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Where Candidates Fear to Tread

That the snarkier circles of political commentary thrill to the elephantine bellowings of Donald J. Trump only shows the pathetic limitations of the snarkists. They enjoy Trump’s filterless mouth, his harsh goadings of the other presidential wannabes, and his supposed telepathic empathy for the suffering public outside the magic kingdom of DC.

Trump has one legitimate issue, immigration, plus a brief against the general incompetence of professional politicians, and a pocketful of grandiose claims about his majestic skills in business and deal-making. As business goes in this huckster’s paradise, being a real estate developer is perhaps one click above being a car-dealer, and the fact that some of Trump’s artful deals end up in bankruptcy court might argue against his self-proclaimed mastery. Hence, his relegation to the clown category.

What Trump represents most vividly in this moment of history is the astounding lack of seriousness among people who pretend to be political heavyweights. No one so far, including the lovable Bernie Sanders, has nailed a proper bill of grievances to the White House gate. A broad roster of dire issues facing this society ought to be self-evident. But since they are absent so far in the public discussion, here is my list of matters that serious candidates should dare to talk about (all things that a sitting president could take action on):

The security state. America has developed the most horrifying state security apparatus that the world has ever seen in its NSA and associated agencies. It has become the sugar tit for some of the most malevolent enterprises of the corporatocracy — the black ops companies and the weapons dealers. The growth of this monster was not mandated by heaven. A president could lead the move to deconstruct it. A candidate with a decent respect for our heritage would make this a major campaign issue.

Related to this is the disgusting militarization of the police. Police forces in small towns have no business owning MRAP vehicles, tanks, and heavy weaponry. The federal government gave a lot of this stuff to them. Guess what? It can take the stuff back. Serious candidates should propose this.

There is a more general militarization of national life that ought to be disturbing to thoughtful citizens. I live near a US Naval base. I see enlisted men in town wearing desert camo uniforms on their time off. I resent this hugely. Military personnel at home have no business wearing war theater garb in a place where they are not at war. Historically, it was never before the case that US soldiers went about in battle dress at home. This disgusting trend has even been adopted in major league baseball. The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone on TV wearing camo baseball uniforms. What are they trying to prove? That we are all at war all the time?

The pervasive racketeering in American life is destroying the country. Medical racketeering leads the way. Be very clear: it is a hostage racket. You are the hostage when you are sick or in need of treatment. You will probably agree to anything that will save your life. The medical racketeers know this. Hence, we live under the tyranny of the “Charge-master” pricing system that assigns ludicrous costs to everything doled out as “medicine,” with the pharmaceutical industry creaming off whatever remains. A trip to the ER with a broken arm can easily propel a household into financial ruin. A president could apply the antitrust laws to many of these rackets and practices. There is no excuse for failing to take a stand.

The most dangerous rackets of our time are those running through banking and finance. The superficially genial President Obama has done absolutely nothing to defend the public against gross financial misconduct and pervasive accounting fraud. His justice department has failed to prosecute widespread criminality in banking and his regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies have sat on their hands for six years while markets are hijacked and manipulated. This behavior gives credence to a greater conspiracy between the governments, the “systemically important” banks, and the Federal Reserve to prop up a Potemkin financialized economy for political cover and favor at the expense of crumbling real economy. A potential president has got to swear to defend the public against these institutional turpitudes. A president can lead the way by proposing to reinstate the Glass-Steagall act and by directing the justice department to break up the “systemically important” banks before they implode the entire operating system of the global economy.

President Obama didn’t do a damn thing in the wake of the 2010 Citizens United decision issued by the Supreme Court. This decision endowed the alleged “personhood” of corporations with a “right” to express their political opinions by giving money in unlimited amounts to candidates. The decision has been a disaster, since it amounted to a “right” to buy elections. The “personhood” of corporations has evolved during the industrial age from a very circumscribed set of chartered practices to the very dubious realm of “personhood” privileges. The basic truth is that corporations do not have duties, obligations, or responsibilities to the public interest; only to their shareholders and boards of directors; and this condition should be self-evident to jurists. Hence, it is necessary to directly address by statute or constitutional amendment the limitations on the personhood of corporations. A president can lead the effort to do this via his party allies in congress.

Why has the foreign policy apparatus of the USA gone into the business of antagonizing Russia? How does it benefit the American people for its government to finance and direct a coup d’é·tat in Ukraine? Why did the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cease to function. Some of the GOP candidates for president are sitting senators. Why doesn’t press inquire of their failure? Why is there no public discussion of this very disturbing policy?

President Obama promised in 2009 to put an end to the revolving door between government regulators and the entities they were regulating, banks in particular. He did absolutely nothing about it. In fact, he installed a revolving door at the White House, allowing the free movement of such rogues as Robert Rubin, Gary Gensler, Mary Jo White, and Larry Summers in and out of government. Such villains are destroying the nation. Any president with a shred of common decency could put an end to this practice.

There you have a few choice things to chew on. They go beyond mere inchoate rage and revulsion against politicians. They represent a very rich agenda of matters the country must attend to if it is going to survive. I wonder if the major media grandees who make up the debate questions will even think of these things.

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

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  1. Lawfish August 3, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    I can think of about 17 trillion other things that need to be addressed. This baby’s going down in flames. Spending has got to be cut and some serious thought given to actually reducing the government debt.

    • CancelMyCard August 3, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      Surely you jest.

      At this stage of the game, absolutely nothing will be done to accomplish anything positive for anyone outside the ranks of the oligarchy.

      Any shred of optimism that this is not the case immediately brands one as a fool.

      • routersurfer August 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

        Nailed it. We can stop all GovMint spending and it will not help us one bit. Now a balls to the wall full out remake of our county to fit the coming changes would work. The Bill is overdue. Shoot the wad in a workable future. Eat the rich. Fund the fall for everyone. See you in the streets ! Do I think this will happen ? 🙂 Nice to dream.

    • someonetakethewheel August 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      The reason that population and immigration are not discussed or addressed (to the point that they are both almost taboo subjects) is that both are the main drivers of Corporate Profits. Whether you’re selling soap, snacks, soda, or health care doesn’t matter – you always want more customers and you don’t care about the externalities, ie: pollution, species extinction or war. More people leads to increasing scarcity of resources which leads to war which leads to the other major source of Corporate Profits – manufacture of weapons and armaments.

      And since the 1% are the chief beneficiaries of Corporate Profits this works very well for them, leading to the massively disproportionate distribution of wealth throughout the world. Until it all comes crashing down from the larger consequences: climate change, starvation and revolution.

      • Frankiti August 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

        Humanity can’t have an honest talk about humanity. It’s the last taboo. We really are not special, and we don’t really need more of us around. Perhaps why a lion’s death took center stage.

        • routersurfer August 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

          Like Ted Turner said 400 – 600 million should be the top population of mankind. Funny–those two words do not look right next to other. Man. Kind. Not very.

      • SqueakyRat August 7, 2015 at 2:01 am #

        What are you talking about? The Republicans haven’t stopped screeching about immigration for 5 minutes in the last 6 years!

  2. barbisbest August 3, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Lawfish- countries usually have debt, and that has been reduced this past several years, from what I understand. That is hardly the biggest problem this civilization needs to address.

    • miasmo August 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      The deficit has been reduced, but as long as the deficit is more than zero, the debt will continue to increase.

      I would agree that government debt is not our biggest problem. But the much larger level of private debt will lead to a financial collapse and severe economic depression.

    • Lawfish August 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      I didn’t say it was the most important issue. But government cannot continue piling on debt year after year. The solution will be as it always is – monetization.

  3. Pogo August 3, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Sorry Jimbo, you missed the most important item of all…population. This should even be listed above the number two item…climate change.

    Paul B. Farrell over at Marketwatch posted this week about world population.

    marketwatch.com/story/bill-gates-and-warren-buffett-must-think-much-bigger-to-save-the-world-2015-07…

    • James Howard Kunstler August 3, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Pogo–
      You’re an idiot if you think the US can or will manage population growth. JHK

      • davidreese2 August 3, 2015 at 10:31 am #

        Many decades ago there were those warning about uncontrolled population growth. I remember hearing those warnings in the 1950s.

        Kunstler is right. Nothing was done. And nothing will be done, by humanity at least.

        Nature may do something, however. I expect the possibility of major dieoffs in the future, the price we will pay for overpopulating the planet.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

          I just wish we could stop exporting the propaganda that there is something wrong with planning your family, something nearly all Americans who enjoy a middle class and up lifestyle do.
          I remember Hillary supporting a maternal health initiative in Haiti, right after the earthquake. The idea was that, if you keep the mother from dying, the whole family was better off because the girls didn’t leave school to raise the younger kids, or something like that. No mention that Haitian kids are a cash crop, and the mothers wouldn’t be dying off if they weren’t producing kids at such an alarming rate.
          We have real genocide going on in the world, but if you even suggest increasing access to birth control on a purely voluntary basis, someone is sure to compare that to the real thing, and nobody calls them on it, because it isn’t PC or something.

        • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

          “Many decades ago there were those warning about uncontrolled population growth. I remember hearing those warnings in the 1950s.”

          There were warnings and talk right up into the 70’s but then ‘greed is good’ came along with Ronnie Ray-Gun and after that anyone who questioned the dogma of ‘more for me’ was branded a fool. You can wear the sensitive fool brand with pride Pogo, but Jim is right.

          Fact of the matter is most everybody does not think as deeply as you do Pogo, yet you assume they do. It is a natural mistake to assume others think like you do. I have made it. Unfortunately they do not, and concerning the greater mass of humanity, the bar is super low.

        • Pogo August 5, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

          “Nature may do something, however. I expect the possibility of major dieoffs in the future, the price we will pay for overpopulating the planet.”

          I agree with this, David. I view it as inevitable. Only question is how rapidly will it occur and what will remain. Our ancestors were around during the previous interglacial break from ice ages (about 145,000 years ago) and I have little doubt that some of our descendants will be around for the next interglacial event.

      • malthuss August 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

        The only President that I ever heard of warning of immigration was Nixon.

        And a kinder word than ‘idiot’ is ‘cornucopean.’

        • elysianfield August 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

          Yes, and, on the other hand, you and I might be called coprophopean….

      • HARM August 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

        It’s true the U.S. cannot manage world overpopulation, but it’s also true we could be doing a lot more, among them: fully funding birth control/family planning initiatives and women’s education, loudly condemning countries that oppose these things (especially the KSA and most Muslim governments), and heavily investing in research to make birth control cheaper and simpler (even $1 a day pill is too much for billions of women).

        • malthuss August 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

          This is from a site called, ‘Stuff Black People Dont Like’

          It seems we can’t get enough foreigners to our shores:

          breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/02/exclusive-usa-to-issue-more-green-cards-than-populations-of-…

          A good portion will be from Africa and Central America. If this is not an assault on white America, I don’t know what is!

          Here is Osonofabitch’s plan: overwhelm the white electorate with blacks and browns who vote democrat. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure these sonofabitches out! These people bring crime, disease, and suck up our resources.

          Do you want to give these people our country without a fight? It would seem our government does! Obama has done more harm to this nation that Osama bin Laden. Each day I pray he will get Ebola and die a fucking horrible death! All those who support that bastard are traitors to our nation in my opinion. This is the United States of America; not the United States of Mexico!

          I don’t want anymore Somali people to come over here and sit on their fucking asses across the street from me while I get up at 5AM and to go to work! Build a fucking wall that reaches the sky and then make it an electric wall! North Korea has a nice border with South Korea! Walls WORK!

          Amen to the no more Somali’s. they have absolutely destroyed Sweden- I think their rape cases alone are up something like 4000%.
          It would be interesting to see how the dwl’s explain away black dysfunction in that case- you can’t get any more liberal/socialist than Sweden, so the usual excuses just won’t work. sadly, social programs that work quite well in a homogenous society just don’t work when you bring in the Bantus. Japan was right not to take many of them.

          • miasmo August 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

            Don’t you have a Klan rally you need to be at or something?

          • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

            Miasma: That’s not a serious response. How many more immigrants do you want? Unlimited?

            Why? Be honest – it’s because you want to destroy White Western America.

          • dweebus August 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

            With all due respect, no that’s a lie -there’s no respect- anyone who cites breitbart as a reliable souce for anything has their had shoved so far up their ass they need to fight for air. According to breitbart’s worldview peak oil, climate change, and migration are just a vast liberal conspiracy to turn the US brown (Red).

          • baird August 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

            Overpopulation combined with production of way too much useless stuff is in fact what’s driving us over the brink. Unfortunately for all the reasons mentioned here these issues are never going to be addressed. I’m about as left as you will find these days and I really don’t want unlimited immigration, that is something we can resolve. I’m not racist, sexist, etc, don’t hate all those non whites who want to come here but think of the US with twice the population we have now. It’s already too much to sustain. The planet is in dire straits and we fiddle.

          • miasmo August 3, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

            “Be honest – it’s because you want to destroy White Western America.”

            Uh oh! Busted! I am determined to sap and impurify all your precious bodily fluids. But now that you just exposed my dastardly plan, your purity is safe. Continue eating mayonnaise and listening to Pat Boone and Justin Beiber with confidence. Donald Trump will save you from all the roofers and landscapers… er… I mean rapists.

          • disher100 August 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

            500 years ago, my ancestors stole the land we call USA from the people they found here, butchering as they went. I’m just sayin.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

            Miasma: Jeez, can you try and live up the Leftist stereotype a little harder? You’ve got to stay on script!

            dish: Our Forefathers conquered this Land for their People, their Culture, and their God. Every nation starts like this. The Indians did the same thing to each other. If you can’t accept it, you shouldn’t live here. As long as you do you’re being inauthentic in the existentialist sense. But remember, the Miasamas of the world don’t think Whites should have Europe either. They are working to end our Race. If you’re in with them, you’re in with the devils.

            All your life you’ve taken having a home for granted. Don’t.

          • elysianfield August 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

            “500 years ago, my ancestors stole the land we call USA from the people they found here, butchering as they went. I’m just sayin”

            Well, Disher, don’t you think a “Thank you!” is in order? Ever read the Declaration of Independence? It had several things to say about your noble indigenous peoples.

          • swmnguy August 4, 2015 at 11:44 am #

            My first ancestor to come to North America got here in 1640. He was from Scotland, where he had been arrested for theft. He was given a choice of coming to the North America in chains as a prisoner/slave, or swearing an oath of allegiance to the King and coming to America as a free man. Not being totally foolish, he opted for the latter.

            He was noted in America for selling booze and guns to the Indians. He was also arrested a few times and put in the stocks for “Profane Swearing,” and “Distemper With Wine.” Also, he married the daughter of the richest man in their Massachusetts town. When she gave birth a mere 4 months after their wedding, it was considered less than a medical miracle. The couple was forced to move outside of the jurisdiction of the town, where they lived in a cave. When the rich old man died, all the daughter’s siblings split the lands and wealth, and the daughter was endowed with a hammock.

            Nobody had anything good to say about my ancestor, but he survived and my huge family is descended from him. I named my son after him, for the hell of it.

          • disher100 August 6, 2015 at 11:15 am #

            Wildly successful civilization spawns overpopulation which brings scarcity of resources. The westward expansion was not undertaken because the men were sailing enthusiasts. They ran out of stuff. Overpopulation is simultaneously intractable and most foreboding. Without it, there is no climate problem, energy scarcity or banking fiasco.
            For me, the information in this link trumps immigration issues in a big way…
            salon.com/2014/08/06/climate_scientist_drops_the_f_bomb_after_startling_arctic_discovery/

          • Subvert August 9, 2015 at 3:00 am #

            “White Western America”? LOL

            This used to be “Red Tribal America” but something happened….

            Oh yeah, White Westerners committed GENOCIDE against the “Red Race”, and stole their lands to rape and pillage for little pieces of green paper – in Jesus’ Everlasting Mercy, of course!

            Sure, we shouldn’t open the borders to everyone and anyone, but to assert that Obama is trying to gain voters for his “one side of the same corporate coin” party is just idiotic, and a False Choice. “You can build a wall round Merkuh, or let everyone in, them’s yer only choices!” …..Hanity Inanity, oh, the insanity!

            Focus on the Big Picture, folks, Please! This is all more False Choice bullshit as vomited by the Lamestream Media. Readers here should know better than to take that bait.

            Once the jet engines of Industrial Civilization make Bird Soup Melange of the Bald Eagle, the borders will be open anyway so quit pissing in the wind and do something useful. Long Emergency, anyone?

            Doesn’t matter in the least who wins what “auction”. The power behind them is the same. Quit arguing about False Choices and False Hopes. Wake up and smell the Oligarchy. We are all Tax Livestock for the Uber Rich. Have been for 10,000 years. Even uttering these asshole’s names gives them credibility they don’t deserve. Hate the Puppet Masters, not the puppets.

            Better yet, focus on building your future supply lines because the current ones are going bye-bye in a New York Minute and without new ones, well, how can I put this…You’re Effin’ Dead. Blunt enuff for ya? That’s our Reality. I suggest you focus on that instead of The Donald’s gnarly hairdo. Here’s some inspiration to help you along –

            Plato – “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

            Buckminster Fuller – “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”

          • Newton Finn August 10, 2015 at 10:10 am #

            I’ve been trying to figure out the most appropriate place to insert a thank-you to my Mexican brothers and sisters, many here illegally, who literally saved my rustbelt Midwestern city. When we lost our industry and my white friends and neighbors were migrating in droves to the new subdivisions outside of town–the faceless places with more cul-de-sacs than through streets which Jim is so good at skewering–there was also a migration coming into the city of impoverished Mexicans desperately looking for work.

            For a while, they were exploited by slumlords and sweatshops, but after a few years they began to get some traction and stability and were able to spend money in my city, while continuing to send money home to less fortunate relatives. One by one, deteriorating and disheveled homes acquired new owners and were fixed and brightened up. One by one, vacant storefronts and decrepit commercial buildings became new family businesses.

            Today, my city has nowhere near the prosperity and quality of life that it enjoyed when industry was booming, the downtown was where the action was, and the mainline Protestant and Catholic churches were the centers of social life. But the city is still alive and viable, having avoided the death slide of communities like Flint.

            And that rescue was performed primarily by the people that so many find so easy to despise. An interesting twist here is that a good number of these Mexicans are now migrating back home, as the American economy continues to circle the drain. To them I say adios and gracias. Apply what you have learned to the mess that is Mexico, and more of us gringos than the late great Joe Bageant, and Morris Berman of WAF fame, may find ourselves migrating your way.

      • dweebus August 3, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

        I believe by you said once that people still have sex in times of hardship. So no, pop. will not be addressed. I was at Wally World the other day. There was a young gal in line in front of me, quite gravid. A stocker (I assume her friend) walked up to her and said “You’re pregnant! Dang girl, who knocked you up?”

        The breakdown of the family is another side issue badly affecting us, but it also can’t be dealt with. When I came up, there would have been no question (mostly) as to who the father was. Her husband or her boyfriend.

        If the family is the smallest social unit, the last defense if you will in Orlov’s 5 stages theory, and it is largely broken before your long emergency sets in, where are we? Where do we plant our picket pin?

        • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

          My son was on a motorcycle stuck on I-90 in bumper to bumper traffic last week. The Lake Washington floating bridge was closed while the Blue Angels were practicing for their annual Seafair air show. Looking into the bushes next to the freeway at a homeless camp he sees two homeless going at it in what he called “full on sex”. He said the woman wasn’t too bad for being homeless but he sincerely would have preferred not to have seen it at all. He said the “Blue Angels dicked me”. He was grossed out that they were doing it in the dirt.

          Population control is not going to happen in America and Seattle will continue to be the capital city of the unwed mother; abet with plenty of national competition.

          • elysianfield August 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

            Another story? My brother, years ago, was a Sgt. on a small city police department, and, one evening, received a call by a homeowner of someone, in the alley behind their home, noisily screwing a pit-bull dog. It was determined that the dog fancier was breaking no law, as fornicating with an animal, either consensually or not, was not against state law or city ordinance…there was no indication of the gender of the animal…the fornicator was described as a Hispanic male, late teens….

          • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

            elysian

            Wouldn’t cruelty to animals or disturbing the peace cover getting that kind of piece? The officer had a complaint and could have acted on it. Problem there is he would have had to touch the perpetrator and may not have wanted to snap on his rubber gloves.

          • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

            If your brother is like other officers; despite being part of the job, they don’t like touching pervs. Who would?

          • elysianfield August 4, 2015 at 12:10 am #

            “Wouldn’t cruelty to animals or disturbing the peace cover getting that kind of piece? The officer had a complaint and could have acted on it”

            The “Animal Lover” was gone on arrival…I’m sure a contact report was generated.

      • Pogo August 5, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

        Jim, I did not say “the US can or will manage population growth”. We can’t “manage” climate change either but that doesn’t mean we should not take part. Oh, wait, we aren’t taking part are we? Ducked out of Kyoto after all and are trailing rather than leading the way. We did lead the Montreal accords to reduce CFCs and protect the ozone, back when we had real leaders.

        The latest attempt to do anything is the new EPA requirements for reducing CO2 from “clean coal” powered electrical generating plants by 2025. I seem to recall that it would (if targets are actually realized) be equivalent to taking 150 million cars off the road. Question is, if we are adding about 80 million folks to this old third rock from the sun and most adults in China would love to have a car, how much time does that buy the humanoids?

        The world population has tripled in my lifetime (and yours too) and I can’t think of much that has improved because of it. Population is an issue that needs discussion and don’t expect the Pope to be the leading voice.

        My wife happens to agreed with my being an idiot (among other things) but I thought that was rather unkind of you. I like this blog because of the lack of vitriol and nasty name calling and hope it remains that way. When I need a dose, I go to ZeroHedge.

        Have a nice day James and I hope your garden is doing fine and that you are still able to get out on bike rides.

        • plethoraofplaid August 5, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

          I agree that overpopulation is a pressing problem that deserves to be discussed. I did not appreciate you bring called an idiot for bringing that up. Thank you for helping to keep this blog polite!

    • Frankiti August 3, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

      The US, particularly the lawless Dept. of State, is exacerbating it. The US allows the most egregious over-populators to bleed off their populations into the U.S. Countries and cultures are not allowed to fully feel the pain of their overpopulation tendencies… not when their people can run over a border, get a visa, or win a green card lottery.

  4. budizwiser August 3, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Well – I guess we could consider picking the trash all around most these 50 states. Maybe have a “works program” that goes about returning all failed the cities/suburbs back to native grasses and geography.

    I spent a month in Europe – it is indeed quite a contrast to see that “other countries” do not “trash” their homelands……. Maybe Trump can have all the illegals cleanup America before sending them back….

    • sprawlcapital August 3, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Bud: . . . all the illegals cleanup [clean up] America . . .

      These word combinations are tricky. Cleanup is an adjective. Clean up is a verb phrase.

      Computers are conditioning many people to accept misuse of word combinations. Login is now used as a verb. It is actually an adjective. The verb phrase is log in.

      Correct: Please log in using your login password.

      • budizwiser August 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

        Please – I feel so shattered – I am too far gone to give a shit.

        [ about grammar ] However, the fault is not in technology but in my character.

      • RockTrueblood August 4, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

        Cleanup is also a noun, not just an adjective. Login is a noun.

  5. Neon Vincent August 3, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    I agree with you that Trump is a clown who exposes the lack of seriousness among both the politicians and their constituents, although the latter are quite serious in their rage, if not in the policies they’d liked enacted to satisfy it. That’s why I decided to have some fun with Drinks and drinking games for Donald Trump and the GOP debates. The viewers aren’t going to get any serious responses to the issues you listed, so they may as well enjoy themselves getting blotto to the candidates.

    Speaking of which, that’s a good list of issues. The major party candidates, other than Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, who do care about a few of them–militarization of police for Paul, Citizens United for Sanders, and foreign intervention for both–won’t care about any of them, as they benefit the insiders. Only the outsiders take the issues you raised seriously. For debates featuring candidates that address them, you might have to wait until the Free and Equal debates next fall. In 2012, he Libertarians, Greens, and Justice Party all agreed that it’s urgent to rein in the military-industrial complex and reorient American foreign policy away from bellicose interventionism and that Civil liberties are being trampled on by Democrats and Republicans, both of which encompass topics in your essay today. They also agreed that the drug war was a failure. That’s not one of your issues, but it might just be the one most likely to be resolved, as marijuana legalization is proceeding at the state level.

    • capt spaulding August 3, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      I think that the rise in popularity of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump is due to the fact that Democrats & Republicans are sick of the same old politics. It’s sort of similar to Ross Perot’s appeal at a time when people were looking at effecting a change in the political landscape. I think that people are getting sick of the same old bullshit coming out of Washington, and the rape of our country by the financial institutions. I doubt that either one of them will win, but it’s a sign of peoples dislike of what’s going on.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

        The thing I do like about Donald in the race is the implosion of the “gotcha” game, where someone says the least little thing you aren’t supposed to say, or spells potato wrong, or stumbles over a word, and that is used to try to neutralize them. Donald has some sort of immunity.

        • HARM August 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

          Good point. He says so many outrageous things and refuses to apologize so that it’s basically impossible to call him out on anything. He can also (accidentally) speak the truth with impunity like no one else can. Of course, that isn’t always such a great a thing for an actual sitting President, but it does make the race more entertaining.

      • JL Eagan August 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

        As long as things are being corrected, it would be “affecting political change”, not “effecting”. If you affect something, the result is an effect.

        JLE

        • Q. Shtik August 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

          Disagree Eagan, “effecting” as used by Capt S. is a verb (I think; Sprawl can chime in here and explain better than me/I) which, in the sense used means “bring to fruition.”

          • capt spaulding August 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

            You got it Q.

        • RockTrueblood August 4, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

          In the verb form, “effect” means “to cause to occur; bring about; accomplish.”

        • SqueakyRat August 7, 2015 at 2:18 am #

          You lose, JLE.

          • Subvert August 9, 2015 at 3:27 am #

            Christ on a cracker, don’t you folks have something better to do than act like petty Grammar Nazis? One would think the world wasn’t going to hell in a hand basket and every thing was peachy. Go do something productive fer fucks sake. …Get a tattoo, pierce your fingernails, shop wally world for clown pants…something! Anything! Just shut up already!

            Your vacuous volleys of verbal vaginitis are cluttering up the blog and annoying to people who actually read/think. I thought this blog was for serous thinkers with a clue in life.

  6. orbit7er August 3, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Hooray! I am very glad to see the National security State of black ops snoopers and the arms merchants of death finally top Kunstler’s list!
    When $1 Trillion all told of our Federal tax dollars go to pay for these endless Wars and spying EVERY YEAR it has to stop!
    This is well over half the Federal budget which needs to go to the Green Transition instead of billion dollar data centers consuming huge amounts of energy to hold spy data on every American. Imagine if we
    spend even $100 Billion of this every year on restoring our trains and getting Green Transit running to break our oil addiction! We could have done this decades ago with Bush Sr. Iraq/Kuwait War I and reduced our Auto Addiction easily by 50% with the ability to get anywhere in the top 100 US metro areas without driving.
    AND knocked the props out of the Saudi monarchs and Oil Addiction pushers by no longer wasting 70% of our oil on Auto Addiction.
    This was a great column!

    Once again, I will point out that the Green Party does support all these things. It was the Green party in Germany participating in the Red-Green coalition way back in the 80’s which has led Germany to be the world leader among industrialized countries in renewable energy and the Green Transition. We can do it here too!

  7. Pogo August 3, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    JHK wrote “Historically, it was never before the case that US soldiers went about in battle dress at home. ”

    I agree Jim, this somehow changes our perception of and relationship to our military. Being in “working garb” at all times is slightly sinister and threatening

    When I served, we only wore “Class A” uniform off base. But mostly, we wore “civies” to blend in with the locals. We wanted to remain integrated with the civilians.

    • swmnguy August 4, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      We now have a professional, mercenary army that is very intentionally unaffiliated with civilian America. Nixon’s ending of the draft was done for extremely cynical and calculated reasons, and things are following that course.

  8. barbisbest August 3, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    As we await Hillary’s coronation. Go forth, be fruitful and multiply, no problems there, huh. Before it’s said and done, everyone wants a family.

  9. SteveO August 3, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Jim,

    You’re old enough to remember when candidates for president used to say they were going to reign in J. Edger Hoover and the FBI. During their first week in office, Hoover would visit the White House with a file and have a private meeting with the new president. Afterward the president would shut up and leave Hoover to his own devices.

    In modern times, it’s the Treasury Secretary, hand chosen by Wall Street, that brings the file to the White House. The Secretary explains to the new president that the US Government barrows %30 of its budget from the Fed via the big banks. If that system goes away, and interest rates are set by the free market, the rate on the US bond will rise to the levels at which the world declares a country bankrupt. The Secretary then asks the president if he really wants to be responsible for destroying the economy, and the president decides to go along with his financial masters.

    No president will upset this system. It will only be ended when the system collapses of its own accord.

    • orbit7er August 3, 2015 at 10:17 am #

      the monopoly of the US dollar is going to end anyway, the only question is when. The biggest news unreported by the Corporate Media is the BRICS nations continued progress towards their alternative to the US Dollar/Euro IMF stranglehold. The Russians and Chinese are developing their own SWIFT system for highly encrypted big bank transfers, their own IMF alternative and trading in their own currencies rather than dollars within this system as much as possible.
      AS Obama visited Africa last week, the NY Times pointed out the breadth and depth of Chinese investment in Africa on the ground actually building Rail and other infrastructure not just conducting bankster financial capitalism.
      Of course like the collapse of Auto Addiction, this make take much longer than some doomsters think but it will come…
      And the US printing dollars to pay for its endless Wars and bankster capitalism, for importing everything from overseas with paper dollars will no longer suffice. That is when we are likely to see a serious return of US manufacturing, sustainable agriculture and hopefully an end to planet killing and soul destroying Auto Addiction.

      • SteveO August 3, 2015 at 11:40 am #

        As Greer is found of pointing out, the PTB will continue with business as usual until long after it makes any difference. Unfortunately, in this case, as you mentioned, BAU includes war, war and more war.

      • sharonsj August 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

        And China is actually building its infrastructure while America is watching its crumble.

      • MisterDarling August 4, 2015 at 2:26 am #

        @ Orbit7er,

        “biggest news unreported by the Corporate Media is the BRICS nations continued progress towards their alternative to the US Dollar/Euro IMF stranglehold. The Russians and Chinese are developing their own SWIFT system for highly encrypted big bank transfers, their own IMF alternative and trading in their own currencies rather than dollars within this system as much as possible.”-orb.

        They’ve been given no choice. The BRICS-AIIB/IDB system won’t be as robust and high-speed as the western banking cartel-system’s was, but it will have the advantage of still being there when the other collapses. It’ll be perfectly adequate for regional-scale financing.

    • shotho August 3, 2015 at 10:47 am #

      Thank you. One can’t ask for more clarity than those pithy remarks. Reality can be a bitch, but there it is.

    • MisterDarling August 4, 2015 at 1:18 am #

      Hello Steve!

      re |”You’re old enough to remember when candidates for president used to say they were going to reign in J. Edger Hoover and the FBI. During their first week in office, Hoover would visit the White House with a file and have a private meeting with the new president. Afterward the president would shut up and leave Hoover to his own devices.”-s.

      You are well informed. On the other hand, who do think had a file on Mr. Hoover? Do you think it might have been Harry Anslinger of the FBN?

      😉

      There was a meeting between J Edgar and Harry about J Edgar’s little pretty little bouquet of “lifestyle issues”… After that, Harry was *left very much alone* to run one of the most cost-effective law-enforcement agencies the US ever funded, for the next 30 years.

      That was one highly effective meeting, eh?

      Cheers!

  10. Greg Knepp August 3, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Very comprehensive post – the observation re military personnel wearing combat garb in public is particularly insightful. I am a T-shirt screen printer and I’ve done more than a few jobs for churches over the years that incorporate military motifs; you know, ‘Soldiers for Christ’ or ‘Spiritual Warfare’ themes printed on khaki or even camouflage T-shirts. That sort of thing. It’s all very weird.

    Perhaps it started after the Vietnam war when veterans of that conflict took to wearing their old combat uniform jackets and caps in public – some out of pride, some out of protest, and a few impoverished souls who simply needed to keep warm.

    • orbit7er August 3, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      As a Catholic apostate who has read all 4 gospels it always galls me the total hypocrisy of so-called “Christians” who neglect the actual life and words of Jesus Christ as provided in the 4 gospels. Nowhere did Jesus EVER condone violence, the closest he ever came was against the commercializers in the temple. As he lay dying on the cross even Jesus said “Father forgive them, they know now what they do.”
      As Peter cutoff the soldier’s ear, Jesus restored and and said
      “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword”.
      And of course the Sermon on the Mount includes no paeans to greed or War but says “Blessed are the Peacemakers”…
      How so-called Christians can support the ceaseless slaughter of innocents in endless Wars, the death penalty by which Christ himself and many martyrs were killed is beyond me…

      • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

        Christ also advised his apostles to acquire swords. Pacifism is so feminine and weak for the most part; the province of people who identify with their body and want to keep living at all costs – including freedom and dignity.

        • orbit7er August 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

          I am afraid there is nowhere in the Gospels where Jesus recommends acquiring swords. I read all 4 gospels all the way through…

          • Mechman127 August 4, 2015 at 10:34 am #

            Your comment is rather sad if you claim to have read the Gosples 4 times. You need to read more carefully and understand each line and the meaning. Better to read the Gosples once and understand the words than speed over lines and miss important topics and issues.

            Actually Jesus told them to get swords and it is revealed that the disciples alread had a 2 swords and Jesus said “That is enough (swords)”. This event is recorded in Luke 22:35-36 right after the last supper and Peter would deny Jesus. A sword was needed to cut off an ear later.

            34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
            35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
            “Nothing,” they answered.
            36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’[b]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”
            38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”
            “That’s enough!” he replied.

            (Mechman127 comment ) What is interesting is out of the 12 disciples they already had 2 swords! They were already packing a few swords! I guess they needed sometime to remove an ear with besides their teeth.

            49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
            51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

            My best understanding of these words was Jesus told the disciples he was going away and they needed basic self-defense with 1 sword per 6 disciples.
            The goal of the swords was not an armed uprising against the Jewish and Roman authorities but without the divine protection that the presence of Jesus offered, they would need a few swords to protect themselves from bandits. I think Jesus could sense the disciples were beginning to think of arm rebellion using swords so with 2 swords he said “That is enough” to stop this line of thinking.

            I would consider a modern version of a sword to be a gun although a good katana is still a very effective close range weapon if you want a sword. This is allowed by the 2nd Amendment to the USA Constitution in the Bill of Rights. So I would not be surprised if 1 in 6 Christians owns a gun or a good sword for self-protection against bandits.

          • Mechman127 August 4, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

            I rushed my first replay before sending and it has some typos. Below is what a wanted to say without the typos.

            Your comment is rather sad if you claim to have read the 4 Gosples. You need to read more carefully and understand each line and the meaning. Better to read the Gosples once and understand the words than speed over lines and miss important topics and issues. (I was guilty of this on the first reply, I typed too fast and did not check and made a few mistakes. We are human and make mistakes. What is important is to learn and recover from the mistake and not repeat)

            Actually Jesus told them to get swords and it is revealed that the disciples alread had 2 swords and Jesus said “That’s enough! (swords)”. This event is recorded in Luke 22:35-36 right after the last supper and Peter would deny Jesus. A sword was needed to cut off an ear later.

            34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
            35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
            “Nothing,” they answered.
            36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’[b]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”
            38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”
            “That’s enough!” he replied.

            (Mechman127 comment ) What is interesting is out of the 12 disciples they already had 2 swords! They were already packing a few swords! I guess they needed something to remove an ear with besides their teeth.

            49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
            51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

            My best understanding of these words was Jesus told the disciples he was going away and they needed basic self-defense with 1 sword per 6 disciples. The goal of the swords was not an armed uprising against the Jewish and Roman authorities but without the divine protection that the presence of Jesus offered, they would need a few swords to protect themselves from bandits. I think Jesus could sense the disciples were beginning to think of arm rebellion using swords so with 2 swords he said “That is enough” to stop this line of thinking.

            I would consider a modern version of a sword to be a gun although a good katana is still a very effective close range weapon if you want a sword. This is allowed by the 2nd Amendment to the USA Constitution in the Bill of Rights. So I would not be surprised if 1 in 6 Christians owns a gun or a good sword for self-protection against bandits.

          • routersurfer August 5, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

            Luke 22:36

        • seawolf77 August 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

          No dice Maude. The only violence in Jesus ministry was when he tossed the money changers i.e. the bankers from the temple and 3 days later was crucified.

        • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

          Wrong. Christians were notoriously pacifistic if for the first three centuries of their history. Romans were extremely pissed that they would not bear arms for the empire. That and their general aloofness resulted in their persecution in an empire which was extremely religious tolerant. Once enough years rolled by and Christian founding principles were forgotten, and as soon as they could, the persecution table was turned over and ‘Christians” got even in spades.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

            Many Christians served even before Rome converted. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Church Fathers decreed that War is not the same as murder and formulated a Doctrine of Just War.

          • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

            It depends on the definition. You are not referring to true believers. That being so exceptions do not make the rule in this situation. Hypocrisy is not a new invention.

      • baird August 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

        I’m also an atheist but JC also said “That which you do unto the least of my brethren you do unto me” most compelling.

        • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

          Now promise people eternal life and you’ve got a following.

  11. K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    I would think that Trump getting so much media attention right out of the starting gate would cause even someone who claims to be allergic to conspiracy theories too have a sneezing fit. Bizzaro world is being inflicted on us for a reason. That reason is to cultivate the presidential election as clown theatre and suppress any consideration of the rich agenda of matters our corporatocracy would prefer not to address or even acknowledge. Trumps presence turns the election into a contest of personalities devoid of any and all issues of substance. More than three lever throwing media tzars would like it that way. Perhaps they know each other.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      As Trump said, we wouldn’t even be talking about immigration but for me. Hate him all you want but he’s right. And no other issue is as important.

      • seawolf77 August 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

        It’s only important to racists. Don’t get me wrong I am no fan of diversity. But the California drought is orders of magnitude a more serious problem. It’s grapes and watermelons.

        • Blessyourheart August 3, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

          Immigration is priority number 1.

          This is Phyllis Kahn….(yeah, $aturday Tribe battleax) she imported tens of thousands of Somalis and gets Shocked when her wicked demographic replacement scheme turns on her….

          thegatewaypundit.com/2014/02/must-see-democratic-caucus-ends-in-rioting-and-violent-attacks-video/

          She genuinely thought they would vote for her forever….

          • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 2:44 am #

            Republicans too: Stormin’ Bob Dornan was utterly amazed when the Mexicans he pandered to for years voted him out in favor of one of their own. They didn’t need the gringo anymore.

            Whites have forgotten how the jungle works. So we’re going to get a close up lesson in the decades to come. We’ve been wrecked by success – like the soft, spoiled children of Billionaires.

          • RockTrueblood August 4, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

            I’ve never seen that website. It looks like something in which Michelle Geller or Breitbart would be proud.

            The headline reads ”
            MUST SEE>>> Democratic Caucus Ends In RIOTING and MOB VIOLENCE (Video)”

            The first photo is of out of shape women in Somali garb waving pamphlets while one guy is trying to calm them down. Ooooooh, the horror, it chills the spine. You can feel the danger piercing your computer screen.

            Then I watched the linked video from a local TV news station.

            I did not see “rioting” on the Fox affiliate video. I saw a disagreement, some shoving, and people getting vocally involved, some actually standing on chairs gesticulating.

            Big whoop!

            No weapons were drawn. No punches were thrown after the shovers were separated. I didn’t see any chairs thrown or tables overturned.

            Riots usually devolve into property destruction and personal injury. According to your own source, this Gateway Pundit, one person was arrested but then taken outside and let go.

            If that’s the Gateway Pundit’s definition of a riot, then Gateway Pundit might want to take journalism 101 at his local Community College. Gateway Pundit will be shocked when the real thing happens.

            I wonder what Gateway Pundit’s thoughts are on bused in Republican operatives who disrupted a most important proceeding such as the vote recount in Palm Beach, FL in 2000 which was instrumental in throwing the election to George W. Bush?

            Remember the so called “Brooks Brothers Riot”? (As labeled by Mainstream Media in this case, it was more a manufactured temper tantrum for TV.) Again, no riot, but a made for TV moment arranged and directed to appear like voters of Palm Beach were fed up with the recount wait.

            huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/artificial-protestors-are_b_254276.html

            Keep that photo on Huffpost about the “Brooks Brothers Riot” open.

            Next look at the Washington Post article about those “protesters” and how they were rewarded. You want to do this because the photo on the WaPo page will no longer load. You can still read about these protesters and how they made out after putting in “face” time for an astroturfed made for TV moment:

            washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31074-2005Jan23.html

            Just read the first four mentioned and the article will give you the lay of “democracy”, which is, the best government money can buy.

            (From the WaPo link:)

            “Some of those pictured have gone on to other things, including stints at the White House.

            For example, Matt Schlapp, No. 6, a former House aide and then a Bush campaign aide, has risen to be White House political director.

            Garry Malphrus, No. 2 in the photo, a former staff director of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on criminal justice, is now deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

            And Rory Cooper, No. 3, who was at the National Republican Congressional Committee, later worked at the White House Homeland Security Council and was seen last week working for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

            No. 1. Tom Pyle, who had worked for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), went private sector a few months later, getting a job as director of federal affairs for Koch Industries.”

            Now that was just four of the so-called Brooks Brothers Rioters. If you open the Wapo Link you’ll see that all of the men, about 10 to 12, in that photo were all Republican operatives from out of town or out of state.

            At least the people at this caucus which Gateway Pundit seems to be so concerned about were actually participating in Democracy in their home district. Not so with the “rioters” in Palm Beach, FL who threw a vote recount under their bus and changed the course of History for the worst President in Modern Times.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 2:42 am #

          What a ridiculous thing to say. Are all the victims of the illegal immigrants “racists”? And are the resources the illegals use nothing but fairy dust? Your green is red, making you a watermelon.

  12. noel bodie August 3, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I agree on all counts. This Thursday begins the dismal droning of the right and their clown car campaign denouncing all things government.

  13. Ishabaka August 3, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Top – notch column. I’d vote for any candidate – Democrat, Republican, or independent, who seriously addressed just ONE of the issues mentioned – doubt I will have that opportunity.

    • sharonsj August 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Contrary to what JHK says, Bernie Sanders has addressed most of those concerns.

  14. Mike C August 3, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Jim,
    Excellent post giving clarity and priority to a number of our problems. I would add one other. The intergenerational conflict between the boomers and the benefits they have awarded themselves and the desire and/or the ability of the Gen X and Gen Y generations to pay for these benefits.

    • BackRowHeckler August 3, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      I think this is the real reason for the massive immigrant influx, legal and illegal, we are experiencing right now.

      These bennies don’t pay for themselves; the labor of real live human beings does, and whether they come from Sudan, Mexico, or Peoria doesn’t matter.

      brh

      • Beryl of Oyl August 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

        They have a lot to do with the housing market, that’s for sure. The states with the biggest number of foreclosures where the states with the biggest number of illegals, and local governments like to use massive legal immigration to fill in the city housing abandoned when everybody buys McMansions in the suburbs. City governments need revenue to pay for all the non-resident public employees, and even if the new residents are on welfare, then they just get that money from state and federal taxpayers as well as city and county ones.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

          edit: “were” the states.

  15. davidreese2 August 3, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Masterful, insightful blog, as usual.

    On the subject of medical racketeering, Kunstler is absolutely correct. I give that response as a physician.

    Medicine used to be, a couple generations ago, almost a pro bono profession. No one got rich. Physicians treated the poor without charge. Charity hospitals cared for the poor without charge.

    Then the rich and well-connected saw that there was a lot of money to be made in medicine. What has happened to medicine is not morally or ethically right.

    • AKlein August 3, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      As I recall, back in the 1980’s there was a meme that “greed is good”. The so-called logic was that in a capitalism, improvement in the standard of living and social conditions is driven by competition. The greedy are supposedly highly competitive so the more greedy, the greater the contribution; ergo greed is good. I remember that “logic” being touted as received wisdom. Well, behold the results of this thought process. JHK sums it up when he opines we are a wicked people and we will deserve to reap the whirlwind we have sown.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      The hospital near me keeps getting bigger and bigger as the patients get less and less care.

  16. davidreese2 August 3, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Now I know this isn’t going to happen, but I wish to hell that Kunstler would run for President.

    Perhaps I’ll do a write-in for him on the ballot. At least that’s a vote I could be proud of.

    • davidreese2 August 3, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      I’m completely serous.

      • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:58 am #

        That would mean Gaza strip toast but on the up side some of that military weaponry taken away from all the Barney Fife police departments across the land could be re-purposed and sent to Israel. That could sliver a few shavings off of the national debt tree and save some pennies. That is if our used hardware meets their standards. I don’t know if the Barney Fife police departments were issued white phosphorus for crowd control but maybe they were?

    • ozone August 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      David,
      That’s an interesting thought, but I would tend to think that he’s smart enough not to desire what has become perhaps the most thankless job in the world. 😉

  17. pequiste August 3, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    A Petri Dish with the best slice of a USA sample must be somewhere at Jim’s house.

    • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      And the stench emanating from that Petri dish is enough to fumigate several rooms. No, the whole house!

  18. Calico August 3, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    America idolizes these “clowns”. Also one of your least appealing tactics is to create stereotypes for those you hold in contempt. Sort of a polished form of the “name calling”, when reasoned argument fails. What I have noticed is that people vote comfort over ideals every time, at least collectively. So any candidate who champions your pets, hasn’t a chance over the candidate that foremost appeals to the “tattooed” masses and loudly promises a brighter tomorrow.

  19. Walter B August 3, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    James,

    I do hope that when you are rounded up as an enemy of the State that I have the privilege of sharing at least the exercise yard with you so that I may be able to still hear your wise commentaries. In the struggle against the tyranny that has now overgrown our government the weapons of words that we fight with shall at some point in time compel the corrupt ones in power to resort to the only thing they have become proficient and that is violence. I salute you sir!

    • Blessyourheart August 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

      Unlikely, he has yet to brow-beat Blue-haired Boca Raton Bubablas and leathery Yentas to eviscerate Sheldon Adelson and George Soros. That would take the courage of Walther Rathenau in the degenerate times of the Wiemar Republic.

      No…..he will make Aliyah to our bestest friend on the Eastern Mediterreanean Shore, or China, or Birobizhan(right next door to China….Take-Out!) or the Tri-Borders in the South American Cone.

      • Blessyourheart August 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

        Think about it, James could help end the immavasion debate in the West overnight if he scared the “jew on the street” Yentas to death over the repercussions to their precious children and grandchildren; both in the Diaspora and Israel.

        Think they would care about Guatemalan Maids then?

        • Blessyourheart August 3, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

          Oh…..and Walther Rathenau was brutally murdered by his fellow Tribesman. Merely for saying…..”we’ve got emancipation, now it is our duty to care for the goyim of Germany and raise them up after the atrocity that is the Versailles Treaty”

          “Take care of the horses and sheep and they will be golden geese for us!”

          Either go with John of Hyrcaneus mindset or seek the humbleness of the Prophets.

  20. Htruth August 3, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    It’s too late in the game to do anything but watch the sinking ship. At least we have entertainment in the likes of Trump and Joe Biden. The band plays on: youtu.be/3SJt040cmrI

    • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      And doing nothing and being entertained is what Americans do best. From that point of view we are about to have a very successful year.

  21. sprawlcapital August 3, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    A similar theme to last week’s blog, but with an almost entirely new bill of particulars, all critically important.

    As I did a few weeks ago, I want to emphasize the key role that nuclear weapons have played in dragging us into the national security state, and the date July 16, 1945 as a monumental turning point. That was the day our government demonstrated that nuclear explosives work, with the test of the first atom bomb.

    • davidreese2 August 3, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      Even more important was August 6, 1945, the day the bomb was used to destroy a city and all who lived therein.

      • elysianfield August 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

        ” Elise K. Tipton, professor of Japan studies, arrived at a rough range of 75,000 to 200,000 deaths.[22] Donald L. Miller, citing Knox Burger, stated that there were “at least 100,000” Japanese deaths and “about one million” injured.[23]

        The Operation Meetinghouse firebombing of Tokyo on the night of 9 March 1945 was the single deadliest air raid of World War II,[2] greater than Dresden,[24] Hiroshima, or Nagasaki as single events.[25][26]”

        I am sure the survivors of the Tokyo raid wept with joy that their children merely burned to death, rather than having to experience the horror of a nuclear detonation….

    • seawolf77 August 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      They didn’t demonstrate it to me. Star Trek did a show on this subject, where they pretended to have a Doomsday weapon to scare off an enemy. Nuclear weapons are a hoax. Even the fighting men in the Pacific theater didn’t believe it. And the USS Indianapolis was deliberately sunk after delivering the bomb…I wonder what they saw that they had to be disposed of. CIA was created because of nuclear weapons. The Cold War. The Iraq invasion. The military industrial complex does not make weapons that don’t get used unless of course they don’t work. Never a mishap in 70 years. Not a single accidental detonation. Not a single rogue nuke exploded, despite the fact that the so called Arab terrorist nations have more money than God. The whole theater about Iran getting a bomb by making one when they could just buy one from Russia. Give me a break. It’s all a lie.

      • elysianfield August 3, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

        Wolfie,
        Uhhh, I don’t know what to say….nuclear power plants work, but the bomb didn’t?

        • seawolf77 August 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

          Ask yourself this…ever heard of a slow gasoline fire? Things that go POP! can’t be slowed down. How can they pop an A-Bomb and still slow it down. How come no nuclear power plant never went BOOM! It makes no sense. Why did a New York stock operator head up the Nuclear Power Commission after the war? Bernard Baruch was qualified for this job?

  22. Smoky Joe August 3, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    A Constitutional Convention would bring out the worst elements, left and right, but it might iron out a few issues.

    Otherwise, we need an amendment to specify term limits for Congress and Supreme Court. Another would set a 60 day limit on political campaigns and reverse People United, while setting limits on private money going to campaign-related advertising or campaigns directly. Finally, a new way of redistricting voting districts is needed.

    There’s still time to save our democracy, but no one in the two parties, even when discussing worthwhile issues, wants to change the entire racket of how elections and Congressional districts work.

    • SteveO August 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      I shudder to think what a constitutional convention would produce in the current environment with the current group of rental politicians that would attend. My guess is that there wouldn’t be much left of the original bill of rights except for the 2nd amendment.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

        The Con Con would lead to War War.

    • Helix August 5, 2015 at 1:45 am #

      I don’t see this happening. A constitutional convention is the last thing the aristocracy wants. Preserving the constitution is it is now is vital to maintaing the pretense that we have a government of the people.

      Whatever shreds of representative government were still around were fed to the shredder by Citizens United. At this stage, enough bought and paid for politicians have been installed into office to ensure that the aristocracy will never again have to concern itself with government interference. Quite the contrary, the government now functions as the aristocracy’s muscle.

      The ship of state here has already hit the rocks. The best you can do now is try to grab on to a timber as it goes over the side.

  23. Beryl of Oyl August 3, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    Very good. I never liked Barack Obama, and did not have much of that hope when he entered office, but I really did expect him to do much more, or at least something about the banking and financial corruption.
    If a corporation is the same as a person, we see people go to jail all the time but never corporations.
    I think there is a push to blur the lines heavily between government, entertainment, and corporate advertising, rather I know there is, hence the camo uniforms. The violent man is king; maybe that’s why you see young men so eager to take up arms against each other. They’ve formed their own teams, or ‘armies’.
    It’s patriotic to buy certain beer and manly to buy certain vehicles, even if the companies are multi-national.
    I keep telling people there has been no health care reform. People seem to either believe our health care system was fine the way it was, or that it is ‘fixed’ now, despite all evidence to the contrary.

    • wayfarer August 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

      I began to give up on Obama when he didn’t veto the bush tax cuts in his first year. I gave up on him when I began to understand the breadth of NSA surveillance pre Snowden.

  24. beantownbill. August 3, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    “This behavior gives credence to a greater conspiracy between the governments, the “systemically important” banks, and the Federal Reserve…”

    Jim, you’re postulating a conspiracy? Is this an exception to your distaste for conspiracies, or are you re-thinking your stance about them in general?

    • Walter B August 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      The history of mankind is a history of conspiracy and it is a lesson that men like Julius Caesar found out the hard way. Denying conspiracy today by intelligent men is mostly a rejection of the mass quantity of implausible conspiracies that seem these days to be found around every street corner. Jim is wise enough to know one when he sees one and who, after all, could possibly miss the 800 pound gorilla in the vault of banking/finance conspiracy fact, not theory? Hell, they don’t even pretend anymore in regard to that one!

  25. SDGreg August 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    The Padres have used camo uniforms for awhile. I suppose that’s what you do when you field a minor league team and have an authoritarian fan base.

  26. beantownbill. August 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    Our national character trait

  27. ozone August 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    JHK,
    I’m chewing, I’m chewing.
    Another list of important issues that aren’t being addressed, but absolutely *should* be.

    I’m feeling a bit bereft, in that I have little to no confidence that the present political royalty will [publicly] ponder them.

    “There you have a few choice things to chew on. They go beyond mere inchoate rage and revulsion against politicians. They represent a very rich agenda of matters the country must attend to if it is going to survive. I wonder if the major media grandees who make up the debate questions will even think of these things.” —JHK

    That last sentence? As you might guess, I doubt it, but perhaps they’ll blurt out one of these issues quite by accident! (That would certainly raise an entertaining ruckus, would it not?)

    Small aside: Battledress everywhere (including police Gestapo- black uniforms and protective accessories).
    Intimidation or practice for civil unrest? I dunno, but it bodes ill for the citizenry, be they aware or not. (Maybe a symptom of a deep, subconscious sickness that worships the cult of Thanatos/self-destruction?)

  28. shabbaranks August 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    The list goes as follows:

    1. Curtailing security state

    2. De-militarization of police

    3. Ending the wearing of military field uniforms while off base

    4. Apply anti-trust laws to medical racketeering

    5. Reinstate Glass Steagall and break up too-big-to-fail banks to address banking and finance racketeering.

    6. Limit the personhood of corporations in response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United.

    7. A public discussion of US foreign policy towards Russia

    8. Address the issue of regulatory capture, i.e. the revolving door.

    What is curious is that missing from this list is anything directly related to the Long Emergency. What about the central message that the country will pay dearly unless it develops new, sustainable community-scale food systems, energy sources, and living patterns? Why the shift away from the central issues of the future?

    • Beryl of Oyl August 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      Maybe those issues are best handled at the state/local levels, and once we get the federal government straightened out (as if) the impediments to local improvement will be removed?

  29. beantownbill. August 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Our national character trait of the pursuit of entertainment at the expense of ignoring reality makes it highly unlikely that any candidate can get elected on pushing for resolution of our true issues – at least until the populace at large is broke and starving.

    • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      Problem is when they are broke and starving they will be no more enlightened. When they are broke and starving they will latch onto the first corn-pone dictator who promises a return to old glories. Delusion will continue to rule the day and it, not rationality, will grow and prosper.

      • ozone August 4, 2015 at 11:30 am #

        K-dog,
        Under such circumstances, the progression from corn-pone authoritarianism to dissolution will be much faster than the well-documented example of Germany.
        I say that because of the ancestors of present-day Americans. Although dumbed-down, drugged-up and deluded, they still have less in their hard-wiring that says follow-the-leader. (Thus a shorter time that delusions can be maintained.) There’s a reason these folk invaded the N. American continent.
        —Delusion ends in dissolution when the warehouse is empty.

        There’s also the fact of an actual countervailing force at play. Remember, Germany had all-round superiority when they began their play to dominate the world. The US does not have this distinct advantage, even though our ‘leaders’ might think so, just because a shit-load of money was spent/wasted on weapons systems.

        • K-Dog August 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

          A flash in the nuclear pan. Not to endure as long as Nazi Germany would be a blink of an eye. The Nazis only strutted their stuff for thirteen years. The American incarnation won’t last long but it only takes a few minutes to broil a desert to glass.

      • Helix August 5, 2015 at 1:56 am #

        Actually, given the antagonisms that exist in America these days, and the degree to which those antagonisms are fanned into flame by the talking heads, I see fracture into areas controlled by competing warlords as a more probable outcome than control by a dictator.

  30. Q. Shtik August 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    As much as I detest politics, politicians and political junkies (of which this commentariate is infested) I will tune in Thursday for the entertainment value of watching Trump make asses of the nine other “debaters” and, of course, himself.

  31. HARM August 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I’m convinced that Trump’s #1 role is to be a diversion and lightening rod for the other Republican candidates. As long as he’s in the race, there will be no serious debates about any issues, and none of the other candidates’ positions on anything will get more than cursory examination. The eventual nominee will just sail right in under the radar b/c Trump just sucks all the oxygen out of the room.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

      In other words, you think Immigrants are good and White Americans, bad.

    • SteveO August 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

      He also does a great job of make Bush look presidential, just what the Republi-cons need to continue the dynasty.

    • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

      Exactly right. If people were smart enough they would see through the smoke and mirrors. As it is the media plan will probably work. Now the question to ponder is if Trump in on it or does he actually take his candidacy seriously? He may be a patsy. Is he up to being the evil genius behind such a plan?

      I think not.

      • dannyboy August 4, 2015 at 9:53 am #

        It’s his publicity stunt.

  32. LeoH August 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    There must be some kind of way outta here
    Said the joker to the thief
    There’s too much confusion
    I can’t get no relief

    Business men, they drink my wine
    Plowman dig my earth
    None were level on the mind
    Nobody up at his word
    Hey, hey

    No reason to get excited
    The thief he kindly spoke
    There are many here among us
    Who feel that life is but a joke
    But, uh, but you and I, we’ve been through that
    And this is not our fate
    So let us stop talkin’ falsely now
    The hour’s getting late, hey

    • barbisbest August 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      LeoH- there is a way outta here, but the bonehead dentist shot the lion to be used in the Colliseum.

      Then again.

      “All of our homes are on fire now, with no way out and no fire department to call.” Tenessee Williams

    • elysianfield August 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      Leo,

      “When you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose….

  33. wayfarer August 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    This is all very depressing and real.

  34. norecovery August 3, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Please do not bother to dignify the sham presidential election process by analyzing and comparing candidates, because this is merely a well-financed exhibition intended to reinforce the public misconception that the U.S. is a representative democracy. Actually, control over policies is exerted from behind the scenes by a consortium of powerful corporate-business tycoons, so it doesn’t matter who sits in the WH. All of the important decisions by the corporate state are prioritized by short-term profit potential and the maintenance of global economic hegemony. Public health and even infrastructure integrity are only important so long as they don’t threaten the power structure. As neo-feudalism becomes the norm, a security state is essential to the continuation of exploitation of the masses and despoliation of the environment. The only thing that will stop this juggernaut is collapse, and I am convinced this will be globally catastrophic and will happen during my lifetime.

    • dannyboy August 4, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      So it sounds like you’re arguing against Kunstler’s “There you have a few choice things to chew on. They go beyond mere inchoate rage and revulsion against politicians. They represent a very rich agenda of matters the country must attend to if it is going to survive.”

  35. dweebus August 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    JHK,

    Thank you very much. You have given voice to the amorphous rage of the people. I hearby nominate you to nail The List to the doors of the cathedral (DC). I would, but A: no one listens to an anon dweeb, and B: I have to work. Calling off for “political action” gets you a letter in your file.

    Sadly no mention of trannys or tattoos. 😉 Could it be that degenerates might be allies in the quest for a more perfect union?

  36. Don August 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Dream on, Jim. These are the subjects that the 1% want addressed, not the ones you list:

    wsj.com/articles/in-republican-debate-here-are-five-ideas-worth-arguing-about-1438623602

  37. Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    huffingtonpost.com/eric-zuesse/jimmy-carter-is-correct-t_b_7922788.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

    Carter says America is no longer a Democracy. It never was a Democracy, nor was it intended that it be one, and that’s a good thing. To the extent it became Democratic, to that extent it was controlled by the mob – and those who manipulate the mob. And whom did the mob elect? Why those who turned America over to the Financial Oligarchs of course. What else could one reasonably expect uneducated and/or selfish little people to do?

    Only the Aristocratic of Spirit will rule selflessly for the good of all. And such men cannot be understood by the little people for the most part and will not win elections. They find it hard to kiss babies and tell lies after all. Nor will they kiss the right ass to get funds for elections – a fatal flaw in our system even if people were up to voting.

    • Buck Stud August 3, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

      Good stuff there Janos–well said!

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      Amen, Fist Bump!

    • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

      I have to say; your second paragraph shines with lucidity!

    • AKlein August 4, 2015 at 8:08 am #

      Janos, Moses proved that at Mt Sinai. Moses goes up the mountain to get the 10 Commandments and what happens? The mob “elects” a golden calf! So much for democracy.Proving that what the people need is good leadership, not the vote.

    • dannyboy August 4, 2015 at 9:59 am #

      I agree with Janos here.

  38. nsa August 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Walter B,
    Brutus acted alone from his hideout on the sixth floor of the scroll depository building….although some witnesses erroneously reported seeing fleeing senators with knives on the nearby forum grassy knoll………

    • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      The knives were actually dildos and they were running because their little public orgy had been discovered by Herr Caesar. The grassy knoll is a mistranslation: it was “gassy” or in other words, a misty evening – perfect for an orgy in the forum or park.

  39. Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    National Socialists like Bernie Sanders want to borders closed. Marxist Socialist like Obama want them kept open. One wants to preserve, the other to destroy.

  40. Q. Shtik August 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    I don’t know what “Specs” Perry has to do with this conversation but… yeah, I was amused when he couldn’t remember what point #3 was. But, ultimately, I was indifferent.

    I was also amused when Herman Cain said “Uzbecky becky becky stan” … or something like that.

    And BTW, the busboy’s name was Jose. There are no busboys left in the USA named Charlie.

    • ZrCrypDiK August 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

      Ultimately, you were *dear ole’ Dad* (Perry looked soo much smarter!).

      And Herman said 9 9 9 (911 in EU/UK?!?)

      U watching too much Free TV, Pops. The busboy, indeed…

  41. barbisbest August 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    They don’t call them pol”lie” ticians for nothin – My reply to this week’s blog title as we await Hillary’s coronation. And remember, government works for you. I was gonna add something in between, but I really like my dog.

    • K-Dog August 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank you for not digressing into dog abuse. Humans are the ones leaving big carpet stains on the planet. Not us.

  42. fairguy August 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    This is a very good agenda. At the secondary level, I would add the application of personal liberties as per our constitution. For example, legalization of recreational drugs, judicial system reforms and legalization / regulation of benign online activities such as poker come to mind.

  43. Mike Patrick August 3, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Yep, medicine in the USA is a frightening racket. The Drug Enforcement Administration has persuaded the Food and Drug Administration to make insulin a *controlled substance*! So you can still go to Mexico to get insulin at a reasonable price. But if you try to bring it back to the US with you, you are a felon.

  44. BackRowHeckler August 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    “America has developed the most horrifying state security apparatus the world has ever seen …” – JHK

    Jim, how about the recently revealed surveillance apparatus operated by HUD, storing intel in the smallest detail, for the purpose of racially re engineering the US.

    Here’s how it will work. Al Sharpton shows up in your town. He likes what he sees; its a nice place. In his hands he has a HUD dossier which reveals the town is 98% white, prima facie evidence of blatant racism, no two ways about it. He demands public housing be built to bring the black population up to 45% (at the towns expense) or he will sue. The town is hesitant, so the Reverend brings thousands of his ‘community’ out for a march down main street. The town quickly gives in and in a few weeks cement block section 8 public housing units are going up fast on the ancient town green. Then NBC News shows up from NY and does a report on all wonderful it all is.

    Do you think Trump knows the ICE and Immigration is run and staffed by La Raza appointees and members? The deck is stacked; he’s fighting a losing battle.

    brh

    • Buck Stud August 3, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

      “Do you think Trump knows the ICE and Immigration is run and staffed by La Raza appointees and members?”

      OK BRH, I’m going to bite on this one. Who are these members of La Raza? And how does one become a “La Raza” member? Is there a yearly fee to be included in the La Raza organization?

      For living back east you sure do now a lot about Mexicans/Chicanos. I intimately recall the chants of “Viva La Raza” back in the days of Corky Gonzales. Now these elderly Chicano’s occasionally don their brown berets while lamenting that the young people just don’t have the same passion and fire as they did.

      Face it BRH: The pernicious aspects of American culture subsumes nearly all that it touches including the offspring of former militants. Only the very aware/awakened escape the smothering envelopment of mainstream American culture and usually at great personal costs.

      Have you ever considered that what you find most revolting about your country is not specific groups of people but an overarching national ‘light key’ that colors anything and everything it contacts except for those few mentioned above?

  45. Mike Patrick August 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Here is a decent site to go to for information about Russia and Ukraine:
    thesaker.is/

  46. 99 cent nation August 3, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    “In English the word has increasingly become associated with political divisions, so that one sense, associated with the indefinite article – “a country” – is now a synonym for state, or a former sovereign state, in the sense of sovereign territory or “district, native land”.

    This “country” is no longer a sovereign state! It is a huge pile of excrement with the 1% eating off the top and the rest under the load of it all. Greed heads, crooks, criminals, idiots, wannabes, brain dead mutant business school robots, money grubbers, and power mad thieving lying politician clowns. Not this is not a country any more and I seriously doubt it if ever was. Just ask the people that were here before the invasion of Europeans. This is a place where they want you just well enough to buy all their crap and keep the illusion going into eternity. Hitler and his 1000 year Reich wasn’t even close to what it has become here.

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

      Whipped cream on a “road apple”, with the yummy whipped cream going to the 1%. What’s not to love?

      -TNT

  47. 99 cent nation August 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Oh yea, good one Jim. You are much more optimistic about the system than I am.

  48. Frankiti August 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    The militarization of this country can be witnessed on multiple fronts, pun intended. From the mundane and incongruous: football stadium flyovers, BDU inspired baseball game uniforms, go-ruck runs, spartan races… everything becomes a celebration of the warrior culture (totally disregarding the inconvenient fact that this nation has not been on the victorious side of a war since WWII). This has seeped into everything from video games, films, books and an entire prepping culture which mostly seems like a middle-aged loser’s excuse to by military inspired gear and weapons. We have a police force that has taken training cues from the military with a culture that emphasizes survival over all else. The problem is that the inherent difficulty of police work is making the split-second decision that preserves both justice and life. When you have police that train like soldiers, dress like soldiers (it’s not only the SWAT teams dressed like DEVGRU), and drive militarized vehicles (Texas DPS has vehicles outfitted with Punisher logos… yes, municipal vehicles with aggressive paint schemes and a comic book logo). When I was young there were whispers of a Delta Force, now, kids that grew up during the bogeyman of Osama know all about the SF heros and even play them in Call of Duty games. The culture is infected deep into the marrow. It’s sad that you can’t stroll around town without seeing a constant reminder, but now we are living in the 3rd-worldization of America, we are unmoved by police carrying automatic weapons in public and by soldiers off parade. There was time when both of these were met with disgust, when a soldier was prohibited from wearing uni in public… problem is, we are all soldiers now.

    • BackRowHeckler August 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

      How about the police officer murdered in Memphis the other nite at a traffic stop, and last week a gang unit detective gunned down in N Cal by a gang banger, also at a traffic stop?

      Seems like the police are taking a beating this summer, Frank. They have essentially retreated in Baltimore and blood is running in the streets, scores of murders since events in May. Same in NYC, Detroit, Chicago and St Louis. Why should a police officer put himself out
      and risk being murdered or arrested himself on some trumped up political charge. I sure the hell wouldn’t, would you?

      brh

    • Buck Stud August 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

      Absolutely outstanding post Frankiti.

      I would like to read more of your thoughts but thanks for the posts you do provide.

  49. Ricky.H.Vernio August 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    You missed one very important issue, Jim, and I’m surprised you did, since it’s been the main theme of your blog for many years.

    Private automobiles should be taxed into the ground. It’s easy enough to do. The Federal Government has the tool: taxes.

    Tax the gas. Leave commercial vehicles out of it. Tax the gas for privately owned vehicles. Start with a 50% surcharge, then raise it gradually to 70%, 150%, 300%. Everything else would soon take care of itself. Jobs would be aplenty – with Suburbia down the drain, we’ll have to build lots and lots of economically sustainable housing, and also lots and lots of railroad tracks.

    • ghostlimb August 3, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

      The Big Trucking lobby would love that. They bust up the roads, citizen-drivers pay for it and the 2000 mile kale salad system stays intact.
      Heavy proportional taxes on all road-users would be good to explore, though the hands of the trucking lobby would be hard to dislodge from pocket-lining legislators… their impact on roads + infrastructure is thousands of times that of the average car or SUV – a Prius or an SUV have about the same impact.

      • Ricky.H.Vernio August 4, 2015 at 1:18 am #

        One truck per how many SUV’s and Prius’s and all the rest of them?

        The Big Trucking Lobby can also be taxed and/or neutralized by the Freight Rail Lobby, which, when all is said and done, is a lot bigger. Not to mention the potential Light Rail Lobby, Streetcar Lobby, etc. Let’s remember that Freight Rail is a) profitable b) solvent c) does not require huge handouts in the form of road maintenance to keep afloat. The Great Automotive Lobby can be persuaded to bend their energies on manufacturing train engines.

  50. Buck Stud August 3, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    One of the best Monday morning posts I have ever read from JHK:

    “Historically, it was never before the case that US soldiers went about in battle dress at home. This disgusting trend has even been adopted in major league baseball. The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone on TV wearing camo baseball uniforms. What are they trying to prove? That we are all at war all the time?”

    I have noticed the same military vibe at sporting events and it is truly disgusting trend. And the commentary about the medical racketeering business in America is also spot on, IMO.

    • BackRowHeckler August 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Ironically, Buck, this is happening at a time when the US Army has been reduced to a little over 400,000 soldiers, about the same size as the Bulgarian army at the start of WW1.

      Grant and Sherman had more soldiers than that in 1865 to sqeeze Richmond.

      It seems like a pretty small army in a nation of 320 million, and one with tremendous global responsibilities. In contrast, NKorea fields an army of 7 million, and China about 6 million. We appear to be grossly outnumbered, wouldn’t you say?

      brh

    • BackRowHeckler August 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

      Oh yeah, I forgot about the big American Empire some people talk about here, this empire consisting of Puerto Rico (now bankrupt), US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

      That’s a Mighty Empire!

      brh

      • pequiste August 4, 2015 at 10:00 am #

        C’mon BRH –

        Wherever there is a military installation that has U.S.of A. troops, planes, and warships, of a more or less permanent nature, world wide, there you have the evidence of the current American Empire.

        Here is a link to some food for thought (actually a GREAT BIG FAT F**KING BUFFET) concerning my assertion:

        globalresearch.ca/the-worldwide-network-of-us-military-bases/5564

        The sinews of the area controlled as it were. The breath and “blood” circulating throughout the empire are the resources, goods and the “money.”

        Never ever forget about the money.

  51. Pucker August 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Do you remember when women wanted to dye their hair blond because they believed that “Blonds Have More Fun”?

    americanlawyer.com/id=1202733652945/At-Buchanan-Ingersoll-A-Lawyer-Finds-Her-Identity?slreturn=20150…

  52. Peecan August 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Excellent post JHK!!

    One of your best and most substantive outlines of what issues need to be addressed head on.

  53. Pucker August 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    I would add to the list America’s food crisis—most people are in poor health and generally obese.

    The US federal government subsidizes farmers to grow corn below the cost of production. We have entire states planted in GMO corn to make high fructose corn syrup, which causes type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the Number 1 cause of blindness and amputations in the US. Tragic….

  54. Pucker August 3, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    Brave New World

    Many people now are on medication so they may be very susceptible to suggestion? Get attention by becoming a cross-dresser? It’s “Cool” to be a transvestite?

    americanlawyer.com/id=1202733652945/At-Buchanan-Ingersoll-A-Lawyer-Finds-Her-Identity?slreturn=20150…

  55. Pucker August 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    In the first half of the 19th century in the American South everyone aspired to be a “Gentleman Planter”—get a large parcel of land, buy a few negro slaves and then breed ’em. Now people the pinnacle of the social hierarchy, it seems, is “Transgenderism”, to literally cut your balls off. Good Lord!

  56. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Russian Cop Rams Car Into Oncoming Vehicle to Save Lives of 300 Children

    On Saturday, a caravan of 9 buses was traveling back from a children’s summer camp through the city of Abakan, the capital of the Khakassia Republic in southern Siberia when a cop—who is now being hailed as a hero—did the unthinkable.

    Aleksandr Kosolapov, a Russian police officer, was accompanying the convoy of approximately 300 children when a reckless driver in the opposite lane began to veer into the path of the kids. As the onrushing Toyota Caldina, which was accelerating at a dangerously high speed, inched closer across the dividing line and ultimately into the wrong lane on the Abakan-Ak-Dovurak highway, Officer Kosolapov knew he had a decision to make—and he had to make it without hesitation.

    Without regard for his own life, the 39-year-old man, who was entrusted to escort the busloads of children back home without injury, swerved his Ford Focus patrol car in-between the lead bus and the out-of-control vehicle. The calculated but devastating collision left both vehicles completely totaled and the officer with serious injuries.

    russia-insider.com/en/russian-cop-rams-car-oncoming-vehicle-save-lives-300-children/ri9071

    There was a time when the same story could have taken place in the US, but with the growing divide between the police and populace there, we’re not so sure that’s all that likely anymore. Well in Russia it still does happen.

  57. nsa August 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Alcoholism is a treatable disease. Get some help…….

  58. Dumbedup August 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    Any manifesto or political 95 theses has got to include the cost of college education. My last year of law school my tuition was $875.00 plus books. No other fees. That was 1986 at an in-state school. My daughter will graduate from an in-state school with debt approaching $100,000. $25,000 a year for 4 years. The financial zombies are feasting on the corpses of our children before they even get started in life.

  59. ghostlimb August 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Two colossal public works projects need to be elevated to the status of “not an option” by our current and next president – over then next decade or two, we must get thousands of people to work building…

    1) A national so-called “smart grid” – not one that makes us more dependent on technology – but one that makes it possible to conserve our fossil fuel reserves – along with use policies that suppress triggering Jevon’s paradox – the more energy available the more will be used.

    2) Building an extensive passenger and commercial rail system that will slowly substitute for air and road travel… they can be partially fueled with solar – high speed rail corridors through major cities should be part of the overall refurbishment. Add a rebirth of inland waterways and the nation’s travel prospectus will be that much better.

    • BackRowHeckler August 4, 2015 at 12:35 am #

      In regard to point #2, we once had all that, but gave it up.

      Canals were abandoned for the railroad by about 1850, and the railroad was abandoned for the automobile around 1919 (the year track mileage peaked in the USA)

      We made our choices, there’s no going back.

      Unless forced to by unforseen circumstances.

      brh

    • elysianfield August 4, 2015 at 12:40 am #

      “Building an extensive passenger and commercial rail system ”

      Funny story…Upon the election of the Obama/Biden ticket, and before they were inaugurated, I sent a letter to Joe Biden. At the time, there was billions of dollars pledged to begin “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, and knowing Biden was a champion of railway travel, I suggested a project. I suggested that there should be, at least one AMTRACK terminal built or maintained in every county, in every state, in the U.S., with upgraded track so that passenger train travel could be accessed by locals which did not require (as in my case), a two hundred mile round trip to the closest terminal. I further outlined the projected job opportunities (low and semi-skilled) that this project would generate over a 5 year period. I was not so naïve that I expected an answer, other than a “Thank you Citizen” form letter…didn’t even get that. Thank God Uncle Joe is considering putting his hat into the ring…I can send him another letter!

  60. KL Cooke August 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    “…coprophopean…”

    That’s a good one!

  61. marzo@cox.net August 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    everybody is bitching about Obama, but can you imagine how things could be like if the other guy had won the election, you know, the guy with the hair,,,what’s his name….

  62. KL Cooke August 3, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

    “…a sign of peoples dislike of what’s going on.”

    Do people’s likes and dislikes make any difference?

    No candidate will make the Big Show unless the real government is certain that he or she will fulfill the ceremonial duties as required.

    I have heard anecdotallly that it is customary for an outgoing President of the United States to leave note for the successor in a desk drawer in the Oval Office. I suspect the one Bush left of Obama said something like “Guess what? You ain’t the President.”

  63. KL Cooke August 3, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    “Donald has some sort of immunity.”

    Yeah, it’s called “Up Yours.” Enjoy it while it lasts.

  64. Blessyourheart August 3, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    So far, James hasn’t responded to the Cuckservative meme from the dark enlightenment that is taking social media to another direction.

    “My Father’s grave,
    My Daughter’s womb
    Please take them both
    And seal my tomb”

    I guess he hopes cuckolded Yankeedom will save us all.

  65. KL Cooke August 3, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    “I do hope that when you are rounded up as an enemy of the State that I have the privilege of sharing at least the exercise yard…”

    Relax. That’s one area where we have it over China. The bosses there go to a lot of trouble and bad PR to supress dissent. Our bosses have figured out dissent doesn’t mean a goddamn thing.

    • Helix August 5, 2015 at 2:35 am #

      Dissent is only meaningful if voting is meaningful.

  66. Pucker August 4, 2015 at 12:35 am #

    What if the Southern antebellum negro slave breeders had modern technology? They’d breed hard-working, hardy negro slaves who can’t read.

    • malthuss August 4, 2015 at 1:08 am #

      What about what is really going on?
      Gov breeds lazy AFDC women with 5 sprogs.

      • Q. Shtik August 4, 2015 at 11:37 am #

        Gov breeds lazy AFDC women with 5 sprogs.

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

        Amazing, all these years and I have never heard the word sprog(s) before. Thanks for the addition to my vocab.

        • elysianfield August 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

          Wpac,
          Agent Orange, depleted Uranium, asbestos, most chemical and biological agents. Yeah, war is unhealthy for children and other living things. There is no morality in war.

          • elysianfield August 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

            Oh, sorry, I forgot rape…Russians used that weapon in the subjugation of Berlin…it was a General Order…how would you define a genetic anomaly?

  67. wpa_ccc August 4, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    I am sure the survivors of the Tokyo raid wept with joy that their children merely burned to death, rather than having to experience the horror of a nuclear detonation…. — Elysian

    —————-

    Nuclear weapons do not just kill in the immediate blast area. Radiation can cause birth defects in future generations of newborns. No conventional weapon affects future generation newborns.

    Please stop trying to make an equivalence between conventional and nuclear weapons. With fire bombings future generations are not born mutilated with birth defects.

  68. MisterDarling August 4, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    Such a fine list of action items! And… I happen to agree with Mr. Kunstler on all of them. What I don’t understand is why any savvy person would bother to talk as if there were a democratic political process operating in the United States.

    I’m going to put this bluntly: If you are not a billionaire, you do not **fuck-ing mat-ter** in the big picture on any matter of substance. It’s that simple. Oh, by the way, this is not a matter of opinion. It has been observed, recorded and quantified:

    In “1,779 instances between 1981 and 2002 in which a national survey of the general public asked a ‘For’ or ‘Against’ question about a proposed policy change,” it was found that what “…the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”-__Testing Theories of American Politics__ published by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I.

    Zero Hedge put this little ditty together:

    zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-03/jimmy-carter-rages-what-us-has-become-just-oligarchy-unlimited-politic…

    I do not write this to dishearten anyone. There’s a very good reason why democratic political processes evolved – it wasn’t all about
    keeping the plebes happy. It also kept oligarchic heads off of spikes.

    And I’m sure that some B-list oligarch (or one of their pets) might read this, and think that doubling-down on security was the proper response. That would be a shame, because that tends to move the spikes __that __much __closer…

    Cheers!

  69. wpa_ccc August 4, 2015 at 1:52 am #

    JHK, great post this week. One of your best.

    I am surprised at the amount of commenter interest in Thursday’s debate, even by people who claim a level of cynicism that they are beyond caring about politics. For years now I have been reading how CFNers are so beyond the red/blue game and they vociferously maintain it doesn’t make a “dime’s worth of difference” who is elected. Now, suddenly a red candidate is of interest.

    Personally, I would like to see a president with a Jewish background, someone older and wiser, someone who has socialist leanings, someone who has been elected as an independent and has experience balancing budgets, someone who has never engaged in negative campaigning and remains focused on issues, someone who has addressed the issues you raise this week… That someone is named Bernie Sanders.

    • pequiste August 4, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      Great idea! Sanders will get to play a character approximating Goldstein from Orwell’s 1984. And there is just no telling where the subsequent ant-Jewish sentiment will lead.

      • dannyboy August 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

        “…a president with a Jewish background”

        I was interested to see this cited as his primary attribute. Are the other candidates evaluated primarily by their religious affiliation? Am I being overly sensitive?

        • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

          Jewish is an ethnicity as per Leonard Cohen being a Buddhist yet still a Jew. This is the primary meaning of the word in today’s world. You don’t have to believe in God or practice Judaism to gain citizenship in Israel. You just have to be on Jewish descent.

          • dannyboy August 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

            We practice a religion.

            You know…Creation, beliefs, rituals, religious Holy Days…

          • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

            No, some Jews practice Judaism. But those who don’t don’t cease to be Jews. Ethnicity is the essence – thus Leonard Cohen is still a Jew.

            Traditionally, if a Jew converted to Christianity it was considered that he or she had left Judaism. But even that is changing as Jews appropriate Christianity to their own needs.

          • dannyboy August 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

            Yet another correction:

            Leonard Cohen practices Zen and Judiasm (both are religions) He is Caucasian (that’s his ethnicity).

            Israel does not regulate the Jewish religion. I think you are confusing the concept of The Vatican regulating Catholicism.

            Also, there is no Pope or counterpart in Judiasm. But I am getting ahead of myself here. Better I try to correct you on the basics.

    • Q. Shtik August 4, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      someone who has socialist leanings,

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

      LEANINGS!! haha, Good one.

  70. wpa_ccc August 4, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    “I’m going to put this bluntly: If you are not a billionaire, you do not **fuck-ing mat-ter** in the big picture on any matter of substance. It’s that simple. Oh, by the way, this is not a matter of opinion. It has been observed, recorded and quantified” –mister darling

    I am going to be blunt: many said the same thing in 2007 and someone who was not a billionaire, not even a millionaire, someone who had black skin and a Muslim name, was elected in 2008.

    Then, still not being a billionaire, he was elected a second time. You do NOT need to be a billionaire to **fuck-ing be-come USA pres-ident** The only thing that matters are the number of votes recorded and quantified. Republicans may be billionaires but demographic realities favor Democrats.

    • MisterDarling August 4, 2015 at 3:16 am #

      @ Wpacc-‘sock:

      “I am going to be blunt: many said the same thing in 2007 and someone who was not a billionaire, not even a millionaire, someone who had black skin and a Muslim name, was elected in 2008.”-‘sock.

      And the oligarchs received a perfect errand-boy and sock-puppet in Obama. Of course you love him. He’s a kindred spirit, after all.

      As one particularly astute writer/observer & handicapper of the American ‘political’ scene wrote on Oct 3rd, 2008:

      “I never heard anyone speculate that Obama might, against all the odds, rally to the “No to Bailout” cause. His Yes was pure. He told reporters in Clearwater, Florida last Wednesday that “issues like bankruptcy reform, which are very important to Democrats, is probably something that we shouldn’t try to do in this piece of legislation.” In addition, he said that his own proposed economic stimulus program “is not necessarily something that we should have in this package.”

      In the crunch, almost invariably, Obama does the wrong thing and in my opinion he always will. Just count out the moments of surrender: reauthorize the Patriot Act? Aye, from Obama. The “class action fairness act”, sought by Big Business for years. Aye from Obama. Capping credit card interest rates? No-o-o from Obama. FISA? Aye from Obama. With Robert Rubin at his side, his bailout vote was as sure as that of the harlot of the credit card companies, the six-term senator from Delaware, Joe Biden.”-Alexander Cockburn (MHRIP).

      Each one of those pre-presidential capitulations and betrayals he increased 1000-fold once in office.

      Obama was handpicked for damage-control. He came into the White House with a full complement of oligarch’s creatures and handlers to make sure that he stayed ‘on track’. This is patently obvious to anyone with the guts to accept the truth of verifiable data, and one’s own eyes and ears.

      There is nothing about the man that does not scream FRAUD.

      • volodya August 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

        During the campaigning Obama looked and sounded like the empty suit.

        But when in power he served Wall Street. No outrage was too outrageous. Wall Street got what Wall Street wanted.

        So was Obama really the empty suit that he looked and sounded like? No, I think he knew his voter, those exuberantly uninformed empty-headed youngsters that cheered their asses off whenever he threw out his trademark vacuous rhetoric. It was all about sex, the pretty boy that Obama-girl could fantasize about.

        I’ll give him one thing. He knew enough to keep it simple. Hope, Change. Yes We Can. Simple slogans for simple minds. And pretty boy sexuality. Obama and his handlers knew his market.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

          And played backwards, “somehow” Yes We Can becomes Hail Satan.

    • MisterDarling August 4, 2015 at 3:20 am #

      “The only thing that matters are the number of votes recorded and quantified. Republicans may be billionaires but demographic realities favor Democrats.”-‘sock.

      And “recorded and quantified” votes meant *what* exactly, during the 2000 election?

      You live in an idiots fucking dream world. STFU and stay there, you fraud.

      • pequiste August 5, 2015 at 12:39 am #

        To paraphrase that most infamous murdering commie bastard “uncle” Joe Stalin: It’s not the vote that counts but who counts the vote.

  71. Pucker August 4, 2015 at 3:12 am #

    I read an account of an antebellum slave breeding farm in Virginia consisting of 2 negro males and 12 negro females. I wonder what is the logic of a 6-to-1 ratio of females to males? One day “On” another day “Off”?

  72. jloughrey August 4, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    Jim, you hit the ball out of the park–one of your best posts ever.

    There is a huge disconnect between “business as usual” in this country and the monumental and very real issues at hand. There truly is no one in DC, and certainly no current presidential candidate, who has a grasp, let alone will take any of it on.

    As long as Americans have their cars, Burger Kings, KarTrashian freak shows, and assortment of useless communications gadgets, all to keep them distracted, they will continue to put up with the status quo. After all, most Americans are as clueless about what really needs to happen as the politicians are. Heaven help us all.

  73. Pucker August 4, 2015 at 3:55 am #

    I recall from Wolin’s book “Democracy Incorporated” that one characteristic of Inverted Totalitarianism is that no-one-is-in-charge. The corporations run everything, and there are only interest groups pursuing their narrow individual interests.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      Remember the Bear Jew in Inglourious Bastards? That’s the American ideal.

  74. FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges: “Quality and sophistication of Russian electronic warfare as “eye-watering”

    “Our soldiers are doing the training with the Ukrainians and we’ve learned a lot from the Ukrainians,” said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges. “A third of the [Ukrainian] soldiers have served in the … combat zone, and no Americans have been under Russian artillery or rocket fire, or significant Russian electronic warfare, jamming or collecting — and these Ukrainians have. It’s interesting to hear what they have learned.”

    defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/warfare/2015/08/02/us-army-ukraine-russia-electronic-war…

    So, who’s teaching whom in Ukraine?

  75. barbisbest August 4, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    How to become a reality based nation? That is a question for the ages, or at least this one, isn’t it. Great list JHK! Especially the one about the NSA. Imagine what good use all that taxpayer money could have been put to!! Boggles the mind!!!!

    While on the subject of reality, (this should get Janos’ knickers in a twist)
    Thomas Banyaca in 1985, after several failed attempts, speaking in the Hopi tongue and representing the elders, addressed the United Nations. “I guess I’ll have to interpret this message myself. My spiritual leaders long time ago know that someday, people from foreign countries would come upon our land and put up Rupiqi, means house of glass, to bring about peace, justice and harmony. Our people are concerned, the world is really in trouble right now. We are headed for the most destructive thing if we do not make change and make life beautiful and clean for the Great Spirit. There should be every chair filled by United Nations people here. They should first time listen to native people upon whose land this is. They should be here. Thank you. ‘The next day, December 11, 1992, New York was battered by the worst storm in living memory.

    • barbisbest August 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      That’s actually from the film Fall and Winter. Indians just know. If you mess with nature too much, eventually you’ll be crushed. Nature bats last, as Guy McPherson says. Nature and physics, quite a combination, or was that nature is physics.

      • barbisbest August 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

        It’s interesting to note that Orwell said, “canned food will be our undoing.” I think we’ll begin to see that. Globalization sucks!!! Americans eat now what’s equivalent of cardboard. There was a time when they ate local, and ate better. But, perhaps that too, is planned.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

        They should know since their ancestors hunted many large species to extinction on this continent.

        The United Nations is by definition globalist. They want to fill every advanced nation with masses of 3rd Worlders. There’s nothing “holistic” about such a vast, vain, and vicious endeavor. To quote St Paul, It is a profitless work of darkness.

      • dannyboy August 4, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

        Thanks. I just watched the trailer for “Fall and Winter”. It resonated with my thinking, with the exception of the Global Collapse prediction.

        I still don’t see that. Even after speaking with Kunstler et al.

  76. wpa_ccc August 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    “You live in an idiots fucking dream world. STFU and stay there, you fraud.” –mister darking

    LOL. Get a grip. In my “dream world” I wanted US soldiers to stop dying in Iraq. My dream candidate kept his promise to end our occupation of Iraq. In my “dream world” I wanted my medical insurance premiums to stop going up by double-digits and to go for medical care not overhead. My dream candidate achieved that, just as he promised during the campaign. I could go on about all the achievements of my poor non-billionaire community organizer candidate… who won the White House… twice…

    But you seem to think TPTB wanted Obama. Who knew TPTB opposed the XL Pipeline? Who knew TPTB wanted regulation of the coal industry? Who knew TPTB wanted to legalize marriage equality? Who knew TPTB wanted withdrawal from Iraq, wage equality, marriage equality, a “government takeover” of health care, increased pay for overtime, a Black woman as Attorney General, etc.

    Only in your dream world is it possible to deny Obama’s populist achievements. Only in your conspiracist mind is Obama a tool of a shadowy “TPTB” who needed a “puppet.”

    Obama is nobody’s puppet, though to a certain mindset it is difficult to accept a Black man has agency.

    • Q. Shtik August 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      I could go on about all the achievements of my poor non-billionaire community organizer candidate… who won the White House… twice… – wpa–ccc

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

      and whom, as wpa (using a previous handle) often said in the past, should be tried for crimes against humanity.

      A [foolish] consistency is the bugaboo………..etc. etc.

  77. FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    “Obama is nobody’s puppet” — wpa

    After Turkey has decided to commit suicide by making their contribution to the creation of uncontrolled chaos in the Greater Middle East, anyone who will dare to make any predictions about the region, or to explain the geopolitics of the United States or Russia in this region, is batshit crazy. Everything could go now.

    But I, in spite of this statement, all the same I would venture to assert that it will soon became clear that the resolution of Obama to bomb Syria to protect “moderate” Islamic cannibals, trained by instructors from the United States to fight with Islamic State is a sabotage of the policy of the President of the US by some important idiot in the State Department or in the Pentagon.

  78. wpa_ccc August 4, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau was opposed by TPTB … but Obama got ‘er done because Obama is not a puppet…

    Taking the profit away from banks by taking banks out as middlemen for college loans… Fair housing, non-discrimination in the armed forces, automobile fuel efficiency standards, Supreme Court appointments, etc. … more proof of Obama’s independence of TPTB.

    • elysianfield August 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

      “The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau was opposed by TPTB … but Obama got ‘er done because Obama is not a puppet”

      Not a puppet? Then who had his hand up Obama’s ass when he failed to support Elizabeth Warren for the head of the CFPB?

  79. barbisbest August 4, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    It is mind boggling what good the money, that was spent to over develop the NSA, could have been used for!! Absolutely mind boggling.

    And now for something completely different. Don’t over-sentimentalize the earth, the man writes, the earth that sustains all life. Tell this to the lady whose grandmother could walk outside, look down, and see a four leaf clover every time. Women generally feel the pain of the earth more keenly. Amazing that after the debate last night,a conservative called in and spoke about putting a woman on the 20 dollar bill. He said the first ladies should be put on our bills. Figures. I say, put Wilma Mankiller (she didn’t really) on the 20 dollar bill. She wrote a bestseller and did a lot for her people.

    Another woman, Dr. Clara Nelson, a large animal vet, came to treat my baby goat Cleo and said she understood the outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion. She did say, however, she did not agree on threats to the guilty party’s life.

    • dannyboy August 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      The Earth moves in the exact same way as we. That is simple, but obvious.

      About the Wilma Mankiller (she didn’t really) Comment: I LOVE mankillers (in the other sense of the word).

      • barbisbest August 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

        You are, without a doubt, one of thee best Danny boy!! No holds barred.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

      Yet not an iota of sympathy for the butchered little ones. Think its coincidence the Cecil story became the Cecil story right now? Ah, you still don’t know life. Little one, ask Danny – he knows.

      • elysianfield August 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

        “Yet not an iota of sympathy for the butchered little ones”

        You know, when the IDF last attacked the Palestinians in their walled ghetto, I could not help but be reminded of the reduction of the Jewish Ghetto, in 1943, when SS General Juergen Stroop destroyed the ghetto and killed thousands. In the current example, 500+ children reported killed by the IDF, as well as thousands of Palestinians men women, old & young, mostly non-combatants…the parallels are remarkable…both the SS and the IDF used indiscriminate bombing and artillery concentrations, as well as denial of water and power. History repeats.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

          Yes, we become what we love – or hate. A great monk used to pass by the house of a prostitute. Leaning out the door, she used to admire his nobility and beauty each night. And he used to despise her for being what she was. She ultimately renounced prostitution to become more like him. And he went to hell because of his hatred of her. Thus they exchanged identities.

          The Germans, seeing the unity of the Jewish people, became like them, forging a Race/Nation/Party – in order to defend their nation against them. And the Jews, reacting to their reaction, emulated the very excesses that they themselves had helped to create.

          Oh the tangled webs we weave when first we practice to perceive.

  80. Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Luke 22:36 – and he that hath not, let him sell his coat and buy a sword.

    The sword was the basic weapon of personal self defense back then. In effect, it was today’s gun. Thus the Master has spoken and ours is to obey.

  81. Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Goldstein

    Is Bernie Sanders another Emmanuel Goldstein/Trotsky – the author of “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchal Collectivism”? Or was O’Brien correct in saying that Goldstein was just a loyal party member and he himself had written part of the book? As Stalin said, the best way to counteract a protest movement is to lead it.

    Remember, but for whiskey the Irish would rule the world.

  82. Sticks-of-TNT August 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    “Here is a decent site to go to for information about Russia and Ukraine:” -Mike Patrick (Aug. 3, 2015 @ 4:44 p.m.)

    thesaker.is/

    A first pass proves it to be more than “decent.” Highly recommend the interview with Paul Craig Roberts dated March 24, 2015. Although a few months old, it’s the kind of timeless, strategic geo-political analysis that does not expire a few weeks after it’s published. Especially hard on the neo-cons and the vile “Wolfowitz Doctrine.” In response to a question, “Do you expect the generals to obey any order, including one starting a nuclear war against Russia?” PCR answered, “…The U.S. military is totally corrupt. Read Andrew Cockburn’s book, ‘Kill Chain.”

    I intend to checkout the book and make a more in-depth exploration of the website. Thanks for the recommendation, Mike.

    -TNT

  83. wholy1 August 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    The “United Snakes Corp”, Washington D[e]C[eit] is in “full tilt boogie” mode. Get Grounded (rural), Grouped (very “neighborly”) and Gunned (your “preparedness will become the property of others packing heat”), OR . . . get run over by the said USC’s Fast & Furious funded gangs!

  84. scarred observer August 4, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Jim,

    I’d love to hear your take on a culture that disowns citizens for watching animals fight, yet celebrates and glorifies women fighting, and the more violent and grotesque, the better. Progressing beyond boxing gloves, which are barbaric enough, to full on kicking and breaking of limbs, by females no less, is a sure sign of society in need of distraction.

    • pequiste August 5, 2015 at 12:52 am #

      To be sure it – female MMA/UFC fighting is barbaric and indicative of real social pathology but I have to say that Ronda Rousey is one baaaaaaad grrl!

  85. Pucker August 4, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    Yesterday, I and an friend from the Great State of Tennessee were at loggerheads over who wacked JFK?

    I insisted that it was a conspiracy of the Military Industrial Security Complex and possibly pay back for the botched Bay of Pigs invasion.

    My friend insisted that JFK was wacked by Marilyn Monroe.

    I know that JFK used to have trysts with Marilyn Monroe in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel In New York City.

    Maybe Marilyn Monroe wacked him there?

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 4, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

      Read “LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination” by Phillip F. Nelson and his recent follow-up, “LBJ: From Mastermind to the Colossus” and you’ll no longer be “at loggerheads.”

      LBJ had the whole world to gain. He had the motive, the means, etc., etc.

      -TNT

    • nsa August 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

      Learn to fucking spell the English language….w-h-a-c-k…to strike forcefully.

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

      JFK, and probably Bobby, had a whack or two at MM, but that was about it.

      -TNT

  86. nsa August 5, 2015 at 12:50 am #

    To all you christian frauds….BRAVO PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Nits become lice.

  87. Reagan August 5, 2015 at 5:40 am #

    Trump is still a notch above all the mainstream candidates, as he has at least accomplished something in life and is not bought and paid for as are all the rest. He may be the only one who has the slightest chance of accomplishing even one small bit of Mr. Kunstler’s list of items to help restore America. Sadly, corruption has overtaken not just our nation, but the world. It is heavily embedded in all aspects of human life now. In the days when Moses led his people out of Egypt, he was able to find a desert and let them wander around for 40 years while a few of the corrupt generations died off and he and his priests were able to re-teach the good ways to younger people. Unfortunately, there is no Moses and no desert to hide in for anyone any longer. I can’t find the “reboot” button for the earth either, so things are not looking good. My best guess is that a tiny virus of some sort will navigate the earth, perhaps some in the computer systems and others in the human race, and cause all sorts of damage. I hope Hillary has a good firewall and anti-virus software on her servers as she works through her files to see what she can release. Interesting that she has become “Nixon on steroids” with regard to turning over her files. Another hypocrite.

  88. FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Alexander Brodsky

    I hope it’s not a secret to anyone that in 2008, during the 08.08.08 war in South Ossetia, Russia defied the super-state which we can call conventionally EU-NATO, refusing to play by its rules. And even then we are talking about nuclear exchange, as when one of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Mason entered the Black Sea, Russia held in response the drills of its strategic aviation “Stability 2008”, during which 20 strategic bombers were raised into the air each carrying on board more than 120 long-range cruise missiles (over 3,000 miles), each with payload 20 times more powerful than the one exploded in Hiroshima. Then the EU-NATO retreated, losing war that they decided to venture in on a background of seemingly uncontrollably growing economic crisis that threatened to bury the entire Western economic system.

    It was very likely that then-President Bush, who himself was in a state of cold war with EU-NATO, forced it to retreat, but the economic crisis was only stopped with the election of President Obama.

    And now Erdogan convenes NATO not to taste new girls in his harem, but to discuss the fifth article of NATO applied to the annexation by Turkey of the part of Syrian territory, or even a war with his own citizens of Kurdish origin under the guise of the war on Islamic State, which sells Iraqi oil to Turkey and US at a price 3 times lower than the market.

    Meanwhile, it is this oil then under the guise of American shale oil causes a drop in world oil prices and provokes a new wave of global economic crisis.

    And the economic crisis, after the nuclear war, is still a number two threat to humanity and its effects are comparable with the number one threat. And if the first phase of the 2008 crisis hit mainly the private banks, which Western governments have saved with great difficulty, thereby putting in jeopardy their own creditworthiness, now we have to pay for it on the Hamburg account, not only in Greece but also in Puerto Rico. And as 200 billion debt of 10 million-populated Greece threatens the entire Euro system, so 70 billion debt of 3 million Puerto Rico threatens the entire US economy.

    Someone loves humanity, economic crisis and President Obama very much, so decided to congratulate him on his birthday, obviously paying him back for 2008. That might explain why someone on his behalf allowed bombing of Assad’s Syria.

    sputniknews.com/russia/20081002/117389135.html

    • pequiste August 6, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      And all this because the Russians play chess ( very well by the way) and the Americans play football, baseball, golf, basketball, tennis, more football, more basketball, more video games, more golf, some more video games, some more football…..

      The Europeans can’t even manage their never ending deluge of “new arrivals” (Muzlym [ I rather prefer this different spelling, after all it is a natural metamorphosis – it went from the traditional “Saracen” to “Mohammedan” thence to “Moslem” and finally arriving {like a “good refugee” into the EU} to “Muslim”] and African legal and illegal aliens .)

      I really do like your optique of Russian Realpolitik.

  89. capt spaulding August 5, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    It seems to me that most people, regardless of their politics, feel that if we could just get the right guy in there as president, everything would be ok. The problem with that is the two other branches of govt., legislative (completely controlled by big business) and the judiciary ( giving billionaires free rein to glut the elections with money), have to be cooperative to accomplish anything of worth. It won’t happen. The powers that be won’t allow that to happen. One man, even if he’s the president, can’t solve the problems by himself. People who believe that are blowing smoke up their own asses.

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 5, 2015 at 9:41 am #

      I agree. I used to think it was my civic duty. Now, not so much. Maybe at the local level it can matter, sometimes even the state. Beyond that it’s just an exercise in futility. The lesser of two evils is still evil.

      -TNT

      • Lawfish August 5, 2015 at 10:27 am #

        The polling booth is now a place where one decides whether to be shot or stabbed.

        • Sticks-of-TNT August 5, 2015 at 10:57 am #

          Well said. Amen, Fist Bump!

        • K-Dog August 5, 2015 at 10:58 am #

          Some places don’t even have polling booths any more. If voting is done at all it is done by mail which is a another way of saying it is not done at all. It is only a matter of time before this new system is totally corrupted if it isn’t already. I won’t participate. It is a waste of a stamp. If voting booths come back to my county I’ll reconsider but this man has a point.

          Russel Brand – Don’t bother voting.

          There is no transparency in the mail, no protection. How will young people learn to vote? No, the Fascists responsible for our exclusive mail in system did not think of that. Or maybe they did? Yes they probably did. Mail in voting makes a mockery of democracy which was probably their intent.

          I find the argument that it saves money by putting unpaid retired volunteers out of work ridiculous.

          • Sticks-of-TNT August 5, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

            K-Dog,

            The article accompanying the video states that the BBC Newsnight show host Jeremy Paxman “took Brand to task and basically asked, why should we listen to what you have to say about politics when you’ve never voted?” From my viewpoint, Brand absolutely took PAXMAN to task and convinced me I should listen to what he (Brand) had to say, not Paxman.

            Russell Brand is George Carlin to a new generation, albeit with a disarming smile. I saw Carlin perform dozens of times on television and stage and never, ever saw him smile.

            Brand is completely serious. The article’s last two sentences summarize him well, “He’s someone to watch. His intelligence and cultural influence means he’s not at all trivial.” Indeed!

            -TNT

          • K-Dog August 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

            Yes, a ridiculous statement:

            “Why should we listen to what you have to say about politics when you’ve never voted?”

            A monkey can be trained to vote and I’m sure some have. The statement could just as well have been:

            Why should we listen to what you have to say about politics when I don’t like the way you smell.

            It is equally nonsensical.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      And Greece was under the Muslim yoke for centuries. Imagine how the people must feel. Yet even the Church is betraying them now.

  90. BackRowHeckler August 5, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    “Am I being overly sensitive here …? – Dannyboy

    No, you are not. So many outrageous comments here about the State of Israel and Jewish people I don’t know how you put up with it.

    For your part, you seem to be pretty level headed and show a well honed sense of humor, and are capable of giving as good as you get.

    Politically you and I are probably on different planets but its good to see you aren’t taking any sh-t from anybody.

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

      cbsnews.com/videos/israeli-spy-jonathan-pollard-to-be-released-after-30-years-in-prison/

      Happy now? I do have conflicting thoughts about the Iran deal. Guess they’re throwing Israel a bone by releasing this traitor. Evidently, there is some serous conflict among the high and mighty Globalists. Israel has been thrown under the bus this time.

      • pequiste August 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

        Spies and traitors need to be summarily executed.

        Unless they work on Wall Street or inside the Beltway – then they get summers in the Hamptons and ski vacations in Davos!

    • dannyboy August 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

      Thank you, BRH.

  91. Q. Shtik August 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    More Camp of the Saints:

    nytimes.com/2015/08/04/opinion/roger-cohen-the-migrant-crisis-in-calais-exposes-a-europe-without-ide…

    ^This^ article puts Roger Cohen on my shit list.

    • volodya August 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      To me there’s no way to measure the full-of-shit-ness of articles like this. There’s no tape long enough or scale big enough.

      So Europeans ought to be ashamed for not taking in desperate migrants? Well, what about the people that the migrants are running from? Shouldn’t those people be ashamed for causing such suffering and fear that all those others have to make a run for it? Or does shame only accrue to white people?

      Again, white people syndrome, that you can’t use the same moral yardsticks with whites and non-whites. Implicit is the reasoning that whites are sufficiently developed intellectually and morally and socially so whites can be expected to know better and be held accountable for their action or inaction. But not non-whites. But tell me, who’s been civilized longer, the Middle East or Europe? Or the subcontinent or Europe? If anyone should know better by now it’s people that invented the idea of civilization.

      • Sticks-of-TNT August 5, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

        “…there’s no way to measure the full-of-shit-ness of articles like this.”

        Full-of-shit-ness. What a great phrase! Remember that grammar rule from elementary school days for adding new words to your vocabulary, “Use it five times and make it yours?” Let’s see,”I plead full-of-shit-ness your honor!” Or perhaps the Department of Homeland Security could establish “full-of-shit-ness” levels for advising the populace on “full-of-shit-ness” threats.

        I propose an annual award to a deserving recipient–The Brian Williams/NBC News Full-of-Shit-ness Prize, to be presented by the President of the United States. Unless, of course, he is the first year honoree.

        The endless possibilities in 21st century American culture fires the imagination. Thanks volodya!

        -TNT

    • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Without ideas? What ideas does he want? His big idea is probably turning Europe into Eurabia.

      And as always, note the last name.

  92. DMH August 5, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    ” I wonder if the major media grandees who make up the debate questions will even think of these things.”

    Certainly not the Citizens Unitied decision because that’s their gravy train.

  93. routersurfer August 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    ” It has become the sugar tit for some of the most malevolent enterprises of the corporatocracy — the black ops companies and the weapons dealers. The growth of this monster was not mandated by heaven. ” Folks the Corporatocracy is gearing up to “Keep us in our place” as the old saw goes. Population will be controlled. Just not in a humane or just manner. Not even sure Nature will get to play the Petri Dish gig with us. More like the Rich paying off about 15% of the population to kill the unlucky part of the 83% not into mass murder. I hope for the path JHK takes in his brilliant novels. I fear the die off will be more of a planned solution. Be careful not to step on any of the Leadershit in this political con game. Vote Bernie ! He may not be able to fix anything but he may help find a few lampposts.

  94. FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Obama takes control back over his State Department?

    State Department: US to provide protection from the air only to the Syrian rebels fighting the ISIL

    WASHINGTON, August 4. / Correspondent. TASS Anatoly Bochinin /.

    US intend to protect only the Syrian activists of illegal Syrian armed groups who oppose the “Islamic State” (IS). This was announced at a regular briefing of State Department by spokesman Mark Toner.

    He was immediately asked about whether the United States to attack the Syrian government forces if they enter into battle with the rebels.

    “No, we have spoken many times about this. This is a very dynamic situation. These forces are fighting the IS in the north of Syria. This is the goal of the forces that we have prepared, and we want that focus to be maintained,” – said the diplomat.

    Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter acknowledged that the US training program for the formation of “moderate” Syrian opposition faces difficulties and now includes the participation of only 60 people. The head of the Pentagon told the press that such a small number is due to “a thorough check and selection process” of candidates for military training.

    tass.ru/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/2165232

  95. barbisbest August 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    You are, without a doubt, one of THEE best, Danny Boy! No holds barred.

    It was mentioned here that if this country is to survive…. if this country, indeed perhaps civilization, is to survive then it may have to face some difficult truisms. No surprise to most. We may have to evolve as a species or self destruct.

    Beauty and truth forever.

    • dannyboy August 5, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      Thank you barbisbest. I wish you the best.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 4:07 am #

      Danny and Cecil the Lion in 2016. Due to his recent demise, Cecil’s brother will stand in for him.

  96. nsa August 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Imagine Obama Sr’s white trash ho visited Planned Parenthood and opted for an abortion….would we all be better off?

    • wpa_ccc August 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

      So, nsa, it does matter who is president after all?

      Bernie Sanders 2016

  97. wpa_ccc August 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    “And Greece was under the Muslim yoke for centuries. Imagine how the people must feel. Yet even the Church is betraying them now. ” –Janos

    ___________________

    Yes, Janos, Greece enjoyed enlightened Muslim leadership… and then the Christians took over… and look at Greece now with capitalism and the Church…

    It is time to bring back Islam.

    wpa–ccc

  98. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    I read that in the antebellum South the female negro slaves over time came to realize that one way to counter the practice of slave breeding was to chew the roots of the cotton plant which contains a natural primitive contraceptive which can also stimulate miscarriages. Nevertheless, on average a female slave gave birth to 7 children, very profitable in the Upper South which supplied the Lower South with slave labor.

    “When you’re born into this life, you’re given a ticket to the Freak Show. If you’re born in America, you’re given a front row seat.”
    – George Carlin

  99. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    There was no Planned Parenthood in the antebellum South. But if there was, then the slavers would have started a sideline business in selling baby parts.

  100. marzo@cox.net August 5, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    Trump is full of shit, that’s why he’s so appealing to the average “full of shit” American.
    You’ll see him in action tomorrow at the debate.

  101. marzo@cox.net August 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Trump will set his “full of shit” bar higher tomorrow, take notes.

  102. marzo@cox.net August 5, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    I need some fetal tissue and some placenta water

  103. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    I’ve been to Trump Tower in Manhattan. Trump’s name is all over everything—pens, stationary, towels, etc. And when you enter the room, Donald Trump’s face is on the TV. You can screw your wife on the bed and feel like Donald Trump is watching.

  104. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    I read that prisons in the US now rely heavily on TV entertainment as a way to pacify and calm down the prisoners.

  105. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    The prisoners on Death Row, no doubt, feel an overwhelming compulsion to kill the guards, and to buy stuff. And to eat junk food.

  106. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    Have any of you CFNers ever had a woman watch TV as you’re fucking her?

    • nsa August 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

      Yes…..in Canada they all do it doggie fashion so both can watch the hockey game.

  107. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    Do any of you CFNers believe in The Flying Nun?

    Why are they called “Nuns”? Is it because they don’t get any?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

      Knock it off you vulgar creeps.

  108. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    “Flying Nun” is an oxymoron, right?

  109. Pucker August 5, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    I support Ben Carson for President. He was the first surgeon to separate successfully conjoined twins at the head. Now that’s what I call a successful negotiator! Take that Donald Trump!

  110. Buck Stud August 5, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    “I hope Hillary has a good firewall and anti-virus software on her servers as she works through her files to see what she can release. Interesting that she has become “Nixon on steroids” with regard to turning over her files. Another hypocrite.”

    I watched Bill Clinton in a TV interview a while back ago and he was asked about the Hillary email hoopla. At first he just danced around the question but then in the most subdued voice you can imagine he nearly whispered:

    ” What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”. And then he was gone again in a flash, back to CharmingvIlle, his home town all the time.

    But to those in the know this must have been a chilling moment indeed. And one can bet the house that when Bill Clinton turns the tables, it will be at the most strategic, opportune moment and not over a year out from the election.

  111. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 12:19 am #

    Hillary directed all of her official US Secretary of State emails through her personal server at her house in Chappaquah, New York. On her server are all of the emails evidencing the bribes that she was soliciting for The Clinton Foundation, including the Rossatom, Uranium One deal, which aided the Iranians to develop a nuclear bomb to destroy Israel. I guess that Hillary figured that at some point she could just dissolve the server in acid?

    Hillary is clearly deranged.

    • Buck Stud August 6, 2015 at 12:52 am #

      Puck knows all lol. At least cite a source, speaking of “deranged”.

  112. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    Please read the book “Clinton Cash”. It’s a “Must Read”.

  113. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 1:19 am #

    I hope that you’re not suggesting that the then US Secretary of State (Clinton) assisting Iran to develop an atom bomb in exchange for “contributions” to The Clinton Foundation to fight AIDS in Africa was NOT deranged?

  114. wpa_ccc August 6, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    Janos, Islamic State has what, 30 thousand adherents who claim to be Muslim?

    Islam has over one Billion adherents and they do not believe in or practice slavery. Nice try, Janos. The problem for non-Muslims is a lack of exposure to the true teachings of the principles and ordinances of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and human dignity. Slavery existed before Islam existed. In the 21st century Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all condemn slavery.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 4:02 am #

      Islam never condemned slavery but in fact practiced it from its inception. Mohammad himself offered to marry his new Jewish slave after raping her – just hours after butchering all the men in her tribe, including her father and brother.

      She declined and remained a slave. Stop being disgusting.

  115. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 3:31 am #

    At a restaurant a few years back, I ordered the barbecue ribs, and the British waiter remarked: “Excellent choice! Excellent choice!” When the ribs arrived at my table they were all bone, no meat. The cow must have been starving when they killed it?!

    This is what US presidential elections are like.

  116. Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 4:11 am #

    With Usura

    With usura hath no man a house of good stone

    each block cut smooth and well fitting

    that design might cover their face,

    with usura

    hath no man a painted paradise on his church wall

    harpes et luz

    or where virgin receiveth message

    and halo projects from incision,

    with usura

    seeth no man Gonzaga his heirs and his concubines

    no picture is made to endure nor to live with

    but it is made to sell and sell quickly

    with usura, sin against nature,

    is thy bread ever more of stale rags

    is thy bread dry as paper,

    with no mountain wheat, no strong flour

    with usura the line grows thick

    with usura is no clear demarcation

    and no man can find site for his dwelling.

    Stonecutter is kept from his tone

    weaver is kept from his loom

    WITH USURA

    wool comes not to market

    sheep bringeth no gain with usura

    Usura is a murrain, usura

    blunteth the needle in the maid’s hand

    and stoppeth the spinner’s cunning. Pietro Lombardo

    came not by usura

    Duccio came not by usura

    nor Pier della Francesca; Zuan Bellin’ not by usura

    nor was ‘La Calunnia’ painted.

    Came not by usura Angelico; came not Ambrogio Praedis,

    Came no church of cut stone signed: Adamo me fecit.

    Not by usura St. Trophime

    Not by usura Saint Hilaire,

    Usura rusteth the chisel

    It rusteth the craft and the craftsman

    It gnaweth the thread in the loom

    None learneth to weave gold in her pattern;

    Azure hath a canker by usura; cramoisi is unbroidered

    Emerald findeth no Memling

    Usura slayeth the child in the womb

    It stayeth the young man’s courting

    It hath brought palsey to bed, lyeth

    between the young bride and her bridegroom

    CONTRA NATURAM

    They have brought whores for Eleusis

    Corpses are set to banquet

    at behest of usura.

    N.B. Usury: A charge for the use of purchasing power, levied without regard to production; often without regard to the possibilities of production. (Hence the failure of the Medici bank.)

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    Ezra Pound, “Canto XLV ” from The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Copyright © 1993 by Ezra Pound. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

  117. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Happy Hiroshima Day!

  118. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 4:31 am #

    I’m going to watch my BBC Hiroshima DVD tonight. Colonel Paul Tibbets, Jr.: “I named the plane after my Momma, “Enola Gay” ’cause I knew that this mission was important and that no one would ever forget it.”

  119. BackRowHeckler August 6, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    (In the past day of two)

    people gunned down in Ansonia, East Haven, Norwalk, New Haven and Fairfield.

    In Hartford it was at the beginning of a ‘take back the night’, anti violence rally, well publicized, launched with much fanfare, suburbanites invited in to sample the ambience, the local TV news orgs. present for this feelgood story of the summer, police and ‘community’ together for a night of fun, hot dogs and reconciliation’ — “I think we’ve turned a corner here in Hartford”, suddenly gunfire erupts right behind the reporter, pop pop pop, just like that within camera view, panic, man down, bloody!, everybody hits the ground, cut to a commercial, then police tape, ambulances, sirens, cops in SF Swat uniforms, everybody scattering, event over and not mentioned again during the broadcast like it never even happened.

    What’s going on in the ‘Black Community’, it seems to have become unhinged, in Baltimore alone 170 murders so far and its only August? And not all shootings are fatal, just crippling! No amount of anti violence rallies is going to fix this. This place is giving every appearance of being on its last legs, the end of Western Civilization in NAmerica, the beginning of something else not yet named.

    brh

  120. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    “Is there a Primary?”

    “Hiroshima.”

    “What is the Aiming Point?”

    “The A.P. is the T-Shaped Bridge,”

    “That’s the best A.P. that I’ve had in this whole damn war.”

  121. Frankiti August 6, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    “Why has the foreign policy apparatus of the USA gone into the business of antagonizing Russia? How does it benefit the American people for its government to finance and direct a coup d’é·tat in Ukraine? Why did the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cease to function. Some of the GOP candidates for president are sitting senators. Why doesn’t press inquire of their failure? Why is there no public discussion of this very disturbing policy?”

    The “press”, better known as consumption programmers, are too busy both fellating John Stewart (for the better half of a month), a mediocre comedian who found a second life, as so many have, on cable TV being sarcastic, and wringing their hands over Donald Trump, the super-bug, the evolutionary retort after the decades of fumigation endured by conservative voters at the hands of the so called “press” or “media”. They created this monster and the Hildebeest, we reap the real ensuing comedy.

    • nsa August 6, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      Real name Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz….need to know any more?

      • Frankiti August 6, 2015 at 11:49 am #

        Skorzeny is that you?
        No we can’t dance together,
        No we can’t talk at all

        • elysianfield August 6, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

          “Skorzeny is that you?”

          Janos Skorenzy…Mid 30’s, Jesuit trained, Doctoral Candidate in Phylosophy (Yes?)

          Otto Skorzeny…famous WWII German Commando/Glider Pilot, rescued Mussolini.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

            Alas no. I was betrayed by the Church, denied my heritage. Instead of getting the Baltimore Catechism, our parish gave us the most banal, saccharine text books imaginable. So I naturally lost interest, concluding subconsciously that it was it much ado about nothing. So instead of going to a Catholic High School and become classically learned, I dithered in public high school, only later becoming interested in the Faith and teaching myself. It need not have been.

            But I became learned in other ways: psychedelics, Eastern Religion, and meditation. Is this better, worse, or just different than Latin and Aquinas? I would have been a different person entirely so it’s impossible to say. I might have become a moral prig, but one with money. Or worse, corrupted from within by an utterly corrupted institution. It may well have been for the best.

          • Frankiti August 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

            Or a vampire from a kitschy 70s TV series… how banal

        • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

          What’s your problem? That is his real name. You can easily check that. So the question becomes why does he hide it? Obviously he’s not afraid of discrimination since Jews own most of the entertainment industry. No it’s more subtle than that: he wants to be seen as a White American as he trashes White America.

          The real Left is far more critical than of the Jews than the so called Right. You are in the middle of nothing – a real Nowhere Man.

  122. nsa August 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Rumor has it that Bush, the puto who married the cleaning lady, will be wearing a sombrero at tonight’s debate…….

  123. fodase August 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Ah, Skorenzky, how rare to find one who delights in the Cantos!

    English as wuz

    Canto I
    BY EZRA POUND

    And then went down to the ship,
    Set keel to breakers, forth on the godly seas, and
    We set up mast and sail on that swart ship,
    Bore sheep aboard her, and our bodies also
    Heavy with weeping, and winds from sternward
    Bore us out onward with bellying canvas,
    Circe’s this craft, the trim-coifed goddess.
    Then sat we amidships, wind jamming the tiller,
    Thus with stretched sail, we went over sea till day’s end.
    Sun to his slumber, shadows o’er all the ocean,
    Came we then to the bounds of deepest water,
    To the Kimmerian lands, and peopled cities
    Covered with close-webbed mist, unpierced ever
    With glitter of sun-rays
    Nor with stars stretched, nor looking back from heaven
    Swartest night stretched over wretched men there.
    The ocean flowing backward, came we then to the place
    Aforesaid by Circe.
    Here did they rites, Perimedes and Eurylochus,
    And drawing sword from my hip
    I dug the ell-square pitkin;
    Poured we libations unto each the dead,
    First mead and then sweet wine, water mixed with white flour.
    Then prayed I many a prayer to the sickly death’s-heads;
    As set in Ithaca, sterile bulls of the best
    For sacrifice, heaping the pyre with goods,
    A sheep to Tiresias only, black and a bell-sheep.
    Dark blood flowed in the fosse,
    Souls out of Erebus, cadaverous dead, of brides
    Of youths and of the old who had borne much;
    Souls stained with recent tears, girls tender,
    Men many, mauled with bronze lance heads,
    Battle spoil, bearing yet dreory arms,
    These many crowded about me; with shouting,
    Pallor upon me, cried to my men for more beasts;
    Slaughtered the herds, sheep slain of bronze;
    Poured ointment, cried to the gods,
    To Pluto the strong, and praised Proserpine;
    Unsheathed the narrow sword,
    I sat to keep off the impetuous impotent dead,
    Till I should hear Tiresias.
    But first Elpenor came, our friend Elpenor,
    Unburied, cast on the wide earth,
    Limbs that we left in the house of Circe,
    Unwept, unwrapped in sepulchre, since toils urged other.
    Pitiful spirit. And I cried in hurried speech:
    “Elpenor, how art thou come to this dark coast?
    “Cam’st thou afoot, outstripping seamen?”
    And he in heavy speech:
    “Ill fate and abundant wine. I slept in Circe’s ingle.
    “Going down the long ladder unguarded,
    “I fell against the buttress,
    “Shattered the nape-nerve, the soul sought Avernus.
    “But thou, O King, I bid remember me, unwept, unburied,
    “Heap up mine arms, be tomb by sea-bord, and inscribed:
    “A man of no fortune, and with a name to come.
    “And set my oar up, that I swung mid fellows.”

    And Anticlea came, whom I beat off, and then Tiresias Theban,
    Holding his golden wand, knew me, and spoke first:
    “A second time? why? man of ill star,
    “Facing the sunless dead and this joyless region?
    “Stand from the fosse, leave me my bloody bever
    “For soothsay.”
    And I stepped back,
    And he strong with the blood, said then: “Odysseus
    “Shalt return through spiteful Neptune, over dark seas,
    “Lose all companions.” And then Anticlea came.
    Lie quiet Divus. I mean, that is Andreas Divus,
    In officina Wecheli, 1538, out of Homer.
    And he sailed, by Sirens and thence outward and away
    And unto Circe.
    Venerandam,
    In the Cretan’s phrase, with the golden crown, Aphrodite,
    Cypri munimenta sortita est, mirthful, orichalchi, with golden
    Girdles and breast bands, thou with dark eyelids
    Bearing the golden bough of Argicida. So that:

    May I suggest that you listen to Pound’s own recitation.

    Among other rarefied earthly delights:

    “The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it..”

    youtube.com/watch?v=7X9C55TkUP8

    It sickens the soul, the depths to which the vulgar culture
    has fallen.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Yeah and I’m a traditionalist for the most part – don’t like the moderns at all. But I make a few exceptions: Pound, T.S Elliot, E.E Cummins, Wallace Stevens, etc. In other words, the early guys. The guys who knew the Tradition and improvised. To improvise without having a standard is folly for the most part.

      Ever read his rendition of the Chinese Book of Songs? Lovely.

  124. wpa_ccc August 6, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Islam never condemned slavery but in fact practiced it from its inception. –janos

    Inception? What were Jews and Christians doing at their inception? Things have changed in the last thousand years. Why do you refuse to honor the One Billion Muslims TODAY who respect human dignity and practice peace? Stop being intellectually dishonest.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      Jews always practiced slavery and then became the slavers for other civilizations once they had lost their homeland.

      Christianity gradually gave it up. St Paul told slaves to accept their lot but serious students of the Gospel have told me that he obviously didn’t like it. The ethos of Christianity was against it and it came to an end. Tragically, we fell back into it.

  125. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Germany – United States. 1 : 0

    So, a couple of days ago, we witnessed the first sovereign default of the looming global crisis. Puerto Rico, essentially the 51st US state, defaulted on its obligations.

    Much more interesting is the fact that the default happened in the responsibility zone of the United States. In fact, the EU despite the best efforts of its American partner was able to slow down the onset of the inevitable Greek default and therefore not the European Union, but the United States happened to be a weaker link. And it’s a pretty big victory for Germany. The victory which is not economic or financial, but political.

  126. wpa_ccc August 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Christianity gradually gave it up. –janos

    —–

    Gradually? There were Christian slaveholders in the founding of the USA, 1,800 years after the inception of Christianity. If it was gradua, 1,800 years later slavery would have been gone, but Christians had no problem enslaving Blacks in the USA … In the CFN archives I see you have embraced slavery, Janos, in your disgusting comments attacking pacifists. You are not honest about your current pro-slavery position. You are hiding behind current Christian doctrine.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      As I said, we fell back into in regards to Blacks. Wrong and unfortunate for us – but probably the best thing ever for Blacks as a Race in the long term. Obviously individuals with brutal masters not so much. But by no means were all the slave owners like this – liberal stereotypes not withstanding.

      Look at South Africa. If servitude to Whites is so bad, why did Blacks from all over desperately attempt to gain entry? Between that and the medical care provided, the Black population quadrupled in a few generations – dooming the Whites who created the Nation. A lesson for all time. Never again.

      • malthuss August 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

        What is the name of the Asian researcher, in Chicago, who was studying IQ and race?

        He got in trouble a few years ago [no doubt due to his accuracy].

        • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

          Bruce Lahn.

          I saw Amy Aklon (Advice Goddess) quoted from the work of J Phillipe Rushton in her column so I sent her an abridged ebook version of his magnum opus on race. Professor Rushton was no hack but a well known and published psychologist before he ever entered the fray on Race. For publishing his findings, he was subject to harassment from University and Governement authorities and physical attack by Marxist street scum. He had a bodyguard for awhile in his classes. Yet he never backed down or recanted. A magnificent gentleman.

          Amy emailed me back her thanks. Hopefully she will read it and began to discourage people from getting involved with Blacks.

          euvolution.com/library/Race_Evolution_Behavior.pdf

          • malthuss August 7, 2015 at 12:31 am #

            What did Lahn do or say?

            and,

            Wikipedia offers us this list of Jewish feminists.

            Bella Abzug
            Kathy Acker
            Rachel Adler
            Larisa Alexandrovna
            Gloria Allred
            Shulamit Aloni
            Rebecca Alpert
            Pauline Bebe
            Mayim Bialik
            Malke Bina
            Hanne Blank
            Lisa Bloom
            Judy Blume
            Daniel Boyarin
            Susan Brownmiller
            Judith Butler
            Aviva Cantor
            Naomi Chazan
            Judy Chicago
            Ruth Dreifuss
            Hedwig Dohm
            Andrea Dworkin
            Eve Ensler
            Amy Eilberg
            Jane Evans
            Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
            Susan Estrich
            Susan Faludi
            Merle Feld
            Shulamith Firestone
            Betty Friedan
            Sarah Michelle Gellar
            Ruth Bader Ginsburg
            Ilana Gliechbloom
            Emma Goldman
            Elyse Goldstein
            Lynn Gottlieb
            Blu Greenberg
            Tina Grimberg
            Charlotte Haldane
            Nina Hartley
            Tova Hartman
            Judith Hauptman
            Dorothy Ray Healey
            Susannah Heschel
            Anat Hoffman
            Brenda Howard
            Sara Hurwitz
            Paula Hyman
            Elfriede Jelinek
            Erica Jong
            Elana Kagan
            Roberta Kalechofsky
            Michael Kimmel
            Lydia Rabinowitsch-Kempner
            Naomi Klein
            Gilah Kletenik
            Edith Konecky
            Barbara Kruger
            Anna Kuliscioff
            Michele Landsberg
            Paulina Lebl-Albala
            Lori Hope Lefkovitz
            Gerda Lerner
            Amy-Jill Levine
            Ariel Levy
            Fanny Lewald
            Rosa Luxemburg
            Frederica Sagor Maas
            Shelby McCabe
            Hana Meisel
            Annie Nathan Meyer
            Haviva Ner-David
            Martha Nussbaum
            Margit Oelsner-Baumatz
            Tillie Olsen
            Judith Plaskow
            Letty Cottin Pogrebin
            Rachel Pollack
            Katha Pollitt
            Virginia Postrel
            Sally Priesand
            Trude Weiss-Rosmarin
            Tamar Ross
            Muriel Rukeyser
            Danya Ruttenberg
            Sheryl Sandberg
            Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
            Rosika Schwimmer
            Drorah Setel
            Alice Shalvi
            Mendel Shapiro
            Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
            Susan Sontag
            Daniel Sperber
            Annie Sprinkle
            Gertrude Stein
            Gloria Steinem
            Sandra Steingraber
            Elana Maryles Sztokman
            Yona Wallach
            Wendy Wasserstein
            Trude Weiss-Rosmarin
            Naomi Weisstein
            Ruth Westheimer
            Naomi Wolf
            Elizabeth Wurtzel
            Diana Yoel
            Lauren Shay Kaufmann

          • Janos Skorenzy August 7, 2015 at 1:48 am #

            He started isolating the genetic combinations (alleles) that make for high intelligence. He simply noted that they were found more in some places rather than others – and not at all in places like Black Africa.

  127. Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    yahoo.com/makers/disney-artist-blown-away-by-c1227910636863542.html

    Aslan’s Son. Cecil/Danny 2016.

    Vice President would be better, Danny. A Jewish President would focus too much attention on Israel and the Jews. You thrive in the shadows not the day much less the glaring spotlight. After all, it’s easy and fun to be the critic and the back seat driver with zero liability and accountability.

    • pequiste August 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Sort of like W’s Veep Dick Cheney?

      “Own nothing but control everything.”

      Attributed to Nelson Rockefeller. Now that’s some sage advice.

  128. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    FBI investigation of Hillary’s emails is ‘criminal probe’

    The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured email account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.

    nypost.com/2015/08/05/fbi-investigation-of-hillarys-emails-is-criminal-probe/

    At last, the words “Hillary Clinton”, “FBI”, “criminal” in one sentence.
    Should we nominate Hillary’s Email Server for Nobel Peace Prize? Obama got his for not letting her win in 2008.

    Hope that American foreign policy from now on will loose some of its schizophrenic peculiarities and become a little more consistent.

    • sprawlcapital August 8, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Finca: Hope that American foreign policy from now on will loose [lose] some of its schizophrenic peculiarities and become a little more consistent.
      ===================
      You do amazing work considering English is your second (or third or fourth …) language. I wish I was even able to get by in Russian.

      • sprawlcapital August 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

        I wish I was [were?] even able to get by in Russian.

        I think “was” or “were” is a toss-up in this context. “Were” is maybe more elegant, and correct, but “was’ conveys the meaning clearly.

        It’s a beautiful August day, so who cares, right?

        It’s sad that much of the worst of 20th Century history happened in this pleasant time of early August–the first battles of the Great War, and the first atomic bombings.

  129. PeteAtomic August 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Well, the first part of the “clown train”, and I say train because a clown car couldn’t fit all the Repub. candidates for Prez this year, just started. I can’t help but realize how adolescent some of these people are, particularly after watching Rick Perry’s opening posturing about “standing up to Obama” about immigration. Or Lindsey Graham, for that matter. He speaks like a poor person who was trapped in his own locker by bullies throughout most of high school.

    It’s really sad that Hunter Thompson shot himself. He’d have a heyday today with these people.

    • Frankiti August 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Lindsey Graham is trapped in a closet, not a locker…

    • BackRowHeckler August 7, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Just read “The Rum Diaries”, for the hell of it.

      Little bit like The Sun Also rises, but with a lot more drinking.

      Hunter would be pushing 80 now if he didn’t do himself in; probably wouldn’t care a a whole lot at this point.

      brh

  130. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    Who among the current crop of Presidential candidates is likely to opt for transgender sex reassignment during the term of their presidency?

  131. dannyboy August 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Janos,

    You have demonstrated confusion between Ethnicity/ Religion, Gender and Personhood.

    Now you have managed to confuse the Candidates. This on a Post ENTITLED: “Where CANDIDATES Fear to Tread” by Kunstler.

    Get your shit together, man.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

      Why are you kvetching about now? I’ll vote for you as veep if you run with Cecil’s brother who is running in his stead. Barb will be the campaign manager, and also feed him and clean out the cage.

      • dannyboy August 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

        I don’t want your vote.

        I don’t want your advice.

        Your offers are empty.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

      I hope you’re not denying Cecil personhood. Barb wont like that. When it comes to women, never bad talk Judy Blume, Hillary Clinton, or Cats.

      • dannyboy August 7, 2015 at 11:07 am #

        Again:

        I don’t want your advice.

        Your offers are empty.

        again and again and…

  132. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    I feel sorry for Ben Carson. He’s that last sane man in a bin of loonies.

    Ben Carson’s responses are typically some variation of the following: “Well, we wouldn’t be in this situation if we weren’t so depraved and deranged and we respected other people.”

    The People then “Boo” Ben Carson for being a “Pussy”.

    Then Donald Trump stands up and remarks: “I’m gonna build a Wall and make Mexico pay for it!”

    Everyone cheers because Trump is not a “Pussy”.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

      How would that be a sane answer to the current immigration problem? We respect other peoples too much and ourselves not at all. That’s why the Chamber of Commerce and the Globalists can walk on us like this.

      • malthuss August 7, 2015 at 12:33 am #

        Did you see that a powerlifter – worlds strongest w 3 young sons is now tranny?

        BACK ROW HECKLER– WEB SEARCH, Janae Marie Croc.

        Kid u not.

        • BackRowHeckler August 7, 2015 at 10:20 am #

          Its in the air now, Malth.

          Hopefully a temporary situation.

          Hard to understand. Why do we need these dudes dressed up like women when there are so many of the real thing around, everywhere, lovelies where ever you look, legs up to here, those curved soft bodies, breasts that won’t quit, the voices like music, the walk that says look at me and brother indeed we look, the feminine eyes … on the other hand we have a dude like Jenner (and I’ve actually been in the same locker room as Jenner) old, sweaty, hairy, still has a schlong, 5 oclock shadow at 5 oclock, big feet, deep voice, a monster, really?

          What the hell is the attraction, unless its part of the American midway freak show, and you can’t help but look, to see what its all about.

          brh

          • Janos Skorenzy August 7, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

            The extremes provoke each other – like a pendulum. If a man goes to the extreme of masculinity, he may feel the need to go to the other extreme. Of course it’s grotesque, but so is devoting your life to having huge muscles. Another way it manifests: being attracted to boys instead of women. Some of these extreme machos lose sympathy or interest in women, assuming they ever had any to begin with. They want an earlier version of themselves perhaps – before it was twisted out of shape by the need to be or appear tough. Narcissism in other words.

        • sprawlcapital August 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

          Back when I was a teenager, a tranny was either an automatic or a stick shift. The latter required a clutch pedal. Some of us referred to the Chevrolet version of an automatic transmission, Powerglide, as “Powerslide”, because of its inefficiency at moving power from the engine to the rear wheels of the vehicle. I regret that times have changed.

          • elysianfield August 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

            Sprawl,
            Times have changed, and we feel loss, but not nearly has change provided the perspective as does our lost youth….

  133. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    The current US immigration problem is not a problem of respecting Central Americans too much, but rather a problem of corruption: Current law is not enforced. Matt Taibbi’s excellent book, “The Divide” describes how the system now feeds off of illegal immigration. For example, local police departments that levy huge fines against illegal immigrants; local governments that get lucrative federal government contracts to administer illegal immigrants; US companies dependent on illegal workers, etc. We need to adopt Putin’s solution of “A Dictatorship of the Law”. We can start by arresting Hillary.

  134. Pucker August 6, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Is Lindsey Graham a transgender?

  135. Pucker August 7, 2015 at 12:47 am #

    Ben Carson is a bit like the character “Buck” in the movie “Boogie Nights”.

    [Scene from the movie “Boogie Nights”]

    Buck’s Boss in the stereo store to Buck the stereo salesman:

    “Have I told ya?! Have I told ya?! No one’s gonna buy a stereo listen’n to that Country Western shit! What kind of a Brother are you anyway?”

    “Look Jerry…You don’t have to…”

    “Shut up. Now go into the back and help unload those new Four Eighty-Fours.”

  136. FincaInTheMountains August 7, 2015 at 3:15 am #

    Mil21.es(Spain): US and Russia are in secret military talks

    Senior Russian and US military officials are conducting secret negotiations to reduce tensions between NATO and Russia, MIL21.ES has learned from sources in European intelligence circles.

    The negotiations between the Kremlin and the White House are held in one of the capitals of Northern Europe. They involve high-ranking officers of the Pentagon and the Defense Ministry of Russia.

    According to sources, the impetus for the start of negotiations was the decision by entourage of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to change strategy in relation to Russia. The US side is ready to make concessions to Moscow in Ukraine in exchange for support of the new geopolitical configuration in the Middle East that the United States are promoting after the nuclear deal with Iran.

    The Pentagon wants to put an end to confrontation with Russia and get Putin’s support to stop the expansion of the Islamic State and in parallel to implement changes in the governments of some Sunni Gulf states, which, after the nuclear deal with Iran, distanced themselves from Washington.

    Washington is extremely concerned about the expansion of the Islamic State

    Sources in European intelligence circles told the publication that the United States initially supported the Islamic state, which receives substantial financial support from Qatar and Saudi Arabia; In addition the Turkish government provided logistical support to the rebels of the IS on the Syrian-Turkish border.

    All this was done for the sole purpose – by any means to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

    However, after the proclamation of “Caliphate” a year ago, Islamic state became an example for jihadists and draws on its side thousands of men from around the world.

    According to sources, the United States is very concerned about the intensification of the Islamic State, as well as the expansion of the sources of its financing.

    mil21.es/noticia/177/el-pentagono-y-rusia-negocian-en-secreto-reducir-la-tension-belica.html

  137. FincaInTheMountains August 7, 2015 at 4:13 am #

    GOP Presidential debates

    The only statements of candidates that could be considered meaningful, sounded only in conjunction with a reference to Hillary Clinton.

    The only one who did not say one word about her was Jeb Bush, and that he was not asked relevant questions, said that the organizers of the debate decided to play along with the Bushes without even hiding it.

  138. FincaInTheMountains August 7, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    “The Divide” describes how the system now feeds off of illegal immigration — Pucker

    You nailed it, Puck.

  139. BackRowHeckler August 7, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Farrakhan, speaking last weekend in a baptist church in SCarolina, calls for 10,000 ‘black soldiers’ to wage war on whites. Is anybody taking Farrakhan seriously at this point? I hope the hell not.

    The Republic is looking a little bit wobbly to me right about now, like that drunk I saw staggering out of that bar on Bank Street in New London last week in the middle of the day, ready to topple over. What’s holding this place up? And it has nothing to do with economics, politics or energy, For most of my life it seemed rock solid. like Mt Rushmore or Stone Mountain. Not anymore. Well, let it go down, f-ck it! There’ll be no more job to go to, ha! But I can still dig worms and go out trout fishing up near Ozone’s Spread, just like I did years ago. What’s going to stop me? Probably be better off in the end anyway.

    brh

    • PeteAtomic August 10, 2015 at 12:52 am #

      “What’s holding this place up?”

      The Security State as seen for example in Missouri after the shooting there. Armored personnel Carriers with .50 caliber machine guns & military police.

      I completely agree with your sentiment. We’ll always have ‘a job’. But it may be picking vegetables, milking cows and farming, and not sitting at a cubicle and staring at a screen for 50 hours a week. Or, maybe it means running your own small business, in a community which are rely completely on small businesses.

      How revolutionary! 🙂

  140. BackRowHeckler August 7, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    People gunned down last night in East Hartford and East Haven, both shot in the back, which is ominous because it means the bloodshed is spreading out from the core cities to the inner suburbs. Pretty soon it will be in the outer suburbs because that’s where its headed, where ultimately the easiest pickins are (golfers in green pants, diving Audis, my neighbors), which is when people out here will have to pull their heads out of their asses and wake the well up. I await developments.

    brh

  141. capt spaulding August 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    I just ran across this in some of my papers. It’s a little longer than I like to put up here, but here it is: If some idiot politician, some power player tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs. Only the little people suffer at the hands of justice; the creatures of power slide out from under with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way you stand a far better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous, marks the difference – the only difference in their eyes – between the players and the little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they crown your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult. That it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and it’s nothing personal. Well fuck them, make it personal. These are things you should have learned by now.

  142. wpa_ccc August 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. –captn

    ——–

    Yep. Right. That is why nations want nukes. As long as people believe that “might makes right,” we are all at risk.

  143. Q. Shtik August 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Megyn “lip-gloss” Kelly shooor is pretty isn’t she?

    I actually felt all the candidates did pretty well… as these types of events go. Contrary to my previous expressed prediction, I didn’t think anyone made an ass of himself.

    I was very pleased to hear Kasich pushing for a consumption based tax system and doing away with income based systems. Of course it’ll never happen since there are literally millions of accountants and others whose vocations are tied to “income” tax.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

      Yeah, right – consumption based tax system, most regressive of ’em all. Lower income paycheck-to-paycheck consume 100%, and upper 1-percenters consume less than 5-10%, “invest” the rest into derivatives speculation. Long live the parasites!

    • Janos Skorenzy August 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      That whore tried to crush Trump – but she got crushed instead. The Trump trains rolls on. So what if he insults evil women like O’Donnell? As if women don’t insult men all the time?

  144. Janos Skorenzy August 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    dailystormer.com/unarmed-white-teen-shot-dead-by-cops-but-no-one-cares/#disqus_thread

    We have no Leaders to lead us. The Whites in office don’t care about being White, and are indifferent to their heritage and people.

  145. Pucker August 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    I support Ben Carson for President.

    Ben Carson is a brain surgeon who inveighs against Political Correctness.

  146. Pucker August 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    Don’t you think that Trump’s Build-a-Wall imagery is rather weird and foreboding?

  147. Pucker August 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    …weird, foreboding, and cryptic?

  148. Pucker August 7, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    How ’bout a Wall and a Moat filled with crocodiles?

  149. Pucker August 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    As anyone who has experience traveling in Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory will tell you: Be very careful of the saltwater crocodile!

  150. Pucker August 7, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    Who accidentally dug up the zombies Chris Cristy, Ted Cruz, Walker, and Jeb? And no one’s gonna vote for an Anti-Castro Cuban named “Marco”.

    Jeb looks like he may have been a Test Tube Baby?

    • Q. Shtik August 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

      Jeb looks like he may have been a Test Tube Baby? – Puck

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

      I don’t know why but ^this^ really made me laugh.

  151. Pucker August 8, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    Chinese people will probably get all excited when they hear Donald Trump talk about building a big, huge Wall? There’s nothing that Chinese people love and find more comforting than a big, huge Wall.

  152. wpa_ccc August 8, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    “The Whites in office don’t care about being White, and are indifferent to their heritage and people.” –Janos

    Caring about being white means white privilege continues … by giving preference to whites for being white, instead of for being the best qualified. Once the playing field was leveled whites began to fail, unable to compete. White privilege is dead. It has been superceded by a color-blind meritocracy, which white supemacists have bitterly complained about, assuming the role of victims of “reverse racism.”

    There is no pride in the carnage of white heritage: genocide, slavery, “manifest destiny,” colonialism, imperialism, and militarism that has systematically murdered millions. You are right, Janos… Even white supremacists are indifferent to their heritage.

    White supremacists, like you, Janos, are increasingly ignorant, xenophobic, antisemitic, misogynist, homophobic, and armed. White supremacists are increasingly lazy, cynical, bitter, violent, irresponsible, hateful, fearful, and meth-addicted.

    All of which is a natural consequence of the evil acts white supremacists have inflicted on non-whites. As the good book says: Those who live by the sword, die by the sword… Whites are reaping what they have sown.

    • elysianfield August 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      Wpac,
      Do you consider yourself a racist?

      • Buck Stud August 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

        Elysianfield,

        In a previous internet life Wpac, formerly known as Asoka, did indeed describe himself as a “racist”. But really, based upon the above post, it’s pretty evident that Asoka/Wpac is indeed a racist–no need to ask.

        And haven’t you noticed the rather peculiar respect that Vlad Krantz and Akoka show each other? In fact, at one point in time Vlad/Janos was lamenting the absence of Asoka/Wpa and mulling the possibility of abstaining from CFN –as if Asoka was his purpose for being here.

        Of course, many have speculated they are one in the same: contrived characters gaining narrative traction from one another.

        And speaking of that what about Red State’s Eric Erickson banning “The Donald” from his Red State event?

        Janos of all people should relate to Erickson. After all, who does extrapolation better than Janos? Erickson filled in Trump’s meaning the same way Janos continually does here week after week on this site. He twists and molds the words of others into the wheelbarrows, cement mixers, hammers, screw guns, table saws, joiners, planers, shapers, hand planes, scrappers,etc,etc,etc that form the platform for him to launch his predetermined agenda. Janos , at the end of the day, is essentially engaging in a monologue and everyone else’s expressions are just so much ‘Janos Foil’.

        So I imagine than Janos will pipe down about Red State and Erckson.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

          It’s called thinking Buck. If it looks like a rat, smells like a rat, walks like a rat, eats like a rat, and generally acts like a rat – I call it a rat. It’s inductive logic – fallible I admit, like all science.

          Deduction is far more sure as long as your premises are axioms or at least very good. All people suck in one way or another. Blacks are people. Therefore Blacks suck. That’s called a syllogism. But one can get tricky:

          All Whites are Black
          All Blacks are White
          Therefore we’re all one.

          or

          All lies are true.
          I say Blacks are smart.
          So, therefore they are smart.

          These kinds of syllogism are the kind wpc uses. Bad or contradictory premises lead to bad conclusions. You’ve got the history wrong btw. Asoka was a work of art. I regretted that such a divine idiot didn’t actually exist. wpc is a hasty, drab knock off by comparison.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

          Hannity – whom I seldom listen to and whom I don’t like – had two Black ministers on, one a Black Nationalist and the other an integrationist. The Black Nationalist was hateful and said no to Hannity’s lame desire to come to his church. But he made some great points, saying to the mainstream Black – You’re the ones who invite Sharpton in. We have nothing to do with that lowlife.

          The extremes understand each other but disagree on values. Both the Communists and White Nationalist agree that America was founded on racism. They think it’s terrible and we think it’s natural and inevitable – so why focus on just us as if we’re the only ones to do it? This agreement on facts doesn’t make us the same, but the bitterest of enemies most of the time. People in the middle are milk toasty and confused for the most part. So compared to the muggles, we respect each other. That’s what you’re seeing perhaps.

          • elysianfield August 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

            ” Both the Communists and White Nationalist agree that America was founded on racism.”

            Racism, Jingoism…what nation wasn’t?

  153. FincaInTheMountains August 8, 2015 at 5:58 am #

    Very important news went almost unnoticed. The first container train arrived from China to the Netherlands. The route of the train passes through the territory of Russia and Belarus, then narrowed the train wheels and drove to Poland and then through Europe reached the borders of the land of tulips.

    The route will become regular and in August and September scheduled several more trips. Each train carries 80 containers, so in a year the train will carry as much cargo as a single trip of a medium-sized container ship.

    It would seem that it is very little … but only at first glance. Again, the importance of this news is difficult to overestimate.

    Big politics on our planet is tied to trade, and trade, in turn, is tied to the trade routes. China cannot do without Arab oil, and Europe, in turn, needs to get a variety of goods from China. Indeed, each region of the planet conducts a lively foreign trade, and most of the cargo is currently transported by sea. Huge tankers carry oil, and huge container ships carry goods in standard containers.

    World powers conditionally are divided into the sea power (Thalassocracy) and land power (Tellurocracy). Example of a typical Thalassocracy are the US and Britain. These two empires over the last few centuries controlled the seas and oceans of our planet – and, therefore, control the maritime trade, and with it the whole world.

    Examples of typical Tellurocracy are Russia, China and Germany. The geographical position makes those countries pay more attention to land communications, to develop vast continental space.

    Let us now look at the world map. What would happen if the three major Tellurocracies of the world – Russia, China and Germany – will unite into a single transport network?

    The answer is obvious – the influence of the United States will fall sharply, as the Americans have little power in the land, they have the ability to control only the oceans. Then, after Washington ceases to be “king of the hill” and lose its advantage, the political and economic weight will be redistributed more evenly.

    And here it’ll become clear that the center of the world is not in London or Washington. The most densely populated region is the area around India and China, the intersection of the most important land routes located on the territory of Russia. These points have potential of becoming the focus of the entire economic and political life of the planet. The United States with Great Britain will be on the periphery.

    Of course, the Anglo-Saxons are categorically not satisfied with such a prospect. So, for a long time, Americans and British applied serious efforts to prevent land powers to establish reliable railways between each other. Huge resources are directed to ensure breakup in relationships between Russia and Germany, Russia and China.

    By the way, one of the main tasks of the Ukrainian crisis was the creation of an insurmountable political wall between Russia and Europe. If Washington managed to embroil Russia with Europe, the implementation of the route Germany-Russia-China once again would be postponed indefinitely.

    fritzmorgen.livejournal.com/806051.html

    tass.ru/transport/2146930

  154. barbisbest August 8, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate begs the question, why are conservative men always so homely? Since this weeks post is about politics, just asking. Seriously, the one thing that made sense was Rand Paul’s comment to stop borrowing money from China to send to other countries! Good idea.

    Danny boy, have you read Peter Russell’s The Global Brain Awakens?
    On the read list. That and just got done reading Michael Byron’s- The Path through Infinity’s Rainbow: A Guide to Personal Survival and Spiritual Transformation in a World Gone Mad. Anything with rainbows warrants attention. Great book, and maybe the end of the Mayan calendar signified the end of one way of the world, and the beginning of another. Who knows.

    You are the best Danny. Be well.

    • dannyboy August 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

      bargisbest,

      I looked through my library quickly, but found only: From Science to God, The Upanishads and Waking Up in Time. I know I have read other Peter Russell books, but I’d need to look more carefully. He does maintain an informative website, if you care to take a look.

  155. sprawlcapital August 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    Janos,

    Thank you for posting the link to Cecil up in the clouds. It was very touching.

    Why don’t you leave the dark side of the Force, permanently?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Why is loving my race and culture dark or hateful? The creator instilled a love of ourselves and our own kind in our hearts. If you aren’t in touch with it, you are far from Him. Typically the Liberal loves his own person extravagantly and is willing to betray his own people. Narcissism in other words.

      Cecil loved himself and the other lions in his pride. He didn’t try to make babies with his enemy, the hyenas. And he would defend his mates and territory against other males and prides. If you love Cecil, learn from him how to become a natural man. Now obviously as humans we have higher duties. But the higher virtues must rest on the lower, and if the higher cancel out the lower than something has gone wrong for that individual or culture. We have gone very wrong indeed.

      From another angle, Whites are now an endangered species. Surely we have the same right to survive as lions or any other human race.

      From another angle, only Whites will save Nature. The other races don’t care. In that sense, we are the highest race. The love of animals is latent in the far East, but mostly at the higher levels of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures. It has never incarnated the way it has in the modern West. Indeed they are going backwards now as they secularize. There’s a “dinner theatre” in China where the patrons watch caged lions kill live game. The lions were never taught how to do it, so they don’t make a clean kill – just biting the goat, etc. Horrible. Cruelty towards the goat and degrading for both the people viewing and the lions.

  156. wpa_ccc August 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    “The creator instilled a love of ourselves and our own kind in our hearts.” –janos

    What is your evidence for a “creator”? Who created the creator?

    By “our own kind” you must mean incestual sexual relations with members of your own immediate nuclear biological family. Why would you exclude family members who are obviously “your own kind”?

    You are advocating incest, Janos… which leads to mental deficiencies… which can be resolved by a “final solution”… and you do defend Hitler and eugenics… so it all makes sense and is the logical consequence of your “loving your own kind.”

    By the way, what is “natural” is for adult homo sapiens (who are our own kind) to fall in love, as miscegenation throughout history has abundantly demonstrated. Race has nothing to do with it.

    And who created the creator?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 8, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      You are arguing from the creature to the creator. That’s how idolatry starts, the worship of natural things and creatures. No one created the creator obviously. It’s far better to argue from Him to creatures than the other way around. Some of his glory, intelligence, and immortality reside in us, but our limitations do not reside in Him.

      If you cross a horse and a donkey – which would seldom or never happen in the wild – you get a mule, which is sterile. Wolves and Dogs can mate, even though they are considered separate species. In the same way, Whites and Blacks are obviously separate species. Each should be preserved if you love diversity.

    • elysianfield August 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

      “Who created the creator?”

      Human vanity….

  157. BackRowHeckler August 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Jesus Christ, the election is 14 months away and I’m already sick of it.

    Looky here, at Hillary, the Donald, whoever, meanwhile the whole goddam place is in shambles and blood is flowing in he streets, seems like the damn thing is ready to go down.

    One big distraction, that’s all it is!

    Go Mets!

    Jim Webb for President!

    brh

  158. FincaInTheMountains August 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    From very unknown interview of George H. W. Bush in 1992

    – Mr. President, you think that the loss of Ukraine is a boon for Russia, but the former national security advisor…

    – You mean Brzezinski? Village idiot Jimmy in politics could not tell apple from cow dung, and therefore listened to fools and clowns. I voluntarily resigned as Director of the CIA, so my name had no relationship to this farce. Brzezinski wrote that without Ukraine, Russia will never become the Empire. And it was true in those days. But that was the rule of the 20th century, and we will live in the 21st.
    Do you know why Russians needed Ukraine? With population growth in Ukraine higher than in Russia itself, Russians needed Ukrainians to throw them with grenades at the German tanks. But as soon as they had nuclear weapons and missiles, meaning of feeding such a large number of hungry mouths became negative. For Russia it is easier to increase the standard of living of its Russian population, and have the Ukrainians work for them as Mexicans work for us. Fighting with rifles and grenades in modern warfare is not necessary. And so is the military oath of Ukrainians.

    – … It is the collapse of the Soviet Union that was my most important defeat. I’m afraid that this is a foreign policy disaster the size of which we have not yet understood.

    – Could you elaborate on that thought? After all, you yourself have made so much effort to defeat the Soviet Union?

    – Yeah, I did, but to win, and not to lose. The Soviet Union played a very important role for America. It did not have a military capacity to defeat our country, but could cause us unacceptable damage. We were afraid of it, as you would be afraid of the wild wolf or a bear. We trained ourselves to check the bars in our house; we kept ourselves in good shape. But … Now that the Union is gone, we – Americans – have forgotten about the dangers.

    Our people grew fat and lazy and this is the signs of our defeat. After the existence of the USSR was beneficial to us all, and the current situation multiplies the political uncertainties and risks in my opinion – a recipe for disaster. I mean, I’ve done everything so Soviet Union would remain big, hungry and weak. I fed it out of my hands. When our treasury had no money, I have provided humanitarian assistance to the USSR out of my personal funds.

    – I do not understand – why did you do it?

    – Because a friend in need is a friend indeed. You do not understand what happened. Russia is not defeated, on the contrary – it has gained significant strength and we need it to be our friend – that’s why I fed all those Russians. And those who beat me – only want to loot. Russians will not forget and someday we will get back the bill.

    – Russia and the USSR – are like Matryoshka dolls. They were nested in each other. In reality, we were competing with Russia, but it was in the form of the USSR, that is, her feet were cuffed. Now these cuffs are removed with the collapse of the USSR and Russia will overcome its current problems and will become much more powerful, and will remember all those who have wronged her. And I would rather be a friend with Russians, as I was the enemy to the Soviets.

    We need to bet on the best horse. Do you want to know what kind of shackles Russia used to have? In the Soviet Union there were two bottomless holes where all budget surpluses flowed – agriculture and social assistance to Union Republics. Once today’s Russia have previous income and not spend money on this unprofitable expenditure – in the coming years it will become stronger and more dangerous than the Soviet Union.

    Russia will have a budget surplus and its treasury will be bigger and more powerful than the Soviet. And then she will return in triumph and will recall us everything, but our economy is at a boundary condition of zero profit. My rival Clinton – promises to “stimulate the economy”, it means that we go deeper into debt, and our economy in a state where we can no longer afford to borrow. This means that the budget will turn negative and eventually we, as a country, become poor and Russia rich and powerful.

    And for the sake of friendship with strong and powerful – my free food at a moment when they had nothing to eat will bring huge dividends. But would bring even more if I could keep from plundering our ever-hungry pack of hyenas and jackals…

    But nothing can be done. All these jackals themselves have decided their fate – I know Russians, they do not forgive, do not forget….

  159. FincaInTheMountains August 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    Zeif-geist

    A passage from Dan Calabrese’s 2008 article presents one of Zeifman’s chief complaints about Hillary, that she supposedly “dishonestly” drafted a brief that argued President Nixon’s counsel should not be allowed to participate in the Judiciary Committee’s evidentiary hearings, even though a precedent from a few years earlier had seemingly established that a federal official facing impeachment should be allowed such representation:

    “[Hillary] was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

    The actions of Hillary and her cohorts went directly against the judgment of top Democrats, up to and including then-House Majority Leader Tip O’Neill, that Nixon clearly had the right to counsel. In order to pull this off, Zeifman says Hillary wrote a fraudulent legal brief, and confiscated public documents to hide her deception. The brief involved precedent for representation by counsel during an impeachment proceeding. When Hillary endeavored to write a legal brief arguing there is no right to representation by counsel during an impeachment proceeding, Zeifman says, he told Hillary about the case of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, who faced an impeachment attempt in 1970.

    “Hillary then removed all the Douglas files to the offices where she was located, which at that time was secured and inaccessible to the public,” Zeifman said. Hillary then proceeded to write a legal brief arguing there was no precedent for the right to representation by counsel during an impeachment proceeding — as if the Douglas case had never occurred.

    snopes.com/politics/clintons/zeifman.asp

  160. Pucker August 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    Happy Nagasaki Day!

    • malthuss August 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

      ?

      War is in mans DNA, I guess.
      What about all the wars going on now?

  161. Pucker August 8, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Part of Trump’s role is to create the Fake Official Story that the problem is Illegal Immigrants, and clever sneaky Chinese people, and the solution is to build a big wall. The Reality is that the System is a big Tape Worm for the middle class.

  162. Pucker August 8, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Three defense contractors control all of the data bases and IT systems of the entire US government. The government agencies aren’t in control.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 8, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      You seem to be getting confused from the books you are reading. Do you doubt that tens of millions of brown skinned criminals infest our Nation? That’s like doubting the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Or that a+b=b+a.

  163. nsa August 8, 2015 at 11:06 pm #

    Hey PuckFucker,
    What’s fake about the “hispanic” turd world invasion….if you lived here, you could witness it first hand. What’s fake about all that asian child labor clap (pronounced as in flied lice) junk putting legitimate domestic creators out of business? That Tlump is a fraud goes without saying…..only flauds are allowed into the pubric discourse……

  164. wpa_ccc August 9, 2015 at 12:13 am #

    Hey PuckFucker, What’s fake about the “hispanic” turd world invasion…. –nsa

    The land belongs to them so they are taking it back. Nothing fake about going back to your own land.

    That Tlump is a fraud goes without saying…. –nsa

    Still, it will be poetic justice when Trump is defeated by a woman! I can hear the loser Trump braying now: 47% voted for me! They love me! as the loser Trump heads for the dustbin of history.

  165. Primate_Supremo August 9, 2015 at 5:46 am #

    The Answers that Blow in the Wind . . .

    “A candidate with a decent respect for our heritage . . . “.

    Your heritage is a delusion.
    ______________

    “A president could lead the move to deconstruct it”.

    One president did. He was killed.
    ______________

    “The federal government gave a lot of this stuff to them. Guess what? It can take the stuff back.”

    No they can’t. And it wasn’t the Federal Government, strictly construed.
    It was the other chaps (who make up the real government – the one you don’t vote for).
    ______________

    “What are they trying to prove? That we are all at war all the time?”

    Yes.
    ______________

    “There is no excuse for failing to take a stand”.

    This assumes that the elected president serves the interests of the people.
    On the available evidence, present and past, the proposition is absurd.
    ______________

    “The superficially genial President Obama has done absolutely nothing to defend the public against gross financial misconduct and pervasive accounting fraud.”

    That this is proposed points to the disconnect between myth (the US is a democracy) and reality (it isn’t).
    ______________

    “The decision has been a disaster, . . . “.

    Disaster for the serfs; a success for the monied, power elites.
    ______________

    “Why has the foreign policy apparatus of the USA gone into the business of antagonizing Russia?”

    Because the USA / UK are in resource deficit with large, demanding populations and bankrupt economies.
    Russia is a resource basket with a small population.
    If you can get it, you take it.
    So far, the getting has not been so good.
    ______________

    “Why doesn’t press inquire of their failure?”

    The press is no longer a press, being in the hands of the corporates and government.
    _____________

    “Any president with a shred of common decency could put an end to this practice.”

    The Oprah approved Nobel peace laureate-in-chief has none.
    _____________

    ” … matters the country must attend to if it is going to survive.”

    It will survive. They are seeing to that.
    Whether you survive is another thing.

    Primate_Supremo . . .

    • ozone August 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      It’s *nice* to have answers.
      I feel better, don’t the rest of youse?

      • Janos Skorenzy August 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

        My expose was better. This guy still believes in Democracy – as if the “people” aren’t mostly selfish, stupid, or simply lame. There’s no hope in the proles – never was, never will be. The answer to a bad elite is a good one. That’s the biggest right the people have: to be ruled by men better than themselves.

      • ozone August 10, 2015 at 11:57 am #

        Well, I have my own opinion on vladdie’s ‘analyses’. Self-referential crap, squeezed through a narrow sphincter of an ‘ideology’ that desperately wishes for power (*some* power; *any* power; *all* the power), finally revealing nothing more than what’s commonly known as a gobshite.

  166. FincaInTheMountains August 9, 2015 at 6:33 am #

    Our century will be marked by a new Great Game

    Five years ago, as a result of a prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow to Russia has returned one of the members of the illegal intelligence network Andrey Bezrukov (according to legend, his name was Donald Heathfield, and he led a consulting company in the field of strategic planning), who worked in States for more than 20 years. Since then, he works as an adviser to the president of “Rosneft” and teaches at MGIMO (Moscow college of international relationships)

    In an interview with “Kommersant” Helen Chernenko he elaborated on many aspects of American-Russian relationships.

    Putting aside for a moment European and Ukrainian problems, I would like to draw attention to the Great Eurasia, which Zbigniew Brzezinski has called the most important continent. So, tomorrow’s conflicts over redivision of the world will unfold there.

    Do you remember the stories of such a thing – «The Great Game»: the struggle for control of Central Asia between the British and Russian empires, which lasted the whole XIX century. I think we are now starting a new Great Game – for the region from the Caspian Sea to the Chinese border. Of course, all countries in the region are trying to defend and expand its influence.

    But the real big game goes between Russia and China on the one hand, which for obvious economic reasons are trying to stabilize the region, and the United States who want to destabilize it in order to maintain its influence by playing on the contradictions, and not let the Eurasia become a global competitor. I think our age will be marked by the new Great Game. We would be very, very lucky, if it will occur relatively peacefully.

    The main conceptual document “American national interests”, which is a guide to action for the US foreign policy establishment, on the first page clearly written, and I quote: “the vital interest of the United States is to prevent the occurrence of major adversaries.”

    Potentially, such a competitor now is China, Russia and Germany standing alone – with a big stretch. But the block between Russia and Germany would cause the alarm overseas. It is not surprising that the whole XX century the US has played against the strengthening of Germany, against the strengthening of Russia. That is exactly they continue to do today, driving a wedge between Germany and Russia not only with policies in Ukraine, but also creating an anti-Russian buffer from Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. It is US long-term state policy.

    But I believe that the current situation – is an aberration, and then begin the opposite trend. I say this not because I am an optimist, but because everything is cyclical. Perhaps the current crisis in relations with the West will be long, but eventually it will end. And it will not mean that we turn away from the East. We need both East and West. After all, we have the emblem of an eagle two heads – and they look in different directions.

    kommersant.ru/doc/2781713

    For those of you, who expect immediate (next 5 – 10 years) collapse, relax. Life will go on. The Great Game will continue. It will do a world of good for American society to compete with worthy adversaries to get back in good shape.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Astoundingly, you leave out Islam – which is the culture of much of that region. Muslims aren’t going to allow themselves to simply pawn this time as they were last. Thus Russia is ahead in the game because they have a powerful Muslim ally in Iran. Oceania’s attempt to allie with the Sunni Fundamentalists is perilous by comparison.

  167. FincaInTheMountains August 9, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    Banksters rule us all! Really?

    A new independent center of power has formed in the United States, the American bureaucracy of Financial Control as a class, and the way how it easily and quietly dealt with the former head of the IMF, Strauss Kahn and built super-giant project of total global surveillance indicates that the US bureaucracy, takes power over money and bankers by control of all information in the world, where money is, in principle, just the most protected form of information.

    Long live Obama!

  168. FincaInTheMountains August 9, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    Against the background of forced convergence of US with Iran, very different countries, such as France, Saudi Arabia and Israel, suddenly formed a very close-knit anti-Iranian axis. The United States today is not able to act on two large theaters of military and political operations, and therefore choose the most important Chinese theater.

    No provocation could no longer embroil the United States in a war with Iran, Syria and the recent episode showed that with crystal clarity.

    US throw under the bus the French neo-colonialists, Saudi Wahhabis and Israeli Zionists. Perhaps today there are things more important than the small Jewish happiness of individual Arab sheik in Paris. It is very likely that none of the six Gulf monarchies will survive the Arab Spring.

    Alarming is new radical, uncompromising US policy to defeat China, it is very possible that will be accomplished through a new Korean War, in spite of Iranian nuclear bomb, hysterical squeals of Israel and possible loss of oil interests in the Middle East due to its reorganization according to the Libyan scenario.

    US may start buying the “Chinese” oil from Iran, arrange provocations to block the Suez Canal to Europe, Panama and the Malacca to China, and the entire Middle East could go up in blue (Gazprom) flames from Morocco to Sinkiang.

    Long live the United States of America!

  169. FincaInTheMountains August 9, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    Russian president to Turkish ambassador: “tell your dictator President he can go to hell along with his ISIS terrorists, I will make Syria a ‘Big Stalingrad’ for him!”

    awdnews.com/top-news/russian-president-to-turkish-ambassador-tell-your-dictator-president-he-can-go-…

    Not confirmed by independent sources, might be informational provo.

  170. PeteAtomic August 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    One of the more interesting phenomenon is watching the GOP establishment doing everything and whatever they can to get Trump out of the race. The insiders herald Rubio as the first debate winner, even though every poll taken after the debate, Rubio is lucky to have 10% support for that opinion. So, the insiders of the GOP are attempting to steer towards some of the slicker salesmen in their party.
    This whole flap with the muppets (albeit very cute muppets) in the form of Megyn Kelly is also humorous.
    However, it’s a part of the war that Trump is having with the GOP establishment and the Koch brothers. To is credit, Trump repeatedly makes the point that Bush, Clinton, and Walker, are all controlled by their wealthy donors.

    • ZrCrypDiK August 10, 2015 at 3:33 am #

      T-minus 6 hours!!! Bread and circuses! (*INDEED*)

  171. wpa_ccc August 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    “One of the more interesting phenomenon is watching the GOP establishment doing everything and whatever they can to get Trump out of the race” –pete

    Getting him out just means Trump runs as an independent…which would help Democrats. Trump wants to talk substance on jobs, China, immigration, etc. but the GOP distracts from issues and wants to talk party loyalty and menstruation and political correctness.

    FOX/GOP disrespecting Trump is handing victory to Democrats because Trump has the money and intention to subvert establisment Republicans and run as an independent…they better be nice to him and let Trump play in their reindeer games.

  172. Q. Shtik August 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    I just noticed something, the commenter (or a sock puppet) whose handle begins with the lower case letters “wpa” has made a slight modification to his handle.

    It used to be wpa ccc separated by 2 dashes: wpa–ccc

    Now it is wpa ccc separated by an underscore: wpa_ccc

    Go back to last week’s thread and you will find the last time wpa–ccc was used was on August 1 at 12:10 pm.

    The first time wpa_ccc was used was on August 2 at 5:03 pm.

    Anybody with a theory why??

    • Q. Shtik August 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

      Note: Regarding above:

      When I typed 2 dashes between wpa and ccc it came out looking like one long single dash but it is, in fact, two dashes.

      • malthuss August 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

        Get a Life.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 9, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

        Fascinating! Tell us more….

        You should drive down to the beach a few time a week to meditate on the ocean and tidal pools. As the Donovan lyric states, “Old men in tweed find study there.” If you don’t have any tweeds, just wear a suit and penny loafers like Nixon did.

        Your tide will be going out soon enough. Taking the Westbound as the hobos put it. The saddest part of a sailor’s day is to watch the sun as it dies away. But this time you’ll be following it into its own realm. All that is combustible in you will burn. How could it not? Your carbon will be taxed. If you identify with it, you will suffer. If you can identify with the flames, you wont.

        • ZrCrypDiK August 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

          We’re so sorry, Uncle Janos – but we haven’t done a bloody thing all day…

          We’re so sorry…

          Uncle Janos.

          But the kettle’s on the boil, and we’re so easily called away (YEAH YEAH …)

  173. FincaInTheMountains August 9, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    In Britain they’re still trying to figure out, how could the Indian pilots on the Russian SU-30 beat British on their Typhoons with a score of 12:0

    The situation is particularly piquant given the fact that the SU-30 is almost three times cheaper than a British Typhoon.

    rusnext.ru/sites/default/files/su_30_0.jpg

  174. ZrCrypDiK August 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Live-streaming Bernie from PDX, OR Moda Center (17k+++, KGW #8) – too pissed to go downtown now! Wut did I miss?!? Moar clearcutting and extinction? Or moar pollution via carcinogenic organic waste/heavy metal/nuclear isotope?!?

    Yeah, musta-been-a-h00t…

  175. BackRowHeckler August 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    Summer moving on and still no major disruptions in American cities (as predicted by many) Just elevated street violence and bloodshed loosed upon the land … mostly internicine warfare fought with small arms and dirks at close range on street corners, sidewalks and “in de club”, low level tribal conflicts if you will, bloody enough in its own right, but not so bad it will bring down the Republic. There’s plenty of summer to go, and many outrages (undoubtedly) await, but I think we may have dodged a bullet, for this season at least.

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy August 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      It seems as if somehow Dylan Roof’s atrocity released a lot of tension. He may have saved the Nation. It doesn’t make sense in terms of content and ideology – only in terms of “physics” for want of a better term.

    • ZrCrypDiK August 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

      Ayup, we clearcut pretty much every last remaining *stance*. And where there’s clearcut, there’s total species *EXTINCTION*.

      Any of you *awake* yet?!?

  176. wpa_ccc August 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    “still no major disruptions” –brh

    Bernie was majorly disrupted by Black activists in Seattle. But unless there are shootings and deaths it probably does not qualify as major for those who lust for gore, brutality and wanton violence against unarmed Blacks.

    Black Lives Matter

    wpa__ccc
    wpa — ccc

    • nsa August 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Jews and afros are traditional enemies as revealed by the two schwarz cunts shoving Comrade Bernie off the podium. This animosity is based purely on intelligence….on average jews are about 10 IQ points above the intelligence of the american anglo saxon white trash….while the afros are about 20 IQ points below (and that is being charitable).

    • Janos Skorenzy August 10, 2015 at 12:37 am #

      In other words, Black thugery is fine. So much for your loyalty to your fellow Socialists.

      • ZrCrypDiK August 10, 2015 at 1:33 am #

        She keeps a Moet&Shandon, in a pretty cabinet… Just like Marie Antoinette?!?

        “Jaws was never my scene, and I don’t like Star Wars!”

  177. wpa_ccc August 10, 2015 at 1:00 am #

    nsa, Jews and Blacks are long time allies, going back to joining together in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Bernie Sanders has drawn larger crowds than any other candidate.

    WASHINGTON — A day after being interrupted by Black Lives Matters protesters at a campaign event in Seattle, Washington, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a detailed platform on combating racial inequality.

    Sanders’ campaign posted the platform on his website on Sunday, and he addressed the issue of racial justice that evening in front of more than 20,000 supporters in Portland, drawing his largest crowd yet along the campaign trail. Nearly 12,000 people attended Saturday’s event in Seattle.

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