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And so now along comes Andy McCabe, former Number Two at the FBI, publicizing his new book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, on this Sunday’s CBS 60-Minutes show, confirming what I said on this blog two years ago — that the Deep State would try to run over the Golden Golem of Greatness with the 25th Amendment.

The specter of Mr. Trump entrained by the nuclear “football” — the briefcase with launch codes for World War Three — gave US Intel communitarians such a case of the heebie-jeebies that they first sought desperately to impede his election by unlawful means and, failing in that, concocted a fog of Russian collusion conspiracy to cover up all that and much more nastiness emanating from the Hillary Clinton orbit.

It’s been the opinion here at CFN that Mr. McCabe and a long list of DOJ / FBI / and Intel employees would eventually be summoned to grand juries on charges ranging from lying to their Internal Affairs colleagues all the way to sedition. Those worms now seem to be turning. Both house and senate committees investigating the Russia narrative declared that they turned up no evidence for it. And late this week, William Barr was confirmed as a new Attorney General, meaning the extreme case of bureaucratic constipation in that department may be resolving in a shitstorm of counter-revelations and prosecutions in what amounted to an attempted coup d’etat. A lot of the evidence for that is already public and overwhelming. It includes:

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  • Using fabricated “opposition research” provided by Mrs. Clinton to obtain warrants to spy on her election opponent, and failing to verify it as evidence (according to strict “Woods” procedures) submitted to FISA court judges.
  • Recruiting Britain’s MI6 to spy on US citizens as a work-around from US laws prohibiting US Intel from spying on Americans.
  • Setting up the notorious Trump Tower meeting to entrap Donald Trump Jr., using a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in the employ of Fusion GPS, Mrs. Clintons oppo research contractor.
  • Orchestrating leaks of secret FBI proceedings to the news media to feed a Russia collusion hysteria.
  • Malicious prosecutions by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and egregious political conflicts-of-interest among Mr. Mueller’s team of prosecutors.
  • Coverup of the Uranium One scheme facilitated by Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
  • A scheme to surreptitiously and illegally record conversations with Mr. Trump once he became president.
  • Conspiring to bury multiple inquires into illegal conduct of Mrs. Clinton, her employees and associates by failing to obtain evidence and allowing it to be destroyed.
  • Misconduct in office by former CIA chief John Brennan, former National Security Director James Clapper, former AG Loretta Lynch, and members of President Obama’s White House inner circle.

These matters and a lot more have deserved official attention that was bypassed during the peculiar DOJ regime of former AG Jeff Sessions — and now some light may be about to shine on them. The Trump “resistance” already seems demoralized by the collapse of the Russia collusion story, which had been the centerpiece of their impeachment hopes. Several reconstituted house committees under the new Democratic Party chairs, have pledged to keep mining that vein of fool’s gold to keep the hysteria alive long enough for the 2020 elections. But what will happen in the meantime as their enablers are dragged into courts of law to answer for their roguery? My guess is that it will drive the “resistance” to new depths of delusion and, eventually, derision, as its narrative cloak gets shredded in public testimony and their audacious mendacity is revealed. The heat from these future events may be so intense and disruptive that it will interfere with the 2020 election.


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  1. Cavepainter February 15, 2019 at 9:51 am #

    Dear JHK: In your discussions about American suburbs I believe you’ve omitted possibly the most damaging aspect that is more and more dominant in such developments; HOAs and their governing rules, the CC&Rs.

    Included in this mix is the rising business of community management companies which are the heavy-handed cudgels of the community boards that oversee the enforcement of “rules” (effectively overriding Constitutional and Bill of Rights citizen entitlements). As of 2016, 69 million Americans (21.3% of national population) dwelled under the “incorporated” governance of the ruling boards of these communities.

    My experience (supported by remarks of others posting on net sites) is that this arrangement nurtures three of humanities worst tendencies; (1) autocratic dominance; (2) tyranny of majority; (3) complacent conformity over freedom of self-expression.

    The effect upon neighborly interaction is as stultifying as the royal etiquette imposed in the court of King Louie the IV. Worse, that depicted by Isaac Asimov in his book “Fahrenheit 421”, wherein the populous all assembled outside their dwelling on sound of the alarm announcing an errant citizen on the loose.

    I’m convinced that this growth in population living under such regime has amounted to something like the Pol Pot or Maoist re-education camps, resulting in a much more passively compliant citizenry. This effect doesn’t necessitate an actual gated entrance with fenced enclosure (type also rapidly increasing); the feel of constant surveillance of neighbors’ pettiness toward “infractions” — however incidental — is constant.

    • Walter B February 15, 2019 at 10:03 am #

      What we are seeing here in Western NJ is that these “homeowner’s associations” are having a hard time getting any of the development people off their butts to do the work that is needed to comply with government regulations and cash and maintenance management. Most of ours have gone the way of the Dodo bird and folded or are non-functional. However in large clusterfuck developments elsewhere I could see that they might very well be a huge problem and another level of power play that no one really needs. Hopefully they will go away too one day.

    • TinySolar February 15, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      You make good points Cavepainter. Some of the “rules” that I’ve seen at these HOAs: No Laundry lines, no working on vehicles outside, no pick-up trucks, no GARDENS!, etc., etc.

      And now there’s “PooPrints” contracts – Where all residents must submit their dog’s DNA, so that errant poop may be identified and the dog owner punished (costs paid by increased resident’s fees.)

    • shotho February 15, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      Pol Pot? Have they started beheading people in those places? Yikes!

      • Exscotticus February 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

        Clearly, HOAs enforcing barking pooping dog rules calls for a Hitler/Nazi/death camp comparison—not Pol Pot!

        • CancelMyCard February 15, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

          Must be a record . . . . .

          only 5 posts until the first mention of Hitler and the Nazis.

          Next week can we try for only 4 posts?

          • Exscotticus February 15, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

            Yeah but my usage was facetious and doesn’t count. I was merely poking fun at the inappropriate comparison between HOAs and Pol Pot, by suggesting an even more ludicrous comparison.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

            He and they are inescapable as being the road not taken. More and more people will meditate on them as our society collapses. As He said near the end, My spirit will rise from the grave and the world will know I was right.

            Women admit they find racists more attractive than flaming liberals, who are often just flamers in ideological drag.

    • Ron Anselmo February 15, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      Absolutely. A fourth level of “government”. Federal, State, Local, HOA or Condo Board. Who knows, maybe a fifth layer can somehow be overlaid.

      RA

      • Exscotticus February 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

        Americans serve many masters. Municipal authorities potentially include: federal, state, county, city, town, village, hamlet, HOA. And don’t forget that school districts overlap one or more of the above.

        But at least we’re free from that damn King George and his taxes!

    • Ishabaka February 15, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      The avoidance of any homeowner’s association was a major factor when I chose my home. I’ve had a clothesline for some time now – it really is the cheapest, and one of the most efficient ways to harness solar energy.

    • scotty February 15, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Cavepainter
      I think you meant Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in your post .

      scotty

      • Cavepainter February 15, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

        Yep, stuff happens in the whirled regions of the brain.

    • beantownbill. February 15, 2019 at 11:36 am #

      As a resident in an HOA community for going on 30 years and a former Board of Trustees member for over 5, I can personally attest to what Cavepainter says. Boards of Trustees, in Massachusetts, at least, have dictatorial powers close to surpassing rulers of 3rd world countries.

      Some Board residents clearly enjoy their power, but by and large act in a manner they believe is in the best interests of the community. The major issue, based on my experience, is the lack of common sense and political know-how displayed by trustees.

      • Cavepainter February 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

        HOA by-laws, etc., are down-load boilerplate as submitted by contractors, conceived primarily to prevent small-claims courts from backing up. They’ve since become more important as revenue source to the permit issuing jurisdiction — no inspection of particulars entailed.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

      Bradbury not Asimov. We need flying police too – like the monkey soldiers in the Wizard of Oz.

      • seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

        No relatives working for the police Maude.

    • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      Homeowners someowners. Whatever it takes to get the snow plows to do their job and nothing more. I’m not happy about the way Seattle Snowmageddon 2019 has been handled and my homeowners can help make my dissatisfaction known. My HOA president is next door.
      They won’t even have to look through a webcam to do ‘gather their evidence’.

      Significant in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is that Guy Montag is pursued along empty streets by the mechanical hound because everybody was watching him run on big screen walls. They were not assembled outside thiier dwellings. That is something a real community would do. Some could have walked to their door and looked out certainly, but that would have meant giving up the video and in Bradbury’s novel people have been possessed by media and have no will of their own to do any such thing.

      Fortunately Guy got away to live in A World Made by Hand.

      451 is a good novel to rush into the first paragraph of this weeks rants even if you mis-remembered the author. I remember reading the paragraph where the mechanical bull catches up with Guy Montag very well, Guy Montag remembers well too.

      When Guy reached the homeless camp of the walking books he was told to look at the laptop the campers had that was showing the mechanical hound chasing Guy down. He was still running but you really could not tell it was him. The drone shots zoomed out when the mechanical hound gave the lethal injection.

      The deep state had used a patsy and none of their evidence was real.

      Yet along the lanes of tickey-takey not a single soul in front of any of the big screen walls wondered if it was true.

      • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

        If I’ve mis-remembered and they were lined up please, someone point it out. It has been decades since I read the book. So many decades I’m not going to say but hey, I’ve always liked Ray.

        • Eoin February 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

          Your description of that old story reminded me of the end of the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” movie, where the protagonist was alone and helpless trying to get assistance from his “normal’ fellow citizens.
          Oh yes, and what about the end of “Brave New World”, where all that the mother and her natural born son had to do was leave the craziness, the orgy-porgy society, and return to a normal and traditional “World Made by Hand”, which sounded like it was located somewhere in the southwestern desert?
          Always a lot of fun to get in touch with those high-school memories.
          Thanks.

    • Lonely Traveler February 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      A whole lot of poor people would like to have these first world problems.

    • vengeur February 16, 2019 at 1:29 am #

      WTF. Kunstler writes a damning and very persuasive enumeration of deep state (permanent state) criminality, and what do people here talk about???? HOA’s for God sake.

      • Cavepainter February 16, 2019 at 9:08 am #

        Vengeur: I was corrected on my mis-attribution of author and elements of plot which I appreciate, at 81 years of age not since the 1950s had I read the books. Still though, no one has addressed my main question of whether or not HOAs are just another level of arbitrary regimentation enforcement. If the answer is yes then its all part and parcel to this discussion site.

      • Kafkaesque February 16, 2019 at 9:15 am #

        Ah, Wilderness!
        No wonder Eugene O’Neill ended up in Bellevue…
        CFN, now he’s a bloody network… Of mindful shadow boxing all because mommy was a beotch

    • John1945 February 17, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      I still remember this NPR article:

      “Not So Neighborly Associations Foreclosing On Homes”

      npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128078864

      While Captain was shedding his blood in Afghanistan his HOA stole his $300K house,sold it to the straw buyer for.$3,500 who immediately resold it for $127,000.

      If this is not moral turpitude then I do not know.what is.

  2. TinySolar February 15, 2019 at 9:55 am #

    Groooan! More anti-Clinton drool!

    • James Howard Kunstler February 15, 2019 at 10:03 am #

      In case you’re curious, I write about these things because the institutional damage to this country has been horrific and is liable to get worse unless an attempt is made to correct and reverse it. If you care about your country, you will not dismiss this. –JHK

      • DEFCON1 February 15, 2019 at 10:07 am #

        Jim,

        Then we expect the same concern about the constitutional framework damage when Trump declares a national emergency, right?

        • James Howard Kunstler February 15, 2019 at 10:13 am #

          Mr. Trump appears to be within his constitutional right to declare a national emergency over US-Mexican border security. Personally I believe in national borders and enforcing immigration law. I also make a distinction between legal and illegal immigration. The courts will eventually settle the matter. Mr. Trump is not yet working in defiance of the federal courts, and may decide prudently to avoid that.

          • Walter B February 15, 2019 at 10:18 am #

            Bravo, well said.

          • PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 10:24 am #

            I concur. Good, appropriate responses.

          • BC_EE February 15, 2019 at 10:54 am #

            But is it a National Emergency? Not by a long shot. Just which norms and rule of law are you willing to barter with? There is the letter of the Law and the spirit of the Law. Are you so willing “to sell your soul for Wales”? The Long Emergency envisioned?

            Immigration has been too intertwined with predatory capitalism to hold out a simple first order point of view on US immigration. I have seen it first hand. The US wants cheap labor – that’s about as simple as it gets.

            Welcome to the United States of Absurdity. That’s ok, up here we call ourselves Absurdistan. Any sense or operation within historical norms is vapor and shadows now.

          • rackslope February 15, 2019 at 11:13 am #

            BC_EE, are you here illegally? Illegal immigration has been a national emergency for decades.

          • elysianfield February 15, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

            “But is it a National Emergency? Not by a long shot.”

            BC,
            Unfortunately, as a sitting president, his opinion counts, yours does not. It is his emergency to declare, and does not require parsing by ANYBODY….

          • Exscotticus February 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

            >>> But is it a National Emergency? Not by a long shot.

            So says you. I say 25 million illegal aliens and counting, the fact that foreign nationals from Asia and the Middle East have been caught crossing, and the tens of thousands streaming toward our borders as I type this, proves there is an emergency.

            In any case, it’s a value judgment and clearly a matter of opinion. There is no ultimate source of truth to prove what is or isn’t an emergency, and what the appropriate response is if indeed an emergency exists.

            Consider that Woodrow Wilson felt the lack of maritime vessels was a national emergency. Was it? Was it really? Who knows? But the sky didn’t fall, and the Republic is still here.

          • Paulo February 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

            Mr Trump? Hilarious. As the old saying goes, respect the position even if you don’t respect the man….I guess.

            The Trump supporters have made a Faustian Bargain, pretending Trump now prays to a God other than to himself. They equivocate; as long as we get the judges, get the Wall, step on the Clintons, and by God at least he ain’t a black boy.

            Be thankful for the supposed Deep State, whatever you call it, trying to keep this trainwreck on the tracks. Speaking of trains and trainwrecks, from the movie Snowpiercer:

            Mason: Now, as in the beginning, I belong to the front. You belong to the tail. When the foot seeks the place of the head, the sacred line is crossed. Know your place. Keep your place. Be a shoe.

            Wilford: Curtis, everyone has their preordained position, and everyone is in their place except you.
            Curtis: That’s what people in the best place say to the people in the worst place.

            Curtis: We take the engine and we control the world. It’s time we take the engine.

            And the latest MAGA Rally in El Paso. The locals don’t want the Wall. The illegals aren’t running the fenceless border, they are declaring themselves for asylum at entry ports to be thrown in cages. Or, over staying visas.

            The coal mining jobs aren’t coming back. The factories aren’t coming back. The little woman making dinners in the 1950s is now out working or raising kids on her own. And Trump is no leader. He is a comb-over asshole con man crook, a self-proclaimed deal maker who just got punked after shutting down the Govt, someone who has declared bankruptcy 6 times, The King of Debt. And people are so desperate they voted for him. Think about it, he has gold plated toilets on his jet, and doesn’t pay his contractors. He hires ILLEGALS for his golf courses, and his ties and suits are made in China.

            Remember Trump Wine? 2019, Trump Whine, “I never said Mexico was going to pay for it”.

            Deep State? How about this for the Deep State?
            (2014) “Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the President’s proposed executive action on immigration:

            “I’d like to say a few words this morning about President Obama’s proposed executive action on immigration.

            “And I’ll begin with a quote from the President. “Democracy is hard,’ he said during a commencement speech in Miami three years ago. “But it’s right. [And] changing our laws means doing the hard work of changing minds and changing votes, one by one.”

            2019: The Kentucky Republican “indicated to [Trump] that [he is] going to support the national emergency declaration.”

            When you don’t agree it’s Deep State. Got tinfoil?

        • rackslope February 15, 2019 at 11:16 am #

          Did you spout off when ODumbo declared his 13! national emergencies?
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      • bukowskisghost February 15, 2019 at 10:37 am #

        Jim- from your mouth to god’s ears, May every deep state operative and conspirator be prosecuted to the full extent. May the speculated military tribunals be real and not fake news. Like most of us former middle of the roaders, we pray to be validated by the evisceration of all that have knowingly broken the law in their failed coup. We are the real sleeper cells that once awakened, seek justice for once and for all.

      • Kafkaesque February 16, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

        Seriously
        Louie the prefect & I are shocked that 18th century construçts aren’t up to postmodern chaos
        Thank Hamilton, another bastard with Daddy issues

      • Kafkaesque February 16, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

        Louie the prefect & I really shocked 18th century institutions r not up to postmodern chaos
        Blame Hamilton, another bastard with Daddy issues

    • Paul Ford O'Neil February 16, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

      Tiny Solar,

      “Groooan! More anti-Clinton drool!”??? – Hardly.

      It looks like G3 isn’t the only POTUS who has(d) trouble with the ‘football’ according to an Air Force officer who carried it:

      youtube.com/watch?v=ohBByhYE_10
      youtube.com/watch?v=xiaclbBtwbQ
      youtube.com/watch?v=GtIdeXQn-Cs
      youtube.com/watch?v=6nSQVsPkO9s

      The real ‘Groooan’ appears to be the never-ending sob of Americans faced with an equally never-ending parade of ‘dullard policy wonks’ that can’t find their ass with both hands and charge a thousand dollars a minute to search.

      Carry-on until you are carrion,
      PFO

  3. Walter B February 15, 2019 at 9:59 am #

    Yes it does seem to be turning doesn’t it Jim and the sentiment after the Sate of the Onion address would back that statement up. Now we have to sit and wait and see if there is any fire behind the smoke of the “sealed indictments” and whether their actually IS a parry/reposte in this Duel of the Dunces. As much as I never liked DJT, I must say that siding against him with evil scum such as Nancy, HRJ and Mario Cuomo Jr. is simply not possible. I have never been a fireworks fan, but I am hoping that there will soon be a great light show in the skies over the cesspool that is our nation’s capitol.

    • JohnAZ February 15, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      “As much as I have never likes DJT”

      Do you dislike him, or do you dislike the image of him portrayed by the MSM since his initial announcement.

      The Liberal Media hate this guy with a passion because what he is doing is tearing apart the world of the MSMs taskmasters.

      And helping Main Street Americans.

      • elysianfield February 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

        “Do you dislike him, or do you dislike the image of him portrayed by the MSM”

        Exactly, John…it is the same with AOC…she is not nearly so stupid as the meme’s suggest. Ignorant, yes, but not stupid.

      • Walter B February 15, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

        John, I do not think there are many people who live in New Jersey that have much love for wealthy New Yorkers. They tend to come out here in far too many numbers, driving up prices and taking away what little rural aspects we still have. And on his TV show DJT did not come across too well either IMHO. But once he got up on the podium next to those 15 losers he was running against, everything changed and once the left and the right both started to assault him, well I jumped on the Trumpwagon with both feet. Every time they bash him he goes up a notch or two in my book.

    • montsegur February 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

      Walter,

      One of the great ironies of this political circus is that by attacking Trump so ferociously and consistently, the Left has somehow managed to make him look like an underdog. He is of course nothing of the sort, but he well understands the value of having loose cannon foes.

      Cheers

  4. hmuller February 15, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    Great comments, JHK. But I expect the fake laimstream media will never admit they were wrong. Like a clan of whack-a-moles they just keep popping up out of new holes with new lies.

    By the way, for spelling out the facts the way you do, some will no doubt call you a crazy “conspiracy theorist”, while the SPLC will label you a hate group. The presstitutes openly serve the globalist, orwellian deep state and love the truth like vampires love sunshine and holy water.

    • Nightowl February 15, 2019 at 10:51 am #

      Admitting they are wrong is meaningless. The MSM networks are propaganda machines who are willfully deceiving the public.

      Look into the Smith-Mundt act, too. Obama made the dissemination of domestic propaganda legal — right before he left office.

      We are witnessing a mass, coordinated effort to overturn the results of the election.

      The “insurance policy.”

      • rackslope February 15, 2019 at 11:10 am #

        You do Q! Good on you!

        • Nightowl February 15, 2019 at 11:21 am #

          I don’t, actually. Just critical thinking, observation, and verification.

          • rackslope February 15, 2019 at 11:27 am #

            Well then, I am heartily impressed! Your analytic contribution would be invaluable to the movement. Hint.

  5. DEFCON1 February 15, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    AOC will straighten it all out.

    • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      your humor is sick.

      she thinks money grows on trees.
      No, it grows at the Federal Reserve.

    • Walter B February 15, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      I must say that a lot of what I have heard her say does make sense, at least in theory. Unfortunately for her and for us, the mega-wealthy are the ones who own and who run the system and the sellout politicians that play the tunes they call. If they ever do tax the “wealthy” it is going to be coming down hard on the $150K to $300K earners while the Big Boys continue to skate. And nobody in America is ever going to conserve anything ever, period.

      • Nightowl February 15, 2019 at 10:43 am #

        I agree, in part. Unfortunately she has chosen to align herself with people who will not support her in the long run.

        America desperately needs what the current system cannot provide: viable options to the Uniparty.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

        I hope you don’t mean the Green New Deal. She obviously has no technical sense whatsoever as to what is possible and in what time frame.

        • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

          It showed her to be stupid, not ignorant. despite her magna cum laud from some Massachusetts college.

        • Walter B February 15, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

          No, there is nothing in her plan that can actually be achieved and if she pushes it too hard she had better stay away from hot tubs.

          • hmuller February 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

            Speaking of hot tubs, I heard Bezos waved his penis in AOC’s face. But it was deemed only a “micro-aggression”.

    • Ishabaka February 15, 2019 at 10:54 am #

      Barmaid “what goes into a rum and Coke?”
      Patron “You’re dumb enough to be in Congress”
      Barmaid “I am!”

      • rackslope February 15, 2019 at 11:28 am #

        Chuckle. Please allow me to steal.

  6. BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 10:02 am #

    In Wichita, the BTK killer was one of the witch hunting enforcers of these HOA pedantic rules and regs. It gave him easy access into people’s houses so he could kill them.

    Brh

    • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 10:12 am #

      On You tube, theres information that he did not kill alone and was part of a cult that went higher, ie, government coverup, if I recall.

  7. BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    CNN: “coup de etat”? What coup de etat?

    Brh

    • PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 11:18 am #

      I refer to CNN and msnbc as ‘state media’ because through them you can hear the voices of the institutional, entrenched, federal bureaucracy.

    • swazimoto February 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

      Coup d’état

  8. shotho February 15, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    Interesting that you should mention disruptions to the 2020 elections. A respectable essayist that I read regularly suggested many years ago that the 2016 elections might be the last ‘normal’ election cycle in American history. Might he be right?

    • Exscotticus February 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

      I dunno. Historians tell us that Congressmen used to have fist fights, if not outright melees. Some of them shot each other to death in duals! I’d say the current political scene is staid by comparison.

      • shotho February 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

        I don’t think we’re talking about fistfights and duels anymore. In the times you’re talking about, people still knew how and believed in hard work, taking care of their families and acknowledging God. We live in a slightly different world today.

  9. Farmer Joe February 15, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    JHK, you really impressed me with a prediction you made on the C-Realm podcast as Trump was campaigning. You said that if he were elected there would be an attempt in short order to remove him from office. I really see the Russia collusion narrative and the manufactured hysteria surrounding it as confirmation of that prediction. Now the truth has come to light. There was no collusion. It was a manufactured conspiracy theory that worked to reduce the legitimacy and helped to seed resentment for a legally elected political representative. That lie has overshadowed all of the patients successes and made it difficult to have true bipartisan progress in the USA. That lie has divided our people and helped to raise political tensions to levels not experienced in living memory.

    I, like you, was once a believer in the democratic party. However, their actions, not that all republicans are saints, in recent years has really alienated me personally. I no longer view them as the compassionate, help the poor party, but rather the big government, failed policy, high tax/low return, deluded and clueless about reality, but thanks for the weed party. When will this change? Will it take a default that stops the welfare and government checks from flowing? I don’t know, but I do know that I can’t afford to vote for it.

    • Nightowl February 15, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      It’s worth pointing out that there is a group of individuals on Twitter who have been laying out the material since before Trump even took office.

      Imperator Rex, Thomas Wictor, Jeff@themarketswork, Chillum, TheLastRefuge2, TheWarEconomy, and several others.

      Imperator and TW can now be found over at Quod Verum, as they were censored by Twitter multiple times before being locked out.

      In case anyone wants more detail, there is plenty to dig through on those accounts.

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      I thank the Dems, though, for pulling off the mask and revealing what actually goes on in DC. Now multiply that for the past 75 years or so and apply those same techniques the world over in a misguided effort at global conquest in the service of people who prefer never to be named publicly, and you begin to appreciate the magnitude of the predicament we find ourselves in today.

      I’m only surprised that they haven’t simply murdered Trump already and been done with it, although I suppose he does serve a useful purpose in his current role too as a cautionary tale to the hoi polloi about the dangers of electing a pseudo “populist” candidate and the utter futility of voting for meaningful change. But I still suspect that he will be either removed by whatever means necessary prior to 2020, or so severely handicapped by false accusations and similar false flag smears that he’ll be a net liability and stand no chance at reelection whatsoever. Time will soon tell.

      • Nightowl February 15, 2019 at 11:05 am #

        I think his support is too strong. The media is working and failing to ensure that anyone who even hints at supporting rule of law (which means supporting Trump’s right to continue as the elected POTUS) feels alone and closed out. There was a leaked Media Matters strategy doc that outlined this approach.

        They lie about crowd sizes, about the way he fed fish, about how many NFL players showed up at the WH to get a pat on the back, about disappearing busts, etc. From the petty to the serious, a torrent of fake news — day in and out.

        They work in the realm of fantasy, and that fantasy has been exposed to many. His approval rating bears this out, and I’d wager my savings that that’s fake, too.

        Lastly, Trumpi can still play his strongest card and declassify key FISA documents. Ultimate proof of some *very* serious crimes.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

          They must be fought with their own weapons – as the police in Chicago are doing against the Gay Black, Smollet. As one of the Sacred Cows, he cannot be challenged openly, but they are discrediting him by leaks to local papers. He hired Nigerian actors he knew to walk in the snow, it seems.

          • Nightowl February 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

            I assumed it was fake based simply on precedent. The MSM has gotten that bad.

          • hmuller February 15, 2019 at 11:34 pm #

            The MSM loudly trumpets the commission of “hate crimes” by rednecks, neo-nazis, and klansmen, i.e. Trump supporters. But it’s very subdued in reporting how these crimes are (99% of the time) false flag hoaxes perpetrated by the victims themselves.

            Speculation is that Smollet’s character was in danger of being written out of the show. Hence, he orchestrates an act to generate sympathy and support. Pity the black gay man accosted by deplorable MAGA Trumpistas – straight out of “Deliverance”. Of course, it turns out they were Nigerian friends of “the victim”.

            Did the Southern Poverty Law Center add its righteous outrage? Those who make a living from finding hate crimes seem to find them everywhere. Funny how that works.

      • PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 11:31 am #

        Keep your ears to the ground for U.S. Military troop movements internally, and the deployment of pro-government thugs (antifa) to DC .

      • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

        I’m only surprised that they haven’t simply murdered Trump already

        Lincoln, JFK, they tried to kill Andrew Jackson, if I recall.

        I assume if he tries to unplug us from FR, they will try or succeed.

        • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

          THAT would definitely do it! But he’ll never get nearly that far.

  10. JustSaying February 15, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    You laid it out quite succinctly. Really is much worse than Watergate in my opinion.

    But I think these political hacks really thought they were virtuous patriots when in fact they were just driven by their absolute hatred of Donald Trump and their insistence on their own political agenda.

    Doesn’t this book destroy the Russian collaboration theory, since the only people conspiring are Obama holdouts from the FBI, CIA, and DOJ?

    Why would a sane person put this in writing when it could be used against them? Is McCabe that arrogant!

  11. BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    CNN: “Andrew McCabe? Who’s Andrew McCabe? None of us here have ever heard of him.”

    Brh

  12. BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    Jim, I hope your column is read in boardrooms and halls of power in NY and DC, and not just by people like me who really can’t do a goddam thing about it …

    I know all you can do is put it out there ..,

    Brh

    • ozone February 15, 2019 at 11:26 am #

      BRH,
      I would hope so too. (Although I have little confidence of that happening.)

      That brings up the idea of a dangerous hubris on the part of those who hold power. It seems they *always* feel that their power and control are complete and unassailable, up until the very point that the castle walls have been breached and the opposing armies are pouring through.

      Why is the ‘enemy’ never approached with a bit of mitigation to their miseries? Wouldn’t it make more sense and avert the ultimate disaster? (Maybe I’m just not built like sociopaths who believe they can get away with anything by spewing a few well-placed lies.)

    • seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

      A republican senate investigation didn’t find anything? Are you freakin serious? They couldn’t find a 95 lb mole on Jenny Sachs ass.

      • Drsmuggs February 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

        Point being the media only reports left wing causes

  13. PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for the great breakdown of the attempted palace coup, Jim. It certainly marks a new, very dangerous milestone for political instability. Next steps in these types of things could include severe institutional disagreement (which is happening now) up to the extreme of parts of the U.S. government actually shooting at each other. Think of Yeltsins Russia in the 90s when army elements were fighting internal security troops and shelling the parliament building. Don’t believe it couldn’t ever happen in the U.S. ? of course it would.
    More likely I think we’ll see the leftist pro establishment street thugs come out into the streets to rattle their own cages like so many spoiled toddlers. State media is in full gear about some kind of punishment against Trump.
    The big factor is economic. If there is another potential depressionary period which breaks out– then watch out, any number of imagined violent outcomes could become real. Anybody cheerleading for some kind of overthrow ought to be very cognizant of that. The stake of their own children and vulnerable are at stake, as well. Only an ignorant and craven fool uneducated to the horrors of war would entertain it.

  14. malthuss February 15, 2019 at 10:57 am #

    In the ‘I told You So’ for $1000 column,

    abc7chicago.com/sources-smollett-staged-attack-with-help-of-others-allegedly-being-written-off-empir…

    • David Webb February 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

      I couldn’t believe the way CBS radio news updated this story this morning. They mentioned that two of the alleged victim’s acquaintances were arrested, and that police are still investigating the possibility of a hate crime, while neglecting to mention that the acquaintances are from Nigeria. I guess they really need to keep that hate crime scenario alive until it’s irrefutably proven wrong.

  15. seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 10:58 am #

    So let me get this straight. Trump was setup. All Russian collusion was DOJ entrapment. So were they working with Putin? Did they suggest the $50 million dollar penthouse apt and Trump just went ahead and offered it vis-s-vis Cohen? Jim you sound like a JFK assassination apologist. Yeah everything is FUBAR, but it really does make sense. And I guess the endgame if Trump and Pence gone and President Pelosi? Jesus Christ, and the people on this site think I’m a crazy conspiracy theorist.

    • PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 11:13 am #

      Seawolf, please stop.
      Look in the mirror and tell yourself: “There is no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia. I have a free mind, and I can vote for whoever I choose.”

      then take 10 deep breaths. Say those lines again. Repeat this 3 times.
      Feel better, and have a nice day 🙂

      • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

        Yes. There’s nothing profound about the average human mind or the level at which most people live. It’s all about conditioning – and much of that is just the repetition of slogos which then the individual internalizes and repeats on his or her own – along with emotional reinforcement. As John Lilly said, we can reprogram ourselves in the same way they programmed us. And this is exactly what Sea needs to do. Over and over again, just as you say.

        • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

          Over and over again. Rinse on / rinse off. Do the Mr. Miyagi.

          we can reprogram ourselves in the same way they programmed us

          Oh Grasshopper this is a very good day. You are learning. Ten breaths yes, this is good. Say it with feeling. Feel every word.

          Feel better and have a nice day. We can reprogram ourselves in the same way they programmed us! The Stars Are Ours.

      • Exscotticus February 15, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

        And while you’re at it, also tell yourself that there’s ample overwhelming evidence of moon landings.

        • hmuller February 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

          I’m undecided on that issue. But please tell me why you think no person has returned to the moon in about the last 45 years. It should be an easy weekend lark for tourists by now. But nothing, nada.

          • Exscotticus February 17, 2019 at 11:39 pm #

            >>> It should be an easy weekend lark for tourists by now. But nothing, nada.

            I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that you believe Antarctica exists, and that people live there year-round. Do you think it’s a weekend lark to get to Antarctica? There are no hotels there. Yes, you can spend $80,000 for a week in a “luxury” yurt—but that’s no hotel.

            So if it costs that much for Antarctica, imagine what a week on the moon would cost.

            We don’t even have true space tourists going to low earth orbit, yet. The few “tourists” that have gone up had to work and fulfill a role.

            Now it’s your turn. You believe we have satellites in space, yes? You believe the ISS is real? So what is it about the moon landings that raises doubts? Because we haven’t gone back? Why would we? We won the space race against the USSR, and there wasn’t any easily exploitable resources. Doubtless if we had discovered vast seas of petroleum or precious metals, we’d be there. But what we mostly found were unremarkable rocks, and we have plenty of those right here.

    • rackslope February 15, 2019 at 11:22 am #

      Wow, this stuff is just not your forte. You should probably find another diversion. Ummm, might I suggest base jumping?

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 11:47 am #

      If it makes you feel any better SeaWolfy, I don’t think you’re crazy for being a conspiracy theorist, I just think you’re plain crazy when it comes to Trump. If anything, you’re not nearly cynical enough for believing all the bullshit being drummed up about him since 2016, and not realizing that it’s a distinctive calling card of a deep state operation to accuse their enemies of the same shit that they are doing themselves.

    • seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

      What are you dumb asses talking about? That’s what he’s saying. Did the collective IQ of this site just drop from Michigan to Ohio State levels?

      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

        Communication skills aren’t really a strong suit for you, are they?

  16. PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    Also, Jim has spoken about what happens when a ruling elite starts to go collectively insane. That might be happening as we write, or at least —becoming more acute. It’s frightening. There are many historical examples. Torture, kangaroo courts, gulags, public hysterias, “traitors”, etc.

    • ozone February 15, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      PeteAtomic,
      Umm, did you happen to catch the latest Trump-with-props pulings and droolings from the Rose Garden today? [sniff sniff]

      This idiot as much as said he’d like to institute the death penalty for anyone dealing drugs. That marches right down the road of your concerns. Seems to me we’ll have to include Trip-G as an insane ruling elite.

      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

        You have to view his many ramblings as gross hyperbole spoken for shock and awe effect. He’s more of a carnival barker/showman than anything else. Which is good, since he’s in charge of a three ring circus / shit show.

      • PeteAtomic February 16, 2019 at 2:34 am #

        No, I haven’t seen it yet.

        hey– Trump is the probably the most imperfect individual who is addressing long term problems. Would I would have liked JFK to address immigration, North Korea, and trade?
        Of course!
        But, JFK is dead, and we gotta take what we got.

        I wanted to throw a couple “motherfukas’ lols in there
        😉

  17. rackslope February 15, 2019 at 11:06 am #

    Mr. Kunster is a closet Qanon!

    If you want to know what’s really going on you will follow his lead. Go here: gab.ai/NeonRevolt,
    for a great intro.

    Or continue to be in the dark while your ignorance shines brightly for all to see.

    • James Howard Kunstler February 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      I am not a member of Qanon.
      I’ve seen the website, which I find excessively cryptic unto being incomprehensible.
      –JHK

      • seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

        Jesus. These right wing loonie birds have completely flown off course. They’re not headed south for the winter, they’re headed &^())))))^%7&&77 for the *9890_)(^(&^&(()), never to return or be seen again.

        • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

          Should we be concerned about you Wolfy? Is their anyone we can call to check in on you?

      • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        It would be nice if it got mixed up a bit. Cryptic it is.

      • Eoin February 15, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

        @JHK
        This one ? qposts.online/
        That’s where the direct posts are, with commentary links to the 8ch board.
        Skip the pikers and prognosticators, go to the source.
        Cryptic ? absolutely.
        Verifiable ? ditto, but sometimes it takes the “future to prove past”.
        Thank you again Jim, for everything that you do.
        Bonne Chance !

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:28 pm #

          Jeff Sessions was supposed to be secretly working on thousands of indictments, remember? With the discord between he and Trump merely a guise to fool the enemy. How did that revelation work out?

      • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

        Q -whoever s/he or they may be, have made one incorrect time prediction.

        I never took Q seriously.

        • hmuller February 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm #

          I’m not sure why people get so emotional and bent out of shape by the “Q” persona. To me Q is a person or small group close to Trump which leaks info, some true, some perhaps misleading or false. It is consistently info in support of the Trump Presidency.

          Past Presidents also had such authorized White House leakers. The difference being, they leaked to sympathetic journalists; Q leaks directly to the public.

    • JustSaying February 16, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

      OMG – are you not paying attention to what McCabe is saying? Do you not understand the history of the FBI and the CIA?

  18. venuspluto67 February 15, 2019 at 11:08 am #

    But what will happen in the meantime as their enablers are dragged into courts of law to answer for their roguery?

    I really don’t know. Perhaps they’ll find another group of dumb high-school boys to smear and terrorize. 😛

  19. teddyboy46 February 15, 2019 at 11:11 am #

    I would like to expound on a new theory. Hollywood and the News Industry merged in 1992 because the story lines were so juicy and the angles so good. The script wrote itself and the actors worked for free and it really took off with that good looking couple from Arkansas. The Clintons, it was The Kennedy’s all over again and so we have been treated to the Clinton soap opera for the past 35 years. Then came the Obamas they were the Black Kennedy’s, and their soap opera will play out until they pass away in Glory.

    Now this is part 2, every decade Hollywood has had a ” That Girl” in the 1960s it was Marlo Thomas , in the 1970s it was Mary Tylor Moore. The 80s had Brooke Shields and the 90s was Jennifer Anniston.

    For 2019 we have Alexandera Ocasio – Cortez ” Red Cortez” her story will be told as one of Truth and Girl Power and be Pushed right up until 2024 when she can run for president . Win or Lose it will be a great story and will Sell and make everyone lots of Money. Remember Professional Politics is like Pro Wrestling . A lot of tough talk and predetermined outcomes. Except for Trump won by accident and they will make sure that never happens again.

    • JohnAZ February 15, 2019 at 11:29 am #

      Wait until the full disclosure comes out how the Deep State has just about conquered this country. I just hope enough people concerned about America are left to re-elect Trump.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

        He’s Deep State Neo-Con. But who knows, maybe we’ll get a Wall. Not that it matter that much since he wants a vast increase in legal immigration. Big business wants a Non-White America every bit as much as the Democrats do.

        • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

          He = DT?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

            Who else?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

      Almost all the action heroes and superheroes are women now – and that’s a complete reversal of both pop and traditional culture. Yes, to what you said, but we’re in new territory too.

      We definitely need a new Latinx “it” girl. Sophia Vegarra is getting too old. AOC fits the bill, but your premise expands this into her taking over the nice White girl position too. Interesting.

    • BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

      I don’t about that, my friend. It looks like this ‘Amazon Affair’ is putting her at odds with other NY dems and mightbring her low even before she really got started. Truthfully I was hoping we could get more mileage out of her, the gift that keeps on giving.

      Brh

    • montsegur February 15, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

      Hollywood and the News Industry merged

      Infotainment industry. But didn’t that start with the notion of “24 hour news channels” ? If there is no significant news, there had to be entertainers to lock in the viewers.

      Of course, there always was news going on somewhere, but the coif-heads of network news couldn’t be bothered to become that well informed.

      Cheers

  20. newworld February 15, 2019 at 11:24 am #

    Great rundown on the coup.

    I knew it was a hoax from day one since it follows the trope of scorned woman her conspirators. And frankly to me it is fairly easy to predict every bit of the script since all one has to do is ask what would a 19 year old somewhat mentally delicate girl do next.

    Oliver Stone is right women are the death of the left.

  21. JohnAZ February 15, 2019 at 11:26 am #

    The cowardly RINOs have a reason for never backing Trump. They are owned by the same globalist groups that totally own and control the Democrats and their lackey the MSM. The real power to the whole mess that has been blocking the populist group for two years is outside of this country.

    Want to know why?

    Because the revitalization of the US economy and the revitalization of the US labor pool, and especially the suppression of the evils crossing the border is tearing down the financial empire of the global internationalists what CFNers know as the Elite. The liquidity being utilized to pay the minimums required to serve the paper issued by the Elitists, is coming from illicit trades. Drugs are keeping the financial structure of the world from collapsing.

    To a lot of you, what is being blamed on the Deep State by a lot of us is as a result of huge pressure from outside. It appears as Anti American because it is.

    Here is another surprise. Our allies against this ring of thieves Russia, China and Japan.

    My source. In the Shadow of a Presidency by Daniel Estulin. Read it.

    • SpeedyBB February 17, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation (“Shadow of a Presidency”). I have long claimed that we have no serious material conflict with the Russian Federation, once the silliness is excised (and fake concerns like Crimea – please).

      In fact Russia is our natural ally, particularly against Islam, now that Eurabia is pretty much a hopeless case. Team up with them and other major areas of concern, such as the environment and energy alternatives, also become more feasible.

      China is also dealing with the problems in Xinkiang seriously, if roughly. They recognize the danger of an aspiring caliphate.

  22. revilo February 15, 2019 at 11:28 am #

    For freedom-loving people with some sense of history, it is a scary time to be alive. It is truly a clusterfuck.

    • revilo February 15, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

      Theodore Dalrymple

      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

        The act of lying itself, is morally and mentally corrosive. Repetition begets acquiescence, then subservience, and eventually unassailable belief. Lies are truth. Truth is dangerous. Ignorance is bliss. War is peace. We’re all in this together. The individual gets whatever outcomes they deserve.

        “Remember Jerry, it’s not a lie if you actually believe it.”

        – George Costanza –

        • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

          The irony is that the liar is not aware of the corrosion as deep as it is. By this we speak of a soul with a penchant for lies because you already know that if you ask me I have no Jews in my basement.

          Does believing the lie does cut the corrosion down? It is great to consult the expert. My guess it does a pretty good job of it but it requires a greater and greater separation from reality and that comes at great cost. The greater the separation? Does that get more signatures?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

            So what do you have in your basement? Or should I say who?

          • seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

            “Go get the Gimp.”
            “Let the Gimp sleep.”
            “Go on now.”

        • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

          Imagine calling someone “Jerry”. By the same downward involutionary force, all Pastors named Charles become “Chuck”.

          To his credit, Charles Bukowski never let anyone call him that. He was Charles. To his friends, Buk.

          • S M Tenneshaw February 15, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

            That’s how comics roll. Jerry Seinfeld, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Andy Griffith. Et cetera.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

        One of my favorites. Having to affirm racial equality is the foremost technique of moral corruption in our civilization.

      • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

        but to humiliate;

        Like ads and TV and films these days. White males are there
        but to be humiliated.

  23. venuspluto67 February 15, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    Another thing about impeaching Trump, I’m amazed that the “#Resistance” doesn’t realize that a President Pence would be orders of magnitude worse than President Trump. Plus, Pence favors confrontation with Russia. It was that very thing that made so many Democratic voters reluctant or unwilling to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 15, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      Hillary never liked to talk about nuclear war with Russia because she wants to make it a surprise.

      • elysianfield February 15, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

        “Hillary never liked to talk about nuclear war with Russia because she wants to make it a surprise.”

        Komaraden Finc!

        …good one….

        • SpeedyBB February 17, 2019 at 11:04 am #

          I read in several places on the web that war planners in the Pentagon are seriously entertaining the possibility of “winnable nuclear war” and have generated studies on the subject.

          I seriously doubt whether our purported adversaries have done the same. They have felt the punishment of invasion and war.

          I worry about those forty-plus majors and colonels. They did not have to live through the persistent terror of the early 1960s, when thermonuclear exchange was a continuing presence.

    • Nightowl February 16, 2019 at 11:38 am #

      Yes but he doesn’t have bad hair and isn’t overweight.

      Underneath it all, you know that is what it is really about for the deep thinkers of McResist. He’s just not presentable enough.

    • JustSaying February 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      Pence is a neocon through and through. And he does not have a political base.

      He’s very creepy in my opinion, especially how he got rid of Flynn.

  24. volodya February 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    National emergency? The US and much of the western world have been nuts-deep for decades. This emergency isn’t just one thing, it’s a bunch of interlocking wheels, immigration just one of the wheels, the impetus for all these being the country-devouring greed of a relative handful of multi-billionaires who stop at nothing, who don’t give shit that they bring down entire civilizations,never mind individual nation-states, let alone entire societal and economic classes comprised of tens of millions of people.

    Build the fucking wall, build it two miles high, with machine gun towers every mile.

    This globalist plan of wrack and ruin for the many and no-limits for the few seems to be coming apart in one corner of the world if you can believe some of the accounts you read. Good ole Carlos Ghosn,the archetypal Davos man, seems to have over stretched himself and his schemes. Seems that the Japanese parts of the automotive operation he runs, aren’t so jiggy with the idea of subsuming Nissan into the greater Renault global empire.

    Was his arrest and ouster really all over Ghosn’s mis-reported compensation? Or was it because of nationalist impulses under the skins of those compulsively bowing island-men over yonder. Could it be that the “global” elite really ain’t so global, that maybe even millionaire and billionaire capitalists don’t want to share a sand-box with folk who come from different places, whose customs they don’t abide by, who don’t look or act like them, who speak different lingos?

    The characterization of the billionaire elite is that they’re “anywhere” people. But are they? Maybe the first order of priority is their own wealth, but do they really make common cause with somebody from China? Does some outlandishly wealthy fella from Shanghai who rubs shoulders in other national capitols with rich people like him have no agenda other than his own money? Maybe he actually does spend some time making sure he’s ok with those ruthless boys in Beijing that command those legions of soldiers and police.

    Their source of legitimacy is rooted in time and specific places and not some amorphous notion of “global.” Do their passports and birth certificates say “world”? After all the rapacity runs its course, some of these guys will realize that they depend on an economic and financial food-chain based in nation-states, that all this “global” talk is a lot of smoke and mirrors. Maybe the demise of Carlos Ghosn is the awakening to these facts of life in one company in one part of the world.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

      Machine gun towers every mile is an enticing idea, just remember they could be easily turned around to point inward.

      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        And will be eventually. Maybe the only thing to be done with a population this far gone is to just put us down like rabid dogs.

        • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

          I’m afraid some may get confused when defining ‘rabid‘ and mistake my drooling over a kibble as something else. It only takes one.

      • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

        If we are going to actually build the national embarrassment we should use radioactive bricks made from spent nuclear fuel rods to solve the nuclear fuel storage problem. If you really want to make America as great as it ever was. Kill two birds with one Roger Stone! Then when future generations read about how stupid we were in A History of the Future they will know why they have three eyes. They have three because the Five Eyes let them down.

        • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

          Brilliant solution Dawg! Now that’s thinking outside the old… err… doghouse!

    • FincaInTheMountains February 15, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

      We gonna build that Wall and Hillary is going to pay for it!

    • malthuss February 15, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

      The characterization of the billionaire elite is that they’re “anywhere” people.

      One story was the the driver was told to go to the airport [when Bezos still flew first class, not on private jet] and get the young billionaire.
      He found a guy with a backpack. Our ordinary billionaire, Jeff.

  25. Luhrenloup February 15, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    Trump needs to address the great violation to this country’s laws, its constitution. Treason has occurred; If I am correct this is a crime punishable by death, definitely the most serious crime to be committed against a country.
    But Trump chooses instead to call these people names. He’s no statesman. It’s my impression that he was never interested in going after Clinton and that cabal, he just wanted to get them off his back. I think Jason Chaffetz whose committee was laser focused on investigating Clinton was forced out, he left office precipitously once Trump took office, he wasn’t leaving at the end of his term, but immediately for no apparent reason.
    Trump made a mistake by not striking at his enemies when he first took office, but he’s still standing after a small but powerful army sought to depose him, so maybe . . .

    • Exscotticus February 15, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

      How could Trump pursue Clinton with the DoJ in such a mess? His AG was MIA.

      Trump has proven that he understands the importance of TIMING.

      Consider his national emergency declaration. Why declare it now? Why not a year ago? Well Congress just passed funding for the wall. So now Trump can claim that the issue isn’t over the wall itself, but merely over how much wall is needed. That’s a very different debate! Recall that Pelosi claimed walls are an “immorality”. Yet she ultimately voted for it, thoroughly undermining her credibility. How will she convince a judge that Trump is truly subverting the will of Congress when she voted for the wall?

      A few weeks back, when Trump re-opened the government without wall funding, Pelosi did her little victory dance. Do you think she’s dancing now?

      Timing is everything.

      • seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

        It’ll get blown to pieces like a bird shitting in a tornado. It’s beyond a stupid, fucking idea, it’s a Trump idea.

        • Urinthe Village February 17, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

          Every anti-Trump commentator eventually (actually, quickly) lowers the discussion to name calling and obscenity. Emotional responses prevail when rational argument is lacking.

      • Luhrenloup February 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

        good point, Ex

      • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

        Yes, like a snake with Trump as the snake charmer.

        • Urinthe Village February 17, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

          Every anti-Trump commentator eventually (actually, quickly) lowers the discussion to name calling and obscenity. Emotional responses prevail when rational argument is lacking.

    • Eoin February 15, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

      “Trump made a mistake by not striking at his enemies when he first took office, but he’s still standing after a small but powerful army sought to depose him, so maybe . . .”

      Because true power never murders; but it does permit suicide.

  26. K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    100 responses, the worm turns.

    As the two men explore a nearby church, they discover an obscene parody of the Madonna and Child and an inverted cross. At the pulpit, they find a book filled with Latin and Druidic runes entitled De Vermis Mysteriis, or “The Mysteries of the Worm“. When Charles touches the book, the church shakes and the two men feel something gigantic moving in the ground beneath them. The evil of the place overcomes both men, and they quickly leave the village. – Stephen King (Nightshift)

  27. montsegur February 15, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

    Jim,

    However the current political turmoil turns out, I have to give you a nod of respect for assessing the situation from a broad perspective, and then having the courage to assert your views even though they ran counter to an ongoing drumbeat of propaganda from various cliques who attempt to influence public opinion in the USA.

    Yea, the worms are turning, and in their frenzy, bring skeletons to the surface that some would rather remain hidden.

    Cheers

    • EvelynV February 15, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

      Hear hear,

      Yes, Jim has always had the courage to make predictions about the things that never happen.

      Not a man to simply go with the flow. If literally hundreds of experts and bushels of verifiable facts support the theory that 911 was a conspiracy he will remain steadfast the government told us the truth. That kind of stick to it – ivness takes courage.

  28. seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    Is this the worm?
    youtube.com/watch?v=7LFIXY2tO6o

  29. patrickd February 15, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    Interesting comments. I’m always surprised when intelligent people talk about voting, about the criminals in government being brought to court, about the national emergency. To me, none of these issues are being viewed correctly. Here are some of the facts that relate to this:

    The US is not a democracy, and voting makes no difference. The plutocrats who reside outside of government are the ones who make policy, and they dictate it to the politicians. The political system is a foil to disempower the populace.

    Criminals bringing criminals to court? This is a dream, a fantasy. The plutocrats’ looting operation and financial rewards to its staff (the government) is too lucrative. Criminals do not share in the ideals of the common American person, they lack lawful principles, and expecting them to uphold the law is a delusion.

    The national emergency is the US reign of terror being waged against the entire planet. The US military has murdered millions of civilians around the globe since WWII, and it is ramping up to murder many millions more, in S. America, Africa, Europe, Russia and China. American citizens seem to be unaware of this. The US continues to murder Syrian families and is building up its forces again in Syria, despite saying the opposite. American citizens are doing NOTHING to stop US terrorism, murder, and looting.

    Since Americans tend to believe what they are told by the propaganda arm of the US (MSM), the task to confront this great evil is being performed by the rest of the world. Scores of countries are rallying around some simple goals:

    Remove the dollar from trade, using their own currencies instead. This eliminates much of the theft of gold and cash (aka sanctions) that the US performs.

    Creating economic and military alliances to resist US hegemony and unilateralism, purposely isolating the US.

    Creating sources of journalism to tell the world what is REALLY going on, in the ME, in Russia, In China, in Iran. Readers of CFN might be interested in learning about these sources. Some of the best are PressTV (Iran), RT and Sputnik (Russia), The Saker (America).

    The world is isolating the US, creating a multi-polar world based on international law and mutual benefits, aka win-win. In this new world, everyone profits. In the unipolar world, only the US profits (zero sum); only US interests matter.

    The rest of the world is capable of defending itself against US terrorism and wars of aggression. Russia can destroy the US mainland and remove its existence, of course at a great price to itself, but it has vowed to only do so if the US threatens Russia’s existence. That threat already exists and is being developed further by recent moves in nuclear missile treaties, deployment to Europe, and development of illegal missiles.

    To me, this is the real emergency: the US is a rogue nation that has mobilized the entire planet to confront it and destroy it if necessary. The robbers in charge of the US enjoy freedom and power today, and they use murder, terrorism, and fraud to steal the world’s wealth for themselves.

    If there’s going to be “a wall”, and criminal justice, go ahead and build a wall. Make it circular. Place the robbers inside it, and administer justice there within.

    But that will NEVER happend, because US folks believe we live in a democracy, and they simply do not see the murders and thefts happening on the planet, all done by the US empire. Folks living in the US are living in LaLa Land.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

      America was not supposed to be a Democracy – and that’s a good thing. To the extent it is Democratic, to that extent it’s corrupt. Mob rule is never right.

    • goldpen February 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

      patrickd I appreciated your comment so much that I took the trouble to register just so I could give you a huge Thumps Up!! I couldn’t agree with you more about what the real emergency is. Not very many people in ‘Murica agree with us. Doesn’t matter ultimately I suppose. ‘Murica is a gonna get its just desserts soon anyway. Indeed the rest of the world has had just about enough of our bullshit.

    • ozone February 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

      patrickd,
      We share a common perspective.
      To look at how Tulsi Gabbard was grilled on a “centrist” “news” outlet (Morning Joe) is to prove your point about scripted propaganda from the MSM. It was a bit of a shock to watch how transparently the rabid right-wing, imperialist, neo-con narrative was blasted through a megaphone of leading “questions”. (I suppose that not subjecting myself to this bullshit from the teevee throughout the day&night is what brings somewhat of a jolt. The teevee has lost its power to influence/lull me by the simple habit of not tuning in.)

      • goldpen February 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

        Bill Maher said on his most recent show that the Russians “favor Tulsi Gabbard for the Democrat nominee”. That is my final straw for that establishment, elite loving jackass. I have given him the title of the CIA’s official comedian. But he’s not even that funny or talented.

        • ozone February 15, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

          “I have given [Bill Maher] the title of the CIA’s official comedian. But he’s not even that funny or talented.”

          goldpen,
          Well, given their chosen mission, I’d think the See-Eye-Yay is the very definition of mediocrity and group-think. 😉

          • SpeedyBB February 17, 2019 at 11:29 am #

            As a grad student in Linguistics in 1962 I was approached quite discreetly by the CIA (what the Brits amusingly refer to as “…the hand on the knee…”) but my natural hog-caution kicked in and I demurred – although I must say the terms were tempting. As an Air Force brat I was also strongly “anti-Commie” at that tender age.

            My wariness may have saved my skin, in light of the corruption, bumbling, fanaticism and bureaucracy that made Langley such a picturesque place to work.

            I was not even that surprised when the overt treason of good ole boy Aldrich Ames and later devout Catholic Robert Hansen came to light.

            It was always pretty clear what colossal fuckups the KGB operatives were. The CIA wasn’t far behind.

        • Nightowl February 16, 2019 at 11:42 am #

          Bill and Steven Colbert are two of the saddest individuals on television. Personally, I think they’ve got skeletons in the closet. Neither of them are what one would call stupid, but their TDS has hit 11. It’s quite interesting…

    • James Hansen February 15, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

      One of the best and truest comments I have ever read here. The US always had a dark side but I really relate to events in the recent pasts, starting in 1953 in Iran. We made life hell for millions of people on a whim. And we have never stopped right up to the present.

      Things got much worse and kicked into high gear after 9/11. It is hard to see how we can survive another decade with the psychopathic and suicidal tendencies of the MIC.

    • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 2:09 am #

      US folks believe we live in a democracy, and they simply do not see the murders and thefts happening on the planet,

      Can’t agree, people know they live in an Evil Empire. They make the choice to compartmentalize the awareness away. The truth is out there. It is a choice. Their choice.

      Perhaps Scratch can explain it to you. Compartmentalization is a popular ‘bundle’ in his contract.

  30. 4014HAMPHEDGE February 15, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

    Hundreds of middle class couples have seen their small parcels, purchased for eventual retirement cottage, made worthless by “Regional Government” fiat. Of course the Constitutional safeguard against “Taking” is observed, so property owners are reimbursed… Reimbursed at market value in context of severely depressed values owing to the dead hand of oppressive Agency rules and arbitrary actions by Agency inspectors and planners.

    The CTRPA & NTRPA behavior beginning circa 1970 is a textbook saga of environmental planning engineered to squeeze out lower income property owners, with preference for Indian/Corporate Casinos and “Destination Resorts”…. In fact, at Lake Tahoe much study of monorails was undertaken, ostensibly for all weather operation. Attendees at the Tahoe fixed guideway scoping meetings were privy to discussions larded with comments aimed at assuring “Joe Sixpack” would have limited access if any, since monorail “stations” were largely confined to interiors of casino and resort hotel structures. Large “Receptor” parking lots at edger of incorporated Tahoe areas were main public access to the monorail.

    A natural rail access to the Tahoe Basin was and remains updated electric railway rebuild of the 1925-1945 Truckee-Tahoe City passenger branch line. New rails serve Squaw Valley, with through service to downtown Reno Airport (RNO) pencils out. Existing Amtrak connection at Truckee requires third-world station & platform amenities upgrade for an appropriate Tahoe gateway point.

    MANY mention of lack of passenger (local freight?) rail service by JHK can be seen at this venue, and sometimes it is worthwhile to get to specifics. The scurrilous activities surrounding removal of most USA local railway connectivity seems of a piece with the latest corruption of record. The Tahoe railway rebuild can be template for the “LONG EMERGENCY”: transport solution set. Add renewable volts for propulsion…

    Cyberwarfare books & authoritative narrative by Peter Pry and Richard Clarke regarding war impacts to rubber tire mode transport suggest all due haste diversified investment in food distribution methodology. Persons wishing in depth RR rebuild information can reach this writer through JHK.

  31. Beryl of Oyl February 15, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

    That title, how the FBI protects America – they knew all about the suspicious behavior of the 9/11 perpetrators.
    They knew about the Orlando nightclub shooter ahead of time.
    They were explicitly warned about the Parkland shooter, and it somehow didn’t get “passed along”, and the news media just dropped that.
    If I didn’t know better, I’d say they collect information on potential threats, and keep it in their back pocket, for such time as it may prove useful.
    And I don’t know better, and neither do you.
    Oh, I almost forgot, the Boston Marathon bombers. There was even a CIA link there, even though we were told that the uncle who was seen right after the mass murders, calling his nephews “losers”, having been married to an ex-CIA chief’s daughter, was not a CIA connection at all.
    So no, the FBI doesn’t protect us in the “age of terror”.
    They did a good job of saving us from the menace of Martha Stewart.
    What did she go to prison for? Insider trading.
    Well then, that insider trading is a bad thing, serves her right, yes?
    When you look a little more closely though, she didn’t go to prison for insider trading, because there wasn’t enough there to make a case stick.
    No, she went to prison for lying to the FBI. In the person of…. James Comey.
    Why was she prosecuted? My guess is it was all about money, somebody wanted a piece of her empire and she was in the way.
    A similar situation exists at our border.
    There is no logical reason for Chuck Schumer to be dead-set against stopping the criminality facilitated by the wide open border, it even goes against what great numbers of his constituents want, but it’s his number one concern. Why?
    It too is about money, big money. President Trump is in the way of business, business on a scale we can hardly imagine.
    As Mr. Kunstler succinctly put it a while back, people are not getting paid.

    There are so many, I lose track.
    So no, the FBI doesn’t protect America in the age of terror.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

      A paragraph got misplaced there for awhile, and showed up at the end.
      My apologies.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

      Or Blasey-Ford (Rush calls her Ballsy-Ford) – a skilled liar, from a family of spooks, working as a recruiter for the same.

  32. Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    he Conqueror Worm
    BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

    Lo! ’t is a gala night
    Within the lonesome latter years!
    An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
    In veils, and drowned in tears,
    Sit in a theatre, to see
    A play of hopes and fears,
    While the orchestra breathes fitfully
    The music of the spheres.

    Mimes, in the form of God on high,
    Mutter and mumble low,
    And hither and thither fly—
    Mere puppets they, who come and go
    At bidding of vast formless things
    That shift the scenery to and fro,
    Flapping from out their Condor wings
    Invisible Wo!

    That motley drama—oh, be sure
    It shall not be forgot!
    With its Phantom chased for evermore
    By a crowd that seize it not,
    Through a circle that ever returneth in
    To the self-same spot,
    And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
    And Horror the soul of the plot.

    But see, amid the mimic rout,
    A crawling shape intrude!
    A blood-red thing that writhes from out
    The scenic solitude!
    It writhes!—it writhes!—with mortal pangs
    The mimes become its food,
    And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
    In human gore imbued.

    Out—out are the lights—out all!
    And, over each quivering form,
    The curtain, a funeral pall,
    Comes down with the rush of a storm,
    While the angels, all pallid and wan,
    Uprising, unveiling, affirm
    That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”
    And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.

    JS: It need not be so, you fools. Repent now before the Worm arises out of the depths. You will die well or perhaps even be saved by angelic early warning to flee before the blow falls. As far as repopulating the rebuilding civilizations – only the Righteous need apply. Are you Weird, are you White, are you married to the Night – does your head have no room? Step right up.

    This is for the Lunar Dynasty. Solar Dynasties have their own criteria. But righteousness is included in both. Other Races and Civilizations will leave out the White part – but Righteousness will remain. A constant like the law of gravity or conservations of energy.

    • BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

      The Conquer Worm

      Starring Vincent Price

      About the English Civil War if I an recall correctly.

      Brh

    • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

      Yes, soft star light gently glitters behind the bright light of the Lunar King. And they are always and forever together.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

        I can often feel you behind me as I type late at night. No doubt you inadvertently astrally project into my room during sleep.

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:51 am #

          It’s everything to do with natural magnetism and electricity. Souls also have what could be described as a gravitational force. It’s very easy to allow oneself to be pulled into the orbit of a soul with intense gravitational force when in the astral plane. Otherwise, one can simply drift from one place to the next.

  33. scoubidou123 February 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    Mr Kunstler, your belief in America coming to something like its senses is almost touching.

    A large fraction of the american public in position of power is running around with their hair on fire, believing that Trump is litterally Hitler, and has to be stopped no matter what.

    • CancelMyCard February 15, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

      “A large fraction of the american public in position [sic] of power is running around with their hair on fire, believing that . . . .

      either Mr. Trump or Ms. Pelosi is litterally Hitler, and has to be stopped no matter what.”

      There . . . fixed it for you.

      As long as the general public of the USA continues to become more and more politically polarized, this nation will continue its decent into hell, with hellish consequences for any and all.

      • SpeedyBB February 17, 2019 at 11:40 am #

        “…descent…” or perhaps “…decent descent…?”

  34. Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

    The attempted take down of America was a soft or “color” revolution. Basically what we intend to do to Maduro. But he’s digging in. God bless him. Arabs and Latin Americans can’t have Republican forms of Government. They’re too passionate and corrupt. They need the Strong Man. Maduro might not be a good one, not sure. In any case, Republicanism is mostly just for Whites and some of the East Asians.

    • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      How dare you suggest that racial groups have varying levels of ability and intelligence ;-)!

  35. seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    Wow, what are the odds? The fake president declares a fake emergency based on a fake promise to build a fake wall, to fake patriots at fake rallies and to fake pundits of fake television shows. What a faking riot!

    • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

      You mean like your obsession with fake sex? Ha hah, you may have ripped that little airplane out of my hand but I made it to the moon without you!

  36. seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    In an attempt to sidestep the lack of funding, Trump has proposed invoking emergency authority. Specifically, he reportedly wants to exercise emergency military construction authority pursuant to 10 U.SC. Sec. 2808, which states that:

    In the event of a declaration of war or the declaration by the President of a national emergency in accordance with the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) that requires use of the armed forces, the Secretary of Defense, without regard to any other provision of law, may undertake military construction projects, and may authorize the Secretaries of the military departments to undertake military construction projects, not otherwise authorized by law that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces. Such projects may be undertaken only within the total amount of funds that have been appropriated for military construction, including funds appropriated for family housing, that have not been obligated.

    What a crock.

    • BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

      How much do spools of barbed wire cost, laid down in depth?

      Not much.

      Brh

      • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

        Steve McQeen as a young man in the movie’ The Great Escape’.

        The krauts look on as he rests for a moment on top of the grassy hill. A shot from a rife could take him out as he guns the engine of the stolen German motorcycle but a ghost of honor follows the Nazi in charge.

        Down the hill as fast as he can go and up a rise and over a hillock he jumps the first fence. Now he is in the center lane between fences, Switzerland only feet away………

        Anybody who wants to put up drywall that bad should get the chance.

        • K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

          The fences were barbed wire on wood posts. Double row.

          Trump saw the movie you bitches.

          • CancelMyCard February 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

            I saw the movie too.

            It was NOTHING like you have just imagined.

            Nothing.

            You have manufactured this imaginary review out of whole cloth.

            Fuck you, you disingenuous fool.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

          Don’t call them krauts – they were huns.

          “A man about to speak the Truth should keep on foot in the stirrup.”

          Old Mongolian saying.

    • PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Emergencies_Act

      There are 31 ongoing national emergencies, the oldest current one dating from November, 1976…

      • seawolf77 February 15, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

        The Vietnam War was fought under the auspices of the Truman national emergency with Korea. Not exactly solid ground.

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

      This whole thing should have been under DoD from the start. It will be the first honest “defense” project they’ve done in years.

      • PeteAtomic February 15, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

        yep. It would have been easier for Trump to invade another sovereign country at this point, then build 200 miles of walls on our own border.

        Tells you a lot about the motives of the MSM/permanent bureaucracy.

        • seawolf77 February 16, 2019 at 8:21 am #

          Napoleon’s got nothing on you.

          • PeteAtomic February 17, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

            heh heh

            well, I’m more of a Peter the Great type guy, but thanks anyway
            🙂

  37. BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

    Whats fake about it?

    Its all real, my friend.

    Brh

  38. BackRowHeckler February 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

    Hold on!

    Arrests made in the Jussie Smollett case!

    2 Nigerians with unpronouncable names, friends of Smollett.

    Can you still call it a hoax when the victim himself orchestrates the assault, and pays off the alleged attackers?

    Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy February 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

      You’re assuming that just because they were Nigerian and one appeared on the show, that they are not White MAGA wearing thugs. That’s a dangerous assumption. One in a million is still not zero – and we have zero tolerance for racism. Just so, Trump might have colluded with Russia therefore we assume that he did – because we can and because we want to do so.

  39. FincaInTheMountains February 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

    Justice Ginsburg, without regaining consciousness, resumed her duties at the Supreme Court on Friday to participate in a private conference at which the justices considered adding cases to the court’s docket.

    nytimes.com/2019/02/15/us/politics/ruth-ginsburg-supreme-court.html

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm #

      Silly Finc! You KNOW that consciousness is optional for those inside the beltway. In fact, most even consider it a hindrance these days.

  40. Pucker February 15, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

    At the end of the interview, Colonel Wilkerson (former Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell) says that there’s a Christian Apocalyptic Millenarian Movement in the US Military.

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=ULAk_u15yZU

    • Pucker February 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

      What is the significance of Colonel Wilkerson’s assertion that the US “Plutocracy” is effectively ultra-competent vis-a-vis a US Federal Government Bureaucracy that is grossly incompetent?

      m.youtube.com/watch?v=ULAk_u15yZU

      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

        My take is that he was a Globalist Zionist sympathizer. Ain’t it funny how the evangelicals are in bed with the Zionists? Should be oil and water, but they’re not. I’ve yet to figure that one out, other than they’re both apocalyptic. Wilkerson was first and foremost a head case. Even the Zionists had the good sense to figure that one out.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

          David Wilkerson? The author of “The Cross and the Switchblade”?

          • swazimoto February 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

            Ha ha! Good one, Janos! Clever, but the closest David Wilkerson got to the military was converting a Puerto Rican “Cruz” missile.

  41. FincaInTheMountains February 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm #

    The Natural Result of the Trump Venezuelan Intrigue

    Trump has signed a budget and declared a state of emergency in the US.
    chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-trump-border-wall-national-emergency-20190215-story.html

    Details tomorrow morning, around 10 St. Petersburg time 🙂

    • goldpen February 15, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

      From your linked article:

      “In a comment that will surely be used to challenge the legal underpinnings of his emergency declaration, Trump hinted at the political realities behind his action. “I could do the wall over a longer period of time,” he said. “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.””

      A bigger moron has never lived in the White House. I even told my Senator, John Cornyn, a few weeks ago that Trump is a moron. I’m pretty sure that he agrees with me. He of course can’t admit it because in 2020 he will be depending on the moron vote here in Texas for his re-election.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 15, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

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      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

        Points taken and well made. On the other hand, consider if you will for just a minute, isn’t it just the SLIGHTEST bit refreshing to have an unabashed – GUSHING! even – TOTALLY moronic idiot at the head of government for a change, who FINALLY tells the unvarnished truth about something FOR ONCE, even when it reflects so COMPLETELY poorly on his alleged “intelligence” and decision making capability by those who deem themselves in everyway superior; and yet, whose like-minded decisions by themselves or their predecessors in the past have led to the very straights that we find ourselves in today?

        While we continue to decry the apparent stupidity of Trump and his supporters, NEVER ONCE do the Dem elite who actually rule this country and deem themselves so very fucking intellectually superior to the rest of us EVER stop to consider the countless self-serving decisions they’ve made that have led us here.

        REST ASSURED, Trump is the “velvet glove” message to the ruling globalist elite, which is that if the bullshit continues we’re willing to burn this motherfucker down if we have to. If I were an “intellectual elite” – and I know and interact with a great many of them every day – I would take Trump and what he represents VERY seriously indeed.

        • goldpen February 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

          “While we continue to decry the apparent stupidity of Trump and his supporters, NEVER ONCE do the Dem elite who actually rule this country and deem themselves so very fucking intellectually superior to the rest of us EVER stop to consider the countless self-serving decisions they’ve made that have led us here.”

          I couldn’t agree more Scratch. In reality I don’t think that most who voted for Trump in 2016 were “morons” or stupid. I totally understood why many just couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary. She was and is quite wretched. My own reaction the day after the election was, “Awesome! Hillary lost!”. Then, “Oh shit, Trump is President!” Talk about cognitive dissonance. I didn’t vote for either one, as if it mattered since I don’t live in a swing state.

          I do question enthusiastic MAGA hat wearing folks even today though after two years in. Those who just have blinders on for Trump. I felt the same about Obama worshipers. I have no use for folks who worship Presidents in a cult like manner.

          • seawolf77 February 16, 2019 at 7:54 am #

            Titty dancer logic. “Joe is always coming on to me. Yes, he’s my manager. Yes, he’s my boss. But he’s so disgusting. He stinks, I mean I can smell him when he walks through the door, that stench cuts right through all the smoke and urine and aftershave. But Sam. Sam understands me. He talks to me, my kind of language. I don’t care if Joe gives me days off when I need them, I don’t care he throws an extra $50 my way every chance he gets, I don’t care if he babysits my boy when I have client appointments. He’s wretched. I would never blow him. He hints at it all the time. Sam just comes right out and tells me ‘Suck on this you slut.’ Now that’s a real man. Not like that wretched worm Joe, always wanting to help me or give me something. He makes my skin crawl.” You’re a fucking genius ain’t you?

          • Nightowl February 16, 2019 at 11:48 am #

            This may be the worst analogy I have ever read on this site.

            Cankles just wanted to help us, folks.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

            He’s impersonating Mika I think.

  42. Pucker February 15, 2019 at 6:58 pm #

    What if Chairman Mao could never shave off his hair because it would then invite comparisons to Chiang Kai Shek? Then you’d have “Mao” which literally means “hair” without any hair. Then you’d have mass societal confusion….

    And then we have Trump who has this weird, unkempt, disheveled, orange “Hair-do”. What does it all mean?!

    • Pucker February 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

      There was never any societal confusion in Mayberry. There were never any heated arguments between Barny and Sheriff Taylor regarding illegal immigration or third trimester abortion. If a girl needed an abortion, then Floyd would handle it late one night in the back of his barbershop, and no one talked about it. Sheriff Taylor’s principal role in society was to bury the skeletons so that Mayberry society did not have any contradictions so that the kids, like Opie, didn’t have to think and thereby challenge Authority. Contradictions in society undermine Authority and portend Revolution, right?

      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

        You can’t tell me Barney wasn’t in the closet. Probably in there with Gomer (who joined the USMC on a whim when he heard that they too were looking for “a few good men.” SHAZZAM!!!) and Goober both. Now Earnest T. Bass? THERE was a fucking ladies man!

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

          One is reminded of R Crumb’s older brother who entire erotic nature was tied up with an old movie version of “Treasure Island”, specifically the relationship between Long John Silver and the cabin boy, Jim Hawkins.

      • Opie February 16, 2019 at 6:03 am #

        That ain’t the half of it. Check out the rest of the story here.
        youtube.com/watch?v=mb4AdYnzRpk

    • Pucker February 15, 2019 at 7:11 pm #

      Was Chairman Mao, ironically, a walking contradiction?

      • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

        Silly Pucker. A Zen koan. One with hair who has no hair. The Chinese have no problem with such western contradictions.

        Better question: Why would Mao, being a “Chairman” and all (hair or no hair), ever want to walk in the first place? Don’t they have servants for that? Meditate on that for awhile, grass-smoker.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

        One remembers Mao bobbing in the River to show that he was still fit and virile even though on his last legs.

        Ginsburg still lives I’m afraid. Credible sighting. The tough old bird is trying to hold on for a Democratic President.

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:39 am #

          What if she isn’t alive and they have created a borg to fool everyone and prevent her from being replaced?

          • AKlein February 18, 2019 at 7:02 am #

            Taxidermy.

  43. Kallocain February 15, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

    Holy Shit! I mean, the ex Comrade #2 at the State Commissariat for the Upholding of Order openly confesses that he and his cabal planned a coup d’etat…is this America? I mean, the United States of America?

    Sounds more like a script for a Chuck Norris 80’s era movie where the Righteous Troopers of America dispatches Col. Braddock to spread liberty in some corrupt Latin American nation where the leftist leaning General has taken power.

  44. FincaInTheMountains February 15, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

    How The Green New Deal Would Exploit Poverty-Stricken People Across The Globe

    Nickel, lithium, and cobalt are used to create electric cars. Little may Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez realize, but indigenous people around the globe are harmed by mining practices.

    thefederalist.com/2019/02/14/green-new-deal-exploit-poverty-stricken-people-across-globe/

    Exactly.

    So called “Socialism” of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in combination with the foreign policy of Democratic Party (Hillary Clinton) is a National Socialism in a chemically pure form.

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

      As the capitalists love to say, “there will be winners and there will be losers.” What they won’t say is that the GND will never be adopted because it’s simply not profitable or realistic in the first place. What it WILL be is good marketing fodder for the transition to a lower net energy state Hey – masses need to be placated on the way down the slope too!

      True socialism will be adopted in the long run out of pure necessity, but as a marketable political strategy, it’s still at least two or there decades premature here in the US. AOC’s a minor prophet, but definitely not a harbinger or a messiah.

      • AKlein February 16, 2019 at 7:37 am #

        OS, you are prescient indeed. Yes, AOC is a minor prophet. Her stance is actually a good thing. As our host has suggested many times, we need to start recognizing there are serious and precipitous limits to our current “lifestyle”. Strangely, even though I would deem myself a conservative, I rather enjoy all the consternation AOC has generated. Frankly, it seems quite therapeutic.

        • Ol' Scratch February 16, 2019 at 10:18 am #

          Yep, the political shit show is the best entertainment option out there these days. Most likely by design.

        • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

          Yeah, too bad she is a complete fraud but do enjoy.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

          You won’t feel that once those formidable jaws close on you. You’re forgetting that she’s an Ethnic Supremacist with a particular animus towards the Tribe.

          I do think she’s hot though. If we were stranded on a dessert island (hi alba), I would be forced by nature to take the controls.

          • AKlein February 17, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

            Better watch language like that, Janos! I don’t know what sorts of punishments are in store for a self-admitted “predator”. You need to keep in mind the “rule of law” must be vigorously enforced, unless you have the proper credentials, in which case they can be freely ignored. Alas, neither you,nor I, have such credentials I would vouchsafe. And, oh yes, “dessert” should have only a single “s”. (I’ve been duly deputized by the site’s grammar and spelling sheriff, so this is an official notice.)

  45. brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/legislation/AGuideToEmergencyPowersAndTheirUse_2.13.19.pdf

    “The average duration of declared emergencies is 9.6 years. Twenty-five emergencies have lasted 10 years or longer; 13 of these were declared between 2001 and 2008. The longest-lasting emergency, Blocking Iranian Government Property, was first declared in 1979 on the heels of the hostage crisis and has been persistently renewed for 39 years.”

    “Although the very concept of “emergency” suggests a temporary, short-term event,states of emergency last a longtime, and they’re getting longer. Thirty-one of the 58 states of emergency declared since the National Emergencies Act was passed are still in effect today.”

    Literally, the Long Emergency.

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 9:08 pm #

      Good work Snacker. Another example hiding in plain sight of our Government “lying but not lying” to us on a continual long term basis. As noted former poster Col. N. Holefield loudly proclaimed, “Reality is a lie. Lying makes this world go around. Accept it. Embrace it. Understand it fully. Most importantly, lie well and for all the right reasons.”

      Not sure I agree with that, but there it is. Our government definitely does it better than most.

  46. Pucker February 15, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

    Didn’t Greer say something about Science Fiction being a projection of the Present into the Future?

    Why wasn’t Sulu drummed out of Star Fleet for being Queer? And why didn’t Uhura go Transgender and then mutiny? There was always a lot of human sexual tension aboard the Enterptise, even with Spock. There were no kids on the Enterprise, so McCoy must have been performing abortions?

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

      Good points! Never a mention of any of that crap back in the day, even though that was the 1960’s and the beginning of all this sexual weirdness.

    • seawolf77 February 16, 2019 at 8:19 am #

      Sulu and Chekhov were an item. They played with each other under that long console. They left dried cum instead of gum underneath there. Spock was a morphodite, he could literally fuck himself. Kirk was a malignant narcissist who couldn’t get it up, it was never big enough you see. It was the cause of his overacting. Scotty liked to be spanked by Uhura, who would role reverse him and pretend she ran the plantation. Bones just liked to watch, he knew none of these losers could ever procreate. “Dammit Jim I’m a doctor,” he said would always say, while relieving himself.

      • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

        You’re on a disguisting roll today. Let me guess. Your girlfriend bailed. If I were her I would of washed your clothes with some ink pens and stuffed socks in your car’s tailpipe before I left.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

          Damn girl!

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:35 am #

            I’m normally an angel but when you’ve hurt me I feel like you need to know what you did to me. I hate myself when I get vindictive and grudgy.

  47. Pucker February 15, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

    There was no confusion in Mayberry, in part, because it was a very controlled, low-information environment. Deputy Barney Fife and Sheriff Taylor weren’t whiling away their time on the taxpayers’ dime on the Internet watching confusing, pornographic images of women with big dicks doing effeminate men.

    • capt spaulding February 15, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

      They were if they were keeping an eye on Gomer.

      • Pucker February 15, 2019 at 9:11 pm #

        [Scene from “Full Metal Jacket”]

        “You are dumb, Private Pyle, but do you expect me to believe that you don’t know Left from Right?! Then you’re trying to be different!”

        • capt spaulding February 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm #

          “Did you hear a zipper? Then why in the fuck did you open your mouth?”.

          • seawolf77 February 16, 2019 at 8:08 am #

            Just say Badubuk, badaboom.

          • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

            I feel like I heard that before. Men are so nasty ;-). Can’t live with em and can’t live without em.

    • Ol' Scratch February 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

      Might be. But just WHAT exactly was going on back in them dimly lit cells safely out of view of the camera’s roving eye? Otis was known to come and go as he pleased in the heights of inebriation. And just WHY – pray tell – do you think THAT was? Just WHAT EXACTLY were Fife – a known closeted disciplinarian with a handcuff fetish – and poor Otis – a known drunken “bottom” who obviously drank to forget – up to that the camera dared not report in those repressed days of yore? And just WHAT did Andy Taylor capture on grainy, primitive video tape that allowed him to move to Georgia and change his name to Matlock all those many years later? And what of poor Aunt Bea? Who among us cries for the lost soul of Aunt Bea, wherever she is? Was she beamed up in a Cocoon, never to be heard from again?

      • Pucker February 15, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

        Didn’t Aunt Bee end up as a double agent for Ghaddafi?

        • seawolf77 February 16, 2019 at 8:06 am #

          Godammit, Aunt Bee still ain’t made my blueberry pancakes!

          • Ol' Scratch February 16, 2019 at 10:17 am #

            I got news for you, Aunt Bea was slipping all kinds of shit from the garden in them pancakes! There was quite the devil hiding behind them mild-mannered spinster eyes. But not to worry, she’s gone with the space people now.

          • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

            I wouldn’t cook anything for you. As it stands now I want to whack you upside your noggin with a pan and scrub your mouth out with soap. You don’t recognize it as such but with your poor attitude it would be a true and heartfelt expression of love :-).

          • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

            Careful, you may be exciting him.

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:30 am #

            I’ve been kinda out of hand haven’t I. I feel like I post from the heart and it feels pure and beautiful. And then I see it smeared with filth and it makes me go off the reservation.

      • PeteAtomic February 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

        lol too funny

  48. Pucker February 15, 2019 at 9:50 pm #

    It was fortuitous for Alexander the Great that the Greek Mercenary General, Memnon, fighting for Darius and the Persian empire died before invading Greece. Contrary to the current perception created by the movie “300”, a significant contingent in the Persian armies were Greek mercenaries. It seems that the Greeks were a promiscuous and treacherous bunch of Fucker’s…

    • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

      Basically according to 300, it was a Gay Pride march against the US Marines.

  49. K-Dog February 15, 2019 at 11:10 pm #

    Barbed wire and timber. Grass optional.

    When you absolutely positively have to get north to blow some leaves and cut that grass!

    Trump most likely saw the movie before I did.

    I remembered well enough 🙂

    • seawolf77 February 16, 2019 at 8:08 am #

      Bon bon bon bon
      Bang bang bang bang
      Bon bon bon bon- Heyeyeah!

  50. Pucker February 15, 2019 at 11:21 pm #

    Alexander the Great’s mom, Olympias, told Alexander that his real dad wasn’t Philip of Macedon, but rather Zeus. That’s probably what women used to tell their kids when they grew up in no way resembling their fathers? But what if the kid notices that he doesn’t look like Zeus either?

    • Pucker February 15, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

      Hillary told Chelsea that her dad is Zeus, but she looks more like Webster Hubbell.

      • Ol' Scratch February 16, 2019 at 10:09 am #

        Chip off the old block.

  51. SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 3:00 am #

    It’s fascinating to me Mr. K that you could see what the Deep State had planned for President Trump two years ago. And here we are now with the evidence in plain sight that indeed a previously hidden cabal within the government’s bureaucratic web was seeking to overturn the results of an election and ultimately the will of the people. I believe this same cabal is responsible for all of the “regime change” and “nation building” that has laid waste to the Middle East and points beyond. They are also, in my opinion, behind the asset stripping of the heartland that you have mentioned several times in your posts. And so your visions and prophecies should be given thoughtful attention and due respect. And yet some have the audacity to come here and attempt to cast shade on the truth that you speak and detract and distract with pedestrian political arguments that fail to address the deeper issues immediately at hand. Like the fact that we are witnessing a soft, thus far, coup d’etat. Something normally associated with the third world and its banana republics. This is a very big deal. If justice is not served it can only mean the complete breakdown of trust and a total loss of legitimacy for the current order. There isn’t any way to turn back now. And this sort of breakdown will have far-reaching consequences that aren’t fully discernable yet. Thank you for continuing to speak on this. Perhaps President Trump’s state of emergency on the border should be expanded. The fact that we have governments within governments in what is supposed to be a Constitutional Republic is a state of emergency is it not?

  52. SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 3:43 am #

    As someone who voted for President Trump I can tell you what Congress communicated to the American people with this “border security” bill. Fuck you and your safety. The bill contains more funds for foreign countries than for the construction of barriers on the southern border. It actually enhances legal protection for law-breakers, reduces ICE’s ability to detain criminal aliens, and incentivizes child trafficking. So basically these parasites who work maybe three days a week, earn six-figure salaries, and receive cadillac healthcare and retirement plans, all at the expense of taxpayers openly and wantonly commit treason. They prefer to represent the interests of transnational crime syndicates and foreign invaders and governments. Meanwhile, ordinary people work two or three jobs just to put food on the table for their families, or worse, they simply go without. We are now truly living in a Hunger Games scenario. This situuation is unsustainable and intolerable. President Trump has made mistakes and has disappointed me along the way. But with this maneuvering he has allowed Congress to show just who it is they work for. They steal our money through the IRS under penalty of imprisonment and they work for themselves and foreign nationals. And they all lie and tell us what we want to hear during the election cycles to get to the power they crave.

  53. SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 3:59 am #

    Can you imagine a government that loves and works for the people it represents? And in turn, imagine a people that love their government and eagerly contribute to the betterment of society. A society built upon deep trust and respect. Where work has meaning and people are able to earn a living while maximizing their talents and skills. A society that shares a spiritual purpose and learns to live in harmony with nature. I know you think it is a pipe dream, but it doesn’t make it any less a worthwhile dream and goal. Socialism maybe, but not a place for greed and corruption. Not anything like the greedy death machine we have now.

    • seawolf77 February 16, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      You need to take an Ambien, masturbate, then get on the treadmill for an hour, masturbate again, take a nice, long, hot shower, masturbate in the shower, then lay down and count the cows coming over the moon.

      • goldpen February 16, 2019 at 9:17 am #

        Several years ago I regularly posted on a Message Board in which another regular poster was a nasty, old, bitter tranny. Your posts remind me of him/her seawolf. Are you a nasty, old, bitter tranny too? If so, don’t worry. Your people will come to power one day and you’ll get your public bathroom legislation.

        • 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 10:22 am #

          A nasty old perv who expresses his deep self-loathing through puerile barbs at Trump, someone he wrongly perceives as even lower than he.

    • Pucker February 16, 2019 at 9:11 am #

      I saw the movie “Mary Poppins Returns”. It was very wholesome family entertainment. No Internet porn images of women with big dicks doing effeminate men.

    • James Hansen February 16, 2019 at 9:38 am #

      Norway comes close to your fantasy but they did make a big mistake of letting in too many immigrants that do not assimilate. I have relatives in Norway.

      • malthuss February 16, 2019 at 10:26 am #

        is one ‘immigrant’ from 3rd world too many?

      • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

        That is why all immigration must end. It is nothing more than the destruction of history and culture.

        • malthuss February 16, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

          tell that to our masters.

          do you watch you tube at all?

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:26 am #

          I do watch youtube. Are you recommending something?

        • SpeedyBB February 17, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

          The hypocrisy among the SJW and the globalists about Islam is astonishing. It is a safe bet that none have ever lived in a Shariah society like Pakkystan or Sandi Arabia and the only Muslims they personally know are very kind and sweet and neighborly. (Except perhaps in Dearborn, where they’re already showing their muscle.)

          Absolutely suicidal.

  54. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 8:34 am #

    So Trump’s declared a State of Emergency to build his Wall while, at the same time, signing a bill that is a big sellout on illegal immigration? Trump may be a bit of a Conman?

    What a Rip Off!

    “The bill being sent to the President was touted as some sort of breakthrough by key Republican negotiators, but it was more of a capitulation than anything else. Hope Trump does not sign it.
    So, now, the White House is saying the President will sign the bill and declare a State of Emergency on border security. Why sign it at all until it gets some work done on making more security for Americans instead of what the weasels in Congress put together? Just declare an emergency and build the wall unencumbered.”

    Central banks have been buying record amounts of gold and have been doing so ever since the 2008 financial meltdown. What does that tell you about how they are thinking? Why aren’t the central banks buying bonds or stocks? Maybe gold and silver are the only undervalued assets on the planet, and everything is going to melt down when the “everything bubble” pops.

    Join Greg Hunter as he gives his take on the top stories of the week in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.”

    • goldpen February 16, 2019 at 9:26 am #

      This is why I said yesterday that Trump is the biggest moron who’s ever inhabited the White House. Not only that, but he’s also apparently functionally illiterate. Everyone who’s known him well says that he never, ever reads anything. He probably didn’t know about the language in the bill that makes it, as my Congressman Chip Roy says, a child trafficking enabling bill.

      He’s such an idiot that he thinks the wall will solve everything. He relies on the liars around him to tell him what is in each bill he signs. He won’t even read the summaries.

      I may just listen to old Greg Hunter. Does he still think Trump is brilliant and plays 4D Chess? Or is the bloom off that rose even for him now? Bwahahahahahaha…

      Yet another moron.

      • Pucker February 16, 2019 at 10:04 am #

        It’s a “Really Weird”, anomalous Government in which no one reads the legislation and in which no one is able to account for the money spent….

        Maybe it’s just me, but this situation doesn’t make any sense to me….

        How can anyone possibly hold out any Hope that such a system can save us?

      • BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 10:38 am #

        Ya, but the ‘moron’ got to be president of the United States. Some moron.

        Brh

        • 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 10:52 am #

          And he did it with an airplane, a twitter feed, and a stupid hat.

          Ironically perhaps, it was never about Trump. It was about vindication of the average American.

          They were not going to be snookered into voting for the sinister and repulsive Clinton regime even if that meant voting for an egocentric blowhard.

          Bravo.

        • Nightowl February 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

          And that moron went to an Ivy League school, is rolling in cash earned in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the world, had a hit TV show, is President of the United States, yadda yadda.

          I don’t particularly like Trump in many ways, but the level of delusion required to believe the man is dumb is something special, indeed.

          • malthuss February 17, 2019 at 11:43 am #

            People throw terms about like confetti [or sh-t].

            I agree, DT is not dumb. foolish, maybe.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

          Remember Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. It’s not just “g” or general IQ – though that is very important. Trump is brilliant at emotional intelligence and has a fairly high g – which he has used to make money. But as far as loving intelligence for itself, in other words, in terms of Idealism and Vision – he is lacking. He has a good heart and wants to solve the problems he sees. But obviously that’s not deep enough to head off the multiple disasters that are converging right down the road.

  55. FincaInTheMountains February 16, 2019 at 9:25 am #

    So called “Socialism” of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in combination with the foreign policy of Democratic Party (Hillary Clinton) is a National Socialism in a chemically pure form.

    Why Democrats Embrace Antisemitism and anti-Israel Bias

    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has condemned Israel’s “occupation” of Palestine and answers “no comment” to whether or not she supports BDS like fellow Democrats Omar and Tlaib.

    How did someone with such anti-Israel views become a Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee? How are there two Democrats in Congress, and possibly a third, who support boycotting the Jewish state?

    jpost.com/Opinion/Why-Democrats-embrace-antisemitism-and-anti-Israel-bias-579675

    Long-term influence of radical anti-Semite and anti-Israel Hillary Clinton. author of the so-called Oslo Accords.

    • James Hansen February 16, 2019 at 10:26 am #

      I thought we were past the point of being called anti semitic if we criticized the Israeli government but I could not have been more wrong.

      I can criticize any country in the world and even the US day and night with out consequences. But if I live in any one of 26 states that have these pro Israel laws on the books and I work for the state I will lose my job as did this woman in the article.

      Anybody think this this is a sane policy?

      informationclearinghouse.info/50884.htm

      • malthuss February 16, 2019 at 10:27 am #

        Tell that to Beans.

      • elysianfield February 16, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

        “Anybody think this this is a sane policy?

        Janos,

        Not sane policy, but certainly settled policy.

    • Ol' Scratch February 16, 2019 at 10:33 am #

      Nothing to do with the fact that AIPAC is a virtual fourth branch of government now – and arguably the most powerful one at that – huh? Don’t you think it’s the least bit funny that we use every other country on earth – friends and foes alike – as our personal doormats but treat Israel like “God’s chosen,” which not coincidentally, they believe themselves to be? There’s a decidedly unholy alliance going on there that needs to be flushed out into the light of day so that we can properly stomp on and kill it, once and for all. Last I heard, we weren’t going by the name United States of Zionism just yet, although there’s an argument to be made that that’s what we have become.

      • BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        Scratch without US backing Israel would have a hard go of it and probably go under. I don’t know, maybe that’s what some people here want.

        We turned our backs on SAfrica after they helped us in both world wars, Korea and Vietnam. Now only after 20 years Boers and Afrikanners face losing their property, and after dispossession their lives. The same thing most likely would happen to the jews in Israel if their country is overrun, and they know. This is why they’ll never surrender.

        Brh

        • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

          I agree with you Brh however the Jews, and to their credit, would drum up global sympathy for their plight and Israel would remain safe and Jewish. Meanwhile, White farmers in South Africa are being killed and ostensibly expelled from the country without even so much of a yawn from the global “community”. And if you do hear anything at all it is only joy and excitement that Whites are getting what they deserve.

          • BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

            I don’ know, SSL. It seems like countries in western and northern Europe are not friends of Israel, and the more Islamic they become the less likely it is they would come to Israels aid in a crisis.

            Brh

          • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

            Well yes and no. Ultimately they have backed Israel but they are far more skeptical than America. I totally agree that the Islamization of Europe will result in increasingly hostile, anti-Israel policies. But also keep in mind that the Jews and Sunni Muslims have become strange bedfellows due to the agression of Shiite Iran.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

          Meanwhile they’re missiles are pointed at European capitals. They intend to take the West down if things go south for them. Is this how allies behave?

          As I said before, most conservative American Jews are pro-American only insofar as we support Israel. Or as the famous conservative pundit said (blanking on the name), We’d be thrilled with dual identity and allegiance.

          Europe has paid countless hundred of millions in reparation as well as giving much technical aid. Is that not enough? Obviously nothing short of everything is enough. How much devotion do they want? All of it or at least the bulk. The rest goes to minorities. How much left for ourselves? None at all. That’s their ideal.

          • malthuss February 16, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

            Sampson Option. but ((())) have ‘only’ 400 nukes?

          • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2019 at 4:27 am #

            Missles pointed at Europe?

            Good!

            They can hit EU headquarters in Brussels first.

            After that 3rd world craphole Malmo, Sweden comes next.

            Do the whole world a favor.

            Brh

      • malthuss February 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

        then tell that to Beans. You have yet to defend me from his rubbish.

        • beantownbill. February 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm #

          My rubbish is your gold.

          So I’m surprised. The Israelis let you in to count all their nukes? Otherwise, how would you know for sure? I mean, 3rd party estimates have no meaning. But for some asshole anti-Semitic like you, heresay is good, strong evidence.

          • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

            Hello snarkness my old friend
            My rubbish is your golden friend
            Because a fissure softly-eee creeping
            Left its hole while I was sleeping
            And the hatred that was planted in my strain
            Still remains
            And left me here, with Janos

    • BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      This whole ‘Amazon’ affair is going to finish off AOC in the NY Dem party even before she really gets going.

      Gov Coumo and Mayor DiBlassio act like theyre down with the lefty BS but know which side their bread is buttered on and are more grounded in reality. Im no fan of Amazon and their shakedown methods but Anazon not coming to Queens is a big deal with far reaching effects and AOC is gonna get blamed for it.

      Brh

      • James Hansen February 16, 2019 at 2:28 pm #

        NY should never even considered Amazon because Amazon hates unions and that was a deal killer from the get go. NY is a union town and they still have pull.

        ACO played no part in killing the deal, her opinion meant nothing to Amazon.

        • BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

          Well, it was a done deal, AOC has taken credit for killing it, and Amazon has cited her as one of the main reasons for pulling out.

          NYC a union town? The only union left is the public sector union sucking various levels of govt dry.

          Brh

          • James Hansen February 16, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

            The construction unions are still going strong and they did not like the idea of billion dollar projects being done without them involved.

        • Exscotticus February 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

          >>> NY is a union town and they still have pull.

          Yeah all those “unions” on Wall Street are clearly pulling for AOC.

          We’ve now seen American socialism evolve, from plundering pockets of wealth, to destroying wealth in vitro.

          But, whereas wealth redistribution remains popular with their parasitic base, burning up wealth in a bonfire may not prove as well regarded. Locusts want to destroy fields AFTER they’ve plundered the crops—not before.

    • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

      Wrong! They wouldn’t know what true National Socialism was if it hit them upside the head with a pan and threw cold water in their face. They fully embrace an autocratic, corporatist, kleptocratic approach to “governance”. National Socialism requires an innate and true love of country and its people as well as a willingness to sacrifice for that country and people. None of the women mentioned above would sacrifice anything for anyone. They are animated by a terrifying form of penis envy which pushes them to ever more attrocious levels of cravenness and cruelty. Love, whether romantic or more abstract, such as in the love of country, requires understanding, negotiation and compromise.

      • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        “They’re saps because they risk their lives for strangers.” Santino Corleone

        • SoftStarLight February 18, 2019 at 12:30 am #

          I always fall for the bad guys. But I still want to stay good even though I like him for being bad.

  56. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 9:33 am #

    The US probably has to bring in many more high IQ H1B visa workers because there aren’t enough switched on American workers?

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=otTaM0I_H8Q

    • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

      Wait a second, you mean you can’t train ex-West Virginia coal miners into computer programmers. Well, cry me a river why don’t you?

  57. 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    Why does the host even bother? A detailed entry about the state sanctioned (our own) coup against a president-elect/president that is followed by a string of comments bitching about HOA’s.

    We get the country we deserve.

    • malthuss February 16, 2019 at 10:30 am #

      Not sure who we is, but I deserve better.

    • beantownbill. February 16, 2019 at 10:37 am #

      I was one of the HOA posters because I had devoted lots of time and energy trying to straighten out our Board, so the posts had relevance to me.

      But you are correct – we should have been focusing on JHK’s post. Sorry about that. For whatever reasons, many commenters here have no desire to get on point.

      • 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 10:41 am #

        Agreed!

        • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

          No snarky comeback? Interesting!

          • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

            Janos say “He who snarkies, will soon be darkies.”

    • Sam Stone February 16, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      @100th Avatar That is a no shitter. I checked into CFN Friday morning read “Worms Turning” then started to read the comments. My first thought was, did I miss something? Possibly a few paragrapghs where our host was making some strange comparison to HOAs? No, after rereading the article I found I had missed nothing and that for some strange reason the comment section must have been responding to some long forgotten post. I just checked out until this morning.

      Another good article by our host but I, quite frankly, can not stand to listen to the usual prog lemmings with their sophmoric posturings. I’ll continue to read JHK’s posts but think from now on I’ll read them at Zero hedge, Lew Rockwell, or The Unz Review.

    • BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      Yeah, I responded to that post — albeit in an oblique way — then felt kind of stupid for doing so.

      Brh

    • James Hansen February 16, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

      It is hard to get worked up about Trumps predicament because he is the third idiot in a row to occupy the White House and I see him magnifying all the problems we have, not lessening them.

      He gets a F on the environment and a D- on in increasing the debt, he gets a F- on foreign policy. His only redeeming aspect was his pro Russia stance but that collapsed and now bigger sanctions than ever are going forward.

      I am not pro immigration but I disliked separating 15,000 kids and screwing up the records so they can not reunite families any more.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

        Good points except for the last. As a Nordic, you simply cannot deal with the trickery of the dark skinned races. They will take ruthless advantage of any and all kindness from Whites. Obviously they are using their kids to work on clueless, cucked Minnesota sympathies.

        The old Vikings were reknowned for their cunning and cruelty. That’s one big reason Game of Thrones was so popular – it portrayed Nordic Whites (the Lannisters) as powerful, willing to do what it takes to survive and win.

        • James Hansen February 16, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

          As I said in another comment, Norway was idyllic before the Muslim immigrants were allowed in.

          But keeping the kids here because they do not know where they sent the parents is idiotic.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2019 at 2:31 am #

            Send the parents home and their kids with them. Don’t let anymore in, either kids or parents or anybody at all. Problema solved. Am I genius? No, I simply have a functioning mind.

            Even the brilliant in our society don’t allow themselves the free use of the mind. I’m afraid commonsense has become rare – some say it always was. Not sure, perhaps a bit of both? Rarer in other words. It is the lower octave of genius….

            Peasants have it because they DON’T use their minds much, relying on instinct and traditional teachings and customs. Chuang Tzu explains: Once a man admired a centipede and asked him how managed to work all of his many legs. The centipede stopped to think about it. Not only could he not answer, he couldn’t walk anymore either!

  58. malthuss February 16, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    Can the Federal Reserves ‘quantitative easing’ be stopped?
    It will stop, I guess. But how?

    • Ol' Scratch February 16, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      Only eventually by currency collapse due to debasement. But no telling how long that will take, given that there’s no replacement waiting in the wings just yet and the shell game they’ve developed to hide the ill effects have grown so sophisticated. I’m certain that said replacement currency will be all digital though, with limited availability based on yet to be determined criteria, the overriding one of which will be fealty to a malicious globalist corporate fascist state. The electronic part will make it effortless to enforce 100% compliance among the would be “shareholders.”

  59. 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    “The specter of Mr. Trump entrained by the nuclear “football” — the briefcase with launch codes for World War Three — gave US Intel communitarians such a case of the heebie-jeebies that they first sought desperately to impede his election by unlawful means and, failing in that, concocted a fog of Russian collusion conspiracy to cover up all that and much more nastiness emanating from the Hillary Clinton orbit.”

    Not so much the reason as the fact that the bureaucracies’ hierarchies were already infiltrated by loyal party actors intent on assuring that the election would keep the directorates in their regime’s hands.

    ‘Cept that didn’t happen. Despite all their efforts detailed above. Panic and desperation ensues. He will learn. He will know. It is best for everyone that he and the public do not learn. His handlers will make sure, the media will make sure, and the old reliable hands still entrenched will make sure.

    Most people paying attention always knew of the corruption. Nothing new. What is agreed upon, by many, is how easily the public accepts and digests false information. How easily they are lead astray. This is emboldening. Such helpless and foolish people deserve nothing more. They cannot be trusted.

    • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Such helpless and foolish people deserve nothing more. They cannot be trusted.

      So you have that knowledge. Does that knowledge tell you anything about yourself? Anything? I know this becomes the working attitude and your are not the first to express it. And like the others, you tease us with an emotional fart and leave us wanting for more.

      • 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 10:58 am #

        You said it… yourself. “Wanting for more”.

        Why are so many left wanting?

        Why are so few taking so much? Always taking more and taking it all so remorselessly?

        It’s a feeling. What else is this dim multitude good for, if you cannot respect them?

        They are undeserving.

        • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

          Ah! enlightening. That explains the air of contempt that lingers in the air.

          If only they could substitute accomplishments for things. It would be a dogs delight. That same unstoppable hunger would seek light instead of bringing dark.

    • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      With all due respect I find your sentiments uncaring and unkind. You basically support the Elite and their crimes because the people as you imply are just to stupid and therefore deserve what they get. A sort of hard edged chauvinism lacking any paternalistic attributes. And thus the maternal approach has become more enticing. A nurturing approach willing to bring the populace up to speed. Interested in long-term survival and the patience and love it takes to get there.

  60. ozone February 16, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    K-dog,
    …But all in all, I consider 100thAvatar’s comment to be “clear-eyed”.

    Yes, the worm is turning alright, but it may be a guinea worm in a body that’s steadily moving toward its death throes as an international enforcer and empire.

    An obituary by Tom Englehart:

    zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-14/veni-vidi-tweeti-obituary-republic

    “Think of [this piece] not as an obituary for a single loopy president, a man who, with his “great, great wall,” has indeed been an opiate of the masses (for his famed base, at least) in the midst of an opioid crisis hitting them hard. Yes, Donald J. Trump, reality TV star and bankruptee, he of the golden letters, was elevated to a strange version of power by a troubled republic showing signs of wear and tear. It was a republic feeling the pressure of all that money flowing into only half-noticed distant wars and into the pockets of billionaires and corporate entities in a way that turned the very idea of democracy into a bad joke.

    Someday, if people ask the obvious question — not who lost Afghanistan, but who lost America? — keep all those failed imperial wars and the national security state that went with them in mind when you try to answer. Cumulatively, they had a far more disruptive role than is now imagined in toppling the dominos that sent us all careening on a path to nowhere here at home. And keep in mind that, whatever Donald Trump does, the Caesarian die was cast early in this century as the neocons crossed their own Rubicon.

    Hail, Caesar, we who are about to die salute you!”

    • 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      But how did this happen?

      A society of functioning illiterates without the basic cognitive tools to allow independent/critical thinking, Socratic debate, and healthy skepticism.

      Nor the apparatuses to give voice to the few that did/do/can.

      The conquering age of manufactured consent.

      If you weren’t with them, you were against them.
      Don’t forget your yellow ribbon.
      You support the troops no matter what.
      Freedom fries.

      Today there are stirrings in the corpus, but it’s channeled to twitter outrage and facebook outbursts over the most trivial and fringe affairs. Deeply personal.
      The distractions that divide deeply.
      The easy orange target like a matador’s cape.
      Tunnel vision.
      They charge at it endlessly.
      And like the enraptured bull. It brings their undoing.
      Tricked again, stabbed in the back

      • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

        Nice!

      • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

        Your ideas follow closely with others here who advocate restrictions on political participation and voting. You don’t feel that the average person is smart enough to negotiate the political process. So do you believe in a natural aristocracy/hierarchy?

        • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

          Being pissed off about it is not the same thing as advocating for a C.I. Joe action figure.

          • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

            G.I. Joe ! and I’ll finish the mistake. Not a C.I.A action figure either.

        • 100th Avatar February 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

          It has more to do with discipline, due diligence, civic responsibility, and a desire to comb through so much disinformation.

          More to do with not being a willing victim of naïveté than any real intellect.

          If something must be blamed, perhaps it’s the lapse in educational rigor.

          However, that’s merely a symptom for the fault lies with the political process, the system, a poor one, that’s even more maladapted to a society that cannot serve an exponentially growing ignorant populace.

          • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

            Better you comb the last 6 or 8 hairs over your huge dome. Now that’s civic duty!

    • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

      The national security state that went with them in mind when you try to answer. Cumulatively, they had a far more disruptive role than is now imagined in toppling the dominos that sent us all careening on a path to nowhere here at home.

      Yes, it enforced doubling down of bad choices and glued the lever that said keep doing the insanity over and over and don’t stop stuck.

      Hail, Caesar, we who are about to die salute you!”

      The perfect quote. And that was a tribute that Caesar did not deserve!

    • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

      Yeah and where oh where did the idea that the Army can’t be used to defend our borders come from? That it can only be used for war abroad – especially in the Middle East? Can you say Tribe boys and girls?

      • revilo February 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

        It’s beyond obvious what the dilly is. Unfortunately, most Americans are so cucked, they will never come to grips with it.

  61. Epicur February 16, 2019 at 11:09 am #

    People need to understand that the people at the top of the heap understand one thing above all others: If the music stops and the Ponzi Scheme collapses they will lose their phony baloney jobs. They have one priority over all others, i.e. “stimulate” the economy.

    It would be interesting to be able to fasten electrodes to private parts and find out who is, way deep down, a true believer and who knows that this ship of fools is already holed below the waterline and doomed to sink, but it really would not make any difference. The true believers and the cynics act together for the only thing that matters to them – “stimulate” the economy so they can keep their phony baloney jobs.

    They will continue to “stimulate” the economy long after the scheme collapses, only then the field of beneficiaries of the stimulus will narrow. That will be when things begin to get really interesting, when the government starts deciding whose rice bowl is to be broken.

    When you understand this and that young immigrants “stimulate” the economy, then you understand that the flood will not stop.

    • I like the ship analogy. The immigrants are stuffing the hole beneath the waterline for us all is my takeaway.

      • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

        But you still want to deport 40 million correct? You better not change. Just the other night what you said made me feel so close to you.

      • Epicur February 16, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

        Or manning the pumps to try to offload water as fast as it is leaking in. Not that they are that productive, but they buy a lot of merchandise.

    • SoftStarLight February 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      Ah yes this is their deepest desire for sure. To keep the sinking ship afloat. But it turns out that the masses who are constantly derided in all forums including this one are a bit wiser than apparently meets the eye. Immigration, and its deleterious effects are becoming a number one issue and will be even more so in future years. Immigration is now associated with the continuing survival of the current Elite. People see them for what they are and correspondingly see immigration for what it is. Anti-immigration, anti-Elite populists movements will only grow from here.

      • Sam Stone February 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

        @SSL…Maybe a handful of the masses have been able to open their eyes but the unfortunate truth is their numbers are far too miniscule when compared to the star struck media following mob. Because the left owns the mainstream the “sinking ship” will continue to take on water in an exponential manner. I personally have quit bailing and jumped off into my own life raft. Hopefully I can row far enough away from the insanity and lawlessness that is now the norm.

        I have a full larder that is constantly rotated to keep my belly full and with people getting rid of their hardback and paper books due to electronic books, my library is an absolute delight that should keep me occupied till I shuffle off the mortal coil.

        If I detect that a large enough amount of the masses have “seen the light” I could row back and help out. But that is a big If and until then my pessimistic side has taken control and methinks I’ll continue to sail into the sunset.

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 3:25 am #

          So this means that you have moved far away from other people? I can understand why you feel the way you do. Sometimes I want to do the same thing. But society will find a way to go on since humans are social creatures. From that perspective, I would say don’t let yourself get too isolated. And I understand your pessimism but there is still good and truth and no amount of mischief can change that or make them disappear.

          • Sam Stone February 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

            Yes I moved a good ways off the beaten path. That was 20 some odd years ago but with the gentrification (or marijuannafication) of Colorado I am not as far out as I once was. It seems everyone and their entire families are moving to Colorado at an unprecedented pace. Still I am at 7000 feet in the Rockies and around 50 miles from a decent size city. I’m here more as a lifestyle preference vs being worried about any SHTF scenario. Quite frankly there are no perfect hide aways left in the US. Whereever a person can drive too for their abode anyone else can drive to as well.

            Still being away from city life is more comfortable for me. That being said I agree with you and have not become too isolated. I can weather any social unrest better than most but I am more concerned with things such as forest fires and winter storms. As I type there is a storm bearing down on my world scheduled to hit here in a few hours. We’ll probably get between one and two feet of snow out of this one. But as I said the larder is full, the inside and outside firewood storage bins are loaded, and if the electricity goes (more than likely) there is my aforementioned library.

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm #

            Wow it sounds like you have a really nice place. It must be really neat to live in the mountains like that. I have seen the Ozark Mountains before but never anything as tall as 7,000 feet! I mean other than in pictures. The snow when its not hassle must be beautiful?

    • K-Dog February 16, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

      Some people can mentally step outside themselves and see in a brief glimmer what they really are. Such people are not comfortable playing the stimulate this shit game, but they are not fool enough not to take advantage of it while they still can, having no alternative. Living in a cardboard box is not yet a preferred option.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

      Yes, Enron will still taking new investors even as those few in the know where preparing to bail. As whats his name said (someone like 100th Avatar), Never give a sucker an even break.

  62. FincaInTheMountains February 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

    Trump’s Venezuelan Intrigue

    When I tried to describe the first impressions of Trump’s address to the people, I immediately noticed three points in this speech:

    1. Stormy ovations addressed to Melania Trump after her husband suggested appreciating her merits, and this applause began with the White House employees, from whom it was difficult to expect

    2. The use of the word “Crusade” to describe the landing of American soldiers in Normandy in 1944 in connection with the reminder of the Holocaust.

    3. The designation of the Venezuela’s economic problems not on Maduro, but on socialism, and the transformation of these words into weapons aimed at the most popular politicians of the Democratic Party.

    To prove the first point, I presented a video that turned out to be an excerpt from the appeal to the people in 2017 and at first I wanted to correct the error, but when I could not find the corresponding video of 2019, I decided to leave the video I inserted by mistake, because after some thinking, I came to the conclusion that the lack of a corresponding video in 2019 explains why these applause, seen by me in real time, made such an impression that, faced with the rumor explaining this applause, I decided to devote a separate post to this.

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/dreams-die-hard/#comment-396541

    Now about the second point.

    Trump’s use of the word “crusade” in relation to the landing of American troops in Normandy and the release by American soldiers of Jewish prisoners from the Dachau death camp, I made a far-reaching conclusion (very far-reaching conclusions) about the campaign against the Russian Orthodox Church, on the basis of self-evident axiom that Trump works very hard on every word of his appeals to the people, every gesture is worked out in advance. And this year, this appeal to the people and the Congress took place in the conditions of an uncompromising confrontation not only with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who in a boorish form refused Trump to finance the Great American Wall on the border with Mexico, but also with the entire Democratic majority of the House of Representatives, who openly say that they came to Congress in order to impeach President Trump, regardless of the presence or absence of any evidence of his guilt.

    Meanwhile, this confrontation has once led to the suspension of federal government financing for an unprecedented 35 days, and it may lead to this once again today. Assuming that in these circumstances, Trump can use the word “crusade” in such a context by chance, in my opinion, can only a madman.

    Nevertheless, Russian television is full of madmen who did not notice the word at all, and I in this post I want to demonstrate the extent of this madness by the example of the third paragraph of this post, which nobody paid attention to except me:

    Trump undoubtedly made the third point the center of his Venezuelan intrigue because he, as a representative of the Red World Project, cannot but sympathize with Maduro, but most importantly, he understands that in the jungles of Venezuela Pence and Rubio are being awaited by such man as Igor Sechin, the Chinese Spetsnaz and a couple of Cuban divisions to bury there not only their stupidity, but also his presidency.

    Nevertheless, Trump, constantly being accused of spying for Russia, as a politician in this situation, cannot afford to dress down Senator Marco Rubio and his Vice President Pence, who practically simultaneously declared “crusade” against Venezuela. And yesterday, the consequences of these words about socialism, as the culprit of Venezuela’s economic misfortunes, immediately began to play with all colors when it became clear that Trump did manage to split the unity of the democratic party, the Clinton part of which is naturally for the war in Venezuela, and the supporters of Bernie Sanders, who stand behind socialism, are naturally against.

    And the latter insisted on their own, to the joy of Trump forcing Democrats in the House of Representatives to declare that the US military invasion of Venezuela would not under any circumstances be supported by the House of Representatives, which means that it would not happen at all. Moreover, they achieved this by threatening to support Trump in the matter of financing of the Great American Wall on the border with Mexico.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-congress-wont-support-military-intervention-venezuela-engel-162834977–sector.html

    And immediately, Maduro announced secret meetings with Trump representatives, and Guaido that he would not touch the funds of Venezuela in other countries.

    politico.com/story/2019/02/15/nicolas-maduro-venezuela-us-envoy-1170987

    Trump of course will be “outraged” by the democrats’ insufficiently patriotic stance on Venezuela, but in fact he is terribly glad that his presidency will not be buried in the jungles of Venezuela.

    So, he will not have to spend political capital on either overthrowing Maduro or on his salvation. But political capital is more necessary now than ever, and it is necessary to spend it on the state of emergency, which was announced yesterday for the construction of the Great American Wall on the border with Mexico.

    Indeed, after the appointment of William Barr as US Attorney General, we are no longer talking about early dismissal of Trump from the US presidency, and the elections in 2020 are really coming to the fore.

    Prior to this, the question of the wall was a disguised question of the right of the Democrats to sabotage any Trump’s proposals and the one and a half billion dollars that they allotted for building the wall, quite well symbolizes the limitations of such sabotage.

    But now the elections of 2020 are coming to the fore, symbolism faded into the background and the Wall became a matter of political life and death.

    Therefore, Trump signed a budget in which a little less than one and a half billion was allocated for the wall, and the question of the wall ceased to be a question of sabotage and became a question of a wall that should stand on the border with Mexico, or Trump’s nuclear electorate might not go to elections in 2020.

    Thus, Trump received from the Democrats a symbolic rejection of sabotage, and undermined the authority of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and the wall that will stand on the border, and the emergency law will allow him to use for example the funds allocated to the Pentagon to build fortifications.

    But the most interesting thing is that Trump went all-in and is going to use the money of the drug cartel El-Chapo for the construction of the wall, that is Hillary’s personal money, and the money allocated for the construction of a high-speed railway in California, from 12th district of which Nancy Pelosi is a representative.

    This money was allocated to California a few years ago, but was never used for its intended purpose, and now Trump is demanding them back..

    If he manages to use them for the construction of the wall, then for 2020 it will be even better than the money for the construction of the wall paid by Mexico.

  63. Elrond Hubbard February 16, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

    He put his money where his mouth was, and now here’s the money quote: “As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized.”

    Cool story, bro.

    • Exscotticus February 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

      AOC put NYC’s money where her mouth was, and now that money is gone as well. But that’s OK, because now, according to AOC, they can take the $3 billion tax break giveaway and invest in the community to create the 25,000 jobs.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

        Point deftly avoided, Exscotticus, although you still would have done better just to stay silent.

        • Exscotticus February 16, 2019 at 7:32 pm #

          I think you ought to convey that message to AOC and other socialists. My comment didn’t cost NYC $27.5 billion.

          • ozone February 17, 2019 at 10:17 am #

            Basic reality from an old blues tune:

            “You can’t spend what you ain’t got;
            You can’t lose what you never had…”

          • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

            Yes Dirk, stay Diggler silent. Let your Johnson do your talking like in your movies. Maybe at the end we’ll give you a dribble.

  64. Tate February 16, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

    If they start firing homos, there’s not going to be any Church of Rome left. Anyhow, it looks like they finally “laicized” Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, kicking him completely out of the priesthood.

    Naturally, silence from Sean Coleman.

    From NPR:

    “The Vatican has defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, it said Saturday, making him the highest-ranking church official to date to be expelled from the priesthood for sex abuse.

    A church tribunal found McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power,” the Vatican said. Pope Francis has approved the ruling and there is no possibility of appeal, the statement said.

    McCarrick, 88, resigned his post as cardinal last year after an investigation found evidence he had molested a minor altar boy almost a half-century ago. Another man told The New York Times that he was in his 20s when McCarrick abused him in the 1980s. McCarrick was a bishop in New Jersey at the time. The Times also found that two New Jersey dioceses had secretly paid settlements to two men who had accused McCarrick of abuse.

    “Both abuse and its cover-up can no longer be tolerated,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Saturday as he announced McCarrick’s punishment. “A different treatment for bishops who have committed or covered up abuse in fact represents a form of clericalism that is no longer acceptable.”

    Reporting on Weekend Edition, NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli said at the peak of his power, McCarrick was a “globe-trotting power broker” and one of the church’s most powerful figures. He served as archbishop of Washington from 2000 to 2006, and he was elevated to the elite position of cardinal in 2001. His successor as Washington’s archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, resigned last year after reports suggested he knew of widespread abuse while he was bishop of a Pennsylvania diocese but didn’t act to stop it.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

      Bishop Sean O’Malley was good to the survivors in Boston, meeting with many individually. So what if he talked with a lisp! Homosexuality isn’t the problem only the abuse of children is the mantra in play.

      • Tate February 16, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

        You have a point. They’re not all necessarily pedos. There’s a new book coming out next week says that 80% of priests in Rome are queer but that some are celibate.

    • Q. Shtik February 16, 2019 at 11:17 pm #

      it looks like they finally “laicized” Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, kicking him completely out of the priesthood. – Tate

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

      If I remember my Catholic training correctly, once you are ordained a priest you retain the power to turn bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Not even the Pope can reverse it.

      This is all nonsense, of course.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2019 at 2:19 am #

        You have disproven the existence of God then? Or just the invalidity of the Church? The latter is an easier exercise; the former quite a stretch.

      • Tate February 17, 2019 at 3:52 am #

        To my knowledge, none of the other holy sacraments can be undone. But maybe a Catholic priest can be “unordained?” Wouldn’t know, only going by news reports.

        • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

          You can have a marriage annulled if you keep your fingers crossed during the ceremony, but it has to be the right pinkie and the right ring finger, and only when the priest comes to the part and says “Till death do you part.” You’ll know it worked if he says “Till death do you fart.” Then you can uncross your fingers and smile.

    • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

      Yeah but they didn’t do it until “Boink an Altar Boy Week” was over.

  65. Kafkaesque February 16, 2019 at 6:45 pm #

    Louie the prefect & I really shocked 18th century institutions r not up to postmodern chaos
    Blame Hamilton, another bastard with Daddy issues

  66. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 7:35 pm #

    A bloke in Taiwan many years ago once told me that he got his kicks from crapping in a box and then wrapping it nicely with a big red ribbon like a Christmas present and then leaving it in a public phone booth. That was a bit weird, and not something that I would do. I guess that he’d fantasize how the greedy Chinese person who stole the ostensibly lost gift would react when he opened the box? Strange…. I guess that that must be the way that US politicians think when they repeatedly lie to American voters who always find themselves disappointed in a system that studies prove shows zero correlation between voter preferences and actual government policy?

    • Pucker February 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

      Who was it in the media who recently described the “Border Security Bill” as a “Big Shit Sandwich”? I read that it basically legalizes child sex trafficking. They’re obviously Insane….

      Did Trump ever sign the “Big Shit Sandwich”?

      I read somewhere that Trump said that he will sign it.

      Apparently, Trump doesn’t bother to read anything, even the Legislation that he signs.

      Deranged….

      • capt spaulding February 16, 2019 at 7:57 pm #

        From what I hear, he asks Sean Hannity, and if Sean says it’s OK, he signs it.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2019 at 2:22 am #

      One of Anton LaVey’s disciples would visit him by taking the Greyhound bus across the country. He would deposit a big piece of rotting cheese under one of the seats during the trip. LaVey loved to hear the descriptions of how people reacted as the high cheese began to fumigate the interior of the bus. Of course the guy himself had to put up with it too. Or maybe as a Satanist he didn’t mind the bad smell like ordinary people did.

    • elysianfield February 17, 2019 at 11:31 am #

      Puck,
      The bloke in Taiwan was playing “minor league ball”…. The package should be wrapped and THEN shat upon, and thus diminish, confound and further infuriate the thief, who may or may not wash his soiled hands after uncovering his bounty.

      The really hard core will wrap a bit of sumptuous pastry in the package….

      …but maybe I have said too much….

  67. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

    When I was a kid, two Institutions that I dreaded were the Institution of marriage and the institution of the Alabama State Fair. Like the American Institution of Marriage, the Alabama State Fair was a huge disappointment since the games of skill were always rigged. For example, the basketball toss was an illusion to create the impression that the basketball could actually go into the basket when in reality the diameter of the basket was smaller than the diameter of the basketball and at an angle so that the basketball would invariably roll out. The ball toss game was also rigged. You could knock down one or two ceramic jars, but never all 3 jars since the Carnie would lock the third jar in place with a wooden peg. So even if you knocked down two of the ceramic jars, the best that you could do for your $5 bucks was to win some cheap 5 cent pink crap toy. This is basically what the US election system is like. It’s just like the Alabama State Fair.

    • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 3:32 am #

      You have mentioned Alabama before. Is that where you are from? An English man from Alabama. Simply fascinating! And one who is White but identifies as Mulatto no less!

    • elysianfield February 17, 2019 at 11:35 am #

      ” For example, the basketball toss was an illusion to create the impression that the basketball could actually go into the basket when in reality the diameter of the basket was smaller than the diameter of the basketball and at an angle so that the basketball would invariably roll out.”

      Puck,
      Once went 3 for 3 at the JOCO County fair back in the 70’s..got the HUGE teddy bear.

      I gots “skee-ulz”

  68. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm #

    Perhaps the problem with the US election system is that it ostensibly doesn’t cost the voters anything? According to the book “Surveillance Capitalism”, the IT assholes think that if you really want to screw the American people and harvest all of their data, then you’ve got to offer the idiot American consumers something that they is “Free”. Then you can really Fuck ‘Em in the Asshole…HARD….

    • Walter B February 16, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

      I am also one that understands that “free” is a polite way of saying “fuck” just as you do. As soon as I see free, I write off whatever it is as a scam. “Buy one get one free” is another screw you that I refuse to fall for either. I worked retail part time when I was a young man for extra cash and recall all too well how we would mark everything up we wanted to dump a month before the BOGOF “sale” took place. We always made a ton of money off of the saps.

      You know, I grew up despising clichés like “a fool and his money are soon parted” and “Buyer beware” and all of the others, but I have to admit there is so much truth in them that I have finally grown to understand how and why they came about. Advertising works and nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

      • Pucker February 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

        The company Facebook is not really a “Free” time wasting mastabatory social porn website. Facebook is a mass surveillance data-harvesting vacuum surveillance system that is stealing their private information, stripping them of their right to privacy, and investing in basically creating an Orwellian surveillance state that will be run by algorithms and AI. Most people just think that it’s a social networking website. And most people think that G…OI…glee is just a “Free” “Search Engine”. It’s not…..

        Rule: That something is ostensibly “Free” should be a Big Red Flag….

        • malthuss February 17, 2019 at 11:48 am #

          And beware of free events, state fairs, concerts.

    • Walter B February 16, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

      And another thing I forgot to mention Pucker is that if you want to see some really, really smart shoppers, check out the senior citizens in your area. These people do their homework. I got such a kick out of listening to them at our monthly meetings telling us all about which stores to buy vegetables at and which to go to get meat and where to go to get the cheapest prices on canned goods, and so on. These people have it down to a science and good for them. It is really impressive.

  69. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 9:25 pm #

    The crazy, celebrity-conscious women who were Bill Cosby’s “Victims” led him to believe that it was “Free”. Women let the blokes think that is “Free”. The bottomless Empty Hole is never Free.

    • Pucker February 16, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

      Bill Cosby thought that the crazy, middle aged white women were giving it to him for “Free”….

      • Pucker February 16, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

        [Scene from the movie “The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly”]

        “Any man who double cross Tuco and leave Tuco alive. That Man know nothing about Tuco.”

  70. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

    People think that Socialism and Universal Basic Income are “Free”….

    “Bend over and take it like a Man, Private Pyle!”

  71. Its over. 224(a) was a poison provision. Trump signed the Dem’s amnesty bill.

    Its over. Impeach this idiot.

    Moving on,

    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says PFAS chemicals are in the blood of virtually all Americans. The American Red Cross says the blood of the average American has 4,300 parts per trillion, or ppt, of PFOS and 1,100 ppt of PFOA, two of the types of PFAS that water system testing is reading.”

    Guys, if you don’t know what this means, the simplest way to put it is, that this is a super-poison, and it is being produced all over the world. You’re already poisoned, most likely.

    “Using rodents as subjects, the investigators determined that both PFOA and PFOS produced health problems at exposure levels significantly lower than the equivalent level said to be safe for humans. The EPA currently places the advisory level for these chemicals at 70 parts per trillion. Frighteningly, however, the researchers found that the rodents were negatively affected by exposure seven to ten times below this level. The EPA was not able to provide a level at which they could say exposure would certainly be safe.”

    It was basically suspected of being a carcinogen for over 4 decades- but who cares?

    The first state-level multi-agency task force was just formed. Cold comfort because there is absolutely nothing that can be done. It cannot be destroyed, it cannot be retrieved. You might be shocked the world industrial organizations have not banned it. Or, you might not. Trump destroyed what was left of the EPA, and he’s signed an amnesty bill. Impeach him. Head on stick, by end of week.

    Meanwhile, I’m interested in how all you CFNers are taking this latest revelation about PFAS. Does it stir any anti-environmental type to seek redress?

    • BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

      Like the man said:

      “Better living thru chemistry”

      brh

    • goldpen February 16, 2019 at 10:14 pm #

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Head on a stick, by end of the week.

      I’ve been researching a bit on PFAS chemicals. Shit!

    • Exscotticus February 16, 2019 at 11:11 pm #

      >>> Its over. 224(a) was a poison provision. Trump signed the Dem’s amnesty bill.

      Not according to this…

      That ‘amnesty’ claim is based on section 224 of the budget — which appears, on first glance, to block the deportation of many people who are illegally in the U.S.

      That’s because it states that no funds may be used to detain or deport any “sponsor” or “potential sponsor” of an “unaccompanied alien child.” It adds that even any “member of a household” of a “potential sponsor” is now immune from deportation.

      But a DHS official told Fox News that terms like “potential sponsor” have precise meanings in Department of Homeland Security regulations — meanings that severely limit the number of people the budget keeps safe from deportation.

      For example, to be a “potential sponsor” according to the DHS regulations, one must file significant paperwork — such as showing ID (U.S. or foreign) and proof of residency. The adult applying must also submit documents about the child.

      Further, because the bill only applies to kids who are unaccompanied, it does not provide protection for those bringing kids into the US.

      That would significantly limit the number of people to whom the no-deportation provision applies.

      The section was added to ensure that people coming to pick up kids in custody did not find themselves deported for showing up to pick up the kid.

    • elysianfield February 17, 2019 at 11:41 am #

      “PEAS”

      SnakPak,
      ….been eating them all my life and I ain’t dead yet….

  72. BackRowHeckler February 16, 2019 at 11:18 pm #

    Well, it looks like Jussie Smollett, D list actor, Gay and Black activist, made the whole thing up.

    Oh, there was an assault alright, but Smollett scripted it, and paid the two Nigerians to carry it out, even giving them the $$ to buy the rope and bottle of bleach. The Nigerians spilled the beans to police — damn sure they weren’t going to take the fall. It looks like thet’re off the hook.

    Not a good career move, and now this ‘victim of hate engendered by Trump’ — CNN, is facing 3 years in the slammer.

    Isn’t it astonishing how the MSM took the story at face value, ran with it, blamed whitey, condemned whitey, slammed the President, called for the ban of MAGA hats, agitated for more ‘hate crime laws’, and pontificated and editorialized about it for 2 solid weeks?

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2019 at 2:17 am #

      Thank you for taking this pov. Likewise, Liz Warren has apologized to the Indians and to the Cherokee in particular about pretending to be one of them, but what about us? Will she explain why she didn’t want to be White? Will she apologize to US?!?

      • goldpen February 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        Oh please, please let ‘Liz be the Dem nominee!

        Alas, I’m afraid that the DNC fix is in for Obama Part Deux….The female version.

        Kamala la la, that is. Just as beatable for the GG of G in my opinion, unless we’re in a Depression in 2020. But it won’t be nearly as much fun as a War Paint ‘Liz nominee.

    • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 3:39 am #

      He probably won’t get into much trouble for the fraudulent attack claim. In fact, he probably did this because of the extreme stress of living in a White racist and patriarchal system. It was still the evil of Whiteness that caused him to go mad and make up an attack and hire “attackers”.

    • AKlein February 17, 2019 at 6:22 am #

      BRH, offhand I can think of two reasons for the MSM’s behavior. First, it’s easy. Real journalism is a tough business. It takes a lot of leg work to tease out the facts from the opinion and, if genuine, requires careful wordsmithing to minimize bias. It’s so much easier to pump out politically correct opinion. Consequently every page in the news, be it print or electronic, becomes the editorial page. How convenient! Plus, for the most part, the news, such as it is, is just filler for the interstices between the advertising. Secondly, and certainly in concert with the first reason, most in the “news business” fancy themselves agents provocateurs. Just so chic, just so clever, just so (faux)
      avant garde. Why else would so many useless eaters major in journalism? Do you think they actually would want to earn their keep with real work?

    • malthuss February 17, 2019 at 11:35 am #

      Not Black. half rican. Dad is or was Jewish.

    • goldpen February 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

      Bwahahahahaha….. I am not a fan of the GG of G, but I have to say that the left’s reactions to him have been so much fun to watch that I’m actually hoping he wins again. By 2021 it should be hysterically funny. I mean ROTFLMAO every day! Might be hard to function with so much hilarity. I think the left’s numbers will start to drop due to suicide starting in mid-November 2020.

      Since I am more of a libertarian I certainly don’t care for the developing Dem field. Tulsi is hot though, I’ll giver her that much. She would be the first hot President for guys, a pin up President, but she has no shot at all. The DNC, CNN, WaPo, Facebook, Twitter, Google, PMSNBC, etc… will take her out long before the general public would get to vote for her.

      So why not? Lets go out laughing!! Four more years!

  73. Pucker February 16, 2019 at 11:35 pm #

    Colonel Wilkerson: “If I thought for a minute that our Government was involved in something like 9-11, I’d move to New Zealand!”

    Notice that Colonel Wilkerson: (a) makes a distinction between the US Federal Government and the “Plutocracy”; and (b) he doesn’t discount the possibility that the “Plutocracy” might, in part, be behind 9-11.

    So, in a roundabout way, Colonel Wilkerson is basically telling us that the “Plutocracy” and its organs are responsible for 9-11, right?

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=ULAk_u15yZU

    • James Hansen February 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

      There are pictures out there that prove the 9/11 story is fake beyond a doubt so I have no idea why there is still a controversy after all this time.
      I guess will only believe what is comfortable for them.

  74. Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2019 at 2:12 am #

    Who is behind the race mixing agenda in advertising? Is it the Maori?

    youtube.com/watch?v=r2_K5koFGRY

    • K-Dog February 17, 2019 at 3:03 am #

      Dude, how is a sister ever going to turn to you and say. Damn you sure don’t fuck like a white boy. How did you ever learn to git so good. You do it like a brother.

      With this race-mixing taboo of your in the way that is a pleasure you will never know.

      Why cut yourself short.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2019 at 3:40 am #

        A sister? Still thinking about that half ‘n half who talked to you, eh? Watch the video – they are often tormented people. And don’t even get into what happens when they need organ transplants. Oh yes, race comes into medicine – big time.

        How do you know I haven’t? I who have known the kisses of the Women of Hell….

    • Tate February 17, 2019 at 4:55 am #

      If you read the comments, maybe you noticed a lot of the sisters were not exactly on board, lol. But as to the question, is there an agenda? That trail just never grows cold… as the video abundantly reveals.

    • Tate February 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

      That channel Janos contains a video by Rabbi David Bar-Hayim whom no one on our side should be fooled by. Look at the same Rabbi talk about the Gentiles on another link provided by the Irish Savant on 2/15/19.

  75. tucsonspur February 17, 2019 at 4:31 am #

    Right on Jim, the worms are turning and the amplitude of the tremors is rising. The Graboids have had their tentacles around Trump long enough, and the number of ass blasters like Gory Booger are increasing. We need William Barr to be Burt Gummer.

    youtube.com/watch?v=cVGf1OI8QHY

    Graboids. Good reason to own guns.

  76. Elrond Hubbard February 17, 2019 at 9:38 am #

    The Green New Deal’s Huge Flaw

    nakedcapitalism.com/2019/02/green-new-deals-huge-flaw.html

    “[T]he Green New Deal has a big blind spot: It doesn’t address the places Americans live. And our physical geography — where we sleep, work, shop, worship, and send our kids to play, and how we move between those places — is more foundational to a green, fair future than just about anything else. The proposal encapsulates the liberal delusion on climate change: that technology and spending can spare us the hard work of reform.”

    Well worth a read.

    • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      Thanks, Elrond. Enjoying the comments under the article too!

      • malthuss February 17, 2019 at 4:40 pm #

        Green wash–I think only the young and liberals care for it.
        Maybe we can discuss tomorrow, on the new thread.

        • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm #

          Greenwashing is not the same as taking measures that have a point, malthuss. It’s usually about deceit on the part of businesses chasing the ‘green pound’.

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwashing

    • ozone February 17, 2019 at 11:12 am #

      Elrond,
      As JHK *continually* tries to point out, contraction and a much lower expectation of energy usage, plus the critical issue of how we arrange ourselves upon the “landscape” (to awkwardly paraphrase our host) are rarely addressed by our “leaders”.
      Probably because the populace doesn’t want to ‘go there’. It would entail hard work and less entertainments. Impossible to imagine and forbidden to discuss. This is why Mr. Kunstler was actually shunned by the ivory tower class.

      thanks for the link.

      • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 11:25 am #

        ozone

        Yep, the populace is just as hungry for greenwash as their ‘leaders’ are happy to dispense it.

        • malthuss February 17, 2019 at 11:42 am #

          The McCartneys.
          He wrote ‘Blackbird’ for the rioting USA Blacks.
          He and wife were almost killed by serial killers in Africa.
          They didnt kill the duo because ‘killing Whites gets investigated.’
          If I recall, the robbers took the finished tape for an albums worth of music. [from a book on Maca].

          Rumor> I went to a talk by Pam DeBarres? Groupie, GTO.
          She said, back when, PMC was ‘screwing every under age gal he could get.’

          The married duo also had a farm. Lots of sheep. They were selling they to be slaughtered, then went into animal rights. Id guess knowing yr pals are being killed can do that.
          .

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 11:52 am #

            So in other words he is a hypocrite? He isn’t just a nice old man?

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 11:58 am #

            I wouldn’t know, malthuss (apart from the fact that they had a farm on Kintyre, because I’ve just provided a photo of it).

            I just pointed out that (a) Linda McCartney was popular on Kintyre and (b) her successor didn’t get 40% of her ex-husband’s fortune, but a tenth of that. I hope that’s OK with you. I don’t like lies and exaggerations that add dishonestly to the already robust ‘gold digger; meme, especially when I’m reminded of the £3/week maintenance payment I was awarded myself for the care of my two children.

            I have no further interest in the McCartneys or knowledge about them. You carry on with your digging if it pleases you.

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

            ‘gold digger meme’

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

            SSL

            I don’t know anything about the truth or otherwise of malthuss’ assertions, nor have I any interest in them, but for someone who complains so loudly and frequently about the unreliability of the MSM it’s interesting how quickly and easily you swallow gossip on a website from a totally unknown individual without the slightest attempt to check it out.

            malthuss

            “She said, back when, PMC was ‘screwing every under age gal he could get.’

            I wonder if you’d still have believed that if she’d stuck ‘#metoo’ beside it. Not that I know or care, but I do find the selectivity of what is considered er…reliable gossip interesting, from a motivational point of view.

          • ozone February 17, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

            Hmmm,
            Lots of distractionary shit being slung here, 24/7.
            Kunstler’s opinions (and others’ of like mind) must be quite a bit more dangerous than we first supposed. (Dangerous to the manufacturing of consent, that is.)

            Who really gives a fuck what Mr. McCartney does or doesn’t do? What does it say about those who concentrate on such piffle?

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

            Sorry.

    • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      ‘Zero emissions by 2030’

      Im actually hoping the Dems put this into law. Then it’ll be time to sit back, hunker down, and watch the resultant spreading chaos as a new Dark Age (literally) encompasses the West. And Elrond, Canada will most likely go dark too.

      Then there’s this, in BOISE, IDAHO! Elias Lubango, Rashidi Mulanga, and Swedi Lyambelo arrested for rape of an 18 year old girl on Thursday. The New Dark Age will take many forms and shapes, and there will be no escape.

      Brh

      • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2019 at 11:34 am #

        It’ll start as brownouts, then one day lights will go dark and they won’t go back on.

        That’s for us. On the upper west side of Manhattan, in the richest Trump hating suburbs surrounding DC, in Malibu and Silicon Valley, in Austin, Tx, rest assured there will be a steady and copious supply of juice to keep the high end lifestyles running smoothly.

        As for the nominal ‘citizens’ out in dirt country, f-k em! We told them to get rid of their F250s and Mossberg shotguns, and they failed to comply. Let them freeze to death in their crappy houses till they learn whos boss!

        Brh

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 11:42 am #

          Yep, they really are into the Hunger Games and they are making it happen now. No matter what, the Elite will have access to limitless energy and technology. The “deal” is solely for the expendable masses.

          • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

            You are so dark. You may be turning into a black hole. I would get myself checked out by an astrophysicist.

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

            But I am still irresistible to you. Thank you for caring about me :-).

    • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

      If our society truly dispensed with the bullshit – which will NEVER happen – then it would realize that as an example, Al Gore’s $30,0000 + utility bills are unacceptable. The greatest consumers of energy are concentrated in “progressive” strongholds like California and New York. And the people out in the rest of the country, you know the lab rats, consume much less in energy and resources. Our entire set up benefits the “progressive” class whether they appear in leftist or right-winger form. A REAL Green New Deal will require society to turn back the clock to 1750 maybe. Meanwhile China, India and others will continue industrializing and increasing their technological prowess. It’s all a pipe dream. We would do better by shutting down all major cities and entire states like California and New York and completely stripping the assests of the “progressives”. Energy use would plummet. But that will never happen because they hold all the cards anyway. So it’s useless to discuss green solutions if we can’t be honest about who the real culprits are.

      • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

        “The greatest consumers of energy are concentrated in “progressive” strongholds like California and New York. And the people out in the rest of the country, you know the lab rats, consume much less in energy and resources. ”

        Seems it’s actually Wyoming that consumes the most energy, with Louisiana coming second… California and New York don’t even figure in the top ten.

        It’s the industrial states that consume the most energy, obviously. So shutting down major cities in NY or CA isn’t going to do that much to energy use overall. People in Wyoming use more energy because it’s dirt cheap, according to this.

        electricchoice.com/blog/10-states-using-producing-energy/

        • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

          Oh yeah, down in NYC, about 100 miles southwest of here, they ain’ t burning up any juice in their $10 million highrises. They use the stairs instead of the elevator to save Mother Earth, grow herbs on the rooftop, and keep roomtemp at a low 55dF, Elites have gone balls to the wall green.

          Brh

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

            I’m sure they’re wasting a whole lot of energy, brh, and I’d like it if they used a lot less. I’m just pointing you to the state-by-state figures for overall energy usage.

            People tend to be surprised by actual facts. And while it has other disadvantages – and may not be an option at all in the very long term – at the moment city apartment living is way more energy efficient than other options, even if wealthy people waste a lot of discretionary energy.

            See also per capita gasoline consumption (barrels per unit population per year):

            Wyoming (highest): 15.906
            New York (#46): 6.945
            California (lowest): 0.974

            Now only a dope is going to expect people in Wyoming to get what they need to do done as ‘fuel-efficiently’ as someone in California, but them’s the figures.

            statemaster.com/graph/ene_gas_con_percap-energy-gasoline-consumption-per-capita

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

            In fact, if you think about how often people on this website say there’s no point in doing anything about AGW because…China.

            Well, now other parts of the US can say there’s no point doing anything about AGW because…Wyoming, Louisiana, etc. etc.

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

            If you stop consuming energy we will stop producing it capeesh?

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

            Then you can live like many people in Lousiana live. I wonder how you would do if you couldn’t make the electric bill in the 100 degree July heat.

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

            “I wonder how you would do if you couldn’t make the electric bill in the 100 degree July heat.”

            A summer break in Shetland or Orkney is what you need 🙂

            My brother and his family once came to Edinburgh after a couple of weeks of summer birdwatching on Orkney. They were a totally different shade of ‘tanned’ from normal suntanned people – weathered, you might call it!

            Unfortunately the travel will add to the problem…

          • Elrond Hubbard February 17, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

            There’s little to gain by taking stairs instead of elevators, BRH, besides aerobic exercise. Elevators are actually highly energy-efficient, because they’re counter-weighted.

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

            That would be a dream vacation Alba :-).

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

          Thank you for sharing that information Alba. I am not surprised at all that the states with the largest industrial and energy production also consume the most energy. Producing stuff and harvesting energy requires lots of energy and resources. But ask yourself where all of the products go. For instance, Wyoming provides energy to 33 other states. If Louisiana energy production was taken offline it would bring large swaths of the country to a standstill eventually. These states are the true provinces of the empire. And since we are on this topic lets also discuss the staggering inequities that go along with this economic set up. For instance, while giving the country so much oil and gas Louisiana is the third poorest state in the entire country. The juxtaposition of the ornate mansions of oil barrons against the shotgun shanties of the rural peasantry or the dilapidated and deadly ghettos of Baton Rouge and New Orleans is astonishing, breathtaking and inhumane. Meanwhile investment in the cushy highrises of New York City and San Francisco seem to be going well.

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

            I don’t disagree with any of that, SSL. I’ve already read that the wealth from Louisiana’s energy bonanza doesn’t overwhelmingly go to the ordinary people who live there. This is the same the world over – ask someone in Nigeria how much of the oil revenue gets to ordinary people, once it’s siphoned off (quite literally sometimes) by the various stakeholders, legal and illegal.

            And the ‘ask yourself where all the products go’ argument is exactly the same as the one that can be made when China is in the firing line, since our lower emissions reflect the fact that they make so much of our stuff.

            We really are all in this together, as states and countries – the 1% perhaps not so much.

          • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

            And China’s per capita emissions are still half of America’s!

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

            And I agree that China’s production and pollution is crazy because the demand for their cheap products is crazy. I feel like we are told to stop consuming and be happy with table scraps while the rich are at their fancy and outrageous dinner parties discussing saving energy while using so much to light up their big Mcmansions. Again, I don’t want all their stuff and I am not jealous of their success I just don’t have time for their preachiness and hypocrisy. I couldn’t imagine having to clean such a big house. My little one is very manageable and I keep it so sparkly clean you could eat off the floor. Although if you were my guest you would eat at the table and I would borrow my mom’s china and fancy silverware.

        • Epicur February 17, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

          Louisiana and Wyoming produce prodigious amounts of energy that the rest of the nation consumes, but it takes energy to produce energy.

      • Well that’s convenient. An all purpose excuse for doing nothing.

        Go back to eating paint chips SSL.

        Meanwhile I’m fleshing out more strategy to take your kids’ generation into a survivable future.

        We’ll use gunboat diplomacy and military superiority to destroy the enemy’s access and egress to the means and production of life threatening chemical compounds. I don’t see any point in belaboring the point to non-believers, but fossil fuels are going to zero and the clock is ticking to rescue any capital from these ‘assets’.

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

          Ok gotchya Mister Terminator. Thank you for looking out for society. I have never had not one issue with conserving resouces or energy. I am more than happy to use natural light in the day and turn on not one light. When it’s hot I turn up the air and wear very little lol. When it’s cold I turn the heat down and wear sweaters and winter clothes. And I try to use as little as possible although I know I need to calm down on the personal care and beauty items some splurging is therapeutic. But don’t sit here and put that preachy fat finger in my face. If you cared about my kids you wouldn’t be so gung ho to start World War III.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 17, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

        SSL: “The greatest consumers of energy are concentrated in ‘progressive’ strongholds like California and New York.”

        Are you just indulging in knee-jerk resentment of coastal elites, SoftStarLight? Happy motoring is hardly confined to those strongholds! Rather the opposite in the case of New York city, in fact.

        When I think of a wasteful, energy-intensive lifestyle, the example that springs to mind isn’t New York but Phoenix, Arizona, one of the sprawling-est sprawls west of the Mississippi. Just think of the joules expended on air conditioning and internal combustion, all to make a desert megalopolis, completely dependent on the private automobile, livable. Not that any big city in North America is immune, but older, denser cities like NYC with well-established public transit have a much smaller handicap to deal with.

        SSL: “It’s useless to discuss green solutions if we can’t be honest about who the real culprits are.”

        Yep. Definitely knee-jerk resentment of coastal elites. Not that I’m defending them, mind you, but still a pretty fact-immune opinion.

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

          You know what Elrond, you’re right and I am glad you said something about it to me. I don’t need to hold resentment in my heart. I know there are plenty of people struggling in the cities and on the coasts too. But it’s hard to imagine that the energy consumption of cities like New York is not truly enormous. And you’re right that driving is a way of life for most people outside of the cities but for whatever the reasons there isn’t any mass transit available in most areas. And it is true that states like California and New York have a greater number of millionaires than most other states and most of the billionaires in the country. Average salaries are higher too. So the consumption of consumer goods will be higher even when energy use may be somewhat less in the dense cities. And I shouldn’t have said that we can’t discuss solutions. It just gets tiring hearing people who think they know better than you telling you how to think, act, and feel all the while making fun of you and talking about you like your worthless. And while they burn up a lot of energy they took from your state anyway.

    • PeteAtomic February 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      that’s a good article, Elrond.

      thanks for posting it.

      • Elrond Hubbard February 17, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

        You’re welcome, PeteAtomic. I keep thinking, maybe even at this late date JHK will get back to writing about urbanism, where his crotchetiness has a worthy target. Feels a lot like the triumph of hope over experience, though.

  77. JohnAZ February 17, 2019 at 10:16 am #

    Everybody talks about events like 9/11 or the caravans or the MSM gang warfarwbagainst Trump like they are separate items.

    BS.

    We are forgetting that someone, plural, is funding all of this. Events do not just happen. Want to stop the bad things that are happening? Find the funding source and cut them off financially. Sounds easy, right?

    Wrong, the people doing the funding are the same financial people that would be cutting them off. Pucker, you are right. The Plutocracy has been running the world situation fo decades now.

    They are tearing down the US from within. The US is a republic, and what happens is to be controlled by the vote, ie the people. Before half of you vomit on that statement, we are the product of us, politically. The problem is what the global masters have discovered. To unseat a republic, you do it by saturating the public with folks who vote for your side. S-o-o, you fight in every way possible to keep the border open, bring in socialistic, neo-Liberal populations, enfranchise them, legally and illegally, and make the Liberal population outweigh the conservative.

    Liberal today are folks that are more concerned about emotions and issues and do not give one whit about the effects on the folks. Conservatives care about the effects on the population and want to rationalize issues.

    The Plutocrat class is neo-Liberal because they want rationality out of the picture. They want America destroyed from the inside, from itself.

    Look at the polls. 50% of this nations people believe the hogwash that the Left is putting out to destroy America. The destruction of America by the globalist financier class is getting nearer and nearer.

    • ozone February 17, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      Really? Plutocrats are promoters of the “workers paradise”? “Left-ists”?

      Jesus, have another gallon or two of that Kool-aid that the Authoritarian jerkwads are providing, why don’t you. It’s become downright Orwellian ’round these parts, Pilgrim.

      • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 11:37 am #

        The authoritarians are from the left and the right. They are really one and the same. I did notice that you mentioned Joe Scarborough as being extreme right-wing. I found it to be a shocking statement. But I understand why you feel that way because he is Establisment and no matter what they spout they are all the same at the end of the day. However he approaches things with a leftist bias in my opinion.

        • seawolf77 February 17, 2019 at 11:58 am #

          Ever since he started boinking Mika, that left germ must have jumped across the great divide, traveled to Joe’s brain and turned him into a far left mongoloid spouting gun control, civil rights, and solar panels. There are suppositories called Left-a-Gone that you could slip him that would return him to his normal stick up the ass self, but there are notable side effects including spontaneous wall-building, temper tendrils-wormy appendages that sprout from the nostrils that mimic Donald Trump’s fingers, and hair turning an orange tint that will not be styled into anything but a comb-over. And please, do not operate any government machinery while taking Left-a-Gone.

          • ozone February 17, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

            seawolf,
            Mika Brzezinski, a “lefty” eh?
            Just goes to show how far to the right the political spectrum has shaded. A right-wing, imperialist war-monger is now an exemplar of “the left”. I’m unsurprised, but I’ll stick to my own interpretations of the spectrum thanks; they’re not old-fashioned, they’re accurate. Plus they’re helpful in identifying who the real enemies of the commonweal are by something other than which teevee network desks they happen to seat their well-paid asses behind.

          • ozone February 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

            BTW,
            Better patent that Left-a-Gone moniker quick, before Big Pharma gets wind of it! They’ll actually cobble together some poison that promises to do just what you’ve outlined. 😉

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

            Wow thank you for that disgusting imagery with Sunday morning coffee. See how you can be. Why do you like to be so dirty and rough? I thought you were liberal and caring.

        • JohnAZ February 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

          Who said Joe Scarborough was right wing?

      • JohnAZ February 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

        Plutocrats. Rightists and Leftists.

        Rightists Koch Bros, Mitt Romney,

        Leftists. Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Clinton’s, Soros, Rockefeller’s, Mellon’s, Rothschilds, Bezos, Bloomberg

        Leftists promoters of a workers paradise? , not hardly. The Left left the workers in favor of the minorities.

        The bad guys are neo-Liberals , global financiers who want a global utopia under their control. Orwellian, you bet.

        Figure out where they are getting their liquidity to keep the finances flowing around the world.

        To Anyone that believes in individual freedom, they are the devil incarnate.

        By the way, components of the global elite are in Russia or in exile too. Their enemy is Putin.

        • GreenAlba February 17, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

          Putin is a plutocrat par excellence. He has had a few of the lesser plutocrats bumped off and has requisitioned their stuff, which has proven very profitable. So he may be their enemy, but just because he’s plutocrat-in-chief over there and always ready to absorb a few more billions.

    • About 10% of Americans were invested in capital markets when finance grew to 40% of the economy and a similar number stayed in when it grew from its 10% lows in 2008 for 27% gains to today.

      Your reductionism is so facile, right down to your mustache-twirling straw man.

  78. lbs February 17, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    Scarborough’s views as a congressman would lead to the expectation that he would be pro trump. For example, he was a hawk on immigration issues. He’s undergone a major shift in political viewpont. He’s an unusual case, since most of the “conservatives” who are now cozy with the left are other types of “conservative” like neocons and wall street establishment types.

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

      Democrats were pro America when they were talking about limiting immigration to protect the economy years ago.

      No longer.

  79. BackRowHeckler February 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

    Oz, the definition of left and right seems to be evolving, and its not the same as it was even 5 years ago.

    I think a more accurate description is elite and non elite, insiders and non insiders.

    Mika and Scarborough are definetly insiders, and solid members of the political and financial elite.

    Brh

    • Simplification is an intellectual strategy that atrophies the mind.

      Crack a book sometime. I’m reading Nasser’s “Overripe Economy” where he lays out an analysis of the American economy where the current situation was all but predicted by the Keynsian assumptions undergirding economic policy, which is approaching the terminal endpoint coming up shortly.

      His conclusion that socialism (guarantee of personal income via the state as opposed to income do via profit-producing private industry) is the only way out of this. Financialization’s failure to stop the social contract from breaking down into inequality and stagnation over the last 50-odd years was just confirming the failure of the Keynsian experiment.

      So this year your new tax cuts will reward the 1% with $88,000,000,000 in tax breaks, charge the rest to the budget defecit.

      But don’t worry, the rest 99% of taxpayers get to split $14,000,000,000 in tax breaks.

      Anyway, the real culprits in the failure of the economy is not the financiers, but the policies themselves. A certain cohort cannot bring themselves to say “universal basic income” and cannot imagine personal virtue surviving universal welfare.

      • JohnAZ February 17, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

        UBI

        The problem with gimme programs are always, where does, not the Money, but wealth come from to finance the program. Money can be just printed, wealth not. And Ponzi schemes all eventually die.

        All the experiments in UBI are failing because people move into the cities doing it to get a free ride. The supposed inspiration from sure money does not seem to be inspiring many folks.

        What a difference fifty years makes. McGovern got laughed out of DC when he proposed UBI, now people are considering it main stream.

        I realize that UBI is being considered as a solution for the labor pool shrinkage, but I do not think anyone has a solution for that yet.

      • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2019 at 4:42 pm #