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There he is, our president, both immovable object and irresistible force, unsmiling with slitty eyes beneath that car-hood of a hair-doo, lumbering from one presidential prerogative to the next through squalls of opprobrium, perplexing leaders from foreign lands, punking congressmen and senators, inducing swoons of un-safeness among the zhes, theys, and thems on campus, provoking the op-ed bards of The Times to mouth-foaming hysterics, tweeting any old thing that flies through the interstices of his brain-pan, our Golden Golem of Greatness, MAGA sword in smallish hand against a swirling red sky.

Well, he made it through the year. I thought the fucker would be sandbagged by a claque of Pentagon patriots inside of three months, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

What seems to be forgotten is that Donald Trump brought his own swamp to Washington, as in a history of hinky real-estate wheelings-and-dealings, stiffed vendors, bankruptcies, lowbrow TV hijinks, and dark adventures in the Manhattan nightlife of the late 20th century. So, it’s swamp versus swamp.

You may detect that I’m not exactly a fan of the president, but I rather admire his standing up to the permanent bureaucracy that we call the Deep State, and especially its elite poobahs, who have driven this polity into a deeper ditch than the voters realize. The Mueller investigation hangs over Trump’s head like a piñata filled with dog-shit, but he soldiers on. After more than a year, the RussiaGate narrative is looking like something fished out of the Goodwill Industries dumpster, its chief sponsor, the FBI, riddled with conflicts-of-interest, suspicious political motivations, and flat-out partisan animosity. Right now, there’s more reason to suppose Mueller will have to start asking some hard questions about Russia collusion among the Hillary cohort —and don’t forget, there’s that stinky business featuring ex-DNC-Chief Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her mysterious Pakistani IT go-fer, Imran Awan, waiting in the wings.

Trump’s management of the North Korea nuclear threat has been, shall we say, less subtle than his predecessor’s. The Prez and Kim look like a couple of characters out of a 1949 Warner Brothers LoonyTune. It’s almost enough to make you forget this is serious business. The issue has gone ominously silent for weeks and I rather imagine we’ll witness some real fireworks as the new year rolls out. But if it happens that the US manages to “neutralize” Little Rocket Man without blowing up Seoul and Tokyo, the GGG may get a brownie point from his fiercest auditors.

I saw nothing wrong with Trump’s attempt to constrict travel to the US by people from a list of mainly Islamic nations. The Left shrieked about ethnic “profiling.” Yes, that’s exactly what it was. Why? Because a lot of Islamic maniacs are blowing things up, shooting up joints, and plowing trucks into folks around the world, including This Land is Your Land. On the macro level, I’m all for a broad reduction in immigration. We’ve got enough strip-mall nail parlors for now. And there are something like 100 million American adults out of the work-force. A time-out, at least, is warranted.

I’m skeptical of Trump’s MAGA program. We’re not going to replay the industrial age in North America, and we’re for sure not going to return to the life-ways of 1962. I also doubt that we are heading into a Silicon Valley inspired robotic A-I nirvana of “creative” weenies in flying, pilotless Ubers. Rather, I think we’re more likely to land in a return to something more like 1834, with scant central heating, and a lot of suspense about getting a hot meal at sundown. I want a mule.

The Tax Plan? Real tax relief just doesn’t mean a whole lot without a reduction in the size and scale of government. Its unstated purpose is a temporary stimulant replacement for Federal Reserve money-printing. Its actual effect will be to shove the US closer to real and painful insolvency in which something has to give: either the value of our money, or our having any money. I wonder what sort of dark schemes are being hatched to cold-cock the public with a so-called “cashless society” regime. That’s only one move that could provoke real civil violence, and understandably so, because there’s no greater threat to liberty than the government electronically tracking your every transaction.

Happy New Year, everybody! Watch yourself out on the road!

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  1. Georges1202 December 29, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    The Dog Shit Pinata – a Jim original.

    • pequiste December 29, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      Second that! A great visual. Worthy of a second cup of coffee spew all over the laptop.

  2. Georges1202 December 29, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    Jim,

    Seriously though – thanks for the heavy lifting of 2xCFN – this is the year that was and we needed you. And you stood up.

  3. Paulo December 29, 2017 at 9:58 am #

    Nice job. I wouldn’t miss Monday for anything. I have a whole different appreciation for Pinatas, now.

    All the best for 2018 as you moved forward and try to retain some balance in this wacky scene.

    And by the way, you just might see a Dow at 6,000. Wouldn’t that be an earthquake!!!

  4. trypillian December 29, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    More mention ought to be made about his tiny mouth. When speaking he looks like a blowfish sucking a lemon. I daresay this type of congenital malformation is the product of incestuous proclivity.

  5. thenuttyneutron December 29, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    Dog Shit Piñata. Yes that puts a nice visual in the reader’s mind. Now you have to consider the fact that some dogs love the savory taste of dog shit. In this case, they are no doubt mostly democrats.

    I can’t think of a better description for the DNC. They are filled with shit eating dogs after the bullshit they pulled last year in rigging the nomination. They are foaming at the mouth over Trump. What makes it even better is that Trump is filling this piñata with shit. Muller soldiers on by beating Trump’s shit out of it for the DNC to scarf up.

    The biggest problem with a shit eating dog is that they always want to share the flavor of it with you by getting affectionate.

    • SteveO December 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      “I can’t think of a better description for the DNC. They are filled with shit eating dogs after the bullshit they pulled last year in rigging the nomination.

      That was the result of a 25 year effort by HRC to make it to the presidency. That organization needs an enema really, really badly. The Clinton cronies need jail time, but unfortunately rigging the nominating process by threatening to cut off funds isn’t illegal.

      • jloughrey December 30, 2017 at 1:32 am #

        “The Clinton cronies need jail time, but unfortunately rigging the nominating process by threatening to cut off funds isn’t illegal.”

        But actual election fraud is illegal. There is widespread and well-documented evidence that the DNC primaries were rigged by disenfranchising voters, throwing thousands off voter rolls, and massive purging of ballots. In Bernie’s home district of Brooklyn, some 118,000 voters were thrown off the rolls. And in California, some 5 million ballots, including many provisional, were never counted-more than the entire number of votes attributed to Hillary. Polls in California showed Hillary and Bernie in a virtual tie, yet Hillary “won” by 13 percent, which is statistically regarded as a clear sign that fraud occurred. Might Mueller’s investigations in 2018 extend to the rampant fraud in the DNC primaries? I won’t hold my breath, but I can always hope.

  6. robert magill December 29, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    I wanted to vote for Trump but of course I couldn’t, so I voted for a Collegian who promised he would do it for me. Maybe he did. The fathers, who almost to a man hated the demos, promised a College experience for us all every four years. Yeah!  Keep the rabble, me, from any truck with the sacred ballot. So they prevailed again this time and we have The Donald. Maybe not exactly what those grandees had in mind, lo, those many years past.

    Or perhaps that is what happens when Democracy has to use the back door. and eat in the kitchen. Maybe, just maybe, the oligarchy we were destined to become has started to fray apart at the seams. Maybe it takes a swamp creature to clean a swamp properly and shape the water in the process.

    • sprawlcapital December 29, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      RM–I thought my reading comprehension was pretty good, but your first paragraph, above, baffles me. Could you give us a Cliff’s Notes version, please?
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      JHK–Thanks for your call to reduce the level of immigration into the US. As was pointed out here recently (by Janos, I recall), if we still had the immigration law that was in place until 1965, our population would be stable at around 200 million. And our major industry would not be the conversion of good land to junk “development”.

      I also liked the car hood “hairdo”, and the “zhe, they, them” stuff. Excellent.

      • outsider December 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

        Much as Trump has railed against illegal immigration, he hasn’t said much about limiting the legal variety. If he doesn’t call for the repeal of the Immigration Act of 1965 in the coming year, the man is not serious.

        • baird December 29, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

          Jhk is definitely correct about immigration, recent numbers continue to indicate that US population increases at a rate of over 2m/yr mostly due to immigration of one sort or another. Global population/growth imho is perhaps the primary driver of virtually all the existential threats we face.

    • sprawlcapital December 29, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      RM–After maybe the fifth reading, I get it, at least partly. You’re talking about the Electoral College and the founding fathers. Sorry.

  7. shotho December 29, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    quite the contrary, you’re not wrong on everything; pretty much right on everything. Just a tad off on your timing.

    • KK December 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

      As the wag noted (Yogi?), “Predictions are hard. Especially about the future.”

      🙂

  8. Walter B December 29, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Yes Jim, Donald Trump has not been removed in any of the many fashions that we all feared might happen this past year, and that is because unlike JFK, he has not interfered with the endless wars for profit by those who really rule America. Yes, he did emphasize if not outright prove that Republicans and Democrats are simply different colors of the same turd, but we were starting to figure that out on our own anyway, weren’t we? The real problem is going to be when his turn at the helm is over either 3 years or 7 from now, which turd will climb out of the toilet to stink up the room next? Michelle Obama? Now THAT is some real scary stuff, better sleep well now while we still can.

    Like so many old men my age, I like to read a lot. I am currently 150 pages into “The Devil’s Chessboard” by David Talbot. It is the story of Allen Dulles , the OSS and the CIA that developed from it. If you were appalled by what transpired in the early 1960’s, well it pales when you see what was done in the 1920’s through the end of WWII. You know, the Gestapo never really did go away, they just exchanged their Feldbluses for suits and ties and moved to Wall Street to live with their American cousins. They learned that it is far safer to work behind the curtain and let the patsies at the podium take the heat for the screw ups that float to the top of the toilet. How long can it go on? Impossible to tell since it has already continued for far longer than should have been sustainable.

  9. beantownbill. December 29, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    Jim,

    Being notoriously wrong about everything can be very helpful. All we have to do to prepare for 2018 is to expect the opposite. If you always choose door #1, then we know door #2 or door #3 have the goodies.

    On the other hand, if you’re wrong about everything, then you’re wrong about always being wrong, which means….

    I always said life is complicated.

    • windward December 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      That’s a good one, beantownbill.

      JHK recognizes the possibility that an attempt to neutralize Little Rocket Man WOULD result in the blowing up of Seoul and Tokyo. But it would be wrong to think that the explosions would stop there. Fire and fury in North Korea would expand to cover at least the northern hemisphere.

      It is wrong to claim that the Mueller investigation is like something that came out of a Goodwill Industries dumpster. But JHK’s invective is so entertaining that I am able tolerate the right-wing nonsense that comes with it.

      If Mueller or some other power doesn’t manage to send that preposterous, malignant, infantile fool Donald J. Trump to prison and the sooner the better, better get your asbestos suits ready.

      • outsider December 29, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

        It would be much better if Mueller and his entire FBI team of Hillary lovers went to prison instead. And Hillary, the woman who would be Queen, needs to lead them.

        • windward December 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm #

          JHK is far from alone in spouting right-wing nonsense. The charge that the FBI loves HRC is ludicrous and pathetic. The FBI caused HRC to lose the election.

          I wouldn’t mind if HRC had to share a prison cell with DJT. How did we get two of the worst people in the world as candidates? Because the right-wing lunatics and their parasite billionaire masters have destroyed this country, and they blame everybody else for it, and they are pleased to learn that a good many of us believe them. Not a majority, but enough to prevent justice.

    • Walter B December 31, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

      But Jim is not wrong about everything. Everything is just wrong. I have lost count of the abandoned houses in our Township that people have just walked away from because they could no longer make the payments. And those who are living in foreclosed houses that were either theirs or someone else’s that the lien holders simply fill in order to keep the properties from going south are also beyond counting. Our local JCP&L rep told our Committee recently that 75% of their customers are in collections. My wife has a dozen friends that have stopped paying their mortgage payments, are tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt and cannot even make minimum payments. One sorry soul even owes her pot guy $500.00 on top of it all for weed for her worthless husband. None of it makes any sense at all. There seems to be absolutely NO consequences for not paying ANY debts anymore. So tell me how this is somehow sustainable, because it defies all logic at least to me. This sucker should have crapped out a long time ago. What is keeping this Dead Man Walking is beyond my ability to imagine.

  10. volodya December 29, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Maybe it’s more like the Mueller investigation hangs over Mueller’s head like a piñata filled with dog shit.

    Can anyone imagine anything like a Mueller investigation or Manafort getting indicted if Hillary had won?

    If Hillary had won the world would be unfolding as it should and you wouldn’t hear a peep. No Mueller, no investigation, no nothing.

    Given that shady deals with Russian oligarchs is big business, with both Democrats and Republicans looking to line their foreign bank accounts, that line of work would have sailed on unimpeded with a President Hillary Rodman Sachs Clinton.

    And if the odious Saudis can buy and sell American politicians like cattle, there’s no reason Russians can’t given that on the odiosity scale the Russians come about knee high to the beards.

    • Epicur December 29, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      “If Hillary had won the world would be unfolding as it should and you wouldn’t hear a peep. No Mueller, no investigation, no nothing.”

      Perhaps “imploding” rather than “unfolding”. In slow motion.

    • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      Since the human race as a whole is not as smart or courageous as we would think or like, the weakness of men shall prevent meaningful and necessary change. The time horizon is not long enough for our limited abilities to deal with our depleted world problems in any effective way. Aliens will decide we were not so smart when they discover the bones of what is left of us in a few thousand years. Idiots with hands is what they will think.

      We will ratchet down a click at a time and as fewer and fewer remain affluent those who have less and less will be wanting more and more, hoping to be one of the elite few. They will imagine themselves kings and queens for a day and in their minds they will travel far. Minds returning to reality only as they step into the mule shit on the road in front of them.

      I saw nothing wrong with Trump’s attempt to constrict travel to the US by people from a list of mainly Islamic nations. The Left shrieked about ethnic “profiling.” Yes, that’s exactly what it was.

      Exactly what it was. Thank you for that admission. Your honesty is appreciated.

      Personally I see the bigger picture and recognize the corrosive effect of making sure everyone thinks a bogeyman is out to get them. It keeps the power structure intact and people in line. If America can’t have a real enemy then we must have pretend ones or the game of musical chairs where misery is ignored and a shrinking circle of rich can forever muse on greatness to their and our’s last breath can’t go on.

      By supporting the fear-mongering of a travel ban when less extreme measures will produce the desired effect of making us safe, you do your part to maintain the status quo. You don’t need job security, there is an infinity to write about, but perhaps you think you do. Is fear of making your next deadline the source of your fear? You need a fucked up world to write about? Is that why you are crazy?

      The corrosive effect of the travel ban does more harm to the American zeitgeist than any benefit it justifies. It promotes hate but as we can see with our own eyes. That is just fine for some people.

      If you delete this I won’t be surprised.

      • James Howard Kunstler December 29, 2017 at 11:18 am #

        K-Dog: The Islamic travel ban was fear-mongering? Well, fear of Islamic terrorism is a legitimate fear. Ask the people whose legs were blown off in the Boston Marathon bombing or the people shot and maimed at San Bernadino, the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando,or the recent New York City Truck attack. –JHK

        • pequiste December 29, 2017 at 11:35 am #

          Or the myriad occasions of global Yzlamik terror; one Muslim against another, for theological, political, territorial, clan, and historical rationales or fantasies.

          But normally like the Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt, which today was bombed by an ISIS branch office. Dead and wounded innocents like always. Because they don’t like those Kuffirs.

          Keeping them – terrorists and their supporters – out of the country is, in fact, part of the Government’s actual job.

          • GreenAlba December 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

            “Keeping them – terrorists and their supporters – out of the country is, in fact, part of the Government’s actual job.”

            That would rather make me wonder why the Saudis, authors of the biggest terrorist attack of all on US territory, got a magical dispensation from the ban on people ‘from Muslim countries’.

            Well, truth be told, I don’t wonder at all. Your country and mine are terrified of saying no to the Saudis. All that oil, all those weapons sales – and all those Saudi-funded, Wahhabism-pushing madrassas, actively seeking out the disgruntled to turn them into terrorists. The typical terrorist profile hasn’t been a pious Muslim, it’s been a petty criminal who knows very little about what’s in the Koran, but whose resentment and often self-hatred has made him ripe for turning.

            Much easier to take it out on a bunch of refugees whose entire region has been destabilised by a war on Iraq based on a pack of lies told by your president and my prime minister.

            None of which means I support unregulated borders in any way.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

            Like hell. You never met an illegal refugee you didn’t love. What other women do when they see babies – that’s what you do. Goo Goo eyes for the beards.

            I agree that Trump should throw Saudi Arabia in with the rest. But that inconsistency doesn’t negate the value of what he is doing. You’re arguing in bad faith – as Leftists always do.

          • GreenAlba December 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

            “Like hell. You never met an illegal refugee you didn’t love. What other women do when they see babies – that’s what you do. Goo Goo eyes for the beards.”

            You are pathetic, Janos.

        • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 11:37 am #

          If a travel ban really does save lives I will change my mind. I do not think it does. I contend it fuels hate.

          • Walter B December 29, 2017 at 11:43 am #

            I think that people tend to hate those that travel to their land and then kill them. Perhaps we should put a leash on our military too.

          • GreenAlba December 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

            I totally agree with both of you. Western countries thought for too long that they could bomb people in faraway places without any repercussions. How many people complaining about terror attacks in their own country really truly care when an American drone kills an entire wedding party in Afghanistan, innocently celebrating the joys of life.?

            Re the fuelling of hate, this has parallels in the endless debates about burqa bans. I hate to see a woman feeling she has to cover herself from top to toe (especially when the ‘problem’ at the bottom of the whole issue isn’t women in the first place). But I don’t think the way to encourage people to relax their clothing rules, imposed or self-imposed, is to attack them for it – it’s almost entirely counter-productive. As for the spectacle of French policemen pulling a woman’s clothes off on a beach, words fail me – someone somewhere thought this would be helpful?

            I was in Syria in 2005. There were women in long coats (practically no covered faces) walking through the souks linking arms with their daughters who were wearing jeans and tight jackets, with a headscarf as their only concession to traditional clothing. This is the natural progression of things when you leave people alone and don’t antagonise them.

          • GreenAlba December 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

            And before Janos weighs in (it’s early for him) telling me what I think, which he is wont to do, I would like to make the following disclaimer:

            No-one should be able to cover their face when teaching, working for a public service, or dealing with the public in any *public* capacity. If customers are happy to deal with a burqa-wearing sales assistant in an Asian family shop, that’s their own business. I shop in lots of local Asian shops around me (simply because most of the surviving corner shops are run by Asians and have been for decades) – I have yet to see anyone, even a customer, in any of them with their face covered. I have very, very occasionally seen someone taking their children to or from school with their face covered. I’m sorry they feel the need to but beyond that it’s none of my business.

            Headscarves don’t bother me in the slightest. The Queen often wears one, as Finca could probably tell you 🙂

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

            So you secretly hate the Muslims and their Way of Life. Hope they become ultra modern Western – abortions on demand and every woman cashing out her marriage? You only “love” them insofar as they can help topple Western Society? Thought so.

          • GreenAlba December 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

            “So you secretly hate the Muslims and their Way of Life. Hope they become ultra modern Western – abortions on demand and every woman cashing out her marriage? You only “love” them insofar as they can help topple Western Society? Thought so.”

            Janos, you are actually beyond help.

            Anyone who can wilfully read all that twaddle into an observation that some young urban women in Syria in 2005 wore jeans suggests a career in creative writing. At the weird end of the spectrum, so don’t give up the day job.

            But thanks for showing everyone the range of your psychosis, without even being invited. It saves me the bother.

          • GreenAlba December 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

            *That anyone can wilfully read*…

          • Walter B December 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

            Indeed GA I could care less about Burka wearers, I even have a nice one myself!, just in case. It is amazing the amount and size of the hardware you can carry underneath them without detection. One of the best forms of camouflage I own.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

            Most Terrorists are Muslim. Thus the more Muslims we have, the more terrorism we will have. This is the rational pov of a person who loves themselves and their nation.

            Compare this with a Swedish minister who said: We treat the Muslim minority well so that when we are a minority, they treat us well. !!!!! Just let that sink in. He’s already accepted minority status and losing Sweden and is reduced to “hoping”. And without any knowledge to base it on. Those of us who have bothered to study the issue know that his hopes are unfounded. Or if you don’t want to study, just ask some Copts or Christians from the Middle East or North Africa. Before my awakening, I was told the Truth by a Copt and a Nigerian. I didn’t accept it either. If I can awaken, so can you Kdgo. You don’t have to be a Cuck like this poor Swedish male minister.

          • outsider December 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

            GA,

            I’m with you on this and just think that Janos is pulling your chain. But your reference to Syrian girls wearing jeans (while SA women were covered head to toe and weren’t allowed to drive) demonstrates that the US was on the wrong side in Syria all along. Thank god that Russia came to the rescue and saved the Middle East from the Yanqui Imperialists.

          • elysianfield December 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

            Dog,
            So you think a travel ban fuels hate? You are no doubt correct. What also fuels hate is the fact that those wanting to immigrate have lost the lottery…born in Shitholistan rather than America…I’d be sad, too….

          • GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 10:27 am #

            Walter B

            Given the openness with which serious hardware of the type shown here in Charlottesville…

            theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/15/charlottesville-militia-free-speech-violence

            …can be sported, I’m surprised you’d need your camouflage. It seems the right to bear arms has been supplemented, in some states, by the right to bare arms.

            The rest of us look on in awe, but not in a good way.

          • Elrond Hubbard December 31, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

            GreenAlba: “Anyone who can wilfully read all that twaddle into an observation … suggests a career in creative writing.”

            The fixed vision of the monomaniac’. It’s real — fear it, but not passively. These are the times that try men’s (and women’s, and two-souled people’s) souls.

          • GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

            Janos

            “Compare this with a Swedish minister who said: We treat the Muslim minority well so that when we are a minority, they treat us well. !!!!! Just let that sink in.”

            I don’t think I’ll let it sink in yet, Janos, until I know the context of its supposed utterance. I’ve looked, and all I can find as a source is a site called the Gatestone Institute.

            Now, you know how fussy I am about clicking on sites that leave you feeling you need a shower after looking at them, so I checked these folks out on Wiki (and you are aware that if you think something on Wiki is factually wrong you can correct it yourself [citation required] and wait to be corrected in your turn if people think they know better and have better citations. It’s a great system, which is why some of my money supports it from time to time.

            Now, where were we? Ah, yes, the Gatestone Institute.

            “The Gatestone Institute (formerly Stonegate Institute and Hudson New York) is a right-wing[2][3][4] think tank that publishes articles, particularly pertaining to Islam and the Middle East. *The organization has attracted attention for publishing false articles.[5][6][7]*

            The Gatestone Institute published false articles during the German federal election of 2017.[26] A Gatestone article, shared thousands of times on social media, including by senior German far-right politicians, claimed that vacant homes were being seized in Germany to provide housing solutions for “hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.”[5] The German fact-checker Correctiv.org found that this was false; a single house was placed in temporary trusteeship, and had nothing to do with refugees whatsoever.[5] Gatestone also cross-posted a Daily Mail article, which “grossly mischaracterized crime data” concerning crime by refugees in Germany.[27]”

            What a surprise. And we don’t know the context of what the man said (but we do know he was already a ‘former minister’ when he said it). Nor do we even know if he said it ironically. In fact we don’t really know anything useful at all, except the nature of the Gatestone Institute.

          • GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

            “Most Terrorists are Muslim. Thus the more Muslims we have, the more terrorism we will have. This is the rational pov of a person who loves themselves and their nation.”

            No it isn’t. It’s the POV of a person who thinks they understand logic but doesn’t really. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

            But we don’t even need to go that far with the logic, because the basic premise was a big fat lie.

            huffingtonpost.com/omar-alnatour/muslims-are-not-terrorist_b_8718000.html

            The important bit is:

            “Non-Muslims make up the majority of terrorists in the United States: According to the FBI, 94% of terrorist attacks carried out in the United States from 1980 to 2005 have been by non-Muslims. This means that an American terrorist suspect is over nine times more likely to be a non-Muslim than a Muslim.”

            And people still read what you write…

          • Walter B December 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

            Wow, GA, that is even scary to a pro 2nd Amendment supporter like me. When the members of a society wander about the streets armed like Rambo, chaos surely is right around the corner. I prepare for the day when people like me are hunted by those with the power to do so and you may cast any aspersions you care to at me for thinking this, but I have been professionally trained to never, and I mean NEVER underestimate my enemy. And yes, the government has made itself our enemy and every time it imports more unemployed, unskilled primitives and then puts them on Welfare, Food Stamps, and Medicaid at the expense of those Americans that work and pay taxes, yes they are the enemy. We used to have laws to regulate immigration in this nation and we still do. Why they are being laughed at by those in power while they place the responsibility to support these people on the backs of the taxpaying class is a blatant “in your face”. Anyone that cannot see that, well, there is NO cure for stupid is there?

          • GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

            @Walter B

            People have a tendency to mix two things up: immigration and refugees. Immigration issues are indeed up to you and your government to regulate. Refugees are a different matter – you or your children might be refugees yourselves one day, who knows what the future might bring?

            Your country is presumably a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention. It could pull out, as it has done to the Paris Climate Agreement, choosing to be a climate pariah and an environmental free-rider (although many states and great cities have chosen to stick with the honourable position, knowing the country’s historical contributions to the climate crisis). That would send a message about what America wants to be, but again, it’s your choice.

            “Unskilled ‘primitives'”? Wow.
            In the 80s, my future husband (I didn’t know him then) worked in an Irish hospital in Baghdad. He lived for a couple of years in the cradle of civilisation, a country of educated people, with a history of medical excellence since centuries before the US even existed. (Bush didn’t even bother to make plans to protect the country’s archeological heritage when he decided to bomb it into the Middle Ages.)

            My future other half went from this centre of civilisation and refined people to ‘Hicksville-in-the Sticks’, North America (I won’t say where). He found it quite a cultural shock, especially since none of the inhabitants of Hicksville could have placed Iraq on a map to save their uneducated lives. And yet they saw themselves as innately superior. Life can be strange, depending on your viewpoint.

        • SteveO December 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

          Unfortunately none of the countries on the banned list had ever produced terrorists who had attacked the US. Maybe the ban should have included Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. But that would have pissed off our “friends”.

          We all know the whole thing is just for show. Just like the TSA. Make the sheeple feel safe and get them used to having no civil liberties.

          • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

            It is good they did not produce terrorists. It is not good that their travel is banned.

        • BC_EE December 29, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

          Jim, if we are to follow that disproportionate logic the first to ban would be white Christian males. Magnitudes more have been killed or maimed in the U.S. than by Islamic lone wolf copycats.

          As an analgesic to your conspiracy allergy, 11 of the purported 19 Islamic 9/11 terrorists are still alive. Like myself, I assume you have an affinity for gravity. After all, it is the phenomena that keeps us from flying into space due to centripetal force. According to over 3,000 architects and engineers that is what brought down the WTC buildings – all THREE of them – free fall gravity. Only possible by removing all that mass that would prevent free fall. The effect of the airplanes on the towers is the same as hitting you with a soft snowball and killing you.

          This comes back to fear mongering that has been de rigeur over these past 16 years. Opposing the ban is an effort to stop this madness. If it’s about jobs, don’t use this device.

          • outsider December 29, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

            BC_EE,
            That is a great analogy of the towers falling by plane strikes being like getting killed with a soft snowball. But I don’t think our host much likes us to go there.

        • PeteAtomic December 30, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

          We ought to defund countries like Saudi Arabia. This is where the 911 attackers came from. The US continues to poorly play a game of chess with Iran and Saudi Arabia, and does not realize it lost a long time ago.

      • bibliomaniac December 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

        K-dog: You are right. There’s got to be a middle way. I have a close friend who is alive today due to the skills of a brilliant Pakistani surgeon.

    • SteveO December 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

      “If Hillary had won the world would be unfolding as it should and you wouldn’t hear a peep. No Mueller, no investigation, no nothing.

      Except for the permanent committee on impeachment that the Republicans would established on January 21. They would have passed more versions of articles of impeachment than they did repeals of the ACA.

      There would have been just as much of circus as there has been with Trump sans the midnight toilet tweets.

      • outsider December 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

        SteveO,
        And thus the two legacy parties only work to destroy each other, while they destroy what’s left of the rotting carcass of the country that they’ve created.

        • Q. Shtik December 30, 2017 at 1:07 am #

          … while they destroy what’s left of the rotting carcass of the country – outsider

          ===========

          “Shit is the carcass of nutrients.”

          I may not have the quote exactly right but close enough.

        • TPTB-USA December 30, 2017 at 1:42 am #

          I see Putin, laughing like Michael’s uncle in the movie Absence of Malice, while reading the news that is discrediting everyone involved.

          Perhaps Russia is playing the US like a fiddle? Then how does Mueller explain the circumstances to the population, and what steps are taken to prevent such setups in the future?

          As I see it, the problem is that the game of capitalism/socialism breeds amorality, and that is a recipe for the self destruction of a society.

          Perhaps a moral litmus test for anyone seeking a political career?

  11. Epicur December 29, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    Bravo, Mr. Kunstler! One of your best.

  12. K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    Yes, the Trumpster made it through they year. Only seven more to go and by then he will have made America so great again that he can change the name of the country to Gilead and declare himself grand poomba for life.

    Electronic cash can easily be forced on everyone by giving out discounts and then when everyone is using bits instead of paper prices will jack up before things are rationed.

    • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 10:29 am #

      the year

    • SteveO December 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      “grand poomba for life”

      With his diet that might not be for long. He makes Buba Bill’s pork rind habit look downright healthy.

    • SpeedyBB December 30, 2017 at 6:46 am #

      Electronic cash as a wondrous development indeed.

      It is astonishing to see the fervent enthusiasm with which Asians are embracing ‘fintech’ – and are moving as quickly as they can toward a cashless society, in both democracies (Japan, Indonesia, Singapore) and dictatorships (China in particular). The notion that surveillance of one’s movements and activities will be intensely magnified bothers no one. It will only dawn on them when some dissident finds his ATM card or debit card is not accepted, while he family, hungry, awaits him at home.

      Much of my own English-language editing of financial malarkey is about the glories of fintech, which is moving forward as quickly as it can (while the government is scrambling to figure out what it is and how to tax it).

      • SpeedyBB December 30, 2017 at 6:47 am #

        …his family… Proofread, Byron.

  13. JohnAZ December 29, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    One thing I have not seen mentioned as a factor with NOKO are the Winter Olympics in of all places SOKO. Do ya think Rocket Man may be dreaming up some mischief?

    • outsider December 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

      No, but the US might. Remember what Vicky Nuland did in Ukraine while Vlad Putin was occupied with keeping the last Winter Olympics safe in Sochi. A five billion dollar investment in pure evil.

  14. rhys12 December 29, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    “Coming on Monday: Forecast 2018. Spoiler alert: I’m notoriously wrong about everything”

    My parents used to get “Futurist Magazine”. When I was young (back in the stone age) I used to amuse myself by looking through back issues and seeing how they were wrong about just about everything!

    Predicting the future s dangerous business. Things you expect to work out somehow never do, and you are blindsided by things you never considered.

    • Elrond Hubbard December 29, 2017 at 11:07 am #

      “Because everything in her home is waterproof, the housewife of 2000 can do her daily cleaning with a hose.”

      1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNOg38QnnJQ/TECCg8zsBEI/AAAAAAAAALw/HrDoMm-jeIc/s1600/sc0009e31b.jpg

      Because in 2000, one person’s take-home pay was quite enough to maintain a household and raise a family…

    • SpeedyBB December 30, 2017 at 6:41 am #

      I recently had a peek at Alvin Toffler’s popular publications. Nary a peep about the I.T. revolution, home computers or the internet. Nor the acceptance of same-sex relationships.

      Among other omissions.

      It made nice reading, though.

  15. wm5135 December 29, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Best wishes to all for a successful new year, especially for our host.

    How about a tune?
    youtube.com/watch?v=P35JHf6gyMs

    Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer – 2018?

  16. FincaInTheMountains December 29, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    Right now, there’s more reason to suppose Mueller will have to start asking some hard questions about Russia collusion among the Hillary cohort == JHK

    …in place of Trump, I would use this circumstance to glorify Mueller as a hero who will reveal the receipt of bribes by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including in the case of Uranium One. == Finca
    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/whipping-post-politics/#comment-328727

    I appears to be the best course of action for Trump to use dark hemorrhoidic energy of Mueller to investigate the real Russian collusion of Hillary and her Flying Monkeys.

    Somehow I am convinced that all of a sudden plenty of materials, including someone from Hillary’s closest circle, getting a “golden shower” from Russian hookers will emerge in high-resolution color.

    What everybody forget, Russia is not a political monolith USSR used to be, and Medvedev’s government is not on the list of Friends of Putin. It would be nice to bring both Deep States down – Russian and American – in one shot.

    • outsider December 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

      Fincaln,
      I guess you want the White Man to be gone for all time. Just as the Swedes and Germans are embracing their own genocides.

  17. Robert White December 29, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Dog Shit Pinata Orange Jesus Cheeto-head-in-chief is irrational exuberance personified so that the American population is fully distracted whilst the Deep State Giant Vampire Squid fleeces the world for every last elusive dime left under a couch cushion from here to Timbucktwo!

    P.T. Barnum pales in comparison with Orange Jesus Cheeto-head-in-chief & a twitter account. And Ringling Brothers could have run for another decade if they enlisted Trump to be MC.

    You will miss him after Kim Jong Un drops nukes on his pattern balding head in the New Year.

    Happy New Year, Clusterfuck Nation, all my best in the new year.

    RW

  18. Collin27 December 29, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Thanks for the great posts this year, Jim.

    Agree that the tax plan is nothing more than a desperate attempt to rebrand Keynesian economic policy and mix it in with some Republican cliches.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 29, 2017 at 11:31 am #

      Really?

      China Offers Tax Incentives to Persuade U.S. Companies to Stay

      nytimes.com/2017/12/28/business/tax-bill-china.html?_r=0

      • Collin27 December 29, 2017 at 11:37 am #

        I’m not seeing the point you are trying to make. I’m saying that they are branding it as a potential huge stimulus but that assumes the extra income available goes to investment, R&D and capital expenditures.

        I’m skeptical it is going to do anything in reality other than directed towards dividends, stock buybacks and paying ridiculous prices for acquisitions.

  19. Bruce E December 29, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    “Well, he made it through the year. I thought the fucker would be sandbagged by a claque of Pentagon patriots inside of three months, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong.”

    It seems JHK’s predictions tend to all be wrong in very similar ways: he always seems to underestimate the sustainability of people (and ideas) in power, but in my mind his error is a matter of degree rather than kind. In Trump’s case, a 3-month prediction is probably accurate at maybe 2 or 3 years, depending on what Mueller can get Flynn to say and/or how well the Democrats can run the table in November 2018.

    Likewise, JHK’s historic predictions that the SHTF moment is 6-12 months away may be simply off by a factor of 5-10 or so, because it takes 5-10 years for the stuff he’s correctly identified to play itself out. (A clue on timing is to look at graphs of the stock market from October 2007 to March of 2009, where a fairly rapid collapse took 17 months to bounce and another 4 years to recover, suggesting a time scale double or triple JHK’s schedules.)

    Predicting a major correction (JHK’s buddy, David Collum says all of his indicators point to a stock market roughly 2x overvalued, and corrections usually progress through the properly-valued point before bouncing, which means a DJIA going from 25k down towards maybe 10k or below before bouncing back up to maybe 12k) starting in 2018 is probably pretty safe, but I think JHK will use his typical scheduling and predict that <10k mark before the end of 2018 rather than looking at previous corrections and saying more-accurately a correction starting between March and September of next year will take until at least the end of 2019 to bounce, and even a sharp 6-month decline from June to December of 2018 will "only" take us from 25k to maybe 18k, and people won't really be wincing yet at the end of next year because 18k is still a little bit higher than it was at the end of 2016.

    So there is my prediction (DJIA from 25k to 18k in 2018, from 18k to 10k in 2019 before it bounces back to 12k maybe by 2021 or 2022), and my prediction of JHK's prediction (he'll predict <10k by the end of 2018, I'm almost sure of it).

    Accurately predicting JHK's predictions is much easier, and much less lucrative, than accurately predicting the DJIA.

    • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

      I think it is a matter of reading the goat entrails right but misreading the pattern in the tea leaves.

      “he always seems to underestimate the sustainability of people (and ideas) in power, but in my mind his error is a matter of degree rather than kind.”

      Good observation but here a ‘matter of degree’ is the difference between being slow cooked or slow frozen.

      Consider what we are; musicians make the point well. A musician must spend an enormous amount of time imitating others and practicing before he or she can really be creative and mix the past in new ways to create original works which then give a false impression that there is something new under the sun. Most of what is considered creative and original is really old stuff expressed in different ways. Old stuff remixed. We value those who imitate and call them creative. True creativity would be hung from a lamppost. It is too scary. Perfect imitation we call genius.

      It has been said that insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This exactly describes the human race and the sleepwalk with which we stumble into our future. Our minds and their insane distortions worked well in hunter-gatherer days, but not so well now.

      Sustainability of people and ideas in power is the natural result of a true lack of creativity and our mis-perception that we are creative while we mis-interpret our imitations thinking we come up with new things. Injustice and misery can actually be familiar and taken as normal. Preferred to anything else simply because it is familiar. A world in which we can imitate and feel comfortable is more important to us than justice.

  20. teddyboy46 December 29, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    While i would never say JHK is wrong. I would like to point out that. Our Past Presidents methods of dealing with N.Korea have led to the point where Kim Young Ping Pong has developed an ICBM. So give Trump a chance on this.

    Just a Historical note. At the end of the Korean war. America bombed N. Korea’s Capital City to Rubble and they are still Pissed off about it.

    • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      Kim Young Ping Pong like any other billionaire has the resources to produce an ICBM. I don’t see ICBMs as being all that complicated. It is just a matter of having enough resources and owning a country that is a few hundred miles across is surely having enough resources. Most of what you need to know to build an ICBM can probably be found in Wikipaedia so R&D is not an issue.

      Anywhere else in the world a billionaire would have to be pretending to build a commercial rocket so rich people can experience space as tourists. Ping Pong does not need to hide what he is doing in his own country like a billionaire here has to do.

  21. volodya December 29, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    Elrond, wrt to your reply to me in last weeks commentary about fascism and with all due respect, I have relatives that saw fascism up close and personal in WW2. I knew fascists (all now deceased) that came over after the war. Nothing happening in the USA looks to me remotely like fascism. Not even close. Totalitarian? Again, not even close. You have some fringe nut-cases that wear arm-bands. So what. They get a lot of air-play but that’s about it. They aren’t a mass movement and they aren’t taking power.

    You have much larger forces at work, economic mainly, that have got precious little to do with either the fascism or the racism that the NYTimes and other east coast publications ceaselessly burble about. And these forces can coalesce in a lot of different configurations, for one, along the historic and long-standing north-south divide.

    But the USA shares little with the post WW1 conditions in Europe, especially Germany, either in the millions of dead that Germany suffered in the Great War, or in the grievance in a lot of German war veterans (like Hitler and his compadres) who thought that they were robbed of victory, or in extreme economic conditions inflicted by the peace treaty and German mismanagement.

    In my view, calling what’s happening in the USA either totalitarian or fascistic is irresponsible and just a low-down smear on those people with legitimate grievances, whose lives and livelihoods were demolished in service of the interests of a narrow coterie. If you want to shut people up, accuse them of being racist or fascist.

    That’s not to say that what comes won’t be violent. It very well could be. But to call it fascism or neo-fascism betrays a lack of imagination for what could transpire, and a lack of understanding of the very different historical circumstances of the USA as it is now and Europe as it was in the 1920s and 1930s, and a lack of appreciation for the ingenuity of increasingly desperate people. Some work within the system as it is, some resort to opioids, some start new political movements, some join militias. But the trends as they are now don’t look like we’re headed towards fascistic empire building a la Italy or Germany but rather its opposite. And I don’t see anyone planning genocide.

    • Walter B December 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      Yes I think fascism and totalitarianism may be the ideals of those at the top but the American public is incapable of backing or bringing forth any such oppressive forms of governance. The American people are far too medicated both legally and illicitly, overindulged and overfed, plus addicted to entertainment and distraction to ever be able to get off of their dead asses and paly the part that fascism requires of a populous. America’s attention span is far too short to allow it to accomplish anything anymore.

      • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

        “The Nazi Party began building a mass movement. From 27,000 members in 1925, the Party grew to 108,000 in 1929.”

        Then the depression came unemployment doubled from three to six million so one in three were unemployed by 1932. Hitler then received 37% of the vote for president after turning up the propaganda but lost to Hindenburg. The Reichstag fire, Hitlers own version of our Boston Marathon Bombing, changed the equation. Until then Nazis had never been a majority and after the fire minority status simply did not matter.

        So Walter, a country filled with dead asses is actually a great place for totalitarianism to start. A silent ignorant majority will do nothing to stop the activities of a twisted minority of committed master manipulators. All we need here is a big economic crash, which will happen, and then insanity can rule here too. Our orange hood ornament of a president is but a symptom.

        Before the depression most Germans thought Nazis were bat shit crazy. After the depression started they decided to give the Nazis a chance. Now Germans act as if Hitler never lived whenever they can. In the modern Reichstag there is but one tiny plaque that mentions Hitler, a necessary part of the historical record (because of the fire and the need to explain the new structure). I’d not be surprised if that plaque is gone in a few years.

        The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke

        Dead asses do even less.

        • volodya December 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

          yeah, extreme conditions beget extreme political movements. But I think that we need to not straight-jacket our thinking such that the outcome of economic calamity will necessarily look like Nazi Germany.

          For example, we’ve talked about this before but can you imagine a Seven Days in May scenario where be-ribboned generalissimos get on TV to announce a congressional holiday while the President goes on a sabbatical? And this in response to presidential and congressional incompetence in the face of civil insurrection, which is itself the result of something like an economic collapse?

          The general in charge could be a Colin Powell-esque figure, someone utterly unlike a ranting loon (Hitler), someone that sez this is just to restore public order while there’s a bureaucratic and political re-ordering. Something temporary IOW.

          But maybe after a while it doesn’t look so temporary. Maybe the generals look a bit too tied to Wall Street interests. Maybe the civil insurrection they sought to quell gets worse. Maybe it takes the shape of a secession movement.

          The point being that events can take on a multitude of trajectories some that resemble what happened way back, but others not so much.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

            To compare an affirmative action hire like Powell with Hitler is the height of confusion. Powell was treated like a dupe with Weapons of Mass Destruction scam. Why? Because he was a dupe. That was simply the time to cash in on it. They made him and then needed him so they used him. Plenty more where he came from!

          • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

            Good point volodya. But the thing is I open my window, I lean out and I listen very carefully. Every time I do, I swear I hear someone muttering:

            It can’t happen here, it cant happen here, it can’t happen here…..

            And they never stop.

        • Walter B December 29, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

          I will have to differ with you on this one KD. The Germans were tied together because they were all German and oppressed, either fairly or unfairly, after WWI. Americans are a splintered group with a modern history of screwing each other to get ahead and NO history of pulling together for a common goal for almost 100 years. Yes, the blacks do get violent from time to time but I think there is a huge difference between burning down liquor stores and stealing TVs and organized, armed resistance against a well established enemy. Hitler was able to create a common enemy to focus the Nazi movement against. Americans cannot even look into their own underpants and decide if they are male or female. I cannot see this nation of gutless pussies being a danger to anyone but itself.

          • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

            When a nation of gutless pussies goes from a Kardasian Kristmas to no food in their bellies at all then they will become a danger to all. Then they will want a leader, and any leader will do.

            What was that movie? Ah Gremlins, such nice little creatures until you exposed them to bright lights, let them get wet, or fed them after midnight. Do that and there was hell to pay.

            I’m really not to worried though. Dissenters won’t be able to resist getting on the Internet and when they do the FBI will be on them like flies on fresh shit. As long as we have an Internet there can be no social change.

          • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

            kardashian

        • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

          And Hitler instituted the Economic Miracle in an amazingly short time. Hitler was known as the Father of the Nation because at last people could get married or if married, have kids. Germans aren’t like some we could mention who breed indiscriminately.

          You seem to be implying that Hitler was bad or that the People made a mistake in electing him. All of that is a denial of the record. Losing a War proves nothing. The Allies had to destroy him before his Model of Prosperity spread.

          • Walter B December 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

            My dear JS, are you not overlooking Treblinka, Sachsenhausen, Auschwitz, and all of the other Death Camps as well as the “Final Solution”? Take away this insult to human life and perhaps you have an argument, but how can the sheer evil of what was done be overlooked? If Herr Hitler had at least a little bit of restraint perhaps he could have been a force of good rather than the epitome of evil. Damned Austrians, they simply cannot be trusted!

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

            Hitler was allied with Zionists: both wanted Jews to move to Palestine. This was the so called Final Solution. Google “Transfer Agreement” to see more. With the outbreak of hostilities, the Program was interrupted. He couldn’t afford to have his enemies wandering around wreaking havoc, thus the concentration camps, the model of which was the English in South Africa.

            Jewish partisans caused great hardship to German forces in the East. Contrary to myth, the Jews were never seen as weak or pacifist. They were recognized as very dangerous.

            The work at the Concentration Camps was essential to the German work effort. Killing the workers wouldn’t have made much sense. I assume that’s why the Allies bombed the rail lines leading to the Camps, dooming the residents to starvation and disease. But conditions were horrific in all of Germany, with starvation common. The close quarters made Disease worse at the camps of course. Ironically, the tiny gas chambers were for the delousing of clothes – to prevent disease in other words. The big “Gas Chambers” were produced for show after the War.

          • Elrond Hubbard December 30, 2017 at 11:00 am #

            Hitler was an anti-Semite, allied with anti-Semites: Google “Wannsee Conference” to see more. This was the so-called “Final Solution” that, you know, actually happened.

            Prosecution: You committed genocide, murdering millions in an attempt to eliminate an entire people.

            Defense: But at first, all we were thinking of doing was expelling them from their homes, taking their property, and sending them somewhere else. Doesn’t that count?

            Everybody: NO!

            Janos: “With the outbreak of hostilities….”

            Oh, the outbreak of hostilities! An event devoid of agency — not actually committed by someone, say, invading Poland. It just happened. Not part of anyone’s plan, really, and therefore having no bearing on what happened later.

            Janos: “He couldn’t afford to have his enemies wandering around wreaking havoc, thus the concentration camps.”

            You’re describing the motive for the crime, not an excuse for it.

            Janos: “… the model of which was the English in South Africa.”

            The “he’s doing it too” defense has a particularly poor record. Defense attorneys are thinking about no longer using it, one of these days.

            Janos: “Jewish partisans caused great hardship to German forces in the East.”

            The invading army endured resistance from the people targeted for extermination? Do tell.

            Janos: “[Jews] were recognized as very dangerous.”

            Genocide has that effect on people.

            Janos: “The work at the Concentration Camps was essential to the German work effort.”

            Hitler needed all the slave labour he could get.

            Janos: “Killing the workers wouldn’t have made much sense.”

            You’ve got your tenses wrong. It’s “didn’t make much sense”. But irrational fear and hatred make their own kind of sense.

            Janos: “I assume that’s why the Allies bombed the rail lines leading to the Camps, dooming the residents to starvation and disease.”

            Look at you, complicating the narrative! The devil can use the truth for his own purposes.

            Janos: “Ironically, the tiny gas chambers were for the delousing of clothes – to prevent disease in other words.”

            Knowing that JHK deletes comments that deny the Holocaust, and sometimes cancels the accounts of posters who spread this kind of scurrility, nonetheless you go right up to the line. Hillary Clinton, who has gone far in life, flies close to the line as well. But her influence peddling always stops just short of prompting the authorities to step in. Do you, Janos, have what it takes to be the next Hillary Clinton?

            Janos: “The big ‘Gas Chambers’ were produced for show after the War.”

            And there you are, over the line! When Deborah Lipstadt denounced David Irving for spreading this kind of lie, he sued her for libel in the U.K., where the law very much favours the plaintiff. To defend herself, Lipstadt was obliged to prove the reality of the gas chambers, and of the Holocaust in its entirety, all over again, from scratch. Because she had the truth on her side, she succeeded.

            Now, will JHK act, or is he enjoying New Year’s revelry this weekend? We’re all waiting with bated breath.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

            Well a good reminder, Elrond. I will draw back from Maginot Line a bit. What CAN we discuss? Perhaps the FACT that Germans were being killed in the streets by Polish mobs? In the areas that used to be Germany before the vengeful Allies disemboweled her? Or did you forget that? The Poles were all puffed up because big Brother England had vowed to come to their defense – something they never had any intention of doing apparently.

            Ah, the David Irving trial. Was that the one where his lawyer was charged too? And where one of the Judges spoke the memorable line, “The Truth is no Defense.”? Or was that another European Holocaust Trial? Or am I mixing two trials together? I really don’t know, but these things did happen at some point, and Europe is very far gone down the rabbit hole indeed. Remember that old line “The Free World” – it is too laugh now! Not to mention freedom of speech and inquiry. Sometimes I wonder if you value those at all…..

          • Elrond Hubbard December 30, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

            We know how well the Maginot line worked; I’m certainly not relying on it. You can expect me to defend truth and decency against your future depredations as well.

          • outsider December 30, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

            Janos,
            As Orwell said: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

          • Elrond Hubbard December 31, 2017 at 11:58 am #

            Orwell reviewed Hitler’s Mein Kampf in 1940. Here are a few of his remarks:

            “When one compares his utterances of a year or so ago with those made fifteen years earlier, a thing that strikes one is the rigidity of his mind, the way in which his world-view doesn’t develop. It is the fixed vision of a monomaniac and not likely to be much affected by the temporary manoeuvres of power politics. … Russia’s turn will come when England is out of the picture—that, no doubt, is how Hitler sees it. Whether it will turn out that way is of course a different question.”

            The ‘fixed vision of a monomaniac’. As for Hitler’s plan to turn against Russia, remember this is Orwell writing in 1940. I’d say he nailed it, wouldn’t you agree? Orwell continues:

            “Suppose that Hitler’s programme could be put into effect. What he envisages, a hundred years hence, is a continuous state of 250 million Germans with plenty of ‘living room’ (i.e. stretching to Afghanistan or thereabouts), a horrible brainless empire in which, essentially, nothing ever happens except the training of young men for war and the endless breeding of fresh cannon-fodder. How was it that he was able to put this monstrous vision across?”

            Not complimentary adjectives. He explains Hitler’s appeal thus:

            “The fact is that there is something deeply appealing about him. One feels it again when one sees his photographs … a pathetic, dog-like face, the face of a man suffering under intolerable wrongs. In a rather more manly way it reproduces the expression of innumerable pictures of Christ crucified, and there is little doubt that that is how Hitler sees himself. … He is the martyr, the victim, Prometheus chained to the rock, the self-sacrificing hero who fights single-handed against impossible odds. If he were killing a mouse he would know how to make it seem like a dragon.”

            In all, Orwell saw Hitler rather clearly, and certainly did not see him as a “truth” teller. He might have gone on to say that “In a time of universal deceit, there are endless opportunities for evil charlatans.”

          • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

            Oh rubbish. I’m supposed to keep changing my Vision? I’ll refine it, but it’s not going to change. It’s how I see it. Did Christian Saints keep changing their Vision? Or great artists and writers?

            You have a “monomaniacal” Vision too, called absolute equality. You just don’t like my Vision. And I hate yours too.

  22. VCS December 29, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    “So, it’s swamp versus swamp.”
    Nice, and accurate. Overall an excellent post —

  23. pequiste December 29, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    A fabulous synopsis of the complete shocker of the year – the President of the United States of America; Donald J. Trump.

    (Jim’s “mierda de perro pinata” phrase is going down as a classic.)

    Love him or hate him; he’s been the bull in the china shop needed for a long time, especially in Baghdad-on-the-Potomac.

    That he has upset the apple cart of business-as-usual in domestic and global politics, the media, cultural manifestations, the lot, is extremely tonic for me personally and for a whole bunch of deplorables and non-deplorables alike.

    Ruffling, and plucking, the feathers of the Deep State, The Left, SJW, the Media, Feminists, among a whole roster of other opponents, is fun to watch and instructive of how a political novice can take on very powerful and noisy interests, just by standing up to them, being brash and certainly uncompromising. Some really great theatre: vaudeville, slapstick, burlesque and high drama (occasionally.)

    Only two things about the Trump Administration bother me: Trump’s apparent control by the crooks from Wall Street and Goldman Sachs in particular. Additionally the intrusion of family members into the Government. Jared Kushner frankly creeps me out.

    If he can prevent WWIII from occurring on his watch that will have been enough.

    A New Year’s toast to Jim and the CFN:

    A healthy, happy and prosperous new year to all of you.

    • janet December 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

      “mierda de perro pinata” –pequiste

      With apologies to Q, this should be: “piñata de mierda de perro”

      Jim used the tilde correctly.

      • pequiste December 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

        Not to sound rayciss or anything janet…..

        Correcting me on the non-inclusion of the “tilde” over the Spanish word pinata is something I consider niggling.

        • capt spaulding December 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

          I dunno, pequiste, use of the word “niggling”, might cause Janet to decide that you are a racist. Also the word niggardly. I wonder if Janet has any time to consider the loveliness of the world about her. She seems to be way more involved in telling other people how they should be living their lives, and the vocabulary they should be using, rather enjoying the world about her. One of the best examples of PC friendly fascism that I have seen. If I ever were unfortunate enough to meet Janet, I’m afraid I would be forced to kick her ass, in an attempt to readjust her thinking. Ha Ha, I know that’s never going to happen. In real life I’m not a bad guy, but Janet’s unceasing pounding of the drum of political correctness just makes me want to kick her ass. She is a nithing.

      • OHealihy December 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

        @janet

        Both versions were wrong, but yours was most egregious.
        Correctly phrased, “piñata filled with dog shit” is stated:
        Pinata lleno de perrito. (tilde optional)

        Estamos en los Estados Unidos. Por favor, utilice el espanol correcto al intentar imprimir altavoces no nativos,

        Pinche bot !

        • janet December 29, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

          “Correctly phrased, “piñata filled with dog shit” is stated:
          Pinata lleno de perrito.” –Ohealihy

          You have your noun and adjective not in agreement. You left out “mierda” … shit.

          What you have said, literally is “pinata full of dog”

          The tilde is not optional. You can’t depend on Google Translate for shit like this. A native speaker will spot your deceit instantly.

    • outsider December 29, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

      I dunno, pequiste, WWIII not starting on Trump’s watch isn’t enough for me and is damning with faint praise. Not when he promised better relations with Russia. Hillary called Putin another Hitler, while Trump treats him with utmost respect, then allows the vile Nikki Haley (a Hillary clone) to tell the world what the real US policy is. What disgusts me most about the President is that he allows that witch to spew her bile all over the UN while a good man like Rex Tillerson, who wants to talk with Lavrov and also the DPRK, gets publicly dissed. As long as Haley is in office, Trump gets no respect from me.

  24. Frank December 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

    Thanks James and happy New Year to you and yours.
    I enjoyed your latest book ‘A Safe and Happy Place’.
    Do another in 2018. Your fiction is more pleasant than my
    reality. Your friend south of the Mason Dixon line in
    New Orleans, Frank

  25. sauerkraut December 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    “Swamp vs swamp.” Nice.

  26. Rulo Deschamps December 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    Thank you JHK for the best writing available on the internet. One of the few sites worth visiting, a majority of what’s out there are dog-shit piñatas; the more reason to limit use of screens & work outside instead. I have enjoyed the World Made by Hand series, & your non-fiction stuff too. I’ve followed this blog for about 10 yrs, but rarely comment, just read you & commenters… food for thought indeed. I agree with another reader, your predictions are spot on, it’s the timing that’s off. Never underestimate the power of bailing wire & boogers to keep the illusion of normalcy for another year. Time will prove you right, and you gave plenty of notice to others about what the trends are, the big picture. For that, this reader is grateful. Cheers!

  27. sauerkraut December 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    It’s probably too little, too late, yet it seems to me that Trump has rendered two signal services to the Great Republic.

    First, the electorate is now looking in the mirror. They see a greedy, smug ignoramus; and they don’t like it.

    Second, the electorate is now beginning to question some of the ‘facts’ they have so cravenly devoured, leaving them to wonder what is really true. Some few are even being provoked to thought. And they don’t like that either.

    Against that, is, well, The Swump (TM).

    A critical case of national nausea, culminating in constitutional emesis and bi-partisan dialectical diarrhea, just might save the patient from itself. Or so one can hope.

    • akmofo December 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

      2017, the year CIA propaganda outlets have been exposed by President Trump for the dead man talking PsyOps hack shops that they are. My little prediction is that it wont be long before anyone and everyone connected to these fscks will go bankrupt, starting with their distribution channels, Cable TV, “news” magazines, “news” papers, and ending with their advertisers, American automobile corporations, American poison pharmadrug corporations, American poison food corporations, the American poison agri-chemical corporations.

      Greg Hunter sums it up nicely:
      youtu.be/6MMsUoIZ9VU

  28. wholy1 December 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Does any[sane]One REALLY want to be on/experiencing “The Road”?
    Best be gett’n SIMPLIFIED and inland RURAL away from the future desperate zombie “coasters” and citYzens. One can only hope that the roving armed gangs or teams of gov knuckle-draggers will tak’em down before they show up outside your digs wanting in.

  29. GreenAlba December 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    I’d like to add my Happy New Year wishes to our host as well.

    Just started A Safe and Happy Place a day or two ago…

  30. marcus1 December 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    The Tax Plan? “Its unstated purpose is a temporary stimulant replacement for Federal Reserve money-printing.”

    Couldn’t disagree more. Nothing so sophisticated. Just a basic looting of the Middle Class by the “donor-class.” And they won’t be satisfied till they have it all.

    Predictions of disorderly disruptions or meltdown in society are naive at best. Just look at what benefits the donors to the regime and this is the best predictor of what society will morph into.

    We have a lot of examples south of the border to show us what’s in store for us. Why would anyone think we’re different?

    • K-Dog December 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      Lower taxes mean the poor need less to live on so their wages become depressed. Higher taxes mean that the poor have to be paid more just to get by so wages go up.

      As the rich do not work but suck blood, lower taxes mean more blood to suck for them. Lower taxes do not benefit the poor or middle class in the long run because wages will adjust. A short term benefit is achieved only as long as it takes for wages to adapt to the change which is not a very long time.

      Longer than the average attention span of most Americans however so everybody thinks it is all good.

      History bears out my assertion as do your examples south of the border.

  31. Phutatorius December 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    I happened to read Kim Stanley Robinson’s first novel, “The Wild Shore” recently. It was interesting to see in this novel from the 1980s the slogan “Make America Great Again” in use by some San Diegan would be insurgency. That and the efficacy of truck bombs. Surely this was a prescient work of fiction.

  32. SteveO December 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    “I saw nothing wrong with Trump’s attempt to constrict travel to the US by people from a list of mainly Islamic nations.

    It might have worked better if it banned travelers from countries that actually have a history of attacking the US like Saudi Arabia. But we can’t upset the Saudis can we?

  33. aibohphobia December 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Well you’ve done it now JHK–
    By predicting that your Monday predictions will be wrong, “because they are always wrong,” you have made a predictably wrong prediction about being wrong, which forces you (logically) to be right in whatever you say in Monday’s essay…
    So write carefully..
    –Aibohphobia
    PS– This is likely a corollary of the old Spanish proverb,
    ‘Al medico, confesor y letrado,
    Hablarle claro’

    [To your doctor, priest and lawyer, speak carefully/clearly/with certainty]

  34. Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    amren.com/news/2017/12/delivery-drivers-reveal-london-no-go-zones-made-dangerous-work-acid-attacks-k…

    Alba smiles for an endless moment – and one shudders. She puts it away and then goes into her usual school girl rant: This just means Knives and Acid have to be banned. And White Racism has to be stomped down so Muslims stop being afraid of White delivery drivers.

    • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 4:43 am #

      breitbart.com/london/2017/12/29/london-no-go-zones-acid-revealed/

      No surprise, breitbart</b is their source of record.

      No matter how much their shit gets laundered, it still stinks.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

        Classic Leftist tactic: repeat what their opponent has just said in order to (hopefully!) reinforce the operant conditioning in the audience. It doesn’t work anymore Kdog, not with the better class of people at least. It certainly isn’t an argument, is it?

        • Q. Shtik December 30, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

          Classic Leftist tactic: – Janos

          ==========

          There’s truth in what you say here, Janos. When all else fails denigrate your adversary’s sources. I believe they teach this about midway through the first semester of Debate Tactics 101. Windward tried to pull this on me in our recent discussion of Social Security.

    • GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 11:09 am #

      “This just means Knives and Acid have to be banned.”

      Knives are already banned, dimwit. That’s why the thugs have turned to acid. When acid is banned or they start going to jail for 20 years for their sick crimes they’ll turn to something else. Thugs are like that.

      Don’t tell me – or anyone else – what I think.
      Don’t tell me – or anyone else – what makes me smile.
      Don’t tell me – or anyone else – what I admire.
      Don’t use sentences that start ‘she probably thinks…’

      You are arrogant and presumptuous.

      Your impoverished, black and white world is so lacking in insight that you assume a person thinking A must automatically think B, even though you aren’t even capable of understanding their position on A.

      You call people ‘lefties’, assuming all thought has to be divided into Left and Right. You seem unaware that people exist who actually think about individual issues without the kind of suffocating and destructive ideological straitjacket you have imposed on your own thought processes.

      As an aside, elsewhere you mentioned the Nazi-sympathiser, ‘Prince Edward’. I presume you are referring to King Edward VIII. He abdicated the throne, something that is difficult to do if you’re just a prince. After being demoted to Duke of Windsor, he was appointed Governor of the Bahamas to take his Nazi-sympathising carcass out of the way of decent people during the war.

      • Elrond Hubbard December 31, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

        There is ample evidence that Janos is a fanatic, defined as ‘someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject’. All the diagnosis in the world can’t help him; that’s the nature of his affliction. Until the remote possibility of him coming to his senses, the best we can do is maintain a cordon sanitaire and let him bang his head against the wall till he falls asleep.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

        Even butter knives? Be careful, drear.

  35. Pucker December 29, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    Lois Lane: “Give it to me, Superman!”

    Superman: “I’m try’n, Lois. Damn you, Lex Luther!”

    The existential reality of Women to Men is basically “Longing” since the Man never really attains the Desire Object except in a rather fleeting sense, right?

    “Herder exemplified most vividly among his German peers what Kant identified as ‘longing’, distinguished from desire by its paralyzing awareness of the incapacity ever to achieve the desired object.”

  36. Pucker December 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

    Was Superman’s nemesis Lex Luther, or Lois Lane?

    Lex Luther never accused Superman of groping.

    Hillary accused both Trump and Putin of groping.

  37. Pucker December 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Lex Luther: “Do the Math, Superman! Kryptonite or no Kryptonite, you’re Fucked like the rest of us.”

    Miss Tess Macher: “Why can’t I get it on with the Good Guys?”

  38. 100th Avatar December 29, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    Bitcoin is the scheme to lure the proletariat into a cashless future. It’s all theater. The Dimon skepticism, the WaPo hitpieces, the political waffling. They are making people want it. The oldest surest trick in the bag. Make you want it.
    You’ll invest in it, make some profits, and then you’ll have your faith, and once they have faith you’ll be believing in second comings and kosher pickles.
    Thank heavens for fools

    • malthuss December 30, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      Yes. But Bitcoin hastens the end of cash.
      What did the Bible foretell?

      • 100th Avatar December 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

        I don’t read middleastern fiction

  39. Pucker December 29, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    Speaking of Superman, who are the heroes of our Time?

    • Robert White December 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      Professor Emeritus Karl Marx is the hero of our time, Pucker.

      Welcome to the Communist Revolution, brother Pucker!

      RW

      • Q. Shtik December 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

        Professor Emeritus Karl Marx is the hero of our time – Robert White

        =========

        A few years ago I was attending a holiday party being thrown by a friend of my wife. This hostess whispered a tidbit to me about the gentleman seated across the room with the cane and white hair. She said he was a professor emeritus of something-or-other from Rutgers. My interest piqued, I engaged the gentleman in conversation. I asked, “exactly what does ’emeritus’ mean?” He said “it means your OLD.”

  40. Pucker December 29, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    Did Superman know that he was just a tool of the Capitalist plutocracy?

  41. restless94110 December 29, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    You know? I truly don’t understand what yoiur beef is with Trump’s tweets. You write similar or stronger things all the time. Are you one of those nitwits who think he’s not being “Presidential”?

    It doesn’t seem likely as you seem to think he is nuts for tweeting and talking the way he does. Have you ever spent time in New York City?

    I fail to understand what the problem is. It’s just words, James. The way you talk about it makes yoiu sound like either a hysteric, and idiot, or like you are the crazy one.

    It’s ok. You have a lot of company. Not since the incention of the horseless carriage have so many gotten their petticoats in a bundle over nothing.

    • outsider December 30, 2017 at 9:34 am #

      The fake news media will not report the truth. What choice does Trump have if he wants to save himself? It’s like posting here though on a much bigger stage. Some of us later wish that we’d held our tongue – but too late. I wish he had a trusted editor next to him to phrase things better, but Bannon is gone. Trump is courageous to go directly to the people, and his faithful hang on his every word. Keep tweeting Mr. President, while lesser men disapprove – as they always do.

  42. Pucker December 29, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

    Wasn’t Superman, with his constant fawning on Lois Lane, just another “Loser, “No-Hoper” and Tool of the Capitalist plutocracy?

  43. Pucker December 30, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    “What Nietzsche hoped for was the emergence of noble and strong spirits, a new caste of aristocrats: supermen, such as Napoleon, the true anti-Christ whose will to power is uncontaminated by ressentiment and its pseudo-religions, who creatively use their freedom from false gods and deceptive ideals, and who transcend their fate of passive nihilism to become active nihilists.”

  44. Pucker December 30, 2017 at 1:39 am #

    Superman has lost faith in his Calling.

    Clark Kent calls in late for work claiming that he has a “Psychiatric Evaluation”.

  45. Pucker December 30, 2017 at 2:41 am #

    Clark Kent tells the psychiatrist that he is frustrated because Lois Lane wants Superman, not him. Clark says that he feels demeaned whenever Lois Lane implies that he has a small penis with her allusions to the fact that Clark comes from “Smallville”.

    • outsider December 30, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      Pucker: That brings to mind Rubio’s comment about Trump’s small hands. But I dare not to go there as I have my own problems.

  46. janet December 30, 2017 at 3:36 am #

    Not only did Donald Trump bring his own swamp to Washington, his economic policy (if it can be called that) is setting us up for a fall.

    The economy is not really very healthy. The amount of speculative-grade (or junkier) corporate debt issued during the first three quarters of 2017 under Trump was 17 percent higher than over the same period in 2016 under Obama.

    As history has shown us, all bubbles pop, and the next financial collapse, the Trump collapse just around the corner, will likely be worse than the last one (2007-2008) under Bush.

  47. wm5135 December 30, 2017 at 7:58 am #

    Americans cannot even look into their own underpants and decide if they are male or female. – Walter B

    and the score – 10/10

    10 points for clarity
    10 points for execution!

  48. FincaInTheMountains December 30, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    As the rich do not work but suck blood, lower taxes mean more blood to suck for them. K-Dog

    To me personally, the Trump’s tax reform is not so much about the money, but about restoring unique American system of Social Elevators.

    Ask anybody how much easier it was in the 60s to get into the business for yourself – I talked to a father of my partner, Italian immigrant, who in the 60s went into electrical business in Illinois.

    He plainly stated that in todays regulatory and tax environment it would be simply impossible.

    Big monopolies have enough resources to hire army of accountants, tax lawyers, Washington lobbyists, offshore bankers but not the young aspiring entrepreneurs.

    • akmofo December 30, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      Yup, only the fake news media and its idiotism is a global phenomenon. People in Russia are especially vulnerable. Many believe there has been some kind of a revolution with the (staged) downfall of the USSR. There has not. The same lying thieving mass murdering KGB Jesuit mafia is still running the show. People better wise up, and wise up quickly. The faster they send these fscks into ignominious irrelevance and bankruptcy the better. A recent Russian immigrant and fellow neighbor of mine describes the stupefying nonstop lying propaganda in the Russian media.

      youtu.be/823M7Meq-vg

      • FincaInTheMountains December 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

        You have a very primitive understanding of this extremely large and complex organisation, by far not a monolith:

        fas.org/irp/world/russia/kgb/su0515.htm

        For example, the First Chief Directorate (Foreign Operations) inherited the best cadres and traditions or Russian Imperial Foreign Intelligence – most of the Imperial intelligence officers and officers of the General Stuff of Russian Empire supported Bolsheviks as the single force capable of preventing the disintegration of Historical Russia.

        The Soviet Che-Ka debuted in 1918 by defeating the infamous British MI-6 – the so-called the Ambassador’s Conspiracy – the plot by Bruce Lockhart to organize a color revolution in St. Petersburg and arrange an uninhibited landing of British expeditionary force in Arkhangelsk.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._H._Bruce_Lockhart

        By the way, Putin comes from the First Directorate.

        • akmofo December 30, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

          I don’t know, browsing RT’s YouTube postings, it all seems pretty simple to me. Catherine’s latest YouTube post (above) pretty much echoes this impression. What changed from the “old” Soviet times?

          • akmofo December 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

            You don’t see any of this on any “news” channel, which should tell you they are all snakes of the same Vatican/Jesuit medusa.

            Vlad Tepesblog: “All eyes on Iran”
            youtu.be/2_WKo7uwiVA

          • akmofo December 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

            CNN caught sharing Iranian government propaganda
            youtu.be/4P1dzeLXAa0

    • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 11:57 am #

      My observation is that the number of young aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business is noticeably less than in times past. It may indeed be harder to start a business now but I believe there is more to the story than that. Now it is very common to be a spectator of life and expect everything be provided for you and everybody is OK with living that way. To go out on your own and make things happen has no interest to our young passive observers of life dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, Star Wars, and little else. Twenty hours of T.V. a week over their entire lives has scared them deeply. They, knowing no other way don’t see it.

      A bitch of mine is that back in the 80’s everybody wanted to know ‘what you did’ when they first met you and if you were embroiled in starting an endeavor you could count on having a long lively conversation. My bitch back then was that what a man does for a living should not define them. There were more important things that should. Obsession about what ‘people did’ I found shallow. I considered character and how people treated others more important.

      Now people are attending the school of life with no intention of ever graduating or contributing to that school themselves. I find the shallow vapid 80’s where you were shit if you weren’t ‘achieving’ something to be more preferable to our present zeitgeist where achieving nothing at all has become our cherished value. Passive spectators are without character and while they may not overtly treat others badly their desire and choice to seek pleasure 24 hours a day seven days a week, leaves no time to be aware or concerned about anyone or anything else but themselves. That makes them zeros.

      When I hear something like: Have you seen the new Star Wars man? Tit’s really cool. I want to flee.

      Forgive me. You triggered a rant.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

        A fair point, but remember, there aren’t enough careers for all who want one, much less for everybody. There aren’t even enough jobs. And geniuses – such as the people you may deem to be “contributing” – are working hard to insure that there will be even fewer in the future, much fewer.

        This was the Dream of Ages, yet we are so fallen and materialistic that we can’t accept what we have worked for. Instead we’re going to turn it into a nightmare of poverty and homelessness.

        • outsider December 30, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

          Exactly right, Janos. And yet the work week has grown longer for those who still have a job. A friend of mine works six days a week and often ten hours days in a steel mill. He doesn’t want the overtime but can’t turn it down as it’s mandatory. My coal miner grandfather went on long strikes for the eight hour day, forty hour week; and we cowardly, materialistic boomers, afraid to miss a paycheck, pissed it away.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

        If You Build It, They Will Come

        youtube.com/watch?v=o3c_pJ_CLJQ

        Just need to level the playing field – the Field of Dreams

  49. manysummits December 30, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Happy New Year James !

    The Romans had a saying:

    “Where there is doubt, there is freedom”

    So your ‘slippery reality’ is OK with me – we’re trying, just like in Leonardo’s “The Revenant”.

  50. 100th Avatar December 30, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    Midbrow hijinks. Watched ‘Metalhead’ episode of the British anthology program, ‘Black Mirror’. A Twilight Zone program for the post-modern era.
    Although Musk may have wetted his bed after that one, it filled me so much hope.
    The sleek shall inherit the Earth.

  51. outsider December 30, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    Mr. K wrote: “I thought the fucker would be sandbagged by a claque of Pentagon patriots inside of three months, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong.”

    Perhaps such would-be patriots learned in their history classes that if you go after the King, you must kill the King (figuratively at least). To succeed at such is a hard thing, as those who tried to kill Hitler soon found out. And just this year there was the failed coup in Turkey. Erdogan emerged stronger than ever and spared no mercy on those who tried to destroy him.

    Add to that there is the overriding consideration of pensions, pensions, pensions, which can be obtained at age forty or so, after a mere twenty years of service. Then they can become really rich as consultants for the military industrial complex. Indeed, they’d have too much to lose.

    • 100th Avatar December 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      So unnecessary. Just force him to toe the company’s (CIA) line

  52. volodya December 30, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    K-Dog

    First thing is I’m a simple mule skinner, no access to the halls of the powerful and the councils of the mighty. I know what you’re thinking: easy to get way over your skis making predictions especially about the future. And so you make an interesting point about the can’t happen here-ism.

    The difference between 1962 and now is vast. 1962 was a long time ago but I remember how it was. Ill bet you do too. If you had said in 1962 that the USSR would be defunct in 30 years and that the main successor state – Russia – would be enfeebled and corrupt and drunk, nobody would have believed it.

    If you had said in 1962 that the American Donor Class would build up China into a global adversary by sending the backbone of American industry there you’d have been laughed at. It would have been inconceivable. It couldn’t happen.

    Well, all this bloody well happened. So what follows from the resulting impoverishment of the vast industrial, geographical middle of America? That in itself was unimaginable back then. Well, we see the thousands of opioid dead every year and the decrease in life spans. That’s one thing. The proliferation of militias. That’s another.

    Plus the ascension of a mountebank President. Even more unbelievable was the nomination of a venal Democrat who so obviously despised people not in her social class.

    A lot of shit came about that couldn’t happen here according to informed, level headed people who weren’t drinking conspiracist Kool-aid.

    So do I entirely discount a Nazi-ish, fascistic future regime? Not entirely. See the above deluge that couldn’t possibly happen here. After all wasn’t it Ike that said watch out for the military-industrial complex?

    Are there alternative outcomes? You bet. The descent of the US into a Mexicanized-Latin Americanized mess is one. Another is Chinese might and money turning the US into an authoritarian tributary state and Americans into servants of Chinese interests.

    And in the background could be violent secession by states wanting a re-set. MAGA IOW but if America is too mired in frivolities like gender fluidity and incapacitated by corruption then they’ll go it alone.

    As soon as the lower-downs start to get uppity about their declining prospects, the people above them start to make accusations of fascism. I confess, it doesn’t sit well with me. I would advise against hurling scurrilous claims. Insulting people is asking for it, and when people ask for it, they generally find it.

    • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      We really are not arguing about this because at this time I agree America is not ready to go full on Nazi. Walter is right. America is too lazy right now. Conditions are not yet in place which would support a Nazi transformation but the specific route America will take in the next decade none of us know and I do say it is in that general direction.

      We have had a year of Trump and people are now more comfortable with disparity then they were before his election. A year ago plenty of people figured the election of Trump would ‘wake people up’ and we would have an American epiphany. I knew better but my mistake was in thinking that Trump would at least be interesting. I did not count on him being as boring as he is so while I did not expect an epiphany I did not expect people to sink to Trump’s level and make fools of themselves as they have done.

      Before 9-11 and the war on terror and it’s deliberate cultivation of hatred and intolerance, this country was a different place. Now we have women crawling out of the woodwork and claiming sexual harassments which they should have reported years ago if they actually happened. The idea that not reporting a sex crime is a crime itself and is actually tacit acceptance of the future abuse of others occurs to nobody. In prior times the lack of due process and PROOF would have inflamed the nation. Now nobody cares. Having given our rights away we now forget we once had any so we do not demand them now as we should. American ideas of justice and standards of accountability have gone medieval. Even the right to face ones accuser has been kicked to the curb.

      My point is not specifically about Nazis being resurrected. Many futures are possible and what may be happening in America ten years from now could be different and even worse than what the Nazis brought to the world if such is possible. It is possible in terms of total number of victims.

      My real point is that cultural attitudes change over time and it is obvious to me, observing our most recent past, that changes in cultural attitudes are not always for the good. Trump, an intolerant oaf, is breeding more intolerance not less with his presence. Thinking there would be or will be a moral backlash against Trump turns out to be an exercise in ignorance.

      America is sleepwalking into its future and now with our obsession with carrot top we don’t see the bigger pictures. Yes I mean pictures plural. America travels a road and we do not know where it goes but from the look of things, that road is leading us to a very bad place.

      How much shale oil is in the ground? Anybody care? I did not think so. Worried about who allegedly grabbed pussy ten years ago instead are you. America you really need to grow up!

      America has become cognitively impaired like the lead character in the movie Memento was and America was not always as stupid. High fructose corn syrup is only one of the causes.

      • Q. Shtik December 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

        As noted by Q. in the previous blog thread:

        half the commenters here don’t know when to use ‘then’ vs ‘than’

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

        Exhibit A:

        people are now more comfortable with disparity [then] they were before his election. – K-Dog

        • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

          So’s I makea a omlettesa and breaksa few eggs. At least I cook.

          I was thinking of two places separated in time. People felt different levels of comfort at two different times. They felt differently than they did before implies they must be the same people.

          But that they felt this way now and they felt this way then was my intent. The groups of people need not be the same and in the greater context of what I was writing about I was not thinking of people in different temporal locations being in exactly the same. Set theory demands ‘then’.

          Specifically younger generations do not know what they have never had. This is going to be an important reason for our cultural drift into deep-dodo. Had the sets of people been the same ‘than’ would have reflected proper possession but as we have new ignorance entering our pool every day ‘than’ does not account for an important distinction.

          I appeal this grammatical decision to a higher court.

          • Q. Shtik December 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

            Sorry, Dog, I ain’t buying your explanation.

            And BTW, dodo is a bird. Doo-doo is shit.

          • capt spaulding December 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

            And thus it follows that shit from a Dodo is referred to as Dodo doo-doo.

          • Ol' Scratch December 30, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

            Wasn’t that the inspiration for The Twilight Zone’s musical theme: Dodo doo-doo, Dodo, doo-doo?

          • GreenAlba December 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

            K-Dog

            I’m not a higher court, but I think you deserve the same clemency that Q.Shtik has benefited from by no-one commenting on the following at 3.23pm:

            ‘I asked, “exactly what does ’emeritus’ mean?” He said “it means your OLD.”’

            I hope that makes you both quits 🙂

      • volodya December 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        Agree about the current climate where accusations are hurled about happenings decades old and with an expectation to be believed without question. This is beyond bizarre. And irresponsible at best given that not reporting such acts when they happen lets the perp to go on to victimize others.

        Walter is right about something else, Germany back then had a degree of societal cohesion that doesn’t remotely exist in the US. That said, there was a fair degree of opposition to the Nazis, for example, conservative German royalists like Canaris, and similarly people in the German landowning class, that despised Hitler and the Nazis and conspired to get rid of Hitler. But THAT said, German conservatives, including those that bemoaned the loss of Kaiser Bill to exile, weren’t exactly pacifists. Neither apparently were German communists that conducted vicious street battles with their National Socialist opponents.

        But having said all that, IMO America is way more disaggregated compared to 20th century Germany. Never mind all this multi this or multi that, the US has a fair degree of bi-culturalism – North vs South – that doesn’t work. Even with both sides speaking English it’s getting harder and harder to accommodate both inside one nation state. And that isn’t even getting into other regional disparities in the US – both economic and cultural.

        Channel all this dishevelment into mass movements? Yeah maybe but maybe more likely along regional lines, maybe with one side of the north-south divide going in one direction, the other “left behind”.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

          As Hitler said, a People can recover from anything except the diminishment of their genetic purity. The Globalists have been destroying American now for decades to insure that we will never have a Resurrection and Renaissance as Germany did. And of course, now they are finishing off Germany as well.

          If you have One People in a State, you at least have the possibility of creating a coherent culture. Obviously huge minority groups negate any such possibility.

          • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

            ‘People can recover from anything except the diminishment of their genetic purity.

            He never said that. So prove me wrong. Only an exact translation will count and it will have to be from newspaper archives. That will be the only acceptable media.

            You won’t be up to the task.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

            He used the word blood. Does Mein Kampf count? I mean I know that’s not as authentic as what “journalists” wrote and write, being only his own words and shit.

          • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

            I will accept Mein Kampf. I want the sentence. Mein Kampf is not generally available so having the the whole paragraph is something I’d like to see. I would like to see how the original reads. I can use Google translate.

            ‘Blood’ is not the same as ‘Genetic Purity’. ‘Blood’ carries far more emotional baggage.

            Why do we call Hitler a Genus? He destroyed his country in only 13 years.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

            No, the Allies destroyed Germany. He rebuilt it from the previous Allied destruction. Read some history. And what the Leaders of the Day said of him, including JFK decades later.

            By blood Hitler means genes. Genes per se weren’t discovered yet. But how they worked was known to some extent because of the work of Mendel. And beyond that, the folk wisdom of animal breeders for millennia.

            Watson and Crick broke the genetic code. You people have now destroyed Watson for his racial unorthodoxy; being scientifically orthodox in other words. So much for intellectual freedom. Can’t learn that in Kindergarten or the Dog Pound or Community College. Nor even the best schools in the land. It’s a matter of the mind and heart or Hsin (if memory serves), Heart/Mind in the Chinese.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:16 am #

            If we pass all the causes of the German collapse in review, the ultimate and most decisive remains the failure to recognize the racial problem and especially the Jewish menace.

            The defeats on the battlefield in August, 1918, would have been child’s play to bear. They stood in no proportion to the victories of our people. It was not they that caused our downfall; no, it was brought about by that power which prepared these defeats by systematically over many decades robbing our people of the political and moral instincts and forces which alone make nations capable and hence worthy of existence.

            In heedlessly ignoring -the question of the preservation of the racial foundations of our nation, the old Reich disregarded the sole right which gives life in this world. Peoples which bastardize themselves, or let themselves be bastardized, sin against the will of eternal Providence, and when their ruin is encompassed by a stronger enemy it is not an injustice done to them, but only the restoration of justice. If a people no longer wants to respect the Nature-given qualities of its being which root in its blood, it has no further right to complain over the loss of its earthly existence.

            Everything on this earth is capable of improvement. Every defeat can become the father of a subsequent victory, every lost war the cause of a later resurgence, every hardship the fertilization of human energy, and from every oppression the forces for a new spiritual rebirth can comes as long as the blood is preserved pure.

            The lost purity of the blood alone destroys inner happiness forever, plunges man into the abyss for all time, and the consequences can never more be eliminated from body and spirit.

            Only by examining and comparing all other problems of life in the light of this one question shall we see how absurdly petty they are by this standard. They are all limited in time-but the question of preserving or not preserving the purity of the blood will endure as long as there are men.

            All really significant symptoms of decay of the pre-War period can in the last analysis be reduced to racial causes.
            Whether we consider questions of general justice or cankers of economic life, symptoms of cultural decline or processes of political degeneration, questions of faulty schooling or the bad influence exerted on grown-ups by the press, etc., everywhere and always it is fundamentally the disregard of the racial needs of our own people or failure to see a foreign racial menace.

            :

          • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:24 am #

            The above is from the end of Chapter 11, Nation and Race, Volume 1. If you wish to read to the end of the Chapter, or indeed, the whole Chapter, here it is. The entire chapter is replete with quotes to my theme, even as the Title indicates, and I could have picked any of them. But the specific one I was thinking of is in the above passage.

            hitler.org/writings/Mein_Kampf/mkv1ch11.html

            I think it’s bizarrely amusing you’re trying to prove Hitler isn’t a racist. You seem to have forgotten the Prime Directive just to spite me. No doubt if I had argued he wasn’t a racist, you would have found this and posted it as proof that he was.

          • GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

            “The above is from the end of Chapter 11, Nation and Race, Volume 1. If you wish to read to the end of the Chapter, or indeed, the whole Chapter…”

            Why? Does it get better? Because so far it’s just the ravings of a deranged maniac, who wouldn’t know a scientific fact if it slapped him across the jowls and pulled his moustache off hair by hair.

          • K-Dog December 31, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

            You don’t get it. The Third Reich was UNSUSTAINABILITY on steroids and Hitler was the German people’s pied-piper of a fool who lead them to a fall off a Seneca cliff.

            In the case of Berlin women a forced toss in the bushes where many of them lost your precious genetic purity resulted from Hitlers extreme concern and enlightened understanding of the world.

            The man was a fool and being a fool does not have to do with just I.Q. Emotional imbalance combined with brilliance makes one a dolt. It could even be a case where he was genetically flawed because emotional intelligence and pattern matching were imbalanced because he could have had bad genes.

            You never did come up with the quote. No surprise.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

            You said to include the whole paragraph. And I never said it was a quote, just what he said. I didn’t use quotation marks but you would have recognized it if you had bother to read it. Disingenuousity – a classic trait of the Leftist.

      • elysianfield December 30, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

        “America is too lazy right now.”

        Dog,
        I’m sure you meant “not motivated” rather than “lazy”. Too comfortable, too reliant in the rule of law, too well fed. Change those metrics, and see how “motivated” the country becomes…cease transfer payments to the poor, end EBT, and let slip the dogs of war….

  53. kimmasad01 December 30, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Hahahaha! Oh boy, this was great writing and made me smile and laugh on this rainy, bleak morning out in the sticks of the Florence, Oregon. Thank you JHK and Happy New Year to you, sir.

  54. wm5135 December 30, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    and when people ask for it, they generally find it. – volodya

    Yes sir, when you have an entire culture looking for a chance to get over on someone you end up with a wholly corrupt culture. Circular firing squad is one way to phrase it.

    America was not always as stupid. – K-Dog

    I happen to be married to an “educational professional”. The seasonal gatherings of associates have given the opportunity to mingle with more of these professionals for over a decade and a half. Do you remember the refrain: those who can do and those who cannot teach? We have allowed our children to be taught how to be stupid. The United States average IQ may hover around 100, that however is sufficient to produce succesful humans. Something else is in play.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      100? Lower now because of the minorities. Whites are only around 60% or so now, and aging to boot.

      100 is average, yes – and average is dull. Every try to talk to one of these people? Successful humans? Ok, when guided by superiors in a Culture designed AND ruled by superiors. But sure, they’re smart enough to get thru the day. But when you subtract religion and moral systems, as the evil Brahmins have done, well the argument falls apart.

    • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

      Any ideas? My high school education turned out to be significantly better than average though I did not know it at the time. Then I thought I was having a normal experience.

      I had the luck of going to a new suburban school where families were deeply involved in the school making sure the teachers were only of high quality. It was a Camelot moment. PTA membership was mandatory. In elementary school I remember you would get a knock on the door if you did not go.

      These were middle class people who were doing well and wanted their kids to do better. For them hard work and dedication was paying off. Moving to WA state I found a community college degree was needed to give the same level of education that I had received in a suburban Minneapolis high school.

      And as an adult what I have learned about inner city schools; it is just not fair.

  55. Ol' Scratch December 30, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    North Korea received oil from Russia in violation of UN sanctions: report

    By Benjamin Brown | Fox News

    In an apparent violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, Russian ships have allegedly transferred oil products to North Korean vessels out at sea on several occasions, according to a published report.

    The Security Council resolution bars the Hermit Kingdom from importing natural gas and capped its crude oil imports in September, Reuters reported, citing two senior Western European security sources.

    The news follows President Donald Trump’s criticism of China this week regarding a South Korean report that Chinese ships have illegally supplied oil to North Korean ships at sea dozens of times since October. China denied the reports Friday.

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

    The plot thickens! The axis of evil continues it’s evil ways, evilly. Sadly, no mention of Iran in this piece, who is bound to feel left out now. Could it be that Russia, China, The Lil Fat Man, and god knows who else are exercising reckless disregard for the US and their lackey cronies in the UN, which is after all, headquartered in NYC of all places? My word! What in the world is the world coming to these days? Maybe the US, always the paragon of virtue, should just nuke the lot of ’em and be done with it?

    • janet December 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

      Maybe the US, always the paragon of virtue, should just nuke the lot of ’em and be done with it? –Ol’ Scratch

      Violence as a “might makes right” solution is the simplistic thinking of the male terrorist mind. Nuke the very people who have nothing to do with TPTB.

    • K-Dog December 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

      North Korea has no oil. What are they suppose to do, starve? They need some to keep tractors going.

      You look at NK on Google earth at night and it is pitch black. What do they have total 10,000 vehicles traveling the country at one time? As much oil activity as a small American city for probably their entire country which is the size of an American state. That describes the situation.

      The heartless axis of evil at it yet again. Somebody wants a golf course in North Korea. You can’t tell me he has not thought about it. Evil men know no boundaries. That is what makes them evil.

      North Korea is in between the size of Indiana and Kentucky in area. I looked it up.

    • outsider December 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

      Scratch,

      Perhaps the Russians and Chinese still have a heart and don’t want to see their Korean brothers and sisters freeze and starve this winter. The US imperialists have no problem with starving whole countries out. Sanctions are, or used to be, an act of war until the USG made them an everyday thing. Which country is the Evil Empire after all?

  56. Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

    A character study of Three: Prince Peter of Poland gained access to the meeting of the Big Three shortly after the War. He was between rage and despair for his People. He cried, Why have you sold us out to the Soviets after all your promises? Churchill was impatient. Maybe his face got a bit redder as he just waved him off. How dare this minnow question the Three? FDR looked down, a bit ashamed perhaps but dryly responding that what must be must be. Stalin grinned hugely, enjoying the Prince’s despair and the discomfiture of his conspirators.

    Later Churchill tried to stop the Blackening of England as huge numbers of Blacks and Brown began to be shipped in. He was jostled aside. The Dupe had served his purpose. Now better others more suitable for the next phase would be used. And countless British Veterans came to realize they had been not just betrayed, but duped all along. Not only was Enoch Powell right, but Mosley and Prince Edward as well. They should have at the very least stayed out of it. Hitler had offered them that – and far, far more if they were willing to take his Hand.

  57. FincaInTheMountains December 30, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    Conditions are not yet in place which would support a Nazi transformation but the specific route America will take in the next decade none of us know and I do say it is in that general direction.

    Actually, America almost gone full Nazi by voting in Hillary Clinton. To me it is a miracle that didn’t happen.

    • Ol' Scratch December 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

      Never say never Finc. The proverbial other shoe has likely yet to drop.

      • outsider December 30, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

        The Dems are already courting first term Senator Kamala Harris for potus in 2020, yet no one outside of California knows who she is. They did the same with Obama, but the time is now ripe for a two-fer. Of course, there is always Michelle, but methinks she won’t run as she’s afraid to become Hillary 2.0. Will the Dems ever run a white male again?

  58. Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    You can’t fool all the people all of the time, wrote some worthy. So what? Big deal. You can fool most of the people most of the time, and that suffices to maintain power in a Democracy when the franchise is open to anyone with a pulse and a room temperature IQ.

    But the average is 100? Now lower but let’s say 100. Still far too low to really question and uncover trickery. And more: even if the franchise was reserved for the learned and bright, ethnic diversity would still doom us as each group would vote for their own special interests. Not for nothing does the brightest group, the Ashkenazi Jews, vote the same as Puerto Ricans – one of the dumb groups.

    • janet December 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

      IQ doesn’t determine intelligence. IQ is an outdated index to determine an archaic and arbitrary definition of intelligence. IQ tests measure quantitative reasoning and not much else.

      There are benefits to low IQ. You are statistically less likely to go insane or be depressed. You’re also less likely to get bullied or be made fun of for being a “nerd.”

      If your low IQ is primarily due to low verbal skills, you may still be high in the non-verbal areas of pattern recognition, physical skills, emotional skills, and spirituality. You could lead a relatively rich social life, with love for the world, people, and animals.

      Variation in IQ is not really that important. Most of the human race by far… 90% or 95% … is between 90 and 110. If you are above this group you will have increasingly difficult times getting along with people and communicating with them. They will insist your ideas are hokey. Exempli gratia, yo.

      With a lower IQ there’s a pretty strong chance you’ll be happier.

      And although janos thinks Black Africans have a low IQ, Blacks in Africa did create amazing civilizations (many greater than Ancient Egypt … pssst… by the way…. Egypt is located in Africa).

      10 African Civilizations More Amazing Than Ancient Egypt
      listverse.com/2016/07/15/10-african-civilizations-more-amazing-than-ancient-egypt/

      • elysianfield December 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

        “There are benefits to low IQ. ”

        Janet,
        Sorry you were not blessed thus…. If what you say is true, and it may be, then happiness can be brought with an ice pick….

        Happiness=a frontal lobotomy (or maybe a bottle in front of me).

        I have more than once posted that the happiest people on Earth are wearing diapers and are barely sentient…is this the happiness we all seek?

        • pequiste December 30, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

          So I consider: from the tiniest babe to the most powerful, globe-girdling corporation; most everyone likes to be “on the teat.”

      • Q. Shtik December 30, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

        With a lower IQ there’s a pretty strong chance you’ll be happier. – janet

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

        IOW, ignorance is bliss.

      • outsider December 30, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

        Janet,
        Yes, Ancient Egypt, in Northwest Africa, had an advanced civilization before they retreated under Islam, but it was doubtless not black. Per the 2006 census, 88.6% of their 92 million people are Arab, with several minorities listed as “other.” So, Egypt has a lower percentage of blacks than does the US, rendering your argument faulty.

        • outsider December 30, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

          Oops – I meant NorthEAST Africa. I’m sorry it’s late and I should be watching a movie instead.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

          Which argument is faulty?

  59. FincaInTheMountains December 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    By the way, in Russia the idea of liberal fascism is being introduced all the time, although liberal fascism is an oxymoron.

    Fascism, unlike Nazism, is truly anti-liberal, and the purely situational fusion of these concepts is now the cornerstone of the ideological attack of the Western Black Project, which in Russia, for historical reasons, dresses in liberal clothing.

    In particular, they always trying to “sell” to the Russian public Benito Mussolini’s participation in the Holocaust, although Mussolini and Franco each probably saved more Jews from the Holocaust than Raoul Wallenberg and Oscar Schindler put together, and even probably more than all the other righteous people combined.

    And the only and very weak hope for the restoration of the European tradition of rationality of Maimonides is connected with Italian Jewry, rescued by Mussolini. And Maimonides played such a role in restoring the Christianity in Western Europe by Aquinas after the catastrophe of the Fourth Crusade, as well as in stopping the Crusades as such and establishing at least some peace with Islam that without him talking about restoring the world order destroyed by Hillary Clinton is impossible.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      So Maimondides – who praised the crucifixion of Christ – is as great a Christian as Aquinas? Or are you saying he was greater?

      Do you think Nancy Pelosi, who is ardently pro-abortion and who never stops talking about being a Catholic, is actually a secret Jew?

      • outsider December 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

        And Maimonides praised circumcision, thinking that, by injuring the penis, it would lessen the sex drive, so that boys would think more about god and less of the flesh. But he was wrong. It did not lessen the drive, only the ability, leading Jewish males to a life of sexual frustration.

  60. beantownbill. December 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    IQ and worth as a human being is a blatantly false shibboleths. All IQ is, by definition, is the score one gets on an IQ test. There is a positive correlation – how strong I don’t know – between IQ and the ability to perform higher-level tasks.

    But I’m not aware of any study which positively correlates IQ with higher-level morality, and hence value as a human being, such as displays of kindness, empathy, mercy and related quality

    • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

      E tu Beanei? You also praise the destruction of James Watson?

      As to your question, see the seminal work of the psychologist, Laurence Kohlberg. Briefly, one’s moral development parallels the intellectual development, since one can’t morally reason if one can’t reason. Now we touch upon the seminal work of Piaget (don’t know if was or not, French in any case) in cognitive development. If you show a small child a piece of paper colored on one side blue and the other red, put it between you two, and then ask him to say which color You see. What do you think he will? He will say you see the same color as he does. He can’t “imagine” or “understand” that you are having a different experience than he is. Now do you think he’s going to be very moral either? If he can’t get out of himself even that much?

      BUT yes, obviously morality is more than understanding. The Will comes into it. And of course that implies how well you’ve been treated as to whether you want to reciprocate and to whom. Thus intellectual development can run far ahead of the willingness to morally reason. Thus the mad scientist or uncaring businessman is entirely possible. The relation between intellect and morality is thus one of being necessary but not sufficient.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Kohlberg

    • Epicur December 31, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

      “But I’m not aware of any study which positively correlates IQ with higher-level morality, and hence value as a human being, such as displays of kindness, empathy, mercy and related quality”

      There is a strong and clear inverse correlation between IQ and violent crime and crimes such as theft. One might argue (without data?) that high IQ criminals dominate high level white collar crime, but opportunity would be a confounding variable.

      I suppose one might hypothesize the murderer with a heart of gold, but that’s not the way to bet.

      youtube.com/watch?v=R7DhFhzkjcA

      • Epicur December 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

        BTW, the inverse correlation exists independently of race, i.e. if one considers only white people it exists or if one considers only black people it exists.

  61. wm5135 December 30, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    K-Dog. The majority of those I have met in the public school system never take their eye off the prize – the pension. The curriculum is shoveled from above -the best government money can buy – and spread dutifully by the classroom teachers. An example is the constant revision of the method for teaching math. The description of basic processes is regularly changed so there is no coherent connection between groups that are separated by about four years. Intergrating multiplication tables into a childs learning has all but been abandoned. When all that is taught is the test and then the next test, ad nauseum, the concept of learning as a foundation with an accumulated structure of knowledge resting on the foundation is lost. My experience with young people now in their senior years in high school is that the subject matter goes into one ear and out the other. This is not tolerated or accepted but is seemingly promoted.

    I was extremely fortunate in that my parents made the sacrifice to send me to parochial schools for six of my first eight years. We were taught to think and the process to develop the ability. I do not see that in the current system. Education of our children is one more of the duties that the citizens have abdicated to the state. As I look at the cornucopia of problems we have in our nation this lack of education appears to be one of the fatal ones.

    • Ol' Scratch December 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

      The majority of those I have met in the public school system never take their eye off the prize – the pension.

      What else would they be looking forward to? The fucking salary?

      Education of our children is one more of the duties that the citizens have abdicated to the state.

      And so we should instead trust it to the market? Evidently you’ve got money to burn too?

      The basic problem in the US these days is most definitely not lack of education (which we have WAY too much of), but lack of the ability/willingness to think, which is actually another problem altogether. The problems you describe above are nothing more than the GOP (for the most part) mandated federalist/hierarchical approach to education begun under the Shrub as a pure electioneering stunt, and since glommed onto by other similarly opportunistic DC pols of every stripe; although the cool thing to advocate for now of course is vouchers, so that we can send all the rich little shits off to their private academies from day one, as if anyone needs any more of that!

      Bully for you being sent off to parochial land – complete with “sacrificing” parents and all that typical faux apologetic shit as well. Me? Public schools all the way K-12, and barely graduated at that. Did college only after a long military career, and then only because it was paid for by the GI Bill through a decidedly second rate small state institution as a “credential” to enter into the by then thoroughly gentrified labor market for white collar educated idiots. And guess what? Absolutely none of that mattered anyway, as the only things that matter for employment prospects now are age, sex, and ethnicity, NONE of which are on my side.

      Fucking Jesus, Jehovah, and Christ! Jim needs to appoint a gatekeeper to keep you rich fucking pricks out. Try to keep a nice, clean, open, working class blog, and the next thing you know the fucking well to do wander in and shit all over the fucking place!

      • outsider December 31, 2017 at 12:07 am #

        Gee, Scratch, tell us what you REALLY think. I generally like your thought processes, but you had no reason to dump all over wm5135 over a pretty damn good comment. Your frustration is showing big time tonight.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

        Kill the Rich. Marxism is fed by resentment like this. And ultimately, “the Rich” are anyone who has more than the Mob – which has nothing because they deserve nothing.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

        Let’s unpack something you said: You admit the persecution of White Men, yet you never express sympathy with White Nationalism. Nay, may: you often express a general sympathy with the Marxists who want to finish the leveling and persecute us even more! Is this not perverse? Is hatred greater than your love, even your love of self?

  62. tucsonspur December 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    Tax cuts, money for everyone, rejoice, the New Year is near! We’re rich, rich I tell you!

    Hail the Golden Galahad of Gotham! This New Yawker now has the globe by the gonads.

    Hail the Golden German Gladiator who will at least try to stop chain migration and the immigration lottery. Mindless dimwits on the Left can’t seem to grasp the obvious advantages of a merit based system.

    Hail the Gauntlet running Gentleman from Gemini who has delivered us from Obama’s land of shrinking violets and saved us from the corrupt crumpets of Clinton or some catastrophic casus belli.

    This supposed Gargoyle of Gulosity and Galimatias continues to grind down the political gangue of the Left. His incessant gnawing has them ready for the gaboon.

    Godspeed this Grandiose Gem, and may he never forget his true Golconda—the Deplorables.

    “Gosh O my, O Gee, my O my, O Gee…” Okay, enough silly stuff.

    Best wishes to all and Happy New Year! Keep the faith. No, no, I mean the “real faith”.

    Mr. JHK presiding. Not to worry, he does okay. Music about a minute in. Check it out.

    youtube.com/watch?v=ph7oZnBH05s

  63. beantownbill. December 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    There’s been plenty of smart, destructive bastards throughout history.

    Dinosaurs lasted about 160 million years and had very small brains; Homo Sapiens sapiens under 1 million years. Our continued existence is uncertain, so it hasn’t yet been established that intelligence is a survival trait. And survival time is the most basic way nature measures success as a species.

    IQ has a lot to do with culture and education. In cultures that value education, IQs are higher, as in Chinese and Jewish societies, Blacks apparently don’t as much. The less you know, the lower your IQ.

    One can have a 145 IQ and be a truck driver; one can have an IQ of 90 and be a successful businessman. It’s not your IQ score, it’s what you do with it that counts.

    IQ has a major cultural component that is not based on genetics – which to my mind negates the argument of racists that Blacks are inherently inferior.

    Ultimately, disparaging an entire group of people based on a mere written test is not only incorrect, it’s the height of irony because it’s a very stupid concept.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

      There’s obviously some truth in the theory of multiple intelligences a la Gardner. In the “Millionaire Next Door”, a businessman muses: I have some real geniuses working for me, with IQ’s far above mine. Yet they work for me and not I for them. So I have something they don’t have.

      Typically though g, or general intelligence, does play a role in most of these other intelligences. Thus the great composers are though to have been very bright in terms of g. There are musical savants who are not of course. But as to whether they can be truly creative in a higher sense, I don’t know.

      The violinist Yehudi Menhuin grew up around Gypsies, who are notoriously dumb but cunning, who produce many great musicians who never play the same tune exactly the same twice. He greatly admired this oral or aural tradition, and enjoyed trying it again after he retired. Ditto the fiddlers of traditional Britain and Ireland. Something profound is lost if one must always play from written music.

      • janet December 30, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

        IQ doesn’t determine intelligence. IQ is an outdated index to determine an archaic and arbitrary definition of intelligence. IQ tests measure quantitative reasoning and not much else.

        There are benefits to low IQ. You are statistically less likely to go insane or be depressed. You’re also less likely to get bullied or be made fun of for being a “nerd.”

        If your low IQ is primarily due to low verbal skills, you may still be high in the non-verbal areas of pattern recognition, physical skills, emotional skills, and spirituality. You could lead a relatively rich social life, with love for the world, people, and animals.

        Variation in IQ is not really that important. Most of the human race by far… 90% or 95% … is between 90 and 110. If you are above this group you will have increasingly difficult times getting along with people and communicating with them. They will insist your ideas are hokey. Exempli gratia, yo.

        With a lower IQ there’s a pretty strong chance you’ll be happier.

        And although janos thinks Black Africans have a low IQ, Blacks in Africa did create amazing civilizations (many greater than Ancient Egypt … pssst… by the way…. Egypt is located in Africa).

        10 African Civilizations More Amazing Than Ancient Egypt
        listverse.com/2016/07/15/10-african-civilizations-more-amazing-than-ancient-egypt/

        • outsider December 31, 2017 at 12:12 am #

          Janet,
          You do know you just repeated your comment from a minute ago, don’t you?

          • janet December 31, 2017 at 1:22 am #

            Case in point.

        • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

          ” Blacks in Africa did create amazing civilizations (many greater than Ancient Egypt) …

          Janet,
          References, please?

          • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

            Janet,
            His curriculum vitae is impressive, but I’ve not seen anything he has produced…. It seems that his work is not…mainstream? Peer reviewed?

            With all respect, a faculty member of Harvard’s “black studies” program is not necessarily probative. I will have to do some research.

    • elysianfield December 30, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

      “IQ has a major cultural component that is not based on genetics – which to my mind negates the argument of racists that Blacks are inherently inferior.”

      Bill,
      If you can accept the premise that whites are inherently inferior to blacks physically/athletically , how can you not accept that blacks have some shortcomings that would preclude success in an advanced society? Blacks seem to struggle in our culture, and whites do not seem to prevail in the NFL and NBA….

      • Ol' Scratch December 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

        Of course you’d have to agree that ours is an “advanced society” in any way. THAT, in a nutshell, is the key our western culture’s ongoing doom. The inability to grok that the culture we’ve created is in NO WAY superior, and is in fact, suicidal and destructive. Simply amazing that so many “smart” people on this board can’t seem to grasp that.

        • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

          Nick O Demus,

          How about “The country formerly known as the ‘advanced society’ “?

      • akmofo December 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

        @elysianfield

        It’s a false premise, based on a false science, or pseudoscience. What you want to do is learn everything you can on the topic of Epigenetics, I know this from first hand personal experience. I was born in the former USSR. My brother was born in Israel. When I travel abroad, the natives approach me asking me if I “sprechen deutsch?”. My brother they take for one of the natives. Why do you think that is? We are both of same mother and father. The only difference between us is the environment we grew in. Same with the African Jews versus European Jews versus Asian Jews. We all originally looked the same. We share the same genetics. Then we were dispersed around the world we took on the characteristics of the environment we were at. It’s really very simple. Your environment determines your unique microbiome, and this microbiome activates your genome towards this unique expression.

        • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

          Mofo,
          False science? How about direct observation? Of course, nurture is a large part of who we are. But it is all? Remember that all are created equal, but there are those created more equal than others…to paraphrase Orwell. But If your premise be correct, than all children at birth are gifted equally, and those who do not succeed have frittered away their gifts, and hence are to be less productive, and hence considered enemies of the state…or their parents sanctioned for not properly nurturing the child and thereby destroying state property.

          You are not gifted? Article 58…your parents? The same!

          Nature Vs Nurture is a valid topic of argument…there are no absolutes…there are no basic truths as of yet.

          It ain’t rocket surgery….

          • Q. Shtik December 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

            But If your premise be correct, [than] all children at birth are gifted equally, – elysian

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

            Exhibit B ^^

          • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

            Q,
            Again, I am diminished….

          • akmofo December 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

            Race is a false science. I see this everyday with my own eyes.

            I was gifted with bacteria fungi viruses (microbiome) by my mother. These activated certain genes in my body. As I grew, I came into contact with other bacteria fungi viruses by way of eating and drinking and breathing and kissing and touching, and this activated other genes. If you analyze my human genetic material versus that of my microbiome, it is but a tiny fraction. I am but a vessel for my microbiome. My health, my physical attributes, my intelligence, my personality, my perceptions, my mood, etc., are all governed by my microbiome. When it is happy, I am happy 🙂

      • beantownbill. December 30, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

        Well, let’s see. Just based on my hometown Boston professional sports teams, we have Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman; then we have Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Milt Schmidt, Ted Williams, Tom Brady, the unstoppable Rob Gronkowski, to just name a few. These are all hall of famers or will be. Do you know what they have in common? They’re all White, so I don’t accept the premise that Blacks are physically and athletically superior. That’s just stereotyping.

        For the same reason, I don’t believe Blacks are inferior to Whites.

        • outsider December 31, 2017 at 12:28 am #

          That’s just crazy beantownbill. The basketball players you mention have all retired decades ago, although there are still some whites in the NBA (often European). And hockey has always been a white man’s sport, dominated by Canadians. Football has only a few positions where white are competitive in great numbers – q’back, tight end (like Gronk), offensive line, where they are big and slow, and kickers. When they announce the defense, which requires speed at all positions, it’s not unusual for all 11 to be black. The NBA and NFL are both over 70% black while the country is 70% white, so who is athletically superior. No stereotyping involved – just facts.

          • akmofo December 31, 2017 at 9:21 am #

            As Yan hinted at, “facts” can be staged and fabricated any which way they want. When you know and understand this, and that all sports are rigged, then you have to ask why are they rigged the way they are. This is where the question of racism really comes in, just ask any Jewish hockey player.

          • Q. Shtik December 31, 2017 at 11:35 am #

            Football has only a few positions where white are competitive in great numbers – q’back, tight end (like Gronk), offensive line, where they are big and slow, and kickers. – outsider

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

            …and long snappers.

          • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

            “all sports are rigged, then you have to ask why are they rigged the way they are. This is where the question of racism really comes in….”

            Mofo,
            I can just here the owners of the NBA franchises conspiring…”I gotta great Idea, lets make a bunch of ni**ers millionaires, and really fuck them up!”

          • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

            Hear,
            For God’s sake Q, forgive me….

        • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:54 am #

          The White Celtics team was astute marketing – and that they were superb players made a whole thing hugely satisfying for the fans – and thus a huge money maker for the owners and shareholder if any. Blacks have actually complained about it – calling it “racist”. That shows the ultimate winner take all mentality of Blacks better than just about anything. And of course there complete lack of critical thinking and of course, its humorous tangent for those with self knowledge, Irony. Blacks don’t understand themselves either.

          All or almost all sprinting records are held by Blacks. Thus jumping records as well, at least long jump which depends on speed. Marathon records are held by East African Blacks for the most part. Middle distance has some White runners, but some evidence shows North Africans would be the best, if those cultures were more interested in sports.

        • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

          “to just name a few.”

          Exactly!

          So, tell me, Bill, why are whites not represented in the NBA in direct relation to their demographics?

          “I don’t accept the premise that Blacks are physically and athletically superior. That’s just stereotyping.”

          So, Bill, by your argument, we are all equal at birth, and it was your environment to blame for you not being gifted like Duane Johnson?

          Don’t be disingenuous.

          • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

            There was a sociologist [Spencer?] in the 1800s who had the theory that ‘anyone can be trained to do anything, its all nurture.’

            disingenuous.Is a liberals middle name.

    • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

      “IQ has a major cultural component that is not based on genetics – which to my mind negates the argument of racists that Blacks are inherently inferior.”

      Bill, yes a major component, but only a component, not the entirety. Why is it so difficult to see the forest, when you fixate on a single tree? Culture is a major component, no argument…but what of the remaining components? What are they?

      Parenting,
      Diet
      Education
      Luck, or lack of same
      Disease

      Genetic differences are not to be considered? To be so certain of this, despite the politicization of the topic, despite scientific enquiry still ongoing? To paraphrase the old anti-Goldwater political ad…”In your guts, you know it’s nuts!”

      • San Jose December 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

        IQ & Disease

        A friend of mine’s daughter contracted meningitis in her early teens. Her I.Q. dropped 25 points–down to 110.

        Jen in San Jose

  64. Pucker December 30, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    Whatever happened to Debbie Wasserman Shultz and those Pakistani IT guys?

    • Ol' Scratch December 30, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

      Pixie dust.

    • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      One of the investigators? found dead on a beach.
      DWS brother is the DA doing the research to see if DWS will go to jail.

      I heard on YT, yesterday, some move by swat team on house possibly associated with Awans.

      Ytube, George Webb is a good place to start learning.

  65. Pucker December 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    Who are the Heroes of our Time?

    • Pucker December 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

      “What Nietzsche hoped for was the emergence of noble and strong spirits, a new caste of aristocrats: supermen, such as Napoleon, the true anti-Christ whose will to power is uncontaminated by ressentiment and its pseudo-religions, who creatively use their freedom from false gods and deceptive ideals, and who transcend their fate of passive nihilism to become active nihilists.”

  66. Pucker December 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    Superman (the American Male) has lost faith in his Calling.

    Clark Kent calls in late for work claiming that he has a “Psychiatric Evaluation”. Clark laments that “it’s just not worth all of the hassle, and that’s “it’s all shit.” Clark considers “going Queer” since society accords the highest prestige to Homos.

    • pequiste December 30, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

      ?

      This is too much for me to handle: Superman – a power bottom?

      OK. So all along it has been Jimmy Olson, cub reporter, or Perry “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” White.

      Could make a great TeeVee program revival using the mildewed and moldy stars of the “Will and Grace” show.

      Is Pucker a secret member of the Hollyweird elite? Stay tuned!

  67. Pucker December 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    New Superhero: “Transgender Man”. Transgender Man runs into a phone booth as a Man and comes out as a Woman. All of the kids aspire to be “Transgender Man”.

    • pequiste December 30, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

      Boi, I am so cornfuzed!

      I thought a “transgender man” or “trans-man” is a woman who, with certain surgical equipment additions, hormonal therapies, and other cosmetic alterations, makes the mystical and magical, alleged “change” from female to male. Chaz Bono, unfortunately, immediately comes to mind as a popular culture exemplar.

      A transgender woman would be a person who went the other way around – from a male to a female e.g. Caitlyn Jenner.

      Either way, Hollyweird should certainly sit up take notice of the great idea proffered here, Puck, and start the process for a major motion picture with all the associated paraphernalia, sequels, and T.V. offshoots.

      There are a ton of sponsors waiting in the wings for the opportunity to cash in on this: Transamerica, Trans World Airlines (sorry, defunct,) the Trans-Pacific Partnership, TransCanada Corp…..

      • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:28 am #

        Do you understand the new pronouns? Maybe Janet can give us a tutorial. And since there are dozens of new genders, this would be just the barest bones. There is enough new material to keep grammarians such as Q and Queer Theorists such as Janet, busy for decades if not generations.

  68. akmofo December 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    The Road to Revolution: Iranian Uprising | True News
    youtu.be/KbXWFKttVs8

  69. akmofo December 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    CNN caught sharing Iranian government propaganda
    youtu.be/4P1dzeLXAa0

  70. Q. Shtik December 30, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

    Janos,

    Have you seen the new Churchill flick, Darkest Hour? (My wife and I saw it today…definitely Oscar material). If yes, I anxiously await your revisionist take on this moment in history.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:09 am #

      No. He was a Devil as I never cease to point out. Maybe I should see it just so I can point out its errors.

      • Q. Shtik December 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

        Maybe I should see it just so I can point out its errors. – Janos

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

        By all means, you should.

      • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

        Janos,
        No, he was flawed, but not a devil. Just finished a book on Churchill during his war years. By the Yalta agreement, which you might be offering as example, he had little voice amongst the “Big Three”…he loathed Stalin and the Godless Commies, but could only watch as the partitioning of Europe occurred…his early warnings of the Iron Curtain went unconsidered.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

          Read Pat Buchanan’s book, The Unnecessary War. His conclusion: Churchill was a great man but at the price of his nation’s greatness.

          Hitler warned him that if he fought Germany again, Britain would lose their empire. And so it was. All he cared about was his very narrow class interests and serving his Non-British masters. But his masters had a very different vision you see, one that didn’t include the Empire or even the Commonwealth. Certainly not him or his class. In the end, he was just a dupe trying to hold back the Black tide of immigrants. He had served his purpose and was then discarded like a used condom.

          • GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

            He got a very splendid state funeral, which I still remember. People didn’t look too closely at the dodgy stuff. They were just grateful he had such a vital role in resisting the vile sickness that had taken over Germany.

  71. PeteAtomic December 30, 2017 at 11:39 pm #

    I think this story is one example of how fucked up the US is:

    cnn.com/2017/12/30/us/kansas-police-shooting-swatting/index.html

    An “online gaming dispute” whatever that is– that happens in Los Angeles, leads police to a home in Kansas, where they shoot an unarmed man standing on his porch.

    The whole chain of events points to a country that is full of out of control people, and police forces who are primed to kill anybody.

    • tucsonspur December 30, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

      More people and more diversity will only increase the mayhem.

      Doesn’t top Kansas, but here’s more of what’s becoming more and more usual:

      yahoo.com/news/m/df5476b2-94a5-3fd2-a9d0-d9be75e9054d/ss_2-security-guards-fatally.html

      • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

        Population keeps growing and USA getting more 3rd worlders.

      • PeteAtomic December 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

        yeah, seemingly more senseless, pointless/nihilistic violence.

        On the idea of ‘increasing diversity’, imho what is gonna happen is the creation of a mega -sized Yugoslavia. So, in certain parts of the US, you will have whites living together in a kind of shared culture, in another part of the country there will be Asians, in the inner cities and around large cities you’ll have blacks, etc. All of these ethnicities living in separate enclaves with little reason to get along with each other anymore, especially if resources become scarce. On top of this mess you have the Deep State central gov’t attempting to police everybody, and somehow keep everything running.

    • ..Captain America.. December 31, 2017 at 11:32 am #

      Au contraire mon cheri!!

      ……the story illustrates how fucked up the COLLECTIVIST NETWORK globalist operated old republics of the world are.

      C
      A

      Sent from the New Republic.
      got-truth.com/

      • PeteAtomic December 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

        Interesting website there.

        The best movie line I’ve heard in a while was from Benicio Del Toro’s character from the most current Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, where his character says: “Live free, don’t join.”

        Totally. Where is my national unsubscribe button, lol

        • ..Captain America.. December 31, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

          “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old one obsolete.”
          – Bucky Fuller, 1968.

          Welcome to the New Republic!

          C
          A

    • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

      Except for amputees, all men are armed, as the have arms.

      Freddie Grey was 300 pounds with arms that could attack, as he was wont to do.

      • PeteAtomic December 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

        Well, they shot the guy on his porch when he “put his arms down to the area of his waistline.” He never reached for anything, he just put his arms down from a raised “surrender” position, so they shot him.

        Maybe the cop was having bad PTSD from being on a kill team in Iraq, I don’t know.

  72. janet December 31, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    I thought a “transgender man” … makes the mystical and magical, alleged “change” from female to male. –pequiste

    pequiste, you are confusing gender identity, transgender, biological sex, sexual orientation, pangender, and transsexual.

    Transgender people are people who experience a mismatch between their gender identity or gender expression, and their assigned sex.

    Transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another.

    Transgender is also an umbrella term: in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are genderqueer (also known as non-binary, e.g. bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender). Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or conceptualize transgender people as a third gender.

    Didn’t your parents ever sit you down and explain this? Why do you care about how others self-identify? They are not threatening you… Their status should not concern you.

    • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

      “Didn’t your parents ever sit you down and explain this”

      Janet,
      With all respect, are you fucking kidding us? Many of us grew up in the 50’s.

      “Their status should not concern you.”

      …And their status does not, save for the laws requiring that we do….

      • pequiste December 31, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

        Elysian,

        Thank you for the “A.Y.F.K.U.?”

        Obviously, janet lives in that realm of fantasy, play, and unicorns where one can be whatever, or wherever, one desires just by saying the magic words, e.g. “There’s no place like home.” and tapping together the heels of Hir/Xhe/It’s Ruby Slippers three times:

        youtube.com/watch?v=Y-Y9eQAFYdg

        An individuals status doesn’t bother me in the slightest except if they are disturbing children; requiring toilet facilities not according to their plumbing, or wasting my tax dollars in the military or civilian worlds for elective treatments and surgeries paid for by any government.

        (Obviously and conclusively this intimate knowledge of the field of “trans”-stuff puts the imprimatur of Mt Holyoke College’s Women’s Studies department on janet like white on rice! )

        Take the night off janet and have as much fun as you can imagine (unless it is against your religion.) while listening to perhaps Indigo Girls and whatever else Andrea Dworkin or your Imam would approve of in the dwindling light of 2017.

        Skoal.

  73. janet December 31, 2017 at 1:36 am #

    More people and more diversity will only increase the mayhem. –tucsonspur

    tucsonspur, in the last two or three decasdes diversity has increased. By many measures we are safer now than we were two and three decades ago,

    Diversity has increased in the United States, making us safer. The murder rate is at or near a 50-year low. The point is, when we read or watch news stories, like the one you linked to, about random violent acts, we should always be mindful not to overplay singular events against a mountain of statistical evidence showing we are better off now compared to 20 and 30 years ago. Thanks to diversity.

    • tucsonspur December 31, 2017 at 3:23 am #

      Over the years crime has declined as gun ownership has risen sharply. If numbers don’t lie, they can certainly deceive.

      What about the racial friction, animosity, erosion of the quality of life, stressed budgets etc., that diversity causes that aren’t directly tied to crime statistics?

      If you believe the statistics, and that crime rates are actually going down, and maybe they have been except for the last year or two, why do extremely large numbers of Americans think that the nation and its values are being mugged if not murdered?

      It’s the Crime that Chokes the nation and it will soon asphyxiate America if not stopped. The insidious, stealthy, slow strangulation of America and its values through Demon Diversity.

      Diversity must be put to death.

      It’s a heinous, hidden hate crime going for the nation’s hyoid.

      • janet December 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

        “gun ownership has risen sharply” –tucsonspur

        Do you believe in self-defense? Are you in favor of all immigrants having guns to defend themselves?

        • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

          Yes

          “Are you in favor of all (legal) immigrants having guns to defend themselves?”

          Yes

          • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

            You want all groups as equally well armed as ours. A foolish consistency if ever there were. Not only are you in favor of ceding America to aliens, but you want them to have a “fair” chance of taking any sections we manage to hang on to.

            This IS the mentality that insured America’s demise. Your Liberalism isn’t that of Janet’s, but rather that of the mid 20th Century – that lead to Janet’s.

            We didn’t win America by being fair, nor will we hold onto that way either. And from a simpler place: No sane White Man likes the idea of Blacks having guns. Nor Mestizos for that matter.

            In the name of all that is Holy, read Hitler’s chapter on blood and nation – they coeval nicely with the Classic Liberalism of Jefferson and Edmund Burke. Fascism is just Burke adapted for the Industrial State. And Jefferson was race conscious so a natural National Socialist.

            You’re better than this, even if you don’t know that you are.

          • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

            Janos,
            The question is not what is fair, but rather what sayeth the rule of law. If you had asked if one must be a US citizen to own weapons, the answer would have been different…I would require one to be a citizen, not a legal immigrant to own weapons.

            Even Hitler obeyed the laws of his country…yes?

    • Q. Shtik December 31, 2017 at 11:50 am #

      The murder rate is at or near a 50-year low……..Thanks to diversity. – janet

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

      Why on earth would you credit diversity with a lower murder rate? You might as well credit a higher Dow Jones average.

      • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

        Peaceful yellow people?
        Low murder rate of Korea? imported here?

        • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

          As Lovecraft said, the little Yellow Inutos are mighty in the Art of War.

          Crime and War have different dynamics. They vary inversely in fact. Low crime indicates an ability to work together – an essential in Warfare, be it for the warriors or the civilians who support the. The warriors of Genghis Khan would kill themselves at his command. This isn’t Aryan, but it is powerful and dangerous for others.

      • janet December 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

        “Why on earth would you credit diversity with a lower murder rate?” –Q.

        Ethnic diversity raises home values and lowers crime rates. It is well-known that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than U.S. natives. They keep their heads down and work hard. Research confirms that diversity reduces crime rates.

        Feodor Gostjev studied immigrant concentration and neighborhood crime rates for his new article, published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Gostjev analyzed violent crime rates from the National Neighborhood Crime Study, which contains reported crimes by census-tract across the country. Then he brought in data on neighborhood ethnic diversity, immigration status, and crime rates.

        Consistent with previous studies, residential areas with more immigrants had lower violent crime rates.

        That’s why.

  74. janet December 31, 2017 at 1:59 am #

    2017 was a good year. In 2017 the Women’s March was the largest protest in US history, with over 5 million participating in the US and 81 other countries. In 2017 US courts stood up to the Trump administration, denying its illegal travel ban, prohibition on transgender people in the military, and attempts to defund sanctuary cities.

    In 2017 revelations of decades of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein and many others began to finally be taken seriously and result in consequences for the perpetrators.

    New York is divesting all of its state pension funds ($390 billion) from fossil fuel companies, while the US Defense Department began the first agency-wide financial audit in its entire history.

    2018 is going to be even better!

  75. FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2017 at 5:50 am #

    Finca’s brief course of the history of the latest millennium

    In 1990, not only the Soviet Union collapsed, the whole world that was formed as a result of the Fourth Crusade, the Albigensian Crusade, and the Tatar-Mongol invasion, has collapsed.

    These three events occurred almost simultaneously, were interconnected by cause and effect, and in fact were the same World War, which changed the face of the world.

    Prior to this, the world from a geopolitical point of view was a large chessboard on which fought Byzantium, the Holy Roman Empire, the Empire of the Vikings and the Caliphate.

    Especially I want to note that from a geopolitical point of view, Britain, Scandinavia and Russia were part of the Viking Empire, and from a religious point of view, Britain and Scandinavia were part of the Irish, that is, Western Orthodoxy, and Russia part of the Byzantine Orthodoxy, that is, the Eastern. And Rome already had no relation to Orthodoxy, but was an aggressively anti-Orthodox force.

    As a result of this war, huge Eurasian empires were formed, which in 1990 were called the USSR, the Ottoman Empire and something now called the West.

    And the West was originally divided geopolitically into the Continent (Reich), the Island (Britain, Sicily) and the Peninsula (Scandinavia, Denmark).

    And the only thing that unites this West are three ideologies, three World Projects – Red, White and Black – that fought each other in every country of the West, periodically splashing out to other countries. Moreover, the formation of these World Projects was predetermined by the defeat of the Irish Orthodoxy and its departure to the underground, where it met Albigenses who were comrades in struggle.

    These World Projects originated on the eve of the World War of the Middle Ages, although of course they all had roots in the past – for example, the Red Project is clearly connected with the Essenes of the Dead sea, and White and Black projects with Punic wars.

    And for 1000 years these World Projects secretly defined the culture and politics in the West, periodically appearing on the surface, periodically spilling out into Russia together with Western influences, periodically completely disappearing in the depths of world politics, but after a short time resurfacing again.

    One of these moments of truth was the World War II, when Hitler personified the Black Project, Churchill the White, and Roosevelt the Red. Stalin was part of the Red Project insofar as the USSR in itself was the embodiment of an ideology imported from the West, but during the war Stalin, being a visionary, returned to Orthodox roots and began to perceive world politics in those terms in which I perceive it now.

    But the main moment of truth was, of course, the origin of these World Projects, and then the Red world project was personified by the city commune of Arnold of Brescia and the philosophy of Pierre Abelard, the White Project by the Pope Sylvester II, the Sicilian kingdom and the international gothic culture of the abbot Suger, and the Black by the Crusaders of the “holy” Bernard of Clairvaux, the origin of whose ideology still remains a mystery.

    During the Great Patriotic War, Stalin realized that the Soviet Union could win the war without the help of Red and White projects of the West, and began to build the Orthodox International in place of the Communist International. This caused the White Project to unite with the Black against the Red and led to the death (murder?) of Roosevelt, and also provoked a confrontation between the US and Britain with the USSR in Greece, which actually was the cause of the Cold War.

    In addition, when ODESSA (Nazi NSDAP) money entered the game, which the union of White and Black projects allowed to legalize, in all countries of the anti-Hitler coalition pro-Nazi coups have occurred. In the US, it was McCarthyism and the presidency of Truman, in Britain the rule of Prime Minister Clement Attlee, and in the USSR the Khrushchev’s coup.

    But the Korean War led to the collapse of Truman and McCarthy in the US and, following that, pro-Nazi regimes crumbled in all other countries.

    Later, Brezhnev was only partially able to heal the ideological wounds inflicted by Khrushchev, and the USSR became a victim of oil and gas found in Western Siberia. When these oil and gas became commodities that brought in foreign exchange, the Ministry of Oil and Gas emerged in the USSR, which began to compete successfully with the Ministry of Medium Machine Building, and in the late 1970s the USSR again became part of the so-called world economic system.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Medium_Machine_Building

    As a result, White, Black, and Red projects again started to play an active role in it, and the Stalinist Orthodox project disappeared somewhere. The Red Project in the USSR was personified by Suslov, the White by Brezhnev and the Black by the head of KGB Andropov.

    And when the US was going to deploy missiles in Afghanistan in the 1970s, Suslov, seeing the deadly threat to the Red project on a world scale, combined with the deadly threat of the USSR as a historical Russia, ordered the troops to eliminate this threat in the old Stalin style, someone from the Western Black project called Andropov and gave him the script of a new series of Star Wars, demanding in exchange for refusal of implementation of this scenario, the nomination of Gorbachev for the role of the head of the Black Project in Russia.

    Andropov, in the person of Suslov, buried Red Project in Russia, but Brezhnev succeeded in nominating Yeltsin for the role of head of the White Project and he spoiled the entire game for them, refusing to sign the New Union Treaty as the President of the Russian Federation, in which it was written that Russia must disintegrate along with the USSR.

    voanews.com/a/a-13-a-2001-08-15-32-proposed-66960197/378262.html

    Moreover, President Bush, as head of the White Project on a world scale, supported Yeltsin as a head of the White Project in Russia, after which the Black project donned a red mask with the Gang of Eight coup and tried to frighten the White Project so that it, in the person of Yeltsin, fled to the American embassy. But Yeltsin did not run away, Gorbachev retired, and the Red project went underground, where it remains to this day.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Committee_on_the_State_of_Emergency

    After that, Gorbachev, who failed the coup and failed to ensure the disintegration of Russia, was dismissed from his post as the head of the Black Project in the USSR, and the fate of the USSR, Russia and Yugoslavia was resolved through a difficult bargaining between the heads of Black and White projects of Russia, the US and Europe, became known as the Belavezha Accords.

    It is retrospectively clear that the White Project demanded the territorial integrity of the USSR, but managed to achieve only the integrity of the Russian Federation and the basic treaty with Ukraine, and the Black Project achieved privatization of state property and put its paws on the gold of the Communist Party.

    • pequiste December 31, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

      Finally, finally, finally Finca!

      The concise synopsis and explication of the “Color Projects” you make mention of with just about your every third comment at the CFN.

      It is fascinating, the broad sweep of history with geopolitical intrigues and the interplay of three nodes of power vying for supremacy over the world.

      And I had thought all along you were going to explain the Color Projects were government housing, for urban low income folk in Camden, Detroit, Hartford and several hundred other decaying metropolii of the U.S.A.

      A shot of Stoli to your health.

  76. FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2017 at 7:14 am #

    The expression Holy shit (or the Lord’s Shit) has been known for a long time, beginning with the Punic Wars and even earlier, since the time of human sacrifices to Baal in Carthage, and this topic was actively discussed in the Roman Senate in connection with the thesis Carthaginem delendam esse ( Carthage must be destroyed).

    But in art it became popular during the Renaissance and was actively used in all sorts of performances associated with the revival of all kinds of Gnostic sects such as Mithraism, Nicolaitism and Marcionism. These performances usually bore a symbolic character, but still got the name The Black Mass, even reflected in the work of such artists as Masaccio and Michelangelo.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      You see, the Roman Olympian Gods were not what you’d call a present to your birthday – they were arrogant bastards with no real consideration for the humans, but occasionally they interfered in the human affairs on the righteous side and even descended from the Olympus to have occasional sex with human maidens to produce a semi-god Heroes – the role models of the time.

      The God Baal of Carthage on the other hand was a complete fucking prick, indulging himself in human child sacrifice.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Carthage

      • akmofo December 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

        Baal = Zeus

        That is why during the Hellenization efforts of Antiochus IV, the Greek king of the Seleucid Empire, the lands of Syria could exchange one for the other. In Israel no such possibility existed and thus the revolt of the Maccabees against Antiochus. Interesting that after a successful guerrilla warfare against the Seleucid imperial armies, the Roman senate recognized the Jewish State, and signed a mutual defense treaty with it. That was the end Seleucid Empire and the beginning of the Roman Empire. But then again, the same history repeats.

  77. wm5135 December 31, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Ol’ Scratch let me use some language that I would have used during the twenty five years I spent with a skilsaw in my hand everyday.

    GO FUCK YOURSELF DICKHEAD!

    I expect people to have a vocation and passion for their career. As I have said before, there is more to poverty than lack of currency. Your little ignorant rant has exposed your poverty. You have presented yourself as little more than an erudite asshole. The word “sacrificed” seems to be beyond your ken. Perhaps those in career fields without a pension system should just not work?

    Mr. Kunstler definetly has the finest comment section I have found on the web. There are a handful here who make an honest attempt to communicate and to share their knowledge and insights, that is why I come here.

    If money is the be all and end all of your life, my New Year’s wish for you is that your life will be filled with nothing but money. I hope for beauty, mystery and the three primary virtues for the balance of humanity.

    from a pilgrim with little more than a bowl in hand

    • Ol' Scratch December 31, 2017 at 9:14 am #

      That’s the spirit wm! I knew you had some piss and vinegar in there amidst all your sublimated little aphorisms! You should vent more often. It does a body good! Get primal before the primal gets you first!

  78. Ol' Scratch December 31, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

    What this means is obvious: that the U.S. government — meaning, at the moment, the Trump administration — has the unilateral and unchecked power to force the removal of anyone it wants from Facebook and Instagram by simply including them on a sanctions list. Does anyone think this is a good outcome? Does anyone trust the Trump administration — or any other government — to compel social media platforms to delete and block anyone it wants to be silenced? As the ACLU’s Jennifer Granick told the Times:

    It’s not a law that appears to be written or designed to deal with the special situations where it’s lawful or appropriate to repress speech. … This sanctions law is being used to suppress speech with little consideration of the free expression values and the special risks of blocking speech, as opposed to blocking commerce or funds as the sanctions was designed to do. That’s really problematic.

    Does Facebook’s policy of blocking people from its platform who are sanctioned apply to all governments? Obviously not. It goes without saying that if, say, Iran decided to impose sanctions on Chuck Schumer for his support of Trump’s policy of recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, Facebook would never delete the accounts of the Democratic Party Senate minority leader — just as Facebook would never delete the accounts of Israeli officials who incite violence against Palestinians or who are sanctioned by Palestinian officials. Just last month, Russia announced retaliatory sanctions against various Canadian officials and executives, but needless to say, Facebook took no action to censor them or block their accounts.

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

    Questions of why anyone in their right mind would think posting anything to Facebook is a good thing in the first place, one wonders why Facebook, a fine capitalist money printing machine if there ever was one, would be in cahoots with the US/Israeli Zionist propaganda alliance? Oops! Asked and answered!

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

    Zuckerberg was born in 1984 in White Plains, New York.[16] He is the son of Karen (née Kempner), a psychiatrist, and Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist.[17] His ancestors came from Germany, Austria and Poland.[18] He and his three sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle, were brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a small Westchester County village about 21 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.[19] Zuckerberg was raised Jewish and became a Bar Mitzvah when he turned 13.[20]

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg

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

    Another money worshipping Zionist hiding in plain sight.

    • akmofo December 31, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      You can do better? Go and create your own company and host whoever you like.

      • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

        Occidental Observer- article on rise of facebook.

    • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

      I see Google and FB as fronts for the government. That is why they are so successful. There are many search engines. Why did Google dominate?

      • janet December 31, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

        The Internet was developed by the government. Al Gore funded DARPA. You are taking a real risk, malthuss, by continuing to use the government fronted Internet.

      • akmofo December 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

        No doubt. If not by the gov mafia, definitely for the gov mafia.

        I think Google search was the first to be the best. But I remember using AltaVista, and I think something called Gopher. At that time, the internet was a luxury only the universities could afford.

    • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

      Occidental Observer- article on rise of facebook.

    • K-Dog December 31, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

      You should not be so down on Zuckerberg.

      When the feds tell you to do something in your database it means they will be making changes in your database. That way when you notice the changes you won’t pop a gasket. They already have the passwords and the power. If Zuckerberg really wanted to make a stink about it he would not be harassed as I was. He would not be so lucky. He would be taken out. No gang stalking and phone play for him. For him it could be a plane crash. Being little people has its advantages.

      Besides which we most definitely have g-trolls in this article forum. So attacking Zuckerberg is two faced. Are you going to stay away because they are here, or could that be an actual impossibility? JHK can’t tell them to go away. All anyone can do here is bitch about us paying their salaries. Notice that archive contents here change with time and you will also find nobody cares. Perhaps you can get really incensed and try and contact a major news outlet with your concerns. Then you will find that they won’t talk to you without an email first. Snail mail will not count. Email is a hard requirement.

      Then when you find three copies of your email returned to you with all the words scrambled up you will know that you are just like Patrick McGoohan in that ancient T.V. series, ‘The Prisoner’.

      Enjoy the show. You are not getting off the island and you should not be so down on Zuckerberg for not standing up and taking a stand. Not many people will. Only a man in a hundred has that kind of strength.

      • Q. Shtik January 1, 2018 at 1:56 am #

        Besides which we most definitely have g-trolls in this article forum. – K-Dog

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

        What the heck is a g-troll? Is it anything like a g-string?

  79. FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    You never know where you will gain, where will you lose

    It turns out that the presence of my US citizenship turns me away from being a recipient of American grants, intended for those Russian citizens who want to propagate the policy of US President Trump.

    And exactly the way I understand it.

    • janet December 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

      You should not be talking so openly about Trump’s collusion with Russia.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

        Collusion?

        Why is promoting of American official policy to the Russian citizen is a collusion?

        And what that word – collusion – means anyway?

        Was an attempt by Gen Flynn to prevent a conflict, possibly nuclear, between Russia and US be called a “collusion”?

        What a god damned hypocrisy!

    • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

      Remember Finc,

      From each according to his ability…To each according to his need….

  80. akmofo December 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    The truth about ?Iran Protests ?| Mike Cernovich
    youtu.be/cfL4H-KLzG4

    People are really pissed off at the regime for not allowing them to post to Facebook. That and the price of eggs quintupled due to military adventures of the Ayatollahs in Syria and elsewhere.

    • janet December 31, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

      Trump has voiced full support of massive street protests. I was glad to hear that.

    • ..Captain America.. December 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

      YOU HAVE MEDDLED WITH THE PRIMAL FORCES OF NATURE, MR. FULLER. AND YOU WILL ATONE!
      dropbox.com/s/8fshwf4rniocofh/Atone.pdf?dl=0

      C
      A

      Sent from the New Republic.

      • janet December 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

        Fuller gave it a good try, but he ultimately failed. Good fodder for graduate design shows though.

        • ..Captain America.. December 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

          LOL!

          The geodesic dome stands as the most durable and populous structure on Earth.

          You are living proof it is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins!

          C
          A

          Sent from the New Republic.

          • janet December 31, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

            “The geodesic dome stands as the most durable and populous structure on Earth.” –…Captain America..

            Earth-based structures (cob, rammed earth, adobe) are much more common and more durable than geodesic domes. Adobe production techniques were highly advanced in Egypt by 2500 BC… Geodesic domes? Not so much. The oldest structures in earth dating back to at least 8300 BC are in adobe, as well as some buildings around 900 years old, which are still in use. Geodesic domes durability? Not so much.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

            Apparently blood makes the best mortar. And some of those Southwestern Civilizations performed human sacrifice and cannibalism. So….

          • ..Captain America.. December 31, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

            …and geodesic domes continue to be constructed, numbering in the millions and housing millions, while adobe structures have died, along with their host civilizations.

            Have a happy new year Janet!

            C
            A

            Sent from the New Republic.

  81. FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Hey, Mofo, was it one of the Israelis intelligence agencies, maybe Mossad itself, outed a drunken prick with lots of ammo on top floor of Houston Hyatt Regency?

    click2houston.com/news/intoxicated-man-found-with-small-arsenal-on-top-floor-of-hyatt-regency-downto…

    Israelis have a fine history since 1950s penetrating the Black Project, when they were actively hunting the Nazi criminals.

    • akmofo December 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

      s nastupaeshe! 🙂

      • Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

        Is that synonymous with sayanim?

        • akmofo December 31, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

          I had to google what you meant, but yeah, once again Yan you hit the bullseye.

  82. FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    Why did Google dominate?

    Actually, they had a pretty neat technology back in 1999, the rest of Internet directories (Yahoo) or search engines – AltaVista, InfoSeek – sucked big time.

    Of course, after receiving initial seed funding and proving their popularity, they were co-opted by the Mockingbird CIA department, got the establishment CEO and went fucking huge.

    I remember that well, since at the same time my partner and I were busy looking for a startup Internet idea – I was leaning toward the search engine and he wanted to go wireless.

    We got the seed money of million bucks at the end of 99 for wireless transcoding engine.

  83. elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    A final offering for the readership to ponder in the new year…a short read, anecdotal first person account of life/race in an integrated prison in Texas.

    amren.com/features/2017/05/what-integration-means-for-white-prisoners-race/

    Kumbaya, M’Lord, Dumbaya….

    • janet December 31, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

      Editor’s Note: American Renaissance is in no position to confirm the details of this account of the author’s arrest and conviction.

      Kumbaya, M’Lord, Dumbay if you believe Amren.

      • elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

        Janet,
        I believe much of what they post as I have many, many times seen it myself…if it did not ring true, I would tell you so. Reading AR is like reliving my youth…nothing seems to have changed on the racial front.

  84. pequiste December 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Irrespective of all the investigations, firings of staff, controversies, flaps and flubs, Donald J. Trump has shown by every account that it is he who has a very steep learning curve.

    Just think, with the dawn of 2018 just a few hours away, President Trump becomes more adelt and adroit with operating the machinery of the office he holds and the Federal government.

    I think this next year is going to be like Dr. Lexus says: “Kick ass!”

    My final thoughts for y’all comes from the Way Back Machine:

    youtube.com/watch?v=Ik7ktS3PqEs

    (Janet will be working overtime to have this triggering, trauma-inducing, hegemonic cultural artifact banned from schools, the Internet, public spaces, and private parties. Meanwhile, Elrond should be on the other side of this controversial project as Guy Lombardo’s band was the Royal Canadians and Canadians love everything that celebrates their great country. Am I right Elrond?)

    Bonne année et bonne santé!

  85. StillFarmin December 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    So telling that JHK again defends Trump, while (yet) again trying to have it both ways by claiming to not have voted for him nor like him.

    By the logic of Mr. K, if he sees no problem with banning travel from mainly Islamic countries because “a lot of Islamic maniacs are blowing things up, shooting up joints” … then most assuredly he should have no problem banning American males from having guns.

    Unless “a lot of [American] maniacs” somehow doesn’t ring a bell.

    • K-Dog December 31, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

      He is predisposed to think that way. Take a moment and think about it and you will see why. His prejudice transcends Trump.

    • 100th Avatar December 31, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

      The more people you have amongst you trying to blow or shoot you up, the more inviting you are of ostensible and intrusive protective measures by your government

  86. Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    A Patriots plea for his Nation. Review by Jared Taylor. JS – Janos Sacneusm

    Patrick J. Buchanan, State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, Thomas Dunne Books, 2006, 107 pp.

    This marvelous book appears at exactly the right moment: just as Congress is returning from vacation to resume debate on comprehensive immigration control. Patrick Buchanan, who has already written nearly a whole shelf of conservative classics, is topping the best-seller lists with one of the most eloquent and influential calls for immigration control we are likely to see for many years. One of the rare public intellectuals who can look past economic arguments to the ties of blood and heritage that make a nation out of a rabble, Mr. Buchanan knows that the demographic transformation we are witnessing threatens the very survival of the country he loves. This book is a cry from the heart of a deeply committed American patriot.

    Patrick J. Buchanan, State of Emergency

    Mr. Buchanan covers just about everything that has gone wrong: government failure to protect our borders or punish companies that hire illegals, the crushing burden of medicine and education for immigrants, the abandonment by elites of the concept of nation, the indifference and even hatred of many newcomers for America, the lust for reconquista, and the loss of will that means we must adapt to immigrants rather than the reverse. But most remarkably, Mr. Buchanan does not shy away from race.

    He takes deliberate aim at people like Ben Wattenberg who tell us that anyone can be an American because we are a “creedal” or “proposition” nation. “Language, faith, culture, and history — and, yes, birth, blood, and soil — produce a people, not an ideology,” he writes. Elsewhere, he scoffs at the diversity we are supposed to be celebrating: “Nowhere on this earth can one find a multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual nation that is not at risk.”

    Mr. Buchanan even quotes approvingly the late Sam Francis’s words at the 1994 AR conference: “The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people, nor is there any reason to believe that the civilization can be successfully transmitted to a different people.” He points out that if Francis had said this about the Chinese, for example, no one would have been shocked, but to speak of the genetic endowments of Europeans is a hanging offense: Francis lost his job at the Washington Times.

    Mr. Buchanan even puts in a good word for the people who passed the 1924 “national origins” restrictions on immigration: “We may call them bigoted, but they preserved the America we are losing.” Although at the time he supported the 1965 Celler-Hart bill that led to the current Third-World invasion, Mr. Buchanan now understands why Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina opposed it. “What is wrong with the national origins of the American people?” the senator asked. “What is wrong with maintaining them? What is wrong with preferring as immigrants one’s own kinsmen?”

    This book is undoubtedly the strongest defense of an essentially European America now available from a mainstream publisher.

    Much of the data and most of the arguments in this book will be known to readers of AR, but State of Emergency ventures into less well known territory as well. In a brief account of the history of US immigration policy, Mr. Buchanan points out that the Statue of Liberty was first publicly linked to immigration in a speech by Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 — on the 50th anniversary of its dedication. Ironically, this was at a time when the US was receiving hardly any immigrants. As Mr. Buchanan explains, people who would have us believe we are a “creedal” nation are always trying to hijack America’s past; they tell us the statue always meant immigration.

    Mr. Buchanan also gives us a review of our stormy relations with Mexico, laying to rest the idea that Mexico has never willingly given up territory. He points out the Mexicans once offered to sell us Baja California for $10 million but Congress rejected the offer.

    Mr. Buchanan has a knack for marshalling familiar numbers in interesting ways. He points out, for example, that the figure of 36 million for immigrants and their children living in the United States is almost as large as the entire number of immigrants who came between 1607 and the Kennedy election of 1960. And today’s newcomers, he adds, are people who “have never been assimilated fully into any Western country.”

    Likewise, if we accept the figure of 12 to 20 million illegals in our country, this is more than all the German and Italians who ever came here — and they were the most numerous immigrant peoples until everything changed in 1965.

    In another interesting juxtaposition of figures, he notes that during the 1990s, the Hispanic population of LA County increased 27 percent — and the poverty rate increased 28 percent. During the same period the white population fell by 18 percent.

    We are told over and over that illegals are essential to our economy, but Mr. Buchanan points out that they do not dominate a single profession. Illegals are most numerous as drywall/ceiling installers (27 percent) and landscape workers (26 percent), and their share of every other trade is even less.

    State of Emergency includes a good account of deliberate Mexican efforts to fill our country with Mexicans and keep them loyal to the motherland. One of the most blatant operators has been Juan Hernandez, a former University of Texas professor whom Vicente Fox picked to run his Presidential Council for Mexicans Abroad. Mr. Hernandez, a dual citizen but loyal Mexican, told ABC’s Nightline how Mexican-Americans must think: “I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think ‘Mexico first.’”

    How did we sink so low? Mr. Buchanan writes that “there has arisen among our intellectual and cultural elites a contempt for the West,” and that our rulers worship at the “Church of GDP,” which believes in nothing but economic growth. Business wants an endless stream of cheap labor, and nanny-state bureaucrats want endless queues of clients for their handout programs.

    Some kinds of support for immigration come close to certifiable insanity. As Mr. Buchanan explains, Republicans can never hope to win much Hispanic support because “there is an irreconcilable conflict between being a conservative party and being a party of Hispanics.” George W. Bush’s Mexico-boosting means that “today’s champion of open borders is a president whose own party is mortally imperiled by open borders.” Mr. Buchanan notes that in healthier times, our president’s failure to guard the border would have brought articles of impeachment.

    There is considerable space in State of Emergency devoted to Europe, which is facing exactly the same crisis with exactly the same cowardice and willful blindness. Mr. Buchanan mentions an event in France that took place shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, and went largely unrecorded in the United States. On Oct. 6, 2001, a much-heralded match took place between the French and Algerian national soccer teams — the first since Algeria won independence from France in 1962. Arranged as a sign of friendship and reconciliation, the game was held in the French national stadium, Stade de France, just outside Paris. Prime Minister Lionel Jospin was in the presidential box, along with half a dozen other ministers.

    Things got off to a bad start when the French-Algerians in the stands — almost all of them French citizens — set up a terrible din of boos and whistles at the first note of La Marseillaise.The ministers could hardly hear their national anthem, but bellowed grimly through to the end. Every time a French player touched the ball he was met with jeers. With the French in the lead, four to one, the Algerians could stand it no longer. A woman, draped in the Algerian flag, jumped out of the stands and ran across the field. A stampede of spectators followed her and stopped the game. The crowd shouted “Algeria, Algeria!” and “We won!” as it began to pelt the presidential box with water bottles and cell phone batteries. Two lady ministers were hit. Minister for Youth and Sport Marie-George Buffet took a water bottle on the nose, and another had her fur coat ripped by a missile. The two sought safety in the ladies restroom. Security guards — beefed up from the usual 800 for such events to 1,200 on this occasion — managed to evacuate the stadium without much violence but home-bound Algerians sacked a commuter train and mugged passengers. As Mr. Buchanan notes, the weeks of arson and mayhem France went thorough in October and November of last year were hardly without warning.

    The French have been as bumbling and indecisive in the face of mortal threat as the Americans — and the British and Germans and Italians and Australians. Whatever the combination of reasons — and I believe no one has adequately explained their psychological capitulation — elites have imposed the Third-World on Western societies against the express wishes of their inhabitants and voters. As Mr. Buchanan points out, countries like the United States and Australia can no longer be said to be democracies, and every white government has failed the test Enoch Powell set in 1968: “The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils . . . [T]he discussion of future grave but, with effort now, avoidable evils is the most unpopular and at the same time the most necessary occupation for the politician.”

    The result is that, in Mr. Buchanan’s words:

    We are conducting an experiment rooted neither in common sense nor the American experience, but in an ideology that declares, against all historical evidence, that people of every country, creed, culture, or civilization are equally and easily assimilable into America, and all have an equal right to come here.

    Mr. Buchanan proposes a sound list of remedies. He would build a 2,000-mile barrier along the entire southern border. He says it should be a 15-foot-high double wall with a road in between for the Border Patrol. It would cost about $8 billion but could be paid for if we charged $2.00 per person to enter the country legally.

    Mr. Buchanan recognizes it would be a big job to cart off all the illegals, but believes they will go voluntarily if employers are strictly punished for hiring them, welfare and education benefits are cut off, and local police get the power to arrest on immigration charges.

    Mr. Buchanan would end the “diversity lottery,” abolish birth-right citizenship, and make illegals ineligible for Social Security or the Earned Income Tax Credit. He would also end federal subsidies for cities that declared themselves “sanctuaries” for illegals, and would stop issuing visas to countries that refuse to take back unwanted citizens. If we do this, he writes, “in five to ten years our crisis will be at an end. But if we don’t do this, the crisis will end America.”

    These measures would, indeed, be a marvelous beginning, and the success of Mr. Buchanan’s book suggests such a program would have broad support. Even if only half his program were enacted, it would be a great achievement. In the long term, of course, even if all immigration, legal and illegal, were halted tomorrow, differential birthrates would continue to eat away at the white majority, but our decline would slow from a gallop to a walk. Whites might even have babies again if they lived in a society they knew was dedicated to preserving European civilization and the people who created it.

    The day may yet come when our people can say, along with Pat Buchanan, “America belongs to us, not the world.”

    • 100th Avatar December 31, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      Not sure you got the memo.
      Goes like this:

      Game over brah

      • ..Captain America.. December 31, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

        Pat is a highly esteemed member of the New Republic.

        ……and it is game over for members of the old republic who have failed to establish local governance, local means of private, sustainable production, and the local enforcement of immigration law.

        …and the beauty is, all have a choice; some more than others.

        C
        A

        Sent from the New Republic.

      • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

        are you dead soon?

  87. elysianfield December 31, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Where is Elrond on this post-penultimate day of 2017? The BBC, this PM reported that five garbage men were ambushed and shot in Denver, with one killed. Apparently Elrond was correct in that being a garbage man is much more dangerous than a….

    Correction.

    The BBC reports that five cops were shot in Denver, one killed…Cops,not garbage men.

    Nothing to see here folks, move along….

    • 100th Avatar December 31, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

      I read in Bloomberg that cleaning meat packing facilities is rather lethal.
      Robots can’t get here quick enough

    • Elrond Hubbard January 1, 2018 at 7:06 am #

      elysianfield,

      People whose deaths on the job don’t make the news are still dead.

      • elysianfield January 1, 2018 at 11:14 am #

        Yes, Elrond, you are correct…and those shot do not help to validate your statistics…they had the temerity to survive.

  88. Janos Skorenzy December 31, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    thenation.com/article/russiagate-is-devolving-into-an-effort-to-stigmatize-dissent/

    The Left begins it’s long march backwards, desperately trying to disassociate itself from that which is endorsed 100% just yesterday, namely a failed smear campaign. Ditto CNN, etc. Sorry suckers, wrong again. But no doubt your “flexible” (no principles) and open (empty) minds are capable of the feat. So what if you leave a few old codgers behind? They were too weak to keep up with the Dialectic! And what is that but the Will o the Wisp? No, the People!

    Let the codgers report to the recycling chambers to be make into more useful forms.

    • ..Captain America.. December 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

      Enjoy the accelerated pursuit and offering of due process under the Constitution to the globalist class charlatans who failed to sell out the old republic for the love of money and the lust for power.

      We’ve only just begun.

      C
      A

      Sent from the New Republic.
      got-truth.com/

      • ..Captain America.. January 1, 2018 at 12:55 am #

        Thus spoke Clint:
        yournewswire.com/clint-eastwood-obama-looted/

        Shameless Barack Obama “looted America like a mobster” while running “the dirtiest business in the town” according to Clint Eastwood, who also declared that history will judge Obama to be “the very worst president in the history of the United States – by some distance.“

        “Nobody would have predicted Obama would turn out to be such a vindictive bully,” Clint Eastwood said in London, England, while promoting his new film, 15:17 To Paris, about three young Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a French train in 2015.

        “The great shame of the Obama administration was the way he looted ordinary Americans, and then put out hit-jobs on anybody who dared to question his White House,” Eastwood said.

        “There is hard evidence that anyone who filed a formal complaint with the authorities about illegal actions by Obama’s administration was hit with vindictive and destructive bullying tactics by Obama’s people.”

        “The Obama administration ruined millions of people’s lives. Go and speak to the thousands of US citizens in New York, Seattle, Dallas, Boston, you name it, who had hit-jobs put on them by Obama and his administration.“

        According to the veteran actor and director, who was mocked by mainstream media for campaigning against Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Obama was “living under daily fear of being exposed” for running a sham presidency designed to exclusively benefit the elites who “rigged” his path into office.

        “Silicon Valley, Chicago political dirty tricksters, and mainstream news cartels controlled by the DNC managed to rig Obama’s way into office based on promises of kickbacks. And boy did Obama deliver.“

        “Dirtiest business in town”

        “In hindsight it has become clearer that Obama’s presidency was hanging by a thread of cover-ups,” Eastwood said.

        “We’re talking Russian billionaire mining deals, Solyndra and Afghan profiteering schemes, and the like. The whole White House knew they were walking a tightrope. They could all go down in one Watergate-type revelation at any moment.

        “Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder was voted the most corrupt Attorney General in history. And he had to be.”

        But it wasn’t just Eric Holder, according to Eastwood. “There is a whole network of dirty tricks operatives passing themselves off as moral guardians of our country. Even Obama’s own FBI broke laws and the limits of morality.”

        “There is a good film in all this,” Eastwood said. “A cautionary tale about a Republic in crisis.“

        “But America is not ready for it yet. The third act isn’t finished. We need arrests.“

        December 20,2017.

        Enjoy the serving of due process under the Constitution to Barack and the gang.

        No one can stop it.

        C
        A

        Sent from the New Republic.

        • FincaInTheMountains January 1, 2018 at 8:25 am #

          The biggest problem of Obama administration was that at the very beginning of it, in 2008, he struck a deal with the leader of the Black Project – Hillary Clinton, brokered by the leader of the White project – Dianne Feinstein.

          Obama, Clinton hold talks in Feinstein’s living room

          edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/06/clinton.obama.wrap/index.html

          It all ended on June 10, 2016 when Hillary completely took over the Obama Administration.

  89. Pucker December 31, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    Zeitgeist

    Ressentiment (French pronunciation: ?[r?s??tim??]) is the French translation of the English word resentment (from Latin intensive prefix ‘re’, and ‘sentir’ “to feel”). In philosophy and psychology it is a concept that was of particular interest to the existentialist philosophers. According to the existentialists, ressentiment is a sense of hostility directed at that which one identifies as the cause of one’s frustration, that is, an assignment of blame for one’s frustration. The sense of weakness or inferiority and perhaps jealousy in the face of the “cause” generates a rejecting/justifying value system, or morality, which attacks or denies the perceived source of one’s frustration. This value system is then used as a means of justifying one’s own weaknesses by identifying the source of envy as objectively inferior, serving as a defense mechanism that prevents the resentful individual from addressing and overcoming their insecurities and flaws. The ego creates an enemy in order to insulate itself from culpability.

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Terrorist

  90. GreenAlba December 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Well, it’s been 2018 here for an hour. The fireworks have been fired. Those who don’t mind brass monkeys weather are still celebrating in Princes Street and the Castle gardens – many of them our American and Australian cousins who love coming over for the party.

    So, Happy Hogmanay to those whose turn is still to come.

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And never brought to mind?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And auld lang syne.

    For auld lang syne, my dear,
    For auld lang syne.
    We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.

    ********
    And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!
    And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
    And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught,
    For auld lang syne.
    For auld, &c.

    And the national bard (much loved in Russia, Finca), is channelling this one just for Janos:

    Is there for honest Poverty
    That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
    The coward-slave, we pass him by,
    We dare be poor for a’ that!
    For a’ that, an’ a’ that.
    Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
    The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
    The Man’s the gowd for a’ that.

    What though on hamely fare we dine,
    Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
    Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
    A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
    For a’ that, and a’ that,
    Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
    The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
    Is king o’ men for a’ that.

    *****

    Then let us pray that come it may,
    As come it will for a’ that,
    That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth
    Shall bear the gree an’ a’ that.
    For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
    It’s comin yet for a’ that,

    *That Man to Man the warld o’er
    Shall brithers be for a’ that.*

    Happy New Year.

    • elysianfield January 1, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      Alba,
      Thank you for your kind thoughts…I would hope for an adequate New Year for all…perhaps a “Happy” New Year might be too much to ask?

  91. Pucker December 31, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    New TV Show….

    “America’s Got Skanks”.

    • pequiste December 31, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

      Wow – a five star, Emmy reaping, boffo hit right there Puck!

      “Who is the host going to be?” is the question on every CFNers mind.

      I’m going to have to go with none other than Bill Clinton.

  92. Pucker December 31, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    Zeitgeist

    Walter White in “Breaking Bad” was a closet Timothy McVeigh?

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Terrorist

    • Pucker December 31, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

      “In many ways, Timothy McVeigh was like tens of millions of young, middle-class American men. His childhood was unremarkable. He had grown up the son of a factory worker. He was in love with TV, movies, and the outdoors. He loved pro football and comic books about superheroes. Like millions of other young men throughout American history, he had also gone to war, seen tragedy, and tasted victory. But he had left the military in bitter frustration.”

      American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing
      by Lou Michel

      • malthuss December 31, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

        baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

        The Oklahoma Bombing –by J Rappaport.

  93. Pucker January 1, 2018 at 12:26 am #

    Who are the Heroes of our Time?

    “We were not with McVeigh on the morning of April 19, 1995. We did not see him park his rented truck outside the Alfred P. Murrah Building, stuff earplugs into his ears, and walk away from the truck. We did not see him ignite the two fuses leading to the huge cache of explosives packed into the truck. We did not see him lifted up off the ground as the ferocious bomb exploded a few hundred yards behind him, as he made his way toward his getaway car.”

    American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing
    by Lou Michel

    • messianicdruid January 1, 2018 at 9:39 am #

      Why doesn’t someone interview Terry Nichols. Let James Comey do it.

  94. RobH January 1, 2018 at 5:59 am #

    Whatever his weaknesses, it’s a great thing that a hotelier can be president of the USA

  95. FincaInTheMountains January 1, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    2018 from the Nativity of Christ, a difficult, dangerous but happy New Year!

    youtube.com/watch?v=fy9WKyGjwII

  96. FincaInTheMountains January 1, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    True Vikings!

    On April 18, 2002, the great traveler Thor Heyerdahl, leader of the expedition on the Kon-Tiki raft, who sailed from the coast of Peru in 1947 from the port Callao, favorite port of Sir Francis Drake, died in Italy.

    He led the team consisting of Knut Haugland, Bengt Danielsson, Eric Hesselberg, Torstein Raaby and Herman Watzinger.

    One of the participants of this expedition, Knut Haugland, in 1942 took part in the unsuccessful operation of British intelligence “Freshman”, whose combat mission was to destroy the plant of deuterium dioxide (heavy water) in Norway in the town of Vemork, near Rjukan.

    Heavy water was critically needed for building of German atomic bomb, and in 1944 Knut Haugland took part in the second operation, codenamed “Gunnerside”, as part of one of two commando groups, one of which was able to blow up a heavy water plant.

    Another participant in the expedition to Kon-Tiki Torstein Raaby during the war was a radio operator, a member of the Norwegian Resistance and a British intelligence officer.

    It was he who throughout 1943 transmitted information that allowed the British fleet to neutralize the pocket battleship “Tirpitz”. In addition, he was undoubtedly involved in Operation Freshman and Operation Gunnerside.

    What happened to the other two members of the expedition during the war is almost unknown, except that they met in Braunschweig in 1943, despite the fact that Bengt Bengt Danielsson was at that time a student at the University of Sweden in Uppsala.

    Obviously, the only person could gather them all together on the raft of Kon-Tiki was the one they knew and trusted from the time of the war, as it is quite clear that it was Thor Heyerdahl who commanded the division of the British commandos that managed to blow up during the successful Operation Gunnerside a carefully guarded heavy water plant in Vermork, which deprived Hitler, who at that time began to understand the significance of the atomic project, of all chances creating an atomic bomb.

    ic.pics.livejournal.com/drugoi/484155/2859808/2859808_original.jpg

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