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It’s beginning to look a little like The Day the Earth Stood Still out there, with Devin Nunes in the Klaatu role, roiling the Earthlings into a frothy hysteria as they attempt to defend their puny empire of errand boys, grocery clerks, and elected buffoons. At dawn’s early light, we await The Memo.

The New York Times was running veritable Chinese fire drills on its front page this morning denouncing The Memo in advance, shrieking about the end of the Republic, with the laughable caveat that… “None of this is to say the F.B.I. and the rest of the federal law enforcement apparatus should be immune from criticism or reform.” The Times editorial did not go into any detail about what exactly might invite that reform — like perhaps one top-rank agent telling another one that the “loathsome” president had to be gotten rid of at all costs.

The casual observer — say, one who is immune to the charms of Donald J. Trump — can’t fail to notice that there is a bit more smoke emanating from the upper echelons of the FBI than has yet been seen in the sludgy narrative called “Russian Meddling in the 2016 Election.” Going into two years of that yarn, not one concrete detail has emerged. Meddled how? For all the “we now know” talking points uttered by Grand Inquisitor Rachel Maddow, it seems to me that we now know next to nothing about “collusion” between Russians and Trump, while we know a great deal about the indelicate behavior of FBI officers in important positions with grave responsibilities — government agents with the power to wreck lives — who cooked up an enormous hysteria in the body politic.

The situation certainly puts the nation in a quandary. An uncouth and ridiculous President called forth to battle a vicious, dishonest, bureaucracy and in particular its gigantic, out-of-control “security” apparatus, which appears to have been hijacked by politically interested parties — namely, the minions of Hillary Clinton. You have been reminded here before that history is the supreme prankster. In Fourth Turning terms, the poor old disintegrating USA pined for a “gray champion” and all it got was this booby prize: a Manhattan real estate schmikler with a mean streak. Well, that’s how things roll in a long emergency. And this might only be the beginning of it.

In any case, it appears that the FBI, in the hallowed words of Ricky Ricardo, has got some ‘splainin’ to do. Recall, it was not so long ago that the FBI was run by a cross-dressing maniac addicted to blackmail, so let’s not act as if the agency was something that the Lord Yahweh brought into being on the fifth day of creation, after the lobsters and the cockateels. Granted, J. Edgar Hoover was a hard act to follow, but we are now, evidently, living in an age of even lower men (and women, to be fair).

CNN reminded viewers relentlessly last night that The Memo was sure to be a disappointment, a “nothingburger,” for a nation that expects a righteous half-pound beef patty with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and special sauce on a sesame bun. Personally, I expect something more like a three-day-old dead carp in a plain brown wrapper. Maybe “the Resistance” will try to make gefilte fish out of it, which is a burger of sorts: chopped meat, anyway.

Meanwhile, we await the report of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who has been rooting around in the same burger den as the House and Senate committees, questioning the same cast of characters. The DOJ report is liable to be more damaging than The Memo. The whole nasty gumball of suspicion and innuendo seems destined to climax in a constitutional crisis. Ludicrous as it seems — like some rogue army out of the stupid Star Wars epic — the “Resistance” bethinks itself the nation’s savior. In the best American tradition, they’ll burn the joint down in order to save it.


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  1. hmuller February 2, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    The “Russian Meddling in the 2016 Election.” narrative is as shabby, tattered, and worn out as Anderson Cooper’s sphincter. Yet it just keeps going and growing.

    • outsider February 2, 2018 at 11:10 am #

      Just like hockey-masked Jason Voorhees in the “Friday the 13th” franchise, nothing can kill it.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter February 2, 2018 at 11:40 am #

      LOL!

      And might I add, just as full of feces!

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    • shotho February 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      His sphincter?

    • PeteAtomic February 2, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

      ha ha ha

      wow what an allusion there

    • ffkling February 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

      It finally happened on January 23, 2018. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern puma officially extinct, removing it from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

      And a big thanks to all you Republicons for your unwavering efforts to repeal and relegate to the trash bin of history the job-killing Endangered Species Act. Fortunately, Republicons have vowed to eliminate the act prior to the end of President Dump’s first term.

      I have no doubt there’s a special place in the afterworld reserved for you. I can’t think of more deserving people.

      God bless you and God bless the USA.

      Fuckfaces.

      • hmuller February 12, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

        Here are some facts from animals24-7.org/2018/01/23/eastern-puma-declared-extinct-but-did-it-ever-really-exist/

        1) The last confirmed sighting of an eastern puma was in 1938.
        2) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service first concluded that the species was extinct back in 2011,
        3) The “species” never really existed as different from the surviving western pumas. The term identified its geographical range, not distinct DNA.

        You sound like a very ignorant person who grasps for any excuse to vent hatred for Trump and Republicans. Since it was concluded the eastern puma was extinct in 2011, blame Obama!

  2. pequiste February 2, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    However exciting this seems, this is just a diversion: Government organs interfering in internal elections; impropriety and illegalities abound; lying; crimes, misdemeanors, and coverups; treason against the citizens and Constitution!

    This weekend’s Superbowl is what’s important here all you patriotic “Murican lumpenproles and spectators.

    I want to see if Mrs. Clinton gets implicated in all this – that will be the acid test for the gravity of this affair.

    What will historians call this episode? ” The Day The FBI Stood Still?”

    Whatever the title shall be: Let the shit hit the fan already.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      Where are Michael Renny and Rod Serling when you need them? Still stuck in elevators and reruns?

  3. bukowskisghost February 2, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    It took WW II to finally convince the British that they were no longer a super power. We like to do it here from the inside out. THAT is American exceptionalism .

    • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      “It took WW II to finally convince the British that they were no longer a super power.”

      Sadly, some of the Tory party have yet to be persuaded.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 2, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

        It feels unfair to compare the Tories with the truly unhinged Republican party, but both seem to be captive to a base that insists on fantasies.

        nakedcapitalism.com/2018/02/uk-consternation-eu-not-accommodating-city-london-just-said-not.html

        The denial seems truly astonishing. I hope Ms. May enjoys the poison chalice before her — and all by her own choice.

        • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

          I have no love for the Eurocrats but the whole thing is beyond depressing.

          And every time the EU reiterates the obvious and logical positions it put forward before the referendum even happened, you hear Brexit voters saying ‘well, even if I hadn’t been convinced before, I certainly would be now, given the way they’re treating us’. You couldn’t make it up.

          Being a simple soul, I just agree with Nick Clegg (Lord knows, nobody says ‘I agree with Nick’ any more these days) that there’s a reason why the majority of our trade is with the EU – it’s because they’re on our feckin’ doorstep (I paraphrase, obviously).

          And as near as possible to our doorstep is where I’d like most of our trade to be done, for all sorts of reasons that are obvious to me but that would seem ludicrous to David Davis, Jacob Rees-Mogg or Daniel Hannan, who foresee a glorious global future once the shackles of the EU have been shaken off. Right…

          • GreenAlba February 3, 2018 at 10:37 am #

            As we were saying, Elrond:

            theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/03/imperial-fantasies-brexit-theresa-may

          • Elrond Hubbard February 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

            Thank you for that, GreenAlba. I agree with the author: the Suez crisis is a far more apt model for the Brexit moment than either war or Empire.

            Future historians will record that when the crisis of our times hit, Britain and the West in general were still dining out on stories of the last war.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

            Just like you believe in strong borders too, right? So name one thing you disagree with the EU about?

            Was it President Mitterrand who said the history of Europe is just as much about Islam as it is about Christianity? You love that funky stuff! And yes I know, he may not have been EU per se, but he was down with the Ethos, that Brussels beat!

      • Georges1202 February 3, 2018 at 5:11 am #

        Yes, however they unraveled their empire in an orderly fashion. The US will go down like Rome – a complete thermodynamic collapse.

    • volodya February 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      If you listen to the British it was their Tommies that won WW1, the French poilu characterized as un-dependable and unsteady. Never mind Verdun, never mind that it was French troops that held two thirds of the western front.

      The Brits have got an exalted view of themselves and their military. I don’t know why. In WW2 the Germans kicked their asses all over Europe and North Africa, the Dunkirk retreat lauded as a triumph, the ignominious and laughable Italian-style debacles that preceded it carefully downplayed.

      And let’s not forget the Japanese who walked all over the British in Hong Kong and whose massively outnumbered army of 25,000 reputedly rode in on bicycles and took Singapore from British defenders and took 100,000 prisoners.

      And the British discount the English Channel in their war mythologies. In my estimation, if not for that sea-way, Britain would have gone the way of France in WW2.

      And it’s not as if there weren’t a lot of the British elite that wanted a peace deal with Germany.

      Yeah, yeah ok, ok, they’re heroic, they’re heroic. Incompetent, but heroic. If not for that Channel and the US and the Russians, the UK would have ended up a German tributary state.

      • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

        “The Brits have got an exalted view of themselves and their military. I don’t know why.”

        Probably due to watching ‘Reach for the Sky’, ‘The Dambusters’ or ‘The Battle of the River Plate’ every other Sunday afternoon for two decades after the war. And human nature.

        ” Incompetent, but heroic.”

        Thankfully also into self-deprecatory humour, which is possibly a saving grace.

        Many of us are aware of how many Soviet military personnel died, but also of how late the US deigned to join in and only because the Japs wouldn’t let them stay out. To listen to some Americans you’d think they’d offered their help the minute Germany invaded Poland, just to be nice.

        “And the British discount the English Channel in their war mythologies. In my estimation, if not for that sea-way, Britain would have gone the way of France in WW2.”

        I think you are absolutely correct in your second statement there, but not at all in the first. I think the Channel is a big symbolic part of the mythology.

        • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

          I would also say that the arrogance and incompetence of WWI British generals is literally legendary in the UK, however much of it is true or false.

          • outsider February 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

            This whole thread is off topic, but I just read this morning that FDR summoned the Soviet foreign minister to DC at the start of US involvement, because the Russians were desperate for a second front against the Germans. Eisenhower said that the US would be ready to attack the Euro mainland by the end of 1942. But Churchill was against it, hence no invasion until June 1944.

            Why? I can only surmise that Churchill wanted to bleed both the Russians and the Germans dry (he hate both countries ) before the Brits and the Yanks came in from the West to mop up and claim victory. The high school history books say that we (the US) won WWII, but it was really the Soviets, who lost 27 million yet refused to quit, who won the war.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

            Imagine if we had attacked the Soviets from Alaska, invading across the Bering Straits. We could have met the Germans in Moscow, destroying Communism with one stroke. Instead we met the Russians in a ruined Berlin to divvy up the spoils and preside over the Death of the West.

          • sprawlcapital February 3, 2018 at 11:14 am #

            That’s truly an amazing alternative history, Janos. It works for me, with two major exceptions. The Germans would have had to reject anti-Semitism, and reject the entire concept that what they considered lesser races should be exterminated or enslaved.

            Also, the ideology of endless economic growth as the organizing principle of capitalism would have to be rejected. A steady-state economy would be the result. Private property would remain, just not endless growth.

        • shotho February 2, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

          Exactly why should the USA rush to offer its help to Britain the minute Germany invaded Poland? It was the British who had foolishly made a treaty with Poland to defend it against foreign attack. What did America have to do with the warmongering in Europe? The United States should have stayed out of those foreign wars and let the feckless Europeans sort it out for themselves.

          • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

            I didn’t suggest they should, shotho.

            But the Japanese brought the US into it anyway.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

          The British have only that humor and no healthy pride left at all. They are only proud of how much they grovel – a complete inversion of the Human Spirit.

      • EvelynV February 4, 2018 at 8:22 am #

        You have it wrong. If it hadn’t been for the Brits, Russia would have succumbed to Hitler who then would have been able to devote their full attention to Britain. The US meanwhile would have watched the whole affair with their thumbs us their asses until it was too late to do anything but hope Germany would be willing to “get along” with them.

  4. Ishabaka February 2, 2018 at 9:55 am #

    From J. Edgar Hoover’s blackmail files to COINTELPRO to the assassination of Vicki Weaver, the FBI has shown itself to be a snake-pit of corruption. Time to do away with it, and replace it with a more accountable federal investigative agency.

    • pequiste February 2, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

      Accountability? WHat accountability? Like the trillions of dollars that the Puzzle Palace (Dept of Defense) has “lost” and cannot account for?

      Like the C.I.A.’s “Black Budget?”

      Like a F.I.S.A. court saying it is okey dokey to wiretap the president-elect?

      Be careful what you hope for. A replacement for the FBI with A.I. and A.G.I. and autonomous robots just around the corner, and evil minded bastards crawling interstitially around D.C., we could wind up with a combination of the KGB, Gestapo and STASI on steroids and meth.

      • ozone February 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

        Good riposte, pesqui. It also shows how far down the doomed path of trading freedom for the comforting protection of the UberState we’ve gone. Most are really ‘used to it’ now. Too bad. Who will watch the watchers?

      • Ishabaka February 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

        OK – kindly explain how you would have us investigate foreign spies on American soil.

      • ZrCrypDiK February 4, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

        The bot inquisitively asks, What is steroids/meth! Y’all keeping me entertained, I’ll admit that! Why they call it the deep state I’ll never understand – it’s the DARK state.

    • Georges1202 February 3, 2018 at 6:08 am #

      Dial back to 1934 – the beginning of the Hoover era. Was the Dillinger murder anything more than an assassination?

    • outsider February 3, 2018 at 9:29 am #

      Ish,
      Don’t forget about Waco, a planned ATF/FBI dynamic entry raid from the start. David Koresh often went into town and could have been picked up at any time. But that didn’t fit with the Agenda. Once a few ATF agents were killed it was not going to end well for the Branch Davidians.

      Currently, a six-part mini-series about Waco is playing on Paramount. The first two installments gave Koresh a fair shake, with bullying law enforcement being shown as the bad guys. The only thing I wonder is how Koresh was able to convince all the men to remain celibate, while he boinked their wives and girlfriends, who had one child after another.

  5. ccm989 February 2, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    THE ONLY REASON Carter Page inadvertently got caught was because the FISA Court allowed the FBI to spy on two Russian operatives who were talking about their American asset — Carter Page. Nothing illegal was done by either the FBI or the FISA Court. In fact, they were doing their job!

    • hmuller February 2, 2018 at 11:13 am #

      “Nothing illegal was done by either the FBI or the FISA Court.”

      Oh ccm, stop with the standup comedy!

  6. JMR February 2, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    I was so irritated at “The Resistance” in The Last Jedi. I know that term was introduced in the first movie in 2015 before Trump and “The Resistance,” but I couldn’t help but notice that half the characters in the movie looked like some SJWs from planet Earth. Not sure how but Disney has managed to turn Star Wars into some kind of nauseating politically correct political statement.

    • thenuttyneutron February 2, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      So who is the real world analog to Admiral Holdo and what is the real world analog of a Mon Calamari MC80 Star Cruiser?

  7. JohnAZ February 2, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    Trump aside for a moment, peak oil is being ignored at the moment by just about everyone. We are increasing our demand for Black Gold as more developing countries and bigger pick up trucks are keeping oil prices going higher and higher. Fracking adds more and more to the supply, as the Ponzi scheme expands. And then we just keep burning more and more, not plastics, not fertilizer, burning, like it turns into CO2 and soot. Particulate counts keep climbing, thank you diesels, cancer rates with them. At least we will be warmer as we do the lemming thing. Prices are starting to climb, hopefully in time to stop this idiotic march off the cliff. OPEC using S and D to drop prices a couple of years ago in an attempt to bring fracking down. It did not work and now we are off again to the races. Now OPEC cutting output again? Nuts! And Mr. Ponzi will eventually catch up to the second generation of production. Finite resources will scream enough in about 50 years according to EIA, and instead of trying to curb oil usage to stretch it out, we keep selling more pick ups.

    Trump is trapped, thirty years of overspending has created a debt of over 20 trillion dollars and created a growth necessary economy. The Resource limited Long Emergency is lurking out there waiting to put the Cabo’s on everyones’ plans. Latest estimate of annualized growth is 5.6%. Rev up those pick ups, the end is getting closer and faster!

    • sprawlcapital February 2, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      Gasoline price jumped up 16 cents overnight a few days ago for the cheapest grade, which, due to the tax break for our Iowa corn farmers, is the 10% ethanol blend.

      I can believe anything bad about the Democrats after my experiences at the Iowa caucuses starting in 2000, when, as I recall, I supported Richardson, and was sure we were robbed in favor of Gore in our precinct, But there was no way to tell for sure due to the vote totals not being announced.

      Same thing happened in 2016, as we supported Sanders, and it looked like the Sanders group had more voters, but Clinton was announced as the winner in our precinct. Again, the vote totals were not announced.

      Around October 2016, I started watching Fox (switched from CNN) and now I can’t stand CNN.

      The Dems are dishonest and incompetent. Other than that, the Democratic Party is a shining light in a time of darkness.

      • ricksinger February 2, 2018 at 11:48 am #

        @sprawlcapital It’s always wonderful to hear the unbiased view of a true ‘Merican.

        • ZrCrypDiK February 3, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

          OMG I feel liek brad pitt – what’s in the *MEMO* !!! It musta been released by now. My thoughts? I think, liek Noam (chompsky) it’s all over. We consumed just a *LIL* too much. I wish? yeah, and pandas have wings.

  8. JohnAZ February 2, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Interesting read Stephen Coonts’s The Armageddon File. Very interesting factionalized account of some very familiar recent events.

  9. Pucker February 2, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    DRAFT LEGISLATION OBTAINED by The Intercept suggests the Department of Housing and Urban Development is eyeing a proposal to overhaul the federal government’s administration of subsidized housing, through measures such as rent hikes and conditioning aid on employment.

    This change would significantly impact those who rely on public housing and housing choice vouchers, often referred to as Section 8 in reference to Section 8 of the Housing Act. The news comes just weeks after the Trump administration announced that states could start imposing work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.

    • outsider February 2, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      As a retired welfare caseworker, my experience says that they’ll need to hire an army of caseworkers if they want to strictly enforce work requirements on everyone receiving some form of public assistance. Of course, that’s not gonna happen. IMO, it’s nothing but smoke and mirrors for public consumption.

      • sharonsj February 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

        I know two people living in subsidized housing. One is 74 and a self-employed lawyer who has never earned much of a living. She’s in subsidized housing because she couldn’t pay her mortgage and the house was foreclosed on. Her Social Security is $750 a month.

        The other is age 52 and lives on SS Disability of $700 a month. He was in kidney failure for six years and got a transplant two years ago. He spends numerous times a month making trips to doctors for blood work and pharmacies for a bunch of different drugs.

        How are you going to force these people to get a job and who would hire them? One thing we know for sure about politicians: they have no clue how real people are surviving (or not surviving).

        • Pucker February 3, 2018 at 12:06 am #

          During a recent conversation with a New York investment banker, I quoted the statistic from Jared Taylor’s book that 15% of New Yorkers in the early 1990’s were on Aid for Families with Dependent Children (“Welfare”), and the percentage must be much higher today. The investment banker immediately referred to the TV show “The Walking Dead”. I’ve never seen the TV show, but I’ve heard of it.

        • outsider February 3, 2018 at 9:05 am #

          sharonsj,
          Those two are poor examples. The aged and disabled are always exempt from work requirements. Try again.

        • TPTB-USA February 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

          There is no dignity or pride in accepting a handout, unless one wants to claim bragging rights for having gamed the system.

          Don’t you think this could be a step in the direction of a World Made by Hand?

          Kentucky becomes the first state allowed to impose Medicaid work requirement By Amy Goldstein January 12 washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/kentucky-becomes-the-first-state-allowed-to-impose-medica…

      • TPTB-USA February 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

        outsider, the linked article above implies that the burden of proof will be on the recipient. Don’t you think that a compliance program could be fashioned in some manner that it would not cripple the system?

  10. TiredOfTheTreadmill February 2, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Yet another Middle School drama breaking out in Washington, yawn. At this point I don’t care what is disclosed. The whole place has become irrelevant to adults and anyone with a triple digit IQ.

    At this point can we expect anything even close to the truth to come out of DC? Can we trust any mainstream media outlet to present it? Lies, spin, propaganda and marketing have infused every aspect of our lives these days, thus coating any truths in a crunchy coating of dried bullshit that is nearly impossible to penetrate anyway.

    After so many years of just figuring the latest government stats, reasons for war, and ex0lanation of events are pure bullshit concocted to advance an agenda, all of the sudden we are supposed to take “The Memo” at face value? It’s all part of the spectacle to keep us engrossed while the owners pick our pockets.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill February 2, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      We shall see. If this whole battle between factions of the deep state story is real, then I’m guessing they have enough dirt on everyone that might be able to touch them.

      The loathsome Rethug have thought they could ensnare the loathsome Clintons (water carriers for the Bush crime family) many times in the past with all the same enthusiasm we see today.

      Let’s see how this plays out. This time it’s different has taken on a wolf-like quality for some time now.

    • patrickd February 2, 2018 at 11:13 am #

      TOTT, the only thing I would add to your comment is: and pick the pockets of the MENA citizens after killing them.

      • TiredOfTheTreadmill February 3, 2018 at 12:21 am #

        Good point. You can bet they’ll pick every pocket they can get their grimy little hands on.

        Although I think my favorite technique of theirs is to have a foreign policy that creates a large numbers of refugees. Then they bitch and moan about all the refugees.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

      Glen Beck agrees with you. Patriots do not. The Republicans have been followers of the Democrats for decades. That ends today. Or should at least.

      Nancy Pelosi’s is playing with her tongue right now someplace….

  11. chipshot February 2, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Why is no one–including JHK–talking about the meddling in the 2016 primary by the Democratic party and the complicity of the media???

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 10:21 am #

      Why nobody? I practically shout about it from all steam irons!

      FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 4:34 am

      Martial Law?

      Trump is preparing to declare a state of emergency.

      Alex Jones (the main pro-Trump resource) said that there is evidence that the attack on the train, in which Congress speaker Paul Ryan was traveling, was an attempt to pressure him to remove Nunes from the position of chairman of the congressional committee overseeing the intelligence community.

      thinkprogress.org/ryan-trump-fbi-nunes-5-seconds-f2e981fceb4f/

      Democrats are in hysteria, gradually developing into a panic, shouting about the coup from all available steam irons. The most interesting thing is that the question of the coup d’etat did not occur to any of the Hilary’s supporters when she stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders and when on Trump’s birthday his closest friend Skalise was shot 3 hours before the anti-Trump and anti-Russian law was passed, which could still lead to a nuclear war.

    • hmuller February 2, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      Why isn’t Bernie Sanders talking about it? Isn’t he the one who got screwed?
      I don’t think he was ever serious about becoming President but somebody had to make it look like a contest instead of a coronation parade for Hillary.

      • thwack February 2, 2018 at 10:51 am #

        Exactly.

        Bernie was chosen to “go down” in the 7th round against Hillary the same way McCain was chosen to lose against Obama.

        They were both chosen because they could both be trusted not to end up on “the wrong side of history”

        • outsider February 2, 2018 at 11:42 am #

          But Hillary’s, and the DNC’s, plan went awry, since ol’ Bernie lasted until the end of the 15th round, and only lost on a very controversial split decision. It reminds me of the original Rocky, when Balboa is chosen to be Apollo Creed’s punching bag because he was white and washed-up, yet he nearly won.

          • hmuller February 2, 2018 at 11:56 am #

            If Rocky was “the Italian Stallion” does that make Bernie “the Honkey Donkey”?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      Cuz they don’t want to empower the Republicans. This just illustrates the weakness of the Two Party System – it plays into the weakness of human nature. Good/Bad. Yes/No. Black/White. Pain/Pleasure. Like/Dislike.

      The Two Party System imitates the automatic aspect of our lower psychology. It doesn’t encourage thinking and seeing shades of gray, but rather taking a side and sticking to it – and ignoring all cognitive dissonance.

  12. KesaAnna February 2, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    ” Recall, it was not so long ago that the FBI was run by a cross-dressing maniac addicted to blackmail, so let’s not act as if the agency was something that the Lord Yahweh brought into being on the fifth day of creation, after the lobsters and the cockateels.

    i don’t have to recall. I said that a week ago

  13. Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    The USA – whether by design or dumb luck – has now entered the “fucking ludicrous” phase of its terminal trajectory into oblivion. There will be no recovering from any of this. Pointing fingers at parties, interest groups, or individuals is no longer relevant, as the malignancy has metastasized to every cell in the body politic. The patient is in dire need of euthanization for the rest of the world’s sake.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      Euthanize this!

      img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/5503/ansiger.29/0_7b644_7182159d_L.jpg

      • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

        Still hitting the pipe, I see.

      • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

        You’re one of the infamous Russian/not Russian Jews Dmitry Orlov was discussing this week. Aka an opportunistic weasel.

    • Walter B February 2, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      Grow up, throw up, or die, eh? You are right Scratch, there will be no recovery will there? How can there be when retardation has become the national pastime?

      • ozone February 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

        No refunds for willful stupidity? Ya gets what ya pay for…

    • pequiste February 2, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

      No no Mephisto’. None of that Dr Jack Kevorkian stuff for the U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!

      A prefrontal lobotomy with a side course of electroconvulsive therapy with a Thorazine enema ought to keep things going swimmingly for another few years.

      • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

        Unfortunately, you’re right. We’ll go down kicking and screaming and inflict our misery on the whole world before it’s over with. Hopefully, Russia and China will form a coalition of the sane and disarm our elected head cases and their increasingly impotent military before they can do real harm.

  14. Walter B February 2, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    Bless you Jim, bless you for reminding those who have forgotten of the long history of incompetence and yes, evil that has been perpetrated on this nation by the F’ing Brainless Idiots and Frau Hoover. Incompetence so bad that they not only denied the very existence of Organized Crime forcing the Department of the Treasury to solve the Capone problem, and so evil that their complicity in the murders or JFK, RFK, and MLK is still the talk of the nation. And how about the screw up these Federal hacks perpetrated in the Bruno Hauptman case that was so bad that the NJSP was compelled to step in and straighten it all out. When have they ever achieved ANYTHING? Oh that’s right, facts are irrelevant these days. The only thing that matters is emotion and rage against whichever enemy the SJW’s and the Bolsheviks are attacking. I suppose it is easier that way, no thinking required. Like I say, there is no cure for stupid, is there?

    • KesaAnna February 2, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Bullshit.

      You are praising him for what I have said for months, ( Actually for decades , but you wouldn’t know that. ) while he was still writing apologias for them.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Don’t forget the Media Circus that drove the Lindbergh’s out of America. People will selling locks of hair, alleged to be that of Baby Lindy…

  15. DurangoKid February 2, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    In the hallowed words of Carole King, “It’s too late baby now . . . “

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

      Great song and great sentiment.

  16. KesaAnna February 2, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    ” I was so irritated at “The Resistance” in The Last Jedi. I know that term was introduced in the first movie in 2015 before Trump and “The Resistance,” but I couldn’t help but notice that half the characters in the movie looked like some SJWs from planet Earth. Not sure how but Disney has managed to turn Star Wars into some kind of nauseating politically correct political statement. ”

    As I recall, the term , ” French Resistance ” was worked to death to gloss over the fact that a great many Frenchmen, including many of its most decorated soldiers from WW I , did not think it was worthwhile to kill off a few million Frenchmen for the sake of the British , the Americans , and the Reds.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      did they think it was worthwhile to kill off a few million Jews?

      • hmuller February 2, 2018 at 10:50 am #

        Why does it always come back to the Holocaust with you, Fincaln. We could be talking about how jelly beans are manufactured, and you’d point out there were no jelly beans at Auschwitz.
        Hush now before the JHK thought police start deleting comments (maybe even yours).

        • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

          He’s a roaming Jew looking for a country to exploit.

    • daveed February 2, 2018 at 11:50 am #

      If I’m not mistaken, The Last Jedi was just a movie?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      Yes, the whole franchise has bee destroyed. The only White Men left are just the Bad Guys.

      The French Left killed a lot of French Patriots after the outbreak of Peace after WW2. And of course, worked German soldiers to death in their Death Camps.

  17. hmuller February 2, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Ol’ Scratch, harsh but true. Restoring America is like restoring a relationship after all the love has drained out of it.
    Now all we need is some near mass extinction level event to put the icing on the cake. Magnetic pole shift with downed power grid, maybe?

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Nihilism and cynicism should be declared a federal crime, with mandatory isolation from the reading public.

      • hmuller February 2, 2018 at 10:36 am #

        Thought crime police? Ever hear of a tattered document called the Constitution?

        • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 10:39 am #

          Ever heard of falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater?

          • hmuller February 2, 2018 at 10:40 am #

            Fincain, Are you comparing anything written in this forum to that? Very bad analogy.

      • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

        As should roaming Jews looking for their next mark.

    • thwack February 2, 2018 at 10:54 am #

      “the shill is gone” — BB King

      • S M Tenneshaw February 2, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

        “We lost what we had, that’s what hurt us so bad
        It set us back a thousand years.” — Mel and Tim.

  18. KesaAnna February 2, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    ” did they think it was worthwhile to kill off a few million Jews? ”

    Was delivering a good chunk of the worlds population over to the tender mercies of Stalin and Mao worthwhile ?

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      what’s your beef with Stalin?

      If not for Stalin, there would be so many Germanies we would never ran out of them.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

      We turned Eastern Europe over the brutalities of Stalin and Russian Communism – whom the alleged Christian Finc adores!

      Why didn’t we give Patton the gas to keep going as he desired?

  19. Dumbedup February 2, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    The memo is authored by the staff of Republican Devin Nunes. It contains allegations; nothing more or less. Releasing the memo, especially after we know it has been altered, means absolutely nothing. The documents relied on by his staff – the source documents – are the only thing that is important in any legal sense. The rest of this is grandstanding and political showmanship. Even those source documents may lack credibility. But of course, the American people are not smart enough to decide for themselves. They have to be told.

    That is government in the era of mega corporations, media conglomerates and Twitter and Instagram.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      So, was it worth arranging a train wreck just to postpone the release?

      • outsider February 2, 2018 at 11:49 am #

        I know that Mr. K says he is immune to conspiracies, but, my god, that train wreck is highly suspicious.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      The memo is fact, Dumb. Hillary paid for the bogus dossier by a washed up British spook who hated Trump. The FBI knew the dossier was worthless, yet it was the basis of the Fisa warrant.

      The Judge (who didn’t know) can now recall the warrant as it was based on fraud, which he or she was not party to.

      • Dumbedup February 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

        It may turn out to be fact, but right now it is not. If the reliable, objective and direct evidence (source documents) along with testimony of those in position to know of their own knowledge confirm the allegations then it becomes fact. What worries me is that the memo is designed to appeal as fact to the Republican base. Most of whom are not known for their critical thinking skills.

        Let’s see the evidence instead of more bombast.

      • Dumbedup February 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm #

        Why did the Republicans recently extend FISA and the FISA Court if it was used as a political weapon against them? One would think they would have brought all of this up at the time and demanded safeguards and reform.

        Answer: So they can use it as a political weapon.

        • Dumbedup February 3, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

          No edit feature.

          Should have led with the sentence, “If the Nunes memo is true then … “

  20. 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    Stupid Star Wars?

    (Cue Charlie Brownesque soliloquy)

    This is where we are at?
    Tearing down our nations pop-cultural icons?
    Is anything sacred?
    Is anything spared?
    What is wrong with brain candy?
    Can we not take any enjoyment in fantasy and silliness?
    Must everything involve the awfulness of politics, corruption, and the infinite ills of our existence?
    Must we read stupid stories about dystopian survivors loosely grounded in current events?
    Did anybody listen to old Ben?
    Is DC not a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
    Are thoughs that doubt our immaculate American enterprise not but stupid rogues?
    Rats!!!!

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

      Read Chesterton’s “The Ethics of Elfland.” Fantasy has to be coherent and internally consistent. Thus it has a political aspect, be it Tolkien, Alice in Wonderland, or Harry Potter. Minorities and Women have conquered the Resistance in Star Wars. White Men must now support the Empire.

      Only anchorites can escape politics – and only if they remain alone or supported by a stable monastery, which depends of a stable political situation.

  21. 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 10:56 am #

    Are thoughs that use thoughs rather than those just stupid rogues of language standards?
    Are deviators that misunderstood?

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 11:03 am #

      Ok, you fucking lost me.

      Are though is talking to thoughself?

    • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      I think, compared to thows or thoes, it’s an elegant enough optional spelling. Back before Samuel Johnson wrote his meddlesome dictionary in 1755, everyone would have understood and no-one would have minded.

      Indeed, a time when everything went, orthographically, and nothing mattered. 🙂

      • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

        “everyone would have understood and no-one would have minded”

        Of those/thoes/thows/thoughs who could read, obviously.

  22. ricksinger February 2, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    And from the “it couldn’t get any weirder “file, it’s worth noting that Trump’s latest theory is that the “deep state” controlling the Justice Department and the FBI is controlled by Republicans. Trump” “Help me Vlad, help me fight these forces of darkness!”

    huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-russia-probe-republicans-deep-state_us_5a737d6ee4b06ee97af0d4dd?ncid=…

    JHK has joined the rest of the citizenry who are becoming unable to distinguish fact from fiction. Who are you to be lecturing us, James. Look at what you’ve become since the election. They have succeeded in distracting you from the long view you are so famous for.

    James, I’m not as smart as you, but I’ve read public policy tomes over my 61 years. I’m sure that you and my fellow Clusterfuck Nation readers have as well.

    The father of free market capitalism, Adam Smith observed that the “masters of mankind” — in his day, the merchants and manufacturers of England — never cease to pursue their “vile maxim”: “All for ourselves, and nothing for other people.”

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      Yet his “free” markets and philosophy thereof play right into their greedy hands. As did Jackson’s universal franchise farce.

      Only a good Elite of Warrior Aristocrats can defeat the Money Masters. The British Aristocracy damned themselves when they failed to crush the Rothschilds after the Battle of Waterloo farrago. (the Rothschilds said the British had lost the Battle, the markets crashed, and they bought up much of the economy for pennies on the pound). Letting that stand was the end of them, basically.

    • James Howard Kunstler February 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      Rick Singer–
      I honestly don’t get your point. — JHK

  23. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    it’s worth noting that Trump’s latest theory is that the “deep state” controlling the Justice Department and the FBI is controlled by Republicans

    Hillary has destroyed the two-party political system in the US. There are no any Republicans or Democrats, there are Trumpistas vs Clintonoids.

    I am Trumpista, nice to meet you. Who are you?

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

      The devil has many names, but in the end, there is only one.

  24. finuch February 2, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    JHK • why bother with the Friday edition of CF? I’ve noticed a considerable amount of sniping and insulting remarks and veering off topic; the site has devolved into a bunch of sandbox kids abusing and disrespecting each other. Where are the adults on Fridays? Save your breath, and time, and scratch this Friday slug-fest. Mondays seem to bring out the best of us.

    Many thanks from a grateful reader.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 11:37 am #

      You are absolutely right.

      But it is nice to vent out once in a while. Helps keeping the stress under control.

      • 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

        It hasn’t even warmed-up. First you have FITM, a resident nutjob droning on about HRC, Russia, and non-germane current events. Next up is Janos and his racism veiled in wit, erudition, and literary prowess. Lastly you have WPA Janet, blithely disingenuous, only seeking attention through antipodal statements. You have some chump pretending he’s black (ni*** please), a pedantic old white guy, and a few other racists, pervs, and malcontents.

        You do realize that you are telling the host that you come here for the comments as opposed to his blog entry? Did you really think that out?

        • thwack February 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

          You have some chump pretending he’s black (ni*** please),

          ***********

          ok, ok, you busted me…

          So what gave me away?

          • Q. Shtik February 2, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

            The straight blond hair.

        • finuch February 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

          I don’t see it that way. The comments are as much a part of, and as important to me, as JHK’s commentary. But, again, for me, when visiting the Friday group, it’s like sitting in some sort of toxic stew, similar to the way I felt when seeing 3 Billboards etc etc … dysfunction, hate, anger. There’s already too much of that being directed at us via this current administration and it’s figurehead.

          Just sayin’ …

          • 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

            Sure dannyboy

          • Walter B February 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

            Those who work have earned the right to bitch, and those who are banging their heads against the wall against insurmountable odds are even more entitled. it is those who do nothing yet bitch to high Heaven that should STFU or change their ways. Get out there, make change happen. Anal nathrak, uthvas bethud, do che-ol di-enve.

          • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

            Walter B,

            Even the “pure bitchers,” if indeed there be such a thing, are indeed effecting change, no matter how infinitesimal, simply by expressing their discontent. The universe works in wondrous ways, which we for the most part, understand not. If nothing else, they’re informing the rest of us that there is indeed a problem that needs to be addressed.

          • Walter B February 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

            True Scratch. Consent is given by silence, isn’t it?

        • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

          Being for one’s people is the a,b,c’s of nobility. There’s more, but there is not less. One who supports other peoples at the expense of his or her own is corrupted at their core.

          And btw, none of the mitigates against appropriate universal morality. If a non-White needed my help in an emergency I would help. If a White and a Non-White needed my help at the same time, I would help the White of course. If a Black I knew all my life needed my help and a White stranger, I might help the Black first, if they were worthy.

          • thwack February 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

            If a Black I knew all my life needed my help and a White stranger, I might help the Black first, if they were worthy.

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

            Even if they were laying pipe in your sister?

            *Im asking for a friend*

          • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

            Is it just to depose an unworthy Emperor? Mencius, “I see no Emperor.” Just so, such a sister would be no sister to me at all.

          • thwack February 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

            speak English you tiny fool!

          • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

            Every time I try to treat you like a human, you start ooking and eeking.

        • The Articulate Infant February 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

          I think you are generalizing a bit there, there are some great commenters, along with some dreadful ones, but I read them all, usually, with one or two exceptions.

    • ricksinger February 2, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      Ahh, thank you, finuch. So I’m not crazy. If we’re going to carry on like a bunch of school kids divided into cliques – the snowflakes vs true patriots, then, well, there’s no point in coming to class on Mondays and Fridays anymore.

      • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

        “Democracy is messy,” saith the Dark Lord Rumsfeld. “Yay, indeed,” nodded the Dark Master Cheney.

  25. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    So, why is Trump delaying the release of the memo? Is he waiting for Marine reinforcements?

  26. KesaAnna February 2, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    ” what’s your beef with Stalin? ”

    ” If not for Stalin, there would be so many Germanies we would never ran out of them. ”

    Never mind the huge number of corpses he left in his wake, it was all for a good cause ?

    i fail to see how that is substantively different from what Hitler was pitching.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      If not for Stalin, there would be so many Germanies we would never ran out of them

      Kesa, let’s table this conversation for a while. For today, we have a bigger fish to fry.

      I just said it because it sounds funny, don’t you think? Part of letting the steam out.

  27. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter February 2, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    JHK

    Fantastic article! I have posted your last two on Jonathan Turley’s blog, in full, with a link back here.

    I do hope over time that you will come to appreciate Trump for his many good attributes.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • ricksinger February 2, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      “Fantastic” article. Yes, literally fantasy. Very much so.

  28. ricksinger February 2, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Didn’t we read just last week that JHK “like[s] to say that [he’s] allergic to conspiracy theories because …”?

    It seems to me this weeks post has brought out the conspiracy theorists among our fellow readers.

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

      “Conspiracy theories” (TM), have long gotten a bad rap – by design. Conspiracies are nothing more than private plans and execution of same, a well-known and time-honored business and military strategy since time immemorial. Dubbing such plans a “conspiracy” connotes a certain nefarious illegitimacy to them – once again, by design – usually by official government authorities to crack down on those they don’t like. Meanwhile, all state-sanctioned secretive plans and strategies – all secretive “for our own good” of course – are deemed completely legitimate and above reproach – INDEED, PATRIOTIC EVEN! Funny/ironic how that works.

      Adding the implied derogative scientific term “theory” to the label completes the linguistic coups de gras, by explicitly implying that the idea is merely a random supposition, and thus has no grounding in fact whatsoever. [Needless to say, the same linguistic trick is employed universally against Climate Change “theorists” as well.]

      In short, the term “Conspiracy Theory(ist)” is used extensively, if not almost universally, as a mere label to dismiss that which the labeler does not want to hear.

      But even most interestingly, that opens up the question as to what questions exactly the labeler(s) are most resistant to being asked, and even more importantly, exactly what answers are they most afraid they might find if they do?

      • aibohphobia February 3, 2018 at 1:57 am #

        The main conspiracy (per Jasun Horsley) is a conspiracy of those conspiring to promote the idea that there are all these conspiracies…

  29. elysianfield February 2, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    Mr. Kunstler,
    Some voters, perhaps many, voted for Trump as an act of sanctioned anarchy. God help me but I was one of those who did so…and I am not disappointed. What he is doing is not pretty, but seemingly effective. He is stirring the shit…the shit is being stirred, and you know what happens when effluvia is agitated…it smells worse…were it to smell like a rose, no one would take notice.

    Do you expect that the Deep State can be manipulated and exposed by Parliamentarian maneuver? Roberts Rules of Order? What we are seeing is akin to “Guerilla Street Theatre”…you lived in San Francisco…the Cockettes, remember?

    I am beginning to think that Trump is not necessarily a buffoon.

    • thwack February 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

      What we are seeing is Teutonic-Slavic idealism spanking Anglo-Saxon empiricism.

      Just sayin

      • Walter B February 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

        Systemic governmental failure is often followed by totalitarian overthrow. However, with the power of the violence required to do this placed firmly in the hands of the Shadow Government and the MIC, I would think that the only violence that will overcome the stagnation will emanate from their corner of the game board.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      As Plato said, Democracy contains the seeds of its own destruction. A Strong Man must step in to stop the Secret Strong Men who control the Mob for their own interests. The Strong Man will also control the Mob – but for their own good. Don’t like it? Neither did Plato. Get rid of Democracy then as he advocated. Don’t care for his solution model so much, Aristotle’s ideas were better.

      • outsider February 2, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

        Quite right, Janos. And Trump stepped in at the nick of time. He should have done so 20 years earlier, when he first thought about it, and perhaps there would have been no W or Barry.

        • Walter B February 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

          A lot has transpired since the Coup of “63 and America the Nation has slid far down into the precipice of New World Order since that dark day. There have been a number of bumps and finger-holds that we have encountered on the way down, but we have now landed upon a small ledge that is the Trump presidency. Whether this is a brief respite before a climb back upward or a break before the long Final Decent will be determined at a later date. Whatever it is that the future has in store for us, I think it would be wise to savor the lack of vertical descent and take stock of what can be done to salvage anything that remains to be saved of this place. It ain’t a glass and it ain’t half full or half empty. It’s a twelve-pack of my favorite ale and I am going to do my damnest to sit here and enjoy it while they are still cold!

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

      Do you expect that the Deep State can be manipulated and exposed by Parliamentarian maneuver? Roberts Rules of Order? What we are seeing is akin to “Guerilla Street Theatre”…you lived in San Francisco…the Cockettes, remember?

      I’m willing to entertain to entertain that theory for now, but I certainly don’t find enough information to even remotely support it yet.

    • cbeard February 3, 2018 at 8:37 am #

      An act of sanctioned anarchy. Exactly.

  30. daveed February 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    “Recall, it was not so long ago that the FBI was run by a cross-dressing maniac addicted to blackmail, so let’s not act as if the agency was something that the Lord Yahweh brought into being on the fifth day of creation, after the lobsters and the cockateels.”

    Someone earlier highlighted this sentence, and I have to repeat it.
    This is why I come to the Kunstler Korral, for combinations of words such as these. Elegant and absurdist! Hats off to you Mr. K.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

      He saw thru MLK, so he couldn’t have been all bad.

  31. ozone February 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    “CNN reminded viewers relentlessly last night that The Memo was sure to be a disappointment, a “nothingburger,” for a nation that expects a righteous half-pound beef patty with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and special sauce on a sesame bun. Personally, I expect something more like a three-day-old dead carp in a plain brown wrapper. Maybe “the Resistance” will try to make gefilte fish out of it, which is a burger of sorts: chopped meat, anyway.” –JHK

    Good one, Jim! It *is* all starting to smell a bit rank, isn’t it?
    Assange has a pretty good take on the zeitgeist generated by the whole “affair”. Pithy.

    “I find it remarkable how comprehensively the Democrats, DoJ and FBI have played into Trump’s hands over the Nunes memo. By conspicuously trying to hide information they have aligned themselves against the public, drawn suspicion and imbued the memo with totemic power.” –Assange the Quarantined

    Oopsie. Backfire. Fumble and bumble leads to dropping the grenade in ones own trench. (Still wondering if we’ll all get a peek at this 4 page literary masterpiece, or if Trump’s blustering critique of his frenemies will be enough to slam the door on this stench. We shall see.)

    • PeteAtomic February 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

      wow, Assange hits the nail on the head there boy.

  32. sprawlcapital February 2, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    The strength of Juan Cole’s Informed Comment blog is usually in discussion of current events in the Middle East.

    Today, however, his post on the 4th Amendment is very good: Spying on the Wrong People: The Hypocrisy of the Nunes Memo and FISA. Everyone should read it.

    Great blog today, Jim! I will have to look up the meaning of one word you used (schmickler), apparently Yiddish. I think I can guess, though.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

      Juan Cole Informed Comment blog headlines:

      Spying on the Wrong People: The Hypocrisy of the Nunes Memo & FISA

      Cherry-Picking Intel, Nunes and the Iraq War Disaster

      The Fascist underpinnings of Trump’s State of the Union

      Is a Transition to Renewable Energy on the Verge of Being Unstoppable?

      Reading a lot of the Flying Monkeys writings, capt’n?

    • ozone February 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      sprawl,
      I’ll check it out. Thanks.
      I would guess that schmickler probably means swindler or con-man. (By the context; don’t know Yiddish from Inuit.)

      • elysianfield February 2, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

        Ozone,
        …But you damn well should know Google from Ask Jeeves….

        • ozone February 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

          Yes, I should… but I don’t care. 😉 (They’ve all been nothing more than collection agencies. Data instead of late payments.)

  33. outsider February 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    I’m certainly not the first who has said this, but, if Mr. Trump can avoid getting this country into any more NEW wars, (and he did not in his first year), he could go down as one of the great presidents. Out-of-control immigration (both legal and illegal), society and soul-destroying political correctness, the dark satanic forces of the deep state, Robert Mueller’s sham investigation, and the FAKE news media are all being brought to heel. Is there another American alive who could have accomplished so much in such little time, most especially with few true supporters at his side? Of course, if he starts a war with Iran or the DPRK, all of the good he has accomplished thus far would be for naught.

  34. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    House Intelligence memo released

    washingtonexaminer.com/house-intel-memo-released-what-it-says/article/2647937

  35. Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Reporting in. The Memo is utterly damning. The FBI knew that it was a political effort by the Clinton Campaign and went ahead anyway. Thus the investigation of Trump has to be stopped, and redirected to the Hillary and the FBI. If Mueller refuses to do so, he needs to be fired and investigated as well.

    American Liberalism is utterly discredited, basically a pack of Traitors at this point. Once Trump assumed office, this all became something more serious: an attempt at a soft coup. The ringleaders should be dealt with AS Traitors.

    No, not a nothing burger, but quite a Something Burger indeed.

    • shabbaranks February 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Trump needs to arrest and rendition Hillary and Lynch for treason.

      • SteveO February 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

        Arresting and putting the political opposition on trial is what 3rd world autocrats do. It would not be long before it became illegal to be something other than Republican. Just like the USSR was.

        Besides, Hillary knows where the bodies are buried, if she’s going down, the whole Washington establishment (both parties) is going down with her. The Republicans aren’t going to take that risk. They want to stay on the gravy train.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

          Very funny. That’s exactly what you people tried to do. Criminals need to be arrested – no matter how big they are. Criminals like Hillary.

          • Walter B February 2, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

            Perhaps Her Ladyship should take a long soak in a hot tub.

        • shabbaranks February 2, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

          Hillary has been committing crimes such as influence peddling and accepting bribes under color of law (think political speech and charitable purpose protections) for a long time, long before email server kerfuffle and collusion with Russians for dope on Trump via the Steele dossier that she indirectly managed.

          Big crooks like her deserve prison. Calling her political opposition merely legitimizes her crimes. Trump needs to lock her up.

          • SteveO February 5, 2018 at 8:47 am #

            “Trump needs to lock her up.”

            Then he should lock himself up too. He’s a walking violation of the emolument clause and, assuming you’re using the insane new definition of the term, he’s also treasonous.

            Don’t expect a criminal to meat out justice. Expecting it from a career fraudster like Trump shows an unparalleled level of naivety

    • outsider February 2, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

      I haven’t read it yet, but I think the Memo must be performing a great service to the country since it brought John McCain off his sick bed. The dying delirious old cold war warrior thundered that “we are doing Putin’s job for him” by releasing Nunes’ Memo. I wonder if he is still well enough to do the Sunday morning shows? I hope not.

  36. volodya February 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    Let’s not forget Mister and Missus Schmikle, formerly inhabitants of the White House, laughably presenting themselves as “progressives” while schmikling 150 million or so, stuffing their pockets until their pants fell down, making the rounds of Wall Street.

    It’s a joke really, horn-dog Bill – and Hillary as his defender – as progressive standard bearers? I wonder how many defiled interns are out there yet to tell their story.

    And let’s not talk about Bill’s role in shepherding NAFTA and other globalist schemes, all of which spelled wrack and ruin for American workers but riches for the rich. Bill is Wall Street’s boy and he was richly rewarded.

    These two and the Democratic Party are a lot of things but “progressives” they are not.

    • shabbaranks February 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      The Democrat Party is a dying institution, as certain to fade into America’s past as the Whig Party did.

      • outsider February 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

        But what replaces the Dems could be even worse. Given how well the Far Left has succeeded in snuffing out free speech on our nation’s college campuses, is Stalinism out of the question? Antifa is their brown-shirts and man-hating feminists their vanguard. We should be careful what we wish for

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

      Meanwhile Obama and Valerie wait in their Headquarters, waiting until the Stars are Right for Obama to ride in on his Black Horse as the Messiah….

  37. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

    Congress, and then President Trump, authorized the publication of Nunes’ memorandum, according to which the Democratic Party and the Clinton Foundation paid for the services of a British spy who fabricated the case of an employee of the Trump election campaign allegedly in contact with the Russian government.

    This spy handed over the trumped-up case to the FBI, which served as the basis for issuing a warrant for wiretapping Trump’s election campaign, and subsequently the Mueller’s investigation.

    The Battle for Washington has begun

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

      And what a faux battle it will be!

  38. venuspluto67 February 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    Actually, the financial markets are a lot more interesting this week than the tired old “Russia-Russia-Russia” soap opera. I wonder if the bubble is finally starting to pop?

  39. Bruce E February 2, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    It’s pretty clear that Mueller, the FBI (maybe even Wray at this point), and Rosenstein are being set up to get fired. Not because they can prove that Trump himself actively “colluded” with the Russians in some grand conspiracy sense that shows his prowess and competence, but rather they can show the truth: that the Russians played the idiots that Trump surrounded himself with (Parker, Manafort, Kushner, and Trump Jr.) like violins and duped them into unwittingly serving their purposes.

    Everything about Trump and his “organization” is disfunctional, disorganized, and incompetent. His electoral victory was a friggin’ accident of history. His inability to govern is manifest.

    He needs to sow seeds of doubt into the actually-professional and actually-competent government organizations such that people can’t compare them side-by-side in terms of competency and professionalism. He needs to try to blow smoke and pretend everyone is a partisan and everyone is motivated by politics and personal loyalty, so the conversation about competence (from the “Fire and Fury” narrative) stops and is drowned out by the banality of politics and personalities.

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

      Everything about Trump and his “organization” is disfunctional, disorganized, and incompetent. His electoral victory was a friggin’ accident of history. His inability to govern is manifest.

      He needs to sow seeds of doubt into the actually-professional and actually-competent government organizations such that people can’t compare them side-by-side in terms of competency and professionalism. He needs to try to blow smoke and pretend everyone is a partisan and everyone is motivated by politics and personal loyalty, so the conversation about competence (from the “Fire and Fury” narrative) stops and is drowned out by the banality of politics and personalities.

      Unfortunately, the same can be said about the other side as well. You’re noting a systemic problem. Look at the bigger picture.

  40. Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    The perpetrators need to be subjected to actual Golden Showers, in response to the virtual ones they subjected Trump to. Cruel and Unusual? Oh so now we care about the Constitution?!

  41. Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    597 points down. Trump, the Giant Killer! The Golden Golem of Glorious Gloom! He’s giving the Golden Flowers now – to White Dreamers….

    • SteveO February 2, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

      What how quickly he stops taking credit for the economy when it comes unglued. Then it will all be Hillary, Obama and the Democrats’ in congress’ fault.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

        True. He has no great vision there. Enticing the Corporations back was a good idea from a conventional pov of course.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

          How fragile Capitalism is. Companies and Workers start doing better and immediately there are fears of inflation. Realistic? If so, a damning indictment of the System.

          • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

            More so a damning indictment of the Federal Reserve cartel and the huge public debt it holds.

            When will you figure it out?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

            Yeah, they’re private and for profit. The biggest scam ever. Same people who duped the English Crown after the battle of Waterloo. Yet you hate the Man who tried to do something about it.

          • venuspluto67 February 4, 2018 at 6:33 am #

            Any system that is absolutely dependent on perpetual hypertrophic expansion in order to function properly has a huge built-in vulnerability. And it will also probably wreak enormous ecological havoc.

        • SteveO February 5, 2018 at 8:50 am #

          It sounded wonderful. I heard him speak before he jumped on the xenophobia train. That’s all he talked about.

          Them my critical thinking kicked in and I wondered how he was going to do it. Bribe the CEOs? Threaten to arrest then under the Patriot Act?

    • venuspluto67 February 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

      Round off the final number of points down for the day, and it comes out to 666. “Sotu, Barada, Nikto” indeed!

  42. SteveO February 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    “with Devin Nunes in the Klaatu role”

    Sorry Jim. Couldn’t make it any father than that this week.

    In the 1951 version, Klaatu is the only calm, sane, intelligent, “person” around. Comparing that partisan hack Numes to him is ridiculous.

    Or perhaps you never actually sat through the movie.

  43. Robert White February 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    I Remote Viewed Cheeto-head-in-chief with the Russian Federation Hookers in that Russian Federation hotel room. I also Remote Viewed the Russian Federation Intelligence Officers in the adjacent hotel room next to Cheeto-head-in-chief’s recording everything going on in Cheeto’s room.

    Steel ain’t manufacturing biased for-Democrat consumption dossiers and what officialdom knows, and what officialdom wants to do are two different things entirely. Manufacturing consent sometimes requires some impression management of doubt so that truth has an adversary even though one is not needed in this case.

    In the case of the Trump Dossier the FBI & DoJ will be compelled to fall on their collective swords over Whore House need to save face internationally, but at this juncture in history everyone knows that Trump is actually compromised with respect to national security & the Russian Federation.

    Cheeto is Putin’s puppet.

    RW

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

      with respect to national security & the Russian Federation

      Sadly Robert, you’ve just given yourself away. And to think, I once thought so highly of you…

      • Robert White February 2, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

        I’m absolutely non-partisan, and from a perspective of national security Trump is compromised. Moreover, the USA is a Five Eyes member nation that has contractual obligations to maintain security across the West. With Trump Five Eyes is compromised.

        I’m not kidding about Remote Viewing, and I don’t work in intelligence. I’m just a Remote Viewer is all, Ol’ Scratch.

        RW

        • aibohphobia February 3, 2018 at 2:09 am #

          Robert, doesn’t blackmail only work when no one knows about the shameful information? The golden showers seem like public information to me, at this point.

          • Robert White February 3, 2018 at 7:48 am #

            The recorded goings on in that hotel room is property of Russian Federation Intelligence, and they are only capable of threatening Trump & the White House with public exposure of the recording. What they are currently using it for is to manipulate the office of the president, and Trump himself. Trumps handlers know release of the tape would
            end the presidency, and the Russian Fed is essentially retaining it for leverage down the road in case the USA gets a notion to confront the Federation. The information is damaging, and embarrassing, but too salacious for actual usefulness outside of just intimidating Trump.

            RW

      • Robert White February 3, 2018 at 11:38 am #

        And in other words, ‘people should be embarrassed of themselves’ just like Cheeto-head-in-chief stated on CNN today for your listening pleasure, eh, Ol’ Scratch.

        RW

  44. outsider February 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    To those who think that Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” has any credibility, I refer you to Mika B’s clash with him on “Morning Joe.” Wolff inferred that Nikki Haley was having an affair with the President. Miki said something like we don’t mess around here, and abruptly ended the interview and went to commercial. She just went up in my estimation. Wolff peddles slime.

    • pequiste February 2, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

      Michael Wolff IS slime.

      Is he a Celebrity Perve too?

  45. S M Tenneshaw February 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    The memo is out, and it turns out to be a buncha BM, another Benghazi. Zzzzzzzz……

  46. KesaAnna February 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    ” Queen Kesa … ”

    ” Oh, Kesa… where’s your class? You almost had me fooled. ”

    I went to some pains to point out that I’m a peasant , the daughter of peasants, the granddaughter of peasants , the great-granddaughter of peasants , etc , etc.

    But then you know that.

    And if anyone around here actually reads the fucking blog so do they.

    Or it is easily enough fact-checked , and I’m not exactly worried on that account.

    ” … you felt the need to copy-paste my entire post and spend so much time on my little piss-take. ”

    Actually I wrote that in about 5 minutes. The average is about 5 hours.

    ” Kesa,
    I look forward to your posts…and generally enjoy them…the parts that I can understand. ”

    Let’s take a second to review things Mr. fence-sitting – Gestapo man —

    Almost from the very day I showed up here I have said that the FBI were scumbags , AND ALWAYS WERE SCUMBAGS.

    I have said that at least ten times , if not more.

    During the same time-frame, as I recall , our host was still trotting out the line that this was a RECENT ABERRATION.

    ( I guess he would probably still call it an aberration ? But if it is only aberration , then we could as well dismiss this world-made-by-hand business. even Ivan the Terrible and Nero had nothing that could remotely compare to Langley , if for no other reason than an Agrarian society simply couldn’t afford the dead weight. Nooo , this is not aberration , it is design. )

    So today they line up to praise his intelligence and skill with words, for saying in slightly different words what I have said ten times for 6 months.

    With but three exceptions , whom I will not name as it might somehow put them ( or me ) on the spot , I’m as interested in entertaining and being liked by this crowd as a plumber is interested in a toilet bowl.

    you’re a fucking lousy ( unpaid ) job. that’s all.

    • elysianfield February 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

      Kesa,
      Prickly AND pithy…you are on your game today.

      Fence-sitting Gestapo man? I think I can understand how you came up with that perception…considering your earlier posts.

      “Almost from the very day I showed up here I have said that the FBI were scumbags , AND ALWAYS WERE SCUMBAGS. ”

      Round about 1970, I had an opportunity to join the FBI…resisted the temptation.

      • pequiste February 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

        Why are the members of the F.B.I. such notoriously and uniformly bad dressers? Can’t a GS 14 make it past Sears outlet?

        • elysianfield February 2, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

          Pequiste,
          First, there is a dress code that was, and may still be enforced, color of shirt(white only), conservative tie, dark suit, black polished shoes…haircuts and clean nails…I shit you not. Secondly, they are not paid necessarily well….

          • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

            In a word, Mormonism!

          • elysianfield February 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

            Janos,
            Exactly! But I’ve never seen one on a bicycle….

    • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

      “I went to some pains to point out that I’m a peasant , the daughter of peasants, the granddaughter of peasants , the great-granddaughter of peasants , etc , etc.”

      You take things too literally, Kesa. And I don’t think someone who tells other people that they are not believable or that what they say about their background needs to be taken with a pinch of salt should feel entitled to be believed about what they say either.

      As it happens I see no reason not to take what you say at face value, despite your repeated and bizarre aggressiveness. That’s because I tend to assume people are as honest as I am myself until I have reason to believe otherwise. You may do what you like in terms of what you believe.

      I made a fairly trivial comment a couple of sessions ago about the British national anthem, with no animosity whatsoever, and you sent me a wall of aggressive text about republicans and jacobins, and since then an ever-growing snowball of insults. Can we just give it a rest? It’s rude in relation to other people reading the blog. I’m certainly not responding to any more of it.

  47. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    Don’t expect this matter to go fast and furious.

    It is not only that the investigation of Trump’s links with Russia began with a fabricated case, but that it could become the reason for appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s illegal wiretapping, that is, creating an independent security agency that will find evidence of a Hillary’s coup d’etat.

  48. Q. Shtik February 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    a Manhattan real estate schmikler with a mean streak – JHK

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

    I was expecting to learn a juicy new derogatory Yiddish term like schlamazel, shmendrick or schmutz but lo and behold there is nothing in the Yiddish dictionary for schmikler. All Google could tell me was that there have been a number of somewhat notable people with the surname of Schmickler or Schmikler.

    Help me out here Jim, surely schmikler means something in Yiddish, perhaps muckety-muck or big shot.

    • ozone February 2, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      Q.,
      Aha! You’ve found that Yiddish may be just as mutable/malleable of a language as the dreaded pseudo-English! 😉 (Slap together all the massive input from furrin languages to make the polyglot that is the wonderfully expressive “English” thing if you would, please. Shed the light; I’m exceedingly interested! It may take the rest of your life, but I think it will be well worth the effort. Seriously.)

      As I figger’d further ‘up’, knowing JHK’s feewings (tmWalterB) about the triple G, I’d say “swindler” or “con-man” would be the [pretty close] interpretation.

      If it means that much to you, a simple e-mail to the author should suffice to clear the subject from your “things to figger” list.

    • PeteAtomic February 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

      schmikler–

      con artist?

      🙂

    • elysianfield February 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

      Q, Google “Schmeckel”….

    • ozone February 2, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

      Interesting. The Urban Dictionary opines that it’s something cool, slick, awesome, smooooth, stylish, elegant. (Schmick, that is.)

      Hmm, mayhap, but I always kinda saw him as an “empty suit”… but a well-tailored and finely-fabric-ed suit at that. 🙂 He wears it well, but don’t get a peek at that full-length mirror when he’s admiring his profile, please.

  49. PeteAtomic February 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    Watching the news today and the MSM sounds like some 3rd rate country’s government controlled media outlet. It’s really incredible. CNN in particular is transparently and eagerly attempting to say anything to discredit the Nunes memo; “partisan”, “controversial”, “disputed”, “intel agencies dispute it”, etc etc.

    When did the MSM become the guardians of government bureaucracy & the establishment?

    I was watching the Rubin report a couple days ago, and Rubin had on Jordan Peterson and Ben Schapiro together. Rubin made the remark, and I think he is correct about this, is that the type of platform and the type of guests that he had on is becoming wildly popular, and is really replacing the MSM. People actually do wanna watch a 3 hour program with very intelligent people that do not tow the government line and are perceived as ‘thoughtcriminals’ by the MSM and elites.

    I thought of you, Mr. Kunstler there together with a Peterson and Schapiro. It would have been a great conversation.

    • pequiste February 2, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

      JHK and Max Keiser have that kind of idea synergy when they get together for a confab.

  50. 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    The best part of the reveal are the reactions.
    Crickets
    As if the populace even cares.
    In typical Govt fashion, it’s released on a Friday afternoon.
    It’s Super Bore weekend.
    Most people are concerned with getting their jalapeño popper and Buffalo wing orders in.
    Comey, the most sanctimonious bitchass ever, releasing more lame tweets. Dripping in his signature melodramatic sanctimony.
    He’s such a doucher.
    Tweetin’ like he’s cool. Acting like the torch bearer of Democracy.
    He’s like George Washington’s estranged dad who only started coming back around when George was all cool and presidential.. “yeah, the republic.. uh, our democracy is like totally important “
    Nobody cares.
    What’s new on Netflix?
    The federal government is corrupt/rigged/infiltrated?
    Real shocker
    What’s the new Applebee’s $1 cocktail?
    Is it any good?

    • PeteAtomic February 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

      yeah, you’re right.

      I see it like a ship going from wave to wave on the sea. With every big wave and roll, the ship gets a little more out of balance and takes on a little more water.

  51. ozone February 2, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    THE MEMO, treated with welding gloves as having the equivalent magical power of the Ark of The Covenant, has turned out to be an outline of what most of us already had suspected. “The Beltway” is shocked and appalled; we are unsurprised and validated. The Deep State and all its tentacles and organs is deeeeeply politicized and directs its wishes and plots at us poor fools who continue to buy the story line… as long as the goodies keep a’flowing.

    Just one example of why THE MEMO probably is distilling [some of] the truth of the FISA courts ‘finding’ memorandum?
    Well, Johnny “Jingo” McCain says: “Pooty, Pooty, Poooty! You must believe me, I’m a Real American Hero (tm GI Joe).” What more proof do you need that we may be on to something very stinky than that, I ask you? (*There’s no word on when he might return to the Senate.* Holy shit, that’s what they really said on the glorious NPR, voice of the people, as the surgeons are busily digging out some more of his rotted brain.)
    You can always bet that there’s a clog when they call in this addled plumber to ‘fix’ the narrative.

    zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-02/mccain-responds-memo-release-attacks-fbi-serve-only-putins-interests

    • PeteAtomic February 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

      great post, dripping with satire & sarcasm there.

      Wasn’t the release of the Clinton Campaign emails outlining all their corruption, the bidding of Putin, too? I think it may have been called that as well.

      I think I’m gonna start giving any info marked as “serving Putin’s interests” by members of the elite a second look for probable veracity & a high level of truth, lol

    • 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

      The ugliness of McInsane’s slow undignified and painful death reveals karmic beauty.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

        You sick, man…

      • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

        I second that opinion!

        • 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

          The universe is not sick.
          It metes out balance proportionately.
          How many dead at the hands of this MIC war monger?
          Now he is carved bit by bit. Body and mind lost to disease and knife.
          He doesn’t get s hero’s death
          He is not a hero
          The gods have spoken

          • tucsonspur February 2, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

            Yes, Trump was first to say it. And the nervous chuckles told you something big and bold was afoot, and that shibboleths would be shattered.

            In the early days, it seems that he had some hero in him. It’s all there in the record, or at least most of it is, the missions, the downing, the USS Forrestal, etc.

            youtube.com/watch?v=chuiyXQKw3I

          • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

            As Cotton Mather said, The wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow but exceedingly fine.

            He will be broken on the Wheel, the Wheel of Pain.

    • outsider February 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

      The Zero Hedge article concludes by asking “one wonders if he (McCain) even read the memo?” Funny, I wonder the same every time our President says that the Iran Nuclear Agreement was the worst deal ever done by our government, without once pointing out what exactly is so bad about it. Oh, that’s right, Obama!

      Also, limp-wristed perennial bachelor Lindsey Graham has already taken Iron John’s place. But, he’ll never have the gravitas of the former POW or the war lover’s meanness. One wonders if Graham is another J Edgar?

    • volodya February 3, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-02/gop-rep-seek-criminal-prosecution-fbi-doj-officials-full-throated-ille…

      Don’t stop there.

      There’s the small matter of Bill’s tarmac tete a tete with Loretta Lynch, Comey’s farcical investigation of Hillary’s email arrangements, the Uranium One deal and on and on…

      Bill’s and Loretta’s attitudes stink of contempt and it’s this attitude that rules are for “little people” that needs to be broken. Same with Comey. So if there was ever a time for the ole waterboard, this is it. I hear there’s quite a bit of expertise in its use in various governmental agencies.

      Wall Street is another place that could use an attitude adjustment.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

        The Brown Blob. What an uninspiring piece of work she is. For this MLK marched and lied, and plagiarized and adultified?

        “I’m fucking for God tonight!”, he cried as he plowed a worthless White whore. The best whores refuse Black customers. A nation is known by the quality of its whores.

  52. Elrond Hubbard February 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    Man Uses $1M Win to Finally Visit Doctor, Gets Terminal Cancer Diagnosis, Dies Weeks Later

    newsweek.com/new-york-lottery-winner-dies-weeks-after-scooping-jackpot-796957

    “A New York lottery winner who used some of his million-dollar prize to pay for a visit to the doctor, was told he had stage 4 cancer, and died several weeks later.

    “Donald Savastano, who won $1 million playing the New York Lottery’s ‘Merry Millionaire’ game, said on collecting his prize that he had bought the ticket on a whim and was hoping the money would change his life for the better.

    “‘Being a self-employed carpenter, I didn’t really have a plan for retirement,’ Savastano told WBNG at the time. ‘The money will help with that. I don’t have any other extravagant plans. I’ll buy a new truck, pay off some debt and invest for the future.’

    “As well as thinking about using his newly found fortune to book a vacation and buy himself a new truck, the self-employed carpenter also took the opportunity to pay for a visit to the doctor—something he had previously not been able to afford.

    “But during his appointment the doctor told Savastano, who had reportedly been feeling unwell for some time, that he had stage 4 cancer in his lung and brain. The 51-year-old died just three weeks after winning the jackpot and getting his diagnosis.”

    Well, ain’t that America…

    • outsider February 2, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

      His fault for not enrolling in Obamacare, maybe?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

        Word is that if you do that, you won’t die and shit. Immortality in the Pyramid Space Ship with Barack, Michelle, and the kids.

    • elysianfield February 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      Elrond,
      Worthy of a William Porter (O Henry) short story. The news story should make one weep for the human condition.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

        No, Comrade Elysian, The Gift of the Magi is

        • elysianfield February 3, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

          Finc,
          I like the term “Comrade”…it is a much more benign appellation than “fence-sitting” Gestapo, and “fucking unpaid job”…but, just to humor me, and hopefully delight the prickly Kesa, can it be spelled “Kamerad”?

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

      Why weep? You can’t take it with you anyway. I suspect he never thought once about the money.

      • GreenAlba February 2, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

        I think it’s more that if medical care hadn’t been unaffordable they might have caught the cancer at Stage 1.

        • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

          Could be. By why lament that which couldn’t be helped in any case? Death comes for us all. The idea of “defeating” it is one of our prime issues these days.

          • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

            You yawn your lives out, till you fall
            Into the grave that yawns for all

          • GreenAlba February 3, 2018 at 10:07 am #

            I agree about the idea of defeating death at all costs (but if you can catch an early-stage cancer that’s treatable, it seems only fair to treat it).

            Over here there are arguments about providing cancer treatments costing tens (or hundreds) of thousands of pounds that only extend life by maybe three months. That seems wrong to me – I hope I’d still think that if it were me facing the situation.

            Interestingly, when doctors here get late-stage cancers, they themselves have a strong tendency to opt for good palliative care and enjoying what’s left of their lives without the misery of chemotherapy etc. They don’t suffer the delusions that lay people suffer and they understand futility. It’s not within their rights to impose that on patients, though – people have to see it for themselves.

            And, paradoxically, there’s even evidence that people who choose acceptance and palliative care sometimes even live longer than those who get all possible treatments, because the treatment can be more stressful to the body than the disease.

            A friend of mine in Belgium lost her husband to a brain tumour (glioblastoma) a couple of years ago. He got about a year, but half of it was spent in misery because they ‘threw everything at him’.He would probably have been better with a peaceful 9 months and just palliative care.

            This book, ‘Hippocratic Oaths: Medicine and its Discontents’ (Raymond Tallis) is one of the best books on what people look for from medicine and why so much of it makes no rational sense. The author is a wise and caring geriatrician.

            amazon.co.uk/Hippocratic-Oaths-Medicine-its-Discontents/dp/1843541270/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=15…

            Doctors often get called out to visit a 95-year-old lady in a nursing home because she ‘isn’t herself’. She isn’t herself because she’s 95, is going to die soon, and would just like to be left alone, generally (if she’s even compos mentis) but someone somewhere (very often her family) thinks ‘something needs to be done’ and wants to whisk her off to hospital for tests, which is the last place she wants to go.

        • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

          How you been, O’Greeny?

          • GreenAlba February 3, 2018 at 9:37 am #

            I’m good, thank’ee, Scratch. Trust you are too.

        • outsider February 3, 2018 at 8:13 am #

          GA,
          In the US, any sick person walking into a public hospital MUST be treated insurance or no. Then there’s the Hill-Burton Act, which covers those who do not qualify for any other type of insurance, although the hospital will make them apply for Medicaid/Obamacare. So, I’d say he didn’t explore alternatives and put lack of money over his health. As someone who worked in this field (on the Medicaid part) there is really no good excuse for not looking after your health – unless you might harbor a death wish.

          • GreenAlba February 3, 2018 at 9:33 am #

            Thanks for the clarification, outsider. I did think people could use hospitals in emergencies, but thought the problem was the kind of routine care that might pick up an early-stage cancer.

            I watched a programme one night a while ago that showed people queuing up overnight in a car park outside a sort of pop-up clinic where people suffering from cancer and other illnesses were waiting for treatment and medication from peripatetic doctors that they couldn’t get otherwise. Maybe that doesn’t happen any more.

            Even longer ago, I had an aunt in Flushing, NY, who had a heart condition. She was widowed with three children and had a low-paying job as (I think) a dinner lady in a school. My mother mentioned that there was a time when she couldn’t afford the medication for her condition. As I say, hopefully things have changed.

            It’s a fraught subject in all countries – no easy solutions.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

            outsider: “So, I’d say he didn’t explore alternatives and put lack of money over his health.”

            I don’t think you mean it quite like I’m about to put it, outsider, but that is a sick set of priorities for a society to have. On the one hand, you have a society whose every incentive leads to pursuing private gain and disregarding needs that absolutely everyone has; on the other you have the ultimate incentive, which is mortality. Smash the irresistible force into the immovable object, and the outcome is the kind of economic brutality that turned this man’s life and death into a macabre joke.

            The real solution is to change the way health care works in the USA, and catch up with every other society that can easily afford it (and some that can’t afford it so easily, but do it anyway because it’s the right thing): make health care universally available as a right, with zero cost at the point of use. The fact that cases like this are so normal is one of the reasons why the U.S. is currently tearing itself apart at the seams — that’s how desperate everyday life has become. No one else can do it for you, so I wish you all luck.

    • 100th Avatar February 2, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

      How sad. He didn’t get to buy stuff.
      Consume

      • tucsonspur February 2, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

        Consume or Perish. I posted the following here, years ago. I made it up in response to seeing a subway poster that said exactly that.

        Lay me out
        On a slab at Macy’s
        So all the shoppers know
        Death has found me.

        As they search for
        That designer label
        Let them see me
        Cold and naked
        On that display table

        My decaying flesh
        My only attire
        A reminder to all
        It’s not fashionable
        To expire.

      • elysianfield February 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

        Avatar,
        A person who never had much might consider the money a road to happiness, correctly or otherwise. He hit two extremes of the emotional spectrum in just a few weeks…a cosmic poke in the eye.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

        Yeah, he didn’t get to buy stuff… He had absorbed the unspoken lesson that blares from every billboard and every TV screen: it’s all about consumption. Everything’s a commodity, up to and including the essentials of life.

        The guy didn’t conclude on his own that health care is just more ‘stuff’ he could either buy or not, like a fidget spinner; the lesson was pounded into him from the day he was born.

        I meant to respond to outsider above about the U.S. law that punishes hospitals for turning away patients, whether they can afford to pay or not. Here’s the article:

        Patient Dumping: A “New” Cost Savings Strategy for Hospitals

        nakedcapitalism.com/2018/02/patient-dumping-new-cost-savings-strategy-hospitals.html

        The law says they can’t; there are criminal penalties for doing it; but they do this amazingly cruel thing anyway, because the demands of for-profit medicine leave them with no option. Just… just read it.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

        They (you) live. We (not you) sleep.

  53. wm5135 February 2, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

    elysianfield February 2, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Some voters………..
    Well there are two here for sure. I will take it one step further, I hope for our nation to have a succesful president.
    wm

    • Ol' Scratch February 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

      Define “successful.”

      • K-Dog February 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

        When you have all your needs taken care of and you are in a position to help others.

  54. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    Dems walk with their pants full of it and unbearable stench spreads to both sides of the Atlantic.

  55. KL Cooke February 2, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

    Jim, you’re a modne bokher.

  56. Pucker February 3, 2018 at 12:16 am #

    “Additionally, the active ingredient of cannabis, while possibly deleterious in teenagers, appears to be positive for older people. This ingredient, THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol ), appears to restore memory in elderly mice (using mazes as a test), according to a study conducted by the University of Bonn in Germany. It appears that THC increases the number of connections between neuronal cells in the hippocampus, which is where short-term memories are stored. Future trials using cannabinoids will use purified THC rather than spliffs or reefers, so that elderly potheads will not be a regular sight in any town near you.”

    Juvenescence : Investing in the Age of Longevity
    By Jim Mellon , Al Chalabi

    • elysianfield February 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

      “This ingredient, THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol ), appears to restore memory in elderly mice….

      Puck,
      I’ve got mice in my shop that I KNOW are shit-house crazy…they rarely reach old age, however…trust me.

  57. Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 1:42 am #

    I think perhaps Jim’s use of “schmikler” may have derived from this word I found in a rather comprehensive Yiddish dictionary:

    Shmeikel

    1. To butter up; 2. to swindle, con, fast-talk

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

      Good work, but not the Great Work of transforming lead into gold at all levels, including the physical. It’s said that Fucanelli was the only man to “make the stone” in the 20th Century.

      One or rather “this one” is reminded of Blake’s Fuseli:

      The only man I ever knew,
      Who did not make me almost spew,
      Was Fuseli, both Turk and Jew.
      So my dear Christian friends,
      How do you do?

      For Elrond, with much appropriate sentiment.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 4, 2018 at 9:10 am #

        Eh? I was just lounging under this nice, shady tree. Oh, an apple bright, hanging just above. Behold it shine! Janos, doesn’t that look delicious?

        Anyway, think I’ll go inside. It’s getting dark out.

    • akmofo February 4, 2018 at 11:14 am #

      schmekl = small one (penis) [root: S-M-L]

      schmuck = big penis head (person)

      schmekler = small penis head (person)

      Q. Shtik = dodo head 🙂
      [root: S-T-K] shetek = short circuit, paralysis

      Edenics by Isaac Mozeson
      isaacmozeson.blogspot.ca/

  58. tucsonspur February 3, 2018 at 2:14 am #

    F**KU BARACKA OBAMO

    Let’s not let history fall into the fading furrows of memory, or let some of yesterday’s politics lose their treasonous scent.

    In January 2017, one of the last acts of Obama’s presidency was to commute the sentence of 74 year old Oscar Lopez Rivera, one of the FALN leaders responsible for many bombings, including the Fraunces Tavern in 1975, killing four and wounding 63. See here:

    politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/oscar-lopez-commutation-barack-obama-214685

    Let’s also go back pre-Obama and remember Eric Holder’s role in securing Marc Rich’s pardon and also, more importantly, in getting Bill Clinton to pardon a group of FALN terrorists in 2000. Why? To promote the candidacy of one Hillary Clinton for the Senate seat in New York, which has the largest number of Puerto Ricans in the country.

    It’s the Obama, Clinton, Holder pro terror triumvirate. Shortly after assuming the presidency, Obama drops the death penalty against one terrorist and then frees another behind the USS Cole bombing. See here:

    frontpagemag.com/fpm/262696/obama-frees-uss-cole-bombing-terrorist-daniel-greenfield

    Obama closes all overseas CIA interrogation centers and announces the closing of Guantanamo prison for terrorists.

    Obama raises no objection when Pakistan gives control of the Swat valley to the Taliban, and makes no objection when Yemen releases over one hundred al-Qaeda terrorists from its prisons

    Obama makes no protest when Sheik Sharif Ahmed of the Union of Islamic Courts becomes the new president of Somalia, the UIC considered a terrorist group by the Bush administration.

    Yes, the “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” Obama. The Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Alinsky disciple Obama.

    And what’s with the Bergdahls?

    youtube.com/watch?v=K9UxHGOw7uw

    The list does go on and on. Trump smelled the alien presence and knew there was danger. Obama really is from another world.

    Hail the Giant Gort of Gotham! Let his fury be unleashed!

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

      Yes, he is one of the Serpent Men of old Valusia, cunning to his core and devoid of all real humanity. We may not have seen the last of him either.

  59. KL Cooke February 3, 2018 at 2:47 am #

    “I think perhaps Jim’s use of “schmikler” may have derived from this word I found in a rather comprehensive Yiddish dictionary:”

    I think it’s a variation on ‘schmekler.’ which means a guy with a little dick.

  60. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 4:07 am #

    The Executive Summary of the Nunes’ Memorandum

    The FBI and the DOJ conspired with the Democratic Party, DNC and the Hillary Clinton election campaign to exonerate her of the violations of the Espionage Act and in the course of trying to prevent Donald Trump becoming a president, to frame him for non-existent crime of collusion.

    Joe diGenova, former federal prosecutor

    youtube.com/watch?v=AIs-b2R9Ytc&t=187

  61. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 7:27 am #

    A Byzantium Combination

    I might have been wrong all along – there was a Russian meddling!

    I guess the Putin’s boys sold Clintons the Steele Dossier, knowing full well that it was easily debunkable.

    And Clintonoids, being desperate they are, swallowed it hook, line, and sinker! (Or should it be lock, stock, and barrel?)

  62. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    The real name of Hitler’s Germany was the Third Reich, but this name completely sounds like this:

    The Third Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation

    And in Latin

    Tertius Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Teutonicae.

    And the most informative name is Latin, because the Teutons are a Germanic tribe that spawned the first wave of the barbarian invasion into the Roman Empire, but in its entirety passed into the astral after they were defeated by the troops of Gaius Marius in the Battle of Aquae Sextiae.

    Thus it is Gaius Marius who holds the copyright for the “final solution of the German question”, which is very important, since the Teutons and Franks, in contrast to the Danes, Suebi and Norvegs, worshiped Thor and Loki, and not just Odin.

    And this created additional friction between them and Vikings after the Vikings received Christianity from the hands of Irish monks who were extremely negative about the legends that Christ allegedly married Mary Magdalene and allegedly had children with her, rulers of Visigoths, Franks, Britons and God knows who else.

    In addition, Christ for the Danes, baptized by the Irish monk Popo from the Frisian Monastery of Annegrai, founded by St. Columban, replaced Odin, and this circumstance overlapped the proclamation of Charlemagne Emperor with the betrayal of Pope Leo III towards Byzantium and also with the betrayal of Pepin the Short (and his descendants, including Charlemagne), who conspired with Pope Zachary against the Christian kings of Francs Merovingians.

    Well, the fact that in the 20th century the aforementioned legends again came to the forefront of world history and became the leading geopolitical force, it obviously and does not require proof.

    And for this is enough to realize the importance of such a historical fact that Hitler’s coming to power is directly connected with the activities of the Thule Society and the Cistercian monk Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels on the filling of Nazism with ideological content with the help of the Mysteries of the German General Staff “Wienai”.

    Well, if you remember that one of the first Cistercians, you can say the founder of the Order was the true author of racial anti-Semitism and “Generalplan Ost” (also “natio deleatur”) “HOLY!” Bernard of Clairvaux, the term “Holy” in the true name of Hitler’s Germany, along with the inscription on the buckles of Hitler’s soldiers, acquires its true meaning.

    cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/148444/1069962.jpg

    • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

      Where in God’s name do you get all this shit, Finca? How can anybody spend their life concerning themselves with such detail? Don’t you find it exhausting?

      It is only fairly recently – the last decade or so – that I have freed myself from all this religion-based bullshit. It is such a relief when you finally realize ‘you’re born, you live, and then you die’ and that’s it! All the rest is a crock (or as someone on these pages once said “a bunch of crock.”)

      • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

        “and then you die” is the hard part

        ==========

        Consider this brilliant poem, Aubade, by Philip Larkin

        I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
        Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.
        In time the curtain-edges will grow light.
        Till then I see what’s really always there:
        Unresting death, a whole day nearer now,
        Making all thought impossible but how
        And where and when I shall myself die.
        Arid interrogation: yet the dread
        Of dying, and being dead,
        Flashes afresh to hold and horrify.

        The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse
        —The good not done, the love not given, time
        Torn off unused—nor wretchedly because
        An only life can take so long to climb
        Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never;
        But at the total emptiness for ever,
        The sure extinction that we travel to
        And shall be lost in always. Not to be here,
        Not to be anywhere,
        And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.

        This is a special way of being afraid
        No trick dispels. Religion used to try,
        That vast moth-eaten musical brocade
        Created to pretend we never die,
        And specious stuff that says No rational being
        Can fear a thing it will not feel, not seeing
        That this is what we fear—no sight, no sound,
        No touch or taste or smell, nothing to think with,
        Nothing to love or link with,
        The anaesthetic from which none come round.

        And so it stays just on the edge of vision,
        A small unfocused blur, a standing chill
        That slows each impulse down to indecision.
        Most things may never happen: this one will,
        And realisation of it rages out
        In furnace-fear when we are caught without
        People or drink. Courage is no good:
        It means not scaring others. Being brave
        Lets no one off the grave.
        Death is no different whined at than withstood.

        Slowly light strengthens, and the room takes shape.
        It stands plain as a wardrobe, what we know,
        Have always known, know that we can’t escape,
        Yet can’t accept. One side will have to go.
        Meanwhile telephones crouch, getting ready to ring
        In locked-up offices, and all the uncaring
        Intricate rented world begins to rouse.
        The sky is white as clay, with no sun.
        Work has to be done.
        Postmen like doctors go from house to house.

        • elysianfield February 4, 2018 at 11:15 am #

          Q, for your own peace of mind, you gotta stop reading this shit….

          • Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

            you gotta stop reading this shit…. – ely

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

            You have to admit, the image Larkin paints here:

            Meanwhile telephones crouch, getting ready to ring
            In locked-up offices, and all the uncaring
            Intricate rented world begins to rouse.

            …is brilliant.

        • Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

          BTW, I have this poem Aubade saved to my ‘favorites’ list and I go back now and then and read it. It is one of the reasons I am planning some long motorcycle trips*……..before it is too late.

          *much to the horror of my family

      • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

        That explains much: you have the fanaticism of the convert – to the religion of Atheism. You believe in Nothing as if it were a Something.

        And that makes you insane.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

          And if you had EVER taken your studies seriously, you’d be able to see thru Finc’s posturing: He’s no Orthodox. Clue – he never mentions the murder of the Martyr and Tsar Nicholas. Indeed, if you have monitored closely even this blog you would have seen him “convert” over night from disinterest to bashing the West via abstruse and aggressive pseudo-Orthodoxy. It’s a tactic and cover, nothing more.

        • Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

          you have the fanaticism of the convert – Janos

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

          Not so. I never try to push my personal nihilism on others if for no other reason than that I might be wrong…though I sincerely doubt it.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      Pius the 12th wrote one encyclical after another against National Socialism. This and giving refuge to many Jews in the Vatican led to Rabbi Zolli, Chief Rabbi of Rome, to convert to Catholicism, taking Pius’ birth name of Eugenio as his own.

      Sorry, your narrative is vicious trash. And you will be judged accordingly. As will the Jews who launched that campaign of slander against Pius the 12th.

  63. rhys12 February 3, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    I speed-read my way through the memo last night and said to myself “why was this crap classified to begin with?” The only possible reason was to cover the butts of the people involved. Politicians resort to dirty tricks to win elections? What a shocker! I never would have suspected.

    The only thing that might come of this is that a few Americans finally wake up to the danger of police/intelligence agencies involving themselves in politics and manipulating elections, which is far, far more dangerous than any alleged “Russian Collusion”.

    The CIA/FBI/15other block was asleep at the switch when Trump defeated Hillary and are now trying to compensate for it by actively discrediting Trump (not that they need to do much – he is quite capable of doing that himself!). The State Department is known outside the USA as the political arm of the CIA, and Hillary was their candidate.

    The Founders of our country were nearly universally opposed to a standing military, considering it the greatest possible threat to democracy and freedom. Standing intelligence agencies are even more dangerous. In the end, either they go or freedom goes.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      You can’t be serious. Without professional military no Nation has a chance these days.

      And military without intelligence is like a fist without brains.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

      And worst of all are standing Bankers. These guys need to be put horizontal.

  64. janet February 3, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    “to prevent Donald Trump becoming a president, to frame him for non-existent crime of collusion” —finca

    Trump’s crimes are real, hence his fear, his firings, his obstruction of justice. The Special Prosecutor is real and his investigation of Trump is real. The indictments are real. The guilty pleas are real. The FISA surveillance of Carter Page (pre-Trump) is real. The gathering blue wave is real. The coming midterm elections are real…. Etc. etc.

    You can only ignore reality for so long before it slaps you up side the head and impeaches you.

    • janet February 3, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      #ReleaseTheDemocraticRebuttalMemo!

    • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

      before it slaps you [up side the head] – janet

      ==========

      Congrats, you got it right for once.

  65. janet February 3, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    “But, even after reading only the Republicans’ memo, we can say two things. First, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department didn’t base their application to monitor Page entirely on Steele’s work.

    And, second, and more important, the Trump-Russia investigation didn’t begin with the Steele dossier. These two facts are there in that lonely paragraph on the fourth page of the Nunes memo.

    This is how it begins: “The Page fisa application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Peter Strzok.” In other words, the Trump-Russia probe began with an investigation of Papadopoulos, a young foreign-policy aide to the Trump campaign, who last year pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I.

    A Times story in December provided basically the same account, but this isn’t a newspaper report: it is an official memo written by congressional staff members quoting a secret F.B.I. court filing. Far from confirming the conspiracy theory promoted by Trump, Hannity, and Fitton, the Nunes memo contradicts a central element of it.” —The New Yorker

    #Release The Democratic Rebuttal Memo!

    • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      Janet, the matter at hand is NOT whether or not the eavesdropping warrant against Trump campaign was based on the Steele dossier or not, but in the fact that High Officers of the Court from the FBI and the DOJ knowingly lied to the Federal Judge(s) of the FISA court regarding the evidence they have during FISA application process.

      Trust me, Federal Judges are not the kind of people you want to screw around with.

      • janet February 3, 2018 at 11:19 am #

        “Trust me … believe me” said the president who has pronounced 2,000 documented lies and burned up all credibility.

        • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 11:21 am #

          Janet, you’re getting dysfunctional.

          • janet February 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

            Are you Asoka? You post count gives you away. Nice new identity, though. A Russian Caribbean farmer? LOL!

          • K-Dog February 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            You mention the name not I.

            “Speaking in the Oval Office Friday, Trump implied the memo revealed political bias at the FBI. He said he believed the purported bias was a “disgrace” and said certain people should be “ashamed of themselves.”

            The shop talk at Asoka’s Superbowl bar-b-que could get pretty lively this year.

            WOW – political bias. Who whooda thunk it ???

            The surveillance and spin industries, chocked full of beltway condo paying employees such as Asoka take the position that ‘WE ARE AT WAR’. The giving up of a few liberties that nobody ever talks about now happened over a decade and a half ago. Now the apparatchik employees who’s gravy train it is to peek and poke are entrenched in a bastion of bureaucracy in an arrangement they wish to continue.

            This with an attitude of WE ARE AT WAR combined with electronic toys and paychecks à la “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” and the result is certain. POLITICAL BIAS results.

            “I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.” <– Klattu (1951)

            Klattu said that long before surveillance and spin became the industry it is now. The Klattu of 1951 were he to visit us now would pass us by. We would not be unlike a small two street Midwest town with one unused grain silo and no services. An off-ramp on an interstate trip not taken is what we would be to Klattu now.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

            Klattu wasn’t too proud to give praise to the Creator. Or to help the Jew with his math.

  66. sprawlcapital February 3, 2018 at 10:48 am #

    This music video was twenty years ahead of its time–way before the Age of MTV. It would have been even better in color.

  67. volodya February 3, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Outsider,

    you’re right of course, there’s no requirement that whatever replaces the Democrats will be better. As you say, it could well be worse. You’re right that one apparent alternative to the Democratic Party, one that’s still in a formative stage, looks and smells evil.

    I said it myself in an earlier post, that if there’s authoritarian and fascistic tendencies in the USA, they aren’t in the heartland, ie Trump country, but rather in places where Deep State media organs like the NY Times would rather we not look, and where they’re deliberately mis-directing our attention away from: those leafy, green campuses for the exorbitantly privileged.

    But if the Democrats are a dying institution ie just a thin – cough – “progressive” cover for oligarch interests in the nation’s capitol, in my estimation the Republicans are dead, dead, dead.

    What have the Republicans got? What do they incessantly quack about? Tax cuts? Done deal. Now what? The Democrats have got identity politics and race hustlers. What about the Republicans?

    Why on earth should anyone that isn’t in the upper economic echelons vote for a Republican? What do Republicans promise to bring except maybe more poverty and more despair? Trump’s winning the Republican nomination exposed the maggot-ridden decay inside the GOP. Time to bury the carcass.

    The question is what takes the place of the Republican Party? I think the answer could be right where you’d expect it to be, in local and state legislatures where the party, at least in name, is still alive. I think that whatever replaces the GOP will start there.

    And if it bears only passing resemblance to its institutional Republican predecessor, it’s because it won’t really be a NATIONAL party but rather a collection of state parties, that is, a local-ist force or fragmentation-ist, for lack of better words. At least, that’s how I see it taking shape. And one that isn’t about projecting America’s alleged power to protect its supposed global “interests” but rather one that, as Bannon and Trump have said, is about America First, or to put it another way, AMERICANS First. And so, besides being one whose concerns are focused and divided among America’s constituent states, it will be a party of contraction from the outside world, back to where a whole lotta stuff needs to be done, within state and national boundaries.

    Does this cede the national stage to Democrats? It could happen and if the Democrats continue with their authoritarian tendencies, it could get ugly and it could spawn rebellion. But I don’t think it necessarily so, whatever replaces the Republican Party on the national level could still be the political and philosophical vanguard for the effective dismantling of the nation state that long since stopped serving the great majority of the people it was meant to serve. Because the most basic question of all is this: is the state there to serve your interests or is it the other way around?

    Could it all go completely to shit? You bet.

    • tucsonspur February 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      “What have the Republicans got? What do they incessantly quack about? Tax cuts? Done deal. Now what? The Democrats have got identity politics and race hustlers. What about the Republicans?

      Why on earth should anyone that isn’t in the upper economic echelons vote for a Republican? What do Republicans promise to bring except maybe more poverty and more despair? Trump’s winning the Republican nomination exposed the maggot-ridden decay inside the GOP. Time to bury the carcass.” Vol

      The nation overall is in a state of despair. I am not in the upper economic echelons, and I voted for Trump to save the nation. That is, to protect its borders, change its immigration policies, be tougher on crime and terrorism, and to stop the thought warping warfare of political correctness.

      And Trump getting the nomination quite vividly exposed the rats, the rot, and the rifts in the Democratic Party. Donna Brazile and the cheating. The undermining of Sanders. And on top of it all, the attempt to stop Trump both before AND after the election by Deep State lies and sabotage.

      And the disgusting meeting of Bill Clinton with the brown blob of a butterball.

      Would there be less poverty if Hillary was elected? I doubt it. Maybe, because of more welfare? All of the rackets, finance, medical, educational, etc., ran well under Obama.

      The rifts and faults in the Republican Party are also apparent. But it’s the Democrats, through Hillary and Obama, that have reached new lows. The faces of Schumer and Pelosi during the SOTU seemed to show awareness of their own ineffective ideas. Trump was the mirror in which they saw themselves, and the image was revolting.

      We need leadership and law enforcement, but I don’t know for sure if Trump can seize and handle the reins, if the horses stampede.

      The Democrats are already dead, but they just don’t know it. Blacks, Browns, campus leftists and Diversity make them seem alive and capable of being resuscitated.

  68. janet February 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    “is the state there to serve your interests or is it the other way around?” –volodya

    That is a false dichotomy. The government of the United States is a government of, by, and for the people. The people are the government.

    Politicians come from the local and state legislatures (e.g., that is where Obama came from). Local politicians (city council, school board, HOA, etc.) are not imported from Mars. They are just folks like you and I.

    • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      They are just folks like you and I. – janet

      ==========

      me, not I

      Note: If you never see another comment from me it probably means Jim has banned me for playing school marm AGAIN. I hope everyone will understand and appreciate that I can’t help myself.

      I pick on you, janet, because I know you know better while I let the innumerable mistakes made by Janos slide because he is in a different class. He is on a mission and simply cannot be bothered with minutiae.

      Concerning Janos, I often wonder what his process is for entering a comment. i.e. Does he type them or does he use a voice entry feature? Voice entry, as we all know, is notoriously unreliable.

      • janet February 3, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

        “me, not I” –Q

        The plural verb “are” is implied and unstated: “They are just folks like you and I [are]”. In the subordinate clause, writers often repeat the verb appearing in the main clause. They introduce the subordinate clause with like:

        “I need a new car like I need a hole in the head.” (Or would you, Q, say “like me need a hole in the head”?

        In any case, “me” is only used in the objective case, as in the object of a preposition. In the sentence you have questioned “I” is needed because “I” is used as a subject, not an object.

        genius.com/The-perishers-nothing-like-you-and-i-lyrics

  69. janet February 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

    To go by Trump’s public positions, it remains a question whether he understands the Constitution.

    From early in his campaign, critics have been consistently astonished by his seeming indifference to the Constitution, as he has launched attacks on the press, on mosques, and on other institutions explicitly protected by the Bill of Rights.

    Or consider Trump’s private meeting with Republican members of Congress, when the candidate expressed his admiration for Article 12 of the Constitution, apparently unaware that there are only seven Articles. “He was just listing out numbers,” said Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), a Trump supporter.

    This isn’t just a technicality: The presidential oath of office demands that the president “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    How can he protect something that he doesn’t seem to grasp, and whose underlying philosophy he seems outright hostile to?

    • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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

      Oh, hogwash and piffle.

      When you say “it remains a question whether he understands the Constitution” I chortle quietly to myself. If by “understand” you mean ‘has read, studied and thoughtfully considered the nuances of’ the answer is, of course, no. DT has read nothing deeper than Mad Magazine, if that.

      • K-Dog February 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

        He had to read Mad Magazine, it had PICTURES and Trump is in the Mad demographic.

        • janet February 3, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

          “We Classic Liberals enjoy promoting Free Speech, Free Press, and Free Religion!!!” –JG

          Like I did, you surely supported the Cordoba Initiative’s proposed location for a mosque in the funky old five-story Burlington Coat Factory at 51 Park Place? (The huge but empty retail space sits on the side of Park Place that actually locates it in the third block north of ground zero).

          You do believe in freedom of religion, including permitting construction of mosques for the 3 million Muslims in the USA?

        • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

          Like I did, you surely supported the Cordoba Initiative – janet

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

          Oh yeah, you bet your sweet ass I supported it. I was right out there in the freezing ass cold on the front lines calling for the installation of ‘fine Corinthian leather’ in every luxury Chrysler. It was me, Ricky Montalban and Sharpton.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

        What an ignorant thing to say. You are still some kind of Democrat?

        How much money has Trump made for you? Care to say? You have nothing to complain about.

        • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 10:27 pm #

          You are still some kind of Democrat? – Janos

          ===========

          Shirley you jest. If there’s two things I can’t stand it’s politics, politicians, and political talking heads……………… Wait a minute, I guess that’s three things isn’t it?

  70. elysianfield February 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    Did anyone in the readership catch Bill Maher’s program last night? The final guest was none other than “The Mooch”, Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Director of Communications…All 11 days worth of tenure.

    He did a great job of silencing the two uber liberals on the program…it was enjoyable to hear him fight his way out of that den of wolves….

    Save for his comment on Steve Bannon’s ability to self-fellate himself, he would have been one of the great ones. On the show he did correct himself and admitted that Bannon probably could not perform the feat (but who among us hasn’t tried?).

    I would opine that if Bannon could, indeed, perform the act, he probably would never leave from the bridge under which he sleeps.

  71. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    Nunes’ Memorandum and the Deep State

    Nunes’ interview, showed that his memorandum, as expected, is the tip of the Weisberg, sorry – iceberg, and the underwater part of the Weisberg, sorry – iceberg, is so huge that I’ve been scouring the Internet for 3 hours trying to find confirmation of Nunes’ hints, and as a result I find irrefutable confirmation of my long-standing suspicions of which I had a mystical precognition many years ago.

    yahoo.com/news/nunes-addresses-release-memo-fallout-233616866.html

    In particular, in addition to the memorandum, he accused Hillary Clinton of cooperating with Russian intelligence, and I first realized that these accusations are not the kind “you too” accusations that she makes quite officially against Donald Trump, but the very conscientious statements of a very informed man whose duty is to control all American intelligence and counterintelligence.

    It is another matter that, with the closest examination of the Nunes’ words, this Russian intelligence service, with which Hillary Clinton collaborated, was the organizer of anti-Putin protests in 2011-2012, known as the revolution of the pussy fur coats, the ritual sacrifice-assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the liquidation of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    And he hinted that Hillary Clinton was the initiator of the creation of a Deep State, but not to fight Trump, but to fight President Bush Jr. using the 911 method and to fight President Obama, whom she overthrew several times.

    Moreover, the juxtaposition of these hints against Trump’s publication of the Kennedy assassination files suggests that this Russian intelligence, with which Hillary Clinton is collaborating, is directly related to the deaths of Abakumov, Stalin and Beria, and was therefore associated with Khrushchev’s coup d’etat and transferring of Crimea to Ukraine.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

      was therefore associated with Khrushchev’s coup d’etat and transferring of Crimea to Ukraine

      Therefore it has a direct relation on the beginning of the anti-Semitic campaign in the USSR, as a result of which Stalin and Beria were killed.

  72. bibliomaniac February 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    Jeesh! Just a reminder that the key law enforcement figures in what Trump and his henchmen characterize as the “deep state” are neither lefties nor Democrats: they are Republicans. And Trump picked a number of them himself.

    But remember, we are not to believe the FBI, the Department of Justice, nor the Free Press. Lucky Trump has a monopoly on the Truth.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      One more time, the two-party US political system is D-E-A-D, and it’s been dead probably since 1992 election, when Hillary hired Ross Perot as a spoiler for Republican candidate George Bush.

      Before that all sorts of gentlemen agreements were ruling the political life of the US, for instance the tradition to never criticize the newly-elected President for the first 100 days of his learning curve.

      • bibliomaniac February 3, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

        Two more times, you might want to check out “The Ross Perot Myth: chicken feathers, deep voodoo, and the 1992 election.”

        Another note–there are no “gentlemen” in politics.

        • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

          You just don’t understand how much was at stake in 1992 elections – literally tens of trillions dollars, the largest and final US dollar expansion period.

          • bibliomaniac February 3, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

            I probably don’t. There’s a great deal that I don’t understand. In fact, the more that I think I know, the less I understand. I’ll do some more reading and get back to you.

          • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

            As a hint in your research, take a look at the process of dollarisation of the Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and pay attention to the term currency board.

    • janet February 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

      “But remember, we are not to believe the FBI, the Department of Justice, nor the Free Press. Lucky Trump has a monopoly on the Truth.” –bibliomaniac

      Don’t forget the BLS! Now that Trump is trumpeting a 4.1% unemployment rate, we must trust the BLS… or could Trump be lying… could the economy be in trouble?

      Stocks ended their worst week in two years last Friday, with the Dow dropping 665 points or 2.5 percent, its largest decline since June 2016.
      Trump is crashing the economy with his reckless and inept “governing.” Under Trump’s “leadership” growth is turning negative. Get used to more scary Fridays, more whole scary weekends, and more scary Mondays. JHK’s DOW at 4,000 may become reality.

  73. bibliomaniac February 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    Although I definitely agree that we are experiencing that “giant sucking sound” that Perot predicted. Our trade balance is wrecked. But it seems too late for us to retreat from the globalists–. Do you really think Trump has the answer? He lies so much I can barely make sense of him.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

      He doesn’t. He said his wires were tapped – back when? – everybody were laughing happily.

      And who got the last laugh?

      The problem is that American public don’t know 1% of what’s going on, and then they turn to conspiracy and get even more confused, since conspiracy is a shadow part of the mainstream, mostly.

  74. tucsonspur February 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    As we all know, things can really be frustrating at times.

    Frankly, I’m just flat out tired of all the dithering, dickering, and bickering.

    I just wish Trump would do it. “Bite the ass off the bear”, that is.

    Time to take fucking charge.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      Time to take fucking charge

      Like in charge of the light brigade?

      We are talking about fate of hundreds of million people, one wrong move and how many will die?

      • tucsonspur February 4, 2018 at 12:44 am #

        No, more like being “chancellor” with his own “enabling” act.

        The poem would have to be changed to, “into the valley of death rode the 600 million…”

        Check it out. You’ll love it.

        youtube.com/watch?v=uzCOL6ewpPw

    • janet February 3, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

      “I just wish Trump would do it.” –tucsonspur

      I do, too! Then Rosenstein could have him arrested and frog-marched to Gitmo. Meanwhile, all the “dithering, dickering, and bickering” are providing cover for Mueller as his investigations proceeds. Trump’s secret memo, which Trump de-classified, was not even a speed bump.

      • Q. Shtik February 3, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

        as his investigation(s) proceed(s). – janet

        ==========

        Come on janet, what’s it gonna be, singular or plural?

        And what about the pluperfect subjunctive?

        I jumped in a cab and asked the driver “where can I get scrod around here?” and the cabby says “pal, I’ve heard that question a thousand times but this is the first time in the pluperfect subjunctive.” 😉

        • EvelynV February 4, 2018 at 10:58 am #

          Now, now Q.

          janet effectively parried your “I” v. “me” thrust, you at least owe her a tip of the hat before finding more nits to pick.

          Your last remark is tainted by conflating what appears to be more of a typo mistake than a grammatical error with the plurality issue she brought to light in her defense against your former compaint.

          I was impressed by her defense. My rule of thumb which she forces me to abandon as infallibly reliable, was to say to myself what a phrase would sound like using a pronoun alone.

          e.g. “remember when you and me used to kiss turkeys…?”

          “remember when … me used to kiss turkeys…?”

          “remember when I used to kiss…”

          Nevermind…I would have erased this entire comment but I already clicked on ‘submit’

          • Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

            “remember when … me used to kiss turkeys…?”

            “remember when I used to kiss…” – Ev

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

            This (what you said above) is how I decide what is right. I know nothing about grammar, per se. Everything janet said to defend I at the end of a sentence was a bunch of gobbledygook…to me.

            And BTW, what you call a typo I call a failure to proofread before clicking SUBMIT.

      • tucsonspur February 4, 2018 at 1:25 am #

        Rosenstein? Rod Rosenstein? Better “Pea Pod” Rosenstein.

        This shyster out of Hahved looks like the meek fink who’s always the first to squeal and rat out his “buddies.”

        He has some positive creds.

        But early on, he served in the Clinton administration and also served under Obama. I believe he’s the longest serving US attorney. Too long to avoid the taint.

        Trump must fire the weasel and begin the purge.

        MAGA not MAKA.

        Hail the Great Gringo of Gotham!

        • Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

          Too long to avoid the [taint]. – tucson

          ===========

          The taint is the piece of skin between a woman’s asshole and her vagina because it taint her asshole and taint her vagina.

          • tucsonspur February 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

            Well, I never went to medical school or studied anatomy. Formally, that is. I think I may have seen it once.

            Something has to be there, taint no doubt about it.

  75. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    The events of the last days made us remember again not only the disintegration of the bipartisan political system of the USA into the “Clinton” clan and the “Bush” clan, but also that whole countries and military-political alliances have joined these clans over the past 25 years, turning these clans into something a-la axis Rome – Berlin – Tokyo on the eve of World War II.

    This suggests that the intra-American confrontation goes far beyond the country, involving in it, in fact, all other world clans on one side or the other. And since this struggle has almost acquired a worldwide character, then the stakes in it are increasing every day, because the winner will get the whole world, and the losing party will be finally written off as a scrap of world history. That is why the aggravation of the US domestic political struggle acquires truly unprecedented forms.

    It should also be specially noted that the “Bush” and “Clinton” clans are not euphemisms of the Republican and Democratic parties, but are inter-party entities, with their benefits and punishments, as well as clan discipline and clan philosophy that stretch over the party lines. This division significantly changes and sharpens domestic political life in the US, because former traditional schemes and methods for analyzing the political processes taking place in the United States, stop working and be adequate to the new political reality.

    The NAFTA agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, prepared by George Bush senior, but signed by Bill Clinton in 1993, after several amendments to the treaty, which allowed President Clinton to abolish financial regulation.

    This, in fact, triggered the madness of the printing press of the 90’s, which became a reverse side of the medal of the so-called Bill Clinton super bowl – the growth of the US stock market by about 60% per year, while the “real economy” grew by only 5% a year max.

    It is noteworthy that the inexperienced early in his presidential career, Bill Clinton, in his speech on the signing of the NAFTA, said that he was persuaded to sign the agreement by the US military, explaining that it was critical for ensuring US national security. This to some extent explains the secrecy surrounding the NAFTA signing process, but the main reason was the so-called accelerated procedure for passing this treaty through the Congress, in which Congressmen can either reject or approve the whole agreement, but can not amend it.

    Bush really wanted to sign this treaty before the elections, but did not have time, as it turned out, forever.

    NAFTA in fact, caused the collapse of the political philosophies of both the Democratic and Republican parties in 1992.

    Suffice it to say that Bill Clinton came to power with the help of the spoiler of the 1992 presidential election by the name of Ross Perot, whose program practically did not differ from the election program of George Bush Sr., except for the unrestrained criticism of the NAFTA treaty that President Bush had so persistently lobbied for. As a result, Ross Perot took away almost 20% of the votes, that is, the votes of those who were ready to vote for the Republican president, but were dissatisfied with the secrecy surrounding the NAFTA approval.

    Thus, it was Ross Perot who led Bill Clinton to the White House, and with him the entire current establishment of the Democratic Party.

    This was a violation of all conceivable and inconceivable gentlemen’s agreements on the principles of the work of the US bipartisan system, without which the written laws in any society are turned into empty sound, and society itself becomes a “collective” of separatists, under the yoke of dictators from the opposite party.

    It is not surprising that the Bushes returned a favor to Clintonoids during the 2000 elections, when George W. Bush’s victory was decided by the Florida court, whose governor was another son of George Bush, Jeb.

    You understand that after such an exchange of courtesies in 1992 and 2000, the bipartisan political culture of the United States could not fail to crack.

    In retrospect, it is clear that then America began to give up its high-tech industry and jobs not to Mexico and Canada, but to China, most of its products were sold at Cherkizon Market in Russia, depriving from work not so much of the American hi-tech industry as Russia’s light industry. In the 90’s, more than 80% of the plants in Russia were lying in ruins, and in this situation, Bill Clinton felt very comfortable, catching geopolitically tasty fish in the turbid waters of Yugoslavia and Chechnya.

    This idyll lasted a long time until the Asian economic crisis destroyed it, and the Russian default and the fall of the ruble made Chinese goods uncompetitive in the Russian market. This upset Bill Clinton so much that he ordered bombing of Serbia, and by “mistake”, the Chinese embassy in Belgrade fall victim to high-precision American weapons.

    Which hints at the fact that something went wrong in China, and the world project of Clintonoids, glorified by Fukuyama, gave the first failure.

    A more detailed analysis of what was happening shows that then, the subject of disputes were not the contracts themselves, but financial regulators of these contracts, that is, control over the printing press that Bill Clinton abolished in 1992 under the pretext of protecting the domestic producer from the awful and terrible NAFTA.

    If the story repeats(as it would if Madam became President), then any struggle with the economic crisis will turn into Sisyphean labor, since no reform will yield results if the printing press continues to print money into the pocket of thieves and swindlers.

    No matter how much dollars you tie up with new goods and services, or even burn with inflation, an irascible printing press, which lacks the brakes of financial regulation, will print more.

  76. janet February 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    “We are doing Putin’s job for him.” –John McCain

    Duh! A puppet does what the puppet master wants done. That is what collusion means. Putin interfered in the 2016 federal election, the 2017 Virginia election, and will, again with Trump’s help, interfere with the 2018 midterm election, and 2020 federal election.

    • elysianfield February 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

      ” Putin interfered in the 2016 federal election…”

      Janet,
      So? Goddamned McCain has interfered with elections his whole adult life….

  77. ffkling February 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

    It finally happened on January 23, 2018. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern puma officially extinct, removing it from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

    And a big thanks to all you Republicons for your unwavering efforts to repeal and relegate to the trash bin of history the job-killing Endangered Species Act. Fortunately, Republicons have vowed to eliminate the act prior to the end of President Dump’s first term.

    I have no doubt there’s a special place in the afterworld reserved for you. I can’t think of more deserving people.

    God bless you and God bless the USA.

    Fuckfaces.

    • janet February 4, 2018 at 1:06 am #

      Ignoring the crises will not make them go away, JG.

    • ffkling February 5, 2018 at 5:50 am #

      Oh, sure, John, mass species extinction, depleted fish stocks, pollution, soil erosion, desertification, declining freshwater supplies, deforestation, over-population, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, oceanic dead zones, the rise of jellyfish, and now we learned that insect populations are in steep decline etc., are all just a hoax perpetrated by scientists for money.

      The cognitive dissonance on the right has obviously manifested itself as the most retarded instance of mass denial in human history, with a big bump from a decades-long multi-billion-dollar PR & think tank denial campaign that worked wonders creating an entire army of amateur denier warriors spreading the lies via the internet. Now they all can see and feel the consequences, but to admit it’s time to prepare the country for more and worse would be to admit they were wrong and that is akin to death for true believers. The result is the country and its populous remains unprepared and unprotected. This is how denial destroys lives and eventually the country.

      Denial is a coping mechanism, although even the denialists know that the Earth’s life support system is crashing. Denialism is a coping mechanism, albeit destructive. The signs are everywhere, In North America, Honeybees and native pollinators are in a steep decline. Bats are dying in the millions due to White Nose Syndrome (as with the bees, a combination of negative factors is causing the immune system of bats to crash), and has spread from the Northeast to the South and Midwest. Amphibian species around the world are going extinct in unprecedented numbers due to Chytrid. With the loss of each species, another intricate link in the chain of life is lost. The system is imploding.

      “The destruction of the natural world is not the result of global capitalism, industrialization, ‘Western civilization’ or any flaw in human institutions. It is a consequence of the evolutionary success of an exceptionally rapacious primate. Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation.”

      Here’s an example of the evidence, in case you’re interested. It’s a presentation for the US Naval Academy: Ocean Apocolypse: youtu.be/2zMN3dTvrwY

  78. janet February 4, 2018 at 12:43 am #

    The Republican $1.5 trillion tax cut is bearing fruit for the deplorables in flyover country. On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted an item about a public school employee seeing an extra $1.50 in her weekly paycheck thanks to the Republican tax bill.

    $1.50 extra in her paycheck! She is one of the lucky ones. The Labor Force Participation Rate in January 2018 was 62.7 percent.

    Remember all Trump’s promises to save coal. More lies from Trump. The majority of coal-producing states actually lost jobs last year: Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Wyoming, Indiana, New Mexico and Texas were down for the year.

    • janet February 4, 2018 at 12:49 am #

      Gas prices could hit $4 a gallon by Memorial Day. So that $1.50 increase in the school teacher’s paycheck is cancelled by Trump’s increased inflation. US stocks have already slid to their biggest loss (666) under the Trump presidency on Federal Reserve inflation fears.

    • janet February 4, 2018 at 1:02 am #

      The dollar has shed almost 13% versus other leading currencies since Trump became president. Trump’s moves to slash taxes and boost spending are coming at the wrong time and will pile on more government debt, making investors less eager to own dollar assets, like U.S. Treasury bonds. Trump’s policies are sending an implicit but very clear signal to markets: A weaker dollar is the goal and markets have understood the signal. Trump is bad for the USA economy, bad for the deplorables who voted for Trump, but great for Trump’s billionaire friends, and for Trump himself. It is theft, plain and simple… A $1.50 extra in a paycheck cannot compensate for the magnitude of the Trump’s theft from the common working people.

      • Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

        and will pile on more government debt, – janet

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

        All of a sudden you’re concerned with Govt debt? That’s a new one.

      • ffkling February 5, 2018 at 5:20 am #

        That’s right, Janet. Those of us paying attention know the Republican game plan for which they require a dumbed down public and feckless media. Tax cuts for the wealthy and a few shekels for the rest of us poor slobs to create the illusion that the tax plan was created for our well-being.
        The Republicans know full well that the tax cuts will blow a huge hole through the deficit. Then it will be time to implement the second part of the plan. Claim the deficits are unaffordable. Since raising taxes on the wealthy is anathema as well as cuts to a bloated military, what’s left except Social Security and Medicare. This will be Ryan’s moment to gut Medicare and Social Security. This coupled with the Republicon’s successful elimination of defined benefit plans in the 1980s will spell disaster for tens of millions of Americans.

  79. Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 12:45 am #

    As one who grew up 5 miles from the Philly border (as the crow flies) I will be rooting for the ‘Igles’ in the Super Bowl tomorrow.

    Good night all.

    • janet February 4, 2018 at 12:51 am #

      You will be rooting for the Eagles… like my children and I.

      Implied and unstated verb “will be” requires “I” not “me”

  80. tucsonspur February 4, 2018 at 1:40 am #

    It’s time for the Brady Brat to go. Eagles must fly up the gaps and dump Brady on his ass.

    I’m already ahead with 4.5 points. I know, could be 45 and I could still get sacked.

    Good luck everybody.

    • elysianfield February 4, 2018 at 11:34 am #

      Tucon,
      I have a prediction…if the spread during the game exceeds 14 points, the team ahead in points will immediately go into the “prevent defense”, with a three man rush, and allow the other team to “miraculously” score, and get the game close enough to keep “meat in the seat” for the numerous commercials that will be aired.

      Any journeyman quarterback can move a team up the field against the “prevent”…usually in seconds…hence the last minute “miracles”….

      Sorry.

      • Q. Shtik February 4, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

        to keep “meat in the seat” for the numerous commercials that will be aired. – ely

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

        Oh, elysian, you’re such a cynic.

        • elysianfield February 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

          Q,
          I wish to hell I wasn’t. I have been a big fan of the NFL since the late 50’s. In the mid-90’s I recognized this pattern. Understand that any coach in the NFL will tell you that the “prevent” only prevents you from winning…and yet it is a constant in blow-out situations.

          Why, when you have a defense that has totally shut the other team’s offense down, and you are 17+ points ahead, would you change your obviously effective defense to one that allows the opposing team to march up the field as if they were playing against your scrubs? It defies logic…but it does keep the games close…and allows the fans to believe in miracles.

          The NFL is first and foremost a business, an entertainment business…I wish it were otherwise.

      • tucsonspur February 4, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

        Okay, but today I’m leaving my cynicism on the sideline and believing in honest, clean sport.

        When it’s done right, “you gotta love sports”, as Adam Schein would say.

        “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.” Agony lessened by fat bank accounts, portfolios, and prime real estate.

        • elysianfield February 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

          Tucson,
          As I have mentioned before, I am envious of those who have the ability to embrace religion, and I am also envious of those fans who gain enjoyment watching the game. I just cannot dis-believe my lying eyes.

          Do you remember Bum Phillips? Coached the Chicago Bears back in the 80’s…he ran a brutal defense and ran almost undefeated one year. Other teams that the Bears mauled complained that he was running the scores uo…Phillips said that if they didn’t like the scores being high, they could take a knee….

          That was the NFL….

          I know what you’re thinking…”yeah, and you walked six miles a day to school…uphill both ways….”

          • BackRowHeckler February 4, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

            Hey E. I thought Bum Phillips used to coach the old Houston Oilers, wearing a ten gallon cowboy hat, Dan Pasterini at QB …

            BRH

  81. FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2018 at 5:57 am #

    A weaker dollar is the goal and markets have understood the signal. Trump is bad for the USA economy == janet

    But there is one more clarification: all these considerations apply to US citizens who are interested in the US debt diminishing.

    But it is natural for those US citizens who are its creditors to experience a conflict of interest, as they are concerned not only in receiving their money back (with interest) that they lent to the US, but also in the relative influence of this money on the US policy.

    And the influence of money, their strength is not expressed in numbers and requires a completely different analysis.

    But in the politics, the force of debt has a full clarity and it seems obvious to me that Trump expresses the interests of US citizens who, through their citizenship are debtors, and Clintonoids are expressing the interests of US creditors.

    In order to understand this, it is sufficient to take, in the first approximation, that the force or influence of debt is described by the amount of US debt expressed in what is a natural quantitative indicator, such as a barrel of Brent oil, and look at the corresponding chart.

    (My apologies for a long URL to the FRED site)

    fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/fredgraph.png?coed=2018-01-01,2018-02-01,2018-01-01&cosd=1985-01-01,1…

    Immediately, you can see which President and when reduced the debt and which and when has increased it.

  82. FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2018 at 6:53 am #

    How Kennedy Assassination is Connected with the Murder of Stalin and Nunes’ Memorandum

    Very sketchy, purely to show that Trump does not do anything just for show and, declassifying the documents about Kennedy’s murder, he actually made a far-reaching move and hung a gun, which in the last act will certainly shoot.

    Among the documents on the death of Kennedy, declassified by Trump, an honorable place is occupied by the intercepted report of the Russian Embassy in Mexico about how Oswald appeared there in September of 1963.

    And in this report it was said that Oswald after two years of life in the USSR spoke so poor Russian that the embassy employee could hardly understand him.

    And Warren’s commission, which was investigating the Kennedy assassination, is literally overwhelmed by the testimony of Oswald and Marina’s neighbors, their acquaintances, professors at the university, some actors about how well Oswald spoke Russian.

    Conclusion: Oswald in the USSR lived in a specially arranged conditions and could not learn the language, but this interfered with the Warren Commission findings and it organized these testimonies.

    Consequently, Oswald was sent to the USSR by the US special services in preparation for his role as the “official killer who came from the USSR of the President of the United States” in September of 1959, that is, a month and a half before Kennedy announced his candidacy.

    This may mean that Oswald began to prepare for the role of a patsy for the killer of any US president, but after the 1956 elections it became clear that in 1960 John Kennedy would very likely become president of the United States.

    The list of the enemies of the Kennedy clan in the United States is well known, but for Oswald’s stay in the USSR, one of them had to have an accomplice in the KGB, who provided Oswald with the “special” conditions of stay in Minsk.

    Oddly enough, there are a lot of memories about Oswald’s stay, and those that are written on the instructions of competent comrades are not so difficult to determine.

    It remains to trace their biography back in time and forward. The journey back gives an intersection with the Doctor’s Plot and Stalin’s death, and the journey forward (taking into account Soviet and Russian nepotism) proves very fruitful in terms of finding the intersection of the names with the Black Project in the USSR and their participation in the five-year stretch of magnificent funerals, in particular, in the deaths of Masherov, Tsvigun and Suslov.

    The Doctors Plot
    britannica.com/event/Doctors-Plot

    Five-year stretch of magnificent funerals in USSR
    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/furor-time/#comment-292221

    And from here it is not far to those who helped Hillary generate a Steele dossier on Donald Trump in Russia, which, according to Nunes’ memorandum, served as the basis for the FISA court to permit the wiretapping of Trump’s counselor Page, which in turn became the basis for the appointment of Mueller special prosecutor as the head of the investigation of Trump’s election campaign relations with Russia.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2018 at 7:29 am #

      The death of Stalin in 1953 stopped his plans during the First Korean War of landing the 14th Assault Army in Alaska under the command of General Oleshev with a mission to move down to Seattle and capture the Boeing factories.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Army_(Soviet_Union)

      That was done to disrupt what Stalin considered as the Truman plans for a surprise nuclear attack against the USSR:

      On October 8, 1950 at 16:17 local time, two US Air Force fighters Lockheed F-80C “Shooting Star” violated the state border of the USSR and, having advanced almost 100 km inside the Soviet territory, attacked the Soviet military airfield near the Dry River 165 km from Vladivostok. During the bombardment by the US Air Force planes were damaged in the parking lot , one burned down completely.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

        St Ignatius (the God Bearer) of Antioch while on his way to the Arena, “I am the wheat of Christ, and I must be crushed by the teeth of wild beasts so that I may be converted into immaculate bread.”

        “I thank in whom I don’t believe, that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.” A torturer of Christians in Communist Romania heard by Richard Wurmbrand, Founder of Voice of the Martyrs.

        You have to choose. No man can serve God and serve Mammon, or the Church and Communism, or Christ and Stalin. The latter believe only in matter and hate those who believe in Spirit. So far, you are choosing wrongly, trying to drag down Christianity to the level of these butchers.

  83. janet February 4, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    REPUBLICAN DILEMMA

    As a responsible citizen, I have to make a choice about the THE MEMO. Do I believe Robert Mueller III, a Marine who served 2 tours of duty in South Vietnam, awarded 2 medals (one a Purple Heart), a graduate of Princeton University, served as FBI Director for 12 years under 3 different presidents, is a registered Republican, was Deputy Attorney General (serving in 2001), was instrumental in establishing America’s first terrorist data base and has scrupulously maintained a bi-partisan investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 elections. Or do I believe Donald J. Trump, a realty TV star with 3 military deferments (and didn’t serve because of ‘bone spurs’), a business man with 6 bankruptcies, who has had 3,500 lawsuits (169 of them federal), a serial misogynist with 14 assault suits pending, and a daddy who was having an affair with a porn star while his wife was at home with their new baby.

    Boy, tough choice. It’s like the Republicans did the old prank of pooping in a paper bag, putting it on a porch and setting it on fire. Except this time, it was their own porch.

    • messianicdruid February 4, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      DEMOCRAT DILEMMA

      “If we look back at where we were 3 months ago–my how the pendulum has swung!

      We had a MSM and the leftists acting as if they had the legal POTUS practically in manacles. The Russia narrative was non-stop and some toadies that had even the slightest connection to the POTUS and Russia ( no matter how slight, legal or decades old) were being indicted and subpoenaed for the tiniest of issues.

      Q posts started coming out telling us not to despair. Telling us that really, really big, HUGELY big things were going on in the background. All of the sudden active players of the corruption were disappearing. The big faces like Abedin, Jarrett, BHO, Podestas etc who were commenting daily like sharks who smelled blood have seemed to vanish from public view. Brazile and others have come out and tried to distance themselves and even some spooks like McCabe have hastily resigned.

      The big tell is that the dems now look like mourners instead of their usual, pompous and smug, chin-lifted and smirking elites that they beliee themselves to be. The narrative has shifted from attack, attack and bogus lying to spin control, obfuscation and efforts to distance or defend themselves.

      I HOPE we get military tribunals but I can hear the Nazi accusations already. So what! We are all called Nazis anyhow so maybe the left’s constant name-calling of Americans will work against them. We have become so accustomed to the monikers that they have lost their power.

      A military tribunal will be the only way we could get a non-partisan judicial decision on punishment for those involved. The fact that the DOJ, FBI etc are involved almost MANDATES that a military tribunal be used to avoid any conflicts of interest ( the DOJ can’t prosecute their own fairly.)“

      Irreconcilable differences?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

        Yes, if the Memo is invalid because it’s “Republican” that’s just another way of saying we can’t live in the same nation. Just as if Blacks can’t be taught by Whites (as some Blacks now believe) then complete segregation is the only answer. Or if Whites can make simple civil requests of Blacks without rage, threats and physical attack, then we don’t belong in the same State.

        Too much diversity on all levels of ethnicity, values, beliefs predicates separation.

  84. capt spaulding February 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Looks to me like Putin has accomplished everything he set out to do, from helping Trump get elected, to fostering public distrust in the FBI and other intelligence agencies, and to sow discord everywhere possible. Anybody who thinks the Russians (Putin in particular), are innocent choirboys who are being unjustly accused is either a fool or has an agenda. The Russians knew exactly what kind of monkey wrench they threw into the US with the election of Trump. They knew who and what Trump was and how he operated. Don’t think they were successful? Check out the news.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      You’re not integrating the new information, Cap. It’s real simple: You people were wrong. Deal with it and then get back to us when you’re sane again. And leave the Democratic Party because it supports candidates like Obama and Hillary.

  85. elysianfield February 4, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Mid Summer 2015 – Before becoming Dep FBI Dir., McCabe’s wife gets over $700K in campaign cash funneled in from Clinton allies for ultimately unsuccessful political office run
    May 26, 2016 – Now-Dep Dir McCabe clears Shrillary for her email crimes, before the investigation is over, and before she’s even been interviewed
    June 27, 2016 – AG Lynch and Fat Bill “accidentally” meet on tarmac at Phoenix airport for private discussion while Shrillary is under multiple investigations by the FBI and DoJ
    July 1, 2016 – AG Lynch says she’ll do “whatever the FBI recommends”
    July 5, 2016 – Comey officially declares Shrillary committed 33,000 felonies, then declares she’s not going to be prosecuted
    Mid summer 2016 – AG Lynch/Comey attempt to get a FISA warrant to investigate Trump, fails
    Early Fall 2016 – Oppo research former MI6 agent Steele dossier funded by Shrillary campaign, payoff funneled by Shrillary campaign to Steele through Mueller’s DC law firm, oppo research firm Fusion GPS firm includes wife of FBI Asst. Dep Dir Ohr.
    Fall 2016 – FBI Agent Strzok and FBI lawyer Page go to FBI Dep Dir McCabe about defeating Trump campaign, and “insurance policy” in case Trump is elected
    October 21, 2016 – Comey and DoJ add fake Steel dossier and FusionGPS oppo research, all funded through Mueller’s law firm by Shrillary campaign funds, to new FISA affidavit, get FISA warrant to investigate “Russian collusion”
    Nov 8, 2016 – Trump wins election
    December 2016 – FBI Dir Comey tells president-elect he’s “not a target”, despite ongoing investigation of Trump campaign advisor, and comprehensive wiretapping and surveillance of entire Trump campaign and transition team
    January 2016 – Comey re-certifies second FISA affidavit
    January 20, 2017 – Pres Trump Inaugurated
    April 2017 – Comey recertifies third FISA affidavit
    May 9, 2017 – Comey is fired as FBI Dir
    May 17, 2017 Dep AG Rosenstein, who approved FISA warrants against Trump consultant Page based on discredited dossier, now appoints Mueller Special prosecutor after Comey is fired
    July 2017 – Acting FBI Dir McCabe recertifies fourth FISA affidavit
    January 10, 2018 – Dep AG Rosenstein warned about DoJ being in contempt of Congress for not releasing documents to House Intel Cmte; Rosenstein responds by threatening Rep. Nunes and House Intelligence Committee with surveillance and subpoenas if they don’t drop congressional investigation of DoJ, FBI, and FISA memo details
    January 29, 2018 – Dep FBI Dir McCabe frog-marched out of FBI under armed escort, announces retirement, because of revelations of Nunes memo to Acting FBI Dir Wray
    Feb 2, 2018 – Nunes House Intel Cmte memo released

    An Executive Summary of the issues at hand. I apologize for the length of the post. Post was ripped shamelessly from “The Raconteur Report”…a site earlier suggested as worth reading.

  86. akmofo February 4, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    The Nunes Memo

    Here’s why the FBI did not want to be released. It confirmed that the FBI and Department of Justice abused their surveillance authority to target Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. It describes a criminal conspiracy on the part of the FBI, namely FRAUD UPON THE COURT.

    The FBI has stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year. They are correct insofar as the release calls into question the integrity of the FBI and DOJ, but to those that Watch Alex Jones that was obvious for months and years.

    The White House made no redaction to the memo. The release puts Trump at odds with the FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Both have urged Trump not to release it for fear that it would really make them look very bad, that is, they would be exposed for the criminal co-conspirators that they are.

    The memo lays it out that the very top law enforcement officials knowingly used manufactured information to convince a court to give them warrants to spy. Warrants to in effect frame and blackmail political opponents.

    So, either the FBI told the court the source of their information, or they did not. The best FBI can do is come forward and prove that they did indeed yessiree inform the court that the source of their paid info came from the Hillary campaign and so the criminal here is also the FISC judge(s) that allowed this criminal charade to occur.

    The memo also makes clear that the Mueller probe is based on manufactured fraud.

    What should happen next is very simple. Those that argued before the court and those that have lent their signature to this FRAUD should stand for criminal charges. Then they will sing and we will get to the full picture of how deep this conspiracy is.

    Hopefully the tentacles of the CIA and State Department will also be exposed in this. The whole aleph-bet soup of fed agencies and CIA media outlets is one disgusting commie criminal gov mafia.

    • tucsonspur February 4, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      After witnessing recent events and becoming more aware of the extent and depth of corruption, the public may be more receptive to, or at least acquiescent to a “purge”.

      Staying within the law as you mention may be the better way to go. But will it work? Who would prosecute?

      • messianicdruid February 4, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

        “The tactics laid out in the Nunes Memo are nothing short of the crap that the KGB and other similar government “hit squads” in various corrupt nations employ on a daily basis. They have no place in American politics or American jurisprudence. Any American, and especially any American who happens to sit in an office that writes or enforces laws, including but not limited to our Constitution, who fails to immediately demand that the every person involved in the acts called out in the Nunes Memo be stripped of their office and immediately indicted is violating, on a daily basis, their oath of office and has forfeit through their direct action any claim to authority of said office and additionally has declared The Constitution void.

        In short we no longer live in a Representative Republic governed by a Constitution and body of law. We now live in a thug-led dictatorship where even those who have said thuggery directed against them, once they assume power, intentionally leave said thugs in place and with power for the explicit purpose of using same against their enemies.”

        market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=232911

    • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      What about Israel? I’ve heard women there persecute the men just as in America.

      • akmofo February 4, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

        We and our girls are too busy making babies and too busy trying to make money to afford to make babies for that nonsense.

  87. ozone February 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    More:

    “But what Schiff, as well as some Republicans, are concerned with is how the public will process and respond to the existence of a massive, coordinated effort to exercise unelected political power.

    They are concerned the extent of the coordination between the state and elements of financial and corporate sectors exposes the hidden reality of how real power is exercised in Washington and the financial center in New York, the power behind the reach of the atrophied mechanisms of democratic accountability and control.” — Ajamu Baraka

    counterpunch.org/2018/02/02/liberal-totalitarianism-and-the-trump-diversion/

    That’s what it’s all about: Exposure of long ongoing conspiracies.

    Note that while this bluster and bellowing has been playing out, FISA court surveillance has been re-authorized. Remember that; nothing has yet been done to ‘correct’ any of this yuge rotten pile of [supposedly] anti-American collusion by agencies outside the strictures of the Constitution.

    Question: Are these kinds of nefarious plots and machinations now *features* of “The American Way”, rather than distasteful anomalies? It sure seems that it’s got defenders of the status quo in an uproar and full-on coverup and distancing mode.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

      No attacks of the Light Cavalry Brigade should be expected – it will be a slow constitutional process, probably starting from creating a new security agency – independent council to investigate the abnormalities in the DOJ and FBI.

      The rabbit hole goes much deeper than just the unlawful surveillance of the Trump campaign, to the events of the last 6 months of the Obama Presidency, to September 11 2001, and possibly all the way back to November 22, 1963.

      • tucsonspur February 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

        Constitutional processes may no longer work. A new agency? Show me to the nearest bridge, so I can practice my high dive.

        Trump has to crack heads and “bite the ass off the bear”. He must make the country merge by way of the purge.

        MAGA not MAKA

        Hail the Grandiose Galahad of Gotham!

  88. MrTibbs February 4, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

    =====================================
    MISSION COMPLETE.
    Classic Liberalism is the new counterculture.
    dropbox.com/s/reji6n08f97kkga/MISSION%20COMPLETE.pdf?dl=0

    -T
    =====================================

    • janet February 4, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

      Oh, boy! Love, gratitude, and joy does the winged life deploy! Go Eagles!

  89. thwack February 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

    When it’s done right, “you gotta love sports”, as Adam Schein would say.

    “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.”

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

    The martial sports will never die because they are warrior based; and thus function as a proxy for all the violent, masculine behaviors our contemporary soy based culture has deemed toxic.

    The alt right is famous for trying to get white males to stop watching the NFL and the NBA, boxing… but they don’t seem to understand the fundamental attraction of these martial sports?

    To quote Joe Biden,

    “its a big fucking deal”

  90. FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    Putin Tells an unfunny Joke About a Boy who Swaps his Father’s Navy Dagger for a Watch

    youtube.com/watch?v=WXZXuRmHKSQ

    That is, 12:30 – December 30 – the deadline for the decision by the Americans.

    Or the Naval Dagger in the form of underwater drones would be deployed.

    After this, Trump could only direct a blow to the heads of the “hawks” in the CIA and the Pentagon, demanding that they find an adequate response to this threat.

    Judging by the fact that the leadership of the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency did not refuse to meet with their counterparts from the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation and the GRU, “the leak is accounted for,” and the terrorist threat is recognized as a priority.

    • akmofo February 4, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

      Putin kills Berezovsky for unfunny joke on state television about two hookers and the Russian prosecutor general, Yuri Skuratov. Very likely many such jokes could have been told by Berezovsky at Putin’s expense.

      One has to wonder how Trump views Putin’s similarly unfunny Russian joke, better known as the Steele hooker dossier.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2018 at 4:22 am #

        You should stop badmouthing the leader of the state that stopped the Jewish Holocaust in Europe and was most instrumental in creating the State of Israel.

        Berezovsky, a prominent figure in Russian Black Project during the privatization in the 90s, made billions on looting Russia on behalf of the Clintonoids, ran to London, lost EVERYTHING since he was no longer useful, repented, wrote a letter to Putin begging to come back and was most shamefully executed by the Sect.

        • akmofo February 5, 2018 at 7:47 am #

          The Soviets didn’t stop the Jewish Holocaust in Europe, they stopped their Soviet trained nazi partners who double crossed them and eager to perpetrate complete genocide on Russia.

  91. BackRowHeckler February 4, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

    I remember watching ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, back in the day, late at night when I should’ve been sleeping, black and white TV; the robot scared the crap out of me with that death ray. Michael Rennie was pretty convincing as a spaceman. What if he turned that robot loose on earth, destroying everything in its path. Nothing could stop it, nothing!

    brh

  92. BackRowHeckler February 4, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    The Day the Earth Stood Still’ came out about the same time as ‘The Thing (that wouldn’t die)’, another sci fi thriller. James Arness played The Thing, his first movie role (uncredited). Made before my time, but two Cold War classics.

    brh

  93. pequiste February 4, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    The N.E. Patriots lose; is there any cosmic significance in this as opposed to just an outcome to a humongous mega-bucks sports entertainment extravaganza? I guess we will have to wait for the F.B.I.’s Inspector General report on the agency’s shenanigans won’t we?

    The Dow lost 666 points on Friday; is there some occult meaning to the large slide as in the number of the Antichrist, or is this the beginning of the stock bubble popping? Maybe both?

    And Bitcoin and other associated craptocurrencies have been taking dives of their own, with Bitcoin playing with the sub 8000$ level.
    Much can be made of the karmic significance of this non-cents, can’t it?

    The 2008 remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” had the most terrifying Gort ever.

    youtube.com/watch?v=glPQJJHNJkI

    Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson made the happiest version back in the good old days with “Only You.”

    youtube.com/watch?v=OLjaS_EMM-g

    Will the market crash Monday? I’m thinking suc timing would be impeccable.

  94. janet February 5, 2018 at 12:15 am #

    TRUMP DEPORTS VETERANS DOESN’T HE? YES, HE DOES.

    Miguel Perez Jr. discovered that two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the US Army and an accompanying case of PTSD are no shield from the US immigration laws.

    “There is saying that goes ‘I’d rather die like a man than live like a coward.’ In Mexico, I will have to live in fear, like a coward. No. I’d rather die right here, like a man fighting against something that makes no sense — this thing of deporting veterans does not make sense even if they try to justify with the law.”

    • BackRowHeckler February 5, 2018 at 1:22 am #

      The worst kind of war being waged in Mexico right now, a bushwacking war, narco terrorists vs the government and the people. The casualties are running into the tens of thousands.

      brh

  95. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2018 at 3:58 am #

    President Trump’s declassification of the documents on the assassination of President Kennedy was a preparation for the finale of the drama witnessed today by the Americans as a result of the publication of the Nunes’ memorandum, when the unknown persons brought down the studio equipment 15 minutes before the Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace – main political show of the only pro-Trump television channel FOX5.

    foxnews.com/transcript/2018/02/04/reps-stewart-and-swalwell-debate-significance-nunes-memo.html

    But the show still took place and usually reserved anchor Chris Wallace took a liberty, showing the astonished public all the insanity of a deep state.

    It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    youtube.com/watch?v=i415QwSj0Og

  96. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2018 at 4:46 am #

    This combination of insanity and Deep State in America was foreseen by the great artists almost forty years ago, becoming the theme of perhaps the two best American movies, one of which thundered all over the world, and the other was trampled in the mud by critics who sold themselves to the Deep Throat.

    And perhaps only now, after the publication of the Nunes’ memorandum and the documents on the murder of Kennedy, this film will be appreciated, including in combination with its half-brother, that became famous more than forty years ago.

    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
    youtube.com/watch?v=j-7pVks8avo

    The Domino Principle (1977)
    youtube.com/watch?v=BEpBtY8s8r4&list=PLWXqNkrjlLpqCpzFpIZto4iBHR_7c-TZ6

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