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You can see where this Mueller thing is going: to the moment when the Golden Golem of Greatness finally swats down the political horsefly that has orbited his glittering brainpan for a whole year, and says, “There! It’s done.”

It suggests that Civil War Two will end up looking a whole lot more like the French Revolution than Civil War One. The latter unfurled as a solemn tragedy; the former as a Coen Brothers style opéra bouffe bloodbath. Having executed the presidential swat to said orbiting horsefly, Trump will try to turn his attention to the affairs of the nation, only to find that it is insolvent and teetering on the most destructive workout of bad debt the world has ever seen. And then his enemies will really go to work. In the process, they’ll probably wreck the institutional infrastructure needed to run a republic in constitutional democracy mode.

They got a good start in politicizing the upper ranks of the FBI, a fatal miscalculation based on the certainty of a Hillary win, which would have enabled the various schemers in the J. Edgar Hoover building to just fade back into the procedural woodwork of the agency and get on with life. Instead, their shenanigans were exposed and so far one key player, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, was hung out to dry by a committee of his fellow agency execs for lying about his official conduct. Long about now, you kind of wonder: is that where it ends for him? Seems like everybody else (and his uncle) is getting indicted for lying to the FBI. How about Mr. McCabe, since that is exactly why his colleagues at the FBI fired him?

Perhaps further resolution of this murky situation awaits Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s forthcoming report, which the media seems to have forgotten about lately. An awful lot of the mischief at the FBI and its parent agency, the Department of Justice, is already on the public record, for instance the conflicting statements of Andrew McCabe and his former boss James Comey concerning who illegally leaked what to the press. On the face of it, it looks pretty bad when at least one of these Big Fish at the top of a supposedly incorruptible agency is lying. There are at least a dozen other Big Fish in there who still have some serious ‘splainin’ to do, and why not in the grand jury setting?

Nobody knows where the current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is in all this — and “is” may be too strong a word to describe his wraith-like tenure this past year. He seems less present than the portraits of his dead predecessors lining the hallway outside his office, considering the lively swirl of allegations all around him. Well, he did appoint yet another special counsel, an obscure US Attorney from Utah, John Huber, to evaluate several heaps of FBI dirty laundry, most particularly the strange and baffling treatment that Hillary Clinton has received in the matter of the Steele Dossier, the email server inquiry dropped by Comey, and the 2012 Uranium One incident that abracadabra’d about $150 million (from wealthy Russians!) into the Clinton Foundation coffers while she was Secretary of State. Mr. Huber is charged to follow up anything the Inspector General discovers to be a possible breach of the law.

But it’s finally back to Mr. Mueller, the zeppelin-sized horsefly circling the head of state. There was that Russia thing that set off the awful commotion in the FBI, which arose first in the charge that the newly-appointed National Security Advisor had a couple of conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period. The President-elect’s furious adversaries managed to put across the story that American officials are not supposed to talk to ambassadors from foreign countries, which is about the most absurd proposition imaginable — except in a land where school kids are taught nothing about government or history. Anyway, Mr. Flynn was not even indicted for that, but rather for supposedly lying about it to a delegation of interrogators from Mueller’s office. My guess is that Mr. Trump will sack Mr. Mueller when the IG’s report comes out and the shady machinations that brought Mueller onto the scene are revealed in full. The #Resistance will lose its avatar and impeachment will become the sole campaign issue for November 2018.


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  1. peakfuture May 4, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    If we do wind up going the French Revolution route, does anybody have an idea what that might look like in modern America? The World Made By Hand got kicked off by a few nukes; Greer’s Twilight ‘s Last Gleaming got kicked off by military misadventure.

    Any thoughts as to the sparks that light the gasoline? So long as the Cheeze Doodles keep coming, it might be a while.

    • Walter B May 4, 2018 at 9:49 am #

      You are right peak, for Fat & Happy will not move off of the couch unless it is for a resupply of Cheese Doodles, assuming there are more in the cabinet. The only thing I could envision causing an actual bloodbath would be a Gun Grab by Washington on a national basis, and that does not really seem workable does it?

      Jim lays out a good description of the current battle being fought within the Halls of the Corrupt. If you look back to the 8 years of Obama/Clinton/Kerry, correct me if I am mistaken, but it surely seemed as though the Reds and the Blues had successfully joined at the hip to come after We the People. The classic Us vs. Them. The election of Mr. Outsider has not only seriously pissed them all off, but has thrown a huge monkey wrench into their plan for domination, the NWO as some call it. How and if those that were set back are going to proceed, if they can proceed to undo their loss will be very entertaining to watch. Let’s see what the warm weather brings to a city near you.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

        Mix red and blue and you get purple – the color of royalty. The differing factions wanted Obama as King or Hillary as Queen. The best way to stop this is with our own Man on a White Horse or Great Dictator. And he might end up being President for Life – or a de facto King. In any case, that’s the only way. Democracy has failed completely as was inevitable. Our original Republican Form of Government did not endorse a full franchise and thus was only partially democratic, a Government of Laws more than men.

    • shotho May 4, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      This blog and many others continue to tell us what the immediate future will look like. The mountain of bad debt has to be washed out of the global financial system at some point. Sovereign governments, their central banks and major money center banks will have to disgorge so much debt that there won’t be much left for the ordinary management of governance. Now, what that brings up is anyone’s guess, as far as civil affairs.
      Incidentally, the French Revolution was preceded by a period of relative calm and prosperity in France. But the government over the last century had overspent so that there were not the resources left to properly operate the national systems . A furious struggle for resources led to pent up demands and competition and the governing powers were unwilling to budge. Does anything familiar?

      • DrTomSchmidt May 4, 2018 at 10:50 am #

        Ironically, I’m reading the book citizens by Simon Schama. There was indeed growing economic power in France, but France was saddled with a massive debt from a war that it took on our behalf of the United States. Also, 1788 and 1789 saw weather causing famine that caused people to go hungry. This unquenched hunger is what led to much of the popular discord in Paris. That, combined with the need to call the estates general into session to deal with the financial crisis is what led to the eventual revolution.

        Interesting thing in Schama’s book is how dedicated and devoted most French men were to the king. This could be good news for Donald Trump. He should of course remember though that from 1789 to 1793 was four years. At the end of those four years, the people rose up as one and demanded the execution of the king

        • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 11:00 am #

          Simon Schama’s excellent – his documentaries are always a pleasure to watch. I saw a couple of rerun episodes of The Story of the Jews recently – most of it has disappeared from BBC iPlayer but it was so good I’m tempted to buy the box set as an edifying antidote to some of the depressing antisemitism on this site.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

          Naw, I bet that most of the people were just to cowed to stand up for him – since that might mean death at the hands of the mob. Vocal minorities using terror always try to pretend they are “the people”.

      • DrTomSchmidt May 4, 2018 at 10:51 am #

        But really, the debt is unpayable. Until we agree on that as a society, we will make no progress towards anything like just living conditions.

        • Walter B May 4, 2018 at 11:05 am #

          Yes it is and the average Joe cannot understand this because he is hopelessly in debt as well. As long as he can make the monthly payments, he figures all is well, but there is a problem. Last year our Township paid off $2M in interest bearing debt. Even after doing this, the new interest payments absorbed ALL of the savings because the rates doubled. As rates continue to rise, which they will, more and more of all of our budgets will have to be directed towards paying even only the minimum P&I payments. It is a repeat of the ARM mortgage scenario of ’08, but much, much bigger and plenty badder. Hold onto your hats.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

            How bout a Juibilee? Cancel all debts every fifty years or so as in Old Israel? The Bankers will hate it and that alone makes it desirable, what to speak of the effect on the People.

          • Walter B May 4, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

            Jubilees work within societies where those who are in positions to lend actually care about those that need to borrow and do not have a need to control, dominate, or even outright OWN them. In our system, total control of the masses is critical because if the general population ever wakes the fuck up and realizes how hard they are being screwed, well, there is a reason they want to repeal the 2nd Amendment.

          • In a nation where many people stand to benefit from a Jubilee, it might have a net benefit for society to alleviate all debts.

            Whats the worst that can happen? It takes a lot of bad paper out of the system. That instantly frees up capital to consume more resources.

        • Tate May 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

          But really, the debt is unpayable. Until we agree on that as a society, we will make no progress towards anything like just living conditions.

          But that could be interpreted to mean that you favor unlimited expansion of the debt, or full repayment. It was never intended that the debt be fully repaid. It was intended that the dollar be gradually devalued through increased borrowing and repayment thereby effected in devalued dollars. Inflation thus conceived has the added benefit of acting as a hidden tax that paraphrasing either Lenin or Keynes or both would not be detectable or understood by one man in ten thousand.

          The scheme worked! A dollar today is worth less than one penny in 1910-1913 dollars. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Well, we live in a different world than 1913, don’t we?

          A debt jubilee wherein debt is cancelled wholesale would likely topple the pension funds and the insurance industry and most large banks. If these losses were backstopped by the govt (which they would have to be), it would likely lead to a hyperinflation (which carries its own liabilities.}

          In any event, we cannot continue to grow our fiscal deficit without eventually causing disastrous consequences for the dollar as a reserve currency. But it’s like cancer — it has to be managed; it can never be cured.

      • Walter B May 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

        Here’s how it is going to go down, right from the local municipal level. Local governments have been maintaining tax rates by borrowing, deferring school taxes and getting as much grant monies from state and federal programs as possible all while continuing to spend and not cut back or paying off debt. State governments have been tightening the reins on state aid to local governments and will eventually wean them off completely and increase their own take through taxations on things like legal weed and gasoline. As government wages continue to grow at 2-5% a year and benefit costs go up 20% every year they will all blow their budgets. Municipalities will be forced to raise property taxes, slowly at first and then quickly utilizing the hidden Tax Cap Banks that lie below the surface, waiting to pounce.

        As wages for the private sector continue their downward trend and consumers continue to lose their homes and jobs, the tightening of the cash flow will become impossible to ignore. As the general public gets squeezed, foreclosures and defaults will continue and sooner or later some handout program like Food Stamps or Welfare or maybe even a pension fund or two will go broke and the Great Unravelling will begin.

        I figure it will take about 6 years to unfold completely. Frog-boil in its finest form!

    • Ol' Scratch May 4, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      The Deep State has been playing with kid gloves on so far, so any thoughts of a revolution are still a bit premature to my mind. Mueller represented “the easy way” out for Trump, so “the hard way” would simply be brought of the closet and dusted off once again. The possibilities there are endless, and vary from the always popular, straightforward, but admittedly rather gauche, assassination (which may or may not occur in public this time, or may be a false flag event where Trump is merely abducted and renditioned away), to a terrorist false flag event here in the homeland (nukes, anyone?) to bring the plebes’ patriotic fever to a renewed boil and let loose the dogs of full scale war once again in a last ditch, likely futile, miserable attempt to uncover something remotely resembling “honor” still be buried deep within the American zeitgeist.

      Of course all of that will fail miserably, after which then might the pitiful zombified American electorate be prompted to rise up against their oppressors, only to droned down in the streets like the pathetic sheep we’ve become, as the true intent of all that military hardware we’ve mortgaged our collective futures for finally becomes undeniably manifest for all to see.

      • FallenHero May 4, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        Interesting comment, but I dont agree with the conclusion that it ‘wont work’. Why wouldnt it work? Was 9-11 not the greatest event for them in history? They can still milk that. Imagine a nuke or something.

        • Ol' Scratch May 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

          I think the well’s running dry. The adrenal gland’s shot. Yes, we can be brought to war once again, of that there’s no doubt. Question is, for what purpose this time? To attack Russia and either destroy the world or get our asses handed to us? I think it would likely be the latter, although civilization itself would certainly be the worse for the wear and tear as well. Sooner or later even the zombies will figure out they’ve been played. An end game for American empire is now at least in sight. And I’ve long ventured that the next 9-11 will be false flag nuclear.

          • FallenHero May 4, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

            To be clear, I agree with you on the false flag. Yes more people are waking up, but when ‘New york’ (actually they’d never target one of their own, it’d have to be a more rogue city) gets nuked by them pesky russians or iranians, the war drum will be beat like never before.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

            Bibi drew some cartoons on a board and expects us to jump up and nuke Iran. Let Israel attack if they are so afraid – and suffer the comeback of War on all sides, including within.

            The place has no future as Nixon said. Forward thinking Jews are buying up land in Patagonia. That may well be the next Israel. Great in case of nuclear war and near the vast untapped resources of Antarctica.

          • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

            “…buying up land in Patagonia.”

            Janos,
            Buying Land…BUYING LAND? Why not write another book giving one title to the land through a Holy Edict? There are presidents…cheap, but messy.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 1:44 am #

            Remember, buying land is how it started in Palestine too.

      • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

        I’m pretty sure Institutional Power will not allow a 2nd Trump term. The real hackers are our own 17 intel agencies & the hundreds (?) of suboffices. These are the people who are sitting around in places like the Puzzle Palace who use software that WikiLeaks has exposed to infiltrate anyone’s electronic device, anywhere– and install any type of software on it to disrupt, destroy or manipulate. So, in 2020, what stops such an org. like the NSA to simply change voting data to allow Candidate X to win? Nothing.

        Much easier and cleaner than a messy assassination.

        • Tate May 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

          That’s why states & munis are rethinking paper ballots.

    • Farmer Joe May 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      If it’s anything like WW1, then it will be kicked off by some seemingly minor incident (in global terms) in some seemingly removed part of the world. It’s anyone’s guess what our how the dominoes will start to fall. For me it’s enough just to recognize that there is a pile of oil soaked rags in a house where the kids like to play with matches.

      • Ol' Scratch May 4, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

        The so-called “smart” money’s on Syria right now.

        • Walter B May 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

          Isaiah 17, when Damascus is taken away from being a city and is a ruinous heap…….

  2. PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    Impeachment has been the goal since day one by the democrats. What they really ought to be focused on is the corruption within the DNC. Does anybody know how Debbie Wasserman-Schultz lost 25 million dollars as DNC chair? How about honest brokers within the factions in the democrat party, itself? Or, are we simply going to see a host of ideologues racing to the far left of the party in 2020?

    • Walter B May 4, 2018 at 9:55 am #

      I tried to start a conversation with a schoolteacher I work with last week asking her if she thought that the Democrats were going to put up a good candidate next time round. It would really be nice I think to have a good candidate, or perhaps even two, one on either side, right? Oh. no, she did not want to talk about it, not at all. Nobody seems to want to talk about it, at least none that I can find. I am starting to believe that people just no not have a clue and they simply wait to be told who it is they should want once the powers behind the scenes give it up. Choosing between R or D is much easier than having to actually research the facts, not that there ever ARE any. So considering that she outright bought the DNC, it would seem logical that HRC will be giving it another shot, right?

      • hmuller May 4, 2018 at 10:06 am #

        Uncle Joe Biden indicated he might run in 2020. Great, some 102 year old guy who likes to publicly fondle little girls. But that’s about all the Democrats have.

        • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

          yeah well, it’ll be interesting how much of ‘intersectionality’ occurs on the Left in 2020. I can see in the poor minds of the leftists inside the democrat party this kind of twisted logic: Biden was Obama’s VP(plus). He is also white (negative) He’s old (plus, maybe), he is a liberal (plus) but he likes to grab ’em by the pussy (negative).

          So, depending on the SJW intersectionality flowcharts out there, Biden may not be a good candidate. I don’t know.

      • DrTomSchmidt May 4, 2018 at 10:52 am #

        Joe sober and one said that the definition of an honest politician in Washington DC is: once he’s bought, he stays bought. I imagine Hillary probably feels the same about the DNC.

        • DrTomSchmidt May 4, 2018 at 10:52 am #

          Sobran

        • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

          yeah I think so. The DNC was essentially an extension of the HRC campaign in 2016.

          In Donna Brazile’s book “Hacks”, Brazile spends copious pages attempting to confuse how HRC’s campaign received leaked debate questions, from Donna Brazile herself! LOL 🙂 It’s really an amazing exercise in denial, narcissism, and corruption. Brazile is not an outlier in the DNC, she was the interim DNC chairwoman. Brazile also spends a lot of time in her book at first claiming to support Wasserman-Schultz, and then almost immediately writes all the occasions of corrupt behavior and pork which Wasser-S. exhibited. So, if the executive of the DNC is a lying manipulator who is willing to character assassinate the previous DNC chair, how do you think the other personalities of chairmen are like on the DNC (?) Many of these people are the ‘proposed candidates’ for 2020. None of it creates any confidence.

          boy, if I had contributed money to the DNC during 2015/2016 I would be extremely upset.

      • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

        yeah, it would certainly be great to have a host of good candidates, regardless of parties to choose from.

        I don’t often talk politics with too many people. I can tell people have a variety of helpless, pessimistic feelings & attitudes about the national political scene generally. It isn’t often very polite conversation, and brings out the worst in people too often. So, I can understand why many people would avoid it.

        Plus, I go by an old dictum: “Be careful to give hay to oxen, and honey to birds, and not vice versa so that you don’t get trampled by hoofed feet.”

        HRC may very well run again. She is perhaps one of the most nakedly ambitious politicians of the last several decades. Who else do the democrats have? Booker, Harris, Biden…none of these people inspire any confidence. Oprah WInfrey? I suppose it would make sense after Trump’s presidency. Maybe we would all get free cars.

        • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

          HRC running again would be like watching the concept of self-awareness disappear up its own jacksie.

          • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

            jacksie? That’s a new one. Please enter that into your British/Minnesotan word converter and tell me what that means. Thanks 🙂 ha ha

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

            When a little boy, C.S Lewis declared to his parents in no uncertain terms that his name was Jacksie and he would answer to no other. They gradually worked him to accepting Jacks and then Jack.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

            Life is hard. I woke up one day with a desire to own a donkey. Where did that come from? A past life as a peasant? Or a genetic memory passed down from my peasant ancestors?

            I probably won’t ever have a donkey. I’ll just have to live without fulfilling this desire. I can’t see how I could work a donkey into my life.

          • Tate May 4, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

            LOL. “That says more about you than it does about donkeys, JS.” Remind you of anyone?

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

            “jacksie? That’s a new one. Please enter that into your British/Minnesotan word converter and tell me what that means. Thanks ? ha ha”

            ‘Arse’, PeteA. I was trying to be polite 🙂 .

          • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

            “HRC running again would be like watching the concept of self-awareness disappear up its own jacksie.”

            yes, absolutely. I hope she doesn’t run. I think many people would not see her run. She might and sure could run again.

            I think more likely, to counter Trump, the DNC/democrat ‘superdelegates’ (i.e. party insiders), will back an extremely safe, inside trading politician. Someone with very strong institutional ties that speaks with a certain verbiage similar to the chain of pre-Trump executives. In other words, an Old Regime type, or, an “Establishment” type.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

            “Life is hard. I woke up one day with a desire to own a donkey. Where did that come from? ”

            Perhaps you’re having Palm Sunday fantasies slightly above your station, Janos,

      • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

        I once asked my sister who she was going to vote for a few days before the presidential election. Her little eyes flashed like it was a trick question and replied archly that she hadn’t decided yet.

        Women are idiots when it comes to politics. Their often very real competence when it comes to daily life just doesn’t translate at all for some reason.

        • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

          You are unaware of the concept of the floating voter, then, Janos. That’s not very clever. That you should think all floating voters are women just shows your own ignorance.

          • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

            Maybe his sister didn’t wanna say anything with him marching around the house with that German uniform he found at the antique store on 🙂

            ha ha

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

            PA

            I don’t know if you got Allo Allo over your way (maybe the sense of humour wouldn’t travel across the pond) but you could enjoy guessing which of these guys is mostly likely to resemble Janos.

            youtube.com/watch?v=Y2jGRLQIUvs&list=PLHN7G9IVyJ3PwzW3DFkEUjUl_4f-QKvTf

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

            Sure I know about them. But a few days before the election? The idiot was going to eeny, meeny, miny, mo it. And her vote cancels out mine.

            She might have already decided but didn’t want to talk about it because she knew she knew so little about it. She was always intimidated by my me and my vast library.

        • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

          Oh, I don’t know there Mr. Skorzeny.

          I don’t think you’d last long in a debate with, oh let’s say someone like Bay Buchanan (Pat Buchanan’s sister).

          Now, intelligence & disagreement are two completely different things. So, even though I tend to disagree with many women on policy, they still present intelligent arguments.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

            You can’t teach judgment. They have it when it comes to picking good fruits at the market. Not when it comes to questions like immigration. Then it’s all the “feels” and silly ideologies and pop songs.

            There are a few exceptions, like Ann Coulter, Queen Victoria, Bay Buchanan, etc.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

            You missed the delightful Katie Hopkins. Please don’t miss her – we so much want you to take her.

    • Calico May 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      So odd to me that the RNC is so toothless in all this. Something is not right. Is the DNC the only ones that can initiate an investigation? Seems like.

      • PeteAtomic May 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

        Well since Trump is the republican nominee & sitting Prez, what would the GOP investigate? I don’t know. They can’t investigate the DNC, although somebody should. As Mr. Jim alludes to there, the Inspector general report may be interesting. Who knows. I’m not waiting for any surprises however.

  3. 100th Avatar May 4, 2018 at 9:39 am #

    Mueller and the New England Brahmins are hanging-on, normally behind the scenes, but now forced out.

  4. Georges1202 May 4, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Different contexts now – a population of 320 million armed to the teeth with military hardware and at least 15% of said population stark raving mad.

    Just imagine the merry mix-ups when this gets going. Hell, they might even halt the NYSE for a few minutes to remember the dead.

  5. KK May 4, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    Department of Justice? Ha ha ha ha ha ha….

  6. 100th Avatar May 4, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Lot of talk of white privilege, and a lot of superficial awareness of the phenomenon. A prom dress in Utah. A black activist, or two, outed as white. Meanwhile, the deep white privilege in this country continues unexposed. They operate behind the scenes, discretely. The schools, the banks, the military, the important agencies; state and intelligence with their handpicked bougies wallowing in justice. They continue on, reins firmly in hand.

    • hmuller May 4, 2018 at 10:14 am #

      I’m white and male and I have no privilege, no power. You paint with a very broad brush, Avatar. Yes, there’s a privileged elite, but most of us (over 99%) aren’t in that club.

      All this talk of “white privilege” reads just like the old playbook on “Jewish privilege”, but with even less plausibility.

      Go to the unemployed whites in their trailer parks and tell them how privileged they are.

      • 100th Avatar May 4, 2018 at 11:05 am #

        Unsurprisingly, you missed the point.
        Obfuscation.
        Distraction. The poor whites are less and less the benefactors of any such privilege. Now, the middle class and petite bourgeoisie class are under scrutiny. College admissions. Job prospects.
        Yet, behind all this, the blue bloods, the patrician class that holds the wealth, pulls the strings, operate off the radar.
        Primarily due to ignorance like yours.
        It’s not about you.

        • LagingRunatic May 4, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

          So why call it “white” privilege if what you really mean is “class” privilege? People can’t miss points that aren’t there.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

            They mean White alright but yes, they have thrown other Whites under the bus to hide and maintain their class privilege. Substitute race for class – pretty fucking clever.

            Of course this poster doesn’t identify as White and obviously doesn’t like us. He means White and class is secondary for these folks.

    • FallenHero May 4, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      ‘Deep white privilege’ what a joke. Unless you are talking about a certain tribe.

      • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

        Albinos?

        • Ol' Scratch May 4, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

          Are they a tribe now too?

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

            Irony, Scratch.

            ‘Made in Scotland from girders’.

            youtube.com/watch?v=H4PxuFQCDis

            🙂

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

            Although I’ve always preferred this one:

            youtube.com/watch?v=9wMs5bUkjO0

            As one of the commenters said, it’s not Christmas till the Irn Bru Snowman ad has been on.

          • Tate May 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

            I prefer it too — a young Ginger & his white pal “snowman”. There’s hope for you yet.

          • aibohphobia May 4, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

            Or maybe a rock band–
            Or a conspiracy–
            Could it be that Doo WoP music of the ’50’s was really a code phrase for Deep White Privilege?
            Consult a Social Justice Warrior near you…

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

            Tate

            It’s an excellent ad. Most ads are stupid and directed at the stupid. Just in that little ad (not that you’d know if you’re not from here) you get a glimpse of the Falkirk Wheel (a millennium engineering feat that links the Union Canal (a contour canal – no locks) with the Forth and Clyde Canal, the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, with a 35-metre difference in height, linking Edinburgh and Glasgow again by water…

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkirk_Wheel

            …also the amazing engineering feat that is the Forth Rail Bridge; the Glenfinnan Viaduct (see Harry Potter…); Edinburgh Castle; the Princes St Gardens, the Loch Ness Monster (I think), a red deer, Eilean Donan Castle (opposite Skye), the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall…

            And he gets dropped off in George Square in Glasgow with the words ‘he nicked my Irn Bru and let go of my hand…’. Splat.

            I’m presuming, of course, that even in the USA you’re familiar with Raymond Briggs’ ‘The Snowman’.

            Great stuff. I wouldn’t recommend Irn Bru, though – fizzy sugar. But the ads are iconic.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

            Didn’t pick up on your ‘white pal’ thing first time around. Sad.

            Little Man Tate. You could be bigger.

          • Tate May 4, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

            “… even in the USA… ” There it is again. Your condescension wears thin.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

            Tate, it’s a British film. Why would I assume it was popular in the US? Your paranoia wears thin.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

            I grant you I’d have been better saying ‘I wonder’, but there we are. Thing written in haste.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

            *Things*

          • Tate May 4, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

            “Your paranoia wears thin.”

            Why would I be paranoid of the opinion of a Scot? LOL.

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 7:14 am #

            Paranoia wasn’t the best word – I was trying to find one that meant the habit of taking offence easily when none was intended. So when I wonder if a film that’s very British and may have a limited audience elsewhere may or may not be well known somewhere else entirely that’s all it meant. There are lots of low-budget British films that you probably haven’t heard of – that’s not reflection on you or any other American – it’s just a consequence of how the film industry works.

            But you’re welcome to discount the opinions of all Scots just for being Scots if you so choose, even Adam Smith… I don’t discount the opinions of all Americans – I don’t even discount the opinions of those who try their best to be one of a few caricatures of Americans that are sometimes perceived overseas, but I do question them.

            So ‘even in the US’ means you’re a long way from where this film was made and it’s not an American-type blockbuster featuring Jennifer Lawrence or George Clooney, although it’s much loved over here. My apologies for not phrasing that with a sufficiently snowflake-friendly caution.

          • Tate May 5, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

            Paranoia wasn’t the best word – I was trying to find one that meant the habit of taking offence easily when none was intended.

            Oversensitivity?

            But otoh, maybe you see things that aren’t there, huh?

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

            Isn’t paranoia a form of oversensitivity? Maybe you’re being paranoid about my perceived oversensitivity.

            Maybe I was being oversensitive… Maybe the Earth is flat. Maybe Elvis is living in Scottsdale. Maybe Harry will announce a cancellation.

            Naaah.

            Speaking of Scots, how do I know you’re a Scot? For that matter, how do you know I’m an American? I could be a Bantu posting out of Lagos. Even if you were a citizen of the U.K. living in Scotland, that doesn’t mean you’re a Scot. You realize that, don’t you? I could be more Scottish than you are. And I probably am, by blood. Most of my ancestors came to America from Scotland by way of Ulster.

            And even if I were a Bantu posting out of Scottsdale, that wouldn’t make me American (at least to hear some of them tell it.)

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

            Paranoia, oversensitivity, whatever. Not worth arguing about.

            “Speaking of Scots, how do I know you’re a Scot? For that matter, how do you know I’m an American?”

            I don’t and you don’t. I suppose it depends how distrustful we each are. Again, not worth pursuing.

            “I could be more Scottish than you are. And I probably am, by blood. Most of my ancestors came to America from Scotland by way of Ulster.”

            Well you could, but half of my ancestors are from Ulster too – the ones that aren’t just from Scotland – so I’m not sure what your point is or how you’d possibly conclude that you are more Scottish, given that you guys are all about ‘culture’ and here I am here and there you are over there.

            But… your contempt for yourself then becomes strange:

            “Why would I be paranoid of the opinion of a Scot? LOL.”– Tate

            Whatever, Tate.

            Let’s call the whole thing off… As we are wont to say in our house, ‘there’s a song about that’.

    • Farmer Joe May 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

      I have to say that I don’t see it either. The only time that I have been aware of racism at an official level was back in college. There my white friends would claim to be 1/16 th Native American in order to qualify for grants and student loans that they otherwise would not have been in the running for. There was a time when that was a real thing. Times change.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      And in China, there’s Chinese privilege. Whites are being denied their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – none of which are possible without freedom of association – based on inanities like the above.

      Yes, the Elite are largely White and Jewish (Jewish Privilege? Oh most have no idea but you do….), but you see, they don’t represent us. And in fact, despise us and are doing their best to replace us.

    • Sean Coleman May 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

      “Avatar”

      White privilege? You have no evidence and you won’t find any. And don’t try to wriggle out of it by obfuscation.

      • Sean Coleman May 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

        Put it this way, if there was any evidence we would hear about it all the time. I mean ALL the time.

  7. Tate May 4, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Can we just have a no-fault divorce?

    • peakfuture May 4, 2018 at 10:15 am #

      Have a Constitutional Convention, and call it a day? We stayed together “for the kids”, and now it is time to break up amicably as possible. A lot of folks I know who have been divorced are on better terms with their former partners than they were when married. A new United But Independent States of America?

      • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

        The Con Con means War War. Why? Because the Left are so much better at politics than we are. We are divided while they are united against us. They will take the palm at any such Convention and our last state will be worse than our first.

        But it’s going to come to War at some point in any case. They will not stop in their maniacal attempt to undermine all Nations to create a Coca Cola Commercial World where everybody is “equal” – whatever the fuck that means. Ask them, they haven’t a clue either, but they are willing to kill for this warm fuzzy.

    • Tate May 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

      It would be nice to think it could end amicably. But who really believes that? No, the goodwhites on the coasts would want to dictate terms of separation to the rest of us — the hicks & yokels as they think of us — that we couldn’t possibly accept.

      This civil war if it happens will be a real civil war, block by block, house to house, room to room. The only thing preventing that development would be a sudden strong-arm takeover coup — an inside-the-swamp affair. We’d better hope & pray that’s as far as it goes.

      • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

        Tate,
        I cannot recall in history a peaceful separation of any consequence occurring in a power vacuum. the demarcation will break on class and racial lines. Way too much fear and loathing in this country for it to occur otherwise.

      • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

        Frankly, I’m expecting a military coup before that happens. Maybe the generals willl give us something we can put our shoulders to and push.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

          Too bad Trump is a paper tiger. He might pull it off with a minimum of blood shed, not none but far, far less than any other scenario.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

        We will have much revenge, and plenty of luff and plenty of duff. Much booty in other words (I think). We have a lot of payback comin’ to us in other words, I know.

  8. Ishabaka May 4, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Elon Musk – hailed as one of the Great Visionaries of the age, for putting the conventional technologies of automobiles, batteries, and electric motors together + spacecraft (we put multiple men on the moon FIFTY YEARS AGO – space travel just isn’t that visionary any more) just gave a conference where he refused to answer questions about how his company, which seems to exist in order to borrow money and then throw said money down a pit, was going to survive – and dismissed the questions as “boring”. This might serve as a metaphor for our larger American economy.

    • malthuss May 4, 2018 at 11:14 am #

      Tesla, for the rich and famous.

    • cbeard May 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      I’ll say it again. Until we figure out another means of propulsion and forget about the glorified bottle rockets. We have pretty much reached our limits with space exploration. I heard a story about Lockheed-Martin being ready to patent a small workable fusion reactor. That would be interesting on a lot of levels. Terrestrial and to the heavens.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

        Why not ask Black Africa? Zambia has a space program for awhile. Surely they came up with some great ideas. After all, all of culture and science was stolen from the Black Man long ago. That’s why they didn’t have none, cuz we took it.

  9. sprawlcapital May 4, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    October 2016.

    That’s when I said good bye to CNN and became a regular Fox News viewer. Fox is where I get the details about all that our host discusses here–in an excellent summary–in lively prose, as always. The horsefly the size of a Zeppelin is a brilliant metaphor, by the way.

    I support Trump’s battle to secure our borders. That’s so important that his transgressions, including the tsunami of bad environmental policies, are not enough to convince me of the need for impeachment.

    Tucker, if you red this, please tell the Fox producers and directors to stop ordering the on-air news staff to interrupt the people they are interviewing, and to stop talking over them. I know, the Fox policy is intended to create excitement, but this is not a smart way to do that. Neither is it smart to create excitement by talking so fast that slurring, mumbling, and stuttering happens.

    • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      My mother watches CNN so I am often subjected to their shocked rants. I’ve noticed with amusement the increasing stridency of their bated-breath reporting of the latest scandal. Its as if they can’t quite figure out why the public hasn’t risen up and demanded Trumps removal. Apparently, they are absolutely convinced that if they just speak louder and faster and add more voices we will get the message.and move in the direction they want us to go. I expect they will degenerate into hysteria if we don’t get off our butts soon. Not even Stormy Daniels, an admittedly sordid story, raised many eyebrows.

      • Tate May 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

        You should get one of those remotes they sell for airports and bedevil her with Fox News. Have it programmed for Hannity & Tucker.

        • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

          She’s a very old lady, and I wouldn’t want to upset her. She believes everything on there implicitly.

          • Tate May 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

            You’re a good son.

          • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

            Daughter

          • Tate May 4, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

            Thanks.

      • PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 9:58 am #

        CNN is a malignant and malevolent ‘news’ org. They exist for advertising dollars after all, and when ratings followed Trump’s rise they were right there boosting him. For the last two years CNN has spent putting negative stories out on Trump daily.

        If it were fashionable to eat tide pods, CNN would be right there with a panel of “experts” on how tide pods were healthy. If it were popular to beat puppies, CNN would host shows on the best way to smack your pet.

  10. pequiste May 4, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    There’s an old saying in Tennessee, I know it’s in Texas probably in Tennessee, that says…..”

    George “Dubya” Bush

    “You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.”

    Traditional

    Well, I say: you can catch the most flies, not with honey, but rather with either a big pile of horseshit or a rotting carcass.

    In the case of Washington D.C’s. antics; there has already been a massacre’s worth, literally and figuratively, of dead bodies strewn about the landscape – domestically and abroad – while the horseshit is continuously and prodigiously produced by the patently putrid political, civil servant, and media classes there.

    (That Mueller chap is more of an Elk fly in his current role.)

    It, the mountains of horseshit and the accompanying political burlesque show, will continue unabated until the N.W.O. A.G.I. tumbrels roll. Perhaps that will be the electric vehicle bidness where Elon Musk finally can make production quotas plus a tidy profit on at the same time. A (World) Government contract is always a good thing to get.

    • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      “You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.”

      Pequiste,
      Yes, and if you pull their wings off, you can make them eat anything you want…(Kelly Bundy).

      Pardon me for repeating myself….

      Will our wings be pulled off before being fed?

  11. wm5135 May 4, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    Thank you Mr. Kunstler for this site and your essays.

    Had the opportunity to speak with a close friend yesterday. My friend’s daughter had been employed in one of the federal agencies and recently tendered her resignation. The young woman is near thirty years of age.

    The report from the daughter is that the current group of political appointies are not content to be figure heads and collect the spoils as has been the case in the past. The Norquist and Reagan view of government has been festering in the upper levels of the bureaus and with the current group of appointies has been emancipated.

    What we all see are the signature battles, the sites close enough for citizens to pack a picnic and go to for a days entertainment. The guerilla insurgency dedicated to undermining due process is being waged and staged out of sight.

    When the Department of Justice is rendered small enough to “drown in a bathtub” we will find out wheher or not “by and for” is an evil machination.

    I offer you a cool drink of Flint water in a plastic bottle as you consider the essay our host has posted today.

    • DrTomSchmidt May 4, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Can you tell more? Most Millennials I know are trying to stay sane inside insanity. They don’t get Boomer wars.

      What happened?

    • thenuttyneutron May 6, 2018 at 1:33 am #

      I don’t understand why a person would resign from a Federal job. Does she realize how good she had it? Once you hit your 3 year mark, you are tenured. If you get past the probationary period, you are almost impossible to fire.

      I took a job Federal agency (first job outside of the private sector) three years ago. The money is not as good as my last job but the job security more than makes up for it. My last job paid very well but required me to work on a 12 hour rotating shift work schedule that was pure hell. My new job is 40 hours a week on day shift. The new job is also a lot easier than my last job.

      It was the best move that I could have made because my previous employer has gone to BK court in the last month and announced a slew of plant closures that will affect 2,500 plus people.

  12. Dumbedup May 4, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Trump is the one wrecking the Republic. The man can’t get his story straight and if he swatted at the “horsefly” he would hit himself in the nose and blame everybody else. We’ve never had a more narcissistic and authoritarian President. (Although we’ve had more than a few losers.)

    I’d rather have Mike Pence as President. Although a right wing lug nut at least he has some integrity.

    • malthuss May 4, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

      Oh please. Get a gun for your character assassinations.

      • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

        That’s sweet – you think Trump has a character to assassinate.

        Proviso, as ever: you picked him, you get to keep him for four years. No early bath.

        • Tate May 4, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

          Harry picked her. You get to keep her. Her half-brother sent the fool prince a warning letter. Let it never be said they weren’t warned.

          independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/meghan-markles-half-brother-thomas-calls-her-a-jaded-s…

          • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

            The bitch tried to pretend like she had no family cept her Black mommy. I like how the White poor relations have torn into this uppity mulatto. What a fool Harry is. He’s bought into all of her lies. The noble Aryan is often bewitched by the dark eyed maidens, yea even unto their doom and in this case, the doom of Britain as well.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

            *I* get to keep her? She’s nothing whatever to do with me.

            She’s marrying some prince of dubious parentage (not that I care – he seems nice enough) who also has nothing whatever to do with me. So she’s got a brother that’s a bit of a jealous p***k, so what?

            You guys are seriously weird obsessing about someone else’s love life. And about royal blood lines. And about royalty in general. Get a life, boys and think about grown-up things.

          • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

            Over here you’d struggle to find a man with an opinion about something as utterly irrelevant to anything that matters as a royal wedding.

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 10:42 am #

            I just clicked on your Independent article, Tate (I thought folks hereabouts weren’t into the MSM?).

            “Mr Markle Jr was last year arrested for allegedly holding a gun to a woman’s head during a drunken argument and was charged with menacing, pointing a firearm at another person, and unlawful use of a weapon.”

            Hmmm… he’s not really a prize himself, is he? Like I said, jealous (half-)brother. Families, eh?!

          • Tate May 5, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

            That in itself was a warning, Alba. You can’t choose your relatives (or your wife’s relatives. It’s a package deal.)

            It’s one huge CF of a soap opera for sure.

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

            I agree it’s a (very minor) soap opera, but not important enough to be a CF.

            They seem happy together. Good. Two boys who didn’t ask to be born into ‘royalty’ whatever that even is, lost their mother long before they should have. She loved them to bits – they loved her to bits. Their dad (or possibly ‘dad’ in one case) was a bit of a cold fish, like Granny, so if they both find happiness in their private lives that’s great. Beyond that (and even that’s nothing whatever to do with me), I don’t give a tinker’s cuss.

    • cbeard May 4, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

      The goddamned Republic was wrecked long before Trump arrived. Integrity doesn’t Trump stupidity.

  13. volodya May 4, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Yeah, there’s that 150 mil. But they also might want to make some inquiries into the cool half mil some Russkis discretely slipped into Bill’s pocket for giving a speech.

    That all of this money had NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING to do with the State Department’s approval of the Uranium One deal while Hill was Secretary of State is an article of faith among the um, Democrat faithful. De-bunked on the merits they say.

    The problem is us infidels who look at the convergence of people and interests. Not to mention the transfer of money and its temporal proximity to the closure of said deal. If you want to know what’s what follow the money and don’t get fooled by legalistic smokescreens set up for the sole purpose of giving plausible deniability.

    Now, maybe if you were born yesterday you’d suspect nothing amiss. For the rest of us who weren’t born yesterday, Clinton acolyte or not, there’s the issue of whose interests predominate, those of Bill and Hill or those of the country as a whole? Once you get past that conceptual hurdle the rest comes easier. The problem is that tribal loyalties have got people’s heads so twisted around they can’t think straight.

    It isn’t just the Uranium One deal. The loot the Clintons collected over the years isn’t just a few wads handed over in envelopes. We’re talking about colossal sums they got both personally and through their – cough – Foundation. Democrats need to put aside the emotional and monetary investment they have in their party (not that they ever would), and look at the problem dispassionately.

    Ok, so forget “dispassionate” because after all the USA isn’t a place run by logic-obsessed Vulcans. So imagine what the Democrat take would be if it had been Donald in Hill’s and Bill’s position collecting these eye-popping amounts. Do you think that law enforcement is non-partisan? Do you think that class and social affiliation doesn’t matter? A Deep State functionary pocketing millions is one thing. An interloper like Trump is quite another.

    And imagine the FBI and Justice Department. My bet is that both would be buzzing like bee-hives, platoons of prosecutors sharpening their knives, subpoenas and indictments issued by the bushel.

    • malthuss May 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      You tube, George Webb.

      Clintons and organ harvesting Haitians.

  14. Petro May 4, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    “…Trump will try to turn his attention to the affairs of the nation…” I am hoping, Jim, you wrote this statement sarcastically. If not, it’s a delusional remark.

    It’s more like: Trump will continue to give his attention to the affairs of the wealthy, the corporations, and the reactionary yahoos in the hinterlands—while he dismantles the regulatory & diplomatic functions of government.

    You seem, more and more, to be quite tolerant of these glaring examples of what I thought you abhorred: a culture of “anything goes, and nothing matters.” Here he is, in the flesh: the “cornpone dictator” you predicted years ago! Your premonition came to be! Why do you not point this out, rather than being mildly sympathetic to this dangerous clown?

    • Cavepainter May 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

      I hear no sympathy for Trump from JHK, rather an acceptance that multiple factors are at play in determining outcomes, the Left’s hysteria about Trump not-with-standing.

    • VCS May 4, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

      You make some very good points, Petro.

      They will all be ignored in this Fox News echo chamber —

  15. volodya May 4, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    Ozone, as you said last week, there’s too many coincidences.

    I’m with old school mob bosses. They didn’t believe in coincidences and neither do I. If it looks like it’s about the money, then it’s about the money.

    There’s another thing. If somebody sez it’s not about the money, that it’s about the principle, or about some other consideration, it’s really about the money.

    If the greenback loses its primacy in the global monetary order, the whole scam of the US importing gigantic piles of Chinese made crap and paying for it with Fed conjured debt gets the schnitz (Tm JHK).

    And so the US bombs transgressors into rubble. Cannot have challenges to unworkable and unsustainable arrangements can we?

    But let’s be real, this arrangement is a joke. It’s like Herb Stein said, if something can’t go on forever it won’t. Only Deep State delusionists, quack economists and Wall Street fraudsters say otherwise.

  16. capt spaulding May 4, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    It’s not uncommon to find a horsefly on a horse’s ass.

  17. tucsonspur May 4, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Right on Jim, swat that horsefly who’s already buzzed into too many piles of manure.

    On Tucker last night, Mark Levin seemed to make a pretty good case. A sitting president cannot be indicted. Impeachment is the only possible road.

    See here:

    youtube.com/watch?v=F1NRxZePSOM

    • tucsonspur May 4, 2018 at 11:53 am #

      Interview with Hannity.

      • sprawlcapital May 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

        Right, it was Hannity.

        The Great One was very persuasive.

    • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

      I’m thinking that might not stop them from indicting. It’s so much easier to just do something and apologize later than ask permission and be denied.

  18. Piper Michael May 4, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    Now that I’ve been diagnosed and being treated for stage4 cancer, this whole thing, this whole world , this whole conversation has become sad and scary. Just sad because you all let your inner child be exposed online and scary because of alternate conversations I’ve had, like;

    “I wonder how much fentinyl it would take to drop on DC and ‘reset’ the entire government”… “You would create as much collateral damage as a hiroshima sized nuclear war, wouldn’t you?”
    “Who cares? They’re mostly gonna be republicans, right?” “Hmmm, well I quit the republicans, after I quit the democrats, they’re all people, they just have their brain wiring shorted out…”
    Then it gets nasty, if you don’t agree with either side, you’re ‘sick’.

    OK, then, I hate all sides, let them all rot in the hell they create… me? I got lots of woodsland to stroll around and steal from all you idiots… but, remember, who talked the talk before the armies started walking the walk….. if somebody pulls this level of “politics by other means”…. God help us all…. but blame yourselves.

    • tucsonspur May 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      Yes, I know, easy for me to say, but keep up the good fight and keep the “faith”. There is still much good, much beauty in this world.

      • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

        ” There is still much good, much beauty in this world.”

        Tucsonspur,
        Yes, if you can afford it….

        • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

          How much is a sunrise, o jaded one? Or a sunset? Or a forest? Or dew on the grass creating rainbows in the sunlight for the observant?

          If the senses were cleansed, everything would appear as it is, infinite. William Blake, more or less.

          Even decayed and abandoned industrial landscapes can be exquisite if you just narrow your gaze – like the dark, sharp (so sharp!) edges of the building at sunset demarcating the glory in the horizon. Or the rainbows oil spills in the puddles, etc.

          Someday you will take the Westbound into that Glory. You might as well get your bearings now and start studying train schedules, itineraries, and so forth.

          • tucsonspur May 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

            A wonderful picture, framed with an uncommon eloquence.

          • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

            How much is a sunset? A forest? Dew on the grass?

            Janos,
            Priceless, indeed. But if you cannot afford medical costs you will not be alive to enjoy them.

            “If living were a thing that money could buy…the rich would live and the poor would die”~ “All my Trials”

            Also, on a timely note…If you are homeless and living in a cardboard box under an Interstate overpass…the appreciation of the beautiful sunset may be impacted by several, more immediate and existential issues.

            Going to Heaven on the peace train? Yeah….

          • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

            “A wonderful picture, framed with an uncommon eloquence.”

            Tucson,
            Janos is the gift that keeps on giving.

            Seriously.

  19. venuspluto67 May 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    I really am starting to wonder if that big financial unwind is going to happen at any point in the foreseeable future. Sure, the stock-market bubble stopped expanding, but the way its deflation was arrested and is still kept in suspended animation is just….weird. I don’t what to make of it.

  20. amb May 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    The misguided and corrupt investigating the misguided and corrupt.

  21. Wxtwxtr May 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Here’s a hypothesis to test. What would you say if Trump’s generals simply carted the entire HRC/BHO coup plotters and their minions off to Gitmo to be executed for treason? Banana Republican Dictator? The howls from the Swamp and their owned Mockingbird Minitru Mouthpieces would be endless!

    How about if Swamp Factional Warfare is going on? Quietly. Trump’s half of the Deep State people keep Mueller in the spotlight as a hero, and behind the scenes trapped by threat of indictment for all his crimes and cover-ups as FBI Director?

    They then play out this “Prosecute Trump” theater until all the pieces are in place FOR MUELLER to drop the hammer on the whole crime cabal (fbi, doj, hrc, bho, their minions) from the ongoing 2016 coup d’etat?

    Anybody here think the guys in the Total Police Surveillance Terror State – the DNI, NSA, CIA, etc, are smart, cunning and ruthless enough to let that game play out? Remembering that the military’s job is to murder people for a living?

    Perhaps the generals convinced the Trump figurehead to run so he can get credit for changing history, not going down in it. Back from the brink?

    • Ol' Scratch May 4, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      Interesting and quite plausible thesis, but hard to say at this point.

  22. Paul Ford O'Neil May 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Hello James,

    Down here at the confluence of the Anacostia & Potomac the Canada Geese have only three goslings this Spring, perhaps due to the coldest winter on Washington City records?

    Meanwhile, your views are admirable as always, but you mixed several mutually exclusive terms like trying to mix water & rocks:

    “In the process, they’ll probably wreck the institutional infrastructure needed to run a republic in constitutional democracy mode.”

    There is no such thing as a “constitutional democracy ” – there is only a “legislative or parliamentarian democracy” and its political step-children – where anything goes as long as it receives 50% + 1 vote, AND nothing matters!

    When the FIRE ME cultural & economic gulag of the DNC’s legislative democracy goes bust a quite simple phenomenon will result as I will express in simple constitutional language:

    The multitude of new federal offices, and swarms of federal officers sent hither to harass our people and eat out their substance and the standing armies, kept among us, in times of peace, without the consent of our legislatures – shall no longer be paid!

    AT THAT POINT – the now unemployed formerly federal employees will for the most part GO HOME.

    We the People of the united States of America can then take the 1989 path of the – Polish – Czechoslovakian – Hungarian – Romanian & Bulgarian peoples. OR we can stagger down the 1991 blood soaked path of the Yugoslavian people.

    After living in Bosne i Hercegovine for almost 5 years, I remain confident We will take the 1989 country paths back to the future – perhaps a ‘future made by hand.’

    Carry-on until you are carrion.

    PFO

    • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      “Carry-on until you are carrion.”

      Nice.

    • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

      My expectation is that the now unemployed formerly federal employees will make every attempt to continue riding the gravy train on our backs.

      • Wxtwxtr May 4, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

        “_____ is politics by different means”? The ones more expert in gang management will more likely be looking longingly at those billion rounds of ammo and “their” (possessive) millions of guns, and …

        • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

          If I were a young woman I would be seriously considering finding myself a biker or a street gang member willing to take me under his protection right about now, and the bigger and meaner the better. I think those guys are going to do better than most in the coming conflagration. They have no qualms about engaging in acts of violence and larceny. They’re armed and prepared to use their weapons. They run in packs. Bikers would be better; they’re more mobile and could get out of the city easier. At least I’d have a chance of getting fed.

          • elysianfield May 4, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

            Draupnir,
            Don’t ever go to prison….

          • tucsonspur May 4, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

            Be careful. You might get “passed around”. But you’re right.
            Gang members would have the advantage of the vicious.

            Hesitation to kill could get you killed. Inability to do so and you’re a dead man walking.

          • draupnir May 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

            I’m a woman, only dykes on bikes to worry about.

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 7:27 am #

            I don’t know if bikers are particularly homogeneous over your way or what they’re like in general but over here they tend to be pretty nice and polite on the odd occasion that we non-bikers come across them ‘en groupe’ stopping for tea and sandwiches like everyone else.

            Some of them are even excellent cooks.

            hairybikers.com/

            They could be useful too, but they’re both happily married AFAIK.

            I seem to remember Orlov making a similar point about gang members and the petty criminal underworld generally, though. They already have the kind of networks that make procuring things easier when said things have stopped appearing in the usual repositories (principally shops).

          • Tate May 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

            Well, there’s bikers and then there’s bikers. Most are poseurs — in their real lives they’re stockbrokers & lawyers.

            Then there’s the ones wearing the 1% patch…

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

            The ones I see (and I don’t see them often because I live in a city) tend to just like beautiful scenery. I see small numbers of them following me along windy roads along the lochs and over the mountains towards my favourite holiday spot in the Western Highlands, as they make their way towards Skye and further north. I wave them past and we all continue to enjoy those amazing views, sometimes where long lost battles happened.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Glen_Shiel#/media/File:Glen_shiel.jpg

            They don’t look like poseurs – they just look like people enjoying themselves, but maybe yours are different.

          • Tate May 6, 2018 at 1:28 am #

            The 1% patch is worn by the real biker outlaws, the Hells’ Angels, the Bandidos, and yes, the Outlaws, as well as others. The SPLC lists them as criminal organizations.

          • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 2:07 am #

            Ah, right. I was wondering what the 1% referred to.

  23. oilie May 4, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    I think that Jim has this one nailed. There have already been enough firings and reassignments in the upper levels of FBI and DOJ to show clearly that things have been amiss there. Some big fish will be peeing all over each other after the IG report is out. Trump will use the occasion to get rid of the horsefly and the whole election will be about impeachment.

    Trump’s new lawyers seem to be digging in to play hardball. If Mueller is smart he would start his constitutional crisis play before the IG report torpedoes Comey, who is his star witness.

  24. sauerkraut May 4, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    A definition, if you will:

    Integrity – something you demand from your enemies while excusing in your friends.

  25. wm5135 May 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Wxtwxtr the WJC/HRC coup that seems most important from my perspective was the overthrow of old money control of corruption and the installment of the nouvea riche regime. The corruption was already there but the unflinchingly ammoral greed of the new wanna be generation turned the nation into a bankruptcy sale.

    • Wxtwxtr May 4, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

      Definitely a possibility. Faction warfare appears to be a dominant gene in the Oligarchy. Crabs in a basket? Perhaps the MIIC wants their share? Or the oathkeepers therin would like a country for their kids to grow up in?

  26. ohhnoo-latepayment May 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    All theater. The more the presidents change the more things get worse for the working class. Trump performs for the same acting company as the actor Obama and the obedient understudy Hillary who played her role very well. Only the seriously deluded think a lick of difference exists between the two parties. Both serve the plutocrats, not the people.

    The voters (suckers) can’t suspend disbelief because that’s been bombed by the media too. The zombies naturally think there’s some kind of battle going on between powerful well dressed people that they should always believe – at least on the major issues of the moment – especially because the internet told them about it and allowed them to comment and voice their thoughts and feelings. Plus the zombies get the vote which allows them to voice their approval of endless militarism, massive prison populations and widespread poverty and more realisitic performances from the ruling kleptocrats and their supporting media courtesans.

    Trump = Obama = actor. All Day Long. Presidents never change, only the perception of the morons changes. A perception that is under the equivalent of a 24/7 military assault by news and social media. Here, let Carroll Quigley explain it to you before you get back to your Mueller-Trump porn:

    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy” (Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, 1966.)

    • Wxtwxtr May 4, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

      Have passed that very quote along to dozens of friends. I have a more malevolent viewpoint: Voting was formalized so that the Rulers could blame the victims. Even pronouns change – from “they did it to us” in the 1960’s – to “we did it to ourselves” now. It’s “our” crime gang.

      Ideology itself is camouflage for evil people to get away with – yea even be applauded for – doing bad things. Things their gutless selves wouldn’t be able to do without the excuse and cover of public acceptance.

      Image Trump in the public square: “I’m going to invade Syria, anybody want to help?”
      The crowd: “Why?”
      Trump: “Because …”

  27. Tate May 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

    Speaking of deep white privilege, anybody here remember that clip where the old ethnomasochist white woman is on her knees begging some black women to forgive her for her white privilege? She’s literally going into hysterics about it. Go try to find that on You Tube. Good luck. It’s deep alright.

    • Tate May 4, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      Thus the meme combatants are being denied their ammunition. Would the Hotep nation perhaps have conserved this tidbit?

  28. bukowskisghost May 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Trump is America and when the insane clown posse looks in the mirror they actually hate themselves …. they want to destroy everything
    rather than accept an ounce of responsibility for anything. There WILL be blood my friends, there will be blood.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      Self hatred for Whites is taught in the so called public school. It IS the Ideology of the Land, the civil religion. You obviously believe it and have justified your existence by throwing other Whites to the jackals as per their post.

  29. Tate May 4, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    There was an interesting anecdote I just heard of some Germans seen driving through the Texas hill country in their RVs singing German drinking songs and waving the Confederate flag. Has anyone else spotted this caravan?

    Should someone warn them before it’s too late? Perhaps they don’t yet know Mutti Merkel casts a long baleful shadow even beyond their heimat.

    • Tate May 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

      There were some crazy old cat ladies the little woman is in contact with through Farcebook who were not amused. I’ll keep you apprized of the play-by-play, sports fans, as the story develops.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

      Probably good ol’ boys. That part of Texas had a large German immigrant community. The Swastika and the Stars and Bars are both about White pride and survival, if only the normies could See.

      • Tate May 4, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

        Possibly. Not just Germans either. I went to school with one kid there — a 4th generation immigrant — who grew up speaking Czech in the home.

      • Tate May 4, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

        And yes, the Stars & Bars are about white identity. What’s wrong with being white? The privileges of being white seem to be distributed unevenly.

        • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

          “What’s wrong with being white?”

          Nothing whatever, Tate.

          “The privileges of being white seem to be distributed unevenly.”

          Yep, that’s true. Like the privileges of a lot of other things. Glad we can agree on something so utterly uncontroversial.

          As for your flag, I scanned this quickly…

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States

          …really quickly – but I don’t see any mention of white identity. Maybe you can do better.

          • Tate May 4, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

            The Stars & Stripes is the American flag.
            The Stars & Bars is the Confederate flag.

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 7:28 am #

            Ah, OK, thanks Tate. I thought it was a slang name for the Stars and Stripes.

          • elysianfield May 5, 2018 at 11:17 am #

            Tate,
            Correctly stated, the “Stars and Bars” is the Confederate Battle Flag.

            usflag.org/confederate.stars.and.bars.html

          • Tate May 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

            Right you are EF. The official Confederate flag that was flown at the battle of 1st Manassas (Bull Run) was too confusing for the troops because it looked too much like the American flag thus was born the Stars & Bars, the Confederate battle flag.

  30. Yukon Tom May 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

    Impeach Trump? Be careful what you wish for. An evangelical nut bar for president with Nikki Haley as VP. What could possibly go wrong? I have to admit that would be highly entertaining until a mushroom cloud shows up in your town. If that scenario doesn’t pan out Trumps impeachment would likely get the deplorables attention, and not in a good way. What was it Marie-Antoinette said, Let them eat Cheezies?

    • PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 9:36 am #

      Yes, indeed. Pence, Haley, Ryan. On the other side you have Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Tom Perez.

      These people are our oxymoronic version of the “Institutional Revolutionary” party like Mexico has.

  31. And then Paul Ryan comes out of retirement for the VP chair…

  32. janet May 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    Horsefly is the wrong metaphor. Bees would be more appropriate. Getting rid of Mueller will not stop the swarm of other investigations from going forward. Trump does not have pardon power for those convicted through the state investigations.

    • Sean Coleman May 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

      Will the investigations include your false email address?

  33. tucsonspur May 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

    High caliber firing was on display today, as Trump addressed the NRA. Shotgun blasts of applause rang throughout the hall. He was on target and with plenty of ammo.

    Afterwards, Shepard Smith had little praise for Trump. Brought up the mess involving Giuliani, Cohen, Stormy, and the Gargantuan Gonads of Gotham.

    This debauched, dinky example of Drosophila Melanogaster, otherwise known as the common fruit fly, needs to be swatted severely. I bet he’d love to be humped by a horsefly.

  34. FincaInTheMountains May 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

    The geopolitical significance of pornography or Trump goes on the offensive

    Because of the kinship of all world colored projects – and there is no greater hatred than hatred between brothers – today Trump presents a much greater danger for the Black Project than Russia simply because Russia is much farther from the global West geographically, culturally, ideologically, and civilizationally.

    True, there still are people in Russia who want to drag Russia to the West for the subsequent dismembering into the resources of this meaningless for the West and for them carcass (in spite of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky), but so far their plans do not have success at least reminiscent of the success of these plans in the late USSR.

    And Russia, glory to God, has finally in a long time found itself on the periphery of the struggle of world projects and even the bombing of Syria and the case of Scripals is directed more against Trump and Brexit (which is also Trump), than against Putin and Russia.

    Nevertheless, in the future, the Black Project and its hangers-on will undoubtedly succeed if Russia again does not use respite to solve internal problems (and that now it is beyond any doubt a respite). Suffice it to recall how they repeatedly succeeded, for example, during the Time of Troubles and Split, the awakening of Herzen and the triumph of Granovsky, the seventies and the First Russian Revolution, the February Revolution and the Civil War, as well as the Khrushchev coup and the Perestroika-Catastroika of the Spotted Judas.

    Pay attention to the absence in this list of the Great October Revolution, which unlike the Civil War was not a victory of the global West.

    But for now I want to return to the city of Washington – the epicenter of the World Civil War, in which the Black Project in the short-and-medium-term perspective sets the following tasks:

    1. The minimum task: while in Washington there is a dual power to spoil relations between Russia and the United States so much that Trump, even after obtaining full power, can not fix them. Naturally, in this situation, the financing of anti-Americanism in Russia is directed against Trump and is carried out by the Black Project = Hillary Clinton

    2. The maximum task: to overthrow Trump and impose on Russia Detente 2.0, which will allow the black world project to gain time and prepare for the Catastroika 2.0 and Star Wars 2.0

    Meanwhile, in Washington, World Civil War thanks to Stormy Daniel finally acquired a bloody-pornographic character, which since the days of Monica Lewinsky, spitting out on her blue dress the anticipation of the barbarian bombing of Serbia, became the brand name of Hillary Clinton.
    But despite the information disseminated by the Russian and American Media alike, Trump is on the offensive very similar to the maneuver that Field Marshall Kutuzov performed after Borodino, which in combination with 911 is very much in line with the theory of the world projects, but also with the Apocalyptic concept of the Babylonian Whore (Rev 17:18), as well as with Isaac Newton’s comments on the book of Daniel and his victory over the founder of financial capital, which became the basis of the religion of Isaac Newton and the main reason for the recognition of his genius, and “Mathematical principles of natural philosophy” in this played a secondary role.

    “Sir Isaac Newton’s Daniel and the Apocalypse; with an introductory study of the nature and the cause of unbelief, of miracles and prophecy”

    archive.org/stream/sirisaacnewtonsd00newtiala/sirisaacnewtonsd00newtiala_djvu.txt

    Whore of Babylon
    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/Whore_of_Babylon.jpg

  35. Tate May 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

    Pat Buchanan, PaleoMan, says in his most recent opinion piece, that Trump should refuse to be interviewed by Mueller. Let it go all the way to the Supreme court if necessary and refuse an order from SCOTUS as well. If he does this, he wins by shifting the battle to Congress and an impeachment trial because,

    in any impeachment debate before Congress and the cameras of the world, not one but two narratives will be heard.

    The first is that Trump colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton and then sought to obstruct an investigation of his collusion.

    The second is the story of how an FBI cabal went into the tank on an investigation of Clinton to save her campaign. Then it used the product of a Clinton-DNC dirt-diving operation, created by a British spy with Russian contacts, to attempt to destroy the Trump candidacy. Now, failing that, it’s looking to overthrow the elected president of the United States.

    In short, the second narrative is that the “deep state” and its media auxiliaries are colluding to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

    Unlike Watergate, with Russiagate, the investigators will be on trial as well.

    Trump didn’t get this far by playing low-stakes poker. Trump needs to get back to being Trump.

  36. BackRowHeckler May 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

    And if the Dems win back the House in Nov. that’s when the show trials begin.

    All you zeks and kulaks posting here in CFNation don’t think you’re going to get away scot free, No sir, the net they are casting is a fine net and it will scoop up little fish as well as big fish. Big Media will be behind it full bore, reporting every last detail of Trumps crimes against humanity, and the mobs of proles from all over the nation will be crying out for guilty verdicts and blood.

    brh

  37. Pucker May 4, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

    The Canadians have a Gay super hero who is named “Lance Valiant”. Lance Valiant is basically a pervert. I wonder what macho Canadian He-Man psychologist from rural Alberta, Canada, Jordan Peterson, thinks of “Lance Valiant”?

    “Our values, our morality—they are indicators of our sophistication.”

    12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
    by Jordan B. Peterson

    “A classic pulp adventure hero from the 1940s, Lance Valiant is returning after 80 years courtesy of Chapterhouse Comics.”

    This time, though, the Canadian hero is openly gay.

    newnownext.com/13-lgbt-superheroes-to-watch-out-for-in-2017/01/2017/

    • GreenAlba May 4, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

      “I wonder what macho Canadian He-Man psychologist from rural Alberta, Canada, Jordan Peterson, thinks of “Lance Valiant”?”

      I’ve never heard of Lance Valiant, but you can listen to Jordan Peterson here chatting for a few minutes to a gay guy about ways of being gay:

      youtube.com/watch?v=LJKdq_NVeUk

      I’m sorry but if you’re looking for a simple homophobe like yourself, Jordan’s not your man.

      • Pucker May 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

        I listened to the very short Jordan Peterson interview. He doesn’t opine on “Lance Valiant”. He does, however, come out strongly for gay people subscribing to mainstream middle class values as a standard for “Normal” rather than being out of the mainstream and “Queer”. I suspect that Jordan Peterson would object to making an openly- gay “superhero” named “Lance Valient” as a mentor for mainstream Canadian males.

        • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 7:40 am #

          He seemed to be saying it depended on what you wanted out of life. So there could be ‘freedom’ and other things on offer if you didn’t choose ‘normal’ (as with a heterosexual life). In his usual way, he advised choosing according to what you hope to achieve long term. When he said ‘drag queen’ his lip didn’t even curl.

          I think your problem is more one of thinking that random ‘heroes’ on TV are automatically ‘mentors’. That’s not what I brought my kids up to think, so maybe that’s the problem in some parts of the US rather than the actual ‘characters’ portrayed on screen. Good literature is also full of people we wouldn’t want our children to consider mentors.

          I’ve just looked up Lance Valiant and got cartoon pics so the issue is even sillier. And the idea that boys are going to ‘turn gay’ because they see a cartoon character who isn’t portrayed as having entirely nasty qualities is way beyond silly.

          Do you think DrTom further up is at risk of turning gay because he’s reading – and enjoying – a book of Simon Schama’s? You can’t be too careful…

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 9:03 am #

            My mistake. I’ve just checked and it seems Simon S isn’t gay – he just has a manner on occasion which seems to have suggested a slightly camp ‘gayness’ to my husband. No-one is exempt from pointless presumption.

            I did rather enjoy him telling Rod Liddle, somewhat flamboyantly, to ‘go back to your journalistic hackery and turn your suburban face from the plight of the miserable’ over the question of Syrian refugees. Being the descendant of Jewish refugees from Lithuania (Schama, that is), he commits the modern crime of empathy.

          • Tate May 6, 2018 at 1:22 am #

            See, Alpa, you mistook his jewishness for gayness (or rather, your husband did.) That mistake is quite common. Many jews sound gay as hell, but aren’t.

            youtube.com/watch?v=2PuNPTx8Ki0

            It’s kind of like many Oxbridge toffs sound gay but aren’t. Or maybe they are; buggery seems to be a hazard of attending those institutions.

          • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 2:17 am #

            Oh, Tate, such caricatures. There are lots of men who have slightly affected mannerisms (and not all posh) who seem a bit camp and aren’t remotely gay.They’re not all Jewish.

            And I’ve never seen another Jewish man in particular with Simon S’s only occasionally flamboyant mannerisms. I respect his erudition – I don’t care in the slightest that he occasionally waves his arms about when he’s especially enthusiastic about something. Did I mention that I like his enthusiasm too?

            Live and let live, Tate, for goodness’ sake. Caricatures are the enemy of goodwill, except in benevolent comedy (like the Rab C Nesbitt sketch). In the worst cases they lead to dark places we don’t want to go again.

          • Tate May 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

            Where did I paint a caricature of anyone? I don’t think you can find one in my comment — only in the projection you created in your own mind.

            Is a caricature the expression of a stereotype? If it is, we’re all guilty.

            psychologytoday.com/us/articles/199805/where-bias-begins-the-truth-about-stereotypes

  38. Pucker May 4, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

    For some bizarre reason, the American Educational system is unable to produce young people with enough common sense to see that Media Organizations that do not even employ Reporters are not purveyors of “News”?

    • Pucker May 4, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

      Because of all of the problems in the context of hyper complexity and a mass of dumb people, if the Media Organizations hired Reporters, the result might be a deluge of bad news, confusion, and screaming kids?

      “Did you not hear me? We can’t give out no infa-may-shun.”

      m.youtube.com/watch?v=V3GPmpdIEto

  39. aibohphobia May 4, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

    Or maybe a rock band–
    Or a conspiracy–
    Could it be that Doo WoP music of the ’50’s was really a code phrase for Deep White Privilege?
    Consult a Social Justice Warrior near you…

  40. Dave in Pasadena May 4, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

    “. . . How about Mr. McCabe, since that is exactly why his colleagues at the FBI fired him?”

    Are you sure his colleagues fired him? Are you sure it was not the Attorney General who fired McCabe?

    • Dave in Pasadena May 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

      Jefferson B’gard is not a colleague of McCabe.

  41. Dave in Pasadena May 4, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    “. . . most particularly the strange and baffling treatment that Hillary Clinton has received in the matter of the Steele Dossier, the email server inquiry dropped by Comey, and the 2012 Uranium One incident that abracadabra’d about $150 million (from wealthy Russians!) into the Clinton Foundation coffers while she was Secretary of State.”

    I eagerly await the results of Huber’s investigation. The words quoted above are one giant garbled mess of conspiracy theories. And they were written by our host whose knickers get in a twist if anyone posts a comment that our host can label as a “conspiracy theory.” Wow. Hypocrisy on display. Big League.

    • Tate May 4, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

      So what’s your favorite conspiracy “fact” that our host has labeled a conspiracy “theory” and that gets his knickers in a twist if anyone posts it?

  42. Dave in Pasadena May 4, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    It seems this Friday’s post has as much validity as the “currency collapse in the fall” that our host has predicted many times. Year after year, we read that the currency collapse will happen “this fall.” We still seem to have a working currency, years after Kunstler predicted it’s collapse within days. Crying wolf much?

  43. Pucker May 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    I read that Obama may have been a Big Pothead in Hawaii? I suspect that one effect of Weed may be that the smoker eventually ceases to give-a-Shit as a matter of mental habit, which may be good or bad depending upon the circumstances?

  44. AKlein May 5, 2018 at 6:48 am #

    To me, these times in the US seem very similar to the 1920’s in Germany. Not exactly, of course, because history doesn’t repeat itself but it certainly rhymes. Swirling political intrigue, factions, internal strife, all against a backdrop of financial unsustainability and international instability. All this apparently resulted in a momentous sociological inflection point, culminating in the worldwide potlatch called WWII.

    Another inflection point is dead ahead, folks.

  45. FincaInTheMountains May 5, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    The geopolitical significance of pornography or Trump goes on the offensive. Part 2.

    Trump’s present offensive, forcing the Black Project to forget for some time its plans for world domination, began with the book of porn actress Stormy Daniels, in which she describes her romance with Trump in 2006, the publication of which is prohibited by an agreement between her and Trump’s lawyer Cohen, paying her in 2016 for her signature under this agreement 130 thousand dollars.

    And when Mueller’s agents handed the New York police something criminal on Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, this something was related to the threats that Stormy Daniels received when she came to the conclusion that her memories of having sex with the president cost well over $130,000.

    But no matter how low this subject is, when the New York police searched the office and dwelling of Michael Cohen on April 9, 2018, having seized all the documents found, the United States was overwhelmed by political mega tsunami, compared to which the Russian Status-6 tsunami-generating mega-weapon is just a kiddy shovel in a sandbox.

    The relationship between a lawyer and a client is impossible if there is such an opportunity to force a lawyer to cooperate with the investigation against his client. The next step in this direction is the arrest of the President, the introduction of the Troikas and the liquidation of the Institution of the Bar.

    Actually it is on this I base my conclusion that the recent missile attack on Syria 5 days after the Police raid the office of Michael Cohen was not by collusion between Putin and Trump. For such collusion there is no need to arrange such mega tsunami, but in order to force the president to do something repulsive, which then can be used against him, such a raid and subsequent blackmail is the very thing. And this consideration in its importance in my opinion outweighs all other military or political considerations, which in all its fullness nobody knows.

    But from this it follows that on April 14, American weapons suffered a serious defeat in Syria according to the Hamburg Score, since the prior arrangement did not dilute the purity of the experiment, and if you analyze what kind of weapons knocked down the American Tomahawks, it becomes clear that the whole thing is in the newest radars that guided old weapons, the older, the more effective the results and this finally closes the question of the possibility of an aggressive strike against Russia in the near future.

    Particularly informative is the fact that the newest of the weapons used, S-200 did not get anything down at all, and I still hope to write analysis of the new balance of power in the world that has developed after April 14 and which Pentagon is just beginning to comprehend.

    And after 9 of May they will have additional information to think about.

    Moreover, I especially want to note that the failed Tomahawk attack plays into Trump’s hands, since

    1) everyone admitted to this information knows that it was not he who subjected the US army to such a humiliating flogging, since it was not he who decided on bombing

    2) they know that the shameful weakening of the American army, as revealed by this flogging, was the result of the Obama’s administration’s activities.

    Unsurprisingly, after the Army apparently made claims to those who ordered the strike on April 14, the camp of Clintonoids began to weaken right before our eyes.

    It is enough to compare the mood of the Trump supporters in the morning of April 15 with the jubilation that broke out when it became known that Trump had trapped the Clintonoids with the photo-robot of the man who threatened Stormy Daniels.

    The fact of the matter is that precisely these threats became the crime that caused the judge to issue a warrant for the search of the office of Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, and the photo-robot showed that the poor porn star had invented this threat from her head and the generation of a political mega-tsunami that almost drowned the US legal system, is the same crime as the former director of the FBI, having leaked the classified information, which became the basis for the initiation of Muller’s investigation.

    No wonder the new head of the legal team of the President, the former mayor of New York, Giuliani, publicly demanded the Comey arrest, and yesterday the judge in the case of Paul Manafort, the former head of the Trump election campaign, questioned the legitimacy of the pressure exerted by the FBI agents on Manafort, trying to get him to cooperate with the investigation. And this means that everything that Manafort has said on Trump can not be used in court as evidence of his guilt. Moreover, the judge raised the issue that Mueller in the Manafort case went beyond his powers and now the criminal bias of the Mueller’s Commission is an established legal fact.

    And as Giuliani said correctly, now Muller can shove the results of his investigation up his ass, since the President is not obliged to answer the question of the investigation, which partiality is proven and in general the Constitution protects the President from criminal investigation while he performs these duties, since the President does not has the right to postpone for example negotiations with North Korea to answer these questions, because the issues of war and peace on the Korean Peninsula are much more important for the country than the Mueller’s investigation, especially since it is illegal, because the special council is set up to investigate specific crimes and not to investigate a particular person.

    And all evidence of the criminality of Trump’s ties with Russia was fabricated by Comey, not to mention the search of the President’s lawyer, on the basis of false testimony from a porn actress, which is completely overboard.

    At the same time it becomes clear that Kim Jong-un went to talks with Trump about nuclear disarmament because Trump needs it at least as much as he does and he promised him such guarantees NOT to repeat the destiny of Gaddafi and North Korea to repeat the fate of Libya that he simply could not miss this opportunity.

    And Bolton’s comment on this topic is a smoke screen to divert the eyes of Clintonoids, while Trump is preparing a final solution to the question of coup d’etat by Hillary Clinton.

    And yesterday Clintonoids from threats to Michael Cohen to put him in jail for three hundred years, which were heard very loudly from April 9 to April 14, suddenly went to the allegations that the $130,000 he paid porn actress Stormy Daniels for refusing to publish scabrous details of her affair with the president, was illegal donation to the presidential election campaign.

    I imagine how Mueller will present these considerations to the Congress, where everyone read the book Clinton Cash, describing multi-million donations to the Clinton Foundation from Germany, Saudi Arabia, China, Rosatom and even the Islamic State.

    This means that they have nothing to show to Congress in connection with the Trump case and the realization of this fact immediately affected world politics. I can not think of another explanation for the sudden refusal of the State Department to finance the White Helmets and the absolutely senseless bombing of ISIS in Syria from Air-carrier Harry Truman, except for the desire to show Russia that the US in the fight against ISIS is an ally and not Russia’s enemy number one.

  46. elysianfield May 5, 2018 at 10:58 am #

    Well, ladies and germs,

    The BBC this AM, reports that the Central Bank of Argentina has raised interest rates to…40%. I said Argentina, not Venezuela…it appears that another “failed state” is coming to a continent near you….

    • Tate May 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      Is this a harbinger? Maybe things are about to go pear-shaped in “developing” financial markets. Or maybe the Pope is launching an Argentine hash house chain, “Bergoglio’s”.

  47. elysianfield May 5, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    And…the link;

    bbc.com/news/business-44001450

    The article mentioned the weakness of the Peso as a motivator…Me? I blame it on the Bossa Nova….

  48. volodya May 5, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    ohhno-latepayment

    In an article by Bob Biersack the Center for Responsive Politics reported that the top 20 individual donors coughed up more than $500 million for political organizations during the 2016 election cycle and the top 20 organizational donors gave more than $500 million. That’s more than $1 billion from just 40 donors.

    This is how the legislative armature of government gets bought. ONE BILLION DOLLARS emanating from just FORTY donors. When we mutter darkly on sites like this about conspiracy at the highest echelons, this is what we’re talking about. This is what Oligarchy looks like.

    The hell of it is that it’s conspiracy in public view. The years-long series of governmental and corporate actions all pointed in the same direction – to accrue money and power to a handful of people – and all were conducted in the public square.

    Yet, most absurdly there’s people, including posters on this site, that say they see no evidence of concerted and organized efforts. No conspiracy no-siree. It was all by accident and happenstance. Some of this is propaganda from government paid trolls but there’s a lot of willful blindness out there.

    So, to your point about there not being a lick of difference between the political parties. You’re right. At most they’re just competing factions within one oligarchist society, one that extends into the unelected apparatus like the military, the judicial branch, law enforcement, intelligence agencies. This accounts for the reflexive spasm from ALL sides when Trump won the election, it was like an immune response to an outside invader. Trump was not among the anointed, he spoke out of turn, Trump cannot rule, Trump must not rule.

    But even if he can’t be removed, Trump won’t be there forever. Sooner or later the Democrats will win back the presidency and Congress. Trump’s concession to the Oligarchists, the tax cuts for the rich, will sail on unmolested under the Democrats. That’s my bet.

    • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      “Trump’s concession to the Oligarchists, the tax cuts for the rich…”

      Did Trump not promise tax cuts all through the election campaign? Almost all tax cuts preferentially help the rich. Even the ones that are supposed to be helping the poor.

      • volodya May 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

        So what. The Democrats will be in a position to reverse tax cuts for the rich and they will not do it.

        • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

          I’m not disagreeing with that. It’s the same here – Tories introduce tax cuts and Labour ‘can’t afford’ to reverse them. All I meant was that you seemed to be suggesting that – once in office – Trump was doing the bidding of the oligarchists, whereas it was my understanding, misguided or not, that he’d promised tax cuts from the start. Tax cuts are how you buy votes.

          My own weird view is that you should start by taxing things that do active harm (like fossil fuels, gambling or speculation), not work, which is a ‘good’ thing.

  49. janet May 5, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    Volodya: “So what. The Democrats will be in a position to reverse tax cuts for the rich and they will not do it.”

    Well, the last time we were faced with this, at the sunset of the Bush tax cuts, the Democrats were not the same as the Republicans.

    The expiration of the tax rate cuts was opposed by Republicans. They wanted the super-rich to continue to enjoy tax cuts.

    The Democratic-majority Senate was in favor of extending the tax cuts only on that portion of household income below $250,000 per year.

    So the Democrats were looking out for the little guys. The Republicans not so much.

  50. Tate May 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    Happy Cinco de Mayo(nnaise)

    You Commie bastardos!

    Putos! Cangrejos! Pendejos! Beseme culo!

    • volodya May 5, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      y asesinos.

    • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

      Tate, have you ever considered CBT/anger management?

      Interesting that you have revealed yourself to be one of the people the late, great Joe Bageant writes about (his own people) descended from the Border Reivers and very aggressive. Worshippers of ‘Rambo Jesus’. 🙂

      joebageant.org/2004/03/25/howling_in_the_/

      Our May Day is Monday. Maypoles (in England) and shopping. It’s the bank holiday that launches the DIY year for some reason. And sofas. I don’t get the sofa thing, but it seems new ones become desperately necessary around bank holiday time. I’ll just be at home doing what I normally do. My sofa’s been here for 20 years and is doing fine, like me.

      Enjoy your weekend, Tate. And try not to be so angry.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

        Joe was a low life who betrayed his own people in favor of their tormentors.

        And as you well know, May Day is a Communist Holiday. Try being honest. You may sleep better. Queen Elizabeth was frightened to go to sleep towards the end, as she was tormented by visions of hell. That’s what one gets for persecuting the godly people in favor of the rich and powerful. But only if one’s conscience is still alive at all. God says, I chastiseth whom I loveth. In other words, I’m sure Hillary sleeps fine just like you. And I know I just contradicted myself. What can I say? I contain multitudes.

        • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

          Sorry, Janos, but May Day here existed long, long before communism. It’s a spring festival. It’s happening this coming Monday – the workers’ festivals, where they happen, are past.

          publicholidays.co.uk/2018-dates/

          “Try being honest. You may sleep better.”

          So don’t talk scurrilous b*ll*cks. Don’t worry, I won’t ask for an apology. It might choke you.

          Joe was great. He saw both sides for what they were. He hammered the Republicans and lamented the fact that the people they suckered kept voting for them. And that the Repubs in his town kept buying up the repossessed houses and renting them back to the already fleeced to fleece them even further.

          But he had no time either for ‘liberals’ who didn’t really care about the multitudes of poor people (the Lindy Englands) who fought their oil wars for them. He wasn’t a liberal – he was a self-declared ‘leftneck’. Good for him.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

            I’m still waiting for my two apologies: one for slandering me and the other for not finishing my post in the middle of the argument.

            You’re getting into apologetic debt.

        • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

          After line one of your comment you seem to be hallucinating, so I didn’t bother replying to any of that.

      • Tate May 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

        My people weren’t reivers. They were Lowland Scots. They were a sept of the Maxwell clan. But reivers were usually just trying to reclaim what was theirs, so, whatever.

        And Alpa, I’ll try not to be so angry. And you do the same, okay?

        • Tate May 5, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

          We’re just sitting here taking a break having a craft beer and listening to some fine music.

          youtube.com/watch?v=zRPs6Srvovc

          • Sean Coleman May 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

            Not really my style of music but that is nice.

            Lowland Scots (Glasgow):

            youtube.com/watch?v=zKwOJbIELH0

          • Tate May 5, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

            Haha! That’s great!

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

            Tate

            Lowland Scots (Edinburgh)

            youtube.com/watch?v=CXA0N55c3iw

            ‘You are the crème de la crème… ‘ 🙂

            That was a while ago, mind you…

          • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 2:26 am #

            And we shouldn’t forget the rest of the set of national caricatures…

            The green enchanted isle:

            youtube.com/watch?v=VI-WRb2u4po

            And of course our larger neighbours on this isle:

            youtube.com/watch?v=o4QuSZ2Vvj4

            So there you are, a full set, bar the Welsh – can’t think of any caricatures for them apart from rude ones involving sheep.

          • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 2:48 am #

            Well I missed out Ulster in fact,didn’t I? But aside from a disturbing Ian Paisley rant I couldn’t think of a suitable caricature. And they’re in a better place for now (barring Brexit conundrums). Also they’re your folks so you’re familiar.

          • Tate May 6, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

            Nope, not my people. My people escaped the hangman’s noose in the nick of time and went to Maryland, or so I’ve read.

          • Tate May 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

            Still, Ian Paisley was certainly an inspiring figure. Think what a hundred pairings of an Ian Paisley (who reminds me a lot in appearance of my old Dad) and a Phyllis Schafly would have produced! The mind trembles.

        • Tate May 5, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

          Today is the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The signature song of the Kentucky Derby of course is the iconic “My Old Kentucky Home” written by Stephen Foster. Today it’s not PC to mention Stephen Foster. The words to MOKH are usually bowdlerized. SF’s statue has been removed as of April 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And so it goes. Erasing our past.

          youtube.com/watch?v=861Z4dM6oww

        • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

          Good. I’m not angry, but there’s a lot of bitterness on this site.

          I’m lowland Scots too, but only as far back as I know – could be Highland or anything further back. A lot of border reivers went to Ulster, though and ended up over your way.

          Anyway, enjoy your craft beer – always good.

          I noticed a comment under the song (from a black commenter) said that the lifespan of the average ‘darkie’ as mentioned in the song, was two years. You could raise a glass to their memory just to be nice. You don’t even need to tell your companions.

          I see the seat of your Maxwell folks is Caerlaverock Castle:

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caerlaverock_Castle

          I’ve had a couple of holidays over that way and passed it by. The belted Galloway cattlle are impressive!

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belted_Galloway

          • Tate May 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

            There’s that condescension again. You didn’t listen to the video, did you? Bob Gray mentioned that very fact about the two year lifetime on the sugar plantations — he interrupted his performance with remarks about what the lyrics meant. Yes, we have a tragic past, and it deserves to be preserved. We’re not going to reach amity by trying to hoodwink people and play make-believe.

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

            Fair cop – I listened to half of it. I didn’t realise I had to listen to all of it. Have now listened to it all.. He has a nice voice (which I thought the first time).

            It’s a song everyone knows, even over here, but the bowdlerised version, as you say. Still nothing to stop you raising that glass, though. And no condescension was intended.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

          This one collects apologies but doesn’t give them. Don’t add to her collection.

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

            Janos, I reject your slander accusation. You make stuff up incessantly and NEVER apologise. May Day in the UK has nothing whatever to do with the widespread workers’ celebrations but there would be nothing wrong if it did.

            People struggled to get you the employment rights you currently enjoy. If you’d worked in one of Carnegie’s sweatshops you’d have had one day off in the entire year.

            Re our current oppressors I’ve just been watching The Four Horsemen from 5 years ago – worth a watch if you can spare an hour and 40 mins.

            youtube.com/watch?v=5fbvquHSPJU

            Maybe you’ve seen it already.

          • Tate May 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

            Well, she did apologize to me somewhere above for something, forget what. But not for calling me a Little man. That’s a personal attack, Alpa. Also, it’s an aspersion on the little people among us, those suffering from dwarfism & midgetism(?). Those are medical conditions, you realize that, right, Alpa? The sufferers of these various genetic afflictions are often heroic figures who are made objects of fun. No wonder the suicide rate among them is through the roof. Also drug & alcohol abuse. Vern Troyer, RIP.

            Shame on you.

          • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

            Tate, sorry but now you’re just being silly. Dwarfism? Really? Get a grip. I called you Little Man Tate (a joke, anyway, as you will have heard of the film), because you made a vaguely racist remark (about preferring a clip with a ‘ginger and his white friend’ and suggesting this choice meant there was some hope for me). If that was a misunderstanding of your (also fairly facetious, I presume) remark you should have said so at the time.

            You SHOULD be bigger than making racist remarks. But if your remark was facetious, I don’t know why you’d be so worried about getting a facetious remark back.

            And how many times are you going to call me ‘Alpa’? I’ve lost count. No apology required, though.

          • Tate May 6, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

            Oops! GreenAlba, excuse me, name-wise. But it’s a real issue, Littleism, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. I’ve never heard of any film, ‘Little Man Tate” but now I have just looked it up, so okay, fair enough. I will apologize.

          • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 5:46 am #

            Tate, I totally agree that GENUINE ‘littleism’ is as much an issue as any other ‘ism’ – sexism, ageism etc. etc. (although this is a site that normally rejects ‘isms’ as being part of the PC culture of the victim crowd).

            However, ‘littleism’ of the kind that is an issue refers to actual physical characteristics. I’m not aware of any form of ‘littleism’ or indeed sexism or ageism that deals with the metaphorical world where, for instance, we might refer to a person as being ‘small-minded’ without casting aspersions on their neurological anatomy or physiology.

            And thanks for the apology but, as I said, it wasn’t at all necessary. I don’t take offence at being called ‘Alpa’ – I just wondered why you’d take to doing it.

  51. FincaInTheMountains May 5, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    I must note that I am not privy to any classified information, not American or Russian and base my conclusions solely on the information published in open press and Internet, both Russian and American, on some degree of military training and ability for logical thinking acquired during my studies within the Soviet educational system.

    I think that Trump attacked Syria on the 14th of April under the threat of impeachment, arrest, murder of children, etc. and so on, hoping that there will be no World War, but without any possibility of influencing it one way or another.

    And Syria shot these rockets down with the help of Russian Air defense radars that was tracking ALL missiles from the launch moment (according to Russian General Staff) and Trump only then realized that it was to his benefit (I hate to use that word in this context).

    What will happen after, no one thinks and everybody just trying to avoid the Song of the Fat Lady HERE and NOW.

    As for Twitter, this is his only weapon, the only way to bring his decisions to his supporters.

  52. janet May 5, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    The Times reported that McCain’s “intimates” have told the White House that the plan for McCain’s funeral will be for Vice President Mike Pence to attend but not President Donald Trump, who does not want to miss a regularly scheduled golf game. The service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

    Biden’s eldest son Beau, a former attorney general of Delaware, died of brain cancer in 2015, upending the then-vice president’s planned 2016 presidential campaign. Biden told the Times that during his conversation with McCain, the Arizona senator urged him to “not walk away” from politics, but Biden declined to discuss the possibility that he might run for president in 2020 with the newspaper.

    The Horsefly Cometh…

    • elysianfield May 5, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

      Janet,

      I, too, will not be able to attend his funeral, as I will be washing my hair on that date…whatever date it is. I would prefer his funeral sooner rather than later, as my scalp is beginning to itch….

      • janet May 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

        It is good you are not attending. You were not expected to attend. Best tend to your lice.

        • elysianfield May 6, 2018 at 11:29 am #

          Janet,

          Lice? Is that what those little devils are?

          A friend once opined “It is not shameful to have lice(crabs)…just to keep them….”

  53. Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

    The Scots were a Tribe of Irishmen who invaded “Scotland” (whatever it was called at that point) and made good, slowly conquering and finally merging with the native Picts and northern Britons. The British Elite were amazed to find out that their beloved Scots (everything Scottish had become the rage) were originally lowly Irishmen. Any number of learned Irishmen or Scots could have told them as much if they had only cared to listen.

    • janet May 5, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

      The Scots are a diverse group, an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, with Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse. Mixed DNA.

      Scotland’s DNA project found that Scotland has almost 100 different groups of male ancestry from across Europe and further afield. They are basically evolved from Africans, but geography helped with Scotland’s diversity. Scotland’s place at the farthest north-western end of the European peninsula, is the reason for great diversity. For many thousands of years, migrants could move no further west. Scotland was the end of many journeys.

      Scotland’s DNA project also found a percentage of all Scotsmen are direct descendants of the Berber and Tuareg tribesmen of the Sahara, a lineage which is around 5600 years old.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_people#/media/File:Jackie_Kay3.JPG

      • Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

        Those two African groups are mixed with Negroes now – which the Scots are not, at least not yet.

        And of course the Germanic footprint is there from the many invasions, prominent in the South from the English and in the Islands from the Vikings.

        The Albanian Viewpoint as I suppose it: Inclusivity is the most important moral principle. All countries should be moral and therefore inclusive. Thus immigration is sacred and the more diverse a country is, the better because more moral or moraler. Thus since diversity is the unifying moral principle of the modern state, immigrants are literally more Scottish than the Scots themselves. And of course moraler or better people than the pale indigenes. The latter can only redeem themselves by working towards their own extinction by either social justice work, inter-marriage, having no children, etc.

        • BackRowHeckler May 5, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

          “… social justice work, intermarriage, having no children etc”. –Vlad

          sounds like you’re talking bout Cat Ladies. All you gotta do is add in a houseful of cats and some chilled boxes of cheap wine.

          the complete Cat Lady.

          brh

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

            Nothing wrong with cats – my husband was fond of ours while we had her. When you live in a Victorian flat, they’re handy – didn’t see a mouse in the 10 years we had her. The greyhound, on the other hand, is afraid of her own shadow.

            We like our wine kind Goldilocks style though. This bottle is tooooo cheap; this bottle is tooooo dear; but this one is juuuuust right.

            Your ‘house full of cats’ could maybe help with this lot:

            youtube.com/watch?v=zWVw-j8eYSk

          • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

            kind of…

        • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

          Janos, do you never tire of making up nonsense? And telling people what they think?

          ‘…as I suppose it…’
          ‘…in other words…’
          ‘…so what you’re saying is…’

          Yawn. You have so many straw men around you you’re a fire hazard.

          • stelmosfire May 6, 2018 at 9:44 am #

            Your Greyhound may be shy due to a beatdown if he is a race track rescue. Myself, I have a Pure Yorky, thank you rats in the UK mills , he is a purebred and 10 kg’s, a monster for his breed. He is always chasing and killing chipmunks and moles on the prop.

          • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

            She ran a few races in 2013, Stelmo (we got her in 2015), but we’ve no evidence at all she was badly treated. They are shy dogs anyway and very gentle. Maybe I exaggerated – she’s happy with us but sometimes even makes herself jump when she rattles her food tin in its holder and she’s scared of fireworks and sometimes noisy car exhausts. I really just meant she has no practical value like a cat or a scary Alsation – she’s just family!

            Your Yorkie does sound big for the breed. My mother (born 100 years ago…) used to say they were called ‘oily rag’ dogs locally when she was little because they looked like something you’d wipe the machinery with in a factory. I don’t mean that in a bad way – they’re cute!

      • Tate May 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

        See, they’ve discovered now that Adam & Eve (the so-called “biological” A & E, which is highly unlikely, but I’ll go with the argument) were not actually African, or at least not what we think of as African today. The Bantus — the modern “Africans” (otherwise known as Wakandans according to Marvel Comics, heh heh) spread out throughout sub-Saharan Africa from their ancestral homeland in the “armpit” of Africa (approximately the modern states of Cameroon thru Ghana) three thousand years ago, displacing & replacing earlier aboriginal peoples (People not Pots theory).

        Adam & Eve (the “biological” A&E) in all probability were residents of the Middle East. Ring any bells? Yeah, Bible history 101.

      • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

        You’ve reminded me, Janet, that I asked my husband for one of those DNA testing kits for Christmas, in the absence of actually ‘needing’ anything. But he forgot.

        Ah well. Maybe I’ll get round to it one of these days. He just thinks it’s weird anyway, as in why would you care? The opposite of Janos, thankfully. But it could be interesting.

        I did hear it mentioned on something the other day that there were concerns about the outfits who do the testing selling the information on to insurance companies. Just as well we have a civilised healthcare system then, eh… Only my bricks and mortar are insured, along with the inanimate objects within them.

        • PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 9:10 am #

          Those DNA tests are neat.

          My siblings and I got a DNA kit for my 78 year old dad here. The biggest surprise was that it said he was like 40% British. He is Danish, and his family is relatively new to the US. So, he just says he’s Norse, and that it was when the Vikings occupied Britain. Maybe. At least, that’s what he tells himself 🙂 ha ha

  54. BackRowHeckler May 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    Hey this Lance Valiant comic book character, is he modelled after the Canadian Prime Minister? Trudeau looks like he came out of a comic book, and he might hang out in bath houses, like Bath House Barry. Same type. Anyway, how does a reader know Lance is gay? Does he come right out and declare it? Is he shown hanging around gay clubs? Is he shown on all fours? What?

    brh

    • GreenAlba May 5, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

      Maybe he just has nicer soft furnishings, brh. We’ll never know. Well, I won’t anyway – I’d rather chew my own arm off than try to summon up an iota of curiosity.

      • elysianfield May 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

        “– I’d rather chew my own arm off than try to summon up an iota of curiosity.”

        Alba,
        Possibly an unfortunate statement considering the following;

        Last week you gently chided me in that I must not understand the Scientific method…further that Climate change was considered “settled science”, and not subject to further inquiry…you even mentioned Gravity as an example of a settled science. Well, it is an established fact that Gravity is still being studied, and still peer-reviewed.

        Alba, “settled science”…that concept is as abhorrent to me as is “Marxist self criticism’. “Settled Science” does not, and should never exist, and does not to anyone that can summon up an iota of curiosity. Your summation of the issue a canard, and reflects badly upon your intellect (sorry)…Those who hold that overview of inquiry I respect less than members of NAMBLA.

        Defend your viewpoints on Climate, please, without popular catch phrases. There is no peer review on the subject of human caused (anthromorphic) climate change. Please couch your answers in the reality that Climate Scientists cannot even predict the weather 7 days in advance.

        Anthromorphic Climate change.

        Race,

        Intelligence testing,

        (Other) issues that cannot be discussed due to political issues

        Gravity? You gest..

        • Tate May 6, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

          EF, she believes in the “religion” of Scientism. Ever hear of Lysenkoism, one version of Scientism which prospered in the former Soviet Union? All it takes is a few prominent politicians to get behind a claim and it’s off to the races, thus subverting real science for decades.

          • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 7:03 am #

            Elysianfield

            When I went to bed last night an example occurred to me (how sad am I?) that might help illustrate the weather/climate conundrum in terms of statistics. It’s not offered with any sarcasm – it’s purely meant to be illustrative of the problem. The tone of my previous response was merely a response to the tone of your post!

            Anyway, let’s posit a situation where we have a road safety officer (RSO) of some sort employed in your state. And let’s also posit an argumentative citizen of said state who doesn’t like seat belts, doesn’t like ‘government and all its works’, and doesn’t like people telling him what to do – and who also theorises that the only reason ‘government’ makes him wear a seat belt is that it likes making him pay more for a car with seat belts – it has no interest in his actual safety.

            So our argumentative citizen (let’s call him Champs Elysées for now) takes up cudgels on behalf of all the other people who don’t live ‘government’ and being told what to do and challenges the ‘RSO’ to prove that seat belts genuinely have an effect on the number of road deaths. CE insists that all sorts of other things have contributed to the reduction in road deaths over the years, including people’s driving habits and the improved safety of car bodies.

            Here’s a snippet of their conversation:

            RSO:
            So, you see, CE, we have designed a model that predicts how the number of road deaths responds to various changes in behaviour and physical properties. It includes the wearing of seat belts, improved driving skills, the influence of weather on particular days, improvements in car bodies, etc.

            It also includes historical data, from when seat belts existed but their use was not mandatory, such as differences in death rates from seemingly similar accidents involving different kinds of car (for example we know that, counter-intuitively, accidents are more likely to be fatal if they involve fancy expensive cars, probably because drivers of such cars tend to exceed speed limits more and because the size, comfort and quietness of their car gives them a false sense of security).

            Now, based on all of these observations, our model shows that the biggest *single* predictor of increases or decreases in road fatalities is the rate of seat belt wearing. But it won’t always tell us the primary cause of death in the case of any one single accident (just as you can’t blame any single weather event on climate change). The person might not have died if they’d been wearing a seat belt, but they might also not have died if they hadn’t been drinking and their responses had been quicker.

            Our model shows that if (hypothetically, since such an experiment would be unethical) if you gradually decrease the percentage of people wearing seat belts between now and 12 months hence, you will see a gradual increase in the number of fatalities. Note that these are monthly averages we are talking about – we can’t tell you how many people will die on a particular day because that would depend on an infinite number of variables: school closures, public holidays, heavy rain or fog, random spillages of e.g. oil on motorways, people driving when overtired, incidences of public disorder, spikes in joyriding, incidences of drink driving etc. etc.

            CE: So, since your model is so great, tell me how many people are going to die this Wednesday, according to your model and assuming your 10% of drivers stop wearing seat belts for all of this month.

            RSO: I can’t, CE, that’s not what the model is designed to show. I don’t know if it’s going to rain on Wednesday, if a particular person is going to drive while inebriated or if a whole lot of people are going to get angry and careless because they’re sick of being stuck in a particular traffic jam.

            But what I can tell you is that by next December there is a very high probability – so high that we could, if were were not picky statisticians, even call it a certainty – that the *average monthly* number of road deaths will be in the range xx to yy and that xx and yy will be greater than in June, given a steady monthly increase in the number of people not wearing seat belts.

            CE: But why should I have any confidence in what your model tells me about fatalities in December when it can’t even tell me how many people are going to be killed on Wednesday, which is only two days away?

            *******

            Now I know my quickly thrown-together analogy isn’t perfect, but I hope this helps with the weather/climate thing. If it doesn’t I take full responsibility for the fanciful analogy 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 7:10 am #

            Tate

            Here’s an example of bad science.

            Let’s assume a pharma company does 20 clinical trials of its latest product. It likes the results it gets from 10 of those but not the other 10. So it publishes the 10 it likes. This happens all the time. It’s bad – and dishonest – science. But it absolutely does not negate the value of *science* which is based on observation.

            And here’s an excellent site for distinguishing good from bad science:

            badscience.net/

            Ben Goldacre is excellent. Here he is dong a TED talk on Bad Science:

            ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_battling_bad_science

            And he’s written a book on Bad Science, which I have. I would recommend it. You won’t find him criticising *science*, only *bad science*.

        • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

          Re your first quote, elysianfield, I’d have thought you could identify facetiousness for comedic effect, but apparently not. I remain incurious about the sexual charateristics of a comic character lack of curiosity that I might be incurious regarding other topics not specifically mentioned.

          Gravity may be still be being studied, but its existence of the force is not in question.

          Likewise what I said was (from memory) that scientists were engaged in studying the detail of AGW (and they will continue to do so) – the scientific consensus is that the current warming is anthropogenic (I presume this is what you mean by ‘anthromorphic’, a word which, even though you have used it twice, does not exist).

          You are right that ‘settled science’ is not a good phrase. So we’ll have to find a better one for something like the link between smoking and cancer, which is very thoroughly established – perhaps you can suggest one. If so, that may work for the consensus on the current warming being caused by humans.

          “There is no peer review on the subject of human caused (anthromorphic) climate change. ”

          I take if from this that, in addition to not knowing what AGW even stands for, you do not understand the standard peer review process.

          Here is a list of peer reviewed papers which should keep you busy for quite a while. They are sorted according to the type of ‘sceptic’ argument in question.

          skepticalscience.com/resources.php?peer=1

          “Please couch your answers in the reality that Climate Scientists cannot even predict the weather 7 days in advance.”

          Now here you give yourself away entirely. You ask the impossible because what you ask is stupid. Climate scientists do not predict next week’s weather. When you have investigated the difference between climate and weather and have figured out why your question demonstrates your ignorance on the matter with such delightful precision, you may be ready to move on to more advanced research.

          When you are trying to solve this riddle, couch your answer in the particular inappropriateness of the word ‘even’. It is the clue to the error in your thinking. Good luck.

          • GreenAlba May 6, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

            A chunk of text got deleted there – it should have been:

            “I remain incurious about the sexual characteristics of a comic character. However you are not entitled to extrapolate from said lack of curiosity (understandable to a sensible person) that I might be incurious regarding other topics not specifically mentioned.”

  55. Luhrenloup May 5, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    The Horsefly is getting a drubbing from the judiciary, but I don’t think it’s enough for Trump to fire him yet. He told the folks at the NRA that he enjoys these skirmishes. This will play out till there is no one to look to as the good guy here.
    We haven’t heard yet what kind of sex went on between the Golem and big tits. I’m sure, Horsefly attracted to shit piles like his brothers and sisters of the bloodsucking Tabanideas will want to dig right in to that.

  56. Q. Shtik May 5, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    This may be completely off-topic, I don’t know. I have been out of touch. Haven’t read this latest blog post by Jim nor any of the comments. [I returned today from a 575 mile motorcycle road trip with my so-in-law.]

    yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/03/23/john-bolton-70-law-74-named-national-security-advisor/

    [Dr.] Bruce Krueger is my first cousin.

    • Q. Shtik May 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

      son-in-law

    • Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

      You are part of the fading WASP elite then. Knew it. Any relation to Freddy Krueger? You know far more than you are willing to say.

      How was the trip? Did you sneak into Canada? Any spills or high yellow gals?

      • Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 11:50 pm #

        I always preferred Jason myself: He never hurries but he’s always where he needs to be. As Lao Tzu said, The Way abides in non-action, yet nothing is left undone. But hey, to each his own. Blood is thicker than water.

        Or in a striking display of this: Buddha was once doing the slow walking meditation that he taught to his monks. A thief tried to assault him, but no matter how fast he ran, he could not catch up to the Buddha as he slowly walked.

    • BackRowHeckler May 6, 2018 at 12:02 am #

      Wait a minute, Ken.

      Are you saying you rode a motorcycle 575 miles?

      Didn’t you tell us one time you were 74?

      brh

      • Q. Shtik May 6, 2018 at 2:05 am #

        Yes, BRH, I WAS 74 but now I’m 77 and change. The 575 miles were ridden over the span of 5 days. The world and people I encountered during this brief trip show no signs of the gloom portrayed here by our host and the commentariat in general. Hardly a beater on the roadways and everyone pleasant and polite.

        Since purchasing the bike several months ago I’ve put on 1567 miles. It’s all warm-up and practice for my grand tour to Westmeath Ont, Canada and from there to Duluth, MN this coming summer. I also completed a 3-day Basic Rider Course and got a motorcycle “endorsement” on my Jersey driver license so I’m quite legal. I make a point NOT to ride after dark, NOT to carry a passenger and NOT to ride after drinking.

        BTW, I used a free computer in the lobby of a Microtel motel and attempted logging on to CFN but the system denied me access due to “questionable content” of the blog. On the other hand I WAS able to access Cold N. Holefield’s Catcher In The Lie blog with which TPTB apparently find no problem. Go figure.

        I figure that in the grand scheme of things Kunstler is an entity while Cold is an under-the-radar non-entity.

        • PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 9:04 am #

          Oh boy, well have fun on your ride, there. It’ll be beautiful.

        • stelmosfire May 6, 2018 at 10:22 am #

          Welcome back “Q”, you garnered some questions as to your remiss to oversight on CFN, I envy you for your upcoming adventures. Myself, I covered 10K miles last year on a 6 week odyssey through the USA/ Canadian Northwest for the “Great American Eclipse”. On a scoot it would be great. I found (and already knew ) that the flyover country was full of intelligent, thoughtful, and can do, type people contrary to standard MSM talking heads. Happy Trails

  57. 100th Avatar May 5, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    McCain Insane’s slow, painful and undignified death.

    Karmic retribution.

    There isn’t a god

    Just balance

    • BackRowHeckler May 6, 2018 at 12:04 am #

      For Gods sake Avatar give the guy a break. He’s dying from brain cancer.

      brh

      • thenuttyneutron May 6, 2018 at 1:43 am #

        Does dying from brain cancer require us to forgive him for his evil crimes and look past them? Why should McCain be “given a break”?

        There is nothing wrong or evil with schadenfreude. It is an understandable human emotion.

        • 100th Avatar May 6, 2018 at 8:17 am #

          So many people he killed died quickly, brilliantly, vaporized and forgotten, or never known.

          McCain is going out slowly, disease-ridden flesh carved off years at a time. Leaving this life angry and dishonorable. Casting aspersions at the president and his former running-mate, who wouldn’t capitulate like a lady should, while desperately reaching for a legacy he has never had.

          Good pilots don’t crash. Don’t get caught.
          Don’t become career politicians angry for never reaching that brass ring.
          All the world is a nail.

          A life spent feeding off the government and rewarding those doing the same, the war machine contractors, won’t stop here. They’ll bury him with much pomp in a cemetery overlooking the swamp it is slowly sinking into.

          • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 8:31 am #

            “Good pilots don’t crash. Don’t get caught.”

            I don’t know enough about John McCain to comment so I defer to you all on the matter. However, when I read this, my mind (urged no doubt by the number of times I saw his life story enacted by Kenneth More on a Sunday afternoon in my youth) jumped to Douglas Bader (‘Flying Ace’, Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, DL, FRAeS), who, having lost both his legs in a flying accident, nevertheless joined the RAF for the duration of the war with his two artificial ones, but eventually had to bail out over German-occupied France leaving them jammed in his burning plane, was captured by the Germans but managed several escape attempts despite not having his own legs, before they slammed in Colditz.

            He’s a bit of a hero hereabouts for us oldies.

            The average life expectancy of an RAF spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain was four weeks.

            #somegreatpilotsstillcrash 🙂

        • Walter B May 6, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

          We humans are not required to participate in the judgment of our fellow man and it is wise not to venture here anyway. John McCain entered into the “Public Service” domain of his own accord and in his capacity of whatever it is he did or did not do for US(A), I was never impressed by his performance, and was in fact rather sadly disappointed. I would love to see him leave office and allow for someone else that actually cares to replace him, if such sort of people still exist. We do not need to “forgive” him for anything, he shall be judged by a far greater power than us, and that is between him and He who judges him.

          He is not the first, nor the last human being to ascend to a position of power that has betrayed a nation. Good luck flyboy.

    • Tate May 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      You shouldn’t speak ill of the dead. So get your licks in before he kicks it.

  58. Janos Skorenzy May 5, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

    nypost.com/2018/03/21/blockchain-for-bitcoin-is-infected-with-child-porn/

    Interesting. A clever tactic by the perverts? A nasty joke by programmers? Or a looming threat held over the heads of cyber entrepreneurs by the Elite?

    • pequiste May 6, 2018 at 8:22 am #

      All three of your suppositions are correct, plus some even more dastardly aspects of the “digital currency” will be revealed in the near future.

      I want to know why the logo for the gigantic waste of computing power and electricity is ostensibly a gold coin with the Bitcoin symbol; a capital letter “B” with two parallel short lines coming out of both the top and bottom of the embossed image?

      tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.JBV7VVSxXvoZ97b0-FAMFAHaHX&pid=Api

  59. edpell May 6, 2018 at 3:25 am #

    Do any of us care about the criminals in D.C.?

  60. edpell May 6, 2018 at 3:33 am #

    McCain is evil.

  61. beantownbill. May 6, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    I don’t know if McCain is evil or not, but I’ve seen too many people at the end-point of cancer and it is awful. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. If someone hates McCain because he’s evil, that means that person hates evil. Then wishing for McCain to suffer and die, isn’t that evil, too? Makes no sense.

    Yes, payback is a bitch.

    • stelmosfire May 6, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      Yes Bill, the BIG C is horrible. I gave many a suffering the “last ride” over the years. They knew it was the big bummer and I may have been one of their last listeners as we rode to the hospital together . It’s funny (not really) what people will say as they know they will never return home again. I especially enjoyed ( not really) the WWII stories. Sad

  62. PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    towns & neighborhoods doing it for themselves, by themselves. Making it by hand.

    media spot on a something extremely close to home, and an example of a positive future:

    cbsnews.com/news/a-small-town-america-in-renewal/

    • PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      well said and much truth young hobbit

  63. PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    cnn.com/videos/us/2018/05/04/man-escaping-utah-court-video.cnn

    huh

    I wonder if the pain meds were worth this…

    and 2) never try to catch an adult falling like this!
    never never never

    • Janos Skorenzy May 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      Every one thinks they’re going to break free and make a great escape – only to fall over a railing like a dolt. He didn’t even jump, just somehow rolled over! Or one can start fantasizing like the man in the story “An Occurrence at Owl Bridge”. He believes he has escaped and is running towards his wife’s open arms only to be caught short in a blinding light as his neck was snapped by the noose.

      At least one man did make an incredible escape: A Voodoo Priest in Haiti invoked a god into his body. Imbued with supernatural strength, he broke his bonds and ran with incredible speed, eluding the French soldiers.

      Yeah that idiot down below could have gotten his neck broken by this idiot.

      • PeteAtomic May 6, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

        Yep, never try to catch somebody like that, Janos. Just let ’em fall.

        If anything, you can try to catch the head/spine so it doesn’t bounce off the ground. That may save their lives right there.

  64. BackRowHeckler May 6, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

    Looks like Iran controlled Hezbollah is about to take over the govt. in Lebanon. Iran will now be free to move massive amounts of armaments right up against the Israeli border, as well as divisions of Kuds force fighters. Israel is not only threatened by these developments, but Saudi Arabia is surrounded. I’m certainly no analyst, but even an amatuer like myself can figure out this is not good. We have seen in the past what happens when outright criminals — in Russia, China, Cambodia and Germany — take over an established country. It always ends up in mass murder.

    Its 100 years now to the month when the AEF engaged Imperial Germany in titanic battles on the western front, involving millions of men and determining the future of the west for years to come. Its been ignored in the media. Instead we get this: ‘YOU ARE THERE’ hourly reports of civil rights events in Selma and Birmingham in 1963. One local radio station cuts into current programming with the latest bulletin from Alabama.

    What do Birmingham and Selma look like today? Would you want to live there?

    brh

    • stelmosfire May 7, 2018 at 7:46 am #

      No Thanks, Marlin. I’ll take my little corner of heaven in the Berkshires gun grabbers and all.

  65. FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    Putin’s Inauguration, Apocalypse and the Influence of Pornography on Geopolitics

    You will be laughing your ass off, but three quarters of Sunday political programs in the US were devoted to the book of porn actress Stormy Daniels “How I fucked (had sex) with the US president”. All four programs not only confirmed my theory of the influence of pornography on geopolitics, which I developed in previous posts, but also finally confirmed the apocalyptic nature of this influence and its connection with the inauguration of the Russian president.

    I will expound this story in brief.

    Indeed, a really very beautiful and cheerful porn actress Stormy Daniels allegedly had a “romance” with Donald Trump in 2006, and in 2016 a month before the election, when everybody but me were confident that the US president would be Hillary Clinton, she signed an agreement with Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen in which she for 130 thousand dollars pledged not to disclose the details of this “romance”. But when Trump became president she decided that she had made a bad bargain, and then Clinton sent her a lawyer and Trump, trying to avoid embarrassment, told the reporters that he did not know anything about this agreement, and 130 thousand was the money of his lawyer.

    Then the Clintonoids declared this money an illegal contribution of his lawyer to Trump’s election campaign, and the new head of the legal team of President Rudy Giuliani stated that Trump returned this money to his lawyer at the end of the month, and when the question arose that Trump lied to the American people, that he did not know anything about this payment, Rudy Giuliani stated that this money was returned to the lawyer along with other overhead expenses.

    And yesterday, when the most famous American journalist George Stephanopoulos, who serves Hillary while hating her guts, drove Rudy Giuliani into the corner, the latter had to admit the possibility that Stormy Daniels was not the only woman of a low social responsibility in Trump’s life, and Trump’s lawyer managed a special fund designated to prompt settling of such issues, and Trump replenished that fund regularly without delving into the names of recipients of grants from this fund.

    This closed the legal aspect of the problem, and the moral aspect showed that the hypocrisy of the Clintonoids got to the Americans to such an extent, that they ceased to be Puritans and rejoice at these feats of the president approximately the same way they do in Russia.

    Let me remind you that Hillary Clinton has the amazing ability to lower her genius combinations to the really pornographic level:

    1. In the case of Watregate, in which Hillary Clinton played a decisive role as a lawyer for the John Doar commission, the nickname of the agent who exposed Nixon’s terrible plan and thereby initiated Watergate was Deep Throat. This nickname was a reference to the name of the most famous porn movie of that time, with the distribution of which began to take off to the top of the financial pyramid the multibillion Vanguard and Hillary that nickname fits a lot better than the FBI deputy director Mark Felt.

    2. The presidency of Bill Clinton, which many consider to be the presidency of that member of the family, who proved that she has not only brilliant brains but also the balls of steel, was marred by the completely pornographic case of Monica Lewinsky

    3. Well, now the case of Stormy Daniels crowns her struggle with Trump.

    And I’m writing this now because Vladimir Putin has taken on a very heavy load in an era that many people consider apocalyptic and it actively influences geopolitics, forcing Hillary to arrange an Arab spring in the vicinity of Megiddo Mountain, and Trump to cancel the nuclear deal with Iranians, in order to prove to his supporters who respect the interpretation of the Apocalypse, according to which the United States is the Shield of Israel.

    And it may very well be that the nuclear war between the US and Russia will be prevented, having finished off the “Deep Throat” Hillary, because Israel and a significant part of the world Jewry proclaimed Trump the Messiah and the second Cyrus the Great, the first Persian (Iranian) king, who was said to be the first Messiah.

    But the Apocalypse and the book of Daniel describe a world that has nothing to do with the world we now live in.

    The only similarity of the world that I see in the window, and also sometimes from the airplane, with the world described in the Apocalypse, in the book of Daniel, and also described by the prophet Ezekiel, is the stamp of pornography on everything touched by a former senator from the State of New York Hillary Clinton.

    And this combination of high and low is not invented by me, it is a part of not only the modern history, but also part of the Holy Scripture, which in my opinion really mentions today’s inauguration of Vladimir Putin as Russian President.

    Only not to Vladimir Putin are the words: Son of man, set your face against God, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.… (Ezekiel 38:2)

    Other words of the Holy Scripture refer to it and it is not difficult to see – the similarity of the pornography mark that Hillary Clinton leaves on everything with that written in the Holy Scripture about the Babylonian Whore, the city and the woman, is too striking.

  66. GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    “And as you well know, May Day is a Communist Holiday. Try being honest. You may sleep better. ” —Janos

    I thought you might like this pic of an English commie family celebrating that commie May Day holiday in that commie way that people do in this commie country.

    theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/07/may-day-bank-holiday-weather-breaks-temperature-record

    They’ll be getting their hammers and sickles out any second to make commie sandcastles. With commie flags on them. Or they would if it weren’t for all those pebbles.

    Hope it helps you ‘sleep better’. The only reds under the bed will be the ones who forgot their sunscreen.

    • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 7:42 am #

      Oh, and Happy May Day. Blue skies here in Edinburgh too and not a hammer and sickle in sight. People strewn all over the local park, though.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 9:01 am #

      The only reds under the bed will be the ones who forgot their sunscreen

      … and I thought your Boris Johnson is redder than Lenin.

      • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 9:29 am #

        ??? You must know something I don’t about The Honourable Member for Henley on Thames, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

        Although with his colouring he needs to be careful if he’s out and about today. But we don’t know whose bed he’s hiding under, with his less honourable ‘member’ 🙂 .

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