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Worse Than Hitler

E ven the formerly august New York Times grants that Donald J. Trump has ignited a voter firestorm of grievance against a dumb show election process that rewards a craven avoidance of real issues. Immigration is actually a stand-in for the paralysis, incompetence, overreach, and bloatedness of government generally in our time — but it is a good doorway into the larger problem.

Immigration is a practical problem, with visible effects on-the-ground, easy to understand. I’m enjoying the Trump-provoked debate mostly because it is a pushback against the disgusting dishonesty of political correctness that has bogged down the educated classes in a swamp of sentimentality. For instance, Times Sunday Magazine staffer Emily Bazelon wrote a polemic last week inveighing against the use of the word “illegal” applied to people who cross the border without permission on the grounds that it “justifies their mistreatment.” One infers she means that sending them back where they came from equals mistreatment.

It’s refreshing that Trump is able to cut through this kind of tendentious crap. If that were his only role, it would be a good one, because political correctness is an intellectual disease that is making it impossible for even educated people to think — especially people who affect to be political leaders. Trump’s fellow Republicans are entertainingly trapped in their own cowardliness and it’s fun to watch them squirm.

But for me, everything else about Trump is frankly sickening, from his sneering manner of speech, to the worldview he reveals day by day, to the incoherence of his rhetoric, to the wolverine that lives on top of his head. The thought of Trump actually getting elected makes me wonder where Arthur Bremer is when we really need him.

Did any of you actually catch Trump’s performance last week at the so-called “town meeting” event in New Hampshire (really just a trumped-up pep rally)? I don’t think I miscounted that Trump told the audience he was “very smart” 23 times in the course of his remarks. If he really was smart, he would know that such tedious assertions only suggest he is deeply insecure about his own intelligence. After all, this is a man whose lifework has been putting up giant buildings that resemble bowling trophies, some of them in the service of one of the worst activities of our time, legalized gambling, which is based on the socially pernicious idea that it’s possible to get something for nothing.

I daresay that legalized gambling has had a possibly worse effect on American life the past three decades than illegal immigration. Gambling is a marginal activity for marginal people that belongs on the margins — the back rooms and back alleys. It was consigned there for decades because it was understood that it’s not healthy for the public to believe that it’s possible to get something for nothing, that it undermines perhaps the most fundamental principle of human life.

Trump’s verbal incoherence is really something to behold. He’s incapable of expressing a complete thought without venturing down a dendritic maze of digressions, often leading to an assertion of how much he is loved (another sign of insecurity). For example, when he attacked Jeb’s (no last name necessary) statement that we have to show Iraqi leaders that “we have skin in the game,” Trump invoked the “wounded warriors,” saying “I love them. They’re everywhere. They love me.” In the immortal words of Tina Turner, “what’s love got to do with it?”

Trump’s notion that he can push around world leaders such as Vladimir Putin by treating them as though they were president of the Cement Workers’ Union ought to give thoughtful people the vapors. It doesn’t seem to occur to Trump that other countries could easily get pugnacious towards us. He would have us in a world war before the inaugural parade was over.

The trouble is that it’s not inconceivable Trump could get elected. Farfetched, perhaps, but not out of the question. The USA is heading for a very rough patch of history — as those of you with your eyes on the stock indexes lately may suspect. The country stands an excellent chance of waking up some morning soon to discover it is broke and broken. When that happens, all the anxiety and animus will be focused on looking for scapegoats, and they are likely to be the wrong ones. World leaders considered Hitler a clown in the early going, too, you know. But the Germans were wild about him. He pushed a lot of the right buttons under the circumstances. Trump is worse than Hitler. And the American people, alas, are now surely a worse lot of ignorant, raging, tattooed slobs than the German people were in 1933. Be very afraid.


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  1. Sticks-of-TNT August 24, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    The last two sentences…chilling to contemplate, but we all must know, true.

    -TNT

    • Midwest Moderate August 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

      Kunstler, you shinny headed weasel with a stupid mustache, are you actually calling for Trump to be assassinated? And for you to insult your only audience calling them slobs in ridiculous.

      You are just pissed off that there is a person out there who isn’t going to just passively give into your bizarre post-apocalyptic “Long Emergency” world where everyone goes back to living in the woods. Maybe you should go live in the woods, loser.

  2. K-Dog August 24, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    Worse than Hitler, No way.

    • zaphod42 August 24, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      There are more similarities than I want to believe.

    • Pogo August 24, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      Hitler did actually win the Iron Cross for bravery…no small feat. And he had a demonstrated ability to take command of, and lead, a political party.

      • seawolf77 August 24, 2015 at 10:37 am #

        He was also rejected by the Austrian army because he had tuberculosis. He then joined the German army. After he was seriously wounded he could have gone home. When he recovered he went back to the front. The man was fearless.

        • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

          “After he was seriously wounded he could have gone home. When he recovered he went back to the front. The man was fearless.”-sea.

          And how was he wounded? In a chemical weapon attack. Yes, the little Corporal was fearless (in a believable way) and a fin soldier. There was some actual substance to him.

          Yet, the fact remains, things are nucleating around ‘The Donald’… So what does that say about American electorate? They might just be the ‘huckleberry’ he was looking for.

          😉

          • ozone August 24, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

            MD,
            Or perhaps, the “Hoopleheads” he was looking for. (His loyal opposition would be the “Cocksuckers”.)
            Although these distinctions are fictional for the sake of dramatic impact and artistic license, here ends the Al Swearengen comparison; I don’t believe The Donald to be half the canny schemer as the legendary Boss Pimp of Deadwood. May he melt into a puddle of his own bluff, bluster and incomparable arrogance. (An end by unacknowledged syphilis would be fitting.)

            As for the addled electorate, well, I suggest they appoint Hey-Zeus de Crisco as Smiter-in-Chief and see how that works for them.

      • K-Dog August 24, 2015 at 10:54 am #

        Exactly, and we are going to wait a long time for Trump to demonstrate anything like the same political leadership. People were captivated by Hitler’s oratory skills and he had a single minded dedication to his cause. Trump gets comments about his hair after he speaks, but that’s about all. It is probably a safe bet that Trump thinks more about dinner than his next political performance. More importantly Trump does not have a message that resonates beyond the expression of simple frustration. If Trump had a credible vision of a thousand-year realm in his oral wanderings perhaps there might be, in a wild dream, something to worry about. As it is his misogyny would cost him a real election if the American people, their brains washed clean by HDTV binge watching should really let him get that far. Because it just so happens, women do vote.

        The role of Trump is to make Hilary look good. If you want a comparison to Hitler look to her.

        Hilary and Hitler the names have a lot in common. Could it be a coincidence? Both start with the capital letter ‘H’. Both are six letters long. The letters H,I,L,R are common to each name, more than half the total letters. Two vowels in each. Could it be a coincidence? That’s for you to decide.

        • Pogo August 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

          Interesting (tongue-in-cheek) observations, K-Dog, about the similarities of Hiliary and Hitler. The family name in the small village in Austria was actually spelled different ways: Hiedler, Huetler, and some others. And we have all heard that Alois (Adolf’s father) was actually born out of wedlock as Alois Schicklgruber and only became Hitler a decade or so before Adolph was born.

          “Hitler” is a perfect, hard sounding, two syllable to make “Heil Hitler” the slogan for a nation. “Heil Schicklgruber” would not have worked at all! Hiliary, being three syllables, is problematic.

          Interesting when I think about it, but most of our presidents have one or two syllable names: John, Bill, George, Ronald (Ronnie), Harry, Ike, Richard, etc.

        • Hands4u August 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

          Hilarious!

          • Sticks-of-TNT August 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

            Subtle. Perhaps “Hil-lar-i-ous?” Gets the “Hill” sound we’re after.

            Hitler is a last name. “Heil Clinton.” Two syllable last name. Problem solved.

            -TNT

        • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

          “It is probably a safe bet that Trump thinks more about dinner than his next political performance.”-k.

          One of your better lines. Nicely done!

        • Sticks-of-TNT August 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

          H-I-L-L-A-R-Y. Seven letters.

        • themisanthrope August 29, 2015 at 7:47 am #

          …”the American people, their brains washed clean by HDTV binge watching should really let him get that far….”

          I reckon you mean HGTV, our 24/7 infomercial hawking the same Tuscan tile, stainless appliances, cavernous bathrooms, and, for the love of God, don’t even THINK about showing me a house that doesn’t have a dual vanity off the master suite.

          From $200K to $2M, General Electric to Sub-Zero, they’re all the same goddamn house on different scales.

      • elysianfield August 24, 2015 at 11:24 am #

        “Hitler did actually win the Iron Cross for bravery…no small feat. And he had a demonstrated ability to take command of, and lead, a political party.”

        To be truly vilified by History, you have to lose a war. Victors write the History.

      • newworld August 24, 2015 at 11:30 am #

        Both Stalin and JFK admired Hitler, which tells me a lot about the political class in this world.

      • NicholasStix August 25, 2015 at 3:41 am #

        Actually, he won two Iron Crosses: One Second Class, and one First Class.

    • islander800 August 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      History could be about to repeat itself as farce and yes, Trump is at least as dangerous as Hitler in his potential to cause great harm to America and the rest of the world. Read and understand some history.

      Words do have effect. Hitler’s polemics against the Jews led to Kristallnacht and where that went afterwards. All it took was hateful radio broadcasts to incite the slaughter of a half million to a million in Rwanda. Trump’s polemics against Hispanics could have the same effect. The recent attack in New York may just be the beginning.

      To think America is immune is taking “American Exceptionalism” to its logical ridiculous conclusion. To think that Rwandans or Germans were less intelligent than your typical tattooed losers and followers of Fox News is wishful thinking.

      This man should be considered a clear and present danger to America and the world, just like Fox News that created this monster and now the rest of the Republican leadership wannabes. The Republicans have clearly become a domestic terrorist group. Wake up, America, and deal with it before the Right’s worst nightmare (or wet dream?) comes to pass: a war with a force of U.N. “Allies” from the rest of the civilized world committed to putting down the rabid beast, just like democracies had to do with Germany, twice, in the last century. Oh, America would never let that happen ’cause we got nukes? Yeh, right, unleashing those will create a brighter future for us all.

      The wishy washy politically correct media better wake up and deal with this guy properly before its too late.

    • outsider August 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      I agree, K-Dog. That Hitler comment floored me. Hell, he’s no worse than the rest of the Lilliputians in the anemic GOP field. The fact that he’s not bought and paid for by AIPAC makes him better.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      Hitler was a deeply educated and dedicated man. Do you think Trump could write something the equal of Mein Kampf? Did Trump win a Purple Heart – America’s equivalent of the Iron Cross?

      • joerg.daehn August 24, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

        I am German and we inherited 2 issues of “Mein Kampf”. I tried to read it once and I can assure you: it is an incoherent, meandering mess of a book. Which because of that probably nobody ever read it. Unfortunately, that is.

        I quit after about 50 pages.

        So much for the educated guy Hitler supposedly was.

        If you understand German look for “Serdar Somuncu liest ‘Mein Kampf'” and enjoy.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

          You probably think Muslims are your friends too, right? Can’t wait: 800,000 more friends coming soon.

          • joerg.daehn August 25, 2015 at 8:48 am #

            OT. Yawn.

        • seawolf77 August 25, 2015 at 10:23 am #

          One of the worst books ever. It was like the first time I heard the Rolling Stones live. Worst sounding band live there ever was. Mein Kampf was worse than bad, it was terrible.

      • FourFootSnake August 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

        If Trumpton wrote something the equal of Mein Kampf they’d take him away on a trolley to the nut-farm.
        I tried to get through it when a Politics student in the way back when, and died before I reached page 31. However, as a point of connection with your pal, and as an aside, for your information, I was buried in my home town which is twinned with the German town near Munich where AH was locked up, which is named Landsberg. That’s not where I’m buried, though, you see – surprise – I was only kidding about that bit. But not about the rest of it…

        • membersince September 1, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

          The one thing you immediately notice about Mein Kampf is that Hitler was a WHINER (whinger for the Brits). Oh poor fucking me, nobody appreciates me, the world has always tried to submerge my genius. A serious Mama’s boy

  3. PeteAtomic August 24, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Dow Jones is down over 1,000 points right now, as of 0834 hrs Central US time.

    Listening to the wonks on the financial shows: “Why are these stocks so low?” “I gotta make some calls, because these lows don’t make any sense!” “Interest rates are low, oil prices are low, and the unemployment rate are low”, “remember, the stock market doesn’t always go up.”

    It’s like listening to a group of alchemists trying to figure out why their magic formulas aren’t working.

    • consultant13 August 24, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      Very true.

    • seawolf77 August 24, 2015 at 9:54 am #

      Their magic formula is working. They don’t turn lead into gold, they create money out of thin air. Abracadabra wealth!

  4. zaphod42 August 24, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    “The country stands an excellent chance of waking up some morning soon to discover it is broke and broken.”

    Guess what happened this morning? Headlines that China is calling today “Black Monday.” Dow down about 800 pts in the first 15 minutes… that’s more than 5%! Hmmm… did you write this before or after???

    Well said, all-in-all, sir. Welcome to “some morning.”

  5. Paul August 24, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Trump. Maybe there won’t be a cornpone nazi afterall. Tubesteak?

  6. Sticks-of-TNT August 24, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    “And the American people, alas, are now surely a worse lot of ignorant, raging, tattooed slobs than the German people were in 1933. Be very afraid.”

  7. capt spaulding August 24, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    Conditions appear to be right for a “perfect storm”. Bring it on.

  8. Lawfish August 24, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Trump at least gives me hope that perhaps politics can turn back to real issues instead of the mindless platitudes puked out by the last thirty years of talking heads. I think Americans are sick and tired of politics and political correctness. I know I sure as hell am.

  9. JMR August 24, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Couldn’t agree more. The scary thing is I can’t think of anyone else who is running that would be any better.

    • Pogo August 24, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      The scary thing to me what the rest of the world must be thinking. Is Trump really one of our “best and brightest”? He is an embarrassment to our Nation.

      • DrTomSchmidt August 24, 2015 at 10:44 am #

        Hardly. That would be W, and Obama, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for, y’know, being in office for 11 days. Trump has built housing for thousands of Americans. W and Obama destroyed housing for thousands of foreigners. That you consider Trump an embarrassment (and let’s face it, he IS a crony capitalist) leads one to wonder: how do you evaluate the last two clowns who “led” this country as President?

        • Pogo August 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

          Good point, Doc. Like JHK, I voted for Obama both times and am completely disappointed. I never did understand the Peace Prize thing. “W” was complete disaster from day one. Molly Ivans tried to warn us.

          • DrTomSchmidt August 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

            Now you understand how people might go for Trump. I agree W was the bigger disaster. In the pantheon of bad presidents, he’s in the top 5, with Wilson being clearly on top. Obama never undid any of the deep state things that W did. Maybe I’m harder on him because of the disappointment, but then I see things like ISIS blowing up Palmyra, and there’s no avoiding the fact that it’s his legacy, as is Libya.

            The sad thing is that Jeb lost the Florida election in 1994, or HE would have been the Republican nominee in 2K. Iving was right.

      • outsider August 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

        Pogo – If Trump is an embarrassment to the nation, where does that leave Lindsay Graham? Or John McCain for that matter?

    • outsider August 24, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

      As long as Hillary and Jeb are the ‘entitled’ establishment options, Trump will flourish. Don’t for get that ol’ Ross Perot was leading both Clinton and Bush the Elder in the polls in ’92 when he suddenly dropped out. And Perot was crazier than The Donald.

    • trypillian August 25, 2015 at 12:11 am #

      JHK for president! Eyesores bulldozed everywhere and replaced with community gardens, a chicken in every backyard, solar panels on every rooftop, the Fed would be shredded, now that’s change to believe in.

      • ZrCrypDiK August 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

        Oh man, I dig it! Tripp-lehorn (Jeanne?) for Prez? Clues, *indeed*.

        You must have failed terribly in the eco-sphere-culture liek (heh) I have. Your golden goose whuz that shroom spores drilled into wood stumps./././ Alas, I have no nearby forest to replenish my ANTI pesticide/herbicide/fungicide…

        Soil turned into leached clay, wastes (toxic?) washed into creeks/rivers, no more shade, asphalt/concrete/glass/metal/PLASTIC spraul…

  10. seawolf77 August 24, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    “I’m very rich. I’m very smart. I’ve built a great company, a great brand. Women love me. Mexicans love me. Soldiers adore me. America’s enemies pee their pants when they contemplate me as president. Elect me.” What could go wrong?

  11. Pogo August 24, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    “He would have us in a world war before the inaugural parade was over.” -JHK

    I was serving in the USAF during the Cuban missile crisis when the military was placed on DEFCON 2, the highest ever at that time. Now, decades later, we know just how close the world came to experiencing a nuclear nightmare. While John Kennedy had a few personal flaws, I am thankful that he was at the helm at that time. We should all be. The very thought of Donald Trump trying to bully his way in a similar scenario is beyond frightening.

    • JMR August 24, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Add to that list: Rubio, Hillary, Jeb, Christie, and anyone else who is beholden to the neocons.

    • seawolf77 August 24, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      Nuclear nightmare is just that: a nightmare, something that happens in your dreams. Nuclear weapons were created by bankers to give the illusion that the world was in their destructive hands and with a simple push of a button it could all end. Baloney. And the Cuban Missile Crisis was a sham to provide a reason not to seek justice in the JFK murder. MILIION OF PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!!!AHHH!!!! Baloney.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

        So Hiroshima and Nagasaki are fantasies too? And remember, the weapons now are hundreds of times stronger.

        • seawolf77 August 25, 2015 at 10:24 am #

          I’m sure now if you detonated one you’d have another Pacific Ocean. You have an inflated sense of the power of man.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

            And we didn’t really go to the moon either, right?

    • DrTomSchmidt August 24, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Doubtful. Trump,comes from NYC which doesn’t profit from destruction the way DC does. 9/11 was a complete government cluster-f***, and DC got trillions in deep state dollars out of it. World War means the end of Manhattan, and Trump knows that that is bad for business. DC, not so much.

  12. Sticks-of-TNT August 24, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    “It’s like listening to a group of alchemists trying to figure out why their magic formulas aren’t working.” -PeteAtomic

    Amen/Fist Bump! Prose worthy of Kunstler himself.

    -TNT

  13. consultant13 August 24, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    Jim,

    Great post today. The times, “they’re a changin'”.

    Trump is moving in space created by the Republican’s 40 year firm belief that anything goes. He is unleashing a steady kick ass attack on everything this is not Trump.

    It is all very funny and scary too.

    The GOP is acting like the parents you see out in public with the out of control kids. They’re like, “Why is my kid acting like that?”

    Why? Because you (GOP) encouraged that behavior.

    Trump is actually doing a public service by making it very clear what he & the GOP stand for. He’s hardened his base of support, but amongst voters, he’s also hardened his opposition.

    Meanwhile, almost on cue, Hillary’s campaign is collapsing around her in almost comic fashion. It’s amazing. She’s running the exact same campaign she ran against Obama. It’s 2007 all over again.

    Hillary doesn’t have game. A politician with game can change the conversation and get people to follow. He hasn’t shown any ability to do that.

    She gone.

    On top of all of this, again, on cue, the markets around the world are collapsing. The talking heads on CNBC are just jabbering on and on, trying to soothe the public without conveying one ounce of truth or facts about why this is happening.

    Debt, debt, debt, lies, lies, over expansion, low/stagnant wages, inequality, lies, lies, bets on lies (hedge funds), deregulation, deregulation, lies, fakes.

    You can only keep a lie going until reality steps in.

    • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      “The GOP is acting like the parents you see out in public with the out of control kids. They’re like, “Why is my kid acting like that?””-consult.

      Well put… Cheers!

    • outsider August 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      Agreed, consultant13. Hillary is a terrible campaigner and would most likely be a terrible president. After Labor Day, the GOP majority is going to hit her hard on the email scandal. Will they charge her with anything? But where is the donkey bench? Sanders is filing the void, for now. But the Dems don’t want him anymore that the R’s want Trump. So Biden, and even Gore, are warming up in the bullpen. That’s why I’m cheering for a Sanders v Trump election.

    • messianicdruid August 26, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

      A political party with “game” can change the rules and get people to follow. Most people.

      How long has South Carolina had the rule that you must endorse the parties candidate to participate in their debate. Sounds just like doubling the number of states you must carry just to keep someone you fear from participating. Mattoids.

  14. chipshot August 24, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Why is there so little coverage of the one candidate that recognizes many of our greatest problems: Bernie Sanders.

    Not that polls are critical this early in the campaign, but where would Bernie be polling IF he had received half of the media attention Trump has gotten?

    • consultant13 August 24, 2015 at 10:24 am #

      TPTB really don’t want Bernie to be the nominee.

      They really do want Hillary. Safe (for the 1%/big corporations). Predictable.

      Bernie and an aroused electorate–>TPTB nightmare scenario.

      • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

        Exactly. It’s interesting to see people discuss American politics as if it were anything more than a 3rd-World carnival getting whackier by the year.

        All we need now are candidates interviewed by a stripper and a guy in a gorilla suit and we’ll be exactly where Mexico was during their last election.

    • seawolf77 August 24, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      People don’t want Bernie, they want Donald.

    • Q. Shtik August 24, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      He doesn’t get the attention because he is an old and boring socialist.

      • DrTomSchmidt August 24, 2015 at 10:51 am #

        Who backed down from the BlackLivesMatter challenge. He cannot stand up to them, Putin will make mincemeat out of him.

  15. George August 24, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    “The thought of Trump actually getting elected makes me wonder where Arthur Bremer is when we really need him.”

    There are millions of characters hidden in plain view who, when called, will rise to the fore to take Arthur Brenner’s place.

    “The USA is heading for a very rough patch of history — as those of you with your eyes on the stock indexes lately may suspect.”

    900 point drop at the open!

    “And the American people, alas, are now surely a worse lot of ignorant, raging, tattooed slobs than the German people were in 1933. Be very afraid.”

    Indeed, the bottom, rotten to the core as it is, is falling out from under us.

    http://www.thesisa.org

  16. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    I thought it was a ferret. At least his favorite book is the bible. That’s what counts the most — and his second favorite book is The Art of the Deal. It helps that Trump is a German too, although his father Fred told his Jewish business partners and Jewish customers he was of Swedish heritage to court their approval and favor.

    If he’s not a purposeful distraction, and he may well be, if he keeps it up he may not be breathing by the end of 2015 — quite literally. Remember George Wallace? Trump reminds me of Wallace in effect, and we all know what happened to Wallace.

  17. nsa August 24, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Oh, no….Dow down 800. Disaster. But wait….Plunge Protection Team to the rescue and DJI now down only 500…..stick saves all of western civilization. Buy the gip…or is that buy the blip? Now remember the proper cliche….buy the dip and end up with zip. Only down 400 now….buying opportunity of a lifetime….buy zinga….buy groupon. No idea what they do but own ’em anyways…….

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 24, 2015 at 10:24 am #

      Buy the dips…or, the dips are buying?

  18. newworld August 24, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I think you should scrub this thread of any hints of political violence. Can’t say I am all that surprised to be reading it from the left because the left runs on emotion and a feeling of moral superiority and once that delusion is punctured the next emotion standing is rage the uncontrollable emotion.

    But go ahead make your allusions to that cleansing violence you day dream about that will bring back your illusions of the perfect world where your professors rule in harmony with well harmony or something.

    The internet lasts forever at least while we still have power and the world won’t have to be maintained by hand.

    “Arthur Bremer” now there is a code word the NSA can glom onto.

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 24, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      The only thing “Arthur Bremer” is code for is idiot. And I’m not “from the left.”

      “Scrubbing” comments? Now that’s from the idiot ends of left and right!

    • nsa August 24, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      You pussy fuck……mindless violence is as american as mom’s apple pie and baseball. If the nasdick drops below support at 4000, expect to see at least one high level political assassination…….

      • newworld August 24, 2015 at 11:21 am #

        I remember Bremer and his stunt which is what you folks are doing today, trying to egg on some emotional defective into an act of violence.

        Anyway it did Nixon a favor that day and the country did not fall into ruinous violence. I honestly don’t know if that would happen today, I think factions on the Left really believe they can pull off a real violent revolution whereas in the 70s a violent left wing revolution would last about two weeks before every bubba had collected a handful of scalps.

        Another factor while the 70s the left had Soviet benefactors I think of them less influential then as the Oligarchs are today, who knows how the Soros types want this to play out.

  19. newworld August 24, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    Is the Obama financial bubble about to burst, I would say yes because the collateral channel is pretty broken up because of China and its corrupt practices. 0% interest rates have been pretty much used up for effectiveness is my guess, because now they impinge on credit worthiness.

    I’m not saying they don’t have tricks they can still play but it still comes down to which institution inflates the wrong side of their balance sheet.

    Putin laughs

  20. djc August 24, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    Who would you depend on if your life was in mortal danger, Obama or Putin?

    I don’t know about feminized urban dwellers but my money is on Putin.

    I have absolutely no confidence in the people that run our government. They’re just not competent and everyone knows it. May God protect the United States.

    • Smoky Joe August 24, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      Our civilization is in mortal danger from climate change and radical Islam.

      I trust Obama (belatedly) on the first and Putin’s methods (beat and beat again, taken from Stalin’s famous quip) on the second.

      Can’t we have a tag-team of old enemies and be rid of ISIS?

      • outsider August 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

        When Trump announced his candidacy, his first TV interview was with O’Reilly (naturally). When asked about Russia, Trump said that our countries should be friends and that he could work with Putin. No one else running has said that, so I wouldn’t be so quick to compare him to Hitler. With nukes on both sides, the Nuland-created travesty going on in Ukraine is far more dangerous to the world than is ISIL. In fact, Trump implied that the US and Russia should be on the same side to defeat them. What’s wrong with that?

        • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

          Lindbergh said the same thing. Peace, not war. And they hated him for it and tried to destroy his reputation.

          • FourFootSnake August 24, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

            They stole his trousers as well. And his lampshade.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

            And his son too.

    • newworld August 24, 2015 at 11:12 am #

      Hopefully neither man. Putin is an old style Russian strongman, everything is peachy till you cross his line, I prefer America being Scots-Irish and all I give two fucks for pompous corrupt authority.

      As for Obama he is an enigma to me, is he really smart, is he really engaged, I don’t know. I do appreciate his not starting ruinous wars and I enjoy his tweaking the Israelies in whatever country they are ruining at the moment (I am a Zionist supporter though).

      But I cannot listen to him, Obama’s speaking is straight know it all moral superior Mommy Professor speak pattern. I’m sure it sounds all good to you on the Left, he hits your emotional buttons, but obviously to an unapologetic white man such as myself he is a master of the “Talk Down”, oh well I’m a second class citizen to such worthies as Obama and yourselves, I’m impressed, not.

      • outsider August 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

        Did you listen to President Obama’s speech defending the Iran deal? It was a masterpiece! For the first time in a long time, I was proud that he is our President. Those war lovers, including the whole GOP Senate, who are against the deal have no logical alternative save dropping bombs on Teheran.

  21. vengeur August 24, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Trump is a lot of things, but saying he is worse than Hitler is silly. And however unpleasant the current circumstances in the U.S., they are in no way comparable to the disaster of post WW1 Germany. Kunstler writes masterpieces with amazing regularity. Today’s post is not one of them.

    • DrTomSchmidt August 24, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Imagine Hitler armed with nuclear weapons. If Trump WERE Hitler or Hitleresque, he’d definitely be worse. Instead of Berlin being a giant smoking hole at the end of conflict, all of Earth would be.

      Recall that Hitler ordered Paris dynamited by the retreating Germans. One German general refused to “just follow orders,” and is rightly considers a hero by them. If Adolf had the Bomb? Ugly.

      • AKlein August 24, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

        Dr Schmidt, your post is a complete non sequitur. It’s as much of a non sequitur as my writing that if Hitler had had The Bomb it would have been as ugly as the needless firebombing of Dresden or, more relevant, our dropping The Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

        • DrTomSchmidt August 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

          I was perhaps unclear. I don’t think Trump is worse than Hitler, who was basically a failure at everything he did prior to politics. That seething resentment makes for a bad politician, and the kind of person who, protected deep in his bunker, cries out “from hell’s heart I stab at thee.”

          There was a LOT of needless firebombing in WW2, started by Churchill as a way to relieve pressure on airfields. The point is, if a “Hitler” were to take over the USA now, he would be worse than the actualHitler in his unlimited scope of inflict able damage. If JHK really believes that Trump is a potential Hitler, then he’s got an ethical duty to undertake.

          Hope that is clearer.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

          Yes, Kennedy said Hitler was a great man and that’s once the war time hysteria died down, people would realize that. The Tribe has made a point of never letting the war time hysteria die down.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

        And if the German National Socialists won, would Europe have been given to Islam and Black Africa as is now happening?

        Your “allies” are unspeakably evil. Just look at the hideous mask that is Angela Merkel’s face.

        • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

          “Just look at the hideous mask that is Angela Merkel’s face.”-j.

          [long chuckle, shaking head incredulously]

          It’s lines like these that keep me scanning through Janos’s posts…

          🙂

          Cheers!

          • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

            Scanning? You should be studying. Look: you are logical most of the time. But you need another to give you your premises. You get into trouble when there are two sets of premises – then you try and choose the one from the person with most credibility or social cache. You get very unpleasant when someone calls you on this.

            You were born to serve and I was born to rule.

  22. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    REALITY CHECK (using rounded numbers)

    Trump has 25% support in polls of Republican voters. Republicans are about 50% of the voters.

    1/4 times 1/2 = 1/8 or 13% of the voting population\

    Nobody was ever elected president with 13% voter support.

    Chill…

    • Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      You’re early to the thread today. I thought you had an aversion to worms like you do to conspiracy theories.

      You’re right though, peeps need to chill. The winner has already been decided. This is just pure entertainment — crappy entertainment.

      catcherinthelie.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/go-jeb/

      • outsider August 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

        Oh, then tell us who the winner is, Holefield, so we quit wasting our time here.

  23. Smoky Joe August 24, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    The nation is full of potential Bremers. Jim, don’t go wishing them on anyone, even Trump!

    Once we go down that rathole every maniac who wants five minutes of celebrity will be locking and loading and hunting down someone famous.

    • K-Dog August 24, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      Thankfully their are websites that potential ‘Bremers’ can visit and read articles after which they can leave comments. Upon leaving comments large investigative bodies, our legacy of 911, can then identify who these potential ‘Bremers’ are through their DNS address and investigate them. Potential ‘Bremers’ can then be approached by men in black who can attempt to induce them into making incriminating and illegal statements which can lead to their detention in a federal facility.

      And to quote one author:

      “It’s all good”

      That this be the death of free speech is irrelevant. The end justifies the means and people get paid.

      • newworld August 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

        If that were true then Kos and DU would have its owners in the dock. Those two sites make the Right look respectable, I have been a Freeper for decades and I cannot remember a thread where such comments are tolerated.

        The Left is good at policing the Right, and the Right is good at policing the Right, but the Left is a free fire zone of violence (ftr I have seen the grannies at Kos shutdown anarchists when they were explicit but comments as the above would be allowed to float), just saying.

        Speaking of violence that unlamented peak oil site ran by that kid with the law degree was moderated by a woman who let the “guns and stuff” threads run into basically we lefties will ignore gun control laws, get guns, shoot conservatives and call ourselves servants of goodness.

        • K-Dog August 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

          No, the owners of websites are not targets in this investigative effort. The goal is to find ‘LONE WOLF’ terrorists. Disgruntled nobodies to whom perpetration of mayhem would seemingly give their empty lives validation and value. If it makes you feel better thinking we don’t live in a surveillance state ignore my rambling about this. The only proof I have is what I have been put through, my personal experience, so all you have to do is not believe me. That should be easy to do.

      • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

        ” Potential ‘Bremers’ can then be approached by men in black who can attempt to induce them into making incriminating and illegal statements which can lead to their detention in a federal facility.”-k.

        Do they have to dress “in black”? What about khaki slacks and blue blazers with American flag lapel pins? Just sayin’…

        😉

        • K-Dog August 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

          I suppose it depends if they want to be undercover or not, but black suit and a China white shirt is their normal dress code for both men and women. It depends on the psychological game they want to play. If a blue blazer and a stars and stripes lapel pin sends the message they want a particular person or dog of interest to get I’m sure that is what they will wear. The dance they waltz is not always about gathering information.

  24. Cavepainter August 24, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    The Liberal Left doctrine of political correctness has purged intellectual honesty from political discussion in this country, and that is why people like Trump can get any traction at all. The Left’s gasp of alarm over Trump is really a cover for its own culpability in leaving the door open for such buffoons.

    • K-Dog August 24, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      Political correctness when you think about it expresses conservatism and advances the idea that there is a right and wrong way to express ideological content. Actual content be dammed. Political correctness expresses a point of view that things are fine the way they are and that there is no need to be really concerned about anything.

      Far from expressing a liberal left doctrine political correctness is a bait and switch which expresses politics of power privilege and stasis.

      • newworld August 24, 2015 at 11:25 am #

        Well said.

        • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

          Yes it was. I second that compliment. Well done ‘dawg’!

      • swmnguy August 24, 2015 at 11:27 am #

        +1000. The entire problem with “The Liberal Left” (a self-contained oxymoron if there ever was one) is that they fundamentally believe in the current, failing, system. They just think it would work better if it were “nicer” and “more fair.” They don’t understand that ours is a fundamentally mean and unfair system. As soon as it is made “nicer” and “more fair” its fundamental and inherent flaws and internal contradictions accelerate their effect of deterioration.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

          I think it works really well for some of them, so they don’t really want to try something new, as that might push them back down the socioeconomic ladder with the rest of us.

        • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

          “The entire problem with “The Liberal Left” (a self-contained oxymoron if there ever was one) is that they fundamentally believe in the current, failing, system.”-swmn.

          Agreed & well-said… And – from the standpoint of other Anglo-Saxon nations – the designation ‘Liberal’ + ‘Left’ sounds ridiculous. Funny how things get turned back-to-front on this side of the water…

          ? 😐 ?

          Cheers!

          • swmnguy August 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

            That construction (“Liberal Left”) is a particularly American quirk; you’re quite correct. But that’s the thing about America. We don’t care about calling things by their right names. We lazily use the phrases handed to us by professional advertisers. In this case, mostly William Safire, followed through by Frank Luntz. It works on Americans, because Democrats took to calling themselves “Liberal” in the first place to defuse accusations of being “Left.” So the natural riposte is to call them what they call themselves (“Liberal”) and follow it up by calling them what you want to call them anyway. Then you demonize both words by association, regardless of meaning, and you never shut up about it.

            I think it was George F. Will who said that American politics is a football game between the 40-yard lines. He was wrong, but close. It’s played between the 30 and the 50 on the Right side of the field. But everyone in our political process believes completely in the game itself. They all share an identical ideology. There are different wrinkles depending on who is pandering to whom. But it’s the same fundamental view of the world and what is possible.

            For instance, find the American politician who favors single-payer health care, cutting a “0” off the war machine budget, closing all overseas military bases and bringing home all the troops, sharply curtailing the political power of corporate interests, and applying to law to all equally regardless of gender, race or wealth.

            And if you do find that politician, point him out to me. I’ve been looking for decades.

          • russ August 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

            In response to swmnguy, below, I believe the politician he may be looking for would be Dr. Jill Stein or whomever the Greens nominate in 2016.

        • Sean Coleman August 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

          You are right, they do believe. I have been looking at extravert behaviour (see Dorothy Rowe, the Australian psychologist) for some years now and have reached the conclusion that the extrovert half of the world enforce behaviour. They have much less resistance to conventional wisdom. I reckon JHK is an extravert too, but he is one of those admirable and interesting ones who take on received opinion. (I think this is always limited however – note how he plumped for Obama last time, despite excoriating him earlier.) Susan whatshername mentioned in her book about introverts, Quiet, that experiments show that the perceptions of extraverts are affected by other people around them.

        • Sean Coleman August 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

          Just to add that, as JHK says, the immigration issue is a real, concrete thing which impacts on political correctness. Pc is a hotch potch of often conflicting ideas and a lot of nonsense, untested over time. If one part is challenged the whole edifice could collapse. It is a belief system, enforced (largely) by extraverts, often with the best intentions. However, as an introvert I don’t really understand how they think, but can only guess at it.

      • ozone August 24, 2015 at 11:50 am #

        Woof! in the affirmative.

        • ZrCrypDiK August 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

          That 3-time bankrupt loozer (*hero*?) owns the airwaves, apparently. He sure knows how to *GAME* the system…

          He don’t scare me – the clearcuts scare me. It’s been non-stock, for 4 decades, exponential forest clearcuts. Not a single tree left *alive*… Waking up, yet?!…

      • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

        Well that’s the Hillary type PC. The move on.org type are Communists who wont be satisfied until Whites are the slaves of Blacks.

  25. swmnguy August 24, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    I don’t think Trump is Hitler. I was working on a theory that Trump is Mussolini, but the more I think about it the less that works for me, either. Mussolini, for all his cartoonish traits, was an intellectual and Trump, though smart, is not an intellectual.

    One of the biggest problems in American politics today is a nearly complete lack of ideology. Or, rather, that all mainstream politicians have basically the same ideology. I don’t mean the things they say; I refer to the things they actually do. They’re all coming from the same basic construct. They all believe that Finance = The Economy, that the US has to be the dominant military power in the world, and that there is no other way to operate than the way we do now, with minor variations depending on which group which politician is pandering to today.

    Trump’s unsuitability for any responsible role is manifest. The insecurity just exudes from the guy, from the hair to the crude statements to the bad taste to the aggressive arrogance, including the compulsive need to tell everyone how smart he is. Smart people don’t have to tell you all the time that they’re smart. Rich guys don’t have to tell you how rich they are; a rich guy with $10 Billion is perfectly happy to let you think he only has $1 Billion; the other $9 Billion can be his little secret. Rich is rich; the need to quantify and amplify it rings a false note.

    I think most of us agree that The Winner has already been selected, and the next 14 months are an exercise in manipulation. What’s interesting is the role Trump plays in this. He’s not going to be the selected one. But he is already having a major impact shaping what develops until the [s]election. Rudeness is back. Racism is coming out into the open. Magical thinking is making new all-time highs every day. The popularity of Trump’s over-simplification of complex issues beyond the control of any one individual is a very bad sign.

    I’m starting to think maybe Trump is Hermann Goering, without the military achievements.

    • elysianfield August 24, 2015 at 11:49 am #

      “Trump is Hermann Goering, without the military achievements”

      Hermann Meyer…?

      • swmnguy August 24, 2015 at 11:57 am #

        If I recall correctly, Meyer was indeed a genuine military over-achiever. I was thinking of Goering’s WWI fighter ace status, as opposed to Trump’s lack of military service. But mostly of Goering’s later career, where he excelled in corruption and self-indulgence as a cartoon of a military hero. I would hope that someday Goering’s most enduring legacy is his quote at the Nuremberg Trials about how easily the leaders of nations trick their populations into going to war.

      • membersince September 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

        Oscar Meyer, maybe

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      Trump is one of the “terrible sympathizers” Mumford talked about. And as Mr Kunstler said, the two parties refused to do anything about the Invasion – even talk about it. Finally someone came along and told the Truth about it.

      And btw, his position paper is good. He is smart enough to know he doesn’t know: he consulted with Jeff Sessions.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

        That should be “terrible simplifiers”

  26. shastatodd August 24, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    i just might vote for him… a narcissist president of “bizarro world” for a nation of narcissists.

  27. noel bodie August 24, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    My theory on the Donald is that he started running for prez when he signed the deal for his reality tv show, casting himself as the smart, all knowing, fearless,successful executive. What better way to do it than from central casting? How much of his current support is from his fans who watch him weekly make decisions in his office on tv? If so that is pretty smart, run for prez and get paid for doing it.

    • swmnguy August 24, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      I’ve been wondering along those lines as well. One thing interests me. Trump makes a lot of money making appearances, particularly of the “philanthropic” variety. I’ve dealt with the guy in connection to two different “charities.” (I’m using the scare-quotes because I have noticed how much money the various “philanthropists” derive from their ostensibly altruistic activities; Trump among the rest).

      I’m guessing these charitable organizations won’t want to associate with declared Presidential candidates. They’ve been paying Trump well into six-figures for his association with them. That’s where people like Bill Clinton get their money too; indeed, one of the groups I know of works with both the Clintons and Trump. If that money dries up, or looks as if it will, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump says he’s done what he set out to do, drops his campaign, and gets back on the lucrative rubber-chicken circuit.

      • outsider August 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

        swmnguy – Your last sentence is straight out of Perot’s ’92 playbook. The little General said the same thing when he dropped out – while leading both Clinton and GHWB in the polls! Then he became a laughingstock and came back in again to save face – still getting 19% of the vote. I can’t see Trump doing the same while he is dominating the GOP field.

        As an aside, I think we all know why Trump keeps wearing a baseball cap at his rallies and esp. when outside. If he gets elected, will he wear it when he takes the oath?

  28. ozone August 24, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    “The trouble is that it’s not inconceivable Trump could get elected. Farfetched, perhaps, but not out of the question. The USA is heading for a very rough patch of history — as those of you with your eyes on the stock indexes lately may suspect. The country stands an excellent chance of waking up some morning soon to discover it is broke and broken. When that happens, all the anxiety and animus will be focused on looking for scapegoats, and they are likely to be the wrong ones. World leaders considered Hitler a clown in the early going, too, you know. But the Germans were wild about him. He pushed a lot of the right buttons under the circumstances. Trump is worse than Hitler. And the American people, alas, are now surely a worse lot of ignorant, raging, tattooed slobs than the German people were in 1933. Be very afraid.” —JHK

    Here’s some affirmation of dread possibilities:

    counterpunch.org/2015/08/21/the-plague-of-american-authoritarianism/

    Yes, we can…. follow along in our hymnals; Mr. Kunstler has been sounding the klaxon on this phenomena for many years. It just takes time for conditions and events to coalesce into a moment of ultimate ripeness. Then “the folks” will rally around a belligerent personality ably suited for the purges. (Of course, as JHK avers, it will be the setting of the disenfranchised against one another, instead of their true enemies. Desperate people follow true believers into despicable acts in the misbegotten hope that change and contraction can be annulled for another generation or so.)

    I would opine that a realistic appraisal of the situation helps to mitigate the paralyzing effect of general fear. Sure, fear is a healthy thing, but it must be twinned with purpose and resolve to create forward movement. A willingness to see change as an effective way of dealing with implacable predicaments follows. JHK’s missives have allowed me that perspective, and [in my eyes] he’s correct about the road that the majority have chosen to tread; it’s only a matter of timing that determines when they’ll find their heart’s desire. (Which appears to be gluttony/consumption unto destruction. After all, what other condition have they been carefully taught to cherish and nurture? …Besides a rabid militarism and arrogance, that is.)

    Prepare. Events are coalescing nicely, and no amount of new gadgetry, distractions or entertainments can stop it from happening. It’s also high time that we recognize that cornucopian “hope-iness” is nothing more than a soothing lullaby; urging us to remain asleep and dreaming. That’s dangerous, and its boosters are selling a product that is about to become as vaporous as the assertion of endless exponential growth.

    Ps. Mr. Musk is hard at work on another scam. Transcontinental pneumatic tubes for travel. Sure, let’s waste some more resources and capital! Good idea; maybe Trump can appoint him as Grand Vizier or Head Smartguy That Loves Me, Too.

  29. Q. Shtik August 24, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Trump is a lot of things, but saying he is worse than Hitler is silly. – Vengeur

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

    Agreed. Trump does not have an iota of the intuitive political and military tactical brilliance of Hitler. He also lacks the deep knowledge of history and rhetorical/oratorical brilliance of Hitler. (Jim’s description of Trump’s ever branching non-sentences was great…Trump is an exceptionally poor speaker). If Trump possessed even a tenth of Hitler’s attributes he WOULD be dangerous.

    Trump will peter-out after he has fully milked his two legitimate issues: immigration and political correctness.

    • swmnguy August 24, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      I’d add to Trump’s to-do list the securing of a very lucrative media deal of some sort. That’s what he’s actually very good at.

      • elysianfield August 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

        I never equate a personal fortune with intelligence, or even ability. How many of the readership would be billionaires today if only their father had whispered a few words of wisdom in their ear upon their graduation from university…”Here son, take these several hundred million dollars, and don’t lose it….”

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

      He’s a plain spoken guy who speaks his mind (or so he appears at least). A barbarian. People find that immensely refreshing. So was Bush of course, but he was just a tool and dummy. If Trump is a tool, he’s a much finer one.

      • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

        “A barbarian.”-j.

        On this, we agree. Regimes tend to fall prey to them… on their way out.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

          Or on their way in. A strong nation can survive Barbarians, or even losing and being ruled by them. China and Egypt did many times. A nation can survive anything but loss of blood.

          Black or Brown refugees are far more dangerous than any conquering army.

  30. seawolf77 August 24, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    That Arthur Bremer comment is illegal I think. Or maybe it’s just actual presidents, not presidential candidates. Kind of like saying “BOMB” on a plane.

  31. newworld August 24, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Off the topic of waiting for a mental and emotional defective to cure America’s Trump problem, there is one stock on my board in the green today.

    Climate changers/warmists take heed Soros is bidding up Arch Coal (symbol ACH).

    That is how its done folks, break em, bust em and scoop em up and distribute the loot.

    Now could the oligarchs do this to the country at large? Better call Larry Summers and the other Haaaarvard boys for that answer.

    Why keep America around? Is its military needed? Perhaps. Its debt might be the best thing left after Europe implodes under the latest invasion, hey lets replace Germans with Africans and Arabs, what could go wrong there?

    America’s assets, farmland, mineral wealth but that is rather dispersed in ownership at the present, so my guess is that those asset classes will come under attack soon as people with money try and wrest control of those real assets from the current owners.

  32. volodya August 24, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    What’s scary about the Trump phenom is that this buffoon spouts incoherence and so many people cheer. Are the alternatives to Trump THAT bad? I suppose that to ask the question is to answer it.

    The point is can you imagine someone TALENTED in Trump’s place?

    Seeing as JHK brought up Hitler: I saw a speech by Hitler from the 1930s in English translation where he was ranting about rootless, country-less Jews. Hitler was coherent, organized and well rehearsed. He pointed the finger at Jews without ever saying their name. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand. For all his absurdities Hitler knew how to deliver a message. And then look at what happened to Jews. Now imagine someone with Hitler’s ability talking about illegal immigration.

    And then there’s Trump. Trump has nothing of Hitler’s talent.

    Trump spouts on about how rich he is. As if this qualifies him. Ok, how rich IS he? Does anyone know?

    The guy works in a formerly mob-run business. You’d think that, even with a modicum of business acumen, that this would be a license to print money. Even illiterate Sicilian gangsters made a fortune running gambling operations.

    But somehow, Trump can’t. Trump, for all his education, for all his advantages, fucks up where no-neck goombas succeeded. I mean, Trump has four bankruptcies under his belt. FOUR!

    How is this possible? Any Sicilian boss that ran things that badly would be sleeping with the fishes. No matter, even if Trump is rich, do you want a glorified bookie as Prez? What’s next? A drug dealer?

    Amazing how such a thin reed can get so much support. Having said that, point to anyone in either of the Oligarch owned and run parties that doesn’t make you laugh. Chin-less Jeb or those other worthless pant-shitters?

    Or Hillary, a Secretary of State that didn’t have the sense to use government servers? The pro-Hillary spinners scream that there’s no THERE there. Seriously? Do they think that insulting people’s intelligence helps their cause?

    • russ August 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

      “…What’s next? A drug dealer?…”

      Well, of course in “Idiocracy” the nation got “…One of the most memorable parts of Judge’s bleak look at our increasing stupidity was the man who becomes the President in this future world, former porn star and professional wrestler Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho…”

      I agree with your thoughts – Trump seems to me to be a lot closer to Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho than Hitler.

      Actually, one thing Trump said recently that actually made sense was that he’d start to tax hedge fund managers a lot more because they just get filthy rich pushing paper, and that’s not how you build a nation.

      That may have been said precisely when a broken clock was giving exactly the correct time, but hey.

    • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      “Are the alternatives to Trump THAT bad? I suppose that to ask the question is to answer it.”-v.

      CFN-ers are turning in some nice turns of phrase this morning, and this certainly qualifies.

      “The guy works in a formerly mob-run business. You’d think that, even with a modicum of business acumen, that this would be a license to print money. Even illiterate Sicilian gangsters made a fortune running gambling operations.

      But somehow, Trump can’t. Trump, for all his education, for all his advantages, fucks up where no-neck goombas succeeded. I mean, Trump has four bankruptcies under his belt. FOUR!”-v.

      It looks idiotic but it isn’t. Every one of Trump’s bankruptcies were strategic – meaning that he set them up, looted them, removed himself from the circle of liability before they went CH 11… Just like a mobster “getting the paper” on a legitimate business, looting, then “busting ’em out” … Followed up shortly with “an unfortunate fire” that leaves them with an insurance settlement.

      One of the oldest tricks in the playbook.

      If Trump wins, America’s “got a date Wednesday, baby! Whoooh!” (to quote The Big Lebowski).

  33. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Q. Shtik said: Welcome back.

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

    Thanks, Q. Occasionally, I take a sabbatical to the desert to replenish my psychical reserves. I often travel there on a horse with no name and return in a Mustang.

    Newworld believes I’m trying to insight political violence with my comments about Trump. I am doing no such thing. I love Trump. This guy’s the greatest thing to hit the political establishment since Huey Long or sliced comb-overs, whichever came last.

    I would like Trump to be president because I want to see Carl Icahn dressed in a Kimono eating Sushi in Japan after touring Fukushima to scope out plans for a new casino.

    There is no need for political satirists so long as there is Donald Trump running for president. He’s a satire and a satirist. He’s got it covered. And he’ll be great on women’s health issues. Just ask his foxy wife.

    Plus, the guy looks great with a ball cap and suit jacket combination wardrobe — right at home amidst the high-fructose infused cornpone that is his base.

    • newworld August 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      Hey Cold have you ever looked at the D party base? The D party is not a bunch of Professors swapping snobby sounding contentless rhetorical talking points.

      One time I was at the fancy hotel in Springfield, Illinois at the same time the Chicago public school’s teachers union was holding court and let me tell you its activist class is basically fat white women rushing about in that classis busy body way, hey more pay more sugar treats.

      But seriously let us look at the D party voting base, BLM – racists, public employees unions, wow just wow they will take the ship down with them, and the hapless millenials who want free stuff, good luck with that.

      Moral superiority has left the house.

      • Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

        You’re preaching to the choir. I know all that. I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Conservative. I’m not a Liberal. I am nothing. There is no me. I am not ideological and I have no political or spiritual affiliation. I’m as unhooked as you can be from mainstream manipulation and waiting anxiously with bated breath for the collapse that seems reluctant to come.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

          In other words, you are a Libertarian and there is no morality but greed.

    • Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      Yes, I know, it’s incite, not insight.

      • sprawlcapital August 25, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

        My wife says typing on a keyboard is so 20th Century. The future will be all speech recognition and those pukey touch screens. Forget about cursive handwriting. Of course, I disagree. (You think pukey is a gay word? I don’t.)

    • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

      “I would like Trump to be president because I want to see Carl Icahn dressed in a Kimono eating Sushi in Japan after touring Fukushima to scope out plans for a new casino.”-c n h.

      This is actually witty. The desert air must’ve been good to you.

      Cheers!

  34. volodya August 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Talking about worthless pant-shitters, looks like a whole lot of two-bit stock hustlers are filling theirs. Can anyone say “margin call”?

    Oh, I forgot, the Fed-run plunge protection racket. Not to mention the Fed’s own distended balance sheet… How long before that aneurysm finally blows? But, for now, I’ll bet the telephone lines from Manhattan to Grandma Yellen are glowing red-hot: save us, save us.

    • newworld August 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

      FED by law for what that is worth can only take in US govt debt, so a QE program could theoretically liquefy the markets to some extent.

      But I think QE can only work for a bank is if its treasury debt paper has accumulated in price otherwise its a low margin exercise. Because the primary dealers have to go back to the next auction with money to buy the next issue and that money cannot go into stocks. Maybe someone smarter can explain that daisy chain better.

    • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      When the tide goes out, we find out who’s been swimming naked…

      [to paraphrase Mr. Bufett]

      Cheers!

  35. pequiste August 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    Worse than Hitler?
    C’mon JIm, that one doesn’t even hit the paper on the target.
    Donald Trump seems to the (antithesis) approximate of Nikita Khrushchev, a product of that particularly brutal 20th century experiment namely the Soviet Union.
    A man so full of himself – a narcissist with delusions of grandeur (plus the nukes and resources of a burgeoning global superpower) determined to have his way.
    Niki pushed the world to the brink during the Cuban Missile Crisis and famously pounded his shoe on the speakers podium of the United Nations while telling us in the West: “…we will bury you!”
    He too liked walls – please consider his approval for the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
    The Donald is a not-so-unique product of that particularly pernicious and profligate system: late stage Hyper-Capitalism.
    A man so full of himself – with delusions of grandeur (plus the resourses of a world wide real estate and media empire) determined to have his way.
    The Donald pushed Atlantic City to the brink with the construction of casinos (that machine that proves there is a sucker born every minute and that the house always wins.)
    He famously called Rosie O’Donnel a fat ugly cow – or something like that and still is hasn’t had his New York City citizenship revoked.
    He also advocates a wall along the southern border of the U.S.A. that maybe even Nikita would approve of.
    The Politburo (with the assistance of the military) eventually had Niki removed to a dach retirement.
    The Wirepullers will have Trump /silenced/removed if he doesn’t play their game.

  36. Beryl of Oyl August 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    To get off of Trump a little bit, that part about “something for nothing” caught my eye.
    I used to watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS from time to time. I saw it change from a show about history into a show about money. Something about the antiques and ‘collectibles’ business had been increasingly bothering me, especially since the arrival of the Internets.
    I realized what it was, was the underlying immoral (to me, anyway) mentality of “something for nothing” and putting something over on the unsuspecting.
    There’s the same mentality to those ‘house flipper’ tv shows.

    • vengeur August 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

      Beryl, I quit watching Antiques Road show for the same reason. The “Win the Jackpot” aspect became tiresome. The other thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the ” My Aunt passed away and left me THIS. How much is it worth?”

  37. Beryl of Oyl August 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    I like the third paragraph, about Trump. That’s how I feel.
    So far, I don’t see the tattooed slob crowd supporting him, or anybody. I think they would tend to be part of the reason the last election saw such a low turnout, they no longer believe in anything.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

      Look at a field after a Tea Party rally: there wont be a single piece of paper or trash left on the ground. Compare that with any Leftist or “green” event.

  38. gcharest August 24, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    ” One infers she means that sending them back where they came from equals mistreatment. ”

    One might infer instead that she is referring to imprisoning them indefinitely without access to legal representation, denying them necessary medical care and generally treating them like animals. All of which is pretty well documented.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      Yes they have the same rights as prisoners of war under the Geneva Convention. They certainly don’t have the right to get driver’s licenses, to vote, or even to become City Councilmen.

    • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      “One might infer instead that she is referring to imprisoning them indefinitely without access to legal representation, denying them necessary medical care and generally treating them like animals. All of which is pretty well documented.”-gch.

      Well said. There’s this crazy idea afoot amongst the less worldly that letting failed-state refugees stick around is doing them some huge favor, or that we’ll have much to offer for much longer – and that’s without factoring in detention.

  39. Hands4u August 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Trump is a rich spoiler only interested in being loved. This is as pathological as Hitler or any other “leader” that is blinded by their own insecurities. He’ll continue to buy love until no one else can afford his isolated, insulative and insulting perception of the world.

  40. capt spaulding August 24, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Trump and Sanders are two opposites of the political spectrum, but what they have in common is that they are both outsiders. I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m ready to vote for anyone who is an outsider. Of course if someone like that pops up, the oligarchs will try to buy them or break them. Is this a groundswell of disgust from the right wing AND the left wing? I’d like to think so, but time will tell.

  41. malthuss August 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    ‘I daresay that legalized gambling has had a possibly worse effect on American life the past three decades than illegal immigration.’

    Nonsense. Immigrants, both kinds, kill. Murder and vehicular s.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      Quite right. There is no literally no other issue until this one is solved. America’s house is on fire.

      On Trump says, the Wall will cost peanuts compared to the money we will save. Imagine those forty million parasites gone. The money saved, the money not sent back to Mexico but spent here, and of course, the millions of jobs opened up.

      What the hell is wrong with people that they don’t see this? Mass immigration is a war against the worker.

      • malthuss August 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

        ‘Boys should be raised to fight.’

        Black girls and boys fight. Yet you find them dangerous.

        • Q. Shtik August 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

          ‘Boys should be raised to fight.’

          Black girls and boys fight. Yet you find them dangerous. -Malthuss

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

          A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

          That’s why we have to learn to fight – because they have. We always must be ready for the enemy be it Blacks, floods, fires, Mexicans, Evil Whites or our own death.

  42. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    It’s no secret that Arthur Bremer and John Hinckley Jr. are best friends now. They’re bowling buddies and golf partners and they both get together on Saturday evenings and watch Jodie Foster movies on Arthur’s leather couch and discuss Catcher In The Rye afterwards and how it’s the meaning of life. Their favorite Jodie Foster part is Clarice in The Silence of the Comb-Over.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      When Hannibal says Clarice it sound so gay. Hinc is a good man now. That was then, this is now. Time to forgive maybe. As you indicate, he’s so over Jodie Foster as a teen prostitute. He likes her as an agent now.

  43. liquid lennny August 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    “Be very afraid”
    Not exactly my preferred mindset, concerned maybe, but not afraid. However, when looking at the current political landscape I think America will soon get the leader it so richly deserves. Hitler will be marginalized in the history books when compared to what is forthcoming on our event horizon.
    You know I do think the baseball cap is a good look for the Donald. I hope on his first day in office he issues a proclamation that everyone wear one.
    L.L.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      But those who love him will sport Donald wigs too. Each morning Don will appear on TV to show us which baseball cap to wear that day. People who just wear a general Donald cap will be seen as the outer party. The correct cap will enter our consciousness and language as well.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

        And at the end of the day, Don will appear on TV without the cap. There’ll be a montage of Trump buildings ending with him watching the sun set over Trump Towers. Maybe on special days he’ll say a few words about the issues of the day. What time? Oh, maybe midnight? We don’t want people staying up too late anymore. We can push it back a bit on Fridays and Saturdays.

        Yes, like the Great Leader in Woody Allen’s Sleeper. Anyone got a problem with that? Check yourself.

  44. Piper Michael August 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Wonderful musings this morning James.

    Having sat and listened to The Donald, I can only agree with the statement that he has a completely disconnected style of rhetoric, inchoate, incomplete sentences, but, very high energy. In fact, this is what is needed in politics, the ability to stir up the mundanes. Unfortunately, he is LIKABLE, and he is right…

    In this, we have;

    The LAST TRUMP.

    For America…
    🙂

    • seawolf77 August 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      Trump is our “trump card” ???

  45. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    “when compared to what is forthcoming on our event horizon.”

    ======

    I heard a news report from the future on those events. Briefly it went like this: 2016, Trump elected. 2017-2018, economic collapse, Trump impeached, and vice president Cruz takes over the presidency.

    • messianicdruid August 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      The collapse will be 3/4 complete before 2016.

  46. someonetakethewheel August 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Trump is a clown but is serving to blow up political correctness, something the electorate is ready for. He won’t be elected or nominated but he may open the door for more intellectual and vicious candidates. He is also helping destroy Hillary and advance Bernie, so that’s a good thing.

    There is always great attention paid to who the next Puppet-in-Chief will be, not so much to the very expensive propaganda that puts them there. To whose benefit is mass immigration, lower wages and war? To the Corporations and their 1% owners.

  47. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    If I voted, but I don’t, I would vote for the candidate with the most beautiful potential First Spouse. No, that wouldn’t be Hillary or Carly, but no doubt it would be for the manslaughtering athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner, it would be The Donald. His wife Bolognia is drop-dead gorgeous. I’d like to see her do a Playboy spread in the White House if Trump gets elected, or even if he doesn’t get elected.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      No doubt her breasts are as firm as bricks. Don likes ’em hard.

  48. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    The only statistic that matters. Polls and “Your Vote” don’t determine the winner. Money does. Smarten up or don’t play dumb.

    Go Jeb!

    nytimes.com/interactive/2016/us/elections/election-2016-campaign-money-race.html

  49. Walter B August 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    I cannot believe that Mr. Kunstler has actually come out and railed against that great American pastime of Gambling, or Getting Rich Quick, or Achieving Something by Doing Nothing, wow. The last time I heard such words was 50 years ago, spoken by my father as he extolled the value of applying yourself and working hard to get ahead. I am glad he did as I am tickled that you would do so too JHK. It is a lifestyle long ago abandoned by the nation’s leadership and unfortunately has trickled down to the actual class of individual that are still required to do exactly this – work hard to keep it all going. Perhaps I am too old and cynical to hope that this death spiral that American society is on can be righted and kept aloft anymore, but when the job of LEADER is advertised to be filled and the rules are that Circus Clowns Only Need Apply, well how much hope can one maintain?

    • MisterDarling August 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      “I cannot believe that Mr. Kunstler has actually come out and railed against that great American pastime of Gambling, or Getting Rich Quick, or Achieving Something by Doing Nothing, wow.”-walter.

      That’s crazy isn’t it? J H K is really going out on a limb with that one. What’s he going to say next?

      /s

      On the other hand, the American Endeavor started as a get-rich-quick scheme, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this is the way it goes to pot.

      Cheers Walter!

      • russ August 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

        I was about to say something profound, such as ‘why on Earth are we paying so much attention to the question of who is going to be the next President’, when the important thing we should be seeking in a republic is how seriously are the people contemplating the major issues of the day, and that their expression of what is to be done ought to show itself in Congressional elections, etc.

        Then I read Walter B’s comment about “…but when the job of LEADER is advertised to be filled and the rules are that Circus Clowns Only Need Apply…”, and MisterDarling’s comment about “…the American Endeavor started as a get-rich-quick scheme, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this is the way it goes to pot…”

        and I thought ‘yeah, right – the Presidential election these days is kind of a strange step-child of the Miss America contest, except it is for older and very wealthy folks’.

        So, the only thing to do other than vote for candidates from third, fourth, and fifth political parties is to gather around the drain, watch the water circle, and listen to the gurgle, gurgle,
        gurgle…

        Come to think of it, watching a video of a drain doing that seems like an excellent replacement for the usual State of the Union blather.

      • Walter B August 24, 2015 at 11:49 pm #

        I can appreciate your point, but I have always preferred to view it from the aspect of a lard ass royal scumbag taxing those who make it without doing much to deserve taking it myself.

  50. Buck Stud August 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    “Wolverine that lives on top of his head” (reference to Trump) and “a haircut in search of a brain” (reference to John Kerry)–me thinks Mr. Kunstler is suffering from some hair envy.

    • Walter B August 24, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

      Perhaps, but take it from an old man with a thick crop of grey stuff on top, it is far worse to have hair as bad as those two clowns have than to have little or none.

  51. BackRowHeckler August 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    The Dems have their own Brownshirts; they’re called planned parenthood, running a T4 program that ships severed heads of unborn infants around the country in UPS trucks, while paying themselves generous salaries from the half billion $$ government stipend they receive each year from the govt. What, you think these ladies are driving around in Fords and Buicks? Hell no! Nothing but BMWs, Benzes, and Audis for these lovers of humanity, the best!

    brh

  52. BackRowHeckler August 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Macedonia relented and took down the gates, allowing tens of thousands of Muslim migrants free passage thru their country, all of them headed to Germany, Holland and Sweden.

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Such weakness. We need another Charles Martel – a Trump of Trumps.

      • malthuss August 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

        took down the gates, allowing tens of thousands of Muslim migrants-

        OPEN THE FLOODGATE?
        The 10,000+ is a drop from the floods bucket.

  53. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    “The only statistic that matters. Polls and “Your Vote” don’t determine the winner. Money does.” — Cold

    Money? You have a lot of good company who believe that. All of them incorrectly forecast the winner in 2012.

    ”I am now predicting a 330 vote electoral landslide.” –Larry Kudlow (Oct. 25, 2012)

    “Mitt Romney will carry Ohio and be swept into office by a comfortable margin.” –Joe Scarborough (2012)

    “My prediction: Sometime after the cock crows on the morning of Nov. 7, Mitt Romney will be declared America’s 45th president. Let’s call it 51%-48%, with Mr. Romney carrying at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more.” — Karl Rove

    “A huge Romney Election Day, predicting a 321-217 landslide that includes nearly every swing state including Minnesota.” –George Will

    “Electorally it won’t even be that close. Romney will win many states that went to Obama in 2008. I predict a Romney victory by 100 to 120 electoral votes.” –Las Vegas oddsmaker Wayne Allen Root

    ————————

    There are lots more of the same vein. All of them were wrong. Pundit after pundit thought money mattered and the millionaire candidate would win in 2012.

    It is not the one with the most money who wins. It is usually the one with the most electoral votes who wins, if the popular vote is counted.

    Jeb is a no-go. Worse candidate than W.

  54. liquid lennny August 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    My reports from the future has the following; 2019 – Trump has U.S. file bankruptcy, 2020 – Fed seeks bridge loan from Argentina to buy more hats… Cruz takes over as a creepy Mr. Rodgers show on PBS.

    If only we could be so fortunate…

    • vengeur August 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

      And Barack Obama comes out of the closet AND converts to Islam.

      • liquid lennny August 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

        OK, maybe this is a rhetorical question, but if we already know someone is in the closet does it really matter if they “come out”?

        And what Islam is B.O. converting to? The good Islam or the bad, scary, Darth Vader, terrorist, black dressed, C.I.A., Islam? There is a difference you know.

        Everyone, we need more “Made in America” hats…vote for the Donald !!!

        Is it me or does anyone else think it seems like we’re all living in some stupid reality TV show? W.T.F.

  55. lateStarter August 24, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    Looks like the PPT headed out to lunch after ‘mission accomplished’ and forgot to come back and check if another round was needed. Perhaps a 5k dump would get and hold their attention.

    • lateStarter August 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Never mind. Looks like they got back in time to give it another shot. If CHina drops another 8% tomorrow, can we expect a repeat performance?

  56. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    In 2012, BHO received the most political contributions and he was the winner. Follow The Money. Jeb is way out in front and his “War Chest” is growing rapidly, and there’s still over a year until the election. At this rate, Jeb could raise $1.5 billion. FYI, I’m not saying I want Jeb to be the next president, I’m saying he is the next president. There’s a difference. If it was my choice, an eggplant should be the next president — I truly believe it would do less damage.

    elections.nytimes.com/2012/campaign-finance

    • Walter B August 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

      An eggplant? Wow I had not considered that but it is a good and logical choice and far better than we have had since they gunned down Jack. If the trend is your friend then your assessment of Jeb’s odds of winning are absolute as there is no case, at least that I have ever heard o,f where the sellout that spent the most amount of cash did not win, and the Bush Crime Family has limitless pockets and limitless cash draw. May as well just hand it to idiot number 3 now.

    • lateStarter August 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

      I hear you CNH. At this point, I would actually propose a lottery system. Anyone who qualifies can register. Powerball would determine the VP. How much worse could a bus driver from Biloxi do? He or she might actually have some common sense. Plus, it would remove the money from the process.

  57. Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Trump is very intelligent. The polished always underestimate barbarians. I used to debate with a friend about the N.Y Times. To him it was the standard of culture. I told him it was just well polished lies.

    Of course one could be polished and intelligent and truthful as well. That’s high culture. But the intelligent and polished tend to get weak and/or corrupt over time – and push Truth and the truthful out. Trump is here to rebalance things. If he was polished, he would have more trouble with these people. As it is, he just blows them over. Mr Kunstler is right: it wont work with everyone though and trying to make it work could lead to tragedy.

    Boys should be raised to fight. Then if they’re polishable, polish away. Instead the fighting stage is skipped, and all kinds of silly idealisms encouraged. And of course being a traitor a la Howard Zinn. All this must change. The young need myths. If they’re smart, they can learn the actual truth later – after the myths have formed their character. For most people, the truth just becomes the basis for horrible myths. That’s what’s happened to the so call left. Millions of women believe in “the burning times” when millions of good, righteous pagans (mostly women) were burned alive by the Church. It never happened.

    So since people are going to mythologize anyway, and most people are never going to get beyond that stage – give them good myths that promote human well being and societal strength. Thus Plato was appalled at the cupidity of the Greek Gods and desired to change the stories, making them more like the Egyptian pantheon. In other words, Plato didn’t believe in the gods but knew people needed them.

    • wayfarer August 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      Intelligent but no ‘balls’!

  58. Peecan August 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Great post today JHK!

    Trump’s buffoonery is somewhat analogous to the hilarious Al Czervik character in Caddyshack played by Rodney Dangerfield.

    • vengeur August 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      I’m beginning to understand now . Trump is both Rodney Dangerfield and Darth Vader. Brilliant. Everything and everybody can be understood using Hollywood movie analogies.

  59. Kevvia Knack August 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    “Be very afraid”? I don’t think that’s the mood of the country. I think people are tired of being “afraid”, “depressed”, and “frustrated”. I think people are getting “pissed”. We’re already half way through this decade and absolutely nothing of historical import has happened in the U.S. in this decade. Nothing. Think about it. This is the most boring decade I’ve lived through. The statis is very odd. Something major has got to be in store for us. Assassination, Assassination Attempt, Stock Market Crash and Severe Economic Downturn, Huge Terrorist Attack, Severe Recession, California Earthquake, California Drought Worsening. Disastrous 2016 Presidential Election Outcome. The tension is absurd.

  60. wayfarer August 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I can’t take trump seriously, like a vaudeville warm up act.

    What scares the bejesus out of me is the combination of extinction, global warming, population growth, and growing carbon fuel scracity. Just finished reading ‘The Sixth Extinction’. It got the Pulitzer for non-fiction 2015.

    I won’t waste time arguing with loud mouthed, uneducated idiots about this subject. However, anybody who is well read and willing to site their ‘scientific sources’, then I would love discussing this with them.

    Extinction, warming, population growth, and increasing carbon energy supply is setting us up for a hell of a ride.

    We used to always settle overpopulation and resource scarcity with war but war is a hell of an energy consumer!

    • vengeur August 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      How the hell can you even talk about a “warm up act” when the world is roasting from global warming. Goddam insensitive!

    • russ August 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

      Add to your list the ideological faith – because it sure isn’t supported by any facts – in the ‘we must have increasing GNP, at all costs’; we must always expect to have infinite growth on a very finite planet.

      The increasing GNP, by the way, is just another wealth pump the wealthy use to steal from from the less well-to-do classes.

      The sad thing is all the Rs and all the Ds believe that – hence voting for them is folly. Only the Greens think otherwise.

      We’ve known for 50-60 years that the curtain would fall on the Industrial Civilization Extravaganza sideshow. We’ve done nothing.

      But let us not worry – Mother Nature will soon step in and settle the questions of overpopulation and resource scarcity for us.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      Only some Whites care about the Earth – and they typically don’t care about their race. So the Whites who care about the White Race have to save those other ones, so they can save the Earth – which includes the White Race. We are an endangered species after all.

  61. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Check the figures on the 2012 election, Cold:

    $423,568,154 BLUE TEAM (Democratic Party + Priorities USA Action Super PAC)

    $804,815,645 RED TEAM (Republican Party + Restore Our Future Super PAC)

    ROMNEY SPENT THE MOST MONEY. HE LOST. Don’t follow the money. It is not always a good indicator..

    The same applies for congressional spending, especially in contested races.

    “In fact, the candidate spending less wins almost 40 percent of these highly contested races.”

    opensecrets.org/news/2012/01/big-spender-always-wins/

  62. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    If I had a choice for the next president, here it is. A much more stylish comb-over than The Donal, you must admit.

    c2.staticflickr.com/4/3695/9989765573_b457b89f4a.jpg

    The candidate who “raises” the most money. wpa–ccc’s link stats don’t reconcile with the NYTimes link stats. Imagine that. Most money raised is the indicator. How much you spent is meaningless. The money raised is the vote of the Elite. Of course, they play both sides for great Kabuki effect, but the winner is decided well in advance. It’s Jeb’s turn. Just accept it wpa. It’ll help lower your blood pressure.

  63. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    We used to always settle overpopulation and resource scarcity with war but war is a hell of an energy consumer!

    “The US Air Force (USAF) is the single largest consumer of jet fuel in the world. Fathom, if you can, the astronomical fuel usage of USAF fighter planes: the F-4 Phantom Fighter burns more than 1,600 gallons of jet fuel per hour and peaks at 14,400 gallons per hour at supersonic speeds. The B-52 Stratocruiser, with eight jet engines, guzzles 500 gallons per minute; ten minutes of flight uses as much fuel as the average driver does in one year of driving! A quarter of the world’s jet fuel feeds the USAF fleet of flying killing machines; in 2006, they consumed as much fuel as US planes did during the Second World War (1941-1945) — an astounding 2.6 billion gallons.”

    climateandcapitalism.com/2015/02/08/pentagon-pollution-7-military-assault-global-climate/

  64. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    wpa–ccc’s link stats don’t reconcile with the NYTimes link stats. –Cold

    Money spent counts, not money raised. Duh. The NYTimes says the money spent by Romney exceeded the money spent by Obama… but Obama won anyway.

    elections.nytimes.com/2012/campaign-finance

    • Walter B August 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

      This and the post below it are yet more evidence to the fact that there NO truth, there is only spin and perception. We, as a people have finally destroyed truth, which leaves the only other thing we all have and do not need to see the other guy’s do we?

  65. Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    Here’s another link from HuffPo that contradicts wpa’s link. It’s ironic, because the article mentions that the BHO campaign sent out a scare-tactic email to its donors that it would be outspent by the Romney campaign in order to garner more donations — and it worked — they garnered many more donations they wouldn’t have.

    Money spent doesn’t buy votes. Money raised equals votes — the votes of the Elite. The candidates are then required to spend the money on firms and consultants owned and run by the Elite and once in office the newly appointed Puppet-In-Chief for the Elite must sponsor any and all legislation the Elite requires, e.g. The ACA at the behest of shareholders who own the Health Insurance Companies.

    huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/obama-fundraising-campaign_n_2257283.html

  66. wholy1 August 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Those “Merikaan Majority Mushrooms”! CHOOSING to remain vegetating on the “Lame Dream Tedia’s” dis-info dung in the dark!
    Instead of “Be[ing] very afraid”, perhaps One should “be very PREPARED” with unencumbered, arable, rural GROUND, GROUPed together with GUNS so One can deliver hot lead to the unprepared, desperate urban Zombies that come calling to raid, rape and kill.

  67. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    “The Trump Tower that is Trump’s crown jewel and symbol of his wealth continues to stand on ground cleared by 200 undocumented Polish workers who labored off the books, 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for no more than $5 an hour with no overtime.”

    It appears Trump had no problem hiring undocumented immigrants…

    thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/08/trump-tower-was-built-on-undocumented-immigrants-backs.html

  68. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    “Money spent doesn’t buy votes. Money raised equals votes…” –Cold

    Barack Hussein Obama defeated Romney on all counts: Obama raised more money than Romney, spent money more conservatively than Romney, and still got the votes needed to win. In the end, it was the electoral votes that counted, not the money. Obama was fiscally responsible, did not go into debt, and did not need to spend all the money he raised in order to defeat Romney. The Black candidate was obviously the more intelligent one when it came to money management… in his presidential re-election campaign.

    • Cold N. Holefield August 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      You’re a machine. Trump isn’t Worse Than Hitler – you are. Have it your way. Who cares, anyway? Not me. Not anymore.

      Go Jeb!

  69. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    “Who cares, anyway? Not me. Not anymore.” –Cold

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

    That’s the right attitude! My underground ACORN group is registering voters like crazy. You, of course, need not bother to vote. And thanks for the concern about my blood pressure… it’s just fine.

  70. Alpine August 24, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    Hitler was a great man and a savior of the German people.

    Everybody is worse than him.

    • Smoky Joe August 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

      Only problem with you Nazis: Not enough of you to get in one place for a good area-bombing. Please hold a rally.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

        What a monster you are. As if Germany doesn’t have the right to exist. Or the White Race either.

  71. Frankiti August 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    I am supposing that the statement “worse than Hitler” is within the context that Trump is considered to be a buffoon, or clown, by more people and with more severity than the nascent Hitler was by the Germans. Otherwise, that throw-away comment is completely absurd. I’ll be so presumptuous to say that it probably goes without saying… but alas, we have people here seriously arguing that Trump is worse than the totally realized Hitler. Have people lost their minds?

  72. BackRowHeckler August 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Wow! these market losses are truly monumental.

    Question for CFN.

    With the elections so far off into the future, over 14 months, who cares about it now anyway? The world could turn over a half dozen times between now and then. Any number of things could happen, with all these existential threats swirling around us, it might not even matter who the president is. The President could end up like the NY Governor in ‘World Made by Hand’, sitting at his desk in Washington, .45 Colt in hand, not much to do as the country smolders outside the White House fence, ready to shoot any intruders and interlopers.

    brh

    • Smoky Joe August 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

      I do love that scene with the Lieutenant Governor. I read it as a civil servant upholding the old rituals just because they once meant something.

      In the blasted city of Delaney’s novel Dhalgren, one character pretends to go to work every day. I think he was an engineer. He sits in an empty office in a ruined building. I just loved that image, and I’m glad JHK did something similar in his novel.

      Some of us would really yearn for the old order if it vanished, and we’d play pretend as long as we could. I sure would. It’s been a good ride.

      A President would not be alone at his desk. He’d have some badass military or Secret Service folks with their weapons, protecting the White House and hoping for whatever pickings that might drop from the table when a New Order emerged from the wreckage.

  73. Smoky Joe August 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    Hey, Jim! How’s about that market correction today? I keep telling folks that, to use your term, “money is notional.”

    Now maybe they’ll understand it. I do hope that Trump lost a lot today and on Friday.

  74. Frankiti August 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    “And the American people, alas, are now surely a worse lot of ignorant, raging, tattooed slobs than the German people were in 1933. ”

    This comment, on the other hand, is completely reasonable. Today’s ‘murica has embraced all forms of decadence like none other. From gluttony to self-exhibitionism, hedonism, wastefulness, violence, egocentrism, and incorrigible ignorance… there are no more boundaries. Occasionally we se glimmers of that supposed exceptionalism, like the 4 young men on that Paris bound train. They claim they were not thinking, they simply acted. Perhaps this is the consciousness that Buddhists believe the most enlightened. Be real.

  75. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    “He’d have some badass military or Secret Service folks with their weapons, protecting the White House…” — smokey joe

    Post-collapse, no electronic transfer of funds, no funds at all, no supply chain for ammunition, and the country is broke-ass bankrupt… how many secret service and military do you think will stick around when nobody is saying “thank you for your service” and there is no status or pay involved in being there? I would wager most are mercenary enough to prefer to be protecting their own property and families, not putting their lives on the line for the president without receiving pay.

  76. saharasergei August 24, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    Trump is causing so much mischief in the GOP that when the smoke clears from the presidential nomination fight, no one will be able to tell . . . who won. 😀

  77. Q. Shtik August 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Fathom, if you can, the astronomical fuel usage of USAF fighter planes: the F-4 Phantom Fighter and the B-52 Stratocruiser…

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

    Yeah, but when you calculate the potential “kills” per gallon it doesn’t seem all that profligate. ;o)

  78. Civility118 August 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Sorry for the long comment, but there is one idea that doesn’t fit into Donald Trump’s overall pattern of logic. He says he wants to deport 11 million “illegal aliens” and “the good ones can come back.” He bases his desire to do this primarily on violent crime within a small portion of the population which he paints as Mexicans, followed by the argument that they take jobs and other resources that Americans should have.

    Trump has enough logic in other areas to know you don’t throw out a barrel of apples, and afterwards, put the good one back in. In the case of 11 million “apples”, the manpower to do this would not be COST EFFECTIVE, particularly since law enforcement systems can easily identify the rotten ones and remove those, which is probably less than 5%.

    He additionally wants to change the 14th Amendment and revoke citizenship of anchor babies, and paints an untrue picture that they’re entirely made up of Mexicans (and by loose association, Latinos). He also wants to restructure banking so they can’t send money home to whatever struggling family they have there which will cause unimaginable suffering in other countries. Considering how the world is interdependent what happens in one place affects another, I anticipate unforeseen blowback here.

    So he’s scapegoating Mexicans, but they’re hardly the only fruit in the barrel. He appeals to fear and stirs up feelings of racial insecurity and prejudice among whites and non-whites.

    Should he succeed, his plan will create TERRORISM in this country. This is because when you take away everything a group of people have, and threaten to put them on a bus or a train to a destination where they have no idea what will happen and may no longer have ties of family or even language to that place, a segment of this group will fight back. There’s no shortage of white men with guns to volunteer for the job, and their fingers will be on the trigger and they won’t be nice about it. This country is flooded with guns, and there will be Latino resistance groups and lone wolves who will use them. This will cause law enforcement and decent whites to become even more fearful. Trump’s plan will create (and already has to a degree) deeper feelings of tribalism, xenophobia, and isolation from each other, ironically to fight over the right to live in a land that was home to Native Americans but ended for them in genocide, poverty, and more than one Trail of Tears.

    Since Trump a businessman, none of this “us vs. them” thinking is logical because it’s not cost effective. The thing is, he could easily win over many Latinos, blacks, and other groups if he only focused on deporting felons and just stopping the flow of new illegal aliens. I can only deduce that under his brilliant businessman veneer is a very dangerous white supremacist.

    “Be very afraid.”

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

      Well said. Violence is coming one way or another. The only question is Who wins? America of We the White People or some kind of Corporate Slave Farm, a Brazil North. There are other options too: some of the Mexicans want their own country in the Southwest. Not having a loyal bone in your body, I imagine this is what you would choose. I mean you certainly don’t belong with us in any case.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

      We founded America so WE are the Native Americans. The Indians were just living here. We took it from them for our own People and Culture. If you don’t like it, maybe you could go back to Europe. Of course your spiritual brethren are giving that away to Native Muslims. Maybe you could apply for membership in an Indian Tribe. I wish I could watch them give you the bum rush.

      Amazing. This guy talks as if the Indians were a big country – an America without Whites and not hundreds of tribes fighting each other for land and resources.

      • Q. Shtik August 24, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

        And besides, we needed “lebensraum.”

        • malthuss August 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

          Camden, or ‘Cam dont’,

          I stumbled on a photo essay of Camden NJ recently on / www. Camden / was never paradise on earth, not in the 1930’s or the 1950’s, although it was home to RCA Victor at one point. But it was a good place, supporting many lives in happiness and peace. It was a working class city, White working class.

          The houses were modest, although with building flourishes that you will not find today. You will not find those details because the men who did that kind of work are dead many years now.

          But the photos show a city that looks like it was bombed. And it was bombed. It was bombed by the neutron bomb known as the negro. They fix nothing, they contribute nothing. They have no creativity nor any sense of beauty and order. Order itself is antithetical to the negro. They thrive on disorder, chaos and decay, along with a constant background of violence and corruption.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 12:09 am #

            You are growing. You are my student, Anakin, destined to surpass me and become the Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader.

      • Lonely Traveler August 26, 2015 at 8:40 am #

        I can’t wait to see what you will say when the next horde takes “our” country from us for their own People and Culture. Who will commit genocide on us? The Chinese? The Russians? Space aliens? It will be fun to watch people like you herded off to reservations.

    • Cavepainter August 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Illegal aliens have citizenship in the nation of origin, entitling spouse and children to citizenship as well. Why then is the US citizenry being admonished to allow illegal aliens pathway to citizenship based on argument that family has been established here? Why not return back to the illegal alien the responsibility for family and children rather than holding the US citizenry blameful for divided families resulting from deportation of the illegal alien?

      Why instead is the citizenry of the US expected to continue to act as proxy parents to the children of illegal aliens, continuing to support with tax money all the services and benefits those children use up, exhausting budgets legislated by congress on behalf of the citizenry and intended for the exclusive benefit of the citizenry?

      AGAIN, why exempt the illegal alien from responsibility to counsel spouse and children through assimilation in nation of origin rather than put the burden on the US taxpayer to assimilate them here?

      Why,…. instead of being allowed to demand legitimacy as a political force in the US illegal aliens aren’t summarily expelled, having all properties accumulated in this country confiscated for reparation of advantage they’ve thefted from the US citizenry, netting immeasurably more than prospect in nation of origin?

      Why is the US citizenry urged to allow illegal aliens pathway to US citizenship, conferring upon them advantage of dual citizenship not possessed by most US citizens?

      Why rather than being urged to concede more to illegal alien demand for acceptance the US citizenry aren’t urged to counter with demand for (1) recognition of US citizens’ tolerance during the illegal aliens’ violation of our national sovereignty (2) Executive ultimatum that all illegal aliens be expulsed immediately?

      Oh, I know why according to the meme of the Liberal Left: Our national sovereignty and framework for representational democracy is immoral, so taking that “moral” argument to its logical conclusion we should fund transport of all foreigners who believe they might advantage from being here but don’t have the convenience of just illegally crossing our border.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

        Yes the Italian navy picked up 4000 illegals Africans the other day. They went all the way to Libya. All the Africans have to do now is paddle out in an inflatable. Soon they’ve be flying them in first class by the millions.

        • BackRowHeckler August 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

          Why not? We fly our illegals here in the USA around 1st class; why should Europe be any different.

          Who’s laughing at Jean Raispail now?

          Odd when i see news reports on the hundreds of thousands of 3rd worlders moving toward Europe, ‘The Camp of the Saints’ is never mentioned. (as on PBS tonite). Its one of those books elitist lefties don’t like to talk about.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 12:28 am #

            european-society-coudenhove-kalergi.org/Europ_Briefe_Archiv/51.pdf

            Until you know about the Kalergi Plan, you wont understand WHY what is happening is happening. Or are things only real to you when they appear in popular forums? If that’s you stance, you will forever abide in darkness.

      • BackRowHeckler August 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

        Indeed Cavepainter, how do we owe illegals a goddam thing?

        brh

  79. Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    Trump is not a fragile ego. He’s thinks he’s great and wants everyone else to know it. This kind of Freudian reversal is only true for people at a higher level – people who know that they aren’t winners or that even if they were, so what. They desperately resist such awareness and postulate the opposite – and try to get others to believe too.

    There’s no to be or not to be in Trump. What are you going to say to him – that he’s a loser? Didn’t make billions? He’s proud and by his lights, has every right to be. Or Hitler: That he wasn’t a great man? Didn’t take over Germany? Didn’t want to save Germany from Communism? He was and he did.

    Trump doesn’t know about the three marks of existence: anatta, annica, and dukkah – no self, everything is temporary, and all experience is suffering. He thinks life is great and if you don’t, you’re a loser. The baseball cap says “Let’s roll” or in other words, take down Putin and bomb Iran back into the stone age. Hopefully he seals up the border before he does these other wonderful things.

  80. wpa--ccc August 24, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    “Yeah, but when you calculate the potential “kills” per gallon it doesn’t seem all that profligate.” –Q

    Q., I wanted to follow up on last week when you singled out the point related to “consistent” and said it was meant for me. This week you return to use the word “kills” as in last week’s “legitimate kills.”

    When a foreign invader kills eight children from one New Jersey family, I call that mass murder. An American soldier kills eight children from one Afghan family, and calls them “legitimate kills.” I am consistent in using mass murder in both cases: New Jersey and Afghanistan. Not using mass murder in the latter case would be inconsistent, since both actions are illegal and committed by foreign invaders. Thanks for bringing it up again this week.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

      Thank you for admitting the illegal aliens are foreign invaders.

    • Q. Shtik August 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

      You did notice the winking smiley face at the end of my comment re “kills,” didn’t you?

      You’re getting like Janos where I have to point out when a comment is not to be taken seriously.

      By the way, the whole damn comment last week that began with “Rules for how to write *good*” was a spoof from beginning to end yet you went ahead and explained why I should have said “well” not “good.” I know you are not that thick so, whut’s up wit dat?

      • swmnguy August 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

        Q.: No doubt you meant, “what’s up with that.” Damn you colloquial auto-correct!

  81. DeltaKilo August 24, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    “Gambling is a marginal activity for marginal people that belongs on the margins — the back rooms and back alleys. It was consigned there for decades because it was understood that it’s not healthy for the public to believe that it’s possible to get something for nothing, that it undermines perhaps the most fundamental principle of human life.”

    I am sure I am in the minority, but I have always held this same belief. Nice to see put out there. Its rise is related, for the most part, as a form of taxation for suckers.

    On Trump, he seems to be the perfect choice for President of a cartoon country with a cartoon culture. If he drops out (like Perot), I think he might be in danger from his disappointed “followers”. But I do believe he is sincere in his pursuit of the office.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 12:34 am #

      Indian medicine men often gamble to test the strength of their medicine.

  82. dirtyd August 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    A prescription right now is to comprehend how the golem Mr. Trump has been animated into existence through incestual  incantations  between Democrats and Republicans over three centuries of deteriorating Capitalism hijacked under an increasingly dysfunctional U.S. Justice system.
    Meanwhile, average voters remain routinely disinformed of such maligned facts by a freak show circus of obsequious media commentary spawned of private interests. The final act of this moribund spectacle gets the witlessly distracted audience to pay for it all. 

    It’s alive! and it must be fed for cred or left for dead…

  83. Dumbedup August 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    Trump represents, in style and rhetoric, the corporate narcissist sociopath that this country has been producing in abundance since we stopped making anything else and shipped most of our middle class jobs to $10 a week third world sweat shops in the name of “the deal.” He flings his mental waste at whatever is handy in an attempt to grab the headlines in his zealous march through the tortured and splintered American psyche. Today it was the hedge fund managers. Tomorrow it will be some other phantasmagorical mirage his handlers stir up from the headlines. He is neither a statesman nor an elder and his ego is boundless unlike his intellect. He appeals to the most base of human fears which are whipsawing this country and forcing more and more people to pick a side. Elect him President? Good Lord – you’ve got to be kidding me.

    • malthuss August 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      BS from the aptly named, ‘Dumbed’ !!!!!!

      • vengeur August 24, 2015 at 11:06 pm #

        He managed to put one truthful line in all that gibberish, “we stopped making anything else and shipped most of our middle class jobs to $10 a week third world sweat shops “.

    • 439 August 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Perfection — a rare event in the human sphere.

  84. Vlad the Impaler August 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

    I have to question if Trump would really be any worse than the other clowns that are lining up for the job of President. The President has now become pretty much a figurehead in this country, whose policies and programs are set by the real rulers of the country behind the scenes. Voting for Trump is really a way to express your contempt for the corrupt political process that has taken over this country.

  85. Pucker August 25, 2015 at 12:03 am #

    A Must Read: “The Modern Mercenary” by Sean McFate.

    According to McFate’s book, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created significant dependence of the US military on Private Military Companies (“PMCs”). Many of these PMCs are listed corporations on the New York Stock Exchange and run for profit.

    According to McFate, the US for now largely controls these PMCs because of the PMCs’ dependency on US government contracts mostly related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, what McFate refers to as economic “Bubbles”.

    McFate says that once the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts eventually wind down that these “Bubbles” will burst and the PMCs will seek clients elsewhere. McFate says that inevitably the existing PMCs will face competition from new competitor PMCs from Russia, China, etc.

    McFate says that in the future nation states will no longer have a monopoly on the use of force as PMCs will start to contract out their services to private corporations, NGos, and private individuals in what McFate describes as “Neomedievalism”. According to McFate, in the Middle Ages, mercenary armies were quite common and states did not have a monopoly on force.

    According to McFate, the US Congress has a dearth of information about what PMCs do, and, therefore, cannot control the PMCs.

  86. BackRowHeckler August 25, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    I was going with the Democrats this time around.

    Am I the only one in the United States backing Jim Webb?

    He needs to do something spectacular to get his name in the news, some crazy stunt to get the cameras pointing his way. What that might be I’m not sure right now. He is certainly as qualified as any of the other candidates on the Dem side, maybe more so. Certainly more experienced and quakified than the Donald.

    brh

  87. Pucker August 25, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    Trump says that Saudi Arabia should be paying the US for its defense by the US military. But why should Saudi Arabia give money to the US for the US in turn to hire private military contractors? Wouldn’t it make more sense for Saudi Arabia to hire contractors to build its own mercenary army? Or, maybe ISIS is such a Saudi Arabian-financed army?

  88. nsa August 25, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    Is that friggin’ wall along the southern border built yet? What’s taking so long? Mexico is a degenerate NarcoState….emptying its turd world cesspool slums into the USA…..bringing disease and crime and a black tar heroin epidemic and creepy thugs with neck tats and really sick culture and a foul ghoulish religion and really bad food…. 10,000 deaths a year result from their narco wars…you want that up here? Build a wall and throw the illegals out, including their wretched anchor babies. No loss, except to the prison and welfare industries….. UNLIMITED IMMIGRATION INTO A WELFARE STATE LIKE THE USA IS TANTAMOUNT TO SUICIDE….think about it.

    • BackRowHeckler August 25, 2015 at 1:37 am #

      Not only here. In Malmo Sweden somebody this week was tossing live grenades at passing cars, Malmo happens to be all Muslim, the whole city on welfare. You gotta hand it to the London newspapers tho, you had to read between the lines to find out the grenade tossers name was Mustafa. Same with the rape of young Swedish girls; the Eritrean immigrants just can’t keep their hands off those blond beauties, can’t get enough of them. No matter. Swedish press leaves out the part where the rapists are African immigrants, and the victims are native Swedes.

      Financial Times of London blames the violence in Malmo and the rape epidemic in Sweden on the Swedes failure to hand out enough welfare benefits.

      brh

      • Buck Stud August 25, 2015 at 10:33 am #

        Socialism is a beautiful thing when it is needed and appreciated. But when those on the receiving end despise the ‘gift givers’ then one is engaging in a form of masochism. Or as the lyrics to the old Ricky Lee Jones song go ‘don’t give it away if they don’t appreciate it’:

        youtube.com/watch?v=9JkT3p6H4Ws

        • BackRowHeckler August 25, 2015 at 11:25 am #

          What a coincidence, Buck.

          Ricky Lee Jones is appearing at a local venue just 2 weeks from now. I didn’t even know she was still touring.

          brh

    • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

      They wont take the babies back. We may have to throw them over the wall – the birth of a new sport perhaps. Mexicans could be hired to catch the babies on the other side of the wall. It would catch on in no time (they like things like this) and Mexicans would be lining up to be “baby catchers”. Dropping one is a foul.

    • Lonely Traveler August 26, 2015 at 9:04 am #

      They’re building that wall to keep us from leaving.

  89. FincaInTheMountains August 25, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    Will it blow now or later?

    In the short term it appears that the markets are trying to force the Fed not to raise rates in September or force the Chinese to launch a serious program of economic stimulus to support growth expectations.

    To describe it in a rude, simplistic and cynical way, it is not the first of such hysteria. Each time the “US financial aristocracy” is going to be separated from the printing press or is forced to pay a fee for using it, the market collapses, and the Federal Reserve is forced again to actively print. Look at the chart of the S&P500:

    ic.pics.livejournal.com/crimsonalter/13842643/85222/85222_900.png

    Every serious decline is stopped with some new scheme to inject fresh dough into the market: QE1, QE2, QE3, Operation Twist, etc. As soon as they’re switched off markets began falling again and the Fed was in a hurry to stop it before it can develop into a full-fledged panic. And this time the situation is particularly serious because of the fact that America does not fall by itself, but at the same time with China.

    The financial aristocracy in the US is twisting the hands of that part of the American elite, who would like to raise rates in order to save the American social programs (the essence of the problem: the American financiers need low rates and the US pension and social funds – high, because the payments are based on the revenues from US government bonds, the rates of which are “tied” to the rate of the Federal Reserve)

    In the struggle between the “financiers” and “politicians”, it is logical (based also on past experience) to bet on the “financiers”, who are more likely to get what they want: the abolition of the rate increase, and may be another program to stimulate the economy in the bargain.

    And here we arrive at the bifurcation point: if even that does not instigate a sharp takeoff (from China and Russia to London and New York), that really means “we’re cooked” and you could safely start preparing for a new global Great Depression. But if it will help, so we are set to watch another installation of the tiresome soap opera “Fed rescues the financial system, simultaneously pumping the whole world with dollars.”

    If all explodes, we are looking at a long period of de-globalization, the destruction of cross-border production and trade chains, reconfiguration of world into several currency and industrial zones. Everyone will be in pain.

    And if it won’t blow, once again we are looking to rise in prices of everything, from Chinese and Russian oil shares to shares of Apple and Brazilian bonds.

    And then it will still blow.

    crimsonalter.livejournal.com/72834.html

    • Walter B August 25, 2015 at 10:27 am #

      Not only do I agree with your assessment, but so does the Fed for they have stated this eventuality many times in the past. Why do they continue? Because the Fed is owned by those who want the free money and since they all can spread it around after they print it, they will continue to line their own pockets until it all falls down. In the meanwhile the Big Buck Boys use the free flowing cash to prepare and insulate themselves when it all crumbles, I know a few and it is true. Just a question of when.

  90. BackRowHeckler August 25, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Headline today in our local rag.

    “Hartford City Students to receive free breakfast, lunch and dinner at school this year”

    By all means, if parents refuse to feed their own children, the State is compelled to do it. You can’t let the little ones starve. Back at home these ‘parents’ are busy screwing and knocking out more kids they cannot or will not take care of. So much for family planning. What family are we talking about, anyway? Meanwhile, the need keeps growing in these ‘Sanctuary Cities’, poor and desperate people arriving from all over the 3rd world. Out here struggling white families have to sacrifice to take care of their own kids, no free lunch in white utopia. Over the past week or so there have been all these feel good news stories about free backpacks full of school supplies in all urban areas, didn’t see any white faces lined up, apparently whitey is expected to buy his own f-kkin backpack and his own lunch, plus thro in a little bit more to take care of the whole 3rd world, which is no longer across the ocean somewhere, but right down the road, the next town over.

    Incidentally, we might as well get used to the idea that W Europe is destined to become part of the Worldwide Caliphate. Once they reach critical mass in a country like Holland or Sweden, what’s going to stop the Muslim majority from just taking over?

    brh

    • malthuss August 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

      See my more recent post below.

      ‘whitey is expected to buy his own’ uh I will complete that.

      YT [whitey] must pay taxes to support the undertow and pay his own way.

    • malthuss August 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

      ‘feel good news stories’ that have the opposite effect on realists.
      disgusting propaganda.

      They aint to proud to beg [steal, lie, kill].

      What of the 11 ladies kicked off the ‘Wine Train’, eh?

  91. meargen August 25, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I don’t believe Donald Trump is Hitler. He is very outspoken, which is a sin in our PC, managerial society, and he articulates a lot of public frustration. JHK once said that people don’t necessarily want a politician to be honest, but they want him to be authentic. Trump is, and so he gets called Hitler. That’s the ultimate insult, because when we discuss Hitler, it’s never in terms of history, but demonology. As J.C.F.. Fuller wrote, the struggle in the thirties wasn’t so much Nazism and Democracy as much as it was a struggle between heroic man and economic man. We lost the Reichs Chancellery but got the big, corporate, glass box.
    Trump reminds me of the character Jake Holman in the movie The Sand Pebbles, when a Chinese on his ship is being tortured by a mob, and the captain won’t get involved because fear of an international incident. Holman cries out ‘well somebody, do something!’
    People want something done.
    Trump probably won’t get the GOP nomination. They want to stop him. As Alex Costalanos, a GOP advisor said, the way to stop Trump is ‘get close and shive him in the back like Julius Caesar.’
    That’s the GOP establishment for you. Craig Hulet, the counterterrorism advisor, said over a year ago that it’s already decided who will run: it will be Hilary vs Bush, and Bush will win because Hilary has too much baggage. Also, he said if Bush gets elected, ‘he’ll be a tyrant. Much worse than Obama.’
    Trump has a lot of faults, but people look at him and see someone who at least succeeds. Government, like Hulet said, at every level in America, is incompetent and corrupt. Also, we have real problems such as a barbarian invasion (and when the numbers are as huge as they are, that’s what it is…not immigration. As in Europe. Germany is expected to receive 800,000 thousand people streaming in. That’s 400 AD, the Visigoths are coming numbers)We’re not much different. No one in any government will do anything.
    JHK complains about ‘ignorant raging tattooed slobs worse than the German people in 1933.’ Maybe, but they were molded that way. As for 1933, Hitler came in in a large part because Germany simply wasn’t being governed, and the nation needed a leader. I know that’s repulsive to a lot of you, but Germany was in a vacuum caused by unresolved political problems before WWI, the stupid, vindictive treaty of Versailles, and a right-wing leadership and left-wing new class that couldn’t unite. We forget the real fear people there had of communism.
    As for Hilary, she’s falling apart because there was never really much there, and for the first time, the media is actually showing her as she is. Much like Obama would be shown as the terrible, ignorant, destructive leader he is if he didn’t have the media hiding it for him. A lot of you voted for him, and you did it because you hate conservatives and you wanted a black as president. Got your wish, but we don’t seem to be a better country putting this unqualified activist in, and one who’s a Muslim as well.
    A lot of you talk about hate regarding whites hating blacks and foreigners…but now I keep seeing ‘white privilege’ touted more often. That’s the real hate, and racial politics are very much in the forefront of things, although, in true American fashion, no one talks about it, because to us race is like sex was to the Victorians.
    JHK alludes to it in his writings, but won’t come out and say it.
    I really think the country would be better off breaking up, and more people are thinking this. The Southwest is already Hispanic. There are a cluster of black city-states. I agree with Harold Covington that in a break-up, white people need their own country, and he urges the northwest be a white nation. JHK disagrees, but his argument for the old union as opposed to NASCAR country is pretty much a white world. In his splendid series on the world made by hand, he jibed at the Foxfire nation as a bunch of redneck fools, but there was a black country too he didn’t show, probably because if he showed such a place realistically…Detroit + Idi Amin times ten…he wouldn’t get published.
    I’m reminded of the Austro-Hungarian empire, where they kept a multinational mix together, and to push for a dissolution was simply not discussed, forbidden, and it was cobbled together until a major war brought reality to the door. Maybe we’re going in the same direction, and certainly we won’t be the first empire to do this.
    Also, Janos, the Iron Cross wasn’t like the Purple heart. it was more like a Silver Star, but there were different orders to it.
    Mein Kampf certainly is a jumble, but sad to say, the older I get, the better Hitler sounds in some ways. he argued democracy wasn’t based on logic, but appealing to the emotions of the masses, using Lloyd George’s manipulation of the British public as an example. When’s the last time anyone on this website sang praises about the public’s rationality and good sense? Clinton-Bush-Obama is not a great selling point for that.
    I don’t care for Sanders nor his being a socialist, but I do like him calling himself one. It’s a refreshing bit of honesty for the left. Trump vs Sanders would be quite a show, but I doubt we’ll see it.
    When Trump gets dumped by the GOP, he could go the third party route, and, sad to say, if he really grabbed numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised to see, as we had in the Sixties, another ‘lone, gun-crazed assassin who kept a diary’ take care of things. An oldie but goodie.

    • Q. Shtik August 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      Nice post, Meargen. And, btw, it’s shiv, not shive.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

      Here is Amergin’s poem in your honor. The poem teaches us to be flexible in our means but inflexible in our determination to break our bonds of slavery. For Whites to gain freedom, we will need such wisdom. The most radical idea in the world right now is that Whites have the right of Sovereignty and Self determination.

      I AM the wind which breathes upon the sea,
      I am the wave of the ocean,
      I am the murmur of the billows,
      I am the ox of the seven combats,
      I am the vulture upon the rocks,
      I am a beam of the sun,
      I am the fairest of plants,
      I am a wild boar in valour,
      I am a salmon in the water,
      I am a lake in the plain,
      I am a word of science,
      I am the point of the lance in battle,
      I am the God who creates in the head the fire.
      Who is it who throws light into the meeting on the mountain?
      Who announces the ages of the moon?
      Who teaches the place where couches the sun?

      I meant that the Iron Cross was the highest honor just like the Purple heart.

    • BackRowHeckler August 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      You said a lot in that post, Meargen. Very articulate, and heartfelt.

      brh

  92. sharonsj August 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    JHK is correct about how The Donald speaks. He sounds like an old tape recording that skips and keeps repeating. Listen closely and you realize he doesn’t actually say anything of substance and stays away from using polysyllables (one reason why the average stupid American is a big fan).

    No one in the media has yet to explain how The Donald would accomplish any of the nutty things he talks about. Some of his ideas are illegal and some are only under the purview of Congress, not the president. I think debates will finally do him in, although if he and Bernie were the nominees, Bernie would win in a heartbeat.

  93. Ted Stosterone August 25, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    And just like Hilter went on to make unfashionable an otherwise perfectly good mustache style, Trump is going to forever close the door on bleached comb-over.

  94. daofirry August 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    interesting article here, about Bruce Springsteen and the historical and social significance of Born to Run… I hope I’m the first to post it here. It’s not about Trump, but it speaks to many issues often raised here by JHK.
    theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/08/born-to-run-at-40/402137/

  95. Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    dailystormer.com/new-yorker-says-everyone-who-supports-trump-is-a-neo-nazi-white-supremacist/

    Upper West Side Yiddish Yokel snobs – they trembled with joy at the news of Pollard’s release. Now they tremble in terror. They are human chia pets. Some of them can actually grow afros.

    • BackRowHeckler August 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      And I have Jewish friends who support Trump.

      All that says like every other demographic the Jewish population runs the gamut from left to right. You seem to search and bring to the fore only what the left has to say, ignoring the rest, which is highly misleading.

      brh

      • malthuss August 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

        Whites may want BIG families but can Whites afford more than one or two children?
        Whites are taxed in order to fund the undertow.

        From Paul Kerseys site, This woman weighs 910 pounds and had to be removed from her apartment window because of her girth. Of course, it’s a vile negress.

        I post this here as I feel it is an excellent iconic example of the burden that blacks have become for White humans.

        All that filthy fat was paid for by Whitey (junk food via EBT), and then White firemen and tax dollars have to come to even get her out of her own apartment.

        Groids gorge themselves on the system, then Humans have to come bail them out.

        nypost.com/2015/08/22/fdny-rescue-910-pound-woman-through-apartment-window/

        • BackRowHeckler August 26, 2015 at 7:30 am #

          Malthus, you identify ‘White Firemen’, but for how long? The only real middle class left in NYC are white firemen and white policemen, most of whom live with intact families in neat, well kept neighborhoods over on Staten Island. As such, it is one of Mayor Di Blassio’s stated main initiatives to make the NYPD and NYFD less white, or to remove whites altogether. That guy really is a piece of work. Here’s a stat for you. White population in the Bronx, 1925: 95%. White population in the Bronx, 2015: 4%. The question is, who are these 4%? I try to avoid NYC now, from what I read in the Post and Daily News it is reverting back into the toilet and becoming the lawless craphole it was under Mayor Dinkins.

          brh

      • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

        Ok, well what do THEY think about the Kalergi Plan – since you wont deign to answer.

        White Genocide isn’t a bug of our System, but a feature.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

        Their Left and their Right are both on the same side: for Israel and either against America or only for America to the extent it is for Israel.

        That’s pretty elementary BRH. You have to try harder. The worst aspect of Trump is his Zionism. The vast majority of Jews are against him, but the very well placed know he is on their side. So you know people like that, eh? Very telling.

        • BackRowHeckler August 26, 2015 at 7:47 am #

          So what if they’re for Israel? I’m sure there are Jewish people around who don’t give Israel a second thought. Back in college I know these guys with Irish ancestry who were from here and had never even been to Ireland. But that didn’t stop them from talking with a brogue, drinking Guinness by the pint, and talking up the IRA all the time. Maybe you were one of them, being from Dorchester and all.

          brh

  96. joomlabliss August 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    Nothing about the stock market this week?

    • malthuss August 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      Time will tell. Its only Tuesday.

  97. wpa--ccc August 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    The early predictions of a Bush-Clinton contest, supposedly ordained by TPTB may have to be revised.

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has a 7 percentage point lead over rival Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a poll released Tuesday by the progressive firm Public Policy Polling, the second poll this month to show Sanders leading in the state.

    • Frankiti August 25, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

      Ohhhh New Hampshire… of course… pivotal… keystone electoral state… Is this a joke? Have you seen, the err, I don’t know, national polls? She more than doubles his numbers. Don’t like her, but Sanders is a pipe dream.

  98. FincaInTheMountains August 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    Nothing about the stock market this week? == joomlabliss

    Actually, it doesn’t look good. I just listened to Mikhail Leontyev – the guy, who heads PR department of Sechin, the President of Rosneft and, probably, the second most powerful guy in the Kremlin hierarchy.
    His exact words: “In 2008, America started crisis and made entire world pay for it. This time, China started the crisis and America will have to pay for it”.

    I personally don’t like that Leontyev guy, he is apparently hard alcoholic, but the guy is definitely in the know and he was gloating. It appears that Chinese and Russians managed to put some mechanisms in place to prevent FED from another money-printing escapade, or even, lowering interest rates – they’re too getting hurt on their dollar-denominated foreign reserves.

  99. Q. Shtik August 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    I stood in front of my bathroom mirror and tried to speak through a tiny round hole in my face like this:

    nypost.com/2015/08/25/fox-news-ailes-calls-for-trump-to-apologize-over-megyn-kelly-remarks/

    but couldn’t do it.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 25, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

      What are you going to read next, Buchanan or Hitler himself?

      • Q. Shtik August 25, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

        I just finished Rise and Fall of the Third Reich today. A fantastic piece of historical writing. I read Mein Kamph many decades ago. What title from Buchanan do you suggest?

        • Q. Shtik August 25, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

          Otherwise I’ll be reading Blood Meridian which my son-in-law insists I must read.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 1:01 am #

            What’s that about?

            I recommend “The Unnecessary War”. Buchanan’s focuses on Hitler’s tremendous admiration for England and how he desperately attempted to avoid the War – even once it has begun. Witness his letting the trapped English army at Dunkirk escape back to England. In short, Buchanan’s position approaches our own White Nationalist one. And of course he discusses the brutal Versailles Treaty and its unfairness to Germany.

          • MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 3:48 am #

            I recommend all Cormac McCarthy’s work.

            BTW, I found that reading ‘Empire of the Summer Moon’ complemented ‘Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West’ nicely. It illuminates what the west was like *before* it was won and why.

            Cheers!

        • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

          Fantastic writing? Just like the N.Y Times? So it must be true, then right? Because the writing is so good and because as Keats said, In Beauty there is Truth and in Truth, Beauty?

          That equation is only true at a high metaphysical level. Down here, it aint necessarily so. In fact, the beautiful women is more often a liar and snake than the plain girl. And is the ugly woman even better again? By no means: she is often corrupted by her misfortune just as the Beauty by her good fortune. For one everything is too easy. And for the other, everything is too hard.

          Thus social harmony is promoted by nurturing the middle. Therefore, vote Trump.

          • Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

            The above is a classical example of Janos Skorenzy rationalization … how the hell you can jump from ‘Rise & Fall’ to beautiful, average and ugly women in one paragraph and conclude from it that we should “vote Trump” is a mystery.

            Instead of pre-judging Shirer’s tome why don’t you set a goal to read it …… or are you afraid to learn something that does not fit the world view you have constructed?

      • BackRowHeckler August 26, 2015 at 7:52 am #

        The unnecessary war? What a joke! Didn’t Germany declare war on the United States Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor? From our point of view that kind of made the war necessary, wouldn’t you agree?

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

          What a demented response. Obviously they were going to fight us once we had pushed them to the brink. Guess what? So will Putin’s Russia. And your “friends” hate him too – calling him another Hitler.

  100. wpa--ccc August 26, 2015 at 12:21 am #

    Is this a joke? Have you seen, the err, I don’t know, national polls? –Frankiti

    Err, in 2007 Obama was in the same poll percentage against Hillary as Sanders is now. Oh, we are talking national polls now. Who thought Obama with 25% national support in 2007 would defeat Hillary who had 48%?

    On August 22, 2007, Gallup showed Hillary earning a similar 48 percent [what she is polling today] among Democrats. Then-Sen. Barack Obama was polling 25 percent, around where Sanders is almost exactly eight years later.

    I suppose you were one of those in 2007 who didn’t think Obama had a chance? Maybe you supported a loser like McCain? Or later a loser like Romney?

  101. Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    dailystormer.com/trump-declares-war-on-war-against-christmas-msm-represses/

    This is huge: Trump is for Christmas and strongly against those who are against Christmas.

    I remind you all: Constantine was a barbarian too. But he saw a giant Cross in the sky and a voice said, “In this sign conquer.” And so he did. I think he was baptized before his death, but not when he had his vision.

    • Buck Stud August 26, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      Trump plays the role of barbarian in order to appeal to voters such as yourself. It’s all theater–professional wrestling, speaking of “barbarians”!– and right now Trump is the “Mad Dog Vachon” of the political world.

      I’m surprised you have not seen through the charade yet and instead have been seduced by what you believe are real live unrehearsed body slams. But then again, some still believe in Christmas and Santa Claus too.

      But don’t you wonder when the other shoe of Trump will drop?

      • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

        You could well be right. I’ve admitted all along that Trump may be playing us. But he has done immense good already by making the talking heads talk about the key issue of our times.

        The Jews hate him and are openly talking about assassination. But the richest Jews just smile – they know that Trump is surrounded by Jews and is a great Philo-Semite.

        Is Trump in danger? The Jews have a track record of assassination. They did in the National Socialist Huey Long. And no individual has ever been for a more radical plan of wealth redistribution than Huey Long.

  102. toktomi August 26, 2015 at 2:26 am #

    “The trouble is that it’s not inconceivable Trump could get elected.”

    Where is the problem with this possibility? In recent history we’ve had a gangster’s bitch, a Hollywood actor, an idiot, and a foreign national. Look. The U.S.A. and all of its people are still just as great as the propaganda proclaims.

    But I reckon that we had better keep watching and talking this maniacal charade lest our masters slap the sh/\t out ‘us for not paying attention. We must be good little sheeples. Tell us more, Jim.

  103. MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 3:23 am #

    @ Smokey Joe:

    “Some of us would really yearn for the old order if it vanished, and we’d play pretend as long as we could. I sure would. It’s been a good ride.”-sj.

    We already are & most of us don’t realize it yet.

    Cheers!

  104. Sticks-of-TNT August 26, 2015 at 3:48 am #

    “What title from Buchanan do you suggest?” -Q. Shtik

    Ironic that you finished R&F yesterday given the title of JHK’s essay this week and much of the ensuing discussion. Considering the heft of the book, you might now be able to use it as a doorstop. Congratulations on finishing it!

    I must echo JS’s recommendation of “Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War.” It is a fantastic book–Buchanan’s finest. It forced me to reexamine the things I thought I knew about WWII–the things most of us were taught in American schools. It’s a national sport to hate on Richard Nixon. Yet even his harshest critics would not consider him a lightweight on geopolitical matters. Nixon had the highest regard for Buchanan’s intellect. During much of his time wandering in the political wilderness before his ’68 comeback, Buchanan was his only aide. Highly recommended. By the way, it’s about 1/4 the length of Shirer’s R&F. Much easier on your back!

    -TNT

    • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Nixon opened China? Or isn’t it more like he opened America to Chinese rapacity? How many millions – or is tens of millions – of jobs have been lost? How much have we lost in trade balances – all so a very few Americans (in name only) can profit.

      Trump’s strong stance on trade balances in another reason to vote for him. No one else in public life has been talking about this – and he has been for many years. And yes, it’s just another word for that nation builder, the tariff. Marx was against the tariff because it preserved nations. He was for free trade of course because it destroyed nations and helped bring on the Revolution.

      • elysianfield August 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

        Janos,
        Give Nixon a break…he “opened China” only to screw the Russians (Godless Commies), and he did, indeed, light them up.
        It was one of the few instances in recent times where WE were playing chess, and THEY were playing checkers.
        I thought Nixon was a great president…voted for him twice….

        • Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

          Screwing your own country in order to screw another is not wise.

          Domestically, he was an Anti-Semite and Racist afraid to stand up for his principles, bowing to these at every turn while he internally dissented. Typical Republican turncoat of his time. Now they do it without internal dissent, in fact they are gleeful.

  105. FincaInTheMountains August 26, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    And then came that wonderful moment when Chinese factories built using American and European money had to start paying dividends back to those Americans and Europeans, under the control of the Supervisory Board of the foreign investors.

    China, in other words, was controlled by those who were paying for the development of its industry. And there was no opportunity to throw these people out of business, China does not carry nationalization.

    And it’s true – in China they carry out … the collapse of stock exchanges. One unfortunate day, the Shanghai Stock Exchange fell by 3.7% initially, and then to 8% and reaching as far as 40% (per month). Consultants threw up their hands and told investors that “the market is overheated,” and it happens. Investors are asked in a panic to dump their shares at a third of the cost.

    Then with a sly squint Chinese Pension Fund came into the market (imagine how many pensioners are in China!!!) and bought all at basement-bargain prices. On the cheap. Now it will manage the businesses and receive dividends.

    China thus “punishes” Western speculators trying to influence its policy through financial instruments. The fact that this policy is very effective and painful for the West, says that attempts to influence China have spilled over from the economic area into terrorism.

    I mean the recent explosions in Tianjin and Zibo. However, China has demonstrated that it could speak this language as well on equal terms. Counter explosions in Texas, Indiana, and recently at the American military base in Japan leave no doubt in this.

  106. BackRowHeckler August 26, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Dow futures up 300.

    What’s changed from yesterday and today? Is everything fixed up now?

    The Fed is still being coy about interest rates, will they raise them or won’t they? This seems to be the question the entire US economy is based upon, an economy which seems to amount to nothing more than cheap oil, people driving around in automobiles, lies, bullsh-t, and made up money.

    brh

  107. Sticks-of-TNT August 26, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    “The unnecessary war? What a joke! Didn’t Germany declare war on the United States Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor? From our point of view that kind of made the war necessary, wouldn’t you agree?” -brh

    Not if Roosevelt maneuvered Japan into attacking us first. A good place to begin to examine that possibility is “Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor” by Robert B. Stinnett. For background on just how isolationist America was prior to Pearl Harbor, read “Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt: The Rivalry That Divided America” by James P. Duffy and “Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941” by Lynne Olson.

    Once Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the dominoes began to fall into place for Roosevelt and Churchill. Japan was one of three signatories of a defensive military alliance known as the Tripartite Pact (aka the Berlin Pact), along with Germany and Italy (Axis). Once Japan declared war on the U.S. (and the British Empire), the pact “propelled, although it did not require, a similar declaration of war from all other signatories of the Tripartite Pact.” (Wikipedia) Germany actually declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, 1941.

    The elites always get their wars and way. Should we be surprised?

    -TNT

    • MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      @ TNT:

      You are well informed. It’s funny how many people gloss over the fact that Naval Command did not want to be concentrated inside Pearl Harbor that day… But they had no choice, did they?

      ;]

      • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

        Truly sad that a Russian Jew knows more about American History than an American Patriot like BRH. But ignorance is the fruit of fanaticism.

        He also probably think that Britain and Canada started the War of 1812. They didn’t: American invaded and was defeated. The British burned Washington. We lost that war in terms of our objective, namely the conquest of Canada.

  108. Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Janos: What’s that about?

    Q: Google it.

    Janos: I recommend “The Unnecessary War”. Buchanan’s focuses on Hitler’s tremendous admiration for England and how he desperately attempted to avoid the War – even once it has begun.

    Q: I’ll put it on my bucket list.

    I had assumed that if there was anyone on this earth who would have read ‘Rise and Fall’ it would be you Janos but now I’m not so sure. There is too much nuance involved in Hitler’s thinking and tactics relative to England to go into here. I simply advise you to read the book.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Google it? That’s not very nice after all I’ve done for you.

      Hitler was a fanatical Anglophile. Everyone agrees on that. England was never in danger from Hitler. As I related before, he even attempted peace once the war had started. And late into war Herr Hess flew to Scotland in a last desperate attempt to save something out of the utter carnage. Apparently he acted alone in this, holding his life and reputation in small regard next to the gravity of the task.

      Does your R&F talk about Hitler’s love of Britain – ruled by the best Germanic blood from one invasion after another? If not, it is a well polished lie, isn’t it? Without a true foundation, whatever truths it contains are just there to reinforce the lying foundation.

  109. Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Who thought Obama with 25% national support in 2007 would defeat Hillary who had 48%? – wpa

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

    I did.

    Not only did I think it, I was absolutely positive and said so in an email to my brother in Feb 2007 way before the Dem convention. Not only that but that he would become president. Ditto for his re-election. This had nothing to do with personal preferences. I had ceased voting for ANYONE by that time in my life.

    I have no similar sense of certainty about the current cast of characters, both Dem and Repub, other than my certainty that Trump will NOT be the Repub nominee.

  110. Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    This is huge: Trump is for Christmas – Janos

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

    I too am for Christmas even though I’m an atheist. Where would the economy be without Christmas? The market and my portfolio would go right down the toilet. ;o)

    • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      Don’t wink at me, you bastard. I don’t find your jokes funny!

      • Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

        Don’t wink at me, you bastard. I don’t find your jokes funny! – Janos

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

        Oh, cut me a break Janos, you ‘could give two shits’* about Christmas accept in so far as it ties into your hero Hitler being a Catholic as were most of his henchmen (go figure). And of course the Jews trying to usurp ‘the holidays’ with all their menorahs drives you wild.

        * I would have written ‘COULDN’T give two shits’ but the grammatically incorrect colloquial version carries so much more contempt.

        I’m sure (wink wink) that you’ll be attending Xmas midnight mass and be thanking God the Father for sending us His only begotten son.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

          Why not? My admiration for Hitler does not take away from my love for Christ. Did He not say render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s?

        • Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

          except

  111. Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Ironic that you finished R&F yesterday given the title of JHK’s essay this week and much of the ensuing discussion. Considering the heft of the book, you might now be able to use it as a doorstop. Congratulations on finishing it! – Sticks

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

    Yes, R&F is huge. It took me the better part of the summer to read it. It is 1140 pages plus a 3 page epilog. The print is small, the margins are narrow and there are copious footnotes in even smaller print. It is comparable in length to Infinite Jest.

    It is also ironic that on Sunday we had a B-day party for my son Thom and his uncle Peter (a history buff) gave him Mein Kamph as a present.

  112. Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Dow futures up 300. What’s changed from yesterday and today? Is everything fixed up now? – BRH

    ===========

    Yes, Back Row, the US market is nuts.

    But if you think what’s happening here is nuts consider this stat:

    The Shanghai Index has fallen 43.5% since June 8th. In a way I feel sorry for all those chain-smoking chinks sitting around dazed and confused in the Chinese brokerage offices wondering what the hell happened.

  113. MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Not in “75 years”:

    bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-26/the-stock-market-hasn-t-had-a-selloff-like-this-one-in-over-7…

    You have to go back that far to find a 5-day run in the stock market like the one we’ve had recently.

  114. MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    @ CFN et al:

    Coming Attraction:

    ‘Heads on pikes’!

    cnbc.com/2015/08/23/head-of-china-metals-exchange-captured-as-market-crash-bites.html

    Don’t assume that the folks you’ve been screwing long-distance won’t show up en masse – inside your hotel room at 0-Dark-Thirty – zip-ties and ball-gags in hand…

    ;]

  115. MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    Here’s a back-up reference,

    *so as to better appreciate the concept*:

    Heads on pikes [2]!

    zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-23/angry-chinese-investors-capture-head-metals-exchange-predawn-hotel-rai…

  116. MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    @ Pucker & Co.:

    “A Must Read: “The Modern Mercenary” by Sean McFate. . . McFate says that in the future nation states will no longer have a monopoly on the use of force as PMCs will start to contract out their services to private corporations, NGos, and private individuals in what McFate describes as “Neomedievalism”. According to McFate, in the Middle Ages, mercenary armies were quite common and states did not have a monopoly on force.”-pucker.

    Nice reference Pucker.

    Mercenary activity is problematic for both client and vendor. Niccolo Machiavelli outlined the problem from the standpoint of the client in “The Prince” and Robert Greene did likewise from the vendor standpoint in “The 48 Laws of Power”.

    An increase in mercenary army and ‘gun-for-hire’ activity is a symptom of organizational disintegration, and indicative of military weakness, not strength.

    In addition, the element of ‘moral hazard’ comes strongly into play when opposing sides are both using mercs: The temptation for the mercs to make a side-deal among themselves is irresistible, then things get extra fancy and nobody ever actually wins (because who wants to kill a cash-cow)… Meanwhile, the rest of the world may be playing for keeps and getting good at it, leaving the merc-dependent idiots dangling at crunch time.

  117. Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    The Mormon Church has decided to stay with the Boy Scouts. Thus they can now be considered to have fallen to the Dark Force. Decent people don’t take those kind of risks with their children.

    In other news, Gay Black man guns down co-workers. The Jackals immediately call for gun control. We don’t have a gun problem in this country, we have a Black problem.

    • malthuss August 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

      Mormons, some trading their 13 year old daughters to their won brothers or cousins. Huge compounds of children surviving on EBT.
      Men fathering 10-40 children.
      Boys kicked out because ‘they couldnt trade them.’ Someone did a documentary about the now homeless boys from the compound.

      Mormon ‘sacred scripture’ that turned out to be [get this] an Egyptian Burial Manual.’

      I will check on the Virginia tragedy.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

        That’s the Warren Jeff group. The main Church isn’t like this. I don’t know if original Mormonism was. Tend to doubt it since they’ve been so successful.

        Did Joseph Smith think enough of himself to break up marriages? That’s always the sign of a Cult – that the Leader is bound by nothing.

        • Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

          That’s always the sign of a Cult – that the Leader is bound by nothing. – Janos

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

          Like Hitler…absolute dictator, bound by nothing. Although, granted, he wasn’t in it for the sex. It appears he was true to his main squeeze, Eva, to the bitter end.

      • BackRowHeckler August 27, 2015 at 7:19 am #

        We’ve got this huge Mormon Temple going up in town here, must be costing tens of millions. I mean, it is massive! Odd thing is, no services will be held in it; it simply establishes their presence amongst us. Like my brother says, at least it ain’t a fukk-n Mosque! True enough. But I’m wondering what their next move will be, these Mormons. Take over the town council? Ban coffee? Shut down he local taverns? I’m reminded how Zane Grey hammered the Mormons in almost all his books, which sold millions, allowing Zane to spend his life deep sea fishing, out Hemingway-ing even Hemingway. The trouble is, Zane Grey’s granddaughter and great granddaughter are neighbors.

        brh

  118. Q. Shtik August 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Google it? That’s not very nice after all I’ve done for you. – Janos

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

    If you Google it, in 2 seconds you could find out more about the book than I know since all I know so far is what I read on the inside of the book cover.

  119. elysianfield August 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    600+ point rebound in the NYSE…Thank you Jesus!

    …”Happy days are here again…the skies…C’mon, everybody sing….the skies are bright and clear again….”

  120. BackRowHeckler August 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    So what have I learned today in CFNation?

    The motives of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were pure as the driven snow, and it was the United States that initiated WW2 (even tho we didn’t get into it until 2 1/2 years after it started.

    I have an entire shelf full of books her that need to be re written.

    brh

    • malthuss August 26, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

      ‘here’.

      heil hitler.

      Nostradamus may have predicted ‘Hister’, long ago.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

      These are straw men. And admit it: you believe the opposite, that America was 100% in the right. Thus you are a scarecrow. The ravens are coming to steal your penny eyes and the rats are already eating your toes.

      • BackRowHeckler August 27, 2015 at 10:31 am #

        Jeez Janos, you’re as bad as the communist we used to have posting here, Wageslave, before JHK kicked her out.

        If I can recall correctly, you and she were in agreement on most points.

        Nazis, communists, what’s the difference?

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

          Ah, Devil you have shown yourself. If true, why do Communists and Fascists hate each other on sight? Are you not trying to hide what in fact did happen? That the Capitalists and Communists united against the Fascists? And they will do it again. Both are materialistic philosophies of life, dedicated to endless growth and centralized banking. Of course, the Capitalist is the senior partner – they created and funded Communism to take down Traditional Societies.

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

      @brh,

      Love America the place, America the ideal, America the dream, even America the myth. Don’t love the American government. They are not the same. The government is responsible for this being a CFN and the people “a worse lot of ignorant, raging, tattooed slobs” as JHK described in the last lines of this week’s essay. If not for the USG, I could have included “love America the people” in my opening sentence.

      So no, the motives of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were not pure as the driven snow. Their governments were worse than ours.

      -TNT

  121. Janos Skorenzy August 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    dailystormer.com/white-reporters-murdered-live-on-air-by-disgruntled-dindu-trying-to-start-a-race-wa…

    Somebody associated with the Gawker network said, RIP to the victims, even if they may have been racists.

  122. amber August 26, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    I don’t think Trump is like Hitler, but he reminds me of Mussolini a lot.
    I think he is a narcissistic “high functioning” sociopath/psychopath. (The two are basically the same).
    If elected, he could be dangerous.

    • BackRowHeckler August 27, 2015 at 7:36 am #

      Hey Amber all these Top Pols are sociopaths and narcissists, not just Trump. How about the Pharaoh, whats his label?

      • Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

        You best watch yerself. Ozone’s Berkshire Mountain boys are a comin’ to take from thems that have to give to thems that don’t. You best git out to that Mexico ranch you got before they reach you.

  123. MisterDarling August 26, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    @ CFN, et al.:

    Surely none of us were swept up in the ‘Ashley Madison’ brouhaha, right?

    gizmodo.com/almost-none-of-the-women-in-the-ashley-madison-database-1725558944

    Yep, looking at the numbers it turns out it was a buncha dudes talking to each other and the staff.

    Slide another point to the Empire of Fake… Gotta love this! It just keeps comin’!

    ;]

    Cheers!

  124. wpa_ccc August 27, 2015 at 1:05 am #

    “Don’t love the American government. They are not the same.” –TNT

    “They”? I do not believe the government other than us. It is not made up of aliens, or lizards, or greys, or any such thing foreign to ourselves.

    In America the government is made up of Americans. In other words, the American government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is why this has been such a great country. We have great people. We really do. The American government is great.

    Just ask Donald Trump. He is going find those great people for his administration. He will find the best people. The first day of Trump’s administration he is going to use the greatest people he finds to deport 11 millions “illegals” (so fast your head will spin) and Trump is going to build a very long wall (it will be huge, the best wall ever) using the greatest (white) American workers available. It is just a question of good management and Trump has proven he can get things done.

    The American government will make sure those things are done, very quickly, very efficiently, because government is of the people, by the people, for the people and we have really great people. The best.

    Trump has promised we will make America great again. He cannot do it alone. He will do it using government, real Americans, real American government. It’s called management. Believe Trump’s promises. Believe in Trump. He has the masses in his sway, the media obsessed.

    JHK, is right. Trump will be worse than Hitler. Hitler did not have nukes to incinerate whole populations. Trump will have. It will be huge. North Korea? Iran? ISIS? China? Russia? No problem. World population reduced. Three billion dead. Hitler will pale by comparison to Trump. None of that political correctness shit. We will kill the bastard commies, deport the wetbacks, bring back Jim Crow, and make America great again. /sarcasm off

    • Q. Shtik August 27, 2015 at 4:40 am #

      It will be huge. North Korea? Iran? ISIS? China? Russia? No problem. World population reduced. Three billion dead. Hitler will pale by comparison to Trump. None of that political correctness shit. We will kill the bastard commies, deport the wetbacks, bring back Jim Crow, and make America great again. – wpa

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

      Now yer talkin’ ;o)

    • elysianfield August 28, 2015 at 10:59 am #

      Wpac,
      Yes, you passed the “essay event”…now on to the swimsuit competition….

  125. FincaInTheMountains August 27, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    China has sold US Treasuries in the amount of 106 billion dollars in just 2 weeks. This is a huge amount for such a short time, since the beginning of this year, the Chinese got rid of US securities in the amount 107 billion dollars – that is in 7 months.

    If the current rate of Treasuries sales will continue, and China will sell about $100 billion every two weeks, it will get rid of all US obligations in about 18 weeks.

    The process of dumping of US Treasuries started in the beginning of August, when China devalued the Yuan and being explained by Chinese Central Bank currency interventions to support Yuan exchange rate.

  126. Buck Stud August 27, 2015 at 2:15 am #

    I didn’t even know her when she first sent me a FB friend request other that seeing her occasional posts on a public group that we both frequented. But that changed over the last 15 months. I learned that ‘she had to start living life for herself’ and that she was filing for a divorce from her husband. I learned that she had moved in with her mom and spouse and that she had landed a job at a bagel store. I learned that she didn’t make much money and she was always going on about how she needed a roommate in order to afford an apartment. But cost didn’t deter her from commissioning a tattoo artist to place a ‘black rose’ in a very revealing locale just north of Nipple Land which she immediately and proudly displayed on FB. I also learned that her husband was not taking the divorce very well and had threatened suicide. Meanwhile, amidst all of this potential turmoil, she made no bones about how she couldn’t wait to get her fair share of the house sale proceeds (and yes, Hubby was the sole bread-winner during their marriage).

    I learned a couple of weeks ago that her husband had died. I never inquired as to why or how because I had made a point of ignoring her personal message requests which, to be quite frank, were not just a few.

    For a few days after the death she posted platitude after platitude both personal and also from the typical generic sources.” RIP Bill; you were a great father to our children!” was just one of the back-handed comments she left.

    A day after the funeral–yes, she posted the funeral info on FB too–she headed back up to her old home which had not yet sold and started posting uplifting dance music from the 70’s on her FB timeline. Clearly, her week of grieving was over and it was time to start turning grooving again.

    Today I learned that she and her daughter were returning back to her mom’s house but not before the both of them stopped off at a tattoo shop for some more “body art” which once again was posted on FB. (I wondered to myself if some of the deceased hubby’s cash was paying for the tattoos.)

    I also learned something about myself I suppose. I learned that I felt absolutely no remorse in not sending her a condolence message. Something about that glint of anticipatory greed from future house sale proceeds lurking behind black garments of masquerading grief was just too much falsity for me to stomach, hence my silence.

    When I think of her a hyena comes to mind, yelping with pleasure in new beds and with new strangers.

    Boiled down, I iced that contemptible bitch and will continue to do so. And yet, I will probably continue to read her saga. I suppose I am a sucker for the ridiculous spectacle of a nearly 60 yr old woman trying to recapture earlier days perhaps never really lived. In fact, she has already informed her FB friends–in so many words– that next year she will not be inconvenienced by tragedy, and Sturgis, South Dakota, her she comes..

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 27, 2015 at 6:42 am #

      On a new Harley paid for with hubby’s insurance.

    • BackRowHeckler August 27, 2015 at 7:45 am #

      Hey Buck you need to start submitting some of this material for publication, get paid for it. Its pretty good stuff.

      First step, get yourself an agent.

      brh

      • Buck Stud August 27, 2015 at 10:23 am #

        Lol BRH and thanks for the compliment. “Pretty good” is well, just pretty good. And my pretty goods are not all that frequent. There are writers and then there are WRITERS and I’m certainly not the former never mind the latter. I’m more of the occasional venting type, basically.

        I do enjoy reading however.

    • MisterDarling August 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      @ Buck;

      This narrative is excellent. It nutshells a ton of information about the state of our culture on its way out. It’s a ‘fragment’ of our ‘hologram rose’.

      (someone might quibble about editing, [yadayada] but why?)

      Good on ya, Buck.

      Cheers!

    • 439 August 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

      Who cares?

  127. FincaInTheMountains August 27, 2015 at 2:24 am #

    Over seven years since 2008 with the growth of the economy (GDP) nearly 80%, China’s stock index lost over the same period to about 33%.

    With US GDP growth in the same period by only 7% the S&P500 grew up by 38%, and by 157% compared to the crisis low point.

    That is how adequate stock index relates to economic development. These figures perfectly illustrate exactly who is in fact a “weak link”.

    If we digress from the fantasies of financial analysts, we fully understand what is happening in reality. China produces real wealth in ever increasing amounts, thereby creating a new real money supply, secured by tangible assets. This money supply then flows to the West, settling in the financial instruments of these countries and ensuring tranquility in the stock and debt markets.

    Once we understand this, it becomes clear why China is now “appointed” the main culprit for all the ills of the world’s finances. The slowdown of its economy from 9-10 to 7 per cent a year against the backdrop of accelerating growth trend of the total debts of the Western economies, primarily the United States, is really a threat to the markets. At some point (and it is coming) new real money supply, produced by China, will no longer be enough even for simple refinancing of existing debt.

  128. FincaInTheMountains August 27, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    US Banking Giant Citigroup Moves Massive Gold Reserves To Russia

    A curious Ministry of Finance (MoF) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has “accepted for protection” 3 million ounces of gold worth over $3.5 billion from US banking and financial services giant Citigroup along with a further nearly $100 billion in cash.

    According to this report, 1.4 million ounces of this now protected gold in the vaults of the CBR were shipped directly from Venezuela after this past April’s complex agreement between that South American nation and Citigroup, with the remaining 1.6 million ounces coming from various countries this banking and financial service giant has cut ties with in the past year and a half.

    MoF does note that the gold and monies “accepted for protection” by the CBR from Citigroup now exist under Federation laws and are not allowed to be claimed by any foreign entity, including the United States.

    whatdoesitmean.com/index1905.htm

  129. FincaInTheMountains August 27, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    New Sheriff in town

    Syria Shoots Down Israeli Warplane F-16 Bomber, Using Russian S-300 Air Defense System

    globalresearch.ca/syria-shoots-down-israeli-warplane-f-16-bomber-and-helicopters/5471009

  130. wpa--ccc August 27, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    “Now yer talkin’ ;o)” — Qshtik

    I must protest, Q.

    You have taken my words out of context, omitting the five words before and after the quote you cited. Before the quote I said: “JHK is right” (though you have publicly said JHK is wrong about Trump) … and after the quote I said “/sarcasm off”

    … and, yes, I saw your smiley face at the end, but that does not excuse you taking things out of context, Mr. OCD. Though it is good to know where you stand and that you approve of mass murder, mass deportation and enforced racist segregation.

    🙁

    • meargen August 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      I never cared for Shirer’s Rise and fall of the Third Reich. Very one-sided, and he’s reported a lot of false stories. Also, I like a better overview of things.
      Books I’ve liked are by Len Deighton, Blood, Tears, and Folly: An Objective Look at WWII. It’s a good study of politics, war making, and the goals of Hitler and the allies. I like how he spent a chapter on oil, stating that the Nazis never had the access to oil the allies had. Hitler did with Russia, but when he invaded Russia, that stopped that. JHK argued as much. Deighton states Hitler offered people a heroic purpose in life, and the reds never did that, or when they did, it was a class war that meant to eliminate the middle class, military, and small shopkeepers. These people didn’t want that. They liked a little bit of socialism, but not the international Marxist kind.
      Another good book is Blitzkrieg.
      The idea that Hitler spared the British army at Dunkirk so as to get a better deal from Britain isn’t true. The Germans still had to deal with the French army, most of Belgian in that area wasn’t amenable to heave armored activity, and Goering insisted the Luftwaffe would handle the British. The Germans were surprised the British could evacuate troops.
      As for Hitler declaring war on America, it was unusual, since he considered declarations of war out of date, but remember in summer of 1941, Roosevelt issued a shoot-on-sight order to all U-Boats. The US destroyer Reuben James was sunk by a U-Boat it was chasing. So, really, by autumn of 1941, we were at all purposes at war with Hitler. And America didn’r know? Doh!
      Another author I like is Sebastian Haffner. The Meaning of Hitler is an excellent study of Hitler, only 165 pages. He was a journalist who left Germany because his wife was Jewish. Haffner has a very good overview of Hitler. An example:
      ‘The point is that Hitler’s successes were never scored against a strong or even a tough opponent: even the Weimar Republic of the late twenties and Britain in 1940 proved too strong for him. More particularly, he never possessed the inventiveness or suppleness which may enable a weaker contestant to outmanoeuvre and defeat a stronger one…All his successes were scored against opponents who were unable or unwilling to offer real resistance…Hitler invariably toppled what was tottering and killed what was already dying…he also threw away his chance of uniting Europe, a chance never to return, and of making it accept Germany’s hegemony through such unification, magnified that mistake to gigantic proportions. It is odd that, even today, this gigantic mistake still scarcely figures in the literature on Hitler…he described himself as a man ‘who always knew only one thing: strike, strike, and strike again’-a self characterization intended as self-praise but in reality a self-accusation, maybe even an exaggerated one.’

      I also enjoyed reading Frederich Spott’s Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics. It discusses Hitler the artist, and argues Hitler was really two people: the determined killer and an artist, although not a very
      deep one. It’s interesting that Hitler was obsessed with opera. We know about Wagner, but he also kept drawing designs for opera houses, and when he was a young man in Vienna, almost became an apprentice to a set designer, but got cold feet and ran away. Even during wartime, he insisted cultural performances continue, and intended to have free performances so people could see opera.
      In a sense, the Third Reich was a kind of grand opera.
      I admit I see his plans for a redesigned Berlin (‘Germania’), and although, as JHK said, much of it is exaggerated art deco, a lot of it is appealing, certainly moreso than our modern crappy corporate architecture. Also, Hitler wished to retire in Linz and enjoy a vast art collection (much of it stolen) and redesign Linz.
      Hitler is still one of history’s most fascinating personalities. Mein Kampf is, after the Bible, the most translated book in the world.

      So, is Trump Hitler? Trump articulates a lot of popular dissent, like Hitler did. Germans in 1933 did NOT want to be communist, much like now, we DON’T want millions of foreigners overrunning the country. There are economic, racial, and cultural problems people are concerned, but the system (either party) tells them to shut up,
      or plays to them to get elected, then it’s forgotten.
      Trump telling off Ramos in the press conference is exactly how millions of us feel. We’re not dangerous racists. We’ve just had enough.
      Trump is a bullshitter, and Americans like bullshitters, ordinary guys who speak their minds. Like Reagan or Clinton. Is Obama a bullshitter? I think he’s an NPR listener’s idea of a bullshitter.
      If we get Jeb Bush, we’ll get the system’s man, one who once declared himself part of a minority. Trump, again, is someone who has exposed the system’s inability to respond to change. Now, we’re in election year mode, so NOTHING will be discussed or done, because we’re obsessed with the two-party mantra.
      Sorry to be so long and compete with JHK’s commentary.

      • BackRowHeckler August 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

        Woo! once again, great post Meargen.

        A lot there to digest.

        Keep ’em coming.

        brh

      • MisterDarling August 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

        “Is Obama a bullshitter? I think he’s an NPR listener’s idea of a bullshitter.”-meargen.

        This has merit. Similarly, most of the Tea Party/Republican candidates sound like a dumb person’s idea of someone intelligent.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

        Yes, Jeb said he’s with the Hispanics. Spiritually he’s become just as much of a midget as the Mexican maid he married.

        Surely you don’t deny Hitler’s Anglophillia completely? For to do that is to misunderstand him completely….

        He also said that America had no future, being as it was half Negrified and half Judaized. Prophetic words.

    • capt spaulding August 28, 2015 at 11:39 am #

      I think Qshtik would prefer that you to refer to him as
      cdo rather than ocd.

  131. Q. Shtik August 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    but that does not excuse you taking things out of context, Mr. OCD. – wpa

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

    Sure it does. These are the ‘internets.’ No need for accuracy or consistency… nor grammar, spelling or punctuation.

  132. Q. Shtik August 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    I never cared for Shirer’s Rise and fall of the Third Reich. Very one-sided, and he’s reported a lot of false stories. Also, I like a better overview of things. – meargen

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

    I’m glad to hear your opinion about Rise and Fall. It prodded me to read several of the hundreds or even thousands of links on the subject of the book and in particular its author. Anyone considering tackling the book itself might want to read this link first

    wnyc.org/story/207513-william-l-shirer/

    and/or many others.

    A person (Shirer) could hardly have been in a better position (as a journalist in Europe and in particular Berlin during the relevant period) to write the definitive work on this subject.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

      The article concludes on an ominous note: Shirer distrusted them but he didn’t hate them enough. Therefore he had been “taken in” by them. Semitic logic at its finest. Q, shame on you.

  133. Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Still searching for a Heart of Gold? Search no longer.

    dailystormer.com/parody-song-called-fascist-heart-by-shiksa-goddess/

  134. wpa--ccc August 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    “Jeb is … just as much of a midget as the Mexican maid he married.” — Janos

    Columba did not work as a maid. She was middle class in Mexico.

    Jeb is right that immigration into the USA is an “act of love.” Trump is wrong about rapists, criminals, addicts, etc. Listen to Jeb:

    “The dad who loved their children—was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.” –John Ellis Bush

    Who is Columba Bush?
    theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/06/the-mysterious-columba-bush/392090/

    • Frankiti August 27, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

      This is pure BS. The majority of latin american ILLEGAL immigrants are the dregs. Little to no education. They come here without a pot to piss in, to do menial labor. Yeah, it’s hard work, and the bar to entry is rolling around on the ground. Without a pot to piss in or legal status they begin to have children, many children that they can’t care for without state assistance (USC children are entitled to a plethora of benefits). Their is no notion of responsible family planning. The husband’s hard demeaning work of long hours and a dingy apartment with braying babies leads him to escapism through alcohol. He drives drunk, beats his spouse (this is their, the uneducated dregs of Latin America, way). Migrant workers typically maintain families, and children with multiple partners in both countries. Mom gets a job doing linens in a hotel, feeding all those kids costs money despite the welfare . Kids are alone in shitty neighborhoods, they often join gangs. These are truths. It’s seldom a family that fell on hard times and decided to go north. This is a fictional narrative. Pure BS…

      • malthuss August 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

        Brimelow noted, ‘Immigrants are negatively selected from south of the border. Those with money, education, wealth stay there.’

        Many are illiterate in their own languages [Spanish and native].

        • meargen August 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

          Janos: Hitler’s exact feelings about America: ‘I find an Englishman a thousand time preferable to an American…I feel the deepest hatred and revulsion towards anything American. In its whole outlook America is a half-Jewish, half-Negroid society…The German Reich has 270 opera houses and a richer cultural life than is known there. Basically Americans live like pigs in a well-tiled sty, unable to see beyond the waves of skyscrapers. They lack the German feeling for nature and are completely bereft of any sense of Romanticism. Indian lore is the only source of Romanticism the North American has. And it is interesting that the best portrayer of this is none other than a German.’ (Referring to the German writer Karl May, who wrote a ton of westerns, a favorite childhood author of Hitler).

          I don’t think the Tea Party are the simpering morons most of you think they are. The movement has some valid concerns and effectively pulled the Republicans back to some of their conservative roots, but they’re easily manipulated, and the GOP leadership treats them like most groups who are culturally conservative; good enough for votes, then they get dumped. A lot of them are like Americans from my youth…they kind of buy into the traditional pull of country and mores, and just want someone to bring back the good old days. The hatred and repulsion people have for them creeps me out. The Tea Party really isn’t that radical. I notice at all their rallies they are overwhelmingly white, but have tons of black and Neocon speakers, or real boneheads like Glen Beck. Most of them also never met a war they didn’t like. But compared to the usual bundle of lefties, I’ll take my tea with sugar, please.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

            Yes Conservatives are encouraged to accept Blacks as a sacred or priestly class exactly as Leftists have. This effort has largely been successful with even the Communist Martin Luther King accepted as a “great conservative”.

          • trypillian August 27, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

            Trump really hasn’t killed anybody yet and evidently the demonic Hitler was proxy to millions of horrific deaths. It is absurd to suggest Trump is an evil reincarnation of Lucifer and will eclipse ( I didn’t say trump ) Atilla the Hun and the like as the premier pychopath of all time.

            I daresay the author is guilty of catharsis and sublimation in relation to ancestry.

          • BackRowHeckler August 28, 2015 at 7:00 am #

            Corporal Hitler spent 4 years in the trenches — facing the British. But he was well aware it was the AEF under Pershing that halted Ludendorf’s last great advance on Paris in March 1918, driving the German army back toward the Rhine, ending Germany’s hope of ever winning the Great War.

            The US Army didn’t have too much trouble with the Germans in 1918 or in 1944. IMO the Germans proved to be paper tigers, good at crushing small countries and murdering civilians, not so good when squared off against formidable opponents like the British, the Russians or the USA .

            brh

          • trypillian August 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

            Diabolical Adolf wanted to nuke NYC in 1946. As luck would have it, the war ended to thwart the sinister plot. A stealth bomber prototype, the Horten 2-29 stealth fighter was successfully flown in 1945. The bomb technology was known. The FW 200 Condor made the first non-stop trans-atlantic flight in 1938, from Germany to NYC, no doubt testing the waters under the disguise of bearing olive branches.

            Donald does not want to destroy cities, he wants to protect them. Rumor has it, if elected he will build, courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers, a 25 ft seawall around Manhatten to protect it from sea level rise.

  135. wpa--ccc August 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    Ramos seems to be the only one standing up to the new Hitler, using facts and common sense. Ramos said Trump is promoting a deportation plan that is financially unsustainable and logistically unachievable.

    “What he is trying to sell to the American public simply doesn’t work, How is he going to deport 11 million people — by bus, by plane? Is he going to bring the army to do that?”

    Ramos said Trump’s deportation plan would cost an estimated $12,500 per immigrant, meaning the reality TV star’s strategy to force 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the country would cost an estimated $137 billion.

    Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is “absurd,” Ramos added, given that “almost 40 percent off all immigrants come by plane and overstay their visas.”

    When asked about his previous comments calling Trump the “loudest voice of intolerance, hatred, and division” in the U.S., Ramos doubled down: “When you say immigrants from Mexico are criminals and rapists, isn’t that spreading hate?”

    • Janos Skorenzy August 27, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

      Ramos interrupted another “journalist” and Trump treated him like the punk he is.

      Trump later relented and allow Ramos to prattle a bit about the usual nonsense of no human being is a criminal. Criminals are criminal, subsisting in the state of illegality until they pay for their crimes. He basically treated Ramos as the child he is.

      Is Columba your kind of woman? She’s about half as tall as Jeb is. Guess he needs that in order to feel normal.

  136. FincaInTheMountains August 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    China Sells U.S. Treasuries to Support Yuan

    China has cut its holdings of U.S. Treasuries this month to raise dollars needed to support the yuan in the wake of a shock devaluation two weeks ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The People’s Bank of China has been offloading dollars and buying yuan to support the exchange rate, a policy that’s contributed to a $315 billion drop in its foreign-exchange reserves over the last 12 months.

    bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-27/china-said-to-sell-treasuries-as-dollars-needed-for-yuan-supp…

    I think there is little doubt now that China entered a full-fledged economic war against the United States, using Russian military-political cover. Some serious events await us during September-October timeframe.

    10 missile regiments of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces entered the combat patrol routes during the exercises that are going to be held between August 25 and September 26.

    function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12053980@egNews

  137. FincaInTheMountains August 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    The US is rediscovering the real Russian nuclear threat, that imposes political and economic constraints on the Empire of Good that are incompatible with its life.

    Modern Russian nuclear threat makes the United States to make a thorough and disappointing test of its own nuclear triad: outdated submarines without the resources and ability to carry many months of combat duty, old planes without the resources and most importantly, 60-year-old ballistic missiles of which some parts are falling off under the force of gravity. Reports by American technicians say that many of them will blow right in the silos, for this reason, Americans stopped test launches of ballistic missiles, because their condition are clear enough.

    This is garbage and it is cheaper to keep it on fake alert than to get rid of it. It is also necessary to understand some of the subtleties: the production of nuclear weapons and their carriers were placed in the hands of private corporations on the basis of “an acceptable quality for acceptable price” and the ability to corrupt state bureaucrats in numerous military selection committees.

  138. Q. Shtik August 27, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    She’s about half as tall as Jeb is. Guess he needs that in order to feel normal. – Janos

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

    This type of attack is known as a stature ad hominem.

    So let’s see if she’s, say, 5’4″ he’s about 10’8″ and therefore he’d make a lousy president.

    • ZrCrypDiK August 27, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

      I love how everyone sweats the Dow crash this week, when it whuz down 2k in the weeks before… Wakin’ up yet, *DAD*?!?

  139. wpa--ccc August 28, 2015 at 1:21 am #

    “Trump later relented and allowed Ramos…” –Janos

    Doesn’t that make Trump an apeaser? Trump doesn’t have the balls to go to Univision and go one on one with Ramos.
    ..

    • wpa--ccc August 28, 2015 at 1:24 am #

      Trump, the ^appeaser^ of Ramos.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 28, 2015 at 1:33 am #

      He’s suing Univision for 500 million. He owns Ramos.

      • wpa--ccc August 28, 2015 at 1:50 am #

        Yeah, Ramos did seem really scared of Trump. Not.

  140. nsa August 28, 2015 at 2:17 am #

    Americans are mostly ahistorical. Britain and France declared war on Germany in September of 1939, not vice versa. Danzig, a prussian port city, had essentially been ripped away from Germany and given to the poles after WW1 against the will of the the German speaking population of the city. In 1939, the population voted to return to being part of Germany and a request of the Poles was made. This was denied so the Germans took it back by force and the Brits and Frogs declared war on Germany. With war declared, there was no reason not to attempt to return to preWW1 borders and incorporate all Germans into one greater Germany. AGAIN, BRITAIN AND FRANCE DECLARED WAR ON GERMANY, NOT VICE VERSA.

  141. barbisbest August 28, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    Midwest Moderate August 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    ‘Kunstler, you shinny headed weasel with a stupid mustache, are you actually calling for Trump to be assassinated?’

    You must be mistaken, identity I mean. Can’t be the same person you address, don’t think he has a mustache.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

      How was your vacation with Danny? Still have your kidney?

  142. michigan_native August 28, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    The ascension of an arrogant prick like Donald Trump really highlights not just the mentality of the political right, but also the political apathy and ignorance of the American public.

    People sense that something is wrong, that their standard of living, their neighborhood, their city, state, and country is not the same as it was a mere 10 years ago, and they are right.

    Like being on a slow, sinking ship the fear starts to kick in. People in a state of fear resort to thinking and behaving on a primitive level. Along comes Donald Trump, a despicable spoiled brat who is also sensing that his little empire is ending, and is showing signs of losing his mind.

    People that still have jobs trot off to their menial jobs, where employers and macho manager thrive on the job scarcity to threaten, harass, and intimidate people into working harder and harder for less and less. Ulcers, insomnia, hernias, stroke level blood pressures, anxiety are some of the pleasantries that more and more are experiencing by the new slave driver mentality of the would be Donald Trumps. Pricks that get paid a little extra to make people work harder and harder with no raise, no mercy, no gratitude, no respect.

    These people who are being worked to a premature death see other people that get public assistance get housing for free while they struggle to pay their mortgage (those who haven’t lost their homes already), they see them get medical are for free while many of them either go without care because they cannot afford the out of pocket expenses or if they do seek care, the healthcare criminals want them to pay out the ass to make up for those who get care for free either voluntarily with out of pocket expenses or involuntarily, by being sued and going bankrupt when they do not have enough money left over after paying that mortgage to pay that 100,000 dollar out of pocket medical bill because they had the audacity to get sick or injured. And there seems to be no shortage of bottom feeding, scum sucking parasites called lawyers who have no shame and are willing to make their living suing for the banks, creditors, healthcare criminals. These are some of the people that the decimated middle class should be focusing their anger at. Lawyers. Creditors. Banks. Managers. Politicians. Illegal immigrants did not run up an actual debt of 220 trillion dollars, outsource our manufacturing base and good paying jobs, deplete the resources needed for endless growth, create massive trade imbalances, bring on the collapse of the US dollar, or as we are soon to find out, the wholesale collapse of the US economy and the end of industrialization of America.

    Instead of focusing anger at the real cause of their demise and the swine that facilitated it, along comes this human turd Trump to champion their misdirected anger. A guy who boasts about dropping out of college and becoming this great, self made man. He doesn’t mention that his father left him some 340 million dollars, so we have a dickhead spoiled brat that was placed on third base but claims to have hit a triple. Those illegal immigrants (who according to Trump, speak Mexican) did not result in the economic disaster and the energy cataclysm that will follow, but by focusing his shallow pea brain on a scape goat, he can get the flag waving morons that think somehow he can “make America great” again along with those who lost their jobs or are struggling and are soon to lose their jobs to rally behind him because he channels his hatred against these brown people whom the wounded and dying middle class perceive as getting hand outs.

    Now we are getting a lesson in the utter ignorance of the self described right wingers in the declining shit hole of a nation and what the real motives have been behind the republican base of support. Supposedly, at the end of a Trump rally in Alabama, the 20,000 that attended (FOX news claimed 40,000) they broke into a chant “white power”. Even if the Trump types get their real wishes (and make no mistake about it, is to kill those illegal immigrants that Trump says Mexico is sending over…..like as if they aren’t coming on their own accord) those other problems that should be addressed, the debt, resource depletion and the end of growth, peak oil and the collapse of industrialized society, or the collapse of the US in general will still remain and are not simply just going to go away.

    But rest assured, more and more FOX news types and right winged politicians are testing the waters of public tolerance by talking about gutting medicare and social security. Some say this is because the neocons already stole people’s social security to fund their illegal wars, and are trying to soft pedal this crime by talk about “privatizing” it. Rand Paul made no secret about his plans to cut funds for it. So their racial issues aside, we now see that after minorities are put in their place, the next group they have their eyes set on are the poor, elderly, and disabled. According to Dr Paul Craig Roberts, the “father of Reaganomics”, both the democrats and republicans have every intention of going after people’s pensions when there is nothing left to steal. Dmitry Orlov noted that the US is behaving like the former USSR did just before it collapsed by setting out to steal anything and everything they could from anyone and everyone they could. We see that in the US with the cops on steroids with all the scale backs in services and bankruptcies and they try to force people to use up their retirement savings. The retirement system is doomed to fail in the US, but the vile, despicable maggots have no shame and are making it increasingly clear that they plan to steal it as well as cut food assistance programs (over half the people that receive them are children)

    So illegal immigrants, the poor, the disabled, the elderly, and children. These are the people that the Donald Trumps of the word and their submoronic, hopelessly ignorant, vile, hate filled supporters want to blame for problems that they themselves created.

    I don’t place much faith in politics, but we who see the larger picture should start to mobilize and get any and all unregistered voters who are going to be scapegoated by these Nazi like pricks to get out and clobber this SOB should he win the repug nomination. The question on people’s minds should not be illegal immigrants but who would be most likely to show compassion and keep life support systems open for all, because the US is gong to collapse on his or her watch. The last thing we need is Trump, Bush, or the standard issue neocons. I don’t care for Clinton, and it has nothing to do with Benghazi or e-mails and everything to do with being a cheerleader for US foreign policy as well as a puppet of other countries and Monsanto, but keep this motto in mind and spread the word far and wide. Anybody but Trump (or Bush) in 2016.

    • michigan_native August 28, 2015 at 9:30 am #

      Also, what asshole Trump didn’t mention was going after the people that hire illegal immigrants. If there was not work here for them, the incentive to come here would be null and void. His silence on that one may stem from the fact the he himself supposedly had many illegals build his hotels or whatever and one of the ones he is presently building has illegal immigrants working on it. But you will never hear the gutless weasel go after his own, its too easy to blame fictitious scape goats, like illegal immigrants, those receiving food assistance, the poor. Rest assured, when that fails to arrest the collapse, it will be the disabled and the elderly. If people are stupid enough to allow this prick to ascend to power, they will have lost the one thing that the 1% could not have robbed from them. Their mora integrity and their dignity, but then again, it’s hard to believe they had any to begin with by even thinking about supporting a racist, hate filled colossal asshole like Trump

      • Q. Shtik August 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

        Based on your two screeds favoring socialism, why are you not specifically calling for support for Bernie Sanders?

        • michigan_native August 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

          Same shit, different day. You don’t like the message, so attack the messenger with a label, “socialist”. Based on the fact that I think Trump is a spoiled brat and has used his money to bully people. You are probably one of those losers who would appear on the apprentice and suck his little dick “yes, Mr Trump”. Fuck that. And I reiterate, the agenda and the mentality of these republican right winged sons of bitches is now clear for all to see. Illegals, children, the elderly, the poor and disabled as their empire and standard of living erodes. They could have collapsed with some sense of dignity intact, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. Bernie Sanders? The inbreds from the south and those who shovel pig shit in the farming states will use the same tactic of labeling “socialist Jew” and the hate mongers would never allow him to start a New Deal, to put people to work making a new world built by hand, a new economy based on sustainability, and de-industrialize in conditions that are safe and dignified where everyone has access to food, shelter, transportation, and security. The first response to our collapse is to focus on scape goats, like illegal immigrants. So that proves there is no hope that we can muddle through this without a lot of misery, suffering, and violence

          • Q. Shtik August 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

            I’m just calling a spade a spade. Everything you favor comes under the label socialism. Bernie, himself, says he’s a “socialist.”

            P.S. I didn’t call Bernie a socialist “Jew.”

            You should be out on the sidewalk wearing a sandwich board saying “Bernie for President.”

          • Janos Skorenzy August 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

            By the same coin Q – he is a Socialist Jew. Why deny the truth? If he doesn’t like it, let him change it.

            Michigan got what he wanted last time with Obama. How did that work out?

            Communism remains what it has always been: a project of the Financial Oligarchs.

          • elysianfield August 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

            “Everything you favor comes under the label socialism”

            Make no mistake, Gentlemen, for the USA to survive, it will embrace socialism, and even to a greater extent than it does now. Capitalism, for most, is a failure. 330+ millions of people to feed and house. The well-paying jobs are not coming back in numbers significant to this problem. 200+ million… Employ them, feed/house them, or kill them…options are limited. I personally have benefitted under Capitalism…would be great to see it continue for the benefit of the majority of the population…sadly, it cannot…the fowl of Malthus have come home to roost.

          • malthuss August 28, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

            ‘Trump didn’t mention was going after the people that hire illegal immigrants. If there was not work here for them, the incentive to come here would be null and void.’

            Canard.
            It is supply and demand. Oversupply of cheap labor makes it even cheaper.

          • BackRowHeckler August 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

            In other words,

            ‘Keep the Red Flag Flying’

            Let’s close this meeting with a spirited rendition of the ‘International’, Comrades.

            brh

      • BackRowHeckler August 28, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

        White Power?

        What, is whitey finally growing a pair?

        It doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Black Lives Matter’.

        brh

    • elysianfield August 28, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      Michigan,
      Cold, un-alloyed weapons-grade truth. Thank you.

      • nsa August 28, 2015 at 11:33 am #

        We plan on deporting both of you along with your 20 million border jumping narco state pals……aiding and abetting the enemy is a crime.

        • michigan_native August 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

          Whoever told you to “just be yourself” could not have given you worse advice.

      • michigan_native August 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

        So even if Trump doesn’t win, the focus went to illegal immigrants instead of collapse mitigation. I didn’t think he stood a snowball’s chance in hell. I thought do the math. I highly doubt a single Hispanic voter will vote for him, well maybe some of the far right winged race traitors in Miami. Few Afro Americans would vote for him save maybe some of the Uncle Tom types typified in that movie Django. I thought few women would vote for a chauvinist pig, but some of them like to be treated like shit. I thought no working class/blue collar workers, but many are lulled by the resentment they feel about other’s getting handouts while they bust their ass. I see their point, I am in a similar bind struggling to pay the mortgage and have health issues that I have put off because of the out of pocket co-pays, but that is hardly enough to get me to vote for a colossal asshole and dickhead like Donald Trump.

        And you know whatever party is in, when the collapse is not arrested and there is nothing left to steal, they will go after pensions and people’s retirement savings. Trump is not the right man for a post collapse America.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

          Shows how little you know. Many Hispanics will vote for him. Even the ones who came illegally might not want the process to continue – because it will lead to America becoming just another Latin American cesspool. And the ones who came here legally tend know it even more. They don’t want what they escaped from following them here.

          • michigan_native August 30, 2015 at 7:13 am #

            Actually, it shows how little you know about what the US will become like in a post collapse, fossil fuel depleted wasteland. No more cars, very little jobs, assholes like you whose momma didn’t give them enough attention or never got laid blame your shortcomings on scapegoats and so have the time to post in here 24/7 with the same diatribes.

            Industrialized society will soon no longer be possible for the US, like it or not, engage in whatever form of denial you suck on like your momma’s titties that should have breast fed you else you would not be obsessed with malice and hatred. So let’s find scapegoats, let’s blame illegals, Arabs, children on food stamps, the Russians, the Chinese, etc etc. and on and on

            They had precious little to do with resource depletion and the end of growth that is resulting, peak oil, exporting our manufacturing base, trade imbalances, and debt that is completely unsustainable. So the collapse of the US dollar when it gets dropped as the world’s de facto currency of international trade, which necessarily includes the international oil trade, from which despite fracking and all these “miracles”, we still need to import 2/3 of our energy needs. There is no magic bullet, and the collapse of the US dollar will be the final nails in the US coffin, from which it will never emerge “great again”, despite all the hot air out of Washington, the military fiascos that are being attempted that will only fail more miserably because the US is broke and imperialism as an energy capture strategy has always been subject to the laws of diminishing returns.

            So, with the impending stock market crash and ensuing world wide panic, there will likely be a run on the worthless US dollar, as countries whose portfolios are heavily overweighted with dollars and dollar denominated assets will seek to dump them before others finally lose faith that they can be trusted or have value as a medium of exchange. Oil exporting nations, who will want maximum value for the remaining 50% of oil or less that is ultimately recoverable. are starting to demand gold or currencies backed by something of perceived value. If they do not drop the US dollar altogether, they will demand a basket of currencies, gold, or other commodities for their declining exports

            Either way, the US is finished, and the Donald Trumps of the world can do nothing to replenish natural resources, one time gifts from nature that were the “food” for endless growth. The nightmare scenario for the world will be the military solution, which has not been working and will no longer work. Trump and these other dick heads that are still in denial are not the solution

        • Q. Shtik August 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

          So even if Trump doesn’t win, the focus went to illegal immigrants instead of collapse mitigation. – Michigan

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

          This is true. And when Trump bails out of the running it is exactly what he will say…that he has done his job of forcing the entire Republican lineup (and maybe even the Dems) to shit to the Right, strongly against illegal immigration.

          In the coming days and weeks I hope he also says something about what fools those European countries are for allowing themselves to become “the camp of the saints.”

          • Q. Shtik August 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

            Make that “shift.”

          • ozone August 29, 2015 at 8:05 am #

            Since we’re engaging in turning aside the eventually fatal cut by guile and misdirection here, I’d say “shit” is more appropriate, Q.

            Republican’s are always known for shitting where they eat (or fouling their own nest, if you will). They just figure they’ll always have the wherewithal to purchase or steal a new nest (or dining hall). S.O.P. of the G.O.P.

            Now we shall proceed to blather on about dems and doze, and repubs and depubs, cappys and soshis, etc., etc., and ignore how we might ease into contraction rather than collapsing in a blood-soaked heap by building the tottering tower of trump ever higher. Ironclad ideologies aren’t going to feed the horses; flexibility, diversity, inefficiency and serious study just may. (No guarantees of course, but I think the odds are better for *survival of the human species*.) Careful what you wish for, delusionistas, you certainly won’t get it. What you’ll get is horror of the non-fiction type. Lesson never learned, eh?

  143. volodya August 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Michigan Native,

    If you were Latino, would you have crossed the border? Would I? Maybe. Probably even. Their choice is failed states to the south or a failing state to the north. Millions of them think the north is better. At least for now.

    The open southern border is no accident. Oligarch-owned Washington will keep it that way. The oligarchs benefit hugely from importing millions of people illegally while offshoring millions of jobs.

    Not so sure it all works out in the longer run. You have to be blind to not see the increasingly desperate attempts by the Fed and other central banks to paper over cracks in the financial world. The troubles have as their root the immiserization of the people relied upon to buy products made by Oligarch owned companies. Plus increasingly scarce energy.

    The Oligarchs put themselves in a mess IMO. They measure their wealth and claim on resources by numbers in databases. But such claims are good only as long as there are American courts and men with guns willing to enforce them. What happens when those courts and men say fuck it, I’m not doing this anymore?

    How many young men are willing to sacrifice their lives for a cause? Quite a few as history shows. But young American men look at their own increasingly dire situation. Why should they defend a regime that works against them?

    Not that the Oligarchs would listen to me, but I would urge them to think long and hard about what they’re doing.

    • MisterDarling August 28, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

      @ Volodya @ Co.:

      Mass Deportation the South American way:

      news.yahoo.com/colombians-flee-venezuela-mass-deportations-223830489.html

      They have their reasons, and they are not quibbling.

      A person has to be incredibly naïve to think that a borderless North/South America is a good idea in the short- or long-run. We can argue about causal factors and nasty history but that doesn’t alter the situation we deal with today.

    • BackRowHeckler August 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      I’m still keeping a lookout for these ‘Oligarchs’.

      I think most of them are down Fairfield County way, around Greenwich and Westport. So far they haven’t been up here to f-kk with us citizens in Hartford County, as far as I know.

      If they do show up with mischief on their minds and malice in their hearts, making the 70 mile trip in their Bentleys — “Drive north Jeeves, and step on it” — I’ll be ready for them, with some hot lead from my ancient Winchester, American Lead, if you will.

      brh

  144. wpa--ccc August 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    “The open southern border is no accident.” –Volodya

    ——————————

    The “open” southern border is a myth.

    washingtonpost.com/politics/flow-of-illegal-immigration-slows-as-us-mexico-border-dynamics-evolve/20…

    As the Department of Homeland Security continues to pour money into border security, evidence is emerging that illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in at least two decades. The nation’s population of illegal immigrants, which more than tripled, to 12.2 million, between 1990 and 2007, has dropped by about 1 million, according to demographers at the Pew Research Center.

    Besides the border fence, the Border Patrol, and Homeland Security, there are right-wing paramilitary groups patrolling the southern border. It is perhaps the most patrolled and highly defended border anywhere in the world, at least for two closely connected countries at peace with one another. Judging from the border, you’d never know Mexico was a friendly nation linked to the United States by a treaty agreement worth over half a trillion dollars in annual trade.

    But the idiot Trump wants to build a big bad unnecessary wall. The data also show that fences don’t keep migrants out, they just keep them from going home. Apparently Trump does not know that there are easier ways to get into the US now.

    Mr. Trump, tear down that wall !!!

    Tear down the fences. Open the borders. Legalize the immigrants and let’s get on with making America great instead of wasting America’s resources on walls, fences, and security bureaucracy.

  145. Q. Shtik August 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    By the same coin Q – he is a Socialist Jew. – Janos

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

    He’s also 73 years old so maybe he should be referred to as “that old socialist Jew.”

    BTW, which word should be the adjective and which the noun?

    Was Hitler a socialist German or a German socialist?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Obviously he was a German National Socialist. The German was paramount – perhaps too much so I admit.

      I could never be a German National Socialist or “Nazi” because I am not German. Nor do I lament that. The model is sound and can apply, with cultural modifications, to other peoples. One Italian Fascist studied the Founding Fathers and told David Duke that they were Fascists. Entirely apt. Trace back our system via Russell Kirk and Barry Goldwater to men like Edmund Burke, James Stephens, and Thomas Carlyle. Once you understand the roots of our system, you wont have a problem with Fascism at all. We don’t have to use the word or adopt the uniforms, salutes, etc. But we can see the commonality between ourselves and them.

      England is more individualistic than the continent and America more so again. And we had the land to allow us to be. But the basics don’t change. And now that the Frontier has closed and the Nation threatened, we must cease to be so individualistic, at least until the crisis is over.

      • BackRowHeckler August 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

        I thought that Hitler was Austrian, not German.

        He was German like Stalin was Russian, or Napolean was French.

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy August 28, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

          The ADL are just looking for a few good goyim. And who knows? Reruns of the Rat Patrol may be coming. Life is good for the servants of the Chosen.

  146. MisterDarling August 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    @ Volodya & Co.:

    “Their choice is failed states to the south or a failing state to the north. Millions of them think the north is better. At least for now.”-v.

    Interestingly, a lot of American citizens are doing the same thing:

    canadianbusiness.com/economy/canada-us-uk-immigration-rules/

    “The oligarchs benefit hugely from importing millions of people illegally while offshoring millions of jobs… Not so sure it all works out in the longer run.”-v.

    At this point I think that it’s “benefit[ed]”. As the job market shuts down there won’t be any place to put a bunch of semi-skilled workers or any reason for them to be on this side of the border… Which probably means that things will ‘work themselves out’ the way they are on the Colombia/Venezuela border right now –> See next message.

  147. BackRowHeckler August 28, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    “Make that shift’ — Q

    Q, this is a blog, not a term paper at MIT, typos are allowed, encouraged even!

    brh

    • sprawlcapital August 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      , , , typos are allowed, encouraged even!

      brh

      It’s obvious that’s hyperbole, for effect only. Still it won’t deter some of us from correcting errors that are not mere typos, but are from actual laziness or even illiteracy.

      sc

  148. Sticks-of-TNT August 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    I thought he meant “shit to the Right.” Things were getting pretty heated. It kind of made sense.

    -TNT

    • Q. Shtik August 28, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

      Like, Trump is so far right he even SHITS to the right.

      • Sticks-of-TNT August 29, 2015 at 12:05 am #

        Right…ahh, I mean yes!

        BTW, your post mentioned “Camp of the Saints.” I went ahead and downloaded it onto my Kindle today. I’ve seen it referenced so frequently here it seems like part of the path to CFN citizenship. Seems timely despite having been written so long ago. (1973 I believe?) Probably puts me on someone’s list.

        I have a couple other books going I need to finish including “Terror Factory” which I recommend. Also in the cue is Andrew Cockburn’s “Kill Chain.” Need to get the serious stuff finished before #20 in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series is released on Sept. 8th. Everything stops when Reacher’s in town!

        -Sticks

        (Thought I’d try that handle for a change. You and others have called me by it. I think I’m starting to like it–the rock star formerly known as TNT!)

  149. wpa--ccc August 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    “Which probably means that things will ‘work themselves out’ the way they are on the Colombia/Venezuela border right now” –MD

    ——————–

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Colombia and Venezuela promised to increase cooperation Wednesday following talks to ease heightened tensions caused by the closure of a major border crossing and a weeklong crackdown on Colombian migrants and smugglers.

    ————-

    Yep, that’s the way things get worked out… talking…

    • MisterDarling August 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      @ WPACC/Inept-Inexperienced-Sock:

      So, you didn’t see where a thousand Columbian interlopers had already been forcibly deported, I take it. Discussions? Yes, *after* the fact. At the end of the day “discussions” can’t go anywhere because the causal factors won’t – so it has to be remove or neutralize the interlopers. That’s what happens when Scarcity comes into play.

      By the way, the above post neatly illustrates why it’s a waste of time trying to hold a discussion with you: you don’t discuss in good faith. I’ve only seen you tediously post quick-n-stupid replies, to make generally invalid points to fill the quota of nonsense you seem required to pollute this community with.

  150. fodase August 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Shows how little you know. Many Hispanics will vote for him. Even the ones who came illegally might not want the process to continue – because it will lead to America becoming just another Latin American cesspool. And the ones who came here legally tend know it even more. They don’t want what they escaped from following them here.

    you got that right, bro. latin america is a huge mess, and the last thing the US and A needs is to allow in people from there and not require them to do anything to become Americanized, e.g. learn the language and follow the fucking Anglo-Saxon rules.

    Janos is absolutely right that, if this is allowed, the US and A will become just another Latin American cesspool.

    I see these unbelieveable alien latin american creatures at work every day here in brazil and trust me, you don’t want that for you or your children.

    The great Hellenic Western European tradition of science & scholasticism and secular freedom based on Judeo-Christian law has given the world unimaginable advances.

    That’s why everyone wants to ‘come here’.

    fodase

  151. wpa--ccc August 28, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    “The great Hellenic Western European tradition of science & scholasticism and secular freedom based on Judeo-Christian law has given the world unimaginable advances.” — fodase

    Agreed, but mostly post-1500, with the rise of science. In the dark ages the Judeo-Christians were wallowing in the darkness of plague, constant warfare, and ignorance. During that same period Islam had created a great civilization with contributions in architecture, mathematics, science, etc. until the barbarian Christian Crusades and “holy wars” drove both the Jews and the Muslims out of Europe.

    When Europe was in the Dark Ages, Islamic civilization was in its Golden Age. It was on the foundation of Islamic discoveries and Islamic civilization that the Judeo-Christian traditon advanced.

  152. FincaInTheMountains August 29, 2015 at 3:04 am #

    Hajj (Pilgrimage) of Arab leaders to Moscow

    Moscow is becoming the second Mecca for Arab leaders. Since the end of August the Russian capital was visited by the heads of the key countries in the Middle East, including Egypt, with visit of President Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed Al Nahyan and King Abdullah II of Jordan. And in mid-September in Moscow are expected Emir of Qatar, the Emir of Kuwait, and then the King of Saudi Arabia. These events are unprecedented: Moscow will be visited by the entire Arab world.

  153. FincaInTheMountains August 29, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    The war for world leadership. China against the United States.

    At the moment, the world is witnessing the beginning of an open economic war between China and the United States. Thank God, so far only the economic, but the recent exchange of the explosions does not inspire optimism at all.

    The reason for the war is trivial. US was a global leader in a bygone era, all major victories are in the past. And like any leader, after defeating an opponent, who was considered the main and most dangerous, rested on their laurels and miss the emergence of other dangerous competitor. China is the economic leader of the upcoming era, stung by the fact that its economic potential has not yet been translated fully into the political influence in the world.

    China

    1. Increased the economic potential of the real sector to the point that the level of GDP came in first place. And it is with all the “miracles” of modern statistics, putting China in unfair position.

    2. Created a strong financial system based on a few large banks, state-controlled. Today, on the list of world’s largest banks are 4 Chinese and only one American. And this is without taking into account the quality of assets.

    3. Accumulated large international reserves, including US dollars, which is its instrument of pressure on the US debt market. In US Treasuries, until recently, China had more than 1.2 trillion dollars. Actively building up gold reserves, and most of the gold is on the balance sheets of commercial banks so as not to frighten the “world community.” Real gold reserves in China are estimated at more than 10 thousand tones.

    4. Acquired almost complete set of modern technologies with a few exceptions, and actively applies them in practical production.

    5. Created a months-long strategic reserves of material resources, including energy. It actually has a global monopoly on the production of rare earth metals, and actively uses this monopoly to blackmail unyielding “partners” in the acquisition of more modern technology.

    6. Subdued Taiwan economically, the only real competitor in the production of mass electronic circuits. Moreover, Taiwan has actually moved most of its production to the continent.

    7. Created a modern high-tech army. Its nuclear capabilities are still unknown, but are sufficient to inflict unacceptable damage on the enemy. Actively increased its Navy.

    8. Financially subjugated Europe – the natural ally of the US. Without regular infusions of money in the debt markets of Europe from China, they will collapse in a few weeks.

    USA

    1. Almost completely phased out at material production.

    2. Overloaded balance sheets of its largest banks with illiquid and risky derivatives to the extent that without the regular intervention by the Federal Reserve are virtually broke.

    3. Does not have real gold reserves. Even nominal gold in Fort Knox (approx. 8 thousand Tons) was leased to private banks, and then disappeared in the unknown direction. The United States even does not have capability to return the gold to the country that entrusted US with its storage.

    4. All the developed technologies, including some military, work in factories in China and Taiwan.

    5. From the actual material strategic reserves there is only oil, which they also began to actively sell lately.

    6. Practically lost one of the main allies in the region – Taiwan, so that the Pentagon estimates no longer able to protect it in case of conflict with China.

    7. For all the ostentatious power of the US army it is constantly falling apart. Nuclear arsenals are deteriorating. In fact, the only significant force remains is the Navy.

    8. So overextended and put excessive pressure on its natural allies – Europe, that the Europeans are just looking for any opportunity to slip out of the power of the United States.

    In practice, China has already moved from the quiet accumulation of advantages to the direct pressure on the West to recognize its power and influence. This is reflected in the fact that:

    With a large number of China signed an agreement on mutual exchange swaps, eliminating the dollar from mutual payments.

    It started issuing external debt denominated in Yuan.

    It announced a further acquisition of oil only for Yuan.

    It prepared under its control the international financial institutions to replace the pro-American World Bank and IMF.

    Actively develops overland transport routes to Europe that are not dependent on the US-controlled Strait of Malacca.

    It signed an agreement on strategic partnership with Russia, providing an uncontrolled by US channel of energy supplies.

    It conducts tremendous economic activity in Africa and Latin America, becoming for many regions the main trading partner.

    It began the process of de-coupling of Yuan from the dollar, which will not only protect its competitive advantage in the industrial sector, but also provide a pretext to reduce their investments in dollars and Euros.

    It continues accumulation of gold in reserves and at the same time created the most modern infrastructure in the world for its storage and trade.

    And it is very symbolic that it is happening at a time when China on September 2-3, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of victory in the Pacific front of World War II.

    • MisterDarling August 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      @ FitM:

      I generally agree with your overview. At the end of the day – when the house of global finance cards falls – China still holds a strong hand.

      Cheers!

  154. fodase August 29, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Agreed, but mostly post-1500, with the rise of science. In the dark ages the Judeo-Christians were wallowing in the darkness of plague, constant warfare, and ignorance.

    It’s *probably* safe to say that both sides were engaging in all of this. I can’t for the life of me imagine Islam refraining from warfare.

    The Dark Ages are also beginning to be seen as not so dark, but rather obscured by a relative lack of written sources documenting scientific/political/social advances.

    It’s not as if Europe simply exploded out of nowhere in 1400 and woke up saying “Hey we’re in the Renaissance as of today” – there was a long series of incremental changes in these key areas that reached critical mass in the form of the Renaissance and, later, the Englightenment.

    Secondly, as for Islam – what’ve you done for me lately?

    fodase

    Disclaimer: bar-b-queing sirloin tip and rib tip today down here in dysfunktional brazil lola

  155. nsa August 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    The monotheistic cults are similar to the big box stores…..one stop myth shopping for the masses of superstitious asses. Christianity is roughly analogous to walmart – a wide selection of factions, all of them cheap and shoddy. Islam is more like costco – a limited selection of name brands sunni and shiite. So what about judaism, nsa? Glad you asked. This cult is more like the armored car companies collecting the money, orthodox being the older Brinks and reformed being the newer Loomis. All the cults of abraham (not deserving of a capital letter) are little more than glorified versions of a child’s fear of the dark…….

  156. volodya August 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    BRH, unless there’s a very wealthy enclave nearby, your odds of catching sight of an oligarch (ie a CEO of a Wall Street bank or Fortune 500 company or an heir of one of the great banking or commercial fortunes) is pretty slim. Easier IMO to catch sight of Nessie.

    But they don’t need to be nearby to clean you out. Nope, their mischief can be done long distance. Yep, they have paid lackeys – including politicians, plus the force of the law, the Fed, regulatory bodies and universities all on their side. Not to mention the slack-jawed apathy of the “what-can-I-do” American “don’t know nuttin” citizenry.

    And they’ll convince everyone that their agenda has the inevitability of plate tectonics behind it. It will happen because it has to. And because it’s necessary. And IF you’re a REAL American you’ll be on board no matter the cost to yourself. Are you a real American BRH?

    • MisterDarling August 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      @ Volodya & Co.:

      “And they’ll convince everyone that their agenda has the inevitability of plate tectonics behind it. It will happen because it has to. And because it’s necessary. And IF you’re a REAL American you’ll be on board no matter the cost to yourself.”-v.

      Prior to that, they’ll have their muppets deny that anything’s wrong (while they loot-n-scoot):

      zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-27/lies-you-will-hear-economic-collapse-progresses

      Back to one something you addressed earlier:

      “The Oligarchs put themselves in a mess IMO. They measure their wealth and claim on resources by numbers in databases. But such claims are good only as long as there are American courts and men with guns willing to enforce them. What happens when those courts and men say fuck it, I’m not doing this anymore?”-v.

      I’m not a person who believes in ‘seeing the future’, or even ‘predicting’ it. But I do strongly believe in __Seeing the Present__. The future’s already here, just not evenly distributed (to paraphrase).

      With that insight in view, the evidence suggests that they’re already strategic toast. Exhibit A: Ghaddafi, Exhibit B: Mubarak. Both of these mammoth piles of fecal matter had $BILLIONS and both were compliant with the financial supervision of the BIS, and in the end it just didn’t matter – because (as you’ve said) – you only own something if you can enforce your claim to it… The process is started, and shows no sign of stopping. Oligarchs have painted themselves into a corner, and the writing’s on the (opposite) wall.

      😉

      Regarding illegal immigration, it’s one symptom of a strategic problem, and since you can’t actually fix strategic issues with tactical solutions (like ‘walls’, s/t deportations, etc.) the discussion itself indicates desperation and is a time-waster.

      The problem is that there are a number of Nations in Name Only (NINO’s) collapsing. From those NINO’s a large number of people are fleeing, desperately. Now that the floodgates are open, it’s a little late to slam a bunch of reactive, short-term fixes in place and expect them to hold or that the problem just ‘goes away on it’s own – without a lot of carnage… Based on what has and hasn’t been done, there will be carnage. If things were under control than the mask wouldn’t have slipped in 2008, and we’d be seeing none of what we are right now.

      There are those that assert that immigration of any sort is “an act of love”, that immigrants will make a huge contribution, should be condoned and supported unconditionally, etc. and that is nonsense. Immigrants at this stage (illegal or not) can’t make a positive contribution to an economic collapse – other than to accelerate the rate of collapse.

      With all of the above taken into consideration, don’t think for a second that I’m in favor of doing nothing. If we’re lucky enough to be on the richer side of some border, it behooves us (from a purely survival standpoint) to stem the tide as long as possible. Don’t expect the problem to go away, or forget that sooner or later we’re going to have to execute other plans.

    • BackRowHeckler August 29, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

      Not sure. The definition keeps changing.

      brh

  157. MisterDarling August 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    @ Volodya & Co.:

    NINO Ex. #1

    pri.org/stories/2015-08-28/when-was-last-time-yemen-had-government

    Yemen: a poster-child for the ‘nation in name only’ category.

  158. MisterDarling August 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    @ Volodya & Co.:

    Another nation in name only (NINO):

    foreignpolicy.com/2015/08/25/theres-something-rotten-in-lebanon-trash-you-stink/

    … And if Lebanon qualifies, what does that say about a bunch of America’s southern neighbors?

    • Sticks-of-TNT August 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      And from the linked Yemen story, I now know where the Queen of. Sheba ruled (I mean beside the obvious– “Sheba.”)

      • Sticks-of-TNT August 29, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

        I missed my “REPLY” target. This addendum should have been below, under my comment to your next post. Too many hours today reading online on a small Kindle screen.

        • Sticks-of-TNT August 29, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

          Or whatever. I think it’s time to listen to an audiobook or a podcast!

          • Sticks-of-TNT August 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

            …and go for a long walk!

  159. Sticks-of-TNT August 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    MisterDarling,

    Good posts & web links this afternoon brother. Amen/Fist Bump to ya’!

    -Sticks

    P.S. Loved your NINO–Nation In Name Only moniker!

  160. BackRowHeckler August 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    I notice ‘Muscle Cars’ are back on the scene (now that gas is cheap, it didn’t take long.) Tlking to a neighbor today, had himself a new candy green Dodge Charger, 6 speed, 600 hp out of the hole. (his description)

    I was impressed, who wouldn’t be?

    brh

  161. BackRowHeckler August 29, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Working with that millwright once again, clearing out an ancient Brass Rolling Mill in Waterbury, redbrick, with oil soaked wooden floors, a big old space filled with these immense machines, which I’ve learned are being shipped to India and will be put back into service. This must be why, when we dis assemble this machinery, everything has to be cataloged and labelled. I noted some of the name plates: Craven, Bridgeport, Lincoln, Spencer, old American industrial names. These mills produced the brass for artillery shells in both world wars. I saw the date ‘1943’ on one big milling machine. We move the parts on dollies out to railroad flat cars in what must be one of the last factory sidings in New England. This yard itself is fascinating too, filled with abandoned industrial junk and broken down boxcars, 50 gallon steel drums filled with who knows what, surrounded with plenty of barbed wire and chain link fence. As ever, the old guy I’m working for talks about all the broads he’s nailed over the course if his life — quite a few by his estimate. Apparently he was a noted cocksman in his day, or so he says. The broads just couldn’t get enough.

    He’s also one of these guys who walk around with a big wad of bills in his pocket, wrapped tight. Everything is in cash. When payday comes he just peels off $100 bills, rounded to the highest number, everything being very cool and informal.

    brh

    • Buck Stud August 30, 2015 at 12:51 am #

      Good stuff BRH. What a tragedy, all of those great American tools being discarded. But just like your friend very few care.

      Back in the day, “Made In The USA” really did mean something. The absolute best planers, jointers, band saws, etc. The current crap from China doesn’t hold a candle to the old American made machinery.

      But speaking of “Made By Hand” check out this Studley Tool Chest filled with beautiful hand tools. What a mind, what organization, what devotion:

      theawesomer.com/photos/2008/12/120508_tool_3.jpg