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Quite a hot time in the ole Swamp this week, with the gators, ‘possums, snakes, and snappers roiling the filthy waters to a bloody froth in the battle for supremacy of the food chain. The Swamp even has its own version of Bigfoot, the Golden Golem of Greatness. Lumbering and garrulous, unlike his shy cousin of the Oregon forests, the flaxen-haired giant plies the sloughs, oak domes, and cypress hammocks desperately seeking respect. His bellowing can be heard each night through the din of chittering insects, croaking bullfrogs, laughing anhingas, and the baying bloodhounds at his heels, as he searches for the fabled drain-plug that might convert this treacherous ecology into an upland peaceable kingdom.

Many forces are vectoring toward Defcon this autumn with an effect that may amplify the individual power of each and reach a critical mass that could just blow the Swamp to soggy bits. The Prog-led “Resistance” turned the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing into a swampish circus, complete with shrieking clowns Kamala Harris and Corey Booker trying out their 2020 election acts. Their antics are almost certainly in vain, since the sides are pre-decided and the votes are there to approve Mr. Kavanaugh, no matter how many faces they pull.

The mere prospect of Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court has induced a fever fugue in Progville that resembles those end-of-the-world apocalyptic visions in Medieval scripture. Yet to come perhaps: fainting spells, ghost sightings, infestations of biting insects, St. Vitus Dance, speaking in “tongues,” visitations of succubi, and other signs that the hosts of Beelzebub are afoot. This inflamed rabble becomes more dangerously delusional each week as the witches fly over Washington. No need to even hunt for them anymore. They’re out in broad daylight.

With the Resistance this unhinged, and a growing roster of midterm election candidates espousing childish, otherwordly utopian fantasies, even Republicans begin to look like sober adults. Meanwhile, worms are stirring in the compost heap known as the Mueller investigation. It is reported today that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been spending time in a grand jury. Months, it turns out! Who woulda thunk that? And who, exactly, convened this body?

Well, it must have been someone in the federal Justice Department, but supposedly the chief there, Jeff Sessions, has long recused himself from involvement in the Russia “matter,” since he is on the record as having held conversations with persons of the Russian persuasion. Must have been his deputy, then, Rod Rosenstein, on referral from the Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz. The question is: is this a genuine seeking for truth in the FBI’s machinations during and after the 2016 election? Or is it a Rosenstein-managed ruse in a much broader cover-your-ass operation in the ole “modified-limited-hangout” sense coined by Nixon aide Chuck Colson back in the long-ago Watergate swamp draining operation?

There is now a clear evidence trail about eight-lanes wide detailing Russian collusion of the Democratic Party, the Hillary Campaign, the FBI / DOJ, plus a caravan of Robert Mueller aides, adjuncts, colleagues and former trainees. They are all mixed up with a cavalcade of events weaving through more than one Clinton investigation (and its damage control operations), and they need to appear before grand juries too. Many, I suspect are criminally culpable and will end up in the slammer. Perhaps even ole Horse-face himself, grave and aseptic as he may seem.

I’ve caught two of Trump’s rallies the past week or so. His freestyling babble at the podium makes me wish I could wave a magic wand and just make him vanish in a cloud of orange vapor, or perhaps turn him into Richard Nixon. (Doesn’t all this make you nostalgic for ole Nixie?) He can’t shut up about the economic miracles that he has wrought with his mighty “stable genius” brain. Perhaps he has not noticed that the money system is crumbling all around the world at the margins. If he does not understand that this rot eventually must reach the center, then he has washed down too many cheeseburgers with his own Kool Aid. Having taken ownership of all this lock, stock, and barrel, then he is perfectly situated to be blamed when the honey-wagon of algo trading robots turns south and whatever remains of the world’s hot money, including the US dollar, goes up in smoke. If it coincides even bluntly with the mid-term election, then we will find ourselves living through Civil War Two.


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  1. K-Dog September 7, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    His genius brain has been stabilizing the cosmic firmament for decades and he has been talking about it even longer than that. Ask him and he will tell you all about it, sort of.

    • par4 September 7, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      He’s stolen the libruls schtick. They’ve been going on for decades about how wonderful they are.

      • chipshot September 7, 2018 at 10:52 am #

        using the term “libruls” = dittohead = worships Rush = zero credibility

        • Bill7 September 7, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

          “using the term “libruls” = dittohead = worships Rush = zero credibility”

          Nope. Maybe fifteen years ago. Do keep up!

        • NRWer September 7, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

          Of course if you look beyond the public schtick, we see common sense economic principles and an effort to reverse our slide toward a borderless global plantation.

          The schtick is the act required to get anywhere in American public life and politics. Thank the TV.

  2. Cavepainter September 7, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    Our space ship Earth is now being controlled by a “Hal” like software but here named “Janet”, written to respond to other posts in way which exploits the human psyche’s innate “anti-anxiety mechanism” as described below (posted on this site prior). WELCOME TO THE FUTURE.

    Again I’ll assert, CALORIES RULE! Unreliably available and dangerously risky to obtain through evolutionary time our psyche (specie specific capacity of sentience and abstract thought) apprehends “reality” by processing sensory input into concepts.

    Thus so, to avert the accelerated metabolic burn of calories triggered by anxiety the psyche evolved to filter objective reality, leaving instead delusion of fate as manageable – displacing the anxiety causing empirical evidence of cosmic indifference.

    Depending on an individual’s anxiety tolerance level the psyche (a concept itself) kicks in.

    Similarly, the body sheds muscle mass (and resist adding it) when survival necessity doesn’t call upon its regular usage. The “why” our bodies are especially adept at processing surfeit calories into fat, easily recoverable then as calories to keep us going during emergencies and scarcity.

    So,…….the human psyche pushes aside the uncertainty imposed by objective reality, instead filtering it through “shaggy god stories”, whether mystical or secular ideologies, but in either case aimed at displacing anxiety with certainties that don’t exist in nature, only in abstractions.

    Being not unlike a termite colony having predictable ratios of pre-disposition, the greater majority is that portion with low tolerance to ambiguity, therefore requiring Biblical like “absolutes” of good and evil.

    Among the ideological the “isms” are the god heads.

    Good luck with that

    • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 10:51 am #

      I wouldn’t give janet that much credit Cavepainter, I do not think it is a computer but merely Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, tippy-tapping away from some barrio in Havana. She now kills time instead of State Troopers, promoting her White Hatred and pimping tomorrow’s pathetic “black” presidential candidates like Cory Booker. Why these people keep hawking criminal political hacks after the Barry Obama failure beats the heck out of me, especially when there are so many decent black candidates to be had. Oh that’s right, they do not want a good candidate, they will only support criminal sellouts, I forgot.

      I wonder how Mr. Booker’s bill to legalize weed at the national level is faring in the shithole they call the Senate? I suppose allowing the general public to get legally stoned before you screw them totally is at least some sort of improvement, isn’t it? No, I didn’t think so either.

      • malthuss September 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

        Kills time rather than White men…..wow.

        Didnt Colin Kaepernick donate money to some cause for her?

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      She’s our Lil’ J-Bot, a 14 year old adolescent school girl bot we can call our own!

  3. Georges1202 September 7, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    Jim,

    Will Civil War 2.0 have all those great mustachioed Southern Generals on horseback? Or will it instead be a war among the drones and the drone-like cookie cutter people that are everywhere now.

    Love the Nixon nostalgia – I wonder if Trump roams the halls late at night screaming at the paintings of former and far better CEOs of America Inc. Thank God he doesn’t drink – the launch codes would have to be disappeared.

    • James Howard Kunstler September 7, 2018 at 10:36 am #

      More like tattooed savages versus the errand boys and agency clerks of a floundering deep state. — JHK

      • robert magill September 7, 2018 at 11:05 am #

        more like starving city dwellers vs mean-natured suburbanites with snow plows and flare guns.

      • Ron Anselmo September 7, 2018 at 11:08 am #

        Yes, a far better, more accurate description. And guess who’ll have the upper hand.

        • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

          Perhaps this is how the politicians of the urban places are planning to “solve” the urban parasite problem, deny them, fire them up, and send them out into the suburbs and the woods in search of “handouts”. Actually that might work if you think about it…..

          • Ron Anselmo September 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

            Yes Walter, that’ll work. It’s the way politicians have always done it. Only difference being that the distance they go afield in looking for “handouts”, is directly proportional to amount of need for the “handouts”. Thus, the illusion of safety for many far distant suburban “Gated Communities” will be shattered.

      • marcus1 September 7, 2018 at 11:27 am #

        “…the errand boys and agency clerks” have got the military on their side. The “Deep State” ain’t even that oppressive yet. You underestimate the ability of Americans to follow orders and suffer.

        The Civil War had much more tangible reasons for initiation than ideology and nebulous concepts (Deep State, The Swamp, Conspiracies, and Witch Hunts)

        • Ron Anselmo September 7, 2018 at 11:32 am #

          “…the errand boys and agency clerks” have got the military on their side.

          Wouldn’t count on it.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

            The Brass is with the Deep State but the enlisted men are with Trump and the People (the real Americans that is). Don’t know at what level or rank that changes.

            Zombie McCain will come back and lead the Deep Ones.

          • SpeedyBB September 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

            Having grown up as an ‘Air Force brat’ I am intrigued by this dynamic and the ways it might play out. Further, I would not be surprised to hear that Janos is on the button with his appraisal. There is a great yawning conceptual divide between the dreamers in the Pentagon and the masses of armed serfs out in Flyovernia. How many of them, do you figure, are chatting about ‘winnable nuclear war’ or ‘total spectrum dominance’? When it all begins to crumble and come apart, be prepared to see more ‘fragging’ of recalcitrant officers. And with the unbelievable complexity of command-and-control systems comes a terrific level of vulnerability to impediment or open sabotage by resentful grunts… especially when their families start getting desperate.

          • Ron Anselmo September 7, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

            Yes Speedy.

            Will:

            1) Poor white grunts put down insurrection in the trailer parks?

            2) Poor black grunts put down insurrection in the ghettos?

            3) Poor latino grunts put down insurrection in the barrios?

            The battles for Flyovernia will be intriguing indeed.

    • Exscotticus September 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

      >>> Thank God he [Trump] doesn’t drink – the launch codes would have to be disappeared.

      During the 2016 POTUS elction, Hillary, Obama, liberals in general, and the MSM all promulgated the fear that Trump would immediately launch nukes the moment he became POTUS.

      It didn’t happen. We’re two years into his presidency, and not only has he not launch nukes, but he hasn’t killed any American citizens either. Not only did Obama kill a 16-year-old American minor from Colorado, but he killed countless women and children with his private drone assassination program. Not only has Trump not launch nukes, but he’s thwarted the efforts of war mongers like the recently deceased McCain to involve America in more military conflict.

      And that’s because Trump is far more honest and far less unhinged than his opponents. It’s his honesty and his willingness to tweet his thoughts that particularly irks liberals. It’s OK when the MSM quotes anonymous sources in the WH critical of Trump (and who can say if any of it is even real). But it’s not OK if Trump exercises his 1A rights, and—moreover—does so directly to his audience without the MSM being able to filter or distort it.

      • messianicdruid September 8, 2018 at 10:44 am #

        The first prez since Jimmie Carter to be able to make the claim that no Americans were killed on his watch [ so far ], am I wrong?

        That’s something to be proud of. Another peanut-headed Humanitarian.

      • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

        yep, good post.

        No wars. Reordering of supply lines has begun. Beginnings of a hard, regulated border with Mexico.

        None of this is controversial. These are all good things, which most anybody in the US could agree on.

        Now if these developments are brought on by an extremely flawed human named DJT, then so be it.

        The whole zero sum game with Trump in regards with his personality vs. policy, is bullshit.

        Hiring the most virginal, “nicest” guy out there, is total fucking nonsense. Pope Francis may be a nice guy, but do you want him as your President? Of course not.

  4. hmuller September 7, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    “The Resistance” can damn well get used to Kavanaugh. We’ve long endured that MacBeth witches trio – Darth Bader Ginzberg, Baby Fat Kagan, and Soto-whatever.

    • Helen Highwater September 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

      So you’re okay with a guy who has never voted for anything that’s in the public interest?

      • hmuller September 7, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

        We call what judges do from the bench as “delivering a ruling”. Or did you actually mean what K does in the voting booth on election day?

  5. tractorguy September 7, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Actually speaking in tongues is about the only thing the Left hasn’t tried yet. Keep watching.

    • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

      Tractorguy,

      Demons track weary travelers down who stay on straight paths in folklore. The way the Left talks in that this association equals that association equals that association; it is a form of thought possession.
      Speaking in tongues has something to do with scattering the matrix frequency, while instilling a different matrix frequency. A form of scream therapy in sorts.

      • messianicdruid September 8, 2018 at 11:27 am #

        “Demons track weary travelers down who stay on straight paths in folklore.”

        But those on the wrong path are even more easily deceived by seeking to justify past sins. Or simply believing lies.

        “For I have been told by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’” Then the prophet replied, “I too am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” The old prophet was lying to him, but the man of God went back with him, ate bread in his house, and drank water.…”

        • BornToKillPeace September 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

          Best to find high ground when a hurricane is on the way.
          Some say these grounds, others point this and that way.

          Those who stay straight on the wrong path too long are more likely to find the predator of that sin.

          On the Underground Railroad one of the symbols used to communicate messages was in the form of quilt patterns displayed from houses. The patterns would signify safety, to move on without stopping, etc. One of the patterns used as signifier was, “the drunkard’s path”, denoting to take sharp lefts or rights and zig zags, sometimes even backwards to avoid potential capture.

          • BornToKillPeace September 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

            These quilt patterns as symbols had been learned prior to the journey from church services and stories that were encouraged by overseers, unbeknownst aiding and supplying backbone to revolt of escape.

    • LagingRunatic September 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

      They do speak in tongues. They call it “critical theory.”

  6. shabbaranks September 7, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Fire Sessions, fire Rosenstein, fire Mueller. Drain the swamp.

  7. oilie September 7, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    This is a Rosenstein CYA operation all the way, designed to make a scapegoat of McCabe. If there were any interest in getting to the real truth Bruce Ohr and Andrew Weissman would be singing to a grand jury, too.

  8. Kavanaugh should get under the skin of Democrats. The stonewalling of Gorsuch was a final straw. Now the gloves are off.

    I dunno about a civil war though. People aren’t going to abandon the comforts of sniping from the internet to sniping from the rooftops. Maybe some pitched battles.

    Trump might just clean house and fire everybody.

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 11:34 am #

      It really wouldn’t be much of a contest if it comes down to rich vs. poor. The rich are YUUUGELY(!!!) outnumbered, even accounting for the fact that they’ll pay a large slice of the poor to act as their mercenary defenders. And it’s not like it will be hard targeting the swine either, what with their effete little gated subdivisions and all.

      • Bill7 September 7, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

        Helping the Few understand that point is now the duty of the Many.

      • draupnir September 7, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

        “Rise like lions after slumber
        In unvanquishable number,
        Shake your chains off you like dew
        Which in sleep had fallen on you —
        Ye are many — they are few.” from The Mask of Anarchy, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1832.

        • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 9:53 am #

          And after vanquishing a few foes, its off to Safeway to buy groceries. Don’t forget your club card.

  9. JustSaying September 7, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    So funny! I too long for Richard Nixon, who in comparison to Trump, seemed less delusional.

    • Georges1202 September 7, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      You know we are in new territory when we begin to pine for Slippery Dick.

      • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        A dark chasm indeed!

      • elysianfield September 7, 2018 at 11:46 am #

        You know we are in new territory when we begin to pine for Slippery Dick.”

        Georges,
        No, we are referring to Richard Nixon…not some Euro-trash, metrosexual wet dream…try to stay on point….

        • 100th Avatar September 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

          SeaWolf is a raging anally fixated perv

      • Billy Hill September 7, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        The MICC let Nixon go to the wolves when he ended the war in Vietnam.
        Besides, he was a liberal, as the NY Times pointed out in a 2012 article:

        “The Nixon administration not only supported the Clean Air Act and affirmative action, it also gave us the Environmental Protection Agency, one of the agencies the business community most detests, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to police working conditions. Herbert Stein, chief economic adviser during the administrations of Nixon and Gerald Ford, once remarked: “Probably more new regulation was imposed on the economy during the Nixon administration than in any other presidency since the New Deal.”

        Nixon bolstered Social Security benefits. He introduced a minimum tax on the wealthy and championed a guaranteed minimum income for the poor. He even proposed health reform that would require employers to buy health insurance for all their employees and subsidize those who couldn’t afford it. That failed because of Democratic opposition. Today, Republicans would probably shoot it down.”

    • ozone September 7, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

      JustSaying,
      Not too much of a fan of Nixon the Richard. Although he did actually help out those in this country who truly needed it, when it came to furrin’ pol’see, Kissinger was the Nobelized puppet-master. Dear god in heaven! (To use a phrase that’s supposed to indicate astonishment…)

      Anywhich, I long for the terrifying honesty of Jimmah Cotta, the forgotten figment of foundational fundamentals. (He was also President just prior to that jingoist asshole with the bad dye job.)

      • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 9:56 am #

        Yes, you have to get the furrin’ ‘pol’ ice’ sea’ right. Mine is good.

      • JustSaying September 8, 2018 at 11:53 am #

        Did you know that Donald Trump is in the WWE Hall of Fame? He was inducted in 2013, and he’s been enthusiastically involved in pro wrestling for many years, both as a fan and as a performer. He’s made more of a study on how to draw a crowd in to the theatrics of a choreographed fight scene than anyone this side of the McMahon family (a member of whom happens to be part of the Trump administration currently).

        zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-06/johnstone-are-we-being-played

  10. chipshot September 7, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    “…a growing roster of midterm candidates espousing childish, otherworldly utopian fantasies…”

    JHK, are you referring to progressives? And implying that medicare for all, waiving public college tuition, legal mj, and reducing the military budget/ending the wars are otherworldly utopian fantasies?

    Please say no…

    • Cavepainter September 7, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      Not to attempt answering for JHK, but yes, the “progressive” agenda is essentially a “secular rapture” of sorts, no less fanciful than the Biblical one — all together “other worldly”.

    • Epicur September 7, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

      “And implying that medicare for all, waiving public college tuition, legal mj, and reducing the military budget/ending the wars are otherworldly utopian fantasies?”

      Anything and everything financed by this greatest credit expansion in the history of Homo Sap is an utopian fantasy. When the smoke clears and the decks are wash clean of blood and guts the survivors will perhaps have a clearer view of what is possible, but this iteration of utopia is a dead man walking.

      • Epicur September 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

        Boy, I wish we had an edit button.

        “A utopia,”

        and, while I’m at it, “holed below the waterline” would be a better matched metaphor than dead man walking.

      • Helen Highwater September 7, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

        There are other countries that don’t consider medicare for all to be a “utopian fantasy.” The $700 billion for the US “defense” budget would go a long way towards medicare for all and waiving public college tuition. It wouldn’t necessarily have to be done on credit.

        • Epicur September 8, 2018 at 9:48 am #

          The level of economic activity of the world is a product of the credit expansion. Let that hot air out of the world and there is a lot less that is “affordable,” including aircraft carriers and social programs. There will simply less buying and selling of non-essentials and, most importantly, less speculation.

          Whether or not one particular item is “on credit” is not the issue.

  11. volodya September 7, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Does it make me nostalgic for Tricky Dick? No, it makes me nostalgic for Pat Paulsen.

    Pat Paulsen for President!

    • elysianfield September 7, 2018 at 11:47 am #

      “Pat Paulsen for President!”

      Volodya,

      “…If nominated, I will not run…If elected, I will not serve….”

      • volodya September 7, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

        Pat? Pat! I thought you were DEAD!

  12. Paulo September 7, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    When powers trying to remain entrenched make GW look like a sober thoughtful statesman you understand how bad things have gone. When a desperate population remakes John McCain into a giant paragon of honour, you begin the understand what has been lost, or perhaps never attained.

    I expect we are seeing the smirk of exceptionalism starting to die.

    In the not too distant future, it will be hard to find someone who actually admits to voting for Trump, or either of the Clinton’s. “Not me man, I knew they were all rotten”. The sad thing will be watching Pols desperately trying to convince peope it’s otherwise. When they trot out Reagan, the strike breaking supply sider, as a wonderful leader you begin to understand how much the corporations actually own.

    At least every child in the public school system can now say, “Well, I might have flunked that test but at least I’m smarter than the President”! (See? There is a silver lining.) And just how can a kid be sent to the office for potty mouth when Trump is President? Christ, what if everyone starts punching back 10X harder? yep….that’s leadership. “All I did was grab ’em by their pussy”. MAGA

    • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      Your argument Paulo appears to be stating that they are all crap, and for me at least, truer sentiments have never been stated. Once they gunned down Jack Kennedy in Dealey Plaza we have been saddled with sellout incompetents. Sure Ronnie Regan had a way with words and Bill Clinton was pretty and while he may not have ever claimed to “grab pussy”, he certainly did enough of them dirty in his day. and probably still does. Nope, a shitty system will always have a shitty “leader”. If this is not one of the laws of physics, it should be.

      • ozone September 7, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

        “…a shitty system will always have a shitty “leader”. If this is not one of the laws of physics, it should be.”

        Good one, Walter!

      • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

        He doesn’t think we should have conquered the Indians. Instead we should have just stayed in Europe, disarmed, and waited for the Muslims to conquer us. In other words, he’s Anti-Western Culture and Anti-White race.

        • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

          Well that’s dammed unfair of you to say Janos, I think nothing of the sort. While staying in Europe and fighting the Muslim hoards back WAS the preference of my ancestors, my grandparents all came to America after that work was accomplished and the Indian affairs were long over. That was none of our business and arguing over blame is a waste of time. I am not against the Western way of life, only against the corruption that has infiltrated its ranks.

          • akmofo September 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            Walter, you must not know your history, because “the corruption that has infiltrated its ranks” has done so since Greek and Roman times. So what exactly is left?

          • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

            I’m talking TO you ABOUT Paulo. Sheesh!

            Christ said the Angels will be the reapers at the End. Yet this beautiful image never made it into Christian iconography. Instead the scythe was only give to Death. Sigh.

          • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

            My bad Janos, sorry about that. Yes the Angels as reapers is a wonderful thought. Having studied Enoch I am very aware of the roles that God’s Firstborn have played in service to Him and shall play before it is all finished. Our Bog Brothers in Arms as it were.

          • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

            Well akmofo I was referring to the decay of America specifically, for the corruption was not nearly as bad at the inception of the nation as it has grown to be today.

        • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

          Disregarding reincarnation, none of us here had much of a say in whether or not the Indians were overtaken by Europeans.

          In 200 years our descendants might all be tribalized and scattered about after our mono-multi-cultural mound civilization falls and the Chinese become the new Europeans to our indigenous.

          America could be a sensible, fair, and proud civilization today, but it is not. I wish it was.

    • Epicur September 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

      “you begin to understand how much the corporations actually own.”

      You should not omit that the corporations are up to their necks in debt and their balance sheets are insanely inverted. I agree that they are making a play for the whip hand, but when this thing goes belly up there will be quite a struggle. What happened to General Motors may be more of an indication of their future.

      A hundred years from now the survivors will have a better grasp of who owns what.

    • PeteAtomic September 7, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      “When powers trying to remain entrenched make GW look like a sober thoughtful statesman you understand how bad things have gone. When a desperate population remakes John McCain into a giant paragon of honour, you begin the understand what has been lost, or perhaps never attained.”

      exactly, thanks Mr.Paulo

    • JMR September 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

      Sorry, but nothing makes GW look like a thoughtful statesman. He’s one of the main reasons this country is in the mess it’s in to begin with.

  13. wm5135 September 7, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    “even Republicans begin to look like sober adults.”

    A bridge too far.

  14. BackRowHeckler September 7, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Jim, Civil War 2, kind of like what is brewing down in Brazil right now.

    A lot of bloodshed, a major presidential candidate stabbed in the street, and the national museum burnt to the ground.

    Some people think none of that could happen here. They might be wrong.

    brh

    • Georges1202 September 7, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      If it brought that Orange ass-clown down it might be worth it.

      • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2018 at 11:17 am #

        oh yeah!

        Maybe The President can be replaced by a distinguished Cory Booker/Elizabeth Warren ticket.

        then all will be well and everything back to normal, and the MSM, late nite comedians, and Manhattan elite can start sucking presidential ass again

        brh

        • Georges1202 September 7, 2018 at 11:22 am #

          Back to normal? After a term with Shithead and his idiotic ‘base’

          Forget that one. The damage may well be permanent.

          • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2018 at 11:33 am #

            Your hatred is astonishing.

          • PeteAtomic September 7, 2018 at 11:50 am #

            The vast majority of the anti-Trump crowd is all noise, and no signal. Economic nationalism is something that Sanders people and others ought to be behind, not just Trump. I recently watched a great interview with Steve Bannon with Australian 60 minutes. He made the point that the Trump economic policy is about a reordering of the US global supply chain so that’s focused on domestic production, and not based in China, among other places. This is a good thing. It’s good for unions and companies of all shapes and sizes in the US. It’s not so good for Amazon & Walmart. Now, as a part of this economic nationalism, I’d love to see anti-trust law used to break up Amazon and Walmart. That would also be good. I don’t hear that from any politician, however (Bernie included). Of course, I don’t agree with certain stances that Trump has taken– in particular the issue of net neutrality or more money for the military.

            I don’t care what a politician ‘sounds’ like, or ‘looks’ like. Or if he/she is ‘nice’. It’s all about policy & effectiveness. It ought not be a rerun of some bullshit high school popularity contest. That’s what the democrats are focused on. Voting for people who may possibly more vapid & insane then a Sarah Palin but because they are non-white, it’s “OK”. That’s fucking crazy.

          • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

            IF production and manufacturing can be brought back to America PeteAtomic, then perhaps we can have hope, for as long as those services are overseas, foreign nations will have control over whether we go on or fall apart. Is there enough time and can it be pulled off? I guess we are going to have to wait and see.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

            Yes Pete – an American National Socialism. Our current system is Plutocratic Totalitarianism. And the best story about our current plight? Jack London’s “Iron Heel” where the People struggle against the “Masters’ a struggle that goes on for centuries. In other words, there isn’t a happy ending. The protagonist and his lady are left in the battle.

            George will serve the Masters, obviously, as he is their dupe. He believes what they believe – open borders – yet somehow he thinks he is a radical. How effed up is that?

        • PeteAtomic September 7, 2018 at 11:58 am #

          “then all will be well and everything back to normal”

          yeah. It’s sardonic that the DNC wants pre-Trump ‘normality’ isn’t it?

          If the actions of the Executive for at least the last few decades are “normal”, then expect a new round of wars & globalist trade agreements that bypass US sovereignty, when “normal” gets back in the Executive.

      • Epicur September 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

        “If it brought that Orange ass-clown down it might be worth it.”

        Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

          People will yearn for this Great Man of Sorrows if the Deep Ones are successful in destroying Him. Appreciate him now and serve his Vision (such as it is!).

        • PeteAtomic September 7, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

          yeah, who is after Trump? Joe Biden? really? Bernie’s ‘revolution’ is dead. Watch interviews now with him. He looks like he’s been beaten with a rubber hose.

          there isn’t one major politician on either aisle who is fit for the Presidency, on any measure of wisdom or integrity. The overriding trait for all of the current candidates is ambition.

          At best, a mediocre bureaucrat assumes the role. Maybe something will happen, I don’t know.

          Maybe chaos is the best solution, cuz through instability new forces arise, and old ones fade away. The 2 major party certainly is not working anymore for the vast majority of people out there.

          • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

            “Maybe chaos is the best solution”

            It is.

    • everything comes down to probabilities doesn’t it? The probability is very, very low we go to Brazilian levels of degeneracy.

      • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 11:37 am #

        How so? Show your work please.

        • Epicur September 7, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

          “How so? Show your work please”

          I’ll chip in, here:

          youtube.com/watch?v=eHeSlMui-2k

          The country may not be as dominated by NW Europeans as it once was, but we ain’t Brazilians (nor are we as submissive to order as Chinese). We are capable of gobsmacking levels of carnage (to wit: the English and American Civil Wars), but that carnage was dealt to establish order and will be again.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

            Southern or White Brazil wants to secede. They know their multicult/race nation is hopeless because diversity promotes divisiveness (the root di) and moreover, the racial or mensch material is simply too low.

            Something worthwhile might come out of a East Asian/White mix – eventually. As in centuries. But the interim probably wouldn’t be harmonious. But it might at least work since both are high IQ. None of that can be said for a Black/Mestizo mixing with Whites. Then it’s just a matter of dragging down the high and taking what they have.

          • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

            well those Navajo babies may have been too drunk to walk– being serious and not being funny. It’s not funny, it’s a big problem.

            I grew up in an Ojibwe town between 3 reservations in Northern Minnesota, and sobriety is not a thing on the rez.

  15. newworld September 7, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    The Democrats have the guile of a sorority sister which is more than the stooges of conservatism but far less than the Russians. When I first heard Muh Russia I knew instinctively that the D girls were up to their double chins in Ruskie mayhem.

    Speaking of gunned up savages, the gangs at the behest of the black political establishment outlasted Rahm in Chicago. I was impressed how Rahm and company trounced the black political establishment of Cook county but revenge has been meted out.

    Rahm should take his 10 million dollar campaign chest and buy a condo in Haifa I would if I could

  16. Walter B September 7, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Well Jim, it most certainly IS a swamp and our jackass headed friends are admitting to that by reaching into the Meadowland’s muck to pull out another Swamp Creature in the form of Cory Booker. If the democratic party is stupid enough to even consider promoting a mayor from Newark, New Jersey then they are not out of touch, but out of their minds. I suppose they have forgotten about Sharpe James and pay no attention to Ras Baraka and his lunatic ravings, but if we really wanted to save the nation we would built that wall around Newark and forget about the Mexican border. In fact, there is a standing comment in law enforcement that if anybody wanted to solve the problems in that Lost City, they WOULD build a wall around it and keep throwing guns and ammo over the wall until the shooting stopped. Sort of a twist on the Fast & Furious concept.

    America, please be forewarned, never, NEVER elect ANYBODY from New Jersey to national office, please! We are not called the Soprano State without good reason.

    • Georges1202 September 7, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      I suppose Bill Bradley was also a “Swap Creature”?

      Your wide brush does not suit you.

      • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 11:38 am #

        Bill was never the mayor of Newark, and I am not exactly sure what it is that you think he may have accomplished except to get elected repeatedly, but no, I would not have wished to see him or Jim Florio or Jim McGreevy elected to national politics either, sorry.

        • Georges1202 September 7, 2018 at 11:45 am #

          I see it is important for you to be right.

          Ok, you are right, then.

          • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 11:58 am #

            It’s politics George, and therefore there can be no wrong or right, only opinions and you know what they say about them. All I know for certain from being on the inside of our political system here in the Soprano State is that the machine and all of its components are all self-serving, not public serving and as corrupt as corruption can be.

  17. sprawlcapital September 7, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    Enjoyable reading as always, Jim. I especially like your searching for the drain plug in the swamp metaphor. And the rot must eventually reach the center is a nice reference to maybe the most famous poem of all time, which is also the source for today’s title.

    If only prosperity did not have to be so destructive. Most of these new jobs, it seems, are in construction, and it hurts my heart every time an acre of Iowa land is converted to “development”.

    From Des Moines,Iowa, the Sprawl Capital of the World, where the best farmland on earth is being destroyed by–you guessed it–suburban sprawl. (While the corporate media lead the cheers.)

    • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      I feel your pain SC.

      The same thing is happening here in Connecticut.

      It never really ended even with the economic uncertainty back in 08.

      Sometime it seems this place is one big construction pit, with a headlong rush to pave over the whole goddam place.

      brh

      • BackRowHeckler September 7, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        One thing that is really galling and I see it all around here, farms being torn up, orchards cut down, meadows plowed under, and the chickencoop apartment buildings and crowded Mac Mansions built to house exclusively Pakistani and Indian immigrants, who seem to be arriving by the thousands. The population of South Asia has to be close to 2 billion; our job is apparently to house that excess population.

        brh

        • A complete census of these non american squatters hoping to get free citizenship would absolutely astound the numerate.

          Trump really only needs to stick to one issue to remain a legitimate leader. Kicking these people out.

        • malthuss September 7, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

          the chickencoop apartment buildings and crowded Mac Mansions built to house exclusively Pakistani and Indian immigrants/

          You may be referring to ‘Stack and Pack’ apartment buildings.
          Designed as family unfriendly.

          Youtube/ Fullerton Informer.

      • ozone September 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

        sprawlcapital and BRH,
        I can certainly empathize and agree, having done my share of ecological (and probably societal) damage in the construction bid’nez.
        In the end, it’s all about greed, plain and simple. Mammon seems to be firmly in charge and is writing all the legislation. I once thought that, as a country, we were better than this. It’s heartbreaking.

        • Ron Anselmo September 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

          Heartbreaking. Right on Pete.

  18. sauerkraut September 7, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    How did the USA come to this pass? Distractions and dogwhistles notwithstanding,

    the Democrats voted for slavery to the PC ’elite’. They got it.

    The Republicans voted for slavery to the corporations. They got it too.

    Two masters for only one house, divided, under Gawd. So be sure you vote Democrat or Republican, and be sure to demonize the other. Better yet, don’t vote at all! Leave that to the very rich – they know better than you. Just ask them.

    But don’t, at all costs, join one of the parties and work to make it serve you and your fellow citizens. That’s too hard. Worse, that way lies … freedom.

  19. AKlein September 7, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    All this just proves that we really do live in a multiverse. Isn’t that somehow related to string theory? Anyhow, since we got multiple realities all operating at the same time, it must be a multiverse. I just hope that in the reality I find myself in, the food is actually nutritious, the air actually contains oxygen, up is not down and red ain’t green (which would make for some interesting driving experiences.)

  20. BackRowHeckler September 7, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    Question is, how much longer does 85 year old Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg have. If the President gets another Scotus pick then the lefties are really gonna go bonkers!

    brh

    • Ginsburg does 100 pushups every morning, she’s not going anywhere.

      • stelmosfire September 7, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

        Hopefully soon she’ll be pushin’ up daisies!

      • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

        One armed, hopping from one to the other like Rocky. She seemed to feel real sorrow when they whacked Scalia. But what must be must be. As Chelsea chirped a couple of days after, Now we can get the guns.

        • hmuller September 7, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

          I heard Scalia’s 13 year old catamite slit the old man’s throat at that illuminati lodge – a most unfortunate and unexpected development. A supreme court justice dies under questionable circumstances and the only autopsy is conducted over the phone. People are bound to talk.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

            Got a link or are you just be offensively or “funny”? I can’t remember what your orientation is, except vaguely positive. That might be a good thing. It was a “hunting” lodge, wasn’t it? Are you saying they were hunting kids?

          • hmuller September 8, 2018 at 10:21 am #

            Janos, note I said “I heard” not “I know”. Anybody can put anything on the internet, be it true or false. So if anyone wants to point out that these allegations are unproven – I understand that.

            If you want to read the story fueling the rumors see:

            pedophilesdownunder.com/tag/justice-antonin-scalia/

    • Georges1202 September 7, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      Yarza! Then the shit can really flow through the goose.

    • Tate September 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

      Breyer is 80. If Ginsberg goes down, Breyer might take a bow as well.

  21. Another high quality New York Times this morning. American vets shot in the back by Afghan policemen, because honor (?). Moroccan woman gang rapers, a complete engineering diagram of the Genoan bridge collapse, two withering op-eds shining a harsh light on Kavanaugh, a truly disturbing type of subterranian lawyer/nematode worming his way into the upper echelons of the state, with the support of those cardboard cut-outs we call congressmen.

    Also, no one seems to know what lodestar means, leading me to surmise that the national illiteracy problem may soon reach epidemic levels.

    yesterday held no comfort on that score with six – 6 – millennial worshipping reporters converging to spotlight the popular music sensation “mo bamba” which is no peer of Aretha Franklin, or even a kindergarten reading primer. Lets song along:

    16yrold
    Bitch
    Daytrip took it to ten
    I got hoes calling a young nigga phone
    Where’s Ali with the motherfucking dope? (bitch, bitch)
    I be ballin’ like a mo’fuckin’ pro (like a, huh, like a, huh)
    I be ballin’ like my nigga Mo (Bamba, bitch)
    Sheck Wes, I ain’t a mo’fuckin’ joke (haha, hahahahaha)
    Steph Wes stay with the fuckin’ pole (pa, pa, pa-pa)
    You fuck around and get poked (you get poked, bitch)
    ‘Cause I got hoes (so many fucking hoes)
    Callin’ a young nigga phone
    (Ring-ring, ring, ring-ring, ring, ring-ring)
    Where’s Ali with the (bitch with the) mo’fuckin’ dope? (huh)
    I be ballin’ like a mo’fuckin’ pro (like a mo’fuckin’ pro)
    I be ballin’ like my nigga Mo (Bamba, Bamba)
    Sheck Wes got so many flows (I do it all)
    Call me Drake how a nigga controlla
    Oh! Fuck! Shit! Bitch!
    Young Sheck Wes and I’m getting really rich (ching-ching)
    See how I caught it ‘cause I’m really with the shits (bang-bang)
    See me in the streets and I be really with a (cling, cling), with a
    Bad bitch (bitch), niggas straight rocking (rock)
    Niggas straight see me, when they see me, they be coppin’ (what?)
    I’m the best drug dealer, nigga, come and cop it (got it)
    Young Sheck Wes, I’m like the fuckin’ Green Goblin
    I got hoes (ho)
    Calling a young nigga phone, phone (bitch)
    Where’s Ali with the motherfucking dope?
    (With the motherfucking dope)
    Dope (with the motherfucking dope)
    With the motherfucking dope (bitch)
    With the dope (getting rich), with my bros (bitch, shit)
    I fucked your ho (shit)
    And she ain’t even let you know (she fucked up)
    Damn, this nigga nice, fuck is you talking about?
    (‘Cause I got) bitch (hoes)
    And my nigga One-Six, my nigga
    Ali, the Daytrip nigga, fuck is niggas talking about?
    (I got hoes, shit
    Young Sheck Wes, I do it on the go)

    • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

      These Mo Bambi cutouts are cultural herpes.

    • elysianfield September 7, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

      SnakPack,
      Jesus, who wrote that? It is a cultural masterpiece that will stand till history’s end with Shubert’s “Ave Maria” and the best of the 18th Century Chorale pieces….

    • S M Tenneshaw September 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

      There exists good music and lyrics, even in the r&b genre – if you look for it.

      //////////////////////////////////////

      Feels Like Summer – Donald Glover

      Woo, ey
      Woo, ey

      You can feel it in the streets
      On a day like this, the heat
      It feel like summer
      I feel like summer
      I feel like summer
      You can feel it in the streets
      On a day like this, the heat
      I feel like summer (ey)
      She feel like summer
      This feel like summer
      I feel like summer

      Seven billion souls that move around the sun
      Rolling faster, faster, not a chance to slow down
      Slow down
      Men who made machines that want what they decide
      Parents tryna tell the children please slow down
      Slow down

      I know
      Oh, I know you know that pain
      I’m hopin’ that this world will change
      (Ooo, I hope this world will change)
      But it just seems the same
      (It is not the same)

      You can feel it in the streets
      On a day like this, the heat
      It feel like summer
      (I feel like summer)
      I feel like summer
      (I feel like summer)
      I feel like summer

      Every day gets hotter than the one before
      Running out of water, it’s about to go down
      Go down
      Air that kill the bees that we depend upon
      Birds were made for singing, wakin’ up to no sound
      No sound

      I know
      Oh, I know you know my pain (woah, no no no)
      I’m hopin’ that this world will change
      (This world will change, yeah)
      But it just seems the same (woah)

      I know
      Oh, I hope we change
      I really thought this world could change
      But it seems like the same

      I know
      Oh, my mind is still the same
      I’m hoping that this world will change
      But it just seems the same
      I know
      Oh, I hope we change
      //////////////////////////////////////

      Yeah, I still hope.

      • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

        R & B is fine. Self respect is inherent in the genre, if not always good decision making. Cast the first stone to common bad decision making. How often with the best of intentions?

        Mohamed Bamba is a 20 year old NBA basketball player with a massive wingspan (official term – like Batman).

        Where’s the verse about how football and basketball are the present day play-act glorification of war culture and corporate wage-slavery, in which 1 in a million get out of the “game”, while the rest of us are left to rot. Then after retiring, a sizeable portion of these former athletes file bankruptcy within five years.
        Hey, If one more lawyer gets his check, a’rite.

  22. Lonely Traveler September 7, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    What I find most amusing in this age of severe decline and eventual collapse is that people still argue over who sucks more – the imaginary right or the imaginary left. The imaginary right tells the corporate masters: “yes, you may screw us at will and as often as you like, no questions asked.” The imaginary left tells the corporate masters: “you may screw us just as often, but we have to all coy and shy about it first.” Either way, it doesn’t matter. We’re all getting screwed. Dmitry Orlov opined that the Russians with their one communist party may have been better prepared for collapse than the US with our two corporate parties.

    resilience.org/stories/2006-12-04/closing-collapse-gap-ussr-was-better-prepared-collapse-us/

    • PeteAtomic September 7, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      “We’re all getting screwed.”

      yep, the demos & repubs are in an exclusive club, and the rest of us ain’t invited

    • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

      Hope springs eternal every time I see another person who gets it guys, thank you! The first step in solving a problem is realizing that you have a problem. Perhaps we should suggest to our host that he set up a “back room” and rather than censor those that continue to play the red or blue lines of crap against us, he send them to the back room where we can ignore the mindless distractions of denial. Until we can all get on the same page mobilization will not occur. That is what the shills promote, us against each other rather than us against them.

    • Orlov is a crank. While division is unpleasant at times, the balance will keep despotism from arising.

      Russia is an unredeemanle gulag.

      • AKlein September 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

        That assertion may well be correct. But division can cause just as much ruination as despotism. Maybe more. In any case, the Russians see themselves largely as a people, whereas I doubt very many Americans feel such unity, especially since we’ve been force-fed the “strength though diversity” meme.

      • Lonely Traveler September 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

        The Great Oracle has spoken. I bet Orlov would think you’re a crank, too.

      • James Howard Kunstler September 7, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

        Orlov is brilliant… and very funny!
        In a just world, he’d celebrated. — JHK

        • Helen Highwater September 7, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

          The anti-Russian crowd doesn’t like Orlov because he refuses to demonize Putin and says good things about life in Russia, where he grew up and where he spends part of each year. This goes against the anti-Russian propaganda that we are being fed day after day by governments and the media, and therefore Orlov must be a “crank”. (By the way, according to E.F. Schumacher, the author of Small is Beautiful, a crank is a very elegant device. It’s small, it’s strong, it’s lightweight, energy efficient, and it makes revolutions.)

          • Bill7 September 7, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

            Another Dmitry Orlov reader and fan here. I recently bought
            his fairly recent book ‘Shrinking the Technosphere’, and
            recommend it to anyone interested in escaping, even if
            only to a degree, from Our Digital Dystopia.

        • S M Tenneshaw September 7, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

          Are you nuts? Orlov is a worthless piece of Nazi filth.

          russia-insider.com/en/never-ever-listen-what-american-jews-have-say-about-russia/ri22480

          What IS your maor malfunction?j

      • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

        Thinking you could sail away from collapse in a sailboat after 50 caliber guns rule the seas was total snake oil. Beware men who market blank white jacketed books for they are full of themselves and given the chance such charlatans will only hypnotize you with nonsense and trick you into buying them boat engines.

        The first person who manages to convert excess ego into alternative energy will be a hero. Energy will be endless. This person will save the world. With their invention Unspell alone will get your laughing anhinga ass onto the freeway off the ramp at full speed. Forever.

  23. Luhrenloup September 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    We are in full Karpman Drama Triangle now. The victims, rescuers, persecutors/scapegoat all lined up playing their part to the hilt. They are even getting paid for their role (check out the ranters of Kavanaugh hearings). The parts are interchangeable. Did you read about the homeless guy in Jersey who helps a stranded woman by giving her $20 so she can get gas for her stranded car? She then starts a GoFundMe project supposedly to help him out, but keeps the money. No sense letting an opportunity go to waste!

    Who wrote the op ed in the Times, a member of the deep state, a secret coup cabal? Is it Donald himself whipping up a shitstorm before the midterms, playing the victim in need of rescue, or the NYT playing rescue saving the republic from the evil Golden Golem of Greatness?

    The deep state always plays the persecutors with a little bit of rescuer on the side. And then you have politicians who are so corrupt they always end up as the scapegoats. I would posit a 4th vector to Karpman’s triangle making it a rectangle, that being the witness, nameless us watching this unfold. But seriously, a major restructuring in in progress that has little to do with current players on the stage.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

      What is Karpman’s relation to Slender Man?

      • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

        Faceless foreboding in a well fit suit?

        • BornToKillPeace September 8, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

          It is apparent that a wide range of the population are stranded to awareness and decision making process determined increasingly by the extension of only a few inches past their nose, by the concentration of issues through the filters of gender, race, and monetary standing.

          This contemporary cultural condition is showcased in this 1 hour Kansas public high school open debate about displaying or utilizing the Confederate flag. Each individual seems to hold an opinion to the T in portion to their status in the first two categories.

          youtube.com/watch?v=WQxM_EK5aiM

          • BornToKillPeace September 8, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

            The displacement of human interaction with screens encourages this sort of identity matrix.

            Literally persons are suiting up their senses via screen and biologically living closer to a space only a few inches outside of their senses. Using the digital suit to pull life closer and within them, increasingly wading into the world and mind out by little more than their own basic makeup of identifiers.

            So we get Mo Bambi raps, rather than Charlie Parker and Clarence Ashley.

            Experience out in the world to cross pollinate and sow is practiced less in a cornucopia of fantasy outlets. Appreciation and identification of material representations and hope for them, needn’t one’s basis of final judgement. Balance is needed.

  24. Exscotticus September 7, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    I like it when you use the term Prog instead of Progressive. It sounds so much more onomatopoeically accurate.

  25. Opie September 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Not being a fan of Donulus Trumpus, I nonetheless plan to vote straight republican, just to piss off the jackweeds and pundits who work diligently to silence any and all dissent. Fuck ’em,one and all, little pol pot pissants.. Oddly enough, I keep hearing basically the same thing from more and more people who are not by any means right of center.

    • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      I never liked the man myself Opie, but every time one of these piss-ant progressives goes on one of their tirades against him, he goes up a few notches in my book. And I am not alone, these progressives are pumping up the Trump camps with every piss and moan they make. It is so bad that I am firmly convinced that they are being paid by The Donald to do exactly that, to swell the ranks out of anger against his detractors. So go ahead degraders, fire up the insult presses, Donald needs more friends and you are doing a great job recruiting them!

      • Tate September 7, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

        Walter, they’re being paid by some billionaire or two, such as George Soros and Tom Steyer. Certainly there must be others.

        • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

          And if they are indeed trying to stir up trouble against Mr. Trump, it is my assertion that it is having the opposite effect. A bit of reverse psychology as it were.

    • Bill7 September 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      I plan to do the same with my McVote in the midterms later this year.

  26. janet September 7, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    “Maybe The President can be replaced by a distinguished Cory Booker/Elizabeth Warren ticket.” –brh

    Why not a Kamala Harris/Cory Booker ticket?

    Kamala Harris ran circles around Kavanaugh on privacy, on abortion, on Kasowitz, Kavanaugh’s memory, Kavanaugh’s integrity, etc.

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

    “Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?” Harris asked. Of course, he wanted a more specific question, so she clarified, “Male versus female.” Then she said the whole thing over again because clearly, this dude struggles with comprehension. Bodes well for spending a lifetime appointment serving on the highest court in the land, right?

    “I’m not thinking of any right now, Senator,” he replied. Because there literally aren’t any.

    These hearings are shining a light on what kind of man Brett Kavanaugh is, but it’s also showing the world exactly what kind of woman Kamala Harris is. Hopefully, the latter shows up on the 2020 ballot, because she’d have my vote in a heartbeat.

    • Exscotticus September 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      >>> Why not a Kamala Harris/Cory Booker ticket?

      Please do! Trump’s reelection will be guaranteed.

      Time and again, the questions were leading, insinuating, and disrespectful. Time and again, Kavanaugh expressed no anger and was unflappable.

      Cory Booker was particularly smarmy. “I appreciate your rhetoric,” Booker said to Kavanaugh. Yes, Booker, we’re sure you did, just like we’re certain you’ll appreciate Kavanaugh’s inevitable confirmation.

      • Tough questions are just too much?

        These hearings are designed to prevent the selection of a weasel to high office. And the suppression of (a mountain of) relevant documents and the railroading of the panel indicates only that this guy is dirty- the public record indicates as much. These congressmen with their lobbyists and corporations that hold purse strings – along with their religious constituents – are putting their guy in there. And that guy is part of the problem.

        So who is being disrespected here? I’d say pretty much all Americans, living and dead.

        • Exscotticus September 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

          >>> Tough questions are just too much?

          What questions? The Progs spent the vast overwhelming majority of their time grandstanding for their base. I now know far more about Harris and Booker’s politics than I do about Kavanaugh’s.

      • Luhrenloup September 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

        Virtue signaling about the abortion issue is merely that. They are using a psychologically traumatic situation to advance dubious causes. Truth be told, the morning after pill eliminates most but not all abortion issues. And once this becomes common knowledge and practice it will take care of the situation. Abortions take a very hard toll on women who’ve undergone the procedure. It never failed to happen when I counseled women on other matters entirely that at some point the long ago incident was brought up. There are a number of explanations for this, one of which I think merits attention is the instinctual role played in this destruction of life, one is going against species survival instincts.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

          Yes, post-abortion syndrome should be recognized by the Psychological Establishment but is not for political reasons. So women suffer in silence, shamed if they bring it up. The best women that is – not the kind that can go to McDonald’s right after undergoing the procedure.

        • Luhrenloup September 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

          My thoughts on the instinctual angle follow from research indicating that populations at risk have increases in birth rates because of it, for instance at times of war, or famine, and then the fact that the poor have more children, etc. An instinctive corrective to species decline? A person getting an abortion is in conflict with this survival instinct and would suffer an unresolvable psychological anxiety – I have done something wrong.

    • San Jose September 7, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

      Ha, ha Janet,

      Kamala Harris is a whore at heart. At age 29, she carried on an affair with a married Willie Brown, who has held a multitude of political jobs including mayor of San Francisco, and a powerful member of the California state assembly. This is how Kamala got her start in politics, and why she has no hope for a shot at the presidency.

      Oh Willie Brown knows how to pick winners! Between 1975 and 1978 he was a big supporter of Jim Jones of the People’s Temple and often served as master of ceremonies at big People’s Temple gatherings in San Francisco. Willie “drank the Kool Aid,” but didn’t happen to be down in Jonestown, Guyana for the poison batch that killed around 900 people, including around 250 children.

      Jen

    • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

      Yeah Brett knows someone whose cousin’s friend went to the Cville demonstration. For that Kamala thinks he must be destroyed.

    • S M Tenneshaw September 7, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

      Yes, Kavanaugh ain’t nuthin’ but shit. But neither are Booker or Harris.

      Guess I’ll go have a beer.

    • hmuller September 7, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

      Janet, here’s an example of the government’s power over the male body: the power to draft it and send it out as cannon fodder for some globalist’s war agenda.

  27. capt spaulding September 7, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    The Oligarchs are just doing it like they did in the good old days. Keep the peasants busy burning each other for being witches, and the nobility sits back and watches. I always wondered, was there ever a member of the nobility who was burned for being a witch? My cynicism tells me no.

    • janet September 7, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      If the Trump family represents the Oligarchs, I expect at least two, possibly three of the Trump family to receive prison sentences. The Oligarchs are enjoying stirring up the peasants with fake news about NFL protests, confirmation hearings, funerals that last a week, Trump rallies, etc. All of which gives cover to someone whose Team USA is working quietly in the background, building a legal case against the Oligarchs.

      • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

        “stirring up the peasants with fake news about NFL protests, confirmation hearings, funerals that last a week, Trump rallies, etc.”

        Hey, that’s what you have been doing, you must be them! Go ahead baby, fire ’em up. Pump the Trump – Trump sucks, Trump sucks, Trump sucks! Way to go.

  28. Kafkaesque September 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    ‘Slouching’………..indeed, in deed.

    Forget the Center’s lost grip on holding (onto what?)—the two extremees have lost their grip on realpolitik and its default status of ineluctable ruiNationl.

    Alas, Babylon, we hardly knew ye!

    In the prescient words of old Al E.—compound interest, the death star of this melodrama, as in unpayable debt.

    Don’t bother turning off the lights, they’re going out anyway.

  29. ozone September 7, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    Esteemed Meester Jeem,
    Entertainingly done! You’ve made this grim pass of unfortunate events properly laughable. (As all truly great comedy does.)

    After the wonderful visual of the Swamp denizens, part of the next paragraph intrigued me:

    “The Prog-led “Resistance” turned the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing into a swampish circus, complete with shrieking clowns Kamala Harris and Corey Booker trying out their 2020 election acts. Their antics are almost certainly in vain, since the sides are pre-decided and the votes are there to approve Mr. Kavanaugh, no matter how many faces they pull.” — JHK

    There be the awful truth. That being said, I’d like to add that the opening statement of Sheldon Whitehouse (which I heard in its entirety) was an unadulterated eye-opener that was skipped over by the newsy pundits and his fellow place-holders as well. He had the temerity to tell “duh publick” what this stacking of the courts was all about. (And it sure ain’t about curtailing the freedumb to waggle one’s naughty bits in public view.) I urge everyone to seek it out before it disappears down the rabbit hole of historical neglect. Remove your blinders. The enemy is within…

  30. janet September 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    “Kamala Harris is a whore at heart.” –San Jose

    I was not familiar with the word whore, so I looked it up in the OED.

    A person who is regarded as willing to do anything to get a particular thing.

    So, what you are saying is Kamala Harris is a human being, like most humans? I know a lot of religious women who married into money. That must make them “whores.”

    • San Jose September 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

      Not familiar with the word “whore” eh? The cuckoo is strong with you.

      • janet September 7, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

        Not in relation to something Kamala Harris did last century which involved love … with no transactional exchange of money.

    • Mycroft September 7, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

      Here’s a photo of four whores. Roy Cohn and Steve Rubell were such whores that they died of complications from the AIDS virus. Roy taught Donnie Trump everything he knows about being bigly yuge. Roy had a penchant for young blond boys and back in the day, Donnie fulfilled that fetish. Some may recall that Roy was Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand-man during the Red Communist/Homosexual Scare of the 1950s.

      static01.nyt.com/images/2016/06/20/us/21TRUMPCOHNweb4/21TRUMPCOHNweb4-articleLarge.jpg?quality=90�…

      • malthuss September 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

        NYJews?

      • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

        Cohen may be Trump’s Cohn: the vehicle of his destruction.

      • S M Tenneshaw September 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

        But…but…but THAT would mean young Drumpfy was a (gasp!) HOMO!!!!!! Hooooo wooda thunk it?

    • elysianfield September 7, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

      “So, what you are saying is Kamala Harris is a human being, like most humans? I know a lot of religious women who married into money. That must make them “whores”

      Janet,

      Uhh, is this the first time you have been exposed to this thought?

  31. volodya September 7, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    PeteAtomic and Walter B

    You hit the nail on the head. Bernie ought to be fully on board with the Trump economic agenda.

    What we have now is unsustainable, either from a purely financial standpoint, or from a societal point of view. The US cannot maintain colossal trade deficits and, as night follows day, gigantic government deficits and public and private debts all of which result from the trade imbalance. And the societal ruin that results from this financial disorder is insupportable.

    In general terms, to avoid a global financial collapse there’s a couple things that need to happen, 1) Chinese workers need to be paid enough to buy what they produce and 2) American workers need to be paid to produce what they buy.

    The trick is in the execution of a re-ordering of global supply chains. The issue is that the Chinese Communist Party and its billionaire leaders need those factories on Chinese soil to keep the party’s and their own political legitimacy. Those factories are staying there at gun-point if necessary.

    And the corollary to this is that American executives that nominally run companies with Chinese production facilities will tow the Chinese line on issues ranging from human rights to global trade arrangements, that is, if they want to maintain their well-paid positions. They will realize, if they haven’t already, that the men in Beijing with their legions of military and police, are the ones that run things, who give the orders, not the American CEO.

    If a re-ordering isn’t done, economic and financial collapse is the end result. Central banks have been suppressing interest rates for a decade because the global economic system is on its back. But interest rate suppression can’t work forever and the resulting market mis-information that comes from it will be one of the triggers for the financial detonation.

    Can Trump pull it off? The odds are heavily against him. The American elite are against him, they set things up this way to benefit themselves, the Chinese regime may know that the arrangements are not workable, and they may be thrashing about to avoid calamity, but they’re looking after themselves.

    • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

      Yes, a great point. American workers must be paid enough to be able to purchase stuff that we make here and/or the prices need to fit in with that and NOT the maximization of profit for the scum at the top to live the lives of kings! Corporations ARE NOT PEOPLE, they are “piles of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance….It can experience no personal hope or remorse. No change of heart. It cannot humble itself. It goes about its business as if it were immortal, with the single purpose of becoming a bigger pile of money.” They are supposed to exist to fill the needs of those that come to them for goods, NOT as a cash cow for the chronically greedy.

    • Helen Highwater September 7, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

      The problem is that even if manufacturing does return to the US, it isn’t going to be done by people making $40 an hour, or even $10 an hour, it is going to be done by robots, because if Americans had to pay what it would actually cost to make everything in the US with human labour they wouldn’t be able to afford to buy anything.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

        Yes, we are trapped between a rock (the pavement) and a hard metallic hand.

        You have done well for a Canadian. Well indeed. Now about that android, Justin Trudough….

        • S M Tenneshaw September 7, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

          He’s undergoing FGM even as we post.

      • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

        well ya, I think you have a valid point there Helen.

        The Chinese gov’t right now is attempting to stimulate small company growth, in the face of the US imposed tariffs.

        I think we ought to do the same. Small business & small companies is what is the lifeblood of local economies. Or, it ought to be, if it isn’t in existence– and for much of the US, individual entrepeneurs have been rubbed out by a malevolent combination of government subsidized monopolies & globalist trade agreements.

      • malthuss September 8, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

        Exactly. Cost competitive compared to $10-$30 a day Asians, I dont think so.

    • “The trick is in the execution of a re-ordering of global supply chains. The issue is that the Chinese Communist Party and its billionaire leaders need those factories on Chinese soil to keep the party’s and their own political legitimacy. Those factories are staying there at gun-point if necessary.”

      I don’t think that is possible. Its not like the rest of the world isn’t open for business. Chinese companies are going abroad- and the chinese government is doing an “OK” job of keeping them at least nominally allied.

      Furthermore, the government itself is vertically integrated in a lot of these companies and governments around the world are showing a willingness to to do business, most notably all the ports and infrastructure being contracted and leased via the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

      Legitimacy for the Chinese government is fairly solid- its not like there is an alternative. Its only when people’s fundamental needs are unmet (on a Maslow level) is legitimacy threatened. Again, with the internet, media, and a million-strong standing army- I think they are prepared.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      Morally? Of course. Ideologically? No, because Bernie is a Marxist Globalist. And having been in the Movement all his life, he must know that the Capitalist Globalists funded Marxism and continue to do. One movement: Capitalists are Heads, Marxists are Tails.

      Fascism and National Socialism are something entirely different: Nationalists in other words.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

        Or do you think that “workers” armed with hammers and farmers with pitchforks overthrew Russia? Or old France? C’mon.

  32. pedal pusher September 7, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Off topic relative to today’s Swamp Story but should be of interest to the CFN crowd:

    Problems in the Permian: The CEO of the world’s largest oilfield services company just let slip:

    “..the Permian growth potential could be lower than earlier expected.”

    US shale boom begins to cool (ft.com/content/13b4fae2-b1c3-11e8-8d14-6f049d06439c)

    “..Mr Kibsgaard (CEO of Schlumberger) argued that there might be a more fundamental problem with the Permian than the logistical difficulties causing the present slowdown. He emphasized the increasing prevalence of “child” wells, drilled close to older “parent” wells, and showed analysis from Schlumberger suggesting that they delivered lower production, when adjusted for their length and the weight of sand used in hydraulic fracturing to bring them into production. He concluded: “This suggests that the Permian growth potential could be lower than earlier expected.”

    Perhaps fracking-wise the Permian has in fact been played-out already.

    What might this mean for the mountain of debt that is coming due shortly and will need to be refinanced in the bond market?

  33. BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    I do not particularly like tossing videos / songs on here regularly, as if offering nothing else. This is incredible storytelling. I try to make a two camping trips a year to the Red River Gorge and came across this story a couple weeks back. Bigfoot / Witch encounter. Scary.

    Red River Gorge Encounter
    youtube.com/watch?v=AwEdcLeTjFA&t=2s

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

      Might have been entertaining, but all I heard was some guy’s deadpan audio and a video of his crotch. I’m mildly drunk, but no, not scared in the least.

      • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 10:03 pm #

        Kunstler mentioned Bigfoot and it came to mind. I only suggested listening to the story, you needed not look at his hands and crotch!
        I’m thankful he didn’t do the robot fuzz box voice that our dear Debbie Wasserman seems to be fond of.

        • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

          Scratch,
          The dude in the video was probably talking on about one of your own, why would you find it frightening!

  34. wm5135 September 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    “What might this mean for the mountain of debt that is coming due shortly and will need to be refinanced in the bond market?”

    Since mark to market has been suspended at the previous refinance and the bonds value is a fantasy it will mean a government sanctioned and supported issuance of fraudulent junk. The pension plans seeking any kind of return will supply the capital and will be drained dry as defaults begin. Look up the SRSocco Report for a perspective on this issue.

  35. janet September 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    “NOT the maximization of profit for the scum at the top to live the lives of kings! ” —walter B

    Except for the layabout veteran homeless, in America we live better than kings… with our hot and cold running water, sewage systems, refrigerators/freezers, self cleaning ovens, dishwashers that sterilize, global communication, knowledge of public health, antibiotics, etc. all of which existed before Trump became POTUS, all of which made America great pre-Trump. I know it is not Thanksgiving yet, but I am thankful to be an American in multicultural America and thankful that Trump’s days as an effective POTUS are numbered (about 60 days more … not that he was effective even with control of all three branches of government. No wonder he hates a free Constitutional press. We have had no nuclear war because the military knows the cuckoo is strong in 45. Trump cannot count on our military supporting him,

    • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

      Yes, which is what led us to this point.. But we are now in Calhoun’s Behavioral Sink, Mortality-Inhibiting Environment, Universe 25, and the beautiful ones are multiplying while thuggery in all forms and partisans simmers.

      Trump stays or Trump goes, the river takes bend, flows down the Delta.

  36. kris2244 September 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    The entertainment value of the typical Kunstler post remains high, but like Dumbfuck, is slowly losing it. I think it’s time to take a long hiatus Jim and reassess matters and focus on the garden. You’ve managed to go from a fantastic writer on city planning and Peak Oil to crazy uncle pretty quickly. The motley crew that has managed to find your site and comment should be exhibit A in the dictionary for cranks and kooks.

    • BornToKillPeace September 7, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

      kris2244,

      Maybe you have failed to notice that the Overton Window is exponentially losing it’s shit. Kook carries the same weight in objectivity to most as fake news.

      So talk about city planning and peak oil!

    • Billy Hill September 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

      Kris has spoken. Everybody close laptops, you too Mr. Kunstler, and think deep thoughts about the topics Kris suggests. When the thoughts are ripe all may try again — but Kris will be evaluating, and I doubt there will be second chances. We have been warned!

  37. janet September 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    Wm5135, the sole purpose of the SRSocco Report is to scare you into buying precious metals with forecasts far into the future.

    The report says the total U.S. shale oil production profile will collapse by 75% by 2025 (nice safe future date which we may not be alive to see). But the data cited are dubious because they are based upon projections using the Hubbert linearization formula. Insert P. T. Barnum quote here.

  38. 100th Avatar September 7, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

    Lumbering golden golem of blah blah blah more hackneyed purple prose, complain, markets will crash, blah blah.. comment below

  39. FincaInTheMountains September 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    The Fed management is “trolling” Trump, who ordered not to raise the discount rate. The problem is with the rate increases the cost of servicing household debt, which is about 120% of real disposable income of American households, and thus the demand for American goods is falling.

    More precisely, for goods produced in the US. Since the cost price of production in the US is higher than in Southeast Asia.

    For Trump, this is an important issue, since he will not be able to protect the domestic producer in the face of falling demand. It’s simply impossible, people will buy more and more cheap goods from Southeast Asia. And there’s nothing you can do here. If Trump wants to raise the domestic industry, the rate can not be raised, only after the imports are out of the economy (import substitution)!

    In general, he was once again explained that financiers will not support his Fed program, but will try to sabotage.

    Trump response: I will take US out of WTO (world trade organization). Just a reminder – WTO is one of the corner-stones of the Bretton Woods system.

    I think it is quite possible that in the absence of deal with the “money-masters”, Trump will simply sink the current financial system himself, reverting to something like “Amero” and the rest of you welcome to do with your dollars whatever you want.

    Obviously, Trump is not too happy with high-tech production is getting out, and America is only needed as a stupid enforcement muscle for financiers.

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

      Trump has been served up as a scarecrow. A warning to all that this is where “sane” men dare not go, and apparently quite soon, a warning that this is what happens to those who do. Regardless of whether he manages to sink the current global monetary system (he won’t), rest assured, another – more virulent form – is ready and waiting in the wings to take it’s place. That’s just what smart global capitalists do.

      What he might do instead is to wreck what remains of the American political system, in all likelihood by design as well. God only knows where that will lead us, but I suspect that sentiment – likely shared by most Americans at this/that point – will have also been the point of it all in the first place.

      The fact that we discuss such matters in terms of “global economics” in the first place is a sure sign that the globalists have already won. Trump, no Trump, HRC, no HRC, Dems, Reps, Gays, Straights, Bible Toters, Pig Fuckers; all smoke and mirrors. Pick your poison and just swallow it already. We’re going down!

      • BornToKillPeace September 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

        Ever seen a hog pray?

        A switch across the nose a number of times from the man probably had something to do with it this good-time religion.

        youtube.com/watch?v=8Uc9H-LlmhA

        • Tate September 8, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

          This is why we need tough voter literacy standards.

          • BornToKillPeace September 8, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

            Concerning the cinematographer, William Ferris:

            President Bill Clinton nominated William Ferris to be the seventh Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 1997, a post Ferris held through 2001. Ferris was the subject of some controversy in 2000 when the National Council on the Humanities, the NEH’s advisory board, selected President Clinton for the Jefferson Lecture, which the NEH describes as “the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.” The Jefferson Lecture honor had never been given to an elected official before; Ferris said that his intent was to establish a new tradition for every President to deliver a Jefferson Lecture during his or her presidency, and that this was consistent with the NEH’s broader efforts under his leadership to increase public awareness of the humanities. However, some scholars and political opponents objected that the choice of Clinton represented an inappropriate and unprecedented politicization of the NEH. William J. Bennett, a conservative Republican and former chairman of the NEH under President Reagan, charged that the proposal was an example of how Clinton had “corrupted all of those around him. In the wake of the controversy, President Clinton declined the honor; a White House spokesperson said the President “didn’t want the work of the National Endowment for the Humanities to be called into question. Despite this controversy, and even after the 2000 presidential election replaced Clinton with Republican George W. Bush, Ferris retained the strong support of Mississippi’s two Republican senators, Trent Lott and Thad Cochran. They stressed Ferris’s efforts during his tenure at NEH to reduce the ideological battles that had troubled the NEH under prior administrations, as well as his popularity among the state humanities leaders, and they publicly asked President Bush to retain Ferris. However, Bush ultimately decided to replace Ferris with his own appointee, Bruce Cole.” – wikipedia

  40. FincaInTheMountains September 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    For those of you who is still in the bunker, in 15 – 20 years a petroleum-driven car will be found only in history museum, the new-generation fission reactors, which have already been developed, will 90% replace the energy production. Oil will be needed only for chemical industry – plastics, oils, fertilizers.

    My bet, cars will be VERY expensive, but the Uber-type share-drive electric mini-vans for 8 – 15 passengers, controlled by AI – say good bye to traffic jams – will be more than affordable.

    I guess suburbs could stay put.

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

      Nice sentiment, but still cornucopian. Yes, the oil driven cars will go away, but so will a large portion of the economy with them. Fully integrated complex systems are simply not amenable to small disruptions in their basic assumptions. Cheap oil and the too many humans it has brought into being are quite a bit more than small disruptions. In other words, yes, traffic jams will go away for sure, as will many of the silly humans who caused them. Better question? Where will they go? Bitter truth? They will die, and/or cause others to do so as well. Most not willingly. Suburbs? Irrelevant.

      • ozone September 7, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

        Ol’ Scratch,
        Surpassingly strange that a guy who claims to be running a small farm in the mountains of the Dominican Republic does not implicitly understand just what you outline here. Oh well… here’s to the perils of disregarding the actual in favor of the delusional…

        • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

          In the Finca’s defense, we’re all a bit delusional at times. Cheers!

          • ozone September 7, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

            Sure! I tend to engage in delusions as a personal entertainment technique. 😀
            Here’s how…!

          • FincaInTheMountains September 7, 2018 at 10:54 pm #

            I have a long way to catch up to you, o Clueless Wizard of OZ!

    • Billy Hill September 8, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      While Exxon CEO, Rex Tillerson opined that there would be oil enough until about 2050. He was likely as informed as anyone in the business so I have taken that as a rough guidepost and limit.

      Some Stanford engineers have pointed out that an electric motor, compared to internal combustion has far fewer moving parts and will last far longer with less care and feeding. The upshot is that there will be far fewer jobs in the automotive space than at present. These Stanfordites posit that the e-car revolution will happen much sooner and much faster than anyone anticipates at this time.

      Volvo has thrown in completely with the e-car paradigm and will provide a beta site as it were going forward. It will be interesting to see models for the electrification of rail transportation and heavy earth moving equipment. Oil remains embedded in just about all forms of wealth creation (mined-extracted, cultivated-farmed, manufactured-assembled) but the e-car paradigm obviously threatens oil’s importance in geopolitics.

      An unfortunate side-effect will be the continuation of urban-planning business-as-usual. More highways and feeder roads connecting suburban subdivisions with ever more sprawling urban spaces. In another 20 years if present trends continue the entire state of Florida roughly from SR50 south will be entirely paved. Atlanta is the epitome of developing a manageable collection of small towns into a nightmare hospitable to automobiles rather than people.

    • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

      bah, who wants to ride with 14 other people?

      🙂

      Not me. I gonna drive my silver mustang till it rusts out from all the whiskey stains.

  41. FincaInTheMountains September 7, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

    Trump is fighting for the right to host the production of all that new technology – nuclear reactors, electric cars, AI, batteries (Hello North Korea with largest deposit of rare-earth metals) in US – there the highest-paying jobs will be.

    And since America obviously sucks at playing the role of world policeman, Russia will be taking over. Thank you for your service.

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

      Now you’ve gone around the bend on all counts, Finc. Might I add, your usual defiant tone sounds decidedly defeatist here.

    • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

      No, Russia isn’t gonna do that. I don’t buy it.

      There are too many things happening closer to home. What will happen in the Donbass, one of them.

    • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 9:01 am #

      “Trump is fighting for the right to host the production of all that new technology – nuclear reactors, electric cars, AI, batteries ”

      What happened to ‘Trump digs coal’?

  42. S M Tenneshaw September 7, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

    Whatever fix is needed, Drumpf can’t provide it.

    I mean, take a good look at him. That’s not a face, it’s a second ass. No wonder he shits all over himself any time he opens his “mouth.”

    The whole White House stinks. The stench is deafening (as well as sickening).

    • Tate September 7, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

      Another mind topped off by the Donald.

      He occupies the most valuable real estate of all, the space between his enemies’ ears.

      )):-]

      MAGA!

  43. aibohphobia September 7, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    Finca,
    I would like to see a link to an article about commercially-viable fission reactors. Even our current nuclear reactors have _never_ been able to stay in business without massive government subsidies. Perhaps you are referring to Thorium reactors?

    The key to an electric economy is a new and better battery– We need an electric car battery that is made entirely of non-toxic materials, is lightweight, charges from 0 to full charge in 10 minutes, and takes the car 300 miles (500 Km). If we get something like that, we could even have safe battery-powered airplanes. Without it there is little chance of electric cars beyond what we have now.

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

      What we ACTUALLY need is fewer humans with more reasonable expectations about the realities of power generation/consumption. I know, I know, WAY too much to expect.

      • FincaInTheMountains September 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

        you talk your hellish nonsense. as always…

      • Walter B September 8, 2018 at 5:28 am #

        What I do not understand is why nobody ever cares to even discuss using less power. How much do we simply piss away? It sure looks like a lot:

        nightearth.com/?@34.530307,-39.700149,3.1880948858948095z&data=$bWZsMnAxdnI=&lang=en

        Looks like we are afraid of the dark doesn’t it?

        • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2018 at 7:23 am #

          Thanks to President Obama we have quite a progress in energy-saving technologies, LED lights and Inverter A/C just two examples.

          • Walter B September 8, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

            I swear to you that I have not seen ANY reduction in power usage based in KWH’s either in my home or in my workplace after converting both places to LED and I have a spreadsheet that lists my usage since 1982. The cost of LED is far greater as you know and the great lie about their longer life is total bullshit because they are far more prone to burn out when the power fluctuates or browns out. They also do not like high humidity. I converted absolutely everything at great cost for absolutely no return on my investment.

        • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2018 at 7:25 am #

          Much less energy without sacrificing the level of comfort.

        • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

          Less power deals with limits. Limits introduce regulation and powerful forces will let their Kochs out of their pants to keep that from happening. So Brothers, I think Walter B has it right.

          Looks like we are afraid of the dark doesn’t it?

          With light everywhere evil hid like a cockroach, out of sight and out of mind, just what cockroaches like, off the radar munching on crumbs. A party of bright lights, everyone happy and oblivious. But now witches are here.

          No need to even hunt for them anymore. They’re out in broad daylight.

          MAGA fills the Progville air, flying harpies everywhere. But be you succubi or the disciple of orange Beelzebub you are afraid of the dark. Let someone else do the dark.

        • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 9:06 am #

          “What I do not understand is why nobody ever cares to even discuss using less power. ”

          Amen to that, Walter.

          People do, to be fair, but no-one that matters really listens to them because it’s hard to make money out of people using less anything.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 7, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

      It is based on compact particle accelerator size of just few dozen feet that could on demand trigger a fission reaction in otherwise non-fissionable materials such as U-238 and Thorium, producing much more energy that was spent on activating the accelerator.

      It’s a 1968 invention by Alexei Bogomolov, patented in US in 1972. Used for creating a working reactor in early 2000.

      patents.google.com/patent/US3651417

      Battery is of course important, but you still have to get some energy from burning something first.

    • BornToKillPeace September 9, 2018 at 12:31 am #

      Why were thorium reactors not used again? I remember reading something that the EPA boned them back when and that is why they were never mass produced?

      Walter,

      in response to your message in my direction last blog post, I’d buy you a couple beers when they get the holographic transmission technology down and pay the quarters if you got the jukebox, share some respective statehood stories.

  44. ozone September 7, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    For those of you commenters that haven’t yet tumbled to what Kavanaugh (and krew) have in store for us via their interpretation of da law, here it is, unvarnished, naked and delusion-free.

    whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-reveals-kavanaughs-pro-corporate-right-wing-record-in-…

    Now I know many of you are enthusiastic about all thangs raht-wang, but you really should understand what powers that gives to the people that are about to run your lives in earnest. I hope you’ll enjoy what you’ve wished for. (That’s a veiled warning, in case it needs spelling out.)

    • Exscotticus September 7, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

      Let’s assume that everything in that link is correct. How is that worse than a Prog candidate that wants to nullify 1A in the guise of preventing “hate speech”, nullify 2A, nullify national borders, nullify religious rights, nullify elections by allowing illegal aliens and dead people the right to vote, promolgate state-sponsored racism in the guise of “racial justice”, and countless other nationally suicidal policies?

      • ozone September 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

        Uh-oh, point missed. And a dangerous encounter with the Republicrat/Demopublican banana peel. Ignore the “anti-Republican” aspect of it (although corporate sociopaths have been steering the course of that party for a long time, both parties have now been thoroughly parasitized) and just concentrate on who is being served. Unless you’re one of the fat-cats (or one of their toadies) *your* interests are not being served by this particular court stacking.

        • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 2:31 am #

          Yes you have missed the point. How exactly is a SCOTUS judge compromised by “fat-cats”? They’re appointed for life. No campaigns required. No financing required. So tell us how corporate interests control SCOTUS votes? By submitting Amicus curiae briefs? By arguing for their interests on the merits?

          It’s one thing to argue that Congressmen are compromised; they have two-year terms and are perpetually running for reelection. It’s quite another to suggest that SCOTUS justices are.

          • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

            Q: How exactly is a SCOTUS judge compromised by “fat-cats”?

            A: Golf.

          • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

            Explain. In particular, explain how Justice Ginsburg is compromised by “fat cats” via “golf”.

    • Tate September 7, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

      Yawn… A mixed bag, considering his allegiances to corporate welfare, but decidedly preferable to anyone your beloved Whitehouse would have chosen.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

        Yes, he almost never comes out and says what he thinks. The momentum builds to a crescendo. And when he finally does – it’s the same old Demo crap: If someone wants something you have, give it to them, etc. Does he act like that in real life? I doubt it.

        He hates Liberals too – because they aren’t Liberal enough or something. Real Communism hasn’t been tried. Neither has Islam….! I’d ask for more clarification but that sends him into a rage.

  45. JohnAZ September 7, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

    Societies can be classified as feminine and masculine in their basic norms, mores and folkways. History shows us that societies mutate towards softer, more civilized feminine ideals as they age. The problem is that there is an aggressive masculine society out there ready to chew them up and take over. Human history is a repeating story of this fact. Janet’s kumbayah will lead this country down the fatal path as more masculine countries tear us apart.

    A wonderful description of the difference in America today as a bunch of feminists follow Obama down his yellow brick road for 8 years and the advent of a strong masculine creature like Trump inspires such hatred in the feminist ranks. And not just Obama, but the last 4 presidents. Trump is a one shot situation infusing strong norms and we will find out if he has been successful at stemming the feminine tide this November.

    Capitalism and entrepenuership are both strong independent norms with socialism a very dependent concept. The stronger norms will always outperform the weaker. Socialism is a joke!

    The US is headed in a feminine direction and has been for thirty years. There are two very strong hungry countries out there that would love to shut us down. History rhyming may point the direction.

    • Ol' Scratch September 7, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

      I’m sure you’re going to wish you could retract this one in the morning, JAZ. Jim, can you help a brother out?

      • JohnAZ September 7, 2018 at 10:06 pm #

        Yeah, I expect to be hammered on this, by a society that is imbued with the changes mentioned. History is history, and all dominant societies have been eclipsed. I do not expect the US is any different. JHK has been espousing the gradual decline of the US for awhile, maybe the decline of entrepenuership explains part of it.

        • Walter B September 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

          If America has moved towards feminism, and if China does indeed have a severe overabundance of men, does this suggest something to anybody?

          • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 11:46 am #

            Feminist heroes of which there are many, could take justifiable umbrage with your equivocation of ‘feminism’ with loss of virtue.

            That is what you actually mean, loss of virtue at the 250 year mark when winds of change blow empires away. This is the time when small unknown groups will with extraordinary displays of courage and energy replace opulent and defensively minded old orders.

            I don’t want to think about what your conundrum suggests.

          • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 11:48 am #

            J of AZ I mean, not WB.

          • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

            China does indeed have a severe overabundance of men, does this suggest something to anybody?

            big war coming somewhere on to somebody?

    • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

      And when Capitalists become the Government – as has happened or haven’t you noticed? What then of your either/or?

      Google the Third Way and do it Now. You should have done it decades ago.

      • JohnAZ September 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

        Did it. Capitalism with a conscience. The Third Way was attempted by many of the world leaders, Clinton, Blair, and lately Macron. It reminds me sort of of the progress in dialectic materialism Marx espoused in creating a classless society. I definitely believe that capitalism needs a social conscience, there are as many failures of overly capitalistic societies, see also France. The third way is a balancing act to me, the goodness of liberty and competition vs. what happens to the people that fall out. By the way, Wikipedia stated that The Third Way’s popularity is waning but Macron in France is giving hope.

        By the way, the biggest enemy of the benevolence of the Third Way is the greed and evil of our political system, both sides.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

          Note: NOT the midpoint of the flat, straight line between Communism and Capitalism, a bit of this and a bit of that. But rather the Apex of a the Triangle, the High Middle which generates a new line altogether, one pertaining to the Nation State.

          Of course, even a midpoint orientation is better than either side winning completely in the current paradigm. That spells disaster.

          I don’t know if any of the first paragraph makes sense to you, but thanks for looking. Any and every viable society must make room for some individualism and some collectivism. How much and what kind is question. And each society must find its own answer commensurate with their own traditions and self image. For example, England tends towards individualism and Scotland towards collectivism. Joined together, they frustrate each other. Does this harken back to the Old Germans who were said to live in separate family homes according to Roman Historians? And to the more collective nature of Celtic life? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s all due to more recent developments.

          • JohnAZ September 8, 2018 at 10:36 am #

            The formation of a collective society depends upon its constituency. Early America was a tough independent lot far from home having to do everything for themselves. The Founding Fathers took this one step farther as they Feared the English ability to tell them what to do. The US Declaration and Constitution were the result. The rest of the world, mostly very dependent on government have invaded the sanctity of this self reliance character. And it is not over yet. Civil war 2.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

            You’re falling back into the Mythos – yes, which was far more true in the past. Look, we found a rich Continent inhabited by stone age savages. We took it from them. Very rich: as one poster pointed out, the temperate zone of hardwood trees is greater here than anywhere. And beyond that, a large zone of well watered steppes, whose topsoil is the best in the world. And even beyond that, a large dry zone but good for cattle and wheat.

            It’s all owned now. Many have gotten rich and will continue to get rich off it. The small have been largely forced out. We have to cooperate more now to get our fair share. They Masters (so called in London’s novel the Iron Heel) even outsourced our jobs because they didn’t want to pay us a living wage. So much for rugged individualism. They cooperate to further their class interests. Sorry, but it’s true.

            And btw, we could never have taken this Land from the Indians as “rugged Individuals”. Isolated farmers were routinely slaughtered. The smart ones ran to the Forts and Towns once serious trouble started. And yes, formed posses under the Sheriff and dealt with it themselves. In many ways our ancestors were far MORE collective than we are now.

  46. janet September 7, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    Thank you, ozone, for your intelligent and objective comment. Cannot deny Kavanaugh’s actual historic voting record of 91% conservative. A refreshing change from speculative apocalyptic commentary.

    • Exscotticus September 7, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

      The Supreme Court has adopted Kavanaugh’s position on cases 13 times, and has reversed his position only once. To therefore suggest that he will radically change the status quo doesn’t comport with the facts. If anything, he will strengthen SCOTUS rulings so that we don’t have so many 5-4 split decisions that undermine the judiciary.

      Your kind of candidate—Justice Sonia Sotomayor—admitted she benefitted from Affirmative Action but refused to recuse herself from AA cases. She was in the minority in a case that permitted Michigan to end state-sponsored racism. As a beneficiary of such racism, Sotomayor wanted to keep the gravy train going for her tribe, at the expense of those who actually have merit and qualify for their advancement.

      • You must have forgotten to have the doc replace your brainstem after the transplant. A 5-4 split is what Kavanaugh’s appointment preserves, the bought-and-paid-for appointees in the majority.

        • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 2:44 am #

          Wrong, Sir, because the surfeit of 5-4 splits was due to Kennedy’s waffling. But Kavanaugh is not Kennedy, and so we’re likely to see more—not less—consensus on the court.

          After Kavanaugh is confirmed and the sky doesn’t fall as Progs are predicting, Justice Ginsburg will feel confident that she can retire, opening the door to another appointment.

  47. Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

    The Wisdom of John C Calhoun:

    At the end of the Mexican-American War, there was considerable debate in America over how much of Mexico to annex. The southern statesman John C. Calhoun wisely warned against those who wanted the entire of the country:

    … we have never dreamt of incorporating into our Union any but the Caucasian race—the free white race. To incorporate Mexico, would be the very first instance of the kind of incorporating an Indian race; for more than half of the Mexicans are Indians, and the other is composed chiefly of mixed tribes. I protest against such a union as that! Ours, sir, is the Government of a white race. The greatest misfortunes of Spanish America are to be traced to the fatal error of placing these colored races on an equality with the white race. . . .

    Sir, it is a remarkable fact, that in the whole history of man, as far as my knowledge extends, there is no instance whatever of any civilized colored races being found equal to the establishment of free popular government, although by far the largest portion of the human family is composed of these races. . . .

    Are you, any of you, willing that your States should be governed by these twenty-odd Mexican States, with a population of about only one million of your blood, and two or three millions of mixed blood . . . all the rest pure Indians, . . . not as good as Cherokees or Choctaws? [who were both, in the frankness of the era, considered to be two of the “Five Civilized Tribes”]

    Thank you John. Does one build a Wall with bricks of all different sizes and shapes, some irregular or crumbling? I think not. Likewise, a Nation. You want more People? Then bring in more like you already have. Like unto like! And to maintain a nation, do you do anything different? No, you keep on the track: bring in more of the same if need be. Diversity is weakness, in a Wall, a Nation, or a Civilization. Even children of the earlier centuries understood that. But evidently people began to become confused about it around your time. Now everyone is confused, from the top to the bottom. The Madmen won.

    Racism? Define it and we’ll talk. Whites wouldn’t help the Chinese or Japanese nation either – by definition. Our “shape” is different even though we both build Great Walls….

    • Janos Skorenzy September 7, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

      This interesting quote, which ends with the brackets, was found in an Amren article about the racial status of Chile. A native Chilean is doing a series. Great stuff. The White southern cone is doomed just like the rest of the White World if things don’t change.

    • JohnAZ September 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

      Mental exercise

      What will the US look like in fifty years with the current levels of influx? Will the country be able to exist with a huge diversity? And if not, how will it be divided up?

      The great American experiment is whether ethnocentrism can be overcome by the force of law. Time will tell.

      • Tate September 8, 2018 at 1:44 am #

        You’re missing the point, John. That battle’s already lost. What’s the Heritage American white fertility rate compared to new immigrants? That white majority which is now close to being replaced is the only constituency that supports the Constitution. Now the ethnic minorities are already a majority among children. These minorities aren’t just indifferent to the Constitution, they are actively hostile to it, precisely because it was created by white men. And they will become the majority voting bloc within less than a generation. So goodbye any recognizable Constitution. It might still exist but only in name.

        There are only two possible outcomes: 1) harshly authoritarian rule of one kind or another, either “left” or “right” 2) a division of the U.S. into separate nations (which won’t go smoothly).

        • JohnAZ September 8, 2018 at 10:29 am #

          Tate

          Not missing the point at all. Agree with you totally. Trump was to me a step back away from the diversification going on. I am disappointed at his ineffectiveness, he is totally outnumbered. The GGG cannot even pick a loyal cabinet or staff that can keep their damn mouths shut. Everywhere he looks in DC, he is being hammered. The real irony to the story is the real “enemy” of the Constitution.are the White liberals and esp. Progressives themselves. Otherwise, how could only 16% of the population raise as much hell as the Blacks do. This is a case of Caucasian Russian roulette. The great American experiment is teetering and the Caucasians are causing it, with lots of help from the minority “gimme” folks.

          Sending out mental exercises makes me think and get inputs from wise folks like you.

          • Tate September 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

            In my view, the great American experiment has already toppled, but thanks for the words of encouragement.

          • malthuss September 8, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

            13%, I read. They were about 12 million, in 1965.
            The Act and welfare swelled their ranks.

  48. Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2018 at 12:04 am #

    infogalactic.com/info/Ma_Hongkui

    Great Chinese Muslim General against the Japanese and the Communists. Considered a Warlord by the West, his reign was extremely brutal, with executions every day. Zero tolerance for criminals, either petty or political. He personally fought in battle, wielding two swords. Much of his army was similarly armed, yet they were effective in that wild region.

    “I have always had one answer for Communists – kill them all.” Guess this was before the alliance with the Left, but a good indicator of what Muslims will do once the Leftists are no longer needed.

    His hatred of crime is reminiscent of Ras Alghoul’s and the Brotherhood of Shadow. And of course, Flips Duerte of the Phillipines. The Criminal is the enemy of Society. They must live in as state of terror. If they don’t, then the People will. Either/Or. Now choose.

  49. Q. Shtik September 8, 2018 at 12:05 am #

    Two totally irrelevant observations:

    1. Jack Dorsey (Twitter) looks very much like D H Lawrence.

    2. I watched the brief video of Elon Musk smoking pot and he did NOT inhale.

    • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 2:16 am #

      Also it depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.

    • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      1. A novel comparison.

      2. A professional review of the tape by someone with over 40 years of toking experience provides me on the best of authority with the opinion that the toke was indeed mouthed and puffed out with only a small amount being inhaled on the next breath after being mostly pushed out the mouth.

      3. This means that Musk is naturally stoned and does not need weed to give him the feeling of being stoned since in the interview, which I have watched half of now, Must acts totally stoned both before and after his puff.

      4. If Musk was smart he shorted his stock before he puffed and made more in that one toke than you or I will earn in our fucking lifetime. Musk is smart.

      5. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    • Tate September 8, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

      If Musk did #4, he broke the law. Might be hard to prosecute by the feckless onanists at the SEC.

      • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

        Yeah, correlation is not causation and as his actual behavior with the blunt did not break any law, tough TITTIE$!

        • Tate September 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

          What!?

          The SEC doesn’t care about dope. They do (or should) care about insider trading, dope.

    • The full length interview is worth it t.

      • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

        Yes it was. I’ll be back with a link starting with where he talks about oil. I’ll post it at the end and compete with deep Finca.

  50. janet September 8, 2018 at 12:06 am #

    I recommend viewing Spike Lee’s latest movie, BlacKkKlansman, a true story of infiltration into the anti-semitic white supremacy movement featuring David Duke. Gives an insight into the mindset of janos and company. Janos praised the white men who bombed the church and killed the Black children. He called the men courageous.

  51. janet September 8, 2018 at 12:52 am #

    “The great American experiment is whether ethnocentrism can be overcome by the force of law. Time will tell.” –JohnAZ

    JohnAZ, do you know anything about the United States Armed Forces? A seven-decade experiment has been done. DOD has used diversity and equal opportunity programs and policies to encourage the recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse force that is representative of the nation. Integration has been achieved without affecting unit cohesion. In the Army there are nearly as many Black women as white women. A broadly representative military force is more likely to uphold national values and to be loyal to the government — and country — that raised it.

    Diversity is strength.

    Executive Order 9981 is an executive order issued on July 26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman. It abolished discrimination “on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin” in the United States Armed Forces. … and bases. The last of the all-black units in the United States military was abolished in September 1954.

    The military continues to become more diverse, as reflected in the veteran population. In 2045, the veteran population is expected to be 16 percent black, compared to 12 percent in 2016. The percentage of Hispanic veterans is predicted to almost double over the next nearly 30 years, increasing from 7 percent to an expected 13 percent of the veteran population. Overall, white, non-Hispanic veterans are expected to make up 64 percent of the population by 2045, down from 2016’s 77 percent rate.

    Gender equality is also on the increase. When the draft ended in 1973, women represented just 2 percent of the enlisted forces and 8 percent of the officer corps. Today, those numbers are 16 percent and 18 percent respectively, a significant increase.

    Since 2009, DOD policy changes and congressional actions have allowed individuals who are gay to serve openly with recognition for their same-sex spouses as dependents for the purpose of military benefits and opened all combat assignments to women. As soon as Trump stops being Commander in Chief the number of transgendered soldiers can also again begin to increase.

    • K-Dog September 8, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      Trannies with guns, wouldn’t that be like giving cows guns? Men so confused and angry to have had body parts removed I do not trust with my defense.

      Sorry

    • Q. Shtik September 8, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

      have allowed individuals who are gay to serve openly with recognition for their same-sex spouses as dependents for the purpose of military benefits and opened all combat assignments to women. – janet

      ===========

      I think Cynthia Nixon’s ‘wife’ should be given a combat assignment in some really dangerous place. Whew!, have you seen a picture of this ‘woman?”

  52. janet September 8, 2018 at 1:33 am #

    To therefore suggest that he will radically change the status quo doesn’t comport with the facts. –Exscotticus

    Kavanaugh is an ideologue, an activist judge, who is using the law to change the status quo for ordinary citizens and maintain the status quot for the wealthy. He distorts the Constitution to do so. In Kavanaugh’s 12 years on the bench, he has proven to be a strong and consistent voice for the wealthy and the powerful. Over and over again, he has ruled against civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer rights, and women’s rights.

    With a Justice Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we could see reversals of hard-won gains securing equal opportunity in education, employment and housing.? We could see further exclusion of communities of color from participation in our democracy.? We could see racism continue to flourish within the criminal justice system.? We could see the elimination of effective tools for proving discrimination.? We could see the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the guarantee to accessible health care for millions.

    • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 2:14 am #

      >>> Kavanaugh is… an activist judge

      Oh you mean like that unelected Hawaiian judge who decided—all on his own—to make federal immigration policy for the entire Republic? The one who said that Trump couldn’t even temporarily halt immigrants from Sudan? Even though Obama did the same thing? Even though an immigrant from Sudan who was given asylum by the UK thanked his host nation by plowing his vehicle into cyclists killing 5 and injuring over 50? You mean that kind of activist judge?

      The law is quite clear and unambiguous. Let’s read it together…

      (f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President
      Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

      Now I know you have all the answers, janet, so where in this statute does it say that a lower-echelon unelected federal judge from Hawaii gets to decide national immigration policy? Tell us what Kavanaugh did that even remotely approaches what this Hawaiian judge did?

      The truth is that you have no problem with activist judges—so long as they’re making decisions that you agree with.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2018 at 10:12 am #

        Exscotticus“Even though an immigrant from Sudan who was given asylum by the UK thanked his host nation by plowing his vehicle into cyclists killing 5 and injuring over 50? “

        Do you mean this Sudanese immigrant, Exscotticus:

        theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/15/police-question-man-on-suspicion-of-terrorism-over-westminster-c…

        …who injured 3 cyclists and killed no-one?

        Don’t get me wrong, Exscotticus, I realise he intended murder. But I don’t see the point of over-egging the pudding.

        Or rather I do.

        I just prefer the truth, which appears to be that “Two men and one woman were injured in the crash. One was treated at the scene and two were taken to hospital and later discharged.”

        And, to be fair, it’s not often you see 55 cyclists together in London unless it’s a race, in which case they wouldn’t be stopped at the traffic lights AND the rest of the traffic would have been diverted, so a bit of common sense is in order.

        But maybe you meant someone else. But this one is the only one that’s coming up in my Google search.

        • Q. Shtik September 8, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

          over-egging the pudding. – GA

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

          I like that. I’ll tuck that one away for future use. British English is truly wonderful.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2018 at 11:39 am #

        Also, Exscotticus, I didn’t get back to your comment on the previous thread at [September 6, 2018 at 1:59 pm], so apologies for doing so now.

        Although I may be being optimistic on this, I think I found some tiny hope of common cause. It was in the hint of bribery, in this case bribery to encourage commitment to population control policies.

        Given we don’t live in a world where you can just say ‘this makes sense – why aren’t you doing it? to people, I’m all for both bribery and ‘nudging’ , where they are likely to work and may even benefit all parties.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudge_theory

        I just want the good outcomes and I totally agree with you that you can’t have an endless dynamic where people in some countries have too high a birth rate and use other countries as a safety valve (this is an entirely separate issue from having your country bombed to smithereens by another government whose motives are very possibly not what it claims, in which case that government does bear some responsibility, however it chooses to discharge it.

        On a more general note – and not necessarily directed specifically at you, it amazes me how many times I’ve explicitly stated on here that I believe (a) that unlimited immigration into any country is not even defensible on common sense grounds, and (b) that borders matter and each country has the right to determine its own immigration policy. Yet, people continue to talk as if I had never said either of those things – and repeatedly.

        Refugees remain a different matter, but again each country chooses how it discharges its obligations if such it has by having signed up to them, whether at home or in situ.

        Back to bribery… Our respective preference for carrot and stick would probably differ (I couldn’t watch people actually starve in a crisis to make a pedagogical point). And I don’t like terms like ‘breeder cultures’ any more than I like voluntarily childless commenters in the Guardian referring to families pejoratively as ‘breeders’, because I prefer terms that retain humanity to terms that don’t, but that’s a detail. If we are able to monitor compliance of nuclear programmes, we should be able to monitor the application of foreign aid to e.g. contraceptive and wider healthcare initiatives rather than enriching the local head honchos. I’m not suggesting we provide developing countries with a full-blown NHS, merely that pragmatic initiatives that help everybody are worth looking at and are a better use of money, whether ‘official’ or charitable, than ‘war dollars’.

        And lest the ‘goats’ example grow too many legs, I’d emphasise that I consider it and its relations more suitable to their current charitable status. Whereas I see the World Bank helping with irrigation projects as admirable.

        canadianfeedthechildren.ca/the-feed/buy-goat-family-africa-pros-cons/

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2018 at 11:50 am #

          PS My husband comes from an Irish family of seven children, and my mother came from a Scottish family of seven children plus one adopted one. We wouldn’t normally describe them as ‘breeder cultures’ but I suppose that’s about times, places and skin colours.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            And how many do they now? Could we not now describe them as “dying cultures” or “being replaced cultures”?

            Many, many conservative White women describe the looks they get from their peers when they go out with their 2+ kids. And that’s nothing compared to what professional women get from their “friends” if they decide to be fruitful.

          • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

            I think most agrarian societies are ‘breeder’ societies by necessity. There is work to be done! 🙂

            The West would re-experience this in any type of crash which would involve us never writing to each other again. All of our children would be busy making more children to get out there and clean manure out of the barn.

          • malthuss September 8, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

            Pre 1900 most died before age 10, yes?

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 7:59 am #

            “I think most agrarian societies are ‘breeder’ societies by necessity. There is work to be done! ”

            True, but my husband’s father was an industrial chemist working for the Irish civil service and my mother’s father was a leather worker in Northern Ireland and then a factory labourer in Glasgow.
            .
            I think they just weren’t that much into contraception, such as it was back then, and went with whatever ‘God saw fit’ to send them in the way of kids. Which is pretty much what happens in a lot of Muslim and Catholic countries still.

            Re the comeback of big families in the event of a crash-generated return to agrarian living, we also have to factor in the future lack of contraception, along with the return of death by childbirth and neo-natal mortality.

            Plus a bit of syphilis et al. With divorce being pretty impossible except for the rich because of the return of economic dependence, men will again be more free to roam and bring back microbial gifts without penalty.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 8:05 am #

            Yes, Malthuss, Victorian cemeteries are sobering places.

            But in the early 20th century people still had bigger families than now. With the advent of the NHS in the UK, health, child welfare and maternal care improved and prosperity brought smaller families, as it does when religious imperatives don’t hold sway.

            I remember some of my wider Irish family-in-law laughing that you don’t get kids arguing over inheritances in Ireland because having big families means each person’s only going to get a pittance anyway, so they don’t even think about it. That was a generation ago, though.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 8:08 am #

            “Many, many conservative White women describe the looks they get from their peers when they go out with their 2+ kids. And that’s nothing compared to what professional women get from their “friends” if they decide to be fruitful.”

            Well I can’t comment on your country – my ‘professional’ brothers and their ‘professional’ wives have 3 and 4 children respectively and nobody made any comments to them except to say they were cute.

            But I have learned to take much of what you report with a pinch of salt.

        • GreenAlba September 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

          And a general mea culpa for my longstanding sin (way before CFN) of sometimes not closing brackets that I’ve opened earlier in the sentence.

          • GreenAlba September 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

            Oops…

          • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

            oh boy, you are a bad, bad girl for not closing brackets

        • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

          Obligations? Were they voted on by Representatives of the People? Even if so, they are still invalid as Real Representatives would never have done so.

          The money raised by Taxes is meant for the good of the Citizenry – not for people in other places who did not pay any taxes. How basic does one have to get with you? Google social contract. You need a review.

          • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

            It is generally understood by most rational people that open borders is not compatible with a welfare state. I won’t even argue with people who claim you can have both. Their answers usually involve “tax the rich” class warfare, which doesn’t explain where the financing comes from after they’ve consumed all the wealth they’ve plundered from others. It doesn’t explain where all the jobs will come from now that capital has fled the country. “The people will own the factories!” cry those who can’t even grasp current events in Venezuela, let alone decades of history demonstrating the failure of big-S Socialism.

          • Elrond Hubbard September 8, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

            Janos: “Real Representatives would never have done so.”

            Though I may be stepping on what should be GreenAlba‘s line, I have to point out that this is an instance of the No True Scotsman fallacy. Quite an on-the-nose example of that solecism, actually, but we expect nothing less from our Janos.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

            Good Elrond, just like the Pope defined the Magisterium as “whatever I say”. History begins anew every moment and there is no Law but do what thou want.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 8:28 am #

            Janos and Ex:

            I’m not advocating forcing anyone to aid any foreign population – or help it make wise decisions in matters such as population management. Countries may choose enlightened self-interest or they may decide that charity not only begins at home but must stay there.

            And I have never argued for open borders. A properly managed immigration system is not open borders. And each country should manage its borders as it sees fit. Although preferably not Berlin-wall style.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 9:39 am #

            “Google social contract. You need a review.”

            Janos, in the course of a degree in both French and Politics, I can assure you I had to read Rousseau in both parts.

            Some things go beyond the social contract, whether helping old ladies across roads or enlightened self-interest with regard to foreign peoples.

            But they are all a matter of choice. You may leave the old lady standing tremulously at the kerb or continue to use foreign aid to sell weapons to the benefit of the ‘aiding’ state, if those are your choices.

            Just as 40 years ago we had the choice between dealing with climate change or just waiting to club people trying to get on metaphorical lifeboats decades later. My personal choice is always for forward planning and enlightenment, but nobody’s every asked me.

      • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

        @GreenAlba,

        Thanks for the correction. I mixed up the Sudanese Westminster attack of 2018 with the radical Islam Westminster attack of 2017.

        In my defense, it’s difficult to keep up with all these attacks by radical Islam as there are so many of them. It’s particularly difficult when they’re both referred to as the “Westminster attack”. If you have another Westminster attack next year, consider calling it something else.

        >>> On a more general note – and not necessarily directed specifically at you, it amazes me how many times I’ve explicitly stated on here that I believe (a) that unlimited immigration into any country is not even defensible on common sense grounds, and (b) that borders matter and each country has the right to determine its own immigration policy. Yet, people continue to talk as if I had never said either of those things – and repeatedly.

        I will endeavor to remember this in the future. Honestly, I have only a vague sense of what the folks on this forum believe, and it’s usually informed by the words I’m commenting on at that time.

        >>> And I don’t like terms like ‘breeder cultures’ … I prefer terms that retain humanity

        You may consider my term “pejorative” but in fact it’s accurate and descriptive and more truthful than pretending that such cultures don’t even exist. And how is a culture that brings children into the world under horrendous deprivations an example of “humanity”?!

        What term would you use to describe a culture that places an emphasis on huge families even when they can’t afford them and maintain them through welfare and on the backs of others? Even when they’re trashing the environment and wiping out all other living things in the process? I’m willing to use the term if it’s honest and descriptive.

        >>> We wouldn’t normally describe them as ‘breeder cultures’ but I suppose that’s about times, places and skin colours.

        Cheap shot re “skin colours”. Catholics who don’t believe in birth control on religious grounds, who then go on to have numerous children at the expense of others, is a great example of breeder culture. Your religious rights don’t trump my rights to keep what I earn for *my* family. If they can afford the children and are not “on the dole”, then the term doesn’t apply.

        • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 8:42 am #

          “If they can afford the children and are not “on the dole”, then the term doesn’t apply.”

          I would add that it’s not responsible to have children that the world cannot afford, even if you are technically able to pay for their keep yourself, in the narrow sense.

          Take a rich family with six children who all run big cars and fly frequently around the globe. Let each of their six children also have six children also with fancy cars and frequent trips across the globe (and all the other trappings money can buy). Et cetera. Poor countries with vulnerable coastlines and less storm- and flood-resistant homes are also paying for those children.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 10:22 am #

            And I know that it can also work in the other direction. We are a small world.

          • Exscotticus September 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

            >>> I would add that it’s not responsible to have children that the world cannot afford, even if you are technically able to pay for their keep yourself, in the narrow sense.

            And with this one comment you managed to backpedal and inject class warfare as well.

            Poor countries are indeed vulnerable to all kinds of things. And—being vulnerable—they should take extra precautionary measures. Sadly, they do not.

            To argue that the people on, say, overpopulated Coconut Island are even indirectly subsidizing the children of the rich is just class warfare nonsense. The people on Coconut Island owe their entire existence to the wealthy. It was investment capital that created all the energy and technology that nearly all islands rely on. The inhabitants happily consume the energy and the cargo, overpopulate their environment, and then reject all responsibility for their actions.

            Who told water-clogged Bangladesh to overpopulate? Who told India to overpopulate? Who told Haiti to overpopulate? It sure as hell wasn’t “the rich”.

            Again, you seem to want a one-world government where every decision involves ensuring that the world’s most vulnerable are protected in every way. That the USA must check in with Coconut Island before any law is passed to get their blessing. That the world’s vulnerable have this entitlement to be the final arbiters of the actions of others.

            Taken to extremes (which is exactly what Progs do), this justice-as-equality-of-conditions philosophy would mean that smart people can’t have children because disadvantaged idiots don’t have the benefit of their smart genes, and will suffer when more smart people are introduced into the world. Tall people can’t have children because it upsets all the short people. Attractive people can’t have children because it upsets the uncomely. And let’s not even get into race; we’re all aware of the endless “people of color” versus caucasian conflict promolgated by those who share your views.

            The world is inherently unfair; you take the hand you’ve been dealt and you play it. Or you can pursue the alternative: war. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is the best course of action for “poor countries with vulnerable coastlines”.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

            I don’t see responsible parenthood as being ‘class warfare’, Exscotticus – I just see it as thinking about the consequences of your actions. Hence there are things I can afford to do that I decline to do – it has nothing to do with socialism or legality or asking permission of Coconut Island. And you’re not required to follow suit.

            And it doesn’t remotely mean people in poor countries (I was indeed thinking of Bangladesh rather than Coconut Island in this regard) from dealing with their populations issues, on which I entirely agree with you.

            As I pointed out before, the Trump outfit moved clothing contracts from some other not-quite-so-cheap country to Bangladesh, thereby paying 30 cents an hour for labour. So Bangladesh has its work cut out in terms of catching up and reaching the kind of prosperity levels that encourage small families. The West seems happy to condemn such countries and take full advantage of them at the same time.

            I agree you have to make the best of the hand you’re dealt. But when you get to the micro level of decision-making, decisions are often taken out of the hands of the most vulnerable. Trump ordered the end of US help for clinics providing contraception, if they had so much as a notice giving information about abortion, even if they didn’t provide it themselves. He has every right to do so, but it’s not helpful.

            “Again, you seem to want a one-world government ”

            That’s an ‘in other words’ worthy of Janos.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            Alba: The Social Contract is mandatory for any Society that would remain a Society, much as a square has to have four sides to remain a square. Whatever Rousseau said or did not say, the concept has evolved since then, but good attempt at fouling my idea.

            Ex: Libertarianism is the death of any society. The Rich do owe the poor quite a bit – just as you owe your feet. Or would prefer Black feet or Brown feet because they cost less? You may find yourself going places you didn’t intend….

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

            “Whatever Rousseau said or did not say, the concept has evolved since then, but good attempt at fouling my idea.”

            It’s hardly your idea, Janos. And as far as it goes, it has validity in many areas.

            I just said we are not obliged to be limited by it.

            Your man Kweku, or whatever his name is, was implicitly offered a type of social contract too – he didn’t abide by it, so he has to go.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

            Damn right it’s “not my idea” so why did you try to kick the ball into the rough?

            But good job at using my words to foul the “conversation”. You are a master dissembler. A gifted Marxist Commissar. Did you say you were in Publishing? Alas for Britain. Lord of the Rings could never be published today.

          • Exscotticus September 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

            “Responsible parenthood” means being able to care for your children. Stop trying to pervert this unambiguous concept to include the impact CO2-emissions will have on poor countries with vulnerable coastlines. The USA—incidentally—also has cities with vulnerable coastlines. We’ll manage our coastlines according to our laws, and other countries can manage theirs.

            It is this constant attempt to spin entitlements for favored classes, and obligations on the backs of Americans, that makes me thrilled Trump exited the Paris Agreement. We gave an inch and the world took a mile, and now they’ll get nothing at all.

            >>> But when you get to the micro level of decision-making, decisions are often taken out of the hands of the most vulnerable.

            Decisions are often taken out of the hands of the wealthy as well. And everyone in between. What’s your point? Repeat: life is unfair; deal with it.

            >>> Libertarianism is the death of any society.

            @Janos, where on earth do you even see “libertarianism” being practiced? It’s a straw man—like racist Spike Lee raging over the 0.00092 percent of America that’s affiliated with the KKK. When you locate a libertarian nation, and—moreover—one that is experiencing Venezuela-like conditions, you let us know.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

            “Lord of the Rings could never be published today.”

            What nonsense.

            It wouldn’t be published by the companies I work for, since they are STM publishers, not publishers of literature.

            I didn’t object to ‘your’ idea of a social contract – I find it entirely uncontentious. But it doesn’t cover the entirety of social reality.

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

            forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2017/07/13/the-four-most-effective-things-you-can-do-about-climate-chan…

            Relax, Exscotticus, no-one is going to make you take on responsibilities you don’t acknowledge.

            And I won’t worry about Florida.

            bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-04-19/the-nightmare-scenario-for-florida-s-coastal-homeowners

          • Exscotticus September 9, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

            @GreenAlba,

            Nations—like people—are a lottery. Arguing that advantaged nations have an obligation to sacrifice themselves for disadvantaged nations is like arguing that advantaged people have an obligation to sacrifice themselves for disadvantaged people. This is the class warfare promulgated by Socialists and most famously captured by Karl Marx’s tenet, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” It’s a form of slavery where the slaves are those with natural gifts and talents, forever working for the benefit of the less fortunate. In practice, it’s a parasitic system where hardly anyone has any incentive to work at all.

            Consider Iceland. Here’s a small island nation benefitting from their active volcanoes. It powers some of their generators and allows them to loll around in hot tubs all day long, year round. But these greenhouse-gas-spewing volcanoes pollute the shared atmosphere used by the rest of the world. In effect, we’re all marginally suffering for the benefit of a few lucky Icelanders. Moreover, the cost is real and tangible; the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption cost the world billions of dollars.

            Of course Icelanders have no control over their volcanoes; that’s not the point. The point is that they’re the only ones benefitting from the shared environmental cost. So, by your reasoning, the world should demand compensation for the pollution, yes? It’s particularly galling that some Coconut Island child’s respiratory illness on the one hand is being offset by some Icelander enjoying a hot tub soak on the other, yes?

  53. janet September 8, 2018 at 1:43 am #

    THE RESISTANCE IS FROM THE RIGHT WING

    The anonymous writer of the op-ed said the resistance inside Trump’s administration is not the same as the resistance from the political left.

    The author wrote that the resistance inside the government wants “the administration to succeed … But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”

    “That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

  54. FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2018 at 7:28 am #

    On to Idlib!

    ic.pics.livejournal.com/arguendi/47553507/3755550/3755550_800.jpg

  55. FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2018 at 7:58 am #

    The Ecumenical Patriarch is accused of heresy

    “The Orthodox world is on the verge of a grandiose split.” “Bartholomew actually endowed himself with all the rights of the Pope, that is, explicitly proclaimed heresy.”

    In such words, religious scholars comment on the words of the Patriarch of Constantinople about his supremacy over other Orthodox churches. The statement of Bartholomew has a direct bearing on Kiev’s attempt to legitimize church schismatics in Ukraine.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2018 at 8:18 am #

      Let’s start with the fact that Bartholomew is not the subject of these events, it is not he who plays them, but he is being played.

      The last five hundred years, the Patriarch of Constantinople is simply a title without filling with real power and opportunities. Now he is a civil servant of the Turkish Republic, the main cash flow comes from the flock to the United States, for many years the US and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (aka Windsor), in the person of the Duke of Edinburgh Philip, provided political cover.

      The personal spiritual authority of the incumbent Patriarch is doubtful; it is enough to look at the history of his relationship with Athos.

      Initially, there is a provocation – in the conditions of the destruction of the global world, the leveling of values, laws and regulations, the next initiative of the “Kiev religious scholars” is being launched. Bartholomew, in violation of all the canons, voiced the purely political statements placed in his mouth.

      At the heart of the events is the pressure of liberal globalists on Bartholomew’s “proposal” to transfer the department to the US, as well as Turkey’s attempt to fish in troubled waters.

      The strategy of globalists to weaken potential adversaries is understandable and logical, besides, requires minimum of resources for this, and the value of the unity of Orthodoxy for City of London and Turkey ….

      Here the principles of the Bretton Woods crumble – Trump exits from the WTO, and now this?

      Bartholomew acts as an instrument to whose fate nobody cares.

      Does he understand this – of course, he is far from being a fool and all the previous decades he was very cautious and Byzantine-cunning. Does he understand that he is being written off and forced to go against the Faith and the Canons – yes, pay attention to the text – this is not an ethnophilic heresy (the desire to build the Church not on a territorial but on an ethnic basis), this is a Papal heresy, worse would be only ecumenism.

    • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

      Are you a priest, Finca?

      Just an innocent question.

      • FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 5:30 am #

        Nope.

        But I am curious how the church intrigues affect the world politics.

        • PeteAtomic September 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

          OK, just wondering. You post a lot about church matters, so. 🙂

      • FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 6:09 am #

        Russian Orthodox Church slams Constantinople rival over Ukraine

        Moscow (AFP) – The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday slammed its Istanbul-based rival for sending representatives to Ukraine and vowed to retaliate as the two churches are locked in negotiations over Ukraine’s religious future.

        The jab comes a week after Russia’s Patriarch Kirill met with Bartholomew I of the Constantinople Church, who is expected to rule in the coming months on a Ukrainian appeal to cut spiritual ties with Moscow.

        Patriarch Kirill, who has strong connections to the Kremlin and is seen as an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is determined to prevent this from happening.

        yahoo.com/news/russian-orthodox-church-slams-constantinople-rival-over-ukraine-203709073.html

  56. FincaInTheMountains September 8, 2018 at 8:50 am #

    The fact that we discuss such matters in terms of “global economics” in the first place is a sure sign that the globalists have already won. Trump, no Trump, HRC, no HRC, Dems, Reps, Gays, Straights, Bible Toters, Pig Fuckers; all smoke and mirrors. Pick your poison and just swallow it already. We’re going down! == Scratch

    No, we aren’t!

    Today there are two scenarios for the development of the economy (both world and American). The first is the salvation of the current global financial system, through the unrestricted emission of the dollar for the survival of financial institutions that constitute its basis. This, of course, means continues regional wars and conflicts with use of US Army as a World Policeman, which could easily transform into a WWIII.

    At this scenario high inflation in the USA is inevitable, which destroys the real sector of the economy with a high level of division of labor and complex technological chains (since a price forecast is not possible in the framework of economic activity).

    The second scenario is the rescue of the real sector, which also requires emission, but controlled by the state (most likely through the budget).

    The trick is that after the meeting in Helsinki, Trump announced to international financiers an open war. He also scolded the Fed for the wrong policy with a discount rate (the day after coming from Helsinki!), and promises to withdraw from the WTO, and much more. And this means, in fact, that the economic dilemma, which the American people obviously did not understand in 2014 and in 2016, translates into an explicit, open form!

  57. tucsonspur September 8, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    I had a dream last night. That one day it was 2099 and that the swamp had long been drained and replaced with the foreboding Black Lagoon. They were all gyrating and wriggling to Prince’s never forgotten “Party like it’s 1999”.

    I had a dream. That one day his picture hung in the Oval Office, “Cory Booker Crossing the Potomac”, across from the black marble of Maxine Waters and objets d’ art of Ocasio Cortez. Where the once proud Washington monument stood was a humongous statue of Martin Luther King, on whose base was inscribed, “I Had a Dream”.

    I had a dream that my people worked the fields and orchards, and that my sons were bowed at their feet, snapping the shoeshine rag. And in the harbor of old New York stood the new Statue of Liberty, with Obama gazing over the Atlantic towards Africa and Kenya, and on whose pedestal were the prophetic words, “Yes We Can”, and “The First But Certainly Not the Last”.

    I had a dream. That one day…..

    • Tate September 8, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      “… snapping the shoeshine rag.”

      It would lend a whole new meaning to the word ‘shine.’

      • elysianfield September 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

        Tate,
        Actually a very old meaning…in the original “Mule Skinner’s Blues” was the line;

        “…Good morning Captain…Good morning Shine….”

        Check out the old Jimmie Rogers rendition of the 30’s…newer versions in the 60’s softened the rhetoric a bit….

        • Tate September 8, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

          I meant if the roles were reversed, “bottom rail on top” as they used to say.

          That Jimmy Rodgers was one-of-a-kind. A Jimmy Rodgers/Patsy Cline duet would have been interesting. Yodeling, I mean.

    • pequiste September 8, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      Tuc!

      Your nightmare vision shall haunt me the remainder of my life.

  58. Tate September 8, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Looks like some rough beast is going to have the military build that Wall.

    Woo Hoo!

    Trump says he could use the military to build the Wall if Congress won’t fund it through the budget. The Army Corps of Engineers could do the job. Pentagon officials concur with the President that they have the capability.

    Trump also said he won’t take a govt shutdown off the table if Congressional Dems continue sandbagging on immigration policies.

    • elysianfield September 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      Tate,
      Trump, before the election, told us what he was going to do, and he continues his attempts to deliver that which he promised.

      Considering his rhetoric;

      If you were roundly hated, and unremittingly savaged by all the media in a country…print and electronic, how would you get your message out…how could you be heard, let alone elected? Trump did. How?

      Richard Nixon was also hated by the press and media of his day. He knew their hatred was intractable, but he attempted to work with his enemies, by conventional means, and he failed…he was destroyed.

      Supposedly it is the height of insanity to do the same thing twice, and expect different results. Did/does Trump understand this?

      Trump’s strategy is akin to Jujitsu…use the strength of you enemy against him.

      Trump says things…simple things, but ridiculous things…things annoying, things outrageous and things stupendously ignorant… things that beg a response…and the media accommodates, and responds at great length, and with ill concealed joy. However, contained in their vilification is…the message. The core. His message gets out (Illegal Immigration is bad…build a wall) courtesy of his detractors…no cost, and apparently effective solution to handling a media that would rarely mention him otherwise, and never in a context that the unwashed would notice. He won election against a large group of more-experienced politicians. He received Billions of dollars of publicity…free publicity, and made his detractors pay for it. There will be books written on this.

      …even bad publicity is better than no publicity at all… Who said that?

      Maybe Trump is, indeed the boorish, uncouth vulgarian. But how would you know, unless you met him personally. Do you think the media would give you the truth, even if they knew it?

      • Tate September 8, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

        He is a rough beast, the same in person as in public, everyone who knows him says that. There is no doubt he is a boorish, uncouth vulgarian. More power to him!

        BTW, if he had ten Jeff Sessions, he could conquer the world. He may not realize that.

        • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

          >>> He is a rough beast, the same in person as in public, everyone who knows him says that. There is no doubt he is a boorish, uncouth vulgarian.

          I guess that’s what it takes to stand up to the Left. Lord knows we’ve tried legions of RINOs spanning decades and that hasn’t worked.

        • elysianfield September 9, 2018 at 10:38 am #

          “everyone who knows him says that.”

          Tate,
          …As reported in the MSM…. I don’t know anyone who has met Trump personally.

          • Tate September 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

            Nor do I, EF. But why would they lie about that?

            You know, people can often be judged by how their children turn out.

  59. volodya September 8, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    Helen Highwater, that’s a conundrum that’s built into the system we have now, in fact, a system that was put in place over much of the western world, which resulted in a disconnect between family income and the cost of living, You’re right of course, that if the objects people use in their everyday lives were to be made in the US, Americans wouldn’t be able to afford them.

    But, it wasn’t always thus. At a time when these everyday objects were by-and-large USA-made, or made in the western world, a working-class wage was enough to support a family in a house with a car, a telephone, TV, radio, central heating, indoor plumbing. I know this because that’s how I grew up as did a multitude of others including many readers here in CFN world.

    No more though, a working class wage can no longer support this life, a working class wage now carries a substantial risk of homelessness for a single person never mind one trying to support a family.

    The issue, as I see it, isn’t only WHERE work is being done, it’s one of income distribution. You no doubt have heard that 50 years ago an average CEO made about 20 times what an average worker earned. Now it’s hundreds of time what an average worker earns.

    Not only are objects made overseas, but these objects are STILL too expensive given the degraded state of the US economy and the ruinous financial state of the American family. That’s where the massive debt load of American households and American governments comes from, an inability to afford what was once easily pay-as-you-go.

    The imbalances built into this system of overseas production can’t be overcome without a great deal of resistance from the Oligarch class that set it up to benefit themselves and the perfumed, self-admiring bi-coastal clerisy that enables their moneyed masters. As Steve Bannon said, the aim of the Trumpians is to relocate these supply chains to the USA, to somehow recreate the world as it was two or three generations ago.

    I give it low odds that Trump will succeed, even in a small way. IMO, given that the interests of the Davos Class are at issue, and the fact that they buy and sell politicians like cattle, the financial and economic system won’t be re-formed, rather it’ll crash, maybe multiple times, because the system, as it is, is unworkable.

    Something else will take its place, that much is inevitable, something without 12,000 mile delivery routes, and, given the resources and energy it takes to create something as complex as a robot, technology that is much more manual. At least that’s how I see it.

    Remember when drills weren’t electrically driven but rather had a manual crank? My dad had a few of them. One of them is still kicking around. I think that world is where we’re headed.

    • GreenAlba September 8, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      “Something else will take its place, that much is inevitable, something without 12,000 mile delivery routes…”

      I agree with a whole big chunk of your post, Volodya, but those 12,000 mile delivery routes are exactly what you are approving with Brexit.

      And why a third runway is currently being planned for Heathrow to accommodate them. All of which will end in tears, and not just mine.

      • GreenAlba September 8, 2018 at 11:59 am #

        My dad had a brace and bit too 🙂 .

      • PeteAtomic September 8, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

        wow, interesting– 3rd runway for commercial goods? Hmm. I’d think that ships would do that job.

        You make a good point there, though. Brexit is making the UK even more of America’s little buddy then even before.

        Not sure if I wrote to you before about living in the UK. This was back when there was the whole ‘mad cow disease’ outbreak in the late 90s. I remember when going to the supermarket that the only fresh beef available was American. I found that pretty interesting. I grew up eating venison here in Minnesota, and because the beef prices were higher then I wanted to afford– I bought this venison stew as a substitute. Man, it was good! I was probably the only person buying it though in the store, LOL. Anyway, I think the same types of things will maybe happen again. You’ll see more US products. We’ll the Russians still talk about the spam that my state produced for them in WW2. Maybe the British will be the same way 🙂

        • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 6:54 am #

          I was obviously here too then, PeteA. We didn’t eat beef for many years after the BSE outbreak, which was caused by farmers feeding cows animal matter which cows shouldn’t be eating. It was thirty years ago and they know better now. You have to keep eye on farmers as some will cut corners to save money and people were happy to sell them crap to feed their cows. We STILL keep an eye on farmers and UK husbandry standards are STILL higher than in the US.

          And yes, venison’s delicious.

          But it was nothing to do with the EU – the EU wouldn’t buy ‘British beef’ either (although properly reared and ‘passported’ Aberdeen Angus cattle did rather well out of it – to this day I buy Scottish beef). The thing is that American farmers NOW, not 30 years ago, feed growth hormones to their cows, which is illegal in the EU. In terms of ‘pros’, we have a lot to be grateful to the EU for in terms of food safety and health, despite the ‘cons’ (both senses).

          And the reason those chickens have to be chlorinated before moving through the sales process is that nobody cares that much how they’re reared, so a bit of Mr Muscle does wonders to remove any surface bugs and any lingering aroma of eau de factory floor.

          Anyway, I think the same types of things will maybe happen again. You’ll see more US products.…PA

          You are exactly right – that is the whole point of Brexit as far as the leaders are concerned. We have among them investment bankers telling people to invest in the EU and not the UK, and others with serious links to American healthcare companies. Brexit is about a low regulation economy freed from the shackles of the EU and able to import American McHealthcare while asset-stripping the NHS, which will be an unnegotiable condition of any trade deal with Trump and his acolytes.

          I don’t have any objection to buying, say, an American iPod, but American cheese against French cheese? Er, no…

          And the thing is, Pete, it’s not personal or an anti-American thing for me. Aside from the food examples I mentioned (and I know there is plenty of lovely American food), it’s that you’re across an Ocean, so it makes no sense to me in energy or ecological terms. So unless you can jiggle the continents around, it’s never going to make any sense to me. The reason we trade with the EU in the first place is because it’s on our doorstep. We get lots of tomatoes from Spain (and some not quite do red ones from the UK). Why would you import them from California?

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 7:36 am #

            *not quite so red*

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 9:53 am #

            Re Brexit and airport expansion:

            telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/06/23/heathrow-boss-brexit-opportunity-catalyst/

            “Brexit is an opportunity and a catalyst’: Third runway key to global Britain…”

            Global Britain – just what we need in a world that’s going to shrink because of energy restrictions. I didn’t hear the energy or environmental question mentioned one single time in the course of the entire referendum shouting match (apart from the possibility of Westminster governments being able to destroy environmental safeguards generally once out of the EU), although Nick Clegg did keep mentioning that the reason we do 60% of our trade with the EU is because they’re right on our doorstep.

          • PeteAtomic September 9, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

            yeah I get your points there, Green. You’re totally right as well about trade, there I think. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to my, either. I don’t know a whole lot about the details of Brexit. I suppose UK will continue to trade with EU, but now it’ll be higher prices, since UK no longer part of the club (?) maybe, maybe not, I don’t know.

        • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

          “We’ll the Russians still talk about the spam that my state produced for them in WW2.”

          Oh, God, I remember spam from the 50s and 60s. ‘Meat’ in a tin.. Some things should be decently buried and left to history, PA 🙂 .

          • PeteAtomic September 9, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

            they aren’t that bad when you fry ’em as a patty. I mean, I’d prefer a nice steak, but, whatever… 🙂

          • GreenAlba September 9, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

            I seem to recall hearing about ‘spam fritters’ way back, not that I’ve had one. I think we used to have spam in sandwiches as kids occasionally!

      • malthuss September 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

        Did you catch ‘Angelas ashes?’–as a book or film?

    • Tate September 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

      “Remember when drills weren’t electrically driven but rather had a manual crank? My dad had a few of them. One of them is still kicking around.” — Volodya

      I still have one of those with a set of bits. Used it a few years back when building a retaining wall. It works fine.

  60. janet September 8, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    “Volodya, … those 12,000 mile delivery routes are exactly what you are approving with Brexit.” –GreenAlba

    Volodya also “approved” the offshoring of working class factories and jobs. Of course, now he postures as a defender of the working class. His support of anti-working class political parties is a contradiction.

  61. wm5135 September 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    The comments concerning Mr. Kavanaugh having been read and considered. it appears some would prefer to be hung with and old rope and not a new one.

    Ah yes, to be left to slowly suffocate rather than to have the neck snapped and be left unconscious. To each their own.

    “You got to reap just what you sow, that old sayin is true” Further on Up the Road

    Just how will corporations be enticed to recreate the industrial infrastructure that will allow US citizens to purchase what they make? Where is the capital to come from and who will finance the training required for an industrial workforce? Who will guarantee the profits that multinational corporations demand at this point in time? What will become of the debt that is created and remains when there are failures within the competitive capitalist system?

    Mr. Musk may have not inhaled but there is no shortage of MAGA cap wearing optimists who have.

    Or perhaps there will be government intervention into the market? I guess socialism or fascism is OK when the spoils fall to the RIGHT SIDE OF THE AISLE.

    The nation has been purposefully plundered that this may not happen. The gentlement sitting on all of the Boards of Directors who directed and oversaw the gutting of the American economy were not a bunch of libtards. Everyone is certainly within their rights to hold any opinion that suits them. Somethings are true whether one likes them or not. ALL OF THE SOCIAL BULLSHIT from the LEFT and from the RIGHT is just that – SOCIAL BULLSHIT.

    doesn’t matter the philosophy of the person who has stolen your lunch – you go not lunch einstein

    • Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

      And so have you. No one MADE the Corporations offshore our Industrial Base. They wanted cheap coolie labor in order to maximize profits. Are you fantasizing that Government made them do this? They control the Government and have for a long time.

      Illegal immigration? Same people doing the same thing. But yes, add the “Leftist” support in order to get voters. The Corporations are fine with this. Capitalism predated Communism and funded it’s rise and its war. All part of the process of recreating the World.

    • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

      >>> is certainly within their rights to hold any opinion that suits them

      To hold, perhaps, but not to disseminate. Try arguing conservative views at Berkley or many other places, and you will soon realize that there is a vast difference “between the aisles”. The Left not only “steals your lunch”, but then calls you a racist and accuses you of hate crime for even bringing up the subject.

      • janet September 8, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

        UC Berkeley just settled a free-speech lawsuit. The settlement amends campus rules to explicitly state that UC “will not deny or delay” recognition to a student group based on its purpose “or other viewpoint expressed in its application.”

        UC Berkeley, which has maintained that its rules were never influenced by any group’s political status, admitted no wrongdoing. As part of the settlement, the UC regents will pay $8,235 to the Young Americans for Liberty at UC Berkeley and its lawyers.

        • Exscotticus September 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

          That’s good news. One campus down, thousands more to go.

          I’ll believe this settlement is meaningful when Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, etc., are able to show up and speak to their audience without being intimated by the Left with threats of violence.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

            Yeah when the Campus gets tough on such thugs, as in suspension or expulsions. Or arrests in the case of violence.

  62. Janos Skorenzy September 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

    Another White Demo-Dinosaur falls to a Non-White. Couldn’t happen to a “nicer” bunch of folks. White Radials are fine with being last in line and becoming dhimmis – as long as their White enemies are destroyed thereby. Sick, Sick, Sick people. From Amren:

    In some cases, non-whites are replacing whites on tribalistic grounds. Ayanna Pressley and Michael Capuano had “similar progressive policies,” NPR’s Asma Khalid reported, so the race was about, well, race. As Miss Pressley said: “Listen, I’m not saying vote for me because I’m a black woman, but I won’t pretend representation doesn’t matter. It matters.” She also said that the majority non-white makeup of her district served as justification for “change.” White incumbent Michael Capuano said that “anybody who wants to govern this district, really has to reach out to people that don’t look like them.” That evidently didn’t help him with the voters.

    Greg Hood, yesterdays Amren

    JS: They went with Racial grievance 100% and now they are being replaced, ultimately 100%. It’s only logical. Whites are evil, they are White, so they should be voted out – even if they and the minority agree about everything. The Ideology must be in-carnated, just as they always preached a la Affirmative Action. The aeon of Hypocrisy is coming to an end. You threw your brothers under the bus and now you’re gonna join us there.

    • janet September 8, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      “so the race was about, well, race.” –janos

      It is not about race, even though you, as a proud racist, preach here every week that everything is about race, to justify your racial hatred.

      Have you seen Spike Lee’s new movie, BlacKkKlanman?

      You would like the movie. It is about your white supremacist, white nationalist, white separatist klan, anti-semitism, anti-Irish, anti-Catholic, anti-hispanic, anti-women, anti-LBGQTIA, anti-intellectual… portraying your dream of the “coming race war” … featuring David Duke, Birth of a Nation, Charlottesville, etc. … all your favorite white pride hate themes are there.

  63. Tate September 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

    wm5135,

    You seem to think that our politics are like ordering from the a la carte menu at a restaurant. If it was ever that way, it sure ain’t that way now. In fact, it’s so NOT that way, that even us yokels in flyoverland have figured out that MAGA is more of a taunt than a promise.

    • janet September 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

      Some of us were warning about Trump’s con game three years ago… but the giant urge to cast a fuck-em-all vote must have been too overwhelming. You were conned. Those who have not yet realized will wake up long before 2020.

      • janet September 8, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

        Just as Trump falsely takes claim for Obama’s 74 consecutive months of private sector job growth, Trump will be blamed for the economic collapse which JHK tells us weekly is just around the corner.

        • Tate September 8, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

          “Trump will be blamed for the economic collapse which JHK tells us weekly is just around the corner.”

          Some come for the incisive commentary & scintillating wordplay.

          I come for the lulz.

          • Walter B September 8, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

            The journey round the corner is a relative timeline, and those with limited attention spans cannot comprehend anything other than immediate gratification (that’s not you Tate, btw). The BRICS countries have been working their way out of the USD for many years now. We have all heard the dimwitted remark that they cannot crash the USD because they would lose too much themselves. Well not if they unload the damned things slowly over time they will not! This is in fact what has been in the works for years now and do we not read just about every week how some other nation has made a deal with the Saudis to NOT use the USD? Of course it has been happening and it is costing the Fed big bucks. Yes they can still print up all they need and the idiot Americans will not notice and still kill each other for a pile of the worthless green shit, but when the nations that supply us with our consumables stop taking USD’s, well then we will be really screwed.

      • elysianfield September 9, 2018 at 10:44 am #

        “the giant urge to cast a fuck-em-all vote must have been too overwhelming….”

        Janet,
        Yes, it overwhelmed the hell out of me…and the afterglow persists.

  64. janet September 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    I’m waving at the Childrens’ Hospital kids along with 79,000+ in Iowa.

  65. janet September 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    “Have you seen Spike Lee’s new movie, BlacKkKlanman?” –janet

    The film opens with a scene from Gone with the Wind, showing many of the victims of white-on-white violence that took 620,000 lives. 620,000 murders of whites by whites, making today’s Chicago look like the Garden of Eden.

    • malthuss September 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

      I usually avoid your nonsense.

      Wars have killed half a billion? How many have been killed by wars?

      • janet September 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

        I usually avoid your racist and anti-semitic nonsense, too.

        But white-on-white violence has killed millions. To give one small example, more whites were killed in 1915, when Italy declared war on the Habsburg Empire, than in the USA Civil War. Nearly 750,000 Italian troops were killed in savage, hopeless fighting on the stony hills north of Trieste. Whites are very violent.

        • pequiste September 8, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

          Janet is Racist, Sexist and quite strongly opinionated, mostly wrongly.

          For the CFNs viewing pleasure a recent encounter in the Jungle:

          youtube.com/watch?v=SO1icrPrhes

          What does this troupe sound like?

          SOunds not anything like a swamp but just like the zoo. At feeding time.

    • Exscotticus September 9, 2018 at 12:15 am #

      janet, an anti-white racist (Spike Lee) trying to lecture white America on white racism is an epic fail. If Spike Lee was truly honest and courageous, he would have made a film where both the KKK and BLM are infiltrated. He would have pointed out that he, himself, is a racist.

      As it stands, his movie is a straw man argument. Even by liberal accounts, the KKK is a bunch of unaffiliated groups that comprise around 3,000 people. That’s it. So that’s about 0.0015 percent of white (non-hispanic) America. It’s about 0.00092 percent of America as a whole. The 3000 member estimate can be off by three orders of magnitude and you still wouldn’t reach one percent. The days of tens of thousands of KKK marchers in DC in 1925 have long gone. Now, they can hardly find 50 “white nationalists” to march in the heart of “KKK country”. And when they do march, they’re outnumbered by counter protesters by a factor of 20x. The police aren’t there to protect people from the KKK; it’s the other way around.

      • elysianfield September 9, 2018 at 10:47 am #

        Exscotticus,

        Do not confuse the narrative with facts….

    • elysianfield September 9, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      ” Chicago look like the Garden of Eden”

      #Wakanda

  66. janet September 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    Jen in San Jose:

    Your comment about Kamala Harris is based on false rumors.

    “It’s true that Brown had technically been married since 1958. However, Brown and his wife “separated amicably” in 1982 — more than 10 years before his relationship with Harris began. So, claims that Kamala Harris had an affair with married man just don’t check out.

    Kamala Harris and Willie Brown made no effort to hide their relationship in the early 1990s. And, when Kamala Harris first ran for public office in 2003, her previous relationship with Brown didn’t help her chances — it actually hurt them.

    The smear tactics didn’t work. Harris won the 2003 election. But claims that she had an affair with a married man and used it launch her political star followed Harris to the national stage. Given everything we’ve covered, we’re calling those claims “mostly fiction.”

    truthorfiction.com/sen-kamala-harris-affair-married-man-used-launch-career-mostly-fiction/

    But the false rumors were used to smear Kamala, just as you, Jen, have done on CFN, distorting the truth.

  67. janet September 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

    “when the nations that supply us with our consumables stop taking USD’s, well then we will be really screwed.” –Walter B

    No, we won’t be screwed. We will be just another nation in the world community, like all the other nations who have currencies and live perfectly acceptable lives. Your American exceptionalism is strong, but not justified. When the USA is seventh or eighth in the world, instead of #1, we will be better off. If our economy crashes, it will not be the end of America. We will adjust and learn a bit of humility and be better world citizens, not #1 just as we aren’t #1 in soccer… but we can still compete for the World Cup and play competitively without the need to dominate the world economy. Let go of your obsession with US dollar dominance of the world economy. Relax.

    • Walter B September 9, 2018 at 5:53 am #

      Oh Great One, oh wise and wonderful janet, ruler of the planet, we all bow down to your omnipotence and ultimate knowledge. Now that you have successfully taken over the cellar of this blog it is time for you to move up and setup up your own blog so that we, the humble, ignorant masses may go directly to you for wisdom and enlightenment, or not.

      • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

        That was never the point. The only point is to water everyone else down. Beware the yellow rain.

  68. pequiste September 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

    Sorry to disappoint all you “dreamers” out there in the CFN. No Roto-Rooter expedition could ever find the drain plug to The Swamp. Neither plumber, nor hard hat diver; no, not even the most advanced bathyscaph vehicle with a team of Ph.D. hydraulic engineers from MIT, Cal Tech, and the U.S. Naval Academy, capable of diving to the bottom of the famed Marianas Trench, could find the damn thing let alone undo the Gordian Plug.

    Nope, the whole God-damned system is infernally clogged – and the drain plug frozen (welded actually) shut for the duration.

    It shall be notated in the Definitive History of The United States of America (which might be written by a scribe using some form of Neo-cuneiform in a radioactive clay tablet, in about 2525) that Washington. D.C. the capital of the former world super-power of the 20th and 21st centuries, United States of America, had become politically, economically, militarily, and most of all morally, like the late Roman Empire under Elagabalus (see Gibbon) . The chapter discussing the particulars was under the rubric “Washington D.C. -“The Cloaca Maxima”.

    • elysianfield September 9, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      “… U.S. Naval Academy, capable of diving to the bottom of the famed Marianas Trench….”

      Pequiste,
      Captain Walsh lives not two miles from my door….

  69. Q. Shtik September 9, 2018 at 1:10 am #

    A motorcycle changes the whole dynamic of travel in so many ways, even if it is just a weekend outing.

    When you have a bike you will inevitably find it necessary to buy some piece of bike equipment and, in fact, many pieces of bike related equipment. And when you do you will wind up on an email list and be inundated with advertising and offers that will open up a whole world you were probably not aware existed.

    And so, having purchased many hundreds of dollars worth of equipment from a company heretofore unknown to me, namely CycleGear, I receive several emails per week offering discounts on merchandise and making me aware of events whose existence I would otherwise be oblivious of. (Note: the great writers William Safire and David Foster Wallace years ago gave their imprimatur to the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence.)

    So it was, less than a week ago, I learned that a series of bike races would be taking place in South Jersey near Millville 105 miles from my home and I could purchase tickets at a 15% discount. The event spanning 3 days, Sept 7-9, is billed as 2018 MotoAmerica Championship of New Jersey. One could attend any one day, two days or all three.

    I began tracking the weather forecasts for the weekend dates of Sept 8 and 9 and they were looking to be excellent. Temps around 72 degrees and low probability of rain. I bought a ticket for Sat. 9/8. As the week wore on the chance of rain worsened (i.e. became greater) so when I finally got myself ready to go at 11 AM there was already a light rain. But I was committed. $37 and change had been charged on my card and, by God, I was going.

    These kinds of outings on my bike always put my wife in a state of fear for my life and now to make matters worse I would be riding in rain. We have an established routine where she helps me as I back the bike out of the garage, get it turned around facing down the driveway, put on my helmet, activate the BlueTooth device, set up my cell phone GPS, pull on my gloves and finally, kiss my wife because in her heart of hearts she suspects there is a good chance this might be our last kiss.

    After the smooch I began to chuckle and she said “What?” What’s funny? I pulled myself together and plastered on a serious look and said “If anything happens to me I want you to remember ‘it’s trash on Mondays and recyclables on Tuesdays.'” She rolled her eyes back in her head.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 1:27 am #

      Confusing. Did you take the train to the races? Or ride to them? And did you participate in them, perhaps in the senior citizen division?

      • Q. Shtik September 9, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

        Janos, you need to work on your reading comprehension skills.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

          Ah, now I see. Your tickets were for the racing days. The plural should have made it clear. Forgive me, it was late.

          What about your motel? How was it? How much?

          I strongly approve of your new hobby. Most retirees don’t have the elan vital to take up such an entirely new thing. Next year you may well “find” yourself racing.

          • Q. Shtik September 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

            What about your motel? How was it? How much? – Janos

            ==========

            There was no motel. I returned home the same day, still through a light rain. Total elapsed miles for the day, 226.

    • San Jose September 9, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      Married women have a little mind game called “Worst Case Scenario” when their loved ones head out on adventures. I know–because I’m a worrier.

      If my husband wants something controversial, he starts out by saying, “I’m thinking of getting a motorcycle.” I turn white in the face, then he asks for what he really wants, and whatever he asks for seems safe in comparison!

      Jen

  70. FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 4:50 am #

    Media and the commentariat no longer determine public opinion

    The economy hums. Trump keeps us out of foreign entanglements. Wages increase. America’s traditional meritocracy replaces the Democrats’ grievance-based society. Life happens.

    Muted televisions in airports and hotel lounges, which still carry CNN and its angry commentators out of habit, are blissfully ignored as life happens.

    Most people outside the swamp either know what the media is up to or just don’t care anymore.

    nationalinterest.org/feature/why-trumps-record-trumps-medias-spin-30757

  71. FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 5:22 am #

    Donald Trump is quietly buying back Treasury bonds on the cheap

    economist.com/buttonwoods-notebook/2016/05/06/donald-trump-wants-to-buy-back-treasury-bonds-on-the-c…

    Perhaps the biggest grievance of American Deep State against President Trump which NEVER gets coverage in the media is his policy of buying back Treasury bonds.

    One of the pillars of American fiscal policy after the victory in the Cold War was NEVER, EVER buy back US Treasury bonds, e.g. never pay on its debts.

    Why else America invests so much money in military presence all over the world – the fleets of air carriers, military bases, demonstrating its trigger-happiness to go to war anywhere on the globe on a whim? After all, American post-WWII mentality that US could withstand any conflict on their island, while the rest of the world is engulfed in flames.

    It is no longer the case.

    Americans can no longer expect to view the next war on CNN screens and not through the windows of their living room.

    Russia and China hold the biggest military exercises for decades

    Starting on 911, Russia will hold joint military exercises with China, advertised as the biggest war games for decades. To be held in eastern Siberia, Vostok-2018 will feature 300,000 Russian troops—a third of the country’s armed forces—1,000 aircraft, 36,000 tanks and armoured vehicles. The Russians will be joined by 3,200 Chinese troops and 900 tanks and armoured vehicles.

    economist.com/europe/2018/09/08/russia-and-china-hold-the-biggest-military-exercises-for-decades

  72. FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 5:39 am #

    Why were thorium reactors not used again? == BornToKill

    The obvious answer to this question is that this technology would mean a tremendous shift in current allocation of wealth and power.

    That’s why the mainstream propaganda is trying to substitute the real solutions to world energy problem (as well as greenhouse gas) with non-workable “green energy” solutions.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      By the way, mastering of this technology, probably with the state participation like in Manhattan project, could turn US and Russia into a very wealthy nations without constant threat of using military force.

      Currently only Uranium 235 could be used for energy generation after expensive process of purifying, and U-235 reserves are getting exhausted.

      U-238 in nature is 99 times more than U-235, currently goes to waste.

  73. FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 7:44 am #

    Regarding Russian “Meddling” in American Democracy

    Where did the Russian oligarchs of the late 1990s come from?

    They were picked up by American Chicago boys in the early 1990s. And I remind you that history of the Russian Federation is based on 10 thousand American advisers who sat in all the ministries and departments of Russia.

    And the main criterion that was used by Chicago boys in picking the “oligarchic talent” was level of hatred of potential candidates toward historical Russia and its people and their readiness to betray their country.

    • sprawlcapital September 9, 2018 at 8:08 am #

      Finca, I can’t say that your comments are always fascinating and extremely useful, but this one is.

      On a similar topic, I have tremendous respect for Dmitry Orlov, but with his recent statement that Sen. John McCain caused the 1967 Forrestal fire with a deliberate wet start of his jet aircraft, he seems to have gone off the rails. The fact check sites I have read persuade me that McCain was not at fault.

      A wet start means the combustion chamber of the engine is flooded with fuel before switching on the ignition. A large flame and noise results. It can happen accidentally or on purpose.

      • FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 8:47 am #

        The only reason for a “wet start” is to show off, which young McCain, the son and grandson of US Admirals, definitely was.

        In Russia, there is a similar phenomenon of sons of powerful Russian oligarchs or government official buying fancy cars and causing mayhem on the roads.

        In Russia they are called majors and are being universally hated by the Russian public.

      • Fincal is an expert on Russia because he’s paid in rubles.

        Get your heads out of your asses guys

      • sprawlcapital September 9, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

        Clarification:
        Dmitry Orlov did not specifically state that a wet start caused the Forrestal fire. A comment on his blog post of August 28 contained that accusation.

  74. sprawlcapital September 9, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Thank you for using the term “defcon”, Jim. I was not familiar with this until a few minutes ago. The term, short for defense readiness condition, is always used with a number from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most dangerous–the preparation for immediate nuclear war. I think you were referring to Defcon 1.

    The Defcon system is a way for bureaucrats to manage insanity.

  75. Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Serena went into a roid rage. It turns out that she may well actually be female. In order to facilitate the cult of the Black Woman, she, her sister, and Simone Biles got special permission to use forbidden substances.

    businessinsider.com/russian-hack-serena-venus-williams-simone-biles-exemptions-banned-drugs-2016-9

    Her opponent, knowing the score, apologized for winning – just as Whites have been doing for generations. What a horrible thing. Another interesting angle, though Japanese, she’s not Japanese but rather a “Blasian” or Black/Asian hybrid.

  76. Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

    Twentieth century conservatives were not conservative, because they did not want to conserve the European people and their ancient faith. They wanted to conserve the democratic system which is the other side of the Marxist coin. Hegel saw the thesis and the anti-thesis going on forever, but Marx put an amen to that process. Once ‘the people’ came into their own, history was at an end. You can’t oppose a government of the people, because ‘the people’ are the government; they are the end of the thesis and anti-thesis process. That is the Jacobin, Marxist, democratic system. By the late 20th century and through the 21st century, the liberals have clung to that view of ‘the people,’ with one significant change. Now ‘the people’ are the colored races only; whites cannot be ‘the people.’ That ideology has turned the liberals into mystics. They are currently, en masse, involved in a Gnostic leap of faith. They believe that they can transfer their minds into the bodies of the colored heathens and live their lives through the colored races. If you look at the passion with which the liberals involve themselves with the non-white races, particularly the black race, you can see the Gnostic transformation at work. The white grazer does not believe in the Gnostic transformation with the passion of the mad dog liberal, but he does believe in democracy, which the liberals invoke whenever the grazer starts to question the negro-worshipping premises of liberalism. Which brings us back to the question that will determine the destiny of the white race. Will the European people ever have a crisis of faith, will they ever cease to believe in democracy?

    From Cambria Will Not Yield, September 8, “Our Hope and Our Faith”

    • Q. Shtik September 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      The white grazer does not believe in the Gnostic transformation – Janos

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

      Two questions:

      Please explain in Standard American English:

      . Who or what is a “white grazer?”

      . What is “Gnostic transformation?”

      • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

        A white grazer is a sheep or to use the plural, sheeple. They believe in things like Obama and the Democratic Party or McCain and the Republicans. Global Warming. That Blacks are Americans in any sense beyond the legal. Stupid stuff in other words.

        Gnostic Transformation? What does Meester Jeem (as Ozone says) mean by it? He usually references the desire to transcend binary gender. This writer is referring to the desire to overcome all racial designations as a means of destroying the separate races.

    • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

      Janos, pour vous.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

        Yes, a classic. Do you think it’s a good thing or a bad thing? Crumb wrote it as a joke, but many Blacks would welcome such a thing. Or don’t you know that?

        • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

          I knew you would like it.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

            In other words, you like it (because you want it to happen) but you can’t consciously accept that (because it conflicts with you nice guy self image) so you project your liking onto me.

            I do like it – because I think it’s accurate. Might happen? It already has locally. It happens a hundred time a day. Blacks are bad for Whites. What could be simpler?

        • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

          What do I think? If I can buy pills on E-bay that will turn my skin black I’m going to take them is what I think. I’ll go black and won”t come back.

  77. Q. Shtik September 9, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    Here is the first sentence of the infamous anonymous NYT Op-Ed piece:

    “The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay.” Note the word rare.

    I have been reading the NYT a long time and no section more than the Op-Eds. I cannot recall EVER seeing one published anonymously. Can someone here (perhaps janet, who seems to know everything) tell me how often this has happened in, say, the past 50 years of Times history? And when was the last previous occasion? And what was the subject matter?

    To allow anonymity in an Op-Ed piece strikes me as having a great potential for mischief.

    • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

      Sort of like anonymity here. A great potential for mischief!

    • Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

      Indeed Q, indeed. Thus General Bedford Forrest disbanded the Klan since it had accomplished its great work of putting down Negor Terror and criminal elements were beginning to enter in. As he said, masked men were not accountable to civil society. Unfortunately, other Klans sprang up, not all were bad, but mischief and evil did result. Central Authority had failed the People and thus they grasped at freedom eagerly and clumsily, and yes, with a desire for vengeance at times.

      On the other hand, the secret ballot is one of the pillars of Civil Society. The freshmen will have trouble reconciling these contraries. The upperclassmen none at all.

    • Q- Allow me as a regular- daily, in fact, reader of the New York Times, to answer. Yes. It has occured before. No I do not recall.

      Its not surprising at all. Pseudonymous editorials as well.

      The daily editorial I guess, is almost anonymous, being an uncredited piece attributed only to the Board. (which, I rarely read, frankly)

      • Q. Shtik September 10, 2018 at 12:03 am #

        The daily editorial I guess, is almost anonymous, being an uncredited piece attributed only to the Board. (which, I rarely read, frankly) – Snak Pack

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

        I too rarely read it since it is invariably grotesquely left-leaning.

  78. FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    The News Tape as a Tin Can and the Artistic Truth of the Rumors as a Can Opener, p.2

    I’m very sorry that I have to write about the can of news and the artistic truth of the rumors on Sunday, but during these couple of days the church news began to resemble the news, not even from Donetsk, but from Idlib, Syria (see my posts above regarding Constantinople Patriarch), and now I can not write anything blessed and spiritual.

    I am very disappointed that my predictions about the outbreak of the World Civil War into a religious war were justified so quickly, but the most interesting is that, looking back over the last few days, I come to the conclusion that the can of news that are still relevant today despite they are almost 2-weeks-old, it is a completely Sunday Christian affair to tell about a miracle that happened before our eyes, and only the turbidity of sight prevents us from seeing it.

    And now to the question of the relevance of the news almost two weeks old, which I consider a tin can containing other, much more important and optimistic news, which is a description of a miracle.

    So on August 21, the head of the Trump election campaign, Paul Manafort, who never betrayed Trump, was found guilty of crimes based on the evidence completely fabricated by President of Ukraine Poroshenko personally, and former Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen betrayed Trump by concluding a deal with the “justice” represented by New York prosecutors, which after that became a household name, meaning law enforcement officers who sold themselves with their giblets to Hillary Clinton.

    As a result of this deal, Michael Cohen gave testimony on Trump, according to which the future president, shortly before the election, instructed him to pay 130,000 dollars to porn actress Stormy Daniels for refusing to publish the book “How I fucked Donald Trump”, and, New York prosecutors state, Trump’s crime is that he compensated the lawyer for the costs of this case with fees in other cases, and the money paid by Stormy Daniels is an illegal contribution by Michael Cohen to the election campaign of the Donald Trump.

    And that nonsense would be ridiculous if Trump a few days after the arrest of his lawyer was not forced to strike at Syria, and this was really the beginning of the Fourth World War (the Third was Cold), and not a pretend missile hit like in 2017.

    All Hell broke loose! “Trump’s end has come, he must be impeached, his rule must be annulled, all orders canceled and all references to Trump to be erased from US archives!”

    It’s like not Trump but Akhenaton!

    But these were articles and reports in everyday newspapers and television programs, which should be a bit out of place, and a sensible approach should be demonstrated by Sunday’s political reviews, and on Friday evening Trump gave an interview in which he said he did not care about this deal of his former lawyer, but did not rule out his impeachment, despite the fact that he said “that he is a very successful president, especially in the field of economics,” and the head of his legal group Giuliani on Saturday from the golf course warned CNN viewers that the supporters of Trump’s will rebel in case of impeachment.

    youtube.com/watch?v=AxR8lYR9I74

    But then McCain said that he was tired of the treatment and died the next day, and 75% Sunday broadcasts were devoted to McCain’s death and imminent impeachment and the threat of civil war were barely mentioned.

    And on Monday the scandal disappeared somewhere or rather crawled under the carpet and softly yelped and squealed from there until the next Sunday came and the Sunday political reviews were again devoted to McCain, this time to his funeral.

    And about the threat of civil war, again, almost nothing was said! Nothing! On the four main political programs!

    And McCain’s daughter in a farewell speech rolled the ball into Trump’s penalty area, and the fact that he had not struck Hillary Clinton for the past week means that this kick from the penalty box is prepared for an after-penalty shoot-out or the removal of the goalkeeper by a Trump-friendly judge, who plays the role of a joker in this whole game.

    And I’ll write more about this in a separate post as well as about the saboteur’s letter published in the New York Times, as these two news are part of another news tin can.

    So, the rumor that I’m going to use as a can opener, in the first 90% goes with this clip youtube.com/watch?v=AxR8lYR9I74 , and secondly it is not a rumor, but a purposive leak of those who led Trump to power, and sounds like this:

    (to be continued)

    • K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

      I hope you are not insulting Akhenaton, he’s a hero of mine. He tried to make some improvements and the deep state screwed him. A story for the ages and we can be sure he was not the first to be so screwed.

      • FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

        Forget Akhenaton, I mentioned him just to show off, we have a bigger fish to fry!

  79. FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

    The News Tape as a Tin Can and the Artistic Truth of the Rumors as a Can Opener, p.2(cont)

    …a purposive leak of those who led Trump to power, and sounds like this:

    0. In these elections, the party machine of a democratic party and a deep state will fully control the US electoral system and, as a result of midterm elections in November, will gain decisive control over the House of Representatives, and a large proportion of Republican senators have long been recruited by Hillary Clinton.

    1. After Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, one of the Democrats representing New York State will resign. In the rumor it is specifically mentioned that young aspiring witch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, about whom I wrote in the past, which incidentally explains the presence in the third video of Bernie Sanders and the McCarthy-style gibberish that he was forced to say there.

    2. The Governor-Democrat from the State of New York, Cuomo will nominate Hillary Clinton for the vacated space.

    3. Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will elect Hillary Clinton as the Speaker of the House, which will make her the third in the succession line to the post of US president.

    4. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be impeached in an expedited manner, which will automatically make Hillary Clinton 46 US President.

    5. According to her order, more than 50 destroyers of the “Arleigh Burke” type will enter the Black Sea, which effectively deprives Russia of the opportunity to inflict unacceptable damage to the United States with a retaliatory strike after an instantaneous global strike by high-precision weapons on the starting positions of Russian missiles and command centers.

    Well, with the first point, everything is crystal clear: after the Clintonoids forced Sanders to carry McCarthy’s crap, sitting next to the young witch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, unexpectedly won the nomination in New York, Trump felt it necessary to communicate in this way the supporters of Sanders, whose Democratic Party nomination in 2016 Bastinda brazenly stole and this caused many of them to vote for Trump and listen to Alex Jones, that Alexandria Okasio-Cortez is one of the Flying Hillary’s monkeys, which I personally guessed myself simply because of her demeanor.

    The second point is a similar message from Trump supporters that the brain-center of Clintonoids, possibly replacing Hillary, is New York Governor Cuomo.
    The third and fourth points are a warning to the not entirely ordinary supporters of Trump that one should not pay attention to the President’s mention of the possibility of impeachment – he needs these references so that his supporters will not calm down and appeared in November in polling stations in the number of not less than in 2016.

    And the same goal is served by the mention of Hillary Clinton as a potential president, since such a prospect mobilizes Trump’s supporter better than Trump himself with his acting talents and undoubtedly striking economic successes. Well, the fifth means another extremely clear warning that if points 3-4 do not work, then a very large northern animal – Polar Fox – will come for all, since if Hillary wins in November, then she will not rest with impeachment and she will start a nuclear war.

    Well, remembering the War of the Roses and returning to the above-mentioned clip, largely the primary source of these rumors, I want to say that the most striking fact of American politics is the complete ignoring of Mormon accusations in the support of Hillary Clinton from anti-Christian considerations, that, apparently, caused several hysterical demands of the head of Mormons to prohibit the use in the public space of this name of this um … religion.
    And the stupor of the Clinton media for two weeks means not only that they did not receive any orders from Hillary or Cuomo during this rather long period, but also that ordinary members of this … hmm … sect of witnesses of Hillary Clinton accepted the warnings of Trump and Giuliani seriously and suddenly realized that if Bastinda, the Great and Terrible, were victorious in November, they would face a civil war with millions of angry supporters of the Second Amendment, and in case of loss, the responsibility for participating in an attempt to overthrow the legally elected president of the US, which is called Treason in the US Criminal Code.

    And half of the news this week, is a reaction to the aforementioned awareness by the ordinary Clintonoids of their position, that is, an attempt to divert their attention from those news that were never discussed in the media due to such “timely” death of McCain, suggesting that for evil its adepts are very much expendable.

  80. Janos Skorenzy September 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    Newsweek:

    Speaking to reporters on Air Force One Friday, President Donald Trump said if Congress won’t fund Homeland Security to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, he would do so using military funding.

    The president also would not rule out the possibility of a partial government shutdown, despite acknowledging it could hurt Republicans in the midterm elections.

    “We have two options: we have military and we have Homeland Security,” Trump said. “I’d rather get it through politically, I’d rather get it through Congress. If we don’t, I’m looking at that option very seriously.”

    JS: I love my President. But I’ll swear Eternal Loyalty if he goes ahead and does this.

    Breaking on Infowars: American forces bombing Syrian forces in defense of ISIS. Phosphorous bombs – is this considered a “chemical” (everything is chemical) weapon? Fucking Trump, STAND up ALL of the Deep State. And yes, that means the Zionists.

  81. FincaInTheMountains September 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation confirms that two US F-15 aircraft attacked with phosphorus munitions in the Deir ez Zor province on September 8, said Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko, head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in the Syrian Arab Republic.

    Attacks were inflicted on the settlement of Hajin. As a result of the attack, strong fires broke out.

    The use of weapons using white phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the 1949 Geneva Convention, and considered to be Weapons of Mass Destruction, he added.

    Why Deir ez Zor, the action is way west, in Idlib??

  82. Tate September 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Filipino President ‘Flips’ Duterte said in a speech in Israel last week that Filipino women were getting raped in Davao City because they were beautiful. Or at least a lot of them are, the ones who are getting raped, that is.

    That didn’t earn the approval of the Filipino left-wing GABRIELA Women’s party. Far from it as a matter of fact. (GABRIELA stands for General Assembly Binding Women for Reform Integrity Equality Leadership & Action.)

    The party released a statement criticizing Duterte for his “festering mouth.” It claims that rape is caused by ‘rape culture’ rather than by physical beauty. It says that a woman has the right to withhold ‘consent’ at any time, even right up to the moment of penetration, otherwise the episode must be classified as ‘rape.’

    Gabriela added that Duterte’s defense of his “maniacal rants only highlights the height of his irresponsible chauvinism and misogyny, drawing a very dangerous line between freedom of expression and kamanyakan (being a maniac).”

    Duterte defended himself by citing his freedom of expression.

    “They would say again I am a misogynist…There are many rape cases in Davao. I said ‘perhaps there are many beautiful womein in Davao.’ I did not say all of them were raped,” Duterte said, eliciting laughter from the audience.

    “But you are almost mesmerized or tempted. That’s how you control yourself. It is a democracy. Freedom of expression,” he added.

    Duterte didn’t mention that 300 pound 45 year old smelly lesbians with tats & nose-rings are not getting raped any where near as often as petite 100 pound beauty contestants with nice racks & curvy bottoms.

    • Q. Shtik September 10, 2018 at 12:15 am #

      That last line made me LOL.

  83. K-Dog September 9, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    Ok, so I had tried emailing the oil clip to myself yesterday. A You – Tube clip starting at the right place in the Joe Rogan interview but the link got altered. I’ll assume by my email police. Instead I searched high and low to find a description of what I wanted in the interview but I can’t find it in a copy of the interview I receive online now. Perhaps someone can help. Micro-censorship, it is totally diabolical.

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk this week gave an impassioned speech arguing against the further use of fossil fuels.

    Unfortunately, his plea to stop burning carbon in its various forms was lost in a cloud of smoke.

    In an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Thursday, Musk called the ongoing use of fossil fuels “an insane experiment” and called for humanity to speed up the adoption of sustainable energy sources to replace them.

    “We’re really playing a crazy game here with the atmosphere and the oceans,” Musk said. “We’re taking vast amounts of carbon from deep underground and putting this in the atmosphere — this is crazy. We should not do this. It’s very dangerous.”

    However earnest Musk’s plea might have been, it was largely ignored afterward. His interview with Joe Rogan has become notorious because during it he smoked pot on camera — a single puff, taken in California where recreational cannabis use is legal under state law.

  84. janet September 9, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

    Janos, infowars/alex jones is FAKE NEWS.

    The US Command has bluntly warned Moscow and Damascus to ‘back off’.

    “The US does not require any assistance in our efforts to destroy ISIS in the At Tanf deconflicition zone and we advised the Russians to remain clear,” General Brown told the Los Angeles Times.

  85. janet September 9, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

    The Russian bears better back off or meet the fate of the Chicago Bears defeat at the hands of Green Bay’s Aaron Rogers playing on one leg. The US military only needs one leg to defeat Putin’s small regional player country with a weak economy. You would think Russia would have learned its lesson with the collapse of the Soviet Union and defeat of the Russian military by the jihadists in Afghanistan.

    • elysianfield September 10, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      USA, Usa, usa, us….

  86. janet September 9, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

    I solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution and to protect the United States from all enemies, foreign (ISIS) and domestic (Trump) using always nonviolent methods consonant with kumbaya. Semper Fi!

    • janet September 10, 2018 at 12:03 am #

      Follow the money! (money laundering that is)

      Demand Trump release all his tax returns showing Russian mafia collusion with Trump real estate business. Follow the money… or just wait for Mueller to release documentation after the midterms, but before year’s end, of 400 crimes committed by Trump with the Russian crime families to launder stolen monies. (In addition to criminal collusion with Russia to undermine American democracy to become an illegitimate president)

  87. janet September 10, 2018 at 12:14 am #

    No ban. No wall.

    Legalize the 11 million. Legalize the DACA kids.

    Reunite parents with kids separated from them.

    Abolish ICE. Increase the number of legal immigrants through increased diversity lottery, increased chain migration, increased refugee admissions, etc. Open the borders to the land of the free and home of the brave … open the borders to those yearning to breathe free.

    • Q. Shtik September 10, 2018 at 12:41 am #

      Open your front door and we’ll have them all come in and sleep on your couch.

      • janet September 10, 2018 at 12:55 am #

        Promise? And they will all be legalized and given immediate citizenship so they can work and vote? Net benefit for the nation. Glad to help out… if citizenship is immediately granted. No more renting cheap foreign labor.

  88. janet September 10, 2018 at 12:51 am #

    Little Kim to Trump: When I want a military parade I get a military parade. I am not weak. I have control over my military.

  89. FincaInTheMountains September 10, 2018 at 3:33 am #

    The Russian bears better back off… The US military only needs one leg to defeat Putin’s small regional player country with a weak economy…

    As I said!

    Nagging Jane will get you into war with Russia in no time.

  90. FincaInTheMountains September 10, 2018 at 3:53 am #

    Russia’s Suez Canal? Ships start plying a less-icy Arctic, thanks to climate change

    washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russias-suez-canal-ships-start-plying-an-ice-free-arctic-thanks-to-c…

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    […] Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com, Quite a hot time in the ole Swamp this week, with the gators, ‘possums, snakes, and snappers roiling the filthy waters to a bloody froth in the battle for supremacy of the food chain. The Swamp even has its own version of Bigfoot, the Golden Golem of Greatness. Lumbering and garrulous, unlike his shy cousin of the Oregon forests, the flaxen-haired giant plies the sloughs, oak domes, and cypress hammocks desperately seeking respect. His bellowing can be heard each night through the din of chittering insects, croaking bullfrogs, laughing anhingas, and the baying bloodhounds at his heels, as he searches for the fabled drain-plug that might convert this treacherous ecology into an upland peaceable kingdom. Source: GrrrGraphics.com Many forces are vectoring toward Defcon this autumn with an effect that may amplify the individual power of each and reach a critical mass that could just blow the Swamp to soggy bits. The Prog-led “Resistance” turned the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing into a swampish circus, complete with shrieking clowns Kamala Harris and Corey Booker trying out their 2020 election acts. Their antics are almost certainly in vain, since the sides are pre-decided and the votes are there to approve Mr. Kavanaugh, no matter how many faces they pull. Source: MichaelPRamirez.com The mere prospect of Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court has induced a fever fugue in Progville that resembles those end-of-the-world apocalyptic visions in Medieval scripture. Yet to come perhaps: fainting spells, ghost sightings, infestations of biting insects, St. Vitus Dance, speaking in “tongues,” visitations of succubi, and other signs that the hosts of Beelzebub are afoot. This inflamed rabble becomes more dangerously delusional each week as the witches fly over Washington. No need to even hunt for them anymore. They’re out in broad daylight. Source: MichaelPRamirez.com With the Resistance this unhinged, and a growing roster of midterm election candidates espousing childish, otherwordly utopian fantasies, even Republicans begin to look like sober adults. Meanwhile, worms are stirring in the compost heap known as the Mueller investigation. It is reported today that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been spending time in a grand jury. Months, it turns out! Who woulda thunk that? And who, exactly, convened this body? Well, it must have been someone in the federal Justice Department, but supposedly the chief there, Jeff Sessions, has long recused himself from involvement in the Russia “matter,” since he is on the record as having held conversations with persons of the Russian persuasion. Must have been his deputy, then, (((Rod Rosenstein))), on referral from the Inspector General, Mr. (((Horowitz))). The question is: is this a genuine seeking for truth in the FBI’s machinations during and after the 2016 election? Or is it a Rosenstein-managed ruse in a much broader cover-your-ass operation in the ole “modified-limited-hangout” sense coined by Nixon aide Chuck Colson back in the long-ago Watergate swamp draining operation? Source: MichaelPRamirez.com There is now a clear evidence trail about eight-lanes wide detailing Russian collusion of the Democratic Party, the Hillary Campaign, the FBI / DOJ, plus a caravan of Robert Mueller aides, adjuncts, colleagues and former trainees. They are all mixed up with a cavalcade of events weaving through more than one Clinton investigation (and its damage control operations), and they need to appear before grand juries too. Many, I suspect are criminally culpable and will end up in the slammer. Perhaps even ole Horse-face himself, grave and aseptic as he may seem. I’ve caught two of Trump’s rallies the past week or so. His freestyling babble at the podium makes me wish I could wave a magic wand and just make him vanish in a cloud of orange vapor, or perhaps turn him into Richard Nixon. (Doesn’t all this make you nostalgic for ole Nixie?) He can’t shut up about the economic miracles that he has wrought with his mighty “stable genius” brain. Perhaps he has not noticed that the money system is crumbling all around the world at the margins. If he does not understand that this rot eventually must reach the center, then he has washed down too many cheeseburgers with his own Kool Aid. Having taken ownership of all this lock, stock, and barrel, then he is perfectly situated to be blamed when the honey-wagon of algo trading robots turns south and whatever remains of the world’s hot money, including the US dollar, goes up in smoke. If it coincides even bluntly with the mid-term election, then we will find ourselves living through Civil War Two. […]

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