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Apparently one additional world leader turned up in Buenos Aires without fanfare this weekend. The General Secretary of the North Pole, known popularly as Santa Claus, took his latest-model hypersonic sleigh to the G-20 Meeting, and made sure that the global financial elite would find their Christmas stockings stuffed with sugarplums one last time before the great reflation bull market dies of incredulity.

Something drastic was required as so many enterprises were skidding into a ditch last month, especially FAANGs, cars, house sales, and oil, while the Grand Old Man of the Dow Jones, General Electric, was singing its death song like an old Arikara chief in the prairie twilight. The US threat of 25 percent tariffs on Chinese exports was shunted ahead 90 days, giving the almighty algos and their human errand boys one last shot at looting the future.

How exactly will this change the basic equation of China sending its industrial output to WalMart in exchange for American IOUs, while the trade deficit mounts ever-higher and the last holdouts of the US middle class sink into debt, addiction, and hopelessness? It won’t, of course, because Americans have to find another reason to get up in the morning besides reporting to the national demolition derby. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t warm my heart to hear about x-hundred thousand “housing starts” every month, knowing that it represents the destruction of x-thousand acres of meadow, field, and forest, and that what’s being laid down on the landscape out there is soul-crushing infrastructure with no future.

It’s not hard to see why US life expectancy is going down, driven by the two new leading causes of death: opiate drugs and suicide — the former often in the service of the latter. The citizens of this land have exchanged just about everything that makes life worth living for the paltry rewards of “bargain shopping” and happy motoring. But the worst sacrifice is the loss of any sense of community, of face-to-face human transactions with people you know, people who have duties and obligations to one another that can be successfully enacted and fulfilled. Instead, you get to do all your business with robots, even including the robots fronting for companies that seek to ruin you. “Your call is important to us,” says the telephone robot at the hospital billing office dunning you to fork over $7,000 for the three stitches Little Skippy got when his best friend flew the drone into his forehead. “Please hold for the next available representative.” Who wouldn’t want to shoot themselves?

Interestingly, it’s the people of France who are going apeshit at this moment in history and not the much more beaten-down Americans. For all the deformities of the EU, France still maintains a general quality-of-life so far above what is found in the US these days that we look like some left-behind evolutionary dead end here in this wilderness of strip-malls and muffler shops. They live in towns and cities that are designed to bring people together in public. They support small business in spite of the diktats of Brussels. They maintain an interest in doing things well for its own sake. The French are rioting these days not simply over the cost of diesel fuel but because they’ve had enough impingements on their traditional ways of life and seek to arrest the losses.

Americans, by contrast, seem to passively accept their new status as world-class losers. You can deprive them of whatever is meaningful, whatever makes life worth living, and sell them depressing simulacra to replace those things, and they never notice. Even the revolts ongoing in this land only seek to make relations between us worse, for instance the new super-Puritanism that wants to criminalize the most elementary mating ceremonies, like asking for date, or even paying attention to someone of the opposite sex. This is what the Democratic Party, formerly the party of the working people, has dedicated itself to all year. That’s your “Resistance.” They’ve managed to ruin one of the few consolations for being on this planet.

Maybe you’all have had enough of that foolishness. Maybe when Christmas is over something will turn in that old proverbial widening gyre, and the anarchy loosened by that turn will not be “mere.”


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  1. Jeremy December 3, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Oh those Dems – paragons of working class representation!

    You just can’t make this up.

    therealnews.com/columns/obama-tells-wall-street-to-thank-him-for-making-so-much-money-at-elite-gala-…

    • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      Back 10 or so years ago, I told a very left democrat BHO had gotten 4x as much money from wall street as Mc Cain, the friend just denied the fact.

      • benr December 3, 2018 at 10:22 am #

        I have talked to several Obama loving Democrats who refuse to see Obama was the bagman for tbtf banksters and is now going to be a billionaire as a result of the corruption he supported.
        Biggest conman ever!
        But all they see is Orangeman baAAAAaad.

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 3, 2018 at 10:27 am #

          And Blaaaaackmaaaan goooood!

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

          • jdhines December 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

            And deficits baaaaad!

            “Why is there no alarm from Trump’s backers that his massive tax cut package will push the deficit to $1 trillion over the next decade, according to Trump’s own Office of Management and Budget? Where are those GOP deficit hawks from the Obama years?”

            JDH

          • jdhines December 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

            “… with Obama in the White House, the nation saw more jobs created in his last 21 months than in Trump’s first 20 months.”

            A bit better than his Orangeness.

            JDH

          • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

            Orange and black-Halloween.

          • Anon1970 December 3, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

            Re: JD Hines “Where are those GOP deficit hawks from the Obama years?”

            Most of them really never were deficit hawks. They were just trying to make Obama look bad.

            A better question to ask is where are the players in the Holocaust industry? the rabbis, the museum directors, the columnists of the Jewish press, the Republican Jewish Coalition? Have they learned nothing from Germany’s financial troubles in the 1920’s and early 1930’s? May i suggest they read pages 59-62 of William Shirer’s book “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” for a start. Those who do not learn from history are destined to relive it.

          • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

            When someone says to me that America’s number one problem is white supremacy I troll them anymore and tell them this is not the time to be anti-semitic.

            It usually takes them a few moments. I don’t even have a problem with Jews…but Zionists bankers are another thing.

            To me it goes along with the Philly Flyers mascot Gritty. He’s an Orange Man…Orange man bad…how is he a symbol for the “resistance”?

            It drives me up the wall that the people flying the resistance flag don’t realize how they are defending the principalities of their ruin. Morons…

        • jdhines December 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

          No, really we see Orangeman as a paragon of human virtue and goodness, don’t you?

          Not narcissistic, greedy, spiteful, mean, a hater of the truth, a fear monger, a divider, a simpleton, a bullshiter, a braggart, a blowhard … nothing like that.

          RIGHT, just the most damaging president in US history, hands-down!

          JDH

          • draupnir December 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

            Given the choices we had, that’s precisely why I voted for him. It’s better to reign in Hell.If I can’t get decent government I’ll gladly throw a wrench into the works, because the government as it stands is unendurable. He is performing admirably.

          • pequiste December 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

            I say there JDH; you may not be a big fan of The Man From Queens, but your bile is misplaced. Put your hands up for the prince of demonic politics hizself: LBJ (that’s President Lyndon Baines Johnson for any somnambulists or Millenials out there in CFN-land).

            In the final analysis, Johnson will stand unparalleled as the individual politician responsible for the demise of the U.S.A. (with Woody Wilson right behind him.)

            And no, if you do not know what he did then you deserve to only watch reruns of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” for the remainder of your life.

        • draupnir December 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

          What gave me pause about Obama was his trip to England, summoned for an interview by Rothschild when it started to look like he was the leading contender for his party’s nomination. It was perfectly obvious that he was being vetted. The reason for this trip was never made public, of course. I’ve always believed it was a job interview. The fact that he went to Rothschild when summoned, at Rothschild’s pleasure revealed who the supplicant was at that meeting. Rothschild must have found him a sharper tool than Hillary.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 10:19 am #

      Barack Obama is very much a reason dollar is not worthless today.

      President Trump in many respects continues the Obama policies.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 3, 2018 at 10:26 am #

      Quelle Surprise!

      Really, what do you expect from a beauty queen like Obama??? After he wins the Title, Miss USA, or whatever, he serves his year, and then sets out to hook some old rich guy and get supported in the style to which he/she is accustomed.

      And what do you do about a population who ever thought he was presidential material in the first place??? The dud never managed any significant number of people, and never even ran his own business as far as I know. Nope, he gave a typical beauty contestant speech about how “I would end all the wars, and make sure that no child goes hungry, and make sure all stray animals have a forever home!” And guess what??? Dumbass Americans elect him TWICE! Not just once. Nope. Twice they fall for the same line of crap.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • Jeremy December 3, 2018 at 10:35 am #

        Monsters!

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      • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 11:09 am #

        At least he won the popular vote. Twice.

      • EvelynV December 3, 2018 at 11:15 am #

        You tend to skip over the fact he had the Tea Bagger crazy congress filtering every attempt he made to improve the common good.

        In addition to that Hillary was making every effort to sustain the welfare of our war industry. I would sorely like to know what pressures were brought to bear on him to choose her for SOS.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 11:44 am #

          He was given the Nobel Peace Prize even before he attained office – and one of his first actions in office was a drone strike that killed civilians. The prestige of Nobel Prizes is forever lowered because of their foolishness in giving their prize to someone who turned out to be a War Criminal.

          Salvation for America would mean giving up all of our most cherished illusions. Obama, the Noble Black Savior, is a big one for many. And before you can, you’ll have to deal with your White/Bad, Non-White/Good dilemma.

          • Nightowl December 4, 2018 at 6:26 am #

            Don’t forget that given all the claims about how terrible Trump is to the press, Obama prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous admins combined, and was ferocious in going after reporters who posted anything with a whiff of negativity.

        • oilie December 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

          The only pressure was internal. By selecting her as SOS he virtually eliminated her as a rival in the next election.

        • kimmasad01 December 4, 2018 at 2:28 am #

          I think you know the answer to that.

      • thenuttyneutron December 3, 2018 at 11:52 am #

        What do you do when you are faced with a choice between eating a smelly turd pile or a pile of crap? That is why I voted for Obama twice. #walkaway.

        The answer is, you pick the pile of shit that is going to make you the least sick after eating it! Where it gets complicated is that you have no idea how the shit will react once they are elected. There is no ingredients listed because of the dark money that finances these elections. These are the choices that we have when we vote for President. The system is setup in a way to prevent the “best qualified candidate” to lead.

        In the case of Obama, he a far better choice than McCain. McCain had already shown his colors in the Keating 5 scandal. He was also a raving mad loonie with blood lust to wage more wars in the ME.

        Romeny was a POS financial criminal. Nothing more needs to be said.

        I am not convinced Obama intentionally let the banksters off the hook by not prosecuting them. I am not sure if he was too stupid to know what was going on or know any better. I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was ignorant about the massive criminal dealings of Wallstreet and he was a clueless leader in that regard. On the other hand, he was a Chicago politician that grew up politically in a fraudulent system.

        To this day I maintain the position that we should have given the TARP money to FDIC, told the banks to go fuck themselves and or eat shit, and then watch how the carnage unfolds in Federal Bankruptcy courts. That was 10 years ago and it is far too late to fix the system.

        #walkaway. I used to avoid the RNC because of their jesus bullshit or positions on things like evolution/creationism, social issues (gay marriage etc..), and the separation of church and state. The RNC has moved towards the center and the DNC has moved far left. Jim K. has the DNC pretty accurately pegged. I will never vote DNC ever again because of their position on gun rights and the 2A. The DNC is a dead party that will give way to a new moderate party in the center.

        I voted for Trump solely based on one reason alone. He was hated and disliked by the “establishment”. Their hatred of him and their desire to elect HRC alone was enough for me to give my middle finger to them and give my vote to Trump. Trump is clearly a bull in the china shop known as Washington politics and I am greatly amused by the reactions of the left to his Presidency. I am not disappointed by his performance because he is doing exactly what I want him to do. If the establishment is focused on containing Trump, their attention will not be on fucking my life up anymore than they are already doing it. Keep those two fighting for as long as possible please!

        In regards to the DOJ, and FBI…. I have my pop corn ready. Sedition in their ranks will probably be dealt with as soon as Mueller releases his report. I can’t wait to see those fuckers sing on the witness stand as they out their accomplices. HRC may never face a trial for her crimes but I hope her minions do.

        • zekesdad December 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

          “Romney was a POS financial criminal.” So working for a hedge fund is now a crime? Exactly what crime did he commit? How come the SEC or the IRS never charged him with anything?

          • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

            You’re right. Actually it was his Dad who stole much of Howard Hughes fortune.

          • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

            I mean what was left after the mob and the Catholic Church got their share.

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

          No, Romney wasn’t a POS financial criminal. I could go along with you on McCain. Besides, who doesn’t love a good speech, and Obama could sure deliver them!

          But Romney??? No, not my first choice, but no reason not to vote for him once Obama showed what a DINO he was, and what a divisive race-baiter he was. Really, Trayvon the Mugger, is what his son would have looked like???

          A lot of die-hard Democrats get all cognitive-dissonance-y, and like to pretend that they really aren’t just “D” lever-pulling anal retentive goobers. Sooo, they make up reasons why any given Republican is bad to justify it. I am glad to see that you are not one of them!

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

        • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

          Clinton = Freddy Krueger (maybe not a pedo herself, but Podestas?)

          Trump = Jason Voorhees

          —————————————–

          Bobby Dylan nailed it in 2001 with this one (for Charley Patton)

          High water risin’, risin’ night and day
          All the gold and silver are being stolen away
          Big Joe Turner lookin’ East and West
          From the dark room of his mind
          He made it to Kansas City
          Twelfth Street and Vine
          Nothing standing there
          High water everywhere

          High water risin’, the shacks are slidin’ down
          Folks lose their possessions and folks are leaving town
          Bertha Mason shook, it broke it
          Then she hung it on a wall
          Says, “You’re dancin’ with whom they tell you to
          Or you don’t dance at all”
          It’s tough out there
          High water everywhere
          I got a cravin’ love for blazing speed got a hopped up Mustang Ford
          Jump into the wagon, love, throw your panties overboard
          I can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mind
          I’m no pig without a wig
          I hope you treat me kind
          Things are breakin’ up out there

          High water everywhere
          High water risin’, six inches ‘bove my head
          Coffins droppin’ in the street
          Like balloons made out of lead
          Water pourin’ into Vicksburg, don’t know what I’m going to do
          “Don’t reach out for me, ” she said
          “Can’t you see I’m drownin’ too?”
          It’s rough out there
          High water everywhere

          Well, George Lewis told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew
          “You can’t open your mind, boys
          To every conceivable point of view”
          They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway Five
          Judge says to the High Sheriff
          “I want him dead or alive
          Either one, I don’t care”
          High Water everywhere

          Well, the cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies
          I’m preachin’ the word of God
          I’m puttin’ out your eyes
          I asked Fat Nancy for something to eat, she said, “Take it off the shelf
          As great as you are a man,
          You’ll never be greater than yourself”
          I told her I didn’t really care
          High water everywhere

          I’m getting’ up in the morning I believe I’ll dust my broom
          Keeping away from the women
          I’m givin’ ’em lots of room
          Thunder rolling over Clarksdale, everything is looking blue
          I just can’t be happy, love
          Unless you’re happy too
          It’s bad out there
          High water everywhere

    • Luhrenloup December 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

      Commenting on Jeremy’s clip:

      What’s really pathetic about it is that all the richie rich at the gathering ‘believe’ the bullshit they are spewing. Yes, Obama was fighting for the little guy all along. These are the good people making things right for the world.

      • Jeremy December 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

        Loup – you’re loopy!

        Carlin had it right – gob bless him.

        “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it !”

        youtu.be/i5dBZDSSky0

        • Luhrenloup December 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

          The mob expression comes to mind,

          ‘in a crooked environment, crooks are the most honest people’ – at least you know where they stand!

          Meaning, this richie rich political class is even dishonest with itself about what they’re up to. they can never be credited whatever they say because they don’t even know themselves what they’re saying.

          We are so far beyond George Carlin at this point that his videos are seen as nostalgia for innocence lost.

  2. Q. Be the Plan December 3, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Mele Kalikimaka, Jim!
    got-truth.com/docs/Mele%20Kalikimaka.pdf

    Q.

  3. shotho December 3, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    While agreeing with you completely on the state of American culture today, I can only conclude that you haven’t been to France lately. The vaunted ‘la vie de francaise’ is in sad shape. There is an upper middle class valiantly trying to hold on to their privileged situation as much as possible, but it isn’t easy and, frankly, isn’t deserved. Unemployment is near 10% and concentrated among the young. Their cities are surrounded by ‘banliues’ which are urban slums in which the police dare not go. Infrastructure is crumbling, as is ours. DeGaulle and Orly airports look increasingly like LaGuardia and Newark. Taxes are incredibly high with VAT and are going higher. Crime rates are increasing with Paris no longer all that safe, including on the Metro. And, sacre bleu, the young are even eschewing wine and cheese for McDo’s. France is a vast wasteland of ennui and despair. Well, I’m exaggerating a little, but not much.

    • James Howard Kunstler December 3, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      I was there for a week in July. There was a lot to admire about the place. — JHK

      • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 11:05 am #

        Travel internationally. You’ll find out two things. People in other countries are happy, and they don’t like Americans.

        • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 11:12 am #

          But they love our money. Language barriers pose a huge issue when you travel overseas, as the Americans travel in isolated English speaking tour groups.

      • EvelynV December 3, 2018 at 11:17 am #

        If you tour the US for a week in July taking blue highways from National Park to National Park you might form similar conclusion about out place.

      • jean.baptiste.moquelin December 3, 2018 at 11:52 am #

        Regarding France… I am just back from a month there. Mostly in small villages and towns. Thinking back on it, probably ‘gilet jaune’ country. Not desperate, not destitute, not drug-addled, but not happy either. Few prospects for well-paying jobs, some dairy farms, the sawmill closed, the medical center closed so medical care is now further away…

        France seems hopelessly fragmented, splintered; everyone seems unhappy with the current situation but no one agrees on a diagnostic or a cure. Is France suffering from a sclerotic ossified overregulated economy, from an outsourcing globalised economy, from too much immigration or too much racism? Until recently the socialists and Hollande were in power, but they got kicked out so badly it’s hard to think that the socialist party, once a pillar of the French political life, can bounce back from its humiliating rebuke. Le Pen and her Front National/Ralliement National were given a shot at the presidential election, but got slapped resoundingly, and instead the French picked Macron, the progressive banker who tried to put them on a globalist/european/capitalist/multiculti path. He was losing support steadily before the gilet jaune protests and he now seems at a loss. There is one last group: Mélanchon and his France Insoumise, a band of hard leftists railing about colonialism, racism and capitalism. They poll as high as 20%, but I don’t believe they can go higher than that.

        France used to be a fairly prosperous country, confident about its place in the world and with a reputation for discussing ideas and enjoying life. Now it is a gloomy place pessimistic about its future and in near-panic as to where this is all going. Maybe a canary in a coal mine for our western world.

      • Nightowl December 4, 2018 at 6:29 am #

        I agree to an extent. We go to Bretagne every other year (I’m a US expat, so it isn’t far to go). They have major problems with crime and poverty in the big cities though.

    • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 11:10 am #

      One thing to remember is that the trigger for what is going on is a gas tax to reduce Climate change. Whoa! Maybe the liberal environment loving French folks are a facade. What would happen here if a significant gas tax was put on US Happy Motoring to preserve the climate?

      • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

        “One thing to remember is that the trigger for what is going on is a gas tax to reduce Climate change.”

        Well,
        consider that a poorly reported alternate source of CO2 has been identified…14 BILLION pounds of CO2 generated PER DAY!

        Humans generate a bit over 2 pounds of CO2 per day…every day, even during Christmas Hiatus. Don’t even get me started on the methane produced…

        • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

          “Humans generate a bit over 2 pounds of CO2 per day…”

          The CO2 is generated by humans at rest during simple respiration…

          If you really want to help control the environmental increase in CO2…you know what you have to do.

          …do it

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      They are on the downward path towards Eurabia, and all the poverty, ignorance, and violence that implies.

      Why did they do it? Therein lies a mystery. Google “Kalergi Plan”.

      • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

        The pill of truth you offer is a bitter one, washed down with a strong vetch.

  4. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 3, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    I don’t think that it’s WalMart and Happy Motoring that causes the problem as much as it is deeper stuff, like the breakup of families, the wholesale export of women into the workforce, gazillion of cheap illegal laborers, and the elite, who care more about themselves and their portfolio than they do anything else.

    Where I live, in a mobile home park, I see several young men (20-40) in my neighborhood who are allergic to work. Several of them have skills, and could easily be working. But, they have no families to support, so they drink, and drug, and screw most of the time. They panic the last week of the month knowing that rent will be due in a few days, and set out looking for some sort of minimal work to make the rent.

    I see the same types passing thru the law office where I work part-time. Shiftless, worthless people, men and women. The safety net keeps them from starving.

    Sooo, I don’t blame cars and WalMarts. I blame people.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • benr December 3, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      hmm I agree with you.
      Add in most of them are looking for that latest oxy fix and you have a very stark reality.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 3, 2018 at 10:29 am #

        Oxy, hydrocodone, percocet, xanax, pot, meth, booze whatever. I think we are in The Golden Age of Cross Substance Abuse.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

    • shotho December 3, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      And I agree with you. Our problems go much deeper than politics and economics. The roots of American deconstruction are cultural, meaning values and norms. And, where do those come from – family, religion, community. You really don’t have to look further than that.

    • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      Think you’re not connecting the dots, Squeeky.

      Walmart represents offshoring millions of jobs so we can buy stuff a little cheaper, while the 1% get richer (on increasing unearned income). Those lost jobs lead to shrinking (often unliveable) wages and a loss of purpose, which in turn lead to drug addiction, breakup of families, depression and despair.

      Where’s the motive to work when you barely get by on today’s pay, with little opportunity for advancement?

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 3, 2018 at 10:51 am #

        Nearly every retail business is offshoring jobs. For example, check out guitar prices! You can get a really good guitar now for less than $300 or thereabouts. I even bought a $70 Ibanez clone that is good. I might replace the pickups and wiring one day, but even after that extra $150, I have great guitar for about $220.

        There are a ton of $100plus electrics on ebay which are great buys if you know how to adjust the truss rod, bridge etc. Maybe file the frets a little. Meanwhile, Gibson is still trying to peddle $2,500 Les Pauls.

        Why? China. But that is not why people are suiciding. Wal Mart is just doing what it takes to stay in business. The real question is WHY does anybody here need to do that to stay in business?

        Part of the reason is lazy, stupid American workers. Why screw with some affirmative action Ghettopotamus who has trouble reading the Cat in the Hat, and has an attitude to boot – – – why screw with that when you can hire an Asian who is hard working and motivated for about 1/4 the price?

        I think you are confusing symptoms with causes. WalMart is a symptom, IMHO.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 11:38 am #

          Walmart, and the businesses (corporations) that offshored jobs over the last 40 yrs, were not doing that to stay in business, they did it to increase profits–which have been going to shareholders, NOT employees. Walmart is a cause (of the malaise, desperation and despair of Americans), not a symptom.

          Are you a Foxist?

          • Jeremy December 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

            Bingo Chip!

            “Robots are coming to a Walmart Inc. near you, and not just as a gimmick.

            The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines.”

            cryptogon.com/?p=53900

          • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

            Jeremy: You are correct. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading “Rise of the Robots” by Martin Ford, it’s a very clear eyed look at the affect robots are going to have in this country, and the rest of the world in times to come. The good jobs are gone, and if they do come back, they will be done mostly by robots. Bigger profits for the companies you see, but if nobody’s making any money, I don’t know who is gonna buy the stuff.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 11:54 am #

          These guys stay up at night dreaming of paying workers lower wages. There’s nothing a White American hates more than paying another White American a living wage. Of course they jumped at cheap coolie labor, both overseas and here. And of course that savaged White Americans and their communities.

          Effects become Causes which becomes Effects. To Do is to Be and to Be is to Do. Try saying Do Be Do Be Do and then switching it in your mind (even as you keep saying it) to Be Do Be Do Be Do.

          You’re both right in other words. If Americans were what they should have been, they would have never let the Elite do such a thing. Nor would the Elite ever dreamed of betraying their own people like this.

        • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

          If Walmart had been on its toes when the internet arrived there wouldn’t even be an amazon.com. You just know there was someone in that company screaming as if his/her hair was on fire saying the internet will change retail completely. He/she likely got fired and a few people anecdotally speak of him “Remember so and so, he was talking about how the internet would change everything. Boy was he ever right.”

          • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

            Sears wasn’t on it’s toes and got beat at it’s own game. RIP Sears.

      • robert magill December 3, 2018 at 11:23 am #

        Explain please how Walmart is the villain in buying cheap from China and selling here when Walmart has over 400 Stores in China and is planning more? Where is the US disconnect?

        • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 11:42 am #

          Thanks to all the exporting of jobs to China, the Chinese are now avid consumers. Walmart is going where the consumer action is.
          Their closing of stores in the US reflects the diminishing incomes of Americans, which is directly related to the massive loss of jobs the past 40 yrs.

        • robert magill December 3, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

          Walmart is a RETAIL STORE. Look deeper for your villain. Don’t settle for a cheap shot.

          • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

            How was that a cheap shot?

            Walmart is a HUGE retail operation that has significant impact on US industry. When they buy primarily from China, US industry suffers while shareholders (mostly 1%ers) benefit. Whatever happened to “proudly made in America”?

    • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 11:13 am #

      The problem IS the people Squeeky there are far too many that have bought into and sold out to The Big Lie. The Top Turd, in DC is only the distraction, the diversion to allow the simpletons out there to not look at themselves with a critical eye, but to be able to attack an easy target and keep on their bad behavior. You see how successfully it works right here in CFN with so many who can only add to the conversations that Trump sucks, Trump sucks, Trump sucks. They all suck, and so do far too many of us. But not you, you are cool. Thank you.

    • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 11:16 am #

      Has anyone put together the fact that the thing that held together neighborhoods used to be the interplay between the women especially with children. Relationships between women now occurs in the workplace where it becomes muddled up in office politics and competition. We live in a lonely world.

      • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 11:44 am #

        When you think for yourself, you have some good ideas JohnAZ.
        As opposed to regurgitating Fox nonsense.

      • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

        No I think it was the interaction that was forced on parents because of the kids interacting in the neighborhood. The parents would come together and exchange pleasantries about inanities about Johnny’s braces or Kerri leg healed well or Jody’s nice bicycle or how Amy’s doing in school. Kids make a neighborhood. After they’re gone it’s an old folks home.

      • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

        Everyone is too busy using their I phones to bother messing with their neighbors anymore.

    • EvelynV December 3, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      Digitalizing our culture is the most destructive thing that has happened since the invention of television.

    • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

      ” the elite, who care more about themselves and their portfolio than they do anything else.”

      Squeeky,
      I think we are vilifying a group that is no more evil than we are…they, like we, are just trying to maintain their lifestyles or do better. I have met any number of what you might consider “elite”…they do not spend their days sitting in boardrooms, white cat on their laps, plotting our penury.

      If I won the Billion Dollar Lottery, would I become evil? Would you?

      “so they drink, and drug, and screw most of the time….”

      Sounds like a nice job, if you can get it….

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

        Maybe. I don’t think the Poor are any great fount of virtue, either. In my opinion, not much difference between a Big Pharma exec and a hoodrat crack dealer. Both could pretty much care less what happens to the consumer of their product.

        I do think the constant pressure to financialize everything that moves is evil, and bad.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

    • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

      Between the reports the last fifteen years of the banker / federal reserve / wall street nonsense and personal experience working within the community in various ways, I have switched from an Amnesty International kind of guy at the beginning to one who relates to and gets why the Germans embraced their little Dictator.

      Rot from the top down.

      When I look at the future, unfortunately I could easily see myself in a sharp esoteric uniform guarding a work camp. I highly doubt this is a lonesome, singular premonition held only in my mind.

      And yes, I do regret these circumstances.

      • pequiste December 3, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

        Ah, Hugo Boss in basic black. Snappy.

        But unfortunately, the guards, this next time, will be the best worst kind: Artifical General Intelligence steel and nanotechnological monsters who won’t need any stinking badges.

    • Calico December 3, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

      You forgot “rock and roll”

  5. JMR December 3, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    “Your call is important to us,” says the telephone robot at the hospital billing office dunning you to fork over $7,000 for the three stitches Little Skippy got when his best friend flew the drone into his forehead.

    This made me laugh out loud, but it’s sad that this is the reality of our medical system.

    Recently had a very minor procedure done in a doctor’s office and was sent a bill for 3,000 for “operating room expenses” on top of the doctor’s bill and a co-pay. As far as I could figure out I was charged this much for a medical assistant to wheel in a cart of supplies of which the doctor used maybe a couple dollars worth of gauze, stitching and anesthetic. I called the billing department and asked for an itemized list of what I was being charged for. I got a “list” with “operating room expenses” on it. Yes, one item. I told them that first of all I never went into an operating room and second that the charge is outrageous and I’m not paying it.

    Still haven’t paid it 8 months later. Maybe if enough people follow suit these ridiculous hospitals will stop trying to bilk us with these ridiculous bills. Or maybe not, but something has to give.

    • Paulo December 3, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Good for you, JMR.

      This is how north of 49 works. I have yet to ever receive a hospital bill or charge for any medical services, and I’m 63 having gone through the usual broken legs, stitches (chainsaw) appendix removal, cancer surgery (stage 1…. 8 years ago) Go figure, CDN health outcomes are higher and total costs compared to US 1/3 lower. Plus, no one is denied coverage.

      We had to go through a doctor’s strike to achieve it about 65 years ago. It’s high time to take on the system and you made a terrific first start. Fuck ’em. You’re supposed to agree to be wallet raped? MAGA.

      • JMR December 3, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        Thanks Paulo. I don’t think a Canadian style health system will fly in the US however.

        • capt spaulding December 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

          Like I’ve said before, I’ve had Canadians laugh in my face when I tell them what my healthcare costs. For the life of me, I don’t understand how people here can be bamboozled into thinking our system is better then Canada’s, but I do know that constant propaganda by corporations & politicians go a long ways towards promoting that attitude.

    • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      Fascinating how our heinous health care system is helping destroy the middle class and economy, while there is a solution (medicare for all), yet our elected representatives prevent it from happening!

      • EvelynV December 3, 2018 at 11:21 am #

        Primarily our REPUBLICAN representatives!

        • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 11:49 am #

          To be fair EvelynV, Dems have done little to advance it, and much to thwart it. HRC, Nancy Pelosi, and the democratic supermajority in California all stand in the way.

          • jdhines December 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

            Chip,

            In the USA, 79 percent of every premium dollar goes toward INFLATED medical expenses ? PRICE GOUGING prescription drugs, doctor visits, RIDICULOUSLY HIGH hospitalization and other services. Approximately 18 percent goes to administrative costs, and some 3 percent is profit.

            Bottom line, MUCH MORE that 21 cents of every healthcare dollar goes to ADMIN & PROFIT.

            Ain’t the Republican version of free enterprise in health care grand?

            JDH

          • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

            jd,

            The Republican version of free enterprise in health care sucks! Royally. I was just pointing out Dems are complicit in that system (as well as the obscene military budget, our bombing and warmongering, trickle down economics, deregulation of Wall St., and most other problems created by Republicans).

          • jdhines December 3, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

            Oh, I know Chipshot, I hear you and I’m with you!

            JDH

          • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

            Republicans had two years to implement their healthcare vision and they failed. All they could agree on was to end the “individual mandate.”

            >>> The Republican version of free enterprise in health care sucks!

            Well that’s the solution: free enterprise in health care. Too bad we don’t have it. And neither Dems nor the GOP have taken any action to encourage it.

          • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

            We had free enterprise during “W”s administration, along with relaxing laws and regulations, and look where it got us. I don’t know how many times people have to run their heads into the wall before they figure out that the Republicans don’t have the answers.

          • Exscotticus December 5, 2018 at 10:57 pm #

            Most aspects of healthcare are highly regulated. No market forces whatsoever. Were prices for common services advertised during “W”‘s time? No? I’ve never heard of a market where the cost is only known after the service is administered.

      • JMR December 3, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        Not sure Medicare for all is the answer since Medicare is one of the contributing factors to high medical costs. Government only ever makes the situation worse, never better. Insurance companies are way too powerful and aren’t going away any time soon. I’m sure they would have something to say about a single-payer system.

      • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        IMHO, it is the only situation that will work as Medicine is a monopoly and capitalistic free market price controls do not work. However, get your checkbook out, it will not be cheap, and the government will control the marketplace. Somehow, that makes me very nervous. Graft and corruption will be rampant. Study the graft in medicine right now with Medicare payments in place for probably 50% of the population’s use of the medical system. Most of the inflation in place now that is angering everyone comes from Medicare.

        Remember that the only thing that really changed with Obamacare is that the indigent folks with no insurance that hit the ER and drove up the hospital costs, have now been subsidized by the taxpayer to be able to carry a card with them so that they “have” insurance to present to the medical system. Has anyone noticed hospital costs decreased with Obamacare?

      • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        Exactly. It would fix it just like that. If the Republicans had used Repeal and replace to repeal Obamacare and replace it with Medicare for all they would have been hailed as heroes. Maybe not immediately, but within the 2 year election cycle.

        • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

          Wolfie,
          Make a list, it need not be a long one, of the people who would not benefit from your paradigm.

          We have the best Government that money can buy….

          • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

            Everyone under 65 without insurance & everyone with pre-existing conditions. I’m guessing maybe 100 million people.

          • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

            Somehow, elysianfield, they make health care work in Canada and the rest of the first world countries. Since we do have the best government that money can buy, however, they must be doing the right thing I guess.

          • elysianfield December 5, 2018 at 11:19 am #

            Captain,
            Depends upon who is doing the “buying”.

  6. Paulo December 3, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    Very good article this morning. This is the time to reconnect with values, family, and community BEFORE the shit flinging gets serious. Too bad US Thanksgiving is the only holiday really celebrated anymore that implies time spent with family. I guess people will just have to text one another, post meaningful statements on Facebook to all their ‘friends’, and maybe Skype for those huggy sensitive issues.

    Is this culture really worth saving? I don’t think so. Looks to me Trump was just the latest Jim Jones. (note to self: “Don’t drink any kool-aid next year no matter who is mixing it up”.)

    • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      I’m not sure if JHK understands something about Americans. We’re not exactly friendly, we don’t want neighbors, and we don’t want a community. JHK blames this on automobiles and suburbs. I blame it on us. The average American has no friends. He might have fellow drunks, fellow addicts, fellow sports fans- but he has no friends. If he’s single he’s terminally lonely, if he’s married with children he’s miserable and foundering under a mountain of debt. What was that joke the king said in Braveheart.” The problem with America is that it’s full of Americans.

      • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

        Wolfie,
        …I think you’ve said too much….

      • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

        Don’t you think autos and suburbs helped caused the loneliness and unfriendliness?

        • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

          When I was a kid people made a largely symbolic attempt to be cordial to their neighbors. Today that is gone. And while it has something to do with diversity, white on white giving each other the big kiss off is as common as mud. Technology in general is to blame. Who hasn’t walked into a bar or restaurant and looked out over a sea of people with their beaks in their phones, even people sitting at the same table! Internet porn has exacerbated sexual problems in couples. Texting instead of calling. Anti personal interaction seems to be encouraged almost rewarded.

          • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

            When I was a kid people made a largely symbolic attempt to be cordial to their neighbors. –if they lived in houses, including in Jims dreaded suburbia.

          • capt spaulding December 3, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

            Technology, particularly laptops and cellphones are among the top reasons people alienate themselves. I’ve seen young kids obviously on a date, sitting at a table, both engrossed in their cellphones, and not a word exchanged between them.

      • Rulo Deschamps December 3, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

        Holy shit, that’s brutally honest.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      Jim Jones was decades ahead of his time. But he would fit right in with todays Anti-White, Communist Democratic Party.

      Jim used to stage fist fights. One time a woman managed to knock out a man and he was overjoyed.

      • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

        He lived off the government checks mailed to the poor Black slaves he kept.
        I read a book about Jonestown.

      • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

        Ole Jimmy,

        I once knew two friends who lived in a prior apartment of his. Someone should of drowned him in shallow water at a young age.

        • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

          One thing about old Jim Jones though, he sure knew how to throw a party.

    • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

      Paulo and Seawolf77,

      Ouch, and ouch. Two salient points.

  7. FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    The Theory of Colored World Projects and New York rumors

    On Washington Square everyone is having fun, including those who know how and why Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. And Trump supporters in Union Square have a funeral mood.

    They believe that George H.W. Bush was murdered.

    The old man was 94 years old and the official version of heart problems seems more than likely, but they still think so.

    Naturally, no one from those who can know this will be telling people on Union Square, unless of course there is a command to leak, but in my experience based on many years of collecting rumors, the people somehow know the truth.

    Up to the presence of telepathy.

    And I already linked to these rumors the theory of Colored World Projects, which led me to make an assumption about the Big Bargain between Trump and part of the Deep State.

    No one except me believes in the Big Bargain, and if I say on Union Square that Trump made a deal with the Depth State, then I will most likely be beaten. And yet, if the Big Bargain took place, then George Bush Sr. was most likely its initiator and guarantor, and his death put the Big Bargain at risk.

    And now it all depends on who will lead the Bush clan. (Personally, I’d like very much to be President Obama, but it may be not possible due to necessity to maintain two-party appearances)

    I wanted to analyze this assumption within the framework of the G20 analysis, but it is already overloaded with events and linked circumstances, and therefore I decided to take out this rumor and this assumption in a separate post.

    In the meantime, you all could think about the fact that in the movie “Hunter killer”, about which Vladimir Putin was asked at a press conference in Buenos Aires, the president of the United States is already Hillary Clinton, and the Russian president seems to be Medvedev, and this is a remake of a film of similar content about President Yeltsin, which I saw in the 90s before Yeltsin delivered his famous speech in Beijing:

    youtube.com/watch?v=Ke2Gb9tHBJo

    Here is the translation of that speech by LATimes:

    “Yesterday, Clinton took the liberty of putting pressure on Russia,” Yeltsin said during a visit to Beijing. “He obviously must have forgotten for a few seconds, a minute or half a minute, what Russia is and that Russia possesses a full arsenal of nuclear weapons. He’s forgotten it, and that’s why he’s decided to flex his muscles, as they say.”
    articles.latimes.com/1999/dec/10/news/mn-42521

    Here is the usual Eltsin-Clinton performance:
    youtube.com/watch?v=2x3d69QDQRw

    • Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      Why would anyone murder him? He was largely, if not completely, incoherent.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 11:04 am #

        The fight for who’ll be in charge during the incoming reset of the World Financial System is entering its climax, so I guess everything is possible.

      • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

        “Why would anyone murder him?”

        Nick O Demus,
        Probably his care givers, to hide the cigarette burns and hence the evidence of their crimes….

        • Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

          LOL! Good for the care givers!

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

        He was sending coded messages via the many different colors of his socks.

  8. chipshot December 3, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    “it doesn’t warm my heart to hear about x-hundred thousand “housing starts” every month, knowing that it represents the destruction of x-thousand acres of meadow, field, and forest, and that what’s being laid down on the landscape out there is soul-crushing infrastructure with no future.”

    Amen to that. In the Tampa Bay area construction of housing/apartment complexes has reached a fever pitch. The farther out from the urban core the worse it gets. Huge housing developments, usually built by clear cutting the land.

    To make it worse, as growth doesn’t come close to paying for itself here, the more we grow the more we fall behind in infrastructure.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 3, 2018 at 10:58 am #

      chipshot, as near as I can tell those new houses are being built for the people being imported to be the replacement financial suckers.
      Americans have been warned away from mortgage scams.
      I already see nearly every single immigrant driving a brand spanking new SUV, which they cannot afford any better than Americans can on their meager salaries. This tells me that they are partaking of the subprime auto loan never ending car payment racket, just like our young people do.
      I also used to wonder how the newcomers were able to not only buy houses (which are relatively “cheap” in my area) but on top of that, a whole bunch of junky stuff sold in those big box home improvement stores. Young Americans buying their first homes are generally pretty much cash-strapped.
      Then it hit me – the new arrivals must be partaking of the credit scam that went bust back in the big crash. “They” weren’t going to just let that go. I should have known that.
      It’s funny, for a population seemingly so devastated that we pulled out of that Paris Accord, where sending a blank check to Africa was going to save the climate or something, nobody gets too concerned about environmental devastation going on right in front of them.

      • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

        The race is on, Beryl, b/t environmental collapse and economic collapse. Which will get us first?

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

        A couple of years ago, Obama started talking about getting putting pressure on the banks to lend to minorities to buy houses – the very thing that is said to have precipitated the last great crash. We’re going in circles. Of course, many people like Obama want the system to crash a la Cloward-Piven to set off much waited for Revolution. Of course it’s just ignorance and forgetfulness with the many – but though no genius, I think Obama is canny enough in some ways.

        • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

          Whats the name of the org? Acorn?

    • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      I hear Tampa is horrible.

  9. Elrond Hubbard December 3, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Monarch butterfly populations in the west are down an order of magnitude from last year

    qz.com/1480192/monarch-populations-in-the-us-west-are-down-86-this-year/

    “There’s not much to be grateful for after the great Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count this year. The three-week volunteer effort in California dispatches scores of volunteers to hunt in their woods, backyards, and fields in search for the colorful migrating butterfly.

    “This year, signs of trouble came early.

    “Far fewer of the insects were heading south this year, and those that have arrived did so a month late, according to Xeres, a non-profit conservation group for invertebrates. One researcher said it was the fewest monarch butterflies in central California in 46 years. Surveyors at 97 sites found only 20,456 monarchs compared to 148,000 at the same sites last year, an 86% decline. It’s possible more insects will make the journey late this year, says Xeres, but that now seems unlikely.

    “The minimum population size before the species experiences ‘migration collapse’ is unknown, but a 2017 modeling paper in Biological Conservation (pdf) found that 30,000 … adult butterflies are probably the smallest viable population. Without this critical mass, there aren’t enough insects in the western monarch population to continue one of the world’s most remarkable lifecycles.”

    Sign of the times. The Earth has lost literally half or more of its wildlife since 1970. Half. In under fifty years.

    We are a calamity such as the Earth hasn’t seen at least since the dinosaurs died out, possibly much longer.

    • devon44 December 3, 2018 at 10:58 am #

      “The three-week volunteer effort in California dispatches scores of volunteers to hunt in their woods, backyards, and fields in search for the colorful migrating butterfly.”

      If those volunteers spent those 3 weeks planting fucking milkweed everywhere, instead of counting every damn thing, the monarchs would be better off. But, I guess it’s more fun to post on social media that you’ve ‘volunteered’ to help the environment, and to boot you can sanctimoniously lecture everyone else about how much they (not you) are screwing up the environment.

      We are a wicked people who deserve to be punished. (Except me – I plant milkweed, bee balm, etc.. and mow around the wild stuff. That means I’m more virtuous than everyone else).

      • Beryl of Oyl December 3, 2018 at 11:01 am #

        I planted nasturtiums, just because, and they seemed to be something monarchs like.
        I was virtuous without even knowing it.

      • You could do better and let the leaves kill the grasses you are wasting fuel and time mowing.

        The layer of organic decaying material will sustain an insect population recovery. It will provide footage for the bird populations which are also crashing.

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

          Yes, everyone hates mulch and decay. Perhaps Weimer was just that….? The fertilizer that fueled the Renaissance of Nazi Germany.

      • Elrond Hubbard December 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

        That seems harsh, devon44. How will planting milkweed tell us how many monarchs there actually are? Certainly it can’t be bad for the monarchs, but otherwise it feels to me like magical thinking. We still need to actually understand what’s going on. Acting without that understanding is just as likely to be a waste of time.

        Which brings up the real problem: acting as though it’s up to us. That’s what got us and the planet into this mess to begin with. JohnAZ is quite right about people’s unwillingness to change their lifestyles to something sustainable. Problem is, we are way too deep into it now to avoid facing the consequences of our actions. The only way out is through, and it won’t be pretty.

    • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 11:35 am #

      You are right. Now, where is the line of volunteers to change their life style to stop the effects of overpopulation. Yeah, right!

      • chipshot December 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

        For that matter, where are the voices to stop overpopulation itself?

        • Rulo Deschamps December 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

          Nowhere. Overpopulation is the Great Taboo. Nobody wants to talk about it.

          • pequiste December 3, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

            Do not denigrate the fine work of Planned Parenthood. They are on a variety of NPR programs several times a week.

          • aibohphobia December 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

            Nature has ways of taking care of overpopulation– We have had two near-misses already on that front. 1) Ebola nearly made a global play. That alone would have brought the world pop down by 30 to 50%.
            2) Vietnamese Flu. It’s not widely known, but a new strain of flu arose in Vietnam, perhaps 5 years ago. The Vietnamese government caught it early, and quarantined the village in which it arose. All 13 members of the family of the original patient died, and most of that village (which I believe was then burned). That flu had a 70% kill rate.
            So– Many worries these days, but population should not be among them…

    • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

      “Monarch butterfly populations in the west are down an order of magnitude from last year”

      Elrond,
      For THAT, you can blame the Canadians.

      I have it on good authority (the Internets) that Canadian Bacon is mostly Monarch Butterfly Larvae.

      “We are a calamity such as the Earth hasn’t seen at least since the dinosaurs died out”

      Dinosaurs? Blame that on the Canadians, also.

      Americans eat real bacon…and we avoid harming dinosaurs….

    • EvelynV December 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

      I would put most of the blame for that on Obama.

      .
      .
      .
      .

      I mean I would if I was one of those right armpit Trump supporters typically gullible enough to think watching faux news isn’t causing irreversible damage to their already remedial mental capabilities.

      I mean that in a nice way – just a little good humored political joshing with the disloyal opposition.

  10. Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    Oh, but if we Americans only had half the backbone the despised French have. Good luck to them in their efforts to push back against the globalist tide! They’re surely going to need it.

    Meanwhile, we’re about to be inundated for the next week with tales of the grand magnificence of GW “Poppy” Bush. Hillary and her pathetic tribe have nothing on the deep state insider exploits of this multi-generational monarchic familial legacy power player! When it comes to US deep state giants, there were only three: Allen Dulles, GW Bush, and “Darth” Cheney. All the rest were mere pikers. The US as we now know it has been permanently recast in their image.

    • EvelynV December 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

      On Bush 41 not a word in the MSM bringing up the fact that whatever small amount of good he did in the world (things like bringing Ronnie Regan) a glass of wine when he asked) was muchly overshadowed by siring someone whose damage to this country and the rest of the world is incalculable.

      Isn’t it strange how little mention of little bushie jr. there has been in regards to this matter?

  11. seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Trump is causing a plethora of bankruptcies among farmers, a plethora of layoffs in the auto industry, a plethora of high fives among the world’s most ruthless leaders. The deliriously joyful expressions on their faces seemed to say, “So this is what it feels like to own an American president. He is our little bitch.” Giggle giggle giggle!

    • Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 10:54 am #

      Right away with Trump again? You’ve got a serious obsessive crush going on there, don’t you?

      • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 10:56 am #

        The worm has turned. I’m loving it. You can talk about HW and Christmas. I’m rubbing noses in it. Finally something Trump said is true. The world is laughing at us.

        • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 11:06 am #

          The world is laughing at US(A) because we are all so fucked up seadog, not because of who is the Top Turd. The Top Turd has been a loser for many decades now. Too many of the American people work longer hours and vacation less than every other nation in the world and then get themselves addicted to more drugs than every other country on the planet. Yes, they are laughing at US, ALL of us, because so many of us are so damned laughable.

          • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

            Walter B

            Addiction is what rules the US. Addiction to drugs, addiction to medicine, and addiction to things, especially cars. Withdrawal is going to be a bitch!

            Guess what? The rest of the world is feeding on our addictions. The Deep State is also feeding on our addictions, telling us everything is fine and actually encouraging more addiction. Open the border, let more indigents in, let more drugs in, vote in marijuana. Make us richer!

            Interesting that the drug using part of the Deep State, DC and Hollywood seem to be the most violent opponents of enforcing the border.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

            Bravo. A lot of people don’t know that and wouldn’t accept it if you told them. The “We’re Number One” mentality prevails. Team sports have many uses, not the least of which is reinforcing this mentality.

    • cbeard December 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

      Bullshit, I live in a community that depends upon agriculture and there is no plethora of bankruptcies. There are a few family farms left but for the most part it is big agribusiness and they seem to be doing quite well except for the ones that have had to deal with recent hurricanes, storms and such. All the farms are heavily supported by government subsidies just like railroads, airlines, the auto industry and most everything else. The layoffs at GM are due to pure corporate greed. They could easily retool those factories that are to be shuttered. Why anyone would want to work in one of them is beyond me. But, to each his own. Maybe we will one day see those small localized economies that are so often discussed on this site, if we can survive the coming shit storms.

  12. pequiste December 3, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    “Your call is important to us,” says the telephone robot at the hospital billing office…..” JHK

    In fact, there is the same A.I. robot answering service message at the suicide prevention hotline.

    “Please stay on the line and you will be connected with a representative in the order in which your call was received….”

    And to think Kim Kardashian has the same jet as The Man From Queens. Pass that Dilaudid over here, please.

  13. akmofo December 3, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

    NOTHING IS BY ACCIDENT
    NOTHING IS COINCIDENCE
    EVERYTHING IS PLANNED

    Until this really sinks in and people start asking real questions and demand real answers, people will continue to swim is the sea of poison and darkness that’s been scripted for them with no way to really address the situation.

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that the MSM are apologists for the Vatican the CIA and KGB

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that the NYTimes was shilling for Hitler and Stalin

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that WWII Nazis made their escape to the Americas on Vatican issues passports and used secret Vatican travel routes

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that the Vatican was first to recognize Hitler’s Nazis, signed diplomatic accords with them, and had all the Vatican hierarchy enthusiastically photographed with Nazis

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that every politician of consequence and aspiring political candidate has to travel to the Vatican

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that the Vatican pederasts including the Pope and his Cardinals are not in jail or facing criminal charges for the disgusting crimes they committed on children for decades and decades and decades while the police the lawyers the media conspired in silence

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that none of these things and many others concerning the Vatican are ever talked about in the MSM

    It is NOT COINCIDENCE that when someone does speak about this they are labeled “conspiracy theorists”

    • Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      Well yeah, but… WAS IT JUST COINCIDENCE?

    • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      I can picture Adolf Hitler giving this as a speech.

      • akmofo December 3, 2018 at 11:29 am #

        It is NOT COINCIDENCE that the Globalist/Imperialist/Federalist/Centralist agenda is and always was the VATICAN agenda.

        • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

          Mofo,
          But it IS A COINCIDENCE that history played out as defined in the obvious forgery and Anti-Semitic rant known as the “Protocols”

          Those pesky Russians got us good….

          • akmofo December 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

            No, it’s NOT COINCIDENCE that the Europeans systematically murdered 95% of European Jewry and deliberately set up the same outcome regards infant Israel. They’re doing it again today and they do it EVERY TIME Israel is fighting for its life by imposing a one-sided arms embargo against Israel. They also continue do it diplomatically by inventing a false and staged narrative against Israel which they then propagate in their media outlets as they continuously nurture and sponsor Jihadists and their nazi-like ideology of hate against Israel.

            As to them pesky Czarist Russians, they just translated and propagated what was already made available to them by their cousins in the Vatican.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

            Yet as Henry Ford said, the Protocols continue to unfold like clockwork. Whether the actual notes of a meeting or a work of genius by one of our own People doesn’t matter in terms of Truth. There can be much Truth in a work of Fiction after all, and much Falsehood covered over or created by the skillful and selective use of facts.

          • akmofo December 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

            Since I haven’t read the Protocols, maybe youz can enlighten me what parts of the Protocols “continue to unfold like clockwork”. Both of youz.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

            Just a couple of weeks ago you were referring to them as if you knew them well.

            How real are you? Do you even know?

          • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

            Mofo,
            I probably read the “Protocols” when I was 14…don’t remember much, save that it was a blueprint for the destruction of a culture…and damned if it didn’t happen.

          • akmofo December 3, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

            Jan, I knew enough to know that it was a verbetim forgery of a political satire written by Maurice Joly — The Dialogue Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu. Anyway, you didn’t answer me, so it’s pretty clear you didn’t read it either. You just throw empty ignorant malicious accusations, per your usual custom.

            Ely, since you actually gave me a concrete answer, my reply to you is that culture always changes, Protocols or not. So I really don’t understand what’s the point of you bringing up this nonsense. Maybe you can explain that to me.

          • akmofo December 4, 2018 at 10:03 am #

            I also find it extremely ironic that Henry Ford, who is probably the number one person responsible for ushering in the destructive Automobile Culture, a culture responsible for the destruction of whole cities, the destruction billions and billions of acres of countryside due to suburban sprawl, the depressing strip-malls and the wholesale destruction of architectural norms/traditions, with all the cancerous implication thereof on the collective psyche, that Henry Ford and his nazi sycophants would blame Jews for the “destruction of culture”. The criminal projection of these people is just breathtaking.

          • elysianfield December 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

            Mofo,
            Why did I bring it up?

            Simply a play on your “IT’S NOT A COINCIDENCE” post above…

            Do you not see the humor in the counterpoint?

            …perhaps just a lack of judgment on my part….

    • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 11:17 am #

      For the Mindless Minions, yes it is all coincidence because they are not able to plan anything ever. They just grope their way through life bouncing off of immovable objects and falling into ploys, traps, and snares. The wise however DO plan, and yes they plan everything. Unfortunately there are many who are wise but also are bad and are able to utilize their wisdom to make others pay the price to keep them in the tall cotton. The not so wise cannot ever wake up to the fact that they are so badly manipulated or surely they would go batshit crazy. Sometimes, ignorance is the best option.

    • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 11:48 am #

      If you think everything is planned you are nuts.

      • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 11:49 am #

        @mofo

        • akmofo December 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

          Explain to us how is it that EVERY FSCKING COUNTRY ON EARTH is spraying the sky with metal particles (chem trails) while their media outlets and parliaments never discuss this? Who approved this? How is it possible that EVERY FSCKING COUNTRY ON EARTH is involved?

          • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

            “Explain to us how is it that EVERY FSCKING COUNTRY ON EARTH is spraying the sky with metal particles (chem trails) while their media outlets and parliaments never discuss this?”

            Let me try to explain this;

            …Uh, because they ain’t?”

          • akmofo December 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

            Well, I personally know different. Every country I’ve been to I’ve seen this happen. That would be over 20 countries on 5 different continents:

            US
            CANADA
            MEXICO
            JAMAICA
            DOMINICAN
            COSTA
            ARGENTINA
            URUGUAY
            SPAIN
            CZECH
            SWISS
            ITALY
            GREECE
            ISRAEL
            JORDAN
            EGYPT
            BULGARIA
            RUSSIA
            KOREA
            CHINA
            JAPAN
            AUSTRALIA
            THAILAND

          • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

            Maui–yes.
            Australia–Yes
            California–yes.

            I found this bit of information–

            no chemtrails because of the McDonald observatory no fly zone!!!! texas.

          • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

            UN?
            Alien Government?

          • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

            We can argue whether spraying is being done or not but it cannot be argued that the ability to do so and the systems with which to do it do not exist:

            iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aae98d

            legiscan.com/RI/text/H5480/id/1125840

          • capt spaulding December 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

            The spraying also keeps my tinfoil hat from working properly.

          • “Explain to us how is it that EVERY FSCKING COUNTRY ON EARTH is spraying the sky with metal particles (chem trails) while their media outlets and parliaments never discuss this?”

            Because the United States allowed distribution of Tetraethyl Lead (TEL) for many years, it is a very common pollutant nearly everywhere, accumulation has occurred world-wide over the last 100 years.

            frontiersin.org/files/Articles/160787/fmech-01-00016-HTML-r1/image_m/fmech-01-00016-g001.jpg

            At the peak, there was 2 grams of lead per gallon, that means 800 million grams of Lead was being dumped into the environment- as far as the highway system could spread it.

            “Who approved this?”

            Try wikipedia

            How is it possible that EVERY FSCKING COUNTRY ON EARTH is involved?

            Not every one is.

            Here are some of the countries where leaded gas is STILL used:

            Algeria, Iraq, Yemen, Myanmar, North Korea, and Afghanistan.

            worldatlas.com/articles/countries-that-still-use-leaded-gasoline.html

            Depending on where you live, you can obtain information about the amount of Lead in your area by contacting the Environmental Protection Agency.

            You can support their effort to help you help yourself- by voting for candidates that support the mission of the EPA.

      • akmofo December 3, 2018 at 11:59 am #

        Yes, I know, a “conspiracy theorist” nut.

        • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

          I first saw spraying in the 1990s,

          I saw a crop duster poisoning many at the beach.

          since it wasnt a jet it could not be a contrail.

        • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

          None are so blind as those who refuse to look at the sky.

          I said to a woman,[as heavy spraying was happening] my skin is itching, she agreed.

    • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      Just too damned many coincidences!

    • Tate December 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      Sleight-of-hand. There are plenty of cohencidences.

  14. Walter B December 3, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Yup Jim, far too many Americans have sold out, following the bad examples set by our leadership. They stopped worshiping benevolent deities and have bowed down to the god of cash. They no longer collect families of children, but they collect cars, boats, jet skies, motorhomes, stuff! They collect, they hoard so much stuff that entire families must now work every possible hour they can at any wage in order to maintain their huge houses, garages and storage units with all of the stuff they hoard. I know quite a few people that actually have to bring in a 30 yard garbage container every year or two and fill it with their oldest, most unused stuff so they may make room for the purchase new stuff. And the garage sales, let us not forget to consider those stuff festivals.

    In a place where those around you judge your value by how much stuff you have, what brand of luxury SUV you drive, how big a house you live in, how can any of them have any clue as to why they are given life in the first place? It is not a wonder that so many bow out at their own hand these days, it is a wonder that more are not doing it. Perhaps time will change that for once you have become aware that your main driving force in life is to collect so much useless stuff that you can no longer deal with all of the crap you have, bowing out must seem like a logical cure. It is a sad sorry shame. The only bright spot is when you are fortunate to find those who don’t fall for it, those that understand the truth. I have met many through this place and that is why I attend. Thank you Jim, thank you.

    • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 11:15 am #

      Are most americans broke or close to broke?

      • EvelynV December 3, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        Shading facts Walter. The ones who still subscribe to the myth of an anthropomorphic deity are the ones who elect the wacky politicians who are ruining it for all of us.

        • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

          A myth by your standards perhaps and you are welcome to them, though sellout scum are voted into office by both types but mostly by rabid party liners such as we see here so frequently. They do not make choices but are told who to support by their unscrupulous masters and why they always listen is beyond me.

        • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

          EvelynV,

          Correction: The ones who still subscribe to the myth of an anthropomorphic deity AND ONLY AS an Anthropomorphic……

      • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 11:40 am #

        We are seeing a noticeable increase here in Western NJ in foreclosures and empty homes. There was a long delay in this coming because the banks were letting people just sit there without paying or kicking them out but it is happening at least here. The amount of debt that those remaining families here are carrying is mind numbing and I know many of them and the actual numbers. It is getting harder and harder as prices rise and wages still are falling. There are countless sources in Cyberspace that all claim that wages are flat and prices are rising. It is a slow burn, but a burn nonetheless. Our State District Representative tells me that people are hanging on by their fingernails hoping that it will get better, but that it is only going to get worse, much worse. Time will tell.

        • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 11:56 am #

          Do you think any of them were smart enough to avoid debt and stay free?

          I can’t have been the only dog from a litter that survived the depression because they did not owe the bank for their roof. Staying out of debt and paying your shit off became a family value.

          Perhaps we pay too much attention to fools?

          • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

            Concerning which depression I meant the big one. But as the American economy is cyclical and must periodically destroy debtors in its normal course, you may fill in the blank.

          • beantownbill. December 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

            Same as with my grandparents. My peasant grandmother, who couldn’t read or write, never believed in banks and kept her assets in cash in her house. Everyone else on her street got foreclosed and the bank offered her their properties for only $300 down, the balance financed by “standing mortgages”, which were interest-only for perpetuity. She lived off the rental incomes for the rest of her life. When my father and my uncle sold off the last house after she died in 1968, the mortgage balance was the same as when she bought the house around 1935, but the monthly mortgage payments were $72.

          • elysianfield December 4, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

            ” Staying out of debt and paying your shit off became a family value”

            Dog,
            Consider yourself fortunate to have family that could provide you with positive values.

            It is very easy to vilify and mock those who might not have been so fortunate…too easy, and to some it might bolster the ego.

            We know that all men (and dogs) are “created equal”, but we also secretly believe that we ourselves are a bit more special, more equal than others. To understand this is the beginning of wisdom…and perhaps a softening of rhetoric.

            Democrats are mostly not stupid, nor evil…just wrong thinking,

            Communists ditto,

            Canadians…fuck-em…the gloves come off….

      • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 11:41 am #

        Most Americans are miserable.

        • Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

          Ahh, but we’re blissful in our misery, as long as someone else around us is miserable too. Misery, close company, and all that.

          • tucsonspur December 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

            “Bent out of shape from society’s pliers, cares not to come up any higher, but rather get you down in the hole that he’s in.” – Bob Dylan, It’s Alright, Ma

      • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

        One of the unspoken truths of our population is that the Boomers are grossly underfunded for retirement. Pensions, 401ks, and personal savings are in tough shape. Boomers are working longer reducing opportunities for later generations. A new poverty class is forming, living on underfunded Social Security payments. This is optimistic too, as declines in the economy will make it worse.

        Stand by for heavy rolls.

        • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

          However John, no matter how many tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions we put aside in paper accounts, they can easily disappear seconds before we go for them thanks to technology, our criminal government, and swindlers that make their fortunes Madoff-ing with the money. Possession remains 9/10’ths of not only the law but of reality as well. The fact that money put away at any age, for any purpose cannot be guaranteed to not be pilfered. Sad but true.

    • beantownbill. December 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

      Walter, it comes down to what we value. Why is it that people place value on “stuff”, rather than meaningful things like friendships and community? Maybe TPTB are foisting all this on us, but why are we susceptible to such pressure?

      Technological change is driving humanity in new directions. Living to 80 is no longer a big deal. Remember that old 1950’s tv show, “Life Begins at 80” that purported to show extraordinary eighty year olds who were still active? Now no one notices, it’s no big deal. But what does knowing you have an extra 15-20 years do to one’s psyche and affect how one lives?

      I remember our first tv – in 1951. It was a 16 inch RCA in a cabinet. Today I have a small tv; it is 55” and has such a good picture as to be no comparison to our first one. So when you watch people on it, there’s a sense of realism that makes it appear you’re right there and somehow participating rather than having a sense of just watching. Of course you’re not really participating but it’s an effective substitute for the real thing.

      The point is that technological change is imposed on us. Much of it utilizes the invisibility of the very small, like electrons and nano-materials, rather than the readily observables of nature. This is not what we experienced throughout human history; it is new to us. Many people are enticed by this new world, but are not equipped to handle it. Thus we have what is happening around us now. Eventually we’ll work it out, but for now it is causing a lot of strife.

      • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

        Beantownbill,

        To the weak willed and more lost of the utilization of imagination, with rotton roots towards the earth and sky – the speaking totems are gods (lowercase).

        Biometrics and trans-humanism is the net made finer and stronger. It must be rejected. Look at what that idiot box did to civilization. To boogie! To grace.

      • malthuss December 3, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

        I remember our first tv – in 1951. It was a 16 inch RCA in a cabinet.

        Today I have a small tv; it is 55”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

      Walter,
      It is a fact that both you and I bought into the cultural norm when young…and, perhaps, with age found wisdom, and found the culture wanting. I do not impugn those in the system for what they are and were taught to do. The poor want to be middle class, the middle class endeavor to be rich…where on Earth is that different?

      Chinese were once thought to be superior as they were closer to the earth and environment…what say you now? Wealth and acquisition are but a part of opportunity embraced.

      • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

        And…a link;

        fredoneverything.org/china-comparison/

        A bit of Christmas Angst from Fred.

      • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

        I don’t know that I can say that ef. I was raised by my Father to “use my skills to do a job that I could do well, pay my bills and never spend more than I made. When I bought my house in 1982 the agent looked at my salary and started showing me homes selling for $135K. I told him whoa buddy I’m not paying anything like that for the right to pay higher property taxes and heating bills, and bought this place for $85K on five acres of mountainside that still keeps me in wood for heat. I paid it off in 2002 and eliminated all of my debts in 2005. I have always enjoyed simple and still live like a king. I understand that if too many people lived like me America would have gone broke a long time ago, but I like it this way. When a man is lying there dying, and I have been there I assure you, the last thing he is going to care about is any of the stuff he has collected. Nope, not gonna care one bit. There are far more important things in life and none of them can be purchased, trust me.

        • tucsonspur December 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

          Damn right! Old school, but you’re no fool. Yeah, like out in “Luckenbach, Texas”. Right on, my man!

        • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

          “I have always enjoyed simple and still live like a king. I understand that if too many people lived like me America would have gone broke a long time ago, but I like it this way.”

          I wish it would of done so. There is irony in the America identity towards work personified. The deeper meaning is to be working for community and yourself in the democratic sense of individualism for the better, owning no one and no one owning you.

          • BornToKillPeace December 3, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

            Mutual strength and not strain in bonds owed or labor shared.

        • cbeard December 3, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

          Truer words were never spoken. To be debt free and live within your means is the way to be.

          • capt spaulding December 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

            Count me in on that one, cbeard. I taught my kids to do it too.

        • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

          Walter,
          We are much alike in respect to what you describe…however, I do not censure those that were otherwise not gifted ….

          • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

            Indeed, it is always so sad to see those that over extend themselves when the cash flow gets compromised, and we are running into a lot more of that every day. It is tragic.

  15. volodya December 3, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Bargain shopping yes, bargoons galore if you have some source of income, maybe dealing meth or fentanyl, or maybe an actual paying job actually pays a living wage and not this task-rabbit-uber-gig baloney.

    There’s an old saying, that change comes one funeral at a time. It was first used in reference to the scientific establishment which hangs onto discredited ideas with gollum-like tenacity. But I think the saying is equally applicable to the business community and its lackeys in the political and academic realm, all of whom persist in presenting this nonsensical trade arrangement with the world’s sweat-shops as the epitome of enlightenment and progress.

    JHK characterizes it as China sending the USA its industrial output (from offshored American factories) in exchange for American IOUs. In essence this is the deal. If you follow the money this is what it amounts to.

    Of course, trade is what the word implies, TRADE. You give me something, I give you something in exchange. Typically, when trade was exactly that, you traded what what you had so you could get what you need. You export IOW so you can import. Do bananas grow where I live? Nope. Does coffee? Nope. But trade means that something tangible – and not IOUs – gets sent in exchange for bananas and coffee.

    And this is where things come apart. The US has an astronomically huge gap in its trade relations with China that it fills with IOUs. This is what you’d call a something for nothing arrangement, or an arrangement without a future.

    Current trade flows make sense only insofar as the arrangement isn’t only about trade. It’s about investment, more particularly, American investment. China didn’t get American products in exchange but it did get American factories. These factories employ millions of Chinese workers, at miniscule wages mind you, but this employment nonetheless gives the Chinese billionaire Communists a good deal of political legitimacy. And they provide the economic backbone to finance the expansion of the Chinese military enabling it to become a global challenger to the US.

    How long does this farce go on? Until the Chinese put a stop to it, until the house-of-cards financial system can no longer swallow the imbalances, until the American working classes rouse themselves from their torpor to do more than elect the likes of a game-show host and multiple bankrupt.

    But the exchange of something for nothing won’t go on. How much is there left to off-shore to China? China is busily restructuring its economic arrangements – see the Belt and Road Initiative. Apparently they studied the immortal words of Herb Stein, something that can’t go on forever, won’t. How long before China pulls the plug? How long before the financial system chokes once again on the Fed’s funny-money counterfeiting?

    • Tate December 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      How long? You answered your own question. One death at a time.

    • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      “How long does this farce go on? Until the Chinese put a stop to it, until the house-of-cards financial system can no longer swallow the imbalances, until the American working classes rouse themselves from their torpor to do more than elect the likes of a game-show host and multiple bankrupt. ”

      Volodya,
      Please read and enjoy the link I posted just above.

    • tucsonspur December 3, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

      What about the Triffin dilemma, trade deficits being the price you pay for being the world’s reserve currency?

    • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

      Electing game show hosts, har, har, har, how bloody appropriate! The future of America no longer lies in the hands of Americans, and I doubt that there is time nor motivation enough to take it back.

  16. Kafkaesque December 3, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Paddy Chayesfsky told us and more memorably:

    “We’re mad as Hell………”

    but in the British sense of this sensibility—-lunatics all, swooned by big boxes of turds for chocolates, only Forrest Gump as Umairicken trope is followed blindly to vertical oblivion’s cliff’s edge.

    or

    Cannibalism as politics.

  17. Kafkaesque December 3, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    youtu.be/rGIY5Vyj4YM

    Peter Finch to the anti rescue

  18. K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 11:43 am #

    “French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, speaking on French television TF1, said “while some (protesters) invaded the Arc de Triomphe, our police forces were protecting other protesters and bystanders.”

    Suggests that the rabble when sufficiently roused cannot be stopped. Yet the French are simply being French.

    Déjà vu, “in 1789, an angry mob of nearly 7,000 working women – armed with pitchforks, pikes and muskets – marched in the rain from Paris to Versailles.”

    It was a significant milestone in their revolution. The French are simply being French with their tradition of protest.

    And the French are showing that when things get a tough trolls won’t be able to keep a lid on things. I suppose when that happens the net will have to experience technical difficulties and go down. By then sledgehammers will have been used on the Arc de Triomphe.

    What rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    I think we know the beast. Anarchy and chaos will soon eat innocence.

    • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

      The most violent and commented on revolution was the French Revolution. Lots of folks lost their heads over that one.

      • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

        Victims of the terror numered no more than 10,000 while the American revolution I believe took 60,000 lives. I am not sure as I’m doing this from memory. Passing time while dead animal is being prepared for a delicious lunch.

        • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 11:07 am #

          The American Revolution costs less than 10,000 casualties. To call it a war is really a misnomer.

    • Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      I think we’re several decades at least beyond innocence now, m’dog! We’re all junkyard mutts now!

      By the way, gotta admire the pluck of them damn French! The same spirit that makes them so difficult to deal with personally, they apply straight forward to their leaders as well.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

        If they could only direct this kind of energy against the Muslims, they might drive them out and win their freedom back. Apparently, the Yellow Vests are almost all native White Frenchmen – and there have been some conflicts with the invaders who didn’t appreciate roadblocks, etc.

  19. janet December 3, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    “the Grand Old Man of the Dow Jones, General Electric, was singing its death song like an old Arikara chief in the prairie twilight.” —JHK

    Exquisite!

    So many jewels tis week! I am going for my fainting salts.

    Excellent writing today. The Muse is with you.

    • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      “Traditionally an Arikara family owned 30–40 dogs.

    • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

      I worked at GE Power Systems in Greenville right when natural gas from fracking was fixing to destroy the coal industry i.e 2000-2005. We shipped 300 turbines a year out of there, really incredible volume. I heard next year they’ll ship 7.

      • Ol' Scratch December 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

        So much for progress.

  20. RocketDoc December 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Good questions all. It looks like a belling the cat problem doesn’t it? Poking a hole in the elite consensus and trying something else is going to cause the Jenga-like financial system to collapse like the WTC towers. Who wants responsibility for that? Think of all the innocents destroyed. If you had the power to do it, could you?

    • volodya December 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

      Poking holes in elite consensus is what we do on this site and others. RC, no matter what, this sucker is going down because, like the communist system that came down a generation ago, it has got howling contradictions built into it. Your eyes do not deceive, if you were born pre-1960, the difference between now and then is like night and day, the degradation of so many people nowadays bespeaks a system that has no hope in hell. Apologists can justify all they want but it doesn’t change the reality, that the system as it is is unworkable and unsustainable. That’s what the dot-com debacle and the financial crisis of 10 years ago was telling us, that’s what interest rate suppression for the last generation and especially in the last ten years was all about. It ain’t werkin because it can’t. But the plutocracy will try to prop it up and they will ride it right down to zero.

      • RocketDoc December 3, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

        Your reply is appreciated. They will prop it up and we will let them because TINA. I agree with your assessment but I, and my circle of family and acquaintances, are in a good way and they want me to be more “positive”. And if I can’t be positive what should be done to fix things? I am unrelievedly gloomy—there is no fix for stupid and we have been foolish a long, long time. The problem of course has always been the next step, what about the children who are just getting started–how exactly to advise them of the ambushes ahead? I feel for everyone’s children but I can’t send them all $500 when the money ends before the month…..
        I only meant when they take the finger out of the dike, it is apres moi-le deluge…..

  21. JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Interesting CNN story today

    Looks like Khashoggi was up to some social media crap with a cohort in Canada, a guy named Abdulaziz. The two were talking some bad stuff aimed at the government of SA, especially the Prince. Israel company developed a hacking system that they sold to SA which hacked into Abdulaziz’s social media. There was nothing on the content of the dialogue between the two, just it was very uncomplimentary toward the Prince. Two visitors visited Abdulaziz in Montreal and conversed with him, he is still alive. When Abdulaziz told Khashoggi, his comment was God help us. I have questions

    What were they discussing that pissed off the SA folks so much?

    If K was informed by A, what was he doing in Istanbul? Was he promised that he was safe, like A, who is still alive. Was K the leader of the group?

    Comments.

    The contents of the conversations are relevant here. Two revolutions occurred with help from social media, Egypt and Libya. Turkey almost had a revolution sparked by a cleric in the US using social media. ISIS manipulated everything using social media.

    Maybe we need to know what really occurred before judging the Prince for retaliated against K. Look what the Deep State did against ISIS and Libya. Yes, we murdered folks. Glass houses! Maybe we better understand what happened before judging SA and the Prince.

    • AKlein December 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

      Whatever Khashoggi did must have been really provocative. MBS’s response to Khashoggi’s effrontery was to demand his head. That’s the way it is in real life. Saddam Hussein threatened Bush. In return for this mistake, Hussein saw his sons brutally murdered and made into a public spectacle. After which, he ended up at the end of a noose. MBS plays by the same rules. Welcome to the real world. It hasn’t changed a bit, really, in the last 10,000 years.

    • K was in Istanbul at the Saudi embassy to deal with paperwork concerning his imminent marriage.

      That Israeli spyware was sold all over the world, somehow made its way in to the Mexican cartel hands and they promptly installed on untold numbers of people’s phone including political officials, military and police.

      The Grey hat hackers might be the worst

  22. bukowskisghost December 3, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    The fact of the matter is Obama was Wall streets house nigger….and to make a long story short, I lost any respect for him when no one from that club was prosecuted .

  23. janet December 3, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    “There was nothing on the content of the dialogue between the two, just it was very uncomplimentary toward the Prince.“ —johnAZ

    Sounds suspicious. Your story I mean. If Israeli technology was allegedly needed to uncover something allegedly said in a private dialogue that was, allegedly, “uncomplimentary” … that does not justify torture, strangling, and cutting up a Washington Post journaist with a bone saw.

    The prince, an Islamic extremist, did a very bad thing ordering the murder. Your defense of an Islamic extremist is puzzling. Are you, perhaps, secretly Muslim? See how it works? Suspicions based on unproven rumors lead to deaths.

    • JohnAZ December 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

      CNN’s story, not mine. As usual, you will find a way to blame Trump totally for this incident. Sounds like this was between the leaders of SA and an errant citizen. Things are not as “nice” in the ME as here.

  24. SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    Well Mr. K, I personally have had enough of the foolishness for a long time. I personally know many people who have. But what to do when you really don’t have much power to change things?

    We will never have real community in a diverse country in which there is no shared common language, culture and religion. To believe so is just mythology. All civilizations that were diverse are dead or dying. Not many people want to hear it, let alone face it.

    It does also go back to personal responsibility and morality. America doesn’t have any shared moral system anymore. So people live according to their varying systems of belief no matter what social friction that causes.

    Where does it all go from here? I guess there could be anarchy, or we could be ruled by wide-eyed warlords. Either way trouble is coming.

    • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

      Diversity destroyed the General Electric Company. When you base all your hiring, firing, promotional decisions on diversity, are you really going to get a good outcome. No analyst is saying it because it runs contrary to the globalist meme, but diversity destroyed GE. I think you may be onto something. America I’m guessing is the most diverse country in the world. Looks like we have to change that “Give me your hungry, give me your poor…” on the Statue of Liberty. How about “Stay away you losers or we’ll take your children, you bunch of caravan gypsies. STAY AWAY. Have some money or a degree in computer science or electrical engineering, c’mon down.” We can call her the Statue of Penalty.

      • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

        IMO the best thing for us to do would be to stop ALL immigration. We can train our people with the skills needed to keep our society humming along. We are so diverse in fact that we do not know who is loyal to our country anymore. Clearly most of the ruling classes care not a thing about the country or its future. I have read several places that we as a country used to emphasize assimilation for new immigrants. Immigrants would become completely Americanized. Now there are no such directives so we might as well be hundreds of different, little countries.

        • outsider December 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

          @SSL,
          We don’t need to be “hundreds of different, little countries.” Six to ten would do.

          • outsider December 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

            Just look what the Left is doing to this country and the war it has made on white men. White nationalism is a growing movement whose time has come!

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

            Well I wouldn’t doubt that it could be the reality at some point. I am guessing you see these six to ten little countries as regional powers – maybe corresponding with different regions of the current one?

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

            I want to live in the White country :-).

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

            And you are right about the war on our men. I have been hearing so much of it lately that I get depressed myself and worry so much about my sons.

          • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

            “I want to live in the White country”

            SSL,
            I would be happy to live it a civilized one….

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

            Understood and respected. Do you feel as if you live in a civilized nation now?

          • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 10:15 am #

            You all do know that’s how we got Adolf Hitler. White nationalism.

          • elysianfield December 4, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

            SSL,
            Our “civilization” seems… stressed. There are pockets of civility, and I live in one. However, many areas of the country seem to live with contention.

          • elysianfield December 4, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

            “You all do know that’s how we got Adolf Hitler. White nationalism.”

            Wolfie,
            Then what gave us Stalin, or Mao, or PolPot, or Idi Amin?

        • tucsonspur December 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

          Here’s Heather MacDonald, (“The Diversity Delusion”), on colleges and things like the NSF spending huge sums on gender theorists:

          youtube.com/watch?v=nJrWU6OghkY

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

            Ridiculous state of affairs at the universities. No wonder newly graduated college students still don’t know how to read and write. Progressives and communists have literally co-opted everything!

        • cbeard December 3, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

          Absolutely. We need a complete moratorium on all immigration.

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

            Yep! A complete moratorium on immigration and a gigantic wall. Whoever can pull it off is the Emporer ;-).

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 11:27 pm #

            Emperor lol :-).

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

        Yes Seawolf, Emma Lazarus’ poem defaces the Statue of Liberty. Take it off. Or if the Statue itself embodies this disordered ideal, then dynamite the whole thing. An organic nation trumps an ideal anytime, what to speak of a stupid ideal.

        • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

          It’s a representation of Lucifer and an idol.

    • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

      >>> America doesn’t have any shared moral system anymore.

      Even judges can’t be bothered to follow the law…

      Grand Jury Probing Judge for Helping Migrant Avoid ICE, Say Feds

      • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

        Exactly! We can’t even count on any branch of government to simply support laws already on the books. So there is a certain level of anarchy already reigning supreme in the land as we type!

  25. Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    >>> The French are rioting these days not simply over the cost of diesel fuel but because they’ve had enough impingements on their traditional ways of life and seek to arrest the losses.

    The BBC reports, “This is the 50 percent of the French population, that we don’t really see very much. This is not those thriving in the big cities. This is not the impoverished people in the high immigration areas. This is the other 50 percent who live out in small towns, around the country. People who feel that they are completely forgotten economically, culturally, politically.”

    Sounds like these are the French “deplorables” from the French “flyover country”.

    • pequiste December 3, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

      Will they, Les Francais, ever “wise up”; vote Marine LePen into the Elysee Palace; give the E.U., and particularly their old chums the Germans ,the bras d’honneur; and start repatriating Muslims and Africans back to their garden spots?

      I didn’t think so.

      In the 1950s it was said that Beirut was the Paris of the Middle East.

      Now it can be said that Paris is the Beirut of Western Europe.

      • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

        The symmetry of that observation is worth considering all by itself.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

      I was just thinking the same thing. Deplorable unite! We are the new Internationale. Trans-national Sans-Culottes.

      • K-Dog December 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

        A confederacy of ……………… What was that book? Oh yeah, Dunces. An international coalition of angry white folk. The ICOAWF for short.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

          Your hatred of your own Race is simply pathological, yet you think it the epitome of virtue. Strange world!

          • K-Dog December 4, 2018 at 2:41 am #

            You are without any sense of humor. Perhaps if you tried glitter in your hair…….

          • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

            Or twitter in your lair…

  26. mow December 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    Yes . He was and is a corporate stooge. Hand picked by those in power . Just the same as every last one of them since this republic began.

  27. michael December 3, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    You got it all wrong JHK. The French are rioting since they do not have the bargain shopping which the US has. And on the rare occasion when they do they riot too (Nutella riots).

    Thinking about it I am about to riot myself being as I am likewise deprived in the land in which I am domiciled.

    • kimmasad01 December 4, 2018 at 2:48 am #

      The French love to riot!

  28. Bill7 December 3, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    JHK,

    To my mind this is the finest column you’ve written in some time.

    “It’s not hard to see why US life expectancy is going down, driven by the two new leading causes of death: opiate drugs and suicide — the former often in the service of the latter. The citizens of this land have exchanged just about everything that makes life worth living for the paltry rewards of “bargain shopping” and happy motoring. But the worst sacrifice is the loss of any sense of community, of face-to-face human transactions with people you know, people who have duties and obligations to one another that can be successfully enacted and fulfilled. Instead, you get to do all your business with robots, even including the robots fronting for companies that seek to ruin you. “Your call is important to us,” says the telephone robot at the hospital billing office dunning you to fork over $7,000 for the three stitches Little Skippy got when his best friend flew the drone into his forehead. “Please hold for the next available representative.” Who wouldn’t want to shoot themselves?”

    I have little to add to that, except that there is a *class* of people-
    a small and grossly entitled class- who work continually if not
    continuously to make life less bearable for the most of the citizenry.

    Leading to this para:

    “Americans, by contrast, seem to passively accept their new status as world-class losers. You can deprive them of whatever is meaningful, whatever makes life worth living, and sell them depressing simulacra to replace those things, and they never notice. Even the revolts ongoing in this land only seek to make relations between us worse, for instance the new super-Puritanism that wants to criminalize the most elementary mating ceremonies, like asking for date, or even paying attention to someone of the opposite sex. This is what the Democratic Party, formerly the party of the working people, has dedicated itself to all year. That’s your “Resistance.” They’ve managed to ruin one of the few consolations for being on this planet.”

    I think you are being a bit harsh there, in that we Americans™ are the most profoundly propagandized people on the planet, with a corporo-totalitarian, Bernaysian Panopticon surveilling us that puts Orwell’s and Huxley’s nighmares in the shade…

    • Bill7 December 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

      Adding: It is, in my opinion, very difficult to even properly *think* while
      living in late-stage USA! . I have not been out the country in five years,
      and boy am I feeling it. Being in nature help a bit, but then one has to
      go back…

  29. Things that should be illegal:

    Lawns
    Cars
    $1 Hammers from China
    Little Debbie Snack Cakes

    … just to get it started.

    Add your item(s) to the list below:

    • elysianfield December 3, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

      SnakPak,
      I would like to add to the list;

      “None of the above.”

      Human greed is the real problem…a culture that promotes it likewise. Your list is one of symptoms.

    • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

      1. People who hawk the fake news NYT.
      2. Inane lists.

  30. Pucker December 3, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

    Rocky XX

    “Rocky, Do you believe that America is the Land of Opportunity?”

    Rocky with red eyes and puffing a big Doobie: “Yeah.”

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=7RYpJAUMo2M

  31. janet December 3, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

    I want to live in the White country :-). –SoftStarLight

    Let me help you out, SoftStarLight, because there is one White country in the world. In Croatia, the population is 99 per cent white, with white Croatian nationalists, with white Christians. Imagine! It’s everything you have dreamed of!

    And not just that, SoftStarLight, but immigration is nonexistent! Can you believe that?!

    And the strong national spirit in Croatia is everywhere, just like you dream of. Croatia’s national leader always reminds the citizens that they got rid of other ethnic elements so they can finally be free, after a thousand years!

    Also, everything has to be named “Croatian” and everything “Croatian” is better. Croatian neckties. Croatian Tesla. Croatian wine. Croatian food. Croatian Football Club Croatia. MCGA!

    So, is Croatia living the high life? Are they doing great? Is a Pure White Country working out for them? Not really. Actually, it’s working very badly. Some would say, not really working at all.

    They are sharing the last place in the EU when it comes to [white] GDP and rank second when it comes to [white] political corruption index and [white] youth unemployment.

    People are very disillusioned about the country and the way it’s heading. Some 60 per cent of them don’t even vote, and tens of thousands of whites are leaving the whitest country every year. Because freedom of movement is a universal human right, even for whites.

    They leave Croatia to be white immigrants in some other culture, AS IS THEIR RIGHT. Croatians go to another country to “steal their jobs”… AS IS THEIR RIGHT. Nobody wants to come and live in Croatia. Even refugees running from war-torn countries. Nobody!

    You see, after years and years Croatia slowly realized — it doesn’t work. The pursuit of an ethnically pure nation has two main flaws.

    First, it has no real value but the creation of division and chaos. There is no way but violence and oppression to stop the mixing of different people. To change, to unite, to create something new is as natural as the ocean.

    And people who fight for pure nations are like maniacs whipping the waves. And when they involve the entire nations in such an unnatural folly, whole countries are isolated, stagnate and perish. Diversity is what gives a nation strength. Croatia lacks diversity.

    The need for an “outside” cause of their misery becomes a pathological necessity. So, after they “expel the others”; then, it is the foreign spies that are the problem, then, the domestic traitors and then, people who publicly denounce the system. So the fight never really stops even after all the non-white “others” have been chased out and the whole nation is white.

    There is always a new enemy behind the corner, SoftStarLight. And the reason for all of that is the second flaw. Every “ethnic utopia” is led by corrupt men who use “racial rhetorics” for populistic purposes. Blame the Blacks! Blame the browns! Blame immigrants! Blame the liberals! But all that is just distraction. Their ultimate goal is just greed.

    Thousandaires want to be millionaires. Millionaires want to be billionaires. Billionaires want power, fame, and adoration. It never stops. Even in nations that are all white.

    But I urge you to go and check it out for yourself, SoftStarLight… if you really “want to live in a White country!” as you claim.

    • seawolf77 December 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

      I heard a youtube podcast “Is war between America and China inevitable?” Its main thesis is that out of 16 times an ascendant country faced a ruling country, it resulted in war 12 times since the year 1500. It’s called the Thucideyes curse, or something like that. England and Germany. Twice. Interestingly enough USA and England were one of the 4 that made it through without war. It said that almost everytime neither country wanted war, it was a third party that caused everything to go to hell in a handbasket. In our case he says America is the ruling party, China is the ascendant party and North Korea will be the spark. He said 40 years ago 90% of the Chinese people lived below the extreme poverty line ~ making under $2 dollars a day. Today 99 % live above it and Xi promises the last few tens of millions will be over by 2020.

    • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

      Nice try, janet, but there aren’t caravans of Croatians storming the borders of Europe. However bleak you depict Croatia, it seems to be way better than the homelands of the migrants currently spreading vileness in Tijuana.

      Croatia’s desire for a monoculture seems no different from that of China or Japan. And I don’t see you arguing that those nations “don’t work”. They work quite well in fact. I don’t see you arguing, for example, that Israel shouldn’t be the “Jewish State”—or are you? I don’y see you arguing that the Vatican should open its leadership to Muslims—or are you? You claim a right to free travel that no nation recognizes, while ignoring the right to free association that all nations recognize.

  32. FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    Dailycaller: Documents show that Federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation

    FBI agents raided the home of a recognized Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog, according to the whistleblower’s attorney.

    The Justice Department’s inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation alleges.

    The delivered documents also show that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct pertaining to Rosatom and to other Russian government entities attached to Uranium One, the document reviewed by TheDCNF alleges. Mueller is now the special counsel investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

    dailycaller.com/2018/11/29/fbi-whistleblower-clinton-uranium/

    • FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

      Finca, November 6:
      kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/social-justice/#comment-378924

      If the Big Bargain took place, in order to reduce the tension among the masses, the results [of midterms] should be as follows:

      Democrats with a slight advantage control the Congress, and Republicans the Senate, and Hillary Clinton goes to jail

      Or

      Republicans control both the Congress and the Senate, and their advantage in the senate increases, but Hillary remains at large

    • FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      Unfortunately, it looks more and more likely that the death of George W.H. Bush is related to the Big Bargain.

  33. capt spaulding December 3, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    Interestingly, I have noticed that one of the major reasons for the tilt to the right in most countries is the concern about immigration. Immigration will become one of THE major problems as the effects of climate change continues to grow. Unfortunately the right seems to be the only ones concerned at this point. Europe and the US will have to address the effects of being inundated by refugees from every part of the world. People that I talk to about restricting the flow of refugees don’t want to think about it, because the idea of turning away starving people is an unpleasant thought, and everybody wants to be a nice guy. I tell people “Instead of generalizing the idea of immigration, let’s personalize it. Can you take 1 refugee in your home? You can? Ok, how about 2? You can? Ok, how about 3?” I keep on until they finally say they can’t take any more. At that point I tell them they need to recognize that there is a limit and no matter how long they try to put it off, there will come a time when they have to face reality and start refusing entry to people. Then I ask them if they think it’s wise to fill their house full of refugees before they put their foot down, or to do it before they wind up living as badly as the people who are trying to get in? People are gonna have to make unpleasant decisions that they don’t want to have to make, and there’s no way around it, they’re still gonna have to do it. Nobody likes the thought of turning away starving babies & families, but you’re gonna have to deal with the circumstances. I’ve had to make life and death decisions, that I didn’t want to, but was forced by circumstances to do so. What we have forgotten in our comfortable lives here, is that most of the world goes to bed hungry every night, and people starve to death all the time. Climate change is gonna bring a whole new reality to this world, and it ain’t gonna be pleasant. The sooner you realize that, the better off you will be. The most important element in survival is your mind set. In the world to come, paying for Netflix is gonna be the least of your worries.

    • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

      Remember all those African migrants that Italy turned away? The one’s that Spain appeared to accept with open arms? Well now Spanish leaders have paid the political price.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

      And no matter how many we take, we can’t make a dent in the overpopulation problem. The West can’t save the rest of the World. But we can destroy ourselves trying to do so.

      As the Japanese used to say: Out with the foreign Barbarians! Support the Emperor!

      • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

        Correct. During the historic 1979 visit of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping to the United States, when he was asked by then President Jimmy Carter about Chinese restrictions on outbound emigration, Deng Xiaoping’s reported response was “How many millions do you want?” Thereafter, the United States showed little or no interest in Chinese emigration policy.

      • Walter B December 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

        You ever see this one Janos?

        youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2018 at 11:58 pm #

      Uncontrolled immigration is bringing the third world home, even as home is being transformed into the third world. There can be no good outcome. It needs to be shut down as you say. It is very sad that the world is full of want, but we have many desperate people now in our own country too.

      On the climate change issue, have you considered that it may get much colder soon? It would change the dynamics of migration potentially.

      • Walter B December 5, 2018 at 8:12 am #

        Removing national borders by itself is no big deal because masses of people are not going to just pick up and move unless they are manipulated to do so by an outside source. The real problem and great danger is that this is the first move by those miscreants that are utilizing the Cloward-Piven strategy to basically overthrow governments and take over the reins of power themselves:

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward%E2%80%93Piven_strategy

        These political dissidents, masquerading under the lie of humanitarian efforts, are actually using the mindless masses to do their dirty work and tear down existing government so that they can assume power. So when you hear them here and others places, know that their intent is bad and perhaps even evil. An argument can be made that they should all be rounded up and incarcerated for their criminal intent, but that would open a real Pandora’s Box and go against our very own Constitution. In the end the only answer is to ignore them for when they are given attention it only leads them to believe that their ploys are working.

        • Nightowl December 5, 2018 at 10:27 am #

          Precisely. It is an attempt to concentrate power at the global level and remove hurdles to financial elites who want the freedom to exploit and control human and natural resources whenever and wherever they want.

      • Walter B December 5, 2018 at 8:37 am #

        As to your comment about the temperature, you know you raise a good point. Perhaps the dimwits that are promoting mass migration are working towards killing a bunch of them off by moving them to places where the Winters are getting more brutal aren’t they? How much happier are the “migrant” going to be coming from the desert and living in sub-zero Winter Wonderlands? One thing is certain, it is never in the best interests of the masses that these malcontents operate. It is always their own interests that motivates them.

  34. janet December 3, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

    Finca says: “Democrats with a slight advantage control the Congress, and Republicans the Senate”

    Blue Dogs traditionally have represented more conservative-leaning areas, particularly in the South. Between 2010 and 2016, more than two dozen of them either lost re-election bids or retired from the House (often anticipating defeats).

    Even amid the Democratic wave this year, the number of Blue Dogs will likely only grow from 18 to 24.

    Meanwhile, the Progressive Caucus ranks held steady during the Obama years (these members tend to be in fairly liberal districts), so the group stood at 78 members before the 2018 midterms. That number will grow to 96 in 2019, according to the group, as a number of progressive candidates won in previously Republican-held districts.

    Put another way, in 2010, there were about 1.5 progressives for every Blue Dog in the House. In 2019, progressives will have a 4-to-1 advantage. This is the biggest the Progressive Caucus has ever been, according to a spokesperson for the group.

    Meanwhile, Republicans picked up a net of 2 votes in the Senate. We are a center-left country. In 2020, despite what that liberal Bruce Springsteen is saying, Democrats have a good chance to win it all.

    • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

      >>> We are a center-left country.

      Depends how you measure it.

      Before, gun rights were in decline. Now, nearly every state in the union has adopted “shall-issue” policies.

      Before, the border was a joke. Now, the President sent in the military to enforce the law, and wants to build a big beautiful wall. Even “liberal” Obama was the “Deporter in Chief”.

      Before, the Supreme Court was liberal. Now it’s conservative. Unlike your newly elected lame-duck House reps whose terms will be up in a mere two years, the SCOTUS conservatives will potentially be there for decades.

      • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

        Yeah Trump will build a big beautiful wall. It’s cross section will be in the shape of the $ sign.

        • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

          And how much will another 20 million immigrants on welfare cost?

          • seawolf77 December 6, 2018 at 9:35 am #

            Exactly ZERO because they’re aren’t any on welfare. Trumptards fooled again.

  35. Pucker December 3, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

    Rocky XX

    “Rocky, Do you believe that America is the Land of Opportunity?”

    Rocky with red eyes and puffing a big Doobie: “Yeah. The Land of Opportunity to watch TV, buy stuff, and to smoke Weed.”

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=7RYpJAUMo2M

  36. FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    The cardiologist who treated President George H.W. Bush was likely targeted by the gunman who shot and killed the doctor while cycling in Houston July 20, 2018 police said.

    dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/07/22/george-hw-bushs-cardiologist-shot-killed-cycling-houston

    The fact that the President George H.W. Bush’s cardiologist was assassinated 6 months prior to the death from cardiovascular complications of the head of the Bush clan is too reminiscent of how Joseph Stalin was assassinated after he was denied qualified medical assistance as a result of the “Doctor’s plot” in 1952.

    After all, Henry Kissinger is 95 and still conducts active diplomacy work between Moscow and Washington.

  37. Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

    Anyone have an inside take on the death of the Admiral? He doesn’t seem like someone who would kill himself.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

      It should be obvious by now that the civil war in US is cold, but not entirely bloodless.

  38. Q. Be the Plan December 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm #

    Same as it ever was.
    got-truth.com/docs/Same%20as%20it%20ever%20was.pdf

    Q.

  39. FincaInTheMountains December 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Exoneration

    Contrary to media speculation that Robert Mueller is closing in on President Trump, the special prosecutor’s plea deal with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen offers further evidence that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russians during the 2016 election, according to congressional investigators and former prosecutors.

    realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/12/02/actually_mueller_appears_to_be_exonerating_trump.htm…

  40. Q. Be the Plan December 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

    Lovely days don’t come to you…
    got-truth.com/docs/Lovely%20days%20don't%20come%20to%20you.pdf

    Q.

  41. pequiste December 3, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

    Stuck in my head like a pebble in the shoe:

    “We are the new Internationale. Trans-national Sans-Culottes.” Janos S.

    And it occurred to me that in the deep dark recesses of the Internet, or some Uber-Lib university, or Mommy & Daddy’s basement somewhere in the wicked Western World, someone is going to co-opt the idea, metamorphose the concept into something much more pernicious, and start a movement. To wit:

    The New Internationale: The Sans-Nation, Trans-Culottes.

    And the Old: youtube.com/watch?v=kB9wELkGn9c

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 10:54 pm #

      Lana, talking loud: “Why They Want To Replace Us”.

      youtube.com/watch?v=LVXlwq0pO4A

      • Walter B December 4, 2018 at 9:25 am #

        So they want to Wipe Out Whitey (WOW) Janos? Of course they do and it doesn’t matter a bit what color, what race, or what religion those at the top of the pile are, Whitey must go and for good reason. At least in their minds. The financial systems and economies of this world are Monopoly Games and secularly, are games of King of the Hill. For those who are in positions at the tops of these games, in the end there can be only one. So in order to increase their odds at staying or finishing at the top, removing those who are the most able to compete is Mission #1, and that would be Whitey. I will not go into the mountain of proofs of this statement, but if you need to see a quick reference that is easy to understand go look at the Earth at night:

        2.bp.blogspot.com/_1PWARn3-5ZE/SwN_-stC9II/AAAAAAAAAUA/MUsWms1PWSc/s1600/worldlightmap.jpg

        The lights at night are a clear statement that Whitey needs things that the Africans, the Asians, the Indians, the South Americans do not need, like lighting and electricity. It is very expensive to provide Whitey with such luxuries because it does not end there. Whitey needs houses and SUV’s, and vacations and high paying jobs to support these needs, everybody else, well most of them survive on less than $2 a day. Now there’s a bargain that the Mega-Wealthy can embrace gladly. And when they take Whitey down those of their minions that helped bring it about, like some of our little buddies here on CFN, will get to share in the loot and that promise is what drives them on so relentlessly. The question is what kind of a fight, if any, Whitey is going to put up when it heats up. Only time will tell.

        • SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 11:45 pm #

          Thanks for sharing the world light map Walter. Very interesting perspective on the WOW issue too.

    • Q. Be the Plan December 3, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

      Y = ridiculed purchased political parties x career lobbyists x globalist mainstream media x career unelected Deep State bureaucrats x Hollywood elites x unprosecuted corruption x globalist banking cartels x globalist technocrats x pharmacological reprogramming x gross incompetence x lust for power x love of money x conspicuous consumption x corporate fascism x loss of Good Samaritans x accelerated singularity

      “God integrates empirically.” – Albert Einstein.

      Y = old republic COLLECTIVIST NETWORK globalism

      Q.

  42. Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2018 at 11:03 pm #

    Read a book about Timothy McVeigh and his bombing. At one Super Max for Superstars, he got to interact with the Unabomber, a Jihadi bomber, and a killer from the Latin Kings.

    He got a lot of correspondence, including offers of sex and marriage. One girl in Germany wrote very sexy letters, with each word written in a different color.

    At his sentencing, he quoted Justice Brandeis. Paraphrasing: Government is the Teacher. Now they say violence is bad? But what have they taught us? What do we do in other countries? What kind of shows do they give us to watch?

    For his part, Ted K like Tim. But like most Right Wingers, he was a bit too much into military fantasy and pure love of the power of the gun. Moreover, he felt his strike was unethical, killing many low level people who were basically just clerks and officer workers. His strike in contrast, were precise. He then used to send letters mocking his victims, something Tim would never do. But he had a point of course.

    McVeigh felt that his action was effective in that the Government did sue for peace with the family at Ruby Ridge and one retired FBI agent admitted that they had utterly blown it. Another admitted that they had fired incendiary devices at the “compound” – though this was officially denied later. But by and large, they seemed if not to repent, to resolve to be more careful in the future.

    • Exscotticus December 3, 2018 at 11:21 pm #

      Governments have never had any problem with violence. They simply want a monopoly on its use.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2018 at 12:27 am #

        That’s Libertarian talk. Review your Madison please. To paraphrase: If we were Sages, then we would need no government at all. Since we are not, let us proceed.

        I thought we were past this, X. But it is an error with remarkable sway over the minds of many Americans – some of the best in fact. But look at its alien genesis. It’s not American whatsoever. Rather, it was a play to alter our self image, to cut us off from each other – to make us Weak. We could never have taken this continent thinking like this.

        • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:04 am #

          >>> If we were Sages, then we would need no government at all. Since we are not, let us proceed.

          But governments are made up of our imperfect selves as well. One chat with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be enough to convince anyone of the futility of investing power in such a small ruling elite. I’ll keep my guns, thank you—and the right to use them.

          • SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 9:18 am #

            Yes definitely keep your guns!!! We do need government to some extent and it seems like that is where the conversation is. How much government is needed and who governs? Our current system is so tainted now that something does have to give.

    • malthuss December 4, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      Ted was an MK Ultra victim, imo.
      I doubt Tim was responsible for the Oklahoma killings.
      See J Rappoports book on the bombing.

      On you tube I saw footage of TMV at a military base, when he wasnt
      acknowledged to being there. The clip may still be on yt.

  43. janet December 3, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

    no different from that of China or Japan. And I don’t see you arguing that those nations “don’t work”. They work quite well in fact. I don’t see you arguing, for example, that Israel shouldn’t be the “Jewish State”—or are you? –Exscotticus

    China, Japan, and Israel all work because they are all multicultural nations with diverse populations… which is why they work.

    Croatia is all white and does not work. Being all white makes them weak. Diversity is strength. Croatia’s monoculture puts it in last place in the EU when it comes to GDP. Croatia ranks second when it comes to the political corruption index and youth unemployment.

    All white is not working. Mix it up. Invite some brown skinned Muslims in and become a stronger nation.

    Israel takes full advantage of diversity. In Israel, the majority of the population, or their parents, were born in other countries. Roughly one million people, many of whom are Arabs of Muslim faith, come from families who lived in Israel before it was formally declared a state in 1948.

    China is VERY diverse and VERY strong. China’s territory is as big as the United States. There are 56 ethnicities officially recognized by Chinese government. China has great diversity in subgroups, subcultures and different ethnic groups. China’s diversity gives it its strength.

    Japan values diversity. In Japan efforts are being made to preserve and rehabilitate the unique cultures of Japan’s minority groups like the Ryukyuans, the Ainu, and Japanese Koreans. Besides these groups Japan also values the strength diversity gives from ethnic Brazilians, Taiwanese and Chinese in Japan, along with others.

    Croatia is all white and does not work. Being all white makes them weak. Diversity is strength. Croatia’s monoculture puts it in last place in the EU when it comes to GDP. Croatia ranks second when it comes to the political corruption index and youth unemployment.

    All white is not working. Mix it up. Invite some brown skinned Muslims in and become a stronger nation.

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      >>> China, Japan, and Israel all work because they are all multicultural nations with diverse populations…

      You have clearly never been to China or Japan. Not only are they not multicultural, they specifically and categorically reject multiculturalism.

      >>> China is VERY diverse and VERY strong. China’s territory is as big as the United States. There are 56 ethnicities officially recognized by Chinese government. China has great diversity in subgroups, subcultures and different ethnic groups. China’s diversity gives it its strength.

      The Chinese are nearly 100% racially identical. The Han ethnicity makes up 92%. The other ethnicities are still what any average person would deem “Chinese”: Asian-looking, straight black hair, flat nose, etc. YOU would not be able to tell the difference between Han and, say, Manchu.

      If this is what you call “diverse” then, you should have no problem with implementing such diversity in the USA. The equivalent would essentially be what Croatia has.

    • SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 10:28 am #

      “Invite some brown skinned Muslims in and become a stronger nation.”

      Spoken like the Arab man you are. Your insults are not appreciated either! Calling me out specifically all the time is the give away. Pretending to be for women’s rights is an insult. White men are better and more civil than you so just deal with it and try to find peace in your life.

      • SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 10:36 am #

        And that is fine you save your venom for me. But stop the games.

  44. janet December 3, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

    Unlike Trump, other nations appreciate diversity. Unlike Trump other nations understand diversity is strength. Others show compassion for those in need, and those nations grow stronger. For example, more than 1 million Venezuelans have migrated to Colombia in recent years, fleeing an unprecedented economic crisis.

    When Trump wants to build a wall, and tries to make it harder to cross borders, Colombia is doing something you don’t see very often — it’s opening its doors.

    ¡Qué Viva Colombia!

    ¡Viva La Raza Cósmica!

    • Nightowl December 4, 2018 at 7:41 am #

      Here in “diverse” Europe, when I emigrated from the US, I filled out lots paperwork, registred at the Burgeramt, passed an oral and written language test, did a conversion test for my driver’s license, and paid my fees.

      I then subsequently got a job and waited 2 years to get my final Aufenthaltstitel, allowing me to stay indefinitely — if I don’t get into any serious legal trouble.

      Appears Trump would like to enforce standards on par with what they do here in every sovereign state in Euroland. I do wonder where you get your news?

      • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 10:01 am #

        If what you say is true, and Europe was still overrun by Muslims to the point where Sweden- SWEDEN has terrorists, then I have to ask what good is it?

        • Nightowl December 5, 2018 at 6:01 am #

          The proponents of globalism pushing open borders through controlled media have no intention of applying the processes I went through to those they are encouraging to migrate.

          That’s, how do you say, the problem …

          • seawolf77 December 6, 2018 at 10:45 am #

            Why did they apply it to you?

          • Nightowl December 7, 2018 at 7:06 am #

            Because I came legally through the proper channels — before the open borders crowd started incentivizing economic migration.

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      Your idea of “diversity” is and endless series of lawless mobs to the point where the host nation’s very demographics and culture are subjugated. America is an English-speaking nation. If you can’t accept that, then you don’t belong here.

  45. Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2018 at 12:33 am #

    Going Sub-Light for awhile to repair my Dilithium Crystals, without which I cannot haul the fox or loudly blow my horn – what to speak of bending space.

    I’ll be Back. In the meantime, remember Strength Thru Joy – and that means Brotherhood. That’s the only Magic that will save us now.

    youtube.com/watch?v=2Sql9X4H0VY

    If we are not the Salt of the Earth or then wherefrom will We be salted? If We are not the Gold, then no Gold can have value or be recognized AS Gold. As it is, we go after glitter instead….

    • SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 1:10 am #

      I always hate goodbyes but everybody needs to repair their Dilithium Crystals :-). “I’ll be back”, makes the goodbye more tolerable. Safe travels!!!

    • tucsonspur December 4, 2018 at 1:32 am #

      Erin Go Bragh!

      If not from the Earth, we’ll be salted from the mighty Sea. Maybe the Irish Sea at that.

      Here’s RK again, although on a sadder note:

      youtube.com/watch?v=VX8KMDzzgCo

      There’s also gold in Carrickfergus. And Fields of Gold in Ireland.

      “I wish I was in Carrickfergus
      Only for nights in Ballygrand
      I would swim over the deepest ocean
      Only for nights in Ballygrand
      But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
      And neither have I the wings to fly
      I wish I had a handsome boatsman
      To ferry me over my love and I

      My childhood days bring back sad reflections
      Of happy times there spent so long ago
      My boyhood friends and my own relations
      Have all past on now with the melting snow
      So I’ll spend my days in this endless roving
      Soft is the grass and shore, my bed is free
      Oh to be home now in carrickfergus
      On the long rode down to the salty sea

      Now in Kilkenny it is reported
      On marble stone there as black as ink
      With gold and silver I would support her
      But I’ll sing no more now til I get a drink
      Cause I’m drunk today and I’m seldom sober
      A handsome rover from town to town
      Ah but I’m sick now my days are number
      Come all me young men and lay me down
      Come all me young men and lay me down.”

    • Ol' Scratch December 4, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

      Janos,

      Goin’ down to Finc’s to get a jump on the New Year’s again? From the sounds of your post you’re already well into the stash. Oh well, enjoy! But always remember: BEWARE the grain alcohol bong water! That Finc’s a crazy man when he gets his party on!

  46. SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 12:48 am #

    It’s probably not going to get hotter for a long time. This goes against everything Western institutions are telling us about climate change. Why are they keeping it quiet? NASA reported earlier this year that from February 2016 to February 2018 the average global temperature declined by more than any other two-year interval in at least a century. It may be a little ice age, but we are also allegedly overdue for a major one…

    principia-scientific.org/scientists-and-studies-predict-imminent-global-cooling/

    • tucsonspur December 4, 2018 at 2:11 am #

      I wish we could get some of that coolness here during the summer!

      Summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter out this way.

      • SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 9:14 am #

        Do you live in the Southwest? If so, I have read that should the climate truly cool, the winters there would be more severe, but summers could actually be even drier and therefore even hotter.

      • SoftStarLight December 6, 2018 at 12:54 am #

        Sorry btw as I definitely recall you are in Arizona based on previous discussions. I remember you not being happy with that Sinema lady winning the Senate race.

  47. kimmasad01 December 4, 2018 at 2:43 am #

    This article is so wrong I don’t even know where to start. Maybe just start with listening carefully to the words and the undertone of the Gilets Jaunes protesters themselves? Maybe paying attention to who these people are and what they want?

    This has NOTHING to do with maintaining a certain French tradition or way of life and everything to do with earning enough to cover basic, survival needs.

    The French middle class cannot possibly be squeezed for more, yet there they are getting a 7% raise on gas (for a climate change tax? How insulting.) after already paying $5.50-$6.00 a gallon, twice what we pay here.

    The average French worker commutes on a bus or train up to 80 kilometers a day, and the Ministries du Paris keep closing lines making it ever harder. Then Macron offers subsidies on electric cars that the French can’t afford. What a joke.

    I suppose when it gets to the point that they can’t afford bread, they’ll be a civil war- the Gilets Jaunes will co-opt the extremists and the migrants and it’ll be game on. Tho I can’t see the French Gendarmerie firing on French citizens.

    Americans are so clueless to the utter devastation that has descended upon the French working/middle class by the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:34 am #

      >>> Americans are so clueless to the utter devastation that has descended upon the French working/middle class by the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

      Not at all! Clearly you haven’t read the Brexit debates on this forum. Americans despise distant, unelected bureaucracies. That’s why they elected Trump to “drain the swamp”.

      But the French have always had this sorry socialistic streak wherein they want equality of outcome mandated by the very bureaucracies they now oppose. The French preach liberté, but it seems to only apply to affaires extra-conjugales…

      • kimmasad01 December 4, 2018 at 11:13 am #

        I haven’t read them, you’re right. I do know why Trump was elected- he was elected in large part to help save American tradition from the corrupt globalist “swamp”, and that is not a bad thing at all, in my opinion. Americans aren’t quite there yet, in terms of fighting for their daily survival (no hyperbole) in the way French is, but we’ll get there in no time.

        • SoftStarLight December 4, 2018 at 11:58 pm #

          Very true, and despite what a lot of people may think there are alot of Americans who are still fighters.

  48. Chris at Fernglade Farm December 4, 2018 at 6:37 am #

    Hi Jim,

    It’s not good. Hey, I read this article today on new car sales (which are apparently in decline here too): Why car dealers are fudging the numbers of cars they actually ‘sold’.

    And just to add some additional weight to your quip about: “anything goes, and nothing matters”, I have been watching with a sort of morbid fascination at the sheer unreality of this little number: Dutchman Emile Ratelband, 69, asks Netherlands court to change his age to 49. What do you make of that?

    Cheers

    Chris

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:53 am #

      >>> Dutchman Emile Ratelband, 69, asks Netherlands court to change his age to 49. What do you make of that?

      Here we see what happens when relativism takes over.

      If your race is subjective (no standards or validation is required for Affirmative Action), and your gender is subjective, then why not your age? What’s that adage? You’re as young as you feel…

      The Left loves relativism because it counters reality. If the facts don’t fit, ignore the facts. janet claiming that China and Japan are “multicultural” is a good example. Words and meanings and facts mean nothing to these people—only outcomes.

      • I read the article, you have completely ignored its premise to focus on your flogging horse.

        The premise, age discrimination, is a real issue. Mr. Forty-nine is engaged in the sort of theatrical exposition that constitutes a potent, and I fear, perhaps the only means of breaking through to a mainstream media consumer- which you are.

        Your reading comprehension fails, but I fault your education. You are as much a victim as the next clueless millennial.

        • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

          The way to thwart age discrimination is to prosecute it. But lefties like yourself are too obsessed with race and gender to care much about all the other discrimination. I fault the race-obsessed fake news you read: The NYT.

        • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:01 am #

          Hey now, I think you like to pick on millennials :-).

      • malthuss December 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

        China has its share of languages and Muslims.

        • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

          >>> China has its share of languages and Muslims.

          Although there are various Chinese dialects, they all share the same written language. It’s bizarre, but a person speaking Mandarin can undertand a person speaking Cantonese (and vice-versa) by simply writing.

          China does have Muslims, but it’s a significant minority, and they’re persecuted as a matter of state policy. China is doing everything it can to stamp out Muslim culture. That is hardly the “multiculturalism” claimed by janet.

          • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:10 am #

            The Chinese internment of the Uyghurs is one of those double-edged sword type issues. On the one hand, if they didn’t do it, the chances are that elements of the Uyghurs would carry out jihad. On the other hand, the mass internment is a human righs issue. What should they do?

          • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:11 am #

            rights…

  49. FincaInTheMountains December 4, 2018 at 7:12 am #

    Have you ever heard of father Alex Karloutsos? A humble Greek priest living in New York. But 1300 people of the American elite (many from the Forbes list) came to his recent celebration – limousines, diamonds, and evening dresses for women. And his best friend is Joe Biden. They have been friends for over forty years and raised their sons together.

    Alex’s son is the US State Department protocol chief. Both father Alex and Joe Biden are the American Deep State.

    A quiet priest easily raised 50(!) million dollars to build the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas on the site of the ruined twin towers. And he also found $2.5 million for an Orthodox cathedral on the island of Crete in 2016, where the Russian church, for its complex reasons (the cathedral was sponsored by the Americans), did not show up.

    When Constantinople ceased to be “First among equals”

    I will not dwell on the great schism of 1054, when the Christian church had split into the Roman Catholic and Byzantine (Orthodox). I’ll tell you about the first scandal between Moscow and Constantinople, in effect, which made Moscow independent of the authority of the Greeks.

    After the split, Holy Rus strictly followed the canons of Byzantine Orthodoxy. But the Byzantine Empire weakened, surrounded by enemies, on the imperial throne the Palaiologos, who had neither the strength nor the means, were shaking with fear.

    The Crusaders left Constantinople, and then the Palaiologos decided to make a spiritual (religious) deal with the West. They turned to the papal throne for military help against the Turks, and in exchange agreed to submit to Rome, to accept the Catholic “symbol of faith” while maintaining the eastern church rites.

    The negotiations were long, painful, because the real Orthodox Greeks were well aware that in a military sense, weak Rome simply would take them for a ride. And it’s a sin to make a deal with heretics. True supporters of Orthodoxy had to flee from Constantinople and take refuge on Mount Athos, where the new form of religious life was born – Hesychasm (silence). Very convenient: whatever you were asked, you can refer to the vow of silence. In order not to change the true faith, people went into themselves.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesychasm

    Moscow closely watched the events. No, of course, Russia recognized the spiritual power of Constantinople, but things were getting worse and worse there. The Byzantines, in order to please Rome, opened up the Straits for the Genoese, the merchants and the looters, who immediately settled in the Crimea and built fortresses there.

    When the work of the Ferrara-Florence Cathedral began in 1438-1439 in order to consolidate the treacherous union of the Catholic and Orthodox churches (everything was used: threats, bribes, violence), Russia still did not believe. Yes, and then the news were reaching very slowly. Moscow was represented at the cathedral by the Greek hierarch Isidore, who had never been seen in the capital. Moscow wanted to put its man, the Ryazan bishop Jonah, as metropolitan, but Constantinople resisted. Isidore signed the Union of Florence and went to Moscow to teach the Russian people that they now have to obey Rome.

    The scandal was unbelievable!

    When Isidore, during the first liturgy, brought the name of the Pope before the Patriarch and announced the union between the churches, the parishioners almost torn him apart. The authorities immediately placed Isidore in a monastery, from where they gave him the opportunity to flee back to Rome alive, so that they would not finally quarrel with Byzantium. And after a few years later, an incredible event occurred: in 1448, the council of Russian bishops named Bishop Jonah of Ryazan as Metropolitan, spitting on Constantinople. It was then that the Russian church put an end to its dependence on Byzantium, not forgiving her moral decline and betrayal.

    When Constantinople was conquered by the Turks in 1453, and no Vatican came to its aid, the Russians learned three rules: the West will always be a traitor, abandoning ones beliefs is against the God, and the only independent center of Orthodox Christianity remained in the whole world – Moscow Russia.

  50. FincaInTheMountains December 4, 2018 at 8:56 am #

    Finca, November 30:

    The main intrigue of the G20: in what fields or in which bushes will the heads of the anti-Clinton coalition meet

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/deep-quandaries-of-the-deep-state/#comment-383620

    HuffPost, December 2
    Trump Had ‘Informal’ Conversation With Putin At G-20 Summit

    news.yahoo.com/trump-had-apos-informal-apos-170018932.html

  51. Q. Be the Plan December 4, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    Should I try to do some more?
    got-truth.com/docs/Should%20I%20try%20to%20do%20some%20more.pdf

    Q.

  52. JohnAZ December 4, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    I do not get it.

    The American people, the fly over types get screwed by the PTB in DC for thirty years as they watch their livelihoods being exported. I happen to be one of those folks. They finally get rebellious enough to vote in someone who promises that expanding the job market is paramount and the American worker is the number one priority. This after eight years of domestic economy destruction by a globalist administration. The new administration rescinds many of the restrictive regulations and gets a tax reform through. Other than that , his agenda has been totally blocked by those same PTB protecting their Deep State. So what happens two years later? These same “rebels” send a message, we want those same jerks back in power that screwed us in the first place. Insanity prevails, or maybe it is the lazy gimmes out there wanting the emphasis put back on giving them stuff. If that is the case, we are done as a legitimate power.

    Fix this problem? Build the wall and put a big dent in the immigration input.

    • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      Building a wall won’t fix a thing. It’s a stupid idea promulgated by simpletons as a simple fix to a non-existent problem. Trump is a builder. He’s got a hand in one of those pies and is going to make money on the wall because that is all he cares about. A year from now you’ll be hearing about a deal he made with some construction firm for his kick back, but only after a year’s worth of tweets claiming “I won’t make any money off the wall. I have no deals with walls. I build buildings. I don’t build walls.” Just take every tweet about him not having any investments, money, deals in Russia and substitute the word “wall” for “Russia.” And you know what. All you Trumptards will believe him.

      • Ol' Scratch December 4, 2018 at 10:55 am #

        I’m thinking calling people Trumptards is not very persuasive. Just sayin’.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 4, 2018 at 11:07 am #

        Building a wall won’t fix a thing

        It probably would cut drug flow over the Mexican border in half.

        And Trump just pushed Chinese to declare Fentanyl a controlled substance, so the Chinese customs will block substantial chunk of that junk entering US.

        It’s a work in progress, and with time Trump will be able to curb the drug trade.

        • JohnAZ December 4, 2018 at 11:23 am #

          There is a significant group in this country who do not want drugs curtailed at all. The Elite make lots of money from all the evil trades and do not want the wall built to interfere with their trades. DC and Hollywood will be severely impacted if the drug war actually was serious.

          Sea wolf is a Libtard just reflecting the standard of the Dems. They do not want their illegal immigrant voter source compromised

          • kimmasad01 December 4, 2018 at 11:37 am #

            True. AOC calls this illegal immigrant voter source “expanding the electorate”. Someone needs to asks her exactly what she means by this because last time America expanded its electorate was in 1920 with an Amendment to the Constitution.

          • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

            63 million people voted democratic in a midterm, as many as voted for Trump in the 2016 election. That is unprecedented. I’d be worried about the size of my own base if I were you. I noticed you avoided the money question like a virulent strain of genital herpes. Trumptards give Donald a pass on theft and corruption, but the Senate and the House don’t. Trump is no Lyndon Johnson, who got rich off Apollo and Vietnam. They know what the wall is- code for open the government kitty to the the short fingered on. Trumptards fooled again. Notice how the caravan has dissapeared? Look here! Look here! Yawn.

      • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 11:14 am #

        >>> Building a wall won’t fix a thing.

        And yet it fixed Israel’s security issues. And yet military bases have walls. And yet the wealthy hypocrite Hollywood elite build walls around their multi-million-dollar homes. And yet your money is stored in a vault that has six walls and a locked door.

        • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

          Yeah the Israeli wall is working well. Like when William Wallace said “We’ll build tunnels.”
          kansas.com/news/nation-world/article222591540.html

          • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

            The stats speak for themselves. Israel went from weekly bombings to no bombings. Meanwhile, tunnels are difficult to build and maintain. Israel has sensors to detect and deal with them. It’s not an issue.

          • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            That’s a non sequitor. There were other things Israel was doing. To put all the credit on the wall is like blaming the chicken for the sun rising.

          • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

            You’re right; they also have a military presence at the border—just like Trump wants.

            Thank you for acknowledging that Trump is following tried and true methodologies that have a proven success record.

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        Why is it that through many years of being in NY REAL ESTATE, Trump has never been convicted of anything illegal? Why is it that the entire Deep State and their cadre of lawyers cannot find anything that he has done that they can indict him for? Mueller’ 40 million dollar investigation is about to land with a dull thud.

        You Libtards sound like a broken record as you voice the party line of hatred against this man. You make good sources for your globalist masters.

        Did anyone in the press or the other liberal centers think that your continuous diatribes against Trump may just roll off his back, and he is using your single focus about him to work around the obstructive of the Dems. I would probably suppose that anyone who rose through the NY real estate would not give a damn what his enemies think. So just drone on, no one is listening.

        • John, this a medical intervention. Call your primary care doctor.

          Ask for a complete blood panel and physical.

          • JohnAZ December 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            Anyone who buys off on what the NYT says, is the one who needs medical attention.

          • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

            Lil’ Truth follow your own advice. But make that a mental evaluation. Tell them you suspect TDS.

        • K-Dog December 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

          “Trump may just roll off his back, and he is using your single focus about him to work around the obstructive of the Dems. I would probably suppose that anyone who rose through the NY real estate would not give a damn what his enemies think. So just drone on, no one is listening.

          Bingo! Drone on about a stock market crash, Drone on about anthropocentric global warming. Drone on about guys who cut off their dicks. Drone on about Trump and don’t ever stop, not even for a breath. Drone on about just about anything you want except for one thing.

          Whatever you do don’t drone on about drones. That is a tree in the garden with fruit that must not be touched. It won’t happen right away but if you want to become an individual who is targeted; bite into that apple. Droning on about drones is the easiest way to taste the passionate intensity.

        • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

          Trump initially came to public attention in 1973 when he was accused by the Justice Department of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the operation of 39 buildings. The Department of Justice said that black “testers” were sent to more than half a dozen buildings and were denied apartments, but a similar white tester would then be offered an apartment in the same building.[9] The government alleged that Trump’s corporation quoted different rental terms and conditions to blacks and made false “no vacancy” statements to blacks for apartments they managed in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. In 1985, New York City brought a lawsuit against Trump for allegedly using tactics to force out tenants of 100 Central Park South,[17] which he intended to demolish together with the building next door. After ten years in court, the two sides negotiated a deal allowing the building to stand as condominiums.In 2013, in a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Trump was accused of defrauding more than 5,000 people of $40 million for the opportunity to learn Trump’s real estate investment techniques in a for-profit training program, Trump University, which operated from 2005 to 2011. Trump ultimately stopped using the term “University” following a 2010 order from New York regulators, who called Trump’s use of the word “misleading and even illegal”; the state had previously warned Trump in 2005 to drop the term or not offer seminars in New York.Although Trump has claimed a 98% approval rating on course evaluations, former students recounted high-pressure tactics from instructors seeking the highest possible ratings, including threats of withholding graduation certificates,[114] and more than 2,000 students had sought and received course refunds before the end of their paid seminars. Trumptards fooled again.

        • EvelynV December 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

          John, for most Presidents the responsibility of the job produces horrendous stress.

          It almost always is evident in the appearance changes your lying eyes refuse not to show you.

          The stress Trump has freed himself from by lacking the usual moral inhibitions has been more than made up for by the stress of worrying about detection of his criminality.

          A rat with its back to the wall will do anything to preserve itself.

          I’m only talking about rats…but I’m just sayin’

    • jdhines December 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      John,

      30 foot wall + 32 foot ladder = Wall defeated.

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

        Let’s see. With the wall, a great assist to the border patrol to slow the influx of people and drugs. It will not stop all of them, but it WILL stop a significant part of them.

        Without the wall, no effect. Things stay the same.

        The wall will cost 81 billion dollars. A pittance compared to what it costs to support the illegals.

        You do not want the wall because you want an open border. You seem to want the demise of America as the load of immigrants continues to increase to cripple our country’s economy. Just to get more votes to drive the country towards socialism.

        • JohnAZ December 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

          The prototypes built in San Diego were tested by military guys to see if they could be scaled. The conclusion, NO.

        • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

          Predicted Iraq War cost $50-60 billion dollars. Actual cost 2.4 trillion dollars. A mere pittance of difference.

          • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

            By God they took care of all those WMD’s though, didn’t they? And the best part was it only took 10 years, 2.4 trillion dollars, thousands of dead and maimed soldiers to do it. Now “W” sits at home and paints pictures of dead GIs.

      • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

        >>> 30 foot wall + 32 foot ladder = Wall defeated.

        Not really. You have to get down. So now you need two 32 foot ladders. And that one’s gonna really stand out to the Border Patrol. How many migrants from the caravan do you think could go over in such a fashion before someone kicks the ladder down?

        • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

          If they can dig a mile long tunnel for El Chapo, right up to his cell, I imaging they can come up with something to circumvent the wall.

          • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

            Mexico apparently doesn’t have the ground penetrating radar tech that we have.

            Anyway none of this has anything to do with migrants. They might pay to use drug cartel tunnels, but that’s an expensive proposition available to few. If you think drug cartels are going to risk their tunnels for social justice warrior causes then you’re as daft as janet. 5000 migrants would reveal these tunnels instantly, and years of work and millions of pesos down the drain…

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:17 am #

      Why can’t the wall be like 300 feet tall and like a quarter of a mile wide? We are America you know. We can do anything if we put our minds to it :-).

  53. K-Dog December 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    If the Trump’s wall is built right, the top could be turned into a runway for spaceships to Mars.

    • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

      Actually it could be the center support for a bridge.

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

      I think it should be like NYC’s High Line park—only with storm troopers patrolling the top.

  54. ffkling December 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Despite Mr. Kunstler’s weekly diatribes against the Democratic Party, the American people were having none of it.

    Nate Silver at the independent Politics 538 site wrote,
    “There shouldn’t be much question about whether 2018 was a wave election. Of course it was a wave. Democratic candidates received as many votes this year (63 million) as the 63 million that President Trump received in 2016 when he won the Electoral College (but lost the popular vote). There isn’t any precedent for the opposition party at the midterm equaling the president’s vote total. The closest thing to an exception is 1970. “The resistance” turned out voters in astonishing numbers, performing well in both traditional swing states in the Midwest — including the states (Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania) that essentially lost Hillary Clinton the presidential election in 2016 — and new-fangled swing states such as Arizona and Texas. Turnout among young voters was high by the standards of a midterm, and voters aged 18 to 29 chose Democratic candidates for the House by 35 points, a record margin for the youth vote in the exit-poll era. The Hispanic share of the electorate increased to 11 percent from 8 percent in the previous midterm.

    This year’s results do serve as a warning to Trump in one important sense: His base alone will not be enough to win a second term. ”

    The Cons increased their Senate majority by 2 seats, big deal. It’s because Republican voters are concentrated in rural, agrarian states, the GOP had a big advantage in the Senate. Nevertheless, Democrats managed to outperform how their states leaned politically in almost every single race — including in the 10 states with a Democratic incumbent that President Trump won in 2016. And there were four contests where Democratic incumbents fared 20 points or better than their state’s political baseline — and three of them won. This helped Democrats hold onto seats in two heavily Republican states — West Virginia and Montana.

    About the future:

    Problem No. 1 is that Republicans lost among swing voters: Independent voters went for Democrats by a 12-point margin, and voters who voted for a third-party candidate in 2016 went to Democrats by 13 points.

    Problem No. 2, The Republicon base is far smaller than the Democratic one and declining.

    • K-Dog December 4, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      Nate Silver. Best inserted sideways.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 4, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Of course it was a wave. Democratic candidates received as many votes this year (63 million) as the 63 million that President Trump received in 2016 when he won the Electoral College (but lost the popular vote).

      Sure, Repubs vote on Election Day, the Dems vote, and vote, and vote
      and recount until they win,

      • ffkling December 4, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

        News flash…. One of Trump’s first presidential acts was to launch a comprehensive investigation into voter fraud in the 2016 election. Guess what? Here’s a clue….. Trump no longer brings up the topic. The nationwide investigation uncovered fewer than 20 instances of fraud. Kinda like Trump’s birther madness, until the State of Hawaii produced Obama’s original birth certificate.

        Keep fartin in the mountains. It’s SOP for Trump apologists to ignore facts anytime evidence contradicts what was hoped for.

        Pathetic and sad.

        • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

          Nice try. The investigation ended when liberal states refused to share their voting data. What are THEY hiding?

          • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

            The day after the election, I drove by our local cemetery, and every gravestone had a red “I Voted” sticker on it.

          • seawolf77 December 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

            Voter Fraud! Voter Fraud! Trump will be talking about those dead people voting. Bank on it.

    • Ol' Scratch December 4, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

      Post election anal-ysis is always just so much reading of the shit stains, no matter who’s performing the alleged divination. And ALWAYS be suspicious of those who presume to speak for that most ephemeral of entities, “the American people,” as if they share a common mind on anything whatsoever. T’aint so, McGee!

      The only “problem” looming in the American future is that we’re facing a multitude of intractable problems for which nobody in power has the remotest of solutions, in part because they’re all clueless imbeciles hand picked for the job, and partly because it’s against their socioeconomic interests to do so.

      Belief in the American political system is now exactly equivalent to religion: the irrational belief in things unseen in the desperate hope that they will yet produce miracles to benefit the faithful, in spite of ever-mounting monumental evidence to the contrary. Just as it was always meant be.

      • pequiste December 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

        Great definition there Scratch. Is it yours?

        Along the same lines,I would remind readers of the legendary cynic ( and undoubtedly a fan of the CFN from the next world) Ambrose Bierce’s entry in “The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary” under “faith”:

        “Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:21 am #

      Umm, Nate Silver said Hillary was going to win…

      • ffkling December 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

        And Clinton won the popular vote by 3.000.000, and Trump barely squeaked through with an electoral college win.

      • ffkling December 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

        And his predictions for the 2018 house and senate races were spot on.

      • ffkling December 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

        News flash….. the above is not a prediction, but a post-election analysis.

      • EvelynV December 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

        Walter, are you being insightful spewing such formula crap? At times the laughter was more akin the bemused kind, and when Kennedy was slaughtered maybe not so much laughter at all.

        If they are laughing now, which I doubt, it’s the troubled doubtful laugh of hoping the barrel of the gun pointing at the world won’t go off because the wrong thing was said.

  55. FincaInTheMountains December 4, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    Ukraine raids Orthodox churches with Russia ties

    Ukrainian authorities on Monday raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia as political and religious tensions between the two countries grow.

    Police and security services also searched the homes of priests who have declared their allegiance to the Russian branch of the Orthodox church, regional police spokeswoman Alla Vashchenko told AFP.

    news.yahoo.com/ukraine-raids-orthodox-churches-russia-ties-165736095.html

    The West (Black Project) stir up war in the Orthodox world. Will Moscow withstand the challenge as the Third Rome?

    • The New York Times profiled Romania’s establishment of a grand national orthodox cathedral.

      It is going to be 400 feet high, because that is how you honor a peasant born in a goat shed who preached humility.

      In the face of declining hospitals, schools, roads and other infrastructure, this potemkin project will will be subsidized by the taxpayers… nominally 85% Orthodox. Its massive $125 million price tag is a breathtaking monument to government spending.

      Romania is the Third Rome. Or the Fourth. Who is keeping count? None of them can possibly match the original.

      • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

        Would you like it better if the Romanians established a 400 ft high Grand National Mosque?

        brh

      • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:28 am #

        It feels good to have a homogenous national culture. It’s human nature. Material culture is in decline everywhere because its dust in the wind.

  56. JohnAZ December 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    This blog is once again turning into an anti-Trump Leftist rag. Out of here!

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:25 am #

      It ebbs and flows John. Tomorrow it will be right wing again ;-).

    • ffkling December 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

      Stop whining Republican snow-flake. Too bad you find factual information uncomfortable.

  57. The New York Times reported today on the sad fate of the faithful migrant caravaners, encountering the very real wall in Tijuana.

    They used the phrase “wishful thinking” to describe the belief system of the bum-rushers.

    They were at it again, hoisting babies up 20 feet to the top in a dangerous and hairbrained scheme to circumvent the wall. Other attempts included plunging in to the surf and attempting to swim around the barrier and digging a hole under it.

    In full view of Border Patrol, they are making an attempt to obtain legal recourse through the loophole of showing up on American soil and then obtaining due process… Meanwhile Juan Sanchez is making deals to expand his franchise of detention centers in America’s landscape of declining malls and shopping centers- just a fresh faced Nu-merican with entrepreneurial balls.

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

      >>> They were at it again, hoisting babies up 20 feet to the top in a dangerous and hairbrained scheme to circumvent the wall.

      And yet the left never holds them accountable for continuously putting their children at extreme risk. But when Michael Jackson dangled his child over a hotel balcony…

      >>> In full view of Border Patrol, they are making an attempt to obtain legal recourse through the loophole of showing up on American soil and then obtaining due process

      Due process? You mean catch-and-release. Over 90% don’t qualify for asylum.

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:30 am #

      Capitalism is horrible if this is what it all boils down too.

  58. janet December 4, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    “Predicted Iraq War cost $50-60 billion dollars.“ —seawolf

    What I remember is Rumsfeld saying it wouldn’t be a war. It would be a cakewalk, would be a short engagement of days not months, and Iraq would pay for it with oil.

    What I have heard from economists is the true cost is $4 Trillion, which I do not believe. “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost as much as $6 trillion when all is said and done: The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, taken together, will be the most expensive wars in US history—totaling somewhere between $4 to $6 trillion.” Thanks to George H W Bush, thanks to W, his idiot son, and thanks to both Obama and to Trump, both of whom escalated the wars, expanding their scopeand intensity.

    I think the true cost of the wars is incalculable. How much does suicide cost in lost productivity? How to measure the cost of children growing up without a parent because she was killed in Iraq. Einsenhower’s Cross of Iron weighs heavily upon us.

    War is stupid. War is not the answer. Why doesn’t Trump, who says he knows more than the generals, bring all our troops home from Afghanistan. If you cannot win the war in five deployments or 17 years, what’s the point? War is a racket (Smedly Butler)

    • Ol' Scratch December 4, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

      What’s this? A new, more sensible Lil’ J-Bot? Are you pulling our legs here, Lil’ J?

      The Global War of Terror, of which Iraqistan is just the first salvo, was the culmination of every neo-lib/con’s most erotic wet dream, and was locked in for once and for all after the 9-11 caper got green-lighted. And yes, this was ALL a fully coordinated and funded effort by the highest levels of the American Deep State and key members of their globalist goon squad, so no, neither Trump nor anyone else is ever going to put an end to all that without exposing the original cover up and the illegitimate pretenses underlying it all in the first place. Needless to say, certain very powerful parties will fight to the death to prevent that from ever happening, so don’t expect it to in our lifetimes.

      But NOW you know why the Hillacrats (both Clinton’s are knee deep in this as well, remember that OKC, the proof of concept operation, happened on BillyBob’s watch) and the rest of the Deep State are so maniacal about pursuing Trump. I strongly suspect he’s known the truth all along (although he’d never dare to speak a word of it publicly), and so this hostile outsider must be expunged from the system by any means possible. And the wars? They’re the only profit center we have left these days, not to mention the fact that they’re an excellent proving ground for the weapons and techniques they’ll eventually use on all of us. They’ll go on as long as the empire does, at the very least.

      • ffkling December 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

        You remind me of the person who got left with a crappy divorce who cannot stop obsessing over their ex. EVERYTHING in their life is defined by what their ex-did, what their ex is doing, etc.…
        Replying to any criticism of Trump’s stupidity with this tired shit about Hillary, Obama, and crew is how children debate and argue.

        • seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

          I used to be that guy. Then one night I met me. I was talking to some guy at a bar and within 5 minutes he goes off on his ex-wife. I listened for about 5 minutes and it hit me like a bullet in the middle of my forehead. He’s me. Never did it again.

          • Ol' Scratch December 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

            You do it every week! Are you kidding?

          • seawolf77 December 5, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

            you’re as funny as hemorrhoids, now scratch.

        • Ol' Scratch December 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

          And this coming from a member of the anyone but Trump tribe? Better take a look in the mirror there, ffuckling. There are far worse alternatives out there than Trump.

          I noticed that you didn’t bother to provide any enlightened critique of your own here, just a brief, pathetic, knee-jerk, whining diatribe. Taking after your Master, HRC, do you?

          • ffkling December 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

            Another Ol’, bitter, and angry White male who must depend upon playground insults since the facts can’t be parsed.

        • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

          >>> Replying to any criticism of Trump’s stupidity with this tired shit about Hillary, Obama, and crew is how children debate and argue.

          No—it’s how rational people point out hypocrisy. Whether it’s banning “Muslims”, putting migrants in “cages”, separating migrant children from parents, deporting migrants en masse, or a long list of other actions, Obama did it first, and liberals said nothing and fawned in their millions.

          Please link to your criticisms of Obama doing the aforementioned or STFU.

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

      >>> If you cannot win the war in five deployments or 17 years, what’s the point?

      So if we can’t stop murder, rape, arson, etc., after 200+ years, should we give up there as well?

      The point is to prevent another 9/11.

      “Winning” depends on what your goal is. If the goal is to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a base of operations for terrorist attacks on US soil, then we’re winning and have been winning.

      • janet December 4, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

        If the goal is to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a base of operations for terrorist attacks on US soil, then we’re winning and have been winning.

        Wrong (but spoken like a good neo-con). The war was not sold as a thousand year deployment.

        According to our own generals the Taliban is stronger now than it was 17 years ago. We are losing… in more ways than one.

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

          >>> The war was not sold as a thousand year deployment.

          During WWII, were our 179 bases and 40k troops in Germany sold as a thousand year deployment? Funny I don’t hear you bitching about that—and that has gone on under a succession of Democratic presidents including your Messiah: Obama.

          179 bases and 40k troops in a nation not at war and with great wealth and social benefits for its people. No wonder they have great wealth and social benefits; we’re subsidizing their security. And then when Trump dared to suggest that Germany pay more, lefties like you criticized him to no end. How dare Trump criticize and threaten our allies and demand they pay their fair share!

          Meanwhile, the USA has less than 10k troops in Afghanistan. And you’re bitching about it and trying to blame Trump as per usual.

          • ffkling December 5, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

            “Meanwhile, the USA has less than 10k troops in Afghanistan.”

            Are you using Trumptardian addition? There are now more than 15,000 US troops in Afganistan, with more authorized by Dear Leader Dump. This is just one more of Trump’s broken campaign promises. He promised the public that he would end the 18-year long war in Afganistan, but he’s doing the opposite. Wasting men and treasure on an endless war.

            militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2018/03/10/amid-little-scrutiny-us-military-ramps-up-in-afghanistan/

        • Ol' Scratch December 5, 2018 at 10:26 am #

          Hate to say this, but I gotta agree with Lil’ J on this one, although the reason for the GWoT was never to “win” exactly in the first place. Unless you define “winning” as maximum wealth extraction from the soon to be failed American government that is. These wars will never end, and in the odd case that one does, it will only be because it was replaced by a more lucrative war somewhere else. Gotta do like the US MICC does and keep your eye on the prize. They know that the American sheeple are too fucking stupid and/or distracted to notice the bait and switch going on at their expense.

  59. FincaInTheMountains December 4, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    About Argentina and those who will simply die like dogs because they won’t have time to repent

    The coverage of the G20 in the US is so amazing that I initially wanted to wait until Sunday political broadcasts, but then it became known about the death of President George H. W. Bush, and I decided not to wait, as Sunday political analysts would undoubtedly take advantage of this to avoid reporting actual news, replacing them with praises in honor of this really great president.

    But then an event occurred that made me reconsider my decision, and I am still trying to make sense of it to bring at least in some order the events that occurred in connection with the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires.

    But

    On Saturday evening, the Russian TV Vremya (Time) program reported that the Russian beyond-the-horizon radar system “Konteyner” had entered the experimental combat duty.

    youtube.com/watch?v=VtCrGgHJx7Y

    As you understand, at that moment there was no need to report this.

    The time of this message can only mean one thing: Putin is tired of Ukraine and the dual power in the United States, and he intends to put the question squarely before all the leaders of the most developed countries of the world, including Donald Trump, to discuss in Buenos Aires the most pressing problems standing now before all of humanity, and not the nonsense of the Bilderberg club.

    After all, it is about Konteyner he talks at 5:30 of this video.
    youtube.com/watch?v=Bi4Z-4uK9c0

    And the message that the Konteyner entered the experimental combat duty at the time when Angela Merkel, shaking with fear after the assassination attempt, flew to Buenos Aires on a scheduled airliner, and on Trump, who was already in Buenos Aires, in the US there is an attack at the moment when he really had to discuss something very important with Vladimir Putin, which means that the red button that Hillary Clinton presented to Lavrov is no longer there, or rather, that it was already pushed.

    Indeed, after the US missile bases took up combat duty in Romania and Poland, the flight time was reduced to 3-4 minutes and the time for making a decision about the need for a retaliatory strike by a human is simply not enough, and this decision will be made by a computer.

    That is, the red button has been pushed already, the war has begun, and it is time for the leaders of the Western countries to think which of them, when, where and on what conditions will make peace.

  60. pequiste December 4, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

    What’re 800 points down on the Dow Jones, really?

    Brokers, traders, Wall Street firms, and especially the Evil Fuckers, make money on every trade whether the market goes up or down.

    It is only the dumb schmuck(s) and pension funds, who’ve bought into the ideas that markets always go up and its the only place to invest that get hurt or destroyed at times like these.

    Yeah, go on, go ahead and blame it on computer trading Al-Gore-rhythms, a healthy necessary correction, Russian meddling or plain-nekkid Gordon Geckoesque greed. It always cyclical (or is that now sick-lick-all?)

    We will only know if this is a serious “meltdown” and market crash leading to a depression when a large number of said Wall Streeters start decorating the sidewalks of New York via defenestration; voluntary or no.

  61. Pucker December 4, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    “Hey Satam! You dropped your passport!”

    Satam’s Passport was found in the rubble a few blocks from the World Trade Center.

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satam_al-Suqami

    • Pucker December 4, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

      Satam dropped out of law school in order to become a lawless bandit in the mountains of Afghanistan.

      He probably figured that he’d never get a 6 figure starting salary in a “Big Law” Wall Street law firm, so he decided to do the martyrdom “Thang”, rather than “Wine Tasting” with white Yankees?

      “Suqami had been a law student until he was recruited into al-Qaeda along with Majed Moqed, another hijacker, and traveled to Afghanistan where he would be chosen to participate in the 9/11 attacks.”

      • Pucker December 4, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

        This is that whole “Anomie Thang” that Chris Hedges keeps haranguing about, right?

  62. ozone December 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

    Oopsie!

    zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-03/end-beginning-did-trump-fold-everything-g-20

    (The suit may be large and of the finest quality, but it’s empty — aside from a large volume of hot air. Some hyena had better put a bug in his ear about getting his war on; the brass hats seem to be very much “down widdit”.)

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:42 am #

      Well then we will just wait for a better leader to show up on the scene. But we still don’t know how this is all going to play out. No one, except the Elite maybe, wants another phony war. So that kinda move will be a big mistake. I’ll call him tomorrow :-).

    • FincaInTheMountains December 5, 2018 at 4:58 am #

      Oopsie…

      That is exactly what I meant by the “nonsense of the Bilderberg club”.

      Keep on reading the zerohedge.

  63. seawolf77 December 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

    The military industrial complex is the Beast of the Apocalypse. It started with the Beast that arose out of the sea which was Venice and their famous shipyard. Then it was the Beast that arose out of the land, the American railroad. That was what “Eyes Wide Shut” was about. The Venetians are still running the world through their military and their infamous “Divide and Conquer” technique. In fact the famous password “Fidelio” was really a magazine run by Lyndon Larouche that espoused these views among others. 9/11 was the pretext that conspired to feed this beast until it was ready for the apocalypse. The trigger will likely be the Middle East. That 200 million man army coming out of the east, probably Indians and Chinese looking for oil.

    • elysianfield December 4, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

      Wolfie,
      Have you met AKMofo? Ask him about the Vatican, then try to tell him about your Ex….

      • seawolf77 December 5, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

        Yes I have read AKmofo. I too have railed against the Vatican. They are both very powerful entities and have much in common. As I understand it the Cannanites or Phonecians came over as slaves. Eustace Mullins has also written on this topic. He wrote the first book denouncing the Federal Reserve after they imprisoned his friend Ezra Pound. In Rome, you were freed after your master died, something they removed later with blacks. They congregated in the swamps of Venice and started the Republic of Venice. When the Roman Empire ended the Church and Venice ruled the world and have been doing so ever since. Some speculate it was the Venetians who started the counter reformation and the Rennaisance.

        • elysianfield December 6, 2018 at 11:13 am #

          Wolfie,
          Sorry, but this is way above my pay grade. I may be simple.

    • capt spaulding December 4, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

      Curiously seawolf, Eisenhower was the first man to warn us about the military industrial complex, and nobody listened to him.

      • seawolf77 December 5, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

        He saw they were two sides of the same coin. The Venetians own the hardware companies and make the weapons of war. The Vatican controls all the central banks, incluuding the Federal Reserve. You decide who is more powerful. Their job is perpetual war, perpetual profits.

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:48 am #

      But I thought Eyes Wide Shut was more about the deviouness of the Elite in general? Your apocalyptic vision is interesting nonetheless. Are you sure we are still controlled by Venetians? Isn’t Venice just an Italian city, and how could its military control the world?

      • seawolf77 December 5, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

        Have you ever heard of the War of the League of Cambrai. Basically the entire continent of Europe declared war on Venice. So what did they do? They cashed in their chips and went to Amsterdam first where they started the Dutch East India, then they went to England and started the British Empire. The Venetians invented the assembly line and the corporation. It goes back to the Phonecians. Nice play on words huh? Then they came to America. The first military industrial complex was in Venice and it was called the Venetian Arsenal. I think I read the could make a full-size ship a week. They took that expertise with them to England and England ruled the seas from the time they kicked the Spanish Armada in the teeth to somewhere between the first and second World War.

        • SoftStarLight December 6, 2018 at 12:47 am #

          I looked up the War of the League ot Cambrai and the Venetian Arsenal. Can you believe the Arsenal could produce full ships in a day?!? Their productve capacity was on an industrial scale for sure.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 5, 2018 at 5:05 am #

      Lyndon Larouche has too many ties to the Fourth Reich (through his German wife?) to be objective about the Venetians,

      Notice how everybody are at fault – the Venetians, the British Crown, the Judeo-Masons – of course! – but the Fourth Reich is always white and fluffy, such an innocent victim of vicious American Imperialism.

  64. janet December 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    “What’re 800 points down on the Dow Jones, really?” –pequiste

    Yes, pequiste, and did you notice the difference between the 10-year and two-year Treasury yields is now the smallest since just before the Great Recession? And did you notice the gap between three and five-year Treasury yields inverted yesterday? Then today the market plummets. Inversion is usually the first sign of an economic slowdown.

    Trump is crashing the economy. Trump’s words are reckless. Trump’s tariffs are reckless. Trump’s bravado is that of a billionaire who will not suffer the pain of the market crash he alone is responsible for. It is Trump’s economy now and business is reacting to his words.

    Trump said, just before today’s market plummeted: “I am a Tariff Man.” Those words aren’t likely to bolster confidence among investors already worried about the negative consequences of the trade war. Steel and aluminum tariffs have lifted raw material costs and caused disarray in supply chains. And uncertainty about trade policy makes it very difficult for companies to make investment decisions. Trump’s tariff situation still looms large over the market.

    Blame Trump. That is correctly placed blame. In a few weeks the Democrats, especially the Progressive caucus, will begin offering policy solutions for health care, border security (best achieved without a wall), infrastructure, immigration reform, climate change, transportation, farm subsidies, veterans affairs, foreign policy, etc.).

    The Progressive caucus does not agree with me about blaming Trump. They want to focus on legislation, not investigation. AOC is leading the charge to change the focus on bettering life for all Americans instead of blaming Trump.

    You may agree with AOC. I blame Trump, but I still like AOC. Soon all three chambers will be in Democratic control. We will have a woman president, a secure border (without a wall), and an objective independent judiciary.

    • ffkling December 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

      Don’t forget about Trump’s agricultural tariffs, although Trump tried to buy American farm votes with a $12 billion care package.

      And for the first time, Trump’s annual deficit will surpass $1 TRILLION for FY 2019 according to the OMB. But never fear as the benefits of Dump’s multi-trillion dollar tax cut for the very rich will trickle down to the rest of us poor slobs, so the Republican’s claim. Haven’t we been down this road before, although not to this extreme?

      Those of us paying attention know the Republican game plan for which they require a dumbed down public. Tax cuts for the wealthy and a few shekels for the rest of us poor slobs to create the illusion that the tax plan was created for our well-being.

      The Republicans know full well that the tax cuts will blow a huge hole through the deficit. Then it will be time to implement the second part of the plan. Claim the deficits are unaffordable. Since raising taxes on the wealthy is anathema as well as cuts to a bloated military, what’s left except Social Security and Medicare.

  65. BackRowHeckler December 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    Great swaths of this American ant heap are pretty lame, Jim.

    But, like, we got teggnollagy, man. And pretty soon we’ll be living on Mars, anyway.

    Did anybody hear the Terminators speech at the (yet another) GW conference in Poland. He wishes we could go back to a time “before fossil fuels were discovered”. The man is a genius.

    Poland, with its producive soft coal mines, and powerful mining companies, who by the way partially underwrote the conference. That’s the beauty of it.

    brh

    • malthuss December 5, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      I found this and thought of you,

      the lives of billions have been destroyed.

      Once upon a time the little town of Twin Rocks was a mom and pops candy store, a tavern, a post office, a Catholic parish, a school, a general dry good store, a lumber mill, a hobby shop, and dairy farms.

      Now, the school and church are closed, the former business are a row of section 8 houses catering to welfare trash, the children are vaccinated zombies, and the adults drink the day away.

      the farms are gone, the trees are dying of chemtrails, and the creek is poisoned.

  66. researchgate.net/publication/249050811_The_Rise_and_Fall_of_Organometallic_Additives_in_Automotive_G…

    Here is a study showing Tetraethyl Lead (TEL) levels.

    Note the inflection point, 1970, the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Note also, from wikipedia, “For the entire US population, during and after the TEL phaseout, the mean blood lead level dropped from 16 ?g/dL in 1976 to only 3 ?g/dL in 1991.[59] The US Centers for Disease Control considered blood lead levels “elevated” when they were above 10 ?g/dL.”

    EPA, CDC, DOE, Trump has put chemical industry lobbyists at the head of some of these agencies which have promoted the disbandment of environmental protections.

    It is as unconscionable an act as allowances for TEL were in the past.

    As a resident of New York City throughout that time, his personal lead levels must have been pretty high (Its particularly high near airports). Certainly levels were far higher for the construction workers he employed, or should I say, exploited, on his job sites.

    Does he do us any favors by allowing some known, toxic pesticide to be sprayed? Or the unknown, possibly catastrophic pollution?

    Our chemical regulatory framework is as grossly manipulable as our border and immigration policy. Our system is so inverted, harm must be demonstrated before it can be regulated. This is not the case in other countries, leaving the United States as a sort of guinea pig for the worst experiments in synthetic chemistry exposure.

    With his anti-environmental appointments to the heads of these agencies, he is just throwing away political capital, for a hand-out, for no particular benefit to him or his agenda. There is practically no economic benefit- to anyone.

    Which makes it implausible that he knows what he is doing. Because you can make political hay out of most issues, but people take being poisoned personally.

    So for some reason the Republicans lost 40 seats in the House during the last election…

    • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

      Better living thru chemistry, my dear.

      brh

    • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

      >>> As a resident of New York City throughout that time… Does he do us any favors by allowing some known, toxic pesticide to be sprayed?

      Why don’t you point the finger at Chuck Schumer? He’s also a NYC resident, a Senator, and has been in power since forever.

      Why don’t you point the finger at a succession of NYC mayors? The current one is as liberal as they get. NYC mayors control ALL major development in NYC. They could easily go beyond EPA regs if they wanted.

      You and janet have TDS. Do something about it.

      • Trump is in a position to do something about it today. Hes in the Hot Seat.

        • Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

          So is the current mayor of NYC. Let’s see Bill de Blasio demand that Amazon devep their new NYC HQ out of organic materials like bamboo.

        • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 12:52 am #

          When is Trump not in the “hot seat”? No other President was ever treated this way.

          • capt spaulding December 5, 2018 at 11:34 am #

            No other president ever acted the way he does.

          • Exscotticus December 5, 2018 at 11:51 am #

            >>> No other president ever acted the way he does.

            What specific “acts” merit non-stop attack from the fake news MSM and TDS from the Left? Try hard to list something that Obama didn’t do as well.

          • capt spaulding December 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

            I was referring to his boorish behavior and general all around crude statements that he makes on an almost daily basis. In my opinion, he is billionaire trailer trash. I’m no fan of Obama either. As far as what constitutes fake news, there’s no point in arguing with the Kool Aid drinkers, and I’ve wasted enough time with them to understand that. If people want to follow Jim Jones, that’s all right with me. Care for another glass? Help yourself.

          • Exscotticus December 5, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

            >>> I was referring to his boorish behavior and general all around crude statements that he makes on an almost daily basis.

            And if the Left limited their attacks to this then it would at least be honest. Instead, they attack him for doing the same things Obama did, for which they had no criticism whatsoever.

            I like Trump’s boorish behavior. He’s the first Prez to fight PC in my lifetime. That’s right; call them what they are: SHITHOLE nations.

  67. Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

    Animals must do their part to fight climate change.

    …birds cutting down on excess travel, and fish having fewer children.

    To this I would add Elrond Hubbard’s beloved Monarch butterflies. How wasteful they are!—traveling all that distance and burning up all those calories to hang out together in some tree in Mexico…

  68. Exscotticus December 4, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    JHK, it’s time for you to revisit the Left’s obsession with creating adult children.

    So long as we’re on the subject of scary letters, I have always found this Russian letter to be frightening. It looks like a bug! And sounds like one, too…

    • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

      Ex, its becoming clearer and clearer why Great Britain is in the condition it finds itself.

      At any rate, it won’t be too long before the Muzzies take over the joint and the Brits will find themselves corresponding soley in Arabic. Does Arabic use capital letters. How do you say “Bend over, whitey” in Arabic?

      brh

    • SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 1:00 am #

      Lol that is a scary Russian letter!

  69. Q. Be the Plan December 4, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    Fleecing of the sheep by design.
    got-truth.com/docs/Fleecing%20of%20the%20sheep%20by%20design.pdf

    Q.

  70. SoftStarLight December 5, 2018 at 1:59 am #

    It’s true that there may be only one form of Magic that can save us at this point, but there is magic everywhere nonetheless if you just watch and listen. The world can be very cold and metallic. Harsh angles, concrete, cars in motion and cookie cutter boxes everywhere. Like he said, there isn’t much consolation in this existence. The only real consolation is Love. Unless we become completely inhuman, this reality is always there no matter what we tell ourselves.

  71. janet December 5, 2018 at 2:22 am #

    Republicans have spent years warning us that voter fraud is rampant. Despite no evidence that this is the case — election fraud in the United States is in fact rare — the GOP has put legislation into place in states across the country to make it harder to vote, arguing that it’s necessary to protect the sanctity of elections.

    They take voter fraud seriously, they say. It’s become one of their core issues. So we would expect that, faced with a rare case of potentially serious and pervasive electoral fraud, they would jump on it — insist on an investigation, figure out exactly what happened, punish wrongdoers and close whatever holes in the system led to the abuses.

    There are indeed serious allegations of election fraud tied to North Carolina’s midterm elections right now in a congressional district where results appear abnormal. But instead of insisting on investigating, Republicans are waving it away and insisting there’s nothing to see.

    Why the sudden about-face on this allegedly serious crime? Because the Republican candidate, Mark Harris won — by 905 votes — and may have benefited from the alleged fraud. And of course the GOP position was never about protecting our democracy at all. It was about suppressing votes for Democrats and giving themselves an unfair advantage.

    • Exscotticus December 5, 2018 at 11:10 pm #

      >>> Republicans have spent years warning us that voter fraud is rampant. Despite no evidence that this is the case — election fraud in the United States is in fact rare

      And yet here’s a recent CONVICTION for voter fraud that you claim is rare. How did she do it? She checked a box on a form and got to vote for many years before she was caught. That’s it. That’s all it takes. A checkbox on a form. Yet the Left would have us believe that no other non-citizens have dared to tick that box.

      >>> There are indeed serious allegations of election fraud tied to North Carolina’s midterm elections right now in a congressional district where results appear abnormal. But instead of insisting on investigating, Republicans are waving it away and insisting there’s nothing to see.

      So after arguing that voter fraud is rare, janet contradicts herself by pointing out another potential instance? Make up your mind, janet.

      • Elrond Hubbard December 6, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

        Exscotticus: “And yet here’s a recent CONVICTION”.

        Ow, my ears! Anyway: a conviction, singular. Every crime is a bad thing, but in a nation of three hundred and thirty million people, one identifiable case of voter fraud doesn’t exactly add up to a crisis. If only cancer were so rare. Straining at gnats…

        Exscotticus: “Make up your mind, janet”.

        … and swallowing camels. janet‘s point, which is completely valid, is the hypocrisy of bellowing about one isolated case of voter fraud while dismissing another, much bigger one. This would be totally inconsistent, if only there were an actual principle involved. But this isn’t about principles; it’s about Ex’s team winning and his opponents losing. That’s where Ex is actually being completely consistent.

        • Exscotticus December 6, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

          >>> is the hypocrisy of bellowing about one isolated case of voter fraud while dismissing another, much bigger one.

          An isolated case? I just explained how easy it is for a non-citizen to vote. CHECK A BOX ON A FORM. And in the instance I linked to, it took YEARS for the law to catch her.

          Clearly, the reason why this conviction an “isolated case” is because Dems actively facilitate voter fraud and do nothing to enforce voting integrity or our laws.

          An isolated case? Here’s an undercover video of a poll worker confirming that they have “tons” of non-citizens voting.

          Actual convictions are isolated cases; voting fraud is not.

  72. janet December 5, 2018 at 3:01 am