had presented a video of a mob violently attacking his vehicle with him in it JUST PRIOR to the ramming, then they’d have a case.

      • elysianfield December 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

        Dog,
        Yes, one should surrender themselves to the tender mercies of the mob. #ReginaldDenny

        I believe you may have fouled the carpet on this one…bad dog….

  69. Pucker December 15, 2018 at 4:38 am #

    Merry Christmas from Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea, and all of gang at The Clinton Foundation!

    blackpilled.com/2018/12/clinton-foundation-investigation/

    • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Those mischievous rogues!

      • hmuller December 15, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

        Dear, sweet Chelsea. Is she still wearing the upside down cross like they taught her at Summer Satan Camp?

    • Tate December 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

      Putting it on my favorites list.

  70. FincaInTheMountains December 15, 2018 at 6:48 am #

    The true meaning of this process reveals a rumor that Trump personally called Special Prosecutor Mueller and warned him that for each day General Flynn would spend in prison, Special Prosecutor Mueller would spend there three! — Finca

    The aforementioned frontal attack by New York prosecutors on President Trump, voiced yesterday by former US Solicitor General Neal Katyal, promises Trump three days in prison for each day in prison awarded yesterday to his lawyer Michael Cohen, and I personally see this as an echo of the rumor that I heard the day before yesterday.

    yahoo.com/entertainment/neal-katyal-trump-wigging-without-203733974.html

  71. seawolf77 December 15, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Mongo boys finally got an idiot judge to agree with them. Take away the healthcare for millions of Americans. Well done Mongo boys, well done.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 15, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      One of the Affordable Care Act’s notable improvement for consumers was limits on out-of-pocket costs. For 2018, the maximum out-of-pocket for an individual is $7,350. (For a family, it’s $14,700.) For 2019, HHS has finalized an increase in the maximum out-of-pocket to $7,900. For a family, the maximum out-of-pocket cost will be $15,800 in 2019.

      The monthly premiums you pay in order to have coverage are not included in out-of-pocket costs. Out-of-pocket costs are only incurred if and when you need medical care, whereas premiums have to be paid every month, regardless of whether you need medical care or not.

      Source: healthinsurance.org/glossary/out-of-pocket-costs/

      How people who don’t have $400 for emergency transmission change. could afford that?! It does not matter weather you have it or not!!!

      There is got to be a better, no-insurance related solution to American Health Care problem.

      • Epicur December 15, 2018 at 10:50 am #

        It will obviously be more efficient to take the insurance company middlemen out of the loop for basic care, but people are being fooled if they think that quality of care will not suffer and that decisions about care will not be made by government, i.e. the dreaded “death panels.”

        “Obamacare” would not have passed without the many bribes passed around, the largest of which was paid to the insurance companies.

        • Tate December 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

          Part of the solution is for the people to overturn the government & reinstitute a non-criminal enterprise in its stead. Especially one which would enforce laws against price-fixing ALREADY ON ITS BOOKS, & thereby bust the health-care cartels.

      • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

        Ideally it involves getting thinner and healthier and avoiding American lifestyle disease, which drives most of the follow on costs. The goal should be to shrink industrial “healthcare” (a misnomer if there ever was one!) until it’s small enough to “drown in the proverbial bathtub.”

      • seawolf77 December 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

        Medicare for all is the only solution. ACA was a step in that direction. This is a step back.

    • Exscotticus December 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

      >>> Medicare for all is the only solution. ACA was a step in that direction. This is a step back.

      ACA was a failure from day one. It insures less than 10 million Americans at enormous cost. There are twice as many illegal aliens as there are Americans insured by Obamacare.

      The ACA is such a stinker that even Democrats who lobby for it don’t actually want to enroll in it.

      But even beyond the paltry few that the ACA covers, the problem with it is that it kills competition that would lower health care costs. Under the ACA, for example, no insurer can offer a plan that does not include tranny coverage. And while that may be great for people like sea squirt, it’s essentially a subsidy to trannies, as it spreads their lifestyle choice sex change costs across the entire nation.

      I look forward to the day when I have the legal right to purchase only the insurance I’m interested in, and to acquire that insurance at a greatly reduced competitive cost. That is how most insurance works; you pay for the coverage you want—not for things you will never use.

  72. seawolf77 December 15, 2018 at 9:03 am #

    Mulvaney. We’re at the bottom of the barrel. Time to break out the shovels.

    • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

      Face like a rodent.

  73. volodya December 15, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Janos and SoftStarLight

    The agenda of anyone looking after American working class interests is directly contrary to the agenda of the last three decades of American economic and foreign policy.

    Trump treatment? You bet, at the very least, non-stop legal and investigative harassment to the point of making shit up if this is what’s necessary to keep such a person out of office.

    But look at the problems Trump is encountering IN office. Does anyone seriously mistake Larry Kudlow as someone giving a fuck about Fly-over America? Or Mnuchin?

    You need bench strength in order to ensure policy coherence throughout the administration, you can’t have a fifth column of globalists who spent their lives in the globalist camp in positions of power. You already have that problem with such people in the Deep State and you need to start moving the needle by having committed officials in cabinet positions telling life-long bureaucrats or people going through the Washington-Wall Street revolving door that these are the new Facts of Life and here are the new marching orders. Get with it or get out.

    But I think it’s better to cull. Would we be getting rid of “expertise”? David Brooks style expertise? Those guys that spent their lives selling out the United States and fucking up everything they touched? You bet.

    And you need to cull the intelligence and military communities.starting first at the highest levels. Same with the State Department. And the Fed and Treasury. But to do all this you need to have people that have been coming up through the ranks, people whose origins and loyalties aren’t in existing bastions of wealth and power. You need people that come out of the interior and that come out of schools from the interior, not necessarily universities, but those not imbued with the pieties of modern-day snowflakery.

    Extricating the existing order won’t be easy, a lot of plutocrat money is riding on the status quo and it won’t do any good explaining that the status quo is unworkable and unsustainable. They spent a lifetime building it, and no matter that they gutted the United States, built up the Chinese behemoth, in the process hurting their own interests, globalists aren’t deep thinkers, they’ll do what doesn’t work and ride that model down to zero. But that doesn’t oblige everyone else to take the ride down with them.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

      Agree. Unfortunately Trump is part of the System and loves “winners”. Thus he is loathe to go with unknowns, people who haven’t “made it”. I think he has a good heart and has been troubled for a long time at where America is going. But he doesn’t have the Vision to correctly diagnose the problem and thus his solutions tend to be shallow and thus ineffective.

      The Wall is a good idea of course. But he won’t even talk about supplementing it with e-verify or the Cyber Wall. That would be threatening his few remaining friends. So is he serious or not?

      No Wall is any better than the men who man it. They will keep pouring in, by sea if necessary. Or just legals who overstay their visas or whatever. Not a word about that either. Or completely Legal Immigrants whom we just don’t need. He doesn’t get that or doesn’t want to. Anne Coulter should have been his right hand man, despite her lack of penis. She thinks like a True Man – which is rare now in this Kali Yuga or Age of Decline where everyone and everything is lopsided like a Dali Painting or a Paliwood movie.

    • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

      Whatever the case, I am getting impatient and antsy. I am ready for the change that we need right now. I too think Trump has a good heart but may be overwhelmed by the opposition he meets every day and all the time. I am sorry but we need somebody who just says f*ck it and takes all the action necessary to get things right again. I could see Ann Coulter as a Leader. She doesn’t play around and doesn’t do any wishy washy stuff. We need a wall and no more immigration. People who employ illegal immigrants should be arrested and their businesses closed.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

        It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a Nation to be saved by a great Queen: Isabella of Spain took on both the Muslims and the Jews and cleaned house. Elizabeth came to power with England a weak state and economic basket case. She not only put things right, she put on the track to being a World Power.

        As one writer said to Trump: Time’s up. You either make History or you are history.

        He can’t be worrying about the future, about possible assassination, about Don Jr’s political hopes, what they will do to him after his Presidency, etc. He has to do what must needs be done. Easy to say, I know. But it’s what will make him a Hero for the Ages or just another failed Leader in the twilight of a dying Nation.

        As Christ said, Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all these other things will be added on to you. If he triumphs, no one will dare touch a hair on his head or that of his family. And Don Jr and Ivanka will have glorious futures. If he fails, Melania and Baron will have to flee to Eastern Europe. And the rest of the family will face endless persecution. Ivanka less so because of her conversion to Judaism and being the wife of Jewish financial nobility.

        • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 2:48 am #

          We need him to be a Hero for the Ages

        • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 3:01 am #

          And no conversions lol!!!!!

  74. S&P touching correction territory. My shorts are on fire. How about yours? That’s the way I like it, I’ll never get bored.

    China is down some 20% for the year. The New York Times reports the migrant workers are being sent back to the provinces. Exports of rubber dogshit are fading away.

    • Ol' Scratch December 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

      They can have everything but the rubber dogshit!

    • Tate December 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      I’m giving it out as stocking stuffers.

  75. Luhrenloup December 15, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    It’s like I said last week, as long as the middle keeps being excluded and there’s one good guy and one bad, one corrupt and one vital, our way or the highway, the madness continues. As things stand now the left is ready to imprison the whole Trump family, but none care to look into Clinton foundation malfeasance, or what the people seek from their man trump, etc, etc
    That scene in the oval office with Pelosi, Schumer & Trump was par for the course. Everybody talks, nobody listens.

    • Exscotticus December 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      Most of my time on this forum involves me listening to the TDS-impaired, and then doing about five minutes of research to find that whatever they’re complaining about, the Clintons and/or Obama did the same things, for which the TDS-impaired never complained at all.

      • seawolf77 December 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

        This post removed for impertinence — JHK

        • Exscotticus December 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

          LOL sea squirt can’t understand a compound sentence as it’s way beyond his third grade education.

          • seawolf77 December 15, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

            I guess we know now why, “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. PERIOD!” Trumptards fooled again.

  76. mow December 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    I don’t believe in atheism 🙂

  77. Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

    Be not deceived, Brothers. Mass immigration or “asylum seeking” has nothing to do with people fleeing from terror (except the terror their own traditions and incompetence create), it has everything to do with bringing down the West and creating a global order.

    gatestoneinstitute.org/13263/un-migration-human-right

    Of course these folks DO have their own ideas and will have no interest in what Brussels think they’re doing. If Brussels is using them, well Mecca is using Brussels.

    And yes, the radical individualism of the West has helped to create this monster. Each of these “consumers” just want to come and consume our resources. They have just as much right as we do, right? That’s Libertarianism. They sing the John Lennon song too.

    • The port of entry questionnaire will ask you to check a box next to Woke or not Woke. Non-Wokies will have to pay a fee and take additional instruction. Wokies will get a free job at an Amazon fulfillment center gift-wrapping Dildos.

      • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

        I don’t think it’s a funny joke. It is a serious situation and needs to be stopped. I think you get a kick out of the chaos. It is peoples’ lives you know!

  78. seawolf77 December 15, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Won’t be long now for Benedict Donald.

    • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm #

      Wow I think you day dream more than I do!

  79. Pucker December 15, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

    It just occurred to me: It’s a criminal society….

    OK, so I’m a Slow Starter….

    blackpilled.com/2018/12/clinton-foundation-investigation/

  80. Pucker December 15, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    Apparently, President Andrew Johnson, albeit a Tennessean (a “VOL”), was hostile to the Confederacy because he was opposed to racial miscegenation. Apparently, the Hillbilly’s in the South were pockets of pro-Union sentiment who seemed to resent the conceit of the landed Slave holding Plantation aristocracy and who were horrified by all of the racial miscegenation. Does this mean that all of those nincumpoops pulling down Confederate statues are opposed to racial miscegenation? Hell, I like racial miscegenation!

  81. Pucker December 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    When was basketball introduced as a method of social control? Human primates will just sit around and watch stuff. If possible, they’ll try to be part of the spectacle. Men will imagine themselves to be the center of the spectacle as the “Hero”. For women, this means getting knocked up…. For others, it means drinking beer and watching TV.

  82. Pucker December 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    Eventually, after much trial-and-error, the preferred form of wage system in the Reconstruction South gravitated to Sharecropping. The “Freedmen” preferred Sharecropping because it involved a contract between the white landowner and a single black family rather than with a “gang” of black workers akin to Maoist communism. Under the Sharecropping system, blacks did not have to suffer white supervision of their work, and black husbands could send their wives and kids out into the fields to do all of the work while they stayed at home fuck’n around. As Alex Jones would say: “It’s a 360 degree win.”

  83. Pucker December 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    It just occurred to me: New York City is basically just a mass criminal money laundering operation. That’s what I’ve been seeing…. That’s why all of the Russian oligarchs gravitated to NY City and the Clinton’s live there. Trump had that aesthetically horrifying Tai Mahal casino in Atlantic City that before going tits was infested with rodents and drug users. That’s why they’re legalizing gambling and Weed in order to facilitate money laundering.

    OK, so I am a Slow Starter….

    • BackRowHeckler December 15, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

      Gambling and marijuana are also being legalized in order to raise enough swag to keep the stinking Welfare State going a little while longer. The only thing left to do is start pimping out our daughters and we’ll have a perfect trifecta in vice … and that’ll mark the end of the free enterprise system and the United States as a serious country, put a fork in it.

      Speaking of the Clintons, last weekend the regal couple was spotted in Mumbai, India, at a marriage celebration joining two billionaire families, the wealthiest in the country. Some of the richest people in the world were in attendance.

      … and I read when Harry Truman left the presidency he used drive himself around Independence, Mo, in an old Chevy sedan, picking up his mail at the post office and groceries at the market. Democrats have come a long way since those days.

      brh

      • pequiste December 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

        Don’t forget that cannabis is also being legalized, state by state at the current time, for “recreational” use to help ensure the Lumpen remain nicely (and better) medicated.

        Hard to go out and riot over anything if one is busy watching a Three Stooges marathon; playing Wolfenstein X with the crew; mellowing to the sounds of the latest Lady Gag(a), all while bingeing on pizza or raw cookie dough.

        Once the Democrats take back the full Congress and the White House there is not one doubt in my mind that they shall legalize it nationwide.

        At the rate The Man From Queens’ administration is sinking into the abyssal, toxic muck of the Deep State swamp, that could even be sooner.

      • malthuss December 16, 2018 at 8:08 am #

        I did not see Bill in the photo. I saw HC and Huma.

        Beyonce was paid a few million to twerk.

  84. Janos Skorenzy December 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    You aint woke if you aint Jwoke. I’m going to name my first White Son, Jwoke. If a Black Woman should seduce me in my sleep and bear to me a Son, him I shall name Ford Lincoln Mercury as in the movie, The Postman.

    • elysianfield December 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

      ” I shall name Ford Lincoln Mercury as in the movie”

      Janos,
      Rather you should name him something rare and precious in the ghetto…like “Car Insurance”….

      • pequiste December 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

        Perhaps all the ghetto girls can be named in the manner of the Puritan Age: Prudence, Responsibility, Chastity, Charity, etc.

        Precious and rare? No, better; more like the ever elusive and ephemeral chicken teeth. Or politicians’ ethics. Or government budget surpluses, among other things not found in this dimension.

        Indeed names in a seemingly foreign and increasingly ancient language, bordering on being determined an extinct language like Latin.

    • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 11:02 pm #

      That’s bold.

  85. BackRowHeckler December 15, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    Well, the ‘Weekly Standard’ is going down.

    another Hate Trump Sheet bites the dust!

    Let’s hope Time Magazine and their banal Person of the Year award is next.

    FREE PAUL MANAFORT!

    brh

    • capt spaulding December 15, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

      They’re just giving him away? Where can I get some

    • SoftStarLight December 15, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

      Hmmm I guess they should have been more balanced.

  86. BackRowHeckler December 15, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

    Another religion is this worldwide weird weather cult, led by elitist billionaires as the new high priests, espousing the earth’s atmosphere is heating up catastrophically, which seems to have emerged just as Marxism/Communism was collapsing, around 1990.

    brh

    • JohnAZ December 15, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

      BRH

      You are right. Science may be right, I happen to believe it is. But the problem is there is nothing that is meaningful that can be done about it. If government wants to do something, get off the stick, start measuring the impact of the changes, and allow world economies and lifestyles to adapt to the changes. For example, if oceans will rise and flood cities, double deck the cities like Chicago. If the Great American Desert gets too warm to be our breadbasket and it moves north, we better be real nice to Canada. What is the US going to do, and look like with increasing temperature, storminess, and dryness, IF that happens. How will we know it IS happening?

      So far, climate change is an excuse by our illustrious polity to justify their contrariness and their respective “religious” dogma. The Dem And GOP elites do not give one damn about climate change, if the US is a desert in a couple of decades, they will just move on to their next victim. And George Soros et al will make a ton of money shorting the USA. Who is next?

      Four powers in the world! USA, Russia, China and the New World Order. The goal of the NWO? Destroy the other three, USA first. How to do it? Get them to fight each other! Who? Let’s see, who is trying to blame the Russians for every evil there is. Point your fingers at the guilty parties, two of them are at a wedding in Mumbai.

      • BackRowHeckler December 15, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

        The only remedy to Climate Change I’ve seen so far John is to lay an energy tax on Americans, administered by the UN, which would make it more expensive to drive our trucks and heat out houses.

        Macron tried just that in France a few weeks ago and it didn’t work out too good for the little butt pounder, and he had to rescind it. What makes anybody thinks we’ll swallow it here if the Frogs wouldn’t?

        Meanwhile, f-kkers like the Clintons and other billionaires will still be jetting off to India for billionaire weddings, burning up more fuel in a day than you and I will burn in a year, lying hypocritical c-cksuckers that they are!

        Finally, as JHK has said many times, there is no replacement for petroleum. The only way to ‘decrease carbon emissions’ is to start eliminating large numbers of human beings, and don’t think for one minute that’s not exactly what these sonsabitches plan on doing.

        brh

        • JohnAZ December 15, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

          An alternative might be to tax single drivers of automobiles. The HOV lanes was an attempt at this that did not work. How do we encourage more passenger miles per barrel of oil? Like everything else, more humans per unit resource should be a goal of future improvements. Nothing is happening is this direction currently!

          Intercity travel by train instead of planes , or automobile would be a potential improvement. The infrastructure bill should emphasize trains. And intercity needs to aim at high speed railroads. Airspace is already becoming a scarce commodity.

          The solution to climate change, human overpopulation, pollution, the ozone layer is already in the cards. Petroleum is a finite resource, The Long Emergency is here, and will take its course over the next century. And it will not be pleasant.

          • BackRowHeckler December 15, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

            Imagine trying to lay track between say, Hartford CT and Willimantic, Ct, a distance of about 25 miles, for intercity rail, in 2019? The environmental impact study alone would take about 15 years. Then the Diversity Committee would have to be appointed to design it; after lawsuits, hearings, more lawsuits and minute scrutiny from the EEOC, construction could possibly go forward, in the year 2066.

            brh

          • JohnAZ December 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

            Ha. Your tongue in cheek assessment is right on. This is where our illustrious leaders should lead. Fat chance!

            JHK made the point that much of the RR structure from the past are still in place and maybe your route has to be renovated rather than rebuilt. Again, government needs to lead instead of politic.

            Intercity RR needs to be high speed only, much of current trackage needs updating, gee does that mean we need a steel industry, and a RR industry, and high tech safety monitoring,

            A big question for feasibility is how much of the old RR rights of way are owned by the RRs.

          • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:32 am #

            It appears to some that the answer is to create a very small minority that copiously consumes and thus maintains the character of American civilization. The rest of us becoming support staff with low energy needs.

            Problem is 200 foot yachts and planes need a lot of fuel so the small minority winds up using as much energy as the middle class minority which is now toast would have.

            Making a more efficient society by increasing social stratification thus does not work as their is no cap on the consumption of the upper class who will stratospherically consume energy as they compete against each other. The underlying problem, overpopulation is not even addressed by this wank of a solution.

            The answer is a true meritocracy with emphasis on equality but this being America, to quote former President Bush:

            Ain’t gonna do it!

            Thus we are all toast.

          • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:36 am #

            ‘as there

  87. JohnAZ December 15, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    Opinions?

    It seems to me that things were going well with Putin and the Russians prior to Trump being elected. Seems like everyone who is anyone, elitewise was trying to make a deal with some Russian oligarch in 2010 to 2017. Both groups. It must be difficult for the Dems to attack Trump for Russia ties when they are just as involved. Sounds like an SNL skit.

    Remember Rex Tillotson? He was negotiating with Russian oil companies to develop Siberian oil fields. Wonder why he got to be SOS. Almost everyone of the people involved now in the investigations were involved with making deals with Russians or Ukrainians. If and when Mueller opens up the Clinton et al side of the Russian connection, they will pay the same price for their shenanigans. Trump’s hotel in Moscow was just one of hundreds of deals going on at the time.

    So what the heck happened? Everything was cooking fine until the Dems got wind of their candidates ineptitude and just how pissed off the fly over states really were. We need to find a late date enemy to blame everything on for the DNC stupidity. I know — Putin and those nasty Russians. So it started. Then Trump won! Yes, Janet, Trump won legally, the only way that counts. Now shift everything, instead of prevention, cure. We will use those bad Russians to be the scapegoats for Hillary’s debacle. How? Well, those bad Russians must be the source of all the bad propaganda that beat Hillary. The hell with free open elections, those Russians are to blame for Hillary’s defeat, all by themselves.

    Then Trump made a bad mistake. He appointed an attorney general that just ignored everything in favor of the Deep State. He allowed this entire ridiculous scenario to develop under his watch. Well, now that Mueller hasn’t found anything with Russia, we move onto Stormy, then tax returns, then inaugural monies, then-then-then. Trump is a latter day Light Brigade against the Deep State. I hope he has better luck.

    • Exscotticus December 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

      Trump has made a series of poor choices in appointments. Mitigating this, however, is Trump’s tendency to let people go when they don’t work out. He’s not afraid to drain his own swamp, so to speak.

      I read Mueller’s spent 25 million in less than two years. The current AG or acting AG should basically tell Mueller that enough’s enough: anything that isn’t Russia collusion is off the reservation. The way to rein in Mueller is to rein in his budget.

      • JohnAZ December 15, 2018 at 10:06 pm #

        Very well said.

        Trump is and was a New York businessman where hiring and firing people is like a carousel. Once in a while, someone gets the gold ring.

        IMHO, Trump made a serious mistake by listening to Deep State folks’ advice for his original cabinet. His gut would have been much better. Clean them all out for the next two years.

        Remember that a large part of the US consider Trump a revolutionary savior trying to clean out the Swamp. We all know what happens to most revolutionaries, don’t we?

        • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:11 am #

          We all know what happens to most revolutionaries, don’t we?

          The stock answer would be a violent end. More importantly their revolutions are preempted by meek slime who get the goodies without doing the work.

          You did say most.

        • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:13 am #

          The tragedy being the failure of needed change.

        • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:20 am #

          I think that’s an opinion.

    • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:20 am #

      Oh,you want an opinion.

      Trump is capitalism jerking off. Eventually there is going to be a big gooey release and all the American pages are going to be stuck together in a sticky mess. But on the Asian continent Putin won’t be getting on him and the benefit of the American hate to the consolidation of Putin’s power and agenda will lead to Making Russia truly Great. America in contrast will be a privy hole waiting to be filled in.

      • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:21 am #

        This is one for sure.

        • tucsonspur December 16, 2018 at 2:13 am #

          What a mess! After the gooey release, light up a fag and enjoy.

          British guy: Do you want to smoke some fags? American guy: Yeah lemme get my gun. British guy: What? Mostly we use a lighter. American guy: To kill a homo?

      • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 9:54 am #

        Not so fast.

        Employment-to-population ratio: Ages 25 to 54

        ic.pics.livejournal.com/spydell/22074195/1310081/1310081_original.png

        This category is considered key because It is this category that forms the main value added in the economy per capita.

        Very fundamental problems were in the period from 2010 to 2012, when employment among this category did not grow, as the economy as a whole.

        At that time, many employers had a tendency to retain elderly people, but labor productivity and the ability to innovate at this age are low, so there were problems with sustainable economic growth.

        Stabilization – yes, But not growth. Now they rectified the situation, although in general the average age of workers is growing, as is the number of older people as a result of demographic trends and the general aging of the population.

        But overall we see that Trump Presidency continue positive trends started under President Obama.

    • Walter B December 16, 2018 at 5:18 am #

      I’ll tell you a fact John, and one from personal, ongoing experience. Even at the small, local level, if you finally do manage to fight your way into office it is almost impossible to find good decent, and honest people to bring onboard to help make changes. The system is loaded to the gills with self-serving sellouts and good old boys that are all in bed with the power de jour. Finding untainted people of character that are willing to risk pretty much everything, including their sanity, is not hard, it is impossible. I can only imaging how many losers any president has to choose from and how few people that he already knows and trusts that are willing to do what has to be done there actually are. Good, honest, decent people do not go into politics, especially not at the state and federal levels. Trust me on this one my friend.

      • Ol' Scratch December 16, 2018 at 10:14 am #

        I was thinking the same thing, Ol’ Walt. The “bench” for al these positions (people with the qualifications and connections to be able to cope with the entrenched bureaucracy) is almost completely bare, leading to new administrations of whatever stripe most often making the same lame choices for their administrative appointments, with the rare exceptions to that rule chosen specifically for their ability to act as “disruptors” (aka, “dismantlers”) of targeted agencies. That’s all largely by design, of course, but somewhat inevitable as well. As you’ve noted, running a large bureaucracy is a hazardous and mostly thankless and non-remunerative task, full of infighting and rampant cronyism at every turn on even its best days; as an honest broker you’ll be targeted for humiliation and elimination from above and below from day one. It’s a wonder that any of it even functions as well as it does these days.

      • capt spaulding December 16, 2018 at 10:56 am #

        I agree completely, Mr. B.

      • Tate December 16, 2018 at 11:34 am #

        Then what’s the point of having liberal democracy? Isn’t it just a lot of sound & fury all for naught? It starts out well, when there is a lot of civic-mindedness & virtue among a people, but it ends badly because the people become corrupted by it.

        • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

          It’s only good if people are virtuous.

      • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

        Scary dose of truth! Sigh.

  88. PeteAtomic December 16, 2018 at 4:56 am #

    Remember

    Remember when things were made of steel

    Or tough, or animal

    Remember

    The things that didn’t break

    Or are broken

    the done things, and end things

    • Walter B December 16, 2018 at 6:41 am #

      I dunno Pete, when I was young everything was made out of wood!

    • Tate December 16, 2018 at 11:36 am #

      Yeah, remember it was before China got Most Favored Nation status.

  89. 100th Avatar December 16, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Americans continue to sleepwalk as the French and their European middle-class cohort take the fight to the state.

    What republic are the French on these days 4th,5th? Where Americans are still bound to the 2 party pseudo-democracy system that they had since this republic’s inception. Still bound to an entrenched, vast and powerful bureaucratic state that fomented, and continues, a coup against the sitting head of state who promised to air out the closets and clean out the basements. To show Americans just how filthy their most vaunted and trusted police state institutions (can you believe it?) are.

    Sated and stuffed Americans, at most, rage-type on websites like this, or twitter. Their idea of protest. Anonymous griping. So brainwashed and programmed by the socialinfotainmentmedia that pervades their lives through each and every electronic screen that dictates their existence.

    Yet the French, the surrenders, the cultured effete, the nihilists, are in an outright battle with their elitist overlords.

    The smug Americans watch a few scenes of the “radicals” on ESPN, and get back to their business of siphoning down antidepressants, alcohol, and take-out pizza before a sofa-bound night of Netflix. In between scenes they’ll take the time to like a twitter post of some enraged fat and unfunny comedy actress who bravely take a dig at Trump.

    America as always loves their monsters. Their hollywood created ones. They war-department crafted ones.

    Their European brethren, always and forever more sophisticated, do know when the wool is over their eyes. Perhaps a bit more permissive at first -their history and progress defined by war- they draw a deep line in the sand and deal harshly with those who ignore their needs. They embrace life, they say?

    Americans run from it. Doped out on drugs or media programming, they let it pass them by, stopping only to lament it by typing away.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 9:40 am #

      Yet the French, the surrenders, the cultured effete, the nihilists, are in an outright battle with their elitist overlords

      Don’t hop on that bandwagon yet, the damn thing looks like a “color” revolution.

  90. FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    United States do not have President Trump problem, or President Obama problem or President Bush problem.

    United States do have Hillary Clinton problem, who is Hell bent on reformatting the Nation into a non-traditional society, represented by a pyramid with a small eye on top, just like on the dollar bill.

  91. JohnAZ December 16, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    Yeah, this is not the America that bailed out the West in both World Wars, and then set up a post war battle against totalitarianism. Somehow, we lost the message about individual liberty and responsibility. Gimmegrants!

    • That America read the printed newspaper. What are you reading today John?

      I’m reading the award winning New York Times.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 11:41 am #

        It seems there would be an interesting sentencing hearing of General Flynn in the courtroom of Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Tuesday.

        U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller late Wednesday to turn over all of the government’s documents and ‘memoranda’ related to Flynn’s questioning

        foxnews.com/politics/flynn-judge-orders-mueller-to-turn-over-fbi-docs-after-bombshell-filing-claimin…

        Sounds like Judge Sullivan has some doubts about the legitimacy and possible prosecutorial misconduct by the FBI in this particular case.

        Would be fantastic if Judge throws the whole case in the face of the FBI prosecutors, wouldn’t it?

        What does the “paper of record” say about it?

        • The paper of record reported yesterday on this. The takeaway by the analysts is that it was absurd the the director of the DIA would be ignorant of the fact that it’s a crime to lie to to the FBI.

          The Times also reported that Mueller is in a secret legal battle with a heretofor unknown witness in the 2016 Russian election interference investigation, who is refusing to testify, apparently. Some analysts believe the figure may be Mr. Trump himself although the WH has denied it.

          • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

            the director of the DIA would be ignorant of the fact that it’s a crime to lie to to the FBI

            He didn’t. The whole affair was a primitive and crude perjury trap.

            Your “paper of record” knows it perfectly, and wilfully disinforms its readers.

          • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

            Again, nobody is saying that, but I will, again!

            General Flynn discussed with Ambassador Kislyak arranging a charter flight from US to Moscow for 35 Russian diplomats and their families (over 100 people all together) expelled by Obama, or, rather Hillary Clinton administration, who were unable to leave the United States in allocated to them 72 hours and were set up to be arrested on January 2, 2017, creating nuclear casus belli between US and Russia.

            FBI had recorded the whole conversation and Gen.Flynn knew it perfectly.

            When asked if he discussed “Russian Sanctions” with Kislyak, he answered NO, not realizing at the time that expulsion of Russian diplomats was part of the anti-Russian sanctions.

          • JohnAZ December 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

            Which has most relevance to you, the NYT or the Bible? Or are they one and the same? That is the point of the Blog today.

      • Exscotticus December 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

        If this FBI impropriety had victimized a member of Team Left, the NYT would have already spun three articles and an editorial out of it—out of what they would refer to as a “shocking revelation”.

        • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

          General Flynn should be awarded triple his legal expenses for himself and his son, whom the Mueller’s commission took hostage to make General more “pliable”, paid from personal funds of Mueller and the FBI officers responsible for this travesty of investigation.

          He lost his house to the legal expenses.

      • JohnAZ December 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

        Ha!

        Debbie, you should be hired by the NYT sales department.

        When I was younger and lived in Denver, there were two newspapers available, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post. The former was conservative leaning and the latter more liberal. The competitive pressures forced the News out of business and it was bought by the Post. Then the Post was acquired by a national conglomerate and turned abruptly Left. The same thing has happened in Phoenix with the Republic. The point is, how does a populace get a balanced viewpoint when al that is available for its perusal is constant, Left, Left, Left. The moderate American is being eliminated by a constant onslaught of Liberalism, to the point of Communism. The MSM IS the number one enemy of Americans that believe in individual liberty, responsibility and incentive.

        The MSM is the driving force of the Gimme generation.

        They also are being found out and Trump, by himself, has been successful at thwarting them at every turn. Either he is brilliant, or they are really dumb.

        When the MSM come back into balance and are competitive between philosophies, maybe they will get their credibility back. But not until!

        • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

          You don’t need a balanced viewpoint if you think about things deeply enough. The problem is that most people who want a balanced viewpoint just want someone else to do their thinking for them. The reason is that when it comes to evaluating arguments we are all at heart lazy bastards.

          An unbalanced viewpoint can often be deconstructed to reveal truth but it takes work. But keep that info to yourself. We don’t want to give the unbalancers any ideas.

          • Exscotticus December 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

            >>> You don’t need a balanced viewpoint if you think about things deeply enough.

            That’s simply not true. Aristotle thought long and hard and concluded that heavy rocks fall faster than lighter ones. It was also the “common sense” view.

            We need a variety of COMPETING news sources. Not six media conglomerates that own everything.

          • K-Dog December 16, 2018 at 11:26 pm #

            I’ll agree with COMPETING.

      • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

        So is this like a please clap moment :-)?

    • 100th Avatar December 16, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      This enduring piece of jingoist myth is part of the problem with ignorant America.

      It is almost impossible to have an intellectually honest discussion with most people. So indoctrinated. So misinformed. And willfully.

      • JohnAZ December 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

        Thanks, MSM!

      • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

        Well since you are here you should share your wisdom.

  92. SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    Is there really any difference between politics and religion? Both govern personal and social behavior. In Islam there is no difference and they are one and the same. In America we are told they are absolutely distinct and irreconcilable. If you question that you will definitely be scolded and receive lectures about the separation of Church and State. But, I think that our society is wrong on this. It seems like a strong and solid Nation requires harmony between its politics and its religion. Otherwise you have different and competing belief systems that create religious and political chaos and disunity.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      In the godless world, people become personages in the theater of shadows

      • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

        And bad things happen in the shadows.

    • Walter B December 16, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Huge difference SSL. Politics is a system for manipulating the masses for personal profit and power and has all of its value in this realm of existence, the material world. If there is another existence afterwards, a life of politics allows you to enter into it bent over with your pants around your ankles. If there is nothing after death, well it just ends.

      Religion is a system that promotes cooperation and harmony between humanity (with at least one notable exception) based on the principle that caring for others develops whatever it is inside of humans (spirit) and prepares it to move onwards and hopefully upwards once life in the material world is over. If there is another existence afterwards, you have at least a shot at being prepared. If there is not what really have you sacrificed?

      Politics promotes corruption and self service which generally makes a person more enemies than friends. Religion does none of this.

      • SoftStarLight December 16, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

        But politics does not have to promote corruption and self service. It does so because of the fallibility of the individuals involved. Which is why we need religion/spirituality. I do realize our world is fallen and no one is perfect so there will always be some problems. But politics does involve legislating what is deemed as moral behavior so it seems like there is a connection.

        • Walter B December 16, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

          It does not HAVE TO promote corruption and self service SSL, but in the end it always does!

  93. FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Where is the Christianity of Bulgakov’s Novel “Master and Margarita”?

    It is in the fact that the Master and Margaret (as opposed to “The Master and Margaret” in quotes) have nothing to do with Christ. They don’t even know who Christ is. Yes, they do not know.

    The word of God was not preached to them, and not only to Margarita, who was born sometime in 1905 and went to the Soviet school, but also the Master, who at least went to the Royal gymnasium, and became a historian during the Russian Civil War.

    Even poet Alexander Blok did not know anything about Him – read what he writes about Christ – he is not only hostile to him, he just is not aware.

    Not only Blok, Nikolay Gumilyov and Anna Akhmatova had no idea about Christ, I’m not talking about the Tsvetaev family. Moreover, Gumilyov became actively interested in Orthodoxy and became a sincere believer only after meeting with Ras Tafari, who was then governor of Harar, and later became emperor Haile Selassie I.

    That is, Gumilyov was actively interested in Orthodox Christianity, but before meeting with the future Ethiopian Emperor simply no one told him anything about Christ.

    In any case, when he met with Chesterton in 1917, he already understood Christianity well enough so that he would be able to discuss the differences in Orthodoxy and Protestantism. And this is nothing!

    Now imagine that you are the son of the leading Russian historian of the Church, who as a child pulled not the Mayne Reid “Headless Horseman” from his father’s bookcase, but the history of the English Church, and that you became a writer and consider that all these theological disputes and other adventures of the Spirit are the essence of history.

    And even imagine that you, having gone through all the charms of war and revolution, find yourself at Spaso House in 1935 at a ball at the invitation of the American Ambassador, William Bullitt.

    And that besides you, ambassadors of all world powers, military men, Comintern and Fascists, leading artists and scientists are invited to this ball, and you, by virtue of your education and the aforementioned philosophy of history, look at all these people, you understand that the new worldwide fire is inevitable.

    Now imagine that you, having visited this ball, decided to write a book that in the godless world, people become personages in the theater of shadows, and that this book is called Master and Margarita.

    So what happened then in the World, if Woland’s Ball is actually an allegorical description of the William Bullitt’s Ball? And now forget about it and recall what happened in real life afterwards. Now compare and think about the meaning of Woland’s ball, if subsequent events were predetermined on it.

    And the Christianity of the novel is not in the text, but in how it interacts with the real story!

    • The New York Times reported an ecclesiastical Schism has just occurred with the Orthodox head Poo-bahs rejecting Moscow and splitting to create a Kiev-based Ukrainian Orthodox Church, taking some 88 pointy-hatted pontiffs away from the shrinking Moscow based Russian Orthodoxy.

      I confess I didn’t read the whole article, but was much amused by the picture of them in their outfits.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

        Do any of you still doubt the religious character of modern War of the Roses?

  94. The New York Times has its conservative columnists, like Russ Douthat, David Brooks, and Bret Stephens.

    Its publishes op-eds from conservatives frequently. Also, of course, award winning secularists you wouldn’t assume lie on one side or the other, like Tom Friedman or Nicholas Kristof.

    As for the Denver Post, John, their list of endorsements shows some impartiality.

    denverpost.com/2018/10/26/colorado-election-2018-endorsements

    For ex., the republican for AG, and sec. of state.

    • pequiste December 16, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

      So Lil Deb,

      I am just plain curious and hope the following question, since I am not interested in a dollar amount, doesn’t upset you; so are you on commission, hourly, or, as standard for an individual in the publishing business, by-the-word, for your Grey Lady advocacy output here at the CFN?

      • Walter B December 16, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

        For insight into our very own Lil Deb (Murray) check out Kunstlercast 310 and look at the comment. Terrifying.

  95. FincaInTheMountains December 16, 2018 at 6:05 pm