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I dunno about you, but I rather enjoy watching the praetorian Deep State go batshit crazy as the day of Trump’s apotheosis approacheth. I imagine a lot of men and women running down the halls of Langley and the Pentagon and a hundred other secret operational redoubts with their hair on fire, wondering how on earth they can neutralize the fucker in the four days remaining.

What’s left in their trick-bag? Bake a poison cheesecake for the inaugural lunch? CIA Chief John Brennan has been reduced to blowing raspberries at the incoming president. Maybe some code cowboys In the Utah NSA fortress can find a way to crash all the markets on Friday as an inauguration present. What does it take? A few strategic HFT spoofs? There will be lots of police sharpshooters on the DC rooftops that day. What might go wrong?

Civil War Two is underway, with an interesting echo of Civil War One: Trump dissed Civil Rights sacred icon Georgia congressman John Lewis, descendant of slaves, after said icon castigated Trump as “not a legitimate president.” That now prompts a congressional walk-out of the swearing-in ceremony. The New York Times is acting like a Manhattan socialite in a divorce proceeding, with fresh hysterics every day, reminding readers in a front-page story on Monday that “[Martin Luther] King’s birthday falls within days of the birthdays of two Confederate generals, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.” Jeez! Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters?

There’s not much Trump can do until Friday noon except tweet out his tweets, but one can’t help but wonder what the Deep State can do after that magic moment passes. I’ve maintained for nearly a year that, if elected, Trump would be removed by a coup d’état within sixty days of assuming office, and I still think that’s a pretty good call — though I hope it doesn’t come to that, of course. My view of this was only confirmed by Trump’s performance at last week’s press conference, which seemed, shall we say, a little light on presidential decorum.

Perhaps it befits this particular Deep State to go down in the manner of an opéra bouffe. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, old Karl Marx observed. What does the Union stand for this time? The rights of former SEC employees to sell their services to CitiBank? The rights of competing pharma companies to jack the price of insulin up from $20 to $250 a vial? The rights of DIA subcontractors to sell Semtex plastic explosives to the “moderate” jihadis of the Middle East?

So the theme of the moment is that Donald Trump is a bigger crook than the servants and vassals of the Deep State. He ran for president so he could sell more steaks and whiskey under the Trump brand. He’s in violation of the emoluments clause in the constitution. Well, I’m not aware that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or Andrew Jackson put their slaves in a blind trust after they became president. Anyway, at this point in our history, nobody can beat the Deep State for financial turpitude, certainly not a single real estate and hotel magnate.

I guess the big question is whether the Deep State — and, yes, Virginia, the Deep State does exist, unlike Santa Claus — will tear the country apart in the attempt to defend all its ill-gotten perquisites and privileges. The public at large is restive, eager to get on with the job of deconstructing the matrix of racketeering that adds up to the immiserating culture we live in, a society where health insurance company presidents make $40 million a year while ordinary people lose their homes because a $5,000-deductible health insurance policy doesn’t cover the cost of treating a routine tonsillectomy.

I didn’t vote for the Cheeto-head sonofabitch, but it will be interesting to see what he does between noon and six p.m. Friday, if he survives the festivities.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. Lonely Traveler January 16, 2017 at 9:31 am #

    Nice post, Mr. Kunstler. Remember those sandwich-board guys with the “The End is Near” signs? They were the seers of our age.

    • Bro Jobe January 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

      Be careful what you wish for. I lot of folks have wished for this rotten apple of a Republic to undergo some “creative destruction.”

      That’s fine for an industry. For a nation? Think “oceans of blood.” And this time, history repeating itself may only look like farce until the blood starts to flow.

      • Lonely Traveler January 17, 2017 at 8:26 am #

        Every empire dies. It’s our turn.

    • ffkling January 16, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

      So Trump packs his first news conference with cheering paid staffers to create the illusion that even the press corp. is on board. Just a taste of the Trump subterfuge yet to come.

      • benr January 20, 2017 at 10:37 am #

        Oh you mean just like Hillary bussed in people to riot at Trump rallies and when she could barely fill the first rows of any venue she went to they used weird angles and unusual camera lenses to cover this fact up?
        The D

    • j0nx January 17, 2017 at 11:58 am #

      I caution the deep state that if they institute a coup that they will be literally fighting 50% of the nation as they pickup arms against them. The American people would not stand for it and would literally go to war against anyone who is on the coup side. Be warned. If anyone who thinks they can start a coup and get away with it then what they will really get is civil war 2.0 with the side that owns 90% of the guns and has had 90% of the training.

    • abbybwood January 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      Best quote of the article:

      “The public at large is restive, eager to get on with the job of deconstructing the matrix of racketeering that adds up to the immiserating culture we live in, a society where health insurance company presidents make $40 million a year while ordinary people lose their homes because a $5,000-deductible health insurance policy doesn’t cover the cost of treating a routine tonsillectomy.”

  2. Cold N. Holefield January 16, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    Love the title, Jim. Perfect. It looks like Keiser thinks Trump’s the answer, when he’s no such thing. Trump is right about one thing, CNN is Fake News. It’s Propaganda. The entire Mainstream Media is Propaganda and it’s now officially sanctioned and financed by Uncle Scam with the most recent NDAA.

    So It Is Written, So Shall It Be Done

    Careful Of The Snipers

    • FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      Cold, you should do your research better. The “Unknown Snipers” color-revolution technique was first used in 1968 Czechoslovakia, in 1991 in Moscow, in Serbia, during the Arab Spring, in Ukraine, in Syria.

      It is practically in the Western textbooks on Color revolutions. Blaming Putin for Maidan in Kiev is ridiculous, especially in view of the crew that came to power as a result of it.

  3. Jeremy January 16, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    youtu.be/ZkiNHJfh-m4

  4. janet January 16, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Very good rant this morning! Will government regulation of Semtex be removed, so the “free market” invisible hand can finally work? Indeed, what does the Union stand for this time?

  5. Petro January 16, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    Any thinking mind is reeling with all the possibilities of just WTF has really been going on behind the scenes for the past year. And what new plots might be planned for the coming months?

    I imagine a convoluted, entertaining, and horrifying drama not unlike something from James Ellroy’s “Underworld U.S.A.” trilogy.

    • SpeedyBB January 17, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      Very true. When I read Ellroy – as a Texas boy who observed a lot of the violent 1960s shenanigans up close – it read like alternate history. Now history is apparently aping fiction.

      Maybe science fiction, considering what a pack of weirdos the Trumps all are. Somebody made an astute observation, by the way, about the hapless Melania: ‘This is not what I signed up for’.

  6. K-Dog January 16, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    While Cheeto avoids windows and strangers are frisked before they can meet him perhaps Obama could pardon Leonard Peltier,

    • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 10:00 am #

      I endorse this suggestion. In fact, Obama could go farther:

      truthdig.com/report/item/noam_chomskys_audacious_request_for_president_20161225

      “Retired MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky issued a video message on Friday, December 23 regarding the critical problem faced by undocumented immigrants on the verge of a Trump presidency.

      “‘President Obama, to his credit, has issued personal pardons in deserving cases, but he should go far beyond,’ Chomsky stated.

      “On December 19, just weeks before leaving office, President Obama pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 other prisoners. The recipients were all non-violent, low level drug offenders deserving of a second chance. In total, President Obama has pardoned 1,000 individuals since taking office; more than 50 times that of George W. Bush.

      “Chomsky then dared the president to set a new record.

      “‘He should proceed to what is, in fact, an urgent necessity, to grant a general pardon to 11 million people who are living and working [in America], productive citizens… threatened with deportation by the incoming administration,’ Chomsky insisted.”

      • Sean Coleman January 16, 2017 at 10:58 am #

        Perhaps he should grant the pardons before they commit the offence. Now that’s progressive!

        • TiredOfTheTreadmill January 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

          Not really progressive, but more a matter of how much money you have and your connections. If you can get the law enforcement agencies to just not enforce the laws you plan to break, then you don’t need a pardon. Just lobbyists. Follow Wall Street’s lead if you can. But they ensure the peons don’t have enough money to just ignore laws knowing the regulators are easily paid off. We have two sets of laws, one for them, one for us.

      • lsjogren January 17, 2017 at 10:18 am #

        Trump carries a lot of baggage, but he is blessed by the good fortune of facing a deranged opposition.

        I’m sure he’s rooting for the show biz dilettantes, pseudo-intellectuals, and so-called journalists, to keep it up.

    • Tia January 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

      K-Dog I second that motion/emotion.

  7. DrTomSchmidt January 16, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    The rights of former SEC employees to sell their services to CitiBank? The rights of competing pharma companies to jack the price of insulin up from $20 to $250 a vial?

    There’s the racket in its purest form. A brother has Type 1 diabetes. The costs have gone beyond ridiculous if one does not have health insurance, which is simply hiring a gang of goons to deal with the pharmaceutical goons. $250 a vial is cheap, JHK. Google the cost of Humalog, which now costs somewhere north of $500 a vial.

    Those without access to Canadian or Mexican pharmacies are in real financial trouble. Fortunately, my brother has a health plan. Lord help those peasants on the bottom.

    • Ishabaka January 16, 2017 at 10:51 am #

      And our federal government continues to prohibit Americans from importing Canadian medications due to “safety concerns” – when the health care system and health of Canadians is demonstrably better than that of Americans.

      • shotho January 16, 2017 at 10:58 am #

        By all means, let’s import more drugs, so more of the population can get hooked on them.

      • newworld January 16, 2017 at 11:07 am #

        Here in Illinois our former crooked governor suggested that people be able to buy Canadian sourced pharma, and coincidently his transgressions became public knowledge and he was arrested. Not a conspiracy but a remarkable coincidence.

    • djc January 16, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      My wife has Type 1 Diabetes and I can vouch for your comment.

      However the status quo cannot continue and change will come no matter what anyone says or does. Who was it that said when things can’t continue they won’t. The Buddha? Jerry Garcia?

    • Paulo January 16, 2017 at 11:35 am #

      Dr Tom,

      My wife has had type 1 for almost 50 years. The price in Canada for 100 units (penlit form cartirdges) is $67.00….5 cartridges. With our extended health plan that provdes dental, drugs, eye glasses etc. our cost is just over $19.00. ($19.00 vrs $500.00…..hmmmm)

      We pay approx. $300 per month for the Blue Cross coverage. If we did not have it our insulin and other diabetic costs would be approx $4800/year and that includes test strips, lemilear insulin, etc?, So, considering I am also covered for dental, glasses, etc (although I have no perscriptions and never buy glasses) our total drug and health costs are under $4,000 per year for two, one of who is type 1.

      This includes all doctor and hospital visits, of course.

      I hope vaseline is cheap in US, because that’s what you guys really need.

      Your brother needs to move to country with a single-payer system.

      • Paulo January 16, 2017 at 11:44 am #

        I just added up it up and must add that this $19covers approx 20 days of treatment.

        And Shotho, without is she dies. It isn’t about ‘getting hooked’ on drugs. What, you think a type 1 dibatic can boil up a few herbs and be okay? She contracted the disease at age 13 and has lived a very full and productive life. She is presently retired and in excellent health. I just heard her leave to go swimming.

      • DrTomSchmidt January 16, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

        My brother is, in fact, all right, Paulo. He has a health plan. I cannot even begin to imagine what must happen to those people who lack one.

        I don’t even object to the prices of the medication for innovations. As I understand, there’s some new drug for hepatitis C that literally cures the person but it costs one heck of a lot. Don’t want a cure, don’t pay for it and keep taking the old, maintenance medicine. I think even at the price of the new medicine that it is a good idea to take it in terms of restoring vitality and earning ability.

        The issue is, these insulins have been around for 40 years or so. They’re not new. So there should be no Patent privilege on paying for them. It is simply not possible that the costs of producing insulin have gone up so much; it’s simply a drug company management, epitomized by Martin Shkreli (and thanks to him for making me aware of it), seeking to force people who MUST have the medication to pay up. Literally, your money or your life.

        The unearned profit will wind up costing the pharma companies, big time. As I understand it, Trump supports importation of medicine from Canada. Of course, at the cost of come of them, I will drive my brother to Canada if needed to keep him healthy. We can do a small vacation on the money that DIDN’T go to pharma execs’ pockets, and save the rest.

        Continued good health wishes to your wife, sir.

        • sharonsj January 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

          And to all that, may I add: I am not a diabetic but I have severe arthritis and multiple spinal problems. I could not afford health insurance and the one drug that helped me (Celebrex) cost, at the time, $110 for 30 capsules. I couldn’t afford the drug either. But I could order it from Canada and get three months’ worth for $150 (which I could afford).

          A licensed Canadian pharmacy sent me the drug and I never had a problem with “safety.” When our fucking Congress banned Canadian-imported drugs, the pharmacy got around that by having the drug shipped to me from some pretty strange places, like some island in the South Pacific. That continued until I got on Medicare and the drug was pulled from the market.

          Congress refuses to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and it just refused to allow Canadian drugs back into the U.S. While some folks hope Trump dismantles the system, Congress probably won’t let him. I’m at the point where civil war and/or a revolution sounds mighty tempting.

      • abbybwood January 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

        I am confused.

        If you are Canadian and have “single payer” why do you pay Blue Cross for your coverage?? I thought single payer eliminated the insurance middle men??

        If the insurance corporations are in Canada ripping Canadians off so they can get their profits for their shareholders, where do the “savings” come in so Canada can have “single payer”?

        PLEASE do elucidate.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

          Because the government-run system doesn’t cover everything; it covers the basics pretty well. Also, coverage is based on province of residence. I have an Ontario Health card but not a card from Nova Scotia. Each province makes its own decisions about administration.

          Sometimes levels of coverage change as well. For example, until a few years ago here in Ontario a visit to my eye doctor was free. Now, I have to pay at the point of service. Visits to a general practitioner are still free at the point of service, though.

          That’s why there are still private plans that fill in eye, dental, drug coverage, etc. The savings come in because they insurers, pharmaceutical companies, medical supply and equipment manufacturers, et al aren’t running the show. If they want to make money, they have to provide a meaningful benefit that makes them worth paying for, rather than being an all-encompassing extortion racket. I DO hope that’s sufficient elucidation.

  8. pequiste January 16, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    I lament the passing of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus after 146 years. Entertainment for a different time and civilization.

    On the other hand the whole world, with Washington D.C. as the center ring, is now the perpetual circus. Televised for everyone’s convenience. Donald J. Trump is perfect as the rIngmaster, complete in red tails, black pants with side stripe, black boots and top hat. Don’t forget his whip or at least a riding crop.

    A freak show beyond compare.

    Speaking of sideshow specials: can’t wait to see the Friday footage of Snowflakes versus BIker on the Lying News Networks!

    (And Barry O. (Barack Hussein Obama) just rides off into the sunset?)

    (I damn sure hope so. Four more days muthafucka, four more days!)

    • sooty January 16, 2017 at 10:34 am #

      re: Ringling Brothers–I hope that “time and civilization” have indeed passed.
      Making money off the beaten backs of caged, chained animals sucks. Imagine what stronger threats it takes to get a wild cat to run toward fire, and jump through a flaming hoop. Cirque du Soleil is much preferable–artistic rather than sad and seedy, and everybody in it is there by their own choice. Watching weird ways humans can bend themselves is better entertainment, anyway.

      • shotho January 16, 2017 at 11:00 am #

        Very well said, sir! Only the barbarians among us, and their numbers are legion, will miss the brutalizing of animals.

        • elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 11:45 am #

          “Very well said, sir! Only the barbarians among us, and their numbers are legion, will miss the brutalizing of animals.”

          Shotho, et al;

          Do you remember, as a child, the old cartoons on TV? Specifically the one’s showing people throwing baseballs at the head of a black man sticking his head through a curtain? My father, in his youth, saw one of these booths at a Midway in Lodi California, in the ’30’s.

          Regarding Bikers Vs Snowflakes…saw THAT up close and personal when a small group of Hells Angels waded into a moderate sized group in front of the Administration Bldg at San Jose State, in 67-68…anti-war protestors whaled upon with pipes and bats. History repeats….

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

            Forgetest thou the Snake which fought to save the human soul? Did He not offer you Knowledge? And did you not spurn Him with your heel, eager for “Faith”?

            You repenteth? Very well. Consider then then the Law of the Conservation of Evil. Evil is not destroyed by “reform”, it merely changes form. Do you really think Sooty would not enjoy seeing White Men tortured in the Coliseum? Or Shotho not enjoy throwing balls at their heads?

            And what of you? What cruelties have you repented of? And with what have you replaced them? I do not deny reform, but simply state that it is almost always a lateral change. True Goodness is rare. And rarer still is a true transformation into the Light, the Light which I Am.

          • elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

            Janos,
            Never reform, but rather an avoidance. Repentance in the form of humanistic regard. With tears in my eyes I can weep for the human condition, and will try to mitigate the most harmful of my habits and thought, but will not accept a paradigm change that would deny reality. True Goodness is not an option, nor is The Light.

        • pequiste January 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

          But we are not going to miss the (continued) brutalization of Humans. No that will continue. A show which the object will be exploitation, abuse and laffs, and not for paying customers (rubes) on a midway or under the big top, nope – but from the robots and computers that m@N is busily setting over himself.

          The A.I. circus. (There is a yuge Silicon Valley fortune in this somewhere.)

          Step right up.

        • ffkling January 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

          My sentiments exactly. Thank you.

  9. pequiste January 16, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    youtube.com/watch?v=HqIY3NfoYvw

    Sorry I forgot the anthem. My bad.

    • sprawlcapital January 22, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

      Thanks, PQ.

      Those old machines are amazing. I especially like the American Fotoplayer.

  10. hmuller January 16, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Oh my God JHK, you’ve become a card carrying member of the tin-foil hat crowd. Deep state? That’s just crazy conspiracy talk. But seriously, welcome to the club. I’ll be cheering for the orange Prince of the Oompa Loompas to drain the swamp.

  11. messianicdruid January 16, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    I am celebrating Martin Luther King’s and Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday today, but Poe’ s seems more appropriate this year.

    • Greg Knepp January 16, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      ‘The Conqueror Worm’ comes to mind.

  12. Being There January 16, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    I didn’t vote for him either, I did a protest vote for Jill Stein, but Trump was the only referendum on Project Globalism we could vote for and the deep state thought the folks would never go for it.

    The rest of the Rep party is a purified death cult going for rampant privatization of all things public to make every aspect of this country into a profit center because the rich can never be too rich (or too thin—that is in numbers)

    Right now I’m calling for people to organize their own local healthcare coops, since this Federal system is unworkable.
    I’m trying to get ideas about how this can be done and hopefully get a groundswell for taking our survival into our own hands.
    Washington works for the Heritage Foundation, The Cato Institute, all organs of the Koch Brothers and extreme austerity ideology while promoting that the rich can all live beyond law.

    Let’s see what Trump can do….it can’t be any worse than what we have now even if the optics aren’t great.

    • Lonely Traveler January 16, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Hi Being,

      I like the idea of healthcare coops, too. As long as doctors are being paid by the insurance goons to play along, a healthcare coop may not fly. Soon enough, it’s all going to come tumbling down around us, and then the healthcare coop will be a very popular idea.

      • Ishabaka January 16, 2017 at 10:56 am #

        You really think doctors enjoy dealing with insurance goons? I suspect you’ve never talked with a doctor. There is a huge movement in American medicine to drop all insurance companies and treat patients for cash – it’s called “concierge medicine”. Google is your friend.

        • AHtheHumanity January 16, 2017 at 11:22 am #

          “Fee-For-Service (FFS) plans generally use two approaches.
          Fee-for-Service (FFS) Plans (non-PPO)
          A traditional type of insurance in which the health plan will either pay the medical provider directly or reimburse you after you have filed an insurance claim for each covered medical expense. When you need medical attention, you visit the doctor or hospital of your choice. This approach may be more expensive for you and require extra paperwork.
          Fee-for-Service (FFS) Plans with a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
          An FFS option that allows you to see medical providers who reduce their charges to the plan; you pay less money out-of-pocket when you use a PPO provider. When you visit a PPO you usually won’t have to file claims or paperwork. However, going to a PPO hospital does not guarantee PPO benefits for all services received within that hospital. For instance, lab work and radiology services from independent practitioners within the hospital may not be covered by the PPO agreement. Most networks are quite wide, but they may not have all the doctors or hospitals you want. This approach usually will save you money.
          Generally enrolling in a FFS plan does not guarantee that a PPO will be available in your area. PPOs have a stronger presence in some regions than others, and in areas where there are regional PPOs, the non-PPO benefit is the standard benefit. In “PPO-only” options, you must use PPO providers to get benefits.” Opm.gov

          The only other option besides a PPO is a neighborhood clinic. Kunstler referred to this old fashioned localized basic healthcare as the way to go and has already been implemented in my county because they opted out of obamacare. Half are private emergency clinics competing with charity hospitals that are overrun with poor immigrants after 5pm.

        • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 11:50 am #

          Speaking as one of those medical people, I feel confident saying on behalf of the profession that interactions with insurance companies are viewed with the same enthusiasm a condemned prisoner receives a ‘final appeal denied’ letter. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to argue that a hysterectomy is not a drive-thru procedure (‘You want fries with that uterus?’). Legitimate billings are routinely denied multiple times before grudgingly approved (all of which requires additional employees to process the papers and keep track of the tortuous appeal process). Care is denied at the whim of a disembodied phone voice in a call center sitting in front of a checklist rather than sitting in front of the patient. None of this advances the cause of health – it merely increases the cost by layering in additional levels of bloat and bureaucracy.

          The Affordable Care Act is a dog with fleas precisely because of what Obama gave away before the negotiations even started. Medicare for all or a Single Payer option were taken off the table before negotiations even began. Leave it in the hands of the for-profit industry and this is what you get. Private insurance is beholden more to its shareholders than its subscribers. They make their money by taking in more than they disburse, so denials are essentially revenue enhancing strategies. A third is routinely raked off the top to pay for teakwood paneling in the executive suites and shareholder dividends. You’d be surprised the number of docs that would love to get back to the practice of medicine instead of having to navigate a byzantine and ever-shifting system that is gamed against practitioners and patients.

          Don’t get me wrong – I make a good salary at what I do (which I like to think is commensurate with the long hours and risks). But JHK is right in referring to the medical field as overstuffed and inefficient. The World Bank estimates health care in this country comprises 17.1% of the GDP (far and away the highest in the Western World – only the Marshall Islands meets our prodigious levels). This is not sustainable. Call it enlightened self-interest. A system on the precipice of collapse isn’t one that benefits any of us.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

            What I hear about the bewildering inefficiencies of the U.S. health care system just floors me.

            – Doctors’ offices dealing with multiple conflicting bureaucracies each with the own systems for coding and billing of procedures.
            – Massive overspending on underused medical supplies and equipment (like MRIs sitting gathering dust).
            – Risk-averse doctors trained to overtreat everything in sight, rather than risk being sued for malpractice.
            – And of course, pharmaceutical giants astride it all, jacking up prices and saturation-marketing boutique drugs that are barely different from the last decade’s off-patent boutique drugs when they’re not completely useless.

            It all boggles the mind. In 2015, U.S. health care spending reached an all-time high of 16.9% of GDP.

            oecd.org/els/health-systems/OECD-Health-Statistics-2016-Frequently-Requested-Data.xls

            That year, the U.S. gross domestic product was just the tiniest shade above 18 trillion dollars.

            data.oecd.org/gdp/gross-domestic-product-gdp.htm

            Doing the math, that comes to $3 trillion in health care spending or $9,451 for every man, woman and child. The same year, Canada spent an equivalent US $4,608 per capita or less than half (48.8%) yet we are just as healthy as Americans. So half of US $3 trillion is basically being pissed away EVERY SINGLE YEAR due to all this waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system. Just imagine all the rail, transit, clean energy, and other kinds of sustainable development that could be achieved if those wasted resources were freed up, to say nothing of the millions of people who are deprived of coverage. It’s all beyond stunning, it’s heartbreaking.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

            Rare agreement with you. But what about the long waiting times in the Canadian System? True or just American propaganda? I assume wealthy Canadians have private options in any case.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

            Wait times are real, and sometimes frustrating. They’ve hit me too, but I see it as a cost of doing business when you have other priorities you want to emphasize. There are quite a few Canadians who disagree, it’s true. There’s a popular talking point that we are going to the U.S. in droves for care that we can’t get here, but realistically that’s 1% of cases or fewer. It hardly registers.

            In all seriousness, Janos, there are enough reasons why single-payer is a better system that you and I could agree on at least one or two of them even while disagreeing on others. Some people are concerned with compassion for those left behind, others with costs that are completely out of control. Right now I see America being ripped apart between haves and have-nots with health care being a big part of the problem. Your idea of what the ‘health’ of your republic requires may differ.

        • Lonely Traveler January 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

          Au contraire, Ishabaka. I worked in healthcare for twenty-five years. I talked with hundreds of doctors. Besides being a bunch of smug, self-serving pricks, most of them were into their sailboats, golf memberships, big houses, trophy wives, tax-deferred annuities, German cars and lavish vacations. The younger ones were also leveraged up to their eyeballs in student loan debt, so they were especially avaricious. Don’t tell me I don’t know doctors – greedy bastards.

          • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

            Lonely Traveler: I’ve met a couple that comport with your description, but in the semi-rural area I practice at, folks like that don’t usually last too long. As for me, still with the starter wife (and plan on finishing with her), no sailboat, never golfed in my life, a house with a factory worker living next door (and 100K still on the mortgage), a two year old Ford Fusion and 2 weeks a year max on vacation. I’ve got some money socked away for retirement, but that’s at least a decade away (70 or bust!). And before applying to medical school, I worked for six years and every penny of tuition and expenses came out of my personal savings. I’m sorry your experiences were so brutal……

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

            Don’t forget though, these people are savaged in medical school, enduring extraordinary sleep deprivation for no reason except the sadism of the older Doctors, eager to initiate the medical students into the same madness that they went through. People abused like this feel a cultic kinship with other survivors – and feel entitled to everything. They enjoy mocking their patients during surgery – as some have awoken to hear.

            In Europe, the process takes a bit longer but without any of this kind of savagery.

          • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

            No, there’s plenty more reason. Medical schools make more money with a quicker churn. Also, there’s a shortage of docs.
            US medical schools are hell. Cramming and nonstop reading for 2 years and then off to indenture with a program at a hospital for a year.

            Look at the people documented being mocked. Slobs that seldom took initiative to care for their health.

            Kids used to be called fat. Now that’s bullying hate speech. Society had corrective procedures to ensure member conformity.

            That’s gone.. acceptance is the order of the day.

    • ozone January 16, 2017 at 10:25 am #

      “Washington works for the Heritage Foundation, The Cato Institute, all organs of the Koch Brothers and extreme austerity ideology while promoting that the rich can all live beyond law.”

      BT,
      This is where we can see how it’s all shaking out and Kunstler’s acerbic wit nails it to the wall: perqs and privileges…

      “I guess the big question is whether the Deep State — and, yes, Virginia, the Deep State does exist, unlike Santa Claus — will tear the country apart in the attempt to defend all its ill-gotten perquisites and privileges. The public at large is restive, eager to get on with the job of deconstructing the matrix of racketeering that adds up to the immiserating culture we live in, a society where health insurance company presidents make $40 million a year while ordinary people lose their homes because a $5,000-deductible health insurance policy doesn’t cover the cost of treating a routine tonsillectomy.” –JHK

      Ties right in with Dr. Tom Schmidt’s protestation above. The ACA is a huge fraud designed to keep the insurance companies bottoms and bottom lines nice and fat. They were losing money hand over fist because *no one could afford insurance any more*! Something had to be DONE keep the racket going! (Cue O’blammo and a slick presentation for Unconstitutional Extortion.) Now Trumpy has already waded in on this topic, calling these excessive charges “disgusting” or some such ubiquitous Trumpism. Like I have said, if he really wants to change some things, he’d be better off shutting up and *doing* them; brag later. Don’t let the bastards see where your line of attack is going to be. (We might be surprised at a few good outcomes, rather than all these disasters that the mouthpieces of the Deep State are braying through the Grand Wurlitzer.)

      (Interestingly enough, I have discussed with a neighbor starting a co-op insurance company to undercut the hell out of the established grifters and still make a living — versus a *killing*, that is.)

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

        Buy that classic of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, “The Barefoot Physician’s Guide”. Young cadres performed miracles with a few acupuncture needles, herbs, and a rusty scapel. Do you have the balls to operate on people, just looking at the picture in the book? Why not – if you are their only hope? I’d do it for you…

      • ozone January 16, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

        Minions have no “positions” other than the ones they are told to hold and promote. I suggest they sea kelp. (…and real employment.)

        • sprawlcapital January 23, 2017 at 12:27 am #

          Ozone: I suggest they sea kelp. [seek help]

          ======================================
          If speech recognition software is this bad, how much more of a joke will “artificial intelligence” be? And autonomous vehicles should be good comedy too, unless you’re the victim of one of them.

    • Josh January 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

      Coops would be great, if we removed the barriers in their way. Health insurance should be simple – a (voluntary) group of people where each pays the average of all their medical expenses, so no one gets hit too hard from an unexpected illness or accident. I think it’s complicated unnecessarily by the relationships btwn insurers and providers – things like pricing discrimination and only accepting certain insurances (if any). Labor and money are wasted negotiating prices and building networks, and things becomes too convoluted and opaque for effective competition. A doctor should charge everyone the same price, and they should no more care (or even know) which group I’m pooling my costs with, than they do which employer paid my salary. All the doctor needs to see is plain old fungible money, whatever path it took to reach his hands.

      Example – My Obamacare plan screwed up my insurance and disenrolled me recently. I was assured I’d be covered by Medicaid until I could be put on again, but when I got to an ENT where I had an appointment (for a 2nd opinion on a tonsillectomy, actually), I was told Medicaid was no good b/c I was out of area (different city, but same state)! Should we really need to change our insurance every time we change our zip code?

      The secretary told me that if I paid out of pocket, they’d take $350, though that was really half the actual price of $700. All the ENT was going to do was talk to me for 10 minutes and peer down my throat. That doesn’t reflect the real cost, or real competition. They’d certainly charge Medicaid or any other insurance company much less. But if I started a coop today, it would have to pay the full price, unless it started going around negotiating, which would involve hiring more staff and wasting money, and it would have to build up a large client base to have real leverage. Is Trump going to simplify things and get rid of these barriers? I haven’t heard him address them at all.

      • DocBerg January 16, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

        People who like single payer government health care should take a good hard look at what happens in the VA system. I am a patient in it, and have found that most of the front line people are superb, but they are hamstrung due to the senior management and the general DoD syndrome of preferring weapon systems to human beings. This results in long waits for care, while new furniture is installed, and sculptures placed.

        My friends who have lived in and visited France are impressed with their system, but good luck getting anything like that through our wall of lobbyists.

        • ozone January 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

          Disappearings of bureaucrats can help them arrange a better order of priorities. Their victims have the skills, after all.

  13. Greg Knepp January 16, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    “…a little light on presidential decorum.”

    True enuf, but haven’t we had belly full of presidential decorum over the decades?

    Last evening I attended a diner party of in-town ‘intelligensia’. It was all quite glib and civilized until the third glass of wine and the subject of politics reared its engorged orange head. Three liberals – including myself – came out of the closet and confessed to having voted for The Donald. All hell broke loose!… “I love it, God help me do love it.” *

    *quote from the movie ‘Patton’ in reference to war.

    • Being There January 16, 2017 at 10:21 am #

      I can’t stand him on a personal level, but good for you.
      Behaving “civilly” while being a eugenicist in reality is far worse than the coarse Trump.
      I hope he can change this situation and he should get our support to see if he can.

    • Sean Coleman January 16, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      I mentioned this a few weeks ago but I’ll repeat the gist here.

      The Czech author Milan Kundera contrasts kitsch with vulgarity. While Central Europe had become sick of a cloying brand of literature by the end of the 19thC with its heartfelt baring of the writer’s soul, French writers on the other hand scorned vulgarity above everything.

      According to him, Camus was envied and despised by the Parisian intellectuals. He bore the marks on his person: humble origins, illiterate mother, pied noir sympathies. He is a peasant in his Sunday best, gloves in hand, hat still upon his head, entering the salon for the first time. The others turn away: they know who they are dealing with. Not only did he not know what he should think (he did not praise progress and sympathized with the Algerian French) but he behaved badly in the salons: he was vulgar.

      • Greg Knepp January 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

        Vulgarity is like an artist’s bold first sketch done in messy charcoal – naive, and alive with potential. Only the naive create; know-it-alls don’t do shit…never have, never will.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

          Well said. Beginners mind is open to everything. The expert may know a lot but cannot learn anything new. And creation is always new.

      • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

        He also loved football. He’d prefer sublimation on a team than hanging with the miserable cross-eyed one. L’enfer cest les autres.

      • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

        Wasn’t Kafka a Czech?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

          A Jew in fact, but we speak of Camus, stranger.

  14. cornpone2014 January 16, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    “The Cheeto Cometh”

    As Mr Hankey rides off into the sunset.

  15. thenuttyneutron January 16, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    The Red Queen vs the Mad Hatter…….. easy choice if you think about it.

    Trump is the child that you can count on to play with matches. He is the perfect choice for the job of setting fire to the rotten structures of power that have usurped our rights and our money.

    Send in the Cheetos clown with a Zippo lighter and a flame thrower! This will be fun to watch.

    Also don’t forget one important fact. Any shenanigans by the deep state to harm the President is treason! All Federal government employees (civilian and military) take the oath of office to defend the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Trump’s election was legitimate because he captured the most electoral votes and by the rules of the Constitution, the winner. Treason is one of the few crimes listed in the Constitution and one that should not be taken lightly. The lower rank Federal Employees have a duty to the Constitution and not their bosses. Pick your side carefully. I have already made my choice.

    This nonsense about Russia hacking the election is all bullshit. At best, the Russians pulled the veil of secrecy back on the DNC and exposed their rotten operation and corruption. The deep state is not pissed about Russia hacking us, they are pissed that the Russians revealed what the American populous has suspected all along. It was the “Emperor has no clothes moment” that the voters needed to justify voting for the Mad Hatter.

    The bonus to all of this was watching the election results roll in shortly after midnight on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. I was fully expecting to see a CNN or MSNBC anchor shove a snub nosed .38 in their mouth and pull the trigger on live TV. The cries of torment and anguish of the SJW lifted my spirits. I walked on cloud 9 for many weeks after that memorable night.

    Fuck the racketeering and crony capitalism. I welcome the era of the elites turning on each other.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 10:17 am #

      thenuttyneutron: “Any shenanigans by the deep state to harm the President is treason!”

      So is conspiring with a foreign power to fix an election, come to think of it. It’s an Oprah moment: “You’re guilty of treason! And you’re guilty of treason. And you’re guilty of treason!”

      This treason will never prosper (since, as we all know, if it prosper then none dare call it treason). But whose treason will end up on top of the other guy’s treason? It’s anyone’s guess at this point. Someone pass the popcorn. And please try to keep the high explosives on your side of the 49th parallel, all right? Some of us are trying to enjoy our universal health care.

      • ozone January 16, 2017 at 10:46 am #

        “So is conspiring with a foreign power to fix an election, come to think of it.” (Treason.)

        Elrond,
        I would ask that you provide *proof* of that before blurting. Nobody else has, so I’m not sure of your capabilities in that area.

        The main suspicion is one (or more) disgruntled entities on the inside of the DNC who were angered at the marginalization of The Bernie. That’s what the real experts opine, not the Deep State mouthpieces.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 11:28 am #

          Of course I don’t have any more proof than anyone else does. Before I give my take below, here’s what Matt Taibbi had to say about the #Goldengate dossier (my emphasis throughout):

          “[Mother Jones journalist David] Corn … had documents back in October containing explosive accusations of Trump sex romps and other serious blackmailable behavior. But he chose not to publish them, because he couldn’t confirm those details

          “Corn ultimately focused on the elements he could confirm: that a dossier asserting that Russians had a file of compromising information on Trump had been prepared by a veteran intelligence source, one with enough standing in Washington that the FBI chose to investigate the claims.

          “There are some who would quibble even with printing that much. But in the context of this election season, which saw awesome publishing excesses on all sides, Corn showed restraint.

          “This Tuesday, Corn’s story was blown up to massive dimensions. First, CNN did a version of the story that really just updated Corn’s reporting, explaining that intelligence officials had briefed both Trump and Obama on the dossier’s existence. They left out the smarmy details, however.

          “The CNN story seemed to spur clickbait king BuzzFeed into action. The site’s editor, Ben Smith, issued a perhaps unprecedented product disclaimer along with an explosive piece, which finally published the documents Corn and CNN had held back.

          “In a letter to colleagues he later shared on Twitter, Smith all but showed readers the 10-foot pole he was deploying to try to keep the allegations at a distance, even as he nudged them into public [sic]…

          “These tricks and machinations give this story the appearance of fake news even if it turns out not to be. The slipshod way that all of this has been whipped up into media frenzy may end up undermining a more sober effort to get to the truth of the situation.”

          My read is this: It’s pretty clear to anyone that Russia and Putin favoured Trump, and that they did what they could to nudge the election the way they wanted via hacks, leaks and other things. Just because they did that from their end doesn’t mean there was an actual conspiracy in which Trump participated, but members of his campaign like Paul Manafort did have ties to Russia and there is real room to call this a compromise of Trump and the U.S. electoral process.

          The media/political explosion over #Goldengate barely a week before the inauguration may prevent there ever being a real accounting of this question, but there are still threads that could be followed up on. The documents suggest that one reason why Trump’s campaign more or less welcomed the media attention to the Russia ties was that it distracted attention from potential bribes paid to Chinese officials, which they considered a real danger should they come to light. I haven’t seen anyone in the media bring this up, for reasons I don’t really understand since that would be a clear violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the candidate (soon to be in office).

          • thenuttyneutron January 16, 2017 at 11:55 am #

            Elrond,

            What are your thoughts and opinions on the Clinton Foundation?

            I have a sneaking suspicion that Hillary will be performing oral sex on her foundation donors (some of them foreign politicians) to pay back the money that she took from them in her pay for play schemes. She was sure to win with the media cheer leading her accent to power.

            She failed to win the election and I am sure that there is hell to be paid for her epic failure. Her screams of torment will at least be muffled as she gags on the dicks of the banksters and Sunni leaders of the KSA.

          • ozone January 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

            Elrond,
            I was certain you’d go exactly where you did. (Pretty weak; assertions are not facts, regardless of what the 3-letter agencies would like you to believe. This is a crisis of confidence. It appears to me that you do not see this as the most serious consequence of a mountain of “assertions” that are turning out to be very deliberate lies.)

            Now, let’s get to the meat of the matter in your double-down bet on “assertions”:

            ““These tricks and machinations give this story the appearance of fake news even if it turns out not to be. The slipshod way that all of this has been whipped up into media frenzy may end up undermining a more sober effort to get to the truth of the situation.” -Matt Taibbi[?]

            What both you and Matt fail to realize is that the Deep State’s 3-letter agency mouthpieces DON’T WANT a sober and serious effort to get to the truth of the situation! …Because then it would be exposed for any-and-all to see that it was a malicious and venal pack of lies. When the Great Someday when enough shit has hit the fan, you may develop enough cynicism to finally see these bastards for what they really are… just as JHK has described them. (I’ve lived a hard enough life to develop some well-polished suspicions early on.)

          • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

            ozone: Of course they’re bastards. I don’t much care that they’re bastards. I do care about the truth, and the fact that this situation makes it pretty unlikely that we’ll ever know the truth with any degree of confidence is something I lament. The only people in any position to clarify this miasma are all interested parties pursuing their interests. That’s why I focus on the China allegation, because it seems like there’s still a possibility to uncover something tangible and real there, and also of serious interest to the American people if they still care about whether their President-elect violated federal law before he was elected.

            I won’t address thenuttyneutron‘s hateful misogynistic comments about Hillary Clinton, except to repeat as I’ve said in the past that the Clinton Foundation is pretty clearly an influence-peddling operation.

          • thenuttyneutron January 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

            Elrond,

            I did not realize that this was your safe place. Fell free to ignore the world and the truth about the sociopath elites. Trump is no better than Hillary or the other assholes out there. The only redeeming quality about him is that he will turn on the sociopaths around him and ignore the small fry that make up his army of deplorables.

            You are right that my speech is hateful. I can at least give valid reasons why it is full of hate. I don’t get the “misogynistic” comment. Obama has spent the last 8 years on his knees for the banksters and the same Sunni leadership in KSA. Lips and assholes have no gender and it matters not what the sex of the person is in the service to these evil people.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

            thenuttyneutron,

            You think I would hang out here if I were into ‘safe spaces’? You’ve got plenty of company in not liking Hillary Clinton, but if you were at all serious about taking on sociopathic elites, you wouldn’t be stupid and vulgar enough to use rape imagery. That would give them all the ammunition they need, and more, to dismiss what you have to say even if it weren’t inexcusable on its face. And you were writing about Hillary Clinton. Dots: connected.

            America is in the situation it’s in now in no small part because liberal elites like Hillary Clinton feel justified in dismissing the “deplorables”. I read how you express yourself and, loath as I am to admit it, they have a point. What you wrote is disgusting and indefensible. You should be goddamn well ashamed of yourself. Smarten up.

          • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

            David Corn! LMAO

    • messianicdruid January 16, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      “This nonsense about Russia hacking the election is all bullshit. At best, the Russians pulled the veil of secrecy back on the DNC and exposed their rotten operation and corruption.”

      Whoever uncovered the crimes of our oppressors should be thanked. Pointing out wickedness in high places gets no praise from collaborators.

      • thwack January 16, 2017 at 11:26 am #

        Ive asked before, but I never got an answer so I’ll ask again:

        Did Hillary Clinton or John Podesta ever validate/authenticate any of the Wilkileak e-mails?

        And how do we know the event was a hack?

        It could have been a leak doctored up to look like a hack?

        • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

          It would hardly be in their interests to validate or authenticate those e-mails, would it? But they haven’t disputed them, only tried to create distractions.

        • InDemoVeritas January 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

          Look up DKIM Verification. The emails are cryptographically signed and not falsifiable.
          All the noise is to keep the actual facts out of the picture.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

      Yes, the Liberal Tribe filled Times Square to celebrate – and towards the end the Silence was deafening. They thought that this election would secure their Victory over America forever as Hillary would Merkel us brown. But No! The Hero saved us in the 11th hour. Now we must do our part and crush them.

    • sharonsj January 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

      Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution provides for the removal of the President from Office for impeachment and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors .

      If the Deep State wants to get rid of Trump, I would think the broadly defined “high crimes and misdemeanors” works quite well. Unfortunately that would leave us with Pence, who is much worse.

  16. Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    The ‘Deep State’ formulation may obscure more than it illuminates. What I see shaping up now is a straightforward power struggle between state power and money power. Until recently, the money power has been by and large content to act indirectly, using incentives (donations, cushy lobbying jobs after leaving office) and the occasional disincentive (e.g. funding a primary challenge) to ensure that political actors do what is required of them.

    Trump represents an attempt at a direct takeover of the state apparatus by the billionaire oligarchy, and the state apparatus doesn’t like it — in part because Trump has enlisted (conned) the people onto his side, at least for one election cycle, with dubious promises that their needs will actually be looked after for once, hence leaving less for the serious players.

    Mom and dad are fighting. It remains to be seen how much china gets broken before the cops get called in.

    • Billy Hill January 16, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      “Trump represents an attempt at a direct takeover of the state apparatus by the billionaire oligarchy…Trump has enlisted (conned) the people onto his side…”

      You mean Bezos, Zuck, Gates, Buffett, Google, Silicon Valley, et. al.?

      Perhaps I have been misled but I thought the billionaires were all aligned against Trump, along with the almost-billionaire class populating Hollywood. Very crafty planning indeed. Downright conspiratorial!

      Thank you O Canada for exposing the Greatest Con On Earth!

      • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 11:30 am #

        Are the billionaires he’s putting into his cabinet aligned against him too?

        • Billy Hill January 16, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

          There are cool billionaires, and uncool billionaires, apparently.

          Maybe someone should tote up the net worth of the cabinet and compare with the net worth of the cool billionaires plus the almost-billionaire class. If the uncool billionaires win then you win. Now how cool is that?

          Direct takeover of the state apparatus indeed…

          Sorry Elrond. Stick to health care. There’s enough agreement out there in deplorableville as well as the bastions of enlightenment that we just might do something correct this time around.

          Personally I think health care, like breathing clean air, is a fundamental human right. I leave the details to the experts.

    • Paulo January 16, 2017 at 11:48 am #

      My guess is a coffee laced with polonium. He already seems to suffer from dementia and narcicissm. Maybe citizens will think it’s all part of some disease.

      Problem: Pence is worse. He is just less offensive. Good luck.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      Naw, we’re already a Plutocracy. And the Plutocracy is part of the Globalist Elite. In Globalist terms, the State power may match the money power more equitably, not sure. But in any case, Trump is upsetting the marriage. He’s the hot young hunk of Nationalism – which is what the People want. Oh yeah, them.

  17. seawolf77 January 16, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Trump is the apotheosis of racism. Now we have to hear his plans, and there are no plans. Everything is a disaster and he’s got the answer. Sad. Really sad. He’ll be set up by the CIA and impeached. Good riddance. America will find out the presidency has no real power. Our country is a corporation now. Freedom has always been an illusion, but now it’s online. He didn’t even win the popular vote and he’s saying mandate. It’s Bizzaro World, where up is down and black is white.

    • Ishabaka January 16, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      “Trump is the apotheosis of racism” really? – there are videos of Black Lives Matter folks calling for the extermination of Whites – they’re easy to find on YouTube. But – I forgot – Blacks by definition cannot be racist.

      • seawolf77 January 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

        You didn’t make your case. Why is Trump not the apotheosis of racism? Because there are black racists? That’s a non sequitor … it does not follow.

      • janet January 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

        “there are videos of Black Lives Matter folks calling for the extermination of Whites”

        Do you have proof such videos exist? Black Lives Matter is a nonviolent organization. If you know of a video, what is the link? Any Black person on a video advocating violence is not part of Black Lives Matter.

        The Black Lives Matter movement does not hate white people. The statement “black lives matter” is not an anti-white proposition. Contained within the statement is an unspoken but implied “too,” as in “black lives matter, too,” which suggests that the statement is one of inclusion rather than exclusion.

        However, those white people who continue to mischaracterize the affirmation of the value of black life as being anti-white are suggesting that in order for white lives to matter, black lives cannot. That is a foundational premise of white supremacy. It is antithetical to what the Black Lives Matter movement stands for, which is the simple proposition that “black lives also matter.”

        • thwack January 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

          Black Lives Matter is full of black women angry at their fathers who abandoned them;

          and some black guys who want to use the opportunity to fuck them, then make an excuse to leave.

        • elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

          Digitus Impudicus

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

      Really? Where does he say anything against Blacks or anyone else? He simply told the truth about Mexican Criminals savaging the American People – criminals who shouldn’t have been allowed to be here to begin with.

      You’re being ridiculous. But then again, Liberalism has become ridiculous so you have lots of company.

      • thwack January 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

        He simply told the truth about Mexican Criminals savaging the American People

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

        Buts thats not really the problem.

        The problem is we already have too many black murderers and rapsists;

        so when 5 or 6 Mexican murderers or rapists show up people freak out.

        • sooty January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am #

          Purely anecdotal, but…I’m a white woman who’s lived in large cities with all kinds of people, and the only danger I’ve experienced was with white people.

          And no, Janos, I would not enjoy seeing white men savaged in the Coliseum. Keep your fantasies to yourself, please.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

            Why not? After all, you say they’re the only bad people and you’ve never had trouble with anyone else – which of course is utterly fatuous. You’re either lying or you have a very selective memory due to PC ideology.

  18. Cold N. Holefield January 16, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Being There said: Let’s see what Trump can do….it can’t be any worse than what we have now even if the optics aren’t great.

    It not only can be worse, it most assuredly will be. It can always be worse than it already is and many times, especially lately, you can count on it. This time is no different.

  19. twomartinilunch January 16, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    I am one of the 18,000 VTers who wrote in the name Bernie Sanders. I am looking forward to this Friday, particularly the parade, hoping beyond all hope that it will be as entertaining as the Bush 2000 parade, as depicted in Moore’s Fahrenheit 911. I remember tomatoes flying. I am enjoying it all.

    • Ishabaka January 16, 2017 at 11:26 am #

      Both I and my 19 year old daughter wanted to vote for Sanders. She volunteered for his campaign. Who deprived us of the opportunity to vote for him? Trump – or Hillary’s cabal?

      • thwack January 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

        I regret to inform you Bernie was in on the Hillary presidential coronation all along.

        He was hired to run against Hillary and make her look youthful and somewhat conservative…

        at the designated time; he was told to “go down” so Hillary could take the nomination.

        He was going to be given some elevated position in a Hillary administration for his obedience and proven loyalty.

        I hate to expose you to this cause I know its ugly; but thats the game dog.

        Thats the game.

        You gotta have a little dirt on ya in order for anybody to trust you.

        Hillary paid off everybody except the person who counted most.

        Donald J Trump.

        To protect the sheep, you gotta kill the wolf; and it takes a wolf to kill a wolf.

        Understand?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

          Certain breeds of dog were developed to kill wolves. Civilization often produced better warriors than the barbarians. Of course, if they go rogue, they are then worse.

          I think Bernie was in it to lose it, as when he made his grotesque emails comment. But then he got excited by the response – and he was a young man again with all his idealism and possibility. He looked like a man in hell at the convention when he had to let all that go. But he was paid off and now they owe him a favor to boot.

          Trump is a wolf killer, but yes, he has more than a bit of wolf blood in him.

      • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

        Bernie got a pretty swanky lake house out of the deal up on Lake Champlain … I mean S-W-A-N-K-Y!

        brh

  20. janet January 16, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    A Trump administration condemns us to a path toward the Sixth Extinction. I don’t envy the world we are bestowing to our grandchildren with Trump’s fossil fuel policies, (see Ezra Klein’s recent hour long podcast)

    “Elizabeth Kolbert covers climate change for the New Yorker. She’s the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. And she recently wrote a paragraph I can’t stop thinking about. 

    “The problem with global warming…and the reason it continues to resist illustration, even as the streets flood and the forests die and the mussels rot on the shores…is that experience is an inadequate guide to what’s going on. The climate operates on a time delay. When carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, it takes decades–in a technical sense, millennia–for the earth to equilibrate. This summer’s fish kill was a product of warming that had become inevitable twenty or thirty years ago, and the warming that’s being locked in today won’t be fully felt until today’s toddlers reach middle age. In effect, we are living in the climate of the past, but already we’ve determined the climate’s future.”

    Kolbert lives, to an unusual degree, in the planet’s future. She travels to the places around the world where the climate of tomorrow is visible today. She has watched glaciers melting, and seen species dying. And she is able to convey both the science and the cost with a rare lucidity. 

    Talking with Kolbert left me with an unnerving thought. We look back on past eras in human history and judge them morally failed. We think of the Spanish Inquisition or the Mongol hordes and believe ourselves civilized, rational, moral in a way our ancestors weren’t. But if the science is right, and we do unto our descendants what the data says we are doing to them, we will be judged monsters. And it will be all the worse because we knew what we were doing and we knew how to stop, but we decided it was easier to disbelieve the science or ignore the consequences. 

    Kolbert and I talk about the consequences, but also about what would be necessary to stabilize the climate and back off the mass extinction event that is currently underway. We discuss geoengineering, political will, the environmental cost of meat, and what individuals can and can’t do. We talk about Trump’s cabinet, about whether technological innovation will save us, and if pricing carbon is enough. We talk about whether hope remains a realistic emotion when it comes to our environmental future.” –Ezra Klein podcast interview

    Books:
    -Edward Abbe’s “Desert Solitaire”
    -Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”
    -David G. Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen”
    -Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature”

    • malthuss January 16, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      Bill Mc Kibben, that fool;

      Immigration reform — for the climate – latimes
      March 14, 2013

      Bill McKibben. Kindergartener Carolina Gonzalez is helped by her sister Karina Perez… (Los Angeles Times ).

      For environmentalists, population has long been a problem. Many of the things we do wouldn’t cause so much trouble if there weren’t so many of us. It’s why I wrote a book some years ago called “Maybe One: An Argument for Smaller Families.” Heck, it’s why I had only one child.

      And many of us, I think, long viewed immigration through the lens of population; it was another part of the math problem.

      I’ve always thought we could afford historical levels of immigration, but I understood why some other environmentalists wanted tougher restrictions.

      More Americans would mean more people making use of the same piece of land, a piece that was already pretty hard-used. blablabkla

      • thwack January 16, 2017 at 11:10 am #

        Malthuss,

        I suspect you already know this?

        but the ownership class uses population growth to increase the value of the things they own (which is the wealth and means of production)

        If the native population refuses to increase, the ownership class will fire them and bring in a new population to increase demand for things the ownership class already owns.

        If you own an apartment building, there are two ways you can raise rents.

        1. Improve the physical infrastructure of the building.

        2. Let the building decay, but import a bunch of “new people” to increase demand for your shitty old building.

        Haven’t you seen this movie before?

        • malthuss January 16, 2017 at 11:23 am #

          but the ownership class uses population growth to increase the value of the things they own–news to me.

          I see the situation as more than about $-Value.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

          Well said! Broaden the base of the Pyramid, and you go higher! I agree with Malthus that there’s more to it, but the lower Elite, the Chamber of Commerce types don’t know anything about all that. They just want more customers.

          The genius of the System is that it serve so many low interests all at the same time.

          • thwack January 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

            I agree with Malthus that there’s more to it,

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

            What?

            like “white genocide?”

            I thought you guys had those high white IQs?

            What is so hard to understand about abundance being the enemy of profit?

      • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

        More “americans” also means more venting for latin american cesspools. They can bleed off some of their overpopulation thus never having to adjust their culture. Only when they will be forced to feel the pain of their overpopulation will they perhaps change.

        Same can be said for India, or China. Places already swarming with billions in environmentally devastated regions of the planet want unfettered ability to bleed their superfluous populations across the Earth.

        And the dimwits say; open the doors. We need “more” humans.

    • Ishabaka January 16, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      janet – what are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint today? Do you have a clothesline? Do you do your laundry by hand, with a washboard?

      • janet January 16, 2017 at 11:38 am #

        The interview with Elizabeth Kolbert addresses that. Give it a listen. Trump’s pro-fossil fuel cabinet, and his refusal to accept scientific consensus, condemns future generations, including our grandchildren.

        • ffkling January 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

          Please keep writing, Janet, and ignore the Ishabaka’s who have no interest in improving the situation, but would rather erect obstacles.

    • norecovery January 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

      Klein & Kolbert discuss a good range of issues and concerns and get to the core of several, but they are both still in denial in terms of the exponential nature of abrupt climate change.

      Neither of them is forthcoming about HUMAN extinction; they speak of impacts on our “great-grandchildren” as though that is even possible.

      Nuclear Power as part of the mix for non-warming energy source solutions? Not a viable option, as anyone that has studied its impacts knows. The “moon shot” energy source (Kolbert knows perfectly well: Nuclear Fusion) is pie in the sky.

      “Depressing and frightening” regarding the incoming president’s cabinet choices is evidence to me of Kolbert’s lack of understanding of the essential motivations and faults of humans.

      “The question is what are we going to do about it?” We know the answer: continue on the same RACE TO OBLIVION. That “move to Russia” proposal is absurd.

      They don’t mention Guy McPherson, WHY? …because he’s much more broad-ranging in his understanding of feedbacks and more honest to reveal the reality and finality of NTHE without concern for his career (one of the issues about scientists that was NOT discussed in the interview).

  21. zaphod42 January 16, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Strange things are afoot at the Circle K for sure. Today’s news tells me that Trump promises to have a new “Health Insurance for Everyone” plan passed to replace the Unaffordable Care Act. And, he says, even if you cannot afford it, you will have it.

    Deep State Republicans are shitting themselves for sure.

    Meanwhile, after castigating home based auto manufacturers, he is reported to have threatened a 35% tariff for import of BMW and MBZ vehicles. No word so far on VW.

    I never expected that I would agree with anything the Orangeman said, but there you are… two in one day!

    I wonder what sort of surprises await.

    Grab yourself some popcorn and sit back. Enjoy!

    Craig

  22. barbisbest January 16, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    JHK says he didn’t vote for the cheeto -headed s.o.b. Thank you. At least one thing still certain in this world, we don’t have to seriously question your judgement.

  23. barbisbest January 16, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    Obama wasn’t perfect but for 8 years no personal controversies. I could go on. Yes, Obama sucks. They all do. You miss the point. JHKs posts about the deep state are amazing. He’s at his best then.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

      Yeah he just blandly and blithely said that his presidency had no major scandals – which is a grotesque lie. He had the gun running, the race baiting, Benghazi, using the IRS against his enemies, etc – all of which are bigger than Watergate.

      The Media is covering for him, Barb. Just like they did for the JFK. For all we know, he’s going to private gay clubs all the time.

      • ffkling January 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

        “He had the gun running, the race baiting, Benghazi, using the IRS against his enemies, etc”

        Is this the best that you can do? The American people disagree with you. Obama leaves office with one of the highest approval ratings ever. In contrast to a large litany of Republican scandals- everything from the sexually perverse to financial-Obama is a saint.

      • seawolf77 January 17, 2017 at 9:19 am #

        Watergate brought down a president, so by definition none of them are bigger than Watergate. Wrong again Maude!

        • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

          What happens and what should happen are two different things. Nixon’s crime was against his political opponents. Obama’s and the Democrats are against the American People. That you see the latter as less than the former shows your complete distortion and lack of compassion.

  24. FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    I do believe that Trump does have a workable healthcare plan for the Nation – without one his re-industrialization is impossible.

    Who will pay for it? I personally nominate the fuckers who inflate $20 insulin vials to $500.

  25. PeteAtomic January 16, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    I don’t think they’ll be any type of coup by the military, or that Inauguration Day will be particularly dramatic.

  26. GeoffZ January 16, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    Repost of an article:

    Screw it, let’s just do it.

    Let’s torch healthcare. Let’s crush women’s rights under a greasy boot heel. Let’s thumb our noses at minority issues. Let’s take a crap on the poor and a piss on the gays. Let’s build that wall. Hell, build it out of pallets of hundred-dollar bills for all I care.

    Let’s tear up the environment – the seas, land and sky. Let’s replace science with faith and firmly held beliefs, and let’s chase the scientists out-of-town with pitchforks and torches and snarling dogs.
    Let’s start a war or two. Let’s pat our soldiers on their backs and then shove them straight into the line of fire. For love of country and freedom and God, or something. Let’s see your war face, soldier!

    Let’s stack the Supreme Court with gun-slinging Christian zealots. Let’s trample rights and codify wrongs. We hold these truths. We grab these truths by the groin. Let’s close our eyes and imagine stroking off the founding fathers, all in a line, while Reagan watches.

    Let’s get corrupt as we can. Let’s make deals under the table with shady foreign agents. Let’s start spelling stuff with a lot of backward “R”s. Let’s leave America’s back door unlocked and a warm pot of borscht on the stove. Let’s wake up in the dead of night to the sensation of Putin’s throbbing member pressing against the small of our back, and let’s like it.

    Let’s undermine the press. Let’s put fact and fiction in a blender and spin them around until they turn into warm gray goo. Lies! It’s all lies!

    Let’s put psychopaths and in-laws and poker buddies and snakeheaded businessmen and steely-eyed warhawks in charge of all the cogs that keep our government moving, and then let’s grind this mother to a halt.

    Let’s get on with it, Republican leaders, right now, you hold the reigns to this bucking bronco. You have the mandate. So crank this circus to eleven. Unleash two years of absolute carnage.

    Deregulate and destabilize and destroy. Show us the true face of unchecked greed. Burn this sucker to the ground. Because apparently that’s what it’s going to take for half of America to finally wake the hell up.

    I beg you, please, wake the beast.

    Just get on with it.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      Sounds like a good plan.

    • Sean Coleman January 16, 2017 at 11:41 am #

      This is dopey.

      ‘Let’s torch healthcare.’

      Did you read the article? What health care?

      ‘Let’s thumb our noses at minority issues.’

      Such as?

      ‘Let’s build that wall…’

      What do you suggest? Open borders?

      ‘Let’s replace science with faith…’

      That is actually funny. Read Rupert Sheldrake’s The Science Illusion to get an idea of how science has got itself tied up in a straitjacket of intolerant dogma. Exhibit 1: the AGW lunatics.

      ‘Let’s start a war or two.’

      What, Trump is the war monger? How do you work that one out?

      ‘Let’s stack the Supreme Court with gun-slinging Christian zealots.’

      What class of zealot is it stacked with at present?

      ‘… that’s what it’s going to take for half of America to finally wake the hell up.’

      It is probably more than half, when you include young people. All living a fantasy.

      • norecovery January 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

        Oh sure, just write off the mountain of evidence, observation & analysis by the scientific community by calling them “lunatics” — what does that make you?

        • Sean Coleman January 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

          “What does that make you?”

          I don’t know, what does it make me?

          Seriously, it has all the signs of mass delusion: saving the planet, intimidation of sceptics, tendentious use of evidence (when not downright fraudulent), parroting of clichés (the science is settled! the science is settled! peer review! peer review! peer review! peer review!) refusals to hand over data, wild media cheerleading, paranoid claims that every scientist who disagrees is in the pay of ‘the fossil fuel industries’, the phrase ‘climate denier’, the ludicrous 98% claim. Oh yes, and ex-Irish President Mary Robinson has now taken up the cause. It also fits snugly in with the ragbag of other pc fantasies.

          I have engaged in a number of online arguments with condescending warmists on YouTube. When all else fails (which it always does) they usually resort to asking me whether I am a climate scientist and what scientific papers I have published. One seriously argued that *all* ‘climate scientists’ are believers. What, I asked, about Judith Curry? Isn’t she a ‘climate scientist’? ‘She was,’ came the enigmatic response. Well she is now an ex-‘climate scientist’ because she got so fed up with nonsense on campus that she gave up.

          “the mountain of evidence, observation & analysis”

          Evidence: cherry picked, unreliable (I’d love to repeat the joke made at Michael Mann’s expense about Penn State but since I am using my real name I won’t risk it – he sued.)
          Observation: in a mass delusion, as in a witch hunt, people’s *perceptions* are impaired: they fail to see what is under their nose
          Analysis: ha ha!

          By the way, I don’t believe the present allegations about Trump any more than the earlier ones. (I include in particular the claims by wummen that he ‘groped’ them – did you know that recently the Crown Prosecution Service in England took out a case against a man (Mark Pearson) for a serious sexual of a woman he passed in the crowded Waterloo Station? He literally just brushed past her in the crowd.)

          Here’s Peter Hitchens on the latest silly claims about Trump:

          hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2017/01/for-once-trump-is-right-these-sordid-claims-stink.html

    • elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      Z,
      …and sometimes you have to destroy the village to save it.

    • zaphod42 January 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      Kinda what I expect. You are too kind by half!

      Again, looking at the great Pumpkin about to take charge, I wonder whether this is his plan… reducto ad absurdum. Otherwise his entire candidacy and campaign are a mystery.

      Interesting times, indeed, Xi Jinping.

      Craig

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

      Tragic foolishness from a fool. We conquered this country with a Bible in one hand a rifle in the other. You wouldn’t get to sit in your Starbucks without men like Donald ( Gaelic for World Conqueror) John ( Hebrew (Yohanon) though whom God is gracious) Trump (Dutch – Herald of God’s word).

      But yes, it’s not your fault. You were lied to. Find the fuckers who put Howard Zinn’s book into every college in the land – and hang them.

    • ffkling January 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

      Frightening to contemplate, but all so true.

  27. Beryl of Oyl January 16, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Regarding “health care”, yesterday I noticed two things: a group of protestors in Albany (a small group) wanting to “save Obamacare”, and a GoFundMe page for a local small business co-owner who got sick without any insurance, because he couldn’t afford it.
    The former group has nothing to worry about, the Republican wing of the uniparty is busy trying to save Obamacare before someone can get in there who might actual try to reform Big Medicine.
    I also notice people like for instance Nancy Pelosi, were curiously silent when it was becoming evident just how bad Big Pharma was acting up.
    I don’t know about any of you, but when our Senator had a chance to publicly question this Mattis fellow, the question on my mind was when and how are we going to get out of these wars. She chose instead to talk about trannies. Isn’t she supposed to be representing her constituents? Why talk all around the 800 pound gorilla?

    • Ishabaka January 16, 2017 at 11:31 am #

      For the last eight years Democrats have provided us with circuses of the sexually confused and strange, to divert our attention from their rapacity. Caitlyn Jenner uber alles!

      • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

        You mean the Republican Caitlyn Jenner who is going to be attending the Inaugural?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

          All Trannies are brothers (so to speak) beneath the skin. If they reject gender, is mere party affiliation going to get in their way?
          They view Cait as damaged goods, a dinosaur whose mind was destroyed by the system.

    • Walter B January 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

      Even the very phrase “healthcare” is a misnomer, or a lie as I would prefer to call it, because what it really amounts to is paying into the kitty for other people’s health treatment. The American public really, really, really sucks at mathematics and it is proven by the fact that when school systems look to hire math teachers they have to go to India or China to find them. If Americans actually were able to understand math they would know that what is being done to them for the privilege of carrying a plastic card in their wallets is theft, pure and simple. The average cost to an American family was $25k at the time of this article:

      forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2015/05/19/annual-healthcare-cost-for-family-of-four-now-at-24671/#5ea886f…

      If you recall Dirty Dick Cheney’s heart transplant that cost $1M according to this article:

      forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2012/03/28/cheneys-million-dollar-heart-stirs-health-care-debate-w…

      This means mathematically, that 40 American families had to work and pay premiums for one year without collecting any benefits themselves in order to pay for this. When you consider how many heart attacks and other very expensive medical operations and procedures Dirty Dick has had over the course of his lifetime, well there is a long train of tired workers that strive hard for decades just to keep that one man alive. When you consider how many elite clowns there are in government and at the tops of every business in the country that are all in the Cadillac Plan stratosphere, PLUS the indigents at the bottom, how can this system still be alive? Heck, I haven’t even taken into consideration waste, fraud, and theft! In the end, this cannot go on much longer and as you all pay more and more for your plastic cards and get less and less for it, the only option you have is to STFU and keep paying.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

        The idea that people should just pay their own way for health care is superficially attractive but completely unworkable in practice. Nobody knows when they’re going to need health care; that’s what insurance is for. If you pay private insurance premiums, you’re paying for other people’s health care all the same. What’s more, unlike consumer items (even a house is a consumer item), there is no limit to potential demand — keeping in mind that demand is not only what people would like to have, but what they are ready and willing to pay for. I’m sure there is no limit to what I would pay not to die, or for someone I loved not to die. Put privatized insurance together with unlimited demand and you have the U.S. health care system: bloated, riddled with perverse incentives, exacting exorbitant premiums, and yet dedicated to denying as much care as possible at the exact moment it’s needed.

        The thing is, unlike (say) auto or home insurance, which doesn’t apply to everyone, it is the case that everyone gets sick, everyone gets hurt, everyone gets old, everyone dies. Therefore the most sensible insurance pool is a single pool that includes everyone. That insurance pool can then keep a lid on costs and direct resources where they will do the most good. Hence single-payer: clear, proven, effective. As for paying for “other people’s health care”: how else does any form of insurance work, ever? Duh! At least under a single-payer system everyone gets covered, without perverse incentives and rampant profiteering, cream-skimming and extraction, waste, fraud and abuse.

        • Walter B January 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

          Duh, other forms of insurance, let’s use life insurance for example, utilize actuarial tables which indicate that the odds are great that an individual will not die before a certain age. They discount the potentials, acts of God or whatever and they have a guarantee that they will rake in far more than they will pay out. Additionally, there are very few lawsuits against life insurance, unlike malpractice. “Health Care” is uninsurable plain and simple and health care costs are uncontrollable and only increase dramatically every year. Everyone get covered you say? Bullshit! Some get real, total and the state of the art treatment at the top of the food chain. The average Joe gets crap. Listen to Fincain’s tale, that is the norm. Only a simpleton or a Wall Street Thief would be happy to cough up $25K a year and not want to get something back for it besides “peace of mind” and trust me, those being so screwed have absolutely none of that. So STFU and pay, then don’t worry, be happy.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

            Walter B: “Health Care” is uninsurable plain and simple and health care costs are uncontrollable and only increase dramatically every year.

            The evidence supports your assertion that health care costs tend to increase — the average annual growth rate for OECD countries from 2005-2015 was +2.1% per year.

            oecd.org/els/health-systems/OECD-Health-Statistics-2016-Frequently-Requested-Data.xls

            However, there is a lot of detail hiding behind that single number, which also says nothing about the gargantuan levels of waste, fraud and abuse in the U.S. health care specifically. At some point, decisions will likely have to be made in the wealthy countries in order to bring spending in line with available resources, but to declare health care as uninsurable is going too far, I think.

            Walter B: Everyone get covered you say? Bullshit! Some get real, total and the state of the art treatment at the top of the food chain. The average Joe gets crap. Listen to Fincain’s tale, that is the norm. Only a simpleton or a Wall Street Thief would be happy to cough up $25K a year and not want to get something back for it besides “peace of mind” …

            You can take it from me, a real, living, breathing, flesh-and-blood person who has lived with the real-world results of single-payer health care: the average Joe really does get what he pays for. Seriously. The American experience doesn’t generalize outside your borders because you really do have a terrible, corrupt swindle of a health-care system. If you assume nothing better is possible, you are choosing failure.

            Please read the following, from a Canadian federal government report on health care reform in Canada:

            “These national principles are currently set out in the Canada Health Act (the Act), which was unanimously enacted by Parliament in April 1984. The five national principles of the Act are:

            – The principle of universality, which means that public health care insurance must be provided to all Canadians;

            – The principle of comprehensiveness, which means that medically necessary hospital and doctor services are covered by public health care insurance;

            – The principle of accessibility, which means that financial or other barriers to the provision of publicly funded health services are discouraged, so that health services are available to all Canadians when they need them;

            – The principle of portability, which means that all Canadians are covered under public health care insurance, even when they travel within Canada and internationally or move from one province to another;

            – The principle of public administration, which requires provincial and territorial health care insurance plans to be managed by a public agency on a not-for-profit basis. (This principle says nothing about the ownership structure of a health service delivery institution.)”

            parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/372/soci/rep/repoct02vol6part7-e.htm

            All Canadians really do receive health care insurance (universality) that is comprehensive, accessible and portable. The system doesn’t suck because our leaders and decision-makers have to live with it as well (that’s part of universality). The real problem in the U.S., as you are well aware, is that your elites are out of control and don’t have to live with the conditions they impose on others. Once you fix that, you’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished. For real.

        • thwack January 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

          The thing is, unlike (say) auto or home insurance, which doesn’t apply to everyone, it is the case that everyone gets sick,

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

          not true,

          a lot of ni66as just get shot dead without ever visiting a hospital since the day they were born.

          Motorcycle accidents are often a pretty quick death too.

          Just sayin.

          • Walter B January 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

            And a lot require massive amounts and constant medical attention many of whom are no longer on not able to contribute in any way to paying for the cost of such treatments. I have known a few 80-90 year olds that had hip or knee replacements only to die shortly thereafter, usually from pneumonia contracted while in the hospital. In our county the growing population of junkies have been putting massive financial strains on the local hospitals and ER’s while again, contributing nothing towards the cost. It is unsustainable.

        • Walter B January 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

          Actually, the only way to solve this problem is to eliminate health insurance altogether and let the market determine the prices that are willing to be paid for services. Of course in this scenario only those who can afford to pay will be saved and the healthy of course will no longer be forced to carry the unhealthy or the players of the system to get free shit. I do believe that this is how the world operated for thousands of years, did it not? I am not suggesting this as an answer of course, for there IS no answer other than total collapse. And THAT is just around the corner so we won’t have long to wait…..

        • Walter B January 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

          Elrond – in reply to your last comment below I freely admit that first of all I know nothing of how your system works in Canada, but I am happy for you folks that get to enjoy that, I really am, and was not insinuating that health care cannot exist in other countries, just not here. Secondly, the corruption, theft, and manipulation for profit that abounds in our system most certainly IS the main reason that “health care” can never work here in the states. Our masters have become far too addicted to opulence and exorbitant lifestyles to prevent this kind of bad behavior, hence we Americans are screwed.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

        Christianity demands that you give one tenth of your income to charity AND that you take care of your own sick, elderly, and retarded. This was found too onerous and/or cumbersome in the Modern State so other institution were erected.

        Those like you who would sweep it all away are the Enemies of Christian Civilization.

        • sooty January 17, 2017 at 9:07 am #

          Count me in as an Enemy of Christian Civilization. How’s that worked out the past 1700 years or so?

          • KesaAnna January 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

            well……..a lot better than your 100 years has?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

            Gloriously in fact, compared to everyone else. White Men gave you everything you ever had, have, or will have – including your face, skin, and body. You are the most privileged women in human history – and you hate us for it and spit in our face. You’ve been duped. And working full time is just the beginning. Soon you’ll be back to having five kids and wearing veils. Perhaps that’s what you really want…

          • Elrond Hubbard January 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

            Janos will be taking credit for the very air in your lungs next, if you let him. Likewise, “back to wearing veils” or the Western-culture equivalent isn’t what you want for yourself; it’s what he wants for you. It’s all kiss-up, kick-down with him; nothing else makes sense.

      • Dumbedup January 17, 2017 at 9:47 am #

        Yes, healthcare and health insurance are frequently conflated because they are interrelated but distinct issues. The cost of healthcare (doctors, medicines, hospitals, and tests) drives the cost of health insurance but only up. It is a mistake to assume that if healthcare costs came down that insurance would also come down.

        But more to the point, the availability of health insurance also affects the cost of healthcare. If you were able to look at most hospital bills in the “raw” they would show the cost of simple procedures in outpatient clinics and overnight stays without any deductions for negotiated or maximum rates allowed by carriers or the government. (medicare and medicaid) The raw rate for simple procedures can sometimes be many times greater than the so-called negotiated rate. That fraud has to stop. The procedure should be same regardless of whether you have insurance or not.

        Whether we choose to adopt universal healthcare along the Canadian model or stay with a free market system the discussion must change to fairness, transparency and compassion. The system now is being gamed by the pharmacy companies, providers who demand higher reimbursement and the insurance industry who demand higher premiums and lower pay outs. The result is that people can neither afford insurance, drug costs or medical care on their own. Those below the poverty line us the ER to manage illnesses like diabetes because they cannot be turned down. Even if they have health insurance the copays and deductibles are unmanageable by most.

        I generally believe in free markets, but in this case I think universal healthcare will work best and reduce the overhead costs to providers so they can focus on providing care. But the mindset of the average American has been molded by red herrings like “socialism” as if we don’t have a managed economy.

        My belief is that adequate and affordable healthcare for all is integral to a thriving and growing economy regardless of how it is organized.

  28. capt spaulding January 16, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    Forget about Ringling Bros shutting down. There is a much bigger circus about to replace it. There is no better, appropriate time than now, to ponder the wisdom of naming this blog Clusterfuck Nation. JHK has his finger on the pulse of the country. Time to sit down with a bowl of popcorn, a beer, and maybe a rifle, and prepare for the madness to come.

    • norecovery January 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

      You will use the rifle to shoot yourself in the foot.

      • InDemoVeritas January 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

        I wonder if projection soothes the pain of the doom addiction.
        It does get better. One day you wake up, and Guy is just droning on, but the sun is shining and you realize that betting on doomsday is a mug’s game because no one ever collects.
        Also, “positive feedback loops” is system talk. Enumerating a dozen feedback loops, and adding them linearly for maximum sphincter clench, is not really addressing the complexity of the system we’re riding.
        Change? Sure, even catastrophic. Survival stress and wild niche fluctuations are already happening. Extinction? I bet not.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

      If one orange hair on his head is harmed, it means war.

  29. thwack January 16, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    Does anyone here play billiards?

    I didn’t vote for him; but Donald Trump reminds me of that white ball used at the beginning of the game to bust apart that triangle of all those other balls.

    I think this is a good thing.

    We need more “chaos” in the system in order to generate opportunities for the average person; especially for black people. Under Obama all we did is help reinvent the plantation in the form of bigger government.

    Trump is the enema we know we need but are afraid to take.

    We would rather continue sitting on the toilet all bug eyed, grunting about “racism.”

    I didn’t vote for him, but I look forward to what ever changes he makes because he can’t do worse than Obama. In particular, unlike Obama, Trump will actually be subject to real scrutiny and criticism.

    Im ready.

    • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      need more parties. The 2 party system is over.

      • Josh January 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

        We need a different voting system so other parties would have more of a chance. People are afraid of “throwing their vote away” on a small party. If we had some kind of preferential system, for example, we’d be able to vote for a small party, knowing that if they didn’t come in first, our preference for one or the other of the larger parties would still be taken into account. Giving people this reassurance might enable a smaller party to actually get enough votes to win.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      What was the name of that Black Woman who wrote about baseball being White ethnomasochism? Smashing White balls with a brown bat?

      Good analogy, btw. You are on fire this morning. You remind me of the young uneducated ploughboy Thoreau used to seek out because he had an original mind.

      • thwack January 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

        What about bowling?

        Big BLACK HEAVY BALLS knocking down skinny white pins?

  30. amb January 16, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    The true “powers that be”–the real influencers and manipulators of America’s government, economy and foreign policy–are not some solidified group. You could consider them a number of factions… at odds with or at least bumping into each other. There is some disruption going on possibly and some of them may be getting shaken up, yet, the position of POTUS is not a very effective or causative one in the scheme of things. But who knows, this may be the beginning of a shift. This populous movement may die off with a whimper or it might be the slowing down of the pendulum as it reaches its nadir and prepares to swing back in the opposite direction… goodbye public sector and hello private sector… the beginning of the erosion of power, authoritarian institutions and government at large. Hope so.

    • messianicdruid January 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

      Martin Armstrong has an interesting chart about this.

  31. newworld January 16, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    Much of the charade and theatrics of the failing empire will be burned to the ground, all the “isms”, “ists” and “phobias” that so occupy your minds will be utterly destroyed.

    With that tide out you will see who is swimming naked

  32. amb January 16, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Evil beings move into positions of power and heads of state heights. It’s the need for power and control and the ability to enforce an agenda. A social personality, the common person, doesn’t possess this hunger for power. A depraved group such as the CIA, and their actions–incredibly evil, diabolical and corrupt–would make a social personality shudder in horror and fill them with fear and disgust.

    This is planet Earth. There is not one country on this floating lunatic asylum of a planet that possesses a benevolent leader.

    The animalistic mind rules: and because of this, it is always opposition… domination… destruction… warfare… thirst for power, control of people and resources, etc.

    A being creates something and then another being comes along and tears it down. In a nutshell, that is the story of humanity and of this prison planet.

    Could you imagine a world of leaders and activists that were free of this animalism? That had the actual goals of the greatest good for their country; improvement of conditions; prosperity; liberty and freedom; intellectual, philosophical and scientific growth; cooperation with other countries in trade, science, innovation, etc. to improve mankind and each others’ lots; targeting our true enemies (ignorance, animalism, evil, insanity, destruction = ourselves)?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

      Yes, and the Evil love to use Idealism as a cover for their atrocities, not only because it’s effective but for the yucks. Thus the destruction of Europe is touted as social justice for refugees. We wouldn’t respect a mother who took in young thugs who abused her children, but we accept Merkel.

      What’s happening in Germany is like the Woman who adopted a chimp and then ignored her two children in favor of the chimp. The Chimp made her special. Her kids were just kids. Unlike White Liberals, the two kids were normal and realized she was basically a strange monster.

  33. Walter B January 16, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    An interesting concept that you should mention the uncounted hoard of “snipers” on rooftops for the occasion. I find myself viewing it as another case of the systems of man setting the scene for enhancing an attempt to execute another that would challenge the status quo rather than prevent one. How hard would it be to plop an execution team or two into the rooftop mix. Heck when you consider the history of incompetence that the drunken sons of debauchery in the Not So Secret Service has displayed in “protecting” presidents under these circumstances, who would find it hard to believe that they might be complicent in the job? Afterwards they can blame it on the Russians or use it as an excuse to disarm the American population, a wet dream of more than just a few of the sellout scum in power today. Perhaps we think to much, but after decades of being lied to, cheated and screwed by our wealthy masters, who could blame us? Odds are probably best that they will crash the system on Mr. Trump and prep Hilary for a run again in 2020. Do you think Donald can play the “it’s Obama’s fault” or, if that doesn’t work, blame it on Bush?

    All this of course is a lot like watching a sporting event with a very long display of pre-game hype. What will actually play out can only be found out in real time, but in the end the result will be what it always is over the course of mankind’s pathetic history. The people will pay and the wealthy will play. We shall have to work even harder so that they do not have to work at all. Welfare for the poor may be expensive, but the welfare that the wealthy haul in is so massive and so expensive to maintain that it always brings down entire nations by it’s greed. This time it may very well bring down the entire species.

  34. janet January 16, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    “There is not one country on this floating lunatic asylum of a planet that possesses a benevolent leader.”

    Actually there are many benevolent leaders (Canada, Uruguay, etc.)

    Uruguay is on a roll wit benevolent leaders.

    You might not believe it, but Jose Mujica, president of Uruguay since 2010, is known to be the world’s poorest president. Jose donates more then of 90% of his $12,000 per month salary to benefit the poor and to help small entrepreneurs.

    • amb January 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

      janet:

      Canada!? Canada is the USA.
      Uruguay!? A tiny little country, in the nether region, that isn’t even in the game.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

        Perky ‘Canada’ Has Own Government, Laws

        “It’s Monday morning, and Toronto resident Steve Dorman shares a quick breakfast of ‘eggs’ (a native food) with his ‘wife’ (an officially state-sanctioned mate), and discusses yesterday’s poor showing by the hometown team in ‘baseball’ (a popular local sport). After a kiss on his wife’s cheek, he hops on the ‘subway train’ (a mode of subterranean transport) to the office.

        “This is life in exotic Canada City, the capital set deep in the heart of the mysterious land known as Canada (pronounced CAN-a-da).

        “Like his estimated 35,000 fellow countrymen, Dorman is proud to be a ‘Canadian.’ Located 120 miles north of Buffalo, NY, Canada is, according to Dorman, ‘a nation with a government and laws distinct from those of the United States.’ It also has a military, a system of taxation, and periodic free elections to select political leaders. It even has its own currency, says Dorman, various denominations of ‘dollars’ that can be exchanged for the many products manufactured in Canada, including Canadian bacon and ice.”

        theonion.com/article/perky-canada-has-own-government-laws-19927

        There, that proves you’re wrong! Ha ha.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

          Canada produces ice? Beware the ides of March. We will cross your ice when we invade you, a people’s army 100 million strong. Actually we’ll just be herding our malcontents and illegals over the border at the point of a bayonet. All yours!

        • amb January 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

          No it doesn’t. Like I said Canada is just another USA (without the neo-con nation-building foreign policy). They do the USA’s bidding on many levels.

    • elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

      ” Jose donates more then of 90% of his $12,000 per month salary to benefit the poor and to help small entrepreneurs.”

      Yeah, and Trump is a dollar-a-year man…so?

      • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

        Something tells me Trump’s net worth is more than Mujica’s (though we have to take the Donald’s word for it. Those pesky IRS audits are preventing him from sharing that information with us….). Maybe THAT’S the point………….

  35. FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    I have had several confrontations with the US insurance medicine. Some were better than others, but I’ll talk about average, because all the others were perhaps more colorful, but not as illustrative:

    I had a renal colic. Infernal pain. I’m going to emergency room of Columbia-Presvetirean Hospital. (Probably the largest hospital in New York, a whole city in itself)

    There come all with and without insurance, and help is provided to all. But what kind of help, that is the question?! Some patients are immediately taken to see a doctor, others are left lying in the waiting room, waiting for one. To what extent it depends on the insurance is hard to say. I did not have any and I was left in the waiting room.

    The pain was such that I could not even moan and just rattled. The nurse took the blood pressure and something else, and left me rattling. No one has given me a painkiller or spasmolytic. Later I had a colic with insurance and spasmolytic I got in 15 minutes. Admittedly this was in a Catholic hospital, and I was later told that the Jesuits are helping everyone, including those without the insurance. But New York is very large and there are very few Jesuits.

    In general, I was lying in Columbia for about 3 hours among moaning people until the stone just popped itself out. When the pain was gone, I came out of the washroom and began to seek the way out, but I was not released, and after my explanation, seized and dragged to the x-ray and other diagnostics. I obeyed and faithfully walked from office to office for another 3 hours (it was seven o’clock in the morning). After that I got billed for 7 thousand dollars, which I did not have.

    In general, my credit history, which I painstakingly built over the last 3 years, went down the toilet along with the kidney stone. And credit history is also an opportunity to get a job because employers check it on the computer and are discriminating against it in full, even though it is prohibited by law.

    So that’s when I started to fall out of a normal system of corporate America. And people like me almost half of the country. In any case, the vast majority of Russians I know.

    The problem is that the current system aims to “appropriating” a million dollars to save a cancer patient, but in every way shirk million cases of treatment of metabolic disorders associated with stress or fractures of bones, especially occurring in the workplace. For example I was then on the results of diagnostics offered surgery to extract a fairly large stone, but my request to split the stone with ultrasound was denied because surgery is covered by the financing of the emergency care, but not ultrasound. Though it is much cheaper, but this therapy is covered only by the “normal” insurance.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      That stinks. I would imagine they dragged you in for X-rays and other diagnostics largely for liability reasons. If they had let you go and there turned out to be something else wrong, they would have been open to a malpractice suit.

      As for your being refused ultrasound, welcome to the vagaries of private insurance. Over ten years ago, I was developing serious problems with sleep apnea. I would wake up in the middle of the night gasping for breath in a panic; come morning, I would feel as if someone had been sitting on my chest. I spoke to my doctor, got referred to a specialist, and in due course went to the local hospital for septoplasty (fix up my nasal septum, the divider between the nostrils) and sub-mucosal diathermy (they use a zapper to burn out some of the soft tissue and open up the sinuses). Not fun but my breathing and sleep improved immeasurably thereafter, and I never, ever saw a bill. The surgery made perfect sense as a way to prevent my returning with much more serious heart problems later on. Everybody wins with single payer.

  36. EvelynV January 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m finding myself to be surprisingly more favorable in my thinking towards Trump. Highlights of his first press conference included calling for lower drug costs, keeping jobs in the US (he’s already made a promising start on that), doing something about the worst boondoggle inflicted on taxes payers by Eisenhower’s prophecy (F-35). SInce then 13 hypocritical democrats pulled this:

    “This week Senators Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) brought to a vote a proposed amendment to a concurrent budget resolution in an effort to lower the cost of prescription drugs and allow for the importing of cheaper drugs from other countries.”

    I’m still so thankful Hillary is just a bad dream, Trump deserves a honeymoon.

    Obama’s unbelievably cool expression of equanimity in his final interview on 60 minutes leaves me with an everlasting love for the guy. Not one bad word came from him about Trump, advising us not to underestimate the man, he DID win the presidency.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      Yes, that is Obama’s power – his ability to cast a spell. He blandly and blithely said that his Presidency was great with no scandals. People want to believe that balderdash so they do.

      We are taught to resist hatred, but not to resist irrational love. Big mistake. Obama is someone to be hated on rational grounds.

  37. johngalt January 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    In the old republic, John Brennan, the outgoing director of the CIA and devoted Muslim convert, enjoys proclaiming the “intelligence” community “will work with Trump”.

    In the New Republic, members enjoy proclaiming the “intelligence” community has no choice, but to work with Trump, or face our consequences.

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

  38. beantownbill. January 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    Everyone ought to read the series of articles on Karl Denninger’s blog site concerning the state of American medicine. Very illuminating. And very provocative.

  39. elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    Rapprochement with Russia

    Jim Rickards posted a blog regarding Trump’s Russia Gambit, referencing Nixon’s China Gambit…worth reading.

    dailyreckoning.com/obama-blunder-trump-gambit/

    • FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

      In fact, Putin’s sense of history goes back to Peter the Great. Obama’s does not seem to go back further than 1991.
      Jim Rickards

      Nooo, Putin’s sense of history goes a least back to the IV Crusade when he Western Crusaders destroyed the Orthodox Christian Constantinople – the Second Rome.

      And Moscow is The Third Rome, and there will be no more!

    • FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

      youtube.com/watch?v=vsQrKZcYtqg

  40. robert magill January 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    We’ve known of the existence of the so called ‘deep state’ but now, at last, we realize how shallow it really is. It is mainly the province of posturing civil servants and turgid militias, using every macho dodge to hide the fearful atmosphere they dwell in. Bluster and cant, with the occasional wet work to justify the longed for perks and pensions, seems to prevail. It resembles a malignant mushroom colony; all gnarled roots, coddled and rarified earth and the occasional toadstool popping above ground to look for apostasy; maybe treason.robertmagill.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/jeepers-creepers/

    • norecovery January 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      These are the servants of the international banking cabal intent on establishing worldwide hegemony and thwarting any attempt to weaken the dollar as reserve currency. Similar covert groups operate in Europe and on other continents, but they have been suppressed in Russia and China (which are perpetual targets of the cabal).

    • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      It’s the banality of evil. Ultimately, it’s people fighting to keep their kids fed. Keep a job. Stay rich. Get richer. That’s all it ever is.

  41. pequiste January 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    Um, pardon me JHK;

    I have noticed you have switched your “brand loyalty” and are now using Cheetos, a Frito-Lay Corp. product, to describe features of the American experience (particularly as it relates to the incoming president, Donald J. Trump) that you explicate, versus your legendary utilization of Cheeze Doodles (which is made by the Wise Company.)

    Could you, perhaps, clarify the change?

    Note: Both products leave an astonishing orange crumby (crummy?) mess everywhere they are used with an emphasis on fingers. A favorite fun-food with children of all ages.

  42. FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    The geopolitical significance of the health insurance

    All this lead to the fact that millions of people after the first bone fracture drop out from the regular labor force, those who pay taxes, but enjoy social guarantees, whose relationship with employers is regulated by the state. That immediately leads not only to their move to the shadow, bankruptcy and bad bank debts, but also to the rise in the cost of the labor force, which remains in the system.

    The fact that only employees of large corporations in the US can buy full insurance, rather the law obliges the employer to buy insurance to an employee who had worked for more than 6 months. Thus the cost of insurance directly affects the cost of labor, and as a result the American workers can not compete not only with a billion Chinese, but also with the millions in developing countries. Moreover, jobs have become a victim of this process known as outsourcing, is usually connected with the sphere of material production, requiring medium to high skills and substantial training in the workplace.

    The dimensions of the American public financing of the health system and related insurance business are 3 times higher than the US military budget and are 20 percent of the entire US budget.

    Despite this level of funding half the population lives in the Stone Age and goes to traditional healers and gathers herbs in the garden. And immigrant doctors who did not confirm their qualification, according to the law can not even advise their relatives, under threat of imprisonment.

    Thus it is clear that it is the lack of real universal health insurance in the early ’90s forced American business to relocate production to China, causing the United States to claim the role of the financial, political, information, anything you like, but not of the world industrial center. That meant war, punitive expeditions and other humanitarian bombing as a means to maintain the corresponding status of the United States as only engaged in global management of the real economy.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      My home city of Windsor, Ontario is Chrysler’s main manufacturing center (maybe the only these days, since the St. Louis plant closed) for its minivans and the Chrysler Pacifica. A significant reason why is the significant cost advantage for health care for Canadian workers. A single worker in Windsor costs the corporation thousands of dollars less per year in health care insurance costs than his counterpart in nearby Detroit.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

        Good point and good system. Of course you get bored and ruin it by wanting to share with the whole world – which is impossible since it will simply drag you down to the level of Somalia. Fallen humanity is unable to enjoy good fortune. You and your kind are the proof of it.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 17, 2017 at 10:55 am #

          Maybe it’s genuine benevolence, or maybe it’s enlightened self-interest — why choose? No one wants a failed state on their border.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 12:12 am #

            No, that’s fine – we need some of what you have. I mean the Third World obsession: that’s going to end both our nations.

  43. sprawlcapital January 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

    The wow factor is present here at CFN today, Jim. Very nice work!

    Thanks for dropping the term “cheese doodle” and calling the nutritious orange product by the name we use here in Iowa: Cheetos.

    We do everything right in Iowa. Except maybe the Democrat Presidential Caucuses, which are not democratic; deny us the secret ballot; and are highly dysfunctional (an exercise in chaos); and a few other things. Gotta get back to my paid work. Hopefully more later.

  44. axisboldaslove January 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    Cracks me up how so many here like to throw around the term “libs”, “lefties”, “vile lefties” etc. Like that somehow makes you savvy, in the know, or somehow superior to other mere mortal peons. I’m not saying there aren’t some very naive folks who label themselves “liberals” (personally I abstain from labels), but at least the ones I know who do pin that tag on themselves seem to have a more egalitarian heart and soul. You know, the kind of people you wouldn’t mind sitting down to a cup of coffee with even if you don’t see eye-to-eye with them.

    When the not so far off time comes where mutual support and encouragement will be far more meaningful and useful than hurling insults, good luck with the negative ranting.

    • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      This blog does have those sorts of drolleries, doesn’t it. Most of the ‘vile lefties’ I hang out with aren’t reflexive pullers of the straight ticket option. I voted for Hope and Change in ’08. But with the Wall Street boodle boys unpunished and still in charge, perpetuation of war and other compromises to numerous to count, I voted 3rd party in 2012. And again in 2016, because Hillary Clinton was basically Obama redux – the sort of candidate my stodgy GOP grandfather would have been delighted to vote for in 1970 – pro-big business, internationally interventionist and guaranteed to diligently serve the corporocracy. To call her (or Obama for that matter) or her supporters leftist demonstrates a complete lack of familiarity with the concept. Trump is going to be a trainwreck. But there are aspects of him I approve of. What the hell do we need 17 separate intelligence agencies for? Brinkmanship with Russia, a country that still has thousands of nuclear missiles pointed at us, enriches only the Neo-cons and armament manufacturers. Shitty trade deals like the TPP deserve to die. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. But I agree that sitting down with a cup of coffee and friends would be a nice way to watch the unraveling……..

      • axisboldaslove January 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        Well said. Cheers, Kansas!

    • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      Yet you posted this on a website that hosts a weekly rant…

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

      The hatred on the Right pales before that of the Left – which preceded it and is the cause of it. People like us shouldn’t be in the same country. We would be willing to secede – but you would never let us go. You dream of foisting your ideals on us and everyone else. Thus you calls us beasts for not wanting grown men in dresses going into the lady’s room.

      • janet January 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

        “Thus you calls us beasts for not wanting grown men in dresses going into the lady’s room.” –janos

        That’s right. They’ve been going into those bathrooms for decades with no problems. The beasts are those who have now politicized going to the bathroom, right wingers trying to pass laws to restrict freedom to choose where to pee.

        • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

          WPA is in the restroom as we speak… dressed as Janet

      • bibliomaniac January 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

        Lot of those guys in dresses in the Catholic Church. What’s the problem? They even have great hats.

  45. Streimel January 16, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    Jim,
    Your comments about the vulnerability of the president-elect to a coup from the Deep State are sobering. How should President Trump respond …. Just telling everyone of consequence in the “intelligence” agencies “You’re Fired!” might not be sufficient.
    I seem to recall that a previous president of this great nation of ours signed an executive order giving the president the right to arrest and detain citizens indefinitely without cause. Should our newly elected resident fail to repeal that particular E.O. in his flurry of signings on day one, he could, theoretically, on day two, have everyone of consequence in the Deep State “disappeared” until Attorney General Sessions has time to sort them all out. Counter-coup, anyone?
    Imagine how the press would react to that?
    Ah, well, now that I think about it some more, forget it. Too much like Nazi Germany. Sets a bad precedent, to use this power so openly.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      No need to employ anything illegal. Just have Congress to declare war on ISIS and apply Trading With Enemy Act of 1913 – the FDR tool of choice in dealing with American Nazi collaborators.

  46. FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    Eternal memory to the victims of World War IV!

    youtube.com/watch?v=5j0AhU7bFCQ

    Russian Ministry of Defense asked for forgiveness from the victims’ relatives of ?u-154 flight from Sochi to Aleppo.

  47. FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    Shitty trade deals like the TPP deserve to die.

    Nobody told you? It’s dead already (as well as TTIP) – Europeans behind Obama’s back turned to China and almost recognized China to be a “market economy”. I think happened back in September.

    Obama was furious.

    • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

      Yep, I’m aware the TPP had dirt shoveled atop its unmarked grave in the forest of thwarted plutocratic dreams and I think my comment reflects that. Even out here in flyover territory, the Pony Express reliably delivers the mail every other week or so, the occasional Indian (er, I mean Native American) attacks and cattle stampedes notwithstanding. However, had Madame Clinton acquired the necessary electoral votes, I think it would have been rammed down our gullets, even if the Europeans broke ranks several months earlier. It’s the one thing big business Republicans and Corporocrats could find common ground on. Hillary’s well parsed comments of concern about the TPP (which represent a pirouette from her previous glowing endorsements) emerged only when Bernie Sanders made hay with the issue and she was trying to steal his momentum. Once safely in power, do you think she was gong to bite the hand that feeds?

  48. Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    “I guess the big question is whether the Deep State — and, yes, Virginia, the Deep State does exist, unlike Santa Claus — will tear the country apart in the attempt to defend all its ill-gotten perquisites and privileges. The public at large is restive, eager to get on with the job of deconstructing the matrix of racketeering that adds up to the immiserating culture we live in…”

    -The US is a country, without a nation, it has always had fault lines and divisions, now they’re simply more “unbridgeable”.

    -The public has moved past trying to deconstruct the matrix. They opted to blow it up. They opted out. Voting for Trump was saying “f*ck it all to hell”. The problem is that Trump, like Obama, actually believes people wanted them beyond the symbolism.

    -The United States doesn’t have culture, at least never had one beyond making a buck in the US one way or the other. This is what happens in a land of economic migrants.

  49. tucsonspur January 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    On Friday, after Trump gloriously arrives on stage in propria persona, and much of the nation is wondering, “can this really be happening”, gunshots ring out and the would be assassins are shot dead, blood everywhere.

    After the initial shock wears off, much of the public says “holy shit, you Really can’t beat this guy for entertainment”.

    Feelings are mixed of course, but the Deep State shrugs nervously, saying we tried, then sides with Trump.

    Bill Clinton was hit by a stray bullet and pronounced dead at the scene. Hillary’s grief is later deepened, after finally being locked up as a result of an exhaustive purge. Even the colleges are cleansed.

    So, it all starts off with a bang, and the attempt to make America great again initially suffers only a few casualties.

    • elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

      Tucson,
      Don’t toy with my emotions….

  50. janet January 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    You almost got it right. The USA is not just a country, it is a multicultural nation (E Pluribus Unum) that attracts dreamers and entrepreneurs. May it always be so. Viva La Raza Cósmica!

  51. goat1001 January 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    Repeal and replace Trump. Build a wall to keep him out.

  52. Elrond Hubbard January 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Interesting and on-topic:

    Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere
    You can’t understand what Trump’s doing to America without understanding the “Carbon Bubble”

    medium.com/@AlexSteffen/trump-putin-and-the-pipelines-to-nowhere-742d745ce8fd#.muiuue80t

    Alex Steffen points out that much if not most of the current theoretical value of fossil-fuel securities will never be realized — the carbon bubble. He makes his case on the basis of the necessity of dealing with climate change, but I think a peak-oil perspective would reach the same conclusion, maybe by a different route and/or with different details. Worth a read in any case.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

      In case you’re just joining us here on Earth, we’re making the planet hotter.

      Mars is getting hotter in perfect unison with Earth – I say that as a specialist on horns and hooves.

      Mars – is it human fault too?

  53. Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    The United States is a place not worth caring about.
    There is no there there.
    It has become meaningless, faceless, and, homogenized.

    It’s for anyone and everyone. Open for business.
    A country that put a priority on material wealth over cultural, historical, traditional, and familial wealth has finalized realized what a poor place it is.

    Americans are only now realizing how awful it is, and keeping in tune with cultural depravity, they merely take to websites to bitch and moan.

    It’s not even worth the effort.

    Veneer over particleboard.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      And you damn those who try to repair the dams – thus showing your malice. Using the Truth to promote Evil is the epitome of the latter.

      “A truth told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent”. William Blake.

      • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

        Do what you will, this (nation’s) a fiction and is made up of contradiction. -Blake

      • goat1001 January 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

        On December 21, 1928 President Coolidge said “Dam it!!!” and Hoover Dam was built! There was a lot of controversy at the time regarding this massive project – as they say you are dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t. But dammed it was, the Colorado River that is.

        Now, regarding the US/Mexico border wall….Pink Floyd asked back in 1979 “Mother should I run for president, Mother should I build the wall???” in the song “Mother” from the album “The Wall”….

    • thwack January 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

      A nation of shopkeepers?

  54. malthuss January 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    Via Drudge,

    youtube.com/watch?v=MHZSfhd1X_8&feature=youtu.be

  55. Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    Some degenerate cultures worshiped mongoloid children as somehow close to the gods. The Liberal worship of John Lewis is of a like nature. The guy is a retard, race hustler, and party hack.

    • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

      And how many skull fractures have you endured standing up for your ideals? I’m willing to bet the ‘retard, race hustler and party hack’ has you beat by at least one……….

      • tucsonspur January 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

        Back when, in NYC, my original home, NY t-shirts sported the slogan “This ain’t Kansas”. For good reason.

        Praise Lewis for his past. He showed courage.

        Pummel him for his present. He’s porky pig doing a racist jig.

        • tucsonspur January 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

          Actually, I think it was “You’re not in Kansas anymore”.

        • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

          Care to enlighten me as to which of John Lewis’ actions constitute ‘a racist jig?’ Is it his focus on black issues? Maybe being nearly beaten to death by the ‘legitimate’ government of the era for the crime of demanding his rights would tend to galvanize a person in that direction. I know it would me…….

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

            Calling the President illegitimate? Don’t you know that’s treason? C’mon, we both know he’s just as dumb as he looks, but this is ridiculous. You’re cutting him way too much slack because he’s Black and he’s living down to it. The “soft fascism of lowered expectations” strikes again.

          • kansas ham on wry January 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

            Janos – the question you responded to was directed to tucsonspur. He seems literate enough to reply to it without assistance. The question directed to you was ignored. So can I then conclude the answer is zero?……………

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

            Why should I get my skull fractured just to please you? Many Whites have been injured fighting for White rights. Do you care about them? Why not?

    • thwack January 17, 2017 at 12:30 am #

      Some degenerate cultures worshiped mongoloid children as somehow close to the gods.

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

      It may have been Mungo Park, or one of those other European explorers who noted that an African kings court had many dwarfs, albinos and people with birth defects.

      The courts logic was that people like albinos had left their color “in the other world”; where everybody comes from and we all must go back to.

      So they considered the freaks closer to the Gods due to their connection from having left something behind in that world.

      Hey,

      at least its an ethos?

      Y’all in the West gave yours up.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

        That makes sense. Some of the Cultures of Central America had/have that as well. I don’t know if the Africans still have it – or perhaps they do but it’s changed. After all, albinos are treated with utter brutality yet their flesh is still considered sacred for magical medicine.

        We still have an ethos – a new mutant one: We suck. Everyone else is better than us. And we have to become nothing so it can be proven they are better than us. Whites who betray their own people in favor of “the other” prove that they are true human being and deserve to live with sacred non-Whites. Blacks, being the most alien, are usually the most holy. But each White PC sucker has the right to choose his or her superior group. Some fasten on American Indians. Some Hispanics. Some like East Asian women and devote their lives to East Asians.

        To answer your previous question: the high IQ is still there, but IQ doesn’t make a person by itself. As it is, these people use their IQ’s against their own people. Elrond is a perfect example. There can be no good end to this process, only chaos, madness, war, and death as normal Whites make a desperate attempt to save themselves against these Maniacs.

  56. janet January 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    “Yeah he just blandly and blithely said that his presidency had no major scandals – which is a grotesque lie.” –Janos

    Really, Janos? You list things that happened that you didn’t like, but they were not scandals or illegal actions, were they? How many Obama officials went to prison? How many were indicted? You want corruption, scandal, and illegal behavior, look to Reagan.

    The presidency of Ronald Reagan was marked by multiple scandals, resulting in the investigation, indictment, or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any U.S. president.

    Methinks, you be the one who is lying, Janos. Prove me wrong.

  57. tucsonspur January 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    Franki, the US is not the Oakland of Gertrude Stein and neither is present day Oakland.

    The problem is that there are too many “there’s” here. Which means we are not homogenized.

    • janet January 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

      The problem is some think it can’t be a “nation” if we are not all white and Christian. The problem is you don’t know that “E Pluribus Unum” (the national motto) means we are multicultural multiracial interfaith nation … and we are a nation. Sorry you no longer feel part of it. Your choice.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 17, 2017 at 11:06 am #

        “Out of many, one — well, not THOSE bozos, of course.” How do you say that in Latin?

        E pluribus unum — nisi ENIM bozes, certe.

    • elysianfield January 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

      Tucson,
      I thought it was Dorothy Parker….

    • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

      Yes, we’re all boiled down to the perfect american base; consumers/workers.

      Nada mas.

      We’re not countrymen, kinfolk, or compatriots… just consumers.
      Punk’s not dead, it’s Exploited

  58. Piper Michael January 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    Good afternoon James,
    Wow, Cheeto head sob… better than the wicked witch of globalism I’d say.

    Lets hope he succeeds, in some small way, to overcome the 96 million unemployed ‘real’ numbers of disenfranchised ‘deplorables’. After all, ‘they’, You Elite, think we are, that if we don’t agree with you, and work with our hands and hearts, we are worthless crap, only worthy of being replaced by robots, mexicans and H1B’s. Well, that’s what I hear out their own mouths, and you seem to agree with them.

    What they don’t understand, is that a man who has lost his purpose in life, is no longer a ‘Man’, and then becomes lost, adrift on the waters of globalism that waft labor from sea to shining sea. We are reduced to economic units by you socialist assholes, unworthy of consideration as human beings with goals, lives, and needs, the need to have a purpose in life chief among them. When you take that purpose away, and say “Well, we just need to retrain the assholes to stand behind a cash register” in a part time job making shit for wages, you invite the consequences of history, as we see those wealthy assholes gets richer and richer.

    Methinks the anonymous nature of the internet brings out the Real Man, or Woman as the case may be…
    In that case, like in the 1850’s, rhetoric and negotiations eventually failed, likewise, I see here on your blog the reasons why we will fall into the black hole of history as a burnt out ruin.

    After all, I’d rather be killing arrogant yankees, than Russians, any day.

    • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

      Good Post PM.

      One thing tho, not all us Yankees are your enemy.

      brh

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 12:25 am #

      Yes, on MLK day, Mr Kunstler made fun of someone for his skin and/or hair color. Evil is preserved in social change. The value of the variable often stays the same as well. The variable merely changes identity, x becoming y. Or more precisely, X1 becomes X2, the X or prejudice remaining the same.

  59. FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    RUSSIA – Moscow, The Third Rome?

    There is a view that the emergence of a new civilization can only come about in an environment that bridges the divide between east and west. Only then can there be that cross-fertilization of ideas from which culture is reborn, and a new civilization emerges into being. Russia has long seen itself as a place where east meets west.

    Today many Russians are of the view that they are coming out of a post Christian society, while the west is entering one. It is against this background that we might consider the matter of Mr Putin’s interest in Mount Athos, reported by Jeremy Martin in The Spectator 10 September 2016.

    Some Orthodox Christians regard Moscow as the Third Rome, in succession to the New Rome (Constantinople/Istanbul) after its capture by the Turks in 1453. According to this view the first Rome had lapsed into a state of heresy and schism in 1054, following its unilateral adoption of the Filioque Clause.

    Following on from the Great Schism of 1054 Orthodox attitudes towards the western Church deteriorated further, mainly as a result of the Fourth Crusade’s Sack of Constantinople in 1204.

    Sir Steven Runciman wrote: “there was never a greater crime against humanity than the Fourth Crusade.” Soldiers in the service of the Pope looted, terrorized and vandalized Constantinople in an orgy of violence which lasted three days – treasures were looted, libraries destroyed, nuns raped and some of the holiest sites in Christendom desecrated.

    theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/russia-moscow-the-third-rome/

    And you thought that you are the New Rome, just because of the Capitol and Senators.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

      Tell them about the Cossacks, Defenders of Orthodoxy and how they chastised the Jews of Ukraine who were oppressing the People.

  60. Yuri Sowryteski January 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    what he does between noon and six p.m. Friday?

    Were he I, I would get the CO of the 1st MarDiv, and order a Comm company, a Rifle company, and all the commissioned officers in the division, including him, who might be interested in a career in “Intelligence”, and have them report to New Barracks at Trump Tower, at double pay, any volunteers?

    “I know who the Secretary of the Navy is gonna be, so don’t worry about details”

    “It’s the Secretary of Defense, there is no Secretary of the Navy anymore”

    “Yea whatever” “See my son in law for your orders”

    To the Secret Service: “You know who this is?” “Let me tell you who this is” “This is your replacement”, and his friends”, “Just step this way and you will be removed”.

    Then I would kick back, have a nice pee into my Hilliary and Bill urinal, then spend the weeks ahead figuring out how to signal to them, and signaling to them, the active duty servicemen and women, my intentions for them when they come back home to their families, and this time there will be no long term occupation, or even short term occupation of America by them. How about a nice pension for all active duty personnel? What would that look like? “The next time we need men, there will be a draft, and each and every zip code will serve, not just your zip code.”

    “This will necessitate total reliance on our atom bombs for deterrence. But I believe that if I put the University Faculty of just about any college in America in charge of updating the system, they will bring in the plan underbudget” “You know ya got some pretty smart people someplaces”

    Send out some tweets.

    Then I would start pealing off some Bernie supporters by meeting publicly with Jill Stein maybee? Or just meet daughter first?

    “Let’s see, guess I’ll give Madam LePen a buzz”

  61. PeteAtomic January 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    I agree with Dr. Rand Paul. I think a HSA inclusion in ACA is a great idea. It gives people another option. The HSA is great for healthy single people without dependents, or younger people without many health needs. It’s not for everybody, but neither is lumping everybody in to a lot of these current plans in the health exchanges.

  62. janet January 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    “We are reduced to economic units by you socialist assholes, unworthy of consideration as human beings with goals, lives, and needs, the need to have a purpose in life chief among them.” –Piper

    Nobody can do that to you. You have to do it to yourself. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. It is not government’s job to give you a purpose in life. That is your job. All government does is help you out by reminding you that you are created equal with certain inalienable rights, among those life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    Inalienable means it cannot be taken from you.

  63. Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    New Project Veritas video. The Left plans terrorism against the Trump innaguration. This group met at Comet Pizza of all places.

    youtube.com/watch?v=MHZSfhd1X_8

    • elysianfield January 17, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      “This group met at Comet Pizza of all places”.

      Yeah, in the basement….

  64. bibliomaniac January 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

    JHK: Did you mean to spell it “Cheato”?

  65. Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    I used to work in transportation. A bus line can only make a profit if it is standing room only for every run. Very few bus lines are this busy, thus buses run at a loss. It’s a public service in other words. Necessary, but not a money maker. Medicine is the same way. Trying to make this sacred Art and Vocation into just another business is utter corruption.

    • Frankiti January 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

      There you go again Janos. Confusing needs and wants with rights. You see nobody owes you a bus or a stent. You have no right to either, and a public service is just a euphemism for something owed, something deserved; a right. I have a feeling that if the only thing standing between your health, your life, is my services… well one of us has profit potential.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

        Yes, as a Jew you seek pillage America, Libertarianism being a Jewish philosophy for non-Jews. No non Jew has rights in your book.

        • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:34 am #

          In Janos’s world, everyone is a Jew and he’s the Himmler.

      • cbeard January 17, 2017 at 8:55 am #

        Frankiti. Janos is absolutely correct in my opinion. Practically speaking, everything in this society is subsidized, from the food you eat through farm programs, price supports and such to the building of roads, bridges, railways etc. to transport all the goods and people. Profit potential my ass. Thats whats wrong with the whole goddamned system.

        • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 11:18 am #

          Except, I’m not speaking of everything else.
          If I were, I’d hasten to remind you:
          Libraries are not a right.. nor is school nor daycare nor running water, fire services, hospitals.

          The problem is, y’all are confused and addicted to handouts that society has given you. Has told you that you’re entitled to.

          When society can’t pay, and can’t provide, well, people pay up or die.

          But we want it subsidized… because I can’t survive on this planet otherwise.

          Be gone with you

          • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 11:20 am #

            You bought into the program, society, then cheer for its crumbling, and when that day comes you cower.

            Boo hoo

          • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 12:35 am #

            Behold the Beast. The destroyer of Civilization. He would make you pay a toll on every road you walk on. In other words, a complete repudiation of civil society even as Maggie Thatcher opined.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 17, 2017 at 11:22 am #

          It’s not only buses that are subsidized, but the roads they ride on. These are the same roads that all the cars are rolling on as well. There would be no such thing as mass motoring without a road network, and if there were no subsidies, whatever roads existed would have to be supported by a revenue stream, so it’s tolls as far as the eye can see, all of it charging as much as the traffic will bear and going into somebody’s pocket. Sounds like feudalism to me.

          In a world without subsidies, it would be a lot harder to get around. I’ll bet porn and prostitution would be doing no worse, though. So maybe it depends on the particular subsidy.

          • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

            Car repair is not subsidized, unless of course you use credit, and even then it’s subsidized at a profit (most times). If you can’t fix your car, you take the bus. The plan B. You pay for the bus. Not as much, but you pay.
            When your body breaks down you can pay for the repairs. They’re expensive. Otherwise, you take plan B. Most Americans take plan B. It’s called prescription meds. You don’t get fixed, but patched. It’s the american way. Patch jobs.

          • messianicdruid January 18, 2017 at 9:44 am #

            I don’t see how things paid for with my own money ( minus overhead ) extracted at gunpoint, can really be a subsidy.

          • Frankiti January 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

            Because you’re not paying full price, or out of pocket.
            You’re paying on credit or through insurance.

            American society is all subsidized. Thing is, nobody wants to pay retail

    • seawolf77 January 17, 2017 at 9:23 am #

      If you use a road to transport your product it is subsidized. C’mon man!

      • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 11:22 am #

        Those who can’t survive… don’t

        Hasta la proxima

        • seawolf77 January 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

          Vini! Vedi! Pepedi!

        • KesaAnna January 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

          ” The wars ( WW I & II ) have killed off all the best people.
          It’s the cowards and scoundrels who live. ”
          — Adolf Hitler , 1944 .

      • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

        You will get your wish soon enough. Roads will be taxed by odometer readings and miles travelled on them. Don’t fret; you won’t have a personally owned automobile. They won’t exist beyond a luxury bauble. You’ll be renting cars through a service… subscription based. Electric-Autonomous vehicles will be circling and respond to your smartphone app request. Beck and call. Don’t worry, if you’re poor, drones will just drop shit over your hovel and you can meet your doc through a VR headset. Cars will be few and expensive,but that’s not where the money is, the money is in the contract… an iFord can be had for only $1500 month unlimited! You can get the cricket cheapo version and have limited use of iHyundais and iKias… the iBMWs have an introductory deal of limited mileage use at $1700 for those that want to rent to impress. Busses? Ha

        • messianicdruid January 18, 2017 at 9:52 am #

          You don’t own your vehicle’s now, unless you pay cash. Even then you give it to the DMV so it can be tagged. They give you a little sticker that says For Official Use Only. All vehicles are commercial, since they have no authority to disallow private locomotion. Just another scam.

  66. dolph9 January 16, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    Jews.

    Just testing if this comment will go through or not. It’s an interesting litmus test, on many blogs, even well informed ones, you cannot even say the above without getting banned, let alone giving any opinion.

  67. BackRowHeckler January 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    All very well there’s an inauguration 1/20, but what about the Woman’s March on Washington 1/21? Its gonna be big, and CNN will be on site to cover every facet. Tune in. What I’m worried about is if some of these middle class suburban ladies from say W Hartford CT or Concord Mass, all caught up in the hate Donald Trump hysteria, lose their way and wander into DCs Anacosta neighborhood — which may not have such a salubrious outcome (for them, or for the BMWs they’re driving)

    “Deez white bitches seein what the hoods allabout, muthaf=kka!”

    brh

    • janet January 16, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

      “all caught up in the hate Donald Trump hysteria” –brh

      It is not about hating Donald Trump. It is about democracy and about unifying our communities to create change from the grassroots level up. There is strength in unity. The march is FOR unity.

      OUR MISSION

      The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

      In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

      We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

      • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

        Sounds like you’re down with the struggle, WPA.

        Don’t forget to wear your high heels in solidarity with the Sisterhood. Sore feet, so what? Its the least you can do.

        brh

        • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

          WPA-Asoka not foolin’ nobody, p*ssy*ss b*tch she is

      • Q. Shtik January 16, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

        people who identify as [LGBTQIA] – janet

        ==========

        There is apparently no end to the length this acronym will eventually grow. Let me suggest the following next (and hopefully last) iteration:

        LGBTQIAaAOVoFU (and All Other Versions of Fucked Upness)

        I speculate that at the moment the Women’s March was conceived there was ONE, and only ONE, driving purpose: to voice the incredible rage and disbelief that a woman (a shoe-in) had failed to win the election.

        The subsequent expansion of the rationale for the march (that you, janet, have spelled out for us once you received your data dump and marching orders from Headquarters on January 12th) resembles the nailing together of a party platform to address every conceivable issue and gives room for future female political wannabees to break out of what will soon be a crowded pack.

        My advice for them is: stay home in a warm kitchen and bake your family a nice batch of cookies.

        • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

          Good advice for the ladies, Ken. But will they heed it?

          brh

        • janet January 16, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

          The Republican Party started it with its war on women. Trump started it with women with his sexual assault and insults.

          Women will finish it.

          The March will not just be in Washington. It will be nationwide. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Nothing to do with hating Trump. Just putting things right… and affirming our rights.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 4:21 am #

          Yes, Feminism is based on hatred of femininity and envy of the masculine. Women either choose this sterility of trying to be what they aren’t or they surrender to the Masculine as they made to do. Lindsay Lohan has chosen the better part, but strangely and unwisely.

          dailystormer.com/dumb-slut-lindsey-lohan-converting-to-islam/

          Rhonda Rousey has had one disaster after another since she came out in support of Sanders.

          • bibliomaniac January 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

            Penis envy is a projection.

        • elysianfield January 17, 2017 at 10:54 am #

          “My advice for them is: stay home in a warm kitchen and bake your family a nice batch of cookies.”

          “Get your biscuits in the oven, and your buns in the bed…” -Bobby Riggs

  68. BackRowHeckler January 16, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    One dude I read about, wanting to walk the walk and not just talk the talk, and in sympathy with his wife, is not only marching but will march wearing high heels. (His wife is so proud of him)

    Still, there will probably be some goodlooking babes in the crowd. It might bear watching, if for nothing else the entertainment value.

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 4:22 am #

      May his heel chip and shatter.

  69. janet January 16, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    Janos got fooled by another fake James O’Keefe video.

    Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Drops Out of Trump Inauguration Party

    Couldn’t get Bruce Springsteen. Couldn’t even get fake band to play.

  70. malthuss January 16, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    Reverend died.

    Eddie Long, megachurch pastor embroiled in scandal, dies …
    … just east of Atlanta. Long’s lavish … clothes and cars. Two of the men had accused Long of grooming them … Eddie Long: New Birth Missionary Pastor Dead.

    Had 300k car. Liked boys [accused] but was married.
    Lived large.

  71. Q. Shtik January 16, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    Does anyone here play billiards? – thwack

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

    Yes, for most of my life, in fact, starting around age 13 or 14 in a fire house in West Collingswood, NJ. Hence, the handle I go by.

    First I want to point out that the form of billiards you’re referring to is pocket billiards, more commonly known as pool. Billiards is a much different game that uses a table (usually larger than a pool table) that has no pockets and only 3 balls, two white and one red. And then there is snooker but let’s not unnecessarily complicate things.

    But getting back to the game of pool and the chaos of the breaking of the rack of 15 balls with Trump as the white cue ball…. your analogy is excellent. You really never EVER know what the resulting ‘lie of the table’ will be following the break.

    I have given this some thought over the years and I speculate (and I believe I am absolutely correct) that, given the near infinite variables of any rack of balls, (table cloth, springiness of rails, levelness, dirt particles, weight/size of balls, tightness of the rack, etc) of all the billions of breaks performed on all the pool tables of the world for a couple of centuries, the resulting lie of the table has never been exactly the same twice. It’s like snow flakes.

    And so it is true, when Trump breaks the balls on Friday we have no idea where they will wind up.

    • cbeard January 17, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      I too grew up in a pool hall. Snooker is my favorite game. The analogy of the Trump break is apt.

      • Q. Shtik January 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

        If Snooker is your favorite game I will assume you are Canadian although you will occasionally find a Snooker table in the US in states close to the Canadian border, like Minnesota.

        The UK, of course, is big on Snooker.

    • stelmosfire January 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      Fire house pool? Not to be nosey Q, but let me chime in. , After countless games at the firehouse where I worked we played on a 9 footer which we rebuilt twice in my 33 years. First green and then red felt. The table dated from the 1800’s. I believe it was originally a billiard table. The pockets were reworked leather and super tight. Bank shots were a bitch.I think perhaps I sank the 8 ball on maybe a handfull of times on the break. We played 8 ball exclusively. We were always interrupted during the games. So no grand runs on the table.

      • Q. Shtik January 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

        A 9 foot pool table is considered standard/full size although many bars and homes use shorter tables due to space considerations.

        I think using any color felt than traditional standard green should be a felony crime.

  72. janet January 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm #

    “The cover band got lots of publicity. duh.” –malthuss

    The Donald not able to negotiate business deals for inaugural. Trump fail.

    “In an exceedingly delightful turn of events, the B Street Band—an esteemed Bruce Springsteen cover band—has declined to perform at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Gala after originally agreeing to it. Why? They want to make the Boss proud.

    As Vulture reports, the band faced harsh criticism after booking the inauguration, but that was not the determining factor in their decision to bail. Rather, they engaged in keen reflection and asked themselves, “What would Bruce do?” Bruce, they determined, would absolutely not perform for the vacuous, tanner-soaked cheesy puff slated to become our next president. (Frankly, this should have been obvious — B Street’s engagement was predicated on Springsteen’s assumed refusal.)”

    • elysianfield January 17, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      Springsteen’s first band after he hit the charts was named the “E” Street Band…never heard of the “B” Street Band.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

        There are lots of letters in the alphabet, including ones that rhyme with “E”. If there’s a Canadian Springsteen cover group, perhaps they call themselves the Zed Street Band.

        • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

          Leave it to the Canadian to f*ck up a wet dream, swing a strike on a lob, drop the high toss… it would be called the “Eh Street Band”. You’re welcome.

          No wonder why, despite their threats, Americans never move there.

          They just don’t got it up there… not at all.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

            Canadians were doing really well in comedy in the U.S. for a while there (that’s where the money is, after all). We all just pretend The Love Guru didn’t happen.

  73. janet January 17, 2017 at 12:12 am #

    “And so it is true, when Trump breaks the balls on Friday we have no idea where they will wind up.” –Qshtik

    Yes, that is certainly true with Trump’s various positions on healthcare.

    Trump says he’s putting the finishing touches on his plan to replace Obamacare. It sounds absolutely terrific, like the best health plan ever! It also sounds wildly out of step with what Republicans in Congress, or even some of Trump’s own advisers, have said they would like to do.

    Trump’s comments, which he made in an interview with The Washington Post that appeared Sunday, could mean he’s gone rogue and decided that, at least on health care policy, he has more in common with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) than House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    Or they could mean that, in reaction to public anxiety and recent protests over the possibility of more than 20 million people losing insurance, Trump is already misleading people about what he and his Republicans are planning to do.

    Or Trump’s statements could mean that he has no idea what he’s talking about.

  74. tucsonspur January 17, 2017 at 2:51 am #

    elysian, you’ve got me wondering, but you simply must check out these priceless gems:

    mentalfloss.com/article/52358/25-dorothy-parkers-best-quotes

    • elysianfield January 17, 2017 at 11:01 am #

      Tucson,
      I believe that Gertrude was famous for writing the pithy remark…Dorothy was famous for uttering it….

    • Q. Shtik January 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      The last of Dorothy Parker’s best quotes is:

      25. “Excuse my dust.” Parker suggested that this be used as an epitaph on her final resting place—and it was.

      ===========

      Next month will mark 11 years since I retired. The first project I undertook as a retiree was to build my own coffin. When you flip the lid back you see a simulated pool table with green felt (the genuine expensive stuff), two balls (numbers 3 and 7), a cube of tip chalk and a pool cue.

      On the coffin’s edge, positioned where it can not be missed by onlookers, is a small plaque bearing this message:

      “Well, at least the infernal ringing in my ears has stopped.”

  75. Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 2:55 am #

    For Thwack, who made some fine comments today.

    dailystormer.com/obese-teenager-wants-to-break-stereotypes-attempts-to-prove-that-fatties-can-also-d…

    Maybe those three Black Women really did get us to the Moon. Naw, but enjoy. This girl can be your Moon someday when she just gains a bit more weight.

  76. tucsonspur January 17, 2017 at 3:11 am #

    Saw her live on Tucker, after checking out Ivanka on CNN.

    Mean Jehmu Greene. Straight razor totin’ woman. Up for DNC chair. Tell me it’s not war.

    Video may not work, but text is short.

    mediaite.com/online/why-do-you-always-bring-it-back-to-race-tucker-carlson-clashes-with-dnc-chair-ca…

    • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 4:11 am #

      She needs to grow her hair and out and quit being so dykey. No wonder Black men turn towards White Women when Black women act like this.

    • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2017 at 4:31 am #

      Wait a minute. I thought Imam Keith Ellison already got the DNC Chair position, a done deal.

      brh

  77. tucsonspur January 17, 2017 at 3:31 am #

    Kansas, I would have made essentially the same response as Janos.

    It’s a quest for power. And as far as I can recall, Janos has been the only one to ask the big, significant question: “Will the blacks (or any other group) stop at equal?”

    Lewis just can’t stand the “whiteness” of the man, his respect for his own kind.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 3:51 am #

      Liberals are always projecting themselves onto minorities – as if NAACP stands for National Association for the Advancement of People. Blacks are interested in Blacks – period. They fired Rachael Dolezeal after she turned out to be the wrong color. They know who they are and what they want. Why is it so hard for Whites?

      Black ally with other minority groups of course. That may be a mistake as the pie is not infinite nor is White strength and numbers. Some Blacks are starting to realize the Hispanics are enemies, but most still toe the Democrat Party line.

      And yes, White Politicians have to be anti-White now to pass the litmus test. Trump isn’t against Whites or any other group, and that makes him a racist is their little red book.

  78. janet January 17, 2017 at 3:41 am #

    When Trump responded on Twitter, calling Lewis, “All talk, talk, talk ? no action,” more members of Congress announced they would boycott the inauguration.

    Trump is helping the boycott, helping with all the cancellations of celebrities, music groups, performers, and representatives.

    • elysianfield January 17, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      ‘more members of Congress announced they would boycott the inauguration.”

      “…c’mon, squeal…squeal like a pig…yeah…. – Backwoods gentleman in “Deliverance”

      Janet… your, and their angst is but a balm to my soul…your tears comfort me, your actions delight and amuse…I look forward to each and every one of your fear-ridden posts to brighten my day.

      Janos, is it a sin to revel in the fear and loathing of others? How can it be so wrong, if it feels so good?

      • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        The Principle of Pleasure is not wrong! Abe Lincoln walked back to where he saw a beetle struggling to right itself and helped the poor little beastie. His companion was amazed but Lincoln said he did it for himself not the beetle. Absolute selfishness is Absolute Altruism at least after half a bottle of Absolute in the tub while reading a Dr Bronner’s soap bottle: All One. Exceptions? None!

        The Devil God of the Old Testament wanted to create denial – for in that lies power. Others react against such restrictions and indulge themselves unto death as in Cities of the Plains. But the original mistake remains. Eating too much is pain not pleasure. But one must focus on the whole body and not just the tongue. Then one can catch themselves in the process of going wrong. Otherwise, one rues only after the fact.

  79. janet January 17, 2017 at 3:56 am #

    Trump was a New York liberal Democrat and friend of Hillary before he became a Republican. He may still be a Democrat at heart. First he says he has a plan for universal health care. Then he says he wants to spend a lot of government money on infrastructure. Then he backs off on the wall and immigration. Now Trump has criticized a cornerstone of House Republicans’ corporate-tax plan, which they had pitched as an alternative to his proposed import tariffs. Go Trump! Don’t let the Republicans get away with their Obamacare repeal or their corporate tax plan! Veto it, if it passes the Republican Congress. Trump is turning out to be a pretty good liberal president.

    • janet January 17, 2017 at 4:10 am #

      NEWS ALERT: Even Richard Spencer and the white supremacists are abandoning Trump for his going back on immigration and the wall. (Hail Trump? White nationalists already losing faith in President-elect By Sara Ganim and Chris Welch, CNN Updated 3:32 AM ET, Tue January 17, 2017) CNN got the word direct from Richard Spencer’s mouth.

  80. FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    What Russia needs from the US? The same as the United States from Russia: together to do away with the legacy of Clintonoids – Saudis – Fourth European Reich.

    Exactly this problem is a common and important thing for both Putin and Trump – to do away with the legacy of the World Party of War. The world must be diverted from the brink of World War III. You can do this, only by stripping the influence of the Black Project from the world’s media, culture, ideology, private political clubs, and so on and so forth. There is plenty of work here.

    And it is possible only by joint efforts: if the leaders of Russia, the US and China will be able to do it, mankind could expect a really new world, qualitatively very different than one Black Project was preparing for many years: New World Order or Digital Fascism.

    Therefore, the best option, especially for Trump to be able tackle the political and economic issues at home, is not to go to the zero-sum game in the form of exchanges and trade, but to agree globally, including the restoration of Russian influence in the former Soviet zone (without the Baltics). Many ask themselves logical question and say – and what Trump will receive from this global agreement? They are right – the world’s media, almost totally owned by the World Party of War, will start bitching: Trump lost Putin all the achievements of the West, which it received in the wake of the Soviet collapse, to inflate the personal conflict between the leaders and to deny Trump internal support. But it only means that Trump will have to give his constituents a different truth:

    That now American guys do not have to die in the middle of nowhere, unclear for whose commercial interests. That economic cooperation with Russia promises such a powerful infrastructure and economic projects, which the world did not know. That global stability is much better than World War.

    Stopping geopolitical midgets of all colors to play off the most powerful countries in the world against each other, but together with Russia to collect tribute from subordinate territories.

  81. Dumbedup January 17, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Anonymous has now come out and threatened Trump with new revelations about his business dealings and associations with Russian mobsters. Things are rarely black and white so we cannot assume that everyone at war with Trump has deep state connections. But I have always wondered who was behind Anonymous and why no one has taken them down.

  82. Cold N. Holefield January 17, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    The Pool analogy is not apt or excellent as Dumb Fuck up above asserts. Trump is a symptom. The disease is Syphilis. America has Syphilis and Trump is just the latest manifestation of it — the part where it damages your internal organs, most especially the brain.

  83. Cold N. Holefield January 17, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    Traveling during the Holidays was ridiculous. The number of trucks on the road, let alone cars, is outrageous, many of them carrying unessential shit. There is a reckoning coming. There has to be. This cannot continue unabated. But when? This year? Next? Within a decade? Thirty years? Will Q. Shtik live to see it? If he does, will he still have the mental capacity to recognize it?

  84. Cold N. Holefield January 17, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    Piper Michael said: After all, I’d rather be killing arrogant yankees, than Russians, any day.

    As any Louisiana Chef will tell you, “first you make a Roux.”

    The American Intelligence Services agree, and so does Putin. If an American Civil War is the Gumbo, “first you make a Roux.” Trump represents the fat in that Roux and Piper Michael’s statement represents the flour.

  85. beantownbill. January 17, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Will Trump survive the first 60 days of his presidency, let alone the inauguration? If he gets taken out, wouldn’t it be too obvious that the Deep State did it? The blowback might hurt them worse than Trump.

    No, TPTB will employ the longer, but safer game. They’ll order their bought-and-paid-for politicians to obstruct Trump into ineffectiveness, or initiate investigations in order to impeach him. Of course, who really knows the future? Maybe the space aliens will finally land and take over.

    • malthuss January 17, 2017 at 11:34 am #

      My guess [yes, guess] is that Mister Trump is the ‘fall guy’ and as economy collapses, he will be blamed.

      The economy will collapse. Soon, I guess.

      • thwack January 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

        People think Trump is not smart, because he doesn’t use big words, and he’s not a great orator…

        But he was smart enough to put together a plan to beat Hillary, and it worked.

        People laughed at him, made fun of him, refused to take him as seriously as he took himself…

        *theres a lesson there*

        In addition, he has mad experience dealing with Jews, so theres that.

        My point is; however smart you think he is or isn’t, he is clever. you could tell when he said:

        “thats because you’d be in jail.”

        I think it was Rhonda Roussy who said: ” its the pretty fighters that are most dangerous because it means they know how to avoid getting hit”

    • Billy Hill January 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      Just my opinion but I sense that the anti-Trumpers have way overplayed their hand. Were the election held today he’d get even more votes from those deplorables who voted Obama in 08 and 12. They sense the disloyal opposition does not have love in their hearts.

      So far the deep state has allowed the internet to continue unimpeded. If indeed they arrange for some heart trouble for Mr. Trump expect simultaneous significant Russian cyberattacks.

  86. FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    America is not a country, and not the economy, not even capitalism, especially the state. America is the relationship between people, and I managed to see America, which apparently Trump is referring to when he says that he wants to make it great again. He lived in it for far too long and did not notice or did not believe his eyes when he saw how she disappeared.

    And I noticed it because I have seen the great America for about six months, and then she went down into the ocean as Atlantis in front of my eyes.

    youtube.com/watch?v=HsMyrXUlWkI

    youtu.be/uXkSkSVNgVQ?t=243

  87. janet January 17, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    “Will Trump survive the first 60 days of his presidency, let alone the inauguration?” –beantownbill

    Is it true you can get a discount if you buy tickets to the inauguration and the impeachment at the same time?

    • Billy Hill January 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      Snark or hate? Either way be careful what you wish for. They didn’t put up billboards announcing the coming bombardment of Ft. Sumter and it won’t be any different this time. It will just happen as control is lost. The hundreds of different fuses attached to different motives are lit.

      BTW — congrats on the WPA commemorative stamp.

    • Billy Hill January 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

      Lo and behold, maybe this time it IS different.

      From WTOP Washington DC, quoting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy:

      “Clancy said the threat environment for this inauguration and the campaign that led up to it is “different” from previous ones.

      “I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past,” Clancy said.

      He cited several episodes that took place during the campaign, “where people jumped over those bike racks or security zones into our buffer. In the past, it was very rare for somebody to do that. Today, in this past campaign, people were willing to do it.”

    • beantownbill. January 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      Unfortunately, no. The Deep State is all about taking our wealth for themselves; so they’d probably charge extra to attend both events. I hear the inauguration is going to be dull because they can’t find entertainment ( yes, I know I’m being a little snarky).

      • malthuss January 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

        War is a racket.
        Of the last 4 Presidents, Bush 1 was the best.
        USA had him for 4 years and less wars.

        • FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

          Yes, I agree. Wouldn’t it be great if he won in 1992 and Hillary didn’t beat him with the help of the Ross Perot spoiler?

          US would be a totally different country today.

          • seawolf77 January 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

            4 more year of HW’s nasal twang. I don’t think so. I would have to root canal my ear.

          • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

            Y’know, root canaling your brain would be cheaper… you’re half-way there

  88. capt spaulding January 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

    It’s pretty weird being a member of this blog. At least the majority of people here know how to read, & a lot of them are well read, regardless of political persuasion. Once you leave this website, however, you run into the dumbest, ill-informed assholes you’ve ever seen. I had a run in with a Trump supporter yesterday, and he came out with the same old tired bullshit you can hear every day. Most of what he thought came from listening to Rush Limbaugh, but all he could do was parrot what he heard. He couldn’t come up with any original thoughts of his own. That didn’t stop him from arguing his opinions, however. I mentioned that Rush was similar to Father Coughlin in the 1930’s, and he had no idea what I was talking about. You can’t argue with an idiot, so I walked away. Trump was voted in by the same type of people, but the sad fact was that the dummies prevailed. You know, the same ones who elected GWBush for two terms. Bad track record. Unfortunately, I live in the same country as these morons, so I will suffer the same repercussions as everyone else. All I can do is prepare for the results of this as best as I can. A good portion of my life has prepared me for dealing with catastrophe, whether that’s good enough, I don’t know. The way that I envision things now, is like a giant asteroid headed for the earth. There’s nothing I can do about it, but at least I had some forewarning, so I’ll give it my best shot, and yes, I think it’s gonna be that bad. I’m not the only one who thinks that way, much of the rest of the world views the coming days with apprehension. The wheels will come off, folks, & it’s gonna make Peak Oil look like a bump in the road. I am Captain Spaulding.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

      you run into the dumbest, ill-informed assholes you’ve ever seen

      Well, these dumbest, ill-informed assholes had a good common sense to vote Trump.

      Sometimes the Truth is carried not by the elite, but by common folks.

      • capt spaulding January 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

        Yeah, they also had the good common sense to vote for “W”, twice.

        • FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

          I happen to like W, as I said earlier – he’s a very talented politician, slandered in the “alternative media” by the Clinton machine, even blamed for 911, as a revenge for 2000 election.

          • capt spaulding January 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

            I see that further dialogue with you is a waste of time. You are too wrapped up in your own belief systems to consider another point of view. Further conversation with you would be a waste of pixels. Adios.

      • thwack January 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

        “you run into the dumbest, ill-informed assholes you’ve ever seen”

        OK, that may be true,

        but a lot of them are just plain fearful.

        Specifically, for the first time in generations many average middle class white people are experiencing “black” levels of poverty, joblessness, hopelessness…

        and its freaking them out because

        “they didn’t do anything wrong!”

        I kinda feel sorry for white people because they are not used to it

        (until Janos shows up, then Im like “fuck em all and erybody look like em…)

        For example, on the racists web sites I hear white people saying things like:

        “we need more money to start families because white people are “K selected” and that means we compensate for smaller families by providing greater resources to each child;

        in contrast to blacks and other nonwhites who use a more “R selected” evolutionary strategy of choosing QUANTITY over QUALITY.”

        To sum up,

        the social contract between white men and America may be frayed, worn and tattered…

        But at least they were able to have one in the first place.

        So what do we do now?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

      Trump is like Father Coughlin and…? That makes him wrong? You think that is a valid argument? Slander by association. Shame on you.

      The Jews made that argument a few months ago about Trump’s saying, “America first”. That slogan was popular back in Coughlin’s day. But we didn’t listen to Coughlin and Lindbergh and people like that – we listened to the Jews. And look where it got us. Now we’re backtracking. And the Jewish media shut up about “America first” because they quickly realized that people weren’t interested in what their lying mouths had to say. Obviously America should come first. How did we ever forget something so very basic?

      • capt spaulding January 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

        If you had bothered to read what I wrote, I said that Rush, not Trump, was like Father Coughlin.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

          Trump is like Rush is like Coughlin: guilt by association. Schoolyard/University tactics which work on most so called humans (zombies).

          • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

            Humans are zombies… ennui to want/desire to purpose to action to obtainment to ennui to want/desire to… you get it, just keep repeating the program…

    • messianicdruid January 18, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      “You know, the same ones who elected GWBush for two terms.”

      Obama was a two termer, and some slow learners would love a third.

  89. FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    So, what will happen? It seems that after the global policing and wasting resources America will concentrate.

    As a result of the implementation of the Trump economic program, the production returns to America. As promised, Trump eliminates all restrictions on the extraction of oil in the USA. The economy is growing. Reduced foreign, including military, spending. The earnings, savings, and “printed” Fed’s money are invested into the economy, into a new scientific and technological revolution, into military modernization and defense industry development.

    US capital shifts assets from the economy of financial bubbles into manufacturing and research and development. The scientific potential and virtually unlimited financial capabilities allow the switch to the new technological order, which can lead to a huge leap forward compared to the level of technological development in other countries.

    Upgraded army equipped with modern weapons and means of delivery, will be able to monitor any area of the world without the constant ubiquitous presence.

    Then, probably, in the middle of the second term in office, will come the turn of solving the problem of public debt, which will increase by that time. Using what technique we can now only guess, but the fact that the debt problem will be resolved, Trump said openly and frankly.

    This is not necessarily the default, variants are possible, for example, to pay the entire debt with printed dollars, causing the dollar devaluation and re-denomination of the dollar with the favorable exchange for the citizens of the United States, or purchase, for printed dollars, the national currency and assets of foreign countries in the amount of debt, elimination of debt through emission and reverse repurchase of dollars in exchange for previously acquired assets and national currencies, and so on, a lot of options.

    At the same time, the whole world could be plunged into chaos even without a third world war, and America will remain under the protection of the most powerful army, enclosed by two oceans from the raging crowds of migrants, and has all necessary production on its own territory.

  90. AKlein January 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    I really get a kick out of all the characters who espouse a variation on the theme “I didn’t vote for Trump, he’s a clown, but I enjoy the disruption to the status quo.” Disappointing, this includes our host, JHK. This posture comes across as quite congruent to the posture that has allowed us to accept the crap that got us to this sorry state of affairs in the country. By sorry state I do not mean Trump’s election, I mean that we are pretty much at the end of our tether economically and as a rational society which has essentially devolved into a matrix of rackets, upon which our host has so eloquently elaborated.. So Trump has a bad hair-do. So what? That he speaks his mind directly and in the vernacular and as such this is insufficiently erudite for your sensitive nature? So what? Trump is clearly an adult who expects to treat the electorate as adults in a style to which he is accustomed. He is the President-elect. That is his prerogative. Why is this so hard to accept? Shouldn’t we judge him by the results he achieves? Or is that too logical?

    • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

      Nice!

    • janet January 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

      “Trump is clearly an adult who expects to treat the electorate as adults” –Aklein

      Not so clear to me.

      For five years Trump beat the drum of birtherism, lying through his teeth, until he finally admitted it was all a lie.

      Trump is anti-working man, a billionaire with no empathy, no military service, no government service, no clear policy… he is pro-Trump, not pro-nation.

      • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

        As were the Clintons, unless of course, you (you being WPA Asoka Absalom troll bot) believe public service is the Clinton Machine swindling hundreds of millions THROUGH public service pretending to care about anyone other than themselves..

        A$$clown.

  91. amb January 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    The Deep State ain’t really so deep. Dem & Repub parties are unraveling. Status quo and establishment are eroding. All the corruption and evil in DC has brought us to a point of division and collapse.The pendulum is about to swing towards the private sector: the American people realize that their government, media, and celebrities are corrupt and insane.

    Hope Trump can do us some good and revert some of the commie policies that exist today despite the coming global recession/depression that will surely impinge upon the USA and every other industrialized country.

    • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      Amb. Many people are viewing the world through the same provincial 19th century lens. Do they think the people that matter, that make decisions, that have wealth and/or power, have more in common with them than with other powerful and wealthy people?

      They should care about them,why again? Because they hold an American passport?

      Absent any kinship or blood and cultural ties, they expect people to care about them on account of sharing the same national residence?

      Gee, that’s f*cking quaint.

      Nobody that matters cares what an American wants, they care what their cohort, wealthy, intelligent, well bred creators and doers want.

      This is what happens without cultural and ethnic bonds, you find other ones. Making each other safe via wealth seems fairly logical…

      • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

        So you agree with me, basically. The Ethnostate is the real State. You merely state America isn’t ethnically and culturally homogenous enough to make the grade. We agree again. We only disagree historically: you saying it never was while I disagree.

        • Frankiti January 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

          People need tribes. People can’t simply overrule or override their DNA, their programming, with flimsy rationalizations. They choose class, education, wealth, political party, hobbies, religion… anything to join a group.

          The deepest tribe is blood. It just is. Family and kinship are visceral, hard-wired. Countrymen bound by blood and hereditary follow, then language.

          People want to believe they are above this, they complain to their similarly educated friends who belong to similar political parties and live in similar neighborhoods reading similar periodicals about these barbarian tribes.

  92. FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Interesting Speculations

    1. Negotiations with Japan on the fate of the Kuril Islands were marked by a tsunami, which ran on Japan the next day after Abe’s “ran” on Putin in Lima at the APEC summit. And before that it was tsunami that ran over Fukushima 3 days after Japan started to evacuate its embassy in Moscow and Hillary announced US readiness to support Japan’s attempt to solve the Kuril issue by military force.

    The Japanese are ready to commit suicide to restore their honor, but on an individual basis, rather than on the National level. And it is good if Russia used Sakharov solution, which Japan, as the only country that has become a victim of the atomic bombing, knows everything about.

    Or maybe not?!!!

    Then it turns out that God sent a second warning to Japan?!

    2. Anti-Israel UN resolution and the criminal case against Netanyahu ala Katsav case, was revenge by Hillary for the fact that Israel has refused to take part in her adventures in the Greater Middle East.

    3. Purchase of shares of Rosneft (former Yukos) by Glencore is a Rothschild signature under transactions “Baykalfinans groups” (approval, refusal of the West from persecution). At the same time it is the payment of compensation for severe retinal damage of Russian Ambassador to Qatar Vladimir Titorenko in 2011. And the fact that the Rothschild took over the role of mediator in this case says that most likely they are also the intermediary in the payment of compensation for the killing of the Russian ambassador in Ankara Andrei Karlov.

    • Q. Shtik January 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

      Finc, your comments are always verbose, convoluted, arcane, and essentially meaningless to me as if they were transmissions from a small planet in a distant galaxy.

      My take-away from this latest comment is that Russia has an ambassador to Qatar who is known in diplomatic circles as Vlad “Tits” Titorenko. Beyond that, I’m at a loss.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2017 at 5:21 am #

        Sorry, Mr.Q, for spraying my posts along with arithmetic with bits of algebra, differential calculus, and even Riemann geometry. My primary field of study was differential games, so sometimes I get overly excited.

  93. Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    Pico Iyer wrote a book many years ago about the “global soul”.. about airports. Their strangeness. Their coldness. Itinerants united and homogenized by chain retail.
    ‘Murica is nothing but a giant airport these days. Itinerants doing the Wal-Mart Shuffle (using a shopping cart as a walking aid/gut holder).

    In the end, one must escape to a home, somewhere… anywhere.

  94. janet January 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    Maybe somebody knows Trump is going to crash the economy. Every day we get closer to the inauguration the market goes down more. All three went down today:

    DOW
    -0.30%
    19,826.77
    -58.96

    NASDAQ
    -0.63%
    5,538.72
    -35.38

    S&P500
    -0.30%
    2,267.89
    -6.75

    • Billy Hill January 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

      That’s correct Janet. trump is going to grab that huge lever in the oval office and pull it in the direction of economic catastrophe.

      Freakin’ grow up.

      Presidents do not have that much power. Thank those white guys who owned slaves for that.

      Sorry. Some times you peak my inane meter.

      • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

        It’s actually known as WPA-CCC, or Asoka, or Absalom… and a few more. It changes it name quite frequently account of being wrong quite frequently and for serving no other purpose than to post propaganda and contrarian viewpoints merely to provoke.

        • Frankiti January 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

          And Kesa

          • Q. Shtik January 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

            I think Asoka went by Carol (or Carole) for awhile… it’s hard to keep track.

          • KesaAnna January 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm #

            As if your quaint, antique, 19th century cardboard digs at institutions older than your pet 19th century theories pulled out of some 19th century ass are worth reading twice sweetheart.

      • KesaAnna January 17, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

        PRESIDENTS DO NOT HAVE THAT MUCH POWER.

        thanks for saying so.

        No, they don’t, but sadly Americans WISH they did.

        sad, because dictators are never that good, except the aristocracy is that bad.

      • Q. Shtik January 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

        pique

        • KesaAnna January 17, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

          applies just as well to JHK , so I guess that’s a compliment since you are here.

          • KesaAnna January 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

            * Applies to JHK , if not more so .

        • Billy Hill January 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

          Another way to say “peak” a meter is “peg” a meter. From audio engineering back in the day before LED meters. The needle stays locked in the red zone indicating signal overload.

          However, the homophone “pique” is certainly appropriate here.

          I’m sure some will accuse me of homophonia.

  95. KesaAnna January 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    500 years of rights causes — the aristocracy disposed of what few limitations and responsibilities they had, and that’s about it.

    Global warming and other green causes — Like with the Latifundia of Italy 2,000 years ago, or the Highland clearances of 200 years ago, less than half as much land is under cultivation as was a hundred years ago . So the little people are better off ? HA HA HA , NO.

  96. janet January 18, 2017 at 1:01 am #

    “I think Asoka went by Carol (or Carole) for awhile… it’s hard to keep track.” –Q

    Would somebody please tell me who is Asoka that y’all keep mentioning?

  97. malthuss January 18, 2017 at 1:02 am #

    I think Asoka went by Carol (or Carole) —–

    Recently someone here claimed that they had been Carol.
    Was it Cold who posted that, a few week ago?

    • Q. Shtik January 18, 2017 at 1:09 am #

      Yes, of course Cold was Carol Newquist.

      • Q. Shtik January 18, 2017 at 1:12 am #

        But then a couple of others started to use the name Carol and/or Carole and I believe Asoka was one of them.

        And you, Malthuss, used to be Asia.

        • beantownbill. January 18, 2017 at 10:52 am #

          Geez, Q, I’m worried about you, you’re slowing down. I realized that months ago

        • JimInFlorida January 18, 2017 at 11:55 am #

          Good grief. Am I and Janos the only ones who’ve retained our screen names and ideology?

          • thwack January 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

            I don’t hafta worry about anyone pretending to be me because Im black and ugly.

            Just sayin.

          • Q. Shtik January 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

            Holy crap! I went back in the archives looking for one of Janos’s two or three previous screen names and selected May 2011 at random. Janos was Vlad Krandz at the time. But, to my astonishment, Trump was being discussed even then. Check out this 5.5 year old comment:

            kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/memorial_day_enter_hitler_release_20/#comment-53100

          • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

            Not for nothing have men called me the Pen of Glory. Behold!

            Vlad Krandz
            May 31, 2011 at 2:47 am #

            Papers? That’s Fascist! We’re all just People! Gay, Str8, “Black”, White – same struggle, same fight!
            They think that illegals should be allowed to vote – just ask them. There is NO limit to the insanity. That’s why when the Strong Man arises it will be our highest duty and privledge to support him.
            Accept your part in the downfall. Liberalism was too soft, too blase about human evil, except for the socially acceptable hate against White Males. Life was never as generous as Liberals made it out to be. And as for supporting other groups before our own, that goes beyond mere illusion – it was evil and insane.

          • Q. Shtik January 18, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

            Besides Vlad Krandz there was Jago Skorzny (Sp?).

            He got himself banned a few times for anti-Semitism.

            I was banned a few times for playing a self-appointed schoolmarm.

  98. malthuss January 18, 2017 at 1:03 am #

    WILL THE REAL CAROL NEWQUIST PLEASE STAND UP???

  99. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2017 at 5:32 am #

    New York Rumors (but very truth-like)

    Due to an emergency situation (Clintonoids attempt at sedition) Trump has sworn on the Constitution and signed inaugural papers. Trump – President!

    One of the reasons was the poisoning of key Trump operative with polonium, the same polonium that Litvinenko was poisoned with.

    Alex Jones live interview with survivor of assassination attempt, Roger Stone:

    youtube.com/watch?v=QwxIpE9FLZg

    I was poisoned with, they now say, a substance that may have been polonium or had the characteristics of polonium. This made me exceedingly ill. The conjecture of all the doctors was that I did not receive a large enough dose to kill me, but I have never been this ill.

  100. stelmosfire January 18, 2017 at 6:48 am #

    Marlin, Whats goin’ on with the uppity bobcats in CT?

    wfsb.com/story/34277945/3-people-attacked-by-bobcat-in-colchester

    You CT. Yankees better put them down. :o)

  101. barbisbest January 18, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    The Cheeto Cometh. Say it ain’t so. I wish Trump was “Fake” news. Crap, the guy has an average I.Q., what a shock! As compared to JFK who had an I.Q. of 150. We’re trading in Obama for a life-sized troll doll.

    Great post JHK. Way to call it out! Yes, there is a deep state and getting deeper by the second it seems. 1001, 1002, 1003. How about that nepotism up there. Ah, it’s all relative. Go ahead America build that wall. Don’t let the Mexicans cross the border to pick your vegetables to support their families. Sounds like an American thing to do! Duh! As I had wrote previously, Rachel Maddow has some very interesting info. on her show of late. My fellow citizens, not a time to not be paying attention.

    Pardon for changing the subject so quickly, but some interesting words from the south’s JHK, Wendell Berry:

    Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
    vacation with pay. Want more
    of everything ready-made. Be afraid
    to know your neighbors and to die.
    And you will have a window in your head.
    Not even your future will be a mystery
    any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
    and shut away in a little drawer.
    When they want you to buy something
    they will call you. .

    So, friends, every day do something
    that won’t compute..

    Love the world, work for nothing, embrace the flag and denounce the government, love someone who doesn’t deserve it………

    Someone I know who attended one of Trump’s thank you rallies observed, looks like we have a Caesar. Well, Caesar or Caligula, the choice is made.

    • sprawlcapital January 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      I met Wendell and his wife Tanya on St. Patrick’s Day 2003 at their farmhouse, on a hill above the Kentucky River, just three days before our invasion and occupation of Iraq. It was a beautiful sunny day. Wendell autographed my copy of The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. That work is definitely on a par with the Geography of Nowhere and The Long Emergency.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

        He supports the Amnesty and ongoing invasion, thus betraying everything he ever believed, wrote, or said – and spitting on Wisdom herself who had so generously bequeathed Herself to him.

        Ed Abbey is the real, enduring Environmental Hero, one of the very, very few. As he said, unless we stop the Mexicans, nothing else we do matter.

        I could say that Berry betrayed his readers and students, but they were eager to be betrayed and thus betrayed themselves in any case.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      So you believe in IQ now? Then you must know that Blacks are deficient.

      So you believe in the Flag and the American Nation? Then you must support Trump who wants these honored.

      No, right? So you contradict yourself. A wise consistency is the daemon of wise minds. And a foolish lack of consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

  102. Q. Shtik January 18, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    You don’t own your vehicle’s now, unless you pay cash. – messi

    ===========

    vehicles

    plural, not possessive.

    • thwack January 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      no one can resist a Caucasian syntax error

      • capt spaulding January 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

        If you’re gonna be one, learn how to talk like one.

        • thwack January 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

          ok then stop pointing out negro spelling errors

          mmkay?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

          Expecting Blacks to talk like Whites is racist. RU a Racist?

  103. janet January 18, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Barbisbest, Trump is more like Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus and will come to a similar end. Trump is illegitimate with 38% approval (support has declined during transition) … Trump won’t last long, nor will Republican control. Happy New Year!

  104. barbisbest January 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    Sprawl Capital. You met Wendell Berry. I hope I meet up with ‘Im sometime. Perhaps. I like his quote very much. Happy new year to you as We ll Janet. There’s an article about the Trumpster in the Atlantic. It reads how he will test our democracy more than it has ever tested. Janet, of course the polls are rigged in his approval rating. Rigggghhhhtt!! No, I think many people don’t really like you at all a@@#ole!

    • Q. Shtik January 18, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

      Sprawl Capital. You met Wendell Berry. I hope I meet up… – barb

      ==========

      Not many people know that Wendell Berry’s middle name is Dingle. 😉

  105. janet January 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    “The cover band got lots of publicity. duh. IT IS NOT A FAKE BAND.” –Malthuss

    Of course it is a fake Springsteen band. You can tell by the songs they were going to play before cancelling out of the birther President’s inauguration. Fake band with a fake song play list, like these:

    “Born in the U.S.A., but Was There a Birth Certificate? You Tell Me. Some People Say That Was Not His Birth Certificate. Maybe It Was, Maybe It Wasn’t. I’m Saying I Don’t Know. Nobody Knows.”

    “My Home Town, but Not the Inner Areas, Which Are Very Dangerous, Historically”

    “Fifty-Seven Channels (And They’re All Lying and Totally, Totally Disgusting)”

    “Fourth of July, Gorky Park (Vandy)”

    “Something in the Night, Never Mind, It’s Only the Ghost of Our Functioning Democracy”

    “Streets of Philadelphia Are Overrated and Should Be Immediately Defunded”

    “Darkness on the Edge of Town Because We Elected the Anti-Electricity Candidate to Run the Power Company”

    “Glory Days, Just Great, Really Amazing Days. These Days, Let Me Tell You, Were Tremendous—and Very, Very Successful—a Great Success of Days. You’ve Never Seen Days This Glorious, Believe Me. Also, the President Can’t Have a Conflict of Interest. It’s Impossible.”

    “Born to Run an Explosive Exposé About the Secret Link Between the Clinton Foundation and the Vatican Banking Scam that Funnelled Millions to Obama”

    “Working on the Highway, and Bridges, and Tunnels—a Huge Infrastructure Bill, Huge! Even the Weak Democrats Agree.”

    “Rosalita (Who Was Like a Seven, or an Eight at Most, But Is Now Disgusting—This Is Someone Who Really Likes to Eat)”

    “De-Thunder Road and Immediately Replace”

    “Dancing in the Dark, Because No Policy Information Has Been Released and Media Outlets Have Been Blacklisted”

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

      But it’s a real fake band – in other words it exists. In face, in positive terms, it’s called a Cover Band. Likewise, CNN exists, but it’s a fake news network. It has no positive aspect since it distorts instead of copying. After all, Satan is the Ape of God.

  106. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    Trump managed to find in America a 32 year-old Georgian by the name of Kantaria whom he is going to send as US ambassador to Berlin, that is more than symbolic given the name of the new Russian Ambassador to Berlin is Yegorov!!!

    For those of you who are not a History Disciple, Yegorov and Kantaria are the names of two Russian soldiers who unfurled a red banner over the battered Reichstag in Berlin on 30 April 1945.

    marci-postale.com/History/liberation/egororv-kantaria.jpg

    Long live President (not elect, but already sworn in) Trump!

    Early inauguration is not against the law of the United States and has already become a tradition, so that if Trump yesterday pledged allegiance to the US, this is a real inauguration of the President, and all senior US officials are aware of this. A 20th is a public, symbolic procedure that will be awesome!

    Barack Obama in 2009 and 2013 was also sworn twice, and in 2013 it became known officially as the first time he had sworn on personal, Baptist Bible of Lincoln, and on the second, official inauguration, Obama took the oath on the Bible of Martin Luther King, shortly before announced as a Saint by one of the Protestant churches of America.

    Apparently, anticipatory inauguration is a necessity if the opposite side of the election is Hillary Clinton.

  107. Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Boy, have whites done hard time under Barack Hussein Obama! To deliver his inauguration benediction, eight accursed years back, Obama commissioned one Rev. Joseph Lowery.

    Lowery is to poetry what Beyoncé is to music. Both were greatly elevated by the outgoing, déclassé first couple. Lowery’s anti-white inaugural jingle beseeched the Lord to finally make “white embrace what is right,” allow “brown to stick around,” “yellow to be mellow,” and “the red man to get ahead.”

    High art.

    Ilana Mercer, American Renaissance, Jan14

    Janos (the Imperious) again: Those who voted for Obama twice need to spend the rest of their lives in a monastery doing repentance. You voted for a racist and racists are the ultimate criminals in your book. You knew yet you did it anyway. Your only alibi is that you didn’t believe that Whites are people. That’s even worse. That merits getting an O tattooed on your forehead.

    Jeffrey Dahmer was indignant at the idea that he was a racist. He would admit to being a mass murderer, torturer, and cannibal – but racist was just beyond the pale. That’s how far the Left has moved the envelope. Both Church and State – and every advocacy group and secret society, work night and day for the end of the White Race. Resist them. Win glory on Earth and in the Heavens.

    • janet January 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

      I don’t hear you declaring your support for Trump, janos.

      I support Trump because he is not conservative. Not at all. Looking at his policy proposals from his moderate progressive tax plan to a trade policy that is the closest to matching Bernie Sanders’ (yes, Trump’s plan is closer to Sanders’ than even Hillary Clinton’s plan), we see a trend. He’s conservative on two or three talking point issues while being liberal on literally dozens of other items.

      After he is sworn in, he can drop the wall idea and the deportation idea (“They were just suggestions”) and get down to implementing his liberal policies. Soon Paul Krugman will be praising Trump. Support your liberal birther president, janos.

  108. routersurfer January 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    The Greatest Show On Earth ends a long run the week President Trump brings his show to DC. Life is strange. Great rant!

  109. tucsonspur January 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    The BLACK EVIL will soon be leaving. The measured, articulate voice that put the velvet glove on the iron fist to America and whites in particular, will leave the following as part of his destructive legacy:

    thegatewaypundit.com/2017/01/obama-release-22-top-gitmo-detainees-kill-americans/

    Belt it out Obama, sing out “America the Beautiful”, or “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.

    • janet January 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

      “The BLACK EVIL will soon be leaving.”

      You wish. President Obama is staying in Washington and plans to continue working in a higher capacity: citizen. Ain’t goin’ nowhere.

  110. janet January 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    “That’s correct Janet. trump is going to grab that huge lever in the oval office and pull it in the direction of economic catastrophe. Freakin’ grow up.” –Billy Hill

    You don’t have to be rude, Billy Hill. I am just noticing that the markets are going down as we get closer to the vulgar short-fingered birther’s inauguration. The Dow has today dropped for fourth straight day.

    • Billy Hill January 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

      I apologized.

      Regarding the DOW, what was it they used to say? The Stock Market has correctly predicted 8 of the last 5 recessions? Let it drop. A buying opportunity, right?

  111. janet January 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

    FUSION ENERGY PROGRESS

    Fusion is nature’s preferred way of making power. Scientists are very close to achieving fusion, since the first production of fusion energy in 1952. The physics is very well known now. There is a lot of fusion progress being made with longer and longer fusion reactions than ever before. For a 50MW energy investment we get 500MW energy output, a sustainable and profitable EROEI. A commercial fusion system will be available in a decade. Our children and grandchildren will not fight wars over oil or water.

    Fusion will provide many benefits: Limitless power with no radioactive waste. Limitless power with no greenhouse gases. Limitless energy for seawater desalination. Virtually limitless fuel available. (The deuterium can be distilled from seawater and the tritium can be “bred” in the reactor.) Bankruptcy for Exxon and the fossil fuel industry. Bankruptcy for the fracking industry. No chain reaction. Easier to control or stop than fission. Very low fuel cost.

    Turns out some things are not really “too much magic” and the cornucopians win.

    • beantownbill. January 18, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

      Please give a citation for this info as I would very much like to read it.

      • janet January 19, 2017 at 1:22 am #

        beantown, this is my summary of an news report given on PBS TV talking about ITER in France and the progress that has been made with fusion. I don’t know if a transcript exists.

        • elysianfield January 19, 2017 at 10:42 am #

          Janet,
          Fusion? Is this subject new to you? Exciting! I hear “scientists” in Utah have developed room temperatures fusion reactions! In Mason Jars! We are saved! Check it out….

          • janet January 19, 2017 at 10:48 am #

            Yes, the subject is new to me. 50 in and 500 out is a good EROEI even at Mason Jar sized experiments. Just like a flight lasting 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet at Kittyhawk was a good start on the aerospace industry.

            And, yes, people like you jeered the Wright brothers, and said God did not intend us to fly. They swore flight would never be possible. Check it out…

        • Q. Shtik January 19, 2017 at 11:33 am #

          summary of an news report – janet

          ===========

          an?

  112. Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    amren.com/news/2017/01/intersectional-feminist-catfights-turn/ me on, meow

    After the crushing defeat by Trump – helped by a majority of White Women – White Feminists are at their lowest. Colored Feminists choose THIS time, to launch a vicious attack. Welcome to Reality, Ladies – they hate you cuz you White.

  113. janet January 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    “That’s why when the Strong Man arises it will be our highest duty and privledge to support him. Accept your part in the downfall. Liberalism was too soft…” –Vlad Kranz

    The only problem is Vlad failed to foresee that the strongman would be a friend of Hillary Clinton who invited her to his wedding, a former Democrat, and a New York LIBERAL!

  114. Q. Shtik January 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    Countrymen bound by blood and [hereditary] follow, then language. – Frankiti

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

    heredity

  115. volodya January 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    yes indeed the Deep State surely does exist and has seen fit to disrupt the proceedings on this site.

  116. malthuss January 19, 2017 at 1:12 am #

    Jim Kunstler, was this sold to a private bidder or were there no other bids,

    DIDNT THE CHINKS WANT IT?

    mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million was auctioned off Wednesday for $100.

    The sprawling Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills mall has been in trouble ever since it opened its doors 11 years ago. After defaulting on that $143 million loan, the bankruptcy court put it up for auction.

    Wells Fargo Bank was owed the money from a 2006 loan and submitted the winning bid for the 1.1 million-square-foot mall. The bank was acting as trustee for MSCI 2007 HQ11, the trust that bought the mall in suburban Frazer Township.

  117. tucsonspur January 19, 2017 at 2:48 am #

    Will she show?

    Hillary would mar any of Friday’s proceedings by her presence. Of course she won’t be, but she should be banned.

    Power players like to keep their connections to people with money and influence. Hate to say it, but Trump may find her useful. And of course she Trump.

    Yes, there’s a new sheriff in town, and Hillary’s ass could be grass with Trump working the power mower.

    I think she’ll show.

    • janet January 19, 2017 at 9:07 am #

      Hillary is a liberal. Trump is a liberal. They are friends. Trump invited her to his wedding. There is no doubt she will be there. She belongs there. Your antipathy is not shared by Trump. But then you are not a liberal so you don’t understand their friendship is transcendent.

  118. tucsonspur January 19, 2017 at 4:24 am #

    Just another day or so. Thank God. Too bad Trump can’t physically remove this bastard.

    See another example, one of a countless number, of what the left and Obama have wrought:

    yahoo.com/news/undocumented-worker-sues-san-francisco-violating-sanctuary-law-001854835.html

    • janet January 19, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      They are working together on the transition. Trump does not share your hostility nor does Obama. Obama is helping Trump.

  119. FincaInTheMountains January 19, 2017 at 4:48 am #

    Stephen Cohen: US was preparing a large-scale attack on Russia from three directions

    Recently became known plans of senior US officials to unleash hostilities with Russia – said Stephen Cohen. The initial blow should have come from Ukraine, Turkey and the Middle Eastern monarchies, which the US has armed and trained. Of great importance in this initial blow was given to ISIS terrorist groups and al-Qaeda.

    Russia was planned to be attacked from three directions: from the Ukrainian, from the Caucasus (from Turkey), and from the Central Asian, were ISIS Wahhabi beachhead in Syria was to be created.

    To this end, Washington has planned coups in two states: Ukraine and Turkey, and the military defeat of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. However, the plan succeeded only partially: a revolution in the Ukraine was carried out, but in Turkey – no. Also failed the plan of overthrowing of Assad by ISIS.

    youtube.com/watch?v=OV4MqxPJAhw

    • Billy Hill January 19, 2017 at 7:24 am #

      Cohen has been quite verbal lately regarding the Russian “hack” and now apparently the above. That takes exemplary courage as an NYU professor.

      Here’s hoping Trump can withstand the purveyors of The Heartland/Rimland theories who have infected the Deep State Department.

      Speaking of the Turkish failed coup it is amazing how antiseptic the MSM coverage was in the USA, and how quickly it disappeared. Now we hear only of the sporadic bombing — speaking of which it’s about time for another.

      Meanwhile in Cancun open warfare in the once placid if banal resort where they used to badger tourists with time-share opportunities.

      • pequiste January 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

        Timeshares are not what I have been badgered about in beachy Cancun. Think more along the lines of Rosarita, Maria, and Luz for the horizontal cha-cha, if you know what I mean.

        Cancun is still great because the sand never gets hot and the Mexican food is sublime at many places. Compares in danger to Miami probably; just don’t leave Kukulkan Boulevard.

  120. barbisbest January 19, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    Does anyone else see the irony that the big top circus is ending right when Trump’S troop of clowns take over the district. It just, in a way, stands to reason. No more need for the circus, we have barker Trump and his troop. Send In the clowns. There has to be clowns. Don’t bother. They’re here.

    • Billy Hill January 19, 2017 at 7:40 am #

      Yes, there has to be clowns, doesn’t they?

  121. janet January 19, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    Janet, Fusion? Is this subject new to you? Exciting! I hear “scientists” in Utah have developed room temperatures fusion reactions! In Mason Jars! We are saved! Check it out…. –elysianfield

    Yes, elysianfield, the subject is new to me. But to put 50 in and get 500 out is a good EROEI even at Mason Jar sized experiments.

    Just like a flight lasting 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet at Kittyhawk was a good start on the aerospace industry.

    And, yes, people like you jeered the Wright brothers, too, and said God did not intend us to fly. They swore flight would never be possible. Check it out…

    • thwack January 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

      Janet is one of those techno narcissists who thinks man can invent his way out of his greed and lust.

      Good luck with that.

      Sure, the Wright brothers invented the aeroplane; but a little over a decade later men were using it to drop bombs on each other.

      Maybe they should invent something to fix that part?

      cause it seems like its still broken?

      • beantownbill. January 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

        Technology is a tool, one of many mankind uses. I don’t see why it is bad.

        How a tool is used is another story.

        There may be hammer-narcissists; they are foolish to think that hammers can resolve issues. After all, hammers are also employed to smash in heads and are dangerous. Trying to lead a hammer-free life is the way to go.

        • thwack January 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

          “Technology is a tool, one of many mankind uses. I don’t see why it is bad.”

          Indeed, its not bad; but maybe people should spend more time and energy improving their behavior first?

          Like at the shooting range where everyone is so polite, helpful and courteous…

          If you don’t know what Im talkin about, you should visit one and find out.

          Hammers, lots of hammers.

          I ain’t tryin to live in no mud hut.

    • elysianfield January 19, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

      Janet,
      Fusion would be the gold standard for energy production…governments and private industry have been working on this topic for decades…and incremental advances have been just that…incremental, measured in decades. I believe I read of the incident you reference…measured in a billionth of a second, as I recall. In any case, Fusion will certainly power the future, just not yours nor mine. The Utah incident was a canard…an excellent example of bad science.

  122. Q. Shtik January 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    At the moment I am watching S. Mnuchin being grilled for the position of Treasury Sec. He sounds like an exceptionally smart cookie and I think he is holding his own against some hostile sounding Dems.

    When I watch this sort of thing on TV I will, more often than not, mute the sound because I cannot tolerate listening to the way politicians avoid questions. I will get the gist of what is being said by reading ‘closed caption’ and/or the graphics presentation (on CNBC) that highlights the most important issues and commentary. I will periodically UNmute the sound to see what the speaker’s voice sounds like, any regional accent, etc.

    Well, in the case of Mnuchin, I wish there was a way to mute the TV picture, so to speak, and just listen to the sound because this guy has such an incredible array of distracting and off-putting facial and body ticks and mannerisms. He endlessly purses his lips and moves his body as if to relieve the discomfort of a too-small shirt collar size.

    Having said all this, based on what I’ve heard thus far, I would vote to confirm.

    • pequiste January 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      Q.

      Steve Mnuchin is the “perfect” choice for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

      Why you ask? Well, he meets “the criteria” perfectly:

      – Jewish.

      – Goldman Sachs (sacks of gold man!) alumni.

      – Ha?va?d / Yale axis of Ivy evil.

      “GIVE me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.” So said Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty.

      Economist mag – economist.com/node/21563752

      It is just like when “they” told JFK ” Johnny, don’t fuck with our money…” Look what happened to him. (See Zapruder briefing for details))

      Trump was given sound advice when selecting this Sanhedrin member – keeps him out of the line of fire so to speak. At least for a couple of weeks.

      • pequiste January 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

        Then seal the deal “air-and-water-tight” with a similar person at the Federal Reserve.

        – Someone of the Jewish persuasion.

        – Someone who has attended Ha?va?d of Yale.

        – Someone who is an alumni/a of Goldman Sachs (sacks of gold man!)

        People like the last three Fed chairs: Janet Yellin, Ben “Shalom Suckers” Bernanke, and Allan “(shekels) Maestro” Greenspan.

        There it is: the double hat-trick making the “money system” super easy pickings for the Evil Fuckers In Charge, and they do not give a good Goddamn who the president of the U.S.A. is.

        • pequiste January 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

          Ok Ok–

          NOt iron clad requirement that the individual to run the Fed has to be from Ha?va?d or Yale.

          Suitable substitutes include:

          – Columbia University or NYU.

          – Council on Foreign Relations membership.

          “They” still don’t give a fuck who the president is anyway.

          But just think, in less than 24 hours Barack “Barry Soetoro” Hussein Obama shall no longer be the president.

          Thank you Jesus!

          • beantownbill. January 19, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

            So, I could be head of the Fed? Cool.

            I do feel the same as you about BHO.

      • malthuss January 19, 2017 at 10:25 pm #

        Thanks.

  123. Q. Shtik January 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    I just watched Trump arrive in DC. He descended the steps from the plane with a pretty woman, his wife, I presume, and at the bottom correctly delivered a salute to a military person there to greet him. I assume he learned this in that military school he attended in his youth.

    There are sooo many people who do not know how to deliver a salute properly.

    • thwack January 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

      Maybe they have never been trained correctly?

      Where did you learn how to salute correctly?

      Why don’t you teach them?

      Or is it a case of “nobody can resist a negro salute error?”

      • Q. Shtik January 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

        Or is it a case of “nobody can resist a negro salute error?” – thwack

        ===========

        It’s got nothing to do with race, color, creed, etc.

        I learned in ROTC and my stint in the Air Force.

  124. capt spaulding January 19, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    It’s just speculation on my part, but I’m guessing that both Russia and China and the US have plans to disrupt each other’s computer operating systems. Power, communications, etc., and more, will be attacked if it comes down to a crisis. Like I said, it’s just speculation, but only a fool wouldn’t consider the implications of that. Fortune favors the prepared. Better buy some candles.

  125. volodya January 19, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

    Elrond, remember that of the smallest acorns etc etc …

    and you’re right, if we have time to fiddle away on this blog then we are some pretty small acorns.

    But you’ve seen the infestation of trolls on this site at least one of which was outed as a government employee. So revel in your validation – at least until the midnight knock on the door.

  126. nsa January 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Peq,
    The easiest way to get censored or banned here is to start in with the jooie stuff….apparently it hits a nerve. Scoff at the foibles of Wigger Nation, laugh at the global warming fraud (used to call it summer), even poke at the peak oil farce (gas here is $2.50/ gallon – 5x cheaper than bottled water)……it’s all good….but no overt jooie baiting allowed.

    • beantownbill. January 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

      You shouldn’t bait any group, Scumbag. If Karma really exists, you’re gonna be in a world of hurt.

    • Q. Shtik January 19, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

      NSA,

      A Google search tells me that the average cost of bottled water is $1.22 per gallon.

      So, please show me the arithmetic by which you conclude gasoline is 5 times cheaper than bottled water.

      If gas is $2.50/gal I’d say it is roughly 2 times more expensive than bottled water.

      Assuming $1.22/gal is correct for bottled water the price for gasoline would have to be a negative $4.88. Think about it and see if you don’t agree.

  127. Q. Shtik January 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    You have to love these guys — an Asian-American band so comfortable in their own skin that they have named their group ‘The Slants.’ (See NYT article today on page A18.)

    • thwack January 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      Is there an all girl band named “The Slits?”

      • thwack January 19, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

        The “slots?”

      • Elrond Hubbard January 20, 2017 at 10:20 am #

        There was:

        “The Slits were a British rock band formed in London in 1976 by members of the groups The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The group’s early line-up consisted of Ari Up (Ariane Forster) and Palmolive (a.k.a. Paloma Romero, who played briefly with Spizzenergi and later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy. Their 1979 debut album, Cut, has been called one of the defining releases of the post-punk era.”

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slits

        A pretty clear case of appropriating a pejorative term and throwing it back in people’s faces.

  128. Pucker January 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    According to Douglas Valentine’s book, “The CIA as Organized Crime”, the C…I..A controls the Main Stream Media.

    According to Douglas Valentine’s book, “The CIA as Organized Crime”, the Department of Homeland Security is modeled after a Vietnam War era counterinsurgency program called “Operation Phoenix”.

  129. janet January 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    I love how liberal Donald Trump is, more so than Bill Clinton or Barack Obama or George W. Bush. Trump is inclusive, open to Jews.

    For example, tomorrow Marvin Hier will become the first rabbi to lead an inauguration prayer since 1985. Plus Trump has put six Goldman Sachs guys in his administration. It is a good day for Judaism tomorrow, a good day for Israel, a good day for America now that we have a liberal New Yorker as president. And Jews are in his family, and Jews have his ear.

    • Frankiti January 19, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

      This is where WPA’s true colors shine. No real defense for Jews, no real care for them, no real care for Israel, or the rabbi… at least beyond her use of them to stir the sh*t, to antogonize, to be tongue-in-cheek, smug, and a smart @ss.

      Same shtick, same bullsh*t, same WPA.

      Insincere and ungenuine for the umpteenth time….and I still ain’t half-stepping.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 20, 2017 at 2:12 am #

        So what? If America doesn’t matter, neither does Israel. And if Whites aren’t real, neither are Jews. If we are forbidden to love ourselves, why on Earth should we love you? Or more to the point, how could we? Christian Zionists are just sickos – dogs not men. Yet Jews love them. What does that say about Jews?

  130. janet January 19, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    nsa, are you math-challenged?

    You say “gas here is $2.50/ gallon – 5x cheaper than bottled water”

    5×2.50=$12.50, so that means water costs $12.50 a gallon where you live?

    I don’t believe you. Here purified or distilled water costs less than $1 per gallon, and that is half the price of a gallon of gas at the pump.

    • Q. Shtik January 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

      Janet,

      You are wrong (as usual, when it comes to simple arithmetic); see my comment above.

  131. tucsonspur January 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

    THE CHEETO ARRIVETH

    The man with the marmalade mane
    Many think has a marmalade brain
    This Cheeto loves to twitter
    But surely is no quitter
    And goes well with
    A dip of disdain.

    When this Cheeto arrives
    We hope he survives
    All of the outrageous
    Hate and scorn
    For he’s an exciting new Cheeto
    With a freshly baked credo
    Giving hope to the
    lost and forlorn.

    This arriving Cheeto
    Is no Frito Bandido
    And believes in
    Law and order
    So all you bean dips
    Better get out now
    And run quickly for the border.

  132. janet January 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    “This Cheeto loves to twitter
    But surely is no quitter” –tucsonspur

    That remains to be seen. I doubt he lasts two years before he imitates Sara Palin mid-term and resigns to let Mike Pence take over. Which would be a shame because Mike Pence is more conservative than the liberal Trump.

    Trump is a liberal big spender. More government spending the better. Clinton and Trump disagreed on most things during the campaign, but they were totally in sync on the need for the government to invest hundreds of billions more in building and repairing highways, bridges, dams, transit systems and other major projects. Trump proposed an eye-popping $1 trillion in new infrastructure investment to add as many as six million jobs to the economy.

    Trump’s proposal was double the $500 billion of new infrastructure spending that Clinton advocated over the next five years. The right person won the election, the liberal who believes in really big government!

    • thwack January 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

      Mike Pence looks like Race Bannon from Johnny Quest.