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It was refreshing to read the response of Federal Judge T. S. Ellis III to a squad of prosecutors from Robert Mueller’s office who came into his Alexandria, Virginia, court to open the case against Paul Manafort, erstwhile Trump campaign manager, for money-laundering shenanigans dating as far back as 2005. Said response by the judge being: “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud. You really care about getting information that Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment or whatever.”

Judge Ellis’s concise summation was like a spring zephyr clearing out a long winter’s fog of unreality in our national politics — the idea that Mueller’s mission has been anything but the Deep State’s ongoing crusade to nullify the 2016 election. In the meantime of the past year, Mueller has been additionally burdened by obvious misconduct in the FBI and its parent agency, the Department of Justice, which makes Mueller himself look like the instrument of a cover-up, or at least a massive organized distraction from the misdeeds of the Deep State itself.

I was never a Trump supporter or voter, but it seems to me he deserves to succeed or fail as President on his own merits (or lack of). It’s much more disturbing to me to see the runaway train that federal prosecution has turned into, along with orchestrated intrigues of FBI and DOJ officials at the highest level. These are of a piece with the creeping surveillance of all Americans, and the collusion of multiple intelligence agencies with social media companies and what used to be the respectable organs of the news, especially The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN — all of which are behaving like Grand Inquisitors in a medieval religious hysteria.

Judge Ellis’s remarks also speak to a growing consensus that the Russia “collusion” or “meddling” story is a phantom, if not a fabrication of the FBI itself, and that Robert Mueller’s appointment to investigate it was illegitimate from the start. In any case, it seems, for now, to be going nowhere, except maybe ricocheting back at itself — because more and more it looks like Mueller is there only to defend the reputation of the agency. Also, for now, the FBI and DOJ are engaged in a war of wills with both houses of congress. Senator Charles Grassley, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and members of the House Intelligence Committee are battling Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for official documents that he refuses to produce. It only makes the FBI and DOJ look like rogue agencies.

Now Judge Ellis is asking to see unredacted memoranda spelling out Mueller’s exact commission as Special Counsel, to determine just where his authority begins and ends. Ellis is apparently familiar with the stratagems casually employed by overzealous federal prosecutors that can look like dirty pool — for instance, turning witnesses with janky charges, setting perjury traps, or, in the separate case of General Flynn, threatening to bankrupt a person for lawyers’ fees to defend himself against Mickey Mouse charges.

The Deep State — and when I use that term, I mean the swollen, entrenched, permanent federal bureaucracy and their water-carrier corps of lobbyists, policy wonks, contractors, and media mouthpieces — may not get away with this inquisition. It’s possible that Judge Ellis may, at least, send the Manafort case to a different jurisdiction, the US Attorney for the Eastern District Court of Virginia, if he doesn’t throw the case out altogether on the grounds of prosecutorial overreach. The latter would be a blow against Special Counsel Mueller. It ought to be grounds for his dismissal. And what’s left of the Russia case after that? General Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to FBI agents about whether he had a conversation with the Russian ambassador?

Behind the disintegrating RussiaGate campaign is a much deeper, darker swamp of official misconduct at the FBI and DOJ, for which there is already a ton of evidence that has been made public and which seems worthy of prosecution.


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  1. rhys12 May 7, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    The Democrats will desperately try to keep it going until mid-November, but he Mass Media has already mostly forsaken the “Russia Collusion” hysteria in favor of the “Stormy Daniels” saga. The circus continues.

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 10:28 am #

      Any port in a storm!

      • aibohphobia May 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

        Whoa there!
        Ya can’t just talk about Stormy’s ‘ports’ like that!

        She has become the unassailable Madonna of Victim Virtue–
        And possibly also spokeswoman for ‘equal pay for equal work.’

    • outsider May 7, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      And, just like they came out of the closet to charge 80 year-old icon Bill Cosby, there will be other ones after Stormy the Slut, especially now that she’s a new SNL star (see opening skit). There are far too many harpies in this country that want their 15 minutes of fame too.

      • hmuller May 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

        He may be an 80 year old icon, but I don’t see Bill Cosby as the victim here. But he apparently left children alone so that puts him one grade above most of the DC swamp.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

        Yes, she’s an extortionist and needs to be brought down. Ditto Horse Face. Not hobbled – but sent to the metaphorical knackers. Make an example of them. Or as the Hindus say, a Monkey on a stick to frighten the other monkeys.

        • SpeedyBB May 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

          I never heard that one, Janos, but a more ominous expression common here is ‘Kill the chicken to frighten the monkeys’.

      • Elrond Hubbard May 7, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

        outsider, Bill Cosby was convicted of rape last month. That means prosecutors presented a case compelling enough to convince a jury of twelve people beyond a reasonable doubt. Are you saying the verdict is wrong? On what basis? Do you have evidence? Are you planning to submit a brief adding to what was already presented at trial? Personally, I think it’s a good thing when serial rapists get convicted for their crimes, icon or no, and if you think you know better than the jury, you can show us how.

        What’s more, why would approximately 50 women come out and accuse Bill Cosby for no reason? If the answer is 15 minutes of fame, then I challenge you to name even one of these women. Just one. Don’t use Google, just tell us off the top of your head. I’m confident you can’t, and that includes the name of the woman whose rape Cosby was actually just convicted for. ’15 minutes of fame’ indeed.

        • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

          Have you ever been in an American courtroom my friend? Have you ever seen the people that are picked to make up juries? Lawyers on both side get to pick the lame, infirmed, mentally challenged who shall sit on each case based on how able they are to manipulate them. I would be surprised if Mr. Cosby’s jury was not comprised of members of the Klan.

          • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

            Oh, and why would so many people jump on the Kill Bill Bandwagon? Let’s see, how about for cash?

          • hmuller May 7, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

            OH Walter, usually you’re so well grounded.

            Let me point out the woman who took her charges through a complete criminal trial could not be bought off for cash. Other women settled for cash, which doesn’t mean their claims were without merit. (Cosby probably paid them for some reason other than their delusional ravings).

            You say lawyers on both sides pick stupid people so they can manipulate them. I’m sure you realize that both sides can’t win. So that process is a wash, even if it were sometimes true.

            A couple years ago I sat on a jury involving a medical malpractice case. I guess that would make me one of those lame, infirm,mentally challenged, closet KKK rascals?! With a couple exceptions, my jury included some very bright, articulate people. It was 9-3 female/male, but they elected me foreman anyway.

          • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

            Well hmuller first of all I am flabbergasted by your compliment of me usually being so well grounded, wow, thank you. Disagreement however is a human right and I respect your ability to do so. Perhaps being in New Jersey, the home of legal degradation, has influenced my opinion. Perhaps I am still reeling from the “If the glove don’t fit you got to acquit” success. Or maybe the millions and millions of dollars I have signed over to lawyers for what, I am not exactly sure has dimmed my view of the entire charade. In any case, I respect your opinion and will not degrade it in any way. I am sure Bill Cosby is no alter boy, but I for one would never head up to his apartment when the bars closed for drinks and whatever if you know what I mean. Additionally, I am still waiting for Harvey Weinstein to hit the end of the rope that was around his neck. Perhaps it broke under the load.

          • jloughrey May 8, 2018 at 3:43 am #

            You mean like the jury that acquitted OJ Simpson of two capital murders even though he clearly did it? I rest my case.

          • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 11:44 am #

            Walter,
            Voir Dire is the dirty little secret of the litigators. If you appear easily manipulated, emotional and/or intellectually challenged, you are a prime candidate for the defense, if he/she knows his/her “client” to be guilty…and they usually are.

            They play the class and race card shamelessly. Twelve members of your peers? Nothing but Kabuki Theater.

        • outsider May 7, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

          Elrond,
          OJ was acquitted of a double murder. I suppose, per your logic, the jury got that one right too? And, remember that Cosby’s first trial ended in a hung jury. I’ve been on juries several times. Most jurors are assholes.

          • outsider May 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

            Walter B,
            Ditto on Weinstein.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 7, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

            outsider: FWIW, I’m reasonably persuaded that OJ Simpson got away with a double murder. In a society of laws, we live with the outcome of the legal process whatever that may be.

            If your point is that OJ got off despite the merits of the case against him, I can see why you think that, but I don’t see how that helps you if you think Bill Cosby should have gotten off as well. If you want the merits to carry the day in one case, then you should want that in the other case too. Unless you’re just griping about not getting your way. And when you’re throwing around epithets like “Stormy the Slut”, it sure sounds like you are.

          • Martymcfly May 7, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

            I’m quite confidant Cosby is guilty, and he deserves any punishment he gets. But I kind of wish the first me-too perp sent away for life wasn’t a black guy, convicted purely on the testimony of a white woman.

          • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 11:51 am #

            McFly

            ” But I kind of wish the first me-too perp sent away for life wasn’t a black guy, convicted purely on the testimony of a white woman.”

            Yeah, me too. I wish he was Chinese…at least then we would be getting some payback for Pearl Harbor….

          • Calico May 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

            EF. And don’t forget the railroads… Wouldn’t have to tear them up if it were for the Japanese.

          • Martymcfly May 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

            Chinese? Payback for Pearl Harbor??

          • SpeedyBB May 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

            ‘It’s a joke, son. A JOKE. Boy’s about as sharp as a bowling ball’ – Foghorn Leghorn

      • Sean Coleman May 9, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

        Here is an excellent independent documentary about the Cosby accusers:

        archive.org/details/BillCosbyAVoiceOfReason

  2. Sticks-of-TNT May 7, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    But the mainstream media and the political establishment doesn’t have any interest in the “much deeper, darker swamp of official misconduct at the FBI and DOJ, for which there is already a ton of evidence that has been made public and which seems worthy of prosecution.”

    But main street does. Drain The Swamp!

    -Sticks

    • PeteAtomic May 7, 2018 at 10:02 am #

      “But main street does. Drain The Swamp!”

      Fuck yeah

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 7, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      I had my wife watch this over the weekend. With her Pollyanna worldview, she can’t believe such evil, that reaches into the White House, really occurs in America.

      She was dumbfounded. The story is very compelling:

      YOUTUBE TITLE: Bill Clinton Murders
      URL: m.youtube.com/watch?v=ed1H-j4Wv0g

      It’s about much more than Vince Foster. Why no special prosecutors for this? The rabbit hole goes much deeper than the Clinton Foundation.

      Instead, crickets. I don’t believe for a minute anything is EVER going to happen to Bill OR Hillary. Or Barry Obama. Or George H.W. Bush & George W. Bush (Read Family of Secrets!) Al Gore or Dick Cheney. Rumsfeld, Comey, Podesta…

      This stuff makes Watergate look like a parking violation.

      Instead, we get Kanye, Stormy and golden showers, 24/7.

      Tomorrow’s Election Day. Why bother? We don’t live in a democracy or a republic. We live in a feudal system.

      SHUT UP SLAVES!!

      -Sticks

      • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 10:41 am #

        I have already seen that video Sticks and you are right, it is hard to believe that such evil is accepted much less that it exists. When America became addicted to “happy” all was lost. So many people I speak with tell me that “I don’t want to hear any of that, I would rather concentrate on happy things”, Bingo, zoom, lost. The criminals at the top of our government know this and they despise the fools for the fools they are. Even at the small, local level, once the public leaves the room and the doors are closed for “executive sessions” the disgust comes out and the politicians openly speak their true feelings for the general public, that they are “supposed to” serve. The decay is rampant and it will only get worse. Prepare yourselves for total anarchy. .

        • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

          This was inevitable once the Lie of equality was foisted on the upper class. They performed a Judo Throw. No classes? Everybody equal? OK! Therefore no noblesse oblige. None. Zilch. The People cannot flourish without the love of their superiors. Instead we have the War of All Against All (Michael Harrington, Socialist)

          Andrew Jackson’s desperate attempt to keep the Capitalist Elite in line by opening up the franchise was doomed to backfire since the Mob can be played like a violin. He wasn’t wrong since these Elite have to be checked. The Aristocratic Elite must rule, not these. And I know, it’s all mixed up in America and has been since its inception. That doesn’t change the Truth however, just the difficulty of the needed change. Impossible? I’m afraid so, certainly at this point.

          • Tate May 7, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

            You hit some key points. Well done.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

        What’s a good one to read or watch about the Kennedy assassination?

        • aibohphobia May 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

          If you REALLY want to go down the rabbithole on the Kennedy Assassination, read “Dr. Mary’s Monkey.” available on Amazon;

          amazon.ca/Dr-Marys-Monkey-Cancer-Causing-Assassination/dp/1937584593/ref=sr_1_1/139-3615814-2964012?…

          The title gives you an indication. It has pretty good documentation;

          Dr. Mary’s Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics

          • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

            Six bucks on eBay, got one coming, thank you.

        • draupnir May 8, 2018 at 1:52 am #

          I saw a movie based on the book “Mortal Error: the Shot that Killed JFK”. It postulated that the fatal bullet came from Secret Service agent George Hickey’s Colt AR-15 high velocity rifle, which accidentally discharged as he stood in the second car to return fire. The case is quite compelling and just feels right. There were people on the ground who smelled gunpowder, and it couldn’t have been from the Book Depository. It explains the peculiar behavior of the Secret Service immediately following the assassination. Read the book or watch the film and come to your own conclusion.

          • Tate May 9, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

            It convinced me. I saw the doc and then read the book. What are the odds? Combine that with Oswald almost certainly being in his sniper’s roost in the Book Depository taking his shots and that there may have been others as well and what are the odds? Those who say there are no coincidences have no idea. If this world isn’t a Cosmic game of craps, I don’t know what is.

        • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 4:38 am #

          I just wrote a long review of “LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination” by Phillip F. Nelson

          I consider it best of the best. You can pick up a new paperback on Amazon for $7.57

          Posted down at the bottom, May 8th at 4:33am

          •Sticks-of-TNT

          • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

            Thanks Sticks, and everyone else. I will read your review below.

          • draupnir May 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            Janos, all of the evidence of the assassination disappeared long ago, Kennedy’s brain was claimed by the family, but any samples, x-rays from the autopsy, etc are no where to be found. The secret service threatened to draw their guns on the poor Houston pathologist, who according to state law was required to perform the autopsy. The pathologist at Walter Reed stated that the Secret Service stuffed so many agents into the room to observe that he could hardly move and they took possession of everything when he’d done. The whole thing stinks of a cover up.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

            Well that’s pretty damning I’d say.

      • City_of_76 May 9, 2018 at 8:55 am #

        People who cite YouTube videos as evidence of evil being committed really are operating at the dumbest level of humanity.

        You’re not just playing YouTube videos, you’re being played.

  3. patrickd May 7, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    The federal government is a criminal enterprise which has as its sole purpose the murder of foreign nationals, the destruction of their countries, and the plundering of their gold and other wealth. The US will spare the infrastructure if the foreign governments will let their country be robbed, otherwise, they will blow up buildings and citizens until they are able to steal what they had in mind. Of course the FBI and DOJ are criminal in nature. They are parts of the evil beast. I pray to God every day that US murder and theft be stopped.

    • DrTomSchmidt May 7, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      Well, that’s depressing. I’ve come around to the view somewhat. Hard to believe the Left was correct about imperialism bitd. If only the left now believed those guys.

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      Hell, even God is on the edge of his seat waiting to see what happens next. Said he never would have believed things could get so far out of control or he never would have even started this little humanity project in the first place. I paused and then replied, “Hate to say old man, but I told you so!”

      • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 10:51 am #

        So does God have infinite patience, or will even He say at some point, “Enough is enough” since we cannot?

        • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 11:15 am #

          Well, God is infinite, so it seems rather likely.

        • HowardBeale May 7, 2018 at 11:58 am #

          God’s interventions seem to be predominantly directed at the “meek”; thus it seems we can assume–according to Lloyd Blankfein’s suggestion (“We’re doing God’s work”) that God is somewhere in a backroom of Goldman Sachs handing out plans for the perpetuation of tradition…

          Imagine the revolution when that becomes common knowledge in churches–in 2nd amendment worshiping states…

          • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

            God is somewhere in a backroom of Goldman Sachs handing out plans for the perpetuation of tradition…

            LOL – is that> where the old curmudgeon’s been hanging out these days? No wonder no one’s been able to reach him!

          • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

            Goldman Sachs may rule here in Satan’s realm (and with his aid no doubt) but the day will come when the Lord God the Creator has had His fill and Judgment will be upon this place. I for one look forward to the event, though it will happen in His good time, not mine.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

            Meek to most simply means Meek Mill. Another Black Idol in their Temple of Doom.

        • bibliomaniac May 7, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

          God is coming, Walter, and she is pissed.

          • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

            You and I both understand that the Spirits are evolved far above the need for dangly bits or otherwise and that they possess both of what we humans refer to as male or female traits. Personally, I cannot wait to leave mine behind, they are so limiting don’t you think?

          • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

            That’s the spirit, Walt. Milarepa, a famous Tibetan Yogi, was so disgusted with his erection that he hit it with a brick.

          • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 5:25 am #

            Ouch! That takes balls.

    • 100th Avatar May 7, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      It is merely a “legitimated” criminal organization. The most powerful one. Most people don’t question the feudal system they are born unto. It is just that way. Accepted. They make the rules, laws, and they set the objectives: Debt. Mortgage, car loan, college loan, sprawl, repeat, next generation, ad infinitum.
      They tell you when and who you can “elect” and tell you where and who you are going to be sent to kill.
      To keep it all going.
      The order.
      It is rarely questioned. People rarely step back from it.
      Radical freedom is not only for the cross-eyed.

  4. PeteAtomic May 7, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    The problem for Trump’s opposition is crying wolf. Trump may very well use all this to help get re-elected in 2020, by continuing his anti-establishment theme. The economy appears to be ‘good’ by conventional measure, and he is going to repeat that OCD fashion bigly. Whether the economy really is in ‘good’ shape is another matter however.

    I think the Establishment & MSM continue to underestimate Trump’s ability counter attack effectively & manipulate the base voters.

    Somehow, Swamp Dwellers like McCabe and bobble heads like Don Lemon feel that if they can appeal to enough “colladge edicated” voters, that people will shake off Trump’s Svengali and kick start themselves out of their cheeto lined coffins long enough to vote for another “safe” presidential candidate in 2020.

  5. FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Putin’s Inauguration, Apocalypse and the Influence of Pornography on Geopolitics

    Continuation of the post kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-horsefly-cometh/#comment-351359

    You will be laughing your ass off, but three quarters of Sunday political programs in the US were devoted to the book of porn actress Stormy Daniels “How I fucked (had sex) with the US president”. All four programs not only confirmed my theory of the influence of pornography on geopolitics, which I developed in previous posts, but also finally confirmed the apocalyptic nature of this influence and its connection with the inauguration of the Russian president.

    I will expound this story in brief.

    Indeed, a really very beautiful and cheerful porn actress Stormy Daniels allegedly had a “romance” with Donald Trump in 2006, and in 2016 a month before the election, when everybody but me were confident that the US president would be Hillary Clinton, she signed an agreement with Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen in which she for 130 thousand dollars pledged not to disclose the details of this “romance”. But when Trump became president she decided that she had made a bad bargain, and then Clinton sent her a lawyer and Trump, trying to avoid embarrassment, told the reporters that he did not know anything about this agreement, and 130 thousand was the money of his lawyer.

    Then the Clintonoids declared this money an illegal contribution of his lawyer to Trump’s election campaign, and the new head of the legal team of President Rudy Giuliani stated that Trump returned this money to his lawyer at the end of the month, and when the question arose that Trump lied to the American people, that he did not know anything about this payment, Rudy Giuliani stated that this money was returned to the lawyer along with other overhead expenses.

    And yesterday, when the most famous American journalist George Stephanopoulos, who serves Hillary while hating her guts, drove Rudy Giuliani into the corner, the latter had to admit the possibility that Stormy Daniels was not the only woman of a low social responsibility in Trump’s life, and Trump’s lawyer managed a special fund designated to prompt settling of such issues, and Trump replenished that fund regularly without delving into the names of recipients of grants from this fund.

    This closed the legal aspect of the problem, and the moral aspect showed that the hypocrisy of the Clintonoids got to the Americans to such an extent, that they ceased to be Puritans and rejoice at these feats of the president approximately the same way they do in Russia.

    Let me remind you that Hillary Clinton has the amazing ability to lower her genius combinations to the really pornographic level:

    1. In the case of Watregate, in which Hillary Clinton played a decisive role as a lawyer for the John Doar commission, the nickname of the agent who exposed Nixon’s terrible plan and thereby initiated Watergate was Deep Throat. This nickname was a reference to the name of the most famous porn movie of that time, with the distribution of which began to take off to the top of the financial pyramid the multibillion Vanguard and Hillary that nickname fits a lot better than the FBI deputy director Mark Felt.

    2. The presidency of Bill Clinton, which many consider to be the presidency of that member of the family, who proved that she has not only brilliant brains but also the balls of steel, was marred by the completely pornographic case of Monica Lewinsky

    3. Well, now the case of Stormy Daniels crowns her struggle with Trump.

    And I’m writing this now because Vladimir Putin has taken on a very heavy load in an era that many people consider apocalyptic and it actively influences geopolitics, forcing Hillary to arrange an Arab spring in the vicinity of Megiddo Mountain, and Trump to cancel the nuclear deal with Iranians, in order to prove to his supporters who respect the interpretation of the Apocalypse, according to which the United States is the Shield of Israel.

    And it may very well be that the nuclear war between the US and Russia will be prevented, having finished off the “Deep Throat” Hillary, because Israel and a significant part of the world Jewry proclaimed Trump the Messiah and the second Cyrus the Great, the first Persian (Iranian) king, who was said to be the first Messiah.

    But the Apocalypse and the book of Daniel describe a world that has nothing to do with the world we now live in.

    The only similarity of the world that I see in the window, and also sometimes from the airplane, with the world described in the Apocalypse, in the book of Daniel, and also described by the prophet Ezekiel, is the stamp of pornography on everything touched by a former senator from the State of New York Hillary Clinton.

    And this combination of high and low is not invented by me, it is a part of not only the modern history, but also part of the Holy Scripture, which in my opinion really mentions today’s inauguration of Vladimir Putin as Russian President.

    Only not to Vladimir Putin are the words: Son of man, set your face against God, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.… (Ezekiel 38:2)

    Other words of the Holy Scripture refer to it and it is not difficult to see – the similarity of the pornography mark that Hillary Clinton leaves on everything with that written in the Holy Scripture about the Babylonian Whore, the city and the woman, is too striking.

    • PeteAtomic May 7, 2018 at 10:07 am #

      holy shit, Finca.

      You must have this stuff saved on your hard drive, waiting to get posted as soon as Jim’s blogs come out. How many hours does it take you to write this?

      • FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 10:09 am #

        You must have this stuff saved on your hard drive

        holy shit, Pete!

        How did you guess??!!

      • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

        He pretends that the Clinton Foundation owns much of the US economy – anything to let the Jews off the hook.

        Alex Jones pretends that the Chinese own Hollywood for the same reason.

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      Some interesting connections there, Finc, to be sure, but I think this is really more about exploiting the hypocritical puritanical beliefs of the certain portions of the American electorate, as well as making splashy headlines. Going all the way back to Jr HS or earlier, most of our ears perk up whenever we hear juicy, salacious gossip about this or that celebrity, a status even our most of our openly corrupt politicians have been reduced to these days.

      It’s interesting that while such matters certainly stir up the hype and political rhetoric, they seem to have little or no effect on electability or the ever ephemeral approval ratings. Seems hard to believe that HRC, of all people, wouldn’t know that and react accordingly, unless she’s subliminally still playing out the entire Lewinsky affair in her head, which may well be too. She’s looking more and more sad and pathetic with every passing day.

      • FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 11:12 am #

        I think her plan was to catch Trump on Federal Election law violation, counting that he would be too embarrassed to admit existence of “prostitute slush fund” under Michael Cohen management.

        A lot of Hillary strength (and weakness) is in her ability to play on her prey’s psychological fears – apparently this is how she managed to convince Nixon to write a resignation letter after an hour of eye to eye interview without Nixon’s attorneys present.

        Old bitch don’t learn new tricks.

        • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 11:20 am #

          I think her plan was to catch Trump on Federal Election law violation, counting that he would be too embarrassed to admit existence of “prostitute slush fund” under Michael Cohen management.

          Bingo! Totally ironic that Trump is quintessentially unembarrassable – slander and innuendo just rolls right of him. She should have learnt that from BillyBob too.

        • Tate May 7, 2018 at 11:49 am #

          apparently this is how she managed to convince Nixon to write a resignation letter after an hour of eye to eye interview without Nixon’s attorneys present.

          I question that she did that. Where is your source for your claim that she personally was involved in that way in Nixon’s resignation?

    • 100th Avatar May 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Ugh. Here comes the russian BS entry into the party

      http://existentialcomics.com

  6. Dumbedup May 7, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    I don’t understand. There’s nothing in the Special Prosecutor law that says if the Special Prosecutor discovers evidence of criminal conduct only tangentially related to his original charter that he is supposed to look the other way. Some might argue it should be referred to another prosecutor – perhaps the US Attorney’s office. But how and why? The resources used and evidence gathering is within the sole prerogative of the S.P. He cannot share it outside his office without compromising his investigation.

    Either we have a rule of law in the country or we do not. No one gets special treatment. Now, if on the merits Manafort committed no crime that is different, and it is why we have jury trials; but that is not what anyone is arguing.

    The argument is that the prosecution of Manafort for money laundering, while legitimate, has the suddenly unconscionable goal of persuading or coercing him to be a witness against a higher up. (E.G., the President) Sorry, but prosecutors do this all the time in drug cases. I don’t see this a prosecutorial misconduct, but it sounds like this is a biased Federal Judge.

    • lsjogren May 7, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      The only violations of the rule of law have been on the part of Mueller and the rest of the Deep State vigilante squad.

    • thenuttyneutron May 7, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      Rule of law? Why is Clinton not on trial for her email server? I think it has been well established that the FBI and DOJ are biased and will cover up anything she does.

      HRC could feed new born babies of Trump voters to rabid pit bulls on the national mall and get away with it!

      • Dumbedup May 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

        She should be – but that has nothing to do with my point.

    • Petro May 7, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      Well, based on much of what we read on this blog, “rule of law” is only as defined by Sean Hannity, Rudy Guiliani, Devin Nunes, and the POS POTUS, who has sought his entire life to skirt (or jump outside) the edge of the law.

      And Jim, comparing Mueller’s lawfully-enacted investigation to the murderous Medieval religious inquisitions destroys any credibility you’re trying to establish in making your arguments. Absurd, and way over the top, like people comparing anything they don’t like to “nazis” or “stormtroopers.” It just looks like playing to your “base” here.

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 10:51 am #

      To my mind it primarily shines light on the whole despicable practice of “trading up” prosecutions in general, whether it be for drug crimes, political crimes, or anything else. Make no mistake about it, if the government wants you, me, or anyone behind bars and they’re willing to commit the legal resources to do it, they can find dirt on anyone. That should be a sobering thought for all of us.

      • Dumbedup May 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

        Thank you for a sensible response. I agree … to an extent.

        The theory was and is that you can’t prosecute a conspiracy or stop a crime syndicate unless you cut off the head. If you just jail the associates they can be easily replaced. It does sometimes result in false accusations.

      • aibohphobia May 7, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

        You see a similar management technique in healthcare these days, at least in large corporations, often related to “Quality Improvement Processes;” This is how QI is used to control employees in the Corporate World–

        Step 1: Set an unreasonably high standard.
        At my former employer, one of them was “No more than six errors of any kind per 3 months.” That means that any misspelled word or processing error of any type, found within the 16,000 complex transactions each month would count as one of the six.

        Step 2: Generate a Blackmail Load of Violations.
        Whether or not any harm resulted or anyone complained, it was documented in the internal files, with written notice given. No immediate action was taken on these violations–They just accumulated.

        Step 3: Threat of Disclosure in case of Whistleblowing.
        Anyone who works in a large corp for a while will, in time, discover illegal, unethical, or otherwise dodgy practices that are systemic and often directed from the top.
        If however the employees have been adequately blackmail-loaded as above, the Corp owns them.
        The Corp can fire them with cause at any time by simply dragging out the violations and declaring them incompetent. This will often result in the employee never being able to work in his/her field again.
        They can be induced to sign illegal contracts (along the lines of ‘don’t tell the truth about us, and we won’t lie about you’), somewhat like the Stormy D contract.

        Oh! And it scarcely needs to be said, but QI never results in ‘Quality Improvement.’

  7. robert magill May 7, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    How do we take seriously any action in a country with thousands doing hard time for pot offenses when pot is now traded on the stock market?
    How many still rotted in jail when prohibition was repealed and giant firms were established to sell booze? We don’t remember: we don’t care; we don’t learn. Because of US leadership, the entire Western Hemisphere is becoming third world and might never recover.

    • robert magill May 7, 2018 at 10:21 am #

      By the by, in 2018 while China began trading oil and iron for Yuan, backed by gold, instead of greenbacks; we began trading pot backed by Twinkies.

      • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 10:53 am #

        Pot backed by Twinkies. Now there’s a match made in heaven!

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 10:54 am #

      Great points Robert. And at a time when prisons are so overcrowded that they’re releasing hardened criminals as well.

      • Dumbedup May 8, 2018 at 11:48 am #

        And most of the people in jail are young black males. We’ve created a society with a hierarchy based on skin color, education and vestiges of slavery.

        Imagine this. What if whites were the minority at 12-13% of the population? What if our ancestors had been captured in Europe and brought to the US to work as slaves? What if we were disadvantaged socially, economically and politically and used for nothing more than cheap labor? What if most whites were segregated in low income housing projects and slums? What if most whites were put through an educational system rife with bigotry and disadvantage. (So-called trade centered high schools without AP classes) What if 37% of all young white males were in prison.

        What if the shoe were on the other foot.

        • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

          “Imagine this. What if whites were…”

          Dup,
          And imagine if whites did not commit the majority of the street crimes that blacks are incarcerated for?

          Imagine that most of the blacks in prison richly earned their need to be there.

          Imagine that you had enough contact with Ghetto blacks that you would never post the above….

        • robert magill May 9, 2018 at 10:31 am #

          The shoe started on the other foot. Until July 4, 1176 America was the English prison colony and 75,000 felons were dumped here.
          Australia was never even considered because of the greater distance until war came.
          Crime in the colonies and then in the states was mainly lily white for another one hundred years. We are an equal opportunity incarcerator, of course.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

            Blacks murder at seven times the White rate. SEVEN TIMES. Stop being ridiculous if you can.

          • Sticks-of-TNT May 9, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

            July 4, 1176 — Magill discovers America! 😉

  8. lsjogren May 7, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    This is the most intelligent and well-written article I have seen anywhere regarding the Mueller investigation to-date.

    • Sean Coleman May 10, 2018 at 2:04 am #

      I agree. To an outsider like me it can be very difficult to work out what is going on.

  9. thenuttyneutron May 7, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    I used to vote for DNC candidates if the RNC guy was a religious zealot because I value all of my civil liberties. Now that the SCOTUS has settied social issues that I care about, I hope Trump nominates a bunch of hardcore right wingers to push back against the DNC’s anti 2nd Amendment platform.

    I don’t want to see past decisions rolled back, but would gladly accept them if it meant my right to keep and bear arms was safe. What the DNC fails to understand is that there will be a large push back on them and it will most likely overshoot. They are going to seriously cry when abortion rights are brought before the court again with a majority RNC. While I don’t want to see abortion rights go away, it would not affect me much because I am a middle aged male. I do however have 2 young daughters that may have to deal with this issue in the future. Fuck it, I would rather have my guns and give up abortion rights.

    I will never again vote for a DNC candidate! The DNC can eat my ass and die! The RNC was at least honest and put forward a clown of a nominee in 2016. Funny thing is, Bernie would most likely have beaten Trump. The DNC deserves all the huge losses that they will get as a result of their bullshit.

    • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Shotgun weddings may make a comeback, then, NN 🙂

      You’re right, though. The electoral ‘choice’ you get is like choosing between smallpox and rabies. The ‘neither of the above’ candidate was shot in the foot by his own side.

      • cbeard May 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

        This political ad is great. The libs are in a tissy saying he pointed the shotgun at the young man. The breech is open and it is obviously not loaded and he never points the gun at the kid. Brian Kemp is a Rep candidate for the Georgia governorship.youtube.com/watch?v=4ABRz_epvic

        • tucsonspur May 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

          Handguns to the left of him, ARs to the right of him, a big bore in back of him, rifles in front of him. Respect is better, but fear can also work.

          The shotgun wasn’t enough? A double barrel blast of an ad!

          Hope he doesn’t scare too many.

        • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

          cbeard

          I am confused as you said you weren’t going to read any more of my posts. I’m not entirely sure why but that is your right. It hadn’t particularly occurred to me that you were reading them anyway.

          Sorry, but I don’t know what you’re talking about regarding an ad. I made no reference to any ad. I was simply combining NN’s stated enthusiasm for 2nd amendment rights with the suggested loss of abortion rights (on which, as it happens, I made no comment either). It was merely the juxtaposition of the two issues that led to my admittedly flippant observation.

          So whatever else is the case, in a ’tissy’ I am not and a ‘lib’ I am not really either, as it happens.

          I don’t even feel inclined to check your link in the circumstances – perhaps it is the ad, perhaps it isn’t. But you and your mates appear to have got carried away with yourselves on the basis of a misunderstanding.

          • GreenAlba May 7, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

            Just one mate, sorry.

          • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

            Surely you understand GA that simply in being a Scot, you are from a far different culture than we poor colonists, and I say that with all respect. I always admired the Scots, as they stood up to British aggression for so many centuries, but you guys (generic term) are far older and perhaps more civilized than we who only threw off our Imperial reins 250 or so years ago. Your diverse outlook may puzzle many, but I think that many of us find it very, very interesting indeed. Though my favorite music may be Beethoven, Ian Anderson and his band, Jethro Tull have always been my favorite. From what I have seen of the Isle of Skye, he is fortunate to be there, although a hardwood forest is more to my liking. So hang in there and keep up the good work.

          • GreenAlba May 8, 2018 at 10:33 am #

            Hello Walter – we haven’t spoken in a while!

            I think I’m lucky. I live in a beautiful small country (although it has many a wart on its backside, like most other countries). I love it, and the people suit me (I have lived a long time in England too and the people there aren’t that much different, especially in the beautiful north, which nevertheless also has its warts).

            However, I don’t get carried away with nationalistic stuff. Scotland is in bed with an English elephant, but I’m British enough for that not to be too much of a problem and grounded enough to know that a tiny nation whose natural resources are drying up couldn’t survive well on its own, despite what Nicola thinks. If Scotland had been on its own when the RBS (see below also…) sh*t hit the fan, we’d have been sunk.

            I also know that both Scotland and Ireland were previously just full of warring tribes who were no better than any other humans on the planet, so that stops me getting carried away with romantic nationalist nonsense too, despite all the lovely songs!

            And the reason that Scotland ended up in the Union in the first place was that it bankrupted itself (translation: its elite bankrupted it – what’s new?) by attempting an ill-thought-out shot at having its own trading colony in Panama, to compete with the English East India Company (which hobbled it by an impeachment that meant English investors had to withdraw). The scheme is now known as the Darien Disaster, which ruined the country and weakened the resistance to the English Crown.

            bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/scotland_darien_01.shtml

            “… The company had lost over £232,884, made up of the life savings of many of the Scottish people. Scotland was now completely incapable of going it alone. Just 7 years after the failure at Darien, it was forced to concede to the Act of Union, joining Scotland with England as the junior partner in the united kingdom of Great Britain. As part of the deal, England paid off Scotland’s debts with the ‘Equivalent’, a sum of £398,000, most of which went to cover the Company of Scotland’s losses. The institution established to administer this money eventually became the Royal Bank of Scotland.

            “No amount of money could make up for the nation’s sense of betrayal, however. Many Scots believed that their chance of independence had been deliberately sabotaged by the English, and the resentment this fostered played no small part in the Jacobite rebellions which were to plague the Union.”

            As Robert Burns famously put it:

            “…What force or guile could not subdue,
            Thro’ many warlike ages,
            Is wrought now by a coward few,
            For hireling traitor’s wages.
            The English stell we could disdain,
            Secure in valour’s station;
            But English gold has been our bane-
            Such a parcel of rogues in a nation! ”

            However, my point is that this stuff is fine and dandy if you want to fill your head with romantic fluff that rarely leads anywhere helpful. In the meantime we all have neighbours and friends in the here and now, who just need us to be good neighbours and friends. I’m sure you’d agree with me on that.

            And sticking with the poets, my Irish husband likes GK Chesterton’s famous quote:

            “For the great Gaels of Ireland
            Are the men that God made mad,
            For all their wars are merry,
            And all their songs are sad.”

            en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_the_White_Horse

            ?

          • Elrond Hubbard May 8, 2018 at 11:47 am #

            GreenAlba, if your observation about Scotland’s ability to survive the RBS scandal on its own is correct, one wonders if such considerations played any part in the recent referendum on independence. (As you can imagine, that was watched fairly closely here in Canada — and Spain, and any other country with separatist-leaning regions). Might Scotland have sued for divorce by now, had certain decisions been made differently back in 2007 and 2008?

            Also, I’ve heard speculation that if Brexit goes ahead, as appears inevitable, Scotland separatists may take a second bite at the apple. The land could then elect to re-join the EU in their own right. Given the Greek example, neither hanging on through Brexit nor re-joining the EU looks particularly appetizing to me.

            How do you see it? Remain a loyal subject of the crown, or not?

            “Sound the pibroch, loud and high
            Frae John O’Groats, to the Isle of Skye
            Let every clan their slogan cry
            Rise, and follow The Tampon!”

          • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

            “Rise, and follow The Tampon!””

            Elrond,
            Leave feminine hygiene products out of this, you sick bastard….

          • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

            It simply doesn’t matter since all the major sides want to inundate Scotland and Ireland with the 3rd World. Such a resulting country is no longer a historical, organic nation and has no relation to what was once knows as “Scotland” (land of Scots) or Ireland.

          • GreenAlba May 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

            Haha! I had to look up that cultural reference, as it passed me by at the time – I clearly don’t pay enough attention to the WIndsors and their goings on!

            As they say, Elrond, it’s complicated…

            (1) Nicola most certainly wants a second (third, fourth, fifth…) ‘neverendum’, as it is sometimes called – the only reason she’s holding fire ATM is that she knows the numbers she needs aren’t there. She’s pulled in two directions. She (one hopes) wants the best for her country. And Scotland, like Ireland (both parts – remember NI also voted against Brexit) will be hit hard by Brexit. So she doesn’t want the hit – but at the same time the hit strengthens her hand for that second shot.

            (2) Fear is always useful as a propaganda tool. The ‘what would have happened if the RBS fiasco had taken place in an independent Scotland’ was certainly used by the ‘No’ side. That doesn’t make it invalid as a reason for caution – I think it’s right to be cautious in the matter.

            And the SNP, on its side, made much (as it has for decades) of Scotland’s oil revenues, only to see the industry crash not much later, with a huge loss of jobs and tax revenues. So the books would have been even harder to balance with the real figures than they would with Alex Salmond’s figures. Salmond is great on rhetoric, but on finances he (along with Nicola) is away with the fairies, to my mind. And he encouraged Fred-the-Shred to buy Amro, which was an acquisition too far for RBS:

            ttps://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/alex-salmond-admits-he-was-wrong-to-encourage-fred-goodwin-deal-1-2091139

            (3) The Scottish deficit is more than three times that of the UK as a whole – currently it wouldn’t remotely meet the EU’s criteria for fiscal health (Greece got in because they fibbed, basically), so Scotland wouldn’t get into the EU as things stand. Also, Spain has always opposed the idea of Scotland becoming an independent member because it doesn’t want Catalan to get uppity ideas that it could one day do the same. So Scotland as part of the EU will not be anything like a done deal for the foreseeable future.

            So, my view is that we’re better staying where we are – and that fits with my general preference for keeping the UK together. I have a brother in Yorkshire and another in Norfolk. I went to school in the north east of England and university in the south. These are not foreign parts to me.

            However… everyone has their bottom line. Would mine be Jacob Rees-Mogg as PM, I wonder?!! I’d have to keep reminding myself that all things pass.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 9, 2018 at 8:50 am #

            FWIW, GreenAlba, I suspect you’re correct that Scotland should stay the course at least for now. (Speaking as a well-meaning foreigner, of course, without a dog in the fight.)

            That said, the independence-minded do seem to have some fire in their bellies:

            thecanary.co/uk/2018/05/06/tens-of-thousands-defy-the-conservative-government-and-bring-scotlands-la…

            Or is it just dislike for the Tories? (Though if it comes to that, why choose?)

          • GreenAlba May 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

            Elrond: Fire in the belly can be admirable, but it’s not the locus of sensible decision-making, to my mind!

            The anger is heightened by (or perhaps originates in) the shambles that is the Tory Brexit. And it’s getting more shambolic by the day (piss-ups…breweries…)

            And now poor Theresa’s going to be pressured to bend Donald’s ear about the Iran deal while knowing she needs to grovel to him even for a one-sided trade deal with the NHS handed secretly under the counter to McHealthcare Inc. Talk about the law of unintended consequences… you couldn’t make up an omnishambles like Brexit. Did I mention I don’t think it’s a good idea? 🙂

            I noticed in your linked article a placard saying ‘The vow was a lie’, which I think refers to the ‘No’ campaign (IndyRef) promising that a ‘No’ vote was the best way to safeguard Scotland’s future in the EU, the argument – valid, I think – being that Scotland would not be allowed in as a separate member (as mentioned…Catalan, most especially, and fiscal deficit).

            That promise was made on the widespread assumption that the good British public wouldn’t vote for Brexit. And as we know, the good English public went and did. A lot of them think with their flag-waving hand too, sadly.

            That doesn’t change the fact that, while Nicola got some sympathy from the EU when she went over pre-IndyRef to try to garner promises of separate membership in the case of a ‘Yes’ vote, she got little actual support. The Catalan question was the biggie. But fire in the belly takes little account of such details.

            Nor does it take much account of the detail that, while Scotland does a lot of trade with the EU and will be hard hit by leaving the single market/customs union, it does even more trade with yon elephant in the bed over the border, so how does leaving the ‘UK single market’ make any sense? I don’t see the point in overlaying one shambles with another.

          • GreenAlba May 9, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

            Perhaps Free Caledonia could have a customs union with Free Catalonia… one of their ex-ministers recently took refuge with us in Edinburgh. We could call ourselves Cataledonia.

            They’re wealthier than the rest of Spain, though, so we’re not a perfect match. Galicia would be more our style – similar weather too.

    • PeteAtomic May 7, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      Read Donna Brazile’s book “Hacks” as to how far the DNC went to over shadow Sanders. They would go so far as to wait for a Sanders delegate to leave to go to the bathroom during the democratic convention and then put a HRC supporter in their seat. A lot of real petty stuff.

    • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      What has been discarded by these Progressives is that there are supposed to be multiple ideas, thoughts and potential solutions floated from either or many sides for government to consider and compromise upon. Their “my way or the highway” mindset allows for NO compromise and therefore NO actions of meaning. History shows that once a political situation occurs where everybody thinks, acts, and does the same things, books get burned, dissenters are hanged, and millions of innocents get murdered. There was never any way I would have considered voting for HRC or wasting my vote on another candidate that could not defeat her, but if Bernie got the nod instead, I cannot honestly say that I would have still voted for Donald. I actually would have had to think long and hard about it. Great job Hillary, you greedy, selfish bitch. I hope you give it another go so I can vote Barney the Purple Dinosaur into the WH!

  10. outsider May 7, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    I wasn’t aware that Rod Rosenstein was now the “Acting Attorney General.” What happened to the clueless Jeff Sessions? Or did Mr. Kunstler misspeak?

    • thenuttyneutron May 7, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      I think Kunstler was simply saying that Sessions is just a pussy puppet that will not do anything unless told. Currently Rosenstein has his hands up Session’s ass and is calling the shots.

      • outsider May 7, 2018 at 10:45 am #

        Thanks, Nutty, that makes sense. However, Rosenstein, the Obama appointee who appointed Witch Finder Mueller, is refusing to provide Congress with the documents it needs in their oversight responsibility. When will Sessions fire his ass? I guess he can’t because defiant Rod is also Sessions’ brain.

    • James Howard Kunstler May 7, 2018 at 11:10 am #

      Rosenstein is Deputy Attorney General, but he’s Acting AG in the Russia Collusion case due to AG Session’s recusal.

      • outsider May 7, 2018 at 11:52 am #

        Thanks for the clarification, Mr. K. I’ve been off the grid for the past few days and just now read your excellent blog from Friday. Things are moving so fast, (or, in the case of any HRC indictment, too slowly), that I was hoping, for just a moment, that Trump finally got rid of his incompetent AG. So much for wishful thinking.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

          Yeah it’s not like the “media” is covering any of this either. Time for some Anti-Trust action methinks. Their coverage is simply at the Saturday Night Live level at this point. Including apparently Woodward or Bernstein, one of the heroes of Watergate.

  11. K-Dog May 7, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    “I was never a Trump supporter or voter, but it seems to me he deserves to succeed or fail as President on his own merits (or lack of).”

    That would sort of be calling the kettle black. Democrats certainly don’t want Trump getting canned for doing the same things they intend to do when they are in office again. Promoting the rule of law is not something we can expect from the DNC. If they can pull it off, Russian accusations are safe. Nobody is going to be going after Democrats for colluding with Russia because the Democrats by way of Hillary being Secretary of State are currently arch enemies of Russia after they do Trump in.

    I read up on the judge a bit and it is no surprise the judge wants to be ‘legal’ but I’m not impressed by some of the things T. S. Ellis III has ruled.

    I flashed on the fact that he requires proof that you have been surveilled if that other ‘deep state’ wants to electronically harass you. But the point of electronic surveillance, or harassment, is that it leaves no trace. That gives me an initial impression that Ellis is a factotum so I’ll wait before I decide he is a breath of fresh air.

    • Tate May 7, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      The know everything about you, rest assured. Or, to be more accurate, they have everything on you. Their ability to analyze what they have is what’s still lacking. Scary, when you think about the advances coming in Artificial Intelligence.

      And when I say ‘you,’ I’m referring to everyone.

      • K-Dog May 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

        I already know you includes me, I can bark to that! Which of course prompted me to investigate the ‘operations’ a bit further and since ‘they’ are plugged into the back-end databases for just about everything, yes you includes me and everyone else too. I was delighted when many of the techniques I experienced were later documented by the Intercept. But I could still tell them a thing or two. Artificial intelligence is already being used to investigate the communication networks of individual people to identify group activities. I’m pretty sure of that. If not can I have a grant $$$$$!
        Prevent them from growing numbers in so many creative ways!

        Blue pill red pill. We are all going down anyway! The sheep are all in Auschwitz and they don’t even know it.

        • Tate May 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

          I know you’ve said that before. I have no reason to doubt it. Coming soon to a theater near you/everyone.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

      So what’s the alternative? Give people a carte blanche to cry surveillance like women have been given to cry rape? Not trying to zap you – things like this pose difficult moral questions.

  12. Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Deep State at war with itself! Details at 9:00!

    • K-Dog May 7, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      Which one? JHK’s version can’t be at war with itself because his deep state is just the sum total of bureaucratic bloating, the mindless travels of paperwork and procedures. The deeps state of the surveillance state in contrast most definitely has a ‘personality’ as you will find should you ever do anything challenging enough to ever have the misfortune of meeting them.

      Anybody here from the Department of Defense network? Likely not, since they had to change their name because once a dog barked at them loud enough that they had to change their name. It was a very stupid mistake. Have their network route comments all over the nation so comments from one location look like they are coming from multiple locations allows one troll to have multiple identities. That part was a good idea because it spends tax dollars efficiently. But then to not make sure a DNS address search gives back a fake title to the Department of Defense network was seriously stupid.

      • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 11:12 am #

        As a card carrying member (albeit WAY, WAY, WAY out on the periphery), I beg to differ. Factions, within factions, within factions… Believe me, the Deep State – however you define it – is hardly a monolith.

        • K-Dog May 7, 2018 at 11:25 am #

          It feels like a monolith when they are pushing it up your ass. A big thick one. Victims of special attention really don’t care about the finer details of agency operation. We know it is just plain wrong. Definitions which minimize personal experience I’ll have an issue with until I don’t. That should be in about 1000 years.

          • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 11:37 am #

            Yep, the “pointy edge of the spear” does seem to be largely united in their political beliefs and tactics, which universally emphasize CONTROL over everything else. Almost like they’re anticipating an insurrection or something, isn’t it?

        • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

          The Wayback Machine is our friend. That’s how that Black Woman, whatshername, is being taken down.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

          Thank God. Their infighting may be our only chance in the long run. Of course they do tend to unite against us of course, but maybe that can be changed if enough Whites wake up.

          • SpeedyBB May 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

            The whites have been so poisoned by the white sugar and the white bread and the white rice that they cannot even think clearly any longer.

            Did I leave anything out? Oh the white milk (see: COWSPIRACY).

  13. Walter B May 7, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    Excellent Jim, thank you. I do not know where you go to stay on top of these issues because I refuse to consider TV, newspapers or any other form of propaganda as worth the time it takes to check out. I DO however trust in your abilities and intent to report on any issue of national importance along with one or two other reputable internet sources. You are in my opinion, the New Walter Cronkite, though I would think that you are even more honest than he was.

    It is apparent to all of us that are still capable of actual thinking that the system has grown so corrupt and so outright evil, that it will stop at nothing and concentrate all of its might and powers against anything and anyone that threatens its cash flow. I do not know how many Americans have forgotten or do not care about what they did to John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dealey Plaza, but I have not. November 22, 1963 was the day that America died and those who rule by murder and death took over the halls of government. Unfortunately for US(A) the general population is either oblivious to this fact, does not care about it, or maybe even accepts it. In any case I cannot see how anything will ever get better but I suppose there is always hope, right? Or dope…..

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      Yes Walter, if we have to put a date on it, November 22, 1963 is the date I would vote for. America also took a bullet that day. Each of us.

      “The End of the Innocence”

      Remember when the days were long
      And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
      Didn’t have a care in the world
      With mommy and daddy standin’ by
      But “happily ever after” fails
      And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales
      The lawyers dwell on small details
      Since daddy had to fly
      But I know a place where we can go
      That’s still untouched by men
      We’ll sit and watch the clouds roll by
      And the tall grass wave in the wind
      You can lay your head back on the ground
      And let your hair fall all around me
      Offer up your best defense
      But this is the end
      This is the end of the innocence
      O beautiful, for spacious skies
      But now those skies are threatening
      They’re beating plowshares into swords
      For this tired old man that we elected king
      Armchair warriors often fail
      And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales
      The lawyers clean up all details
      Since daddy had to lie
      But I know a place where we can go
      And wash away this sin
      We’ll sit and watch the clouds roll by
      And the tall grass wave in the wind
      Just lay your head back on the ground
      And let your hair spill all around me
      Offer up your best defense
      But this is the end
      This is the end of the innocence
      Who knows how long this will last
      Now we’ve come so far, so fast
      But, somewhere back there in the dust
      That same small town in each of us
      I need to remember this
      So baby give me just one kiss
      And let me take a long last look
      Before we say goodbye
      Just lay your head back on the ground
      And let your hair fall all around me
      Offer up your best defense
      But this is the end
      This is the end of the innocence

      Songwriters: BRUCE HORNSBY, DON HENLEY

      • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

        Bye Bye Miss American Pie. Drove a Chevy to the Levi but the Levi was wry. He said that America was going to be phased out – starting with my Chevy. He repoed it, but I was able to catch a ride with the Horse with no name.

        • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

          Thank you Janos. On 03 Jul 72 at 7:00 in the morning I was sitting in a diner in Cornwall, New York and I played American Pie on the little juke box during breakfast before finishing and heading through Washington Gate to the fate that awaited me within. I cannot see a reference to this song without going back to that helluva day so long ago that changed everything for me forever. For the best perhaps……

      • 100th Avatar May 7, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

        Innocence?
        Like a child learning the truth of Santa, the tooth fairy, Jesus?

        The end of the naiveté

        This song is full of lament.

        Perhaps of so much wasted time
        ignorant.

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

      But many think that it was the “mob” who killed him, essentially acting on their own.

    • Petro May 7, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      Walter, your periodic mawkish laments re. the events in Dallas on 11/22/63, made me think of the inimitable James Ellroy, who wrote, in the introduction to his hard-boiled “America Tabloid” (highly recommend):

      “America was never innocent. We popped our cherry on the boat over and looked back with no regrets. You can’t ascribe our fall from grace to any single event or set of circumstances. You can’t lose what you lacked at conception.

      Mass-market nostalgia gets you hopped up for a past that never existed. Hagiography sanctifies shuck-and-jive politicians and reinvents their expedient gestures as moments of great moral weight. Our continuing narrative line is blurred past truth and hindsight. Only a reckless verisimilitude can set that line straight.

      The real Trinity of Camelot was Look Good, Kick Ass, Get Laid. Jack Kennedy was the mythological front man for a particularly juicy slice of our history. He called a slick line and wore a world-class haircut. He was Bill Clinton minus pervasive media scrutiny and a few rolls of flab…”

      ALSO: While Lee Oswald was in Dallas that day, and probably squeezed off a few rounds (full metal jacket) from his crappy Carcano, he did not fire the kill shot, the frangible bullet that blew apart JFK’s skull. Who was pulling Oswald’s strings? Were they in other areas of Dealy Plaza? Maybe. But for who killed Kennedy—check out “Mortal Error” by Bonar Menninger. A very strong case is made that Agent George Dickey of The Secret Service killed Kennedy ACCIDENTALLY from the car behind the president’s limousine.

      • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

        Petro:

        “You can’t lose what you lacked at conception.”

        I applaud you for being perceptive and no it was no Camelot, but I will always salute a man who knows he is going to catch hell for doing what is right yet does it still. The penis related problems are, unfortunately, something that seems to come with the part. I try my best to look beyond what we fragile humans do incorrectly in the name of love, lust, sex, or social ineptitude. It seems that there is no avoiding this.

      • Tate May 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

        You know, after reading that book, I’m convinced of the truth of it. The evidence ties all the missing pieces together — at least the ballistic evidence. I still think Oswald was a patsy and took a couple of potshots. Many mysteries remain but the idea that it was a dark comedy is something most Americans just cannot bring themselves to accept.

        • Petro May 8, 2018 at 8:45 am #

          It also makes sense of the Secret Service’s strange behavior at Parkland Hospital, the chaotic handling of the autopsy & (missing) x-rays, and why some leads & witnesses were ignored by the Warren Commission.

          There is an excellent documentary, based on the book, on Netflix or YouTube.

  14. Yuri Sowryteski May 7, 2018 at 11:03 am #

    “‘Collusion’ is a media and a political word; it does not describe anything in the law. What Mueller is looking for is a conspiracy, which is the easiest crime for prosecutors to prove because the crime need not have been successful.” – George Frobisher

    Which means the conspirators which George Webb has been investigating for more than a year, beginning by asking the question “Where is Eric Braverman?” the former CEO of the Clinton Foundation, would only conspire with cover from the very highest levels, given the blanket collection of communications by the NSA.

    Of course such communication would not be admitted as evidence in an American court – hence the disappearance of various laptops and servers and Blackberries.

    The legacy media cannot use the legal term “conspiracy” because they need to reserve it for continued use as a deprecatory “Conspiracy Theorist”, which seems to be used to refer to anyone not in on the conspiracy.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 6:19 am #

      “I’m not a conspiracy theorist;
       I’m a conspiracy analyst.”
        -Gore Vidal

      • SpeedyBB May 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

        Gore Vidal also blew the whistle on the Kennedys (whom he knew intimately and did not like). JFK he saw as a hard-shell cold warrior and a reckless one as well.

  15. akmofo May 7, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    Another Obama mafia criminal that I wouldn’t at mind see spend the rest of his life stamping license plates. Hopefully when in prison Mr Ketchup will be served his bottled cancer with them McDonald’s cancer fries, every day twice a day.

    youtu.be/0nQy9GxAcF8

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      And to think, that Lurch-looking crepe was at one time what passed for a viable presidential candidate!

      • Tate May 7, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

        That’s ‘Lookism.’ Shame on you. And he doesn’t look anything like a fancy French pancake.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 6:33 am #

      “Book ’em Danno”
      Detective Captain Steve McGarrett
      Hawaii Five-0

      (P.S. Dick Morris needs to lay off the fries + Heinz himself!)

      -Sticks

  16. Sticks-of-TNT May 7, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    SUBJECT: SUMMER READING LIST

    American empire building, Middle East terror, Deep State/Shadow Government. Three fabulous books by author Stephen Kinzer outline the entire story:

    (1) “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq” follows the evolution of America as a global empire, country by country. “Regime Change Are Us!”

    (2) “All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror” tells the story of the CIA’s 1953 orchestrated overthrow/coup of Mossadegh, the democratically elected leader of Iran in favor of the bloodthirsty dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah, aka, the ‘Shah of Iran’, a complete puppet for the US government. Believe it or not, there was a time when Iranian young people loved America & American culture. Wanna know why now they “hate us for our freedom” and why there’s so much turmoil in the Middle East? This is a good place to begin. A great book. Reads like an espionage novel!

    (3) “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War” These two guys didn’t create the ‘Deep State’ and the ‘Shadow Government’ (go back at least to the creation of the Council on Foreign Relations for that) but are the two individuals most responsible for perfecting them and spreading their tentacles throughout the U.S. and world. Two for one special on sinister government. One Dulles brother runs the CIA, the other Dulles runs the State Department. How convenient. They could even car pool!

    There’s your summer reading list. Three of the best books on geo-politics I’ve ever read. (Also available in audio version via Audible.com if you spend a lot of time in your car or like to multi-task while you “read.”)

    •Sticks-of-TNT

    • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      Excellent work Sticks, thank you. I just placed a request from my local library to hold the Dulles book for me. A full report shall follow.

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 11:43 am #

      Great links! Thanks!

    • sprawlcapital May 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

      Thank you Sticks.

      If Stephen Kinzer is still among the living, he ought to be a frequent guest on cable news.

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 6:50 am #

        Kinzer released his latest book in January; “The True Flag:
        Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire” I have never him on television or heard him on the radio. From Publisher’s Summary:

        “The best-selling author of “Overthrow” and “The Brothers” brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the 20th century and beyond.

        “Revealing a piece of forgotten history in “The True Flag”, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the 20th century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation.

        “The country’s best-known political and intellectual leaders took sides. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint. Only once before – in the period when the United States was founded – have so many brilliant Americans so eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity.”

        Just added it to my Wish List.

        •Sticks-of-TNT

        • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 6:55 am #

          Sorry for omissions & formatting in my first paragraph. Typing on a tablet in these small boxes with aging eyes ain’t easy! -Sticks

  17. outsider May 7, 2018 at 11:14 am #

    From day one, I thought that this Russia collusion thing was a total scam. But, it has already worked, even if Mueller is eventually arrested. Trump may be a liar, but I do believe that he wanted better relations with Russia, if for no other reason than that he has business interests there. Hillary and her minions in the Deep State made sure that did not happen. Even though she didn’t make it to the Oval Office, it appears that she’s won anyway. Now, my biggest fear is that we might be in for a “Wag the Dog” moment once Trump tears up Obama’s Iran agreement.

  18. capt spaulding May 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

    I still have a tough time believing that Mueller, who has a pretty upstanding record earned over the years, has suddenly turned into an inquisitor who is driven to prosecute (persecute) Trump. Up until the time he was appointed as special prosecutor, he was well regarded by both sides. That was the main reason he was chosen for the job, it was felt that he was a fair man. Almost from the beginning, he was bad mouthed by the right wing. Perhaps he really was the devil incarnate, just waiting for the chance to inflict damage on our president and country, i don’t know. There has been what I consider a huge change in our national thinking. I remember a time when accusations of pedophilia would have been enough to destroy someone’s hope for political office. Roy Moore anyone? Now I read that Don Blankenship of Arkansas, a convicted felon is ahead in W. Virginia in a run for the Senate. That, along with Trump’s behavior in the run for president, says to me that something has changed gears in this country. Constant lying, and behavior that would have been unacceptable a few years ago is now tolerated as long as the person’s politics are popular. I’m not sure what all this means, but I don’t think it bodes well for our future.

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

      That was the main reason he was chosen for the job, it was felt that he was a fair man.

      That was the cover story, anyway. Mueller’s first and foremost a water carrier for vested interests. Trump’s a lout (or he plays one on TV), to be sure, but a useful lout.

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 6:59 am #

        Ya nailed it Scratch! -Sticks

    • outsider May 7, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

      capt,
      Mueller is a fair man? Federal Judge Friedrich, who last week rebuked Mueller’s questionable tactics regarding Manafort’s prosecution, said otherwise. Perhaps I’m too hopeful to think that Mueller’s ship is sinking.

      Who is a fair man? How about liberal Alan Dershowitz? Never a Trump supporter, he nonetheless has the chutzpah to call it like it is regarding this giant anti-Russia, HRC-endorsed SCAM. No doubt Dersh’s colleagues on the Left are burning him in effigy for leaving the democrat plantation, and daring to go on Hannity to defend the Golden Golem.

    • BackRowHeckler May 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

      Hey Capt didin’t you ever run across these self rightious, know it all, moralizing, never wrong pricks when you were in the mititary?

      brh

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 8:18 am #

        Hey! I resemble that remark. -Capt. Sticks

      • capt spaulding May 8, 2018 at 11:43 am #

        The self righteous are everywhere, but i’ve learned never to judge someone without actual proof. Where I learned my lesson was when I boxed. If I stepped in the ring thinking my opponent was a chump, without going a couple rounds, I usually got my ass handed to me. I was only an average boxer, but the other lessons I learned have served me well in lots of situations. It’s what made me a moderate until I have reason to think differently.

  19. pequiste May 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    This “American Inquisition,” with Robt. Mueller as the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada is plain laughable. Not nearly as funny as Mel Brooks version tho’:

    youtube.com/watch?v=LnF1OtP2Svk

    What is actually needed to drain the Sewer-on-the-Potomac would be an actual Auto-Da-Fe festival. I could recommend a guest list but there exists a special government algorithm that pinpoints all capital “H” heretics. There are quite a few of those right here at the CFN.

  20. FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    Deep State at war with itself == Ol’ Scratch

    My guess is that the Deep State in today’s form – an illegal alliance of part of US Intelligence and Law Enforcement with Mass Media – was created by Clinton after the loss of her candidate Al Gore to George W. Bush in 2000.

    Since its inherent alliance with the Islamic Extremists (since the days of Kosovo and Chechnya, but in fact much, much earlier), the 911 was their first attempted open coup d’etat in the United States.

    • Ol' Scratch May 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

      Not sure whether planning for 9-11 was a truly bipartisan effort or not, but it certainly became that way in the aftermath. Regardless of which it was, BillyBob and HRC and her little coterie certainly cast their lot with that bunch somewhere along the way. No doubt Obama was a blood member before he ever came to national prominence as well.

      • FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

        To be more specific, 911 was a Clinton’s Deep State conspiracy against the duly elected President of the United States – George W. Bush.

        The conspicuous lack of Hillary’s name from 911 conspiracy theories points to her as the actual author of anti-Bush 911 (and other) conspiracy theories which some members of this particular message board are so fond of.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

          Read that last sentence. Lack of proof is proof. This poster is a nutter.

  21. wm5135 May 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Walter please allow a small improvised chorus to a comment above-

    November 22, 1963 was the day that America died “from a self inflicted wound delivered 8/9/1945” and those who “counseled and encouraged the first injury completed the coup and now” rule by murder and death “have taken” over the halls of government.

    an improvised chorus, not attibuted to Walter B

    • Walter B May 7, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      The truth need not be credited to any man. It is only important that it be spoken freely from the mountaintops!

  22. FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 1:02 pm #


    apparently this is how she managed to convince Nixon to write a resignation letter after an hour of eye to eye interview without Nixon’s attorneys present.

    I question that she did that. Where is your source for your claim that she personally was involved in that way in Nixon’s resignation? == Tate

    I actually posted extensively here regarding role of Hillary Clinton in Watergate:

    And the Commission of Rodino could not show any evidence of Nixon’s connection with Watergate break-in, but a young attorney working for Commission Hillary Clinton locked herself with Nixon and blackmailed him with 18 minutes of erased magnetic tape, which by law records all the orders and conversations of the President Nixon, and managed to extract his resignation.

    Rodino subsequently acknowledged that the questioning of the President in the absence of his attorneys was completely illegal, but the winners are not judged, and Hillary provided an invaluable service to the powerful War Party in the United States, removing President from office, who did not give the green light to sabotage of the SALT-1.

    As a result, the Détente and peaceful coexistence of the two systems was transformed into regrouping for preparation of preemptive attack on the USSR.
    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/repricing-reality/#comment-261612

    or

    American Greatest Triumph of Democracy and Freedom of Speech comes back to bite Hillary over the ass
    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/a-pleasant-lull/#comment-278164

    Or you could google the materials on the internet, for example:

    COUNSEL CONFIRMS HILLARY’S ‘FRAUDULENT’ WATERGATE BRIEF

    Details of Hillary Clinton’s firing from the House Judiciary Committee staff for unethical behavior as she helped prepare articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon have been confirmed by the panel’s chief Republican counsel.
    wnd.com/2008/04/60962/

    • FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      Funny, back in 1974 it was also about Russia.

    • Tate May 7, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

      So your source is your own comment in an earlier post? LOL. The wnd website article you link to doesn’t support your contention that she personally interviewed Nixon for the purpose of duping him to resign either.

      Anyone who’s paid attention to my comment history knows I’m no Hillary supporter but c’mon, she’s not the mastermind you claim she is.

  23. homesteader May 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    “I was never a Trump supporter or voter, but it seems to me he deserves to succeed or fail as President on his own merits (or lack of).”

    Mr Kunstler, your statement (and similar statements in your other political posts) seems disingenuous, since you are almost never critical of Trump’s actions or policies—to the point that reading Clusterfuck Nation is often like reading a Fox News opinion piece. What gives?

    • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

      He doesn’t go into the blow by blow because he’s against everything Trump stands for – and he has made that clear many, many times.

  24. Luhrenloup May 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    How to say something intelligent about the doings in DC? Nobody enters the White House except by invitation, and that invitation doesn’t come from the voters. Who invited Trump? Perhaps the deep state is a duopoly. If Comey and the gang at FBI so wanted Hillary to win, why did he continue hounding her before the election. Assuredly, he could have finessed the situation, adept as he is in the political game.
    I find it interesting that Sessions is the first AG not to bow before his president as all of his predecessors did so. I also find it interesting that when Trump was being viciously attacked by Hollywood, lo and behold, a 20 year scandal involving Harvey Weinstein surfaces casting a pall over any righteous proclamations from that center. Clapper and Brennan do not strike me as the once power behind the throne, too weak, petty. Strikes me they were shafted by some stronger force. They are furious with Trump.
    Surely, the military has Trump’s back with all the money he’s given them and the concessions he has made in the ME.
    Hillary goes on and on about who caused her to lose the election. We like to think it’s because she’s a corrupt, entitled bitch, but perhaps not. As Emma Goldman said, If voting changed anything, it would be outlawed. We are merely voyeurs in the power plays of the DC troupers

    • FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

      Perhaps you should pay a little more attention to my theory of Western Colored Projects and their at least 1000 year struggle for world domination.

      • Luhrenloup May 7, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

        Why do I feel I’m being patted on the head, Fincain? Alright, I’ll bite, what is your theory of Western Colored Projects? I’m a newbie, how would I know?

        • ozone May 7, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

          Luhrenloup,
          You’ll be very, very sorry you asked that question.
          Other than the inevitability of death, that’s the only other thing I can guarantee…

          • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:05 am #

            and TAXES!

    • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

      The high level Zionists like him, even though the Liberal Establishment, Jewish and Non-Jewish hates him. There is a professional wrestling aspect to American Politics. To the extent he’s a Liberal Tribesman, Chuck Schumer hates him. To the extent he’s a Loyal Jew and Israel Firster, he does not. The Liberal stuff is out front in the ring. The Zionist stuff (at least with Schumer) is back in the locker room.

    • Tate May 8, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      Luhrenloup, when the pieces don’t fit — and you seem to have trouble fitting them together — a reasonable person reassesses his thinking.

      Nobody invited Trump. He crashed the party. To some conspiracy-minded individuals, this is not possible. All elections are rigged. But it happened.

      Comey had legitimate reasons for reopening the investigation; he has publicly expressed them if you care to hear.

      Are you sure that Sessions is the first AG “not to bow before his president?” We don’t live under an ‘Oriental despotism.’

      The idea that Hollywood has the moral standing to produce righteous indignation is laughable. And the Cosby scandal preceded Trump’s election by several years.

      Who has ever claimed that Clapper & Brennan were “powers behind the throne,” as you put it? That’s a weird assertion. Powers behind what throne?

      People who darkly hint at grand conspiracies to explain everything are often just lazy & uncritical thinkers.

      • Luhrenloup May 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

        As a reasonable person myself i can assure you that we have long ago discarded the aspersion of “conspiracy-minded individuals” with the avalanche of factual evidence that government works in nefarious ways to achieve its aims.

        Comey had a legitimate reason to charge Clinton for exposing state secrets; he did not. Legitimacy is not his strong suit.

        Are you sure there is “Oriental despotism?”

        We at least agree that Hollywood lacks moral standing, and what’s Cosby got to do with any of this?

        Re Clapper and Brennan: I believe Schumer stated as much with his statement about the intelligence community having 6 ways of getting at Trump.

        And lastly, not choosing as you have, to assert that “you seem to have trouble fitting them [your ideas] together” or being a “lazy and uncritical thinker,” my I suggest you reread my post with special focus on the last line.

      • Tate May 9, 2018 at 11:00 am #

        I’ve noticed that few are unwelcome here, even Grand Conspiracy theorists. Petty conspiracy theorists of course are a dime-a-dozen (I’m one myself.) May I enter your Cave, Luhrenloup, to witness the shadows?

        • Luhrenloup May 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

          thanks for the nod to my website, Luhrenloup’s Cave — http://www.luhrenloup.com.

          A word to the wise:
          You seem to believe that an argument is a simple competition in which winning or dominating is the goal, that it is entirely about social positioning; who looks best in the eyes of others. Trying to sabotage or demean me with your ad hominem attacks will not make you look good, right, or better.

          • Tate May 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

            I’m sorry, Luhrenloup. I was wrong to mock you. I won’t do it again.

  25. janet May 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    “As Emma Goldman said, If voting changed anything, it would be outlawed.”

    Yes, voting matters. And yes, that is why voting is being prevented.

    Voter ID laws work to prevent voting. For example, half a million registered Texas voters lack ID now required to vote, but just 653 state-issued cards have been dispensed over three years. Precisely because voting matters, there are many ways citizens are prevented from voting.

    1. Changing polling locations. An election official can make this call just days before an election.

    2. Changing polling hours or eliminating early voting days. This may be particularly problematic in urban counties where long polling lines are most likely.

    3. Reducing the number of polling places. This raises the same problem as above, particularly when the eliminated polling places had disproportionately served minority communities.

    4. At-large elections. At-large elections for school-board members or city councils often dilute the voting power of minorities who have greater influence in single-candidate district elections.

    5. Packing majority-minority districts. Election maps drawn to push all of a community’s minorities in one or a handful of districts can dilute their voting power.

    6. Dividing minority districts. Similarly, election maps can slice minority communities into multiple districts so that they have no cumulative influence in any one place. The line between these two tactics is a fine one.

    7. Voter ID laws: This increasingly popular tactic, sometimes likened to a modern-day poll tax, has the potential to disenfranchise voters who don’t have a driver’s license, or who don’t have the money or ability to obtain one (a disproportionate share of these people are minorities). Such laws can also have a disproportionate impact in cities, where many people don’t own cars.

    8. Onerous candidate qualifications. In 2007, a Texas provision tried to limit those people eligible to become water district supervisors to landowners who were registered to vote.

    9. Changing multi-lingual voter assistance. Making it harder for non-English language speakers to vote is a good way to dilute their power.

    10. Changing election dates. Another trick that may not require legislative approval.

    11. Creating new elections. In 2006, the DOJ objected to a plan in the Houston area that would have eliminated some joint elections and required voters to travel to multiple polling places.

    12. Canceling elections. We’re not even really sure how Kilmichael, Mississippi, thought they could get away with this.

    • Luhrenloup May 7, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

      Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Donald Trump was being “really dumb” for picking a fight with intelligence officials. “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” Sounds to me like they have more power than the president.
      These voter shenanigans you mention Janet, benefit politicians. If the president can be handled by the CIA et al. how much power and influence does the politician have to make changes? The shenanigans also create animosity between groups, thus preventing a coalition of citizens with shared needs, demands.

    • BackRowHeckler May 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

      How about Black Panthers standing outside the voting booth with clubs and switchblades like in Philly

      you forgot that one

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      They can have my vote.

      Except for a very few local races where I personally know the candidates, I’m ready to stop using it.

      It seems mostly about the ‘placebo effect.’

      -Sticks

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:18 am #

        P.S. “God Bless Texas!”

    • Tate May 8, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      In many Latin American countries, voting is mandatory. Wow! It’s done such wonders.

      Actually, we’d all be better off if the franchise were restricted by competency. Same with holding public office; same with serving on juries.

      • Elrond Hubbard May 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

        Voting is also compulsory in Australia. Failing to vote in a federal election there is an offence punishable by a $20 fine.

        aec.gov.au/Voting/Compulsory_Voting.htm

        It’s hardly unreasonable to require people to do something that is a civic duty, in my opinion. Without it, elections are weighted toward the opinions of people who are motivated to vote, i.e. people with more extreme, outlying or strongly held opinions/beliefs. This tends toward political polarization, whereby candidates pander to likely voters, much like we see in the USA these days.

        Of course, for some people preventing those with the ‘wrong’ opinions from voting is a feature, not a bug. Sounds like Tate has been drinking the Lee Atwater Kool-Aid.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

          So everyone should be mandated to own a gun too. When a fellow citizen is in distress, how can you help them if you are disarmed?

          • Elrond Hubbard May 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

            Okay, Janos, let’s test your idea against reality.

            – On the one hand is the requirement to either vote, or else pay $20, every four years or so. Twenty bucks every four years: highly affordable for just about everyone. Responsible government, on the other hand, is a treasure beyond price — just ask those who endure life without it.

            – On the other hand? Well, just read this article: Video shows off-duty officer pulling gun on man mistakenly suspected of stealing Mentos

            Read it yet? Good. So on the other hand, you give everybody a gun. Affordability of a $1.19 roll of mints: high. Affordability of a new life for someone shot down in a deeply stupid misunderstanding? A new husband for his widow? A replacement father for his orphans? None. None whatsoever, once you’ve taken life from him.

            Why start forcing people to carry death irons in a land already on such a hair trigger that a trained and sworn police officer comes within a hair of killing an honest man over a pack of Mentos? Isn’t life a little too cheap already? After all, you’re the one who’s always compulsively quoting Tolkien, so quote this to yourself: “Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the Wise cannot see all ends.”

          • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

            Yes, only the qualified should use guns. Certainly no one should be mandated to – teachers especially. But certainly qualified and interested teachers should be encouraged, rather than have to throw their bodies in front of shooters.

            The ballot is an even more dangerous weapon and should be even more restricted. Surely you realized I was drawing a parallel? But you couldn’t resist walking in and getting clocked with my right hook.

            Like the old comic strip, “They’ll do it every time”.

      • Tate May 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

        Although I’m ambivalent about mandatory voting, you do have a valid point that special interests tend to capture the process.

        Nevertheless, the ballot should be restricted (a separate issue) by a combination of age & mental acuity if we want better outcomes. Where do you draw the lines? I don’t know, that would have to be the result of a compromise after a long public debate.

        Age would be the least controversial criterion. It’s certainly craziness to lower age requirement as is being discussed now. Experience counts. On the other hand, should the senile be allowed to vote? Clearly, no.

        • Tate May 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

          And then you whine about people throwing emotionally-charged rhetoric around here and then link to Lee Atwater Kool-aid? Ha Ha.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 8, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

            Huh? I don’t take your point. Lee Atwater famously was caught on tape declaring openly how to use racial prejudice and vote suppression as tools to subvert elections. All of that may be ’emotionally-charged’, but much like the fact that everybody poops, it’s also a fact — we’ve got the goods. The audio is there in that article I linked to. You can listen to it for yourself if you’ve got the time.

            That fact alone, Tate, would render your blithering about ‘mental acuity’ suspect even if there were reason to take it seriously (when anyone with two brain cells to rub together can see that you’re just a bigot).

          • Tate May 9, 2018 at 10:51 am #

            That fact alone, Tate, would render your blithering about ‘mental acuity’ suspect even if there were reason to take it seriously (when anyone with two brain cells to rub together can see that you’re just a bigot).

            What are you mincing about?

            I can’t be a bigot, the reason being I’m Black. Yes, that’s right. I had one of those DNA tests done? It showed that I have 1/2 of one percent Khoisan ancestry. Yep, one of those clickity little Bushman dudes who chase Land Rovers around in reverse. By definition, that means I can’t be a bigot.

            I wish I was a bigot though. My dictionary says that a bigot is, “one who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.” If I wasn’t Black, I would definitely be a bigot.

          • Tate May 9, 2018 at 10:54 am #

            Here’s a good link to an article by Steve Sailer that proves that I’m Black, based on my DNA results.

            takimag.com/article/the_affirmative_action_honor_system_steve_sailer#axzz5F0vGKOeW

          • Elrond Hubbard May 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

            Specious parodies of reason aside, I wouldn’t care about your ancestry whether that were true or not (which is why I won’t bother with your link). That’s the point: actual facts are independent of anyone’s identity.

            A reasonable person takes empirically established facts into account when forming their opinions. A bigot does the opposite: they resist facts, and push back against people who come bearing facts that contradict their world view.

            We’re all prone to this, but if you’re doing it to the point that people call you out on it, you just may be a bigot.

          • Tate May 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

            You won’t bother with my link, but you’re a hard-headed “fact-based” realist. Right.

            Let me ask you: what “empirically established facts” are you saying I’ve denied? I’d like to at least be able to respond without ad hominems, which you’re so handy with.

            I remember when I tried being reasonable with you and put forward reasonable arguments about guns, but when I did, you wouldn’t hear it. Just like all the rest of you Lefty snowflakes, you just got on your high horse and dismissed my reasonable argument out of hand with a supercilious sneer. So what’s the point of trying to be serious with you?

        • GreenAlba May 8, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

          The young, who very, very clearly voted against Brexit, have seen their futures derailed by their (considerably) older counterparts, many of whom won’t be around when the bill comes in.

          I don’t personally think that lowering the voting ago to below 18 is the way to go, but I can imagine how galling it would be to see your rights voted away by people who might not even be alive by the time the changes they voted for were implemented. That’s actually happening.

          • Tate May 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

            It would be interesting to know the ethnic demographics of that younger voting bloc and by how wide a margin it voted against Brexit.

            I suspect, given the fact that the Pajeets are outbreeding the Natives five-to-one, that most of those younger voters were in that category.

          • GreenAlba May 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            I had to look up ‘pajeet’, Tate. The urban dictionary tells me it’s a racial slur, and the definition had a lot of other fairly nasty stuff attached. So thanks for broadening my education.

            You are right that there was a slightly higher Remain vote among ethnic minorities, but of course you will realise that they’re all British citizens, otherwise they wouldn’t have been allowed to vote. Apart from Irish people – my husband can vote without being a citizen.

            The single most important demographic indicator was education. The more educated voted Remain; the least educated voted Leave. I wonder if the ethnic minorities were more educated…

            Your five-to-one figure is of course ridiculous. And anyone born here is a native.

  26. PeteAtomic May 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/4442163-commentary-financial-forecast-colleges-gloomy-how-can-…

    How can colleges survive??

    Revenue at places of higher education is declining. Uh oh. Well, maybe many of these ‘institutions’ would be better served by offering more practical programming, and less “Hobby Degree” material. People do actually need to find meaningful or at least have productive and marketable skills out there. Many colleges and universities have very weak or almost non-existent Allied Health degrees, for example. These are jobs that medical technologists in most hospital departments are doing. Tech schools now fill those roles, and allow universities to monopolize Liberal Ed. programs like “African American Studies” or “LBTQ studies”. Many of these programs ought to be lumped into one catch-all degree and called something like “Leftist Activist Studies”. Much more honest.

  27. FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    Putin’s Inauguration

    youtube.com/watch?v=wE7euTDnhMk

    In the resignation of President Yeltsin there is one mystery – the time when it occurred. The official announcement of the resignation was at noon, but I want to testify that I saw him in Chicago on the first channel of Russian television much earlier. It was this way:
    I came home very late, probably at about eleven o’clock in the evening. During dinner, Boris Yeltsin appeared on the television screen and delivered his speech-repentance of resignation. I was shocked! It was obvious that this was a live broadcast. I do not remember the exact time, but it’s possible to exclude the noon in Moscow. In Chicago noon of Moscow corresponds to 3 o’clock in the morning, and after 12 hours of work until that time I could not physically sit out. But the time of this event is a secondary matter.

    What’s important is what I saw on the TV screen after this speech. President Yeltsin signed a decree appointing Vladimir Putin as Acting President of the Russian Federation and handed over a black folder with a decree to His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II.

    The Patriarch took a folder with one hand, and with another blessed the bowed head of Vladimir Putin. Then he handed him the folder and anointed his forehead with oil. After that, two naval officers with a suitcase approached Vladimir Putin and the camera drove off and showed the generals – representatives of all arms of the armed forces with glasses of champagne in their hands. After that, everyone drank and broke the glasses shouting: “Glory to Russia!”.

    Then they showed an interview with Patriarch Alexy II, which I remember badly – obviously began to fall asleep with fatigue. I remember that the Holy One talked about how he was woken up in the middle of the night and brought to the Kremlin.

    Personally for me, the most important symbolic significance of this event was that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin received power from the hands of the Orthodox Church and was blessed to continue serving Russia by His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II.

    Thus, when Russia moved to the new century and the new millennium, after 83 years of the Time of Troubles, the procedure of symbolic sacralization of power by the Orthodox Church was recreated, but a completely new procedure for transferring power in Russia was created by the method of appointing a heir, with subsequent legitimization by a popular elections.

    This procedure was confirmed in 2008 and, with God’s help, will become a tradition in Russia. Moreover, the very idea of the Orthodox Faith was restored, as one of the possible sources of power, that is, in fact, the idea of the Orthodox Empire as a Christian Katechon and Restraining from creating the Hell on Earth.

  28. Ishabaka May 7, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    The Republican’s 1998 message was “Monica, Monica, Monica” – and they lost. The Democrat’s message in 2018 is “Stormy, Stormy, Stormy”……

  29. tucsonspur May 7, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    Rosenstein should go the way of Ruckelshaus.

    As for Hillary, she graduated law school in 1973. Married Bill in 1975.
    Nixon resigned in 1974. The “Saturday Night Massacre” occurred in October, 1973.

    She is not listed in the indices, under Rodham or Clinton in either “The Palace Guard” or “The Final Days”, both about Watergate.

    Look at her as Congressional counsel, on the road to “making her bones”.

    snopes.com/fact-check/hillary-clinton-watergate/

    • tucsonspur May 7, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

      Notice the pensive, somewhat calculating look, the scent of power wafting off of the surrounding males, creating within her an ambition and desire that would soon mate with Bill’s, and carry her to political prominence, prestige, and prestidigitation.

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:25 am #

        prestidigitation?…You do and you’ll clean it up! 😉

        • tucsonspur May 9, 2018 at 2:55 am #

          Ha! Back then I bet there was plenty of magic under that blue-blooded, blue stocking look. But then it all became black magic.

          It’s good when a ray of sun light beams through the clouds.

  30. FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    Hookers, lies and fraud: Snopes in danger of closing doors

    mobile.wnd.com/2017/07/hookers-lies-and-fraud-snopes-in-danger-of-closing-doors/

    You don’t really know whom to trust these days, do you?

  31. FincaInTheMountains May 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    The Rodino commission failed to show any evidence of Nixon’s connection with the Watergate burglars, but the young lawyer of the Rodino Commission, Hillary Clinton, locked herself up with Nixon and, blackmailing him with 18 minutes of erased tape, which by law recorded all President Nixon’s conversations, extracted from him the resignation letter.

    And Rodino later admitted that this interrogation of the President in the absence of his lawyers was completely illegal, but the winners not to be judged, and Hillary rendered an invaluable service to a powerful Party of War in the US, removing from his post the president, who did not give green light to the sabotage to SALT-1 treaty.

    The consequence of this was the transformation of Detente and the peaceful coexistence of the two systems into a regrouping and preparation of a disarming attack on the USSR.

    Recognize the style – reboot / overload?

  32. 100th Avatar May 7, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

    “The Deep State — and when I use that term, I mean the swollen, entrenched, permanent federal bureaucracy and their water-carrier corps of lobbyists, policy wonks, contractors, and media mouthpieces”

    There is already a word for this that doesn’t carry the conspiratorial that you seek to avoid: Leviathan.

    the political state; especially : a totalitarian state having a vast bureaucracy.

    However
    it has been coopted by the new libertarian set. That perhaps is worse.

    • BackRowHeckler May 7, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

      “The Leviathan” — Thomas Hobbes

      From the English Civil War period, but still relevant today.

      brh

  33. akmofo May 7, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

    ?Matt Bracken: The Great Understanding
    youtu.be/fsd4jZxa1io

  34. Pucker May 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

    Because all of the Political Correctness, Americans en masse repress what they really think.

    I wonder how the Bad Faith of the average Soviet citizen compares to the Bad Faith, dishonesty, and Wishful Thinking prevalent in America today?

    “Viktor Frankl, the psychiatrist and Nazi concentration camp survivor who wrote the classic Man’s Search for Meaning, drew a similar social-psychological conclusion: deceitful, inauthentic individual existence is the precursor to social totalitarianism. Sigmund Freud, for his part, analogously believed that “repression” contributed in a non-trivial manner to the development of mental illness (and the difference between repression of truth and a lie is a matter of degree, not kind). Alfred Adler knew it was lies that bred sickness. C.G. Jung knew that moral problems plagued his patients, and that such problems were caused by untruth. All these thinkers, all centrally concerned with pathology both individual and cultural, came to the same conclusion: lies warp the structure of Being. Untruth corrupts the soul and the state alike, and one form of corruption feeds the other.”

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

  35. Pucker May 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    “The capacity of the rational mind to deceive, manipulate, scheme, trick, falsify, minimize, mislead, betray, prevaricate, deny, omit, rationalize, bias, exaggerate and obscure is so endless, so remarkable, that centuries of pre-scientific thought, concentrating on clarifying the nature of moral endeavour, regarded it as positively demonic. This is not because of rationality itself, as a process. That process can produce clarity and progress. It is because rationality is subject to the single worst temptation—to raise what it knows now to the status of an absolute.”

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

  36. Pucker May 7, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    They used to sell aerosol spray cans of fart in Spencer’s in the mall with the fluroescent lava lamps and Fara Fawcett posters.

    • Tate May 8, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      Why weren’t they in the section with the whoopee cushions & fake dog poop? That’s poor placement.

  37. Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

    Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    He freed a lot of people,
    But it seems the good they die young.
    You know, I just looked around and he’s gone.

    Anybody here seen my old friend John?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    He freed a lot of people,
    But it seems the good they die young.
    I just looked around and he’s gone.

    Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    He freed a lot of people,
    But it seems the good they die young.
    I just looked ’round and he’s gone.

    Didn’t you love the things that they stood for?
    Didn’t they try to find some good for you and me?
    And we’ll be free
    Some day soon, and it’s a-gonna be one day …

    Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill,
    With Abraham, Martin and John.

    Don’t let Bobby catch up (In your mind’s ear hear a bizarre nasal Massachusetts accent saying, “Do you know who I AM?”).

    I used to believe all of this stuff. I went to Rainbow Gatherings and such. But the Vision we were chasing cannot be lived in this World, not in this Age at least. And to keep seeking it is to lose the lesser Good that can be in favor of a great Good that cannot. Fine for the very young, but to keep on with it is to ignore the reality of Evil, both conscious and unconscious, both organized and unorganized, both within and without.

    I’m not alone. Some of the Old Hippies became Red Necks. But most remained daft, went back to school, and became Social Justice Warriors. Everything that I hate in other words. Blaming the failure of the Vision on Western Culture and the White Race. Smart people in some ways though – taking over whole areas, cities, and even the State of Vermont. The Libertarians dream of doing this but no comparable success to date. White Nationalists have barely begun and we are in chaos, alas.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:33 am #

      I know, I know. But it was such a catchy tune! For (almost) one hit wonder Dion. And what about that harp? -Sticks

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:40 am #

        P.S. YOU at Rainbow Gatherings? Ha, I woulda paid to see that!

        Got any pics? 😉

        -Sticks

    • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

      “I’m not alone. Some of the Old Hippies became Red Necks”

      Janos,
      How often, then, did Red Necks become old hippies?

      …Uhh, never? Seems that is a one-way street….

  38. BackRowHeckler May 7, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    I remember reading about the Soviet Show Trials of the 1930s, when dozens of top Russian officials were charged with major crimes — spying, wrecking, collusion — to which all the defendants admitted and pleaded guilty to. Of course they were all tortured severely, as were their wive and children, in order to elicit the guilty plea and guarantee cooperation. It was all a setup. These procedures remind of those, except its the FBI rigging the outcomes instead of the dreaded NKVD. Now that was a deep state, and American writers, actors and professors of the 1930s and 40s loved it dearly. The only difference is … the afternoon the trial ended (with a guilty verdict) the defendant, cursed by Citizen Prosecutor Vishinsky, was taken out back and shot straight away. The next da his whole family was shot. for every guilty verdict its estimated about 10,000 people were shot.

    Nobody here will be shot by the Deep State shadow government, just ruined.

    brh

  39. BackRowHeckler May 7, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    College graduation ceremonies this weekend.

    I listened to a few of the speeches, carried on the local news.

    All the speakers: Black Women

    theme: racism and bigotry

    other theme: sexual harrasment

    thats about it

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

      Black acted up while getting his diploma. As if he did something great. They can’t do anything with showboating. He had to be pushed of the stage – probably the luckiest thing that every happened to him. Fuck the diploma – he just hit the ghetto lottery.

      • BackRowHeckler May 7, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

        Worthless diplomas.

        But why not a little African Street Theater to rub whiteys nose in it and show whitey whos boss now.

        brh

  40. wm5135 May 7, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    “Some of the Old Hippies became Red Necks.” – Janos

    Yes they did, we are in agreement if only for today
    wm

    • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      What is your basic objection to White Nationalism? The means (in general and/or my particular take on it) thereto? Or the End itself?

      Let’s not be like Ahab who said (as memory serves): All my means are sane, but my ends utterly mad.

      • Tate May 7, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

        Some of these people here think it’s a deadly sin to identify as White or, Oh No! — a White Male. They think nothing’s going to happen to them, LOL, if they pretend they’re not the targets of a hate campaign.

  41. Tate May 7, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    U.S. is defunding the White Helmets.

    Good.

    cbsnews.com/news/u-s-freezes-funding-for-syrias-white-helmets/

    The howling has already begun,

    twitter.com/SamanthaJPower/status/992215162139574273

    It was this group which reported the false flag “gas attack” on Douma that resulted in a US air strike at Syrian military bases: they have been the source of similar hoaxes for years in the region. The White Helmets received about a third of their funding from the US State Department, and the rest from the Saudis and other supporters of Sunni terrorism worldwide.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:44 am #

      “Haters gotta Hate!”

      – Ms Sammy Power

  42. akmofo May 7, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    ?The Bridge Between Sound and Light
    youtu.be/urTcitL66YI

  43. janet May 7, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    The Republican’s 1998 message was “Monica, Monica, Monica” – and they lost. The Democrat’s message in 2018 is “Stormy, Stormy, Stormy”……” –Ishabaka

    The Republican’s 1998 message was “Monica, Monica, Monica” – and they lost. The Democrat’s message in 2018 is jobs, infrastructure, health care……

    While Republicans are eager to run on issues like tax reform, jobs and immigration, Democrats are doubling down a push for increased federal spending to rebuild roads and bridges and to expand broadband as well as their defense of long-standing social programs like Social Security and Medicare.

    During their annual policy and issues retreat, House Democrats unveiled more specifics for their trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal. They say their plan would be five times larger than what the president is proposing and create “more than 10 million of good paying jobs.”

    “In the 20th Century America’s ingenuity and commitment to have the best infrastructure imaginable, helped to launch our economy, created new jobs, and made our infrastructure the envy of the world. Today, that is no longer the case,” said Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island. Cicilline cited a study from the World Economic Forum that ranked U.S. infrastructure ninth in the world.

    “The American people don’t need these reports to tell them what they already know about the condition of our roads, bridges, rail systems, schools and airports. They experience it every day,” Cicilline went on.

    Their proposal, which noticeably and intentionally feels like a new version of the New Deal, President Franklin Roosevelt’s government spending and public project program in the late 1930s that helped bring the country out of economic depression, includes investments in rural broadband development, green energy programs and more basic highway and transportation modernization.

    “You cannot build a 21st Century economy on a mid-20th Century infrastructure,” said Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. “To participate in the economy you need to have access to internet and to a grid. And you need to be able to get there on roads. We have let that slide.”

  44. janet May 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

    Some of the Old Hippies became Red Necks. – Janos

    And some of the old rednecks became hippies. Life is change.

    Filmmaker Philip Bloom interviewed Jeff Pierce, a self-declared redneck hippie who lives about 60 minutes outside the city. Pierce likes to ride BMX bikes and he loves to shoot guns.

    “I got the best of both worlds going on here,” Pierce says in the video. “The coexistence of rednecks and hippies, man, that’s what a Willie Nelson show’s all about.”

    • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      “And some of the old rednecks became hippies.”

      Janet,
      A recockulous statement. A “Red Neck” is a state of mind, not an avocation…name one prominent former “red neck” who became a hippie…a liberal by definition.

  45. Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

    Our Hispanic Brothers seem to have discovered a Paradise that CAN be attained. Attend:

    In 2007, he (E Chapo) fell for Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 17-year-old contestant for the title of “Queen of the Great Guayaba and Coffee Festival” in Sinaloa. On Jan. 6, 2008, she held a dance in La Angostura in support of her candidacy. Two hundred armed men on motorcycles roared into town and secured the entrances to the city. A popular professional music group, “Los Canelos de Durango” arrived by air to serenade the beauty with her favorite songs, and El Chapo himself and his entourage arrived later in a fleet of six planes. Emma’s beaming parents presented her to her suitor, and the party went on for 12 hours before El Chapo and his pals made a graceful exit. Only the next day did the cops arrive. Emma won the beauty competition, and went on to become El Chapo’s third wife.

    Emma’s story, by the way, has a fairy-tale ending in the eyes of many Latinas, who want nothing more than to catch the eye of a drug baron. Sin tetas no hay paraiso (No Paradise Without Tits) is the name of a novel by a Colombian author about mothers who pay for breast augmentation for their daughters so they can become the playthings of men with drug money. The book was made into a wildly popular television series that ran for 23-episodes and was syndicated all over Latin America (the Puerto Rican version was called No Paradise Without Breasts because the FCC forbids use of the word “tits”).

    JS: And America is also open to the Wisdom of the Brazilian world and their paradise of big butts via surgery. I don’t know, it seems kind of violent and vulgar. Since it’s half fake anyway, maybe I’ll just wait for the sex robots which are coming along quickly. I’m sure they won’t compare to the heartbreaking beauty of the Hippy women who “wore their love like heaven”, but what can you do? I was too young for the best of that, which didn’t and couldn’t last very long as I already explained. In any case, what is coming from the South is very, very real despite all its silicone. Maybe you have a stronger stomach than me and will embrace a living human blow up doll, inflated both fore and aft. Some of the Latina weather girls do look pretty good I must admit. But anything beats our pink haired, 300 pound tattooed beasts of resentment silently screaming “Feed Me”!

    El Chapo lead us….

    • Janos Skorenzy May 7, 2018 at 11:56 pm #

      Amren.com, “Mexico on the Brink”, last week.

      Interesting article. During WW2, America taught the Mexicans to grow opium because Turkey was with the Axis. After the War they asked them to stop growing it. Not a chance in hell of they ever would of course. The Global Order has many unintended consequences, eh? For every imported treat, there is a foreign vice that comes in as well.

      • tucsonspur May 8, 2018 at 2:37 am #

        And it’s too bad the Zimmermann cable didn’t produce a different result. We could have owned Mexico. If only Carranza had the ambitions that Hitler had in the next war.

        • Tate May 8, 2018 at 10:50 am #

          Good riddance. Kinda like owning a chimpanzee.

      • GreenAlba May 8, 2018 at 11:42 am #

        “For every imported treat, there is a foreign vice that comes in as well.”

        Tell me about it. Some of your music was fun decades ago, but those ruddy ‘golden arches’ everywhere are a blot on everyone’s landscape. And when I say ‘everywhere’, I mean ‘everywhere’. They should have saved the name ‘Staphylococcus aureus’ for them.

        Still, wait till Brexit’s done and dusted and we’re screwed by the invading hordes of your ‘healthcare’ (haha) mega-industry, which seems to think it’s not enough that people should be ill, it would be better if they were bankrupt too to finish them off. And the golden arches lot make plenty of money making them ill too. An entrepreneurial pas-de-deux choreographed in heaven (well, their heaven, anyway).

        I suppose that will put things in perspective for us. A foreign vice indeed.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:52 am #

      Sin tetas no hay paraiso

      I’m starting a Go Fund Me to print a thousand bumper stickers.

      Anybody interested?

      -Sticks

      • Tate May 8, 2018 at 10:58 am #

        I overheard a conversation a few years back. It was in a supermarket parking lot. This older gentleman was replying to the ‘bag boy’ (PC?) who was helping him carry his groceries. The kid had noticed the bumper sticker on the man’s car, thought it was cool. He told him that he had designed & marketed that bumper sticker (I forget what it said) and that it had made him big $$$. I can’t remember the amount but it was a good chunk of change.

        Seems like it would be a good way to make a living.

  46. tucsonspur May 8, 2018 at 2:24 am #

    Hillary was one of the first to hear the Nixon tapes. Where is it stated that she extracted Nixon’s resignation letter? Tell me. I detest unfounded comments. Give me proof.

    Here’s more on Nixon and Hillary:

    bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-11-05/how-richard-nixon-created-hillary-clinton

  47. Pucker May 8, 2018 at 3:17 am #

    Jordan Peterson says that it’s not rare that people don’t know how to think on their own.

    “Miss S, we’ll call her, was vague to the point of non-existence. She was a ghost of a person. She dressed, however, like a professional. She knew how to present herself, for first appearances. In consequence, she had finagled her way onto a government advisory board considering the construction of a major piece of transportation infrastructure (even though she knew nothing about government, advising or construction). She also hosted a local public-access radio show dedicated to small business, even though she had never held a real job, and knew nothing about being an entrepreneur. She had been receiving welfare payments for the entirety of her adulthood. Her parents had never provided her with a minute of attention. She had four brothers and they were not at all good to her. She had no friends now, and none in the past. She had no partner. She had no one to talk to, and she didn’t know how to think on her own (that’s not rare). She had no self. She was, instead, a walking cacophony of unintegrated experiences.”

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

    • GreenAlba May 8, 2018 at 9:33 am #

      “Jordan Peterson says that it’s not rare that people don’t know how to think on their own.”

      I think it’s quite funny that you don’t see the irony of that while you post half his book 🙂 .

      • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

        He’s a big deal over on this side of the pond. Let us now praise famous men and all. Show some respect.

        I actually watched PBS the other day and caught a British show about Churchill’s art. He was pretty good. How much are his paintings going for? I want a Winny to match my donkey. I’ll hang it in his stall…

        • GreenAlba May 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

          Janos, I’ve listened to quite a few clips. I don’t find him particularly controversial, regardless of passing fads. Maybe that’s to do with being a child of the 50s. But from the bits that have been posted here, his writing style leaves something to be desired, so YouTube clips would seem the way to go.

          But I’ll respect whom I choose, thank you very much. Don’t presume to tell me whom to respect. Your recommendations don’t come to me highly recommended, by definition.

          My point had nothing whatever to do with the value or otherwise of Dr Peterson’s views. But you seem to have missed that in your haste to nip at my heels. Quelle surprise.

          On the other hand, I like the idea that you hanker after a donkey. It is a mixture of oddness and ordinariness that gives some hope for you. My own hankerings are more modest. I’d love to see a couple of tortoises wandering happily over my garden but the temperature for a fair bit of the year would not allow it. I’d have to move to the south of England, so will have to live tortoise free. Such is life. I hope some day you get your donkey and a field where it might be content. It might keep your mind on kinder things.

          • GreenAlba May 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

            And I wish he’d stop fiddling with his bl**dy wedding ring. It’s distracting and may have psychological origins…

  48. Pucker May 8, 2018 at 3:18 am #

    “One surprising time (and this is only one occasion of many when such things happened), I was listening to someone very carefully, and she told me within minutes (a) that she was a witch and (b) that her witch coven spent a lot of its time visualizing world peace together. She was a long-time lower-level functionary in some bureaucratic job. I would never have guessed that she was a witch. I also didn’t know that witch covens spent any of their time visualizing world peace. I didn’t know what to make of any of it, either, but it wasn’t boring, and that’s something.”

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

  49. Pucker May 8, 2018 at 3:41 am #

    I wonder what percentage of white American women at some level imagine themselves as witches?

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 7:59 am #

      I don’t know. What percentage self-identify as radical feminists?

      • Pucker May 8, 2018 at 9:19 am #

        There are over 10,000 search results on Amazon for books about witchcraft.

    • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

      “I wonder what percentage of white American women at some level imagine themselves as witches?”

      Puck,
      There is a large coven in Wolf Creek,Oregon about 20 miles north of Grants Pass…knew a number of them. Several gave me “gifts” …demonic images…large coffee cups displaying monsters and their human prey.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

        Gifts? For services rendered? Or in hope of services rendered?

        • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

          Janos,
          Grateful customers….

  50. Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 4:33 am #

    Janos Skorenzy
    May 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    “What’s a good one to read or watch about the Kennedy assassination?”

    I’ve read maybe a dozen books on the JFK assassination, several of them around the 50th anniversary. There are hundreds of them; writing them is a cottage industry of sorts. In selecting them, I spent hours reading reviews and reader comments to decide which to spend my time on. For my money, there is one book that stands head and shoulders above all the others:

    “LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination”
    by Phillip F. Nelson (4.4/5 Stars)
    amazon.com/LBJ-Mastermind-Assassination-Phillip-Nelson/dp/1620876108/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=…

    There are books positing the mob, the CIA, FBI, Russians, Cubans, Texas oil men, the MIC (military industrial complex) etc., Mastermind, in its expansive, 650+ pages / 27+ hours in Audible.com version (paperback now only $7.57 on Amazon), shows how multiple elements were likely involved, with LBJ best positioned, as well as possessing the morals, means, motive, etc., to coordinate the disparate interests of varied parties.

    For example, LBJ orchestrated and hand-selected the members of the Warren Commission to conduct the assassination investigation. He asked CIA director Allen Dulles to chair the commission. Kennedy, of course, had famously vowed to bust up the CIA and scatter it to the winds. No conflict there. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had been LBJ’s across the street neighbor and bosom buddy in exclusive NW Washington for decades and like Johnson, personally despised the Kennedys, particularly Hoover’s boss, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. At the time, Bobby himself was ruthlessly prosecuting organized crime despite the tacit understanding the administration would lay off them after Kennedy father, Prohibition era illegal Irish whiskey runner Joseph Kennedy, had used his mob connections to see to it that Kennedy carried close states like Illinois and West Virginia in the razor thin ’60 election against Richard Nixon. Hoover had famously even denied the existence of “the Mafia” in America. J. Edgar Hoover, in addition to being personally corrupt (despite his public persona), autocratic, close friendship with LBJ and hatred of the Kennedys, feared JFK would end his multi-decade control of the FBI in a second term. Add to the mix Texas oil men like Clint Murchison wanting a continuation of the lucrative oil depletion allowance, Texas-based military industrial complex interests, including Bell Aerospace, General Dynamics and Brown and Root, which had previously channeled enormous amounts of money to enrich LBJ in earlier decades as his climb to power progressed, and needed an expansion of the Vietnam War which Kennedy was winding down, and there were more than enough interests vested in an LBJ presidency with the influence and financial resources necessary to facilitate it.

    [FROM DESCRIPTION] “Lyndon B. Johnson’s flawed [TNT: narcissistic/sociopathic personality, bipolar disorder] personality and character traits, formed as a child, grew unchecked for the rest of his life as he suffered severe bouts of manic-depressive illness. He successfully hid this disorder from the public as he bartered, stole, and finessed his way through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. Phillip F. Nelson traces Johnson’s deeply flawed personality and erratic behavior back to his early childhood in Texas, shows how he became a master of manipulation by the time he finished college, and using those skills, “combined with his overpowering manic personality, amoral instincts, and thirst for power, allowed him to prosper both financially and politically during his years in Congress…”

    Nelson describes how Johnson began planning his takeover of the U.S. presidency even before being named the VP nominee in 1960 and how he was able to force himself onto Kennedy’s presidential ticket, and once in office, played an active role in the assassination of President Kennedy. By 1963, Johnson’s fear that Kennedy planned to remove him from the upcoming 1964 ticket, as well as investigations into his decades long personal corruption beginning to close in on him [TNT: Bobby Baker, Billie Sol Estes, etc.] shifted his scheming into high gear.
    Of course an assassination orchestrated by Johnson could have only taken place in Texas, where he wielded enormous power in a criminal network of influence and contacts throughout the state, such as within the Dallas Police Department, and Nelson shows how LBJ was able to call upon them to facilitate various aspects of the crime, before, during and directly after the assassination.

    ‘Mastermind’ is a masterpiece of fact and logic and through careful and meticulous research, Phillip F. Nelson lays out the JFK assassination conspiracy in great detail, from conception, through execution, followed by cover-up, and coherently demonstrates how LBJ was in the center, orchestrating each element as the crime of the century unfolded. Very highly recommended!

    •Sticks-of-TNT

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 4:52 am #

      NOTE: The Warren Commission took its unofficial name—the Warren Commission—from its chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren, but he was a figurehead. Meetings were chaired and directed, and the construction of the actual final report was overseen by Allen Welsh Dulles, former Director of Central Intelligence and head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

      -Sticks

      • Walter B May 8, 2018 at 8:23 am #

        Who was fired with great prejudice by President Kennedy himself after the national disgrace of the Bay of Pigs. This fact alone is more than enough proof of who murdered John Kennedy. Of course the findings of the Congressional Committee on the assassination that is WAS a conspiracy after all is sort of proof too, the Dulles connection should be sufficient alone.

        • JohnAZ May 8, 2018 at 9:29 am #

          JFK’s assassination was a small episode in an ongoing takeover by the Deep State in their continuing battle to turn us into a socialistic State with them in charge. This is bigger that Dem-GOP. The political schism is being used by the Elite to divide the US to gain power. Read my below.

      • ozone May 8, 2018 at 9:57 am #

        Sticks,
        Interestingly enough, a search for this book gets you instantly flagged and tracked (try it and see if you have a tracking app.).
        Wonder why that would be?

        If TPTB are worried that the lumpen are losing faith in the grifting and skimming institutions and bureaucracies that they’ve carefully built — they certainly should be. Trying to shore up public confidence with the false flag of 9-11 will turn out to have the exact opposite effect, but it sure was great for shadow agencies and “legal” codification of universal surveillance (for the present). Future generations will curse our name after the rise (and eventual fall) of Experiment in Totalitarian Fascism 2.0. The Frankenstein-ian Corporate States of America was completed during the Cheney administration, and anyone with a smidgen of imagination and couple of functioning brain-cells can provide a pretty good guess as to where we go from here. How long will it take to work itself through is the only question. A couple generations? With birth-to-death total spectrum dominance, it would take an intensive, wide-ranging collapse to loose its grip.* That will determine the timeline, unfortunately. The writing on the wall is succinct and written in giant letters, but hey, who reads anymore? As one poster here points out: B.O.H.I.C.A. (a.k.a. “the hard way”) — It’s the only learning curve that seems to stick.

        *Yes, that’s ‘loose’ (moose, noose, goose), not ‘lose’ (news, blues, shoes).

        • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 10:55 am #

          Vely Interesting Herr Commandant!

          Ozone,

          I don’t use a tracking app, but your post is an indication I should seriously consider using one. Like unprotected sex these days, it would appear I’m engaging in very reckless behavior.

          I believe just about every direction I head within my browser & YouTube would likely set off alarm bells down deep in the bowels of The Underhalls at the NSA!

          Do you have some recommendations for me?

          I have both Mac & Windows OS computers here in Sticks’ iCave.

          Are such apps available for tablets like iPads & Kindles?

          Any advice from you or the other good Shitizens of CFN are greatly appreciated.

          B.O.H.I.C.A. Indeed,

          •Sticks-of-TNT

        • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

          Now try the one Tucson recommended and see if the same thing happens. We’ll figure out the best book by that way – by how much they hate it.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      Anything in there about the Federal Reserve banking scam? Some say that JFK was onto that and determined to take action against the banks.

    • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Janos,

      Have read several supposedly first person accounts…one in Playboy Magazine that had the ring of truth. Gunman(Mafia hit-person) said the kill shot was from a Remington XP-100…a single-shot bolt pistol that shoots, with rifle accuracy, a shortened .223 cartridge called the 221 Fireball.. The weapon was new on the market in the early ’60’s. I have owned one for 30 years or so and can keep three shots into 1/3 of an inch at 100 yards.

      Another account stated that the kill shot was fired from a storm drain at the curb in front of the advancing motorcade. Further, the storm drain empties into the snake infested Guadalupe river less than a half mile from the drain…totally concealing an exit. Last time I was in Dallas I inspected the drain, and it would be a perfect hide, and the angle of the shot coincides with the bullet trajectory. Note also that after the Kennedy thang, the secret service began welding man-hole covers shut along Presidential routes.

      Go figure.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

        A storm drain? Great getaway if the cover was moved ahead of time of if the shooter had the right tool with him to move it.

        • elysianfield May 9, 2018 at 11:22 am #

          Janos,
          No cover…just a grate located in the vertical face of the curb.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

            But big enough for a man to go into? Not sure I’ve ever seen anything like that. The fixtures are a bit different in different parts of the country sometimes.

          • elysianfield May 9, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

            Janos,
            The spillway to the river is large…it accommodates numerous drains in numerous curbs. Two people can stand side by side behind the grate…probably traversed the escape route from the Guadalupe side.

  51. JohnAZ May 8, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    Wow!

    Just got back from vacation to Newport RI, still a beautiful place.

    Read a wonderful book on the trip that I believe summarizes the problems that the US is facing and explains why things are happening the way they are. It was written in 2016, just before the election and was written by a gentleman with lots of government exposure. It is a great expose of the Elite in the U S . Before they were labeled the Deep State! Written in three parts, it discusses the problems, how the Ruling Class has caused them, and what can be done in the author’s opinion. Well written, and you will recognize a lot of the issues discussed on this blog. Also, that Trump is addressing some of the issues but is missing out on many of the issues.

    Conspiracies of the Ruling Class by Lawrence B. Lindsey
    How to Break Their Grip Forever

    A must read for everyone trying to put this government’s disorder into order in your minds and realize that it is a conspiracy! And they are winning!

    • ozone May 8, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      JohnAZ,
      Since we’re already mostly in agreement that The Ruling Class has things nicely rigged in their favor (the proof of that is self-evident to anyone who cares to look), perhaps you could give us a capsule summation of Mr. Lindsey’s ideas of “fixes” or “work-arounds”?
      Thanks.

      • JohnAZ May 8, 2018 at 11:07 am #

        He states that the removal of power from the Congress by the bureaucracy has removed liberty from all the people that elected in the legislators. Our representatives have over the decades been stripped of many of their Constitutionally ordained powers by executive functions.

        He says three things need to change with Congress. First, Congress needs to reassert control over rules making that has been relinquished to unelected officials in the executive branch. Second, term limits on the right people, specifically those that have no accountability to the voters. Third, we need to reform our budgeting process to include real disciplin and start working down the debt.

        His idea with the Fed and the money situation is to pass a constitutional admendment to protect people’s’ rights to use something other than Federal Reserve notes to do contracts, save, use as a medium of exchange. He uses FDR’s taking everyone’s goals away in 1933 at a rate of $20.67 an ounce and revaluing it to $35 an ounce once in the government’s hands. The admendment would prevent that stealing of value. People can decide where to keep their capital pools and would prevent the flooding of finance with less valuable paper by the Fed. We would have a choice of what to base our finances on, not what the Ruling class tells us to use. Liberty!

        Another thing he emphasizes is the robbing of power away from people in DC that we elect and given to “experts”. In other words, we are not smart enough to run our lives, we have to be told what to do by the experts in charge. This is the basis of socialists and the number one reason they need to be knocked down by Congress and the Congressional power of setting the laws and money appropriation needs to be restored. Representing us, who do we want to make decisions, our electors, or an expert in the hierarchy. You can bet the Ruling Class, the Deep State, will fight this to the hilt.

        • JohnAZ May 8, 2018 at 11:30 am #

          FDR took everyone’s gold, &$@/& spell check

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi JohnAZ,

      Newport RI — Sweet! Nice vacation.

      Good to see your investigation into the lifestyles of the Elites & Ruling Class has taken you directly into the Belly of the Beast. I have made that excursion myself in years past, and dined within and strolled the expansive oceanfront lawns in black tie at a couple of their historic mansions both there and nearby Providence — ALL on the corporate dime I hasten to add. BTDT I can now say. But as for me, “Gypsies in the Palace” goes the Jimmy Buffett song.

      Thankfully, that world is NOT my home! Luckenbach, Texas ‘With Waylon and Willie and the boys’ or Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana, or the laser light show in front of Stone Mountain, Georgia (I put that in for YOU Janet!) in blue jeans and tee shirt, rubbing elbows with my German and Scotch-Irish relatives, are all gigs I’ve done and where I’ve spent (a few of) MY OWN dimes.

      Ain’t America Grand! There’s something for everyone — Three weeks until Memorial Day — PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY SLAVES!

      •STICKS-OF-TNT

      • JohnAZ May 8, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

        Newport is where I was stationed in the Navy around 1970. It is beautiful, wealthy and getting wealthier according to the friends we visited there. However, it is also a bastion of small business, many many small businesses. Maybe the trickle down idea has some merit. Many craftsmen were needed to build those “cottages”. The old Stone Mill is still a mystery, one theory says the Vikings built it. The Touro Synagogue is the one Janos mentions.

        • tucsonspur May 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

          Let’s not forget the old, the quaint, or the majestic. Many grand mansions were destroyed by commerce:

          newportmansions.org/learn/architecture

          “There are several cemeteries in Newport, perhaps none so unique as God’s Little Acre. This is one of the largest and oldest 18th century burial grounds for slaves and freed blacks. Some of the cherubs on the headstones are nearly identical to others of the same time period, while other faces look African. This quiet memorial stands as testimony to the number and importance of black slaves in Newport, which was THE major port in the American slave trade in the last half of the 18th century.

          Historic Hill: Homes and the Touro Synagogue
          There are hundreds of restored colonial homes in Newport. Many are located in the Historic Hill neighborhood, with a high concentration the rectangle bound by Thames and Spring streets and Touro and Prospect Hill streets.
          The Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue building in North America – and home of the oldest Torah in North America, is located northeast of this area and is a prefect starting or ending point for a walking or driving tour. Thames Street has many shops and restaurants, so you will never be far from food, drink and necessary facilities.

          From the Gilded Age:
          The Mansions
          No trip to Newport is complete without seeing these huge, ornate, luxurious “cottages” built between 1850 and the early 1900s. A silver heiress, a tobacco heiress, a coal baron, Vanderbilts, Astors and others lived and entertained here. Scenes for the film The Great Gatsby were filmed here. And visitors can now see what used to be privy only to a very select circle of family, friends and acquaintances – and their servants.”

        • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

          The Jews have an incredible nautical tradition. You see they were slavers in previous civilizations as well. Thus this is one thing they don’t boast about.

        • Sticks-of-TNT May 9, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

          Hi again John,

          You must have been ecstatic over landing that plum Navy stationing. Lucky you. I bet you had many jealous service mates located in other forlorn ports. Newport beats Newport News! Thanks for the response. -Sticks

    • Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      Did you get to the historic Synagogue there? First or one of the first in America. Newport was the center in the North for the Jewish slaving operation. Read “The Grandees” for more information. Jewish academics have excoriated White America for the Black slave trade, assiduously leaving out their own large role. You see they are white when they need to be….

      • malthuss May 9, 2018 at 12:33 am #

        Judah Benjamin.

        • Tate May 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

          Even slaves owned other slaves. There was the vast plot that was uncovered in Charleston, SC in the 1820s of the slaveowner Denmark, Vesey

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark_Vesey

          who was himself Black. Nobody could believe it, the scale of the conspiracy was so incredibly vast and the odds so improbable of it being true.

          But blood is thicker than water (& $$$ signs.)

  52. Newton Finn May 8, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    JHK again deserves credit for expressing a balanced, common sense viewpoint on Trump vs. The Deep State, a viewpoint which I suspect is shared by a majority of the American people. But as JHK indicates, this war between a sorry excuse for a president and even sorrier excuses for law enforcement/security agencies, has caused substantial collateral damage to social discourse in our devolving country. For the first time, after years of commenting on internet websites, I have had comments erased which used no foul language, made no personal attack, and merely stated political opinions. And this censorship has occurred on both liberal and conservative forums. Although I’m not a Facebooker or Twitterer, I understand that the same thing is going on in the more personal forms of social media. At a time when left and right seem unable to find common ground, could not well-meaning people of all political persuasions unite to fight for free speech? As for those who would muzzle us, for whatever reason, I offer a less polite poem I wrote many years ago:

    The Assholes

    No one knows when the assholes came
    No one knows how they took control
    But out there now it’s an asshole’s game
    They’ve got the money, power, and fame
    They can eat me just the same

    • capt spaulding May 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

      Nicely put, and oh so true.

  53. Tate May 8, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Trump is going to kill the Iran nuclear deal?

    Why? He promised the Wall too and he hasn’t delivered on that.

  54. Janos Skorenzy May 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    Rush: One of the Russian Companies slandered by Mueller hired a big lawyer and is ready to fight to clear its name. Mueller asked the Court to delay it six months. The Judge said No! This is the last thing Horse Shit wanted. Hilarious.

    • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

      “Why? He promised the Wall too and he hasn’t delivered on that.”

      Yet

      • Tate May 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        Sure, he has to answer to Bibi first.

    • malthuss May 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      HILARY ous

  55. San Jose May 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Holy smokes! Eric Schneiderman, NY attorney general sure is a bad hombre! Hitting woman he dates, then showing up as a speaker at the recent woman’s march. Samantha Bee (who is full of herself) once lauded him as a weapon against Trump. He even called one woman he dated (a woman of color) his slave.

    Democrats are busy today working on turd containment.

    Jen in San Jose

  56. tucsonspur May 8, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Trump delivers on Iran. He’s trying on the border. If NOKO is a success, he’ll have another four years if he wants it and Giuliani doesn’t get him jailed.

    Take that Obama.

    The Gargantuan Gonads of Gotham strikes again.

    MAGA not MAKA

    • elysianfield May 8, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

      Tucson,

      It seems Trump has the unsettling habit of keeping his campaign promises….

      • akmofo May 8, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

        She’s not in jail. Why not?!!

        • elysianfield May 9, 2018 at 11:24 am #

          “She’s not in jail.”

          Mofo,
          Yet,

          • akmofo May 9, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

            I’ve been told by a friend in Canada, of all places, that there are changes of pedophilia pending against her, and that even three Supreme Court judges are involved and will have to be removed before the hammer comes down. I don’t know how anyone comes by this kind of information, but it’s out there.

  57. tucsonspur May 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

    So, maybe the Mob and LBJ got JFK:

    “John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by Mafia contract killers hired by Louisiana mob boss Carlos Marcello. Longtime local district attorney Henry Wade, an LBJ crony who would have sole jurisdiction over the prosecution of those responsible, had been corrupted by the local Civello crime family. Lyndon B. Johnson, while a US senator during the 1950s, had accepted bribes from the same mobsters so that they could avoid deportation.
    With incredible detail and documentation, Mark North pieces the puzzle together to reveal how, in late 1961, US Attorney General Robert Kennedy and his brother John, who hated LBJ, initiated a covert Organized Crime Task Force investigation of the Civello mob in Dallas. Johnson, through Wade and local federal officials he had placed in power, learned of the plan and cooperated with the Civello mob to have JFK killed. Johnson did this, in part, because he had the power to control any subsequent federal investigation via FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. After the Mafia killed JFK, Johnson stopped Robert Kennedy’s prosecution of the Dallas Mafia.
    Betrayal in Dallas is unlike any book written on the JFK assassination. Because its conclusions are based on classified federal documents unknown to the public and research community, it will startle and convince all those who read it. Betrayal in Dallas is what the American people have been waiting for since November 22, 1963”.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      1964. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated on Nov. 22 in Dallas. He was 46

      1964. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy child, escapes death in a plane crash that claims an aide, Edward Moss.

      1968. Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated on June 5 in Los Angeles. The 42 year old had just won California’s Democratic presidential primary election.

      1984. David A. Kennedy, son of Robert, dies of a drug overdose in a Palm Beach, Florida, hotel. He was 28.

      1997. Michael Kennedy, the son of Robert, dies in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. He was 39.

      1999. John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, die when their plane crashes in the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, Ma.

      All that done by Johnson ?!

      Sounds like a blood revenge of a fanatical religious nature against the entire family.

      Kennedy was very publicly executed for betrayal by a pseudo-religious sect he was a member of at one time and which is now going after President Trump.

      The nature of Kennedy betrayal – he failed to start a nuclear war with Russia during the Caribbean Missile Crisis and withdrew the American missiles from Turkey.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

      tucsonspur,

      In my review of Mastermind by Phillip Nelson I mentioned I had read a number of books on the Kennedy assassination. Betrayal in Dallas by Mark North was one that I read and although short, was a pretty good read. A key takeaway from Mastermind however, was the plot to kill Kennedy was not JUST a mob job, or the CIA or FBi, but rather, multiple entities were involved,

      Dealey Plaza was crawling with bad guys on Nov 22, 1963, but they weren’t just from the mob. There were hit guys with guns from the mob and CIA and maybe someone like Mac Wallace who had handled hit jobs for LBJ directly in Texas in his climb to power. But there were also fake credentials produced, the need for cooperation with the Dallas Police Department, people involved with the handling of the body at Parkland Hospital, getting the body out of Texas and back to D.C., handling the the autopsy, reconstruction of wounds to conceal the direction shots were fired from, modifying the Zapruder film to deceive and support the lone gun claim, controlling the FBI investigation (i.e., Hoover) staffing and controlling the Warren Commission, and on and on. Most of these were well beyond the capabilities of the Mob, even on a good day.

      So the strength of Mastermind was that it examined the assassination from a big picture point of view and rather than positing it was a “mob job” or the CIA, FBI, MIC, it showed how various elements were called upon to provide resources to not only commit the crime, but carryout the elaborate cover-up after the fact, which was vastly more complex in scope than the actual killing of Kennedy.

      I watched a video this afternoon that delved into this in great depth and will post a link to it in a follow-up post.

      •Sticks-of-TNT

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

        I posted the link mentioned in the last sentence above and some additional comments at the bottom of the comments May 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm

        -Sticks

  58. Pucker May 8, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    One gets the sense from the Jordan Peterson book that most people in society, as a matter of reason (expediency) and habit, pathological lie to themselves, others, their spouses, their family members, etc. about themselves, and the nature of Reality all day long, 24/7, and, as a result, everyone and society at large is pathologically skewed and jaded, and generally hopelessly all fucked up. Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist who seems to deal with this for a living.

    One gets a sense from the Jordan Peterson book that Americans generally are so accustomed to pathological lying that they couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag.

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

    • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

      Ouspensky said that ordinary human psychology is the psychology of lying.

      The remedy? Shakespeare: To thine own self be true. And as follows the night the day, thou cannot be false to any man (very roughly past the first sentence. I’m sure he put it better than my memory is serving it).

    • Tate May 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

      Vox Day says that Jordan Peterson is a deep-seated liar.

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm #

        Are you lying?

        Next you’re going to be telling us mom & dad are Santa Claus and Ann Coulter’s a liar (I just read your post down below.)

        You guys are killing me!

        -Sticks

  59. FincaInTheMountains May 8, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

    Comments of “experts” on Russian television show that in Russia nobody understands anything at all. Suffice it to say that all experts have come to the conclusion that all political figures in the West have gone mad.

    The amount of news recently just goes off the scale. Yesterday it took me 4 hours just to keep the links of articles judging by the titles describing the most important, I would even say epoch-making events.

    Well, for example, what do you say to this news: yesterday BBC presented the inauguration of Putin as the establishment of the modern Tsar of Russia, and they specifically noted that the Tsar is not made by the police regime, but by nationwide love.

    Or how do you like the fact that a week ago Israel proclaimed Trump as the new Messiah, in the same sense that the first king of Iran, Cyrus the Great, was declared the Messiah. And right after that, Trump launched a frontal assault on the commission of the special prosecutor Mueller, and just now he announced the withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.

    And the Russian policy of the West is now determined by the fact that nobody cares about Russia despite all its strengthening: for the opponents of Trump, attacks on Russia were a way to attack Trump, and Trump could not pursue his policy towards Russia, since such an attempt immediately used as evidence of his espionage in favor of Russia. And for Russia this means a respite, which it must use to solve internal problems, of which the most important are three:

    1. The union with the ROCA (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad) was conducted in such a way that a conflict arose between Orthodoxy and Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Meanwhile, the Lord granted this victory to the union of the Communist Stalin and the Orthodox Patriarch Sergius. And in this story it is very significant that Stalin in 1943 was exactly a communist, and the theory of Kozhinov that Stalin was not a communist completely destroys the moral of this story, which the West is very afraid of and not without success is trying to erase.

    2. When Russia continues to talk about the fact that the Ukrainian people are brotherly, it thus says that it is normal to shout “Muscovites to the gallows,” and if the brotherly people are enslaved by Bandera, then it is necessary to send troops and liberate them from it.

    3 Whatever the merits of P.M. Medvedev personally are, the people of Russia do not trust his government at all, and this distrust will not allow him to rule Russia. Personally, I would consider Medvedev to be a normal politician if he did not award the Order of St. Andrew to Gorbachev.

    Such blasphemy disqualifies him as head of the Russian government. Everything has a limit!

  60. BackRowHeckler May 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    Good News!

    The City of Denver has de criminalized public defecation in streets and sidewalks, in plain view. It appears it is a common practice of illegals living in Denver. The problem is, an arrest of this sort attracts the attention of ICE officers, and the offender subjects himself to deportation. So this law is designed to protect homeless illegal aliens camping on the streets of Denver Colorado. Public health … who cares about that, we’re talking civil rights here?

    Draw your own conclusions.

    Denver began life around 1850 as a rough and ready gold mining camp. Its had its moments over the past 18 decades, but its safe to conclude now its best days are behind it. Denver, Hartford, San Francisco, Portland … who could have imagined in 1950 the squalid destiny of these cities?

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    brh

    • tucsonspur May 9, 2018 at 3:18 am #

      I don’t like it, because we can’t even curb them!

      “Honey, did you see my galoshes”?

    • San Jose May 9, 2018 at 11:12 am #

      Last year, the city of San Francisco handed out 3 million needles to drug users. Problem is, the homeless/druggies litter the streets with used needles. Now they hire people to pick up the needles. What a pain.

      On a brighter note, murders are way down in San Jose. Just 4 so far this year. We went 3 whole months with no murders.

      Jen in San Jose

      • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

        Dangerous work. One prick may be life changing. What did Paul say? It is hard to kick against the pricks. What did Becket say? More kicks than pricks.

        I don’t know what I’m saying here. I usually do, but not here, not now. Remember the 60’s? Were you one of the “Now” people?

        • San Jose May 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

          Not sure what a “now” person is……we moved from Kansas to California in 1966. It was a culture shock. I remember taking my Utah-based grandparents on a tour of the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in 1967(the so-called Summer of Love). Everyone in the car sprained their eye-rolling muscles! My mom was ever-alert for bad manners and reminded us not to point.

          Jen in San Jose

          • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

            Did you remember to wear some flowers in your hair?

          • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

            It’s said that the Sufi is a Son of the Moment. How different that is from the now (small n) of the animal. To equate these is to commit the original Wilberian sin of pre/trans.

          • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 12:04 am #

            Janos,

            Keep writing posts like this one and we’re going to request sub-captions to translate what you’ve written.

            P.S. We boys always snickered when our pastor preached about Paul kicking against the pricks. As I was just saying, some things need translation.

            -Sticks

      • Elrond Hubbard May 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

        In theory, needle exchanges should help curb that. Instead of dumping your used, dirty needle just anywhere, you can exchange it for a new, clean one that won’t give you hepatitis. Sounds like a good deal on the surface, but of course IV drug users aren’t famous for their self-control. Maybe if there was a deposit?

        Anyway, safe injection sites are a much better option. They curb the spread of disease, the needles stay there instead of being littered around town, and every visit is an opportunity to try and get users the help they need instead of them being out on the streets getting into trouble. Happily, the demonstrated success of the harm-reduction approach in Canada, Australia and Europe has been noted, and the first safe injection sites in San Francisco are set to open in a couple of months. Best wishes for the people who need help, and the ones trying to help them.

        • Tate May 9, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

          And tourism can flourish. That should be in every large metro area’s glossy tourism brochure, along with the other cultural attractions. Make it part of a walking or bus tour. Gawk at the junkies nodding off with needles hanging out of their arms.

          • San Jose May 9, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

            The lumpen-prol love to hang out/camp near freeways. Last time I was in SF I saw a woman shooting up at noon as I was getting onto 101.

          • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 12:12 am #

            Free transdermal fentanyl patches for everyone!

            Kill ’em softly!

            -Sticks

        • GreenAlba May 9, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

          “Make it part of a walking or bus tour. Gawk at the junkies nodding off with needles hanging out of their arms.”

          The tourists could have an accompanying audio track:

          “…Show me the alley, show me the train
          Show me the hobo who sleeps out in the rain
          And I’ll show you the young man with so many reasons why
          There but for fortune go you or I… ”

          That would be ‘there but for the grace of God’ to you Christian folks.

          Or have humility and gratitude gone out of fashion since I used to go to church? Rhetorical question…

          • GreenAlba May 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

            And Tate, I’ve made a bet with myself regarding your response. I wonder if I’ll win.

          • Tate May 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

            Don’t you recognize caustic humor, GA? EVERYTHING gets commodified in America. Everything. There’s always somebody working an angle. I was just being helpful. Value-added. Some lowly tour-guide operator might benefit.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

            The hippies used to hold up mirrors at the gawking tourists. But will Alba be able to see herself – not matter how big or clear the mirror?

          • Tate May 10, 2018 at 8:55 pm #

            GA, it’s dishonest to make a bet with yourself.

            JS, she’s a shape-shifter, using pure economic arguments when it suits her (on immigration into Britain, Brexit, etc.), and non-economic arguments when it doesn’t. So no, she won’t be able to see herself.

          • GreenAlba May 11, 2018 at 9:40 am #

            Tate, I would have got back to you sooner to tell you I lost my bet with myself, but my offline self has obligations too. But I’m honest enough to tell you I lost. And you should be honest enough to admit you recognise a mere turn of phrase when you see one.

            Re immigration into Britain, let’s see where emotion takes you. Let’s say you think there are too many black and brown people in the UK and it ‘doesn’t feel like Britain’ any more. Well, you could use your emotions/feelings rather than your brains, and vote Brexit.

            That way you’d have fewer nice, white French, German and Polish people working here and you’d get more black and brown ones instead from e.g. the Commonwealth. Or did you think India would sign a trade agreement without insisting on an increased allowance for migrants from India?

            You did? Well that’s where emotions take you in politics. They also make you think that you’re voting against globalism, when increased globalism and lower regulations for corporations is exactly what you’re voting for.

            None of that stops you having a bit of Christian humility – if you claim to be a Christian – when you see your metaphorical brothers or sisters ending up in a place you are lucky enough not to be, with a needle ‘hanging from your arm’. Like I said, there but for the grace of God…

            But you can also use your brain and go for solutions that help, like the demonstrably helpful safe injection sites Elrond mentioned. And in terms of homelessness, the demonstrably helpful tactics followed by the Finns:

            independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homeless-decrease-uk-housing-first-europe-housing-crisis-finland…

            Or, if you prefer, Utah:

            csmonitor.com/USA/2015/0504/How-Utah-reduced-homelessness-by-more-than-90-percent

            People ruled by their emotions tend to go for the all or nothing approach to things. Both intelligence and emotion have their place in a balanced human being.

          • Tate May 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

            Okay, I was being too harsh on the betting thing.

            As for the rest, I will continue to apply cold logic, truth and the quest for justice & understanding to everything I say and write. None of your subversive strictures will deter me in my mission.

    • Tate May 9, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      Fortunately, those of us who live in the area never have to actually travel into that sump of degradation & perversion except on special occasions. And then we get in & out real fast. The new DA for the City & County of Denver is big into “Restorative Justice,” her brief pretty much spells it:

      5280.com/2017/10/meet-denvers-new-district-attorney-beth-mccann/

      I just can’t wait until some of her “Restorative Justice” graduates begin showing up in my neighborhood under Section 8.

    • elysianfield May 9, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      How do I like it now? Can you say…Cholera?

      There is a reason that the military teaches field hygiene to the troops…protecting an asset that it has invested in.

      It appears that each generation of fools has to sit on a hot stove to learn not to do so. A city’s health sacrificed on the alter of ignorance and political correctness.

  61. BackRowHeckler May 8, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    Then again, if you’re an illegal living on the streets not only Denver but in any city in the US, and you feel the need to go, just show up at Starbucks. The new stated policy, as opposed to the bathroom policy of just a few weeks ago, is that they have to let you in no matter what. You smell, you have open sores, you are coughing up lungers, you are hurling chunks, you’re nodding out from your last fix 15 minutes ago … don’t matter, you have a clean latrine at Starbucks right there on the corner where snowflakes and hipsters are sipping lattes and scrolling thru their facebook page.

    brh

    • PeteAtomic May 8, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

      well maybe the hipsters & SJWs can share their 10 dollar drinks with the homeless and make sure everybody are there for narcan injections if needed.

      We’ll see how long that’ll last lol 🙂

    • elysianfield May 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

      BRH.
      Someone (?) should print massive numbers of lassize-faire passes…good for one free coffee and unlimited use of restroom facilities. A map should be provided on the back of the pass, by neighborhood, listing each Franchise. Perhaps, also, the local government will subsidize Uber rides to each one, with public funds earmarked for “urban enhancement”?

      Walter B, a former military man and now city functionary, can see the logic in this…what would be the cost of a small Uber invoice as opposed to a cholera epidemic? Tens of thousands of dollars saved…jobs created…a perfect example of Government and Industry working together for the public good.

      Problem solved.

      Next?

  62. janet May 8, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

    The Energy Information Administration lifted its 2019 domestic output forecast on Tuesday by nearly 4% to a record 11.9 million barrels per day.

    Record? That means we have not yet reached peak oil in the USA.

    But, thanks to Trump’s Iran decision, look for $4.00 a gallon gasoline.

    • janet May 8, 2018 at 11:38 pm #

      Under Trump US gasoline prices have jumped to a national average of $2.81 a gallon, according to AAA. That compares to $2.66 a month ago and $2.35 a year ago. Trump the grifter, taking the money right out of your pocket. With Trump’s Iran decision expect it to go higher… kind of like a Trump tax increase you will have to pay every time you go to the pump.

      • elysianfield May 9, 2018 at 11:33 am #

        Janet,
        Low test is $3.13 at the pump here…Diesel $3.25….coastal Oregon.

      • Elrond Hubbard May 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

        Um, aren’t all of us on this website aware that petroleum is astronomically underpriced? Oil takes millions to hundreds of millions of years to accumulate, and can be burned exactly once. Considering how valuable it is, selling it so cheap that it can be poured out every tailpipe — all so we can drive our Hummers two hours each way to get a steak dinner — isn’t just a walloping bad idea, but guaranteed to end in civilizational collapse.

        I thought we had all agreed that was the point of this blog, and of JHK’s work in general. Did I miss a staff meeting?

      • Tate May 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

        Oil & gas have a volatile commodity price history. The price at the pump varies accordingly. Does anyone know if an adjustable federal excise tax has ever been proposed to stabilize the price of gasoline?

    • baroto May 11, 2018 at 8:46 am #

      Exactly, there never was peak oil, its a theory made up by the oil corps to create the sense of scarcity. What would the price be if the supply was abundant.

      • GreenAlba May 11, 2018 at 9:51 am #

        “Exactly, there never was peak oil, its a theory made up by the oil corps to create the sense of scarcity.”

        How could there not be a peak in the supply of something whose reserves aren’t infinite? I mean, I can see us not hitting peak sea water, but oil?

        And check the difference between oil resources and oil reserves before you think about that. Even the resources couldn’t be infinite, unless you believe in magic.

        • baroto May 11, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

          Do I really have to spell it out. Of course the reserves are not infinite. The inside joke in the oil business is that there is enough of it to last 500 yrs. Peak oil did not occur in 2005, the theory was a lie to create the sense of scarcity so the price is not $1 per barrel. Another point never addressed is that, yes we currently use the bio mass from about 150 million years ago, but that process never stoped. We are somehow under the impression that ones we exhaust that bio mass, its done, but new supply of it is currently making its way trough hence old wells that have been closed for decades are reopen because there is oil in them again.

  63. janet May 8, 2018 at 11:10 pm #

    “We should be seeing an investment boom or at least some indications of a planned increased investment,” the Nobel Prize-winning economist told CNN correspondent Paula Newton on “Quest Means Business” on Wednesday. “We’re just not seeing that.”

    In terms of business investment, Krugman said, it “looks like the tax cut is a nothing burger.”

    Republicans promised last year that lowering the corporate tax rate would encourage companies to invest more in new factories and equipment, which would create jobs and boost the economy.

    But so far, many companies have used the money to reward shareholders.

    Surprise! Surprise! Thanks to Trump the rich are getting richer. The rest of us… not so much. Another con job by Trump to benefit the millionaires and billionaires.

    • Walter B May 8, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

      Yeah, sure…

      forbes.com/sites/gregoryferenstein/2016/02/26/a-lot-of-billionaires-are-giving-to-democrats-heres-a-…

      We are the victims of a ménage a Trois where the R’s and D’s pump us together. Get with the program, please.

      • elysianfield May 9, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        “We are the victims of a ménage a Trois where the R’s and D’s pump us together”

        “Lucky Pierre…always in ze middle….”

        A political cartoon…source long forgotten….

    • JohnAZ May 9, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      What a short memory you have. I seem to remember that many corporate employees received bonuses and / or raises in response to the corporate tax decrease. Decisions on corporate investment will be made in the future and at least now, the US is not disqualifying itself with a 35% income tax rate. I love Pelosi’s statements trying to offset the goodness of the tax cut, we will see it many times in the fall as the Dems plans fall apart. We will see if the public is dumb enough to buy the idea that a tax increase is in the best interests of themselves. I leave it to the Dems to impale themselves on their own swords.

      If you liberals keep resenting the accumulation of wealth in the financial markets, why don’t you try to buy a few shares of stock or a bond or two and share in the bounty. It IS a free market, and I realize you liberals hate that.

      Better use someone other than Krugman to prove your points. His internationalist socialist tendencies have been pretty much discredited, thank goodness.

  64. Pucker May 9, 2018 at 12:59 am #

    Unfortunately, because of Operation Mockingbird, the Deep State controls the New York Times, Washington Post, and the MSM. Six corporations control almost all of the information. Basically, the culture is a lying culture and superimposed upon it is a propaganda apparatus. The people won’t be able to find their way out of a paper Bag. Total Clusterfuck….

    • akmofo May 9, 2018 at 7:41 am #

      We don’t need to find our way out of that paper bag, we need to throw that paper bag in the garbage bin of history. This involves all the Vatican/CIA gov mafia propaganda outlets, not just the US ones, and their advertisers.

  65. Pucker May 9, 2018 at 2:01 am #

    “If you shirk the responsibility of confronting the unexpected, even when it appears in manageable doses, reality itself will become unsustainably disorganized and chaotic. Then it will grow bigger and swallow all order, all sense, and all predictability. Ignored reality transforms itself (reverts back) into the great Goddess of Chaos, the great reptilian Monster of the Unknown—the great predatory beast against which mankind has struggled since the dawn of time. If the gap between pretence and reality goes unmentioned, it will widen, you will fall into it, and the consequences will not be good. Ignored reality manifests itself in an abyss of confusion and suffering.”

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

    • Pucker May 9, 2018 at 2:30 am #

      “But maybe this time will be different?!”

  66. FincaInTheMountains May 9, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    NETANYAHU MEETS PUTIN IN MOSCOW, ATTENDS VICTORY DAY CEREMONY

    In light of what is happening in Syria at this moment, it is necessary to ensure the continued security coordination between the Russian army and the Israel Defense Forces.

    jpost.com/International/Netanyahu-meets-Putin-in-Moscow-attends-victory-day-ceremony-555925

    youtube.com/watch?v=SdYFFo_tsfk&feature=youtu.be&t=120

  67. janet May 9, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    We are the victims of a ménage a Trois where the R’s and D’s pump us together. Get with the program, please. –Walter B

    As Reagan said: “There you go again” trying to make an equivalence argument. No Democratic president has engaged in such flagrant quid pro quo public misconduct as Trump has.

    Please provide evidence of any Democratic president who set up a shell company to receive millions of dollars funneled through to his “fixer” … who in turn used the money to pay off porn stars, playmates, and prostitutes. If you cannot provide the evidence, in addition to the name, then please stop making the equivalence argument.

    “The Strange Case of AT&T’s Payments to Michael Cohen
    Why did AT&T pay the same company used to funnel hush money to Stormy Daniels?”

    theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/the-strange-case-of-atts-payments-to-michael-cohen/559994…

    • JohnAZ May 9, 2018 at 11:47 am #

      The Clinton Foundation!

      • JohnAZ May 9, 2018 at 11:52 am #

        A foundation set up to launder millions of dollars acquired through international influence by a Secretary of State. Implicated in many illicit activities, frauds and “fixed” by a cadre of lawyers, not just one.

        • JohnAZ May 9, 2018 at 11:55 am #

          I think that arguing the goodness of these elites and their acquistion and control of wealth can be summed up with,

          If you live in a glass house, do not throw stones.

          • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 12:33 am #

            touché

        • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 12:31 am #

          touché

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 12:31 am #

        touché

  68. JohnAZ May 9, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    It is about time that Conservative leaners quit apologizing all over themselves for the tendency to concentrate wealth upward. Winners should be encouraged, they hire people. When I went to Newport, it struck me that the vast majority of the middle class residences were there because of trickle down economics, the majority of people there were employed by the economic elite that built and maintained the “cottages” that put Newport on the map. Jobs follow wealth, whether in Newport or Silicon Valley. When the public finally realizes what a load of crap they have been fed by the socialist forces in this country, a rebellion against the progressive forces will reset our priorities.

    TRUMP IS JUST THE BEGINNING!!

    • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      Yeah, but you see we live in a world of limited resources. The “it’s your fault you’re not a millionaire” is one of the most destructive memes out there. The Elite know that and that’s why they hate competition (a sin) and why they intend to vastly lower the world’s population.

      Be a good fella and try a bit harder.

      • GreenAlba May 9, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

        “The “it’s your fault you’re not a millionaire” is one of the most destructive memes out there. ”

        How pleased I am to agree with you Janos. Along with ‘God wants you to be rich’. Er no, he doesn’t want you getting stuck in the eye of that needle looking like a misguided camel.

        “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

        JK Galbraith

        • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

          So would you agree that we should tailor people for their occupations – epsilon morons as elevator operators for example? We want people to be happy, right? And since consciousness is just a ghost in the machine, why not focus on matching the machine (genotype) with the task – by changing the machine?

    • tucsonspur May 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      It’s also a question of scale. As I previously posted, something seems out of balance when it takes a man making 50K per year 600 years of work to make what Roger Goodell makes in one year at 30M per.

      Same with CEOs, Captains of Industry, etc. The relative sense of deprivation is off the charts.

      Then there’s your health viewed as a major profit point.

      Balance. We need more of it.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

        And one gallon of gas is equivalent to 1000 man hours of work. What’s up with that? If only we could drink it and become stronger. One guy tried but didn’t like the taste. He spat it into the fireplace (with a fire!) and set the place on fire. He died but won a Darwin Award.

  69. Tate May 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    The advent of Trump has nothing to do with economic trickle-down or tax relief. That’s just a side-show (& a smokescreen). The reason Trump got the boost to elect him President is because of the immigration issue, plain & simple. We’re not returning to the 1980s, much as some might wish it.

  70. FincaInTheMountains May 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Happy Victory Day!

    Happy Victory Day in the Holy War!
    Holy means Christian!
    And the Victory was also Christian.

  71. Tate May 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

    Can we just get to the struggle sessions?

    thestage.co.uk/news/2018/agent-apologises-claiming-casting-call-bame-actors-stinks/

  72. volodya May 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    If you want to put it in polite terms, the news organizations JHK cites, the NY Times, the Washington Post etc, have evidently taken leave of their senses. That’s if you want to say it civilized like. In the vernacular, they’re outta their fucking minds.

    I guess that, in their fevers of the brain, reality slipped away, delusions took over and they can’t remember that the 2020 presidential race starts next year, that in 2020 there almost certainly WILL be a presidential election barring a major realignment of the stars, ie a military coup or some-such.

    And, in the meantime, there’s the 2018 vote, and that’s in just six months. I guess it slipped their minds that congress is one of the pillars of government, that if they play it right, that is, if the Democrats decline to deplore major segments of the electorate, they have a decent chance of re-acquiring majorities. Up for grabs will be all the seats in the House and 35 in the senate. And, given its constitution-derived place in the order of things, congress has a great deal of power to wield.

    If it was only the news business that’s gone bat-shit that would be one thing but it’s not just them, the whole panoply of the American power structure appears to have lost its marbles with the election of 2016. This is the only way to see it IMO. They seemingly can’t conceive of the many roadways to hell with these paving stones of – cough – good intentions they’re laying down in their attempts to get rid of Trump.

    Is Trump a buffoon? Yeah, sure, that much is self-evident. But let’s not pretend that the intelligentsia pre-Trump hadn’t made itself a laughing stock with multiple disastrous failures of domestic policy and diplomacy and war-making leaving major areas of the globe in chaos, including and especially the United States.

    Is Trump a legitimate president? You bet he is. Trump came to power duly elected, with a base of power, with promises made to that electoral base. And, against all odds. he appears to be making good on some of those promises ie shit-canning the Iran nuclear deal, and appears to be giving the others the old college try.

    If the powers-that-be cannot abide Trump, they should try what they haven’t yet tried, to reflect on the sins of their own making that made Trump possible.

  73. janet May 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Volodya, your criticism of objective news sources like the NYT and WP indicates you have been brainwashed by Trump’s repeated use of the phrase “fake news” … Trump often dismisses news stories or media outlets that he doesn’t like as “fake news.” How often? A database of his public remarks contains 320 references last year to “fake news.”

    Usually, it’s a general complaint about news coverage — such as his Christmas Eve tweet: “The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is.”

    But there are times, too, when he has labeled accurate news reporting as “fake news” or spread false information himself, while at the same time accusing the media of being “fake” or “dishonest.”

  74. tucsonspur May 9, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    Why, man, Trump doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs saved from shameful, dishonorable, liberal graves.

    • Tate May 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

      Yon Comey has a fat, sleek-headed look, such men are dangerous.

  75. Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Just passed: All new homes in California must have solar panels. Implications? Will this save the State or just make it sink faster? Or will it be ignored outside Liberal enclaves? Whose gonna make the Browns, Green? And don’t it make your brown eyes, blue?

    • San Jose May 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

      Yawn. Now we’ll have plenty of power when the sun shines. (My brother is the CFO of a coal-based power company, so I don’t believe all the sustainable energy hoopla.)

      • Janos Skorenzy May 9, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

        And most people will accept mixed grandchildren – even if they are as brown as a sparrow or as black as coal. Family has a chilling effect on human society in that it gets us to accept ideas, irrespective of their value. Biological nepotism leads to intellectual nepotism.

  76. FincaInTheMountains May 9, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

    The best use for Nazi symbolism:

    youtube.com/watch?v=vk97K-um2Nc

    • Eoin May 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      @FicaInTheMountains:

      I often enjoy your observations. Your presence at this forum is as enjoyable, and informative, as JHK’s.
      I must ask a favor.
      Would you please consider the following link, and send it to some appropriate folks ? You know where.
      I am not underestimating anyone, or anyplace, but it is a big internet.
      There is no telling where it will go, and it seems important to share.
      Note: The title is ironic relative to the spirit and intent.

      paulcraigroberts.org/2018/04/14/russias-humanity-moral-conscience-leading-war/

      Thanks!

      • FincaInTheMountains May 9, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

        Quite frankly, I am not aware of the reasons driving Paul Craig Roberts to publish such a provocative and intellectually dishonest article as you linked in your post.

        As oppose to us, mere mortals, who’re reduced to bouncing of the walls of disinformation and outright lies, PCR apparently belongs to the circle that have access to more objective information regarding current military-strategic balance, other than CNN, InfoWars or Clusterfuck blog.

        Objectively speaking his article works only for the Party of War, just coming from an angle of expressing sympathy for Russia – what is really on his mind I could only guess.

        We are not in the midst of the Third World War, or last stages of preparation for it, we are in the midst of the world-wide Civil War , which means it’s not the war of the Nations, but the war of competing ideologies – much more dangerous and ruthless.

        And the ideologies, as you know, do not know Nation’s boundaries or obey by immigration laws.

        • Walter B May 10, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

          I always liked PCR though he has always come out as a Russia Lover and that IMHO is just not the right way to go. Of course you cannot trust the Russians, but you cannot trust the US government either. At least Russia has never been successful at conquering the globe as we have. If you ask me, I think they are all in it together this time and are acting out a Grand Scheme. Blow up a bunch of stuff, don’t kill too many people, buy more stuff and keep the general population distracted and dependent.

  77. ozone May 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    Sticks-of-TNT,
    Sorry for not getting back to your question; Spring is now here, and lots of ducks need to be put in a row! Anywhich:

    “I believe just about every direction I head within my browser & YouTube would likely set off alarm bells down deep in the bowels of The Underhalls at the NSA!

    Do you have some recommendations for me?”

    I’m not really the go-to guy for this, but just to get a peek at who’s tracking, I use the Firefox browser with their blocker app. “Ghostery”.
    I’m sure this is considered little more than a toy to those who *really* want to track every keystroke (CPU direct feed to our absolutely MORAL agencies), but it does give satisfaction that you’re giving a cramp to those gathering marketing and propaganda “metrics”. 😉

    I think one to get some depth about encryption would be K-dog, as he’s had lots of professional experience in the ‘puter coding bidnez.

  78. ozone May 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    John AZ,
    “Conspiracies of the Ruling Class by Lawrence B. Lindsey
    How to Break Their Grip Forever”

    As with Sticks, sorry for the delay…
    Thanks for capsulizing some of his ideas! They’re perfectly rational and reasonable (at least to my mind). Sounds like an instructive read.

  79. Pucker May 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    I think that it was the book “Crisis of Character” about Hillary Clinton that was written by the former White House Secret Service bloke. The book was ok, but the author did mention his personal experience with homeless people that were a constant nuisance on the White House grounds. He said that some places in the US become Mecca’s for the homeless since some environments are more beneficent than others. California must offer relatively rich pickings? Plus, free legal Weed…. However, I read somewhere that the City of Denver has recently passed a law making it legal to shit in public to accommodate the homeless, which seems rather generous?

    JAMES SAT CAMPED outside the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library on a recent sunny day, his meager belongings in a backpack, and explained how his bout of homelessness started: He fell off the roof of a three-story house.

    “I’m from Kentucky. They gave me every drug under the sun – ‘You’ve got to have this the rest of your life,'” the 54-year-old says, a country twang in his gentle voice. “I got addicted to the drugs – all of ’em.”

    James says he’s since gotten off the pharmaceuticals, only occasionally smoking a little bit of marijuana for his chronic pain. He says he’s received “plenty of sandwiches” from a local shelter, for which he is “grateful,” but that what he’s needed for several months is a caseworker – someone to help him get an apartment and a part-time job, which he thinks he can manage.

    Perhaps surprisingly, staff at the library say they’ll be able to connect him with one.

    James is one of many homeless people who flock to the library in Santa Monica, California – an idyllic, trendy and fast-gentrifying beach community that also serves as a haven for the less fortunate.

    Homelessness has long been a factor here, tied in part to the community’s mild climate. But with the number of homeless people surging by a whopping 26 percent between point-in-time counts in 2016 and 2017 – roughly the same year-over-year rise seen overall in Los Angeles County, which counted nearly 58,000 homeless last year – the city is experiencing a crisis on its streets and in its at-capacity shelters. A 2018 count showed homelessness had increased by another 4 percent in Santa Monica, with 957 individuals tallied.

    In the midst of this dilemma, the library is a magnet for folks needing a respite from the streets. Its stacks are so crowded that people have taken to Yelp to complain.

    • Ricechex May 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm #

      I live in San Diego. The homeless population is unbelievable and overwhelming. A few years ago the NEW downtown library was built. I hear it is a gorgeous building. It is mostly populated with homeless, defecating in elevators, sleeping, using drugs, etc. The City of San Diego is looking into hiring armed guards/security to protect the library.

  80. Pucker May 9, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

    Speaking of “Which Hunts”…..

    There’s plethora of books on witchcraft on Amazon (over 10,000 titles). American white women seem to be enamored with gaining dominance through witchcraft. Get your crystals out….

  81. pequiste May 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

    I would like to see a daily briefing on C-Span by Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself; to describe what activities the team he leads engaged in for the day. The briefing would cover a short recapitulation of the prior days work; who was deposed this day; what facts were discovered that would be relevant vis-a-vis Russian intervention in the 2018 election, and any collusion by the Trump election team prior to the general election. An analysis of the findings and any preliminary conclusions reached and publishable to this point. A blurb that would describe the activities for the next day or week would close the formal briefing. A few callers’ questions could be taken from viewers to fill out the remaining time in the half hour. If Mr. Mueller was unavailable to provide the briefing his second in command would be required to give it.

    It shall not ever happen.

    The Special Counsel’s office would sooner provide some Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn or Roadrunner cartoon features instead – more actual relevant content.

    Mentioned because on this day, way back in 1961, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commision itself, one Newt Minow, made his famous “Vast Wasteland” speech about Tee Vee.

  82. akmofo May 9, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    ?Tucker nails it..

    youtu.be/-Ry-SmDR0DI

    “Liberalism” is a theology ment to replace Christian Protestantism, which gave us the Reformation and the Enlightenment. Same for “Progressivism”, Fascism, Nazism, Socialism, Communism, Corporatism, and of-course Maryland Federalism. The medusa has many snakes, but we all know its face.

  83. Sticks-of-TNT May 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

    This is a follow-up to my earlier response to tucsonspur’s post (May 8, 2018 at 4:34 PM) which I posted as a sub-post there earlier (May 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm) as well as a follow-up to my JFK assassination book review I posted early Tuesday morning (May 8, 2018 at 4:33 AM)

    I watched this excellent presentation by Jim Fetzer today on the JFK assassination. In it, he made a favorable reference to the book on the subject I reviewed earlier this week, “LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination” by Phillip L. Nelson. Like me, he also takes a comprehensive view of the plot, explaining the involvement of multiple entities, including the CIA, FBI, Mob, LBJ and others:

    YOUTUBE TITLE:
    Jim Fetzer: What Happened To JFK And Why It Matters Today

    URL: Blocked
    [TNT: The URL does not show up in my browser. Type in the preceding YouTube title in the YouTube.com search field to reach the video.]

    FROM DESCRIPTION:
    Original Video Here: vimeo.com/34444597
    Thanks to Jim Fetzer & vimeo.com/user3521687 for the video.

    TIME: 1 hr., 51 min.

    DESCRIPTION:
    An extensive, thorough and detailed explanation of what happened to JFK, how it was covered up, who was responsible and how it changed the course of American history. Presented on 22 November 2011, the occasion of the 48th observance of the death of our 35th President at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the sponsorship of the Sifting and Winnowing Club. The speaker, Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer and McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has chaired or co-chaired four national conferences on JFK and edited three books on the subject as well as giving hundreds of interviews, including three on JFK on “Coast to Coast AM”.

    Sticks-of-TNT: Before I researched the JFK assassination myself, I was led to believe Oliver Stone’s movie “JFK” was a wacky conspiracy theory fictionalized version of what happened. Obviously I do not have the resources or capability to conduct my own independent investigation, but having now done a significant amount of reading and online examination of the work of a wide variety of researchers, probably the most any average citizen can do on a topic, I now look at the film differently. I now think Oliver Stone probably got a lot of things right and his film is a pretty decent account and dramatization of what might have happened. Based on that, I think, like a revised and updated printing of a book, the “director’s cut” version of a film probably contains everything a director would have liked to include in a film if not limited by the time and other constraints of a theatrical release. In addition to the “director’s cut” of “JFK” there is a “Director’s Cut Special Edition.” I have not done a side by side comparison of the two versions, so other than costing a great deal more, I’m not sure what added features are provided. So, with those caveats in mind, here’s the Amazon link to the DVD of “JFK” Director’s Cut Special Edition:

    “An Oliver Stone Film: JFK”
    Director’s Cut Special Edition
    JFK – Director’s Cut – 2 Disc Special Edition (1991) Oliver Stone:
    amazon.com/JFK-Directors-Cut-Two-Disc-Special/dp/B0000CDL93/ref=sr_1_1_twi_dvd_1?s=movies-tv&ie…

    •Sticks-of-TNT

    • tucsonspur May 10, 2018 at 3:16 am #

      The mob theories are fascinating and with much merit.

      Meyer Lansky lost his Riviera hotel to Castro. Trafficante (anti-Castro activities) also had casinos in Cuba. Marcello is linked to Ruby. Kennedy and the CIA fail at the Bay of Pigs. Castro keeps Cuba. Blame Kennedy.

      Giancana in Chicago helped JFK in the 1960 election, then felt betrayed with Bobby as AG and the ensuing criminal investigations.

      Here’s a bit on Marcello:

      washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1993/03/14/what-the-mob-knew-about-jfks-murder/9803e911-f52f-494…

      If they were doing it in Dallas, LBJ and Texas would be good to have. But how was that smoothed out? An offer he couldn’t refuse?

      Thanks for all the info. I’ll jump into the book, devour its pages like a hungry glutton, and hopefully emerge with the muscle of more fact and not the fat of fantasy.

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

        Yeah, as I said under your post on Tuesday about the book Betrayal in Dallas (the complete book title is “Betrayal in Dallas: LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President Kennedy”) the entire assassination & coverup plot was far beyond the capabilities of the mob working independently, even with the assistance of LBJ. (BTW, for those not familiar with Dallas, Pearl Street is a significant street in the Dallas Central Business District, not all that far from Dealey Plaza.) Dallas as a “mob” location does not fit the picture most people associate with cities like NYC, some in NJ, Chicago, and even New Orleans, but at least at the time of the JFK assassination, as the book outlines, it was alive and well there, albeit on a much smaller scale. As you rightly pointed out (and the article you linked discussed), Louisiana mob boss Carlos Marcello was the bad hombre working in concert with the local Civello crime family in Dallas to “take care of bidness.” He might have provided a shooter a two, he very likely was responsible for having Oswald whacked via Ruby, and also assisted in other aspects of carrying out the plot via corrupt elements in the Dallas Police Department and elsewhere in Texas, but as I stated previously, the operation was too complex for just the mob. If it had been just the mob, the assassination records would have likely been unsealed long ago. The fact that they haven’t points to extensive involvement by the CIA and to a lesser degree, the FBI and other agencies within the government. Even if and when they are finally unsealed, what can we expect when they’ve had more than half a century to “put things in order?”

        -Sticks

  84. Tate May 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    Excerpts from a column by Ann Coulter:

    “Contrary to the lyin’ media’s lie that Trump is the liar, he isn’t. At least not all the time. But this week, he got off a true whopper. Trump’s claim that he was pulling out of the Iran deal in order ‘to protect America’s national security interests’ is a big, fat lie…

    “… here are some rules to live by: If you don’t want to be falsely accused of rape by a stripper, don’t invite strippers to your lacrosse party …if you don’t want to get beaten up, don’t date Eric Schneiderman. And if you don’t want American troops getting blown up in the Middle East, don’t send troops there…

    “America has zero defense interest in rearranging that part of the world…

    “What actually is in America’s national security interest is preventing crazy foreigners from coming here.

    “So it’s particularly dispiriting to have the president constantly demanding that we amnesty ‘Dreamers’ and import ever more cheap foreign labor for farmers who are too lazy and selfish to mechanize. Easier to offload the cost of their human workers on you, taxpayer…

    “Guest workers are more of a threat to our national security than Iran is. Leave aside the tens of thousands of Americans killed every year by Mexican heroin, illegal alien drunk drivers and straight-up murderers, whom the government refuses to count.

    “Even in the exceedingly narrow category of ‘Americans killed in Islamic terrorist attacks in our own country,’ farmers’ guest workers have killed more people than Iranians have.

    “Howling about their need for illegal aliens to harvest ‘highly perishable crops’ in 1986, farmers demanded a special amnesty for farm workers. As a result, we got the Agricultural Amnesty Act — and, with it, not one but two of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers…

    “One farm worker was Mahmud Abouhalima… Basically your stock farm character, straight out of Norman Rockwell. He was among the 100,000 farm workers to apply for amnesty from the gently waving wheatfields of Midtown Manhattan.

    “A cabdriver, Mahmud had never been anywhere near a crop. His agronomic experience consisted of driving the getaway car for Rabbi Meir Kahane’s assassin…

    “Luckily for Mahmud, ‘farm workers’ weren’t required to prove anything. In the blizzard of class action lawsuits brought on behalf of illegal aliens trying to get in on the 1986 amnesty, the courts concluded that illegals couldn’t possibly be expected to provide proof! How dare the government even ask? After all, they were just simple farm boys.

    “Instead, the government was required to prove applicants had not worked on a farm. Nearly 90 percent of the applications were approved.

    “Pop Quiz:

    1) Will ‘Dreamers’ be asked for any form of proof that they entered the country before age 16?

    Answer: No.

    2) Will ‘Dreamers’ be asked for any form of proof that they were brought here ‘through no fault of their own’?

    Answer: No.

    “The other 1993 World Trade Center bomber who was in this country because of the farm worker amnesty was Mohammed Salameh…

    “Despite arriving two years after the time to qualify had already expired, he applied for an agricultural amnesty.

    “Luckily for Mohammed, merely submitting an application for amnesty prevented the applicant from being deported. For three years, our government puzzled over whether someone who arrived in the U.S. in 1988 could have worked on an American farm prior to May 1, 1986.

    “After Mohammed was finally denied amnesty as a farm worker, he applied for a general amnesty, abruptly forgetting his life behind a plow and mule and claiming he had lived continuously in the United States from 1982 to 1986, despite — again — having arrived in 1988. The government was still working on that brain-teaser when he bombed the World Trade Center.

    “One more rule to live by: When you come from out of nowhere to beat 16 more experienced candidates as well as the most qualified woman ever to run for president by promising to keep us out of Middle Eastern wars and to put America first, what the voters are trying to tell you is that they want to stay out of the Middle East and put America first.

    • PeteAtomic May 9, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

      Some great examples given there on why the U.S. needs immigration reform

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 9, 2018 at 11:38 pm #

        Some great examples there on why Ann Coulter is The Boss!

        SHE needs to be Trump’s National Security Advisor!

        -Sticks

  85. Pucker May 10, 2018 at 1:09 am #

    Are men dropping out?

    “The situation in the universities (and in educational institutions in general) is far more problematic than the basic statistics indicate. 177 If you eliminate the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs (excluding psychology), the female/ male ratio is even more skewed. 178 Almost 80 percent of students majoring in the fields of healthcare, public administration, psychology and education, which comprise one-quarter of all degrees, are female. The disparity is still rapidly increasing. At this rate, there will be very few men in most university disciplines in fifteen years. This is not good news for men. It might even be catastrophic news for men. But it’s also not good news for women.”

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

  86. Pucker May 10, 2018 at 1:19 am #

    Do you remember Bob Eubanks of the Newly Wed Game?

    “The women at female-dominated institutes of higher education are finding it increasingly difficult to arrange a dating relationship of even moderate duration. In consequence, they must settle, if inclined, for a hook-up, or sequential hook-ups. Perhaps this is a move forward, in terms of sexual liberation, but I doubt it. I think it’s terrible for the girls. 179 A stable, loving relationship is highly desirable, for men as well as women. For women, however, it is often what is most wanted. From 1997 to 2012, according to the Pew Research Centre, 180 the number of women aged 18 to 34 who said that a successful marriage is one of the most important things in life rose from 28 to 37 percent (an increase of more than 30 percent* 2). The number of young men who said the same thing declined 15 percent over the same period (from 35 to 29 percent* 3). During that time, the proportion of married people over 18 continued to decline, down from three-quarters in 1960 to half now. 181 Finally, among never-married adults aged 30 to 59, men are three times as likely as women to say they do not ever want to marry (27 vs 8 percent).”

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

  87. janet May 10, 2018 at 3:36 am #

    “It shall not ever happen.” –pequiste

    No, it shan’t. Ongoing federal investigations are never commented upon in public, regardless of whom or what is being investigated, especially when Trump-Russia collusion is being uncovered, as in the case of the Russian oligarch the FBI grabbed in NYC and made mirror image of his electronics.

    • pequiste May 10, 2018 at 8:04 am #

      It ought to be as American Taxpayers are footing the bill for this elaborate, melodramatic, and needless to say, extreme waste of time and money.

      How long does it take to find out if a crime was committed? Consider the teams of federal lawyers and investigators; unlimited IT support, administrative support, fancy restaurant confabulations and fat per diems. All on top of Senior Executive Service rates of remuneration.

      With the objective to discover exactly what? How long does it take?

      Now, what was the Special Counsel’s precise mandate again (as Judge Ellis asks)?

      Consider that the Warren Commission was established on December 5, 1963 and presented their exhaustive 888-page fabrication to the demon LBJ on September 24, 1964. (Maybe they had a draft ready prior to the assassination? Who knows – with commission members including John McCloy and Allen Dulles — anything spooky was possible.)

      The “Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” the 911 Commission Report, was established on November 27, 2002 (442 days after the attack) and the final report was issued on July 22, 2004. At least they were able to publish something whether correct, conjecture or a fairy tale.

      How large was the staff of Special Prosecutors of the Watergate Affair, Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski? They got Tricky Dickie to leave as there was actual corruption and criminal activity in the interstitial zones of the administration (just like all it seems.)

      But most of the time We let the Government get away with this crap.

      Accountability? Who does the Government work for? The jokes are on all of us regular slobs.

  88. FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 8:10 am #

    Stormy Daniels + Victor Vekselberg = El Fackaroo!!

    The lawyer of porn actress Stormy Daniels, with whom Bastinda-Hillary tries to overthrow Donald Trump, reminds me one to one, the commander of the flying monkeys from my children’s book about the Wizard of the Emerald City (Russian version of the Wizard of Oz). I even went to look for this picture, but found only a frame from the cartoon, the creators of which were clearly inspired by this book.

    https://images.axios.com/6hhiRre6ywWmBZORbAEuP5pTGPw=/0x0:1004×565/1920×1080/2018/03/16/1521207717760.png

    imgprx.livejournal.net/6c1deab166d548b0c8d7b65411059cf96f87b149/ghXXqhd3ARqGJnffZlDpD5Nnu5dxmTsBb9jQ…

    And then, after Trump was declared Messiah, and the rout of Mueller’s Commission has begun – and Mueller obviously is as immortal is the World of Spooks, this flying monkey began to distribute the information that Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, received from Viktor Vekselberg half a million dollars to the very account from which he paid Stormy Daniels 130 thousand dollars, so she did not write the book “How I fucked with Donald Trump”.

    The circle has closed and the half-dead business of old man Mueller’s found flesh and blood.

    I wonder if Stormy Daniels, who seems to me a pretty good-natured girl, will have time to repent her cooperation with the flying monkeys, after a message comes that the Red Rockets are rising and flying with terrible speed?

    Or, simply she can not possibly comprehend in her brain (or whatever part of her body serves her for a brain) in remaining 40 minutes of her life a relationship between her book, the overthrow of Trump and the question of Vladimir Putin “Why do we need a world in which Russia will not exist?”

    P.S. After reading the biography of Vekselberg, I wondered if he was the Bastinda’s plan B, which was setup in case the Mueller investigation begins to crumble. And he will have time to repent as well – the whole 15 minutes more than Stormy, or how much time will it take for Americans to understand what happened? Although if I’m right, he probably already in the US and is in the same position as Stormy Daniels, unless of course Bastinda promised him a place in her bomb shelter in gratitude for the service provided!

    Although what I’m saying?! What kind of gratitude can Bastinda have?

    • elysianfield May 10, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      ” the Red Rockets are rising and flying with terrible speed”

      Finc, Finc, Finc…

      Sounds like a Revanchist’s wet-dream.

      “…the Russians are…coming?”

      • FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        Revanchist’s wet-dream?

        Revanch for what? I’m not aware of a single victory of American arms over the Russian.

      • FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

        elysian, i wonder, have you taken my post as bragging about the “red rockets”??

        If you read more careful, in the same post I write that Russia will live all of 15 glorious minutes longer….

        • elysianfield May 10, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

          Kameraden!

          It was, of course in Jest…it is well understood that we live and die together.

          But Finc, you seem to have an untoward interest and pride in the strength and current exploits of the Glorious Red Army…(whatever it is called nowadays…).

          • FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

            Redder than ever…

  89. wm5135 May 10, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Does anyone else find it odd that no one has asked the pharmaceutical corporation or the telecommunications corporation if they have established budgets for buyng access or how profitable pay to play is?

    “How long does it take to find out if a crime was committed? Consider the teams of federal lawyers and investigators…..” pequiste

    Tate please note of the dates associated with the relaxation of immigration standards that Ms. Coulter references. Who held the position associated with the Oval office from 1981-1989? I was a penny ante residential framing contractor during those years. The immigrant labor force was invited to come and there was no thought that they would be migrants as was historically the case. No employment tax, no workers compensation insurance and no income tax to the treasury, completely fraudulent accounting practices to escape the definition of employee versus contractor was the rule of the day. There is no line of distinction between the liberal immigration history and the conservative immigration history.

    It might have been “Morning in America” but the people did not wake up and smell the bacon. The recent ascension of one of the players from the 80’s to lead the NRA should give pause, but it won’t.

    • Tate May 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      wm5135: Who held the position associated with the Oval office from 1981-1989?

      That would be Ronald Reagan. And… ? What exactly do you want me to extract from that?

  90. wm5135 May 10, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    “Some great examples there on why Ann Coulter is The Boss!” -Sticks

    Ms. Coulter’s ability to be disengenuous does indeed make her the “Boss”. The teflon coated ability to lob molotov cocktails into the body politic due to a deep understanding of cognitive dissonance is indeed remarkable. Along with “Greed is Good” Stoessel, she is one of the most adept water carriers for the neocons. Divide and Conquer – Two Minutes of Hate, We have always been at war

    It’s the
    …..
    …..
    …..
    …..
    fault!

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      William,

      I don’t really disagree with you. My hatred for the neocons likely rivals your own and I have been displeased with a great deal of her behavior and writing in the past, not to mention most of what Trump says and does. Even she began her comments with something to the effect that, “at least Trump doesn’t lie ALL the time.”

      My post was more a reflection of my emotion over Coulter driving home the particular point she was making on the issues she addressed in Tate’s post. It was me expressing, “Atta’ girl, do THAT more!” and so I got caught up in the moment, knowing in my heart of hearts it was a Pyrrhic victory at best. A guy’s gotta have some hope!

      I accept your point.

      -Sticks

      • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 11:28 am #

        Ditto on Stoessel. I gave up on him long ago. -Sticks

    • Janos Skorenzy May 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

      The Neo-Cons, founded and lead by Jewish ex-Trotskites, are ardent globalists utterly dedicated to mass immigration and using America and American Capitalism as a vehicle for their ethnic supremacy.

      Obviously, Coulter is not one of them anymore, though of course she was. She can be real dumb because she so pig headed, supporting the Bush family for well over a decade. Now she’s mule headed against White Nationalism, but she just tweeted about how she’s thrilled to be seen talking with Holocaust “deniers”, so there may be hope.

      • malthuss May 10, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

        Her blog posted a thread on ‘Amanda Koox is guilty’—-yikes.

  91. wm5135 May 10, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    On the current trajectory the cost of freedom on the 4th of July will be approaching $4.00 a gallon.

    I’ll give it a rest now, have a good day.

  92. FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Who is paying Michael Avenatti?

    So exactly who is paying Michael Avenatti? And is he a lawyer, an opposition researcher, a journalist or a campaign operative?

    thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/387088-who-is-paying-michael-avenatti

    That one is easy to answer. He is a squad leader of the Flying Monkeys.

    May be will get promoted to a Brigade Leader.

  93. volodya May 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    The Russia collusion story is preposterous on the face of it. Nobody touting this theory has been able to tell us what form this collusion took. Nobody ever told us what special expertise Russians have in American electoral politics or what Russians could do for Trump that Trump or his supporters couldn’t do for themselves. They couldn’t tell us why Russians would want the MAGA candidate as US president. They couldn’t tell us why Russians would prefer Trump over Hillary especially as Hillary is a made-to-order imperialist adversary that every despot or despot-wanna-be like Putin wants and needs.

    They tell us that Russians hacked DNC emails. Yet this heinous act was never properly investigated by US law enforcement and DNC servers were never examined by the FBI. IT guys tell us that the evidence indicates that the hack was an inside job done locally via a data-storage device. And there’s even a dead body to account for, the official theory of a botched robbery holding no water as nothing of the deceased was stolen.

    The Russia collusion story has no threads of logic binding it into a coherent whole or attaching it to events as they happened. When the evidence couldn’t be found they started the Russian meddling narrative, a story that itself is going nowhere.

    The only way the Russia meddling-collusion story makes sense is as a pretext to investigate Trump and his business dealings to take him down that way, ie some dirty financial dealings that make him impeachable. And also to take down Trump’s helpers and make them say stuff regardless of whether there’s any factual basis. Barring that the investigators hope that Trump or one of his underlings steps on a legal booby-trap ie lying about doing something that isn’t even illegal a la Mike Flynn.

    But in so doing the various investigative bodies cover themselves in dishonor and disrepute and the people that support such efforts doing the same to themselves. The towering intellectuals behind this are apparently giving zero thought to how all this, and especially unseating a duly elected US president, changes the cultural and political landscape of the US because IMO it is not changing things for the better.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      The only way the Russia meddling-collusion story makes sense is as a pretext to investigate Trump and his business dealings to take him down that way

      How long did it take you to come up with that brilliant idea? 🙂

  94. volodya May 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    Mark Penn asked who is paying lawyer Michael Avenatti. Does it matter? It might. It might not. But I’m nosy and I’d like to know.

  95. Janos Skorenzy May 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Looks like Israel is starting a War with Iran. No doubt they expect to Trump take the opening they are offering, enter the War on their behalf, and have the heat taken off him at home by the Jewish owned media.

    washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-says-retaliation-just-thetip-of-the-iceberg-after-iran-b…

    Remember, Israel is a Nation without borders, with many American institutions under their control.

    • akmofo May 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

      Really? What targets in Iran did Israel hit?

      • Janos Skorenzy May 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

        They hit Iranian positions in Syria. You have no right to Syria just as you had no right to Lebanon. You had to get your assess kicked there but you don’t seem to have learned anything. Experience is a hard school, but a fool will have no other.

        • akmofo May 10, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

          By your twisted logic, if Israel was to station its troops 2,000 km outside of Israel some 20 km from from the Iranian border, supplied these troops with 20,000,000 rockets aimed at Tehran and other population centers (the equivalent of the 200,000 rockets aimed at Israel), publicly announce that it wants Iran wiped off the map, that Iran has no legitimacy, that Iranian history is all fugazy, and then starts shooting some of those rockets, you’ll be telling us that it looks like the Iranians are starting a war with Israel.

          It’s obvious by your unmitigated malice that Vatican nazi paganism fears God like Jews more than it fears God himself. For that YeHeVeH will punish you, and punish you severely, Yan. He always does.

  96. thwack May 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

    All right,

    “ain’t nobody talkin when Im talkin so STFU?”

    If you benefit from Jim’s content and craftwork, please support him by purchasing his books and/or joining his patreon…

    Please understand that he has to spend money to do this; he bought me dinner last night and I ain’t seen ANY my own God damn siblings in 17 years?

    He is every bit as interesting and genuine as you imagine ( and all his hens have names so don’t get no “ideas” if you black?)

    so if you were thinking about doing it,

    go ahead and pull the friggin trigger.

    Not only can you be secure and confident in your knowledge that JHK is a “real person…”

    but “thwack” is too.

    So don’t wait for any order from head quarters.

    get on your GD horse and ride to the sound of the guns…

    get in the fight or get out the way.

    JHK is very genuine, honest and,

    and,

    made me think about thinking about doing and saying things in service of my fellow man; instead of keeping my fist ball the fuck up and seeing everybody and his brother as some kind of liability…

    the floor is now open for questions and comments?

    • Janos Skorenzy May 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

      Has anyone ever seen Danny and Thwack in the same room at the same time?

    • tucsonspur May 10, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

      Nut swingin’ apple jack.

    • ozone May 10, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      Thwip,
      Suffice it to say, webslinger, I don’t believe you. Unless and until I hear it from “himself”, I’ll just mark you as one more of many liars.
      Apologies in advance — but with today’s wondrous technology, proof of some sort should have been easy to come by (or fabricate, at the very least).

      Also, so far down thread and out of timely-ness, that he’s no longer monitoring. Handy that.

      I have no quibble with the stated direction of intent, but the event that it turns upon is [so far] questionable. (Many of us have trouble with trusting online “persons”, but that am what it am through bitter experience that feeds a practical and healthy cynicism. No apologies on that score whatsoever.)

      • thwack May 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

        Im sorry Ozone, did someone touch you in the bad place?

        You have trust issues you say?

        awe, poor baby,

        I hope you fewheel better?
        little punk ass bitch made doubting uncle thomas

    • elysianfield May 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

      Thwack,

      Thwack his here,
      Thwack is back,
      Soon he’ll be postin’
      Like he on Mothafuckin’ Crack

      What he says is Whack,
      Better watch your back,
      Thwack plays the dozens,
      ‘Cause he gots the knack,

      Thwack be in New York
      As an honored guest,
      but when he comes a bloggin’,
      He a Goddamn pest,

      He Momma’s so fat.
      Got her an area code,
      When momma comes a gunnin’
      Better hit the road,

      I won’t think twice,
      Gonna take my own advice,
      Can’t stay in his hood,
      ‘Cause I’m like white on rice….

      Word

  97. janet May 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    The Russia collusion story is preposterous on the face of it. –volodya

    Volodya, there is mounting evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. A corporate fund that seemed to be controlled by Russian oligarch and close Putin ally Viktor Vekselberg had paid $500,000 to Michael Cohen’s bank account in the initial months of Trump’s presidency.

    It is not just about a hush payment and campaign finance felonies. This is a significant step toward establishing Trump-Russia collusion in the form of quid pro quo bribery and conspiracy against the United States.

    First, Vekselberg recently increased his share to 26.5 percent in the aluminum firm Rusal. That firm was owned by Oleg Deripaska, the Russian billionaire whose ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller.
    Two of Vekselberg’s American partners, meanwhile, donated more than $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and Vekselberg also had business ties to Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross.

    Now, volodya, I suppose you want to know what Russia got for its collusion with Trump? Well, Congress has been legislating tougher sanctions against Putin and Russia over the past year by sweeping, close-to-unanimous bipartisan majorities. But the Trump administration has been softening or delaying those sanctions at every turn.

    Last month, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control finally implemented congressional sanctions against Deripaska and Rusal, in addition to other Russians. The Treasury Department cited allegations that Deripaska ordered the murder of a businessman and had links to a Russian organized crime group.

    But on April 23, the Trump administration announced major delays on implementation, “slow-rolling” the sanctions seemingly to give Rusal time to minimize the damage and to appeal the sanctions. QUID PRO QUO. Treasury gave Rusal an extension to next October, and Reuters reported the department would “consider lifting [the sanctions] if United Company Rusal PLC’s major shareholder, Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, ceded control of the company,” which he soon did. “Given the impact on our partners and allies, we are … extending the maintenance and wind-down period while we consider RUSAL’s petition,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. QUID PRO QUO

    Given the outrageous conduct of Putin and Deripaska, and given the almost unanimous votes in Congress to impose tough sanctions, these accommodations should have been considered stunning. They stink to high heaven. CAN YOU SAY QUID PRO QUO? CAN YOU SAY CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE UNITED STATES?

    The Steele dossier alleged that Russians had made a deal with Trump associates for the Russians to sell Rosneft, the massive state energy company, and use the commissions to give Trump associates payments under the radar, in return for lifting or softening sanctions. The Rosneft sale went through in December 2016, a month after the election, coinciding with Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, and Carter Page’s various alleged communications with Russians. QUID PRO QUO.

    Just eight days before this oil megadeal, Flynn and Kushner met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower, and Kushner reportedly proposed a secret communication link with the Kremlin through the Russian embassy. Then, a few days after the Rosneft deal, Kushner met Sergey Gorkov, chairman of Russia’s government-owned VE Bank, or VEB, and Putin’s close confidant. COLLUSION.

    Analysts have described VEB as Putin’s “private slush fund,” a source of money independent from official Russia budgeting. VEB is under strict U.S. sanctions. Gorkov reportedly flew to Japan to meet with Putin practically immediately. On Dec. 29, President Barack Obama ordered new Russian sanctions for election hacking and interference—and Flynn reportedly had five calls with Kislyak. We later learned that they discussed Russian sanctions after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about this fact to federal investigators. Trump tweeted about Putin the next day, calling him “very smart” for not responding to Obama’s sanctions before Trump has had a chance to transition into office. QUID PRO QUO

    We’ve now learned, in the very next month after the Kushner/Flynn back-channel contacts with Russia, the Vekselberg-connected payments to Cohen began. And they occurred, inexplicably enough, after the Steele dossier was published. Again, this is all clearly now a subject of Mueller’s probe. QUID PRO QUO

    As the New York Times first reported last week, Mueller’s agents questioned Vekselberg when he flew into New York earlier this year. CNN reported on Tuesday that they asked him about these particular payments. What might be the plausible innocent explanation for a Putin-associated Russian oligarch, to use Rudy Giuliani’s phrase, “funneling” money to Trump’s personal lawyer through a fund used to pay hush money to one or more women and as that oligarch was due to benefit from Trump’s sanction policies? Maybe they have an explanation, but it’s hard to imagine it, and it’s hard to imagine how persuasive a jury would find it. QUID PRO QUO

    Cohen may have committed bank fraud, misrepresenting the reasons for opening his bank account. This is one of several federal and state crimes that Cohen is potentially facing. He is also still on the hook for possible campaign finance felonies, even if one accepts all of Giuliani’s spin about reimbursement.

    Furthermore, California has jurisdiction over these possible crimes, opening up another set of state and federal prosecutors who could potentially bring charges. Which is all just to say, there is more pressure on Cohen to cooperate with Mueller and other prosecutors than ever. If he were to flip, he would presumably have to provide insight into what these payments were for.

    This new information about Vekselberg potentially puts pressure on other witnesses as well. Who else in Trump’s orbit had contact with Vekselberg, and might they have more information about the communications and intent behind the payments?

    Rick Gates, Manafort’s former deputy who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators, was also helping with the transition as these events were unfolding. What has Gates already told Mueller in exchange for a plea deal and what might he have to say now? Vekselberg was also at the Moscow dinner attended by Putin and Michael Flynn. What has Flynn told Mueller? One road to proving any conspiracy now clearly goes through Vekselberg, those who were in contact with him, and those who may have been paid off by him.

    Finally, even if Trump denies that he knew about any of the questionable Cohen payments, he still might not be off the hook. If it can be demonstrated that he found out later about an illegal payment but sought to cover it up, Trump might have committed one of the following felonies: a) being an accessory after the fact (18 U.S.C. 3), b) misprision of a felony (18 USC 4, especially by a public official), and c) obstruction of justice.

    I’m setting aside the other details being reported about payments from AT&T, Novartis, and Korea Aerospace to Cohen. Trump’s shell company set up and used for 1) sex hush money, 2) Russia cash and 3) old school corporate pay for play pay-to-play is scandalous, but this post is long enough.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

      The fact that you continue to give credence to the Steele dossier casts doubt on the rest of your claims, Janet.

      You’re beginning to sound like Maxine Waters shouting, “Impeach Trump” every time she’s in front of a microphone and a camera. After a while we just tune out.

      -Sticks

      • janet May 10, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

        Everything in the Steele dossier has checked and has been corroborated by other sources. Steele is a respected analyst whose investigations yielded accurate information.

        Your easy dismissal of the dossier, even though it is true, is an indication of your ideological bias.

    • Tate May 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

      … and Kushner reportedly proposed a secret communication link with the Kremlin through the Russian embassy.

      Uh, Isn’t it the purpose of an embassy to communicate with its host government?

      • janet May 10, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

        It has NEVER been the function of an embassy to be a secret channel for hush money payoffs of porn stars, playmates, and prostitutes frequented by a president.

        • Tate May 11, 2018 at 1:35 am #

          You’re full of shit. Why would Kushner be arranging assignations with “porn stars, playmates, and prostitutes” for his father-in-law, the future President, through the Russian embassy? This is such a ridiculous charge that you lose all credibility. Oh, that’s right, you never had any.

          • Tate May 11, 2018 at 1:36 am #

            assignations or hush money.

  98. tucsonspur May 10, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

    Cohen seems to have really stepped in it, and appears to be way short of the long boot.

    video.foxnews.com/v/5782557804001/?#sp=show-clips

    Now of course two wrongs don’t make a right, but there’s also a list of Clinton law violations that were never prosecuted. If Trump is brought down by Horse Face, Slut Stormy, Avenatti, etc., the divide in this country will rival that of Valles Marineris.

    Real, actual, quid pro quo is tough to prove. Intent and direct consequence and all of that. That we’ve been subjected to this get Trump hunt for so long, accompanied by Hillary-Obama’s apparent evasion and escape, motivates many to believe that it’s time for a massive, militant, marauding of the Left. There’s no doubt they deserve it.

    Here’s some stuff on the ascending, ambitious attack dog, full of self righteous artillery and slimy, shyster subterfuge, trying to fuck Trump with Stormy as the dildo.

    hotair.com/archives/2018/05/10/mark-penn-paying-michael-avenatti/

  99. ozone May 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    Things must be gettin’ mighty squeaky — long talking-point screeds are a reliable indication.
    Have fun, ’cause I’m sure the pay ain’t shit.

  100. ozone May 10, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

    Why are some of the Deep State’s minions who actually pull some of the lever-pulling now emerging from the shadows?
    Because it’s FUCKING OVER! Deal with it; all of this shit that we read in the mainstream press is just a rearguard cover action, a sop for the delusional and a [boneheaded] strategic retreat.

    zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-08/mike-krieger-asks-us-determined-become-rogue-state

    • ozone May 10, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

      **********DO some of the lever-pulling******** doh!

    • FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

      Let me cut to the chase. Every single world leader knows Trump’s full of shit. Even more importantly, the citizens of their nations also know it. Everyone with a functioning brain understands that pulling out of the Iran deal has nothing to do with terrorism, nuclear bombs or any other fairytale propagated by U.S. neocons. This is simply about the existence of a non-U.S. client state in a key strategic region sitting on massive oil reserves. It’s about empire – global games of power and money fueled by a desperate attempt to hold on to a unipolar world where the U.S. bosses everyone around.

      It is Mike Krieger who is full of it.

      The exit of the US from Iranian nuclear agreement was on the part of Trump an attempt to revive the concept of the United States as the “Shield of Israel” characteristic of evangelical Christians by the method of compelling Iran to recognize the state of Israel.

      kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/fire-and-fury/#comment-333259

    • FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

      Still nobody can get through their heads that we are in the midst of the world-wide Civil War which has a distinctly expressed religious character.

    • janet May 10, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

      “Because it’s FUCKING OVER!” –ozone

      Did the fat lady sing?

      It is far from over. It will be over when the Oath Keepers turn on Trump.

  101. FincaInTheMountains May 10, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

    Accordingly, for Hillary Clinton, who can be considered the worst enemy of Iran and Shiite Islam, the lifting of sanctions was an attempt to prevent Iran from recognizing the state of Israel, since after the start of the religious war between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq and Iran, the copyright on which undoubtedly belongs to Madam Secretary, Iran’s political motivation to deny Israel the right to exist, namely the struggle for leadership in the Islamic Ummah, has disappeared, especially given that the Palestinians supported by Iran during the years of the Cold War, in Syria mercilessly killed the Alawites, which without any guile can be considered Shiites.

    But the lack of pressure from the US at this critical moment created Iran the illusion of the status quo, which can not be touched, quietly create a nuclear bomb and return to this issue from the position of strength.

  102. malthuss May 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    First things first, Denver’s City Council did meet Monday, Dec. 18, but it didn’t vote on anything related to peeing in public.

    Here’s a link to the agenda if you want to see for yourself.

    The real change to Denver’s public urination law happened back in May when the council changed the penalties for certain low-level crimes as part of a sentencing reform bill.

    The author of the fake story simply copied and pasted lines from our real story and changed the context.

    The law didn’t decriminalize public urination or unauthorized camping. You can still serve up to 60 days in jail for both if you’re caught.

  103. janet May 10, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    “Accordingly, for Hillary Clinton…” –finca

    HRC is controlling Trump. She has forced him to unilaterally withdraw from the TPP, the Paris Accords, and violated the Iran agreement. Now no one will ever trust the USA to honor its commitments.

    • JohnAZ May 10, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

      Except the people IN the USA who now know that they will no longer be dragged into bogus treaties that always screw the US. I notice that none of the “agreements” passed muster as a treaty by being passed by the senate.

  104. janet May 10, 2018 at 11:12 pm #

    Stormy Daniel’s payoff money is traced back to Putin. In response Putin said: “Donald can spend his allowance however he wants”

  105. janet May 11, 2018 at 12:45 am #

    China is now adding an electric bus fleet the size of London’s every five weeks. If they continue at this rate, by 2025 half the world’s buses will be battery powered.

  106. janet May 11, 2018 at 12:48 am #

    Three years ago, 18,452 villages in India had no electricity. Today every village in India has electricity.

  107. janet May 11, 2018 at 12:52 am #

    There’s no scientific basis for race. New genetics now show that everyone alive today is descended from a few thousand humans who left Africa 60,000 years ago.

    • Tate May 11, 2018 at 2:13 am #

      Untrue. Both statements.

    • JohnAZ May 11, 2018 at 9:50 am #

      No genetic basis. Theories support your assertion that we are all descended from a small group, maybe 2000 or less, survivors that left from Africa. The thing that has made our appearances and experiential differences are the powers of environmental shaping, genetics change with environmental stress. The Scott and Mark Kelly experiment shows that environmental stress changes DNA inside a single generation. Heredity learns from the environment.

      Peoples problem from race to race is ethnocentrism which seems to be built into the human animal and is colorblind, we all share this wonderful trait, one of the original sins. Man’s spreading over the globe is a testament to the success of ethnocentrism, get mad at your others and move on. America was built on this trait, move west young man. Ethnocentrism, as a irrepressible force is moving toward an unmovable object, which is the increasing shortage of global resources. The reaction at the collision will set the pattern for the future of the human race.

    • Tate May 11, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      It was fashionable in the recent past to claim that all humans descended from a small group, about 2000 strong, who came from Africa, the out-of-Africa theory. This assertion gives rise to two unfortunate misconceptions.

      First, the popular misconception that there were at one time only roughly 2000 people in the world. That’s certainly false. The total population was greater than that and remained so for over an extended period of perhaps as long as a millennia and this period was the “bottleneck” often referred to. But only approx. 2000 of those individuals living during this period were reproductively successful and passed on their genes to us. This fact has never been a source of debate within the scientific community.

      There is another popular misconception that springs from the out-of-Africa hypothesis. People jump to the conclusion that we therefore are descended from the Bantu or Nilotic groups that dominate sub-Saharan Africa today. This is false. Our ancestors came from a progenitor group such as the San/Khoisan remnant populations that are a tiny, tiny subset of the peoples of modern Africa. Such groups in all likelihood were spread throughout Africa but also the Middle East. It’s just as likely that the group we came from lived in North Africa or the Middle East.

      I won’t go into how any of this ties into Biblical truth but it does in either one of two ways the indeterminacy of which does not invalidate what is written in the Bible.

  108. janet May 11, 2018 at 1:56 am #

    Trump blew up and screamed at Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen who said: “Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation.”

    That is a lie. Border security is not now and has never been necessary for us to be a sovereign nation. For over 200 years we have had open borders. For the first 148 years of our NATION the Border Patrol did not even exist. The NATION existed in 1800 with an open border. The NATION existed in 1850 with an open border. The NATION existed in 1900 with an open border.

    Border security is not necessary to be a sovereign nation.

    We were a better nation with an open border. Trump is wrong and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is wrong about our sovereignty. We are a nation founded and built by and fed by produce harvested by undocumented immigrants.

    The Quota Law of 1921 and the Immigration Act of 1924 created a quota system that was based on race and nationality. These laws heavily favored Western European immigrants, and there went the neighborhood. We did not have border security in the 18th century, the 19th century, the 20th century, but we were and are still a sovereign nation in the 21st century, even with porous borders.

    • JohnAZ May 11, 2018 at 10:09 am #

      Janet, what is going to satisfy you. Total destruction of the European “White” culture? Talk about moving back into the “Dark” Ages. Western Civilization has enabled human progression to the point it is at today. Period! Reproductive responsibility has brought the Caucasian peoples to near replacement levels. So what happens? We are swamped by the more irresponsible groups that breed profusely. Not a good solution for all you liberal global warmers.

  109. tucsonspur May 11, 2018 at 2:12 am #