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A Different Sort of Warrant

Former president Trump is not without resources and recourse in all this. Though the news media does not follow it, the Trump v Clinton lawsuit trial continues, and it might not go so well for Mrs. Clinton and her friends….

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It should be pretty obvious that the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago was an attempt to seize evidence likely to be used in former President Donald Trump’s civil lawsuit in the Southern Florida Federal District Court against Hillary Clinton and associated defendants in and out of government for the defamation and racketeering operation known as RussiaGate — AND in any future criminal proceedings that might grow out of congressional investigations-to-come against officials past and present in the DOJ and FBI. The idea is to tie up all those documents in a legal dispute about declassification so they can’t be entered in any proceeding.

Over the weekend, independent journalist Paul Sperry reported that many of the same FBI officers involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid happen to be subjects of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of RussiaGate. Have some of them already been hauled into grand juries? We don’t know. But, with the Mar-a-Lago caper, it looks like the law enforcement apparatus of the federal government is seeking to suppress evidence of its own long-running criminal enterprise.

The parallel purpose of the raid was to find — or perhaps plant — documents that might be used in a scheme to disqualify Mr. Trump from running for office again. The January 6th show-trial in Congress has failed to galvanize the country’s attention, and may have foundered in its attempt to find grounds for a criminal referral against the former president that would take him off the playing field. So, now this.

Momentous legal quarrels that arise out of the Mar-a-Lago raid may evolve into a constitutional crisis that the captive news media can use as a smokescreen to divert the public’s attention from any balloting shenanigans going into the November election. At least it will shove any other issues off-stage in the run-up to the midterm. Is it a miscalculation?

The choice of going to federal magistrate Bruce Reinhart for the Mar-a-Lago warrant sure looks crude and desperate. Only weeks ago, he was presiding over the Trump v Clinton lawsuit. How did that even happen, given Mr. Reinhart’s role defending Jeffrey Epstein’s associates — many of them Clinton-connected — in the 2007 sex-trafficking case? And only after the spectacularly weird act of switching sides from the federal prosecution team to Epstein’s defense team. Not to mention Mr. Reinhart’s record of public statements denouncing Mr. Trump. There are twenty-five other magistrates who rotate their duties in the Southern District of Florida, why pick him?

It all shapes up as a systematic effort to obstruct justice by the US Department of Justice. They’ve been doing it consistently since 2016 in all matters pertaining to Mr. Trump, and it is a big reason that the country is now viciously coming apart. This is just a continuation of the same seditious treachery that went on with James Comey releasing his classified interview memo concerning Mr. Trump to The New York Times via his attorney friend from Columbia University, Daniel Richman; and the ensuing dishonest Mueller investigation the leak provoked; and the Crossfire Hurricane operation run by Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and Rod Rosenstein; and the illegal entrapment and prosecution of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; and the serial misrepresentations to the FISA court; and the illegal coordinated maneuvers in impeachment #1 between Rep. Adam Schiff, ICIG Michael Atkinson, the National Security Council, and CIA-agent Eric Ciaramella posing as a “whistleblower”; and more recently, the mischief around the FBI’s conjured-up Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping scheme; and the FBI’s role in turning the January 6, 2020, election protests into a riot at the US Capitol.

Former president Trump is not without resources and recourse in all this. Though the news media does not follow it, the Trump v Clinton lawsuit trial continues, and it might not go so well for Mrs. Clinton and her friends. Criticism and doubts about Special Counsel John Durham aside for a moment, realize that evidence introduced during the March trial of DNC lawyer Michael Sussman has firmly established that the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, the Perkins Coie law firm, and various private contractors created the Russian collusion narrative that evolved into the FBI/DOJ crimes of RussiaGate. It won’t be difficult to prove these parties’ intentions in all that, namely to drive Mr. Trump from office or disable him in the process. Do you think Mr. Trump can’t make that case against his antagonists? This is not being tried in the pliant DC federal district court. A Florida jury may see exactly what happened.

Let’s also suppose that Mr. Trump and his aides were pretty scrupulous about collecting documentary evidence about these shenanigans over the years they took place. Mr. Trump did indeed order the declassification and de-redaction of reams of pertaining documents before leaving office. Do you suppose that the Supreme Court would not adjudicate any quarrels over them with dispatch? The effrontery (and gross stupidity) of Attorney General Merrick Garland stands in luridly full display. In signing off on the Mar-a-Lago raid warrant, Mr. Garland signed the death warrant on his own reputation and career.


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  1. MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 9:45 am #

    Another excellent article, James, thank you. I completely agree that the Mar-A-Lago raid has to do with building a public consensus for election interference.

    It’s unfortunate many still can’t detect the set up, even though they do it over and over again. Distract, distract, distract.

    • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:08 am #

      One of the many frustrating things I experienced first-hand as mayor was that even after proving on paper, through the prosecutor’s office, the Department of Community Affairs, and the NJ State Department, the corrupt, guilty former mayor was able to play social media as the victim. He somehow managed to gather enough support from enough online idiots that ignored the published proofs to get me thrown out of office instead of him. Too many Americans have become too stupid, too lazy, and too corrupt to be able to participate in government, even in the simple role of casting votes.

      Of course, it helps when the criminal politicians throw lavish parties and entertainment events, and post lots of pictures of themselves petting puppies and pandering to school children on social media. If the true power really does come from the people, which I believe to be the case, we are all screwed because so many of them only care about eating, drinking, and fornicating. They actuality opened a swinger’s club not far from here, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It is an interesting indicator, however, of where the people’s priorities lie.

      • thirdcoastlegend August 15, 2022 at 10:22 am #

        Well, we don’t have anything quite as exciting in western NY, but all the normies seem to care about is grilling, back to school shopping, NFL training camp, and drafting their fantasy football team.

        Based on this, I figure the Dems should be able to steal a blue supermajority without much trouble in November.

        • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:25 am #

          Anything goes, nothing really matters, and no one really cares. Bingo!

        • Uncle Bob August 15, 2022 at 11:08 am #

          As Beck had said this morning, a) the polls are getting closer, and b) if Republicans win and do their normal lousy job when they have a majority, there won’t be another election. Comforting (if probably accurate) thought.

          • UN OUT OF USA August 15, 2022 at 9:02 pm #

            As long as Mitch McConnell remains the Senate Leader for the Republicans, nothing will happen. There is no way in hell that that he would seriously “go after” any Dems. He is as corrupt as they come so he will not open Pandora’s box. The Republican party (the Stupid and spineless party) will talk a big game and then will do nothing! Just like they talked big about repealing Obamacare and then did nothing. They told voters what they wanted to hear in order to get (re)elected and then once they got in office, they went right back to “going along to get along”. Uniparty scum.

        • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

          Yes, that is that they care about. In Vedic terms, they are the Sudras, the vocal majority who populate the base of the Pyramid. By definition, they deserve little or no voice. They are not qualified to be citizens.

          Thus Democracy and Universal Education are vicious frauds, pushed by the Slave Master to destroy our Republic.

        • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 9:41 am #

          I think the degradation of the general public goes well beyond mere shallowness and triviality. We’re over the line into active evil. Around half the people in this country get their livelihoods by stealing from the other half, using government as their intermediary for this purpose. They are deep-dyed statists. Anything that gives the government more power is to their advantage. They take this as a sign that they can steal more. Everything form a militarized IRS to civil asset forfeiture is, to them, security for their pensions and benefits–or welfare check and food stamps.

          Government and media have also promoted the idea that all things that were formerly viewed as sinful, evil, and even criminal are behaviors that should not only be supported, by subsidized. If you’re George Floyd’s family, you can be handsomely rewarded for having a criminal family member. Being a trannie can land you a well paid government job. Rewarding crime, evil, and insanity is public policy. Rewarding merit is against public policy, and all things meritorius are treated as evils–qualities that oppress or disadvantage others, things to be ashamed of.

      • Merkwurdiglieb August 15, 2022 at 10:27 am #

        “Too many Americans have become too stupid, too lazy, and too corrupt to be able to participate in government, even in the simple role of casting votes.”

        Walter, not all non-voting Americans have become “lazy, corrupt or stupid.” Some have just resigned their hope in human institutions altogether. No offense to your prior office, but I’ll only participate again in the electoral process once I’m satisfied that true justice has been served, heads have rolled, and the nation’s sanity has been restored. Until then…..

        • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:35 am #

          Your point is valid Strangelove, I did the same thing years ago and will probably return to the practice myself again soon, although I will be voting for myself again in November (but no one else).

          • Merkwurdiglieb August 15, 2022 at 10:42 am #

            Best of luck Mr Mayor.

        • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:15 am #

          I saw statistics back in around 2015 that showed that FORTY-SIX percent of Americans do not vote.

          Nearly half the country.

          As Tony Benn famously said, “A demoralized people don’t vote.”

          Why would we waste our time? They fix the elections right in front of us now, and shame us when we point it out.

          • Merkwurdiglieb August 15, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

            Right. So Election Day becomes now an absurd pageant of sorts. And don’t I volunteer to play the fool?

          • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

            And arrest us, and freeze bank accounts.

        • JackStraw August 15, 2022 at 3:58 pm #

          I’m in the same situation as you, Merk.

          I’ve never missed a vote since I turned 18, but after the blatant theft that we all know happened in 2020, and the fact that nothing was done about it, I have completely withdrawn from the process.

          I have absolutely no faith in our election system, nor the government, nor the drooling morons we call fellow citizens, or more aptly, consumers.

          I simply refuse to participate in this charade anymore.

      • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:31 am #

        Have you watched Ozark or House of Cards?

        There are elements of Hollywood who understand and display what is going on in this country.

        • Merkwurdiglieb August 15, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

          No John, I haven’t. I’ve been under a rock these days. But you’re the third or fourth petson who has exhorted me to watch (Ozark). I’ll get on it. Thanx.

      • Paul August 15, 2022 at 10:49 am #

        If so many of Americans are interested only in eating, drinking and fornicating, (and I would add fighting to this list), my friendly advice would be to pursue one of these as a specialty and to drop the other two. At the end of the game it’s better to be remembered as a champion glutton, piss tank or libertine rather than a hot, sloppy, disgusting mess who couldn’t get their priorities straight.

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:17 am #

        Well said, Walter B.

        People care more about what they watch on social media or TV news or their programming shows (sex sex sex, drink drink drink, gossip, get plastic surgery, etc) than they do actual facts.

        It does feel like we are in the final days of Rome with all the debauchery, doesn’t it?

        I think all collapsing civilizations must be like this.

        • UN OUT OF USA August 15, 2022 at 9:12 pm #

          So true MQ. Until America is either invaded or we all begin starving to death, too many of us are still fast asleep. I live in a large retirement community in Texas (!) with a lot of ex-military. And even they are asleep. They refuse to believe that our government, the one they served in and lost countless friends who also served and made the ultimate sacrifice for, would lie to us or want to harm us! Most of these folks won’t go online and try to find alternate resources for info. They simply “download” whatever CNN, CBS, ABC, FOX tells them. It’s so sad. These are great folks but, sadly, they are a large part of the problem.

          • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 4:21 pm #

            Until people understand the psychos in charge enjoy our suffering and laugh when we die, there probably won’t be any change.

      • sanspeur August 15, 2022 at 11:46 am #

        As long as the majority of sleepers have access to a shower,3 hots and a cot nothing will change.

        Its a 3 legged stool, knock any one leg off and the entire society will collapse back to law and order, where if you lie for personal gain at the expense of others and are caught, your typical outcome will be a rope around your neck.

        Soft fat people die slowly from infection and rot. That is America today.

      • cbeard August 15, 2022 at 12:21 pm #

        Still no one is talking about election reforms. First and foremost the elimination of the electronic voting machines, using only paper ballots, no mail in ballots except for the military and then only with proper safeguards. One national election day and no ballots counted after midnight. Voter ID and proof of citizenship.

        • Q. Shtik August 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

          I agree 1001% with your comment.

        • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

          Correct, Cbeard. You would have thought that the GOP would be screaming about this every day. Crickets!

          • UN OUT OF USA August 15, 2022 at 9:15 pm #

            The GOP are a spineless bunch. They TALK big and then DO nothing. Remember they were going to repeal Obamacare and reduce spending? Yeah, right. They tell us what they think we want to hear in order to get (re) elected and then they forget about us and all their promises. They’re disgusting.

      • cbeard August 15, 2022 at 12:29 pm #

        They actuality opened a swinger’s club not far from here, not that there’s anything wrong with that. If the definition of a swinger’s club is what I think it is, such as wife swapping and such. Then people should have a problem with that and the associated broken homes and motherless, fatherless children to come from such selfish acts.

        • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 4:23 pm #

          Remember when that was illegal? Anything goes now. I don’t see how ‘swinging’ helps a family unit, either. Yuck.

      • Islander August 16, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

        It is a disaster that junk that appears on Twitterstan has come to be viewed by so many as some kind of evidence.

        As in a court of justice.

        But lying in a court of justice is a crime, perjury.

        Lying on Twitter is . . . nothing. The name of the game, one that can bring rich rewards.

        Twitter has contributed NOTHING to our society, our “civilization,” the quality of our lives.

        It is a gigantic distraction.

    • MontanaMan August 15, 2022 at 11:58 am #

      I could not agree more with you my friend! It was without a doubt, another excellent, absolutely outstanding article put out by Howard Kunstler!!!!

  2. malthuss August 15, 2022 at 9:46 am #

    Meanwhile, there is ‘trouble’ near the southern border. Why?

    Also the wars drag on.

    • Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 10:14 am #

      What’s going on down there?

      • thirdcoastlegend August 15, 2022 at 10:18 am #

        Mexican government is in open conflict with cartels.

        Looks like martial law will be declared in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

        • SpeedyBB August 15, 2022 at 10:27 am #

          B-b-b-but those two starlets plan to go down to see their “Tijuana dentist”.

          (Ya gotta be old to catch this one.)

          • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 10:32 am #

            Im old n i didnt catch it.

            weed? roids?

          • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 11:57 am #

            TJ dentist: abortions for starlets that caught the casting couch

        • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 10:31 am #

          I have been to TJ. Its no wonder millions of mexicans moved here.

        • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:35 am #

          What is the government of Mexico? Mexico City or the Cartels?

          Uh, the same question could be asked of this country except the DC crowd is the leadership of the cartels here.

          • tresho August 15, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

            “What is the government of Mexico? Mexico City or the Cartels?

            Uh, the same question could be asked of this country except the DC crowd is the leadership of the cartels here.”

            Answer: Both the USA and Mexico are run by organized criminal syndicates.

        • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

          I guess Eric Holder is going to have to restart Fast and Furious to give the US-backed cartels a better chance.

          Maybe also some Javelins and Himars? It seems only fair that if the Nazis get them the drug lords should get them too.

          • UN OUT OF USA August 15, 2022 at 9:19 pm #

            Don’t be too surprised when the cartels use a Javelin. With all the corruption in Ukraine and supposedly only about 30% of the weapons provided by the West making it to the front lines, I am certain many of those weapons will come to haunt us sooner or later. And with all the money at the cartel’s disposal, you gotta believe that they have acquired a fair number of those weapons on the dark web (probably for Bitcoin).

    • happiface August 15, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

      the prez of mexico is going to have the army take everything over,they are the least corrupt of all insitutions there….i have had excellent dental work in TJ–got to go to the right place,check ratings online–and hospital fixed my broken elbow,very nice job-the hospital is nice,modern,a-1—

  3. Walter B August 15, 2022 at 9:47 am #

    Seize evidence Jim? How about create evidence? People seem to be oblivious to the fact that once the bad guys have your technology devices, they can simply add anything they want to them, creating any kind of incriminating garbage right out of thin air.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they claim there was kiddie porn shot in the oval office itself and I am sure that they have the ability to create that.

    And another thing to keep in mind, as I believe that you do, it is not a conspiracy anymore, it is THE PLAN!

    • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 9:50 am #

      In re-reading your post Jim I was reminded that you DID note the possibility of planting evidence and clearly these dirt bags are more than capable of doing so.

      You are one smart cookie and I thank you for being our eyes and ears on the world and its downfall.

    • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:42 am #

      Think about Trump for a second. He is the sole and primary enemy of the Deep State, in their eyes. If he was just a plant, as others on the blog think, why are they spending so much time and effort trying to tear him down.

      They hate him!!

      He is trying to undo sixty years of power accumulation promoted by the Mob through the Left and during the last thirty years by a substantial portion of the Right.

      This is a war between the public and its government. That is why the Trump Deplorables are Populists.

      A lame duck Trump is the primary nightmare of the Mob and they will do ANYTHING to prevent it from happening. Nothing is off the table.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 11:00 am #

        Related to fear of Trump, the evidence is mounting that Vice President Pence played an active role in creating that horrible covid task force that was about anything but a virus. Not just a wooden Indian, but an actual villain.

        That Pottinger guy, who has been identified as the reason the nutty Birx and her voodoo showed up, is also the national security guy who performed the fluent Mandarin parlor trick, remember?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp5h6n6fbUg

        What business did he have on a task force allegedly about a disease?

        • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:19 am #

          Pence is about as evil as they come.

          • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:41 am #

            Pence was a con artist. We watched him being the stalwart Trump supporter for 4 years. Trump, in the closing moments of the second impeachment. gave him the responsibility of handling the Covid situation, and he turned to the Deep State for his answer.

            He is a creature of the night, a phantom of the Deep State Opera. His true nature is currently coming to light.

            Think about this. Jan. 6, a huge riotous crowd welling up, heading toward the Capitol, pissed off at a government that just destroyed their hero. Then Pence, instead of putting off the election results until things quieted down, rubbed the crowds noses in the farce by conducting the count.

            Could it be the real cause of Jan.6 was Pence?

          • cbeard August 15, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

            In my opinion anyone who wears religion on their sleeve such as Pence is one to keep a close eye on.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:50 pm #

            JAZ, I recall having similar suspicions back around the time it happened, yes.

          • Redneck Liberal August 15, 2022 at 8:45 pm #

            Yeah…”Hang Mike Pence!”

          • benr August 18, 2022 at 9:58 am #

            @rl

            That might be a really stupid statement to say even in jest.

            A simple tar and feathering would be more appropriate.

            Or a couple of days on the stocks getting pelted with rotten tomatoes and fruit?

            Got to say medieval man had some ingenious ways of dealing with troublemakers.

      • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 11:02 am #

        In the political arena I was Donald Trump before Donald was, and now I am in the same exact spot that he finds himself in as well. You are absolutely correct, even out of power, those who are willing (or dumb enough) to stand up against corruption are dangerous to the criminals in power and will continue to be tortured, even long after they are out of the arena or even dead.

        Heck, I didn’t even take a salary for my time in office either. Hey Donald, did you ever look in the mirror and see me staring back at you?

        If Donald Trump was despised by so many because he pissed people off, how come angry Dopey Joe has not been arrested yet? He’s just Biden his time as the nation’s angriest and most incompetent puppet to ever be planted in the anal, I mean Oval Office.

      • Lyndy33 August 15, 2022 at 11:15 am #

        I fear for President Trump that the possibility for assassination is very real as the 2024 elections get near.

        • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:42 am #

          Yes, and remember the Secret Service works for the Deep State.

        • cbeard August 15, 2022 at 12:39 pm #

          Ditto.

          • tresho August 15, 2022 at 12:50 pm #

            “Yes, and remember the Secret Service works for the Deep State.”
            Remember ancient Rome’s old Praetorian Guard & how they wound up operating.

      • happiface August 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

        any person in the usa can be speaker of the house,anybody,do not have to be member of CONgress.trump might be next january–he as speaker would wreak havoc!!

        • TPTB-USA August 15, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

          At this point, there are so many things that “they” can’t allow to happen.

        • UN OUT OF USA August 15, 2022 at 9:26 pm #

          That won’t happen as long as there are more “establishment” Republicans than true “conservative/constitutionalist” Republicans. The overwhelming majority of spineless establishment Republicans will NEVER vote Trump in for any office. Not gonna happen.

      • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

        All questions of what he did do, or didn’t do, or could have done aside, my affection for Trump is based largely on the fact that the deep state wants so desperately to be rid of him. I’m fairly sure that he was more effective than he appeared, and had more things in the works than any of us realize. Again – solely based on the lengths they’ve gone to in pursuing him. Maybe it’s only because he’s persistent and has a level of courage that I didn’t at all expect. Whatever has gone on behind the scenes, they really really hate him. They’re willing to hurt themelves in order to hurt him. It only makes sense if they believe he’s a serious threat. In this case, I guess they know something I don’t.

        • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 3:17 pm #

          When Trump started running for president the only previous knowledge I had of him was that he was a rich man who had a reality show where he fired people.
          Ordinarily those things would predispose me to disliking him.
          But the media! It was so unhingedly and rabidly against him that I drew the conclusion there must be something OK about him.
          I voted for Jill Stein, but I was happy that if she didn’t win, he did, even if it meant that we had to listen to TDS bullshit for 6 more years and counting.
          If our ruling overlords hate him so much, I refuse to.

    • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

      Spot on, Walter. Does anyone really think the American Gestapo are going to raid Chez Trump and risk coming out with nothing? Plant, plant, Plant!

  4. Armenio Pereira August 15, 2022 at 9:48 am #

    We’re on our way to become the fossil fuels of the future; some may even become future diamonds.
    Carbon-based lifeforms.
    Still beauty or relentless motion, biochemistry and geology working within the confines of rules set not by us.

    And what about the fabled 21 grams?<

    Light matter and dense matter parting their ways, until life brings them together.
    Dense matter descends into the katabolic mysteries.
    Light matter joins the ether to become the sound
    of wind through the reeds; the eerie, quiet whisper
    heard in those dark, lonely hours; the soundtrack to
    oneiric portents.
    The voice of things left unsaid.

    • John K August 15, 2022 at 9:56 am #

      My thoughts exactly in relation to today’s post. (Cough.)

    • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

      Well said. Prose more beautiful than almost any poem.

      We must evolve into Sound since we were created thru it. Thus we must only speak the truth since lies throw us into the muck and mire.

      Buddha tied a series of knots. He asked his students, How would you untie them? The first one, first? No, Lord. Last one first. In reverse order.

  5. dplainview August 15, 2022 at 9:58 am #

    Sadly, the long standing strategy in litigation of “running out the clock” appears to be in play: Deny, Study, Stall.

    • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:12 am #

      Although most of the good people here already know that the gears of government move at a glacier like pace, they may not fully grasp the reason why and the simple fact of the matter is because lawyers not only bill by the hour, they have unbridled control over how many hours they wind up billing for.

      We call it “Billing By The Pound”!

      • redrock August 15, 2022 at 11:35 am #

        Lawyers can only be conceived thru anal intercourse. Explains a lot.

      • cbeard August 15, 2022 at 12:41 pm #

        Maybe banning lawyers from elected office would be a good thing.

        • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 9:04 pm #

          Maybe Shakespeare was right:

          The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.
          (2 Henry VI, 4.2.59), Dick the Butcher to Jack Cade

          Disclaimer: I do not advocate violence of any kind, not even to lawyers for if we allow them to live, they will surely find ways to continue to corrupt their souls (if they even have them) and in the end find suitable judgement from the only One who can meter out true judgement and punishment. I am confident that payment due for crimes committed will be far more suitable than anything we can do to these scumbags here in life.

        • UN OUT OF USA August 15, 2022 at 9:31 pm #

          cbeard, spot on. From an email I just received:

          an excellent explanation of why our political system has difficulty working together!

          “As an attorney, I hesitated to forward this as it can be considered to be an indictment against my profession. But I believe there is much truth to the article below. Very thought provoking. Lawyers are adversarial and are trained to try to win at all costs. May work in litigation —– but does not work well when governing our nation in Congress. Trying to win at any costs creates the polarization and hatred that now fills our country….Leaves no room for common sense or legitimate debate.”

          Every Democrat presidential nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate – Biden (no surprise) was at the bottom of his class). Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Barack Obama was a lawyer. Michelle Obama was a lawyer. Hillary Clinton was a lawyer. Bill Clinton was a lawyer. John Edwards is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards was a lawyer. Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress: Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is a lawyer. Former Senator Harry Reid was a lawyer.

          The Republican Party is different. President Trump is a businessman. President Bush 1 and 2 were businessmen. Vice President Cheney was a businessman. President Eisenhower was a 5 star General. The leaders of the Republican Revolution: Newt Gingrich was a history professor. Dick Armey was an economist. Ex-House Minority Leader John Boehner was a plastics manufacturer. The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon. Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against actor Ronald Reagan in 1976. The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers. This is very interesting. I had never thought about it this way before.

          The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Trump, Bush, and Cheney, or who heal the sick like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history like Gingrich. The Lawyers Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America . And, so, in the eyes of the Lawyers Party, we have seen the procession of official enemies grow. Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail? Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.

          This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, which, in this case should be the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side. Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation.

          When politicians, as lawyers, begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become adverse parties of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

          Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big. When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing

          Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.

          The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party. When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association go to the Democrat Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high.

  6. malthuss August 15, 2022 at 10:04 am #

    Is anyone else spending $20 for 2 eggs, eaten ‘out’?

    A vlogger who goes by ‘I allegedly’ on Utube noted ‘a few bagels, delivered was $50 or $60’.

    • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:11 am #

      Breakfast $12 – 20

      Lunch sandwich $15 – 20

      Dinner pasta $20 – 30

      Dinner meat $30 – ?

      Wine $10 – ? 6 oz.

      Beer $7 – 12

      Mixed $15 – ?

      Food production supply down

      Oil up

      Labor at minimum wage $15/hr.

      All caused by Ol’ Joe and his Mob.

      • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:20 am #

        Most of those items can be avoided as I am sure you know John. I have a packet of instant oatmeal for breakfast at a cost of $0.25, a cup of chili for lunch at $3.98, and a steak dinner for less than $10.00. Why so many people feel that it is so much better to dine out so frequently at hundreds of dollars a day baffles me. It all comes out the same in the end, doesn’t it?

        The day is coming when eating at all is going to be disappearing luxury if Bill Gates and Herr Schlob have their way and the fact that the impoverished will be the first to die off does not make me feel any better about it. They want us dead, plain and simple, and the sooner you understand that someone is trying to kill you, the better off you will be.

        It ain’t no accident.

        • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 10:33 am #

          14×30 is a lot of money.

          • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:40 am #

            Sorry, the steak, potatoes, and a veggie feeds the four of us, although if we do go out to eat it is horrifying even if we try to be frugal. Dining out is clearly not going to have a rosy future for a lot of people, especially the ones making $15.00 and hour.

          • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:32 pm #

            FOR ONE PERSON

        • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:47 am #

          Remember JHK in The Long Emergency talking about the loss of skill sets being a big problem in the WMBH?

          Cooking may be one of those skill sets. One big loss from the feminist movement is the loss of household cooking skills.

          OG and Jarek’s fruit pies are now bought in restaurants or Safeways.

          • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

            Stove top cooking is easy.

            Baking not so easy. What gets to me is the home delivery of dinner.

            im like wth. not only does someone else make the meal but
            people want it delivered.

          • Blackbird August 15, 2022 at 7:05 pm #

            Seeing where this madness is going (at least in the short term), I have come up with a brilliant business idea – one that I am sure many citizens of Clusterfuck Nation would like to invest in.

            Not sure what to call it yet, but you order online (or over the phone if you are old-fashioned). I prepare your meal. I deliver your meal. I eat your meal! (Delivery costs reduced if I eat at home.) You don’t have to do anything!

            This thing’s gonna go crazy, get in on the ground floor!.

          • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

            A lot of women who grew up during the Depression were not very good cooks, for the simple reason that they never had the opportunity to cook anything but beans and cornbread or biscuits and gravy. The fruit pies were for people whose farms had fruit trees or berries. (You could afford the flour and lard for the crust and the sugar for the filling, even if you couldn’t afford the fruit.)

            That’s always been my theory about my mother’s uninspired cooking efforts–though she could turn out a nice Sunday dinner or holiday meal, and she also canned vegetables from the garden and made grape jelly from out grapevine. She also baked popovers occasionally and made pies with store-bought canned pie filling. (You had to make your own pie crust back then, as they had not yet invented frozen pie crusts.)

            As a working single mom, I got to be a master at making a from-scratch meal in about 20 minutes and had a large collection of suitable recipes. There are many very good meals that take very little time to prepare. Broiled fish takes only a few minutes, and you can broil it while it’s still frozen. Lamb chops (if you can afford them) are pan-fried in four minutes to each side. Stir-fries take only a few minutes. (Get a rice cooker for the rice.) Spaghetti or any pasta dish takes little time, especially if the marinara or Alfredo sauce comes in a jar. Other fast meals are quesadillas and bruschetta. Steak is one of the quickest of all meals. A favorite dessert involved dumping a large can of peaches in a pie pan and putting a pile of crumb topping on it and baking till hot. This is not so much a pie as goo in a pie pan, but it always got demolished. They used to have the crumb topping recipe on the Bisquick box, but now I think you have to look it up online. Bread pudding is a cheap dessert that’s very little trouble. Sausage and peppers is a great recipe to make over a campfire.

            If you want to bake great bread, get a bread machine.

            My daughters (millennials) all turned out to be good cooks. One of them tends to one-up me at times. Our customary Christmas eve meal was brie and almonds warmed in the oven and served with crusty French bread and Spumante. So the one daughter had to start making brie en croute instead.

            Every recipe for anything you could ever want to cook is online. One of my old friends recently discovered this, after spending years collecting cookbooks. He told me this last night–positively gushing with delight at the wonder of it all.

            Want to make deli-style half-sour pickles? Roasted poblanos? Roasted vegetables? English pub-style pickled onions? Baked leg of lamb? Wilted lettuce? Borscht? Posole? It’s all literally at your fingertips.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 10:30 am #

        A flour processing plant caught fire. Twice. Nothing to see there.

        • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 10:33 am #

          oregon, huge plant.

          who dunnit? russians? insurance scam? starvation plan?

        • GreenAlba August 16, 2022 at 7:41 am #

          New Normal flour is to be sustainable flour – made with crickets. Yum. Think of the fruit pies.

    • Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 10:13 am #

      I never eat out anymore.

      • Freddie August 15, 2022 at 10:28 am #

        As a lifelong bachelor, dining out has never been a regular part of my lifestyle.
        And for decades I have only bought a take-out meal once a week (<$10, Chinese, or only very occasionally, a small pizza now and then).

        I splurged last night and bought a $14 turkey club sandwich for dinner. I might do that twice a year.

      • Frank Buttitch August 15, 2022 at 10:38 am #

        Amen!
        Eating out is a sure way to get a good case of diarrhea. Sanitation is a low priority in the food service industry.
        Why pay big bucks for shitty food.

        • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:47 am #

          Why pay big bucks for tomorrow morning’s deposit on the porcelain throne? Throwing money down the toilet, literally.

          We also realized that we could cook far cheaper meals that are prepared to our own idea of perfection at home that include meat, poultry, and seafood and the size portions are precise as well. I believe that the big draw in dining out is in avoiding the preparation before and the clean up afterward. I have never minded either and still do all our dishes by hand. Beats the heck out of watching TV, a waste of time that I gave up a long time ago.

          • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 11:29 am #

            I’m not sure how many of you live in small towns or rural places, but the local diner or truck stop is where a lot of socializing takes place. When that no longer exists, it will be a serious loss. We have a tiny country store down the street, with a small attached lunchroom at the back. The food is not the draw. No one even cares if you sit with a cup of coffee for an hour, or eat the lunch you packed and just buy a drink. Between noon and 2:00 it’s full of working men – the people who fix your plumbing, plow your drive, work on the road crew. As soon as you open the door, you can hear men laughing in the back, razzing each other, and gossiping. You can stick your head in the room and find out what’s happening around town, who went to the hospital, where a tree fell across the road, whose dog ran off. Or you can just say “hi” to neighbors and ask if they need anything. Nothing will take the place of this once it’s gone, and it will be just another thing – but an important thing – that nourished us and is now denied us.

          • Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

            Good points all, piglet.

          • tresho August 15, 2022 at 12:53 pm #

            “Beats the heck out of watching TV, a waste of time that I gave up a long time ago.” It’s far worse than a simple waste of time. The more you watch, the less you know and the worse your ability to think.

          • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

            rowdy, in L A people sit at a table with heads down.

            not in prayer but praying to each ones phone.

          • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 5:01 pm #

            @ Rowdypiglet:

            Only one of the restaurants in our little town–which is big enough to have several–functioned as the town’s “labor ready.” All the independent contractors went there first thing in the morning, every morning, at opening time and nursed a cup of coffee for an hour or two and chatted.

            Everyone who needed a job done or needed to hire a few workers knew where to find them.

            This was also a good place to find out other useful information, such as who had a house or car for sale. I was seldom there, but I’ll bet it also was a major clearinghouse for local gossip.

        • happiface August 15, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

          i go to the local dont nut shop in the morning twice a week–about 10 of us park in the resturant parking lot across the street–we get our donut,coffee and sit in the starbucks patio next door,nobody cares,small town–i am taking my ’94 jag convertible up the mountain for lunch today,meet some friends,we are all retired,sit outside in the patio with the sierras in the backround–it does not get any better than this other than the kids,grand kids at san diego zoo on the 26th(with my favorite girl,the wife!) …worked for 48 years as a trucker(my own truck,local) and saved our pennies so 50+ bucks a week for crappy resturant food means nothing–anybody could have done the same thing in the usa,i know 3 turckers in our small town,retired millionares–that is what makes america the greatest place in the world in spite of the maggots in DC…..

          • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

            I’m sad for people who don’t have this kind of socializing in their lives. I wouldn’t live in LA for any reason other than a gun held to the heads of my loved ones. Even the local McDonald’s in the small town where I used to live had regulars who met at the same table every morning, retired men who got together for a few hours to gossip, drink coffee, and discuss what their grandchildren were doing. The kids behind the counter knew them and occasionally took a five minute break to sit and chat with them and look at the latest picture of the grandkids. It was a warm and caring atmosphere, even in a crappy corporate fast food place. This can only happen in a small town. I wish it was available to everyone.

          • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 5:26 pm #

            In farming communities, there is always one little restaurant where the farm men eat breakfast or lunch almost every day, in the winter, if they don’t have a non-farm job. There’s very little farm work to be done in the off season, and it’s a place to get out of the house.

        • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm #

          That’s a great point.

          I rarely watch TV but got pulled in by a few episodes of “nightmare kitchens” with that chef Ramsey guy.

          OMG every restaurant was so disgusting, I nearly barfed.

          That really put a damper on me ever wanting to go to a restaurant again.

          And these were not cheap restaurants, some were ‘fine dining’ enterprises.

          • Redneck Liberal August 15, 2022 at 8:53 pm #

            Ahh…so you do watch TV. And, of course, you believe the ‘reality’ tv shows are real. Explains a lot…

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 9:32 pm #

            I live rent free in your otherwise empty noggin.

      • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:50 am #

        Only on special occasions and it takes a huge chunk out of a monthly budget.

        What do you think, could it be that women being forced back into the kitchen could be a big thing in upcoming politics?

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:24 am #

        Same. I love to cook though and eat healthy. The very few times I have been out recently were bad experiences. The food sucked, and was fattening and oversalted etc.

        I consider dining out to be more of a social thing and not even about the food. And now that it’s grotesquely expensive for food that is worse than what I can make, forget it.

        • Not_GeorgeT August 15, 2022 at 8:06 pm #

          Once in a while it is nice to go dining out and have someone else do the work. In some ways a luxury. Mostly, it’s prepare all the meals at home. Choose in the healthy direction when shopping, and have a couple of ‘splurge’ items as treats.

          Been living this way for a while.

        • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 6:31 pm #

          Few restaurants will take the care in selecting ingredients that you will. Most restaurants have been skimping, one way or another, for ten years or more, as food costs have increased. Twenty years ago our local Mexican restaurant served chiles rellenos smothered in cheese, but for many years now, they’ve been served with sauce only. You used to be able to get a good taco at a fast-food place, but the last time I ordered tacos, they were unspeakably horrible. It was kind of like dog food in a taco shell (and not much of this “meat” to begin with), topped with a little shredded lettuce. The “meat” had no seasoning in it. No cheese, onion, or tomatoes on it.

          Sometimes I wonder if the younger people even know what a taco is supposed to be.

          • MaryQueen August 18, 2022 at 4:48 pm #

            Sounds terrible. This is also my experience the few times I venture out.

            It’s just not worth it to go to restaurants any more. Even the ambiance is shitty, and that’s what I used to like. Now it’s just people strapping on feedbags in chain restaurants. Depressing.

    • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:25 am #

      I’m amazed that any restaurants are able to stay open now. I do see a lot closing, and the ones that are open don’t have enough staff, and the service and food quality suffer.

      • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:41 pm #

        costs of rent etc. increased cost of food stocks.

        less diners to buy.

        squeezed on both ends so prices go up.

    • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 12:19 pm #

      Only a fool eats out, unless very rich. Still plenty of food around – at least for now. Obviously this may not continue.

      • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

        Even for breakfast? Nothing better than a couple of fried eggs over easy, home fries, bacon, a side of pancakes and a cup of Joe at the local Silver Diner.

        • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

          I couldn’t digest that anyway. You probably can. You have more appetite for what is glibly called “life” than I do.

          And that’s both good and bad. Don’t forget lots of fake maple syrup on the flap jacks – that will really help you digest the bacon and eggs. Also one full glass of OJ to start with and then a mug of coffee with a refill to finish up.

          • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

            the master cynic has ‘spoken’.

          • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 5:19 pm #

            If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

            Jesus Christ

            If you still love this world, you are unworthy of eternal life, malthus.

          • Blackbird August 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm #

            Same here Jars. I like to start the day on an empty stomach – after sleeping in as long as possible.

          • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm #

            There’s company called Walden Farms that sells an excellent sugar-free pancake syrup, and also several other kinds of sugar-free syrup. You can use it to sweeten other things. I would like to come up with a sugar-free barbeque sauce, and I think this stuff will work.

  7. Alfred August 15, 2022 at 10:05 am #

    The threads of Jeffrey Epstein are woven throughout the tapestry that tells the story of this coup.

    Over the years we have witnessed countless, seemingly nonsensical, acts of malfeasance and we’ve heard the testimony of bold in-your-face liars and ‘whistle-blowers.’

    Nonsensical until you consider the enormous leverage a Jeffery Epstein tape or accusation could bring to bear.

    Makes one wonder if Bill Clinton traveled to Epstein’s island to sate his appetite for young flesh, or to manage the progress of ensnaring the persons who would be of most use to them when they needed them.

    Where is the client list?

    Seriously, where is the client list?

    #FJB

    • SW August 15, 2022 at 10:37 am #

      The corruption surrounding Epstein goes back a long way & also involves the Bushes. Bush 2 was president & Jeb was governor of Florida when Epstein got his wrist slapped for exploiting underage girls. The Feds took over the local police investigation & did a plea bargain without consulting them. The chief of police was furious but could do nothing. Epstein was obviously running a blackmail scheme with videos of powerful men & underage girls — maybe boys too. Bill Clinton was on the flight manifest 26 times & Trump, never.

      The client list is in a safe in Israel & Epstein is most likely on a yacht in the Mediterranean.

      • Frank Buttitch August 15, 2022 at 10:41 am #

        Epstein is quite dead, the Clintons made sure of that.

        • justanotherguy August 15, 2022 at 11:03 am #

          we little people can only be sure of nothing. i never saw a body, and neither did you.

          epstein still alive is both possible and helpful.

          the monsters making blackmail handles have demonstrated the degree of power they possess, and absolute amoral willingness to do anything with it.

          on the other hand, they shield every insider from any form of justice, while they maintain terror with a sword of damocles over each one – one slipup there, and somebody breaks ranks, or several evildoers realize they are not safe, or some needed new recruit won’t risk it…

          they protect their own, and have the ability to present and maintain most illusions.

          epstein is not dead.

          • R Montanari August 15, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

            Yep. Just ask Elliot Spitzer.

          • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 11:25 am #

            did you work for a glue company in the past b. mont.?

        • SW August 15, 2022 at 11:06 am #

          You make a good point (about the Clintons) & the only reason I question it is because Epstein’s body was incinerated so quickly but we’ll never know. Ashes all look alike & his faithful flunkey Ghisalaine was still free with the list & where all the tapes were stashed. Who knows? Maybe he & Prince Andrew are delivering pizzas.

          • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 6:52 pm #

            My theory is that Epstein never left Paris to return to the US for his arrest, and that the guy in the prison cell was not Epstein.

      • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:01 am #

        Get It?

        There is no difference between the Bush GOP and the Clintons. Nada!

        The Deep State, the group that believes that the Federal Government is supreme, has both sides inside of it.

        Liz Cheney is a big cog in this now. Her allegiance to the Bush GOP comes through her Dad. Even after her removal from the Wyoming GOP tomorrow, she will be used by the Deep State to continue trying to shut down Trump. She is a creature of the Deep State after tomorrow. Borrowing from another title and paraphrasing:

        A woman without a Party!

        She will be cast aside by the Left, too, after her diatribes prove fruitless.

      • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

        Trump is in with the Kushner crime family. That may seriously limit what he can do. Some decisions are irreversible, except in actions that result in death.

        • SpeedyBB August 16, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

          Janos, I read this, carefully, several times, and ended up still puzzled:

          “Some decisions are irreversible, except in actions that result in death.”

          Does this imply that “…actions that result in death…” are “reversible”? Or did you do a booboo once again, Vlad, as you seem to have a thing for typos? I don’t get it.

          (We all indulge in errors, but weeding them out is how I manage to keep the lights on, so I become hypersensitive to them.) (Comments on this site cannot be edited – big diff.)

          I would imagine the reverse to be true enough, particularly if it is the wrong person who gets whacked. Mobsters have had to pay with their lives for such an error.

    • justanotherguy August 15, 2022 at 10:50 am #

      “Makes one wonder if Bill Clinton traveled to Epstein’s island to sate his appetite for young flesh, or to manage the progress of ensnaring the persons who would be of most use to them when they needed them.”

      very likely the operative work in you speculation is “and”.

      there has to be so much blackmail in this government that blackmail factories are hidden all over.

      as walter b pointed out above, we’re at the point with tech that manipulation of emails, video, calls – anything, is straightforward for anyone with $ to hire the talent.

      but these fools think manipulating the stupid public while carrying their outrages further will never reach any limit. meanwhile, in the quiet fly over mind, the outrage is building.

      they have no idea that they are not in charge of a crystallizing event that can come along any time. they are stupid enough that something very large will escape from their captivity – a black swan, an earthquake, huge publicly visible cognitive dissonance shattering meteor, and the fourth turning will roar.

    • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:26 am #

      Virginia Giiuffre says Clinton was doing the nasty there on Epstein island.

      • SW August 15, 2022 at 11:41 am #

        I imagine he mixed business with pleasure. What a sleasebag that guy turned out to be. I’m glad he had to spend his entire adult life chained to Hillary.

        • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:45 pm #

          And she was underage at the time.

          • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 11:27 am #

            imagining shrillary underage just gives me a crick in my neck. does not compute.

        • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:17 pm #

          I was referring to Virginia.

    • Sean Coleman August 15, 2022 at 11:36 am #

      Alfred

      I am in a tiny minority in being an Epstein sceptic. Perhaps it is the exception that proved the rule and the fact that he made a deal is hard to get over. But even so.

      What did Epstein do? Leaving aside the dodginess of the claimants, the shadiness of at least one of their lawyers and the obvious attraction of his wealth, what exactly are the charges? Abuse of minors or a blackmail ring? (It is a bit like the Holocaust, where opinion is still – it seems split – between the intentionalists, who argue that it was all planned in advance and the (whatever the hell they call them) who maintain it was made up as they went along. Both cannot be right yet that does not seem to bother anybody.)

      Then there is the evidence, of course. When I looked into it (a few hours over a weekend) I saw a familiar pattern. For example, a French discussion said that the initial complaint was made by one of the girls who said Epstein had made her strip to her underwear so he could massage her.
      “Don’t you mean the other way round, that she massaged him?”
      “Well, yes, that too. It is not clear. Nothing in this is clear.”

      Then there is there is the blackmail ring. E Michael Jones was keen on this and I do have sympathy. But I read that the Florida (I think) police had indeed suspected that the cctv cameras might have been used for something like this, but later dropped the idea.

      And here is another thing. Where exactly were the crimes committed? On the island, in Florida or in his NY mansion? Do people give any thought to this? (I doubt it.) I know what my sister would say:
      “EVERYWHERE! They’re ALL in on it!!”

      The French investigators had not set out to defend Epstein but found that nothing added up. There was one incident they recounted, however, where they did not seem to discount it. I think it was a guest at Mar a Lago complained about Epstein trying it on with his teenage daugher. The French lads laughed. One commented (in English), “Smart move!” So I had a little look into it (5 o5 10 mins max). Yes, the story was reported but (guess what) no names were named. So worthless as evidence.

      Like all of these things the list is endless. What about the Roberts girl being “trafficked”. My understanding is that the term was invented by feminists who could not accept that women could practise prostitution of their own free will, there must be some ‘power relation’ involved. She met her future husband when she flew to Australia to look for girls to recruit as masseuses. On her own. Some trafficking!

      No, I don’t believe a word of it. I expect regular readers, who know me by now, will just skip this post.’ As David from Imagination Blindness (the Bates Method of eyesight healing) once remarked to all of us, “You like your bad vision habits too much.” People are reluctant to ditch their favourite fantasies.

      Now Epstein is interesting. Why was he singled out and backed and where did his money come from. A smart girl on the alternative scene (I forget her name but it is alliterative) has just published a big book about him and his links to the usual suspects and more. And he was interested in transhumanism (whatever the hell that means) and gave a lot of money to its research.

      • SW August 15, 2022 at 11:48 am #

        How do you account for the women who testified at Maxwell’s trial — are they liars too? And why were powerful & rich men flying so frequently to Epstein’s island? How did he make all that money? There’s a lot of smoke to be no fire.

        • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 11:38 am #

          how to account that his partner maxwell is daughter to a known mossad spy who disappeared under questionable circumstances, and whose father was honored by a state funeral in israhell?

          person of interest to mi6 – smuggler of munitions to same, loyal to one place only, on and on…

          graphcommons(dit)com/nodes/b12e8b09-6318-030f-6bb4-564d4df37575

          selective reading s.c., will get you one side of the story, as useful to you as that might be among the uninformed.

          • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

            The Mossad thing seems plausible. The man who gave him (or whatever) his mansion in NY, Waxner? What exactly was that about? His interrupted academic carrer. Teaching maths at a private school (despite being unqualified, from memory) run by William Barr’s father. Bears Stern, gets out before they collapse. Is set up with enormous capital to run his own investment firm for th esuper-rich.. Yet I get the feeling this is the rule rather than the exception among “that lot”.

            I recall a newspaper article a few years ago (long before she was charged) which painted the Maxwell girl in a shocking light. A real hit piece.

            I am kind of familiar with the Mossad angle and I would say there is something to it, at the least. But those who maintain that this one or that one are guilty of the vilest (often unspecified) abuse of minors without giving any indication of ever looking into the question as to whether there is a crowd psychology dynamic at play, well they are simply showing that they lack judgment. And when they persist in doing so in the full knowledge that they are simply refusing to look at it squarely – well, that just maks it worse, doesn’t it?

          • justanotherguy August 17, 2022 at 10:18 pm #

            some people, not the majority, are lazy and hateful.

            cynics are a common product of the times – no need for truth, since knowing it confers no benefit… /s

          • Sean Coleman August 18, 2022 at 5:23 pm #

            Cynicism has nothing to do with it. My proposition is simple and it should be very easy to disprove with evidence. I don’t think I have to dig very far into any case by now as the pattern is clear. Perhaps the Epstein case is the exception that proves the rule but I doubt it.

            Even so, I am actually quite careful about all this. When the ‘pandemic; broke I waited a full day, perhaps two, before sounding off. Even a week later or so. I found an old post on YT where I hedged my position saying the perhaps it (the pandemic) was the exception that proved the rule. I had to search quite hard to find anyone who agreed with me. The first one I found was, I think, DrWolfgang Wodarg.

        • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 2:41 pm #

          I don’t know anything about the Maxwell trial I am afraid. I remember when Cosby was convicted, a news camera showed a long shot into the room where the ‘victims’ (a sorry looking crew) kind of half-heartedly broke down and hugged each other. I wonder if they thought they were fooling each other. It was most unconvincing.

          Powerful rich men flying to his island. I expect they are always meeting up like this. Epstein was extremely rich. I expect Prince Andrew was looking to borrow a few bob to bail out his ex-wife, who was always in debt. I couldn’t see any of them flying out to meet the likes of you or me.

          Yes, how he made his money is very dodgy but that does not mean he did what he did which was – before I forget – exactly what exactly?).

          • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 3:07 pm #

            Thanks. I knew it was alliterative.

          • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

            They remind me of Christine Blasey Ford.

      • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

        Aldous Huxley was a fanatical Bates Man who believed it had cured his myopia. In an agonizing public humiliation, he was asked to read a sign some feet away and couldn’t.

        He was too in love with the idea of health and the fantasy that he had been cured.

        Are you a Bates man too, Sean? Literally and/or metaphorically?

        • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

          You read widely, Janos. Yes, this was the story that occupied a full 50% of the Wiki article when I read it back in 2007. Do you believe everything you read in Wikipedia? Anything? If you relax your eyes and get a ‘clear flash’, where you see perfectly for a brief few seconds, you are faced with a choice. Do you believe your own eyes or ‘the science’? Looking back, this really put me on the sceptical side, although I was always like that. When I was twelve I challenged a elderly, rather kindly, optician to explain why my prescription was going up. Why had this not happened in earlier times? People like you, he told me, would sit in a corner mending shoes and such. I asked my mother and father (I don’t like the word ‘parents’) if they remembered this from their youth. No. So it was all a load of cobblers (forgive the pun).

        • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 3:06 pm #

          by the way, the story went that he was reading his notes, or attempting to read them, without glasses and failing embarrassingly. Probably reported by the NYT or the WaPo.

      • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

        That smart girl is named Whitney Webb.

        • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 3:07 pm #

          Thanks, I knew it was alliterative.

      • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:44 pm #

        What did Epstein do?

        pimped teen girls?

        human sacrifice at the temple?

        one woman said she swam or wanted to swim away from the isle.

        • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 9:40 pm #

          Swim away from the Isle? The next Island over is owned by the Biden family. Hunter would be on the Beach, waiting.

        • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

          She should have asked for a plane ticket to Australia like Virginia Roberts.

          So what did he do? Here are some options.

          1. Forced or encouraged teenage girls to have sex with his friends. (‘Teenage’ being a flexible concept, sometimes under age sometimes not.)

          2. The above, but with hidden cameras as part of a Mossad blackmail scheme.

          3 Get the girls to collaborate in setting up the victims in compromising photos for blackmail.

          Online comments that read showed a split. Most saw them as innocents who had been violated. A minority denounced them as grasping young prostitutes. Me? ;I think they were giving massages.

          Another part of the story, as I recall, was the police finding stacks of photos of underage girls in one of his homes. But then it turned out that it was not stacks, just a few photos, one of which ‘may’ have shown an underage girl (and then again, may not).

          It seems to happen quite a lot. Rolf Harris, as I recall. And police found child pornography in Michael Jackson’s gaff that turned out to be a mainstream ‘style’ publication that sold in tens of thousands or more.

          Do you believe what you see in the media? I don’t. Not a bit of it.

          When you ask people what Savile was supposed to have done exactly, more often as not they point to the Top Of The Pops episode on BBC Television where he he is said to have interfered with a young girl (about 18) In Plain Sight. He was surrounded by dozens of youngsters and she turned round. He had a mischievous grin on his face. It turns out it ruined her life. I don’t know if he pinched her backside or not. But this is the best most people can come up with for Britain’s Most Evil Paedophile Of All Time.

          Don’t you get it?

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm #

        It’s a real flaw of yours (IMHO) that you swing right back to trusting the people screwing you over about everything else when it comes to child trafficking.

        It’s really strange actually. You seem to just buy the establishment narrative 100% without questioning it.

        • Sean Coleman August 16, 2022 at 3:36 pm #

          No. I buy no establishment narrative. I believe people’s judgement has declined over the ages. I suppose it was ever since The Fall, but now it has reached rock bottom.

          The Establishment believe all this nonsense just as much as everyone else. They are of course the most deluded of all.

          You have to look into the subject for y ourself. Take any one of them, while the internet is still relatively open. Just look for any evidence backing up the lurid stories. If you actually do this the penny should drop. There will be none, there never is. That is the point.

          • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:18 pm #

            There is tons of evidence, there is lack of people who will do something about it.

            So you just blame the victims because their voices aren’t being heard.

          • Sean Coleman August 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm #

            The evidence is all from witnesses and is not believable. I gave a few examples in posts above and there are many more where they come from.
            Even the death of murder of Epstein is questionable. He shared a cell with a murder suspect, but there is a fair chance that will happen in prison.

            The cctv camera failed at the time he died. I looked into it but could only go so far without going around tracing those involved and interviewing them and those around them But I recall more than one camera failed, by one account. Now, I would not be surprised if all the cameras int hat prison were out of order, not just that night but all the others too. And that the guards or wardens took a nap not only that night but every night.

            Prince Andrew gave an interview where he produced alibis for both dates Roberts said he was with her. But media comment afterwards talked about his ‘sense of entitlement’ and missed the point entirely!

            Then the butler who wanted to make easy money from Epstein’s address book.

            Mary, in this case as in all the others without exception the ‘the tons of evidence’ evaporates before your eyes when you go looking for it.

            It is an extraordinary phenomenon of mass psychology and, it seems, quite impossible to break down. It does not matter who I talk to, however intelligent or reasonable they appear, they will never so much as look at it but rather dismiss it out of hand.

          • MaryQueen August 18, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

            I’m sure all of the people quoted in this article – one of thousands – are just lying because why not:

            https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/sickening-extent-jimmy-saviles-sex-7337595

          • Sean Coleman August 18, 2022 at 5:31 pm #

            I am afraid the numbers prove nothing. If you made up a scandal for an experiment and arranged for a nominated celebrity or ‘powerful’ man to be revealed as a serial paedophile you can be sure that hundreds of people would step forward to give their own story.

            The problem is the man would end up in prison experiment or no experiment because, to paraphrase Richard Webster, these collective fantasies are so powerful. Reason would count for little. And if you were to confront one of those who were in on it and remind him that it was all just make believe and an experiment, he would reply that be that as it may the victims deserved justice.

            Another way to counter it would be to point to the thousands, millions, of scientists, doctors, journalists and leaders of society who all say that the virus is real and that the vaccine is safe and effective. They couldn’t possibly all be wrong, could they?

          • Sean Coleman August 18, 2022 at 5:39 pm #

            The article you linked to was written in 2014 when the hysteria was at its height. It was just as strong the next year. In Feb 2015 the Guardian ran a leading article speculating that the reason Jimmy got away with his horrific crimes was that they were so blatant that, although he commited them In Plain Sight, nobody actually saw them. It also suggested digging up his corpse to allow the public to vent its fury on it, as happened with the body of Oliver Cromwell.

            We are dealing with mass insanity here. And it has not got any better as we can see with what is going on now.

      • Alfred August 19, 2022 at 9:03 am #

        I can’t get past your statement, “What did Epstein do?”

        Your application of nuance leaves me sickened.

        Jeffery Epstein probably wasn’t his real name. He wasn’t acting on his own accord, he was a tool of the geopolitical trade.

    • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

      I find it hard to believe that Epstein was blackmailing anyone.
      I think the girls were party favors, not blackmail tools.
      FFS, Hunter Biden’s tapes are all over the place. So what? If your ruling overlords don’t want you prosecuted, you won’t be prosecuted, it doesn’t matter what evidence is on tape.
      They used to say that the only thing that would bring down a politician was being found with a live boy or a dead girl, but clearly that has been outdated since the Franklin days and then the dead woman in Joe Scarborough’s office.
      Not to mention that if Epstein had been blackmailing the powerful he would have been suicided a long, long time before he was in jail.

      Move into the 21st century, dudes.

      • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

        I am more interested in where his money came from than who came to his parties, although we should know both.
        Instead, we know neither.
        Some blackmail.

        • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 11:43 am #

          if they reveal his client list, the usefulness of the blackmail goes away.

          i am aware of the logical problems that statement presents, but the fact that *nothing* except flight manifests came out, and that nobody has been able to dig any deeper (i’m very certain many have tried) speaks volumes.

          sometimes the dark shape can only be inferred by the absence of even dim background light.

          nothing proven, but that and the fact that the corrupt elite, by its actions, has been shown to be corrupt in an almost hermetically sealed way – that’s difficult even in wartime.

          • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

            Like I said, I don’t believe he was blackmailing people.
            Look at it this way, if he was the one blackmailing people, then now that he is gone there is no reason to cover up the names.
            It’s a big club and anyone in it is unblackmailable.
            The fact that the names are still secret is proof of that.

          • farmgal August 16, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

            @just another – came across this interesting tidbit at JR Nyquist’s blog. Blackmail is an ancient art. Hope this link works as I have heard of others having trouble.

            fitzinfo.net/2020/07/08/soviets-created-child-trafficking-rings-in-the-west-for-blackmail-scholar/amp/

          • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 3:54 pm #

            Sure, farmgirl. Ignore the evidence, then try to finger someone else for it.
            Sounds like the US Deep State at work there.

          • justanotherguy August 17, 2022 at 10:29 pm #

            farmgirl – thanks for the link, interesting read, plausible.

            i’ve read a fair bit by nyquist, and he stacks his hierarchy with the communists on top – he comes across consistently as having a barely concealed, but absolutely certain conviction that they are the source of all the ills in the world.

            i tend to hold the opinions of polemicists at arms length. who knows about this – maybe he’s got it right.

            yuri bezmenov told plenty of tales out of school, but everybody just yawns.

            what actually happens is consistently more informative that speculation about who was behind it or what might be their motivations.

      • SW August 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

        As bad as Hunter Biden’s tapes are, the women are not underage.

        But that’s the point of blackmail — the evidence to ruin someone is on tap & there is some — not much, but some — leverage in exposing sexual misconduct with minors.

        • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 3:24 pm #

          I heard that some are.
          Anyway, my point stands. The Franklin boys were also underage, and so were the victims of Dennis Haskert. It is all covered up. The media is no doubt involved. We know about Stephen Colbert going to the island, right?

          There is no way, imo, that Jeffrey Epstein was blackmailing the rich and powerful.
          Number one, there is no such thing as a sex scandal anymore.
          Number two, if they could kill him in jail does anyone really think they couldn’t kill him when he was out?

          • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm #

            Well, there is such a thing as a sex scandal, if they want to get rid of you.
            Hence, Al Franken kicked out of the Senate because when he was a comedian he held his hands over a sleeping woman’s breasts. Without actually touching her.
            Omigod, the horror!
            But have sex with teenagers as a reward for a requested vote?
            No problem.

          • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 11:53 am #

            you mean dennis hastert – former speaker?

            the point of killing him in jail is to end the story cold. nobody with a normie view of the world would say much beyond – “justice served”.

            simple question – is the world too far gone to blackmail anybody? if not, what do you suppose would be a lever?

            the media complex, as you point out regarding franken, is still taking down anybody given the right evidence.

            the ability to do blackmail depends more on the fear on the one being blackmailed – i doubt franken is afraid of losing his reputation any more – that stick was swung.

            blackmail – and i believe it is possible to do it en mass – is a stick best not swung.

            i have not seen anyone in power, real power, who has not been corrupted in some way, and not the metaphysical corruption, but corrupted to others who wield power.

            so, from our point of view, it probably looks like a continuum, with shades of gray. to the insiders, it might be an amoral “proof of worthiness” to advance up the pyramid.

            tricky dick was famously invited to bohemian grove, and afterwords shared pubic utterances of revulsion.

            there is something out there.

            where is epstein’s client list?

          • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

            There was a banker, I think in Belgium, who testified that there was a hierarchy in the ruling elite and the higher you got the more perverted it was.
            It wasn’t blackmail, it was group debauchery, including the murder of children when you got high enough.
            He got to a certain point, then refused to participate further. I think they killed him when he talked.
            Half the country of Belgium erupted in anger back in the 90s, when it was revealed that the ruling elite were raping, torturing and murdering children.
            They went on strike, they marched, they called for heads to roll.
            And then they went home and the elite stayed in place.
            There was frigging evidence. They found 2 little girls chained in basement who had starved to death.
            But nothing was done.
            Enough evidence, my ass. Al Franken was offed with a 10 year photo showing nothing, but little kidnapped girls starving to death?
            Nothing.
            And the cops had gone to that house and said they found nothing, while the girls were probably alive.

          • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

            Damn. I used ecosia and yandex to search for these events and got pretty much nothing.
            The coverup remains. I did find this…

            euronews .com/my-europe/2019/10/27/explainer-paedophile-marc-dutroux-and-the-horror-case-that-united-a-divided-belgium

          • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:19 pm #

            I think that banker is still alive.

          • justanotherguy August 17, 2022 at 10:34 pm #

            paula – wow, that is a crazy story. hadn’t heard it before now. who knows how many horrors are hidden in the shadows.

            i suppose if one is that corrupt, and money helped get you there, a normal world to you looks like a warped cabal of monsters to anyone on the outside…

          • Paula D August 18, 2022 at 1:41 pm #

            Yes, justanotherguy, I don’t remember anything about it at the time, and I subscribed to multiple magazines and a newspaper back then.
            Complete and total blackout over a story that should have been headline news for weeks, if the narrative they tell us about ”if it bleeds it leads” were true. But it’s not.
            That is how the Mighty Wurltizer protects the rich and powerful.
            This is why I don’t believe that Epstein was blackmailing anyone.

        • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:41 pm #

          How do you know they are not underage?

        • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 11:58 am #

          there are pictures of hunter biden nearly nude guiding a little girl no more than 9 or 10, she wearing adult lingerie, made up to look older. that picture reeks of wrong. i’ve seen it, i forced myself to remember details, to understand that there was no benign way to interpret what that picture showed.

          i’d wager my left arm there are worse.

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

        Agree with you there, Paula.

      • Alfred August 19, 2022 at 9:08 am #

        No. He was not blackmailing anyone. He was selling or producing blackmailable content on behalf of whatever power structure he could sell into, or be compelled to work for.

        Jefferey Epstein, if indeed his real name was a tool.

        This is why I asked my question, where is the client list?

        Let’s take that list out and examine their actions for the past 6 years.

        There’s no reason to apply 21st century logic where people, shame, and blackmail intersect, old school es’plains that perfectly.

        #FJB

  8. JC Penny August 15, 2022 at 10:09 am #

    My guess is that one of the zealots below Garland ran that op without telling the HQ. Unless…. the current strategy is to foment a national emergency in time for a civil lockdown for the midterms. Hmmmm.

    Half the population approves of lockdowns. Could work.

    • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:15 am #

      Half the population is too stupid to realize how badly they have been had, half the population are incapable of understanding what our host and his bloggers are even talking about.

      That is why they get away with this stuff over and over.

      Add on the fact that the entire power structure of the national government is so corrupted by the Left, information from the Right is first ignored then buried never to be seen again.

      • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:24 am #

        Because those that side with the criminally corrupt leadership have convinced themselves that if they bow down to corruption, they will be spared and even taken care of. They are not smart enough to remember that once the criminals obtain total control, they turn on even those that bow down to them because in bowing down they have proven that they may be harmless, but they are also worthless.

        • SW August 15, 2022 at 10:43 am #

          The corrupt have made a devil’s bargain—power & riches & the illusion of invincibility & protection from prosecution. But the Biden family will face prosecution the day Joe is no longer of use to them.

          • Walter B August 15, 2022 at 10:48 am #

            And Satan keeps them alive as long as possible to minimize the time that he has to spend with them later.

        • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 2:56 pm #

          They just get to be shot last.

      • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 10:35 am #

        half USA population is non white. or close to half.

        • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:04 am #

          Yes, homogeniety is being proven to be necessary for stable politics. China, Japan and India have found this to be a fact.

          • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

            IQ is important.

            also the afros are very violent. BLM not to them.

            400,000 murdered by their own in USA.
            Look at south africa. murder inc.

        • benr August 18, 2022 at 7:13 pm #

          almost half the population also don’t like the Constitution or Bill of rights and want everything for “free.”

          wage slaves through and through OR beholden to ever larger government input into their daily life and living situation aka free money and obama phones

      • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 11:36 am #

        “Half the population is too stupid to realize how badly they have been had, half the population are incapable of understanding what our host and his bloggers are even talking about.”

        JohnAZ, I’m familiar with this half of the population. I can say with certainty that they could read everything our host has blogged in the last six months and not comprehend a single bit of it. They know what the words mean, but they’re like someone who has tuned in to a long running soap opera with many characters and a complicated back story. They’re completely at a loss and have not a hope in hell of catching up, nor any motivation to try.

      • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

        Are you guys finally ready to ditch Democracy for America 2.0?

        Only the qualified will get to vote. And the process of qualification will be anything but easy.

        • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

          If such a thing were implemented now, in order to “qualify” you’d have to know and recite the woke version of history and endorse their bizarre beliefs as to the purpose of government, meaning of the Constitution, etc. It would be a woke loyalty test set up to disqualify anyone not sufficiently indoctrinated. I’m imagining something like the questioning of Supreme Court nominees, except that you’d be required to state that the definition of a woman is whatever anyone “feels”.

          I’d love to see a process of qualification that required the applicant to have a vigorous understanding of history, law, and how our government is intended to function. But, in order to get there, you’d have to first win the bigger battle and, if you did that, the need for qualification would no longer be urgent and would probably not be on the agenda until such time as you were again under threat.

          • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 5:22 pm #

            “A Republic if you can keep it.

            Ben Franklin

            The above is how you keep it. Also financial solvency and a history of service, military in most cases.

          • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

            jarek – i recall the FF were uniformly against democracy – in my younger days they either did not fetishize it, or it wasn’t such a catch word.

            now, whenever i hear or read someone using that word, i conclude they are either ignorant or the enemey.

            tinwtvowoot

      • Not_GeorgeT August 15, 2022 at 8:22 pm #

        Consider for a moment there is no left, no right. It’s a fantasy. People believe the fantasy. The next-in-line fantasy becomes easier to sell. The next even easier, on and on….

        Creating labels such as left and right confuses and obfuscates the issues.

        Separating issues from positions is important to arrive at solutions.

        If positions keep getting hammered into the general mindset of the country (as an example), positions become the default setting. This is the current situation.

        The issues are never identified, confronted, and resolved.

        The populace is too preoccupied with positions.

        • justanotherguy August 16, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

          simpler – watch and record what is done – not what is said.

          assume stupidity first, avarice next, and evil next.

          usually in accord with the actor’s place on the pyramid.

    • thirdcoastlegend August 15, 2022 at 10:24 am #

      WW3 would give them more than enough cover to cancel all remaining rights and freedoms.

      This is why we have another surprise Congresscritter trip to Taiwan.

      • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

        How many more “live firing” exercises can the Chinese crank out without things sparking off?

        • Not_GeorgeT August 15, 2022 at 8:31 pm #

          Probably quite a few, to some extent it is theatre.

          As this Taiwan/Pelosi thing was developing a short while back a commentator in alternative opinion and news mentioned there were 3 carrier groups near Taiwan. This caught my attention. It is serious business if this occurs.

          It is also something the US Navy doesn’t do around countries which the US can’t bully.

          I went online to look at a few sources for where the groups were located on the planet. I tried the math but could not match 3 carrier groups in proximity to Taiwan.

          Which is why I think it is still at the theatre stage.

    • EdD August 15, 2022 at 10:45 am #

      That “half the population” crap comes from polls tailored for the purpose of making nonsensical claims for support of the most ridiculous of ideas.

      Making claims such as “half the population agrees to shove lima beans up their noses” reveals a tendency to watch way too much TV.

      No offense intended, of course.

      • Sean Coleman August 15, 2022 at 11:06 am #

        That point cannot be made often enough. A related issue, something I have been wondering about in the last couple of days: is there an obesity problem in America? is it created or exaggerated by the media? My guess is that it does exist but is exaggerated but I have never set foot in the USA.

        • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:28 am #

          Oh it is not exaggerated at all.

          Most people are fat now whereas 70 years ago to be obese was rare.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 11:37 am #

            I see young women with a really pneumatic appearance, that fat girls just didn’t have when I was in school.

            Those rolls of flab like the Michelin Man come from some kind of hormonal issue, not from simply overeating.

            Of course, our “public health” dollars went to fund a disease that kills fat people, instead of discovering why this is happening.

          • JC Penny August 15, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

            36% of the US is clinically obese [BMI > 30].

          • Q. Shtik August 15, 2022 at 12:16 pm #

            @ MQ

            Unrelated to your comment…

            What time zone do you live in?

            Or, if you are not good at time zones, what time is it where you live when it in 12 noon in NY City?

          • tresho August 15, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

            “Those rolls of flab like the Michelin Man come from some kind of hormonal issue” You omitted environmental toxins and infectious agents from your list of possible causes.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

            Tresho, something is triggering the hormonal issues, that’s where the toxins, etc. come in.

          • Soul Forensics August 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm #

            The “hormonal issue” excuse is just as bogus as the “I just have big bones” deflection. Or the “genetic predisposition” issue.

            The overwhelming majority of people who are fat are so because of an unbalanced CICO (Calories In, Calories Out). To be more blunt, they stuff their faces and sit in chairs all day.

          • SW August 15, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

            I agree with Beryl. They look unhealthy & something more is going on than just overeating. People can be fat & still be undernourished but why this is happening isn’t always clear. My vote is for soft drinks, antibiotics added to animal feed (known to cause obesity), hormone additives to dairy & destruction of gut flora with all the chemicals.

          • Soul Forensics August 15, 2022 at 3:18 pm #

            Soft drinks, and densely caloric animal fats in which those hormones and chemicals are housed, are hyperpalatable, meaning they taste so good that gluttons won’t stop. Even if they wanted to, the fat and salt and sugar makes the glutton eat quickly, thereby overriding signals of fullness until after the grub has been scarfed down.

            Fast food is also convenient. Fat people become lazy, and so the vicious cycle continues. Why cook when you can just grab 1,500 calories from McD’s and wait three minutes for it to cook and eat?

            It’s not complicated. Our caloric input has increased year-by-year — and that’s worldwide, BTW — as our physical expenditure has correspondingly decreased.

          • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 3:32 pm #

            Even 40 years ago it was rare.
            Then the factory farms started, along with the destruction of the FDR Farm Bill, the destruction of family farms and the rise of agribusiness.
            Now 9.76 BILLION animals a year in the USA are raised in inhumane conditions, slaughtered in filthy slaughterhouses, chopped up and deep fried by ubiquitous fast food joints, eaten by the bucket by obese Americans who drive through to pick it up, because getting out and walking to the counter is beyond them.

            But why Americans are overweight and obese is a complete mystery.

            Maybe Fauci could do a study.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm #

            Q Schtik I am in Mountain Time so if it’s 12:00 p.m. in NY, it’s 10:00 a.m. here.

          • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

            Mary, why does Q think that if you’re not good at time zones you will still somehow know what the time difference between Central and East Coast is?

          • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

            Oops, I meant Mountain.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 7:32 pm #

            Q is off his rocker.

            LOL.

          • Blackbird August 15, 2022 at 7:45 pm #

            Yeah, watch old episodes of Adam 12 (ca. 50 years ago). Not a fat cop, criminal, or innocent bystander to be seen.

            Spent a week in Japan 8 years ago. Saw 3 fat people. Pretty sure 2 were Korean.

            Processed food. Lazy people who want to eat out of a box. A 20 oz. bottle of Mountain Dew has enough sugar for more than 2 days – but only enough caffeine to get you through about 4 hours.

          • Not_GeorgeT August 15, 2022 at 8:39 pm #

            Waiting rooms have extra wide chairs for extra wide butts.

            Hospitals have extra-wide wheel chairs for the same reason.

          • studejack August 15, 2022 at 8:52 pm #

            Folks, remember three things that are very different from that time when we were children 50 years ago and there were few fat people: (1) everybody smoked, (2) foods like spaghetti sauce had no high fructose corn syrup, and (3) apropos some posts elsewhere herein, people didn’t eat out all the time. My mother cooked excellent, flavorful, nutritious suppers every night, we all sat together and ate. You could eat all the cookies you wanted after school but if you “spoiled your dinner” in so doing, you were still expected to “clean your plate” at supper.

          • SW August 16, 2022 at 10:40 am #

            All of you make good points and are right how much things have changed (for the worse) in the last 50 years in our eating habits and the corruption of the raw materials in our diet.

            A woman in Walmart a couple of days ago had two preschool girls with her and her cart was loaded with gatorade which she probably in all honesty thinks of as a healthy drink for her little girls. In ten years, they’ll be overweight, pasty teenagers through no fault of their own.

          • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

            Nobody can figure out Mountain time.
            Or what time it is in Phoenix or Indianapolis, either.

          • Paula D August 18, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

            Phoenix is especially hard because Arizona doesn’t do daylight saving time.
            So you have to factor that in as well.

        • Anthea August 16, 2022 at 7:43 pm #

          All you have to do is look at old family photos, old photos in general, and old high school yearbooks to see that almost everyone used to be very trim.

          The men in my old family photos from the 50s all look like toothpicks, and the women are reasonably slim, considering the number of kids in the pictures. One of my aunts, who was considered the family fatty, would be considered to be of a fairly normal weight nowadays.

      • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:07 am #

        No, the half the population crap, your words, comes from the fact that national election results are less than 2% difference in most critical states. And exit polls show that the difference is ethnic in nature, ie demographics.

      • JC Penny August 15, 2022 at 11:25 am #

        Hay, Mr Ed. I don’t watch TV.

        My statement had nothing to with polls ‘as seen on TV’ that you presume. It’s a statement of fact that the majority in the US approved of the panicked recommendations to hide under the bed – and still do.

        Case in point 1: The military has been conducting CBRNE training in one way shape for form for better than 100 years. For the past 50 years the focus was on the proper removal of PPE so as to not cross-contaminate.

        Case in point 2: The medical profession has been conducting rigorous PPE instruction with a similar focus of correct doffing and treatment of exposed equipment. 90% of the Ebola cases in the US were inappropriate PPE doffing, per CDC.

        Both these organizations continue to use facemasks as fashion statements, using their bare hands to pull them down to talk, using them more than once, and disposing of them as regular trash as opposed to biological waste. Far more than half of the population sees no problem with this… in fact admires them for their “professional” judgement.

        That being said… I understated the ratio.

        jcp

  9. Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 10:10 am #

    Don’t know if this will post right or not:

    https://i.postimg.cc/WbCQFpxr/FZ-p-Lb-AX0-AE-mgi-1.jpg

    • Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 10:12 am #

      LOL! Such pretty boys!

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 10:32 am #

        My favorite meme so far. They deserve it.

      • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 10:37 am #

        I didnt pay much attention to the raid nor to January 6.

        its a circus created by the democrats. sick.

        • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:08 am #

          Malthuss

          No, the Deep State. The biggest mouths are RINOs.

    • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

      Excellent! Probably the only weapon we have left is humour. And the lefties hate being laughed at.

  10. Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 10:10 am #

    The plot(s) continues to thicken. Should be a full blown hearty stew before you know it. Too bad most Americans can’t digest it, never mind savor the duplicitous complexity of it all. Can you say final days of the Soviet Union redux?

    • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:24 am #

      Dis

      Totalitarian states must have stupid populations. The FF here understood from an early date that education, ie smart people, guarantee the success of their Constitution as they observe and understand the world around them.

      Hence the continuing drive of the Progressive Left, no, the entire Deep State to control education to create indoctrination serfs and to introduce almost exclusively socialistic immigration subject. To succeed they must destroy thinking subjects and produce unthinking nebbishes.

      AS before mentioned. IT IS A PLAN. They will be after the thinking members of society after consolidating their power.

      Think Russia, think Iran!!!

      • thirdcoastlegend August 15, 2022 at 10:38 am #

        JAZ-

        Very much so.

        I will only add that the defector Yuri Bezmenov tried to warn us about the need to reinstitute patriotic education in the early 80s.

        This was something Trump got right, but unfortunately he was far too little and too late with his efforts.

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:30 am #

        Most people here care more about superficial crap, yes. That is how we have been engineered since the 1970s.

        • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 3:01 pm #

          And yet, there are some signs for hope. Homeschooling is growing thanks to the lockdowns revealing what a bunch of leftist nutjobs run our schools.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 5:05 pm #

            Yes, they let the schools get so over the top crazy that people are yanking their kids out of there. Between the grooming and the forced pronouns and horrible teachers and rotten curriculum, and now forced masking and other tortures, why would anyone NOT homeschool their child? I would.

    • Not_GeorgeT August 15, 2022 at 8:46 pm #

      “Can you say final days of the Soviet Union redux?”

      I’d expand it to both the beginning and the end. 1917 has a lot of similarities to the ‘fall of the Wall’ period.

      Toss the Jacobins in a century+ earlier and it begins to be a rhyme.

  11. Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 10:13 am #

    Good, hard reporting.

  12. Bill of Rights August 15, 2022 at 10:13 am #

    “It should be pretty obvious that the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago…”

    No, it isn’t obvious to me. That’s why I subscribe to this blog…to get insights that don’t appear elsewhere.

    Keep up the good work Jim!

  13. Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 10:16 am #

    This is blowing up friendships. Someone in my family who uses a lot of social media noticed that someone bashing Trump and chortling over the FBI raid sounded familiar, and it turned out to be a close friend of hers.

    She would never have let something like politics interfere in a friendship before, but it’s not that, it’s the willingness to blindly follow prejudices that someone told you it was okay to have.

    • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 11:50 am #

      Beryl, this has been the most painful aspect of the whole debacle. Seeing people you once respected, those close to you and a few public figures, turn into angry zombies who cannot be reasoned with, is a shock that will never fade away. They have nothing with which to counter facts and reasoned arguments, and they simply become enraged. I’ve received real, intense, demonic hatred from people I love and whom I thought loved me back. I use the word “demonic” advisedly, but nothing else adequately describes the feeling that something alien and utterly malignant is looking out from behind familiar eyes, and desires my annihilation. There’s very much a spiritual component at work. This is something I wouldn’t have believed possible a few years back, but it’s so blatant now that it can’t be denied.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

        It hurts her, because she would never have thought of attacking these friends for their beliefs, but she now knows that any of them would not hesitate to attack her for hers.

        Speaking of things demonic, I was referred to this article that has been up for a while, but I don’t think it was posted about here before:

        The Anti-Christ now rules us all

        The age of progress has turned everything into machines and money

        https://unherd.com/2022/05/the-anti-christ-now-rules-us-all/

        I have written about some of these themes before, how everything since the 80s has been becoming about money, and also about how adopting SJW values was a religion, and the easiest one, because all you had to do was agree with those who hated the right people.

        The writer of this piece goes deeply in philosophy and the classics to make his points.

        “But the rise of science did not lead to the end of religion, however much Richard Dawkins might like it to be so. Instead — as noted by Illich — religion responded to the challenge by becoming immanent itself. Western Christianity progressively abandoned its commitment to transcendence and was “resolved into philosophy”, allowing itself to be brought down to Earth, into the realm of social activism, politics and ideas. “The conversion of a large part of the religious world to the idea of modernity”, said Del Noce, “accelerated the process of disintegration” that the modern revolution had unleashed.

        What Progress wants is the death of God.”

        • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

          Progress can no more kill God than it can Reality. And both are totting up the final bill.

          • farmgal August 16, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

            HTW does your brother “Wake” post at Zero Hedge?

        • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 3:28 pm #

          Thanks for posting the Paul Kingsnorth article. He’s on substack as well, and is always worth reading. He never fails to set me to pondering the bigger questions.

        • anmariwakaranai August 15, 2022 at 4:53 pm #

          Gr8 article Beryl. I didn’t know Ginsberg of all people, a beat poet thought this way.

      • AmericanObserver August 15, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

        A zealot cannot argue for their beliefs because they have no reason to. It’s their way or you’re wrong. That’s why those types of people explode when asked for a simple answer to a question. They have no answer that wouldn’t be in opposition to their own views, so they blame you for asking.

        Kind of how a child is treated. Ask once, and you’re told “because I said so”. Ask again and you’re asked if you heard what you were just told. Temerity to ask again? Threats and punishment are next.

      • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

        Yes, the Pure Bloods must never forget that they wanted us to be denied health care and access to Supermarkets. They wanted us to die out on the streets.

        Alas your friends and family are often your worst enemies. The battle lines run right through ever heart. Friends and family are just people who have access to the chinks in your armor – unless consciously chosen in light of the current situation.

        • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 4:08 pm #

          Lots of truth here, sadly.

        • Redneck Liberal August 16, 2022 at 7:05 pm #

          Within my close family, I have three brothers and my mother who are in the Rabbit Hole.

          However, the potential conflict between them and the rest of the family (seven sane people) about their crazy ideas is managed by ring-fencing all discussions about this bullshit to a Messenger group chat.

          In that way, none of us have any need to mention this difference in world-views. The familial love is not diminished. We all recognise that neither camp is going to change anyone’s mind.

          Time will show that the sky is, indeed, not falling.

          • justanotherguy August 17, 2022 at 11:13 pm #

            be great if they would join us here.

            maybe explain why you’re such a precious.

          • GreenAlba August 18, 2022 at 6:07 am #

            So how many more covid shots are you planning to get, Redneck? Currently you’re about twice as likely to die of covid if you’re triple vaxxed than if you’re not vaxxed at all. By the time you get to shot number 5, if you’re still around, you might be able to make that 4 times.

            And have you and your family discussed Doctor Chetty’s 100% success rate in treating 7000 patients without recourse to hospital or a single incidence of long covid? Seems to me any rational, inquiring mind would want to know about that.

            Silly question. Your mother and three brothers are obviously adept at humouring you and the brainwashed cohort of your family. Perhaps you could introduce the Brainwashed Bunch to my tiny WhatsApp group that has seen 5 heart attacks, including 4 fatal, since the vaxx rollout, the 4 deaths all being since the booster. Although it probably wouldn’t make any difference. When people are that deep into psychosis, they can’t see what’s right in front of their eyes.

      • Redneck Liberal August 15, 2022 at 9:09 pm #

        Piglet – same here…but from people with YOUR perspective. No reasoning, no logic, just right-wing ‘talking points’ and constant, CONSTANT victimhood & conspiracy-mongering.

        • MaryQueen August 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm #

          I’m not a rightwinger. So how are my talking points ‘right wing’?

          • benr August 18, 2022 at 7:09 pm #

            Mary it’s not what you think you are its always what other people like rednut lunatic think you are.

            If you don’t believe in any or all of the following you are an evil rightwing nut.
            Open borders
            Federally funded abortions at any time up to birth for any reason.
            Every need should be “free” and funded by the gubermint.
            Love is love regardless of gender and age.
            All white people are racist and no one of color ever is.
            Print more money and tax people into oblivion.
            Jail is unfair no matter what landed the person there.
            Trump is Satan
            Hillary is always right
            Obama was the bestestier President ever
            Biden is not a demented pos.
            It takes a village to raise a child and the child should be taught leftist ideology at all costs with zero parental oversight.
            There was zero election fraud and the fact the courts refused to even look at the evidence proves the claims are rightwing lies.
            The list is endless and most of the ideas lack common sense.

            The Star Trek borg are paupers compared to the America Progressives aka communists.

    • Not_GeorgeT August 15, 2022 at 8:48 pm #

      It might be blowing up friendships. Alternatively, it might be identifying those who are true friends (and there will be very few of those).

  14. Opie August 15, 2022 at 10:20 am #

    Oh please let me be picked for jury duty if this goes to trial in Florida.

  15. elysianfield August 15, 2022 at 10:26 am #

    “It won’t be difficult to prove these parties’ intentions in all that, namely to drive Mr. Trump from office or disable him in the proces”

    Well, if the judge were Roland Freisler, or perhaps Torquemada, proof might become…elusive, or not even an issue.

    I would suggest that the fix is in, and the panic is on….

    • AmericanObserver August 15, 2022 at 12:39 pm #

      Good mention of Friesler. He was an ardent communist who changed political sides in the early 1930’s. Then he became a fanatical Nazi known for ridiculing and humiliating defendants in his court, making the “trial” an afterthought.

      Those kind of people are the Bush era Neocons who managed to integrate into the deep state to the point where the (D) are now the party of war, force and coercion.

      • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

        Yes. He was a fanatical personality and chose the top dogs. Rather like Goebbels, in fact.

      • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

        Weird. Almost as if somebody has their people on both sides in a conflict, so that no matter who wins, they win. To be able to pull that off, also, is a deep, as in genetic, loyalty.

        • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 12:19 pm #

          And no, I am so not pointing out the 35,000 soldiers and 1500 high officers who, per the narrative, should’ve been in in transit camps.

    • elysianfield August 16, 2022 at 2:21 pm #

      …And I DO mean the panic is on…

      https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xojj3k

  16. JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 10:29 am #

    The continuing moving of immigrants from Texas to the cities on the East Coast is a deliberate thumbing of the nose at the Biden administration, ie the East Coast Mob. Some how, they have to stop it.

    Hahahahaha. That may bring on the great rebellion, we can only hope. Keep your eyes on this story, especially if other Red states join in support.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 10:33 am #

      They are busing them to places that declared themselves sanctuary cities.

      • SW August 15, 2022 at 10:54 am #

        That’s right & the mayors of these cities are up in arms by Texas’ “inhumane action” & quite annoyed at being exposed for the hypocrites they are. Abbot is mincing no words in pointing out their sanctimonious demand that Texas stop it are very convenient for them. And what’s even more hilarious is they’re trying to sound virtuous at the same time!

    • Not_GeorgeT August 15, 2022 at 9:05 pm #

      Being on the East Coast, there’s been an illegal immigrant problem here for years. Decades. Accelerating the problem to critical mass will hasten resolution of the problem.

      A little pain now (relatively) is a better idea than greater pain later because the problem, like any infection, was allowed to fester and spread.

  17. Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 10:36 am #

    I’m waiting for Alex Berenson to elaborate on his discovery that some of his fellow reporters were in on getting Twitter to ban him.

    • EdD August 15, 2022 at 10:50 am #

      I’m waiting for people to realize that Alex Berenson is still the same deluded libtard ringmeat he was when he wrote for the NYT. Just because Lew Rockwell features Berenson’s articles doesn’t mean that Alex isn’t controlled opposition.

      Lew seems to love him some libtards for some unfathomable reason.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 11:11 am #

        Alex’s work on the vaccines has been spot on. He set out to do a job of work and he did it.

        The vaccine narrative has collapsed. It would not have happened without his honest and accurate reporting.

        Put some respect on his name.

        https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1558804544020250625?s=20&t=guHmATzO8vHhdPPklm9lSw

      • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 3:42 pm #

        Agreed.

        • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 3:50 pm #

          Should add, he is still claiming that they are just bad, and implying they were simply poor, rushed products put out to make quick cash.

          He doesnt touch the meat of the story, and he spends half his time declaring how he hates Alex Jones, so that his prog friends won’t attack him on the half-backed clot shot stuff.

          He’s riding in Taibbi style late in the game, trying to tell everyone that he always knew, now that he knows there is no real risk to his reputation

          And he still has that pathetic profile pic on Twatter with that fucking face diaper on his chin.

          He can eat shit.

          • spaingaroo August 15, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

            I second that, I have read him and agree he is not really much of an addition, just better known.
            He has rampant TDS which disqualifies him from consideration as a thinker.
            He is a react-er, not a mover

        • Islander August 16, 2022 at 10:07 pm #

          Whom are you agreeing with?

  18. elysianfield August 15, 2022 at 10:45 am #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    The daily Situational Awareness this AM reports;

    Taiwan’s outer island residents and government officials fear they will likely be the first military objective of its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in any future armed conflict with China. The islands, Kinmen and Matsu, are only about 3 miles from the Chinese city of Xiamen, yet 124 miles from Taiwan. Taiwan’s Pratas Islands are also a likely initial military objective, located only 160 miles southeast of Hong Kong but 276 miles from the southern end of Taiwan. Both sets of Islands are claimed by China but have been under the control of Taiwan since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. (AC: The Pelosi visit to Taiwan has put China’s President Xi Jinping in a position of weakness only months prior to the Chinese Communist Party Congress in November. The Pelosi visit was also watched live via state-backed news feeds by a considerable portion of the Chinese population, and China’s unwillingness to stop her from reaching Taiwan has been a source of nationalist disappointment on Chinese social media. To win a third term as Party Chairman, Xi may need to conduct some type of face-saving maneuver, in addition to the large-scale PLA exercises of the past two weeks. The islands are lightly defended, and militarily speaking, they are low-hanging fruit. Either way, China cannot allow the islands to remain under Taiwan’s control if it seeks to force a reunification, whether that be by a coercive embargo or outright invasion. – M.M.)

    Kinmen island…doesn’t ring a bell, does it? Well, it was formerly known as Quemoy. The Nationalists and Commies have been fighting over these two islands, Quemoy and Matsu since 1949. I remember the Commies shelling the island while I was on Okinawa in 1957.

    We currently have two “battle groups”…two Aircraft Carrier Strike Forces, preparing to transit the Formosa Straights in a “freedom of navigation” exercise.

    Sporty times.

    • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 11:11 am #

      Without much fanfare, another Congressional Delegaton showed up in Tiawan yesterday.

      Just to rub Xi Jinping’s nose in it.

      Meanwhile, as of yesterday rocket artillery is still falling around the nuclear power plant in Z. No direct hits as of yet.

      • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

        They are doing everything they can to provoke world war, aren’t they? What madmen do things like that? Do they really believe they will still be around and in charge if they succeed?

        • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 4:37 pm #

          Well, I would suggest that when you have WEF agents installed via fraud running a country, who are following a plan of semi-controlled chaos to bring about conditions that would have people accept CBDCs and digital passports to live one’s life, then I would say it is all normal.

          Vlad’s actions were unexpected. And the Great Reset crowd is shaping the timeline in such a way that things all dovetail in the end.

          Think of it this way: regardless of how they get there, the CBDCs and digital panopticon are the answer.

          • Redneck Liberal August 15, 2022 at 9:15 pm #

            …also, don’t forget, Trump will be your president, and Michelle & Jacinda have cocks. Yep. All highly credible stuff, Night Howler.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:08 am #

            If I am not mistaken, Nut, you are the only one on this site (including the host) who thinks the election was not stolen.

            As to the cocks, I don’t know. But there is something swinging between Big Mike and Ms. Ed’s legs in more than one video.

            You are all alone with your opinions here, so I understand your outrage. When your third ban arrives, we will miss you.

            LOL.

          • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 12:21 pm #

            100 bucks, RedLib, if you can find me a pic of Michelle pregnant.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 5:37 pm #

            He has pulled his disappaering act again.

            LOL.

    • SW August 15, 2022 at 11:21 am #

      Rattling China’s cage is more dangerous I think than Russia’s. Visiting Taiwan against their wishes is a deliberate provocation. I don’t understand why the US is willing to destroy Taiwan by luring the Chinese into war. We can’t honestly say we’re bringing democracy to Taiwan since we have none to spare at home.

      What is the goal?

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 12:18 pm #

        Xi must be smart enough to realize he could just off a few of our Representatives plus Nancy Pelosi and the majority of Americans would not care.

        • AmericanObserver August 15, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

          Xi is smart enough to know a live Pelosi running Congress does far more damage to America than anything he could do.

        • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

          Indeed, Beryl, half of this country was cheering him on.

      • elysianfield August 15, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

        “What is the goal?”

        SW

        …containment.

        • SW August 16, 2022 at 10:46 am #

          And perhaps, business. Did you know Pelosi’s son went with her as her “escort”? And he has business dealings in Taiwan?

          “According to information obtained by DailyMail, Nancy Pelosi’s son is the second-largest investor in a $22 million Chinese company whose top executive was detained in connection with a fraud probe. This raises concerns regarding his covert trip to Taiwan with his mother.

          Paul Pelosi Jr, 53, worked for the telecom firm Borqs Technologies in a board or consulting capacity in addition to investing, according to Securities and Exchange Commission records.

          As compensation for his services, he received 700,000 shares, leaving him the fifth-largest shareholder in the business. He surpassed one of the company’s two co-founders in stock ownership when other insiders sold shares in June 2021, and was only surpassed by CEO Pat Sek Yuen Chan.

          In connection with a reported fraud probe, Chinese law enforcement detained the president of one of Borq’s subsidiaries in September 2019 and took copies of contracts and accounting data.”

          And following in Joe/Hunter footsteps:

          “The role Pelosi Jr. played in the Beijing-based business was only recently made public, following a trip to Taiwan by him and his influential mother to demonstrate support for the country that China controvertibly claims as a section of its own territory.

          The formal delegation that the Speaker’s office sent out did not include Pelosi Jr. The Speaker acknowledged in a statement this week that when questioned by the press, her son served as her “escort” on the trip instead of her husband.

          The House Speaker’s current drive to combat Chinese government aggression abroad and its corporate influence in the United States may be complicated by Nancy’s son’s connections to the Chinese company.”

          • Islander August 16, 2022 at 10:12 pm #

            Maybe the son’s business interests were the real reason for the trip.

            There certainly didn’t seem to be any other . . .

      • U R IntheVillage August 17, 2022 at 9:42 am #

        My theory: Pelosi (and son) are clearly on China’s payroll. The visit to Taiwan was a staged affront to China, allowing them the pretext for a blockade of Taiwan. Ditto the Congressional delegation that followed. Pelosi can posture as “standing up to China,” providing cover for her own family’s corruption, while giving China the excuse to express outrage and increase their military presence around Taiwan.

        In a way, it’s reassuring; the CCP is worried about the upcoming election and they need to get things done before November. The fact that they and the Dems are worried about the election indicates that it is possible the election won’t be stolen.

    • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

      I have no idea if the Chinese are like Americans in that starting a war boosts popularity.
      I did ask a Chinese friend why the Chinese government made such a fuss over Pelosi and then backed down (in American eyes).
      She didn’t see it that way.
      She said that the Chinese government had to show the Chinese people that they objected to Pelosi’s provocation, but it was not the government that made the noise about shooting down her plane, it was the ex-editor of the Global Times.

      To her, the Chinese government response was ”taking the moral high ground” not losing face.
      Everyone knows that America kills at the drop of a hat, so she thought that China not killing anyone made them look better in the eyes of the world.
      She says that China will not invade Taiwan. She says they have enough other problems to deal with at the Party Conference that is coming up.
      She made no predictions on Xi, but I’m guessing that he will be re-elected.
      If he started a war though? Maybe that only plays well in Peoria, I don’t know.

      • Blackbird August 15, 2022 at 7:59 pm #

        Americans seem to think that the rest of the world thinks like Americans. A quick and violent war (that somehow lasts forever and achieves no obvious goals) solves everything.

        I don’t think China will invade Taiwan. As the Tree of Fake Liberty (the U$) dies, its ripe fruit (like Taiwan, and Asia… Africa… Latin America…) will fall into China’s lap. No need to bust everything up just to rebuild it.

        • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

          Yep. All that China has to do is get the American NGOs out of Taiwan.
          The propaganda stops, public opinion comes to its senses, the provocations stop.
          I think that they kicked them out of Hong Kong. In any case, the riots have not reoccurred.

        • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

          I got this from an article on the Saker.
          ”The tiny recent event, amongst many throughout the long history of the world, in which an insignificant, vapid figure named Nancy Pelosi hailing from a callow, self-proclaimed “indispensable nation” visited an island named Taiwan in order to flaunt a delusional sense of magnitude in an attempt to humiliate the time-honoured People’s Republic of China, displays a flawless example of a fool of a farce.”

          And she added some quotes from Sun Tzu:
          “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
          “Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”
          “He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.”
          “He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.”
          “It is more important to out-think your enemy than to outfight him”

  19. thirdcoastlegend August 15, 2022 at 10:48 am #

    Mexico Update:

    Zerohedge just posted a story confirming the Mexican National Guard has been deployed in response to the violence.

    US Consulate employees in Tijuana have been ordered to shelter in place.

    • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:12 am #

      Any reports on the conditions of the US Expats in Mexico?

      • cowbell81 August 15, 2022 at 11:42 am #

        What Trump said was true, many of these Mexicans are simply drug cartel, murderers, and rapists. It is a shame, because there are also so many good native Mexicans that are overshadowed by the bad apples (or manzanitas, if you will).

        Mexico would be such a great place to get away to if their country was simply under control. The same could be said of the USA in general.

        Everything was better 70-100 years ago.

        • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

          except cell coverage

        • U R IntheVillage August 17, 2022 at 10:03 am #

          Everything was better 2 years ago.

          In general, I submit, the further back you go, the better things were, depending on your metrics.

          The line goes monotonically down, beginning in November 1963. Various increases in downward slope in 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1994, 2000, 2001, and continuing since except for a brief uptick 2016-2019. The splatter from hitting the pavement started in 2020, and continues to this day.*

          *Appendix
          1971 Nixon closes gold window
          1973 Nixon eliminates gold standard
          1975 Fall of Saigon
          1979 Iran Hostage crisis
          1994 Nafta
          2000 China granted most favored nation status
          2001 Patriot Act

  20. wwg1wga August 15, 2022 at 10:55 am #

    The wise create their own reality, independent of the prevailing forces of civilization, space, and time, with the attaining and sustaining of love, joy, gratitude, and peace, and the creation, sharing, and extending of halcyon moments, for the many, at peace, over an earth-lifetime, as the moral imperative.

    ….and return to the INFINITE source.

    When the doors of perception are cleansed, ALL appears to man as it TRULY is….INFINITE! ?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J-fFPjjMxtc&list=PLl55Zh3U2VW60XfXP-Hy2IOSGmRt5Db1b&index=1

  21. BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 11:06 am #

    Wow, a combination of Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ & Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ playing out on the American Stage.

    Cross, Double Cross, & Triple Cross!

  22. neurodoc August 15, 2022 at 11:11 am #

    Everyone needs to wake up and realize that we are now living in 3rd World, Banana Republic Amerika (NOT mis-spelled). There is corruption in every town, city, county, state, and obviously throughout DC. The mayors are corrupt, the judges are corrupt, CEOs are corrupt, most lawyers are obviously corrupt, and, now we see that most doctors are corrupt.

    Dr. Andrew Lubazeski, in his brilliant book, Political Ponerology (a study of psychopaths in government) showed strong evidence that in every culture the vast majority of people that seek political office are psychopaths; not the kind you typically find in prisons, but socially adept psychopaths that range from bill clinton to the lowest hick town mayor (that everyone loves) on the take. These are psychopaths who feign normal emotions such as empathy and concern, despite having none, and who are highly socially skilled in terms of sensing other’s issues and manipulating them.

    We live in a time when money is the god of most people, and, thus, no one would seek public office for any reason other than to get money. Look at the extremely large number of millionaires in congress making $150K per year; not possible without criminality. Lubazewski shows that psychopaths are attracted to politics for the money and the power; hence the situation we have now in this country.

    My father in law once proudly showed me the mansion of his small town’s police chief (whom he knew personally). I asked him how much did the mayor make, and at that time, he told me around $40K per year. The mansion cost at least $2mil at that time. My father in law just assumed that the fat hick mayor was a ‘good investor.’ Right!!! He was shocked that I would think that the po po chief might have been a crook. 🙂

    This corruption is everywhere and can never be stopped until this system collapses completely.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 11:16 am #

      Even the best maintained septic system has to be pumped out now and then.

      • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:24 am #

        Beryl

        That is exactly what the Deep State has been doing for fifty years, removing the septic pumping equipment so that the bastards cannot be touched.

    • JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 11:22 am #

      If it collapses, Neurodoc, it will not resurrect. Too many bad guys out there that will stomp on its bones, including many domestic types.

      It makes for easy pickings for the globalists.

      I would like to add onto your description that politicians are career failures that use politics as a way to make a living as a last resort.

      They are power hungry, pathetic, money hungry (a form of power), psychopathic, sociopathic, egomaniacal, spiritually empty people who do not give a rat’s ass about anyone else. Their true gift is being able to bullshit people better than others.

      To think, we are run by these miscreants.

      I hate name calling, but politicians are so ripe.

      • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 8:46 am #

        @ JohnAZ:

        “politicians are career failures that use politics as a way to make a living as a last resort.”

        Actually, I think the way it works is that, among the wealthy elites, the family retards and layabouts are provided with positions in politics. If you have ever worked for a company with the owners’ relatives (or other connected people) on the payroll, especially in management positions, you will see the wisdom of that.

        Among the more well-to-do, it is customary to provide the kids with a decent living. If employing them in your own business is sure to be disastrous, you may try to get well-to-do friends to employ them in their businesses. If said friends are too wise to employ them, you pull some strings and get them a government job.

        These are the people who are often in charge of critical infrastructure in city government or are administrators or teachers in the public schools.

        People who are very powerful and very wealthy place their retarded kids in high public office or in high positions in public administration at the national level.

        Government is pretty much of a dumping ground for the lazy, the incompent, and the grifters.

        One of the little towns near me has been nearly economicallly destroyed over the past 20 years by this kind of nepotism: morons put in charge of critical infrastructure.

    • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 11:39 am #

      Spot on neurodoc.

      We are run by absolute psychopaths and their narcissistic toadies.

      Even down to the small business or nonprofit level! Everyone is powerhungry and corrupt. It’s a very bad time.

    • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 11:59 am #

      In defense of your father in law, some people – especially honest ones – just can’t believe that anyone could be that dishonest. Among my relatives, a couple of the very elderly simply could not believe that pharma companies and doctors would participate in anything that harmed people. Their response was: “That’s monstrous! No one would do that!” They haven’t ever encountered people like this in their ordinary lives, and can’t imagine that they exist. After a certain point, they begin to protect their naivete because it would be too devastating to discover that they live among people who are monstrous.

      • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 9:31 am #

        @ Rowdypiglet:

        “They haven’t ever encountered people like this in their ordinary lives.”

        Actually, IMHO, they have. Certainly most people have. There is a tendency to refuse to acknowledge it. I could give many examples of dishonesty among doctors and dentists, going all the way back to my 1950s childhood. Most people know of gross misconduct and abuses by law enforcement and the courts. They can go online and see that there are quite a surprising number of convicted child molesters in their town. They probably know some of them or are even related to some of them. (Or married to one of them.)

        An unwillingness to acknowledge evil is a very common human trait. They’ll block out unsavory behavior of family members, or make excuses for it.

        Having a goody-goody mentality helps you get along with people. It also makes you look like a nice person.

        When I was in our local writers’ club, I noticed that everyone wanted to write stories about “nice” things. No one wanted to write a story with an actual conflict or problem, leading to a resolution. As a result, most of the material they wrote lacked dramatic tension. They could not acknowledge that “bad things” happen. It’s like a psychological block.

    • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 11:59 am #

      In defense of your father in law, some people – especially honest ones – just can’t believe that anyone could be that dishonest. Among my relatives, a couple of the very elderly simply could not believe that pharma companies and doctors would participate in anything that harmed people. Their response was: “That’s monstrous! No one would do that!” They haven’t ever encountered people like this in their ordinary lives, and can’t imagine that they exist. After a certain point, they begin to protect their naivete because it would be too devastating to discover that they live among people who are monstrous.

      • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

        Sorry this posted twice! I’m not sure why, since I don’t think I clicked on “submit” more than once.

    • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 12:55 pm #

      My father in law (now deceased) was a high govt official in one of the midsized cities here — non elected. I was shocked (at first) by the number of shady characters and outright gangsters he consorted with. A known mafiosa was a golf partner. We had access to a beautiful beachfront summer cottage, gratis, on LI Sound belonging to who knows who. The gentlemen who hosted and paid for my FILs lavish retirement party were later convicted for fraud and racketeering in a $5 billion real estate scheme. But when the arrests of city officials commenced, my FIL was not on the list. Phew, what a relief that was! We were sweating bullets for awhile.

      • Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 3:12 pm #

        Sounds as if your father in law knew what was happening but somehow managed to benefit from it without being sufficiently involved to be prosecuted himself. Sad.

    • wwg1wga August 15, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

      When the power of love exceeds the love of power, the human-earth experiment shall know durable peace!

      The Western Civilization experiment STILL stands a greater chance of succeeding at durable peace, versus its despotic counterparts; however, the odds of succeeding are the increasingly negative.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CsgaFKwUA6g&list=PLl55Zh3U2VW7YD-JKHT0vYIk1ZCrK7c4-&index=131

    • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 4:39 pm #

      You don’t want it to collapse completely. No one does, nor should they.

      And it does not need to. Parts of the system need to function. The question is, how do the new and old come together.

      • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

        Amen, amen, amen, Nightowl.

        These good people have never lived without a/c or running water. My toilet and shower were 2 buckets- for 17 years.

        • Night Owl August 17, 2022 at 1:57 am #

          Indeed, Alzaebo.

          I got a small taste of it in Nepal with rolling blackouts and crapping in a hole.

          Don’t need that to be normal over here.

        • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 9:53 am #

          I’ve lived without running water–for about two years at one point. It’s quite do-able, but it costs you many hours in labor. I had a submersible pump, so at least I wasn’t pulling up water from the cistern one bucket at a time.

          • Night Owl August 18, 2022 at 5:23 am #

            Respect.

  23. TPTB-USA August 15, 2022 at 11:43 am #

    If a person of authority is involved in a coup to alter the format for life, there comes a point where the soft coup curtain no longer hides their intentions, and at that point they are fully committed because they have nothing to loose.

    Jim, you and others have exposed the corruption in our law enforcement agencies, couple that with all the nonsense that has been orchestrated by Biden and his cohorts, until proven otherwise, the population should assume that Biden and his cohorts no longer represent them.

    The current administration, MSM, and big business condemn Russia for all kinds of atrocities, but nary a peep about the atrocities that Xi is committing. There is no denying that they are all onboard with a One World Government, and if one views the situation from a world perspective, they will see that the actions of Biden and his domestic and international cohorts are structured to destroy their respective countries existing format for life. Should one assume that they are counting on Xi’s support to deal with the “Uyghurs” in their respective countries?

    One could argue that a US coup could not happen with a polarized population, but history would suggest that the citizens of the US should be very concerned about that which is happening with the IRS.

    If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, …

    • beantownbill. August 15, 2022 at 11:53 am #

      Sorry to ‘Q’ you, but it’s lose, not loose. That mistake is starting to annoy me. If someone can’t spell, how can I take their posts seriously?

      • Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

        Excellent observation, Bill. That’s becoming a really common mistake these days on every blog I read. Wonder why that is? I’ve got a few little mental brain-farters of my own, most notably, ‘license’ (spell check just corrected me on this again!), which throws me absolutely every time.

        • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 12:34 pm #

          lose & loose
          chose & choose
          advise & advice

          The English language is triky.

          • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

            Pedant & Pendant

          • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

            Prostrate and tate. Did Q said Peter only uses one, the wrong one?

            Prolly.

          • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

            Peter may have learned the difference the hard way… after Q examined his -tate

          • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 9:59 am #

            Tenet versus tenant irritates me. Also ensure versus insure. Don’t get me started on the which/that distinction.

        • Islander August 16, 2022 at 10:28 pm #

          The most common mistake I notice these days is “lead” instead of “led.”

          One sees it everywhere.

          Another very common error is “incidence” instead of “incident” or “Incidents.”

      • Nigel Tufnel August 15, 2022 at 2:17 pm #

        I can still remember my shock at learning that “ust” was not a word! It ust to be when I was a kid! What do you mean ‘used’ to be? That doesn’t make sense. I still think they should be two separate words.

        • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 3:40 pm #

          Ha, ha, Nigel, I never thought of that, but you are right.

    • TPTB-USA August 15, 2022 at 12:20 pm #

      Mar-a-Lago is the excuse the US has been waiting for to demand transparency.

      The question is: Who is the authority that is in a position to do it?

      • TPTB-USA August 15, 2022 at 5:16 pm #

        Is there no authority to challenge the establishment?

        Is Trump our only hope for salvation? If so, this is going to get ugly.

  24. beantownbill. August 15, 2022 at 11:48 am #

    Jim, do you think a desperate opposition will allow Trump to live? I don’t (I hope I’m wrong). All of our days are numbered, but his more so. He’s overweight and not in good physical condition. A doctor on the take could easily say the heart attack or stroke was natural and did him in.

    • neurodoc August 15, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

      And after the covid farce, we all know that there are many doctors ‘on the take,’ unfortunately.

      • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 12:34 pm #

        Please.

        They have been on the take since Pharma reps have comped expensive dinners, shows, vacays (seminars), concerts, court-side seats.

        On the take for decades.

        • Soul Forensics August 15, 2022 at 1:16 pm #

          Indeed, Edge Lord.

          Those Big Pharma reps are often perky, cutesi-pie babes in sleek business attire and stilettos offering not just dinners and concert tix, but under-the-radar cash comp. That’s why the white-coat sawbones reach for their script pad after vaguely listening to a patient for three minutes.

          But neurodoc, who certainly knows more about the situation than us, is also correct. The ‘Pandemic’ has ratcheted up the profit. Pfizer is now the third richest company in the U.S., and the extra $$ plus the promise of continuing $$ from a gullible public, means marketing departments and ad revenue is through the roof. Compensation increases, meaning more incentive for doctors on the fence to cave in to corruption.

          Michael Yeadon said that the research and development arm are next to non-existent now at the major Pharmas. They let others do the research, any needed trials (ha ha!), and wait for the “pass” status, then they just throw money at them and buy the drug patents.

          It’s all marketing. Not many companies can afford those slick TV ads every ten minutes, with the hyper-speedy novelistic disclaimers scrolling at ad end.

          • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm #

            Pfizer:

            Our research proves that this virus was engineered

            Government:

            So how many liability waived vaccines do you want to sell us and for how many years would you like your research sealed?

          • Redneck Liberal August 16, 2022 at 10:46 pm #

            “Michael Yeadon said that the research and development arm are next to non-existent now at the major Pharmas. They let others do the research, any needed trials (ha ha!), and wait for the “pass” status, then they just throw money at them and buy the drug patents.

            When was it ever any different? That’s how it works.

          • GreenAlba August 18, 2022 at 5:49 am #

            It was different when Yeadon was spending his working life in R&D. By definition. How dense are you?

        • thirdcoastlegend August 15, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

          Edge-

          I read a good book written by a physician on this exact topic ten years ago.

          What really beggared belief was his constant insistence that medical practicioners were oh-so ethical they’d NEVER be swayed by Big Pharma’s endless largesse.

          Uh huh.

          I rolled my eyes so hard that by the end of the book they were nearly permanently reversed.

    • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

      Many potential assassins out there stalking the land, Bill.

      I remember an article by beat author John Clellon Holmes about Lee Oswald, to paraphrase “America produces thousands like him every year.”

      Political cranks with an axe to grind, mutterers nursing a grudge, True Believers looking to even the score, the lost, TDS sufferers, the bitter, the bankrupt, deranged lunatics, products of bad families — millions of candidates out across the fruited plain.

      • beantownbill. August 15, 2022 at 3:51 pm #

        Yeah, ain’t that a pisser!

  25. Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

    Description of Useful Idiots from 1971, not present day:

    “The street rioters are pawns, puppets for an oligarchy of elitist conspirators working above to turn American’s limited government into an unlimited government with total control over our lives and property.

    Members of these groups believe they are fighting the establishment. In reality they are an indispensable ally of the establishment in fastening Socialism on all of us. The naive radicals think that under Socialism the “people” will run everything. Actually it will be a clique of Insiders in total control, consolidating and controlling all the wealth.

    We know that these radicals are not going to take over the government. What they are going to do is provide the excuse for the government to take over the people by passing more and more repressive laws to ‘keep things under control’.

    The radicals make a commotion in the streets while the limousine Liberals at the top in New York and Washington are Socializing us.

    We are going to have a dictatorship of the elite disguised as a dictatorship of the proletariat”.

    • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

      Wow! 51 years later, it reads like fulfilled prophecy.

      • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:05 pm #

        The few pages dedicated to the squeeze that will be applied to the middle-class reads like it was ripped from current events.

    • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

      Wait until those 87,000 new IRS agents are turned loose on middle class America; Diversity & Inclusion hires, barely literate, armed, self important, indoctrinated in left wing political ideology, aggressive, and eager to get even with Whitey by MAKING WHITEY PAY HIS FAIR SHARE!

      • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm #

        All those that swindled billions from the CARES Act are suddenly sweating bullets

      • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

        Well-armed and psychologically prepared to use deadly force on their fellow Americans.

        Many, no doubt, chomping at the bit.

        • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

          Champing

          • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 2:43 pm #

            From Google:

            “The original phrase is, indeed, champing at the bit, but chomping at the bit emerged in America in the 1930s according to the Oxford English Dictionary and chomp has overtaken champ in common use. A Google web search for chomping at the bit returns about twice as many results as a search for champing at the bit.”

            We are both right.

          • Edge Lord August 16, 2022 at 5:26 pm #

            No, you’re not

        • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

          All those ***who*** swindled billions from the CARES Act are suddenly sweating bullets

          • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm #

            Swatting bullets.
            (Just kidding)

      • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

        hired over 10 years?

  26. BillRI August 15, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

    Good point, JHK, about the connection between the raid on Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s suit against Hillary, et al.

    It would be interesting to see how Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart came to be appointed to his present position. A step below Federal District judges, the public (especially local attorneys) is invited to comment before such appointments. Query whether there were other applicants for the position at the time of his appointment.

    As far as Epstein goes, Whitney Webb has written extensively about his many connections, especially those with the intelligence agencies. She has an interesting site called Unlimited Hangout.

  27. Nigel Tufnel August 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

    For those who refuse to vote, remember that Ed Abbey recommended that we vote for the worst candidate, thinking that the sooner this sucker goes down, the easier it will be for us to rebuild in a saner fashion.

    If Donald would come out and admit that the covid shots were a scam and a culling device, that would get him some votes. The fact that he’s still actually bragging about having implemented “vaccine warp speed” makes him seem either retarded or part of the scam.

    The fact that he pardoned politicians and rappers and left Julian Assange to rot in prison …?? Unforgivable.

    The repubs have had since 2016 to come up with a candidate. Crickets. But nothing will change as long as both parties benefit from arms sales and big pharma kickbacks.
    The thing that could save us would be for multiple parties to be allowed in the debates and on the ballots. That’s what we should be working on.

    • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

      Broken systems return broken results no matter the inputs.

      -Term limits
      -Personal donation limits
      -Corporate donation bans
      -Mandatory annual IRS auditing of elected politicians
      -Exponentially increased capital-gains taxes on elected politicians windfall market transactions

      • AmericanObserver August 15, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

        Sorry to tell you this, but this country is way past those ideas (and they are good) fixing our society.

        • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

          Agreed.

          Bot it’s not for this country.

          It’s for whatever (hopefully) may emerge after it’s gone.

      • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

        “I know! We can fix this broken, corrupt system with a couple of tweaks and a strong turnout in November.”

        Ya think?

        —–

        “You say you’ll change the constitution
        Well, you know
        We’d all love to change your head
        You tell me it’s the institution
        Well, you know
        You better free your mind instead
        But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
        You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
        Don’t you know it’s gonna be
        All right?”

      • tresho August 15, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

        “Exponentially increased capital-gains taxes on elected politicians windfall market transactions” How about exponentially increased real estate taxes on non-resident & corporate owners of farmland?

        • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

          How about torches & pitchforks?

          • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

            How about a pair of pliers and a blowtorch?

  28. wm5135 August 15, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

    “The parallel purpose of the raid was to find — or perhaps plant” JHK

    a narrative that would sell raw sewage at a waste water treatment plant

    “We’ll Know Our Disinformation Program Is Complete When Everything the American Public Believes Is False.” (William Casey-public domain)

    “But, with the Mar-a-Lago caper, it looks like the law enforcement apparatus of the federal government is seeking to suppress evidence of its own long-running criminal enterprise.” JHK

    wasn’t anyone here on a university campus from ’65 to -’72? The federal govenment has been using the evidence of crimes as a recruiting tool for field agents, you know the best and the brightest.

    got to sell Russian missles destroy nuclear power plant and we forced the Russian’s to surrender under threat of a nuclear attack

    • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      Imagine if Trump did this to Obama.

      The usual suspect cities would be smoldering ash heaps

      The New York Times would be offering complimentary benzos in the cafeteria

      The ICC would be issuing warrants for Trump down through the White House groundskeeper.

      Sean Penn would take a quick flight to DC and be whining that other people need to go to war against the establishment regime

  29. BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 1:16 pm #

    Meanwhile in Waterbury, Ct, once an industrial American powerhouse called The Brass City because that’s where every artillery and bullet shell was manufactured from the Civil War onward — now a Caribbean outpost, Puerto Ricans and Jamaicans are engaged in some kind of beef; two dead business owners last night, one PR, one Jamaican. It’s almost as if the 17th century Spanish/English Colonial Wars rage to this day.

    As you can imagine Waterbury is no longer an Industrial City but a strange tropical Caribbean village superimposed on 19th and 20th century New England redbrick industrial ruins. I’m sure the cultural markers of an earlier time, the Civil War and remarkable WW1 monuments, Columbus statue, stately public buildings, and parks named after the City’s 17th century Yankee founders, mean very little to the distinguished Caribbs who occupy the city today.

    • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      The war rages on but the people of those nations are long gone. Fitting, somehow.

      Tell us more about the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, why don’t you. Mostly Black Irish like Sean Coleman, perhaps?

      • Sean Coleman August 17, 2022 at 5:26 pm #

        This Black Irish nonsense. I have never heard of it here. I meant to ask you, did you look up William Bates after my post above or did you remember it from earlier reading? I am just interested.

  30. Ed Haskell August 15, 2022 at 1:20 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler,

    Your phraseology is Just Right:
    “…a systematic effort to obstruct justice by the US Department of Justice.”
    “…seditious treachery…James Comey…Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and Rod Rosenstein”
    “…illegal coordinated maneuvers…Rep. Adam Schiff, ICIG Michael Atkinson, the National Security Council, and CIA-agent Eric Ciaramella…”

    Yup. Those descriptors ring true.

    A sad state when the trusted cannot be trusted.
    The WW2 generation would have treated them as enemy, you can guess how that’d turn out.

    Cheers

  31. richsob August 15, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

    Some of my friends won’t stop complaining about how Trump is an a-hole. Of course he is; I wouldn’t want to have him around me every day pulling the BS he is famous for. But on policy I support the guy. Anyone the U.S. government hates/fears as much as Trump is fine in my books.

    • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

      As our world feminized, being nice has become more important than being right.

      • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

        *Appearing to be nice, as the cattiness has multiplied

    • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

      Other than the obvious, what is wrong with being an a-hole?

      • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

        A-holes get shit done.

        • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

          They also know when to cut the shit and finish business

    • thirdcoastlegend August 15, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

      This take is quite close to ny own feelings about Trump.

      I’ve never understood the hysterical opposition to his personal affect and manner of speech. I’ve never really seen anyone in opposition provide solid reasoning for their attitudes.

      • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 5:41 pm #

        “Orange man bad!”

        What more do you need?

    • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 10:29 am #

      Nothing is easier to criticize than someone’s “personality.” If you’re outspoken or plain spoken, you’re a asshole. If you’re tactful, you’re “slick” or mealy-mouthed. If you come to the point, you’re too abrupt. If you’re forceful, you’re abrasive. If you’re well groomed, you are “obsessed with your looks.” If you have a hair out of place, you’re a slob. This is a favorite game because it’s a game no one can win.

  32. Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

    “You didn’t read one other word I wrote, did you? And there were several hundred, all detailing those thoughts further. But you heard “sexy” and that was the end of all respect for my thoughts. Why?

    By the way, Misogyny is literally the “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.”

    Misogyny is NOT finding women “indispensible, fun and sexy”. And then marrying them and raising a family with them.

    Jeezus, people need to stop trying to change the definitions of words because they think it suits them today.

    I don’t care if you like men. Stop telling me that I’m wrong for trying to be one of the good ones. Tired of this shit.”
    – MrMango

    It is my contention that it is actually misandry that is the real problem today.

    50+ years of Women’s Lib has morphed from allowing smart females to become doctors into dumb females bullying our way to Hell in a hand-basket.

    “Tired of this shit” indeed!

    —–

    Have you ever noticed that the women most opposed to men finding women sexy are all butt-ugly? Coincidence? I think not.

    • tresho August 15, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

      “Have you ever noticed that the women most opposed to men finding women sexy are all butt-ugly?” No, but I did notice the reaction of a beautiful blonde lady when I referred to her as “skinny”. The reason I didn’t say she had a beautiful body was that I didn’t want her to hold it against me.

      • Islander August 16, 2022 at 10:29 pm #

        You wouldn’t want a beautiful body held against you?

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 18, 2022 at 10:20 am #

          Ha

    • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

      FFS, are you going to ruin another thread with your antediluvian comments on a topic no-one but you is raising? And it was going so well!

      • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

        1) Actually, if you read my post, it was MrMango who raised this issue on the Gestapo thread late last night.

        2) If nobody cares about the Battle of the Sexes, how could it possibly ruin a thread? That does not even make sense.

        3) You do know how to scroll, right?

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 6:35 pm #

          My fault, Hereward.

          I woke up this morning to find out that I was being told that saying I like women actually means that I hate women.

          How could I not comment?

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

        I agree with Night Owl. He’s mentally ill.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 6:48 pm #

          Sigh.

          I don’t even know who you’re referring to, but it’d better not be me, Mary.

          “I very much like hamburgers” does not equal “I hate and disrespect hamburgers”.

          I know you know this.

          If we worked together in an office, I’d imagine we’d get along just fine. After all, we seem to agree on most things. Until I found out what you were saying about be behind my back at the snack machine because…I’m not even sure what.

          This has been the stupidest argument here in a long time.

          You sucked me into some crap that I normally don’t wade into (Janos was the last one to do so, and you have even referenced and bolstered my arguments with his previous misuse of my words).

          You went 180 on logic and suddenly made no sense, arguing against someone else (Janos and OG) while condemning the legitimate thoughts of a guy you’ve never met and never will, who means you no harm…and accused me of woman-hating because I said I like women (well, my woman at least, curated, tested and approved).

          I don’t request an apology, I merely request an immediate end to this nonsense.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:58 pm #

            You can clearly see that my response is to Hereward, yes? It’s underneath his comment.

            I don’t know why you think it’s about you.

          • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 11:27 pm #

            Mango: Willing or unwillingly, you will trod the path, the Via Dolorosa, that Og and I have already trod.

            She said, Women are life. Men are death. I’m not making that up. Men who amuse her, agree with her, and cater to her whims have a place as inferiors and courtiers. That’s what I meant by Hag Fags.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:10 am #

            I was referring to “Rhett.” Not sure how that could be any less obvious.

            You are one of my favorite posters, Mango.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:10 am #

            “more”

            🙂

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 6:51 pm #

          And what in the actual fock does this have to do with JHK’s article?

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm #

          You’ve also not responded to anything else I wrote.

        • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:57 pm #

          Wow, of course it isn’t you, Mr. Mango.

          I am referring to Rhett.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 6:58 pm #

          (But I did request an immediate end to this, so no response would exhibit some respect…)

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm #

            I have absolutely no problem with you and enjoy your posts.

            You asked me a question and I answered it honestly, and you you didn’t like my answer.

            Let’s just leave it at that, shall we?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

            Deal.

        • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 11:24 pm #

          Night Owl is your last male supporter and victim on this this site.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:11 am #

            Yes, Mary is a good one.

          • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

            She is.

            Now picture this: a woman wearing a proper hat, earrings, a proper dress, full stockings, and the calf-length boots everyone, even childen, wore in the 1920’s.

            That woman is reroofing a house, because women didn’t dress like men in 1929.

            Granma remodeled old railroad tarpaper shacks. Ma was her hod-carrier.

            I kind of like gals with a “take-no-shinola” attitude. It runs in the family.

            (And the gals in my family were famously beautiful. I’ve heard an entire casino go silent when my niece walked in, so the mugly defense ain’t gonna fly. She got that from Ma.)

          • Jarek August 16, 2022 at 4:01 pm #

            Yes, she believes that Women are Life and Men are Death. If she’s one of the good ones, I’d hate to meet one of the bad ones.

            You boys glory in your subjugation. Sad!

          • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:28 pm #

            I think the men up here are just as aware that you make up quotes I never said and repeat them over and over, because you do it to some of them, too.

            You have like maybe 3 fans up here and have been banned for racist links, that’s about as low as anyone can get here.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm #

            “Klaus Schwab affiliated candidates have never lost an election. Shouldn’t that turn a few heads?”

            https://twitter.com/TheGreatRESlST/status/1558301607229628416?cxt=HHwWgIC9_cbDmaArAAAA

            You don’t say!

    • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 6:54 pm #

      Have you ever noticed that men who say they are staunchly opposed to having themselves judged on a social credit score and who are incensed by having Big Brother watch their every move, think that women should be thrilled and flattered by having random strange men judge them (on their personal scale), and loudly announce the results to them while the women are going about their own business?

      I find that odd and hypocritical.

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm #

        It is both odd and hypocritical, yes.

      • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 11:28 pm #

        And women never judge men, right? Oh Paula!

        • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 1:11 pm #

          Are you implying that men are thrilled and flattered when women judge them?
          I haven’t noticed you preening yourself when you are judged.

          • Jarek August 16, 2022 at 4:02 pm #

            So you admit that women judge men?

          • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm #

            I absolutely judge everyone. So does every other human. The second you see a person and form any opinion that is judgment. To imply it’s a bad thing or flaw is just weird.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 18, 2022 at 10:26 am #

            Of course we all judge.

            But we’re supposed to judge actions and words, not people. That said, we do anyway. But it doesn’t make it a good thing, or not wrong. It’s just…a thing.

      • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 10:41 am #

        It seems to me that it is bad manners for men to commenting on the appearance of women they see on the street. It is worse than bad manners to accost strange women on the street.

        Women desire these attentions exactly as much as you are flattered when a gay man in a public restroom admires your dick and inquires, “How’d you like that thing sucked?”

        You would find this offensive, right? You’d like the guy to be arrested, right?

        But you expect women to be flattered by such attentions.

        • Paula D August 17, 2022 at 11:37 am #

          Exactly, Anthea. Why can’t they understand that?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 17, 2022 at 4:55 pm #

            Because we’re not saying what she said.

        • MaryQueen August 18, 2022 at 6:22 pm #

          Zing!!

  33. Q. Shtik August 15, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

    I posted this late last night under the prior thread and since it involved so much work I didn’t want it to be missed, thus this re-post.

    Following are the number of comments and times of day that MaryQueen commented at the point at which her total comment count was 86. Total word count was 2416 (avg 28.1 words per comment). I found most comments to be juvenile sniping, nothing I would deem profound. Of course she will say the same of my comments.

    This study was very tedious and likely the only one I’ll do.

    Note that MQ is not “a morning person.” Only 3 comments were posted in the AM.

    12:00 – 12:09 am
    12:10 – 12:19 am
    12:20 – 12:29 am
    12:30 – 12:39 am
    12:40 – 12:49 am
    12:50 – 12:59 am
    1:00 – 1:09 am
    1:10 – 1:19 am
    1:20 – 1:29 am
    1:30 – 1:39 am … 1
    1:40 – 1:49 am
    1:50 – 1:59 am
    2:00 – 2:09 am
    2:10 – 2:19 am
    2:20 – 2:29 am
    2:30 – 2:39 am
    2:40 – 2:49 am
    2:50 – 2:59 am
    3:00 – 3:09 am
    3:10 – 3:19 am
    3:20 – 3:29 am
    3:30 – 3:39 am
    3:40 – 3:49 am
    3:50 – 3:59 am
    4:00 – 4:09 am
    4:10 – 4:19 am
    4:20 – 4:29 am
    4:30 – 4:39 am
    4:40 – 4:49 am
    4:50 – 4:59 am
    5:00 – 5:09 am
    5:10 – 5:19 am
    5:20 – 5:29 am
    5:30 – 5:39 am
    5:40 – 5:49 am
    5:50 – 5:59 am
    6:00 – 6:09 am
    6:10 – 6:19 am
    6:20 – 6:29 am
    6:30 – 6:39 am
    6:40 – 6:49 am
    6:50 – 6:59 am
    7:00 – 7:09 am
    7:10 – 7:19 am
    7:20 – 7:29 am
    7:30 – 7:39 am
    7:40 – 7:49 am
    7:50 – 7:59 am
    8:00 – 8:09 am
    8:10 – 8:19 am
    8:20 – 8:29 am
    8:30 – 8:39 am
    8:40 – 8:49 am
    8:50 – 8:59 am
    9:00 – 9:09 am
    9:10 – 9:19 am
    9:20 – 9:29 am
    9:30 – 9:39 am
    9:40 – 9:49 am
    9:50 – 9:59 am
    10:00 – 10:09 am
    10:10 – 10:19 am
    10:20 – 10:29 am
    10:30 – 10:39 am
    10:40 – 10:49 am
    10:50 – 10:59 am
    11:00 – 11:09 am
    11:10 – 11:19 am
    11:20 – 11:29 am … 1
    11:30 – 11:39 am … 1
    11:40 – 11:49 am
    11:50 – 11:59 am
    12:00 – 12:09 pm … 1
    12:10 – 12:19 pm … 6
    12:20 – 12:29 pm … 1
    12:30 – 12:39 pm … 2
    12:40 – 12:49 pm
    12:50 – 12:59 pm … 3
    1:00 – 1:09 pm … 2
    1:10 – 1:19 pm … 2
    1:20 – 1:29 pm
    1:30 – 1:39 pm … 2
    1:40 – 1:49 pm … 4
    1:50 – 1:59 pm … 1
    2:00 – 2:09 pm … 1
    2:10 – 2:19 pm
    2:20 – 2:29 pm
    2:30 – 2:39 pm
    2:40 – 2:49 pm
    2:50 – 2:59 pm
    3:00 – 3:09 pm … 9
    3:10 – 3:19 pm … 3
    3:20 – 3:29 pm
    3:30 – 3:39 pm
    3:40 – 3:49 pm
    3:50 – 3:59 pm
    4:00 – 4:09 pm
    4:10 – 4:19 pm
    4:20 – 4:29 pm
    4:30 – 4:39 pm
    4:40 – 4:49 pm
    4:50 – 4:59 pm … 6
    5:00 – 5:09 pm … 6
    5:10 – 5:19 pm … 3
    5:20 – 5:29 pm … 3
    5:30 – 5:39 pm
    5:40 – 5:49 pm
    5:50 – 5:59 pm
    6:00 – 6:09 pm
    6:10 – 6:19 pm … 1
    6:20 – 6:29 pm
    6:30 – 6:39 pm
    6:40 – 6:49 pm
    6:50 – 6:59 pm
    7:00 – 7:09 pm
    7:10 – 7:19 pm … 2
    7:20 – 7:29 pm … 2
    7:30 – 7:39 pm
    7:40 – 7:49 pm
    7:50 – 7:59 pm … 2
    8:00 – 8:09 pm
    8:10 – 8:19 pm
    8:20 – 8:29 pm … 1
    8:30 – 8:39 pm … 2
    8:40 – 8:49 pm
    8:50 – 8:59 pm
    9:00 – 9:09 pm … 1
    9:10 – 9:19 pm … 1
    9:20 – 9:29 pm
    9:30 – 9:39 pm
    9:40 – 9:49 pm
    9:50 – 9:59 pm
    10:00 – 10:09 pm
    10:10 – 10:19 pm
    10:20 – 10:29 pm
    10:30 – 10:39 pm
    10:40 – 10:49 pm
    10:50 – 10:59 pm
    11:00 – 11:09 pm
    11:10 – 11:19 pm … 6
    11:20 – 11:29 pm … 4
    11:30 – 11:39 pm
    11:40 – 11:49 pm … 3
    11:50 – 11:59 pm … 3

    • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

      yikes

      • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 11:12 am #

        All I’m getting out of this is that a large number of posts occur during the traditional workday and most of those from noon to about 5:30 pm.

        Does this mean we have a lot of people posting from work? I’ve seen it mentioned on other blogs that most posts seem to be made during the workday.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

      You know you’re a weirdo, right?

      • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

        It has been my experience that people skilled in statistical analysis combine intelligence with dogged determination and a never-say-die work ethic.

        Then, after pouring their hearts into successfully completing yet another hard-earned, unappreciated statistical analysis, they are dismissively called “weird” by someone who could have never accomplished the same.

        Yes, Q, you are “weird” in the sense that it is very rare for a man to combine your intelligence and your work ethic to accomplish these results.

        Well done, Sir!

        • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

          Having said that, I do have some thoughts.

          Your 10-minute time periods create too much minutiae to properly assess your data at a glance. 24x 1-hour time periods would make this data more interesting and more telling, imho.

          Please accept this suggestion in the way that it is offered:

          Another “weirdo” who has much experience developing and maintaining statistical products for upper-management (who fed me crumbs and thought me weird).

          • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

            And, yes, Mary is indeed the CFN Queen of juvenile sniping and zero profound contributions.

            This brings to mind something that I posted late last night on the Gestapo thread:

            “Most stupid people know that they are stupid and they are, therefore, mainly harmless.

            Some stupid people, however, fancy themselves smart. Those ones are dangerous.”

          • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

            And so what of it?!

            A retiree or spinster that sleeps in or gardens in the morning before posting?

            Uhh.. wow?

            Profound? From a guy that maintains a blog of his brother-in-law on another’s blog?

            How rich

          • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 2:23 pm #

            It is like a really good drummer, EL. Really good drummers appreciate Bonham or Moon or Peart WAY more than do you or I. They know the skill and effort required to achieve the result.

            I appreciate Q’s skills and efforts because I know what I would do on my PC to achieve his results … and it would be a ton of work.

            —–

            Agreed, Q’s findings are not profound. But I do not believe that profoundness was the goal.

            Rather, CFN would be a much better place if Mary would simply fu(k off and his stats quantify that commonly held opinion.

          • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 4:47 pm #

            Please.

            Shut the fuck up.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

          The statistical analysis served no purpose. You don’t know what I can and can’t accomplish, but I do not consider online stalking for purposes of harassment to be an accomplishment.

          • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

            Q’s statistical analysis did serve a purpose, Beryl. I found it very telling. You are not the arbitrator and what is and is not purposeful. You are merely one person.

            —–

            You stalk Q and call him a “weirdo” and then jump to conclusions that I was referring to you when sharing my personal experience and we have never even met?

            “Go to your room, Little Missy! This is grown-up talk here.”

          • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 2:47 pm #

            You talk about those who call Q weird, and I just called him weird, so yes you were referring to me.

            I know creepy stalking when I see it.

          • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 3:31 pm #

            You calling Q a “weirdo” reminded me of my own personal experiences. That is how conversation works, Little Missy.

            Your idea of “stalking” is anyone who calls you on your bull-shit. We all know that. In fact, we all know dozens and and even hundreds with the exact same corrupt m.o.

            Now … either shut-up (go to your room) or accept the fact that in the grown-ups room, bull shit will be challenged.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:12 am #

            Rhett’s poo-flinging is reaching Rednut Liberal levels.

            This is highly entertaining.

          • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 11:47 am #

            I’m not sure Rhett is OG with a new handle, as the style is a little different. The main thing that’s missing is the calls for repentance. But that would be a give-away, wouldn’t it?

      • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 10:46 am #

        You know you’re a weirdo, right? – Beryl

        ===========

        Weird is in the eye of the beholder.

    • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

      Phew! Lot of minutia in that post.

    • Nigel Tufnel August 15, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

      Yeah, okay. But what is your point?

      • Nigel Tufnel August 15, 2022 at 2:33 pm #

        My take is that you, Q, apparently have lots of time on your hands. This blog’s comment thread is your little world.

        • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

          1) It is my understanding that Q worked very hard and saved very smart for his entire life to now have the time on his hands to pursue whatever projects that he likes. That is not a bad thing. That is an inspiration.

          2) I believe that Q’s points can be found in his text introducing his data dump. I believe that Q’s point is one that I strongly endorse: CFN would be a much better, intellectually-stimulating venue if Mary would kindly fu(k off.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 4:29 pm #

            I think it would be better without the targeted harassment and sick freaks like you.

            Like it was until you showed up.

          • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 5:02 pm #

            Are you still jabberin’, Little Missy? I thought that I told you to go to your room and think about your own corruption.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

            Thanks, BoO, I concur.

          • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 11:30 pm #

            That’s not Beryl talking, it’s the Big Macs talking, the hormones, the chemicals!

            And Mary likes…..

          • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 11:53 am #

            People seem to take things rather personally here, considering that none of the people here even know each other. In fact, we know each other so little that no one can even take revenge by unfriending you on Facebook.

        • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 11:33 pm #

          Q has come out against Mary, thus, at least in a de facto sense, joining the party of Truth, Justice and the American Way. What a guy!

    • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

      Here is what we can deduce about Q.
      His wife never complains that he is around her too much, because he is able to amuse himself for hours.

    • Hereward the Woke August 15, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

      Okay, okay, you can stick to grammar and spelling!

      • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 4:21 pm #

        Please no. He at least demonstrates a modicum of competence with his new hobby.

    • PeteAtomic August 15, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

      This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen yet on the Clusterfuck!

      thanks Q!

      hilarity…

    • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm #

      OCD + stalker behavior.

      Why not go back to torturing your poor nearly-dead BIL?

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 7:22 pm #

      Excellent work, Q. Worth the time? That remains to be seen. But not bad at all for an old bastard with time to spare.

    • Blackbird August 15, 2022 at 8:28 pm #

      Keep up the tedious work Q!

      Numbers don’t lie, words do. (Although the story told by numbers is often not obvious. And the story told by words is often more entertaining.)

      However, an appropriate analysis of this data set requires context and non is provided – yet easily (ok, fairly easily) could be. In your spare time – or just to get away from Peter – head back into the garage and connect strings between Mary’s comments and comments on her comments, as well as her comments on the comments of others (I use different colors of string for upstream and downstream – but I’m sure you have your methods). Then we can move into the analysis phase.

      You crank out the scatter plots, and I’ll look at ’em. It’s called “division of labor”.

      • Islander August 16, 2022 at 10:35 pm #

        Multilmariate analysis ?

        • Blackbird August 17, 2022 at 12:22 am #

          Good one!

    • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 11:37 pm #

      Remember Mary’s morning is not your morning. She is on mountain time while you and Mr Kunstler are on EST.

      • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 12:42 am #

        Yes, I acknowledge that in a comment down below.

  34. Frankenstein Government August 15, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

    Only the government can come up with stupid fucking names like “Crossfire Hurricane.”

    So profoundly stupid.

    Reminds one of the “affordable care act” and the “inflation reduction act.”

    They really do think we are fucking idiots. Perhaps we are.

    • Edge Lord August 15, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

      Have you seen how many comic book films have been made the last 10-15 years?

      So yes, yes we are

    • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2022 at 2:12 pm #

      OMG paying thousands per year for “access” when you could just walk into an urgent care center and pay a couple of hundred, tops, for what you actually need.

      People thought that was a good idea.

    • AllenR August 15, 2022 at 4:54 pm #

      The government did not come up with that name. Mick Jagger did. But it’s all right now. In fact it’s a gas.

      • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 5:22 pm #

        Ha! Well-played.

      • Blackbird August 15, 2022 at 8:31 pm #

        He probably gets royalties every time the phrase is mentioned. Well, beats playing the casino circuit.

        Mick, I’ll never save you from a paparazzi again…

      • Soul Forensics August 16, 2022 at 2:04 am #

        Jagger and the Stones announced about a year ago that they’d no longer perform “Brown Sugar” live. Of course, they’ve already made a bundle off it the past 50 years, so no big deal. But they’re now in the good books (temporarily) with their Woke feminist harassers and busybodies. Yeah, some “rebels” they turned out to be.

        • Soul Forensics August 16, 2022 at 2:07 am #

          BIPOC feminists, that is. The worst.

        • Blackbird August 16, 2022 at 11:28 am #

          Sir Mick the Rebel. Anybody remember last year’s Eazy Sleazy? Maybe Mick can get Eric Clapton on guitar for the concert tour.

          No more Brown Sugar? But it’s about miscegenation – isn’t that supposed to be good? Maybe just update the pronouns…

        • Redneck Liberal August 16, 2022 at 10:41 pm #

          Huh? “Brown Sugar” relates to Mexican heroin.

          • Soul Forensics August 16, 2022 at 11:39 pm #

            “Brown Sugar, you know you taste so good,
            just like a Black girl should.”

            You gonna tell us now that “Black girl” is another euphemism for heroin?

          • benr August 18, 2022 at 10:09 pm #

            The lyric is about slaves from Africa who were sold in New Orleans and raped by their white masters. The subject matter is quite serious, but the way the song is structured, it comes off as a fun rocker about a white guy having sex with a black girl. songfacts.com

  35. Roundball Shaman August 15, 2022 at 2:12 pm #

    We – the lucky and ‘privileged’ Americans – are living through a great social and political experiment.

    We have transitioned from a governmental-social contract purportedly based upon government by and for The People (OK, we know that didn’t happen)… to a Contract of Contentious Conflict by a government-by-occupation that is waging multiple wars against parts of itself… a former President… and most of all, We the People, the very ones upon whom government was theoretically based and from which it was to have draw its fundamental legitimacy.

    This Occupying Force does not draw its existence from a contract with The People but from raw thuggery and shameless abuses of power.

    ‘The People’ vs. The Government. The Blue Team against the Red Team. The Normies against the People Who Really Know Things. The young against the elders. People of divergent lifestyles and relationships at war with anyone who believes in what is now called traditional values. The People based in sanity against those Who Are Not. The People with Money waging war against All Those Without Money. There are so many damn wars and conflicts going on it’s no wonder no one wants to work anymore. There’s just no time for that kind of thing any more.

    So, let’s look to history to see where all this might be headed. Let’s list all of the societies on Planet Earth that devolved into institutionalized conflict and chaos and ended up righting the ship and living on in peace and harmony. There was… uh… um…
    well… ahh… let’s give this a while.

    One simply cannot have a true functioning society worth living in without fundamental respect and cooperation among all of its parts. When that spirit no longer exists… that Society is finished. Sort of like when we all agree to stop at red lights. When respect is no longer given to the color of the light and to other travelers, everything is crossing the intersection at the same time and a colossal mess of chaos and injury is created. Like what is going on now in The Indispensable Nation.

    None of this is to say that Mr. Trump does not have valid reasons to go against the Arkansas Deep Staters or anyone else. This is about the general climate of anger, distrust, hatred, and god-forbid-anything-like-cooperation-and-mutual respect going on today.

    The Government seriously began to be weaponized after World War Two, and became fully functionally weaponized after 1963.

    And We – the lucky and ‘privileged’ Americans – get to live through all these rotten fruits that are being harvested today from all the rotten seeds that have been planted in The Indispensable Nation for the past 80 years if not longer.

    And nothing that happens in any court room is going to change the stench in the air that exists from Sea-To-Shining-Sea.

  36. Rowdypiglet August 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

    All questions of what he did do, or didn’t do, or could have done aside, my affection for Trump is based largely on the fact that the deep state wants so desperately to be rid of him. I’m fairly sure that he was more effective than he appeared, and had more things in the works than any of us realize. Again – solely based on the lengths they’ve gone to in pursuing him. Maybe it’s only because he’s persistent and has a level of courage that I didn’t at all expect. Whatever has gone on behind the scenes, they really really hate him. They’re willing to hurt themelves in order to hurt him. It only makes sense if they believe he’s a serious threat. In this case, I guess they know something I don’t.

    • Blackbird August 15, 2022 at 8:40 pm #

      Maybe the Deep State want us to think they are desperate to get rid of Trump so that We the Deplorables will cling to him like iron filings to a magnet. Part of the whole polarizing process going on right now.

      My Repuglitard frenemies berate me for being anti-Trump, while my Dumbocrap frenemies berate me for being pro-Trump. Fortunately they are beating up on, and throwing matches at, Strawman me, the Real Me having wandered off in disgust.

  37. Paula D August 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

    This tactic of using the rubric of a trial to hide public evidence from the public reminds me of the long trial of Zacarias Moussaoui to keep
    9-11 evidence from the public for years.

    Gotta make sure he has a ”fair trial” doncha know!

    I’m glad that JHK is keeping the evidence in front of the public anyway.

    • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 7:38 pm #

      Yes, if it wasn’t for JHK, I would not be up on any of this as it’s not where my attention is these days.

      I really enjoy how deep down the rabbit hole he’s gone and that he keeps track of the timeline of events. It’s great.

  38. PeteAtomic August 15, 2022 at 3:20 pm #

    I’d like to hear Jim’s opinion on this “anti-Trump at all costs” phenomena, in regards to the Long Emergency.

    Is this a reaction to the permanent bureaucracy to its own slow demise during the Long Emergency? As resources & political power & US empire unwinds– is this like the actions of a cornered, dying apex predator? .. with the anti-war, populist figure of Trump acting as the population’s rejection how government has been run during the Cold War?

    Thanks again for your blog and very educated insights, Jim. Another very incise one today.

    • Islander August 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm #

      this . . . phenomenon

  39. SoftStarLight August 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm #

    Thank you so much Mr. K for diligently providing us with your prescient analysis of the ongoing saga of President Trump versus GAE. It appears that a good deal of the documents that the FBI snagged from Mar-a-Lago were documents covered by attorney-client privilege. So it seems very certain that the FBI is trying to reconstruct President Trump’s case being made against them and their owners for all of the egregious wrongs heaped upon him over these past few tumultuous years. The FBI’s actions are also another instance of election interference and election rigging that GAE is so good at and orchestrates in a continual fashion at a global level. No doubt there must be damning information about the Big Steal operations in those documents as well. Are they seriously stupid enough to believe that there are no backups to all of this information elsewhere? So thankful for your information rich, positive updates!

  40. tom clark August 15, 2022 at 4:11 pm #

    CFN…have fun posting to what has become this goofy blog, but I’d be careful…your identity might be stolen.

    • cowbell81 August 15, 2022 at 4:26 pm #

      Do I detect a threat interlaced with that message? 😉

  41. JohnAZ August 15, 2022 at 4:39 pm #

    I vote Q be put in charge of the Covid multitude of investigations and put Fauci in jail.

    All in favor, say aye.

    BTW, if you are paying attention on You Tube, the damning of the vaxx is getting closer.

  42. tom clark August 15, 2022 at 4:54 pm #

    Cowbell…not a threat at all. Just, shall we say, precautionary advice.

    • Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm #

      Why this blog more or less than any other?

    • Redneck Liberal August 16, 2022 at 5:58 pm #

      That’s the second time you’ve given spooky-sounding “precautionary advice”. Are you in fact JHK in drag?

  43. Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 4:58 pm #

    Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tests positive for Covid, says he is experiencing very mild symptoms

    Bourla, 60, said he had started a course of the company’s oral Covid-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, and was isolating and following all public health precautions.

    www_nbcnews_com/health/health-news/pfizer-ceo-albert-bourla-tests-positive-covid-rcna43134

    Bourla has received four doses of the Covid vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

    • cowbell81 August 15, 2022 at 5:10 pm #

      “Bourla has received four doses of the Covid vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.”

      Muahahahahaha!!!!!!!

      • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm #

        I know, right? I am struggling between trying to be a good Christian and hoping that Bourla has a vent tube jammed down his lying throat.

      • Blackbird August 16, 2022 at 11:33 am #

        It just shows how dangerous “Covid” is, and how effective the “vaccines” are. Bourla would be miserably, painfully dead many times over if not for his multi-vaxxing.

        • cbeard August 17, 2022 at 4:07 pm #

          BS. He probably took a placebo. That said, even if he did take the real thing, it won’t stop you from catching covid.

  44. Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 5:15 pm #

    Film academy apologizes to Littlefeather for 1973 Oscars

    www_msn_com/en-ca/entertainment/movies/film-academy-apologizes-to-littlefeather-for-1973-oscars/ar-AA10GO2m?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=a1348a8badab4df3a434df81a50c10a2

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 50 years after Sacheen Littlefeather stood on the Academy Awards stage on behalf of Marlon Brando to speak about the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences apologized to her for the abuse she endured.

    —–

    Times sure have changed. I guess that Marlon Brando can be viewed as a pioneer for more than just his acting now.

    —–

    Pocahontas

    Aurora borealis
    The icy sky at night
    Paddles cut the water
    In a long and hurried flight
    From the white man
    To the fields of green
    And the homeland
    We’ve never seen

    They killed us in our tepee
    And they cut our women down
    They might have left some babies
    Cryin’ on the ground
    But the firesticks
    And the wagons come
    And the night falls
    On the setting sun

    They massacred the buffalo
    Kitty corner from the bank
    The taxis run across my feet
    And my eyes have turned to blanks
    In my little box
    At the top of the stairs
    With my Indian rug
    And a pipe to share

    I wish a was a trapper
    I would give thousand pelts
    To sleep with Pocahontas
    And find out how she felt
    In the mornin’
    On the fields of green
    In the homeland
    We’ve never seen

    And maybe Marlon Brando
    Will be there by the fire
    We’ll sit and talk of Hollywood
    And the good things there for hire
    And the Astrodome
    And the first tepee
    Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me
    Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me
    Pocahontas

    – Neil Young

    • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 5:31 pm #

      he can move to europe. he lives on stolen land.

      According to Taki Mag,

      The irony about Neil Young’s “protest” is that Young himself has a history of spreading medical disinfo. In the 1980s, he went on a bizarre crusade against gays working in public places, because he thought you could get AIDS by touching something a gay person had touched.
      “You go to the supermarket, and you see a faggot behind the fucking cash register, you don’t want him to handle your potatoes.”

      quote according to Taki.

      NY did sell his 1000+ songs to a company partnered with Blackrock (who employs former Chaiman & CEO of Pfizer Jeffrey B Kindler as Senior Advisor).

      • Rhett Dawson August 15, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

        Yes, malt. There is little doubt as to who Neiler views as Number One.

        As is often the case, the most talented are also greedy, selfish pricks.

      • Lance Boyle August 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm #

        Call me old-fashioned but I don’t want a faggot behind the fucking cash register handling my potatoes!

        • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 12:50 am #

          Hahaha, I have never heard of testicles being referred to as potatoes before 😉

          • malthuss August 16, 2022 at 11:11 am #

            I didnt get the joke until I read yr comment.

  45. cowbell81 August 15, 2022 at 5:16 pm #

    Well, looks like things aren’t so rosy in Biden’s palatial holiday retreat after all. Couldn’t think of a better suited place for him! The condition of the house seems symbolic for the state of our country at large, largely thanks to Biden himself.

    Article summary:

    Joe Biden’s $20million freebie vacation retreat has been plagued with leaks, mold, mildew, termites, fungi, drafts, stains and cracks according to court filings.

    Major Democrat donor and political VIP Maria Allwin has been hosting the first family free of charge in her 9-bed Kiawah Island, South Carolina mansion since 2009. They are currently vacationing there.

    The beachfront home may seem like a palatial, unblemished jewel on the tiny golfing island. But in a lawsuit against her builders, Allwin revealed the property has been plagued with pests and defects – including during the Bidens’ stays.

    Contractors she hired told her that many of the problems were likely due to botched original construction.

    Dan Buffington of Buffington Homes told Allwin in 2004 that ‘the roof was so poorly installed the only way to properly repair the roof is to replace it’ at a cost of ‘over $500,000’ and recommended she hire a lawyer.

    The judgment said that Allwin, the widow of New York hedge fund mogul James Allwin, instead forged ahead with piecemeal repairs, but still spent hundreds of thousands of dollars patching up the house.

    • Disaffected August 15, 2022 at 6:12 pm #

      Some kind of insurance and/or tax scam involved, I’ll bet.

    • Paula D August 15, 2022 at 7:08 pm #

      She’s a Democrat. Probably hired illegals for the construction.

      • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 7:39 pm #

        Zing!

        • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 1:10 pm #

          *Oof!*

    • Redneck Liberal August 16, 2022 at 5:56 pm #

      “Joe Biden’s $20million freebie vacation retreat has been plagued with leaks, mold, mildew, termites, fungi, drafts, stains and cracks according to court filings

      Sounds a lot like Trump’s joke “Doral Golf Resort, where he tried to hold a global summit a few years back. Hoots!

  46. Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 5:50 pm #

    Germany Warns: There Will Be Draconian Energy Regulations
    by Mac Slavo | Aug 15, 2022 | Headline News

    www_shtfplan_com/headline-news/germany-warns-there-will-be-draconian-energy-regulations

    German officials have warned the public that there will be extreme and draconian energy rationing measures put in place. They also warned their enforcers to expect mass civil unrest and riots over the extreme rationing measures.

    Queries for “firewood” have exploded on Google in Germany, as Deutsche Bank predicts that “wood will be used for heating purposes where possible.” German officials are now warning their slaves of extreme energy rationing measures, along with the potential for “extremists” to fuel national unrest over the deteriorating situation.

    Because it’s so extreme to want to be able to heat your home over winter.

    —–

    I remember President Biden warning of a “dark winter” less than one year ago.

    • Night Owl August 15, 2022 at 6:15 pm #

      That isn’t what Dark Winter was. Lots more to learn there.

      • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

        Learning is exactly what I am doing here, NO. Please explain ‘Dark Winter’ since you know and I do not.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 9:23 pm #

          It’s a covid reference made by Biden. I believe the term has been used before each of the last two winters by “world leaders” to scare the thought into people that life is going to get worse (and in most cases they were spot on).

          • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 9:36 pm #

            Thx Mr M.

            Perhaps I was not all that far off taking the threatening phrase to its literal meaning: rolling blackouts during a freezing winter.

            Regardless of the phrase or of my lack of context thereof, Germans could be in for a very Dark Winter in a few months.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 15, 2022 at 10:13 pm #

            Yes. I can’t speak for the Germans in particular, but Europe has put itself in a corner by siding with the Biden cranks with the Ukraine situation. It’s pretty much trying to start a disaster.

          • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:15 am #

            Dark Winter was a bioterrorism drill.

          • Blackbird August 16, 2022 at 11:40 am #

            And “Covid” is bioterrorism without the drill.

            Part of a package deal called “The Great Reset”, of which the Ukraine War – and fighting evil Putin-Hitler by freezing this winter – is another part.

            I expect this winter, following the Blue Tsunami!, to be quite dark, and subsequent winters to be even more so.

        • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:22 am #

          I posted further down thread, Bob. But I came across this link just now.

          https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/all-roads-lead-dark-winter/

          “The leaders of two controversial pandemic simulations that took place just months before the Coronavirus crisis – Event 201 and Crimson Contagion – share a common history, the 2001 biowarfare simulation Dark Winter. Dark Winter not only predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks, but some of its participants had clear foreknowledge of those attacks.”

          LAV has some great researchers, including Whitney Webb, who I highly recommend.

          As so often, the criminals involved in the present scams and efforts to control us are just building on many past (and often failed) efforts.

          • malthuss August 16, 2022 at 11:13 am #

            color us surprised. the guidestones action plan.

  47. anmariwakaranai August 15, 2022 at 6:28 pm #

    Soul said yesterday meditation is about understanding there is no meditator, there is nothing.

    Nothing but love Soul. No matter, just those fragile strings vibrating in time to the one discipline, one law, one potentiality or as I like to call it, God.

    • Jarek August 15, 2022 at 11:47 pm #

      Totally different paths. Each is fatal to the psychology of the other. Christianity teaches that the soul was created by God and is eternal.

      Does Soul know that there are other kinds of Vedanta, namely the Dvaita or qualified and unqualified dualists who believe much as Christians do?

      The qualified believe in Unity too, but that includes the Universe and Souls, just as the ocean includes waves and currents.

      The Advaitans are the weird ones who try to deny multiplicity, seeing as some kind of taint or threat to unity. So they create a metaphysical category of Illusion. So now you have Truth and Illusion – that’s Oneness? Their school is the most famous in the West, but it is not the best.

      • Soul Forensics August 16, 2022 at 2:29 am #

        No, Jarek. The Advaita Vedandists in the West are — most of them — phony Neo-Advaitists. Those that think there is no effort or point in doing anything in seeking. Hence, responsibility goes out the window, and you get the justification of perversion and criminality in a long list of Eastern and Western based ‘teachers’. So you have a crook and sexual abuser in Mooji who’s all the rage, making big bucks (telling the selfish and good-time seekers what they want to hear) next to a traditional, non-sensational Advaita Master like Francis Lucille who gets a small following.

        This is a huge, dangerous misunderstanding of original, traditional Advaita Vedanta, misleading almost all Western seekers (who are naive and uneducated about it.)

        There are many ancient texts which make a clear distinction between enlightenment and character. In fact, those old-timers didn’t at all value the former without the latter, which can certainly happen with premature awakenings or (most of the time) with aborted or partial awakenings.

        Advaita is very specific in making a distinction between the relative and the absolute, and always says that both are necessary, and in any case, impossible to separate or eliminate. The spiritual paradox of spiritual paradoxes. (But only for those stuck in relativity!)

        • malthuss August 16, 2022 at 11:16 am #

          Blame Poonjaji…his are the grifts or gifts that keep on taking.
          andrew cohen, gaganji, others. I dont know their names.

          and lets give byron katie an honorable mention.
          and the woman making big money channeling, in an irish accent. whats her name?

          • Soul Forensics August 16, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

            malth,

            Indeed. Poonja told them they were all enlightened just to get the ambitious leeches off his back. Tony Parsons, who didn’t come through that line, is particularly obnoxious.

        • Jarek August 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

          Pop-Advaita is ruinous to Westerners. And for Easterners? Only a small number can engage in it with advantage. Krishna himself said so in Bhagavad Gita. It’s too steep for most. It uses an unbalanced metaphysic as a form of pedagogy. Yes Shankara knew that world was real (part of God). But he spends all of his time saying the opposite.

          • Soul Forensics August 16, 2022 at 1:55 pm #

            “Yes Shankara knew that world was real (part of God). But he spends all of his time saying the opposite.”

            It’s matter of emphasis. The teacher needs to know who they’re instructing. As some Zen adept said (paraphrasing): “if someone’s tilting to the left, I yell: “go right! go right!”. If they tilt to the right, I yell “go left! go left”.

            (Not to be taken in a political context, hah!)

          • Jarek August 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm #

            Yes, after all the wave will disappear and people attached to it will suffer agony. Then they will attack themselves to a another one and the same thing will happen.

            Ocean! Ocean! Ocean!

    • Soul Forensics August 16, 2022 at 2:35 am #

      Bless you, anmari.

      • Jarek August 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

        To please you she denied her own faith, denying that souls existed but rather, “only love”.

      • anmariwakaranai August 16, 2022 at 4:08 pm #

        Bless you right back! Bless you all, for we are the collective soul. Jar

        Remember the final vision just before, ‘All will be well.’ The wounded soul before God is Christ, and is us all.

        • anmariwakaranai August 16, 2022 at 4:09 pm #

          For. We. Are. The. Body. Of. Christ.

        • Jarek August 16, 2022 at 8:42 pm #

          Yet at the same time:

          Souls are not saved in bundles – Emerson as he resigned his ministry. That’s also true. You are responsible for your own salvation in a deep sense.

          • anmariwakaranai August 17, 2022 at 3:56 pm #

            Yes jar. But maybe only in our ‘yes’ in the eternal moment, by grace I presume.

  48. MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 7:50 pm #

    Rudy Giuliani now a ‘target’ in the Georgia election interference investigation

    “Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney to former president Donald Trump, is now a “target of the widening election interference investigation” led by the Fulton County district attorney, Georgia prosecutors announced in Atlanta on Monday. The former New York City mayor, who has made various claims regarding voting systems in the state, is scheduled to testify before a special grand jury later this week.”

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1559244096715141120

    Got no love for Rudy but this is another example of how desperate they are.

    • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 8:25 pm #

      America’s two-party system has become a farce.

    • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:16 am #

      Classic inversion.

      It is all they have.

  49. Kornado August 15, 2022 at 8:57 pm #

    Seeing people covering their faces again in a grocery store today, I thought this quote, whether it’s clever or not:

    Mask Wearing Can’t Melt Steel Beams.

  50. tom clark August 15, 2022 at 9:12 pm #

    MQ…Rudy Giuliani is a drunk. Of course, so is Nancy Pelosi (and her hubby). Just sayin’

    • MaryQueen August 15, 2022 at 9:31 pm #

      That’s beside the point. Like I said, I got no love for Rudy. But it’s yet more evidence that they are desperate not to let the stolen election info get out – or whatever else they are hanging onto.

      • Redneck Liberal August 15, 2022 at 11:15 pm #

        Hahaha….aaaahhhh… all speculation, zero evidence.

        • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 9:23 am #

          Paul’s mugshot was classic, Nut.

          I can forward it to you if you like.

        • Alzaebo August 16, 2022 at 2:58 pm #

          RedLib: “Link! Link!”

          Liñker, please

        • cbeard August 18, 2022 at 11:46 am #

          There is plenty of evidence. Everyone with a brain, eyes and ears knows it. Wait for it. It is coming.

  51. tom clark August 15, 2022 at 9:48 pm #

    Lotso paranoia on this beautiful, beautiful Mar-a-Laga…er…website.
    (Written from a homeless tent somewhere in this crazy ol’ world).

    • Bob Polecat August 15, 2022 at 10:28 pm #

      Where we go one, we go all.

  52. tom clark August 15, 2022 at 11:39 pm #

    The negativity on this blog is spellbinding.

    Hey Q, wherz yer daily tally?

    • malthuss August 15, 2022 at 11:48 pm #

      and you are Polly anna?

    • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 10:24 am #

      Stop carping, tc. You’re embarrassing yourself.

    • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:00 am #

      It is because the relatively astute folks on this blog do not buy the BS that this East Coast Mob continues to put out.

      One of the victims of the Deep State’s continuing power grabs is one of America’s most prized characteristics, its optimism.

    • Anthea August 17, 2022 at 1:01 pm #

      @ tom clark:

      Sounds like you need to start your own blog. I don’t believe you have yet attempted a poem, but you could write about butterflies and rainbows and such.

      You pretty little butterfly
      Your colors make my heart sigh
      You make my toes twinkle
      You make the stars winkle
      You are like a nice, wonderful thing
      Making all the birds to sing.

      It’s easy! I’m sure you’ve got it in you.

  53. Q. Shtik August 15, 2022 at 11:51 pm #

    Q Schtik I am in Mountain Time so if it’s 12:00 p.m. in NY, it’s 10:00 a.m. here. – MQ

    ===========

    All the time stamps on the comments are Eastern Daylight Saving time at present. My statement that you are “not a morning person” is not accurate. All the comment times need to be shifted back two hours to reflect what time it was when you posted where you live. Thus there were a slew of your posts made in the AM hours in Mountain time areas.

    So what? you may legitimately ask. I hope to be able to answer that question at some future time.

    • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:46 pm #

      No, I don’t ask.

  54. Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 12:23 am #

    Mary, why does Q think that if you’re not good at time zones you will still somehow know what the time difference between Mountain and East Coast is? – Paula D

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

    Paula, I don’t think you were posting here 4 years ago when I made my big motorcycle trip (3080 miles) up into Canada, over to Duluth, back down around Chicago, and eastward to home in NJ over a 13 day time period. I kept copious notes and wrote up a travel log which I presented in increments over a several day period on this blog. If you had read that travel log you would understand what I meant by implying that maybe MaryQ “is not good at time zones” as so many are not these days.

    One day as I was heading west from Westmeath Ont Canada I was wondering if I had passed from the Eastern TZ into the Central TZ. At a rest stop for coffee I asked a female barista “what time zone am I in here? and she responded “Oh, geez, I’m not very good at time zones” and I commented how scary it was to me that someone in their mid-20s would not know what time zone they lived in. And that they implied it was something difficult to know, like quantum mechanics, or how to juggle 5 balls.

    Several days later on my return trip I encountered this same phenomenon when I asked a 40 something year old male bartender “hey, can you tell me what time zone I’m in here?” He replied, “I don’t know about time zones but (as he looked at his watch) I can tell you it’s 8:10. Whew!!!! I thought to myself, “what is WRONG with these people.”

    This is why I asked MQ the time zone question the way I did.

    • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 10:21 am #

      How old were you when you embarked in your 13 day version of “On the Road,” Q.?

      I recommend you see the movie “Nebraska,” with Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach. So good I watched it twice recently. It really captures the small town great plains where I grew up zeitgeist to my mind. Things move s-l-o-w-l-y out thar’ on the Great Plains and people are stubbornly resistant to change.

      • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 11:25 am #

        77.5 y/o

        • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

          A mere pup!

    • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

      I understand that some people may not know what time zone they live in, scary as that may be to contemplate.
      (But I see people who believe that Russia is bombing its own troops in a nuclear power plant in a Russia-controlled area, so I have no illusions about the intelligence of the average person).

      I was questioning your assumption that she might not know her time zone, but that she would be able to figure out the difference between your time zone and hers without knowing either, if I am making myself clear.

    • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:47 pm #

      I have worked remotely for 3 years with people across all US timezones so yeah I do ‘get’ timezones, thanks.

      • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 9:23 pm #

        I have family across the country, so I have to deal with time zones also.

      • Paula D August 16, 2022 at 9:25 pm #

        My nephew’s uncle took him to England for his 16th birthday and it worked out that they flew back over all those time zones and so his 16th birthday was extended by hours, which we all thought was pretty cool.

      • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 9:46 pm #

        so yeah I do ‘get’ timezones – MQ

        ===========

        I’m glad you DO ‘get’ time zones and I would guess that 9 out of 10 CFN commenters (if not more) who live in the contiguous 48 U.S. states could tell me what time zone they are in because I believe we CFN commenters are intellectually a cut above the average. BUT, doesn’t it surprise you that on my big motorcycle trip I asked that question of two adults and neither could give me a correct answer?

        Somehow information we once considered normal and stored in everyone’s brain is not there. Is this a failure of the school system or is this type of information considered pedantic and unnecessary?

        BTW, I notice that a squiggly line appears under timezones as a single word but if I break it into two words the squiggly line disappears. So tuck that tidbit away in your noodle. Time zones is two words, not one.

        • SpeedyBB August 17, 2022 at 12:27 am #

          Q, just ask your average voter, his wheels emblazoned with a I STAND WITH UKRAINE sticker, what countries border that sorry Mittel-Europa relic.

  55. Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 12:36 am #

    Waiting rooms have extra wide chairs for extra wide butts. – Not_GeorgeT

    ===========

    You have reminded me of something I experienced last Thursday. I had a Dr. appt with an eye surgeon. I’m going to be having cataract surgery performed in October.

    As I waited in the waiting area (the place was mobbed, I counted 19 people) and I noticed all the chair seats were covered with a blue leather or some similar material and when people sat down, or shifted in their seats, it produced a loud fart-like noise. It was rather amusing.

    • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 10:15 am #

      Who says the Q. Man doesn’t have a sense of humor? Let us know how the cataracts go. I’m going to need them soon as well.

      • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 10:54 am #

        I have had astigmatism correction cataract surgery a year or so ago.

        It is a miracle with very little risk. Your color perception will explode, your far vision will be perfect. Even up close gets better.

        Here is an idea for you. When you get your next up close glasses, get a prescription for computer distance and reading distance. Then put them into graduated bifocals. Everything is in focus with a slight tilt of your head.

        Good luck andI am positive you will be super pleased.

        You will get tired of putting in eye drops.

        • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 5:10 pm #

          Thanks. I’m going to look into it sooner rather than later. I hate wearing glasses and for the most part just don’t.

          Lids are doing well now. Uppers 100%, lowers still have some reduced amount of swelling over a much smaller area in the morning that goes down throughout the day. Doc says that’s normal and will likely take 6 months to a year to completely work itself out. No matter, they’re still 100% better than they were beforehand.

    • elysianfield August 16, 2022 at 11:17 am #

      Q

      Again, the arrested development of the average man.

      …The 16 year old never dies….

      • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 11:41 am #

        Yeah, farts are still funny no matter how old we get. If I feel a huge fart coming on I will reach over and squeeze my wife’s arm as I simultaneously release the fart. Then we both laugh hilariously.

        • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 1:07 pm #

          I’ll bet you’ve got a Ruckers fart cushion or two for the football games, don’t you?

    • Mac August 17, 2022 at 9:22 am #

      At least Q’s ears work.

  56. SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 1:57 am #

    Moderna says it will trash 30 million doses of its rona wax because! Nobody wants it. So where does 30 million doses of anything go? Municipal water supplies? Oh wow no wait, i wouldn’t want to be paranoid! I’m sure it will be disposed of in a super safe manner

    • gustafson.robert.22 August 16, 2022 at 7:39 am #

      lol, yikes

    • GreenAlba August 16, 2022 at 7:45 am #

      I wondered about that too, SSL, as soon as I heard about it.

      Or perhaps Bll Gates will feed it to his lettuces.

    • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 10:48 am #

      They will have labels changed. From COVID to

      Flu. Maybe senior flu.

      You cannot tell the difference anyway! Right?

      • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

        Great point! Just another reason to avoid the flu vaccines from here on out as well.

        • GreenAlba August 16, 2022 at 1:41 pm #

          Mike Yeadon went back to the Cochrane Review documentation recently on the flu vaccines and discovered they were only ever 9% effective, so they were a big lie as well. I’ve had four of them altogether, I think, since I hit 65. Needless to say, didn’t take one last time. Some NHS bod called me to point out that I hadn’t taken up the offer. They’re so concerned, in case you miss out.

      • SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 1:24 pm #

        Ah that is a great point! Haven’t they been talking about a single, combined vaccine for covid and the flu?

    • Islander August 16, 2022 at 1:34 pm #

      In a safe and effective manner!

      • SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

        Haha that’s clever of you! 🙂

  57. SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 2:21 am #

    twitter.com/RealMacReport/status/1558918212833755137

    Dr. Biden is simply not Melania lol. No wonder the WH is so cray cray

    • stelmosfire August 16, 2022 at 8:35 am #

      SSL, that’s a funny pic. She looks like Alice Cooper in a tube top with bleached hair. Also she is carrying a spare “Depends” for Potatohead in her left hand. These people are a joke.

      • Bob Polecat August 16, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

        Ha! Alice Cooper in a tube top. Perfect.

      • SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

        LOL – I just figure her handlers don’t have a great deal of respect for her. Otherwise someone would have spoke up and said “ma’am that dress is horrendous, for the good of the country let’s find something else for you”

    • Disaffected August 16, 2022 at 10:22 am #

      That’s just hideous! What a pair of cadavers!

    • Islander August 16, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

      That is just plain weird!

      Don’t let any Frenchies see this!

      They will cancel any weapons sales in favor of this new secret weapon that turns adversaries who view it to stone!!
      Call it the Medusa.

      • SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 1:38 pm #

        LOL yeah just give her snakes for dreads and she’s good to go to start a statue creating binge 😛

  58. SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 3:00 am #

    Ezra Miller would better portray a newly armed woked up IRS agent than The Flash. I could’ve saved them millions with just that quick quip. Oh well, its simply impossible to do everything

  59. wwg1wga August 16, 2022 at 10:05 am #

    It is the parasitic divergence of the elite from the macro human-earth project, who own the destructive technologies and the implementing sycophants, who represent clear and present danger.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VTNp3K_80JE

    Same as it ever was, only the technology of catapults and swords has advanced in capability to destroying 90% of planetary inhabitants within 9 minutes.

    • wwg1wga August 16, 2022 at 10:09 am #

      ….the good news is ALL the human wailing and gnashing of teeth is subject to an accelerating shortened duration.

  60. Htruth August 16, 2022 at 10:34 am #

    What’s this about? Ask Ghislane Maxwell? https://americanyellowvest.wpcomstaging.com/2022/08/16/trump-maxwell-kushner-box-a-17/

  61. Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 11:06 am #

    “A Department of Justice official tells me passports belonging to former Pres. Trump are NOT in the possession of the FBI and have been returned.”

    https://twitter.com/KellyO/status/1559320510990880768

    So they were indeed in their possession.

    These people are so fucking stupid.

    • Rhett Dawson August 16, 2022 at 12:39 pm #

      No, they are not.

      • Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 5:35 pm #

        Yes, they are.

        The intent behind that Tweet was to manipulate, but was done so hamfistedly, that even the cud-chewers would get it.

        • Rhett Dawson August 16, 2022 at 11:02 pm #

          And, yet, they are taking over the world.

          They are many things, NO, but “fu(king stupid” is not one of them.

          • Night Owl August 17, 2022 at 1:55 am #

            The “they” I am referring to are not strictly the “they” you are referring to.

            This news minion isn’t taking over anything.

  62. JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:11 am #

    Good morning.

    Jill has got it.

    Is Ol’ Joe still spreading it? Would he test positive again now after the Paxlovid has worn off?

  63. JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:16 am #

    87000 to conduct audits on rich people?

    Are you kidding me?

    No one under $400000 being affected?

    This gives you a pretty good idea of what the Democratic, not Deep State, party thinks of the intelligence of Joe Everyman.

    The strength of the Deep State derives from the bureaucracy, hence the desire to expand it.

    The Dems believe in big government, hope all you Biden voters enjoy the ride.

    • malthuss August 16, 2022 at 11:20 am #

      and the republicans also love big govment$.

      war, debt, more laws.

      • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:46 am #

        Half of the GOP in the Deep State, you are right.

        The real deal is that when folks go to DC, they become Deep Staters.

        Government over people, Deep State before party.

        Deep State, esp, MIC makes war, both sides spend, spend but on different things, wrong on laws, Dems love regulation, expanding Fed power, some GOP join in, the RINOs, but Trumpers spent four years getting rid of regulations.

        Goodbye, Liz. You are history. No one trusts a traitor, either side.

        • Jarek August 16, 2022 at 11:55 am #

          Half? Oh far more than half at the higher levels. Six high level Republicans stood up for Trump at the very end. Six.

        • malthuss August 18, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

          in DC there are private parties. honey pots. thats how.

  64. Night Owl August 16, 2022 at 11:24 am #

    For anyone still unsure about what WEF and the BIS have in store for us (anyone aside from our resident village idiot, ofc), I present

    “Richard Werner – German banking & development economist and 2003 World Economic Forum , ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow'”

    in a speech where he describes how globocap is creating a crisis to impoverish you, offer you some dough in the form of CBDC and use that to usher the world into the digital panopticon, where the accounts of “dissenters can be switched off,” preventing them from purchasing even basic necessities.

    https://twitter.com/BernieSpofforth/status/1559194154068021248?cxt=HHwWgMC4kc-0r6MrAAAA

    Conspiracy goes reality again. Strange that!

    • GreenAlba August 16, 2022 at 1:17 pm #

      I got a bit of a chill from hearing (from that clip) that the Bank of England has already got implantable chips ready and waiting. And here’s me writing to my MP to ask what his position is on digital ID and removing our remaining liberties. What a joke.

      I’m curious to know what they will do with politicians. Will they continue the theatre for years yet or will they dispense with them? Technocracy doesn’t require politics.

      I like the idea of the pols losing their jobs and having to roll up their sleeves to get their social credit. I actually warned my MP about that – told him that if the WHO Pandemic Treaty went through, Bill Gates would decide what his little girl had to have injected into her to be allowed to participate in society and go to school. I got no reply, but I wasn’t expecting one. Sometimes you just want the spineless clowns to know that it’s coming to them too. Or I do anyway.

      • SoftStarLight August 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm #

        Ya! We should be able to watch them get injected with the real rona wax! Or eat waxinated tomatoes? I agree Alba. Based on how ultra tyrannical the WEF agenda is and how open they have become about their intentions what is with the continued charade of politics/elections? I suppose we are awake but many are still essentially clueless so I assume this is why the charade goes on. They don’t won’t the cattle stirring until they are all already fully in the pen?

      • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

        They need ‘personalities’ to keep goading us into place, much like shepherds with their sheep. Someone to prod and poke us into place whenever our minds (or what’s left) attempt to stray.

      • Night Owl August 17, 2022 at 5:11 pm #

        No worries, RL will soon be along to assure you that the Bank of England are a gaggle of tinfoilers.

        Just float off to Woke World, where nothing is happening that might upset you.

  65. JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:39 am #

    The Biden toll

    Inflation. 8.5%

    2 million registered immigrants in 2022, estimate just released.

    Who knows how many escapees.

    GDP down 2 quarters, stagflation is official.

    Almost all economists say that things are going to get worse and soon.

    CEOs are getting ready to RIF millions.

    The Muslim zealots are increasing in number in Afghanistan. Rushdie just got stabbed with Iranian approval. Trump is in the crosshairs. Yet Biden’s Mob wants to make a nuke deal with Iran, who announced a month ago that they have the bomb.

    Saudi Arabia told him to F off and disclosed they are close to peak oil. Any one that thinks this oil price decrease is going to sustain is wrong.

    At least five states are talking secession. Hurry please.

    Just about everything that the Deep State has told us about the Crud is being proven to be wrong. Trump included but Biden intensified, hitting the panic button gave us Pence, Fauci and Birx. Our current solution? Distance, vaxx and masks. What are we paying these people for? The vaxx does not work and kills and maims people, masks are a joke unless you have the crud, if you do, you should not be in public anyway. Distance works, but people in our culture do not work that way. So really, no plan, no cure after two years.

    Inflation raging, what do we do? Start spending more money. Recession pending in response to interest rates increasing, what do they do? Raise taxes on the capital generators and job creators, the corporations. This is the biggest test of the intelligence of America. Do we realize that the tax on corporations is a tax on every one of us? Can you hear the boardrooms?

    “Well, The Mob is going to tax us 15%, so we will just eat it and not charge anyone for the increase in cost.” Uh huh. More like, “Check out which countries have low tax rates, we are moving. In the meantime, get those prices up.”

    Stand by. I hope it happens before November.

    • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:50 am #

      Continuing

      China is pushing the limits. Stupid America pushing the limits putting everyone in peril. Pelosi should be jailed. Same with the group there now.

      Did the same thing in Ukraine.

      How many damn times are we going to stab enemies in the eye before they react?

      Who exactly do we think we are?

      • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:53 am #

        White House is planning a tour to tout all of the Mobs accomplishments.

        Hahahahahahahaha!

        Shortest speeches in history.

        I did not even mention oil.

    • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

      Rushdie just got stabbed – JAZ

      ==========

      Just read an article in the NYT about the Rushdie stabbing. He received 10 stab wounds. One damaged his liver and he is also likely to lose one of his eyes. Somebody (I forget the name) blamed Rushdie himself for the stabbing. This is the crazy kind of shit that religious fanaticism can result in. The fatwa put out on Rushdie more than 30 years ago was largely forgotten about as the years went on but the Iranian poobahs actually never cancelled the fatwa.

      • cowbell81 August 16, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

        Yes, be always wary of the fatwa the Arabs have declared. Decades might pass without any event, but trust me, they have not forgotten and will act. The cells are always there, like a cancer, fulminating and bubbling beneath the surface, until one day…….POW!!!

    • Islander August 16, 2022 at 1:25 pm #

      “so we will just eat it and not charge anyone for the increase in cost.”

      This doesn’t sound right.

      It is profits that are taxed.

      Profits are calculated after all other costs have been calculated and deducted.

      Taxes are not a “cost.”

      • cowbell81 August 16, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

        Don’t they build estimated taxes due into the final cost of the product? Much like stores use protected shrinkage (theft) to determine costs too. It is all simply built into the system ahead of time, before it even happens.

        • SpeedyBB August 17, 2022 at 12:49 am #

          Do you mean “projected shrinkage”?

        • JohnAZ August 17, 2022 at 11:05 am #

          Yes! The increased taxes goes into an increased price to us, the consumer.

          Does any one believe that a corporation is going to eat a cost increase for the good of the people? Decrease profit to take a stock hit to be a nice guy?

          If you do, you are a good economic candidate for the Democratic Party.

      • JohnAZ August 17, 2022 at 10:59 am #

        Islander

        Cost of a product is

        Mfg + shipping + profit equals price.

        So add on 15% of profits to the mfg. portion with higher tax on profits. If the price remains the same, one of the three components must take a hit, right?

        The stock tanks if the corp. just takes the hit, charges the same and decreases profits. It will never happen.

        So to keep profits the same with higher mfg. cost, the price goes up.

        We eat Biden’s 15% corporate income tax.

        The consumer ALWAYS pays the price, always.

        This damned Deep State will always try to point to scapegoats, in this case, the rich and corporations to hide their tax increases on US!

        The consumer ultimately pays the freight on any tax increase.

        Remember too that the government produces nothing. So every job, every dollar they print is backed by

        NOTHING! Every dollar they “create” is inflationary. Every government job they create is inflationary. Stand by for inflation to take off.

        The DeepState has been very successful in labeling “bad guys” to tax. The American people are stupid enough to buy their baloney.

        Until that changes, the Liberal Deep State is in control.

  66. Jarek August 16, 2022 at 11:51 am #

    Breitbart

    A harrowing video from the Boston Children’s Hospital claims that children can know that they are transgender “from the minute they were born, practically.”

    The video was made by Dr. Jeremi Carswell, the Director of the Gender Multispeciality Service at the Boston Children’s Hospital.

    The Boston Children’s Hospital is associated with Harvard University and was the first to establish a clinic that specifically focused on “transgender health” in a pediatric setting.

    In the video, Carswell makes the startling claim that “A child will often know that they are transgender from the moment that they have any ability to express themselves.” She continues and doubles down, remarking, “They knew from the minute they were born, practically.”

    Anglin: This is the same bitch, here lying that puberty blockers are reversible

    Breitbart News previously revealed that Carswell has received thousands of dollars in compensation for consulting on behalf of Endo Pharmaceuticals, a company that makes a drug that is used off-label as a puberty blocker for children who are considered to be transgender.

    An academic paper, authored in part by Carswell, had to be corrected after it was incorrectly asserted that the researchers had no conflict of interest.

    Carswell is just one of many doctors to have received significant compensation from the companies that manufacture puberty blockers.

    Carswell’s consultation regarded the drug Supprelin LA, which is used as a puberty blocker. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned that Supprelin LA can cause swelling of the brain and loss of vision.

    In the video, Carswell cites a number of different behaviors that supposedly provide evidence that a child is transgender and may be suitable to undergo permanent, life-altering surgery or medical intervention, including playing with “opposite gender toys,” refusing to get a haircut, or trying on a sibling’s clothing.

    Jarek: No joke. In one famous case, a mother said her campaign to turn her son into a girl began when she saw how “bright and shiny” he was as an infant. Boys are just sludge in other words. And her intuition was confirmed when he started playing with a female McDonald’s toy. That was it. He had to become what he really was, a girl.

    The Father has fought a long and hard battle against him being put on drugs, but he may well yet lose.

    • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 11:55 am #

      Jarek

      Just another indicator of the mental state of America.

    • Blackbird August 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

      So new-borns are refusing to get haircuts and trying on sibling’s clothing? Kids sure grow up fast these days, don’t they? Even as their parents regress toward infancy.

      • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

        Each generation is becoming less mature and dumber as a consequence.

        We are at the point that children are raising children today.

    • MaryQueen August 16, 2022 at 5:55 pm #

      Follow LibsOfTikTok on Twitter.

      She did a fantastic expose of this. Then Politifact tried to call her a liar. Thus proving that Politifact is bogus.

      I absolutely love it. Huge public square flogging.

  67. Jarek August 16, 2022 at 11:54 am #

    Mother Goose

    What are little boys made of?
    What are little boys made of?
    Frogs and snails,
    And puppy-dogs’ tails;
    That’s what little boys are made of.
    What are little girls made of?
    What are little girls made of?
    Sugar and spice,
    And all that’s nice;
    That’s what little girls are made of.

    Jarek: Just innocent fun? Not really. It reveals a deep feminine animus against the masculine on the part of many women. Can they be trusted with raising boys apart from men?

    Of course not. And girls without fathers? How well does that set them up for a good life? Not very well at all.

    • JohnAZ August 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

      You are absolutely right.

      Sociological and psychological studies of kids without both parents’ influence show the kids to be maladjusted and incapable of understanding both sides sexual roles. These studies from last century are largely ignored in today’s F-ed up US.

      LBGTQ parents raising kids is a time bomb.

      • cowbell81 August 16, 2022 at 1:34 pm #

        Either that or they abuse the kids physically and emotionally, much like that article I referenced last week of the two gay guys in Georgia who adopted some kids and then used them for kiddie porn pictures. Absolutely vile, disgusting, despicable. There are not enough words to use to deplore them.

        • malthuss August 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

          most child illegal porn is watched by men.
          are gay men more statistically likely to watch it?

          • elysianfield August 16, 2022 at 7:07 pm #

            Malthuss,
            I would not argue your premise if you stated that virtually ALL child porn is watched by men.

            “Most” in this case is a classic understatement.

    • Q. Shtik August 16, 2022 at 4:52 pm #

      Re the Mother Goose rhyme Jarek said: Just innocent fun? Not really.

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

      I disagree. I think this little poem serves the purpose of pointing out that boys and girls (men and women) are VERY different. I once opined to a co-worker who seemingly was always having woman problems. I told Chris “what you don’t seem to realize is that men and wo